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I don’t know about you, but I’m into the embroidery trend.

I admit, I have bought way too many embroidered items this season… but I don’t regret any of them! One of my favorite purchases is these embroidered booties from Karl Lagerfeld.  I. Am. Obsessed.

When I bought these, so many people were like, “but what will you wear them with?” The answer is everything. Literally, everything. I have worn these booties SO many times, and I’ve only had them two months! They are comfortable, the 3 inch heel is a perfect height, and I love the colors.

Here is one of my favorite outfits to pair my embroidered booties with. I hope this encourages you to buy shoes that you were a little worried about being “impractical,” because those are always the best kind.

Links to buy all products are underlined!

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This top is from last year’s fall collection at H&M, and I am regretting not buying it in the other two colors it came in. It is so soft, I could sleep in it! I love the funnel neck detail, and it’s the perfect length for tucking in. (See a similar one here)

Mitri always likes to do a few shots playing around with the focus. And actually, sometimes they turn out pretty cool.

Zara’s jeans are some of my favorites, and this pair is evidence. They came hole-y, but they have definitely gained more holes throughout the years. (Similar jeans linked here)

& for those who have asked before, I use the Beachwaver Pro Curling Iron to do my hair. It’s expensive, but worth every penny. I can do my whole head in about 8 minutes, and the waves last into day two! (See it here)

That’s it! It’s so easy to rock the embroidered trend. I hope you use my look for inspiration, and let me know if you do so I can see. As always, thanks to my future husband for the photos. He knows the way to my heart! (Buy my booties here)

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.

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I love the holiday season for so many reasons, and one of my favorite things is shopping for that perfect gift for my friends and family! Nowadays, there are so many products shoved in our faces that sometimes it’s tough to figure out what the best gifts really are. I put together a gift guide of some of my favorite things to get for Christmas, so maybe it will help you figure out what to buy that special someone (or to ask Santa for!)

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping Season to all, and to all a good night! 

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1- Mou Eskimo Sheepskin Winter Boot

I am slightly obsessed with these boots! The only thing I don’t love is the price point, so I’m working to find dupes on Amazon or a gently used pair on eBay. But, in a perfect world, I would have ordered these babies yesterday. A great gift for any woman is always a good pair of fuzzy slippers or comfy boots!

2- InkJoy Pens & Cambridge Notebooks
There is nothing I need more in life, or love, more than pens and a cute notebook to write in! Both my day job and this blog require lots of writing, and I am a person that would much rather write things down on paper than electronically.

3- Apple Watch

Truth, I asked my daddy for a gold Apple Watch with a pink band… I have a problem. But, everyone and their mother has an iWatch these days! I know, because my mom has one.

4- Nike Pro Warm Dri-FIT Leggings

Most of my days consist of going to work, to the gym, and home. If its not work clothes or gym clothes, I don’t need it! I have several pairs of exercise shorts, but I only have a few pairs of leggings that I rotate during the winter months for my workouts. I’m sure my trainers and my workout friends would really appreciate a few new, clean leggings.

5- Target’s Animal Print Design Faux Fur Throw

Every year I ask for a fuzzy blanket. I have never regretted it, and she won’t either.

6- Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

I have fought the crowd so hard on this palette, but I’m close to breaking. It is just SO gorgeous! And, word on the street is, the colors are beautifully pigmented and have minimal fallout. Every beauty guru either wants this product, or already has it. Ya’ll know I love a good bargain though, and I have heard this Wet N Wild version in “Rose in the Air” is a complete dupe!

7- Copper Measuring Spoons

I have copper pots, an ice bucket, measuring cups, pans, you name it. They look beautiful hanging on my kitchen wall, and they’re useful too! The only thing I’m missing is copper measuring spoons… meaning I may have to buy these for myself.

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We recently did our engagement photos, and we had SO much fun! I’ve had so many requests to share them, I figured this was the perfect platform to do that.

I definitely didn’t want our pictures to look staged or stuffy, and I really trusted our photographer to pose us and pick our spots. She did not disappoint! I’ll include links to her website and information at the bottom of the page if you’re in the Birmingham area and are interested!

Casual

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For the first outfit, I went with a basic white v-neck and my Spanx leather leggings. I was hoping the leggings would look a little more shiny, but I still how the look turned out. I also wore a BP plaid cape with fringe, and I think the colors were perfect for our scenery!

I’ll admit it… I did by this cape just for the pictures. Glitter and Gingham made me do it.

In case you’re wondering, the Spanx leggings are COMPLETELY worth it. I bought mine during the Nordstrom sale so they were a little cheaper than retail price, but I may buy another pair at regular price… That’s how much I love them. I am a size 27/28 in jeans and I bought a medium in these for reference. My tee is from Madewell and its easily my favorite white tee of all time! My mom steals it daily, and I actually had to rummage in her closet to find it for this shoot.

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Top: Madewell Whisper Cotton Tee

Leggings: Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

Cape: BP. Plaid Cape

Fancy

The second outfit we (when I say we, I mean I) wanted to be a little more formal, so I went with this On the Road velvet maxi. I am in love with this dress and want to wear it everywhere, so I was really excited to wear it for our engagement pictures.

The color is a beautiful, rich purple and the fabric is very thick, so it hangs nicely. You could wear this to a wedding and use tape to secure your chest so it would be a deep V, but that just wasn’t going to work for me in these pictures! Or ever, to be honest…

I bought this dress at the Neiman Marcus Last Call outlet, and I can’t wait to wear it again. I bought it for the pictures, but ended up wearing it to a friend’s wedding about two weeks before the shoot!

For reference, I am wearing a small.

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The boots I have on in this look are from Forever 21 a few years back, but I’ve linked some similar styles!

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Dress: On the Road Temptress Velvet Plunge-Neck Dress

Boots: Similar here and here

I hope you enjoyed our photos as much as we have. It’s hard to pick favorites! In 99 percent of them, we are laughing and looking like goobers… but that’s us, and that’s what I love.

Photographer: Arden Ward Upton | Arden Photography 

Venue: Windwood Farms, Pelham AL

 

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Hey ya’ll! So, so sorry I’ve been MIA the last two weeks. Everything has been crazy with work, wedding planning, and my small ounce of a social life. Anyway, everything is finally settling down and I have the opportunity to sit down and get back on my blogging schedule!

Today, I want to talk about kimonos that every woman needs in her closet. I love kimonos– they can take a simple jeans and a tee look into something fun and creative, without really any effort at all! I also have taken a page from my Mom’s book, and started wearing them when I want to cover my shoulders for work or because my outfit needs a little something , and I don’t want to just throw on something boring.

There are so many types of kimonos out there right now, and here are my favorite ones that I think you need for the fall! The item is linked at the beginning of each blurb, where it reads “(blank) kimono.”

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Enjoy, and happy shopping!

Black kimono— Everyone needs a versatile black kimono in their closet. It can pretty much be paired with anything, dressed up or down, and gives you a little shoulder coverage for when either a) it’s chilly, b) you’re at work or another professional venue where you feel like covering up a little more, or c) you just think your outfit needs something. This simple piece from ASOS is $29, has a cute lace trim and subtle side slits, so it moves with you. Perfect for the kimono newbie!

Satin kimono— Total disclosure– I found this kimono while writing this post, and ordered it immediately. I can’t help myself. The lavender satin is beautiful for a fancy dinner with your beau or a cocktail party… but, I plan on wearing it more casually too, by pairing it with a white tank and black jeans. Wear slides or booties with this, and you have achieved the ultimate cool girl vibe. It’s $78, comes in black (!!!) and, since Victoria’s Secret probably made it for this reason, can be used as a nighttime robe. Lord, please let this be at my doorstep soon.

Floral kimono— A long, pink, floral kimono is pretty much my dream. I love the length of this piece, because it seems dramatic but the overall fit keeps it breezy and perfect for a day at work (or at least, for my work!). The floral pattern on this $49 Love, Fire kimono runs down the sides near the opening, on the back, and on the sleeves, which I totally love. Florals can get real busy looking, real fast… but this simple pattern nixes that issue.

Velvet kimono– This navy, velvet baby is GORGEOUS. I love the pattern, because it looks like the night sky to me. It’s Free People, but $88 is not too bad for the brand’s quality fabric and timeless style. I don’t have this kimono, just I want it so badly! Someone add to my fashion fund!

Fringe kimono— This fringe kimono is half sexy, half elegant… which is pretty much all you can ask for, right? I love the pink paisley detailing towards the bottom, but I love how the top is sheer so you can see through to your shoulders. This would work perfectly over a black dress for date night, or over jeans and a tee shirt for a casual Saturday or drinks with your girlfriends. Also, at $17, what’s not to love? (PS if you haven’t ever used SheIn, or even heard of it, check out this post for my experience with the site!)

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.

 

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If you’re like me, you always see those ads for sites like Romwe and SheIn and wonder if it’s a total scam. Because let’s face it— it looks like a scam. The websites are not professional, the prices are too good to be true, and there are thousands of products to browse through on the site. I just couldn’t resist though, and earlier this summer I bought several things from SheIn. They got me with the unbelievable prices!

The first thing I noticed about SheIn is that there is virtually no way to know if you’re getting the right size. I figured (since they are made in China) that they would run small, so I ordered a size up in everything I purchased. For reference, I’m a 4-6, 5’6, and usually a medium– but I bought larges. That proved to be a good idea!

I made two orders from the site over the summer. The first one I used the regular shipping, and the second one I bought the expedited shipping. Let’s just go ahead and say, the expedited shipping was a total scam and it took just as long. Both packages took about 3-4 weeks to be delivered, which was annoying because half the summer was over by the time I got my super-summery outfits. I can’t say I was totally surprised by the shipping delays though– when you pay so little, you know the process isn’t going to be perfect.

I also checked my credit card after purchasing to make sure I wasn’t overcharged. It didn’t overcharge me, but I still think its a good idea to make sure.

Two-piece striped set with skirt and an off-the-shoulder crop top $31

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First, the positives: The skirt has shorts built in, which I love. The outfit overall is pretty comfortable, and very cute for a special event. My event had passed by the time this was delievered, so I haven’t worn it yet, but I’m still going to keep it. You could also wear the skirt separate from the crop top with a white tank and sandals to dress it down and get more wear out of it!

And the negatives: The crop top is huge, but the skirt’s band at the top is super tight. It’s almost like they sent me a smaller size skirt and a larger size top than I ordered… but there are no labels in the clothes, so it’s impossible to check for that. Also, the construction isn’t perfect, but its okay– again, what I expected. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the purchase.

Buy it online here

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set with gingham shorts and matching off-the-shoulder top $15

Positives: I think this set is super cute. I love the arm ties and the little matching ties on the shorts. It’s also insanely comfy! I love that I can wear this to a casual event or for a dinner date and it will look trendy, but I won’t be dying to run home and change into loose PJs.

Negatives: The shorts fit okay in the waist, but the crotch area is a little baggy. It’s not really something that I think most people would notice, but it does bother me. I also wish the elastic band on the top wasn’t so snug– I definitely think it would be more flattering. Overall though, I think this set is precious and it looks cute on for a night out, so I’m keeping it.

Buy it here

Graphic tee, “We should all be feminists” $9

I couldn’t resist this top. (Because… right?)

Positives: I love this shirt. It’s a good size (I bought a large). It seems like it might shrink a little bit in the wash, which I would be ok with. The lettering is printed on and none of the letters are falling off or anything. It’s also super comfy.

Negatives: Really no negatives here! I wish it was 100% cotton, but let’s keep ourselves grounded.

Buy it here

I think SheIn can work, if you keep your expectations reasonable. Getting it is a hassle, and I would order at least a size up in everything. Nothing I got was wonderfully made, but I do think most of it fits pretty well and looks like it was shown in the website pictures. I will order from SheIn again— I actually just placed an order today for this pair of shoes!

If ya’ll want an update when I get future orders, or want me to try out another sketchy site, let me know in the comments! 

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.

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I don’t know about you, but my weekends are pretty swamped. Not always with fun things, either– yes, there are those, but more than anything my free time on the weekends is filled with errands. More often than not, I feel like the things that consume my weekend are going to the bank, running to pick up something from Lowe’s, and getting milk from the drug store because we’re out. And, that’s okay. I’m not complaining.

The errands OUTFIT

However, it can get really easy to get in an outfit rut when all you’re doing is seemingly mindless tasks. I’m guilty of that! Nike shorts and a t-shirt is SO easy to throw on if you’re just going to the pharmacy. But, I’m trying to be better and I’m trying to make it a habit to care about the way I dress, even if it’s just to do errands.

This top is SO comfy, and from one of my college friend’s online boutique!

“Coffee first” top;  shorts (similar here and here);  OTBT shoes;  lace bralette (similar here)

In the southern July weather we’re getting right now, it makes dressing even more difficult. Here is my pick for a cute, simple, and comfortable outfit to run weekend errands in, even when it’s so hot you don’t want to leave your living room and A/C.

Once again, thank you to my lovely fiancé Mitri for my photos. He’s getting pretty good at this whole photography thing!

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own. Some links may be affiliate links, meaning I could make commission from your purchase.

What do you wear for your errand-running days? Are you bad to reach for the workout clothes, too?

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We all know its open-toe season, and its time to break out the sandals. This year, its all about the details! Fashion icons and bloggers both are loving tassels, bright colors, and ties this summer– but it can be hard to find your cutest pair without breaking the bank.

I’ve seen so many people wearing the cutest espadrilles or slides, but I always turn away when I see the brand is Chloe or Tory Burch, because that’s just not something most of us can drop money on without affecting our budgets!

Below I’ve listed some of my favorite sandals for the season— both flats and wedges. I included a range of styles and price points, so hopefully everyone can find something they like and can buy without worrying about the price! Links are included in each description below.

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1.Old Navy sandals

These sandals are so precious and provide the perfect pop of color to any everyday, causal summer outfit. The tie detail also makes these sandals ok for a more dressy look– just pair them with a sun dress and some delicate jewelry. Old Navy also makes the comfiest shoes, so you may want to pick these up in several colors!

2. Free People Revolver Clogs

I bought these clogs years and years ago, and they just look better with age! (Mine are older and don’t have the tie) The leather is so soft, and the wear on it makes the shoes look lived in, which I adore. The wooden bottom is also surprisingly comfortable– I’ve worn these from work to dinner, and didn’t need to change. While they’re some of the more pricey shoes on my list, I definitely recommend them and I know you’ll get your money’s worth!

3.Steve Madden Jaylen WEDGE sandals

You’ve seen these all over your favorite bloggers’ Instagrams, and I am here to tell you that they’re just as great as you think. They’re a less expensive alternative to the ones by Chloe, which run about $660. The Steve Madden wedges come in several colors, but this taupe color is so versatile that I couldn’t resist. I will say I don’t think these shoes are as comfy as the Free People ones, but that may be because I haven’t broken them in yet and I have pretty wide feet.

4. Forever 21 Tassel Slides

I showed these on Instagram earlier this summer and got so many comments asking where they were from! Everyone was shocked to hear how inexpensive they are, and that they’re from Forever 21. They’re super easy to throw on, and they make any outfit look more put together and festive. Limited sizes are available in these now, so run to your nearest store or to their site!

P.S. If they’re sold out of your size, here are basically the same shoes in a different color from Amazon.

5. Sam Edelman oliver Flip Flops

People never believe me when I say the best basic flip flops I’ve ever worn are by Sam Edelman, but it’s true. He makes so many styles and colors of flip flops that you’re sure to find what you’re looking for, but get the comfort and durability of his brand. If you are looking for a more affordable option, T.J. Maxx often gets a boatload of these!

6. Sam Edelman Carrin Platform Espadrille

These are some of my favorite options for weekend errands. These slip ons are suede, but the espadrille bottom keeps them summery and the slight platform also gives you a little height. Best of all worlds! Again, these are insanely comfortable (are you seeing a theme?) and will go with just about everything.

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own. Some links may be affiliate links.

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I get it. I thought kick flare, distressed, cropped jeans were weird too… until I found the perfect pair. It’s a lot of trends going on in one look, so its easy to be intimidated.

I really loved the idea of this sort of jean in pictures, because every fashion blogger and their mother has been rocking them since spring. I stumbled upon these Madewell jeans after what seems like forever of looking, and I haven’t turned back. See how I styled them and go find your perfect pair!

Jeans: Madewell Cali-Demi Boot Jeans; buy them here.

Baseball game

Whether it’s a baseball game, a movie in the park, or a trip to the ice cream shop, you need a cute and relaxed outfit that still looks stylish. The Madewell jeans are perfect for this look, because the cropped fit is automatically more casual than any other fit. I think the button-up fly adds a little pizzaz, too. Your tank and jeans combo just got more interesting!

Top: James Perse; similar available here and here

Shoes: Sam Edelman; similar available here

WORK meeting

There’s something about a blouse tucked into distressed jeans… it just screams cool. I paired this look with the cutest earrings that gave me just the right amount of color. A block heel helps make this look more professional, but you could dress it down with ballet flats or sandals.

Top: Rose and Thyme; Similar available here and here

Earrings: New Directions; buy the same ones from BaubleBar here

Shoes: Sam Edelman; buy them here

Had to throw in a garden shot, because it’s finally summer!

Please ignore our garden mess here. We’re in full blown yard work mode!

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Date night

I’m all about a comfy-casual look on date night. This outfit is nice enough to wear to a trendy new restaurant, but casual enough to go for drinks afterward at our favorite dive bar. The Madewell jeans give this outfit a edgy feel, while the espadrilles and cropped tank make it work friendly, if you don’t have time to go home and change.

Top: Madewell; similar here

Shoes: Steve Madden; buy them here

I also really love how the hem of these jeans show off the ankle strap on these cute wedges!

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Happy shopping! If you buy these or any other cropped, kick flare jeans, let me know how you style them!

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links, which could mean I make a commission through any sales.

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Summer is here– whether you like it or not.  It’s in that weird time of year though where it might be 85 degrees in the afternoon, it can get a little windy after dark. Some of my favorite things to do in the summer are outside events, like baseball games, festivals, or cook outs… and I want to look cute, but not die in of a heat stroke or other crazy southern weather. Enter, boyfriend jeans.

I am guilty of having these loose, distressed jeans in several colors… three to be exact. I can’t help myself. Both of my blue pairs are from Lucky Brand (they are the Dylan style) and my white ones are from Target.

How to wear them

One of my favorite summer outfits to wear on brisk nights is a cute ruffled top with boyfriend jeans. The jeans provide just enough edge to balance out the super girly top, and here I added block heels for a little more sass. I bought these Sam Edelman heels for a wedding, and have gotten so much wear out of them. (The link is included below, but I actually found them cheaper in store!) This Kate Spade purse is also one of my favorites, because it gives me such a pop of color in my more neutral wardrobe.

P.S: When the weather gets even hotter and the wind is a thing of the past, just sub in a pair of distressed denim shorts. Basically boyfriend jeans as shorts, am I right?

What brand are your favorite boyfriend jeans? Should I try stores other than Lucky and Target?

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Top: Forever 21 (not Forever 21 brand, but bought in store as an online-return. Similar here)

Jeans: Lucky Brand (click link below for exact)

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Bag: Kate Spade (similar here)

Shoes: Sam Edelman (exact here)

These braids are called Boxer Braids and I used a tutorial I found online. It’s pinned to my hair and makeup Pinterest page if you’re interested!

 

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Thank you to my sweet boyfriend Mitri for being my on-call photographer.

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New season, new clothes… am I right? I’m on the hunt for a few things this season, including kick flare jeans, a white denim pencil skirt, and a black crop top. I went to Forever 21 on this mission, as it isn’t quite pay day… and I found none of these things. However, I did find a few things that I am so happy with! That’s the lesson of Forever 21 I guess– go in with an open mind.

I’m still looking for those things I listed above and if you have any ideas where I can get those, holler. In the mean time, hit up your nearest Forever and see if they have any of these killer items!

Disclaimer: 2 of these things are from the store’s plus-size section. While I am not plus size (I usually wear a 4-6) I love an oversized fit. I am also tall and most of the brand’s dresses or skirts are too short for me, but I can usually find a good length in the plus size section. A 0X in this section is the equivalent of an XL.

Casual button up

This cropped shirt is a great find. I am in love with the blush color, and the material has a silky feel. I love the retro look of a cropped button up shirt with boyfriend jeans (which Forever 21 has plenty of!) (Find it here or in the plus-size section; $15.90)

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Swim cover up

My mom and I bought this to share, because we were both obsessed with it. The sheer material and fringe make it great for the pool or the beach, and the colorful embroidery makes you want to wear it to dinner with a bralette. Great option for those of us who don’t want a boring cover up! (Was not with the swimwear or coverups! Find it with the kimonos; $29.90)

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Fringe sandals

Yes, I have a thing with fringe, okay? I am so in love with these sandals and I’ve already worn them. And received tons of questions on Instagram about them! (Find them here or in shoes; $22.90)

Forever 21

Maxi dress

Again in the plus-size section, this dress is the perfect length for me. It hits me about mid-calf, and the longer sides go down to maxi length. This material is super thin and clingy, so sizing up is not your worst idea. Also comes in pink. (Find it here or in the plus-size section; $17.90)

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Leggings

I have some adorable Free People tunics I love to wear in the summer. Because I definitely do not have ‘work clothes’ and ‘weekend clothes,’ I also wear these to work. These blue leggings are perfect to wear underneath long, loose tunics because it looks like you’re wearing jeans… but you’re way comfier. (Find it here or in the basics section; $3.90)

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Denim skirt

Everyone needs a good denim skirt… and Forever 21 has tons to choose from. I went with a plain, true-blue one so it would go with just about everything. These run small and short, so if you order online without trying on I would get a size up! (Find it here or with the jeans; $17.90)

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