AJ Wears :: A Suede Coat

When I bought this coat in Dallas this weekend, I guess I forgot that I'd recently bought a camel blazer. And when I put together this outfit, I guess I also forgot that I basically wore said camel blazer with this same shirt. And boots. If anything, this will dispel any rumors that I never wear anything more than once.


Coat, H&M (exact).
Turtleneck, Abercrobmie & Fitch (exact, on sale!).
Jeans, Hudson Barbara Fit (exact).
Booties, JustFab (similar from 6PM).
Bag, Balenciaga (similar at Macy's).

And by the way...it's the most wonderful sale of the year!

That's right, Shopbop's buy more, save more sale is here, the infamous sale that I used to buy my Alexander Wang Rocco for hundreds below the original price. Spend $250+, get 15% off. Spend $500+, you'll get 20%. And orders over $1000 are 25% off! You may want to check your math if you're close to the next tier, because I basically got a ring for free by adding it to my bag and bumping up to the 25% off. I mostly use these sales to purchase higher-stake items like boots or bags, so here's what I'm thinking of splurging on this time around:

1. Joie Barlow Booties: I've loved this simple style for a few years - I even have a similar pair in faux suede. This sale is the perfect time to pull the trigger on the upgrade, which drops them down to under $300.

2. The Alexander Wang Mini Rockie: When I saw this bag in person, I almost died it was so cute! I never felt that the Rockie was that much smaller than the Rocco, in fact, I found it kind of an odd size. The Mini is a perfect tiny bag and would be only $476 with the 20% off.

3. A Salvatore Splurge: If you've been eyeing any designer bags on Shopbop, this is a good sale to consider since there aren't brand restrictions. That 25% discount on $1000+ can add up to a lot of saved dough! As always, I recommend buying something classic you can carry for years when you buy expensive pieces, so Ferragamo is always a good choice for timeless pieces.

Sometimes I Shop :: Thanksgiving

I'm sure most people don't spend as much time thinking about what to wear for Thanksgiving as I do. I've written about it in the past - every year I try to find the perfect combination between dressed well enough to make my family think I've got my life together, but comfy enough that I can nap anywhere I might be sitting after the meal. I decided to round up a few of my favorite ideas for this year from Shopbop, since I'm still not quite sure which way I'll go.


The Dressy Dinner

Maybe it's a southern thing, but we stay pretty casual for Thanksgiving down here. I was always envious of the formal holiday dinners I saw on Gossip Girl. I do try to dress nicely though, so a dress like this one from Cynthia Rowley is a great compromise.  It's got cuffs and a collar that will satisfy even the most conservative of family members, but the playful floral print is still cute enough that you don't feel like a total frump. I'd pair this with black tights and some classic oxford pumps.



A More Casual Turkey Day

For a more relaxed look on Thanksgiving, I like to choose baggy things. No, it's not room for food. It's just fun to start rumors with your family that you're pregnant (I'm not). This poncho is actually a perfect travel buddy for this weekend, because it can double as a scarf. That means you can turkey it up in a cute buffalo plaid poncho on Thursday, then keep your neck warm Friday morning while you're waiting in line for cheap crockpots and doorbuster deals. Shop more ponchos here.



All-Weather Booties

If you're planning on doing the Black Friday thing, you're gonna want some comfortable, no-fuss boots. I recommend booties if you're planning on trying on shoes or clothes, since they slip on and off easily. If you're in Little Rock this weekend, you're probably going to want something along the lines of these booties from Sam Edelman though. Our forecast is looking rainy Friday and Saturday, so something rubbery would be easier for facing the elements.

Also, can we talk about how much I love a Chelsea-style rainboot? These things are so adorable. Most people won't even know you're wearing rain gear.

Something to Stuff Everything In

If you haven't upgraded your weekend warrior gear lately, Thanksgiving is a great time to introduce a new weekender bag. I recently picked up a small leather duffel bag for overnight trips in a similar color to this one, and I really love having something simple and chic to tote for the weekend. Although...I have had my eye on a Tumi Rolling Carry-on for a while now and have been considering pulling the plug. If we were flying for Thanksgiving, it would be an easy buy, but we're just driving to OKC for the weekend so a smaller bag will be plenty for me.

So what will you be packing this Thanksgiving weekend? Here's to good food, family, and hopefully...a cute dress.

PS - This post is sponsored by Shopbop. They give me store credit to suggest some great items to you, but I've used them for years before we partnered and really do love the store. In fact - if you've got an Amazon Prime account, you can use Amazon's super fast shipping with Shopbop and have this stuff here before you leave on Thursday!

AJ Wears :: Suede Over-the-Knee Boots

We've come to the point where normal boots look too short to me now. It shouldn't be that way for a short girl, but I love boots that go over the knee SO much that my normal knee-high boots have been tucked to the back of my closet (or given to my sister). After stalking these for two months on Asos, one pair finally popped back into stock. The model in the photo had a full gap all the way around her thighs when she had the boots on, but whatever. I still love them.

I'd also like to make a note about this skirt, since it came from Forever 21. I've been increasingly surprised by their quality as of late. This skirt was available in waist sizes, not just the standard S-M-L and is a thicker material than things I've gotten there in the past. While this particular skirt doesn't seem to be available online anymore, items in store seem to go out later than they're available online and you can probably still find it in store. The items that tend to be higher quality are from the F21 Contemporary label. I'm seeing them shift to more of an H&M selling style now, with slightly higher-quality items sold for a little more mixed in with the uber cheap $3 t-shirts.

Boots, Asos (exact, out of stock // similar from Asos).
Skirt, Forever 21 (similar from Forever 21).
Blouse, Asos (exact).
Sweater, J.Crew Factory (exact - I bought mine in petite).
Earrings, BaubleBar.

Need more OTK boot ideas? Here ya go: