Jeanne says: I love these boots — they go with almost everything in my wardrobe and they were relatively inexpensive. I like them with a rolled up jean, but I could just as easily see them with leggings or a skirt.
Kate says: I don’t usually wear heeled booties (flat ones are so much more comfortable!), but these are comfortable and I love the taupe color. Here I’ve styled them with this great colorblock sweater and my most style-blogger-worthy fedora. But like Mom says, these would be great with a floaty dress and leather jacket, or leggings and oversized sweater.
With a black top and black pant, tights or knee high boots, it is a no-brainer to layer on a bright color and make a spectacular winter outfit. Sometimes simple wardrobe solutions like this make fussier outfits look, well, less chic.
Kate says: I’m usually a party dress kind of girl, but these days I’m really wanting to be warm — and that means pants. Given that most of the parties we go to are pretty casual, I’m going to base my holiday outfit off of my favorite pair of skinny black jeans from Levis:
I’ve been really into all the sequin sweaters and jackets floating around lately, so I looked for one that would fit my budget. This one from the Mango Outlet (I didn’t realize they had one!) is $29:
And how cute will this jacket be with a silky red blouse? This one for $35 from Piperlime fits the bill:
I think I’ll keep it simple on the jewelry front — I’ve already got all that bling! — and finish things off with some fun leopard shoes, with a low heel of course. If you can’t wear sequins and leopard together at the holidays, I don’t know when you can! This pair is on sale for just $30:
So tell us… what will you be wearing this holiday season?
If you’re like us, the holiday party invitations are coming in and you’re beginning to worry about how to look sparkly and fashionable this year without spending a fortune. The good news is that there are some fabulous holiday sales out there to take advantage of. At the same time, it IS hard to justify spending much money on “dress up” items you may only wear a handful of times. So we like to make sure our holiday purchases have multiple uses!
Jeanne says: I KNOW I don’t want to spend too much on clothes I’ll only wear a few times. So I always start with one key piece I already own and often it is a well-fitted pair of black pants. This year, I will be using a shimmery midi skirt I bought earlier this fall at Banana Republic:
So now I have $100 to spend on a top, shoes, and jewelry. Here is what I have put together:
This little $28.43 embellished top is dressy but could also be paired with a tee or a white button up shirt on a later occasion.
To this, I’ll add these $39.94 rhinestone encrusted sandal heels — so cheap that if I never wear them a second time, it’s OK!
The rest of my holiday dress up budget is definitely going to chandelier earrings and here is what I’ve picked out on eBay for $12.99:
And I still have some money left for some rhinestone arm candy $19.99 at eBay!
I’ve spent a grand total of $101.43 and I know I’ll use most of these items again. Come back on Friday for Kate’s holiday outfit for less than $100!
We have to admit that we love the look and the coziness of infinity scarves, especially with cute sweaters and jeans — Even if some sites say infinity scarves are out! Jeanne’s scarf has been fashioned from a long scarf whose ends she has tied together to craft her infinity scarf — an idea you may want to try.
Who can argue with the combo of black and bright blue? We can’t because we love black with any bright color. Whether you combine a long top like Jeanne’s or a tucked-in blouse like Kate’s, the look is polished and totally works!
Ever wonder what we’re actually wearing on a given day? Follow us on Instagram! We both post our daily outfits (plus other random tidbits!) on Instagram. Here are a few you haven’t seen on the blog yet:
We’ve both been fans this trend for awhile now. It’s an easy look and certainly beats a bunched up shirttail inside the skirt or pants. It also goes well with short and midi length bottoms. We hope this looks remains popular for a long time!
Kate says: My holiday wish list is a funny mix of practical and fun. On the practical side, I’ve got a set of flannel sheets — how cute are these scottie dogs?? — and a Clarisonic Mia 2. These are both things I’ve been wanting, but really am just not going to spend money on. Perfect for Christmas!
On the more fun side, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect leather skirt (this may be my next “white jeans” unicorn!), and I love this A-line midi version that is just out of my price range. Another fun piece that’s out of my price range: the coveted Tory Burch Fitbit bracelet. I would never buy it for myself, but it certainly would be fun to get as a gift! And finally, a new pair of wool fingerless glove/mittens in a cute color.
Jeanne says: And my holiday wish list would probably be considered quirky and totally impractical! Like a lot of women my age, if I REALLY want something I buy it — I don’t wait for the holiday. So I want gifts that I cannot justify buying for myself. I desperately need a new sleeping mask and Kate Spade has such cute ones. And these completely silly felted wool wall art pieces are calling my name.
I also share Kate’s desire for the Tory Burch Fitbit bracelet but cannot bring myself to buy it. And I love these gold linen pants — probably totally impractical. But a girl’s gotta dream, right? Finally, I have one pretty mundane item on my list — an electric toothbrush!
Instead of doing “gift guides” for this holiday season, we’ve pulled together a few Pinterest boards with great gift ideas at different price points and for the most special ladies in your life: your mom and daughter! Click below to follow us — we’ll be adding items for another month!