As the More is More Mom®, I have been all about…..more back to school shopping. There is nothing like the smell of fresh school supplies in the morning…….
While I never view a visit to the mall (my Mecca) as a chore, it’s nearly impossible to convince my Amanda of that. And she calls herself a self respecting teenager! When I was her age, I was forever saving up all of my babysitting money for a visit to the Century Mall, Marshall Fields on State Street, Water Tower (where they had, what I thought was the height of fashion, a Le Sport Sac Store), Old Orchard and even a ride to the Harlem Irving Plaza, otherwise known as the HIP.
She couldn’t put it off any longer. I broke the news to Amanda that it was finally time; an afternoon of shoe shopping. To make the experience more fun (with less complaining as an added bonus), we invited our neighbors, Amanda’s pal, Rosebud, and her mom, my friend, Missy, to join us.
First stop….DSW. So many shoes and so little time! Rosebud found a darling pair of brown suede, beaded, Minnetonka moccasins; while Amanda held out for more fabulous selections at the mall.
We visited many lovely shops, but nothing holds a candle to the shoe salon at Nordstrom’s! The biggest trend we spotted this season is the flat shoe, solids and skins, bowed, buckled, bedecked, bedazzled and bejeweled.
However, the pair that caught Amanda’s eye was a brown Puma flat, with the sturdy construction of a tennis shoe. If Amanda was a Spice Girl, she would definitely be Sporty Spice.
Everything that is old is new again; the Minnetonka Moccasin, Le Sport Sac bags and Sperry Topsider’s are back and better than ever! How cute are these crocodile embossed, chocolate brown babies?
As much as we loved the beautiful selections at Nordstrom’s, we were certain we could find fantastic, fashionable footwear for less.
Target had super cute flats for $15-$20.
They are featuring black and taupe shoes bedazzled with stones of varying shapes and sizes. What sparkle!
If you are looking for a classic black flat with a bow on the toe, then you’ve been to the right place.
Color is definitely a way to separate yourself from the pack. How cute is a hot pink suede loafer?
I am always a sucker for animal skin. Target has really upped the style quotient with these zebra ballet flats.
Totally loving these gorgeous, silver, shimmery flats from Steinmart. Dress them up or dress them down. Either way you’ll be a styling and happening babe!
However, we hit the mother load at TJ Maxx and More;
Black patent leather ballet flats for 1/3 of the cost as the pair we loved at Nordstrom’s:
Brown Rocket Dog flats for $19.99!
Black patented leather UGG driving mocs, for ½ the price!
How can you possibly go wrong with a classic Ralph Lauren buckle flat? The good people at TJ Maxx were practically giving them away!
With as rainy a summer as we’ve had, you have to know that a rain boot is an absolute necessity this fall. TJ Maxx had great boots for $19.99. You can’t afford not to buy them!
The piece de resistance for us was an amazing bag. While it may not be a completely practical backpack for Amanda, we found a sling type tote bag that was out of this world. How can you possibly go wrong with a Lucky Brand Jeans tote with a brown suede bottom (you’ll never see the dirt), a super sturdy strap and buckle, in a fantastic and funky pattern of flowers and birds? It just screams groovy! The best part of all, other than its high style, is the fact that it wasn’t anymore expensive than a good Jansport backpack. Yay!! Fashions for less!
While the first day of school might not be the most fun day ever, what could possibly be more important than looking good for the school year?