Interview With Sandra Espinet

With each new year brings new colors, trends, and styles.  I turned to Sandra Espinet to help navigate the year’s changes and get some style inspiration.  Here’s that conversation:

Wandering In Heels: We all know the Pantone Color of the year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid but are there any other colors we should look out for?

Sandra Espinet: I’m not much for following “colors of the year.” Being a slave to trends is a great way to have your designs look dated. The world of fashion moves at a much faster rate [than interior design]. So if you buy a purple dress you can easily change it next year. But in interiors we tend to change out our furniture slowly. No one wants to have an 8 year old purple dated sofa. Right?

WIH: Absolutely not!  Unless that’s your thing, of course!  Your book, The Well-Traveled Home, shows that you pull colors from exotic locales into your home designs and talks about a “Fearless use of color.” What does that mean and do you use that same approach to fashion? How would you suggest other fashionistas be more fearless with color?

SEYes, I love colour and yes I think it’s a great way to be interesting. But style is very personal. There is no “one” style for everyone. You need to find your own style and work your own colors into your world. A great example would be to look at Jennifer Lopez and to look at Angelina Jolie. Very different colour palettes yet they both are successful in making themselves look great. They have each found their own colors.

WIH: You’ve had the opportunity to live all over the world. How has that influenced your fashion sense? How do you put together a well-traveled look?

SE: Yes, I do think travel affects everyone. It opens your eyes to how other people live and it makes you more aware of lifestyles. I do think that having lived abroad makes me a bit more adventurous with my choices and my colors. But deep down inside I am a pretty neutral person. I love clean lines and neutral colors also.

WIH: How do the latest fashion trends influence your home designs?

SE: It does not. I love to go to a few shows each year at NY Fashion Week because I do like to see what’s moving in the Fashion World. But I consider my design team and I to be design trend setters. So we look at other trends, but we also create our own.

WIH: Just like our home, we want to keep our wardrobes classic but fresh. Any tips for keeping your wardrobe classic but fresh?

SE: I think being organised is one of the most important things for a closet. That way you know what you have and what you need to get rid of. Editing and getting rid of old clothes (and yes sadly shoes) helps you not wear anything that is no longer in vogue or that no longer fits you well. It takes time to be organised. I love my closet and I spend a few hours a month on a given Sunday, cleaning out, and organising it.

WIH: You always look so polished and fabulous while traveling all over! Do you have any secrets?

SE: Non-wrinkle clothes. Really! I can pack a bag in 30 minutes and I have learned to pack light and add lots of non-wrinkle items in my carry one. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to go straight from a long flight into a meeting. It makes all the difference. Linen does not travel well. Don’t wear linen pants on a flight.  Also, plan ahead and check the weather. I was just in London and Paris. I only took one pair of boots that matched all outfits so I could save space. I walked all around London and Paris in saddle brown Chanel fur lined boots.Sandra Sandra 2

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Hear Me Roar

Fall fashion street style

There’s basically nothing I love more than a comfy new sweater.  You know, before the fleece inside gets all pilly and rough?  So I’m all bundled up to face the brisk cool Washington air and I couldn’t be happier.  Spending time with family over the holidays is so special and important to me.  I’m so lucky that both my boyfriend and my family live near each other so we get double the family time in one trip!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have recovered from all the Black Friday shopping madness!











Breaking out the Boots


Boots!!  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about being able to wear my boots again.  They make me feel pulled together even when I’m just wearing jeans and a tank.  These ones from Stuart Weitzman work with basically everything and have a thin enough calf that I can’t wear them on their own.  Three cheers for no slouching!


fall fashion

Fashion Blogger

On the Front Door Step

Tommy Hilfiger Handbag

Stuart Weitzman 5050 Boots

Wandering In Heels

Wandering In Heels


Tank: Equipment, Jeans: J Brand, Boots: Stuart Weitzman, Bag: Tommy Hilfiger, Necklace: Target, Ring: Forever 21

My Look for a Hot Day

Outfit of the Day


I don’t know about where you guys are but here in San Diego it’s still hotter than Hades! Oh and the humidity is like one million percent!  So that being said, it’s a mini skirt and tank kind of day.  I still need to bring a jacket since everyone has the A/C blasting to arctic levels so a little jean jacket is the easiest thing to throw on and stay stylish.

Orange and blue is my favorite color combo so when I picked out this skirt this morning, it was a total no brainer for me to pair it with an orange tank.  I kept accessories in the same color family too with accents of gold.  I can’t wait for it to cool down though!  I’m ready for some fall fashion!

Stay cool and Stay classy!



Wandering In Heels

Me Walking

Floral Skirt


Jacket: Burberry, Tank: Olivia Moon, Skirt: Hinge, Shoes: GoJane, Rings: (left to right) Samantha Wills & ASOS, Necklace: Cära, Bracelets: (from hand up) Headknife (light and dark brown) & BCBGeneration ‘Love’ (similar)

Hammer Time

Me with my Sole Society HeelsRemember those gorgeous shoes Sole Society sent me to style?  Here’s the complete look!  Since the Kadene shoe has such a great mix of tough and feminine, I decided to do the same with my overall look.

I wore a pair of leopard print slouchy pants (that I like to lovingly call my “hammer pants”) and topped it off with a simple silk blouse.  To toughen up the look, I layered on a few gold chain necklaces from H&M.  Finally, I added a pop of color with my red patent leather Kate Spade dot bag and a red lip.  For those of you looking for a great red lip that actually lasts, try the YSL Glossy Stain (I’m wearing number 9).  It’s really the best ever!

These shoes are sure to be a staple in my wardrobe.  They’ll look great with jeans, skirts, dresses… you name it!

Close Up of Me

Leopard Print Pants

Kadene Sandals

The full look

Necklaces: H&M, Tank: Equipment, Pants: Devlin, Shoes: Sole Society, Bag: Kate Spade (No longer available)