Guest Post-Lissy

Guest Writer

My Kind of Hidden Gem

When the gals from Hidden Gems contacted me to do a guest post, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I met them last year at a TJ Maxx preview event and was so taken with their prowess in the bargain hunting arena. When I thought about doing some kind of hidden gem type of post, I had to think about how my shopping style fits in with theirs. It dawned on me that my kind of hidden gems are those that are right in front of your face every day. You just have to find them, notice them and cultivate them. My personal hidden gem is the shoe department at Saks. Saks, you say? Yes, Saks.

I know that Saks does not have a bargain hunting reputation but I have found plenty of bargains to be had there. The key is to know when they are having their big sales or friends and family events and it doesn’t hurt to have a fabulous shoe sales gal to alert you to such events. On a recent jaunt to the Saks shoe department, I got two pairs of very high end shoes, each for about a third of its original price.

The first was the YSL calf hair animal print Tribtoo. Oh how I love the sky high heel and the exaggerated platform! These are definitely what I call “sitting” shoes. They’re not my typical prance about town shoe but they are super fabulous.

The next bargain was the Christian Louboutin suede ankle wrapped bootie, also for about a third of its original price. Who doesn’t love a red soled bootie, especially this one with its classic high heel but also with the edge of the straps?! 

Well there you have it darling readers. My hidden gem is really my sales gal at Saks. She is a true gem and everyone should have someone to bring such bargains to her attention. Happy shopping all!


A Girl in Boston

Spike It!


A great shoe is key for the insane amount of foot traveling you will do during New York Fashion Week. I couldn’t wear boots because it was still quite hot out and do you really think I would be caught dead in a pair of flip flops around the city?? Never! What if I happened to run into Patricia Field, costume designer for Sex and the City , on the street?

To our amazement, we actually did run into her and I was so happy to be wearing these fabulous new spiked loafers! 

I picked up these Sam Edelman beauties right before I left for New York at a store in Newport, RI called Kristina Richards!

Christian Louboutin makes a similar pair of spiked gems!

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These celebs love a spiked pair of flats. Even Kanye rocks them!

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 These shoes were pretty much a staple for all of my NYFW outfits. I based every outfit I wore around these beauties. They came with me on the Sex and the City tour, during Fashion’s Night Out, and shopping around SoHo!

Christian Louboutin Gem: $995

Sam Edelman Hidden Gem: $150

What do you think about a spiked shoe? How would you wear them? Do you like the loafer style for the fall or do you feel too much like Hugh Hefner? Tell us in the comments!

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xoxo Carolyn