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!

Blooming Into Spring

Skirt // Top // Similar Sandals // Necklace

The new season means new collections everywhere and picking just the right pieces to add to your closet. What’s popular this Spring? Florals ( GROUNDBREAKING ), the color blush, cropped denim and pants, flowy dresses, cold shoulder, cut outs, yellow and sandals (just about any kind). And to help me with adding some new Spring pieces to my wardrobe I got to visit Versona to check out all these new trends.

Now when it comes to trends I am very fickle because I’m more a neutral kind of girl and I like to find pieces that will transition with my wardrobe through the seasons so I get my money’s worth out of the pieces. So I always keep that in mind, and if it is something extremely trendy like the seventies style flowy floral dresses I make sure it’s affordable so it’s not a huge loss. But with Versona this Spring, you can actually do both. If you are unaware of Versona, it is a boutique shopping experience but not with boutique price tags. The same idea of limited supply, unique pieces, quality pieces and even indie labels are available. This Spring, I actually loved a ton of stuff in the store. They had all the trends, tons of floral, blush colors and dresses that hit the mark. I did try on several items from their new Spring Look Book, but nothing really hit the mark. The long flowy floral dress did absolutely nothing for my skin color. But the skirt I am wearing is in the look book in the blush color, that color also did nothing for me, but I also noticed it in black. And of course I was sold on the black.

Black is my color. It’s so easy to style. So when I found the black version of the Spring Look Book find, I knew this may be the winner. This skirt is so versatile to style and that’s what drew me in. Y’all know I have this obsession with stripes and that’s how I immediately planned to wear it. But when I got home, I noticed the different colors in the skirt. I could wear it with dark neutrals or light neutrals, which is perfect for me, hence why I chose a khaki striped top and broke out the cognac colored heels. And ladies, break out those caged sandals from last year because they are just as popular this year. But the reason I also picked this up, it will work into the fall and winter months for me. This would be cute with a sweater, tights and booties. And that’s how I really put together an #ootd, right there in the fitting room of the store to debate whether it’s worth it or not. This skirt will be on repeat for me this Spring and Summer as I have several events to attend in the coming months and I can style it differently for each one, but also have a piece that corresponds with Spring trends.

If the trendy pieces are not really your style, Versona has a ton of versatile, neutral and quality basic pieces right now. I did pick up a few things that were not in the Spring Look Book that you will see next week on the blog. In the past they haven’t had a ton of these pieces, so it was refreshing to see that and it actually made the store feel a little more like a boutique.

So a huge thanks to Versona for letting me play dress up and pick the perfect pieces for a more Spring vibe in my closet!

Also messy curls are huge this year so head over to my Instagram Stories today to watch how I get my curls and all the products used!

Here’s this little number from the Versona fitting rooms that I love but didn’t make the cut because the arms were a little to snug for my liking.

 

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*

 

Closet Popularity Contest

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Sweater-Target (similar) // Shirt- Versona (similar) // Leggings- LuLaRoe // Shoes-Target (similar) // Necklace- Lou Lou Boutiques // Sunnies- Charmed

What makes me happy picking out of my closet to pull together an #ootd? What do I reach for the most often? Well, black, duhh!! I reach for simple versatile basics in neutrals, generally black or grays (occasionally there is some color). The most worn pieces in my closet are black leggings, oversized shirts, cocoon sweaters, funky glasses and simple accessories.  That pretty much sums up in one way or another every single outfit I put together.

Black leggings are a staple for me, more so than jeans. I love them and wear them all the time. Contrary to what a lot of people think, they can be worn as pants and they can be dressed up or down. I own more pairs than I would like to announce to you, and I promise if you see me in black leggings all week, they are all clean and different pairs. The love affair started when I went to college and needed extra layers since I was moving from the middle of the state to the mountains. They were great to wear under pants walking to class and in the frigid winter dorms. But then I started to not want to take them off. Which lead to switching out tights and pantyhose during a professional class for leggings. It worked for me and I’ve been hooked ever since. Now I’ve found LuLaRoe and am obsessed with these leggings. I will be buying more come Fall (shhhhh don’t tell my jeans).

Oversized shirts are just my thing. I like the way they lay and the endless possibilities for styling. They work for tucking, half tucks, knotting and layering. They are just there and worn on a regular basis. Plus everyone needs basics. So I’m gravitating towards basics in a shape I like.

It may be a little too warm for sweaters right now in this mountain heat wave but I do wear them. It has been a little chilly in the mornings and I get the most use in the colder months. Layering is my favorite style and in the colder months I would rather wear a million layers than one. I love the cocoon shape cardigans and sweaters. They work really well for my shape and when I find something that works, I stick with it.

I’ve been drawn to more dainty jewelry pieces lately and going for a more city chic look. Of course I still wear some statement pieces but the simple pieces are getting the most wear. And I never leave the house without funky glasses. The stranger and more Johnny Depp (ish) they are, I like them. And the shops in downtown Asheville are supplying both the dainty jewelry pieces and funky glasses right now, so I blame them for my obsessions.

Pretty simple, yet my favorite pieces. Pretty simple, but I love it.

Day to Day Wardrobe

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Shirt // Shorts-Ross // Necklace- Versona (in stores only) // Sandals- Kohls (old) // Sunnies-Gifted

I wish I could say getting dressed in the morning every single day was like this scene from Cinderella but sadly it’s not. In the morning when I’m picking out my #ootd there is no magic to it. I flip through the hangers holding a majority of dark, striped and natural hues to pick out what I want to wear. I find something comfortable and dark. Generally I am in dark clothing unless there is another occasion and my bottoms are generally jeans or black leggings. It’s really that simple. And generally it comes together in something I like. Why do I like it? Because I’m comfortable and I’ve started to stock my closet with things I actually like and wear and fit my style. So while some may think it’s some magical force that puts together an outfit for the blog or every day for that matter it doesn’t.

This is something I would wear on a regular, normal day in my life. It’s easy enough to switch out jeans for work, it’s comfortable and easy enough for errands, but it’s also edgy enough for a casual al fresco date night.

 

Summer Simplicity

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Jewelry & Shirt- In Stores at Versona // Jeans // Sandals (similar) // Hat

I’ve said it since the beginning of the year how my style has changed. It’s changed to something a little more simple. I pick pieces that are simple and versatile. I want to get more bang for my buck, I want to feel more city chic and I want my #ootds to be non-fussy because I’m a pretty simple person. And with the changing of the seasons when neons and tassles are in, that idea still hasn’t changed. I’m still drawn to the same type of pieces, just sleeveless or short sleeves. I’m drawn to a neutral color palette, simple designs and a peplum or boyfriend cut. And I’m loving the idea of boyfriend jeans or cuffed jeans. I’ve literally been cuffing all of my skinny jeans. I like playing with this type of style because for me when it’s not over the top I can use all the things I really love in my closet to go with a new top and get multiple wears out of it. Plus it helps spending on things to “match” with trendy prints or cuts.

Versona in Asheville has some really great basic pieces for a versatile closet. Going a simple, refined route isn’t for everyone’s personal style. But I’m growing on it. It’s about as easy now to get ready as it is making a cup of coffee in my Keurig. And I’m digging that!

Black + White + Pops of Neon

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Top-Versona // Skirt-Versona // Necklace-Versona (only available in stores) // Sunnies-Versona (only available in stores) // Booties-Target (old, similar)

I loved this look so much from my styling with Versona in Asheville that I had to share a little more. I absolutely love this look. It’s really simple to play up any look that may be intended for dressing up. This skirt was in the dressier section of Versona so I paired it with an oversized, flowy cotton shirt tucking only a portion in. Tucking only a portion in accents the waist and gives a more relaxed, edgy vibe. Since I did color blocking I wanted to add a pop of color without going overboard which is why I opted for neon Navajo inspired necklace. Paired with my favorite black booties gives it even a more relaxed look. Fashion is all about playing around and finding what works for you. If you want to see the other looks I styled with Versona you can do so here!

Also I have two different GIVEAWAYS going at the moment. You can enter to win a $50.00 Amazon gift card package and a Mani/Pedi package in honor of Mother’s Day HERE! You can enter to win a fair trade, ethical mint green necklace perfect for Spring, Mother’s Day or graduation HERE!

Spring Looks with Versona

Winter layers are my favorite but now that the weather is getting nicer there are a ton of different fun events and activities taking place. So I have partnered up with Versona in Asheville to bring you a few different looks that are perfect for Spring activities.

Prom/Wedding/Date Night at Sunset Terrace

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This blue maxi dress is perfect for spring weddings, it would work as a boho style prom dress and perfect for a date night. The dress is great quality has great details, light weight and affordable (only $60.00). I added a metal vine head wrap and a simple beaded necklace to add just a touch more boho to the outfit. If I was headed to prom (or that young again) I would rock this.

Downtown Chic/Festival

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The weather is warming up but there is still a chill in the air. So I opted for a halter style tank in taupe paired with a suede fringed vest in a hunter green perfect for shopping downtown, brunching or hitting up the local art or music festival. I added this textured necklace and funky glasses for the perfect pop of Asheville style to the outfit.

Farmer’s Market

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Sundays are generally my days for getting as much as possible done. I love going to the farmer’s markets and open air markets when the weather warms up and I love dressing comfortably and unique. I love mixing patterns and this tie dye tank and pinstripe shirt go perfectly together because of the same color scheme. Also I like the fact that each of these could be worn separately for entirely different looks which maximizes your closet and wallet.

Graduation

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Graduation season is upon us and the typical color scheme is black and white. Versona has some great black and white dresses and long shirts and nice dress tops but I love adding a little bit of edge and personality to a graduation outfit. Since I will be a college grad in May and going into the fashion and social media industry I wanted to play up the graduation outfit. This outfit is not only a perfect example of color blocking but it lets my personality really shine. The top is flowy and oversized slightly tucked in to the white circle skirt. Funky classes and an over the top neon necklace is the perfect finishes. I paired this with my personal booties to add a little edge to the #ootd. Not only is this perfect for under the gown or for an audience seat but it’s simple and versatile and can be worn many other times. And let me just tell you this necklace is absolutely amazing and it’s only $24.99!

Versona is a great little boutique style store which does offer some styles online but very limited. Luckily, Asheville has it’s very own location in the Asheville Market where the new Whole Foods is at. The store is pretty affordable for the quality you are getting. Most clothing pieces are under $50.00 and great quality, most accessories are under $20.00 with the exception of bags and shoes. Follow Asheville’s Versona on Instagram to see new inventory and follow me to see snaps every now and again about new product!

Tie Dye For

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Dress-Versona // Sweater-Target (similar, similar) // Sunnies-Charmed // Rings- Ashkal & Elementality

Spring has sprung! And the perfect thing to pair with it is dresses (and bare feet). Light weight, flowy and printed is the way to go. I love this tie dye hankerchief hem dress I picked up from Versona (thanks Amanda for the gift card); it drapes on the body perfectly and the fabric is a dream. Tie Dye is kind of my thing right now, but not the crazy tourist hippy shirt tie dye, a dark dye in over sized shapes are the type I am digging. I wore this dress to the food truck showdown this past weekend and the wind was brutal so pairing this dress with a cocoon sweater actually gave it even more of a boho vibe. This dress will more than likely be on repeat a lot this Spring and Summer; it will even be great for my upcoming beach trip after my final semester in college!!! Also I’m pretty sure I’m going to be shopping at Versona (we have one in town in the Asheville Market) a little more often; affordable, quality clothing that fits my style perfectly.

Chambray For Spring

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Tunic- Target (similar) // Leggings-Target // Chambray Dress (used as cardigan)-Target // Booties-Target (dying for these for Spring/Summer) // Hat-Target (another option) // Bag-Rachel Weisberg // Sunnies- Versona // Rings- Ashkal & Elementality // Earrings- TJ MAXX

Chambray dresses are very popular for Spring right now, denim style dresses in general are very popular, but unless you are a stick they may not look the way you want them too. I bought this dress from Target in the Fall on impulse because of the price and of course didn’t try it on. Once home I hated the way it looked. But for $5.00 I didn’t want to return it and knew I could somehow style this funky in the warmer months. So now I’ve opted for it as a long cardigan. I even wore this to go hiking over the weekend for some warmth that was light. So sometimes you have to play with things if you really like them or just play with things in general. Fashion is supposed to be fun and exciting.

Also I’ve been going bare faced for the past week due to a horrible break out from trying a new product. I honestly can not give praises enough to the Clinique three step face wash system. I still have a few trouble areas because the product actually caused some cystic acne but for the most part the three step system soothed my irritated skin.