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The Look for Less: Chloé Susanna Studded Booties

I have been lusting after the Chloé Susanna Studded Booties for years now (seriously, I think this love-fest dates all the way back to 2009.) Years, I tell you. A quick Google search and you’ll see why I’m so obsessed. Sometimes also referred to as the Chloé “Susan” or “Suzanna” ankle booties, these studded booties are highly sought after, and highly expensive. And while I’ve always been a girl willing to set aside her pennies for a truly dreamy handbag or pair of sunglasses, I’ve always struggled to invest too much in a pair of boots I know I am going to wear into the ground. I live in boots and wear them out. The only real boot exception I have made is for the Stuart Weitzman 5050s – and I got them on sale. But I can easily tell you that that was a great investment; they are just the most flattering over-the-knee boots for shorter girls you’ll ever find (slimming, luxe, so comfortable … I could go on an on. Can you tell I’m obsessed?) Back to the studded Chloé dream boots. Not in my wildest dreams could I justify a nearly $1,400 price tag for a pair of shoes. The SW’s were half that (and let’s not forget my discount.)

I had heard rumors about a pretty good dupe for the Chloé booties by Choies, and after seeing Kristina talk about the Choies studded booties in her November Favorites video, I finally decided to take the plunge. Now trust me, even at $129.99 – which I’ll admit is a far cry from the $1,350 price tag of the real deal – I was still hesitant to shell out more than a hundred dollars to a website I have never ordered from, knew nothing about, and in the hopes that the boots didn’t look totally cheap. I didn’t expect a perfect Chloé Susanna copy, but I was also dreading a pair of shoes that smelled like tire rubber and fell apart after one wear. I couldn’t have been further from the truth with my crazy shopping doubts.

Chloé Susanna Studded Booties versus Look-a-Like Choies Gold Riveted Booties

Chloé Susanna Studded Booties, Barney’s ($1,345)* vs. Choies Retro Rivet Metal Buckle Pointed Boots ($129.99)

The Choies version were everything I had hoped for and more. Choies Retro Rivet Metal Buckle Pointed Boots are made out of real leather and are covered in gold rivets. The Choies studded booties version also happen to be ridiculously comfy – something I was not expecting. The quality of the Choies is not at the level of the Chloé Booties, the leather is not as buttery soft and the studs are lighter-weight, but on it’s own, the Choies studded booties really stand out as a gorgeous boot. Hubby always jokes that when we go out and I get a compliment on something I’m wearing, I “beam,” well I haven’t stopped beaming in these little studded booties. They’re showstoppers.

The Look for Less: Chloé Susanna Studded Booties by NC fashion blogger Glitter, Inc.

Maybe someday I’ll snag the real Chloé booties, but in the meantime, I’m happily prancing around in my copycat Choies studded booties.

*The Chloé‘s are also available at S|SENSENet-A-PorterForward by Elyse Walker, Barney’s, Stylebop, ShoescribeMyTheresaEditorialist, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Why You Should Wear Black Nail Polish

I have worn the color black as a neutral nail polish for years. I actually wear black nail polish almost exclusively (with a bit of red, maroon, nude, and glitter mixed in to my manicure repertoire here and there.) Don’t get me wrong: sometimes it’s fun to paint your nails in more festive colors for holidays (think baby pink for Spring-time holidays, bright red around Christmas, etc.), but black is the nail polish color I keep on coming back to.

I suspect black nail polish took on the edgy, witch-like feel thanks to Morticia Adams (style icon), and then it got the goth punk connotation some time in the 90s, but ever since, fashion girls around the globe have latched onto the shade for it’s sleek, goes-with-anything look, and have brought it to major chic girl status. Think about it: black is sexy, it’s way more versatile than just about every other color – i.e., it goes with everything (except perhaps for nudes – which has a similar effect – but black packs way more punch), and is actually surprisingly wearable. I find myself feeling edgier, cooler, more polished, whenever I wear black nail polish. And nail polish really is such a simple thing. It’s inexpensive and can make a look so much more luxe and put-together. I’m telling you, black nail polish is the way to go.

Why You Should Wear Black Nail Polish by NC blogger Glitter, Inc. Why You Should Wear Black Nail Polish - Paris Fashion Week Street Style Why You Should Wear Black Nail Polish (black nails, gold rings, zara plaid blanket scarf)

Over the years I’ve tried a lot of black nail polish – some are winners, and some are just meh. My favorites include the classic Essie in Licorice, Chanel in Black Satin (so luxe!), Butter London Union Jack Black Nail Lacquer, and my new favorite: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Blacky O (for black nail polish with a bit more staying power be sure to use the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish Top Coat; a.k.a., how to avoid the truly goth chipped-black-nail look.) I love a black-as-black hue, but if you’re not quite ready to take the leap, deep purples and blood reds like O.P.I.’s Lincoln Park After Dark and Essie’s Wicked, with almost-black undertones, are a great start

images via Mother Mag //Tommy Ton for (via Monica Rose) // A Lacey Perspective


Trend to Try: Black & White + Blush

Black and white are two major staples in my closet, and in the cooler months, I practically live in the color combination.  This Fall, I’m trying to throw in a pop of color, and I know I’ve stumbled upon a Fall accent color that is just right: blush.  (Ahem: have you seen my new site design? I’m all for the soft blush paired with black, white, and charcoal.  Swoon.)  I’ve never been one to wear anything overtly pink – though I love the color and will buy office accessories in pink for days.  But blush is subtle, it’s soft and warm, and when paired with crisp black and white, it’s chic, romantic, and ever-fashionable.  The color palette also feels equal parts modern and classic, and is simple to throw together while still looking perfect.

Target black white blush inspiration streetstyle fall winter _

Get the Look:  Target Merona® Tassel Crinkle Scarf in Blush // Target Merona® Women’s Chunky Cardigan Sweater // Target TEVOLIO Women’s Lace Overlay Dress w/ Peplum Waist // Target Xhilaration® Juniors Lace Peter Pan Collar Fit & Flare Dress // Target Xhilaration® Juniors Pintuck Tunic // Target Mossimo® Women’s Scuba Fit and Flare Dress // Target Mossimo® Women’s Faux Leather Jacket w/ Studded Collar // A-Thread Heart to Heart Scarf // Clare Vivier Fold Over Clutch

The black and white pairing is the easy part, so to get started with the look, pick up a soft blush scarf or clutch, and you’ll look perfect and ready for a stylish winter.

(And, fun fact: almost all of these picks are from Target, so you can not only jump right on trend with Fall’s perfect color palette, but you can do it at a great price!)

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.


Gold + Black Wedding Cakes


How gorgeous is this luxe table of wedding cakes? One Wed has a whole gallery full of gorgeous metallic wedding cakes, but these black and gold beauties caught my attention immediately.  One towering wedding cake, detailed with edible gold leaf is stunning, but a table full of these metallic beauties is just fantastic.  (See all of the beautiful details on these lovely cakes over on Lael Cakes.)

Via One Wed // Cakes by Lael Cakes // Photography by Jen Huang Photography


Black + Blush Urban Wedding Shoot

black blush pink tablescape table-setting wedding gold black gold sequin blush pink wedding invitation bouquet

All of the details of this urban wedding shoot are stunning, but what really caught my eye were the gorgeous colors and textures.  Any wedding that in corporates the color black this seamlessly is my kind of wedding.  (I’m having a serious moment over the black and white houndstooth fabric napkins!)  Designed by Charlie and Olivia with images by onelove photography, I’m not sure what I’m craving more, a posh themed dinner party or that gold Sarah Seven dress.  According to Charlie & Olivia, “the inspiration for this shoot was fashion meets natural urban oasis”; fabulous, right?