#OOTD + Summer Tunes

Summer is coming to an end. So I’m trying to get the most wear out of those Summer pieces one last time. This fringe dress from Nest Boutique is exactly the dress to do that. An almost maxi dress turned shorter dress for a little more fun. Longer for running errands and tackling my long to do list. Knotted on the side for an asymmetrical look for dinner on a patio. And this dress is also going to be the perfect dress to transition in to Fall with. Absolutely loving it.

I’m also sharing all the songs I am currently listening to non-stop. This playlist is getting me through work, errands, working out and even longer car rides for those end of Summer day trips/road trips. Take a listen and let me know your favorite on the playlist!

 

Pumpkin Spice

Jeans and Cardigan- Nest // Top // Shoes // Purple Choker – Embellish, Dangle Choker – Fox & Beaux

I know Fall is creeping in. Summer clothes are making their way out of the stores. I for one am as happy as a clam. And even more happy, because the weather in Asheville has been fickle the past week. And it’s got me feeling all sorts of good. So this week I have been trying out some light Fall wear, just to see how well it will transition when the weather gets real finicky at the end of September, beginning of October.

I picked up this cocoon shaped cardigan recently from Nest, a local boutique in Biltmore Village, and love the earthy rust tone. It is ironically named The Pumpkin Spice Cardigan. I gag at the thought of drinking a #PSL (but some pumpkin cream cheese and I’m in) but I can totally dive in to the pumpkin craze with this. I paired it with white denim and a swing tank top to still get a Summer chic vibe, pair wedged sandals with and it still screams Summer, just a little bit of added warmth for those chilly nights.

I’m liking what I’m seeing so far for Fall. And honestly I think I’m going to have a lot of fun playing with it this season. Ohhh and I’m also patiently waiting for some apple cider and the Blue Ridge Parkway madness. What are you the most excited about for this Fall season?

 

Pre-Fall: The Dress To Wear Now and Later

Can you believe it’s already the second week in August? Where has this year slipped away to? The #NSALE has come and gone and the stores are starting to be peppered with booties, sweaters, velvet and deeper, richer colors. It has me feeling all the heart eye emojis. Fall is my absolute favorite but it’s still Summer so even though I am looking at investing in pieces I can’t even fathom wearing currently there are pieces I am wearing now and already dreaming of the ways I can style them when the air gets a tad cooler.

I recently had a wedding to go to and didn’t think black was as appropriate as something a little more lively. So I was on the hunt for something outside of my color palette. And after searching and searching I came across this number from the Who What Wear collection at Target (not available online). Though it’s part of the Fall collection it was perfect for a rustic country wedding. Since working the wedding, I traded these heels for white converse after about 10 minutes and it was just as equally as cute. And perfect for any fun occasion now. And perfect to pair with tights, booties, sweaters and hats for the Fall.

What are you currently wearing now, that you can style differently for Fall?

Where I’ve Been Lately

I’ve seriously been off my game lately. I haven’t posted regularly or for weeks at a time. And it’s okay. Life has happened. And it happens to all of us. We are all human.

I don’t owe an explanation to anyone, nor do I feel the need to apologize, because like I said life happens. But sometimes life just changes so much you become lost. And that’s what has taken place in my life. Not only do I feel lost about so many things I personally have no control over, the little things I do have control over, I either don’t have the energy for ( because ya girl been working like crazy over here) or I’m in a creative rut. Mainly a creative rut.

It gets old seeing the same things over and over. Every blogger shops from the same places and gets the same articles of clothes. Though possibly styled differently, they are all the same. And in case you are new around here, I’m not like everyone else, nor do I want to be. Also I’ve been comparing myself to a lot of other people lately. Huge no, no. But I’m human. It’s all a complicated mess. Or maybe just a mental mess I have created. Who knows at this point.

I haven’t purchased really anything new (besides some sandals I got on killer sale for the fourth of July). Do I go out and shop to break this creative block? Do I try to look at my closet differently? Do I try a clothing challenge to refresh my favorite pieces? Ladies and gents, I’m not at a fork in the road, I’m at a dead end. Not sure really how to do that three point turn to get me back on the right direction.

So here’s to figuring this thing out. And figuring out what content to bring to you. And figuring out what the heck I’m even doing. And figuring out what I’m simply wearing today.

The Land of The Free and The Home of the Stylish

Earlier this week I posted a pretty cliche outfit idea for the Fourth of July. But you don’t have to dress in head to toe festive wear including stars and stripes, there are more stylish ways to dress festive and celebrate in style. But if you do the whole cliche #ootd, that’s totally cool and you do you boo; but it’s not for everyone.

If you are wanting to be patriotic and still stylish it’s very simple. Find a color palette of blues, reds or whites. You can actually mix all three in tastefully like adding a red lip to a classic jean shorts and white t-shirt look. Extremely casual, perfect for the holiday activities and still festive AF. Also all the Summer vibes which the 4th of July is all about. I opted for the very classic white tee and denim shorts look paired with funky glasses, classic white chucks and a bold bright red lip. I through on this cocoon light weight jacket that is hand dyed with indigo for another hue of blue and a little more fun for the classic look. Also the weather has been extremely bipolar in the mountains so chilly mountain air will probably make an appearance in the evening of the Fourth. ┬áIt makes a fashionable statement for the holiday but it’s also as American as apple pie and baseball.

You can find things in your closet already to wear. Like I said; just look for hues of reds, whites or blues. And put something together to make you feel put together for the holiday.

I originally tucked the white tee in to the shorts for a little more of a fun look. But I also understand it’s not for everyone. And this outfit looks just as fun with the shirt untucked.

I hope all of you have a great long holiday weekend (if you get that) and hope you all have a great time next week celebrating Summer and #Merica!

 

Millennial Pink

SHOP THIS LOOK: Top // Jeans // Shoes // Necklaces // Bag

First things first, we all know I’m a neutral girl, but this past Spring and this Summer I have been trying to branch out a little with my neutrals. I’ve added a few new things like white jeans and this awesome mauve/millennial pink top. Baby steps y’all, baby steps.

I can’t stop hearing about the millennial pink fad, and let’s face it I hate pink. It’s not my color. But a blush, mauve color I can actually get with. And those colors apparently fall under the millennial pink fad. I wasn’t even looking for a pink top, because the above sentence. I was actually looking for a burnt orange top when I stumbled upon this one. I was intrigued and actually fell in love in the fitting room. Ya know sometimes things just work out. The flow, the fabric, the shape and the off the shoulder trend were all there for me, so i brought it home with me. And I love it.

It’s a little different for me and not as casual as I normally gravitate towards. This paired with any jeans is perfect, but with white jeans it’s the perfect combo for a Summer night on the town. And these white jeans from the newly opened Nest are great. Especially if you have some curves. But more on Nest later.

Plus this top works great to wear both off the shoulder and on. So if you can’t get on the bare shoulder trend, it would still be a great top for you! Gotta love versatile pieces y’all!

Check back tomorrow for a great outfit for the 4th!

 

Seeing Stars

SHOP THIS POST: Tank // Jeans // Sneakers // Scarf (in stores only in the Dollar Spot) // Sunnies

We’ve come a long way in styling an #ootd for the Fourth of July since our mom dressed us and our siblings in matching Old Navy Flag Shirts. Ohh you know exactly what I’m talking about. And if you feel so inclined to go down memory lane, they are still producing their classic flag tee every year, here’s this year’s version. So this year I opted for some classic Old Navy goodness to bring together my patriotic 4th of July outfit.

I went for a super casual tank, that has stars on it, duhhh. Extremely flowy, really faded and all the Americana vibes. And by faded, I mean real faded. You will only be able to wear a nude bra with this because the material is extremely lightweight (yes please for that hot, sticky day) and you can see through it, especially the star portion. I like this tank because it’s cliche enough to wear for fireworks and cook outs but I can totally style this all Summer longer for a little edgier look. And it’s also not over the top cliche. But it’s the 4th of July, so who really cares honestly.

I paired this tank with cuffed jeans for that perfect Summer touch and a more grown up and pulled together look than pairing this with shorts. Ohh I cuffed these jeans to have some sort of air flow because we all know it’s bound to be hot and sweaty on the holiday in the South. Threw on some white chucks and paired it with a festive scarf and I’m ready to go. Can you guys believe I found this scarf in the Dollar Spot at Target?!? Red, lightweight and it has the most adorable patriotic tassels along the edges. $3.00! Win, Win for something you won’t wear all the time.

This look is perfect for a BBQ, beer and fireworks. Also if you are in Asheville please let me know where you watch fireworks. Almost 8 holidays here and I still haven’t found the “perfect” spot. Bring on the sparklers!

What are y’all wearing and getting in to for the holiday?

I’ll be sharing a more sophisticated 4th of July outfit later this week, because some of us will still choose fashion and style over cliche holiday vibes.

Also make sure you are following me on Instagram because I am hosting a huge giveaway for a Summer makeover along with some other amazing blogger babes this week! Get yourself entered!

 

The Importance of SPF

The sun is finally out shining, temps are warming up and we are heading outside more and more with less and less on. You’ve probably heard it a million times, possibly more from your mother than anyone else, but really don’t forget to put your sunscreen on. Whether a pale ginger like me, tan or darker skin tones, it’s important for everyone to lather up before going outside.

I have extremely fair skin, so much so, I get sunburned riding in the car for 30 minutes during the summer. So I have become very proactive in putting sunscreen on every day, even if I’m not basking in the sun by the pool. I have come across three products that fit the bill for my skin care routine for SPF needs.

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Face is the perfect sunscreen for the face that doesn’t break me out and offers great protection. It looks like a tinted moisturizer so it works great on it’s on and it also goes on great under makeup allowing a smooth application. Since it’s tinted there is no white cast and it feels more like a primer than a traditional greasy sunscreen. Even though tinted, it blends in to your skin so nicely, the color matching isn’t an issue; because everything is generally too dark for this girl and it works perfectly. For $12.00 this is one of the best facial sunscreens I have tried. And let’s be honest, I have tried a lot.

Now the issue with putting on makeup and being outdoors becomes an issue. Did you know you are supposed to apply sunscreen every 60 to 120 minutes? Even sooner if you are sweaty or getting wet. So sadly that sunscreen you applied under makeup or your SPF foundation isn’t actually working for your skin after an hour or so. Enter Supergoop!’s Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50. This is literally the best invention ever. You just spray this on after makeup is applied, through out the day, the same as a regular setting mist or refreshing spray and you get an extra layer of SPF. The smell is great and the spray also gives you a matte finish perfect for days in the sun when oil is literally piling up on your face like a fast food joint. I will just say, I probably would have taken better care of my skin as far as sun protection goes when I was younger had this product been around.

Now for my entire body when out in the sun, it takes something really powerful to help me prevent sunburns. I have probably just tried about everything on the market, but I always go back to my trust friend Bull Frog Sunscreen. I have been using this since I was a kid. And it really works. At the beach I apply about every thirty minutes. At home just out and about, I apply about every hour. Seems like overkill, but I promise you it’s easier and more fun than what could actually happen. I’ve had blisters, sun poisoning and severe burns. This works and is worth the time for me. I don’t know how many bottles I go through during a year but it’s enough for Bull Frog to actually sponsor me though.

I hope all of you are applying something on your skin, whether you look in to these products approved by ginger skin or not.

 

A Few Summer Essentials

I never thought I would fall in to that trendy girl category. But here we are, and sadly there are a few trendy items I just can’t stop wearing. I love, love, love off the shoulder tops. They are the trendiest thing right now. And for good reason. They are so flattering for my body type and the casual ones I have picked up, literally just go with about everything. I have been wearing this one I scooped up from Target non stop. I really just can’t get enough of it. Perfect for errands or date night. I’m getting a lot of use out of it.

Two other things are extreme flare jeans and neck scarves. Both very groovy and 70’s vibes. I’ve always been a skinny jeans kind of gal, but thought I’ll try this out. These jeans are giving me life. Making your legs look long and lean, always a plus in book. Seriously, try on some flares; I too thought it was absurd these were back, but constantly pull these out for nights out. And I gagged when I saw the neck scarf trend was in. It reminds me of the elite at country clubs sipping martinis and looking down on the help. But if you find an edgy print, it can give you all the music festival vibes your heart desires. I love this hand dyed option from Rachel Weisberg, and the fabric is silky smooth so no sweaty necks around here.

Speaking of this scarf, you can actually enter to win one over on Instagram. Enter here!

What are your Summer must haves this season?

I Had The Time Of My Life

The Dirty Dancing remake has finally aired. There was a huge buzz about this across Asheville because most of the movie was shot in Western North Carolina, as was the original. I was raised on 80’s movies, so the original is one of my favorite movies, I would go as far as saying top 3. So of course I was a little disappointed they were trying to remake it. I’m glad I didn’t waste three hours of my time for the special. I watched bits and pieces later. I was actually kind of appalled. The dancing, acting and clothing was just ehh.

I’m disappointed that a lot of the iconic outfits weren’t even properly portrayed. Like the famous dancing, stairs scene. Not even in the remake. So I decided to recreate my own version of that #ootd to prep me for Summer. Baby is wearing a blush bodysuit, with denim shorts (belted) and white keds. Ohhh and really curly hair and a pretty pink lip. It’s 2017 and even though bodysuits are all the rage, I couldn’t find one that was the right color. Hell I couldn’t even find a bathing suit that color.

So I settled for this tank, shorts and chucks for an updated version on the Hollywood classic. The tank is no way similar but it does the trick for the closeness in color. Now I just need to go find me some stairs (the original stairs were torn down in the last 3 years) and learn a dance. Or head off to the Dirty Dancing Festival!

I hope all of you had a great weekend! Check back on Wednesday for a fun little event I took part in recently in Asheville!