Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Four Must-Have Flats to Try This Fall + Some REALLY COMFY Options

Four Flats to Buy This Fall
Let's talk fall footwear!  When I think of fall shoes, I immediately think of booties and riding boots, but good ole flats are also a necessity during the fall!  Plus, it may be too warm of riding boots for many of us, especially during early fall.  Today I'm partnering with Nordstrom to share some reallyyyyyyyy good flats that I'm excited to share with you!

These are 4 types of flats that will round out your shoe wardrobe, and they are great for this transition from summer to fall and into fall!  A couple of them are extremely comfortable too, so read on!

SIZING: I'm 5'6" and normally 6/8 or S/M in clothes, 8.5 to 9 in shoes.  All sizes are listed below in "Shop the Look" sections.  

white top + striped skirt + denim jacket + nude Sam Edelman flats
white top + striped skirt + denim jacket + nude flats
white top + denim jacket + striped skirt + nude Sam Edelman flats
Sam Edelman Felicia Flats in Nude
First off, the standard flat!  I'd recommend having a neutral pair of flats in any wardrobe because, when you get the right color for your wardrobe, neutral colored flats can be the go-to shoes you wear when you don't know what other shoes to wear.  I can't even keep track of how many times people have emailed me asking what color/kind of shoes to wear with such and such outfit, and I've just answered, "A tan ballet flat would work well!"  So easy!  

The pair I'm wearing above is by Sam Edelman, and HOLY COW, THEY ARE COMFORTABLE.  I tried a different pair of Sam Edelman flats last year (the Francis) and was pretty underwhelmed.  But these here?  Totally different story!  

I can only speak for the nude leather (not the suede ones), but these are fantastic.  They are pricey compared to the $17 Target flats I used to buy, but I really feel like you're getting what you pay for, which is not always the case with expensive shoes.  These have a cushioned footbed that's really nice on your soles.  The leather upper is sooo soft and flexible too.  No breaking in needed!  Overall, they just feel so good on your feet!  Plus, they're really versatile, will work with a lot of outfits, and can be worn in casual outfits or to the office

They come in 18 colors(!!!) and there are suede and leather options HERE.  Again, I can't speak for the comfort of suede versions, but this nude leather is buttery soft.  If you're looking for a pair of versatile flats that are classy, classic, and allow you to be on your feet all day (teachers, I'm looking at you!), definitely give these a try!  

I'm wearing size 8.5.  Find them all HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Forever 21 (similarsimilar)
Jacket: Old Navy (similarsimilar)
Skirt: J.Crew Factory (similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 8.5)


white top + brown cardigan + jeans + red flats
white top + brown cardigan + red flats + dark wash denim
white top + tan cardigan + dark wash jeans + red flats
red flats
Both the color and the ankle strap make these a fun twist on a classic flat.  I got these shoes from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and have been loving them more and more the longer I have them!  This reddish orange rust color goes with so much more than you'd think and is a great way to make an outfit pop!

In addition to the color, I also really like the strap around the ankle.  I've seen several shoes with ankle straps this season and think it's a really cute addition that provides more character than a standard ballet flat.  Not all ankle straps work well with my rounder calves and skinny ankles--they sometimes cut off my leg line.  However, I've found a number of shoes with ankle straps that I love, and usually the width of the strap and where it hits my leg make the difference.  Not all ankle straps are equal in that regard.  There are several more flats with ankle straps in the widget below!  

I'm wearing these in size 9.  Find them in 4 colors HERE.  

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size M; nearly exact but shorter version))
Cardigan: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size XS)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similarsimilar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 9)


beige sweater + dark wash jeans + white sneakers
beige sweater + dark wash jeans + white sneakers + white tassel necklace
White Quilted UGG Sneakers
White Quilted UGG Sneakers
White slip-on sneakers are a closet staple for me.  LOVE 'EM!  I wear them with jeans, comfy t-shirt dresses, and shorts.  I've heard people say they have a hard time making sneakers look chic, especially with dresses and shorts, and I think it's the low profile that does the trick.  These are some of my most-worn shoes during early fall and spring, and even a lot of summer!

I have an old pair of white sneakers that I love, but they are cheap, cracking, and will need to be replaced soon.  I'm soooo glad to have found the pair I'm wearing above which will be the replacement when my current pair finally dies.  There are so many things I love about these!  

First, they're super comfortable.  I feel like if sneakers are useless if they aren't comfortable, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.  I honestly didn't think I could find a replacement pair that was more comfortable than my old white slip-on sneakers, but I was pleasantly surprised by these.  The footbed has a memory foam cushion.  The upper is leather, so overall they feel sturdy and substantial but flexible.  There is also a tiny bit of sheepskin UGG lining at the heel, which is a nice touch.

Second, I loooove the quilted texture.  I usually prefer white slip-on sneakers to have texture so that they don't look as preppy or as nautical.  (Nothing wrong with that--just not my style!  My current pair has a perforated texture.)  Most pairs of white slip-ons I've seen don't have texture, so I'm extremely happy that these do--and that they're comfy!  

They run a tad narrow, but this is coming from someone who often finds shoes a little narrow.  However, the narrowness doesn't bother me because the leather upper is soft and flexible.  

I wear these in 8.5.  Find them HERE!  See ways I've worn white slip-on sneakers HERE.  Lastly, if you're wondering what socks I wear with these sneakers, I wear THESE.  

Shop for the Look:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size S)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similarsimilar)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 8.5)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact


black twist tee + dark wash jeans + leopard flats + statement necklace
black twist tee + dark wash jeans + statement necklace + leopard flats
black twist tee + dark wash jeans + leopard flats + statement necklace + cognac tote
When I bought my first pair of leopard print flats, I was unsure of how much I'd use them.  Little did I know they'd become a closet staple for me.  They breathe life into every outfit of solids, but they also make for some easy pattern mixing with a striped or gingham top!  

I made the switch from a very dark pair of leopard flats to these lighter leopard flats a few years ago and have since been asked about similar lighter pairs.  The pair I'm wearing above is no longer available, but I FINALLY found a great pair HERE.  I absolutely love the print on those!  They are sophisticated and versatile, and not too light or too dark!

As far as comfort, they are...fine.  Not amazing, but not uncomfortable either.  They're very much like my current pair: The upper is flimsy, but for that reason are actually easier to wear since they offer some flexibility.  I would insert a shoe insole for some cushion since these don't have any.  Again, they're not uncomfortable nor do they rub my feet in any way, but they just don't wow me like the Sam Edelman pair or white sneakers above do.  However, they are also half the cost of those other shoes, so there's that.  The print is really the selling point--it's hard to find an affordable pair with such a great print!

For sizing, I felt the 8.5 was too narrow, but the 9's were a too long and my heel kept slipping out.  However, with a thin shoe insole the 9s fit perfectly.  See them HERE.  See my outfits with leopard flats HERE.  

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size XS)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (similar)


Those are four of my must-have flats for the fall!  
Would any of these be on your list?

Huge thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Instagram Outfits #28 + PMT Lately

PMT Lately + Behind the Scenes
  • Addie's 3rd Birthday.  We've already had a very full couple of weeks with Benson's work and my work.  Then we hosted a good friend who was visiting.  And this past weekend both Benson's mom and my mom flew into town to celebrate Addie's 3rd birthday!  We had a party with about 20 kids at the local splash pad.  There was also a concert happening with a free bounce house, so it was chaotic but also awesome!  She loooooooves when people sing happy birthday to her.  It's adorable how happy it makes her!
  • Fall Flats (upcoming).  I found several really good flats for fall that I'm excited to share with you this week!
  • How to Maximize Productivity (upcoming).  This has nothing to do with personal style, but I thought it'd be fun to talk about!  We'll see how yall feel about it.  :P  
  • HEADS UP! - Moving from Blogger to WordPress.  It's been a long, long, looooong time coming, but I'm finally in the midst of moving from Blogger to WordPress.  I don't have a set date yet, but it'll happen within the next few weeks.  I'm saying that to warn you--especially if you follow via Bloglovin' or RSS, I've seen a couple other situations where bloggers have moved to Wordpress and their posts weren't showing in Bloglovin' anymore.  I'll still be posting, so if you don't see anything come through my feed for a week, double check that we're still connected and good!  

Is anyone else experiencing the awkward time of year when it's sometimes summer weather and sometimes fall?  Not only is our weather different day-to-day, but even within the same day it could be kind of chilly and then really hot.  Even my mother-in-law who is visiting commented just now, "It's both hot and cold today. It's really hot, but it's soooo cold in the shade!"  Pretty much.  I was planning to milk my Summer Outfit Guide for all its worth, though with the inconsistent weather I've needed to modify some of the outfits with jeans instead of shorts, and maybe some darker colors/prints on the gloomy days.  Nonetheless, there are still some outfits I can wear and the outfit formulas are still helpful!

Here's what's been happening lately on Facebook and Instagram (@puttingmetogether). I'd encourage you to follow over there because I post a lot of things on Instagram and Facebook that don't make it to the blog apart from these roundups.  Often by the time I post things here, the sales aren't happening anymore or items are sold out.  Follow along @puttingmetogether!  

SIZING INFO: I'm 5'6" with a short torso, and normally size S/M or 6/8.  Size 8.5 to 9 in shoes.

white tunic + oversized cardigan
On Thursday I announced on Facebook and Instagram that these highly *WERE* back in stock in most sizes and colors.  However, since then they've gone really fast (a reason you need to follow on FB or IG!), but there are still a few sizes left in various colors.  Hopefully yall snatched it up!  Sorry if you didn't.  :( 

Apparently I love to pair these cardigans with the Lush tunics because I did it on 3 separate occasions above.  Just proves how wonderful those tunics are to have in your closet!

Shop the Looks:
White Tunic: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size M)
Cardigans: Nordstrom (this year's version, similar brown one)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (identical one here)
Black Leggings: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size M)
Booties: Nordstrom (exact but in leather--wearing size 8.5)
Boots: Famous Footwear (similar)
Flats: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 9)

green top + white jeans + yellow heels
Wore this to a work dinner party a couple weeks ago where we ate ribs and other BBQ deliciousness.  I knew I was crazy wearing white jeans to eat ribs and BBQ--while with my toddler--but miraculously they made it out unscathed!  

I remixed this top 3 ways a few weeks ago, but this is an additional 4th outfit.  It might be my favorite one so far!  

Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o ModCloth (exact--wearing size M)
Jeans: LOFT (exact--wearing size 28P)
Shoes: c/o Sole Society (exact--on sale but few sizes; exact--full price but more sizes, similar)
Bucket Bag: Nordstrom (similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom (similar)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)

This top was also back in stock!  It's out again in size S, but other sizes are available, plus a solid black option and a blue/yellow/white floral print.  

These black jeans are amazing BTW!  I shared them during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I don't know how they'll wash, like if they'll keep their color, but the fit and the elastic in the waistband is perfect.  

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size S)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 6)
Shoes: Old Navy (similarsimilar)
Bucket Bag: Nordstrom (similar)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)

tan striped tee + beige cardigan + distressed jeans + white sneakers
Mornings have been a bit chilly in my neck of the woods, plus sometimes I spend them in an air conditioned boba shop.  Time to bust out the cardigans!  This is the Nordstrom one I showed above.  Such a cute outfit!  I'll never tire of a striped tee, distressed jeans, and white sneakers.  Still loving this tan/white striped tee!

Shop for the Look:
Tee: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size S)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size XS)
Shoes: Zappos (similar, similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact--size M)

black twist tee + dark wash jeans + leopard flats + statement necklace
This is that twist tee that I remixed 3 ways last week HERE.  One note on these shoes--I'm not keeping these because my leopard print flats are still good, though I'm VERY tempted to keep them.  I just wanted to show them to you because I get asked quite a bit about my pair since they're lighter in color, and so are these.  I actually like how these look better than mine, which is where the temptation comes in!  

If you're looking for a pair, the print is great on these.  They are, however, a little flimsy, but perhaps that's not necessarily a bad thing?  Mine are flimsy as well, and they took no breaking in.  These also run a tad narrow at the toe, but I often have a problem with shoes being slightly narrow for me.  They are flat with no support, and I would add a shoe insole for more cushion.  

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing XS)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 8.5)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (exact--on sale!)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Three Ways to Wear a Twist Tee

Have you guys seen these pre-knotted twist tees?  I'm pretty obsessed and have them in white, black, and olive because they're AMAZING!  I showed the white one on Facebook and Instagram about 2.5 months ago HERE and have gotten so many questions about them.  Today I'm excited to partner with Nordstrom to tell you why these twist tees are so awesome and show you three ways to wear them!  

Essentially this is really just a plain cotton t-shirt, except the twist detail totally makes it special.  If you looooove wearing t-shirts but want to take your style up a notch, look for t-shirts with special details.  Whether that's a t-shirt with peplum, lace, heathering, a great drape, or a cute twist detail like this, you will get the ease and comfort of wearing a t-shirt but look more pulled together every time because of those details.  On a practical note, another reason I LOVE these twist tees is because typically with t-shirts I like to tuck or knot them as I feel like that adds more finish to an outfit.  The twist on these tees provides that same function for you and makes a plain tee look finished!  See them HERE.  
3 Outfits With a Black T-Shirt

I'm 5'6" and normally size S/M or 6/8.  I get these in XS!  Well, actually, I got the white one in S over two months ago but it fits very loosely.  Just two weeks ago I was in store and tried the XS and like that fit way better, so I'm re-ordering the white one in XS.

I've machine washed and machine washed the white one several times trying to get to shrink, and it does not shrink.  

The black and olive ones are not see-through for me.  The white is a tiny bit see-through in the sun, but I would still feel okay not wearing a camisole underneath.  

Now that we've got all that stuff out of the way, here are three ways you can wear these tees!  

black twist tee + jeans + statement necklace + leopard flats
 black twist tee + leopard flats + statement necklace
black twist tee + jeans + leopard flats + statement necklace
black twist tee + jeans + statement necklace
Everyday Casual Outfit
"Everyday Casual" is my term for casual days when I'm around adults (i.e. not primarily chasing around a toddler), like at my casual workplace, out to lunch or boba with a friend, or at church.  Finished off with a statement necklace and flats, this tee is perfect for that!  It's perfectly casual but still pulled together.  And it's SO effortless to wear!  I wore this outfit 3 times in the last few days!  :D

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size XS)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (similar)

black twist tee + grey jeans + white sneakers + white accessories
black twist tee + white accessories + white sneakers + grey jeans
black twist tee + grey jeans + white sneakers + white accessories
black twist tee + grey jeans + white sneakers
white quilted sneakers
Weekend or Toddler Chasing Outfit
When I'm with my daughter, I'd throw on some super comfy sleek sneakers!  I piled on the accessories here, but it'd also work with just one of them.

Many of you have asked me for low profile white sneaker options, and I'm excited to have found these!  I'll talk about them again next week, but they are comfffffyyyy and have a quilted texture which is fantastic.  With white sneakers I always prefer them to have a bit of texture.  I'm normally size 8.5 to 9 and kept these in 8.5.  (My current white sneakers were very cheap and are finally starting to crack since they're pleather, haha.  These quilted ones are leather and should last much longer.)

 Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size XS)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 8.5)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (similar)

black twist tee + metallic statement necklace + white jeans + tan + pop of leopard
black twist tee + white jeans + cognac + leopard print
black twist tee + leopard print clutch + white jeans + cognac
black twist tee + metallic statement necklace + leopard clutch + white jeans + cognac
Dressy Casual for Date Night or GNO
Lastly, dressing up a tee is so easy with the right accessories.  A metallic statement necklace with faux leather wedges add shine and texture, and a leopard clutch adds pattern, all contributing to elevating a plain t-shirt + jeans combo.  

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size XS)
Jeans: LOFT (similar, similar)
Jacket: Express (similar)
Shoes: Old Navy (similar)
Clutch: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: Nordstrom (similar)

Like I said, I'm pretty obsessed with them!  They come in 6 colors, which can be seen HERE.  I'm HEAVILY contemplating the brand new pink one, but trying to contain myself a little.  Given that I have 3/6 of the colors, I might be failing at containing myself.  But these tees are so great that I ain't sad about it!  :P

Which color would you get?

Huge thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Some of My Favorite Fall Staples + 3 Go-To Fall Outfits + Extra 35% Off Code

This is the time of year when life transitions from that wonderful laid back summer feeling to the rush and busyness of fall and the school year approaching.  To help you prepare for this season, I'm partnering with J.Crew Factory to share some of my favorite fall staples!

Easy Fall Outfits
J.Crew Factory's items have been some of *the most* foundational and *the most* used pieces in my wardrobe, so I'm excited to show you some of their new arrivals for fall!  And they're all on major sale!!!  I have loved several of these pieces and remixed them plenty, and I'm so glad they (or their updated versions) are back this fall.  These pieces are GOOD, and I really believe that having them in your closet will allow you to throw on something super easily when life's busy this fall.  You'll look really cute all fall (and winter) with ease!  

BTW, J.Crew Factory is offering FREE SHIPPING + EXTRA 35% OFF TODAY ONLY with code BIGFAN, so don't miss out!  

SIZING INFO: I'm 5'6" and normally S/M or 6/8.  

black vest + striped tee + black sneakers
black vest + striped tee + distressed jeans + black sneakers
A striped tee and a puffer vest is one of my default outfits in the fall when I'm hanging out with Addie or running errands.  It's a little sporty and cute at the same time!

This black vest is awesome, and if you don't have one already you need to JUMP ON IT!  I got this last year and loved it it so much that I used it in the PMT Winter Style Challenge.  This vest is quilted, and I love that it's not super puffy and instead maintains a sleeker profile.  I've heard some people say that puffer vests tend to make them look too top heavy, but these shouldn't, while still providing warmth.

Wear this in a casual look with sneakers like in today's outfit, or pair it with one of the button ups below + jeans + riding boots.  Also, if you've been thinking about getting a vest but have been on the fence, SO many women in last year's PMT Winter Style Challenge said they were shocked by how much they fell in love with puffer vests after the challenge.  Give it a shot!

This vest comes in 6 colors HERE and is additional 35% off with code BIGFAN, lowering it from $79.50 to a steal at $45!  (The extra 35% off will show in your shopping cart when you apply the discount code.)  I wear the vest in size S, the tee in M.

Shop for the Look:
Striped Tee--wearing size M
Puffer Vest--this year's version; wearing size S
Similar Jeans
Similar Bag

red navy plaid + jeans + tan booties
red navy plaid button up + jeans + tan ankle boots
red navy plaid button up
I've been asked a lot about my red/navy plaid flannel button up which is from J.Crew Factory last year.  The one I'm showing above is this year's new version, and it's even better than the one I got last year!  It's got dots on the inside, so when you roll up the sleeves you get some cute and interesting pattern mixing.  Stinking adorable!

It's also only $29 today with the sale!  This is a MUST-HAVE in my closet, and for how much use you'll get out of it, at $29 you absolutely need to scoop this up!  Find it HERE.  I wear size S.  (P.S. This color option shows a broken image link on the product page.  Click it, and it should say "red blue" as the color--that's the one I'm wearing.)

See ways I've worn a red/navy button up HERE and HERE.  

Shop for the Look:
Red Navy Plaid Button Up--wearing size S
Similar Jeans
Similar Booties
Similar Tote

navy gingham + jeans + taupe booties + white cardigan
navy gingham + jeans + taupe booties + cream cardigan
navy gingham + white cardigan + jeans + taupe booties
navy gingham + white cardigan
Lastly, one of my most remixed pieces ever, this navy gingham button up!  It's lightweight, so it works for spring, fall, and some of winter depending on how much you layer or how cold your winters are.  With jeans and a cardigan, this is one of my favorite outfit combos in the fall.  I also LOVE this (and the red one above) layered under vests.

Heads up, the sleeves are on the shorter side, but I always roll mine up so I don't notice.  Also, if might require steaming or ironing out of the dryer, or just pull it out of the dryer immediately and fluff it out to minimize wrinkles.

I've worn this thing soooo much (see them all HEREHERE, and HERE), and it's only $25 today after you apply the discount code!  Find it HERE.  I wear size S.

Also, if you're looking for an oversized cardigan, J.Crew Factory has one!  The weave is a little open, but overall this is slightly heavier than the oversized cardigans I tend to wear.  It comes in this ivory color and a darker grey, and I especially love how this ivory one looks with the navy gingham button up!  Find the cardigan HERE on major sale for only $44!

Shop for the Look:
Navy Gingham Button Up--wearing size S
Oversized Cardigan--wearing size S
Similar Jeans
Similar Bag
Similar Booties 

These pieces are all interchangeable and can be mixed and matched through out fall for very, very easy outfits!  The vest and cardigan each work with the striped top, red/navy plaid top, and the navy gingham.  These are some of my favorite fall staples, so if you don't have pieces like these in your wardrobe already, I HIGHLY suggest giving them a shot!

Remember, they're all an extra 35% off from the prices listed, and the discounts will show in your cart once you put in the code BIGFAN.

In light of FREE SHIPPING and the additional 35% off sale, I've rounded up some fall picks for women.  I included some for little girls too in case anyone's doing back-to-school shopping for the daughters!

Also, if you are a student or a teacher, you can receive an extra 15% off through 9/30!  Check it out HERE!
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This post was created in partnership with J.Crew Factory

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