When Life Gives You Lemons

When life gives you lemons, you squeeze the last few possible drops out of summer. That’s how the saying goes, right? I bought this fun little frock for my bestie’s bridal shower a couple weeks ago, and it was one of my favorite purchases of the season.

You may notice in the dress link below that it was originally long sleeve, but when I tried it on I felt like all that fabric was swallowing me! So I went to the tailor to get it taken in, and then also decided that it would be way better with the sleeves chopped off. I was super happy with how it turned out – and I was way cooler on the 95 degree day of the shower.

For the rest of my outfit, I of course opted for my Cult Gaia bag (since it was pretty much made for this dress!), nude heels, rose gold sunnies, and white ball drop earrings. Anyone else now in the mood for a glass of lemonade?

Dress: Asos | Shoes: BP | Bag: Cult Gaia | Sunglasses: Amazon | Earrings: Amazon | Rings: Baublebar | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: NYX (‘Pale Pink’) | Nails: Essie (‘S’il Vous Play’)

Birthday Fiesta

I’m officially 26, y’all, and it’s time to celebrate! I’ve always loved having my birthday right before Cinco de Mayo, especially when they both fall close to the weekend like they do this year. It gives me the perfect excuse to extend the fiesta for as long as possible!

This year I combined the two for a fun and festive look that incorporates both “holidays,” (does my birthday count as a holiday?) featuring some of my favorite trends – pom poms, off the shoulder, and embroidery. These are great aspects of a birthday outfit AND a Cinco de Mayo outfit, so this just felt right, ya know?

This Asos dress just screams party time, so it was kind of a no-brainer. Since it does have just a *bit* going on, I tried to keep the rest of the look fairly simple. I topped it off with tortoise sunglasses, nude lace up heels (these BP ones have been on major repeat this spring!), and a nude crossbody featuring some fun embroidery.

Thanks for partying with TK&PD! ❤

Dress: Asos | Crossbody Bag: Francesca’s | Shoes: BP | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Pineapple Studs c/o Swell Caroline | Rings: Baublebar | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: NYX (‘Girl Crush’) | Nails: Essie (‘Topless and Barefoot’)

Yours Truly

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Y’all. It has been a wild 2017 so far. Can you tell by my little leave of absence there?! Oops! Part of the reason is because work (my *real* job) has been nuts and is currently sending me all over the place – and the rest is because of some very exciting news that I can’t wait to share shortly. I don’t want to give away too much yet, but some really fun things are coming to the blog soon, so please bear with me and my scarce posts for a bit!

Now onto sweeter things – like this Valentine’s Day look. When I discovered last year that I had absolutely no pink in my closet, I made a vow right then and there to change that. This bright pink turtleneck brought me from zero to Barbie in .5 seconds, and I can’t say I hate it. Sometimes I like to go subtle with my holiday outfits, but not this time. Although I went classic with dark jeans and neutral booties, I topped off this festive Valentine’s getup with a pop of leopard (duh), big sunnies, and a pair of statement earrings.

Turtleneck: Asos | Jeans: J Brand | Booties: Aldo (similar) | Clutch: Clare V | Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Earrings: J. Crew | Ring: BaubleBar

Happy Valentine’s Day, sweethearts! ❤

Giving Back with Betsy

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It’s no surprise how much I love the holiday season. The music, the movies, the shopping, the parties – and as I get older, I find myself loving the feeling of giving more and more. Whether it’s the perfect gift for my sisters or donating gifts/time/money to someone in need, it makes the holidays feel even more special. If you’re looking for a way to give back this season, I can help with that. I’m partnering up with one of my favorite jewelry designers, Betsy Pittard Designs, to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network with her ‘B a Miracle’ campaign. Learn more and donate here!

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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals works to increase funds and awareness for local children’s hospitals. Your donations would go to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. B a Miracle this season and help save some lives!

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For my post about Betsy’s fundraiser, I knew I had to rep her jewels, so I modeled my look around this fab Betsy Pittard horn necklace. I went with one of my favorite color combos for this time of year, plum and mustard, pairing a pretty floral frock from Teal with my cozy longline Loft sweater. To top off the outfit, I opted for some black boho accessories, a few gold rings, and of course, the Betsy necklace.

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Join me, Betsy, and the wonderful Children’s Miracle Network by giving back this Christmas right here. Thanks for reading!

Dress c/o Teal | Sweater: Loft (similar) | Booties: H&M (similar) | Crossbody: Gap | Hat: Target (similar) | Sunnies: ASOS | Necklace: Betsy Pittard Designs c/o Teal | Rings: H&M | Nails: OPI in “Center of the You-niverse” | Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in “Peaches & Cream”

Welcome to New York

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Let me just start off by saying I’m not sorry for my cheesy blog post title – New York has been waiting for me. There isn’t much I don’t love about this city – the people, the food, the weather (I forgot what anything less than 100% humidity felt like), and of course, the fashion. I’ve been having so much fun stepping outside of my style comfort zone and taking a break from all the sweet, southern clothes in my closet. Don’t get me wrong – I love bright colors, floral prints and girlie silhouettes as much as the next gal – but sometimes muted hues and edgy pieces just speak to me. Enter: this little outfit.

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Since I’ve been trying to avoid spending copious amounts of money during my month in the city (which is terrifyingly easy), I’ve been trying to focus on my cheap girl stores – Zara, Forever 21, the sale section at Topshop… you know how I do. I picked up this mock neck midi at Forever for less than $18 and decided that as much as I want to, I’ll never be able to raise my standards higher than good ole F21. You just can’t beat that, guys. This dress is chic, trendy, and SO comfortable – and when it goes out of style in a couple years, I won’t hate myself for spending too much money on it. Amirite?!

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To add to the edge (and let’s be real, to cover up my NYC pizza-induced FUPA), I tied my jean jacket around my waist – 90s girl at heart. I finished off the look with a burgundy hat, round sunnies, gold jewelz, and Stan Smiths. I’ll be honest, it took me a little while to get on board with these retro Adidas due to the fact that I had them in 7th grade (see also: the return of jean skirts), but now that I have them, I don’t know how I ever didn’t have them. Speaking of saving money, I also bought the kids ones which saved me about $30. If you have creepily small feet like I do, alwayzzzz try kids sizes first. #insidertip

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So here’s to cheap clothes that don’t look cheap, chillin in the kids department, and New York freaking City. Can I stay forever?

Dress: Forever 21 | Denim Jacket: Gap | Shoes: Adidas | Hat: Forever 21 | Sunnies: ASOS | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Bangles c/o Moon & Lola | Rings: H&M

Photos by luxe & staple

#SBScon Day 3: The Dress

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For the #SBScon farewell breakfast, I decided to pull out this little baby – also known as “The Dress.” This pretty Topshop frock had been hanging in my closet waiting for the right moment since May, and finally we both knew it was time. What could be a better moment than breakfast at the beautiful Charleston Grill?

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I topped off this look with nude lace up heels (with tassels!) and my magenta GiGi clutch to pop against the royal blue in my dress. Next, I went with my precious new pair of M&L pineapple earrings from Swell Caroline that I’m pretty sure I’ve worn every day since they arrived. Sidenote: if you’re looking for upscale yet affordable accessories, y’all have to check them out. Their stuff is so fun, colorful and southern – so of course I had to rock some at #SBScon! For the rest of my jewelry, I put on a few delicate gold bangles, my everyday midi rings, and even a couple flash tats for added sassiness. Last but not least, bright pink lips and coral nails – because there’s no such thing as too much color in the summer (or ever?!).

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Since I usually wear my hair down and wavy, I decided to switch it up with milkmaid braids for this look. They were perfect for a Sunday morning brunch and most importantly, kept my hair out of my face while I was eating. Crucial.

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…Because you can’t not twirl in the middle of the street in this dress. That’s a wrap on my #SBScon outfits, y’all! Stay tuned for a full recap of this blogger babe weekend next week!

Cutout Dress: Topshop via Nordstrom (sold out, but similar here and here!) | Heels: Target | Clutch: GiGi New York (50% off!) | Sunnies: ASOS (similar) | Pineapple Studs c/o Swell Caroline | Bangles c/o Moon & Lola | Rings: H&M and Lilli & Tori | Lips: NYX (Shocking Pink) | Nails: Essie (Coral Reef) | Temporary Tats: Flash Tattoos

Birthdays

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If you read my blog, you probably know by now that I love Dandy Boutique. I’ve already featured it here and here and the love connection has only gotten stronger since then. When I found out that the sweet shop and I are birthday sisters (Dandy’s was yesterday and mine is Monday – close enough, right?), I loved it even more. So happy 1st birthday, Dandy, cheers to us!

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When I saw this dress from Alice’s Pig at Dandy Boutique, it was all over. Alice’s Pig is a company out of London that is inspired by vintage style and Alice in Wonderland. Like, okay. I love the flattering shape, feminine neckline, and the exaggerated skirt – not to mention the fantastic print and material. Perfect for a birthday party! Or should I say, tea party?

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Because this dress is so fabulous, I kept accessories to a minimum (shocking, I know). I went with some lace up heels, an envelope clutch, and retro round sunnies to go along with the vintage feel of the dress. As for my jewelry, I chose some Moon & Lola hashtag studs and rings to keep up the edgy vibe.

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Head to Dandy Boutique to celebrate their 1st birthday and pick up some pretty little pieces like this one! Happy weekend y’all, and happy birthday weekend to me! XO

Dress: Alice’s Pig c/o Dandy Boutique | Shoes: Target (old) | Clutch: Forever 21 | Sunnies: ASOS (similar) | Hashtag Studs c/o Moon & Lola | Rings c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: Revlon (Unapologetic) | Nails: Essie (Blanc)

Photo Credit: Taylor Rae Photography

Floral + Fuschia

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Last week I attended a bridal fashion show hosted by Maddison Row and Bella Bridesmaids at beautiful new Charleston venue, Cannon Green. They showcased some of the most stunning bridal and bridesmaid gowns, including some illusion necklines, low backs, and pretty pastels. Needless to say, there were some serious crowd-pleasers! Almost as noteworthy as the ensembles in the fashion show were the bright and colorful looks from the guests – I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many spring prints and happy hues at an event, and I gotta say I was into it.

Since this was pretty much the first event of the spring season, not to mention one of the first warm days period, everyone in attendance was happy to shed their winter layers and show some skin. To celebrate this wave of spring weather, I went with a white floral shift dress with pops of blush and fuschia from Stylexchange. It’s one of those easy little pieces you can just throw on and go, and I’m seriously in love with the print. For a little contrast, I opted for electric cobalt pumps and a statement necklace with blues and greens to tie everything together. To top it off, I chose oversized sunnies, minimal jewelry, my go-to Clare V clutch, and a neon pink pout.

I wasn’t the only one who was channeling spring – nearly everyone there was decked out in bright colors, sweet pastels, and floral print. Check out some photos from the event below!

Dress: Stylexchange | Shoes: Shoemint | Clutch: Clare V | Sunnies: Asos (similar) | Necklace: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Bracelet: J. Crew Factory | Ring c/o Lilli & Tori | Lips: NYX (Shocking Pink)

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Pumpkin Pickin’

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Oh, fall. Is there anything better? Going to the pumpkin patch is always one of my favorite autumn activities — being able to pluck one right off the vine will always beat reaching into a box (sorry Trader Joe’s). When I heard there was a cold front coming into town, I knew it was time. No offense Charleston, but going to the pumpkin patch in 85 degree weather just feels wrong — not to mention the lack of boots, scarves, and sweaters. So on this slightly chilly, DIVINE fall day, we ventured over to Boone Hall Plantation for pumpkin pickin’.
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For our day at the pumpkin patch, I went with the quintessential fall outfit. Some might call it the basic bitch’s fall uniform, I call it situational dressing. I started out the look with a navy + white striped top, distressed skinny jeans, and my Fryes. To accessorize, I threw on a plaid scarf for a little print mixing, my favorite fur vest, classic aviators, and my go-to gold jewelry (let’s ignore my super trendy neon orange entry band). To top it off, I rocked cranberry lips + OPI’s ‘Big Apple Red’ on my nails — my fall favorites!
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Striped Tee: J. Crew (similar) | Distressed Skinnies: Old Navy | Fur Vest: Asos (similar here) | Boots: Frye | Scarf: Target | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: Tory Burch (similar) | Watch: Forever 21 | Bracelet: J. Crew (similar) | Rings: H&M & Forever 21 | Lips: Revlon (Unapologetic) | Nails: OPI (Big Apple Red)

If you live in Charleston, you need to go to the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch immediately. They had a petting zoo (PIGLET ALERT), sno cones, a JUMPING PILLOW, a corn maze, hayrides, slides, and lots more. It’s great if you have kids or if you are a kid (like me and my sister who did every single thing imaginable). Take a look at some of my favorite photos from the day below!
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{ family portrait, including our new smiling llama friend. }

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{ w ❤ }

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{ i told you there was a jumping pillow. we decided there should be a sign with a disclaimer that says it’s even more fun than it looks. and it already looks pretty fun, so that’s really saying something. }

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{ i plucked the prettiest pumpkin right out of the patch. lucky me. }

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{ i told y’all we did every single thing there. this was soy important. }

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{ our perfectly imperfect pumpkin. thanks for the best day evzzzz, boone hall! }

Adored in Co-Ords

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Two-piece sets, separates, co-ords — we all might have different names for this matchy-matchy trend, but we can all agree that this is one of the biggest fads of the season. Although crop tops & high-waisted bottoms have been huge for a while now, matching sets present a fun new twist for the fashion-forward.
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It took me months to find the perfect co-ords. Granted I was very picky and knew exactly what I was looking for, but still. Finally one fateful evening I wandered into Francesca’s and our eyes met (me and the two-piece, obvi) — needless to say it was love at first sight. Separates are cool because you have to put zero thought into your outfit, which is v necessary for this lazy gal. Not only can you wear the set together, you can mix and match with high waisted jorts and a cardi for a cHiLL dAy, or sass it up with a leather skater skirt for a night out. Basically, what I’m saying is you can totally justify spending more than a week’s groceries on your matching set since you’ll get so many outfits out of it. Right?
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Since separates are such a statement alone, I kept accessories fairly simple. I went with black ankle strap heels, gold-rimmed sunnies, a gold studded bracelet, and some of my fave rings. For a little color, I chose a neon yellow satchel to really pop against the black, white, and gold. As for the pineapple, it was sitting majestically on my kitchen counter before I left for my shoot so I grabbed it for a fun prop on the way out. Pineapples are so hot right now. Also they’re $2.99 at Trader Joe’s.
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Recognize the street art? We used a different wall as the backdrop for my CSS x SF shoot a while back, but I couldn’t stay away from this mural. It was just a no-brainer for the background of this look. Shepard Fairey is da bomb.com.
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Crop Top: Francesca’s | Pencil Skirt: Francesca’s | Heels: Target | Neon Satchel: Old Navy (similar here) | Sunnies: Asos (similar here) | Bracelet: Uptown Cheapskate (similar here) | Rings: H&M | Nails: Essie (Lilacism)

Dying to find the perfect matching set of your own? Take a look at these, these, and these. Oh yeah, and these.