Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lela for Less

I'm not sure about you, but I am so much more inclined to buy a product or support a brand if I believe in the people behind it. It's the same reason I pretty much only buy my outdoor gear from Patagonia. It's the same reason I visit the same boutique over and over again because I not only want to clothe myself in things that (I think!) look good, but I want to support the people/person offering me the selection. Similarly, this notion is why I love Texas-born designer Lela Rose. She has appeared to be extremely down to earth from day one...even designing a line of shoes for Payless, making her genius accessible to just about anyone.

At her Spring 2011 RTW show last fall, her models partners their breath-taking ensembles with styles from the now-available Payless line.

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Even Lela herself sported her Payless peep toes when greeting the crowd for the Spring 2011 RTW finale!

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Now a few of these styles are available for purchase via, and I have to say I'm having a hard time just which one to choose...they're all absolutely precious and will go with just about anything I plan on wearing when the weather warms up. I'm particularly partial to wedges since I'll be trouncing up and down the hilly streets of Asheville.

Lela Rose for Payless Bolivar Wedge: $49.99

Lela Rose for Payless Loreto Wedge: $49.99

Lela Rose for Payless Olivos Satin T Strap Pump: $44.99

Which one is your favorite? I think the Bolivar wedge might have to be mine by the end of the week!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Workin' Hard, Hardly Workin'

So sorry for the tardiness of my posts recently. I am going to try and get back on the blog train, though I will admit I may not be able to post as often as I had been before moving to Asheville.

I have been doing a couple guests posts, however, to whet your literary whistle.

"Top 11 Places to Shop for a Good Deal" on Savoir Flair

"A Day in the Life at Moondance Adventures" at Moondance Adventures' Blog

Updates? Well, Clark and I are getting settled in quite nicely in Asheville. I've been doing most (well pretty much all) my shopping at Constance, the best consignment shop ever in South Asheville. Can't wait to document some of my recent finds which include a long, formal Nicole Miller black gown for $55, black Theory velvet trousers for $14.50 and a slew of majorly discounted Michael Stars tees!

Weekends are definitely spend outside these days. Here are a couple iPhone shots from our hike of Max Patch and part of the Appalachian Trail outside of Hot Springs, NC.

Clark stands atop Max Patch, facing south

Triangulation marker atop Max Patch

Gorgeous view point from the side of Max Patch, on the Appalachian Trail

I look forward to getting into more of a routine with the blog, but for now, I'm focusing most of my energies on my job here at Moondance Adventures. We're approaching 200 students already for this summer's trips, and it feels good to work so hard.

Also doesn't hurt that I have this photo by my computer for motivation...

Photo from Net-a-porter