Gone Too Long

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The few days have been a bit rough, but I will be back soon (very soon actually)!  Thankfully, my sorrows have been cured via shopping therapy, and I cannot wait to share all my beautiful finds – more like steals – with you guys!  For now, I’ll just leave you with a photo that features a vintage ring that my mother gave me years and years ago.  I love it and I am so thrilled that I found it while packing for Florida!

XOXO,

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Let It All Out

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Top: Thifted, Skirt: Target, Clutch: BCBG Max Azria, Bracelet: Sage K & Co., Earrings: Nordstrom

Some days you just want to be ridiculously and unapologetically comfortable, and today was one of those days.  The paradoxical Raleigh, NC weather has left me slightly stumped when choosing outfits, but today was one of the last truly summery days.  To celebrate the end of summer, I decided to pull out my sheer mini/maxi skirt and layer a sleeveless denim button-up over it.  Though my jewelry was decidedly minimal, I couldn’t resist the urge to spruce my outfit up a bit with my favorite clutch- a cheetah print sequined envelope clutch from BCBG Max Azria.  What can I say?  I just can’t resist adding a little sparkle to any outfit!

XOXO,

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,

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target (for real)

As you all know, the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target line has absolutely FLOWN off the shelves.  I even think a majority of the handbags were completely sold out online within a few hours.  I have learned that living in a smaller suburb does have its advantages, though, because I was able to snag some of the bags!

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I have to say that my favorite piece of clothing from the collection is the navy and green sweater.  Unfortunately, I did not buy it immediately and missed out on adding it to my closet (sad day).

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Photo credit: Black Tote, Yellow Mini Satchel

Top: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target, Harem Pants: Target, Shoes: Vince Camuto

So what do you think? Should I keep the weekender tote or not?

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,

NYFW: Mid-Week Musings

So, let’s all be a little bit honest, it is ridiculously difficult to focus on one’s own fashion blog when New York Fashion Week is going on.  I find myself checking Instagram and Twitter twice as often, and I end up reading my Bloglovin’ feed more than once a day (because there is plenty to read this week).  Combine that with being sick and you end up with a pretty sad looking week for outfits, but a wonderful week for some NYFW recon.  So far, I am loving what I’m seeing!

Favorite collections so far: Zimmermann and Monique Lhullier (!) .  I have to say that I am loving what I’m seeing for Spring 2014!  I’m excited about the return of bright colors AND pastels, especially PINKS!!! (<- remember that come spring)

Here are some of my favorite Instagram pics from NYFW so far:

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Definitely loving the tribal print dress.

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Pink is back at Cynthia Rowley!

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More pink!

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Damsel in Dior is one of my all-time favorite fashion bloggers, and I am loving all of the pictures she has been posting so far!

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In love with the Damsel’s black and white grid top.

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Now, the fun isn’t over quite yet, so be sure to keep up with all the action!

Great Instagram NYFW coverage: Damsel in Dior, Harper’s Bazaar US, Blair Eadie, Tibi PR

What collections are you loving so far?

XOXO,

 

Find of the Week

This past week, I ventured to one of my favorite consignment shops in the area to kill some time, and I found something every girl needs: gorgeous black flats.  Not only were these flats beautiful, but they were brand new Stuart Weitzman black mary jane flats.  I tried them on just to see if they would fit and they were perfect!  I was certainly surprised when I found out that they were only $30 (lucky day for me, huh?!).  Thanks to my wonderful find, my transition into a fall wardrobe will be that much easier, and I’m sure I will get much loving wear out of these beautiful shoes:

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XOXO,

Photos from Stuart Weitzman

Phillip Lim for Target

Phillip Lim for Target Lookbook

I always get excited when I hear about Target’s collaborations with designers.  Though some fall short of expectations, most of them provide beautiful clothing at great prices.  Given this, I was absolutely thrilled to hear that Phillip Lim is the next designer Target is collaborating with!  I’ve had a chance to check out the lookbook already and have found some fantastic pieces that I am currently coveting, and will hopefully own soon after the line launches on September 15th.  One thing I love about this collection is that the pieces can easily fit into one’s wardrobe because it is a mixture of basics and trendy pieces.

Some of my favorites:

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If you are going to buy anything from this line, definitely make it one of the handbags!  I love that this handbag is a nod to the design of Celine’s signature handbag.

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This collaboration seems to be the talk of the fashion blogosphere right now, so if  you plan of purchasing a piece from this collection, don’t dilly-dally on September 15th 😉

XOXO,

All photos are from: http://philliplim.tgtlookbook.com/# and have been edited by myself; I do not claim the rights to these photos

“That’s the glorious thing about fashion – just for a night, a minute even – it can give you a whole new identity … If you can’t play with fashion, what’s the point of it?”

– Laura Brown (Harper’s Bazaar, Sept. 2013)

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