My go to boots :: Spring wardrobe update

 Nothing makes me more excited than handmade shoes, and Poppy Barley's Chelsea Boots had me at hello.

Hey, you all know I am always looking for great travel wear. When I was in LA teaching my Style Photo workshop, one of our attendees had some amazing boots on her feet. She went on to tell us that they were the most comfortable travel boots ever. Truth is that they were beautiful handmade boots from Poppy Barley; you had me at handmade. Poppy Barley is designed in Canada, founded by two sisters, Kendall and Justine Barber.

Nothing makes me more excited than handmade shoes. I was intrigued because my travel wardrobe is crucial since I spend most of my time running through airports. I got lost on their website as they have the most beautifully crafted footwear, but I immediately chose the the Poppy Barley Chelsea Boots. However, I know I will be back to choose some summer kicks, too.

Couple of important facts about Poppy Barley shoes and accessories they are made ethically in León, Mexico, which is often referred to as the “Shoe Capital of the World”. I don’t know about you but it is important to know that products are being produced ethically. Plus their motto speaks to all boss ladies, like me! “We design for kick-ass women who don’t have time for sore feet.”Yes, please.

Nothing makes me more excited than handmade shoes, and Poppy Barley's Chelsea Boots had me at hello.

Add these boots to your spring wardrobe update, you will not regret it. I can’t wait to wear them with a spring dress. Full disclosure: I have not taken them off. They will be on my feet tomorrow as I travel to Italy to check on our renovations.

Follow me and my new boots on IG stories. xx pssst… my boots don’t know it yet, but we will be trekking through Parma Sunday.

*Quick note this leather color will be launching next week.

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Cole Haan StudiøGrand

When my sweet friend who works for various fashion brands around the world offered to send me some new workout gear from Cole Haan StudiøGrand, well of course I said YAAAAAASSS! He knows I love to wear workout gear in and out of the gym, and this new collection from Cole Haan was perfect for me.

You know I rarely post fashion, but because I am obsessed with fit and comfort when I work and when I work out, I couldn’t resist. This line is perfect for my work as a stylist/producer as well. The sneakers are comfortable, cute, and supportive. I need them in every color. The Synchronize Sweater is light weight, stylish, and comfortable; it had me at hello.

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I love the outerwear, too. It’s the perfect weight to throw on right after a spin class and run errands around town. Let’s just say it’s very chic. It’s great stuff to tromp around our Italian vineyard as well, so I’m sold. The StudiøGrand collection is available now on and in US and international Cole Haan Stores.

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Crushing on:: Marsala


The Pantone color of the year, Marsala, was announced earlier this year, but I’m just now starting to see it pop up everywhere. Marsala’s deep red-brown hue is perfect for fall in every way, and it seems like everyone is capitalizing on its beauty. It’s an earthy shade that embodies total versatility: you can wear it, decorate with it, and even drink with it (after all, it is named after a beautiful red wine!). Here are just a few of the Marsala things that I’ve been crushing on:

1. Bobbi Brown sheer lip color in Telluride: Every gal needs a go-to fall lip color, and this one may be mine!

2. Aquatalia by Marvin K. tennis shoes: A tennis shoe that I can dress up or down and packs a punch with a marsala suede back? Sold!

3. Dipped coffee mug: It’s no secret that I love coffee, and I can definitely see getting a ton of use out of this dipped mug.

4. Saint Laurent handbag: I love the gold detailing on this bag; it’s stunning.

5. Monroe Mid-Century sofa: Whether in fashion or in your home, marsala is incredibly versatile.

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Oscars Red Carpet Favs

Hi All! I’m Nicole, Annette’s web manager and author of the blog, Probably Polka Dots. I’m delighted to be guest-posting today while Annette is having a fabulous time in Marrakech at her workshop. Have you been following along with her on Instagram? Absolutely swoonworthy pictures!

Speaking of swoonworthy, I am still giddy over the Oscars red carpet. A lot of critics said that this year’s carpet was underwhelming, but I have to say that I disagree. Even if the weather did put a damper on the events, the dresses were anything but blasé. So today I am sharing a round-up of my top 5 Oscars red carpet favs. Let’s get to it!

Margot Robbie looked stunning in Saint Laurent. I’m especially partial to her punchy lip.


Lupita never fails to disappoint, especially in this pearl beauty by Calvin Klein Collection.


Oh mon dieu, Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture, be still mon coeur.


Reese is about as southern and classic as they come, and I adored her white and black gown by Tom Ford. She reminds me of a Barbie, and I love it.


At first Emma’s Elie Saab didn’t wow me, but the more I looked at it, the more I loved it! The sleeves, the details, the sparkles; totally Oscar worthy.


Okay, okay, I said top five, but who can leave Gwyneth out of a best dressed list? Not me!


Based on these looks, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of white and pastels this spring. Can’t wait! Thanks for having me, Annette, and safe travels on your adventures!

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Crushing on: Halloween

orange and black

This is the time of year when it’s okay to wear orange and black. YAY! Two of my favorite colors. I LOVE black on everything. Here a few of my Halloween-y crushes. One of my favorite things is the Apocalyptic Candle. It’s the most divine candle I have ever had. It smells amazing and infuses my house with a dark rich fall scent. I am in love!

Other Crushes:

  • Dior Lipstick in Warm Rose. Sadly this color is currently sold out, and I can see why! What a fabulous color for fall.
  • Can we just talk for a second about the Talitha cape? That material, that fringe, that gold embellishment! Swoon.
  • Who doesn’t need an orange backpack this time of year? I’ll take one of these Phillip Lim beauties.
  • Don’t forget to have a little fun with your nails this month. This nail polish should do the trick.

Enjoy this time of year and fill it with stylish choices in orange and black! Have a dark and fabulous month, friends! Check out my “dark and fabulous Pinterest board here.


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