What Gretchen Wore

What a week….Hurricane Matthew forced me to evacuate to Augusta, Georgia! I cannot complain, as I was able to hang with friends and SHOP.  My dress is from Old Navy, and was on sale for $20.  I added my favorite denim jacket, also from Old Navy, that I have had forever.  The best part of this outfit, are my new booties.  I found them at DSW for less than $50. 20161014_102342_resized


Picture of bootie from DSW.com.

What Gretchen Wore

Shoes, shoes, shoes….it is an addiction that I can barely control.  I just love shoes, sandals and boots!  I just received my latest purchase from justfab.com.  All of their shoes are $39.99.  They have handbags and jewelry too.


Best Boots for Your Body Type

It is almost boot season!!  Did you know boots can be specific to a certain body types?  It is true.  To avoid the mistake of investing on the wrong footwear, check out these guidelines.

Hourglass Shape

You might be able to wear any kind of garment available, but when it comes to boots, it is the complete opposite . Round-toe boots with sturdy cone heels – with platforms or none – are best for your body type.


Banana Shape

Have an athletic or rectangular-shaped body? Even with your lack of curves, you can create the illusion of shape with stiletto-heel boots. Embellished designs are great for your shape, as long as you steer away from models with chunky buckles.


Apple Shape

Fine-tune your rounded shape by wearing wedge boots. They work with slim legs or thick calves.  Chunky-heeled boots also work well with apple-shaped girls. Embellished and buckled boots are favorable for curvaceous ladies as well.


Pear Shape

Because of your shapely hips and butt, the best boots for you are knee-length ones. The length is ideal for your body type since it makes your legs look longer and leaner. To create a slimmer look, wear a dress that is similar to the color of your knee-length boots.


Petite Frame

If you have a petite frame, you will be glad to know that you can boost your height with high-heeled or platform boots. Choose a pointy-toe boot if you want to look taller instantly. Another height-boosting style detail is the vertical zipper. Choose boots with this accent. Just make sure to avoid boots with horizontal-length designs.


Long and Lean

If you have a long, lean frame, you can wear almost anything. But for the best look, stick with ankle-length booties and flat riding boots.


Plus Size

Worried about your shape? With the right boots, you can look slimmer instantly. Ankle-length boots that go below the knees are the best choices for plus size ladies.

Original article, found on http://glamradar.com.

What Gretchen Wore

Plaid is going to be everywhere this fall, so I found this cute and comfortable red, black and white plaid sleeveless dress at Steinmart to get me through the season.  I will be adding a jacket or cardigan as the weather chills.  For today, I just added a red bubble statement necklace and black peep toe heels.  Bring on fall!!


Fall Jackets

Our sweet summertime is dwindling and fall almost upon us!!  This means it is almost time to start thinking about the ultimate feel good purchase of the season ~ Outerwear.  You will need that elegant mid-length style to pair with skirts and dresses, and you definitely need a casual option or two for your casual days. But where do you start? From leather jackets to bombers; whimsical leopard prints and classic camel alike; these are the jackets and coats you need this upcoming fall season.

The Bomber Jacket ~ It is the perfect combination of fashion and sporty when you are looking for a warm topper for your casual denim or T-shirt dresses this fall.


The Robe Coat ~ A robe coat is so effortlessly chic it is hard to say no. The wrap-and-tie closure gives off that woke-up-like-this vibe, but the subtle tailored silhouette keeps your look ladylike, no matter where you are headed.


The Motorcycle Jacket ~ Every girl should have a leather motorcycle jacket in her life. Go for an oversized fit if you are looking for something a bit more casual, but keep in mind that a cropped or shrunken option is a great topper for cocktail dresses or night-out looks.


The Camel Coat ~   If you are searching for that wear-with-everything neutral coat for fall, the buck stops at the camel coat.  This is the ultimate classic coat.


The Denim Trucker ~ If you are dying to wear that dress that may be a little too dressy for everyday wear, try throwing a jean jacket into the mix. It is the simplest cool-girl approved way to dress down any look this fall.


The Utility Jacket ~ For casual days, just throw the lightweight button-down on over a flirty floral dress, or keep it casual with a pair of jeans and T-shirt. An army green or camouflage option is a great way to infuse a little military dressing into your everyday wear this fall.


The Plaid Coat ~ If you shy away from bold prints, but still looking for that statement coat, try a houndstooth or plaid option. Keep your palette fairly neutral, though—go for blacks, whites, and browns with hints of bold color.


Inspiration from Pinterest.

Make the Most of Summer Sales

August means celebrating the end of the summer with BBQs, pool parties and days on the river.  However, let me get real with what I look forward to during August….it is the summer of end-of-season sales. By August, stores need to clear out their inventory for fall, and that means you have the opportunity to get some amazing deals. As great as the sales can be, who among us has not been caught up and bought something totally unnecessary just because they were 80 percent off or a dress that did not quite fit right because the deal was just too good to pass up?  I am guilty!!  So, here are a few tips to consider before hitting the sale racks this weekend.

1. Bring a trusted friend with you ~ Chances are, your worst shopping decisions have happened during sale time when you were blinded by huge discounts. Combat the act of buying things you are on the fence about by bringing a friend who you trust, and who will not let you out of a store with that ill-fitting dress just because the price seemed to good to pass up.

2. Go on the hunt for items you know you wear ~  Use the end-of-season sales as a time to scoop up designer items that rarely go on sale or designer versions of items you know you wear often like jeans, blouses, or pencil skirts. The discounts might not be as steep as they are on trendier pieces, but these are the items that will not scream “sale rack” and will get plenty of use.

3. Shop pieces that work year round ~  When you are shopping end-of-season summer sales, keep in mind that fall and winter are just around the bend so that crochet maxi dress is only going to take you so far. Instead, look for pieces in darker colors and fabrics that work year round to avoid only being able to wear your great sale find for a few more weeks.

4. Compare prices at multiple stores ~ Just because that handbag you have been eyeing is 50 percent off at one store does not mean that it is not being offered at an even steeper discount somewhere else. Always shop around.

5. Ask sales associates for some extra help ~ Just because you do not see a particular item you are gaga over on the sale rack in your size, does not mean it is not available. Make sure to check with sales associates during sales to see if there are additional items in the back of the store, or to see if the item might be available in your size at a different location.

6. Check with stores on when their final markdowns are ~ The very best deals during sale time happen during final markdown, the holy grail of sales. Call your favorite stores to find out when their final markdown period begins so you can be sure to be there, and watch out online for words like “last call,” the buzz word for this is as good as the price is going to get.