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80 Days of Shoes: Denim and Bows

Sometimes, the most basic pieces are the hardest to find.  Like a denim jacket, for example.  I’ve wanted one for a while, but I’m just not willing to pay $40+ for something I know I can find at a thrift store.  However, finding it at a thrift store in my size and a current style is not always the easiest task.  So, I over-think it, and wait, and regret not buying one, and then go back again – shampoo, rinse, repeat.

Finally, I decided on one a few weeks ago; and, I like it.  But, I don’t LOVE it.  It’s a Guess jacket, so it has that going for it, but it’s a little too big and not the exact wash I wanted.  Plus, it was $7 at the thrift store, and since I regularly pay $7 for brand new clothes (albeit, not Guess clothes), I felt like I was getting a little ripped off.

But, at least I now have a jacket to tide me over until/unless I find the perfect one.  And really, for all of my griping, it is pretty cute.

1 - denim jacket, green jeansThe shoes may be a repeat – I can’t remember.  But, I bought them in India, because bows!  And, I do really like them, even if they have an odd rubber sole.  At least I’m not going to slip and fall in them like I did on a date last week…but that’s a story for another day.
DSC_1220Do you have problems with basic pieces, too?  Do denim jackets and white shirts and black heels give you trouble, or is it just me?

80 Days of Shoes: Studying in Oxford

Do any of you watch New Girl with Zooey Deschanel?  It is by far the greatest show (well, greatest comedy, anyway) on TV right now.  I giggle like a 12 year old any every time I watch it, even when I’ve seen an episode three times already. (I do always have to give a disclaimer…it can be pretty inappropriate some times.  So, if you’re more careful about what you watch, you might not like it.  But, it is funny!!!!)

All that to say, several people have told me I remind them of Zooey’s character, Jess.  I don’t know if this is ACTUALLY a compliment, but I love her, so I take it as one.

One of the things I love most about Jess is her wardrobe.  Every day, she looks straight out of Mod Cloth, wearing adorable skirts and dresses with tights and flats.

So, while this dress is cute on its own merit, I especially love it because when I wear it, I feel like I’m channeling Jess, my alter ego.  And that’s just fun.

1 - pink plaid dress, oxfordsI bought these shoes under the impression that they were brown and black.  But now, against the black tights, I think they may just be brown and dark brown…  Oh well.  Don’t look too closely at the colors, and just appreciate the cute, menswear-inspired oxfords.
DSC_1263If you watch New Girl, what’s your favorite episode?!  If you don’t, what’s your favorite show, and why do you love it?

80 Days of Shoes: I Don’t Wanna Grow Up

Y’all I’ve been super slacking lately.  I’m sorry.  I have been busy, but I think I’ve also just been a little uninspired.  That ends today.  (Mostly, because I’m really, REALLY excited to show you my Halloween costume, and I want to tease it before I do.)

So, consider that your teaser – my Halloween costume is coming next week.  For some reason, the party I’m going to is this Friday instead of Halloween night, so I get to wear it and you get to see it early.  If you’re my facebook/instagram friend (if you’re not, you should be), you probably already know who it is.  But, if not…get excited, because it’s CUTE!!

Ok, so with that out of the way, here’s another cute outfit I wore lately.  Not quite as exciting as my Halloween costume will be.  But, cute nevertheless.

First the shoes.  I love how they’re conservative on top, but still a mile high.  I’ll be office appro. when necessary, but don’t make me wear ugly shoes!

DSC_1216Then the blouse.  Peter Pan collars have been in for a couple of years, but this is my first foray.  My mom gave me this blouse – not sure where she found it, but she gave it to me with an acknowledgement that it look like an old lady’s tablecloth and maybe I could use it for a costume.

Because I liked the collar so much, I took it, anyway – and I’m so glad I did!  Old lady tablecloth, maybe, but floral patterns are also really in right now, and I actually think it’s quite cute on, especially with the sleeves rolled to give it a more modern feel.

What do you think?

1 - peter pan collar, green skirt Have a good weekend, everyone!  And if you’re dressing up for Halloween this year, please send me your costumes.  I can’t wait to see them!

80 Days of Shoes: I’m on a Boat

These cute little satin flats were a clearance purchase from Forever 21 a few years ago.  The beaded, sequin puffs were coming undone slightly, so I guess that’s why they were on sale.  But, with a little glue, I was able to salvage them enough to get some good use out of them.  I do sit on my foot a lot, though, so you might find a trail of beads behind me whenever I wear them…DSC_1053For this outfit, I put my own spin on a nautical look (satin beaded shoes are hardly boat-appropriate).  But, nothing says sailing like braids, coral, and a sweater, with, you know, a sail boat on it.

1- nautical sweater, coral skirt

 

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80 Days of Shoes: Swashbuckle

I wore these boots in yesterday’s post, but I was so busy with my scarf tutorial, I didn’t really highlight them.  And let me assure you – they deserve to be highlighted.
DSC_0995I bought these a few weeks ago from Clothes Mentor – a grown up’s Plato’s Closet.  They’d never been worn, and they’re from Aldo.  Originally, they would have been at least $80 – I got them for $18.  And they’re perfect.  Here’s another view:
DSC_0996I don’t know if you can tell in this picture, but these shoes are really high. Fortunately, though, because they are well-made, they’re not hard to walk in, despite their height.  Uncomfortable, yes.  Difficult to walk in, no.
1 - white dress, tan bootsHere’s another example of my white (or off-white) after Labor Day perspective.  I don’t really like putting clothes away for seasons, so I try to use them for at least three of the four.  Again, I need some more seasonally-appropriate pieces to keep me from looking out of place, so my boots, and the fall-colored necklace helped do that.

Do you keep your clothes out past season, or are you a strict put-them-away-once-the-weather-changes kind of person?

80 Days of Shoes: Blushing Bows

I think this may be the last summer outfit still tucked away in my reservoir of previous looks. I’m surprised I haven’t blogged it yet this season, because I do really like both the shoes (bows, so duh), and the dress. However, I wore the dress so much when I first bought it, I think I got a little tired of it. Maybe next summer it’ll make a comeback.
DSC_1008The bow on these shoes is the ivory it looks like in this picture, but the rest of the shoe (i.e., the plastic – they’re fancy jellies), is a soft blush that I can never quite capture in a photo.  Oh well.
1- mint cherry dress, bow flatsTo complement the soft blush you can’t see, I chose rose gold and pink accessories.  And a sparkle belt, because I don’t get to wear sparkle belts often enough as it is.

80 Days of Shoes: Eye of the Tiger

Well, no more denying it, it’s officially fall.  Let the pumpkin overload commence (I’m totally okay with this, btw).

These pretty shoes are from Payless.  I don’t normally shop in Payless, but one of my friends told me they had a new comfort line that actually was – and was also cute!  So, I gave it a shot, and she didn’t lie.  $20 bucks for cute, capped-toe, leopard print, comfy shoes?  Done and done.
DSC_0889And then, to celebrate the season, my pumpkin-colored dress, and my favorite autumnal necklace.  Happy fall, y’all!1 - burnt orange dress, leapord shoes

80 Days of Shoes: Summer’s Last Hurrah

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but it suddenly got cold here in Georgia! I mean, not actually cold. But, I was sweating in my shorts and tank top (at the Big and Rich concert!!!) Saturday evening, and by the time I walked out of church on Sunday, I needed to change into jeans and a sweater. So something changed, and I’ve got the incessant itchy nose and sneezes to prove it.

In light of that, I’m going to try to clear out any remaining summer outfits before I get too ridiculously out of season.

These shoes are about as summery as they get – jelly plastic, embellished flip-flop, neon yellow. They’re really kinda difficult to walk in; my foot slides out. But, they’re so pretty, aren’t they?

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I suppose this outfit is pretty self-explanatory – a very casual, Saturday look, made a little more exciting by lime shorts and sequins. Sequins make everything more exciting.
1 - lime shorts, sequin tankHow’s the weather where you are?  Are you ready for fall, or still hanging on to your summer wardrobe, hoping for an Indian summer?  (Also, is that a politically incorrect term?)

80 Days of Shoes: Grecian Olive

These shoes are one of my favorites for summer-to-fall transition.  They’re still breathable with the cut-outs, but the color and weight of the shoe add a more fall-ish feel and help keep an outfit grounded.
DSC_0809This dress, however, is about as summery as it gets, and since it basically hides my shoes, I don’t think I was doing the transition very well (I did, however, wear this particular look about three weeks ago when it was, you know, still summer).

One of my favorite things about this dress is the back tie.  I’m doing a terrible job of modeling it, but you get the idea.  I also kindof feel like a Greek goddess wearing my column dress – so you know, that’s cool, too
1 - blue maxi dressHave a great weekend, everyone – see you again on Monday!

80 Days of Shoes: Throwback Thursday in Vintage

This week was the week of the pleats, apparently.  I’m glad they’re back in style – I like their feminine professional charm.

But first, these shoes.  They’re Nine West, which as we’ve discussed, are just not good shoes for my feet.  Plus, I got them from a discount shoe store, and I’m pretty sure they’re different sizes.  But, a good navy pump is hard to find, so we carry on.

DSC_0741I chose this look for Throwback Thursday because this is what my vintage skirt used to look like:

A lovely, pearl-buttoned potato sack.

However, I liked the pleats and the midi-length of the dress, and it was free (another donation from my sister’s roommate), so I decided to get it altered.  The result is below:

1 - pleated skirt, open weave sweaterI don’t really love how I styled it (or whatever face I’m making in this picture).  I think in the future, I’ll try a jacket (either denim or fitted blazer) and see if I like that better.  If I get really crazy, I might try it with a chunky sweater and boots, but the more I think about, the more that seems like something that looks great in a fashion magazine, but ridiculous in execution.

Any suggestions?  How would you style a midi pleated skirt?

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