When I started seeing boat shoes in stores and fashion editorials I thought they were awesome — comfortable, versatile, with a laid back preppy vibe — but I quickly found out that not everyone shared the sentiment. My boyfriend, for example, who, upon seeing a photo, said, “I guess if you really like them, I could learn to like them too.” And my friend Katelyn, who was a bit more direct: when I picked up a pair while we were out shopping she grabbed them out of my hand and said, “Winona, seriously, you cannot buy these shoes.” I asked her why and she replied, “Because they’re ugly.” So, what do you guys think? Are you rocking boat shoes or wishing this trend would hurry up and sink? [Sperry Top-Sider Slip-Ons, $80]
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A couple years ago, I wrote a love letter of sorts to my hand-me-down leather jacket. But sadly, my little leather jacket and I are breaking up. Why? Well my too-wide shoulders have pushed a wedge between us. So now I’m on a hunt for a new love because everyone needs an LLJ. Whether faux or real, a little leather jacket is an excellent layering piece when the seasons change, and can elevate the look of simple jeans and T-shirt. So during my first search for an affordable LLJ, I stuck with a price of $250 or less and found 12 leather jackets that got my style juices flowing … maybe you’ll fall in love with one too!
Sorry, but unless it’s Halloween, I guess I’m never really going to get the whole skeleton aesthetic thing — keep your bones inside your body, I say! So this skeleton hand bracelet by Delfina Delettrez is less than appealing. What’s next? Spleen rings? Intestine earrings? Yeah, yeah, I know, I sound like someone’s mom. [The Daily What] Keep reading »
I’m fairly certain that I have an addictive personality. I’ve avoided drugs, gambling, cigarettes, and alcohol based on those suspicions, and likely will continue to do so until my dying day. But I got blindsided by my own addictive tendencies when I discovered the joys of personal style. After years of hating my body, I finally figured out that I could look and feel fabulous if I simply dressed to highlight my favorite physical features. It was an absolute revelation, and sparked a new-found, fervent love of clothing, shoes, and accessories. Soon, I fell into some pretty ridiculous and harmful shopping behaviors, the repercussions of which came to a head about three years ago. I had allowed my debt to grow exponentially over several seasons of frenzied acquisition. I’d begun making mental bargains with myself about how another $200 on the ol’ MasterCard wouldn’t make THAT much of a difference in my monthly payment, and I definitely needed those new Frye boots before fall arrived. I’d dug myself into quite a hole, and felt utterly incapable of clawing my way out. Keep reading »
At the end of the day, despite having a closet full of dresses, I am a T-shirt and jeans kind of girl. And once I find a specific brand and cut that I love, I make sure to buy them in every color; that way, on days when I feel like I have “nothing to wear,” I know there will always be a cute and clean T that’s ready and waiting. These days, that shirt is Madewell’s soft scoop T — the fabric is buttery soft with just a tiny bit of sexy sheerness, while the cut is drape-y and feminine. At $30 bucks — on sale! — it’s not exactly chump change, but trust me — you’ll live in it.