{What I’m Loving} Spring 2017 Shoe Trends

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4 Shoe Trends for Spring 2017


The weather in the Midwest has been all over the place, and it’s giving me spring fever!  I’m not quite ready to put my booties away for the season, but I’m loving all of the new spring shoes that are popping up in my favorite stores.  According to Stitch Fix, these are the top 4 shoe trends for spring.  Click on each shoe to see all of the color options!

Block Heel

I’m so happy to see block heels are on trend this season!  I’ll admit that I wore them even when they weren’t cool, and my feet rejoiced.  These would look adorable with some cropped pants and a pretty spring sweater or with your favorite sundress.  The good news is that heel height doesn’t matter!  Whether you like sensible 2″ heels or more adventurous 4″ heels, you’ll be right in style.


Lace-Up Flats

Flats have always been my favorite.  Just take a peek in my closet and you will see all kind of styles, but I just realized today that I don’t own any lace-up flats.  That will have to change this season.  These ballet-inspired shoes accentuate the ankles with the lace-up details and are perfect with nearly any outfit.  I found them in a variety of colors as well as pointy and rounded toe styles.  Whether you want a little or a lot of shoelace, these are an easy (and comfy!) way to update your shoe wardrobe.


Heeled Sandals

Heeled sandals feel so prim and proper to me.   I love the new details like lace and intricate straps that are adding a bit of modern style to a traditional shoe.  If traditional is your look, you can find plenty of simple styles, too.  I also found lots of fun colors that add a new twist to an old favorite.  This is the perfect party shoe when you need to look classy, but still want to show your personality.


Modern Mules


Mules.  This is the only shoe trend I’m having a difficult time with.   When I hear mule, I think of Crocs.  Not that I don’t love Crocs (yes, I have a pair), but they don’t fall into the stylish category for me.  After seeing how designers are making this trend modern, I might have to give it another chance.  I especially LOVE the last shoe on the far right above.   The three straps really do it for me.  I love that it has the feeling of a sandal without requiring a pedicure.  Sold.


What style are you excited to add to your closet?



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{Mississippi} Violet Inspirations + Review + Discount + Giveaway

*This post may contain affiliate links.  If you see something you love, please shop via my links to help support this little blog of mine.  You rock! Name:  Violet Inspirations
Location:  Madison, Mississippi
Style:  Earthy, Unique, Inspired
Prices:  $40-$90 for Pendants.  $20-$30 for Earrings & Bracelets
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LuLaRoe Irma – What size should you buy?

Image result for lularoe logoLuLaRoe.  By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of this brand most famously known for it’s buttery soft leggings.  Even if you’re not a leggings girl (like me), LuLaRoe has cute tops, skirts, and dresses also made from ridiculously soft fabric in a variety of flattering styles.

One of the reasons I was hesitant to try LuLaRoe was the sizing.  The sizes are all over the place and not consistent between styles.  You might get advice to size up or size down depending on the style.  This turned me away at first – until I realized that I am actually able to wear 2-4 sizes in each style, depending on what look I’m going for.

Say what!?

This means that even if you find your unicorn print (defined:  highly sought after to the point of obsession) in the wrong size, you still might be able to make it work.  This size 8/medium girl can wear anywhere from an XXS-XL depending on the style.  Confusing, I know, but I’m here to help with that.

Today, we’re going to talk about the Irma.  Irma is a high-low tunic with fitted elbow length sleeves.  There’s extra coverage in back which makes this top perfect for hiding your assets.  If you’re into leggings, the right size Irma can be a good compliment for them.  I have a longer than normal torso, so I’ve found that Irma’s don’t give me the coverage I need for leggings.  But they might be perfect for you.  I love my Irma’s with skinny jeans.  They also make a great layering piece under long, chunky sweaters (aka the only thing I like about winter).

LuLaRoe Irma Sizing

For size reference, I’m 5’8″ and a size medium/8.

My first-ever Irma was an XXS.  You might remember it from this post where I tried out 5 different LuLaRoe styles courtesy of the lovely Karinne Culley.  (Hop on over here to learn more about LuLaRoe & Karinne!)  I’ve never worn an XXS in my life, so I was unsure about this one when I saw that tag.  After I tried it on, I realized that what they said was true – you should size down 2-3 sizes in Irma.  Listen to the experts!  The XXS is a little tight in the arms, but the sleeves loosen up as the day goes on.  The more fitted silhouette is great for jeans and not too long in the front or back.

XS is my preferred size in Irma.  The arms fit just right, the length is good, and I have a little extra breathing room.  The small Irma gets a little looser on my bulging biceps (thank you, Fitness Blender!) and has a slouchier fit.  It’s on the verge of being more tent-ish, but not so bad that it offends me.  I really love the two tone yellow & gray on this one, so I can make it work.  This one would also be cute knotted with a maxi skirt or even over a dress.  I love making dresses look like skirts.   It’s like a little hobby of mine.  (Kidding.  Kind of.)

Last up is the size medium (my normal size), which is the largest size I would buy in an Irma.  The medium Irma is much looser in the arms and feels a little sloppy to me.  If my to-die-for-unicorn print were available only in a medium, I would still buy it, but I would have to get creative with knotting and tying to make it more flattering on me.  There’s a big difference in the back length from the small to medium – at least on me – as you can see in the photo.  It’s comfy for sure, but it feels a little big on my frame.

So, based on my *extensive* research, it’s safe to say that you can (and should) size down at least 2 sizes in Irma.  Some may be able to size down 3 sizes or just size down 1 for a looser fit.  It all depends on your preferences.  I wouldn’t recommend buying your regular size in an Irma unless you really want a loose & slouchy fit, or it’s the print that haunts your dreams.  If you’re still unsure, you can always find a consultant in your area and attend a pop-up event.  Then you can try on several sizes to determine the right fit for you and you won’t have to pay shipping.  Score!

Karinne has a Facebook sale every Thursday night at 7pm CST.  Join the group, stop by to see her new inventory, and enter to win some great LuLaRoe freebies!

Have you tried LuLaRoe?  What’s your favorite style?

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