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Ruffle Bodysuit and Flares

26 August 2016

Since North Carolina has been a balmy 70˚ this week I've been more than comfortable wearing denim pieces throughout the day. This particular pairing might be one of my favorites, mainly because of the bodysuit. It's amazing. I really have to ask myself why I was so resistant to trying these out because they are a GIFT, especially if you hate constantly tugging at your shirt untucking. Plus, it's surprisingly comfortable and easier to get off and on than I expected {Just a little shimmy and a shake}. 

I opted for black and brown accessories in the form of the vintage silk scarf seen in a few of these pictures and the fossil saddle bag that is getting tons of wear lately. We spent the better half of the morning cruising this particular strip in Brevard before heading to Lowe's to pick up a mid-century, sputnik inspired light fixture to take home and install in our living room. Apparently they were one of the last remaining stores in the country that still had it so two birds, one stone.

Places to check out in Brevard, N.C - O.P Taylor Toy Store (one of my favorites since I was a kid), Rocky's Grill and Soda Shop (Authentic 1950's shop), and Looking Glass Falls (Waterfall).


Fall Booties Styled Two Ways

25 August 2016

    Sponsored By Zappos.
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    Hooray, it's practically autumn.

    Well, at least it is in North Carolina. This week's vacation spot was the perfect place to break out the light layers, denim, and my personal favorite: booties. Hooray for booties! We all love booties right? They basically go with everything from dresses to denim and everything in between; making them an easy year-round staple. This season I'm teaming up with Zappos and Lucky Brand to share my bootie picks and how I'm currently wearing them. Mainly to get you in the mood for crisp fall days, cozy layers and the falling leaves.

    Anywho, for my picks, I stepped out of my usual comfort zone on my first pair and decided to add a rich, oxblood hue to my collection. The super soft suede of the Belia bootie {in Beet Oil} paired with slight distressed texture and tiny heel, made it a perfect choice for floaty fall dresses and denim down the road. I'm thinking a camel moto jacket and slightly distressed boyfriend jeans with either a cozy t-shirt or loose turtleneck for Fall. Until then, this similarly hued bell-sleeved, printed dress fit the California free-spirited vibe of Lucky Brand's aesthetic, paired with a tasseled saddle bag and minimal accessories. Perfect for transitioning from summer to fall, or for laid-back mountain vacation style.
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    The second pair, of course, had to have some fringe because I'm obsessed with all things fringe at this point and moving into to Fall. Naturally, the Beeliner bootie {in Sesame Oildid not disappoint, mainly because I love the look of unzipped booties and these had just that. Since 70˚ weather was common this week so I felt more than comfortable breaking out my skinny jeans and pairing them with my off-the-shoulder dress worn as a tunic- with the fringe as the stand-out detail of the look. Simple, cozy, and perfect for wandering around and indulging in a massive scoop of brown batter ice cream at Kilwin's. For later, I'm dreaming of throwing these casually versatile booties on with overalls, distressed denim, and midi dresses for fall boho vibes. 

    Shop your fave booties below....

    Check out more fall essentials at Zappos. I'm obsessed with their super fast FREE shipping, stellar customer service and the BEST (at least in my opinion) return policy on the web - 365 days, free returns. Which is why it is easily one of my favorite online shopping destinations.

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    Outfit Two: 
    Beeliner Sesame Oil Suede Booties Lucky Brand, Top ASOS, Jeans Levi's, Bag Fossil 

    Wear It Now & For Fall: Off The Shoulder Wine Dress

    23 August 2016

    Since my sights are officially set on transitioning my wardrobe to fall I've ceased adding summery pieces to my closet and have started purchasing pieces that not only work for now, but also for the fall season. This dress for example, it's amazing with these sandals and even pair of sneakers. But, my true intention for adding it to my cart was to pair it with my over the knee cognac boots. I mean, these colors together, am I right? Aside from the dreamy wine hue, I love the faux button up detail and the tied bell sleeve - perfect for cooler autumn days. I hate to say it but I'm starting to look more and more forward to crisp fall days and the leaves falling...

    Dress (more colors available), Sandals Forever21, Bag Fossil

    Tobi Sundance Lace Up Maxi Dress

    22 August 2016

    I own my fair share of lace up pieces, mostly in neutral colors like black and cognac (aka tan). They're easy colors to wear and with fall on the horizon I'll more than likely start wearing these go-with-everything hues on a regular basis. But, after seeing this Tobi lace up maxi in plum (also in black!) I realized I needed to add a little color to the rotation. Wear it now, alone with sandals to take advantage of the last days of summer under the sun; or later, layered with a grey turtleneck underneath for some texture and coverage. I chose to keep it somewhat in the middle with a moto topper opened just enough to see the lace up details without showing too much skin for a night out. The addition of sandals keeps it summery, but I have a feeling this dress is going to be just as amazing with suede boots peeking out come autumn. 

    Remember, Tobi customers get 50% off their first order, so do a little shopping and check out their midi and maxi dresses, they even have affordable & cute bridemaid dresses. 

    Dress Tobi Sundance Lace Up Dress, Jacket, Shoes Burlington, Bag H.Butler
    This is a sponsored post provided by Tobi; all opinions are my own

    Pineapple Jalapeno Yogurt Popsicles

    18 August 2016

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    In honor of National Hot and Spicy Food day tomorrow I decided to whip up some fiery yogurt pops that pack just enough sweet and fire that not only fit the bill for tomorrow's 'holiday' but the last days of summer as well. If you're a spicy fan I highly recommend checking out Noosa's New Sweet heat yoghurts. I'm partial to the Pineapple Jalapeno & Blackberry Serano, they are freaking delicious. 

    Originally, I wanted to use the Pineapple Jalapeno Yoghurt to top my baked tacos but something about the summer weather steered me straight to popsicles. I am obsessed. They're creamy, fruity with a tinge of heat. I drizzled mine with a little Siracha for extra fire and it was perfection. Plus, it doesn't hurt that they are ridiculously easy to make. 

    Pineapple Jalapeno Yogurt Popsicles (Yields 4 Popsicles)
    What you need:
    1 Package Noosa Pineapple and Jalapeno Yohgurt
    1/4 Fresh or Frozen Pineapple, Cut into small pieces
    1/4 Cup Milk (I used whole)

    Optional: Siracha to drizzle 

    1. Combine Yogurt and a bowl, stirring until smooth. 

    2. Drop pineapple pieces into popsicle molds. Coat with Yogurt mixture and freeze overnight (or at least 6 hours if you're impatient). 

    3. Drizzle with Siracha and enjoy.

    Maxi Dresses and Sneakers

    17 August 2016

    If there's one dress in my closet that has gotten the most wear, it is 100% this dress. I honestly almost sent it back last summer when I bought it because the $168 price tag scared me a little bit but as it would turn out it was one of the best purchases yet. I've lived most of this summer in it, with heels, espadrilles and now, sneakers. I can't help but love the laid back casual vibe with the addition of sneakers. Why didn't I think of this sooner?

    Dress Donna Morgan via Zappos, Sneakers Converse