Street Style

Boot Season

Boot Season | truelane
Boot Season | truelane
Boot Season | truelane

Photography by Michele Equitz

Vans flannel (
similar) | Aritzia jacket (similar) | Mott & Bow denim | Thrifted handbag | Boots c/o Frye + Co

Not that it matters, but I’ve made my 30th birthday a deadline for the time by which I should be able to walk in heels. I’ve avoided them my whole life—not because I didn’t like how I looked, but because I felt like a baby giraffe every time I tried to take a step. I’m kind of tired of turning down a dreamy pair of shoes just because they have a heel. I’ll never be a four-inch stiletto person (okay, I shouldn’t say never—my latest pick-up is a pair of 3.5” vintage Jimmy Choos), but I have noticed a huge difference in just committing to the shoe and practicing for a few hours a day.

It’s a big help when it’s a pair of boots you can lace up tightly with a chunky heel, like these from Frye’s new line Frye + Co. I’ve always wanted a pair of boots like this—they look a little outdoorsy, but made for the city. I always love a conundrum.

Seattle Premium Outlets Fall Haul

This post is sponsored by Seattle Premium Outlets.

In the days when I used to back-to-school shop, Seattle Premium Outlets was the hot spot. Believe it or not, fifteen years later, I visit some of the same shops—the Vans outlet is still a favorite! But one thing is different these days: I’m spending my own money instead of an allowance from my parents (thank you, Mom & Dad!), which means I’m much more aware of the savings to be found. And let me tell you, there are many.

Since my shopping focus has been workwear lately, I headed straight to the Tory Burch and Kate Spade outlets. Both of these brands are pretty well known for their tote/work bags and shoes at mid-range prices. But on Labor Day Weekend, no surprise—prices were marked down even farther, and I was glad I picked that weekend to go! At Kate Spade, I was torn between two gorgeous green leather crossbody bags, both at 70% off marked down from $400. Which one do you think I went with?


Let’s get back to the Vans outlet. Not only did I find my favorite flannels at buy one get one 50% off (for a total of over 80% off!), but the shoes were buy one get one 50% off too! I got to check one item off my longtime wishlist—platform Old Skools in classic black—and picked up a tiny pair of baby size 5s for my little nephew.


Still, my favorite find of the day has to be the Tory Burch ‘Gemini’ tote. I’ve been eyeing it to haul all of my work stuff for months, but knew it would be out of my price range for a long time—that is, until I saw it sitting on the shelf at Seattle Premium Outlets, with a sign next to it that said it was an additional 50% off the already marked-down price. Saying goodbye to summer with a good sale and hello to fall with a great handbag is just how I like my seasons to change.


It’s really quite a privilege to spend a day shopping, indulging in mall food (I ate two Auntie Anne’s pretzels) and spending a very reasonable amount of money on what you want rather than stressing about how much you can or can’t afford. Thanks for helping make my fall fashion dreams come true, Seattle Premium Outlets!

What pieces are on your fall wishlist this year?

From the Streets

Portland, Oregon is one of my absolute favorite places. Whether I'm driving through or staying a few nights (just a few hours from Seattle), I always leave feeling so refreshed and inspired by the lifestyle. Urban Weeds is a Portland street style blog written by the lovely Lisa Warninger. It is a site I visit daily for outfit inspiration, so I decided to compile a few of my favorite looks for readers of Zipped!

Sage and Lynnsy

I am personally in the market for a pair of oxfords, and totally coveting Sage's! Love her bright orange layer under the denim too. Lynnsy has effortless layering skills, an adorable dog, and cites her mother as her style icon. I love her edgy printed tee with the classic denim shorts!

Julia and Lenay

Julia's printed scarf, cowboy boots, and super flattering high-waist skirt...what's not to love? Need. Lenay's. Skirt. In. My. Closet. Obviously. The crossbody bag pulls it together flawlessly.

Which look is your favorite?

Side note, author Kimberly S. Lin recently sent me a copy of her book, Recession Proof, about a gal named Helen whose life gets turned upside down as a result of the economic recession. The book has a lovable main character and a fun Sex and the City vibe, but please note that this book contains adult content i.e. not for my younger readers :-) Big thanks to Kimberly, as I love having books to add to my collection!