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! ❤

Be Mine

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Call me cheesy, but I can’t get enough of Valentine’s Day. Any holiday, really, but this one is especially sweet. I always like to go all out (hi, last year’s post), and this year is no different. Now I just need a date – any takers?

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For my V-day look, I went classic with pink, grey, and pops of bright red. Since the turtleneck and blush coat were so soft and sweet, I added a little edge with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans. I topped off the outfit with oversized sunnies, a much-needed touch of leopard, and delicate gold jewels.

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It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day if I didn’t stop at local fave Mac & Murphy to pick up some love notes for my peeps. They have some of the most unique and adorable cards (and other fun goodies), and I’m always making up excuses to shop there. Check out my Instagram to see my favorite pick of the day!

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Sweater: Stylexchange | Coat: Cameo (similar here) | Jeans: One Teaspoon c/o Stylexchange | Clutch: Clare V | Heels: Just Fab (similar) | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Rings: Gorjana and H&M | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Indie Flick’) | Nails: Essie (‘Barefoot & Topless’)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

A special thanks to Mac & Murphy for letting us play in their adorable store!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Happy February, everyone! It’s officially the month of looooove, so it’s time to stop procrastinating and start thinking about what to get your person. So whether that’s your S.O., your bestie, or even a Galentine’s Day gift exchange (hey that sounds fun can I come?!), I’ve got you covered. Check out my picks below!

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  • ban.do Tumbler – Staying hydrated has never been so easy (or cute).
  • Hanky Panky Bralette – For those of you looking for a more “traditional” gift. How adorable is that bow?!
  • YSL Lipstick – The perfect pink for your Valentine’s date.
  • ban.do Tote Bag – Can’t go wrong with something covered in hearts!
  • Kate Spade Clutch – Lipstick: yes. Clutch: yes. Put them both together? All the heart eyes.
  • Diptique Candle – I don’t know about y’all, but me and bank account have gotten in major fights about these candles. Save me from the groveling and buy one for me?
  • Baublebar Studs – I have these and wear them all year long!
  • Chanel Nail Polish – Simple, pretty, classic. Insider tip: grab a couple more colors, a pretty piece of jewelry, and a bag of candy, then throw it all in the tumbler for a quick and easy gift she’ll love.
  • Sonix iPhone Case – Why have just one iPhone case when you can have five? This one is too much fun!
  • Dior Perfume – I usually write this off as a pretty boring present for other holidays, but I give perfume two thumbs up as a Valentine’s Day gift. It feels sort of romantic and old-fashioned. Or something.
  • Marysia Swim Bikini – Have a vacation with your sweetheart coming up? Win Valentine’s Day with this sweet suit.
  • Hunter Boots – If she doesn’t have Hunter Boots, she wants some. If she already has some, she wants another color. It’s like giving a mouse a cookie all over again, y’all.

If your beau keeps asking what you want, send him a link to this post for foolproof shopping that keeps the surprise factor alive. Thanks for reading! ❤

Photo: Catherine Ann Photography

Love is Sweet

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I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. Even when I didn’t have someone special to celebrate it with, I still just love the awful, adorable commercialism of it all. The decorations, the colors, the sweets – it’s all cute and I’m not sorry for liking it so much. This year, I decided to throw together a little last-minute shoot with all my favorite things about Valentine’s Day: balloons, confetti, macarons, flowers, candy hearts, and my most favorite thing of all – my sweet boy, Will. How I convinced him to jump in a few photos, I will never know, but let me just say he is the best sport (and human) of all time. I’m a lucky lady, y’all.

When I was thinking about who I wanted to shoot this, it didn’t take very long to decide on one of my favorite Charleston photographers, the fabulous and talented Katie Capo of Catherine Ann Photography. Thankfully, she is awesome and flexible and spontaneous and emailed back right away that she was in (#girlcrush). But really, she just has this incredible, creative eye, is super laid-back and fun to work with, and her pictures look like you’re in a DREAM. She is so so good, you guys – I’m very grateful to be able to work with her. Take a look at some of my favorite photos from the shoot below!

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I wanted my outfit to be fun, classic, and playful – so I went with a tied chambray shirt, a beautiful tulle skirt that the WORLD’S COOLEST BOSS let me borrow (true story), and yet another pair of Shoemint heels that I’m in love with. To accessorize, I chose a pearl cluster necklace, LOVE rings (like brass knuckles but nicer), and my favorite Lilli & Tori arrow ring. Lastly, like the sweethearts they are, Pink Dot hooked it up with some individual lashes and hot pink lips.

Although it looks like a warm, sunny afternoon, the day of the shoot was actually cloudy, freezing, and blustery. The balloons were slapping me in the face, my toes were numb, my hair was spinning around in a tornado…it was not a pretty sight. But this is just a testament to how amazing Katie is – the photos look like it was just another dreamy day in Charleston. How does she do it?!

Will stopped by the shoot for about fifteen minutes, with roses in hand (!), and jumped in a few photos with me. In fear of these looking and feeling like engagement shots, I told Katie I just wanted these to be lighthearted and fun – and she was totally pickin’ up what I was puttin’ down. We had so much fun (yes, even Will – shocking!) and I absolutely love the way Katie captured us.

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My look:
Chambray Shirt: J. Crew | Skirt: Out of Hand | Heels: Shoemint | Necklace: Loft | Love Rings: H&M | Arrow Ring: Lilli & Tori | Makeup: Pink Dot Beauty Bar

His look:
Gingham Shirt: Brooks Brothers | Jeans: Lucky Brand | Boots: Johnston & Murphy | Sweater: J. Crew

Macarons: Macaron Boutique

What do you think of my little impromptu shoot? Happy Valentine’s Day, loves!

Photo Credit: Catherine Ann Photography

What to Wear on Valentine’s (& Galentine’s!) Day

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Can you believe it’s almost Valentine’s Day? Ugh I know, #shitgirlssay, but seriously! This day of lurrrrve falls on a Saturday this year (!) so you can make all kinds of plans. However, the thing about plans is that they come with many outfit decisions. Bummer. Lucky for you, I adore the commercialism of Valentine’s Day a regretful amount and like to spend my time decorating my apartment with hearts and candy and curating festive yet subtle V-Day outfits. YOU’RE WELCOME. See what you think below!

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Who says you have to wear pink or red on Valentine’s Day? This year, opt for a pale lavender instead. Not only is lavender having a major moment right now, but it’s such a breath of fresh air from those obvious V-Day colors. I’m so in love with this precious scalloped shift dress – it’s feminine, flattering and oh-so perfect for a date with your boo thang. Slip on some delicate nude heels (currently having a love affair with Shoemint), accessorize with a pastel statement necklace and a little heart ring, then top off the look with kissable pink lips and bright red nails – hey, I didn’t say there would be no pink and red at all. Before you head out the door, spritz on your most romantic perfume (one of my faves is Chance) and you’re good to go.

Scalloped Dress: Tobi | Nude Heels: Shoemint | Necklace: Loft | Ring: Aurelie Bidermann | Lip Gloss: NYX (Tea Rose) | Nail Lacquer: Essie (Lollipop) | Perfume: Chanel (Chance)

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If you don’t celebrate Galentine’s Day, you need to make it a tradition starting now. According to Queen Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day takes place on February 13th every year and gives you the chance to celebrate the real loves of your life, your lady friends. Me and my galz typically drink margs and eat our body weight in Mexican food, but to each her own. ANYWAY, since there will be no boys there to judge your weird trendy outfit #storyofmylife, break out all the fun fads – graphic tees, distressed boyfriend jeans (the ones above are called “ex-boyfriend jeans” – teehee), a peplum leather jacket… The possibilities are endless. Accessorize with some festive two-tone pumps, colorful cluster studs, and pretty gold jewelry. (Sidenote: I just got that Gorjana bracelet in my Rocksbox and I CANNOT stop wearing it – more on that soon.) If you’re really feeling sassy, and I hope that you are, go bold with a neon pink lip. My coworker (hi Liz) always wears the most incredible lipsticks and introduced me to NYX matte lipstick in ‘Shocking Pink’ – and it has kind of changed my life. It’s the perfect bright Barbie pink and stays on for 234809258 hours. Bonus: if you’re looking a little hungover tired in the morning, swipe some on and you’ll immediately look awake and alive, even if you feel like death. Wait, why am I talking about death in my Valentine’s Day post?

Graphic Tee: Nylon | Boyfriend Jeans: AG Adriano Goldschmied | Peplum Jacket: H&M | Two-tone Pumps: Shoemint | Cluster Studs: Kate Spade | Bracelet: Gorjana | Rings: Gorjana | Lipstick: NYX (Shocking Pink)

Okay so now that your outfit is taken care of, it’s time to think about a valentine card to give your person. It can also double as a gift if it’s frame-worthy and you’re poor (aka me). Whether it’s for your best pal, your fam, or your dude, here are a few of my favorite *not your average* valentines:

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Thanks for reading, guys – you’re all my valentines ❤

What To Wear On Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and many of us (me) are procrastinating until the last second to make plans — and until said plans are made, outfits cannot be made. But whether you’re hitting the town with your man, staying in with your besties, or rebelling against the holiday altogether, I’ve got your outfit covered.

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The following 5 looks will fit whatever it is you’re doing on February 14th, so pop an adderall and get to reading. (Wait, does not everyone need adderall to read a few paragraphs?)

Dinner Date With Your Guy
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Pretty classic yet smokin’ hot, this outfit is ideal for a romantic dinner with your man. I love crossover tops because they can be easily dressed up or down — so this sultry red one is a no-brainer for Valentine’s Day. I paired it with dark skinny jeans, some killer heels, and a simple black crossbody bag. To accessorize, I picked pretty drop earrings, a gold heart ring, and light pink nail polish.

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In the beginning stages of a relationship when you’re actually still trying (jk boys — kinda), this outfit is ideal. I went with a sweet yet sexy white peplum top paired with a tailored blazer, dark skinnies, and these ridiculously adorable flats. As for accessories, I picked a rose gold watch, fun gem earrings, a nude envelope clutch, and coral nails.

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Whether you’re spending v-day with your closest girlfriends or you’re observing a little holiday called Galentine’s Day, this comfy-cozy outfit is great for hitting up your favorite Mexi restaurant for bottomless margaritas/staying in to binge watch Pretty Little Liars. This casual look consists of a black & white heart top, lululemon leggings (to make room for chips & queso obvi), gold glitter loafers, and a red circle scarf. To top it off, I went with adorable xo studs, a pink pout, and a messy topknot.

Club Hopping With Pals
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This look is sure to turn some heads when you’re out on the town. The red dress undoubtedly makes you stand out in the crowd and also provides great, subtle sideboob. I paired it with nude cuff heels, a colorful statement necklace, and a double arrow ring. To finish off the look, I chose black nails and nude lips. (Insert punching emoji here).

Anti V-Day GNO
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For those of you who hate Valentine’s Day, obviously go with all black. If you’re going out guns blazing, this outfit is ideal. A black chiffon top, leather pants, nude pumps (I love these Kristin Cavallari heels — check out the gold bottoms!), and a cobalt bag for some color. To accessorize, I picked some sassy stud earrings, a pretty necklace, a tortoiseshell watch, and dark, burgundy lips.

Which outfit will you be rocking on V-Day?

For your entertainment, here are some ideas for valentines for your loved ones:

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Where to find:
crossover top   |   skinny jeans   |   black pumps   |   crossbody bag   |   drop earrings   |   heart ring   |   nail lacquer

peplum top   |   skinny jeans   |   black blazer   |   d’orsay flats   |   rose gold watch   |   gem earrings   |   envelope clutch   |   nail lacquer

heart top   |   wunder under pant   |   glitter loafers   |   circle scarf   |   xo studs   |   pink lipstick

skater dress   |   cuff pumps   |   bib necklace   |   double ring   |   nude gloss   |   nail lacquer

chiffon top   |   leather pants   |   letizia pumps   |   cobalt crossbody   |   pyramid studs   |   statement necklace   |   tortoiseshell watch   |   burgundy lipstick

(image source: etsy, pinterest, someecards, tumblr)