Happy Thanksgiving! (+ Black Friday Sale Roundup)

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Considering how much I wear my utility jacket, how did I go this long in life without a utility vest?! I picked up this super soft Tencel vest at Gap right before my Asheville trip and I have been wearing it over sweaters, long sleeve tees, and dresses all autumn long. To see how I styled it, scroll on. If you just came for the Black Friday sale roundup, scroll to the bottom!

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My favorite things to pair with this utility vest are: a navy gingham button down, an oatmeal colored cableknit sweater, and THIS SHIRT. If you follow a bunch of bloggers, or are a blogger, this isn’t the first time you’ve seen this guy. I saw it on one of my fave bloggers in a million different outfits before finally like-to-knowing the shiz out of it and seeing that it was only $19. I now wear it with a million different outfits too, and this one was no exception.

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I finished off the outfit with distressed denim, neutral booties, and a black tassel crossbody. As for accessories, I went with minimal jewelry, my black Daniel Wellington, classic aviators, and a little faux fur poof for a fun touch.

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Vest: Gap | Shirt: Nordstrom | Jeans: Teal | Booties: Aldo (similar) | Crossbody: Gap (similar here) | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Rings: H&M and Madewell | Nails: OPI Gel (‘Malaga Wine’)

Hope y’all have a happy and delicious Thanksgiving!

Black Friday Sales

  • AG Jeans: 30% off sale with code AGTHIRTY.
  • Aldo: 50% off already-reduced styles; early risers can take advantage of a 20% off full-price special.
  • Alternative Apparel: 40% off with code THANKS40.
  • Banana Republic: 50% off one regular-priced item with code BRFIFTY; 40% off the rest of your purchase with code BRFORTY.
  • Current/Elliot: 25% off your purchase with the code THANKS.
  • Draper James: 20% off sale items.
  • Gap: 50% off everything with code TGIF50.
  • H&M: Special Black Friday collection, from $4.99.
  • Herschel Supply: $10 off orders of $80+, $30 off orders of $120+, and $50 orders of over $160.
  • J. Crew: For the first time EVER (!), J. Crew is offering 40% off your purchase, in stores and online. File this under “about damn time.”
  • J. Crew Factory: 50-60% off everything, online only.
  • Joe’s: 25% off everything with code Thanks25.
  • Joie: 25% off your purchase now through Cyber Monday with code THANKS.
  • LOFT: 40% off everything with code THANKS.
  • Madewell: 25% off your entire purchase with code THATSALE, in stores and online.
  • Moda Operandi: 30% off sale with code EXTRA30.
  • Nasty Gal: 30% off everything black for Black Friday (cool thanks?). The bankruptcy is starting to make more sense…
  • Nordstrom: Up to 50% off men’s, women’s and children’s.
  • Old Navy: 50% off everything-ish. No code required.
  • Solid & Striped: 30% off with code BLACKFRIDAY.
  • Soludos: 25% off all styles with code BLACK25.
  • Topshop: Up to 50% off.
  • Urban Outfitters: Buy one get one 50% off (all apparel!).

Which sales will you be shopping this weekend? I’m more of a Cyber Monday kind of gal myself (hiii shopping from bed), so stay tuned for more deals coming your way soon! XO

Falling for Asheville

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This shirtdress was a last minute purchase I made right before my Asheville trip, and it has ended up being a closet staple. It is SO soft and cozy! This look was perfect for a day of galleries, breweries, and exploring – check out all the details below.

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Although this dress comes with a sash, I took it off for the casual and breezy vibe I was going for here. I topped off the outfit with a neutral bag and booties, simple jewelry, and a grey hat. When I wear this dress to work, however, I opt for a cinched waist and some fancy jewels to look a little more polished.

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For a fun twist, I tied my favorite fall bandana onto my bag. As you can tell by my lips and nails, I can’t help throwing in a little pop of bordeaux whenever possible. #basic

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be trying to squeeze as many wears as possible out of this dress before the cold weather really sets in. What pieces are you living in this season?

Shirtdress: Gap | Booties: Aldo (similar) | Hat: Target | Bag: Target | Bandana: Madewell | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Rings: H&M | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Eden’) | Nails: OPI Gel (‘Malaga Wine’)

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!

Black is the New Black

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…At least that’s what my shirt says, anyway. Y’all know I’m partial to rocking some color, but sometimes you just gotta go back to the basics – black, white, and shades of gray. This faux fur coat from SheIn features all three, making it my new favorite winter weather piece that goes with just about everything.

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This jacket has an athletic, almost bomber-style shape to it, so I went with a more sporty vibe with this outfit. I opted for a black tee, gray distressed jeans, and these seriously killer Taxidermy high tops. You didn’t think I’d leave an outfit untouched by at least a little pop of color, did you? Simple aviators and a topknot *topped* (see what I did there) off the rest of this sporty-chic look.

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I accessorized with a classic crossbody, sparkly black studs to add a little femininity to the outfit (can’t help myself), and a white marble inspired ring, because #bloggerslovemarble. Last but not least, I finished off the look with matte nude lips thanks to the Kylie Lip Kit. Yep, I tried it – and no, I don’t hate it.

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Before the warm weather takes over Charleston very soon, I’ll be wearing this coat with everything I own. Oh, and did I mention it’s only $37? *insert praise hands here*

Faux Fur Coat c/o SheIn | Tee: Old Navy (sold out) | Skinnies c/o Teal | Crossbody: Gap | Sneakers c/o Taxidermy | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Earrings: J. Crew (similar) | Rings: H&M | Lips: Kylie Lip Kit (‘Candy K’) | Nails: Essie (‘Barefoot & Topless’)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

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”

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 ❤

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

Elephants + Blogger Brunches

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A few weeks ago (okay maybe it was longer than that but I’m a slowpoke), I attended the cutest little blogger brunch at local fave Old Village Post House. It was organized by blogger babes Sunflowers & Lace and Seven & Stitch, and we had so much fun sipping on mimosas and munching on (devouring) french toast. A few local boutiques were sweet enough to contribute to our fun, and Flowershop at Mixson even gave us little flower crowns to wear during brunch. Take a look at some highlights below, as well as my #bloggerswhobrunch outfit!

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Can you expect anything else from a table full of bloggers?! Gotta do it for the ‘gram! When it came to my brunch outfit, as you can see, the trend of the morning was colorful + patterned! I fit right in with my elephant print dress from Dandy Boutique and hot pink tassel necklace. I topped off the look with a neutral clutch and wedges, minimal jewelry, and a jean jacket. Last but not least, hot pink lips (aka my secret for looking awake in the morning).

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If you recognize this area, that’s because it’s in The Notebook. Remember this part? Basically, my blog has just become a behind-the-scenes tour of The Notebook set (i.e. this and this). Now all I need is Ryan…

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A huge thank you to Old Village Post House, Candlefish, Finicky Filly, Vestique, Pink Dot Beauty Bar, Luna, and Flowershop at Mixson for making our blogger brunch possible!

Dress: Dandy Boutique | Wedges: Jessica Simpson | Jean Jacket: Gap (now on sale!) | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Clutch: Jessica Simpson | Necklace: H&M (similar) | Cuff Bracelet: CUSP by Neiman Marcus | Rings: Stylexchange | Lips: Clinique Chubby Stick (Plushest Punch) | Nails: Essie (Blanc)

Brunch Photos: Katie Fiedler
Outfit Photos: Smith Photos + Ink

Born in the USA

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We all know I’m a serious sucker for a matching set, so when I stumbled across this eyelet top + shorts, it was all over. I actually bought this set back in the spring, but I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to style it, so it just hung in my closet. Finally I was ~inspired~ by the 4th of July and it all just flowed. Don’t ya just love when that happens?

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I think when it came to styling this, my problem was trying to avoid looking too cutesy. I mean it is white, eyelet, scalloped, and has tiny buttons down the front for crying out loud. If I read that description to you, you’d probably think I was talking about an infant’s baptism dress. See my problem? I recently bought this jean jacket on sale(!) at Gap, and ever since then I’ve been wearing it nonstop. This outfit was no exception. I love how it looks slung over the shoulders to make this outfit a *little* more modest, but it also looks too cool 4 skool when tied around the waist. To add to the edgy, I went with lots of black accessories: a black envelope clutch, lace-up heels, round sunglasses, and my Daniel Wellington watch.

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As always, I went a little overboard with my jewels. I’m talking major stack of bangles, fingers full of rings, and even a couple flash tattoos. Then, since I already had the white and blue, I added a pop of red with a precious pair of heart ear jackets and crimson lips.

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Happy 4th of July, y’all! Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s post for a little Independence Day outfit inspo, as well as the master list of holiday weekend sales ❤

Matching Set: Stylexchange | Jean Jacket: Gap (now on sale!) | Heels: Shoemint | Envelope Clutch: Forever 21 | Sunglasses: ASOS | Ear Jackets: Forever 21 (similar) | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Bangles: Moon & Lola | Arrow Ring c/o Lilli & Tori | Chain Connector Ring: Stylexchange | Midi Rings: H&M | Lips: Revlon (Unapologetic) | Nails: Essie (Blanc + Saltwater Happy) | Temporary Tats: Flash Tattoos

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Fashion 101: Transitioning to Fall

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We’re almost halfway through October (wait, really?) and fall weather is officially here. If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you know how much I love this season and the fashion that comes with it. We’re all familiar with the obvious autumn staples: chunky sweaters, leather boots, infinity scarves — the list goes on and on. But have you ever considered pulling a few of your summer favorites out of hibernation and incorporating them into your fall looks?

Modifying spring and summer pieces into autumn-appropriate ensembles is one of the easiest and most fun ways to freshen up your wardrobe — not to mention create tons of new outfits. For this little fashion 101 lesson, I chose three spring/summer essentials and made simple modifications to effortlessly transition them into the cooler months. The three staples I chose were: the maxi dress/skirt, a gingham button down (or any warm weather blouse, really), and the summer sundress.

To create these ensembles, focus primarily on your new favorite fall fashion vocabulary word: layering. By adding a cable knit sweater, a scarf, a denim jacket, a blazer, a fur vest, leather boots — the list goes on — you can easily transition your summer staple into a cozy fall look. Check out my ideas below!

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With your summer maxi dresses and skirts, the first thing you want to do is throw on a chunky sweater or substantial long sleeve shirt. You can either leave it at this, or add a scarf for optimal coziness — I’d opt for one in a warm autumn hue if you need a pop of color, or perhaps a leopard scarf if you want to get into print mixing. Then top off the look with some ankle boots or oxford flats and you’re good to go!
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striped maxi   |   cable knit sweater   |   utility boots   |   crossbody bag

Gingham Shirt
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Take your go-to spring & summer shirt, whether it’s gingham, plaid, chambray or floral, and get to layering. You could go for a breezy look and leave your blouse unbuttoned with a tee underneath, or opt for a more put together outfit and layer a shirt or sweater on top of your blouse and let the collar peek out. My favorite look, however, is to slip on your cuddly fur vest to instantly autumn it up (I guess I just turned my favorite season into a verb — someone stop me). To finish off this look, grab a knit infinity scarf, dark jeans and boots, and you have an instant chilly day outfit.
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gingham shirt   |   fur vest   |   jean leggings   |   harness boots   |   tube scarf   |   mustard clutch

Summer Sundress
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One of the trickier pieces to transition to fall is your favorite summer sundress. It’s only tricky because a lot of people can’t fathom wearing their floral tank dress in October — but worry no more, because this year floral has transitioned into one of the biggest fall prints. To easily execute this outfit, opt for a cardigan or blazer to start out. If it’s extra chilly, you can layer a denim jacket on top of your cardigan and wrap on a scarf. As for the bottom half, slip into some tights and ankle boots or oxfords, or even layer on some fall socks (pictured above). As for me, I love how the ensemble looks with over the knee boots and black thigh high socks peeking over (not pictured). y-4
floral dress   |   mustard cardigan   |   denim jacket   |   over the knee boot   |   gem necklace

Would you try out these looks? If you do try a tip from this fashion 101 lesson, email me pictures at topknotspolkadots@gmail.com and you could be featured on my blog!

(image source: tovogueorbust.com, stylishyear.com, visionarydreamss.blogspot.com, listal.com, lolobu.com, pinterest)