Style Spotlight on Wedge Sandals

Lately, we’ve noticed a variety of cute wedge sandals cruising the sidewalks and gracing the fashion blogs. We’re fans of this trend – wedges provide a comfortable way of adding height to your stance and sophistication to your outfits. Plus, for anyone not blessed with the natural talent of being able to balance or walk in heels, wedges are a safer alternative. Below, we’ve picked out five wedge sandals that are the perfect fit for any budget and the perfect finishing touch for any spring outfit.

From top left, clockwise: Waylon Harachi Cork Wedge Sandal, Piccolo Wedges, Seychelles Thyme Wedge Sandals, Fleure Gladiator Sandals, Wood Wedge Sandals

From top left, clockwise: Waylon Harachi Cork Wedge Sandal, Piccolo Wedges, Seychelles Thyme Wedge Sandals, Fleure Gladiator Sandals, Wood Wedge Sandals

Waylon Harachi Cork Wedge Sandal, Target ($29.99)
With a 4.25” heel, these wedges may be sky-high, but the thick foot straps and ankle strap make these much sturdier than your average pair of strappy sandals. The wedges come in black, blue, cognac and red, and at just $29.99, the price is definitely right. Pair these wedges with a pair of cropped jeans or your favorite maxi dress.

Piccolo Wedges, Asos ($66.50)
If you’re looking for a pair of wedges that can easily transition from office hours to happy hour, this is the pair for you. Featuring a Perspex (shatter-resistant acrylic glass) wedge heel, Asos’ Piccolo Wedges put a modern twist on the wedge heel. While they don’t fit perfectly into the sandal category, the peep toe openings give them a springtime feel.

Seychelles Thyme Wedge Sandal, Urban Outfitters ($95.00)
These wedge sandals come in three colors, but the jewel-toned teal is decidedly our favorite. We’d wear these with a pair of dark tuxedo shorts for a pop of color and a leg-lengthening effect.

Fleure Gladiator Sandals, Topshop ($110)
If you think wedge sandals are too dainty and sweet, think again. Featuring a mini wedge, these black leather gladiator sandals are easy to walk in and can toughen up any outfit. Try pairing a feminine swing dress with these gladiator sandals for an unexpected contrast.

Wood Wedge Sandals, Mango ($119.99)
Leather and wood combine to create these gorgeous wedges by the Spanish clothing company Mango. The neutral coloring makes these sandals extremely versatile – you can just as easily wear them with jeans as with flowy trousers or a fitted dress.

Photo credits: target.com, us.asos.com, urbanoutfitters.com, us.topshop.com, shop.mango.com

Celebrating the Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl XLVII Champions

After a nail-biting game, complete with a 35-minute power outage delay, an awkward Go Daddy commercial and a surprise Destiny’s Child reunion, the Baltimore Ravens narrowly pulled off a Super Bowl win against the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31.

For full disclosure, Shopilly is based in the Bay Area, and I, like most others in the area, was rooting for the 49ers. However, in the name of good sportsmanship, we want to salute the Super Bowl XLVII Champions by highlighting some bragging rights gear for those celebrating the Ravens’ win.

Nike Men's Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco Jersey

Nike Men’s Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco Jersey, Sports Authority, $100
Ravens QB Joe Flacco was awarded MVP honors at the conclusion of Sunday’s game. He completed 22 of 33 passes for a total of 287 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, so wear his number with pride!

Antigua Women's Baltimore Ravens Succeed Jacket

Antigua Women’s Baltimore Ravens Succeed Jacket, Sports Authority, $64.99
Stay warm during the winter-to-spring transition (which will come earlier this year, thanks to Punxsutawney Phil!) with this long-sleeve pullover fleece. The feminine cut and understated embroidered Ravens logo extend its wearability past football season.

NFL Baltimore Ravens 59Fifty Fitted Cap

NFL Baltimore Ravens 59Fifty Fitted Cap, Amazon.com, $16.40-$34.95
Showing your Ravens’ love doesn’t have to break the bank — this affordably priced fitted cap by New Era comes in 12 sizes and features two tones and an embroidered logo.

Baltimore Ravens Toddler Short Sleeve Football Jersey

Baltimore Ravens Toddler Short Sleeve Football Jersey and Pant Set, Amazon.com, $34.99
It’s never too early to create a fan, right? This jersey and pant set is perfect for a two to four year old toddler — which just so happens to also be the perfect age range to teach a toddler about the importance of team loyalty and good sportsmanship.

Lastly, did you notice Beyonce’s leather and lace mini-dress during the half-time show? She chose little-known designer Rubin Singer for the humble task of creating costumes for her and the 120 backup dancers that graced the stage during the half-time show. While Beyonce’s getup is presumably a bit too risque for everyday wear, you can draw inspiration from Mr. Singer’s design with these little black dresses:

Hope you enjoyed the game!
The Shopilly Team

Photo Credits: sportsauthority.com, amazon.com, charlotterusse.com, freepeople.com, shop.mango.com

Dressing for an Office Holiday Party

With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to focus on the year-end holiday parties coming this month. Between the family traditions and celebrations with friends, you may hardly have time to get your holiday shopping done. But don’t let that get in the way of your wardrobe selections – especially when it comes to your office holiday party. If you’re having a hard time choosing a festive but appropriate outfit for your that event, take a look at these options, and then kick back with your co-workers and indulge in the holiday spirit!

  1. A nice sweater, fitted pants and pumps make a lovely combination that you can wear straight from the office to the party. I love this sophisticated draped cowl-neck sweater by Banana Republic in festive red. Pair it with bootcut pants like the Gretchen Black Bootcut Pant or, for a dressier feel, a high waist skirt like the Midi Knit Skirt (both bottoms by Bebe). Finish the outfit off with Nine West’s Caress pumps, available in safe solid colors or in gold glitter if you’re so inclined, and you’re instantly party-ready. By the way, Nine West is offering 30% off your entire purchase until 11:59 pm EST tonight, so hop to it!
  2. If your first priority is to stay warm, followed closely by appearing stylish, you can kill two birds with one stone by choosing a sweater dress. J. Crew’s Tee Dress is Italian cashmere, so you’ll stay cozy all night long. Another good option is French Connection’s wool-blend Milla Milano Dress. Pair either dress with tights and boots to shield your legs from the cold as well. The Martta Boot by Coach is a beautiful riding boot for those who prefer flat footwear; if you want a few extra inches, the Tres Chic Boot by Kenneth Cole is now 50% off.
  3. A dressier venue gives you the perfect excuse to invest in a new dress, and Express has a good selection of holiday dresses that won’t break the bank. This Long Sleeve Sequin Embellished Dress is great for anyone who gets cold easily, while the Ponte Knit Sheath Dress is flattering and does double duty as a must-have basic piece for any wardrobe. Some more formal options include this show-stealing Draped Long Silk Dress by Mango, or the intricately detailed Caridad Ruffled Dress from Anthropologie.

Fellows, if you’re feeling a little left out, sit tight – we’ll have office holiday party dressing tips for you next week!

Photo credits: bananarepublic.gap.com, bebe.com, usa.frenchconnection.com, kennethcole.com, express.com, shop.mango.com