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

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

Fringe with Benefits

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Will I ever be tired of fringe? Probably not. That’s why I’m a little bit obsessed with this nude and white dress with a whole lot of fringe along the bottom (perfect for twirling). See how I styled it below!

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This fringed frock is from local boutique Tres Carmen, so of course I had to wear it for their show at Charleston Fashion Week. Taxidermy also showcased their killer bags on the same night, which made my clutch decision an easy one. I opted for this rose gold antler box, which complemented the neutrals of my dress and also made me feel like Beyoncé.

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To accessorize, I went with cat-eye sunnies from Quay Australia and tons of gold jewels. I noticed that my dress had a subtle jungle-inspired pattern (it looks like there’s even a zebra’s face across the bottom part!), so my accessories kind of reflected that. The leaf earrings, tortoise detail on my sunglasses, and python clutch all went along with the wild vibe wonderfully!

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Happy Friday, friends!

Dress: c/o Tres Carmen | Shoes: Steve Madden | Clutch: Taxidermy c/o Tres Carmen | Sunnies: Quay Australia c/o Stylexchange | Earrings: c/o Moon & Lola | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Spike Bracelet: Stella & Dot | Rings: c/o Moon & Lola | Blowout: c/o GorgeousGlo Charleston

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

Onesie Wednesday

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Is this my bike? Of course not. I saw it sitting there majestically, in its mint green glory, and saw an opportunity. If that isn’t a #bloggerproblem, I don’t know what is. This playful romper just needed a cute bike to go with it, and yes, I planned on telling all of this to its owner if I was caught.
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My mom is a huge Ross shopper/bargain hunter in general (which she obvi passed on to me) and I often tag along on her excursions. We made a trip there a few weeks ago when I was hungover a little under the weather, and I was so not feelin it. I complained like a four year old as I followed her through the aisles, until we came across this little number. I tried it on over my clothes because I just can’t with dressing rooms, and that was that. The brand name is “Dizzire” (classic) and it was like $10. Werd.

I wore it on a day that my nails happened to match perfectly (a rare occurrence with neon orange), so I decided to play up the matchy-matchy vibe with an aqua bangle and black sandals and sunnies. Usually I don’t like to go too matchy, but this was easy and just felt like it worked.
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Romper: Dizzire from Ross | Sandals: Steve Madden | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: Claire’s | Cuff: CUSP by Neiman Marcus | Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties | Rings: Stylexchange & Forever 21 | Nails: Essie (Serial Shopper)

Rainbow Fish

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So let’s talk about this dress. A few weeks ago I was casually stalking blonde beauty Courtney Kerr, when I stumbled upon an Instagram photo that sent me into an investigative frenzy. Although I don’t usually buy items I see on the social media accounts of celebrities, I needed the dress Courtney was wearing and I needed it now. Anyway, after Detective TK&PD did a little digging, the maxi was tracked down at an adorable boutique in Texas. I swear if there was such a thing as a PI for clothing & accessories, I would be a millionaire. Turns out, they had ONE left, it was a size small, and the rest is history.

When it came to styling this magical maxi, I kept accessories simple since the dress itself has so much going on. My go-to gold jewelry, a black studded bag, and strappy black wedges. For a little pop of color to go along with the dress, I went with a bright coral/peach from Essie’s neon collection called ‘Serial Shopper’ — how appropriate!
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Maxi: C. Luce from Jul’s Boutique (currently sold out) | Wedges: Piperlime (similar here) | Cuff: CUSP by Neiman Marcus | Stone Bracelet: J. Crew (similar here) | Chain Bracelet: J. Crew Factory | Rings: Forever 21 | Bag: Alexander Wang from eBay | Nails: Essie (Serial Shopper)

I had been dying to wear my dress for weeks, but I knew this outfit couldn’t be wasted on just any occasion. Finally, I received an invitation to an EventHaus event at the SC Aquarium, and I knew it was time. It was dressy, but not too dressy, the colors would stand out wonderfully inside the venue, and *hopefully* no one else would wear the same thing — unless Courtney Kerr decided to show up. It ended up being the perfect piece to wear that night, and has inspired me to find numerous other gems on Instagram.
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{ My best impression of Rainbow Fish. }

Click here to browse all the amazing pieces at Jul’s Boutique!
Plan your next event or wedding at the SC Aquarium here!
Learn more about EventHaus here!

Photos by Jordan Zarwel

Steal of the Week: Woven Tribal Print Sandals

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Target is one of my absolute favorite places to find affordable yet adorable clothes and accessories, so I wasn’t too surprised to find these little gems in the shoe section. These sandals come in three colors, but I’m absolutely obsessed with the woven tribal print ones. They’re perfect for summer (I know I know, the first day of spring was like a week ago) and are super versatile. For only $19.99, these stunners can be yours! Click here to scoop up a pair now.

Although these snazzy sandals can be worn day or night, on errands or to bars, they give me a distinct festival vibe. You probably have your outfits picked out for Ultra this weekend (and let’s be real, this outfit isn’t Ultra material), but this look just screams Coachella or Bonnaroo. Since the shoes have so many colors happening, I chose a simple & breezy black maxi. To accessorize, I went with a fun fringe bag, tortoiseshell sunnies, a gold pyramid stud bracelet, and a cross ring. For a good pop of color, I picked some bright drop earrings and turquoise nails. Check out my fab festival outfit below!

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maxi dress   |   fringe bag   |   tortoiseshell sunnies   |   drop earrings   |   stud bracelet   |   faith ring   |   nail lacquer

What do you think of this SOTW?

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

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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

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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)

Easiest Trends Ever: Overalls

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Overalls have been making a huge comeback for a couple years now — if you haven’t gotten on board yet, now’s your chance. Some of you may find it difficult to reinstate this 80s & 90s trend back into your wardrobe, but I’m here to help. Not only is this vintage fad insanely comfortable, it’s also practical and stylish — two outfit components we’re usually forced to choose between. Similar to the jumpsuit trend, overalls can be one of the fastest & easiest ensembles to throw together.

Although overalls are a relatively simple item, they can be a little tricky to execute correctly. One wrong turn and they can instantly transform you into a farmer, clown, or 5 year-old. It’s also imperative to find the right fit to ensure that they’re as flattering as possible. To achieve this, avoid pairing your overalls with flannel shirts, busy prints like polka dots, spaghetti strap tanks (just avoid those altogether please). Instead, opt for simple striped tops, chic blouses, and basic tees. Lastly, make sure to stay away from other statement pieces like trendy hats and tons of jewelry — this would be way too much, not to mention totally take away from your overalls.

Another issue with this trend is tracking down a cute pair. I’m usually a huge fan of thrift stores, but chances are, you won’t be able to find a pair at Goodwill that won’t swallow you up. Check out these more stylish, modern options — they’re even organized to fit your price point!

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For a little outfit inspiration, check out the look I put together below. I centered this outfit around these J Brand “splurge” overalls, only because I’m partial to the darker wash. I paired them with a lightweight striped sweater, green anorak jacket if it’s a chillier day, and some brown wedges. Wearing heels — especially if your overalls have more of a boyfriend-fit — will help with the flattering factor. If your pair has a skinny fit or you have overall shorts, pretty much any shoe works. To accessorize, go for a simple satchel, minimal jewelry, and maybe some sunglasses with a vintage vibe to complement your overalls. I chose a faux leather crossbody bag, Michael Kors chain link watch, and Ray Ban Clubmaster glasses. Last but not least, I topped off this look with a red-orange nail lacquer for a fun, seasonally-appropriate pop of color.

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Would you rock this look?

Where to find:  steal   save   splurge   striped sweater   utility jacket   brown wedges   crossbody bag   chain watch   retro sunglasses   nail polish

(image source: alixrose.com, pinterest)

Steal of the Week: Spiked Quad Necklace

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This steal of the week, the spiked quad strand from BaubleBar, is the perfect statement piece to jazz up any outfit. It has a great mix & match vibe of edgy spikes and colorful gemstones for a chic yet fierce look. This necklace is now on sale for only $20, so you better snatch it up quick. To buy this trendy trinket now, click here!

If you haven’t checked out BaubleBar yet, you’re seriously missing out. As someone who is majorly jewelry-obsessed, this site provides me with hours of endless online shopping entertainment. Whether you’re looking for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, or rings, this ultimate jewelry source has what you’re looking for. As if BaubleBar could get any better, it’s also totally affordable — especially their killer sale section.

For a little style inspiration, I threw together an ensemble centered around this steal. Because this necklace doesn’t really belong in the office, this look is designed for a night on the town. First and foremost, I selected a black & white striped dress because I love the way neon pops against this color combo. For those chilly fall nights (the walk between bars can feel so long!) I chose a crisp white blazer with metal details on the shoulders and cuffs. This jacket exudes a put-together feel while the metal details add to the edginess. As for the shoes, I chose black suede peep-toe pumps — they’re not too much but also not even remotely boring. To top it off, basic silver jewelry to keep the focus on the statement necklace, a cobalt crossbody bag for a complementary pop of color, and simple nude nails.

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Where to find: Striped dress   White blazer   Peep-toe pumps   Cobalt crossbody   Silver watch   Sparkle studs   Nude lacquer

How would you wear this steal of the week?