Over-The-Knee, Under-Priced Boots to Die For

Over-The-Knee, Under-Priced Boots to Die For

I, probably like many of you, have been looking for over-the-knee boots to add to my growing shoe collections with the same enthusiasm that suburban mothers clip for coupons. I needed ’em, and I needed ’em now. I had two pairs of black ones (with heels and without) and had been lusting after the Stuart Wiesman grey pair that seems to be racing the legs of everyone with a heavy Instagram following. However, I was unable to justify spending the pretty penny to get them. It just wasn’t feasible for me….right now.

Determined as I was however, I found these stunning beauties on Missguided for a mere $60 (which for over-the-knee boots is practically like they are being given away). I won’t lie, they are hard to walk in. You can’t wear these beauties all day. That being said, I have since put some insoles in them and that made a huge difference. Plus they are statement-makers. Perfect for an event or an amazing date, these weren’t meant to be taken around Soho for a day of shopping.

I’ve added some more killer boot options (all for a steal) below, just in the case that these were way too intense for your taste! This is a must-have leg lengthening trend in my book, and it is totally here to stay. Happy shopping!

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From Head to Toe:

Hat: Thrifted (Similar), Sweater: Lulu*s, Skirt: Forever 21, Scarf: JCrew, Boots: Missguided

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Photos by Anabella V Photography

Cyber Monday Sales + Unconventional Holiday Party Looks

Cyber Monday Sales + Unconventional Holiday Party Looks

Hey shoppoholics! It is the best time of year to shop sales, and I am personally ignoring my entire gift list in favor of stocking up on discounted duds this holiday season. Friends, you can wait for your gift after I figure out how much money I have left. Below, I have listed links to my favorite sales + codes if applicable. Shop safely! xoxo

In the meantime, my freshly festive Thanksgiving look combined a tutu and some leopard print for an unconventional holiday looks to inspire your shopping frenzy. Links below!

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From Head to Toe:

Dress: Elizabeth and James (Similar), Purse: Rebecca Minkoff, Jacket: Think Closet, Shoes: Vince Camuto

Photos by Anabella V Photography

Bare Legs for Days

Bare Legs for Days

 

If you live in New York, than you know that today is one of the first days in a long while in the season that it was cold enough to warrant a real winter coat. Of course, I could add tights to this look and make it weather-appropriate, but I am really just mourning the loss of the days of bare-legs until some random warm spring surprise. If you are lucky enough to live in a part of the country where you stretch the days of short skirts and shorts into the dead of winter, this outfit has a universal appeal. Us northerners simply need to suck it up and slip on some tights.

For me, this is one of my favorite shapes to wear, as I love things that are big and slouchy on top (to hide a food baby, and curl up in) but still have some semblance of sex appeal with a flirty leg-baring look. All women in the know get that you have to play to your best features, and that is what I personally love about this silhouette.

I am headed to Florida for the holidays so I will be bare legs and Vitamin D through the weekend, but as beautiful as the holidays are in NYC, I am not going to pretend like I don’t prefer 75 degree winters. I think if you are raised with seasons you get more excited about layering and apple cider and such. I love the leaves and crisp air here, and the food in the fall is dop, not going to lie. But I will always be a bit of a Floridian at heart.

What about you? What’s your favorite season for fashion?

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From Head to Toe:

Skirt: ASOS, Sweater: Nasty Gal, Bag: ASOS, Shoes: Vince Camuto, Hat: Target

Photos by Anabella V Photography

NYC Sample Sale Secrets

 

DSC_5902I found this jumper at a sample sale on the way home from work last week, and considering the fantastically and unseasonably moderate weather we have been having, I took the opportunity to make this summer romper a bit more “fall-appropriate.”

The fall sample sales are certainly one of the biggest perk to being a fashion-obsessed 25-year old living in New York City. Sure, they happen in other cities, but not quite to the same degree, nor with the same “Sex And The City” ambiance to them. The main location for samples sales for those in the know in New York are at 260 5th Avenue (heads up, Rebecca Minkoff is going on there this week!) or at random places in Brooklyn, Soho or inside the Chelsea Market. I love and frequent these, but my favorites are the more obscure sales that require you to know and plan for them in advance. These are often invite-only and feature such amazing mind-boggling deals on designer duds that they will give any full-fledged fashion lover a heart attack. My personal favorite is coming up next week, and despite  the selfish part of myself that doesn’t want more people to know about it, it is really worth sharing because it is for an amazing cause.

Every year, one of my favorite thrift stores hosts a blow out sale of donated NEW designer duds to donate money to AIDS research and their youth program initiatives. This event is none other than Housing Work’s Fashion for Action event. And I will be there (15 minutes early) to shop the sale and you should seriously consider coming too! Last year I bought new DVF Oxfords for $75 and silk Ted Baker jumpsuits for $10 and $15 respectively. It is by far the most fun sample sale I have been to with the widest selection of designers and the best prices.

Sample sales can be intimidating, but your closet and your wallet will thank you. Just go in with your game face on, and don’t be embarrassed to change in public and you will likely find your favorite wardrobe items!

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From Head to Toe:

Hat: Thrifted (similar), Jumper: Pinkyotto Sample Sale (similar), Bag: Asos, Jacket: Nasty Gal, Boots: Vince Camuto

Photos by Anabella V Photogrpaphy

Print Mixing in Monochrome

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Print mixing is not an intuitive thing for most women (including me). Unless you’re lucky enough to have a natural eye for it, it can often take too much effort for most to want to deal with when picking an everyday outfit. A good tip for making this trend work without trying every combo in your closet is to pick two pieces that may coordinate in color and clash in pattern. The mixing of steely grays in this look for example, play off of each other in a trendy way. I added the pink jacket to break it up, but you can pull something similar off with mixes of any monochromatic palettes.

This week has been busy (what else is new) but next week is one of my favorites all year in New York. NY Champagne Week runs through next Friday; and I may be just a bit too in love with bubbly, but if you’re in town you should seriously pop in for at least one event. I had the best time last year and I’d love to see you too!

Fall is a great time for really unique events and press previews in NYC and I will be sharing details for you guys too in the coming weeks!

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Outfit Details

Top: H&M, Skirt: XX1, Shoes: Modcloth (similar), Jacket: Zara (similar), Bag: Rebecca Minkoff