Monthly Archives: November 2011

Trends: To Follow or Not to Follow

I’ve posted a couple recipe posts in a row, so here’s a fashion post for you all.

When it comes to fashion, “trends” are a divisive issue. There are those who blindly follow any and all trends, wearing whatever fashion magazines and designers deem to be “hot right now.” They often change their clothing and accessories as often as the trends change, which we all know happens quickly. And then there are those who uniformly refuse to follow trends simply because they think its wasteful or that it infringes on their originality.

If you’ve been reading this blog for anything length of time, you know that I love to try out current trends. But I, along with lots of women, fall in the middle of the two extremes listed above. I don’t spend a lot of money on clothes in general (classics that I know will last and be in style forever are the exception. I have a leather jacket that I’ve had, I kid you not, since 8th grade). $40.00 is probably the most I’ve ever spent on jeans, and I especially don’t spend big bucks on trendy items. Also, I keep my clothes forever and I don’t necessarily stop wearing something just because it’s no longer the “it” item of the moment. Furthermore, just as I don’t refuse to wear something just because it’s trendy, I’m not going to wear something I don’t like simply because it’s a trend.

The faux fur trend that’s everywhere this Fall is a great example of this. Colored denim, riding boots, animal prints, lace, I love it all. But the faux fur trend just doesn’t appeal to me. I don’t dislike it, I just haven’t found any faux fur items I had to have. And that’s perfectly okay.

And then one day I was in Target and I fell in love with a winter coat…with faux fur trim. And that’s okay too! I’ve been searching for a long time for a reasonably priced dressy black winter coat. Since I already have a black North Face jacket and dressy winter coats in red, grey, and houndstooth, I wasn’t willing to pay a lot for yet another one in black. Needless to say, I’ve been searching for awhile. Good winter coats aren’t cheap. But then I found this beauty

Coat: Mossimo, Target $59.99

I was a little surprised by how much I loved the fur on this coat considering that I didn’t much care for any of the other fur embellished items I’d seen up until now.  But it looks great on this coat. And most importantly, the fur is completely detachable. I was willing to pay $59.99 for a good quality basic black coat, but if the fur hadn’t been detachable, I would never have paid that much. So now I have one coat that with the fur trim is a dressy coat with a little something extra and without the fur is a basic black  coat that will go with everything from jeans to a dress.

Fashion is so much fun! And it’s entirely possible to play around with trends without spending a ton of money. So the moral of the story is, don’t be too quick to follow every single trend there is or to shun them altogether.


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Head over Heels [For Fall Footwear]

Sorry this post is a little behind the times, this was yet another post that was written during our hiatus. But even though it’s no longer Fall, it’s only going to get colder out. So really, it’s still quite relevant 🙂

Being only 5’2″ and a girly girl, I love heels as much as the next girl. But sometimes you just want to be able to walk around campus, run errands, or go out with friends without worrying about your feet hurting. Unfortunately, it’s rare when fashion meets function, especially when it comes to shoes. But this Fall (and for several previous years) there’s a shoe that possesses this rare combination. Hello riding boots!


Riding boots are comfortable, versatile, and totally chic. I’ve wanted a pair of riding boots for about three Falls now. Haha! Unfortunately, most of them are quite expensive. But a few weeks ago, I finally picked up my first pair during a ridiculously good sale at Kohl’s. They’re not real leather, but it’s an impressively good imitation. And I’m absolutely in love with them.

Here’s another view of the detailing on the boot

Boots: Sonoma, Kohl’s $47.99 (current sale price at time of post, originally $79.99)

These boots look great with leggings, tucked in or under jeans, and with skirts. I wear them all. The. Time. And while they are definitely hot for Fall, these boots will work right through Winter as well. In fact, I recommend buying them slightly big so you can wear them with thicker socks in cold weather. Especially if you go for a non leather pair. Now, I know there are lots of boot styles out there, but one of my favorite things about this style (aside from the fact that they’re flat) is that they add a little something to an outfit, taking basic jeans and a sweater to the next level.

Because riding boots are often pricey, I opted for basic black that will go with everything. But I’ve been seeing cognac boots everywhere and I love the way they look with dark denim. Imagine my delight when I found an extremely affordable pair at Target. Admittedly, they’re obviously lower quality than my black pair despite both being faux leather. But for a trendy item that I may not wear as often, that doesn’t bother me.

Boots: Target, $34.99

I paired these with dark jeans, a white sweater, and gold accessories for an outfit that was simple, cozy, and stylish all at once. I’m sure I’ll come up with other ways to wear these boots, but pairing them with jeans and a sweater is an outfit I will definitely be repeating this Fall and Winter. I just recently convinced my mom to buy a pair of riding boots as well! These aren’t going out of style any time soon, and I promise you’ll wear them to death!


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