12 Fantastic Fall Ankle Boots Under $100

12 Fantastic Fall Ankle Boots Under $  100
1. New Look Dolly Brown Block Heel Chelsea Boots, ASOS ($ 45)  //  2. Hi Top Back Zip Boot, Minnetonka ($ 60)  //  3. Ankle Boots in Dark Brown, H&M ($ 34.99)  //  4. Combined Ankle Boot, Zara ($ 49.90)  //  5. Posey Gum-Sole Boot, Urban Outfitters ($ 89)  //  6. Trolley Ankle Bootie, Nordstrom ($ 99.95)  //  7. Women’s Jan Zipper Block Heeled Booties, Target ($ 37.99)  //  8. Black Wool Felt Women’s Leila Booties, TOMS ($ 98)  //  9. Alix Fringe Ankle Booties, American Rag ($ 49.99)  // 10. Tan Fringed Western Booties, Faith Swift ($ 87.78)  //  11.  Shooting Star Bootie, Rocket Dog ($ 69.99)  //  12. Heeled Ankle Boots, Joe Fresh ($ 79)

I’m one of those people who needs to take baby steps when transitioning from summer to fall. I don’t rush to Starbucks the day Pumpkin Spice Lattes arrive. I don’t whip out the Halloween decorations in September. I don’t throw on a sweater the first day that the temp dips below 70. And I definitely do not pull out the boots the moment the first colored autumn leaf appears. As you have all heard me say (probably hundreds more times than you wanted to hear it), summer is my soul season, and it’s not easy for me to accept fall’s arrival. I do enjoy change, however, and I’ll admit that getting to add a fall piece or two to my wardrobe in September can be somewhat exciting – if it’s done slowly.

And this, my friends, is why I adore the ankle boot. It’s like the perfect seasonal footwear progression. It’s not a sandal or summertime shoe, but it’s not a cool weather boot either. Plus the ankle boot is a classic in my mind – it looks great with just about everything, and it can take an outfit from blah to chic in an instant. Today I’ve rounded up some of my current favorite ankle boots for fall, as seen in the collage above. The best part is that out of respect for your wallet (you’re going to need that extra cash for all of those PSLs, admit it), each of them is priced under $ 100. Woohoo. I own the Hi Top Back Zip Boots (#2) and wear them at least two or three times a week in the fall. And those black Heeled Ankle Boots (#12) are on my wish list – I think they’d look killer with some light wash distressed jeans and an oversized black or grey button down blouse. 

Are you a fan of the ankle boot for fall? Which one here is your favorite?

P.S. Fall fashion is great and everything, but I’d be lying if I wasn’t thinking about the bigger picture today, and on every September 11th. So many years have passed, but my heart remains with the memory of those who lost their lives on that awful day, and their families as well. There is lots of big stuff going on in the world right now in general, and although I don’t specifically talk about it here, it’s always on my mind. Sending out good vibes and positive energy to everyone who could use it – today and everyday.


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susie-cat-lgEvery adoptable pet has a backstory but it’s often a mystery to shelter workers and adopters. But at an animal shelter in Maryland, a sweet cat named Susie comes with a beautiful letter her owner wrote on her behalf before she died.

According to ABC News, the shelter caring for Susie, Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCAS) in Derwood, Maryland, recently made the letter public in the hopes that it will help Susie find her forever home. She’s been at the shelter since May when her late owner’s son brought her in.

“He had said that he could not have the cat where he lived,” said Katherine Zenzano, community outreach coordinator at MCAS. “We assume his mother knew this was going to happen because she wrote a letter to the person that was going to adopt Susie. He gave it to our intake counselor, so that’s now in a file waiting for whoever comes to adopt her, and it will be passed onto them.”

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News Fleas, Same Dog

News Fleas, Same Dog
A SPLENDID MESS: It's official; this year's race for the Santa Barbara City Council is now formally underway, meaning pedestrians risk being trampled underfoot by the horde of 12 candidates seeking one of three available seats. This year's race, in
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Sand fleas have ability to change color in order to match dramatically
Sand fleas occupy the swash zone of sandy beaches where they are exposed to a range of visually-guided predators, including shorebirds and crabs. To simulate this situation the study, published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, used cutting …
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Rescues Puppy from Pool

We saw the movie San Andreas this weekend, but that’s not the only reason why one of my favorite actors, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is a hero. He brought home two new Frenchies, Brutus and Hobbs, this weekend, and when they fell into the pool, only Hobbs knew how to swim. Brutus sank like a […]

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Our Squirrely Week

I have to take a break from our usual dog posting to share a rescue story of a different variety. The other day, we were unloading the dogs from the Jeep when suddenly Tiki bolted to the end of her…

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Grief is a hot potato

Ever since I started this blog, and even moreso since writing All Dogs Go to Kevin, people write to tell me about their pets who are no longer with them.

They used to apologize for writing, or say they weren’t even sure why they were telling me about their pet, but most people don’t do that anymore. I think they know that they don’t need to explain.

As followers of the blog know, I love birthdays. Birthdays are fun, and I love love love that my birthday coincides with National Dog Day. I always celebrate. This year, though, I could barely be bothered. It was so bad that I got a card in the mail last week from a relative and it took me a full minute to figure out why, exactly, she was sending me one. It was more than not feeling like celebrating, it was as if my brain consciously turned it off.

Part of me wondered if it was because I was finally getting sick of getting older, if my rotten back and increasing-in-number doctor’s appointments were finally clueing me in that birthdays stink. I went about my routine for the day, ran some errands, and came home to scrounge up something to eat for lunch.

And then I understood.

I have never in my life spent my birthday day by myself. Mom never would have let that happen. With the kids in school and my husband at work, it would have been inconceivable to her that I would eat lunch by myself, and we would go out. Always. Today, however, I was alone, and in that moment all the little sadnesses that piled up just felt like more than I was ready to hold.

So when people asked me how my birthday was, I said, “meh,” because it was true, and then I said, “I really miss my mom.” It probably was not the answer they were expecting or really knew what to do with, but it was honest and I had to say it.

2008/03/12 Hot Potato by Jason Taellious under Creative Commons license

2008/03/12 Hot Potato by Jason Taellious under Creative Commons license

Because grief is like a hot potato burning in your hands. If you don’t toss it up in the air to give your hands a break every once in a while, they get burned, and then you drop it and then have to pick it up with blistered fingers. The need to let go of what you are holding onto, for just a second, is all that lets you continue to carry it around.

So when people write, I get it, I really do. Because while many people look at someone walking down the street tossing a hot potato in the air like they’re nuts, wondering why they can’t just put it down, I just nod. It is too terrible and precious to throw away; all you can do is wait for it to cool down. It will.

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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#PawPromise Adoptable Dog of the Week: Leo

A little guy with a lot of love to give, Leo is a six-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who lives for rolling in the grass and cuddling with a human companion. A pedigreed pup with AKC papers, Leo had pet…

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Yellowstone scales back search for missing swimmer

Yellowstone scales back search for missing swimmer
After nine days of intensive searching, authorities in Yellowstone National Park are scaling back their efforts to find a missing swimmer. Feiyang “Isaac” Xiang, a 21-year old seasonal concessionaire employee from China, was last seen being swept down
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Public meeting set for Yellowstone winter-use plan
Yellowstone National Park will hold a public meeting on Monday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center in West Yellowstone, Mont., to discuss the park's draft Winter Use Adaptive Management Plan. The draft plan outlines a …
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A banded linsang as a giraffe-weasel

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Banded linsangs are creatures that have commonly been referred to as civets, but both linsang species from Asia are actually a sister group with felids. They are the closest thing to a cat that isn’t a cat.

This depiction was made by John Curtis, who never saw one alive. The only one he ever saw a specimen collected on the Malay Peninsula by Major-General William Farquhar.

The real animal is actually quite a bit more stunning.

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What is the Christian Wilderness? By stephanie reck (Guest Article)

  The Christian wilderness can be defined as a period of testing and refinement. It may seem during this experience that you have a dark cloud that hovers over you. You may have also encountered several losses during the wilderness time. It can seem like God is distant and does not care or hear your…

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