Pre-Black Friday Deals & A GIVEAWAY!

I was scouring the internet last night after arriving at my parent’s house and was shocked at the number of sales that are already happening. I decided to do a little roundup for y’all just in case you want to get a jumpstart on your Black Friday shopping from the comfort of your home 🙂

ALSO! If you missed it, I’m running a giveaway through my Instagram and Facebook page. I’m giving away $50 to one lucky person. All you have to do is head over to those accounts and follow the steps. (Look for the photo below!) The winner will be announced tonight, Wednesday, November 22nd at 9pm! Good luck.


Pre-Black Friday Sales


50% off your entire purchase for club members and free shipping

To become a club member, just enter your email address

Ann Taylor

50% off everything with code THANKFUL

American Eagle

40% off your entire purchase and free shipping

Banana Republic

50% off your entire purchase


50% off your entire purchase and free shipping on orders of $50 or more


Extra 20% off all sale items


40% off your entire purchase with code THANKU

J.Crew Factory

50% off your entire purchase

L.L. Bean

20% off clothes and outerwear and free shipping with code THANKS20. Plus $10 gift card with any purchase over $50.


40% off your entire purchase with code GIFTITUP

Old Navy

50% off your entire purchase and free shipping on orders of $50 or more


Pottery Barn

30% off holiday decor and free shipping with code FREESHIP


Select toys are BOGO 50% off, select toys are 20% off and home items up to 30% off. PLUS free shipping on your entire order.


Keep checking back in throughout the day for more updates as I find them 🙂 Happy Shopping!



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Faux Leather Leggings For Under $20

the softest sweater in the world // faux leather leggings (size down at least one size, maybe two) // similar mules, also love these and these // sunglasses


You know those days when you throw on an outfit and you just feel good about yourself? That’s exactly how I felt in this getup. There’s no way on Earth I’m cool enough to pull of leather leggings, but somehow these beauties make me feel like a million bucks. The best part is, they are currently on sale for under $20! In fact, you can grab my entire outfit for under $75!

I was born with hips and thighs. Those are just the facts. There was once a time where I wished them away, thinking I needed to be stick thin and wear a size zero. Years of playing soccer built muscle that would never allow my frame to fit in anything under a size four, and again, I wanted something different. Maybe it’s my age, or becoming a mom, or watching my body grow and snap back after pregnancy, but I’m starting to embrace what God gave me and soccer helped to form. A little bit of curve never hurt anyone 😉

That being said, these leggings don’t only make me look good, but they make me feel good, too. I’m wearing a size XS in this photos, and I could probably even go down another size if I wanted them to be more form-fitting. They run very big, which I’m okay with! And they are probably the softest pair of leggings I’ve ever touched. They feel like butter – legit.

On top of that, this sweater is so cozy and extremely warm. I’d size down in this baby also since the sleeves run a little long and tend to stretch with wear. My mules are a savvy find from Amazon, but I’ve linked a few that are very similar and have included some budget friendly options.

PS. ICYMI, here’s a great Thanksgiving dinner outfit option.

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What To Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner

barbour jacket // mock neck sweater // pants size down one size // belt // tory burch pumps, sold out, similar here, here and here


Less than a week from Thanksgiving?! What. Is. Happening?! Time is traveling a million miles a minute and I can’t seem to slow it down. I wore this look to work this week, but thought it would be the perfect Thanksgiving dinner outfit, too. I love the color of these pants. In fact I’m really into all wine/burgandy things this season. Especially if they are velvet! But I digress.

These pants are so soft and comfortable, too. I would size down since Loft pants tend to run a little big. Also, if you don’t have a Barbour coat, I couldn’t recommend the International style more. It’s a little edgy, but unbelievably warm. We don’t need very heavy layers in Virginia, so this coat keeps me warm all winter. It can be worn with work outfits, but also with jeans and slip-on sneakers, too. I know everyone has the Beadnell, but I’m an International fan. I wrote a post about some of the sentimental value behind it, too.

This year our family is headed up to New York to celebrate with my parents and family. We get to briefly see my sister and her boyfriend, who are flying in for a wedding, which will be so awesome. I’m excited for the holidays this year since Finn is a little older and will actually get a sense of some of the things that are going on. He gets to eat Thanksgiving Dinner this year, which will be the best.

We usually get up to Rochester/Caledonia a few times a year, but we haven’t been up there since last Christmas! This year has been downright crazy so I’m glad we get to slow down and spend some time in my hometown. I’m sure we will be attempting to do some Black Friday shopping as well, however, we usually end up sleeping in and settling for brunch instead.

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

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The Best OTK Boots for Under $100

the best over the knee boots for under $100

I remember when I first saw my favorite fashion bloggers rockin’ the OTK boots a few years back. Most of them were wearing this $798 Stuart Weitzman pair and I laughed until my abs hurt at the thought of spending that much money on boots! I also told myself that my soccer player legs would never fit into anything that looked like that, so I rolled my eyes and moved on with my life.

Two years later and OTK boots are still hanging around and with that, a ton of options have made their way onto the market. Can we all say a little “AMEN” for knock-offs?! (But seriously, do people really spend over $700 on boots?!)

I’ve come around to the idea of wearing OTK boots and have actually tried on a few pairs. Surprisingly, they fit over my calves and looked great! I’m still contemplating on which pair I’m going to go with, but there are a few on major sale right now so I thought I’d gather a list of the best ones I can find and maybe y’all can help me pick out the best pair?


Steve Madden Gabbie Thigh High Boot

Can’t beat Steve Madden quality! I love the low heel on these beauties. They come in a taupe color, too, which I actually like more, but I think black would be more versatile. These are currently 20% off making them under $100. I promise you these will be high quality!






Steve Madden Isaac OTK Boot

More Steve Madden, but with a chunkier heel and a much lower price-tag! Holy guacamole, you can’t beat this price. These boots come in this charcoal color and black as well.







Sole Society Kinney OTK Boot

Love the low heel on these, the color options are great, and the price-tag is an A-plus! I think these ones are at the top of my list.








Treasure & Bond Lynx Stretch OTK Boot

For my heel-lovers, this is a great option! These come in three colors, this camel color, taupe, and black. They are currently 15% off!







Adivan OTK Boot

I’ve tried these on in person and they are sooo soft! They are a great height and come in multiple colors as well. These are a great option and I love the low heel!








Adivan Faux Leather OTK Boot

The same boot as above but in faux leather instead!









Chinese Laundry OTK Boots

These beauties come in four color options and are under $60! They also ship for free! These are definitely another contender for me!





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Why I Became a Fashion Blogger

leith circle cardigan

leith circle cardigan

leith circle cardigan

leith circle cardigan

leith circle cardigan

leith circle cardigan

leith circle cardigan

leith circle cardigan

leith circle cardigan

leith circle cardigan

leith circle cardigan

leith circle cardigan

leith circle cardigan

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blouse – comes in a bunch of colors and is currently on sale for under $30! i have it in two colors and i wear them all the time // sweater – just came back in stock! the coziest thing on the planet and probably the only cardigan you’ll need this winter // leggings – if you buy one thing, buy these! the best leggings i’ve ever owned // similar booties – also love these and these // sunglasses  

You know what my favorite thing about David is? Okay, maybe one of my favorite things? He drops everything on a Monday at lunch to come take photos of me for my blog. He helps me “pose”, guides me on what looks nice, is learning how to operate a DSLR camera, and makes me laugh out loud in order to get these genuine photos of me.

When I started talking about doing this whole fashion blogger thing I kept talking myself out of it. Who am I to influence other people’s style? I don’t have the best clothes. I hate makeup. I would rather wear leggings and a hoodie than actual clothes. But every time I started losing faith in myself, David would encourage me. He would help pick out outfits and brainstorm content with me. He keeps me on track and I’m so grateful for that.

I think this blog is ever evolving since I’m still really trying to figure out what Simple & Inspired is at its core. One thing is for certain, the style posts aren’t going anywhere. I love taking these photos because of the silly moments that happen while David and I take them. Plus, he makes me look good, doesn’t he? 😉

On a completely separate note, about this look. I have to say, I think I’ve already gotten my monies worth out of these leggings and I’ve only had them a few months. I thought I knew what quality leggings were before, but these have changed my mind for the good. They are high waisted and suck everything in and are the comfiest things in the world. In addition, you NEED this cardigan. It’s so warm, has pockets!!! and goes with everything. This blouse is currently on sale and comes in a zillion colors. I have it in black and white and wish I had it in more. It’s perfect for work and over jeans, too. I’d size down one unless you are looking for a tunic look.

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