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Everyday Luxe – Stylish Monday Link-Up

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Everyday Luxe – Stylish Monday Link-Up

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Everyday Luxe Means Something Different to Us All

What Everyday Luxe Means to Me

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Everyday Luxe by the Pool

This latest blog collaboration with some of my fashion-minded friends was a fun one. We chose ‘Everyday Luxe’ as a theme, and I have to say, we had a lively discussion regarding what that term meant to each of us. Sequined t-shirts? Embellished denim jackets? Color combos? We decided we would do exactly that – write about and share ‘what everyday luxe means to me’ and see what we all came up with for our posts.

After you’re done reading what everyday luxe means to me, why don’t you take a look at what it means to the fab ladies you see here? This was a fun one!

What’s that? Oh… me! Right! What does everyday luxe mean to me? Well… click the read more button and find out already!

Everyday Luxe? Hello Beautiful Shoes

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My Kind of Line-Up!

Well, if you haven’t guessed from the above pic, everyday luxe to me means elevating my everyday look with shoes! You can take the same pair of jeans and shirt, change your shoes – and your look takes on a whole new feel. Amiright?

For me, everyday luxe is being able to reach into your closet, pick a pair of your fave shoes, and get up and go.

For Me, Everyday Luxe Means Beautiful Shoes!

Tapping My Way Through the Day

I find shoes ‘reel-y’ appealing (sorry – couldn’t help myself), and they are the epitome of what everyday luxe means to me. And yes, I’m poolside, because, why not? Fab weather, great deck, and plenty of room for my shoes!

Hmmm… Pay the Mortgage, or Buy the Shoes?

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I Dream of Shoes!

Beautiful shoes make me happy. And while I do have a penchant for designer shoes, believe me, a $25 bargain pair makes me smile, too. I focused on shoes from my designer collection for this particular post, but I might have to do another featuring some of my favorite under $100 or even under $50 finds.

And yeah, there are times when I look in my closet and see all my shoes and think, wow! That’s a mortgage payment (or ten) on that shelf. Or, I could have bought a small country for what these shoes cost! What can I say? I’ll retire ten years later!

Look, for some, their passion is purses, and for others, it may be jewelry. Okay, I may have a thing for allll of those, lol, but most importantly, my passion is comfortable, beautiful shoes, especially since several foot surgeries (damn Cross Fit) left my feet very picky.

If the Shoe Fits, Buy It.

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My Beautiful New Sarah Flint Andrea Slides!

And that brings me to my latest pair of new shoes, and how I came to love Sarah Flint.

I’m not going to tell you Sarah Flint shoes aren’t expensive (although the definition of expensive means different things to different people), but what I will tell you is that this New York-based shoe designer does offer her shoes directly to the consumer, with no wholesale markup, which in reality means you can buy more shoes! (See my logic there?)

But wait. Why Sarah Flint?

It’s All in the Details

Sarah Flint shoes are designed by a woman – Sarah Flint – ya mighta guessed that by now. After all, who knows better what a woman needs and wants than another woman? Sarah is the epitome of a boss lady – smart, entrepreneurial, supportive of other women, and driven. She’s also passionate about her product, and it shows in every well-planned detail. Her footwear is chic, comfortable, and while her shoes aren’t cheap, sometimes, you get what you pay for.

In her words: “As a woman, I understand the frustration of buying shoes that end up sitting in your closet. Because of this, I obsess over the details of fit and construction to make the most comfortable and durable shoes, never sacrificing an ounce of style.”

My Andrea Slides were designed with a Crackle metallic leather upper and binding, leather lining and insole, and a leather outsole with full rubber forepart. I took these in one size larger, as they only come in whole sizes. Sarah’s shoes have wider toe boxes, arch support, and every pair is stitched with love in Italy, in the family-owned factory.

Everyday Luxe, Sarah Flint and Cindy Crawford

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What a Fabulous Pair – Not the Shoes (Ha!), the Boss Ladies!

When Sarah Flint asked if I wanted to be an ambassador for the brand, I was like, whaaattt? That’s like asking if I want a dirty martini at 5 p.m. on Friday, or if I want to take another trip to Italy. (Yes to both of those, if you haven’t guessed!)

And with investors like Cindy Crawford wearing her shoes, as well as celebs such as Meghan Markle, Kate Hudson, and Karlie Kloss, I just had to give them a try. So try them, I did. And here we are today – tada!

Everyday Luxe in a Boot? Absolutely!

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My Ellie and Gravati Boots!

My first pair of Sarah Flint shoes were these pull-on Ellie and Gravati boots pictured above. Made in a buttery vachetta leather, these boots mold to your feet with wear. The comfort level is real. I had so much fun styling them, and I know I will be wearing these beauties year after year. You’d never guess I live in Florida with all the boots I own, but I am a boot fanatic! (I may have mentioned that in a previous post!)

The Andrea Slides are my second pair, and I’m just as pleased with them as I was with the boots. I’m inviting you to try a pair for yourself. You can get to the site here and use my code, SARAHFLINT-BAGWENG, for $50 off your first pair of shoes if you are a first-time (new) customer.

Had enough of me talking about shoes yet? Uh huh, me too. Let’s see what my friends have to say when it comes to what everyday luxe means to them.

And now… What Everyday Luxe Means to My Friends

Julie – Fashion Trends and Friends and Instagram FashionTandF –  “Everyday Luxe for me is taking an average relatively plain item like a t-shirt, a jean jacket, a pair of sweatpants but knocking it up a level or two by adding elements of interest like rhinestones, sequins or glitter!” 

Amy – Amy’s Creative Pursuits – “For me, Everyday Luxe is something you would wear at home or a casual outing that is comfortable yet has some small luxurious elements to make you feel confident and beautiful.”

Nancy –  Nancy’s Fashion Style – “Everyday luxe for me means that I am able to work out! Well, not every day, some weeks I do though, but at least five days a week. What makes it a luxury for me then? I have a hereditary lung disease and working out is so very important for my health. The fact that I can work out is a luxe. Most lung patients don’t have  the energy for it. And I can still work out at the gym at my physiotherapist twice a week; and I have a gym at home. That is everyday luxe to me!”

Emma – The Style Splash – “When I think of everyday luxe, soft textures and bold prints immediately come to mind. Velvet is my ultimate luxe fabric and these trousers are so comfortable (the elasticated waistband helps!). Paired with a bright retro print shirt and I’m feeling groovy and comfy!”

Shelbee – Shelbee on the Edge – “Everyday Luxe to me means combining luxurious fabrics and prints into an everyday outfit. A combination of leather, leopard print, sequins, and laced up suede seemed like a perfect pairing for this theme.”

Ada – Elegance and Mommyhood – “What is Everyday Luxe?! It can be interpreted many different ways, I think depending on your lifestyle and your profession, too. In my opinion it’s pieces that are timeless, well-made and classic! Take a pair of leopard flats for example. I have always owned a pair of nice (not cheap) leopard flats. This new Sam Edelman calf-hair pair replaced by White House Black Market ones. I also think every woman needs a nice neutral knit dress and this cable-knit Zara dress is the one. Ditto on a beautiful blazer: go for a black, or another neutral color; think of a classic pattern like herringbone or glen plaid print which are classy and timeless.”


Nicole – High Latitude Style – “For me everyday luxe means that I wear what I love  even when the piece would be considered Sunday’s Best by my Mom’s or Granny’s generation. An example is this teal silk skirt. However, I pair it with typical everyday wear like this cardigan with bold colors abstract huge floral  print that I probably wore more often as a top than cardigan.”

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Lovely
    April 11, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    I completely agree with you! You have a gorgeous collection of shoes!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      April 12, 2021 at 7:02 am

      Hi Lovely! I do love shoes, there is no doubt, lol! Thank you for reading! xoxo

  • Reply
    Janet Montgomery
    April 12, 2021 at 3:37 am

    Wow! I love your collection here. I say wear what puts a smile on your face. Keep rockin!

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      April 12, 2021 at 7:03 am

      Thanks, Janet – I do love shoes, there is no doubt. I’m smiling! Thanks for reading. xoxo

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    Shelbee on the Edge
    April 12, 2021 at 6:12 am

    Gwen, I am just over here drooling over your shoe collection! As much as I love all things fashion related, shoes have a very special place in my heart! I am obsessed with all sorts of footwear and wish I could line my entire house with shelves to display all the pretty shoes. They are like artwork to me! And I have absolutely spent a mortgage payment or two on shoes myself! Thanks for introducing this new to me brand as well. I am going to go have a little browse of the Sarah Flint website. Congratulations on that wonderful ambassadorship! Life is short, buy the damn shoes!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      April 12, 2021 at 7:05 am

      Shelbee I totally agree – shoes are like artwork! I love looking at all the details that make each and every pair special. Life is short – buy the damn shoes indeed! xoxo

  • Reply
    Amy Johnson
    April 12, 2021 at 8:52 am

    I so agree that you can take any outfit up a notch by adding a great pair of shoes! What a fabulous shoe collection you have!

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      April 12, 2021 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you, Amy. Shoes always fit, whether I’m up or down ten lbs, so they are my favorite accessory!

  • Reply
    Nancy
    April 12, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Oh wow, shoes can be so trilling can’t they, more then jewelry or clothes. I once bought shoes that I knew I would never wear, but they were gorgeous to look at!

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      April 12, 2021 at 11:47 am

      Nancy, I have a few pairs in my closet I haven’t ever worn – it’s a sickness with me, lol. I have been known to put a pair on and never leave the house – just stare at them once in a while!

  • Reply
    Michele Linton
    April 12, 2021 at 11:34 am

    So many beautiful shoes! I’m jealous! I’m also a fan of Sarah Flint’s and such a great company too! Fun post Gwen!

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      April 12, 2021 at 11:48 am

      Thanks, Michele. I know we both love our Sarah Flints! Another fab thing about shoes – they always fit! Yay for me! LOL!

  • Reply
    Lizzie
    April 12, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Shoes are without doubt my favourite part of an outfit. These are wonderful. I’d never heard of Sarah Flints but they look beautiful.

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      April 12, 2021 at 12:37 pm

      Sarah Flint does make beautiful shoes. And you are right, they do make the outfit!

  • Reply
    Peta Sklarz
    April 12, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Oh Gwen, I love this post. I am envious off your shoe collection. I too Used to have so many shoes. They filled up my closet., the spare bedroom closet and the downstairs hall closet. When I got divorced I downsized so ingot rid of so many of my shoes. I miss Them.

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      April 12, 2021 at 2:52 pm

      Hi Peta!! When I got divorced I bought more shoes, room or no room, lol. But I know what you mean. I’ve gotten rid of a few I wished I hadn’t. Live and learn, right? Funny how you can miss a pair of shoes, but you can! They never let you down. xoxo

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    jodie filogomo
    April 12, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    I totally understand your shoe fetish, Gwen. In fact, today’s blog post on my site is all about shoes!!!
    I always say that shoes are a good investment, because you can gain 10 pounds and they still fit! LOL
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      April 12, 2021 at 2:44 pm

      That’s exactly what I say, Jodie! I may have to edit my post to include that – or save it for the next one. Shoes always fit! Looking forward to reading your post! xoxo

  • Reply
    jess jannenga
    April 12, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    HI Gwen
    I love everyone’s reasoning for what they consider “luxe”! Shoes, gloriious shoes! I do love shoes ( and bags) too! It is simple how a shoe can really elevate a look. I love the ones you are wearing and have heard nice things about Sarah Flint’s shoes.
    For me, I would probably wear a dress and carry one of m y bags for feeling luxe!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      April 12, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      Hi, Jess! Wearing a dress with the perfect bag sounds luxe to me! Love it! And yes, all it takes is a fab pair of shoes to make magic happen! xoxo

  • Reply
    Julie Augustyn
    April 12, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Gwen, such a great collection of shoes and love that’s how you define luxe! It was fun seeing everyone’s spin on the theme!

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      April 13, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      Hi Julie, it sure was! This was a fun collab! Thanks for putting together such a fab collage! xo

  • Reply
    Rosemary Davis
    April 13, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Gwen,
    You have an amazing shoe collection!
    I am a point in my life where I enjoy buying few clothing items and splurging on more lux items.
    My sweet spot is handbags❣️

    Rosemary

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    Nancy Weiss
    April 13, 2021 at 10:42 am

    “Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer anything right” Who knew that shoes would make you so happy. Once my husband accidentally threw a basketball at my son and it hit my daughter in the nose. He made up for it with a pair if jimmy Choos 🙂

  • Reply
    Barbie Holmes
    April 13, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    What a fun blog, Gwen!!! I enjoyed reading this very much!! I agree, shoes elevate the outfit. I have bad feet and an grateful there are many stylish and comfortable options available.

  • Reply
    Ada Furxhi
    April 14, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Both pairs of the Sarah Flint shoes are stunning, but I especially love the gold mules, they are so unique and indeed luxe. Need to own some of her shoes ASAP. I love how you interpreted luxe, you and I both focused on shoes which is great! =) Oh and I too love dirty martinis and Italy!!

    I love that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US interpreted the Everyday Luxe “trend” differently! Well done! =)

    • Reply
      Gwen Gottlieb
      April 15, 2021 at 10:50 am

      I wore them all day yesterday. So comfy!

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