If These Boots Could Talk

Oh if these boots could talk!  What would they say?  They would probably say "we look good!" I have had these boots for almost two years now and they can really take the rough city streets.  Michael Kors knows how to make a long lasting boot.  I love how this outfit is almost like an updated Cher from Clueless. She would rock a mini-skirt with high boots like no other--except her top would include a a tight tank top over it (so 90's).  

Hope you all have a great week!

I'll Shop J.O.A Anytime

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white stilettos, spring shoes, white dresses, spring styles, spring dresses
white stilettos, spring shoes, white dresses, spring styles, spring dresses
white stilettos, spring shoes, white dresses, spring styles, spring dresses
white stilettos, spring shoes, white dresses, spring styles, spring dresses
white stilettos, spring shoes, white dresses, spring styles, spring dresses
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white stilettos, spring shoes, white dresses, spring styles, spring dresses
white stilettos, spring shoes, white dresses, spring styles, spring dresses

Ok--I'll admit it: I had no idea what the brand J.O.A. stood for.  I didn't even think it was an acronym, just a made up name perhaps.  Well thanks to the world-wide web, I found out otherwise.  J.O.A. stands for "Just One Answer."  As in: their clothing is the only answer?  I'm not totally sure about its origin, but it's cute and they make chic, flirty, feminine pieces.  I found this gem of a dress on Piperlime a few weeks ago (they were having a sale on top of a sale!) and I couldn't resist snatching it up.   J.O.A. is also sold at Nordstrom's and Shopbop

When I started styling this dress, I immediately knew that white stilettos were the perfect match.  White on white is such a refined and bold look.  Since it's still a little chilly out, throwing a light coat over this netted dress is perfect.  The dark green Zara coat is a delicious contrast to the stark white and adding my 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, never disappoints. This dress is still available--so click on the links in this post or below to get it for spring/summer! 

Happy Friday!

Photos by: Andrew Morales.



A Maje Moment

This effortless and chic look is one of my favorite looks to wear day-to-day.  It's very simple and stylish.  I found these black Ponte pants at Ann Taylor LOFT (like I mentioned in my last post they have cute basics) and paired it with a long flowing tank top.  Since it's still too chilly to go around with just the tank and the leggings, a sweater pulled over the long tank is the perfect winter look.  This sweater was a no brainer when I first spotted it at Maje.  It's warm and soft and the periwinkle color matches my skin tone perfectly.  It's been a great piece to wear this winter. 

My tote bag is a new addition to my wardrobe--I was looking for a large tote to wear everyday, to fit anything and everything inside.  Since I often work out of cafes, on my days off, it's nice to have a bag that can fit my computer as well.  There will be more on this bag and its contents later because I am currently working on ramping up my You Tube channel!  I will be doing fun webisodes to give you more style tips and fashion stories.  Head there now to subscribe--videos will be going up in the next week! 

Have a great weekend Everyone!

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

Polka Dot Love

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Club Monaco Julina Dress, Shopbop, Lanvin, Anthropologie
Club Monaco Julina Dress, Shopbop, Lanvin, Anthropologie

The follow up to UnFurgettable is this adorable polka-dot dress from Club Monaco, that can take you from winter to spring very easily (not that spring is really in sight, but one can dream!).  This dress was actually part of a winter sale at Club Monaco and I really came out on top with this piece.  It is light and easy to wear with an elastic waist band (always a genius idea).  The accordion pleating of the fabric is a sweet detail and goes with the old-timey feel of this dress.  I paired it with an ornately decorated clutch from Anthropologie--which was very fitting.  This is just the kind of winter look you can wear to brunch and out with friends.  For a spring transition take off the tights and pair with a nude wedge!

Hope everyone is having a great week and keep a look out for more post coming you way!

Wearing: Dress: Club Monaco, Clutch: Anthropologie, Stiletto: Lanvin, Ring: Pax de Duex.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

UnFURgettable

This fur gets looks!  I turn heads like nobody's business in this fur.  I get pets, looks, comments and frankly I love it--the pets have the potential to become weird, but I usually can manage that pretty well.  I usually can predict what people are going to say when they start eyeing me (well the fur rather) and my immediate response is: "I know."  No comments necessary.  

Since this winter has taken a huge turn and the cold weather is extreme--the fur is the only remedy.  I have never felt more glamorous in this luscious fur vest and I have been draping it over all my winter looks this season and it always seems to add a glamorous finished look.  

This look works particularly seamlessly with its color scheme--the details of the outfit underneath the fur are coming in the next post (get a sneak peek on my Instagram), but I love the gold polka-dot on a cream background, it's the perfect pairing with the golden fur and the white trim.  The black Lanvin stilettos with a their grosgrain bow are very astute.  I love this look and this fur is very much unFURgettable.  How are you all staying warm this winter (and I'm talking to those Californians!)?

Fur: Mom's Closet, Dress: Club Monaco, Jacket: Club Monaco, Tights: Spanx, Clutch: Anthropologie, Stilettos: Lanvin.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

A PSA for the Single Ladies on Valentine's Day

It's almost that day of the year: dreaded by single girls and heralded by couples from New York to San Francisco.  Well I am here to have a chat with the single ladies out there: use Valentine's Day as a day to enjoy and treat yourself!  Granted, I use almost every other day as an excuse to treat myself (ha!), but the point is that you don't have to be in a relationship to spread the love on Valentine's day and you most certainly don't have to throw a pity party for yourself.  Ok, if you want to gorge on ice cream and pizza while watching He's Just not that Into You or Pretty Woman,  that's all good: do your thing, but do it because it'll be fun and that is your treat to yourself.  (I'm always interested in a night of pizza eating.)

Spoken like the single lady that I am, I love treating myself and especially on Valentine's Day!  I get dressed up and take myself out for a glass of wine or maybe some shopping and a dessert.  The best part about this holiday is that there are opportunities to add some campy pieces to your style (think heart purses, graphic prints, and bright reds and pinks).  Treating yourself to a good time is the best way to spend this holiday and you never know whom you might meet along the way!  Check out the gallery below of some adorable Valentine's Day pieces and enjoy the holiday.  

New Coat--New Perspective

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Valentine's day outfits, Valentine Day looks, red, fashion blogger, style, Maje
Valentine's day outfits, Valentine Day looks, red, fashion blogger, style, Maje

This winter, you can't get away without wearing a coat (or two) when out and about, so I thought I'd share one of my favorite winter coats by Club Monaco.  This wool camel colored piece, added the perfect neutral to this already bold look (see the look featured here!).  It truly matches with a lot of different color palettes and is an easy add-on. Since it is a thinner coat and not too bulky, you can easily wear it under a larger coat for those extra cold days (which NYC is currently having).  I was so enthralled by this look, that I couldn't help but post it twice!

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.   

Parisian Pomp

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It's all in the skirt my friends!  This skirt screams pomp and circumstance and I love it!  Parisian fashion house: Maje has stolen my sartorial heart once again with this textured pleated skirt.  You can't just walk away from a design like this and a bold red color.  It's winter chic at its finest.  Styling it with my J Brand scuba material top and Jean-Michel Cazabat stilettos pulled together this showy look.  This is also the first time I did a shoot in Bryant Park and it just had this regal feel to it--especially in the winter.  The trees and small tables lining the park felt very Parisian and without the presence of a Chipotle across the street (ugh), you may have even thought you were in Paris.  

On a side note--I just celebrated a big birthday this past weekend (head to my Instagram to find out more) and I can't wait to share some moments from that special day, here, on the blog soon.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.


Layer Up

Wow--already almost through the first month of the New Year and I have neglected to post--I so apologize for that!  I have been missing posting my sartorial updates on MSL, but I am back in full force!  I already love some of the looks I have put together for 2015 and this first one is featuring some cozy winter pieces from California based brand Marine Layer--which just opened up a NYC store.  My top and infinity scarf are amazing pieces from Marine Layer and they are the perfect winter layering pieces.  I love the quilted detailing of the sweater.  I paired these pieces with a dark wash J Brand denim, booties and my favorite bucket bag.  I was on the hunt for the perfect bucket bag and finally stumbled upon this one at a local boutique in the East Village: Pas de Deux.  It's by design house Building Block out of Los Angeles--its staunch shape and conceptual style really struck me and I haven't really stopped toting it since I purchased it.  

This is the perfect casual look to wear this winter either to work or for a Saturday running errands or meeting friends for brunch.  Marine Layer has a lot more easy and casual items to layer up this winter so make sure to take a look! 

Happy New Year From MSL

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.....1!  Happy New Year!

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It's time to partyyyyyy and welcome in 2015 with a bang!  I hope you all are celebrating in style tonight and I thank you for following along with me this past year--I have high hopes for 2015!

Happy New Year!

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

White Christmas

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Well it wasn't a white Christmas in NYC, but it felt like one with this white number by Nha Khanh.  This Nha Khanh dress was the perfect Christmas look, but it's also the perfect 'winter white' look.  Its long sleeves and neckline, make for the perfect winter look and the hi-lo style is flirty and fun.

To accent the solid white, I accessorized with a gold belt and my favorite cocktail ring by Alexis Bittar and Christian Louboutin stilettos (duh!).  

Get this dress in red or white from Rent the Runway for a great NYE look or a fantastic winter party.  

Photos by: Lydia Hudgens.

On the Fourth Night of Hanukkah. . .

On the fourth night of Hanukkah I blogged (of course!).  

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Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah!  So it happens to be the fourth night of Hanukkah and this post is just perfect for one of your eight looks: eight nights, eight looks--naturally.  Besides Haunukkah, Christmas and New Year's Eve are quickly approaching and this dress is suitable for any of those holidays as well--not to mention my fantastic accessories.  Firstly, the ear cuff, which was featured in an earlier post, is absolutely divine and dresses up any look.  My clutch is making its dazzling debut on MSL and it has enough sparkle to last you all winter.   I also snagged these super retro and fun heals by Loeffler Randall via Club Monaco.  Love this dress?  Rent it from Rent the Runway!  Erin Fetherston nailed this look with a fitted waist and a cropped top, and the rich teal color is like wrapping paper: perfect holiday look!

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

Bold Colors and Accessories

  The holidays are a time to get dolled up and add that extra glam, not just to your wardrobe but to your hair (as you saw in my last post) and to your make-up and accessories.  For this look, I chose to do glittery eyes, a bold lip color, and gold accessories.

1.  Apply eye-liner.  For this look, I am using Benefit Cosmetics' 'Realsies' eyeliner.  It has a pen applicator and a thick consistency that creates a thick line on the eye. (Pictured on left.)  

2.  Apply the 'Liquid Crystal Liner' aka glitter paint, directly on top of the black eye-liner--it creates a sparkle on your eye and is holiday glam at its best.  (Pictured on right.)

Step 3: Apply bright pink Mac lipstick with gusto!

4.  A bold red nail and a statement cocktail ring make for the perfect holiday combination.  

5. The final look keeps you snazzy and fresh for a night out on the town!

6.  Have all accessories tie together with a common color, for the perfect look.

Holiday Hair Tutorial

Looking for some holiday hair ideas?  Start with this easy tutorial for a fancy bun!

1.  Start by pulling your hair into a pony tail and the best place to place it, is the on the crown of your head.

2. Take the bun donut and put it around the hair tie and pony tail.

3.  Move your hair all around the bun donut so the ends of your hair are facing towards your face and put a hair tie around the bun donut.  Your hair should now look like image 3. 

4.  Once you have it that way, wrap the ends around the base of the ponytail/bun and add bobby pins as needed.  

Voilà! 

There are so many ways to do your hair for the holidays.  I almost always wear my hair down, but from time to time, it's nice to wear a coiffed bun (or a loose one) and show off your neckline.  This dress (which you will see more of later) features a crew neck and for that reason it is a great idea to wear your hair up.  I am also adorning one of my ears with an ornate ear cuff, so having my hair up in a bun allows for my accessories to really shine.  The cuffed chain bracelet complimented the ear cuff nicely and kept with my silver accessories theme.  Stay tuned for more holiday outfits and accessories to come! 

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

Give Your Holiday Some Edge

The second look in My Stiletto Life's Holiday Series is upon us and it's edgy!  I mentioned on Instagram that these Loeffler Randal booties are making my winter more fashionable and in combination with this Shoshanna dress--I have created an adorably edgy holiday look.  This Shoshanna dress has a lot of shine to it and really stands out in a crowd.  The electric blue is also a great winter color that can work for any kind of holiday party (hello Hanukkah!).  Wearing the booties also makes this look a little more casual and also pain free (and I can attest to some painful stilettos!).  The gold buckle hardware really makes these booties standout and they compliment the black leather of the boots.  I always find a bootie to wear throughout each winter, last year I purchased a pair of Rag & Bone distressed booties and this year I went for a classic silhouette with edgy accents.  

This is another fabulous dress that you can buy for yourself or, just like the sequined Nanette Lepore dress from my previous post, you can easily rent if for a special occasion from Rent the Runway.  

Stay tuned for more holiday posts coming your way!

Photos by: Lydia Hudgens.

Happy Thanksgiving and the Start of Holiday Cheer

There's no better way to start off the holidays than with a Thanksgiving meal and a sparkly number by Nanette Lepore.  This kicks off the start to My Stiletto Life's Holidays Series:  I have plenty of holiday looks, stilettos, accessories, and hair styles, that are all perfect for this holiday season!  You will looked primped, stylish and ready-to-go for all your holiday events this season.  

This first number starts the season off with lots of sparkle and color!  Red and gold are perfect holiday colors--with their warm hues and wintery tones. (Not to mention my fabulous Lanvin stilettos.)  This dress is absolutely stunning, looks phenomenal in photographs, and is sexy-flirty-cool.  Instead of buying the dress this year, try renting it from Rent the Runway.  It is one of their many holiday dress they have (and I'll be wearing this season) and it makes it easy for you to get holiday ready.  

Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and I am excited to help you get holiday ready!

Luscious in Lace

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Rent the Runway, Marchesa Voyage, Holiday looks, Lace, pencil skirt, j brand, how to style a sweater with a skirt, meatpacking district, Lydia Hudgens Photography 

I am feeling so luscious in lace!  This pencil skirt from Marchesa's Voyage collection is an absolute dream. It's sophisticated, romantic and the perfect winter color.  I love the look of pairing a loose sweater with a fitted pencil skirt and this look can easily go from day-to-night.  I paired it with a classic pair of Louboutin stilettos to emphasize the romantic look that is very much my style, however, the shoes could be switched out to alter the look for any event you're attending.  

Ok, I know what you're thinking: Marchesa--gorgeous, but out of my price range!  Well, lucky for you, this skirt, along with a matching cropped top, was designed exclusively for Rent the Runway's 5th anniversary (congrats!).  You can easily rent this skirt for much less than the retail value!  It's great for a cocktail party, a fancy brunch, or even a more casual holiday party.  It is also adorable with the matching top.  

As for my sweater--it's J Brand and I got it at Saks during their recent sale, it looks amazing with jeans or skirts and the blush color lends itself to versatility.  (See how I styled it here as well.)  

Hope this helps kick off your romantic winter looks and stay tuned for some (very) serious holiday looks! 

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

Get Your Cold Weather Pieces Now

It is that time of the year for your cold weather pieces.  There are some great sweaters and coats on the market right now and J. Crew and Madewell are having great sales!  Take a look at my coat and sweater gallery below and pick one out for this winter.

I'm All About that Jumpsuit

It's this jumpsuit for the win!  When in doubt wear a jumpsuit--that's my motto anyways.  They have made an excellent comeback in the last few year and I am always so excited to see what new styles and designs keep emerging.  This jumpsuit by J. Crew has all the classic elements to it and since it's in black, I was able to really accessorize with a lot of color. The scarf and bag, in this look, are actually pieces that I have had for a few years and they really prove that investment pieces are worth the investment!  When you have a background that allows for you to get creative with your accessories it's always fun to throw in a lot of color and patterns.  My scarf is the perfect example of that: it has bold colors all mixed together and a beautiful watercolor painted aesthetic.  My shiny new red stilettos are making an appearance again (kind of hard not to wear these!).  This look is a true example of my style: classic, bold, and chic. 

See some jumpsuits to get this winter below--plus the 3.1. Phillip Lim Pashli is still available in all shapes and sizes! 

Wearing: Jumpsuit: J. Crew, Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Stilettos: Jean-michel Cazabat via Intermix, Scarf: Yarnz, Necklace: my own, Bangles: Bluefly.

Photos by: Lydia Hudgens.