Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Falling in Love with Aspen…

white long sleeve tee // Stuart Weitzman boots, similar here for less than $200 
David Yurman link bracelet, cuff bracelet // YSL lipstick in "le fuchsia"

Yesterday I arrived in Aspen, CO, for a girls trip with my sweet momma! And y'all. I have traveled to a decent amount of places, and I have never fallen in love with a city as quickly as I've fallen in love with Aspen. You step out of the airplane and immediately you see huge mountains rising up to the sky all around you. It is incredible! The end of September is particularly beautiful here because all of the leaves are changing colors and shedding their leaves.

I wore this outfit to dinner (we went to Brunelleschi's for pizza) and it was perfect for the chill in the air. It got down to 44 degrees last night! Anyways, I adore this waffle knit poncho, but especially love it paired with the grey over-the-knee boots. I own the Stuart Weitzman ones, but this pair is a REALLY good price and they look almost the exact same! Also, whoever said short girls can't wear thigh high boots is wrong. For all the short girls out there - I am only 5'3! The trick is pairing them with flattering tops!

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday. My mom and I are going hiking today, so wish us luck! Also - if you have been to Aspen & have any food recommendations, I would love to hear them!



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fall Inspo...

Happy Tuesday, friends! Since the rain/fog won't leave Charlotte & I haven't been able to take any blog photos… here's a roundup of some of my favorite fall looks from years before. Since all of these clothing items are now out of stock, I linked to the most similar clothing items I could find. I hope you enjoy!

chambray top // Clare V leopard clutch
J.Crew Factory pants (can't find any similar!) // Tory Burch riding boots

This morning I'm escaping the rain and fog for a little girls trip (with my mom!). I'm currently on the plane writing this post, haha! Stay tuned to instagram/snapchat to see where we end up - hopefully it will be a lot sunnier there. :)



Monday, September 28, 2015

Cozy Fall Sweater...

The weather in Charlotte has been MISERABLE for the past week, it seems. Incessant rain, clouds that won't go away, a heavy fog that hovers no matter what time of day it is. It has seriously got me depressed, y'all. On the bright side, it has been pretty chilly so I did get to pull out some of my cozy sweaters. This look (above) is perfect to brighten up a dreary day but still stay warm! I especially love how soft & comfortable that sweater looks… and you could easily add a striped turtleneck underneath for added warmth. 

Side note - has anyone tried the new Toasted Graham Latte from Starbucks?! I haven't, just wondering how it tastes!

P.S. Remember the bucket list I made last week? Here's a blank one in case you want to fill it in yourself. Tag me or let me know if you end up filling it out… I'd love to see your fall bucket list items! (Just download this image & then open it up in Microsoft Paint or Word to add text)

Happy Monday!


Friday, September 25, 2015

My Favorite Fall Outfit…

Fall outfit inspiration
ASOS blanket scarf

Love this blanket scarf
Fall outfit idea
Love this fall outfit
white tunic // ASOS scarf (sold out), similar here & here // similar round wool hat
similar AG jeans (on sale!) // Lucky wedge booties (back in stock!!)
Clare V bag // Michael Kors watch // J.Crew earrings

This might be my favorite fall outfit so far! This white tunic is literally the perfect tunic for fall - I've worn it already with jeans and leggings (because yes, it covers your tush) and I also ordered it in black as well. My next favorite part of the outfit is the pattern mixing, the way the bright plaid scarf & leopard bring something fun and exciting to the outfit. 

And perhaps, my favorite part of all… my AG jeans from Nordstrom. I talked the other day about my obsession with AG jeans, and you must know by now it's true. I love how this particular pair of denim is dark wash, but still has the rips in the knees. I'll probably be 60 years old and still wearing ripped jeans… LOL. But really!

What are everyone's plans for the weekend? Unfortunately, it's supposed to rain all weekend and EVERY day next week in Charlotte! Boo! So I'm praying for at least a little sun this weekend! xoxo

*Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Easy Crown Braid Tutorial

Hello, friends! Today I'm recreating one of my favorite looks from working with TRESemmé during NYFW. Remember this hairstyle created by TRESemmé stylists? I learned a few tips and tricks while I was in the salon chair, so I can show you how to get a similar look that you can achieve on your own at home! 

To start with, you will need: 
- Two elastic hair ties
- Several bobby pins (I used around six)
- Curling wand (I use and love this one)

Step One: I apply the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Serum onto damp hair before blow drying it. This makes my hair frizz-free, so that the braid and curls will be extra smooth.

Step Two: Part your hair where you normally wear it. Starting with one side, begin a dutch braid on your hair, only pulling hair from the top of the scalp, not the bottom. (To see a good tutorial on how to dutch braid, watch this one!) Tie the braid with an elastic, and repeat on the other side.

Step Three: Pull apart the braid to create the appearance of a thicker braid. To do this, gently tug on portions of the braid, making sure each strand is even (see above photo). 

Step Four: Pull one braid across the back of your head, the end of it should fall right underneath where the other braid begins. Secure it with a bobby pin. Repeat the same thing with the other braid - you should be able to lay it on top of the other braid, tuck in the elastic and secure it with a bobby pin. 

Step Five: Spray the TRESemmé Heat Tamer Leave-in Spray on the remaining hair - this will help protect it from the heat of the curling wand, and will also ensure the curls stay for a long time.

Step Six: Now its time for curls! Working with small sections of hair, wrap each section around the curling wand. I use this curling wand with the 1-inch straight barrel. I've mentioned this curling wand before… it works so well, that my curls are always intact the next day.

Step Six: You're close to being done! I spray on TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Brushable Hold Hairspray onto both the braid and curls to keep everything in place. This hairspray is really great because it doesn't leave your hair feeling crunchy - you can actually brush through it!

I would love to see you try this look! Tag me (@cmcoving) and @TRESemme on instagram if you decide to try it on your own! I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. :)


*Thank you to TRESemmé, a product of Unilever, for sponsoring this post.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Instagram Roundup + Fall Bucket List

Happy first day of Autumn, everyone! To celebrate, this is a fall-themed post… first, I'm sharing some of my recent fall outfits from instagram. I've also created my Fall Bucket List, so scroll down to the bottom for the full list! And I hope everyone is celebrating today with a pumpkin spice latte… ;)

Really cute poncho for fall
 grey striped poncho // white tunic (wearing size small) // monogram necklace (size 3XL)
Lace-up flats
 AG ripped jeans // white tunic // black lace-up flats, similar with more sizes here // leopard clutch
Wear a cardigan over a sleeveless turtleneck dress
LOVE this fall blanket scarf
striped turtleneck (wearing size small) // ASOS blanket scarf (sold out, similar here)
This leopard cardigan is from the kids' section! Only $15!
AG relaxed jeans (order a size down) // Sole Society booties, similar here
Need this YSL bag…
Colorful poncho for fall
Celine handbag, similar here // Michael Kors watch // David Yurman link braceletcuff bracelet

Perfect blanket scarf
white tunic (wearing size small) // AG ripped jeans // Sole Society booties, similar here
Perfect fall outfit
Celine handbag, similar here // Celine sunglasses, similar here
Apple cider mill … love the outfit
Cold Hollow Apple Cider Mill
Oversized sweater for fall
 cowl neck swing sweater (less than $50 & also comes in grey!) // AG jeans
 Tory Burch perry tote, more colors here // Sole Society booties, similar here
Fall outfit inspo
 plaid scarf (obsessed!) // similar T-shirt dress
Sole Society booties, similar here // Tory Burch Perry tote, more colors here
Pair a sweater vest with plaid top
Ace Delivery plaid shirt // Topshop faux fur vest, less expensive version here
Joe's Jeans honey dark wash denim // Tory Burch Perry tote, more colors here
mini monogram // MK watch // David Yurman link braceletcuff bracelet // Tory Burch riding boots

If you have any questions about sizing, let me know in the comments! And here is my Fall Bucket List… I think my first task will be to try a new pumpkin recipe. I'm thinking some healthy pumpkin oatmeal muffins to eat for breakfast in the morning. I'll keep you updated!

Fall Bucket List

Happy Wednesday, everyone! xoxo