Pick of the Day | Barney's Criss Cross Nude Ankle Strap Sandal

Closet essentials, the basic pieces everyone should have in their wardrobe, don't have to look basic. Case in point, the nude, criss-cross ankle strap sandal from Barney's Co-op below. There's magic in any nude heel, be it a pump or sleek, strappy number. Why? When added to any look (sidenote: assuming the beige hue of the shoe is not contrasting too much with your own skin's natural hue) a neutral, beige shoe will never cut the vertical eye-line of a look at the ankle. It extends it and elongates your silhouette, and really, unless you're passing five foot ten (jealous), who doesn't love a good stylish streamlining moment?

Meet today's pick:

barneys sandal

One fabulous, ankle strap sandal pick? I mean, who do you think I am? Right, one pick is never enough. See more shoe picks, from nude hues to everything under the rainbow, so you keep the shopping momentum going strong. It's always good to have options (especially when they're uber-edited down to the top shopping picks):

Looking at a shot of a shoe (whether it's an ankle strap sandal or knee high gladiator boot) is one thing. Sure, there's a Pavlovian response when it comes to seeing the perfect shoe, but that's just part of the equation when it comes to down developing your personal style. How to wear the thing is another, completely essential piece of the pie. Here are a couple of takes on how to pull that off taken directly from the runway. Think: inspiration...

runway remix

1. Antonio Berardi Spring 2013 2. DKNY Spring 2012 3. Carlos Miele Spring 2012 4. Carven Spring 2012

(source: www.style.com)

I love a good shopping moment. I love product as much as the next girl, and, my god, give me an hour scrolling through runway picks and I happily slide into a blissful (yet somewhat catatonic) state of being inspired. But, and there is a but, I also like to go a bit deeper when it comes to finding things that resonate in life. Enter, the zen moment piece of the post. Words can inspired you as much as the next strappy sandal, sometimes (gasp) even more, but there's something to both ends of the spectrum. For now, it's time to take a minute and hand the spotlight over to the written word, in quote form, with fun little graphics attached because I seriously can't help myself:

zen moment

source: www.menstyle1.com

I think we complicate things in life. I say this because I do. At the end of the day, when all the thoughts are done spinning around up there and when I'm left sitting in my small corner of this world to think for, oh I dunno, a second or two, I tend to focus on the one thing that makes me smile, that brings me back, and that is love. Giving it, getting it. For me, love is the great equalizer and comes in every form possible, some that you may not even have thought of yet. Every one of us defines love differently. I know my definition. Do you know yours? Just a little food for thought post-shoe obsessed shopping moment.

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