Sandals are the one area that I always seem to have trouble with, because I can never find a pair that I like in a price point that I can afford. I refuse to pay an arm and a leg for something that I am only going to get a few months wear from every season, so I try to veer away from styles that are too trendy to get more than one season from them.
I have had only one pair of sandals each summer for the last 8 or 9 years. My current sandals I bought from Etsy three years ago (I think) and the pair before that I had for 4-5 years. I don’t really have a need multiple pairs since I tend to wear sneakers and slip-ons more often than sandals, but I am due for a new pair. I was leaning towards Birkenstocks in the Daloa Ankle Strap style but I can’t find them around here and I really don’t want to order from the U.S. They would be a pair that I could wear for years so spending $100 isn’t crazy in that instance.
While I was scouring online trying to find alternatives to the Birks I like I found a lot of cute styles that fell under $50. When I am looking for cute shoes for a great price the first place I visit is Zara because they seem to hit it out of the park every season in the shoe department. They ALWAYS have the cutest styles, and there is never a time that I don’t have a pair of their shoes in my online basket.
Another great spot to hit is DSW. They have so many names brands at discounted prices with customer reviews on each style to help guide your decision. Finding a pair that looks great and lasts all season shouldn’t break the bank so I rounded up some cute styles that all fall at or under $50.
Are you still on the hunt for sandals or am I the only one?
Spring and autumn are my favourite seasons because they toe the line of the weather I hate and allow me dress in the layers that I love. The problem with spring is that you are ready to pack away your winter gear……I’ve put mine away and pulled it out again three times already in the last month, but it’s not yet warm enough to go without a jacket. The answer to most of our weather fashion problems? Layers.
You want to wear a dress to embrace spring but you know your going to regret it? Layer a dress under a light jacket or blazer, add some tights or socks and a pair of low to mid calf boots (I’m digging the Little House on a Prairie style above). Need something chic? A slim black turtleneck, cropped trousers, a leather jacket, with a touch of animal print.
We all have an oversized cardigan that we love, so to wear it when the weather is cooler, just layer another sweater underneath. Can’t wait to bust out your favourite denim jacket? You can layer a hooded sweatshirt under with a fitted leather skirt and some slip on shoes for a casual yet cool vibe.
One of my favourite things to do is to try and find new ways to wear things. I don’t break my closet in to seasonal wardrobes. I tried that once and ended up just carrying most of it through to the next season anyway so everything I have basically falls in to an all season category (obvious exceptions being winter boots and coat). Even beanies I wear for 3 out of the 4 seasons. Since I don’t break them in to seasons it gives me a lot of opportunity to try to find different ways to wear pieces that would normally be labelled as “not weather appropriate”, so I need to get creative to find ways to wear them.
Some combinations I have are:
a classic button down under a slip dress with tights or boots (or maybe a button down bodysuit to prevent bunching).
my leather or denim jacket worn underneath my oversized camel coat.
skirts with boots and oversized sweaters.
cropped or rolled denim, light jacket, and shoes with no socks (or non visible sockettes).
turtlenecks layered under a buttoned denim jacket with jeans for a chic Canadian tuxedo.
blazers with oversized sweaters and jeans.
t-shirt dresses over leather leggings, and a light jacket, blazer or oversized cardigan.
and don’t forget the accessories. Scarves and hats are great for transitional weather and for changing up outfit looks.
That’s just a few of things I’ve paired in my head and/or I am wearing so far. I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can find in my closet that I’ve never worn together before.
I am posting this from Tom’s laptop because my computer wouldn’t turn on past the apple logo this morning. I am trying to install a time machine backup to see if that fixes the issue but I’m not holding my breath. It’s 7 years old, but it’s a mac and I haven’t had any issues until this moment. I am slightly freaking out right now so if I don’t have any blog posts this week, this would be the reason :/ Running out and buying a brand new computer isn’t possible at this very moment.
Our bathroom sink/counter top was basically falling off the wall so I called the landlord. They scheduled to come on Saturday which ended up with me and the girls waiting around until they showed up at 4:30, so by the time they were done the day was pretty much over which feels like a we lost a whole day this weekend. We did manage to finally get the Christmas tree taken down and put away though, so the entire day wasn’t a waste. I’m not going to complain too much though because if we owned instead of rented we would have had to pay for the fix or diy’ed it.
My working out went okay last week, the eating part wasn’t phenomenal though. I really need to find some kick ass healthy recipes because eating salads doesn’t work for me. I’ll eat a salad and then go back in to the kitchen to try to find something make myself feel full which usually isn’t super healthy. I get both hangry and headaches if I don’t eat enough so I am all ears for some excellent recipes if you have them.
It’s the “after Christmas tighten the purse strings” time so I haven’t bought anything new yet this month. (And now that I am having computer issues this is even more so.) I am still waiting for this shirt to arrive but I bought that at the beginning of December so it doesn’t count as a new purchase 😉 It’s nice to try and get creative with what you already have, so you feel inspired with your own wardrobe. I am feeling very motivated to thrift though. I feel like I am on a thrifting mission, and this mission and inspiration is coming together with style and inspiration boards on Pinterest. I follow the blogger BJonesstyle; she is a thrifting queen and inspires me with each haul she makes.
*After I wrote this we went thrifting and I found an oversized wool blazer. I need to clean it up and fix a button but I think it will integrate in to my closet well.
I can’t be the only one that inwardly panics when they get an invitation to a holiday party. I do a mental flip through my closet to try and figure out what the hell I am going to wear. Even more so when it’s a New Years party because they tend to lean towards more formal. I used to love New Years Eve, but that was back in the day when I could get away with tight pants, a backless halter top, and platform shoes because I was just going to a bar and I would fit in well.
I actually went out out shopping the other day and tried on a million things in order to get some ideas for today’s post (some of the outfits were a complete epic fail). Dresses, pants, heels, boots, and sequins. Lots of sequins. I narrowed down my choices to the pieces that both mixed well and were comfortable. Some I picked based on their looks alone, like the gold wrap dress with fur coat, because it gave me a 1970’s vibe.
I also put together a maternity style outfit, as well as one with all pieces under $40 (the are actually all under $30 except the purse which was $35), and an outfit with all pieces under $20, because who has extra money to spend around the holidays? Not very many, so getting an inexpensive holiday look it important.
Notice the theme of black and faux fur? It couldn’t be helped. I kept gravitating to them and when I would try to find something else instead it didn’t work the way I wanted so I just went back to my first choice. I hope you like some of these 12 outfits that I put together and hope you have a great holiday party season.