Can’t Live Without: Chunky Heeled Boots

Sarrandipity Blog-Can't Live Without: Chunky Heeled Boots

I have a confession: I’m not much of a heels girl. I love how they look, and I love how I feel in them, except for when I don’t. Let’s face it: heels hurt, and I’m just not always willing to endure the pain if not totally necessary. Especially in the winter. I’m accident prone enough without trying to safely navigate the icy sidewalks of Chicago on half-inch-in-diameter, 4-inch-in-height shoes. Enter: chunky heeled boots. These have been a lifesaver throughout both NYC and Chicago falls and winters. They add some much-needed height, they’re cute, they’re versatile, and they’re comfortable (+ relatively stable) enough to wear all day. Over time, I’ve amassed a decent collection in the necessary shades of brown, black, and grey. Most of the styles I own (above) are no longer available, but below are some similar boots currently out there that I love.

Sarrandipity Blog - Can't Get Enough of Chunky Heeled Boots

Coclico ‘Kitta’ Ankle Bootie // Trask ‘Abbey’ Tall Boot // UGG ‘Mackie’ Water Resistant Boot // Frye Jackie Button // rag & bone ‘Harrow’ Leather Boot // Clarks Alpine Melt Boot // ALDO Himelfarb // Marais Marseille Boot

Sarrandipity - Can't Live Without: Chunky Heeled Boots

One of my favorite pairs in action.

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Packing List: Weekend in Florida

Weekend in Florida

In a couple days, Andy and I are meeting his parents in Florida for the long weekend. His plan is to golf as much as possible; my plan is to soak up as much sun as possible (golf and I do not mix). Though the forecast right now is looking grim (highs in the 60s, what?), I’m holding out hope that this week’s 75-degree weather will ultimately extend into the weekend. And my packing list reflects my denial. The trip is going to be a laid-back, casual one, which makes the packing pretty easy: No need for excessive jewelry, any form of heels, or dressy clothes. If the weather holds up, my uniform will be a bathing suit (I have this one from Victoria’s Secret in two different prints; it’s the most flattering bikini I’ve ever owned–both top and bottom), shorts and a loose-fitting crop top. For cool nights (or days??) I’m packing my favorite, light-weight versatile scarf, a pair of trusty Keds, and a jean jacket. My beach bag is actually a kitschy bag I bought at Harrods in London many, many years ago. It folds down completely flat in my suitcase, holds all the necessities (with a zipper top), and its waxy finish keeps it waterproof. And I cannot go anywhere without my Kindle (currently reading: Eightysixed by Chicagoan Emily Belden); with this waterproof case, it’s completely beach-friendly.

What are your vacation necessities?

Gap Denim Jacket // H&M Double Layer Tank // Old Navy Denim Cut-Off Shorts // Franco Sarto ‘Grip’ Sandal // Tildon Metallic Straw Hat // Ted Baker Biotime Sunglasses // Victoria’s Secret Getaway Halter // Victoria’s Secret The Ruffle Cheeky Bottom // Harrods Pretty City Shoulder Bag // Tasha ‘The Ringer’ Infinity Scarf // Keds Champion Washed Stripe Sneaker // Felicity & Coco Stripe Scoop Neck Maxi Dress // Trendy Digital Waterproof Kindle Case // Kindle Paperwhite

Sparkle and Shine Holiday Decor

My gold and glimmery mantle. 
I love decorating for any holiday, and when it comes to the winter, I’m all about sparkle and shine. I’m obsessed with mercury glass anything and everything, twinkle lights and pretty much anything else with white, silver, gold and glitter. Fancy up your home for the holidays (or, if you’re like me, for all of winter), with these glimmering pieces.
Sparkle and Shine Holiday Decor

Marnie Glass Candle: Candles are another one of my obsessions. At any given time, I have at least two lit. This one adds some serious winter-wonderland essence. Nordstrom, $30

Coiled Twig Silver Tree: It seems that I’m starting to collect trees like this; after all, I’d much rather think of the outdoors during winter as silver and sparkly than grey and dreary. Target, $20

Etched Glass Hurricane: One of my favorite things on my mantle is the mercury glass hurricane. Light a candle in it, and the light flickering through the glass is magical. Ethan Allen, $63

Glittery Nutcracker: As far as I’m concerned, these are about a million times more fun and festive than the traditional black and red nutcrackers. I have two very similar to this one. They’re good men. Target, $10

Glitter Berry Mini Wreath: Again, so much better than the standard holiday red berries, or the standard green wreaths. The perfect welcoming piece to hang on your door. Pier 1, $15

Glittered Joy Decoration: In case you feel yourself getting Scrooge-y, just take a look at this shimmering reminder to enjoy the season. Target, $14

Wire String Lights: These lights have been popping up all over, and they’re so cool. Because they’re on wire, you can bend and wrap them any which way you please. One use I can’t wait to try: squeezing them into a wine bottle for some awesome rustic lighting. Amazon, $18

Glass Snowman: The only kind of snow I like. Nordstrom, $24

Lighted Glitter Branch: I find metallic or lighted decorative branches to be so cool and classy, and definitely something that you can keep on display all winter long. Z Gallerie, $20

Mercury Glass Votives: Just like with the hurricane, when you light candles in these, the flickering light is gorgeous. You can place them all together on a mantle or shelf, or spread them out around your home. Z Gallerie, $15