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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Shoes For Every Occasion

Every year when the holidays roll around, I make a promise to myself that I'm going to slow down a bit and do my best to savor the season as much as possible.  And then, our calendar inevitably starts filling up with parties, school concerts, birthday dinners & outings with friends.  Busy as it may be, there's a reason why they call this the most wonderful time of the year!   I've been sharing outfit posts for more formal evening events, but today I'm talking about what to wear for three different casual activities that most of you will be doing in the next couple weeks.

I'm also excited to be introducing you to a new-to-me website that is an amazing resource for shoes, bags & accessories.  If you've never heard of them before, ShoeBuy is an online store that carries tons of affordably priced brands you're already familiar with.  Right now & through December 8th, they are offering 30% off your purchase with code DECEMBER30 + free shipping on all orders (some restrictions apply). It took me a while to search through their expansive inventory to build these looks, but I'm so happy with the pieces I found & the discounts I uncovered.   Read on below to see the three outfits I created & more of my budget-friendly favorites from their site!


My family is definitely more on the casual side, so we keep things pretty laid-back, even for Christmas dinner.  I usually opt for cozy staples like a cable-knit sweater, my favorite stretchy jeans & ankle boots.  Thanks to the cutout detail, these booties are different from any other pair I own + the neutral color makes them endlessly versatile.  The shape is super-flattering & I like that these have a lower heel, which makes them more wearable for everyday (this block-heel pair is cute too!).

What I'm wearing:
Ann Taylor Sweater, LOFT Shirt, c/o Old Navy Jeans, 
Madewell Scarf, c/o Steve Madden Austin Booties, c/o Elliott Lucca Messina Clutch


As I've mentioned before, we're heading home for the holidays this year.  Because it takes a full day of travel to get from New York to Oregon, I want to be as comfortable as possible.  I always bring an oversized wrap with me for the plane ride because I inevitably end up getting cold & it can double as a blanket.  This striped scarf is unbelievably soft & it's the ideal size for traveling.  When it comes to footwear, I've learned my lesson that it's so important to wear something comfortable - these sneakers have great support & cushioning for walking around the airport during a long layover and the metallic finish adds a nice dose of polish to casual basics (also love these slip-ons & this burgundy leather pair).

What I'm wearing:
c/o Old Navy Cardigan, H&M Camisole, c/o Old Navy Jeans, c/o Lole Amalia Scarf
c/o Lacoste Carnaby Sneakers (recommend going down a full size)
Forever 21 Watch, c/o Swissgear Suitcase (similar)


We are a family that loves to be outdoors as much as possible, even in the winter months.  We just pile on some warm layers and go for hikes together through the woods - we don't let a little snow get in our way!  I've long been a fan of duck boots, but the iconic version was a bit out of my budget.  So I was happy to discover this black pair, which is a cool modern take on the classic style at a much more accessible price point.  I also love that I don't have to fuss with the laces - I can just slip them on, zip them up & go.  These are perfect for our long weekend hikes & walking around my parents' farm - check out more of my favorite affordable duck boots here, here & here.

What I'm wearing:
American Rag Coated Parka, SO Sweater, Forever 21 Plaid Shirt
Banana Republic Jeansc/o Sperry Top-Sider Saltwater Duck Boots
c/o Smartwool Striped Gloves, c/o Columbia Catacomb Crest Beanie

Thank you to ShoeBuy & ShopStyle for kindly sponsoring this post.
All opinions are 100% honest & all items were hand-selected by me.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Steals Under $30

Even though I'm not actively shopping right now, it seems like there are so many sales happening as retailers gear up for the holidays.  We skipped our SUT post last month to focus on gift guides (see them here: under $100, under $50 & stocking stuffers), but I'm happy to say that the series is back & I've found some amazing deals for you!  If you're joining me in the shopping freeze, I hope you are able to gain some outfit inspiration from these pairings (just avert your eyes from the great prices & don't be tempted!).  I've included probably my most varied mix of pieces below in attempt to cater to everyone's personal style. I'd love to hear which look is your favorite & what types of outfits you want to see more of in these posts!



Monday, December 5, 2016

Winter Neutrals

After yesterday's post, I decided that I needed to practice what I preach - so, I dug deep into my closet & put together this pretty mix of light neutrals.  It's such a satisfying feeling when you re-purpose old pieces into a fresh new look you've never tried before.  The color of this jacket pairs so nicely with the oatmeal & gray - I have always loved the idea of wearing soft pastels in the winter months & I've included lots of affordable options for you to shop below!

What I'm wearing:
Hive & Honey Jacket (similar here or here), J. Crew Factory Sweater, Forever 21 Scarf (similar here or here), 
c/o Old Navy Jeans (similar here or here), BCBGeneration Booties, JustFab Bag (similar here or here), 
Earrings: BaubleBar & Anthropologie, Rings: Etsy (similar), c/o Charming Charlie (similar), 
c/o Old Navy (similar) & Nadri (similar), Nails: Essie Model Clicks



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Winter Wardrobe Challenge

For those who are following along, today is the first in a series of weekly wardrobe challenges.  These are for everyone to gain inspiration from, but more specifically targeted to those who are joining in my winter shopping freeze.  I will be refraining from personal purchases during the month of December & January - this includes clothing, shoes, accessories & beauty products (except for those I run out of that need to be replaced).  When I've done this before, I've found that I'm forced to look at my wardrobe with new eyes, dig for pieces I haven't worn in a while and get creative with different combinations.  So, I hope these collages will be helpful as you do the same - and for those who are still shopping during this time, I'll be including affordable options based on each week's theme.

In the winter, I tend to gravitate towards lots of black & burgundy, but I like the idea of wearing lighter shades to contrast with what you would typically expect to see during the cold-weather season.  This is a great time to try pulling out your white jeans & winterizing them by adding an oatmeal sweater with a camel coat.  Or go for a neutral monochrome look with a cozy scarf & gray denim.  The pairing possibilities are endless - see some of my favorites examples below:



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Weekly Top Finds

One of my girlfriends was recently asking for help in putting together an evening look for her husband's work holiday party.  And, after talking with her, I realized that many women don't have a go-to special occasion or cocktail dress for events like this.  I think this is an important piece to add to your wardrobe so you aren't scrambling at the last minute to find something you love (which rarely produces results).  So, today I'm rounding up some of my favorite affordable holiday dresses - I did my best to include a good mix of styles & price points.  Every single dress you see here is under $75, with some as low as $45!  

1) Beaded Flounce Dress // 2) One-Shoulder Maxi Dress (another maxi option here)
3) Sequin Dot Sheath (sleeveless style here) // 4) Lace Midi Dress (also love this one)
5) Jacquard Fit & Flare Dress // 6) Stretch Halter Dress (also in red & white)
7) Banded Fit & Flare Dress // 8) Burgundy Sheath Dress (also in gray, black & cobalt)
9) Metallic Lace Slipdress (more lace dresses here, here & here)