If you were thinking that boots were going to go out of style, then you thought wrong! Boots are now bigger and better than ever. I love the variety of colors, shapes, and styles boots come in these days. The styles I have shown you are my favorite. Look below to see why.
1. These short brown boots by Sessun are so adorable. I can already see these with a jean skirt or a floral dress and tights. They are $380 at OtteNY.com
2. I am in love with these tall Vince Camuto camel boots. These are the perfect boots to tuck your jeans in. If you don’t get these boots, then I will. They are $149 at Piperlime.com
3. It’s definitely easy being green when you wear these cool flat boots by Style&co. The color looks great with brown and black, so they are extremely versatile. These boots won’t break your bank since they are $69 at Macys.com
4. These boots are perfect to take from day to night. They are perfect for work, but then you can wear them when you are having drinks with your friends. These booties are $27.80 at Forever21.com
5. For a casual pair of weekender boots, I would love these Rocketdog faux-sheepskin boots. Just pair these with a pair of skinny jeans, and a white tee and a leather jacket, and you are all set to go. These cute boots are $94.95 at Zappos.com
6. If you are willing to splurge on a pair of boots, then I definitely suggest picking up these Stella McCartney boots. They are just so fabulous, and I especially love the rubber soles. They are $585 at MyTheresa.com
Crafted by Meredith from Inspector Snew
For this winter, I am totally loving the cape. This piece is totally classic, but today, designers have made the cape contemporary and modern.You will definitely want this staple in your closet today! I love all of the styles I have shown you. Some are loud, fun, and bold. The others are more neutral, and they will go with everything. If you are worried that you will freeze in a cape, then don’t worry. In the milder winter periods, all you need to wear is a thick cashmere sweater with long gloves.
Vince Camuto Cape-$99 at Nordstrom.com
Suno Mohair Cape-$746 at FarFetch.com
Aryn K. Plaid Cape-$95 at Piperlime.com
M Missoni Tiger Print Cape-$1,365 at Net-a-porter.com
J. Crew Wool Cape- $398 at JCrew.com
This post was crafted by Meredith from Inspector Snew
I’ve been searching for a new fall/winter handbag, and there are so many great trends this season: Satchels, hobos, clutches, messenger bags, totes, backpacks and even wristlets. My daughter, Leigh, told me the rage at her school was Longchamp purses (I thought, how nice). She even saved up money to purchase one for herself, the Le Pliage (below). When looking for her first purse she has ever owned, I bumped into this messenger bag that is so awesome (above). This Imperial Messenger Bag is also from Longchamp ($662). This would be a major splurge :).
I’m loving this Satchel from Steve Madden from Macys ($108), It’s so casual and perfect for cooler weather. It would look great with my cowboy boots.
How cute is this little “Flap” handbag by Gianni Bini Ariel from Dillards priced ($69)?
And this one is on my list for sure. Clutches are the rage this season. This Metallic BCBG Clutch from Dillards ($98) would go with just about anything in my closet.
Snakeskin and leopard prints are hot this season. This “Snakeskin Clutch” from Zara ($79) is fun and trendy, but also is so versatile.
If you’re looking for something instead of a briefcase, this bag is for you. I would be jumping for joy to own this Tory Burch Tote Bag from Nordstrom ($450)? I could even fit my laptop in it. Happy “Fashion Friday” everyone! Please link anything you want to share below.
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I took my first “spin” (or cycling) class a few years ago, and I loved it. I quickly learned that the teacher and the music can make or break the class, but you can do it at your own level so it’s a great exercise for anyone. It’s also a great cross-training exercise as well. I am so excited to share this interview on spinning-how to’s with one of my favorite instructors, Josh Beck. Josh is the true definition of athlete inspiration. Since getting involved in endurance sports in 1999, he has completed 8 ironmans, 22 marathons and currently holds the East-West state record for cycling across Alabama. When it comes to cycling, he knows the drill. Check out our interview below:
1. Why did you start teaching spin classes? I had always utilized spin classes to stay in cycling shape throughout the winter. So, I figured if I taught the class, I could share a couple of interval, high intensity workouts with others.
2. Why do you recommend trying a spin class? What are the benefits? Cycling in general is just great cardiovascular work without too much wear and tear on your joints. Other than swimming, it’s hard to find a better low-impact cardio workout.
3. Why do you think indoor cycling has become so popular? People come for so many different reasons. The main factor is: it’s more fun to exercise with a group (camaraderie factor).
4. Why should people incorporate spinning in their cross-training? The main reason is injury prevention. Running, in particular, 4 to 6 days per week can really take a toll on your joints and ligaments. No matter what your main sport, cycling is a good way to mix it up from a physiological and mental standpoint. If you put forth 100% effort on the intervals during a spinning class, you can’t help but gain some cardio fitness (increased ability to process oxygen). This will transfer over to your other sports.
5. How many calories can you burn in an hour spin class? It really depends on the instructor. My classes have high intensity intervals sprinkled throughout the hour. If a rider does the workout like I have it laid out, a male will burn around 1,000 and female around 800 calories.
6. How important is the music to the class? Very important. Climbing songs need a steady, consistent beat. Fast, interval songs need a fast beat and to be high energy. The music needs to match the segment of the workout you are doing. If the music is bad, well, so is the class.
7. Do you have any tips for beginners? Your first move should be to have the instructor help you set up the bike so that it fits properly. It is like any other type of exercise; it takes a few times to build up your conditioning to where you can really push yourself for the entire hour. Just do the best you can during the first several classes. Another factor is saddle comfort. If you are going to spend time on a bike seat, you need to get some cycling shorts that have a chamois built in. Lastly, you should try each of the instructors’ classes at least once to find the class that fits you the best.
I’m so excited about my new column, “Fashion Fridays”. To kick off my first week, I am thrilled to have Meredith Asman as my guest for this week’s post. Meredith, began writing her blog, Inspector Snew, in February 2009. Inspector Snew highlights different fashion trends for each season with a wide range of price points from the ultimate diva to the thrifty fashionista. Meredith graduated from the University of Alabama in May and is now living in New York City to pursue a career in fashion. She is also my niece so I’m honored to have her Be sure to check out her site Inspector Snew. Take it away Meredith…
Boots are all the rage this fall. They are so helpful in keeping your feet warm from the snow, ice, and wind. Boots are super comfortable, and they are acceptable to wear in most work places. For today’s post, I have found three types of boots that are must haves for this fall. You can either splurge on a pair of boots, or you can get them for a steal! It all depends on your monthly or seasonal budget.
First, I found two great pairs of tall black wedges. I just love wearing wedge boots because they are not only comfortable, but they look great with jeans tucked in, or they look great with dresses and skirts with tights. They can be casual or dressy.
Splurge- Rick Owens for $1,895 at Saks
Steal- Lucky Brand for $219
I love lace up ankle boots. They are great for casual work days and running errands on the weekend. I love them with rolled up jeans and a simple tee with a sweater or with a girly dress and a jean jacket.
Splurge- Diesel for $320 at Ssense
Steal- Old Navy for $25
This fall and winter, you are going to need a great pair of rain boots. Not only are they essential for those rainy days, but they are perfect for walking in sloshy and slippery snow. When it gets super cold outside, buy some rain boot socks to keep your feel extra warm.
Splurge- Givenchy for $280 at Kima Zabete
Steal- Chooka for $89 at Dullards
Join me and link your fashion posts (below) or anything you feel is fashionable, food, art, photography, clothing, decorating, etc.
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