I gave the riding boots another whirl. This time, with an outfit that was much more me: a dress. I’m a convert. They’re just so freaking comfortable and much warmer than a pair of flats. (I’ve been missing out for years!) In other news, I purchased this J.Crew coat from Net-a-Porter during the summer sale for $150ish and it’s as cozy as a woolen blanket. When it goes on sale again, don’t be surprised if I add the heather peony version to my closet.View comments)
While this getup is quintessentially fall, it’s completely out of my comfort zone. I’m not actually a fan of jeans (or pants in general) and I’ve never worn a pair of riding boots before Naturalizer reached out to me with the opportunity to try a pair of their shoes.
I’ve always wanted to purchase a pair of riding boots, but it’s a discouraging process when you have wide (ahem, “shapely”) calves. Most options are matronly or have a bizarre v-shaped inset of elastic that looks like an afterthought. I appreciate that the elastic on this Naturalizer pair is thoughtfully incorporated into the design and is partially hidden by leather buckles. It allows for a comfortable fit without sacrificing style.
Naturalizer has a reputation for comfortable shoes and these are no exception. (No breaking in period!) I planned to wear them for a day at a state park, but they were just as comfy for what those plans morphed into: a stop at the New Glarus brewery and an afternoon spent browsing small town gift shops.
Featured: Lands’ End jacket // Banana Republic shirt // J.Crew jeans // gifted Naturalizer boots // gifted Hobo bag // gifted Gorjana necklace // gifted oNecklace necklace // gifted Cynthia Jones ring
Goodness, that’s a lot of gifted items in one post. I only accept items that I adore, so they’re in heavy rotation!(View comments)
As I mentioned here, the dress I wanted to wear to last weekend’s wedding didn’t allow the luxury of breathing room. Upon this discovery, I may have flung myself on the bed in a fit of dramatized despair before I took it to the Internet and weighed my options: a girdle or a new dress.
A new dress.
I looked at hundreds of dresses and each time the selection left me underwhelmed, I increased my budget and began again. (At one point, I decided $500 would be absolutely reasonable to spend on a panic purchase.) Obviously it was a long night, but I finally found this Erin Fetherston dress on Amazon. It’s everything a cocktail dress should be: feminine, whimsical and irresistibly sweet.
Lemons into lemonade.
Featured: Erin Fetherston dress // vintage bracelets // gifted ShoeMint heels* // no name clutch from T.J. Maxx
*I actually wore silver flats to the main event. My dance moves can’t be encumbered by stilettos.(View comments)
Wedding season is wrapping up with one more celebration in the Twin Cities next weekend. Since a new dress seems frivolous, I’ve been playing around with a few options in my existing wardrobe. This pink drop-waist dress is a serious contender, especially when paired with a lime necklace from Brighthouse Baubles. I’ve always been a fan of a preppy pink and green color combo.View comments)
Lately, I’m loving:
- A pair of cigarette pants with bow-topped heels. I don’t particularly like pants, but I do like this pair from Banana Republic. The ankle length is ’50s chic and they don’t get baggy throughout the day. (Saggy rear ends are the worst.) I’m hoping BR makes a white pair for spring.
- This fox coffee mug. I’ve used Google Image Search to locate the original - with fingers crossed that it was available for sale - to no avail. Any ideas where it’s from? I need it in my life.
- I’d like to purchase a new coffee table. Ours has seen better days and it’s not really my aesthetic. I’d love something like this. Dings and stains will only make it look better over the years.
This T by Alexander Wang skirt was the first item worthy of being one of my five for the French wardrobe challenge. (Read about the “less is more” philosophy here.) I was worried that paring my shopping down to five clothing items a season would be difficult and send me into panic attacks of deprivation, but as it turns out, one quality piece of clothing is more satisfying than a bunch of cheap thrills. And I love this skirt. I love that it stays full all day. I love that the pockets are sewn into the pleats rather than the side seams. I love that I don’t want another black skirt. (If you have your eye on this skirt, pay attention to sizing on the Nordstrom site. I found conflicting size charts and almost purchased it in a small. There’s no way it would have ever zipped.)View comments)
Last Tuesday, I hosted an executive-level networking event at the Air National Guard in an plane hangar. It was a lovely evening, except for the temperature: a humid 90 degrees in September. I was itching for cooler weather after that night, but it still came as a shock when I had to throw on a jacket last weekend. On another note, remember how I mentioned my love for Essie’s “After School Boy Blazer,” a deep navy polish that’s similar to the color of my Hermes bracelet and my car? Well, now it also matches my new Julie Vos ring. I should probably branch out soon.
Featured: J.Crew Factory dress (similar) // J.Crew jacket // Lodis clutch // gifted Julie Vos statement ring and stacking rings // Tiny Sparkle Studio ring // Hermes bracelet // Lulu Frost necklace // Marc Fisher shoes (similar) // Essie “After School Boy Blazer” polish(View comments)
Lately, I’m loving:
- An over-the-top rhinestone bracelet that dresses up casual weekend garments, like this incredibly soft Everlane sweatshirt.
- "After School Boy Blazer," an inky blue Essie polish I purchased the other day. I then realized that the color is similar to that of my Hermes bracelet and my Jetta. I’m a one trick pony.
- Orange is the New Black. We just finished binge watching it and I can’t wait for another season. Thankfully, next week’s return of New Girl will keep me occupied.
This Lilly Pulitzer tunic has gotten a lot of mileage this summer. It’s easy to throw on and looks pulled together on even the most humid days. I’ve worn it to Charleston and D.C. (above), to celebrate the second birthday of our friend’s daughter, and to a client appreciation event at work. It’s become such a staple that I wanted to buy it in this pattern … and then I noticed that the design is made of frogs.
Last Chance! Enter to win $30 to spend at Color by Amber. The giveaway ends today!(View comments)
Leopard isn’t the easiest print to pull off - especially for casual wear - but the subtle spots on this Emerson Fry skirt was perfect for daytime sightseeing and shopping in Georgetown last weekend.
Featured: Old Navy tee // Emerson Fry skirt (I also love this one) // Hermes bracelet // Rebecca Minkoff camera case // Tiny Sparkle Studio and gifted Astley Clarke rings // earrings purchased at a small jewelry store in Charleston // Sam Edelman sandals // Essie “Bikini So Teeny” nail polish(View comments)