This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ariat.
I know I have said this time again, but fall in Miami is a tricky time. While the temperatures stay pretty warm, the fashion trends definitely shift. One of my favorite looks for fall in Miami is pairing a great pair of boots and showing a little leg with a minidress or skirt. Sometimes finding the perfect boot can be quite challenging–however these Ariat riding boots are exactly what my wardrobe has been missing! I have always loved riding boots when I see street style photos and celebrities wearing them, but I never knew what brand to pick or what color to go for–I like that these are black but with a section of a deep purple/maroon at the top of each boot. They are easy to slide on and off, so they are even ideal for traveling. My legs and feet are always cold on airplanes so I prefer boots over flats or sandals.
I never knew much about the brand Ariat before, but they are a classic American footwear brand associated with equestrian sports and lifestyle. I must confess, I don’t ride horses (and I only have one time, in Colombia), but these boots are fashionable enough to wear in my everyday life. I suppose next time I am presented with the opportunity I have the perfect pair of boots to reach for!
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Black and brown, silver and gold, white after Labor Day–the dated rules of fashion are simply over. Many people feel navy and black aren’t meant for each other, but I simply disagree. Some of my favorite style inspiration pics feature navy and black and it seems to be quite a trendy color combination for the Scandinavian set, aka my personal style icons. Honestly, it took me a few different lighting scenarios to determine what color this blouse was–and paired with vegan black leather I can rest assured it is definitely navy blue. I keep meaning to pick up a pair of navy shoes, but I haven’t found any that are quite right. Another reason why pairing this classic color with black makes it instantly more wearable for me, owner of dozens of black shoes.
On moi: C. Luce blouse via Le Tote, Sanctuary Clothing vegan leather skirt (c/o), Danielle Nicole bag (c/o, new style here and the mini style here), Very Volatile boots (old, similar here), Gucci sunglasses (similar), Michael Kors watch
Cheers to the almost-weekend! I had a fun dinner last night meeting some new bloggers in the area, and I told them all about Le Tote, the company where I borrowed the dress from in my last post. The top I am wearing today is also a Le Tote item! It’s another fall floral design and it was so perfect to wear with these mahogany brown booties and vintage oxblood bag. I never really got on board with the peplum trend, so to wear this once and send it back to Le Tote is a great way to experiment with the look without the commitment of buying! Also, the ladies at Le Tote gave me a little discount code, so if you want to sign up for their service use promo code BLAHBLAHBLONDE to save 10%!
I rarely wear jeans in South Florida, because of the heat, and today I am kind of wishing I hadn’t because it warmed back up to 85 and our elevator is broken at work! Tomorrow will probably be the casualest of Fridays for moi. This also means no elevator selfies for a month, le sigh.
On moi: Urban Skies peplum top via Le Tote, Old Navy Rockstar denim, my grandmother’s vintage Etienne Aigner bag (similar on sale), Alexander Wang booties (mine are from 2012, these are newer), eBay sunnies & Michael Kors watch.
Who says florals are reserved for spring? When floral prints are done in darker colors, like this navy and green number, you can totally transition floral prints into your fall fashion routine. Patterns with a navy or black base color are generally fair game. Toughen the look up with a leather or denim vest for added versatility and a strong, fearless fashion vibe. Florals were also all over the FW2013 collections thanks to designers like Thakoon, Alice + Olivia, Matthew Williamson, Dolce & Gabbana, Milly, and more.
So, in short, floral prints can be rocked year-round. My only other styling recommendation? Opt for a fall-friendly show rather than a sandal. I initially tried this on with really cute suede sandals but it just felt wrong. Pumps, booties, or full boots are your best bets. Here are some floral dresses I LOVE for fall: a flowy smock dress, a transitional jersey dress, one that combines florals and stripes (!), a sexy off-shoulder style perfect for Serena van der Woodsen, and a romantic fit & flare that’s perfect for date night.
Note: I received this fitted shift dress from Le Tote, and it fits like a dream! If you haven’t heard of Le Tote, I suggest you look into what they are all about–hint: they’ve been called the “Netflix of fashion.”
On moi: Dress- Collective Concepts via Le Tote, bracelet via Le Tote, Schutz pumps (similar here and here), Rebecca Minkoff bag (similar styles here and here), eBay sunnies.
I can’t even BEGIN to express how glad I am that October is over. This year October was just plain wicked – adios! Between dog bites, allergic reactions, an antibiotic rash, a twisted neck and a severe cold, this month was like every freak accident and illness all crammed into 4 trying weeks. Magically, this morning I woke up and my neck feels GREAT and it is the first day in many weeks I haven’t some sort of medication. Finally! Any way, onto the fashion…
November always reminds me of neutral colors like beige, brown, gold, and all of the hues that those color families encompass. It seemed only right on November 1st that I incorporate a variety of these colors into my look. Plus I’ve been basically slopping around sick in pajamas so it felt good to mix some metallic, silk, gold and snakeskin. Ooh la la. I think it is so easy to take a variety of shades within a color family and wear them all at once! No more worrying about what colors match, which means less time spent trying to build outfits.
On moi: Massimo Dutti silk blouse (c/o, old, similar style here), BP metallic skirt (similar here and here), Sole Society Lisette bag (c/o) and Sole Society pumps (c/o, old, similar here), Forever 21 sunnies, Michael Kors watch
First of all…HAPPY MONDAY!
I’ve been so sick the past few weeks, more so the last 4 days, and I am still trying to regain my senses of taste and smell (sad but true) and I have definitely been taking it easy and trying to get back to a healthy state. I’ve been taking medicine, sleeping, doing shots of apple cider vinegar (where the no taste/smell really comes in handy) and generally taking on a sloth mode. I’d say I am about 70
My birthday is this week- always an exciting time however I am not thrilled to be turning 28! I can’t believe I am that old, I still feel 22. I mean my ringtone is Jay Z’s “Forever Young” and I slather on anti-aging creams like nobody’s business. However, I am always looking for new secrets and tips, so please, share your knowledge. Mother Time will catch me one of these days but I’d like to keep her guessing as long as possible.
Today I decided to keep it simple, I am still sick after all, in a cool Robert Rodriguez origami blouse (eBay steal) and an easy black skater skirt. Comfortable sandals and a bright bag complete my Monday outfit. Few things treat me so well as basic black & white.
On moi: Robert Rodriguez blouse (similar here, here), Forever 21 skater skirt- the new model has pleats which is so adorable!, LOFT sandals (old, similar ones here and here), Rebecca Minkoff bag (no longer avilable, but the same color in a different bag style is here), Trina Turk earrings -on sale for $33, I wear these almost every day, such a great pair to own!, Gucci sunglasses, gold wrapped ring by Sole Society (c/o).
It’s no secret that seasons are pretty much non-existent for South Florida, which can be quite a shame since there are such adorable fall clothes every season! The trick really comes into fabrics and cuts. For example, a great silk blouse paired with coated skinny jeans is one of my favorite looks–however, it would leave me with sweat stains and make me quite uncomfortable with every step. SO, Miami fashionistas must compromise. Thankfully, I have found a great medium with the brand Sanctuary and their latest collection. Here, an on-trend silk blouse becomes easy & breezy when it is made of sheer fabric (and in a fun red leopard print!), and my coated skinny jeans take a warm weather shape in the form of a lightweight vegan leather a-line skirt. Ta-da! I still get a look that’s totally fall-worthy, thanks to the oxblood and black color palette, and I can easily mix and match these pieces to wear a multitude of ways.
Add a fun felt hat & some ankle strap pumps and you are ready to welcome fall 2013!
Speaking of Sanctuary, I want to let all my South FL fashion lovers know that they are opening a fab shop this weekend in the new Lord + Taylor at Mizner Park, Boca Raton (which opens TODAY!) Come out and shop their amazing new looks–I’ll be there tomorrow night, so if you see me- say HI!
Ok, ok so we don’t technically get much of a fall in South Florida. But this morning I must admit, the air was crisp, there was a great breeze, and when I took our dog out for a walk I was a little cold! Granted, I am always cold but outside generally that is not the case. Now it’s warmed up and it in the 80s, but ah, something tells me this year we will get a few more crisp and refreshing days. Que fresca!
I have to also apologize for disappearing for a few weeks – we’ve had several days of rain, and I went to Colombia for about a week, and it was such a great trip! I love going there and from Miami its an easy 3 hour flight. However, I ate a LOT so this next week needs to be focused on working out and eating light, maybe even doing a juice cleanse. So far I have failed–I haven’t worked out once and I’ve basically been eating ramen noodles! I am such a bad cook when I am just cooking for me. Soup and wine, please and thanks!
Today I am wearing a perfectly transitional dress from GUESS (from about a year ago, but this Express version is a dead ringer!), and a Levi’s denim jacket–the ultimate seasonal chameleon. Ankle boots (old, similar here) and a great bag and I’m out the door. Pop of color courtesy of Italia Independent Eyewear (similar red shades here). I love a well-made striped dress because it can easily float through your wardrobe–not only from summer to fall but also from day to night. Swap the boots for stilettos and ditch the jacket and its a dress perfect for a Friday night out.
Wishing everyone a happy fall weekend!