Client's Request | 9 Wedges Under $150

Wedges are an amazing thing. They give you height and more comfort than just your every day heel. Love a good wedge, and so do my clients lately. I've been compiling Spring Update shopping lists for my clients and one thing you will always see on there is the wedge. Here are nine favorites that I've found along the way. I thought I'd share the shopping love with you. Take a peek:

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shop the See by Chloe 'Hera' Wedge

See by Chloe Hera Wedge

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shop the MICHAEL Michael Kors Lana Clear-Wedge Sandal

MICHAEL Michael Kors Lana Clear-Wedge Sandas

cusp.com

shop the Matiko Bryn Low Sandals

Matiko Bryn Low Sandals

shopbop.com

shop the Madison Harding Shavonne Low Wedge Sandals

Madison Harding Shavonne Low Wedge Sandals

shopbop.com

shop the Steve Madden Barakuda Wedge

Steve Madden Barakuda Wedge

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shop the Louise Et Cie Hiro Wedge

Louise Et Cie Hiro Wedge

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shop the Steve Madden Barakuda Wedge

Steve Madden Reeldeal Wedge Sandals

macys.com

shop the Anthropologie/Faryl Robin Valencia WedgesAnthropologie/Faryl Robin Valencia Wedges

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shop the Seychelles Wedge Sandal

Seychelles Wedge Sandal

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Nine picks are lined up just to get the appetite started. Don't think it comes even close to ending there. Keep the shopping momentum going strong and check out more of the latest and greatest picks, from shoes to sunnies, all right here lining the virtual shelves of The StyleShaker Closet:

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For more on what to wear, how to wear it, and oh so much more, you can always head back here for some inspiration.

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Get My Look | What I Wear When I Want to Show My Flare

Setting the intention: With everything I do on this site, my intention is simply to inspire you. It always has been and it always will be. Should you crack a smile on top of this, then my day is made. On to the Get My Look post..

Have you ever seen the movie Office Space? Better yet, have you ever watched it on a loop over the course of a weekend after a crazy (read: not-so-fun) week at work? Right, well, I used to do it back in the day, so inevitably, a few lines find their way into my life and writing every now and then. In this case, the line is one Jennifer Aniston delivered when she showed her boss both her 'flair' and her finger.

This time around you won't see any bumper-sticker-quote-buttons lining the fabric of suspenders. Actually, let's hope you never see anything like that EVER on this site. Instead of flair, I'm talking flare. Right. Stay with me...Check out how to pull off a flare leg jean with a little layer of color courtesy of a peach suede jacket:

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Clients often freak out (technical term) when I mention a flared leg on denim. They're picturing a throw back to disco, when all I'm envisioning is a slight flare attached to a classic boot-cut. It's all about a little emphasis at the hem, and when worn with a heel, the look (again, I'm talking a relatively subtle flare here) is ridiculously elongating, let alone flattering because it creates a proportion that balances any silhouette out.

Speaking of silhouettes, the million dollar question that follows 'what to wear,' and then, 'how to wear it,' would have to be: "how do I wear this for my body type?" Logical enough question and yet, it's one of the toughest ones out there.

It's also an incremental piece of the fashion/wardrobe puzzle. You could have the most well-stocked closet out there, and sure, you have some inspiration on how to pull off the pieces, but if you don't know how to pull them off for your body type, then all you have is a full closet with nothing to wear. Sound familiar? I know, it's what makes my world go 'round here at the StyleShaker, and the basis for 100% of the services I offer to my fabulous clients.

Check out what body types can pull this look off flawlessly and how the rest of us can make a couple of key alterations to keep things moving in the right direction, stylistically speaking of course:

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Pears: you can do this but keep in mind just a couple of things. You want the hem of the underpinning (read: tank top, sorry about the retail lingo, after a decade you can take the girl out of retail but you can't take the retail out of the girl) to pop out from under the jacket. This will elongate your torso. Have it hit right at the hips. I repeat Pear ladies, DO NOT get tricky and think that allowing the tank to fall over your bum is a clever cover-up, it just accentuates your naturally beautiful silhouette in the area you don't want to. Also, lean towards a darker wash on the denim. And finally, make sure the hem goes past the ankle. If you have the hem falling too high you will crop the vertical eye-line and lose any extension. Never good.

Moving along...Rectangles, you're all set here. You're made for this and so many other looks so at this point, you should know you've got the universal body type (almost all the time). You're like the O negative of body types, the universal donor if you will. Hemoglobin talk aside, it's time to talk to my Hourglasses. This is a great option for you. Stick with all the notes I gave to the Pear shapes above. And finally, my Apples. I'm going to recommend going with a layering piece that has a bit less bulk. Maybe a more streamlined blazer to throw over in a pop color or cardigan with a peplum.

For petite women, if you don't have a heel nearby or you want to give your feet a break and wear flats, you can do this, but you'd need to go with a boot cut jean and lose the flare leg all together.

You can (and hopefully have) shopped the above look, but things sell out or you may just want to see more options when it comes to the categories above (i.e. a different tank, alternative to the peach jacket, and the list goes on). If it's options you want, then options you shall have. I aim to please. Shop the StyleShaker Closet by clicking below and see where the magic happens:

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I'm a broken record here, but to me it never hurts to repeat something I hold near and dear to the core of what I do on this site.

The StyleShaker is all about inspiration. Shopping inspiration, fashion inspiration, Look inspiration, and now quote inspiration.

It's one of my favorite things to do, share quotes that resonate with me, so I'm incorporating into a few posts, just, cause. Take a minute, take a breath, take a step back and just be for a second. Fill up that part of yourself. Like I said, my intention is to inspire so have at it, and by all means, get inspired:

Time for a quote close up:
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Get back to more inspiration when it comes to what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop:

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Online Shopping List | 20 New Arrival Finds that Just Hit my Favorite Sites

Good 'online shopping list' morning StyleShakers.

I'm always scouring away to find the new pieces that are hitting the virtual 'shelves' of my favorite online shopping spots on the web. It's a weekly/daily occurrence because, a. I love to check out what's new, and b., I tend to get plenty of questions from my personal styling/shopping clients as well as during my Sip & Style Sessions regarding where women can find specific pieces they're looking for in their wardrobe. Now, I'm sharing my finds with you.

This is what I consider 'research' (yet another reason I love this job) so take a minute, scroll through, and click to check out my latest finds from my top shopping spots. This round, I focused on: FreePeople.com, TheOutnet.com, Shopbop.com, and UrbanOutfitters.com.

Shop-on, and if you see something you need help with deciding on ('How could I wear this? is this top appropriate for my age?' or, 'Is this dress good for my body type?' or, 'Am I have a crazy moment for thinking these pants will be a good look for me?') ask a question. Its's that simple. These are the questions I've built my business on, and it's part of my life's mission to help women answer them but more importantly, feel good about what they buy so they can feel good wearing it when they're out and about, you know, running the world and all.

Was this just a 'warm up' for you? Keep the momentum going strong and check out the motherload of all shopping on The StyleShaker. It's what I call, The Closet, my happy place filled and updated weekly with new finds used for How to Wear Tutorials, Product Reviews, Personal Client Shopping Lists, and then some. Check out what's happening inside by clicking below:

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See more on what to wear, how to wear it, my latest shopping finds, reviews, and tutorials, all right here.

Dear Past, What a Week! Dear Future, Time to Tackle My Top 10 Shopping List

Meet my top 10 shopping picks for the week. Let me tell you, between the two new Lookbooks and major packing list compilation for a client's upcoming trip to the Virgin Islands (jeal...if only I could fit into her suitcase(s) as well; note to self, work on improving my contortionist skills), it has been a fun few days over here.

Oh right, there was also that teeny tiny (read:massively significant)  launch of the new Spring Trends Shopping Lists (where I took every trend ever mentioned by a fashion editor or director and narrowed it all down to the top 12 for my readers to shop; it's my Cliffs Notes version).

There's been some major on-line shopping mileage covered and today's list of 10 favorites will directly reflect what the latest fashion focus has been here at The StyleShaker. Prepare for some beaded embellishment, sharp metallics, flowy florals, and more. Enough talk, time to check out today's line up:

(FYI:  No one is paying me to pick these items and/or brands. I don't select a single item I wouldn't buy myself and/or my clients. All selections are unbiased, this is my promise to you. Nothing like a swift, yet stylish, injection of integrity before diving head first into your shopping moment of bliss).

source: 1. www.farfetch.com 2. www.usa.frenchconnection.com 3. www.shopbop.com 4. www.shopbop.com 5. www.ninewest.com 6. www.net-a-porter.com 7. www.farfetch.com 8. www.theoutnet.com 9. www.ssense.com 10. www.ssense.com

The top 10 shopping list of the latest picks is just the warm up. Keep the shopping momentum going strong in the StyleShaker Closet. Click any image below to shop pieces, trend driven and just, plain, fashionable, by category.

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Ok, we're moving away from the Shopping List for a minute. Everyone needs a little inspiration every now and then. Something that makes you think. I know, thinking, ugh, such a pain.

But seriously, take a minute and use this time to inhale, get the wheels turning, and reflect. Or just stare and space out, either way, it's a little break and it's good for you, like a vitamin for your soul. I swear I didn't even get that from Oprah, I have no clue where it came from. Espresso does crazy things to me, and for that, I love it even more.

I happened to run across this amazing site, www.behappy.me, the other day and I totally lucked out. Or maybe it knew I had a not-so-hot (diplomatic way to say 'crappy') day and it found me. Who knows, either way, here is what resonated, what inspired me to smile and leave an extra dollar in the tip jar at my favorite coffee spot.

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source: www.behappy.me

I was a little torn on this because I happen to believe that when a person says out loud that he or she is 'ready' it means they aren't. It's just a personal opinion based on my own history. I do believe that when the student is ready, the teacher will come. Or in other words, we don't control this one. We don't get to tell the world we're ready, it shows us when we are. Then it's up to us whether we rise to the occasion.

We can say we're ready until we're blue in the face (I say this because I have) but, being truly ready isn't shown in words, it's shown in actions. When you're ready, you don't even think about it, you certainly don't talk about it, you just go for it.

I'm definitely not discounting the whole 'thinking about it,' phase when it comes to change. I'm just saying, we (I) have a tendency to get stuck there instead of using it to our (my) advantage.

How to un-stick yourself? Keep it simple and just take a quick inventory of where you're at right now. I do this every time I work with a client. It's the first step, to see where they're at in life, their wardrobe, their closet, all of it. *Important note: keep as much emotion out of this step as humanly possible. The emotion is tied to the past usually, and this first step is all about getting clarity so you can move forward. Say it with me, "for-ward." Yes. Perfect.

Looking back helps my clients see where they've been and how they got to where they are now. Again, I'm not there to help them dwell in the past, or get stuck in the black hole that is their current closet. I'm not there because they told me they're ready and now they want to sit back and wait, let the universe (or whatever's out there that's bigger than us) do it's thing.

I'm there to hold their hand and inspire action with one goal in mind, to help them feel good about themselves and move towards where they want to be.

Every time I do this with a client (read: friend) it's an honor. I'm catching these amazing individuals at the crossroads of the above two points in time illustrated by today's quote. I'm a witness to them being at the corner of 'Lessons Learned,' and, 'Ok, let's do this.' The intersection between Dear Past and Dear Future...I'll keep going but I feel like I'm getting redundant now.

What I'm saying is, I get to be the one standing next to these amazing women in their closets at the very moment they're truly ready to take on their future. Actually, it's why I'm there. And this is why I can now say I love what I do.

Dear Past,

Thank you.

Dear Future,

Who's next?

See more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop here.

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.