Guest Blogger: from summer to fall!

Labor Day weekend has passed us right up, the "back to school" commercials are circling the airwaves, and the sun is going to bed a little earlier every night - so you know that means summer is drawing to a close.

Personally, I'm ok with it - and guest fashion blogger, Lauren Farnoosh, agrees with me, too! Miss Lauren is author of the sassy style blog 'Styled By Noosh' at styledbynoosh.com, and here gives a few key fashion tips on layering up those fall fashions. Enjoy!
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Transitioning from summer to fall can be an uncomfortable time. One minute it's cool and breezy, then suddenly scorching hot! Layering with lightweight clothing is an easy fix.

I personally love wearing a jacket with some shorts or a skirt.

This is the time of year when you can be really creative with your wardrobe and mix and match your summer and winter clothing together for fun and eclectic looks. 

for more fab fashion tips head over to 'Styled By Noosh' at styledbynoosh.com


This summer.

Ok sweet blogosphere friends--welcome to the final few days of summer. I simply cannot believe it. As much as I'm an "autumn" spirit at heart, I have loved this last June, July, and August which have been filled with so many memorable adventures, highs, lows, loves, heartbreaks, and of course...lots and lots of summer shoes!

As you'll be able to tell from the amount of blogging I have not done, it's been a very good summer! I'd say one of the BIGGEST highlights of the hot, hot, heat this summertime was my adventure to Las Vegas! Exactly 1 week before my little baby Hazel's 1st birthday, I hopped a plane and met my beloved cousin in Sin City. Not only was it one of the most relaxing vacations I've had, but it was the most money I've ever spent in one weekend - ha! I'm still mayyy-jorly loving my husband for not disowning me after he saw the receipts (more on that story later!).

During my fab Vegas adventure, I had a few go-to shoes that I lived in, that I thought you may heart too:

1) Ivanka Trump 'Delfino' Sandal from Nordstrom paired here with one of my fave pieces, my TOPSHOP Tailored Strapless Jumpsuit (selfie on our way out for the night!)...


2) The Bounce Wedge Sandal by BC was another great staple for the weekend AND for every summer wedding so far! In this selfie #2, I paired the nude metallic wedges with the Nordstrom Wayf Crepe Shift Dress, in light coral...

I hope you all have had a fabulous last few months--although I'm mourning the great summer weather, I'm also thinkin' BRING ON THE FALL BOOTS! Enjoy the last weeks of summatime. It's good to be back to blogging with you!

holly in heels


Summer style and the 3 S's.

I have to admit that I am an autumn girl at heart.

I love traipsing around in leather boots, scarves, a colorful knit beanie, sipping on hot cocoa and curling up in a coffee shop. Now, don't get my wrong, I love the summer too - mostly warm summer nights that allow me to keep my shorts and tank on at 9pm, and feel the warm summer breeze on my sun-kissed, sunblocked skin! But to be honest, I'm always stuck on what to wear in the summer. In beautiful SoCal, we get this phenom called "June gloom" and it is enough to drive a fashionista bonkers. It's cardigan weather up until the clouds burn off, around 11am or 12pm, and I'm left needing an entire outfit change! So basically, layers are my BFF.

This summer, you can find me in 3 key things:
1) stripes
2) short shorts
3) flat sandals

I majorly love these summertime outfit ideas from Piperlime - fun combos of stripes + lace, nude strappy heels and flat leather sandals, too.

The Steve Madden 'Stecy' sandals are a MUST this summer--paired with short shorts or a breezy skirt, these will be a staple!

And single-strap sandals with a touch of metallic - I'm crushing on these by Vince, on sale price to boot!

Gap also has so fabulous and easy breezy summer apparel. I recently got my hands on their burnout step-hem tanks and tropical floral shorts, and they're my absolute favorite in my sea of clothes! Check out the full outfit, here.

So next time you find yourself stuck in a rut, wondering what the heck to wear on these hot summer days, think the 3 S's...stripes, shorts, sandals. Voila! Happy Summer.

holly in heels


Which SHOE are YOU?

Shoes can make or break an outfit, so it's crucial to invest in a pair that suits your personality! Created by Farfetch, this adorable quiz (below) tells you whether you're the cool minimalist type (think streamlined flats by J.W. Anderson) or if you should be channelling your inner Rih-Rih with a pair of metallic heels.

I'm Celine Mules = adore! So what's the verdict? Take the quiz and lemme know!

holly in heels


I want this dress.

As I enter my mid-thirties, the summers of wedding after wedding seem to be simmering down. It's really a darned shame too - not only do I LOVE weddings...the decor, dresses, cocktails and dancing 'til my feet hurt...but I love to go SHOPPING for a solid wedding guest dress. With a few weddings on the calendar this summer (YOW!), it's high time I break out my shopping shoes, and find a good guest dress.

#1 on my list? This Long Sleeve Crepe Shift Dress by Wayf. With an entire collection of perfectly patterned and cut dresses at Nordstrom (also my go-to for wedding wear, please note!), this classic floral pattern tops the list.

I'm also adoring this great polka dot pick by Wayf - great shape and style, and perfect with a bright heel or sandal. 
And option number 3, is this perfectly pink little number, also from Wayf. At $59, this beauty can easily be dressed up with a chunky statement necklace, and a killer pair of black leather pumps. I'll take them ALL!
Bottom line: I want this dress. And now, so do you :)

holly in heels


a little Q&A.

Helloooo, shoe gals (and guys!)!

I want to start out by saying...PHEW! This spring has really taken off for me, in the best way possible! Not only is my baby girl grow-grow-growing out of her newborn shoes fast (see her via Instagram) but my writing has taken a MAY-JOR upswing, and I'm loving it. My most recent dream come true has come in the form of being one of the new contributing writers to The Orange County Register! Check out my first published article here - and you'll see me in many more print papers that come dashing to your Orange County, CA doorstep. Yipee!! Locale Magazine LA has also dropped this month, featuring my writing and modeling (haha, still funny to me, but true!). The digital issue of this new, cool mag is all over the City of Angels as well as online (my spread page 96!).

So that's been my life these past few months, and why blog posts have been scarce. All #GOODSTUFF! So, to catch you up on a few of my shoe + style thoughts so far this season, thought I'd sprinkle in a little Q&A today. Here goes:

How would you describe your style this summer?
Easy. I think this is the summer of simplicity - loose fitting white graphic tees, tattered denim shorts, nude leather sandals, a solid pair of designer shades, hats when necessary.
What's the inspiration behind your summer closet?
California! Palm trees, cool breeze, throw on and go! I love the effortlessness of California style - how things don't need to be perfect or match much - sorta the way life is sometimes.
Favorite shoe of the season:
The gladiator is baaaack! Rawr! Ok, that's not really what a gladiator sounds like, but that's sorta how I feel when a see a good shoe - like this one from Sam Edelman, found at Nordies. With a pair of shorts or a simple dress, this one fits the bill.
Why heels?
Why not? Ok, really, heels are my fave because they're versatile, aaaaand they make anyone's legs look 100% better! Promise!
Ice cream sandwiches or popsicles:
BOTH! Yum.

Happy spring-almost-summer...and much more #goodstuff to come!
holly in heels


Shopping local: a new neighborhood spot!

As much as I scour the web for great deals and trends at major department stores like Nordstrom, Gap, Target, Forever 21, I really do also love to shop small. Supporting local business is such a great thing to do - to step into a boutique filled with hand-picked items, and usually the shop owner at the front counter - there's really nothing like it. Most of these local biz owners have a really cool story, too. They started in a regular desk job, hated it, then discovered their true passion and went for it! I can hear different versions of that same inspiring story, and love hearing it every time.

This week, one of my favorite Orange County shop owners, Sarah and Mike Dowdell, are opening up a new store called Scouts Honor. Located in Irvine at Woodbury Town Center, these OC-based owners of Love and Whiskey (also in Irvine), are now focusing on refined goods for men, women, kids and the home. Here are a few sneak peeks!

I love love love that Scouts Honor will cary the owner's hand-selected clothing lines, including Almond Surf, OurCaste, and Roark - all based in OC. For us ladies, I have my eye on Scouts Honor's line of high-end denim from Mother, and handcrafted jewels from Costa Mesa-based Lili Claspe. And, of course, being a new mama myself, I'm saving my pennies for the kids section which includes pieces from Milk & Honey and Little Highbury.

One FABULOUS new thing the boutique will also offer are classes - from Pinterest-inspired crafts to closet styling and organization - this is the place to be!

Scouts Honor's official grand opening is THIS THURSDAY, April 3, 6-9pm, and of course yours truly will be there with bells on! Come Thursday and check out this little modern neighborhood shop - address is 6226 Irvine Blvd, Irvine, CA 92620 (Woodbury Town Center).

LIKE Scouts Honor on Facebook, and you can also follow their adorable outfit finds on Insta, @scoutshonorshop.

Happy (local) shopping!
holly in heels


Woven, natural, and caged.

This Thursday is SPRING! Can you even believe it? Ok ok, if you're currently reading this from the East Coast (book a flight to Southern California), I'm sure it's a little harder to believe, but it's true! And not only does the change in season mean longer days and warmer nights are ahead - it means NEW SHOES! Of course. And the #1 trend for sandals this season, think: woven, natural, and caged. Here are a few picks I currently can't resist...

The Sam Edelman 'Beck' sandal - inspired by the classic gladiator, with a dash of hippie-chic sophistication. I adore the smooth leather straps, making this caged-up sandal something you'll want to stay in all summer long!

A Nordstrom exclusive (I love those, you see!), DV by Dolce Vita 'Villa' sandal has got to be the sandal of the summer. There's something child-like about this design, something simple and easy about how you can wear it. In 5 amazing colors, to go with 5 different breezy outfits...you might want them all (and at $59 each, that's probably quite do-able!).

For the true bargain-hunter, turn to Target - don't you always? You may have to sacrifice a little on the quality side of things, but the on-trend look is there. Sam & Libby has a great selection at your neighborhood Target stop, and I particularly have my eyes on the Sam & Libby 'Ainsley' sandals. Priced under $30, you simply can't go wrong.
holly in heels