Yours Truly

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Y’all. It has been a wild 2017 so far. Can you tell by my little leave of absence there?! Oops! Part of the reason is because work (my *real* job) has been nuts and is currently sending me all over the place – and the rest is because of some very exciting news that I can’t wait to share shortly. I don’t want to give away too much yet, but some really fun things are coming to the blog soon, so please bear with me and my scarce posts for a bit!

Now onto sweeter things – like this Valentine’s Day look. When I discovered last year that I had absolutely no pink in my closet, I made a vow right then and there to change that. This bright pink turtleneck brought me from zero to Barbie in .5 seconds, and I can’t say I hate it. Sometimes I like to go subtle with my holiday outfits, but not this time. Although I went classic with dark jeans and neutral booties, I topped off this festive Valentine’s getup with a pop of leopard (duh), big sunnies, and a pair of statement earrings.

Turtleneck: Asos | Jeans: J Brand | Booties: Aldo (similar) | Clutch: Clare V | Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Earrings: J. Crew | Ring: BaubleBar

Happy Valentine’s Day, sweethearts! ❤

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

Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time again! If you need help finishing your Christmas shopping (or starting if you’re irresponsible/me), I’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find gift guides for both her and him, featuring a little bit of everything to cover all the folks on your nice list. You know I’m always down for some cheapies, but I made the price point all across the board here since you’ll probably be spending more on your boo than your office secret santa. Take a peek at my picks!

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  • J. Crew Pom-Pom Beanie – Keep your BFF cozy and chic in a faux fur pom hat. This neon pink one is sold out (but like belonged in my gift guide, sorrz), however there are similar/cheaper ones here and here.
  • Charleston Rice Bead Earrings – A Candy Shop Vintage creation made the list again, and I’m not mad about it. I didn’t want to include the studs last year since that’s what I was getting my sisters, but they are my absolute favorite!
  • Hanky Panky Thong – You won’t go wrong with one of these guys. The ladies in your life can never have enough, and if they’re anything like me, they rarely feel like shelling out $20+ to purchase a pair for themselves.
  • Cravings by Chrissy Teigen – *ALERT* this would be pre-order only (since it won’t be released until February), but you could wrap up the gift receiver’s favorite “craving” instead. Look how clever you are!
  • The Burlap Bag Candle – With scents like “Baked Bread,” “Cuddles,” and “La-La Land,” these creative candles are great if you need a silly stocking stuffer. They are also made with soy wax so you won’t be gifting toxic chemicals! Hooray!
  • GiGi New York Mini Zip Card Case – I don’t know about y’all, but I always think it’s a classy move when I ask for a business card and someone whips out a fancy little holder like this. This is also something that most people don’t think to buy themselves, making it the perfect present!
  • Nasty Gal Girl Boss Desk Plate – For the hustler in your life. Perhaps not ideal for cubicles at large companies, but to each her own.
  • Lip Kit by Kylie – Sooo tbh this gift guide was supposed to go live on Monday, meaning you would have known about the restock and could have actually bought this, but you could always buy it on eBay or wrap up an IOU. Friends don’t let friends buy their own Kardashian products!
  • Chiara Ferragni iPhone Case – Gold, glitter, and a wink? What’s not to love?
  • Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette – I was shopping with my blogger babe Brittany of Southern Meets Chic the other day, and she always keeps me in the know about must-have products like this one. (Blake Shelton sold separately.)

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For more ideas, check out last year’s (still relevant) gift guides here!

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

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 ❤

Bon Voyage!

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Time for some exciting news, y’all. Next week, I’m leaving for New York City – for the entire MONTH of August! I’m so so excited and I would love to hear any suggestions of things to do, eat, and see while I’m there.

I decided to post this special announcement with my go-to airport outfit that has been on repeat this summer. I know it’s a little more fitting for a flight to the beach than NYC – but I live at the beach so you guys can just deal with it, k? Take a look at this chic yet comfy look below!

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When it comes to traveling, I’m all about a nice stretchy pair of distressed jeans. These Old Navy ones were super affordable, so I’m not worried about messing them up during my travels. Next, I usually go with a loose, flowy top. This blue and white striped one from Loft is perfect! It’s light enough to wear when it’s 10000 degrees when I’m leaving Charleston, but also keeps me warm on the chilly plane ride.

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Next on the list: easy sandals, a good hat (now I don’t have to worry about it getting smushed in my suitcase!), and a sturdy tote. I’m a huge fan of Madewell’s transport tote – it can hold so much and it’s durable AF but super soft. As for accessories – just some fun sunnies, minimal jewels, and my watch so I don’t miss my flight! Last but not least, my secret weapon to combat those early flight induced dark circles – bright pink lipstick. And a little coffee doesn’t hurt, either.

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See you in a few weeks, Charleston!

Top: Loft (50% off with code HEATWAVE) | Skinnies: Old Navy (similar and only $19!) | Sandals: Tory Burch | Panama Hat: J. Crew | Tote: Madewell | Sunnies: ASOS | Watch: Michael Kors | Bangles: Moon & Lola | Rings: H&M | Lips: NYX (Shocking Pink) | Nails: OPI (Pink-ing Of You)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Into The Limelight

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There’s nothing I love more than a good striped dress. Actually, just stripes in general. Although I’m not usually the bodycon dress kind of gal, the asymmetrical hemline and slit situation on this dress from Stylexchange had me at hello.

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When it came to styling this dress, I went with some simple heels and my go-to statement necklace, which made this a very me, very cute outfit. But that’s no fun, now is it? To edge it up and step outside my comfort zone a bit, I went with my 5 dolla mirrored T-bar sunnies and a highlighter-hued clutch from Styledwell. Much better. I topped off the look with (unintentionally) matching coral lips + nails and my gold Gorjana cuff from Rocksbox. Don’t forget, y’all can still get your first month of Rocksbox FREE with my promo code, chloexoxo.

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If picking up strangers’ dogs off the sidewalk and making out with them is wrong, I literally never want to be right. That is all.

Dress c/o Stylexchange | Shoes: Shoemint (similar) | Clutch c/o Styledwell | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) | Necklace: J. Crew | Bracelet: Gorjana from Rocksbox | Nails: Essie (Coral Reef) | Lips: Ulta (Coral Glow) | Puppy: Stolen

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! }

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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Layering Love

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This winter I’ve been on a huge layering kick – it could be because I’m cold-blooded and need all the help I can get, or maybe because it simply brings any outfit to the next level. My look above would have been okay with just the striped top + sweater, or the chambray shirt + sweater, or the striped top + chambray shirt – but all three together? Magic.

Usually I try to mix up the pieces in my outfit in terms of designers, price points, and general vibe (think Tory + Target, $250 shoes with a $25 dress, grunge boyfriend jeans + pretty peplum top). However, these items, all three from J. Crew, were just asking to be layered. Sometimes things are just meant to be, guys. I’ve been wearing my chambray shirt under absolutely everything recently, so this time with my striped necklace tee (which I purchased immediately after seeing on The Mindy Project #noregrets) was no different. As a result of my core belief that leopard will always make every outfit better combined with a stroke of pure genius, the leopard cardigan happened, making this layered look one for the storybooks. Too much??

Because the top half of this outfit has SO MUCH GOING ON, I kept the rest simple with some black skinnies and minimal gold jewelry. Then, because the J. Crew explosion had me feeling a little bit like a soccer mom on her way to a PTA meeting, I added a sporty feel with white chucks and wayfarers. Do y’all love this look as much as I do? Probs not.

Take home messages: layer anything and everything, print mixing is a bonus (as always), say yes to leopard, Chloe is very humble and modest about her layering skills, watch The Mindy Project, etc.

Chambray Shirt: J. Crew | Top: J. Crew Factory | Leopard Cardigan: J. Crew Factory | Black Skinnies: Old Navy | Sneakers: Converse | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Watch: Forever 21 | Bracelets: J. Crew | Ring c/o Lilli & Tori | Nails: Essie (Lilacism)

Stay tuned for a lesson in layering, coming soon to TK&PD! Thanks for reading ❤