Thursday is Thanksgiving in the USA and I certainly will give thanks for shoes. Here are 4 options complete with outfit suggestions for a stylish and comfortable day. My fave holiday look - a stylish ankle boot and dress combo (choose a knit shift for optimal comfort). Add a pair of leggings, not as constricting as tights, and you will be golden. The dress is a nod to festive and the ankle boot will add lots of style. I'm going glitter/glam this year with these navy beauties, perfect for my restaurant dinner. I'm completing my look with a blue-on-blue jacquard fit and flare dress, black leggings and leather jacket, with some hardware to wear jewlery, but hey that's me. My second choice for event style is a cropped pant, tunic top and kick-ass pumps. Keep it festive with color, texture and detail. Keep it comfortable with a kitten heel. I love the outfit in shades of grey with this bright pink lady-like accent. For a bit more casual approach spiff up your riding boots (or not-sometimes weathered is just the thing). These are dead versatile and every woman should have at least 2-3 pairs. Couple them with a long tailored shirt over some skinny jeans and you will exude polished, sophisticated cool. I love the grey/brown color and military details on these "Battle" by Matisse. (Yep, I own them.) If a family gathering is on your agenda, choose a comfy sweater, cuffed straight legs or skinnies and a comfy ankle boot. A wedge is a nice option if you need to chase little ones or pets. Add a neck scarf for an uptown twist. I like the nod to desert boots here - very of the moment. I'd wear them in leopard;) Whichever combination you choose go a little wild with your shoes. Be safe, be stylish, be comfortable and enjoy those special to you.
The holidays are looming - time for festive footwear! It's the most wonderful time of the year. Parties galore. Always an opportunity to be a little out of the box and a little over the top. My faves for festive footwear revolve around color, texture and shine. This year my top picks are Velvet & Glitter. Velvet brings a touch of luxury to any outfit. This year Blue is the color of choice. I LOVE these Thakoon booties. Wear all season with jeans to party dresses or anything in between. The cowboy style with harness bow and buckle strike the right balance between feminine and tomboy. Badass & Beautiful. Looking for velvet value? Check out these two styles Rosemary and Neveah from ShoeDazzle.com. Both are value priced at $39.95, available in blue or cranberry. At this price you can get them both. Use a spray protector on any fabric, including Velvet to keep them looking smart. Don't forget to test a small unseen patch first to make sure the spray doesn't ruin the color. A good bet is 3M Scotchgard. My second pick for a festive season is Glitter. Can't find it? Make it! Not only do you get the style, fit, comfort and price you want, you get the color you want too! Check out these homemade beauties. Here's how to make them: http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/01/how-to-make-glitter-shoes-.html Ready to go really over the top? Mix both velvet AND glitter to make a major statement. These gold glitter and red velvet Michael Antonio booties are particularly perfect for Santa's Badass and Beautiful Elves. Whatever festive footwear you choose, prepare now and enjoy the holiday season.