Back to School

D.C. blogger Alicia Tenise styles a Madewell lace-up top, frayed denim and gold metallic Christian Siriano for Payless flats.

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Christian Siriano Gold Flats ℅

Do you know what’s crazy? This is the third fall in a row that instead of hitting the books and going back to school, I’m simply going back to my cubical.

I am forever an undergrad at heart, but regardless, something about this time of year still seems so new and fresh. I might not be headed back to a classroom, but I am heading back to my normal social life and normal routine. August is crazy quiet in D.C., mostly due to Congress being out of session. As soon as Labor Day passes, we’re back to the regular hustle. Traffic kicks up again, the work piles on, and I start to see an insane amount of fall festivals and events fill my calendar! 

With a new beginning, I always opt for a brand new wardrobe. At this stage in life, I love to mix a few investment pieces with budget friendly items to give my closet some sort of balance. As well, you know, my bank account. Payless sent over some of their favorite picks from their fall collection and I have to say, I’m very impressed!

First up is this fun pair of Christian Siriano x Payless gold metallic flats. I love picking up a new pair of flats each fall since I always end up at a ton of outdoor events and festivals, and need a cozy shoe to go exploring in! I haven’t owned a metallic pair of flats since I was a freshman in high school, but these are a lot chicer than the pair I ended up rocking in 2004. These shoes would also be a fantastic option for the office as well!

Throughout the month of September, I’ll continue to share some of my Payless back to school favorites! Let’s all take a pledge to not break the bank this back to school season, shall we?

Today’s post was brought to you by Payless. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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  1. Those shoes are SO AMAZING! Love the hue, style and tassels. Love the top and jeans too. I am in the same boat – hitting up the cubical instead of school the last few years. I feel so old!!! But also happy I never need to take a test or essay again, haha. Love this look girl! Mindy

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  2. Kate wrote:

    So cute! Love the stripes and those flats are the cutest!


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  3. Elise wrote:

    I love this outfit! Great photos too. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Those flats are darling! I’m loving your entire outfit! ?

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  5. Adaleta Avdic wrote:

    This is definitely a beautiful pair of flats, and I’m really loving this entire look. Perfect for fall! xx

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  6. Shelby wrote:

    I am loving those flats! So cute!


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  7. EdyeNicolesMakeup wrote:

    Such a cute outfit! I’d totally wear this 🙂

    Edye |

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  8. Ruthie Ridley wrote:

    You look absolutely gorgeous!! Love those shoes and that bag!!

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  9. Jaime wrote:

    Lace up AND stripes!! Where do I sign up?!! LOL Love this look! And those shoes are adorable!

    Posted 9.11.16 Reply
  10. Isn;t it still so weird to not be going back to school… I still get a little sad when I see the bus signs everywhere! Cutest look- love the shoes!

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  11. Nicholle Brainard wrote:

    I agree with you completely, Fall is totally a season of refresh for me! I just now go Back To Fall shopping instead of Back to School 😉

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  12. Bailey - Here's The Skinny wrote:

    Those shoes are so great for back to school! I couldn’t definitely see myself strutting to class in those back in my college days! 🙂 so cute!

    Here’s The Skinny

    Posted 9.12.16 Reply
  13. I love this outfit, especially those shoes! Fall definitely gives me a fresh beginning feel too!
    Fizz and Frosting

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  14. Such an amazing outfit! i love how you styled this!

    Posted 9.13.16 Reply
  15. I adore those flats and bag! And that striped top is the perfect closet staple!

    xo, Sara

    Posted 9.13.16 Reply
  16. Meggan wrote:

    I love those Madewell jeans!!

    Posted 9.15.16 Reply
  17. Lavenda Memory wrote:

    This is perfect for back to school!

    Posted 9.16.16 Reply