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Shopping trip 1/28

So I got through my first week back at work! It went really well. The big thing that’s giving me anxiety right now is just getting back into a routine. I was pretty tired all week – not only am I getting up earlier, but I’m on my feet a lot more, which is hard because my knee is still healing. I have two more weeks of physical therapy and then hopefully I can get back to yoga!! I’ve been feeling seriously deprived.

So needless to say, I haven’t been cooking a lot this week. (Or the week before because I was completely distracted by something else!) Hence, the lack of blogging. I need to get into a meal planning/grocery shopping routine for sure. One thing I did make time for today was shopping! My wardrobe has needed an overhaul for a while. And I cleaned out my closet a few weeks ago so now it looks even more empty! Here are some things I picked up today.

1. Express Columnist Pant – I’ve been wanting a black pair of slim cut dress pants. I have a few other black pairs but they are looser. These fit great and are perfect for work!

2. Aldo Padden boots – I am a shoe girl. But I’m also super picky with shoes. Case in point – I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of mid-calf boots for two years. No joke. I wanted ones I could dress up or down. I wanted a stacked heel, and it couldn’t be super high. And I think I found them today!! These boots were on sale at Aldo and they didn’t have my size, so they are being shipped and should arrive this week. I can’t wait to try them on with every outfit I have!! And I’m praying they are comfy. ūüôā

3. Express Crochet Inlay Striped Tee – Being from Cape Cod, the nautical vibe always sits well with me. Basically anything striped works. And if it’s navy and white, even better. This cute tee looks pretty basic from the front, but it has a beautiful crocheted back! My wardrobe probably doesn’t need any more navy and white stripes, but I just couldn’t resist!

4. Express Sculpted Metal Bangles – I love bracelets, but I have freakishly tiny wrists so bangles have always been too big on me. These actually fit! And you can’t really tell from the pic, but they have a curve to them so they aren’t just plain circles.

What fun things did you do this weekend?
It’s been around 80 degrees here in LA – I’m kind of wishing I went to the beach this weekend!

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Weekend shopping – Macy’s

Macy’s is having a big sale this weekend, and I just happen to have a nice big gift card that I got for Christmas to spend there (thanks Mom and Dad!). I just browsed the website for ideas of what I might want to scope out. Here are some good finds!

1- Tommy Girl Long Sleeve Wing Collar Tuxedo Blazer
2- Lucky Brand Topanga Canyon Fringe Medium Crossbody Bag
3- Blowfish Wang booties
4- Rocket Dog Sheriff booties
5- Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Skinny Stretch Cargo Pants
6-¬†Levi’s 524 Skinny Explosive Soundtrack Medium Wash

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10 shoes every woman should own

I recently came across this Glamour.com article, “10 Shoes Every Woman Should Own“. Some of these I definitely agree with, but I think some were missing from this list too! Below is their list, with pics of shoes I love in each category.

1. Nude peep-toe pumps

L-R: Christian Louboutin $186, Jessica Simpson $79, Levity $79.95

I don’t have a pair of nude pumps! I’m loving how small the peep-toe is in the Jessica Simpson pair – so sexy!

2. Black city boots
L-R: Frye $387.95, Restricted $129.95, Not Rated $59.95
(See more of my favorite black boots here.)

The article specifically names “city boots”, which are “black leather boots with a not-too-high heel”. I could go on and on about black boots. I still need a new pair, and would love a big stacked heel.

3. Ballet flats
L-R: Liz Claiborne $49.95, Steve Madden $44.99, J. Crew $128

Ballet flats aren’t really my style – I’d much rather wear a flat sandal. But I do have a few pairs that I primarily use as work/office shoes.

4. Wooden platform sandals
L-R: Jessica Simpson $59.99, Dolce & Gabbana $428.40, Restricted $44.94

I’ve got a few great pair of wedge sandals but none with a wooden platform, which I think dresses them up a little.

5. Canvas sneakers
L-R: Vans $44.95, Converse $44.95, Coach $88

I definitely agree with canvas sneakers being on the list! I’ve got a pair of classic navy and white Converse chucks.

6. Black pumps
L-R: J.Crew $228, JS by Jessica Oscar $59.95, J. Crew $198

I’ve got two pairs of black pumps – one is peep-toe and one is a kitten heel with a snakeskin pattern. I’m loving the chunky heel and rounded toe of the the first pair above.

7. Metallic sandals
L-R: Dolce Vita $169.95, Italian Shoemakers $39.95, Elie Tahari $298

Metallic sandals are a year-round shoe, so I agree with this being on the list. Gold and silver are always in for the holiday season, but they are sandals so they can always glam up a summer look too.

8. Suede booties
L-R: Steve Madden $129.95, Nine West $90.30, Coconuts $149.95

Suede booties are also on my list to buy. I searched high and low last year for a flat pair that I liked and I just couldn’t find the perfect bootie. My eyes are still open this year – I’m thinking maybe grey, which goes with everything!

9. Flat leather sandals
L-R: Asos $26.96, Cocobelle $79.95, b.o.c. by Born $49.95

I LIVE in sandals most of the time. Leather strappy ones can go with cute sundresses, jeans, or shorts. And they never go out of style!

10. Gorgeous work-of-art shoes that make you happy
L-R: Jimmy Choo $1,995, Christian Louboutin $1,295, Betsey Johnson $109.95

I know, I put some ridiculously expensive ones up – but they’re so pretty! I don’t have a “work-of-art” pair of shoes. I’m just way too practical and only buy shoes I know I can wear with a lot of outfits.

What they missed
In my opinion, a few other types of shoes should be on this list:

Flat camel riding boots

J. Crew $298

I live in my camel riding boots. They are just effortless, chic, and they go with almost everything!

Basic flip flops

Roxy $19.95

These might be too obvious and/or casual to be on Glamour’s list, but I grew up on the beach so I had to add flip flops. I have more pairs of flip flops/sandals than I do heels for sure.

Red pumps

G by Guess $44.95

I bought a pair of red pumps several years to go with a black dress for a holiday party, and I’ve gotten more use out of them than I ever thought! They’re great with skinny jeans and a tank, and instantly add a sassy pop to any black outfit.

Cute rain boots 

Hunter $84.99

This is the New England girl in me talking. I’ve probably only pulled these boots out twice in the 16 months I’ve lived in California. But if you’re in a part of the country that gets a lot of rain or snow, you know that bundling up for inclement weather doesn’t always yield the most stylish outfits. So get a cute pair of waterproof boots! Go with a cheap Target pair or splurge on some Hunter boots, like the ones above (I have that exact pair, as well as a brown pair with green stripes).

Do you agree with Glamour’s list? Anything missing from it in your opinion? ¬†


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Victoria’s Secret – Good for more than just undies

So we all know Victoria’s Secret has great playclothes underthings. And their bathing suits are pretty great too. But have you ever bought clothes from Vicky’s? Or shoes? I think in the past I’ve bought some shirts from them, since they do have the most amazing semi-annual sales. But I’ve never ordered shoes. That might change after looking at what they’ve got goin’ on right now!

I know I’ve already done a boot post, but I just had to call out VS for their current selection. A lot of these brands you can also find at the department stores (Jessica Simpson, Nine West, Steve Madden, etc.), but whoever does the boot buying at Vicky’s really nailed it this season. I had to edit down my below picks because there were just too many good ones!

So many great styles! I’m loving the stacked heels and all the buckles.

Have you ever bought shoes/boots from Vicky’s?¬†

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In need of black boots

It’s Fall, and even here in Los Angeles, that means boot season! I’m in need of a great pair of black boots, as my current pair have lasted a few years and are pretty grubby looking. I love riding boots, and I’m torn between getting a flat pair or a medium chunky heel. Here are some¬†that I love.

From L to R: Mix No. 6 Turly Boot, ¬†Aldo ‘Monforte Buckle’ Boot, ¬†Mia Pali Riding Boot, ¬†Diba Combat Over the Knee Boot, ¬†Frye ‘Mimi’ Boot, Steven by Steve Madden ‘Woper’ Boot, Etienne Aigner Codona Riding Boot, ¬†REPORT ‘Saco’ Boot


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