Wear It: Spring Shoe Staples

Shoe shopping is always a fun activity (they don’t call it retail therapy for nothing…) but shoe shopping in the spring? The weather is nice, you need a break from your boots and sneakers, it’s time for a transition – it really is the best time for a wardrobe switch up. Sure, a practical pair of flats that isn’t too loud or uncomfortable is always a good idea, but you know what? The season of florals and fabulous wedges will be over before you know it! Here are my faves…

Best Spring Shoes 2016 | Tamera Mowry

Franco Sarta women’s mint sandal / Betsey Johnson slingback flat / Ankle lace flat, Steve Madden dress mules / Straw heel pumps / Jeffrey Campbell strappy sandal / Revolve illustrious sandal / Linen wedge, Flatform espadrille / Topshop heel loafer / Rebecca Minkoff mint flat / Kate Spade bow loafer

Flats. Instead of the traditional ballet flat, opt for something a little more flirty, whether a pair of sandals in a sweet pastel or sling backs with a floral bow. A good print is the difference between going unnoticed and polishing off a casual outfit, like boyfriend jeans and a classic white T.

Heels. Heeled spring shoes can vary from open toed booties to dressier pieces that can go from work to all those baby showers and bridal parties you might be attending. Personally, I like something a little in between! Swap the boots for mules and pumps for strappy shoes. A thick heel will make life so much easier without looking uninspired. Tip for wearing neutrals – Try a taupe or ivory instead of spring’s classic whites and pinks.

Wedges. From chunky wooden heels to beachy espadrilles, the wedge is a classic spring style that as never really gone off-trend. And while they’re not your traditional sandal, wedges are surprisingly versatile: they’ll go with anything from a flowy dress to skinny jeans, so you can be sure this will get it’s share of wear.

Loafers. You might know that I’m a huge fan of oxfords, even in the summer, so it’s not too surprising that I love the loafer shoe too. If your work is business casual or you tend to feel stumped during the occasional meeting (dressing for business in warm weather is always a challenge), the loafer is your go-to. It’s easy, cozy when broken in, and not too fancy to pair with your weekend wardrobe too.

I could go on and on… What’s your fave spring shoe?


Wear It: 10 Winter Coats That Don’t Break The Bank

Well everyone, winter in Los Angeles has finally knocked on our doors. With El Niño hitting Los Angeles and some midwinter travel in my plans, it’s time to invest in one warm, cozy, and most importantly chic winter coat! Finding a quality coat with a guilt-free price tag can be overwhelming to say the least, and trying on heavy jackets in a crowded mall is somehow as never fun as it sounds, lol. For all you who missed out on those holiday sales, I’ve rounded up 10 styles that fit the bill. Flip through my gallery below to see what I chose (you can click the image for more details too).

A few fave styles…

Waterfall. Have you heard of this design? The oversized lapels flow into the rest of the coat, transforming a cozy texture into a sophisticated everyday jacket. It looks amazing with a plain ol’ sweater and boyfriend jeans, yet you can dress it up as well. Wear open or snag one with a belt (like in the first photo) for slightly more structure.

Cape. These hybrid coats have the sleeves of a cape but the structure of an everyday coat. You can find them in a ton of styles and weights. These are the perfect compromise for anyone who hates being weighed down by bulky sleeves and layers!

Belted. I chose several different styles of jackets that are belted, because it can be super flattering. Considering coats that are actually warm have a tendency to come off as anything BUT chic, the added waistline (worn loosely or more snug) will banish any frumpy vibes.

Trench. Ladies, the trench coat ain’t what it used to be! Though the quintessential big buttoned, camel colored trench is a staple, you can go bold with a checkered or gray coat that keeps you dry and warm on drizzly days well into spring.

Do you have a go-to coat for this time of year?