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

#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?

 

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.

 

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!

 

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)! 

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!

Fall Additions

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Leggings // Tank // Cocoon Jacket (available at Scout Boutique in Biltmore Village) // Earrings // Ring

It’s still August, but the nights are getting cooler and Fall clothing is starting to hit the shelves. Even though there is a breeze in the air at some point during the day, I still haven’t went crazy with Fall clothing. The thought of getting things I can’t wear until probably the end of October is upsetting so I’m starting to pick out pieces that I can wear with the chill in the air and later. Thank goodness for being a hot natured person because I can get away with wearing tanks under a light cardigan and light weight jackets pretty much through Winter. So it was finally time to break out this Rachel Weisberg cocoon jacket that adds just enough warmth to the shoulder. If you don’t follow me on Instagram (which you should) I previously mentioned the cocoon shape for cardigans and jackets is my favorite silhouette this Fall, so this jacket works perfectly. This whole #ootd works perfectly in all honesty. I feel pulled together, comfortable and stylish. And transitional. This outfit works for many day to day activities from meetings, lunch or errands.

What are you lovelies picking up to add to your Fall wardrobe?

Luxury Eye Pillows

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Who ever thought eye pillows could be so luxurious? Something you actually want to display in your home while you are not using it? With Rachel Weisberg’s Lavender Eye pillows you don’t have to sacrifice function over aesthetics. You will actually want to make this part of your bedside display!

All of Rachel Weisberg’s Lavender Eye Pillows are handmade here in Asheville. The inside packet is filled with French lavender, buckwheat hulls and flax seeds. By using these ingredients the pillow is guaranteed to last for several years and you can actually feel a difference on your face whether it is heated or cooled. Cooled works great for puffy eyes and any skin irritation. Heated works great for headaches, migraines and any facial tension due to stress or sickness. And since lavender is used it’s great for just a calming effect, possibly perfect for meditation. The fabric casing on the outside (which can be removed for hand washing) are organic, handmade and hand dyed fabrics.

Rachel Weisberg offers pre-made lavender eye pillows or she can create a custom one of a kind pillow just for you. You can purchase them here or shoot Rachel a message at rachel@rachel-weisberg.com for your own custom creations!

 

Don’t for get today is your last day to enter my Valentine’s Day Giveaway for a chance to win two tickets to Biltmore and a box of chocolates from French Broad Chocolates. You just need to “LIKE” 30 Shades of Stephanie on Facebook and comment your favorite Valentine’s Day memory on this blog post!