Over-the-Knee Boots and Working from Home

Black dress with tan over the knee boots outfit

For my last post with Designer Shoe Warehouse, I’m sharing these taupe over-the-knee boots and a teeny peek of my dismally furnished bedroom “office” nook. Joe and I were subletting before moving here so we were starting completely from scratch with not much more than a bed. In a way it’s overwhelming because it feels like we have a never-ending “to buy” list, but I also like the clean, minimalist start. We’re both super messy (you should see the amount of clothing heaped on my floor after simple tasks like choosing a pair of leggings haha) so owning less is a good thing!  Black dress with tan over the knee boots outfit Black dress with tan over the knee boots outfit

I’m wearing the Epic Over The Knee Boot by Marc Fisher which are perfect for pairing with a casual t-shirt dress like I have on or a sweater dress for chillier days. They’re a looser fit so you can also wear them over jeans. Black dress with tan over the knee boots outfit

This might sound odd, but sometimes it really does help me to be more productive if I take the time to put together a decent outfit before sitting down at my desk to work. Does this happen to anyone else?? I love working from home but when the place you work is also the place you sleep, eat, lounge, do laundry, etc., etc., it can be tempting to slack off–an issue that is exacerbated by the fact I’m typically wearing mismatched socks, old sweatpants with holes in them and one of Joe’s t-shirts (#fashion). If I find myself falling into a slump of unproductively, I’ll put together a comfortable but cute and thoughtful outfit and–as silly as it sounds–I’m more focused on work. I think the outfit change acts as a mental divide between home life and work life. Coffee helps, too. 😉Black dress with tan over the knee boots outfit

If you’re in the market for a pair of over-the-knee or tall boots, check out the huge selection DSW has HERE. They have plenty of styles under $80 and a variety of widths and sizes so that there truly is a boot for everyone. The boots I’m wearing also come in a version with a wider calf if you’re looking for a looser fit.

Alrighty hope hump day is treating you well! I’m about to head out of the city to Pembroke for a two-hour yoga workshop with my girl Yoga by Candace–so pumped! Maybe today will be the day I finally stick crow pose. 😉

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

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? 😉

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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?

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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. 🙂