Shopping Local and With Heart

The Team of Willow St. Gives to The Community Food Bank of New Jersey; courtesy Willow St.

“Every little bit counts. And in these times I think it’s time for all of us to come together as a community, put down our cell phones, give someone a smile, give someone a hug. I want to get back to the basics, support each other and our community – shopping local and small is a great way to start.” Lezli Salz-Bradley, Owner Willow St.

Last night a favorite local Summit boutique, Willow St. held its 2nd annual Fall Fashion Show (with a shopping party to follow). Owner Lezli spoke before the event, thanking the audience and her valued customers for their support for 23 years. For the shopping portion of the evening, Willow St. donated 10% of the shopping proceeds to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Before the show, Lezli talked about her favorite fall fashion trends seen in the , including velvet. “Velvet is my most favorite trend of the season. Kind of like velvet on everything – velvet shoes, velvet blazers – it really takes the most boring outfit and gives it a big pump … you can just do anything with velvet.” Other trends seen in the show included sneakers, ruffled/billowy sleeves, and studs. Lezli, I hear you on the velvet!!

It was a fun night of fashion and music but the best part was shopping local with community, and shopping with heart!

WillowSt. is located in Summit and Morristown, New Jersey. Here are Lezli’s 5 Fashion Trends of the Fall Season

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New Shoes for Back to School – and they’re Tory Burch!

Optimized-P1060503Buying new shoes for back-to-school is a tradition in my family, passed down from the time I was a little girl preparing for my first day of school. I still buy my boys a pair of shoes this time of year, even though they are now in college and high school. But I get charged when I find shoes myself; I think it’s because I never lose that excited feeling of starting a school year. You know – new shoes and clothes mean new beginnings and fresh starts – just in time for chillier weather and shorter days.

My new pair of shoes are “Gigi” by Tory Burch. I love them because they are versatile and go with everything. Somewhere between a flat and a heel (and what a perfect heel it is!), they are designed for true comfort – I can wear them to work and beyond. Described as ‘Sixties-inspired,’ I chose the patent leather, but this shoe comes in both patent and suede as well as a wide range of colors. I plan to pair them with either a slim-leg pant (seen above) or mid-knee skirt or dress.

I like Tory Burch shoes for their style and quality. I try to find them on sale whenever possible because they are pricey, yet there are certain fashion staples I think are worth the money. Shoes fall in this category. If you invest in a pair of shoes and take good care of them, they will last you a long time and provide you with a return on your investment. Classic shoes are timeless; mixing elegant pieces with fun and flirty styles will give you a well-rounded wardrobe. And there is always the dream of where the shoes can take you!  Happy Back-to-School, for the student in all of us.

Shoes, Tory Burch; pants, vintage; blouse Anne Fontaine; bag, H&M

Photo by Abrina Hyatt

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