Trend Spotting: {Is The Backless Shoe Back?}

Trends are a fascinating phenomenon. They catch fire so quickly. What once was forgotten, you’re suddenly seeing everywhere – at least when it comes to the world of fashion bloggers. They have such a knack for rocking the latest It Thing in such effortlessly cool new ways, you find yourself coveting something you would have never considered before!

For example, it seems that everyone has embraced the fact that Birkenstocks are back in fashion {and often with socks – what?!}. Cropped tops are everywhere, showing more navel than we’ve seen since No Doubt was on tour. And now, we add another 90′s trend to the mix: Mules!

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While we usually argue basics are best, this trend has us on the fence. 90’s mules are everywhere these days and dare we say, backless as ever!

With some seriously good designs out there from Margiela to Tibi, Alexander Wang and even Zara, it’s hard to resist slipping into this shoe trend. The right mule, we must admit, looks amazing on the right foot!

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Mules, which are best described as a backless bootie when paired with your favorite cropped pant are so on-trend for spring. The modernly interpretive peep-toe options nearly have us hopping the fence!

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try the trend: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 

They’re pretty, yes. And those bloggin’ babes definitely know how to make them look chicly French with their fresh pedis and unbelievably long legs. But we’re still not 100% convinced that mules aren’t just a fast passing fad. Let’s be real, they’re not exactly the most flattering {arguably, an elevated clog!} shaped heel anybody has ever come up with!

What do you think? Mules: a trend to try or one to say bye-bye?

PS: Did you hear? I’m hosting a giveaway this week and there are FIVE chances to win a fab spring goodie bag. Head here for all the details.

1 via Stockholm Streetstyle // 2 + 3 via Fashion Vibe // image 4 via Portable Package // image 5 via Elle Claesson

Confessions of a Shopping Genius + a Giveaway!

While I certainly don’t consider myself to be the ultimate shopping guru, being from Seattle, I have long been aware of one the best kept secrets for fashion-lovers out there: Nordstrom Rack. It’s always been my source for the ultimate designer scores. But now the secret is out – the Rack {as us native Seattlites call it} is heading across the country opening new stores and celebrating with a very fun campaign “Confessions of a Shopping Genius” and they’ve partnered with bloggers to help spread the word. Truthfully, I was a little reluctant to give up one of my favorite hidden gems for great deals, but I realized I had to share the love. I know you can relate to that “Yess!!!” feeling when you score those heels or that bag you’ve been stalking.

To kick off their #ShopGenius campaign, the Rack brought a great group of bloggers from around the country to San Francisco. We celebrated the opening of our beautiful new Rack in Union Square {have you gone yet, SF readers?? It’s huge! Deals for days}. I loved getting to meet other fabulous bloggers {like this one, this onethis one and this one} whose style I’ve long admired. We closed the experience by getting to enjoy a private shopping event at the Rack where I made my latest score: my new favorite pair of jeans by Haute Hippie! I’d been considering the bleached denim trend and I’m quite happy I took the plunge.

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get your shop on: amour vert jacket   //  amour vert blouse  //  maxstudio heels similar here & here // Baggu bucket bag similar// Margaret Elizabeth cuff // Marisa Haskell necklace //  Haute Hippie jeans scored at Nordstrom Rack 


This week I’ve partnered with the Rack to host a killer GIVEAWAY, tailor-made for a shopping genius such as yourself! We put together FIVE prize packs filled with all kinds of goodies; each bag will contain a mix of things ranging from sweet Bliss bath products to Stila Cosmetics, a Coach fragrance, a Kate Spade wallet and a cool summer infinity scarf. All told, these puppies are worth $170! It’s a sweet little package if I do say so myself.

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But this giveaway does require you to get a little creative! To enter you need to share your own “Confession of a Shopping Genius.” Mine, as you may have caught in the pic above is: “I feel sexier in jeans than I ever do in a dress.” And it’s true. Something about wearing pants always makes me feel way more self-assured.

What about you? What’s your deep dark fashion secret? You’re going to want to come up with your best confession because not only am I picking my five favorites to get these prize packages, but the confession may also be featured on Nordstrom Rack’s Instagram account. Bonus! With all that pressure, here are a few sample #ShopGenius Confessions to get your creativity flowing:

> There’s no such thing as being “too graphic”
> I have the mouth of a sailor and the shoes to match
> Quiet is boring. I prefer to make as statement

And here is the nitty-gritty on how to enter to WIN:

ENTRY RULES*
1. Follow @nordstromrack & @Apartment_34 on Instagram
2. Comment on my Instagram of my #ShopGenius find and share your own confession. Be sure to tag @NordstromRack. You can see my pic here
3. Don’t forget to include #shopgenius with your shopping confession

I will choose my five favorite confessions to win. So make ‘em good. I can’t wait to read ‘em. And GOOD LUCK!

 

Photos by amour vert

*This giveaway will be open for entry from Saturday April 19 until Wednesday, April 23 11:59 PM, PST. Open to U.S. residents only. Chances of winning dependent upon total number of entrants. Winner will be notified via email & announced at the bottom of this post after April 23. Total prize package value $170. This post is in partnership with Nordstrom Rack. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34′s doors open!

Embracing My Inner “Festival Style”

I was once a champion festival-goer. I spent years sweating it out in the desert, rocking in amphitheaters and getting crushed in the crowds as I pushed toward the front row. And I loved every second of it. These days though, while my love of music hasn’t withered, my stamina for festivals and “festival wear” has dimmed.

So when Old Navy challenged me to style a “festival” inspired look, I was a little hesitant. I’m a little past the days of werkin’ short shorts, bikini tops and flower crowns. However, I do believe we all have a little inner-hippie hiding in us somewhere so I looked to mine to inspire this ensemble. I think I found her!

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get your shop on: Old Navy Panama Hat // Old Navy Tee // Old Navy bucket bag // One Teaspoon Jeans // Zara heels similar // Illvesteva sunnies similar

Festival inspired style lets you be a little more casual, loose and funky than you might ordinarily be in your day-to-day life. I took the excuse to embrace a few of Spring’s hot trends including super-distressed denim, message tees, bucket bags and the classic Panama hat.

We paid direct homage to festival goers’ exhibitionist side by DIYing up my Old Navy tee! We added a little additional rock n’ roll edge by cutting off the sleeves and snipping little side-baring cutouts. I was actually loving the result. My tee has offically been added to my Greece packing list.

But I also ended up loving this look overall. I would totally rock it on a girls’ day at the beach, maybe to a casual brunch at an outdoor cafe or even when I’m just feeling sassy on a day of errand-running.

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We actually did this shoot at a local amplitheater in San Francisco’s John McClaren Park and as we hung out in the sunshine that warm, hippie vibe really started to take over. We even had Jerry Garcia playing on our Pandora station! I could have laid around out there all day. So maybe I do have a little festival spirit left in me after all. Now to find out if there are any tickets left to a fun show this summer!

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original photography for Apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // blanket and hide c/o Neighbor // art direction and styling by Apartment 34

This post was sponsored by Old Navy.
Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34′s doors open. For even more personal style inspiration click here.