Recent Closet Additions – August

September 2, 2015

The perfect everyday bag: Madewell Transport Tote

Madewell Transport Tote // (steal version here)

Hello there, September! There has been a lot of “back to school” talk in my Facebook feed this week and if I’m being honest, I’m having total back to school envy. I used to love spending the last few weeks of summer plotting out and shopping for my first day of school outfit. It had to be perfect!

Since September is just another normal month for us working gals, I decided I still deserved to treat myself to a few back to work goodies. Like the Madewell Transport Tote (pictured above) — I fell for this tote’s classic shape, perfect shade and real leather. Way better than any student’s JanSport backpack, right?

Scroll down to see more recent purchases, which are a mix of fall and summer items — the benefits of these in-between season months!

JCrew Factory Puffer Vest

JCrew Factory Quilted Puffer Vest

Since it’s currently 90 degrees outside, it seems like the perfect opportunity to add a puffer vest to my closet! Sure, I may not wear this beauty for another month or so, but JCrew Factory was having a huge sale on their famous puffers, so I snagged one in a goes-with-everything color. Tip: sign up for JCrew Factory’s email list — they are always announcing new sales to their email subscribers first.

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Blissful Berry

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor in Berry Blissful

After an in depth discussion with my friend about our excitement for fall lipsticks (hi Sydney!), I decided to pick up a deep berry color of my favorite Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor from CVS. Dramatic and affordable!

La Blanca Sandbar Halter One-Piece Swimsuit

La Blanca Sandbar One-Piece Swimsuit

While I’m stoked about my new cozy vest and darker lipstick, I’m still holding on to summer a little bit longer! My family is headed to the beach this month so I snagged this super chic, super flattering (hello ruching) one-piece from Nordstrom.

Check out the rest of my “back to school” purchases below. Happy September!

Recent purchases for end of summer + start of fall // Style Me Thrifty

1. Madewell Transport Tote | 2. Old Navy Plaid Tunic | 3. Maybelline Lipcolor | 4. Aerie Sunnie Pushup Bra c/o | 5. JCrew Factory Puffer Vest | 6. Ann Taylor Mesh Dress | 7. Essie Nail Color | 8. JCrew Factory Necklace | 9. La Blanca Sandbar Swimsuit

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Wish List Wednesday: Toms Leila Booties

August 26, 2015

The perfect fall ankle bootie: Toms Leila Booties

Now that I let myself start thinking about fall fashion, I can’t stop. Leggings! Scarves! Plaid! I want it all, immediately. Sorry summer pastels, bring on the wine (the color… and the drink, if you’re pouring).

Today I’m particularly apologetic to my sandal collection because I only have eyes for booties right now. A specific pair of actually: Toms Leila Booties. Yes, Toms makes booties! Oh gosh, these are the perfect shoe.

Toms Leila Booties

Available in 5 colors, this ankle bootie marks all of the checkboxes for me: soft leather, a modest heel (2 1/4 inches), and a sweet detail with the tassel zipper on the back.

Toms Leila Booties in Tan

They’re priced at $139, which oof, is a hair more than I’d like to pay, but I plan on wearing the black pair with absolutely everything — distressed denim, skirts & tights, you name it. And I love Toms One for One cause.

See ya summer, helloooo bootie weather!

Toms Leila BootiesToms Leila Booties in Tan | Chocolate Suede | Wool Felt |
Black | Oxblood

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Fall Must Have: Distressed Denim

August 24, 2015

Distressed denim trend

This weekend, I braved Pentagon City Mall — not an easy task between the tourists and mall renovations — for an important cause: I needed a new swimsuit for my upcoming family beach vacation. Somehow I found the strength to ignore all of the chic fall coats and cozy sweaters that were calling my name and bee-lined to the clearance racks for a flattering one-piece {because hey, I’m not 21 and bikini-obsessed anymore!}.

I was victorious in my swimsuit search (check this beauty out!) and as I was exiting the mall to the smells of Auntie Anne’s pretzels (oh, nostalgia), I allowed myself one peek at a fall window display and promptly added the first item to my fall fashion wish list: distressed jeans. Like these:

Distressed jeans | via Song of Style

Song of Style

SO chic. Don’t you want to ooze coolness like her?

Distressed boyfriend jeans outfit | via With Love from Kat

With Love from Kat

And can we talk about this gal’s perfect gingham + jeans + booties pairing?

Distressed denim + gingham | via Pursuit of Shoes

Pursuit of Shoes

Sure, it may seem a little silly to pay good money for ripped jeans but my inner crafter is not ready to tackle a DIY tutorial on how to take a seam ripper to an existing pair of jeans. So the hunt is on.

Here are a few distressed jeans that I’m currently eying, all under $100 (and most are from retailers with free shipping both ways, which is clutch when jeans shopping!).

What fall trend is at the top of your wish list?

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Top collage: See (Anna) Jane | Pinterest | Sequins & Things

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