With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time once again to start making plans for the most romantic day of the year. Depending on what you’re into, February 14th can be celebrated in many different ways, from dressing to the nines for a scrumptious dinner date to simply snuggling up on the sofa for an all-night Netflix binge. This is the day to do whatever makes you and your partner the happiest!

If you’re still not sure about what to do, we sat down with some of our favorite social media mavens and asked what they really want out of Valentine’s Day, and their answers cover all the bases when it comes to comfort and love. Take a look at what makes these ladies happy and find out if you’re more of a Brittany, Mallory, or Erin when it comes to this special holiday.

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SS: How would you describe the perfect setting and scenario for spending Valentine’s Day this year?

 

Brittany, Loverly Grey: “The perfect Valentine’s Day includes pizza and a romance movie on the couch with my hubby.”

 

Mallory, Style Your Senses: “My ideal Valentine’s Day looks quite a bit different than it used to. What sounds dreamy now is a day date with my husband … a yummy brunch, a fun brewery, live music, and maybe even a little shopping. With two small kids, we are so, so tired at night that it makes it hard to even have an evening date. During the day, we can enjoy each other and reconnect and do things that we normally wouldn’t be able to do with the kids in tow.”

 

Erin, Living in Yellow: “As much as I love a fancy dinner out, on Valentine’s Day I turn to cozy PJ’s, blankets, and takeout. A cozy night in with a glass of wine in-hand and my husband by my side; I’m a happy camper! Add in a game of cards and I’m even happier.”

 

SS: Based on your ideal V-Day date, tell us what your perfect outfit looks like.

 

Brittany: “I still love staying true to a theme, but given we are at home, I like to stick to a cute Valentine’s-themed sweatshirt and my favorite skinny jeans.”

 

Mallory: “I would wear a cute bell sleeve sweater, my favorite pair of skinny jeans, go-to suede booties, a fun cross body bag (since I can ditch the diaper bag for a day), and even a wool floppy hat. Casual and cool and still functional for a day date.”

 

Erin: “Comfy lounge pants, soft tee, and slippers!”

 

SS: In addition to Valentine’s Day, we’re also celebrating self-love this month! Do you plan on giving yourself a gift this month?

 

Brittany: “I am all about the ‘treat yourself’ mentality. I think new accessories are the way to go, whether it’s a new pair of earrings or new shoes.”

 

Mallory: “I’m gifting myself some time for Valentine’s Day. Taking time away from my family is always hard to do without the ‘mom guilt’ creeping in, but this year I am being intentional about taking time away for myself to regroup. Whether it be getting a manicure or massage, going for a run, or just sitting in Starbucks catching up on emails, I’m mindful about refilling my own cup and recharging with some time away.”

 

Erin: “Chocolate covered strawberries from Edible Arrangements. I recently discovered them and am sold. So good! Other than that, a new pair of booties for spring is a treat I can never turn down!”

 

A big thank you to these extra-lovely ladies for participating in our 2018 Valentine’s Day Q&A. We hope this is the best V-Day for you yet!

 

We’d also love to hear from the rest of you about what gift you plan to give yourself this month too. Join the conversation on Instagram using the hashtag #BeYours and don’t forget to tag us @SoleSociety. We can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

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We’re kicking off our #Valentinescelebration by hosting a giveaway with Winc & Julep Beauty! ⠀

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You may have heard of ‘faux leather’, a material that mimics the look of leather without harming any animals. However, the up and coming phrase these days seems to be “vegan” leather. While these leathers may sound different, the reality is faux leather and vegan leather are actually the same thing.
 

What is vegan leather exactly? Going beyond the understanding that vegan leather is a substitute for animal leather, more often than not, vegan leather is created with polymers like polyurethane (PU) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). These synthetic leathers can be found in a wide variety of fashions from shoes to handbags to jackets and almost everything in between. When shopping for vegan leather, try to buy fashions made from PU instead of PVC, as PU is a bit friendlier toward the environment because it’s more biodegradable.

 

The benefits of vegan leather are a big-win for animal rights activists. Authentic leather is produced using animal rawhides and skins. According to PETA (The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), billions of animals are killed specifically for textile manufacturing purposes every single year.1 While counter-arguments sometimes state that vegan leathers can be environmentally harsh, real leather is not fully biodegradable either. Just ask an archaeologist, and they will tell you they still find animal leathers that are thousands of years old.

 

Even if animal rights don’t particularly suit the causes you typically support, vegan leather also has the benefit of versatility. It can be created to suit many styles ranging from matte to shiny finishes. It’s also easy to care for; simply soften with a dab of vinyl conditioner and a dry cloth then you’re done! Leading designers around the globe have built entire collections around vegan leather because it’s incredibly fashion-forward. At Sole Society, some of our favorite clutches and handbags are built using beautiful vegan leather, too.

 

And yes, we are aware that there is some controversy surrounding vegan leather, but we also believe that having multiple selections allows for greater sustainability. An excess of one thing (such as only leather or only vegan leather) can have a much larger impact on our precious environment, so having different styles to choose from is always a good thing in our book!

 

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Are you resort ready for the year ahead? Check out these breathtaking looks currently dominating this season’s resort wear, perfectly suited for a variety of exciting occasions.

Nautical by Nature

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Whether you’re planning to lounge poolside or at the beach, these outfits are all about fun in the sun. Get this year’s hottest nautical looks by combining relaxing blue hues with waves of stripes. Keep it fun and flirty at brunch by wearing open-toed shoes, cropped wide-leg pants, and a snazzy top; or look effortless with a wrap dress featuring unique details such as geometric patterns and voluminous sleeves. Complete the outfit with a cream clutch or satchel.

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When it’s time to hit the town for a little retail therapy, keep it simple by pairing your favorite flats with a knee-length dress and crossbody purse. Booties and cropped jeans with a striped tee and oversize shopper bag are also fabulous outfit essentials. Throw in some complementary pink and rose hues to contrast your blues and you’re good to go!

Neutral Parties

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This season, it’s easy to look and feel your best by pairing monochrome touches together with blushing neutrals. For lunch meetings and friendly get-togethers, treat your feet to a lovely pair of slip-ons and wear them with a quarter-length dress or coat that make a sophisticated statement.

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Dress things up a bit with a head-turning outfit that accentuates your body. Put on your favorite heeled sandals and dark denim, then show off some shoulder with a striking top that is rich in both texture and style. Alternatively, add a strong pop of romantic red to your shoes and accessories by wearing them with a sensuous black midi dress.

Bring the Mixers

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Make every party memorable with bold patterns and flowy textures. In the daytime, wear solid shoes with a contrasting dress and bag comprised of playful patterns, or simply go with the flow by mixing and matching looks that add movement like flared pants and ruffled blouses.

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Once the evening falls, take advantage of lively shoe designs like criss-crossed mules or embellished flats. Mix them up with pieces that add just a touch of urban modernity.

Find your favorite spring looks from Sole Society and show off your personal style using the hashtag #MySoleSociety !

 

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The greatest things in life are meant to be treated with the utmost attention and care, and shoes are no exception. By viewing shoes as a long-term investment instead of just another disposable product, you can purchase a pair of timeless, high-quality shoes without the guilt. All it takes is a little knowledge in the shoe cleaning department to ensure your shoes, heels, and boots really were made for walkin’, and that’s just what they’ll do (with some tender, loving care)!

To get started, proper care ultimately depends on the materials that comprise the whole of the shoe. Take a look below for an informative guide on working with different types of shoes and the best ways to clean them:

Leather Shoes

Leather can often be a tricky one, as there are different types of leather available including patent leather, vegan leather, and of course, leather-leather, just to name a few. Make sure you know what type of leather materials were used to avoid unnecessary damage ahead of time. Patent leather is shiny and glossy, vegan or faux leather is typically made from polyurethane, and leather is an animal skin and rawhide combination textile.

  • Patent Leather: Use a product designed for polishing patent leather-like wax, or take advantage of household items such as Vaseline or Windex (but not at the same time). Just apply a thin layer of patent leather cleaner, followed by a patent leather conditioner for lasting appeal.

  • Vegan Leather: Wipe these down with warm water using a sponge or washcloth, soap the sponge/cloth with something eco-friendly void of harsh chemicals, and give it a light scrub. Then, wipe off the soap and water with a dry cloth. Finish with vinyl conditioner.

  • Full-Grain Leather: Wipe softly with warm water, clean the rag, and wipe again with warm water. Afterwards, give them some gloss with a good cream polish. If your full-grain shoes (such as nubuck) don’t have any dirt or grime, a simple shoe brush will do the trick. Remember that water and liquids can wear down leather faster, so always resort to brushing them before going the washcloth route.

Suede

Who doesn’t love suede? It’s one of the most beloved materials for shoes because it is comfortable, warm, and soft to the touch. Suede shoes can sometimes take a little extra care than other types of material, which could be a reason why Elvis – the king of rock ‘n roll himself – warned the masses in 1956, “You can do anything, but lay off my blue suede shoes!”

To clean, use a brush specifically designed for suede. If there are any spots or stains, opt for a light sandpaper or the soft side of a nail file after brushing. Always remember to avoid water completely when cleaning suede. Water is the fastest way to destroy it, so stay away from liquids at all costs.

Reptilian

Lovers of the exotic can’t help but flock toward materials made from the skins of snakes, lizards, and crocodiles. It’s a fun, sophisticated look that pops when paired with solid outfits that display minimal designs or no patterns at all. For snakeskins, dampen a soft washcloth and wipe gently. With lizard skins, avoid water and just wipe down with a soft cloth. And lastly, you can take care of crocodile skins with a damp cloth just like snakeskins, but follow up with a soft paint brush afterward. Then, apply a conditioner made for these specific reptile skins to preserve them for years to come.

Fabric

Although fabric shoes such as canvas sneakers and mesh/nylon runners tend to break down faster due to harder usage, they are still super easy to look after. Just give them a nice brushing, then wet a warm washcloth with a small dab of eco-friendly laundry detergent for a gentle scrubbing. Wipe away the soap and it’s as simple as that!

Drying Shoes

The most recommended way to dry shoes is to simply let them dry naturally. However, if placed under the sun, be sure to take them out of the light when close to completely dry to avoid potential pitfalls like color fading. Keep in mind that most shoe materials are sensitive to sunlight, so it’s best to allow shoes to dry inside on their own. If you’re in a hurry, you can dry fabric shoes at a cool temperature in a drying machine, but keep all other shoes away from the dryer.

When looking at today’s fashions, it seems as if the latter half of the 20th century is always making a comeback in a contemporary way. Which means that even if you’re the type of woman to buy shoes like there’s no tomorrow, taking care of older shoes could definitely be of benefit when a particular style surfaces on the runways once again. When someone asks where to purchase a pair of your well-worn, well-polished shoes, you can smile with the knowledge that no one is stealing your look today.

 

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Searching for New Year’s Eve fashion inspiration to go with your list of resolutions? These party looks will give you major #goals.

 

Glam Goddess

Ring in the new year with glamorous details and plenty of panache. Fluffy faux-fur coats, feathery high heels, and slip dresses lined with dazzling sequins ensure that the only accessory you’ll need is a glass of bubbly.

 

Cool Trendsetter

 

 

Dress like the life of the party with modern styles that are as versatile as they are dynamic. Leopard print shoes get a sparkly makeover with crystal embellishments, while a basic jumpsuit is the perfect foundation for statement baubles and colorful dustings of confetti.

 

Femme & Flirty

 

Hey, girly girl. Step up your NYE outfit with all the right frills. From flirty lace frocks to embellished velvet pumps and rhinestone accessories, there’s no time like the holidays to show off your feminine charm.

 

Modern Minimalist

 

Prefer to keep things simple? Give your New Year’s Eve style a streamlined makeover by sticking with the tried and true. A plush velvet dress in a solid shade of winter white, evergreen, or cranberry looks timeless and fashion-forward. Just add a party clutch and some matching high heels to prove that basic doesn’t have to be boring.

 

Hopeful Romantic

 

Anxiously awaiting that New Year’s Eve kiss when the clock strikes midnight? Love is in the air with holiday looks that are big on romance. Fall head over heels in diaphanous chiffon dresses, velvet stilettos, ruby red accessories, and dark floral prints in full bloom.

Happy New Year!

 

XOXO,

The Sole Society Team

 

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You have places to be and people to see this holiday season — but you don’t have time for multiple wardrobe changes throughout the course of your day. From family get-togethers to dinner dates with friends, it’s easy to transition your look from day to night with the right styling tips.

How to Take Your Holiday Look From Day to Night

 

1. Family Celebrations

 

There’s no place like home for the holidays (and it just so happens to be the perfect place to wear your coziest winter staples). Cardigans, sweater coats, and ponchos layer with anything and everything to keep you warm… and they’re also good at disguising party outfits for evening festivities. Wear a short dress or a t-shirt and jeans with a long cardigan and ankle boots, and then switch to a nighttime look with the help of high heels and sparkly baubles.

 

2. Girls Night Out

 

Impress your squad with outfits that are as versatile as they are stylish. Re-work your office basics with a pair of over-the-knee boots, update a pair of skinny black pants with a shoulder-baring blouse and stilettos, or shimmy the night away in a playsuit and flats.

 

3. Work Events

 

Go from 9 to 5 (and beyond) by giving your work separates a little edge. Replace your LBD with a jumpsuit for an after-hours look that sizzles, or keep it classy and modern with a velvet blazer or animal print heels. Looking for a one-and-done piece that works for day or night? A black faux-leather skirt is your ultimate go-to.

 

4. Date Night

 

Love is in the air with romantic styles that are ready to mingle. Heat up a cold-shoulder dress with a velvet clutch and strappy high heels, or show some skin with an off-the-shoulder satin blouse. Going somewhere extra fancy? A little black dress and a fluffy faux-fur stole are a match made in heaven.

 

Quick & Easy Holiday Party Fashion Tips

 

  • Work it. Wear an asymmetrical dress or blouse under your favorite work blazer to go from work to play in a flash.

  • Glisten up. Sparkly jewelry gives casual basics just the right amount of shimmer and shine.

  • Aim high. Take an off-duty outfit to the big event by switching from ankle boots to high heels.

  • Pile on the style. The right outerwear can do more than help you dress for the elements. Cardigans are ideal for daytime events, while bomber jackets and kimonos breathe new life into traditional pieces.

  • Give yourself a hand. Switch things up by replacing your daily carryall with an embellished party clutch.

  • Mix and match. Cover plunging necklines with blanket scarves by day, or hide your stems with tights to make shorter hems more work-appropriate.

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