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BEST OF: FALL BOOTS, HEELS AND FLATS

The Steele Maiden: Must Have Fall Boots, Heels and Flats

Is it just me or are Fall shoes the absolute best? Rich suede boots, fun little flats and the most decadent heels – I’ll take them all over sandals any day. As we speak I’m trying desperately to cram every last pair in my suitcase (did I mention Adam and I are headed off on a big trip Thursday night? Be sure you’re following on Instagram to see where we land!), but since I can’t take them all.. I figured I’d leave you with all of these to swoon over.

BOOTS & BOOTIES

From patent ankle booties to suede sock boots to slouchy knee high versions, Fall begs for a new pair of boots. Stick to versatile neutral shades and look for special details like wood heels or a touch of shearling.

The Steele Maiden: Must Have Fall Boots, Heels and Flats

SNEAKERS & FLATS

Embellished, plaid flannel, leopard print – sneakers & flats are more fun than ever this fall. Use them as an exclamation point on an otherwise casual outfit.

The Steele Maiden: Must Have Fall Boots, Heels and Flats

HEELS

Get ready for party season in pearl-studded, velvet ankle-strapped, or fire-starter red heels.

 

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HAT STYLES TO TRY THIS FALL

The Steele Maiden: Fall Hat and Hair Accessories

If you’ve spent any amount of time reading this blog than you likely already know that I really like hats. A summer straw version, a knit beanie in Winter.. you name it. But Fall is really my favorite time to wear a hat. And this season in particular has some really fun new silhouettes that are worth trying out. They’re an easy way to add some personality to your basics and an affordable way to feel trendy without making any big investments. In short, you’ll be seeing me in plenty of hats again this Fall and I don’t want to be the only one having all the fun. Here – my favorite styles:

THE WOOL FEDORA

Classic tan or with a fun pom, you can’t go wrong with a flattering wool fedora

The Steele Maiden: Fall Hat and Hair Accessories

THE FISHERMAN’S CAP

Pair it with a chunky sweater and windblown waves for a nautical inspired feel or a sleek low ponytail and mini skirt for a 1960’s inspired mod moment.

The Steele Maiden: Fall Hat and Hair Accessories

THE BERET

Nothing has the ‘je ne sais quoi’ of a beret in the Fall. I’ll be pairing mine with a fitted knit turtleneck or stripes. Trés bien.

 

The Steele Maiden: Fall Hat and Hair Accessories

THE BASEBALL CAP

A classic that can feel preppy or sporty depending on how you pair it. Plus, no easier fix for a bad hair day.

The Steele Maiden: Fall Hat and Hair Accessories

THE HAIR ACCESSORY

And one last option in case I still can’t convince you of a hat. Hair accessories are the prettiest alternative.

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HOW TO WEAR FALL 2017 COLOR TRENDS

The Steele Maiden: How to Wear Fall 2017 Color Trends

One of the things I love most about dressing for Fall is the color. Rich jewel tones, luxe neutrals, and pops of brights. When I spotted Pantone’s predictions for the Fall color trends I was swooning and knew I wanted to highlight a few combos of how to wear them. Below – my favorite combos of the moment, but honestly the options are endless.

SHOP ‘SWEET YET SOPHISTICATED’

SHOP ‘MODERN BOHEMIAN’

SHOP ‘RUSTIC MEETS CHIC’

 

 

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30 WARDROBE STAPLES TO OWN BEFORE YOU’RE 30

As I get ready to head into my thirties on Saturday (eek) – I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on the past decade. On the big things but also the more subtle things, like how my personal style has evolved. I think one of the best lessons I’ve learned is to fill your closet with classics that can be worn for the most occasions and then fill in from there with more personal touches – a vintage bag, a trendy top, a fun pair of shoes. And those classics? They don’t have to be necessarily the most expensive option out there – but they do need to be good quality and fit you impeccably. The above are what I consider to be my own 30 wardrobe staples that I’m happy to be armed with as I head into this next chapter of style (and life).

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Clothes: You’ll want to fill in with more season-specific pieces – but start with a trench coat, great fitting pair of jeans, slim sweater and confidence boosting lingerie underneath and you really can’t go wrong.

Shoes: Walkable, stylish and clean are the shoe requirements for a woman that looks like she has her life together. A pair of suede ankle boots, leather ballet flats or d’orsay heels get you through a week with ease.

Accessories: A classic watch, small stud earrings, and face flattering sunglasses – they’re the polished finishing touches to almost any outfit. I added a structured wide brim hat and a scarf that can be worn on your neck, dress up a bag handle or cover a bad hair day in a pinch.

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MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

I can’t believe that it’s May already?! But here is is, the first week gone and if you’re playing catch-up like me then that means you’re looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift. Hint, that’s May 14th. Here – a few options to put a smile on your Momma’s face. No judgement if you buy one for yourself and one for her.

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