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Category — Za Za Zu

May The Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

My closet is professionally organized and fashionably full – but if  it weren’t for the former, I’d find myself buried under an avalanche of outfits on a daily basis. Most purchases I love; some were bought after p0pping a bottle of prosecco (like a transparent ruffled top from Agnès B. in Notting Hill, worn while shaking my tailfeather in a London nightclub… in my defense it was dark); and then… there are a special few that have that unmistakable za za zu…

Meet the 50/50 ~ a boot that could kick other boots’ booties to the curb in sheer style, comfort, and sass. Mine made their seasonal debut at the Nordstrom Holiday party this year ~ and I have to confess it felt like Christmas morning as I teetered on my stepladder to lift them (verrrry carefully) down from their prized perch on my top closet shelf, and opened up the big purple box. Next on my list: a sliding floor-to-ceiling ladder…

Crafted to conform to your stems with super soft leather and a stretch panel in the back (and a perfect OTK height), the 50/50s will have you kicking up your feet to the jingle bell beat in no time.

Here are some other covet-worthy closet contenders to consider for your wishlist ~ I’m confident that a clever darling like yourself can concoct a reason why you need just one more pair of boots… and I predict there’s more than a 50/50 chance that you’ll love them!

Christian Louboutin Talon Leopard boots. Meow!

 These Tavie gold-heeled boots from Kate Spade would make Auric Goldfinger proud.

 I’m a smitten kitten for these Steve Madden fuchsia Macki booties.

Tory Burch’s streamlined wedge boots.

Me-ow, Michael Kors! Bootie prrrrfection.

Oh Mandie, you came and you gave without takin’….

 These sparkly hollyberry-red Uggs were made for rockin’ around the Christmas tree…


 Michael Kors classy, caramel-y York Knee Boots

I loved these Sam Edelman Serephina python boots when I first saw them ~ until my Mom and I got into a Fashion Police “Starlet or Streetwalker” debate over them. She voted for streetwalker, and since she is one of my style mentors, I let them go…

 You can’t go wrong with the Tory Burch Alaina bootie!

Some chic and cozy Danee wedge booties by Coach.


 Kick it like a co-ed in the classic Frye Campus boot.

 Giddyup, Girl! Tory Burch Calista riding boot.


Pour Moi? You shouldn’t have! Pour La Victoire Volkova Berry Booties.



“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.” ~Winnie the Pooh

December 12, 2012   1 Comment

Fall Forecast: Foxy & Feline

I’m a cheerleader for confidence and individual style, so silly “no white after Labor Day” rules bore me to tears. Speaking of Labor Day (le boo hoo hoo) where did those summer nights go?

Each year when summer sizzles away and fall flutters in, I have images of tweed, tights, turtlenecks and tall boots dancing in my head. Something about the clear & cool autumn air demands a wardrobe just as crisp ~ and conjures up images of style icons at their fall finest…

Audrey, in all of her leopard and scarlet glory.

Jetset style at Heathrow ~ chocolate suede coat by Givenchy, brown suede boots by Charles Jourdan, Louis Vuitton bag.

 Mademoiselle Deneuve ~ haute headscarf & coat ~ check & check.

White satin collar over black & classic bun ~ yes & yes.

YSL Muse ~ wool funnel neck shift, patterned tights, metallic flats.

Grace ~ pristine in green, one of Fall 2012′s hot hues.

Natalie ~ lovely in leopard. Love her studded cuff bracelet.

 Twiggy ~ satin creme collar over black with fab (faux) fur.

Jackie ~ the classic black ribbed turtleneck never looked so chic.

Pea coat, signature shades & scarf.

Ladylike in leopard.

Love Marianne Faithfull’s boho-chic style ~ crushed velvet & lace minidress, suede boots, crochet Peter Pan collar.

Très glam threesome! Ali MacGraw, Dyan Cannon and Natalie Wood rocking va-va-voom velvet, knit and brocade.

So many elements of the styles above are popping their pretty heads up again this season and they’re all yours for the flaunting ~ leather, lace, leopard, tweed, velvet, peplums and Peter Pan collars, to name a few. Also keep an eye out for a twist on animal print ~ with prrr-worthy accents like foxy little foxes & feline-faced kittycats.

Fall ~ Foxy, Feline & Feminine
Ted Baker pattern dress

Gray sweater

Hollister Co floral top

Peplum shirt

DKNY leopard print jacket

A Wear navy lace skirt
$48 - awear.com

Dorothy Perkins yellow skirt

Charlotte Olympia flat heels

Metallic handbag

Kate Spade short necklace


I’m all about the fashion mashup ~ mix a little bit of this with a little bit of that to put a personal stamp on your style. Even as a little girl I loved to mix it up when I played dress-up. Cookie cutter copycats are très cliché so rock your own unique look, kittens!

Is it time to build or simply spruce up your fall wardrobe? Are the contents of your closet one avalanche away from disaster?  From styling and shopping guidance to closet and wardrobe organization, The Medestrian was born for these challenges ~ contact Jenn@TheMedestrian.com today.


September 9, 2012   1 Comment

Sassy Lassy Stilettos

Happy St. Patties, pretties ~ don’t forget to wear your green!  Whether you’re in the Emerald City or the Emerald Isle, chasing snakes out of Ireland or being chased by cute boys at the parade or pub ~ do it in style! How about these emerald-flamed beauties from Prada? I think St. Patrick would approve.

My Irish eyes are smilin’!

March 17, 2012   No Comments

Hot to Trot

With rising temps expected to top off at 70 degrees today, I’m in the mood for the zing of spring! I’d love to kick off the season fashionably early with these smokin’ Prada Bow Tail Light Slides ~ lust-have item #44 on my sizzling spring wish list. Bows and tail lights? Brilliant.

Or, add extra edge with these Flame Slides that put the Prrrr in Prada…


I’ll catch you in the rearview mirror of my lipstick case, lovelies!

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” ~Marilyn Monroe

February 23, 2012   2 Comments

The Za Za Zu of Zoe

Color me bananas for Rachel Zoe’s Fall 2012 collection! I’ll have one of each look, s’il vous plaît ~ the girl knows how to shut it down.

Rachel rocks le léopard

I think every woman should have leopard, but not every woman will wear leopard.  You have to have courage to wear leopard.” ~Rachel Zoe


February 13, 2012   No Comments