Happy Monday, friends!
Today I thought I’d provide a light and fashionable distraction from all the nuttiness going on with our nation’s election and show you how I styled my new embroidered boots from Artemis Boots of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
I had the pleasure of spending several wonderful days in Carmel last month, covering the Carmel International Film Festival and hanging out with Julie from KayandStar. It was so much fun, I can’t wait to share the highlights with you next week!
Julie is friends with the owner of Artemis Boots, a charming and welcoming man named Erkan Demir. Erkan designs the footwear himself, which is made in Turkey. Each pair is handmade and one-of-a-kind. Thankfully, if you see something you like online or in his shop but it’s not in your size or you want a different heel, for example, you can have it custom made. I am eagerly awaiting for a pair of custom booties to show up on my doorstep, any day now!
When you walk into the Artemis Boots boutique, the first thing you notice is the colorful footwear covering every wall. Their boots, booties and shoes come in a wide variety of beautiful colors and intricate patterns.
A shoe and boot lover like me could really go crazy in a store like this. I knew right away I would be bringing at least one pair of Artemis boots home with me. And I was right!
Their helpful staff makes you feel right at home. I tried on several pairs of boots, including these Suzani velvet booties. Suzani is described by Artemis Boots as:
“The word Suzani comes from the Persian word for “needle.” It refers specifically to the exquisite embroidery panels made by women of Central Asia in what is now known as Uzbekistan.
The creation of a Suzani design is deeply rooted in tradition. This intricate embroidered craft work and stylized botanical motifs began at the birth of a daughter and continued with the help of family and friends until the bride’s dowry was complete.”
Isn’t that fascinating?
Although I love the colorful Suzani style, I ultimately decided on a tall boot in a color combination that would be versatile. I wear lots of black and love gray so I picked a pair of leather embroidered boots (similar) in a black and gray floral design. There are several heel heights to choose from but I went with a cowgirl-style low-heel.
I adore the flower details and the texture of the embroidery which adds both interest and femininity to the boots.
For my next look, I went for a cozy, wintery outfit with my new gray sweater from Bella Vita Sonoma. I added this KayandStar necklace which I believe was my very first purchase from KayandStar. I wore a black felt wool hat from Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley and black jeans.
For this outfit, I wanted to add a little fall color to my look. With my jeans and Stella Carakasi Tell Me More Sweater, I wore a birthday gift from a dear friend, this gorgeous burgundy neck scarf, and carried my Adora by Adrienne “You Had Me at Merlot” bag.
For my final look, I wore the Tell Me More Sweater again but this time, instead of jeans, I added Love The Look Leggings in Moonstone by Stella Carakasi. For jewelry, I kept things simple and wore a soft leather choker in metallic charcoal, which can also be worn as a cuff bracelet, from Large Leather of Sonoma.
You’ll be seeing these beautiful and unique boots on the blog for many years to come! And I will be sure to return to Artemis Boots again and again, whenever I visit Carmel.
Contact Artemis Boots via their website to ask about custom orders or to view their gorgeous collection of footwear.
Today is the last call for November’s How I Wear My!
The theme for our 5 year HIWM anniversary is Long Cardigan or Duster.
To participate, send in a photo showing how you style your “Long Cardigan or Duster” to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the day today – Monday, November 7th. Don’t forget to include a blurb about your look which we will use as a direct quote in our posts. The posts will go live on here on my blog and on Everything Just So on November 10th!
Make it a rich day!
Disclosure: All pieces in this post from Stella Carakasi were given to me. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.