Where I’ve Been Lately

I’ve seriously been off my game lately. I haven’t posted regularly or for weeks at a time. And it’s okay. Life has happened. And it happens to all of us. We are all human.

I don’t owe an explanation to anyone, nor do I feel the need to apologize, because like I said life happens. But sometimes life just changes so much you become lost. And that’s what has taken place in my life. Not only do I feel lost about so many things I personally have no control over, the little things I do have control over, I either don’t have the energy for ( because ya girl been working like crazy over here) or I’m in a creative rut. Mainly a creative rut.

It gets old seeing the same things over and over. Every blogger shops from the same places and gets the same articles of clothes. Though possibly styled differently, they are all the same. And in case you are new around here, I’m not like everyone else, nor do I want to be. Also I’ve been comparing myself to a lot of other people lately. Huge no, no. But I’m human. It’s all a complicated mess. Or maybe just a mental mess I have created. Who knows at this point.

I haven’t purchased really anything new (besides some sandals I got on killer sale for the fourth of July). Do I go out and shop to break this creative block? Do I try to look at my closet differently? Do I try a clothing challenge to refresh my favorite pieces? Ladies and gents, I’m not at a fork in the road, I’m at a dead end. Not sure really how to do that three point turn to get me back on the right direction.

So here’s to figuring this thing out. And figuring out what content to bring to you. And figuring out what the heck I’m even doing. And figuring out what I’m simply wearing today.

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?

 

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!

 

Bah Humbug

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Top // Leggings // Similar Booties // Bag // Necklace

I hate to be the Grinch, but I really have been lately. I put my tree up before Thanksgiving because I was in the spirit (plus let’s face it I knew I wouldn’t have time), I had Christmas music blaring on Thanksgiving, I have all my presents bought and am in the process of wrapping. But I haven’t been in the mood. I have cried because I love Christmas and it just doesn’t feel right (cue this Christmas song). Life and mother nature have both got in the way. My heart has been broken by the tragic fires throughout WNC and Eastern TN so when it rained I did a happy dance, but also cried because I needed blog pictures for the week and couldn’t get them. Some things have happened in work and there is the possibility of receiving a promotion so I have been killing myself trying to prove myself. I’ve literally worked and slept. On Wednesday I didn’t even eat all day because I worked a long shift, forgot lunch and passed out hardcore when I got home.

But it changed on Thursday. Andrew and I normally do a secret santa situation for a child in need, but this year the opportunity hit closer than we thought. A former coworker was in need. We decided to help this individual other than someone we don’t actually know. It’s the first day in almost a week and a half I put on clothes that weren’t jeans and work shirts, put on make up and actually fixed my hair. Oh it was photo worthy because I hadn’t seen myself like this in a while. Maybe it’s because I finally felt festive, or maybe because I was heading to Target.

A giving heart is always stylish and something every person, even the #fashionistas need to have. I got in the spirit. So as planned for this week, but dampened by the rain and lack of photos, I will be doing a week of giveaways on the blog from some awesome boutiques and companies. Because I truly want to give back to you guys!

Gift Guide: For the Fashionista

Gift Guide: For the Fashionista

Ahhhh! Finally the first gift guide of the season. Shopping for the #fashionista in your life can be hard. She seems like she always looks flawless so you want your gift to be just as great. So I have rounded up my top 9 picks under $75.00 and under that are the perfect gift besides her typical clothing gifts.

  1. Moon & Stars EarringsBaubleBar has some of the best statement pieces for any style! Plus the affordability is perfect for gift giving. I love these earrings and could be styled numerous different ways. Could be edgy, dark or glam! I have officially added these to my Black Friday shopping list 😉
  2. Cosmetic Bag– What girl doesn’t love to see designer leather underneath the Christmas tree, especially a #fashionista? To make a big impact but on a smaller budget, this Coach cosmetic bag is a perfect gift idea. We girls have a ton of stuff in our bags, so it even works for the #fashionista who keeps her make up of the day minimal! I also love picking out a black leather option as it goes with everything.
  3. Quay Sunglasses– Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the shades get put away with the tank tops! I love Quay sunglasses and most of the shapes are funky yet flattering on most face shapes.
  4. Fashion Illustration– When you are at a loss for what to get your fashionista gal pal or family member because you are afraid you might get something that isn’t her particular style, fashion illustrations are great! Fashion in it’s self is art, so a fashionable piece of art is a great gift! You can find fashion illustrations anywhere online, in a ton of different styles and price ranges. Plus it will look great on her Instagram!
  5. Robe– The best part about a fashionista’s look is the actual process in putting it together. The best part is the creating process in the way she styles everything and creates the look she wants the world to see. Some of the time it’s a lengthy process. Robes make a great gift because the getting ready process is a fun process and she should still feel stylish during the process.
  6. R + CO Outer Space Hair Spray– I have been wanting to try out this product for a really long time and at my recent hair appointment I was finally able too. The entire R+CO line is dreamy but this hairspray is out of this world (no pun intended). It has a great hold without that crunchy, sticky feeling. It also smells amazing. Any girl who fixes her hair on a daily basis needs to try this at least once. It’s a bit pricey for hairspray (but oh so worth it) so if your fashionista may not splurge on an item like this for herself, gift it to her; she will be forever thankful!
  7. Kat Von D Eye Shadow Palette– Kat Von D eyeshadows (any of her make up for that matter) goes on like a dream. Extremely blendable and a perfect starter kit. Great for the pro or someone wanted to expand her make up techniques. Plus the entire Kat Von D beauty line is creulty free and great for sensitive skin! I got this specific palette for my birthday and think it was the best choice I’ve ever made.
  8. Colour Pop Lip Products– Colour Pop has a wide range of lip products for any beauty loving girl. Whether she likes glossy lips or matte lips, Colour Pop has an option. Plus their color selection is out of this world; from nudes, to pretty pinks to the darkest berries and funky colors! Most of their lip products are cruelty free!
  9. Furry Clutch– This Who What Wear Collection collection is #goals! I love it and it’s amazing in both the blush and black color! Perfect present to add a little extra luxe or funk to any fashion girl’s #ootd. Also this is a perfect alternative to a sparkly clutch for NYE!

 

 

Turkey Day Outfit

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Top // Jeans // Booties (similar) // Earrings // Hair Clip (in stores only at Versona)

I honestly can’t believe next Thursday is Thanksgiving! How is this even possible?

So I start thinking about the holidays and how my wardrobe will work for the holidays early on. Probably when Fall fashion starts hitting the shelves. I’m not the hugest sparkle fan (even though you will be seeing a fun skirt soon) so it’s ok for me to start looking early. A few things come to mind. First off I want to be stylish because I’m known as the fashion blogger in the family and because I know pictures are going to be taken if I’m not planning on them. But then there are a few other things to keep in mind but mainly is it comfortable. I mean there is a lot of cooking, a lot of relaxing, a lot of running around and then there is a lot of eating.

So when I saw this blouse at Target I knew it was the perfect thing to wear to Thanksgiving dinner! It screams fall, the color is perfect for Thanksgiving, it’s flowy and it has some awesome detailing. I was sold! I’ve decided to pair it with distressed denim and booties for a casual, comfortable yet chic look. I’m going to go ahead and call this my sophisticated pilgrim #ootd.

Feminine Lumberjack

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Flannel // Skirt (similar) // Tights // Booties (similar) // Necklace (similar) // Lip Color // Eyeshadow

I grew up in the 90’s and lived in a small country, farm town. So I love flannel, I love plaid. When I moved to Asheville I thought I would be wearing plaids and flannels all the time, but little did I know I would fall in a rut with both the print and fabric. Asheville weather is well, Asheville weather. It can be warm one part of the week and snowing by the end of the week. Also elevation changes are intense here so it may be semi warm in downtown then up the mountain you are freezing. So it was hard to wear them because if you wear a real flannel you know you are burning up. Plus when I turned 21 and was in to being at a bar in beer city almost every night, wearing plaid or flannel made you look like that hipster lumberjack wannabe. So I retired them. But recently have brought them back because now I know how to wear a flannel and plaid without either looking like a total lumberjack or burning up in them.

Dressing them up! That’s the answer. Paired with a skirt or dress and they are instantly more feminine. I paired this dreamy buffalo plaid flannel from Old Navy (only $14.00 currently) with an old black lacey skater skirt and went a step further with the statement necklace for a pop of glam. As far as burning up, either layer or go up a size in a flannel so it isn’t so tight to your body. Also if you go up a size you have plenty of other layering options for the flannel.

I love this look! It’s actually perfect for the upcoming holiday season and screams Fall! If you are leary of plaid or flannel (which at this point it’s everywhere so you shouldn’t) try a scarf in the print which can go with just about anything or layer a cozy sweater over your flannel so only the hems, collar and sleeves are showing.

 

Almost Black Out

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Jeans // Sweater // Scarf (only in stores) // Booties (old)

I like to wear black, it’s really just that simple. A black out #ootd makes me feel chic, pulled together and slimmed down. But sometimes you just need a pop of color. I like to do that with either necklaces or scarves; since it finally felt like Fall in Asheville this weekend a scarf it was. This scarf may remind you of Mardi Gras but the rich jewel tones scream Fall. So I finally got to wear this as it was intended to be worn (it’s been tied around a bag since I bought it). And I love this! Perfect for just about anything, I even wore this to head a planner meetup this Sunday!

Wear what you want! Even if others tell you to wear something else. I get told all the time I need to wear more color. I like black outfits and I’m going to keep wearing black outfits!

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!

It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

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Happy Halloween everyone! I hope your day is full of spooks, tricks and (it goes without saying) yummy treats and sweets. I was in Atlanta over Halloweekend so I didn’t really get to do anything overly exciting for the holiday. But let’s be honest, I probably wouldn’t have done anything anyways. So tonight I will be at home, because who decided we don’t celebrate Halloween on Halloween anymore. I’ll be giving out candy to any little ghouls that visit, watching a classic horror movie, eating a yummy home cooked meal and probably drinking a pumpkin beer with my love! But I do get to dress up for work and I like to be in some sort of costume for the kiddos trick or treating so here it is. I hate pre-bought costumes because a.) that fit and b.) you can be things on Halloween besides a slut. So here is my modern Sanderson Sister #ootd and now I’m ready to fly!

I hope all you have a great and safe night wherever you are and however you are celebrating.