Mom Style: Ankle Boots for Spring

 

     I promised a post on these boots awhile back, and here it is! I purchased them at an H&M in Denver, and they are probably one of my best buys ever. Black ankle boots are an essential for almost any wardrobe. They are super versatile, and have quickly become a "basic" ever since ankle boots rose to popularity around 8 years ago. I've had a few pairs over the years, but these are my most favorite. They are a dark black suede and with a solid block heel and a tall boot shaft (as far as ankle boots go), they are also my most comfortable pair yet. The block heel and boot shaft provide so much support and stability, it barely feels like you are wearing a heel.

     I decided to pair them with my crop flare jeans, considering the cropped style shows off the boots so well, and a small t-shirt I also picked up in Denver!

      Side note: the heels on these are a little over four inches, so I end up at around 5'11" in them, which in my opinion is another perk because I don't hate being tall.

     Get the outfit details below!

Wearing: Project Social T  / Vintage Jeans (similar here) / H&M Ankle Boots (no longer available, similar here)

To Consider Loungewear

 

     Hi guys! Today, I thought we could check out some cute loungewear. Part of my goal of living authentic in 2016 is giving myself downtime for reflection and to just relax. I prefer to do that in comfy clothes, not work out clothes or pajamas, just soft and simple clothes. Above are a few of my favorite loungewear items: a cozy cardigan from Free People, shearling slipper boots from my little sister, a thin t-shirt, and relaxed floral track pants. In the summer, my choices are obviously different, and even simpler (less layering). For now though, I'm looking into nice looking pieces that are well made. Honestly, I wear lounge clothes 80% of the time that I'm at home. They need to last and be visually pleasing! Below, I've featured my picks that I've had my eye on or are already planning to purchase. Check 'em out, and do some online shopping with me!

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To Discuss Snow Footwear

 

     Hey guys! I think it's important to discuss the things, like snow footwear, that not everyone notices or even cares about. This is strictly because I am detail oriented when it comes to clothes, and while Brett may not notice or care about how my snow boots look, I do, and I know that an ugly pair of shoes can ruin a good outfit. I don't dress half-ass, even in the snow. It doesn't look good, and that in turn, makes me feel bad. Of course, I still stay warm, but there are ways to stay warm and still be stylish. Even with fifty layers on, I swear! So today, I figured I'd share some of the best snow boots out there. The ones pictured above are patent leather Dr. Marten knock offs that I don't have to worry about ruining with those dratted salt stains.

     Now, let's cover some main components to look for when purchasing said snow boots. Number 1: Tread. If the boots don't have tread, don't buy them. Your bum/knees/hands/elbows will thank you later. Number 2: Material. Typically a water resistant one is ideal, such as rubber or water proof leather. Number 3: Warmth. Shearling lining is amazing, but as long as the padding on the inside is thick, you'll be good to go. Number 4: Style. This is dependent on your personal style. The "Dr. Martens" suit my slightly eclectic but casual style perfectly. See more options below!

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1. The classic duck boot style, but at an affordable price. They also have taller styles available!

2. UGG Boots are expensive, but if you live somewhere where it's cold a lot of the time, it's worth the splurge! Especially for that waterproof leather.

3. A great waterproof suede option! Lovin' that tread too.

4. I love the fur accent on these, it makes them look more special than your average snow boots!

5. These look like motorcycle boots! So cute!

6. Adding a cute print to snow boots is a great way to freshen your look up. These nail it.

What We're Loving, #6

     Hi guys! I hope everyone is having a nice and smooth Monday! So far today, mine's been pretty good. I've just been catching up on posts that I shot over the weekend, and there were a lot. I still got some relaxing things in though, with a manicure in the new shade of polish pictured below. I also started reading the new Book of the Month! So far, all I can say is wow. If you are reading along, be prepared to get inspired. We've mostly just been getting prepared for winter around here! There are like four throw blankets scattered throughout our living room at the moment. Ha! I just can't get enough of them. Same goes for Bailey and the crackers she's been stealing from me. Gotta love my little scavenger though. :)

What We're...

Wearing: My vintage Bass boots from Goodwill/the cutest little lion socks.

Reading: Essentialism by Greg McKeown/Fox in Socks (the only book she'll tolerate for more than a page).

Eating: Habanero BBQ almonds/sea salt crackers!

Making: A Fall 2015 photo album with my prints from Artifact Uprising/beautiful music.

Loving: New polish from Essie/brushing her hair with my brush.

To Line Up Your Fall Shoes

     Hey Readers! Ahhhhh shoes. I just can't get enough. Especially when fall rolls in and I get to pull out my ever-growing collection of ankle boots. I generally put away all sandals at the first sign of chill, and I find that I don't really miss them until around February when I'm just done with winter and shopping for spring. My personal rule regarding seasonal shopping coincides with the capsule wardrobe concept. I have all my basics for each season hanging in the closet, and then I check out what draws my eye in the trendy, street style reports on Pinterest. While I have shared what those 5 pieces were for the fall/winter season here, today I want to show you all what my rotation for shoes looks like in the fall. Just to note, I'm not a big heels person. I can walk in them just fine, and love the way they look, but even at 5' 7", when I wear them I just feel too tall. I wear them to events that call for them, like weddings, but they aren't a day to day thing for me. That being said, my very essential black ankle boots that have about a 3" heel are a more reasonable, casual height and I feel more than comfortable in them. Along with the link for the actual shoe, I've linked similar options in case mine have sold out. Enjoy!

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1. H&M Black Suede Western Ankle Boots (similar here and here)
2. Asos Blush Suede Lift Off Flats (similar here and here)
3. Matt Bernson Beige Suede Point Toe Ankle Boots (thrifted) (similar here and here)
4. Target Black Leather Buckled Flat Ankle Boots (bought a year ago) (similar here and here)
5. H&M Black Haircalf Slip On Sneakers (sadly no longer available) (similar here and here)