How To: Turn Heels Into Booties

Sometimes I’m a little weird, and this outfit tip falls into that category. Nearly all the time, I cannot stand wearing shoes without some form of sock. Feet in general just kinda creep me out, and I’ve found that socks are the perfect cover, transforming them into cute cottony appendages. Normally high heels were exempt from this weirdness, but ever since I worked at DSW, I have learned the value of wearing a sock with a pair of high heels. outfit wearing moto jeans, lace blazer, socks and heels as fake booties

The most inconspicuous option for this would be no-show socks, like these. I’ve found no-show socks popping up at most major clothing or shoe retails, and most recently I ran into some awesome ones at my local Target. If you don’t want anyone seeing your socks while in heels they should just barely cover your toes and hold on at the back of your heel. You’ll usually still see a bit of the sock band just outside the shoe edge so try looking for lace edged versions so they look a bit cuter.

Advantages for Wearing Socks with High Heels:

  • Feet don’t slip around nearly as much
  • Can add extra cushion on ball of foot or heel
  • Prevents excessively sweaty feet (perfect for cheap plastic high heels)
  • Added warmth

That final pro is what brings me to today’s outfit tip:

OUTFIT TIP: To fake the look of a cute pair of booties, choose a pair of heels and wear them with low cut socks in the same color.

The heels in this picture are my classic black pumps from Target and I’m wearing them with a pair of All-Star low-cut socks make for converse. These socks are  pretty thick, so it helped cushion my foot snugly into the heels and kept the top of my feet warm when the weather really wasn’t. For this look you want the low-cut, NOT the no-show. outfit wearing moto jeans, lace blazer, socks and heels as fake bootiesoutfit wearing moto jeans, lace blazer, socks and heels as fake bootiesoutfit wearing moto jeans, lace blazer, socks and heels as fake booties

Blazer: Plato’s Closet

Blouse: Target

Moto Jeans: H&M

Heels: Target

Socks: Converse All Star low cut from DSW

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Had to include the cat squishing photo. Cozmo can’t handle not being constantly pet. Silly kitty.

xx Amy

In Love: Corduroy Flares

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I had the most momentous exciting day yesterday! I had my last official day at the fun job I’ve held for nearly 8 years. It feels like such an end of an era, I’m not really sure what to do with myself. I’ve needed to remind myself that leaving this job is such a good thing, because tomorrow I start full time at my degree related big-kid job! So in honor of that, I present to you my favorite work outfit I’ve worn recently.

I have heard a little whisper around the webs lately (mostly just repeated over and over by Kendi) that flare jeans are making a come back. If these gorgeous cords are any indication, I am 100% for this switch. Though I could never fully abandon my skinnies, I love that these corduroy flares give me a great excuse to wear my wedge booties. And did you catch the corduroy part. Absolutely in love. I think I certainly take pet-ability into account when deciding my favorite closet pieces.

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OUTFIT TIP: Think Proportions.    

The top half of these cords are quite tight on my booty, so I chose a looser top to balance that out. The floaty top also helps cover up any bulges that might occur with daily movement (with pants these tight, its bound to happen). For this outfit, I kinda thought of a sammich. Loose and floaty on top and bottom, and held together with some great butt hugging glue in the middle. Weird reference, I know.

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Blazer: Thrifted/ Ann Taylor
Top: Plato’s Closet
Cords: H&M
Shoes: DSW/Steve Madden (Also worn Here)

P.S. I’m still going strong with Manual March! I’ll tell you more about it coming up, but I think I’ve already learned a lot. And I really found it helpful when setting the exposure for myself and not the bright backgrounds in these photos. 

Catching Up

Blazer, Business, Outfit, Pencil Skirt   While I haven’t had much time to work on the writing part of this blog, I’ve kept collecting outfit pictures. The last month (or two I guess) have gone by in a flash. Most of it was a big blur of working and being tired. I don’t think I realized how exhausting it is to balance two different work schedules, and I am in such awe of those who can, or have to, do this regularly. I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and am hoping to move full time at my office job in the next few months.

These photos are from a couple months ago when Boise was just starting to get cold. My fingers just froze while I was out shooting these. I rarely spend time downtown but it was neat to  head to the top of a parking garage and just check out all the new things popping up in my city. If you’re a Boisean, the most notable is the transformation of “The Hole” into what i’m calling “The Tower.” After 25 years it’s pretty great to see a shiny new building all ready to start welcoming customers. Maybe one day I’ll get to work in this tiny little center hub. And maybe by then it won’t be so tiny!Boise Tower

The challenge to dress up to an office standard has been one of the more fun aspects of these last few busy months. The biggest challenge I’ve run into is that I AM NOT a morning person. I tend to wake up barely 30 minutes before I need to be in the car and on my way and it just feels like high school all over again. Back then I had perfected the 10 minute wake and run out the door routine. Nowadays I’m at about 10 – 15 minutes to get dressed and my hair/make-up done. While I do wish I was better about waking up and actually had some real time to get ready I have discovered a few tricks to speed up my morning.Sugared Rush 4

Create a Mix-N-Match Wardrobe

Since I’m just beginning to build my work wardrobe I’ve been keeping it simple. Most of my clothes are black, blue, or pink so that I can easily mix and match all of my work pieces together.

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This may just be me, but I tend to over analyze myself if I spend too much time in front of the mirror. I know my closet pretty well and have learned to just trust my sense of style. If I think that a pair of pants and top would go well together, then I just trust that they will and I wear them. That extra minute or two spent microscoping over every detail of your outfit can be just enough to make you late in the morning, so why deal with it. (Now, this doesn’t apply to getting my hair and make-up done. Mirrors are pretty necessary for that 🙂 )Blazer, Business, Outfit, Pencil Skirt

Keep It Simple

This is one of those tips that is so easy to say, yet hard to actually practice. The way I go about it is to just think about only doing one thing. For my hair, I just turn on my straightener, because that one device can curl or straighten any annoying kinks I may have. Since it’s also the only thing I use on my rushed mornings, I also know how long it takes to heat up, and to touch up my hair. With  my make-up I decide on just one feature to play up. If my skins being annoying I’ll focus on getting a good foundation on, or if I’m feeling fun I’ll spend time doing my eye make-up. For the rest, I just grab the quickest, simplest thing to complete my look – a brush of tinted chapstick or a quick layer of mocha eyeshadow.

Outfit Details: [Blazer: Thrifted] [Top: Old] [Skirt: JCP] [Necklace: Claires] [Shoes: DSW] Boise Capital

Are you a morning person? What are your tricks to getting ready quickly?

xx Amy

Curious About Pariscomming.com

Pariscomming.com somehow got my email address this morning for a random promotional message and I really think their list purchasing is spot on. Even though I’ve never heard of this company before I am smitten with what they call their “Street Style Fashion.” My only hesitation is the actual quality of the clothes. There is nothing, good or bad, about them online! While they look adorable, I feel that any of these “imported from china” shops need to be validated for me before I consider buying from them. I’ve seen too many of my friends duped from similar sites. So until I hear more about them I’m just gonna lust over their pretty pictures.

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1. Camel Cape Coat / 2. Lace Side Grey Dress / 3. K Jumper / 4. Pink Scarf / 5. Shells Pendant Necklace / 6. Totem Blue Scarf / 7. Sequined Collar Dress / 8. Coral Blazer / 9. Yellow Sweater

It’s full on winter here, so I keep dreaming of beautiful fluffy sweaters  long sleeves. Unlike nearly everywhere else I’ve been browsing lately, ParisComming actually has a really large selection of long sleeves tops & dresses. (See #2!)  #9 is the absolute perfect sweater in my head. It looks long enough to be worn with leggings and is the most amazing shade of yellow. I have two skeins of yarn that are just about the shade of #4 and a long scarf is exactly what I have in mind for them. #1 is almost number 1 on my wishlist. I’ve spent years thinking on the beauty of capes, but have yet to find one that doesn’t eat me whole. I love the detachable fur hood on this one, and it comes in camel or red. At only $78.99 I’m really considering this one, but I just wish I could try it out first. That’s really the downside with online shopping.

What’s on your winter wishlist?

xx Amy

 

Olive Blazers: Work Style

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I’m pretty excited to share with you my first attempt at work-style. This was all pulled together from clothing that I just happened to have already in my wardrobe, but I’ve actually worn it once before to my sorority’s founder’s day brunch. I found this blazer while thrifting and it is such a great quality, It’s a bit of an older fit, but it makes me feel so classic. My ideal way to wear the blazer would be open over skinny jeans, big heels, and a relaxed shirt, but that isn’t very work friendly.

I mentioned back in my Drinking Skirt post about how much I loved this Target top, and I barely managed to tuck the crop top into this skirt. I’m not the biggest fan of the wide black band on the skirt, so the couple other times I’ve worn it I’ve tucked it inwards. Before now, I’ve felt that this skirt is a little longer than I would like, so tucking in the band also helped shorten it. In an office environment I figured it would be better to err on the longer side. The skirt turned out to be perfect for sitting at my desk, being productive and such. I’m a little odd but my favorite way to sit in a chair is criss-cross-applesauce. Something about pulling my legs under me just helps straighten me out (Weird, I know). I just suddenly have better posture and overall feel much more energized, at least until I have to move again, then major knee pain.  So far I’ve found some difficulties with this sitting position and work clothes, so that makes this flowy skirt pretty much my dream sitting skirt.

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[Top: Target] [Blazer: Thrifted] [Skirt: Target] [Heels: DSW]

It got a little too cold while taking these pictures. By the end my fingers felt pretty close to numb.

How does your work style change from summer to winter?

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