#OOTD + Summer Tunes

Summer is coming to an end. So I’m trying to get the most wear out of those Summer pieces one last time. This fringe dress from Nest Boutique is exactly the dress to do that. An almost maxi dress turned shorter dress for a little more fun. Longer for running errands and tackling my long to do list. Knotted on the side for an asymmetrical look for dinner on a patio. And this dress is also going to be the perfect dress to transition in to Fall with. Absolutely loving it.

I’m also sharing all the songs I am currently listening to non-stop. This playlist is getting me through work, errands, working out and even longer car rides for those end of Summer day trips/road trips. Take a listen and let me know your favorite on the playlist!

 

Pumpkin Spice

Jeans and Cardigan- Nest // Top // Shoes // Purple Choker – Embellish, Dangle Choker – Fox & Beaux

I know Fall is creeping in. Summer clothes are making their way out of the stores. I for one am as happy as a clam. And even more happy, because the weather in Asheville has been fickle the past week. And it’s got me feeling all sorts of good. So this week I have been trying out some light Fall wear, just to see how well it will transition when the weather gets real finicky at the end of September, beginning of October.

I picked up this cocoon shaped cardigan recently from Nest, a local boutique in Biltmore Village, and love the earthy rust tone. It is ironically named The Pumpkin Spice Cardigan. I gag at the thought of drinking a #PSL (but some pumpkin cream cheese and I’m in) but I can totally dive in to the pumpkin craze with this. I paired it with white denim and a swing tank top to still get a Summer chic vibe, pair wedged sandals with and it still screams Summer, just a little bit of added warmth for those chilly nights.

I’m liking what I’m seeing so far for Fall. And honestly I think I’m going to have a lot of fun playing with it this season. Ohhh and I’m also patiently waiting for some apple cider and the Blue Ridge Parkway madness. What are you the most excited about for this Fall season?

 

Pre-Fall: The Dress To Wear Now and Later

Can you believe it’s already the second week in August? Where has this year slipped away to? The #NSALE has come and gone and the stores are starting to be peppered with booties, sweaters, velvet and deeper, richer colors. It has me feeling all the heart eye emojis. Fall is my absolute favorite but it’s still Summer so even though I am looking at investing in pieces I can’t even fathom wearing currently there are pieces I am wearing now and already dreaming of the ways I can style them when the air gets a tad cooler.

I recently had a wedding to go to and didn’t think black was as appropriate as something a little more lively. So I was on the hunt for something outside of my color palette. And after searching and searching I came across this number from the Who What Wear collection at Target (not available online). Though it’s part of the Fall collection it was perfect for a rustic country wedding. Since working the wedding, I traded these heels for white converse after about 10 minutes and it was just as equally as cute. And perfect for any fun occasion now. And perfect to pair with tights, booties, sweaters and hats for the Fall.

What are you currently wearing now, that you can style differently for Fall?

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.

Millennial Pink

SHOP THIS LOOK: Top // Jeans // Shoes // Necklaces // Bag

First things first, we all know I’m a neutral girl, but this past Spring and this Summer I have been trying to branch out a little with my neutrals. I’ve added a few new things like white jeans and this awesome mauve/millennial pink top. Baby steps y’all, baby steps.

I can’t stop hearing about the millennial pink fad, and let’s face it I hate pink. It’s not my color. But a blush, mauve color I can actually get with. And those colors apparently fall under the millennial pink fad. I wasn’t even looking for a pink top, because the above sentence. I was actually looking for a burnt orange top when I stumbled upon this one. I was intrigued and actually fell in love in the fitting room. Ya know sometimes things just work out. The flow, the fabric, the shape and the off the shoulder trend were all there for me, so i brought it home with me. And I love it.

It’s a little different for me and not as casual as I normally gravitate towards. This paired with any jeans is perfect, but with white jeans it’s the perfect combo for a Summer night on the town. And these white jeans from the newly opened Nest are great. Especially if you have some curves. But more on Nest later.

Plus this top works great to wear both off the shoulder and on. So if you can’t get on the bare shoulder trend, it would still be a great top for you! Gotta love versatile pieces y’all!

Check back tomorrow for a great outfit for the 4th!

 

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!

 

A Few Summer Essentials

I never thought I would fall in to that trendy girl category. But here we are, and sadly there are a few trendy items I just can’t stop wearing. I love, love, love off the shoulder tops. They are the trendiest thing right now. And for good reason. They are so flattering for my body type and the casual ones I have picked up, literally just go with about everything. I have been wearing this one I scooped up from Target non stop. I really just can’t get enough of it. Perfect for errands or date night. I’m getting a lot of use out of it.

Two other things are extreme flare jeans and neck scarves. Both very groovy and 70’s vibes. I’ve always been a skinny jeans kind of gal, but thought I’ll try this out. These jeans are giving me life. Making your legs look long and lean, always a plus in book. Seriously, try on some flares; I too thought it was absurd these were back, but constantly pull these out for nights out. And I gagged when I saw the neck scarf trend was in. It reminds me of the elite at country clubs sipping martinis and looking down on the help. But if you find an edgy print, it can give you all the music festival vibes your heart desires. I love this hand dyed option from Rachel Weisberg, and the fabric is silky smooth so no sweaty necks around here.

Speaking of this scarf, you can actually enter to win one over on Instagram. Enter here!

What are your Summer must haves this season?

I Had The Time Of My Life

The Dirty Dancing remake has finally aired. There was a huge buzz about this across Asheville because most of the movie was shot in Western North Carolina, as was the original. I was raised on 80’s movies, so the original is one of my favorite movies, I would go as far as saying top 3. So of course I was a little disappointed they were trying to remake it. I’m glad I didn’t waste three hours of my time for the special. I watched bits and pieces later. I was actually kind of appalled. The dancing, acting and clothing was just ehh.

I’m disappointed that a lot of the iconic outfits weren’t even properly portrayed. Like the famous dancing, stairs scene. Not even in the remake. So I decided to recreate my own version of that #ootd to prep me for Summer. Baby is wearing a blush bodysuit, with denim shorts (belted) and white keds. Ohhh and really curly hair and a pretty pink lip. It’s 2017 and even though bodysuits are all the rage, I couldn’t find one that was the right color. Hell I couldn’t even find a bathing suit that color.

So I settled for this tank, shorts and chucks for an updated version on the Hollywood classic. The tank is no way similar but it does the trick for the closeness in color. Now I just need to go find me some stairs (the original stairs were torn down in the last 3 years) and learn a dance. Or head off to the Dirty Dancing Festival!

I hope all of you had a great weekend! Check back on Wednesday for a fun little event I took part in recently in Asheville!

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)

Bare Shoulders and New Favorite Piece of Jewelry

Top // Jeans // Sandals // Bag // Choker // Half Moon Necklace

Summer is near and it’s time to show some skin. And the skin I like to show is on the shoulders. And off the shoulder tops have been a thing for a long time, but just recently become popular. I remember wearing an off the shoulder dress in the Bahamas in 2009 and I bought an off the shoulder top for a beach trip a few years back. But because everyone and their momma is wearing one these days, you can easily find them in just about any print or fabric. When I saw this super simple one from Target (which can actually be worn off the shoulder or on) and of course in a stripe, it just jumped in to my cart.

I love the simpleness of this top. I can wear it anywhere and for anything. I can dress it up or dress it down. Paired with these killer white jeans and sandals gives an edgy casual look perfect for just about anything. Even a housewarming/ jewelry party as seen on my Instagram. This top is becoming a favorite worn piece that I am considering going back and getting it in the black and white version offered.

Another reason I love this top and off the shoulder tops is the ability to layer necklaces and it not be over kill. And a recent favorite is this little gemstone choker from a little downtown boutique, Embellish. I have been on the hunt for a choker that is not the standard leather cording. Something of sustainability, something different, something that will still go with everything and something adjustable to layer different ways. I had my heart set on a little gold choker from another boutique but couldn’t bring myself to actually getting it not sure if it would be worn or not. Enter this necklace. The moment I saw it, I knew it was actually what I was looking for. I actually received this as a gift but had planned on buying this for myself anyways. I love this because it isn’t gold or silver or your typical leather strap choker. It’s more feminine. I love the purple color even though there was a grey version offered. I love the way it layers with other necklaces and doesn’t seem to distract, it just pulls everything of a metal together. It’s simple and versatile and I’m in love. I wish the lady who made these, had a link for all of you, but she doesn’t; so now you just have to pop in and see the lovely Barb and check out this piece for yourself.