How to Style That Summer Dress: What I Wore To Chattanooga

Dress // Cardigan // Sandals

This weather is seriously crazy y’all. One minute it’s really chilly all day and the next you get the mountain chill in the morning and evening but that late Summer heat during the day. Dressing for those days can be a bit complicated. But I love layers the most, so I’m trying different layers and putting them to the test.

I packed this little wrap dress for a weekend getaway for Chattanooga because I wanted to look pulled together and chic for a day at an art museum but comfortable and cool. But it was going to be chilly in the morning and generally art museums always have their AC cranked to the max. So this edgy little dress was the perfect thing to pair with a long cocoon shaped pumpkin colored cardigan I recently got. And the pairing was amazing. I popped on some of the most comfortable and funky sandals and a little dainty choker and I felt chic but yet comfortable for a day of walking.

To take a dress from the Summer to Fall all you have to do is add a fun cardigan to change the entire look of the outfit. Try different textures, lengths and colors for a perfect Fall outfit.

I just went to Chattanooga for the weekend and stayed at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. An old train station turned hotel was one of the most amazing stays ever. The room I stayed in was like a traditional hotel room, but the grounds were amazing. They even have train cars you can sleep in over night. An amazing spot with some equally creepy “The Shining” vibes. I went to see one of my favorite artists and fell in love with the city and the art museum. I have a feeling I will be going back very very soon.

 

Farewell To Summer But Not This Dress

I just got back from a much needed vacation in one of my favorite spots! (I’ll be haring a travel diary on Wednesday about where I went and what I did if you don’t follow me on Instagram.)

But I packed basics for this trip, nothing special because my only real plan was to truly relax on the beach for the majority of the time. I did pack this black dress that makes me feel like Adele and this little bomber both from Nest Boutique and DIY studio, and they were the perfect pairing for some waterfront dining one night at a swanky little place. And so easy to wear. Which is the key for vacation.

Now that Summer is unofficially over, I came back to Asheville and it really felt like Fall y’all; I am starting to put away my shorts, tanks and off the shoulder tops. But this dress is not going away yet. Neither is this bomber despite the bright colors. This dress will be great with tights and heels plus a fur coat for chillier days and it’s the perfect little dress for Holiday get togethers and festive holiday outings. Plus I also think this dress would be perfect for a few Halloween costumes I have up my sleeves (because store bought costumes are just gross).

So I challenge you while you are packing away your Spring/Summer goodies to see what will carry itself in to the colder months and holiday season. Not only is it fun to try to think of new ways to style something but your wallet will really thank you.

I hope you all had a great unofficial end to Summer and now the basic bia inside of me is ready to live for the Fall fashion, weather and activities. Make sure you are following along to stay up to date.

 

Seasons Are Changing

It’s still Summer until the 22nd of September and I am currently at the beach for a little late Summer getaway, but I can’t help but to think; the most wonderful and my favorite time of year is approaching. I hear people talking about how they hate Fall/Winter all the time, but I love it. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good beach vacation and I am a water baby at heart whether it be lakes, rivers or the sea; I also love the longer amount of light and the fact that the fireflies come out. But Fall/Winter has my heart.

In the middle of the endless Summer heat, I always think I’ll never be able to wrap up in sweaters and scarfs and drink a latte without dying of heat exhaustion; but like clockwork the seasons always seem to change.

There’s something about waking up before the sun to catch a glimpse of the chilly fog lifting over the mountains. Wrapping up in blankets, lighting a candle and feeling like the warmest thing around you. And feeling at home. There’s something about seeing all the trees go through a colorful change, knowing they will be whole again after the change.

I love all the closeness that Fall/Winter brings. Coffee dates with your friends in matching basic warmness. Breaking out the flannels. Movie nights. More at home dinner cooking. Being close to those you really care about while the chilly air whips around you.

I love the childlike activities that take place. Making you feel young and alive. Apple Orchards. The fair. Camping. Carving pumpkins.

Another thing that makes Fall/Winter the absolute best: The Holidays! It stresses some out; some hate it because they work retail. I love it though. I mean we have three holidays based around delicious food and being cozy. Count me in.

And don’t even get me started on the “s” word everyone hates. Yes! I love the snow. It’s so magical and unaltered and innocent. It is what you make out of it. And I love the childlike wonder that it brings out in so many people.

 

Entire Outfit- Nest Boutique and DIY Studio

Traveling #OOTD

There is still time to get some last minute Summer traveling in, but I personally prefer to travel in the Fall. And it’s probably because I live in a tourist town where everyone flocks to it during the Fall time. Those beautiful leaves y’all! So I’m off to the beach for a week, vacay started Saturday and I have several other travel plans for the Fall (and escaping all those leaf lookers). And the weather is cooling off and let’s be real; I like to have the car feeling like Antarctica when I’m traveling even if I need to wrap up in something cozy due to it. So this look is perfect from going from somewhere chillier (or even traveling to somewhere chillier) to somewhere warmer. And it’s perfect for going from the car ride or flight to going straight to getting your vacation on.

I’ve said it before and million times over, but a t-shirt dress is the answer to all your styling problems. It’s simple, versatile and most of the times you can find them for extremely affordable prices. Plus it can carry you from season to season, or from somewhere chillier to warmer. I love this striped one I got at Target in the early Spring. It’s striped (duh), the perfect weight, comfy as all get out and can be worn super casual or dressed up. Plus it doesn’t get wrinkled as easy even after being in the car (or plane) for hours.

I paired it with a light weight cardigan for temperature changes and to just be comfy in the car. Plus if I get to hot, this cardigan will make a great pillow. Versatile pieces guys! With comfort being key, I paired this with some Converse shoes. It has a whole beachy casual vibe to it, but when I get to the island, if I need to make a quick change I can easily throw on some sandals and be ready to go.

Let’s not forget the big bag. Easy to carry all the important things like a phone charger, reading material, road trip snacks and anything I may want to change in to if I’m not heading to the villa first.

Ready to go! Make sure you all are following along on Instagram as I will really be documenting this much anticipated and much needed vacation.

My Favorite Fall Outfits, Year After Year

FALL IS COMING!!!!! But no seriously y’all, it’s my favorite time of year for fashion. It’s getting cooler here in the mountains and Fall clothing is on the racks of just about everywhere. So I thought I would share my Fall uniform for you guys. Maybe to try to look at things differently in your closet and get more use out of some items or to think about a few things you are going to add to your shopping cart.

My basic b***h outfit is one I’m in more than anything. Jeans, booties, oversized tee, cardigan and a hat. Though it may be basic, it just works. It’s perfect for work, errands, wearing around the house and even date night. I love wearing this outfit in neutrals so it is capable of working for anything. A simple tee, nothing graphic and nothing with a crazy print. And a simple cardigan, the bigger the better; avoiding details and prints. Even if I’m having a good hair day, I think in the Fall I could live in hats if you let me. Investing in one good hat, can seriously be a life changer. I love this one and this one. And the same goes for investing in a good pair of booties. I bought these last year, paid a little more for them and they are still holding up great. I actually think I’m just now getting them broken in. But I’m also really really loving these (maybe not the price tag though).

So how basic will you be this Fall?

Another favorite Fall outfit is taking simple pieces and possibly even past season pieces and layering to make them work for the new season. This is actually a t-shirt dress and a button up dress. Neither would be able to be worn on their own due to the temps so pairing together for a funky layer is a great idea. This is also a great way to maximize your clothing that you currently have. Just trying pairing things with each other, even if it is unexpected. I kept a flow with this by pairing two similar patterns together. So always think of that. But hey, floral and stripes go together just as polka dots and stripes go together. Just all what you are comfortable with.

Finish it off with the perfect look for Fall with leggings or tights, boots or booties and girlfriend you are ready to rock that #ootd!

P.S. There is a blog post all about how you can directly help all those affected by Hurricane Harvey HERE. Also I did a collab with Rachel Weisberg on two scarves where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Buy something handmade, look stylish and help our neighbors in need. You can shop the “Houston Love” Long Scarf or Square Scarf HERE. You can also check out our blog collab and why we are doing this HERE.

P.S.S. I am heading somewhere exciting (actually it may not be that exciting because Hurricane season) so make sure you are following me on INSTAGRAM because I will be taking you all with me for the fun!

Currently Craving: Fall Wish List

Dress

Ever since I have discovered the designer YANA K, I have been obsessed. And dying to have a piece in my closet. Luckily a local boutique carries the designs, but just lacking the color I’m looking for; black go figure. And when this babe was added to the new collection, I’ve been smitten. It is a bit pricey, but I’m really starting to focus on quality over quantity. Handmade in the U.S.A and from a smaller business. Just let me add this to my shopping cart and then my closet, mmmkay!

 

Boots

These boots are giving me all the heart eyes! And from a reliable company, made to stand the test of time. I really want a boot that is going to go with everything whether it be jeans or a dress and of course not fall apart after a few wears (damn you $40.00 boots). How cute would these boots be with the above dress?!? I mean come on.

 

Necklace

I posted Wednesday about my love for layering necklaces. And I’m wanting something dainty but oversized, plus a little more personal. This coin necklace is just the ticket. You can get anything engraved on it, it comes it different sizes and lengths as well as two different metals. Pretty perfect for achieving that Stevie Nicks look.

 

Work Out Gear

Shoes 

 

I’m really wanting to get some new work out gear including leggings and shoes. Perfect for hiking, yoga classes and barre (that I’m just getting in to). Or ya know that whole athleisure trend of running errands in work out gear.

 

 

The Art of Layering Necklaces

Gone are the days of insane statement necklaces worn on a daily basis. Something a little like this and who can forget those bauble necklaces that everyone who was anyone had to wear. I still see a ton of people wearing these still, but for me, my style has elevated and so has my accessory game. Give me all the dainty necklaces to layer. At this point I’m actually just wanting to throw on as many necklaces as possible and just see where it goes. Very groovy, 70’s and boho chic inspired. Don’t get me wrong, a good statement piece is still necessary sometimes, especially for the holidays, like this necklace.

I love the idea of layering dainty pieces together to elevate simple outfits, like jeans and a t-shirt. Or even toning down a crazy print where a statement necklace might seem overpowering, but then you feel a little naked if you aren’t wearing some jewelry. Also who else is in to the super low cuts right now? Layering necklaces adds a great chic aspect to those cuts. But finding the perfect minimalist pieces to layer and how to go about it can seem a little daunting. I’m here to tell you there is absolutely no wrong way to do this! And that’s why this is so perfect, but here are a few tricks I use to have a pulled together layered look.

The only huge “rule” or tip I have is to start small. Start with your choker length (14 inches to 16 inches) before going to your longer pieces. Personally it helps figure out the “vibe” of the layer I’m going with. Also when shopping for layering pieces, especially your choker length, look for extra dainty pieces that also have an extender. This helps you get more use out of each piece.

Then start adding your other necklaces that are longer. Don’t be afraid to mix metals; it helps give it a more boho and effortlessly chic feel to it. Also add in sentimental pieces or personal pieces (break out those monograms if you wish) with regular necklaces. This diamond necklace wouldn’t traditionally be thought to be paired with a cheaper boutique find but it works in a layered look.

The layering doesn’t have to be all close to your neck with shorter necklaces. Add some long necklaces too. And don’t be afraid to add something with some texture!

Feel free to add a funky necklace with dainty pieces. This isn’t a crazy statement necklace so it works with layering with more minimalist pieces.

See there are absolutely no rules. Fringe on fringe on choker. I started small with this look and added a little bigger statement, then a larger statement. But all simple in itself.

Pull a neck scarf in to the mix for part of the layering. It’s a fun way to add texture and something totally different.

And if you want to try this trend but aren’t wanting to invest in a ton of smaller necklaces or not sure if this is your vibe; try a necklace that is pre-layered for you. It takes all the guess work out for you and is often time a little more affordable for trying this out. This necklace and this necklace would make great starter pieces.

SHOPPING TIPS

I love finding pieces at boutiques because generally they are going to be extremely unique. And price ranges from $20.00 to $50.00 typically. Some may be more depending on the materials. But you can find simple affordable pieces at places like Forever 21 and H&M.

Invest in an extender. You can find them for very cheap at craft stores or you can order gold and silver ones at a number of jewelry stores and online.

Check out Instagram for a bunch of indie shops for fun and unique pieces. Especially a plus if you don’t have a great boutique selection in your area.

If you find a piece you like and want to see if you will like it layered. Just start layering it in store with others. Sometimes you got to test drive the vehicle before you buy it!

 

Hope you all have fun layering your necklaces!

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?

 

A Year in Review

Y’all it’s New Years Eve! How is this even possible?!? Even though it has been a rough year for many, there were tons of unfortunate events, an election year that brought out the worst in people and there are a tons of memes saying let’s just forget this year; 2016 wasn’t all bad in my books. I accomplished some great feats. I graduated college, I landed an internship with a local fashion designer that has now turned to freelance work, I hammocked more than I ever thought I would, I traveled to the beach for graduation celebration and camped for a whole weekend in October and I finally got to see Adele in concert (and we all know those tickets were actually the hardest things on the planet to get). As far as the blog, I decided to keep it going after school, made some changes in my fashion decisions, partnered with some great brands, started working with sustainable, ethical and fair trade companies, and met a lot of great people along the way. So 2016 really wasn’t that bad. So here are some of my highlights from 30shadesofstephanie.com and I can’t wait to see what 2017 holds for both myself and blogging.

Mountain side photoshoots will always be my favorite.

Our 2016 big snow.

Valentine’s Day 2016!

My first Rachel Weisberg product, now I have a little collection growing!

This year I’ve really taken the time to discover and explore nature.

Will still love this outfit.

One of my all time favorite outfits for the blog!

The day I took my final, final exam and received grades by 12 that day. The day I found out I was an official college graduated. And we celebrated at Hilton Head Island.

We actually celebrated all week.

Went and chopped my hair off because it was time for a change, plus found the perfect hairstylist in Asheville, Jessy at Bari.

Celebrated getting another year older.

Went on an 3 night camping trip at Fall Creek Falls. I survived, it wasn’t horrible. We liked this place so much we may actually go back.

Gilmore Girls had a revival this year. On Black Friday to be exact. So thanks to Netflix, Luke’s diner did a pop up in Asheville. Of course I went.

Traveled to Atlanta to see Adele with my girl Anne. Thanks so much to Andrew for taking us, dealing with us talking about the show the following few days and constantly talking about it until the actual show. One of the best nights of my life.

Blog collab.

Holiday Season!

 

I hope all of you had a great year, are looking forward to the new year and I hope you all have a fun and safe #NYE!

Check out the blog tomorrow to reintroduce myself to new followers, what I would like to achieve for 2017 and what to expect from me as far as blogging!

 

 

 

 

Holiday Giveaways Recap

So I wanted to round up all the direct links to everything I am giving away for my 5 Days of Holiday Giveaways I’m hosting on Instagram. You will have until 11:59 on 11/17 to enter to win and the winners will be announced late on Sunday evening. So head straight over to my Instagram and get yourself entered.

The first thing you are eligible to win is a blush and ultra matte lip from ColourPop. Find this picture on Instagram or go here!

The second item is a $20.00 gift card from Target. Find this picture on Instagram or go here!

The third item is a Rachel Weisberg choker in your choice of brown or black! Go to Instagram and find this picture or go here!

The fourth item you can win is this kimono scarf from Charmed. Go to Instagram and find this picture or go here! 

The fifth and final thing you can win is two tickets to Painting With A Twist that can be used at any location but gifted by the Asheville location. All you have to do is find this picture on Instagram or go here!

All you have to do is find the pictures and follow the instructions which are easy peasy! Good luck y’all!