Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide

After seeing commercials for it all month, Mother’s Day is finally coming up THIS Sunday. As always, I have not gotten around to scooping up my mama’s gift but it’s not about when you get it, it’s what you get. Right? Take a look at my last minute gift guide for mom, all under $100!

  • petit pehr Pompom Pillow ($45): This is technically for babies, but whatevs. How perfect will this look in mom’s favorite chair?
  • Annie Grotophorst Pet Painting (varies): My talented friend, Annie, makes incredible custom illustrations of pets/houses/anything you want, and they make such a thoughtful gift for any holiday! Last year, the BF and I both got our moms custom illustrations of their fur babies (my mom’s, Jemima, is pictured above).
  • Charleston Rice Bead Bracelets ($35): These are literally featured in every single gift guide I’ve ever had, but now that Candy Shop Vintage has come out with a rose quartz and mint color, I couldn’t help but feature them yet again.
  • TONYMOLY Sheet Mask ($3 each): Pamper your favorite gal with a sheet mask or two. I love these fun ones from TONYMOLY!
  • Old Navy Espadrille Sandals ($25): Because you can never go wrong with shoes. These also come in brown!
  • World Market Measuring Spoons ($7): Y’all, how cute are these tropical fruit measuring spoons?! If your mama is a Beyoncé fan, grab her these lemon ones instead. #lemonade
  • Threshold Marble Wall Clock ($15): As a blogger, I’m genetically programmed to be drawn to all things marble. Swing by Target for a chic and easy gift with this wall clock from Threshold!
  • Merona Straw Tote Bag ($35): A great dupe for the Marysol ones we all know and love. Comes in three other colors!
  • It’s All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow ($20): Love her or hate her, Gwyneth’s cookbook is probably the bomb. Bonus: you can be mom’s taste tester.

What are you getting for your #1 lady this Sunday? Happy Mother’s Day, friends!

Pink Lady

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Recently I discovered that there is almost no pink in my wardrobe. That’s not to say it isn’t filled with lots of color and girlie pieces, but pink just happens to be absent. Because of this revelation, I decided to wear the hue head-to-toe during Charleston Fashion Week’s bridal show. What better time to wear blush pink tulle?

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Since this two piece set from Tres Carmen was already an outfit in itself, I opted for super simple accessories. Delicate gold jewelry and a neutral clutch and shoes finished off this sweet ensemble in one fell swoop. Last but not least, I topped things off with my go-to Karen Walker shades and a deep side part with soft curls to amp up the feminine vibes.

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After last year’s look, I didn’t think I could come up with a more bridal-worthy outfit but thanks to these matching separates, I was well on my way. Despite all the edginess of today’s trends (lookin’ at you, Met Ball) that I also love, I think I’ll be adding much more of this sweet shade into my closet this season.

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Separates: c/o Tres Carmen | Shoes: Steve Madden | Clutch: GiGi New York c/o Tres Carmen | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Bangles & Rings: c/o Moon & Lola

Photos by Current Visuals

A Staycation at The Restoration

In case you missed it on my insta, my friend Annie and I had the most delightful little staycation at The Restoration Hotel a few weeks ago. Today I wanted to share a little bit more about our stay with y’all!

Upon my arrival, Annie gave me the full tour of our suite – yes it required a full tour – and we got the whole “we are basically Blair Waldorf” thing out of our systems. With the exposed brick walls, king size beds, full kitchen, and square footage that was probably twice that of my apartment, we were definitely feeling the princess vibes. Bachelorette parties and girls’ weekends, look no further for the perfect suite!

After checking in and getting settled, it was time for The Restoration’s wine and cheese hour. First of all, anywhere with an entire hour dedicated to wine and cheese is somewhere I want to be. Add that to the fact that it takes place in the hotel library, complete with a giant marble fireplace and fluffy fur pillows, and it became somewhere I never wanted to leave.

Annie and I caught up and got our fill of brie, then it was straight to the rooftop bar for some sunset cocktails. The Watch has both outdoor tables and an inside dining area, in case it’s a chillier night and you don’t feel like braving the elements (which it was and we did, because #instagram). However, the panoramic view of the city, the bridge, and the water was totally worth the goosebumps. The Watch boasts some of the best views in Charleston, and I have to say I agree!

After drinks, we grabbed a bite on King (did I mention The Restoration is right in the middle of everything?), then made the trek up to Jeni’s for some ice cream, of course. Always love getting to hang with Annie because she’s just as big of a foodie as I am! Then, in true staycation form, we played tourists and took a pedicab back to the hotel. Can you believe it was my first time taking one in the three years I’ve lived in Charleston?!

Sleeping in our dreamy king beds could only be rivaled by the breakfast situation. You guys – before bed, you fill out a little menu checklist and place it outside the door. The next morning, you wake up to a picnic basket full of goodies from The Rise, The Restoration’s natural light and marbled-filled coffee bar downstairs. Too cute!

Only after filling our phone’s camera rolls with dozens of breakfast-in-bed shots, we filled our bellies with the delicious fresh fruit, chocolate croissants, and greek yogurt from The Rise. Before we made our way downstairs to check out (tear!), we decided to wear out our welcome just a bit more by taking The Restoration’s bikes out for a spin. I don’t know about you all but I hadn’t ridden a bike in years, so I had more fun on this little cruise than I care to admit.

I couldn’t totally do the hotel justice with my iPhone pics (and even the two photos I stole from insta-pro Annie), so I encourage you to check out their online gallery for the full effect. For Annie’s recap, click here! Whether you’re visiting Charleston, hosting friends or family in town, or just looking for a fun staycation like us, I highly recommend The Restoration. Thanks so much for the relaxing stay, y’all!

Palm Party

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After I saw this skirt on the runway in Tres Carmen’s Charleston Fashion Week show, I immediately went and snatched one up for myself. With its unique blue palm print, bow detail, and incredible movement, this statement piece makes for the ultimate summer staple.

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I went for some major print mixing with this maxi, pairing it with a striped crop top and accessorizing with my favorite leopard clutch. Some may say it’s a whole lot going on, I say leopard is a neutral/so are stripes actually/LET ME LIVE. I did go subtle with my go-to delicate gold jewels and neutral nails. It’s all about balance, guys. Like girl scout cookies for breakfast, but then a salad for lunch.

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One of my favorite details on this piece is the giant bow detail on the back. It’s nice and wide so it cinches your waist in the most flattering way, and everybody (who used to work in bridal) knows that wider sashes always yield the best bows. Shoutout to my girl Jess who doubles as a photographer and professional bow maker!

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Last but not least, I finished off the look with my everyday shades and a bright coral lip. Call me a huge dork, but I’ve been known to refer to my color wheel when styling outfits, and I am such a fan of pops of orangey-reds against shades of blue and turquoise. If you don’t do this, you should try it!

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Bonus: this skirt is also prime for taking dope pics like these. ^

Crop Top: Olivaceous via Pema New York (similar here) | Maxi Skirt: c/o Tres Carmen | Shoes (which you can’t even see because #shortgirlproblems): Dolce Vita | Clutch: Clare V | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Bangles & Rings: c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Indie Flick’) | Nails: Essie (‘Sand Tropez’)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Fringe with Benefits

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Will I ever be tired of fringe? Probably not. That’s why I’m a little bit obsessed with this nude and white dress with a whole lot of fringe along the bottom (perfect for twirling). See how I styled it below!

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This fringed frock is from local boutique Tres Carmen, so of course I had to wear it for their show at Charleston Fashion Week. Taxidermy also showcased their killer bags on the same night, which made my clutch decision an easy one. I opted for this rose gold antler box, which complemented the neutrals of my dress and also made me feel like Beyoncé.

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To accessorize, I went with cat-eye sunnies from Quay Australia and tons of gold jewels. I noticed that my dress had a subtle jungle-inspired pattern (it looks like there’s even a zebra’s face across the bottom part!), so my accessories kind of reflected that. The leaf earrings, tortoise detail on my sunglasses, and python clutch all went along with the wild vibe wonderfully!

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Happy Friday, friends!

Dress: c/o Tres Carmen | Shoes: Steve Madden | Clutch: Taxidermy c/o Tres Carmen | Sunnies: Quay Australia c/o Stylexchange | Earrings: c/o Moon & Lola | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Spike Bracelet: Stella & Dot | Rings: c/o Moon & Lola | Blowout: c/o GorgeousGlo Charleston

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Back with a Bang

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Y’all. I am the worst! With vacation, fashion week, and a little staycation back-to-back, I let a couple weeks slip by with no blog posts. Thank you for bearing with me during this hectic month! If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you may have seen my little sneak peek of this look, but today I’m back with all the details.

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I wore this outfit during Charleston Fashion Week and it happened to be St. Patrick’s Day, so I opted for a couple little pops of green in my skirt, Stan Smiths, and Taxidermy bag. Once a situational dresser, always a situational dresser – can’t help myself. The kaleidoscope-inspired skirt needed a top that would let it stand out but not be too basic, and I think this MINKPINK gem from Tres Carmen was sort of made for it.

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To top off this look, I went with blue mirrored cat-eye sunnies, sparkly Moon & Lola studs, lots of gold rings, and a messy braid. Emphasis on the messy.

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What do you think of this colorful, mixed and matched look? Stay tuned for more fashion week outfits (and more fun news) coming soon!

Top: MINKPINK c/o Tres Carmen | Skirt: Yumi c/o Tres Carmen | Sneakers: Adidas | Bag: Taxidermy c/o Noddy | Sunnies: Quay Australia c/o Stylexchange | Earrings: c/o Moon & Lola | Rings: H&M

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Black is the New Black

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…At least that’s what my shirt says, anyway. Y’all know I’m partial to rocking some color, but sometimes you just gotta go back to the basics – black, white, and shades of gray. This faux fur coat from SheIn features all three, making it my new favorite winter weather piece that goes with just about everything.

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This jacket has an athletic, almost bomber-style shape to it, so I went with a more sporty vibe with this outfit. I opted for a black tee, gray distressed jeans, and these seriously killer Taxidermy high tops. You didn’t think I’d leave an outfit untouched by at least a little pop of color, did you? Simple aviators and a topknot *topped* (see what I did there) off the rest of this sporty-chic look.

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I accessorized with a classic crossbody, sparkly black studs to add a little femininity to the outfit (can’t help myself), and a white marble inspired ring, because #bloggerslovemarble. Last but not least, I finished off the look with matte nude lips thanks to the Kylie Lip Kit. Yep, I tried it – and no, I don’t hate it.

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Before the warm weather takes over Charleston very soon, I’ll be wearing this coat with everything I own. Oh, and did I mention it’s only $37? *insert praise hands here*

Faux Fur Coat c/o SheIn | Tee: Old Navy (sold out) | Skinnies c/o Teal | Crossbody: Gap | Sneakers c/o Taxidermy | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Earrings: J. Crew (similar) | Rings: H&M | Lips: Kylie Lip Kit (‘Candy K’) | Nails: Essie (‘Barefoot & Topless’)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Happy Galentine’s Day!

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According to my queen, Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day takes place on February 13th, and is a day to celebrate your best pals. I don’t know about y’all but I’m a lot more into this than I am actual Valentine’s Day (sorry bf), and have started observing this holiday every year. In honor of Galentine’s Day tomorrow, I got together with my blogger besties, Brittany of Southern Meets Chic and Tara of Northern Lights – Southern Belles, to celebrate lady love and cupcakes.

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So ladies, leave the boys at home tomorrow and plan a playdate with your gal pals. And for all of you who just hate Valentine’s Day and its cheesiness and commercialism blah blah blah, now you have the world’s best alternative. Happy Galentine’s Day, y’all!

Keep scrolling for details on my full outfit, as well as info on all of our looks.

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My Look:
Dress: See U Soon c/o StyleDwell | Jacket: JOA c/o StyleDwell | Shoes: Shoemint (sketchily closed down, similar here) | Jewelry c/o Hermosa Jewelry | Flower Crown c/o Kerry Ann Stokes

Tara’s Look:
Dress: Love Stitch c/o StyleDwell | Boots: Simmi Shoes | Jewelry c/o Hermosa Jewelry | Sunnies: Sunglass Spot | Bag: Ms. Little’s Bag

Brittany’s Look:
Dress: Tularosa c/o StyleDwell | Booties: Aldo | Jewelry c/o Hermosa Jewelry | Headband: Sara Gabriel | Coat c/o StyleDwell

A huge thank you StyleDwell for dressing me and my gals, Hermosa Jewelry for blinging us up, Kerry Ann Stokes for my gorgeous flower crown, Sugar Bakeshop for letting us crash their courtyard for the afternoon, and of course, my sweet galentines, Brittany, Tara, and my fabulous photographer, Jess, for bearing one of Charleston’s coldest days to celebrate the magic of girlfriends❤

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Be Mine

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Call me cheesy, but I can’t get enough of Valentine’s Day. Any holiday, really, but this one is especially sweet. I always like to go all out (hi, last year’s post), and this year is no different. Now I just need a date – any takers?

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For my V-day look, I went classic with pink, grey, and pops of bright red. Since the turtleneck and blush coat were so soft and sweet, I added a little edge with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans. I topped off the outfit with oversized sunnies, a much-needed touch of leopard, and delicate gold jewels.

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It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day if I didn’t stop at local fave Mac & Murphy to pick up some love notes for my peeps. They have some of the most unique and adorable cards (and other fun goodies), and I’m always making up excuses to shop there. Check out my Instagram to see my favorite pick of the day!

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Sweater: Stylexchange | Coat: Cameo (similar here) | Jeans: One Teaspoon c/o Stylexchange | Clutch: Clare V | Heels: Just Fab (similar) | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Rings: Gorjana and H&M | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Indie Flick’) | Nails: Essie (‘Barefoot & Topless’)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

A special thanks to Mac & Murphy for letting us play in their adorable store!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Happy February, everyone! It’s officially the month of looooove, so it’s time to stop procrastinating and start thinking about what to get your person. So whether that’s your S.O., your bestie, or even a Galentine’s Day gift exchange (hey that sounds fun can I come?!), I’ve got you covered. Check out my picks below!

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  • ban.do Tumbler – Staying hydrated has never been so easy (or cute).
  • Hanky Panky Bralette – For those of you looking for a more “traditional” gift. How adorable is that bow?!
  • YSL Lipstick – The perfect pink for your Valentine’s date.
  • ban.do Tote Bag – Can’t go wrong with something covered in hearts!
  • Kate Spade Clutch – Lipstick: yes. Clutch: yes. Put them both together? All the heart eyes.
  • Diptique Candle – I don’t know about y’all, but me and bank account have gotten in major fights about these candles. Save me from the groveling and buy one for me?
  • Baublebar Studs – I have these and wear them all year long!
  • Chanel Nail Polish – Simple, pretty, classic. Insider tip: grab a couple more colors, a pretty piece of jewelry, and a bag of candy, then throw it all in the tumbler for a quick and easy gift she’ll love.
  • Sonix iPhone Case – Why have just one iPhone case when you can have five? This one is too much fun!
  • Dior Perfume – I usually write this off as a pretty boring present for other holidays, but I give perfume two thumbs up as a Valentine’s Day gift. It feels sort of romantic and old-fashioned. Or something.
  • Marysia Swim Bikini – Have a vacation with your sweetheart coming up? Win Valentine’s Day with this sweet suit.
  • Hunter Boots – If she doesn’t have Hunter Boots, she wants some. If she already has some, she wants another color. It’s like giving a mouse a cookie all over again, y’all.

If your beau keeps asking what you want, send him a link to this post for foolproof shopping that keeps the surprise factor alive. Thanks for reading!❤

Photo: Catherine Ann Photography