This weekend, while trying to take advantage of Urban Outfitter's extra 50% off clearance sale, I found them. It was complete fate that I would pick these up in glee. The boots, by Sam Edelman, were the last pair left, and fit my perfectly, despite being a half size too big in what I usually wear. The sneaker wedges also fit perfectly, a relief after I couldn't find a pair in Germany that I just loved. To top things off, $30 for the Sam Edelman boots that I have lusted after for so long and $20 for the sneaker wedges had me tucking them under my arm and toting them home with me.
Read after the jump to see more details and other pictures of what I found this weekend!
The Sam Edelman Petty boots are the perfect height, material, and size. As I'm normally a size 7-7 1/2, I was unsure if a size 8 would work for me, but due to its narrowness, I found that a size 8 was perfect. I was also previously unsure whether I should get the taupe or black shade, but I'm glad I found the taupe shade because in the end, I think they're more versatile and unique. I love how these would look with leggings and jeans, but I'm determined to make them work with skirts and dresses as well!
Now I understand sneaker wedges are somewhat atrocious to most of you. I thought so too, when the trend first started popping up. I scoffed at them and deemed it a trend that we would all look back on in horror one day, but as I moved to Berlin and saw a significant number of women pull it off much better than anyone I had seen in the US wear them, images of sneaker wedges began to haunt me. They screamed an effortless sporty chic, especially when thrown together with leggings, a long tank, and a leather jacket. Not to mention, they are REALLY comfortable, which I found to be an important trait when wandering the streets of Europe for sometimes hours at a time. Thus, I started searching for the perfect pair of sneaker wedges, finally admitting defeat when, during my last week in Berlin, I still had not found the pair.
After returning to the US, I still found myself wanting a pair, despite seeing much less people wearing them here. I scoured stores, trying to find a pair that weren't above $50, because after all, these are still very much a trend that I don't see lasting for too long. Imagine my delight when I found these sitting on the clearance shelves in Urban Outfitters for $20! I tried them on, and they were love. Comfortable, the perfect neutral color to match everything, and they actually don't look hideous. I promise. I take it as a challenge to make them work ;)
Most people that know me well know that I wear the same pieces of jewelry everyday, and rarely switch it up. I always have my Dogeared infinity necklace, a silver knotted ring or gold Kate Spade bow ring, some simple studs, and my white Michael Kors watch. You will never see me without those. Consequently (or maybe this is a good thing), I never find jewelry I like that will complement my staple items. I never buy necklaces, and I don't like the feeling of wearing too many bracelets, so that leaves me to earrings and rings.
I am exceptionally picky even with these items. They have to be just the perfect amount of dainty, unique, and inexpensive, which is difficult when I'm searching for semi-good quality items. Forever 21 is usually a miss for me, but I definitely scored this weekend, resulting in my biggest jewelry haul for the better part of a year. I am obsessed with arrows, tribal inspired jewelry, animals (especially cats), and studs. I found all of those:
|I love the gold color of these, and the styles|
|Newest addition of rings! Finally jumping on the midi trend :)|
I also picked up a few other items - a new blazer, a couple dresses, some shorts, and a basic black tank top, but they're all quite boring. However, I will say that H&M and Forever 21 are hitting everything on point this season! I wanted everything from the stores when I went in. Same goes for Zara, but I haven't been in there since I was in Europe. I may decide to post some OOTD's in the future, if I find better lighting.
For the nerd in everyone, here's what I picked up during a sidewalk sale by the beach:
For $1 each, I couldn't leave without these. Going on my collection of useless items, I found a world atlas from 1978. Being an international relations nerd, I was curious to see the makeup of countries from the 70's, particularly East/West Germany, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Nothing was a surprise, but I like having it handy with me! (Nerd, I know).
I also found a cute polka-dotted journal, a timely purchase since I just ran out of pages on all my Moleskin notebooks. And lastly, I loved Cold Mountain as a movie, so I'm curious to read the book version. I've been half successful at reading for leisure so far this summer, but it's an improvement over the past year!
Now, a very happy and triumphant me will go and enjoy all my new items. Till later!