Splurge vs. Save – Sandal Edition

So as we’ve discussed before, I have champagne taste on a beer budget. So if I ever spot something that looks designer for a fraction of the cost, you know I am all about it!!

I first fell in love with the Joie a la Page brand last year when I saw this photo.


I loved everything about it!! The Free People dress, the beach, and especially THE SHOES! I had to do a lot of digging to find out what they were and was so excited when I tracked them down, only to be let down by the fact that they were Joie a la Plage and $400. Come on!! But some good came out of it…I found out who this girl is. She has a blog, and the BEST braid tutorials on her YouTube channel. I’ve tried several and LOVE them for days when I don’t want to wash my hair. So yeah….every day. (You can also follower her on Instagram @amberfillerup)

I was able to find a less expensive version of the sandal. Unfortunately it was still about 10x what I would normally pay, but I was obsessed, remember?? And $100 was a heck of a lot cheaper than $400!! I got them last year, but they still have some at Zappos.


But anyway – back to the sandals on this post. I decided I would never pay that much for sandals again, but still found myself obsessed with Joie a la Plage. And I’m not the only one. Reese Witherspoon and several fashion bloggers have been spotted wearing them. So what’s a girl to do? Find a cheap look alike of course! Enter Target. I mean can we all just say a collective AMEN for Target?? Forever 21 has a pretty good dupe as well.


If you just have to have the REAL thing and are a huge fan of Joie like me, you can find them here. Or if you’d rather go the Target route, you can find those here. (They have them in both black and gold. I MAY have both colors…)

If you end up getting some, post a pic on Instagram and tag me (@thelilacdoor). I would love to see you lovely ladies wearing them!!

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Our 8th Anniversary

Rustin and I¬†celebrated our 8th anniversary last week! I know everyone says this, but I really can’t believe this was 8¬†years ago…


We’re usually pretty lame and rotate between the same three restaurants all the time, but we decided to get a bit fancy for our anniversary and go to downtown McKinney! I absolutely adore that area.

Our first stop was one of my all-time favorites – Landon Winery. I love how you can sit outside on the patio, and on the weekends they have live music. Their Yellow Rose and Peach wine are to die for!

Next we went to dinner at rye. I have been wanting to try it for a while. My friend Michelle’s husband, Jeff, is the chef. Back when Michelle and I were teaching together, we would get together to watch The Bachelor and Jeff made snacks for us a couple of times, so I knew it would be good! And it did not disappoint!

We started out with the “Book Club” Peppers for an appetizer, but apparently Jeff decided we needed a bit more because he kept sending out bites of other things for us to try. And each one was delicious! Rustin and I split the Guajillo Chile Rubbed Niman Ranch Pork Tenderloin and the Grilled Beef Filet.

As if we weren’t stuffed enough from all of that, Jeff sent out a dessert sampler to help us celebrate complete with the Chocolate Pot de Creme, Apple Pot Pie, and Lemon-Ricotta Cheesecake. Although they were all delicious, if I was forced to choose my favorite, I would say the cheesecake.

If you are looking for a fun date night or a new place to try in downtown McKinney, check out rye. You won’t be disappointed!



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