Shopping: The Best Booties

Don’t let the title fool you. This is not a fitness post. Nope we’re talking about a much easier way to get the best bootie – hitting up the mall.

I am a big sucker when it comes to booties. I own way too many pairs for my own good but they are such a versatile closet item and each pair gives a different feel to outfits. Black leather booties add a little edge. Brown suede with some fringe detailing – instant boho. Simple flat suede boots give a more modern feel to a classic jeans and t-shirt combo. I could go on but will spare you.

When it comes to picking the pair that’s right for you – I suggest considering where you will wear them most. If it’s going to be more of a weekend daytime vibe, pick a brown pair that works with worn-in denim, cozy sweaters and plaid. Looking for something for work – go for a sleek black leather pair. Want to add edge – look for hardware details or grab a motorcycle boot.

Here’s a little inspiration + some of my favorite booties. I’ve also rounded up some great pairs to get you started. Check out the notes in each for my styling tips.

Find your favorites…

Outfit Post: The Boyfriend

Coming in hot today from Puerto Rico. Seriously, it’s freaking hot down here. Makes me sweaty every time I open Instagram and see someone in a sweater.

I made a quick weekend trip down here for a high school friend’s beautiful wedding in Old San Juan. The ceremony was in a beautiful open air old church (and entirely in Spanish – so that was a first for me) and the reception was held El Convento – which is a gorgeous historic hotel that was once a convent. If you’re ever planning a trip down here, I would definitely recommend the hotel especially since it has a partnership with a couple other beach front properties so you can get the best of both worlds. Celebrating Marcel and Mariela was a blast and I hardly ever get to see friends from home so it was a lot of fun catching up. It was a solo trip since doing back-to-back destination weddings can be a hit on the budget and vacation days.  It’s been nice to have a couple days to myself although to be totally honest, I’ve done a lot more being lazy than exploring the island.

Heading back to Kentucky today for a busy week at work so I’m soaking up these last few quite minutes before dropping back in to the daily chaos. This outfit has been in heavy rotation since picking up both pieces at Banana Republic. Boyfriend jeans have always been a bit tricky for me – finding a pair that aren’t too tight around the thighs but then also aren’t too loose on the waist. This pair fits the bill perfectly. I know some people want to give the trend a try but aren’t sure if they can pull them off, rest assured you can, it’s just all about that fit. Give these a go and pair them with simple heels and your favorite top – boom! new dinner date outfit.

Boyfriend Jeans + Embroidered Tank * #itsbanana (6)Banana Republic Boyfriend Jeans + Circle Lace Tank (both on sale!) | Madewell Mira Heels
(my FAVORITE black heels – comfortable and chic. about to pick them up in blue or olive too)
Rebecca Minkoff Bag | Ray-Ban Aviators 

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Photos by Whitney Neal.

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