Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps

Is it bad that the list of shoes I want is pretty much endless? And that every day I add on at least one new pair? Well, if you’re reading this, I’m sure you know all too well how I feel. Today’s obsession is the Manolo Blahnik BB Pump. I must be the last woman on Earth to hear about these gems, which is surprising because my mantra is all about being polished and put-together with the least amount of effort so comfy high heels would be high on that list of necessities. If you haven’t heard of these either, say hi to 4 inch heels that are gorgeously sexy yet uber comfortable.

Manolo Blahnik BB Pump - Royal Blue

Manolo Blahnik has released these pumps in almost every heel height, color, and leather possible. I have to say, the suede versions are really calling out my name. The colors available in suede are so rich and saturated; it’s hard to resist these beautiful jewel tones, especially in such a beautiful silhouette. Royal blue has got to be my favorite. A close second is Burgundy.

Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps - Burgundy

The rave review I keep hearing is that despite these BB’s being high enough to be sexy (4 inches = no joke), they’re not too tall that you can’t wear them comfortably throughout a normal day. After trying these on, I’d say if your feet are at all wide, size up half a size. Mine are normal to wide and I felt most comfortable in half size up. Comparing these to Louboutin Pigalles…there is no comparison. I could hardly walk in the Pigalles. They pinch like crazy and killed the balls of my feet. These feel like I can go at least a few hours in them, at least through a normal work day. If you’d like to try these also, you can get them here from Saks for $595.

Loving on Burgundy/Oxblood/Wine for Fall

My two favorite colors are camel/cognac and burgundy/wine, which happen to be the perfect two Fall colors. Is it any wonder I can’t wait for this season to start? I’m particularly loving burgundy bags for this Fall; they’d add a really nice, elegant pop of color to my black Banana Republic Trench or my J.Crew Wool Cashmere Trench in Camel. Here are some of my top picks for wine/oxblood/burgundy bags this season:

Coach Borough Bag in Oxblood

Coach Borough Bag in Oxblood

I’ve always known Coach to make those really cheesy, tacky beige logo canvas bags (sorry to anyone who actually likes those), so I haven’t really paid much attention to their releases. On a recent trip to Hong Kong, I noticed every Coach store stocked mostly these Borough bags, and anyone who carried Coach carried a Borough bag. The Borough is perhaps Coach’s best work in years; it’s very un-Coach, in that the bag doesn’t have any busy logos, or any busy-ness at all. It has extremely clean, simple lines with just the tiniest pop of gold in the middle via the logo. In Oxblood, it’s the perfect elegant work bag or day bag to accompany any outfit. Get yours here for $598.

GiGi New York Graphic Image Madison & Taylor Totes

GiGi New York Graphic Image Madison & Taylor Totes

What’s better than jeweled tone colors for Fall? Jeweled tones + python (PS. It’s not real python, it’s python-embossed calfskin). Can never resist a great tote either, so this is just the perfect combination. Icing on the cake? You can get your own monogram on there and make the bag uniquely yours. Love it. Get yours here for $305-$360 (depends on whether you want the monogram!).

Banana Republic Lillian Crossbody Bag

Banana Republic Lillian Crossbody Bag

Banana Republic has been trying to compete with J.Crew recently in terms of coming out with cute, covet-worthy bags. Though they mostly haven’t been very successful, I am a bit enamored with this burgundy Lillian crossbody. I love that it has a lot of texture with the pebbled burgundy leather flap on top of the burgundy suede, in addition to the very subtle hardware in the middle. It’s a bag that adds a lot of visual interest to any outfit, and at only $147 (with an extra 40% off your purchase right now), it’s a total steal. Get yours here from Banana Republic.

Triple 7 Take a Sweet Bag

Triple 7 Take a Sweet Bag

Ok, let’s get it out there right now — this is not made out of leather, it’s PU. Yes, I’d usually be the one turning her nose away from any bag that’s not made from leather, but bear with me here. What happens in the Fall/Winter? It rains. And snows. A lot. I always end up super hesitant to bring out one of my gorgeous, amazing leather bags out during this season, so it only makes practical sense to have an adorable, PU bag that not only keeps you stylish but is also not afraid of a little precipitation. The price is so low that it’s really quite worth it. Get it here from ModCloth for $49.99.

Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium in Burgundy

Proenza Schouler Medium PS1 Burgundy

The PS1 has been out such a long time that I’ve really not been able to keep up with the new colors released, and frankly I’ve forgotten how gorgeous this bag is. I love that it’s kind of a preppy looking schoolbag-type bag, very youthful and chic. Perfect as a work bag or a laptop bag. Would really look very put-together and polished paired up with a long black trench. The price is also very reasonable at $1,695. Get yours here from Proenza Schouler.

Top 5 Flat Knee-High Boots for Fall/Winter

It’s that time of the year again — my favorite season: boot season! For some reason, I love the combo of skirts + boots. It’s a great way to keep wearing skirts from summer to fall, and it allows me to keep buying skirts, just in hearty fabrics like tweed and herringbone. You can also change up the vibe of any outfit just by playing with boot height, heel height, and skirt length. Though something about skirts + boots just oozes va-va-voomness, it’s important to keep comfortable, so here are my top 5 picks for cute, flat knee-high boots for this season.

Madewell Archive Boots

Madewell Archive Boots

Madewell has really gained a reputation for making awesome leather bags and shoes. Their leather always looks very raw and the designs are always classic & simple, letting the leather shine. These Archive boots look like the perfect no-frills, comfortable pull-on boots. Get yours here for $298.

Frye Dorado Buckled Leather Riding Boot in Redwood

Frye Dorado Buckled Leather Riding Boot

Of course, no top boot list of any kind can be complete without Fryes, and specifically Frye Dorados. These are classics in the leather boot world, and I love that they keep coming out with better leather and colors each season. In Redwood, specifically, these have a beautiful texture and character that I haven’t really seen on other boots. Add on the buckle detailing and small stacked heel, and these just feel super luxe. Not your basic pair of boots for sure. Get yours here for $698.

Tory Burch Teresa Logo Riding Boots

Tory Burch Teresa Logo Riding Boot

Again, it’s all in the details with these Tory Burch Teresa boots. Love that the leather is smooth but if you look closely, it’s textured and looks quite unprocessed. The buckle/straps and the small gold logo at the top add visual interest and a pop of glam to an otherwise classic pair of riding boots. Neiman Marcus describes it well when they reference these details as adding to an elevated equestrian style. Get yours here for $495.

Steve Madden Intyce Riding Boots

Steve Madden Intyce Boots

Of course I’m sure most of you have already tried on these Steve Madden Intyce boots, if not already own them. They’re as popular as they are this many years after release for a reason — they have the textured, thick, chewy leather every girl wants, they have the match-everything delicious cognac color, they have just the right amount of hardware for a pop of luxe, they’re relatively comfortable with just a slight heel, and the price is quite low relative to all the other boots that can fulfill all those conditions. They’re also very adjustable at the top, so they’ll fit girls with bigger calves without looking weird. I’ve had mine for a couple of years now, and though they’re not the most comfortable boots after hours of wear, they are definitely my go-to boots. Get yours here from Amazon starting at $84.

Nine West Counter Boots

Nine West Counter Boots

And last but not least, for anyone who just wants a classic, smooth leather riding boot that will look great with anything and everything and age well with time, look no further than the Nine West Counter boots. They have a normal version and a wide calf version, but the wide calf version has a circumference of 14″, same as all the other normal riding boots, so I wouldn’t be deterred by that. When I think of the epitome of a classic, no-frills, relaxed, casual leather boot, I think of the Madewell Archive Boots. When I think of a classic, dressy, no-frills riding boot, I think of these Nine West Counter boots. Best of all, they are dirt cheap. Get them here for $114.99 from