Striped Summer Espadrilles

Details: Soludos Striped Espadrille / Banana Republic Shirt Dress (On Poshmark, Similar Option)

I love these sandals! As soon as I saw them I knew I needed to have them. The stripe is perfect for summer. It can be paired with everything from crazy patterns and bright colors to this crisp, clean shirt dress. And the little bow ties had me at hello. Soludos has come out with a lot of really nice espadrilles for summer. Some are embroidered with cute phrases and others feature quirky designs like avocados or flamingos. A few Soludos Sandals are on sale as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. And as someone who is new to this brand, I can confidently report that they are very comfy! Have you bought any cute sandals this summer?

3 Cute Outfits for When It’s Cold

So far, getting dressed this winter has consisted of me finding the longest, thickest, most turtleneck sweater in my closet and pairing it with pants. There’s not much else you can do with weather like this. So in an attempt to change it up and fight this winter style rut, here are three cute outfits for when it’s cold. 

Mia Embroidered Boots, $59.97
Or go to ZuLily for more sizes and a cheaper price, $49.99

I got these boots for Christmas, and I have been hesitant to wear them with all of the snow and salt. But, if you are just hopping into and out of an Uber for the night and you don’t have to worry about hiking through mountains of snow, these are a nice way to add a little color and texture to the sweater and black leggings we’ve all been living in this winter.

ASTR the Label Tie Sleeve Sweater, $19.97
(Similar Nordstrom Rack tie-sleeve sweater here and here, J.Crew tie-sleeve sweater here)
If you can’t embellish your footwear, embellish your sweater. When I first got this sweater, I thought you were supposed to tie it the way you see above, but apparently the ties are supposed to be in the front. Personally, I think it looks good either way and it’s not the only way to make your sweater game more interesting. It seems like there are an endless amount of options for sweaters. Bows, ties, fringe, pom-poms, sequins, appliques, embroidery, you name it!

Thread and Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover, $78
Though this pullover may be for when you made plans with your friends and then decided to stay at home instead because it’s just too damn cold, I still think it’s cute enough to be worn in the light of day. That is if you do decide to leave the house! The fur elevates it from an everyday pullover to something a little more special. And if you do decide to stay in, put on your leggings and slippers, grab your hot tea and just lean into it. No one will care because everyone else is just as cold.

Leopard Print Heels

Jennifer and Grace Blouse via T.J. Maxx  / J.Crew Factory Skirt and Necklace / Sole Society Desi Pump via Nordstrom / Gap Cardigan

I bought a pair of leopard print heels. That may sound incredibly cliche and very fashion blogger-esque, but I promise I had good reason. I was on the mission for the perfect she for fall. It needed to compliment the various colors in my wardrobe from the brightest pinks to the most steady navys. It also needed to be comfortable and stylish. A neutral shoe of some sort was what I needed, but I didn’t want to go too pale to harken back to summer.

At first I was not convinced that the leopard print would go with most of my outfits, but after I started to think about it, it made sense. Leopard print is great for pattern mixing and combines two neutrals — black and tan — into one, giving it the ultimate versatility.

I first tried the he Juli version of this shoe, which is wedge. It was two narrow in the toes so I tried the Desi in a kitten heel instead. That turned out to be much better. I am hoping that these Sole Society shoes stand the test of time because I am already obsessed with them. They look just as perfect with a skinny leg pant as they do with a really loud skirt.

Lace-Up Ballet Flats

The number one item on my wish list for fall is a pair of lace-up ballet flats. I first fell in love with the Green Billy Ella’s from Anthropologie. They are so elegant and look like a ballerina slipper, but the bright color keeps them fun and modern. A little on the pricey side though. I also found this pair of cranberry Nine West Lace-Up Flats, which are not a bad price. The deep colors gives them a very romantic, medieval look like something Sansa Stark might wear. Not sure they are my style. The Topshop Lace-Up Flats are my favorite (also available at Nordstrom). They are a great style at a great price and come in good colors. Now I just need to decide between the black or the red pair. Which lace-up flat is your favorite?

(Topshop image from The Sweetest Thing)

The Western Ankle Boot

Just looking at these ankle boots, doesn’t do them justice. If I saw these in a store, I would likely pass by them without a moment’s hesitation. The cut appears to be unflattering, which might be an issue for someone on the shorter side (is this true?). However, they are starting to grow on me. Actually, I have become obsessed with them. Every time I see the boot on a blog or celeb, its rugged appeal is validated. Its not too late to buy a pair either. They can just as easily be paired with spring dresses as they can with skinny jeans or dare I say, work clothes.

1. DV by Dolce Vita (Prices vary)
2. Madewell $158.50
3. Old Navy $17.97
4. Target $34.99

Fall Trend: Smoking Slippers

Top Row: Gap Calf Hair Loafers / Target Mali Flat / Gap Tassel Loafers
Bottom Row: Nine West Panto / Asos London Rebel Snake Slipper / Steve Madden Croquet House Shoes

The smoking slipper, usually reserved for old rich men who have a butler and a couple horses, is having a bit of a moment. It started in spring and it’s clear now that the aristocratic flat is moving right on into fall. The charmingly disarming prints and stately design have me obsessed. The more eccentric the better. Think Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  I bet the pink ones taste like snozberries.

Etsy Find: Black Satin Shoes

Black Satin Shoes is an Etsy shop that I have recently discovered. Chante makes and sells headbands, hair and shoe accessories, and jewelry. The pretty flowers, peacock feathers, and bows all encompass this cute, girly vintage look that I love. And it is all really affordable.

Chante took the time to answer some questions for me:

CP: Is this your full time job?
BSS: My full time job is gong to school but Etsy does take more time since its just little ol’ me making everything. It actually brings in more money than when i was working so in a way it is my job.

CP: What inspires your designs?
BSS: I find inspiration everywhere! Lately whenever I see gardens I think of tons of new hair accessories that i want to make for spring.
Shoes really inspire me. I either want to make shoe clips to go with a certain style or make shoe clips based off a certain style. Its my obsession right now.

CP: How long have you been doing this?
BSS: I have only been doing this for a year. I just had my one year anniversary with Etsy on the third of this month, but October is when I really had my shop fully representing me so it took a while to get it going.

Thanks Chante! Visit Black Satin Shoes for more.

Fun shoes


These shoes are amazing. Even though the details are kind of wacky, I can imagine so many outfits these shoes could be worn with. And they are very unique. I was kind of surprised to find out these were Steve Maddens. I was even more surprised to find out the store that carries them in Chicago is a store I have purchased accesories at before. One black clutch, to be exact, for a wedding I was attending in the city. Lori’s Shoes can be found in Lincoln Park, but there are other locations in Illinois.

Gray Fall Boot


$49 Newport News


French Connection $268

Mudd $36.99


Steve Madden $170


Piperlime $100


Marc by Marc Jacobs $450

I have recently become obsessed with gray ankle boots. I love the different embellishments like bows, buttons, and zippers. There are a variety available for every budget. I would gladly take any of these home. I especially love the Steve Maddens and the Mudds. What pair do you like best?

Ballet slippers

I kind of want to break out my old ballet slippers and rework them as a piece in my wardrobe. What do you think?

I thought they were comfortable and cute as a temporary student of ballet/figure skater. I wish I had the gumption as a young person to take more fashion risks. I would have been considered very ahead of the whole ballet flat curve. I did, however, design my own skating dresses. That’s very risky. 

(Photo via Flickr)