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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!

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!

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.

When Clothing Speaks To You

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Dress // Necklace // Similar Booties 

I have a very firm rule when shopping for clothing, if it’s not something I am in need of and find it and like it, I will wait to see if I’m still interested later to buy. This helps with a lot of impulse buying and filling my closet with things I don’t really love or things I will not get a lot of use out of. This dress is one of those wait for it moments, but could have actually bought it immediately.

I was strolling through Target after work, which I do way too often, and looking at new Fall pieces that might be fun to add to the wardrobe. I had been gifted a gift card after all. When I was doing this I knew in the back of my mind I was looking for something fun to wear to the Adele concert but wasn’t intentionally looking for my Adele concert dress. The Who What Wear collection caught my eye especially the faux suede olive sleeveless trench but this little number was hiding behind it. The print kind of reminded me of the 70’s so I didn’t even pull it off the rack. After wondering and wondering and not finding anything, I went back to this dress and pulled it off the rack. It wasn’t until then that I saw the faux leather detailing and the shape. My first thought I would like it better all black but still tried it on.

In the fitting room I’m pretty sure I actually said “WTF” because the dress fit amazingly. The cut was perfect. It fit in all the right ways. The bodice works perfect with my body shape and the angled hemline doesn’t cut my legs off in a weird way. The print grew on me simply for the fact that it was an amazing fit. I took some pictures for SnapChat (s.ferguson6623) saying a possible choice for the Adele concert. And still went home empty handed.

I kept thinking about this dress. I kept think about how amazing I felt in it. How many uses I could get out of it. How affordable it was for the quality. How the print was growing on me. How I liked the little details on the dress. And just like that, I went back to Target and added this baby to my closet. Now I’m already imagining holiday parties and a night with Adele in this dress.

The Power of Scarf Season

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Scarf // Top // Jeans // Similar Booties // Earrings // Rings- Ashkal Jewelry, Virtue and Elementality

The season of sweaters, layers and scarves are upon us. But I really think a lot of us under estimate the power of a scarf. A true statement piece that is both functional and transforming.

A scarf can take a simple #ootd and pull the entire look off. Taking something super simple and making it look extremely chic. Isn’t that what we all want out of an outfit anyways?

Sundays are meant for relaxing, brunching and catching up on binging out on Netflix. So naturally simple is better. I threw on this striped top (which I absolutely love the shape of this top and bonus it has stripes) paired with black skinny jeans. Perfect four lounging and getting a few computer things done. But then came time for errands. Sure I could have just walked out with this on but wanted to “spice” it up so threw on this amazing blanket scarf from Charmed (downtown Asheville boutique) and it instantly transformed my entire look. I also swapped out black booties for these camel ones since the scarf has every neutral color known to mankind in it to add some depth to my #ootd. No need for a fussy necklace, because the scarf does the trick.

No matter the style throw a scarf on and go! What are your favorite types of scarves?

I’ll see all you tomorrow to show you what’s in my Fall bag!

Coffee House Cozy

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Top // Jeans // Sweater // Similar Booties // Fluff Ball // Watch // Choker

The leaves are in full color and last week the weather in Asheville actually felt like Fall. One of my favorite things to do in the Fall is get cozy and head to a local coffee shop. Whether to get work done, make lists or just enjoy the ambiance. I generally keep it pretty simple and comfy especially if I’m going to be attempting to get work done.

And that is how this outfit was born. My go to black skinny jeans and a striped shirt. Paired with an over sized sweater made it the perfect Fall coffee shop #ootd. I added a neutral sweater to break up all the black and add some interest in texture. Sometimes an all black outfit can be overwhelming and adding another neutral is a great way to not only add more life but break up your palette to make a more interesting look.

So since we are here, I do have to tell you guys about a new coffee shop in Asheville. What another one? My thoughts exactly. But this coffee shop is on the East side (and let’s face it, it’s lacking coffee shops and locally owned businesses) and it’s New Orleans style. Coffee and Beignets. Need I say more?! Authentic, delicious and a must visit. Bebettes serves up fresh made to order beignets, churros and self pour coffee, including coffee with chicory! Y’all it’s a must visit.

I’ll see you guys tomorrow to talk about blanket scarves!

Day to Night Style with Versona

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First Look: Jeans // Top // Necklace // Booties // Bag // Lipstick

Second Look: Skirt // Top // Earrings // Booties

I have said it time and time again; I love versatile pieces. It’s very easy to have a closet full of pieces, yet constantly wonder what to wear or what to style together. So that is why I have been more conscious on the pieces I am buying. Neutrals and flattering shapes, yet pieces that can all go together eventually at some point. You get more use out of the pieces in your closet this way and you can save a little money doing this. Who doesn’t love to see their bank account in the positive especially during the height of Fall fashion. ** insert praise hand emoji now**

I also like pieces that can take me through the day by switching minimal pieces out. Because as a busy lady that’s important. I like having an outfit where I can throw an extra piece of clothing in my bag and have a completely different look by switching it out. And this outfit does just that.

For day time jeans, grey sweater and a choker are the perfect go to for me. Simple, comfortable and chic. I can go to work, do errands, teach an art class, just about anything. By adding a simple skirt in my bag (or that magical hanger holder in the car to prevent wrinkling) I am able to switch up the #ootd for a last minute date night, meeting or fashion event. Swapping the choker out for some statement earrings and I’m set.

You can find new Fall pieces that work great for versatility in your closet and are also kind to your wallet at Versona. Their newest Fall Look Book features all the trending items for this season, but even though trendy can work well in any closet. You can view the entire Look Book here and you can also contact your local Versona to make an appointment to view the newest pieces.

The Asheville Versona is full of new Fall pieces. Textures galore. I loved the detail tops, slip dress (didn’t work for me though) and the minimalist necklaces including chokers.

 

 

*This post is brought to you by Versona*

 

A Dress To Wear Now & Later

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Dress // Sandals (similar) // Hat // Lip 

Happy Tuesday friends! I am head over heels with this dress (it’s under $40.00) for several reasons. The print is amazing, it’s comfortable and transitional. I have styled this with chunky sandals for late Summer but when the weather cools off this can be styled several other ways. This would look adorable with riding boots, chic with tights and booties, date night casual with booties or perfect for the holiday season with tights and heels.

I went back and forth on Snap Chat (go add me s.ferguson6623) on whether to buy this dress, which I tend to do on there. Now that I have this baby in my hands I’m glad I did.

Make sure you check back to the blog tomorrow to see what I carry in my Fall ba