Outfit: Oh, the Memories

These are the shoes that started it all; my first pair of heels over 2″ (see a close up shot here). They taught me the benefit of a platform and the comfort of good shoes. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I pretty much only wear heels now. I guess you could call them my training-wheels heels! I’ve had them for several years but the color (burgundy/wine/oxblood) is all the rage so I had to figure out a good outfit for them. I’ve been layering more since the weather has been warm during the day but cools quickly as soon as the sun sets (which is at 4:30 pm which is utterly obnoxious).


  • Black 917 skinny jeans from The Limited
  • Kensie jacket from Nordstrom
  • Lace t-shirt from Spotted Moth
  • Jewelry from Nordstrom’s Rack
  • Marc Fisher heels from Macy’s


Outfit: Perfect for Fall

I’m not sure if you would consider this jacket oxblood or not but I’ve actually had it for a couple of years. Trends are very circular. The addition of aqua accents made this combination a little unexpected and for me, helped to make sure it didn’t feel too dark or drab. How do you feel about aqua and oxblood (or maroon or burgundy or blood red depending on your color POV)?


  • Jacket and gray pencil skirt from The Limited
  • Necklace from Stella & Dot
  • Earrings and belt from Francesca’s
  • Nine West shoes from Nordstrom’s Rack

I love the pinstripe detailing on these shoes!
pleated poppy

Outfit: Cream + Black

Although I’ve been working hard to incorporate more color into my wardrobe the simplicity and warmth of this combination are a classic that need not be forgotten. Black + cream + gold. The detailing on the shirt (a thrift store score) and leopard booties give this outfit extra style. Black and gold combinations use to scare me a bit. I couldn’t help but feel like a mob boss’ wife or some sort of gaudy, ex-stripper. I don’t know why it evoked these images but it did. But I’m really loving how black and gold are being worn together currently. Take a look at Black House White Market for some great examples of how to do this combination in a classy-not-trashy way (some of my favs: shoes, skirt, pants). I wore this particular combination to a client meeting that was fairly informal and the layers made it perfect for the So Cal Fall weather that has finally arrived.


  • Thrifted Ellen Tracy shirt
  • Mossimo cardigan from Target (similar)
  • 917 skinny jeans from The Limited
  • jewelry from Nordstrom’s Rack
  • Diba Leopard boots from Off Broadway

October Shopping

I really am working on scaling back the shopping (*husband nods emphatically*) since I am currently without a full-time job but there were a few occasions last month and too many good deals that I couldn’t pass up.

  1. Just Taylor dress from Nordstrom’s Rack ($45)
  2. Striped Side Button Sweater (on sale for $34.53 and I used my $15 rewards dollars so it was practically free)
  3. Francesca’s Flaming Hot Dress ($48). The chevron lace detail is amazing and how can you pass up a dress with a name like that?
  4. Xhilaration green lace pencil skirt from Target ($19.99)
  5. Coach Madison Medium Wallet in Citron ($138 but used 25% off coupon)
  6. [not pictured] Target Xhilaration Vinyl leggings $29.99 seen here

And from the Good Will Hunting event put on by The Wardrobe Code, I scored an Ann Taylor Loft blazer ($10), a Elie Tahari shirt ($6) and a Ellen Tracy button down ($6). If you live in the Orange County area and want to attend a Good Will Hunting event, make sure you follow Nicole to find out about the next outing.

And lastly but not because of their lack of importance…shoes. I needed to find some closed toed options for Fall and here is what I’ve found so far.

Off Broadway
Diba Wizard Leopard booties $65 (paid $17.88)
Pelle Black Sheep $130 (paid $25.04)

Nordstrom’s Rack Nine West gray pinstripe heels ($39)

Coach Caya Heel ($178 paid $89.99)
Enzo Angiolini Popculture Pumps, Ocean Suede ($89.99)

So, my goal is absolutely no clothes or shoe shopping in November. Think I can do it?