Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Aspen Instagram Roundup + Hotel Guide

Good morning, everyone! Sorry for skipping yesterday's post, life has been CRAZY recently! (Side note: amid the craziness I did find my wedding dress on Saturday!) Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share some pictures from my trip to Aspen and the hotels that we stayed in (we LOVED our hotels!) in case any of you are planning a trip to Aspen in the future.

This is my friend Jessica (@hapatime) that I went on the trip with! It was a fun girls trip because her sister came as well as my mom! Our beanies are from ASOS (last year) but Forever 21 has some identical beanies for less than $15 each.

October is a great time to go to Aspen because all of the leaves are changing! Although most of the leaves are yellow due to the Aspen trees, we were able to find a few brilliant red trees too.

 long sleeve ruched dress (comes in six different colors!) // suede boots
Celine handbag, similar here // wool floppy hat // monogram necklace
David Yurman bracelet // MAC lipstick in "creme cup"

This Free People scarf really came in handy during the trip because it was so cold (I was actually freezing in this outfit). The scarf is great wrapped around your neck or as a wrap!

Paige denim // suede boots (sold out), similar HERE & HERE
MAC lipstick in "mehr" 

Jessica and I stayed at the Limelight Hotel for part of our stay. Our room had two big comfortable beds, a little balcony and a FIREPLACE! It was so nice to turn on and warm up after coming in from outside. 

This sweater dress was one of my favorite outfits I wore in Aspen! I love it paired with over-the-knee boots and a floppy hat.

wool hat // hoop earrings // MAC lipstick in "creme cup"

I think I mentioned this before, but it snowed heavily a few days while we were there. We woke up one morning and this was our snowy view from the terrace of the Limelight Hotel!

on me: turtleneck sweater

You must visit the coffee shop Victoria's if you're ever in Aspen... the coffee is amazing, and so is the atmosphere! This picture was taken when it was blizzarding outside, and we were looking for somewhere warm to sit down for a minute.

turtleneck // similar beanie

This was taken in a little park in downtown Aspen... I love it because of the snow on the mountain contrasted with the gorgeous yellow leaves!!

For the second half of our trip we stayed at Hotel Jerome in Aspen. One of the things I loved most is that they let hotel guests borrow a Mercedes to drive around! We headed up the mountain to check out the insane views. 

This aztec poncho was another item I kept reaching for during the trip to try to keep warm! Surprisingly it went with a lot of different outfits.

 aztec poncho (less than $40) // long sleeve ruched dress (in the color "pink adobe heather")
David Yurman bracelet // MAC lipstick in "creme cup"

You may recognize this as Maroon Bells (from last Friday's blog post). It's one of the most photographed places in the United States. During the summer and fall you can take a bus up to the top, or you can drive your own car after 5 p.m. (so that's what we did). I have been twice now, but I enjoyed this time better because we drove ourselves and we visited during sunset (which was really pretty and less crowded!).

 plaid blanket scarf // similar tan cardigan, also similar here (mine is old!)
Paige jeans // suede boots, similar HERE

Another shot from Maroon Bells with my sweet momma!

And finally, a travel picture flying out of the Aspen airport. We flew into Denver on the way there, but it is a 4 hour drive from Denver to Aspen, so we switched our flights on the way home to fly out of the Aspen airport. It is a much smaller airport and WAY more convenient!

I wanted to recommend two different hotels that we stayed at during our time in Aspen. 

The first was the Limelight Hotel, which is located right in downtown Aspen, within walking distance to all of the shops and restaurants downtown. We walked in and immediately felt at home here! There's a huge fireplace in the main lobby and a ton of comfortable seating if you want to sit down and hang out. There's also a hotel restaurant and bar in the main lobby - we actually ate dinner there twice (try the margherita pizza and the mac'n'cheese!). Our rooms were incredibly spacious, with a little balcony and a fireplace (which we used a ton). Be sure to check out the terrace on the fourth floor for an amazing view. And they even had a complimentary breakfast every morning, so we filled up on donuts, eggs, bacon and pastries each day (they had a ton of breakfast options for everyone). We also thought this hotel was very affordable and would recommend it to anyone!

The second hotel we stayed at was Hotel Jerome, which was also located right downtown. The decor at this place is SO cool - lots of plaid, leather and luxurious details, and all the men walk around in cowboy hats. We also really liked our room at Hotel Jerome, and we LOVED the restaurant/bar. At night they walk around with a complimentary drink for hotel guests - we had cold apple cider with honey vodka and it was the best drink I've ever tasted! Another cool part that I already mentioned is that they let you drive a Mercedes during your stay so that you can check out the area! We had fun driving through the mountains :)

If you have any questions about our trip to Aspen, I'm happy to answer them in the comments!

Also check back in a half hour for the GIVEAWAY WINNER of the Gucci bag giveaway! I'll post it right here! :)


Friday, October 13, 2017

Maroon Bells, Aspen

plaid blanket scarf // similar tan cardigan, also similar here (mine is old!)

If you ever visit Aspen, you MUST go to Maroon Bells! They are the most photographed peaks in all of North America, and it's easy to see why - two mountain peaks covered in snow, with a beautiful lake in between. In the fall it is gorgeous because of the yellow Aspen trees dotting the mountains! I wore this cardigan and plaid blanket scarf to try to stay warm (it's at a high elevation so much colder than town), I ended up wishing that I had bought a bigger jacket!

What is everyone up to this weekend?! Today I have some meetings in Greensboro and I'm knocking out some stuff on our wedding To-Do list :)



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Girly Outfit + a Haircare Update!

When I wore this outfit on instagram a few weeks ago, many of you commented and said it looked like an outfit from the movie "Clueless"! That is one of my favorite movies, so I was happy to look like Cher for the day :) If you don't want to bare as much skin, this pink corduroy skirt would also look really cute with a chunky sweater or turtleneck for the fall. Annnnnd if you like the bag I'm wearing, be sure to enter mine and my friend Jessica's giveaway HERE! We are teaming up to give away a small Gucci Marmont handbag - you get to pick the color (it comes in red, black, white, tan, etc.).

I've been getting even more questions about my hair than usual so I wanted to answer a few quick questions here! I am still using this curling wand to curl my hair, I use the 1" barrel that it comes with. Just make sure that when you use the wand, you aren't twisting your hair first -  your hair has to lay flat on the wand! That probably sounds confusing so if you guys want to see a quick video on Instagram Stories one day let me know! The next thing I wanted to share is that my hair has felt and looked a lot healthier over the last couple of months, and the only thing I've been doing differently is using this product consistently every week. I put it on my hair once a week, usually while I'm in the bath tub so I can let it soak in for a while, and then wash it out and style my hair like normal. It makes my hair SO shiny! And lastly, I already raved about this product in this hair post, but this volume powder is a true Godsend/miracle product. I apply it to my roots for volume when I wear my hair down, but it also helps a TON if you like to style your hair in messy buns or high ponytails. It gives your hair some extra grip - it's how I got my high pony in last night's instagram post.

Okay let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Thursday everyone! :)


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Coolest Fall Finds Under $50

Even though the weather in North Carolina isn't *quite* cooperating with fall, I still can't help but get excited for fall fashion (I think the heat/humidity is making me even MORE excited actually!). Each and every item on this "it" list is less than $50, and they're all staple pieces that you'll wear over and over throughout this fall and winter. I personally purchased this tan cardigan and off-the-shoulder sweater - both are what fall dreams are made of! Just imagine yourself walking through a pumpkin patch in those cuties. :)

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Aztec Poncho for Less than $40

aztec poncho (less than $40) // long sleeve ruched dress (in the color "pink adobe heather")
suede boots // Prada Saffiano handbag, similar HERE // wool floppy hat // monogram necklace

If you read my blog post from yesterday, you'll probablyyyyy recognize this exact outfit, haha! Except this time I added a poncho, and I think it makes the outfit look completely different (it also shows how versatile this ruched dress is). Anyway, this $39 aztec poncho was one of my favorite items that I brought with me to Aspen! I love the pattern, the black and grey, and how it goes with virtually any outfit. Believe it or not, we were freezing most of the time in Aspen (especially on the days it snowed) and a few times I threw this poncho on over whatever I was wearing, just to try to keep warm. It ended up going with every outfit!

Ok I need y'all's help! I have been trying to find some new books to read, and I end up starting a book, reading 30 pages and finding it not interesting!! I don't know if it's because there's too much stuff going on in my life right now (sometimes that makes it hard for me to concentrate on a book) or rather if the books I'm choosing are just boring! So if you've read a good one lately, let me know in the comments :)



Monday, October 9, 2017

Flattering Long Sleeve Dress

long sleeve ruched dress (comes in six different colors!) // suede boots
Celine handbag, similar here // wool floppy hat // monogram necklace

Remember this flattering tank dress that I've worn a few times on the blog? Well they just added SLEEVES, making it the perfect fall dress! *hands up emoji* Nordstrom always makes the best wardrobe staples, and this dress is definitely included in that category. The ruching on the side makes it super flattering and I love the wrap detail at the hem (it makes your legs look longer!). You can bet your bottom dollar that I purchased it in a few different colors! Check out Nordstrom's dress selection for some other beautiful fall dresses :)

Did everyone have a good weekend? I got home from Aspen over the weekend so I spent the rest of it relaxing with Chris! We went to the Winston fair yesterday and had so much fun eating fried food, playing games and riding rides (Chris even won me a teddy bear! Which I gave to Winnie, lol!)



*Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post