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State Fair

I’m embarrassed to say this, but I’ve lived in Iowa for cumulatively twenty years and I’ve never been to the state fair.  Criminal, I know.  I’ve heard so many great things about it.  And I’m excited to attend my first ever this week.
Here’s some ideas on what to wear.  A few outfits for those extreme hot or humid days in the sun. And also for a nite out at a concert.
Oh, and did I mention the boots are optional?  If you’re gonna get a pair of good lookin’ boots, you might as well get your wear out of them!  But don’t be fooled.  Real cowgirl boots don’t look as um, neat? as these.  But it’s fun pretending!

State Fair

State Fair by stylefromthesticks featuring leather jewelry

Vneck dress
ustrendy.com

Wallis floral blouse
wallisfashion.com

Western boots
countryoutfitter.com

Pull Bear leather jewelry
$16 – pullandbear.com

River Island enamel earrings
$3.11 – riverisland.com

Akira fake jewelry
shopakira.com

Village Festival

If you’re taking your kids out to sit on Santa’s lap or maybe you just want to witness the lighting of the town Christmas tree, dress for warmth and function but don’t forget the style.
Try some festive red cords with a ladylike coat.  These boots are high in style but look like you can walk a few blocks carrying a baby on your hip.
Add in a fun hat and a catch all purse.  Because where else are you going to store Santa’s candy canes?

Village Festival

Village Festival by stylefromthesticks featuring a red hat

Black coat
$81 – newlook.com

Pieces shoulder bag
$66 – pieces.com

Red hat
indressme.com

Best Splurges

I have no idea what prompted me to think about this today. But here is my list for my top five wardrobe splurges. Trust me, I’m still your bargain basement girl.  But if you’re going to invest in something, don’t pinch your pennies when it comes to owning at least one of each of these:
5) Jeans-
You can really get what you pay for when it comes to jeans.  Buying a more expensive pair will definitely get you a better fit.  And they tend to be more flattering too as they are cut to enhance your figure.
4) Boots-
I love a good faux leather boot, but there is just something about the real thing.  A nice boot can go with so many outfits and can be work appropriate too, especially when the materials are upscale.
3) Leather coat-
Any leather is going to be an investment, but gives you a completely different feel versus faux leather.  Plus it is much warmer too.
2) Cashmere-
Definitely the more expensive the cashmere, typically the better quality it is.  That doesn’t mean that the cashmere you buy on Black Friday is not worth it.  It just means when you invest, you’re buying a garment that will last longer over time (don’t let moths get it!) and have a thickness to it that the lesser quality stuff doesn’t have.
1) Bag-
I’m not crazy about faux leather bags.  I understand if you can’t afford a fancy brand name, but at least buy leather.  It will last much longer and look much more sophisticated.

Best Splurges

Best Splurges by stylefromthesticks featuring straight leg jeans