Brand Highlight: 4 Ways We Are Loving Kelsi Dagger

I discovered this brand several years ago when I purchased my first pair of platform leopard print wedges.  They have stood the test of time and I still wear them today.  Well not today because it's currently snowing, yay!

Brooklyn based brand Kelsi Dagger evokes smart street style, edgy and urban yet totally wearable, this is a shoe brand that is always on our radar.  KD prides themselves in creating pieces with a heritage soul and a modern edge.  I love the classic meets modern element, I can always count on KD shoes to elevate my style.

Recently Jenn and I had the opportunity to style 4 pairs of Kelsi Dagger shoes from their fall/winter collection.  Here is a round up of how we have been wearing them...

Stacked heel bootie - Suede bootie with croc-embossing, zips in the back and a stacked heel.  These booties have gotten a lot of wear, from big dresses, to my culottes to skirts, to skinny jeans.  I love the modern easy style.

Outfit #2

Court Oxford - this shoe is the best of all worlds with it's menswear-inspired oxford style, adding just a bit of an 1.5 inch heel that keeps it feminine and an extra bit flattering, and the subtle nod to a great bootie with the leather front detail to seal the deal.  These shoes are for sure rad.  They are a great alternative to booties or sneakers to wear with all my skinny jeans.

From Jenn:

Outfit #3 - I am loving the platform/clog/Mary Jane style of these hybrid heels. Perfect when paired with this seasons flared silhouettes (especially when showing some skin with this cropped pair). I've also worn them with opaque tights and a sweater dress, even leggings and a tunic...the possibilities are endless. And, although a high heel, the platform makes them comfortable enough for everyday wear; making them stylish and realistic. And, right now, on major sale! A win, win...win!

Outfit #4 - Loafers are my current obsession this season! I love the menswear-inspired styling but with unique detailing that make them a beautiful, feminine shoe. Simple with skinny jeans and an oversized sweater, classic with a tucked-in blouse, and so easy to dress-up with trousers (like here). My other obsession is a pleated midi-skirt (found here)...these shoes will perfectly translate a skirt into daytime wear. And did I mention comfortable? A slight wedge gives these flats a little lift and makes them completely wearable.

The best part is that Kelsi Dagger is offering 30% off sitewide with code LASTCHANCE30.  shop them all and more below...



Girlfriend Gift Guide

Who runs the world?  Girl(friends) do.  They pick us up when we are down, knowing exactly when to deliver coffee or pop a bottle of champagne.  They are our village.  Here are my favorite ways to show them love during the holiday season...

Kari Gran Lip Whip - The best red lip, layer lightly as a stain or add more for a bold lip.  And the best part is before you add your pop of color, prep your pout with the perfect lip scrub.  I love this duo.  It's also made with all-natural and organic ingredients.  I am hoping it's in my stocking this year.

Fresh Tangerine is designed and made by hand in Seattle.  She uses 14k gold-filled and sterling silver, which is very hard to find at this price point.  What I am smitten with most is her rings.  They are the sweetest most delicate lovelies.  And the more you stack the better they get.  I wear mine almost every day.  These make the best "just because" gift, perfect for under the tree.

Gifts for your fashion-loving friend under 35$ - one of my favorite tees (I ordered a size up.)  The most beautiful coffee-table book for that hard to buy for friend with great style.  And one of my favorite classic combos of polish.

and under 20$ - these sets are awesome.  Again I love this polish, is goes on easy and it stays and the colors are so good.  And my go-to every day lip whip.

Foodie Picks - 1. The cutest cookbook, not only with the greatest intention but amazing recipes, paired with fabulous cocktails.  2. Killer Cookbook, working to make real food, cutting out the chemical stew without sacrificing anything, rather gaining amazing flavor.  And it's organized to make leftovers crazy good.  3. This secret weapon.  She makes the best pancakes, and I spent a few months trying a lot, also sweet potato biscuits with chorizo gravy and a killer cheeseball.

Coffee Lovers - Maybe I am the only one obsessed with this frother so it's always on my mind.  But what a dreamy morning, the perfect frothed foam in these simple amazing mugs, so clean and so brilliant that keep my coffee piping hot, because I want it hot.  Or monogram chic.  Both winners.

New Moms - And how about a couple gift ideas for our favorites friends in the trenches of babyhood, young children are no joke and for sure one of my hardest seasons was as a new mom.  They deserve all the pampering and thoughtfulness we can give them.  Have you ever tried these croissants??  They show up frozen on your doorstep - you leave them out overnight to defrost and then pop in the oven.  Oh my heavenly.

Check out what to buy the dudes in your life on Jenn's blog.

What do you think?  Hope this helps make your girlfriend gift giving joyful.


Holiday Heels, All 50% off or More.

Just a quick PSA because I have been stalking a few pair of shoes and they are on major sale.  SO much that even though I have been trying to be so good, these might end up on my doorstep.

Perhaps I can just live vicariously through you?

First up and at 50% off are you kidding me??

Here is my thought on these, wear with your favorite holiday dress and give a little edge.  Right?  Or how bad ass would these look with skinny jeans and a blazer.  Ugh I am talking myself into these all over again.  The peep would take you well into year round wear.

Second, only look at these if you are a size 10.

It's heartbreaking because they are over 50% off and amazing - but that is the only size left.  These silhouette is so good.  I love the diagonal strap and the black suede.  This shoe is killer.  Leather leggings and an oversized sweater, can you see it???

And there's always room for more sparkle during the holidays, if you land between 7.5-8.5 check these out...

This heel is smart and classic but with a super fun finish - hello it's called black diamond.  This would make that little black dress over the top festive in a perfect way.

And don't forget the red, am I right?

There are two that I really like, both have a little bit of details that makes them stand out, again the diagonal strap, I'm all about that, but I also love a tie at the ankle - you can losely wrap and knot or tie a bow, whatever suits your fancy.  It was hard to choose a favorite, and again because the price is so killer, the sizes are limited, so I for sure had to share both.  Which do you like better?

Which one is your fave?



Etsy Gift Guide

Etsy is a treasure trove but it can be totally overwhelming and hard to find the hidden gems.  There is absolutely worth to be found and wonderful people behind these handmade and thoughtfully designed products.

So I'm sharing a few of my favorites - and who doesn't love a handmade with love gift under their tree?  Note, you may need to order asap as many of these items are made to order and shipping times can be longer than the prime we have come to demand.

Mercy Grey Design - Handmade clutches, bags and pillows using Pendleton Wool fabric.  I love her smart designs and incorporation of leather tassels and fringe.  I carry her clutches in my shop, I just could not pass them up.  This is one of my go-to clutches during the winter months.  This is the perfect gift for that person who has a million clutches or none because it was just the one they were missing.

etsy pillow
Indie Bungalow - Her pillows are amazing.  Amazing.  I have a crush on all of her batik and african fabric.  This one would make my couch look crazy good.  It's on the top of my wishlist.

etsy jewelry

Chapter Jewelry - I have a few of her necklaces and earrings, I love them so much I also sell them in my shop.  Her jewelry is handmade in Portland, and I love her use of gold with dark brass.  Her geometric shapes are modern but not harsh and totally wearable.

BZR Shop - This choker was a gift from my favorite stylist and it's just rad.  It's easy to wear, I love tying a bow but you could also tie a knot and wear it more bolo style.  If you want to try a choker but you are hesitant, this is a great one to start with and also a great gift idea.

Lucia K. Jewelry - Well obviously I love my stuff.  (Full disclosure, this is meeeee.)  Designed and made by hand.  I wear my tag collection all the time.  And my monogram collection makes the perfect gift.  All the jewelry I design is stuff that I want to wear.  I want to be easy to wear, and make you feel good wearing it.

Finn Leather Goods - I think I have 4 bags and counting.  I love these bags and double win I love the girl who makes them, all original designs and sewn by hand.  My every day tote has been an every day champ for the last 2.5 years.  I actually had a dream the strap feel off, I think because I was thinking the other day how impressed I am that it's still holding strong.

Gus & Lula -  All of her prints are darling.  And if you ever have free time, her blog and her story of Gus and Lula is even more precious.

Totinette - I love her Geometric Necklace - It's made of wood so it's very lightweight and affordable.  It's an easy showstopper and looks just as great with a white tee or a black turtleneck.  I also love the Hammered Diamond Hoop earrings for the same reason.  I personally own both and carry them in my shop.

Tell me your Etsy gems??  I am always on the hunt for fabulous new finds.



I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty. Holiday Party Prep.

It has come to my attention that a lot of people don't enjoy going to holiday parties.

Don't get me wrong, I am a bit of an introvert, so when it comes to the holiday season, I protect my down time, but the opportunity to get fancy always makes an event more appealing to me.

Perhaps it's the prep and the stress of finding something to nice to wear?  Having nothing to wear ruins the anticipation of any event.  For sure.  Then there's planning and primping.  Our lives are full of life, and adding in an event that requires getting dolled up can seem overwhelming.  Sometimes washing my hair is more than I can take.

So here's my proposition - Pamper yourself!

Take this opportunity to take some time out for yourself, sure it might seem like a lot just for a company party, but really it's just for you.  To sit and breathe and let yourself be waited on, without requests being made of your time, if only an hour.  I'm putting this in the category of holiday self care.

It works wonders for the soul.  And it's a great confidence boost.

I feel pretty.  Oh so pretty.  There is real meaning behind these words.  And it's deep.  And everyone should feel pretty.  Period.

So here's the plan.  Book yourself a few moments to yourself.  Here's some of my ideas...

Manicure and Pedicure - Grab your girlfriend and make it happen.  Need childcare?  Plan it for a weekday that isn't prime time and bring your kiddos, they can set next to you and play iPhone.  If you are in the Seattle area, Apollo Spa offers an affordable 1 hr champagne mani/pedi.  No time?  Get some glitter polish and put it on the tips of your nails.

Spray Tan - Planning to bare your shoulders, or forgo tights?  If you want a holiday glow, this is the way.  No tanning beds, ok?  My favorite in Seattle is Rainglow.  Their tan is sprayed on by a trained technician, no booth errors and it's organic and paraben free.   Make sure you exfoliate ahead of time, come in with clean skin, wear lose clothes and no doing dishes for 10-12 hours.  Really.  So your pampering just got even better.  Also make sure you schedule your mani/pedi pre-tan.  No space for getting a tan, these are my backup tan wipes.

Hair - A major mood booster for me is getting my hair balayaged to hide my gray.  Maybe schedule yourself a cut and/or color?  Another great option is a blow-out.  Let the experts blow dry and curl your hair.  It's no longer all about an up-do, although that is always fun too.  The go-to place in Seattle is Swink Style Bar.  Bonus - you hair will stay sleek well past party time.

Makeup - Let someone else doll you up.  Add fake lashes!  A bright lip.  This is the time to do it.  If you have an idea in mind, make sure to bring pictures, and let your artist know what you have in mind.  For the Seattle Ball I was able to have my makeup done by Emilio at Swink Style Bar.

Brows - brow shaping is another great way to pamper yourself, brows frame your face and having them dyed makes your eyes brighter and your morning routine shorter.  Swink also does brows.

Lastly, Attire.

The power of a Cinderella dress.  Asos is a great place to find smart, stylish dresses at reasonable prices - see my picks at the bottom of the post.  There are other options such as Rent the Runway (use code FIRSTRTR20P for 20% off first order), or borrow from a stylish friend.  Just ask.  I love lending my clothes, it helps me justify why I have so many.

dress - Asos.  old
shoes - Marc by Marc Jacobs.  old
gold ring - Gorjana, Rocksbox.  use code "thekirstyfilesxoxo" for first month free.
clutch - Hobo, Queen Anne Dispatch.  also here.

Spray tan courtesy of Rainglow.  
Mani and Pedi courtesy of Apollo Spa.  
Makeup courtesy of Swink Style Bar.

Lets make this holiday merry and bright.  I'd love to hear how you enjoy all your festive commitments, and care for yourself.

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Day to Night Shift, Shift Dress.

A shift dress is a gem to have in your wardrobe.  Style it for winter with tights and boots, add a fur vest and you are shift chic, and perhaps just a bit dressed up.  After all, it is the holiday season, time to sparkle and shine.  This dress will take you from daytime coffee to evening easy as pie.  Oh and since we should all be eating pie right now, lets not forget the forgiving free form of a shift dress.

If you are concerned about the short length, make sure to wear opaque tights, not sheer.  And again the shifty shape keeps the shorter length appropriate.  You don't want a this dress to be too much longer or it will just swallow you up in volume.  So keep it short please.

I particularly like this one because 1. it has pockets, 2. the back details, and 3. the cuff sleeves.

If you wanted to feel more casual during the day you could do a flat heeled boot, even one that is knee height or above the knee.  The key to keeping the leg line long while wearing shoes other than pumps is to keep the color the same, black tights and black stack boots are a great combo.  Of course brown tall boots and cream colored tights would be awesome for daytime.  

This is what happens, I start writing my post and I start wishing I had styled it a different way for photos.

Can you please just take my word for it.  So many great combos!

shoes - Kelsi Dagger c/o.  also here (30% off right now)
clutch - Hobo, Queen Anne Dispatch.  also here.
sunglasses - Smith, Queen Anne Dispatch.  similar.
earrings - Lucia K. Jewelry.
wood ring - Queen Anne Frame.

My shift dress picks all under $100.  Which is your fave?

photos by Angie.

Happy Friday.

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