Thursday, October 30, 2014

Over the Knee Boots

I call these over the knee boots my "poor man's 5050s."  They look quite similar to the beautiful but expensive Stuart Weitzman style, but at approximately one fourth the cost.  I purchased this pair of Louise et Cie (one of the Vince Camuto brands) boots during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, and have been wearing them pretty much nonstop this fall.  The basically flat heel (one inch) is comfortable for all day wear, and the stretchy side panels help to hug the leg for the perfect fit.  This exact style is still available online at, and currently priced at 25% off (almost the same as I paid earlier this summer).  For today's outfit, I paired these boots with moto jeans, a printed blouse, a leather sleeved blazer, simple black clutch, and gold jewelry for a going out lookI've also worn this look to the office by swapping the moto jeans for a different pair of tan colored skinnies.  These photos were taken at the University of Washington, my alma mater.  Being on campus always brings back good memories, and I love that there are so many photogenic spots like the fountain in this first photo A good friend of mine has been helping me step up my photo game with his professional work - let me know what you think!

Boots: Louise et Cie "Andora Over the Knee Boot" in black, $149.90 (25% off!) at Nordstrom here or wide calf version here
Blazer: Zara (old), similar Tinley Road "Mel Vegan Leather Sleeve Blazer" in black/black or heather grey/black, $98 at Piperlime here 
Blouse: Caslon via Nordstrom (no longer available), currently loving the "Floral Plaid Convertible Sleeve Portofino Shirt" in multi, $59.90 (buy one get one for $19.90) at Express here 
Denim: Joe's Jeans (old), splurge on the Hudson "Stark Moto Jeans" in vandal wash, $265 at Nieman Marcus here or save on the DL1961 "Harlow Moto" jean in canal, $94.97 (final sale!) at Piperlime here
Necklace: "Tasseled Lariat Chain Necklace" in antic gold, $8.80 at Forever 21 here
Rings: "3-pack Rings" in gold, $7.95 at H&M here and Nordstrom Rack (old), check out the "Pave Heiroglyphics Ring Set" in gold, $28 at Baublebar here
Scarf: Burberry (old), similar "Check Silk Cashmere Scarf" in camel check (available in five other colors), $395 at Burberry here
Clutch: Koret New York (old), similar Lauren Merkin "Ellie Flat Clutch" in black, $135 at Shopbop here

If you are looking for a pair of over the knee boots this fall, I recommend a flat or low-heeled style for all-day comfort.  Check out my picks for over the knee boots below, priced in an affordable range between $100 and $200:
How would you style a pair of over the knee boots this fall?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Linking up with Mix & Match Fashion, Happiness at Mid-Life, and Sincerely Jenna Marie.

Photography by the talented Edward Bello.  You can find him on Instagram @3dbello and

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Layering: Skater Skirt + Luxe Statement Necklace

It's no secret that I love fall because of the layering opportunities.  Cozy knits, puffer vests, statement necklaces, and tall boots are all staples in my fall wardrobe.  Today's outfit is a great example of how I layer for fall, and it includes a couple of key items from Conversation Pieces Boutique.  This grey knit "Power to the Pleat" skater skirt feels like it is made of neoprene, and holds its circle shape without any additional effort due to its thick texture.  This "Make the Impression of a Lifetime" necklace feels so luxe with its pearl and crystal combo look, but you won't believe the price.  I paired this skater skirt and statement necklace with a dot chambray shirt, striped sweater, puffer vest, tall boots, and bucket bag for a cozy casual weekend look.

Skirt: "Power to the Pleat Skirt," $36 here
Necklace: "Make the Impression of a Lifetime Necklace," $26 here
Vest: Abercrombie (old), loving this "Factory Warmest Puffer Vest" in marine blue dot (available in three other colors), $41.99 (on sale!) at Gap here
Sweater: J Crew (old), similar "Shaggy Knit Striped Sweater" in black/beige, $24.80 at Forever 21 here
Chambray Shirt: J Crew Factory (old), similar "Polka Dot Western Shirt" in light denim/ivory, $22.80 at Forever 21 here 
Boots: Diane Von Furstenberg via Poshmark, similar Frye "Marissa Back Zip Tall Boot" in cognac soft vintage leather, $388 at Zappos here or save on the "Passtime Tall Boot" in brown leather, $189 at Nine West here 
Bucket Bag: Banana Republic (old), similar "Women's Bucket Bag" in cognac brown, $29 at Old Navy here 
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Blade Silver Chronograph Watch," $225 at Dillard's here 
Rings: Baublebar (old), currently loving the "Crystal Mason Ring" in hematite, $28 at Baublebar here

Check out these additional fall-perfect items currently available online at Conversation Pieces Boutique, and use my coupon code "AVECAMBER" for free shipping on your purchase:

Left: "Swing It Like Twiggy Mini Dress/Tunic," $42 here
Middle: "A Little Somethin'-Somethin' Drape Cardigan," $42 here
Right: "Snuggly Winter Infinity Scarf" in mustard (available in seven other colors), $16 here

What is your favorite way to layer for fall?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great week!

Linking up with Rhea, Et CeteraMore Pieces of MeOn the Daily Express, and  Sincerely Jenna Marie.

Financial compensation was not received for this post. Products were provided free of charge from Conversation Pieces Boutique, but the opinions expressed here are my own.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Foodie Review: Bourbon and Bones

First, a sale alert!  Conversation Pieces Boutique is offering 20% off sitewide this weekend!  I have featured pieces from this California-based online boutique over and over again, two of my favorite looks are here and here.  Discount is applied at checkout, and this offer ends Sunday.  Use my coupon code "AVECAMBER" for free shipping!

Now, on to the food.  We recently dined at Bourbon and Bones with a large group of friends, which was the perfect opportunity to taste test most of the menu.  Bourbon and Bones opened earlier this summer in a little strip of Seattle between Fremont and Ballard (some call it Fre-lard) on Leary Way.  Chef Mike Law is the man behind this barbeque spot, a name that might sound familiar if you have enjoyed the fried chicken at Wandering Goose in Capital Hill.  Chef Law grew up in North Carolina and also lived in New Orleans, so he knows his smoked meats and he has been quoted as saying, “In Seattle, there’s really no good barbecue.”  A custom smokehouse measuring ten feet long and ten feet high cures all of the meats sold at Bourbon and Bones, and all of the meat is locally sourced.  Besides the variety of meats available, you can also find almost every kind of bourbon on the shelves.  The bar offers over 90 different liquors as well as moonshine for just about any cocktail you can imagine.  Please read on for photos and details of our meal at Bourbon and Bones.

 The exterior of the building looks like this, with the outdoor patio that is perfect for summer afternoons.  This restaurant is in a little bit of an odd location, but it was easy to find and visible from the main road Leary Way.

When we arrived, we sat at the bar and ordered our first round of drinks while waiting for the rest of our group.  On the left is a "Bones Sour" with bourbon, orgeat, egg white, whiskey barrel aged bitters, and angostura droplets on top.  On the right is a "Kentucky Mule" with bourbon, lime, simple syrup, and ginger beer.

When our group arrived, we moved to a separate room that can be reserved for large parties.  You order your meal from the front counter and then trays are brought with the goods.  On the left are fried oysters with suce gribiche from the starters menu.  We then ordered a "plate," which contains your choice of meat (we picked pulled pork and added a side of smoked pork belly as well), two sides (mac and cheese and hush puppies), slices of white bread, cole slaw, and pickles.

As if that wasn't enough, we also had to try two thighs of Carolina fried chicken.  The fried chicken was definitely my favorite meat, although all of the meats we had were delicious.  Bourbon and Bones is definitely a restaurant that we will return to eat again, whenever we are in the mood for barbeque.

If you are interested in learning more about Bourbon and Bones, the website is below:

Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pattern Mixing: Navy Stripes & Polka Dots

I flew down to San Francisco this weekend for a quick trip that included an amazing dinner at State Bird Provisions (James Beard Award winner for Best New Restaurant 2013) an afternoon of wine tasting in Napa Valley, and quality time with friends old and new.  These photos were taken at Round Pond Estate, a beautiful winery with bold Cabernets that consistently receive ratings above 90 points.  I've been a member of Round Pond Estate for about five years now (I think? I keep forgetting how long it's been), and always try to visit when I'm down in the Bay Area.  This weekend I was loving the comfortably warm weather, and paired this navy striped anchor sweater with polka dot shorts for some casual pattern mixing.  Bow pumps and my GiGi New York Uber Clutch completed this easy outfit that was perfect for relaxing on the terrace with our food and wine pairings.

Sweater: J Crew Factory (old)
Shorts: Banana Republic Factory (old)
Pumps: Halogen via Nordstrom (no longer available), similar "Ena Mid Heel Pump" in new navy, $69.95 at Sole Society here
Clutch c/o GiGi New York: "Uber Clutch" in navy pebble grain, $165 at GiGi New York here
Sunglasses: Michael Michael Kors "Sicily 59mm Metal Aviator Sunglasses" in dune, $99 at Nordstrom here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nordstrom here

Whether you like stripes, polka dots, florals, or other prints, there are endless options for print mixing this fall.  Check out my picks for patterned tops and bottoms that can create some fantastic mixed and matched looks.  Each top and bottom is affordably priced between $20 and $89:
What is your favorite way to mix patterns?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great week!

Linking up with More Pieces of Me, On the Daily Express,  Rhea, Et Cetera, The Fashion Canvas, Walking in Memphis in High Heels, and Happiness at Mid-Life.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Quilted Crossbody Bag

Quilted leather is one of the most popular trends this fall: I'm seeing quilted patterns on just about every type of handbag, shoe, and article of clothing.  We can credit this trend to the iconic brand Chanel, whose 2.55 bag is a prized possession to any fashionista.  Chanel's newer "Boy Bag" crossbody style also became an instant "it bag" when it launched in fall 2011, and I'm especially fond of the quilted style that launched about a year ago in fall 2013.  This particular style inspired quite a few versions in the market this fall, so there is one for every budget.  A quilted crossbody bag is just the right size to hold all of your essentials, and easy to use for both day and night.  For today's outfit, I layered a side zip sweater over a white collared shirt, then added a faux leather pencil skirt and booties.  Statement jewelry, burgundy lips, and this quilted crossbody bag finished a look that was perfect for dinner and a night out in the city.

Faux Leather Skirt: Asos, currently loving the "Faux Leather Pencil Skirt" (available in petite and tall!) in black, $109 at Ann Taylor here or save on the "Faux Leather Pencil Skirt" in black, $17.80 at Forever 21 here
Top: Anthropologie, similar "Merino Wool Asymmetrical Zip Sweater" in heather dusk (available in 5 colors), $69.99 (on sale!) at J Crew here or I'm loving the colorblocked version for $110 here
Blouse: BCBG (old), save on the "Women's Button Down Shirt w/ Split Hem" in fresh white, $22.99 at Target here
Booties: Halogen via Nordstrom, check out the current Halogen "Riley Open Toe Bootie" in black (also available in burgundy and chocolate), $109.95 at Nordstrom here 
Watch: Karl Lagerfeld "7 Faceted Bezel Bracelet Watch, 44mm" in black, $250 at Nordstrom here
Bracelet/Rings: old, similar "Modern Classic Skinny Hinge Bangle" in silver (also available in gold), $28 at Ann Taylor here and "13-Pack Rings" in silver, $7.95 at H&M here
Necklace: Baublebar (old), check out the "Gallery Deco Statement Necklace" in black, $79.50 at Ann Taylor here

If you are looking to add a quilted leather piece to your closet this fall, I suggest a crossbody bag for a versatile piece you will reach for over and over again.  Check out my picks for quilted crossbody bags, priced within a range of $168-$350:

How would you style a quilted crossbody bag this fall?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

Linking up with Happiness at Mid-Life, Mix & Match Fashion,and Sincerely Jenna Marie.

Monday, October 13, 2014

GiGi New York Uber Clutch

Friends and family sale alert!  Use Coupon Code WEAREFAMILY for 25% off your purchase at GiGi New York.  Hurry, this offer ends Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 12:00 noon PST.

If you are not yet familiar with GiGi New York, they are a child company of an established family owned leather book binding company called Graphic Image.  GiGi New York sources from the best leather suppliers in the world, and all products are made in Long Island, New York.  I have admired these beautiful leather handbags and clutches for a while now, and am thrilled to partner with GiGi New York for today's post.  The piece I am featuring today is a monogrammed navy pebble grain Uber Clutch.  The Uber Clutch is slim yet holds more than you might think: its 13 1/4" x 9 1/4" size is large enough to fit an iPad or tablet as well as your phone, wallet, and other essentials.  I chose the pebbled leather version because I think it looks and feels so luxe, but it was a tough decision because there is also an embossed python version that is so chic!  For today's outfit, I paired my monogrammed navy pebble grain Uber Clutch with a plaid elbow patch blazer, grey tee, dark skinnies, red bow pumps, and gold jewelry for a day to night look that is perfect for the office, happy hour, dinner, and an evening out.

Clutch c/o GiGi New York: "Uber Clutch" in navy pebble grain, $165 here
Blazer: Zara (old), similar Tommy Hilfiger "Plaid Blazer" in multi, $149.99 (on sale!) at Macy's here
Tee: Nordstrom (old), similar Trouve "Luxe Tee" in heather grey, $38 at Nordstrom here
Denim: J Brand (old), similar "811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg" in dark vintage, $145 at J Brand here
Pumps: Halogen via Nordstrom (no longer available), similar "Kurtail Suede Pointy Toed Shoes" in red suede, $85 at
Nine West here
Necklaces: Nordstrom & Baublebar (no longer available), similar BP. "Etched Bar Lariat Necklace" in gold, $18 at Nordstrom here and Jules Smith "Arrow Charm Necklace" in gold, $50 (33% off!) at Barney's New York Warehouse here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nordstrom here 
Rings: "Hammered Ring Set" in gold, $3.90 at Forever 21 here and Nordstrom Rack (old), currently loving the "Sparkle Crossover Ring" in gold, $39.50 at Banana Republic here

Check out these additional handbags currently available in a variety of colors at GiGi New York:

Left: "Madison Crossbody" in navy pebble grain leather (new this fall), $198 here
Middle: "Hayden Satchel" in cognac embossed python (most coveted), $495 here
Right: "Teddie Tote" in purple embossed python (most popular), $295 here

What type of bag is on your wish list this fall?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Photography by the talented Edward Bello.  You can find him on Instagram @3dbello and

Linking up with Rhea, Et Cetera, More Pieces of Me, On the Daily Express, Style Elixir, Walking in Memphis in High Heels, and The Fashion Canvas.

Financial compensation was not received for this post. Products were provided free of charge from Gigi New York, but the opinions expressed here are my own. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Angela & Roi Moa Tote

Today I am thrilled to share with you this lovely Moa tote from Angela & Roi, a company that supports cancer and disease fighters with their "donate by color" program.  I noticed this brand this past August when they were featured as one of Lucky Magazine's "Lucky Breaks," and admired that a portion of every handbag sold is donated to a charitable cause.  Five dollars of each sale is donated to support the cause corresponding to that color bag: this wine tote has a red ribbon and supports AIDS/HIV fighters.  All handbags are 100% vegan leather/suede, ground shipping is free, and you can get a $5 off coupon by liking Angela & Roi's Facebook page here or signing up for their email list on their website.  I hope that these reasons are compelling enough to take a look at Angela & Roi's current lineup, and possibly even purchase a bag like I did.  In today's outfit, I paired this wine/navy Moa tote with tall boots, a faux leather pencil skirt, plaid shirt, and cropped sweater for a fall work outfit.  I guarantee this bag will be on heavy rotation this fall and winter!

 Bag: Angela & Roi "Moa Wine Two-Tone Tote," $165 here
Boots: Diane Von Furstenberg via Poshmark, similar Frye "Marissa Back Zip Boot" in cognac (also available in black, dark brown, and burnt red), $290.99 (25% off!) at Amazon here or Michael Michael Kors "Regina Over the Knee Boot" in dark caramel (also available in black and coffee), $284.95 at Nordstrom here 
 Skirt: "Faux Leather Pencil Skirt" in burgundy, $12.80 at Forever 21 here
Plaid Shirt: "Sleeveless Plaid Shirt" in cream/navy, $17.90 at Forever 21 here
Cropped Sweater: Nordstrom Rack, similar Derek Heart "Crop Cable Sweater" in khaki (also available in black and purple), $30 at Amazon here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nordstrom here 
Rings: "Hammered Ring Set" in gold, $3.90 at Forever 21 here and Nordstrom Rack, currently loving the "Sparkle Crossover Ring" in gold, $39.50 at Banana Republic here

Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I think it's also fitting to feature the "Morning Pink Crossbody," where $5 is donated to Breast Cancer fighters:

Morning Pink Crossbody, $95 here

I hope you will consider visiting Angela & Roi's website to read more about their donate by color program and view their selection of handbags.  Their affordable prices and mission to help a variety of causes sets Angela & Roi apart, and I am happy to support this type of company.  Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Photography by the talented Edward Bello.  You can find him on Instagram @3dbello and

Linking up with Happiness at Mid-Life, Mix & Match Fashion, and Sincerely Jenna Marie

Monday, October 6, 2014

Tulle Skirt + Fall Plaid

Over the last year or so, the tulle skirt became a huge hit with the style blogger community.  I happened to find this particular black tulle skirt on Poshmark for a steal ($20), and decided at that price a tulle skirt was worth a try.  What I did not expect was the overwhelmingly positive response when I wore this outfit to the office a couple of weeks ago!  Everywhere I went in the building that day, someone would stop me and pay a wonderful compliment that confirmed this outfit definitely needed to be blogged.  I was so grateful for the kind words from my colleagues, and days like that really help validate the time I spend blogging.  For my office attire, I paired this black tulle skirt with a super-soft grey plaid shirt, crystal statement necklace, wide belt, delicate peep toe pumps, and a bright mini bag.  A messy bun is my go-to look for the office, really because it keeps my hair out of my face when I'm running up and down the stairs from meeting to meeting.  I love the way this plaid shirt really makes this a fall outfit, and it's a good hybrid between dressy and casual that works for a number of occasions.

Skirt: BCBG via Poshmark
Plaid Shirt: old, "Women's Plaid Flannel Boyfriend Shirt" in white/grey, $22 (on sale!) at Old Navy here
Neckace: "Crystal Bib Necklace" in silver/clear, gold/clear still available for $38.98 (50% off) at Nordstrom here
Belt: Express (old), similar Lauren Ralph Lauren "Wide Elastic Belt," $38 at Nordstrom here
Pumps: purchased in Hong Kong, check out the J. Renee "Shy Pump" in white/black, $54.99 at here or the Nine West "Gushing Pump" in black/black suede (available in 3 other colors), $89 at Zappos here
Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff "Mini Mac" in turquoise, see current true turquoise version, $195 at Bloomingdale's here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Blade Chronograph Watch" in silver, $225 at Dillard's here
Rings: Baublebar (old), currently loving the Rebecca Minkoff "Spiked Cutout Ring" in silver/black enamel, $46.40 at Nordstrom here

There are a variety of fall-perfect tulle skirt options currently available online.  Check out my picks below, priced for a range of budgets at $28-$181:
How would you style a tulle skirt this fall?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a wonderful week!
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