Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Most Versatile Heels

Hey everyone!

I call this dressy-casual outfit featured today: "fifty shades of pale." But before I get to that, let me tell you where I've been. 

Maybe you noticed but most likely haven't, I've been MIA for a few weeks. That makes me sad because I really intend to be super-consistent with at least one post per week. I will make up for it! My excuse for this being that suddenly D got an offer to work in Orlando for a little and we had to jump on the opportunity as fast as possible. I did four shoots with friends and one with a professional, but never got around to writing anything worthwhile. I am sorry for that. Anyway, within a two-week period I found a place to live, bought a new Jetta (I bought my own car!! I still can't get over that), and drove over twelve hours to Orlando, Florida. 

Orlando is so awesome and I am so happy to be here. I am close to Disney, Universal, various beaches, etc. However, there are some serious cons. First being that I will miss Fall in Virginia. That is okay though because I will be able to swim and go to the beach in the mean time. Second, I will miss Halloween. I had intentions to do a series of awesome, easy, halloween costume ideas throughout October in the multi-colored Shenandoah Mountains. Because I had to pack a minimum and leave a vast majority of my clothes, shoes, and accessories in Virginia, I have way less options for costumes, and less than optimal background options (palm trees and Maleficent looks don't mesh too well IMO). Maybe I can whip some easy looks together, but more than likely I will focus more on swimwear and vacation wear (which is my second favorite thing to Halloween/Fall). 

I have no coats (not even a jacket), no boots, no scarves, no Christmas sweaters.

Anyway, let's get back to the reason I am posting today. For this look I wanted to show you something easy, casual, modest, and affordable. My favorite thing about this outfit are the SHOES. As ridiculous as it may be, I have not owned a classic pair of nude heels in a long time. I have a pair of brown pumps and have been using them in place of a nude staple. Considering I had a wedding to attend about a month ago, I thought I would treat myself to a single-strap nude heel. 

This style has been around for a while and I knew I couldn't avoid them much longer. I am so glad I finally sucked it up and bought them. I went to DSW and found these Steve Madden patent heels for $60. Yes, that is more than I am typically willing to spend but here's why: These are a classic and timeless staple. You can wear them with almost anything at anytime. I chose patent over suede to increase seasonal wear. Another reason I spent a little more is because the last nude sandal I bought was super-cheap and my heel broke within the first week (buy nice or buy twice). So, for certain pieces like these, it is okay to research around and spend a little more. I think this is a great shoe because it is elongating and because that single-toe strap is a tad wider, increasing comfort, and lengthening wear-time. I wore these for a wedding and reception and never once felt uncomfortable. I highly recommend these if you're looking for a shoe you can wear to church every single (non-snowy) Sunday for all time and eternity.   

Bag is Kate Spade from Nordstrom Rack - similar HERE
 Top is Free People from Lord and Taylor - similar HERE
Skirt is ASOS brand from ASOS - similar HERE
Shoes are Steve Madden from DSW - These shoes are called the "Reno Sandal"  EXACT HERE

My best friend B took these pics and gave my boring-pose-self lots of great direction. Thanks B!

Find the "Reno Sandal" here
Picture from DSW

What do you think of this look and shoe? Kindly let me know in the comments below and share if you enjoyed it!

1 comment:

  1. I love shoes with an ankle strap. Not made for everyone, but certainly a staple if they look good on you. You are right - this is a classic, timeless shoe! Love it!