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’)

October in Gingham

Fall layering, oh how I’ve missed you. Whoever says they like dressing for summer more than fall is seriously disturbed (#ellewoodsforever). When I got this tiered top over the summer, I was obviously excited to wear it on its own with jean cutoffs or white skinnies, but I also could not wait to style it for autumn.

To bring my gingham well into the cooler months, I paired it with my all-time favorite slouchy sweater of the season, some dark denim flares, and open toed booties. Since October has been so fickle in DC, an outfit like this is ideal for chilly mornings and sunny afternoons.

As for my accessories, I went with a pop of merlot (unfortunately not the wine) with my go-to fall hat, some oversized sunnies, my basket bag, and simple jewelry. Fall, can you please stay forever?

Gingham Top: Madewell | Sweater: Free People | Flares: Loft | Shoes: Amazon | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Bag: Ellen & James | Hat: Forever 21 | Lips: Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip (‘Echo Park’) | Nails: OPI Gel (‘What’s the Hatter With You?’)

Duster + Luster

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Oh, this plaid duster. This comfy little number has been on may-jah repeat this fall for a few reasons: a) it’s basically like wearing a potato sack, b) it’s ideal for these warm October days, and c) it can be easily dressed up or down. For this look, I leaned towards the latter, pairing it with sleek black accessories, a merlot-hued hat, and fab jewelry (hence the luster to my duster). Can we talk about the BEST part of this chic potato sack? It’s only $25.

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If you’re not into the whole mixing of higher end and lower end, I would just turn back now. This is a prime example of that; starring some cheapo brands like Target and Forever, and then some pricier pieces from Karen Walker, Daniel Wellington, and local fave Theodosia Jewelry. In my humble opinion, anyone with an AmEx and a copy of Vogue can dress like a top fashion blogger, but it’s the thoughtful combination of affordable and designer that impresses me. So when you’re drooling over the endless pics of Rockstuds and Celine bags on insta, just know that you, too, can achieve that look (as well as your neighbor, coworker, and homeless man down the street) with enough dolla dolla billz. However, when you can take a $3 thrift store find and pair it perfectly with $300 designer duds? That’s when you inspire me. *rant over*

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Whoa sorry guys, I think I just blacked out. Who wrote that paragraph up there?? Moving on – can we talk about accessories for a min? THESE JEWELS THO. I don’t think “obsessed” even begins to cover it. Theodosia Jewelry is one of my absolute favorites in Charleston. It’s so unique, colorful, and the just the right amount of edgy. Since I’m really into pairing cobalt and cranberry for fall, this tassel necklace was a no-brainer with my hat. Then, partially to tie it all together and also because I just can’t get enough Theodosia, I layered one more necklace on top. Last but certainly not least, I finished it off with tiny black diamond skull studs and a snake ring that made me feel like a sexy witch. (Halloween, I see you.)

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Smoldering eye makeup, nude lips, and dark nails ended this look with a bang. If I were going the other way with this duster and wanted to dress it down, I’d wear it unbuttoned with ripped skinnies, a tank or crop top, and round sunnies. Keep the hat and shoes but ditch a few accessories and glam makeup, and you’ve got yourself a chic but effortless shopping outfit.

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Raise your hand if you like to mix and match expensive and affordable like I do! If so, comment your favorite ways to do this below. Thanks for reading ❤

Duster: Target | Mules: Target (similar here) | Hat: Forever 21 | Clutch: Forever 21 (similar) | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Skull Studs c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Necklaces c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Snake Ring c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Lips: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color (Nude Embrace) | Nails: Essie (In The Lobby)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

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

Welcome to the Jungle

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You know those pieces hanging in your closet that just put you in a better mood? This little dress from Dandy Boutique is one of them. Not only does it totally scream summer, but I also can’t decide whether it reminds me more of Zazu from The Lion King or a box of Froot Loops – and frankly, all of those things put me in a better mood, so I’m kind of not surprised at the happiness factor of this frock.

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I got this dress a couple months ago but it took me a while to decide on the perfect time to wear it (#bloggerproblems). However, when the Candy Shop Vintage store opening popped up in my planner, I knew it was time. As its name might suggest, Candy Shop Vintage is known for being colorful, fun, and oh-so sweet, so I needed an outfit to match. Enter: Toucan Sam Shift Dress. Because the print of this dress is so wild, I opted for a simple black envelope clutch and black lace-up heels to balance it out. As for eyewear, my wayfarers seemed like the ideal choice since the black sleeves of this shift give me a sporty, almost wetsuit-esque vibe. Is that just me? K cool.

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For the rest of my accessories, my Charleston Rice Beads were a no-brainer. Not only did I want to rep Candy Shop Vintage at their showroom opening, but this necklace goes with absolutely everything – and this outfit was no exception. To top it off, I chose some fun gold midi rings and these little white triangle earrings. I’m usually not a dangly earrings kind of gal, but these were perfect for this look (and were on sale for less than $10)!

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If you haven’t visited the Candy Shop Vintage retail showroom yet, it’s now open for business! The space, the decor, the location, and of course, the products could not be any sweeter (see what I did there?), and I wouldn’t expect anything less. Take a look at a couple snapshots I took from the event below, then cruise down to Cannon to get a peek for yourself! And be a doll and pick me up some mini honey cupcakes from Sugar while you’re down there?

Dress: Dandy Boutique | Heels: Shoemint | Clutch: Forever 21 (similar) | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: J. Crew Factory | Necklace: Charleston Rice Beads from Candy Shop Vintage | Rings: H&M | Lips: Maybelline (Pink Pop) | Nails: OPI (Pinking of You)

Photo Credit: Luxe & Staple

{ too pretty to eat! LOL just kidding I ate three. }

{ with my sweet sister, jordan of luxe & staple, enjoying the beautiful storefront! }

California Dreaming

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I know, I know. This isn’t in California. I understand geography (sometimes) and understand that South Carolina is on the opposite end of the country, but I did say “dreaming” so lay off, man! Although I’m an east coast girl, this laid-back look just screams SoCal to me. When I saw this shirt at Teal, I knew I had to have it. I’m already a sucker for plaid but this top has a fun palm tree print on the back, bringing a whole new meaning to “business in the front, party in the back.” Now are you getting the Cali vibes?

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Y’all know how much I love print mixing, so having it on the same piece made my heart explode. Because this top already has a little bit going on, I paired it with some distressed boyfriend jeans. I got these babies on super-sale at Loft (if you’ve never tried Loft jeans, do so immediately) and the price made me feel okay taking scissors to them. They already came a little distressed, but I destroyed the knees and cut off the bottoms to better fit the world’s shortest legs. Gotta love the raw hem trend, amirite short ladies? Ain’t nobody got time to go to the tailor.

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As usual, I probably had a little too much fun with accessories. I recently found these fab mirrored sunnies at Forever 21 for only FIVE BUCKS (!!!) and they seemed like a no-brainer for this breezy, beachy look. Also on repeat, my dainty gold initial necklace courtesy of Maya Brenner Designs. Ever since this pretty little piece arrived in my mailbox, I haven’t taken it off! It’s perfect for layering with my other necklaces and I absolutely love that the tiny C is off-center. Obsessed! As for the rest of my jewelry, I went with my shark tooth studs (because duh), my go-to arrow ring, stacks on stacks on stacks of bracelets, and this gold Gorjana cuff bracelet from Rocksbox that I refuse to give back. Speaking of which, if you’re thinking about trying the Netflix of jewelry, feel free to use my promo code “chloexoxo” for your first month free!

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Since quite a few aspects of my outfit had a lot going on, I balanced things out with a white quilted crossbody bag and simple white chucks. I went back and forth between my chucks and gold metallic slides, but finally chose the former to keep up the cool vibe and polish things off with crisp white pieces. What do y’all think?

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Top: Teal | Distressed Jeans: Loft | Sneakers: Converse | Crossbody Bag: Uptown Cheapskate (similar here) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) | Earrings: Lisa Kerns | Necklace c/o Maya Brenner Designs | Cuff Bracelet: Gorjana from Rocksbox | Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties | Bracelets: J. Crew Factory | Ring: Lilli & Tori | Lips: NYX Butter Gloss (Peaches & Cream) | Nails: Essie (Coral Reef)

Blush + Scarlet

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This winter I’ve had a few pieces, brands, and trends on major repeat. The first has to be my blush-colored coat, first debuted in my Charleston Culinary Tour post, which I basically haven’t taken off during these chilly months. Second, I’ve been on a serious J. Crew kick these days – they’ve just been killin’ it and I’ll be the first to admit it. Like I’ve said before, I usually try to mix classic, preppier staples with more eclectic pieces, but recently I’ve noticed that I’ve donned some looks that are almost head-to-toe J. Crew. Hey, as long as they don’t look too “soccer mom,” I’m cool with it. Lastly would be layering – can’t stop won’t stop layering, y’all. My chambray shirt has been integral in my layered looks and I’ve probably worn it in half my outfits this winter. Gotta do what you gotta do to stay warm/trendy.

I decided to pull out this look for the Scarlet Wedding Tour (more on that in a sec), where some of the best and the brightest wedding professionals, bloggers, and Charleston rockstars would be in attendance. In other words, I couldn’t really go in my “can you not” tee and boyfriend jeans (aka my daily uniform). Instead, I opted for a leopard dress layered overtop of my trusty chambray shirt, my powdery pink coat, and black lace-up heels to totally offset any previously mentioned soccer mom vibe. As for accessories, I chose a simple black envelope clutch, a pretty statement necklace, gold bracelets, and my favorite rings. To really play up the luxe feel of the outfit, I went with a rose gold mani and shiny nude lips. What do you think?

A couple weeks ago, one of my favorite event planning businesses, Scarlet Plan & Design, hosted the Scarlet Wedding Tour. On this tour, engaged couples were escorted through The Holy City aboard limos and trolleys to visit The Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Boone Hall Plantation, The Historic Rice Mill, and Upstairs at Midtown. Each venue was fully set up by Charleston’s finest wedding industry mavens to give couples an idea for how it would look and feel for their own wedding days. For a full recap of the tour, go to the Scarlet Plan & Design blog! Check out some highlights from the after party below.

Dress: J. Crew | Chambray Shirt: J. Crew | Coat: Forever 21 | Shoes: Shoemint | Clutch: Forever 21 | Necklace: J. Crew | Bracelets: J. Crew Factory | Arrow Ring c/o Lilli & Tori | Nails: Essie (Penny Talk)

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Falling for Autumn Florals {+ a Lilli & Tori Coupon Code!}

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If you think floral print is just for spring and summer, think again. Autumn florals are already everywhere, and it’s not even September yet. This fall fad makes it so easy to transition your go-to floral pieces, granted they aren’t too summery. Look for florals in darker hues, like the one I found at Forever 21 for mere pennies — okay it was like $10, but that’s basically the same thing. I’ve been so into skater skirts this summer, so I’m excited about the fact that I can wear this one well into fall.
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Since it’s still very much summer, especially down here in the Amazon rainforest Charleston, I decided to style this as more of a late summer/early fall look. I paired the skirt with a comfy black Piko crop top (yes they make these now, and yes I’m obsessed), black ankle-strap heels, and a knit sweater tied around my waist. I get really cold really easily, so even in this humid hellhole (I heart my city) I need to be prepared to walk into cold buildings or like, the grocery store. Why is it always so cold in there? Anyways, to accessorize, I went with a gold chain-link watch, a studded cuff bracelet, my everyday rings, and little wishbone studs. To make the outfit a little more warm-weather appropriate, I topped it off with some white accessories, like this quilted crossbody bag and Bianca Milov necklace from Lilli & Tori that I currently can’t stop wearing. Last but certainly not least, I topped my look off with a topknot. ❤
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Are you as into this necklace as I am? It’s your lucky day — it’s currently on sale and comes in several different colors. Ya know what? Go ahead and take an extra 25% off anything on the Lilli & Tori site with code TKPD25. I’m feeling frisky.
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Piko Crop Top: Rolling Rack Boutique | Skater Skirt: Forever 21 | Pumps: Target | Sweater: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Crossbody Bag: Uptown Cheapskate (similar here) | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Necklace c/o Lilli & Tori | Earrings: Dogeared | Watch: Forever 21 | Studded Bracelet: Asos (similar here) | Rings: H&M | Nails: Sally Hansen (Sizzlin’ Saffron)

What do you think about fall florals?

Steal of the Week: Old Navy Floppy Hat

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I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again — Old Navy is absolutely killing it right now. Everything is, like, always on sale, and they’re really good about keeping up with the latest fads. The floppy hat trend really soared last fall and winter, and I’m so glad it’s back for round two this year. Colors like brown and black are great because they go with pretty much anything, but this wine-colored one from Old Navy is kind of major. Since the floppy hat trend is just that — a trend — I’m not really down to spend more than $30 max on one. The fact that this hat is a mere $19.94 not only makes it the perfect SOTW, but also won’t cause buyer’s remorse when it inevitably goes out of style. Better yet, online at Old Navy right now, take 30% off regular price items and an additional 15% off sale items!* Click here to grab a hat of your own now.
*UPDATE: In stores and online at Old Navy, everything is up to 50% off through Labor Day Weekend!

When styling a look for this hat, I incorporated a couple of my other favorite fall trends: distressed jeans, exposed zippers, black + white, fringe, booties, and pattern mixing. To start the outfit off, I chose a colorblocked black & white top, boyfriend jeans, and zip-up booties. For a chillier day, I also think throwing on a camo utility jacket would add a cool vibe. To accessorize, I went with a colorful statement necklace to pop against the black & white top, a gold chain-link watch (MK knockoff for only $25 — just got one myself!), and a leopard clutch for a little pattern mixing with the camo. To top it all off, I love orange lips for fall (and the bright color will look divine with the darker hue of the hat), and there’s nothing chicer than a sleek black mani.
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Floppy Hat: Old Navy | Fringe Top: H&M | Boyfriend Jeans: Forever 21 | Booties: Sole Society | Jacket: Old Navy | Leopard Clutch: Madewell | Necklace: BaubleBar | Watch: Forever 21 | Lip Color: Clinique | Nail Lacquer: Essie

Would you wear this SOTW?

Color of the Moment: Navy

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One color that I just can’t get enough of this summer is navy blue. Whether you’re going for a sweet & nautical look with a navy striped sweater or a dark & sultry look with a navy jumpsuit, this hue is hitting it out of the park this season. Navy goes with absolutely everything, it’s flattering on everyone, and it’s a great alternative to black for the warmer months. I kind of consider navy as black’s friendlier sister.

Another great thing about navy is that it’s the perfect color to transition from summer to fall. I know, I know, we aren’t ready to talk about fall yet — but around this point in the summer I try to stop buying such summery clothes and focus on getting more transitional pieces. Yes that neon floral skater skirt is adorable now, but am I going to be wearing it past Labor Day? Probs not.

I’m not trying to say navy is the new black (nothing ever will be), I’m just saying it’s close. Check out some of my favorite navy picks below!
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Where to find:

  1. Tribal print clutch
  2. Drop earrings
  3. Watch
  4. Gel eyeliner
  5. Playsuit
  6. Nail lacquer
  7. Sneakers
  8. Crop top
  9. Leather bag

What colors have you been craving recently?

(image source: womenfashionistas.blogspot.com, withlovefromkat.com, carolina-prep.tumblr.com, sheinside.com, pinterest)