tortoise-shell & snake-skin


The lace-up-flats wave hit the fashion world earlier this year, and I was swept off my feet. The original Aquazzura ones are gorgeous but are a whopping $675, so I started looking for alternatives. After a series of “lace-up flats” searches (and lots of wishlists), I discovered these at Topshop. They’re not cheap, but are much less pricey than their counterparts and are of great quality (the laces magically untie themselves sometimes while you’re walking but, eh, it’s worth it).



The shiny grey snake-skin pattern gives a playful touch to a quiet outfit, and a hint of glam without the pain of heels. These flats go perfectly with summer dresses and shorts, but also transition smoothly into fall. I wore them with a black jumpsuit, grey coat, and a simple black purse, topped with a pair of tortoise-shell sunnies. Perfect outfit for those not-so-cold-not-so-warm fall days!



These quirky tortoise-shell sunglasses were a surprising find from Madewell. They add a little bit of cheek to any outfit. I thought tortoise-shell and snake-skin wouldn’t get along well, but it ended up being an unexpectedly amicable relationship. Mixing the two gives a subtle twist to an overall understated look.






zara coat – this season’s version here

madewell pull-on jumpsuit (now on sale!)

topshop kingdom snake-effect ghillie flats (almost out of sizes) – black version here

coach x peanuts bleecker penny crossbody (no longer available) – similar here and here

madewell indio sunglasses

yves saint laurent rouge volupté shine lipstick in “pourpre intouchable”

photography by the stellar alice xiang

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  1. November 9, 2015 / 1:57 am

    Those flats are STUNNING! I also fell in love with the Aquazzura version but was glad to see more affordable ones from other brands. Thanks for sharing love!

    xx Cindy

    • November 9, 2015 / 10:33 pm

      Hi Cindy! Thank you so much for stopping by, means a lot! Glad you like the flats 🙂

    • November 9, 2015 / 10:32 pm

      Hi Mónica! Thank you so much! 🙂

    • November 10, 2015 / 2:02 pm

      Thank you so much Michèle! Your blog looks amazing 🙂

    • November 10, 2015 / 2:06 pm

      Hi Maggie! Thank you so much!!

  2. November 10, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    YOu look really amazing! Love love your shoes


    • November 10, 2015 / 2:07 pm

      Ah, thank you so much Lara! Thanks for stopping by!