To say I’m simply excited to share today’s post is an understatement. For the past two years, I’ve blogged through this online space purely for the joy of sharing. That hasn’t changed in the least!! However, today I’m thrilled to announce a new development along my blogging path that will hopefully allow me the opportunity to be with you even more throughout the coming years!

Please welcome my first partner for Hilary Inspired, ShoeMint!! (did you notice the changes in my sidebar?)

I was approached by Jennifer of ShoeMint earlier in the year and we began a discussion about the new retail concept that ShoeMint has recently embarked on along with their sister-brands, StyleMint, BeautyMint, and JewelMint. I was fascinated by the idea and decided that this would be an interesting partnership to share with you all.

ShoeMint is the collaborative design-child of Nicole Chavez and Rachel Bilson and offers exclusive styles to it’s free membership participants on a monthly basis. When you become a member of ShoeMint, each month you receive the option to purchase from the limited edition collection or simply opt out for another time (I should mention that there is no charge or penalty for opting out… I wondered about the same thing.) Every pair is available for $79.98 and the shipping is free.

As a part of our partnership together, I offered to style my favorite pair of shoes – the nude Veronique pumps – from the March ShoeMint collection within a quintessential “Hilary Inspired” look… eclectic, vintage influenced, high-low mix. Here’s the product of my dress-up session with ShoeMint…

Now, since this is my first swing at introducing a retail partner, I’m hesitant to sound too sales-y. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with ShoeMint and wanted to be sure to share a few important details about their product and service. But, besides the technical details listed above, here’s my honest-to-goodness review for you to consider…

The Veronique shoe is the perfect shade of nude for my rarely-in-the-sun fair complexion. They work beautifully when paired with more modest pieces such as the calf-length green silk skirt in today’s outfit. To my surprise, the nude color really does elongate the leg and definitely steps the glam factor up a notch! Besides the sexy silhouette of the shoe, the quality is also wonderful. Don’t pack these puppies for a day at the zoo (you’re poor feet will be scolding you) but a night on the town or date with your beau would be the perfect Veronique occasion! Have no doubt… I’ll be wearing these beauties at every new chance I get!!

*All photos by David Walker

Outfit details: Denim shirt, Topshop (similar) // Silk high-waisted skirt, (similar) // Bright blue belt, ASOS (similar) // Silver bangle, GUESS (similar)// Veronique nude pumps, c/o  ShoeMint // Beaded purse, Moyna Handbags // Wild hair, Mother Nature!

Take the ShoeMint style quiz (it’s super fun) and get 15% off your first purchase (only valid for first-time buyers) now through March 31st with the promo code “HILARY”.

Happy ShoeMint-ing!


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