Summer Must Have: T-Shirt Dresses

The calendar doesn’t say it’s Summer yet, but it sure does feel like it lately. It’s only May and hot as all get out (it’s also extremely chilly some days) so not sure how I’m going to make it to Fall. So, since the weather has been off her rocker, I’ve decided to just go ahead and go through my closet and group all my Summer staples together, for ya know, easy grabbing. And I’ve noticed a general theme. I’m not a huge fan of shorts (I will wear them occasionally especially on beach vacation), I don’t need to bring attention to these thighs any more than it already draws, but t-shirt dresses are kind of my jam! Snug fits and flowy; I’ve got them both. And they are just perfect for Summer.

Easy and versatile, and hello: breezy! I don’t feel contained like I do in shorts or jeans. Also I love the fact that they can easy be dressed up or down. This grey dress looks fine, but plain on it’s on. I could easily throw on sandals and run errands with out feeling sticky and sweaty. This dress is also perfect for throwing on over a bathing suit post pool or biking riding from the beach to lunch or back to your hotel. And it’s versatile enough to throw on some layering pieces of jewelry (like this new piece I’m obsessed with or my favorite handmade bolo) and heels for a sultry night out on the town or a backyard BBQ. And y’all know how much I love pieces I can literally wear a different million ways because ya girl’s on a budget.

And speaking of budget. This dress is only $15.00 currently in stores, sadly there are only two prints available online. Such a good price you could stock up on all the colors and prints available!

Shop this look:

Dress // Wedges // Purple Necklace (only available at the boutique) // Fringe Necklace // Bangles // Sunnies (Best place in Asheville for funky, affordable options)

Last Minute Affordable Christmas Shopping With Charmed + Poncho Scarf Giveaway

I have a lot of fashionistas to buy for for Christmas and we all know that can get expensive. And that’s why I love Charmed. I can get scarves, hats, jewelry and funky sunglasses for all those on my list without breaking the bank. Which is a plus plus for everyone. So when the opportunity came up to partner with Charmed I jumped at the chance to show some of my favorite locally made and fun, affordable finds!

This kimono is one of my favorites. There were several prints and hues, but we all know I’m attracted to darker colors. This is the perfect accessory to gift or give to yourself because it’s like a kimono, poncho and blanket scarf all in one. The possibilities with this is absolutely endless and will be that warm cuddly piece you or your favorite fashionista is constantly reaching for. What’s even better than the endless options of this piece? The price! This kimono is under $40.00! Also another bonus, you can currently win this on Instagram (info at the bottom of the post) thanks to the lovely ladies at Charmed!

Charmed isn’t just your local affordable jewelry store, even though they have a ton to choose from, but their clothing selection is growing and constantly growing. This blush sweater was probably the softest thing next to cashmere and the perfect color. And this bright green vest is the perfect pop of color for the holidays without going overboard. Also can we talk about this bag!

One of the hottest trends this year is the bralette. Can give sultry, funky or a athletic vibe and Charmed has a whole display to choose from. Every color of the rainbow and numerous different styles, it’s no wonder it’s their best seller. And you can’t beat the price of $10.00!

The jewelry is amazing. They feature a few local artist and one larger local retailer. A bunch of Asheville style jewelry, funky, unique and stylish. Literally you can find something for anyone on your Christmas list or the perfect stocking stuffers. These earrings I actually got for a Secret Santa gift because who could pass on that boho chic vibe.

Seriously y’all go check them out! You will be able to cross off a lot of ladies on your list in one stop and you can probably get some “to me, from me” gifts.

Now you can actually win the kimono that I have featured. All you have to do is find the photo below on Instagram and follow the instructions there! Y’all this is seriously something you want to try to win!

 

Tulle and Leather

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Entire Outfit-Versona (in stores)

I know I have been sharing a lot of black and white outfits lately, but I’ve been testing ideas for a few final presentations, portfolio pictures and a graduation celebration. So I have been pairing a lot of black and white together. I already love black anyways. But with each outfit that I’ve been planning I am constantly playing with textures and prints. So with this #ootd I played with the tulle texture of the skirt, pairing it with a casual cotton shirt, suede and leather flats and finally topping it off with a mixed textured necklace. This pop of burgandy leather cording and brass beads is the perfect boho addition to this dressed up outfit. By also choosing the necklace in different color it adds a fun element that not only shows my personality but breaks of the professionalism of the black and white outfit.

If you haven’t been over to Versona in Asheville market, I highly recommend it. I love it. They have so many trendy, yet quality pieces. It’s boutique style on a budget.

Masculine Meets Feminine

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Shirt (similar, similar) // Jeans // Vest // Sandals // Bag // Sunnies // Rings- Elementality, Ashkal & Pandora // Necklace (similar, similar)

What’s not to love about this outfit. When I picked up this vest I wasn’t exactly sure how it was going to play out in my wardrobe but I knew it was would be a great layering piece for that city chic fashion intern look I was going for. I love the masculine details in this vest and when getting dressed for this day the entire #ootd kind of just fell together. The boyfriend jeans, boxy shirt and utility vest, especially the dark green color scream masculine but when paired with fun accessories it makes the perfect pair of masculine and feminine. I love everything about this outfit. From the stripes, the sandals, my custom leather bag, funky sunnies and the boho jewelry. This might just be one of my new favorite outfits that I have put together. And I feel SASSY AF in this!

Don’t forget you have until Saturday to enter the Mother’s Day giveaway for a $50.00 Amazon gift card.

You also have until Saturday to enter to win the Minted Necklace from Noonday Collection!

Coachella Inspired

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For the past two weekends all I have seen on social media are posts from Coachella and of course I’m a little jealous because I’m here in Asheville working and doing homework. So on Sunday when I had to run out and do some errands for a few projects I decided to bring Coachella with me in my #ootd minus faux body tattoos and floral crowns. This boyfriend top from Old Navy is the perfect basic piece to build up a boho look due to the shape. So I paired it with some DIY cutoffs for a little more festival flare. The finishing touches were the side braid and hat (but let’s be honest it was to disguise my dirty hair), neon tribal necklace, layered rings and booties. Then I jammed to Ellie Goulding in the car so in my mind it was kind of like the first weekend of Coachella minus the desert and all the famous people! I hope you all have a great start to the week!

 

Don’t forget currently A Day in the Life of One Girl and I are hosting an awesome Mother’s Day Giveaway where you could enter to win a $50.00 gift card to Amazon or an Asheville mani and pedi along with some other fun goodies. You only have until Saturday to enter and you can enter HERE!

I have also partnered up with Lauren from Noonday Collection and we are giving away The Minted Necklace to one lucky reader. This is also perfect for Mother’s Day, graduation or just a pop of Spring color to your wardrobe! You also only have until Saturday to enter and you can do so HERE!

Boyfriend’s Closet

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Top // Jeans // Sandals // Necklace (gifted) // Similar Hat // Sunnies 

No I didn’t not get dressed from my boyfriends closet but I did finally cave on the boyfriend jean trend. And ahhh I’m so gad I did. These jeans are the best. They aren’t uncomfortable like a lot of jeans are and the loose fit is perfect for casual days. I even went as far as wearing a boyfriend shaped shirt in the fact that it is loose everywhere. In order to wear this look and not look like a total frump is by adding feminine details like the chunky sandals I paired with this. It would also look cute with a fitted top and booties. I can’t believe it took me this long to hop on this trend because I may actually live in these jeans.

 

Don’t forget I am hosting an awesome giveaway to win The Minted Necklace from Noonday which is ethically produced and a fair trade partner and you can easily enter to win that necklace HERE!

Spring Looks with Versona

Winter layers are my favorite but now that the weather is getting nicer there are a ton of different fun events and activities taking place. So I have partnered up with Versona in Asheville to bring you a few different looks that are perfect for Spring activities.

Prom/Wedding/Date Night at Sunset Terrace

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This blue maxi dress is perfect for spring weddings, it would work as a boho style prom dress and perfect for a date night. The dress is great quality has great details, light weight and affordable (only $60.00). I added a metal vine head wrap and a simple beaded necklace to add just a touch more boho to the outfit. If I was headed to prom (or that young again) I would rock this.

Downtown Chic/Festival

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The weather is warming up but there is still a chill in the air. So I opted for a halter style tank in taupe paired with a suede fringed vest in a hunter green perfect for shopping downtown, brunching or hitting up the local art or music festival. I added this textured necklace and funky glasses for the perfect pop of Asheville style to the outfit.

Farmer’s Market

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Sundays are generally my days for getting as much as possible done. I love going to the farmer’s markets and open air markets when the weather warms up and I love dressing comfortably and unique. I love mixing patterns and this tie dye tank and pinstripe shirt go perfectly together because of the same color scheme. Also I like the fact that each of these could be worn separately for entirely different looks which maximizes your closet and wallet.

Graduation

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Graduation season is upon us and the typical color scheme is black and white. Versona has some great black and white dresses and long shirts and nice dress tops but I love adding a little bit of edge and personality to a graduation outfit. Since I will be a college grad in May and going into the fashion and social media industry I wanted to play up the graduation outfit. This outfit is not only a perfect example of color blocking but it lets my personality really shine. The top is flowy and oversized slightly tucked in to the white circle skirt. Funky classes and an over the top neon necklace is the perfect finishes. I paired this with my personal booties to add a little edge to the #ootd. Not only is this perfect for under the gown or for an audience seat but it’s simple and versatile and can be worn many other times. And let me just tell you this necklace is absolutely amazing and it’s only $24.99!

Versona is a great little boutique style store which does offer some styles online but very limited. Luckily, Asheville has it’s very own location in the Asheville Market where the new Whole Foods is at. The store is pretty affordable for the quality you are getting. Most clothing pieces are under $50.00 and great quality, most accessories are under $20.00 with the exception of bags and shoes. Follow Asheville’s Versona on Instagram to see new inventory and follow me to see snaps every now and again about new product!

Spring Vest Fever

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Vest-Target // Shirt-Target // Skirt-Target // Leggings- Forever 21 // Booties- Target (old, similar)

I’ve been dreaming about Spring a whole lot more here lately. We had a large snow storm here in Asheville and Valentine’s Day is over so I’m ready for bright blooming flowers and a little warmer temperatures. I have been slacking in posting blog posts simply for the fact that this semester is much more intense than I ever thought possible. I’m trying to get better, I promise. But if I fail make sure you are following me over on Instagram where I try to post almost daily.

So since I’m dreaming of Spring I have started focusing more on lighter fabrics instead of all the bulky sweaters that have been taking up my wardrobe for the past month. Since Spring weather can be just as fickle as this Winter weather we have had here in the mountains I still keep layering in mind. Light layers. I love having a few vests for layering in Spring, especially a light wash denim vest. A light wash denim vest can be paired with absolutely any top and that’s why I love the versatility of it. I love it paired with this striped shirt and black skirt for the perfect transition from a Winter to Spring #ootd.

Affordable Holiday Dresses

Affordable Holiday Dresses

Blue Shift Dress // Green Dress // Red and Black Lace Dress // Striped Dress // Detailed Swing Dress // Embroidered Dress

The holidays are closer than you think. The stores are filling up with holiday decor and lots of gift items. So now is the perfect time to get a holiday dress. Why now? Now is the perfect time because all sizes are available for dresses that are perfect for any type of holiday party, entertaining or festivities. All of the dresses I picked out are under $50.00 and come in sizes to fit every body type. While looking for a holiday dress I always keep in mind the price and how many different ways I can wear it to make it look different for different occasions and really make the dress last through the holidays. All of the dresses I have chosen above can be styled numerous ways to be dressy or more laid back (maybe a little more difficult for this striped dress). You can add festive bling, faux fur, tights, heels and even layer to create a different look with each dress. If you aren’t interested in shopping with Old Navy, Target or JC Penny I also suggest checking out Ross or TJ Maxx. Happy Dress Shopping!

XOXO

Stephanie

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Rainy Day Outfit + Rainy Day Activities

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Dress-Charlotte Russe (old, similar) // Cardigan-Old Navy (old, similar) // Leggings-Forever 21 // Boots-L.L. Bean // Scarf-Wal-Mart (in stores only)

Fall seems sooooo perfect on the internet, but in reality it’s wet and gloomy. Which can really put a damper on our mood and activities. Just because the weather is gloomy and your mood might reflect it doesn’t mean you have to dress in sweats and hang out at the house (but by all means that is great as well). To beat the gloomy funk why not wear fun colors! I love this mustard colored dress that I have had for a long time paired with some maroon colored leggings. The colors go great together and are a great pop of color for grey days. Since it’s rainy layering is key, so a great cardigan is a must. This cardigan from Old Navy (and the one I have linked) are the perfect weight for chilly to semi-warm days. And boots! When it’s raining, soggy and chilly you need a a pair of boots. A pair of riding boots, bean boots or rain boots will work just fine. I really like bean boots because they are really roomy so perfect for different thicknesses of socks and they keep your feet warm.

When it’s rainy, gloomy or just soggy you don’t just have to sit at home but I have some fun ideas for staying at home as well.

Rainy Activities Out:

  • Antique Shopping! Most antique stores are clumped together or in large warehouses so you don’t have to trek through the rain. It’s so much fun to look at old, unwanted stuff even if you aren’t buying anything.
  • Movies! If you go solo it’s even better. Get that great popcorn and sneak in candies and watch a horror flick or a movie that will have you sobbing or laughing.
  • Coffee Date! Rainy days are the perfect days to try out a new coffee shop, get some computer work done or read a book.
  • Art Fairs! Some are outside but grab a hat and go see all of the local talent.
  • Art Museums or Galleries! Rainy days are the perfect day to explore local artist’s work.

Indoor Activities:

  • Create a cheese plate, put on something on Netflix and have a pumpkin beer tasting party.
  • Bake! Hit up Pinterest for some festive foods and get to baking.
  • Get Crafty! Now’s the time to start that craft you have been waiting to work on, paint something or start up a new crafty hobby like knitting.
  • Have an at home spa day!

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