Hilton Head Island Travel Diary: The iPhone Version

So if you aren’t following me on Instagram (which you should because sometimes it’s funny) you may not have known that I took a much needed vacation last week to Hilton Head Island. It’s one of my favorite places for a ton of different reasons. I love the atmosphere, the scenes, the fact that it is a quiet community and the food! So here are some of the highlights of my trip!

For the first time in almost four years we stayed on the South end of the island, right down the street from Coligny Beach. We were walking distance from food and shopping of any kind; and the most important, we were on beach front so we could easily walk to the beach at any given time during the day. It was so easy to have a relaxing vacation when everything was at your fingertips. Plus it didn’t hurt that according to the FitBit, we got well over 10,000 steps a day. Plus you could constantly hear the waves crashing which is the ultimate sound for relaxation.

Being so close to the beach and the fact that this was a much needed vacation was a no brainer that all day, every day I was at the beach. I loaded up on the SPF and literally chilled. The beach was quiet after Labor Day Weekend and even more quiet with the threat of a hurricane. But still I relaxed. And swam in the ocean. And played with sea creatures. I’ve got plenty of questions about this hat, the striped bathing suit and the kimono cover up; so they are all linked here!

Hat // Striped Bathing Suit // Kimono

Hilton Head Island is known for their world class golf courses and food. And well let’s just say I prefer food over the links. I have been waiting 5 whole years to try this place. They shut down for a week before Summer and it just so happens that’s always the week I visit. But it was worth the wait. Perfectly cooked cajun southern food. I had the etoufee and it was amazzzzzinggggg! If you visit Hilton Head, I suggest visiting Kenny B’s.

I found Java Burrito Company on Instagram and I am so glad that I did. It’s like a local Chipotle but for every meal and a full coffee bar inside. I had a breakfast bowl and iced dirty chai. Hands down one of the best decisions I made on that trip.

Ela’s is becoming a favorite on the island for me to visit. A little swanky, quiet, on the waterfront and the service and food is outstanding. We visiting the day before the evacuation was in order for Irma and they were still open. We had the place to ourselves and the service nor food suffered due to being understaffed or the island becoming a ghost town.

Marley’s Island Grill was a first for me, but not a last. Sooooooo good! A Caribbean take on local seafood. I got chorizo almond crusted scallops which may actually be one of the top 20 best meals of my life. So good.

There is just beauty and magic every where on the island. Maybe it’s because you are on vacation or island time. Whatever it is, it works. My soul feels a little more full after my visit there.

Happy Travels!

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.

 

Hurricane Harvey Relief

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Hurricane Harvey has already dumped more than 15 trillion gallons of water on to the region, forcing thousands from their homes, displacing many and costing an ungodly amount of structural damage. FEMA has called this disaster  a “landmark event” that will take years for Houston to recover from. And with the threat of more rain to eventually fall in the area in the coming days, the situation will only worsen.

I personally think the most stylish attribute is a giving heart; so if you are like me and saddened by the articles, interviews, images and coverage of this natural disaster, I wanted to share ways to give back either near or far. Our Texans are in need of all of our help y’all.

HOW TO HELP FROM AFAR

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Houston Humane Society

United Way of Greater Houston

Texas Diaper Bank 

L.G.B.T.Q Disaster Relief Fund

American Red Cross

Global Giving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

 

HOW TO HELP IN TEXAS

Any of the above charities can be donated to from anywhere. If you are traveling to Texas or live in Texas and are physically assisting, please be safe. The Sheriff of Houston actually made a call for anyone with boats or high/rough terrain vehicles to assist in the process of search and rescue.

There is a serious need of blood donations. South Texas Blood and Tissue Center and Carter BloodCare are in crucial need and desperately asking for locals to come and give.

The Houston Food Bank is currently accepting any donations of non-perishable items

 

HOW TO HELP IN ASHEVILLE

Hearts With Hands– Bring any new, unopened non-perishable food items, toiletries, clothing, household items or water. There is also the option to donate money as well if you can not make it to the warehouse for physical donations.

Crossfire Diesel Alliance is setting up a truck at the Tastee Freeze September 1st at 7:30pm for donations. Unlike Hearts with Hands you can donate gently used clothing and blankets along with non-perishable items.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is also accepting donations.

Though not stated it would be a good time to donate to your local food bank. I highly expect them or Ingles to make a donation to the relief efforts.

New Belgium Brewing Asheville is donating all tips from August 31st until September 15th to relief efforts.

I will keep this section updated for all my local peeps as I come across information for this.

It is horrible that people would try to scam others during such a trying time in our country. But there are still shitty people out there every day. To protect you, your wallet and your efforts, I have spent the past 36 hours doing extensive research on reputable charities and donation centers. The ones that I have listed above have been supported by Charity Navigator (which is an awesome tool to see if a charity you are considering is legit or not). And I would never post anything that I do not fully support and stand behind. If you are still wondering if where you are donating to may be a scam, or you just want to really make sure before you donate; feel free to check out this article about how to protect yourself from a potential scam.

Although our leader of our country may try to rip us all apart, I have witnessed people of all different backgrounds scrambling to help each other. Though tragic, we are all in this together.

Love to you all!

 

 

 

 

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!

#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!

 

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.  It 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!