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!

Stitch Fix Men Review: A Look Inside Top Model Joe’s First Fix

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Not a day goes by that Joe doesn’t do or say something to make my face hurt from laughing so hard. It’s difficult to explain him to someone who hasn’t experienced Joe in person, but he’s hilarious. And not because he’s trying to be, but just because Joe being Joe is ridiculous. I know I sound like an obnoxious obsessed girlfriend but it’s really not just me–I can’t even count how many people would list Joe as one of their favorite humans. He’s 24/7 entertainment. So with all that said (damn does Joe own me a back rub tonight or what??!), it’s been this ongoing joke among our friends for years that Pumps & Iron needs “more Joe.”

At it appears Stitch Fix got that memo.

If you haven’t heard yet, Stitch Fix launched a men’s service! Joe actually loves fashion but he literally wears the same four things every. single. day. and rarely takes the time to go shopping. A service like this is perfect for him (and talk about a great gift idea–I find men so hard to shop for!).

I was going to just let Joe go ahead and fill out his style profile by himself, but then I looked over his shoulder and saw him leave this note to his stylist: screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-9-08-37-am

Yes, that’d be Justin Bobby of The Hills.

Ohdeargod. Aaaaand that’s my cue to step in.

Being the seasoned Stitch Fix vet that I am, I knew the more detail I provided about Joe’s style, the better the chance his stylist would have of getting it right. I admittedly went into his account and–err–elaborated a bit. Still, I figured the first fix would have a few duds as it takes time for any stylist to get to know her/his client. Wrong! Joe’s stylist NAILED IT. He kept all five items!


Joe’s First Fix

Kohen Waffle Knit Bomber Jacket by Ezekiel ($80)

Stitch Fix Men Review Stitch Fix Men ReviewJoe’s wardrobe is black, black, more black, a little gray, some white undershirts. This jacket is perfect for fall weather layering and the zipper detail on the sleeve gives it a bit of edge. Keeper!

Walter Slim Leg Jean by ROHM ($68)

Stitch Fix Men ReviewJoe likes his clothes to be very fitted so I was almost shocked that these jeans fit so well. Again, black, black and more black is Joe’s favorite so these are perfect.

Marathon Hooded Pullover by Alternative Apparel ($40)

Stitch Fix Men Review - hoodieAnother great piece for layering and Alternative Apparel stuff is so soft and comfy! Keeper.

Essential Wash Long Sleeve Shirt by Hawker Rye ($58)

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Shoes are Cole Haan

This shirt is awesome. Slim fitting, great material, and can be worn to the office or for everyday. One of Joe’s favorites from his first fix!

Back Beat Nep Shirt by Howe ($79)

stitchfixmenshirtThis last shirt was a “like” not a “love” but with the 25% off discount you get for keeping all five items, it was a no brainer to keep it. I don’t think it’ll be in heavy rotation like the other clothes, but it fit Joe great and will definitely get some wear!

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I’ll conclude Joe’s first (but certainly not last) modeling blog feature with my favorite shot from the other day. Eat your heart out, Kate Moss.

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Does that pose deserve a “YASSSS KWEEN! WERKKKKK!” or what?!

Maybe next time he gets a fix, I’ll make Joe write the post as well as model for it. Not quite sure the world is ready for that though (haha). In the meantime, tell your husband/boyfriend/best friend/dad/mailman that Stitch Fix Men has arrived!



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