Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BLUE CHECKERED SHIFT DRESS: The Recipe For a Simply Stylish Outfit






DRESS: F21 - SIMILAR HERE - $29   //    FLAP CROSSBODY • c/o VERA BRADLEY • $78   //   
GUESS HEELS - SIMILAR HERE - $150   //   BRACELETS - VERA BRADLEY in IN THE MIX & WRAPPED LINKS - SAME HERE & HERE- $42   //   NECKLACE: AMERICA'S MART

I fished this dress out from the back of my closet and was really excited to find the way it fit. This fall, i'm really being drawn to navy as the base of my wardrobe. Adding elements of bold colors really helps make my outfit more vibrant, and this pink crossbody is no exception. The mint statement necklace matches the gold hardware of the open toe sandals for a classic finish. 

It's so simple to add dimension to your basic outfits. I like to choose a bold color scheme first and then find elements to compliment my outfit using that color scheme in mind. If the dress is navy, a hot pink hue can be in the form of a purse, scarf, belt, heel, or jewelry. The possibilities are endless, give it a shot sometime!
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Monday, September 15, 2014

CHAMBRAY SHIRT & CORAL PRINTED SKIRT







TOP: GAP - SIMILAR HERE - $60   //   PRINTED SKIRT: F21 - SIMILAR HERE - $12   //   BAG: c/o GREGORY SYLVIA - SAME HERE - $215   //   HEELS: JESSICA SIMPSON - SIMILAR HERE - $92   //   NECKLACE: EBAY - SAME HERE - $4   //   BRACELET: AMERICA'S MART

Happy Monday morning! I trust everyone had a splendid weekend. This is one of my favorite transitional looks from season to season. The light Chambray blouse paired with a printed shorter skirt adds dimension to the ensemble. I chose a simple ballerina bun but with a twist (see the braid at the base?) My weekend concluded with the 2015 Miss America pageant (cups, really?) Did anyone else catch the telecast? 

This post is linked up with:  Healthy Diva Life //  Funday Monday  // How I Fall // Style to Inspire //  Fashionably Employed  //  More Pieces of Me 
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Friday, September 12, 2014

FALL FASHION STAPLES ON A BUDGET


Happy Friday! After two weeks of vacation, this week felt like it would never end! Lucky for me, I have a low-key weekend ahead that will hopefully spare time for some much needed wedding planning! Since i've been engaged for almost 2 years already, the fact that my wedding is a year away doesn't seem to be hitting me. In the back of my mind i'm certain that I have all the time in the world, when in reality, getting married on a holiday weekend in what seems to be the 'year of weddings' is quite a hassle already. Sigh, wish me luck! Any former brides wanna share some advice?
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

VERA BRADLEY GOES LEATHER








I've been familiar with Vera Bradley for as long as I can remember. Middle school - stationary, High school - travel bags, and College - I.D. holding wristlets [phone, keys, ID, money - right]. Now that i'm mid-millennial what I look to from brands has also evolved. I'm not ready for a stuffy black leather work bag. Instead Vera's products are professional and pretty and don't worry - the lining stays true to the printed patterns that we all know and love. 

This young adult market is Vera Bradley's prime target for their new line of handbags. Women who want the fun of the brand identity, with the function of their products. Vera Bradley bags withstand the test of time and their stitching pattern is unmatched. After meeting the co-founder herself a few months back, I was sold back into the brand and particularly supporting of their new image. 

Clearly, i'm not alone. This gorgeous cross-body bag is sold out in fuschia, but not to fret - the other colors are just as vibrant. The best part? They don't break the bank! This beauty is only $78. I know, it's a steal. What do you think about the new line of handbags from VB?
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FAUX LEATHER JACKETS FROM FOREVER 21

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Last week I headed to the mall in hopes of trading out my iPhone 5 for a new battery (boo, turns out my battery is indeed operating properly - but still sucks). I ducked into the newly constructed two story Forever 21 and found myself loving their new faux leather jackets. I picked up two with the intent that one might fit properly and when I tried them on, I fell in love with both. Moment of truth, I thought about posting a picture on instagram and letting you guys vote... but I didn't have enough time. So I texted my 4 best girlfriends and told them I needed a verdict: one, the other, or both! I'm lucky enough that my friends have just as little willpower as I do, and happily agreed that it was okay to purchase both (however, apparently I'm on a shopping ban for the rest of the month).  Worth it? Totally. What's your verdict? Which would you pick?
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BUSTLING IN THE BAY AREA






CLARK'S INDIGO BOOTS in Tan Leather c/o OnlineShoes.com - SAME HERE - $160   //   BLACK SWEATER: EXPRESS - SIMILAR HERE & HERE - $50   //   BAG: GREGORY SILVYA - SAME HERE - $215   //   JEANS: A&F - SAME HERE - $40   //   LEATHER JACKET - SAME HERE - $88   //   NECKLACE: c/o VERA BRADLEY - SAME HERE - $38

As much as I enjoy traveling, i'm so happy to be back in my home state. The humidity, the traffic, even the sport-induced heart attacks that come with being an Atlanta fan - seem near and dear to my heart right now. I spent last week in Chicago, and then with just 48 hours at home I headed to the Bay area for a weekend with friends. Traveling can be exhillirating, but also quite tedious and hard on your body. I'm looking forward to my evening runs in the neighborhood and health club meet-ups with my girlfriends.There really is nothing like home.   
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Friday, September 5, 2014

RAINED OUT: PINK FAUX LEATHER JACKET






FAUX LEATHER JACKET: F21 - SAME HERE - $23   //   GREY JEANS: F21 - SAME HERE - $8   //   LACE TANK: KOHLS - SIMILAR HERE - $20   //   HEELS: KOHLS - SIMILAR HERE - $45  //  BAG: c/o GREGORY SYLVIA - SAME HERE - $215

I wish I could have shared earlier, but as a surprise for one of my friend's birthday we all flew down to SF for the weekend! This was my very late & very drenched travel outfit. This pink faux leather jacket is fitted and perfect for winter - also, $23? #steal. It's cold here, colder than anticipated -- but hoping for some sunshine this weekend! Let me know if you have any SF suggestions - I needed this vacation!
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

A CUTE PAIR OF RAINBOOTS FROM JOULES







BOOTS: c/o JOULES USA - SAME HERE - $141   //   DRESS: F21 - SAME HERE - $25   //   BELT: F21 - SIMILAR HERE  - $12

I was so excited to receive these boots from Joules USA. I seriously had them on only 5 minutes before someone complimented me on them. They have the quality of traditional Wellies without the bulk or heat that those boots radiate. Rainy days in the south tend to get muggy so wearing rain boots all day can be a challenge. After I put these on, I forgot that I was wearing rain boots (that is, until people kept asking me where they were from! :) I always thought I wanted a pair of Hunters, but could never find the right size for me. Being petite, finding the right rain boot can be a challenge on it's own. A rain boot should hit 1-2 inches below the knee, and this Joules pair does just that. I can't wait to wear this throughout the rainy season, we in the A, like to call Winter.