The Monet vs. The Lexy

by Christen

After discussions with several customers this week about the values of both The Monet by Derek Lam and the Lexy by Kate Spade, I started really thinking about how I would wear them–which is especially helpful since I own both pairs. And I actually think they are more different (in terms of purpose) than one might originally suspect. The Monet (the ankle boot with the fringe) is a touch younger, trendier, and easier to wear. The Lexy hits a more sophisticated note, is very luxurious-looking but the height can be more challenging when figuring out how to wear it. So, here, I put together two looks for early fall, late fall, and winter.

Early Fall Collage

I never really set aside my ankle boots this summer. If it’s under 90 degrees, I still find wearing ankle boots with short dresses to be very comfortable. I will continue wearing them this way into fall. For the Monet (fringe), find a dress that is a little flirtier, not too fitted in a soft fabric like this dress by Joie. If you work in an environment where you can wear a dress and ankle boots, opt for the Lexy (buckle). Paired with a simply cut dress, cinched at the waist like this Theory dress, the Lexy will make you look taller while anchoring the whole look.

Late Fall Collages

Late fall is when I am able to have the most fun with my clothes. I love to layer, and ankle boots provide the warmth of a boot without limiting your layering options. For a night out, wear the Lexy (buckle) with an embellished dress, a cozy cardigan and leather leggings. For a day off, pair those same leggings with the Monet (fringe) and a sweater–even better if the sweater has leather or fur accents.

Winter Collage

Finally, when it comes time for coats, get creative. The Lexy (buckle) will look best with a classic coat in a lighter shade, preferably with texture or other fun detail. I know the next pairing will be too much for some of you, but hear me out. Leopard is everywhere, and there’s no better place for it than outerwear. Be careful with the print you select though when wearing it with the Monet (fringe). The base of the print should be in the greys and whites, not the yellows and browns. Another tip: leopard looks best when the cut of the coat is casual. A dressier leopard coat will look a little dated.

A Labor of Love: A Guatemala Recap

Several weeks ago I posted on Alexandria Stylebook about packing up and heading to Guatemala. I know a style blog isn’t really a place to talk about going to dig ditches for a sanitation system but since some of you have asked, I thought I would post a few photos from the trip here.

I went with a group from my church to work with an organization out of Richmond called the Highland Support Project ( This trip might not fit the mold of what you think of when you hear the term “mission trip” because of its approach. This organization was different to me which is why I decided to pack my bags once again. Highland Support works with the indigenous people of Guatemala, the Mayans, to break the poverty cycle through collaborative work with the community. They don’t raise money and go in with a bulldozer and build a sanitation system, although there were many moments I was so exhausted I wish we did. Instead, the work is manual labor, done equally by volunteers and people of the community, working side by side. They are part of the process both in decision-making and implementation. It reminds me of the old saying that giving a hand is better than giving a hand out.


I flew into Guatemala City and from the moment I landed I was amazed at the physical beauty of the place. It’s one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen but as we traveled up to 12,000 feet in the mountains we were confronted with poverty everywhere we turned. There is no place to escape it entirely. The third, and most relevant, thing confronting a visitor is that even though the Mayans have literally nothing in material terms, they are some of the happiest, warmest people I have ever met.


I could not help but to sit and ask myself ‘why in the heck am I so grumpy all the time?’ I have everything and then some. I didn’t need to go to Central America to break the connection between material things and the character traits that endure, but a reminder to re-calibrate perspective was worth the trip alone.


Look, I am not going to sit here and say I am going to stop shopping or highlighting my hair. But taking myself out of my very blessed existence is something I am thankful I have done. It’s not a stretch to say that I didn’t take a mission to Chuicutama as much as Chuicutama brought a mission to me.

Fashion Walk 2014: Look No. 1

Join Hysteria, The Shoe Hive and Sara Campbell for the first Fashion Walk from Royal to Fairfax Street on Thursday, September 18. Enjoy cocktails and treats from 6 pm to 7 pm at Hysteria and The Shoe Hive. Then view all the new fall styles in a fashion presentation put on by all 3 stores at either 7:30 and 8:30 at Sara Campbell.


Free gift with purchase at all 3 stores and register to win a gift certificate from all 3 stores. Sponsored by Jessica Richardson Real Estate.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

We never take for granted when we are featured in the press or (even better) voted a “Best of” by our customers. And we have felt the love this summer! We were voted the Best Shoe Store of Alexandria thanks to all of you and were included in the Washingtonian’s annual Best of Old Town issue as well as in their Local Attractions feature. Thank you for making everything we do worthwhile and if you are interested in reading any of the pieces, visit our Press page here.


Fall 2014 at The Shoe Hive: Grey and Taupe Booties

Half of our entire store is full of fall merchandise, and we have so much more coming in. We wanted to provide you with a breakdown of the new merchandise by category, so that you don’t feel overwhelmed when walking into the store and hopefully to help you make smart purchases for your lifestyle and wardrobe. Below are the booties we currently have in luggage, grey and taupe. If you buy only one pair of shoes this fall, it should be one of these. They go with absolutely everything and are right on-trend without being overly trendy…if you know what I mean.

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Michael Kors, $198 A great price for a very luxurious-looking bootie.

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Kate Spade, $398 Wear these with midi skirts to be very Fall 2014!

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Vince Camuto Signature, $325 One of our most flattering booties in a very versatile color.

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Sam Edelman, $130 For our hippest customers. Wear these with a floral sundress at the end of summer!

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Michael Kors, $150 Looks black but is more of a dark grey. Love the platform wedge! Rustic chic at its best.

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Sam Edelman, $140 The Petty is everyone’s favorite. Easy to wear, comfortable and inexpensive!

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Derek Lam, $412 Not just your average bootie. #obsessed

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Aquatalia, $350 Christen’s favorite bootie. She (almost literally) wears it with everything.

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Aquatalia, $398 This bootie is actually a dark green, and serves as a neutral. Wear it with dark skinny jeans for a super luxe look.

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AGL, $338 A low wedge with a little sparkle. Day or night, it just works.

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Aquatalia, $398 The same bootie as the earlier green one, but in a taupe. And did you know that all Aquatalia booties are weatherproof? No need to treat them and they are virtually indestructible!

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Melissa, $155 Everyone needs a rainboot for fall. Hunters are wonderful, but consider these sleek Melissa two-in-one booties. The shaft slips off for a totally different look!

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Aerin, $398 Cut-outs at their best.

Our Sidewalk Sale Starts Tomorrow!

Over 70 businesses in Old Town and Del Ray are slashing their prices for Alexandria’s annual Sidewalk Sale this weekend. Goods ranging from kitchenware to shoes and kids are discounted from 50% to 80%. For details on the event and the participating stores, visit the Old Town Boutique District’s website.


We spent all day today prepping the store and tagging our merchandise in preparation for the big sale. And we finished! That means everything is already discounted and you can shop the sale an entire day early. All sale shoes are tagged in groups according to price. Below is our color code for deciphering just how good the deal is on the shoes you love. We will have entire tables full of shoes priced at $25, $35 and $50. The savings are major! If you have weekend plans or want to avoid the crowds, come see us tomorrow!

Sale Code