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.

 

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.

 

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.

Adele Weekend Part: Blog

So this weekend was finally the weekend I was waiting for, for almost an entire year. Adele released 25 last year, excited was an understatement. The world hadn’t heard from her in such a long time, and as someone who loves her, it was amazing. Then she announced a tour. Now back when she was (attempting) to tour for 21 I attempted to get tickets (as in prayed, refreshed, stood outside when the venue was changed; no avail). Adele tickets literally sell out within the minute of becoming available. So I knew it wasn’t something I couldn’t actually see but still I was hopeful. I said I would be the happiest person if I could get the tickets as a Christmas present. 2 weeks later, SURPRISE! I had no idea Andrew was able to get them, best kept secret.

So this weekend was finally the weekend! For almost a whole year I have counted down, I have anticipated, I have prepped. And it was finally here.

Can I just say the show was a once in a life time experience. Absolutely amazing. I cried, I laughed, I danced, I screamed so much I was horse the next day.

The concert itself was just too good. Girl can bring down the house. And she’s hilarious! One of the best nights of my life!

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I decided to go semi tech free during the show kind of last minute. For starters my phone was running low by the time we were actually seated and I decided last minute to kind of savoir the moment, live in it and fully experience. I mean this was a legit experience of a life time and I didn’t want to be worried about recording and snapping. Plus the Phillips Arena is huge and I probably would have accidentally tossed my phone out of excitement. However there are a few shots over on my Instagram that I got towards the end of the show!

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So since we stayed in Atlanta for the night, the next day we explored. FYI we stayed at the HYATT Regency and I highly recommend it if you are traveling to Atlanta. Best service, nice rooms, awesome architecture and design and yummy yummy breakfast! Sunday we took in the city views, visited the World of Coca Cola (because who doesn’t want to try cokes from all over the world) and ate at Eats (which you need to visit if you love good soul food). All in all, one of the greats 36 hours of my life!

Weekend In My Life: Part IV

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This weekend, Andrew and I took a long weekend off work. It was much needed by both. If you follow me on SnapChat (s.ferguson6623) you know that I booked reservations for a long camping weekend at Fall Creek Falls State Park for Andrew’s birthday.

Let me just preface by saying, I have never been camping outside for more than one night. So a four day adventure was kind of a scary thought. But it turned out much better than anticipated.

There was hardly any cell service, poor showering conditions and the Fall air was really in full force in the Cumberland Gap of Tennessee. But it was just what I needed. A weekend of no distractions, no worries, no expectations.

We spent our days hiking and exploring. Being disappointed in the lack of waterfall but accepting the fact we were somewhere new. We roughed it. Cooked food over a campfire. Made smores. Relaxed, drank and forgot everything, at least for a few days.

All in all it was an amazing weekend and if you are in to camping you should check out Fall Creek Falls.

Camping #ootd

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Pullover // Leggings // Shoes-Nike // Sunnies- Charmed

As some of you know I have really got into camping this summer. And by camping I don’t mean GLAMPING; I mean sleeping in my ENO Hammock in the middle of the woods with no cell service or people around. If you didn’t know this then you should follow me on Instagram and SnapChat (s.ferguson6623)  because there will be more camping before Summer is over and I have a huge camping trip planned this Fall! And even though I wish I could look like a tumbler account while camping, it just doesn’t happen. I also think all those camping pictures are not of people actually camping. But generally I look something like this. And it is perfectly okay that I’m not fashion forward, sans make up and un-accessorized. The point is I am making memories in something warm (higher altitudes get colder at night in the Summer), something comfortable and something I am okay with not being perfectly “clean” in. The point of camping is to have fun, relax, disconnect and make memories. While doing this, my #ootd is the furthest thing from my mind (it’s actually hoping I don’t freeze at night and hoping I can stay still if a bear approaches). A lot of people asked, and here it is. Probably not what you were expecting and I am completely okay with that.

Even though I love fashion, love picking out the perfect #ootd; don’t let it consume you. That goes for anything you love. There are times when it just isn’t appropriate or important. Sometimes I have to take experiences over a blog photo opportunity, that’s real life, that’s the real me. And so here it is. The “real” weekend me.

Hilton Head Recap

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If you follow me on Instagram or SnapChat (s.ferguson6623) you know I went on vacation last week to celebrate my college graduation! I twas honestly the most relaxing vacation I have been on in a long time. There was absolutely no work, no blogging, no school work, NOTHING. We just did a lot of chilling on the beach and swimming, cooking, eating yummy seafood, eating cake, sleeping and relaxing. We did go play a few rounds of golf but with all the sleep I was doing, I was actually okay with it. Nothing too exciting happened on this vacation because the main purpose was to relax.

Comment below any fun Summer plans you have!

Waterfront Casual

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Shirt-Old Navy // Skirt-Similar // Sunnies- Charmed // Necklace-Noonday Collection // Bag-Gifted // Bracelet-Pandora // Lipstick-Bad Blood by Urban Decay

I’m back from vacation. I’m done with school. What a whirlwind of the past week it has been. One of the highlights of vacation was going to ELA’s for a celebratory lunch on Tuesday as it was the day I got my e-mail stating I was officially a college graduate! We celebrated with yummy seafood on a patio overlooking the sound. I went with a very casual #ootd for celebration since it was during lunch time with my fun twirly black skirt and an over sized heather grey t-shirt. For pops of beachy fun I added this beaded necklace from Noonday Collection and my all time favorite sunnies from a local boutique. I felt like myself. I felt like fun. I felt like someone whom is getting ready to dive head first in to the fashion world. I felt harbor cool. I felt like an empowered woman because I just finished college!

Beach Day Must Haves

I have teamed up with Adore Me to bring you my #beachdaymusts today! So since I am currently on vacation I thought I would share what I’m wearing to the beach and bringing along with me.

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First things first! I start any beach or pool day by shaving. I love having a fresh smooth shave before getting in to the water. You know the feeling! I am currently using a Gillette Venus Embrace razor which provides the closest shave!

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Then I have to get my beach bag ready. Besides the obvious towel and sunscreen I bring along a few “essentials”. I always pack some makeup remover wipes to refresh my face on the way home. Sunscreen is very oily and can unfortunately clog your pores so this is a huge thing for me. I bring an extra deodorant (just in case). I also bring a coin purse to bring some extra cash, cards and ID so I don’t have to lug my purse or wallet with me. I’m not one to wear makeup at the beach because I do get in the water and I am more worried about sun protection than my normal routine. However, I do always pack a lip balm, mascara and an eye shadow just in case I had straight from the beach to eat, grab a drink or head to a store. So I can semi look put together.

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This is my current beach bag and this is kind of an obsession. It’s big, a great material and the print is very tropical. And it’s ethical and fair trade! (Plus it’s only $18.00)

I don’t like to wear a general bathing suit cover up. Most of them are sheer and if I need to head some where straight afterwards, I’m not comfortable wearing that to a bar, burger joint or grocery store. So I’m wearing my Irma tunic from LuLaRoe because you can easily pair a pair of shorts or leggings on under this. Plus the striped tunic and funky glasses are my style, even for a beach day.

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Since Adore Me offers lingerie and swim wear in a large variety of sizes, including plus sizes. They offer a wide selection of sexy plus size lingerie and a variety of swimsuits. How awesome is it to find a company that offers a range of sizes and celebrates every body type. So since the offer something for every size, every woman, I’ve decided to share my swim wear with you. As a larger lady I prefer to wear a tankini. I think they are a little more stylish than a one piece (even though I’m loving this one from Adore Me) and you can just as easily mix and match as regular two pieces. When I’m picking out swimwear I tend to go for darker colors for a slimming effect but I went out of the box with this colorful top. I love the top part of the strap! And this works because it draws the eyes towards the upper part of the body, great for hiding your trouble area.

Make sure you head over to Adore Me’s Instagram so you can see everyone else’s #beachdaymusts and if you are heading to the pool or beach make sure you use the hashtag #beachdaymusts so we can see what you are rocking!

Also I’m currently at Hilton Head Island so make sure you head over to my Instagram and SnapChat (s.ferguson6623) to see what I’m up too!