So Much for Transitioning Slowly into Fall | Black Over the Knee Boots

We went from summer with 95° heat and humidity to fall with 55° temps, overnight. Holy cow, Michigan… Ever heard of easing into things? In the span of four days I had both the air conditioner and the heat on. What the what? Actually, it was the Mister who buckled on the heat. He told me the night before that I was forbidden to turn it on because it was only September and to go put on a sweater. Then he turned it on the next night. Wimp. And, yes… He DID tell me to go put on a sweater. We have turned into our parents.

Since fall decided to hit so hard and fast, I decided that I was going to wear my new over the knee black boots. Last year I really wanted a pair, but I farted around with all my hemming and hawing and missed my window of opportunity. This year I vowed not to let that happen. I tried on three pairs of over the knee boots during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and ended up going with this pair from Vince Camuto. Yay!

Where did I wear this? I wore this to work for casual Friday and then also out to eat that evening for my birthday/anniversary.

Trench Coat - Black Skinny Jeans - Knee High Boots 6 Trench Coat - Black Skinny Jeans - Knee High Boots 5 Trench Coat - Black Skinny Jeans - Knee High Boots 1 Trench Coat - Black Skinny Jeans - Knee High Boots 4 Wearing: Top – Bellatrix (via Nordstrom Rack), Denim – Joie (75% off at Nordstrom Rack!), Trench Coat – H&M, Boots – Vince Camuto, Bag – Coach, Necklace – J. Crew, Bracelet – Vintage.

Thanks for much for stopping by and stay classy my friends!

Friday Finds For My Friends #9

KindnessHappy Friday, friends! Not only is it Friday (a.k.a. FriYAY), it is my birthday AND my anniversary. I’m 43 today and have been married for 16 years. WOOT! Yes, I got married on my birthday. It works out well. My husband will never, ever, ever, ever forget our anniversary. EVER. He would be SO fired if he did.

I’ve rounded up some fancy stuff and pretty things that caught my eye this week. Did you see what I did there??? I know.  I’m so punny!!

I’m all about this crisp white shirt dress Rachel wore while attending NYFW. Ummmm… Gorgeous!

I adore this version of a sweater dress that Emily wore. The pleats kill me!

I love how Cara wore this white dress as a shirt. The red shoes make the outfit.

Mary wore a dress under a dress and it is SO good! Awesome layering. Can you tell that I have a thing for the white shirt/dress? I do. I really, really do.

I’d love to attend NYFW, but reading Hallie’s recaps really are the next best thing to actually being there.

I adore this black dress with pink jeweled details that Meghan wore. Pink and black always looks so good together. Love it!

I made this on Wednesday night and the family devoured it. Delish.

I love, love, love this coat Annette is sporting.

Did you see Olivia’s look where she wore a crisp white shirt under a floral strapless dress? (I know…. there I go AGAIN prattling on about white shirts. Sorry.) SHE LOOKS AMAZING.

Since it is my birthday, I can’t let today go by without showing you a couple of things on my wish list… Like this dress and this dress. I’m really liking what Madewell is doing lately.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend. I plan to.

 

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Transitioning a Summer Dress into Fall

The easiest way to transition a summer dress to look more fall-“ish” is to add a cardigan, blazer or denim jacket. Because I am totes addicted to my denim jacket I chose that option. What? I like it. I know you guys are sick of seeing it, but dang it, it’s just such a good topper. It works with almost everything. Plus, I do not have a bottomless closet. So there’s that. Not that I even want a bottomless closet. I can’t make a decision when there are too many options on the menu. What I want is a closet full of quality, classic pieces with some fun accessories, amazing handbags (I’ll take a Chanel!) and fabulous shoes thrown in.

Is that too much to ask?

I also switched up my shoes. I ditched the sandals and opted for some retro kicks in fall colors. I love my retro kicks. I have a pair in spring/summer colors, but had to procure a pair in darker colors to get me through fall and winter. I know these aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s cool… Neither am I.

Here’s how I previously wore this dress.

J. Crew Denim Jacket - Striped Dress - New Balance Kicks 9J. Crew Denim Jacket - Striped Dress - New Balance Kicks 7J. Crew Denim Jacket - Striped Dress - New Balance Kicks 3J. Crew Denim Jacket - Striped Dress - New Balance Kicks 5J. Crew Denim Jacket - Striped Dress - New Balance Kicks 2J. Crew Denim Jacket - Striped Dress - New Balance Kicks 8J. Crew Denim Jacket - Striped Dress - New Balance Kicks 1J. Crew Denim Jacket - Striped Dress - New Balance Kicks 6

Wearing: Dress – J. Crew (old). Denim Jacket – J. Crew Factory, New Balance Sneakers – J. Crew, Bag – Coach (old), Sunnies – Dolce & Gabbana (old), Bracelet – J. Crew Factory.

Thanks so much for stopping by and stay classy my peeps!

Mad props go out to my hubs for taking these photos. He is such a great creative director. He’s great at telling me how to (and not to) pose. He lets me know when my hair is messy and when I look goofy. He captures me well and makes me giggle so hard while he’s doing it. I think I’ll keep him. XOXO.

 

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Keep it Simple (Stupid)

I think if you scroll through my blog you would all agree that my style is pretty simple. I generally wear classic pieces that can be easily mixed and matched. I like that I can zhush up those classic pieces with fun accessories and different shoes. The final look could end up in a myriad of different ways depending on which of those I choose: Classy, sporty, casual, preppy, edgy, what have you.

I’ve worn both the shirt and jeans in today’s outfit post here on the blog a bunch of other times. I’ve previously mixed them with other things. Here’s one way I previously styled the shirt, and here is another. If you don’t have a nice white shirt in your life, you need to get one stat. Like now. No really… Scoot! Here’s a great option. You are welcome.

I love the look of a crisp white shirt worn with cropped pants and flats. It always reminds me of Audrey Hepburn. I’m pretty much the exact opposite of Audrey Hepburn what with the blonde hair and curves, but do you smell what I’m cooking?

Zara White Tunic - J. Crew Cropped Denim - Black Flats 5 Zara White Tunic - J. Crew Cropped Denim - Black Flats 3 Zara White Tunic - J. Crew Cropped Denim - Black Flats 2 Zara White Tunic - J. Crew Cropped Denim - Black Flats 4 Zara White Tunic - J. Crew Cropped Denim - Black Flats 6

Wearing: Shirt – Zara (almost identical), Jeans – J. Crew Factory, Bag – Coach, Shoes – Biala (Nordstrom brand), Bracelets – J. Crew Factory & Vintage, Necklace – J. Crew, Sunnies – Kate Spade, Lips – M.A.C. (Viva Glam – Rhianna).

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a good one and stay classy my friends.

 

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Bootie Love

No, not THAT kind of bootie you pervs… Geez. Get your minds out of the gutter.

Bootie shoes… Short boots… You know…  BOOTIES.

Booties (and boots) are my favorite part of fall. Even though it hasn’t cooled down here in the slightest and is humid as all get out (no really… check out my hair, it’s all floofery) I had to wear my booties. I missed them. I missed them SO much, you guys. Now, I know that come spring I’m going to be complaining about how tired I am of wearing them, but for now I am back in love.

I’m fickle.

Really, really fickle.

J. Crew White Pop-Over Shirt - Denim Skirt - Booties 1J. Crew White Pop-Over Shirt - Denim Skirt - Booties 2 J. Crew White Pop-Over Shirt - Denim Skirt - Booties 4 J. Crew White Pop-Over Shirt - Denim Skirt - Booties 6

Wearing: Shirt – J. Crew Factory, Skirt – Marshall’s ($6.00 score a few years back), Necklace – J. Crew, Bag – Coach, Booties – Crown Vintage.

I’m not wearing anything new. Everything here is at least one year old. See? Classic pieces are good. Buy good quality classic pieces and you can wear them forever!

Thanks so much for stopping by and stay classy my friends!

 

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