Bonus points if you get the post title. I was leaning towards “Hot to Trot” as well, but my inner hipster decided making an obscure Twin Peaks reference was cooler. Feel free to punch me in the horn rimmed glasses/ironic facial hair/peter pan collar next time you see me.

As soon as it gets warm enough here in Seattle, I am so done with all these boots I’ve been living in. There is still a poorly dressed 17 year old in me that just wants to wear flip flops every day. Even in the snow. But man oh man here is a fun trend I can get on board with this spring! RED SHOES! ZAPATOS FUEGO! Fire shoes? I took French in high school, not Spanish, so I apologize.

Pop color shoes are such an easy way to add color to an outfit, especially if you are prone to wearing head to toe black on a regular basis (as I am) and are somewhat hesitant to invest in a bright garment. If you’re going to rock some festive shoes, however, be mindful that the rest of your outfit should be low key. A bright red shoe loses its chic/cool factor if you start adding insane prints or other brights, and you may begin to spiral into the under style worlds of Jersey Shore or Clown College. Keep it simple.

So here’s my current red shoe picks – followed by some inspiration 

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As we bid adieu to yet another year this week, let us reflect upon a few trends that defined 2013. Hopefully we’ll be saying adios to a few of them too. Since it is a resolution (more like a continuous daily aspiration- go me) of mine to live more mindfully and positively, I’ve also included the trends I felt were winners- and will be welcome in my wardrobe in 2014.

2013 “PLEASE GO KICK ROCKS” TRENDS-

1. Cut outs

They’re just everywhere now. The hint of sexiness that these little peeks of skin once held now give off an overplayed 80′s aerobicize leotard vibe

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2. Heeled Sneakers

Curse you, Isabel Marant, for bringing this heinous trend into being. I suspect those who purchased a pair last year are feeling the shame of this fad indulgence.

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3. Faux fur vests

But… I like… real fur ones.. :/ I guess my take on fur is muddled. I hate faux fur. And I love real fur. The fur things I do own are all genuine. And I feel much guilt from owning these things. I don’t believe I am well- versed enough in the politics and ethical dilemmas surrounding the fur industry to have a real opinion. Note to self: learn more.

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4. Mesh detailing

In the words of P’trique “It looks like Forever 21 vomited all over her.”

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5. Hidden platform lace ups

Because there obviously aren’t enough of these on Lookbook. You can’t walk in them- every blogger seems to own a pair- but you NEVER see people actually wearing them in the street.

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6. Crazy geo / tribal patterened tights

Forever 21 is continuing to vomit all over her.

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7. flower crowns

I don’t think you realize what you look like.

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8. Spirit hoods

STOP. Put down the anime comics, wash out the manic panic, and turn off the dubstep.

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9. Sugar skulls

Are you all magically Hispanic? “I don’t-a think that means what you think it-a means.”

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10. Slashed back shirts

These in neon are the worst.

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2013 WINNING TRENDS-

1. Denim on denim

I was so surprised to realize that this actually works. I hate mixing prints so I assumed this would gross me out- but it’s cute! Just make sure they are different washes.

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2. Pop color shoe

Post to come soon on red ones!

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3. Joggers

I have a feeling my opinion will change within the next year- but for now I like them- even the leather ones!

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4. Statement necklaces

I can never get enough of these! They take an outfit up a notch!

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5. Boudoir-inspired details

You know what I’m talking about. The straps, strings, and caged looks with slightly naughty notions.

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6. The chambray shirt

Cute, classic, easy on the eyes, and works for many body types.

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7. Camel coats

Classy and just a hint of warmth in the color!

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8. Boyfriend jeans

I’m not sure about their staying power- but I’m loving them right now.

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9. Slitted maxi dresses/skirts

No cleavage required- with a little gam exposure you’re set in the sexy department.

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10. Minimalist ankle straps

Timeless and they go with ANY outfit. I just wish mine weren’t so freaking hard to walk in.

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So what are you ladies loving and loathing? Lemme know!

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Haaaaha. I amuse myself with my post titles, obviously.

I am sure there are some of you still wandering aimlessly about the land of Christmas gift shopping. It’s a cold, harsh world out there sometimes, and grows only more so as Christmas approaches. Pickings become slimmer in stores, with only baby sizes and ginormous sizes left on the racks. Employees grow tired of stressed out shoppers and their customer service skills begin to sour.

But fear not, oh weary ones! For I present to you a gift guide of not-sold-out stuff for different members of your circle.

For sis

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 For dad

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For mom

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For bro

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For BFF

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Hope some of these helped! Happy last minute hunting!

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Who knows, maybe Tom Bomb himself will see this (does my dad read my blog?) But for this readership, which I doubt includes my dear old man, here’s another wish list I compiled a la last years “Santa Baby” post. My taste may have changed a bit, but obviously not my blatant selfishness and consumer drive. Zing! Wish lists have got to be one of the most fun posts to do. I mean, obviously- I’m just posting a list of stuff I REALLY WANT AND TOTALLY NEED. Especially the skull ice cube thing, right? Need for sure.

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Foley and Corinna mid city tote in black with nickel hardware

I’ve been crying over this baby since I saw it in person at the F&C showroom in NYC. True Love.

http://www.foleyandcorinna.com/index.php/shop/classic-mid-city-2.html

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Forever 21 Minimalist Utility Jacket

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I’m not even a whiskey drinker, yet I have a major whiskey stone fetish. These black ones are simply delectable.

http://shop.coolmaterial.com/products/whiskey-stones-black

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K, I may have just bought these while writing up this post. They’ve been sitting in my Amazon wish list for a couple weeks and I have very poor self control. They’ll make a cute OOTD this spring, I swear!

http://tinyurl.com/bucklegladiators

(Use code 30OFFALL for 30% until 12/17 or 15OFFDEC for 15% off thru EODec! You’re welcome!)

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Zara flared dress with thin strap

http://tinyurl.com/satinflared

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Dita Condor Shades

http://www.tinacatherine.com/sunglasses/dita/dita-condor-3

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All Saint’s biker pant

http://www.us.allsaints.com/women/pants/allsaints-biker-pant/?colour=5&category=774

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These are just bad ass, are they not? I bet Batman or James Bond would gamble using these dice (what?)

http://shop.coolmaterial.com/products/machined-dice

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ASOS structured clutch bag in ostritch

http://tinyurl.com/ostritchclutch

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‘Cause no one is as cool as Chris

http://tinyurl.com/kp33ut6

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Who said I couldn’t practice my mindfulness in style? Eh, Linehan- EH!?

http://www.diytrade.com/china/pd/3553377/crystal_Buddha.html#normal_img

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Alexander Wang stingray embossed lighter case

http://tinyurl.com/n4w9439

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Casadei Blade Pumps

http://tinyurl.com/casadeiblade

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Muubaa cortez raw seam leather biker jacket

http://tinyurl.com/muubaacortez

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Bottega Veneta Intrecciato in black.

Ultimate, to-death dream purse. *sigh* one day…

http://www.bottegaveneta.com/us/shoulder-or-hobo-bag_cod45190288nk.html

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Gama-Go skull ice mold

http://tinyurl.com/skullicecube

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Steve Madden Zylon leather boot

http://tinyurl.com/zylonboot

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Nasty Gal UNIF spin skirt

http://tinyurl.com/spinskirt

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Young, Fabulous & Broke Livinia maxi

http://tinyurl.com/liviniamaxi

My God, it’s all black and white isn’t it? Oh well, neutrals will always be in style. So what do y’all think of my monochromatic goodie list? And I’m totes curious- what’s on your wish list this xmas? Any ridiculous splurge items like my bottega veneta? Any cheap chic wishes? Lemme know!

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Can we all just take moment to oogle over how adorable Alexander Wang’s little niece is?! Aila Wang rocks custom looks from her uncle like no grown adult ever could. This is chicness at it’s best (and tiniest).

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Oh my god, that tiny little studded Rocco is EVERYTHING.

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Yeah, I doubt any of us were rocking quilted Chanel at this age.

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TINY BALENCIAGA AHHH!

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I am officially jealous of a toddler’s outfit.

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Ugh, what I wouldn’t give for some timberlands and a fur skirt lol

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This past week I’ve been plowing through The Killing on Netflix, and have only ten minutes or so left in the last episode as I type this. I love it- it’s like Twin Peaks meets SVU. I read in the depths of the interwebz that they’re bringing back the show exclusively for Netflix after it was cancelled this year after only 3 short seasons.

I’d say a huge part of my love for the show is my confusing crush on tweaker turned cop Stephen Holder, played by Swedish-American creepy cutie Joel Kinnaman. Aaaand he’s dating Olivia Munn- arguably one of the most beautiful women alive. SUCH an attractive couple.

I just wanted to highlight not only their hotness- but their trendiness. I might make it a regular thing to share fashionable couples, because it was way fun internet stalking them. This couple has casual chic down to a tee. I just hope my future accented petit amie et moi will stroll the streets looking this suave.

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It’s 2:30 AM and I can’t sleep. Here’s a bunch of random looks posted recently on my Pinterest style board. Sleep tight, my fashion phantoms.

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Well, now Sarah and I know not to take pictures at night. Of all the ootd photos we took, these three were the least blurry. Very frustrating. And they’re still a little funky looking.

Moving on! I’m debating about whether to do a post on here about my trip to NYC. It would for sure end up being a long one, so I am more just lazy than uncertain, I guess. It was fabulous, and entirely fashion-oriented, but there would just be soooo much to write about. Maybe I’ll get my butt in gear this weekend and write something. Long story short- I’m moving there ASAP.

November’s been a frigid bitch so far, so I’m living in sweaters. This one is a little older from Target. I love drapey, cocoon-style anything. This look is a little boring, I realize that. I’m mostly just excited about these ADORABLE Vera Wang wooden platforms. They are to die for. I love the rivets and cut outs. I don’t care if its freezing, I am rocking these.

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Target grey cocoon sweater, Perione white tee, H&M leggings, Vera Wang Lavender Wooden Platform sandal, 21Men zip envelope clutch.

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Fall is most certainly my favorite time of year for shopping. The bright and bedazzled summer wear has GTFO’d and the black, knits, and leather are in full force. As a born n’ bred PNW child, I’m far more comfortable in the cold and rain than sun and heat. I’ve been doing some major scouting (and damage, to be honest) the past few weeks in the stores and online. While I’m pretty sure we all have our own idea of what comprises an essential fall wardrobe, I’m going to share my two cents, and some cute cheap(ish) chic options for you all to check out.

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Riding boots

I am a big fan of the right pair of riding boots (Gotta be black, sorry. I don’t care for brown leather) There are so many crappy options now out there that it’s almost overwhelming, and most of them I find pretty nauseating. Investing in a moderately priced, better quality boot is a must for fall. My own pair were purchased at Nordstrom and they have lasted me well over a year. Below are some I’ve tried on in- store or checked out online that I think make the cut.

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http://tinyurl.com/suttontallboot

These are mine (in black) and I la-ha-aaave them! I get compliments on them whenever I wear them. Highly recommend.

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http://tinyurl.com/brunahboot

These are a super classic riding boot (love the hardware) and look even cuter in person.

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http://tinyurl.com/zarahighcutboot

I wish our downtown Zara was open so I could try on these beauts’ !

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Dark Slim Pants

Leggings and boots are okay, but if you can kick it up a notch to a more tailored pair (even if its just a jegging) it looks a lot more polished. They tuck into a high boot well, can be worn with a heel- they go with everything and can be worn anywhere.

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http://tinyurl.com/slimpontepant

Yes, I am completely biased because I basically sell these to people all day long, but they are SO worth the hype. All of my coworkers own a pair, and I live in mine 24/7. I’ve fallen asleep in them- they’re that comfy. They’re essentially a jegging- but the pockets and seaming kick up the sophistication factor a bit- as does the slim (not skinny) leg. I am not really a fan of super skinny legs anymore, they don’t look that great on most people over 16.

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http://tinyurl.com/perfectformfull

Aaaand I’m still peddling the WHBM stuff… but these are our perfect form collection. These are an awesome, more structured option. They don’t have the stretch of the ponte, making them more work wear. Still slim enough for boots, though.

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Pull over knit.

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http://tinyurl.com/offshouldergrey

I ordered this one a few weeks ago and it has get to arrive but I’m way excited to get it. Sheinside.com where I ordered it from, is a little sketch with their shipping (the stuff comes from Asia) so it’s reallllyyyyy taking its sweet time to get here. Worth it though, since this thing looks adorable.

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http://tinyurl.com/cutoutsweater

Forever 21 is riddled with decent sweaters right now, it’s awesome. I like the shoulder detail on this one.

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http://tinyurl.com/hmcowlneck

I’m a major sucker for a good cowl neck. And at a $25 price point? whew!

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Leather Jacket

These are another fall staple that there seems to be a million and one grotesque options of. I strongly believe that any leather or leather alternative piece you decide to invest in should be of good quality. We all know how cheap faux leather stands out like a sore thumb, and how intoxicating the touch of soft lambskin is. Quality is key!

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http://tinyurl.com/wyldebikerjacket

Veggie- friendly faux! I love all the detailing on this one. And for under $100 it wont break the bank.

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http://tinyurl.com/asymmetricaljacket

Love the stoney, olive color.

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http://tinyurl.com/avihaterjacket

Love! Good ol’ UO

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Wrap/Fly away knit

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http://tinyurl.com/chunkyblackstripe

Target has so many awesome cheap sweaters right now!

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http://tinyurl.com/drapedcollar

Again, I’m totally biased since it’s WHBM. But I own this in all 3 colors and I love it.

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http://tinyurl.com/hmdrapedcardigan

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Statement Necklace

As the necklines creep ever higher for fall, statement necklaces become more and more appropriate. Since I have a larger chest, I can’t really rock this look, but I love it when I see a button down beneath and cashmere sweater with a statement necklace on top. So classy. Since it’s fall, I like neutral colored stones. Save the flowery brights for warmer weather.

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http://tinyurl.com/gemstonediamante

LOVE this! And a total steal for only $21!

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http://tinyurl.com/enamelcrystalnecklace

I battle over buying this almost every day at work. I just… can’t decide. I really love it though.

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http://tinyurl.com/topshopcollar

Love this! It’s like a modern/art deco Cleopatra!

So there’s my take on some essential fall pieces. These pieces are somewhat seasonless as well (especially if you’re a fellow Washingtonian) so they can be worked in year-round. They’re also relatively ageless, so readers of all ages- take note! There’s much, much more I’d love to list, but I decided to keep it limited, since this post could easily turn into a thousand – page – long shopping list. I hope you all enjoyed this little inspirational list, and happy hunting for your very OWN fall essentials!

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Hello fall quarter! Midterms are around the corner. I’m only taking three courses, and continuing working part time. Product development is my only “fashion” class, but it’s fun taking general classes for the first time in over a year. I want to keep posting more of my own style, and figured I pretty much have no excuse not to. I realize it must be tiring seeing how much black and white I wear, but… just deal with it. I’ve been trying to incorporate more color, as scary as it is. I got an amazing new jacket that DEFINITELY has some color to it, which I’ll post on soon.

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White House Black Market dolman pullover sweater, White House Black Market ponte slim leg pants, Big Buddha suede wedges, Bubo Baggins (Etsy) leather shoppper. 

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H&M Wide leg silken jumpsuit, Thrifted knit vest, Bubo Baggins leather shopper, White House Black Market ‘Missy’ heel.

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White House Black Market wrap sweater. Target basic tank. Thrifted silk tie with an heirloom antique ring around it. Eileen Fisher capri. White House Black Market ‘Missy’ heel. Thrifted oxblood envelope clutch.

On my playlist: Wonderful Life- Gwen Stefani

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