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Friday, December 15, 2017

Lantern Sleeve Sweater Dress











Happy Friday!! How about this color palette though!? Insert heart eyes emoji. I saw this dress at Vestique last week and knew it was coming home with me before I even tried it on! It comes in two colors, fits true to size (I am wearing a small), and is so comfortable! Plus it's too easy to just throw on a dress and a pair of boots and go. The cream color is almost sold out after only a week, but grey is still mostly in stock - so don't wait too long to snag one. Plus it's free shipping day, so all the more reason! Am I right!? If you're in love with the sleeves like I am, check this post for additional sweater options that model that style sleeve. 

Shane and I are headed to the office Christmas party this evening. We normally have these on a Saturday, so I'm feeling a little stressed out about getting ready in a hurry after work, but it's always a good time! I hope you all are off to do something fun this weekend. Cheers!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hunter Green Moto Jacket










You guys!! I've missed you! These last few weeks of wedding planning seem like they are never ending. Everyday has been "go, go, go" from the time I wake up, until the time I go to bed. It feels insane! I'm hoping to have my never ending to-do list completed at some point this week so I can get back to normal life - aka writing blog posts and doing all the fun things. 

Today I'm talking about this suede moto jacket. I've been eyeing this piece for over a year! It came out last year, and I felt sorry I didn't scoop it up before it sold out then. So when I saw it come back around in this years fall collection, I decided to pull the trigger. It's 100% an investment piece, but an investment piece that will last me a lifetime. Jackets and coats are one of the only things I don't get rid of regularly. I keep each piece season after season, and they tend to stay in style as well. Therefore, making it okay to splurge a little. Depending on how long you've been following me, you may already know that green is my favorite color to wear. Especially a Hunter green, so it's no surprise I was drawn to this version of the jacket as it comes in several other color options. My bag is also a new addition to the closet, and I couldn't be happier with it! It's great quality, and the size is perfect for a small wallet, phone, makeup, and keys. 

Can y'all believe Christmas is a week and a half away!? I have barely started thinking about what to get people! It still doesn't feel like Christmas to me. As I mentioned with my birthday in this post, because my main until focus is the wedding - it's hard to shift my attention to the holidays. Christmas is actually my favorite holiday of the year, but Shane and I decided to hold the gifts this go around so that we didn't have to stress about what to get each other when more important decisions need to be made. Besides that, all we need to be happy is each other. Cliche, I know - but it's true! 


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Designer Gifts Under $200



Raise your hand if you love a good bargain! I know I do. Today I've teamed up with the Charlotte Premium Outlets (Charlotte's newest upscale outlet center) to bring you affordable gift ideas with designer labels! I'm so excited to talk about this because I feel like the general reputation with designer brands is that it's not affordable for the average shopper. Personally, I shop at the outlets for specific pieces that traditionally come with a higher price tag (IE. coats, gloves, winter boots etc). Outlet shopping can be overwhelming, so I recommend coming up with a game plan of what you are specifically looking for prior to making your trip. In addition to planning which items you are seeking, I also recommend game planning where you want to look for these products. Some of my favorite retailers within the outlets include Saks Off Fifth, Kate Spade, Steve Madden, and Michael Kors - which you will see items from below! So let's get started! 

#1 Kate Spade Beanie //  Can we talk about how cute this is?! It's the perfect gift for the girly girl who loves all things pink in your tribe! This would be a great gift for someone who lives in a cold weather climate, or just loves to accessorize with pretty pieces. 

#2 Kate Spade Card Holder // I actually got this for my sister last year and monogrammed it! If you have someone you want to purchase for (IE. a team member at work, your husbands little sisters etc.) but don't want to splurge, this is an affordable gift option that's useful! 

#3 David Lerner Leggings // Coated leggings and jeans are a hot commodity this season! They are one of the most sold products amongst bloggers this year, and almost everybody is happy with them! Traditionally David Lerner is pretty expensive, but these are marked down 52% making them under $60! I enjoy wearing them under my puffer jacket, or with an oversized sweater to dinner!

#4 Kate Spade Glitter IPhone Case // This is such a fun gift! I myself have a glitter iPhone case and get questions and compliments about it all the time! Nearly everyone has an iPhone these days, so using this as a gift option is nearly a safe bet. It's also one of those items that most people don't care to purchase for themselves when they need a new one, but are pleased with when received as a gift! Coming in at under $30, you can't go wrong with this one!

#5 Michael Michael Kors Faux Fur Jacket // I own this jacket in charcoal, and it's one of the most useful things I've purchased for myself! I was on the hunt for a puffer jacket to wear in NYC and couldn't find one at an affordable price until I made a trip to the outlets. Thankfully, it's still in stock this year! I've worn it countless times and love the quality. See this blog post for how I styled it!

#6 Surrell Leather & Rabbit Fur Gloves // Last year, we took a trip to NYC the weekend before Christmas and I totally underestimated the New York temps! We hopped in Saks Off Fifth to warm up, and I spotted these leather gloves on sale! Living in the Carolina's, you don't really need gloves like this but for a few days out of the year, so I thought "what the heck, they're too soft not to buy and they'll keep my hands warm while I'm here!" - best. decision. ever! These are a fabulous gift option for your Mother In Law, Wife, Girlfriend, or Mom, Grandmother etc. They seem like they'd be a giant splurge, but at under $100 - its a win win. 

#7 Sorel Winter Boots // Another under $100 steal! I have these in black and they've come in handy so many times! I prefer them over my rain boots as the inside of these is nicely lined and insulated so your foot stays warm. This would be a great gift for someone who lives in an area where it snows or rains frequently, or for the girl who loves to take those winter trips! 

#8 Ugg Ear Muffs // First of all, who doesn't love anything made by Ugg?! More importantly, who hates cold ears!? Everyone. This is such a fun gift that people can use for a lifetime! It's classic, timeless, and all around a solid gift option at an affordable price point. 

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Monday, December 4, 2017

How To Look Stylish In The Office










When I was younger I used to dream about the days of having a corporate America job with a laid back atmosphere where I could truly express my style via work wear fashion - aka skinny jeans, cute pumps, and a velvet blazer (insert heart eyes emoji). Well. I grew up, got that job, and unfortunately for me, our dress code didn't allow for my long standing love of jeans or casual Fridays. So I had to rewrite the plan, and somewhere along the line I kind of lost my zest for work clothes. Grabbing clothes out of my closet that were both stylish and acceptable for a days worth of meetings just wasn't happening. I can only handle so many pencil skirts and blouses before my creative side has a serious fit. I also really hated (and still do) how expensive work clothes are! Who wants to spend an arm and a leg on something you don't really love!? I guess that's my biggest problem. If I have to buy clothes for something, I want to feel in confident in them! After all, I wear my corporate attire five days a week and only truly get to express my personal sense of style two days a week. 

So with that being said, I started my quest for office outfits I could swear by - and I finally found them! Ann Taylor has hands down, THE best options in my opinion. They offer the perfect balance of fashion forward and "work appropriate" at a decent price point. My entire outfit above was recently marked down by 50%, making each piece under $50. They run sales like these often as well! So if you're a smart shopper, save items you are interested in to your wish list - and check back frequently (right before the weekend is best) to see if any of them are eligible for a discount. 

During Cyber Monday this year, I purchased these leggings and this top in every color offered. It's important to me to feel comfortable and confident in my clothes at work and this outfit is just that. Combined with the fabric, the detailing these leggings offer down the front of the pant, takes these from casual to business appropriate. Generally speaking, leggings are not appropriate for the office. So I was super excited to find a pair that were! They're so comfortable that when I get home from work, I'm not running up the stairs the second I walk in the door to change out of them, which is a major win in my book. I paired them with a feminine blouse which you can find here, and as the temperatures drop it's the perfect piece to add a trench or shawl collar coat too! 

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Free People Thermal











Happy Wednesday, friends! I'm having a hard time believing that we are already in the last few days of November! Things are getting crazier and crazier over here for us as we approach the four week countdown to our wedding! Eek! 

Anyway, today I want to talk about this outfit, because let's be honest - this thermal is too good to pass up! I'm known to be a sucker for thermals, and after last years (see this post), I didn't think I could find one I loved more. But, I was wrong. Free People actually killed it with their entire collection this year, and this was one of their updated versions of last years thermal. I love the ruffle detail they added to the back of it. It's feminine and flirty and can be worn under vests or for layering purposes perfectly! It also comes in a ton of color options here and here (I personally own this top in 4 colors). My jeans are a "go-to" in my closet. I believe every girl needs to own a pair of quality black jeans and the fit of these is my favorite (high-rise and stretchy)! Side note, make sure you don't wash them in hot water - lots of them fade tremendously due to the heat! This outfit is so simple, which I love, but I chose to add the statement belt to make it a little more interesting. It's a dupe for the popular Gucci one you see on other bloggers, and in my opinion - the quality is just as good. 

That's all for today fam, I've got my favorite flourless pumpkin bites brewing up in the oven (see this post for recipe) and a few wedding related tasks to tackle before my head hits the pillow tonight so I wish you all a fabulous evening, xoxo. 

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Monday, November 27, 2017

2017 Cyber Monday Deals


There are some killer Cyber Monday deals this year! I actually held out on buying a few things this weekend in the hopes that discounts would be deeper today, and it has proven worth it! Some of my all time favorite items that never go on sale, are 20-50% off today! I rounded up my eight favorite picks in the picture above but you'll find a complete round up of all sales worth taking a look at below. Happy shopping, friends!

H&M // 30% off everything - no exclusions!


Express // 50% off everything online + free shipping!


Kate Spade // 30% off full price items + 40% off sale items with code "MOREJOY"!


Kendra Scott // 20% off everything (even home, which never happens) 


T3 // 25% off with code "MONDAY17"



Anthropologie // 20% off full price items + free shipping on orders of $100+


Pottery Barn // Daily Deals up to 70% off and free shipping with code "FREESHIP"


Crate and Barrel // 15% off full price items with code "SAVE15" plus free shipping


Ily Couture // 30% off sitewide with code "FRIDAY"



Ann Taylor // 50% off everything with code "BESTMONDAY" + free shipping 




For additional sale finds check this post!
 

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