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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Instagram Roundup #11 - Comfy Shoes Galore + Last Year's Fall Favorites Back In Stock!

I've been busy over on Instagram showing some GOOOOOOOOD pieces out right now.  If you're not following there, here's what you missed.  I do these Instagram roundups because I often post outfits on Instagram that either never make it to the blog or could take weeks or months otherwise.  And when I post really good stuff over there, they might sell out by the time they ever hit the blog.  Like, one of my most-asked about cardigans from last year was back in stock.  I posted it on Instagram earlier this week and now it's sold out in that color, even by the time I'm doing this Instagram roundup!  :(  If you want more up to date outfit inspiration follow along at @puttingmetogether.com!

Also, there are two other ways you can shop my Instagram outfits before they hit these blog roundups, and (I think) you don't necessarily need to be an Instagram follower for one of them:
  1. If you're an IG user, I use a function called LIKEtoKNOWit through which I can link to exact or similar items shown in Instagram posts, and you can get all those shopping links emailed to you. Just take 30 seconds to register at www.LIKEtoKNOW.it.  From then on, anytime you see a photo from me or anyone else tagged with @liketoknow.it, if you "like" the post, an email will be sent to you with links to shop the items. It's super simple, and it's nice to not have to fish for items yourself but have direct links sent right to you. (Disclosure, those links are affiliate links, so a small commission may be earned if a purchase is made through those links.)
  2. You can shop my looks from the web by going directly to my LIKEtoKNOWit page: http://liketoknow.it/puttingmetogether. You still have to register with LIKEtoKNOWit, but I'm uncertain that you need to have an IG account. 

Lastly, for my photos on Instagram, if you don't want shopping links but just want to know where items are from, I usually tag the photo with the stores I got the items from.  Tap the photo once to see them!  

Here's what you missed!


We'll start with an old one that actually has been on the blog, but this is in selfie form.  Remember in the "fall transition" post (HERE) how I told you thinner vests were helpful during this time?  This is one of my favorite outfits as of late, if it's cool enough to wear jeans!  

The top is almost sold out, but still available in S and XL in this print.  I linked to 2 really, really good similar vest options, both under $35.  

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact)
Vest: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)


**RESTOCK ALERT** This photo is from last Thanksgiving nearly a year ago and includes some of my absolute favorites from last fall.  The restocked items are the vest (HERE) and the scarf (HERE).  Plus there's a similar top available.

This is a puffer vest, and one problem I've always had with puffers is that they are TOO puffy and look bulky.  Not this one!  This one is so good about hugging curves and being flattering while still being puffy.  It's also lined with fleece!  It's so cute over plaid shirts, striped long sleeved tops, or any printed long sleeve.  Ways I wore it last year HERE.  I'm normally S/M and wear this in S.  

I've been asked about the scarf a lot, and it sold out last season but is back again!  Closet staple of mine.  It's a wonderful contrast to the navy, olive, maroon, and black I tend to wear in the fall and winter.

Lastly, the top.  Ahhh!  I get asked about this top so much, and when I posted the similar version on Instagram it was full in stock.  Now it's almost completely sold out.  :( :( :(  See it HERE.  Maybe check if your local store still has some.  There's another fairly similar one HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (similarsimilar)
Vest: Old Navy (exact)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exactsimilar)
Boots: Famous Footwear (similar--this season's version for $56)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (exact)


Here's the vest again in white.  I have it in both because I'm telling you, I love this thing.  

**RESTOCK ALERT** The boots are back!  I thought they were a pretty good buy last year, but after having worn them for a season, let me just warn you a bit.  I talked about this at length on Instagram Stories earlier this week, so if you saw it there, skip down to the next outfit!

One huge problem I've found with maybe like 95% of the cheaper boots I've owned (under $40) is that they crease at the toe.  Like, the way cardboard makes a crease if you bend it.  You can see it in the picture above with the shoe on the right.  They crease and stay that way, and it really makes the shoe look worn and, well, just cheap.  I've noticed this particularly with cheaper faux suede boots, and it happens less often or at least less noticeably with cheaper faux leather boots.  However, the crease has also happened with my cheaper faux leather riding boots too. 

Not all cheaper boots do this, but 95% of mine have, all faux suede.  I've also tried $60 ankle boots that have creased.  The ones that don't are $100+ and leather upper, not cardboard.  

Secondly, the pair above has a plastic panel on the back, and personally it rubs my ankles after a while.  This might be the case for everyone, since everyone's ankles will hit the shoe differently, but despite the comfortable rubber heel and how lightweight these shoes are, I cannot walk in them all day because of the ankle rubbing.  Maybe some rub relief tape would remedy that.

That's all to say if you are on a budget or are still experimenting with ankle boots and are unsure, the boots shown above are a very cute and inexpensive option.  I would recommend waiting for them to go on sale because I don't believe full price is worth it.  Also, just be prepared to not care if they crease or know that they might only last you a season.  I'm normally 8.5-9 and got these in 9.

One note on cheaper boots: On Thursday I was back at Target and saw THESE faux leather booties for $38.  (Actually they're currently on sale for $29!)  I bent and bent them to see if they'd crease, and they look promising.  I mean, there's always the risk, but many other pairs look much more likely to crease than these.  I fit 8.5 in these.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (similar, similar)
Vest: Old Navy (exact)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exactsimilar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Boots: Old Navy (exact)

**RESTOCK ALERT** but sold out in this color already.  I got asked soooo often about this cardigan last year, and it came back in stock this season.  Like I said, this color already sold out (so follow along on Instagram if you don't want that to happen again!) but a lighter oatmeal and olive are available.  I had a very similar oatmeal colored one, and you can see how I wore it HERE.  I'm normally S/M and got the cardigan above in S. 

My favorite navy gingham shirt is also available again this year.  I'm so glad it seems to be a year round staple and is always in stock.  Wearing S.  See the ways I've styled it HERE (scroll through all the posts).

Shop for the Look:
Top: J.Crew Factory (exact--wearing S)
Cardigan: Old Navy (exact in other colors)
Jeans: Old Navy (very similar--updated version)
Boots: Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)


Posted this yesterday with Naturalizer, but here's another look at the outfit!  

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (similar, exact sold out)
Blazer: Target (similar)
Pants: Old Navy (similar--updated version or possibly exact)
Shoes: c/o Naturalizer (exact)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact)


This cardigan is sadly almost all sold out, though random sizes pop back up everyday as people return, I assume.  I linked to two other similar cardigans below.  It's hard to tell from only viewing online, but it appears one of them is like a thinner normal cardigan while the other is slightly thicker.  

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (exact, similar, similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exactsimilar)
Boots: Nordstrom (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom


These are the some of the most comfortable shoes I have for this early part of fall!  The sneakers are both under $40 because the pink ones are on sale.  They're both the kind of shoes you would want to walk all day in.  The pink ones come in a ton of different colors, but I'm partial to a more pale light pink right now!

The rest of the shoes are on the more expensive side, but that's because they will actually be kind to your feet.  The red pumps, darker booties, and nude flats all have a cushioned footbed that provides more support and comfort to your feet!  The lighter pair of booties don't have the extra cushioning, though several of you have told me you find them very comfortable nonetheless!  Albeit the lack of cushioning, the material for the rest of the shoe is comfortable on the toes.  Personally, I put my very favorite insole into them and with those, these boots are fantastic.  Lighter weight than the darker booties, which makes these my go-to for any type of long days of walking--but with my favorite insole!  (Read about my favorite insole and why it beats all the other many, many insoles I've tried HERE.)

I really like the cushion on the red pair of pumps because they maintain support for long periods.  Many cushions and insoles feel good at first but don't maintain that same cushion after a few minutes.  (I find chairs do the same thing.)  It's similar to what I said about the AirPufs insole I linked to above.  The pair of darker booties' cushion is good as well.  

The flats, however, have a great cushion initially but IMO it fades quickly and I feel the bottom of the shoe a little.  They ARE still more comfortable and cushioned than other flats I have, but for the price I was slightly disappointed, especially compared to the red pumps and the darker pair of booties.  I'm sure I could remedy that with a pair of AirPufs, but for as expensive as these shoes are I'm not sure I would have bought them had I not had a gift card to Zappos.  The leather, however, does feel flexible and that is also important for comfort.  The scalloped detail is cute too!  Overall I think the flats are worth trying if you're looking for a padded shoe, just to see how they feel on your feet.  

Nonetheless, I'm really glad to be filling my closet with some more comfortable shoes--speaking both of the footbeds and the material around the toe.  HOORAY FOR COMFORTABLE SHOES!  

Shop the Shoes (clockwise):
Red Pumps: c/o Naturalizer (exact)
Darker Ankle Boots: c/o Zappos (exact)
White Sneakers: Zappos (exact in other colors, exact)
Pink Sneakers: Zappos (exact--on sale for $40!!!) 
Nude Flats: c/o Zappos (exact)
Lighter Ankle Boots: Nordstrom (exact)

I normally wear size 8.5-9 and got all these in 8.5 except for the light pair of booties in 9.  


I wore this look for a collaborative Instagram giveaway with Famous Footwear.  These white shoes remind me of my junior high school days when I was rocking K-Swiss and super baggy jeans!  But, these are Adidas, and they're comfy as well!

This striped tee is pretty old now, but it's still available in some sizes.  I tried the S regular and the M Petite, and they were comparable, in case your size isn't available in regular sizing.  

Shop for the Look:
Tee: Old Navy (exact)
Jacket: Forever 21 (similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar)
Shoes: c/o Famous Footwear (exact--wearing 8.5)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)


Lots of shoes lately!  I've been "maturing" my shoe collection, meaning getting more comfortable and better quality shoes.  Don't get me wrong, I still peruse Target in hopes of good shoes (and they have SO MANY cute ones right now!) but as I get older I'm getting pickier about how they'll hold up and especially how they'll feel on my feet.  It's so cool to look at that shoe picture to see how many comfortable shoes there are out there!  

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