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!

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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!

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!

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!

Road Trip Favorites

Ahhhh I’m so excited to be heading on a celebration vacation! Every time I’m ready to head out on a road trip I begin thinking of all the songs I’m going to listen to on the way to the destination. Generally I try to download the songs to iTunes even though a part of me always still wants to burn a CD to remind me of my old road trips. So I go through a make an upbeat playlist and have this plan to have a great party in the car but generally I play about 5 songs, pass out and wake up just in time to be getting to the vacation spot. So here are a few songs I constantly listen to when I’m heading out on a road trip.

 

I loveeeeee this song and generally I am traveling with Andrew so it makes it special. No matter where we are, where we travel to, I always feel at home with him by my side.

 

I have a little thug nasty side (not going to lie) and I have a slight obsession with Tupac (West Side)! Hahaha I have no idea why, but I have to listen to this song when traveling. Haha. This song brings back so many college memories and just puts a smile on my face.

I just can’t help it, I love this song and it reminds me of Summer. It actually reminds me of late night car rides with the windows and the mountain air blowing in.

There’s a lot of flipping through Pandora stations between the 2000’s Hip Hop station, Florence and The Machines station and Spice Girls station.

I’m heading on an exciting trip to celebrate graduating so there’s going to be a bunch of fun stuff going down or maybe a lot of sleep or maybe just a lot of relaxing. Either way make sure you are following on Instagram and SnapChat (s.ferguson6623) to follow along with all the exciting things I will be up to!

Pawley’s Island Vacation Recap

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I went to Pawley’s Island last week for the last vacation of the summer! Located in the lowcountry of South Carolina I got to experience a lot of great food, the wonderful beach, golf and the nature surrounding the beach. This time I focused more on the experiences than documenting the time, so there isn’t a ton of pictures. All in all it was a good trip (besides all the rain storms) and can’t wait to head to the beach again.

What was your favorite thing you did this summer?.

Braids and Tourists Shirts

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Shirt-Sierra Nevada Gift Shop // Shorts-Ross Dress For Less (in stores only) // Shoes-Target // Watch-Michael Kors // Earrings-c/o Jared The Galleria of Jewelry //

Traveling, exploring and visiting places is one of my joys in life, we will just say it’s the wanderlust in me. I have acquired shirts from almost every where I have visited or events participated in when I have traveled (who remembers summer camp?!) and most people think it’s very juvenile to wear these shirts, but I say tourist shirts make some of the greatest #ootd. I’m wearing a baseball tee I got from the Sierra Nevada Taproom in Mills River NC (because I love beer DUH) and because Andrew said we NEEDED shirts. This shirt was so easy to style and I have plenty of other ideas in mine for that it made it my style and not “look at me I’m a tourist”. I added shorts that had a feminine detail to it to eliminate the boyish look you can get with a baseball tee. I then added simple shoes and some dainty jewelry. I then added a dramatic pony tail with braids included to showcase my style a little more with the #OOTD.

TIPS FOR BUYING SOUVENIR SHIRTS! When you are buying tourist shirts from any adventure look for the fit of the shirt, surprisingly there are now a million different styles even when it comes to you beach shirt. I opt for something soft and generally with a fit. Avoid tacky add ons. When I’m looking for a shirt to pick up from a vacation I tend to avoid the ones that have the added beachy images. Look for simple font or a logo. Pick something you can style different ways. I like to look for shirts I can wear with a skirt or jeans, throw a blazer over it or can be worn through out several seasons with different accessories.

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Historic Savannah

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Since Savannah Georgia is only 20 miles from Hilton Head Island, before heading back to the mountains we made a pit stop. I officially feel southern now that I have visited Savannah. I immediately got online to see what to do in an afternoon there, and since Savannah is home to SCAD I knew of a few art museums but wanted to see where we could explore with out traveling all over town. The Telfair Academy is one of the oldest public museums in the south, and in the heart of the historic district so we decided to venture there. The old homestead and academy is now turned into a museum that displays early American artists with a few European artists mixed in. Across the street was the Jepson Center which offers contemporary modern art. I immediately fell in love. I had a Gossip Girl moment when walking inside because the outside structure is very similar to the MET, I wanted to eat yogurt on the steps there and meet there with coffee in hand every day. We were in luck when we visited because there was the largest privately own Andy Warhol collection with contemporary printmaking art as well. I was in heaven, there were so many unnoticeable Warhols. I also got to see Winston Churchill’s traveling easel. Before heading home we stopped at B&D Burgers for some awesome burgers (the meat selection was out of this world for your burgers, elk burger anyone?)..

Hilton Head Golf + GolfNow Review

Hilton Head Island and surrounding areas have some great golf courses, even if you don’t play they are some amazing views. I sat out the three courses played to prevent holding up other players but got some great shots of the golf courses.

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Crescent Pointe is an Arnold Palmer designed course and pretty tough. The greens are fast, there are plenty of hazards including sand and water, but the views are amazing. Be careful when playing golf in the lowcountry because hazards may also include wildlife such as alligators. This is one of the more expensive courses around Hilton Head Island but thanks to research and GolfNow the course was very affordable.

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The Clyde Johnston designed course is absolutely breath taking with the wetlands, wildlife and holes over looking the bay side of the island. The course is a tough course to play because of the protected wetlands but a great one to play. Golf with perfectly green fairways and greens and holes with great views are probably the best courses to play. This course isn’t as expensive but Andrew got his tee time much cheaper through GolfNow. Old South Golf Links is a must visit.

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Hilton Head Lakes was the least interesting golf course Andrew booked through GolfNow. It was the furthest from the island and was not appealing at all. I will give them that they are under construction, the staff was friendly and we found a nest of baby alligators. Andrew said this course was much easier and faster to play than the other places visited.

If you are unfamiliar with GolfNow and play golf at least a few times a year, I highly suggest visiting the website. You can find discounted tee times on the website and pay prior to actually getting to the golf course. The success we have had is any where from 33% to 50% off the price offered by the course itself. Also the more you use GolfNow the better your discounts will be and they will send you special discounts, and after so many bookings your online processing fee will be eliminated! It’s a win win because anyone who golfs knows it can be expensive and GolfNow allows you to do an activity you love at a discounted price..