Steve Madden Designer Spotlight

Where shall I begin?? Oh right, the beginning! Steve Madden has been around for a long time, but it seems in recent years he has become one of the main forefront leaders in affordable women’s shoes. He’s known for his eccentric designs, sparkle and glitter (yay!), and innovative colors and aesthetics in his designs. Basically, you’re REALLY into his shoes, or not so much. For some, his shoes are a little too wild. No disrespect, but go big or go home! From tennis shoes to heels to combat boots to everything in between, he’s got it going on right now. And I am loving it!


What began as a modest $1100 investment in 1990 has developed into one of the most iconic brands in footwear. From a factory in Queens, NY, Steve Madden has revolutionized the shoe industry, merging years of experience with unique and creative designs. Inspired by rock and roll and his New York roots, his vision to provide on-trend women and men with an outlet to express their individuality is innovative, daring, and inspiring. Steve’s innate understanding of trends and unparalleled willpower have resulted in millions of customers worldwide and propelled his designs to the forefront of fashion. He has expanded the Steve Madden brand into a true lifestyle and destination for footwear, handbags and accessories, sold in over 80 countries worldwide. It’s about authenticity. It’s about embracing individuality. It’s Steve Madden.”

I’ve included some of his wildest, most daring pairs of shoes on the market right now. Now, some of you may say, “I’d wear that, and that, etc.”, while others are cringing their noses up at all the crazy styles (which I happen to love and even own quite a few pairs). But even if these aren’t your particular style, you must admit they are beautiful. Also, if you feel as though they aren’t your style, I’d say to give them a try and see what you think. You may be pleasantly surprised! If these ARE your style, then you are chomping at the bit to get a pair, or three.

As you can see by the above styles, they are eccentric, on-trend, and major statement makers, which is who Steve Madden is all about. He stays true to himself and the world loves that! I, myself, have become an even bigger fan of Steve Madden in the past few years because of this. And c’mon, look these shoes?! They are incredible!

Shoes aren’t all that Steve Madden has dipped into in the retail market. He finds a niche and just goes for it – Handbags! His handbags are as colorful and eccentric as his shoes. Here is just a small preview:

I work at a major retailer in the shoe department, so I have first-hand knowledge about how popular his styles really are (and I get first dibs ha!). His popularity doesn’t seem to be diminishing anytime soon. If anything, he’s getting more popular! This makes it that much more fascinating and unbelievable that his vision and company started with only $1,100 in a warehouse in the Meat Packing District in NYC!

For more information on Steve Madden and his styles, please visit my own personal site at Steve Madden for the latest and greatest!

Thanks for reading, my friends! Now go get yourself some wild Steve Madden shoes and get out of your comfort zone! He IS my comfort zone, as you can see, so I’ll just keep buying my fave shoes from the iconic Steve Madden!

xoxo Jess from Style by J Rose


Five Fall Essentials to Get Through the Cold Weather

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With Fall finally right upon us, I cannot even tell you how excited I am to start wearing my Fall and Winter clothes again. I’m originally from Florida and lived most of my life there, so this girl never experienced any kind of season changes. When I moved to Denver, I think I was most excited about finally getting to purchase and wear Winter clothing! And sure, living in Florida (South Florida, mind you), we had the occasional cold front and couple of days where the temperatures would drop below 70 degrees. But for the most part, it was either hot and humid, or REALLY hot and humid year-round. Christmases were often spent in shorts, and I never received a Winter coat, mittens, or winter hat as a gift. I always felt like I lived in the wrong place! When the economy crashed in ’08/’09, my mom and I had the opportunity to move to Denver. My mom asked if I’d be interested in moving to Denver, and I said, “I’ll start packing!” I can without a doubt say that it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made as a family. It’s almost 10 years later, and I still look forward to Fall and Snow, and most importantly, the Fashion! However, when it was time to buy my first Winter cost, no one told me there was a difference between a ‘stylish’ coat and a ‘warm’ coat… I had to learn that lesson the hard way!

1. Blazers

Of course this would be first on my list because I’m having a major love affair with blazers right now. Smythe Jackets (1st & 2nd pics), Veronica Beard (3rd & 4th pics), and Rachel Zoe (5th pic) have some amazing blazers, if you don’t mind paying the high price tags. They are certainly worth it and these blazers are such high quality and will last you forever. They are an investment, but worth it in my opinion.

2. Pants and Jeans

Again, I’ve featured some items by Veronica Beard. I also featured the green dress pants by DVF.. I tried these pants on in the store in my size and they were wonderful and long enough for my 5’9″ frame and super long legs. Veronica Beard’s pants are also very long.

And then a favorite pair of mine are these wool blend Tuxedo Pants by Alexander McQueen. These are quite the pretty penny, but I keep hoping they will go on sale. They are currently $1,500, and they look incredible! They are also very warm, as they are made of a wool blend fabric.

And of course, some cool leather pants are a must! I highly recommend the ‘Prince’ Leather Pant by RtA. They come in different colors and are soft as butter!

I’ve also included a ‘Pants and Jeans’ Board with a compilation of some of my favorites. Designers include: A.L.C., Versace, Veronica Beard, Paige, TopShop, and Citizens of Humanity.

3. Sweaters

We definitely need a collection of all different kinds of sweaters, from thick to thinner. One of my favorites is this Ivory Sweater by Treasure and Bond. It also comes in a few different colors and is very stylish and versatile.

I’ve also included a ‘Style Board’ with a compilation of some of my favorite Sweaters. Designers below include: Leith, Halogen, Rails, TopShop, Ted Baker, Treasure and Bond, and Rag and Bone.

4. Boots and Booties

Need I say more??

Boots are definitely a must for Fall and Winter, but the Bootie is making a larger-than-life comeback. Booties have never gone OUT of style, but I’ve seen more and more styles of Booties this year than ever. So a couple good pairs of booties are a must-have in your shoe wardrobe. Here are a few of my favorites:


Can you tell I love sequins?! But it’s party season! We’ve got holiday parties, New Years Eve parties, and office parties to go to…. and we’ve got to shimmer and shine to get in the spirit!
My ‘Style Boards’ below include the following Designers: Dress the Population, Tadashi Shoji, Eliza J, Off-White, Self Portrait, Caroline Constas, Xscape, JS Collections, Veronica Beard, Vince Camuto, Carmen Marc Valvo Infusion, and Monique Lhuillier.

My first picture for Coats is this gorgeous Gallery Chocolate Coat… It is pure perfection and I can’t wait to wear it this year!

My ‘Style Board’ for Coats and Jackets below include the following Designers: J. Crew, YSL, Patagonia, The North Face, Badgley Mischka, Kenneth Cole, and Kristen Blake.

Thanks for reading, my friends! I absolutely love writing this Blog and am so excited I started doing it….Finally! I enjoy reading all of your posts and seeing everyone’s pictures and writing styles too. I hope you enjoy mine as well and I’d love to hear from you!😘

xoxo Jess – Fashion & Style by J Rose

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5 Types of Shoes Every Girl Needs in Her Wardrobe

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Hello, my friends! Happy Friday… woohoo! Please tell me what your plans are for the weekend… I’d love some ideas from you for myself as well!
I was thinking about what to write about next, and it suddenly occurred to me that I needed to write about shoes! I’m a crazy ‘Shoe Addict’, so why have I not written about shoes yet?! I do have some authority on this subject because I am a crazy shoe person. I also live in Colorado now, where many types of shoes are required throughout the year. And, of course, I live and work FASHION! I’m always giving advice to people about the best shoes to wear with a particular outfit. And my closet has a literal ‘Wall of Shoes’ in it. The picture below is from when my closet was first designed. I always knew I wanted a ‘Wall of Shoes’, so that was my first priority in the design of my closet! This picture was taken about 5 years ago when the closet was first built, so I’ll post another below it of what it looks like now… Hint: All different shoes!😉

Picture of my shoe wall now…Notice that there are about 10 boxes of new shoes that I have no space for on my shoe wall! I think I need to do some purging and donate or sell shoes I don’t really wear anymore!

Ok, back to my topic.. here is my list of the 5 groups of shoes that all girls need in their wardrobe:

1. Heels and Pumps:

We all need some killer heels in our wardrobe, in a variety of colors. Below is a pair of Red Balmain heels that I was able to get at a phenomenal price at Nordstrom. The heel height is only about 2 inches, so they are easy to walk in and very comfortable as well.

Next is a favorite pair of everyday heels that I bought at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. They are by Sam Edelman and I find them to be very comfortable and true to size. They also have a little bit of added ‘edge’ to them with the studs around the sides. I loved these so much that I also got the nude pair when they finally went on sale again. We all need reliable pairs of black and nude heels that are comfortable and can be worn all day. I probably wear these heels the most, as they are the most versatile. These Sam Edelman Heels are on sale right now for about $55 at Nordstrom! I highly recommend!👠👠

And here is another pair of Electric Blue Stud Heels by Sam Edelman as well. His shoes just seem to fit my feet very well. These are certainly edgy, and they also come in black if you like this style but don’t want to go with this bold color.

2. Boots and Booties:

Boots and Booties are probably my favorite type of shoe to purchase and talk about! I love them! I just bought the Valentino Suede ‘Rockstud’ Bootie and they are fabulous. The heel height isn’t too high and they are pretty comfortable too. I would definitely size up if it says to though. I usually wear an 8 or 8.5, and I had to size up to a 9 in these. These are super sexy, yet still classy, and still have that edge that I like with the studs. Save your money for these. They are a great investment!

Below is a pair of Red Boots that I got quite some time ago at DSW. They were a great price, and every girl needs a pair of Red Boots. I also got the Silver Shimmer Pair shown below as well. I just can’t say no to anything that sparkles!

And then a pair or 2 of Black Boots are also a necessity in every girl’s shoe closet. The pair below is AS 98, which I purchased at a FreeBird Store for 70% off! There are some great deals out there on great boots….You just have to do some research and look. Luckily, I work at Nordstrom, so I get to see all the new styles coming in…

I did just splurge a bit on these Prada Combat Boots below, which I just received in the mail! I’ve wanted a cool pair of combat boots for about a year and a half now and just haven’t been able to find that ‘perfect pair’. I think these are just the pair I’ve been looking for though! I’m hoping I picked the right size because they are exactly what I’ve been wanting… They are stunning and the leather is amazing!

3. Sneakers:

We all need to have a good pair of ‘Fun’ Sneakers, such as Gucci’s or the P448’s below. I have both of these and they can be dressed up or down and make a simple outfit look a little more fun!

And for those of us that workout and/or run, a good Workout Sneaker is a must! I personally like Nike, Adidas, or ASICS for working out and running. But try lots of pairs and even consider getting inserts if you have a high arch and need some extra support. When I was training for my first half-marathon, those were a life-saver, especially during the race!

I included a fave pair of my Under Armor Sneakers as well. I like them because they have fun vibrant colors, and while I’ve found they aren’t great for running long distances for ME, they might work for you. I wear these to my HIIT Workouts (High Intensity Interval Training), and they are perfect!

4. Sandals and Flats:

I think I probably wear flip-flops most of the Summer when I’m not working. They are easy to just slide on and go. I picked these Reefs to showcase because these were the flip-flops of choice when I was living in Florida. I was a Swimmer for 10 years, and we ALL wore Reefs! I don’t know if that was just a ‘Swimmer thing’ or a ‘Florida thing’, but either way, they worked, and I still wear them to this day. Although my dog ate my last pair (she’s 5 now and hasn’t done that in forever — I thought those days were over! Anyways, Havaianas also has some good flip-flops and sandals too.

These Caslon Black Heeled Mules are also great for Summer and are a lot more dressy than your flip-flops. These come in multiple colors and are easy to slip on and go and still look nice. You can also wear these with just about anything in the Summertime and into Fall. They look great with a sundresses, shorts, jeans, etc. I’ve had some major trouble trying to find a pair of mules that will stay on my feet! I think I’ve now purchased about 8 pairs and they’ve all had to be returned because I just can’t seem to walk without them slipping off. This Caslon pair below is the closest I’ve come to finding the right fit and style I like. These may just be a keeper!!

5. Winter Boots:

For those of us that have a cold Winter (sorry, Florida Friends), we all need a good pair of waterproof boots with good traction so we don’t face plant it when walking our dogs on a cold, snowy day. UGG makes a few good styles that are great for Winter weather. I grew up in Florida, so I never needed anything like this until I moved to Colorado. I learned the hard way that your Classic Ugg (below) will just not cut it.

But, with that said, I still love having my Classic Ugg Boots (comes in many different heights and colors). They are warm on the inside and comfortable for everyday cold weather (when their isn’t a ton of snow or ice on the ground!).

Below is one more picture of my Shoe Wishlist (not that I have anywhere to put any more shoes!). I can probably figure something out though…😉

I hope you enjoyed my post about shoes! I definitely enjoyed writing about them, as they are a favorite subject of mine. If any of you want to know where to find any of the shoes I discussed, or that I have pictured, please leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to find them for you.
xoxo Jess from Fashion & Style by J Rose 🌹


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