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My Favorite Fall Sneakers (All Under $100)

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Blame it on the up and down daily temps or the fact that these days I’m not looking to be anything but comfy, but if you’ve seen me out and about over the last few weeks, there’s a good chance I was wearing sneakers.  Sneakers all day, every single day.  And can I help it that my new obsession just happens to be every damn where this fall, calling my name from every website and storefront I shop?  No, no, I cannot.

And I am not mad at it.  I’ve been hooked on the sneaker trend for a few seasons now – with jeans, dresses, skirts, leggings, all of the outfits.  And this fall, I feel like there are SO many great, affordable sneakers to be snagged.  (Because yes, I do splurge on handbags, but I just cannot pull the trigger on those very popular $500+ sneakers.)  So today I’m rounding up some of my favorite fall sneaks for under $100 – just click through below.  Which ones are you currently eyeing?

xoxo

30 Summer Sneakers That Won’t Break the Bank

Summer Sneakers That Won't Break the Bank | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Clockwise from top:  Johnston & Murphy white/leopardEv1 from Ellen DeGeneres white/rainbowTime and Tru leopard scrunch backEv1 from Ellen DeGeneres white/camoTretorn leopard sneakers

It’s finally officially summer, and while sandal season is normally my main jam, this year I can’t get enough sneakers.  Seriously, it’s a problem.  It all started with this pair in the fall (that I’m still obsessed with) and rolled into winter with these shearling kicks and this cozy fur-lined pair.  Fast forward to summer and I’m still firmly on the sneaker train.

They’re just so versatile and easy with jeans, denim shorts, and flowy dresses.  And while, sure, I agree that Golden Goose makes a pretty cute shoe, let’s be real.  $500+ for sneakers?!  I can justify a lot of purchases (ahem, handbag obsession), but I just can’t justify that.  So today I’m rounding up a slew of sneaks to keep you bopping through summer comfortably without breaking the bank.  Which ones are your favorites?

xoxo

Spring Sneakers + Life Lately

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And just like that, it’s the middle of May.  I saw a meme somewhere recently that adulting is just repeatedly freaking out over what day slash month we’re in now and how in the world we got there.  Well consider me an adult I suppose because here we are.  It’s been a couple of weeks since I checked in here, so apologies from one bad blogger!  Life has been crazy busy around here lately, but I’m not complaining.

For starters, the Airbnb Hostess gig has been pretty wild.  Our calendar is packed, and the inquiries keep rolling in.  There have been ups and downs for sure and some learning happening on my end, but for the most part it’s been a wild, fun ride.  We actually had a last-minute cancellation for Mother’s Day, so we were able to host Eric’s family on Balboa Island this past Sunday which was so much fun.  But here’s hoping the momentum keeps going with those summer bookings coming in.

This week is also a pretty crazy one work-wise for Eric.  He’s finishing up a big project and realized that he really needs to spend a ton of time on the job site in Beverly Hills this week and next.  So we packed up the pups and are spending a few nights posted up in a hotel in the area so that Eric is just a short drive from the site.  I may head back and forth a couple of times, but for the most part, we just like to start and end our days together.  Pups included 🙂

So blame it on my newfound hotel life this week (complete with about 30 treks downstairs with the pups each day for bathroom breaks), but this bad blogger finally had a chance to get a new blog post up.  Or maybe we’ll just blame it on these new spring sneakers that I couldn’t wait to share.  Like, loving them mucho.  They’re perforated with a touch of leopard calfhair and the perfect little pop of red.  With spring dresses, denim cutoffs, and even white skinnies – I’m obsessed.

Bonus points that they’re so dang comfortable, especially with these spoiled pups, living their best hotel life and loving nothing more than prancing all over Beverly Hills all day.  Should be a couple of interesting weeks ahead for sure!  Here’s hoping you guys have a good one.

xoxo

Photos thanks to Katie Stuart

Graphic Tees, Sneakers, and Jeans: My Fall Uniform

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Last week I declared my love for sneakers this time of year, and today, well, I guess I’m further proving it.  I picked up these sneakers on major sale before a recent wine-tasting trip and have been wearing the heck out of them since.  They are so lightweight and breathable, super comfy, and the perfect match for my recent jeans and tee uniform.  (I know, I know – I said I would never be down the the camo trend, but I think after all these years, I’ve finally changed my mind.  And these, I couldn’t resist.)

I’m a sucker for a good graphic tee, but I’m especially loving the oversized, slightly longer fit of this Bowie one.  (It also comes in two other prints and colors.)  It’s perfect for a front-tuck with jeans and is also long enough for me to wear over my favorite faux leather leggings.  I’d say that’s a serious win for this creature of comfort.  Just add distressed denim and a teddy jacket – you can find some of my favorites here.

And now to tackle this extra Monday-ish Monday.  Eric and I got home last last night from a dreamy weekend trip to Tennessee, and I’m guessing it’s time to rejoin the real world.  Today will be a day of unpacking, laundry, and so many errands, but stay tuned for lots more Tennessee snaps and the reason we headed out to Knoxville in the first place.  Hope everyone has a great week ahead!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Katie Stuart

Stripes, Denim, and the Best Leopard Sneakers

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Happy Friday, friends!  We made it to the weekend, finally.  Last night Eric and I drove to Palm Springs for the second weekend of Modernism Week, and we’re so excited to take in a little home inspiration on the Moroccan Modern tour tomorrow.  We experienced our first taste of Modernism Week back in the fall and loved getting to tour some of the fabulous homes around us.  Admittedly we wanted to do more tours this time around, but we had family in town last week – so there’s always next season.

Tours or no tours, Palm Springs is always my happy place, and I’m so excited for the weekend and week ahead.  On Sunday, I’m trading out the husband and a couple of our friends for some of my best gals and a fun little girls’ week.  We planned for lots of sun, warm weather, and possibly pool time, but y’all – it’s cold here!  It’s definitely colder this weekend than it was for New Year’s Eve in the desert, but hey, I’m not complaining.  Just don’t be alarmed if you see me out and about in some type of pool kaftan topped with a winter coat – I have NO idea why my closet and suitcase here are filled with randomness.

One thing that did make the trip?  This denim jacket that I’ve worn a TON recently (last seen here).  It’s such an easy, versatile piece, and I love it over a comfy striped dress.  Also making the trip?  These leopard sneakers that get so much attention everywhere they go.  They look exactly like a leopard pair from this brand, but for a fraction of the price.  (Because I’m not about to spend anywhere near $400-500 on a pair of sneakers.  Just no.)

But a big, fat YES to the weekend ahead, and wishing everyone a good one!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Felicia Lasala

The Best Everyday Sneakers with Puma

Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wears Hudson jeans and Puma Rebel sneakers.Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wears Hudson jeans and Puma Rebel sneakers.Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wears Hudson jeans and Puma Rebel sneakers.Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wears Hudson jeans and Puma Rebel sneakers.Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wears Hudson jeans and Puma Rebel sneakers.Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wears Hudson jeans and Puma Rebel sneakers.Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wears Hudson jeans and Puma Rebel sneakers.   Puma sneakers (c/o);  white teeHudson jeans (c/o);  army green shirtZac Zac Posen handbagQuay sunglassesKendra Scott braceletsHenri Bendel necklace

If you’ve been following along the last few weeks, you know that I’ve become a little sneaker-obsessed.  With dresses, jeans, leggings, you name it, I’m all about the comfy kicks these days and can’t get enough of the whole athleisure trend.  Slow clap for whoever kicked off the athleisure trend, by the way – cheers to you, friend.  Admittedly though, all of my sneaker choices lately have been a little more fashion than function.  They’re my go-to picks for running errands around town (or, more honestly, for doing anything), but I surely won’t be doing anything sporty in them.

But a few weeks into my sneaker kick, I’ve finally found the best of both worlds with these Puma Rebel Slip-Ons.  (Also love these Black Swan inspired color options.)  They’re lace-free, which I think is just a bit sleeker when paired with jeans.  They slip on and off easily, and y’all, they are beyond comfortable.  So comfortable that last week I actually walked about eight miles in them.  Seriously.  The soles are so cushy that they’ve easily replaced my usual walking shoes.  I mean, who knew?  A lace-free, slip-on athletic shoe.  I’m sold.

Today’s look is one of my easiest athleisure outfits for everyday.  I live in distressed denim and sneakers and dress it up a bit with minimal jewelry and a sleek crossbody.  If you’re looking for a pair of sneakers that will take you from the actual gym to the rest of your day, I can’t recommend these more.  Promise, your feet will thank you.

xoxo

Photos thanks to Vincent Elejorde

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Jeans and Sneakers

Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wearing Blank NYC jeans and sneakers.Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wearing Blank NYC jeans and sneakers.Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wearing Blank NYC jeans and sneakers.Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wearing Blank NYC jeans and sneakers.Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wearing Blank NYC jeans and sneakers.Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wearing Blank NYC jeans and sneakers.Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wearing Blank NYC jeans and sneakers.Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wearing Blank NYC jeans and sneakers.Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wearing Blank NYC jeans and sneakers.Orange County fashion blogger Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries wearing Blank NYC jeans and sneakers.  Blank NYC jeans (on sale!);  white tee – under $20;  Banana Republic jacket (c/o);  Nike sneakersRebecca Minkoff handbagQuay sunglassesHenri Bendel short charm necklaceKendra Scott long necklaceKendra Scott bracelets and ring

I’ll be the first to admit it: I never really was that “jeans and sneakers” girl.  Seriously, never.  I grew up in Louisiana sweating out the summers like I was in a perpetual steam room and spending the fall and spring (mostly) in a school uniform.  I had a couple of pairs of jeans, but mainly for the weekends, denim skirts were THE thing.  That, or Soffe shorts.  Was that a thing for everyone else?  Because I just looked them up and found out that you can now get some colors for $1.  My high school self would have gone nuts – gimme ALL of the colors!

Fast forward to today, and I can’t get enough of jeans and sneakers.  (The mild California seasons certainly help with that.)  So much so that I found myself looking around our room at the rental house this week asking where in the hell did all these sneakers come from.  Certainly, someone else must have brought all of these in here, but nope.  It was me.

Recently I headed in to DSW to get my hands on these wedges (the look-alike dupes of one of the season’s most popular shoes) and somehow found myself roaming around three long-ass aisles of sneakers.  I don’t even know how many pairs I tried on that day, but somehow my wedge-shopping day turned into the day I came home with two pairs of sneakers.  Don’t judge me.

I’ve since worn these Nikes along with the other pair I bought that day SO. MANY. TIMES. and regret them zero.  They really seem to fit my construction zone life these days, no?  Anywho, I can’t recommend them enough, and paired with distressed denim (this pair is currently 40% off!), I’m weekend ready and zooming right through this Friday.  Suddenly, I’m totally one of those “jeans and sneakers” gals, and I’ll tell ya, it is not bad at all.  Hope everyone has an amazing weekend ahead!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Vincent Elejorde

20 Sneakers Perfect For Spring

best-sneakers-1-11 1. Sand Suede Sneakers  2. New Balance Sneaker  3. Golden Goose Sneakers  4. Suede Espadrille Platform Sneaker  5. Light Yellow Sneakers  6. Mesh Platform Sneaker  7. Adidas Running Shoe  8. Leather High Top  9. Basket-weave Slip-On Sneakers  10. Snake Print Sneaker  11. Star-Embellished Espadrille  12. Lightweight Blush Sneaker  13. Gunmetal High Top Sneaker  14. Perforated Leather Slip-On  15. Metallic Zip-Up Sneaker  16. Blush Platform Sneaker  17. Nike Sneaker  18. Navy Canvas Sneaker  19. Braided Slip-On  20. Canvas Slip-On

If you caught yesterday’s post, then you know I’ve got a little thing for sneakers these days.  Sneakers are seriously EVERYWHERE right now, styled with anything from dresses to jeans, and shorts, skirts, sweats, you name it.  When Louboutin is even getting in on the sneaker action, you know it’s spread pretty far.  (Side note, THESE.)  After buying this pair recently, I’ve decided that I need ALL of the colors and styles, and lucky for me, the Spring options are oh so good.  Whether you go for the splurge (looking at you, Golden Goose) or a great budget find (so many over here, guys), you can’t go wrong with the sneaker trend now and into spring.  I mean, shoes that are actually comfortable enough for all day wear?  Now that’s a trend I can get behind.

xoxo

Affordable Fall Travel Style

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Well it’s officially fall, y’all, and you know what that means.  Jogger season, of course.  I’m constantly on the hunt for the best joggers each season, and this year I think I’ve found them already.  This pair is so soft, fits like a glove, and is under $35.  (They do run a smidge big, so if you’re between, order down.  I’m in a medium for reference.)  I love a good pair of joggers for everyday, but they’re the real MVP during travel days.  And right on cue, Eric reminded me that Thanksgiving is just about a month away.  Can anyone believe that?

So I’ve decided that this will be my fall slash holiday travel uniform – joggers, sneakers, easy tee (or this thermal), and the super soft cardigan that I just found fully in stock for over 40% off.  The handbag is admittedly a total splurge, but I love this clean and simple look for less.  Add a few airplane snacks and some overpacked luggage, and we’re off to Louisiana for Thanksgiving.  Is it too soon to pack?

xoxo

Photos thanks to Katie Stuart

25+ Athleisure Pieces to Love from Walmart

Budget-friendly Athleisure from Walmart | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki PrendergastBudget-friendly Athleisure from Walmart | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki PrendergastBudget-friendly Athleisure from Walmart | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki PrendergastSweet Romeo sweatshirt and pantsTime and Tru sneakers (under $10);  MZ Wallace tote bagsunglasses

Happy Friday, friends!  You guys, remember this little black leopard set that I shared on Instagram a few weeks ago?  It’s seriously the comfiest little cozy two-piece that looks so much like a more expensive set.  While you can still snag the sweatshirt here, the pants sold out SO fast.  BUM-MER.  I’ve heard from so many of you that you missed out on this set before the joggers sold out, so today I’m rounding up a slew of budget-friendly athleisure pieces from Walmart.

This Sweet Romeo line (the same as the leopard set above) has SO many great pieces, and the quality is really good.  I’m loving these star-printed joggers (on sale for $13!) paired with this star-printed dolman top.  Or this thumbhole pullover that looks seriously dreamy.  If budget-friendly loungewear is on your wishlist for fall, click through below for some of my favorite affordable finds.

xoxo

Photos thanks to Katie Stuart

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