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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Affordable Summer Shoes


            



If you live in Vermont then you know how short lived summer is. We get about 3 months of sandal appropriate weather and 9 months of rain/snow closed shoe weather. That being said for those 3 months I like to squeeze in as many cute summer outfits as possible, but I don't like to splurge on these summer items as I only get to wear them for short periods of time. I've found so many affordable & cute summer shoes that I haven't felt the need to splurge on any pricey summer footwear. One of the best places I've found for sandals is....TARGET! Honestly who doesn't love target? Its quite unfortunate that we don't have one in VT, but online shopping has solved that problem. I recently ordered three pairs of sandals from Target & love them. Not only are they on trend and stylish but they are well made & very affordable. 

Recent target shoe purchases (I also made a trip across the lake the other day and picked up a few more pairs pictured below): 


















Some other places I love to pick up summer shoes are Forever 21, Marshalls/Tjmaxx, Gap/Oldnavy, and Nordstrom Rack.
P.S. Did you know Tjmaxx has an online store now!? Life changing! Check it out.

Shop some of my favorites below:
Old Navy Snakeskin Sandals 
Old Navy Braided Sandals
Gap Leather Slip on Sneaker
F21 Peep Toe Booties
F21 Zippered Peep Toe Sandal
Target Sam & Libby Sandals
Target Gladiator Sandals
Target Ankle Strap Sandals

Hope you've enjoyed!

XOXO

Niki


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Splurge or Save // Sunglasses


One of my sunglass trays, I LOVE storing things in these acrylic trays!


It's no secret that I'm addicted to sunglasses. They're the perfect accessory, and can make you go from a 3 to a 7 real quick with no makeup or effort required. Didn't get enough sleep last night? Sunglasses, ran out of mascara? Sunglasses, can't be bothered to put on makeup? Sunglasses! You get my point; sunglasses are a necessary staple in every girls life.
One of the most important things when it comes to sunglasses is whether or not they are flattering on your face and more importantly stay on your face. If the sunglasses make you look like Mary Kate or Ashley Olsen circa the early 2000's then those probably aren't the glasses for you. If the sunglasses slide off your nose if the temperature outside gets above 75 degrees those also probably aren't the best option. The sunglasses you choose should not only look good but be functional.
Polarized or Non polarized lenses? I have some sunglasses that are polarized and some that are, I personally don't notice a difference between the two, expect when it comes to cost. Polarized lenses in high end sunglasses can run you upwards of $100 dollars more...Is it worth it? Your opthamologist  would say yes... I would say no. Stick to the normal lenses and your eyes will be protected.
Now the biggest question of all, should you splurge or save on sunglasses? For the majority of my sunglasses I've splurged and I love them all and know they are great quality and will last forever. The sunglasses I won't splurge on are ones that are currently on trend, I do not suggest you go spend $245 dollars on a pair of sunglasses that have pink mirrored lenses that you might only like for a week, find a fun affordable pair that won't eat away at your conscience when you purchase them. I do suggest you invest in a pair of timeless sunglasses that you can wear over and over again such as they Ray-Ban gold framed aviators (my personal fav) or a pair of traditional wayfarers.
One of my favorite pairs of sunglasses I own were under 6 dollars and look almost identical to the pair of Karen Walker sunglasses I talked myself out of buying. Clearly not spending the $300 dollars was the right decision. Sometimes you should splurge but there are many times you should save. Below I've linked some of my favorite affordable sunglasses.

Almost $300 dollar Sunnies 

$6 dollar Sunnies

Monday, June 22, 2015

A peek into my favorite room



Starting a blog!

As many of you know I love fashion & beauty and spend quite a lot of time focusing on both of those. I love spending my days perusing the internet whether that be Pinterest, Instagram or my favorite bloggers and getting inspiration. I felt that it was time for me to start my own blog and share some more details of my life, fashion & beauty wise. I'll work on creating some great content for my blog beyond my normal out of the day posts on Instagram. Hope you enjoy!

Xoxo

-Niki