Cute Fall Shoes on a Budget

Hey everyone! Even though its still 95 degrees every single day here in Dallas, I’ve been getting so excited about fall that I couldn’t resist buying a thing or two for my fall wardrobe! After work the other day, I made my way to the shoe aisle in Target and saw they had quite a few shoes marked down. I know some of them were supposed to be for their summer shoe collection, but I think they can make their way into the fall season without anyone knowing the difference!

Target Shoe Finds

I’m always on the hunt for a good deal (full price is the F-word!) so I’m really excited to share these quick fall shoe finds with you! To grab these deals, you might have to go in-store to find them as it appears online that they haven’t been marked down or they’re out of stock.

The purple velvet shoes were on sale for $6.99!

The black pointed-toe shoes were on sale for $8!

The Universal Thread pumps were on sale for $8!

I may or may not have done a happy dance and then called my mom to brag about the good deal I got. Ok I totally did. I was so excited. It’s the little things, right? These shoes are going to be super cute for work or a night out with David. I’ll be sharing how I style them soon!

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Instagram Wear-to-Work Style Roundup

navy blue sweater

Hey lovelies! I was thinking to myself the other day that I spend more of my week in my “office” wardrobe than I do in my “regular” clothing and its crazy. When I come home from work, its off with my pencil skirt and time for PJs! I make no apologies for that. Since I work in an office and have an 8-5 job, I feel like I don’t get to post many casual outfits simply because I never get to wear them! So instead of seeing any cute little shorts today, you’ll have to enjoy my office outfits!

Shop My Look: Shoes | Cardigan | Striped Dress

j crew striped pineapple top

One of my go-to skirts is this bright blue pencil skirt that I bought probably 5 years ago. I’ll never throw it away! As classic as they are, I think pencil skirts can be really fun pieces when you buy them in bright colors! J Crew always has some in fun colors as well as New York & Company!

Shop My Look: Shoes | Striped Top | (Similar) Skirt

ombre dress

Not gonna lie, by Friday I’ve gone through most of my closet favorites and my laundry hamper is spilling over. No shame. Instead, I throw on a maxi dress and pair it with a cardigan and rock that at my office. We don’t really have a casual Friday policy, so I’ve made this dress and a few others part of my own casual Friday! Unfortunately, you can’t get this dress anymore (I bought it way back when) but my favorite monogrammed Marley Lilly tote bag is still for sale!

Also, shout out to my coworker, Darlin, for taking literally every single one of these photos! Please check out her Etsy shop for me- she makes the coolest Halloween cards!

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Dressing Rooms are Scary for Some Women- I’m One of Them

Hey lovelies! On Witty n Pretty, I try to not only share my style but also what’s on my heart with all of you. Sometimes it’s my favorite trends of the season and then other times it’s a post about battling depression. Lately, my mind has centered around body image and the problem I have with my own. So today, I’d love to dive into this topic a bit and just feel free to be open about it with you!

What is Body Image?

Body image is how we perceive ourselves, whether factual or not, in the mirror. So many people struggle with negative body image, including myself. My fiancé always catches me looking in the mirror making fun of myself by doing “fat faces” or grabbing my stomach and rolling my eyes. He always tells me I’m beautiful and there’s nothing he would change about me but guess what? There’s plenty I would change about me! My negative body image ensures that whenever someone jokingly asks me if I’d ever get plastic surgery, I have a list of things I’d have fixed to spout off! How sad, right? But it’s the truth. Body image is almost always associated with negativity.

Dressing Room Anxiety

With body image issues comes shopping for clothing issues. These two go hand in hand and feed off of each other. No matter what you want to buy, the negativity in your mind will convince you that it doesn’t look good. I’ll be totally honest, trying on pants, skirts and shorts absolutely terrifies me! Every time I turn around my hips have gotten bigger and my stomach is more bloated than the day before. I value being my current size (I’m an 8) but I see myself being pushed further away from that number than ever before. And yes, I’m really bothered by it!

So trying on clothing can be a real test of will for me and I imagine many others.

Setting Realistic Expectations

This is not my forte. I like to excel in everything I do and not having the perfect body and wardrobe feels like I’m a failure. But I 100% realize how important it is for everyone to have realistic expectations about how their bodies react to better nutrition, exercise, and so on. More importantly, I know we should set realistic expectations for how we look in clothing.

J Crew is one of my favorite stores to shop in but no matter what, I’ll never be a size 8 in their shorts. In Target’s Universal Thread line, I’m an easy size 8. I have no idea why this is the case, but it is. However, I can wear a size 8 skirt in J Crew. Unfortunately, I focus in on what I can’t wear versus what I can. It’s so silly!

This isn’t a post where I tell you how to fix your body image issues, because truthfully I can’t even fix my own. But this is a post for anyone looking to see if someone else understands how they feel when they step into a dressing room full of anxiety. I do! And when I was putting on the outfit above, I was scared the shorts wouldn’t fit- but they did. Little victories matter!

PS. You can find my shorts here and a similar top to mine here!

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Breaking Down a “$100 Outfit”

summers in lake highlands

light blue striped top

pink tassel earrings

Hey everyone! Hope you’ve enjoyed your first few days of summer! It’s blazing hot in Dallas and I’m so thankful for air conditioning. When I moved here, it was mid-July and I was like wow this must me the hottest month of the year, now I know June, July, and August compete for that role.

So I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and I had seen multiple posts from other style bloggers showing off their outfits that were “under $100.” Now, I’m admittedly a bargain hunter. If you brag about the shirt you got on sale for $30, I’ll mentally laugh and think if you had waited another month it would be on clearance for $15. However, browsing through even stores like Old Navy made me realize that finding clothing for cheap *not on clearance* is pretty hard. So, I tallied up how much money my outfit cost and it was over $100. Ouch. So if you’re going to spend $100 on an outfit, here’s what you should invest in.

Go for Basic Pieces

I’ve said this a million times and I’ll say it again- the best things you can invest in are basic pieces you can wear with literally anything. My ripped denim shorts I’ve been wearing on repeat since April and for only $16, they weren’t even an investment! My striped ruffle top (a clearance Express find!) is something I wear to brunch and to work. Both of these pieces are totally neutral and work with a variety of other tops and bottoms.

Invest in a Fun Item

Since you’ve probably spent about $65 on your “basic pieces,” you can treat yourself to something fun like my statement earrings! I got these tassel earrings from a local boutique but they’ve been popping up all over the place from different brands. I honestly wear these earrings at least twice a week because they make any outfit way more fun!

Pick Your Go-To Summer Sandals

Normally, my go-to summer sandals are a pair of Jack Rogers. But let’s be real- they’re over $100 by themselves! So for the purpose of a budget, choose some neutral but trendy sandals or wedges you can wear all summer with a variety of outfits. My bow espadrilles are from Target and were only $24!

Style on a Budget

If you don’t think you can be fashionable on a budget, think again! Now more than ever before, you have an endless array of options in affordable clothing to take advantage of. Target has come out with so many great style options and you can also sift through thrift stores. Hint: hit up thrift stores near the nicer areas of town- you may come across some designer items at an amazing price!

A Short History Lesson on Stripes in Fashion

j crew striped top

Striped patterns are my favorite to wear in pretty much every season, but summer can’t be beat. The nautical underpinnings of this simple pattern make it a staple for myself and other sea-loving preppies. But the history behind this beloved pattern may surprise you (it certainly did me!)

The Origins of Stripes in Clothing

Stripes weren’t always a good fashion statement to make. In the Middle Ages, wearing stripes was a sign that you were a social deviant- an outcast if you will. Court jesters, criminals, women of ill-repute, and other unwanted individuals were often required by law to wear stripes. It signaled to other people their status.

During the Italian Renaissance, gondoliers on the canals began wearing stripes and shortly after, military medals and ribbons featured striped designs. Finally around the Victorian era, stripes were not only seen in military uniforms but also in leisure and sporting outfits. In 1917, Coco Chanel introduced a collection featuring stripes inspired by her visit to Brittany, France where sailors were seen wearing the pattern.

The classic blue and white striped tops we love today (called Breton Tops way back when) are an integral part of nautical, preppy culture thanks to designers like Jean-Paul Guiltier and even artist, Pablo Picasso.

So what am I wearing? This adorable striped J Crew top was $19 last weekend! I love how the straps tie into cute little bows. I’m wearing a medium for reference. This top will be seeing a lot of love throughout the rest of the summer! Keep an eye on my Instagram to see how many times I wear it and style it!

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