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’)

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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After seeing commercials for it all month, Mother’s Day is finally coming up THIS Sunday. As always, I have not gotten around to scooping up my mama’s gift but it’s not about when you get it, it’s what you get. Right? Take a look at my last minute gift guide for mom, all under $100!

  • petit pehr Pompom Pillow ($45): This is technically for babies, but whatevs. How perfect will this look in mom’s favorite chair?
  • Annie Grotophorst Pet Painting (varies): My talented friend, Annie, makes incredible custom illustrations of pets/houses/anything you want, and they make such a thoughtful gift for any holiday! Last year, the BF and I both got our moms custom illustrations of their fur babies (my mom’s, Jemima, is pictured above).
  • Charleston Rice Bead Bracelets ($35): These are literally featured in every single gift guide I’ve ever had, but now that Candy Shop Vintage has come out with a rose quartz and mint color, I couldn’t help but feature them yet again.
  • TONYMOLY Sheet Mask ($3 each): Pamper your favorite gal with a sheet mask or two. I love these fun ones from TONYMOLY!
  • Old Navy Espadrille Sandals ($25): Because you can never go wrong with shoes. These also come in brown!
  • World Market Measuring Spoons ($7): Y’all, how cute are these tropical fruit measuring spoons?! If your mama is a Beyoncé fan, grab her these lemon ones instead. #lemonade
  • Threshold Marble Wall Clock ($15): As a blogger, I’m genetically programmed to be drawn to all things marble. Swing by Target for a chic and easy gift with this wall clock from Threshold!
  • Merona Straw Tote Bag ($35): A great dupe for the Marysol ones we all know and love. Comes in three other colors!
  • It’s All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow ($20): Love her or hate her, Gwyneth’s cookbook is probably the bomb. Bonus: you can be mom’s taste tester.

What are you getting for your #1 lady this Sunday? Happy Mother’s Day, friends!

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!

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”

Lady in Luxe

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Jewel tones, quilted leather, (faux) fur, and lots of gold bling – sometimes you just gotta go a little luxe, am I right? In related news, now that it’s November and I’m one of *those* people, this fancy nancy look also gets me inexplicably excited for the holidays. 51 SLEEPS! I have an app, don’t judge me.

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If you were wondering, yes, it’s still one million degrees in Charleston. Living in this confused climate prompts fall-loving fashionistas to get creative when they want to break out the fur vest – enter the sleeveless mock neck dress. This emerald-colored frock (some might even call it Christmas tree green? no?!) was one of my favorite purchies from my month in NYC. It has all my favorite things – it’s flattering, affordable, and most of all, the pseudo turtleneck confuses my wardrobe/me into thinking it’s kind of sort of fall. By manipulating necklines, autumn hues, and luxurious textures, I was finally able to create a November-appropriate outfit that keeps shvitzing to a minimum. Gals in the south, can I get a hell yeah?

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Accessories, as always, were kept to a minimum. LOL just kidding, you guys know I majored in overaccessorizing (actually it was biology, which I am clearly putting to excellent use). Anyway, I topped off this outfit with a few chic pops of black with my mules, bag, and sunnies, which paved the way for lots of fun jewelry. I went with my new fave Betsy Pittard necklace, some fab earrings from Zara (one is an ear jacket and the other is a crawler!), a couple Bourbon & Boweties bangles, my latest Rocksbox love from Loren Hope, Charleston Rice Beads, and my everyday gold midi rings. As for the final touches, matte nude lips to keep some things simple and bordeaux nails to not. (No, Dad, that paragraph wasn’t written in another language; those are all real things.)

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Going a little luxe has never felt so cool. No pun intended.

Dress: Topshop | Vest: Forever 21 | Mules: Target (similar here) | Bag: Chanel | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Necklace: Betsy Pittard from Teal | Earrings: Zara (similar) | Beaded Bracelet: Candy Shop Vintage | Cuff Bracelet: Loren Hope via Rocksbox (use code chloexoxo for your first month free!) | Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties | Rings: Gorjana | Nails: Essie (In The Lobby) | Lips: NYX Butter Gloss (Peaches & Cream)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Duster + Luster

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Oh, this plaid duster. This comfy little number has been on may-jah repeat this fall for a few reasons: a) it’s basically like wearing a potato sack, b) it’s ideal for these warm October days, and c) it can be easily dressed up or down. For this look, I leaned towards the latter, pairing it with sleek black accessories, a merlot-hued hat, and fab jewelry (hence the luster to my duster). Can we talk about the BEST part of this chic potato sack? It’s only $25.

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If you’re not into the whole mixing of higher end and lower end, I would just turn back now. This is a prime example of that; starring some cheapo brands like Target and Forever, and then some pricier pieces from Karen Walker, Daniel Wellington, and local fave Theodosia Jewelry. In my humble opinion, anyone with an AmEx and a copy of Vogue can dress like a top fashion blogger, but it’s the thoughtful combination of affordable and designer that impresses me. So when you’re drooling over the endless pics of Rockstuds and Celine bags on insta, just know that you, too, can achieve that look (as well as your neighbor, coworker, and homeless man down the street) with enough dolla dolla billz. However, when you can take a $3 thrift store find and pair it perfectly with $300 designer duds? That’s when you inspire me. *rant over*

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Whoa sorry guys, I think I just blacked out. Who wrote that paragraph up there?? Moving on – can we talk about accessories for a min? THESE JEWELS THO. I don’t think “obsessed” even begins to cover it. Theodosia Jewelry is one of my absolute favorites in Charleston. It’s so unique, colorful, and the just the right amount of edgy. Since I’m really into pairing cobalt and cranberry for fall, this tassel necklace was a no-brainer with my hat. Then, partially to tie it all together and also because I just can’t get enough Theodosia, I layered one more necklace on top. Last but certainly not least, I finished it off with tiny black diamond skull studs and a snake ring that made me feel like a sexy witch. (Halloween, I see you.)

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Smoldering eye makeup, nude lips, and dark nails ended this look with a bang. If I were going the other way with this duster and wanted to dress it down, I’d wear it unbuttoned with ripped skinnies, a tank or crop top, and round sunnies. Keep the hat and shoes but ditch a few accessories and glam makeup, and you’ve got yourself a chic but effortless shopping outfit.

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Raise your hand if you like to mix and match expensive and affordable like I do! If so, comment your favorite ways to do this below. Thanks for reading ❤

Duster: Target | Mules: Target (similar here) | Hat: Forever 21 | Clutch: Forever 21 (similar) | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Skull Studs c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Necklaces c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Snake Ring c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Lips: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color (Nude Embrace) | Nails: Essie (In The Lobby)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Too Cool for School

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Back to school shopping has brought me an absurd amount of joy ever since I can remember. Despite the fact that I’ve been out of school for a couple years now, “back to school” clothes have and will always be a thing. Just because we’ve graduated college (*tear*) doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about pencil pouches, new backpacks, and a fresh pair of sneakers. I mean if you think about it, we’re kind of getting the best deal here – we get to buy pretty planners and fun keychains, but we don’t have to do homework. Ever again. So in your face, kids.

To celebrate the beginning of another school year, the unofficial beginning of fall, and festive shopping, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite back to school gear that will have you dying to sharpen a pencil. Can’t you just hear the lunch bell ringing?

  • Leopard Print Baseball Cap: Cover up your bed head while still looking effortlessly chic. Does it get any better than that? Oh yeah, the fact that it’s only $11.
  • Frends Headphones: Be the cool kid on the bus with these babies. I think I include these in pretty much every shopping guide I’ve ever posted, but can you blame me?
  • Warby Parker Glasses: Nerdy chic has never looked so good with these spectacles. Don’t have a prescription? Your secret is safe with me (and Warby Parker).
  • Fur Keychain: Fashionistas everywhere are rocking fun keychains on handbags, backpacks – you name it. Hang this merlot-hued fur keychain from your favorite bag for a playful fall twist.
  • Distressed Cognac Backpack: From the tassel zipper to that perfectly distressed (faux) leather, this backpack is everything.
  • White Marble Backpack: Look like every blogger’s insta backgrounds with this white marble backpack! Yes, I’m just bitter that I don’t have marble countertops.
  • Black Quilted Backpack: Chic, classic, and a little edgy, this backpack could even be work-appropriate.
  • Rifle Paper Co. Agenda: Everyone’s favorite floral print, now on a planner. Need I say more?
  • I Am Very Busy Agenda: Pencil in your events and appointments in style, you busy bee. Also comes in pink & rose gold! *insert heart eyes emoji here*
  • Striped Travel Mug: Is anyone else a serious sucker for these ban.do mantras? This travel mug is perfect for back to school and will remind you that you’re awesome. Even if you didn’t really do your best.
  • Polka Dot Travel Mug: For those of you who want a travel mug that doesn’t talk to you. You know I can’t resist those polka dots, Kate Spade!
  • Essie Fall 2015 Mini Four-Pack: Essie’s newest seasonal collection makes my basic little heart happy. Try out the top colors above, or check out the full collection here.
  • New Balance 620 Sneakers: As someone whose feet cry after an hour in heels, I’m a big fan of the sneaker craze right now. Bonus points if they’re in festive fall colors like this pair!
  • Daniel Wellington Watch: What would back to school shopping be without a shiny new timepiece? If you’re ready to graduate from your Michael Kors, pick up one of these – I promise you won’t regret it.
  • Stay Focused Pencil Pouch: More words of encouragement from ban.do, and very fitting when you have crippling ADD.
  • Assorted Pen Set: Because you need cute pens and pencils to put in your cute pencil pouch, duh.
  • Metallic Hair Ties: Ponytails don’t have to be limited to workouts. Channel your 4th grade self (and shave off a few minutes of your morning routine) with a pretty pony.

So can we all just agree to never stop back to school shopping? Even though I’m kind of always back to school shopping? I’m not going to apologize, because buying cute pens will never not be fun. Happy first day of school/work/unofficial fall, y’all!

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)

#SBScon Day 2: Rompin’ Around

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Day 2 of #SBScon involved a few presentations from some impressive creatives, a good amount of note-taking, and lots of networking with fabulous brands. After that we were free to play, so I wanted my outfit to be a pretty versatile. I decided to go with this colorful romper (again from the rockstars at Lily Rain), and topped it off with a white blazer for a more professional look. Best part? It was SO comfy! Check out some details below.

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I accessorized with simple white heels (which are such a great dupe of these btw), my go-to Clare V. clutch, and these amazing reflective tortoiseshell keyhole sunnies (that are now majorly on sale!). For my jewelry, Moon & Lola hooked me up with these fabulous drop earrings, and I finished off the look with gold bangles and a few midi rings.

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What do you think of my day 2 outfit?

Romper c/o Lily Rain | Blazer: H&M | Heels: Target (hellooo, incredible dupe of these babies) | Clutch: Clare V. | Sunnies: Loft (now 50% off!) | Earrings c/o Moon & Lola | Bangles c/o Moon & Lola and Bourbon & Boweties | Rings: H&M | Lips: Maybelline (Nude Embrace) | Nails: Essie (Coral Reef)

What To Wear On Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving can be one of the toughest holidays to dress for. Depending on your plans, you want to look cute but at the same time be super comfy, and anything even remotely restricting is completely out of the question. My problem is usually going for total comfort (and an elastic waistband, OBVI) but not looking 100% homeless. So whether you’re going to your guy’s house for the first time, having friendsgiving with your pals, or just hanging at home, I’ve got your outfit covered.

Meeting Your Man’s Fam
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When you have to look presentable, but still want to be able to load up on the carbs, dresses are an obvious choice. I love this cowl-neck sweater dress — it’s so unbelievably cozy, lets your food baby breathe (while concealing it!), and looks totally put-together. I paired it with some Frye boots, a leopard print clutch, tortoiseshell studs, a classic watch, and some fally nails. Eat your heart out, future in-laws.

Sweater Dress | Cognac Boots | Leopard Clutch | Tortoiseshell Studs | Leather Watch | Nail Lacquer

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If you’re having Friendsgiving, go for a fun and trendy look. Again, to let your food baby grow and prosper, opt for a dress, like this fun printed shift. Pair with a fur vest and black over-the-knee boots to really amp up the trendiness, then add on some wishbone studs (get it?!), a fun bracelet, and some red lipstick for a pop of color.

Shift Dress | Fur Vest | Over-The-Knee Boots |  Wishbone Studs | Pave Link Bracelet | Red Lipstick

Home For The Holidays
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For those of us who stay home with our families for Thanksgiving, the common issue is usually “what do I wear that feels like PJs, but isn’t PJs?” Finding something that you can lounge around the house in while not looking like a hobo can be a grueling task. I picked out an oversized, off-the-shoulder sweater, some nice and stretchy Lululemon wunder unders, and my all time favorite footwear, LL Bean’s Wicked Good Moccasins. To top it off, throw on a plaid blanket scarf, cozy cable knit socks, a burgundy beanie, and fun little spoon & fork studs. And if you’re hungover from the biggest bar night of the year, you’ll need a bottomless cup of coffee.

Off-The-Shoulder Sweater | Wunder Unders | Blanket Scarf | Pom-Pom Beanie | Cable-Knit Socks | Wicked Good Moccasins | Spoon & Fork Studs | Ampersand Mug

What are your plans for Thanksgiving?