Seeing Stars

SHOP THIS POST: Tank // Jeans // Sneakers // Scarf (in stores only in the Dollar Spot) // Sunnies

We’ve come a long way in styling an #ootd for the Fourth of July since our mom dressed us and our siblings in matching Old Navy Flag Shirts. Ohh you know exactly what I’m talking about. And if you feel so inclined to go down memory lane, they are still producing their classic flag tee every year, here’s this year’s version. So this year I opted for some classic Old Navy goodness to bring together my patriotic 4th of July outfit.

I went for a super casual tank, that has stars on it, duhhh. Extremely flowy, really faded and all the Americana vibes. And by faded, I mean real faded. You will only be able to wear a nude bra with this because the material is extremely lightweight (yes please for that hot, sticky day) and you can see through it, especially the star portion. I like this tank because it’s cliche enough to wear for fireworks and cook outs but I can totally style this all Summer longer for a little edgier look. And it’s also not over the top cliche. But it’s the 4th of July, so who really cares honestly.

I paired this tank with cuffed jeans for that perfect Summer touch and a more grown up and pulled together look than pairing this with shorts. Ohh I cuffed these jeans to have some sort of air flow because we all know it’s bound to be hot and sweaty on the holiday in the South. Threw on some white chucks and paired it with a festive scarf and I’m ready to go. Can you guys believe I found this scarf in the Dollar Spot at Target?!? Red, lightweight and it has the most adorable patriotic tassels along the edges. $3.00! Win, Win for something you won’t wear all the time.

This look is perfect for a BBQ, beer and fireworks. Also if you are in Asheville please let me know where you watch fireworks. Almost 8 holidays here and I still haven’t found the “perfect” spot. Bring on the sparklers!

What are y’all wearing and getting in to for the holiday?

I’ll be sharing a more sophisticated 4th of July outfit later this week, because some of us will still choose fashion and style over cliche holiday vibes.

Also make sure you are following me on Instagram because I am hosting a huge giveaway for a Summer makeover along with some other amazing blogger babes this week! Get yourself entered!

 

Edgy Sparkles

I bought this skirt during a huge Black Friday sale, planning to wear it to a blogger function I was attending the week before Christmas. I got an idea of what I would be doing and sadly this was just to dressy for it. Instead of returning it, because it honestly was a really good deal, I decided I would keep it for every day wear. Because you can totally do that with sequins. It doesn’t have to be Christmas or New Years to wear a little sparkle, especially if done right.

So that’s how this #ootd was born. Something I would wear to a NYE party or would even wear for a date night in Asheville. Mixing plaid with this sequin shirt, gives it a more casual and approachable look to it. Making it more me! I already have a few ways I could style this with some more casual things in my closet but for now, I’m going with plaid.

Don’t be afraid to mix dressier items with more casual items. Generally when you do this you really do achieve that whole city chic, I could live in the city vibe. And who doesn’t want to achieve that. #GOALS. It’s also trial and error. I tried several other tops on with this and sadly they just weren’t hitting the mark. So play around, find something you like to pair with sparkles.

Whether mixing sequins in to your NYE #ootn or just wanting to add something a little more glam to your closet, I hope you all have a sparkly, stylish new year ahead of you!

Unconventional NYE Dress

It’s almost time to ring in the new year, which means reflections, resolutions, goals, dressing up and champagne toasts. Maybe even a kiss at midnight if you are one of those lucky ones.

But before you go and spend a fortune on a sparkly dress that you may only wear one night, let me just share my golden rule for #NYE dressing. YOU WEAR WHAT YOU WANT! You don’t have to wear a sparkly, fancy dress to celebrate the new year. You don’t have to go buy a new dress to celebrate the new year. I like wearing whatever I want, and to be honest I will probably be in my Old Navy plaid pjs by 10:00 anyways!

So pick something you like, even if the print is unconventional for NYE. I pulled this dress out of my closet, perfect for celebrating and perfect for the new year even though it’s a winter floral print. Paired with leggings and booties it looks fancy enough for going out, but adds comfort and my own personal style. I also love the idea of wearing a winter floral print for New Years, it’s symbolic. You want to bloom into a better version of yourself through goals in the new year.

If you are wearing a shiny, sparkly, sequin clad #ootn, you go for it, but don’t feel obligated too.

Merry Merry

And I can’t believe it’s almost here. I can’t contain my excitement as we grow closer. I can’t wait to put on some fun clothes and celebrate with those around me. So I’m not big in to wearing festive color dresses because an entire red dress does not look good on my pale skin and I can never find a green dress I really like this time of year. So pops of festive colors is my answer. Sadly this stole and shoes are sold out because they were on massive sale on Black Friday and I couldn’t resist either of them. These shoes are just amazing! And the fur just gives a luxe feel that Christmas is all about. So if you are like me, and don’t do the full on festive wear, dress up your #ootd with festive accents, you can’t go wrong and you will still look festive! Happy Holidays loves!

Holiday Giveaways Recap

So I wanted to round up all the direct links to everything I am giving away for my 5 Days of Holiday Giveaways I’m hosting on Instagram. You will have until 11:59 on 11/17 to enter to win and the winners will be announced late on Sunday evening. So head straight over to my Instagram and get yourself entered.

The first thing you are eligible to win is a blush and ultra matte lip from ColourPop. Find this picture on Instagram or go here!

The second item is a $20.00 gift card from Target. Find this picture on Instagram or go here!

The third item is a Rachel Weisberg choker in your choice of brown or black! Go to Instagram and find this picture or go here!

The fourth item you can win is this kimono scarf from Charmed. Go to Instagram and find this picture or go here

The fifth and final thing you can win is two tickets to Painting With A Twist that can be used at any location but gifted by the Asheville location. All you have to do is find this picture on Instagram or go here!

All you have to do is find the pictures and follow the instructions which are easy peasy! Good luck y’all!

 

The Luxe Scarf + Rachel Weisberg Choker Giveaway

You’ve got to love when your friend is a fashion designer! You get to see and sample all the goodies. And Rachel Weisberg did not disappoint with this Long Scarf. The scarf is made of velvety, cupro fibers and hand dyed in her Asheville studio. The cupro fibers give the scarf an extremely soft touch and the hand dye job gives a unique flair to each scarf. You are literally getting to wear your own little original piece of art. Though soft it packs in the heat and is perfect for bundling up in and or dressing up a plain jane #ootd. It’s totally city chic. I already have a ton of ways I want to wear this. And one will be for my Christmas Eve dinner, probably Christmas day festivities as well.

You can get your own Long Scarf at rachel-weisberg.com or you can find them locally in Asheville at Embellish.

When you are a fashion blogger and your friend is a fashion designer, of course she participates in your holiday giveaways. So today on Instagram I am giving away a Rachel Weisberg choker (in your choice of the brown or black). All you have to do is find the picture below and follow the instructions (they are oh so easy)! 

Low Key Holiday Glam + Instagram ColourPop Giveaway

I am super simple when it comes to my make up. Even when the holiday events and parties roll around. I can’t do crazy dramatic eyes because I have extremely watery and sensitive eyes. So to avoid a mess and styes I keep it simple every day. I have been loving my Kat Von D palette for eyes and it goes perfect for the holidays as well since that rusty color is very popular. I kept my wing simple since I was going for a more dramatic lip. And by dramatic I mean sparkly. I love playing with make up just as much as the next person so thought I would go for a shimmery lip. I added Bad Blood by Urban Decay and then went over it with this new NYX Lip Of The Day Art Pen in a rose gold. I topped the entire look off with Bardot blush from ColourPop Cosmetics because it gives an equal part glowy goddess, equal part wind kissed cheeks.

So I have recently fallen in love with ColourPop this year. After hearing all the hype I decided I would give it a whirl and fell in love. **Most of the products are vegan (a few products are not), the entire line is cruelty free and all the product is made here in the USA. Plus let me not forget to mention the entire brand is affordable. So you think it might not be great. Nope way wrong. The quality is amazing for the price you pay. The matte lips I have purchased have stayed on longer than any liquid lipstick I own. You can find anyone some goodies from ColourPop for gifts; almost everyone I know is getting something from the brand for Christmas. (SHHH don’t tell)

So I wanted to share the love with all of you. I am giving away a Bardot Super Shock Cheek and a Ultra Matte Lip in Mink from the Blues Baby collection. All you have to do is find the picture below on my Instagram and follow the instructions there:

P.S. It’s really simple to enter! All you have to do is like the picture and follow me!

Also make sure you check back here and Instagram daily because I will be giving away a product from different companies all week!

Happy Glam Holidays!

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!

Chartreuse is the New Holiday Color

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Top-Versona // Skirt-H&M (old, similar) // Leggings-Target // Boots-Charlotte Russe (old, similar) // Necklace-Wal-Mart (old) // Bracelet-Forever 21 (old, similar)

Ahhhh! We are in the final countdown to Christmas!! It’s time for all the dinners and holiday get togethers to start. I’ve been looking in my closet and trying to decide what I will be wearing to what and I’ve noticed I don’t really have a lot of green or red. But I do have this chartreuse piko style top that I think is the perfect alternative to the traditional holiday green. Paired with navy, this color combo is heaven! This year the holidays are pretty warm so going casual, comfortable and light weight might be the best option for me. So when you are looking in your closet, look for different shades of the holiday colors to put your own unique spin on your holiday #ootd!

Holiday Fur + Holiday Giveaway

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Dress-Target (out of stock)// Bag-Target // Scarf-Target (can’t find this long one online) // Boots-old

It is so simple to take a simple outfit and make it a little more festive by adding fur. I’m not sure why fur screams the holidays to me but it does. I took a very simple black and white dress which I picked up from Target for fall and added some red boots, a fur scarf and a mauve bag; perfect for any holiday get together! Black and white is the easiest route to go with sprucing it up with festive accessories. If you want to win this scarf and bag keep reading!

As it is the holiday season and I was always taught a charitable heart is the most stylish possession so I am bringing back by Giving Back Giveaway.  This year I am doing my giveaway in hopes to raise funds for Helpmate in Asheville. Helpmate is an emergency shelter for women and children whom have been affected by domestic violence. Helpmate offers counseling, court advocacy, case management and education to professionals. Helpmate uses a small group of individuals to help women and children from abusive relationships start fresh, live a life without fear and begin to resume normal daily activities. Helpmate relies a lot on the communities support to continue to help domestic violence victims so therefore for my giveaway I am wanting to donate $20.00 for every 50 entries for this giveaway in the name of 30 Shades of Stephanie’s readers! If you want any more information about Helpmate you can find it here and there is even a wishlist where you can personally make a donation to them.

For my giveaway I wanted to include things I enjoy and blog about often. So one lucky winner will have the chance to win the bag and scarf pictured above along with an Aerobie Aeropress Coffee Maker, the holiday collection from French Broad Chocolates, a beer city shirt from Mtn Merch, two $35.00 gift cards from Painting With A Twist, buffalo plaid pot holders, antler bottle opener and a lotion from Bath and Body Works! There will also be a second place winner whom will win a $15.00 Target gift card!

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To enter you must enter on the widget below with several ways to enter. The giveaway will run from now until 11:59 PM on December 10th. The winners will be selected at random on December 11th and notified via e-mail of the winnings. The winner will have 24 hours to contact me in order to receive a mailing address, if not notified within 24 hours a new winner will be selected at random. French Broad Chocolates will be mailing the Holiday Collection so it arrives in great condition. All entrants must be at least 18 years old and the giveaway is only open to U.S. and Canadian residents. The value of the first prize is $230.00 and the value of the second prize is $15.00. You must actually do the entry you click on the widget to be entered, I will be checking. By simply clicking on the widget does not guarantee your entry, you MUST actually do the request being made. Again, I will be checking. For example if you click on the the option that you shared the link for this on social media and did in fact not, all of your entries will be disqualified. To enter simply follow the instructions on the widget below.

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I would like to take the time to thank MTN Merch, Painting With a Twist Asheville, French Broad Chocolates and Cove Lake Labradoodles because with out them this giveaway wouldn’t be possible!