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One of my favorite things about the holidays (and there are many) is holiday party attire. You just can’t get more fun and festive! This Marchesa Notte gown from Rent the Runway pretty much took my breath away when I saw it. From the luxe hue to the intricate illusion neckline, I cannot get enough. I’m not even a big hi-low hem fan, but with the fabric and the movement of this dress, I can’t even be mad at it.

Behind the scenes ~exclusive~ sidenote: I took these photos on the absolute coldest day so far in DC (the high was 29!). Can’t you tell by my slightly pained expressions? Haha! People were looking at me like I was nuts, and I’m pretty sure I had mild frostbite in my toes. But anything for the picture, right y’all?? #worthit

Dress: Rent the Runway | Shoes: Steve Madden | Earrings: J. Crew Factory | Rings: H&M and Madewell

I hope you all have the happiest of holidays! ❤

S’more Dandy

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Remember my fun Friendsgiving post from the other week? Today I’m back for more with the second lookbook shoot with Dandy Boutique. This campfire-inspired shoot, complete with s’mores, featured some more of Dandy’s cozy, trendy pieces that we all got to style ourselves. Just like the first lookbook shoot, Rutledge Social did all of the coordinating and styling, 428 Main provided the fabulous vintage rentals, and Catherine Ann Photography once again outdid herself with the most beautiful photos. Seriously y’all, I was the last one to shoot my outfit for the second look and we were kind of running out of cool backdrops, so Katie had me stand by a baby evergreen tree next to a 5 foot wide section of fence. Although it didn’t look very impressive in person, Katie’s UNEDITED photos ended up looking like I was at a freaking Christmas tree farm straight out of an LL Bean catalogue. She’s seriously talented, y’all.

For my outfit, I went with a casual meets urban look which I absolutely loved. I was obsessed with this geo print jacket (slash still am) and based my whole look around it. I paired it with a tres chic sweater, ankle zip skinnies, black flats with heart details (!), and oversized cat-eye sunnies. To top it off, I threw on a gold chain and went with purple lips to amp up the “city” vibe of the ensemble. Best part of it all? My mom told me I look like my Granny in these photos 🙂 Take a look below!

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Clothing c/o Dandy Boutique | Photography: Catherine Ann Photography | Vintage Rentals: 428 Main | Styling & Design: Rutledge Social | Makeup: Pink Dot Beauty Bar

What do you think of my look? To check out any of our pieces, head to the Dandy Boutique website now!

Check out the rest of the fabulous bloggers:
Brittany of Southern Meets Chic | Tara of Northern Lights – Southern Belles | Venita of Venita Aspen | Christine of A List Greek | Rebecca of Black Book Darling

What To Wear On Memorial Day {& Holiday Sales!}

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It’s Memorial Day weekend, y’all — the unofficial beginning of summer, a time to thank our troops, a well-deserved day off, an excuse to day drink…. Whatever Mem Day means to you, picking out your outfits for the holiday weekend can always be a struggle. It can be tough to find something patriotic (but not too patriotic, the goal here isn’t to look like Uncle Sam), yet still effortlessly chic. So whether you’re attending your family’s annual Memorial Day cookout, day drinking at a bar or backyard with your peeps, or attending a pool party, I’m here to help with a little styling inspo. Have your own outfit ideas but just want to know about the holiday weekend sales? Skip to the bottom.

Family BBQ
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This look is perfect for a cookout with your fam — a star-spangled chambray shirt, white skinnies, and demi wedge sandals. Top it off with some all-American shades (aviators are patriotic, right?), a coral collar necklace, a simple crossbody bag, and Essie’s ‘Lollipop.’ Now all you need is a hot dog, watermelon, potato salad, fried chicken, ice cold beer — wait, what were we talking about again?

Day Drinking with Pals
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Although a little more low-key, this look is still super cute for a day of drinking with your friends. From the front, this ruby red romper looks very caz (cas? cahz? caj?), but from the back, you have an adorable bow and cutout situation happening. It’s a true “business in the front, party in the back” scenario, but a lot less chic than a mullet. Pair this playsuit with cognac gladiator sandals, tortoiseshell cat-eye sunnies, gold starfish studs, some midi rings, a gold chevron clutch, and you’re good to go. Finish off the look with bright white nails — one of my summer faves.

Pool Party
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Last but not least, you might be attending a Mem Day pool party this weekend where you are probably expected to wear your bathing suit. If you’re anything like me, your bikini bod might not be exactly ready for its debut quite yet (as I polish off a sandwich bigger than my head). A great solution to this little issue is high-waisted cutoffs — they do a great job hiding your holiday burger belly while still looking chic. To finish off the look, I chose a red and white gingham bathing suit top (how cute are those little strawberries?!), white sandals, round retro sunglasses, and a red pout.

Which look is your favorite?

Where to find:
chambray shirt   white skinnies   demi wedge sandals   collar necklace   tan crossbody   gold aviators   nail polish

red playsuit   gladiator sandals   starfish studs   midi rings   chevron clutch  cat-eye sunnies   nail polish

swimsuit top   jean cutoffs   white sandals   round sunnies   chubby stick

Holiday Weekend Sales:

  • Aldo – extra 20% off select styles.
  • Alternative Apparel – 25% off most popular items with promo code FAVORITE.
  • American Apparel – 90% off with code SUPER15.
  • Asos – 20% off everything with promo code WEBEGRILLIN.
  • BCBG – additional 30% off final sale items.
  • Dolce Vita – extra 25% off select items with promo code MAY25.
  • Gap – 40% off regular price styles with promo code EVENT.
  • H&M – up to 70% off select items.
  • J. Crew – extra 30% off sale, 25% off packing picks with promo code PACKME.
  • J. Crew Factory – 50% off women’s and men’s styles, 40% off girls’ and boys’ styles
  • Kate Spade – up to 75% off.
  • La Mer – 25% off entire site with promo code SUMMER14.
  • Nasty Gal – additional 50% off markdowns
  • Nordstrom – up to 40% off.
  • Old Navy – up to 50% off entire store.
  • Saks – up to 55% off select items.
  • Shoemint – up to 60% off.
  • Splendid – 25% off select styles with promo code MEMORIALDAY.
  • Stylemint – up to 60% off.
  • Trina Turk – extra 20% off sale.
  • Urban Outfitters – 20% off all dresses, all men’s tanks and shorts.

Have a happy, fun, and safe holiday weekend!
xx Chloe

Last Minute Gift Ideas

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For those of us who have put off Christmas shopping until the last minute (me), you’ve come to the right place. Whether you need some stocking stuffers for your sig other or a white elephant gift for your BFF’s party, I’ve got you covered. f09e92256f13aacf06250f3dd3a02c98
Gift Ideas

  1. Minimergency Kit: This isn’t something most people buy for themselves, but it’s something every girl needs. Inside that tiny pouch, you’ll find a needle & thread, deodorant, lip balm, a tampon, and numerous other life savers.
  2. Gold, Glittery & Leopard: Your BFF/sister/coworker will absolutely love a gold monogram necklace, a cute Kate Spade iPhone case, a leopard clutch, and glittery flats. Guaranteed.
  3. Beauty/Hair Products: You can never go wrong with a gift pack of eos, Essie, and no-crease hair ties.
  4. Clothes & Stuff: This H&M star sweater will be your BFF’s new wardrobe staple, those adorable jammies will keep her cozy on Christmas morning, and the 5-pack of panties will last forever.

eos gift pack   |   monogram necklace   |   minimergency kit   |   iPhone case   |   star sweater   |   calf hair pouch   |   glitter flats   |   hair ties   |   essie holiday set   |   panties pack   |   flannel pjs

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Gift Ideas

  1. Entertainment: Video games such as Grand Theft Auto V & Call of Duty Ghosts, Breaking Bad seasons on DVD, boy movies like Die Hard, boy books like Game of Thrones, and tickets to see his fave band, comedian, or play will score you major points in the thoughtful gf/wife department.
  2. Grooming & Gadgets: Things your guy needs but doesn’t think to buy for himself are always a good bet. This includes a nice electric shaver, a swiss army knife (bonus: great for when you break a nail), and a classic cologne like Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio — cologne gets a bad rap for being a boring gift, but this stuff smells so good that it’s basically a gift for you too.
  3. Clothes & Stuff: Cozy socks/slippers, a nice tie, and a good pair of leather gloves are always a good idea; they’re timeless and will last for years to come.

video games   |   electric shaver   |   charcoal socks   |   breaking bad   |   die hard   |    slippers   |   plaid tie   |    swiss army knife   |   concert tickets   |   leather gloves   |   game of thrones books   |   giorgio armani cologne

What are you getting your favorite peeps for Christmas? Did you procrastinate shopping like I did?

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Steal of the Week: Cobalt Cords

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This SOTW, printed cobalt cords from Old Navy, are now marked down to only $20! Y’all know how much I love cobalt, so imagine my excitement when I found these skinnies on sale. Floral print has been huge this fall, and the fact that they’re corduroy make them easily transition into the cooler months. Get yourself a pair here.

To ensure the winter vibe, I chose a very cozy outfit (see below). First, I picked an oversized cable-knit sweater to pair with the pants. The neutral color of this sweater lets the pants do their thing while allowing for a little fun and creativity with accessories. To do this, I chose a snuggly plaid infinity scarf and cranberry flats. As for accessories, I opted for gold (what a surprise!) — some festive gold bows, a glittery gold watch, and a metallic gold clutch. Check out the look below!

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cable-knit sweater   |   infinity scarf   |   suede flats   |   bow earrings   |   glitter watch   |   metallic clutch

Would you wear this steal?

Steal of the Week: Tube Scarf

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This week’s steal, the tube scarf from H&M, is now marked down to a mere $6.45. Yep, you read that right. Originally priced at only $12.95, this soft angora blend infinity scarf comes in four fabulous fall colors. This incredible deal won’t last forever, so click here to buy a tube scarf of your own (or four).

If you don’t already have one, circle scarves are such a simple yet chic accessory — definitely a go-to when styling an outfit. Not to mention these four colors are ideal for fall fads — a plum hue, classic black, the perfect neutral, and trendy black + white. As if they couldn’t get any better, these unbelievably inexpensive scarves can be worn for either work or play.

The ensemble I put together, falling into the “play” category, just screams holiday party to me. Now that Halloween is over, I’m totally ready for Christmas (yes, I’m one of those people). I chose the plum scarf because you all know how obsessed I am with this autumn hue, and I adore a good pop of color. To start the outfit out, I picked the festive frock below — don’t you love the way this gold brocade sweater dress looks with the rich tone of the scarf? Me too. To add to the luxurious feel, as well as provide some extra warmth in the winter months, I added a faux fur vest to top it off. As for accessories, I chose simple black ankle boots, sparkly gold drop earrings, a gold bow ring, and an emerald crossbody bag. Does that bag look familiar? That’s because it was my SOTW a few weeks ago! Lastly, just slip into a pair of black tights and you’re ready to go.

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sweater dress   |   fur vest   |   ankle boots   |   opaline earrings   |   bow ring   |   emerald crossbody

Would you rock this look at your next holiday party?