Mountain Getaway with Mountain Joy Cottages

This weekend Andrew and I got to get away. We got to leave Asheville for the night, not worrying about work or anything else we have been worrying about. It was for Andrew’s work, but work didn’t have to actually be done. We were lucky enough to get to stay at Mountain Joy Cottages on Saturday night.

Located in Maggie Valley, surrounded by mountains, we stayed in a little cabin decked out in antlers. Is there really any other way a cabin should be decorated? Everything seemed quiet and peaceful, and not to mention I got a real nights worth of sleep. The cabin was a one bedroom, so small but quaint. It had everything you needed. A little kitchen, fireplace, t.v., wifi, a bathroom bigger than ours and a Jacuzzi tub. Entire cabin was lined with wood for that authentic feel, spacious porch with rocking chairs and swings and a pond in front of the cabin. The grounds had a total of 12 cabins ranging in sizes, an indoor pool, playground and lots of grounds to explore.

If you are looking for a semi staycation I recommend visiting Mountain Joy Cottages for a rustic, homey feel.

The Accessories Make The Outfit

Scarf // Necklace // Booties // Triangle Ring & Amber Ring // Sunnies

I love a simple color palette when it comes to styling. For numerous reason, but one being the versatility of the outfit with accessories. Accessories can completely transform a look and are a great way of extending your closet without adding more clothing or completely breaking the bank.

Just like in this #ootd, it could look pretty drab. It’s just a basic black dress I got before Thanksgiving and some simple black leggings. But by pairing the right accessories it made it the perfect chic outfit for date day on Sunday. I picked fun and unique jewelry, a one of a kind scarf for added texture and color, and also because the temperatures were crazy on Sunday. Finishing it off with a print in the booties, a fun and wild print, but also a neutral so it pulls everything together.

It’s a fun way to show your personal style and a great way to transform transitional and versatile pieces. I love shopping at indie boutiques, shops I find on Instagram and small store fronts or small businesses that offer handmade and one of a kind pieces. Some things are more of an investment than others, but it also makes a difference if it is one of a kind and handmade. I’m okay with wearing the same dress as the girl down the street, but the way we present it with our accessories needs to be totally different. And that’s how I set myself apart from others. That’s what I like about my personal style. And it’s super easy. I find funky pieces that will work with my neutral color scheme wardrobe and that’s how I bring the fun in to outfits over bold prints, fits or colors.

These are a few items I have added to my accessory collection since Christmas and the things I plan to really experiment with into Spring. I am wanting to add a neck scarf (why oh why I still don’t know) and another bold but neutral necklace to play with for Spring! What accessories are you currently lusting after or which ones are on constant rotation lately?

 

Not Packing Away The Blanket Scarf Just Yet

The sun may be shining and daffodils and trees may have started to bloom, but Winter came back to the mountains this weekend. And it looks like it may be here for a little while. While other people were packing away their scarves, boots and sweaters; filling their closets with only Spring staples, I knew better. This has happened the past few years in WNC. So while I wish I was dressing in strappy sandals and fun dresses, I can’t because North Carolina weather can never make up her mind.

Sundays are normally a day for running errands and getting stuff done. Comfortable and chic is always what I go for on Sundays. This Sunday had a packed agenda with freelance work, errands, blogging, eating tacos and cooking dinner for Andrew’s mom so nothing fussy was going to work. All black is a great go to. I spiced it up with my burgundy leather jacket and a comfy and cozy blanket scarf. Because it doesn’t have to be over the top to go to the grocery store and still look chic. We were actually late since we thought the incorrect time for a freelance project so I pulled this outfit together in about 5 minutes and shades to block the sun and cover the fact that I actually didn’t have an extra 10 minutes to do my makeup. Sometimes the impulse decisions are the best ones when it comes to pulling together an outfit.

I hope all you lovelies have a great week whether you are enjoying Spring like weather or bundled up because Winter came back.

Statement Neutrals

Dress // Shirt Dress // Leggings // Similar Booties // Ring &  Triangle Ring // Bag // Necklace

Whoa, I’m wearing real clothes! This whole month feels like a blur, a blur of things I can’t even wrap my head around or still yet believe. But the one thing I believe in, to make yourself feel better and more like yourself, get dressed. Really dressed, even if you are going to have a pre-Spring burger cookout with your family.

This year I pledged to buy things that were versatile in my closet and to support small business (mainly those lady bosses out there). So that is where these two dresses come from. Y’all know I love a dark stripe, so it was a no brainer on these but also the t-shirt dress can carry me through every season and mixed with other things already in my closet to create plenty of different looks. When shopping, I like to see if things can be worn different ways, like this dress is a great play on a cardigan as well. So why not? These both make a pop together and I have a ton of different ideas for each of these.

I love, love, love this necklace. It’s probably my favorite piece in my entire closet and jewelry collection. It has by far been my biggest investment besides Winter coats but it was worth the splurge (I like to think of it as an extremely late graduation/birthday gift to myself). It is a huge statement piece but in a subtle way and I picked the more natural stone over the turquoise bolo so it would go with anything and everything. Bonus points for supporting a woman run business, Beach Bones Jewelry. So be prepared to see this styled in every way possible, because I’m going to do it.

What Do We Do Now?

I try to stay politically neutral on the blog and social media promoting the blog (my personal Facebook may be a little different). But today, of all days, I’m going to write how I feel, the truth; if you find this to be crossing the line or stepping on toes I apologize in advance, but I feel the need to share this.

Today and the days following are going to be tough. We thought election night and the following day was tough. Well this is tougher. No matter what side you are on it’s going to be tough. Hate is going to be spewed. Sexist remarks and actions are going to take place. Keyboard warriors are going to have at it; Hell some will even have at it to your face. We will feel our rights, privileges and common ground violated. But for one thing, we are better. We will not stoop to their level, we will not fight back with violent words or actions, we will not spew hate and most of all we will stand our ground without causing physical or emotional harm.

I have thought about this a lot after reading and watching the news in the past months. What do we do now? Is it worth it? Will people listen? How do we make this a better now and future for the kids being raised and fellow humankind?How do we promote #womenempowerment when it feels like we’ve been set back 100 years? How do we move forward? All of these questions have complicated answers but at the same time very simple answers. The complicated answers are the one’s I don’t really have. The easy answers I do. We start with spreading love and kindness to everyone, not just our fellow feminist friends but everyone. And to make our voices heard, not backing down and promote the right answer no matter what.

So what do we actually do from here besides wearing our pink pussy hats and attending the march for women not only on DC but all over the country?

You can make your voices heard by doing the above mentioned things, but there will also be other peaceful protests. Also speak up about women’s rights any time you have the chance. Not just on a day dedicated to this. If you spot something that isn’t promoting the greatness of women, don’t sit by idly. Also you can donate your time and money to many organizations that are promoting the fight for women and their rights. Instead of donating to Goodwill or The Salvation Army when Spring cleaning, donate to a women’s shelter. Most of these women are escaping domestic violence situations (which I assume we will see a spike in) and flee with nothing. If donating, call beforehand. Also call and see what they are in need of the most or make a donation. You can get involved with Planned Parenthood, also donate to Planned Parenthood, attend Planned Parenthood events and even go and stand beside protesters offering a smile and a positive alliance for the patrons going inside. You can also donate to NOW which promotes all women’s rights and have chapters in every single state (Asheville even has a chapter).

But it’s not just women we have to support. We have to support the mentally ill, the veterans, the police officers, teachers, our LBGTQ community, people with different ethnic and religious backgrounds and the one’s whom don’t have a voice. We simply have to support each other and spread kindness. To everyone. Learn to speak up when something isn’t right. Donate to your child’s teacher, any school in your area or just help out any teacher you know. The education system is already a joke, so lend a helping hand when you can. Attend events promoting and helping our vets. Buy a police officer a coffee in line. Speak up about mental illness. When someone with a handicap is treated differently, make it right. Stand by your LBGTQ peers and let them know love is love and you will support them. Help people with different religious beliefs or ethnic backgrounds feel safe. Make sure going forward you are actually listening; it helps you understand the people around you and helps you actually be able to communicate with those around you.

All in all, be kind. Just spread it. It’s the cheapest and easiest thing you can do for your community, country and human race.

Speaking of being kind, say kind words, especially to the women around you. We as a group face it from men enough, so don’t be the one spreading the hatefulness. Stop shaming women for their choices. Stop shaming women for the person they are. Stop shaming women for the way they look. Stop shaming women for being a person who doesn’t let others in. Stop shaming women for their career choices. And stop shaming women for their choices on having and creating a family. Support each other. Support each other in small steps and huge leaps. We have to empower each other before any real change can actually happen. It starts with each of us. Female really is the future, so we need to make it a better one.

So I leave you with these last few things as a man who promotes sexism, rape culture, racism, hate and intolerance is sworn in to office today. I am always here for any of you. I will be your shoulder to cry on. I am the ear you need to vent to. Feel free to contact me for absolutely anything; to listen and to support. I care for you. I support you. You are loved. You are worthy. You are amazing. We will prevail!

Fashion posts are coming back at ya next week. I’m taking this weekend to find some creative juices and reflect. I hope you all reflect this weekend and spread some love!

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Adventures For Your Guy

Valentine’s Day is a little under a month away and let’s face it, guys don’t like it as much as we do. Guys can’t easily be excited by the thoughts of jewelry, chocolates, fancy dinners and Instagram worthy floral arrangements. So what do they really want? I asked Andrew what they really want and his answer was super complex. Adventures and spending time with you. That’s right ladies. Pretty simple if you really think about it. So since Valentine’s Day will be more about you and falls on a week day, I’ve come up with some fun activities to celebrate the man in your life the weekend before or after, because love doesn’t have to shown on the exact day.

  1. If you have the means to plan a weekend getaway, that’s perfect. If you live in Asheville there are so many places that are within a few hours drive for any person. Beaches are close; we are partial to Hilton Head Island; Atlanta is close, Charlotte is close, Gatlinburg is close. So many options at this point for a romantic getaway. Plus if you are traveling to the beach, it’s a little cheaper right now than visiting in a Spring or Summer weekend.

2. Plan a brewery tour. Here in Asheville we have a ton and the options are endless. Maybe learning about hops isn’t your thing; most tours are actually pretty neat, plus there is food and beer afterwards.

3. Plan a day of activities he actually likes. And maybe it’s something you don’t like the greatest. Reserve him a tee time, plan a skiing day, go visit a car museum, rock climbing or hit up an arcade (even cooler if it’s a retro arcade); whatever his interests are take that and run with it.

4. Get out and adventure together. Take a ride to a neighboring town and try something new. Go on a hike. Go chase waterfalls and views. Take a picnic or scope out a cute little spot for lunch to visit where you are traveling through.

5. Cook him a fancy dinner at home. Instead of him grilling, make sure you do the cooking, unless both of you want to cook together. On the romantic side, it’s a little more fun when both of you are in the kitchen. This surf and turf recipe is a winner, plus there is this recipe, this recipe and this one.

 

Hello 2017

I thought really long and hard about my goals for blogging for 2017; yesterday I really hashed them out. My mantra for 2017 is “Get It Girl”, which fits in with my personal life, work life and blogging. I’m going straight for it, not letting anyone stand in the way of what I want to do, including myself. This past year on the blog was a little rough. There weren’t as many posts, exciting posts shall I say, that I was truly proud of. I was really busy. For the first part of the year I was busy finishing school, working and doing an internship; later in the year I was just slammed with a ton of work life. This year that’s not going to be the case. I love blogging and therefore there will be a lot of things I love being posted.

As far as content, you will still see a ton of #ootd posts. However, I plan to shop a little more conscious so I will really be thinking about what I’m buying going forward. So you may see a lot of outfit repeats, but in a new light.

Also I plan to throw in a little more lifestyle posts here and there. The recipes I’m loving, because I’m determined to cook more seafood, the places I’m visiting because #wanderlust and inspiration.

Santa brought me a GoPro for Christmas, so this year I’m really hoping to get some video content on the blog! I’m not a professional vlogger so I have no idea how this idea will actually work out.

So I hope you are ready to tackle this new year with me, full of inspiration and style. 2017 will be our year!

Gift Guide: For The Homebody

Gift Guide: For The Homebody

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We all have that one friend, family member or coworker who likes to stay home a majority of the time. Cough, cough, cough; me! These people may be a little hard to shop for, especially if you want your gift to be unique. I’ve rounded up my favorite items for the home that are drool worthy, Instagram worthy and under $75.00. These are gifts your homebody is sure to love. From unique cookbooks, to art (yay to shopping small), funky dishes in the most popular print this year and items to make the home cozy!

 

Chic Holiday Hair Styles For The Everyday Girl

It’s time to pull out the party dresses, over sized sweaters, plaid and everything that sparkles. However, you could have the perfect #ootd but when it comes to your hair, it could all just fall flat (no pun intended). Your hair is your best accessory on any given day, but for the holidays it’s even more important. You can’t have a chic, festive look and a hair style that looks like you gave up on it. And trust me, we’ve all been there where we find something and try to recreate it and it just doesn’t work out. I wish we all had the opportunity to have our hair done by a stylist every day, especially during the holiday season, but let’s face it; we all don’t have the time or funds. So, with the thanks of Jessy from Bari Salon, we came up with three looks perfect for your festive attire that you can actually recreate at home.

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Short hair? No problem! Slick, straight bobs look great, but if you are wanting something more fun or a little different for the holiday season, try curls. It looks great and chic! Also the messier you can get this look, the more city chic you will look.

Here’s how to get this look:

Spray a thin coat of GRID or any structural hold setting spray all over the hair.

Take vertical sections of hair and curl away from the face. Can curl every section of the hair or you can curl a few pieces here and there for a more edgy look.

Tousle curls to loosen them and spray the ends of the curls with DEATH VALLEY or any dry shampoo. Dry shampoo actually helps create texture and helps hold curls!

Use a fine coat of TINSEL or any smoothing oil to help keep fly aways at bay.

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The ponytail has made a come back recently, but not your gym class style pony. A full, curled, high sitting and elastic hidden ponytail is perfect for casual, festive days (Christmas morning with cameras at every angle) or even glam occasions (that office party where you may be drinking too many glasses of champagne). Plus side, it’s really easy to recreate and anyone can rock it.

Here’s how to get this look:

Pull hair into a tight, high ponytail leaving out a tiny piece of hair near the hair tie.

Pull apart the ponytail and spray VICIOUS or a strong hold hairspray throughout the hair to create texture.

Curl sections of the ponytail in alternate directions. Can use any size curling iron for this depending on the size of the curls you want.

Tousle curl for a more natural look once finished curling. Pinch the ends of the curls and push upwards while holding the ends.

Spray ends with DEATH VALLEY or any dry shampoo.

Wrap the hair you left out of the hair tie around the ponytail and secure with a bobby pin to finish the look.

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When dressing up, whether it be for parties or family Christmas cards, you really can’t go wrong with curls and braids. There is something so effortlessly chic about the look. A half up do is also a little more glam so will be perfect for any of your sparkly dresses, cocktail dresses or your dress with a bow.

Here’s how to get the look:

Section top half hair and braid both sides of the top portion going back.

Secure the braids in the center with a bobby pin and spray a fine mist of GRID or structural setting spray over the braids.

Curl bottom section in alternating directions.

Brush through the curls and tousle.

Spray a finishing layer of VICIOUS or a strong hold flexible hairspray to complete the look.

 

****Huge thanks to Jessy for helping create these three looks! I swear by her. I’m in love with my new cut and every way I style it thanks to all her advice, suggestion and of course the cut. If you are in need of a new cut or just a style, she’s your girl! Also shout out to fellow fashion blogger, Ferriss from Just Ferriss and local fashion designer, Rachel Weisberg for playing models for us for the day!

 

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Gift Guide: For the Fashionista

Gift Guide: For the Fashionista

Ahhhh! Finally the first gift guide of the season. Shopping for the #fashionista in your life can be hard. She seems like she always looks flawless so you want your gift to be just as great. So I have rounded up my top 9 picks under $75.00 and under that are the perfect gift besides her typical clothing gifts.

  1. Moon & Stars EarringsBaubleBar has some of the best statement pieces for any style! Plus the affordability is perfect for gift giving. I love these earrings and could be styled numerous different ways. Could be edgy, dark or glam! I have officially added these to my Black Friday shopping list 😉
  2. Cosmetic Bag– What girl doesn’t love to see designer leather underneath the Christmas tree, especially a #fashionista? To make a big impact but on a smaller budget, this Coach cosmetic bag is a perfect gift idea. We girls have a ton of stuff in our bags, so it even works for the #fashionista who keeps her make up of the day minimal! I also love picking out a black leather option as it goes with everything.
  3. Quay Sunglasses– Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the shades get put away with the tank tops! I love Quay sunglasses and most of the shapes are funky yet flattering on most face shapes.
  4. Fashion Illustration– When you are at a loss for what to get your fashionista gal pal or family member because you are afraid you might get something that isn’t her particular style, fashion illustrations are great! Fashion in it’s self is art, so a fashionable piece of art is a great gift! You can find fashion illustrations anywhere online, in a ton of different styles and price ranges. Plus it will look great on her Instagram!
  5. Robe– The best part about a fashionista’s look is the actual process in putting it together. The best part is the creating process in the way she styles everything and creates the look she wants the world to see. Some of the time it’s a lengthy process. Robes make a great gift because the getting ready process is a fun process and she should still feel stylish during the process.
  6. R + CO Outer Space Hair Spray– I have been wanting to try out this product for a really long time and at my recent hair appointment I was finally able too. The entire R+CO line is dreamy but this hairspray is out of this world (no pun intended). It has a great hold without that crunchy, sticky feeling. It also smells amazing. Any girl who fixes her hair on a daily basis needs to try this at least once. It’s a bit pricey for hairspray (but oh so worth it) so if your fashionista may not splurge on an item like this for herself, gift it to her; she will be forever thankful!
  7. Kat Von D Eye Shadow Palette– Kat Von D eyeshadows (any of her make up for that matter) goes on like a dream. Extremely blendable and a perfect starter kit. Great for the pro or someone wanted to expand her make up techniques. Plus the entire Kat Von D beauty line is creulty free and great for sensitive skin! I got this specific palette for my birthday and think it was the best choice I’ve ever made.
  8. Colour Pop Lip Products– Colour Pop has a wide range of lip products for any beauty loving girl. Whether she likes glossy lips or matte lips, Colour Pop has an option. Plus their color selection is out of this world; from nudes, to pretty pinks to the darkest berries and funky colors! Most of their lip products are cruelty free!
  9. Furry Clutch– This Who What Wear Collection collection is #goals! I love it and it’s amazing in both the blush and black color! Perfect present to add a little extra luxe or funk to any fashion girl’s #ootd. Also this is a perfect alternative to a sparkly clutch for NYE!