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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Off-the-Shoulder Sweater

If you all read my post on dressing for fall in the South, you know where I am coming from when I say it is an everyday struggle. However, it is pieces like this off-the-shoulder sweater that make it much more practical when dressing for these crazy fluctuating temperatures.

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Sweater: Macy’s Free People, $64
Jeans: Charlotte Russe, old (similar for $24)
Flats: Nordstrom, $69 on sale! (similar for $24)
Bag: Nordstrom, old from NSALE (similar, similar for $29)
Cuff: Lilly Pulitzer, old (similar, similar for $11!)
Watch: Michael Kors, gift (similar only $33)
Earrings: My Stella & Dot, $34
Ring: Baublebar, old (similar, also love this)

For this outfit, I really played up the small colorful details in the sweater’s pattern. There is a small hint of burgundy so I paired with my burgundy flats and cross body bag. Burgundy is such a fun color for fall and I am LOVING it!

After our photo shoot, Cameron and I headed out to dinner and I wore an olive green cargo jacket (another fall trend I am loving) to keep me warm once it cooled off at night.

What is everyone else’s favorite colors for fall? Leave me a comment I’d love to hear from you 🙂

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Open Back Shift Dress

A few weeks ago we held an engagement party for my brother and his fiancé Erin. I wrote an entire post about it, which you can read here. So now for my outfit details you all have been wondering about! I have already shared on Instagram and Twitter (artfully_chic), so now I wanted to write a post about it on the blog!

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Since the party was a Sunday brunch, I didn’t want to go too fancy and over-dress, but I still wanted to look nice and I thought this dress was the perfect piece! I got it from Urban Outfitters over the summer while they were having an extra 20% off all dresses. Unfortunately it is no longer available but don’t worry I have picked out some other similar options!

Also a side note about this dress purchase… it was hanging on a rack that said “Dresses $19.99 & Under.” When I went to buy the dress, it rang up for over $50. I was clearly there trying to get a bargain so I told the associate that I no longer wanted it since I thought it was less expensive. She apologized for the confusion and asked me to show her where it was hanging. I showed her the rack and she apologized again and honored the display price. So I ended up getting the dress for only $16!  I didn’t even expect her to do that but if you see something like that, a lot of places will honor their mistake. Key learning: it never hurts to ask! (Politely of course).

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I loved how the black accessories looked when paired with this color and the leopard clutch added a fun little pop of print! Shop outfit details below:

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Dress: Urban Outfitters, sold out (shop similar below)
Earrings: Baublebar, $34 (also love these)
Watch: Nixon, $225 (similar, similar)
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties, $22+
Link Bracelet: Francesca’s, sold out (almost identical, similar for $13)
Clutch: Steve Madden, $19 on sale (similar for $8)
Shoes: Ivanka Trump, sold out (almost identical, similar)

Shop some of my other favorite open back dresses below:

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One, $59  |  Two, $68  |  Three, $98  |  Four, $82  |  Five, $78  |  Six, $54

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Old Navy Part II

A few days ago I posted Falling for Old Navy –if you missed it, you can view it here. I mentioned that I got a ton of great items on sale and one of those pieces was this beautiful yellow and cobalt floral printed dress.

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I bought this dress because it is a  versatile piece that I could wear to work with a blazer OR dress it down with my Old Navy jean jacket for a casual brunch. The yellow and cobalt tones aren’t too bright, but I was able to bring them out with my yellow tassel earrings and blue Kate Spade bag. If you wanted to keep this dress more casual, you could always pair with neutral accessories and tall boots to give it more of a ‘fall’ feel.

I wore this outfit to work last week and got so many compliments! When I told people that I got it from Old Navy they honestly could not believe it! I’m not even kidding you when I say I felt like I was actually in and Old Navy commercial with Amy Poehler. If you need a refresher click the link below….

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As a mid-20 year old on a small budget it definitely helps to have stores like Old Navy that offer affordable, quality clothing that’s on trend and in style! The best part is… right now they are offering Old Navy cash! So depending on your purchase amount, you will get Old Navy cash to use in store at a later date!

See below for full outfit details:

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Dress: Old Navy, $22
Earrings: Baublebar, old (similar)
Cuff: My Stella & Dot, old (similar)
Watch: Kate Spade, gift (similar)
Bag: Kate Spade, old (similar, similar)
Shoes: White House Black Market, last season (almost identical for $54)
Lip Color: YSL Glossy Stain Color 15 Rose Vinyl

Leave a comment and let me know what you think! I hope everyone had a great weekend and your week is off to a great start!

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Falling for Old Navy

Old Navy recently opened a new location at the local mall, so of course I had to go check it out! You can find some amazing deals at Old Navy, and their fashion designers have done an amazing job bringing us the latest up to date styles at affordable prices. Their latest fall line is so swoon-worthy I found myself trying just about EVERYTHING on. Not to mention, they usually are always having some sort of sale that makes shopping there so much more enjoyable for me (and my wallet)!

I was able to snag 2 gorgeous dresses that I can wear for a casual outing, or dress them up for work with a blazer. I was also able to pick up a denim jacket for under $35! I really needed an update to my denim jacket that I currently had (it was a distressed one from Hollister that I got in high school probably like 10 years ago). <Insert embarrassed emoji face here>. It’s great quality too and I LOVE the color (perfect in between -not too dark and not to washed out). Every girl should own a jean jacket -especially for fall. I wear mine ALL THE TIME whenever I put on a dress… and once it gets colder, it will look so cute with over the knee boots.

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Dress: Old Navy, $15 (extra 30% off with code THANKYOU)
Jacket: Old Navy, $36 (extra 30% off with code THANKYOU)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, $144 (similarsimilar)
Ring: Baublebar, $38 (similar)
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties, $16+
Earrings: Baublebar, $36 (similar for $15)
Watch: Kate Spade, gift (similar, similar)

Check out some of my other favorite Old Navy finds below:

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Coat, $69  ||  Poncho, $22  ||  Leggings, $19  ||  Plaid Vest, $36  ||  Short Booties, $44  ||  Jeans, $34  ||  Scarf, $16  ||  V-Neck Sweater, $29  ||  Tall Booties, $44  ||  Hat, $22  ||  Long Sleeve Tee, $29  ||  Fur Vest, $34

Also FYI… Old Navy is having a HUGE sale this weekend so now is the perfect time to shop! Card holders get an extra 40% off and non-card members still get 30% off their entire purchase! If you are shopping online make sure to use the code THANKYOU. And you are welcome 🙂 I hope everyone enjoys their Saturday!

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Top 10 Beauty Finds

Welcome to my first ever beauty post! This is something I have wanted to do for a long time but it took a while for it to come to fruition. I really wanted to write about products that I use almost daily (and most of these I do) but I also wanted to make sure I included items that I honestly could not live without. These are in no particular order… enjoy!

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Dry shampoo is a lifesaver for those mornings that I wake up late (which happens frequently). I have such fine hair that if I shower the night before, my hair will likely be greasy by the time I wake up. Now we have the amazing invention of dry shampoo. I remember back in high school I would stand in my tub and dump baby powder on my hair if I didn’t have time to shower –eww! Luckily those days are over and I can use this Batiste dry shampoo that has a blonde tint. This especially comes in handy when I am between hair highlights so my roots aren’t as noticeable. (Also available for brunettes).

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Ya’ll need to trust me when I say this is worth the investment! I was lucky enough to snag mine during the Nordstrom sale for only $89. I have never had the best complexion… something I have struggled with since middle school. However, this has done wonders for my skin. It gets rid of all the dead skin cells and really cleans out my pores.  I use it once in the morning and once at night for a minute and a half. There’s a timer on it to let you know when to switch areas of your face. Sometimes I also use it on my elbows and knee caps –pretty much anywhere where you have rough or dry skin.

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I don’t know about the rest of you but my lips are always so dry. In the summer I chalk it up to the sun and humidity but in the winter its the dry, cool air. I seriously can not leave the house without chapstick and if I don’t have it on me, I might panic. So a few months ago I started using Fizzy Lip and it has helped me tremendously with my dry, cracked lips. I usually use it in the morning and rub the exfoliator across my lips until they are smooth to the touch and then finish it with the wet lip, which is super hydrating.

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I have tried so many face masks in my lifetime but this one is by far my favorite. While a little on the pricey side, it is completely worth it. Like I mentioned before, I have always struggled with my complexion –especially my pores. This clay mask has made a huge difference in helping clear them up. I only use it one every week or so, but afterwards my skin feels so refreshed!

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My face is very dry and sensitive… and I’m sure you can only imagine that it gets even worse in the winter. This product has saved my life! Whenever I wash my face with chemicals (and sometimes when I use my Mia Clarisonic) I get really dry spots around my nose and on my chin. This lotion is so hydrating that I just rub a little bit onto my dry spots and they instantly disappear. This product is so hydrating and nourishing that I use it both day and night. My face can also tend to get oily and I have found that this cream prevents that and is fairly lightweight so as not to clog my pores.

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So my hair is extremely fine -my hairdresser says “baby fine” and it is an every day struggle to put some volume into it. I have tried several volume and root boosters and have not found one that I am COMPLETELY in love with –until now. I love the Living Proof because this product isn’t tacky or sticky. My hair is so fragile that I can’t afford to try and style it with sticky products. I just lift up layers of my hair (usually after the shower or when it’s damp) and spray this stuff on the roots from about a foot away for better control. My roots instantly get a boost and when I finish drying my hair I can tell a HUGE difference because it does not lay as flat. Then I am able to style as normal!

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This is another #NSALE purchase. I use it twice (sometimes 3 times) a day and was worth spending a little more money on. I have never had an electronic toothbrush so I figured I might as well try one with a built in blue light and teeth whitening system. I also love that it’s on a time to make sure you are getting your 2 minutes in with every brush! It also vibrates to let you know when to switch to a different area of your mouth. At first I didn’t really think it was making that much of a difference when it came to whitening my teeth… until I started getting tons of compliments saying that my teeth looked so white! Now I won’t go anywhere without it (and it helps that it comes with a convenient travel kit).

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Now that the weather is getting colder and the air is dry… my poor skin is starting to suffer. As I have mentioned, I have very sensitive skin and the cold weather certainly does not help by drying it out. This lotion has honestly saved my skin! I can’t tell you how many other lotions I have tried from different boutiques and skin care lines, but I always come back to this. I don’t like to use this lotion on my face, but I will use it just about anywhere else… especially my knee caps, elbows and other sensitive areas.

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This Argan Oil is only $8 at CVS and Walgreens and it has worked wonders for my hair! Some Moroccan oils can be very pricey so I was more than willing to try this product with the $8 price tag. My hair is very fine so the ends break off really easily. I also get my hair colored so that contributes to the damage a little bit as well. I just put a few drops of this product on my ends right after I get out of the shower and I have noticed a tremendous difference. Before I started using this product, I went to a new hairdresser and my ends were terrible! Check out the before and after picture below:

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I can’t even believe I am posting this! But after using this moroccan oil for the past few months I have seen a huge decrease in my split ends and breakage. When I get to my hairdresser now, my hair NEVER looks like it did on the left!

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I use this treatment spray as soon as I get out of the shower as a detangler. It has so many benefits! I used to use “it’s a 10,” which I love -but I feel like it’s a little too heavy for my fine hair. This product is lightweight and caters toward color treated hair. It also boasts 29 benefits versus “it’s a 10’s” 10 benefits. This lightweight spray “primes, protects and perfects” you color treated hair -all while fighting color fade.

So there you have it… 10 of my top beauty products that I can NOT live without. You can shop them online by clicking the images, which will link you to the page. If you have any questions about these products and want more details, leave me a comment below and I will be happy to get back to you!

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Cowl Neck Dress

A couple of days ago I wrote a post about transitioning from summer to fall with your wardrobe and how difficult it can be in the Southern heat. I found another solution with this super comfy cowl neck shift dress.. and bonus: it has pockets!

My friend Katie was able to capture these pics in front of an old soda factory a few blocks up from my apartment. How cool is this authentic, vintage back drop?!

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Dress: Nordstrom, $22 (similar, similar, similar) *they just marked this dress down so sizes are limited and going quickly!
Bag: COACH, gift (similar for $24, similar)
Shoes: Lucky Brand, $138 –I got these during the Nordstrom sale so the price went up but you can get them at Dillard’s for $99 or shop more affordable options: (similar, similar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott, $35 from #NSALE (similar $14, similar)
Necklace: Kendra Scott, $75 from #NSALE (similar, similar)
Watch: Nixon, $200 –also got this from #NSALE shop more affordable options here: (similar, almost identical for $35)

As usual I had so much fun in this dress! Katie and I went out to dinner after and it was just SO comfortable. The pockets were also a huge plus! Once it cooled off at night I was able to throw on my jean jacket to stay warm. These shoes were also super comfy -I loved the height because they weren’t too high, so I was able to walk all around the city without my feet killing me. I also love this COACH bag and I was so happy to get it as a birthday gift. I had been eyeing this similar Tory Burch bag for a while but was never going to bring myself to actually pay the $400+ price!

I can’t wait to wear this outfit again once it gets a little cooler with a white sweater, navy tights and some over the knee boots! Who else is enjoying this cooler fall weather?!

Hope everyone enjoys their Monday and has a fabulous week!

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