Shopping List Time | From Vanessa Bruno to Haider Ackermann, Silk Crepe Tops to Peplum Leather Jackets

I love when you can throw a blouse over your favorite jeans and look completely pulled together in one fell swoop.  Today's shopping list begins with just that kind of blouse, courtesy of Vineet Bahl. From there, Vanessa Bruno finds her way into the mix with a mini sac, followed up by a woven bracelet from Lanno that had me at 'hello.' Bring it all home with a pair of Strategia wedge boots reminiscent of Isabel Marant's runway nod to going West (sans the price tag that leaves you dizzy or, if you're die-hard, begging your personal shopper for a payment plan) and a leather peplum jacket from Haider Ackermann that I would give my eye teeth to be buried in, morbid as it may sound. Sure, sure, I'd rather wear it while I had a pulse, but I'll take either scenario, the latter being the obvious preference.

And on that note, it's time to meet today's crew of heavy hitters:

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See? I told you. This is the kind of top you can wear back to almost any neutral bottom in your closet (let the blouse do all the talking) and be effortlessly on-point.

1 Vineet Bahl Sequin-Front Printed Crepe Top


Don't let the product shot fool you, this is the mini-version of a satchel. At a time when tote sizes are bordering at flotation device level (think: raft not vest), it's nice to pair things down a bit.

2 Vanessa Bruno Mini Sac


As for Tati, I'm not sure where the name originated from, and to be honest with you, I'm not really focusing on that right now. I love this woven bracelet for resort moments, summer days and nights, and really any other scenario you could attempt to place it in. There are several that come to mind, but I still have two more picks to go on this shopping list so, I'll leave it at that. There's your topic, discuss...

3 Lanno Tati Bracelet


When it comes to fringe, you need to be sure you don't cross the fine line between trendy-chic, and trendy-oh-god-no. It is a fine line mind you, and gets even finer when you add studding into the mix. So, wear these boots carefully. Translation: let them do all the talking in the ensemble. Less is more when it comes to all this detail, so a classic wash skinny jean would do the trick.

4 Strategia Suede Fringe Wedge Boots


Oh right, the latest love of my life in peplum-jacket form. You know how people say you should visualize yourself living the life you want? Here it is: Me in that jacket walking the sidewalk of my favorite city on my way to dinner with  my closest friends who just happen to have a full glass of Palmaz cab waiting for me. Happy girl.

5 Haider Ackermann Leather Peplum Jacket

source: 1. Vineet Bahl Sequin-Front Printed Crepe Top (, 2. Vanessa Bruno Mini Sac (, 3. Lanno Tati Bracelet (, 4. Strategia Suede Fringe Wedge Boots (, 5. Haider Ackermann Leather Peplum Jacket (  

See the rest of the picks that I scour the web for while on the hunt for my clients' What to Wear Weekly Lookbooks in my happy place, where the virtual walls are lined with  my favorite shopping picks. Check out The StyleShaker Closet:


This quote came at a very, and I mean VERY, good moment. The holidays are two-fold for me. Sure, you get to see family you haven't seen for a long time, and then you get to reminisce. Oh, and then there's the other side where you get to see family you haven't seen for a long time, and then spend hours reminiscing. This is both a blessing and a curse.


I understand that it's all about looking at the positive side of things. Right. I get it. Changing one's perspective to see the best and not worst case scenario. But if you're like me (and if you're reading this now I assume you may very well be) you're only human. The whole change-of-perspective concept is easier said than done.

I'm learning that this shift in perspective goes well beyond negative vs. positive. It's lies under that umbrella, sure, but for me it's looking at the difference between reactive and proactive. Not every moment is going to be bliss, things will get negative, and not all of that is so bad. How would we be able to see the positive if it weren't for the negative? And if it weren't for those moments of disconnect or sadness, we may never had been motivated to move forward, grow, try something else, and live our lives in a new way.

Maybe, instead of fighting against all of it, or trying to avoid it, we should just suck it up and put our left foot in front of our right knowing that, without the bad there would be no good. Sure, the timeline pictures lining the profiles on Facebook would tell us otherwise, i.e. that everyone is having the BEST DAY EVER, no really, EVER! But who would ever post anything that casts a negative light on their life anyway?

When did imperfection become the opposite of an asset? There's going to be clutter, so find the space in it. There will be discord, fine, accept that, and then go, "ok, so now what?" Now you can choose to find the harmony on the other side of that coin. And that difficult thing you're facing, it may very well be the precursor to something brilliant. When s&*t happens, you have two choices, you can let it own you or you can use it.

So for today, I challenge myself and my readers (if you're game) to find the beauty in the imperfect. I have a best friend who has this quality like no other person I've known. This girl could take me to the market, walk through the produce aisle, and find beauty in a root vegetable to the point of me thinking twice about the potential of rutabagas. She saw something stunning when others would only see 'blech.'

Fashion happens to be an amazing place to cultivate this new way of looking at things. The band of brilliant misfits known as designers work their magic each season seen by what they send down the runway. Each collection is inspired by the unexpected film, piece of art, natural phenomenon, latest travelling expedition, what have you. From there, clothing is created to yes, be worn, but also be appreciated as something beyond a cool cardigan or pencil skirt. It's not about creating what is expected, it's about looking at things in a new way. And then, doing it all over again for next season.

This is the life. Creation happens all [pause for effect] the [pause for effect] time. Hence why I adore this industry and being a part of it.

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Meet Our Top 10 Boots for Fall 2012

The Shopping List: Our Top 10 Boots, Just in Time for Fall 2012

From Zara to Casadei, ankle boots to fringed wedges, it's all about the boot and it's just in time for the falling temps. Check out the StyleShaker's top 10 boots. First, the montage:

It's starts with a double zip boot from Zara, and finishes off strong with a fringe suede wedge boot from Isabel Marant that has me drooling. Click the pics to shop:

1. Zara Ankle Boot with Double Zip (

2. Rebecca Taylor Sibyl Bootie (

3. Charlotte Olympia Emilia Ankle Boots (

4. Zara Studded Cowboy Ankle Boot (

5. Mark & James by Badgley Mischka Fido Bootie (

6. Zara Ankle Boot with Metal Toe (

7. Ash Taupe Brushed Suede Jalouse Ankle Boots (

8. CASADEI Ankle boots (

9. Jessica Simpson Audrina Bootie (

10. Isabel Marant Jacob Fringed Suede Boots (

Is ten ever really enough when it comes to shoes, let alone boots? Obviously not, but it's a good starting point. Every boot is not for every woman. Enter, the ever-changing shopping list filled with hand-picked pieces that line the StyleShaker closet. Here's a quick peek, but see more here:


Time to keep the momentum going. Remember, it's not only about what you wear, but what you're doing in it. So I hope these boots take you exactly where you want to go, wherever that may be. Get back to more on what to wear, how to wear it, where to shop it, and more here.