TRENDTASTIC
Power Flats Kick Heels to the Curb this Season

Ever since stilettos became a wardrobe staple (thanks to Sex and the City) heels have reached painfully new heights. For some of us, especially those of us who are vertically challenged, it's hard to feel sexy without throwing on a pair of sky-high heels to elevate our entire appearance. At work, heels evoke a sense of style and authority and help women meet the expectation to always look polished while on the go. It's hard to resist the funky and affordable styles of Steve Madden, Vince Camuto, Sam Edelman and the like with their studded, spiked, strapped and printed platform heels.

FASHIONABLE
Drop the Flops: Sweet Flat Sandals for Summer

While flip flops are the ultimate summer staple, sometimes they just don’t cut it when you’re looking for the perfect summer footwear for your perfect summer wardrobe. You want to stay comfortable of course, whether you’re jet setting to exotic getaways, enjoying sunny summer weekends, or hoofing the city avenues of your daily grind. Sky-high wedges are just the ticket for party-filled nights, but keep them stowed away until after hours and enjoy these sweet flat sandals for day!

Opening Ceremony Heidi Polka Dot Sandal

FASHIONABLE
Committing Shoe-icide

These shoes need no introduction. We scoured our favorite online shopping sites to bring you footwear that not only completes your look—they are your look. Here are ten (mostly) affordable pairs that are wish list worthy. (Even if you have to make some post-season returns to get your hands on feet in them!)

THE SAMPLER
Blowout Designer Sample Sale

If you have any funds left over from all the other previous summer sample sales, make your way over to The Open House Gallery's stock designer sample sale. Designers will include: Jenny Yoo Collection, Dolce Vita, Betsey Johnson , Mini rose, Ananda Designs, Mod Land Paris, Adam , Fornarina, Custo Barcelona, Cold Method, Edun, and so many more. Product retails $50 - $700+ and will be up to 80% off.

Sale goes until July 9th, so get over there stat to get the best pick of the litter!

The Open House Gallery

201 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10012

11am-6pm

STREET STYLE
Street Style: Cara

Cara: 21 years old

We spotted Cara having lunch at Bryant Park and absolutely adored her outfit! Cara is wearing a vintage cardigan paired with a American Apparel oversized tank. Her floral leggings are Betsey Johnson, and her shoes are Dolce Vita. She accessorizes this look with a Miu Miu hangbag, vintage ring, and awesome A-morir sunglasses! We must say her diamond encrusted sunglasses definately make this outfit!

OMFG
High-End Fashion, Low Prices

Get out of the rain and into some sample sale rooms! Top designers are clearing out their old inventory with seriously steep discounts. Check out the upcoming sample sales below, and make sure to get there early.

May 19th & 20th Derek Lam will be up to 70% at this sale. 10 Crosby Street, between Grand and Howard Street, 3rd Floor.

May 18th - 20th Snag up to 50% off of clothing, accessories and shoes by UGG Australia.12 West 57th Street, between 5th and 6th Ave, Suite 807.

May 18th - 22nd Up to 65% off at the Theory Women’s sample sale. 261 W. 36th Street, between 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.

THE SCENE
A Sure Fire Way to Beat Post-Vacation Blues
We have just returned from vacation in London. Yes, the city where you-know-who got married. We enjoyed peering through the gates of Buckingham Palace, where a few days prior, a royal kiss had taken place on the balcony. We enjoyed wearing our new, summery, sunshine yellow calf length skirt, as the sun peeped out from behind London's grey clouds. We adored eating fish and chips, sprinkled with vinegar, in gastro pubs with animal names -Dog and Duck/The Cow/The Goat . But now we are back in LA and WE ARE BORED. Thankfully we have our favorite pastime: bargain shopping, to cheer us up and banish our post vacation blues!
ARCADIA BOUTIQUE
Valentine's Day and Beyond: The Perfect Outfits for the Taken, the Single, and the In-Between

The Arcadia Boutique
819 N. 2nd Street
www.arcadiaboutique.com

So you survived Thanksgiving, another family Christmas, and on New Year's Eve you even got a kiss (either from your date or from a dashing stranger). But there's one final hurdle to jump this winter, one small bump in the road until smooth sailing into spring.

Valentine's Day.

With the exception of April 15th, it may be the most dreaded day of the year. But love it or hate it, you should look your best, as you should every night. Head to the Arcadia Boutique on 2nd Street to find the ensemble that compliments your love life.

DOLCE VITA
Boutique Rundown: Shoes + Shoes + Shoes + Bags

Shoes + Shoes + Shoes + Bags looks more like a store that you'd expect to purchase marijuana in than high-end shoes. There are about thirty different kinds of rugs on the floor, three hammock swings that hang from its ceiling, and a collection of potted plants. I'd expect this type of setting from a cigar shop, a vintage record store, even a taxidermy supply store, but not a shoe boutique. While there was no music playing in the background, I think something by The Grateful Dead would have been appropriate.

ATWATER VILLAGE
Boutique Rundown: Violet Willow

Violet Willow
3127 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 906-2943
www.violetwillow.com

Something magical happens when you enter Violet Willow, a boutique located in the charming neighborhood of Atwater Village. You immediately want to take off your coat and stay awhile.

It could be the store's décor, with its violet-colored walls, birch branches and antique, vintage dressers. Or maybe it's the endless supply of mini chocolates and the smell of Asian Lychee Blossom candles. Personally, I think it's the sisters who own the boutique.