The “Everything” Dress

Dress // Clutch // Sandals

I’ve been looking for a dress that I can just about wear to anything. And I do mean anything. Cook outs, date night, showers, celebrations or even just running errands. And I’m pretty sure I found just the right one. Luckily I don’t have to attend any weddings, but a wedding celebration, so nothing overly fancy was needed. I have been searching and searching. Everything is just overload on floral and a lot of bright yellow. Neither I am extremely fond of. But I did find this dress, with a floral print, but not overly floral. Plus the base of the dress is black, making it extremely versatile.

The fit of this dress is what drew me in. I’m not the biggest fan of the straps, but could easily put a vest or cardigan over it. The rouging under the bust gives a nice silhouette and the flare helps cover up any unwanted attention to the mid section and the hips. The length is perfect. It’s not too short and not too long.

I paired the dress with some strappy sandals and this amazing clutch in the perfect Spring neutral for a fun night of patio dining. But the dress would go great with sneakers and denim, cardigans and booties, blazer and heels or just worn with casual sandals. The possibilities for styling and what to wear it for are endless.

Have you found your go to dress yet this season?

 

Blooming Into Spring

Skirt // Top // Similar Sandals // Necklace

The new season means new collections everywhere and picking just the right pieces to add to your closet. What’s popular this Spring? Florals ( GROUNDBREAKING ), the color blush, cropped denim and pants, flowy dresses, cold shoulder, cut outs, yellow and sandals (just about any kind). And to help me with adding some new Spring pieces to my wardrobe I got to visit Versona to check out all these new trends.

Now when it comes to trends I am very fickle because I’m more a neutral kind of girl and I like to find pieces that will transition with my wardrobe through the seasons so I get my money’s worth out of the pieces. So I always keep that in mind, and if it is something extremely trendy like the seventies style flowy floral dresses I make sure it’s affordable so it’s not a huge loss. But with Versona this Spring, you can actually do both. If you are unaware of Versona, it is a boutique shopping experience but not with boutique price tags. The same idea of limited supply, unique pieces, quality pieces and even indie labels are available. This Spring, I actually loved a ton of stuff in the store. They had all the trends, tons of floral, blush colors and dresses that hit the mark. I did try on several items from their new Spring Look Book, but nothing really hit the mark. The long flowy floral dress did absolutely nothing for my skin color. But the skirt I am wearing is in the look book in the blush color, that color also did nothing for me, but I also noticed it in black. And of course I was sold on the black.

Black is my color. It’s so easy to style. So when I found the black version of the Spring Look Book find, I knew this may be the winner. This skirt is so versatile to style and that’s what drew me in. Y’all know I have this obsession with stripes and that’s how I immediately planned to wear it. But when I got home, I noticed the different colors in the skirt. I could wear it with dark neutrals or light neutrals, which is perfect for me, hence why I chose a khaki striped top and broke out the cognac colored heels. And ladies, break out those caged sandals from last year because they are just as popular this year. But the reason I also picked this up, it will work into the fall and winter months for me. This would be cute with a sweater, tights and booties. And that’s how I really put together an #ootd, right there in the fitting room of the store to debate whether it’s worth it or not. This skirt will be on repeat for me this Spring and Summer as I have several events to attend in the coming months and I can style it differently for each one, but also have a piece that corresponds with Spring trends.

If the trendy pieces are not really your style, Versona has a ton of versatile, neutral and quality basic pieces right now. I did pick up a few things that were not in the Spring Look Book that you will see next week on the blog. In the past they haven’t had a ton of these pieces, so it was refreshing to see that and it actually made the store feel a little more like a boutique.

So a huge thanks to Versona for letting me play dress up and pick the perfect pieces for a more Spring vibe in my closet!

Also messy curls are huge this year so head over to my Instagram Stories today to watch how I get my curls and all the products used!

Here’s this little number from the Versona fitting rooms that I love but didn’t make the cut because the arms were a little to snug for my liking.

 

The In-between Vest

Similar Vest // Shirt // Jeans // Similar Booties // Necklace // Ring // Sunnies 

We are officially in those in-between days. It’s Spring, but here in the mountains some days Winter creeps back in, there’s a lot of rainy days, the days are sweltering or there is a breeze that makes it chilly. So dressing for these days can be tricky. So since the weather is all over the map, I’ve been reaching for good layering pieces. Just like this long vest. I picked this vest up from Target’s Who What Wear collection last year and it was a good choice.

This vest pairs well with just jeans and a tee shirt like I have here to add a little warmth to a very simple look. It pulls the simple #ootd together for a very chic look. But it also pairs well with long sleeve shirts and an added cardigan to this look. By adding a cardigan to this specific look you can wear it all day and adjust the cardigan as the weather seems fit. On Sunday when wearing this it started off chilly and ended colder. I did a quick swap of my vest for a leather jacket to take me in to the night.

I added some funky jewelry and shades to make this outfit me and a little more chic. With a vest or sleeveless trench in a neutral color, you can just about style it any way you want. And you can wear a numerous amount of things underneath. A cute skater skirt, band tee and fun booties would also look ultra chic under this!

A vest, sleeveless trench or kimono is a great way to play with lengths and add an extra layer in this in-between weather. Plus it’s a great way to incorporate a really good neutral or a really wild print. I’m really loving this, this and this.

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.

Late Valentine’s Day Outfit

Wow! What a hiatus from the blog. What a hiatus from life really. Things have been rough. I talked about the major life change that took place at the very beginning of February here but other things have come up and life has been hectic. The old wives tale about death coming in threes is true in my case and the past few weeks have been hard and trying. So because life has essentially taken over, I didn’t get to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Vday. Ish happens, am I right.

So this weekend, we actually had a little bit of time on Sunday to celebrate our own version of Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t anything like we normally do, but life isn’t really normal right now. So since we were celebrating, kind of, I wanted to wear something that reminded me of Valentine’s Day and something I may have actually worn had we celebrated on Tuesday. Blush and wine, it just did the trick. It reminded me of love and it also reminded me Spring is coming very soon. Which since life has been hectic, I haven’t even been able to catch up on the trends for this Spring or even begin to look at things that I may be adding to my closet for the new season. Which now as I’m typing this, another mental note has been placed to do that.

This post is literally all over the place, much like my life at this point. But regular fashion posts are coming back to you this week because I need a creative outlet at this time in my life. Thank you for all your kind words through this period of adjustment.

Happy New Week Loves!!

For Bob

There are a million things I could write about including Lady Gaga’s amazing Super Bowl performance and the following body shaming she experienced or the plenty of Valentine’s Day post I had originally planned anyways. But sadly I am writing a totally different post. I have been MIA for about a week now, the longest hiatus I have taken from social media and the blog since it began. Last Thursday my life changed, last Thursday Andrew’s dad passed away very suddenly and unexpected. It has been a complete shock to all of us and the realization that Bob is actually gone, has set in. Andrew jokingly said at dinner with the family I should write a blog post for Bob (and I think Andrew suggested this because he always supported me doing crazy things for the blog even though he had no clue what was happening), but if I did it in accordance to my blog I would be showing you how to style camo and tactical vests all while having a gun strapped to my hip (and possibly ankle). So since I can not pull off Bob’s fashion sense, I’ll be a little sappy and emotional and share my favorite Bob stories (because if you knew Bob you know he loved to tell stories, even if you had heard them time after time).

Bob was Bob and there is no one else like him. He told you and said whatever he wanted, he had a love for his wife that rivals a Nicholas Sparks movie, he loved his three sons dearly and proudly talked about them, he cherished his grandchildren and loved when they were around and always put his family first. He walked in to a room like he owned it; his confidence was indescribable. Bob was the person you called any time of day and he was there to help, but he was also the person when you didn’t need him that took forever; I don’t know how many times Bob has been there to save the day and I don’t know how many times Bob has made us wait forever for dinner. Andrew’s sister in law and I joked we literally had to be adults now, since Bob wasn’t there to save the day. Bob was a gentle soul, he was a hilarious human being and he was an interesting story teller. I do know I was loved by Bob, I do know Bob was fascinated and confused about “this blogging thing I do”, I do know Bob was proud of quite a few things I’ve done and I do know Bob has left a little emptiness in my heart along with everyone else.

I do also know Bob would be so proud of how his boys are handling everything. I have watched three guys come together like I’ve never seen a family come together. Working together to make Bob’s wife Anne comfortable, safe and taken care of. They have cried together and laughed together. But most importantly, a strong unit, taking on responsibilities they weren’t expecting too. But Bob would be proud.

As Anne lost her best friend and partner, and the boys lost their father, it’s been a trying week. However, there has been comfort in being together and sharing Bob stories. I really don’t know how I could not sit here and type all day about Bob stories, because there are a ton. But one of my top 3 favorite Bob stories comes from this past 4th of July. Andrew’s oldest brother and girlfriend, along with all their 4 kids combined and Andrew and I decided to go tubing when the river was literally the lowest it had been all year. There were kid’s meltdowns ten minutes into it and beer was drank really fast. We had ran out of beer before we even made it to our half way point. We were joking we should call Bob to save us, and deliver more beer. Before we actually went through with that, we came around a bend and saw a familiar figure on the banks of the river at a park. I was the first to ask if it was Bob. And of course it was Bob. Bob was just out being Bob. We met up with Bob and of course Bob wanted to help deliver beer. And he did. The end of the trip ended with me going on off on a lady whom said everything in the book about us being horrible people because we were drinking and yelling through our tubing adventure. How dare her speak badly of us, when we weren’t doing anything wrong (also a tube may have accidentally fell down the exit stairs and tapped her child); and I couldn’t keep my mouth shut. After tubing, all Bob could talk about was his epic beer drop and how he actually wanted to throw it off a bridge, but then he was filled in on what actually happened at the end of tubing and my little flip out. He sat back and laughed, said he was proud and said I earned that Plyler name that day.

Bob will be greatly missed. He’s left a little empty space in all our hearts. Things just aren’t the same anymore and everything is definitely more quiet and dull.

 

Galentine’s Day Brunching Boho Vibes

Top // Jeans // Booties // Bag // Sweater // Choker // Necklace // Ring & Ring // Hat

I wore this exact same basic outfit in Monday’s blog post, but I created a totally different look to show you the versatility of a basic outfit and mixing up the pieces. So on Monday I showed you the perfect modern rocker chic look great for date night with your SO for Valentine’s Day, so today I’m creating a boho chic look perfect for brunching with your girls for Galentine’s Day or even celebrating the day of love with your love the weekend before antique shopping, eating tacos and hitting up your favorite coffee shop!

A girl really can’t go wrong with some awesome black booties, black jeans and a striped shirt. So for this look I added an oversized cardigan to create texture and warmth and for a more casual, laid back look. To pull the whole look together a hat, oversized funky leather bag and chokers were much needed. And from a really simple #ootd, I created a funky look perfect for a weekend of celebrating with your favorite people, that doesn’t scream Valentine’s Day.

Girls, seriously invest in black jeans, black booties and a striped shirt. It’s so versatile and a life saver when you are having a “I have nothing in my closet” feeling.