Category Archives: Frugal Fashionista

The perfect fall booties with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

It’s that time of year that most of us absolutely love: fall. Why do we love it? Cooler temps (candidly I’m an eternal Summer kinda girl but hey), warm fall beverages, chili, football and most importantly? Fall shopping!

My blog has always had a frugal fashion lens – and you’ve seen my Gabes finds here before, so when Gabes challenged me to find the perfect fall booties, I happily accepted. I’ve got three additional posts coming your way, in addition to this one sharing what I’ve found. When I hit my local store, the shoe section was ON POINT you guys.

They had boots from Qupid (the pair I’m wearing) to Express, Lucky Brand, Nine West and Betsey Johnson. LOTS of name brand boots and booties for an absolute steal.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

This particular pair are the PERFCT cognac bootie for fall. The heel isn’t so tall you can’t reasonably walk around all day, they have a little distress so they aren’t too put together.

I also scooped up this button-up jersey blouse and destroyed, raw hem skinny jeans at Gabes too. The best part? This entire look was under $50. Yes, you read that right!

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and beauty blog; fall booties on a budget with Gabes

Style accordingly, 

Casual Tuesday: Knotted Tee + Boyfriend Jeans with SheIn

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; casual Summer outfit with SheIn

There’s nothing I love more in the Summertimes especially than a solid casual outfit. This knotted tee from SheIn totally fits that bill. Since receiving this comfy tee, I’ve worn it with my favorite boyfriend jeans for a day of running errands, thrown it on over leggings and a sports bra post-workout and worn it with dark-wash denim as well. There are so many options!

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; casual Summer outfit with SheIn

Shop the look: Knotted tee

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; casual Summer outfit with SheIn

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; casual Summer outfit with SheIn

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; casual Summer outfit with SheIn

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion and lifestyle blog; casual Summer outfit with SheIn

Style accordingly, 

White Cropped Flares

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; off-shoulder striped blouse and cropped white flare jeans

First, I’d like to say, yes you’re seeing a trend on the blog. Lots of blue, lots of blush, and lots of white. What can I say? Spring made me do it. It’s all I want to wear! I picked up this Philosophy off-shoulder striped blouse at Gabes a couple weeks ago and immediately knew I wanted to wear it with my cropped flared denim.

I was wary of the cropped flare jean trend at first, because hi 90s, but I found this white pair and couldn’t not have them. They ended up fitting like a glove and I’m obsessed. If you know me well, you also might know that these were my wedding shoes. I was stoked to find another way to wear them, they really add a an extra punch to the look.

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; off-shoulder striped blouse and cropped white flare jeans

Shop the look: 

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; off-shoulder striped blouse and cropped white flare jeans

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; off-shoulder striped blouse and cropped white flare jeans

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; off-shoulder striped blouse and cropped white flare jeans

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; off-shoulder striped blouse and cropped white flare jeans

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; off-shoulder striped blouse and cropped white flare jeans

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; off-shoulder striped blouse and cropped white flare jeans

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; off-shoulder striped blouse and cropped white flare jeans

Success on Stilettos, a Cincinnati fashion blog; off-shoulder striped blouse and cropped white flare jeans

Style accordingly, 

 

Casual Valentine

Earlier this week, I shared the perfect dressy date night look for VDay, but let’s be real, not all Valentine’s Day plans are created equal so I wanted to also share something a bit more casual.

I’ve had this lip print sweater for years now, but I still love it just as much as the day I bought it. Sometimes it’s the simplest outfit that make the most impact, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. I’ll more likely than not be wearing this festive little sweater on VDay, but let’s be real, it’ll be in sweats and slippers since I’m riding solo!

Similar top // Girlfriend jeans // Similar Pumps // Lip


Style accordingly,

 

 

 

Old Favorites

I wish every single piece of clothing I had was like this top and vest combo. Why, you ask? Because they’re favorites I’ve had in my closet for 1+ years and I STILL love wearing them. I picked up this boho-flowy Zara top on our New Year’s trip to Chicago a couple of years ago and the faux fur vest is from Jess of Bows & Sequin‘s clothing line. Both have remained easy classics.

Neutral winter outfit faux fur vest and a boho top

Top: Zara (old, identical here!) // Vest: Bows & Sequins (old, similar) // Jeans: Express via Gabes // Booties: Target (old similar) // Necklace: Gabes

Neutral winter outfit faux fur vest and a boho top

Neutral winter outfit faux fur vest and a boho top

Neutral winter outfit faux fur vest and a boho top

Neutral winter outfit faux fur vest and a boho top

Neutral winter outfit faux fur vest and a boho top

Neutral winter outfit faux fur vest and a boho top

Neutral winter outfit faux fur vest and a boho top

Neutral winter outfit faux fur vest and a boho top

Neutral winter outfit faux fur vest and a boho top

Neutral winter outfit faux fur vest and a boho topNeutral winter outfit faux fur vest and a boho top

What are some of your closet favorites? Please share! I love hearing what your favorite things are.

Velvet Camisole

I’m the first to admit that I’m often hesitant to adopt new trends. Especially those that are coming back around. I was definitely hesitant to re-adopt the velvet trend, but once I did – I can’t get enough. Enter this pretty (affordable) velvet camisole from Target.

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Camisole: Target // Cardigan: Aerie (last year, similar here) // Skinnies: Express via Gabes // Heels: Aldo (old – similar here, LOVE these)

Beauty: Lip: NARS Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Never Say Never’ // Foundation: Urban Decay Naked Skin 

Shop the Look:

velvet camisole velvet trend - success on stilettos a Cincinnati style blog

velvet camisole velvet trend - Success on Stilettos a Cincinnati style blog

velvet camisole velvet trend - Success on Stilettos a Cincinnati style blog

velvet camisole velvet trend - Success on Stilettos a Cincinnati style blog

velvet camisole velvet trend - Success on Stilettos a Cincinnati style blog

velvet camisole velvet trend - Success on Stilettos a Cincinnati style blog

velvet camisole velvet trend - Success on Stilettos a Cincinnati style blog

velvet camisole velvet trend - Success on Stilettos a Cincinnati style blog

velvet trend - Success on Stilettos a Cincinnati style blog

velvet trend - Success on Stilettos a Cincinnati style blog

velvet trend - Success on Stilettos a Cincinnati style blog

velvet trend - Success on Stilettos a Cincinnati style blog

Style accordingly,

What to wear to: Holiday parties (Part I)

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When I think of the holidays, I don’t immediately think BUSY, but let’s be real, I probably should. From cocktail parties to work functions and family gatherings – it can be hard to decide what to wear when you’re being pulled in a million directions. I like to look to my tried-and-true wardrobe workhouses when getting dressed for events – that way I always feel my best.

When I came across these flannel pumps, I knew I had to have them for all things festive AND they’d go with everything, even once Christmas is over. You can never go wrong with a little pattern-mixing. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered no matter the occasion – later this week, I’m going to share another more casual party outfit.

Button-up flannel: J.Crew Factory // Skirt: Ann Taylor via Gabes (almost identical here, more linked below!)

Necklace & Bracelets: Charming Charlie (almost identical, under $25!) // Bag: Dooney&Bourke (gift, LOVE this one!)

Heels: DSW // Sunnies: Marshall’s // Lip: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Cream in ‘Cruella’

Dress accordingly,

 

 

Fall's Best Mini Skirt

It’s no secret that suede and corduroy mini skirts are everywhere this season. I love the trend, but didn’t want to necessarily break the bank on something I didn’t know would be a lasting trend. So when I came across this one at Gabes, I immediately snatched it up.

I also think this look would be perfect for Thanksgiving – classic colors and comfy but on-trend which is totally my Thanksgiving MO.

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Skirt: Express via Gabes (similar under $40) // Sweater: H&M (similar) // Booties: Burlington (similar)

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Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

Fall’s Best Mini Skirt

It’s no secret that suede and corduroy mini skirts are everywhere this season. I love the trend, but didn’t want to necessarily break the bank on something I didn’t know would be a lasting trend. So when I came across this one at Gabes, I immediately snatched it up.

I also think this look would be perfect for Thanksgiving – classic colors and comfy but on-trend which is totally my Thanksgiving MO.

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Skirt: Express via Gabes (similar under $40) // Sweater: H&M (similar) // Booties: Burlington (similar)

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Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

Friday Faves: Insta Round Up

Rather than share just link lovin’ this week, I thought I’d share some of my Instagram looks as of late as well as the #ootd’s I post on snap: (add me: annelw) and Instastories daily, too.

A lot of what I wear doesn’t make it to the blog, so here’s a look at what I’ve been wearing laetly:

 

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Dress (also seen here) & Necklace: Gabes, Booties: Sam Edelman via DSW

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Cardigan: Gabes, Camisole: Express (similar), Jeans: Old Navy, Booties: Burlington (similar here), Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Lip: NARS Satin Lip Pencil in ‘Rikugien’

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Vest: Forever 21, Sweater: Express: Jeans: Express via Gabes, Booties: Target (old, similar), Bag: Vintage Dooney & Bourke, Hat: H&M (similar here)

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Sweatshirt: Homage (similar), Jeans: Old Navy, Tennies: Adidas via DSW, Bag: DSW

 

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Sweater: Old Navy (old, similar here), Skirt: F21 (old, similar here), Booties: Unaisa via DSW, Earrings: F21

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Dress: Old Navy, Booties: ShoeDazzle (old, similar here), Bracelet: F21

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Jacket: TJ Maxx (not sure about the brand), Tank: F21, Jeans: Target, Heels: DSW, Necklace: Gabes, Lip: NARS Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Cruella’

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Tunic Tee: TJ Maxx, Jeans: Target, Boots: Unaisa via DSW, Necklace: Gabes, Sunnies: Target

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Sweater: H&M (purchased on clearance, similar here), Jeans: Gap Factory, Booties: Sam Edelman via DSW, Scarf: Forever 21

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Flannel: Old Navy, Jeans: Target, OTK Boots: Unaisa via DSW

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Sweater: Gabes, Button-Up: Gap, Jeans: Old Navy, Driving Shoe: DSW 

Have a great weekend!

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff