Splurge vs. Save: Shoe Looks For Less

A new pair of shoes is always one of those purchases that I seem to justify for myself. I brought 12 pairs of shoes with me to New York for the summer and ended up buying one more pair when I got here (crazy, I know). As much as I let myself justify a new pair of shoes, I can't always justify the price tags that come with designer shoes. Luckily, I found these awesome looks for less - all of which I have purchased and worn like crazy! Two of the pairs I ended up going back and buying a second pair of the exact same one so I have another pair when the first ones get too worn out!

Gingham Loafers

If you couldn't tell by now, I love anything and everything gingham. When I saw these Sam Edelman loafers at Bloomingdale's I knew I couldn't walk out of the store without them. They are a similar style to the Gucci Brixton loafer that you can transform into a mule by folding down the back part of the shoe. I think the gingham is such a fun statement (if gingham isn't your thing, this shoe comes in a ton of fun patterns and colors)! These are so comfy and I have been wearing them at least twice a week - with zero blisters from walking around the city!

Slide Sandals

My Jack Rogers have gotten almost zero wear this summer because I've been sporting these slide sandals every chance I get. I love the Hermes look alike style and this version from the Steve Madden outlet is unbelievably comfortable. I went to DSW for another pair because I loved them so much, but when I tried on the Steve Madden and the Steve by Steve Madden ones, I couldn't believe how uncomfortable they were! I seriously can't recommend this style from the outlet enough. It has a much more comfortable sole that makes walking around the city all day easy. Steve Madden outlet pieces aren't available online, but after a lot of searching I found the exact style on sale on Amazon!! This is hands down my favorite and most worn shoe I've bought this year.

Scalloped Espadrilles

I picked these up from DSW at the end of the school year and have already worn them to death. I didn't really have any spring/summer shoes other than sandals and these were the perfect shoes to add to my wardrobe. They look just like the Chloe ones but for a fraction of the price. I have them in the Blush Suede color which is on sale for $35! Plus, DSW always has a coupon, so you can get these shoes for a steal! They do take a couple wears to break in and I sized down one half size. They stretch out a little bit, so you just have to power through those first few wears. 

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Weekend in Greenwich Village

Pants (on sale!) | White Tee | Mules | Tote | Sunglasses | Watch

Happy Monday! So excited to share another outfit post with y'all today. My parents were in the city this weekend, so I was able to snap some outfit photos for the blog! We ventured down to Washington Square Park & Greenwich Village to walk around on Saturday, and it's one of my favorite places to explore because it's much more of a residential area and has so many cute town homes and restaurants. 

I have been loving the paper bag waist trend lately but was having a lot of trouble finding pants in that style that fit right for me. It seems like most of them have that trendy culotte cut, but for someone on the taller side, that style just doesn't hit at the right spot. I was so happy to find these wide leg pants at H&M that were just long enough for me. These pants are seriously so comfy and it's fun to switch it up from jeans. Because I'm interning in a more casual office setting I've been wearing this look to work and know I'll be wearing these well into the fall season!

They're on sale now and if you're ordering online I would recommend sizing up. I think I had to size up 3 or 4 sizes when I got these because H&M definitely runs pretty small. 

I also hopped on the mule trend with these Michael Kors mules, but I truthfully think mules are the most uncomfortable shoes!! I might just have narrow feet, but my shins hurt when I walk in them because I'm straining my foot so hard to keep them from falling off! I love how they look and think they're easy to wear in the office, but definitely not my pick if you're going to be doing any walking at all. Anyone else not the biggest fan of the mule trend? 

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Recent Reads No. 5

Back again rounding up my most recent reads with four more nonfiction books. Like I mentioned in my last Recent Reads post, I've been really into nonfiction lately so I've been reaching for books about networking and content marketing and everything in between. I'm always looking for new books to read, so leave me a comment letting me know what books you've read recently!

Reach Out 

I found this book through Spire & Co and thought it would be a great book to read before I headed to New York to start my internship (it seems like every industry professional is emphasizing the importance of networking). I knew that was not one of my strong suits so I wanted to learn more about it and this was an entertaining read on the topic! One of my favorite stories in the book emphasizes that if by connecting with one person you open yourself up to a whole new network. Even if you don't hit it off with that person, they might know someone who would be a great contact for you!


I had seen a few of Malcolm Gladwell's Ted Talks before and thought I would give one of his books a try when I stumbled across them in Barnes & Noble, and now I'm hooked (just started my fourth book by him yesterday)! Each chapter in his books tells a different story and while they all might seem completely unrelated, they all connect back to one overarching theme. The theme of Outliers is how people have been successful and what circumstances set them up for success. It was a really interesting read and I flew through it in a weekend!

The Tipping Point

Another Malcolm Gladwell book, this one focuses on what makes trends take off or what makes a factory most productive, essentially what factors cause these phenomena to happen. Once again, the book jumps around from topics like the crime rate in NYC to how people get a job but all relates back to those little factors that make a huge difference.  It's an interesting read because it dives into people like connectors, who have considerably large social circles, and mavens, who accumulate knowledge.

Content Inc

This book has a really specific topic (which reflects some of the points made throughout the book). It's about how entrepreneurs can use content marketing to build their audiences and create a successful business. The book emphasizes that you should narrow in on a super specific niche (like Pulizzi did with this book) and discusses how to make content stick out in saturated markets. Not my favorite book in the world, but definitely a good read if you're interested in content marketing.

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