Leopard Booties, Why Did I Wait to Purchase?

Leopard Booties

Hi babes! I hope you all enjoyed last week’s Amazon Gift Guide for Her Post… I have snatched a bunch of those items already for my gals! This week I wanted to take a break from the gift guides because I myself am getting overwhelmed! So I interrupt your program (of gift guides/buying gifts) to bring you breaking news πŸ˜‰ … These leopard booties are TO DIE FOR! If you follow me on instagram, you know I posted a few times on my stories asking you guys if I should buy these leopard booties or not. I feel like people either love em or hate em and I honestly couldn’t decide myself for the longest time. Finally I snatched these up on a Black Friday deal for $15…. yes you heard right, $15!!!! Unfortunately, as you can imagine, they’re gone! However, I got ya covered girl, I’m linking all similar booties below πŸ™‚

Leopard Booties

Leopard Booties

Leopard Booties

Leopard Booties

Leopard Booties

Leopard Booties

Leopard Booties

Leopard Booties

At first I was kinda intimidated by these because I never wear loud shoes in terms of pattern. I usually stick to my staple black/brown boots in the winter. I usually just add pattern or a pop in my shirt choice. But, I loved the way these can elevate a simple look and make it more fun and trendy. I paired my leopard booties with army green skinny jeans, a lace/silk tank, and then a black sweater/black leather jacket. I love how the army green popped against the leopard; I always think those two look so good together.

I also have paired these beauties with my normal dark skinny jeans and a white tee and jacket and I loved it! Again, the leopard booties spiced up a very casual/basic outfit. I did like how the booties paired with my black skinny jeans as well, but I’ve seen on pinterest a handful of other girls pairing them with ripped/distressed black skinnies so I have that on my list to try as well!

I hope you guys enjoy how I styled these adorable leopard booties and it gives you some inspiration! Don’t be afraid to try this out because you feel like you can’t pull them off, because lemme tell ya, if I can do it, you can do it! Let me know if you already have a pair or plan to add some to your collection πŸ™‚

Similar inexpensive leopard booties here: Target Leopard BootiesΒ // Charlotte Russe Leopard Booties // Old Navy Leopard Booties // DSW Madden Girl Booties

Xoxo Brittany

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Inexpensive Amazon Gift Guide FOR HER

Amazon Gift Guide For Her

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. πŸ˜‰ Hi loves! Can you believe Christmas is less than a month away?! I still can’t believe it and as always, I’ve been thinking about all of the gifts I’m going to give but haven’t purchased yet, lol. As I was thinking of the gift guides I wanted to share for my first year of blogging, I has SO many ideas come to mind. All my favorite bloggers come out with the cutest gift guides each year and those gave me a bunch of inspiration. But if I’m being completely honest (which I vow to always be with you guys πŸ™‚ ), some/most of the items on those gift guides are not in my budget. Trust me, if I had the money to buy all my friends designer sunglasses, purses, etc, you know I’d do it!

I want to be as real as I can with you guys and I know there are others out there with the same or similar budget as myself and I wanted to share my ideas with those people in mind! And what better way to do so than not only sharing 20 gifts under $25 but gifts from AMAZON! I think I just heard angels singing when I typed “Amazon” lol, jk. But for reals, I’m obsessed with ordering anything and everything I can from Amazon (Prime addict). Who isn’t?! All but 3, yes 3, of these gifts are even under $20! So without further ad0, I hope you babes enjoy these Amazon finds and find something perfect for your friend, sister, mom, cousin, aunt, or even yourself! Oh and all of the below Amazon product pictures are clickable and will take you right to the listing πŸ™‚

 

  • YOU GUYS! If you decide to treat yo self to just ONE GIFT, let it be this one! This belt is an exact dupe for the outrageously expensive, super trendy Gucci belt! I mean, this is a no brainer at less than $15! It comes in two other colors, so you might as well snag all three!

  • Ok so I recently discovered these and they’re da bomb! These would be a great add-on to any gift as a little something extra or even as a stocking stuffer! These invisibobbles remind me of my childhood for some reason, but they are hair ties that DON’T KINK YOUR HAIR! Hallelujah! Who else can agree that throwing your hair that you just styled into a pony, taking it down a few hours later, and seeing that ugly kink in your hair is the worst?! Because we all live on dry shampoo πŸ˜‰ these are perfect to keep your style for much longer!Β I’ve linked the clear ones down below because they would work for any hair color, but they come in a bunch of colors! These clear ones are $7.95 for a pack of 3.
  • Don’t know what to get someone? This blanket is an easy gift for absolutely anyone in your life. Not to mention, how cute are those pom poms?! You could even throw in some hot cocoa and even a mug and you’ve given them an effortless cozy night! This pom pom blanket comes in more colors as well! This blanket is right under $20.
  • These rose gold studs are stunning! Rose gold is trendy right now and that jewelry lover or girly girl in your life could pair these with anything. These lovelies are only $8.29 and look much more expensive!
  • Any other coffee addicts/lovers out there?! I myself loooove collecting coffee cups and mugs because I use them daily! This pink and gold thermal mug is absolutely adorable and would make waking up just a tad bit easier! The mug is $18 and you could also add some Keurig K-Cups or some holiday coffee to complete this gift!
  • I have found a dupe for the Morphe brushes that I love: BS-MALL Brushes! These remind me so much of the Morphe brushes, and even though Morphe brushes are still on the inexpensive side, these are EVEN MORE inexpensive! I got these myself on an “Amazon Deal of the Day” for less than $5 and expected them to be sub-par. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of these and I haven’t put them down since I got them. Right now they are less than $10 and BS-MALL has a bunch of different sets besides this one. Grab some for yourself and the makeup lover in your life! Also, I’m thinking about doing a review on these on ze blog, so comment below if that’s something you would want to see!
  • These letter light boxes and similar letter boards seem to be uber popular lately. I can’t scroll through my instagram feed without spotting one of these at least once! They’re so cute and come with letters, numbers and symbols to customize what you want to write. I think this gift would be perfect for an at home office, a girl boss, or even a college student! Plus, it’s less than $15!
  • How is this tote under $15?! I don’t know, but I’m diggin’ it! This tote is perfect for any girl in your life because we can all use a good tote- whether that’s for a laptop bag for work or school or your everyday purse! I love the tassel detail and this cream/beige shade, although it comes in tons of other colors!Β 
  • Blanket scarves… everyone has one/needs one! This blanket scarf is under $13 and is essential for the fall and winter to throw on and go! I have a few blanket scarves myself because they’re so versatile and can be worn so many different ways. I love the white and blue of this one, but it comes in a few other colors as well so you can choose one based on what colors the person you’re gifting for usually wears.

  • I am very busy… always πŸ™‚ Who isn’t?!Β I’m a planner freak and have to have one to humanly function, lol. For all of those organizational freaks like myself who like to write everything down and have a planner to keep them sane, this planner is too cute! I love the pink (obvi) and it has tabs to separate the months, comes with cute stickers that make planning way more fun, and it’s the perfect size that can fit in most purses and isn’t going to be a huge thing you have to lug around. This planner is $20!
  • Everyone has an iPhone and everyone loves getting new phone cases, so this was an easy decision to add to the gift guide. Marble and rose gold are super trendy right now and I’ve seen similar cases to this one for much more! This case is made for 7+/8+ and comes in a bunch of other prints/colors. It comes in at right under $12 and this seller also sells identical cases for the regular iPhone 7/8 and even 6/6s!
  • I KNOW we all have a wine lover in our lives. I also KNOW we all have a dog lover in our lives! Can you guess which one I am (dogs all the way πŸ˜‰ ) Well this gift combines those two loves into the most adorable wine charms I have ever seen! I mean, how cute are these little puppies that you can attach to your wine glass?! I might get some just to add to my regular glasses, lol. These charms are $15.84 and you could easily pair this with a bottle of wine to make for a perfect gift!
  • Got a traveler in your life?! I loooove this gift because I myself travel a ton for work and this luggage tag is not only darling at $10, but would help your luggage stand out in the carousel! You could also gift this to someone you know has an upcoming trip such as a honeymoon or getaway.Β 
  • I’ve seen a bunch of girls have these adorable puff balls hang from their keys or even their handbags and I’m loving it! This fur ball comes in lots of colors and makes a fun gift for anyone! Plus, this makes losing your keys a lot harder with this attached πŸ™‚ This gift is only $7.15
  • Slippers are so underrated! I’m a slipper lover and I have to admit (with some shame) that I have worn slippers out in public, lol. Sue me! Anywho, these cozy, pretty blush slippers are another great gift for anyone! You could even gift these with the pom pom blanket I mentioned above or with a face mask for a pampered night in! Plus, how adorable is that feather detail?!Β These are right under $18 and come in an identical gray version as well.
  • Remember that makeup lover in your life I mentioned above when talking about the amazing brushes I love? Well, this is also for that person (or you) too! This makeup pillow is too cute for words! You could even gift it with the makeup brushes or a new lipgloss and you’re good to go! I especially like this gift because it’s super unique! This throw pillow is only $8.49!
  • Easy add on gift or small gift for the girl on the go- a card holder with a key ring! This would be ideal for someone in college in my opinion. They could store their ID and debit card, some change, and put this on their key ring and they’re good to go! I personally love using my card holder because then I don’t have a bulky wallet to carry around and it’s easy to grab n go. This cardholder in light gray is less than $9 and also comes in a few other colors!

Finally the gifts over $20, but still under $25!

  • Again, do you have a beauty lover in your life?! If not, I think this gift works for any girl, really! I myself have one of these on my Christmas list and they have been selling out everywhere else so fast and they’re a bit more pricey than this one! It’s a LED vanity tri-fold mirror! Perfect for getting up close and personal πŸ™‚ This one is the cheapest I’ve seen at $21.99 and is marked as an Amazon #1 Best Seller!
  • Got a tech or music loving friend? Or even a fitness lover? These wireless/bluetooth headphones are great for that person in your life. Because it’s the absolute worst dropping your phone while your headphones are plugged in on the treadmill or trying to lift weights with your headphones attached to your phone. A great bonus to these is that the size is customizeable, the ear buds are magnetic which avoids tangling, and you can even buy a warranty for extra protection if you’d like. These headphones areΒ $23.99.
  • Last, but not least, is this sporty yet girly Adidas hat. I love baseball hats to throw on for days when my hair isn’t looking it’s best or to even wear with jeans and a simple tee to spice it up! I love this pink one, but it comes in other colors too! Adidas is extremely popular right now and that fashionista or sporty girl in your life would rock this! This hat is the most expensive item on this gift guide at $24.

I had a blast scouring Amazon looking for these gifts and I hope you guys enjoy them as much as I do! All of these gifts that I don’t already have I’ve added to my own Christmas wishlist πŸ™‚ I’m even gifting some of these myself! You could even share this gift guide with someone who is asking what YOU want this year and you don’t have to worry about breaking their bank! Let me know in the comments down below which item(s) you’re going to gift to someone or get for yourself!

Xoxo Brittany

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The Best Sales for Black Friday 2017

Brittany Trautman Best Sales Black Friday 2017

I’m back… back again πŸ˜‰ Even though I posted on Tuesday, I still wanted to get my normal Thursday post up just in time for all of the Black Friday sales! Did anyone else notice that this year a lot of brands started having pre-black Friday sales? This week a bunch of brands had great sales and I loved every second of it πŸ™‚ I rounded up the best (and my fav) online sales to share with y’all! I myself am a shop-a-holic, but when it comes to Black Friday, I somehow always convince myself I need everything because it’s on sale! Does anyone else do that?? In years past, I have waited in long lines in the freezing cold but this past year, I have been doing most of my shopping online so I don’t even mess with that anymore and it’s AWESOME! I mean, who doesn’t want to skip the lines, snuggle up on the couch, watch a Christmas movie, and do some online shopping?!

Old Navy’s Black FriYAY 50% off sale (ends 11/24)

1. High-Rise Rockstar Skinny Jeans– I looooove these jeans because they’re super stretchy and the high-rise fit sucks everything in πŸ˜‰ With the discount, they’re only $17.49!

2.Blush Vest– I’m a sucker for vests and I love pairing them with absolutely anything in the colder months. This one in blush is super cute and on trend right now. It also comes in a camo print. This vest is only $15 (wooohoooo!)

3.Velvet Ruffle Cami– This cami comes in 3 colors and the velvet is another hot trend right now. This would look perfect paired with a cardigan or even a leather jacket. It’s definitely a closet staple that can be worn a million ways. It’s only $12.50!

Express 50% off Everything Sale + Free Shipping (ends 11/25)

4. Ribbon Tie Cold Shoulder Sweater– You guys know I love bows/ dainty details and I haven’t seen any sweaters like this anywhere else! I love the mix of the bows on the shoulders with the cold shoulder detail. This sweater is $24.95

5. Plaid Wrap Tie Mini Skirt– I am intrigued by the new plaid trend that we’ve been seeing this year and this skirt makes me want to try it! I love the asymmetrical front and the wrap detail. I think this would be adorable for Christmas paired with a black sweater and OTK boots. This skirt is $24.95

6. Chenille Leggings– I definitely NEED these! Chenille has become popular this year and I’m loving it just as much as everyone else πŸ™‚ It’s the softest, coziest material known to man kind, lol. So when I heard people raving about these chenille leggings, I knew I had to add them to my wishlist. They’re $29.95 which may seem a bit pricey for leggings, but these are LIQUID GOLD PEOPLE!

Loft Black Fri-Yay Collection (ends 11/23) // Use code ‘GIFTITUP’ for 40% off

7. Tie Cuff Sweater– Another item with bows, what can I say, I’m a girly girl, lol. I love the mix of the classic black and white and how the bows and the cuffs add flare to a basic sweater. This sweater is $29.70

8. Velvet Slip On Sneakers– The color of these is stunning! It’s called murky blue and looks like a blue/grey mix. There is a pink version of these slip on sneakers too! Again, velvet is trendy and I love slip on sneakers so these would be perfect to throw on and run out the door and would look great with leggings or jeans. They are $32.70!

9. Satin Sneakers– Again, this color is stunning! It’s a rose/gray color and the material is satin so naturally they look like a more chic/ dressed up version of a normal tennis shoe. They also come in a grey color as well. These are $29.70!

Nordstrom currently has a sale going on with 20%-55% off discounts (Ends 11/24)

10. Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick– These are a steal! Comparable in price to a lot of drug store lipsticks honestly. I’ve heard good things about these, so this price is great to try them at! I’ve got my eye on the shade ‘Amulet’ and they’re only $9!! FYI, they also have a lipstick/lip liner combo on sale for $15 too! (P.S. Nordstrom has a bunch of beauty goodies for a steal!)

11. Philosophy Shower Gel– I love the Philosophy cleanser as well as the shower gels. These smell AHHHMAZING! The holiday and classic scents are all included.. These would make perfect holiday gifts or even an easy ‘treat yo self’ gift πŸ˜‰ The shower gel is on sale for $12

12. BP Studded Faux Leather Crossbody– This is a staple for any girl. It’s great quality at a great price, definitely something you can get a lot of use out of it. This crossbody is only $18.42!

These are just a few of my favorite items I have found, but there are sooo many other goodies I have on my wishlist. Happy Thanksgiving and shopping loves!!

xoxo

Brittany

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Mustard Ruffle Top Perfect for Thanksgiving

Brittany Trautman Boutique Rye Mustard Top

Brittany Trautman Boutique Rye Mustard Top

Brittany Trautman Boutique Rye Mustard Top

Brittany Trautman Boutique Rye Mustard Top

Brittany Trautman Boutique Rye Mustard Top

Brittany Trautman Boutique Rye Mustard Top

Brittany Trautman Boutique Rye Mustard Top

Brittany Trautman Boutique Rye Mustard Top

Brittany Trautman Boutique Rye Mustard Top

Brittany Trautman Boutique Rye Mustard Top

Brittany Trautman Boutique Rye Mustard Top

Brittany Trautman Boutique Rye Mustard Top

Hi loves! A post on a Tuesday… say whaaaa? But because of Thanksgiving on Thursday, I wanted to chat with you guys a few days earlier πŸ™‚ We actually had my side of the family’s Thanksgiving this past weekend but we will be celebrating with Darin’s side on actual Thanksgiving! I can’t wait to eat more than my weight in mashed potatoes and stuffing, lol. With that being said I knew as soon as I put on this top, I HAD to share it because it’s absolutely perfect for Thanksgiving!!

Mustard has grown on me lately and I’m especially loving it for fall. Not only is the color of this top adorable, but the ruffle details are TO DIE FOR!Β I’m all about feminine and dainty pieces πŸ™‚ It’s definitely a more “dressy” alternative to the traditional sweater on Thanksgiving, but I’m totally ok with it because it isn’t tight and has a looser fit so it hides the food baby perfectly πŸ˜‰ Which is what we all want, right?! It fits true to size; I’m wearing a size small for reference.

You can get this top from Boutique Rye just in time for Thanksgiving! Boutique Rye has soooo many cute and trendy pieces – from sweaters to accessories and everything in between! Not to mention, in their Facebook group, there are amazing live sales that make it feel like a fun girls night in shopping with your closest girlfriends! (Because who doesn’t love being able to shop from your couch with your pajamas on?!) Oh and even Wine Chat Monday’s where you can grab a glass of wine, a cup of coffee, or anything, sit down and tune in to chat with other gals! Don’t forget toΒ check out Boutique Rye on Instagram too πŸ™‚

I paired the mustard top with my current favorite denim, my staple brown booties, and even topped it off with a brown leather jacket. I think the brown of the booties and jacket compliment the yellow so well! My booties and jacket are both old, but I’m linking similar ones here and here.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family and friends! Have an extra serving of mashed potatoes and gravy for me πŸ˜‰

Xoxo

Brittany

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Baby It’s Cold Outside Tee Giveaway

Brittany Trautman Sweet P & Fi Giveaway

Brittany Trautman Sweet P & Fi Giveaway

Brittany Trautman Sweet P & Fi Giveaway

Brittany Trautman Sweet P & Fi Giveaway

Brittany Trautman Sweet P & Fi Giveaway

Brittany Trautman Sweet P & Fi Giveaway

Brittany Trautman Sweet P & Fi Giveaway

YOU GUYS HOW CUTE IS LOUIE?! ^^^

Brittany Trautman Sweet P & Fi Giveaway

Brittany Trautman Sweet P & Fi Giveaway

Brittany Trautman Sweet P & Fi Giveaway

Brittany Trautman Sweet P & Fi Giveaway

Brittany Trautman Sweet P & Fi Giveaway

We’re a week out from Thanksgiving, friends! Which means it’s almost December, which means it’s almost time for 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family (aka Freeform), which means people will stop judging me for listening to Christmas music already, which means it’s almost Christmas; I could go on and on, lol. If you couldn’t already guess, I’m slightly (ok, extremely πŸ˜‰ ) obsessed with the holidays- the food, the fashion, the music, the weather, etc. BRING IT ON!!

From one of my previous posts about graphic tees, you already know I’m a hoarder/lover of graphic tees. So when Sweet P & Fi wanted to team up with me to give ONE OF YOU a holiday graphic tee, I couldn’t resist! πŸ™‚

I’ve featured Sweet P & Fi on the blog before because this online boutique has adorable pieces at affordable prices! This maroon and gray “Baby It’s Cold Outside” baseball graphic tee is tooooo cute! I paired it with my favorite leggings, some fun fuzzy socks, and some hot chocolate (with wayyyy too many marshmallows πŸ™‚ ) The length covered my bum which I like when I’m pairing tees with leggings. Also, the material is so soft and I loved wearing it for a cozy night in! It would also be adorable with jeans, booties, and a staple beanie for something more dressed up! I mean, how cute is it!?

Alright, alright, let’s get down to the giveaway details πŸ™‚ I know you’re wondering how you can win this tee for yourself! Follow these steps to enter:

Easy as that! You can wear this gem on repeat all through December! The giveaway will close Monday, 11/20 at midnight CST. I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, 11/21. Also, if you think this tee is cute, check out the Sweet P & Fi website for more goodies!

Xoxo

Brittany

Link to my necklace hereΒ (Use code: trautman for discount at checkout!)

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Graphic Tees, I Can’t Get Enough! Halloween Edition!

Brittany Trautman - Graphic Tees

How is it Halloween?! I feel like last week it was the first week of September and now we are almost in November. HOW?! Do you guys have any fun plans? The hubs and I are going to stay home, binge Stranger Things season 2, and pass out candy. This is my first Halloween I’m not traveling for work and am able to pass out candy soooo I think I may be more excited than any of the kids that stop by, lol.

Alrighty, so last week’s blog post was about OTK boots because I put a poll onΒ  my instagram (brittanyd_trautman) asking you guys if you wanted to see how I style OTK boots or my fav graphic tees. OTK boots won by majority but I promised that I would also share my fav graphic tees. So TA-DA! Here we are!

I would wear graphic tees all day, every day if it were socially acceptable. I mean, who doesn’t love a fun tee that they can dress up or down? My favorite way (which will not shock you πŸ™‚ ) is to wear them with leggings. It spices up a simple leggings and top look to make it a little more fun. However, I do like to wear graphic tees with jeans and dress it up from time to time!

With the holidays, graphic tees are definitely my go-to’s. I looooove being able to wear something cute during the holidays to change it up from the normal orange/black tee or red/green sweater, if ya know what I mean? I’m sharing mostly fall/Halloween related tees below in lieu that today is HALLOWEEN! But I also have some that would be great year round.

I have some favorite stores when it comes to graphic tees that NEVER disappoint me: Target, Four Sisters Boutique, and Cents of Style.

Target is always my go to because let’s be honest, I’m there WAY more than I should be. But, I’m not mad about it! I picked up this “Pumpkin Spice Everything” tee for the fall season because like I’ve probably said before, I’m the basic white girl who loves all things pumpkin (no shame). Target always has the cutest graphic tees that are always reasonable/inexpensive in price. Most/ if not all of the Halloween graphic tees are marked down right now since it’s Halloween and a lot are under $10!!! Anddd, if you want to check it out, Target featured me on their #TargetStyle and Trends pages rocking the Pumpkin Spice Life tee!

Brittany Trautman - Graphic Tees

Brittany Trautman - Graphic Tees

Brittany Trautman - Graphic Tees

I Want All The Candy Tee (This is an accurate description of my life. If you know me, you know I would eat candy for every meal if I could)

Jack O Wink TeeΒ 

Don’t Be a Basic Witch Tee

200% Tired Tee (Because who isn’t always tired… Just me??)

Four Sisters Boutique is an Omaha Boutique as well as an online boutique and since Omaha is my first home, I’m all about supporting local! Four Sisters had THE cutest holiday shirts last year. So naturally I snagged one up for Halloween this year and I’m not lying when I say THIS MAY BE MY FAVORITE SHIRT OF ALLLL TIME. I’m a child at heart so Hocus Pocus is definitely in my top 5 favorite movies and without a doubt my favorite Halloween movie. So it was a no brainer that I HAD to have this one. I think this one is only in stores, so if you’re in the Omaha area, go snag one before they’re gone. Or you can call and order in store! Again, if it were socially acceptable to wear graphic tees all year round, I would totally rock this one in like… March lol.Β They also have some other Halloween/ Fall tees I had my eyes on but didn’t end up grabbing. However, I’m suuuuper excited to see what they come out with this holiday season! Also, if you’re a Nebraska/ Husker gal, they have fun game day tees too! Since today is Halloween, they’re offering 25% off of Halloween shirts with code ‘HALLOWEEN25‘, in store and online! Go grab a last minute tee if you have a chance or snag one up for a steal for next year!

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Trick or Treat Yo Self Tee

Food Coma Tee (PS how perf is this for Thanksgiving… or everday πŸ˜‰ )

Saturday In The Midwest (where my Midwest girls at?!)

Lastly, I love the graphic tees Cents of Style has. They have a lot of tees that can be worn year round and they ALWAYS have free shipping. Is a shipping charge sometimes a deal breaker for anyone else? I somehow always convince myself to make a purchase when there’s free shipping, lol. Use code ‘trautman‘ at checkout and get 20% off of your purchase (this applies to anything on the website, not just graphic tees πŸ™‚ )

Be Kind Tee

First, Coffee Tee (because, always.)

#momlife Tee (for all my mamas out there!)

Comment below your fav graphic tees that I should check out!

Xoxo Brittany

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OTK Boots: The Fall/Winter Trend You HAVE to Try

 

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Happy Friday Eve my friends! Can you believe next week is Halloween?! Where did all the time go?! I feel like it shouldn’t be Halloween yet because it just recently started getting cooler here in KC. But with Halloween fast approaching, that means all the good movies on AMC and Freeform (aka ABC Family) have started playing so I’m ok with it πŸ™‚

I put up a poll on my instagram (go check it out if you haven’t alreaadyΒ  @brittanyd_trautman) πŸ™‚ And I asked what you guys wanted to see more… how to style OTK boots or my fav graphic tees. How to style OTK boots won with about 70% of the votes so here you are my loves! (And don’t worry if you voted for graphic tees… that’ll be coming soon. I got you girl!)

So last year I really saw the OTK (over the knee) boots trend take off. I wasn’t sure if the trend was going to stay and to be honest, they kinda intimidated me so I just stuck to my tried and true booties last year. But when I saw they were here to stay and on trend again this year, I decided that I would try them for myself. Like I said, I was intimidated by OTK boots… yes, intimidated by a pair of boots, lol πŸ™‚ . I think it was a combination of the higher price point of most of the boots I found, the whole ‘over the knee’ thing was daunting to me, and mainly because they make more of a statement than booties do. I feel like there’s some people who think OTK boots are like, “promiscuous” (I don’t know the right word, lol), in a way. Which I felt too! BUT then I realized, it’s all about how you style them! Not to mention, another thing holding me back from going for it was my preconceived notion that short people couldn’t wear them. Which yes, I tried on a few that were major no’s for my stubby legs, but you just have to find the right length/fit forΒ  your legs!

Now that I’m obsessed with OTK boots, I want them in every color! I found my boots at Nordstrom Rack for a stealΒ (under $55 woohoo!), so I’m definitely wanting to add some black ones to my collection! I decided to try out flat OTK boots to start with. I recommend starting with a flat boot if you’re not sure about the trend and then moving to a heel or a bold color. Again, I was intimidated even more by the OTK boots with any sort of heel because in my mind, that was too over the top… silly me! Now I’ve totally got my eye on a few pairs that have the perfect 2/3 inch chunky/block heel that are ADORABLE! There are definitely some higher-end OTK boots that I hear other fashion bloggers rave about that I have on my wishlist. But for now, these boots are my new staple!

The first outfit I paired the boots with was my favorite… because it was the easiest πŸ˜‰ . I grabbed my favorite pair of black leggings, a basic white cold shoulder top that covered my butt (exact style here // similar top here), and paired it with a blanket scarf (my scarf is old, but this one is almost identical and under $10!). And voila! It’s as easy as that! You can pair these boots with your favorite leggings, a simple top and a scarf and run out the door. This outfit is perfect for a lunch date, errands, or even the pumpkin patch! The boots definitely make the outfit look more put together and like you tried a little harder than you actually did πŸ™‚

The second outfit was suuuper easy too! I just paired the boots with a dress from my closet that hit me right above the knee. This one here is from Francesca’s last year and I couldn’t find it online, but this dress is a similar shape and style. I found it looked awkward on me to pair the boots with a dress that covered the top of the boots and made me look even shorter, but do what looks best on you! With the slit of my knees peeking through, I found it made my legs look longer and made the look a little more flirty without showing too much skin. This look would be great for an event, holiday party, church, or anywhere you want to dress up to. And, how freaking beautiful are these earrings! I love this hunter/forest green for the fall and winter!

The third outfit is definitely going to be my go to for our next date night… hint hint Darin πŸ˜‰ I paired the boots with my current favorite jeans, a simple black blouse, and a black leather jacket. This top is cute on it’s own because it has bell sleeves and ruffles which gives it a more feminine vibe and spices up a basic black blouse. (I bought this one at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and they don’t carry it anymore. But here is an almost identical one!) To add a little edge and warmth, I added a black faux leather jacket (mine is really old, but here’s a similar & inexpensive one!). Usually I don’t tend to mix browns and blacks, but these boots are more of a mix between brown and gray so the two colors contrasted with each other perfectly. I love this look because it’s simple yet chic and once again, is super easy to put together with items you probably already have in your closet!

These are the other OTK boots I have on my wishlist: Heartbeat Over The Knee Boot // Krush Over The Knee Boot //Β  Target Over The Knee Boot

Let me know below if you’ve tried OTK boots and what your favorite ways to wear them are! If not, let me know if you’re going to try them πŸ™‚

Xoxo Brittany

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Mauve Lace Up Love + 15% Discount Code

Brittany Trautman Mauve Lace Up Sweater

 

Brittany Trautman Mauve Lace Up Sweater

Brittany Trautman Mauve Lace Up Sweater

Brittany Trautman Mauve Lace Up Sweater

 

Brittany Trautman Mauve Lace Up Sweater

Happy Thursday babes! I think my last post put some influence on Mother Nature πŸ˜‰ because this week has finally started to cool down in KC. Hallelujah! As soon as it hit below 80 degrees, I couldn’t help but reach for all of my comfy sweaters.

A trend that I’ve been loving lately is that many brands are adding lace up details to their items; from dresses, to tops, to athleisure wear and more. I have a few pieces with lace up details and they add a little bit of flair to normally simple pieces and I think that’s why I love them so much! I can’t get enough of this sweater for soooo many reasons: the lace up detail is on the back, this mauve color is TO DIE for (mauve is super trendy right now too), and the material is perfect- not too heavy and not too light (perfect for the beginning of fall). The length hit me right at my hips so it paired perfect with my favorite dark denim at the moment. It would also be cute with white jeans too. But if Mother Nature is tricking you still, or you’re somewhere where the temps don’t cool off, this sweater would also look adorable with cut off jean shorts! Does anyone else love mixing long sleeves with shorts, or is it just me? πŸ™‚

This sweater is just one of my many faves from Sweet P & Fi online boutique. There are other items that have the lace up detail and trendy pieces I’ve got my eye on! Best part about this boutique- it’s AFFORDABLE! In my first personal style post, I told you guys that as a newlywed and a 20 something, I am always looking for the best bang for my buck and pieces I can get the most wear out of. Sweet P & Fi has soooo many pieces that are to die for and you don’t have to break the bank to up your wardrobe!

For my gals only, Sweet P & Fi is offering 15% off with code Brittany15 sitewide. Run, don’t walk andΒ  grab yourself some new affordable AND adorable pieces for fall πŸ™‚

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Transitioning Your Summer Wardrobe into Fall

 

Brittany Trautman - Summer to Fall Fashion

Brittany Trautman - Summer to Fall Fashion

Brittany Trautman - Summer to Fall Fashion

Brittany Trautman - Summer to Fall Fashion

Brittany Trautman - Summer to Fall Fashion

Brittany Trautman - Summer to Fall Fashion

Brittany Trautman - Summer to Fall Fashion

Brittany Trautman - Summer to Fall Fashion

I have this theory that here in KC, it’s going to go straight from 80+ degrees to just 30 below at any moment. Just summer to winter.. no fall. As soon as September hit, my basic-white girl self πŸ˜‰ was starting to decorate our house for fall, taking my fall/winter boots out of storage, ordering PSL’s, and watching Hocus Pocus. But apparently Mother Nature had a different idea of how fall would go. Here in KC, it’s felt pretty much like summer up until now. We’ve had a few breezy/cooler days mixed in since September, but nothing that actually makes it feel like fall! πŸ™ I have to admit, I couldn’t even drink all of my first PSL of the year because I’m pretty sure that day it was almost 90 degrees and it was too hot for that nonsense! As I’ve been patiently awaiting the cooler temps and changing of the leaves, I haven’t been able to break out my new pieces for fall yet. I mean, at this rate, if fall never happens, you better believe I’m going out in my comfy sweaters, favorite jeans, and over the knee boots in 80 degrees because I’m not above that! πŸ™‚Β Up until now, I’ve been trying to incorporate my favorite fall pieces with my staple summer ones. It’s not as hard as I initially thought it would be, to be honest. Obviously, you don’t want to reach for something that is heavy and meant to keep you warm because you will be sweating your booty off! But if you take those light fall transitional pieces and pair them with sandals, your favorite tank, or peep toe booties, you can easily mix and match your traditional summer pieces with your fall ones.

Corduroy is one of the fall trends I saw last fall and it’s definitely back again this year. Any other 90’s babies out there used to rock corduroy all the time back in the day?! Anywho, I love this corduroy skirt because its in this beautiful maroon/wine color that is picture perfect for fall. Skirts seem to be making a comeback this year too. Maybe I just wasn’t aware of the trend last year, but I stuck mainly to pants and dresses. But this year, I’ve seen girls rocking jean skirts and much more. I love the buttons down the front of this one too. Oh, and it’s not extremely short either which is nice! And, on the flip side, I always have trouble with the lengths of bottoms because I’m only 5’2″ so this one was the perfect length! The one I’m wearing is super affordableΒ  from Forever 21, so if you’re not into the corduroy trend or maybe the bold color, it’s an inexpensive price to try the trend!

This off the shoulder white top is one of the staples in my closet! It’s perfect to throw on with jeans or pair with any colored bottom. Mine is from last summer, so I’ve linked a some similar tops below. I love wearing it as a one shoulder too because sometimes I get annoyed with off the shoulder tops and having to constantly pull them down. Anyone else? I also love this white off the shoulder top because it puts a twist on the classic white tee that most people have in their closets. It can be paired with anything.Β 

So the main way I transitioned this outfit from summer to fall was with my shoes; super easy! I have had these sandals for FOREVER, so I’m linking something similar below. But I just swapped out the sandals with some booties to add a fall touch to the outfit. It’s an easy way to keep cool with your summer clothes but still transitioning your outfits to have a fall inspo. I kept this look pretty minimal and I’m all about easy, so just focusing on the shoes made it a breeze! If it was a little cooler, you could even add a long sleeve top or cute cardi to throw over

I’m praying that we get those in between summer and winter temps here in KC soon because I’m not a fan of this warm weather in October. FallΒ  where are you?! Comment below what your favorite pieces are to transition from summer to fall!

What I’m Wearing: MyΒ Corduroy Skirt // Similar Skirt //Β  Similar Off the Shoulder Top // Similar Off the Shoulder Top // Similar Steve Madden Sandals // Similar Steve Madden Booties

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