Boots and Booties: Faves of Fall!

Crisp air, falling leaves and boots. Lots and lots of boots and booties. They are slowly making their way from storage and taking over my bedroom floor. Cowboys, riding, ankle booties and ultra high-stacked heels. They are back, and I’m VERY excited about that.

Here are my favorites of the season. There are so many fabulous options that vary in style, color, texture and price point. Details and links to the boots shown are listed below the slideshow:

 

Walden Ankle Bootie, Sam Edelman

Suede UDay Heeled Western Boot, Marc Fischer

Sacha Chelsea Bootie, The Frye Company

Kork-Ease Cinca Bootie, Caroline & Main Saratoga

Carson Pull-On Riding Boot, The Frye Company

Blanco Waterproof Knee-High Boots, Nordstrom

Traci Booties, Schutz Shoes

Joan Of Arc Bootie, Sorel

Dakota Suede High Boot, Steve Madden

Loeffler Randall (Saks) Knee High Croc Boots

Seychelles Chaparral Snakeskin Bootie, Violet’s of Saratoga

Vince Camuto Sashala Pointed Toe Bootie (Nordstrom)

Sam Edelman Raelle Pointed Toe Bootie, Violet’s of Saratoga

Whether you’re heading to the pumpkin patch or that fall beer fest, head out in style.  You only have a few months until these sidewalks are iced over and treads are essential.

XOXO,

Ally

 

 

 

 

 

5 Looks : Transitioning To Fall

I’ve never met anyone who didn’t wish to make the most of their current wardrobe. Here, I’ve taken five common summer pieces and showed simple ways to transition them into fall. Even if you don’t have these exact items, the looks should provide inspiration… in hopes of wearing some of your OWN pieces in ways you never thought of before! If you love the pieces shown, links are below each look.

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Silk Button-Front Floral Dress (Madewell) 

Tecovas Cognac Cowboy Boot

Blank NYC Brown Suede Moto Jacket (Nordstrom)

Shinola Market Tote

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Banana Republic Column Dress

Madewell Oversized Denim Jacket

Veja Sneakers at Amour Vert

Herschel Hip Pack

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ZARA Printed Pleated Skirt

Andrew Marc Asymmetrical Leather Jacket

EVERLANE Boss Booties

FREE PEOPLE Convertible Backpack

 

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Madewell (Nordstrom) Demi-Boot White Jeans

ARITZIA Amora Cardigan

Sam Edelman Raelle Pointed Toe Bootie

Kate Spade Fleur Embosssed Snakeskin Bag

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J Crew Leopard Cropped Pant

EVERLANE Black Cashmere Turtleneck

Cole Haan (Neiman Marcus) Piper Loafer Mule

Longchamp Cavalcade Crossbody

Whatever it takes to pretend that summer is still here, right?

XOXO,

Ally

 

 

 

Leopard and Snakeskin and Classics, Oh My!

Season after season, I wait to see which “trends” will dominate, and which of these coming trends are actually “wearable” by people like you and I. Season after season, year after year, leopard and snakeskin make their way onto those runways. I guess if it’s a “trend” every season, it’s not really a trend after all?  I personally consider both   CLASSICS!

There are so many smart ways to bring a little excitement into an otherwise conservative outfit with just a splash of these prints. Below are some of my favorite finds of the season at a variety of price points.  As always, details and links can be found below the picture.

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  1. Snakeskin Maysha Pump, SCHUTZ
  2. Snakeskin Midi, Banana Republic
  3. Leopard Sweater, & Other Stories
  4. Gigi Pointed Flat, Tory Burch
  5. Leopard Wrap Dress, DVF at Nordstrom
  6. Faux Snakeskin Moto Jacket, BLANKNYC Nordstrom
  7. Python Patchwork Leather Clutch, YSL at Neiman Marcus,
  8. Trista Multi Snake Bootie, Steve Madden
  9. Snakeskin Blouse, Altuzarra for Target
  10. Long Blazer, Zara
  11. Snakeskin iPhone Case, ASOS
  12. Ribcage Straight Leg Cords, Levi’s at Nordstrom

Come on and get WILD! Or maybe just a little bit.

XOXO,

Ally

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Fall Outfits!

“It’s the most wonderful time…of the year!”  … and it’s not the holiday season I’m talking about.  It’s:

FALL FASHION

Nothing makes my heart skip a beat more than those fall fashion magazines arriving in my mailbox, so heavy and full of wool houndstooth. As the weather begins to change here in upstate NY, you’ll often catch me smiling to myself NOT because all four kids are finally in school, but because I’m thinking of fall clothes and they make me happy.  (And perhaps just a wee bit of the former.)

Here are some ideas of fall looks that you, too, can put together. Use or supplement existing pieces from your own personal wardrobe and find details about the items under each photo. As always, the looks reflect data points along the spectrum of my personal style.

LOOK ONE:

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J.Crew Demi Boot Cut Jean

Sam Edelman Black Raelle Bootie, Violets of Saratoga (local) or at samedelman.com

EVERLANE Cashmere Crew

Boden Kemble Faux Shearling Camel Coat

Madewell Transport Camera Bag

 

LOOK TWO:

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GAP Houndstooth Blazer

JCrew Toothpick Jeans

FRYE Paige Tall Riding Boot

JCrew Factory Chambray Shirt

GUCCI Suede Dome Bag at Nordstrom

 

LOOK 3:

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ZARA Denim Midi with Top Stitching

FRYE Reed Inside Zip Boot

Boden Markham Cord Trench

REISS Paisley Printed Shirt

Tory Burch McGraw Patchwork Camera Bag

 

LOOK FOUR:

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Banana Republic Corduroy Blazer

Everlane Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans

UNIQLO Merino Ribbed Turtleneck

Vince Havana Suede Booties at Nordstrom

Mark and Graham Dakota Hide Clutch

 

LOOK 5:

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Sam Edelman Kervana Embossed Knee High boot

Splendid Faux Suede Leggings at Nordstrom

CUYANA Alpaca Cape

GUCCI Thick Black Belt

EVERLANE Pima Micro Rib Turtlneck

ALL SAINTS Captain Leather Tote

Happy fall shopping to all!  I hope the idea of some fun fall outfits helps you, as well, look forward to the chillier months ahead.

XOXO,

Ally

 

Asking a Favor this Back to School

kindnessI’m taking another quick pause from my style posts to write about something that is very important to me. I’m asking you for a favor this back to school season.

As you may or may not know, my oldest son, William, has some developmental delays. We’ve spent the last eight years taking advantage of speech, occupational and physical therapists, specialized schooling for autistic children, behavioral therapists and plans, medication, and tutors.   The amazing thing is … all of this has paid off. William is doing awesome. He can now go into a public restroom and travel with us. He can stay up past his bedtime without major consequences. I no longer get weekly calls from teachers. He is a gentleman when out to dinner. I’ve even caught him shaking hands and making eye contact with new friends. We are at a place that I never could have imagined.

But things aren’t perfect. They’ll never be. He’ll always have some challenges, well into his adult life. The tough part is that William looks perfect. There is no reason to think, when looking at him with his Adidas flip flops, popped collar and hesitant demeanor that he is any different than other tween his age. However, he is. He’s quite different at times. Sometimes subtly quirky, and other times obviously quirky.

We recently had a few incidents where he was treated unkindly. Kids were unaccepting of him. “Breaks my heart” is an understatement. “Nauseous for days” is more like it. Sadly, I think this is only the beginning now that we’re only one year from middle school.

I love to write style pieces, share trends, and get your mind off all of that heavy stuff like politics and natural disasters. However, I feel compelled to get serious for a moment and ask you, my friends, family and readers, for some help on behalf of the “not-so-typical” kids out there.

There are two favors that I ask as we move forward into this next school year:

  1.  ACTIVELY encourage inclusion. What do I mean by this? Ask your children if there are children who are never picked at gym. If there are kids who roam around the playground alone. How about the one that never has a partner. Challenge them to move out of their comfort zone with their best buddy and partner up with that child. Encourage or incentivize them to share a story of how it went, and how they felt after including. Remind them of how that child probably feels. Last year, Will’s aide told me that the young, “sporty” kid that everyone wanted as a partner chose William. This was LIFE CHANGING for my son.
  2. Talk to your children about disabilities. Share the fact that disabilities are not always physical, and sometimes not noticeable at all. Sometimes they play out in unpleasant ways. Behavioral problems like body control issues, annoyingness and rudeness are sometimes the result of a neurologically atypical child not being able to process his/her feeling or anxieties. More often than not during their elementary years, they are unable to express this. When your child comes home complaining of a child’s behavior, remember that this may not be a “bad kid” or a child with “shitty parents”, as I’ve heard kids referred to in the past. These children may be struggling with difficult emotional control issues and are likely working on those challenges. These are often the very children that need to be included.

I’ve seen many bumper stickers and tee shirts encouraging us all to “practice kindness.” Here. I’ve given you two, very specific ways that you can encourage a child you know to practice kindness… ways that go much further than simply wearing the words. I will continue to encourage my children to be kind and inclusive, and hope that they will make as much of a positive impact on someone’s life as the sporty kid made on William’s.

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Summer Survival Kit

I wanted to take a minute to share a few of my favorite summer “things”.  These are not just clothing items or accessories, but things that I rely heavily on in the summer months.  I don’t share too many products in my blog, but sometimes feel that I want to since they make me happy, and may make you as well!

 

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  1. A summer-weight kimono robe that brings glamour to my not-so-glamourous mornings with four boys. Like this KIM+ONO Sakura Kimono Robe.
  2. Chunky woven bangles that are interesting yet versatile. Like the circle bangles you often see me wearing from  from Cult Gaia.
  3. The perfect matte orange lipstick that doesn’t dry your lips out. One of my faves is MAC Powder Kiss in Style Shocked.
  4. The WetBrush Original Detangler works better than ANY brush or comb I have ever used for detangling, especially post-pool or lake. And… it’s a steal!
  5. Low-sugar cocktails like ones made with club soda and a flavored vodka are my go-to summer drink! Check out the new and delicious Ketel One Botanicals,
  6. Lightweight layering tanks that I can smoothly tuck into my comfy midi skirts.   Like these basic tanks from GAP factory.
  7. An easy wrap skirt that I can throw on and look put together! Like this GAP Wrap Patch Pocket Skirt.
  8. Oversized round sunnies are essential for hiding my tired, too-many-late-nights eyes. I love these COSMOs by DIFF Charitable Eyewear.
  9. A summer clutch that matches just about every one of my going out outfits!  Like this  J. McGlaughlin Burnt Bamboo Clutch.
  10. Nude-colored sandals that are flattering, stylish and comfortable. Like these Sam Edelman Beckie Woven Slides, found in link or at Violet’s of Saratoga locally!
  11. This frizz-fighting serum has changed my life (and texture) and prevented me from having to spend the time and money on keratin treatments. I stay frizz-free with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Activated Treatment .
  12. An interesting day-to-night straw or basket bag, like this one from MANGO. As you may have noticed from my IG feed, I use mine ALL the time in the summer months.
  13. Summertime statement earrings. I love to throw my hair back and liven up a basic outfit with something BIG AND BOLD. Like these Collette Flower Earrings by Jennifer Behr.
  14. A lightweight off-the-shoulder top tends to be my summer blouse of choice, and pairs wonderfully with pencil skirts or jeans! Like this BCBG off-the-shoulder striped top.
  15. A fabulous summer scent that you can’t wait to spray! Like my current fave, Tom Ford Fleur De Portofino at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  16. The perfect summer nail color needs only one coat and “cleans things up” when I haven’t had a mani in a while. I’ve been using  Essie “Skinny Dip” from Amazon since they launched the color.
  17. Bravo Swimsuit Pads help provide a bathing suit boobie boost for those of us who need it. Some women choose surgery. I choose to sit for hours and sew pads into my swimsuits. Many swimsuits have pockets for such pads. (Mine don’t).
  18. A versatile straw hat allows me to leave the house with out confronting the hair issue… a huge time saver! Like this Frye Harness Fedora from Anthropologie,
  19. Illuminating body lotion that highlights but doesn’t “glitter”. I’m currently loving OLAY Quench Shimmer.
  20. A breezy t-shirt midi dress is perfect with slides and a crossbody on a hot summer day! I’ve been wearing them all summer, like this affordable one from H&M .

If you try something and love (or DON’T), please let me know! I always love feedback! As for now, enjoy the sunshine and the recommendations.

XOXO,

Ally

Summer Dresses 2019

I have a thing for summer dresses. We have SO many summer commitments and dresses take most of the work out of getting ready. No need to coordinate. Just throw one on with a nude block-heeled sandal, accessorize, and go! And then do it all over again. All summer long.

As you may have noticed from my IG feed, I am an equal-opportunity-dress-buyer.  From BCBG to that incredibly inexpensive company Shein… if I love it, I try it. I also love finding timeless day-to-night dresses from stores like H&M and Zara that LOOK like they cost more than they did. I consider it a personal challenge. There are dresses that I’ve been wearing for YEARS that have never “gone out,” and that I don’t think I paid more than 30 dollars for.

Linked are some of my favorite dresses this season (and squeezing in one jumpsuit as well!) Similar to the dresses in my wardrobe, they range in price, style and silhouette. As always, the details are below the photos.

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  1. Nikita Dress, The Reformation
  2. Dress, H&M
  3. Printed Wrap-Front Midi, GAP
  4. Ted Baker Sionna Ribbed Sweater Dress, Nordstrom
  5. Snakeskin Print Dress, ZARA
  6. Self-Tie Shirt Dress, Ralph Lauren
  7. Anastasia Shirt Dress, Boden

 

 

 

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  1. Anthropologie Encanta Abstract Maxi Dress
  2. Jadrien Knit Wrap Dress, Club Monaco
  3. Printed Wrap Dress, Tory Burch
  4. Belted Linen Blend Midi Dress, & Other Stories
  5. Rose Bloom Maxi Dress, BCBG
  6. Troubadour Jumpsuit, Anthropologie
  7. Silk Maxi Sarong Paisley Dress, J.Crew

I hope you finally figured out what to wear to that __________ next week.  I know, it’s been on your mind.

XOXO,

Ally