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Hello!

I have been working diligently on my 4 Simple Goals!

Have you? Do share!

One of my goals was to get out of my long johns (yes, I wear them all year round!) and spruce up a bit. Perfect timing, since my elementary education practicum just started, and I have to dress up for the classroom. In order to make sure I emphasized the “sprucing” when it came to an outfit, rather than just trading PJ’s for leggings, Bea and I got together and pre-planned some outfits. We put our two closets together and came up with some fabulous (if we may say so ourselves) finds!

This houndstooth jumper has been in my closet for almost 6 years now. You might not believe that I got it at Wal-Mart, but I totally did! In fact, it was on the clearance rack and I snagged it for a whopping $7. One of my favorite color combinations is black and golden shades of yellow  (it’s all over my living room, in fact) so I paired it with a mustard-y cardigan and black flats. I really love this dress, and it gets a lot of compliments!

This dress hails from the land of Forever 21. (Question . . . would you judge if I continued to shop there well into my 30’s?) We can’t decide if we should call the tights Grape, Eggplant, or Brandywine (that last option is definitely inspired by our recent LOTR movie marathon, fyi) but regardless, I snagged them (and all of the tights featured in this post) from We Love Colors. Adding more color to my wardrobe was one of my overall outfit goals, and this site really delivered on the color options!

This dress is from Bea’s closet, and also originally from Forever 21. My favorite part of this outfit is the contrast of the green tights and my golden leopard (or are they cheetah?!) flats. I LOVE ANIMAL PRINT SHOES. Phew. Glad I got that out. I hope that I don’t look totally ridiculous in these colored tights–I think the earthy, fall tones are the best to wear, and you’d tell me if I wasn’t pulling it off, right? Right.

Overall, we put together about 10 outfits. Half of them were dress/tight/cardi combos while the remaining 5 centered around my lonely pair of Gap black slacks. But these three outfits were our absolute favorites. What do you think?

Happy fall!

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these are a few of my favorite things // cat

So . . . I spent the whole winter looking for a perfect pair of (affordable) riding boots, but never found what I was looking for. I purchased one pair from dEliA*s–a cute knee high riding boot that laced at the toes and zipped up the back–but my left calf was too big! :/

Thus, I have declared that I will stop at nothing this summer until I find a perfect summer staple shoe. And I’ve decided this doesn’t include the $10 sandals I buy at Target to replace basic blacks from last summer. Instead, I think I’m going to branch out and buy something a little more fun–maybe a style I’ve never tried before. I love trying new things!

So here’s my Summer Shoe Favorites!

I have been in the market for cowboy boots my whole life, because I just can’t ever seem to find a pair that I absolutely love! It seems no matter what I pair with them I always feel a bit too . . . country. And hot. Cowboy boots are really warm shoes. I like these cropped boots because you still get that cowboy boot vibe with the silhouette, the stitching and the tassel, but the height feels totally rock and roll! I’d wear these boots from Alloy with this, this, and this! I think they’d go especially well with the hi-low trend that’s all over town!

I’ve had my eyes on some saddle shoes for a long time now. Instead of being two-tone, this pair from dEliA*s are two-texture, which is a fun take on the traditional that I really like.  I also love these ones because the crochet details make them airy–no socks! The only problem is I’m not sure what color I’d buy–probably the white or the pink. Maybe both! I’d wear them with this, this, and this! I like to wear flat shoes with short dresses–minis and heels combined is just sometimes too much for me to deal with!

These Sperry’s from dEliA*s are definitely a splurge, but I am in dire need of a pair of kicks that go great with skinny jeans that I can wear socks with. I keep getting blisters walking long distances in my flats and sandals–but my trainers just won’t do with skinnies! So I think I might invest in a pair of these. Maybe not this summer, but definitely when we go to Europe! I love this pair because I am a sucker for animal print. I’d wear them with these, these, and these!

I can’t help but add a basic black sandal to my wish list. And this pair from Forever 21 is super affordable! I’ve bought a new style of flat sandal in black for the last three summers–they sometimes last, they sometimes don’t–but when they do I have a few options to choose from in a color that goes with everything! I’m really into chevron shapes, so I love the gold detail on the toe-piece. And the double ankle strap is unlike anything I already have in my closet! I’d wear them with this, this, and this!

*iwillnotmakeanypurchases*iwillnotmakeanypurchases*iwillnotmakeanypurchases

Until payday.

Thanks for letting me share! What’s on your summer wish list?

xoxo, cat