01 October 2014

trend report: loafers

I never thought I would say this, but the shoe this season for me is…the loafer. Black patent loafer to be exact. Normally an office shoe to be forgotten, the loafer is seeing a resurgence in a big way, thanks to the updated and fugly-pretty loafers by Stella McCartney which have been selling out all over the place. Seeing some recent street style at this past NYFW made me reconsider the possibilities of the loafer. First and foremost, they are comfortable (yay), they can provide a modest heel depending on the style, and the patent leather brings a bit a shine to any outfit! And it is quite versatile: it can be dressed up or down, with dresses or boyfriend jeans. Now some may file this under the normcore trend like Birkenstocks, but I feel like the loafer is different. It actually has a purpose as a sturdy office shoe, and has never really enticed controversy. It's accepted by women (and men) of all professions and levels. This fall just sees it interpreted in a more modern way, with different textures and metals, chunky soles and heels, and sleek pointy toes. I will definitely be putting this on my fall need list!

Here are a few loafers currently on sale, and some street style inspiration as well.


Photos found on Pinterest.

29 September 2014

summer reprise

It was hot out here last week! Like 90s hot. A friend asked me how I was enjoying getting ready in the morning when the day starts at 50 degrees and ends at 90. Not very well I can tell you. Although this outfit came together pretty quickly for some reason. I recently bit the bullet and got a pair of brown booties for the fall. I found these on 6pm.com and snatched them up as the shopping cart was threatening me with "only 3 more left!" These boots are super comfortable. They are slip on (no zipper), and have the perfect heel height for a full day in the office. An easy and comfortable look!

Shirt: TJ Maxx | Sweater: Target (old) | Skirt: Banana Republic (old) | Bag: Target (in store) | Boots: Nine West | Earrings: Target (old) | Necklace: betsy & iya | Silver ring: betsy & iya | Bronze ring: Tiffany Kunz

25 September 2014

hunter green

Okay, these sandals have seriously been on repeat lately. I can't help it--they go with just about everything! Last week, I had the opportunity to present at a statewide conference. When I saw this dress on ZARA, I knew it would be the perfect dress for this event. Hunter green is a beautiful color for fall, and I was excited to add this deep hue to my wardrobe. It will look terrific with browns and blues as well. This dress kept selling out in my size, so I decided to wing it and order one size larger. I actually like the roomier fit, especially since it is a tunic dress (which can run on the short side). The ties on the sleeves give it a special touch, and while the v-neck is a little deep for my liking, I found a blue camisole to provide a bit of contrasting color and modesty. A dress like this is an easy clean piece in any closet, perfect for that day when I feel like I have nothing to wear!

Dress: ZARA (sold out) | Heels: Audrey Brooke via DSW | Bag: Target (in store) | Earrings: betsy & iya | Necklace: betsy & iya