Favorite Look this Week + 3 More Shoe Options!

This is my favorite look this week! It’s not hyper glam (my usual fave), but it’s casual-chic, comfortable and super easy to put together! Even if you don’t have these exact items and brands in your closet, you can get this look too… long-sleeved shirt + vest + skinny jeans + boots + statement earring = BOOM! You’re rockin’!

DETAILS: White shirt is Mossimo from Target // Vest is OLD NAVY (current, click link) // Jeans are (maternity jeans, but they sell the exact same style in non-maternity wear) // Boots are FRYE (current, click link) ***commentary below***// Earrings are KENDRA SCOTT (current, click link) // Leather Wrap Bracelet is MRS. HIPP DESIGNS (current, click link). 20140416-104048.jpg

The boots, Melissa Boot by Frye, are in the cognac color, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this riding boot. Incredible! First time I saw them were on Jennifer Aniston! I thought “OMG THOSE BOOTS!!!! MUST HAVE!” For the longest time I couldn’t justify the price…I waited and waited for a flash sale, and when the time came I pounced on them! (Trust me, they were still expensive.) However, in having 1 PERFECT pair of riding boots in a classic color, I’ve avoided the pitfalls of buying tons of wannabe boots that don’t last as long, and aren’t as high of quality. These have lasted me for years, and I can probably get over a decade’s use out of them. Doesn’t seem too expensive when you look at it that way, right?! Believe it or not, this is part of being a BUDGETISTA!!! (That’s one of the things I call myself…a fashionista on a budget.) I mix a lot of my outfits with hi-end, low-end, like this one. An $8.00 shirt from Target, plus high end boots.

MY BIGGEST TIP FOR BIG-BUDGET ITEMS: SPEND ON THE LONG-TERM CLASSICS, NOT ON THE TRENDS!!!!!!!!! If there’s something trendy (even if it’s a 5-year trend, to me that’s NOT LONG-TERM!!!) don’t spend the crazy $$ on it! You’ll regret it later on when you realize people stopped wearing palazzo pants, and you’re stuck with your overpriced leg parachutes. That’s why I got these boots – riding boots are timeless…from the 1800’s til now, and in the future, they will always be around! Trends: go lower end. You’ll feel proud of yourself for having self-control in the spending department too!

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Alternate Shoe Ideas

1. Motorcycle Brewzzer Boot by STEVE MADDEN (these are going fast, on clearance everywhere…I love mine)

2. (MY PERSONAL FAVORITE ALTERNATE OPTION) Cognac Angellica Lace Up Booties by NINE WEST

3. Chestnut Suede Desert Wedge Booties by TOMS

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it for you! Would love to see the ideas you come up with out of your own closet, as inspired by this look! Tag me on Instagram! Have an incredible week, and remember that your SMILE is always your best accessory!

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What I Wore Today

Today I wore this quilted white leather jacket, black top, army green pants and heels. The weather was finally cool enough to wear this glam jacket; I like the zipper pocket details and wrist buttons. I accessorized with the “J Crew Venus Flytrap Necklace.” Hope this gives you an idea for your next casual, fun outfit!

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20130720-220836.jpgHair, make up or outfit questions? I would love to answer them!

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Casual Date Night!!

Date Night with the amazing hubs! It was 90 degrees outside at 6pm; so hot!!! I chose this fun, easy, and cool outfit!

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We had an awesome time. Great food, good laughs and even better company.

What are some of your fave things to wear on a date? If you’ve got one coming up, check out our other looks for some ideas!

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Celeb Look for Less: Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria (once again) looks fabulous running errands around town!! Here’s the Celebrity Look for Less that I threw together. *REMEMBER: I only use pieces that I already have in my closet for Celeb Look for Less; I don’t buy new things for it. I hope it gives you fun ideas for how to remix your wardrobe, and look like a star too!

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I’m so happy with how well-matched the outfit came out! Details (prices approximate)… SHIRT: Old Navy, $13 // PANTS: Bebe, Matte Coated Zipper Skinny Jean, $129 full price, but I bought them on sale, with a promotional discount, and gift card, so they were much cheaper (always work a deal, ladies!!) // SHOES: Ivanka Trump, wedge sandal, $135 full price, but again working the deal, I found them at both on amazon.com and DSW for $40.00. // ACCESSORIES: Glasses, Dior. Earrings, Kendra Scott, Heather Earrings in Slate.

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