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Spring Shoe: Single Strap

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Showcased in many Spring and Fall runways is the single strap heel. Also known as the ankle strap, these shoes are classic, simple and chic.

The ankle strap heel can be found in a multitude of variations. From chunky heels to ornate details, this strappy heel is super versatile and wearable.

I love the simplicity of the single strap. Even in bold and bright colors, the design is classic. This shoe can be worn with everything. Great when wanting to show-off some leg, the small detail makes any pair of shoes slightly more flattering. The strap draws attention to the ankle, the thinnest part of the leg. Thinner = longer in this equation.

Available in a wide array of colors and styles, here are a few of my favorite single strap heels:

Alexander Wang ~ Antonia Sandal: $495.00

Manolo Blahnik ~ Chaos Cuff Sandal: $695.00

Prabal Gurung for Target ~ Ankle Strap Pump: $39.99

ASOS ~ Hollywood Heeled Sandals: $69.83

Currently Coveting: Vince Leather Jogging Pants

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viJogging down the runways of Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant and Michael Kors, the jogging pant is a sporty and comfortable alternative from everyday denim or leggings. Evolving from jersey, the jogger can be found in silk, satin, wool and/or leather.

The jogging pants trend introduces a new hybrid of sweatpants and haram pants. The slouchy, relaxed fit and tapered leg is very figure-friendly. A great pant to dress up, the jogger yearns for your highest, high-heel. Keep the rest casual for a perfectly chic ensemble.

I am currently coveting the Vince Leather Jogging Pants. Sporty-style with some edge.

How To: Subdued Sequins

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Looking ahead to party season, nothing screams the holidays like a little sparkle. Incorporating sequins into your wardrobe can be troublesome. Too many times sequin pieces end up looking more Vegas Showgirl or Dancing with the Stars. The easiest way to wear sequins is to dress it down. With a little subtly, sequins can be both daytime and nighttime friendly.

The recipe is simple: Add one part sequin to one part casual wear. Weather you choose a sequin bottom or top, temper the pizzazz with a piece of casual wear.

Casual Wear: Tops: Tanks, Tees, Sweatshirts, Sweaters, Button-downs. Bottoms: Jeans, Cargo Pants, Leggings, Shorts.

Sequins is a great way to command attention at a holiday soiree. With the right layers and accessories, this look can work all year long.

Rag and Bone ~ Sandra Pullover: $350.00

Old Navy ~ Vintage – Style V-Neck Tees: $7.50

Alexander Wang ~ T by Alexander Wang – Classic Tank: $77.00

Zoe Karssen ~ Paris Can Wait Tee: $77.78

Michael Kors ~ Sequin Maxi Skirt: $150.00

NYE Outfit Inspiration #3: Party Shorts

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NYE Inspirations end with Party Shorts. There are so many fun shorts available, leather/sequin/bright colors. Find a pair that works for you and make them the spotlight of the outfit. In this pairing the focal point are these adorable fringe houndstooth shorts. All items coupled with the shorts are simple and structured.

Wishing everyone a fun, exciting and safe New Years! See you in 2012!

Ashling

Alexander Wang ~ Tissue Skinnyracerback Tank: $59.00

Topshop ~ Crop Back Collarless Blazer: $130.00

Topshop ~ Fringed Boucle Shorts: $75.00

Neiman Marcus ~ Jimmy Choo Abel Point-Toe Patent Pump: $495.00

Forever 21 ~ Metallic Pearl Necklace (stores only): $9.80

Bucket Bag: The Diego Bag by Alexander Wang

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Alexander Wang Diego Bag

The bucket tote was originally invented by Louis Vuitton in 1932 (Noe Bag) for the sole purpuse of supporting four bottles of champagne. Currently evolving, a bucket-style bag can be found in many designer’s collections.

The Diego Bag by Alexander Wang features a top handle and adjustable shoulder strap. Metal rivits decorate the top and bottom and come in a multitude of tones (favorite – rose gold). The rugged pebbled leather is supple and pliant in which gives the bucket-style shape. The drawstring opening allows for easy access to items and secure closure.

The Diego Bag by Alexander Wang is currently at the top of my wish list. Blending edge with versatility, this bag will make a lasting impression.

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