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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REAL VS STEAL- Backpack Edition

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It’s that time of year again, back to school!! But, you don’t have to be a student or teacher to get in on the festivities. I’m not talking about plaid skirts and knee highs, but backpacks. They have been huge among celebrities and big name designers and are a great way to switch up your traditional purse. The options I have listed are great for work, travel or even everyday use. The runway versions are obviously fab, but let’s talk about some similar styles that will be a bit kinder on your wallet!

1. Alexander McQueen Padlock Backpack- This black leather style is a classic beauty. I think it is so chic and easily goes with any outfit to take your style up a notch. But, this Target option is almost exactly the same AND I actually like it better. The gold zipper detailing gives this look a like a step up over the $2,000 designer bag. The fact that it’s not genuine leather also makes this more practical for carrying around, not to mention more animal friendly! This bag can easily go from casual with your leggings and piko to dressy with your office attire.

2. The Row Hobo Backpack- Okay, so let’s face it, anything Mary-Kate and Ashley is perfection. Those two can do no wrong when it comes to fashion. But, their line The Row founded in 2006 is a far cry from their Walmart brand we were all wearing back in the day. (you totally were, don’t deny it) The price tags are ridiculous, making it impossible for non-heiresses to purchase their designs. This Vince Camuto backpack is a great compromise. While still a bit pricier than your typical Jansport, this backpack is real leather and certainly more luxurious. This is the perfect option to use as your everyday purse.

3. Chanel Graffiti Print Backpack- So, unless you’ve been living under a rock all summer, you’ve seen this backpack. It has been worn by almost every celebrity from Gwyneth to it girl Chloe Grace Moretz {LOVE her} to practically every Kardashian. Not to mention, Karl featured it in the Spring 2014 runway show. BUT, let’s get real, who wants to pay over 3,000 bucks for a grungy style backpack? I mean I love it, don’t get me wrong, but I can think of many other Chanel bags I would put that money towards instead! Rather, go for this Neff tie dye for a very tiny fraction of the cost. I think the Neff is super cute and still gives that artsy, graffiti {read: homemade} look. This is definitely more of your travel or school backpack rather than everyday use.

Do YOU have a particular item that you would like to see more budget friendly versions of?? Let me know in the comments!! I LOVE to hear from my readers! Happy Humpday everyone XOXO

Maxi Monday

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Continuing on with our Maxi Monday Month of August is our last super summery goddess gown. This dress is literally the maxi of your dreams. I know that when I want to wear a long dress, it’s because I want something comfortable and easy breezy. This blue tie dye by Ava Sky is just that! It’s super easy to throw on and go, but at the same time makes a huge statement! Because it’s such a bold dress, I like to keep the accessories to a minimum. I wore a bangle on one arm and a nifty hand ring/bracelet on the other. They added just the perfect amount of boho to this carefree look. The length of the dress easily allows for a wedge, but I love how it flows with flats. I paired it with a simple pair of nude flats for an almost barefoot hippie look. This attire is perfect for just about any occasion, but I love it for a beach lunch or even a music festival. It is SUCH a fun look to wear and sure to take your maxi wardrobe up to the next level!

Dress- Ava Sky {similar here} | Sandals- Target | Bangle- Bourbon and Boweties | Bracelet- StyleXchange Couture

A Walk in the Park

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Today is one of my favorite posts yet! It may not be the most on trend fashionable outfit, but it’s a glimpse into a day in my real life and what I would be wearing for a bike ride in the park. Okay, so I MAY not always bike around with flowers in my basket, but I am a fresh flowers freak so you never know! The amazing pictures are again courtesy of Carissa Cady Photography. First, let me tell you about my baby, my bike! I absolutely LOVE her!! When I pictured myself having a beach cruiser for the first time years ago, this is exactly what I had in mind. The guys at Affordabike were so knowledgable and most importantly patient with me. I wanted specific colors for the bike, seat, handlebars, basket etc, it was all about the look for me, something that guys who work at a bike shop don’t really identify with. But, they were so nice and made sure I had my bike just the way I wanted it. Not to mention they have the most precious pit bull as their shop dog. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t let me take her home! I rode my bike home that day and the rest is history!! One of my favorite places to ride, and really just to go to in general, is Hampton Park. Up until last Friday, we lived only a block away and even just writing this post is making me a bit emotional about not being right there anymore. If you live in Charleston and haven’t been to Hampton Park, you’ve GOT to do something about it! It’s the perfect spot for a picnic, exercising or letting the dogs run around. As for my outfit, this is a pretty basic look that I feel any of you could put together. I do really love the colors of this shirt and the back button details. The white pants make the look super bright and cheery, perfect for a Spring or Summer day! The sandals are one of only two purchases {both shoes} that I made on my honeymoon in Italy. Overall, this is a pretty basic look that is easy to put together, but still adorable nonetheless.

All Images By: Carissa Cady Photography

Bike: Affordabike

Top- Almost Pink {similar here} | Pants- Vigoss | Shoes- purchased in Italy {similar here} | Necklace- Almost Pink {similar here}

 

Maxi Monday

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Today’s post comes to you courtesy of the lovely Carissa Cady Photography. Carissa is a true California girl, but with some serious southern tendencies (the sweet tea drinking, pearl necklace wearing, y’all saying kinds). She loves Charleston so much that she decided to spend her summer here and I was lucky enough for her to find me (thanks Instagram!) and us get together for a shoot! Don’t worry though, if you love her work {duh} she’s willing to travel, especially to the south! Today also starts a series that I’m doing for the rest of the month of Maxi Monday’s. Each Monday I’m going to share with y’all some of my favorite maxi dresses, starting with the really summery and as the month goes on transitioning a bit more into Fall. Because, let’s face it, after months of warm weather we’re all sick of shaving our legs on the reg! Today’s is of course the most summery of the bunch. I am totally a seasonal person, not necessarily in the “you can’t wear white after Labor Day” way, but I like to take advantage of the time of year and dress appropriately. So, in Summer you will see me wear a lot of bright colors, making this the perfect maxi for the season! The print is absolutely beautiful and give you so many colors to work with. This style and color combo would look great with any body shape, skin/hair color or even age. I absolutely love the slits on each side of the dress that makes it feel a little sassy and sexy. Because the print is so busy, I kept accessories to a minimum with these gorgeous drop pearl earrings. I wore my white espadrille style wedges that were the perfect height for the length of the dress. I’ve been DYING for a bucket style bag and finally found this one at TARGET, yep that’s right. I feel like the bag keeps the outfit casual and perfect for lunch and a stroll around downtown.

All Images By: Carissa Cady Photography

Dress- Almost Pink  {similar here} | Shoes- Steve Madden {similar here} | Bag- Target | Earrings- Moon & Lola