Saturday, February 9, 2013


striped dress + vest
You know how sometimes when we're shopping and we find something that we think is cute and it's the last piece and it's our size? We tell ourselves it's fate and buy it because the universe has clearly decided that it was meant to be for us to own that jacket / scarf / ring. Yeah, I'm not immune to that feeling either.

I mentioned that I was looking for a new pair of boots and when I saw that this pair (at the time) only had one pair left and in my size, I did not even hesitate to press buy. Obviously the fashion gods felt that I needed to own those boots. A week later they arrived at my front step, and I'm now a fashion atheist because girl, no. They look like plastic rain boots! Not what I expected from something that claims to be leather boots. I know my expectations are higher because I love my Frye boots so much, but another pair of such expensive boots is just not a possibility right now (especially since I need to be good about saving money while I'm still working). Back those go. Next up: this pair or this pair.

Maybe they'll make me be a believer again.

striped dress, vest, boots

striped Old Navy dress and vest
Dress: Old Navy  {exact}
Vest: Old Navy  {similar for less than $30}
Tights: Target  {exact}
Belt: Old Navy  {similar}
Scarf: Victoria's Secret
Boots: Frye  {exact}
Watch: Target  {similar}

striped dress and vest

Day Four of TOPIO

linking up with Sunday Style!


  1. Love this outfit! That's the worst when you think the shopping gods shined down on you then you realize no god did shine on you :).

    The Nine West boots are great.

  2. The boots look good photographed, anyway, but I'm super picky about boots too.

    Cute dress too! I tried it on at Old Navy but it didn't fit right :( Love the vest with it!

  3. You look fantastic! I love this dress & how you styled it!

  4. I seriously love this dress!!!! So sad about the boots, I never buy anything online because I'm sooooo picky about fit. So I'm a chicken who usually misses out on sweet deals.

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  6. Oooh! I'm sorry about the boots. They do look really good on the website. Bummer. I do hope you find new boots!

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  7. I love the brown boots with the black! And the vest!

  8. I just bought this dress last weekend! Love how you paired it with the Old Navy vest (which I also have haha). Totally going to steal this look :)


  9. Loving this dress on you (again!). I have felt the sting of a poor online purchase. I'm actually getting to the pint where I shy away from it altogether. I've gotten a few boots online that wind up getting sent right back. Good luck with the next pair!

  10. Love the dress!! Last time I went to Old Navy they didn't have this dress there...may try another!! Love the vest over it too!


  11. Oh my, I am surprised at Bandolino. They use to be of higher quality. I hope you get the "right" pair.

    You look great as always!

  12. I love when fate steps in on the shopping front! Nothing worse than when the reality isn't as great - sorry honey! I'll keep an eye out for you :) Have you tried any RL outlets? I think their boots are great and they're often really well priced at the outlets, I got my Lauren chocolate boots for $75. SEVENTY FIVE!

    I love that dress, want it, and it is sold out at every ON I go to. I have zero luck with ON, mostly because I usually shop online and everything either doesn't go on sale or sells out fast! I have to try another outlet this week because I need that dress!

  13. adorable outfit. I just brought a new pair of boots b/c they went on sale and my size was left.

  14. Those boots are fantastic! I love so many Frye boots and maybe one day I will find a pair that are perfect for me (and maybe on sale...that would rock)!!! Also I love what your doing here wearing items the next day.


  15. Boots are so tricky but once you find a pair you like its amazing!

  16. Girl, I know the feeling. My Steve Madden boots may not be as high of quality as Frye boots, but I can't seem to find any that I actually like and that feel as good for any thing less than what I got those boots for.

    Love that vest, I'll have to get myself a utility vest sometime soon!

  17. I've seen tons of great boot clearance sales on Gilt and Hautelook - like 60-80% off good! :)

  18. What a bummer that the boots weren't good quality. However, if your expectations are set at Frye's, you might have more disappointment coming! Those boots are amazing (from what I hear, I don't actually own a pair)

    Anyway, I love the look today! I feel like I can't layer dresses well, but I guess I just have to take notes from you and work on it!


  19. Do you mind me asking what kind of camera and lens you use? Your pics are looking great lately!

  20. Love this dress/vest combo! And what a bummer about the boots. I love the Enzo Angiolini ones! Boot shopping ranks up there in jeans shopping for my least favorite shopping activity...good luck, though!!


  21. Ugh, ordering clothing/shoes online is such a crapshoot. The selection is great, and when you get something perfect, it's really convenient and satisfying. Sometimes, though, things just aren't what you expected, and it's so annoying and disappointing. Booooo.

    The other boot options you have listed look great. I really like the Nine West pair!

  22. ahh I am so happy I came across your blog love your style girl!

  23. oooh love your frye boots - so great! i haven't pull the trigger yet on getting a pair for myself.

  24. I am usually an exclusive online shopping and it totally burns my grits when I wait and wait for something to arrive, and it totally isn't right!

    But I did have shopping nirvana shopping at Target today. Everything was in my size and totally working! Oh the ebbs and flows of the shopping universe! haha

    Love how you belted this vest lady. You are rocking the TOPIO!!

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  25. You look so fantastic -- one of my personal faves of yours! :)

  26. Greeat post!! Love your boots.Do u like follow each other? Let me know.Kisses

  27. Love all of it!!! the vest over the dress is super cute!

  28. Love this look! Those boots are great, love the color.

  29. Fab as always. The urban vest is that lovely green with the black and white stripes. LOVE!

  30. Oh darn! Sorry the boots didn't work out! I have a pair of bandolino riding boots similar to those and I love them! Been wearing them for about 7 years now. It's so hard to find a good pair of boots! I'm scared to look for new ones when mine wear out :-(
    Anyway, your outfit is really cute! Love the layers, especially the vest!
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  31. Layers, layers, layers. I LOVE EM!

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  32. I think your only solution here is to stick with buying Frye boots.

    Or you can buy the Nine West Thora pair with the tassel, those are SUPA CUTE. The more I look at them, the more I want them. Annnnnd.... they have now been wishlisted. You know, feel free to send a pair or two to me because that's what friends do. Size 8 please. They are $56 on, free shipping too. A small price to pay for my friendship.

    OMG I'm on the Ninewest website browsing boots and I think you need to buy this pair, because of their name. LIKE SERIOUSLY:,default,pd.html?variantSizeClass=&variantColor=JJ0GVA3_1&cgid=11365951&prefn1=catalog-id&prefv1=ninewest-catalog

  33. Such a cute outfit! I'm loving your cargo vest! :)

    Fizz and Frosting

  34. Congrats on your amazing news! This dress looks awesome on you.

  35. The more I look at your dress, the more I want it in my closet! I love the way you toughened it up a bit with the utility vest and boots. You look fantastic!

  36. This is such a cute outfit! Love this vest over the striped dress :)

  37. Love your dress! I' really into black and white stripes right now! Love how you styled it for winter too!


  38. I love the outfit - you look lovely

  39. That is really cute and love the vest!


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