Pink Lady

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Recently I discovered that there is almost no pink in my wardrobe. That’s not to say it isn’t filled with lots of color and girlie pieces, but pink just happens to be absent. Because of this revelation, I decided to wear the hue head-to-toe during Charleston Fashion Week’s bridal show. What better time to wear blush pink tulle?

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Since this two piece set from Tres Carmen was already an outfit in itself, I opted for super simple accessories. Delicate gold jewelry and a neutral clutch and shoes finished off this sweet ensemble in one fell swoop. Last but not least, I topped things off with my go-to Karen Walker shades and a deep side part with soft curls to amp up the feminine vibes.

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After last year’s look, I didn’t think I could come up with a more bridal-worthy outfit but thanks to these matching separates, I was well on my way. Despite all the edginess of today’s trends (lookin’ at you, Met Ball) that I also love, I think I’ll be adding much more of this sweet shade into my closet this season.

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Separates: c/o Tres Carmen | Shoes: Steve Madden | Clutch: GiGi New York c/o Tres Carmen | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Bangles & Rings: c/o Moon & Lola

Photos by Current Visuals

Far From Basic

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On paper, some might say this outfit is pretty #basic. I mean, it does have the total basic blogger recipe: black and white with a pop of color, the poncho and turtleneck combo, distressed skinnies, a blush clutch, those lace-up flats that won’t stop clogging your insta feed…pretty much all that’s missing is a Starbucks cup. Not only do I kind of hate the term “basic” (and that’s not just because I do a lot of basic things, but like sue me for loving seasonal candles and The Bachelor?!) – however, this look is far from it. Scroll on to see why.

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We’ve all seen the turtleneck and poncho thing about a million times by now – but I decided to amp it up a little bit with some major print mixing. Like, major in the way that it might induce seizures if you look too closely at it for too long. Went for it anyway, pairing with my go-to distressed skinnies and black lace-up flats. I don’t really have an excuse for how that last part isn’t basic, but I will say that those flats are from none other than OLD NAVY (!) and offer the perfect dupe for the Topshop ones that are dupes of the Loeffler Randall ones that are dupes of the Aquazzura ones. Phew. Fashion is exhausting, guys.

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To accessorize, I went with my tortoiseshell Karen Walker shades and this killer rose gold Taxidermy envelope clutch that would eat basic betches for breakfast. As for my jewelry, I stepped outside my studs-only comfort zone with some fancy gem-filled J. Crew hoop earrings, and slipped on a few vintagey Theodosia rings.

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For an edgy little touch on this ensemble, I opted for a dark vampy lip and matte bordeaux almond nails. The combo had me feeling very Khloe K, and I can’t say I hated it.

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Still think it’s basic? Okay fine, but I tried. #basicatheart

P.S. If you ❤ my clutch and will be in Charleston tonight, come to the Taxidermy party at the 94 Spring St showroom – it’s going to be so fab! See you there.

Turtleneck: J. Crew | Poncho c/o Apricot Lane North Charleston | Jeans: Flying Monkey via Stylexchange | Flats: Old Navy | Clutch c/o Taxidermy | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Earrings: J. Crew | Rings c/oc/o Theodosia Jewelry | Lips: NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream (Temptress) | Nails: Essie (Bahama Mama + Matte About You)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Wrap Star

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Leather? Check. Olive green? Mhm. All wrapped up with a big red black bow in an oversize collar coat? YUP. This cozy wrap coat combines some of my favorite fall staples, not to mention it’s just about as cozy as it gets. Oh, and it’s also only $74.

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The color of this piece had me at hello, but it was really the faux leather details that sealed the deal for me. Although I also love the look of the coat when worn open on top of a dress (!), I kept it classic with a striped tee, distressed jeans, suede lace-up heels, and a necessary pop of leopard.

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I also went minimalist with accessories (who am I?!), topping off the look with the Karen Walkers that have been on repeat this fall, a single gold ring, and these killer ear crawlers from Theodosia. These black sapphire beauties gave the outfit a little something extra, and I opted for a topknot to really let them shine.

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Last but not least, a pinky-nude lip to balance out smokey eyes and a plum mani for the teeniest bit of color. Sometimes simple is the chicest.

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Top c/o Teal | Coat c/o Teal | Skinnies: Flying Monkey via Stylexchange | Heels: Shoemint | Clutch: Clare V | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto | Ear Crawlers c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Ring: Gorjana c/o Rocksbox | Lips: NYX Butter Gloss (Peaches & Cream) | Nails: Essie (Bahama Mama)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Lady in Luxe

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Jewel tones, quilted leather, (faux) fur, and lots of gold bling – sometimes you just gotta go a little luxe, am I right? In related news, now that it’s November and I’m one of *those* people, this fancy nancy look also gets me inexplicably excited for the holidays. 51 SLEEPS! I have an app, don’t judge me.

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If you were wondering, yes, it’s still one million degrees in Charleston. Living in this confused climate prompts fall-loving fashionistas to get creative when they want to break out the fur vest – enter the sleeveless mock neck dress. This emerald-colored frock (some might even call it Christmas tree green? no?!) was one of my favorite purchies from my month in NYC. It has all my favorite things – it’s flattering, affordable, and most of all, the pseudo turtleneck confuses my wardrobe/me into thinking it’s kind of sort of fall. By manipulating necklines, autumn hues, and luxurious textures, I was finally able to create a November-appropriate outfit that keeps shvitzing to a minimum. Gals in the south, can I get a hell yeah?

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Accessories, as always, were kept to a minimum. LOL just kidding, you guys know I majored in overaccessorizing (actually it was biology, which I am clearly putting to excellent use). Anyway, I topped off this outfit with a few chic pops of black with my mules, bag, and sunnies, which paved the way for lots of fun jewelry. I went with my new fave Betsy Pittard necklace, some fab earrings from Zara (one is an ear jacket and the other is a crawler!), a couple Bourbon & Boweties bangles, my latest Rocksbox love from Loren Hope, Charleston Rice Beads, and my everyday gold midi rings. As for the final touches, matte nude lips to keep some things simple and bordeaux nails to not. (No, Dad, that paragraph wasn’t written in another language; those are all real things.)

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Going a little luxe has never felt so cool. No pun intended.

Dress: Topshop | Vest: Forever 21 | Mules: Target (similar here) | Bag: Chanel | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Necklace: Betsy Pittard from Teal | Earrings: Zara (similar) | Beaded Bracelet: Candy Shop Vintage | Cuff Bracelet: Loren Hope via Rocksbox (use code chloexoxo for your first month free!) | Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties | Rings: Gorjana | Nails: Essie (In The Lobby) | Lips: NYX Butter Gloss (Peaches & Cream)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

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 ❤