So I may have gone to a beer fest last weekend and I may have had a little too much to drink and I may have ordered a pair of shoes. Cobalt snakeskin flats, in fact.
Alright, I lied when I said my shoe wardrobe was complete after buying striped pointed toe loafers and palm-print flats with an ankle strap. I was missing a key trend: a pair of quirky retro-inspired, block-heeled pumps. I frickin’ love these things and they arrived just in time to offer a little pick-me-up at the end of a particularly stressful week (#WorkDrama).
It’s times like this that I’m grateful for setting aside a small part of each paycheck (and all blog revenue) for a guilt-free splurge. Expect to see these babies on repeat over the next few months. (For those interested, they do run true to size.)
Usually anything that shimmers or glitters tops my list of sartorial standouts, but this pair of “Joanna” heels from ShoeMint have the added perk of being versatile. (That’s not an adjective you’d expect for metallic, bow-topped shoes, right?) They effortlessly polish a cocktail dress or elevate a pair of worn-in jeans.
They’re also my first experience with ShoeMint. If you’re unfamiliar with ShoeMint, here’s the overview: ShoeMint is basically a subscription-based shoe store. When you sign up, you’ll take a style quiz to identify the options best suited to you. After you make your first purchase, you’ll receive a monthly credit for $79.98 (one pair of shoes). However, there’s no obligation to make a monthly purchase and you can cancel at any time. (Bonus: new members receive a 20% discount.)
Even with the opt-out option, I was still hesitant to give it a whirl without seeing the quality first-hand. The ShoeMint team graciously sent over a pair for me to try and you know what? I had nothing to worry about. These shoes are absolutely gorgeous. I suspect a second pair will be on their way soon enough.
If it’s mint, turquoise or stripes, I’m sold. What can I say? The heart wants what it wants, so it’s no surprise that this necklace from Outfit Additions is my latest go-to gem. Outfit Additions is a California-based accessory store that offers unique designs and quality workmanship at affordable prices. In fact, everything in the shop is under $60 with free shipping. (Seriously, free shipping gets me every time.) You’ll want to keep this one in mind for your holiday shopping, even if it’s just for yourself.
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Necklace: c/o Outfit Additions // Ring: c/o Gorjana // Coat: Ann Taylor // Dress: J.Crew // Clutch: Diane von Furstenberg // Shoes: Kate Spade (this season’s version has a bow – swoon! – but I can’t find it online yet)
Forever21’s final sale policy on jewelry is the only thing that keeps me from placing impulsive orders online. So, I went to the store yesterday in search of this necklace in gold. They didn’t have it in stock, but I certainly didn’t leave empty handed.
If you don’t live near a store – or are lacking enough patience to shift through the messy piles – here’s what I picked up: