Easily DUPED: Target

Hellooooo you guys!

So.. I’m a shoe-a-holic. I try to keep it under control, but my goodness I can’t resist a cute (and preferably comfortable and affordable) shoe!!

I love to save when I buy trendy/seasonal shoes as styles change so quickly and its an easy way to make a more classic, basic wardrobe look trendy and current!

I was browsing the Target clothing section today and I was noticing that they have some of the BEST affordable summer sandals – I just had to share some of the amazing finds with you. A lot of these shoes are perfect dupes for styles from Steve Madden and Sam Edelman. They also happen to use manmade materials for anyone looking for vegan alternatives to these popular styles.

Ema High Block

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Accent Heeled Ankle Strap Sandal

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Sigma Bow Espadrille

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Myla Pumps

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Miriam Crossband Quilted Mules

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Michaela Pumps

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Emery Espadrille

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DV Knotted Heeled Pumps

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Holy cow that was a lot of shoes! I just couldn’t narrow it down! AAAANNND there’s still more up on the side that I LOVE. You have to go cheack it out!

xoxo, Caitlin

Basics: Must-Haves To Make Dressing Simple – PT 3 LOUNGEWEAR AND WORKOUT GEAR

Hey everyone!

I’m loving sharing my thoughts on wardrobe staples and honestly, I couldn’t get through this series without including the ultracasual comfy clothes that I can be found in at least once a day.

Let’s be honest here, we all love our sweats and we don’t always keep them in the house. Whether you need to run some errands or you’re heading to the gym, a cute outfit will make you look and feel more put together.

Lounge and sportswear will look different for everyone based on lifestyle. For me personally, this part of my wardrobe MUST consist of at least: a few good pairs of high-waisted black leggings (the Gap ones with “blackout technology” are my faves – see below for more on that), a handful of sports bras and crop tops and a number of matching jogger and hoodie lounge sets in neutral colours (black and grey especially).

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Leggings

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Hoodie 

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Joggers

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Lounge Set

Now, I know my selection of “must haves” sounds a little sloppy. But, let me tell you why I chose these pieces in particular. First of all, comfort and function – I work out every day in high-waisted leggings, a sports bra and a crop top. It’s just the comfiest option for me. Second, theres a little thing (no – a massive thing) called the “athleisure” trend going around right now. This is brilliant because it means including athletic clothing into everyday outfits for cute, comfy and functional sporty looks!

I’ll give you a little run down of how I love to pair these items for everyday wear. Leggings with a loose black tee, a black leather jacket and black sneakers is an effortlessly cool look. The same leggings and shoes can instead be paired with a white or grey tee (sub the tee out for a cute hoodie if you’d like) and top it off with a jean jacket and sunnies. OR! swap out the leggings for some cute grey joggers and wear them with those last couple of outfits I described.

For a slightly less casual, but super cool and chic look that I love to wear ALL. THE. TIME. I love to wear and heather grey hoodie with a grey wool-style coat and jeans in any colour. I finish this outfit off with some sleek heeled booties for an effortlessly cool (and comfy) look!

I hope you guys are enjoying reading this series as much as I’m enjoying working on it!

xoxo, Caitlin

 

 

WARDROBE REFRESH: How $112 at Boohoo Buys a Bunch of New Outfits

Hey friends!

I thought it might be fun – since we’ve been talking so much about basics over here – to show you how I love to mix and match those pieces with stand-out statement pieces to create endless amounts of fresh, new outfits. Once you have your basic wardrobe down, its SO SO easy to create loads of different outfits with just a few new statement additions. I think I’ll do this from time to time with pieces from different online stores and call it the “wardrobe refresh” series. Today, I went to boohoo.com and found a TON of cute pieces to play around with. For this post, I’ve narrowed it down to 3 different pieces for a total of CAD $112. Heres what I came up with…

First, this flirty summer bodysuit is just adorable. The halter neck and ruffles keep it super light and fun while the white colour makes it SO easy to wear! Pair this with black, blue or white jeans topped with a cute jean or army jacket, a jean skirt and sandals or a leather skirt and heels for a night time look.

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Bodysuit ($27)

Next up is this gorgeous embroidered mini skirt. This would pair perfectly with the bodysuit above and a cute pair of heels. It can also easily be dressed down and worn with a black, white or grey t-shirt and a jean jacket with some cute scrappy sandals. Another idea is to wear it with a black lace cami and top it with a leather jacket and black heels or booties for a going out look.

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Skirt ($43)

Finally, we have these cute little gingham sandals. I love these because 1) they have a low block heel which will make them comfortable and practical and 2) the gingham print will add a little pop of interest to an otherwise basic outfit. The wrap around tie detail will also add a fun, flirty vibe. I’d wear these with the bodysuit above and any pair of jeans or a jean skirt, I’d wear them with a little white dress and a jean jacket, or even with an all black look for nighttime.

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Shoes ($42)

Whenever I shop, I love to think of all the possible ways that I can wear an item before I commit to it. My rule of thumb is that I need to be able to wear it with 3 different outfits that I already have in my wardrobe in order to buy it. This ensures that I get the most bang for my buck (and a bunch of new outfits!).

Let me know what you think of my little series!

 

xoxo, Caitlin

Basics: Must-Haves To Make Dressing Simple – PT 2 TANKS AND T-SHIRTS

Hey everyone!

I’m back with some more of my thoughts on wardrobe basics for easy and versatile dressing! In this post, we’ll cover tanks and tees any why they’re pretty much all I wear day to day.

Basic tees and tanks are amazing wardrobe additions because they essentially expand your wardrobe into a ton of new outfits you didn’t previously have. For example, a pair of straight-leg cropped navy work pants that you typically wear with a button down or blazer can be paired with an effortless white tee and sneakers and finished off with a denim jacket for an adorable springtime look. Once you have your basics down, the possibilities are endless.

I like to ensure that I always have simple, comfy short sleeved t-shirts in at least black, white and grey. ASOS sells multipacks with each of these colours for around $30. One of these tees with a pair of jeans are the perfect base for tons or adorable outfits.

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Tees

In addition to the tees, a solid collection of tanks and camisoles are extremely versatile for the warmer months. Camisoles can even be super useful during the fall and winter as they look great paired under a cardigan, sweater or leather jacket. Camisoles can get pretty pricey really fast and although there is a ton of really gorgeous high end options (ie. Cami NYC), my favourite place to go for camisoles is definitely H&M.

Tanks and camis are often sold as bodysuits, which can be an amazing choice for anyone who likes to wear their tops tucked in – like I do – as you don’t have to constantly be re-tucking and your look is always neat and sleek.

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Bodysuits

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Camisole (on sale!!)

Now that we’ve covered basic jeans and tops, we already have the basis for a ton of different outfits!

I’m loving sharing my thoughts on building a wardrobe here and I’ll be back soon with lots more!!

xoxo, Caitlin

 

 

Springtime White

 

 

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Dress Shoes (similar)

Hi friends!

I hope you’re having springtime weather as beautiful as ours here in Vancouver. In the sprit go beautiful weather, I had to go ahead and order these adorable lace up sandals. They also just so happen to be on sale right now (which makes them even more irresistible). They’d look adorable with just about anything, but I especially love the look of them paired with a simple white dress.

xoxo Caitlin

Levi’s on Levi’s

 

 

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Jacket T-shirt Jeans Shoes Bag Sunnies

Hey friends!

I can’t even tell you how obsessed I am with this camo jacket – its just adorable and I’ve been finding a million great ways to wear it. Seriously, camo goes with everything!! I love the combo of this cute classic Levi’s t-shirt with the crisp white jeans and a little camo for some interest. An easy nude shoe is a MUST to effortlessly finish off any look.

xoxo, Caitlin

Basics: Must-Haves To Make Dressing Simple – PT 1 JEANS

Hey friends,

Today, I’d love to share with you a little bit about my “dressing philosophy” – that sounds so serious, but I can’t think of a better way to describe it (lol).

Basics, to me, are the backbone of any wardrobe. One you have those down, you’ll find putting together outfits to be soooo much easier. These don’t by any means have to be expensive. A white t-shirt is a white t-shirt whether it costs $10 or $100. If you want to invest a little more in order to get better quality and longevity out of your basics, that’s probably a great idea, but the point is that you can build up a collection of basics for cheap too!

If you ask me, the very first thing that you need to start with is jeans. My two favourite styles are high-waisted skinny jeans (MUST HAVE in my book) and high-waisted straight leg jeans (aka “mom jeans” – if you go with this cut, make sure that you get a pair with some structure and that aren’t too baggy, otherwise they may actually look like something a mom from the 90s would wear).

My top pick for skinny jeans would have to be the ASOS Ridley jeans. Not only are they affordable (around $50-$60), they’re super comfy and versatile. They also come in about a million different styles and washes, so whether you’re petite, tall, plus-sized or even pregnant, you can find a pair of Ridleys that fit you! I always feel that my jean wardrobe is well-rounded when I have at least 1 pair of blue jeans, 1 pair of black and 1 pair of white.

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For high-waist straight leg jeans, I have my eye on the ASOS Farleigh jeans. Though I haven’t tried them out yet, I’ve heard amazing things and they look like a super flattering cut. Apparently they’re really comfy too, which is a massive bonus for mom jeans.

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Farleigh Jeans

As far as distressing goes, I personally prefer to keep it subtle. I’m not a fan of anything super shredded and I find that with black jeans in particular, you need to be strategic about the distressing or else things can start to look a little ratty and too grungy for my liking really fast. I prefer a little distressing in the knees on a pair of blue jeans the best, but this is really up to personal preference.

Well, thats pretty much all I got for my must-have jean picks. I’ll be back soon for the next instalment of this new series!

xoxo Caitlin