“Be a Kitten,” said the Heel.

Loving my kitten heels - Photo, Lauren Hagerstrom

Loving my kitten heels!

Kitten heels are such a perfect fashion choice. Adding height but not too much, they are more subtle than a stiletto and more stylish than a flat. This time of year, before it gets too cold, is the perfect time to add a kitten heel to your outfit – trouser, skirt, or dress. Try it for fun and feel yourself purr with satisfaction. You go, Kitten!

Shoes, vintage Manolo Blahnik, Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom

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Denim: Day Two

Five days of denim: Day two, wearing my slim-fit Vince jeans

Five days of denim: Day two, wearing my slim-fit Vince jeans

Five days of denim: Day two. I give full credit to my friend, stylist Kim Naci, for creating this look for me. These are my slim-leg jeans from Vince, and I was unsure how to wear them until Kim showed me how to give them new life. Rolled up and paired with a structured blazer (which dresses it up a bit) mimics the cropped-style pant and shows off a bit of ankle, not to mention a great shoe. Continue reading

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Shop your closet first …

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I want to put on the clothes and let them do their job … you shouldn’t have to work too hard for clothes.” Kim, fashion stylist

How well do you know your clothes? When was the last time you checked what was in your closet? I thought I knew my clothes and I thought I knew what was in my closet. I am often telling people to shop their closets first before heading to the store to make a new purchase. But what did I really know about my own closet? It turns out, not as much as I thought, and today was the moment when I put my money where my mouth is! My new friend, Kim, a professional stylist with Style for Hire, a company co-founded by Stacy London and Cindy McLaughlin, came to my house where we spent a few hours editing my clothing and performing a closet audit.

I was nervous and I didn’t know what to expect. First, I worried about how I was dressed. Would Kim think I was dressed appropriately for a closet audit? What is appropriate anyway? (in turns out that it didn’t matter because I was dressing and undressing the entire time!) And what would happen if Kim removed clothing to which I was still attached? I had too many questions, but fortunately for me, Kim was delightful and warm and funny and kept the mood light, which really helped. What also helped was that she knew what she was doing. Here is what we did: we pulled out everything in my closet and Kim looked it over. And if it was a ‘no go’ I said a quick good bye and didn’t look back. If it was a ‘yes,’ I tried it on. But here is where the magic came … Kim showed me surprising and unexpected ways to wear my own clothes. She styled everything with a twist and by the end of my time with her I had new outfits and was seeing my clothing in a completely new light. It was exhausting and draining and uplifting and fulfilling and emotional at the same time. Kim took pictures too, so that I could recreate the looks on my own. Continue reading

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Here, kitty, kitty, kitty!

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My Ellen Tracy leopard slingback kitten heels

Not just for our Grannies anymore, kitten heels have made a huge comeback this fashion season. What I love most about kitten heels is that they are feminine and elegant and built for most outfits, including slacks and skirts. Kitten heels have all the benefits of wearing a heel, such as adding confidence and better posture, but are comfortable and without the wobble. Couture designers are trending with kitten heels; you can find them everywhere. But you aren’t locked in to couture prices: I bought these Ellen Tracy leopard slingbacks at Marshall’s on sale for $35! Meow!

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