Studded Ankle Strap Flats

Ankle strap shoes are the up and coming shoe shape.  While there are many high-heeled options, I can't help  but be drawn to the ankle strap flat.  So when I stumbled upon this pair for less than $20, I was intrigued to say the least.

I would mix these flats with some of the new additions in my wardrobe.  For some reason I love the look of an ankle strap with a pant.  I know it sort of defeats the purpose, but I like it anyway.  In addition to loving these affordable flats, I also love the affordable handbag featured below.  Tassels rule.

Ankle Strap Flats

Forever21 Chunky Ribbed Knit Sweater $22.80  //  H&M Trousers [sold out]  //  ELLE Ankle Boots $26.99  //   ALDO Eskeets Handbag $50  //  Forever21 Rhinestoned Stacked Rings $2.99  //  Forever21 Luxe Stone Necklace $9.80  //  Juicy Couture Pave Earrings [sold out]  //  Marc by Marc Jacobs Cat Eye Sunglasess [sold out]  // Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey $15  //  OPI Lincoln Park After Dark $8.50


Thanksgiving Tradition

One of my favorite things to do Thanksgiving morning is scroll through my email and check out all the online offers pre-Black Friday.

My two newest obsessions are the revamped [J.Crew Factory website] and outerwear.

I have been eyeing this coat for some time and almost bought it at 30% off:

Lo and behold Thanksgiving morning it was 40% off plus another 15%, so I ended up saving over $100.  I am thankful for super savings!

I love the color, collar and waistline.  In my opinion, outerwear is one of the most critical elements of a wardrobe.  A well-fitted coat makes any outfit look awesome with little to no effort.  That is why I always look for a coat with a defined waist.  A defined waist creates a feminine silhouette and keeps the coat from looking like a tent.  I just hope when it arrives I love it as much in-person.  Fingers crossed.

How perfect is [this outfit]?  I am sure this will lead me on a hunt for a cobalt blue turtleneck.


Beauty Buy #11: Clinique Black Honey

I know that I am pretty late to the Black Honey game as this shade from Clinique is consistently a best-seller. As [mentioned earlier], burgundy is the en vogue color of the moment which also includes beauty. Burgundy, berry, merlot and all shades in between have been on every celeb and runway this season.

Charlize Theron

Here is the thing.  I am very pale and do not need to look more washed out / ghost-like than I already do when my version of a "tan" fades.  I received a tip that Black Honey Almost Lipstick is a subtle way to wear the burgundy lip trend without too much drama.  I have been pleased thus far with the results and enjoy the consistency of this almost lipstick.  It has color but is sheer enough to make it appropriate for daytime wear.  Most important, it does not wash me out or make me look like a vamp.


I stumbled upon Black Honey on a trend search but I can see why it is so popular.  It is a universally flattering shade even for those who typically do not like a bold lip.  I would recommend it to anyone looking for an updated look and might be interested in trying a trend without going overboard.  When burgundy has come and gone, you will still find yourself wearing your Black Honey.


1 Burgundy Sweater / 2 Outfits Under $100

I saw this sweater at Forever21 and have been pondering its versatility ever since.

I love the texture of the sweater because it feels slightly vintage...not to mention burgundy is the color of the season.  I have a gold lame dress I think this sweater would be interesting with when paired with tough boots or evening shoes.

As any responsible CC would do, I started to think of other stylish ways I could work this sweater into my wardrobe prior to purchase.  I came up with the following 2 outfits each under $100.  (Jeans not included because everyone has a pair in their closet...technically I think I could say the same for black tights but I had some dough to spare in the second outfit.)

2 Outfits / 1 Burgundy Sweater

Two of the items in my closet getting the most mileage are my [leopard flats] and [chunky rhinestone necklace].  They add the perfect edgy detail to an otherwise basic sweater and jeans.  And how cute is this [earring set] for $4?  Of course I love the spotted pair but peach and burgundy would make for an interesting color combo.

For a dressier look I would start with this funky dress.  Mirror image prints such as this dress are a huge trend right now.  I love a body con dress like this...not for me to wear on its own (please)...but layered under sweaters and jackets.  I would wear this burgundy sweater over the dress with very necessary thick, black tights and either [black booties] or my black motorcycle boots circa last year.  The finishing detail would be these [neon rhinestone earrings], the hottest trend in jewelry.

For $23, you cannot beat this sweater's style or versatility.  I look forward to more outfits with this burgundy bargain.