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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

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Boots & Bags

Jessica Wagner

Kitten Heels // Round Minaudière 

With the change of the seasons a quick way to update your wardrobe is with a few new statement pieces – a pair of shiny new kicks, a chic structured bag, or a new set of shades.  (Or in my case, all the above!) 


The Shoe

Little white ankle boots have been on my “list.” When I stumbled across these faux patent ankles boots at Zara, (and for a good price) I knew they were going to be my favorite newbies for fall. Bight white pops against the moody autumn skies and looks so cool with everything - dresses, jeans, and skirts. Be warned - they run a little small. I wish I would have sized up, but after breaking them in they have little give and are easy to walk in, with the low kitten heel.


The Bag

I shamelessly stalk Zara for outfit inspiration and fell in love with this minaudière - a small, decorative handbag often without handles or a strap.

This one features a handle, and an adjustable removable shoulder strap. It’s simple gold metal hardware is so 60s-mod. It reminds me of a bag one of my Barbie dolls had growing up! Maybe it was the nostalgia but I am so in love with this little purse. I know it will be the perfect companion for date nights and events around town. Just the right size for a phone, lipstick and card/money holder.


As for the rest of my outfit, the distinct golden/mustard yellow color dress is an oldie from Anthropologie that also has that retro drop-waist silhouette I love, and would be super-cute with  over-the-knee boots!

The denim jacket with distressed design, "J'adore Rock N' Roll" graphic on the back, was a sale item I happened upon for $10 folks! Playful and in that classic shade of blue, it will be a great laying item come cooler days.

You guys know black and white dominate my wardrobe, and these white boots and black bag will be sure to mix and match with ease, while elevating an everyday look!

When searching for new statement pieces for fall, make sure they are things that will easily transition into your own wardrobe. Stick to a color pallet, think about what makes sense for the season (boots, coats, hats, scarves) and avoid anything too “trendy” that you might only wear once or twice. These should be things that you know will get lots use.

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week and make sure to share your new fall finds in the comments below! I love hearing/seeing what everyone is wearing as the temps start to cool!

Cheers babes! 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Anthropologie Maeve Amis Lace Jacket: Forever 21 Shoes: Zara Kitten Heel Ankle Bag: Zara Round Minaudière Sunglasses: Diff Charitable Eyewear Bella Tortoise Lips: Colourpop Bumble

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Water Wellies In the Rain

Jessica Wagner

Hunter Boots - Summer 

We travel almost every weekend in the summer to our family cottage by the lake. With the unpredictable mid-west weather, I usually toss my wellies in the trunk, just in case. 

I purchased these hunter green rain boots two years ago and they are well worth every penny. I have worn them every season, rain, snow or shine. The Hunter brand is known for their exceptional fit and comfort and is dependable as the English rain!

The ‘tour’ style is constructed from a lightweight foldable rubber that allows the leg of the rain boot to fold down for easy packing and transportation. This style is waterproof, lightweight, and handcrafted. I love mine in the matte finish (vs. gloss) and have since purchased a second pair in the original style. You can’t go wrong with such British style and luxe.

As we tend to spend our lakeside weekends on the water fishing and often exploring the surrounding rivers, marshes and ponds near shore, these boots have come in handy, for more than just a rainy day. With many nature preserves and hiking trails nearby, we never know what we might discover. 

We stumbled upon the most gorgeous water lilies last weekend, and planned to visit the following morning for an early morning picnic (bruch-nic?) Rain clouds rolled in and hung low the entire day and I couldn’t have asked for a more Monet-esk backdrop. Its no wonder the French Impressionist’s water lilies are so beloved around the word. What a radiant example of the beauty found in nature.

The lily pad sanctuary glistened with droplets of water and my knee-length waterproof boots fulfilled their role so I could cross the wet muddy ground, to get an up-close view of the floating flower garden. Protected from the light rain showers, puddles, and whatever creepy things might be lurking nearby I was able to embrace a sense of youthful adventure.

Hunter boots are iconic, and everyone from early pioneers to modern day celebs has helped their rise in popularity. Lady Diana wore them in her engagement photos back in 1981, and later, Kate Moss taught us how to pull off that cool-girl in shorts and rain boots look at Glastonbury. Today, they are a recognizable festival staple from the fields of Brittan to across the globe.

Rain boots are a practical wardrobe staple. If you are thinking about purchasing a classic and long lasting pair, I would highly recommend Hunter.  Black, red, yellow and hunter green are a great place to start for a chic look. Need more inspiration? Look not further than the likes of Paddington Bear and Christopher Robin… kidding, but they always look so cute, right?!  You can also always try a pair in a fun pattern or print.

There are endless ways to style wellies, and they can work in every season of the year. For dodgy weather, use them to reach a destination and change into regular shoes. For summer styling you can’t go wrong with a simple dress, or shorts, a simple tee and a cute hat. Easy, comfortable and chic. I also love the combination of a skirt, sweater, and tall socks, a great way to stay warm and dry, as cooler weather will be here before we know it.

Alright mate, once you find a pair you love, slide them on, dance in the rain, jump in the puddles and listen to the rain drops, all while looking brilliant. You can be pretty sure an adventure is about to happen. 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Vintage Boots: Hunter Women's Original Tour Hat: Forever 21 Sunglasses: ZeroUV Nails: Essie Ballet Slippers Lips: Anthropologie Albeit Pomelo