Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!
Today I am teaming up with Narci,Andrea, and Erika to share some of my favorites. I hope you enjoy!

Favorite #1
Spring Break! Oh how I love a good break from school. Not just for me but my kids as well. I love the down time, of course come Monday we’ll be back at it. That means 3 volleyball games, standardized testing, and a long Wednesday. It’s like taking a nice, long, cozy nap and then having ice water dumped on you!

Favorite #2
New earrings! One of the easiest ways to update a wardrobe is with accessories. You know how much I love BaubleBar! I couldn’t wait to add these Crispin drops in pink to my collection! They are a little on the pricey side for me but good things come to those who wait. As soon as I found a 25% off sale at BaubleBar I bought them!

Favorite #3
Again, new earrings! Yes, I love BaubleBar so it makes perfect sense I’d love the SUGARFIX by BaubleBar Collection at Target. This week Target is running such a terrific sale, BOGO 50% off on women’s and girl’s dresses, handbags, wallets, and jewelry. I added this pair and this pair to my Spring line up!

Favorite #4
And one last favorite for today. Living in Florida and having fair skin means I use a lot of self-tanner. And I have used many over the years. I used to get spray tans at a tanning salon but I wasn’t 100% thrilled with the results. You know, the kind where you step into a machine and about 2 minutes later you’re done? My preference is to have someone actually spray me, the results are fabulous but it gets pricey. Since I work out 5 days a week I sweat quite a bit and there goes my expensive spray tan! My favorite self tanner is this one by Jergens. It dries quickly and the color develops fast too. I use it a couple times a week and in between I moisturize with this. The older I get the more I rely on a little color when my skin is showing!

So there you have it my friends, my line up favorites for the week. If you haven’t already I hope you’ll check out the BOGO 50% off sale at Target as well as the sale at Loft. That’s what’s in This Blonde’s Shopping Bag today, what’s in yours?

Fashionably yours,
Kellyann

Loft Spring Sale

Today starts a great sale at Loft, 40% off everything in stores and online with your LOVELOFT or Ann Taylor card (30% off if you’re not a cardholder). If you shop online use code: SPRING17. The sale runs until March 26 but if you shop on March 25 cardholders earn Double Points and get a special gift with your $80 purchase! Sweet!

When I received the Spring 2017 mailer I made a note to be sure to visit the store and try on some of the items that caught my eye. I’ll apologize in advance for the picture overload.

This first ruffle sleeve tee in black is cute. It’s a nice,lightweight material. I tried on a medium petite. You can find this great basic here..
I really like the next top, I love the sleeves and it has the cutest criss cross tie in the back, which of course I could not get a picture of because I am not at all coordinated. I tried it on in a small.

 

 

 

I think this top would look great with pants and shorts alike, the color is so pretty! You can find it here.
Since I seem to always be in need of a white blouse I thought I’d give this updated version a shot. The bell sleeves are the perfect amount of “bell” – in other words they aren’t so huge they get in the way. I’m wearing it in a small.

You can find it here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving right along, I think this next one was my favorite. The embroidered flower detail at the top is gorgeous! I tried it on in a small.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I tried it on with a great pair of pants. I love the color and weight of these pants, I would wear them in place of jeans to work. Find the top here and the pants here, I tried on the pants in the color Serene Blue.

 

 

 

 

 

My love of off the shoulder tops continues. Now I am really trying to find tops that can be worn comfortably both ways (on or off the shoulder) because I’d like to be able to wear these tops to work. The next two blouses can be worn both ways, of course they look better off the shoulder! I’m wearing them both in size small.




You can find the floral top here and the off white top here. It may be hard to tell from the pictures but both of these tops have such nice details. The off white top has a pretty eyelet detail and the floral top has a little gold shimmer – so nice!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lotus print utility top was nice. I left one of the sleeves rolled and the other down. It’s a pretty color and looks good with the blue pants. You can find the top here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next top was such a disappointment! Oh, how I wanted it to work but sadly the arms were too tight and the cut was all wrong for me. I tried it on with a pair of shorts that were fine, just standard, run of the mill denim, cuffed shorts. For size reference I tried the shirt in a small and the shorts in size 4. The shirt comes in red or blue, you can find it here and the shorts can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we’re on the subject of things that just didn’t work out, enter Exhibit B, or rather this dress. It looked absolutely darling in the mailer and on the in-store mannequin. On me, not so much. I tried it on in a small.
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The dress can be found here. It is such a pretty dress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another dress that was all wrong on me was this one.I’m not quite sure what went wrong here except EVERYTHING and when I took it off and hung it back on the hanger I gave it the side eye for making me look so bad, lol! I tried it on in a small. Ugh, bad, just bad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dress department redeemed itself with the next one. I tried it on in a small and as you can tell by the pictures, the stripes and sleeves are adorable. Dare I say it even looks pretty good with my Converse? You can find the dress here.

There are a few things I was hoping to see but my store didn’t seem to have them. Looks like I’ll be stalking another store to check on them. I’ll link them below for you to see.

You certainly deserve a medal or some other commendation if you stuck with me through all of that, it’s exhausting, right? But I do hope that it was helpful to see the clothes on a real body. If you’re in the market for some cute, Spring clothes check out the sale at Loft. It’s a great time to shop (but isn’t it always?)!

That’s what’s in This Blonde’s Shopping Bag today. Will you be shopping the sale at Loft?

Fashionably yours,
Kellyann
Linking up today with The Blended Blog here
Tie Cuff Open Cardigan • LOFT • $59.50
Colorful Tasseled Necklace • LOFT • $39.50
Mixed Stone Ring Set • LOFT • $29.50
Suede Tassel Necklace • LOFT • $19.99
Chambray Bell Sleeve Shirt • LOFT • $59.50
Floral Lace Striped One Shoulder Top • LOFT • $54.50
Meadow Dress • LOFT • $89.50

Bright Skirt

It’s Spring Break for us this week and I have a to do list that is quite extensive. This may sound funny but one of my to do list items is to shop in brick and mortar stores! Online shopping is definitely my favorite way to shop anymore because it’s convenient and there’s no searching through racks and hoping to find my size. However, it’s nice to get back to shopping in real life so amidst the multiple appointments I have scheduled I’ll be popping into a couple of stores and have even scheduled a shopping road trip for Friday #roughlife.

So Saturday night after a great Happy Hour at Winter Park Village we popped into Adjectives Market. If you’re not local Adjectives is an eclectic boutique featuring furniture,antiques, and vintage clothing. I happened upon this great Boho skirt. It appears to be brand new but who really knows, that’s the charm of shopping in a cute boutique. It’s also kind of nice to know you’re purchasing items that are not mass produced so it’s highly unlikely someone else will be wearing the same thing!

While I cannot link my exact skirt I’ll be sure to share a few as well as some terrific maxi dresses. A skirt like mine is a staple for Spring and Summer, it goes with everything and depending on what you wear on top you can take it to work, out to dinner, shopping, etc.. I chose to wear mine with a tank and my denim jacket because lo and behold our weather has been on the cool side! I actually prefer a maxi skirt or dress to shorts in the summer, it’s so humid here I’m just more comfortable. This skirt will be a key piece when I pack for vacation because of it’s versatility.

I wore my new skirt out to breakfast and then to the Winter Park Art Festival before finally taking pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a great time to stock up on maxi dresses and skirts along with fun jewelry. Target is having a GREAT sale, women’s and girl’s dresses, wallets, handbags, and jewelry are all BOGO 50% off! This includes the SUGARFIX line by BaubleBar.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my new, colorful maxi skirt and you are inspired to grab a maxi skirt rather than a pair of shorts next time. Nothing wrong with shorts but maxi skirts can be so GOOD! That’s what’s in This Blonde’s Shopping Bag today, tell me, how do you like to wear your maxi skirt? Do you own one?

Fashionably yours,
Kellyann
Shop similar items here, all dresses from Target are currently BOGO 50% off!
Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress
Wrap Floral Maxi Dress
Tank Style Wrap Front Maxi Dress
Plus Size Floral Maxi Dress
Another Beautiful Plus Size Floral Maxi Dress
This skirt is from Target but not currently on sale:
Cute Maxi Skirt

I am linking up with Patti for Visible Monday. I hope you’ll check it out!
Also linking up with The Blended Blog

Going Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Listen, with a maiden name like O’Donnell you better believe I’m celebrating today!  We’ll have corned beef, potatoes, cabbage, and yummy desserts with a few good spirits mixed in for fun. Irish or not you’re in luck because today I am sharing how I wear my favorite (okay only) pair of green pants.  Now this pair from Gap is old Gap but they have held up so well over the years there’s been no need to replace them! These pants are a true Kelly Green and I’ll be honest when I first bought them I was a little nervous about how I’d style them. Of course I went the comfortable route.  In fact Gap had this striped top near them in the store so I scooped it up and had what I call an “instant outfit” – you know, one that called for zero creativity on my part.  When I wear this combo I feel like I’m dressed for St. Patrick’s Day so needless to say I don’t grab it very often. Since my shirt is old I found this one that I think would be ADORABLE! Here is my original outfit:

As I’ve gotten more comfortable trying new combos and growing in my own sense of style I’m having way more fun with these babies!  I have always loved pink and green together,  this preppy combo screams spring to me.  The hot pink polka dot shirt was purchased last Summer at TJ Maxx.  I love how it looks with these pants and the necklace I am wearing is the icing on the cake!  This one is similar and a terrific piece you’ll get lots of mileage from!  I bought the sandals last Summer but you can find this year’s version here.  Of course I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pull out my favorite clutch from Accessory Concierge. It makes everything better, don’t you think?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may not be ready to go so bold with your color combos as I have with my pink and green.  Maybe you care for a more subdued look. Then how about wearing the green pants with a black, off the shoulder blouse?  This looks more sophisticated and can easily go from day to night. This tunic comes in black (and other colors) and is similar to my top. Wear these shoes not only with this outfit but everything else in your closet! Nude heels really elongate the leg.  And I apologize for not catching it when my husband was photographing me but the hanger strap on my blouse is showing, ugh!


Since my pants are old here’s a similar pair:


It’s been said that if you’re enough lucky to be Irish then you’re lucky enough! I say luck has nothing to do with it but good style and good fun sure do! Wearing Kelly Green a few different ways is what’s in This Blonde’s Shopping Bag today. So tell me, how do you wear green?

Fashionably yours,
Kellyann

Linking up with Patti/Catherine/Royally Waiting/GYPO
The Blended Blog

Harper Take 2

Like I promised on Monday, today I am sharing another look with Harper (my new pants). The way these pants drape definitely gives them a slightly dressier feel so it’s easy to take them out on the town or even wear them with a blazer to work. My work environment is fairly casual but these could absolutely work in a more corporate environment.

Take a look at how I styled them today!  In my opinion an easy way to look put together and chic is to wear tone on tone.  Simple jewelry, easy sandals and I’m set!  This similar tee from Target is the perfect compliment to these comfy pants.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also paired it with this cute, sleeveless top from Old Navy.  It’s nice to mix it up a bit and pair the pants with a springy print like this one.  If it wasn’t so hot on the day these photos were taken I’d add either my white blazer or my denim jacket to this outfit.

So, have I convinced you yet that you need these pants in your life?  Aren’t they versatile?  I hope you’ll check them out for yourself because they really are terrific!

That’s what’s in This Blonde’s Shopping Bag today, thank you so much for stopping by!  If you enjoyed this post please share it!

Fashionably yours,

Kellyann

Shop my look here:
Smooth & Slim Harper Plus-Size Pants • Old Navy • $34.99
Printed V-Neck Cutout Tank for Women • Old Navy • $12.99
Floral-Print Plus-Size V-Neck Tank • Old Navy • $26–30
Smooth & Slim Plus-Size All-New Everyday Boot-Cut Khakis • Old Navy • $48
Mid-Rise All-New Harper Pants for Women • Old Navy • $25
Faux-Patent Stiletto Sandals for Women • Old Navy • $34.94
Faux-Leather Half-Moon Bag for Women • Old Navy • $26.94
Mossimo Women’s Cold Shoulder Woven Top with Floral Pattern Black – Mossimo • Mossimo • $22.99
Who What Wear Women’s Ruffle Tank – Who What Wear • Who What Wear • $17.99
Alison Andrews Women’s Tie Sleeve Off The Shoulder Tunic • $27.99
H&M Vest with Satin Lapels • H&M • $29.99
H&M Satin Peplum Top • H&M • $24.99
H&M Lace Peplum Top • H&M • $24.99
H&M Lace Top • H&M • $29.99
Linking up with:
Patti/Royally Waiting/Catherine/GYPO/Turning Heads

Hello Harper

Monday, Monday. I kinda feel sorry for you, no one is really ever that happy to see you and especially today. We’re all messed up because of that time change and you, Monday, will unfortunately bear the brunt of our unhappiness. In an attempt to show you I harbor no bitterness let me introduce you Monday to my friend, Harper.

These Harper pants are from Old Navy. I have tell you, I am really loving them. You know I just recently bought my first pair of Pixie pants and really fell in love #whattookmesolong. What caught my eye initially with the Harper pants was the color. Blush is everywhere and I couldn’t be happier! So, yes, the color is fabulous but the fit is nice too. They are mid-rise and slightly tapered through the hip and thigh. So they can definitely be worn casually or even a little dressier. Bonus: they are wrinkle resistant and so comfortable! If you travel for work I highly recommend a pair, they’d pack like a dream! Honestly they are so comfortable it’s like wearing leggings.

Today I am showing you a more casual look with my Harper pants.On Wednesday I’ll show you how to dress them up and take them out!

Blush looks great with denim and white. Such a springy combo and perfect for this time of year when I can still wear a denim jacket.  Of course I wore my new sandals but sneakers would look great too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s What’s in This Blonde’s Shopping Bag today, what’s in yours?

Fashionably yours,

Kellyann

Linking up with:Patti/GYPO/Royally Waiting/Catherine

Shop my look:
Harper pants These fit TTS, I am wearing my normal size 4. They come in a variety of colors and they are on sale!
Similar Denim Jacket My jacket is SUPER OLD (like at least 10 years)
Plus size denim jacket

Plus Size Harper pants
Cutest Plus Size Peplum Tee ON SALE
I love this $20 swing tank!
Similar White Top
My Favorite Shoes Under $50
similar necklace
My handbag in camel
Similar handbag

Excited Friday

Oh Friday you handsome devil, I’ve waited for you all week!

Friday is always my favorite day of the week and this Friday is special for a few reasons. The first is that my great niece turns one today. She’s super special and completely adorable. I can’t wait to celebrate later this weekend. The second is that I took today off from work to spend the day with my son before he heads back to school at UF. I believe the beach is on our agenda! And finally Andrea over at Living on Cloud Nine asked if she could post a picture of me on her blog! I hope you’ll check it out here. And if you found your way here from there welcome and thanks for stopping by!

Today I am sharing an outfit I wore to work on Tuesday. Like I said earlier this week, this time of year is all about transition. Not quite sunny and warm enough for full on Summer clothing (although it will be very soon) means it’s still perfectly acceptable to wear colored denim, a long sleeve cold shoulder top, and booties. You might remember this top from Shein when I wore it in this post.

Take another look at how I wore it with white:

Although I’ve worn it twice with denim I am anxious to pair it with shorts. Since the top has the ruffle detail I find it works best with a slimmer silhouette on bottom. If it were paired with something more voluminous I’d look like a big pouf of fabric. That’s a little styling tidbit for you; watch the silhouettes your clothing creates.

I’ve linked some similar items below. Add some ruffles to your wardrobe, so on-trend and completely doable regardless of your age or size! So that’s what’s in This Blonde’s Shopping Bag today, what’s in yours?

Fashionably yours,
Kellyann

Linking up with Patti/Catherine

Shop the post:
Kenneth Jay Lane Long Pearly Tassel Necklace, White • Kenneth Jay Lane • $45
Panacea Long Beaded Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace, Blue • $70
Lydell NYC Long Beaded Tassel Necklace, Multi • Lydell NYC • $18
Panacea Long Beaded Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace, Multi • $38.50
Nakamol Long Beaded Tassel Necklace, Nude Mix • Nakamol • $38.50
Women’s Baublebar Guadeloupe Pompom Necklace • BaubleBar • $34
Women’s Bp. Stone Fringe Pendant Necklace • BP • $11.98
Women’s Nydj Alina Colored Stretch Skinny Jeans • NYDJ • $56.98
Women’s 1822 Denim Raw Hem Crop Skinny Jeans • $42
Women’s Jag Jeans Nora Pull-On Stretch Skinny Jeans • Jag Jeans • $74
Women’s Bobeau Cold Shoulder High/low Top • Bobeau • $49
Women’s Bp. Off The Shoulder Top • BP • $25
Women’s Bobeau Cold Shoulder Ruffle Sleeve Top • Bobeau • $49
Women’s Soprano Tie Sleeve Off The Shoulder Top • Soprano • $26.98
Women’s Topshop Ruffle Cold Shoulder Top • Topshop • $68
Women’s Leith Off The Shoulder Top • Leith • $55
Petite Women’s Pleione Stripe Knit Bell Sleeve Top • $49
Women’s Topshop Ella Off The Shoulder Top • Topshop • $65

Denim Dressed Down

Hello Wednesday, I am happy to see you!

Okay friends, on Monday I dressed up my denim so today let’s go a little more casual. Although I’m calling this dressed down I know for some of you this is dressy. Regardless of what you call it I like it!

I am wearing my same Old Navy denim with a comfortable off the shoulder top and flat sandals. Easy breezy is what this look says to me. Super comfortable and ready for the day or night!

Once again I pulled out my favorite Pom Pom Clutch from Accessory Concierge. I love anything with a pom pom and the colors are so vibrant and fun.  My favorite bracelet is from Accessory Concierge as well. I wear this bracelet multiple times a week. It goes with EVERYTHING and adds a little extra somethin’ to any outfit.

My shoes are oldies but goodies from a few years ago. They are comfortable and because leopard is a neutral they go with everything. I could have worn black sandals with this but little details add so much interest to an outfit. I think that’s important when you’re trying to avoid looking frumpy. Check my shoes out here.  My necklace is a little more delicate than you’re used to seeing me wear.  I’ll tell ya what, I had my eye on this baby for months and finally bought if for myself.  It’s so simple and can be worn with simple t-shirts, dresses, you name it!

Of course it’s from BaubleBar. I love their pieces, they wear well and they are affordable. Accessories can make or break an outfit and theirs never let me down. My necklace is a great piece to add to your Spring/Summer wardrobe because it can be worn with everything! It would be a great piece to take on a trip because of its versatility.

I hope you enjoyed another look at denim today, that’s what’s in This Blonde’s Shopping Bag. Shop the links below for similar off the shoulder tops (and a few others I love). Check back here on Friday!

Fashionably yours,
Kellyann
Linking up with Patti/Shelly/Alison/Catherine
 

Women’s Bp. Off The Shoulder Tunic • BP • $45
Women’s Soprano Bell Sleeve Off The Shoulder Blouse • Soprano • $39
Women’s Bp. Stripe Off The Shoulder Top • BP • $26.98
Women’s One Teaspoon Oakwood Sugar Off The Shoulder Top • One Teaspoon • $64.80
Women’s Soprano Tie Sleeve Off The Shoulder Top • Soprano • $26.98
Women’s Bobeau Off The Shoulder Cotton Poplin Top • Bobeau • $59
Women’s Bp. Off The Shoulder Top • BP • $25
Women’s Bobeau Cold Shoulder High/low Top • Bobeau • $49
Women’s Soprano Bow Off-The-Shoulder Top • Soprano • $45
Women’s Soprano Ruffle Tee • Soprano • $20.98
Women’s Soprano Tie Sleeve Off The Shoulder Top • Soprano • $26.98
Women’s Lush Ruffle Sleeve Tee • Lush • $20.98
Women’s Leith Off The Shoulder Top • Leith • $55
Women’s Topshop Ella Off The Shoulder Top • Topshop • $65

Dressed Up Denim

Happy Monday!

My son is home from UF for spring break this week and I couldn’t be happier! Unfortunately my school district starts break on the 17th so I still have to work but it’s fabulous to have him home. We both had an emotionally draining week last week so we kicked off his break with a little retail therapy. Saturday night we saw the movie “Get Out” and it was fantastic!  But let’s talk fashion, shall we?

This time of year is my absolute favorite, the heat and humidity has not yet kicked in and we still have some cool fronts coming in. In other words I can wear a lightweight jacket or light layers without melting. Today and Wednesday I’m bringing you two looks featuring denim. Awhile back I shared denim from Old Navy in this post.. I’m happy to tell you I am still loving everything about my Old Navy super skinny jeans!

The name of the game when dressing this time of year is transition. Even in sunny Florida we aren’t quite hot enough for full on summer clothing so it’s nice to have a lightweight blazer or jacket to layer over a camisole or tank. Take a look first without the jacket. I wanted to share this camisole with you. It sells out super fast because it’s so popular. Now that I own it I understand why everyone likes it so much. It flows away from the body just enough, it’s not too low cut and the back has adorable double straps. The fabric feels luxurious and it washes up nicely, I’d like to get in black as well. You can see the side of my strapless bra peeking through, I am not a fan of that look but I wanted to share it with you so you could see for yourself how the camisole fits on a real body. There are lots of alternatives on the market for you smaller chested girls so you could avoid having your bra peek out but that isn’t an option for me. I’ve tried a few products that said they offered support #lordhavemercy but they didn’t work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like it better with the jacket and it’s how I’d wear it if I were going out to dinner. I’d be freezing in the a/c! I also added my favorite necklace and pom pom clutch along with my leopard heels. These heels are really comfortable.  My jacket is old, I bought it several years ago at the Ann Taylor Outlet.  The fit is good and since it’s on the shorter side it still looks current.  Everything about what I’m wearing is comfortable and so easy to throw on, just perfect for this time of year.

Dressed up denim is what’s in This Blonde’s Shopping Bag today, what’s in yours? How do you dress up denim?  I’d love to know, tell me in the comment section below.

Fashionably yours,

Kellyann

Linking up with Patti for Visible Monday , and Mallory at Style Your SensesI hope you’ll check it out!

Shop my look here:
Petite Women’s Olivia Moon Knit Blazer • Olivia Moon • $58.90
Women’s Mural Structured Blazer • $75
Women’s Bp. Faux Leather Leggings • BP • $17.40
Women’s Bp. Twist Front Tee • BP • $22
Junior Women’s Bp. 55Mm Metal Rim Cat Eye Sunglasses – Black • BP • $12
Junior Women’s Bp. Rhinestone Crossover Ring • BP • $7.20
Women’s Bp. 57Mm Cat Eye Sunglasses – Pink • BP • $12
Women’s Bp. ‘Luminate’ Open Toe Dress Sandal • BP • $59.95
Junior Women’s Bp. 52Mm Oversize Mirrored Sunglasses – Green/grey Tort • BP • $12
Women’s Bp. Mirrored Aviator 57Mm Sunglasses – Black/ Silver • BP • $12
Women’s Bp. Retro Sunglasses – Black/ Gold • BP • $12
Women’s Topshop Double Strap V-Back Camisole • Topshop • $30
High-Rise Rockstar Built-In Sculpt Skinny Jeans for Women • Old Navy • $45
Mid-Rise Rockstar Jeans for Women • Old Navy • $34.94
Mid-Rise Super Skinny Ankle Jeans for Women • Old Navy • $29.94
Similar necklace
Pom Pom Clutch

A Tale of Two Shoes

TGIF friends!
What a week! Today I am most excited about picking up my son from UF this afternoon for spring break. I can’t wait to see him, he’s had a tough week and I can’t wait to spend time with him. He’s my shopping buddy so I know we’ll be hitting the stores for some retail therapy!

Today I bring you the tale of two shoes that ultimately ended with finding the “It” shoe for this spring and summer. It all started last year when every fashion blogger was wearing these shoes. I fell in love and wanted a pair so badly. At first I couldn’t justify the price but then they were sold out. Everywhere! Well I’m happy to report that I managed to survive #dramatic but this year they’re back again.

And because I shop online alot and like it’s my job #wishfulthinking I found some more affordable options. Up first is a pair from Gap.. Their price tag is almost $100 less and they come in great colors. I ordered them using a promo code and got them for $46.00 -bargain! When they arrived I tried them on and I’ll admit I was so impressed. The leather is soft, yes, you read that right, leather for that price. But I hesitated to wear them because I found a pair from DSW that looked good as well. So I ordered those too, they are by Steve Madden. And then I waited for them to arrive so I could compare.  I ordered both in my usual size 9 which seemed to be just right for both.

Upon opening the Steve Madden pair I thought they would be the ones I’d ultimately keep. However, after trying them on I decided against them. In my opinion they were much heavier than the pair from Gap and there was the tiniest piece of stitching that rubbed my foot. And the strap on the pair from Gap was made of soft leather, not so with the pair from Steve Madden at DSW. Both were priced reasonably, the pair from Steve Madden are $59.95 at DSW. In the end the pair from Gap were just more comfortable and since I plan on wearing these ALOT that is important to me.

Take a look at how they looked on me in the photos below. Seriously it is hard to tell them apart! You will be seeing a lot of them in upcoming posts because they’ll go with everything! Shorts, capris, skirts, dresses, pants, denim – you name it. I suggest you try them both and see what works on your foot better.  First up is the pair from Gap.

 

 

 

 

And now the Steve Madden pair from DSW.

 

 

 

And for fun a little side by side comparison:

The shoe from Gap is on the left (my right foot) and the Steve Madden shoe in on the right (my left foot).

I hope you enjoyed my tale of two shoes and you are inspired to try a platform espadrille yourself! That’s what’s in This Blonde’s Shopping Bag today, why not add a pair to yours? Great news, right now Gap is offering 40% off your online purchase with code FORYOU.  Have a fabulous weekend!

Fashionably yours,
Kellyann

Shop here: