Archives for January 2014

Winter Shoe Essentials

Winter Shoe Essentials

Rain Boots (example outfit post), Warm Boots (example outfit), Patent Flats (example outfit), Classic Leather (example outfit)

I was walking to work with a colleague the other day and she made the comment that I seem to rotate between a few pairs of shoes. Now, granted, I commute to work (we walk 2 miles each way) so my commuting shoes have to be amazingly sturdy. But aside from those pairs she was incredibly observant in noticing that in the Winter time, my shoe options are limited and I tend to stay within a few holy grail pairs. My rain boots are for cold or wet days. Patent flats are sturdy when walking to lunches in cold weather, and pair well with tights. Basic black leather acts as a workhorse for skirts or jeans tucked in. And comfy boots are for those days when I need to commute ultra warm or want a bit of added comfort.

I’d love to know, what are your Winter shoe essentials? Is there something i’m glaringly missing?

New Found Basic: J.Crew Drapey Swing Tee

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J.Crew Swing Tee (on sale for $24 plus an additional 40%!), James Jeans, Ferragamo flats, Ray Ban sunglasses

A few weeks ago J.Crew was having one of their sale on sale on sales, and I succumbed to the pressure. I never like to buy final sale items that require any structured fit (read: blazers, pants, etc) but basic knits are always a great deal. The description of this baggy t-shirt caught my attention: swing tee. On weekends you’ll often catch me in J.Crew pixie pants and boots, and have been in need of a looser fitting t-shirt to drape over the unflattering waistband of those leggings.

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Not only was the cut of this shirt amazing for those purposes, but I love the slight batwing sleeve, and additional details in the curved hem. I adore that I can also drape this top off one shoulder for additional styling options.

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For such a cheap price, I picked up two colors and have been living in them since. Absolute wardrobe staples! For reference, I ordered a size L just for additional room.

Double Peplum and Monochrome Hot Pink

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Ted Baker peplum (review), Old Navy dress (here in stripe) (review), Prada sunglasses, Coach sandals (similar)

Admittedly, i’ve been in an outfit funk for a few weeks. Every outfit I document for you guys has just felt off. Either i’ve felt gross in it or i’m just not happy with the styling. So the other day when i was getting ready, I sat in front of my closet for a good 15 minutes and allowed myself the time to pull options. I layered pieces i’ve never layered, pulled items that weren’t seasonally appropriate and just gave myself the freedom to do whatever came naturally. This outfit was the result and I love it.

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It never donned on me to go monochromatic. I consider myself an expert pattern mixer and that is a comfortable area for me, but mixing items within the same color family, not so much. Each of these pieces are ones that I adore individually, and ironically are the only hot pink items in my wardrobe.

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When I put them together and the slight peplum of the dress paired with the extreme peplum of the top came together, magic happened. I felt so chic, so well styled and best of all, felt amazing in what I was wearing.

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While I know the majority of the world is in a polar vortex right now, San Francisco has been pretty mild and we can typically get away with bare legs. Just let this outfit pull you into warmer weather!

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I hope you enjoyed and thanks so much for experimenting with me!

Outfit Under $150

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J.Crew Factory shell ($39 + extra 40% off with code SALE40 = $24), Sole Society necklace c/o ($39 + 20% off = around $32), BDG jeans (currently $58, though I purchased on sale for $30), Skechers Boots ($43 on sale) = $129

While I often purchase more expensive pieces in the hopes they last, I can rarely say no to a good bargain. There are quite a few bargain pieces in my wardrobe that have not only become my favorites, but have been worn more than their more expensive counterparts. I wanted to highlight here all of my favorite items in one outfit, proving that great style doesn’t always have to come with a hefty price tag. Minus my sunglasses, this entire outfit comes in well under $150!

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This J.Crew Factory shell has been a closet staple. I wore it on my last birthday and have paired it with cardigans in the Winter and over bathing suits in the Summer. It even made the cut and came with me in my tiny carry-on in China. It comes in a zillion colors and is just a great workhorse of an item. One note: if you’re a larger busted lady, size up.

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These BDG jeans have been worn countless times on this blog. They are the perfect high-rise, sitting just above my belly button and always make me feel so slim and put together. They are skinny enough to be tucked into boots yet wide enough to be folded and pegged with sandals or flats. I’m such a fan of these and often reach for them in place of my designer jeans. An absolute wardrobe must.

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This Sole Society necklace was on my wish list for. ever. So when the team gifted it to me I was so appreciative. It is an inexpensive piece that makes a huge statement with any outfit. The longer length is flattering and narrows the eye inward as an added bonus.

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Finally, my Skechers boots were purchased almost 4 years ago and are still going. I walk to work in them (almost 2 miles!) every single day and adore them for their comfort and easy style.

I hope you enjoyed this budget roundup. Please let me know if this is something you enjoyed! It was such a fun project for me.

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