Hey Stiletto Gals!
It’s been awhile and I am sorry that I have not been posting lately. Today is the first of October and I am so excited as it is finally fall and it is time to bring out the fall boots. I absolutely love fall boots and am excited to hear that the thigh high boot and the bootie are still in fashion. I love learning about new designers and much to my surprise, Altuzarra for Target came out on September 14th!
Joseph Altuzarra is a french designer who has made his way into the heart of every fashionista including myself. He launched his brand, Altuzarra, in New York in 2008. His brand is influenced by his multicultural upbringing and his international education in fashion.
Social media is a funny thing Stiletto Gals. I was recently contacted by a new startup called WhimLA on Twitter. WhimLA is a dating app for men and women who want to go out on a date tonight! It takes all of the guess work out of online dating and they set you up with someone and even find the venue! . I had the opportunity to interview the co founder and CEO, Eve Casual. Take a look at her road to success below.
I always love to collaborate with other women, especially bloggers. This week, I have the pleasure to introduce you to Tina Hamilton and her Summer tips. Check out her post below and her favorite summer sandal!
Summer is a great time to take risks, not only in your life, but also in your style. You can finally break out of that wintertime rut and get some life back into your style. Let go of all the rules and get a little risky with your summertime style.
Breaking the mold is not easy for a lot of us. It is usually easier to just stick with the same staples that you have been wearing year after year instead of trying something new. However, getting out of your comfort zone is the only way you can grow and improve. You deserve to look and feel more than just OK; you should feel beautiful, sexy and confident every day of the week. Here are some of the best styles for summer to help you test the limits and feel more confident this summer.
A flat sandal
This is a staple that has been in our closets since we were 14 years old, but new styles have shaken up this old piece to create new and fabulous looks for summer. Try out the updates from last years jeweled sandals, now with jewels on the straps as well. Even better, you can find a flat sandal in a bright, solid color. You can wear them as a basic for summer days, paired with jean shorts and a racer back tank with an equally-bright bra peeking out.
A strappy high heel
Another former wardrobe staple, add some fun to your nighttime look with a sexy strappy heel. Just as styles have transformed for the flat sandal, strappy heels have made the same improvements. Pick a bright, solid color or even a combination of a few bright colors to add dimension to your look. They are great with that midi skirt you have been eyeing all spring.
A ballet flat
You may want to stash all your closed-toe shoes until the leaves begin to fall again, but it is always a good idea to keep a pair of great ballet flats handy for those days when you forget about your pedicure appointment. Keep the summer fun alive by also getting your ballet flats in a bright, cool color, like coral or teal. Many even consider a classic pair of boat shoes to set the mood for all-day summer fun.
A retro wedge
A great look that doesn’t need to stay in the 60s, wedge heels is a great choice for the summer for many reasons. The design is much more comfortable than a stiletto heel, so you can walk around in the sun for much longer while still getting the height you want from your shoes. Also, wedge heels are more stable, so you can walk on the grass without worrying about your heel getting stuck in the ground. There are great pairs for summer that include, yes both, jewels and bright colors, for the most fun footwear possible, or you can keep it simple with a neutral suede pair that will go with any outfit you put on this summer.
Tina Hamilton is a journalist, blogger and social media guru. You can usually find her online or walking along one of Southern California’s beaches with her dog, Joey. You can find her on Twitter.
Look out for this Stiletto Gal, ladies! She has been named Today’s Innovative Women in Business Startup Entrepreneur of The Year at the Success Summit in Los Angeles and she takes her health and wellness very seriously. I have mentioned many times how important it is to take time for yourself and stay healthy being an entrepreneur. Katie has taken this to another level. See her story below.
Stiletto Gal: What is your business and how did you get started?
Katie Bressack: I was living in NYC working in marketing and had this horrible sinus infection for an entire year. I went to ten different doctors, an ear nose and throat specialist who wanted me to have sinus surgery and then I finally found a holistic doctor. She spent an hour with me asking me if I liked my job, how I coped with stress and why did I think I kept getting sick. During our conversation I had my ah-ha moment with my health and realized for the first time that I was in complete control of my health. Unlike other doctors who kept prescribing me medication, she told me to get a neti-pot, take probiotics and practice yoga and meditation. From that day forward I fell in love with health and wellness and traded in my corporate gig and slowly built my health and wellness business first becoming a yoga instructor and then a Women’s Health Coach. Now I support women and help them make themselves and their health a priority by creating a healthy, balanced and vibrant lifestyle.
SG: Who inspires you and why?
KB: I am inspired by healthy food, music, yoga, sunshine, strong women in my life, like my mother. Growing up my mom inspired me to play sports and find my passion in life. My mom does yoga every morning, has an amazing garden and bakes the most delicious cookies.
SG: What was your biggest mistake in business and how did you overcome it?
KB: I wouldn’t say that I have made mistakes; instead I would say that I have learned so much from my experiences. Starting and growing my business has been the most amazing and most challenging experience of my life. Each moment has helped me grow and shape my business. Without bumps in the road, I wouldn’t be as confident as I am today with my business.
SG: How Do You Handle Conflict?
KB: I always try to get to the root cause of what is going on. So often conflict occurs because everyone is on a different page, so I try to see the bigger picture and talk it out.
SG: Can you give 3 business tips to women who want to get into your field?
1. Believe in yourself, there might be many people who do what you do but no one has the gifts that you have.
2. Walk your talk!
3. Find a mentor who can inspire and support you
4. Never stop learning, there is so much information about health and wellness which changes every day and it’s important to keep in the loop
SG: What kind of shoe are you and why?
KB: I lived in heels when I lived in NYC and have a new found passion for my Haviana’s flip flops. They are fun, welcoming and have a little bling!
To learn more about Katie and her business, check out her website at http://www.katiebressack.com
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