Monochromatic

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Top: Cotton On, Pants: ASOS, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Handbag: Botkier, Necklace: Vintage, Arm Candy: Bella Perlina, Sage K & Co., Vintage

We finally made it Florida and had our first meeting with the wedding planner today!  Despite the Florida heat, I couldn’t resist dabbling in a monochromatic scheme.  I paired my flowy black chiffon top with black skinnies for an unbelievably comfortable outfit that made my busy day oh so enjoyable.  I am also learning to love wearing multiple bracelets with outfits – especially those that need a little pizzazz. I can’t wait to try some more monochromatic outfits this fall and winter!

XOXO,

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A Classic Sunday

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Top: Cotton On, Skirt: Jennifer Lopez, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Handbag: Vintage, Pin (on handbag): Lauren Kilpatrick, Bracelets: Juicy Couture, Sage K & Co., Earrings: Betsey Johnson

I bought this skirt forever ago and have been longing to wear it, but my perpetual fear of ruining white clothing has prevented me from donning it until this Sunday.  The weather has been beautiful lately, and for some reason fall always makes me want to wear classic outfits, so I decided to pay homage to the classics.  Recently, I have lost a decent amount of weight due to some health issues, which has presented a problem in the fit of my clothes, but I have learned to love tucking shirts in!

XOXO,

Six Under $50: Fall Staples

Six Under Fifty

1. Bauble Bar $44, 2. ASOS $37, 3. H&M $15, 4. H&M $18, 5. ASOS $30, 6. Bauble Bar $34

Beautiful, timeless pieces are certainly worth a financial investment, but too often trends come and go and are not worth spending extravagant amounts of money on.  Here, I have found 6 fabulous pieces for Fall 2013 that are sure to please a crowd, and your wallet, and that are trendy but have staying power.  I love them all, but I am particularly fond of the red cheetah print ASOS swing dress, which incorporates a hot Fall 2013 color into an already timeless print.  I am also falling head over heals for graphic tees with typography.  Every time I see a nicely sewn tee with a witty saying or foreign phrase, I find myself reaching for my wallet!

XOXO,

Wedding Sneak Peak

T-minus 5 1/2 months until wedding day!  All summer I have been scrambling to finish most of the wedding preparations so I wouldn’t be distracted once classes began again, and I think I’ve done pretty well!  I’m excited to share some of my wedding mood boards with you guys.  Some of the pictures are mine, some are inspiration, and some (particularly the two largest ceremony board photos and the reception location photos) are from our vendors:

Wedding Ceremony Mood Board

Wedding Ceremony Mood Board

Reception Decor Mood Board

Reception Decor Mood Board

Wedding Details Mood Board

Wedding Details Mood Board

I wanted to post my bridal inspiration board, but I don’t know if my fiance will be snooping around here, so here’s a picture of my reception earrings:

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Viva la glam!  I am absolutely in love with these earrings and CANNOT wait to wear them at our wedding reception.  5 1/2 months and counting!

XOXO,

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Over the last few months I have been introduced to some fabulous and new, to me, shops that have changed my shopping perspective.  As a twenty-something, I have realized that this is the time when a wardrobe shift is needed and now is the time to begin building a fabulous and timeless closet.  This effort has resulted in the search for good quality pieces that are worth the investment, and even some competitively priced fun pieces 😉 .  Over the course of my wardrobe journey, I have stumbled upon a few shops that are making my huge shift, on a small budget, possible.

1) ASOS

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Those who love fashion already know the name ASOS, but I have only recently discovered it (and LOVE IT)!  This online store carries a variety of brands, but I personally prefer their own brand.  ASOS takes high fashion trends and fashion forecasting and creates quality garments and accessories that don’t break the bank.  It is a fantastic place to find wardrobe staples, like the black skinnies I just purchased for $20!  Another plus: FREE shipping and FREE returns.  Seriously, you cannot pass this one up.  

2) Bauble Bar

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If you love jewelry, this is the place for you!  They carry beautiful pieces at affordable prices, and they often have sales where you can snag select bracelets for $10 or a necklace for $20.  Like ASOS, they offer FREE shipping and FREE returns.  Talk about a girl’s dream.

3) Stella & Dot

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This is a prime spot for affordable accessories, and I’m sure you’ve seen their bracelets featured in many fashion blog posts across the board (especially their renegade cluster bracelet).  Though the price point is slightly higher than that of Bauble Bar, they tend to offer classic pieces that are worth the investment.

4) Poshmark

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Poshmark is one of the best organized re-sell portals I have seen.  The site mainly operates via an app for your phone (iPhone only for the time being, but an Android app is coming soon), where you can easily list and buy new and used items.  The items range from Roxy to Rodarte, from American Eagle to Valentino; honestly, the sky is the limit on Poshmark.  Shipping may not be free, but it is definitely low enough to make it worth it, and some sellers will bundle items so you can save on shipping.  Another plus, the app allows you to comment on the item and possibly haggle the price down.

That’s my list so far, but I cannot wait to find new, affordable places to shop!  Any suggestions?

XOXO,

Ring-A-Ding-Ding

Well, I promised you that I would do some research on how to get better quality pictures on an iPhone, and I would say that I had some success!  To try out the two apps I downloaded, I had a little engagement/wedding ring photo shoot, and here are the results:

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I’m quite happy with the results of my impromptu, pre-wedding photo shoot, and I think the quality of the camera app mixed with the fantastic editing app I found left me with some really great at-home iPhone photography!

XOXO,

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