Flattering Fit & Flare

September 28, 2014

Old Navy Elbow Sleeve Jersey Dress

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? After helping my blogging bud Kate (who happens to be my coworker!) take outfit pics for her recent post, I walked back to my desk, went to oldnavy.com, and immediately purchased the dress she was wearing. Between the flattering fit & flare shape and perfect price, this Old Navy dress was made for me (well, and Kate!).

It was a cool morning the day I debuted this dress, so I busted out the booties for the first time this season. After brushing off the dust and cat hair, I remembered the glitter on these booties digs into my ankles when I walk (so annoying, although not an issue when wearing tights — but helloo, I want to keep rocking bare legs!). What’s a girl to do? Make a practical decision that turns into a fashion statement: add tall trouser socks! I ended up loving the quirky peek of turquoise. And these socks matched my FitBit perfectly, which I forgot to take off for these pics, oops! Oh well, fitness is fashionable.

Booties + socks

Old Navy fit n flare dress

Fall outfit

Old Navy Dress (similar sweater dress) | Target Denim Jacket (similar) | Kelsi Dagger Booties (similar here & here) | JCrew Factory Socks (similar) | Forever 21 bag (similar) | L.Mae Necklace | FitBit Flex

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Not Quite Summer, Not Quite Fall

September 25, 2014

Not Quite Summer, Not Quite Fall

Is it just me or do we talk about the weather all the time in life? With coworkers, with family, with strangers in the elevator. I’m totally guilty of it, too. I mean, the forecast affects my daily fashion strategy!

In DC, we’ve been hanging out in between summer and fall. Cool mornings turn into warmer afternoons. It’s the best of both worlds, really — but what on Earth do we wear for these hot & cold days? Someone should invent an app that tells you both the forecast and what outfit to wear. Wouldn’t that be handy?!

Until that million dollar idea comes together, I’ve solved the transitional weather dilemma by pairing summer + fall pieces together for a lightly layered look. Today I’ve taken a summer maxi dress with a cutout back (last seen here) and knotted a goes-with-everything chambray shirt on top. I feel appropriately covered but still easy breezy.

Oh, and yes, that’s my natural hair you’re seeing! Gah, I rarely unleash my wild curls but it felt pretty liberating! (And I finally found a mousse I really like — check out Suave Shaping Mousse).

Summer to fall outfit

Blue + chambray

Transitional: chambray + maxi

LOFT Maxi Dress (similar) | Express Chambray Shirt (similar) | ASOS Bag (c/o) | RocksBox Bracelet (c/o) | Caravelle by Bulova Watch | Kenneth Cole Reaction Wedges (about 8 years old, best shoes ever; similar)

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10 Fall Boots: $100 or Less

September 22, 2014

Boot Season 2014

At the very top of my fall fashion shopping list is a pair of expensive-looking-yet-secretly-super-cheap tall riding boots in cognac (specific much?). I have plenty of worn-in boots in my closet from seasons past, so this year I’d like to add a fresh new pair to the mix. But whoa, boots are expensive. I simply cannot justify $200 for any shoe. Sure, sure, the leather may be real, but between you and me, I’m fine with faux anything.

So I set off on a mission to find 10 boots for under $100. Mission. Accomplished. Now I’d like to add booties, wedges, and over the knee boots to my shopping list! I’m so glad to see brands find ways for the every girl to afford the latest trends. Which pair is your favorite?

Affordable fall 2014 boots

1. ModCloth ($59) | 2. Sole Society ($89) | 3. ASOS ($79) | 4. Madden Girl via Zappos ($59) | 5. Candie’s via Kohl’s ($79) | 6. Madden Girl via DSW ($69) | 7. Target ($79) | 8. Impo via DSW ($59) | 9. Madden Girl via Lulu’s ($55) | 10. TOMS ($88)

Top image: Sole Society