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 😉 … 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 🙂

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 🙂

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

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 😉 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 🙂 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 😉 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 🙂 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 😉 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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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 🙂

I put up a poll on my instagram (go check it out if you haven’t alreaady  @brittanyd_trautman) 🙂 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 🙂 . 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 for  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 steal (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 😉 . 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 🙂

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 😉 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 //  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 🙂

Xoxo Brittany

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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 😉 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! 🙁 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! 🙂 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 affordable  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. 

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. Fall  where are you?! Comment below what your favorite pieces are to transition from summer to fall!

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

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Growing Into My Personal Style

Personal Style

As I have transitioned out of college girl wardrobe into adult mode wardrobe, I’ve found most of my wardrobe after graduating wasn’t necessarily wearable anymore. I bet I’m not the only one 🙂 I know we’ve all owned something that at one point we thought was the coolest/ most flattering piece of clothing and now we find ourselves saying, “WHAT WAS I THINKING?” I myself had more miniskirts, high heels, and random pieces of clothing that honestly made me question my own sanity, lol. Like I said, we’ve all been there (be honest  😉 ) and I wasn’t quite sure at first how to turn my overly tight/ teenie-bopper wardrobe into a wardrobe that could work for a young professional while still trendy. I first got rid of/ donated all pieces that didn’t fit or I completely loathed; Whether that was a dress that was way too tight or some old daisy duke shorts 🙂 After purging my closet of the unwantables/ embarrassing clothes, I then thought about what I wanted to keep and why. I wanted to keep the clothes that still fit me, yet were age appropriate or work appropriate. From there, I thought about what I wanted to look for when shopping or what I really needed.

My priority whenever I shop is to keep the price in mind. As a 24 year old/newlywed, buying a $100 dress or a pair of shoes that wouldn’t get much versatility isn’t always the best choice. I wouldn’t say I only buy things under a certain dollar amount, but searching for sales and finding clothes I can get the most use out of is a must. I try to stay realistic and we all know Darin keeps me level headed with that too, lol. On top of keeping an open mind while budgeting, I try to look for items that would work for both my personal style and for work. Thankfully, when I’m not travelling to a client site, my dress code while in the office is jeans casual- jeans and a nice shirt, a casual yet appropriate dress, etc. I knew I wanted to find shirts that didn’t show too much skin but were still fun enough that I could wear them to happy hour or date night. A bonus is when I can find a top that is even dressy enough to wear with slacks but can also be dressed down with my staple jeans. On top of all of that, I wanted to keep most of my wardrobe in the neutral color scheme. Now, by no means do I limit myself to buying only white, black, navy, army green, etc. But I wouldn’t buy anything that had an overly loud pattern or a top that had to be worn with certain pants because it had so much going on. Trust me, if I find something that I absolutely love, but it has a colorful print or a vibrant tone, I will definitely purchase it! But I try to keep in mind that I want to look for something that can work with multiple items. Throughout all of that, I ultimately wanted to convey my own personal style throughout my wardrobe – whether it was an athleisure wear outfit for a lazy Sunday or an outfit for work meetings. I wanted to incorporate pieces that showed I have a feminine and bubbly style; From ruffles and blush tones to accents of floral and flattering shapes.

In today’s world, it can be hard to get caught up in the moment’s trends and brand names. Don’t get me wrong, some trends are amazing and I hope they stay forever and if you can afford every designer pair of shoes, you go girl! But for myself, I have to stay grounded. Sometimes that means trying a trend at an inexpensive price just in case it doesn’t work out or finding a dupe for a designer bag. At the end of the day, I have to remember that as long as I feel good in what I’m wearing, then that’s a win. What may work for someone else, may not work for me, and vice versa. Fashion and personal style is all about expressing yourself and doing what works for you; what works for your budget, your career, your body shape, etc. To all of you non-believers out there that think you can’t achieve your personal style on a budget or that you can’t pull off the newest trend, YOU CAN! You do you and own it!

Personal Style

What I’m Wearing: Purple Ruffle Cold Shoulder Top

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