Pink Ribbon Lip Collection

Express Statement: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month. A time where we all come together to remember those who were lost and celebrate the survivors of this disease; united in pink solidarity. Here are my picks to help you show your support this month.

Estee Lauder Pink Ribbon Lip Collection, esteelauder.com

Coach Mini Boyfriend Breast Cancer Awareness Small Strap Watch

Coach Mini Boyfriend Breast Cancer Awareness Small Strap Watch, coach.com

Nails Inc. Pinkie Pink Nail Polish, sephora.com

Nails Inc. Pinkie Pink Nail Polish, sephora.com

Rebecca Taylor Flutter Top

Rebecca Taylor Flutter Top, rebeccataylor.com

Live In Pink Necklace by Suzanna Dai, anntaylorloft.com

Live In Pink Necklace by Suzanna Dai, anntaylorloft.com

Monogrammed C. Wonder Printed Top Zip Clutch

Express Statement: Personalize Your Style

If you are a regular S&S follower you have heard me talk about making your style your own. A fun way to do that is by adding a monogram to your clothes and accessories. No longer just for the Muffy’s and Biff’s of the world; there is something for everyone. I just picked up this super cute Printed Zip Top Clutch from C. Wonder. I have been anxiously awaiting its arrival since I placed the order and I’m already in love. You can dress it up or down and I can’t wait to take it everywhere I go. Okay maybe not everywhere but you catch my drift. 

Monogrammed C. Wonder Printed Top Zip Clutch

Monogrammed C. Wonder Printed Top Zip Clutch

If a clutch isn’t for you try another handbag, sweater, shirt, belt buckle or jewelry. There are several places out there for you to choose from and here is a short list to get you started. 

C. Wonder

J Crew

Neiman Marcus

Louis Vuitton

Coach

LL Bean

Show me your monograms! Instagram me @stilettosandstatements .

20 Hot Boots for Fall

My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.

-Henry Rollins, an American musician

As the temperatures continue to fall we are getting closer to one of my favorite times of the year…BOOT SEASON! That’s right. Whether you like them over the knee or ankle height, stiletto or flat heel, open or closed toe, there is something for everyone. For me personally, after a certain point during the season I practically live in boots on a daily basis. There are so many options for corporate, casual and evening looks that the possibilities are endless. This year’s crop features some exciting new details and colors but maintains some classic looks for the more conservative fashionistas. Here are some of my favorites from this season.

Ankle

Zara High Heel Ankle Boot, zara.com

Zara High Heel Ankle Boot, zara.com

Rachel Roy Alena, rachelroy.com

Rachel Roy Alena, rachelroy.com

Vince Camuto Elvin, vincecamuto.com

Vince Camuto Elvin, vincecamuto.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors Brena Zip-Up Bootie, nordstrom.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors Brena Zip-Up Bootie, nordstrom.com

 

 

 

Riding

Burberry Patent Leather Equestrian Boots, us.burberry.com

Burberry Patent Leather Equestrian Boots, us.burberry.com

Vince Camuto Kamino, vincecamuto.com

Vince Camuto Kamino, vincecamuto.com

 

Knee High

Gucci Goldie Suede High Heel Boot, gucci.com

Gucci Goldie Suede High Heel Boot, gucci.com

Schutz Deiken Pointy Toe Boot, nordstrom.com

Schutz Deiken Pointy Toe Boot, nordstrom.com

Via Spiga Dacia Boot, nordstrom.com

Via Spiga Dacia Boot, nordstrom.com

 

 

Lace Up

Gucci Kim Leather Lace-up Mid-heel Bootie, gucci.com

Gucci Kim Leather Lace-up Mid-heel Bootie, gucci.com

Madewell Aberdeen Two-tone Boot, madewell.com

Madewell Aberdeen Two-tone Boot, madewell.com

Hogan 110MM Opti Suede Lace Up Boots, luisaviaroma.com

Hogan 110MM Opti Suede Lace Up Boots, luisaviaroma.com

Rachel Rachel Roy Palissa, rachelroy.com

RACHEL Rachel Roy Palissa, rachelroy.com

 

 

Cut Out

Ted Baker Orlee Cut Out Ankle Boot, tedbaker-london.com

Ted Baker Orlee Cut Out Ankle Boot, tedbaker-london.com

Taccetti Cutout Ankle Boot, nordstrom.com

Taccetti Cutout Ankle Boot, nordstrom.com

 

Vince Camuto Kevia, vincecamuto.com

Vince Camuto Kevia, vincecamuto.com

Vince Sonia, nordstrom.com

Vince Sonia, nordstrom.com

 

 

Over-the-Knee

Coach Dalla Boot, coach.com

Coach Dalla Boot, coach.com

Rachel Roy Gavin, rachelroy.com

Rachel Roy Gavin, rachelroy.com

Pollini Wedge Over the Knee Boot, nordstrom.com

Pollini Wedge Over the Knee Boot, nordstrom.com

 

Which one’s are you loving? Leave a comment and let me know.

 

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Express Statement: How to Achieve Your Perfect Nude Lip

eve-nude-lipstick-300x264The nude, barely there lip is hot for fall. It serves as the perfect accent to the smoky, sultry eyes of the season by allowing the focus to remain on the eye while maintaining a polished look. Check out these tips on how to achieve the perfect nude pout.

 

1. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate. (Did I mention exfoliate?) Nudes perform very best on a smooth base. Use a lip scrub to remove any excess/dead skin.

2. Use a primer. Primers are an awesome base for any cosmetic product. They give you staying power and provide a flawless face for hours.

3. Use a lip liner. Great for outlining your lips and preventing color bleed.

4. Choose a color that’s right for you. Select a nude shade that is close to your skin tone. If you’re not sure, ask an expert.

5. Choose your finish. A nude lip can either be semi-matte or glossy to prevent a dull look.

For more information and products, check out these great sites:

The Zoe Report

Style Blazer

Cosmopolitan

Nude Lip Tutorial (For Brown Beauties)

Nude Lip Tutorial

Townhouse Horse & Bit Bracelet, Ann Taylor

Fall 2013 Jewelry Picks & Fall Giveaway Winner

Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles.

-Sonja Henie, a Norwegian figure skater and film star

While I’m not currently battling wrinkles (thanks mom & dad), I couldn’t agree more with Sonja Henie. In addition to serving as a wrinkle-distraction, jewelry is a camouflage for those five pounds you gained on vacation; an accentuation for the best parts of you by drawing the eye away from problem areas. If you’re not concerned about any of those things jewelry still serves a purpose as the icing on the cake to your ensemble whether it be a sweater and leggings for the mall or a fabulous dress for date night. This season’s jewelry collections provide plenty of options for wrinkle-distraction as well as pieces that just make you feel happy and fabulous; full of color, new designs and materials you are sure to find something that suits your palate. Check out some of my favorites below.

Sparkle

Rose Dewdrops, Bauble Bar

Rose Dewdrops, Bauble Bar

Silver Ice Urchin Cuff, Bauble Bar

Silver Ice Urchin Cuff, Bauble Bar

Steal The Spotlight Statement Necklace, Kate Spade

Steal The Spotlight Statement Necklace, Kate Spade

Jeweled Right Ear Cuff , BCBG

Jeweled Right Ear Cuff , BCBG

Crystal Lace Necklace, J. Crew

Crystal Lace Necklace, J. Crew

Amazing Technicolor

Crystal Earrings, Zara

Crystal Earrings, Zara

Vintage Brooch Statement Necklace, Ann Taylor

Vintage Brooch Statement Necklace, Ann Taylor

Colorblocked Button Earrings, Ann Taylor

Colorblocked Button Earrings, Ann Taylor

Studio Cabochon Bracelet, Ann Taylor

Studio Cabochon Bracelet, Ann Taylor

Mixed Media

Spiky Rope Necklace, J. Crew

Spiky Rope Necklace, J. Crew

Townhouse Pave Bracelet, Ann Taylor

Townhouse Pave Bracelet, Ann Taylor

Crochet Bead and Tassel Necklace, Tory Burch

Crochet Bead and Tassel Necklace, Tory Burch

The Chain Gang

Hexagon Link Necklace, Tory Burch

Hexagon Link Necklace, Tory Burch

Interlock Chain Bib, BCBG

Interlock Chain Bib, BCBG

Animal Magnetism

Honeybee Necklace, J. Crew

Honeybee Necklace, J. Crew

Gallery Pave Link Necklace, Ann Taylor

Gallery Pave Link Necklace, Ann Taylor

Townhouse Horse & Bit Bracelet, Ann Taylor

Townhouse Horse & Bit Bracelet, Ann Taylor

Winslow Beetle Ring, Tory Burch

Winslow Beetle Ring, Tory Burch

And finally the moment you have all been waiting for..the winner of the fall giveaway is Melanie Young. Congratulations Melanie!! To redeem your prize, please email your shipping address to me, at donielle@stilettosandstatements.com. As a reminder, you have 48 hours to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone for entering and look forward to more giveaways in the future!

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Express Statement: Shoe Comfort

Greetings from Las Vegas! Well the party kicked off last night with dinner followed by dancing into the wee hours. As we made our way back to the room I noticed how many of us were able to keep our stilettos on until crossing the threshold. Lack of shoe comfort can end your fun before you’re ready and kill your feet. Don’t let this happen to you! 😀Check out this video on how to make your shoes more comfortable.

PS. Today is the last day to enter the fall giveaway. Make your entries today!

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Vegas Survival Guide

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas

-Anyone who has ever been to Vegas

Greetings from Montreal! I’m visiting the lovely French Canadian people and taking care of some business. I’ve been here for 48 hours and already consumed too many croissants. Anywho I’m here and working hard; something we all do on a daily basis. However when we work hard, we want to play hard too. And play is exactly what I shall do this weekend in Las Vegas. As with most of my vacations, I began planning my wardrobe a couple of weeks ago. There are a plethora of things to do or see in Vegas so I had to consider the question “what do I need to survive in the wild Vegas?” That being said I present to you some items from the Stilettos & Statements Vegas Survival Guide.

It is HOT in the desert so a day spent relaxing poolside is a distinct possibility. Make no mistake, fashion abounds on the pool deck. Suits with bling and accompanying accessories are tres apropos. Below is an example of my personal pool style.

Vegas Swim

Very Sexy Collection Bikini, Victoria’s Secret; Gold Cinque Ring, Bauble Bar; Gold Bangle Set, J. Crew; Large Flat Hoop Earrings, Express

If you choose to partake in the Vegas shopping experience, skinnies, flats and a cotton top will keep you comfortable and casually cool.

Vegas Shopping

Essential Shirt, The Limited; Seaport Pearl Studs, Kate Spade; Spring Street ‘India’ Bangles, Nordstrom; Printed Pointy Flats, Gap

Vegas features many different types of shows for your entertainment pleasure. A structured jumpsuit is the perfect piece to take you from the theater to a late night bite.

Vegas Dinner and Show

Structured Satin Jumpsuit, Stella McCartney; Vintage Bejeweled Collar Bib Necklace, C. Wonder; Bling Stud Earrings, C. Wonder; Neoprene Minaudiere, Zara; Leather Court Shoe, Zara

If you want to party until the sun comes up, Vegas is your kind of town and a sexy dress is your uniform for an epic night. Be bold in a hot hue like red or daring in a body conscious dress; peek-a-boo sexy in cut outs or edgy in leather; covert sexy in a high neckline or turn on the spotlight in sequins. You almost can’t go wrong.

Vegas Party

Haute Hippie Try Not To Stare Dress, Rent the Runway; Blu Bijoux Mint & Lime Crystal Marquise Chandelier Earrings, Max & Chloe; NUNU Aqua Chalcedony Cocktail Ring, Zappos; Halston Heritage Golden Ticket Clutch; Rent the Runway; Jimmy Choo Lance Wavy Wrap Sandal; Neiman Marcus

So that’s my plan to “survive” the jungle known as Vegas. What are your go to Vegas survival items?

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Introducing: Express Statements & Fall Giveaway

Hey S&S fans!

Ever feel like you can’t get enough Stilettos & Statements? Well you’re in luck. Starting today I’ll be bringing you Express Statements every Friday. Express Statements will bring you a quick hit of my fashion musings to set you off right for the weekend. To kick things off I’m giving away this beautiful Crystal Flower Necklace from Zara to enhance one of my beautiful reader’s fall wardrobe.
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How can you win you ask. Check the entry guidelines below:

ENTRY GUIDELINES
To enter for the chance to win the Zara Crystal Flower Necklace:

  1. Schedule an appointment with us for your fall wardrobe update (or any other S&S service) – Visit the Contact page to get started. – 2 Entries
  2. Become an email or WordPress follower of the Stilettos & Statements blog – You can just hit the “Follow” button on the right navigation. If you already follow in this way, you’re one step ahead! – 1 Entry
  3. Follow @Stilettosnstate on Twitter – Simply hit the “Follow @stilettosnstate” button on the right navigation. Again, you’re ahead of the game if you already follow in this way! – 1 Entry
  4. Like us on Facebook – Hit the “Like” button on the right navigation. And if you’re already doing this you know the drill by now. – 1 Entry
  5. Leave a comment on this blog post, sharing what you love most about Fall 2013 trends. – 1 Entry

Note: I love and appreciate my international followers. Unfortunately the prize may only be shipped within the continental US.

ENTRY DEADLINE
The deadline for entry is 11:59pm EST on Saturday, September 14th. The winner, who will be chosen at random, will be announced here on the Stilettos & Statements blog on Monday, September 16th.

Please check back to see if you’ve won. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

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Fall 2013 Hair Trends

Happy Labor Day! I hope you have found some time this weekend to kick back and relax. Yesterday I was out enjoying the last bits of summer as well as my new fall ‘do.

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It is bold, edgy yet sophisticated and fresh for fall. My reddish brown ombré locks are replaced by an asymmetrical bob with golden blonde and chocolate brown hues. While going through my metamorphosis I asked Marcia Williams, CEO of Embellish Beauty Concepts and creator of my new look, “what’s in for fall hair?” Here is the lowdown:

Blondes
Change up your bright summer blond by adding deeper, golden lowlights and undertones. This will create a bold richness for fall.

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Brunettes
Darker and richer hues like chestnut and chocolate brown are hot. Touches of gold or red enhance this autumnal look.

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Redheads
Cooler and richer reds are the way to go. Add in some warm brown or golden highlights for a multi-tonal and effect.

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For those of you that thought you missed the ombré trend I have good news. Marcia says this trend remains hot for fall with a softer filter. Go for a deeper color at the root with gradual lightening that creates a soft blend.

Now let’s talk about hair styles. How should we look to coif our hair this fall? There are several options.

Low Ponytail
It is simple, effortless but evokes tons of style. Wear it messy, wear it sleek, wear it bouncy; just keep it low and simple.

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Side Faux Bang
Thinking about bangs but not yet ready to commit? Try a faux bang. It gives a whole new take on the side part while providing a softer, sophisticated feel.

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Volume
Big voluminous curls make a beautiful statement this fall. Curls are less defined and brushed out for a softer and fuller look.

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Deconstructed Bun
Everyone loved the top knot bun of spring and summer. The bun trend continues but with uniformity and perfection. The bun for fall is messy and convoluted to your hearts desire while maintaining a level of chic that is still office appropriate.

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Finally, what if someone wants to go for a completely new look? What are some of the hot cuts for fall?

The Pixie
Beyonce rocked this one for about two minutes but you should consider carrying this look into the spring season. It is a classic style seen from time to time through out the years but modernized.

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Bangs
There are a couple of options here if you are ready to commit. Soft bangs that are left long enough to curl or wispy bangs cut on an angle. Either way the move is drifting from the blunt cut to a softer feel.

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The Bob
Another classic (and the inspiration for my fall cut) is the short bob that hits just above the chin and frames the face. This style can be worn with either a soft or slightly edgy effect. For a soft feel, incorporate loose waves and curls. For edgy sophistication, go for a sleek and straighter look.

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Before trying anything new you should consult a professional to determine the best color and cut for your skin tone and face shape. That being said, which trend are you looking forward to trying?

Pencil

Style Classic: The Pencil Skirt

“Ninety percent of the time I’m having romantic-comedy fantasies in which I’m wearing little pencil skirts and hurrying down to the subway.” – Mindy Kaling, An American actress, comedian, writer, and producer

Well, I can’t say that I share Mindy’s rom-com fantasies but I do share her love of pencil skirts. It is a classic, timeless piece that never goes out of style. If I did not care much for variety I could almost wear one every day. For the upcoming fall season, skirts and sweaters are a hot trend, so the possibilities are endless.

Check out my ode to the pencil skirt along with some tips on how to make it work for you.

For some examples of pencil skirts and other fab silhouettes for fall, check out my picks on pinterest.