Fall 2017 Footwear Trends

bootieAccessories are EVERYTHING!! Whether it’s jewelry, hair accessories, footwear, or handbags, I love the beauty of being able to throw on accessories to complete any look and love that they can easily change the way an outfit looks altogether.

If¬†there’s one accessory category that I could never live without, it’s definitely SHOES!! Ladies, you know what I mean. Guys just don’t understand and they probably never will. If I had to guess, I would bet that our love for shoes is most likely equivalent to a mans love for football. So while he’s watching sports, you can find me shopping for shoes! ūüėČ

That said, today I’m sharing some of the most popular Fall footwear trends at the moment that will take you from a day at the office to a night out. The best part? Majority of the styles I’m sharing are under $100! Looking cute doesn’t have to break the bank babes! A lot of these looks are similar to high end designer brands that would normally cost you hundreds of dollars. I’ve also included some functional cold weather options under $200 that will keep you warm and cozy since Winter is right around the corner!

LOAFERS
Loafers and mules are my favorite for the office! Not only are they super comfy (most have cushion for comfort) but there are so many options you can play with including velvet, fur, metallics and embroidery. My latest obsession are these adorable Steve Madden ‘Kaden’ loafers in velvet with fur because they’re a really cute version of the popular fur Gucci loafers for a tenth of the price!!
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1. Topshop LUNA Bow Loafers $48
2. B.P. Kali Loafers from Nordstrom $59.95
3. Cape Robbin Embroidered Velvet Mules $34.99
4. Sole Society ‘Cammila’ Pointy Toe Loafers $79.95
5. Steve Madden ‘Kaden’ Velvet Fur Mules $89.95

OTK Boots
If you don’t own a pair of over the knee boots yet, BUY THEM NOW! You can thank me later. Not only will they keep you warmer than ankle boots as the temp starts dropping, but they offer an extra layer of warmth. I style my flat OTK boots with pants or leggings and a chunky sweater during the day and style my heeled OTK boots with a crop top, leather jacket and skirt when I’m going out on the weekends. My favorite thing about them is that they make me taller due to the height which is good since I’m only 5’3″!
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1. JustFab ‘Tibbie’ Over The Knee Velvet Heeled Boots $74.95 but $42.95 for VIP members!
2.¬†JustFab ‘Tibbie’ Embroidered Over The Knee Heeled Boots¬†$74.95 but $42.95 for VIP members!
3. Marc Fisher Humor Over The Knee Boot at Macy’s $129 on sale for $64.50!
4. JustFab ‘Gale’ Over The Knee Peep Toe Boots $75.95 but $42.95 for VIP members!
5. JustFab ‘Kinsley’ Over The Knee Heeled Boots¬†$84.95 but $46.95 for VIP members!

BOOTIES
Booties booties booties!!! I literally live in booties during the Fall. They’re so easy to throw on and you can easily change the look of any outfit with a pair. I’ve been rocking these JustFab star booties¬†since the beginning of Fall and decided that my next purchase is going to be a brocade printed pair like these Nasty Gal booties ($4) for Holiday parties!
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1. JustFab ‘Jacinta’ Velvet Star Booties $59.95 ($39.95 for VIP members!)
2. Go Jane Precious Pearls Faux Suede Booties $33
3. Guess ‘Amary’ Patent Booties $
4. Nasty Gal Brocade Booties $70
5. JustFab ‘Jacinta’ Embroidered Booties¬†$59.95 ($39.95 for VIP members!)

SNEAKERS
Living in NYC requires that you own good (and fashionable) sneaks! My walk to and from work is 20 minutes each way so the functionality and comfort is a huge factor for me. My favorites for Fall are these rose gold converse high tops (#1) and anything with velvet or fur!
COLD WEATHER
It’s finally hitting 40 degrees this week in NYC so in the back of my mind I know WINTER IS COMING!!! I swear by Sorel brand ANYTHING if you’re looking for a cute pair of snow boots and recommend Sperry boots if you’re just looking for a waterproof pair. Both brands offer a really great assortment of all weather functional options and I promise you they’re worth spending the extra $$ on.

I ran across these super cute stripe EMU Australia slippers at Free People last week and am majorly obsessed! I would actually wear them outside during Summer. My go to for running errands or lounging around my apartment during the winter are these cozy Ugg slippers (#5) or anything Ugg in general. Even if they’re not considered as ‘cool’ as they used to be, they keep me warm and that’s all that matters when it’s almost zero degrees outside!

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1. Sorel ‘Joan of Arc’ Winter Boots $179.95
2. Emu Australia ‘Wrenlette’ Slippers $59.95
3. JustFab ‘Winter’s Coming’ Fuzzies $59.95 ($44.95 for VIP members!)
4. Sperry ‘Syren’ Gulf Duck Boots at DSW $99.99
5. Ugg Alena Suede Slippers $120

Happy shoe shopping babes! I hope you have enough room in your closet for all these cuties!!

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

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OCTOBER. The official kick off to the BEST time of year…the Holidays!
This is my favorite Fall month because it means apple picking, pumpkin patches and flannel, but mainly because it’s a nice reminder I won’t need a puffer coat for another few weeks. October makes the cooler weather bearable for me knowing that pumpkin spice lattes are finally back at Starbucks and family time is coming up in November and December!
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In the spirit of welcoming Fall, my boyfriend Ben and I took a weekend trip to Lititz, Pennsylvania to visit his family and meet their adorable new puppy, Leia! (If you follow me on Instagram you have definitely seen her on my Insta stories!)
Lititz is an cute, little town in the heart of Amish country with horses and farms for MILES. I love getting out of New York City to visit here because it reminds me how small I am compared to the giant world we live in and also how simple life really is. And trust me, you tend to forget when you live somewhere like Manhattan!
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We had beautiful weather so decided to explore Cherry Crest Adventure Farm where there are a ton of fun Fall activities for families including a giant pumpkin patch, a corn maze, petting zoo, apple shooting (out of huge cannons!), paint ball, go carts, sports activities and more. My favorite things about our trip to Cherry Crest were getting to pick my own pumpkins (the cutest ones most suitable for coffee table decor of course) and their AMAZING homemade Apple Cider Donuts!!
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Apple Cider Donuts
My favorite little coffee shop on main street in downtown Lititz is Dosie Dough Bakery. They have some yummy homemade bread, sandwiches and bakery treats including gluten free options just for me! I cant wait to go back for Thanksgiving. Thinking I might do a shoot to show you guys more of what this cute little town has to offer!

SHOP MY STYLE:
Moonlight Gypsy Hat $24
Free People Trapeze Slip Dress $88
SheIn Floral Bomber Jacket $13
Brandy Melville Dress
JustFab Tapestry Booties
Kendra Scott “Sophia” Drop Earrings $50


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Dosie Dough Coffee
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Chicago Weekend Fun

Ahhh Fall weddings. Last weekend I had the pleasure of a attending a beautiful wedding in the suburbs of Chicago in a cute little town called Saint Charles.
Having been to Chicago once before, I was somewhat familiar with all that downtown has to offer but hadn’t spent more than 24 hours there and wanted to take advantage of being back. I flew in¬†Thursday night¬†so I could spend Friday exploring downtown and brunch Saturday morning before my hour drive to Saint Charles.
Whether you’re in Chicago for a wedding or a weekend getaway, here is a compilation of sites to see and some of the best restaurants, treats and cocktail lounges you can easily hit in 48 hours!

SITE SEEING

Cloud Gate
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago in Millennium Park, Cloud Gate is a giant reflective sculpture dubbed ‘The Bean’ because of it’s bean shape. This massive work of art was inspired by liquid mercury and weighs 110 tons! It’s famously one of the most photographed landmarks in downtown due to its reflection of the Chicago skyline.
In addition to the bean, there are a ton of activities and additional things to see in Millennium Park.
The Bean
Navy Pier
One of my favorite areas of downtown Chicago is Navy pier¬†on Lake Michigan. Open year round, this 3,300 foot pier offers a lot of fun activities including a giant ferris wheel,¬†a children’s museum, AMC movie theater, Shakespeare theater, beer garden, shopping center, indoor eating hall and more!
See more info here.
Navy Pier
Architecture Boat Tour
Although it was highly recommended and one of the most popular activities in Chicago, I didn’t have time for an architecture boat tour but will mostly definitely do this next time I visit! Cruise along the Chicago River for a live tour and learn about Chicago’s historic landmarks, hidden gems and how the skyscraper was invented. You can even go on a sunset dinner boat tour!
Get tickets here.

Willis Tower

Formally known as the Sears Tower, Willis Tower is 110 stories high and you can ride an elevator all the way to the top to view the Chicago skyline through glass walls and floor enclosures for MILES. I’m terrified of heights so this wasn’t on my list of things to do, however, tickets start at only $22 and it looks pretty cool.
Get tickets here.

Chicago Theater
The Chicago theater is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city so of course I had to get a photo in front of it!
View upcoming comedy and music shows at Chicago Theater here.
Chicago Theater

The River Walk

One thing that makes downtown Chicago unbelievable beautiful is the Chicago River that feeds into Lake Michigan. It runs throughout different parts of downtown with the river walk being a pedestrian walk way lined with restaurants, bridges, fishing piers and boat docks. You can easily walk this path while you’re out sight seeing.
River WalkThe Flamingo Wall
Located at¬†601 N Wells street, I was blown away by this huge work of art and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a photo in front of a giant pink flamingo! I have a special place in my heart for anything pink so naturally I was convinced this wall was placed here just for me. =)
If you’re looking for more murals in Chicago, check out this Guide to Chicago murals.Flamingo WallLake Front Trail (Lake Michigan)
If you walk East of Millennium Park, you will eventually run into Lake Front Trail, a paved walking path along Lake Michigan. It was a PERFECT October day and I was stunned to see how blue the water was! Living in NYC, it was refreshing that such a peaceful and beautiful view was such a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the city.Lake Michigan

Magnificent Mile
Although it’s not technically not a site to see, Magnificent¬†Mile is the premier shopping destination in downtown Chicago full of upscale stores, beautiful hotels and cool restaurants. You will most likely run into it at some point while you’re out exploring the city but should definitely check it out!

DINING & DRINKS

If the words ‘Rose all day’ exist in your vocabulary, you HAVE to brunch at¬†the Hampton social! Classic brunch options, a raw bar, lobster rolls and fish tacos are staples on their menu. You cant go wrong with anything you order.
After site seeing for several hours, I was craving something sweet and definitely needed an afternoon pick me up. I sadly have a gluten intolerance so¬†Stan’s donuts¬†was perfect because they offer gluten free and even vegan donuts! They also have the most delicious cold brew coffee which paired nicely with my GF blueberry and chocolate donuts. (DO NUT judge me for ordering 2!!) Stan’s was a sweet excuse to rest my feet before venturing out for more site seeing.
Stans Donuts

Deep Dish Pizza at Giordano’s
Chicago is famously known as the original creator of deep dish pizza. Even among the locals, Giordano’s is the most famous pizza place in the city. I was excited to know they have gluten free thin crust pizza as well!
Pizza
Dinner at Avec or Girl & The Goat

Noted as two of the most popular restaurants in Chicago, I would suggest dining at one or both of these places.

Tiki Cocktails at Three Dots & A Dash 
This was my ultimate favorite find in downtown Chicago! I stumbled upon this place as a last minute ‘google maps’ find and it was a memorable experience to say the least. A back alleyway with a lit tiki torch is the entrance to this speakeasy tiki bar and the ambiance takes you to a tropical paradise with a menu full of mai tais and tropical cocktails. I was literally OBSESSED! Not to mention, each cocktail is served in their own unique glass.
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SHOP MY STYLE:Look #1 (Cloud Gate)
SheIn Jumpsuit $13
Moonlight Gypsy Miami Sunglasses $16
Zara Faux Suede Biker Jacket $89.90
SheIn Velvet Bow Bag $11
Steve Madden Heeled Sandals $49.95
Kendra Scott Sophia Drop Earrings $50

Look #2: (Navy Pier)
Moonlight Gypsy Embroidered Flower Boho Sweater $48
Zara Pink Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans $39.90
Moonlight Gypsy Miami Sunglasses $16
Moonlight Gypsy Velvet Quilted Shoulder Bag $50
SheIn Flat Boots $60
Kendra Scott Sophia Drop Earrings $50

 

Fall 2017 Trend Guide

PHOTO 1It’s officially Fall! Time for pumpkin spice lattes, apple picking, scarves & boots!! I’m not mad about it.

Truthfully, I’ve been waiting as long as possible to write this blog post because I’ve been in denial over the fact that I now need to wear a jacket when I leave my apartment. BUT I just booked a flight to Tulum next month because I know my beach bum is going to need it to get me through the NYC Winter!

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PHOTO 4With cooler weather brings new trends so I’m excited to share my 5 favorite trends of the Fall season with you along with 25 of my favorite Fall finds! The best part? They are all under $100! I repeat…ALL UNDER $100!! Some of these I recently purchased for myself and some of them I sell in my online boutique www.MoonlightGypsyShop.com!

Are you ready?? Bring on cozy nights by the fireplace & hot cocoa!

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TREND #1: VELVET

Unless you live under a rock, I’m sure you’ve noticed that the top trend for Fall is VELVET! I’m loving the dark rich jewel tones because I feel like they’re easier to style, plus deep wine and navy colors typically look great on everyone. If you’re looking to make more of a fashion statement, step out in emerald green velvet which is one of the hottest new colors for the season!
VELVET
1. Cape Robbin Velvet Embroidered Mule ($34.95)
2. Victoria’s Secret Velvet Wicked Unlined Bra ($39.50)
3. 19 Cooper Ruffle Velvet Dress at Nordstrom ($89)
4. Moonlight Gypsy Velvet Quilted Shoulder Bag ($50)
5. Moonlight Gypsy Velvet Boho Headband ($16)

Check out my curated Moonlight Gypsy velvet shop HERE!

TREND #2: STARS
This is such a fun trend of Fall! I’ve seen everything from studs, embroidery and glitter stars on dresses, tops, footwear and accessories. It’s a fun way to add some character to your look and these are super easy items to pair with basics.
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1. JustFab ‘Jacinta’ Star Booties ($59.95 but $39.95 if you’re a VIP member!)
2. Forever 21 Star Studded Mini Skirt ($19.90)
3. Moonlight Gypsy Moon & Star Choker Necklace ($18)
4. Nordstrom B.P. Mini Star Stud Faux Leather Backpack ($45)
5. Steve Madden Star Sneaker at DSW ($49.98)

TREND #3: OVER THE KNEE BOOTS
I don’t consider myself a “sexy girl” but theres something about knee high boots that make me feel hot! Does anyone else feel that way?! Because I’m short, I feel like they make me look taller which is nice for someone so petite (I’m 5’3″!) I recently bought a pair of flat and heeled over the knee boots in black (of course…because that’s all we wear in NYC during the winter!)
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1. JustFab ‘Tibbie’ Over The Knee Velvet Heeled Boot ($74.95 but $42.95 for VIP members!)
2.¬†JustFab ‘Tibbie’ Embroidered Over The Knee Heeled Boot ($74.95 but $42.95 for VIP members!)
3. Marc Fisher Humor Over The Knee Boot at Macy’s ($129 on sale for $64.50!)
4. JustFab ‘Gale’ Over The Knee Peep Toe Boot $75.95 but $42.95 for VIP members!)
5. JustFab ‘Kinsley’ Over The Knee Heeled Boot ($84.95 but $46.95 for VIP members!)
P.s. Can you tell where I purchase most of my shoes from?!
Shop Moonlight Gypsy Crochet Leg Warmers to pair with your Fall boots HERE!

TREND #4: EMBROIDERY
Embroidery has been trending for a while now but lately I’ve been obsessed with the mixture of embroidery on lace and mesh. Theres something about the combo of sheerness and floral designs that make me feel feminine and pretty! Pair any of these items with a leather skirt or pant and you’re good to go!
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1. Zara Multicolored Lace Top ($24.90)
2. Moonlight Gypsy Embroidered Choker Necklace ($16)
3. Moonlight Gypsy Embroidered Flower Mesh Top ($32)
4. Moonlight Gypsy Embroidered Sweater ($58)
5. JustFab ‘Jacinta’ Embroidered Bootie ($59.95 but $39.50 for VIP members!)

TREND #5: PEARLS
There’s a lot of vintage & Parisian influence emerging lately in the fashion world which I am absolutely LOVING! I’m also not hating the fact that Coco Chanel probably had something to do with it. ūüėČ
Pearls are feminine and elegant – plus, they add a girly finish to any outfit or accessory.
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1. Moonlight Gypsy Pearl Ruffle Sleeve Sweater ($48)
2. Moonlight Gypsy Pearl Boho Flower Tie ($10)
3. Zara Pearl Sweater Dress ($49.90)
4. Moonlight Gypsy Pearl & Rhinestone Pom Pom Hat ($42)
5.  Go Jane Precious Pearls Faux Suede Booties ($33)

Happy Fall shopping babes! Stay tuned..you might just see some of these pieces featured in the blog and on my @m00nlightgypsy Instagram within the next few weeks!

SHOP MY STYLE:
Cape Robbin Velvet Embroidered Mule $34.95
Zara Multicolored Lace Top $24.90
Zara Mid-Rise Pink Skinny Jeans $39.90
Zara Suede Biker Moto Jacket $89.90
Moonlight Gypsy Miami Beach Sunnies $16
Kendra Scott Earrings – Linked similar ones here!
Bucket Bag – Linked a similar one here!

Photography By: Kristin @thepetitepearproject
Location: Washington Mews, NYC

Brooklyn Diamond Coffee

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photo 4In a world full of hate, CHOOSE LOVE.¬†With all that’s going on in the world lately, it’s important to reflect & remember that we are all in this together. Life isn’t butterflies & rainbows for any of us…we are each fighting our own battles in this world. Lets lift each other up rather than tear each other down.

Location: Brooklyn Diamond Coffee
234 Lafeyette Street, SoHo NYC
Coffee Recommendation: New Orleans Style Cold Brew {With a splash of coconut milk!}

Click to Shop My Style:
Abercrombie & Fitch Camo Jacket $120
Moonlight Gypsy Embroidered Floral Mesh Top $32
Moonlight Gypsy Miami Beach Sunnies $16
Zara Skinny Jeans $39.90
JustFab Jacinta Star Booties¬†$59.95 (But $39.95 if you’re a VIP member!)
Hermes Clic H Bracelet $600

Photography: Kristin @thepetitepearproject

Jane’s Carousel

One of my favorite things about living in NYC is that I’m constantly running across new places to check out and explore. New restaurants, new sweet treats, new brunch spots, new cocktail bars and rooftop lounges…the list goes on and on! I’ve lived in NYC for 8 years but even though there’s new stuff popping up each day, there’s still a bucket list of historical places or sites I try to see on the regular.
FullSizeRender (80)Jane’s carousel¬†in Brooklyn Bridge Park has been one of those places for me and I finally went to check it out last weekend!
Jane’s carousel was built in 1922 but has since then been restored and opened in Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2011. Tickets are only $2 a person and the ride includes a beautiful scenic view of New York City. YES, of course I rode it and YES I resorted to my inner 6 year old when I jumped on my chosen horse!
Janes Carousel NYCWhether you’re a tourist or a long time New Yorker,¬†Brooklyn Bridge Park¬†is a must see! There are tons of great restaurants and shopping within walking distance to the carousel. My personal favorites inclue the original¬†Grimaldi’s Pizza¬†(for some reason it just tastes SO MUCH BETTER here than any other location!),¬†Gran Electrica¬†for Mexican &¬†River Cafe¬†which has a gorgeous waterfront view.
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bridge 2I also had the pleasure of getting my hair and makeup done at¬†Jeffery Stein Salon¬†on the Upper East Side before heading to Brooklyn! The salon is gorgeous and the staff was super friendly upon arrival. Not only were they experts at nailing the look I was going for, but I’m am in LOVE with these braids and curls which were perfect for my Bohemian style look. Highly recommend!
Jeffery Stein Salon NYC Upper East Side

Shop my look!

Planet Blue

Party Romper

Moonlight Gypsy

Straw Basket Tassel Circle Bag

JustFab

Mosha Heeled Sandal

 

Bohemian Dreams

Fall is officially starting in a week and cooler weather has already been kicking in here and there but I am NOT excited about it. Still dreaming of the day I can have 80 degree weather year round…AND a beach!! On that note, I shot this look last weekend that I’m absolutely in love with, not the mention the incredible view of the city from Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo!
nyc 2If you love Bohemian clothing as much as I do, I love when I find smaller boutiques that carry products that cant be found anywhere else! The off the shoulder top I’m wearing here is from Pepper Lilly and is SUPER soft and breezy! The best part? I’s only $39.99! Enter MOONLIGHT20 for 20% off your Pepper Lilly order.
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Beautiful Pepper Lilly

Alessandra Off The Shoulder Top
Abercrombie & Fitch
Crochet Denim Shorts

Converse
High Top Sneaker 

¬†Hair and makeup by¬†Jeffery Stein¬†Salon in NYC’s Upper East Side.Bohemian Hair Inspiration Braids

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