Stepping into Spring

Thanks to Vionic for sponsoring this post! My style and opinions are my own.

I know I'm far from alone in my anticipation of spring, and maybe even Mother Nature is feeling a little anxious right now, having swiftly dispatched of the four inches of snow which fell on Sunday. Even if the temperatures do still hover around freezing, this is the time of year when I start to swap my black shoes and accessories for whites, brights, and metallics. Even when layered up in coats and sweaters during the chilly start to spring, ditching the black makes me feel as though I’ve mentally flipped the switch and started the transition into spring.

Plus, on the days when there isn't snow, I can slip into these super comfortable loafer slides that Vionic sent over. I think we can all agree that mules and loafers are having their moment and I can not get over how cute these are in the metallic silver! Vionic is another wonderful shoe maker who puts comfort on the same level as style, offering shoes with arch support as well as a padded footbed, and resulting in a pair of shoes I can happily wear all day. On the note of prioritizing comfort while not sacrificing style, I'm not embarrassed to admit that I do wear nude trouser socks with my flats in the winter, because every little bit helps, and I bet you can't even tell.

For sizing with Vionic's shoes, I've found they run wide enough that I can go a half size down in the flats and sandals. Though for the boots I went with my usual size.


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Grey Sweater Abercrombie & Fitch similar
Funnel Neck Fleece Teddy Coat Loft
White Jeans Old Navy
Silver Regan Mule c/o Vionic
Micro Perry Satchel Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop
Leather Pom Matine
Loop Earrings Mejuri
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar
Nail Color "Caviar Bar" Essie



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Venturing North

This weekend I met up with Courtney of Live Lovely Photography, we had coffee at Oxford Baking Company and ended up chatting for hours. She then showed me a couple of her favorite spots in Woodbury and took outfit photos for me. It's crazy to think having lived in this state my whole life, there are still so many towns I've never been to, so many cute places I haven't seen. It's easy to scroll through instagram and get hung up on all the exciting places in New York or Los Angeles, but I know if I were to take the time, I could find amazing spots right in Connecticut. 

Focusing more on what my home state has to offer is something I've been trying to do more of over the last few years, not just for the sake of content, but for my own benefit! While I was chatting with Courtney she told me she had a whole list of places to visit, and I need to take a page from her and set about discovering all of Connecticut's little gems.

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Burgundy Sweater Dress Target similar
Navy Coat Mark New York via South Moon Under similar
Grey Over the Knee Boots Ivanka Trump similar
Fur Bag Vintage via Roundabout similar
Earrings Susan Roberts
Gold Herkimer Diamond Ring c/o Lumo
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Gold Ring Thrifted
Nail Color "Couture Curator" Essie



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Friday Five Under $50

Can you tell my mind has ventured to spring? Not that it's my fault, since all the spring things are out now, taunting, tempting. All the while I'm firmly planted in winter. I know there is beauty to be had even on the grey days, but mostly I just wish I could hibernate for the next few weeks, at least until that first sign of green appears.

Last summer I was chomping at the bit to get on board the round woven bag trend, and decided it was worth a little splurge. Naturally this year the market has exploded with the bags and can now be found in more colors, and in many cases for half the price as they were last summer. The black one really caught my eye, and if I'd held off buying one, it would be under heavy consideration right now.

Also I've noticed Target has been doing great things in their shoe department. While I mostly avoid shopping there because their shoes do not get high marks for comfort from me, it's hard not to look and see all the cute footwear. These lavender flats feel like an amalgamation of five different trends, but in the best way possible.



H&M Floral Dress, $25
eBay Black Round Rattan Bag, $50
Target Lavender Sling Back Flats, $28
Mango Double Hoop Ear Jackets, $10
J.Crew Factory Denim Jacket, $43

Valentines Cynic

The list of holidays I haven't written off as frivolous wastes of calendar space has dwindled to three. Fourth of July, New Years Eve, Valentine's Day, all find themselves in my doghouse. Burned by years of expectations never living up to reality, I've come to treat them with reproach.

During my previous years of being single I tried to be nonchalant about Valentine's Day. I used to wear pink and dedicate blog posts to heart shaped confections. (Those go way back.) When I finally found myself in a relationship I fear my expectations were too grand. I clearly recall last year, the promise of getting home by 8 p.m. for a simple dinner, turned into 9, turned 10, leaving me starving, tired, and cranky. At that point no cute card or grocery store bouquet was going to remedy my mood. I accept at that point I made a choice. I could have made the best out of the delayed dinner situation, instead I chose to see the worst. But being single again, I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything.

I know there are people out there having happy, romantic Valentine's Day celebrations. They must exist. The whole world can't just be faking it, right? Is it possible I've never really had one because I've just become to cynical towards Valentines?

This year, I've sent valentines to my nephew and niece, I'll give my mom chocolate, and perhaps in the subtlest of nods, I'll throw on this arrow necklace, because you know, cupid. But it will otherwise be a pretty unremarkable Wednesday. (And yes, I suppose I did get the cute cup at Starbucks.)

What are your Valentine's Day plans?

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Scalloped Cami J.Crew Factory
Tan Cardigan Max Studio via TJMaxx similar
Velvet Leggings Banana Republic
Fur Trimmed Mules Target similar
Bag "Lewis Drive Michela" Kate Spade similar
Leather Pom Matine
Necklace Taken for Granite
Thin Gold Ring Etsy
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx similar steal





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SAS Shoes

San Antonio Shoemakers provided me with shoes for the purpose of this post, but as always, my views and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands who support Chic on the Cheap.

Part of me knew when I could lovingly refer to a pair of shoes as vicious, there was a problem.

When I was younger, never would I dream of suffering in uncomfortable shoes, and as such, my go-to footwear was black suede rubber soled clog. I had them in red too, when I was feeling fancy. But I got older, became more fashion conscious, started this blog, and the clogs swiftly got replaced by cuter, trendier footwear. Band-aids or anti-chafing balm applied in anticipation of blisters, ball of foot pads or other inserts to help soften the footbed, all feeling like poor, stop-gap solutions to what could just be simple - better designed shoes. 

Over the last few years I've been advocating finding more shoes that are offered in different widths. The idea that we should settle for most shoes only being offered in one width feels akin to bras only being offered in one cup size - it makes no sense. 

So I keep an eye out for shoe brands who dare to consider comfort and the idea that not all feet are the same width. When I got an email from SAS, touting their shoes as the cute solution to comfortable shoes, I had to head straight to their website.

I was pleased to find numerous designs that would check both those boxes (to be fair, they do have a pair of clogs that bare a striking resemblance to the aforementioned clogs of my younger years, but there are plenty of adorable shoes to balance things out). I especially love their made in Italy line of shoes, my favorites include a flat round toe slingback, a simple bootie, and the shoes I'm wearing here. Moxie is a pointy toe kitten heel with that vintage silhouette I've been seeing a lot of. Even the name evokes the idea of some old fashioned chutzpah.

Depending on the shoes, SAS's sizing offerings encompass sizes 5-12 and widths AA-WW. They are made from premium leather that will bend and move with the foot, and have padded footbeds (ahhh so comfortable). A leather sole with a rubber insert insures a good grip on the ground.

With SAS shoes, I can get from place to place in comfort with shoes that actually fit my feet. It's time to rid my closet of the 'vicious' shoes and invest in shoes I can just enjoy wearing. My feet are worth it.

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Green Silk Dress Tory Burch similar
Leather Jacket Express similar
Kitten Heels "Moxie" c/o SAS
Leopard Clutch Clare V c/o Shopbop
Loop Earrings Mejuri
Necklace "Scottie" LuxbyUK
Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Gold Herkimer Diamond Ring c/o Lumo
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry





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Cashmere Sweaters on Cold Days

This winter has got me very down. I feel like in past winters the doors to my car we never frozen shut in the mornings. Why is that even a thing?! And the morning I decided to go through the drive through, when I never go through and my window was frozen shut, that was really thwarting my plan to not have to get out of my car.

I feel like getting dressed has been reduced to wearing the same two sweaters and pairs of jeans over and over again while hoping that no one will notice. But since it's the winter and I'm usually alone all day at work, there is no one there to notice. I have an ancient grey sweater, nubbly to start and now covered in so many pills it might be crossing over into shaggy. I've tried replacing it, like with the sweater I'm wearing here, and another grey one before it, but I can't get rid of that old sweater. I might not ever post it on the blog again, but there is something defeatist about wearing a tired old sweater when I've got a new one waiting in the wings. Maybe that is the problem, maybe I just need to get rid of the old things keeping me down. I could start with the sweater and then move on to the bigger things.

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Grey Turtleneck Sweater TJMaxx similar
Funnel Neck Fleece Teddy Coat Loft
Yoga Jeans Second Denim via Coco & Vera's Giveaway
Boots "Jabine" Adrienne Vittadini similar
Leopard Clutch Clare V c/o Shopbop
Gold Ball Studs Kohl's
Stacked Rings Gorjana via TJMaxx similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Caviar Bar" Essie



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One step forward, two steps back

After having a weekend with a couple opportunities to meet other bloggers and get outfit photos taken, this past weekend was another one of hibernation. I read "What Alice Forgot" cover to cover and aside from celebrating my niece's first birthday, did little else. I really enjoyed the book, hence not wanting to put it down, and I'm at least off to a good start with my resolution to read more. Perhaps I should continue with this author and read "Big Little Lies" before starting with the HBO series.

After the blogger brunch which was hosted by The North House in Avon, most of the fashion bloggers at the event clamoured to get some shots in this gorgeous window lined hallway (which I did too, naturally) but I'd had my sights set on the cute entryway outside - always a sucker for a staircase. Thankfully Nonee was able to hangout for a bit, after we took photos we stopped for coffee at Dom's Coffee just down the road. Such an adorable place, and a good latté too!

It was warm enough for rain, so I took advantage of the 'high' temps and finally wore my new satin blazer. I have always had such a soft spot for blazers, even if I don't wear them that much. I can't resist, they always make me feel put together. I think this blazer has sadly sold out, but if you like the boyfriend fit, there is one in a classic navy. If colorful satin is more you, gap has a couple of cute bombers, one even has a frenchie embroidered on it.

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Lace Blouse c/o Choies similar
Rust Satin Boyfriend Blazer Banana Republic
Jeans Joe's via saks off fifth similar
Pumps "Gennie" Coach thrifted similar
Springbok Clutch Oliveve c/o Shopbop similar
Hoop Earrings Robert Lee Morris Soho via TJMaxx
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Nail Color "Caviar Bar" Essie





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