Inspired: Messy Braids

The weather is getting cooler, my kids are in preschool, and all of it gives me back-to-school flashbacks. I'm inspired by old episodes of Felicity - leather backpacks and chunky sweaters and most of all, messy braids. Here are a few images that capture that feeling perfectly:

{ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 }

What about you? What are you doing with your hair this fall?

By fashion contributor Mary.

Must Have: Ankle Boots

Every fall, without fail, the first purchase I am itching to make is a new pair of boots (or three). This year I am still head over heels for the ankle boot. Here are a few of my favorite finds all for less than $50!
1 | Dolce Vita Rodge Womens Leather Fashion Ankle Boots | $24 (Orig. $190) {leather!}
2 | Holt Leather & Suede Ankle Boots | $50 (Orig. $100)
3 | Dana Buchman Women's Ankle Boots | $43 (Orig. $89)
4 | Wallis Cream Western Ankle Boot | $35 (Orig. $70)
5 | Candie's Ankle Boots | $30 (Orig. $70)
6 | Heeled Beige Ankle Boots | $50
7 | Slip On Ankle Boots | $35
8 | Silence + Noise Pull-On Leather Ankle Boot | $50 (Orig. $89){leather!}
9 | Sonoma Life + Style Ankle Boots | $45 (Orig. $75)

I think 5, 6, & 8 are my favorites. Do you have a favorite?

This Week {No. 43}

This shot of my babes is definitely my favorite of the week:

Here are a few links for your weekend:

b u y
this polka dot baseball sweater (for $16!)
this preppy bomber jacket
this pretty floral print pencil skirt
this optimistic canvas tote
these rad printed loafers

c o v e t
this beautiful sweater
this stunning laser-cut sheath dress
this dreamy silk dress
this striped blazer

d o
make these cute camp pennants (I'm thinking of adding one to a gallery wall)
add heart-shaped elbow patches to a sweater (from the archives)

r e a d

t h i s   w e e k e n d
I will be spending the weekend getting ready for Simone's first birthday.
I still can't believe she'll be one next week. What are you up to?

Spied: ASOS Duffle Coat

Even though the weather here is far from cool (summer in North Carolina often lasts well into October), I have my eye on this adorable toggle coat. I can't get over the color, which is just gorgeous. And it's on sale for less than $50!

And just for the record, here's what I'd love to wear with it:

By fashion contributor Mary.

A Picture Is Worth {No. 26}

By fashion contributor Mary.

Okay, so I know that every week I say that that week's inspiration image is one of my all-time favorites. I say that about every image I post about, and actually every time it's true (I have a lot of favorites). But this week, the inspiration image is really truly honestly in my top five favorites. I've been searching for a look alike to this top for months, and I finally found one.

That (amazing) sweater is from Madewell, but it's currently sold out. Luckily, Old Navy made a tee that's almost identical for EIGHT DOLLARS. Check it out:

clutch, $26.98 || top, $8 || jeans, $27.99 || watch, $18.80 || boots, $34.94

o p t i o n s
similar tops: one || two || three || four || five
boots: from Charlotte Russe || from H&M || from Urban Outfitters || from DSW

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Go Get It: Gap {No. 12}

Gap is usually above my budget, but today all regular price items are 35% off with code THANKS. I think it's a great opportunity to grab a few of their fall pieces while they're more affordable. I also love the vibe that Gap has right now - lots of marled gray, plaid, contrast zippers, burgundy - it feels simultaneously cozy and sophisticated. Here are a few of my favorites:

1 | Painterly cocoon sweatshirt, $29.28
2 | Cap-sleeve denim dress, $51.97
3 | Fitted boyfriend plaid shirt, $35.72
4 | Three-quarter sleeve faded tee, $17.52
5 | Zip-pocket track pants, $29.22
6 | Polka dot oxford shirt, $35.72
7 | Stripe luxe boatneck tee, $17.52
8 | Zip-back knit pencil skirt, $32.47
9 | Fair isle v-neck cardigan, $38.97
10 | Merino shoulder-patch dress, $51.97
11 | Classic leather ballet flats, $25.97
12 | 1969 always skinny cords, $38.97

By fashion contributor Mary.

This Week {No. 42}

Here are a few things we have been up to lately.

Tate's first day at preschool | I made and installed a set of glass cabinets in my kitchen
Simone being adorable (aka the usual) | I remember that these pants are pure magic

Here are a few links for your weekend:

b u y
these high-rise jeggings (on sale!)
this aztec print midi skirt
these two-toned scalloped ballet flats
this cozy plaid flannel shirt
this adorable cat sweater

c o v e t
this dreamy striped top
this rugged leather tote
these drop-dead gorgeous calf hair flats
this amazing flamingo print shirtdress

d o

r e a d
this post about being a mother of young children
this amazing blogger has started posting again & I couldn't be happier

f o l l o w
some of my favorite pinners:
Amelia | Melanie | Angela | Danielle

t h i s  w e e k e n d
After spending last weekend at home with the kids with my husband out of town and installing six kitchen cabinets by myself, I'm planning to take it easy.
What are you up to?

Spied: J. Crew Factory Tank

Maybe it's because I'm spending this week at the beach that I have swimwear on my mind, but I was browsing through the J. Crew Factory website and saw that a lot of their modest one-pieces and rash guards are on sale right now. Some are even under $30! This anchor print is my favorite:

Factory tank in navy floating anchor, $29.99 (Orig. $84.50)

Fall is such a great time to find swimwear for next summer at more affordable prices. Be sure to check out these other J. Crew Factory options, all on sale:

Factory rash guard, $34.50 and Factory bikini, $24.50 in sailor stripe
Factory rash guard, $34.50 and Factory bikini, $19.50 in navy stripe

By fashion contributor Mary.

A Picture Is Worth {No. 25}

By fashion contributor Mary.

I love outfits that are classy with an edge, outfits that mix prints, and outfits that go well with a simple red lip. This image (including a pleated leather skirt, polka dots and leopard, perfect red lipstick) is all three.

While the pieces in the inspiration outfit add up to more than $1000 (yikes!), I've put together this affordable look for a tenth of that price:

clutch, $26.98 || shoes, $22 || top, $29.95 || skirt, $20 || bracelet, $6

o p t i o n s
shoes: one || two || three || four || five

You can follow Mary on Pinterest here and Madeline on Pinterest here.
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