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Outfit of the Day: Mall + Dinner Date

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Shoes:

A2 by Aerosoles Combat Boots

Price: $109.99

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http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1984671/a2-by-aerosoles-ride-away-womens-combat-boots.jsp

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Dress:

Ellen Tracy Dress

Price: Unknown

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Purse:

Guess Purse 

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Necklace:

Bought at Dillards, brand unknown

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(Belated) Sassy Saturdays!: BYOD (Bring Your Own Drama!)

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Welcome back, ladies, to another Sassy Saturday (posted on Monday, oops) and today it’s all about bringing your own drama, and by drama, I don’t mean the stuff you’re trying to avoid. I’m talking about dressing to impress! It’s the Winter season and we’re getting in the swing of the holiday madness that is December. I’d like to think that Winter gives quite a lot of wiggle room for fashion as you can finally bring out those knee highs and cozy sweaters, despite Florida’s seasonal mood swings. During Winter, I like to transition my closet, which contains clothes meant for all types of weather, into a creative, stylish holiday wardrobe. If you’re in college, like me, it can be difficult to spend money, especially on new clothes, and because the season is so short-lived here, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t work around your Summer wardrobe! Plus, Winter gives you a chance to create dramatic, fantastic looks from old favorites, just by switching up a few pieces here and there!

During this time, I’m especially keen on bringing out my boot collection. Although I wear them throughout the year (for style purposes rather than comfort), this is the only time when they’re particularly comfortable to wear, as the heat is dying down to let reign a cool, dry breeze.

My absolute favorite pair of boots are my all black “AirWair” Doctor Martens combat boots (pretty sure that link is the correct model of the boots I own, and if not, check out these awesome boots that could be my boots’ doppelganger!), with bouncy soles. They’re a bit on the expensive side, but they’re quality leather boots and it takes actual, purposeful effort to destroy them, as they are resistant to oil among many other potential messes! Also, if you ever decide to dish out some moolah to purchase a pair of Doctor Martens boots, make sure that you give them some time to be broken into. The leather is hard and they may be pretty uncomfortable at first. I bought mine “used” (I use quotations because they were bought, although they had never actually been worn), and it took me several months (yes, MONTHS) and lots of fuzzy socks to get these bad boys NOT to hurt. So if you’re planning to buy them for that awesome Ugly Sweater Party you’re hosting next week, think again or plan for next year’s holiday fiesta. They’re quite beautiful though and I find the combat boot look to be a sexy twist on the boot trend. I like to wear mine with dresses and tights to balance out the masculinity and femininity of my look! And yes, below are my actual boots! I’ve had them for about 4 or 5 years now, give or take, and they’re still looking and feeling great, besides a few minor scratches. A few scratches never hurt anyone!

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Another trend I’m really digging is the use of the peacoat, a trend that has existed for quite some time now but awakens more prominently during the colder months! I bought one at a thrift store a while back for $10 thinking that I would use it on a “needed basis” and immediately became obsessed with its versatility. Despite the nasty weather in my college city, I’ve managed to wear my peacoat from Fall all the way to the beginning of Winter, pairing it with colorful tights, girly booties, and frilly dresses! The one that I purchased is actually very similar to the one below, and I’m not quite sure of the brand of my actual peacoat due to being home for the Winter Break! But take my word for it, though, it’s the most beautiful, comfortable coat I’ve had thus far! What I like best about it is the fact that it’s such a structured coat and looks quite formal, but when it’s used, it feels as soft and movable as a hoodie! It’s deceiving in all the right ways.

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I think my next peacoat purchase will be a lot more like the one below, but definitely without the fuzz. Not a big fan of hair on my coats, other than maybe faux fur on a hooded jacket. The structure of the coat is pretty and cheetah print, when worn tastefully, can look truly amazing. I’d probably wear this with an all black get up to bring up the drama factor and to let the coat do all the talking.

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During these months (and any months when I’m at home really!), I also love to break in my heels, which I happen to have many of. These heels are Madden Girl Karlla Polka Dot Pumps and they are one of the sassiest pairs of heels I own. I know they weren’t made like this with the intention to look like holiday shoes, but they remind me very much of a combination of Christmas and the ’50s style (I dig the polka dots)! I was trying to find a link for you guys to check out the shoes, but for some odd reason, these shoes are sold out and out of stock everywhere. They were, however, sold at DSW for some time, and may come back at some point. I also thrifted these shoes, which makes them a million times better, as I paid barely anything for practically new heels. I enjoy wearing my Karlla pumps with black skinny jeans (or my basic skinny jean leggings) and dresses with similar color palettes. They’re so incredibly comfortable for being heels (if you’re trying heels for the first time or are a little iffy about getting heels, check out Steve Madden’s shoes) and I love that these shoes speak volumes all on their own, let alone with other pieces. They are beautiful, great quality heels, but then again, they are Steve Madden.

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And finally, we have the trend of the infinity scarf which I have yet to buy but am tempted to purchase. I’m all for simple on the days when I’m dressed down and I find that infinity scarves can easily give a casual look a more put together, dressed up feel. They can be purchased at practically any clothing store at this time of year and are usually not more than $20, which makes them a cheap and efficient buy. Forever 21 has infinity scarves of all patterns and colors for fairly cheap, so if you’d like to check that out and potentially get one for yourself or someone you love this holiday season, here you go. You’ve hit the motherload of infinity scarves. Go nuts.

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If I were to go through with my infinity scarf purchase, I’d probably get something geometric and dramatic like the one below! Black and white pieces are so versatile and the patterns is incredibly eye catching. I could imagine wearing this piece within countless of my own looks.

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I hope you guys enjoyed my Sassy Saturday BYOD post, and I hope to do this for you guys every Saturday again (not Monday like this time around!).

If you have any questions or comments, leave them below. If you have any particular prompts, topics, or categories you’d like me to post about, contact me at Mandirito@gmail.com.

Have a fabulous day, my darlings, and stay chic this holiday season.

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My Personal “Do”s and “Don’t”s for Warped Tour 2014! (WHO’S READY?!)

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It’s that time of year again when all of us concert-goers gather at one of the largest music tours across the United States: Warped Tour. This tour has been a personal favorite for me, as I have been going for many years, starting back when I was in middle school (which feels like an eternity ago). Last year, there were a decent number of instances where I found myself shaking my head at all the stuff that people end up bringing with them to the concert that really does not need to be there. So in light of that, I decided to make a list of personal “do”s and “don’t”s of Warped Tour for Warped Tour 2014!

Feel free to leave comments on your personal “do”s and “don’t”s!

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1. Do bring YOUR OWN water. Sometimes they take the caps off the water bottles you bring inside(so they aren’t chucked at the musicians, which I understand better now that I’ve gone there for a few years already), so if that’s the case, at least you still have the bottle to refill at the water station (a station they provide to concert go-ers to keep them hydrated). You’ll be happy you did. In Florida, at least, it is blistering hot and you’re going to be there for at least a couple of hours (I usually stay from opening time to closing), so it’s important to keep this in mind. Let’s be honest, too. You don’t want to pay $4 for a water bottle…That’s enough to buy a pack of ’em.

2. Do wear comfortable clothing (and maybe a bathing suit underneath). It feels pretty lucky when it drizzles at Warped Tour, but rain or shine, having a bathing suit gives the concert go-er the utmost comfort. One year, and I remember this clearly, the rain had poured so hard, and I remember having my clothes soaked through with rain and feeling uncomfortable for hours after. It was a total mess. In hindsight, I really should’ve checked the forecast and dressed accordingly.

3. Bring a camera. It’s always a good thing to be able to record your memories for later viewing. There’s so much that Warped Tour has to offer that it would be a true shame to not remember it in years to come. And who knows! You might run into a band member you’d kill to take a photo with, or win a VIP pass and really want to document the lucky moment (I won 2 meet-and-greets before and was lucky to have a charged and ready camera on hand!!). This one is essential!

4. Check out the band list and plan (at least a little bit) ahead of time so you can attend accordingly. There are going to be many different bands playing at the same time. You need to know which ones you have to see, which ones you’d like to see, and which ones you wouldn’t care if you missed. What I usually do is look on the http://vanswarpedtour.com website and make a list with categories to ensure that I don’t miss a show I NEED to see.

5. Go with someone with similar music interest (if you’re not going alone). You can get so caught up being in the group dynamic that you might end up going with the flow and missing some shows that you would love to see, but that your friends don’t care for. It’s easier going with someone with similar music taste for obvious reasons.

DON’T

1. DO NOT WEAR FLIP FLOPS OR NEW SHOES. I cannot stress this enough. People step on the back of your flip flop, it snaps apart, and then you have no shoes. Not having shoes at Warped Tour is a horrible risk, with glass and other rubble on the ground. Sneakers (VANS?) are the best option, but well-secured sandals can do too if you don’t mind strange tan lines on your feet (maybe get some fake tan in a bottle to prepare for the aftermath). Oh and new shoes will be obliterated. That’s self-explanatory.

2. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. I see people getting trashed every year, which is fine, but please make sure that the driver of the car you’re going to be in is sober. You don’t want to lose your life that night out of negligence. Plus, if you’re the driver and you have to remain sober, it’ll still be fun for you too! You don’t need to get drunk to have a good time!

3. DO NOT WEAR LAYERS. It.will.be.so.hot. Light material (light colored shirts are even better) t-shirts or tank tops, bikinis (or swim trunks), and comfortable shorts are crucial. You’re going to have soaked-through clothing regardless, but it will be less uncomfortable if your clothes are breezy.

4. BE A MINIMALIST. DON’T PACK YOUR HOUSE. You only need a backpack, THE TICKETS, your wallet, sunscreen, some water (as noted above), and a place to put merch (if you’re planning on buying some while you’re there) and anything else you need to carry (maybe those broken flip flops?). Only bring the absolute essentials, because you’re going to be carrying everything ALL DAY. Having 20 pounds of bs on your back is going to be brutal as you’re walking from stage to stage.

5. SUNSCREEN MUST BE EVERYWHERE ON YOUR BODY AND REAPPLIED FREQUENTLY. You will burn like overcooked bacon if you don’t take care of your skin. I don’t care if you’re light, dark, somewhere in the middle. You NEED it. Don’t risk getting skin cancer over laziness. It’s easily preventable! Make sure it’s at least SPF 30, and don’t forget to not only put it on the common places you apply sunscreen, but also your chest and feet (as the skin is really thin and vulnerable in those places).

Have fun guys, and make sure you’re prepared to rock because this Warped Tour is going to be a day to remember! Be ready for what’s to come!

Do you have any tips or tricks for other Warped Tour fanatics?

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Reasons Why I’m Not Afraid of Looking Like a Skyscraper

I’ve heard, countless times, the whispers behind women’s backs as they wear their highest heels to maybe some of the most unconventional places. And you know what I say to that? If you feel sexy, do it. If it’s the least bit acceptable, it’s still acceptable. Do it. I can’t stress this enough. Don’t be afraid to be tall. These are my personal reasons why I am always ready to rock some killer shoes.

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1. I feel sexy being tall. As an already tall girl, heels bring it a step further. I was blessed (and I say blessed because I certainly don’t see it as a curse!) with height on my own but I’ve been told that heels make me “runway worthy”. I am so not questioning it.

2. Being dressed how you wish exudes confidence. I’m confident, but with a great pair of eye-popping stilettos, I’m basically unstoppable. If it makes me feel good to wear it, I’m going to wear it with or without the approval of others. Watch out. Confidence ahead.

3. Dresses with heels make me feel uber feminine. I don’t always get dressed up really girly (because I like to pair my edginess with my feminine side), but when I do, I’m going all the way. Occasionally I like to look like a cupcake, you know?

What are your thoughts on heels?

Random thought: I wish I had more places to wear heels to.

I have so many gorgeous heels that I haven’t worn often enough, and I’d love if I had a place to wear them! I think I’m just going to start wearing them on the regular, until nobody is weird about me wearing them to impractical places. I like being a giant, and it’s time that the world starts accepting that!!