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Salvation Mountain Roadtrip

I’ve always seen pictures of Salvation Mountain and just assumed that it was going to be really far from me but it’s actually just a few hours away!  About an hour away from Palm Springs & totally driveable!  The drive is actually kind of serene and tranquil especially if you are driving on an off day.  I love passing through the windmills and the Salton Sea, the views are breathtaking.

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I knew that Salvation Mountain would be very bright and colorful so I wanted to wear something contrasting so I would pop a bit more in the pictures.  I decided to go with a long dark grey maxi dress with black floral print.  I paired the dress with a pair of black moto boots, a black wide rimmed hat, blue/green mirrored sunglasses, and my absolute favorite python embossed handbag.  There’s just something about dark maxi’s for fall that remind me of a fall harvest so it seemed appropriate, lol.

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Moto Boots and a Girly Dress

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Dresses are just so girly, so sometimes I feel the need to balance the girly-ness with contrasting dark edgy pieces; it also adds a bit of mystery and sass to any outfit.  How cute is this casual floral dress?  I love the layered flared sleeves that sway in the wind and make you feel all dainty!  To be honest, I was going to go the traditional route and pair this casual girly floral dress with some cute tan ankle boots for causal cali boho-y western vibe, but my friend suggested that I pair it with a leather jacket.  I was hesitant and sceptical at first because it didn’t look right when I visualized it in my head but when I tried it on and added these black moto boots, I loved it!  I mean what says edgy more than moto boots?  Am I right?  Motorcycle or “Moto” boots for short are just so bad (the good kind of bad) & I love it!

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Don’t be afraid to mix it up and experiment by pairing seemingly opposite or mismatched pieces to create your own unique look that helps describe who you are and your unique style.

 

Check out my recent article on my favorite fall boots, which are stylish and affordable! Click Here, Read Me

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Top Boots for Fall

Stylish and Affordable Fall Boots

When one thinks of fall, one thinks “sweater season.” The boot is just as essential as the sweater is to your fall fashion wardrobe.  Living in SoCal, it never gets cold enough to wear knee high boots so I tend to go towards the ankle boots.  Maybe you live in the colder areas that actually have seasons and want a pair of knee high boots, there are boots to fit every type of style you’re rockin’ or any weather conditions you live in.  I love how easily boots can transition from season to season; especially if you get a beautiful brown boot that ages to perfection! Rock those bad boys during festival season in the spring and rock those same babies when fall comes around.

I love cute boots but it seems like I can never find any cute ones that don’t cost hundreds of dollars.  So I scoured the interwebs and found these cute, stylish, and, best of all, affordable boots for your viewing (& shopping) pleasure, enjoy!

 

Knee High Heeled Boot
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The knee high heeled boot for those going for a sexier sultry vibe.

 

Knee High Low Heel Boot

 

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The knee high low heel boot for those going for a preppier look.

 

Mid Calf Boot

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The mid calf boot for those going for a bit more refined look than the casual vibe.

Ankle Heeled Moto Boot

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The ankle heeled moto boot for an edgier / rocker vibe.

Ankle Heeled Boot

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The ankle heeled boot for those who desire to a trendy casual look.

Ankle Low Heel Boot

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The ankle flat or low heel boot look is great for those going for a relaxed, casual look.

 

Ways to Cut Costs on Cute Fall Boots

One of the easiest ways to cut costs and still get cute stylish boots is to go to retailers or websites that sell past season items at significantly marked down-prices.  A couple of examples of these types of stores are Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc.  Another option is outlet malls which also carry past season marked down items.

Because the items at these stores are usually from a few seasons ago, you should try to avoid items that were so overly trendy at the time that now they’re obviously past season.  The best way to avoid this budget shopping pitfall is to pick more timeless and classic pieces.  This can include the color (hot neon colors were really big 3 or 4 years ago, if you wore that today and weren’t at a rave, you’d just look ridiculously outdated :X Sorry!!), prints, design elements /embellishments, frills (think fringe, beaded fringe, ruffles, etc.), a particular cut or style (gaucho pants, cargo shorts, pucca shell necklaces…you get the point).  To avoid this, stick to neutral colors such as black, white, navy, brown, grey, and splashes of color like red, royal blue, bold yellow, etc. to add some color in your life.

Another way to cut costs on cute fall boots is to get faux leather or faux suede boots which gives the appearance of real leather or real suede except at a fraction of the price.  Another added benefit of the faux leather and faux suede options are that they are animal friendly!

There are boots for every fashionista at any budget!

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Salton Sea – CA Desert

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I’ve seen amazing pictures of the Salton Sea but have never personally been so I was super stoked when I found out it was conveniently located just a short drive east between San Diego and Palm Springs.  Needless to say, I had to make stop at the Salton Sea on my way home from my recent Palm Springs trip.  We went on a Monday and it was an absolute ghost town with the exception of the park ranger who drove by periodically; even the visitor’s center was closed.  Apparently, August is one of the hottest months to be in the desert with temperatures upward of 110°F, it was 115°F to be exact!  If you’re planning a trip to the Salton Sea or desert, definitely make sure you bring a lot of fluids with you especially if you’re going during the hotter months.

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As I walked towards the water, I was greeted by piles and piles of dead dried out fish about 10 feet away from the water’s edge.  It was kind of a crazy sight to see and just goes to show just how hot it gets in the area.

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Poncho Scarves

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The weather in San Diego has been a bit colder than usual so I finally got a chance to wear the long sleeve knit sweater that I had purchased in SoHo over the holidays. I figured the open-stitching wasn’t going to shield me from the wind so I decided to layer up and toss on a large poncho scarf. Poncho scarves are seriously so awesome; they keep you warm, are super cozy, and go with practically everything especially if the print or design isn’t too busy. I leave a black poncho scarf at work as a backup for days when I forget to bring a jacket and it is unusually cold in the office. If you work in an office with multiple thermostats that people are constantly changing, you definitely should have this handy…office/work-life, you know what I’m talking about 😉 Poncho scarves are seriously so clutch!

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I haven’t gotten a chance to explore Encinitas much since it’s a bit further north than my usual commute but the few times that I have been there have been very nice. The beach and coast are so picturesque, it seriously looks like something out of a postcard. The town is pretty mellow with a bunch of restaurants and neat shops lined up along Highway 101 which runs through town. Another added bonus is that it’s just a short drive to numerous Carlsbad attractions such as the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, the Flower Fields, Legoland, etc!

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Elise Walker X Supra Skytop Wedge Women High Top Sneaker Review

SKYTOPWEDGE_Pink Suede_High Top SneakerI seriously love designer collaborations especially when it enhances the styleSKYTOPWEDGE_Pink Suede_High Top Sneaker_Top View and designs of brands that I already love! I am feeling the Elise Walker X Supra Collaboration, she effortlessly adds a feminine stylistic flair to Supra’s iconic Skytop high top sneaker. Elise Walker is a renowned Los Angeles stylist and boutique owner and co-founder of FORWARDBYELYSEWALKER.COM.  These Skytop Wedge pale blush pink suede high top sneakers are so on target for the neutral color tend that is all over the interwebs right now, you know you’ve all seen those Amrezy instagram shots of her in her all nude or pale blush pink OOTD’s and thought to yourself “damn, it’s so minimal, stylish, and classy!” You too can channel your inner Amrezy with these Skytop Wedge pale blush pink high top sneakers.

SKYTOPWEDGE_Pink Suede_High Top Sneaker_Rear ViewI love the snakeskin underlays on these Skytop Wedge high top sneakers, they add just the right amount of flare because let’s face it, these sneakers would probably be kind of boring if the underlays were white or the same matching pale blush pink color. I love statement pieces and snakeskin print always just seems grab my attention, not everyone wears it because it is a bit over-the-top but I think snakeskin print is perfectly fine in small doses…sometimes that’s exactly what you need to to make a casual outfit look ultra clean and chic!
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Outfit Ideas: Pair these Women High Top Sneakers With…

Tops:

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Bottoms:

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These Skytop Wedge pale blush pink suede high top sneakers with snakeskin underlays would look perfect with a partially tucked in casual loose drapey tee or loose boyfriend button up skirt and a pair of distressed blue or white skinny jeans or distressed cuffed shorts and a simple gold necklace!  Ahh, outfit inspo! =)

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blue romper and gladiators

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I had also been in search for a pair of reasonably priced leather gladiator sandals and was super stoked when I found these babies online from TopShop for under $100!!  Real leather gladiators for under $100 is a steal, most of them start at $170!  I also loved that it had a zip up back so you don’t have to worry about lacing and unlacing them everytime you needed to take them off or having to deal with the laces slipping down throughout the day.  Yay for awesome finds and Fridays!

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Nike Air Revolution Sky Hi Wedge Heel Sneaker Review

Nike Air Revolution Sky Hi Wedge Heel Sneaker Review

So I’ve been on a sneaker kick lately and what’s more synonymous with sneakers than Nike?  I got a pair of Nike Air Revolution Sky Hi’s for my birthday and I am in love.  I’ve been a bit weary of the wedge heeled sneaker trend but Nike did it sooo well, you can’t barely even tell that it is a wedged heel!  The sneakers are super comfy with an urban edgy feel that can be paired with just about anything and adds 2.6 inches of added height for my ladies who want a few extra inches.  Added bonus: the hidden heeled wedge makes your legs and booty look great!

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I absolutely love these red sky hi’s!  Anyone who knows me, knows that I love statement peieces.  There are just so many elements about these red sky hi’s that I love…the retro 80’s feel to the Michael Jackson thriller vibe and the classic Jordan red.

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These white sky highs look so clean and would pair well with just about anything!

Nike Air Revolution Sky Hi - Cool Grey

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I tend to go towards darker tones for my everyday casual look so these cool grey sky hi’s would be perfect would look great during the summer paired with dark denium shorts and plain tee.

 

Which Sky Hi’s are your fav?

 <3 Nancy

 

 

 

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Cat Shirt & Gold Spikes

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Cat shirts instantly put a smile on anyone’s face and lightens up any mood.  Who doesn’t love cats?!?!  Especially dj-ing and dancing cats who are getting the party started!  So fetch!  Too hot for shortsleeve shorts?  Cut off the sleeves and go sleeveless, homemade tanks rock!

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blue snakeskin heelsDetail shots of my blue snakeskin strappy heels by Chinese Laundry.  I love the way the heel looks almost mermaid-like when the sun hits it!

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Cat Tank Top
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Gold Spiked Necklace
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Black Skinny Jeans
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<3 Nancy