Sam Edelman & The Perfect Party Platform

While perusing the aisles of TJ Maxx (something I do almost weekly), I stumbled upon the most amazing pair of shoes. At first glance, I admired the unique beading and fabric appliqués and then realized that i probably could never pull of these platforms. But of course, I tried them on and Sam Edelman stole my heart once again.

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Mary Kate Donahue, 2016

Sam Edelman’s Mel Platform Sandal, which retails for up to $189, was a steal for only $50 at my local TJ Maxx. The platforms come in a multicolor and black & white style, but I only found the black and white at TJ Maxx. The approximately five inch heel, leather wrap around laces and intricate appliqués make these platforms so unique.

Believe it or not, this shoe is also quite comfortable. I wore to my sister’s rehearsal dinner the night before her wedding (pictured below) and I never found myself thinking of my feet or feeling any pain. Who knows how long this 1970s inspired, platform shoe trend will last; but as for now, I’m taking full advantage of it!

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Mary Kate Donahue, 2016

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Shopping From The Sofa: Websites I’m Loving

While I do love strolling down the aisles at Nordstrom or trying on several pairs of shoes at DSW, there is also something quite convenient about online shopping. Sitting in my pajamas with a cup of coffee in my hand, I found myself engulfed in an activity I do best- online shopping. Considering the new summer trends and ease of ordering, below you will find a list of online retailers that I’m loving right now. Don’t hesitate to let comment your favorites, too!

  1. Revolve // With a variety of prices for any budget and the hottest trends in clothing, bags, shoes and jewelry, Revolve can be your one-stop-shop for all your fashionable needs this summer.
  2. Lulus // When you are in need of a dress for a specific occasion, chances are Lulus will have exactly what you are in search of. In fact, I currently have a dress in the mail from Lulus that I am hoping to wear to my cousin’s wedding this July!
  3. Tobi // Who doesn’t love great fashion and an even better deal? Tobi offers 50% your first order after signing up for their emails, and they are constantly have different promotions. Check it out!
  4. Asos // A British company, Asos, carries a wide range of clothing in unique styles, several sizes and varied prices. Whether you are searching for a specific item or simply perusing, Asos is certainly a place to look.
  5. Forever21 // The closer I approach age twenty-one, the more I am starting to realize that Forever21 is not a place I will be shopping the rest of my life. But, I do still find the occasional trendy piece at a great price. Forever21 is most definitely the best for any “fast-fashion” needs.
  6. ModCloth // Personally, I don’t shop at ModCloth often, but I do have a few cocktail dresses from the website that usually earn me many compliments. Their merchandise is unique and whimsical with a vintage twist, which can certainly make you stand out!
  7. Romwe // Like Forever21, Romwe is another great online retailer for “fast-fashion” pieces. They merchandise is certainly very low-budget, but also not top-of-the-line quality, which makes their pieces great for trends and items you might not keep in your closet for more than a year.
  8. H&M // I much prefer shopping at H&M online rather than in their brick and mortar stores, as their sheer volume of merchandise usually overwhelms me. Therefore, the online experience at H&M is usually much more enjoyable!

Happy shopping!

 

Suede & Stones

Looking for your summer statement piece? Well, I certainly have the versatile bauble for you! Suede & Stones is an Etsy-based, jewelry company, which I discovered through Instagram.  I have been following the company on social media for a few months and last week I finally decided to order one of the fabulous designs.

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Mary Kate Donahue, 2016.

Suede & Stones attaches a variation of agate stones, horns, arrowheads, shark teeth and other unique mediums to different colored suede on either side. Therefore, some of the pieces can be worn as both a necklace and a bracelet. With all products under $30, it is quite affordable to look incredibly chic!

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Mary Kate Donahue, 2016.

As the proud owner of a Gray x Gray Wrap, I have already worn it multiple times- as a bracelet, longer necklace and even a choker. Who knows; maybe even a second product is in my near future (shopaholicism is real thing, my friends). Check out Suede & Stones on Instagram and Etsy and don’t forget to place an order ASAP to stay on trend this summer!