Summer Blues

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This summer I keep getting drawn to the same things: intricate embroidery, shades of blue, and comfy staples. This breezy dress not only checks off all three, but is crazy versatile as well. From work to play and summer to fall, this is one frock that’ll definitely give me my money’s worth.

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Since this dress doesn’t require much in the styling department, I went simple and summery with a navy GiGi clutch and strappy sandals. As I mentioned above, I fully plan on transitioning this piece into early autumn with some neutral booties, a felt hat, and a wine-hued lip. See? Versatile!

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Last but not least, I topped off this outfit with oversized tortoise sunnies, gold jewelry, and loose waves. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be wearing this dress for the second time this week – and yes, it’s only Wednesday. Don’t judge.

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Dress: Free People c/o Tres Carmen | Sandals: Old Navy | Clutch: GiGi New York c/o Tres Carmen | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Rings: Stylexchange

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Paradise Found

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If there’s one brand that just screams summer, it’s Show Me Your Mumu. With their vibrant patterns, lightweight fabrics, and sassy details (hello low back everything!), I just can’t get enough. I’ve recently taken a particular liking to Mumu’s boxier rompers, which are basically just minidresses with leg holes, as they are ideal for running around on summer adventures. Add a fruit pattern that would make Chiquita Banana swoon, and I’m sold.

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When it came to styling this playful piece, I went pretty simple since it has just a litttttle bit going on. I played up the colorful vibe with a neon GiGi clutch, then finished off the look with white mule heels to really pop against the bright hues.

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To accessorize, I took a page out of Mumu’s book of boho perfection and topped off the outfit with round sunnies and a stack of bangles. Who’s ready for a vacay?

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Romper: Show Me Your Mumu c/o Tres Carmen | Shoes: Target (similar here) | Clutch: GiGi New York c/o Tres Carmen | Sunnies: Forever 21 (similar) | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor (‘Pink Pop’)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

All American Girl (+ Holiday Weekend Sales!)

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If you came to get a Carrie Underwood song stuck in your head (or to miss your beloved childhood Samantha doll), read my blog post title. If you just came for the 4th of July weekend sales – hey, I respect that – scroll to the bottom. For outfit deets on this festive 4th of July look, read on!

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Whether you’re going out on the boat, hanging at a backyard barbecue, or just watching fireworks with your boo, this romper can do it all. Seeing as I like to procrastinate plan-making until the very last second, I scooped up this versatile piece at Tres Carmen right when I saw it. With its ruffle hem, flattering vertical stripes, and sweet tie detail, my wallet and I didn’t stand a chance.

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To accessorize, I went with simple wedges, tortoise shell sunglasses, dainty gold jewels, and even threw some more stripes into the mix with this fun Mar Y Sol tote. Because hey, on the 4th (/always?), the stripe limit does not exist. To finish off the look, I opted for a pop of red in the form of one of my favorite NYX matte lipsticks. Just like our founding fathers intended.

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Romper: c/o Tres Carmen | Wedges: Jessica Simpson | Bag: Mar Y Sol c/o Tres Carmen | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Rings: c/o Rocksbox (use code chloexoxo for your first month free!) | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Indie Flick’)

4th of July Weekend Sales

  • American Apparel: Extra 30% off sale.
  • Anthropologie: Extra 30% off sale.
  • ASOS: Up to 50% sale.
  • Banana Republic: Extra 50% off sale.
  • Forever 21: Up to 70% off.
  • Gap: Up to 50% off.
  • Gray Malin: 30% off all beach aerials.
  • H&M: 70% off sale with deals as low as $4.
  • J. Crew: Extra 40%-60% off.
  • J. Crew Factory: 50% in stores and online, plus extra 50% off clearance with code HAPPYSALE.
  • LOFT: 50% off everything with code JULY4TH.
  • Lord & Taylor: 20% off regular and sale items, up to 60% off already-reduced women’s swimwear and summer dresses, as well as 40% off three or more sandals, 30% off on two pairs, and 25% off one pair.
  • Madewell: Extra 20% off sale with code META20.
  • Milly: 30% off final sale items with the code JULY2016.
  • Nasty Gal: Extra 40% sale.
  • Nordstrom: Select summer dresses starting at $44.
  • Old Navy: Entire store on sale, up to 60% off.
  • Solid & Striped: 20% off the entire site and free shipping with code STRIPES.
  • Topshop: Up to 50% off sale.
  • Trina Turk: Extra 20% off the site’s sale section.
  • Urban Outfitters: Extra 30% sale.

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Hope everyone enjoys some sales, sparklers, and snacks this weekend! I’ll be mostly focused on that last one, because hot dogs. Happy 4th, friends!

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Making Moves

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Ever since I moved here a few years ago, I’ve been repping Charleston every way I know how. Whether it’s sporting pieces from local boutiques wherever I go, supporting the amazing restaurant scene, or even donning the Holy City’s airport code on a baseball hat, I just can’t help myself. Check out this local look below, and keep scrolling for some very exciting news!

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Unlike many of the ~fancier~ outfits on my blog, this is something you can actually find me wearing on a daily basis. A comfy cotton dress, sneakers, sunnies, and a hat (mostly to hide what dry shampoo can’t). Although I’m constantly bouncing around between my top Charleston boutiques – browse through the blog and you’ll quickly discern my favorites – I frequent Tres Carmen for my closet staples.

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To take a #basic outfit to the next level, I always reach for a trendy piece or a pop of color. This time, it was both – a hot pink Mar Y Sol tote. To finish off the outfit, I went with my classic gold jewelry and favorite bright lip (the one that I swear makes me look more awake on those venti kind of mornings). Although pink and green isn’t a color combo that I find myself frequenting, we are in Charleston where Lilly reigns supreme, and down here we rock it.

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Three years ago I moved to a brand new city, 500 miles from home, where I could count the people I knew on one hand. That city was Charleston, and that move was actually what inspired me to start this blog. This city was where I would meet some of the best people I know, move in with my dream boy, grow my blog more than I ever thought possible, work with some incredible brands, eat the most delicious food, discover something new and beautiful every day – and eventually, have to say goodbye to. I’m both thrilled and terrified to announce that I will be moving to Washington, DC at the end of the month! It’s going to be so exciting to explore another new city, but of course it’s very bittersweet to leave this one. I’d love for you to continue following along as I document my journey right here on the blog – and you better bet I’ll be back in Charleston as much as I can. Thank you to everyone who has made this place feel like home! XO

Dress: Bobeau c/o Tres Carmen | Shoes: Adidas | Hat: Aviate via Tres Carmen | Bag: Mar Y Sol c/o Tres Carmen | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (Shocking Pink) | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Rings: c/o Rocksbox (use code chloexoxo for your first month free!)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

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We all know you haven’t done your Father’s Day shopping yet, and that’s okay. Below is a (under $100!) gift guide to take care of all your last minute gift-giving needs.

  • Timex Watch ($60): This timepiece is an excellent dupe for the pricier Daniel Wellington watches that we all know and love, but will only set you back sixty bucks.
  • Red Clay Hot Sauce Three Pack ($20): I always love to throw in a local Charleston item, and I can never resist something spicy (I get it from my papa). Bring dad’s cooking to another level with this fiery three pack.
  • Beer Connoisseur Magazine Subscription ($25 for 2 years): I’ve been really into giving (and receiving) magazine subscriptions recently, and this holiday is no different. Whether your dad is more of a Field & Stream or a Men’s Fitness kind of guy, you can get him a mag subscription he’ll love for super cheap – and pretty much zero effort. (Love ya, Dad!)
  • Annie Grotophorst Painting (varies): You’ve seen me talk about Annie’s illustrations all over the blog, so I couldn’t not include one for Father’s Day. Get an illustration of your old man’s best friend (bonus points if it’s on his favorite armchair) or if he’s not a pet person, his favorite beer. For a small rush fee, Annie will email you a scanned copy of the painting so you can have it printed out and framed by tomorrow.
  • Lush Shaving Cream ($14-$27): Treat your dad like the prince he is with a little well-deserved pampering. Head to your local Lush to pick him up some fancy shaving cream that won’t break the bank.
  • Cooling Bandana ($13): Bandanas are totally in right now, so why not keep your #1 guy looking fly too? The best part: this bandana will keep your dad cool (both literally and figuratively) during yard work, fishing trips, and more.
  • Swell Water Bottle ($25): This is something I’ve actually bought my own father, and he absolutely loves it. Or so he says, anyway. Not only can it keep water cold, but it can also keep his coffee hot!
  • BBQ Multi-Tool ($40): Enhance his grilling skills with this 5-in-1 BBQ multi-tool. Not only will he be the handiest grillmaster in town, but he’ll look pretty badass doing it.
  • Wooden Coaster Set ($13): Make using a coaster seem cool with these rustic wooden coasters. Cheers to never leaving a ring again!

Happy Father’s Day, everyone!

 

Cold Shoulders (+ Hot Memorial Day Weekend Sales)

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Memorial Day is widely accepted as the unofficial start of summer, and I’m welcoming it with open arms (and bare shoulders). It doesn’t feel very “unofficial” in Charleston where spring is approximately 5 min and we’ve been pushing 90 degrees since April, so for all intents and purposes I’m going to start saying it’s summer. Deal? I’m celebrating the best way I know how – on a rooftop wearing two of my favorite warm-weather staples, an off the shoulder top and denim cutoffs. Ring in summertime with me (and the best Memorial Day Weekend sales) below!

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Is there anything better than a feminine off the shoulder neckline paired with the unfinished look of distressed denim? The answer is no – making it the ideal summer uniform. Since this combo provided the perfect blank canvas, I had lots of fun with accessories.

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I love a choker with an OTS neckline, and this one from Vanessa Mooney makes me swoon(ey). Another fun touch was this little clutch featuring a tassel zipper, because tassels are my religion. I finished off the look with lace up sandals (currently on sale for $18!), classic black aviators, and delicate gold jewelzZzz. (Kayla Itsines-induced sports bra tanline not included.)

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Top: J.O.A. c/o Stylexchange | Shorts: OneTeaspoon c/o Stylexchange | Clutch: Gracie Roberts c/o Stylexchange | Sandals: Old Navy | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: c/o Stylexchange | Choker: Vanessa Mooney | Rings: c/o Rocksbox (use code chloexoxo for your first month free!)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Memorial Day Weekend Sales

  • American Apparel: $25 off $100, $50 off $150, and $75 off $200.
  • Anthropologie: Extra 30% off sale items.
  • Banana Republic: 40% off your purchase with code BRTAKE40.
  • For Love and Lemons: 30% off select styles with XTRA30.
  • Forever 21: 30% off in stores and online with code EXTRA30.
  • Gap: 35% off your purchase with code EVENT.
  • H&M: Up to 60% off in store and online.
  • J. Crew: 30% off your purchase with code WEEKEND.
  • J. Crew Factory: 50% off in stores and online.
  • LOFT: 60% off summer faves and all sale styles, 40% off new arrivals.
  • Madewell: Extra 30% off sale styles with code THISCLOSE.
  • Matisse Footwear: 20% off select shoes.
  • Milly: Extra 20% off sale and final sale with code MEMDAY2016.
  • Nasty Gal: Extra 40% off sale.
  • Nordstrom: Up to 40% through June 5 with their half yearly sale.
  • Old Navy: 50% off all tanks, tees, shorts, and swim. No code needed.
  • Perverse Sunglasses: Shop new sunglasses and get 20% off with code GETAWAY20.
  • Solid & Striped: 20% off with code MEMORIALDAY20.
  • Soludos: 30% off select styles and get a free tote with every order.
  • Ted Baker: Up to 40% off.
  • Topshop: Up to 30% off select styles.
  • Urban Outfitters: Long weekend sale featuring 25% off shorts and graphic tees.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun MDW. Happy shopping!

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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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