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’)

Sunflower Fields Forever

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Labor Day has come and gone, which means the “unofficial” end of summer has too. But we still have a couple more weeks of official summer (and the heat that comes with it), so I’m squeezing the last drops out of the season. How, may you ask, is the best way to do this? A day at the sunflower farm, of course.

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For this little adventure, I went with a soft chambray shirtdress that has outfitted me all summer and will surely carry into fall. I can’t wait to wear it layered under cozy cardigans!

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Since the dress is pretty simple, I accessorized with a bright coral bandana, tortoiseshell sunglasses, and a good old stack of bourbons on my wrist. To top it off, I carried my favorite Madewell bag to tote around my hand-picked blooms when my basket got too heavy (oops!).

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Shirtdress: Old Navy | Bandana: Madewell | Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Indie Flick’)

Special thanks to Burnside Farms for letting us basic b’s take over the farm for the afternoon!

What final summer adventures are y’all squeezing in to these last couple weeks? Comment below so I can live vicariously!

All White for Labor Day (+ Holiday Weekend Sales!)

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Wait, wasn’t it Memorial Day like two seconds ago? With the big move, getting a new job, and starting some major blog renovations (more on that later but !!!), this summer has gone by in a blink. While some are mourning the loss of the season, I’m already over here putting away bikinis and ordering fall candles (#basic). One thing I’m not giving up when autumn rolls around? White, white, and more white. I’ve mentioned my dislike for the “no white after Labor Day” rule before, and I think now it’s more antiquated than ever. So I’m rebelling with all white everything, and I invite you all to join.

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I decided to close off summer the same way I started it – with a white off the shoulder top. This time, however, I opted for a thicker, more substantial top, as opposed to the more gauzy and sheer one I wore for Memorial Day, and swapped out my denim cutoffs for some distressed white skinnies. Next, instead of lace up sandals, I went with black heels with sassy braided strap details. I also added on a denim jacket to keep me cozy now that the nights are getting a little cooler (yesss).

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To top it all off, I wore the same choker as last time – just to show y’all how this little guy will be worn through every season – along with my go-to Clare V clutch, blue mirrored sunnies, and minimal gold jewelry. Last but not least, a pop of coral on my lips as one last nod to summer. Fall, ready when you are, babe.

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Top: Lulu’s (still available in blush!) | Jeans: Old Navy | Denim Jacket: Gap | Shoes: Lulu’s | Clutch: Clare V | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Choker: Vanessa Mooney | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Indie Flick’) | Nails: OPI (‘Cajun Shrimp’)

Labor Day Weekend Sales

  • Anthropologie: Extra 30% off sale items.
  • Banana Republic: 40% off (almost) everything with code FALL40.
  • Forever 21: Buy one get one free in store and online with code BOGOFREE.
  • DL1961: Up to 70% off.
  • Draper James: Extra 30% off sale with code LABORDAY.
  • Gap: 40% off your purchase with code SHINEON.
  • H&M: 60% off select styles.
  • J. Crew: 30% off your order of 200+ or 25% off your order of 125+ with code SHOPMORE (online only).
  • J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything, in stores and online.
  • LOFT: Extra 50% off sale styles, buy one get one 50% off.
  • Madewell: 30% off right-now picks and extra 30% off sale styles, in store and online, with code DOUBLEUP.
  • Milly: 25% off sale and final sale with code LABORDAY16.
  • Nasty Gal: Extra 25% off sale.
  • Nordstrom: Up to 40% off through September 11th.
  • Old Navy: 50% off all jeans, dresses, and tees.
  • Solid & Striped: 30% off your order with code LD30.
  • Soludos: Up to 70% off sale.
  • Target: Up to 30% off + extra 10% off home items online, 25% off clothes, shoes, and accessories.
  • Topshop: 30% off summer styles.
  • Urban Outfitters: Buy one get one 50% off.

As for me, I plan on hitting up Loft and Madewell for new fall pieces, as well as ordering some fun home decor from Target to put the finishing touches on my new DC apartment. What about y’all? Comment below❤

Happy Labor Day, babes!

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