Category: Trends on a Budget

Kate Spade Skirt on a Budget

So I have a serious addiction to Kate Spade, literal addiction.  Half of my office and slowly but surely my whole house is becoming Kate Spade thanks to HomeGoods (I even managed to find some champagne glasses for a steal when our old ones broke) but when I saw this gorgeous skirt it called to my Kate Spade loving soul!   The stripes were just too classic of a pattern for the brand (it’s even in the handbook not kidding) and it had to go with something amazing, pink and girly.

The stripes in themselves are a bold enough pattern that I wanted to let them be the statement for the outfit and let everything else frame it.  By leaving open the denim shirt and then tucking it in it both open sup the face by creating a giant v shape and also drawing the eye to the waist creating the smallest look of the waist possible.

 The a line shape of this skirt is going to float away from any hip shape creating a wonderful hourglass shape for any body type.  The best part is this skirt is under $15!   The price point is so fantastic on this skirt I want it in every pattern and it’s got a great weight to it.

We can’t forget the fabulous pink sparkly shoes.  These are a staple in my wardrobe and are so amazingly comfortable.  For a designer pair of shoes the price point is wonderful and I get lots of wear out of them.  I linked a similar pair from the same brand for under $50 which is an insane steal as mine were over $150!

This is such a fun and fabulous going out look that hasn’t made several appearances and this skirt has made several work appearances for sure (it’s a great office appropriate skirt).

Women’s Color Block High Waist Pleated Skirt | Women’s Button Classic Denim ShirtWomen’s Any Day Tank | Jewel Hayden Embellished Peep-Toe | Flat Fold Over Clutch

Plaid Isn’t Just for Flannel

So plaid is one of the biggest trends I feel like every fall and of course this year is no exception.  Instead of just the flannel its on everything and this adorable dress called to me!  It flares out a bit at the bottom but the belt cinches it in nicely at the waist (Can you tell I love a great belted anything) giving that itty bitty waist that is so flattering on everyone and really makes everyone look as curvy and small as possible.

Throw a bright boyfriend sweater over this dress and its perfect for a date night or a casual night out with the girls.  I love these giant hats during winter and it added the perfect touch of sass.  To add a pop of color I added my favorite heels in hot pink.  The zippers are just my favorite fun touch to this dress, the give it a little extra edge to keep it from being too plain and for under $20 you just can’t go wrong!

Adjustable Strap And Belted Zip Up Wrap DressJewel Hayden Embellished Peep-Toe | Buckle Bangle Bracelet | Wide Brim Ribbon Band Fedora Floppy Hat


Letting Out Your Inner Gossip Girl

Keyhole Front Leopard Print DressWomen’s Satin Closed Toe Pumps | Flat Fold Over Clutch | Bangle Bracelet

So leopard is back in a serious way this year but I didn’t want to do it in a traditional way, AT ALL!  I wanted something chic and unique and this has such a fabulous Serena vibe from Gossip Girl (think Season one when they stole Elenor’s dresses and had their own shoot in the park).

The low back with the really fun pom pom edged detailing is such a fun twist to this already wonderful dress! (Seeing more Gossip Girl inspiration?)

Now lets really break down the shape of this dress.  The fuller sleeve and more fitted skirt are going to create more volume up top to balance out a fuller bottom half of the bottom, making this amazing and perfect for anyone with a pear shaped body.  The tie waist is also going to pull in any waist and the cut on the leg is going to make them look lean and a million miles long.  This is just such a great party dress for winter.  Make a statement for those holiday parties and let out your inner Gossip Girl (XOXO) Oh and one more photo for good measure cause you can see the adorable key hole in the front and my photographer nailed it! 

Valentino Inspired Flats

One of the hottest designer shoes on the market is the studded Valentino shoes both flat and heeled.  The gorgeous flat option is a must for everyones wardrobe. At almost $700 a pair its just not reasonable for most people’s budget (umm thats more than my car payment lets be real!) however this pair is under $50!!! There are multiple heel options your 3.5″ can be found here, a simple pump can be found here, and the nice kitten heel at 2.5 can be found here.

The most amazing part is how incredibly comfortable these shoes actually are. They were constructed incredibly well for the price and even came with extra rivets.  I was honestly skeptical after all its a knock off product and honestly they were padded, flexible and had pretty great traction on the floor.  The pointed toe is amazing for elongating the line of the leg and overall are just a great basic for any woman’s shoe wardrobe with a really fun twist.

These are absolutely going to be a staple to go item for my wardrobe, especially with jeans this fall and winter.  They are a great fun twist to any outfit and will leave your friends wondering just how much you actually spent on your shoes ;).