3. Ankle Booties

Ankle Booties

I love Ankle Booties! While they aren’t everyone’s favorite, I just love them. It could be because I pretty much only wear dresses (seriously. I don’t own pants.) and they are perfectly paired with a dress (especially this dress).

Often when shopping, I remark “I like the idea of it, but not the execution.” I feel like Goldilocks, this heel is too high, this heel is too low. It’s hard finding the one that’s just right.  My hunt for the perfect ankle booties took quite some time. Every pair was either too high of heel, too pointy of a toe, or just not perfect enough. I wanted something a bit dressy because my wardrobe is overall quite dressy (I don’t really do normal casual per se).

I wasn’t planning on buying ankle booties, I was originally out shopping with a friend trying to find her a coat when I spotted these beauties. I was in love. The heel is the perfect height. The black matches everything and the gold touches are just right! I wore them all day yesterday and my feet didn’t even hurt. Plus they cost 25 euros. Sold. Eek! Off to go find more outfits to wear them with!

***TKC Tip: Keep the hemline above the knee to make your legs look leaner and longer!

98. Wrap Dress

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I have always shied away from wrap dresses, they tend to be too low on me. Plus I feel like the waist is never right. Fashion designers and myself are in a disagreement as to where exactly the waist is on a woman. Lo and behold, enter the Issa Collection from Banana Republic last fall. The Kate Middleton engagement dress (Yes, that one) copycat is amazing. It fits perfectly on the top, the waist clinches perfectly giving an hourglass shape and since it’s jersey, its pretty forgiving. I own two colors and I swear I must wear one of them at least once a week, it’s just so perfect for so many occasions. Now if only it came out again, I would buy it in even more colors.

 

 

94. Watch

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Sometimes you just have to pull a repeat. For my birthday, I received a new watch, well actually it was a just a double of my old watch. I loved my old watch, it’s sparkly – a win in my book- and it’s loose -I can’t stand tight things around my wrist, even hair ties bother me-. The only problem with it was I had owned it for 7 years and it frankly looked like a hot mess. Stones had fallen out, enamel had chipped away, and the battery died. It did hold up pretty well considering it survived my college adventures.

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I always wear my watch with the face on the inside of my wrist so I don’t damage the face, it’s a habit I picked up from my father. In this day and age, telling the time is easily done by cellphones, iPods, even Nike fuelbands, but there is something so nice about having a watch to tell the time. It’s also really good in situations where glancing at your cellphone is rude or restricted (i.e. in a boring conversation or a test). Also, watches can be a conversation piece, everyone always compliments my bracelet and are amazed when I turn over my wrist to show it as a watch.

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21. Cocktail Ring

Cocktail Ring

If you like it, then you should have put a ring on it… A COCKTAIL RING.  In the book, cocktail rings are supposed to flashy costume jewelry. While I agree that vintage costume cocktail rings can be cool, I don’t find them the only type of cocktail ring. More importantly, I like jewelry that has a story. My cocktail ring doesn’t have a jewel on it, instead it’s all natural. It’s a gift from my uncle that lives in Hawaii and every time I wear it, I think of all the great memories I have with him growing up.  One more of my #100list is now checked off!

 

8. Bikini

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I made my first #100list purchase last week. I didn’t even really mean to make a purchase. I do technically have a bikini but being cursed blessed with a  fuller chest, I am always on the lookout for things that are specially designed for ladies in my position. Frankly, I think bikini models must be photoshopped to the nth degree, because they look like they have “full” chests but the bikinis never look the same on me!

ImageI adore this bikini! Because a) it has UNDERWIRE  but its  HIDDEN and b) it’s an adorable print. I can actually do something active in this top and be okay, because my others, I could only walk at a slow pace carefully. I am not saying I could run a marathon but I could partake in some beach volleyball. I love this print! Too many bikinis for fuller chests are made for people thrice my age, but this one still has a young feel. The ties on the bottom is a cute touch and the straps are removable.Image

PLUS, I can always pair the top with a plain navy or red bottom if I wanted to change it up! I bought the bikini from this adorable store, I smile every time I see the name. Plus since it was a lingerie store, they made sure the cups fit correctly, which is kind of a big deal. The brand is Panache, I cannot wait to see what new bikinis they have out next summer.

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The material looks super durable (something NG says to look for) which is great because I HATE it when there are bumps on the fabric from being pulled. NG says not to rock a pattern because it’s not classic enough but I think this is a classic nautical pattern, so I am fine for a couple of seasons. Frankly, I have never meet a bikini that lives past 5 years. And this one is sexy yet tame enough to wear to the beach with family or friends. I think Bikinis need to be versatile, because you are paying a lot of money for something you will not wear all that often. Plus having a few different options to mix it up is a definite plus in case you are going on a short trip!

 

What’s your favorite bikini? Can there be such a thing? 

24. Cowboy Boots

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My cowboy boots are not fancy, heck they aren’t even so casual they are cool. They do not come from some fancy store in Texas like Nina recommends, in fact they come from Rack Room Shoes. They are like cowboy booties, they come up just past my ankle. I only purchased them because we were buying boots for B’s horse camp and it just happened they had the same boots in adult sizes too.

At the time, I figured I would wear them to some costume party eventually and that would be it. So maybe 3 wears at $20 dollars, they weren’t going to be a terrible waste of money (I am looking at you, Cole Haan boots that do not flatter my calves). My Cowboy boots sat unused in my closet taking up precious shoe space for months. Paralyzed I would be called out as an impostor, I did not touch them. I was living in the real South. I didn’t want to look dreadfully out of place(which being from a coastal Floridian city, I am not considered a southern by myself nor others). I saw the other girls in their fancy cowboy boots that had actually been worn on a horse and was instantly jealous. I wanted that cool look of I just threw on these old things but hey look my shoes sparkle.

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One chilly Friday evening, I was going to an arts festival and the boots just called to me.  I wore them with a dress and it just seemed right as I was getting ready. The festival was at night in fall and the boots provided the right amount of warmth. And at a quaisi hipster festival, I figured I would fit right in. Well I would stick out, which is fitting in. They turned out to be perfect for that night.Slowly after that I started venturing wearing them other places as well. Anything that seemed to have a fall/southern theme to it (antiquing, bbq festivals, fall parades), I instantly knew to pull out my boots.

Recently, I have tried line dancing. A Saloon close to my house (yes, it’s called that Saloon) has free line dancing lessons once a week. It’s become almost ritualistic that I go each week. Each week, I pair them with a dress and try to look like a local. I may stick out with my pretty frocks but my boots blend in just well and frankly they are comfier than most of my beloved wedges. The heel is just enough that I can “dig” with the best of them but my heels don’t ache at the end of the night.

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With fall fast approaching, I know I will be reaching for my cowboy boots again and again. Hey, maybe this season they might see some action on a horse! Have any better suggestions for how to pull off the cowboy boot look? I am always looking to expand my wardrobe horizons!

P.S. I can’t help but think of this song every time I put on my cowboy boots! It’s just so darn catchy!