Monday, August 31, 2015

The One Item You Need This Fall…

ShopbellaC puffer vest in "wine" (wearing size small) c/o
Topshop striped sweater dress (wearing size 2) // wedge booties, also here c/o
Michael Kors watch // David Yurman bracelet // Celine handbag
XXL monogram necklace // Gucci sunglasses
MAC "syrup" with Dior "trompe l'oeil" on top

If there's one fall essential that trumps all others, it's the puffy vest. There are so many different ways to wear them, starting now all the way through winter. This one in particular is really great - I haven't seen the "wine" color before - this color is really popular for fall! I paired it with a really comfortable stripe dress, but it would also look great with a white button-down, or even a chambray top or dress. You can't go wrong with jeans and booties, either. Like I said, there are so many ways to wear it!

I hope everyone had a great weekend… mine was good but very tiring, I'm still trying to recover a little from the sickness I'm getting over from last week!



Friday, August 28, 2015

Fall Basics...

plaid chambray top, it also comes in blue // AG ripped denim // Celine sunglasses
MAC lipstick in "impassioned" with "syrup" on top

I don't think anything could scream "fall" more than a plaid shirt and booties. This shirt, in particular, is really cute because of the chambray addition on the shoulders and sleeves. Plus it is REALLY soft. And I have a thing for comfortable shirts! I just realized you can't see the booties that well, but they are WEDGE booties, which also makes them really comfortable. They also pair really well with dresses.

I'm so happy today is Friday... I am basically living for the weekends these days! I can't wait to head to the Farmer's Market this Saturday ... and to sleep in! Hope everyone has a great weekend. xoxo


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to School

Back to school outfit
Love this plaid skirt for fall
Back to school outfit idea
Plaid skirt outfit idea
Love this outfit for fall…
Tie on a bow for an easy way to transform an outfit
Fall outfit inspo
plaid miniskirt (less than $50) // tie-on bow ($28) // similar white blouse
similar Jessica Simpson red heels, also like these // Tory Burch Britten clutch
Prada cat eye sunglasses // MK watch // David Yurman bracelet
MAC lipstick in "impassioned"

I thought this outfit was appropriate for the first week back to school… and it really channels my inner Blair Waldorf, don't you think? Plaid miniskirt, big bow, red heels… (please tell me you guys watch Gossip Girls!). I really do love this outfit though, and the great thing is that you don't have to have Blair Waldorf's bank account to achieve this look - ha! The tie-on bow I'm wearing is only $28… I bought mine last year and have since worn it with numerous tops in dozens of different ways. It's the easiest and simplest way to add a touch of chic to your outfit this fall. I'm also loving this plaid skirt, which can also be worn so many different ways. For a more casual look I would pair it with a chambray button-up!

Thanks so much to everyone who gave advice on how to feel better yesterday. I have been going to bed at 7 p.m. for the past two nights and I think the extra sleep has really helped! I took some zinc tablets like you guys suggested and my throat is already feeling better. Also - "The Longest Ride" is a really great movie but I was crying practically the whole time - it's a tearjerker!

Hope everyone has a great Thursday. :)


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

iPhone Snaps (Recent Outfits + LA Trip!)

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I apologize for the super long post, but I wanted to share some recent photos from my phone & some of my LA trip! Enjoy… 

This outfit is going to be a favorite come fall… my favorite part is that the scarf is less than $30. 

high/low tunic (would also look great with leggings) // leopard scarf (less than $30)

A peek at my bedroom, you can see the entire bedroom tour here if you missed it. Also loving this Celine bag (the size is "mini") that's new this fall!

It was pouring rain on Sunday and I was stuck inside… so I baked cookies and read pretty much all day! This cardigan is so so cozy, I keep it in my office whenever I get cold. It's easy to throw on over pretty much anything.

plaid shirt // textured cardigan (so cozy!) // dark wash jeans // vanity

Some favorites right now… I have mentioned this lip combo before, but you must try MAC "pink plaid" lipstick paired with the "ample pink" gloss. It's a dream fall lip combo.

MAC lipstick in "pink plaid" // MAC lip gloss in "ample pink"

I wore this one day to run errands in… and yes, I realize I slightly resemble Dorothy in this picture haha (all that's missing is Toto!). Except I don't think Dorothy knew about this scalloped skirt because if she did, she for sure would have been wearing it. FYI - size up in the skirt. I'm wearing a U.S. 4.

similar gingham shirt // scalloped white skirt // similar red bow flats here & here

Last night I was feeling really terrible & my throat was killing me, so I made some tomato bisque & sipped it out of this adorable Swoozie's mug. Afterward I had Cheetoh Puffs for dessert (haha). My body craves the weirdest things when I'm sick! 

This duster cardigan is gorgeous in person & I LOVE the maroon color for fall. 

similar white tank (less than $30) // long lace cardigan // distressed jeans (less than $60)

The rest of these photos are from my trip to L.A. last week! This is the outfit I wore to the airport the first day. Since the flight from Charlotte to L.A. is 5 hours long, I knew I wanted to wear something super comfortable. I brought the scarf along in my carry-on & used it as a blanket and a head rest on the flight!

This picture is from my first day in L.A. before the Nordstrom Rack event that night! The dress I'm wearing is actually from Nordstrom Rack, and I thought it had the perfect laid-back vibe for the first day. 

floral dress // YSL handbag, less expensive version here // fringe booties

Nordstrom Rack sponsored the first half of my trip to LA, and this is the view from our hotel! We stayed at the LINE Hotel in Koreatown, one of the most unique and beautiful hotels I've ever been in. The rooms were very industrial and cool, and an entire wall was a huge window looking out on California. You can even spot the "Hollywood" sign if you look close enough!

This was my outfit for the second day at the Nordstrom Rack summit. I love love this blouse - can you spy the little hearts hidden in the pattern? 

The last night of the summit, the Nordstrom Rack team took us to Perch for dinner. This was by far the best (dinner) meal I had in LA! It was partially because the food was really great, and partially because I couldn't get over the view. The restaurant sits on the top floor of a building and offers an amazing view of the city - plus live music!

The next day was the official end of the Nordstrom Rack summit, but I opted to stay in LA for a few more days to explore and visit with friends. I met with my friend Sarah (better known as Sarah Belle!) for lunch at Bottega Louie, a really great Italian restaurant with even better macaroons. Plus, the whole place is made of marble. The outfit below is what I wore most of that day!

white tee // Zara jeans (old) // similar nude heels

My friends Emily and Elle flew into LA that night, so we had the next couple of days free to explore. The first thing we did that morning was head to Starbucks and then The Grove - a really neat outdoor mall with lots of great stores and restaurants. They even have a Zara, which I really wish we had in NC! 

A really cool street in West Hollywood...

I wore this sleeveless turtleneck to dinner that night - we went to a small authentic Italian restaurant called Amarone that was a few blocks away from our hotel. 

The next day we visited Rodeo Drive… the most beautiful street I've ever seen. Huge palm trees rise to the sky & there's the best shopping you could ever imagine! My favorite part of this day was going to Lemonade, a really trendy restaurant with a few locations throughout LA. I LOVED the mac'n'cheese and the watermelon lemonade!

floral shirtdress // YSL handbag, less expensive version here // fringe booties

That night we all headed to Pink Taco for a girls night (we are all a little obsessed with Mexican food) and this was my outfit! It was definitely the best way to end the trip!

And finally… I haven't posted this to instagram yet, because it hasn't been online, but I picked up this poncho from Nordy's the other day and can't wait to wear it this fall! I am thinking of it with an all black outfit and riding boots. Swoon! 

poncho (less than $40) // similar white tank // AG jeans // Tory Burch flats

Whew okay sorry for the long post! I'm currently cooped up in bed because my cold turned into something worse, and I can barely swallow (when I do, it feels like knives are scraping my throat). I hope everyone has a great Wednesday… I'll be in bed watching Nicholas Sparks movies. That's not a joke because I just rented "The Longest Ride" - I'll let you know how it is!