Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Boots: The Short Motorcycle Boot

Now that we've officially buried summer and started putting away our swimsuits and sandals, it's best not to dwell on the things we're leaving behind and instead focus on all the great accessories and outerwear that comes with a new, cooler season! 

Because I live in the south, I only have a few short months to use heavy coats or jackets, but BOOTS will take you through at least half the year (or more if you're stubborn like me!). It just makes more sense to invest your wardrobe in a great pair of boots that will not only be versatile enough to wear throughout the year, but will last through many, many years of constant use without falling out of style.

Finding the perfect boot is a quest on which I've spent many a dry-eyed hour at the computer. Deciding what you want is almost as hard as finding it! The options out there are truly staggering. Chunky heel or stiletto? Bootie or shootie? Knee-length or over-the-knee? Leather or faux leather? What about fringe, buckles, metal plates, studs, or laces?

The Frye brand is as classic as it gets. The brand was started in 1863 by John A. Frye and a partner, and there are still boots from the 19th century and early 20th century that sill exist today in museums. They're pretty high quality boots and shoes, and the company offers resoling for life for a very modest fee.
When a girl friend let me try on her pair of 12R Harness boots, I felt like a total badass babe, and I wanted that power for myself. Soon after I bought a pair of my own (in tan).

When it was time to expand my boot collection, I wanted a pair of short motorcycle boots. Knowing the pair their boots can possess, the first place I looked was Frye. You may remember my trip to the Frye flagship store in Boston, where I bought the oxfords. I made sure I tried on all their motorcycle-style boots (they have a lot) and found the perfect size... and then bought my perfect pair for 60% off on Ebay. hahahaha I'm the worst! I think that's why I ended up buying those oxfords in the store: out of guilt.

But behold! Frye's Back Zip Short boot!

I think they are the epitome of easy-sexy-cool. I can't wait to wear them with my skinny jeans and motorcycle jacket all season. 

But in case you want to see some other kinds of short motorcycle boots, check out some of my favorite iterations from across the interwebs!
If you're looking for a bootie to get you through just about every sartorial situation this fall/winter without breaking the bank OR your ankle (and don't mind if it falls apart soon thereafter), try these!
Forever 21 Classic Faux Leather Booties, $27.80

If you're looking to go cheap and a little on the wildside, I wouldn't hate you for choosing these zipper-lined booties from F21. They'd look killer as a dark foil to your flippy floral skirts.
Forever 21 Metal Moment Booties, $39.80.

Who needs an arm party when you're wearing these? I bet these Dolce Vita booties make a nice, satisfying jingle-jangle when you walk.
Dolce Vita Yazmina Boots, $259
The quilting on this Stuart Weitzman pair gives a luxe air to your bad-assery.
Stuart Weitzman, $498. 
These are very similar to the Frye short harness boots, but for way less.
Silence + Noise, $99.
These Miu Miu boots have zippers, buckles, AND metal plating, yet it still looks refined and restrained. Impressive.
Miu Miu, $950.

Kate Spade puts her signature adorableness in her take on the motorcycle boot. The little bow! The tiny spade! The bitchin' black leather! 
Kate Spade New York Sabina boots, $398.
Super classic, super cool, but not your average buckle straps.
Rag & Bone, leather, $595

Friday, September 26, 2014

Last Vestiges Of Summer

These were taken sometime in July before going out to eat with my boyfriend and his father. The place we went wasn't fancy, but I like to look nice for the BF's parents.

This is another of my dresses that has a inner bra keep, a little snap button a string to keep your bra strap from showing. It's such a small thing (and an easy alteration to add yourself) that makes a big difference in your overall look. Many brands on the higher end of the quality spectrum, like this Calvin Klein dress, have this feature built in. 

Here is an example of a bra strap holder inside a dress. [courtesy of]


Dress: Calvin Klein via Ideel. Striped version here, Nine West striped version here, Maggy London version here.  

Kimono: H&M. Similar versions at BooHoo, Swell, and Topshop via Nordstrom.

Shoes: Lucky Penny via Anthropologie. Similar styles here, here, and here.

Necklaces: F21 (expensive version here) and BaubleBar. 

Belt: My grandfather's gun strap from the Korean War.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Slice Of Life: Going Strapless In The Summer

The other day I went to a friend's Willy Wonka-themed birthday party. To dress for the occasion, I wanted something bright and colorful, but still breezy to contend with the heat.

I've been aching to wear this too-cute off-the-shoulder crop top from Asos for weeks, but none of my strapless bras were fitting me and the shirt the way I needed. Poor little lemons just staring at me in my closet...

It took me a while to find a good strapless bra, but now that I have one, I can't be stopped! The Fantasie Smoothing Strapless bra won out over a few other contenders for the amount of support and shaping. The larger cups mean there's no weird quad-boob action going on if it slips. 

Speaking of slipping, this one held up nicely over the course of three or so hours. I didn't have to tug on it at all, despite carrying and picking things up (meaning bending over!). 

The skirt is a silk thrift find that needed a new elastic. I only recently fixed it, and I am thrilled to have this punchy color in my midi skirt rotation. I love the way a silk skirt flows around you like a buttery wind.

I just tucked a bunch of hair into a roll and threw this little gold garland over it. It's got combs to keep it in place. 


Top: Asos. It's on sale, ladies! Under $20!

Skirt: Thrifted green silk midi. Close approximation at Asos, light blue version with slit at Charlotte Russe, and a gingham version here.

Shoes: Bamboo. Similar versions at Asos and Amazon, but I really love the lucite heels on this version.

Bag: Thrifted straw clutch. How cute would this Kate Spade clutch look with this outfit? Though this printed version could give it a run for its money.

Hair Accessory: I found it at the Born Pretty store for less than $6!