Ann Taylor Fall Boot Collection

As the weather grows colder, warm up your closet with fall favorites from Ann Taylor. Grab all your fall shoe must-haves and most sought after trends including, fringe booties, braided booties and leather riding boots.

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Feel and look luxurious in the Ellen Leather Riding Boots from the Ann Taylor ICON collection for all your fall festivities. Transition from your desk to evening fun with the suede fringe bootie or opt for a braided leather bootie paired with your favorite pair of skinny jeans for a more casual look.

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Jay Alexander from Video: Online Holiday Deals and Stocking – Up on Winter Essentials

With the help of live models, Style + Life + Fashion was excited to interview style guru Jay Alexander as he shared his cheat sheet for closet essentials, styling secrets to help you re-imagine your wardrobe, and discussed how to get the most out of your online shopping experience!

Deep discounts, free shipping, easy return policies….there are many late-year shopping benefits.  This is also the perfect time to restock your closet with classic essentials and on-trend items that will make your current wardrobe pop.


Take a look at the video (below) and grab a few ideas to revamp your winter wardrobe!  From coats to accessories, Jay shares all of the best fashion tips.

Winter Wardrobe Shopping Tips

It’s time to go shopping for a brand new winter wardrobe. But wait, you shouldn’t just go crazy, scanning your bank card at every given opportunity. If you take that approach, you can bet you’ll end up with a load of items you didn’t really need. Not to mention no money left! Consider these things before you go shopping so you can come home with the best haul:

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Things You Already Own

Do you already have winter items you can wear again this year? You may have a quality pair of boots, some jumpers, jeans, tights, and other items that you’ve had in the past that will still do this year. Obviously you want to change up your look, but it’s easy to make old items look new if you style them properly. Go through and decide which items you’d like to keep and which you’ll give to charity. Try not to be a hoarder. If you haven’t worn something in a while, get rid of it to make room for new stuff.

Transitional Summer Items

You’ve probably got summer items that you can make work for you in winter too. Skirts and shorts can be worn with tights. Vests can be worn under your jumpers or layered with cardigans. Work out what you’ll still wear this season. Get rid of the stuff you won’t wear or put it in storage for next year.

Seasonal Items

Whether you like to make the most of your current wardrobe by reusing things or not, everybody can afford to buy a few new seasonal items when shopping for their new wardrobe. This might be the season’s pair of ‘It’ boots – the thigh high style. Or it may be a cosy cowl neck jumper. Personally, I buy myself a new winter coat and a few jumpers each year. You’d never know I was wearing old jeans, tights, and skirts with them. By doing this, I’ve ended up with quite a collection of coats and jumpers. I made sure that they will last me a good few years too, so I always have a wide range of coats to choose from when I’m going out! A couple of new items will bring your wardrobe up to date. There’s just no need to go mad and buy everything you see! Click here for inspiration. If you make sure the items you buy are versatile, they’ll last a long time and go with a lot of different things.

Your Budget

If you go shopping without a budget you’re doomed from the start. You need to know how much you are able to spend on your new wardrobe so you can think of the garments that are the best value for money and purchase them accordingly. If you can, remember that less is more. Bya few items that are high quality and will last you a while, rather than lots of items that are low quality and won’t last you past this year.

Consider these things, and you’ll have a high quality wardrobe that will last you for many winters to come!

Gwen Stefani Launches GX Collection with

Gwen Stefani’s new collection, titled gx launches today with The collection is a mixture between tomboy chic and old hollywood glamour; featuring diverse influencers such as tribal punk, and graphic black, red, white, and cobalt.

We’ve always been a fan of Gwen’s style so a collaboration with ShoeDazzle was the “perfect fit.”


How to Clean Shearling Boots: A Winter Must Do!

I was doing my usual drop off at the dry cleaners when I noticed a sign stating, “We clean Ugg boots.”  This sign stood out to me because I own a pair of shearling boots and after last year’s “wear and tear” there was a big stain on the top of my boots.

As a frugal person, I had no plans of getting rid of my favorite winter boots.  But most importantly, my boots are super comfortable and perfect for running errands with my boys.  I decided (at that moment) to drop off my boots at the local dry cleaners.


The guy at the dry cleaners explained the process for how they are cleaned.  He stated, “we send them out…they get cleaned…and they’re repainted.”  I felt like it was worth trying because ultimately, my boots needed to be cleaned and I was looking forward to wearing them.  After two weeks, I picked up my boots and they looked pretty good.

The dry cleaners even placed them in a white shoe box and stuffed them with pink tissue paper (which made me smile.)  I wanted to share my experience because how many times have we purchased a pair of shearling boots and never have them cleaned.

I also found an article on Pinterest giving us steps on how to clean them at home; the steps listed below are originally from

1. Use cold water to lightly moisten the outside of the boots only. Do not submerge them in water.

2. Dilute a cleaner appropriate for leather to form a solution of one part cleaner and one part water.

3. Apply solution to a wet sponge and gently clean boots’ outer surface. Rinse with clean sponge dipped in cold water.

4. Stuff boots with paper towels or newspaper to hold shape and dry out of direct sunlight or direct heat. Direct sunlight or heat will cause shrinkage.

5. Brush boots with a suede brush or lint-free towel to restore the nap.

I encourage anyone, before you decide to discard your favorite boots, take them to the dry cleaners or remove the stain yourself.  After all, they’re comfortable, cute, and well worth the extra care!

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