Cases That Care

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Picking out a phone case is always a struggle. It has to be cute but not too cheaply made (hi Tory Burch), it has to actually protect your phone, but not be fugly — and also not be $230482034.99. What if you could find one that meets all these requirements and goes to an amazing cause? This is where Kidogo Kidogo comes in.

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Started by two sisters, Kidogo Kidogo aims to lift the financial barrier preventing women in Tanzania from having access to life-changing cellular service. For every two cases the company sells, a woman in Tanzania will receive a cell phone, sim card, and cell phone credit to get started learning how to use her new phone. Can you imagine a world without your phone at your fingertips 24/7? These women can’t imagine a world where they actually have that ability, and I love the idea of helping remedy that issue. Keep scrolling for photos of me pretending to talk on the phone, or click here to browse the Kidogo Kidogo site now!

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Tee: Topshop (similar) | Distressed Skinnies: Old Navy | Leopard Flats: Steve Madden (similar here) | Camo Jacket: Gap (similar here) | Scarf: Old Navy | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Watch: Forever 21 | Arrow Ring c/o Lilli & Tori | Other Rings: H&M | Temporary Tats: Flash Tattoos| Lips: MAC (Living Legend) | Nails: Essie (Merino Cool) | iPhone Case c/o Kidogo Kidogo

If you’re more of a plain iPhone case kinda gal and these designs don’t really interest you, they would make a great Christmas present idea! If you purchased two as stocking stuffers for your siblings, that would immediately give the ability of communication to a woman in need — something that we (I, especially) SO take for granted.

More from Kidogo Kidogo:
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Trend Watch: Fall Florals

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Floral isn’t just for spring and summer anymore — this fall is all about florals in rich jewel tones and darker hues to take you into the cooler months. Even though my boyfriend some people often associate the feminine print with Grandma garb, this fall’s floral has been anything but. We’re used to floral being more delicate and sweet, but some fall 2014 patterns have been borderline badass which I’m really into.

To dip a toe into this trend, test out the waters with a floral d’Orsay flat, clutch, or nail decals (obsessed with Jamberry). To dive right in, go with a floral dress, skirt, or trench (like Blake Lively’s fab metallic number below)!
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Crop Top: Newlook | iPhone Case: Kate Spade | Backpack: Betsey Johnson | Nail Decals: Jamberry | Ring: Kate Spade | Skirt: Carven | Flower Studs: Catherine Stein | Scarf: Lily and Lionel | Bangle: Kate Spade | Peplum Top: J. Crew | d’Orsay Flats: Jeffrey Campbell | Clutch: Marc Jacobs | Blake Lively’s Trench: Valentino (a little cheaper here!)

Don’t you love how versatile this trend is? Although it’s super easy to go girlie, try to edge it up with a floral bomber jacket (like the one on Song of Style above) or wrap on the Lily and Lionel scarf with leather leggings and a sweater. The possibilities are endless.

(image source: grasiemercedes.com, theprettylovelyblog.blogspot.com, songofstyle.com)

Pumpkin Pickin’

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Oh, fall. Is there anything better? Going to the pumpkin patch is always one of my favorite autumn activities — being able to pluck one right off the vine will always beat reaching into a box (sorry Trader Joe’s). When I heard there was a cold front coming into town, I knew it was time. No offense Charleston, but going to the pumpkin patch in 85 degree weather just feels wrong — not to mention the lack of boots, scarves, and sweaters. So on this slightly chilly, DIVINE fall day, we ventured over to Boone Hall Plantation for pumpkin pickin’.
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For our day at the pumpkin patch, I went with the quintessential fall outfit. Some might call it the basic bitch’s fall uniform, I call it situational dressing. I started out the look with a navy + white striped top, distressed skinny jeans, and my Fryes. To accessorize, I threw on a plaid scarf for a little print mixing, my favorite fur vest, classic aviators, and my go-to gold jewelry (let’s ignore my super trendy neon orange entry band). To top it off, I rocked cranberry lips + OPI’s ‘Big Apple Red’ on my nails — my fall favorites!
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Striped Tee: J. Crew (similar) | Distressed Skinnies: Old Navy | Fur Vest: Asos (similar here) | Boots: Frye | Scarf: Target | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: Tory Burch (similar) | Watch: Forever 21 | Bracelet: J. Crew (similar) | Rings: H&M & Forever 21 | Lips: Revlon (Unapologetic) | Nails: OPI (Big Apple Red)

If you live in Charleston, you need to go to the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch immediately. They had a petting zoo (PIGLET ALERT), sno cones, a JUMPING PILLOW, a corn maze, hayrides, slides, and lots more. It’s great if you have kids or if you are a kid (like me and my sister who did every single thing imaginable). Take a look at some of my favorite photos from the day below!
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{ family portrait, including our new smiling llama friend. }

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{ i told you there was a jumping pillow. we decided there should be a sign with a disclaimer that says it’s even more fun than it looks. and it already looks pretty fun, so that’s really saying something. }

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{ i plucked the prettiest pumpkin right out of the patch. lucky me. }

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{ i told y’all we did every single thing there. this was soy important. }

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{ our perfectly imperfect pumpkin. thanks for the best day evzzzz, boone hall! }

5 Fall Trends Under $50

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Today marks the first official day of my absolute favorite season; it’s finally fall, y’all!  I just can’t get enough of leather, fur, flannel, boots, sweaters, scarves — you name it. Although this post doesn’t need much of an explanation, today I’m featuring five fads of the season that won’t cost your whole paycheck. Usually with very trendy, seasonal pieces, I don’t like to spend much more than $50 if it’s going to go out of style mere months later (lookin’ at you, mullet skirts). Check out my picks below! NOTE: Not to be worn together — like please don’t.
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  1. Cobalt Hat – You all know how much I love floppy hats. Add cobalt to the mix and I’m sold.
  2. Leather Skirt – Leather was huge last fall, and now it’s back, back again (tell a friend). I love this flouncy little skirt from Old Navy — although the shape may remind you of your Abercrombie skirts circa 2003, it’s now very fall 2014.
  3. Leopard Sneakers – Speaking of leather, check out the faux leather trim on these sassy leopard sneakers. They’re the perfect accessory to edge up your t-shirt + jeans weekend uniform.
  4. 360 Studs – I’m absolutely loving the front-back earring trend. The pearl version is nice and classic, but I’m also v into the pavé pair here and spike version here.
  5. Fringe Bag – Fringe is also pretty may-jah this season. Go big with a fringe-trim fall floral kimono if you’re feeling frisky; if you’re more hestitant, test the waters with the bag shown above.

What do you think? Comment your 5 picks below!

(image source: kwana.com)

Party in Palazzos

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If you know me at all by now, you know how much I love cute clothes that feel like PJs. This is pretty much palazzo pants in a nutshell. They’re loose and comfy, yet totally chic — just how I like it. I found these at Rolling Rack Boutique (told you I’m obsessed), and fell in love immediately. Because like how could I not?
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Since these pretty pants have such a fun, colorful pattern, I opted for a simple black Piko crop top (also from Rolling Rack — they totally have me under their spell), a lacy peach bandeau peeking out from underneath, and my go-to nude wedges. I’m just now noticing that this is exactly how Rolling Rack styled the crop top on their site, but I guess that’s what happens when you buy all the clothes they have. I can’t be creative all the time, guys [insert hair flip emoji here]. ANYWAY, to accessorize, I went with little gold details in my clutch and jewelry, and a pop of color with my blue mirrored sunnies.
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Things I need to talk about:
-My mismatched earrings. One is front-back style and spells out “love” and one is a heart stud! I’m kind of in “love” with them… I’m embarrassing, just ignore me.
-My adorable little arrow ring from my girls at Lilli & Tori — as if it wasn’t cute enough, it’s adjustable so you can wear it as a midi ring or normal ring. Pretty and practical.
-FLASH TATTOOS. Can’t get enough. If you don’t know about these temporary tats, you need to stalk their site like, yesterday. They’re inspired by jewelry, last about 4-6 days (mine lasted over a week!), and are so. much. fun.
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Piko Crop Top: Rolling Rack Boutique | Palazzo Pants: Rolling Rack Boutique | Wedges: Target (similar) | Clutch: Tory Burch | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: eBay (similar) | Cuff Bracelet: CUSP by Neiman Marcus | Arrow Ring c/o Lilli & Tori | Stackable Rings: H&M | Temporary Tats: Flash Tattoos | Nails: Essie (Blanc)

I wore this look to the Sip.Selfie.Shop Event last week hosted by Charleston Shop Curator, Finicky Filly, and Haute Hanger. Since all the Charleston blogger babes were going to be there, I knew I had to put my party pants on. Literally. Check out my favorite photos from the night below!

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{ the event had “selfie” in the name, so how could we not? }

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{ some of my favorite ladies! such a fun night! }

What do you think of my printed palazzo look?

A Few of My Favorite Things: RMS Beauty Oil

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Ever tried using oil on your skin instead of a lotion moisturizer? Everyone’s skin varies, but this Beauty Oil from RMS has made all the difference with mine. Beauty Oil gives you an even, glowing complexion, provides antioxidant protection, and smells incredible. Its lightweight formula doesn’t feel heavy or greasy, yet hydrates like nobody’s business — making it applicable for all skin types. Oh, and did I mention it’s also certified organic?

Yes, it’s a little pricier than your Aveeno moisturizer from the drugstore, but my tiny bottle from February still has plenty. The directions suggest applying three to four drops in the morning and at night, but I just do it once before bed. If you want to do a little experiment to see how your skin reacts to an oil moisturizer before dropping 74 bucks, try a little coconut oil or almond oil on your face for a couple days. Don’t use any other new products that day/try not to eat an entire pizza, then if you break out you’ll know oil moisturizers aren’t your thing.

Ready to scoop up a bottle of your own? I got my Beauty Oil locally at Pink Dot Beauty Bar, but visit the RMS website to see where you can find their products near you!

TK&PD x Coastal Bride

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So excited to share my collaboration with the fabulous Gillian Ellis of Coastal Bride today! We did a fun little feature on something I get asked about often — what to wear for engagement photos. Although I’m neither engaged nor married, I selected two outfits to showcase my two biggest rules for your engagement shoot. Head over to her blog for my outfit deets as well as handy tips & tricks to execute your shoot seamlessly (and without breaking the bank)! Warning: you might want to set aside some time to spend on her blog — the first time I looked at it, I blacked out and ended up scrolling through it for over an hour. It did make me miss barre class though, so that was a plus. Check out my feature here!
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{photo credit: Ellis Photo Studio}

What To Wear On Labor Day {+ Holiday Sales!}

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On Labor Day, we pay tribute to the contributions of workers, take a well-deserved long weekend, and relax with friends and family. It also marks the unofficial end of summer, so you know you’re gonna need a good outfit. It’s your last time to wear your favorite warm-weather staples, and to some of you, perhaps the last time to wear your summer whites. (Sidenote: hopefully at this point, you all know how I feel about the “no white after Labor Day” rule, so unless you grew up in 1947, keep rockin’ those white skinnies.) So whether you want to go for a trendy vibe, a boho feel, or just go cool & classic, I’ve lined up a few Labor Day looks to give you some inspo.

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We obviously need a white skinnies option for Labor Day. In this case, I chose a distressed pair because I’m v into that for fall. I paired the jeans with a printed peplum top, wedges, trendy fringe bag, and blue mirrored sunnies. As for accessories, I went with these 360° studs that I’m currently obsessing over, and some gold rings. This outfit would be perfect for an end-of-summer backyard bash, and can also transition perfectly for nighttime. Just sling on a denim jacket if it’s chilly, switch out your bag for a fun clutch and add some sassy jewelry, then you’re ready for whatever the night brings.

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If you’re more of a boho babe, go with your favorite summer maxi. Pair it with some tall black gladiator sandals, a simple clutch, some round sunnies, and you’re good to go! To jazz it up even more, I chose fun gold arrow earrings, bright yellow nails, and subtle purple lipstick (huge for fall). This would also be a great transitional look — for a pool party/day at the beach, you could switch the gladiators out for simple sandals, grab a beach bag instead of the clutch, and wear your bikini under the maxi. Then for a night out, add all the above options, minus the sunnies and plus armfuls of boho bangles.

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Lastly, if you want to go for a timeless look on Labor Day, go with this classic frock. It’s an ideal early fall piece, but still has a nautical, summery vibe with the navy + white stripes. Slip on these peep toe booties (another fantastic summer-to-fall transition piece), grab a patterned clutch (bonus points for print mixing!), then top it off with a Panama hat, tortoiseshell sunglasses, and an everyday gold watch. Because I love the color combo of navy + tangerine, I also added a statement necklace and an Essie to match. Usually I’m opposed to it, but sometimes the matchy-matchy thing just works. This outfit would be ideal for a chic boat day or party on a yacht — so now’s the time to make a friend with a yacht.

Which look is your favorite? Comment below!

Trendy – Top: Topshop | Skinnies: Topshop | Wedges: Jessica Simpson | Bag: Steve Madden | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: BaubleBar | Rings: Gorjana

Boho – Dress: Mara Hoffman | Gladiator Sandals: Deben Hams | Clutch: Nasty Gal | Sunnies: Monki | Earrings: Asos | Purple Lipstick: Urban Decay | Nail Lacquer: OPI

Classic – Dress: Petit Bateau | Booties: Jeffrey Campbell | Panama Hat: Michael Stars | Clutch: Claire V | Sunnies: Illesteva | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Watch: Kate Spade | Nail Lacquer: Essie

Holiday Weekend Sales:

  • Anthropologie – extra 20% sale pieces.
  • Asos – extra 10% off sale with code HAVE10.
  • BaubleBar – up to 50% off select pieces.
  • C. Wonder – 30% off site-wide, plus an extra 50% off final sale.
  • Club Monaco – extra 40% off sale and 50% off clearance with code HEYFALL.
  • Gap – everything up to 40% in-store and online.
  • H&M – sale section starting at $5.
  • J. Crew – extra 40% off sale and free shipping over $100.
  • J. Crew Factory – 40%-60% off everything, in stores and online.
  • JewelMint – everything, including sale, half off (the same applies to ShoeMint, StyleMint, and IntiMint!)
  • Loft – 50% off sale and select full-priced items.
  • Nasty Gal – crazy sale section, including plenty over 60% off.
  • Nordstrom – select items up to 40% off.
  • Old Navy – everything in store and online up to 50% off.
  • Tibi – 20% off curated fall picks with code HELLOFALL.
  • Topshop – select pieces 30% off.
  • Tory Burch – 20% off $300, 25% off $500, and 30% off $750 with code LABORDAY14.
  • Vince Camuto – extra 25% off sale with code EXTRA25OFF.

What’s your wardrobe story this weekend?

Falling for Autumn Florals {+ a Lilli & Tori Coupon Code!}

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If you think floral print is just for spring and summer, think again. Autumn florals are already everywhere, and it’s not even September yet. This fall fad makes it so easy to transition your go-to floral pieces, granted they aren’t too summery. Look for florals in darker hues, like the one I found at Forever 21 for mere pennies — okay it was like $10, but that’s basically the same thing. I’ve been so into skater skirts this summer, so I’m excited about the fact that I can wear this one well into fall.
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Since it’s still very much summer, especially down here in the Amazon rainforest Charleston, I decided to style this as more of a late summer/early fall look. I paired the skirt with a comfy black Piko crop top (yes they make these now, and yes I’m obsessed), black ankle-strap heels, and a knit sweater tied around my waist. I get really cold really easily, so even in this humid hellhole (I heart my city) I need to be prepared to walk into cold buildings or like, the grocery store. Why is it always so cold in there? Anyways, to accessorize, I went with a gold chain-link watch, a studded cuff bracelet, my everyday rings, and little wishbone studs. To make the outfit a little more warm-weather appropriate, I topped it off with some white accessories, like this quilted crossbody bag and Bianca Milov necklace from Lilli & Tori that I currently can’t stop wearing. Last but certainly not least, I topped my look off with a topknot. <3
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Are you as into this necklace as I am? It’s your lucky day — it’s currently on sale and comes in several different colors. Ya know what? Go ahead and take an extra 25% off anything on the Lilli & Tori site with code TKPD25. I’m feeling frisky.
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Piko Crop Top: Rolling Rack Boutique | Skater Skirt: Forever 21 | Pumps: Target | Sweater: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Crossbody Bag: Uptown Cheapskate (similar here) | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Necklace c/o Lilli & Tori | Earrings: Dogeared | Watch: Forever 21 | Studded Bracelet: Asos (similar here) | Rings: H&M | Nails: Sally Hansen (Sizzlin’ Saffron)

What do you think about fall florals?