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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.

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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!  

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Currently Coveting

1. Joie loafers, $185 // 2. Madewell sweatshirt, $75 // 3. Kenneth Jay Lane necklace, $250 // 4. DVF jumpsuit, $465 // 5. Milly clutch, $365 // 6. Kate Spade gloves, $128 // 7. Lulu Frost necklace, $324 // 8. Mark and Graham mug, $30 // 9. Elizabeth Cole earrings, $228 // 10. Kate Spade gloves, $128

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Outfitted

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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. 

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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.

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Currently Coveting

1. Red Valentino dress, $472 // 2. The Asylum by Simon Doonan, $18 // 3. Jérôme Dreyfuss clutch, $410 // 4. Kate Spade earrings, $98 // 5. Hunter boots, $105 // 6. Jeweliq necklace, $17 // 7. Kate Spade push pins, $24 // 8. Style Tryst earrings, $18 // 9. Elizabeth and James ring, $150 // 10. Ferragamo wallet, $495 // 11. push by PUSHMATAaHA ring, $135 // 12. NARS nail polish, $19 // 13. Vineet Bahl shirt, $290

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Outfitted

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. 

Featured: LOFT dress // Kate Spade belt // Diane von Furstenberg clutch // gifted Brighthouse Baubles necklace // vintage ring // Essie “After School Boy Blazer” polish

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Currently Coveting

1. Chicnova dress, $63 // 2. Kate Spade iPad Mini case, $45 // 3. Design Accents pillow, $79 // 4. Serena & Lily blanket, $250 // 5. Jonathan Adler zebra tray, $32 // 6. Bounkit earrings, $314 // 7. Bounkit earrings, $325

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Outfitted

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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.)

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Featured: J.Crew sweater // T by Alexander Wang skirt // Lodis clutch (similar) // gifted Julie Vos earrings and ring // Kate Spade shoes

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1. Deepa Gurnani, $99 // 2. J.Crew, $98 // 3. Vita Fede, $125 // 4. Sway Chic, $34.50 // 5. Rebecca Minkoff, $348 // 6. ZAC Zac Posen, $450 // 7. J.Crew, $278 // 8. Adia Kibur, $50

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Outfitted

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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. 

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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

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Splurge or Save?

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I’ve been a bit preoccupied with this Ali Ro dress ($318) since I saw it on Gal Meets Glam earlier this week (that back cut out…swoon!). I definitely can’t justify the price tag given that I bought a car this month, so I’d be perfectly happy with this BB Dakota version for less than $40. 

If the BB Dakota dress sells out at Dillard’s, it’s available at Shopbop and their own site. It’s just not as great of a discount. 

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