Going Gray/Old Navy Sale Alert

I love these pumps! I haven’t worn this kind of shoe much since I started working from home, but I’ve been catching myself finding excuses to wear these. They’re so cute! I can tell these are quality shoes too. They’re a little pricey, but I got them for over $100 off – woot (thanks DSW)!

I love the d’Orsay cut (which means the arch is exposed on one or both sides and has a low cut vamp, i.e. they show more toe), the half suede, half leather, and the height. I have a wide foot so I’ll need to break them in a bit before they are fully comfy, but I’m ok with that. They still are quite comfortable.

These jeans/jeggings are from Old Navy and a part of the “Rockstar” line. They are a few years old, but I’ve listed a few options that are currently available here: 1, 2 – I’m seriously considering buying these!, 3.

FYI Old Navy is offering 30% off today only, no code needed (the discount is applied automatically at checkout – free shipping on $50)! I really like the cut of this line, just beware that the fit can vary a lot from pair to pair, depending on the materials used and amount of lycra/spandex. Most are super stretchy so while these are a 12, I need a 10 or maybe even an 8 in certain colors.

I love a mid rise jean! I’m short waisted so you might not think they’d work for me, but they’re awesome for eliminating the dreaded muffin top! What do you like best, a low, mid, or high rise jean?

This is a tad embarrassing, but this is the 3rd (yep, third!) Vince Camuto Ayla bag I’ve bought (I already have the crossbody and satchel – both currently on sale!). I broke down and got the tote version when I spotted it on sale for over $200 off. At that price I couldn’t resist. There’s something about the braiding and overall style of the Ayla bags that I’m obsessed with. Obvi, right?! I love that this version is large enough to stow a pair of heels!

This top is an old find from Anthropologie. I shopped there a lot back when I worked downtown and they have an awesome selection of work appropriate and more casual pieces that have a lot of personality. I’ve listed some great options that are currently available here, here, and here.

Tip: go to an Anthro store on Wednesdays and shop online on Mondays to check out the “fresh cuts.” Those are the days they put out fresh sale items! I have rarely paid full price for anything at Anthro – I’m not made of money!

Normally I’d wear a cami under this shirt as it’s pretty sheer, but I decided to throw caution to the wind and go a little risque – well, risque for me anyway 😉 My limit for sheerness without a base layer is if the old belly button shows, I’m not down with that.

FYI this is not my house, but I wish it was! We took these pics in Bressi Ranch, a super cute little neighborhood close to my apartment. You’ll probably see a lot more of this little community in my upcoming posts because each house is beautiful and has so much personality – not to mention beautiful landscaping, which I am a sucker for! I can’t wait to have my own house one day, I’ll probably spend all my time in the yard.

See you next time! Xoxo, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Turquoise Ankle Strap Heels

 

I’ve never owned a pair of shoes from Adrienne Vittadini, but I snagged this “Neni” pump (available in 5 colors) from DSW’s clearance section for a steal! I was stoked to find out DSW sometimes does sales where they take an additional % off of the already twice reduced clearance prices. I have a feeling I’ll be going back when they offer a sale like that again!

I used to avoid ankle strap heels as my ankles are – let’s just say sturdy – and I’d always heard that they visually shorten the leg. While that may be true, I LOVE this pair! Isn’t the scallop detail adorable?

Luckily the height of these heels is manageable. I just can’t wear anything higher than 3.5-3.75 inches for very long. Comfort is too important to me. And hobbling around in pain or because you feel like you’re wearing stilts is just not a good look. Not to mention it makes it hard to feel confident. Wearing clothes confidently is imperative for looking stylish!

My dress is older and no longer available, but have you checked out the Eva Mendes Collection from New York & Company? There are some seriously cute pieces! And they are quite affordable. This blouse and matching skirt caught my eye. I’ve never really bought matching separates, but I can see how it would allow for tons of styling options.

I’m not usually one to go for boldly patterned pants, but how cute is this palazzo pant? This maxi skirt reminds me of a style of skirt Free People sells – at a much lower price point. And I wouldn’t mind adding this dress and this dress to my closet! Not to mention the cute accessories. Random side note, but doesn’t Eva look crazy similar to Sophia Loren?

This jacket is also an older find from Nordstrom Rack (if you have the patience, scouring the racks in-store really pays off! But you can find great stuff online too), so it’s not currently available. Here (1, 2, 3, 4) are a few faux leather jackets that I really like. The bonus is that many of them are discounted due to the changing weather – plus Nordies always offers free shipping!

I’m obviously not a famous blogger, so a professional photog is out of the question. Thank goodness my husband is ah-mazing and takes my pics for me. He used to dread our shoots, but now he’s started giving me notes on poses and whatnot, experimenting with different angles, and even freely offering his thoughts on which pics I should use for this blog. Isn’t he the best?!

Until next time my friends – be well!

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Sanctuary Spring Fling Dress

This dress is yet another example of something I loved so much that I bought it in multiples. This color/pattern is no longer available, but Sanctuary offers this dress in a TON of other patterns. My top picks are Sunset Boho, Midnight Garden, Sun Bleached Tile, and Cameo Pink Sprout.

It has all the features I love – it’s comfortable, flattering, and fits me even if I go up a few pounds. I also really love that it has 2 layers. It lacks the ability to wear it with a standard bra, but I guess you can’t have everything.

To me it’s the perfect summer dress. It’s great for hot summer days, but you can also throw a leather jacket on top and poof, it’s ready for date night.

Every girl needs a good sun hat, no? I love Rag & Bone and would have loved to have bought this hat if I could swing it, but it is well outside of my price range. When I found this hat on clearance at Nordies I was stoked! It sold out quickly, but how cute are these options??

These wedges are from ages ago, but I would buy these, these (the tassel!!), and these if I needed a good neutral wedge for summer.

Sorry if this is picture overload, but the hubs and I found a place over by Lake San Marcos that offered a ridiculous amount of cute backdrops.

Sadly the Boathouse was closed when we stopped by, but I want to check it out. I am a sucker for eating by any body of water.

Is it just me or is the cutest bench ever? If I were criminally minded (don’t worry, I’m not!) I would steal this bench for my house.

What’s our favorite summer dress? Or are you more of a shorts person?

I love this last shot, but man does it remind me I need to even out my tan lines – sheesh! Do you struggle with athletic shoe tan issues too?

Byeeee! I hope you visit again soon!

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Express Solid Double Layer Cami

Who would have thought that the high-low trend would hang on so long? I’m glad it did tho! The high low hem detail makes this cami stand out. I bought it when I got my neckerchief from Express (I couldn’t help it, it was on sale!) and I ended up really liking it.

I feel you can never have too many good basics. While I have a ton of options in my closet, I’m always tempted to go with some version of the cami/skinny jeans combo. It never disappoints! If it’s cool enough just throw on a vegan leather or suede (here’s a great colorful option, currently on sale!) jacket and you’re good to go.

This top is special in that it has 2 layers (sadly you can’t really see this in my pics, but you can tell from the pics on Express.com) and a longer hem in the back, so it works just as well with leggings as it does with skinny jeans/pants. I love a piece that does double duty!

I wanted to show of these awesome heels so I did an extra long cuff. I like that it’s a bit unexpected. I’ve had these Steve Madden “Raela” heels for a few years so they’re no longer available, but I found these vegan suede heels that look almost exactly the same – at less than half the price! Plus, they have tons of 5 star reviews! Doesn’t the suede look super chic? I can’t always convince myself to go for a heel this high, but every so often it can be fun.

These pants are an older purchase from H&M, but I’ve listed some similar options here and here. I think every girl should have a pair of grey jeans or jeggings in their closet!

What’s your go-to outfit?  Thanks for visiting! Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

 

My Take on the Denim Mini – and Peacocks!

Can you believe I’ve had this jean skirt since 2001?!

I actually still get most of my denim from American Eagle (gasp! lol). They have great stuff at good prices! Here are the 2017 versions of their denim skirts. The trends right now are higher waists, button fronts, longer lengths, and deconstructed skirts – of course www.ae.com has both. I like that mine is pretty classic – it still feels fresh all these years later! If I were to buy one right now it would probably be this one.

It certainly hasn’t fit me consistently over the last 16 years as my weight has fluctuated a good bit, but somehow I’ve managed to hang on to it. I have often gotten rid of things that I later regretted, so now I tend to just hang on to most of my stuff since everything comes back in style eventually – plus my style is pretty classic anyway I guess.  I love “rediscovering” gems in my closet that I’d forgotten about!

Yet again I paired this outfit with my go-to crossbody. It never fails me! I LOVE that I can fit my wallet, necessities, and my sunglasses case in there.

This blouse is a little old, but I’ve listed some new/similar versions from H&M here, here, and here. I love the fact that it doesn’t have a traditional collar. I have a short neck so it’s just more flattering.

I’m normally a huge fan of the “lazy tuck,” but sometimes that just looks a little too sloppy so I left the last button unbuttoned and tied the ends. I do this a lot with more casual shirts (flannels and whatnot), but I felt like it worked great with this blouse too.

While we were out “on location” (hehe) at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park we happened upon some peacocks. They were super friendly and not at all camera shy!

 

This post is a lot longer than usual, but we got some really great shots so it was really hard to narrow it down!

Thanks, as always, for taking the time to visit my blog. Have a great day!!

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Matching vs. Coordinating

I have always had an obsession with making sure all of the colors within my outfits match – and I’m not just talking about the main pieces. Back in my school days I would even make sure my undies and makeup matched. Yes, I know that’s super weird!

Thankfully I’ve relaxed a bit over time, but I still find myself hesitating to put together an outfit if the colors don’t match exactly. When I added my orangey-red pumps this outfit I thought to myself, “but there’s no red in my kimono!” before I threw caution to the wind (heh) and went for it. Am I the only one who does this? I’m glad I did as I really liked this look.

I bought them from Macy’s as I had a gift card, but I noticed that you can get them as cheap as $25 from Bluefly with free shipping and $15 from Amazon, depending on the size. I even think they are a great deal at the regular price of $70. They are real suede, they come in multiple colors, they fit my wide feet in my usual size, and the heel height is great IMO.

Kimonos are an awesome layer for those days when it’s not quite cool enough for a sweater or jacket or to throw on over a swim suit (stay tuned for a future post doing just that). And I LOVE the fringe on this one! The sizing is generous due to the flowy fit so I could have probably made any of the sizes work, but I went with a M. FYI it also comes in a red version.

The most common way to wear a kimono seems to be over some kind of denim, but I liked how pairing it with these sateen X jeggings (currently on clearance, some sizes are still left) elevated the outfit a bit. They feel sumptuous! I’m rarely never accused of being too casual. 😉 Side note, American Eagle is having a 40% off sale on their new collection and BOGO 50% off for all jeans stores and online. Woot!

Sorry for the crazy hair, it felt like I was in a wind tunnel during this shoot. Grr.

I have worn this ivory camisole from Loft so much. My basics get a lot of use, so I try to buy stuff that’s of reasonably high quality. This one is old and no longer available, but I’ve listed some similar options from www.Express.com here and here.

Express is also having a sale today – 40% off and free shipping on $50! How cute is this black lace cami? I’d so buy that one if my husband wouldn’t kill me for it.

I am so into this mix and match charm necklace from INC. You just buy a full necklace and then you can buy as many additional pedants as you want so you can mix it up to your heart’s desire. What a clever idea! I wear it often and already have 5 pendants to choose from.

Yet again I’ve paired this outfit with my Vince Camuto “Ayla” saddlebag. More colors here. I wear it constantly and it still looks brand new! I love bags with a little shape. The ones I own that are unstructured just never seem to make the cut when I’m putting my outfits together.

Thanks for listening to my ramblings – or just checking out my pics. I hope you come back soon!

Have a great week! Xoxo, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Leith Midi Tank Dress

This is such a great dress. It’s a nice weight, it can be causal or kinda fancy, and I never have to worry about bending over and showing too much! Plus the price is not bad at all and it’s available in 3 colors, including white. I got it in a L, because a M wasn’t available, but a M would have also worked (and sizing down provides a little less length).

I wore this dress more casually over the weekend with my go-to Kut from the Cloth denim jacket. I also like this one. But I also really like how it looks with heels and a leather/suede jacket too. It’s best for someone at least 5’6 IMO (I’m 5’7) due to the length and it needs at least a little heel or it can look a little dowdy/disproportionate.

I actually wore this outfit strictly to be able to wear these shoes lol. I used to be against booties with an open toe – because really, they don’t make a toon of sense practically speaking – but I changed my mind when I saw these. They are shockingly comfy and really cheap (well under $50)! I was stoked to finally wear them.

If you’ve read any of my other posts you have probably noticed that I use this bag (more colors here, currently on sale!) A LOT. I feel that you only need to own a few bags (a satchel, tote, clutch, and a crossbody) so I try to buy quality pieces in classic colors that really speak to me and take care of them. The cheap purses I’ve bought in the past just tend to languish in my closet.

I’m a recent heels convert. I used to stick to flats, but I’ve found that a little heel can actually be more comfortable and I don’t seem to get blisters like I used to with my flats. Go figure. Plus, you can’t deny they are more flattering!

I can handle anything under 4″, but anything higher I just won’t wear as they hurt! What about you? How high is too high? Or is there no such thing in your mind? I’d love to hear from you in the comments 🙂

See ya again soon (hopefully)!

Photo credit: the awesome Sarah Jordan

Spring Dress, 3 Ways

It’s funny, I thought I liked this FP dress (old, some similar-ish options here, here, here, and here) best one way, but after looking at the photos I changed my mind.

Technically this dress is meant to be worn as shown in the picture below, but it’s my dress so I can do whatever the F I want, right?? Hehe. I do prefer it belted as I am somewhat curvy. But which direction do you like best? Forward or backward?

Ok, so it’s a little more revealing when turned backward due to the deep V, but I kind of like the peek of lace. And V necks are ALWAYS more flattering on bigger busted ladies.

I finally got to break out my new – oh so on trend – block heeled sandals (currently on sale and available in 3 colors). I din’t realize how trendy they were until recently. Everyone on Instagram seems to have a version. I love these! The heel height and the color are just right IMO. They are actually pretty comfy. I saw Caitlin from www.southerncurlsandpearls.com has them in pink and I thought that pair was super cute too!

I love dresses so much. I guess I am just a girly girl at heart. And I especially love the colors and flowyness of this dress. Thanks for another winner Free People (note: I bought it, no free stuff yet)!

I’m still all about the high low dress – provided the difference between the front and back isn’t too extreme. What about you?

I’ve gotten so much use out of this Vince Camuto crossbody saddlebag. I love the color (black cherry). It goes with just about everything, yet it’s a little more interesting than your basic black or brown. BTW, it’s 60% off right now!

Thanks for visiting!!! I hope you have a great Fri-yay!

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan

Transitioning From Day to Night

Hello there! Happy Monday!

I love that accessories can elevate a super casual outfit and make it evening appropriate. Since I spend at least one day out of each of my weekends down in San Diego (I’m about 40 minutes north of the city), I don’t want to schlep a bunch of stuff around, and I never know where the day will take me – I’ve become the master of transitioning an outfit from day to night.

I’ve had this T-shirt dress for a while, but it’s just gotten warm enough to wear it. It’s quite short and unfortunately I can’t wear my go-to bloomers underneath because there’s just not enough room in the hips so I had to settle for some bootie shorts. It’s pretty much impossible to bend over and not show everything, but I still really love it. I’m 5’7 so if you’re any taller than me be warned, this might be more of a T-shirt than a dress.

I tend to buy simple, classic pieces that won’t go out of style and this is a great example of that. The curved hem, rolled sleeves, and flattering cut add some interesting details, but it’s still just a t-shirt dress so it can be styled many different ways. And it was under $15 (I got it for $9!). It’s a new favorite for sure!

When it came time to go out in the evening all I had to do was swap my sandals for some low heels (old, but these and these are great) – I adhere to the philosophy of “the shorter the dress, the shorter the heel” to avoid going too sexy – and add a statement necklace (old, love this, this, and this). Easy peasy.

It’s funny, but somehow Sam Edelman has taken over the shoe portion of my closet. Not only does Sam make a stylish shoe, but they are really good quality for the price. Plus I can almost always find my size on sale if I wait long enough, which always helps!

I really liked how both versions of the outfit turned out and I can see myself mixing it up a lot with this dress: a long pendant necklace, scarf, tights, sneaks…the possibilities are endless!

What about you, how do you use accessorize to maximize your outfit options?

Until next time…

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan

A Boho Kind of Day

Are you a hat person? I never really was until recently. Hats seem to be making a real comeback and I’m all about it!

I recently purchased this dress, which is currently on sale at Macy’s (also available in black) and at Bloomies for under $50 (best deal I could find right now) with a gift card I had saved since my birthday. When Shoptagr alerted me that it had dropped from $129 to $45 I jumped on it and I’m so glad I did! It’s comfy and flowy and I feel great it it! It comes with a detachable black v neck slip that I can wear with a lot of other things, so that was a nice bonus!

Once I had it on I knew it would be something I would wear over and over again. For a long time I bought things that were “a good deal,” but too often they would just sit in my closet unworn. I noticed that I had 2 issues: I’d buy things that were meant for occasions that didn’t really make sense with my lifestyle and I’d buy cheap things impulsively because the deal seemed so good.

Now that I keep a running list of items in my phone that I’d like to eventually buy to round out my wardrobe I find that I am much less impulsive with my shopping. And I actually want to wear ALL of my stuff. Eureka!!

I felt like this dress needed a little extra oomph so I grabbed my Free People Matador Hat, which has really served me well! It’s only available in one size and was a little loose so I had to get a little crafty to get the snug fit I needed – windy days would rip it right off my head. I ended up putting a foam strip with adhesive on the back that I randomly found in my house along the inner lining (I think they were leftover from installing my window A/C unit). Voila, fixed!

I would like to wear hats more often, but I sometimes end up feeling like I stick out a little too much. And I’m never really sure if I should take it off or leave it on indoors. A quick web search told me that most people just keep them on no matter where they go, FYI. Looking at these pictures now I’m even more inspired to wear hats. I like the look!

The only downside to this dress IMO is that it wrinkles easily. I have a steamer, which I 100% prefer to ironing, but still. Ugh, dealing with wrinkles is no fun. In this case I decided it’s still worth keeping, even though the dress started out wrinkle free before we got in the car to shoot these pics. Oh well, you can’t have everything I guess.

I hope you’re not sick of seeing this purse lol. Because it goes well with so much of what I own it’s on repeat. It was a great investment!

Smell ya later!

Photo credit: Leo Amar (thanks babe!)