Hi everyone! Thank you so much for your kind comments regarding Tuesday’s post. It’s tough to get personal and vulnerable on the internet, but due to everyone’s support I will definitely be incorporating more personal writing in the future. Today, however, is for something a little bit more frivolous – fall fashion. While it’s still boiling in the Midwest, I know the weather will be much more temperate in London and the autumn chill will set in quickly.
Booties are some of my favorite fall necessities, and I’ve definitely stowed away several pairs to make for the big move. Fingers crossed they all fit in my suitcase! Shoes can be such a pain to pack. I’m such a big booties fan though because they’re so damn easy – comfy, stylish, pair well with jeans or dresses/skirts and perfect for pounding the city pavements without feeling like your feet will fall off.
Grey booties // Leopard are old Matisse // Studded are Chloe dupes from Jessica Buurman
Since I’m a bargain hunter, I thought I’d share some of my favorite affordable autumn booties with you, so you can stock up for the new season. They pair beautifully with crunchy fall leaves and pumpkin spice lattes.
From the top: Black boots // Fringe // Leopard // Buckle (Great Balenciaga dupe!)
Burgundy (Stuart Weitzman Dupe) // Cognac // Rain booties // Perforated Western
Gold accents // Grey velvet // Everyday Taupe (Less than $35!) // Studded Black
More everyday options:
Rocker vibes (lots of Chloe dupes!):
Thank you for stopping by! I’m headed to Chicago to see some family before I move, so off to pack! Hope you all have a great weekend, and I’ll be back with some more London focused posts next week. xo.
Confession: Aquazzura’s sassy red fringe heels are not exactly new to the blogosphere, but I’ve been obsessed since I saw my blogger crush Sincerely Jules donning them in the photo above. Since I don’t have $800 lying around, I’ve waited and waited for a great dupe to come along, and I finally made the leap and bought this on-point version from Public Desire.
They were on sale, so of course they sold out by the time I received them and could write this post (#bloggerfail). Luckily, there are several other spot-on dupes on the market, so you can still grab that wild look, for less. You can also check out other Public Desire designs here. They’re very affordable and on-trend.
I’m a bit of a colorphobe, so these are a great gateway drug into the world of bright, vivid hues in my wardrobe. Whether throwing them on with ripped jeans and a white tee or a little black dress, I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of them, as they can sass up and add intrigue to any outfit. Plus, I needed a little more #shoeporn in my life. Don’t we all?
Let me know what you think of them and if you have spotted any more great dupes lately. I’m all about that champagne life on a beer budget!
During our recent trip to San Diego, one night we ventured north to the ritzy seaside town of La Jolla. We opted for dinner at George’s Ocean Terrace, the more casual younger brother to George’s on the Cove, as it came highly recommended from literally everyone on Facebook and Instagram. Sipping on cocktails and nibbling on their perfect stuffed figs, we dined on the rooftop, perched high on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. While most of San Diego is decidedly beachy and casual, I decided to amp it up and get a little fancy (just love getting my fancypants on!) for dear George.
Getting artsy with the George’s sign while we waited for our table. Very fashion. Very ootd.
Buy the top here
Choker was from Claire’s
I recently bought this off the shoulder top from SheInside, and it checks all the right boxes. Lacy? Check. Off the shoulder? Check. Show-stopping sleeves? Check and check. Better yet, it’s a bargain and a spot-on dupe for a Self Portrait blouse that’s sold out everywhere. The only flaw? It doesn’t come in every color.
The ShopBop version for about $80. Buy here.
Shopbop sells a pricier but still under $100 version, if you’re afraid to order from SheInside. My items took about two weeks to arrive and the quality has been great so far. No complaints, especially for a perfectly feminine and detailed summer top under $20 that I think looks much more expensive. Snag yours before summer’s over and it’s too late!
Working 9-5 slaving in an office, I’m trapped in conservative soul-sucking business clothing all day and don’t get many opportunities to prance around in cute summer clothes. So you better believe I embraced every opportunity to bare some clavicle and wear every single off the shoulder top I own while on vacation in San Diego.
Blouse // Choker // Bag
Even better than an off the shoulder top? An off the shoulder top paired with a choker. I decided to go full-on bows on bows. This sassy little choker reminds me a lot of an Are You Am I version, so I was happy to scoop it up at a mere fraction of the price. Ain’t nobody got money for a $50 choker.
Blouse // Choker // Bag // Sandals // Shorts // Sunglasses
Every night we relished in the perfect San Diego weather and would explore the nearby marina and Seaport collection of touristy shops and overpriced, yet kitschy restaurants. I also took the opportunity to force my mom to take outfit photos! I am so awkward with these still. I love fashion and want to blog about personal style, but I’m pretty uncomfortable in front of the camera, and my mom is a saint for putting up with my self-critical direction. Only thing to get me through a photo shoot? Ice cream!
We grabbed two crazy expensive ($17 total!) from Ben & Jerry’s, but they were worth it to satisfy my never-ending sweet tooth. Also worth it? Taking in the sunset and golden light over the harbor. No one does sunsets quite like Southern California.
The #Nsale ends later this week, so why not grab a spot-on dupe while prices are still low? These Steve Madden Gleemers are practically twins with the famous Stuart Weitzman Highland boots that celebs and bloggers love. With #NSale pricing they are only $100 until August 8th. I want to keep the end of summer far out of my mind, but these are the perfect cold-weather investment piece to stock up on now while prices are low and before the dreaded autumn and winter chill sets in.
One of my favorite bloggers, Tijan Serena, can rock the hell out of the black Highlands.
Nordstrom currently have the black in stock in many sizes, and you can find the grey version at Macy’s which is price matching #NSale prices. It’s a win-win situation. I already have a pair of over the knee black boots, so I’m pretty keen on the grey beauties. Minus the side of Zayn Malik, I’ll do my best Gigi Hadid in these. They elevate any neutral look into a full-on supermodel-approved power outfit. Any excuse to do a bad-bitch strut is fine by me.
In other news, I’m in a full-on taco coma from a fun lunch with friends, and already ready to watch RHONJ and plan our trip to San Diego next weekend. What did you do this weekend?