Shopping: Shopbop Friends & Family

Just because I’ve given up shopping for October doesn’t mean you have to. Shopbop is having their semi-annual Friends & Family sale which is the best time to bite the bullet on investment pieces you’ve been thinking about but couldn’t quite justify. I’ve rounded up some of my favorites as an exercise in “pretend” shopping.

Don’t worry though, I’m keeping it real and staying clear of seriously pricey duds. Everything below is under $200 (except a couple pairs of jeans – you wear those all the time so you can splurge) + there are no one-and-done items. I looked for stuff that you can wear the heck out of for more than just one season.

The sale ends on the 16th at midnight… happy shopping!

Jackets & Coats…

Tops & Sweaters…

Boots & Shoes…

Denim & Dresses…

Outfit Post: Zip It

Clearly I’ve gone to the dark side, of my closet that is, this season. I can’t get enough of layering black, gray and a little white here and there. On this look though, I opted to balance out the all-black ensemble with some old favorites, these LOFT booties. They may be getting a little scuffed up these days but they have the perfect heel (just high enough with a heel just wide enough), the perfect color and best of all, are perfectly comfortable.

This jacket is obviously the star of the show though. I bought it last month (so there was no cheating on the no-spend goal) after eying it for at least a couple weeks. Luckily it’s still available, so if you want to eye it and think it over for at least a couple days, you’ve got time.

Keeping it quick today since there’s something about rainy day that kicks my work productivity into high gear. Gotta take advantage while I’ve got the feeling since it’s sure to fade into distraction soon. Make it a good one!

Waterfall Faux Leather Jacket: ASOS (also obsessed with this one); Black Zip Detail Jeans: Old Navy (seen before here); Tee: Urban Outfitters (seen before here); Boots: LOFT (so so old, see before here; similar here); Tusk Necklace: c/o Jami (see before here); Sunglasses: Burberry Photos by Whitney Neal. 

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Style Spotting: NuLu Festival 2014

Clearly I am still getting caught up after a week away. Crazy how a few days can through off your whole schedule. Moving on…

The last weekend in September has become one I circle on my calendar thanks to NuLu Festival. Started as a small neighborhood festival, it’s evolved into a big giant party that takes up about three blocks of East Market Street and is jam packed with vendors, delicious food, beer (on beer on beer), cocktails, music and more.

Normally, I like to go in the late afternoon to grab a few beers, stroll around and enjoy some of the bands but this year I had to go to a work event that night so I stopped by early. Thankfully there were doughnuts (Louisville peeps – make sure to check out Hi-Five Doughnuts – they let you build your own doughnut –  so crazy good), some good shopping and catching up with some folks I hadn’t seen in a while.

Better yet, there were tons of fashionable faces walking around as well. It’s been a while since I’ve done any style spotting so I snapped a few pics of some  locals to share with you all. The funny thing is that even though this was only about 10 days ago, in weather terms, it seems like an entirely different season. I think it might have been the last truly summer-y weekend of the year. So even though we’re full steam ahead into fall, I’m loving all the stylish shorts & sandals in this post.

Thanks to all the guys and gals that let me snap their pic, if you see your face (or know some one I snapped) let me know your name in the comments and I’ll update!

Alumnious Events was there with their decked-out Airstream serving drinks, cooling people down and showing all the college football games. The gals of Hi-Five Doughnuts

 By far the most stylish mother/daughter duo I’ve seen. There’s nothing I’m not obsessed with in this picture but I may need to be a big time copy cat and get Kristen’s sunglasses ASAP. My buds Alex & CaitlinGotta love a guy in polka dots. And how cute are their glasses?Erin – So simple, summery and chic. Now I’m on the hunt for these scalloped polka dot shorts. Printed and a little preppy. Love those salmon sperry’s.


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