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How to Wear Ankle Boots with Skinny Jeans

How to Wear Ankle Boots

One of the questions that I get asked the most is how to wear ankle boots with skinny jeans.  The answer that I give is that you want the hem of your jeans to hit right at or above your boots.   You can accomplish this by either wearing ankle or cropped jeans that hit at or above your boots or by cuffing your jeans.

Cuffed Jeans

cuffed skinny jeans

wide cuffed jeans

You can either double cuff or single cuff your jeans.  Whichever one you do, I think it looks best if you see a little bit of your ankle between the cuff and the boot.  The single cuff is a little edgier and also looks good with new sock boots.

sock boots

 

Cropped or Ankle Jeans

cropped jeans

ankle jeans

ankle jeans

This is the easiest way to wear skinny jeans with ankle boots and the way that I do it most of the time.  I think ankle or cropped jeans look the best with every type of shoe, especially sneakers and heels.  Also, they are easier to tuck into tall boots.  Here’s some great ankle jean options to try:

skinny jeansrag and bone jeans at Nordstrom ($133) 

 

Caslon jeans

Caslon Ankle Jeans at Nordstrom ($79) – these have just the right amount of distressing and would work great with a taller ankle boot.

 

Express jeans

Express Jeans (on sale for $48)

 

Booties

I have also included some great booties.

black booties

ED Ellen Degeneres at Nordstrom ($98)

 

black booties

Sarto by Franco Sarto at Nordstrom ($100) – comes in black suede and many other colors

 

booties

Vince Camuto at Nordstrom ($120) – also comes in tan and black

 

booties1.State at Nordstrom ($78) – these also come in black and red

 

I recommend wearing no show socks with these booties.  I prefer these and they can also be used with your sneakers.

no show socks

No Show Socks at Old Navy ($10)

I hope this has helped show you guys how to wear ankle boots with skinny jeans.  If there are any other fashion  or beauty questions that you have just drop me a comment and I’ll try to help.  XOXO Michelle

 

Black Friday Sales 2017

Black Friday Sales 2017

The day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday because it is the day of the year most retailers go from being in the red to being in the black financially.  Retailers accomplish this by having awesome sales.  I have found all of the best Black Friday sale information and have given you links below the pictures for some of my best picks for the sale.  I have also included a ton of coupon codes at the end of the post to help save you money.

The Black Friday sales are a great time to get a winter coat, boots, or to snag a cashmere sweater.  There are also a lot of great make-up and bath and body deals to be had.

Macy’s

Macy’s always has great Black Friday sales.  I was impressed by their sale on coats this year.  Here are a couple of my favorites.  These puffer jackets are so chic and I love the colors.

Cqlvin Klein puffer coat

Calvin Klein ($80)

 

Laundry puffer coat

Laundry ($80)

 

Teddy bear coats are one of the biggest trends of the season and here is one of my favorites.

Teddy bear coat

Kenneth Cole ($80)

 

Macy’s also has a great sale on cashmere sweaters.

cashmere sweater

Charter Club ($85)

 

cashmere sweater

Charter  Club ($85)

 

cashmere sweater

Charter Club ($80)

 

cashmere sweater

 Charter Club ($40) – this sweater also comes in crewneck and turtleneck styles.

The cozy slippers from my holiday gift guide post are also on sale.  Macy’s also has a coupon code for Black Friday.  You can use the code HURRY for 20% off excluding doorbusters and beauty.

 

Nordstrom

Their sale hasn’t been officially  announced yet but you can expect 20-25% off select  sale items starting Thanksgiving day online and Friday at the store.  Nordstrom already has some great sales going on so an extra 20% would be a steal.  Here’s some of the best sales.

Topshop coat

Topshop coat ($83) – this coat is so great and comes in black, navy, and camel.

 

Steve Madden over the knee boots

Steve Madden over the knee boots ($66) – these are for a thin calf

 

Steve Madden over the knee boots

Steve Madden over the knee boots ($100) – these are for a wider calf

The Kate Spade earrings from my holiday gift guide post have come down in price.

 

Express

They have 50% off and free shipping from 11-21 to 11-25.  They have some really cute sweaters in great colors and materials.  A couple good options are linked below.

Express sweater

Chenille sweater ($40)

Express sweater

Sunday sweater ($35)

 

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor has 50% off if you use the code THANKFUL.  Here are some of my favorite pieces there.

Ann Taylor sweater

Off the shoulder bell sleeve sweater ($49 with the 50% off code above)

 

Ann Taylor sweater

Ruffle shoulder sweater ($40)

 

Ann Taylor blazer

Belted velvet blazer ($90)

 

Sales and Coupon Codes

I have found the below during my research and have included links to the sites for your easy access.

  • Ann Taylor – 50% off with the  code THANKFUL
  • ASOS – 30% off with code EPIC30 from 11-22 to 11-28
  • Banana Republic – 50% off
  • Coach – 30% off with code THANKS17
  • Express – 50% off and free shipping from 11-21 until 11-25
  • Gap – 50% off with code BLKFRIDAY
  • Loft – 50% off with code THANKS
  • J-Crew – 40% off with code THANKU from 11-21- until 11-26
  • Kate Spade – 30% off with code GIVEJOY
  • Macy’s – 20% off with code HURRY
  • Michael Kors – 25% off now until 11-27
  • Old Navy – 50% off
  • Saks off 5th – extra 50% top deals with code HOLIDAY17 from 11-21 to 11-25
  • Sam Edelman – 30% off with code SAMSGIVING from 11-21- to 11-25
  • Steve Madden – 30% off from 11-24 to 11-27
  • Tory Burch – 30% off any $250 or more purchase with code THANKS now until 11-27
  • Ulta – has great deals on make-up and bath and body sets

I am very thankful for everyone that follows this blog and I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  XOXO Michelle

3 Holiday Outfits Using 7 Must Have Pieces

3 Holiday Outfits

It’s hard to believe that it’s the holiday season already.  One of the biggest stressors of the holidays is trying to figure out what to wear to all of the parties and family get togethers.  I have found some great pieces that you can mix and match to get at least 3 holiday outfits.  Having these pieces in your wardrobe will take some of the stress out of the holidays.

Family Gathering

This is a perfect outfit for a family gathering or a get together with friends.

Nordstrom sweater

Nordstrom Sweater ($75)

 

velvet pants

Old Navy Velvet Pants ($35)

 

embellished pumps

Nordstrom Pumps ($60)

 

tassel earrings

BaubleBar Earrings ($48)

 

Office Party

I think this outfit is so cool and chic.  Bow tie shirts are very on trend and I think when mixed with velvet it looks festive.  You can trade out the velvet parts for jeans and you have another great outfit.

velvet blazer

Old Navy Velvet Blazer ($44)

 

bow tie shirt

Banana Republic Shirt ($88)

 

velvet pants

Old Navy Velvet Pants ($35)

 

embellished pumps

Nordstrom Pumps ($60)

 

tassel earrings

BaubleBar Earrings ($48)

 

New Years Eve

This is such a great New Years outfit.  It could also be worn to a fancier house party or an office party

velvet blazer

Old Navy Velvet Blazer ($44)

 

silver one shoulder top

Nordstrom Shirt ($128)

 

velvet pants

Old Navy Velvet Pants ($35)

embellished pumps

Nordstrom Pumps ($60)

 

tassel earrings

BaubleBar Earrings ($48)

With these 7 pieces you can make at least 3 holiday outfits.  If you have these pieces in your wardrobe you are ready for any occasion that may come your way.

ps. All of these outfits would look great with a red lip and red nails.

Next up is my holiday gift guide.  I’ve found some great gifts so be sure to check it out.  XOXO Michelle

Fall Accessory Trends to Update Your Fall Wardrobe

Fall Accessory Trends

Hey friends – I am back now that my new website theme is installed.  Hope you like the new look as much as I do.  Today I am going to be showing you how adding some fall accessories trends into your wardrobe is a great way to refresh the existing clothes in your wardrobe to make them feel new.  Here are some of my favorites:

Statement Earrings

Statement earrings are a simple and surefire way to instantly transform a look without breaking the bank.  The biggest trends are thick gold hoops, tassels, ball drops, and crystal drops.  Links to some of the ones I like the most are below.

thick gold hoop earrings

Target ($10)

 

tassel earrings

Loft ($30)

 

ball drop earrings

Loft ($25)

 

crystal drop earrings

Loft ($30)

 

Necklaces

There are many trendy necklaces out there right now but you want to make sure that the necklace style is right for your body.  If you have a short neck you should avoid short chunky necklaces as they may make your neck look shorter.  Women with large chests sometimes look bustier in long bulky pendant necklaces.  To get the most out of the hot necklaces for fall, try a few from the trends listed below and see how having these items will change up what you already own.

Layered Necklaces – the layers can fill in a more open neckline and add plenty of dimension to an outfit.

 

layered necklace

Nordstrom ($38)

 

layered necklace

Nordstrom ($19)

 

Chokers – these were big in the 90’s and with the resurgence of this decade in fashion, they are back.  If you have a shorter neck, choose finer ones that don’t take up too much space.

choker necklace

Nordstrom ($55)

 

Pendants – great for casual wear and also look great when worn with a basic black dress.

Kendra Scott pendant

Nordstrom ($75) – every woman needs this necklace in their wardrobe

 

Ann Taylor pendantAnn Taylor ($30) – I love this necklace – it’s so cool

 

Statement Necklace – add striking style to any outfit and call attention to the face.

statement necklace

Target ($30) – this would look great with blush pink or gray

 

pearl statement necklace

Loft ($55) – pearls are very big this season and I love that these are in shades of black and gray

 

Patterned Tights

Black tights are perennially chic and practical.  But when you add a pattern to them they modernize and update your outfit.

dotted tights

Old Navy ($13)

 

herringbone tights

Target ($10)

 

diamond tights

Old Navy ($13)

 

Berets and Baker Boy Caps

If you don’t already own a beret or a baker boy cap, you are going to want to get your hands on one ASAP.  A lot of celebrities have been spotted wearing these stylish headpieces taking their outfits to the next level.

baker boy cap

Macy’s ($20)

 

oui beret

Macy’s ($19)

 

baker boy cap

Macy’s ($19)

 

beret

Macy’s ($15)

 

Try some of these fall accessory trends and see how these items will change up what you already own and make you look totally on trend.  I hope you like my new blog format.  I have a lot of fun ideas coming your way for the upcoming holidays so if you haven’t done it yet, please subscribe to my blog so you do not miss any of my posts.  XOXO Michelle

Five Fashion Items Worth the Splurge

My blog focuses a lot on affordable fashion and beauty but I believe that there are items that are worth the splurge.  I’ve read before that a women’s wardrobe should be made up of 80% affordable fast-fashion and 20% investment pieces that you will have for years.  So what are the pieces that I think are worth the splurge?

 

#1 – A Classic Designer Handbag

I buy trendy bags at Zara, Mango, and Sole Society, but I do love my Louis Vuitton.  I’ve had it for about five years now and love it as much as I did on the day I bought it.  They will never go out of style so although they are expensive they are an investment.  You can get great deals on gently used ones at consignment stores, Poshmark, and Ebay.

Louis Vuitton purse

Louis Vuitton ($1,780)

 

#2 – Cashmere Sweater

A classic cashmere sweater is timeless and classy.  The Halogen brand at Nordstrom makes great ones for a decent price.

items worth the splurge - Halogen cashmere sweater

Nordstrom ($89)

 

#3 – Leather Riding Boots

Leather riding boots will always be in style.  It’s best to invest in a real leather pair with a slight heel and in a cognac brown color.  It looks better if there is no gaping between the boot and your leg.  Vince Camuto, Frye, and Aquatalia all make great boots.  Here is a very classic pair of Sam Edelman Penny boots that is a great seller and also comes in wide calf.

Sam Edelman riding boots

Zappos ($150)

 

#4 – Black Leather Motorcycle Jacket

These never go out of style and are a must have in every women’s wardrobe.  Being that this is something you can always have, you should invest in a quality piece.  All Saints make beautiful leather jackets and you can find some great ones at their outlets.  Outlets and Nordstrom Rack are great places to find quality leather jackets at good prices.  Here is a beautiful classic leather moto jacket that can be worn with everything from dresses to jeans.

Halogen leather jacket

Nordstrom (on sale for $230)

 

#5 – Aviator Sunglasses

I have a drawer full of fun trendy sunglasses but everyone needs a quality pair of aviator sunglasses.  Ray Ban and Quay make great ones but I think the Kate Spade ones fit great, look expensive, and will last you years to come as they are very classic.

Kate Spade sunglasses

Nordstrom ($160)

 

A rule to use when deciding if something is worth the splurge is to calculate your cost per wear.  The more you will wear something the more you can invest in it.  The trendy pieces that might only last a season are the things to save on.

I hope this post helped you think about how you spend your clothing budget.  I’ve really changed how I look at what I spend.  I want to have a great wardrobe but I also want to be more thoughtful about how I spend my money so I can have the money to go out to fun places and wear my fabulous clothes.  XOXO Michelle

Stylish and Affordable Fall Coats

Old Navy has a ton of stylish and affordable fall coats.  They have all of the biggest trends in coats covered so you can be on trend without breaking the bank.  These coats are not only stylish and affordable, they are also good quality.  The only problem you will have is choosing which ones to buy.  These are my favorites:

affordable fall coats

Leopard Print Cardi-Coat (On sale for $49) – this is a great fall coat in a very on trend leopard print.  It comes in tall and petite and up to XXL.  It also comes in four other prints.

 

old navy boucle coat

Textured Boucle’ Everyday Coat ($65) – I bought a similar one at the Nordstrom anniversary sale and can’t wait to wear it.  This is a great everyday coat at a great price point.

 

old navy trench coat

Trench Coat ($54 Sale Price) – every women needs a good fitting trench coat in their wardrobe.  It is easy to find your perfect size because once again this comes in tall and petite and up to XXL.

 

sherpa bomber jacket

Sherpa Bomber Jacket (On sale for $44) – Sherpa and Bomber Jackets are two huge trends in outerwear.  This is a very affordable and cute way to wear this trend.

 

I love Old Navy denim as well and I wanted to share some of their most on trend pairs.

old navy raw hem rockstar jeans

Mid-Rise Raw-Hem Rockstar Ankle Jeans ($35)

 

raw hem rockstar jeans

Mid-Rise Raw-Hem Rockstar Ankle Jeans ($35) – I own both of these jeans and I love them.  If you are between sizes – size down.

 

old navy flare ankle cords

Mid-Rise Flare Ankle Cords ($40) – I think these are so current and cool.  I’m buying these and can’t wait to wear these with a gray sweater and some leopard booties.

You can have a great on trend wardrobe without busting your budget.  The key is knowing what to splurge on and what to save on.  Next week I’m going to discuss the few things that I think are worth splurging on.  XOXO Michelle

 

It’s “A New Day” at Target

A New Day    

 

Target or Targe’ as I like to call it has really been upping it’s fashion game.  It’s newest fashion line is called “A New Day.”  This is a collection of chic basics and statement pieces that are meant to be mixed and matched.  I think it is especially good for women who need to dress up for work.  Here are some of my favorite pieces:

A New Day skirt

Skirt ($25) – you can wear this with black tights when it gets cooler

 

a new day tee shirt

T-shirt ($10) – this is a great staple to have in your fall wardrobe.  It looks great with the skirt above and the below pants.

 

a new day track pants

Pants ($25) – these pants can be dressed up or down depending upon what top and shoes you pair them with

 

a new day shirt

Top ($20) – this top looks great with the above pants, a red heel, and the shirt buttoned up with this bow choker

 

Sugar Fix choker

Choker ($15)

 

A New Day pants

Pants ($28) – these are great pants to have in your closet.  They look great with everything depending on the occasion.

 

A New Day blazer

Blazer ($35) – as I mentioned in a previous post, “Prince of Wales Plaid” is a huge trend for fall

 

a new day camisole

Cami ($18) – this looks great under the blazer and could also be worn under a cardigan

 

A New Day dress

Dress ($28) – this dress is so cute and like everything in the “A New Day” collection can be dressed up or down and worn in different ways.  I would wear this with sneakers, booties or tall boots.  I would also wear this with skinny jeans.

I really like the “A New Day” collection at Target.  I appreciate how everything can be mixed and matched.  It’s a great way to have an on-trend wardrobe at an affordable price.  It really is a new day at Target.  XOXO Michelle

 

Zaful Wish List: White Crop Tops

I recently discovered the website Zaful and was blown away by their large selection of apparel and accessories for women at such a reasonable price point!  Style and affordability?!  They speak my language!

White crop tops are a big trend this fall.  When I say crop top, I don’t mean the belly baring kind but the ones that hit at the top of your high rise jeans.

white crop top  white lace crop top  white crop top

ID #: 337 ($22)                               ID#: 1207 ($18)                               ID#: 347 ($14)

 

Even though it’s almost fall, we still have time to wear rompers.  Here are some great ones to try:

floral romper  floral romper

ID #: 4075 ($18)                              ID#: 468 ($19)

Use code ZFEN01 to get 10% off your purchase.  This is a sponsored post but all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.  Come back to read my Zaful review.  They have some great sweaters, tops, and accessories that I can’t wait to receive and review for you.  XOXO Michelle

How To Wear The 2017 Fall Trends Without Them Wearing You

2017 Fall Trends    

Every season new trends emerge.  I really love some of the 2017 fall trends and I think they can be easily integrated into your wardrobe.  You want to pick pieces that are on trend but also are true to your style.  You want to wear the new fall trends without them wearing you.

Red/Burgundy

This is the biggest 2017 fall trend.  They showed head to toe red outfits on the runway.  I think it’s more wearable, less trendy, and more unexpected to wear a red shoe instead.  Wearing a red shoe (especially boots) will give your outfit a pop of color and make you on-trend.

red booties

Journey Bootie – DSW ($50) – these boots are a beautiful bright shade of red and at a great price.

 

Velvet

Velvet was shown on all the runways and in all of the magazines for the fall.  Once again I recommend wearing the trend in small unexpected ways like a velvet cami under a long cardigan.  A velvet scarf is a great third piece option.

velvet scarf

American Eagle ($6)

 

velvet cross body bag

Glamorous Velvet Cross Body Bag – ASOS ($42) – a velvet bag is also a great way to wear the trend.  This one comes in the color of the season and looks more expensive than what it is.  It is a perfect going out bag.

 

Shearling

Shearling is a huge trend for fall.  I love this shearling coat and the great price.

shearling coat

Nordstrom Rack ($70)

 

Vintage Inspired Faux Fur

A faux fur coat is so fun to wear for a night out.  A vintage inspired style is the one to try this fall.

faux fur coat

Kristin Blake Faux Fur Jacket – Nordstrom ($240)

 

faux fur coat

Tularosa Faux Fur Coat – Nordstrom Rack ($90)

 

Plaid

Plaid is always big for the fall.  This season they are showing what’s called “Prince of Wales Plaid.”  I think it’s a really fresh look for the new season.

plaid blazer

Oversized Plaid Blazer – Express ($168) – this is a great piece for your fall wardrobe because it can be dressed up for work or worn with a t-shirt and jeans.

 

Sheer

Sheer tops are all over the stores this fall.  You’ll see tops that are completely sheer or that have sheer arms.  The completely sheer ones can be worn with a cami, bandeau, or pretty bralette underneath.

sheer blouse

Shein ($19)

 

2017 Fall Trends

Nordstrom ($75)

Bell sleeves, blush pink, off shoulder / cold shoulder tops, leather, slogan tees, athleisure, and white boots continue to be in style for the fall.  Wearing your t-shirt or sweater off the shoulder is an easy way of updating your existing clothes and look.  Never wear something just because it’s trendy.  Pick and choose the trends that you like and that compliment your style.  XOXO Michelle

 

The Power of the Third Piece Rule

  third piece rule  

The third piece rule transforms your outfit and elevates your style.  Your pants and top are the first and second piece.  The third piece is an extra outfit element such as a blazer or a statement accessory.

Blazer / Vest / Cardigan / Jacket

These pieces elevate a basic t-shirt or blouse.

 

knit blazer

Old Navy ($40) – this burgundy knit blazer totally pulls this outfit together.  It could also be worn over a blouse for work.  I bought a similar version at the Nordstrom anniversary sale and love it.

 

faux suede vest

Nordstrom ($170) – this vest is pricey but I think it will instantly make an outfit look cooler and more put together.  It can be worn over a sweater, blouse, or tee.  I might have to put this one in the cart.

 

open front cardigan

Gap (on sale now for $49) – I love this cardigan.  The color is beautiful and it upgrades your outfit from a basic t-shirt and jeans.  Also going in the cart!

 

duster coat

Misguided ($60) – Duster coats can upgrade any outfit.  They can be worn with anything from jeans to dresses and make your look pulled together and fashionable.

 

Scarf / Wrap

Scarves add a pop of pizzaz to your outfit.

 

paisley scarf

Nordstrom ($29) – this scarf adds so much color to your face and interest to a plain white tee or blouse.

 

fringe wrap

Nordstrom ($39) – this can be worn as a wrap or a scarf.  The neutral color will go with so much and will look especially great with a cream sweater or long sleeve t-shirt and tall boots.

 

Bold Accessory

A bold accessory is something that draws your eye to it like a statement necklace or a bold cuff.

 

tassel pendant necklace

BaubleBar ($42) – I love this necklace.  It adds a lot of interest to your outfit and can be worn with a lot.

Vera cuff

Nordstrom ($78) – this cuff is so cool and different.  It will definitely draw the eye and add impact to your look.

 

Hat

A hat is another item that can add a ton of interest to your outfit.  Pairing a floppy hot with tall boots, especially OTK ones, is a great look.

 

floppy hat

Target ($25)

 

I hope this helped explain the third piece rule and inspires you to make amazing outfits.

XOXO Michelle

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