Holiday Styling With Versona

Deck your #ootd’s with red and green, Fa La La La La, La La La! Tis’ the season for festive dressing. Since we are just now at two weeks until Christmas it is time to pull out all the red and green garments you have and go wild with it. I don’t own a lot of red or green pieces in my closet. Shocker, I know right?! So when I recently had the chance to partner with Versona to pick up something for the holiday season and style, I was on a mission for something red or green and some statement earrings.

I tried on countless red and green pieces, many were out of my comfort zone and I shared them all with you on InstaStories (shameless plug if you aren’t following me you should). Nothing felt quite like me though. I was trying to pull together outfits in my head and decide on something festive yet that fit my personality and would work with my closet. Even when partnering with a brand, I always think about the long run. Like when will I wear this again and how will I wear this again. I am not wanting to fill my closet with pieces I don’t love and am not going to wear.

One of the lovely sales associate picked this green top for me and the minute I tried it on, I was like, yup this is it. Super basic, but the seaming makes the shirt extremely flattering, simple ruffled sleeves to keep the top trendy and a green I could live with. Something I knew I could dress up or down for the holiday season and get wear out of it past December. I immediately knew I would style it with this skirt I got from Versona last winter. A little edgy and a little more me.

Paired with these fun and festive statement earrings this shirt makes for the perfect holiday party look. I love, love these earrings. I’m so glad I scooped these up because I had been eyeing a pair like this from somewhere online for three times the price. Of course this couldn’t be a holiday outfit without my red pom pom shoes! So comfy, fun and festive. Sadly these are no longer available but I wish they were because everyone deserves some red pom pom shoes for the holiday season. So now I am ready for any type of holiday shindig thrown my way. Office parties, family parties, Christmas church services or even Christmas dinner. I am loving the simple, yet fun components of this festive #ootd!

Thanks again for Versona for having me create a festive look! And if you are in the need for any holiday outfit needs, make sure you check them out! Did you know we have a Versona in Asheville? It’s over by the Whole Foods off of Tunnel Road! And they do have red and green pieces galore! And also tons of statement earrings. And tons of gift ideas!

Holiday Style: Christmas Dress

I wasn’t looking for a Christmas dress, I was going to re-style something that was already in my closet, but then I randomly saw this dress. Bright red, flowy, ruffles and flutter sleeves. Loved it! Tried it on, felt good in it, but didn’t buy it. I didn’t need the dress. I wasn’t sure if I would wear something so bright, because hello, I’m the girl who wears black on a regular basis. But then I was working on a few things, planning some more things for the blog and got an invite to a party. I will also have a wedding to attend in the fall of next year that this would be perfect for, so I went ahead and bought it. Because after long contemplation, I would get my wear out of it.

This dress is perfect for any festive event you have coming up this holiday season and it’s even more perfect because I know you are spending a ton of presents and the perfect decorations. This dress is under $35.00 and would be flattering on so many skin tones and shapes. This can be taken really festive, retro glam or even just kept simple and all three ways to style it would still be great for the holidays.

I just paired this with an oversized fur coat and block heels for a simple 70’s glam look. Not overly festive but also I can say Happy Holidays in this without feeling like a grinch. Seriously if you are in Target, check out this dress, it’s worth the double take.

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Dress // Similar Coat // Heels // Necklace

Florals For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and planning outfits for the day have already been on my mind. Everything about Thanksgiving is so hectic from cooking, traveling and starting the holiday rush, so our outfit shouldn’t be a hassle. I’ve been trying to come up with outfits that are extremely simple yet festive or unique or fun for the day. Something to take you from lounging watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to traveling to see friends and family to feasting on comfort foods to being in a food coma afterwards to hitting the stores for Christmas shopping after your food coma breaks.

I love the idea of wearing a subtle floral for Thanksgiving. It’s so festive for a day of thankfulness. This is technically a dress worn as a cardigan paired with stripes and skinny jeans for a laid back look. Perfect for staying comfy yet feeling a little dressed up for the day. I paired the outfit with a fringe necklace, hat and mules to kick up the fun factor and to pull everything in the outfit together.

I love that this outfit screams Fall and is great to wear before being decked out in glitter, sequins, plaid, red or green. But this comfy easy outfit is so easy you can wear something similar to this throughout the holiday season.

Stay tuned next week for more Thanksgiving outfit ideas and the real start of the festive season here on 30 Shades of Stephanie.

Styling Summer Dresses For Fall + Fall Playlist

So I think it’s officially time to start packing away all the Summer clothes here in the Appalachian mountains. Or is it? Starting this year, I had this genius idea to start buying pieces I actually love. More quality over quantity kind of pieces. And for the most part it actually worked out. So I’m not wanting to pack up every piece of clothing I bought for the Spring and Summer because I invested more money in these pieces than I ever have before. Including this dress I picked up from a local boutique.

The dress is essentially sleeveless, but I love the long line and the added fringe detail on the side. And the neutral color doesn’t scream Spring or Summer like a lot of seasonal dresses. So while I’m packing away some shorts, tanks and really seasonal dresses, some are not being packed away like this number.

The easiest way to transition a dress to cooler temps is with layers. But since this already has some added fabric and texture from the waist down I wanted to keep it more simple. Like with a leather jacket. It creates a block in the heaviness that could be added to this outfit, it keeps the outfit a little more edgy and city chic and it adds a great component of warmth.

The final two steps to transitioning a Summer dress to Fall is with booties and a hat. So simple and effortless. There are countless other ways to transition a dress like with tights, leggings, scarves and even more layering. But if you have a jacket, booties and a hat, you have your bases covered and can keep that dress in your closet for longer; even until next Summer.

 

SIDE NOTE!!! I have been really in to transition my closet for Fall and have been spending a lot of time at home prepping for the craziest two months of my year (more on that after Halloween). So I have needed a soundtrack for all the evenings spent at home that make me feel warm, cozy and at ease. So here is my Fall playlist. Hopefully you get some Fall isnpo from it.

 

The Color Of the Season: Rusty Orange

Denim- In Boutique Only // Sweater

The must have color of the season is floating around everywhere. In bottoms, tops, sweaters, cardigans, dresses and even booties. And there’s a good reason. This rusty orange is the perfect Fall color. Just enough to remind you of changing leaves and pumpkin patches. But the great thing about this popular color is that it works so great with every skin tone and there are so many varieties of this hue. I’ve seen more coppery colors, more orange based colors, more sienna (brown based) tones and even more peachy hues. And since it’s the color of the Fall season, there are so many patterns, textures and options for just about everyone.

I found this sweater this past week for under $30.00 in the hue. Since I’m not a huge chunky sweater person (more a cardigan girl) I decided to go for it because if it’s over next season oh well. And I’m in love. So glad I picked this up. Not only is the color perfect for Fall and all my apple picking and apple cider drinking needs, but the shape is amazing with the high low feature and it’s not itchy. Yes, a sweater that isn’t itchy! So even though I’m not a huge sweater wearer this may be getting some good rotation this Fall and Winter season.

I hope all you had a great weekend!

 

 

The Most Basic Fall Outfit

It finally felt like Fall in Asheville this weekend. About time mother nature acted like the month we are in. So I took full advantage of the dip in temperatures to dress like the basic Fall loving female I like to think I am. But really I’m no where close to being basic. But I love a good flannel and white converse. So maybe that does make me basic.

The easiest thing to add to your outfit, no matter your budget or style that screams Fall is a Flannel. It literally is so versatile with any style. Whether extremely feminine, chic, a little hipster, a little basic or a little edgy; it works in your Fall wardrobe.  It works in so many outfit options too. Dress it up or dress it down as I did this Sunday. And personally I think everyone should have some, yes plural. You really can not have too many. Flannel shirts, flannel scarves, flannel shirts, heck flannel pants!

Ok ok! I may be going overboard with my love for flannel but it really is that great versatile piece that works season after season.

This past weekend I headed out for an annual Blue Ridge Parkway Fall adventure. It happens every year, because I live in Asheville. DUH! This year in one day I hit up Mt. Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, Banner Elk, Linville Falls and Littel Switzerland. Yes all in one day. And the leaf lookers were out in full force even though there wasn’t a ton of foilage. But I did want to dress not only comfortable but very Fallish. So I threw on some jeans and t-shirt because adventuring y’all. Added some converse, a flannel and my new favorite ballcap. Perfect for a day of exploring. But also perfect for casual days, bonfires or pumpkin shenanigans. I mean you could also wear something similar and go as an off duty lumberjack for Halloween.

Shopping Tip!!! Old Navy has the best and most affordable flannel options. Tons of cuts, styles and prints making it easy to stock up for your Fall wardrobe.

Chenille: The Fabric of the Season

Sweater // Shirt // Jeans // Bag  // Earrings // Necklaces- Embellish and Fox and Beaux

Did you guys know chenille was popular this season?! Because I didn’t. And now I’m noticing it everywhere. You may be familiar with chenille from a grandparent’s old school comforter or even throw blankets. I am actually wrapped up in a chenille throw blanket currently because it finally feels like Fall in Asheville!!! Even though the material is commonly known in bedding, it was made popular in clothing in the 70’s and then made a come back in the 90’s. And there is a reason it has come back now. It’s great at keeping you warm, even breaking a sweat if it’s not below 50 degrees. Plus all the cozy feels.

I recently got invited to check out recent Fall arrivals and the newest Fall Lookbook from Versona. Tons of embroidered items, flared and tapered sleeved sweaaters and a lot of floral prints. Nothing was either catching my eye or fit correctly. Then I stumbled upon chenille. There were sweaters, cardigans, vests and scarves. I was shocked this was back. I did a quick internet search and sure enough it was. I tried them all on. In earthy and mauve hues. And this is the sweater cardigan I decided to leave the store with.

This sweater is perfect for making an outfit more cozy and casual. I could see this dressing up athleisure when it gets really cold as well. As far as dressing this up with a dress and booties, I’m not sure how this will look yet since the fabric is so casual and cozy.

In true 70’s fashion inspo style, and since this fabric was made popular during this time period; I decided to style this with over done flared denim, big boots and big earrings. And it worked. I felt like I could have played an extra for one of Jackie’s stylish friends on That 70’s Show or that I am ready to take over the world Charlie Angel’s style. No matter the groovy vibes I get off this, two things are for sure. It’s comfortable and casual chic. And we all know I go for comfortable on a daily basis.

Huge thanks to Versona for giving me the opportunity to see the new Fall trends in store and thank you to the Asheville Versona store for listening to my InstaStories being made and still being nice! I have no doubt this sweater will get a lot of wear this Fall and Winter season!

A Real Statement Dress

Dress // Necklace (custom design) // Shoes

My style is ever changing, though consistent. I like to keep with blacks and neutrals but the cuts and prints I am attracted to are changing. I am not the biggest fan of the embroidery trend that is insanely popular, nor am I generally attracted to trendy pieces; but here I am in a dress with some embroidery on it. But the bodice, sleeves and bottom of this dress is what made me put this in my shopping cart.

I previously would have never put on anything that cut as deep as this dress or with two slits that go way above my knees in the front. And it’s not like I am not self confident and recently just discovered it. It’s more like I want to try something I would never do and if that means wearing a dress that doesn’t require a bra, I’m all in. But the winning factor of this dress is the fun details, it is comfortable and the dress was extremely affordable.

So this dress is not your going to the grocery store dress but a  dramatic statement piece perfect for date night, parties, weddings or even upcoming holiday events.

Farewell To Summer But Not This Dress

I just got back from a much needed vacation in one of my favorite spots! (I’ll be haring a travel diary on Wednesday about where I went and what I did if you don’t follow me on Instagram.)

But I packed basics for this trip, nothing special because my only real plan was to truly relax on the beach for the majority of the time. I did pack this black dress that makes me feel like Adele and this little bomber both from Nest Boutique and DIY studio, and they were the perfect pairing for some waterfront dining one night at a swanky little place. And so easy to wear. Which is the key for vacation.

Now that Summer is unofficially over, I came back to Asheville and it really felt like Fall y’all; I am starting to put away my shorts, tanks and off the shoulder tops. But this dress is not going away yet. Neither is this bomber despite the bright colors. This dress will be great with tights and heels plus a fur coat for chillier days and it’s the perfect little dress for Holiday get togethers and festive holiday outings. Plus I also think this dress would be perfect for a few Halloween costumes I have up my sleeves (because store bought costumes are just gross).

So I challenge you while you are packing away your Spring/Summer goodies to see what will carry itself in to the colder months and holiday season. Not only is it fun to try to think of new ways to style something but your wallet will really thank you.

I hope you all had a great unofficial end to Summer and now the basic bia inside of me is ready to live for the Fall fashion, weather and activities. Make sure you are following along to stay up to date.

 

Seasons Are Changing

It’s still Summer until the 22nd of September and I am currently at the beach for a little late Summer getaway, but I can’t help but to think; the most wonderful and my favorite time of year is approaching. I hear people talking about how they hate Fall/Winter all the time, but I love it. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good beach vacation and I am a water baby at heart whether it be lakes, rivers or the sea; I also love the longer amount of light and the fact that the fireflies come out. But Fall/Winter has my heart.

In the middle of the endless Summer heat, I always think I’ll never be able to wrap up in sweaters and scarfs and drink a latte without dying of heat exhaustion; but like clockwork the seasons always seem to change.

There’s something about waking up before the sun to catch a glimpse of the chilly fog lifting over the mountains. Wrapping up in blankets, lighting a candle and feeling like the warmest thing around you. And feeling at home. There’s something about seeing all the trees go through a colorful change, knowing they will be whole again after the change.

I love all the closeness that Fall/Winter brings. Coffee dates with your friends in matching basic warmness. Breaking out the flannels. Movie nights. More at home dinner cooking. Being close to those you really care about while the chilly air whips around you.

I love the childlike activities that take place. Making you feel young and alive. Apple Orchards. The fair. Camping. Carving pumpkins.

Another thing that makes Fall/Winter the absolute best: The Holidays! It stresses some out; some hate it because they work retail. I love it though. I mean we have three holidays based around delicious food and being cozy. Count me in.

And don’t even get me started on the “s” word everyone hates. Yes! I love the snow. It’s so magical and unaltered and innocent. It is what you make out of it. And I love the childlike wonder that it brings out in so many people.

 

Entire Outfit- Nest Boutique and DIY Studio