These Fun Booties are Party-Approved

I’m spending most of the party season here in St. Louis where we get all 4 seasons. So, party season is about to get pretty cold, y’all. For those days when it’s so cold that it doesn’t make sense to wear my party pumps, I’ll be reaching for some party booties instead. Here are 6 options I’m currently eying.

Party Booties

Party Booties:

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Need some bootie style inspiration? Check out this post.

Styling Wardrobe Classics for a Holiday Party

So far, so good. I’m trying to ease my way through party season without buying new outfits for every occasion. I attended a cocktail party at the newly-opened Diamonds Direct store in St. Louis, and I restyled my fringe skirt (see it styled 3 ways here). For another occasion, a more casual affair, I dressed up some black skinnies and my gingham shirt, two wardrobe classics, with floral pumps (this is so old) and my . Another party down!

wardrobe classics

Gingham shirt () | | (old, , ) |

Want more insight on creating fabulous high-low holiday style, be sure to check out this post.

Location: The Muny, St. Louis

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I Tried Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored

In How to Maximize Holiday Sales to Your Style Advantage, I shared my top 3 tips for taking advantage of holiday deals as well as the two things I shopped for during Black Friday weekend. One of those items was Rihanna’s new universal red lipstick—the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored (get it ). And, what can I say? It’s such a perfect red! Today’s post is all about it.

This has a liquid-y formula that applies smoothly and dries to a matte finish. Once it dried (very quickly, by the way), it felt like I wasn’t wearing anything at all. And, I love that.

Fenty Beauty Stunna

I found the wand applicator a tad bulky and hence clumsy to use at first. See what it looks like below. I think I’m getting the hang of it now though.

12-hour wear? The product promises to give 12-hour wear. I put it to the test the first time I wore it because I did a photo shoot, went straight to brunch, and then ran some errands. After eating and drinking, I experienced some color fading, but for the most part, I still had a bold red lip I could continue wearing without touch-ups. I didn’t experience any cracking, which I was really happy about. I have dry lips, y’all.

All in all, I’m a fan of this lip paint. The color had my love at first application, and it wears pretty well too.

Shop the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored and other Fenty faves:

For reference, I wear 390 in the Fenty Beauty Foundation.

How to Maximize Holiday Sales to Your Style Advantage

Happy Monday! I walked into my local Anthropologie last Saturday, my first and only day out shopping during the holiday weekend. Shocking, right? Hear me out. This season, I’m shopping with a strategy that’ll allow me to shop holiday sales to my advantage. Here’s how.

|  (under $30) | Tracy Reese coat (, , )

Pumps () | Loeffler Randall bag () | Lip:

How to Maximize Holiday Sales to Your Style Advantage

1. Make a list. I’ve written down everything that I need and even just want this holiday season. And, I’m sticking to that. Anthropologie has been surpassing my style needs over the past few years, so the opportunity to get 30% off everything was worth a visit. I visited to stock up on my favorite candles (in and ). I also purchased the  (with a sale-on-sale discount) I’m wearing today because I’ve been wanting a longer white shirt to wear tunic style like shown today.

Holiday Sales

2. Do online research. I always browse the sites of retailers before visiting them in-store. I do that to gather as much information as I can to help me make smart purchases because holiday sales can make all the things look attractive. What are my options? What’s the price point? How much is the discount? Do I even need to visit this store?

3. Get free shipping. I never pay for shipping. Never. This time of year, especially on Cyber Monday, you can take advantage of all the no-cost shipping offers. There’s a dress (this ) I’ve been wanting to try on that wasn’t available in my local stores, so I took advantage of a 50%-off-plus-free-shipping offer at the retailer’s site.

Want more holiday shopping tips? Check out How to Save for the Styles You Really Want and 3 Top Tips for Shopping Off-Price Stores.

P.S. I also visited Sephora on my Saturday shopping trip to get that . I’m wearing it in today’s post. It’s the perfect red, y’all.

Location: Grand Center Arts District, St. Louis

How to Save for the Styles You Really Want

This post is sponsored by Chase.

In 10 years of blogging, I’m so happy that I’ve maintained the Visit-Internet motto, namely that net worth does not determine your net style. I continue to uphold the idea that all of our style purchases should be affordable, that is, we are able and willing to pay for them. When there are styles we want but can’t afford right away, why not save for them? Today, I’m sharing my top 5 tips for saving for those special purchases.

How to Save for the Styles You Really Want

1. Choose something to save for. Do you want a new designer bag or that high-end watch you’ve been eying? Whatever it is, write it down. Starting with a specific goal will set everything else in motion.

Finn by Chase

2. Take stock of all of your expenses. Are they wants or are they needs? I started recording my expenses as wants vs. needs, and I was blown away by how much I spent each week on frivolous things like lattes. I don’t even like lattes that much. , a fully mobile bank that debuted exclusively in St. Louis, makes taking stock of expenses easy and engaging. Finn allows users to mark all expenses as needs or wants with a like, frown, and even an angry face emoji depending on how they make them feel. What I love about the feature is it allows us to visualize our expenses and the motivations behind them. Lattes didn’t make me happy, but I had to visualize my spending on them to really grasp that. A hot tea though? I can drink those all day.

3. Make a Budget. I started accounting for every single penny that passes through my account. Remember this 2011 budgeting post? I still use the same excel spreadsheet to keep track of my monthly spending. Doing so has allowed me to set realistic spending and saving goals and to hold myself accountable for meeting those goals.

4. Make Saving Automatic. Automating the process of saving helps your savings grow without thinking about it.  even has an interesting feature that allows you to set your own autosave rules to build savings depending on a purchase. Are you a big coffee drinker? Using Finn, you can set  a rule to save $5 every time you buy a coffee. How easy is that?

5. Pick the Right Tools. Fees can eat away at your balance and hence derail your saving goals. Thus, it’s so crucial to make sure you choose the right tools. I’m a fan of because there are no monthly fees. Right now, there’s even a FREE $50 sign up bonus!

That’s it! 5 easy steps to the big smiles you’ll have when you save for the styles you really want.