Western Booties for Fall

Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazerTwo style posts in a row? What the what?? I’ve got a workout for you tomorrow (and a real tough one at that), but before we go back to yoga pants I have my second Designer Shoe Warehouse spotlight: The Western bootie trend. Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazer

I like my heels like my peanut butter: chunky. In fact, it boggles my mind I used to walk around in stilettos in college as if it were nothing–how?? That talent and tolerance for pain has long gone (haha). When it came to picking out a pair of western-inspired shoes from my friends at DSW, these Franco Sarto Orena Booties caught my eye. The chunky heel makes for a practical, comfortable bootie that I actually want to wear regularly. And talk about cute! I love the strap detailing. Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazer Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazer Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazer

DSW has a whole section of their site dedicated to the Western shoe trend–so many styles and brands! In my local DSW I’ve seen lots of options, and there’s an even wider selection online with additional sizes and widths. Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazerI’m taking the Western trend quite literally with this outfit, pairing the booties with overalls (I’m obsessed with overalls, for the record) and a bandana neck scarf. I then dialed down the “cowgirl” a notch with a white blazer. Granted I don’t have an office job so my perception of business-casual is totally skewed (I literally think anything + a blazer = office appropriate haha), but I think this is a fun casual Friday outfit or at least a good weekend brunch look.Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazer Outfit: Western bootie trend with overalls and a blazer

When it comes to heels are you on Team Chunky with me? Or Team Ankle-Breaker? 😉


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

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?


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.


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??


Heads up! Links to Stitch Fix in this post are affiliate. 🙂