Birthdays

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If you read my blog, you probably know by now that I love Dandy Boutique. I’ve already featured it here and here and the love connection has only gotten stronger since then. When I found out that the sweet shop and I are birthday sisters (Dandy’s was yesterday and mine is Monday – close enough, right?), I loved it even more. So happy 1st birthday, Dandy, cheers to us!

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When I saw this dress from Alice’s Pig at Dandy Boutique, it was all over. Alice’s Pig is a company out of London that is inspired by vintage style and Alice in Wonderland. Like, okay. I love the flattering shape, feminine neckline, and the exaggerated skirt – not to mention the fantastic print and material. Perfect for a birthday party! Or should I say, tea party?

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Because this dress is so fabulous, I kept accessories to a minimum (shocking, I know). I went with some lace up heels, an envelope clutch, and retro round sunnies to go along with the vintage feel of the dress. As for my jewelry, I chose some Moon & Lola hashtag studs and rings to keep up the edgy vibe.

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Head to Dandy Boutique to celebrate their 1st birthday and pick up some pretty little pieces like this one! Happy weekend y’all, and happy birthday weekend to me! XO

Dress: Alice’s Pig c/o Dandy Boutique | Shoes: Target (old) | Clutch: Forever 21 | Sunnies: ASOS (similar) | Hashtag Studs c/o Moon & Lola | Rings c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: Revlon (Unapologetic) | Nails: Essie (Blanc)

Photo Credit: Taylor Rae Photography

The Notebook 2

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Last month, I finally ventured over to Cypress Gardens for my three year anniversary (!) with w. If you haven’t seen The Notebook, get out. Kidding, but seriously you should watch immediately before someone else hears you say that. Anyway, to those of you who don’t live under a rock, you’ve all seen the famous scene where Noah and Allie go canoeing through that beautiful swamp (oxymoron?) filled with swans. IT STILL ISN’T OVER! *brb crying*

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Turns out, like most other scenes in this tearjerker, it was filmed just a short drive from my house. How cool is that?! The swans were nowhere to be found, but the romantic setting was right on the money. Although this may not have been the most “sensible” outfit to wear inside a canoe, it needed to happen. This fun frock from Teal is oh-so comfy, colorful, and is the perfect throw-on-and-go piece. Since the dress kind of speaks for itself, I paired it with neutral booties, a tan felt hat, and black aviators. I couldn’t resist having a little fun with my accessories, I finished off the look with my go-to Clare V clutch, gold jewelry (with a pop of turquoise!), and classic red lips to channel Allie Hamilton herself.

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Dress: Teal | Booties: Madewell | Hat: Target | Fur Vest: Asos | Clutch: Clare V | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Bracelet: Gorjana from Rocksbox | Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties | Rings: Lilli & Tori and Forever 21 | Lips: Revlon (Unapologetic)

Last but not least, because he’s too handsome not to share, here’s a snapshot of my man rowing our little boat. Move over Noah Calhoun. Cheers to three years!

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Annie on Etsy

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You may remember my blog post from a couple months ago about my talented friend and artist, Annie Grotophorst. I even had a little giveaway and one of my lucky followers won their very own custom illustration by Annie! Now that she’s hit the big time (including painting a mural at the Cobble Hill office #rockstarintern), she has opened up her very own Etsy shop. It’s called AnnieGrotophorst (clever!) and she does it all, from personalized greeting cards, to pet portraits, to house illustrations – even logos and fashion illustrations for my fellow blogger babes out there!

With Mother’s Day coming up quickly on May 10th, you’ve already got the world’s best gift idea on lock. These sweet little paintings will make the perfect *thoughtful* present for your #1 gal pal – just throw one in a frame and you’re good to go. Although Annie’s regular prices won’t break the bank, she was sweet enough to offer TK&PD readers 10% off their order with code TKPDXANNIE. Better act fast, this promo is only valid for a limited time!

Oh yeah, and can we talk about the latest illustration she did for me above? It’s from my Charleston Fashion Week Bridal Show look, and I could not be more obsessed. TEAM ANNIE 4 LIFE.

California Dreaming

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I know, I know. This isn’t in California. I understand geography (sometimes) and understand that South Carolina is on the opposite end of the country, but I did say “dreaming” so lay off, man! Although I’m an east coast girl, this laid-back look just screams SoCal to me. When I saw this shirt at Teal, I knew I had to have it. I’m already a sucker for plaid but this top has a fun palm tree print on the back, bringing a whole new meaning to “business in the front, party in the back.” Now are you getting the Cali vibes?

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Y’all know how much I love print mixing, so having it on the same piece made my heart explode. Because this top already has a little bit going on, I paired it with some distressed boyfriend jeans. I got these babies on super-sale at Loft (if you’ve never tried Loft jeans, do so immediately) and the price made me feel okay taking scissors to them. They already came a little distressed, but I destroyed the knees and cut off the bottoms to better fit the world’s shortest legs. Gotta love the raw hem trend, amirite short ladies? Ain’t nobody got time to go to the tailor.

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As usual, I probably had a little too much fun with accessories. I recently found these fab mirrored sunnies at Forever 21 for only FIVE BUCKS (!!!) and they seemed like a no-brainer for this breezy, beachy look. Also on repeat, my dainty gold initial necklace courtesy of Maya Brenner Designs. Ever since this pretty little piece arrived in my mailbox, I haven’t taken it off! It’s perfect for layering with my other necklaces and I absolutely love that the tiny C is off-center. Obsessed! As for the rest of my jewelry, I went with my shark tooth studs (because duh), my go-to arrow ring, stacks on stacks on stacks of bracelets, and this gold Gorjana cuff bracelet from Rocksbox that I refuse to give back. Speaking of which, if you’re thinking about trying the Netflix of jewelry, feel free to use my promo code “chloexoxo” for your first month free!

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Since quite a few aspects of my outfit had a lot going on, I balanced things out with a white quilted crossbody bag and simple white chucks. I went back and forth between my chucks and gold metallic slides, but finally chose the former to keep up the cool vibe and polish things off with crisp white pieces. What do y’all think?

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Top: Teal | Distressed Jeans: Loft | Sneakers: Converse | Crossbody Bag: Uptown Cheapskate (similar here) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) | Earrings: Lisa Kerns | Necklace c/o Maya Brenner Designs | Cuff Bracelet: Gorjana from Rocksbox | Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties | Bracelets: J. Crew Factory | Ring: Lilli & Tori | Lips: NYX Butter Gloss (Peaches & Cream) | Nails: Essie (Coral Reef)

Charleston Fashion Week 2015: Highlights

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Day one with some sweet Charleston bloggers!

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This little Hazel Cole number was one of my absolute favorite pieces of the week.

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I met this fabulous little dude seconds before taking this photo. It was love at first sight. Does it not look like we belong together?

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I couldn’t not share a highlight from emerging designer Amanda Dreesen‘s show. All the models were wearing these metallic horns, and I was a big fan.

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This was funny. Blogger BFF Brittany of Southern Meets Chic and I were wondering why the people next to us got moved to the second row, but before we knew it the cast of Southern Charm was being seated next to us. I tried to pretend I didn’t care and that I think the show is an embarrassment to Charleston, but truth be told it was pretty cool (and I’ve totally seen every episode). Shoutout to Holy City in Heels for capturing this creepy little shot!

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Couldn’t resist taking this Snapchat selfie for all my Southern Charm lovers back home. If Shep is your favorite on the show, you’ll be happy to know he doesn’t suck in person. We chatted throughout the whole show and yes ladies, he’s just as cute in person.

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Holyyyy Mosaic. This Mara Hoffman swimwear look (and that braid!) spoke to my soul.

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SO awesome getting to meet two of my favorite bloggers, Megan of For All Things Lovely and Caitlin of Southern Curls & Pearls. As big-time as these ladies are, they were incredibly sweet. I fangirled over them 100x more than the Southern Charm cast and they were just so humble. Don’t you love that?

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This swimwear line from emerging designer Dinah Lightsey was seriously killer.

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Another fangirl moment with Fern Mallis, the creator of New York Fashion Week. She recently threw major shade at Kanye West, which makes her even cooler in my book. I’m kinda over Kanye too, Fern.

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Can I have everything from the Harbison show? This talented guy actually designed something that Queen Bey wore to NYFW, so we can all just bow down.

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We all made Mr. Harbison himself take a photo with us. Sooo can you, like, introduce us to Beyoncé? For real though, he was so cool and inspiring.

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The Bernadette Jeudy & Roxanne Walton show was so cute I almost started crying. Also I literally think that’s Ralphie from A Christmas Story. #celebsighting

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Trina Turk for Belk was fantastic. It was so fun, colorful, and had everyone craving summer. It made it even cooler that Trina Turk was THERE, which leads me to…

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…This amazing moment. Trina Turk was just the sweetest, even though we had to do 34089234 takes of this picture due to the weird purple lighting. BFF.

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The Spring Bridal Show on Saturday morning was truly exquisite. It was presented by Gathering Events, who decked out the runway tent like a goddamn dream, and I was seriously blown away by the shows. One of my absolute favorite picks was this floral + gold Kate McDonald number. Like I kind of want this print to be on everything I own..? Am I alone in this?

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Love this shot of me and my blogger babes on Saturday morning at the bridal show!

That’s a wrap on #CHSFW! There are tons more highlights that I want to share with y’all, but I feel like this post was getting long and boring. Who’s ready for next year?!

All images c/o my iPhone & also stolen from Southern Meets Chic when my phone died <3

Charleston Fashion Week 2015: Finale

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For the finale night of Charleston Fashion Week, you need a finale outfit to go out with a bang. Right when I saw this Milly dress from Finicky Filly, I knew I had to wear it. The fun shape, full skirt, and midi length all had me at hello, but what really sealed the deal for me is the scuba-esque mesh fabric. It gave this fancy frock a cool, laid-back vibe so I didn’t feel too overdressed, and really edged up the princess vibe. Although I’m a big fan of the midi length of this dress, it’s something I usually avoid like the plague due to my height (or lack thereof). However, the shorter lining underneath allows you to see more leg, thus eliminating the oompa loompa effect.

This pretty little take on the classic LBD allowed for some major accessories, which I really had fun with. I played up the girlie vibe of the dress with some vibrant colors, spring prints, and some sparkles (because obviously). Right away I knew I needed to belt this dress to break things up and give me my waist back, so I got sassy with a skinny gold glitter belt. I kept up the cuteness with some heels that feature two of my favorite prints, floral and stripes…put together. Am I dreaming? As for accessories, I chose a feminine Tory Burch crossbody, bright green earrings from Moon & Lola to pick up some of the green in my heels, and a dainty gold ring also courtesy of Moon & Lola. To top it all off, I went with neon pink lips to really pop against the earrings, gold nails, and a high ponytail.

Dress: Milly c/o Finicky Filly | Heels: Rack Room Shoes | Crossbody Bag: Tory Burch c/o Finicky Filly | Belt: Target | Earrings c/o Moon & Lola | Ring c/o Moon & Lola | Nails: OPI (All Sparkly and Gold) | Lips: NYX  (Shocking Pink)

Photo Credit: Current Visuals

Stay tuned for my CFW highlights on the blog soon!

Charleston Fashion Week 2015: Spring Bridal Show

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My look for the Spring Bridal Show on Day 5 of CFW had to be one of my favorites. It was crisp, clean and sophisticated (not usually the words I use to describe my personal style) – which made it perfect for this beautiful morning of all things bridal.

I wasn’t sure if the same no-white rule for weddings applied for a bridal show, but needless to say I blatantly ignored it with this white hot number courtesy of The Impeccable Pig. I just love the simple elegance of this dress as well as the fact that it’s the perfect blank canvas to make room for a statement piece – like this fab oversized coat from H&M. I first saw this pretty blush coat on fellow blogger babe Emily of The Style Hunter, and knew right then and there I had to have it. The neutral, romantic hues paired with the lovely heron print made this the perfect piece for Charleston Fashion Week – subtly southern yet fashion forward.

To accessorize, I went with my leopard Clare V clutch (y’all know by now how much I love print mixing), some fab two-tone heels, turquoise tassel earrings courtesy of Finicky Filly for a little pop of color, and my Moon & Lola pearl ring that I had on maaaajor repeat all week. Can you blame me? This bling ring added a feminine touch to my edgier outfits, and was the perfect cherry on top of my more polished looks. Last but not least, I finished the look off with a topknot (because duh), white nails, a sheer pink lip gloss, and enormous cat-eye sunnies (and an even bigger iced coffee) to disguise my crippling hangover. Chic.

Stay tuned for my fancy finale look, live on Monday!

Dress c/o The Impeccable Pig | Jacket: H&M | Shoes: Shoemint | Clutch: Clare V | Sunnies: ASOS | Earrings c/o Finicky Filly | Rings: Moon & Lola | Nails: Essie (Blanc) | Lips: NARS (Turkish Delight)

Photo Credit: Marie Rodriguez

Charleston Fashion Week 2015: Day 4

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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – I live for finding pieces that look super chic but feel like pajamas. This two piece set from MINK PINK was not only one of my favorite things I wore to fashion week, but by far the most comfortable. Don’t you just love when that happens? This crop top + shorts combo came in a very edgy version of one of my favorite spring prints, gingham, making it the perfect ensemble for Friday night of CFW. Although this matching set can easily be dressed up or down (I wore it earlier that day with high top sneakers), I decided to jazz it up with tailored white blazer and black heels. I accessorized with some funky gold-rimmed shades, a feminine shoulder bag courtesy of StyleDwell, a stunning lucite statement necklace courtesy of The Impeccable Pig, and my go-to rings and hashtag studs from Moon & Lola. I topped off this polished look with a subtle peach gloss and a rare straight hair moment (!), and I was ready for Friday night at the tents.

Top & Shorts Set: MINK PINK c/o Stylexchange | Blazer: H&M | Heels: Target | Bag c/o StyleDwell | Sunglasses: Nasty Gal | Necklace c/o The Impeccable Pig | Earrings c/o Moon & Lola | Rings c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: NYX Butter Gloss (Peaches and Cream) | Nails: Essie (Blanc)

Photo Credit: Taylor Rae Photography

Charleston Fashion Week 2015: Day 3

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We all knew it had to rain at some point during CFW, and Day 3 happened to be the lucky winner. I decide to stand out against the gloomy weather with this Mara Hoffman neon number from Finicky Filly. Not only do I love the bright colors and geometric patterns on this simple black shift, but if you look closely, that fun print is actually slithering, swirling snakes. How badass is that?! To play up the edgy vibe of my Medusa-inspired frock, I went with black lace-up heels and a layered chain necklace and pyramid stud ring courtesy of Moon & Lola. These gold chains instantly took my outfit to the next level and made me feel kind of like Nicki Minaj (or maybe that’s just because “Anaconda” was stuck in my head all night because of the snake dress). To play up my dayglo duds, I topped off the look with a fantastic neon foldover clutch courtesy of StyleDwell, my blue mirrored aviators for when the sun peeked out, and a pink pout. Bring it on, rain.

Dress: Mara Hoffman c/o Finicky Filly | Heels: Shoemint | Clutch c/o StyleDwell | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Necklace c/o Moon & Lola | Rings c/o Moon & Lola | Lipstick: Maybelline (Pink Pop) | Nails: Essie (Blanc)

Photo Credit: Taylor Rae Photography

Charleston Fashion Week 2015: Day 2

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Compared to the borderline tropical temps of Day 1, the second day of Charleston Fashion Week was downright freezing (probably like 62 degrees, but we’re spoiled in the south). Because of the chillier weather, I was thrilled that I had already picked out this tribal print jumpsuit from Teal. It kept me warm while also looking effortlessly chic, and was the perfect throw on and go piece for a hectic Day 2. The only additions I had to make to the outfit were my faux leather jacket and some simple black heels, and I was good to go for the night! I had lots of fun with my accessories and went with some retro shades, turquoise tassels from Finicky Filly, my leopard Clare V clutch for some *print mixing*, and a fabulous pearl ring courtesy of Moon & Lola for a feminine touch. To top off my Day 2 look, I decided to get sassy with a messy fishtail braid (a lazy girl’s savior and a quick fix for hair boredom) and bright red lips to pop against the cool colors of my playsuit and earrings.

If you’re wondering why these photos are so awesome, it’s all thanks to fab photographer/general babe Taylor of Taylor Rae Photography. You might remember her from my faux honeymoon shoot for A Lowcountry Wedding and how badass those pictures turned out, so naturally I decided to ask her if she could shoot some of my fashion week looks. As always, she was so down (she’s the best), and I had such a blast with her all week!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s neon look… <3

Jumpsuit c/o Teal | Leather Jacket: Forever 21 | Heels: Target | Sunglasses: ASOS | Clutch: Clare V | Earrings c/o Finicky Filly | Ring c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: Revlon (Unapologetic) | Nails: Essie (Blanc)

Photo Credit: Taylor Rae Photography