FALL SHOE PREVIEW!!!

Fall is coming, how many of you are excited?  I am a summer person all the way.  There is nothing wrong with fall, and I certainly enjoy aspects of it, but if we could go back to summer once fall is over, I would be 100% on board with that.  That being said, I have enjoyed shopping, both in store and online, and researching some popular trends for fall. 

I’m going to focus this post on fall shoes.  There are so many great ones, I thought they deserve a story all their own!  As it is almost October (because I have fallen hopelessly behind), you may have already purchased some new footwear for the season.  But maybe you will be inspired to take one more look!

Good news for me, boots aren’t going anywhere soon.  Tall boots, over-the-knee boots, short boots, ankle boots, lace-up boots, you name it, they are still going to be a staple this year.  One of my personal favorite styles is riding boots.  I have pair by Jessica Simpson, I’ve had them several years; they have held up well and are comfortable.  They go with jean, leggings, and dresses, so I get a lot of wear out of them.  I really like the looks of this pair by Sam Edelman. 

I love Frye boots, like the ones above, but don’t always love the price. Thankfully there are many more affordable options, like the ones below from Belk.

Booties of course are still going strong, and also versatile.  They go great with skinny jeans and dresses as well.  Booties could almost be a whole post on their own, so check out some of the styles, I’m sure you can find something that works with your own style and wardrobe.  Here and here are a couple examples of versatile booties that would go with most anything.  The options are almost endless though, so don’t be afraid to try something a little fun.  I have a pair similar to these, (also shown below) and I like that they give a little edge to an outfit without looking too crazy. 

Gift Platform Bootie

 

Another style that is HUGE this fall is slides or mules.  I personally have not purchased a pair yet, but it is on my to-do list within the next couple of weeks.  I’ve been trying to find a neutral pair I like, and I think I have narrowed it down. 

I’m not a fan of the pink, but this pair from Target is cute and affordable.  Pink is almost considered a neutral nowadays, so this might be a good option for someone.  They also come in black, so I will keep them in mind as well.

 

This pair shown above is one of my top contenders from DSW, and affordable too.

Leopard print on anything, especially shoes, is also extremely popular this fall. It isn’t my personal taste, but I like the look on others.

I hope this post has inspired you to go fall shoe shopping! Stay tuned for an upcoming post about some of the fall clothing trends and my own purchases for the new season. Happy Shopping!

Super Soft Shirt

I love this super soft top I purchased at a local boutique I recently discovered called BohoBlu.  It’s a pale pinkish/purplish color with a heathered look, and I love the tie in the front, this is a big trend that seems to be continuing into fall.  You’ll see in the picture below the back also has some detail.  I like to look for comfortable tops that have some detail to keep them from being boring but still easy to wear and cool for hot weather here in NC.  I could have just thrown on a plain tank top or t-shirt, but having a top with some detail gives a simple outfit some style and interest.  I like that this one has the longer back as well, it pairs nicely with these Hue jeggings.  I am allowed to wear jeans to work, but in the summer jeans are so hot and I mostly wear dresses, but these jeggings are very lightweight and much more suitable for summer weather.  I like the layered necklace with this top too, the shorter one fills in the neckline and the longer one breaks up the solid color of the top.

How cute is the back of this top!

BohoBlu is a local boutique, with a focus on being affordable.  Boutique shopping can often be out of budget, but not at BohoBlu.  They carry many dresses, tops, accessories, and skirts/pants.  They have 6 locations, with a couple being near me, and I had been past them many times but never stopped in.  One day at work I decided to walk to the downtown location at lunch and check them out, and I am so glad I did.  I had a hard time choosing just a couple items to purchase.  If you are in the Piedmont Triad area, look them up and see if there is a location near you.  If you are not in this area, check out their website.  I’m looking forward to a few new fall pieces from BohoBlu.  They also carry curvy sizes, so please don’t think boutique shopping is only for the smaller sizes.

Have a good weekend!

Still Summer?

Ok, Ok, I know, most of you are saying summer is over.  And, I know I promised a fall preview post.  It has been so hot here in North Carolina that I haven’t been able to focus much on fall.  I have however been working on the fall preview; there is so much I want to cover that I want to make sure it’s interesting content and has good links to some of the popular items.  So I am doing a post today on summer dresses instead.  I love love love dresses in the summer; I have worn a dress to work almost every day.  Not because I have to, but because they are so much cooler and more comfortable than pants when it’s 92 degrees with 70% humidity!  And wearing a dress makes picking out an outfit so effortless – pick your accessories and you are out the door.

I also want to highlight summer dresses because they are all on sale now!  It is a great time to stock up on items for next summer at great prices.  Put them away and then next summer it will be fun to pull out a bunch of new stuff, knowing you got great bargains.

Love the detailed hem on this dress!

I love this blue dress from Belk.  The halter neckline, the design in the fabric, and the handkerchief hem all give this dress some interest.  I picked this up last fall on clearance and saved it for this year.

I love both of these flowered dresses from Loft.  The orange one on the left is from last year and sadly no longer available.  It looks really nice on and could definitely be worn for church, a nice dinner, or to a dressier workplace.  The blue dress on the right has such great colors.  I wore it the other day and chose to accent the pink with some tassel earrings and pink leather wrap bracelet.  It is still available here but the sizes are limited.

I love this white dress from Loft with the detail on the neckline.  The colors are navy blue and a brighter blue.  I accented with navy but if you had jewelry/purse/shoes etc that matched the brighter blue it would be stunning.  The dress is fully lined so you don’t have to worry about it being too thin since it is white, and the white is so crisp and cool for summer. 

Lastly, here is another blue floral dress, also from Loft.  Are you noticing a pattern here?  I love Loft dresses and also the color blue!  This one is available but again in limited sizes. 

The other great thing about these dresses is they can transition into fall by adding a cardigan, denim jacket, moto jacket, blazer, duster, or anything else of your choosing to stand up to cooler temperatures.  Swap the sandals for booties or stylish sneakers and you are ready to go.  Loft, Old Navy, Belk, and many others have great sales on summer dresses right now. 

Happy Bargain Hunting!