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!

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!


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!


Links to Stitch Fix are affiliate and Joe was given Stitch Fix credit as compensation for this post. Thank you for supporting 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. 🙂