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Balmain Lace-Up Canvas Ankle Boots

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Balmain Lace-Up Canvas Ankle Boots in Khaki - Snagged at Neiman Marcus for $358.50 (Retail: $1195)

Siwy Jeans Madeline Shorts in Jet Obsidian - Worn before here with Topshop ankle boots and ASOS tights and here with Illia leather tank and Marni wedges and here with Giuseppe Zanotti leopard sculpted platform wedges

Balmain Bullet Belt in Black - Worn before here with Patterson J. Kincaid shorts and Balmain black leather lace-up boots and here with Prada studded cutout platforms and Pendleton hat

Velvet Ella Tunic in White - Snagged off Shopbop.com for $58 Retail

Ami Dans La Rue Funnel Neck Sweater Coat in Black Marled - Snagged off Shopbop.com for $97.50 (Retail: $325)

I wanted to get back to basics and no-fuss dressing so I pulled out my trusty Express black opaque tights and my favorite shorts of all time, these Siwy black denim madeline cut-offs complete with pocket hangover.  Whenever I travel I bring some tights with me and a couple pairs of shorts, including black ones like these.  It makes getting dressed easier in the morning, especially when you don't want to think too much about it.  Shopbop had markdowns a week or so ago and although this Velvet tunic was not included in the sale section I bought it anyway along with a few other items.  It was a pretty good haul in terms of stocking up on basics.  This Velvet white tee has been on my wish list for a long time and I liked the longer length.  I thought it was a basic and I wanted to get it before it sold out.  Well, today I checked and sure enough it was gone.  For only $58 it is perfection and soft as ever.  I find most of the items from the Velvet line to be very soft to the touch.  I also picked up the tunic in black and I see they still have that color available in a couple of sizes.

Along with the Velvet tunic, I picked up this Ami Dans La Rue funnel neck sweater.  This had been on my wish list for a long time as well and it finally made its way to the 70% off section.  I don't even know how it landed in there.  I know they featured this sweater in a Shopbop look book along with a few other pieces from Ami Dans La Rue.  It is gorgeous so buy it if you can.  They have it in a white oatmeal color and in black as well.  People were complaining in the reviews about the pockets not being sewn to the inside of the coat, but trust me, you won't care.  It doesn't make a difference to me at least.  It is soft and another basic piece that is going to be worn to death.  Ami Dans La Rue is a new line to Shopbop, but I am definitely going back for more and I hope they continue to carry this line.  Please check it out if you can because they have lots of items in the 70% off section.

For accessories I went all out on the Balmain to really elevate the basic look.  I get lots of e-mails from people wanting to buy items that I have worn on the blog, including this Balmain bullet belt.  Unfortunately, you will not see me opening up a shop selling anything.  I donate my items when I am through with them or give them away.  The Balmain bullet belt will probably never make it to the thrift store.  I bought it from Browns Fashion website and it was quite the hassle to order from there for some reason.  However, it came in flawless condition and quickly.  If it was easier to complete the order online from Browns I would definitely shop there more.  I got it for a discounted price, but it was still relatively expensive.  I have worn it twice before on the blog and each time I styled it a different way.  To say the least, I am obsessed with this belt.  For some strange reason, I always wanted a bullet belt.  I feel stronger when I am wearing it too, probably because it could be dangerous.

The Balmain lace-up canvas boots were a real snag at the Neiman Marcus here in Denver.  I guess they had just had some items come in from some other stores and I found these in my size.  I felt so lucky because I love Balmain.  You know I am a sucker for all the lace-up boots.  I think the green canvas and the way you can tie the laces on these really adds to their military appeal.  The military trend is something you will see me dipping into pretty often in my outfits.

xoxo

Jacqueline