November Neutrals


One thing that I cannot stop wearing this season is the poncho. Since they come in all different colors, patterns, and fabrics, ponchos are one of the most versatile pieces of autumn – which means you need to get yourself one, like, yesterday. These dignified snuggies also make for the ideal Thanksgiving look, which can be easily dressed up or down for first turkey day with the BF’s family, or homeless-chic Friendsgiving with pals. See, versatile!




I picked up this poncho at Charleston’s newest gem, Apricot Lane. Y’all, this is not a drill – this store is the real deal. They have such adorable, trendy pieces at the BEST price point. As you may recall if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, I mentioned that I was co-hosting an event with my girl Tara Belle to welcome this sweet new shop to the neighborhood. It was impossible not to spend the whole event shopping for myself – oops! This poncho was one (of many) of my finds that night, and I’ve been wearing it nonstop ever since.




When it came to styling this cozy little number, I kept things relatively simple with a neutral color palette. Winter white skinnies (with major stretch for that Thanksgiving food baby), cognac booties, a knotted belt, and a grey v-neck tee were just about all this look needed. However, because we all know this chick can’t go minimal to save her life, I topped off the look with another statement piece – a snakeskin Taxidermy bag. Local girls, stopping by the Taxidermy showroom on Spring is absolutely imperative. Everything is to-die, Amy is the, and your Christmas list will make itself. Oh, and did I mention you can hold the same bag Beyoncé has?




As for my jewels, I opted for silvery steel tones instead of my usual gold (!) with these amazing ear jackets and ring from Theodosia. And last but not least, my trusty stack of B&B bangles – hey, I had to sneak a little gold in there.


This is what I’ll be rocking this Thursday – what outfits do y’all usually wear on Thanksgiving to balance comfy and chic?

Poncho c/o Apricot Lane North Charleston | Tee: Madewell | Skinnies: Teal | Booties: Madewell | Belt: Loft | Bag c/o Taxidermy | Ear Jackets c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Ring c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties | Lips: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color (Nude Embrace) | Nails: Essie (Bahama Mama + Matte About You)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Mad for Plaid


Fall plaids don’t always have to stick strictly to autumn hues. In fact, the perfect way to spice up this classic pattern is the usage of all things bright and neon. Come thruuuu, MINKPINK coat. The unexpected pops of pink and blue offer up the ultimate swap for your go-to emerald and bordeaux plaid pieces.




Because this coat feels like a cool update to those crazy plaid jackets from the 70s, I opted for flares and fringe booties (that you can’t even see lol) to keep up the #tbt vibes. To top it all off, I went with oversized tortoiseshell Karen Walker shades, a delicate gold lariat necklace, a stack of gold rings, and a matchy neon pink lip.



Shoutout to the ladies at II Brunettes for helping me create this fresh fall look! These fun pieces and endless others will all be available at their 8th anniversary party tonight, so local ladies, come join for swag bags, giveaways, and yummy snacks. I’ll be there for a bit, so come say hi – you can most likely find me by the food. Follow II Brunettes on insta for more deets!



Coat: MINKPINK c/o II Brunettes | Top: Elliatt c/o II Brunettes | Flares: Mother c/o II Brunettes | Booties: Dolce Vita (similar) | Sunnies: Karen Walker via Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Necklace: Natalie B. Jewelry c/o II Brunettes | Rings: Gorjana via Rocksbox (use code chloexoxo for your first month free!) | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (Shocking Pink) | Nails: Essie (Bahama Mama + Matte About You)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Wrap Star


Leather? Check. Olive green? Mhm. All wrapped up with a big red black bow in an oversize collar coat? YUP. This cozy wrap coat combines some of my favorite fall staples, not to mention it’s just about as cozy as it gets. Oh, and it’s also only $74.




The color of this piece had me at hello, but it was really the faux leather details that sealed the deal for me. Although I also love the look of the coat when worn open on top of a dress (!), I kept it classic with a striped tee, distressed jeans, suede lace-up heels, and a necessary pop of leopard.



I also went minimalist with accessories (who am I?!), topping off the look with the Karen Walkers that have been on repeat this fall, a single gold ring, and these killer ear crawlers from Theodosia. These black sapphire beauties gave the outfit a little something extra, and I opted for a topknot to really let them shine.



Last but not least, a pinky-nude lip to balance out smokey eyes and a plum mani for the teeniest bit of color. Sometimes simple is the chicest.



Top c/o Teal | Coat c/o Teal | Skinnies: Flying Monkey via Stylexchange | Heels: Shoemint | Clutch: Clare V | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto | Ear Crawlers c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Ring: Gorjana c/o Rocksbox | Lips: NYX Butter Gloss (Peaches & Cream) | Nails: Essie (Bahama Mama)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Lady in Luxe


Jewel tones, quilted leather, (faux) fur, and lots of gold bling – sometimes you just gotta go a little luxe, am I right? In related news, now that it’s November and I’m one of *those* people, this fancy nancy look also gets me inexplicably excited for the holidays. 51 SLEEPS! I have an app, don’t judge me.



If you were wondering, yes, it’s still one million degrees in Charleston. Living in this confused climate prompts fall-loving fashionistas to get creative when they want to break out the fur vest – enter the sleeveless mock neck dress. This emerald-colored frock (some might even call it Christmas tree green? no?!) was one of my favorite purchies from my month in NYC. It has all my favorite things – it’s flattering, affordable, and most of all, the pseudo turtleneck confuses my wardrobe/me into thinking it’s kind of sort of fall. By manipulating necklines, autumn hues, and luxurious textures, I was finally able to create a November-appropriate outfit that keeps shvitzing to a minimum. Gals in the south, can I get a hell yeah?



Accessories, as always, were kept to a minimum. LOL just kidding, you guys know I majored in overaccessorizing (actually it was biology, which I am clearly putting to excellent use). Anyway, I topped off this outfit with a few chic pops of black with my mules, bag, and sunnies, which paved the way for lots of fun jewelry. I went with my new fave Betsy Pittard necklace, some fab earrings from Zara (one is an ear jacket and the other is a crawler!), a couple Bourbon & Boweties bangles, my latest Rocksbox love from Loren Hope, Charleston Rice Beads, and my everyday gold midi rings. As for the final touches, matte nude lips to keep some things simple and bordeaux nails to not. (No, Dad, that paragraph wasn’t written in another language; those are all real things.)



Going a little luxe has never felt so cool. No pun intended.

Dress: Topshop | Vest: Forever 21 | Mules: Target (similar here) | Bag: Chanel | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Necklace: Betsy Pittard from Teal | Earrings: Zara (similar) | Beaded Bracelet: Candy Shop Vintage | Cuff Bracelet: Loren Hope via Rocksbox (use code chloexoxo for your first month free!) | Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties | Rings: Gorjana | Nails: Essie (In The Lobby) | Lips: NYX Butter Gloss (Peaches & Cream)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Duster + Luster


Oh, this plaid duster. This comfy little number has been on may-jah repeat this fall for a few reasons: a) it’s basically like wearing a potato sack, b) it’s ideal for these warm October days, and c) it can be easily dressed up or down. For this look, I leaned towards the latter, pairing it with sleek black accessories, a merlot-hued hat, and fab jewelry (hence the luster to my duster). Can we talk about the BEST part of this chic potato sack? It’s only $25.



If you’re not into the whole mixing of higher end and lower end, I would just turn back now. This is a prime example of that; starring some cheapo brands like Target and Forever, and then some pricier pieces from Karen Walker, Daniel Wellington, and local fave Theodosia Jewelry. In my humble opinion, anyone with an AmEx and a copy of Vogue can dress like a top fashion blogger, but it’s the thoughtful combination of affordable and designer that impresses me. So when you’re drooling over the endless pics of Rockstuds and Celine bags on insta, just know that you, too, can achieve that look (as well as your neighbor, coworker, and homeless man down the street) with enough dolla dolla billz. However, when you can take a $3 thrift store find and pair it perfectly with $300 designer duds? That’s when you inspire me. *rant over*




Whoa sorry guys, I think I just blacked out. Who wrote that paragraph up there?? Moving on – can we talk about accessories for a min? THESE JEWELS THO. I don’t think “obsessed” even begins to cover it. Theodosia Jewelry is one of my absolute favorites in Charleston. It’s so unique, colorful, and the just the right amount of edgy. Since I’m really into pairing cobalt and cranberry for fall, this tassel necklace was a no-brainer with my hat. Then, partially to tie it all together and also because I just can’t get enough Theodosia, I layered one more necklace on top. Last but certainly not least, I finished it off with tiny black diamond skull studs and a snake ring that made me feel like a sexy witch. (Halloween, I see you.)




Smoldering eye makeup, nude lips, and dark nails ended this look with a bang. If I were going the other way with this duster and wanted to dress it down, I’d wear it unbuttoned with ripped skinnies, a tank or crop top, and round sunnies. Keep the hat and shoes but ditch a few accessories and glam makeup, and you’ve got yourself a chic but effortless shopping outfit.


Raise your hand if you like to mix and match expensive and affordable like I do! If so, comment your favorite ways to do this below. Thanks for reading <3

Duster: Target | Mules: Target (similar here) | Hat: Forever 21 | Clutch: Forever 21 (similar) | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Skull Studs c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Necklaces c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Snake Ring c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Lips: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color (Nude Embrace) | Nails: Essie (In The Lobby)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

A Fresh Weekend

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a sequence of pretty pics from Kiawah’s finest Freshfields Village a few weeks ago for their VIP blogger weekend. It was kind of hard to show off how wonderful it was with a few snapshots, so I thought I’d elaborate a little further!


One of the first things that secured my RSVP to this weekend was the fact that we were to be hosted by the Andell Inn, the luxurious boutique hotel on Kiawah. When I walked in, I immediately never wanted to leave. The lobby is full of all gold everything, high ceilings, fur, antlers, and a stunning fireplace. We were even greeted with champagne, cookies from Grey Ghost Bakery (my fave!) waiting on our nightstands, and even a framed photo from our blogs. SO thoughtful! Oh, and did I mention that the headboards in the rooms are snakeskin? Yeah, that’s a thing.

After we got settled in, we were off to the Urban Nirvana for complimentary blowouts and make up touchups. I feel like I should note that the guy who did my blowout just did Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss’s hair for a show at NYFW. Am I famous, guys?

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After meeting up with our lovely hosts for the weekend (and eating way too much from the cheese tray), we began our walk through Freshfields. The first stop was The Resort Shop, which was basically a store full of everything I wanted – including macarons and champagne. From there, it was Lilly Pulitzer, where we got the sweetest little elephant pouches (currently using mine for makeup!), then J. McLaughlin to stock up on our classics. Then, don’t judge, Tara and I may or may not have run back to the hotel for a quick wardrobe change – hey, we didn’t have time to change after we checked in!

Next it was Roberta Roller Rabbit, which I was super excited about since I had never been. I was like a kid in a candy store looking through all of the gorgeous handmade prints, colorful jewelry, and fun fringe bags. After that came Holly & Brooks to get our shoe game strong. The ladies there were so sweet and accommodating! (And gave me more cheese – how to win my heart in one easy step.)

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The last stop was Vincent’s Drugstore & Soda Fountain, which made me feel like I stepped into a time machine and went back to the cutest 50s diner. Like true bloggers, we had to photograph every single thing before we ate it, which made for very melty (yet delicious) root beer floats and sundaes. Photo above courtesy of the talented Annie Reeves!

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After that we went back to the hotel, had a drink at the hotel bar, then went to sleep in the Andell Inn’s incredible king-size beds for the night. The next morning we woke up to a beautiful presentation of breakfast foods (which Tara and I promptly brought up to her room to eat in bed), and then it was back to Charleston! Thank you SO much to Freshfields Village for hosting all of us crazy gals, The Andell Inn for the best/prettiest night’s sleep, and all the fabulous shops for such a fun day. I can’t wait to come back!

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Check out some more highlights below:










Photos by Karson Photography

Lace It Up


Confession: it took me a really long time to get on board with all the 70s trends that have been popping up this year. I know, I know – what was I thinking? Maybe it’s because I’m a thrift store shopper and I’ve been avoiding weird suede vests and patchwork skirts for the past 10 years. But like always, what’s old is new again, and I’ve finally acquired a taste for this revived trend. Enter: full suede dress.





The first thing that drew me to this black suede dress from Stylexchange was the lace up neckline. This is another trend that is resurfacing from yesteryear, and I’m v. into it. The details on what is otherwise a very simple shift are such game changers. The bell sleeves give me major Stevie Nicks vibes, the short hemline flatters this 5’2″ frame, and as for the tassels? Genius. Call me a bandwagon fan (who are you anyway, a 22 year old dude referencing his favorite sports team?), but 70s trends, I’m feelin’ you. Sidenote: if you know me well, you know how much pleasure I get out of the genuine anger and frustration boys feel towards “bandwagon fans.” But I digress.





Alright, I think it’s time we talk about these shoes. Initially, when styling this shift, I thought it needed some simple heels or booties. But then I made eye contact with these studded snakeskin works of art, and I forgot everything I’ve ever known (#dramatic). As for the rest of the outfit, I *attempted* to keep the rest simple with a bordeaux-hued hat, a black Botkier crossbody, sassy pave gold horn ear jackets, a few gold rings (peep that antler one), and some round aviators from Quay. Okay, it may not be “simple” but what even is simple anyway?





To top off the look, I went with nude lips, nails that (unintentionally) matched the hat, and subtle winged eyeliner. Amp up black eye makeup and/or add an oxblood lip, take off the hat and sunnies, swap the booties for pumps (I’m picturing these <3), and this dress transitions seamlessly to a night out.



Dress: Stylexchange | Booties: Jeffrey Campbell c/o Stylexchange | Sunnies: Quay Australia c/o Stylexchange | Crossbody: Botkier New York c/o Stylexchange | Earrings c/o Stylexchange | Rings c/o Stylexchange | Lips: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color (Nude Embrace) | Nails: Essie (In The Lobby)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Longline & Feelin’ Fine


When the weather is still pretty toasty but all you want is fall clothes, you have to play with light layers, rich colors, and luxe details. This look combined a little bit of all of that, making me feel October-appropriate but not uncomfortably hot. One of my favorite ways to achieve this balance is a longline vest – they are breezy, chic, classic, and add polish to pretty much any outfit. Not to mention they give me major “mom from The Parent Trap” vibes (ugh RIP); a look I’m constantly trying to covet. See how I styled this timeless piece below!





So now that we’ve got the “light layers” part covered in my early fall outfit recipe, let’s move on to the rich colors. I love how this black MINKPINK dress is scattered with leaves and flowers in pretty autumn hues – it’s the perfect transitional piece for fall (not to mention made for this vest). For another warm pop of color, I opted for berry lips and deep brownish-purple nails.





Last but not least, you guessed it, the luxe details. I’m always a fan of gold in these situations (shocker), so I did it up with lots of gold accessories. I love the subtle touch of gold on my envelope clutch, and these round cat-eye shades from Quay Australia offered just the right amount of shiny sass. My Daniel Wellington always offers a luxurious touch, as did these bangles and soft leather peep-toe booties from Dolce Vita. Since I felt like the neckline of the dress needed a little something, I went with this dainty starburst lariat necklace (not the candy, unforch) that was – wait for it – LESS THAN $5. Nope, I didn’t forget a zero, it’s really $4.90. And because I can never resist fingers full of rings, I put on a few midis and a stack of delicate Gorjana rings from Rocksbox that are currently on repeat. Don’t forget to use code chloexoxo for a free month of similar jewelz getting sent to your door <3



Needless to say, I see a lot of longline vest days in my future. It just kind of makes me feel like Carmen Sandiego on vacation, which is always a good thing IMO. When chillier days arrive, longline vests also transition seamlessly when paired with your favorite fall staples, like distressed skinnies and a turtleneck.

What do y’all wear on these humid fall days? Comment below so I can steal your ideas, hehe.

Dress: MINKPINK c/o Stylexchange | Longline Vest c/o Stylexchange | Booties: Dolce Vita c/o Stylexchange | Sunnies: Quay Australia c/o Stylexchange | Clutch: Forever 21 (similar) | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Lariat Necklace: Forever 21 | Bracelets c/o Stylexchange | Rings: H&MGorjana c/o Rocksbox | Lips: NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream (Temptress) + Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm (Unapologetic) | Nails: Essie (In The Lobby)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

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!