holiday shoes under $100 & splurge

Hi, our names are Aj & Ashley and we have a problem:


We love shoes.

I’ve rounded up some of our holiday time favorites- in two batches.

The first, a round up of shoes that Ash and I own. Between us both we own most all of these shoes, some in multiples- and there’s a reason. They are our favorites. Yes, they are expensive- but, I will say I used to be the gal that had 7 pairs of “black pumps”, none of which I really liked, they didn’t last, and they were all incredibly uncomfortable. Now, if I had instead invested in one pair of quality black pumps- I would have spent the same amount, they last longer, they are more comfortable, and let’s be honest- I just like them better! So, that is my strategy now. I sometimes will buy a fun, inexpensive pair – but most of my shoes I invest in and replace multiple pairs of shoes in my closet that I then won’t wear.  Screen Shot 2016-12-07 at 2.13.32 PM.png

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The second batch – everything is UNDER $100 and some UNDER $50! Several of them are lookalikes for the expensive ones! Screen Shot 2016-12-07 at 2.18.47 PM.png

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Which ones are you going to grab!?





Ash’s obsessions

Steve Madden ‘Slithur’ Sandal now on sale for $89.90! (was $109.95).  As previously discussed in The Caged Heel post these heels super hot and they pair just as easily with jeans as they do a flowy maxi dress.

Rails ‘Hunter’ Plaid Button Front Shirt.  Because rails makes the best plaid shirts.  Super soft, super comfy, and perfect as we transition to fall.

ASOS Embroidered Mesh and Lace Midi Dress.  I’ve got a wedding to attend next month and I’m thinking this may be the dress I go with.  Great fall color and beautiful lace, all for only $113!

Aj’s obsessions

Screen Shot 2016-09-12 at 4.58.40 PM.pngVega Sport Recovery Accelerator .  I already used Vega for my protein powders, so when I found this, I had to give it a shot. It may be a mental thing, but about halfway through my training plan I started using this after my SOS {something of substance} runs, and I feel like it has helped tremendously!

Jeffrey Campbell Taggart Bootie. These were a hot boot last fall and they have hit the scene again as a must have! I love mine and Ashley owns them in a couple colors.

BLANKNYC ‘Good Vibes’ Distressed Skinny Jean.  I am obsessed with these jeans. They look amazing on everyone, great fit, good distressing and an even better price- $88!

spring suede shoe obsessions

suede shoes

Soft suede just oozes elegance and femininity- unless its heavily fringed or studded and then it may take on more of a hippy or native american vibe.  Suede was a prominent trend in the 2015 spring/summer shows, and I would love to see it keep going and going… particularly with shoes!

My current spring suede shoe obsessions (left to right, top to bottom)-

Steve Madden “Kitty” Ghillie Sandal – $89 at Nordstrom.  I actually just bought these this past weekend.  The laces are on trend, and the low block heel give a little lift while staying casual and comfy.  I’m heading to Napa for a girlie weekend this Friday and these are definitely coming with!

Klub Nico “Tarina” Gladiator Sandal – $199 at Nordstrom.  With a little bit more of a heel, petite studs, and laser cutouts, this is maybe the girliest ‘gladiator’ sandal ever.  It’s a great neutral color and pairs just as great with dresses as it does with jeans.  These heels are also sold at Anthropologie for $240 (see Jordana Heels).

Manolo Blahnik BB 105 Suede Point-Toe Pumps in Cobalt – $595 at Saks.  I heart these shoes so much.  I’ve lusted after them for more than a year now.  I’ve even talked friends into buying them.  What’s so great about them?  The color.  Go see them in person.  The color is simply amazing.  I think I may need to add these blue suede shoes to my closet this season 😉

Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong – $398 at Stuart Weitzman.  A simple, clean, classic, and sexxxy sandal.  The cut on these is just perfect.  The heel is a bold straight line to elongate your leg, and the toe strap is slightly angled to display those perfectly pedicured toes.  The Nudistsong is the wearable version of the super hot Nudist sandal.  If you want a super sexy sandal for sitting, get the Nudist.  If you want to be able to walk and dance and strut around, go for the Nudistsong.

Happy shopping!


the caged heel

caged heel

The caged heel is THE current “it” shoe, and with its striking design it’s easy to see why!  There are tons of brand, color, and cost options for this style making it super hard to pick just one.  In fact, I love this trend so much I’ve already snatched up a couple pairs… and may even pick up a third.

caged heel - mossimo

Mossimo ‘Kylea’ Mossimo ‘Kylea’ – $35 at Target in black and taupe  .  Love the trend but don’t want to spend top dollar?  These are the way to go!  No they’re not real suede, and yes the sole is rubber– but for $35 they’re spot on trend and on budget!

caged heel - steve madden

Steve Madden ‘Slithur’ – $109 (on sale for $98!) at Macy’s.  If a range of colors is what you’re after, Steve Madden has you covered.  Leather upper with manmade sole, but who’s looking at the bottoms anyway?

caged heel - vince camuto

Vince Camuto ‘Kristana’ – $119 at Nordstrom in black and turquoise.  Additional colors (nude and pink) available at Vince Camuto (also on sale!)  A slightly different design, bit sexier heel, leather upper, and synthetic sole.

caged heel - schutz

Schutz ‘Juliana’ – $190 (on sale for $133!) at Saks in black, natural, and sporty pink .  The creme de la creme of lot.  A still sexier heel with suede upper and leather sole.


Which ones are your perfect match?