Archives for December 2016

The Best of 2016

As this year comes to a close (and oh, what a year it’s been!) I decided to take a look back at my year in blogging. I’ll be the first to admit that I can be my own worst critic on the content I produce, and oftentimes I don’t feel like I’m growing at the pace I would prefer, both in quality and quantity. However, it has been so rewarding to look at how far I’ve come in the past year! I love seeing how my content directly reflects my growing as a person as it matures and refines every day. Although we’re all still works in progress, I can honestly say my content is more “me” than ever, and I can only imagine what progress I’ll see a year from now!

Though blogging is a business through and through, my New Year’s Resolution is to put quality above quantity and to make my little corner of the internet completely unique to my personal brand. I’ve pulled a few of my favorite moments both from my blog and Instagram from the past year as a little memoir of 2016. It’s brought back quite a bit of nostalgia looking back at favorite moments like my trip to Greece, my college graduation, and collaborations I once would only dream of. From my favorite looks I put together, to little snapshots of my daily life, these images are truly representative of my best self and where I’d like to see my brand continue to go in the future. Though this year had many, many ups and downs, I vote that we all come back stronger and more resilient than ever in pursuing our passions with our whole heart. So here’s to another year full of champagne, classic femininity, coffee (and lots of it), and continuing to be inspired by whatever is around us, wherever we are.

Au revoir, 2016!

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A Parisian Palette + Giveaway

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I’ve been completely infatuated with all things Paris lately, and I remember reading a while back an excerpt about the true differences between New Yorkers and Parisians. (I want to say it was in Love Style Life by Garance Dore! Someone feel free to help me out here.) Anyway, it is kind of funny to me that two groups of people who hold so much influence over my style have such vast differences, one major one being color choice. The more you look, the more you’ll notice that (no secret), New York women tend to dress in black from head to toe, whereas French women tend to sway more towards pastels. Fortunately for me, I am neither (ha!), so I get to make my choice on any particular day! I’m often guilty of associating winter with darkness and letting my outfit choices become a direct reflection of that. However, there’s also something so chic about breaking those habits and opting for a pastel palette instead (think snow instead of the sun setting at 4:00…still with me?).

One of the things I read that struck me from a post I read recently about mastering French girl style (check it out here from Who What Wear!) was the art of proportions. Two of my all-time favorite bloggers (who you should absolutely be following if you don’t already), Blair of Atlantic-Pacific and Jenny of Margo and Me, along with a newly-discovered favorite of mine, Charlotte of The Fashion Guitar, offer some really fabulous advice on how to achieve that effortlessly chic Parisian look.

In line with Blair’s advice on proportions, I love how the heaviness of this cowl neck sweater (under $30!) and longline coat in my own look are balanced out proportionally by my skinny leg jeans and pointed toe pumps. While this article suggests that flats are the French way to go, y’all know I’m such a heels girl, so I couldn’t resist pairing my look with my favorite snakeskin pumps. I’ve had these pumps for a while, but I found an extremely similar match by Sam Edelman, one of my most trusted shoe brands. This Kate Spade handbag has become such a signature of mine over the past few years, and although the exact one I’m wearing is no longer being made, the new Cameron Street Margot is almost an exact match, sans the bow (but still gorgeous).

Outfit Details:

Pink Duster Coat (similar)- ASOS | Cowl Neck Sweater– Nordstrom | Distressed White Skinny Jeans– Nordstrom | Snakeskin Pumps (similar)- Sam Edelman via Bloomingdale’s | Black and White Bag (similar)- Kate Spade | Ring- David Yurman

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P.S. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a $500 gift card to Lululemon below! The winner will be announced right here in 12/28–good luck!

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Back to Basics

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If I could only have 5 pieces in my entire wardrobe, I’m pretty sure this outfit would be it. I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve been undergoing a major wardrobe change over the past few months, where I’ve been giving away a lot of things that are a little too trendy or not being worn enough, and going back and reinvesting in fewer, higher quality items that I know I’ll wear regularly.

If you’re feeling like your closet is getting a little bit out of control, I’m your biggest advocate for freeing yourself from items that are weighing you down. I’ll admit it: I’m an emotional shopper sometimes. I’ve held onto a lot of things I honestly don’t love that much because of the emotions attached to them–whether it’s the person who gave it to me or the fact that it was a pick-me-up after a bad day. But, it feels so good to just let go of the baggage, start over, and just let the memories be what they are: memories. If you set up some guidelines for yourself in re-building your closet, you’ll end up with just a few pieces that you adore and are truly reflective of your personality, not your circumstances.

I learned from my short-lived retail days that investing in high-quality denim is so worth it, and these skinny jeans by Citizens of Humanity have proven to be a worthy investment over the past year. I never really noticed how some of my jeans were so worn looking until I had a quality pair to compare them to, and the difference is so real after several months of wear. I recently splurged on these leather Tory Burch riding boots during the Black Friday madness, and I’m so glad that I did! I’d had my eye on them forever, so I just couldn’t pass them up such a good sale.

This classic trench coat from Banana Republic has been a wardrobe staple of mine for years that instantly adds a little city flair to any outfit, and this striped J.Crew t-shirt has provided endless layering options for work attire. (Note: I would suggest sizing down on this t-shirt since they tend to run a little big!) Finally, I just couldn’t resist adding another St. Anne Tote from Barrington Gifts to my small collection (still mastering the art of minimalism here–bear with me). I just love their classic bags that have become my go-to’s for weekends spent traveling.

Outfit Details:

Trench Coat (Similar)- Banana Republic | Striped T-Shirt– J.Crew Factory | Belt (Similar here)- Ann Taylor | Jeans (same fit, different wash)- Citizens of Humanity | Leather Riding Boots– Tory Burch | Monogrammed Bag– Barrington Gifts (c/o) | Watch– Daniel Wellington (c/o) | Ring– David Yurman

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The Art of Noir + Giveaway

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There’s no ensemble quite as timeless as an all-black look from head to toe. The renowned “slimming color” accentuates any body type and skin tone and truly speaks volumes without saying too much at all. More often than I’d probably like to admit, you’ll find me in my trusted pair of black skinnies and black leather boots paired with some kind of statement-making blouse or sweater. I picked up this feminine, flowy blouse at the American Threads Grand Opening party (a new addition to The Summit in Birmingham!) and knew it was a missing piece in my wardrobe immediately. They have so many gorgeous pieces, all at extremely affordable prices (and all the entry-level employees said, “AMEN”). Although this particular blouse isn’t currently available online, I found a few other similarly priced options (under $50!) here and here. All of these are easy to take from work to play–just appropriate enough for the office, but not so stuffy to not feel comfortable for after-work drinks.

A few statement accessories, like these personalized bracelets from Taudrey, help bring the look to life. I purchased this leopard spotted coat last year during the after-Christmas sales at Ann Taylor, and I’ve loved it ever since! I found a similar one here that’s under $200. These simple gold earrings from Baublebar are a simple touch that give off a modern statement without overdoing it.

Outfit Details:

Black Bow Blouse (similar here and here)American Threads | Black AG Skinny Jeans– Macy’s | Leopard Coat (last year–similar here)– Ann Taylor  | Black Booties– Sam Edelman via Nordstrom | Earrings– Baublebar via Nordstrom | Bracelets– Taudrey (c/o) | Ring– David Yurman

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P.S. In case you’re getting as excited and inspired for the upcoming new year as I am, a group of fabulous bloggers and I have teamed up to treat one lucky lady (or fella!) to a little shopping spree at lululemon (and by “little,” I mean $500!). I know that new workout gear gets me inspired to jump-start my goals, so be sure to enter below to secure your chance at the workout wardrobe of ~dreams~.

This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 12/28.
Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!

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Top 10 Chic Sweaters Under $100

‘Tis the season to be cozy. Sweater weather is finally here, and to me, there’s no look as effortless as a chic sweater paired with flattering jeans and boots. With so many options available, you want to be able to scoop up a few different looks for every occasion. I’ve rounded up my top ten picks that are more affordable options at under $100, and are sure to last you through season after season. This ruffle sleeve sweater you’ve been seeing everywhere lately is now back in stock and available for pre-order, so be sure to grab one while you can! You’ve seen me post about this classic cowl neck sweater a few times, and I still 100% recommend it! (Plus, it’s on sale under $30!) I also have my eye on this adorable pom pom sweater from Banana Republic–so fun! I’m curious to hear what your favorites from my picks are, so be sure to let me know in the comments!

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1.Jack by BB Dakota Poncho | $90

2. Banana Republic Marled Rib Turtleneck | $98

3. Endless Rose Exaggerated Sleeve Sweater | $83

4. Banana Republic Pom Pom Sweater | $88

5. Rose Knit Tunic | $89

6. Burgundy Cropped Cable Knit Sweater | $39.97

7. Grey Cowl Neck Sweater | $27.90

8. Steve Madden Turtleneck Poncho | $68

9. Anthropologie Balloon-Sleeve Pullover | $98

10. Cream Sleeveless Sweater | $96

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