3 Different Occasions, 1 Pair of Shoes

A pair of glitter pumps is all you need to get through the Holiday season!

Shoes take 2

Doesn’t matter the Holiday party you’re going to, these pumps are perfect.  Here are 3 outfits from casual to dressy that’ll help give your look some sparkle.

A Night Out:

Outfit 1

Let’s start with casual! I went with my go-to skinny jeans, these are not only comfortable but the dark wash jeans always helps make your shoes pop.  Not that these pumps need much help!

Outfit one bottom

I wanted to bring in the same gold tone from the shoes to tie in the gold theme for the look.  The sweater I got from Len at Ridgedale years ago and I’m still obsessed with it.  I love a staple sweater that you don’t get sick of.  Then to pull the rest of the look together and create a sassy look I added this faux fur vest.

Outfit 1 top

All Business

Outfit 2

Next party it’s all about the business attire!  I started with a pencil skirt from Primp Boutique.  This skirt shows off your figure and lengthens your legs beautifully. Then to pair it with these pumps you’ll have the illusion that your legs go on for days even if you’re not built like super model.

outfit 2 bottoms

To keep the classiness of the look I paired it with a Cabi Clothing black & white tank.  This tank is still appropriate to wear without the blazer just in case it gets a little warm.  The blazer is from H & M and the peplum adds such a simple and classic detail to the look.

Outfit 2 top

The Classic:

Outfit 3

I have to say that I’m a huge fan of color when it comes to parties.  Everyone else is wearing black but not me,  I’m going to be the pop of color in the group.  This pink dress is a staple for me!  I got it years ago at Old Navy and it’s like wearing a blanket but looks much better.  It’s one of the most comfortable dresses I own.  I think that’s important, to not only look good but also feel good in what you’re wearing! Especially if it’s a night full of mingling.

Outfit 3 necklace

Outfit 3 belt

I let the dress be center stage and then accessorized with the pumps, necklace & belt with bow detail. You’ll be turning heads in an outfit like this.

I would be honored if you wore Happy Shoe Day pumps to your Holiday party!  They’re $32 just click here.

The happiest of holidays to you and hope you’re having a happy shoe day!

Shoe Shopping Like a Pro

This is not going to come as a surprise to you but shopping for shoes is one of my favorite things to do.  So much so I started an online boutique so I can shop for shoes for my readers.  Happyshoeday.com of course has the best shoes online (I know, I’m biased). Besides my own online boutique there are 3 places that I head first to find a new pair for my collection.

  1. Justfab.com: an online shoe club.


I love this site because there is a wide variety of shoes that don’t break the bank.  You sign up and create an online profile.  Then every month a personal stylist picks shoes for you to choose from for just $39.95.  A great added bonus, it’s not just shoes.  Don’t think you need to add another pair to your collection? They also have clothes, bags, jewelry and more.  I own a couple of purses and outfits from them.  I love the fit! Before Happy Shoe Day sold shoes justfab.com is where most of my shoes came from.


2. DSW: Designer Shoe Warehouse


Walking into DSW is very much an overwhelming moment for me. So many options! My game plan- head straight back to the clearance section and start at the beginning.  I do the same thing online too.  You can buy amazing shoes for as much as 60% off.

3. Marshalls


This one you have to physically walk into the store but it’s absolutely worth it. This is another clearance section that is unstoppable.  Head to your size and just sit back and decide which pair you want to take home.  You can get designer shoes for less than $20.  The best deal I’ve found here was a pair of Jessica Simpsons for $5.  I was flying high that day!


I’d be a fool if I didn’t remind you that happyshoeday.com is full of great shoes that won’t cost you a lot.  My most expensive pair are boots for $45. My goal is for you to be able to have shoes that you can treat as accessories.

Where is your favorite place to shop for shoes?

Have a  happy shoe day!





New Additions to the Shoe Boutique

I did it! Happy Shoe Day was a part of our first pop-up event. I met some great people who walked away having a happy shoe day!  I did not sell out though and you know what that means? More shoes for you!

Check out the new additions…


These beautiful wine colored wedges {$39} can easily dress up any outfit.  Right now I’m obsessed with this color!  My favorite part is you can wear these with any outfit.  Black, Grey, Brown these shoes will match!

wine wedge outfit

A little inspiration for you.  I paired the booties with dark skinny jeans and a mustard colored tank top.  Finished the look with my Cabi moto jacket and a chunky necklace.

Taupe Booties

Talk about comfortable!  These light brown boots {$39} are perfect for the weekend.  I love the simplicity of these but they still have some special detail to them.  Also, there is a lot of flexibility to these which make them easy to wear.

After the popularity of these wedge booties {$35} in the camel {$35} color I just had to get the taupe color as well.  I love the light color of these and the naturally worn look. I can absolutely see a big comfy winter sweater with a pair of leggings and these booties to complete the look.

salty taupe

Another popular item on Happy Shoe Day are the stone color booties {$35} but I couldn’t stop thinking about them in taupe {$35}.  These are a little more forgiving when it comes to the winter.

Taupe Bootie outfit

Some inspiration for these shoes!  One of my favorite outfits I’ve put together.  The vest and shirt is from one of my favorite places to shop, Style Trolley, and I paired them with light skinny jeans and completed the look with a necklace from Parlour Von Kopp. 

Be sure to check out my entire online boutique.

Have a happy shoe day!

3 Outfits Perfect to Wear This Week

love to put outfits together.  Waking up each morning and deciding what to wear gets my day started off right.  I always start with the shoes then build my outfit around the shoes of the day. But some mornings I can’t seem to get it together enough to enjoy the outfit creating process.  I either have too much on my mind or I’m simply running late.  Days like that used to really bum me out but then I started to think ahead.  I pick out 3 outfits on Sunday that are ready to go for those mornings I’m not on top of my game.

Here are my back up outfits for this week.

Monday's Outfit

This first look is keeping it simple! Grabbed my black and white blouse from Primp and paired it with black jeggings from Target.  A simple black and white outfit is never a bad thing but it’s always fun to add a pop of color now and again.  With that in mind I completed the look with Happy Shoe Day Booties {$25}.


For the second look I’m going all business with a pair of slacks that have plaid detail to them.  The other colors in the pants are yellow and blue.  I decided to highlight the blue in the pants with a blue blazer. To make sure that the blazer was the center of the outfit I put a simple black t-shirt underneath.  Finally, a pair of black flats {$22}.


What’s perfect about these flats with the outfit is the blue in them to help carry the accent color throughout the entire look.


Lastly, let’s add some fringe with these booties {$35}. I love building outfits around these shoes because the possibilities are endless. For this outfit I went with this beautiful skirt from Cabi. The turmeric color screams fall and the details are flawless.  To finish the look I paired it a blue blouse that has the same turmeric color in it.

Now that I have 3 outfits ready to go for the week, I can warm up some cider and enjoy my Sunday night!

Have a happy shoe day.

One Outfit 4 Ways

The favorite accessory I own are my shoes.  I know, you’re not shocked by this.  But to prove that all you need is a great pair of shoes to change an outfit up I took a simple outfit and simply changed out the shoes (and scarf).

Original Outfit:

Original Outfit

I took a white top, blazer and a pair of skinny black pants and created 4 different outfits.

Ballet Flats

First up, we’re going more casual for this one.  I used a graphic scarf to brighten the look and then added a pair of flats {$22} to complete the look.  These are primarily black but the textured flats brighten the look up. There is also blue, silver and white within the flat.  Although this look is casual the shoes keep it bright!

Burgundy BootiesNext, let’s add a little bootie {$25}!  Change out the scarf for a floral one that had the same burgundy color in it as the booties.  Wine colors are perfect for this time of year. Even though these are flats the fact that they are booties add some extra sass which is my goal a lot of times.

Wedge Booties

Now for a little height!  We’re going tan for the accent color here.  I added wedge booties {$35} and paired it with a pink leopard print scarf. A wedge shoe is perfect when you have to be dressed up all day but you don’t love heels.

Black and tan booites

Last, but not least! I’m adding a little edge to this look. Creating the sleek look by adding a black knit scarf with the blank and tan booties {$45}.  These booties add an edge to any outfit.  The thicker heel creating a more comfortable fit so you can wear them all day without your feet hurting.

I hope this inspired you to use your shoes more as accessories!

As always have a Happy Shoe Day!

Indulge in Good Things… Especially in The Fall!

I have a confession! I’m ready for the temperatures to fall so I can grab my boots and sweaters out of storage and start rocking them on a consistent basis.  Normally I’m not in such a rush for fall/winter but this year I went to the Indulge in Good Things Fall Fashion Show in White Bear Lake and I got fall fever!

The show got kicked off with a cocktail hour; my friend Sara (creator of the Pretty Intellectual) and I enjoyed a glass of wine while looking at some of our favorite fashion quotes.  How do you not take a picture in front of this?


Now It’s time to sit back and enjoy the show!

We were all welcomed by the owner of Good Things, Tyler!  He not only has great style but also an infectious personality.  He must get it from his mother!  I was lucky enough to sit next to his mom, Sharon, who started the business in 1973.  Sharon is an absolute blast and I love her sassy style!

The host for the event was the one and only Alexis Thompson from myTalk 107.1  who did a great job!  You could tell how much she loves these places and just had a blast being a part of the event.

Okay, Okay… let’s see the fashion!

There were a lot of men’s wear inspired looks on the runway and I have to say I’m intrigued.  I’m more and more getting into this trend and the way they styled these looks now I’m hooked.

And, what sealed the deal for me? The booties on this look.  I love the entire look but the little bit of bling on the bootie added the perfect touch. And these booties walked by me more than once!  They’re so versatile.

And another pair of boots that caught my eye, these beautiful brown leather boots.  Just imagine the outfits you could pairs these with! A weekend staple for sure.

When this look came out I remember saying LOVE!  It’s always a good reminder that your pants can be your wow factor.  Keeping the top simple but bringing it to life with that beautiful color red.

For me, when I’m working out I also like to look good doing it.  That’s half the fun right? These woman came out and not only looked good but did some amazing yoga moves on a runway. Can’t say I’ve ever seen that before.  Not sure what I was more impressed with, the outfits or the moves!

Now for my favorite look of the night! The look that made me want the snow to start flying… don’t get mad!

The layering for this look is perfection.  The bare leg is key to keep things balanced.  The suede vest could work for so many looks and that dress! The dress looks so comfy. Each peace works together but I can see wearing each peace differently too. I have literally not been able to stop thinking about this look!

Can’t forget about the guys!  Each one wore a simple black top and jeans and looked good doing it.  They had so much fun strutting down the cat walk.  Okay, maybe they didn’t strut, they danced!  It was so great that each model was not a paid model but instead real woman (or man) from the community.

All in all, this was a great night that had me wanting more fall fashions.

Don’t worry you didn’t miss out on all the fun.


Click here for your chance to win a $500 gift card from Good Things.

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Plus, there’s more!!

Click here for a $30 off and $10 off coupon.

If you haven’t been to this boutique I urge you to go.  It’s filled with some really beautiful clothing plus down town White Bear Lake is adorable.  I’ve already told my husband that I want to spend a Saturday there for lunch and shopping! Stay tuned for that trip!

I’m going to leave you with this picture of Sara and myself wearing our new sunglasses that we got in our swag bags!


Happy Shoe Day: Online Store

I’m so excited to announce that Happy Shoe Day is officially offering shoes!

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “can you buy shoes for me?”.  Finally the answer is YES!  I will have a small online boutique for you with the seasons hottest shoes.  I will always be adding new shoes to the boutique and will include them in my blog posts.  I’m starting with five pairs for fall. Let me introduce you to them…


These were the first ones I ordered for my online boutique. I’m in love with the tan booties with black faux leather detail.  These could dress up a pair of skinny jeans or even add a some edge to a dress. It’s all about taking the bootie to the next level! {$40}

Next are these great wedge tan booties.  An added benefit to these stylish booties are that they will carry you through some nasty weather because the bottoms are made for winter.  These scream weekend and will become a staple in your wardrobe. {$35}

Hello classic beauty!  Cut out booties are everywhere this fall.  How could I resist this neutral one.  These are perfect for the office with a pencil skirt and blouse or a sassy dress for date night. {$35}


It’s no secret that fringe is a huge fall trend but it’s not for everyone.  These booties are a perfect way to wear the trend without going over the top.  How perfect would these be with a pair of skinny jeans and a graphic t-shirt. {$35}

Time to get sassy!  I’m helping you take your boot game up a notch with these knee high boots. Here you’re diving into the fringe trend a little bit more but not going over the top.  I love that these aren’t too much but add some personality to your look. {$45}

Be sure you check back to see how I style my outfit with shoes and what other shoes I add to the boutique.

Looking for more fall shoe trends?  Check out the segment I did on Twin Cities Live.

Have a Happy Shoe Day!

The Blanket Scarf- 3 new ways to wear it!

The nights are cooler and the leaves are starting to turn but the temps are still hitting the high 70’s during the day.

Solution: Blanket Scarf!

These scarfs aren’t just for the dead of winter anymore, they’re perfect for fall! So take them out of your closet and start wearing them… I’ll show you how.

And I think you need the scarf below in your fall wardrobe.  Head to my facebook page to learn how you can win it.

  1. Around the neck.

Blanket Scarf 1

This is extremely easy to do.  Simply put this into a triangle and put the point of scarf in the front and wrap.  You can hide the access fabric under the scarf.  This will stay all day and will create pattern to an other wise boring t-shirt.

2. Cape!

Blanket Scarf 2

It’s as simple as folding it in half and wrapping it around your shoulders.

Blanket Scarf 2 w belt

Or if you’re looking for a more styled look add a belt! For another look click here.

3. Belt it!

Blanket Scarf 3

Again, fold it in a triangle and then roll it like a normal scarf.  After you wrap around the scarf around your neck- belt it.  This a great way to change up any outfit.

Outfit rundown:

Scarf: Style Trolley

T-shirt: Target

Pants: H&M

Booties: Primp

Have a happy shoe day and show me how you’re wearing your blanket scarf!

My Cabi Purchases

A couple of weeks ago I had some girlfriends over and for a Cabi Party. It was the perfect excuse to get together with friends and shop for some new fall clothes!  Well the box arrived at my front door and I couldn’t wait to show you the items I’ve added to my closet.

Let’s start with the tops I’ll be able to wear now and in the fall.

First up, the domino tank, or as I call it the mullet tank.  Serious in the front and a party in the back.

I don’t know about you but when I get new clothes I can’t wait to wear them. This weekend I wore it with a pair of light skinny jeans and sandals.

Next top is the Jot Top


I’m so excited to pair this with a blazer. Or before blazer weather comes to wear this with a pencil skirt.  I love the lace detail that goes into the back of the shirt.

Speaking of skirt, I got this overlay pencil skirt!

Not only does it look good on but it’s also comfortable.  I love the overlay detail! Makes this not your average skirt and the color is perfect for basketball season.  How cute is this for the days that the Syracuse Orangeman play.  I always love to wear orange on game day.

Now lets say stay warm!

The cape, or as Cabi calls it, the Gigi Cape. Gigi is what my niece calls me so this cape already mean a lot and then looks at it… it’s beautiful.

This is the perfect fall accessory. I can imagine wearing this with jeans, white pants or even a pencil skirt and you can really wear any type of top.

The twilight jacket a great jacket that I can use for outer ware or as a blazer.

The angled zipper adds such personality to this look.  This could be dressed down for a weekend look or I could dress it up for work.

The last item is a very comfortable outer wear jacket.

The manor jacket is one of the softest jackets I’ve ever tried on. It’s so comfortable I’m looking forward to a cold fall night just to wear it.

Cabi is so great with details. Down to notes on the bags!

What were some of your favorites from the collection? Hope you have a happy shoe day! 

1 Pair of Jeans = 3 Comfy Weekend Outfits

It’s late August and the fall crisp is starting to sneak into the air.  The Minnesota State Fair is just around the corner and that is the unofficial sign that the summer of 2015 is winding down.  Although I’m not ready to put my summer clothes away, I am ready for the transitional time between summer and fall.

One of my favorite places to shop is The Style Trolley!  This isn’t your average boutique… it’s a boutique on wheels!

style trolley 2

This fashion truck has just loaded its latest shipment and it’s stock full of comfy and fashionable fall clothes. Between what Mariah, the owner, has in her truck and what I have in my closet already I created 3 comfy outfits perfect for the weekend. Want to buy these looks right now?  You can also shop online.

Outfit 1: Perfect for a Saturday filled with shopping and maybe even lunch with friends.

All summer long you’ve seen graphic tee’s. How about a graphic sweatshirt?!

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Pairing this comfy (and extremely soft) sweatshirt with a printed scarf from Primp.  And the jeans I’m using for this entire post are from H&M. To finish the look off add knee high boots from Justfab.

Outfit 2: Date night wearing a kimono!  You saw it this summer and you’ll see it more this fall.

Outfit 7

YOU CAN PAIR THIS VERY COLORFUL ONE WITH ANYTHING You can pair This very colorful one you can pair with anything.  I enjoy classic fall colors when it comes to styling. I paired it with an orange tank top to bring out the the orange in the kimono.

Outfit 7 shoes

With a beautiful top and using the tank top to bring out the colors I wanted the rest of the outfit to be pretty simple.  So, again I just used my skinny jeans from H&M and then using my tan western inspired boots to complete the look.

Outfit 3: The Cozy Sunday Look

When it comes to fall it’s all about layering and being comfy.

Outfit 2

And what is more comfy than a blanket scarf? Not much! I turned this one into a cape. This is the perfect accessory for late summer nights.  I played off the colors in the scarf to brighten the look up.

Outfit 2 Jewelry

Adding a yellow tank from Target to create a nice silhouette for you and added mint earring along with the brown and gold necklace.

Outfit 2 shoes

Then finally a pair of boots I got last fall from JustFab to anchor the look.

Bonus Outfit!!  It’s time to put those jeans away and take out your white pants.

Outfit 6

That’s right! We’re taking a sweatshirt and dressing it up for work… perfect for a Monday.  I love the detail not only around the neck but carrying the same style around the wrist.

Outfit 6 shoes

 And then let’s add some more bling to this outfit with my bedazzled flats to finish the look off.

Did you enjoy these looks?  Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments below.

I hope you enjoy your fall and have happy shoe day!