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Off the Shoulder Sweater

Warning… excuse the blurry pictures! BUT I am happy to say that this is my LAST post using my old camera! YAY! It’s amazing how big of a difference my new camera has made, everything is so clear and in focus (but still working on learning all of the features).

Anyways… as many of you may have heard, Macy’s is unfortunately closing a bunch of their stores. The good news for us is that there are A TON of wonderful brand name items on SALE!*I just got a pair of free people booties for $45! That’s usually unheard of! I would definitely recommend checking out their sales or signing up for their emails. This sweater was one of the things that I was able to pick up and I ABSOLUTELY love it! I guess everyone else loved it too because it has since sold out at Macy’s price but you can still get it from Lord and Taylor. I have also attached similar options below. Enjoy!

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I love that you can either wear this piece as an off the shoulder sweater or a regular sweater for a more conservative look.

Sweater: Free People from Macy’s, sold out in this color (cream color here) buy the same color from Lord and Taylor here.
Jeans: Charlotte Russe, old (similar for $27, similar)
Shoes: White House Black Market, old (similar only $34)
Bag: Nordstrom, old (similar, similar)
Earrings: Nordstrom, old (similar, similar -love these, similar)
Rings: Kendra Scott, old (similar, similar)

Shop similar off the shoulder sweaters that I LOVE!

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ONE, $39  |  TWO, $24  |  THREE, $40  |  FOUR, $68  |  FIVE, $78

*Life update: I spent the weekend in the beautiful Amelia Island, Florida with my sister. It was such a nice little getaway for us both. We loved exploring the town and of course we always love having sister time! Keep an eye out for a lot more posts from the weekend coming soon.

I hope you all have a great week!

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Winter Wonderland

So in case you haven’t heard, we got some snow in Charlotte, NC this weekend! (Note: some snow, mostly ice). Unfortunately it was a lot less than I had hoped for, but I always love seeing and experiencing the snow (maybe that’s the Northern blood in me).

I hope you all had a SAFE and FUN weekend… I know I sure did. It was great staying in my PJs all day and not having anywhere to go. However, I was able to get outside and snap some pictures before taking shelter by the fire for the rest of the day!

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It’s hard to tell but I promise that it was snowing at this point!

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Love the purple pop of color I added with this Rebecca Minkoff bag I snagged on sale from Nordstrom!

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I have had these gloves for YEARS! I originally got them from Francesca’s and I love that they are mittens that button back in to gloves… genius idea!

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This was my sad attempt at making a snowball. Unfortunately there was more ice than snow so this is about as far as I got.

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I hope ya’ll try to stay warm this week and have a happy Tuesday! Shop all of my outfit details below:

Jacket: Nordstrom by Jessica Simpson, $119 on sale!
Leggings: Lilly Pulitzer, $98
Boots: Hunter, $160
Socks: Hunter Cable Knit, $50
Mittens: Francesca’s, old (similar)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, $200 on sale! (similar for $105)
Hat: Target, only $11! *So side note, I have had my eye on this Free People beanie but couldn’t bring myself to spend $48 on something that I would only wear 1 or 2 months out of the year… so this a great find for me!
Lip Color: NARS in Toy, $26

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Red & Black Plaid

There’s just something I love about plaid flannel in the winter. This red and black plaid button up is no exception. There are so many ways to wear plaid flannel (whether it’s for warmth, style or even pajamas)! This top was very loose fitting and the material is super comfortable and with a $31 price tag, I couldn’t resist.

I also love the different pattern on the rolled up sleeves! How cute is that?!

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Shop outfit details here:
Top: Macy’s, $31 (Use code SUPER for savings)
Pants: Nordstrom, $58 (also love these)
Shoes: White House Black Market, last year (similar for only $34!)
Watch: Nordstrom Nixon Ragnar, $134 on sale!
Bag: Kate Spade, old (similar, similar)
Ring: Kendra Scott, old (similar set)

Since this is my first post in the New Year (still can’t believe it’s 2017), I thought I would share some things that I am excited for coming up in the next few months (in order of occurrence).

  1. Today -The Lilly Pulitzer after party sale! This is a must shop event as you all know Lilly rarely EVER goes on sale! This year it is better than the previous…. with so many pieces that I just adore!
  2. This weekend -SNOW! (so this isn’t really “fashion” but I can’t wait to wear my Sorel snow boots)! Fingers crossed -we are supposed to get up to 5 inches.
  3. Clemson vs. Alabama national Championship (GO TIGERS!)
  4. My new camera! If you haven’t been able to tell, my pictures have been hit or miss (poor lighting, sometimes blurry) but not anymore! I recently invested in a new Nikon D 3500 and I am so excited to elevate my photography game!
  5. My trip to California next month. I have NEVER been to California.. is that not crazy?! That’s about to change this February when I fly out to LA next month to visit my friend Alison -to say I am excited is an understatement
  6. Jack Rodgers’ new hand bag collection (about time)! Check it out here. They are a little pricey but still adorable.
  7. Target Collaboration with Victoria Beckham… coming April 9!
  8. Sister’s graduation… road trip to University of Florida anyone?
  9. Brother’s wedding in Denver, CO. Who doesn’t love a wedding? Especially when it’s your brother marrying the love of his life!

Stay tuned for more posts this year! What are ya’ll excited to do?! I would love to hear from you! 🙂

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Home for the Holidays

One of the best things about the holidays are being with family and friends. I am so fortunate to have a loving, close-knit family and friends who are like sisters and aunts/uncles, etc. This year was a little bit different… we have a lot of big things coming up in the next year:

  • My parents put our house on the market, so this is probably the last holiday we will spend in our house -which is bittersweet. While I am happy for my parents to take the next steps into retiring, I am still a little sad because of all the amazing memories we have made there.
  • My brother is GETTING MARRIED! In June, and in Denver and I am SO excited to add another sister to our family 🙂
  • My sister is GRADUATING COLLEGE and starting pharmacy school -she has always been super smart and ambitious and I am so excited for her to start this new journey where I know she will ROCK!

So I think there will be a lot changes going on in this upcoming year! This holiday weekend was the perfect way to celebrate all of the changes, reminisce and catch up with each other. After getting home late Wednesday night, my sister and I woke up early Thursday to go to the mall and do some last minute shopping. (Yes we are crazy and we braved the crowds). Once we were done, we indulged in some pampering and my mom, sister, grandma and I went to get our nails done.

Josh got in late Thursday night and of course we had to indulge in a game of cards.

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Friday was our Christmas cookie day! Every year we make these adorable Santa Claus cookies. It’s a tradition that my mom did as a kid with her family and it has been passed on to us kids. We definitely made a mess in the kitchen, but it was so worth it! Everyone loves these cookies and how can you resist they are just so cute! Definitely a lot of work but after doing this for the past few years we have it down to a fool-proof routine.

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Christmas Eve morning we all had a big breakfast and helped my mom get ready for Christmas Eve dinner. The kitchen and dining room was a mad house -cooking and rearranging tables, chairs and making sure the place settings were perfect. Overall it turned out pretty nice – I think. My mom is always such a good host and the food did not disappoint.

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We always have our good family friends over for Christmas Eve dinner before we go to church. This year there were 12 of us so we had a big table setting which my mom did such a nice job on… one day I hope to be half the hostess she is!

Before everyone came over for dinner we did some gift exchanging (we always open 1 present on Christmas Eve) and this year we let my parents in on the tradition.

So my mom spent ALL summer working on these Santa Claus cross-stitch ornaments and they turned out so great! It was such a thoughtful and sentimental gift knowing she put in all that time and effort and I will truly cherish it.

We also decided to get my parents a wine cooler! They LOVED it! My dad has a big bar he put in our basement and my mom loves wine so this gift was perfect for them… I am actually surprised that they never had one before.

Then of course before church (and thankfully before dinner, where I stuffed my face) we took our traditional family pictures in front of the fire place. (It’s a growing joke between friends and family that you are really important if you get to take a picture in front of our fireplace).

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After the candlelight church service we came back home and our family friends also came back for some desserts and spirits (my dad always makes a special holiday drink). Then the anticipation for Christmas morning set in!

I am so grateful that our family is able to have a nice Christmas. As I have gotten older, the presents aren’t as important -but it is still nice that we are able to do nice things for each other. Before opening any presents, we always have to take our annual “sitting on the stairs” picture… it’s funny how much those pictures have change over the years (we all used to be able to fit on one step).

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One of my favorite gifts that I gave this year was a hand painted picture of our house to our parents. Since this was likely our last Christmas there, I wanted to give something to my parents to take a piece of our home with them wherever they go. This was such a beautiful painting -my friends did an amazing job from the 3 pictures that I sent her and I know my parents really appreciated it. (My mom did get a little teary eyed, which you can kind of see in the picture -sorry mom)!

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Overall we had a great day and a great weekend. I am so happy my entire family was able to make it home safely so we could all celebrate together. It’s also great to always have my grandma there too! Grandparents are such a precious gift and mine is no exception! She always makes our day just a little bit sweeter 🙂

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I hope everyone else had a healthy and happy holiday spend with lots of love, laughter and food! And cheers to a happy New Year!

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Poncho Season

There’s just something I love about bundling up when the weather gets cold. While I hate to admit that I am not very fond of winter weather, I do love styling oversized sweaters (and ponchos) to keep me a little bit warmer throughout the cold months.

My favorite thing about this poncho is that it is so versatile! The neutral colors make it super easy to style and you can either keep it neutral or do something fun by adding a pop of bright color. I chose to keep it neutral for a casual Friday afternoon in the city.

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Absolutely OBSESSED with these Kendra Scott Earrings! They are so cute -they are like studs but so much more fun and practical. I get A TON of wear out of these!

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This poncho is from earlier in the season from LOFT. I love the added fringe detail to the ends! See below for more outfit details and some of my other favorite poncho options!

Poncho: LOFT, old (similar, similar) also love this one!
Top: LOFT, old (similar for only $10!)
Jeans: Charlotte Russe, old (similar, similar)
Shoes: Vince Camuto, $150 (similar for $38)
Bag: Tory Burch, old (similar, similar)
Necklace: Kendra Scott Rayne, $80 (similar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott Rogan, (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban Aviators, $150 (almost identical for $14)
Watch: Kate Spade, $225 (almost identical only $16)
Cuff: Lilly Pulitzer, $68 (similar)

An alternative to a poncho is to take an oversized blanket scarf and wear it as a poncho/wrap… I’m all about the versatility! Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

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Floral Off the Shoulder Top

Happy first day of December! Seriously, where has the time gone?? This year has been such a whirlwind (especially the last month for me). I took a short hiatus from blogging to deal with some unfortunate circumstances, but I realized that I can’t let the actions of other people affect what I do and what makes me happy. And I love blogging about affordable fashion and style trends so that is what I am going to continue to do!

So how many of you shopped on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?? Hopefully my guide was able to help you out a little bit. I feel like that weekend always sneaks up on me, but fortunately a lot of stores are extending their cyber Monday deals to cyber week! That’s where I was able to snag this gorgeous off the shoulder floral top. See outfit details below.

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Top: Nordstrom, $38 on sale! (similar, similar)
Jeans: Charlotte Russe, old (almost identical and only $49!)
Booties: Vince Camuto, sold out (similar, similar -both on sale)
Bag: Kate Spade, old (similar, similar)
Engravable Necklace: My Stella & Dot, $59
Earrings: gift (similar, similar)
Watch: Kate Spade, old (similar, similar)

P.S. you CAN wear white this winter 🙂

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Black Friday Sale Guide

Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll! I hope everyone enjoys todays holiday and has safe travels.

After Thanksgiving is over and the table is cleared, the holiday shopping season officially begins –starting with Black Friday tomorrow!

If any of you are planning to face the madness that is Black Friday tomorrow morning, I have put together a list of my top favorite stores and the amazing discounts that are going on. If you choose to forego the craziness and sleep in, have no fear –a lot of these sales are also available online!

  • Aldo: 20% off regular price with code FRIDAY + several styles up to 50% off
  • Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code CELEBRATE
  • ASOS: 30% off everything with code THANKFUL30
  • Banana Republic: 50% off 5 regular priced items with code BRFIVE
  • Baublebar: Extra 35% off everything with code VIP35
  • Belk: $10 off $50 with code 11408809
  • Bloomingdales: Buy more, save more –take 20% off $200+ and 15% off $100-$200
  • Dillards: Take an additional 50% off permanently reduced merchandise
  • DSW: Buy 2 get 20% off
  • Everything but Water: Extra 40% off sale styles
  • Express: 50% off everything –ends tomorrow, 11/25 at noon
  • Francesca’s: 30% off everything  & 40% off boots
  • French Connection: 40% off everything with code F40BLF
  • Gap: 50% off your entire purchase with code TGIF50
  • H&M: 20% off your entire purchase + $3 deals for up to 70% off
  • J. Crew: 40% off everything with code HOLIDAY
  • J Crew Factory: 50–60% off everything
  • Kate Spade: Extra 30% off everything with code THANKFUL
  • Kendra Scott: 20% everything with code SALE20
  • Loft: 50% off everything with code BERRYGOOD
  • Lord and Taylor: Extra 20–25% off with code THANKS + $20 your $160 purchase with code BONUS
  • Lucky Brand: 50% off everything
  • Macy’s: Extra 20% off with code THANKS
  • Madewell: 25% off your purchase with code THATSALE
  • Michael Kors: Spend $250 and get 25% off or spend $300 and get 30% off with code HOLIDAY
  • Nine West: 50% off (almost) everything + an additional 20% off $125+
  • Nordstrom: Extra 20% off select sale items
  • Off Broadway Shoes: Buy one get one free on boots (all others are BOGO 50% off)
  • Old Navy: 50% off everything
  • Pier 1: Up to 30% off… 20% off mirrors, lighting, wall decor and more!
  • Pottery Barn: 20% off your order with code GIVETHANKS
  • Rebecca Minkoff: 25% off all orders over $100 (sale is up to 75% off)
  • Revolve: 50% off sale in select items
  • Shopbop: 15% off $200+ or 20% off $500+ or $25% off $800 with code GOBIG16
  • Steve Madden: 8 days of sales -today: BOGO 70% off + free ship with code HUNGRY
  • Tory Burch: 30% off $250+ with code THANKS
  • Urban Outfitters: Buy one, get one 50% off all apparel
  • Vera Bradley: 50% off hundreds of styles
  • White House Black Market: Extra 30% off your full price purchase with code 53194

Hopefully this helps ya’ll get some shopping done tomorrow! If you need gift ideas for women check out my recent Gifting Guide post! Also, if you plan to shop at your local mall, all of the sales can be extremely overwhelming so make sure to check out my tips for smart sale shopping.

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Gifting Guide – For the BFF

You can fight it all you want but the Holidays have pretty much arrived and if you are like me, so has the stress of gift buying.

I have come to the conclusion that it’s not so much the spending money that stresses us out, but the heavy expectation we set for ourselves to buy the perfect gifts for loved ones and close friends. “Will they actually use this?” “Will they like this?” “Will this fit?” “Is this too much money to spend on them?” The list goes on and on.

So this month I am going to try and help you all out with a series of gift guide posts for those special people in your lives. Hopefully these guides will make shopping easier and your holidays less stressful. First up… let’s start with the BFF. Everyone has a go-to friend they can always count on, and what better way to celebrate her than with a thoughtful gift? Here are some fool-proof suggestions she is going to love!

 

JEWELRY – For the fashionista

Diamonds are a Jewelry is a girl’s best friend.

You don’t have to indulge in expensive baubles for your girl friend, but I guarantee you she would love a fun statement pair of earrings! There are so many websites and retail stores where you can buy quality jewelry at affordable prices. One of my favorites is BaubleBar. They have so many fun and trendy pieces at affordable prices that I can never just buy one thing from them! They also have a great rewards program (get 15% off your first purchase) and they just released their holiday gift shop you can view here.

Shop the images below for more jewelry gift ideas at various price ranges:

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SERVERWARE – For the hostess

My mother always taught me never to show up to a party empty handed. Usually for holiday parties I always bring a nice bottle of wine or a small appetizer. However, I also have some friends that simply LOVE to entertain. A set of wine glasses, a fancy cheese plate or a nice serving platter may be the perfect gift for a friend like this.

Make sure if you are getting a gift for a friend who loves to host parties and entertain, you either go neutral OR match their current dinner/serving dishes and decor. (To be safe, I would go with the first option). Shop some of my favorite options below:

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WARM WEATHER ESSENTIALS – For that friend who’s always cold (AKA me)

I will be the first to admit that I am the person who is always freezing. I tend to turn up the thermostat when my boyfriend isn’t looking, I keep a blanket in one of my drawers at work and I have an extra pair of mittens in my car. Like most people, I hate being cold and if you have a friend like me you may want to consider getting them one of my favorite gifts below. Last Christmas, I got this blanket from my mom and  it’s seriously the softest, coziest blanket I have ever owned! You can also never have too many blanket scarves and the mittens are touch screen friendly!

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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS – For the girl on the go

Now a days I feel like so many of my friends have to travel for work. These make great gifts for those girls on the go! I don’t travel a lot but when I do all of these items really come in handy! The headphones are a no brainer and I love that they come with a little pouch so they don’t get ruined or tangled up in my bag. I have also noticed that when I travel my cell phone battery tends to run out a lot quicker than usual. These adorable portable chargers are the perfect solution!

If you have a friend that travels and you know she does not have a hanging travel bag this gift is PERFECT. I have had my Vera Bradley hanging organizer for over 10 years and it’s still in excellent condition. The lined pockets also make it easy to clean. The Lilly Pulitzer travel bag is my new favorite! It actually folds down to a small 6″ x 6″ square. It’s also only $58 and comes in one other cute pattern!

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FESTIVE GIFTS – For the holiday queen

I don’t know many people who don’t enjoy the holidays, but there are those (like my mother) who go above and beyond when it comes to Christmas. Every nook and cranny of our 5 bedroom house is decorated from top to bottom. I absolutely love that she does this and it always gets me in the Christmas spirit! These gifts are great options for friends (or even teachers, moms, etc.) who just love to spread holiday cheer.

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OTHER CHIC GIFTS

If you STILL can’t make up your mind here are some other gift options. Most girls always need an agenda and you can never have too many stationery items. I also love buying these mini O.P.I. nail polish sets because you get so much more for your money. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought a bottle of nail polish and maybe only used it once or twice.

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If you still feel lost, my advice is to go for something personalized. You can never really go wrong here and it shows that you actually put time and effort into finding them the perfect holiday present.

HAPPY SHOPPING! The holidays will be here before you know it!

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Faves Under $50 – Sweater Edition

Sweater weather is better weather! Ok, so maybe I don’t necessarily believe that ALL the time but it sounds good, right?

It’s gotten a lot colder down here in North Carolina over the past week and I have found myself digging through my closet searching for sweaters, ponchos, cardigans and cover ups. I have also been budgeting to buy some new cozy pieces to keep me warm and I have found A TON of affordable options.

Check out some of my favorite sweaters below… the best part is that they are all UNDER $50! With pieces like these, you can stay stylish (and warm) this November without emptying your wallet! 🙂

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Old Navy Classic Cable-Knit Pullover in “Kiss the Sky,” $24
Also comes in 5 other colors!

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Gap Drop Sleeve Pullover Sweater in “Berry,” $49
Comes in 8 additional colors!
**Get 40% off at GAP through November 7 with code CHILL**

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Asos TALL Cardigan in Fluffy in “Gray,” $46

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Asos Noisy May Tall High Neck Sweater in “Green,” $44
Love this bright color for fall!

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Nordstrom Turtleneck Sweater in “Burgundy London,” $49
Perfect staple for fall also available in Black and Grey

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Love Culture Pullover Lace Up Sweater Top in “Heather Grey,” $27
This sweater style is so in this fall! Comes in taupe and teal

 

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SheIn Elastic Cuff Hollow Knitwear in “Multicolor,” $21

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Mango Flared Sleeves Sweater in “Beige,” $49
How cute are these flared sleeves?!  Also available in grey.

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Mango Fluffy Sweater in “Blue,” $49
Available in 2 additional colors -how fun is this fuzzy sweater

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Mango Embossed Polka-Dot Sweater in “Light Pink,” $49
LOVE LOVE LOVE the polka-dot details and it’s available in 4 other colors!

So if you haven’t done your winter shopping yet, I just shared 10 affordable options to bulk up your wardrobe. A lot of these websites and stores (like Old Navy, Gap and SheIn) have A TON of other sweater/cardigan options, but these just happened to be my favorite.

Are there any other stores you shop at with affordable winter clothing options?? I would love to hear about them!

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Navy Pleated Dress

Yes pleats!

Do you remember those dresses you had when you were a little girl that you loved to just twirl around in? The ones that made you feel so grown up and that you wanted to wear everywhere (even to your little league softball game)? Well this dress is my “adult/grown up” version of that!

I have always considered navy a neutral so this pleated swing dress was a no brainer staple for me to add to my wardrobe (AND it’s on sale for UNDER $50)! I am loving navy for fall -but it also comes in a beautiful pink color that would be great for next spring. (As usual, I am always planning ahead).

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Dress: Nordstrom, $49 ON SALE! (also love this identical long sleeve version for $39)
Shoes: Lilly Pulitzer, $198 (similar, similarsimilar for $19)
Cuff: Lilly Pulitzer, $68 (almost identical)
Watch: Kate Spade, gift (similar on SALE for only $49)
Earrings: Kendra Scott, $ (similar for $6)
Necklace: Lilly Pulitzer, old (similar)
Clutch: Francesca’s, old (similar, similar)

I wore this outfit to an outdoor wedding earlier this month. I LOVE pairing a solid color with gold accessories for dressier occasions. I wore a gold shawl (not pictured) for when it got colder that night since it was an outdoor wedding. I got so many compliments on my outfit and I think the jewelry really brought it to life! I think navy is also a great color to have for fall. Don’t get me wrong, I love black but navy is a more colorful alternative that I plan to be living in this season.

I hope everyone has a fabulous Friday and enjoys their Halloween weekend!

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