Sitting at Barnes & Noble on our “date” last week. 🙂
Halloween is almost here and before we know it, Thanksgiving, then Christmas! ‘Tis the season of fuzzy sweaters and tall boots! Stores all over are hitting us daily with ads about all of the expensive things we deserve to get ourselves, haha. So I wanted to share a money saving tip if you’re on the lookout for boots that go way up over those knobby little knees of yours! 😉
I was recently talking with a friend who complimented my over the knee (OTK) boots, and in the course of the conversation she mentioned that boots like that would be an investment. Truth is, it doesn’t have to be. I think my boots cost a whopping total of… $10. I could be wrong though– I ordered a few of these at one time and 2 pairs were like $26 and the other was $10, but either way, boots like these don’t have to cost a lot to look sophisticated!!
Here are my top boot picks under $40!
I think there’s a misconception that OTK boots are not something you can wear everyday… and that’s also not true! Scroll down to see how to style OTK boots casually, dressy, and everywhere in between!!!
ohhhh and I’ll link the post to each picture, all you have to do is click! I also added in a not so flattering pic of 7 year old me hugging boots…
Mix together with a whisk and add food coloring as desired! add more milk if you want it more liquid-y and add more powdered sugar if you want it stiffer.
Add food coloring as needed.
For solid color areas, spoon and spread the frosting on the cookie.
for details, use stiffer frosting (add more powdered sugar) and pipe the frosting onto the cookies.
This doesn’t make tons of frosting so you may need to make a few batches, which is fine especially if you will need a few different colors. I made 2 batches and turned my orange into brown for the pumpkin stem, then I used another batch and left some plain white to pipe out the skeleton, after that I added blue to do the bats, and then added yellow to my blue leftovers to make the green.
make a few batches, add food coloring, and decorate quickly so the frosting doesn’t dry out
To make very basically decorated cookies a little cuter, make sure to add more than one color or add edible embellishments like the eyes I used!
I’m really excited to bring these to the neighbors with some cute cards tomorrow because we usually don’t do anything like this, but we have been learning lately how important it is to be good neighbors. Jesus even says we need to be so I guess we can’t argue with that!
Ladies, this adorable gingham dress is $11. Need I say more?
Oh but I will say more because I have to explain a few other reasons why I love it. Like how the high-low hem is great for when you are busy running errands, chasing your kids around, or working at a job (like teaching) because it means that when you bend over, you’re still fully covered!
I also am thankful for the button-down aspect of this dress because it makes breastfeeding a breeze (ever tried nursing in a dress that isn’t button-down? Yeah, it doesn’t work). Did I mention this would be one of those good before, during, and after pregnancy dresses too? Well it’s true! I recommend wearing it with a belt or a sweater that pulls it in before and after pregnancy though because it’s so roomy.
Being only $11, you wouldn’t expect to experience the type of quality I think this dress is, but it seems to be great quality. I washed it before I wore it and it still looks great. Also, I am impressed with the button quality because they haven’t randomly come undone on me like I’ve experienced with some button-down shirts I have. So I didn’t feel like I had to wear an undershirt and shorts under it, which is kinda nice!
My belt is from a Ralph Lauren factory store we went to in the Wisconsin Dells this summer. We bought it for like $25 (I can’t remember the exact price but it was under $30). I wish beyond wish they had a website so I could direct you to because everything I find online that’s a near approximation to this belt is like $200 & up.
Don’t you absolutely love cognac leather? It’s such a warm, light, beautiful color and it’s even better when pared with gold accents like you see in the RL monogram! Cognac is definitely my favorite color of leather so because I couldn’t find my exact one, I’m linking some similarly colored options with interesting details and that aren’t more than a month’s rent in your first apartment! Brooks Brothers $29
If you’re looking to find ways to spice up your otherwise neutral outfits, add a single pop of color! I found my purse on sale at Target a few years back and I love it because it has proven to be an inexpensive way to bring a special dose of newness and excitement to an otherwise pretty vanilla outfit.
I don’t have an exact dupe of this bag, but I did one better yet by finding you a red crossbody that’s only $9.99!
As for the boots: a very similar pair can be found here from JC Penny’s for $39!!!! I found mine at Walmart.com for about half that last year. I will link to a page with all of Walmart’s over the knee boot options for this season, but they have so many options, I’ll let you see for yourself! 🙂