Thursday, July 31, 2014

The leopard pump

Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Necklace: Premier (optionoption) | Bag: Michael Kors (option) | Top: ExpressWatch: Kate Spade | Bracelet: Topshop | Bottoms: American Eagle (optionoption) | Shoes: BCBG (non d'orsay option here)

I have a ridiculously big shoe collection. You guys know this. So why is it that I didn't have a plain old pair of leopard pumps? I'm sure you're scrolling through your memories right now to prove me wrong. Let me save you the trouble:

Clockwise from top left: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

The Kate Spade pumps are probably the closest thing I have to the traditional pump I was looking for, but as Gina proves here, there is a difference between leopard and cheetah. I was specifically on the hunt for leopard, and I wanted something with more of an almond toe vs. the round toe that the Kate Spade pump has. Then there are those Alice + Olivia pumps, which would be good - but the bejeweled back and red heel take away from the typical versatility of a leopard pump. You see how hard my life is?

Well, Sabrina saved me. I saw these pumps on her here, and thought they were perfect! Except they didn't have my size. Boooo. But alas, I caught them on her blog again two months later here, and voila! My size appeared, so I quickly ordered them. I was worried about the heel height and that my foot would slip out of the d'orsay, so I also ordered this pair here. Luckily, my decision was pretty easy because the non d'orsay version really pinched my toes in a bad way. The d'orsays felt great, and the heel height felt completely manageable. I took a few fast walks around my wood floored living room, and was very pleased! Yay!!

As far as the rest of my outfit - I did have a little pinspiration. I knew I wanted to wear this red portofino to be in keeping with the "Summer Red" Spotlight theme linkup hosted by Elle and Jacqueline. I just couldn't decide what I wanted to do with it. When I came across this outfit and saw the leopard pumps to finish it off, I knew it would be a perfect way to introduce my new shoes to the world. 


Linking up for: Tres Chic, Summer Style, Working Girl with Style, Spotlight Weekly Linkup with Elle and Jacqueline, Look What I Got with Sharon and Tara.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Orange + summer booties

Sunnies: Vince Camuto (option) | Earrings: Nickel and SuedeNecklace: Gifted (option) | Bag: Kate Spade (option, option, option)  | Top: Bellatrix | Bracelets: Express (option), Topshop, Kate Spade (option) | Bottoms: Forever 21 | Booties: Report

Yeah, I caved. I ended up ordering this top in a second pattern (original one seen here.) I had to let it all hang out with this outfit since I tucked it in when I wore the other top. Gina had asked if I had to wear anything underneath it, and the answer is no. There's a snap closure near the neckline that keeps it closed, so this really is the perfect, most non-fussy wrap top.

Booties in the summer may be a bit crazy, but the highs are hovering at 80 degrees this week. Plus I couldn't resist pairing these booties with the top - cobalt and orange just naturally "go" together. (As seen here and here. Oh man, that second post had awful poses. Painful.) I really wish I could find something similar to these boots for you guys because these boots are the epitome of happiness! <3


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Loosely Pinspired

Sunnies: Vince Camuto (option) | Necklace: MOD (local boutique) (option) | Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (budget option)  | Top: JCrew FactoryBracelet: JCrew | Dress (worn as a skirt): Banana Republic (optionoption) | Sandals: Rebecca Minkoff (budget option, option)

This is one of my favorite maxi dresses, and if you need proof, this is the third time you've seen it on the blog - see the other ways I've worn this here and here. I love that this has more of a straight column fit than an A-line fit like my other maxi dresses/skirts. And the thick stripes are eye catching and crisp - such a fan of wide stripes.

When I was pulling this outfit together, I very loosely based it on this Pinspiration:

Left: Source

That pin of mine is probably my most re-pinned pin ever. I get a notice just about every day that it's been repinned. I've been wanting to recreate it for the longest time, but just never have. I felt like finally doing it today, but wasn't feeling my denim vest with it. Sometimes I feel like the denim vest or the denim jacket is the cliche thing to do with a maxi skirt. Not that there's anything wrong with that - especially since I just rocked my vest plus maxi here

In the spirit of remixing this maxi, I wanted to wear it as a skirt since I've already done a jacket over it, as well as simply wearing it on its own. And a chambray is the next best thing to real denim anyway. Sara's outfit did inspire me to grab my chunky mint necklace, which is something I would not have thought to pair with this dress. I also love the hint of mint peeking out from under my dress. It's great that you can pull little snippets from other's outfits in addition to trying a full on copy. Inspiration is still inspiration, right?


Linking up for: Tremendous Tuesday#AllAboutYouStyle Sessions, Erin and Laura for Trend Spin Linkup, and Stylish Tuesday.
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