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The 5 Fall Shoe Trends I’m Loving Right Now

Now that fall is in full swing, I wanted to share some fall shoe trends that I’m absolutely loving right now! As you all know, shoes are my thing and always have been. I have TONS because I wear such simple outfits, that shoes are the best way for me to spice things up (along with fun jackets/coats). All these shoes are linked and from Steve Madden so they are super affordable. So keep on reading to see some of the fun shoes trends that I’m going to be wearing all season long!

First up are these cute combat boots with fur inside! I love these mainly because of the heel, and also the fur inside. It’s such a cute added detail that still keeps you comfy and cozy. I also really like the leather on these too. They are not normal combat boots, so they way cuter in my opinion. This style is called “Comfort” and they are just $99.95! You can find them linked here and below!

Next I found these pretty croc textured knee high boots! I love the texture on these because it’s super subtle, but still very much on trend. They also have a heel which means you can dress them up too! I’ve been loving knee high boots since last fall and frankly, my love for them has only grown stronger. These are called “Triumph” and they are linked here!

I wasn’t big on the western trend last year. It’s really not my style, but when I saw these boots I felt like I could get on board with it. I love this tan color, though they come in black and white also! I think the heel is a perfect height and the little metal detail on the toe/heel is such a good ode to the western era. These cuties are called “Zora” and are linked here.

By now you should know that I’m a sucker for a sleek, fitted ankle boot. I have 5 pairs that I got last year that I wear constantly in the fall and winter. The only thing I don’t love about (some of) those is that they are the sock material, so they’re not as structured as I’d like sometimes. Cue to these pretty ladies. They are suede which I love but still have the slim heel and ankle that I’m looking for, making them perfect to wear with dresses/skirts and jeans! These are called “Clovers” and they are linked here!

Now even though it’s getting chilly, I still love a strappy sandal if I can swing it. I also love the low heel trend that’s been happening even though I will always prefer a super high heel. These are cute, neutral and can easily be dressed up or down! They come in black also and are a perfect shoe if your fall weather is a bit more mild. These are called “Inessa” and they are linked here.

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How to Style: Colorful Heels

In the last few months, I’ve been in a little bit of a funk style wise because I haven’t been shopping and needless to say, it took a little toll on my creativity! I’ve had to continuously restyle my old pieces, and it left me feeling bored to be honest. Today, I thought I would try styling some of my more colorful shoes, because they aren’t things I wear every single day so I’m not bored of them yet but it would be a fun way to make the clothes I do wear every day more interesting. So, without further ado, here’s how I would style a few of my favorite colorful heels. I’ll link anything that is still available!

Outfit #1

I’ve shown a similar outfit in the past, because I love matching my shoes to my top. I think it’s a fun way to put everything together, plus you know it’s always going to look good! I took this bright green button down from Zara and paired it with my favorite pair of mom jeans from Topshop. Then I added my heels in a similar shade of green from Sam Edelman and some gold hoops and voilĂ , an easy, casual, and colorful outfit!

Top: Zara / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman
Top: Zara / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman
Top: Zara / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Outfit #2

This one is styled with a similar idea in mind as the first one. However, I didn’t want to wear red shoes, because it felt too basic. I decided to go with orange to keep it a little bit more interesting. Again, these are paired with a favorite pair of jeans of mine (Straight Leg Jeans from Topshop) and a basic graphic tee from Urban and gold hoops. Super simple, and very easy!

Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Charles by Charles David
Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Charles by Charles David
Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Charles by Charles David

Outfit #3

This one is fun because it’s an ode to when I loved color blocking and monochromatic styles. I paired my pinkish purple heels from Botkier with these bright pink trousers that I’ve worn a bunch of times on here. This color is no longer available, but it comes in black and yellow also, linked here! To keep it simple and wearable, I added just a plain white t-shirt. This one is great to go from work to drinks or dinner with friends!

Top: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Botkier
Top: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Botkier
Top: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Botkier

Outfit #4

One of my favorite combinations is navy and leopard print. It really truly is the perfect balance of neutrals and color. Plus both are pretty trendy right now, but they will also never go out of style. I kept this one simple too. It’s just jeans and a t-shirt which I allowed the leopard to really shine in this outfit. These jeans are from a few years ago, but here’s a similar pair and the shoes are linked here.

Top: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden

This blog post contains affiliate links from Nordstrom.com.

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I Let My Boyfriend Dress Me: Summer 2019

Hi Everyone! For today’s blog post, I wanted to try something a little bit different. I remember always watching Youtube videos where the girl has her boyfriend pick out her outfits and I thought that might be fun to try on here. So lo and behold, I had my very enthusiastic and sweet boyfriend pick out some outfits for me. He’s been so supportive of my blog from the very beginning, I thought it was only right to give him a little feature! Keep reading to see what he picked out for me!

Andrew: Personally, I was excited to be made a part of the blog and be able to style Karen in my own way. I wanted to go with 4 different styles and create looks I have never seen her wear before. The 4 styles were Casual, Workwear, A Night Out, and Silly. The last one was for my own amusement.

A: For Casual, I wanted to create a summer look that incorporated one of Karen’s many dresses. I also noticed the Colorblock trend that she was utilizing in various posts. I chose the color yellow after finding a floral dress of hers she had never worn before. I made sure to select yellow shoes along with somewhat flashy earrings and a matching headband. I do not think she would use this much of one color in her usual outfits, but it was fun to just see it for myself.

Dress: Target / Shoes: Public Desire / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Baublebar
Dress: Target / Shoes: Public Desire / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Baublebar
Dress: Target / Shoes: Public Desire / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Baublebar

A: The Workwear look was very clean, but I wanted to pick something that I thought she would actually wear to work. Karen’s favorite color is pink, so when I saw the pink button down, I knew I wanted to start there. Keeping with the lighter summer vibe, I selected white pants, pink shoes, and pink earrings. I thought the pink shoes with the buckle added a bit of flair to this simple outfit for work and maybe I will see Karen in it one day.

Top: Zara / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Something Navy / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: Zara / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Something Navy / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: Zara / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Something Navy / Earrings: Baublebar

A: Karen and I occasionally enjoy a night out and I honestly think I nailed this outfit. I selected the off the shoulder yellow top, white shorts and the white platform sandals. I even asked her to put her hair in a bun using a gold scrunchie, so you know I put some thought into this. The gold earrings were also something extra to add to it as a whole. I’m excited to go out with Karen when she is wearing this, but I hope I can look good in comparison.

K: I actually forgot to put on the earrings when I took these photos, but they were just thick small gold hoops. They are the Chrissy earrings from Baublebar!

Top: Forever 21 / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Steve Madden / Scrunchie: Urban Outfitters
Top: Forever 21 / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Steve Madden / Scrunchie: Urban Outfitters
Top: Forever 21 / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Steve Madden / Scrunchie: Urban Outfitters

A: For the Silly themed look, I chose something that I felt Karen would never be caught wearing. She has a colorful style and placing her in various muted tones is just not her style. I chose beige pants and an over-sized burnt orange button down that she has never worn. I made sure it was buttoned all the way to the top and paired with beige flats. I also opted for her to part her hair completely to one side, which I thought added to the unusual look of it all. I would call this look “Bohemian Chic”.

Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair Clips: Amazon
Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair Clips: Amazon
Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair Clips: Amazon

A: Overall, I had a lot of fun with this task and it definitely created a unique date night activity for the both of us. I’m looking forward to the next blog where Karen creates a few outfits for me. Wish me luck!

K: We had such a fun time working on this together and I’m so happy with what he picked out. He tried to keep my style in mind and I think he did a great job! Let me know how you think he did in the comments below, xx!

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What’s In My Cart: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Every blogger, fashionista, and instagrammer’s favorite time of year is finally upon us: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! The sale is available for Nordstrom Cardholders to shop since July 12th and is open to everyone else starting July 19th. This annual sale gets you NEW arrivals at MARKED DOWN prices! It’s their best sale of the year and I thought I’d share a few items I have my eyes on for the upcoming fall season (too soon, I know). Everything is linked below for you to shop also but hurry because these items sell out SO QUICK!

Jackets/Coats

A few staples I’ve been looking at for the upcoming fall season is some great blazers, the perfect suede moto jacket, and a few tailored topper coats to wear for nicer occasions. Linked below are a few items I’ve got my eye on!

BlankNYC Next Level Suede Moto Jacket: This little beauty got away from me last year during this sale, so it’s definitely going in my cart this year.
Sam Edelman Rib Tweed Car Coat: This coat is just stunning and I’m obsessed with everything brown this coming season. Plus Sam Edelman is always excellent quality.

Sweaters

I’m big on sweaters as you all know so of course I have a lot of cute picks. As I mentioned before, brown is my new favorite color for the fall so I’m looking for all the coziest brown sweaters this year. I’m also really big on button up cardigans and comfy pullovers, so that’s definitely what most of my picks will be for the upcoming season. I have a few linked below for you!

Something Navy Flecked Crewneck Sweater: See what I said about the browns? SO cute and you all know Something Navy is one of my most favorite brands so I’m really excited they are participating in this sale! Plus this comes in a TON of colors!
Halogen Ribbed V-Neck Cardigan: I’m really loving cardigans that can be worn on their own as tops or opened up and worn over tanks or camis like this one! Plus the pink color is SO cute, but it comes in tons of other colors also.
Something Navy Cozy V-Neck Cardigan: What else do I really need to say here? This one comes in a few other colors also, I just really love brown!

Dresses

For dresses this coming season, I’m definitely looking for versatile dresses that I can wear to work and also transition day to night if I need to. I know that I’ll have a lot of opportunities to go from work to events in the evening where I need to look put together but still comfortable enough to run around all day long. I also have formal occasion dresses in mind because a lot of people ask me about where to get wedding guest dresses, so I’m linking a few of my picks here for you.

ASTR The Label Lace Midi Dress: This pretty little thing would be perfect for a summer wedding and it comes in TONS of colors, so it can fit everyone’s style. Plus it’s about 30% off, which makes it a major steal.
Eliza J Geo Print Belted Shirtdress: This dress is a perfect example of a work appropriate day to night outfit. The print is subdued, but still eye catching and the silhouette is flattering for every body type.

Jeans

The fall is always a good time to buy jeans so I love to add a few new styles during this time. So far, looser jeans are very popular and I’m all for it. I also love a classic dark wash jean for when you need to look more put together. I’m linking some of my favorite styles below for you.

Topshop Ripped High Waist Dad Jeans: This year, Dad Jeans are the new thing and I am so into it. The loose rugged fit is a good balance with a cute sandal and a feminine top. It’s very construction worker chic, right?
Good American Good Legs High Waist Skinny Jeans: These are the most perfect wash of denim ever. They are the kind of classic jean that every girl should have in her wardrobe because they are great for your casual Fridays, date night, or just running errands on the weekend.

Shoes

Now I’m not desperately in need of new shoes, so I didn’t go scouring Nordstrom’s site for anything in particular, but I have been thinking of purchasing a new pair of black ankle boots. Those are always a staple for your wardrobe! Here’s the shoes I’ve got sitting in my cart right now, linked below.

Dolce Vita Coltyn Bootie: These are so cute and I love the croc print on them. They are just a classic ankle boot with a small heel, so they will be comfortable to wear all day long. And of course, Dolce Vita is widely trusted brand, so they’ll be sure to last you a while.
Charles by Charles David Maxx Pointy Toe Pump: This sale is a great time to stock up on classic styles like these pointed toe pumps. I have these in a few colors and I absolutely love them and find them comfortable to wear all day long. I’m definitely looking to purchase some more classic versions since they are about 30% off! These run a little small so I would size up half a size!
Charles by Charles David Burbank Bootie: These cute mid-calf booties are right up my alley and are high up on my list of things to purchase. The olive suede is very stylish yet the color is subtle enough that it can really go with anything. Plus this style is very flattering to wear with skirts and dresses.

That’s all I’ve got for you guys. This sale is absolutely insane and remember that sizes go very quickly and there’s little chance of restocking! If you want something, you have to grab it ASAP! I hope you enjoyed this and let me know what you guys are excited about for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! xx

This blog post contains affiliate links from Nordstrom.com

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High End Summer Fashion Wish List

This summer, I’ve been dreaming about some very beautiful and very high priced fashion items. However, I’ve got Saks dreams on a Forever 21 budget. The likelihood that I’ll buy these any time soon is slim to none, but I figured I’d share a few of the items that are on my wish list. If anyone has any occasions to help me justify these purchases, please let me know. Thanks.

House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve

Nicole Richie’s brand, House of Harlow 1960, is one of my favorite brands actually. She makes great quality, on trend pieces that satisfy my need for beautiful color and it’s not so far out of budget (especially when they go on sale!!). Below are a few of my wish list items from House of Harlow 1960:

Shopbop

Shopbop is one of my favorite sites to look at all the beautiful designer pieces and get inspiration so that I can go and find dupes or less expensive alternatives. I get almost all my style inspiration from very high end fashion, so shops like this one always give me the best ideas. Shopbop is great because they carry very high end brands such as Alexandre Birman, Zimmerman, and LOVESHACKFANCY and also lower end brands such as Levi’s, Madewell, and Free People, so it’s not completely unattainable. Here are some of my wish list picks from Shopbop:

FWRD by Elyse Walker

This is my favorite shop for ogling at all the beautiful high end designer items that I can never justify buying. This is one of my favorite shops for your standard designer pieces, such as Gucci, Chloe and Saint Laurent. It’s also a partner of Revolve, which means that the quality of service will always be top notch and they offer FREE 2 Day Shipping. Here are some of my FWRD by Elyse Walker wish list picks:

Thank you for reading! xx

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Summer Date Night Outfits

It’s just about summer now, so I thought I would share some updated summer date night outfits. These are half casual and half a little more dressed up, so they are good for just about any occasion. Keep reading to see some of my new favorite summer date night outfits!

Outfit #1

This is one of my favorite casual looks because it’s so easy and simple. These bright yellow trousers are so light and easy to wear even if you decide to eat a big dinner for your date! The little bandeau top is also so easy and such a summer staple for me. To dress this up a little more, you can add on some wedges or heels if you need.

Top: Forever 21 / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Aldo
Top: Forever 21 / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Aldo
Top: Forever 21 / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Aldo

Outfit #2

This is actually my favorite of all the outfits because it’s exactly what I would gravitate toward for a date night. A simple, feminine top and some jeans is always my go to look. I also love to wear these wooden platforms. They are super comfy and very cute. They go with everything!

Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #3

This is another casual look, maybe for a day time date! The dress is super light and girly, but a little sexy because of the deep v neckline. The sandals keep it really easy and simple. You can be comfortable and cute!

Dress: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target
Dress: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target
Dress: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target

Outfit #4

I love this dress for a dressier occasion, such as an anniversary dinner or maybe even an engagement party. The print is just beautiful and I knew I had to have it when I saw it. I added wedges to this look to keep it dressy, but you could switch them out for sandals or even sneakers if you wanted to dress it down.

Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

I hope you enjoyed! xox

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My Go-To Vacation Outfits

Today, I’m sharing a few of my go-to vacation outfits because, well, I’m on vacation right now and probably wearing one of these. Keep reading to see what I would normally wear for vacation!

Outfit #1

For a big day of exploring and roaming around, you can bet that I’m probably wearing shorts and a t-shirt for it. This is a staple in my everyday life, so of course it’s a staple on vacation! I also like to use a mini backpack for vacation to carry all my items around with me. Throw on some comfy sneakers, and we’re good to go!

Top: Something Navy / Shorts: Topshop / Shoes: Target / Belt: Gucci / Backpack: Steve Madden / Earrings Baublebar
Top: Something Navy / Shorts: Topshop / Shoes: Target / Belt: Gucci / Backpack: Steve Madden / Earrings Baublebar
Top: Something Navy / Shorts: Topshop / Shoes: Target / Belt: Gucci / Backpack: Steve Madden / Earrings Baublebar

Outfit #2

For a nicer evening out, I would probably wear some jeans and a pretty top. I went with this one that I got on sale last summer and some white jeans with these wooden platform heels. It’s cute, it’s simple and it’s comfortable especially if you’re in a city where you walk everywhere.

Top: House of Harlow / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Belt: Old Navy / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: House of Harlow / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Belt: Old Navy / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: House of Harlow / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Belt: Old Navy / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit #3

This is an absolute favorite for exploring also. There’s nothing better than throwing on a maxi dress and walking around a new and beautiful city. I paired it with sandals, but you can always throw on sneakers instead. Bring a denim jacket for if it gets chilly in the evening.

Dress: Target / Shoes: Aldo / Earrings: Baublebar
Dress: Target / Shoes: Aldo / Earrings: Baublebar
Dress: Target / Shoes: Aldo / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit #4

This cute romper is another alternative for a day of exploring into a nice dinner at night. It’s comfortable (except when using the bathroom) and it’s easy to throw on, but still nice enough that you can wear it for a nice dinner too! It’s also fun for if you plan on going somewhere that’s “instagrammable” such as the Pink Palace in Greece or the Color Factory in New York City.

Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar
Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar
Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit #5

This one is a great mix of casual for the day, but still comfy and put together for night time. The trousers are really light and breathable so you’re not sweating your butt off, and the simple tank top keeps it really casual. The sneakers also tone down the look, but you can always add some nice sandals if you need to dress it up a bit more.

Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar

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