These last few days have been so exciting and emotional! I have officially graduated from college (so exciting) but unfortunately I have had to say goodbye to so many good friends. To all my beautiful friends out there, it wasn’t good bye it was see you soon <3
I thought putting this outfit together was perfect because now that I am a graduate I have to start dressing business casual for interviews and future jobs! This would be a perfect business casual look while still being able to show your full personality! Let’s get to the outfit details! And of course, there is plaid, because well, I am just MAD for PLAID!!
Plaid Skirt//Ruffle Cami//Blazer//Kate Spade Sunglasses//Tights//Steve Madden booties//midi ring// David Yurman Ring//David Yurman Bracelet
I have to start by saying that I was SO thankful for my sister letting me borrow her awesome new Kate Spade Sunglasses! They were a lifesaver. For some reason I could not keep my eyes open for the life of me (it was tragic) so I slipped these diva Kate Spade Sunglasses on and I was set! I am completely jealous of these sunglasses and want some for myself! I love how big the frames are on them and how fun they are to wear!
Of course my skirt is plaid, which I love! Not only is this skirt plaid but it is also scalloped at the bottom making it the best of both worlds! This skirt is from ASOS and I would highly suggest it. Pairing a white ruffle cami with this skirt and a nice blazer like I did hear makes for a very fun yet sophisticated look.
Let’s talk tights!! I have received few questions about what outfits to wear tights with and where I get my tights so I am going to discuss those questions! The tights I am wearing are from J.Crew and whenever I want some new tights I always go to J.Crew to get them! The tights that J.Crew sells are really great quality and they last for a really long time. I love wearing a thicker tight (like a sweater tight) as well, it just depends on what type of outfit I am pairing with the tights! Most tights are footed which is nice because if you are pairing tights with an outfit it is so you can stay warm while still wearing versatile outfits in the wintery months and staying chic. So don’t be scared to try some tights with an outfit because it could make all the difference!
I am a complete Gossip Girl fanatic (hopefully some of you are too??), and I have to say I LOVE Blair Waldorf so whenever I can I try to channel her and I think this outfit did a pretty good job at channeling my inner Blair Waldorf! If you have a Gossip Girl inspired outfit be sure to comment and show me!
The chic simplicity of a nice pea coat is perfect to add to any outfit in the wintery months. This is one of my favorite outfit combinations I am wearing! A classic black and grey outfit with some pops of leather. The pea coat I am wearing also dresses up my outfit just a tad which I love!
This outfit is pretty funky fresh in my opinion! I for some reason feel like an ice skater in this outfit and I am still not really sure why! Haha non the less this is such a fun outfit to wear and I feel like I am channeling my younger Carrie Bradshaw from the Carrie Diaries (anyone else watch that?!) Anyway let’s get to my outfit details!!
Skater Skirt// Brandy Melville Cardigan// bow top// tights// head wrap//Steve Madden booties// David Yurman ‘Crossover” Bracelet
This outfit I put together is just so fun! You cannot go wrong with a simple skater skirt (also currently 60% off)! They are perfect all year long! Just throw some tights on like I did if you are wearing it in the wintery months!
The bow top I am wearing is from J.Crew but they do not sell it anymore unfortunately! This bow top however is almost better because it is long sleeve, which will keep you warmer in these wintery months! It also has horses and a big bow on it, which I absolutely love!! This cozy cardigan is from Brandy Melville and I literally pair this sweater with almost every outfit! It is also perfect to pack in your bag with you because it is so light weight!
I loveeeee this head wrap I am wearing (color: heathered mint)! I love wearing hair accessories to spice up my normal hair routines, they are so fun!
What are some of your favorite funky fresh styles?! Be sure to comment and let me know
As the holiday season is quickly approaching the fun of buying gifts for you BFF, sister, or Mom can sometimes be so difficult! As you all know I absolutely love shopping and I actually like buying gifts too! It’s fun because you can give them what you would wear (in hopes to borrow it, hehe)! So in light of some people having a difficult time thinking of gifts to give their sister’s and mother’s I have put together some gift ideas for this holiday season!
First I HAVE to talk about this micro Kate Spade purse!! I saw these when I was home over Thanksgiving break with my Mom and Sister’s and I just fell in love!! These purses are TINY but so so perfect for your phone, wallet, and of course lipstick! This purse is the perfect purse when you do not want to lug around your whole life with you! Just slip it on your shoulder and go! Seriously guys, I’m obsessed with it! Marc by Marc Jacobs and Michael Kor’s are making little micro purses too!! Only six inches wide, I cannot get over how cute they are!
What could be cuter than black and white polka dot Betsy Johnson flannel pajamas?! That’s right, nothing! I love cute pajama sets and every winter I love getting a new set to wear while I’m home for the holidays! If your parents live in a very cold state like mine do then this Barefoot Dreams robe, slouchy beanie by Ugg Australia, and UGG slippers would also make for perfect gifts and they will keep you Cozy chic all winter long!
What Mom, Sister, and BFF doesn’t like getting new lipgloss and candles?! You cannot go wrong when it comes to the Bobbi Brown lip gloss! They come in a nice pack of four (and gift with purchase if you are ordering from Nordstrom, win)! Another perk of this awesome lip gloss is that it is not sticky! I hate when I buy a new lip gloss and it is super sticky but this Bobbi Brown lip gloss is not sticky at all and completely smooth! The Kate Spade candle collection is so cute and so much fun! Each candle has a different saying on it and during the winter months is my absolute favorite time to light candles, makes the whole house feel so warm and cozy!
Perfume is always a great gift to give someone! Most women use perfume everyday so getting new every year is always much appreciated. I have always loved how the Chance by Chanel smells, it is one of my go to perfumes! And last but not least, the lovely Tory Burch has a new watch collection out that I love! This Tory Burch watch would be such a fun layering piece to add to your arm candy! It is a wrap around watch so it is a bit more unique than just a normal watch band.
I hope I have helped some of you out when it comes to giving gifts or maybe gave some of you some ideas of what to add to your wish list this year!
I absolutely love finding small boutiques in the areas that I am living in. I think it is so fun to support local shops and come across new brands of clothing! BohoBlu is a “boutique experience at affordable prices!” This shop is not only cute but also super affordable! I went in to Boho Blu to check out all the cute clothes and to show you all some of the cute items they sell there!
As you can see both of these tops I picked out have some cute detailing at the bottom of them! These shirts are just darling in my opinion! They sell Lilly and Laura Bracelets which are pictured and they are a great bracelet layering piece! I am allllll about wearing lots of bracelets so adding these two would make my arm candy look just that much better.
This boutique sells everything from purses, shoes, candles, jewelry, dresses, skirts, scarves, and so much more! It is a one stop shop for affordable cuteness, and there is really nothing better than that! This boutique is also sooooo cute inside! I have some photo’s of the inside to show you all!
This is one of my best friend’s Nicole who works at BohoBlu in Burlington, NC!
Isn’t this store just the cutest?! I absolutely love it! So if you are in the area and want cute affordable clothing go check out BohoBlu! http://www.bohoblu.com
What are your favorite boutiques from where you all are from?! Be sure to let me know!
Fall is such a lovely time of the year! From just getting back from Iowa this North Carolina weather is just what I needed! It feels like a perfect fall/spring day out! I am not even wearing a jacket today!
Brandy Melville Milan Top// Nine West Illusion Lace-Up Wedge Booties// J.Crew Cashmere Scarf in Plaid// David Yurman ‘Crossover” Bracelet// Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch// Mini Tory Burch Nylon Tote// Joe’s Jeans
I absolutely love the booties I am wearing! I have been wanting a pair of lace up booties since last fall and I finally found the best pair! They are not only super cute but also super affordable! What could be better than those two combinations?!!? They are by Nine West so of course they are veryyyy comfortable! I am wearing the brown ones!
Brandy Melville will forever be my favorite spot to get the most comfortable t-shirts. These shirts are so soft you will never want to get out of them! After trying one on I had to buy this top in all the colors it came in! Definitely my go to shirt!
This scarf is so warm and cozy!! It is also so big that I can use it like a blanket which is great because I get cold so easily! Unfortunately the color scheme of the one I am wearing is sold out but all of the other options are just as great! Also it is PLAID, which by the way I am OBSESSED with anything and everything plaid!
Who else is absolutely loving this beautiful sunny fall day?! I know I am and I have to soak up all the Carolina love as possible since I am leaving in just 7 short days!
After my last black and white post I felt like this post should be filled with color! Poncho’s are all the rage this season and I am just obsessed with mine!
Poncho// Hudson Red Skinny Jeans// Frye Boots// Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch// Small Gold Ring –‘Marina’ Midi Ring// David Yurman ‘Crossover” Bracelet// David Yurman ‘Cable Classics’ Ring// Louis Vuitton
I LOVE these red pants, they are so comfortable and soft! The poncho I gave the link to is not the exact poncho I am wearing but very similar! I love poncho’s because they are so fun and fashionable! I remember the first time I saw a poncho was on Ugly Betty (anyone else watch that?!) I thought it was the funniest thing ever, and then I realized I really like them and if you style them correctly they make for the perfect cozy fall outfit!
Let’s just take a second and talk about this gorgeous Louis Vuitton!! Louis Vuitton is actually not real leather (crazy because they charge so much right?!). The reason why I like this Louis Vuitton so much is because it has REAL leather on it. The real leather on this bag makes it really special and stand out from the other more common Louis Vuitton’s.
Last but not least, I have to mention my hair!! I LOVE a big huge top knot! It is so fun to wear and makes for a very sophisticated look! My sister (@brittttyv) did my hair and eye make-up!
Today is my last day home before I head back to school to finish up my college degree! So many exciting adventures ahead!! If any of you have a favorite poncho you wear comment and let me know!!
MMMMM who is soooo full they can’t move?!? I know I am! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays; mainly because it is surrounded by delicious food and of course all of my loving family!
Here is my Thanksgiving look!
J.Crew Tights// Steve Madden ‘Whysper’ Nubuck Bootie in Black// Topshop floppy wool felt hat// Betsy Johnson Coat// Free People Plaid Skirt// Small Gold Ring –‘Marina’ Midi Ring// Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch// Trouve Top// David Yurman ‘Crossover” Bracelet// David Yurman ‘Cable Classics’ Ring
I have to say, I have been looking for some cute black booties for a while and these Steve Madden one’s are just what I was looking for! Not only are they super cute but also extremely comfortable. If those two things aren’t enough these booties are also under $100!! What could be better?!? I mean seriously? They are my perfect fall bootie!
The hat I am wearing I am currently obsessed with! I want to put it with every outfit possible! Hat’s make every outfit look just that much better!! The Betsy Johnson Coat is my FAVORITE trench coat. This coat is so fun because it is not a traditional trench coat. This coat flairs out at the bottom and has just the cutest flower buttons! It is just darling! And of course this Free People Plaid Skirt I am just swooning over!! It is so chic and fun, perfect for the holidays (and it has pockets, which makes me love it even more)!
For Thanksgiving I am home in Iowa and it is FREEZING. It is currently 3 degree’s out so I am inside by the fire drinking some hot chocolate! Here are some pictures of the food my family made for Thanksgiving! My special dish I make each year is the Sweet Potato casserole (obviously the best dish of the night)!
Phew! I am in a complete food coma, so I must go watch a movie now! I hope you guys enjoy this post!
What is everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving dish?!? Be sure to comment and let me know!