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Boot Season

Boot Season | truelane
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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?




Shopping Sustainably with The RealReal

Shopping Sustainably with The RealReal | truelane
Shopping Sustainably with The RealReal | truelane
Shopping Sustainably with The RealReal | truelane
Shopping Sustainably with The RealReal | truelane
Shopping Sustainably with The RealReal | truelane
Shopping Sustainably with The RealReal | truelane

Photography by Michele Equitz


Anine Bing dress via The RealReal | ASOS boots (similar) | Lulus handbag

When you hear The RealReal, most people’s minds go to the big names: Fendi, Dior, Gucci, and whatever other designer brands whose vintage items are currently trending. However, what I love most about this site are the more moderately priced, modern and everyday items from brands like L’Agence, Anine Bing, Veronica Beard and more. I love to shop sustainably, but I honestly didn’t know it could be so chic until I found The RealReal. It’s probably why it’s become such an obsession for me…! I have about 6 pages of favorited items (most of them are already sold, but I keep them saved for inspiration), and literally check it every single day to see if the items I’m watching go on extra sale. I’ve snagged a couple pairs of Jimmy Choo boots for under $200 each, Diane von Furstenberg pieces for under $100…the discounts and treasures are endless.

While I am a part of their affiliate program (meaning I make a small percentage of income from links I post featuring their items), I’ve purchased everything on my own which is how you know I’m truly bargain hunting. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go find some more dealdeals.