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.

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.

 

 

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?

 

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.

Black Hues

Top // Leggings // Sweater-old (similar, similar, similar) // Booties-old (similar) // Short Necklace // Long Necklace (CURRENTLY ON SALE)

So if you are new around here; Hi, my name is Stephanie and I love wearing black! It just works for me, it works for all my activities and is slimming. But sometimes, almost all my black clothes are in the wash together. The best alternative is mixing hues of blacks like greys.

Last weekend when it snowed, by Sunday I *had* to get out. I had to get some sushi and Andrew and I also had a joint freelance meeting. So my go to for meetings is black but I needed to be able to be comfy moving around. Since I shockingly don’t have a swingy black top I opted for this. Currently putting on my notes section to pick up one of these tops from Versona in black. It’s super casual so I opted for some texture and print with an aztec inspired cardigan and fringe booties. When wearing all black I like to add a pop of muted color somewhere. So I added this new Noonday Collection burgandy/rust fringe necklace paired with a choker length necklace.

Perfect for running around and went together easily when I didn’t have my go to black top.

Breaking Out in Winter Florals

This past weekend the South East got some snow. It was a “snowstorm”. On Saturday, pretty much the entire town shut down, and I legit didn’t leave the house but to see what was happening. I stayed under a blanket, watching Netflix documentaries and planning out my week. Super lame, I know. By Sunday morning, I was feeling cabin fever; even though I had been inside for only a day. I got up, fixed my hair, did my makeup and put on clothes besides pajamas to go somewhere. I was determined to get sushi or French Broad Chocolate Lounge‘s Mocha Stout Cake. It was a real urge.

I put on this floral dress because what better way to fight cabin fever and the winter blues with some floral? Paired over my LuLaRoe leggings and a furry cardigan it was warm and perfect for heading out in. I haven’t felt better about myself in a while. While this dress is last year, there are tons of similar ones HERE.

Whenever you are feeling “stuck” sometimes you just need to take care of yourself, safely of course. Or wear something that is opposing to what your outside view looks like. Whatever works!