Monday Blues

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Rompers and jumpsuits are two of my favorite wardrobe staples; they’re quick, easy, cute, and right on trend. Usually I go for the comfy/casual route with my playsuits, but this time I opted for a more glam version. This cobalt jumpsuit from Rolling Rack Boutique (more on them later) is dressy enough to wear out, has that 90s-inspired neckline that I love, and is totally BACKLESS.
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When it came to styling this piece, I tried to keep things fairly simple. I went with nude wedges that you can’t even see because I’m a midget, a tan & mint clutch, and a reverse tassel necklace — also in mint because I loved the beachy look the colors created. To top it off, I chose oversized sunglasses, my go-to rings, and red lips to stand out against the street art.
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Jumpsuit c/o Rolling Rack Boutique | Wedges: Target (similar) | Clutch: Francesca’s | Sunnies: Target (similar) | Necklace: Teal (similar here) | Rings: H&M | Lips: Nars (Jungle Red) | Nails: Essie (Lilacism)

Charleston’s Finest: Rolling Rack Boutique
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Rolling Rack is an innovative and glamorous boutique on wheels, featuring women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. Not only does this trendy truck give you a totally unique shopping experience, it does so at a completely reasonable price point. If that isn’t enough, Amanda and her team at Rolling Rack are so sweet and helpful, making each visit inside the boutique unforgettable.
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If you live in Charleston, you can hop aboard Rita (yes, she has a name) on one of the stops she makes around town each week. If you don’t live in the area, never fear, fashionistas — Rolling Rack can ship anywhere. To browse their website or see where the truck is today, click here!
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Because I’m so obsessed with Rolling Rack, I’ve decided to partner up with them for a giveaway this week! Stay tuned — this will be one you don’t want to miss!

One Piece, Two Ways: Old Navy Drapey Cropped Pants

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We all have those pieces in our wardrobe that easily transition from one activity to the next. They’re always versatile, usually pretty comfortable, and totally worth buying because you’ll be able to wear them with, like, so many outfits — right?

These pants from Old Navy are the definition of a versatile, comfortable piece to perfectly transition from day to night/casual to dressy/work to happy hour. I bought the oh-so-trendy tropical print pair (can’t say no to a trend), but they also come in solid hues and a very classy LEOPARD PRINT that I need immediately. As if these pretty pants couldn’t get any better, they’re only $30. Yes you read that right.

Sometimes transitioning a piece from one event to the next can be easier said than done. These pants prompted me to start a new post series, ‘One Piece, Two Ways,’ where I — I’m not even going to bore you with an explanation because it’s totally self-explanatory. Below you’ll see how I styled the pants for two different occasions: errands around town and a blogger event.

Look #1: Daytime Errands
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My goal with this outfit (as with most things I wear) was to be totally comfortable without looking completely homeless. I went with a loose white tank with gold pineapples on it — keeping up with the tropical feel of the pants — some casual flats with metallic gold details, blue mirrored aviators, and a cute bow crossbody bag. As for jewelry, I wore some sparkly studs, my go-to watch, a couple fun bracelets (including a neon yellow one for a pop of color), and my usual fingers full of rings.
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Cropped Pants: Old Navy | Pineapple Tank: Old Navy | Sandals: Chinese Laundry (similar here) | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Crossbody Bag: Free People (similar here) | Earrings: J. Crew (similar here) | Cuff Bracelet: Finicky Filly (similar here) | Watch: Michael Kors | Chain Bracelet: J. Crew Factory | Neon Bracelet: J. Crew Factory | Rings: H&M, Forever 21 & Stylexchange | Nails: Essie (Mob Square)

Look #2: Evening Blogger Event
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Since my first look was very casual, I wanted to jazz things up a little bit for an evening event. First and foremost, I switched out my pineapple tank for a silk top with neon orange trim to add a dressy vibe to the ensemble. Then I traded my flats for wedges, went with a fancier clutch, and took off my shades — because contrary to what Usher thinks, wearing your sunglasses inside makes you look like a douche. Lastly, I opted for some drop earrings instead of studs, traded my starfish cuff for some bangles, took off my watch (who cares what time it is after 5?), and kept my other bracelets and rings the same. I usually keep most of my jewelry the same when transitioning an outfit — I don’t think it’s necessary to change the entire look, just some minor tweaks here and there.
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Cropped Pants: Old Navy | Silk Top: J. Crew (similar here) | Wedges: Old Navy (similar here) | Clutch: Francesca’s | Earrings: Peyton William | Bangles: Island Baubles & Henri Bendel (similar here) | Chain Bracelet: J. Crew Factory | Neon Bracelet: J. Crew Factory | Rings: H&M, Forever 21 & Stylexchange | Nails: Essie (Mob Square)

Photos by Alden Haviland

Steal of the Week: H&M Diamond Sweater

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Yes, it’s only August, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been sneaking peeks at fall clothes occasionally (all the time). As many of you know, autumn is my absolute favorite season, and 82.4% of the reason for that is fall fashion. During this week’s peek at all the new arrivals for fall, this fun sweater from H&M caught my eye. It’s light enough to wear now, but will also be the perfect piece to transition into the cooler months. As if the black + white color combo wasn’t chic enough, this knit sweater also features a printed geometric diamond to give it a cool edge. Best part? It’s only $24.95. Click here to buy now!

Not only is this sweater versatile enough for any season, it can also be dressed up or down without an ounce of effort — just how I like it. The obvious way to wear this comfy pullover is dressed down — with jean shorts and chucks to a movie, or leggings and sandals on a grocery store run. But I don’t like obvious. Because of that sassy little (huge) diamond, this sweater can be dressed up no problem. Yes it’s a loose-fitting sweater, which doesn’t usually scream “night out,” but if you pair it with the right pieces, you’re golden.

To give you a little inspiration for your next GNO, I put together the look below. First and foremost, I paired the sweater with a faux leather mini to offset the oversized top and cancel out the potato sack effect. Loose-fitting sweaters + minis (skirts or shorts) = a killer outfit for fall, every time. Learn that algorithm and love it. ANYWAYS, to finish off the ensemble, I went with bright cobalt heels (I LOVE the look of black & white with a touch of cobalt), a sequin clutch, and some silver rings. Since the outfit is pretty edgy, I chose a pale pink nail polish to juxtapose the badass vibe with a little hint of sweet. Who ever thought a slouchy sweater could be so glam?
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Sweater: H&M | Skirt: Nasty Gal | Heels: Charlotte Russe | Clutch: Nordstrom | Rings: Nasty Gal | Nail Lacquer: Essie (Lovie Dovie)

How would you wear this SOTW? Comment below!

Onesie Wednesday

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Is this my bike? Of course not. I saw it sitting there majestically, in its mint green glory, and saw an opportunity. If that isn’t a #bloggerproblem, I don’t know what is. This playful romper just needed a cute bike to go with it, and yes, I planned on telling all of this to its owner if I was caught.
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My mom is a huge Ross shopper/bargain hunter in general (which she obvi passed on to me) and I often tag along on her excursions. We made a trip there a few weeks ago when I was hungover a little under the weather, and I was so not feelin it. I complained like a four year old as I followed her through the aisles, until we came across this little number. I tried it on over my clothes because I just can’t with dressing rooms, and that was that. The brand name is “Dizzire” (classic) and it was like $10. Werd.

I wore it on a day that my nails happened to match perfectly (a rare occurrence with neon orange), so I decided to play up the matchy-matchy vibe with an aqua bangle and black sandals and sunnies. Usually I don’t like to go too matchy, but this was easy and just felt like it worked.
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Romper: Dizzire from Ross | Sandals: Steve Madden | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: Claire’s | Cuff: CUSP by Neiman Marcus | Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties | Rings: Stylexchange & Forever 21 | Nails: Essie (Serial Shopper)

Adored in Co-Ords

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Two-piece sets, separates, co-ords — we all might have different names for this matchy-matchy trend, but we can all agree that this is one of the biggest fads of the season. Although crop tops & high-waisted bottoms have been huge for a while now, matching sets present a fun new twist for the fashion-forward.
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It took me months to find the perfect co-ords. Granted I was very picky and knew exactly what I was looking for, but still. Finally one fateful evening I wandered into Francesca’s and our eyes met (me and the two-piece, obvi) — needless to say it was love at first sight. Separates are cool because you have to put zero thought into your outfit, which is v necessary for this lazy gal. Not only can you wear the set together, you can mix and match with high waisted jorts and a cardi for a cHiLL dAy, or sass it up with a leather skater skirt for a night out. Basically, what I’m saying is you can totally justify spending more than a week’s groceries on your matching set since you’ll get so many outfits out of it. Right?
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Since separates are such a statement alone, I kept accessories fairly simple. I went with black ankle strap heels, gold-rimmed sunnies, a gold studded bracelet, and some of my fave rings. For a little color, I chose a neon yellow satchel to really pop against the black, white, and gold. As for the pineapple, it was sitting majestically on my kitchen counter before I left for my shoot so I grabbed it for a fun prop on the way out. Pineapples are so hot right now. Also they’re $2.99 at Trader Joe’s.
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Recognize the street art? We used a different wall as the backdrop for my CSS x SF shoot a while back, but I couldn’t stay away from this mural. It was just a no-brainer for the background of this look. Shepard Fairey is da bomb.com.
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Crop Top: Francesca’s | Pencil Skirt: Francesca’s | Heels: Target | Neon Satchel: Old Navy (similar here) | Sunnies: Asos (similar here) | Bracelet: Uptown Cheapskate (similar here) | Rings: H&M | Nails: Essie (Lilacism)

Dying to find the perfect matching set of your own? Take a look at these, these, and these. Oh yeah, and these.

Color of the Moment: Navy

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One color that I just can’t get enough of this summer is navy blue. Whether you’re going for a sweet & nautical look with a navy striped sweater or a dark & sultry look with a navy jumpsuit, this hue is hitting it out of the park this season. Navy goes with absolutely everything, it’s flattering on everyone, and it’s a great alternative to black for the warmer months. I kind of consider navy as black’s friendlier sister.

Another great thing about navy is that it’s the perfect color to transition from summer to fall. I know, I know, we aren’t ready to talk about fall yet — but around this point in the summer I try to stop buying such summery clothes and focus on getting more transitional pieces. Yes that neon floral skater skirt is adorable now, but am I going to be wearing it past Labor Day? Probs not.

I’m not trying to say navy is the new black (nothing ever will be), I’m just saying it’s close. Check out some of my favorite navy picks below!
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Where to find:

  1. Tribal print clutch
  2. Drop earrings
  3. Watch
  4. Gel eyeliner
  5. Playsuit
  6. Nail lacquer
  7. Sneakers
  8. Crop top
  9. Leather bag

What colors have you been craving recently?

(image source: womenfashionistas.blogspot.com, withlovefromkat.com, carolina-prep.tumblr.com, sheinside.com, pinterest)

Rainbow Fish

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So let’s talk about this dress. A few weeks ago I was casually stalking blonde beauty Courtney Kerr, when I stumbled upon an Instagram photo that sent me into an investigative frenzy. Although I don’t usually buy items I see on the social media accounts of celebrities, I needed the dress Courtney was wearing and I needed it now. Anyway, after Detective TK&PD did a little digging, the maxi was tracked down at an adorable boutique in Texas. I swear if there was such a thing as a PI for clothing & accessories, I would be a millionaire. Turns out, they had ONE left, it was a size small, and the rest is history.

When it came to styling this magical maxi, I kept accessories simple since the dress itself has so much going on. My go-to gold jewelry, a black studded bag, and strappy black wedges. For a little pop of color to go along with the dress, I went with a bright coral/peach from Essie’s neon collection called ‘Serial Shopper’ — how appropriate!
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Maxi: C. Luce from Jul’s Boutique (currently sold out) | Wedges: Piperlime (similar here) | Cuff: CUSP by Neiman Marcus | Stone Bracelet: J. Crew (similar here) | Chain Bracelet: J. Crew Factory | Rings: Forever 21 | Bag: Alexander Wang from eBay | Nails: Essie (Serial Shopper)

I had been dying to wear my dress for weeks, but I knew this outfit couldn’t be wasted on just any occasion. Finally, I received an invitation to an EventHaus event at the SC Aquarium, and I knew it was time. It was dressy, but not too dressy, the colors would stand out wonderfully inside the venue, and *hopefully* no one else would wear the same thing — unless Courtney Kerr decided to show up. It ended up being the perfect piece to wear that night, and has inspired me to find numerous other gems on Instagram.
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{ My best impression of Rainbow Fish. }

Click here to browse all the amazing pieces at Jul’s Boutique!
Plan your next event or wedding at the SC Aquarium here!
Learn more about EventHaus here!

Photos by Jordan Zarwel