Keeping it Casual

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Let me begin by saying, i’ve never been a military inspired fashion kinda gal, until I met this jacket. It’s even opened my eyes to the point where I actually purchased a pair of CAMO pants yesterday!! My husband is thrilled because he’s been trying to get me on board with this for years. This jacket has quickly become my most worn jacket of the season. It is so easy to throw on with practically anything and is just so fall. However, my favorite thing to wear it with is black and white stripes. I have several tops like this, but this is my only tank, which is perfect for this back and forth 80 to 60 degrees weather. I then threw on a pair of dark denim skinnies, rolled at the bottom of course. I could have worn my converse or flip flops with this, but since the outfit was already SO casual I went for my suede booties with a bit of a heel. These keep the look a bit more polished {read: not so homeless}. To accessorize I wore my everyday bangles and LV bag. This is the best outfit for running around doing errands and being comfy, but you won’t be afraid to run into someone you know! Can’t wait to share my camo pants with y’all!! Have an amazing weekend everyone!!

Jacket- Sam Edelman from II Brunettes | Top- Almost Pink {similar here} | Jeans- AG Jeans | Booties- Dolce Vita from II Brunettes

One Last Romp

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Happy official first day of fall everyone!!! Thanks to this rainy weather, the temperatures are actually feeling more like fall too! Dare I say the last chance to wear a shorts romper is past us? This pretty little floral number is the perfect way to close out summer! The navy color and neutral floral hues are just right for fall, while the shorts are still keeping you cool in the lingering summer heat. If I were wearing this in August I would have paired it with a pair of brown wedges, but since we’re nearing the end of September I decided to go with these suede fringe booties. I love how neutral they are but still add a burst of boho style with the fringe on the back! I will definitely be getting my wear out of these all year round with leggings and a sweater on lazy days in the cool weather and festival style cut offs and crop tops in the summer. With a low cut neckline like this, I prefer to keep the chest bare. I just think it’s so pretty to show that skin, but not too much. I accessorized fairly simply with a pair of gold earrings and my everyday gold midi rings. Another way to style this romper would be a pair of knee high boots in the same color with a chunky sweater and floppy hat. This option would be perfect if you’re in an area that actually IS chilly in September (AKA not Charleston). HAPPY FALL Y’ALL!!

Romper- SyleDwell {similar here} | Booties- Dolce Vita from II Brunettes {available here} | Jewelry- StyleDwell

Shades of Grey

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In this 90 degree heat and humidity it’s been impossible to practically “transition to fall.” I am not one who foregoes the forecast and jumps into my boots and sweaters sooner just to be sweating my booty off. So, my solution to this madness is to incorporate more fall colors into my wardrobe, but still wear light and breathable fabrics. Luckily, we’ve had a few cooler days lately (and by cooler I mean 80 instead of 90) and I was able to slip into a pair of jeans for a day of running around visiting with local boutiques. These pants are the only denim purchase I’ve made so far this season and I am in LOVE!! I saw them on J Brand’s Instagram a few months ago and knew that I needed a pair, but when one of my favorite local boutiques, II Brunettes, got them in it was a given! Grey jeans have been a huge trend starting last spring and have been worn by celebrities such as Alexa Chung, Cara Delavigne and Kim Kardashian. I’m a huge fan and feel like they give me a little bit of a rock & roll vibe every time I wear them. A lot of times I will play that up by wearing a cheeky graphic tee, but for my boutique visits I needed to be a little more put together. Plaid is another huge trend for fall and this white and black plaid is a perfect transitional piece with the light colors and sheer fabric still keeping you cool. Later on, you can wear the plaid trend with some darker colors and in wool or cotton fabrics {I can’t wait}. To throw in a little contrast of color I wore a pair of camel colored suede booties. I brought out some serious fall colors in a big statement necklace, which I then paired with my blue crossbody bag to pull out the blues. To add a bit of drama and another ode to fall I puckered up with a bold burgundy lip! I love a burgundy lip and unlike bright red, it’s very wearable!! This is an outfit that you can wear now and when it gets cooler just throw on a black leather jacket and go!

Top- Old Navy | Pants- J Brand from II Brunettes {available here} | Shoes- Dolce Vita from II Brunettes {similar here} | Necklace- J Crew | Bag- Rebecca Minkoff  {similar color here}

Rainy Day Wear

 

 

So far, so good with the weather today (knock on wood) but the past couple of days have been nasty ones here in Charleston! It’s not looking too good for the rest of the week either. But, a rainy day is not a good excuse for a lazy day look OR a good reason to ruin a nice pair of shoes or leather bag. So, what’s the compromise here? I’ve picked three outfits with umbrellas, weather-proof shoes, jackets and vegan leather purses {that won’t get ruined after a few water drops plus they’re animal friendly}. These looks are sure to keep you stylish AND dry in these crazy southern downpours!

 
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Classic: Umbrella | Jacket | Boots | Bag
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Feminine: Umbrella | Jacket | Boots | Bag

 

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Chic: Umbrella | Jacket | Boots | Bag

Floppy Hat Hump Day

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Something that I can never have enough of in my closet are easy little shift dresses that I can just throw on and go. They’re just so easy to wear, but still look really put together (read: instead of yoga pants and a tee shirt). So, when I saw this floral beauty, it was love at first sight! The colors are perfect for fall, without being dull. Red is actually going to be a huge color this fall, along with any other bright, rich colors. Gone are the days of sticking to grey and brown! The great thing about this dress is that it also transitions nicely. Wear it now with nothing extra, a few weeks from now with a denim jacket and when it really gets chilly add black tights, leather jacket and booties. Another trend I’m loving for fall is a big floppy hat, this girl loves any excuse for a hat!! While the reds don’t really match from the dress to the hat, I think they compliment each other really nicely. A true red would’ve been wayyy too much going on for the hat. I accessorized with a fun arm full of different bangles. For shoes I wore a pair of neutral suede booties, but this could also be worn with black. I just really like the contrast of the camel color. This is a great casual fall afternoon outfit that can easily take you into night just adding a denim or leather jacket.

Dress- BCBG from Trés Carmen Boutique {similar here} | Hat- StyleDwell {similar here} | Shoes- Dolce Vita from II Brunettes {similar here} | Bangles {from top} – Stella & Dot | David Yurman | Island Baubles | Stella & Dot

 

Post Labor Day Errand Day

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I hope everyone had a wonderful unofficial last weekend of summer!! Mine was spent with amazing family and friends on the beach and in the boat! Even though it was full of fun and no work, I’m still exhausted. I ate lots of unhealthy goodies, got too much sun and probably drank one too many margaritas. I am happy to get back on track this week, but still feeling like I need to recover from the weekend. This is when a good lazy, but busy day outfit comes into play. My go-to comfort style is definitely boho. Most of the pieces are loose and comfortable, but still look somewhat put together and stylish. I found this Free People blouse at Marshall’s {currently on sale for even less at Revolve}  and knew that it would be a staple in my lazy day wardrobe. Since it’s still obviously really hot out, I wore this with a pair of cut off denim shorts. To really make this public acceptable, I wore a pair of block heel gladiator sandals rather than flip-flops. They’re still really comfortable, but makes it look a little more intentional. I wore all of my everyday accessories- speedy with a strap, bangles and aviators. This look is perfect for a day when you have some running around to do, but still want to be comfortable and relaxed. The blouse can also transition to fall nicely by pairing it with distressed skinnies and a pair of booties.

Top- Free People from Marshall’s | Shorts- J Brand {similar here} | Shoes- Target | Sunnies- Ray Ban | Bangles- Stella & Dot and David Yurman

Flirty Flare

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Have plans for a hot date or night out this weekend and not sure of what to wear? Look no further!! I’ve found THE  solution!! This gorgeous knit dress is the perfect combination of sexy and classy. The black and white print gives it a timeless southern ladylike look.  The curve hugging fit is super flattering and the flare at the bottom makes it a little more fun and flirty versus tight and sexy like a lot of body con dresses. It’s a great length and cut as to not show too much, but just enough! This dress can be worn by women of all ages from someone in their 20’s like me all the way up to someone in her 60’s. Since I’m on the younger side of that scale, I sexed it up and wore this dress with a pair of sky high nude sandals that have a combination of metallics in them. To keep with the nude trend and contrast this mainly black dress, I carried a simple nude clutch with gold detail. I always wear my hair long and voluptuous with a get up like this, so I wore some gold hoops to play that up. With a sexy little number like this, you are ready to flirt the night away but still keep your good girl reputation (or not…) Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

Dress- c/o StyleDwell | Shoes- BCBG {similar here} | Clutch- Aldo | Earrings- BCBG {similar here}

 

Sassy

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Today I decided to spice things up and have some midweek FUN and that’s what this get up is all about!! This is the perfect look for a girl’s night out on the town or for me, a fun fashion event. I’ve been really into the whole matching set look for several months now, and this is the same idea but jazzed up a bit! I fell in love with this top a while ago, but didn’t have anything in my closet to pair it with (my husband would beg to differ). When I saw the skirt I just knew it would compliment it perfectly! The caged sleeves on the top have been a super hot trend and take the crop top look from boring to bold. The graphic print on the skirt is gorgeous and adds a youthful, vibrant vibe to the whole outfit. The skirt can easily go from summer to winter by throwing on tights, booties and a black crop top sweater. You could also make this work environment friendly by trading the crop top for a blazer and stilettos for a nice pair of pumps or flats. This skirt is so versatile and such a fun statement piece to have in your closet!! Since the skirt is so busy, I did something I rarely do and matched my shoes to my top. I also kept accessories to a minimum with a fun bangle that had complimenting colors. I’ve recently been really into ponytails- not sure if it’s a new trend or if my hair is just driving me crazy. But, either way they can look super chic and this one does the trick for this outfit! Keeping my hair down would’ve taken away from the caged sleeves and not looked as polished. This is such a fun outfit to wear and will make anyone feel sassy and confident!!

Top- Tobi {similar here} | Skirt- StyleDwell | Shoes- LuLu’s | Bracelet- Lisa Kerns | Bag- Aldo

Rompin Into Fall

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I’m going to go ahead and warn y’all- you will be seeing a lot of rompers in the near future! I’ve kind of gone a little crazy for them lately, especially with all of the adorable options they have at StyleDwell right now. They’re just so cute, easy and comfortable! I’ve also decided that they are the perfect piece to help you transition into fall. Now, I live in South Carolina, where we just had the hottest day of the year yesterday and it’s not getting cool anytime soon. So I’m not in any rush to transition to boots and sweaters, but I do like to start switching the colors I’m wearing and start covering up just a bit more. There is something about kids being back in school that makes it feel wrong to be walking around in shorts and a tank all the time. Rompers are the perfect in between, and this one especially. It’s still really loose and flowy, so great for this humid weather. But, it can also be worn well into fall by throwing on a sweater. This time of year I like to keep it to sandals. I mean seriously, boots in August, that’s a no-go. But, come October when it starts cooling down you can easily throw on a pair of knee high boots or booties with this. As usual, I kept accessories to a minimum and wore my gold arm cuff which I think plays into the boho vibe of the gladiators and this print. To add a touch of a classic look to this style, I wore a structured mini bag (another recent obsession of mine) that coordinated perfectly with the blue in the romper. This is the perfect daytime look for the next month or two and then adding the cooler weather items can even carry you into the month of October. Talk about multifunctional!!

Romper- c/o StyleDwell | Sandals- MIA | Bag- Rebecca Minkoff | Cuff- StyleDwell

Coastal Bride Collab

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When I was asked by my friend, Gillian, of Coastal Bride to do a feature on what to wear for engagement pictures, I was ecstatic! Not only did I get to be a bride again, but I got to be featured on one of the most beautiful wedding blogs I’ve seen. Head on over here for tips on how to dress you and your man for a professional photography sesh! Outfit deets are still at the bottom of the post as well. Be sure to have a look at all of the swoon worthy weddings she has featured too- get your Pin It button ready!!!

Photo Cred: Ellis Photo Studio

 

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