Fall Print Mixing

Something about fall just makes me want to grab every print I have and layer it all together. Am I alone in this? Using a simple black dress as the base (that is the MOST flattering, btw), I paired together two of my favorite prints, camo and leopard. To throw one more pattern into the mix, I topped off the outfit with a little merlot-hued bandana that IMO, kind of makes the look. Last but not least, my go-to sunnies, peep toe booties, and simple jewelry.

What are your favorites prints to mix and match?

Dress: Leith | Camo Jacket: Forever 21 (similar) | Bandana: Madewell | Shoes: Amazon | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Clutch: Clare V | Rings: Baublebar | Lips: Kylie Cosmetics (‘Koko K’) | Nails: Essie (‘Bahama Mama’)

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. ❤

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!

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

Be Mine

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Call me cheesy, but I can’t get enough of Valentine’s Day. Any holiday, really, but this one is especially sweet. I always like to go all out (hi, last year’s post), and this year is no different. Now I just need a date – any takers?

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For my V-day look, I went classic with pink, grey, and pops of bright red. Since the turtleneck and blush coat were so soft and sweet, I added a little edge with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans. I topped off the outfit with oversized sunnies, a much-needed touch of leopard, and delicate gold jewels.

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It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day if I didn’t stop at local fave Mac & Murphy to pick up some love notes for my peeps. They have some of the most unique and adorable cards (and other fun goodies), and I’m always making up excuses to shop there. Check out my Instagram to see my favorite pick of the day!

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Sweater: Stylexchange | Coat: Cameo (similar here) | Jeans: One Teaspoon c/o Stylexchange | Clutch: Clare V | Heels: Just Fab (similar) | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Rings: Gorjana and H&M | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Indie Flick’) | Nails: Essie (‘Barefoot & Topless’)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

A special thanks to Mac & Murphy for letting us play in their adorable store!

Late for Class

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Happy first day of fall, y’all! Call me basic, but this is my absolute favorite time of the year (other than Christmas, duh). The weather, the leaves, the clothes – oh, the clothes. Today I’m kicking off the best season evs with this layered look to celebrate the return of 75 degree days, ordering hot coffee instead of iced, and being basic at heart (and not at all sorry about it).

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I picked up this skirt at Topshop during my NYC month (#takemeback) and have been waiting for the perfect time to wear it. Although it could be seen as a warm-weather piece, I had big fall outfit plans for this baby. Charleston doesn’t really get the autumn memo until about November, so I’m always trying to find skirts and dresses that will be seasonally appropriate until then. Pairing this skirt with some layers did the trick (doesn’t it always?), so I decided to go with my chambray shirt and metallic rose gold sweater on top. To add to the schoolgirl vibe I was getting, I topped off the outfit with sneakers, a plaid scarf, and my Daniel Wellington watch.

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To accessorize this look, I decided to counteract the sweetness of the outfit with some edgy touches: plum lips, black nails, my leopard clutch, and these fab Karen Walker sunnies. I’ve been trying to decide which Karen Walkers I want for months, then finally my prayers were answered with a little thing called Ditto. If Rocksbox is the Netflix of jewelry, then Ditto is the sunglasses version. For $24 a month you get unlimited designer sunnies delivered to your door, and let me just say that it’s kind of the best thing ever. If you’re as indecisive with sunglasses as I am, you gotta try it – and if you’re on the fence, use promo code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!

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Chambray Shirt: J. Crew | Sweater: J. Crew (similar) | Skirt: Topshop | Sneakers: New Balance | Scarf: Gap (similar here) | Clutch: Clare V | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Bracelet c/o Moon & Lola | Arrow Ring c/o Lilli & Tori | Midi Rings: H&M | Lips: NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream (Temptress) | Nails: Essie (Licorice)

Is anyone as pumped for fall as I am? Comment below what part of autumn you’re most excited about so we can celebrate together ❤

#SBScon Day 2: Rompin’ Around

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Day 2 of #SBScon involved a few presentations from some impressive creatives, a good amount of note-taking, and lots of networking with fabulous brands. After that we were free to play, so I wanted my outfit to be a pretty versatile. I decided to go with this colorful romper (again from the rockstars at Lily Rain), and topped it off with a white blazer for a more professional look. Best part? It was SO comfy! Check out some details below.

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I accessorized with simple white heels (which are such a great dupe of these btw), my go-to Clare V. clutch, and these amazing reflective tortoiseshell keyhole sunnies (that are now majorly on sale!). For my jewelry, Moon & Lola hooked me up with these fabulous drop earrings, and I finished off the look with gold bangles and a few midi rings.

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What do you think of my day 2 outfit?

Romper c/o Lily Rain | Blazer: H&M | Heels: Target (hellooo, incredible dupe of these babies) | Clutch: Clare V. | Sunnies: Loft (now 50% off!) | Earrings c/o Moon & Lola | Bangles c/o Moon & Lola and Bourbon & Boweties | Rings: H&M | Lips: Maybelline (Nude Embrace) | Nails: Essie (Coral Reef)

What to Wear on July 4th {& Holiday Sales!}

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Okay, at the risk of being the epitome of #shitgirlssay, I really can’t believe the 4th of July is already here. Where is the time going?! P sure it was May like 5 min ago. Anyway, now it’s time for one of my favorite instances of situational dressing of the year – good ole Independence Day. It can be hard to balance festive with full-on Uncle Sam vibes, but I’m here with some last-minute ideas for both your daytime and nighttime looks. If you’ve already got an outfit in mind and are just here for the sales, scroll to the bottom.

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Whether you’re having a beach day, pool day, going to a backyard BBQ or heading out on the boat, this lil look will be perfect. Just start out with your favorite swimsuit (my pick is this sweet scalloped Marysia bikini) and slip into some high-waisted denim shorts, and you’re good to go! Any jorts will do but I like high-waisted so I can eat all da hot dogs, amirite? For an extra festive twist, DIY some flag cutoffs (as seen above) with my tutorial here! Top off the look with a Panama hat, blue mirrored clubmasters, some sporty slides, and a gold lariat necklace for a little sass. Last but not least, swipe on some tinted lip balm for a patriotic pop of red and load up your tote with lots of wine sunscreen!

Bikini: Marysia Swim | Denim Shorts: H&M | Slides: Target | Panama Hat: Target | Pom Pom Tote: Design Darling | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Panama Hat: Target | Lariat Necklace: Jules Smith | Lips: NYX Butter Lip Balm (Red Velvet)

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After showering off the saltwater (and let’s be real, taking a nap), it’s time for your night look. Maybe you’re going out with your pals, or perhaps you’re just watching fireworks with your boo, but this white hot outfit will work either way. I’m a huge fan of head-to-toe white on a normal summer night, but on the 4th of July it’s kind of a no-brainer. I’m also having a major moment with anything/everything off the shoulder right now, so you can imagine my feelings towards this little eyelet number. Pair with white distressed skinnies for that #whiteonwhiteonwhite look, then add some festive accessories to top it off. The Clare V. clutch above was pretty made for the 4th, and I just couldn’t help myself with these red Lisi Lerch tassel earrings. Not only will they look amazing against your summer whites, but dangly earrings and off shoulder necklines are kind of a match made in heaven. Top it off with neutral heels, gold jewels (this bracelet from Moon & Lola reminds me of fireworks!), and that red lip classic thing that you liiiiike. Last but not least, I went with Essie’s “Saltwater Happy” because a. I’m in love with the name, and b. I felt like the outfit needed a less obvious accent color to *kind of* offset the matchy-matchy feel. Now it’s a party (in the USA – too much?).

Off Shoulder Top: Chicwish | White Skinnies: Topshop | Heels: Aldo | Clutch: Clare V. | Tassel Earrings: Lisi Lerch | Bracelet: Moon & Lola | Rings: Moon & Lola | Lips: MAC (Russian Red) | Nails: Essie (Saltwater Happy)

Now for what you all came for – the 4th of July sales. Some are amazing (hi Loft) and others are like thaaaanks girlie how generous (lookin’ at you, Anthro), but check ’em out for yourself below!

Holiday Weekend Sales:

  • Aldo – 50% off the original price on all reduced styles
  • Anthropologie – extra 20% off all sale items
  • ASOS – up to 50% off
  • Banana Republic – 30% off the original price with the code BRTHIRTY AND an additional 50% off sale with code code BRGOBIG
  • Belk – up to 75% off clearance, up to 50% off summer must-haves (& more!)
  • Forever 21 – 30% off select summer styles (& more!)
  • Gap – up to 50% off
  • H&M – items up to 60% off and select merchandise on sale for just $4
  • J. Crew – 30% off select styles and an additional 30% off sale with code SUMMERSTYLE
  • J. Crew Factory – 50% off everything AND an extra 20% off with code HOTSALE
  • Joe’s Jeans – up to 50% off select styles
  • Kate Spade – extra 25% off sale with code SETSALE
  • Loft – 50% off everything with code GOFOURTH (& 60% off in stores today!)
  • Lulu’s – 10% off $50+, 15% off $100+, and 20% off $200+ (& free shipping!)
  • Milly – extra 20% off sale with code HAPPY4TH
  • Nasty Gal – extra 40% off all sale items
  • Nordstrom – under $100 sale
  • Old Navy – $2/$4/$6/$8 sale
  • Rebecca Minkoff – 60% off sale
  • Target – up to 30% off (& more!)
  • Trina Turk – extra 20% off sale and 20% off select swim products
  • Urban Outfitters – extra 30% off all sale items
  • Zara – sale starting at 50% off

Which sales will you be shopping this weekend? Did I forget any?! Comment below!

Pineapple Party

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It’s no secret that pineapples are absolutely everywhere right now. My problem used to be that I needed more pineapple paraphernalia, but now the issue is to not wear it head to toe. I was super excited to shoot this dress, not just because I’m in love with it, but because it was my first shoot with my new photographer, Jessica Smith of Smith Photos + Ink! She’s super talented, so much fun to work with, and just gets it. We’re a match made in heaven and I’m thrilled to announce that she’ll be the official photographer of TK&PD!!! Take a look at how amazing she is in my new favorite shoot below.

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When I saw this dress at one of my fave local boutiques, II Brunettes, it was all over. Not only is it covered with everyone’s favorite trendy fruit, but I adore the colors, low back, and swingy silhouette as well. It also kind of reminds me of what my sister, Jordan of luxe & staple, made for me for my birthday (as seen here), which makes me happy too.

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When it came to styling this dress, less was definitely more. Because the dress is so beautifully busy, I just went with neutral wedges to let the frock do its thang. I also kept jewelry pretty minimal with some white geometric earrings, a couple gold midi rings, and my starfish cuff. However, I couldn’t resist pattern mixing with my Clare V. clutch and adding a pop of color with my blue mirrored aviators. If I weren’t overaccessorizing, who would I even be?

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I topped off the look with clean white nails and a bright pink pout for another little pop of color, making this the ultimate summer ensemble. What do y’all think?

Dress: Show Me Your Mumu c/o II Brunettes | Wedges: Jessica Simpson | Clutch: Clare V. | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: J. Crew Factory (similar-ish) | Bracelet: Finicky Filly | Rings: Lilli & Tori + H&M | Lips: Maybelline (Pink Pop) | Nails: Essie (Blanc)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

The Notebook 2

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Last month, I finally ventured over to Cypress Gardens for my three year anniversary (!) with w. If you haven’t seen The Notebook, get out. Kidding, but seriously you should watch immediately before someone else hears you say that. Anyway, to those of you who don’t live under a rock, you’ve all seen the famous scene where Noah and Allie go canoeing through that beautiful swamp (oxymoron?) filled with swans. IT STILL ISN’T OVER! *brb crying*

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Turns out, like most other scenes in this tearjerker, it was filmed just a short drive from my house. How cool is that?! The swans were nowhere to be found, but the romantic setting was right on the money. Although this may not have been the most “sensible” outfit to wear inside a canoe, it needed to happen. This fun frock from Teal is oh-so comfy, colorful, and is the perfect throw-on-and-go piece. Since the dress kind of speaks for itself, I paired it with neutral booties, a tan felt hat, and black aviators. I couldn’t resist having a little fun with my accessories, I finished off the look with my go-to Clare V clutch, gold jewelry (with a pop of turquoise!), and classic red lips to channel Allie Hamilton herself.

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Dress: Teal | Booties: Madewell | Hat: Target | Fur Vest: Asos | Clutch: Clare V | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Bracelet: Gorjana from Rocksbox | Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties | Rings: Lilli & Tori and Forever 21 | Lips: Revlon (Unapologetic)

Last but not least, because he’s too handsome not to share, here’s a snapshot of my man rowing our little boat. Move over Noah Calhoun. Cheers to three years!

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