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

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