Colorblock Sweater

Happy New Year… I can’t believe this is my first post of 2018! It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, the past few weeks have just flown by! If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I’ve already taken a trip to Miami AND spent a long weekend in Asheville… and we’re not even half way through the month yet! Also, keep an eye out for an upcoming post featuring an Instagram round up of all my travel/tourist looks!

One of my favorite styles this season has been winter whites. I love testing my fashion boundaries and doing things “outside the norm.” Although, I will say that wearing white after Labor Day -once thought of as a faux pas -has been becoming more and more acceptable. In the past, I would have NEVER worn white during winter, but I am becoming more comfortable trying new styles and you should too! 🙂



Since this outfit is all neutrals, I wanted to add a pop of color with a bright purple bag! I also get SO much wear out of these brown over the knee boots. This is definitely a winter staple you should have in your closet. I got this colorblock sweater from Lord & Taylor on sale… now is a really good time to shop winter items, since most places are starting to get their spring lines in and trying to get rid of boots, sweaters, coats, etc.




Outfit Details: Sweater: French Connection (similar, similar only $27) | Jeans: Free People, on HUGE sale for $17 (usually $78) | Boots: Vince Camuto, last season (similar) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar) | Earrings: Nordstrom, old (similar, same in black) | Watch: Michael Kors (similar) | Lip: Bareminerals in Night Owl

Hope you all had a wonderful Monday and a great start to the week!



Pink Cable-Knit Sweater


Happy Thursday! I can’t believe Christmas is only 4 days away! The craziness of the holidays, working long hours and Christmas shopping has officially gotten the best of me. I haven’t posted in a while since I have been so consumed with my new job, but I finally feel like I am at a place where I have a pretty decent routine and can carve some time out of my busy schedule to focus on blogging! So I am super excited to share this new post with you featuring this cozy pink oversized sweater!



One thing I have noticed about winter wardrobes (and I am also guilty of this) is that all of the colors are SO neutral. When picking out outfits to post for fall and winter, I noticed that everything I laid out was either black, gray, white or brown. With the colder weather it’s tempting to just dress in neutrals, but I wanted to spice things up a bit and this hot pink sweater is the perfect solution!


I picked up this piece from Express for an AMAZING deal on Black Friday at 50% off! These jeans are also from Express and I got them when they were having their “All jeans for $29.90” promotion! I LOVE the diagonal cut at the bottom, it’s different, but I think it adds a little flare! These heels are last season, but I have gotten SO much wear out of them this year. It’s also a perfect way to slightly dress up some distressed denim! The bag is from Aldo and I also got this on Black Friday sale (last year) at 50% off. I love the floral details and thought it was the perfect accessory to tie in the patent leather shoes.


Outfit Details: Sweater: Express (similar only $12!) | Jeans: Express (similar only $20) | Bag: Aldo, old (similar, similar in pink) | Shoes: DSW only $35! (similar) | Watch: Nixon (similar) | Earrings: Baublebar (similar)

Also, Express brought back their 50% off promotion (both in stores and online) so you can still shop my sweater and jeans at a HUGE discount! I hope you all enjoy the holidays with family and friends… and safe travels!


Black Friday 2017

The biggest shopping day of the year is finally here and there are a TON of sales going on at most of my favorite stores! Today is when I get a lot of my Christmas shopping done, but if you aren’t up for fighting the crowds and the traffic, most of these sales will also be running through Cyber Monday and some through Tuesday.

Whenever I do one of my sale posts, I always like to link back to my sale shopping guide. If you don’t plan ahead and make a list, it’s a lot easier to spend a lot more money on extra things you don’t really need. I even review this from time to time before shopping big sales like Black Friday!

So here are some awesome deals you can score today:

  • Abercrombie: 50% off everything, no code needed –through today, 11/24
  • Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code THANKFUL –today only
  • Anthropologie: 30% off everything, no code needed
  • ASOS: 30% off everything with code EPIC30 –through Tuesday, 11/28
  • Banana Republic: 50% off regular prices, no code needed –through Monday, 11/27
  • BaubleBar: 
  • Bevello: 25% off everything, no code needed
  • Bloomingdales:
  • Buckle: Up to 75% off select items, online only
  • Dillards: 50% off permanently reduced merchandise, no code needed
  • DSW: 20% off everything with code BLACKFRI20 –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Express: 50% off everything, no code needed –through today, 11/24
  • Francesca’s: Buy one, get one 60% off, no code needed –through today, 11/24
  • Gap: 50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY –through Saturday, 11/25
  • Goodnight Macaroon: 30% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY2017
  • H&M: Deals from $3 and 20% off everything + free shipping with code 1662 –through Saturday, 11/25
  • J. Crew: 40% off your purchase with code THANKU –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Jack Rodgers: Sale on select styles, no code needed
  • Kate Spade: 30% off everything with code GIVEJOY
  • Kendra Scott: 20% off everything with code YELLOW20
  • Levi’s: 40% off everything with code INDIGO40 –through Monday, 11/27
  • Loft: 50% off everything with code THANKS
  • Lord and Taylor: Extra 50% off newly reduced women’s apparel and $20 off your $175 purchase with code BONUS –through Saturday, 11/25
  • Lucky Brand: 50% off everything, no code needed –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Lulus: Up to 90% off everything with code BESTFRIDAY
  • Macy’s: Take an extra 20% off (15% off select departments) with code HURRY through Saturday, 11/25
  • Madewell: 25% off your purchase with code DONTSTRESS –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Michael Kors: Take an additional 25% off, no code needed –through Monday, 11/27
  • Nine West: 50% off site wide, no code needed –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Nordstrom: Extra 20% off select sale items, no code needed
  • Old Navy: 50% off entire purchase, no code needed –through today, 11/24
  • Rebecca Minkoff: Take 25% off $100+ with code BLACK25
  • Red Dress Boutique: 30% off + free shipping –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: Up to 40% off designer selections, and earn a $75 gift card with a $150 purchase with code BLKFRI17
  • Sam Edelman: 30% off site wide with code SAMSGIVING –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Shopbop: Save 20% off $200+, 25% off $500+ –through Sunday, 11/26
  • Steve Madden: 
  • Tory Burch: Extra 30% off when you spend $250 or more with code THANKS –through Monday, 11/27
  • Ulta: Black Friday Beauty Busters >> Shop them here! –While supplies last
  • Urban Outfitters: Buy one, get one 50% off everything, no code needed
  • White House Black Market: 40% off your entire purchase with code 65045 –through Monday, 11/27

As usual, I will update this when and if I see new sales pop up. I hope everyone has a happy and SAFE Thanksgiving weekend!


Minimize Holiday Stress


Stress is a topic that I haven’t really blogged about, but around the holidays I tend to over-analyze and over-think EVERYTHING, which leads to an increase in my stress levels and a decrease in my sanity levels. After talking to friends and family, I have found that this is extremely common this time of year. I wanted to create a post to address the stress that the holidays can bring and how I, personally have been able to handle it. Hopefully this will help you too!


This year especially the holidays have totally crept up on me… Thanksgiving is only 3 days away… WHAT?! This also means Black Friday is 4 days away, which is when most people knock out their Christmas shopping. (Don’t worry, I will post a guide to Black Friday later this week). My biggest stress-or this time of year is money and budgeting for gifts. The retail industry has been capitalizing off the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays for years. They put so much pressure on finding the “perfect” gifts and making the “perfect” food for your “perfect” parties where you will wear the “perfect” outfit (I’ll make sure you are covered there). It can be extremely overwhelming! In the past, I have found myself falling into these standards, putting so much pressure on myself (and my budget), but this year I have decided to beat the stress and here’s how:


1. Start Early

Depending on your schedule and how busy you are, it helps to plan out certain days for shopping, baking, family visits, etc. If you are hosting a party or a get together, plan your menu and make a shopping list ahead of time. This helps with last minute trips to the grocery –and trust me, you do not want to be caught in the grocery a day or two before Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. You can also ask a close friend or family for help with party prep. It depends how many people you are entertaining, but an extra set of hands is never a bad thing!

I also know a lot of people who LOVE to procrastinate (I used to be guilty of this myself). However, I have found that planning ahead and starting your holiday lists early, really does make a huge difference. Specifically, when it comes to shopping, getting your gifts ahead of time helps with that last minute scramble. There is NOTHING more stressful than fighting mall shoppers and traffic the week before Christmas. Not to mention, they may not have something in stock and then it will be too late to order anything. Just ask my dad… I will never forget the year he decided to buy my mom a watch for Christmas on December 23! If you know my dad, he does NOT do crowds, or traffic and he HATES spending money. It was about a 5-hour affair and I could totally feel the stress. Needless to say, I think he learned his lesson!

2. Budget

Before you do your gift shopping, determine how much money you can afford to spend, and make sure you stick to it. The number of gifts you give, doesn’t matter –it’s the thought and the effort behind them. One thing I started doing a few years ago, was making homemade gifts, such as sign paintings/crafts. These tend to go over extremely well since you clearly put a lot of thought and time into them. Here is an article I found with some good homemade gift ideas.

Also, there is nothing more stressful than over-buying or over-extending your budget and watching your bank account dwindle. It’s really not worth it to buy extra expensive gifts if you’re going to sacrifice your peace of mind. That’s why it’s super important to determine your budget ahead of time, and to not stray from it. I also like to track my spending to make sure I am staying within that budget. It also helps to buy over time so you aren’t buying a ton of things at once. For more advice on setting a budget, this is a great article!


3. Make a list, check it twice

Make a list for who you want to buy for and what you are thinking of buying them. I use the notes app on my iPhone to list everyone I am buying for and gift ideas for them. This also helps tremendously when it comes to planning your budget. As I start getting gift ideas and seeing different promotions, I add them to that person on my list. To stay organized, I make lists for just about everything. This tip sort of goes hand-in-hand with planning ahead (tip #1). I make a list for what dishes I want to cook/bake, and the items I need to get from the store.

It also helps me to keep a calendar of holiday events to make sure I am not over-extending myself and that my commitments don’t overlap. There are so many times that I make plans and completely forget about them when I don’t write it down. This can add to your stress when you feel like you have too many plans and not enough time. This leads to my next tip…

4. Learn to say no

You don’t have to say “yes” to everything! In fact, it’s likely impossible. If you agree to something when you probably shouldn’t or don’t have the time, you will become extremely overwhelmed, which sometimes leads to feelings of resentment.

Friends SHOULD understand that the holidays are a busy time, and that you can’t attend or participate in everything. If it’s not possible to say no to something, i.e. a work commitment, try to remove something else from your calendar to make up for lost time.


5. Decide what really matters

Ultimately, around the holidays it’s important to remember what matters. Whenever I start to feel myself getting stressed, whether it’s about buying gifts, traveling, etc. I try to remind myself about the important things, like family and all of us being together for Christmas. So when you start to feel yourself getting worked up over broken cookies or spilled hot cocoa, remember the true meaning of Christmas, which is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Something else that can help you realize what truly matters, is volunteering at a local soup kitchen or donating gifts/food to a family in need. There are so many different organizations that give you the opportunity to donate during the season. This can really open your eyes to the struggles of people in your community and give you a new perspective. Any stress or anxiety stemming from buying gifts and cooking/entertaining seems insignificant when you realize how blessed and fortunate you really are.

6. use the internet

The internet is a powerful tool to have in the palm of your hand! If you hate shopping and hate crowds, it’s usually easier to shop online. Plus, you avoid the awful holiday traffic. Most stores have free shipping for the holidays and/or run some sort of special. If you decide to shop in store, I have found it helpful to Google coupons. A lot of times I have found that stores are offering huge savings online that they aren’t always advertised in store.

Also, if I find something online (or in store) I will Google that item to see if another store is offering it at a lower price. A lot of companies will price match competitors so you will purchase from their store. There are also a ton of articles and blogs with gift ideas that can help.


7. Stick to a routine

It’s easy to let the holidays become a “free-for all.” However, if you usually live a healthy lifestyle, overindulgence and abandoning healthy habits will only add to your stress and leave you feeling guilty. To stay on track, try creating a schedule where you plan ahead some time for yourself. Whether your routine is working out, reading, blogging, etc. it’s important to make sure you stick to it. The longer you go without doing something, the easier it is to put it off altogether. This also makes coming back to reality after the holidays that much more difficult.

Some things that help keep me on track are making sure I get plenty of sleep, having a healthy snack/small meal before going to parties, and doing some type of physical activity daily.

8. Relax

Make sure to carve out some time for yourself to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. It’s easier said than done, but I think this is extremely important in maintaining your sanity. Even if it’s just 15 minutes to clear your mind, you can feel refreshed to accomplish everything you need to do. One thing that helps me, is going to the gym for a quick workout, or reading a few chapters in a book. Whatever it is that calms you and helps clear your mind, make sure you do it!


Outfit Details: Top: Free People, old (similar, similar) | Jeans: Nordstrom, $99 (similar only $25) | Bag: Tory Burch, old (similar) | Earrings: Kendra Scott, $55 (similar) | Shoes: DSW, old (almost identical, similar) | Watch: BP, old (similar for $17, similar)

Apart from the chaos and packed schedules, this is truly, in my opinion, the most wonderful time of year. However, if you let gift shopping, entertaining and traveling get the best of you, you could end up missing out on it. Hopefully these tips help you minimize your stress and enjoy every magical moment this holiday!


Leopard Love & Bell Sleeve Top

One of my favorite patterns as of late is leopard print. However, I try to incorporate it into my wardrobe subtly because loud prints don’t really fit my style. I saw this jacket at Target and this one at Bevello and fell in LOVE with both of them! I thought they were so adorable, but I eventually decided I probably wouldn’t get much use out of either of them. One thing I HAVE been getting a lot of use out of are these adorable flats from Nordstrom that I purchased during their July sale.  They have since been marked down even further!


One of my other favorite leopard accessories is this scarf, which I also got from the Nordstrom sale for under $20! I love wearing the two together because it really spices up a boring work outfit. OR you could style the shoes and scarf with some olive green skinny jeans like these from Free People and a white top and voila -it’s an easy and effortless combo!


I also fell in love with this open tie bell sleeve top a few months ago. With an $80 price tag I decided to wait, and a few weeks ago it went on sale for 50% off! (Don’t you love when that happens?) Anyway, I have already worn this a bunch -whether it’s a casual dinner or even to the office.


I love the big, open sleeves and I feel like they make my frame look a little smaller too, and who doesn’t love that?! I was also watching the Real Housewives of Orange County a few days ago and Vicky (one of the housewives) has the SAME exact top! Although she probably bought it before it went on sale! 🙂





Outfit details: Top: Nordstrom, $39 (similar, similar) | Jeans: BP, old (similar, similar) | Shoes: Nordstrom, $53 (similar, similar) | Earrings: Nordstrom, old (similar for $12) | Necklace: Gift (similar) |  Bag: Aldo, $55 (similar for $30, similar) |  Bracelet: The Styled Collection, $20 (similar only $11) | WatchNixon (similar)

Check out some more of my favorite leopard print products below:


Scarf | Flats | Sweater | Silk Top | Pumps | Jacket

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!


Maroon Satin Wrap Top + Life Update

I’m baaaack… I took a few weeks off to start a new job! It’s been a crazy and busy time for sure while trying to get settled and adjust to a new routine, but so far I am loving this unexpected change. People always say good things happen when you least expect them, and I have found that to be incredibly true over the years.

I was not looking for a job or career change when a headhunter called me a few weeks ago, telling me she had the perfect opportunity for me. At first, I wasn’t interested – but then I thought about it a little more and decided I really didn’t have anything to lose. After two phone interviews with the Charlotte Hornets, I was invited to come in for an in-person interview. After coming in and meeting everyone, I kind of fell in love with the people and the organization. I realized that I really did have a lot to offer and I felt that I could come on-board and make a difference. Two days later, I got the call and I got the job!

But they want me to start when?! I was hoping to take a few days off between jobs to transition, but a busy NBA season that had just started with 82 games did not allow for that to happen. So fast forward two weeks to my last day at ACBJ (which was so bitter sweet), and the following day I was driving into work to a new office.

It was sad leaving ACBJ after working there for over two years. I made a ton of really great friends that I am so thankful for, but I am also thankful for a new opportunity to grow as a person and in my career. Not to mention, it’s kind of cool to tell people I work for Michael Jordan!

So now that I am a little more settled, I can get back to what I love in my (little) spare time -fashion! A while ago, I wrote about my favorite dress trends -which included the wrap dress. However, now that it’s fall, I have transitioned to wrap tops! I love this one especially and the maroon color, which is so in for fall!









Outfit details: Sweater: Free People (similar, similar only $29) | Top: Nordstrom, $49 (similar, similar) | Necklace: BP, only $16 (similar for $6) | Jeans: Red Dress Boutique, $44 (similar) | Shoes: Kristin Cavallari (similar only $38) | Earrings: Stella & Dot (similar) | Watch: Nordstrom, only $22

Happy Friday and I hope you all enjoy your weekend! I know I certainly will, as I am going somewhere super exciting! Make sure to check my Instagram to see where!


Green Crop Jacket

Back in July, I got this olive green cropped jacket from the Nordstrom Sale, but I recently found it on Rue La La for 50% off retail price! This is such a versatile (and light-weight) jacket that has fit perfectly into my summer/fall transitional wardrobe.

Another item that I have been wearing A TON is this geometric necklace. I like the shape AND the silver/gold mixed together so I can wear either.








Outfit details: Jacket: Nordstrom (similar below) | Top: Nordstrom, only $20 (almost identical for $14) | Necklace: Madewell, old (similar, similar only $10) | Jeans: Free People (similar) | Shoes: Sole Society (similar) | Ring: Kendra Scott (similar) | Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties | Earrings: Tory Burch (similar) | Watch: Nordstrom, only $22

I also love these backless slip-on booties! I didn’t own any shoes like these before (shocking) and the low heel is actually pretty comfortable! They are perfect if you are wanting to get that fall look, but the weather is still in the upper 80’s… all my southern friends can relate I’m sure!

Anyway, since this jacket is a little pricey, I did want to share some similar more affordable options below!



Happy Monday everyone and I hope you have a fabulous week!


Ruffle Fly-away Romper

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your week and have some fun plans for the upcoming weekend!

This is an outfit that I LOVE and wore out to dinner one night last week. Even though it’s fall, it was 85 degrees that day and I was not about to step outside in my fall wardrobe (i.e: jeans, boots and a sweater). Right now, I am just enjoying the warmer weather for as long as it will last! Fingers crossed for a warm and sunny lake day on Sunday…

This style is different from anything I have featured before, which is why I love it so much! I like trying new styles and silhouettes. It’s also a cross between two of my favorite styles: the romper and a wrap dress.






Outfit details: Romper: Nordstrom, on sale for $32! (similar) | Jacket: Old Navy, $36 (similar from J. Crew only $39, originally $100) | Necklace: Baublebar, gift (similar only $14) | Earrings: Baublebar, gift (similar) | Bag: Coach, gift (almost identical, also love this one) | Shoes: Sam Edelman, $49 (similar) | Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties | Watch: Nordstrom, old (similar only $22)


1st Ever Book Review

One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to read more. When I was younger, I seriously read all the time… but with a full time job, part-time job and freelance work on my plate, I stopped making reading a priority. I really made an effort to change that this year and started a book club with some of my friends and even read a few other books on my own. Below, I summarized some of my favorite books I have read so far this year.


Big Little Lies by: Liane Moriarty

Many of you may have heard this title from the mini-series of 7 episodes that ran on HBO this summer starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley. (It also won a few Emmys). I had read the book before the show came out, so it was interesting to see the details they kept and the ones they changed. I would obviously recommend reading the book before watching the show, but there are so many differences that even if you have already watched the show, the book would still be worth reading!

Big, Little Lies takes place in a small beach town and focuses on the lives of 3 women; Madeline –who is funny, passionate and blunt, Celeste –who is beautiful, quiet and flustered and Jane –who is new in town, and a young, single mother. All 3 women have children in the same kindergarten class and Madeline and Celeste quickly take Jane under their wings. However, Jane came to town looking for something and a few secrets from her past. She isn’t the only one with secrets though… it seems that the residents of this small town love to keep up appearances and are not who they seem. This book has everything I love in a novel; humor, drama, comedy, suspense and friendship. I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat, unable to put this book down and when I got to the climax, I actually gasped out loud! This is a definite MUST read!

What She Knew by: Gilly Macmillan

A parent’s worst nightmare comes true when Rachel’s 8-year-old son Ben goes missing in the park. When he asks to run ahead to their favorite spot, she feels that it’s an ordinary request on an ordinary day and has nothing to worry about –until Ben vanishes. Police are called, search parties organized and Rachel feels her world coming undone. Hours, then days pass as everyone Rachel knows is called into question. She is completely unprepared for the media circus and questions that follow. People quickly go from sympathy to suspicion as Rachel takes it into her own hands to uncover the clues. But the clock is ticking, will she find him?

While I really did enjoy this read, it is your typical thriller and wasn’t really any different from what I am used to reading. It was somewhat slow in the middle, but once I started getting towards the end I could not stop reading. The ultimate outcome did shock me – I never saw it coming and I love a good plot twist. However, some of the girls in my book club said they knew the ending all along. My suggestion, read for yourself and let me know!

All the Missing Girls by: Megan Miranda

This book had me captivated right away… like in the second chapter! The way this book was written is so different from what I am used to reading. The climax is introduced first, followed by each day over a two week period leading up to that moment. Each day you uncover more clues and subtle hints as to how the characters got to that point. I wouldn’t say that I am a huge fan of this format because I am extremely impatient and just wanted to know what happened, but it also helped me read the book in only 3 days!

The main character Nicolette (Nic) returns home after 10 years to help her ailing father. It’s also been 10 years since her best friend Corinne disappeared and upon Nic’s return, another girl (Annaleise) goes missing, reawakening Corrine’s case and uncovering long hidden secrets. As Nic begins to discover the truth about her neighbor’s disappearance, she also discovers hidden truths from a decade ago and what really happened the night Corinne went missing. There were so many twists and turns in this book, but you really have to keep up and pay close attention to the details –otherwise, you will likely get lost.

The Obsession by: Nora Roberts

This is the most recent book I’ve read… I just finished it a few days ago and it prompted me to write this review post because I loved it so much! Spoiler alert – it’s ANOTHER suspense, mystery, psychological thriller.

Naomi lost her childhood and her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods behind her home. There she discovered a girl trapped in a root cellar bound and badly beaten. When Naomi helps the girl escape, she uncovers her father’s terrible crimes which made him infamous. Even after moving and changing her name, she can never seem to let go and forget about her past.

Fast forward a few years and Naomi is a thriving photographer and has settled in a new small town. She enjoys the solitude, but the friendly residents slowly and surely get her to open up -especially a determined Xander. She fears to let anyone get too close because of her past and it becomes her obsession… but is there someone else out there who is just as obsessed? This one is a little long and a little slow in the middle, but Nora Roberts really builds the characters here. This one gets a five stars from me!


Outfit details: Coziest thermal top: Free People, comes in 5 other colors (almost identical, comes in 8 colors) | Leggings: H&M only $6 | Watch: Nixon (similar) | Necklace: Nordstrom, old (very similar) | Glasses: Vera Bradley frames

Have any of you read these books before? If so would love to hear what you thought. I would also love any suggestions/recommendations for similar books that you think you would like.


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!