Weekend Warrior Shopping List | vol. 2 Shoes, shoes, & more shoes

It's Weekend Warrior Shopping List time, and this weekend, it's all about shoes, specifically the top ten hit list of our favorite pumps and sandals out there (all under $200). After sifting and scouring through hundreds of shoes from our top shopping sites, this curated mix of picks is our best of the best.

Saturday's are meant for relaxing and to me, 'relaxing' means NOT fighting my way through weekend traffic and crowds to cross off lines on my always-changing (read: growing) shopping list.

Whether it's your shopping starting point or final destination, the Weekend Warrior Shopping List is here to save you time so you can spend it doing exactly what your heart desires. Give yourself permission to work on that 'you-shaped' dent in the couch for a few hours, curl up with that book you keep meaning to read, get your face in the sun, or go grab a drink with a friend you've been trying to catch up with for weeks.

Here we go:


shop the J. Crew Etta Cap Toe Pumps


shop the Siri Pump


shop the Selma Python Peep Toe Heel


shop the Jeffrey Campbell Favor Sandal


shop the Burke Patent Pump


shop the MICHAEL Michael Kors Bridget Ankle-Strap Sandals


shop the MIA Limited Edition Women's Lenny Pump


shop the Bond Girl Pump


shop the Grizzly Studded Pointed Court Pumps


shop the L' Autre Chose Closed Toe Pump

(sources: 1 | J. Crew Etta Cap Toe Pumps (www.jcrew.com), 2 | Siri Pump (www.nastygal.com), 3 | Selma Python Peep Toe Heel (www.coach.com), 4 | Jeffrey Campbell Favor Sandal (www.pinkmascara.com), 5 | Burke Patent Pump  (www.nastygal.com), 6 | MICHAEL Michael Kors Bridget Ankle-Strap Sandals (www.dillards.com), 7 | MIA Limited Edition Lenny Pump (www.amazon.com), 8 | Bond Girl Pump (www.nastygal.com), 9 | Grizzly Studded Pointed Court Pumps (www.us.topshop.com), 10 | L' Autre Chose Closed Toe Pump (www.shoescribe.com)

Not ready to step away from the shopping-sphere yet? No problem, keep the shopping momentum going strong and check out more of the latest and greatest picks, from shoes to sunnies, all right here lining the virtual shelves of The StyleShaker Closet: closetfeature

For more on what to wear, how to wear it, and oh so much more, you can always head back here for some inspiration.

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Get My Look | What I Wear When I'm Trying, But Not Too Hard

It's ironic how, when you try to look like you're not trying, sometimes the best ensembles float up to the fashion surface, you know? I mean, there are definitely those times when nothing is working and after an hour you leave a wake of destruction in the form of three-quarters of your closet's contents strewn across your room, bed, bathroom, etc. Frustrated from trying too hard and attempting to now throw in the towel, raise the white flag, and come up with some excuse to not make it out that night.

That's one end of the spectrum. On the other side there's the get-dressesd-on-a-loop approach. The rinse and repeat that leaves you wearing out that same old ten percent of what's hanging in your closet because that's what's easy.

The point I'm going for is smack dab in the middle of these two styling scenarios. It's the point when there's definitely effort, but you don't feel the need to go overboard. You want to look pulled together, but you still want to look and feel like you, i.e. comfortable and hopefully, confident. This is the kind of look that, in my mind, achieves just that. It's a happy medium of polished and distressed, classic and creative, yin and yang, peas and carrots, wait...

Bottom line: This is what I wear when I'm trying to pull something together, but not into trying all too hard.

If there's one thing I've learned after ten years in the fashion industry, and this is also a great metaphor for life, it's that, when you push too hard, try too aggressively to get that square peg into a round hole, you end up feeling less-than. More importantly, you end up missing the entire point.

Loosening your grip a bit allows for space, and when you make space, new ideas are able to move in and out freely. Cue: evolutiona and growth. Sometimes we try so hard to get a look just right (or anything really) that we're missing out on all of the remarkable goodies that are right there in front of us waiting to be seen. We're too busy trying to perfect, to fit into a trend that doesn't fit into our personal style.

All I'm saying is, go with what works for you. If you don't know what that is, contact me. For now, what's working for me is the combination of a classic silk blouse with a slightly distressed short that reads, "casual," but with the addition of a few key accessories works it's way into an evening situation. I love when that happens.

The accessories pull it together, show I care, while the foundation of a button-front top and denim shorts keeps me grounded, or in this case, not trying too hard, but rather, going with the flow:

what I wear when I want to try but not too hard

Shop the Look:
Love the look and now you're in the mood? To shop, not the other mood, but more power to you if that's the case. If you're looking for more picks like the ones above, I have the perfect spot for you. Check out the goods lining the virtual shelves of my very own 'happy place' known at the Closet. Everything in there is updated weekly with my top picks pulled from my top shopping sites.
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