The second week of outfits in the Fall Style Me Pretty Challenge is coming to a close today. We’re having so much fun mixing and matching the pieces in this challenge. Many of the women have commented that they are finding that they need less clothes as a result of participating in the challenges. When you know lots of different ways to pair up your basics, you can actually spend a lot less.
Let’s take this basic outfit as an example. All of the pieces in it are things you probably already have in your closet – a cardigan, layering t-shirt, print scarf, boyfriend jeans (or cuffed jeans) and oxfords (or flats).
[Cardigan: Similar/Layering T-shirt: Similar/Scarf: Same/Boyfriend Jeans: Similar/Watch: Same/Purse: Same/Shoes: Similar]
Check out all of the different stylish interpretations the girls in the challenge created from this versatile outfit.
Even though the Fall Stye Me Pretty Challenge is underway, you can still join us and get your shopping list and first two weeks of outfits immediately. We’d love to have you! Get more information and sign up HERE.
Want to know what the most burning question has been on GYPO readers’ lips lately? I’ll bet you can guess from the title.
How the heck do you wear ankle boots?!?
They’re cute, no doubt, but these little buggers can be a bit tricky to style. When I bought my first pair, they sat in the closet for almost an entire season with no wear. When I finally got up the nerve to pair them with some jeans, I was hooked and eager to find other ways to wear them. Before long, I was experimenting with all kinds of ways to pair them up and ready to add to my ankle boot collection.
Here are five of my favorite ways to pair up ankle boots.
1. Ankle Boots with Ankle Jeans
Well, duh, that just makes sense, right? Ankle jeans were practically made for ankle boots and retailers are getting on the bandwagon with this trend. There’s hardly a store you’ll walk into this fall that doesn’t have some cute ankle jeans that are the perfect length to fall just above your ankle boots.
2. Ankle Boots with Cuffed Skinny Jeans
If your skinny jeans are longer than ankle length, just cuff them right above the top of your boot. Easy peasy!
3. Ankle Boots with Boyfriend Jeans
Take a cue from Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley and pair your slouchy boyfriend jeans with a cute pair of ankle boots. Throw on a t-shirt, scarf and jacket and you’re instantly chic for fall.
Or try the trend with a military jacket and white tee.
4. Ankle Boots With Socks
Scrunch some wool socks above your ankle boots when pairing them with skinny jeans or leggings for a cute and cozy look.
5. Ankle Boots With Dresses/Skirts
Swap out your typical heels and try a pair of tights with ankle boots this fall. It’s a modern look that’s sure to instantly update your outfit.
[Ava Ankle Boot]
[Hartley Ankle Boot]
[Lace Up Bootie]
[Suede Ankle Strap Boot]
[Whysper Ankle Boot]
[Suede Low Heel Ankle Boot]
[Vince Camuto Ankle Boot]
It’s Your Turn: What’s your favorite way to wear ankle boots? Tell us in the comments.
Stay tuned for an announcement about the Fall Style Challenge on Monday.
About a month ago, I fell in love with this outfit found on Pinterest after searching for ways to pair up my oxfords. I couldn’t wait for the weather to cool down to recreate it. It’s the perfect combo of preppy casual with menswear details – a navy blazer, boyfriend jeans and oxfords.
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[Blazer: Similar/Sweater: Similar/T-shirt: Gap/Jeans: Mossimo/Oxfords: Rack Room/Earrings: c/o C. Wonder/Tote: 3.1 Philip Lim for Target]
It’s Your Turn: What’s your favorite “borrowed from the boys” fashion trend for fall? Tell me in the comments!
Getting my pretty on today with Shanna, The Pleated Poppy, Style Sessions, Monday Mingle, Visible Monday and Funday Monday.
Over the weekend, I quietly celebrated a milestone – my 40th birthday. If I’m being honest, it all still seems pretty surreal to me. I don’t feel 40 but then again, I’m not sure what 40 is supposed to feel like. I’ve never been one to get caught up in age but for the first time this past year, I’ve faced the harsh reality that youth is appreciated in our society and I’m getting older.
And of course, it brings up some fear and insecurity. Even though I am more content with who I am than ever before, I’m also aware that being over 40 has a certain stigma attached to it. Even in the blogging world, I’m almost afraid to put it out there. Will my younger followers still want to read? Does my style reflect my age? Are brands interested in working with women over 40?
What if I ever have to go back to corporate America to find a job? My resume shows my college graduation date, surely someone will do the math.
It just seems backwards that society judges age by how much time you have left to contribute instead of by what you’ve already accomplished.
I prefer to measure my 40 years differently.
I’ve accomplished a lot, by my own standards. From leaving my small town of 200 to become the first person in my family to graduate from college, to being a single mom my senior year of college and learning to put someone else first, my son. Seventeen years ago, I made the very scary move from small town Pennsylvania to big city Dallas to find a job – with my new college degree, $50 to my name and a six month old baby.
It all worked out but none of it came easy.
I endured years of passionless soul sucking jobs in beige cubicles while chasing what I thought was my dream – being an actress. I had brushes with making it into the “big time” that never panned out. Being second choice one too many times took it’s toll and I walked away from a career right when I started to book the jobs I always dreamed of. The only problem was the dream was much better than the reality of it all.
My real dream come true was right in front of me all along.
Stepping away from acting and getting laid off from my corporate job has allowed me to focus more on what matters most – my family. They are the greatest accomplishment of my 40 years and have given me plenty to celebrate along the way. Especially my marriage to my soul mate, the man that God perfectly created for me. He stepped in and took over the responsibility of raising my son and has loved him as his own ever since. He treats me and our two little girls like princesses. Those two beautiful girls bring light and joy to our lives every single day. Our home is filled with unconditional love and lots of laughter. I’m also grateful to live near both of my sisters who are absolutely my best friends and have always been there for me.
I’m blessed beyond measure.
So, this is 40 and 40 is pretty darn good. I don’t know what the future holds for me but I’m definitely enjoying every single moment of the now.
Today I feel pretty content and that’s a great place to be.
Looking for a snake print heel for fall? This pair is gorgeous and comfy and ON SALE for $40! It comes in three different colors.
[Blazer: The Limited/T-shirt: Forever 21/Jeans: Mossimo/Heels: Sole Society (ON SALE!)/Bracelets: c/o In Pink/Necklace: Heather Belle Co./Watch: Michael Kors]
I Feel Pretty
It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell me what made you feel pretty this week in the comments!
Link up your outfits or anything else that makes you feel pretty. There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow GYPO. (Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin‘)
2. Link up your pretty post.
3. Link back to my blog (using the button above or your own link).
4. Visit other pretty peeps.
That’s it! Let the fun begin.
Getting my pretty on with Fashion Informant, Fashion Friday, Friday’s Five, Tres Chic, What I Wore to Work, The Pleated Poppy, Shanna, Sarah, Style Sessions and Monday Mingle.
It all started with this adorable outfit I found on Pinterest and now I’m full out obsessed with oxfords for fall. I already have the navy blazer, boyfriend jeans and t-shirt. All I need is the shoes to complete the look.
Here are a few options that I’m considering. Which pair is your favorite?
[Crown Vintage “Alice”]
[ModCloth “Trips of the Trade”]
It’s Your Turn: Will you be buying oxfords this fall?
NORDSTROM GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY
Don’t forget today is the last day to enter to win a $365 Nordstrom gift card over at Pinterest Told Me To. Click on the graphic below to enter!
You could buy the whole Pinterest inspiration outfit (plus some) with that much Nordstrom dough!
The navy blazer…
[Navy Linen Blazer]
The boyfriend jeans…
[Kut from the Kloth “Catherine”]
And a cute pair of oxfords too!
[Miz Mooz “Monaco”]
Be sure to stop by to enter and wish Sheaffer a happy blog birthday too!