5 Shoes for Early Fall

Here in Southwest Ohio, we have a few more weeks of skin showing shoes. There is no more perfect time than early fall to bust out the (faux) suede shoes, peep toes and open backs!  Keep reading to see my current shoe choices!

I’m still wearing these perforated mules purchased from Target this past Spring. They are currently trending and at under $35- a shoe you want in your collection! They look so great with jeans and just about anything from a favorite sweater to a casual t-shirt.

Next up is a pair if sling back booties I purchased on clearance last October. I wore these all last fall when I was pregnant.  I love to pair them with anything I’m wearing with my jeans or when I’m wearing a jersey midi dress. Best part is they are comfortable! These and these are similar options, and this pair under $45!

Busy gals need a solid pair of flats for every season and I’m totally loving these nude peep toe faux suede ones I picked up at Old Navy. I could not believe that they were marked on clearance at my local store for $2.97 when they are not anywhere near that price online! I always size up a half size on my flats and this one the only pair left in my size in the store. There was no way they were not coming home with me. I love that I can wear these with dress pants and jeans making them very versatile for work and play!

I’m most excited about these peep toe booties I ordered from Kohls. I love the side slit and block heel but I mostly love the colors (tan, olive, black). It was a hard decision to make but I went with the olive shade. I thought they would be a fun way to mix up neutrals this season!

Since there isn’t snow on the ground (yet)- I’m going to push wearing strappy sandals for as long as I can. I took these low block heel sandals with me to Miami Beach last month. I was nervous about ruining them while walking SoBe in the rain and was really glad to see how well they held up. I even wore them for the 4 mile bike ride we took along the Miami Beach Boardwalk. If you need a basic heel, make it these!

You will see these shoes featured in the outfit posts for September to give you some other ideas on how to style. Pretty soon the weather will drop for good and I’ll be all about the boots and booties so I’m hanging on to pedicure season while it’s still here!

Front row: Flats | Mules           Back row: Sandals | Peep Booties | Sling Booties (similar)


 

Transition into Fall with a Denim Vest

Happy Labor Day friends! I hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend! We were fortunate to catch a breakfast with some friends that were in town visiting. Then the little man had a birthday party. We also visited a gorgeous sunflower field, enjoyed burgers at a favorite joint and had some fun at Alter Fest (a local festival). Not to mention lots of hang out time at home. It was a pretty perfect weekend!

Fall tempted us with her refreshing cool weather earlier this weekend but the last two days it’s been HOT. I did grab a #PSL, so there’s that! Hello favorite drink.

A few years ago I was convinced denim vests would become a trend. Apparently they didn’t catch on because they have not appeared on any “must-own” list. I still love my little jean vest almost as much as I love my jean jacket- even if I feel a little awkward when styling. I’m most comfortable when I pair it over a sleeveless dress. I think it could be cute over the right sleeved dress too!

If you are in a warmer state adding a denim vest over a summer dress is a great way to transition into fall. Style with a favorite open toe shoe and a long necklace to complete your look! Perfect for fall days that are pushing towards 90!

My maxi dress is from this past spring and is sold out so I’ve linked similar versions. My jean vest is from Gap a few years ago- so I’ve also linked similar items if you want to duplicate my look!

Dress (similar) | Vest (similar) | Sunnies (similar) | Watch | Bracelets | Shoes | Necklace | Earrings (similar

Create this manicure at home with Jamberry Nails!

Closet Finds FTW


I’m not a hoarder of much of anything besides crafting and wardrobe pieces. I’m not kidding when I say I still have the skirt I wore to my high school graduation! I don’t wear it too often because I’m not really a skirt girl. It’s a basic cream colored modest mini skirt from Express that is such a wardrobe staple that I can’t part with it.  Then there are other items that aren’t such a basic piece that I have kept. If I’m being really honest with you- unless a piece gets ruined, doesn’t fit or just waaay out of style I keep it. Sometimes trends come full circle and a piece becomes a little gem find.

Like this dress.


Purchased in 2011 from Forever 21. I bought it for a trip to Beijing and loved the one shoulder aspect. One shoulder tops weren’t really in then making it a really unique find. But now, as you know, it’s the year of the shoulder show and this dress is right on trend.

I paired it with a cute panama straw hat, metal fringe earrings, nude slides and my beloved straw tote. It was the perfect summer outfit for a little Sunday Funday with the fam.

Since this dress is six years, it’s obviously no longer available for sale. This stripped ruffle one-shoulder maxi is a great alternative, and if you want to splurge this off the shoulder version is super adorable. I also like this one shoulder version as well!


Spring Shoulder Round Up

2017 the year the shoulders show off! Off the shoulder, cold shoulder & one shoulder styles are all over the spring looks. No matter what your budget, you can grab a top or two this season and I’ve rounded up some favorites under $55 for you!

This relaxed one-shoulder top seems like something I could get a lot of wear with its casual fabric.  Old Navy, $19,94- curently on sale for $15.

I’m drawn to how dramatic this poplin OTS top with the big bold sleeves. This would be so cute with skinnies and heels!  Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s, $48- currently on sale for $27.99.

This crepe cold shoulder top would be great for work! The asymetrical ruffle is so fun and the material can be dressed up or down. It’s on mega sale with limited quantities. Topshop for Nordstrom, $55- currently on sale for $29.99.

This chambray one shoulder!!! It’s so simple but yet the favorite of all the ones I’ve looked at. It says “I’m here to party but I keep it classy”. Gah, love it! Loft, $54.50.

Ok, and this is my second favorite! I sorta wish it came in a different color but I’m not totally hating this bright hue. How fun are those shoulders? It’s a ruffle cold shoulder dream. Éclair for Target, $36.99.

Dress shirt gone wild! Seriously though, see that cute cuff sleeve? And the big one sholder ruffle! Loft, $54.50

At lunch today I saw a gal with the cutest cold shoulder hooded top on- I wanted to ask where she found it. I found a few cold shoulder sweatshirts that look just as fun like this grey number. This would be so cute for running errands or lounging around the house. Alison Andrews at TJ Maxx, $16.99

This one-shoulder peplum top appears to be a little dressy making it great for a special occassion or date night! NY&Company, $44.95- currently on sale for $31.46

The last one I’m sharing is another cute top with dramatic sleeves. It’s also pinstripped- which who doesn’t love a good pinstripe? I’d pair this top with denim for brunching with the ladies! Forever 21, $17.90. 

Now the only question is- which one or two to buy.. all 9 wouldn’t be obnoxious right?

Relaxed One-Shoulder Top for Women • Old Navy • $15
Women’s Jennifer Lopez Poplin Off-the-Shoulder Top • JLO by Jennifer Lopez • $27.99
Women’s Topshop Izzy Cold Shoulder Top • Topshop • $29.99
Chambray One Shoulder Top • LOFT • $54.50
Eclair Women’s Ruffle Sleeve Top Coral- Éclair • $36.99
One Shoulder Blouse • LOFT • $54.50
Long Sleeve Cold Shoulder Sweatshirt • $16.99
7th Avenue – One-Shoulder Peplum Top • New York & Co. • $31.46
FOREVER 21+ Pinstriped Off-the-Shoulder Top • Forever 21 • $17.90

 

 

 

The Comfiest Peplum Top

I’m a huge fan of everything black, white and grey and when I saw this black and white relaxed peplum-hem long sleeve tee at Old Navy I was quick to snatch it up. I was a tad nervous how it would fit because I ordered a size up but it’s seriously one of my favorite go-to shirts right now. I’ve paired with jeans and cute wedges in this outfit post but last week I wore some classic Converse for casual Friday. Perfect! I also have the sleeveless version which I equally love! Both styles are under $10 plus 35% off today online! There are only a few of the long sleeve left in stock- grab them while you can!


Top $7

Jeans $60

Necklace- gift (similiar

Shoes $30

Oversized Sweater FTW

This oversized knitted poncho has been my serious #1 go to sweater this season. Almost anytime someone would come to visit the baby, I’d throw this on.

During holiday shopping I grabbed it on sale at Banana Republic Factory for $30. At the time, I was 34+ weeks pregnant and even at an xs, this sweater fit over the bump. Even though it runs large, I saved it for post-baby anyway. I’ve been head over heels with the burgundy/wine/blood red color since fall and I adore the chunky knit.

It’s super easy to throw a long sleeve tshirt underneath and pair with jeggings and booties for happy hour with the girls. Pair it with leggings and slippers for a cozy winter day inside. Seriously, it’s the perfect oversized sweater.

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Sweater: Banana Republic Factory, $30 (similiar look)
Long Sleeve Tee: Target, $9
Jeggings: Old Navy, $20
Boots: JCPenny, $10