6 Items to Transition to Fall

Happy First Day of Fall! I can’t believe how quickly this year is going by! It’s still fairly warm here in North Carolina, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t already started gearing up for fall and cooler weather. Since it’s that weird transition time between seasons (especially in the South), I have summarized my 6 wardrobe staples that help make the change a little bit more bearable. I also wrote a post about this last year (Surviving fall in the South), which you can view here.


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I absolutely love the look of pairing over-the knee boots with a short mini skirt or a short dress. Since it’s still warm, I can show off some leg but the tall boots still give off the fall vibes. I especially love these boots I snagged from the Nordstrom sale. I think they are the perfect color and go with just about everything!




Ok, ok I know I am beating a dead horse. I have posted multiple times about wearing dark florals, specifically in my most recent post, and with this crop top post but I honestly can not stop wearing dark florals for some reason?! Whether it be dresses, tops, or even pants I have been wearing dark florals on repeat for the past few weeks.



I’m going to be honest, when I first saw the cut out sweater trend over the summer, I thought to myself “that’s dumb… what is the point of wearing a sweater to keep warm if there are cut-outs in it?” Well, joke is on me because I am currently LIVING in them! This is the perfect staple to take you from summer to fall. The cut-outs give you some air to breathe, but the sweater says ‘fall’ all over it.



I am and have always been obsessed with flannel for fall. There is just something about flannel and the patchwork patterns that scream bonfires, cozy blankets and hot chocolate. The only problem with flannel is that it keeps you REALLY warm. I know that’s the point, but when you are living in the south, that’s the last thing you want to be wearing in late September and early October.

Now let me introduce light-weight flannel; it looks like a regular flannel top, but the material is MUCH more breathable. My favorite item as of late is this Free People button up that I got on sale. ( I also love this one from Levi’s). I love the over-sized fit and I have even been wearing it as a jacket over dresses. When I get hot, I just take it off and tie it around my waist! (It’s funny how I used to make fun of my mo for tying things around her waist and now look at me!)




Similar to cut-out sweaters, distressed denim is also a great look for fall. Much to my father’s disappointment who always asks “did you actually buy your pants like that?” or “you spent money on those pants?” HAHA Sorry dad! They are “in” right now. But in all seriousness, distressed denim is a perfect transition piece, because you have the cut outs to let you breathe a little, but you still have your legs covered to keep you warm when the temps drop.




Last but not least, are my new favorite shoe trend: peep-toe booties. I guess I can’t really call this a trend because I wore them ALL the time last year between summer and fall. However, they are definitely worth investing in, so they made the list. I love styling them with shorts and a light weight sweater for the perfect fall transition look. I’ve also been styling them with distressed skinny jeans. The peep-toe still hints at summer but the bootie says all fall!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!



Dark Florals for Fall

Happy Monday! Did anyone else feel like last week was the longest week of their lives?! Anyway… with fall right around the corner, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite trends for this fall –dark florals (especially navy)! I have already written about them before in this previous post, but I seriously can’t get enough of them!


If you read my most recent post, you should know all about my experience with Le Tote. This dress is another one of the outfits that I got in my box! I styled it with this braided leather clutch that also came with my delivery and I love that it’s so versatile –it goes with just about everything.





Outfit details: Shoes: Tory Burch Chandler wedges, old (similarsimilar) | Clutch: from Le Tote (similar) | BraceletsBourbon & Boweties | Watch: Michael Kors, old (similar) | Dress: from Le Tote (similar below) | Earrings: Baublebar (similar for $10)

I think this is a perfect transition dress (from summer to fall AND work to a night out). The darker florals help transition this into a fall look, especially if paired with some open toe booties. I also love this dress because I could wear it to work with a black blazer and black heels, then go out in the city for dinner after a long day (sans blazer –maybe a leather jacket instead)! For more of my favorite dresses in navy floral patterns, shop below. BONUS: all of these styles are UNDER $50!



I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!


Red High-Waist Shorts & Crop Top


Hi everyone, and happy post-Labor Day! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have noticed a post I had up recently featuring  a brand named Le Tote. In a nutshell, Le Tote is a fashion subscription service that lets you shop for items you love.

After filling out a style profile and selecting your items, they send you the clothing and accessories that you hand-picked to try on and wear for as long as you like. If you love it, keep it (at a discount)! Send back what you don’t love and they will immediately ship you a new box. There are different levels of the subscription service for different price points, making it affordable for us ladies on a budget!


When I first signed up, I took a style quiz and created a profile with all of my measurements to ensure they sent me the right sizes. Within 24 hours, they got back to me with the items they selected for my box. I then had 24 hours to swap items out and confirm my tote. Once confirmed, they shipped it out right away and I got my box within 2-3 days. (The first time, I let them pick my items… you can also pick your own items by shopping their selection and adding specific pieces to your closet).

When I got the box, they sent a guide with all of the items I received which listed the retail price and the Le Tote price.



So for this outfit, I was sent the clutch and the shorts. I was able to style these pieces with other things I already owned. (I love when that happens)! After having some fun styling all of my outfits and deciding where I would wear them, I tried them on and took some pics! Once I was done wearing everything in my box, I was easily able to ship the products back in a pre-paid package bag.

As soon as they received my returned product, they turned right around and shipped me a new box! Can’t wait to see what they pick for me this time. 🙂






Outfit details: Shoes: Tory Burch Chandler wedges, old (similar, similar) | Shorts: from Le Tote (similar) I loved that they had pockets!| Clutch: from Le Tote (similar) | Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties | Watch: Nixon (similar) | Top: Showpo (similar only $9) | Necklace: Stella & Dot, old (similar) | Earrings: Kendra Scott, old (similar)

If you wanted to try Le Tote, click here to join and then make sure you use my special code: HEARTLT for 50% off your order! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week.


Labor Day Sales

HAPPY FRIDAY! We finally made it through the week.

Is it just me or has this summer FLOWN by?! I can’t believe Labor Day weekend is finally here, but that means… tons and tons of sales! Retailers will pretty much use any holiday as an excuse to have a sale, which is completely ok with me! However, before shopping these sales, refer to my to my sale shopping guide to make sure you’re not just spending money on something because it’s on sale.

I have done these types of posts for past holidays and ya’ll seem to love them so I will keep them coming! Below, I have summed up some of my favorite stores and additional stores that are having some amazing sales over the long weekend. Hopefully, we will have great weather, but if you are stuck inside or have a chance to get to the mall, make sure to check out the stores below…

  • Aldo: Buy one, get one 40% off + up to 60% off sale styles –ends 9/4
  • Ann Taylor: 50% off full price and extra 50% off sale styles –ends 9/4
  • Banana Republic: 40% off everything, no code needed –ends 9/5
  • Bare Minerals: Spend $100, get $30 off, Spend $75, get $20 off, spend $50, get $10 off –ends Tuesday, 9/5
  • BaubleBar: Additional 20% off sale styles, no code needed –ends 9/4
  • Belk: Up to 70% off deals and $10 off $50 with code 80073214, $25 off $100 with code 59940549 –ends 9/2
  • Bloomingdales: Save 40-60% on almost all sale items, no code needed –ends 9/4
  • Crate and Barrel: 15% off full price items with code SAVE15 –ends 9/4
  • DSW: Up to 65% off compare-at prices + $10 for every $50 spent
  • Express: 40% off everything, no coupon needed –ends 9/4
  • Francesca’s: Buy one, get two 50% off, no code needed –ends 9/6
  • Free People: Additional 25% off sale styles, no code needed –ends 9/4
  • Gap: Up to 50% off everything + extra 20% off with code GETMORE –ends 9/2
  • H&M: Deals from $5 (up to 60% off) + free shipping with code 1869 –ends 9/4
  • J. Crew: 30% off entire purchase with code YESPLEASE –ends 9/4
  • J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything + extra 50% off clearance with code DELISH –ends 9/5
  • Kate Spade: Extra 30% off sale items with code GOLDEN –ends 9/5
  • Kendra Scott: 15% off $100+, 20% off $150+, 25% off $200+, ends 9/5
  • Loft: 30% off full price styles + extra 50% off sale –ends 9/5
  • Lord and Taylor: Up to 80% off clearance with code LABORDAY, buy one get one 50% off jeans, up to 20% off regular prices –ends 9/5
  • Lucky Brand: Buy one, get one 50% off, no code needed –ends 9/5
  • Lulus: Take an extra 40% off sale items with code 40SAVE
  • Macy’s: Extra 20% off + free shipping with code LBDAY –ends 9/4
  • Marc Fisher: Take 30% off sale styles with code SUMMER17 –ends 9/5
  • Michael Kors: 25% off already reduced styles + free shipping over $50 –ends 9/4
  • Nine West: Take an extra 30% off sale items, no code needed –ends 9/5
  • Nordstrom Rack: Extra 25% off clearance, prices as marked –ends 9/4
  • Off Broadway Shoes: Buy one, get one 50% all shoes + $10 off $75 with code LABORDAY –ends 9/4
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: Up to 75% off, online only –ends 9/4
  • Sole Society: Up to 60% off select styles, sales are final –ends 9/4
  • Target: Up to 30% off home updates + save an extra 15% with code LABORDAY
  • Tory Burch: End of summer sale –up to 60% off
  • Urban Outfitters: Extra 30% off sale, no code needed “limited time”
  • White House Black Market: End of season sale up to 60% off –ends 9/6

As usual, I will continue to update this when I see new sales pop up. I was a little disappointed to see some of my stores weren’t having any deals yet, so I will check back periodically and update as needed! AND if I missed a store, let me know and I will add it to my list!

I hope everyone has a happy and SAFE Labor Day Weekend! ❤

P.S. Even though it’s Labor Day, I’ll still be wearing tons of white this fall!


One-Shoulder Bow Top

This is a top that I have been wearing A TON this summer! There are so many things I love about it… it’s blue and white pinstripe, it has a bow, it’s one shoulder AND I love the scalloped hem! The only thing I would have done differently is get a smaller size!

The fit was perfect at first, but after wearing it for a while it kind of stretched out. Here I am wearing a medium (a small would have been better), but after I took these pics I did get it taken in a little on the side.




I am also in love with these distressed white skinny jeans. I posted about them in my last post here, and I have been wearing them ever since.

They go great with everything and it’s nice that they come in various lengths so the holes are right over my knees. (My legs are a little shorter so standard sizes tend to be way too long on me and the knee holes are down at my shins)! 😦





Outfit details: Top, old (similar, similar only $24, similar) | Jeans (very similar, also love these for $39) | Earrings, Stella & Dot (similar) | Bag (similar) | Shoes, old (similar)

Hope your weeks are off to a great start! I have lots going on this week and a fun trip home planned for Labor Day weekend. Anyone have any fun plans for the long weekend? I’d love to hear from ya ❤


Black Floral Crop Top

HAPPY FRIDAY! One of the questions I have been getting a lot recently is, “How can I wear black during the summer?” A lot of people are under the impression that black can’t be ‘summer-y’ and should be avoided during these warmer months. I am here to tell you that you can go ahead and wear all the black you want! I found this sheer floral crop top the other day and I bought it without even trying it on (that says a lot for me)!



I loved the hints of orange and yellow and the floral details as well as the tie/cinched waist giving the top a slight peplum look. AND… what better way to add some summer flair than with some white skinny jeans? These jeans were an investment piece for me that I had been eyeing for a while. I had a similar pair of white skinnies that I scored for under $20, but unfortunately the quality wasn’t that great and they didn’t last me very long. It is SUCH a struggle to find a good pair of white jeans and these babies have not disappointed! 🙂






Outfit details: Top (similar below) | Jeans (similar) | Bag, Kate Spade (similar only $24) | Earrings, Kate Spade, old (similar only $4, similar) | Shoes, on sale (similar)

Check out more black floral tops below that are perfect for summer! AND they are ALL $45 or LESS! You are welcome 🙂


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Hope ya’ll enjoyed! Keep an eye out for more posts coming soon and have a fabulous, safe weekend! P.S. anyone else watching this UFC fight on Saturday?? All this hype kind of has me a little excited for it… now I just need to find a place that will show it for free without charging me a cover! I think the solution is to just throw my own fight party?!


Blue Drop Waist Dress

Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! The new dress style I’m kind of loving right now is a drop-waist dress. This blue one in particular is evvverything! I love the bright vibrant color and I found the perfect clutch to match. I love the fit because it’s light and airy, which is key in this North Carolina heat and humidity.







Dress: Shopbop (similar in green)
Shoes: Lilly Pulitzer, old (similar only $23)
Clutch: Steve Madden (similar)
Necklace: The Styled Collection (similar)
Bracelets: Baublebar
Cuff: Lilly Pulitzer (similar only $2)
Earrings: Kendra Scott, (similar)

I also adore the little ruffles at the bottom. I think this shape is flattering for all body types as well as it kind of fits like a standard shift.

Shop some other drop waist dress options below.


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I hope you all had a FABULOUS weekend! On Saturday, my friend Hannah married her fiancee, Josh in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in South Carolina. It was honestly, such a wonderful day full of love and lots and lots of dancing!


Have a wonderful week everyone!


Denver – Wedding Day!

After months and months of planning the big day was finally here! Everything about Saturday, June 17 was absolutely beautiful and perfect. I am going to apologize in advance for the NUMEROUS pictures that are about to be in this post. But, there were just so many great moments and memories that Doug Treiber was able to capture, so I wanted to share them with all of you.

You read about my trip to the Coors Brewery, the bridal luncheon and the rehearsal dinner, but their wedding day was my absolute FAVORITE!

We had an early start to our morning and showed up at the venue (Erin’s mom’s house) bright and early to get ready. Trust me, it took a village with 11 bridesmaids! I also think that is a testament to the type of people that Erin and Josh are –they have so many close friends and family that adore them because they are just such genuine, loving people!





@Teavana @Starbucks ad?

And I just love how us girls spent the entire day getting ready and meanwhile… the boys were doing this:



But they did get ready eventually 🙂


I also can’t complain… we had some downtime and were able to sit out in the sun, sip some champagne and had an amazing deli lunch delivered. We also (obviously) had to take a ton of pictures.







Erin’s sister Annie and her sweet baby niece Julia

The girls who did the hair and make up (Planet Laboratories) were amazing and I even reached out to Erin so I could include them in my post. They were SO talented and friendly. They used all Aveda products, which I haven’t really used too much in the past, but now I am obsessed with their makeup line… I never even know they did makeup! I got a simple half updo and wore the rest of my hair down and curled, and despite dancing all night, my curls held perfectly. See our final hair:


I also tried fake eyelashes for the first time, and I am not going to lie they were a little uncomfortable at first. Eventually I got used to them and I think they looked great -but I probably wouldn’t get them again unless it were a special occasion. Erin had eyelash extensions (which I have been wanting to try) and they looked amazing… she didn’t even really need to wear mascara with them.

Once Erin had her hair and makeup done, it was time for the “first look.” I think this is a really sweet idea and the photographer got some amazing heart-melting pictures! Here Erin is in her dress! It was so elegant and fit her like a glove. It was as if that dress were made for her. The v-back was beautiful too and simple diamonds around the waistline added the perfect touch.



So here are some of the pictures that the photographer took during the first look. I’m just glad you can’t see all the girls peeking through the windows in the background! We were also trying to not cry all the fresh make up off our faces!








This last one is my favorite ❤ The garden on the side of Erin’s house was honestly the perfect backdrop for these intimate pictures. As you can tell, her mom’s flowers and gardens were impeccable and just added to the beautiful setting.

After their first look, the photographers took Erin and Josh to the front of the house to do all of the bride and groom pictures. After that, they did all of the wedding party pictures, which was GENIUS! So after the ceremony, we didn’t have to waste time taking pictures, they were already done and Josh and Erin and the rest of the bridal party could just go right into the reception!














Erin with her mom





Momma & Daddy

So all of these pictures were actually taken before the wedding, but it ended up being perfect because it did sprinkle right after we finished. (They say a little bit of rain on your wedding day is good luck)! As the guests arrived, it was time to walk down the aisle! But first, let’s start with the cutest “ring bearer” ever –Erin’s little nephew, Andrew.







The one thing that they did, which was really sweet was Josh met Erin in the middle of the aisle and walked her down the rest of the way to the alter. They also shared their own vows, which was really special –I’m sure for them– but also for everyone else to hear. I had been good at not crying up until that point. My brother has always been a man of few words, but listening to him talk about Erin and share his love for her with all the guests was so special! ❤




And I now present Mr. & Mrs. Bordner!


After a gorgeous ceremony it was time for the reception! I would say that the theme of this wedding was garden chic. Everything was put together so beautifully and every little detail was thought of. I wanted to share some pictures of the venue and the decor because it was truly truly beautiful. (I also know most of my friends will steal them to put on their Pinterest boards)!




A fun and interesting note about these table settings… Erin’s mom actually hand sewed all of the napkins for every guest. This was a great personal touch and she used three different patterns, which tied everything together so nicely.




Erin and Josh still did the traditional wedding cake cutting, but it was just a small cake. So instead of serving that cake to the guests, they had an ice cream bicycle come and handout different flavors of ice cream sandwiches. These were actually really refreshing and really tasty and was such a fun idea (especially if you aren’t a big cake person).




Once the ceremony was over, they held a cocktail hour for the guests before sitting down to dinner. We also went through all the speeches and Erin’s mom gave the most heart-warming toast welcoming Josh into their family –I know he is in good hands living across the country. I don’t think any of the guests minded that two people interrupted…




After the toast, dinner was served buffet style with tons of options and a delicious watermelon salad AND sweet potato fries! And after dinner was when the real fun began! They had a live band, Diamond Empire who was absolutely amazing! There is just something fun and authentic about having a live band interacting with the crowd!

Before sharing pictures from the reception, I did want to share some sweet pictures from their first dance to Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett.





Now for the rest of the pictures from such an amazing night…





My handsome date!



Boston College friends


My mom’s side of the family



Mom & Dad


Josh and my sweet grandma ❤

And I am so bummed because this is the only picture I have of the back of my dress, which I was so in love with! The beaded detail on it was so intricate and beautiful, I am kind of sad I don’t have more pictures.


I guess I will just need to find another time and place to wear it again 🙂

I think I can speak for all of the guests there, that this was one of the most fun and amazing weddings I have ever been to. (And yes, I am biased). But there was just something so intimate about this backyard wedding in the home that Erin and her siblings grew up in. It was also so much about family and good friends and I am so thankful that these two found each other!

So last but not least…


CONGRATS to the newlyweds!


Denver Trip – Rehearsal & Dinner

If you have been following my last few posts, you will know that my brother Josh married his beautiful fiancé, Erin this past June in the lovely Denver, Colorado.

I may be a bit biased… but this was honestly one of the most FUN rehearsal dinners (and weddings) that I have been to! After the bridal luncheon earlier in the afternoon, we headed over to the rehearsal, then off to The Tavern in Platt Park to help set up for the dinner party.

Here is a picture from the actual rehearsal:


I loved that Erin and Josh had their photographer at their rehearsal and the dinner to take pictures and capture some sweet moments. (I am not sure if that’s standard now-a-days)? The Tavern was the PERFECT location… we were up on their rooftop bar, the weather was perfect, food was amazing and the staff was so great!

I was super excited that my mom let me design the invitations for the rehearsal dinner (see below). My parents ended up inviting a good number of people because so many friends and family flew across the country and a lot of our family members and friends hadn’t met Erin and vice-versa with Josh. So this was the perfect way for everyone to meet BEFORE the actual wedding.


I crossed out last names for privacy 🙂

I also created a cute little logo to put on the vases on the tables at the ceremony and to add to the menus. I designed 2 signs as well to match the invites (I may have gotten a little excited designing things)! See designs and venue pictures below. My mom also made this adorable slideshow for Josh and Erin of family pictures and pictures from their childhood, which was playing in the background on all the TVs.

Also, I must say… the rooftop location did make a really good backdrop for some photos! (We may have gotten a little carried away). See outfit details below the slideshow:

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Dress: Revolve, old (similar, similar)
Shoes: Sam Edelman (similar only $20)
Necklace: Gift from the bride
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties
Bag: Tory Burch, old on sale (similar, similar)
Earrings: Baublebar, old (similar)

The rehearsal dinner was also the perfect time to give some speeches so we weren’t taking up too much time talking at the wedding 🙂 My sister and I did a joint speech to the bride and groom and I’m not going to lie, I was slightly terrified! There were so many things I wanted to say (funny/embarrassing stories), but we kept it short and sweet since there were so many people who wanted to toast the happy couple! ❤

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After the rehearsal dinner, we finished off the night at the Marriott’s Hotel Bar. We didn’t stay out too late because we had to get enough sleep for the big day tomorrow!!

Bare with me… only one more post on the big day –coming soon! Happy Friday hope you all have an amazing weekend!


P.S. Photo credit goes to the talented Doug Treiber.

Denver Trip – Bridal Luncheon

Happy bridal luncheon and rehearsal dinner day! ❤

This Friday was such a gorgeous day and we started it off with a luncheon/brunch, mimosas and blood mary’s at the Denver Country Club. This was the perfect time and place for all of the girls to get together and unwind before the madness of the rehearsal and wedding!



My sister and I were able to spend some time with Erin, her mom and her sisters and the other bridesmaids. We also had a full course meal with appetizers and sorbet dessert! YUM!


Meet the Bordner girls!




Dress: Bardot (similar, similar only $29!)
Shoes: Lilly Pulitzer, old (similar)
Earrings: Sole Society, old (similar, similar)
Bracelet: Kendra Scott
Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties

Between the luncheon and the rehearsal, we were able to explore a little bit of Cherry Creek –which is actually a really neat place with a lot of cute boutique shops and restaurants! I would have liked to spend a little more time exploring, but we had a busy schedule so I guess I will just have to save that for next time 🙂

Hope you all survived Monday and have a great rest of the week!