Sensible Stylista

Friday, September 4, 2015

Around the World

I may or may not be obsessed with faux leather - not the shotty kind that looks like plastic, the good kind that passes for the real deal.  I picked this pleather skirt up at Banana Republic's Factory Outlet a few months ago.  It was a total bargain, and I lucked out because I stumbled upon it by chance.  I was looking for a new one because my BCBG version died.  I wore it so much that it ripped in several places.  It got a lot of wear though, and it was like, 8 years old so I'm over it, ha.

For today's outfit of the day, I paired my new skirt with a simple, white top for a crisp, clean look.  I threw on another Banana Republic find to top off the ensemble.  I purchased this (also at the outlet mall) for $40.  Its retail price was well over $150 - sorry, I forget the exact price because I tore off the tag - so it was a practical purchase.  You guys know how much I adore blazers.  They add polish and sophistication to any and every ensemble.
I accessorized with a dainty t-necklace from Kitsch.  I've been obsessed with dainty jewelry as of late.  My style's definitely evolving, and I think the change is for the better!  I'm curious though, how many of you prefer statement jewelry?  Also, where do you guys shop for accessories?
Skirt & Blazer:  Banana Republic Factory Outlet || Bag: Kate Spade || Top: Deb || Necklace:  Kitsch || Shoes:  Aldo

PS.  I'm currently hosting two giveaways on SS HERE.  Enter to win some awesome prizes!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Look for Less: Steve Madden Fringe Booties

I'm totally excited to share today's post with you guys because I haven't done a "Look for Less" in AGES.  For those of you who have been following along, you all know that I'm utterly obsessed with my Shoetopia fringe boots - I styled them HERE not too long ago.  How is this relevant, you ask?  Well, I went window-shopping recently, and I saw these Steve Madden booties at the mall.  I couldn't help but notice how similar they were so here we are!
The SM booties (pictured above) are currently selling for $99.99, while my shoes only cost $36.99 + free US shipping.  Since I've worn both pairs, I can give you guys an accurate breakdown.  The differences between the two are small, but let's discuss them anyhow.  Let's start with color! They're both taupe, but as you can see, the SM version is darker.  Obviously that boils down to personal preference, but in my humble opinion, the lighter color's easier to style.  Moving onto heel height, SM's version is 3" high, while Shoetopia's is 3.25" high.  I go with the latter again - since they're equally comfy, I prefer to have the extra quarter inch.  Note: both have side zips.
 The main difference lies in the fringe detailing - which you can see clearly in the shot above and below - and material.  The SM version is made of part-suede (the top segment), while Shoetopia's is faux-suede.  Some may actually prefer the latter since it's animal/vegan friendly, and as a plus, there's fur inside for max comfort and warmth.  All in all, I'd go with the "steal."  The design's equally cute and comfy so I can't really justify spending the extra $63.  That's up to you guys though!  Clicky HERE if you'd like the purchase the "splurge" and HERE to cop the "steal."
PS.  I'm currently hosting TWO fabulous giveaways right now!  Make sure to enter them both HERE.

HauteDeals - 9/3

Final clearance - up to 70% off + free delivery worldwide.

40% off any order and 50% off select styles with code BRFALL - valid until 9/8.

$20 off your purchase of $99+ with code 20EBATES - valid until 9/6.

Extra 15% off Sale Styles with code CATSAVE15. Valid through 9/8.

Use SENSBL at checkout to get an extra 10% off the @foreo #luna + free shipping - valid until 9/16.

$20 off $75+ order with code HTBELLS15. Valid through 9/6.

Get $10 off your $25+ order with code PICNIC4U - valid until 9/8.

Extra 30% off clearance - ends 9/30.

Take 15% off your order of $100+ with code CATCH15OFF - valid until 12/31.

Enjoy an extra 20% off and free shipping on $75+ order with code DEALS - valid until 9/8.

Up to 40% off end-of-summer clearance sale - ends 9/14.

Up to 50% off clearance + free shipping on all orders with NIke+ - valid until 12/31.

Off Saks Fifth
Clearance blotouw - up to 80% off + free shipping on orders $75+ with code SHIP75 - ends tonight!

Labor of Love sale - up to 60% off everything - ends 9/7.

1 of 4 free deluxe skincare samples with $25+ purchase with code ACNEDLX - valid until 10/1.
20% off your $80+ order with code FALLISCOMING - valid until 10/1.

Save 20% storewide with code FALL20.

Up to 70% off of select previous seasons inventory of footwear, eyewear, and more - ends 9/4.

Victoria's Secret
Last chance swim clearance starting at $5.99 - ends 9/9.

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