April Showers Bring May Flowers

Well, it only took us until the middle of May to get rid of the “April” showers and finally bring some spring! What better way to ring in the warmer weather than a trip to a tulip farm? I headed out to Burnside Farms (yep, same as the sunflower farm you saw here!) to pick some fresh blooms and have a little picnic with my pals. Okay, so maybe we just went to the hot dog stand – but we ate them at a picnic table so that’s the same, right?

For my frolic in the flower fields, I went with a white dress with some colorful floral embroidery (never one to stray away from situational dressing). Like many other bloggers/everyone on your insta feed, I too fell in love with the very similar Free People frock – but I wanted the embroidery color from the black dress put on the white dress! Leave it to one of my favorite boutiques, Tres Carmen, to carry an almost-identical dress with my dream color combo – and at half the price! To accessorize, I opted for these comfy espadrilles (a crazy-good dupe for the Marc Fisher ones), giant tassel earrings, round sunnies, and some delicate gold jewelry. And of course, a sweet little basket to carry my blossoms ❤

Hope you all are enjoying some beautiful spring weather!

Dress: Tres Carmen (similar here) | Shoes: Steve Madden | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Earrings: H&M | Rings: Baublebar | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola

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

Oh Christmas Tree

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Picking out a Christmas tree – is there anything better? This year we trekked out to Toogoodoo Tree Farm to do things the old-fashioned way, and it was too much fun. Get ready for some cheesiness below!

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Kind of similar to my Valentine’s Day shoot from earlier this year, I somehow convinced my sweetheart to hop in a few pics with me. Taking solo shots at a Christmas tree farm just feels wrong, and honestly Will is so cute I can’t resist forcing him into a shoot every so often. Sue me, y’all. Our truly insane (yet very photogenic) pup, Louie, even cooperated for a couple minutes, clearly taking his job very seriously. #modelbehavior

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Since we were, after all, at a farm, I kept things casual with my outfit. A fair isle sweater, comfy legging jeans, vintage bean boots, and a fur pom hat. Details on both of our looks are below!

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Thanks to my wonderful photographer + friend, Jess of Smith Photos + Ink, for coming along on our little field trip to capture this fun day. And a special shoutout to Toogoodoo Tree Farm for disputing the belief that tree farms don’t exist this far south! Happy holidays, everyone ❤

My look:
Sweater: Loft | Skinnies c/o DL1961 | Hat: Free People | Boots: LL Bean | Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Lips: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in “Standout” | Nails: OPI in “Center of the You-niverse”

His look:
Shirt: J. Crew (similar) | Jeans: J. Crew | Boots: John Varvatos | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Coat: LL Bean (similar)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Lazy Day Uniform

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I can’t even begin to express my gratitude towards the overalls fad. There’s nothing like being able to wear something loose and comfy while still being right on trend. This summer, overalls and shortalls have been my go-to for lazy day strolls and lounging. Although fall is right around the corner, I thought I’d share a couple more warm weather looks before summer is all soaked up. Besides, in Charleston it won’t feel like fall until like December, probably.
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Overalls and shortalls make outfit selection simple — all you need to think about is your top and your accessories. My usual lazy day uniform includes a comfy tee, tank, or in this case, crop top. I felt like the bustier style of the white eyelet crop top provided a good girlie contrast to the grungy vibe of the boyfriend shortalls. To finish off the outfit, I went with my bow crossbody bag, blue mirrored sunnies, tan & gold sandals, and gold jewelry. The casual yet chic feel of this look makes it perfect for a full day of summer activities — from farmer’s market mornings to drive-in movie nights.
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Overalls: H&M | Bustier: Charlotte Russe (similar here) | Crossbody Bag: Free People (similar here) | Sandals: Chinese Laundry (similar here) | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Rings: H&M & Forever 21 | Lips: Ulta (Coral Glow) Nails: OPI (Pink-ing of You)

What’s your go-to lazy summer uniform?

Easiest Trends Ever: Harem Pants

Harem PantsEver wish you could just wear your pajama pants out in public? Well now you can. The recent comeback of the harem pant presents us with one of the easiest, most comfortable styles, while still looking trendy and put-together. If you can get past the first few “you look like MC Hammer” jabs (they’re just jealous), you can pull off parachute pants with ease. Note: boys often do not and will not understand these pants; perhaps don’t wear them on a first (or second) date.

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My favorite thing about harem pants is how versatile they can be. You can throw them on in the morning to run around town, then seamlessly transition them into the night for dinner and drinks with your friends. I was just given a beautiful pair of harem pants from a friend who visited Spain, and the next day I literally did not take them off. For a daytime look, I wore them with a loose, cropped tee, simple sandals, and minimal jewelry. For a more appropriate nighttime outfit, I paired the pants with a fitted black tee, wedges, and gold jewelry. It’s that easy!

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If you’re ready to sport this simple, breezy look, but don’t know how, I’m here to help. If you’re going for a more polished look, tuck a fitted top or silky blouse into the pants and pair them with heels. If you’re going for trendy street chic, tuck the pants into combat boots, couple with a complementary pattern (bonus: print mixing!), or wear with a bustier, bralette, or black tank. If you’re simply going on a coffee run, you can pair harem pants with cropped tees, untucked tanks, off-the-shoulder sweaters — the possibilities are endless. I’ve assembled some sample outfits to fit whatever mood or occasion of your choice. Eat your heart out, Princess Jasmine.

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(image sources: windsor store, pinterest, free people)