Fashion

Fall Shoe Staples

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Are you a shoes or bag girl? I think in my core I’m a bag girl, but I do love my shoes! I sadly just don’t get to wear a ton of them in Chicago once the weather turns colder. Rain, sleet, snow and dirty Chicago streets don’t equate to pulling out the designer shoes unfortunately. But, I have found that there are some styles I consistently reach for every year for Fall that I get a ton of wear in before the colder temps set in and I’ll tell you why!

SAM EDELMAN LORRAINE BIT LOAFER

I first purchased this shoe in 2017 and have been obsessed ever since. I own them in silver, black, white and am looking to get these soon! They are the perfect shoe to run around in and I wear them most often to work. They are so comfortable and add elegance and polish to any look from ripped jeans and sweater to slacks and a button down if you work in corporate. They come in every color imaginable and different materials from suede, leather and patent leather and crocodile (faux). I’m very true to size in Sam Edelman and go with my normal size of 7 - they do stretch out a bit over time, but this only makes them more comfortable and shouldn’t impact sizing. I also get asked a lot if they are the Gucci pair - such a great dupe!

BLOCK HEEL BROWN BOOTIES

For the last few years I’ve been on the search for a pair of brown block heel booties that didn’t break the bank. Unfortunately, two winters ago I was wearing a pair and running to catch the bus (like really running) and the seam of the bootie completely split open when I fell on some ice (as you can imagine IT WAS A DAY). Since then I hadn’t been able to find a pair that weren’t an investment that I loved. While browsing some sites I came across these. I didn’t want true cognac, the heel height had to be right and they needed to be affordable. Well they came in last week and I love them! They are comfortable (took about two days to break in the stiffness) and I love the added height - and they’re 37% off!

STEVE MADDEN GEORGETTE OVER THE KNEE BOOTS

I’m sure y’all are familiar with this style as they’ve been all the range the last few years. I first ordered a pair that had a taller heel and since I’m somewhat tall and long legged I was just getting stripper vibes every time I wore them, which for me was not the goal. I then discovered the Georgette style from Steve Madden and love them! I have them in black and a taupe / grey color and they are easily one of my most worn shoes in Fall and Winter. Pair with skinny jeans, leggings, a long midi dress, skirt and sweater - the options are endless. These are tight enough to stay up on your leg, comfortable and the colors are great.

PERFECT COMFORTABLE PUMPS

I love wearing heels, but not all heels are created equal. The majority of the amazing ones are very uncomfortable and the comfortable ones aren’t the most exciting usually. When I was working in investment banking, I was wearing heels almost everyday and found my go-to pair that are stylish and comfortable. The Sam Edelman Hazel Pump. They come in a ton of colors, suede or leather, are the perfect heel height and very comfortable! I love the suede as they are a bit more formal and great for Fall and Winter, but I own a nude pair in leather and love them too! They come in a leopard brahma that I will be buying myself!

CASUAL SNEAKERS

In today’s trend world, it seems sneakers are here to stay. I’ve been a more athleisure / Nike girl when it comes to sneakers and I wasn’t loving the Golden Goose dirty sneaker vibe that everyone was into. I couldn’t justify spending THAT much on sneakers that looked they had been in the back of your closet for 10 years… so I opted for some dupes that weren’t as distressed and they did not disappoint! I ordered these from SHEIN to give the trend a try and really like them! I pair mine with jeans and even dresses for a more casual look. I’ve added some other styles below, but if you order from SHEIN I would go up a size!

SNAKE SKIN

Leopard is very in this season and so is snake skin! Really any animal print, but one I am loving with neutrals is snake skin. From booties, to slides to pumps, I look the way it adds some edge to your look that is a bit more understated than leopard. I got these Sam Edelman booties last Christmas and love them! Paired with jeans and even shorts if it’s still warm where you are, they are a low heel and pretty comfortable - they are a thick material so breaking in takes a bit. One of my favorite pairs of shoes were a gift from Kollin and he totally surprised me with - you guessed it - snake skin! They are an older style, but are similar to these!

Mules

Similar to the loafers at the top of the post, the mule loafer style was all the rage when Gucci made them in every color, with fur, and multiple designs. While they won’t transition you into winter, they are an easy, on-the-go style that you can wear throughout the Fall season. I love this pair, but have added some cheaper options below too!

BLACK BOOTIES

Always a classic and always chic, black booties will be a closet staple for years for come. I prefer a black heel for comfort, but love a stiletto black bootie too! My favorite pair are shocker, Sam Edeleman Hilty Pointed Toe Bootie, but I’ve linked some other amazing ones too! Pair these wth a pair of skinny black denim or even leather leggings for a date night and wear more casually with a cute sweater and skirt during the day.

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The White Swimsuit Edit & #BachAndBoujee Recap

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Happy Thursday y’all! It has been a whirlwind summer getting ready for this wedding! Between meetings, planning and a million emails, we’re only 44 days away! I was so excited to head to my bachelorette party in Palm Coast, FL for some much needed relaxation with girlfriends!

My grandma was so kind to let us use their Florida home for the weekend and everything was booked and ready to go! Last week felt so long waiting for Thursday to arrive and when it finally did, bad news hit. My flight was delayed. A girlfriend who was going down a day earlier had been cancelled the night before and there were more storms headed for Chicago that morning, but so far there was only the hour delay. I woke up my friend Emily and we took off to the airport in what would become a pretty crazy storm. We made it to the airport and back to the gate pretty quickly where we waited for another girlfriend, Chelsea, to join us. She arrived about an hour later and we sat and talked about her recent engagement (yay, congrats Chelsea and Rob!), how much fun this weekend was going to be and you know, girl talk.

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It was about 30 minutes before we were supposed to board and our plane still hadn’t arrived. All the sudden I start hearing people groan and complain about their flight being cancelled. I prayed it wasn’t our flight and checked my app. Everything was the same and only still delayed and then we heard someone over the intercom announcing that our flight had been cancelled and we needed to proceed to ticketing. We got to the ticketing counter along with about 300 other people and waited in line to try and get on another flight. After about 15 minutes I suppose the flight agents realized we all had the same problem and jumped on the counter to announce that our flight would not be leaving again until Sunday morning - when I was supposed to be flying home from the bachelorette.

I called my Maid of Honor, Lindsey, and told her the news. She arrived a few hours earlier and was already at the house thinking I’d be there in a couple hours. I told her we’d have to find another airline and I’d let her know. With everyone and their friends, moms, dogs, aunts and grandmas trying to get a flight out there was basically nothing left. I seriously started questioning if I was even going to make it down there that weekend without having to pay a million dollars for a flight. But, we ended up finding a flight that left Friday morning and it appeared to only have 6 seats left on the plane. We booked it to the ticketing counter of that airline and we were met with about 150 more people. I instantly became crushed because I knew if we waited in line then there was a chance that flight would sell out. I tried calling and ordering over the phone but the wait time was just as long.

There was a woman helping direct people in line and she came up asking what flight I was on previously. I explained that we hadn’t been on that airline and needed to book an entirely new trip. She looked confused hearing the sadness in my voice and I jumped on a limb and said, “it’s my bachelorette party and I really don’t want to miss it.” She said,” oh my gosh come with me!” and led us to a kiosk computer where she instantly booked us three seats on the Friday flight. I was a total weirdo and gave her the biggest hug and invited her on the trip. Lol she obviously declined, but we left her some great reviews for her amazing customer service!

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So, we headed back to my condo, ordered pizza, drank champs and watched Harry Potter for the rest of the night. Bright and early the next day we headed out and finally made it to Florida. I was welcomed with my girlfriends, champagne, the cutest decorations and so much fun! We hung out in the pool the rest of the afternoon, had some dinner and then went out in St. Augustine that night.

I was so excited to wear some bathing suits I had found for the trip. I’ve really been into one pieces with unique touches recently and loved the Shein one I wore on Friday afternoon. Since i knew I would be wearing white all weekend I wanted something a little different and leopard was the perfect touch of boujee I needed.

We woke up bright and early on Saturday and headed out to Daytona to meet our boat captain for a day on the water. We spent the majority of the day driving around, hanging out on the beach and tubing. The company we used, Blue Diamond Boat Rentals, was so great. They were super professional, had the perfect sized boat and I think had just as much fun as we did!

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I opted for another two piece for the boat and paired it with a very extra coverup I found on Amazon and a pair of heart shaped glasses. Lindsey got me a captains hat (my one true wish for the weekend, I didn’t even tell her and she killed it - duh), and I was loving every second of it. Full of sun, music and Whiteclaw, we headed back to the house and got ready for dinner. At dinner, everyone was exhausted from our long day and to be totally honest, I was pretty over going out and drinking so we headed back to the house and had the ultimate girls room night staying up late talking and telling stories. It was the perfect last night.

Some of the girls were heading out pretty early the next morning and I awoke to three of them in my room at 7AM looking very freaked out. I rolled over and said, “what’s going on?!” Lindsey then proceeded to tell me that a frog had found its way into her suitcase and she found it while packing. We then spent the next 30 minutes coming up with a plan to capture it and Emily saved the day getting it with a Solo cup and taking it outside. After #FrogFiasco2019, we all packed up, cleaned up and headed to the airport. My favorite part of the trip? All the girls ended up getting along great and becoming friends. It was so cool to see so many different people from different places hit it off and look forward to seeing each other again in September at the wedding. #BachAndBoujee was a total success minus the few mishaps and I couldn’t be more thankful for the best girlfriends ever.

If you made it this far, bless you. I’ve rounded up some other white bathing suits I was shopping and loving below if you’re a bride, love a crisp white look or just want to appear tanner (total plus of wearing white)! Thank you so much for reading and to all the girls who made #NavaSingleAgain happen, #prune.

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