Late for Class


Happy first day of fall, y’all! Call me basic, but this is my absolute favorite time of the year (other than Christmas, duh). The weather, the leaves, the clothes – oh, the clothes. Today I’m kicking off the best season evs with this layered look to celebrate the return of 75 degree days, ordering hot coffee instead of iced, and being basic at heart (and not at all sorry about it).




I picked up this skirt at Topshop during my NYC month (#takemeback) and have been waiting for the perfect time to wear it. Although it could be seen as a warm-weather piece, I had big fall outfit plans for this baby. Charleston doesn’t really get the autumn memo until about November, so I’m always trying to find skirts and dresses that will be seasonally appropriate until then. Pairing this skirt with some layers did the trick (doesn’t it always?), so I decided to go with my chambray shirt and metallic rose gold sweater on top. To add to the schoolgirl vibe I was getting, I topped off the outfit with sneakers, a plaid scarf, and my Daniel Wellington watch.




To accessorize this look, I decided to counteract the sweetness of the outfit with some edgy touches: plum lips, black nails, my leopard clutch, and these fab Karen Walker sunnies. I’ve been trying to decide which Karen Walkers I want for months, then finally my prayers were answered with a little thing called Ditto. If Rocksbox is the Netflix of jewelry, then Ditto is the sunglasses version. For $24 a month you get unlimited designer sunnies delivered to your door, and let me just say that it’s kind of the best thing ever. If you’re as indecisive with sunglasses as I am, you gotta try it – and if you’re on the fence, use promo code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!




Chambray Shirt: J. Crew | Sweater: J. Crew (similar) | Skirt: Topshop | Sneakers: New Balance | Scarf: Gap (similar here) | Clutch: Clare V | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Bracelet c/o Moon & Lola | Arrow Ring c/o Lilli & Tori | Midi Rings: H&M | Lips: NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream (Temptress) | Nails: Essie (Licorice)

Is anyone as pumped for fall as I am? Comment below what part of autumn you’re most excited about so we can celebrate together <3

Too Cool for School

Back to School

Back to school shopping has brought me an absurd amount of joy ever since I can remember. Despite the fact that I’ve been out of school for a couple years now, “back to school” clothes have and will always be a thing. Just because we’ve graduated college (*tear*) doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about pencil pouches, new backpacks, and a fresh pair of sneakers. I mean if you think about it, we’re kind of getting the best deal here – we get to buy pretty planners and fun keychains, but we don’t have to do homework. Ever again. So in your face, kids.

To celebrate the beginning of another school year, the unofficial beginning of fall, and festive shopping, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite back to school gear that will have you dying to sharpen a pencil. Can’t you just hear the lunch bell ringing?

  • Leopard Print Baseball Cap: Cover up your bed head while still looking effortlessly chic. Does it get any better than that? Oh yeah, the fact that it’s only $11.
  • Frends Headphones: Be the cool kid on the bus with these babies. I think I include these in pretty much every shopping guide I’ve ever posted, but can you blame me?
  • Warby Parker Glasses: Nerdy chic has never looked so good with these spectacles. Don’t have a prescription? Your secret is safe with me (and Warby Parker).
  • Fur Keychain: Fashionistas everywhere are rocking fun keychains on handbags, backpacks – you name it. Hang this merlot-hued fur keychain from your favorite bag for a playful fall twist.
  • Distressed Cognac Backpack: From the tassel zipper to that perfectly distressed (faux) leather, this backpack is everything.
  • White Marble Backpack: Look like every blogger’s insta backgrounds with this white marble backpack! Yes, I’m just bitter that I don’t have marble countertops.
  • Black Quilted Backpack: Chic, classic, and a little edgy, this backpack could even be work-appropriate.
  • Rifle Paper Co. Agenda: Everyone’s favorite floral print, now on a planner. Need I say more?
  • I Am Very Busy Agenda: Pencil in your events and appointments in style, you busy bee. Also comes in pink & rose gold! *insert heart eyes emoji here*
  • Striped Travel Mug: Is anyone else a serious sucker for these mantras? This travel mug is perfect for back to school and will remind you that you’re awesome. Even if you didn’t really do your best.
  • Polka Dot Travel Mug: For those of you who want a travel mug that doesn’t talk to you. You know I can’t resist those polka dots, Kate Spade!
  • Essie Fall 2015 Mini Four-Pack: Essie’s newest seasonal collection makes my basic little heart happy. Try out the top colors above, or check out the full collection here.
  • New Balance 620 Sneakers: As someone whose feet cry after an hour in heels, I’m a big fan of the sneaker craze right now. Bonus points if they’re in festive fall colors like this pair!
  • Daniel Wellington Watch: What would back to school shopping be without a shiny new timepiece? If you’re ready to graduate from your Michael Kors, pick up one of these – I promise you won’t regret it.
  • Stay Focused Pencil Pouch: More words of encouragement from, and very fitting when you have crippling ADD.
  • Assorted Pen Set: Because you need cute pens and pencils to put in your cute pencil pouch, duh.
  • Metallic Hair Ties: Ponytails don’t have to be limited to workouts. Channel your 4th grade self (and shave off a few minutes of your morning routine) with a pretty pony.

So can we all just agree to never stop back to school shopping? Even though I’m kind of always back to school shopping? I’m not going to apologize, because buying cute pens will never not be fun. Happy first day of school/work/unofficial fall, y’all!

Cool for the Summer {+ Labor Day Weekend Sales!}


So even though it won’t actually feel like fall in Charleston until Thanksgiving, probably, we technically say farewell to summer this weekend. That means I can squeeze in one last summer post before Labor Day, right? My goodbye summer outfit features some of my favorite seasonal trends – a Panama hat, mirrored sunnies, an off the shoulder top, and denim cutoffs. So before we delve into chunky sweaters, leather booties, and felt hats (okay, did anyone else just get really excited for fall clothes?!), let’s pretend summer never has to end.




I’m sure y’all recognized this top right away from the one and only Chiara Ferragni. She wore this floral off the shoulder top with its matching skirt at Coachella, and I was astonished (I’m dramatic) when I found out it was H&M. A couple months ago, I came across this top in a corner of the H&M outlet at Tanger for like $5, so clearly I went for it. Anything to be more like Chiara, amirite y’all? I paired the top with my go-to cutoff Levi’s (made from vintage mom jeans by yours truly!), a Panama hat, and these incredible rockstud sandal dupes for the perfect ~cool for the summer~ look.



To accessorize, I once again opted for my tortoise mirrored sunnies, then kept the rest minimal with my Daniel Wellington watch, a dainty Moon & Lola bracelet, and a few midi rings.




Summer, it’s been fun. Fall clothes and weather (please no more 100 degree days), I’m ready for ya.

Top: H&M (similar here, here, here, and here) | Denim Cutoffs: Vintage Levi’s (similar here) | Sandals: Amazon (perfect dupe for these) | Panama Hat: J. Crew | Sunnies: Loft (now 50% off!) | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Bangles c/o Moon & Lola | Arrow Ring c/o Lilli & Tori | Midi Rings: H&M

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Now for the real reason you’re here – holiday weekend sales. Below is a breakdown of all the most important Labor Day sales, and some of them are pretty insane. Others, not so much. Once again, lookin’ at you, J.Crew – you are oh-so generous. As for the killer ones that I’ll be taking advantage of? Gap, Nordstrom, Loft, J.Crew Factory, Old Navy, and Madewell. See ya later, paycheck!

Labor Day Weekend Sales:

  • Aldo: save $25 off orders of $75 or more, or $40 on all purchases over $100.
  • Amazon: 25% off jewelry and watches with code EXTRA25OFF and 20% off clothing and shoes with code LABORDAY20.
  • Anthropologie: extra 30% off sale with code EXTRA30.
  • 20% off the most fun accessories sitewide at with code BESTWEEKENDEVER.
  • Bloomingdale’s: save 20-70% on almost all sale and clearance items.
  • DL1961: up to 35% off select fall styles and an additional 30% off sale items.
  • Forever 21: select styles of outerwear for $21, save 30% off select tops and shorts, and purchase three beauty items for $10.
  • Gap: up to 40% off the entire site (9/3-9/5), save 40% off entire purchase (9/6-9/7).
  • H&M: up to 60% off select styles.
  • J Brand: 25% off all full-priced items with code WELOVER29.
  • J.Crew: 30% off your order of $125+ with code GETSHOPPING.
  • J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything, in stores and online.
  • Loft: 30% off new fall arrivals and an additional 50% off summer sale styles.
  • Lord & Taylor: a lot (like a LOT) of sales happening over there – buy one, get one 50% off on women’s dresses, select women’s denim from $39.99 to $59.99, 40-50% off fine jewelry, 30% off select ladies’ activewear, and more!
  • Lulu’s: today, 20% off summer faves with code 20Faves – the rest of the weekend is yet to be revealed!
  • Madewell: 30% off new essentials and already-reduced pieces with code YESANDYES.
  • Milly: extra 25% off the sale and final-sale items with code LABORDAY15.
  • Nasty Gal: extra 30% off sale.
  • Nordstrom: 40% off on clothing, shoes, accessories and more for women, men, and kids.
  • Old Navy: up to 60% off the entire store (!).
  • Revolve Clothing: up to 70% off dresses.
  • Show Me Your Mumu: up to 50% off sale and free shipping with code FREESHIP.
  • Splendid: 30% off select basics.
  • Tibi: extra 15% off on sale merchandise with promo code R29LD.
  • Topshop: up to 30% off selected styles.
  • Trina Turk: extra 20% off sale.

City Girl


To totally switch gears from my last post, here’s a little explosion of color and patterns to brighten up your Tuesday! One of my first days in the city, I went shopping (duh) and this midi skirt was the first thing I bought. I laid eyes on it from across the room at H&M, tried it on in the middle of the store over all my clothes, and the rest was history. I know dressing in all black is like a thing in the city, but I just couldn’t resist this colorful mismatched ensemble. Sue me, y’all.




When it came to styling this skirt, I immediately knew I wanted a striped crop top to wear with it. You would think in NYC it would be really easy to find something so simple, but nope, not so much. It actually wasn’t until I stumbled upon a little boutique in Williamsburg that I found the perfect top. (Thanks Pema New York!) Seriously if you’re ever in the neighborhood (or even if you’re not), you gotta make a pit stop there. For the rest of my look, I went with simple white heels, a bright coral bag for one last pop of color, and my mirrored tortoise sunnies.





As for accessories, I went glam with these fab iridescent Moon & Lola earrings, but kept the rest minimal with just a few gold rings and no bracelets (!!). To top it all off, I opted for bright red nails (Big Apple Red, of course) and coral lips. Sometimes you just gotta go matchy-matchy with your lips, nails, and bag – aka it was a total accident/coincidence, but it kinda works, right?




I’ll leave y’all with a fake ~hailing a cab~ photo to celebrate the fact that I became a pro at it. It’s those small victories, ya know? Miss you already, NYC!

Crop Top: Olivaceous via Pema New York (similar here) | Midi Skirt: H&M (similar) | Heels: Target (incredible dupe of these babies) | Crossbody Bag: Target (similar) | Earrings c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: NYX (Indie Flick) | Nails: OPI Gel (Big Apple Red)

Welcome to New York


Let me just start off by saying I’m not sorry for my cheesy blog post title – New York has been waiting for me. There isn’t much I don’t love about this city – the people, the food, the weather (I forgot what anything less than 100% humidity felt like), and of course, the fashion. I’ve been having so much fun stepping outside of my style comfort zone and taking a break from all the sweet, southern clothes in my closet. Don’t get me wrong – I love bright colors, floral prints and girlie silhouettes as much as the next gal – but sometimes muted hues and edgy pieces just speak to me. Enter: this little outfit.




Since I’ve been trying to avoid spending copious amounts of money during my month in the city (which is terrifyingly easy), I’ve been trying to focus on my cheap girl stores – Zara, Forever 21, the sale section at Topshop… you know how I do. I picked up this mock neck midi at Forever for less than $18 and decided that as much as I want to, I’ll never be able to raise my standards higher than good ole F21. You just can’t beat that, guys. This dress is chic, trendy, and SO comfortable – and when it goes out of style in a couple years, I won’t hate myself for spending too much money on it. Amirite?!




To add to the edge (and let’s be real, to cover up my NYC pizza-induced FUPA), I tied my jean jacket around my waist – 90s girl at heart. I finished off the look with a burgundy hat, round sunnies, gold jewelz, and Stan Smiths. I’ll be honest, it took me a little while to get on board with these retro Adidas due to the fact that I had them in 7th grade (see also: the return of jean skirts), but now that I have them, I don’t know how I ever didn’t have them. Speaking of saving money, I also bought the kids ones which saved me about $30. If you have creepily small feet like I do, alwayzzzz try kids sizes first. #insidertip





So here’s to cheap clothes that don’t look cheap, chillin in the kids department, and New York freaking City. Can I stay forever?

Dress: Forever 21 | Denim Jacket: Gap | Shoes: Adidas | Hat: Forever 21 | Sunnies: ASOS | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Bangles c/o Moon & Lola | Rings: H&M

Cool Colorblocking


Okay, is anyone else a serious slave to Loft?! It’s the weirdest thing, guys – every time I go in the store, my last paycheck disappears. On (one of) my last excursions to my local Loft, this dainty little dress was calling my name. I love the contrast of the dark gray with the pale lavender, the midi length, and the flowing material of the skirt. It’s just so feminine and chic, not to mention comfortable! Loft, you’ve done it again.





Styling this frock was pretty much foolproof. Simple accessories, a little bit of gold, and a pop of leopard – and I was good to go. As you probably know by now, my Clare V. clutch goes with pretty much everything (or at least I make it go with everything), and this dress was no exception. I just love how all these colors and textures go together! To tie together the neutral tan hues in the clutch, I finished off the look with my go-to wedges. Last but not least, simple gold jewelry, a statement necklace with peach, gray and lavender hues, and simple black aviators. The sweet jewelry adds to the pretty vibe of the outfit, and the aviators kind of offset it a bit and add to the coolness.





Finishing touches: a loose low bun, subtle nude lips, and soft pink nails. Perfect for a romantic date night out, drinks with girlfriends, or even from work to happy hour. OR a baby shower, which is where I actually wore this, lolz.


Which stores have you wrapped around their little overpriced fingers? Comment below!

Dress: Loft (similar) | Wedges: Jessica Simpson | Clutch: Clare V. | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Necklace: Loft | Bracelet c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: Maybelline (Nude Embrace) | Nails: OPI (Pink-ing Of You)

Photos: Smith Photos + Ink

Bon Voyage!


Time for some exciting news, y’all. Next week, I’m leaving for New York City – for the entire MONTH of August! I’m so so excited and I would love to hear any suggestions of things to do, eat, and see while I’m there.

I decided to post this special announcement with my go-to airport outfit that has been on repeat this summer. I know it’s a little more fitting for a flight to the beach than NYC – but I live at the beach so you guys can just deal with it, k? Take a look at this chic yet comfy look below!




When it comes to traveling, I’m all about a nice stretchy pair of distressed jeans. These Old Navy ones were super affordable, so I’m not worried about messing them up during my travels. Next, I usually go with a loose, flowy top. This blue and white striped one from Loft is perfect! It’s light enough to wear when it’s 10000 degrees when I’m leaving Charleston, but also keeps me warm on the chilly plane ride.




Next on the list: easy sandals, a good hat (now I don’t have to worry about it getting smushed in my suitcase!), and a sturdy tote. I’m a huge fan of Madewell’s transport tote – it can hold so much and it’s durable AF but super soft. As for accessories – just some fun sunnies, minimal jewels, and my watch so I don’t miss my flight! Last but not least, my secret weapon to combat those early flight induced dark circles – bright pink lipstick. And a little coffee doesn’t hurt, either.


See you in a few weeks, Charleston!

Top: Loft (50% off with code HEATWAVE) | Skinnies: Old Navy (similar and only $19!) | Sandals: Tory Burch | Panama Hat: J. Crew | Tote: Madewell | Sunnies: ASOS | Watch: Michael Kors | Bangles: Moon & Lola | Rings: H&M | Lips: NYX (Shocking Pink) | Nails: OPI (Pink-ing Of You)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

#SBScon Recap


Time for my Southern Blog Society Conference recap, y’all! As I mentioned in last week’s #SBScon outfit posts, this fab weekend was one I’ll never forget. So what exactly did we do all weekend? Take a look at some of the highlights.


On Friday we kicked off the weekend at Charleston Place with cocktails on the terrace, hosted by Swoozies. This gave us a chance to mingle with fellow blogger babes, sip & snack, and most importantly, play with selfie sticks. Check out my Instagram for the most epic selfie of the weekend!


The sweethearts at Swoozies provided some adorable party decor, “blog star fuel” aka mini cookies, and endless amounts of confetti. Needless to say I felt right at home. As party favors, we all got personalized notepads with our blog names printed across the top. Perfect for day 2 notetaking!


I started the conference right with my blogger bestie Miss Tara Belle by my side! Got to spend some maj quality time with this gal all weekend, which is always a fun time.


Day 2 started with an early morning at Charleston Grill to fuel up for a long day of learning and networking! After breakfast, we walked across the street to the Riviera Theatre. Spotted: 1/2 of my body straggling behind in our sassy “strutting across the street” shot. Nailed it.


The babes who made it all possible, Cathy of Poor Little It Girl and Jessica of My Style Vita, gave a little intro to the conference. Look at Tara and me in deep concentration and taking diligent notes! Model students, anyone?


#SBScon gave us all the materials we needed to crush the conference. Not pictured: lots and lots of coffee. We were then ready to listen to the fabulous speakers, including The Fox & She, ShopStyle Collective, Amy Northard CPA, ESPNW, People StyleWatch, and Stupid Good Photography Tips. We learned things like web design tips, utilizing Google Analytics, how to monetize your blog, and accounting for creatives. The information was SO useful and I left feeling ~inspired~ and super excited to take the next steps with my blog. Stay tuned for some big thangs coming soon!


Now that we got all the learning out of the way, it was time for the fun stuff – networking with the fabulous brands! There were tables set up all around the room with some amazing clothing, beauty, and accessory brands. We grabbed mimosas, made our way around the room, and networked our little hearts out. We even got our very own Vera Bradley tote (above, left) to put all the surcies that the brands oh-so generously gave us!


Moon & Lola always knows the way to my heart. Their setup was decked out with balloons, pineapples, and lots of bright jewels, which everyone knows are total blogger magnets. The M&L girls even gave us all a dainty pineapple bangle (that I’ve been wearing nonstop ever since)!


One of my favorites of the afternoon was My Kind of Lovely. Not only is everything from this boutique “totes adorbs” (to put it in their words), but I instantly fell in love with the sweethearts that own it. I’m sure they’ll make a lot of appearances on the blog soon, so look out for lots of cuteness to come.


Did I mention Swoozies is the most fun company ever?! If you need party decor, favors, or just want to treat yourself to something fun, these are your peeps.


Among my other faves of the day, DressUp, Hallmark Signature, and of course, Lilly Pulitzer. There were SO many more that I loved but I don’t want to bore you guys too much, so keep an eye out on my insta for more of the brands at the conference and the goodies they gave us!


Missing #SBScon already! Can’t wait until next year!

Photos by Kim Graham

{If you missed my outfit recaps, take a peek at day 1, day 2, and day 3.}

#SBScon Day 3: The Dress


For the #SBScon farewell breakfast, I decided to pull out this little baby – also known as “The Dress.” This pretty Topshop frock had been hanging in my closet waiting for the right moment since May, and finally we both knew it was time. What could be a better moment than breakfast at the beautiful Charleston Grill?





I topped off this look with nude lace up heels (with tassels!) and my magenta GiGi clutch to pop against the royal blue in my dress. Next, I went with my precious new pair of M&L pineapple earrings from Swell Caroline that I’m pretty sure I’ve worn every day since they arrived. Sidenote: if you’re looking for upscale yet affordable accessories, y’all have to check them out. Their stuff is so fun, colorful and southern – so of course I had to rock some at #SBScon! For the rest of my jewelry, I put on a few delicate gold bangles, my everyday midi rings, and even a couple flash tats for added sassiness. Last but not least, bright pink lips and coral nails – because there’s no such thing as too much color in the summer (or ever?!).




Since I usually wear my hair down and wavy, I decided to switch it up with milkmaid braids for this look. They were perfect for a Sunday morning brunch and most importantly, kept my hair out of my face while I was eating. Crucial.


…Because you can’t not twirl in the middle of the street in this dress. That’s a wrap on my #SBScon outfits, y’all! Stay tuned for a full recap of this blogger babe weekend next week!

Cutout Dress: Topshop via Nordstrom (sold out, but similar here and here!) | Heels: Target | Clutch: GiGi New York (50% off!) | Sunnies: ASOS (similar) | Pineapple Studs c/o Swell Caroline | Bangles c/o Moon & Lola | Rings: H&M and Lilli & Tori | Lips: NYX (Shocking Pink) | Nails: Essie (Coral Reef) | Temporary Tats: Flash Tattoos

#SBScon Day 2: Rompin’ Around


Day 2 of #SBScon involved a few presentations from some impressive creatives, a good amount of note-taking, and lots of networking with fabulous brands. After that we were free to play, so I wanted my outfit to be a pretty versatile. I decided to go with this colorful romper (again from the rockstars at Lily Rain), and topped it off with a white blazer for a more professional look. Best part? It was SO comfy! Check out some details below.





I accessorized with simple white heels (which are such a great dupe of these btw), my go-to Clare V. clutch, and these amazing reflective tortoiseshell keyhole sunnies (that are now majorly on sale!). For my jewelry, Moon & Lola hooked me up with these fabulous drop earrings, and I finished off the look with gold bangles and a few midi rings.






What do you think of my day 2 outfit?

Romper c/o Lily Rain | Blazer: H&M | Heels: Target (hellooo, incredible dupe of these babies) | Clutch: Clare V. | Sunnies: Loft (now 50% off!) | Earrings c/o Moon & Lola | Bangles c/o Moon & Lola and Bourbon & Boweties | Rings: H&M | Lips: Maybelline (Nude Embrace) | Nails: Essie (Coral Reef)