Gold Rush

Gold Rush Boots

I typically get nervous buying shoes or bags with hardware. I am afraid that I won’t have as many outfit options and it limits my jewelry combinations. However, these beauties above are making me sing a different tune. I am lusting over the the Chloe ones but think I will end up with the flat Report style instead. Which bootie is your favorite?

1. Report $130

2. C. Wonder $198

3. Diba $49

4. Report $120

5. See by Chloe $425

Falling Into Place

Silky Pants

I can’t believe fall is here! Although I feel like summer went by too fast, I am starting  to get excited for sweaters, boots and hot apple cider!

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Before the cool air really sets in, I am sticking to pieces that are perfect for the transitional New England weather. Here are the pants I mentioned in my last post!  Although I have not made many clothing purchases recently, I knew I had to snag these since they reminded me of my back to school shopping days.

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These silky trousers are so effortless. They will appear more polished with a button down blouse and heels (Prabul Gurung from Target also worn here), and they will also be great for weekends in the city with a tucked in tee, ballet flats, and a scarf.

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Thanks so much for reading. Have a great day!

Floral Arrangement

Colored Jeans Full

Colored denim is a huge trend for Spring and Summer 2013. I personally invested in one pair of bright pink jeans and I have gotten so much use out of them. They are great at night with a blazer and pumps. They also look amazing during the day with gold flats, a white tee and a fun scarf.

However, another great way to wear colored denim is pair them with another very on trend item: a chambray shirt.

My Collage- Floral heels

Chambray Shirt: American Eagle $39.95, Colored Denim: American Eagle $39.99 (or try Old Navy’s Rockstar Skinny Jeans for $19), Crew Neck Sweater: American Apparel $32, Gold Chain: Etsy Kookii Boutique $26.95, Printed Pumps: Amazon $19.95

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If you want to take the outfit to the next level, I would also add the pièce de résistance: the floral pump So many designers from the high end to the affordable have made versions of this high heel. The exact pair I have on in my pictures are from ASOS that I have worn here. Sadly they are not available anymore, but I have listed one in my collage above for under $40, as well as these great options below for inspiration for yourself.

Shoe Collage

1. Jimmy Choo $795

2. Giuseppe Zanotti $1150

3. Ivanka Trump $125

4. Nine West $69

5. Ted Baker $220

Have a great weekend 🙂

P!nk Rock

Inspiration From Bloomingdales

A few weeks ago I went to a P!nk concert. I saved this image from a Bloomingdales catalog and was hoping to somehow recreate it when I had the chance. Attending this show gave me the perfect opportunity to finally put together a rocker chic look.

Full Length Rocker Chic

I wore this Forever21 tee printed with one of my favorite Shakespeare quotes, my American Eagle Boyfriend Jeans, Rock & Republic bright blue Shoes (from Kohls) last worn here, and my leather jacket last worn here.

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Here is a faux version of my jacket that is  currently at Forever21.

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I love the fact that you can just switch out the tee shirts and shoes and make many different outfit combinations!

T Shirt Options

1. H&M, 2. 47Brand, 3. French Connection (50% Off at Newbury Street store)

Shoes Shoes Shoes

1. Victoria’s Secret, 2. Target

Have a great afternoon!

Louisiana Purchase

Love the doors in NOLA

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to travel to New Orleans for a quick get-a-way. (After this past week, I could certainly use another one soon too.) As some of you may know, New Orleans is one of my favorite cities to visit. For me, the combination of art, music, architecture, history, and the best cuisine I have ever enjoyed in my life all rolled into one is what makes this city a true escape. During my visit, the temperature was in the low 70’s and sunny which made it even more pleasant coming from a very harsh winter up North. If you have any flexibility to travel to The Big Easy, I highly recommend going during Jazz Fest (coming up soon) because I think you experience the greatest blend of what NOLA has to offer and near perfect weather!

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Forever 21 Necklace

On this particular day, I was on a mission to explore The French Market. A while ago a local told me that Loretta’s was the absolute best place to go in the French Quarter for fresh authentic Pralines! I could not resist having one at that very moment! There is a huge variety and they literally melt in your mouth.

2 Fav Places

And if I did not already have enough of a sugar rush, I also swung by Cafe Du Monde for a fabulous trio of beignets and chicory coffee. Since it is open 24 hours we did end up here once again for a late night snack later in the weekend!

Cafe Du Monde & Beads

Walking & Eating

I also loaded up on some local Cajun Spices while I was in the French Market to bring back for my friends.

Get The Look

Get The Look

Dress To Impress: JBrand Jeans, Spendid Chambray, Swarovski Necklace

Look For Less: Forever 21 Shirt , American Eagle White Jeans , Asos Necklace (Similar to my Forever21 Necklace that is no longer available).

Tweed Moto Jackets

I hope you had a good weekend and enjoyed the Super Bowl (or Beyonce Bowl as some have called it).

Although Spring may not be too far off in some cities, it is still going to be pretty chilly in Boston for quite some time. Yes, it even snowed again yesterday …[sigh]. I wanted to share a transitional piece for those who need a little warmth now, but also want something they can wear through spring.

Tweed Moto Jackets Expensive

Rebecca Taylor $450, DVF $598,  Classiques Entier $268 

So many designers have versions of this trend from Alice + Olivia, Bailey44, Joie and of course those listed above. For those of you who can make these investments, you will get a lot of use out of this fabulous jacket. If you are on a budget, here are some affordable options that will get you through this season.

Moto on a Budget

1. Pim + Larkin $98

2. Target $17.48

3. Gap $61.99

4. Forever21 $32.80

5. JC Penney $28

What do you think of this trend? Will you invest or do you prefer a more classic tweed coat? Have a nice day! XO

Made For Walking

About three months ago, I was set on a mission to find a FABULOUS pair of real leather boots for under $150 that I could share with you all. I ordered so many pairs from sites like RueLala, Gilt, and Ideeli and went to multiple DSW, TJMaxx, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s (albeit with coupons in hand) to try to find the best deal possible.

Frye Melissa ButtonMy Inspiration were these Frye Melissa Button Boots that run about $328. I loved the button detail, the toe, heel, and the soft leather. What I did not love is that there was no zipper! (The price I did not love either, although I know people say these boots last for decades).

While on the hunt for a similar version, a kept coming across a major pet peeve. A lot of less expensive boots have a seam running down the front of the boot. One of my friends pointed out to me that it is a cheaper manufacturing practice to cut leather this way.

Boots Without Center Seam

Almost all of the really high end boots do not have this seam and so it is an instant give away that you are wearing a cheaper boot. It takes a lot of patience to find a pair under $200 that does not have this!

Sam Edelman Penny DistressedHowever after weeks of searching, I finally found the boot that I was looking for! Here is the Sam Edelman Penny Distress Leather Boot! I purchased this for under $99 from HSN.com and I also had a $20 coupon so it dropped the price dramatically. Sadly by the time of this post, this style is sold out at HSN.

Sam Edelman Penny Distressed Leather BootIf you do like this style you can still find this boot at other stores such as  Amazon, Cusp, and Nordstrom’s to name a few. So check your e-mail deals to see if you have any coupons that could work if you are interested. I must say I wear these boots for 10 + hours a day sometimes where I am constantly on my feet. The heel is stacked leather so it gives you so much comfort. The leather is buttery and the toe is the perfect shape. I love the zipper in the back and the little clasp that keeps the pull hidden. The height is perfect too for my not so long shins. The calves are loose enough that I can wear these with jeans, but tight enough that I can wear them with tights and a sweater dress. Ahhh… I just love these boots! My only regret is not buying them in more colors when the price was lower.

Have you found another fabulous boot for under $150? Please let me know! Have a fabulous day! XO

Santa Fe Style

Recently I was able to travel to Santa Fe to visit one of my best friends from growing up! Although she has been living out there for almost 5 years, it was the first time I have ever been able to get out there and explore the Southwest! I now completely understand why she has fallen in love with that part of the country.

Santa Fe Collage

My friend was very East coast, so when she picked me up in her green cowboy boots and flannel shirt I realized how much Santa Fe life has now become her new way of life. It is a place unlike anything I have ever visited! I could not really believe that she lived in an adobe style house in the mountains away from the hustle and bustle of a city.

Santa Fe Plaza

Santa Fe’s downtown called “The Plaza” is filled with art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. While I was there, I was on a mission to find jewelry with White Buffalo stone and a Southwest inspired sweater. The shops although gorgeous, cater to a very wealthy cliental and since most pieces are one of kind everything is very expensive. On the edge of the plaza local artisans lay jewelry to sell out on beautiful carpets. Not only do you get the best deal there, but most likely you are meeting the artist him or herself who created your project. Another plus is that you are able to negotiate your price a lot more there since there is no overhead. Luckily my friend Christina is skilled at getting the best price and I was able to get a unique ring and meet the family who mined the stone and created the piece.

My White Buffalo Ring :0)

I wanted to pick up other souvenirs at a different price point so my friend took me off the beaten path to Jackalope which was much more affordable. I wish I had a uHaul to take even more pieces from this shop back home with me.

Jackalope- Great Shop at all price ranges

Another place you cannot miss is Mama’s Minerals. Although there are really high end stones in store, there are some really affordable gems too. If you are into this druzy or geode trend going on, you can get a pair of earrings or make your own necklace for under $20!

Mama's Minerals Santa Fe

As for other activities, Ten Thousand Waves Spa was a very special treat that we have been taking about for years. We treated ourselves to massages (which thankfully is much less expensive for treatments than Boston and so much MORE luxurious). I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing this place was!

10 Thousand Waves

My friend is a little tired of New Mexican food so we were able to go international and try some fabulous places such as Clafoutis Bakery and Jambo. I did convince her to go with me to  The Plaza Cafe so I could experience some of the cuisine finally too 🙂 So much of the food even at the non New Mexican restaurants incorporated Red or Green chiles (even grilled cheese sandwiches) which I thought was delicious.

Santa Fe Sweater in the Plaza

I did finally find a sweater on sale that fit my specifications of a Southwestern style look.  After returning to Boston, I have been noticing so many different brands taking on their version of this Geometric/Southwest/Navajo/Aztec pattern.  Here are few options out there if you are into this style!

Mara Hoffman $550

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Autumn Cashmere $269Autumn Cashmere $269

C by Bloomingdales $124C by Bloomingdales $124

BB Dakota $95

BB Dakota $95

Spool No.72  $76

Spool 72 $76

H&M $29.95

H&M $29.95

Forever 21 $22

Forever 21 $22

This of course is not available online by the time of this post, but I wanted to show you this Bar III sweater I am hoping to pick up at Macy’s sometime soon if I can find one in stock!

Macy's Bar III

I know these are not everyone’s favorite sweaters, but they are easy to throw on with jeans and a tee shirt for running errands and still looking put together. They also remind me of a few wonderful few days I got to spend with one of my very best friends which makes me like them even more!

Let me know what you think of Santa Fe and Southwest styles. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this today! Have a nice day 🙂

PURSE of Interest

Over the past month, I started coveting Leopard Bags! I don’t think you can flip through any fashion magazine without seeing advertisements from all the top designers showcasing their take on this look. (I am in love with this LV version above especially!)

Valentino $2,895

Jimmy Choo $2,225

Alexander Wang $1,100

Although I love these luxurious designer bags, here are some options for a fashionista on a budget:

Studio Pollini $348

Kate Spade $318

Ralph Lauren $298

Lodis $239

Michael Kors $198

Crown Vintage $149

Charles Jourdan $119

Dorothy Perkins $49

Gap $44.99 (Plus + 30% off with code GAPCOLOR)

Kelly & Katie $39.95

Dorothy Perkins $29.99

Tilly’s $19.99

H&M and Forever21 have versions for under $25 as well! What do you think of this leopard handbag trend? Is it here to stay or just a fad at the moment? Let me know! Have a great day everyone 🙂