Sneakers & Sweater Weather

Long sweater with crop, jeans and sneakersFirst and foremost, big shout out to my Instagram Husband for shooting this post! Asking Joe to take my picture is usually an absolute last resort because his two-second attention span and unique “vision” result in some really–errr–special, but not exactly useful, photographs. If I’m like, “Hey I just need a picture of me in a squat position to show the proper form” the result will be a picture zoomed in on a traffic cone far off in the distance with half my legs cut out of the frame. His response is usually something along the lines of, “Negative spacing is very artistic, Nicole, you just don’t appreciate my talent.”

Ok, Mario Testino. (LOLLOLLOL)

Long sweater with crop, jeans and sneakers

Well time to give Insta Hubs a little more credit because I’m in focus AND you can see my entire body–a good thing since this post is all about my new kicks.

Now that I live in Downtown Crossing, I’m just a quick walk from Designer Shoe Warehouse and I can’t stay away from their sneaker section. No joke, when they reached out to me about working together I was literally in the store buying the white sneakers I’ve been wearing in recent workout posts. I checked my email on my phone and was like c’mon. What are the chances?! Long sweater with crop, jeans and sneakersDSW has a wide selection of brand name and designer footwear (and accessories) with tons of different styles, colors, sizes and widths. I love these adidas NEO Courtset sneakers I’m wearing for a casual every day look or to wear to and from teaching at the studio. I’m also on a serious gray kick (really broadening my fashion horizons from my typical black on black on black looks haha) so these shoes were perfect. dsw-adidas-neoLong sweater with crop, jeans and sneakers

I’ve always loved sneakers, so having this whole athleisure trend explode has given me the encouragement I didn’t need to wear them with literally everything. Leggings, duh. Jeans and a cozy sweater, done. Dresses, sure. Bathing suits, you’d be surprised. 😉 Long sweater with crop, jeans and sneakers

If you don’t live by a store, check out DSW.com for an even larger selection of shoes.

Any fellow sneaker lovers out there? What does your go-to pair look like?

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This post was sponsored by DSW. While I was compensated, all opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible. 🙂

Stitch Fix Review – Help Me Decide What to Keep!

Stitch Fix Review

Hello from the air! Guess who has the ENTIRE ROW OF SEATS TO HERSELF?! When I arrived at the gate this morning I noticed it didn’t seem to crowded, but I wouldn’t let my mind even entertain the possibility. No, don’t even think it. As I boarded the plane and slowly made my way down the aisle, eyes scanning the rows of seats just lightly peppered with passengers, I again told my brain to shut up. Stop–STOP!–you’ll jinx it. I approach row 26. I double check my ticket. I double check that I’m actually at row 26. I triple check. Ohmygodohmygodohmygod.

I put my bag overhead and sit down, eyes fixed on the passengers who have yet to claim their seat. What if?! A women juggling two small children and a bag that definitely exceeds carry-on size ungracefully thuds down the aisle towards me. Sonofabitch. She glances down at her ticket. She glances up at the row numbers. A single bead of sweat drips from my left armpit.

She walks passed.

GOOOOAAALLLL!!! I silently cheer with the enthusiasm (and accent) of a European soccer announcer.

Just a few more unseated passengers to survive. The possibility is too real now. I need this. This row is mine. Still, I dare not buckle my seatbelt just yet.

Next to approach: Middle-aged man resembling a short Brian Cranston. I can’t help it–I’m glaring. I dare you to have seat in row 26 you blue meth-cooking motherfucker. Again, THAT PAUSE. That awful pause where he looks down at his boarding pass and up at the row number. It lasts a lifetime.

Row 25.

YAAASSSSS!!!! I’ve gone from Real Madrid’s number one fan-turned-announcer to RuPaul watching a flawless lip sync of Cher’s Believe.

Last passenger to board. Twenty-something blonde girl. Looks clean, doesn’t take up much space, only a small purse with her. I can’t help but think it wouldn’t be bad to share a row with her. You shut up you quitter! Stop that right now! Manifest this empty row, damnit!! Back on track.

I’m trying to visualize my empty row all to myself as she approaches.  Are my eyes closed? Are my hands held together at my chest in prayer? Am I chanting “empty row”? Are people staring? I’m too focused to know.

She walks passed row 24.

She slows at row 25.

She stops at row 26.

She sits ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE.

So here I am. Sprawled out in my row, belongings unnecessarily strewn across the vacant seats, all three tray tables down, shoes off, fly unzipped. Life is good my friends. Life. Is. Good.

Stitch Fix Review

Welp this post got off track.

I’m doing things a little differently with this Stitch Fix post because I am having the hardest time deciding what to keep. Help me! I got an awesome Stitch Fix but it was also uncharacteristically expensive. Each item was in the $120-$230 range. I designated a pretty wide price range when I made my SF profile because the older I get the more I appreciate quality over quantity. I’d rather own fewer things and have those few things be high-quality pieces that I love and wear all the time. So I’m not frustrated by this fix–I’m excited by the caliber!

That being said, I should only buy one of the five items from my fix. Which one?? Help me decide!

Greylin Tremaine Off The Shoulder Top ($118)

Greylin Tremaine Off the Shoulder Top from Stitch Fix

Such a cute warm-weather top! The boho-meets-preppy vibe is the perfect mix of my personal style with classic New England summer attire. If I’m being picky though, I don’t think it’s super flattering from the side? I don’t have big boobs by any means, but I find that having any sort of chest in flowy tops like this can make you look bigger than you are. Not a big deal I guess if you pair it with a skinny jean/shorts or have your hair up to show off your shoulders.

Yumi Kim Hidee Silk Midi Dress ($228)

Yumi Kim Hidee Silk Midi Dress from Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix carries Yumi Kim?? I usually don’t recognize the brands I get in my fixes so this was a cool surprise! The dress is gorgeous and could be a good option for a wedding/bridal shower/other event that requires me to dress on the conservative side (haha). Usually when I spend over $200 on a dress, I’m drawn to stand-out pieces though. Something that has a wow-factor (unique cut-out, open back, bold slit, etc.). This doesn’t have that, but on the plus side, I could definitely wear it on more than one occasion.

Rory Beca Alecia Off Shoulder Dress ($184)

Rory Beca Alecia Off Shoulder Dress from Stitch Fix

Hmm I adore this dress is pictures. In person I found it to be a little shapeless though? But now I love it??

Cooper & Ella Bakari Lace Back Detail Blouse ($158)

Cooper & Ella Bakari Lace Back Detail Blouse from Stitch Fix

I think this blouse is one of the front runners for me? The pictures don’t do the quality of the material justice–it’s awesome. And I think I’d get a ton of use from it because it can be dressed up or down pretty easily. But my entire wardrobe is black and white. Maybe I should switch it up?

Lavender Brown Elanor Lace Overlay Top ($134)

Lavender Brown Elanor Lace Overlay Top from Stitch Fix

Another boho-preppy piece. This would be a great summer go-to and could be paired with a blazer for dressier occasions so I know I’d get a ton of wear from it. But it’s not a “wow” piece so maybe I stick to one of the other items? Decisions, decisions.

Side note: If you’re a Stitch Fix member and want to request any of these items, the best way to do it is to pin one of the above images to the Pinterest board to which your SF account is linked. I’ve included the item name in the picture description so that when you pin it should automatically fill in the info.

Which one of the five pieces should I keep??

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Le Tote Review – My Second Delivery

Le Tote review pumpsandiron.comYou may remember I did a style post on Le Tote a while back that was sponsored by them. Well I loved the service and the clothes I got so much that I decided to try it again on my own dime last month. Whereas Stitch Fix is like a clothing shopping service, Le Tote is more like a clothing rental service, with the option to buy at a discount if you fall in love with an item. You wear the items as much as you want and return when you’re ready for a fresh selection, paying a fixed monthly rate ($54). I’m going to do it for at least another month and then see how I feel.

There were two items from my delivery that I ended up buying, so let’s start with those!

Octavia & Co. Fringe Bag ($46 — $36 via Le Tote)

I love this bag! Especially since it goes perfectly with my current favorite shoes (the fringe booties you’ve seen 400 times by now haha). I use it daily and knew I’d never want to return it. Buy!Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com

Saint Grace Mock Neck High Low Dress ($92 — $68 via Le Tote)

I decided to keep this dress because it’s so versatile. I wore it out one night last weekend as pictured plus a white blazer. You could dress it down by pairing with a long cardigan and flats. You could add layers and tights for the colder months and wear it alone with some jewelry in the warmer months. I love it!Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com

OUTFIT DETAILS | dress, scarf + fringe bag via Le Tote // Aldo fringe booties

I just sent back the other three items and am awaiting my next Le Tote delivery. I liked them all and wore all of them at least once, but I wasn’t in love and couldn’t see them being worn on heavy rotation like the other two. Let’s check those out …

Vince Camuto Animal Loop Scarf ($36 — $28 via Le Tote)

I actually would have kept this if I didn’t receive the gray blanket scarf shown in my last Stitch Fix post and the pictures a little further down in this post. The blanket scarf was more comfortable than this loop scarf and I don’t *need* two gray scarves.Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com

Sam Edelman Plaid Tunic Button Down ($109 — $82 via Le Tote)

As cute as this is with something tied around your waist (or a belt), it’s not very flattering to the booty when it’s worn alone or with leggings. I do love the sheer upper back panel though–so cute! Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com

OUTFIT DETAILS | Sam Edelman Tunic + Octavia & Co. fringe bag via Le Tote // Aldo fringe booties // Zara hat (old but similar here) // sweatshirt c/o ALALA (use code PUMPS15 for 15% off your purchase!)

Sam Edelman Back Collared Shirt ($109 — $82 via Le Tote)

I don’t know why I decided to photograph this shirt by wearing an outfit that completely covers it. One of my more logical decisions for sure. Since you can’t even see it (haha): It’s a gray button-up with a zipper that runs down the back. Super cute and I wore it a couple times throughout the month, but the material is a little scratchy so after a couple wears I felt fine sending it back. Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com Le Tote review pumpsandiron.com

OUTFIT DETAILS | Sam Edelman shirt and Octavia & Co. bag via Le Tote // blanket scarf via Stitch Fix // cardigan c/o Zara Terez (take 25% off with code nicole25) // Simply by Vera Wang leggings c/o Kohl’s (old but similar here) // Vans sneakers c/o DICK’s

Get $25 Off

If you sign up for Le Tote using my referral link, you’ll get $25 off (and I’ll get a $15 account credit). Woop woop!

Have you tried Le Tote? What do you think? I LOVE that you get an email before your tote is sent out that allows you to preview what you’re getting and swap out any items you don’t like.

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