Born in the USA

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We all know I’m a serious sucker for a matching set, so when I stumbled across this eyelet top + shorts, it was all over. I actually bought this set back in the spring, but I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to style it, so it just hung in my closet. Finally I was ~inspired~ by the 4th of July and it all just flowed. Don’t ya just love when that happens?

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I think when it came to styling this, my problem was trying to avoid looking too cutesy. I mean it is white, eyelet, scalloped, and has tiny buttons down the front for crying out loud. If I read that description to you, you’d probably think I was talking about an infant’s baptism dress. See my problem? I recently bought this jean jacket on sale(!) at Gap, and ever since then I’ve been wearing it nonstop. This outfit was no exception. I love how it looks slung over the shoulders to make this outfit a *little* more modest, but it also looks too cool 4 skool when tied around the waist. To add to the edgy, I went with lots of black accessories: a black envelope clutch, lace-up heels, round sunglasses, and my Daniel Wellington watch.

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As always, I went a little overboard with my jewels. I’m talking major stack of bangles, fingers full of rings, and even a couple flash tattoos. Then, since I already had the white and blue, I added a pop of red with a precious pair of heart ear jackets and crimson lips.

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Happy 4th of July, y’all! Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s post for a little Independence Day outfit inspo, as well as the master list of holiday weekend sales <3

Matching Set: Stylexchange | Jean Jacket: Gap (now on sale!) | Heels: Shoemint | Envelope Clutch: Forever 21 | Sunglasses: ASOS | Ear Jackets: Forever 21 (similar) | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Bangles: Moon & Lola | Arrow Ring c/o Lilli & Tori | Chain Connector Ring: Stylexchange | Midi Rings: H&M | Lips: Revlon (Unapologetic) | Nails: Essie (Blanc + Saltwater Happy) | Temporary Tats: Flash Tattoos

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

What to Wear on July 4th {& Holiday Sales!}

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Okay, at the risk of being the epitome of #shitgirlssay, I really can’t believe the 4th of July is already here. Where is the time going?! P sure it was May like 5 min ago. Anyway, now it’s time for one of my favorite instances of situational dressing of the year – good ole Independence Day. It can be hard to balance festive with full-on Uncle Sam vibes, but I’m here with some last-minute ideas for both your daytime and nighttime looks. If you’ve already got an outfit in mind and are just here for the sales, scroll to the bottom.

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Whether you’re having a beach day, pool day, going to a backyard BBQ or heading out on the boat, this lil look will be perfect. Just start out with your favorite swimsuit (my pick is this sweet scalloped Marysia bikini) and slip into some high-waisted denim shorts, and you’re good to go! Any jorts will do but I like high-waisted so I can eat all da hot dogs, amirite? For an extra festive twist, DIY some flag cutoffs (as seen above) with my tutorial here! Top off the look with a Panama hat, blue mirrored clubmasters, some sporty slides, and a gold lariat necklace for a little sass. Last but not least, swipe on some tinted lip balm for a patriotic pop of red and load up your tote with lots of wine sunscreen!

Bikini: Marysia Swim | Denim Shorts: H&M | Slides: Target | Panama Hat: Target | Pom Pom Tote: Design Darling | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Panama Hat: Target | Lariat Necklace: Jules Smith | Lips: NYX Butter Lip Balm (Red Velvet)

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After showering off the saltwater (and let’s be real, taking a nap), it’s time for your night look. Maybe you’re going out with your pals, or perhaps you’re just watching fireworks with your boo, but this white hot outfit will work either way. I’m a huge fan of head-to-toe white on a normal summer night, but on the 4th of July it’s kind of a no-brainer. I’m also having a major moment with anything/everything off the shoulder right now, so you can imagine my feelings towards this little eyelet number. Pair with white distressed skinnies for that #whiteonwhiteonwhite look, then add some festive accessories to top it off. The Clare V. clutch above was pretty made for the 4th, and I just couldn’t help myself with these red Lisi Lerch tassel earrings. Not only will they look amazing against your summer whites, but dangly earrings and off shoulder necklines are kind of a match made in heaven. Top it off with neutral heels, gold jewels (this bracelet from Moon & Lola reminds me of fireworks!), and that red lip classic thing that you liiiiike. Last but not least, I went with Essie’s “Saltwater Happy” because a. I’m in love with the name, and b. I felt like the outfit needed a less obvious accent color to *kind of* offset the matchy-matchy feel. Now it’s a party (in the USA – too much?).

Off Shoulder Top: Chicwish | White Skinnies: Topshop | Heels: Aldo | Clutch: Clare V. | Tassel Earrings: Lisi Lerch | Bracelet: Moon & Lola | Rings: Moon & Lola | Lips: MAC (Russian Red) | Nails: Essie (Saltwater Happy)

Now for what you all came for – the 4th of July sales. Some are amazing (hi Loft) and others are like thaaaanks girlie how generous (lookin’ at you, Anthro), but check ’em out for yourself below!

Holiday Weekend Sales:

  • Aldo – 50% off the original price on all reduced styles
  • Anthropologie – extra 20% off all sale items
  • ASOS – up to 50% off
  • Banana Republic – 30% off the original price with the code BRTHIRTY AND an additional 50% off sale with code code BRGOBIG
  • Belk – up to 75% off clearance, up to 50% off summer must-haves (& more!)
  • Forever 21 – 30% off select summer styles (& more!)
  • Gap – up to 50% off
  • H&M – items up to 60% off and select merchandise on sale for just $4
  • J. Crew – 30% off select styles and an additional 30% off sale with code SUMMERSTYLE
  • J. Crew Factory – 50% off everything AND an extra 20% off with code HOTSALE
  • Joe’s Jeans – up to 50% off select styles
  • Kate Spade – extra 25% off sale with code SETSALE
  • Loft – 50% off everything with code GOFOURTH (& 60% off in stores today!)
  • Lulu’s – 10% off $50+, 15% off $100+, and 20% off $200+ (& free shipping!)
  • Milly – extra 20% off sale with code HAPPY4TH
  • Nasty Gal – extra 40% off all sale items
  • Nordstrom – under $100 sale
  • Old Navy – $2/$4/$6/$8 sale
  • Rebecca Minkoff – 60% off sale
  • Target – up to 30% off (& more!)
  • Trina Turk – extra 20% off sale and 20% off select swim products
  • Urban Outfitters – extra 30% off all sale items
  • Zara – sale starting at 50% off

Which sales will you be shopping this weekend? Did I forget any?! Comment below!

Festive Flags

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Like I mentioned in my blog post last week, I’m kind of in love with Morgan Cole Art. Since the 4th of July is right around the corner, I decided to do a fun giveaway over on insta featuring Morgan’s adorable flag paintings. The giveaway was also a celebration of Morgan launching this new collection on her website, which is now LIVE! So even if you don’t win the giveaway, you can shop the entire flag collection here.

The fun news doesn’t stop there, y’all – you can get 10% off the whole collection with promo code TKPD10! This code is only valid for 24 hours, so you better hurry!

If you still haven’t entered the giveaway, there are still a couple hours left! Head to my Instagram here.

Pineapple Party

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It’s no secret that pineapples are absolutely everywhere right now. My problem used to be that I needed more pineapple paraphernalia, but now the issue is to not wear it head to toe. I was super excited to shoot this dress, not just because I’m in love with it, but because it was my first shoot with my new photographer, Jessica Smith of Smith Photos + Ink! She’s super talented, so much fun to work with, and just gets it. We’re a match made in heaven and I’m thrilled to announce that she’ll be the official photographer of TK&PD!!! Take a look at how amazing she is in my new favorite shoot below.

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When I saw this dress at one of my fave local boutiques, II Brunettes, it was all over. Not only is it covered with everyone’s favorite trendy fruit, but I adore the colors, low back, and swingy silhouette as well. It also kind of reminds me of what my sister, Jordan of luxe & staple, made for me for my birthday (as seen here), which makes me happy too.

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When it came to styling this dress, less was definitely more. Because the dress is so beautifully busy, I just went with neutral wedges to let the frock do its thang. I also kept jewelry pretty minimal with some white geometric earrings, a couple gold midi rings, and my starfish cuff. However, I couldn’t resist pattern mixing with my Clare V. clutch and adding a pop of color with my blue mirrored aviators. If I weren’t overaccessorizing, who would I even be?

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I topped off the look with clean white nails and a bright pink pout for another little pop of color, making this the ultimate summer ensemble. What do y’all think?

Dress: Show Me Your Mumu c/o II Brunettes | Wedges: Jessica Simpson | Clutch: Clare V. | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: J. Crew Factory (similar-ish) | Bracelet: Finicky Filly | Rings: Lilli & Tori + H&M | Lips: Maybelline (Pink Pop) | Nails: Essie (Blanc)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide {Under $50!}

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Fellow procrastinators, rejoice. Father’s Day is this Sunday, which means you should probably get a present soon. If you’re totally stuck on what to get pops, I’m here to help. Take a peek at my Father’s Day gift guide below – everything is under $50!

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1. Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Small Batch Tonic, $16
Local and awesome. For the dad who likes to play bartender.

2. Graham iPhone Case, $49
A phone case, wallet, and sassy accessory all in one. Can be monogrammed for extra sassiness.

3. Wondermade Bourbon Marshmallows, $7.95 (use promo code DADSRULE for 15% off!)
What could be better than bourbon-flavored marshmallows? Nothing. The answer is nothing. Upgrade to the Boozy Mallow set including Beer, Gin, and Fireball(!) flavors.

4. Man-Cans Fresh Cut Grass Candle, $9.50
Candles don’t have to be girlie, y’all. Especially for those single dads, grab one of these manly candles to spruce up even the most “lived in” bachelor pad. Other scents include: campfire, sawdust, coffee, gunpowder, cigar, and more.

5. Gumption by Nick Offerman, $18.99
Last year’s gift guide featured Nick Offerman’s Paddle Your Own Canoe, so it only made sense to keep the tradition alive. Hook dad up with this riveting read by everyone’s favorite manly man.

6. Forage Chambray Bow Tie, $38
Keep your old man looking and feeling snazzy with a handcrafted bow tie from Forage. Or if you’re a lowcountry local, try Spit Shine Man Goods!

7. Easterly & Company Twelve Gauge Charger, $15
Is there anything more badass than a shotgun shell phone charger? Not only are these babies made with care by some friends from my hometown in Virginia, but they also come in several different colors and can be monogrammed!

8. Blind Barber Watermint Gin Aftershave Soother, $26
Most dads aren’t too inclined to splurge on fancy products, but all dads deserve them. Treat the #1 dude in your life with some soothing aftershave for his (secret) spa days.

What are you getting your old man? Comment below! Happy Father’s Day everyone!

(image source: etsy)

Madewell + Morgan Cole

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A few weeks ago, I was honored to be the featured blogger at Madewell‘s event with local artist Morgan Cole, benefiting Lowcountry Orphan Relief. Morgan works alongside Charleston rockstars Teil Duncan and Lulie Wallace at Redux, which, if you live in the Holy City, you know is pretty flossy flossayyy. Morgan finds inspiration in fashion (hey, me too!) – specifically textures, patterns, and layers, and specializes in colorful abstracts, lowcountry landscapes, flower collages, and more. Take a look at a few highlights from this fun event (and details on my all Madewell outfit) below!

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Morgan showcased mostly her beautiful blue abstracts to go along with the denim-centric (did I just make up a word?) aesthetic of Madewell. Not only did the proceeds from Morgan’s sales go to Lowcountry Orphan Relief, but a portion of Madewell’s did too – how cool is that?

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As the featured blogger of the night, I was there answering spring style questions, so I made sure to dress accordingly. The girls at Madewell helped me curate the perfect outfit to represent their brand, as well as go along with the artsy feel of the event. Here’s what I came up with:

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Awkward arms aside (what do I do with my hands when I’m not holding a clutch?!), I was obsessed with my head-to-toe Madewell denim-on-denim ensemble. I asked the sweethearts at Madewell what they would most like to feature on their walking billboard for the night, and they said denim… so denim they got.

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When I walked in, I pretty much beelined to this adorable cropped chambray top, featuring painfully adorable bows on the sides. I paired the tee with some super dark high rise skinnies (which I instantly fell in love with), and some neutral heels to keep the focus on the clothes. To accessorize, I went with this amazing tassel necklace, a gold snake bracelet, and a gold ring. To add an ~artsy~ flair, I found some fun tortoiseshell glasses which I wore on top of my contacts, lol. (Sidenote: I became so obsessed with these glasses that I actually ended up ordering them later and having my prescription put in!) Last but not least, a topknot. Because duh.

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Thanks so much to Madewell, Morgan Cole, and Lowcountry Orphan Relief for including me in such a wonderful event. And a special thanks to Lindsey Harris for hooking me up with some awesome detail shots of this outfit! Stay tuned for an exciting announcement and possible (definite) giveaway, on the blog next week!

Chambray Bow Top c/o Madewell (now on sale!) | High Rise Skinnies c/o Madewell | Jewelry c/o Madewell | Glasses c/o Madewell | Heels: Shoemint | Lips: NYX (Shocking Pink)

Photo Credit: Lindsey Harris

Blue Jean Baby

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You all know how much I love Taylor Rae Photography, so when Taylor asked me if I wanted to do a shoot with new Charleston makeup artist Bonnie of Bonn Bonn Beauty, it was a no-brainer. We did the shoot at gorgeous Pepper Plantation which is the absolute perfect wedding venue if you’re looking to avoid the usual Charleston clichés. Here are a few of my favorite photos from this pretty day!

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When I was deciding on my outfit for the shoot, I knew I wanted to keep it simple to let the makeup stand out. This sleeveless chambray shirt from Teal was exactly what I was looking for – classic, clean, and easy. I paired it with white skinnies and simple wedges so the focus was right where it should be – on my stunning makeup! Bonnie did such a wonderful job doing my makeup in a way that was striking yet natural, and I was obsessed.

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Although I was trying to keep things simple, I couldn’t help with a few accessories. You guys know how I do. I chose these fun beaded hoops with tassel details from Teal, some B&B bangles, my dainty C necklace, and a couple gold midi rings.

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What do y’all think about my fancy face? If you ever need a makeup artist for a shoot, an event, or your wedding, you know who to call.

Chambray Top c/o Teal | White Skinnies: J. Crew | Wedges: Target (similar) | Earrings c/o Teal | Necklace c/o Maya Brenner Designs | Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties | Rings: H&M | Makeup: Bonn Bonn Beauty

Photo Credit: Taylor Rae Photography

Into The Limelight

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There’s nothing I love more than a good striped dress. Actually, just stripes in general. Although I’m not usually the bodycon dress kind of gal, the asymmetrical hemline and slit situation on this dress from Stylexchange had me at hello.

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When it came to styling this dress, I went with some simple heels and my go-to statement necklace, which made this a very me, very cute outfit. But that’s no fun, now is it? To edge it up and step outside my comfort zone a bit, I went with my 5 dolla mirrored T-bar sunnies and a highlighter-hued clutch from Styledwell. Much better. I topped off the look with (unintentionally) matching coral lips + nails and my gold Gorjana cuff from Rocksbox. Don’t forget, y’all can still get your first month of Rocksbox FREE with my promo code, chloexoxo.

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If picking up strangers’ dogs off the sidewalk and making out with them is wrong, I literally never want to be right. That is all.

Dress c/o Stylexchange | Shoes: Shoemint (similar) | Clutch c/o Styledwell | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) | Necklace: J. Crew | Bracelet: Gorjana from Rocksbox | Nails: Essie (Coral Reef) | Lips: Ulta (Coral Glow) | Puppy: Stolen

Poolside Party with Open Door Shop

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A few weeks ago, the decor darlings at Open Door Shop invited a few of us to Mixson for a pool party-inspired shoot to showcase all their pretty new products. Basically our job was just to drink margaritas, eat Mexican food, and show off Open Door goodies. Twist my arm. The whole shoot was just as relaxed as it looks, and Anne Rhett Photography captured the evening beautifully.

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I first met the lovely ladies of Open Door Shop at The Big Fake Wedding last summer, and instantly fell in love with their elegant, southern, oh-so fun collection. To those of you who don’t know, Open Door Shop is an online home decor boutique and bridal registry service that specializes in tableware, linens, home accessories, and one-of-a-kind finds. Visit their website here and become the cutest hostess with the mostess.

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When I heard that this was a poolside shoot with a little Mexican fiesta flair, I had to whip out this breezy, colorful dress from Teal (that you may recognize from this blog post). It’s now sold out, but you can check out some equally cute dresses from Teal here!

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Who better to drink margs with than these two blogger babes? If you don’t already, you absolutely have to follow Megan of Holy City Chic and Annie of Annie Reeves!

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Thanks so much to Open Door for inviting us and Anne Rhett for the amazing photos! Cheers!

Photos by: Anne Rhett Photography

Welcome to the Jungle

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You know those pieces hanging in your closet that just put you in a better mood? This little dress from Dandy Boutique is one of them. Not only does it totally scream summer, but I also can’t decide whether it reminds me more of Zazu from The Lion King or a box of Froot Loops – and frankly, all of those things put me in a better mood, so I’m kind of not surprised at the happiness factor of this frock.

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I got this dress a couple months ago but it took me a while to decide on the perfect time to wear it (#bloggerproblems). However, when the Candy Shop Vintage store opening popped up in my planner, I knew it was time. As its name might suggest, Candy Shop Vintage is known for being colorful, fun, and oh-so sweet, so I needed an outfit to match. Enter: Toucan Sam Shift Dress. Because the print of this dress is so wild, I opted for a simple black envelope clutch and black lace-up heels to balance it out. As for eyewear, my wayfarers seemed like the ideal choice since the black sleeves of this shift give me a sporty, almost wetsuit-esque vibe. Is that just me? K cool.

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For the rest of my accessories, my Charleston Rice Beads were a no-brainer. Not only did I want to rep Candy Shop Vintage at their showroom opening, but this necklace goes with absolutely everything – and this outfit was no exception. To top it off, I chose some fun gold midi rings and these little white triangle earrings. I’m usually not a dangly earrings kind of gal, but these were perfect for this look (and were on sale for less than $10)!

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If you haven’t visited the Candy Shop Vintage retail showroom yet, it’s now open for business! The space, the decor, the location, and of course, the products could not be any sweeter (see what I did there?), and I wouldn’t expect anything less. Take a look at a couple snapshots I took from the event below, then cruise down to Cannon to get a peek for yourself! And be a doll and pick me up some mini honey cupcakes from Sugar while you’re down there?

Dress: Dandy Boutique | Heels: Shoemint | Clutch: Forever 21 (similar) | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: J. Crew Factory | Necklace: Charleston Rice Beads from Candy Shop Vintage | Rings: H&M | Lips: Maybelline (Pink Pop) | Nails: OPI (Pinking of You)

Photo Credit: Luxe & Staple

{ too pretty to eat! LOL just kidding I ate three. }

{ with my sweet sister, jordan of luxe & staple, enjoying the beautiful storefront! }