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

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’)

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

Pink Lady

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Recently I discovered that there is almost no pink in my wardrobe. That’s not to say it isn’t filled with lots of color and girlie pieces, but pink just happens to be absent. Because of this revelation, I decided to wear the hue head-to-toe during Charleston Fashion Week’s bridal show. What better time to wear blush pink tulle?

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Since this two piece set from Tres Carmen was already an outfit in itself, I opted for super simple accessories. Delicate gold jewelry and a neutral clutch and shoes finished off this sweet ensemble in one fell swoop. Last but not least, I topped things off with my go-to Karen Walker shades and a deep side part with soft curls to amp up the feminine vibes.

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After last year’s look, I didn’t think I could come up with a more bridal-worthy outfit but thanks to these matching separates, I was well on my way. Despite all the edginess of today’s trends (lookin’ at you, Met Ball) that I also love, I think I’ll be adding much more of this sweet shade into my closet this season.

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Separates: c/o Tres Carmen | Shoes: Steve Madden | Clutch: GiGi New York c/o Tres Carmen | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Bangles & Rings: c/o Moon & Lola

Photos by Current Visuals

Palm Party

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After I saw this skirt on the runway in Tres Carmen’s Charleston Fashion Week show, I immediately went and snatched one up for myself. With its unique blue palm print, bow detail, and incredible movement, this statement piece makes for the ultimate summer staple.

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I went for some major print mixing with this maxi, pairing it with a striped crop top and accessorizing with my favorite leopard clutch. Some may say it’s a whole lot going on, I say leopard is a neutral/so are stripes actually/LET ME LIVE. I did go subtle with my go-to delicate gold jewels and neutral nails. It’s all about balance, guys. Like girl scout cookies for breakfast, but then a salad for lunch.

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One of my favorite details on this piece is the giant bow detail on the back. It’s nice and wide so it cinches your waist in the most flattering way, and everybody (who used to work in bridal) knows that wider sashes always yield the best bows. Shoutout to my girl Jess who doubles as a photographer and professional bow maker!

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Last but not least, I finished off the look with my everyday shades and a bright coral lip. Call me a huge dork, but I’ve been known to refer to my color wheel when styling outfits, and I am such a fan of pops of orangey-reds against shades of blue and turquoise. If you don’t do this, you should try it!

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Bonus: this skirt is also prime for taking dope pics like these. ^

Crop Top: Olivaceous via Pema New York (similar here) | Maxi Skirt: c/o Tres Carmen | Shoes (which you can’t even see because #shortgirlproblems): Dolce Vita | Clutch: Clare V | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Bangles & Rings: c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Indie Flick’) | Nails: Essie (‘Sand Tropez’)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Plaid + Pleats

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Even though a major blizzard is about to rock the east coast, I live in sweet Charleston where the high today is 63 degrees and you can justify wearing a skirt in January (sorry everyone else). This feminine look from one of my favorite boutiques, Tres Carmen, brings a wintry twist to an otherwise warm-weather outfit.

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Although girlie pleated skirts are often best saved for spring, this blush-colored one has a subtle shimmer to it, making it the perfect winter staple. To keep it casual and add to the winter vibes, I paired this pretty midi with a plaid Rails shirt. The deep bordeaux and navy hues both edge up and offset the dainty warmth of the blush skirt, and the plaid makes the outfit feel a little more cozy.

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I accessorized with nude heels, a luxe navy antler box (hey antlers are wintry, right?), and oversized tortoiseshell Karen Walkers. As for my jewelry, I went with my go-to gold bangles and rings, then topped off the ensemble with the oh so sweet gold elephant necklace from Candy Shop Vintage.

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Lastly, I went back to the light hues with a whisper of blush on my lips and a metallic gold mani. Oh, and can’t forget the best accessory of all – this random angelic dog I befriended downtown. Thanks for the cameo, buddy!

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Unfortunately the temperature in Charleston is going to drop 20 degrees tomorrow, but until then, you can find me twirling around downtown in a skirt kissing pups along the way.

Shirt: Rails c/o Tres Carmen | Skirt: c/o Tres Carmen | Clutch: c/o Taxidermy | Necklace: c/o Candy Shop Vintage | Bracelets: c/o Moon & Lola | Rings: Gorjana and H&M | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Heels: Steve Madden (thanks Southern Meets Chic!) | Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in “Peaches & Cream” | Nails: Essie (“Penny Talk”) + OPI (“Infrared-y To Glow”)

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 ❤

City Girl

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To totally switch gears from my last post, here’s a little explosion of color and patterns to brighten up your Tuesday! One of my first days in the city, I went shopping (duh) and this midi skirt was the first thing I bought. I laid eyes on it from across the room at H&M, tried it on in the middle of the store over all my clothes, and the rest was history. I know dressing in all black is like a thing in the city, but I just couldn’t resist this colorful mismatched ensemble. Sue me, y’all.

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When it came to styling this skirt, I immediately knew I wanted a striped crop top to wear with it. You would think in NYC it would be really easy to find something so simple, but nope, not so much. It actually wasn’t until I stumbled upon a little boutique in Williamsburg that I found the perfect top. (Thanks Pema New York!) Seriously if you’re ever in the neighborhood (or even if you’re not), you gotta make a pit stop there. For the rest of my look, I went with simple white heels, a bright coral bag for one last pop of color, and my mirrored tortoise sunnies.

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As for accessories, I went glam with these fab iridescent Moon & Lola earrings, but kept the rest minimal with just a few gold rings and no bracelets (!!). To top it all off, I opted for bright red nails (Big Apple Red, of course) and coral lips. Sometimes you just gotta go matchy-matchy with your lips, nails, and bag – aka it was a total accident/coincidence, but it kinda works, right?

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I’ll leave y’all with a fake ~hailing a cab~ photo to celebrate the fact that I became a pro at it. It’s those small victories, ya know? Miss you already, NYC!

Crop Top: Olivaceous via Pema New York (similar here) | Midi Skirt: H&M (similar) | Heels: Target (incredible dupe of these babies) | Crossbody Bag: Target (similar) | Earrings c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: NYX (Indie Flick) | Nails: OPI Gel (Big Apple Red)

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

Cool Colorblocking

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Okay, is anyone else a serious slave to Loft?! It’s the weirdest thing, guys – every time I go in the store, my last paycheck disappears. On (one of) my last excursions to my local Loft, this dainty little dress was calling my name. I love the contrast of the dark gray with the pale lavender, the midi length, and the flowing material of the skirt. It’s just so feminine and chic, not to mention comfortable! Loft, you’ve done it again.

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Styling this frock was pretty much foolproof. Simple accessories, a little bit of gold, and a pop of leopard – and I was good to go. As you probably know by now, my Clare V. clutch goes with pretty much everything (or at least I make it go with everything), and this dress was no exception. I just love how all these colors and textures go together! To tie together the neutral tan hues in the clutch, I finished off the look with my go-to wedges. Last but not least, simple gold jewelry, a statement necklace with peach, gray and lavender hues, and simple black aviators. The sweet jewelry adds to the pretty vibe of the outfit, and the aviators kind of offset it a bit and add to the coolness.

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Finishing touches: a loose low bun, subtle nude lips, and soft pink nails. Perfect for a romantic date night out, drinks with girlfriends, or even from work to happy hour. OR a baby shower, which is where I actually wore this, lolz.

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Which stores have you wrapped around their little overpriced fingers? Comment below!

Dress: Loft (similar) | Wedges: Jessica Simpson | Clutch: Clare V. | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Necklace: Loft | Bracelet c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: Maybelline (Nude Embrace) | Nails: OPI (Pink-ing Of You)

Photos: Smith Photos + Ink