The Boots are Back Home

     It's been a week since I touched down at LaGuardia and stomped around the city for a few days. As much fun as I had, there's really no feeling like coming back home. An interesting dichotomy emerged from my travels, though. At home, I tend to go for a more relaxed, bohemian approach to style. After being in NYC for a few days and being surrounded by arguably some of the best street style out there, I realized that my love for all black ensembles and a more city slicker, minimal look will be worked into a lot of my new fall looks.

      While my first look featuring my Ariat boots was distinctly inspired by the energy of SoHo, this outfit is more inspired by how the women of Knoxville might wear them. It's a more modern prep vibe than I might typically go for, but it's accessible and easy for fall. The boots add more polish than a pair of flat riding boots would. Overall, I think what's really working for me here is the color palette. I'll always be happy in oxblood and emerald.

     As the temperatures dip further and further (however painfully slow that might come in East Tennessee), I know I'll be reaching for these boots often. I like that they are a bit different than the typical knee high leather boot that are ubiquitous on college campuses, but that I can still style similar outfits around them.

Exploring Soho with Ariat

 

Forever 21 dress (similar) and over the knee socks. H&M necklace. Vintage Coach purse (similar). Gold Coast boot c/o Ariat.

 

     When I found out that I won the contest that Ariat International held with Chictopia to send three bloggers to New York Fashion Week, I jumped up and down in my room. Unfortunately, none of my roommates were around for me to freak out with; but I did what most people do in these situations. I called my mom. My family's support is the only reason I was able to make it up to New York and get on the map in the first place.

      After my initial discussion with my mom, who knows enough about NYC to book me in the perfect hotel, I started counting down the days. I stayed uptown and walked up and down 5th avenue about a thousand times a day, but Soho will always be my favorite area of the city. I still remember several of the stops I made four years ago when I was a high school senior, in NYC for the first time.

     My Ariat boots were the perfect stompin' shoes for getting around. They were easy on my feet while still looking fabulous. I love the 70s vibe the boots have. Although I was getting inspired for SS15 while I watched the shows, I've never been more excited for fall. Believe it or not, I actually found the weather in the city to be a bit chilly (it's the Tennessee blood), but I was giddy to be able to wear knee high boots and thick socks. Autumn is without a doubt the best season for getting dressed.

     Stay tuned for a video featuring the six bloggers who partnered with Ariat for NYFW next week on Chictopia's YouTube channel as well as the rest of my fashion week coverage coming up!