White Jeans After Labor Day

It’s an age old fashion rule that we are “supposed” to follow. No white after Labor Day. But I’m here for breaking rules. And I’m here to help you break that rule.

White denim has become more and more popular the past two Spring and Summer seasons. The “IT” denim if we will. But now that you have invested in some good pairs of white denim how are you going to transform these jeans in to the colder months? It’s actually pretty simple.

To transform your white denim to Fall and Winter all you have to do is add darker colors or neutrals. Pretty simple. In order for white denim to work, I would try adding darker heavy tops like chunky sweaters, oversized cardigans, moto jackets or even utility jackets or vests. I paired mine with a very neutral top and a long line utility vest this past weekend when it was still a little warm in the afternoons. There is no way I would have been able to wear this #ootd this week, but I have also paired a chunky rust colored sweater with these exact jeans HERE.

For you to be able to rock the white denim now I would avoid lighter colors unless paired with something darker to avoid looking like a Spring chicken. I would avoid light colored sweaters. Save those light greys, blush pinks, oatmeals and cream colored sweaters for your regular wash of denim.

So not only is it a little intimidating to wear white denim in the Fall and Winter months but it can also be an extreme challenge to find the perfect white denim. And I’ll just tell you it’s going to take hard work and lots and lots of trying on. And denim shopping is like bathing suit shopping. Denim will fit each person differently. So here are four options for white denim investments that work for me, but they also work for a lot of size ranges and women:

  • Good American White Denim– I got to try these on at an event while on vacation and fell in love. These are amazing and I can’t believe I’m saying that about a Kardashian product. These are investment pieces (only reason they didn’t come home with me that day) and carry a hefty price tag. Great thing is there is a full size range!
  • Levis– Did you know Levis carries a full size range in denim as well? Levis is a love it or hate it pair of denim. But I like their fit.
  • Nest– My white pair of denim is from Nest Boutique + DIY Studio in Asheville. They have a full size range and these jeans are from their plus collection.
  • Old Navy – I think Old Navy is a love or hate denim as well. But I love it for an affordable option. And they have a few great white denim options in a full size range!

 

 

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.

How to Style That Summer Dress: What I Wore To Chattanooga

Dress // Cardigan // Sandals

This weather is seriously crazy y’all. One minute it’s really chilly all day and the next you get the mountain chill in the morning and evening but that late Summer heat during the day. Dressing for those days can be a bit complicated. But I love layers the most, so I’m trying different layers and putting them to the test.

I packed this little wrap dress for a weekend getaway for Chattanooga because I wanted to look pulled together and chic for a day at an art museum but comfortable and cool. But it was going to be chilly in the morning and generally art museums always have their AC cranked to the max. So this edgy little dress was the perfect thing to pair with a long cocoon shaped pumpkin colored cardigan I recently got. And the pairing was amazing. I popped on some of the most comfortable and funky sandals and a little dainty choker and I felt chic but yet comfortable for a day of walking.

To take a dress from the Summer to Fall all you have to do is add a fun cardigan to change the entire look of the outfit. Try different textures, lengths and colors for a perfect Fall outfit.

I just went to Chattanooga for the weekend and stayed at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. An old train station turned hotel was one of the most amazing stays ever. The room I stayed in was like a traditional hotel room, but the grounds were amazing. They even have train cars you can sleep in over night. An amazing spot with some equally creepy “The Shining” vibes. I went to see one of my favorite artists and fell in love with the city and the art museum. I have a feeling I will be going back very very soon.

 

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.

 

Traveling #OOTD

There is still time to get some last minute Summer traveling in, but I personally prefer to travel in the Fall. And it’s probably because I live in a tourist town where everyone flocks to it during the Fall time. Those beautiful leaves y’all! So I’m off to the beach for a week, vacay started Saturday and I have several other travel plans for the Fall (and escaping all those leaf lookers). And the weather is cooling off and let’s be real; I like to have the car feeling like Antarctica when I’m traveling even if I need to wrap up in something cozy due to it. So this look is perfect from going from somewhere chillier (or even traveling to somewhere chillier) to somewhere warmer. And it’s perfect for going from the car ride or flight to going straight to getting your vacation on.

I’ve said it before and million times over, but a t-shirt dress is the answer to all your styling problems. It’s simple, versatile and most of the times you can find them for extremely affordable prices. Plus it can carry you from season to season, or from somewhere chillier to warmer. I love this striped one I got at Target in the early Spring. It’s striped (duh), the perfect weight, comfy as all get out and can be worn super casual or dressed up. Plus it doesn’t get wrinkled as easy even after being in the car (or plane) for hours.

I paired it with a light weight cardigan for temperature changes and to just be comfy in the car. Plus if I get to hot, this cardigan will make a great pillow. Versatile pieces guys! With comfort being key, I paired this with some Converse shoes. It has a whole beachy casual vibe to it, but when I get to the island, if I need to make a quick change I can easily throw on some sandals and be ready to go.

Let’s not forget the big bag. Easy to carry all the important things like a phone charger, reading material, road trip snacks and anything I may want to change in to if I’m not heading to the villa first.

Ready to go! Make sure you all are following along on Instagram as I will really be documenting this much anticipated and much needed vacation.

My Favorite Fall Outfits, Year After Year

FALL IS COMING!!!!! But no seriously y’all, it’s my favorite time of year for fashion. It’s getting cooler here in the mountains and Fall clothing is on the racks of just about everywhere. So I thought I would share my Fall uniform for you guys. Maybe to try to look at things differently in your closet and get more use out of some items or to think about a few things you are going to add to your shopping cart.

My basic b***h outfit is one I’m in more than anything. Jeans, booties, oversized tee, cardigan and a hat. Though it may be basic, it just works. It’s perfect for work, errands, wearing around the house and even date night. I love wearing this outfit in neutrals so it is capable of working for anything. A simple tee, nothing graphic and nothing with a crazy print. And a simple cardigan, the bigger the better; avoiding details and prints. Even if I’m having a good hair day, I think in the Fall I could live in hats if you let me. Investing in one good hat, can seriously be a life changer. I love this one and this one. And the same goes for investing in a good pair of booties. I bought these last year, paid a little more for them and they are still holding up great. I actually think I’m just now getting them broken in. But I’m also really really loving these (maybe not the price tag though).

So how basic will you be this Fall?

Another favorite Fall outfit is taking simple pieces and possibly even past season pieces and layering to make them work for the new season. This is actually a t-shirt dress and a button up dress. Neither would be able to be worn on their own due to the temps so pairing together for a funky layer is a great idea. This is also a great way to maximize your clothing that you currently have. Just trying pairing things with each other, even if it is unexpected. I kept a flow with this by pairing two similar patterns together. So always think of that. But hey, floral and stripes go together just as polka dots and stripes go together. Just all what you are comfortable with.

Finish it off with the perfect look for Fall with leggings or tights, boots or booties and girlfriend you are ready to rock that #ootd!

P.S. There is a blog post all about how you can directly help all those affected by Hurricane Harvey HERE. Also I did a collab with Rachel Weisberg on two scarves where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Buy something handmade, look stylish and help our neighbors in need. You can shop the “Houston Love” Long Scarf or Square Scarf HERE. You can also check out our blog collab and why we are doing this HERE.

P.S.S. I am heading somewhere exciting (actually it may not be that exciting because Hurricane season) so make sure you are following me on INSTAGRAM because I will be taking you all with me for the fun!

Party Dress

Dress // Shoes

I bought this dress specifically for going out for my birthday. It seemed like the perfect choice. The print was of course just my style but the shape is what drew me in. Low cut, which I’m loving lately and a wrap, another feature I’m loving lately. The shape is great. From the wrapped bottom to the flutter sleeves it seemed like the perfect dress for some dancing.

Mind you I did not actually get to go dancing minus the few shimmies I made on the way to the car, but it was also the perfect dress for a nice night out. Whatever I was doing.

This dress would be perfect for those last of Summer get togethers or even just patio dining before it gets too cold. But even if cold, I think this dress will make it’s way out of the closet again for some holiday parties paired with some tights and a leather jacket.

The Art of Layering Necklaces

Gone are the days of insane statement necklaces worn on a daily basis. Something a little like this and who can forget those bauble necklaces that everyone who was anyone had to wear. I still see a ton of people wearing these still, but for me, my style has elevated and so has my accessory game. Give me all the dainty necklaces to layer. At this point I’m actually just wanting to throw on as many necklaces as possible and just see where it goes. Very groovy, 70’s and boho chic inspired. Don’t get me wrong, a good statement piece is still necessary sometimes, especially for the holidays, like this necklace.

I love the idea of layering dainty pieces together to elevate simple outfits, like jeans and a t-shirt. Or even toning down a crazy print where a statement necklace might seem overpowering, but then you feel a little naked if you aren’t wearing some jewelry. Also who else is in to the super low cuts right now? Layering necklaces adds a great chic aspect to those cuts. But finding the perfect minimalist pieces to layer and how to go about it can seem a little daunting. I’m here to tell you there is absolutely no wrong way to do this! And that’s why this is so perfect, but here are a few tricks I use to have a pulled together layered look.

The only huge “rule” or tip I have is to start small. Start with your choker length (14 inches to 16 inches) before going to your longer pieces. Personally it helps figure out the “vibe” of the layer I’m going with. Also when shopping for layering pieces, especially your choker length, look for extra dainty pieces that also have an extender. This helps you get more use out of each piece.

Then start adding your other necklaces that are longer. Don’t be afraid to mix metals; it helps give it a more boho and effortlessly chic feel to it. Also add in sentimental pieces or personal pieces (break out those monograms if you wish) with regular necklaces. This diamond necklace wouldn’t traditionally be thought to be paired with a cheaper boutique find but it works in a layered look.

The layering doesn’t have to be all close to your neck with shorter necklaces. Add some long necklaces too. And don’t be afraid to add something with some texture!

Feel free to add a funky necklace with dainty pieces. This isn’t a crazy statement necklace so it works with layering with more minimalist pieces.

See there are absolutely no rules. Fringe on fringe on choker. I started small with this look and added a little bigger statement, then a larger statement. But all simple in itself.

Pull a neck scarf in to the mix for part of the layering. It’s a fun way to add texture and something totally different.

And if you want to try this trend but aren’t wanting to invest in a ton of smaller necklaces or not sure if this is your vibe; try a necklace that is pre-layered for you. It takes all the guess work out for you and is often time a little more affordable for trying this out. This necklace and this necklace would make great starter pieces.

SHOPPING TIPS

I love finding pieces at boutiques because generally they are going to be extremely unique. And price ranges from $20.00 to $50.00 typically. Some may be more depending on the materials. But you can find simple affordable pieces at places like Forever 21 and H&M.

Invest in an extender. You can find them for very cheap at craft stores or you can order gold and silver ones at a number of jewelry stores and online.

Check out Instagram for a bunch of indie shops for fun and unique pieces. Especially a plus if you don’t have a great boutique selection in your area.

If you find a piece you like and want to see if you will like it layered. Just start layering it in store with others. Sometimes you got to test drive the vehicle before you buy it!

 

Hope you all have fun layering your necklaces!

#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!

 

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?