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It’s that time of the year–wedding season. I have four weddings to go to this spring and summer, and figuring out what to wear can be tricky.

While I planned to have a photo shoot in my wedding outfit from last weekend, a few kinks made that impossible (there’s never a wedding without at least one issue!) so iPhone party pics will just have to do.

Below is the outfit I wore to the rehearsal dinner and wedding, complete with brands and links to buy. I have another wedding this weekend, and I am thinking about reusing my rehearsal dinner romper… any thoughts? Totally separate groups of friends, so ya’ll will be the only ones who know my secret.

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Dress- ASOS Bow and Tie Detail Dress

Romper- Romper via TJ Maxx (similar here)

Shoes- Sam Edelman via DSW (I found mine on the clearance rack for less than half price!)

Bangles- Forever 21 (similar here)

Makeup- Tartiest Pro Palette, Benefit They’re Real Lipstick in Nude Scandal

Happy shopping!

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own

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Happy almost spring! When the weather starts to get nice, it makes me want to pop out all of my warm weather clothes at once… which is not the best idea, but you get the picture.

This weekend my boyfriend, his mom and I went to a tulip festival! You could pick tulips from this field that was filled with thousands of the flowers, and then walk around the grounds of the 183-acre property. We had so much fun, and it was a great day to show you one of my casual spring-like outfits that I’m breaking out of my closet.

What are you looking forward to wearing this spring? Product information is listed at the bottom.

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My basket got full fast! There were too many pretty tulips to choose from, so naturally I had to have one of each color.

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I was photo bombed by Mitri’s mom mid-shoot, but can’t say I am mad about it!

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Photo creds to Mitri, because I’m lucky enough to have a boyfriend who takes millions of pictures of me even when its cold and windy! 

Shoes: Low-top Converse available here

Pants: Free People jeans, similar available here

Shirt: AJ by Adriano Goldschmeid, similar available here

Sweater: purchased at TJ Maxx, similar available here

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own

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I survived the southern snow storm of 2017! However, because of icy road conditions, my blog post for this week went a little haywire (I left my camera at my boyfriend’s house, and I can’t get there!) so that post will be up next week.

For this week, I’m going to show you the winter fashion trends I am loving or those I can’t wait to try. Below are items that I want/need in my closet, and why I can’t wait to embrace the trend.

A new year calls for new clothes, right?

Bomber Jackets

I’ve always had a thing for short jackets, because they show off my long torso. I am SO happy bomber jackets are back in style because they are typically short and also keep you warm- something that can be hard to pull off while looking on trend. You can’t go wrong with an olive or army-green jacket; but, because I have two army-green jackets, I am thinking of snagging a black one à la GiGi Hadid.

Try this one (via H&M) or this one

Tote Purses

By this point I think everyone knows that Santa brought me the best Christmas present in the form of a Louis Vuitton tote. I am all about big purses, because you can throw literally anything you need into it and run out the door. My new LV is slightly too big for a purse (even for me) but it’s perfect for throwing my laptop and chargers in for work or when I’m working on something and have to run out for coffee, a meeting, etc. It’s basically life.

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I also love the Madewell totes that come in different colors and shapes with monograms; and Target always has great, colorful bags for your computer. This trend is not only cute- but functional, too.

This is one of my favorites– try the studded version, too! (via Madewell) And these reversible options are great because… reversible. (via Nordstrom)

Over the Knee Boots

Okay, okay, I think everyone is on this trend now… but seriously, what is cooler than OTK boots? You can make this look dressy or casual and take it into the spring with a flowy dress. Lots of these boots are expensive (think Free People, Sam Edelman, Marc Fisher) but you can snag can inexpensive pair (like I did from Forever 21) that will do the trick.

Tip: Before you buy, make sure you do a through walk around the store- I bought a pair two years ago that were not cheap, but when I got home and wore them I could hardly bend my knee. I sold them on Poshmark, but you get the picture.

These are similar to the ones I bought (via Forever 21)

Similar ones here, without heel and in more colors (via Amazon)

Off the Shoulder Sweaters

I can’t get enough of this season’s off the shoulder look. I bought the cutest sweater from my friend Peyton’s online boutique and it is one of my favorite purchases! It can be worn on or off the shoulder, which I love.

When looking at these, a chunky material will keep you warm and make up for the heat lost on your bare shoulders. Careful with buying one too small- if your sweater is too tight, it can quickly look cheap. Try these in neutral colors that you can wear into the spring with ripped jeans and booties.

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Buy mine here, or get it in burgundy! (via ThirtyOne Boutique)

Or this one here (via Amazon)

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own

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I have had SO many questions about my outfit in my Instagram video on Christmas Eve. Thank ya’ll so much for the sweet feedback- I thought it was a festive way to ring in the holiday! Below is all the outfit information and links to products.

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

Sweater: Forever 21 (currently sold out)

Another cute, similarly ridiculous holiday sweater here

Skirt: Lauren by Ralph Lauren (via TJ Maxx)

Similar skirt here

Shoes: Forever 21 (no longer available)

Similar booties here for just $14.99

Hair: Styled with the Beachwaver Pro

Get it here

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Winter is coming, winter is coming! While we all know I don’t really NEED anything new, here are some of the pieces I want to add to my closet this season. I’m going out of town this weekend, and will definitely be on the lookout for some of these items or something similar. Plus, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are quickly approaching, meaning so are the sales! We have to get ourselves Christmas presents too, right? 🙂 

Velvet errrrything

Velvet shoes, joggers, and tanks are everywhere right now, and for good reason. Velvet is warm, soft, and has an I-woke-up-like-this vibe. One of my favorite velvet items I have seen this season is this Missguided velvet bomber jacket, available from Asos. Best part? It’s ballerina pink: The color of the season! If you’re trying to ease yourself into the trend, Target has some amazing joggers in gray and blue velvet by Who What Wear. Unfortunately, they didn’t have my size at my local Target and I couldn’t get them- but it’s totally worth checking out. Check out this guide from Pinterest on some of the best velvet looks.

This gorgeous black lace maxi

For winter parties, cocktail dresses are great and fun- but they can get kind of boring. This dress is beautifully crafted, with intricate lace covering the entire dress. The slip just covers your chest, stomach, and upper thighs, which shows just enough skin. The deep V is also stunning!  I’ve had my eye on this dress since I met Stefanie and Tracy of the Eleventh Gorgeous YouTube channel and Madison and Mallory boutique. Spoiler: They’re amazingly sweet and just as beautiful in real life. Anyway, I have wanted this dress ever since this online store opened, but every single time it gets restocked, it sells out! This lace maxi comes in black, pink, maroon, and periwinkle- all are equally stunning. I want the black one (because, black) and I will keep stalking this site until it is mine.

Work appropriate leggings

I own these leggings from Loft in grey and in burgundy, and they have changed my life. Not kidding. They are super thick to keep you warm and to suck you in, and you don’t have to worry about finding a sweater to cover your rear end. I bought a small (I’m 5’6, and a 4/6 in pants) and they are definitely snug, but comfortable. And, for once, they are long enough to wear booties and don’t ride up! Definitely, definitely, definitely recommend. No, they aren’t paying me to say this. I’m just a slave to these leggings.

Sweater for cold mornings or late nights

In the mornings, I like to throw on a sweater while I drink my coffee for a little extra coziness. This Free People sweater-kimono is perfect for that. If you’re going out, you don’t want a bulky jacket over your outfit. This piece is perfect for that, too. The fringe keeps this sweater from looking too much like the shawl your mom wore to that wedding that time, and the delicate fur collar gives it a little flair. Basically I don’t need any other reasons to buy this. I’m obsessed.

Sassy over-the-knee boots

Not your faux leather boots stashed in the back of the closet. These babies are suede with metal detailing, and a pointy toe. First of all, pointy toes are the key to my heart. Second, the metal details are precious. Third, there is an inside zipper so you don’t have to send 45 minutes tugging them on. I could wear these with denim shorts in the spring, a dress in the fall with a long cardigan, and tights and a skirt in the winter. They also seem like they are fitted through the leg and won’t fall down, which is a plus when wearing skirts. These are going on my Christmas list, like now.

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Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons: The crisp weather, the beautiful leaves, the excuse to consume as many pumpkin-flavored products as humanly possible… the list goes on. But, one of my favorite things about fall is the fashion. September is the month when all of the designers debut their new collections and their warmer-weather gear, and it gets me in the mood for the cooler temperatures.

However, in Alabama, we’re still burning up. If you are ready to break out your fall clothes or start buying some new trends, try to think of how you will wear them now, while it’s still warm- and later when the cool air hits. Here are three of my wardrobe staples that will be carrying me into fall, but will be comfortable while the heat is still around.

Overalls

So many people associate overalls with summer and don’t think about the potential these babies can have for the fall. Mine are from Target, and I gave them a distressed look by taking a razor and sandpaper to the knees and pocket areas. Cuff the ends for an I-woke-up-like-this vibe.

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Wear it now: Layer a tank or short-sleeve shirt underneath with your hair in a top knot. (A striped shirt can never fail with these!)

Wear it later: Wear a long-sleeve shirt or thermal and booties. All the great things about wearing jeans, but you don’t even need a belt!

(Overalls from Target)

Printed flares

 

These are my life. Printed pants are some of my favorite things ever and they can be dressed up for work, or dressed down for a Saturday running errands. These printed flares, from Forever 21, are thin enough to let your skin breathe but cover your legs on cool nights. They also feel like pajama pants, which is always a plus. Embrace the 70s vibe of printed flares, but keep the focus of your outfit on the pants- otherwise, it could be overbearing.

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Wear it now: V-necks balance flares because they make your torso look longer. Add a long necklace to enhance the effect.

Wear it later: Add leather booties, a chunky sweater, and hoop earrings. Voila! The perfect fall night outfit in two minutes. (BONUS: If you’re an Auburn fan, just add a orange sweater and you’re set for game day!)

(Pants from Forever 21 [these are similar, different pattern], top from Target, necklace from local boutique)

Flowy basic top

I’m not sure what else to say about this shirt. It’s a staple that everyone should have. Black, white, beige, grey… A loose top in a neutral is pretty much going to get you through the season. It will go with every pair of jeans you own, and will even cover your behind with leggings. Double win.

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Wear it now: A top like this with layered necklaces and denim shorts equals instant cool girl style. Give the shirt a half-tuck into your shorts, and wear short booties.

Wear it later: Black skinny jeans will balance out the boxy-ness of the top, and a tall heel will make you look skyscraper tall.

(Top from local boutique)

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Style advice?

Denim.

THERE IS NO PROBLEM DENIM CANNOT FIX. I cannot stress that enough.

Years ago, I hated wearing jeans. They were always too tight, too short, too dark, or too something. I never wore them, and any pair I owned had to be an expensive pair. I was convinced that they fit better and would change my mind, and expose me to the joy of the blue material.

I was so wrong.

There was nothing that would make me like jeans until I liked myself. After some changes through the last few years (aka college years of eating nothing but cereal and peanut butter) I began to actually like my body. Once that happened, my love of denim flourished. Everything began to fit better and made me actually enjoy wearing them.

I probably own six pairs of jeans now, ranging in colors from black, to white, to a light shade of blue (I still maintain that dark jeans do not look good on me). I wear them at least 5 days a week, because I’m lucky enough to have a job where I can wear jeans.

The style point here is, jeans will save your wardrobe. Those short dresses I wear on the weekends double as tops over a good pair of skinny jeans during the week. A denim jacket can take your sundress from a party to the office. A denim vest makes something girly look edgy. And a solid pair of flares will change your life (maybe it’s just me on that one- no promises).

My other point here is, I didn’t decide to love wearing jeans because they suddenly looked good on a thinner body. The point is that I became happy with myself, and that made the difference. If you think some article of clothing doesn’t work on you, check your self confidence before swearing it off forever.

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