Inspired Outfit: Simple Chic

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Caroline of the blog Unfancy pulled this outfit of modern classics from her fall capsule wardrobe. The graphic tee/blazer pairing is super chic and she’s added simple, elegant jewelry. Also envious that she’s wearing sandals in December. Check her original post for details about this inspired outfit!

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Weekly Kitten

“Weekly Kitten” is starting to feel a little dishonest. In a few weeks, Harriet will be a year old. We didn’t adopt her until April, but she was born in January. Time. Ever noticed how it tends to fly? Just like Harriet, who, apparently, can also fly.

Angie shares the basics of staying warm in winter while wearing dresses or skirts.

Related: Tips on layering without adding bulk, and keeping your looks sophisticated.

Marsala is the color of the year for 2015. Looks an awful lot like oxblood to me, a color that was lauded as the best ever just a year or so ago. Which means it’ll be very, very thriftable!

Lest we forget that Janelle Monáe is a force of nature.

Super talented stylist Bridgette Raes asked a few style bloggers what’s on their holiday wishlist, and I shared my pick!

“Start doing things because they move you, not because it will look a certain way to your peers. Revel in the things that excite you. Forget the trends. Start celebrating what talents you have instead of focusing those that you don’t. Let go of the reins. Before long, you’ll be saying things because you believe in it, wearing things because you love [them] …”

This lovely poem muses on hair, rebellion, stereotypes, and identity.

I shouldn’t be surprised by my love for Rowan’s chunky sweater and twisted miniskirt outfit, since I’m wearing a nearly identical sweater as I type this.

Some of these hacks for fixing ruined clothes and accessories sound SUPER sketchy to me, but a few are brilliant like using moleskin to patch up a protruding underwire. But if there’s already lipstick on my shirt, I can’t quite imagine adding hairspray to the mix.

Molly shows another way to do ankle boots for winter, and shares recent discoveries from her mega-minimalist journey.

How can you tell which clothes will remain timeless and which ones will date? Interesting musings with a helpful slideshow at the end.

A new study suggests that overweight women and underweight men experience higher than average rates of workplace discrimination. Full study findings here.

Forest green is striking and unexpected worn with dusty, pale pastels.

The Closet Feminist rounds up seven resources for androgynous and tomboy fashion, including Future is the Future which sells secondhand clothes and accessories.

Did you know that many stores offer free personal shopping and tailoring services to their customers? Here’s a list of some of the biggies.

Mic rounds up the 39 most iconic feminist moments of 2014.

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FASHION QUESTION: Why do clowns wear big shoes?

“StyleLikeU started in 2009 as a video blog of documentary-style interviews, during which people of all genders opened up about their bodies and the insecurities they’d been taught to harbor in conversations with SLU’s co-founders—mother-and-daughter team Elisa and Lily.”

Over on Mad Mimi I made the case for avoiding holiday content in your email newsletters.

54-year-old Tilda Swinton is GQ’s Woman of the Year, and this interview proves that she is just as magical as I’ve always believed her to be.

Grechen shows two equally cozy ways to winterize a lightweight shirtdress.

Simple tips for practicing self-compassion during the holiday season.

With 1.5″ heels and a sleek design, these rich cognac ankle booties approach perfection.

“Despite study upon study demonstrating that fit can also be fat, most of society can’t see past the media cues that are put in front of us by advertisers. As a result, athletes who fall outside of the athletic ‘norm’ take the brunt of society’s assumptions when attending races and working out in gyms.”

Well worth a listen: Growing Up Gender-Nonconforming Amid Scolding, Awkward Silences from NPR’s StoryCorps.

Apparently there is a 100,000-person waiting list for L.L. Bean Duck Boots. So, ya know, maybe next year.

Kirstin is an absolute knockout in her floor-length Igigi gown. Love her necklace, too.

“When I felt most unaccepted, most unloved, and most unwanted, my body became the war zone on which I channeled all that anger and resentment and pain. Most insidiously, through a constant stream of negative self-talk that led to destructive, abusive behavior. And all the while, I thought what I was doing was constructive, and that’s probably the worst illusion we’re sold: that we must always be fighting ourselves to be better – to be different, at any cost – because it’s so deeply associated with being loved.”

And from the Department of Random: Shetland ponies in sweaters promoting Scotland. I miss you, Scotland.

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Flat Ankle Boots

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Several people requested a few picks for flat ankle boots, so here we go:

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Softwalk Rocklin Chelsea Boot – was $145, now $86.96 – $145.00
additional 20% off with code 20OFFSHOE

Truly flat ankle boots are extremely rare, but this one has a 1.5″ heel and slight platform, so should still be extremely comfortable and walkable. Such a classic style and shape. Available in this black with light sole, rust suede, sand suede, black suede, dark brown leather, and gray suede in U.S. sizes 5 – 12, including 2A and CD widths. Size availability varies by color.

miz mooz martin

Miz Mooz Martin – was $111.30, now $70.95
additional 20% off with code 20OFFSHOE

Slightly flatter with a 1″ heel, and a slightly higher shaft for more of a moto look. Miz Mooz is a great brand that makes lovely, comfortable shoes and these little suede booties look like winners to me. Lined with striped cotton, too! Available in this tan, as well as a greenish gray suede or denim blue suede in Euro sizes 36 – 41. Reviewers say they’re running a bit small, so if you’re between sizes, size up.

nine west orion

Nine West Orion – was $119, now $95.99 -$99
additional 20% off with code 20OFFSHOE

The dual texture won’t be for everyone, but there’s no denying this is a very sleek ankle boot that will work well for office outfits. With a 0.75″ heel it’s pretty darned close to flat, and gets very high marks from reviewers. Available in this black as well as a dark brown leather/suede combo in U.S. sizes 5 – 11. This style lacks the two-tone, but is a similar shape and available in wide widths.

mjus demaris

MJUS Demaris – was $274.98, now $$164.96 – $206.24
additional 20% off with code 20OFFSHOE

Spendy, yes, but oh my goodness so very gorgeous. With a 1.25″ heel and classic moto styling, these will be great for casual, rocker-ish outfits. Or pair them with a flirty dress for juxtaposition. Available in this taupe-y gray, black, brown and TEAL in Euro sizes 36 – 42. This boot is suede but similar style and less expensive. And these guys are similar and come in in wide widths.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for flat ankle boots:

  1. Zappos – Obvious, I know, but there were virtually zero brands who offered multiple, flat bootie options that I liked. Zappos has 220 pairs.
  2. Nordstrom – Lots of great options, but none on sale! These Munros are classic, and these burnished Franco Sartos are amazing.
  3. Nine West – One of the only brands with a good selection, but a little lacking in size variety.

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