Shopping List | 6 Boots that Redefine the Category

Today's Shopping List takes the notion of a basic boot and flips it on it's head courtesy of everything from neon pink suede to blue velvet platform action, and anything you could think of in-between. Check out the six stunning variations that redefine what a boot can be:

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These Osprey ankle boots are a massive neon injection to any ensemble. Honestly, they made it onto the shopping list for the silhouette as much as the fuchsia shock factor.

1 Rupert Sanderson Fuchsia Osprey Suede Ankle Boots

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These wedge boots are edgy to say the least. Sure, they're not for everyone, but that's what makes them beyond interesting. Loving them over a skinny jean or legging.

2 Jil Sander Dark Grey Suede Wedges

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3 Rag & Bone Harrow Boot

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Nothing like a little blue velvet to bring something new to any look. With that heel height and platform, these boots realistically aren't made for too much walking, but they sure are pretty.

4 Jill Stuart Meade Velvet Booties

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Such a great way to take a basic wedge boot to another level. All it takes is a touch of fringe to add a little oomph without going overboard.

5 Ziah Fringe Boot

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Saving the best for last with these See by Chloe Slouch Ankle Boots. Gorgeous and perfect back to a legging.

6 See by Chloe Black Suede Slouch Ankle Boots

source:  Rupert Sanderson Fuchsia Osprey Suede Ankle Boots (www.ssense.com), Jil Sander Dark Grey Suede Wedges (www.ssense.com), Rag & Bone Harrow Boot (www.otteny.com), Jill Stuart Meade Velvet Booties (www.shopbop.com), Ziah Fringe Boot (www.nastygal.com), See by Chloe Black Suede Slouch Ankle Boots (www.ssense.com)

Six boots will certainly get things warmed up, but there's so much left when it comes to all things shoes. Imelda, beware, the list goes on. See the rest of the best shoe picks that find their way into the virtual StyleShaker Closet every week, and keep the shopping momentum going strong:

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What to wear? Check. Great, but what about how to wear it? You can't really have one without the other when it comes to style. The million dollar question is, "what am I going to wear today?"

It can wear you down, I get it, it's actually why I created the What to Wear Weekly Lookbook. My clients send over pics of pieces from their closets and get personalized Weekly Virtual Lookbook (along with so much more, including a one-on-one consult with Yours Truly to create a style profile; i.e. it's me, not an algorithm) that shows them how to wear what they have. Where you see two looks, I will show you dozens, it just takes a fresh perspective from a fashion industry veteran. See what you get and all the good details here:

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Inspiration comes in many forms, shopping and product just being one of them. Sometimes it's a line from a book my friend just recommended to me. Case in point, here's today's Zen moment:

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I've been thinking about this quite a bit lately. Could it really be as simple as being present and grateful for this very moment right now? I'm not sure, but Niequist's quote has me thinking twice, and for that, I adore her & her amazing writing ability. What do you think?

Deep thoughts aside, it's time to get back to what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop for it, all right here.

Today's Shopping List Starts with a Caged Ring and Ends with a Quote from Milton Berle. Yup.

Five more fashion favorites, hand-picked and served up for your shopping inspiration on today's list. It's all about baby-stepping your way into a wardrobe you love (not to mention knowing how to wear what's in there). But for now, it's time to focus on what to wear. It all starts here:

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Great ring. It's so different from anything else I've seen out there. Almost like an optical illusion for your hand and I love it.

1 Odette New York Klaia Cage Ring

 

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Leah Lerner bags were a recent discovery. I happen to adore an oversized clutch and this large leather one with painted details was a perfect fit to momentarily satiate my obsession. It's simple but with a bit of a twist. You can't go wrong with that.

2 Leah Lerner Large Leather Clutch

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3 Sigerson Morrison Colorblock Ankle Booties

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This is a dress to own a room in. The architecture, let alone the color, had me the second I laid eyes on it. I bow down to you Mr. Berardi. Well done.

4 Antonio Berardi Sculpted Bolero Dress

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Finally, a feminine, edgy pair of teardrop hoops from a new favorite in Jewelry-Designer Land, Nadin Art Design. Simple, subtle, and chic.

5 Nadin Art Design Sterling Silver Teardrop Hoops

source: 1. Odette New York Klaia Cage Ring (www.needsupply.com), 2. Leah Lerner Large Leather Clutch  (www.etsy.com), 3. Sigerson Morrison Colorblock Ankle Booties (www.bloomingdales.com), 4. Antonio Berardi Sculpted Bolero Dress (www.farfetch.com),  5.Nadin Art Design Sterling Silver Teardrop Hoops (www.etsy.com

See more where that came from and check out the StyleShaker closet. The virtual space where all of our favorites go to live before they sell out (which for most of these guys is a very brief window). Shop away:

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And now a quick moment of inspiration should you need it:

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Ah yes, Milton Berle. He hit the nail on the head with this one. And then subsequently, another nail to get the rest of the 'door' on it's hinges.

I've definitely been guilty of waiting for something to happen, something or someone to make the decision for me or give me the permission I used to think I needed to move forward on my ideas. After all, growing up, I distinctly remember thinking less, acting more, and things just working out. I was perplexed at why this didn't hold true in my adult life for the first couple of years I spent outside of being a student.

But then there's that 20/20 hindsight thing. It looked easier back then, but was it really? I remember a good friend stopping me mid-conversation about a year ago when I was talking to her about my current situation. I was remarking on how 'lucky' I was to have the friends I have and options I have in my life on a professional level. I was saying how lucky I was to have this support system. She said, almost before I could finish my mush-moment, "No Brittany, you're not lucky, you need to give yourself a little credit. You have what you have because you've worked on it. Friendships take work, and creating options for yourself on a professional level takes work. Luck is not the term you're looking for here."

With those words, my 20/20 hindsight perspective shifted. Things 'just ended up working out,' because I made them work out. Not controlling the situation, that never works. Trust me, I've tried. But in my mind, I just always made the best of the situation. If I wanted something, I could hear that I clearly wanted it in the first place (there was less over-analyzing back then) and I would go for it. If the outcome wasn't what I expected, I pulled my, "ok, so now what?" card and moved along.

Milton Berle was on to something. In one line he moves us to think proactively, rather than reactively. It's a muscle that we all need to develop, some more than others. But it's there. We all have it, and we can all create our own luck, opportunities, lives, you name it. Maybe it could just be as simple as a change in perspective.

Did you hear that? That was the collective sound of the entire self-help industry scratching their heads...

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