Monday, April 24, 2017

Gingham Bow Top

Today I'm wearing the cutest gingham top gifted from Shein. If you love a peplum, bow, or gingham, this top has it all! I've always been a little hesitant on ordering from Shein because the prices seem too good to be true, but their selection is great for those trendy pieces you don't want to invest in. They are feeding my closet with all my ruffle and bow needs right now! I recommend looking at the measurements and photos of other people wearing them and know you'll have to steam or iron them when they come in. I would also recommend paying the extra $2 for "insurance" the first few times you order to get an idea on their sizing. For my first purchase, I didn't read the measurements and ordered a size up because I was expecting everything to run small like sizes in H&M. That doesn't seem to be the case. 

For sizing reference, I'm usually a size 4-6 or small and I'm wearing a small top. Since this top is open in the back, you don't have to be too careful looking at those measurements, but I would recommend measuring your arms because that's the one area you may feel snug in if you order the wrong size. The top fits somewhat loose and boxy throughout the body, but the peplum detail keeps it flattering and feminine and I think the break up of gingham is a nice touch. 

Also, the middle bow aligns perfectly with my bra strap, so no worries there if you don't want to wear a tank underneath when it warms up for summer. 

And no, I didn't spend $2,000 for the popular Chloe Drew bag. This one a $30 dupe gifted from the same place! As a heads up, you just tie the metal chain in a knot to the handles. It took this blonde here a moment to figure that out :) Next on my list are these bow slippers, a dupe for a $70 BP version and a $200+ Kate Spade version!

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xo Amanda John

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring Neutrals

 I've been eyeing these bow wedges since last year in navy, and when I saw they came out in this blush neutral I knew I had to splurge! I wore them for the first time at a wedding last weekend and had no issues with my feet the entire night. The leather is so buttery soft! 

I haven't been in a Charming Charlie is a pretty long time. I didn't realize there was one right down the street from me, so when their PR started to send me a few new arrivals I wanted to check out the store and see what else they had. Y'all, I went crazy in there! So many cute and affordable things for Spring. This top is one of the items I bought. I love the neutral leopard print and of course the sleeves, do you see that little ruffle detail? I always thought of them as a jewelry store, but they have way more to offer as far as gifts, clothes, and decor. Be sure to follow me over on Instagram so you don't miss a gift card giveaway to Charming Charlie on Saturday. 

I finally shopped the Sugarfix + Target and I love the two necklaces I picked up (1 | 2).  I'm not surprised though, combining Bauble Bar with Target prices and it's a win-win. 

xo Amanda John 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wedding Shoes

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I was never that little girl growing up dreaming about what my wedding would look like. Of course, I dreamed about who my husband would be, and no lie I thought about my wedding shoes. I always wanted to get a pair of designer shoes for the occasion. I mean after all, if you can't splurge on your wedding day then when can you?

For my birthday every year my Mom and I take a trip to Phipps Plaza and Lenox to shop the after Christmas sales. There are always a ton of designer shoes on sale, so with a wedding in mind, we browsed them all hoping to find a great deal on a designer pair I'd love to wear on my wedding. Most of the options we found were a little too high fashion for me (here's a visual... haha!). On our way out, I thought I'd make one last look in Jefferys, a store I've never been in.

A sparkly pair of shoes caught my eye, and even though they were in my wrong size section I decided to look at them anyway. Turns out, they were in my size and marked down 50%. Mom and I felt like it was a Cinderella moment, and I knew I found the perfect heel to walk down the aisle in. Although a part of me was scared for my little feet making it all day in them ;) I was so happy to find them with my Mom, because our favorite thing to do together is shoe shopping. We wear the same size and always share our closets.

I know no one else will see them on, but to me, it was totally worth the splurge.  I really wanted all the pretty shoe shots I constantly pin on Pinterest. I knew I wanted a shoe I could wear again on special occasions, so I didn't really want anything satin because it seems too formal for date night. It depends on your personal style, but I'm a girly girl at heart and will have no problem wearing a little sparkle on my feet with jeans!

The same birthday Tim gifted me these Keds to wear because he knew I wouldn't last in heels all night, and my wobble would have probably been subpar if I tried to stay in them and I couldn't have that! 😜.  Today I wanted to share a few quick tips I used to get a few extra miles in your wedding shoes so you can pick the shoes of your dreams and not worry about your feet.

5 Tips for Comfortable Wedding Shoes 

#1: Break them in 

Wear them around the house daily starting a few weeks before your wedding. I would put them on while vacuuming or cleaning around the house to gradually get my feet used to them. Like I needed an excuse to pull them out :) I wouldn't wear them outside because you want to keep them clean.

#2: If they feel snug in certain areas, wear them with socks 

I wanted to widen my shoes a bit because I was #blessed with a bunion, so I slipped on socks while I walked around the house in them. It worked like a charm after only a few wears!

#3: Add protection 

After wearing them around the house, you'll be able to notice certain spots that continue to hurt / blister / turn red. You can apply a little moleskin to these areas to add a barrier to these sensitive spots. Of course, if you have strappy shoes this will be more difficult to conceal, so if you don't want to get creative with your scissors you can also try a little deodorant to these areas so add a little barrier between the two. I'd also recommend adding in a sole cushion, but make sure your feet have enough room with all these new additions! Depending on your shoe you may want to wait until after the pretty pictures are taken before adding your protective layers.

I purchased these to protect my heels in the grass, but I didn't even make it out the door with them on because they kept popping off. At that point I was getting frustrated with a few things (you can watch my wedding day vlog here), so I remember throwing it somewhere and not using them :) I'm not sure if I didn't apply them the correct way or not, but they obviously were not helpful to me.

#4: Bring a backup 

 You do need to consider the hem length of your dress if you're going with this option, but I was changing into a shorter dress to dance in any way. I changed into my Keds for the garter toss to give them a little spotlight, then changed into my reception dress to get to dancing comfortably.

#5: Aspercream

 I didn't have to use it, but I did purchase and bring some in case my bridesmaids or I needed it that night. I've heard it's the same ingredients inside Sole Serum, and it's a fourth of the price on Amazon.

Wedding Shoe Inspiration 

You can check out my wedding Pinterest board here to see all of my inspiration. It was so fun pinning and dreaming up ideas when I was first engaged, but let that go once you get deep into planning or else you'll be changing your mind and adding too many last minute details to your plate. 
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xo Amanda John