Friday, February 27, 2015

Recent Outfits + Life Updates

Woohoo it's Friday!! I am currently sitting in the airport waiting to board my flight to Seattle, so I thought it was a good time to do an instagram roundup plus some general updates on my life.

The photo below is one of my favorite outfits that I've worn recently… It's still suitable for cold weather, but the pink shoes make it a little more spring-like.


Oh… this skirt. How I live and die for this skirt. And it's only $42! I can't wait to style it a few more ways when it warms up outside. (A quick note about the retailer - shipping usually takes 2-3 weeks because the items are made overseas. I usually get express shipping to speed things up!)

 chambray top // striped skirt (only $42!!) // similar bow heels (mine are old from ASOS)

Charlotte has had quite a few snow days recently… the perfect opportunity to pull out my Hunter boots and sip on hot coffee (my mug is from the Starbucks store… I'm not sure if it's still available, but they always have really cute ones!).
 
red Hunter boots // grey knee socks // striped dress, wearing small (less than $15!)

I love the pops of red in this outfit...



I'm a teeny bit obsessed with this spring blouse and can't stop imagining how it will look when I'm actually tan! Haha! (Also, my phone case is Kate Spade but I bought it at the Verizon store - I can't find it online).

SoCal Gems earrings (sold out), similar here

I love layers. I think you can put a good chambray shirt under almost any sweater and it instantly adds some style! I wore this look to play trivia with my friends last week.

Striped sweater // chambray top // Courtney bib necklace // Clare V satchel, clutch version here

We all need a little motivation sometimes, and this travel mug provides just that. I am all about girl power (and the color pink!).

David Yurman bracelet // pink scarf (25% off with code SWEETSALE) // Essie nail polish in "blanc"

This is what my desk scene looked like one day this week when I was working from home… 


And finally, if you haven't checked out Rachel's new jewelry collection - the Pink Peonies collection - you need to do so now! I'm obsessed with every piece, but especially these delicate tassel earrings.


As for some life updates, I want to be really honest with you guys about something. You may (or may not) have noticed that I haven't been posting pictures of my boyfriend recently, and it's because we broke up. I know that I told you all I thought he was "the One," and I really did, truly believe that… but, things change and I really don't know what to say, other than I was wrong. I think it's proof that God is the ONLY one who knows what's best for our lives, not us. 

When I first started this blog, I never intended for it to be as "public" as it is today. It is REALLY hard and scary to reveal personal things on the Internet for the whole world to see... the point of this blog is to share my outfits with you, not my personal life, and I have been burned from sharing too much personal stuff in the past. However, I did think you all should know.

On another note, I'm also moving to a new apartment in Charlotte at the end of March. I'm so excited to share my new place with y'all and include you in the process of decorating it. I'm pretty much starting from scratch as far as furniture goes, so… it will definitely be an adventure!

Finally, I just want to thank you guys for continuing to come back here every day. You guys make the good days great, and the bad days bearable. Your encouragement, support, and shared love of fashion really mean the world to me. 

Xoxo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Denim on Denim


 leather booties (sold out), similar here // SoCal Gems earrings (sold out), similar here

Happy Thursday! We woke up to a snow day this morning… so I definitely couldn't wear this outfit today, haha! But I love the denim on denim look, I think it works really well when the denim is two different colors (think light and dark). I love the color of this chambray top (which you may recognize from this post earlier this week) because I think it will go perfectly with white jeans in the spring as well. Add a pop of pink with the scarf and you seriously can't go wrong!

Tomorrow I'm leaving on a trip to Seattle for my first time… has anyone been there?! I'd love to hear recommendations! I'm really looking forward to it, but not the six hour plane ride :)

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Leopard & Ripped Jeans


leopard cardigan (wearing XL) // white button down // Valentino look-alike flats (comes in five colors)

Happy Wednesday, I hope everyone is having a great week! This casual look is incredibly comfortable, but my favorite part of the whole outfit is the Valentino-inspired flats. Not only are they less than $100 (see the real ones here) but they come in five colors. I also ordered them in pink! Oh and yes, the cardigan I'm wearing really is a kids. Order the XL :)

xoxo!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NYFW Hair Diary with TRESemmé

NYFW was an AWESOME experience, but also an exhausting one - and it can also be tough on your hair! I kept a hair diary for the first couple of days to show how I kept my hair healthy.

One quick note - before I left for New York, I applied a natural hair treatment to condition my hair. I do this about once a month when I want to get the product out of my hair… The directions are above, but I mix 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water and pour it onto my hair after shampooing. I only leave it on for about 5 minutes before I rinse with water. It leaves my hair feeling really smooth and soft, and ready for an entire week of hair appointments!


For the first official day of NYFW, I had a hair appointment at 9 a.m. I asked for lots of volume and some big curls, and the stylist did exactly that! He prepped my hair with the TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray to guard against the curling iron and to keep my hair looking shiny and soft. He curled it using a one-inch curling iron, then applied TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray to it to make sure it lasted all day. The photo above is how it turned out! This hairstyle lasted all day, throughout two shows and even for dinner that night.

 The next day, I didn't wash my hair… I just headed to the TRESemmé Salon at Lincoln Center for another styling appointment (one of my hair tips is to not wash your hair every day… it strips it of natural oils!). The second day, the stylist brushed out my hair, then added a few more curls with the curling iron and pulled the top part up into a "man bun." Despite the name, I think the hairstyle is really feminine, especially when you tease your hair on top and add some loose curls. 


After having my hair done, I attended the Kate Spade show (above!)… I can't even tell you how amazing it was! I love the pink and black theme, and almost every dress had an amazing back, usually in the form of a huge pink bow. That night, we had dinner with the TRES team, so I undid the "man bun" and kept it very natural with loose waves. The stylist had applied the TRESemmé Perfectly un(Done) hairspray earlier, so I didn't even need to curl it again (and it didn't feel super sticky). I don't usually love hairspray, but this kind is "brushable" and definitely doesn't feel like your normal hairspray!! 


So those are the first two days of NYFW… the entire week was a blast (but like I said, exhausting!). Stay tuned for a hair tutorial coming soon! ;)

Outfit #1:  black & white fur coat (on sale!) // white blouse // similar black bow tie
Outfit #2: black peplum dress, also love this one // fuzzy white coat (so warm) // sheer black tights
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*Thanks to TRESemmé for sponsoring this post!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Prepster.

Cute preppy outfit for spring!
Love the ruffle sweater

These crystal earrings are gorgeous!
Ruffle hem sweater

navy ruffle hem sweater (wearing size 4) // blue oxford (also wearing size 4)
Celine sunglasses, similar here // Michael Kors watch // SoCal Gem earrings c/o, similar here

Happy Monday, friends! I wore this outfit Friday night during the day and for dinner and it couldn't have been comfier. I also love how preppy it is! I think layering the oxford underneath the ruffle hem sweater really makes it - although you could wear either one alone (especially during the spring). The blue oxford is DARLING by itself though - especially with jean shorts! I also love the blue sweater and think it would be a perfect match for these Gucci wedges that I am absolutely lusting over (they're amazing, right??). 

Did everyone have a good weekend? I'm excited because the Bachelor is tonight and I've gotten super addicted to this season for some reason! 

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Swoozie's Birthday Sale - 20% Off Everything!

20% off everything with code HAPPY14

The day has come… it's Swoozie's 14th birthday and that means they're throwing a party! If you have followed my blog for a while now, then you probably know I'm obsessed with the Swoo. From their gold glitter accessories to the adorable wine glasses and makeup pouches, Swoozie's seriously has everything you need. When I'm looking for a gift for my girlfriend, it's the first place I look! For the next couple of weeks (until March 9) they are offering 20% off EVERYTHING in the store with code HAPPY14. If you've been wanting a monogrammed necklace, a cute wine glass or anything Kate Spade (have you seen the new acrylic stapler?) now is the time to get it! I will say that Kate Spade accessories hardly ever go on sale, so this is huge :)

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Spring Dreaming (All Less Than $100!)

Spring items all for less than $100!

Lately, all I can think about is warm weather… I think it may have something to do with the freezing temperatures and snow flurries we've been dealing with this week in North Carolina. I'm over big sweaters, scarves and even hot chocolate… bring on the spaghetti straps, flirty dresses and frappuccinos (haha!). For today's post I rounded up a few of my favorite spring items that are in stores now. The great part is that each of these is less than $100, so you don't have to break the bank while you prepare for warmer temps. (I ordered this ruffle tank last night and may have to go back and order this straw bag, swoon!)

Does anyone have fun weekend plans?

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