On My Radar Lately

Happy Friday, friends!

I’ve rounded up some items to share with you that have hit my radar lately. All of these items are from ethically minded brands or artisans. I hope you enjoy my finds:

On my radar
  1.  All I want to wear are dresses and it seems as if my love for black has returned in full force. I’m in love with the simple chic style of this black dress from Everlane.
  2. I’m in need of a new summer hat. I don’t like to be out in the sun without one. It is incredibly hard for me to find a hat that fits because I have a pea head. This Panama hat from Cuyana comes in a bunch of sizes, so I’m inclined to think that they just may have a size small enough that will fit.
  3. These earrings from Rebecca Mir Grady are gorgeous! I have very, very, very sensitive ears and can’t wear anything other than gold or platinum or they will rot. Hence, why you have never seen me embrace the big earring trend. I’ve been looking for some bar type earrings in gold forever. I am totally smitten with these. (Dear husband – hint.)
  4.  I love the big gold buckle on these sandal from M.Gemi. Is is just me, or do they have a cool 70s vibe? The dark brown color really speaks to me, but they also come in black and nude.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

XOXO,

Ashley

Life Lately and Loving

I’m sure you are all just dying to hear what happened with that striped dress that I fell off the wagon for. Right? It was a fail. It was ginormous and shapeless and just a big, fat fail. Which was fine, because I returned it. No harm, no foul. I’m glad I tried it because of my #FOMO, but I’m glad it didn’t work because I really am trying to do this whole 100 day no spend challenge.

It’s not easy. I see stuff that I want. So far, I’ve been able to talk myself down because the weather here in Michigan is terrible, and the stuff I want is for warm weather. There is no way I am wearing anything like that until the end of March at the very earliest, and that is a generous statement. The temps were in the negatives with crazy wind and snow this past weekend, hence no outfit photos. Sorry.

I haven’t stopped window shopping. I’ve actually been pinning all sorts of things that interest me. I’m really drawn to black, white, nude, gold and pink lately. Here are some of my favorite items. There is a very high probability that numbers 1, 4, 8, and 12 will end up in my closet. I love, love, love both of those pairs of sandals from Loeffler Randall. No, they aren’t cheap, but I am done spending money on cheap shoes that fall apart. I’d rather have less pairs of shoes that I know are high quality, than a lot of cheap ones that just get thrown out at the end of a season. I’m done with throwaway shoes.

 

Black - White - Pink - Gold

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Five Ways to Style Over the Knee Boots

I think that as we get older we feel that we can’t wear certain styles without looking foolish. I think there is some truth to that, but I also think that many trends/looks can work at any age. Sometimes though, a slight modification may be necessary in order to avoid looking like a common strumpet or hussy. I know my limits and I know where to draw the line. I’m looking at you crop tops. Not going to do it. NOPE. I don’t care if I had abs of steel, which I don’t, I still wouldn’t do it.

I knew that over the knee boots were a style that I couldn’t pass up. I puffy heart boots. Boots are a really important part of my wardrobe because I live in a very cold area; I wear them almost daily during the winter. I think the key to effectively pulling off over the knee boots over the age of 40 is to ensure the boot isn’t much taller than the top of the knee cap. Also, watch your heel height. The higher the heel, the more you risk looking like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman pre-shopping excursion on Rodeo Drive. I know that isn’t the look most of us are going for. Of course, there are always exceptions… Like the Stuart Weitzman Highland or Hijack boot. Those are both uber classy styles (and uber expensive).

Here are five different ways I have styled my black over the knee boots.

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Full outfit details are available on the original posts. Click below to be linked up.

Look 1, Look 2, Look 3, Look 4, Look 5

 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Stay classy my friends.