Instant Crush: Yellow Gold

I was initially feeling the yellows, but then what is better than yellow, but a deep, rich, mustardy gold?
It's autumnal and party perfect, maybe even a touch ostentatious, but when used just right, couldn't it be the perfect standout piece?


Shoulder Bag, $28 at H&M
Satin Block Heels, $83 at Ann Taylor
Bermuda Shorts, $40 at Zara
Vanessa Mooney Earrings, $22 at Shopbop
Satin Loafer, $108 at Banana Republic
Velvet Skirt, $90 at J.Crew

Over the Knee Boots with Jeans

What a change in temperature from my last post to this one! Things you aren't seeing as I try to preserve the notion of a fall outfit: gloves, hat, and heavy winter coat. But at least I've got my over the knee boots to keep me warm, and I'm collaborating again with J's Touch of Style, this time we are styling our over the knee boots with jeans.

I can't believe we are basically a week away from Thanksgiving already! I think mentally I'm still two months behind, and I've not even come close to adjusting to the time change. When it's dark at 5 p.m. I feel like I just want to be in for the night at 6! I think I'm probably one of the few people who dislikes the arrival of fall, but looks forward for the first day of winter, because I know that after December 21st the days will be getting longer again, and I'll take every minute I can get.

The Rundown
Lace Cami H&M similar
Black Cardigan Gap similar
Yoga Jeans Second Denim via Coco & Vera's Giveaway
Grey Over the Knee Boots Ivanka Trump similar
Huntley Tote c/o Joie similar
Modern Rings Pendant Necklace Banana Republic
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx


Over the Knee Boots with a Skirt

This week I'm collaborating with the fabulous trio of J's Touch of Style, Jodie, her mother Charlotte, and step mother Nancy. Today we are showing four different ways to style over the knee boots with skirts.

Since temps have been steadily dropping, I've finally had to pull out all my boots, and I must say that I love my over the knee boots paired with a skirt. They are like having a secret weapon in my mission to avoid wearing tights. The extra few inches of leather do make a difference in overall warmth, plus tall, thick socks can be worn underneath.

While the combo isn't something I'd wear for the office, it's perfect for my weekend wandering.

The Rundown
White Sweater 89th & Madison via Marshalls similar
 Suede Mini Skirt Thrifted similar
Over the Knee Boots Marc Fisher similar
Suede Accordion Bag Banana Republic similar
Hexagon Threader Earrings c/o Metrix Jewelry
Gold Hammered Ring Thrifted
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx


Instant Crush: Velvet Shoes

As prevalent as velvet has been these past couple years, velvet shoes haven't really been on my radar. Then I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed and saw a pair of pink velvet pumps. And I was smitten. Suddenly everything velvet was calling to me. I still haven't found the perfect pink velvet heels that aren't by a designer and thus far too out of my budget, especially for something as impractical as pink velvet, however I have found some fun, budget friendly shoes to tempt myself with all the same.

Velvet Pom Pom Flats, $25 at Old Navy
Pink Velvet Booties, $56 at Aldo
Jewel Badgley Mischka Velvet Mules, $55 at DSW
Teal Velvet Pointed Toe Pumps, $35 at Macy's
Velvet Bow Mules, $34 at Kohl's
Velvet Block Heels, $54 at Loft
Betsy Johnson Velvet Sandal, $45 at DSW
Teal Velvet Ankle Booties, $48 at ASOS
Velvet Ballerina Flats, $40 at Zara

Japanese Floral

For having been the warmest October on record, I don't think I took too much advantage of it. I will say this happened to be a particularly gorgeous afternoon though. The kind which requires a dress for no other reason than it's too nice out not to.

Big plans for the day were dropping off donations and coffee with my mom. Not a scenario which requires a dress, heels, or the world's most impractical handbag. But I wanted to feel good, and I really wanted to wear this dress, which is actually my mom's. She wore it only once and it's been languishing in her closet ever since. Recently I was contemplating getting a kimono when I thought of this dress. It's a shirt dress so it can be worn open, and the japanese inspired print easily makes the jump to kimono. I simply had to borrow it!

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The Rundown
Classic Knee Length Dress Tucker via Coco's
Pumps "Gennie" Coach thrifted similar
Vintage Japanese Bamboo Bag via eBay similar vintage, only $60!
Earrings Susan Roberts
Cloudy Agate Bracelet J.Crew
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx


Shop CT: Pearls & Plaid

This weekend I went to a sip and shop event at Pearls & Plaid in Old Saybrook, CT, organized by CT Blogger Babes. It's so great to finally have a group to bring together other local bloggers, and to have the opportunity to visit and support businesses I might not otherwise know about.

Pearls & Plaid is a boutique filled with affordable, on trend pieces - I don't think I saw a single item over $70. Right now knits are center stage and they are all ridiculously soft. In addition to clothes there's a good selection of jewelry, statement earrings and delicate layering necklaces being the most notable. A small selection of gifts currently includes handwritten signs by a local artist.

The atmosphere of the shop is light and bright, and easily flows from one section to the next on both of the small floors.

You can find Pearls & Plaid at 1330 Boston Post Road Old Saybrook, CT 06475 

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The Rundown
Black Lace Blouse Banana Republic
Burgundy Velvet Pants Old Navy
Black Pumps "Natalie" Naturalizer
Bag "Lewis Drive Michela" Kate Spade similar
Leather Pom Matine
Castillo Gold Dipped Lace Earrings c/o Uncommon Goods
Moonstone Ring c/o Moonstone Magic
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry


Friday Five Under $50

Huh. This set ended up going in a far more festive direction than was my intent when I started off with those adorable black velvet bow slingbacks. I think it was the plaid tote which tipped the scales. Needless to say we are now in November, and it's officially holiday season, so I should just sit here and be pleased to have a head start for once. Now to just keep it up, right?

Bow Sweater, $48 at J.Crew Factory
Cascade Ball Earrings, $48 at Nordstrom
Plaid Tote, $37 at Old Navy
Faux Fur Stole, $40 at Zara
Velvet Slingbacks, $50 at Mango