The rustic leather! The artfully worn-in soles! The leather and shoe polish of which you can still catch a faint whiff! We’re currently in love with Bed Stu’s “Sabre” boots ($220). Twin zippers mean they slip on easily; we’d pair them with leggings and a slouchy sweater, or maybe a flowery dress for tough-girl chic. Bed Stu is an old-school line whose perfectly worn-in boots and shoes embody the vintage spirit. Find Sabre and other styles at Sage, 431 Massachusetts Ave., 317-423-2919.
Maybe it’s the spooky time of year that has us appreciating The Munsters–chic, but we’re loving this Venezia Chandelier from Z Gallerie. Seriously, how cool would this look in an all-black room trimmed in white, or as a pow! of a greeting in a front foyer? And at $279, the price isn’t scary at all. Find it at Z Gallerie, Clay Terrace, Carmel, 317-818-0836.
If you’ve ever hunted down a parking space at the Fashion Mall, made your way inside, and then realized you’re on exactly the opposite end of where you want to be—well, there’s a new number you’ll want to program into your phone. You can now text the Simon Mall Guest Services Manager while you’re in the mall, and receive directions on how to find your store. Since the mall is newly expanded and renovated, we can see this service coming in handy for more than a few shoppers—including those who never venture there except for the (looming) holidays. Here’s your lifeline: 317-662-2782.