Friday Randoms

Life has been flying by lately, it seems. This week I am thankful for that....I needed the weekend so badly after having a pretty rough week all around. Everything seemed to be testing my patience (and my sanity....)! Although only my plans this weekend include babysitting for a sweet family, I also get to see Brian which will make my weekend that much better!

So anyway, although this week has been a little ridiculous and overwhelming I have loved it in relation to the weather...for the most part! The cooler temperatures decided to stay around and I got to break out some fall clothes + boots! #ILOVEFALL

I also scooped up this dress from Target. They are really on point with a) leopard print items b) fall clothing this season! I've gotten quite a few fall staples from there that I can't wait to bring out!

I have started to notice some leaves changing on trees. This may not be a big deal to some of y'all, but going to school along the Blue Ridge Parkway this was something I looked forward to every fall for four years. I can't wait to visit the mountains and see the beautiful colors of the leaves. Just another reason I love fall!
Taken last year in Boone on the BRP.

I have started (seriously) looking at apartments and condos. I think I have decided to live by myself for the time being. After having roommates for four years in college- I need some "me" time! And, I'll be honest I have high expectations of roommates ha! SO naturally I have been pinning a LOT of interior decor on my pinterest boards lately. Can it all just appear in my pretend apartment, like now??

Have a great weekend y'all!


Introducing: Bright Mondays

A while back I was contacted by the owner of BrightMondays, a super cute etsy shop to do a review! I was thrilled to receive such a cute piece of jewelry from her! Everything from the color to the design was my style!

It fits in perfectly with all of my other baubles ;-)

In yesterday's post you can see how I styled it to add a pop of color!

I also have paired it with a denim top before for a more casual look!

How would you style this necklace?
Check out their etsy shop for this necklace in more colors & their twitter for some discounts!


Stella & Dot Online Trunk Show!

As I'm sure you all know by now I am a lover of jewelry. Classic pieces. Statement pieces. Trendy pieces. I love it all! I can always find a way to wear a new piece of jewelry, easily! (Which can be a bad thing for my bank account I might add). 

So, when Ashleigh graciously contacted me about hosting a Stella & Dot Online Trunk Show I replied back "YES!!!" in about five seconds! I am a huge fan of everything Stella & Dot offers and the price point makes me feel a little less guilty of all my purchases ;-) 

Stella & Dot does a great job mixing classics with trendy and still making the items affordable! How can you not love a company like that?! 

Today through September 30th you can click this link HERE and shop Ashleigh's S&D shop.... for yourself, for a friend, or for those holiday gifts we will all be needing to shop for soon!

Featured below are some of my absolute favorite S&D items!


Monday Mantra + More

I've started to realize lately that even the little things in life are important. Don't take them for granted... enjoy them! 

Have a happy Monday!

Also, beginning tomorrow through September 29th I will be hosting an online Stella & Dot trunk show! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the link to some great deals! 


The Perfect Bag

I have been on the search for the perfect bag since about.....well, forever. I have high standards and ideas about what I want out of a bag and everything has come up short. Sure, I have bags that I love- but none of them seem "perfect" to me! Well it seems I can stop searching because I have found a bag that I really like. In fact, it might be "the one."

Let me introduce you.... 

So what makes this bag my new number one pick?

a) the color
b) the boxy satchel style of the bag
c) the tassle
d) top handles...a must
e) a strap for carrying
f) the semi-organization on the inside

Need I say more?


Pretty in Plaid

If there is one thing I get really excited about as we near fall (....besides Pumpkin Spice Lattes) it is pulling out all my plaid! I love the simplicity and versatility of plaid. I know on any given day I can pull out on of my (many) plaid tops or bottoms and make it work into an outfit! Now that mixing prints is "in" and acceptable I can't wait to play around with plaid a little more.
pretty in plaid

The first outfit is a plaid skirt from J.Crew paired with one of their chambray shirts and loafers. I think this look could be worn in a business casual atmosphere. The middle outfit is what I consider to be a "throw on and go" outfit. Pairing it with the plaid Sloane Ranger Tote brings the colors together a little more. This would be a great rainy day outfit. The last outfit is my favorite! I have this shirt in a few different plaids and have to force myself to not wear it all the time. It is an easy go-to top that can be worn so many different ways for running errands or going out to dinner!

How do you wear your plaid?


Look for Less: Shoes

All it takes is one look in my closet to see that I am 100% shoe obsessed. It's a little ridiculous honestly. While I like shoes, I also like to be realistic. I am so hard on my shoes. Sometimes I find it is better for me (and my wallet) to not splurge on a pair of shoes, but to buy a similar pair at a smaller price point! Lucky for me and all you other shoe-loving fashionistas there have been a lot of great shoes at a lot of different price points lately! Here are some that I've had my eye on....


Monday Mantra

Sometimes it is so easy to lose track of the most simple things in life. The things that are really important. Don't forget them. Take life one step at a time....and enjoy it!

Have the happiest of Mondays!


Monday Mantra

Happy Monday!

Be in charge of your own happiness! 


Denim + Dots

I love denim.
I love polka dots.
Combined? even better!

That was basically my thought process as I perused the racks of Old Navy this past weekend and found the greatest denim + polka dotted top! I bought it not knowing what I would pair it with but I loved it with a neutral color palate. I wore it with my J.Crew Minnie pants and my Sam Edelman flats! It made the shirt "pop" a little more!

I ventured across our front yard to the golf course for this shoot, where some golfers spotted me....awkward encounter for sure! 


Fall Essentials pt 2

In yesterday's post I told you my fall shoe essentials and today I'm going to share you with my clothing essentials for fall! In the fall I am all about layering because chances are it will either be warmer inside than outside or vice versa, so I try to always be prepared either way!

fall essentials 2
Utility Jackets: I have always been on the lookout for a good fall jacket, something not too light but not too heavy either. Let me tell you...they are hard to come by. It's either one extreme or the other. Luckily, the J.Crew angels were looking out for me when they came out with the downtown field jacket! It is the perfect fall jacket. I love the masculine, yet feminine feel of it! I have seen these type of jackets all over this season and I definitely don't hate it!

Striped shirt: Stripes are classic no matter how they are done. They are versatile and simple, my two favorite things. Stripes are typically my go-to if I can't find anything else to put with an outfit....and it always seems to work (think: stripes + colored denim). I suggest buying a few classic striped shirts such as navy, tan, and black!

Quilted vest: While living in the mountains for college these were a dime a dozen, and maybe that's why I'm partial to them! I have worn my quilted vest with everything from a long sleeve t-shirt, leggings and uggs to an oxford, jeans, and flats. No matter what the outfit it always makes it look a little more put together and is a great layering piece.

Camel colored sweater: I'm not quite sure why I have this obsession with the camel color, but I do! I recently bought one and I can't stop going over the many outfit possibilities it has (I'm thinking layered over my denim shirt, minnie pants and a statement necklace). It is such a classic color that you can't go wrong with adding this to your wardrobe.

Denim/Chambray shirt: I'll admit it...this was a trend I was dead set on never trying. ever. Until I tried it! As much as I loved my denim this summer I can't wait for round two this fall. I am in the market for a thicker denim shirt...any suggestions? 

Black Denim: I wear a lot of a) neutral colored tops b) bright colored tops in the fall and having black denim would really offset what's on top! I own a pair of bootcut black denim but am really searching for a good pair of skinnies to wear with my flats this fall! I know I would definitely get a lot of use out of them! 


Fall Essentials pt. 1

For every season there are essential items that I believe every girl should have in their closet. These are items that are classics, can be mixed and matched, are versatile, and most importantly, will be around for years to come! Over the next week I'll be sharing by favorite fall essentials with y'all. Starting off the series today will be shoes. 

fall shoe essentials

Although I love summer and love wearing sandals, there is nothing quite like shoes in the fall. Seriously, the possibilities are endless from flats to boots and everything in between! I'm getting excited just talking about them!

Tortoiseshell Flats: I have seen these popping up all over the place. I think Talbots was where I saw them first, but I scored a pair at Old Navy during their family and friends sale! I can't wait to style these! The pointed toe and patent is such a fun spin on a classic!

Loafers: How can you go wrong, seriously? Loafers are classic. Plain and simple. I always look to pinterest style boards to find new ways to wear these! Jeans and an oxford? check! Skirt, tights and a sweater? check! These Michael Kors are my most recent go-to loafer!

Leopard Print Flats: Need to add a statement piece to an outfit? Look no further! The leopard flats are perfect for spicing up almost any outfit! I recently paired mine with my denim shirt and pixie pants and it was the perfect touch to my outfit! 

Riding Boots: This is a "no-brainer". Every girl needs a good pair of riding boots! Pair riding boots with a dress, leggings, tights, or jeans to make any outfit fall worthy! I spotted these not too long ago and I now have my eye on them!

Booties: These are absolutely perfect for fall. I'm picturing these with skinny jeans and an oversized sweater. Comfy and cute? That's my kind of outfit. Now, if only I could pull them off the way Pretty in Pink Megan does! *sigh*

Desert Boots: Another classic. Clarks has some of my favorite styles, but they seemed to be a bit chunky on my feet, so instead I opted for these Madden Girl boots! I can't wait to wear these with my favorite jeans and casual tops! 

What are your fall shoe essentials?
Will you be wearing any of the new trends this season?


Monday Mantra

Truer words have never been spoken.

Wishing you all a happy Labor Day!

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