A Very Velvet New Year’s Eve: Two Ways

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For the past few months, I’ve been on the hunt for an emerald green velvet slip dress (not specific at all, right?!), and finally found one just in time to watch the ball drop. Since the slip dress trend is so easy to style and dress up or down, I decided to do just that for a special NYE two ways post!

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For the casual look, I went for the Cher Horowitz inspired layering trend that has ruled 2016. I topped it off with two more huge pieces from this year – a choker and Adidas Superstars. Because why wouldn’t I go full 90s to ring in the new year?

Velvet Dress: Love Culture | White Tee: Forever 21 (similar) | Sneakers: Adidas | Bag: Gap (similar here) | Choker: Nordstrom

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To dress up this velvet slip, I slipped on a faux fur coat, some lace-up heels (with tassels!), a lariat necklace, and an envelope clutch. For the finishing touch, I added a dark lip for a little drama.

 

Velvet Dress: Love Culture | Faux Fur Coat: Forever 21 | Shoes: Target | Clutch: Lulu’s (similar) | Lariat Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)

Which look is your fave? Comment below!

For more NYE inspo, check out last year’s post here.

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Hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year’s Eve! As always, thanks for following TK&PD, and stay tuned for some big thangs comin’ your way in 2017!

Santa Baby

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One of my favorite things about the holidays (and there are many) is holiday party attire. You just can’t get more fun and festive! This Marchesa Notte gown from Rent the Runway pretty much took my breath away when I saw it. From the luxe hue to the intricate illusion neckline, I cannot get enough. I’m not even a big hi-low hem fan, but with the fabric and the movement of this dress, I can’t even be mad at it.

Behind the scenes ~exclusive~ sidenote: I took these photos on the absolute coldest day so far in DC (the high was 29!). Can’t you tell by my slightly pained expressions? Haha! People were looking at me like I was nuts, and I’m pretty sure I had mild frostbite in my toes. But anything for the picture, right y’all?? #worthit

Dress: Rent the Runway | Shoes: Steve Madden | Earrings: J. Crew Factory | Rings: H&M and Madewell

I hope you all have the happiest of holidays! ❤

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide {Under $100!}

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I know it seems like I’m always late to the party on these gift guides, but this week is when I do the majority of my Christmas shopping – and I know I’m not alone there. Major props to everyone who posted their roundups before Thanksgiving, but unfortunately my list wasn’t checked even once (let alone twice) by that point. So for all of you that have waited until the last minute yet again, I’m here to help with ideas under $100 that will arrive before Santa.

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  • Faux Fur Slippers ($35) – Faux fur anything always gets my stamp of approval, and these babies will keep you cozy all winter long.
  • Velvet Crossbody ($16) – This was one of my Cyber Monday purchies, and I get tons of compliments every time I carry it. It looks so luxe, yet is cheaper than your average Postmates order.
  • Mini Light Box ($30) – I can’t get enough of these ever since I saw Libby Living Colorfully‘s cheeky one here. Pick one up for the lady in your life who loves to express herself.
  • Oribe Texturizing Spray ($22-44) – This stuff is worth its weight in gold, but unfortunately costs about the same too. I can rarely justify buying myself pricy beauty products, which automatically makes this dry shampoo alternative the perfect gift.
  • Gold Bubble Earrings ($52) – BaubleBar makes the best dupe for the bubble earrings that you see on every blogger and her mama. But lucky for you, these won’t gobble up half your rent check.
  • Marble Phone Case ($13) – You can never go wrong with marble. Order this for the girl that’s basic at heart (me).
  • Striped Gloves ($20) – When in doubt, hop on over to Gap and pick up a few things to throw in a gift bag. Pair these with the fur slippers above for the coziest present possible!
  • Prosecco Rose Candle ($18) – Another gift idea to file under “things people don’t want to buy for themselves but really want.” This Voluspa candle smells incredible and comes in the prettiest tin.
  • Marquee Letter ($15) – Anything with initials or a monogram undoubtedly makes you look more thoughtful, even though it’s, like, the easiest thing ever. If your pal isn’t a monogram kind of gal, opt for B, A, and R to put over her bar cart. Chic!
  • Ceramic Mug ($16) – This is basically the new “world’s best mom” mug, but way cuter.

 

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  • Wireless Headphones ($85) – Now that Apple has ruined lives everywhere by taking away our headphone jacks, it’s time to finally bite the bullet on some nice wireless headphones. These are noise canceling and I just love the vintagey feel.
  • Herschel Supply Co. Travel Kit ($30) – If you notice the guy in your life throwing all his stuff in a plastic bag when he travels, it’s time to get him an upgrade. This comes in several different colors too!
  • Death Star Popcorn Maker ($50) – If you’re dating a huge nerd like I am (hi, Will!), he’s most likely still talking about how cool the new Star Wars movie was. Be an enabler with this Rogue One-inspired popcorn maker.
  • Topman Knit Hat ($20) – Beanies have a tendency to either make guys look like hipster douchebags or five year old children. Finally Topman comes to the rescue with this effortlessly cool cap.
  • Cocktail Kit ($30) – For the man who loves to play bartender. Wrap up this wood + stainless steel cocktail kit with his favorite bourbon and you’ve got the easiest and coolest gift under the tree.
  • Anthony Shave Cream ($19) – I’m a firm believer in buying dudes things to pamper themselves, since they never will for themselves. Even the burliest of boys deserve some fancy shave cream now and then.
  • Philips Hue Light Bulbs ($30) – Since Amazon’s Alexa was such a huge gift last year (or if you know someone is getting it for your guy this year), these light bulbs are a great addition. Verbally dimming the lights will be his new favorite party trick.
  • Flannel-Lined Slippers ($30) – Slippers will always make my roundup, lame or not. The slippers my sister and I got for our dad a couple years ago are still his favorites!
  • Crosley Record Player ($80) – Record players are an annoying amount of money, which puts them at the top of the great gift idea list. Pick up a couple of his favorite albums on vinyl and you basically win Christmas.

All of the gifts above are currently in stock and able to be delivered or picked up by Christmas, so be sure to get a jump on your shopping ASAP to ensure delivery by the 24th. Maybe next year we won’t procrastinate, guys? Just kidding, see you here next time.

For more gift inspo, check out last year’s guide here. Happy shopping!

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Emerald Leather + Cozy Knits

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If there’s anything better than a classic leather jacket, it’s one that comes in one of my favorite colors: emerald. Loving this festive hue is pretty much in my DNA – not only because it relates to Christmas, but it’s also my birthstone hehe. Since leather jackets are a little badass by nature, I paired mine with a cozy sleeveless turtleneck. Is it just me, or has Target been seriously on their sweater game recently?! To top off the outfit, I went with all of my go-to accessories, my leopard clutch, neutral booties, Karen Walker sunnies, and some fun jewels. Hope y’all don’t mind that those are always on rotation, oops 🙂 This jacket was such a great purchase to wear with dresses and sweaters this fall, and is also proving to be the perfect piece to edge up my holiday looks. Can I get it in every color?

Jacket: Nordstrom | Sleeveless Sweater: Target | Jeans: J. Brand | Booties: Aldo (similar) | Clutch: Clare V | Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Necklace: Betsy Pittard | Ear Jackets: Forever 21 | Rings: H&M and Madewell | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Eden’)

Early Birds Catch The Worm: Cyber Monday Sales!

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Get it, guys? Apples, worms, Cyber Monday..? Okay this one might be a stretch, but I just couldn’t help sharing my recent trip to my hometown’s apple orchard, Carter Mountain. It’s always one of my favorite fall stops! Now as sad as I am to say goodbye to autumn, I’m SO excited for it to *finally* be the holiday season – aka when the rest of the world says it’s socially acceptable to start celebrating. Below you’ll find my biggest sale roundup yet for another favorite holiday of mine, Cyber Monday, to help you shop for everyone on your nice list. Cheers to the unofficial end to fall and the start of the most wonderful time of the year!

Sweater: Goodnight Macaroon | Jeans: J. Brand | Booties: Madewell (similar) | Clutch: Clare V | Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Tassel Earrings: Forever 21 (similar) | Rings: H&M and Madewell

Cyber Monday Sales

  • AG Jeans: 30% off everything with code BF16.
  • Amazon: Up to 77% off on select items.
  • Anthropologie: 20% off full-price items, free shipping over $150.
  • Aldo: 50% off select styles; 20% off new arrivals and all regularly priced styles with code CYBER16.
  • Alternative Apparel: 50% off with code CYBER50.
  • ASOS: 20% off everything with code GOGOGO.
  • Banana Republic: 50% off everything, online only.
  • Baublebar: 35% off 2+ items with code SAVE35, 25% off everything with code SAVE25.
  • Bloomingdales: 25% off a selection of regular and sale-price items, free shipping, and free returns.
  • Clare V: 30% off the best of the season and free shipping.
  • Current/Elliot: 25% off your purchase with the code THANKS.
  • Draper James: 20% off $200, 25% off $300, 30% off $400+.
  • Express: 50% off everything and free shipping.
  • Forever 21: Deals starting at $4, 21% all orders and free shipping with code CYBER21.
  • Free People: Extra 25% off all sale items.
  • Gap: 50% off everything with code CYBMON.
  • GiGi New York: Spend $125, save 20%; spend $250 save 25%; spend $350 save 30%.
  • H&M: 20% off $30+, 25% off $50+, 30% off $100+.
  • Herschel Supply: $20 off $60+, $40 off $110+, %60 off $140+.
  • J. Crew: For the first time EVER (!), J. Crew is offering 40% off your purchase, in stores and online with code MONDAY. File this under “about damn time.”
  • J. Crew Factory: 60% off everything, plus free shipping and extra 40% off clearance with code HAPPYSALE.
  • Joe’s: 25% off sitewide, free shipping, and free returns with code CYBER25.
  • Joie: 25% off your purchase with code THANKS.
  • Kate Spade: 30% off with code WIRED, in store and online.
  • LOFT: 50% off everything, in stores and online, with code CYBERMONDAY.
  • Lulus: Extra 40% off sale with code 40CYBER.
  • Madewell: 25% off your entire purchase with code CYBERMONDAY, in stores and online.
  • Macy’s: Extra 20% off and free shipping with $25 purchase with code CYBER.
  • ModCloth: 30% off everything and free shipping with code CYBER16.
  • Nasty Gal: Up to 80% off.
  • Necessary Clothing: 40% off with code WOOHOO.
  • Nordstrom: Up to 50% off men’s, women’s and children’s, no code needed, with an extra 20% off select items.
  • Old Navy: 50% off everything, even rarely on-sale stuff!
  • Revolve: 20% off final sale with code CYBER20.
  • Shopbop: 15% off $200, 20% off $500, 25% off $800+ with code GOBIG16.
  • Show Me Your Mumu: 50% off sale with code MUMUSALE50.
  • Sole Society: 30% off the entire site
  • Solid & Striped: 30% off with code CYBERMONDAY.
  • Soludos: 25% off everything with code CYBER25.
  • Target: Extra 15% off your purchase, online and in stores.
  • Tobi: 50% off sitewide, free shipping, and 60% off new arrivals.
  • Tory Burch: 30% off everything with code THANKS.
  • Topshop: Up to 50% off, in stores and online.
  • Urban Outfitters: 50% off $150, $15 off $75, in stores and online.
  • West Elm: Up to %50 off.
  • Zara: Up to 50% off select items, online and in store.

Happy shopping, friends!

Happy Thanksgiving! (+ Black Friday Sale Roundup)

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Considering how much I wear my utility jacket, how did I go this long in life without a utility vest?! I picked up this super soft Tencel vest at Gap right before my Asheville trip and I have been wearing it over sweaters, long sleeve tees, and dresses all autumn long. To see how I styled it, scroll on. If you just came for the Black Friday sale roundup, scroll to the bottom!

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My favorite things to pair with this utility vest are: a navy gingham button down, an oatmeal colored cableknit sweater, and THIS SHIRT. If you follow a bunch of bloggers, or are a blogger, this isn’t the first time you’ve seen this guy. I saw it on one of my fave bloggers in a million different outfits before finally like-to-knowing the shiz out of it and seeing that it was only $19. I now wear it with a million different outfits too, and this one was no exception.

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I finished off the outfit with distressed denim, neutral booties, and a black tassel crossbody. As for accessories, I went with minimal jewelry, my black Daniel Wellington, classic aviators, and a little faux fur poof for a fun touch.

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Vest: Gap | Shirt: Nordstrom | Jeans: Teal | Booties: Aldo (similar) | Crossbody: Gap (similar here) | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Rings: H&M and Madewell | Nails: OPI Gel (‘Malaga Wine’)

Hope y’all have a happy and delicious Thanksgiving!

Black Friday Sales

  • AG Jeans: 30% off sale with code AGTHIRTY.
  • Aldo: 50% off already-reduced styles; early risers can take advantage of a 20% off full-price special.
  • Alternative Apparel: 40% off with code THANKS40.
  • Banana Republic: 50% off one regular-priced item with code BRFIFTY; 40% off the rest of your purchase with code BRFORTY.
  • Current/Elliot: 25% off your purchase with the code THANKS.
  • Draper James: 20% off sale items.
  • Gap: 50% off everything with code TGIF50.
  • H&M: Special Black Friday collection, from $4.99.
  • Herschel Supply: $10 off orders of $80+, $30 off orders of $120+, and $50 orders of over $160.
  • J. Crew: For the first time EVER (!), J. Crew is offering 40% off your purchase, in stores and online. File this under “about damn time.”
  • J. Crew Factory: 50-60% off everything, online only.
  • Joe’s: 25% off everything with code Thanks25.
  • Joie: 25% off your purchase now through Cyber Monday with code THANKS.
  • LOFT: 40% off everything with code THANKS.
  • Madewell: 25% off your entire purchase with code THATSALE, in stores and online.
  • Moda Operandi: 30% off sale with code EXTRA30.
  • Nasty Gal: 30% off everything black for Black Friday (cool thanks?). The bankruptcy is starting to make more sense…
  • Nordstrom: Up to 50% off men’s, women’s and children’s.
  • Old Navy: 50% off everything-ish. No code required.
  • Solid & Striped: 30% off with code BLACKFRIDAY.
  • Soludos: 25% off all styles with code BLACK25.
  • Topshop: Up to 50% off.
  • Urban Outfitters: Buy one get one 50% off (all apparel!).

Which sales will you be shopping this weekend? I’m more of a Cyber Monday kind of gal myself (hiii shopping from bed), so stay tuned for more deals coming your way soon! XO

A Date at the Biltmore Estate

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At the top of my Asheville list was something I’ve wanted to do forever: visit the gorgeous Biltmore Estate. In fact, I was so excited to go that it was the very first stop on our trip (even before checking in at the hotel)! It was even more incredible than I thought, and I can’t wait to share all my favorite parts below.

Poncho: Loft (now 50% off!) | Jeans: c/o DL1961 | Booties: Madewell (similar) | Clutch: Clare V | Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Necklace: Forever 21 | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Spike Bracelet: Stella & Dot | Rings: H&M | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Eden’) | Nails: OPI Gel (‘Malaga Wine’)

When I saw the mansion for the first time, it seriously took my breath away! The different levels, winding hallways, and endless rooms could have kept me busy all day long. Although history was always my least favorite subject in school, for some reason that was not the case at the Biltmore. You have the option to listen to an audio guide as you tour the estate, and this gal could not get enough.

Can we talk about this chandelier/spiral staircase combo? There is not one square foot of this place that isn’t mesmerizingly intricate – I could have stared at the details for hours.

One of the reasons it took me so long to get to the Biltmore is because I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to go during fall or at Christmastime. Both are my favorite things ever, and both times of year are equally stunning there. Lucky for me, the Biltmore starts decorating for Christmas even earlier than I do (and my holiday season begins the day after Halloween, ha!), so I ended up getting to experience a little bit of both.

After making our way through the mansion, we went out and explored the gardens. The Conservatory was by far my favorite part, mostly because of the cactus room. It is literally a room filled with hundreds of succulents and cacti, which I’m pretty sure is every blogger’s dream!

Is anyone else having major garden envy over this rainbow of mums? Currently my “garden” is a plant on the fire escape that I’m struggling to keep alive, so I was pretty into this situation.

Next it was off to Antler Hill Village & Winery, which was about a five minute drive through the Biltmore grounds. I could not believe how large the whole estate is! The wine tasting was right up my alley because they don’t limit how many you can try – and their wine list is not small. I loved being able to taste everything, from the Christmas blend (!) to the exclusive reserve wines.

When I asked my blogger bestie, Brittany of Southern Meets Chic, about her Biltmore highlights, one thing at the top of her list was The Barn. We both share an absurd love for animals, so she gave me the essential pro tip that this stop on the map was not to be missed. Or in Britt’s words, “they let you cuddle and love on the animals as much as you want!” Which, of course, is exactly what I did.

Thanks so much to the Biltmore for having us! It was an unforgettable experience, and I’m sure it won’t be too long before I’m back. Most likely at Christmas. ❤

Falling for Asheville

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This shirtdress was a last minute purchase I made right before my Asheville trip, and it has ended up being a closet staple. It is SO soft and cozy! This look was perfect for a day of galleries, breweries, and exploring – check out all the details below.

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Although this dress comes with a sash, I took it off for the casual and breezy vibe I was going for here. I topped off the outfit with a neutral bag and booties, simple jewelry, and a grey hat. When I wear this dress to work, however, I opt for a cinched waist and some fancy jewels to look a little more polished.

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For a fun twist, I tied my favorite fall bandana onto my bag. As you can tell by my lips and nails, I can’t help throwing in a little pop of bordeaux whenever possible. #basic

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be trying to squeeze as many wears as possible out of this dress before the cold weather really sets in. What pieces are you living in this season?

Shirtdress: Gap | Booties: Aldo (similar) | Hat: Target | Bag: Target | Bandana: Madewell | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Rings: H&M | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Eden’) | Nails: OPI Gel (‘Malaga Wine’)

A Hotel Indigo Holiday

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If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you saw my many snaps and stories from my autumn trip to Asheville. This mountain town had been on my list for years, so when it finally came time, I wanted to do it right. Everywhere I looked in my research, I kept hearing that Hotel Indigo was the place to stay. After my visit, I have to say I agree! Take a peek inside this gorgeous boutique hotel below.

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Immediately upon arrival, my initial favorite part was the location of the hotel. It’s right in the middle of everything, so you’re within easy walking distance to the incredible restaurants, breweries, and art galleries scattered around Downtown Asheville. It was SO convenient being able to walk to dinner, home from drinks & dessert, and then out for a quick donut run the next morning. But before any of that, having a glass of wine on the patio was #1 on my to-do list (true to form). Did I mention this place has it all?

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The next morning, I was able to really take in the beautiful suite. It was so cozy and chic, and I could not get enough of the view from my enormous windows. The mountains, the old downtown buildings, and the fall foliage made for a seriously sweet wake-up call!

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After grabbing a cup of local coffee and an omelette from oneFIFTYone Boutique Bar & Kitchen downstairs, it was back up to the room to take full advantage of the spa level shower. If you were following along on my insta story, you may recall that this walk-in shower was honestly bigger than my entire kitchen in back in DC. The cherry on top was that Hotel Indigo carries Aveda bath products, and their rosemary mint scent is one of my all-time favorites! You better bet that I went full Ross Geller and brought those bad boys home with me.

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When I was finished with my mini spa day, I crawled back in bed for a little R&R before a day of exploring the city. Sometimes you just need to kick back in a king-size bed, turn on Bravo, and eat half a dozen donuts, am I right?

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A huge thank you to Hotel Indigo for having me! Not only can I not wait for my next stay at this location, but also to explore the numerous others all over the world. Until next time!

Autumn Uniform

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Before fall totally sweeps through DC in a couple weeks, my go-to uniform has been pretty simple: a button down and white skinnies. It’s easy, chic, and I can go from work to happy hour like it ain’t no thang. One shirt that has been on major repeat as we start transitioning into cooler temps is this little striped number. I love how classic it is, yet the black buttons give it just the right amount of edge. See how I styled it (and how I plan on styling it for months to come) below!

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I’ve been on the hunt for a striped shirt like this for almost a year now, but every single one I found had one little thing wrong with it. Either the color was off, the price wasn’t right, or it looked just a bit too much like old-timey pajamas (anyone feel me on that?). This one checks all the boxes – oh, and did I mention it’s only $12.99?!?

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Since you all know I’m all about white pants well into autumn, I decided to pair this shirt with my favorite distressed white skinnies. I love deep blues with rich cognac, so I topped off the look with my everyday Madewell tote, casual wedges, and my new favorite Daniel Wellington watch. To accessorize, I went simple with some minimal gold jewelry and edgy with round sunnies.

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As chilly weather really rolls in, I’ll be layering this wardrobe staple under an olive utility jacket, letting the collar and cuffs peek out from a chunky sweater, and wrapping a plaid blanket scarf on top for a little pattern mixing. Probably not all at the same time, but I do tend to layer aggressively during fall and winter, so anything is possible, really.

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Shirt: c/o Romwe | Jeans: Old Navy | Wedges: Jessica Simpson | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) | Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Earrings: Stylexchange | Rings: H&M | Tote: Madewell | Nails: OPI (‘Cajun Shrimp’)