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Putting It Into Neutral


Cariuma OCA Low Nude Premium Leather Sneaker Womens
Cariuma OCA Low Nude Premium Leather Sneaker Women


Well, the weather is slowing starting to change for the season, and I’m breaking out a couple of my new favorite pieces for Fall.  A sweater dress is such an easy, transitional piece as you can wear it with sneakers or flats in warmer weather, and move to over-the-knee boots or booties as colder weather approaches.  This year, I picked up a neutral dress from Banana Republic on sale that I couldn’t wait to wear. The cute sleeve detail and color make it the perfect piece to wear with cream, black, and other neutrals.


As we’re not totally in boot weather, I opted for my new favorite pair of sneakers courtesy of Cariuma.  If you haven’t heard of Cariuma before, they are an ethical sneaker company born our of Brazil.  The leather has a premium and buttery feel, and the wide range of colors will have you wanting more than one pair. For my first pair, I chose a nude leather in their classic OCA silhouette that is sure to go with every outfit! I can’t wait to wear these on-set when I go to LA. for work next month.  In addition to this outfit, I see myself wearing these with all black, jeans and comfy sweaters.


Lastly, I finished this look with my new beige Chanel bag to keep my outfit all neutral. While I love all of these items paired together, you’ll see me wearing each with a variety of pieces all Fall long!


Dress: Banana Republic.  Sneakers: Cariuma.  Coat: Sold Out (Similar Options: 1, 2, 3)


Thank you to Cariuma for partnering on this post!


Fast Fashion vs. Investment Pieces


So… I like nice things. Who doesn’t? But I haven’t always been able to afford the designer duds I so desperately wanted. And to be quite honest, I still can’t get everything I want. While I’d love to be able to walk into a Chanel and buy a bag on the spot, it’s just not my reality. To get my pricey pieces, I plan…I save…and then I make it a reality when the time is right!


One of the skills I learned over the years is how to shop smart. That means planning for investment pieces, but also saving by indulging in fast fashion. What do I mean by fast fashion? I’m referring to the fashionable retailers such as Zara, H&M, and others who offer style, but at an affordable price that won’t break the bank. So, the trick is being discerning about what I choose to spend on, and what I want to save for. For example, special occasion shoes, and classic bags are at the top of my “investment piece” list. If you treat them right, you can have them for years and get a lot of wear out of a pricier item- take that YSL evening bag with the gold chain seen in the photo above. I also don’t mind splurging on classic clothing items that I’ll have in my closet for years to come, or items that require quality fabric and impeccable fit. For example, I just splurged on some classic black tuxedo pants that fit to a T, and I can wear them for events, client meetings, date nights…you name it. The price tag was worth it to me, because I believe in the quality and the fit.


On the other hand, I love adding fun and flexibility to my wardrobe with items that allow me to be less precious about their wear, and I don’t feel guilty about the cost. For instance, take the hot pink velvet clutch also seen in the photo above. It was a spur of the moment Banana Republic buy that didn’t cost an arm and a leg, but allows me to add a pop of color (and a fun fabric) to an outfit. I also indulge in fast fashion pieces such as party dresses, dark jeans (H&M’s are my fav) or trendy items such a ruffled tops or off-the-shoulder dresses. Zara is also great for simple pieces such as black blazers, or the summer’s hottest sandal!


Whatever I’m buying, I always want to feel like my item is worth the price on the tag. Having the flexibility to spend on fun pieces, and save for investment pieces has helped my closet grow in the right direction. And now I’ve got some great classics that will last me for years to come!


What do you dolls think? Do like to splurge on investment pieces, or have fun playing with fast fashion? Or maybe you’re like me, and want a balance. Share your thoughts in the comments below!