Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Building a Wardrobe: Shoes

Shoes are one of my absolute favorite things. Ever. Have you ever seen the movie, "In Her Shoes"? There is a scene in there when one of the characters says, "When I feel bad, I like to treat myself. Clothes never look any good. Food just makes me fatter. Shoes always fit." That. Is. Poetry.
Shoes always fit. 
I am a huge fan of killer shoes. HUGE! It is my bread and water. Absolutely essential. Here's the thing about shoes. They are probably the biggest investment in your wardrobe because THEY WILL LAST THE LONGEST. And BONUS they can be resoled, polished, and generally well kept. If there is one thing I can tell you about buying shoes, it's the same thing I have said for all the other posts- invest in quality. No, I am not saying to go spend $300 on a pair of Louboutin's (Yes, I know they are way more than that but I found some at a Barney's outfit for $300 and seriously considered buying them... but I didn't) because that is just not realistic for the majority of people in the world. My favorite place? DSW. And I WATCH the shoes I want and I wait for a coupon or for them to go on sale. (I am all about saving money and not spending full price on ANYTHING!)

So, here are the shoes you need in your arsenal.
-Black pumps: You will always need these. Always. I wear mine in every season with everything from jeans to skirts to dresses. 
-Nude pumps: If Kate Middleton has taught you anything, it's the value of a nude pump. That girl lives in hers and so do I. 
-Black flats: Again, something I wear in every single season. In the summer I usually swap these out for a flat black sandal. 
-Nude flats: Just like your nude heels these will be super versatile and a huge wardrobe asset. 
-*Red heels: If you have ever heard Kelly Pickler's song "Red High Heels" you will know exactly why you need these. You can omit these if red just isn't your thing but at least promise me you will try some on. I am telling you, a women in red heels can conquer anything!  
-Black or brown tall boots: FALL! I live in these during the fall and winter. If you don't already have a pair, start with a brown pair. I have had mine for.... 5 years and they still look awesome. 
-Casual sneakers: Because who doesn't love being comfortable? Converse are great and I am completely in love with New Balance's lately. You can dress them down with boyfriend jeans and a white top OR wear them with a cotton dress.

If you live in a colder climate for part of the year (like myself), I highly recommend investing in some Hunter Wellies. I wear them when it's snowing outside and icy. I have never slipped once! And BONUS you can purchase boot liners that are totally awesome and super warm!

(Remember to click on the photos to be taken to the retailers directly! Also, don't forget there could be more than one "page" of shoes below, be sure to check out all of my picks!)

Monday, July 6, 2015

4th of July Weekend

Lot's of photos from our fun Holiday weekend. It was filled with family, friends, fireworks, and lots of sugar... we are going to pretend that none of the sugar part happened ;-) 

(Denver LDS Temple)

(Temple selfie)


(After! "Nummy!" she says)

(Is it wrong that I wanted to steal her outfit?) 

(These Marc Jacob's "star" sunglasses only come out on the 4th) 


(IG filter for the win!) 

(always has to stop and sniff the flowers) 

(Those curls! I die) 

(Nummy gelato!) 

(of course, she didn't want to get wet but she did not want to leave!) 

(Picnic at the park) 

(She loved it!)

(Red Vines)

(our little family) 

(Sunday morning photos with her are my favorite! All too often I am behind the camera and not in front of it... it's a new goal!) 

(I'm gunna get you!) 

Our 4th of July weekend was awesome! We were a little worried as it is the first 4th of July here that we haven't had any family in town. Devin had Friday off so we took a day date to the temple- it was much much needed and we were so grateful to our friends who watched Charlotte so we could go. That night Charlotte helped me make no-bake cookies and cherry pie bars and I decided that I desperately needed a burger and parmesan truffle fries... and bomb pops. I went and got the burgers and Devin had my car washed and picked up the bomb pops. We ate our dinner outside in our back yard picnic style and Charlotte LOVED it. She got to eat her first popsicle on her own and she didn't make that big of a mess (haha) she didn't even drop any on the ground! I was super impressed. Side note: bomb pops are only 35 calories. SCORE! Saturday, Devin was up bright and early to go do the fun run at church and I was up early doing a Kayla Itsines workout (KILLER- seriously go download her free week). Charlotte SLEPT IN which hardly ever happens and we thought we were late to the annual 4th of July breakfast at church but we weren't. Devin and I had our first date on the 4th of July and he asked me out at the 4th of July breakfast so it's sentimental to us that we go every year. Plus... breakfast! And I didn't have to cook! We then headed to Boulder to walk around (which we did last year and had a good time). As soon as Charlotte saw the Gelato store she yelled "ICE CREAM!" and B lined it for the counter. Needless to say, she got some fresh strawberry gelato before lunch. Fun fact about Charlotte: she does NOT like getting splashed. So splash pads aren't here thing. She pretends like she likes them but really she just likes stomping in the water. Charlotte took a 4 HOUR NAP which was heaven. The night before the 4th Devin and I tried to light some fireworks to get Charlotte prepared for the big ones we would see but she FREAKED OUT! "I DON'T LIKE IT!"... "SCARED"... Poor girl was terrified. We were invited by some friends to go to a park and hangout for a bit and we thought about not staying for the fireworks but we decided to stick it out and see how she would do. Not so hot. She hid her head in Devin's chest the entire time. She likes seeing them from far away but not up close! It was an awesome firework show though- it had the best finale ever! And when it was all done Devin said, "Do you smell that? It smells like FREEDOM!" HAHAHA! Of course, on Sunday after Charlotte's nap the first thing she wanted to do was "Fireworks!" So, we went outside and tried again and this time she loved it as long as she was standing behind daddy. We had so much fun spending time  with friend's and family and RELAXING this weekend. This next week is going to be absolutely nuts for us as we try to get ready for my final quarter in nursing school. It's going to be b-a-n-a-n-a-s. I am so thankful for summer and the time I have had to play and enjoy the time with my little bug and hubby- I have decided it's my favorite. How was your weekend friends? 

{Don't judge my IG filter photos guys- I can't help it, I love having bright photos! } 
(One of my favorite photos of me and my girl) 

For those curious: 
My 4th of July outfit was all J. Crew. Charlotte's was all Old Navy. 
Our Sunday Looks:
My dress is from Junieblake, necklace is from, shoes are Nine West and my lipstick is MAC Red. Charlotte's outfit is all Gymboree.