New Years Came Early this Year – Blondo Taras OTK Boots

I have to admit I don’t always do much for New Years. Both the hubs and I enjoy just chilling together more often than not. However, I always think about what I will/would wear and try to tackle the question of how to both look cute and stay warm.

Even in sunny San Diego it’s pretty much guaranteed that it will be cold on NYE and New Year Day. Well, cold for us. So that usually means one can get away with skipping a jacket if one is planning to be in and out of establishments, but there are some really chilly moments!

Of course, if you bring a jacket then you have to lug it with you or check it – if available. I think my new solution will be OTK boots! When we took these pics it was far from cold, but since I run pretty warm I think they’ll be just enough extra coverage to avoid frostbite (hehe).

I don’t go out very often as it all seems like such a pain to me. The crowds, waiting for service, the cost, no places to sit…(grumble grumble). But seeing as how I have so many pretty clothes I try to go out from time to time just to take them for a spin.

This dress is pretty old but you can still get some colors on Poshmark (Free People Embellished Slip Dress) and this seems to be this year’s version. I’ve placed some additional Free People dresses that are sure to get the party started here, here, here, and here. I could Google “Free People sequin dresses” all day every day!

I also really enjoy “rediscovering” things in my closet that I haven’t worn much (if at all) and creating new looks with accessories. I tried this dress with my Free People seamless romper underneath instead of the seamless mini slip shown here and I really liked it. It gives it an extra little edge seeing the short shorts underneath. I also like it with a blush or black slip underneath.

I searched for the perfect pair of over the knee boots for a while before I found these beauties. They are awesome!! So many of the OTK boots out there are cute but I wanted a pair that would be at least somewhat comfortable. These SO are due to the chunkier heel. They are 3.5″, but feel lower. I like that the pointy toe keeps them in the sexy and flattering category.

My favorite part is that they’re waterproof! What a genius idea. In SD we only get a few really cold days and many of them are when it rains so this was a big reason I bought them. Now I can stay warm and not worry at all about ruining them, like I would with suede or leather boots.

I am still really loving my Lipsense lipstick that I got from my Insta friend @kissablesense. Being a lazy-ish gal it’s so perfect for me. No need to reapply! I already have the Dark Pink and Strawberry Shortcake (the one I’m currently wearing), but I’ll definitely be getting a nude color for those days that I don’t want to go quite as bold. I’m thinking Roseberry, but it’s really hard to say for sure without seeing the color in person.

These sunnies (use coupon code: NewShades for 10% off) seemed like the perfect complement to my dress. The pink reflective lenses are just fun and a cat eye is flattering on everyone!

This bag’s fun multi-colored tassel also helped it go really well with this look. Sadly this particular version is no longer available, but this one is very similar and would go with just about everything.

What do you do to fete the new year?

Party on people! Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

 

Rose Colored Life

Normally I’m all about accentuating my waist for the most flattering look, but with this beautiful dress (also available here – on sale!) I just felt like I had to ditch the belt/tie it came with and let it flow.

How cute is this pattern?! I felt like it went perfectly with my Rebecca Minkoff Geo Love purse. I also love the shape of the hem and the subtle striped details – can you spot them?

I’ve never bought anything from this brand before, but that’s mainly due to the price point. When I saw it was on sale for a mere $30 I decided to give it a shot. I’m so glad I did! I don’t know that it’s worth the full price of $198 though. The fabric, although nice, doesn’t seem to be anything special. BTW I spotted this top from the same brand the other day and it is still on my mind…

I love how feminine this dress is and that it didn’t need to be hemmed – hallelujah! I used to think built in half slips were a way for the manufacturer to save money/be cheap, but I now appreciate having less material. It’s a lot cooler that way and cuts down on the bulk. Plus, since this dress is not see through, no one would know anyway.

Sadly my shoes broke right after shooting these pics. I was SO sad as this is the best pair  of “nicer” low wedges I’ve ever found and I haven’t seen anything all that similar. However, I do think thesethesethese, these, and these are great options.

I’ve already taken this dress for a few spins and it looks just as cute with a belt. I recently snagged a trio of belts in classic colors from Nordies and I’m stoked! How cute is this one?

I feel like the best version of myself in floating, girlie dresses. What type of look makes you feel your best?

Have a stellar day y’all! Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Free People Retro Love Suede Dress

Can you believe I’ve had this dress for a year and this is the first time I’ve worn it?! It might just be my favorite blog look so far. After it sold out I wasn’t sure if Free People would bring it back the following season (like they so often do with their most popular dresses), but they have! They aren’t offering it in the color I have – rose – but they have 7 colors to choose from! I think the soft peach is to die for!

You might be wondering if a suede dress is functional and I can tell you it IS! Not only is it a steal, considering Free People’s pricing, but it’s comfortable and it has pockets! Once I got past the unusual-ness of the material I was hooked. Because it’s real suede it has just enough shape without being too structured. I’m in love!

What is it about suede that just feels super luxe? Is it just me?

At first I wasn’t sure how I’d accessorize it as there are so many options. It was popular amongst bloggers last year and I saw many ladies styled it with more mod accessories (it looks awesome with a turtleneck underneath) or with sneakers for a more casual vibe.

However, I wanted more of a rocker/boho look so I paired it with my fav booties (unfortunately black leather is no longer available, but there are still two suede options) and my new Sam Edelman bag that I snagged from the clearance section of DSW. What a find that was!

Of curse no boho look would be complete without a hat (haha), so I threw on my Free People Matador hat and I really liked the overall look. This particular hat is no longer available, but I found two lookalike options: 1 2. I also really like this felt hat, I can see it going with a lot.

Do you own any suede or leather items of clothing? I haven’t branched out into anything beyond this dress and moto jackets…yet!

Have a wonderful day! I hope to see you again soon!

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan

Sam Edelman Sylvia Satchel

This bag rocks! I happened to spot it at DSW in the clearance section after having put it in my shopping bag at Nordstrom.com to keep in mind for later – only it was MUCH cheaper. Score!! I get compliments on it every time I use it!

I tend to buy accessories in neutral colors for maximum versatility, but this bag is just so darn cute! And I’ve found it does go with a lot of my outfits, even with a somewhat bold pattern. I really love the global/boho feel it has.

I can’t recall if I’ve talked about this particular Free People tee before (now sold out), but it’s great! It is pretty sheer though, so I can see this one being a great, more opaque option. I haven’t really gotten onboard with the cutout tee trend, but this one seems cute and has a bunch of 5 star reviews.

These jeggings are still my go-to when I want to be comfortable. They seriously feel like yoga pants. American Eagle currently only has high rise, low rise, and cropped versions available in black ripped jeggings, but their selection is constantly changing.

I also wanted to mention a lip stain I’ve recently discovered. I have tried a few in the past and none of them were all that great, but this one seriously lasts all day long. I had the pleasure of meeting up wth an Instagram friend who sells LipSense and I ended up buying 2 shades (a pink and this red). Both are perfect!

There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to the application, but once you get it right it doesn’t budge! Luckily there are quite a few YouTube tutorials. You have to get it through a rep (kind of like Mary Kay), so if you need help there let me know. Have you ever tried it?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a fab day!

Photo credit: Leo Amar

New Earring Obsession

Thanks to this blog I’ve become aware that earrings are an afterthought for me – if I think of them at all. I often will start a blog photo shoot and only then realize I didn’t even bother with earrings. Whoops! Well, I think I’ve found my solution!

These little studs are so darling that I don’t want to take them out. Problem solved, right?! I found them at Nordstrom and they were on sale, so of course they are already sold out. However, there are a ton of similarly cute options out there. How adorable is this Friday set? And these sets (1, 2, 3) provide pretty much unending options to mix and match. They’re dainty, but they really do add a little something extra to an outfit.

My set actually didn’t include any matching pairs, rather there were 5 shapes and I’ve enjoyed playing with different configurations. I can’t remember the last time I wore earrings in my second piercings so I did work a little to re-open one enough to slip a stud in, but it was worth it!

My (Free People) dress is from a few years ago, but I found some options that have a similar vibe here, herehere, and here.

My booties (Sam Edelman “Maddox”) are also a little older and no longer available, but I did find a few pairs floating out there in cyberspace – as well as a newer version of the same type of bootie. These are also really cute – and very inexpensive!

Are you a big or small earring person? I have to admit every once in a while I do love a statement earring!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a lovely day! XO, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

90’s Style Updated

To me nothing says 90’s fashion more than a slip dress, combat boots, and a moto jacket so when I put on this outfit I flashed right back to the days of Daria, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Clueless. How I love/d all three of those!

Sadly this dress from Nasty Gal is selling out quickly and there are only a couple sizes left (the size 10 fit me great, FYI). However, it’s a great, much less expensive option if you like the style of the “Sydney” dress from Sanctuary. They both have a subtle 90’s vibe. This is another affordable option. See my recent post on the white version of the Sydney dress here.

You could go all out with combat boots and a flannel around your waist or give it a bit of 2017 update like I did. I guess I didn’t pay attention to the description as I expected it to be the kind of polyester that doesn’t stretch, but it’s quite stretchy. I have actually worn it more as a nightgown than a dress lately. It’s so comfy!

I don’t know how long they plan to offer it, but they are offering 50% off of all orders on Nastygal.com. Score! One thing to note – my order shipped from the UK. It arrived in a reasonable amount of time and it was kind of fun to have something ship from another country, but it was a little unexpected.

I haven’t ordered anything from them in a few years, but last time it shipped from within the US. I guess they’ve made some changes because I noticed that the sizing on the tag is in UK sizing, even though the sizes listed online are the US equivalent.

I am so loving this cooler weather! I’ve really been looking forward to wearing my jackets and sweaters. While it’s not all that cold during the day (except today – it’s raining!) it is starting to feel like fall and I can usually add a layer in the evenings.

So of course I had to break out my oxblood suede jacket! One of the best things about buying classic pieces is that you don’t have to “retire” them after 1 or 2 years. This almost red/almost brown color is perfect for fall and goes with just about anything.

While this exact jacket is no longer available, I spotted this faux leather jacket at Express and I can see it being perfect for fall. It has 10 5 star reviews for a reason! I also think this open front moto jacket is super cool. The sizes are limited in the oxblood color, but there are some other colors to choose from.

I have gotten so much wear out of these booties, they are surprisingly comfortable for the height! Politics aside, Ivanka Trump does have some pretty cute shoes in her line.

My awesome Vince Camuto “Ayla” Satchel is still available – and it’s on sale! I highly recommend it. I’ve had it for close to a year now and it still looks pristine. Satchels (with a shoulder strap) have become my favorite style of bag due to their versatility. Is it just me or do some purses fall right off your shoulder too? Grr.

These pics were taken right before the hubs and I went out for dinner and I’d forgotten what a beautiful time of day “golden hour” is. It’s hard to take a bad shot with such pretty and soft lighting.

Although reviewing these pics really reminded me that I need to smile in my photos. You have probably heard of resting bitch face, but I’m afflicted by it’s cousin – resting sad face. If I’m just chillin’ somewhere, in my own little world I often get comments like, “what’s wrong?” And “are you ok?” Lol

 

What are you most excited to wear now that it’s officially fall?

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you come back soon!

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Can’t Get Enough Pink

I’ve always resisted what people thought I should like. For example, as a kid I was “supposed” to like pink because I was a girl. I felt like I had to  dislike it just to prove them wrong. Now I’m mature enough to embrace the fact that I LOVE PINK. It makes me happy and that’s all that’s really important.

More and more I’m living life by feeling my way through. If it feels good, I do it. If not, I (usually) try something else. It may seem overly simple, but I argue that we make life way more complicated than it has to be. Of course, there is something to be said for life’s engaging dramas and doing things we don’t like since it helps us clarify what we do like. So this is just my motto, I’m certainly not saying it’s right for everyone. But man has it enriched my life.

Now that I’ve gotten out my deep thought for the day, on to my outfit! This bag was such a nice surprise. I’d never heard of Chic Wishlist so when I got an offer to snag this bag at a very steep discount I hesitated but eventually pulled the trigger. I’ve wanted a pink or blush bag for so long, but for some reason I never found one that I thought was purchase-worthy.

I buy almost everything online these days, but I rely heavily on past experience with a brand and online reviews. This brand provided neither so I was a little unsure what the bag would actually be like when it got to me.

It’s not leather, rather it’s listed as being primarily “silica gel” and I didn’t really know what that meant. It also doesn’t have a lining and it’s pretty darn expensive. Normally I’d pass on it for those reasons, but this bag actually rocks!

It feels and looks sumptuous and I don’t miss the lining one bit. It’s a great size and it just looks classy to me. If you balk at the price tag I totally understand. Here’s a code to get a discount of 70%: SaveOnWishList. Seems a lot more reasonable now, eh?

This brand offers some really fun and fashion forward items. Just keep in mind that everything ships from China, so the delivery can take a little while. I’m seriously eyeing their faux fur jackets. I’d love to hear if you’ve ever tried this brand yourself in the comments!

I considered a lot of different pairings for this bag, but I ultimately went with my fabulous pink trench and I love the result. Is it just me or does this ensemble look expensive? I did a post on this chic trench in the past here and I still love it!

The reviewers are right, it’s not a typical trench coat in that it’s not rain resistant and it is lightweight, so it might be more appropriate to call it a “topper.” It’s actually perfect for the Socal weather and while the fabric does wrinkle easily, the wrinkles also fall out pretty easily when it hangs. The faux leather details are an awesome touch and it’s on sale!

I cheated a little with this look as it was pretty hot when we shot these pics, but I’m already feeling the fall vibes. So many people on social media are lamenting the end of summer and meanwhile I’m like when the heck is it going to feel like fall around here?! I can’t wait to pull out my boots. Lol, the grass is always greener eh?

This white dress is an old purchase from Nasty Gal, but I found a very similar dress at NordstromRack for under $45 (there are more colors available too)! Isn’t the scalloping at the bust adorable? Every girl needs at least one fit and flare dress in her closet!

With all the pink in this outfit I thought a nude shoe would be best and my Sam Edelmans fit the bill perfectly. My particular style is sold out, but the “Hazel” is a cult favorite and very similar. I was just at DSW yesterday and I am always impressed by how many great shoes they have from this brand. Why would anyone ever pay full price?

My hubby is so wonderful to be willing to be my part time photographer. The only downside is that he’s not quite as detail oriented as I am. Case in point – all the pics we got with the bag flipped the wrong way, haha! Oh well. I’m just happy he’s so supportive. Thank you babe!!

What’s your favorite color to wear?

Have a wonderful day and stay true to you! Muah! Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Sanctuary “Sydney” Dress

I’d had this dress on my Shoptagr list for a long time so I did not hesitate to snap it up when I got the notification that it went on sale. I LOVE the pattern and cut. It’s selling out in this color quickly, but they also offer it in “butterfly tomboy” and “prairie rose black” and both are really cute IMO.

I just wanted a lighter color dress as it feels so much more summery. I can see the darker versions being perfect for the renewed trend of wearing a spaghetti strap dress over a thin tee. Remember that from the 90’s and early 00’s? That’s fashion for you – everything comes back in style at some point!

The pattern makes me so happy! It’s just so cheerful and feminine – right up my alley. I think one could definitely get away with wearing this to a wedding. It is white, but the large floral print prevents it from looking like you’re trying to one up the bride. We would never! Right? 😉

I’ve wanted a white patterned dress that’s easy to wear for a long time now and this fits the bill 100%! I really like the fact that it has one side slit. The “M slit” style (where it has a slit on each side and then a little strip of material in front) is super cute, but I already have a few with that feature and it can sometimes make me feel overexposed.

The single slit allows for a little more ease when walking and ups the saucy factor, yet doesn’t scream “sexy” like some double slit dresses do. Those certainly have their place, but I think the single slit makes this dress super versatile.

I wore this the other day with a pair of low heeled wedge sandals and it looked great, but I wanted to dress it up a bit for this post so I paired it with my awesome ankle strap heels (mine are sold out, but the black patent is still available). Just swap the heels for sandals and throw a denim jacket around your shoulders or waist and this dress goes from a little fancy to a cute everyday look.

Ok, now to the only downside – it wrinkles horribly! I sprayed it like crazy with Downy’s Wrinkle Releaser, which helped, but the second I sat down again the wrinkles came right back. I actually think I over-sprayed it because it grew and grew during the course of this shoot. All in all I say – still worth it!

How cute is this little pond BTW? It’s a few neighborhoods away from my place and there are ducks and turtles galore! They were all very sweet – the turtles came up to us right away. I think they were expecting to be fed. Sorry I didn’t come prepared guys!

What’s your favorite type of floral?

Thank you so much for visiting! Until next time my friends…XO

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan

Pleats for Days

I’m quickly becoming a Donna Morgan dress addict. Thank goodness Lord & Taylor eventually slashes their prices so I can snap them up for around $30 instead of $130.

The price on this pleated midi dress gone up a bit since I bought it, but it’s still a steal for under $40 right now (use code LABORDAY)! FYI all clearance items are 25% off and all other items are 20% off this weekend. There are limited sizes available there so you can also get this lovely dress here and here (both on sale!).

It’s also available in a pink version and this version with a bolder print. It took me quite a while to decide which I liked best, but I’m glad I got the one I did. The print and colors make me happy – ’nuff said.

I still find that Shoptagr is the way to go as the prices will usually drop around the weekend, but I don’t want to have to constantly be checking. Instead I add the item I want in my desired size and color, wait for an email from Shoptagr telling me it’s on sale, and then immediately snap it up for a steal. Getting items for way cheaper than the original price thrills me!

I wore this dress to my doctor’s appointment (had to get a biometric screening for work) and in the space of 1 hour I got three compliments – one of which was from my male doctor. I’d call that a good day 😉 Doesn’t it feel extra special when a guy notices your clothes? I hate to stereotype, but they don’t always seem to notice stuff like that.

I love the way this dress looks with my nude ankle strap sandals (my color is now sold out, but the nude patent version is very similar), but it also goes well with wedges and flat sandals. It could easy go more boho with more jewelry and less dressed up accessories. I forgot to take pics with it untied, but it also looks really great that way.

Of course I had to pair it with my new bag – which I am still in love with! The mushroom color is such a great neutral, I’ve found it goes with seriously everything, Score! The cheapest price I found today is here (under $110!). They offer it in black, red, and putty and I think all those colors would be great investments.

I wore this dress to dinner with a friend last week and paired it with my go-to denim jacket, but it was just too hot to add a layer when we shot these pics. It would look AWESOME with this one (under $55). It’s been around 100 degrees lately here in SD, but I keep seeing people posting fall outfits on social media. Not with this heat wave!

In the past I’ve stayed away from halter tops as they can sometimes make one’s shoulders look bigger and over accentuate the bust, but I felt like this one really worked. Alas, it requires a strapless bra, but it’s still worth it.

What’s your take on pleats? Some people say they add bulk, but small ones these don’t seem to have that problem. I’ve been on the lookout for a pleated skirt so when I find the right one you’ll see it here!

Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan

Keeping it Causal in All Neutrals

I feel like neutrals can get a bad rap – like they should always be in the background or something. However, I find that most of my closet is neutral colors and that’s just fine by me! FYI traditional neutrals are grey, olive green, black, brown, white, and navy. Yes, adding a pop of color can make an outfit more visually interesting, but neutrals can stand on their own too.

One tip for elevating an outfit full of neutrals is to add a “completer piece.” Does anyone else remember this term from What Not to Wear? I miss that show, I learned so much about figure flattering fashion from watching it! Anyway, a completer piece is that extra layer or bold accessory that takes a somewhat basic look to a look that really draws attention.

In the case of this outfit the completer piece would be my straw hat. This one was a random $5 purchase from AE’s clearance section to get free shipping, but I ended up loving it! A boater hat is a great choice for summer and they come in many styles.

This one is so cute! I love the crochet band. And this one is a great classic option. The site listed mine as a wide brim fedora, but it’s actually more of a boater hat due to the flat crown (top) and brim. This one is very affordable and this super wide brim boater hat would work for many women.

In fall/winter I usually go for extra layers of warmth as my completer pieces, but when the temps rise, lightweight accessories just make more sense. This is a very causal look, but the nude, low heels, bag, and hat take it up a notch or two.

This outfit would work just as well with flats, but I chose these low block heeled pumps to give me a bit of extra length in my legs – and they feel like flats! I seriously can’t stop wearing them.

IMO heels are like lipstick – they take some getting used to if they’re not something you usually wear, but they quickly become staples and you end up wondering why you went without for so long. You just have to try them on, possibly add some extra cushioning, and make sure the fit is right. Blisters/pain are no fun at all. Obvi!

I just happened to stumble upon my purse for a steal when I saw the mini version of my Rebecca Minkoff “love” bag go on sale during Nordstrom’s anniversary sale that just ended. Mine is the middle size and they also sell a jumbo sized one. I always do that – when I see something I like online I immediately do a web search for the same item and see what comes up.

Nine out of ten times I find it somewhere else for a lower price! FYI the price has gone up a bit, but it’s still on sale and you can get 15% of your first purchase by signing up for their emails. I have already worn the heck out of this bag and I just got it a few weeks ago. It’s so versatile due to the color and you can wear it 3 ways!

My tee is a favorite – I wear it all the time. I also like the raw edge side slit tee Lush just came out with. You can never have too many great tees!

I looked around and while my shorts don’t seem to be available online anymore (they’re a rare in-store purchase from Express), I found this pair and this pair. Both of which seem awesome! I’m all about comfort whenever possible and this type of unstructured short feels amazing on a hot day. I could seriously sleep in it. Sounds a little weird, but that’s a super useful feature when traveling.

What’s your favorite way to jazz up an outfit?

See you soon friend! Love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar