WANTED: The Perfect High-Heeled Espadrille

No other shoe reminds me more of summer than the classic espadrille. Originally made in Catalonia, the espadrille has been around since the 14th century and has had a long and impressive career. Espadrilles are again out in full force this season and we’ve seen everyone from Blake Lively to Megan Fox rocking a pair.

I’m on the hunt for the perfect high-heeled, ankle-wrapped, peek-toed espadrille for the upcoming summer months. And fortunately for me there are tons of super chic, super affordable options out there right now. I can’t wait to wear these with a tribal patterned a-line skirt and crisp blouse a la Lauren Bacall or maybe I’ll channel Grace Kelly and pair them with a sleek pair of capris. Check out these five pairs that are all under $100.

Summer is a Comin’!

1. Enzo Angiolini Almber2, $78.95

2. Old Navy Knotted Jersey Espadrille, $29.50

3. Dezairo Women’s Annie Slide, $39.98-69.00

4. Volatile Women’s Carmen Solid Sandal, $47.95

5. Design Editions lace-up denim espadrilles, $65.00 (not high-heeled but still amazing)

Playful Prints

I like the quirky, youthful prints found on the Spring 2010 RTW runway at Mui Mui this year and was especially drawn to the bird and cat motifs. Here are a few more budget friendly pieces (with the exception of the Mui Mui wallet) that feature similar playful patterns.For the BirdsPlayful Prints:

How to Make: A Pretty Little Bib Necklace

The April 2010 issue of Lucky magazine featured a great article about a month’s worth of spring styles that work with your existing wardrobe. There is a plethora of chic spring clothing and accessories in the article. In the mix is a stunning metal bib necklace from Lydell NYC that really caught my eye. I love the way this necklace looks on its own and how it significantly impacts the outfits that featured the bauble.

Since I’m not planning any trips to NYC in the near future and therefore won’t have a chance to pick up the real thing, I decided to make a similar necklace from materials I found at a local craft shop.

How to Make: A Pretty Little Bib Necklace

For this project, you will need:

  • Several feet of 1 1/2 inch wide ribbon. I used a chocolate brown ribbon with a satin finish for this project. 4 yd roll – $3
  • Jewelry pliers. Set of 3 – $5
  • Assorted open jump rings. Packet of rings – $4
  • 6 large metal pendants with an open weave. Pack of 2 – $3

Step 1: Attach a small open jump ring to the side of four of the six pendants.

Step 2: Attach a large open jump ring to each small jump ring on the pendants.

Step 3: Link the four large open jump rings together, forming a circle with the pendants.

Step 4: Connect the touching edges of the pendants together with four small open jump rings. This will help the pendant “circle” keep its shape.

Step 5: Cut two 1 1/2 foot long pieces of ribbon. Tie one end of the ribbon around a large open jump ring. Attach a small jump ring to the large ring (shown above). Repeat with the second length of ribbon.

Step 6: Attach the ribbon/ring combo to one of the remaining pendants that has not been included in the pendant “circle”. Repeat with the other remaining pendant.

Step 7: Using four small open jump ring, attach the pendants with the ribbons to the edges of the pendant circle.

Step 8: (Optional) Using a needle and thread that matches the color of the ribbon, tuck the short tied off ends of the ribbon back and stitch in place. This helps to polish off the necklace.

Ta-da! Pretty little bib necklace

Tangerines & Tea Roses

In January, I moved into a new apartment and have since been on the hunt for the perfect look and color scheme for my living room. I stumbled upon this image in Real Simple: The Organized Home and became instantly inspired…

Real Simple: The Organized Home

I love the room’s warmth, the colors, the patterns and the contemporary feel. The tangerine and rosy pink hues soften the clean lines of the furnishings and give the space an elegant yet homey feel. As I’ve continued my search for the perfect room, I’ve come across a few other spaces that I find absolutely delightful. These rooms also include the same inspiring tangerine and tea rose color palettes.

Candace Bushnell’s Living Room, from So Chic: Glamorous Lives, Stylish Spaces by Margaret Russell and the Editors of ELLE DECOR