Category Archives: courtesy

meet my new friend, colby.

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I spent the better part of last fall searching for the perfect lace-up boots after seeing Jane’s gorgeous peep-toe Prada’s on Sea of Shoes. Unfortunately, a pair of boots that cost almost as much as my monthly mortgage payment are not in the ol’ budget at the Lennox house, and finding a worthy substitute that was both high quality and affordable proved to be much more difficult than I expected. {As a self-proclaimed bargain shopper expert, these kinds of failings are tough to swallow.}

Just as I’d resolved to the fact I’d spend another fall sans dreamy lace-ups, I found these adorable Colby boots from MIA Shoes. When they arrived a couple of weeks ago, I left them out on the kitchen table so I could marvel at their cuteness. And as soon as the temps fell below 70, I took them out for a spin…

To the shop. Which is risky business, because many a shoe has failed the all-day test. In fact, I keep a pair of flats in my bag for those days I’m feeling cocky and put on a pair of 4 inch wedges because my outfit just looks so much cuter, and I’ll be fine — {cut to 2 hours later and I’m in my Emmies}.

But Colby passed with flying colors! Through running around the shop, stocking new inventory in the boutique, and spending the afternoon making deliveries. All the way through to a surprise birthday party that evening. More than 14 hours without a single blister, sore ankle, or achy arch. The soft rubber wedge makes these boots super comfy, almost like a high-top sneaker.

This month, MIA Shoes is donating 10% off sales to Susan G. Komen for the Cure (a cause very close to my family’s heart as my MIL is a breast cancer survivor) when you enter “cure” at check out!

Wearing: Colby lace-up boots c/o MIA Shoes | Laundry by Shelli Segal dress (a pretty penny, available online) | INC cropped denim jacket | HUE tights | Gianni Bini hobo bag (Similar)

Restyle: Converse One Star for Target

Untitled-1I’m so excited to share this fun DIY collaboration with Converse One Star for Target! They sent over an adorable design kit with a brand spankin’ new pair of classic white Converse One Star sneakers, and asked me to customize them to match my personal style.

I put my own little spin on them with a few tricks and some simple craft supplies. Get the full run-down after the jump — including details about a giveaway from Target for a chance to design your own pair!

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Oh My Romper c/o Threadcase | INC cropped denim jacket | Style&Co wedges (Macy’s, 2010) | thrifted clutch

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A recent Facebook status update from a distant cousin that I wish lived closer so I could soak up her sunshine and play dress-up with her like we did when we were little bits:

If u look forward to Monday with the same enthusiasm you look forward to Friday with, you are bound to have a productive and successful week! Happy Monday everyone! Get out there and knock em dead! Cheers.

 Putting on something bright and cheery helps, too. Go get ’em, tigers!

>Giveaway! A Summer Vacation Staple


Floppy c/o D&Y
D&Y sent me this adorable floppy last week, and I literally squealed when I opened the package. For a split second, I thought about keeping it all to myself. But then I realized that this cute little  number needs to soak up some summer sun somewhere festive and fun; and there’s a good chance I won’t see far beyond the four walls of the flower shop through August.

So, here’s where you come in, lovely readers. One lucky lady is going to give this hat a new home and take it on the vacation it deserves.

To enter: Follow APP and D&Y on Facebook, and leave a comment telling me about your summer plans so I can live vicariously through your vacations and getaways by Sunday night at 9:00pm EST. I’ll announce a winner next week!

UPDATE: It seems there may be some issues with my comment system here on APP, so if you’re having trouble, leave your summer plans on the Facebook page and I’ll count those, too! 

>Let’s talk about cute spring sweaters!


Patch Garden Military Cardigan c/o The Unique Closet | Fleurish lace tee (Macy’s clearance) | LOFT lace cami | Bleu jeggings | Unionbay sandals
After Monday’s post, I was saddened to hear that some of you don’t own cozy sweaters. {Kim, I’m talking to you, missy} Even though things are heating up in the sunshine state, I’m just not ready to give up my beloved layers. Cue the lightweight, delicately embellished sweaters of spring. 
Now, go on over The Unique Closet and order yourself one of these Patch Garden Military Cardigans. It — like all of the items available at this cute e-boutique — is on-trend, high-quality, and completely affordable to boot. 
You know what’s even better? You earn Closet Points every time you shop at The Unique Closet. Points add up to money, which can be cashed in for more clothes! 
I love getting paid to shop… if only husband would agree to shopping as a career.