Outfit Post: Bloggers Who Budget – Holiday Looks for Less

You know how sometimes you need a weekend –  a low-key, catch up and get your act together weekend? That’s what this weekend was for me. Last week, I wrapped up a big project for a client – we threw a big grand opening party for the new Aloft hotel in Downtown Louisville and its bar, Corner (check out some pics here). The party was carnival/vintage circus themed so we had fire-eaters and jugglers, skee-ball and pinball games, popcorn and candy – and lots of crazy cocktails. There were even puppies since the hotel is dog-friendly. Such a fun night but happy that it’s behind me now. Time to catch up on all the stuff I put to the side while nailing down all those details.

The party was one of those calendar touchstones, the ones you countdown to and know that once you make it through, you’re in the clear for a little bit. Now that it’s over, I feel like I can start getting ready for the holidays and all the good stuff – parties (that other people throw), delicious good and gifts galore – that go along with them. One thing I’m also trying to do is keep my holiday looks a little simpler. Last year I feel like I splurged on a lot of holiday-themed outfits but didn’t get enough use out of them so this year I’m trying to add little touches to otherwise simple and classic looks.

Which is what you’re getting for this month’s Bloggers Who Budget round-up – this all black look with some holiday touches. I’m guessing you’ve got a lot of these items already in your closet so this is something you can easily throw together if you’re having one of those “I have nothing to wear” moments before a holiday night out.

If you’re looking to add a few of those key holiday pieces, we teamed up Lyst this month to show how you can use the site to keep track of all your wish list items. Even better, Lyst will let you know when they go on sale so you can hold out JUST long enough (that’s my go-t0). Check out mine and then go make your own (you can send it to your husband/mom/boyfriend/dad/bestie with all your gift picks).

Bloggers Who Budget - Holiday Looks for LessSharing My Sole |Lou What Wear | Let It Be Beautiful | Here&Now | Pearls & Twirls | Stylin in St. Louis | Living in Color Style | The Pumpkin Spot | The Style LettersBanana Republic Black Drapey T-Shirt | J.Crew Highrise Lookout Black Jeans | J.Crew Everly Heels | Gap Plaid Scarf (old, similar here) | Black & White Coat (old, similar here)

How ’bout this sweet ride Hayley and I spotted while taking pics?
Photos by Hayley Grant.

Shopping: Five Pairs of Duck Boots to Gift or Get

Today’s gift options are a little bit of a cheat day. See, I’m thinking there’s probably a few of you that have a pair of duck boots on your wish list. So you can either pull an Aziz Ansari and Treat.Yo.Self or pass this link along to your most reliable Santa Claus.

If you’re really jonesing for a pair, I suggest you make a move quickly. These suckers tend to sell out pretty quickly once everyone gets in gift giving mode (read: post-Thanksgiving), so I’m giving you a heads up now to beat the rush while your size is still in stock. I know they’re a little pricier than my normal gift options but I’ve had my pair for two years now (I got this pair with shearling liner and they are so cozy) and they’re in just as good shape as when I first got them. Pick a pair you REALLY love and you’ll wear them for years.

And while I’ve picked five favorites, there’s a handful of other options below, you know just in case.

And a couple more cause it’s hard to pick JUST five…

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