Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Layer in the Fall

One of my favorite parts about dressing for fall is layering. Cooler weather allows you to really get creative with your outfits, mix patterns and put together cute combinations. But layering can get a little tricky, especially when it comes to the top half! I've put together some of my favorite combinations below for a little "cheat sheet" to layering.

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Let's start with the most basic layering piece for fall: a turtleneck. I picked up a few of these striped jersey turtlenecks this year because I love and wear them so much. So how can you style them? Try wearing them under a big, chunky sweater or paired with a puffer vest (I picked up the gingham puffer vest a few days ago & I'm obsessed!). I also really like turtlenecks under button-up shirts (for instance, a chambray one). And perhaps my favorite look of all is under a knit poncho like this one! The bottom half of the outfit is pretty easy… you can wear jeans, cords, black denim or even leggings with boot socks, which is my favorite.

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Next we have a simple chambray shirt (I own this one). I love chambray shirts because the possibilities are endless! My favorite look is to wear a colorful sweater over top, and to have the edges of the chambray shirt peeking out of the sleeves and the bottom of the sweater. This look is really cute with a statement necklace. You can also wear chambray with a fur vest or with a cute cardigan. Adding a belt (like this leopard one) over your layers adds another dimension to the outfit and also makes your waist look small. When I wear a chambray top, I usually stray way from wearing jeans to avoid wearing denim on denim. I own this pair of distressed black pants and they are perfect for wearing with chambray (plus really comfy!!).

The same looks I showed with the chambray top can also be applied to any type of button down shirts. I love pairing sweaters, fur vests, puffer vests and cardigans with any button down (especially plaids!). The possibilities are endless!


P.S. If you live in the Columbia, S.C., area don't forget to stop by the new Nordstrom Rack tonight for the private shop event! Get the details plus your exclusive invite here!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Camel & Black

I really love floppy hats for the fall (especially to cover up bad hair days) but this two-tone one may be the cutest one I've seen! It's so effortless to throw on but adds an extra dimension to an outfit. Plus I'm really loving the colors camel and black this season. Can we also take a second to talk about these Ivanka Trump shoes? I have been drooling over them forev-errrr. Leopard, cap-toe and T-strap? I'm sold. I don't think Nordstrom carries them in the store (mine doesn't) so if you decide to order, be sure to get a half size smaller than you normally wear!

On another note, does anyone have any good recommendations for books? Completely random, but I've really been into thrillers/mystery novels lately and I would love your suggestions! This book is the best thriller novel I've read to date. It's SO GOOD, I highly recommend it if you're looking for a book to read!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Outfit details:
leopard scarf, similar version here for less than $20 // burgundy leather jacket (order one size up)
dark wash jeans // similar booties // Celine sunglasses, similar here // Etienne Aigner bag
Essie nail polish in "berry naughty" // MAC lipstick in "Up the Amp" mixed with Dior "rialto"

When Bath & Body Works asked me to come up with an outfit to match their Wild Madagascar Vanilla scent, I was immediately game. The scent is not your typical vanilla… it smells like fall, with white sandalwood, wild jasmine and a vanilla undertone. So for the outfit, I wanted a "hint" of vanilla with a little bit of an edgier feel. A burgundy leather jacket was the perfect complement to the ivory tank top, and OF COURSE I had to add leopard! Y'all know I'm obsessed with that leopard infinity scarf :) Anyways, let's talk about my favorite products from the line! 

Lately I've been putting on the shea body cream after my shower in the morning and the scent lasts all day without being overwhelming (I get really bad headaches if I wear perfume or lotion that is too strong!). Plus it's extremely moisturizing! My favorite of the whole line, though, is definitely the three-wick candle. It smells INCREDIBLE. I keep it burning in my room whenever I'm home, especially at night, and it makes my room smell so, so good. You can view the whole line of products here… and you can even try out my favorite shea body cream (for free) this week only, click here for details!


*Thank you to Bath & Body Works for sponsoring this post.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fur Vest for Less

Juliana's fur vest c/o // J.Crew green silk top (25% off with code TGIFALL, also comes in more colors)
J.Crew distressed denim (25% off with code TGIFALL) // grey boot socks // Baublebar earrings

Happy Monday! So you've probably noticed by now that I've been wearing a lot of fur vests this fall. I can't get enough of them.. they are really comfy and easily take any look to the next level. This fur vest from Juliana's Boutique is actually an exact dupe of the BB Dakota one I have… but for a lot cheaper! (Plus the BB Dakota one is sold out everywhere!) I'm wearing a small in this one. Juliana's Boutique has a ton of great fall essentials… like this elbow patch top!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend… my boyfriend came in town and we had the best time! We watched football, went to a pumpkin patch and even had a romantic Italian dinner on Saturday night. I don't think I even looked at my phone or computer the whole time, which was amazing!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Calling All South Carolina Girls!

Nordstrom Rack cardigan, similar here & here // Gap jeans (old) 
Nordstrom Rack booties, similar here // Onna Ehrlich handbag

I love big, comfy cardigans this fall, so I was really excited to find this one at Nordstrom Rack! I love the fringe at the bottom and the fun colors. Plus it was marked down to $24.99. And these peep-toe booties are a favorite as well!

South Carolina girls… A new Nordstrom Rack opens in Columbia, SC, on Friday, October 24! Want to shop the store early with me? Nordstrom Rack is hosting a private shop event the night before, this Thursday October 23, from 4-8 p.m. I'm inviting my readers to attend with me, and one attendee will receive a personal styling session with me. You can RSVP here… I hope to see you there!

P.S. For those attending, the new store address is: 278-A Harbison, Blvd, Columbia, SC 29212 (Off I-26 at Harbison Blvd)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fringe Benefits

 Aztec-print poncho (less than $40!), love this one and this one too // striped turtleneck
monogrammed necklace // David Yurman ring, bracelet // Celine sunglasses, similar here

As soon as I saw this Aztec fringed poncho online, it was in my shopping cart and on the way to my house immediately! For less than $40, it is the perfect layering piece to complete any fall outfit, plus it is extremely comfortable... like being wrapped up in a cozy blanket all day long! I chose to layer it over a striped turtleneck, but it would look equally as great with a solid tee or sweater. The poncho also comes in this color, which I love as well!

Does anyone have fun Friday plans? My boyfriend is coming in town for the weekend and we have a full itinerary of "fall" things to do! We already decided we are picking out pumpkins and carving them, baking pumpkin seeds and making apple cider. I'm extremely excited!!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kate Spade & Swoozie's Giveaway!

Earlier this week I blogged about some of my favorite items from the new Kate Spade line at Swoozie's… but today it gets even better! I've partnered with Swoozie's to give away some of the brand new items from the line, seen above. Each person will have the opportunity to win one item, so there will be eight winners total! 

Here's what we're giving away...

7. Pencil pouch (includes two pencils, an eraser, pencil sharpener & ruler)

Although I really, really love the tumblers, I must say that my very favorite piece from the whole line is this mini metallic notebook! It's super small and adorable and is the perfect size to fit in your handbag or even your clutch. It is SO CUTE. Anyways… you can enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below!

The giveaway will end next Thursday, Oct. 25th. Good luck!!!