Thursday, August 21

Booties everywhere

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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!



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Jessica Simpson Kirblin $129 $56

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Cole Haan Miriam Short Boot $198 $90

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Cole Haan Cassidy Bootie $268 $100

4
Frye Scarlett Chelsea $248 $112

5
Nanette Lepore Bottoms Up $398 $120

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Kate Spade New York Luckie $298 $120

7
Gentle Souls Shop Rupert $270 $168

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Kate Spade New York Mannie $350 $175

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See by Chloé 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

Sweater style

I'm so excited for the return of sweaters. There's nothing easier than pulling one on with a pair of jeans and flats, and they're just so cozy. With the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks, and leaves starting to crunch, I'm so ready to put away my sundresses and start wearing sleeves again. I already have my eye out for some that I'd like to get my hands on...


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Wednesday, August 20

Get the look: white laser cut

Is this not the perfect summer look? I can't even decide who wore it best because they both look adorable! These clean white laser-cut pieces are a fresh take on a popular summer choice, the eyelet. This look shows a bit more skin, and I'm loving the fabric on these pretty Lovers + Friends pieces.

ORIGINAL PIECES


As adorable as these are, I was instantly on the hunt for great look-a-like pieces that I could steal up! Thankfully, there are some great picks to find. Calvin Klein gave their own take on the look with a chic top and matching pencil skirt. If you're looking to spend a little less while still getting the look, MINKPINK has this great tank that would be an easy pair with any bottoms! Charlotte Russe wins for the total steal piece with a laser-cut scalloped skirt for a mere $12!






Would you wear this look?

XO
Amanda

Tuesday, August 19

Fall favorites

Gone are the scorchingly hot days of summer (for the most part). In DC, the weather is staying consistently below 90°, and that is something to be thankful for. The sun is starting to rise and set just a little earlier than it was, and these are all signs that the sweet month of August is almost over!

Stores are starting to get in some amazing pieces for fall, and I wanted to show off the pieces I plan to splurge on this season.


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They had this in store last year, and I was truly obsessed with it. I couldn't manage to make the splurge, but knowing I need a new winter coat, I'm definitely hoping to get my hands on it this year!

2.
Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classics $150
Summer may be over, but the sun is still shining. I love the classic look of these shades.

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I love the simple thin strap and large face; this would be great to pair with a casual flannel or sweater for a bit of glam.

4.
J.Crew Lowell Buckle Boots $328
I've been wanting a great pair of tan leather boots as my go-to shoes for fall. These fit the bill perfectly; I love the color, and the gold hardware.

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Because the start of cooler weather means the start of extra hand washing (to avoid sickness), and dry skin.

6.
Sam Edelman Zola Leopard Print Pumps $130
Because leopard is a neutral, right? Plus these pumps in a classic cut will be wearable for years to come.

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In the city, when it rains, it pours. And when you can't rely on flip flops on a chilly fall day, avoid stepping into the gutters in your perfect leather boots by having these packable ones at hand!

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J.Crew Factory Tortoise Stone Necklace $57 $40 $30 code extra25
I love tortoise shell, and I especially loved it paired with pretty, soft jewels. Anything I can do to jazz up a tee is my friend!

9.
L.L. Bean Signature Cotton Fisherman Sweater $79
This is usually a little over my price range for a cotton sweater, but its classic cable stitch and simple cut makes this piece worth it.


XO
Amanda

Monday, August 18

Ikat madness

I came across this gorgeous ikat-patterned kitchenware from C.Wonder in a perfect olive green color, and I am so in love! This is on clearance, too, so snatch it up before it's gone.




If you're in love with the pattern and want the full set, it also comes in navy at regular price!
Ikat Coffee Mug

What I really love about finding different pieces on sale is finding pieces that coordinate – like the pieces below! You can get the salad dishes in print as an accent piece, and have the rest as simple with gold trim. 

Ten Strawberry Street SGM-340 Saturn Glass Charger Plate, 13.25", Price/EACHStemless Glassware - Gold Rimmed (Set of 4)



XO
Amanda

Friday, August 15

Brand Spotlight: Everlane

If you've never heard of Everlane, it's about time you did.

Everlane is a company known for its modern, high quality basics. However they have a unique business model; their goal is Radical Transparency. They keep a focus on the factories that their pieces are produced in, they allow extra savings by being online-only and sharing markup information with customers, and continue to find new, innovative ways to save consumers money on quality items.

Not only is all of that really awesome, but they also have amazing pieces!


I first found out about Everlane from my boyfriend Eric a few years ago, and I got him this backpack from their site. Its simple design and minimal details grabbed his eye, and it's been high quality and very durable since then. I wouldn't have expected to get real leather details and solid canvas twill for $65!

Just recently, I rediscovered the brand when looking for a great weekender bag. 
I fell in love with the Twill Weekender, and for $95, it's a great deal. I love the colors available (they have navy, too!) and the tan leather handles. And if I wasn't sure that I was getting a great deal, they give me all of the details so I can see where my money is going.



Pretty cool, right? 

Here are some other of my favorite women's pieces from the brand!



SHOP
  
  


XO
Amanda

Wednesday, August 13

Pinspiration: Toby Fairley

Bright and bold sitting area, designed by Tobi Fairley

This adorable living room shot from Toby Fairley totally caught my eye on Pinterest - the color! The boldness! I love everything about it. It's very versatile, too. If you aren't in love with orange, swap out the pieces for something in a soft gray that is a little more subtle. But to me, this color combo is perfect for a bright, welcoming living area.

See the rest of her post on this Tangerine Tango space here, and see how to get the look for less below!


Safavieh Windsor Mirror $120
I love these sunburst mirrors, and the room looks even brighter with two!


This pattern is classic, but the twist on the color adds a fun vibe.



You won't find a cheaper, sturdier side table; if you want to make it fancy, find some great IKEA hacks such as using nail heads to get the look of a much more expensive table!

Haeger Ceramic Genie Table Lamp $288 $170

Lolli Living by Living Textiles Baby Bot Lamp Shade $15

Kate Spade New York Things We Love Coffee Table Book $40 $26

Allegra Hicks An Eye for Design $40 $28
I love coffee table books; keep with your color scheme to add another pop of color!


XO
Amanda

Tuesday, August 12

Get dressy with Banana Republic

Banana Republic is offering 35% off everything online with code BRBALL, but the pieces that stick out the most to me are dresses. They have some really professional cuts, and the fabrics are all very substantial and heavy, which is great for the coming cold months. I flash back to walking through blustery cold days wearing dresses, and it takes a certain dress to keep you warm... I think Banana Republic has it down.


UNDER $50
      
Cinch-Waist Dress $120 $40 $26


OVER $50
      
White Ponte Knit Dress $150 $80 $52
Sloan Piped Sheath Dress $140 $100 $65
Belted Crepe Dress $120 $110 $72


XO
Amanda

Kate Spade Surprise Sale: Up to 75% off!


Kate Spade is having another famous surprise sale, and the deals are endless. Whether you're looking for a great new piece of jewelry, or a new bag to tote around for the upcoming fall season, you'll find what you want for an amazing price!


This price!? And I love the color for fall. This is a great professional bag that will go with anything.

Karolina Bow Heels $328 $159
What's not to like? Adorable soft pink shoes with a gold bow to finish them off.

I really like the unexpected color combination in this skirt; the cut is also very flattering.

Simple in gold, this bangle will add a little shine to your outfit.

The perfect hot pink wallet to stash in your bag. Best wallet I've ever owned!

Perfect statement studs to make a little black dress pop.

When you're on the go, throw the essentials into this and get moving!

This bag has been around for a while, and I've had my eye on it. I love the geometric details on the handles, as well as the variety of colors you can get!


XO
Amanda