DOCTOR’S ORDERS

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I am having some foot issues and I must bid my ballet flats adieu.011440470704_03_03_645Wx645HFor those who are aware of my Roger Vivier  ballet flat addiction know how hard that information is for me to accept.

Bone Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis = not sexy.

I’m having orthotic inserts made.

Good God.

Is this the beginning of my downhill slide into old age?

Is this what happens?

Should I have not thrown my AARP application away?

I’m in pain so I must follow Dr. Handsome (my podiatrist) orders not to wear flats or go barefoot.

He suggested supportive shoes with my fancy new orthodic inserts and or a slightly raised heel aka a “wedge”.

Did I hear Dr. Handsome say “wedge”?

Lightbulb.

I have an awesome pair of wedges I bought this past summer.

I ran home and put them on.

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They’re gorgeous and comfortable.

They actually felt great on my feet.

Something besides my clogs and lame athletic shoes.
Hallelujah!

So naturally, for the health of my heels I had to go shopping.

I thought since the summer Balenciaga’s worked so well I’d go for a new

fall pair. So cute with the Navy and Black accents, they go with everything.

Blue and Black Balenciaga Wedges

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I also love the color of these wedges.
They also come in black. Great running around town shoes.

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Rag & Bone

I am dying for these lovely shoes.

Available for pre-order.

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Lanvin

Fringe + Wedge?

I’m in!

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Finally a Doctor’s Order that I had no problems following!

xoxo

Carrie

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WHITE SHOES ARE CHIC

White shoes and jeans

I love white shoes.

For the longest time I just thought they were tacky.

Okay if you were a nurse or a bride.

Something Mrs. Roper would wear on a cruise.

 Very Carmela Soprano.

I hadn’t owned or wanted to own a pair since my white Buck shoe craze/phase in college.

And that was a really long time ago.

But now I own two pairs.

And I don’t think they are tacky at all.

Prada White Penny Loafers

www.shop.nordstrom.com

I bought these white loafers two months ago and I haven’t taken them off.

My new go to shoe, they’re neutral and go with everything.

 They look great with all sorts of jean styles, shorts, and pants.

I keep on trying to put other shoes in the rotation, but I keep on circling back to these.

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Of course you can never go wrong with these white Adidas style athletic shoe…the style has been around forever.

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White Roger Vivier Shoes

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I also have a pair of white patent leather Roger Vivier flats similar to the ones above, but with a black buckle.

A bit worn, but so loved that in my closet they shall remain.

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Pierre Pone Hicks

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White Jean and White Loaferswww.lagarconne.com

 I think my flat white shoes need a high-heeled sibling.

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Photo: www.erikabrechtel.com

 I am loving the look of white pumps!

Never thought I’d be looking for a pair.

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Dolce & Gabbana White Pumps

Photo: Harper’s Bazaar

But I am.

xoxo

Carrie

Lead Photo: www.bittersweetcolours.com

RAINY DAY GEAR

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It’s been a while since I’ve had to get the umbrella and rain boots out, but we are experiencing a rain storm in Los Angeles that’s one for the records.

California Rain Forecast

 I really don’t mind it at all. California is in a serious drought and we need this downpour desperately.

 I like the change in weather and the rain is nice.  It’s hard to complain about months of sunny skies and low 70’s when my Chicagoland sister is smack in the middle of the Polar Vortex (she now thinks  Zero is balmy) but it does get a tad boring having the same forcast day after day.

 I was looking forward to staying in baking and making soup, but had a few necessary errands before becoming a shut in.

Scalamadre Umbrella

  I dusted off my rainy day gear and got ready to brave the rain. After getting dressed I realized my raincoat was 20 years old and needed to be put down.  My beloved Scalamadre Zebra umbrella has been played with too many times by a 6-year-old  and is bent and sad looking.

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And I really wanted a shorter rain boot for running around.  I love my Hunter Wellies, but sometimes they’re a pain to pull on and off.

 When I returned to my warm house and a crackling fire I poured a large glass of wine and  started doing a little internet shopping to update my rainy day gear.

Much more fun than sorting tax receipts.

How cute are these Valentino rain boots?

 I’m obsessed with anything with a “V” and a Spike .

Valentino Rain Boots

www.saksfifthavenue.com

It’s a tight race, because these Rag and Bone for Hunter boots are adorable.  Any black and navy color combo always catches my eye.

Rag and Bone Rain Boots

www.shop.nordstrom.com

I love a trench and this is the perfect model to replace my sad old coat.

The khaki/camel color is classic and timeless.

The price is right too.

It’s $128 and you can get 35% off your purchases!

Gap-TrenchCoat

www.gap.com

This Jean Paul Gaultier is the perfect umbrella to replace my newly retired one.

It’s fun and sure to brighten any rainy day.

I also love that it’s compact and I can throw it in a bag or purse.

Jean Paul Gaultier Umbrella

www.hervia.com

It may be another 6 months, but  the next time the rain comes I am armed and ready!

xoxo Carrie

Photos: Top www.500px.com, Second www.acuweather.com

Moc Me All You Want

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I LOVE my new moccasins!

They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned.

And damn good-looking.

I’m a fan for life.

I purchased the moccasin at the Itasca Leather Goods Store  in Hayward, Wisconsin.

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Here’s a little background on the company.

“Itasca Moccasin was founded in 1986 by Mardel Bents who learned the moccasin-making business after being sold leather working equipment by a salesman from St. Paul, MN. Bents opened the original factory store in Lake George, MN, located in the northwestern quadrant of the state between the towns of Park Rapids, Bemidji and Walker. The location was ideal — just outside of world-renowned Itasca State Park, the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Since its opening, the store has attracted visitors traveling to the park from throughout the country. Also among its early customer base were Native Americans living in the nearby reservations of Leech Lake, White Earth and Red Lake; the native Ojibwe wear moccasins as a part of their regalia for Powwow dances and for other cultural events”

The price is right too.

$122 for a handmade pair of moccasins.

I wear them out and about and though they do not have a hard sole, they are wearing quite well

thank very much.

Here are my moc’s.

I love the olive, buff and red color combo.

They go with everything.

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$122

Next up on my moccasin wish list.

Cota French Lavender

 Cota French Lavender

$122

and these

Obion Chukka Boots

Obion Chukkaa Ankle Boots 

$248

My sister Darbie loved these boots.

They will be in her closet shortly.

Mermec Boot

Meramec 12″ Boot

$278

and so will these

Nokasippi Chocolate Suede

Nokasippi Chocolate Suede

$302

Here is my sister Jenny’s pick.

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$122

And they also make Men and Children’s Shoes

These mini moc’s kill me.

So cute for little feet.

The perfect baby gift!

Maquoketa Fringed Children's Moccasin

Children’s Maquoketa Fringed Moccasin

$58

Here’s another thing that’s cool about this leather goods company.

Itasca will customize your order.

You can add fringe, beads, create your own color combination, type of leather, etc…

They have an on-line store and I suggest you order a size smaller than you normally do because leather stretches.

One or two wears and you’re set.

So go wild, be creative and get your own personalize unique pair of shoes.

Your feet will thank you.

xoxo Carrie

Photos: Itasca Pinterest Page

Sandal Season

Girl in sandals

I love sandal season.

Because sandal season means summer is here.

And I love summer and all it entails.

I’ve recently done some sandal shopping and I am ready for:

Jazz Nights at LACMA, Wine Tastings at Barnsdall Park,  El Fresco restaurant dining, Summer BBQ’s, flea markets, beach parties, Malibu, summer vacations, and weekend getaways.

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 Photo: www.promenadeonthepeninsula.com

I picked up the black and lilac sandals from J Crew.

A great gladiator style, with a smidge of a metallic heel.

I just couldn’t resist the lilac.

They’ve been fun so far and I am surprised at how many different colors they work with.

I thought I’d use the black more, but the lilac have proven to be more of a staple.

And with the $150 price tag (now on sale for $119), who could pass them up?

Liliac Gladiator

Buy them here:  J Crew

I also picked up two pairs at the Neiman Marcus Shoe Sale after lunch at Mariposa with friends.

If you meet 3 of your best girlfriends for lunch during a shoe sale, it is a guarantee that you are coming home with some new shoes and a pop over in your belly.

I love the color combo of the Lanvin Flats, a little white, brown, and black. They have a bit of a heel so they work with everything and the ankle strap gives the shoe some sex appeal without going over board.

Lanvin Sandals

Buy them Here: Neiman Marcus

I also couldn’t resist this pair of Marni sandals.

 The cherry color is gorgeous and they just so happen to match my favorite necklace from J Crew.

Red Marni Sandal

Marni

Here’s the necklace

Red Flower Necklace

 J Crew

And finally I needed a new pair of sandals with a heel that I could actually walk in.

I found these Elizabeth and James sandals and they fit the bill.

Elizabeth & James Sandals

Buy them here: www.shopbop.com

These Chanel Sandals are next on my list.

I love the chain embellishment.

They add a chic element, but the flat heel makes the ideal for running around.

Chanel Sandals

Buy them here: Chanel

 Go Summer!

xo Carrie

Hot, Hot, Hot

Hot Pink Ballgown

Hot Pink.

It’s the latest color I am obessessing over.

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I am super excited that one of my favorite clients ‘N” approved hot pink curtains with her Hague Blue Walls.

It is going to be divine.

My client “E” let me sneak some in her living room which made me super happy.

Hoping to do more.

In the meantime

Here are some of my favorite images featuring my color crush.

Hot Pink Sofas
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Photo: Emily Henderson

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Photos: Pinterest

Hot Pink Chairs

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Photo: House & Home

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Photo: janellemccullochlibraryofdesign.blogspot.com

You’ll always be in the “hot” seat in this chair.

Great price too!

Hot Pink Thornet Chair

Photo: Keep.Com

Pink dining Chair

Photo: House Beautiful

The pop of hot pink on the chair cushions make this room.

And no wonder the room is so chic, it belongs to one of my style crushes, Minnie Mortimer and her husband Stephen Gaghan.

Hot Pink Chairs, Blue Book Cases

Photo: Pinterest

Hot Pink Entry Way

Mary McDonald Pink Entry

Photo: Mary McDonald

Typically not a fan of the hot pink/black combo.

It tends to look at little  too “Gallery Z”  for me, but this entry works.

Jonathan Berger Entry

Photo: Jonathan Berger

Throw some hot pink into your tablescape for a chic summer look.

Hot Pink Table Scape

Photo: Pinterest

Throw some hot pink into some of your accessories.

The hot pink pillows on the blue gray sofa gives the room pizazz.

Kishani Perera Hot Pink Pillows

Photo: Kishani Perera

I love the navy and hot pink on this throw and the serape vibe makes this a winner.

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Buy It Here: www.biscuit-home.com

The hot pink color jumps out in these wallpapers.

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Photo: hdwallpapers4desktop.com

 I love this Elizabeth 2 Grey and Pink wallpaper  by  “Madison & Grow” .

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Photo: www.betterlivingthroughdesign.com

I love this shot and her outfit.

If only I could walk in heels.

I haven’t done that in 10 years.

Pink Wall

Photo: www.pinterest.com

xoxo Carrie

Top two photos: Pinterest

Packing for the Desert

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We are heading to the Desert for the long weekend and I can’t wait.

The Desert restores me and I always come back to Los Angeles relaxed, refreshed and calm (unless traffic is a bitch coming back).

Here are a few of the things I’m packing.

This Ikea bag is perfect for throwing towels, goggles, sunscreen, snacks, you name it.

It’s a big one and holds everything our family needs poolside.

Ikea Spana Bag

Buy it here: www.ikea.com

The Tom Ford’s have come and gone, but the Ray Ban Aviator has been my go to shades for over 20 years now.

I have my college sorority sister Helaine to thank for introducing me to this style.

They’ll be traveling with me.

Ray Ban Aviator

Buy them here: www.ray-ban.com

I just got this Lemlem cover up from J. Crew and it will be perfect for throwing on when we head to the pool.

J Crew Cover Up

Buy it here: J Crew

I plan on lounging all day poolside with a big stack of  fashion and trashy gossip magazines.

To redeem myself a tad, I am also packing the latest book our book group is reading, “The Tenth of December” by George Saunders.

10th of December

By it here: Amazon

The desert gets cold at night so I am bringing my favorite shawl from Viriginia Johnson to keep warm when the sun goes down.

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Buy it here: www.virginiajohnson.com

I love Scrabble and I am hoping to get my husband to play a game or two with me.

Scrabble

Buy it here: www.hasbro.com

The most important things I am bringing with me are my family.

Adam and Caroline

They make life fun.

Not to be forgotten,  Mr. P is along for the ride, he’s a fan of the Desert too.

Mr. P

It just wouldn’t be the same without him.

Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo Carrie