For patent leather: To get your shiniest accessories glistening again, just wipe them with a bit of glass cleaner. To remove scuffs, gently scrub with a Q-tip and petroleum jelly.

For a too-big belt: When even the smallest notch is loose, pull your belt through its buckle to the desired tightness. Then loop it under and back over to create a secure knot.

For slippery soles: Prep shoes for icy surfaces by roughing up leather soles with sandpaper. Now you have enough grip to stay afoot.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 24, 2014

Whimsical dressing is one way to escape the dreariness of the impending winter weather. Enchanted forests came to life on the Fall 2014 runways with leafy sets, embroidered animal motifs, and hooded capes, making a mysterious, dreamlike vibe one of the season’s most compelling trends. Here are five key items to complete your fairytale look.

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  1. Casadei Suede Butterfly Shoe. Rich black suede and butterfly appliques add a playful twist on the standard strappy sandal.
  2. Bottega Veneta Snakeskin Bag. A classic shape is made current with genuine green snakeskin and black hardware.
  3. Caruana Bordeaux Wool Hooded Coat. Pull on this luxurious coat – a wearable take on Little Red Riding Hood’s signature look – for extra warmth on dark winter days.
  4. Shoshanna Multicolor Printed Dress. Swap your usual LBD for dark graphic prints that evoke a sense of drama.
  5. gorjana “Buckley” 18K Plated Antler Drop Earrings. Delicate antler earrings are a subtle nod to the outdoorsy trend.

 

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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November 10, 2014

Ever wondered if Charlotte Olympia Dellal’s home is full of quirky accents just like her shoe designs? Well, cue the shrieks of excitement. The Coveteur was just granted exclusive access into her North Kensington London flat.

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Image via thecoveteur.com

Her Charlotte Olympia label has graced the feet of shoe addicts since 2008 with all things whimsical – think coveted Kitty flats, ice cream cone heels, and sky-high gold platforms. After raiding her enviable shoe closet, The Coveteur dove into Charlotte’s newly launched Leading Lady handbag collection. Named after Old Hollywood icons like Dean, Bogart, Gable, and Astaire, the bags are geared toward the 9-to-5 set in sleek yet functional leather silhouettes.

Although the new totes and boxy top-handle bags are perfect for the office, Charlotte’s offbeat shoes are more my style. Hint, hint, Santa.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 22, 2014

Poppy Delevingne (Cara’s equally stunning big sister) and Dylan Penn breathe fresh air into the term “biker babe” in Stuart Weitzman’s fall campaign. With fashion It girl Julia Restoin Roitfeld in the director’s seat, the video takes on a sepia-toned 60s vibe as the blondes ride on bikes and in vintage cars.

In a behind-the-scenes clip, Julia said she was inspired by vintage Playboy magazine layouts, piecing together different angles of the two models. But the main focus? Boots – including suede over-the-knee and buckled moto styles.

With a remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Ride” playing in the background, I’m totally dreaming of tagging along in a matching pair of thigh-high boots.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 2, 2014

 

A new season always gives me wardrobe fatigue. Yes, I’m the person who stands in front of their closet saying over and over: “I’ve got nothing to wear. No really, I have nothing to wear.” But I discovered a simple remedy to combat this desperate state. And one that actually makes me excited to kick off a new season (yes, even a colder one).

My solution? Choose two or three new trends and then purchase one or two items from each. Not only will you be ahead of the curve, but your significant other (or pet) will never hear you utter those dreaded words again. Here’s my take on the top trends this fall.

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September 18, 2014

For unwinding: Draw a relaxing bath. Just add dry lavender, epsom salt,  lavender essential oil, and eucalyptus essential oil to the tub.

For your bottom half: The best thing to scoop up at a thrift store, sample sale, or can’t-miss Rue La La Boutique? Skirts. They are one of the easiest items to tailor.

For aching feet: Rumor has it, you can alleviate stiletto pain by taping together your third and fourth toes.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 25, 2014

Let’s get some shoes. (Remember that viral video? Never gets old.)

1. Christian Louboutins make us see red. Red soles, that is.

2. Sparkles. Bows. Chunky heels. Bring on the Miu Mius.

3. You can always count on Charlotte Olympia designs to look like they came straight out of a fairy tale.

4. Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite shoes? Manolo Blahniks.

5. What would we do without (Jimmy) Choo

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January 7, 2014

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August 23, 2013

Bloggers

Finding a place for all of our shoes? So hard.

Below, heaps of shoe-rganization inspiration from this week’s blogger roundup.

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Apparently magazine files are useful for more than our aggressive Us Weekly collection.

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Truth: Colorblocked wedges are the new bookends.

Live Simply by Annie
An ottoman that functions solely as an ottoman? Never.

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If all else fails, pile them into the bathtub.

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August 1, 2013

Associate Editor Dhani Mau of Fashionista, on dreading the day her new shoes become old:
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June 28, 2013