Thursday, August 28

Love you, Labor Day

It's Labor Day weekend, and I couldn't be happier about it! Not only do we get off work Monday (much needed), but it also marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall. It is a little sad to see it go, but I'm willing to trade in my flip flops for boots, and shorts for pants. The time has come!

I am celebrating the end of summer with a pool party (how fitting!), so I'll get one more wear out of my favorite bathing suit and sundress. If you're still looking, now is a great time to stock up on summer essentials... for next year. I know it can be hard to buy for a season that's ending, but you can still have the occasional romp in a hot tub or unseasonably warm day as September takes over! 

See my last-minute must-have pieces from J.Crew that I want to cling to summer with! ;)
USE CODE ALMOSTFALL TO GET THE DISCOUNTED PRICES!
It's too good of a deal to pass up, and a girl always needs extra bathing suits.


Because seriously, who stops wearing white after Labor Day? 


Light and drapey doesn't necessarily mean summer. Pair this with a structured jacket for a season-appropriate look.


It may be linen, but this chic black and white pattern will make for a great transition piece to wear over sheath dresses and chambray shirts for fall.


The perfect year-round sweater. (And it's great for layering!)


XO
Amanda

Tuesday, August 26

Pinspiration: Glitter Guide x JWS Interiors


Glitter Guide featured A Luxe Home Makeover By JWS Interiors, and I'm obsessed with the look. It combines black and white with chic materials that lend texture and shine to the room. While I could easily accept the room as is with these gorgeous pieces, they are definitely out of my price range! Here is how to get the luxe look under budget.



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Global Furniture Lily Nightstand $154 + Antique Brass Ring Pulls $48 for 3 = $202
Bungalow 5 Jacqui Black 3-Drawer Side Table $963




Faux Sheepskin Area Rug  Darby Wool Shag Rug, 5'X8', Ivory
Home Decorators Collection 5' x 8' Faux Sheepskin Area Rug $149


Ombre Faux Fur Throw, 50
H&M Faux Fur Throw $80
West Elm Ombre Faux Fur Throw $119


Black and White Stripe Pillow Cover / Accent Pillow / Both Sides


Threshold™ Clover Mirror - Gold Quatrefoil Mirror
Threhold 17.5" Clover Mirror $25
Shades of Light 34" Quatrefoil Mirror $269



XO
Amanda

Lover.ly wedding

Planning your wedding (real or imaginary)? You're going to want to know about Lover.ly

It's basically the holy grail of all things wedding. Your Pinterest board may fall to the wayside after you get on this site and see every piece of your dream wedding fall into place. After answering a few simple questions about your tastes, Lover.ly gives you ideas that coordinate with your picks. Super helpful, considering there is so much to see! They have everything from wedding dresses to gorgeous jewelry for your big day.

When Lover.ly asked me how I would want my own wedding to be, I couldn't resist the challenge. 


As much as I love the idea of a rustic setting, I know that my personal style is much more city glam. Somewhere sophisticated yet comfortable, I want to have my friends and family to have a great time at a beautiful venue! 

As for a wedding dress, I love the White by Vera Wang Tulle Ballgown with Lace Appliques. I have always been a bit of a girly girl, and my wedding dress will certainly reflect that! I love the small flowers scattered throughout, and the bunches of tulle are what my classic vision of a wedding gown should look like. The dress is even on sale (my dream!) from $1698, down to $1050. What a steal! I love the idea of saving on the dress so you can splurge on the rest of your outfit.

Now, we all know that details really make the look, even while you're wearing a thousand dollar dress. I want to keep jewelry understated but sparkly, and this Kate Spade New York 'Grande Bouquet' Collar Necklace ($228) pulls that off perfectly. Keeping a classic look, this pair of Majorica Cultured Pearl Studs ($60) finishes off the look.

Now for shoes. I have always wanted to find an amazing not-your-average-white pair of heels for my wedding day, and I'm in love with these Kate Spade New York 'Lynda' Pumps ($328). For my color scheme, I want light pink and nude hues incorporated (check the bouquet!), so these will look great with the overall look. 

The veil is the final detail. I want to keep traditions alive at my wedding, and a veil is included in that. This White by Vera Wang Two-Tier Cathedral Length Veil with Raw Edge ($148) is simple and pretty.




XO
Amanda

Monday, August 25

These flats were made for walking

Feet get treated pretty roughly. We wear uncomfortable shoes, give ourselves blisters, and we definitely don't always get around to treating our toes to the regular pedicures they deserve. Knowing this, I have been trying to invest in quality footwear as often as possible so that when I'm power walking to work, I'm not completely uncomfortable!

It's hard because great shoes often come at high prices, but that doesn't have to be the case. A few things that I have noticed in great shoes are good quality materials, a strong support, and small details.

One shoe I've been swooning over for as long as I can remember are the Joie Day Dreaming flats

I love how it has a slight pointed toe to add a bit of classiness to this smoking shoe. The mix of soft suede and smooth leather makes this a great quality shoe. While this usually rings in at $185, you can find it online at Bluefly for $110! If you aren't loving the Berry color, it also comes in Coral Raffia ($105), Caviar and Porcelain ($105), and Dark Denim ($105).
        
J.Crew is another favorite brand of mine when it comes to great shoes. The Emma Ballet Flats are life-changing. The slight ruching may look like it will be uncomfortable, but it is anything but. The Italian leather is soft and smooth on your feet, so you'll never have to worry about ruining your feet with blisters! These start at $125, but you can get this pair for as low as $60 right now, with code SHOPNOW.

This Burnt Spice pair is a great neutral, but it comes in other colors and materials, including suede ($68), cap toe ($53) and fabric ($75)!
        
My most comfortable pair of heels are Cole Haan, and there's a reason why. These shoes have concealed NIKE AIR® technology, meaning these shoes are made to be as comfy as your sneakers (but now, you can do it in style).  The Air Monica Ballet Flat is a simple shoe with genuine leather and suede, so you know you're treating your feet to the best. These are usually $168, but on 6pm they are only $110!
This Nightshade is a great neutral choice, but they also come in Camello ($85), Rose Gold ($85) and Paloma ($110) if you're looking for some color variety!
        

What are your favorite dressed-up walking shoes?

XO
Amanda

Friday, August 22

Top me off

I am totally crazy for tanks. I have a ton of them in my closet. From the teenage years where we all lived with a white cami under everything (with lace at the bottom, am I right?) to now, I understand why they're a classic staple in any closet. I am partial to silk, as it feels amazing and looks chic paired with a blazer. However a great cotton tank is perfect to pair with jeans for a cool summer night. 

What is your favorite cami? See some pretty picks for less below!



ROW 1
Tibi Silk Strappy Ruffle Cami $250 $175
Anthropologie Layered Willow Cami $58 $30
H&M Satin Tank Top $30

ROW 2
J.Crew Carrie Cami $98 $70 $53 code shopnow
Madewell Silk Shadeview Dip-Dye Cami $82 $60
Madewell Silk Gather Tank $78 $50

ROW 3
J.Crew Pintuck Cami $65 $50 $38 code shopnow
Zara Poplin Strappy Top $70 $20
Zara Printed Camisole Top $70 $20


XO
Amanda

Thursday, August 21

Booties everywhere

Style

Booties are absolutely blowing up my Pinterest feed, and I'm getting some serious shoe envy. I think these heeled ankle boots are the best shoe around; you can keep comfy with socks, and many of them come with the chunkiest of heels, which makes for a great shoe to walk around in. There are seriously unlimited options! 

I'm partial to the shorter ankle booties, but this year I am starting to come around to a mid-ankle height boot. Perfect to pair with skinny jeans and an easy button-down. Whether you get a pair in chic black or neutral tan, you're sure to have a shoe that you'll wear nonstop this fall!



1
Jessica Simpson Kirblin $129 $56

2
Cole Haan Miriam Short Boot $198 $90

3
Cole Haan Cassidy Bootie $268 $100

4
Frye Scarlett Chelsea $248 $112

5
Nanette Lepore Bottoms Up $398 $120

6
Kate Spade New York Luckie $298 $120

7
Gentle Souls Shop Rupert $270 $168

8
Kate Spade New York Mannie $350 $175

9
See by ChloĆ© SB21116 $455 $205



MORE BOOTIE INSPIRATION
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. I'm going to have to try the boyfriend jeans with booties style.

I recently bought black skinnys at American Eagle (29.99), and I love how cheap they were! I'm so excited to wear them this autumn with oversized sweaters and long/short leather boots! Obsessed!

Sienna Miller in an Isabel Marant- chambray dress

Our favorite shoes on the street!



XO
Amanda