Go-to Cocktail Outfit

2017, OOTD, cocktail party, sequins, J.Crew, off-the-shoulder, fall,

2017, OOTD, cocktail party, sequins, J.Crew, off-the-shoulder, fall,

2017, OOTD, cocktail party, sequins, J.Crew, off-the-shoulder, fall,

2017, OOTD, cocktail party, sequins, J.Crew, off-the-shoulder, fall,

2017, OOTD, cocktail party, sequins, J.Crew, off-the-shoulder, fall,
One thing I always struggle with is dressing up for an event. Am I dressed up enough? Am I dressed up too much? Do I even like my outfit? A lot of times when I dress up, I feel like I am losing part of my style and personality in my outfit. But no more. I have finally found the perfect cocktail-level outfit for me! And of course it involves as many sequins as I could find.
I picked up this sequined pencil skirt from J.Crew awhile ago. I know exactly how I’m going to wear it come winter…with a chunky sweater and motorcycle boots. But now, I had no idea what to do with it or where it was appropriate to wear it. 
But then, I had an unexpected cocktail-attire party come up last minute. I didn’t have a dress and didn’t have time to find one so I needed to make what I had work. Finally, I thought, the perfect chance to wear my sequins! With so much going on with my skirt, it seemed best to stick with a simple, black, off-the-shoulder top and black heels. I was so excited about this look, but it definitely needed the necklace to fill-up some of the empty space. I think statements earrings would have worked just as well. 
I was so pleased with how this outfit came together and I can’t wait for another cocktail party or colder weather so I can wear this skirt again! Do you have a go-to look you always wear for cocktail parties? Until next time, XO. 
P.S. My clutch is actually my wallet! You can get it here and there is also a similar one linked below

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Summer Style Review

Hello all! Typically for me, Labor Day is just a nice day off. It doesn’t necessarily mark the end of summer and it normally is hot for at least a few more weeks here in North Carolina. While I am sure we will have more warm weather, right now, it definitely feels like fall! As excited I am about a change in season and the chance to wear some fall clothes and layers, there are definitely some summer styles that I will be sad to say goodbye to. So, let’s look back at some of my favorite looks and styles from this summer!
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1. Hot pink, especially hot pink lipstick and accessories was a huge trend for me this year. I loved being able to spice up an outfit with a bright color and make some of my more serious outfits more girly. Hopefully I will be able to carry this trend into fall and winter! 
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2017, summer, style, review, OOTD, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, t-shirt, pink, stripes, red lips, sequins,


2.     Off-the-shoulderwas my big fashion risk this year. This style was definitely a little out of my comfort zone, but I had fun experimenting with it and making it my own…i.e. making it girly whenever possible! 
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3.     With my full-time job and now a new job with a nicer dress code, work wear was something that I was experimenting a lot. I loved mixing and matching with this gingham pencil skirt and other classic work wear shapes, but in a more feminine way. 
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2017, summer, style, review, OOTD, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, t-shirt, pink, stripes, red lips, sequins,


4.     Let’s be honest, sequins and anything sparkly are always a trend for me. This sequined skirt was so fun to mix and match whether it was a casual t-shirt or a button-down. I can’t wait to wear this with a big slouchy sweater and boots this fall! 
2017, summer, style, review, OOTD, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, t-shirt, pink, stripes, red lips, sequins,


5.     I always try and incorporate patterns into my wardrobe, but it doesn’t always work well. This summer, I had no trouble incorporating stripes. It seemed like every other day I was wearing stripes! I love a red stripe with a bold red lip and I am definitely going to be rocking this look through fall. 
2017, summer, style, review, OOTD, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, t-shirt, pink, stripes, red lips, sequins,


6.     I would typically describe my look as classic and feminine. I love taking a casual t-shirtand dressing it up and making it girly. For my 5-year blog birthday, I definitely did that with my favorite graphic tee, a tuxedo jacket, and pink pumps. This is probably my go-to look, no matter what the situation.
2017, summer, style, review, OOTD, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, t-shirt, pink, stripes, red lips, sequins,


 7. Finally, I loved my bodysuit this year. Who would have thought that I would buy an off-the-shoulder bodysuit?! Out of my comfort zone in every way because it’s off the shoulder and super skin-tight. But, I have probably worn it more than anything else this summer! Now, if I only I could find a turtleneck bodysuit!


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Enjoy the last of summer weather while you can and until next time, XO
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Off-the-shoulder Neon

2017, summer, neon, J.Crew, statement necklace, stripes, off-the-shoulder, pink,
Hello all! My new schedule has been so weird and is completely throwing me off. Before, I worked full-time Monday through Friday and then part time Saturday and Sunday. Now, I work full-time Tuesday through Saturday, with a little extra Saturday night and then part time Sunday with Monday completely off. Monday felt like Saturday all day and yesterday felt like Monday. Today, I have no idea what day it is ha! 
2017, summer, neon, J.Crew, statement necklace, stripes, off-the-shoulder, pink,
It is so weird to think that a few years ago, I was barely wearing any color at all. I never would have dared to wear an all neon outfit especially with an off-the-shoulder bodysuit! But, like with everything, your style changes and evolves. Now, it is so easy for me to wear color. Whether it is just a pop of color in an otherwise neutral outfit or lots of neon pink. It is almost second nature to add color to an outfit. 
2017, summer, neon, J.Crew, statement necklace, stripes, off-the-shoulder, pink,
When it comes to neon, don’t let it intimidate you. Like anything else, start with a simpler base…for this outfit that was the bodysuit, jeans, and sandals. Then, I added a bright necklace. When choosing a necklace, I wanted one that would fall above my top because of the ruffle. That narrowed down my selection a little. Then I wanted one with a little color because my base was rather boring and very blue. This necklace has some blue to tie it in with the outfit but then the bright pink so it was perfect.
2017, summer, neon, J.Crew, statement necklace, stripes, off-the-shoulder, pink,
The final piece to this outfit was the belt. I was happy with the necklace, but needed something to break-up all of the blue in the rest of the outfit. This belt was the perfect addition to tie-in to the necklace and add that final pop. Keep an eye out tonight for my review of Reynolda House’s newest art exhibition on Georgia O’Keeffe! Until then, XO
Necklace: J.Crew; Bodysuit: J.Crew; Belt: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Watch: Omega; Glasses: The View on Elm; Shoes: Jack Rogers.
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Mixing up Florals

2017, summer, floral, off-the-shoulder, OOTD, girly,
Hello all! Happy Friday! I hope you are gearing up for the weekend and have some fun plans ahead. My weekend is going to be filled with working, baking, and art and I couldn’t be more excited. Not to worry, I will keep you updated on everything and there will definitely be blog post about a lot of my activities in the coming weeks.
2017, summer, floral, off-the-shoulder, OOTD, girly,
Before my fun weekend plans begin though, let’s talk about florals. For me, florals are about the least inspired thing ever unless it is in winter. They just kind of seem a little too easy and like designers really didn’t have to put in any effort. However, ever rule has an exception and this skirt is the exception for me. 
2017, summer, floral, off-the-shoulder, OOTD, girly,
First of all, I love the color and the cut which is ultra feminine and was fun to roughen up with this off-the-shoulder top and thick heels. Pearls were also the perfect finishing touch along with my jean jacket. As fun as this skirt is now, I am even more excited to wear it with tights and a bulky sweater this winter…is it fall yet? Until next time, XO 
Necklace: Similar here; Top: Anthropologie, similar here and here; Jean Jacket: Similar here; Skirt: Anthroplogie; Shoes: Pour La Victoire; Purse: Vintage Coach, similar here; Watch: Omega; Rings: Here and here; Glasses: the View on Elm
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Off-The-Shoulder Preppy

2017, OOTD, summer, personal, off-the-shoulder, girly, J.Crew, Anthropologie,
Hello all! What a week it has already been! There is so much going on as I wrap up my current job and get ready to start my new job. Plus, I have some very exciting projects in the works that will be launching hopefully soon. The most exciting thing that is going on is I found an apartment! I am so excited about moving and I can’t wait to decorate. Not to worry, there will be tons of photos and updates as usual 🙂 
2017, OOTD, summer, personal, off-the-shoulder, girly, J.Crew, Anthropologie,
More personal life updates to come soon, but for now, let’s talk about off the shoulder looks. As you know from this post, the off-the-shoulder trend has been one of my favorite looks of the summer. Although it has been way out of my comfort zone, it has been fun to experiment and finds new ways to wear this look. 
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I got this top ages ago, but I have been struggling to find ways to wear it as it is a little more skin tight than my typical look and slightly cropped. Mid-drift bearing, although very popular, is just not my style and not something I’m comfortable with so finding a pair of bottoms to wear has been a challenge. 
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These shorts, though, turned out to be exactly what I needed. They are girly enough to make me feel more comfortable with the off-the-shoulder look and they are extremely high-waisted so I could tuck in my top. Adding a big necklace and my jean jacket made this outfit perfect for First Friday out in Greensboro. Until next time, XO. 
Necklace: J.Crew; Top: Anthropologie, similar here and here; Shorts: J.Crew; Jean Jacket: Old, similar here; Glasses: The View on Elm.
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How to…Off the Shoulder

2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew,
Earrings: J.Crew; Body suit: J.Crew sold out, similar here; Jeans: J.Crew; Shoes: similar here; Purse: similar here, Glasses: The View on Elm.
Hello all! I wanted a relaxing Saturday and while I was busy today, it was also productive and fairly relaxing as well. I hope y’all’s Saturdays were wonderful. For this week’s How to post, I wanted to talk about one of summer’s biggest trend…off-the-shoulder tops. This look seems to have been everywhere lately! I love the look, but it can definitely be difficult to rock and incorporate into your wardrobe.
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Hair clip: similar here; Earrings: similar here; Body suit: similar here; Skirt: similar here; Necklaces: similar here and here; Brooch: similar here; Purse: Cambridge Satchel; Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, similar here, Glasses: The View on Elm.
I think we can all say that my style is typically pretty conservative and definitely girly- neither of which would be the first words you would use normally to describe an off-the-shoulder look. For me, whenever I try a new trend, I want to be able to experiment and branch out, but also stay true to my style. So, when looking for off-the-shoulder tops, I gravitated towards girly colors, ruffle details, and I made sure to style them in a more conservative way so I was still comfortable. 
2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew,
Purse: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Earrings: Old J.Crew, similar here; Watch: Omega; Bracelets: Similar here, here, here, here,  and here; Shorts: J.Crew; Shoes: Old, similar here; Body suit: similar here; Rings: here and here; Belt: similar here; Glasses: The View on Elm.   
The biggest style advice I could ever give is to stay true to yourself. No matter what you are wearing, if it is something you love and sticks to your style, you will find a way to own it and feel comfortable doing so. When I first tried on this striped body suit, I thought no way will I wear this. It was clinging and showed quite a bit more skin then I normally show. But, at the same time, it was so cute and I had already kind of fallen in love with it. So, I took the plunge and bought it, but I had to work my way up to wearing it with shorts and a skirt and start with simpler and more conservative jeans. 
2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew,
Shirt: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Shoes: Similar here and here; Purse: Save My Bag; Watch: Omega; Glasses: The View on Elm.  
For the off-the-shoulder look, make sure the top fits well- you don’t want gaping and you don’t want to be pulling up your top all day. If you aren’t ready for both shoulders to be exposed, try a one-shouldered top and ease your way into this trend. For me, ruffles make this look. They add more detail then just a simple tube top and dress up the look enough that you have some more flexibility. That is all for now, but happy weekend! Until next time, XO. 
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Body suit, skirt, and layered jewelry…the perfect summer staple

 2017, OOTD, summer, pink, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, ruffle, girly,
Hello all! And just like that, the week is halfway over. 2017 is flying by for me, I can’t believe July is almost upon us. So much has already happened this year and I have some very exciting things coming up in my life and on the blog. So make sure to stay tuned over the next couple of weeks…you won’t want to miss these posts! 
2017, OOTD, summer, pink, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, ruffle, girly,
I have always been a planner and that applies to all aspects of my life, including my outfits. Normally, I pick out my outfits the night before and it all starts with one piece- either something I haven’t worn in a while or something I’ve been wanting to wear. Then, I typically stew on my outfit for a good portion of the evening trying to think of new ways to wear it and accessorize it. Sometimes, this ends up with a great outfit, other times, not so much and I have to start over. 
2017, OOTD, summer, pink, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, ruffle, girly,
This is one outfit where it all came together even better than I had hoped. I hadn’t really worn a necklace with anything off-the-shoulder yet and I love these longer chains with it. I like the idea of the neutral jewelry and shoes against the pastel and then the surprise of the hot pink. Also, the skirt with the body suit instead of jeans or shorts worked so well because I wasn’t making sure my top was tucked in all day! Perfect solution! Until next time, XO
Hair clip: Chloe and Isabel, similar here; Earrings: Anthropologie, similar here; Bodysuit: J.Crew; Skirt: Old J.Crew, similar here; Chain necklaces: Similar here and here; Brooch: Vintage, similar here; Purse: Cambridge Satchel; Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

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How to Wear…Ruffles

2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, Anthropologie, girly,
Earrings: J.Crew; Bodysuit: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Watch: Omega.
Hello all! Happy Saturday and what a beautiful Saturday it is turning out to be! Even though I work on the weekends, I always look forward to Saturday morning because I get to sleep in a little and enjoy some productive downtime in the morning before I head off to work. Today, I’ve been thinking a lot about ruffles. I adore ruffles because they are a fun, girly detail that fits perfectly into my style aesthetic. However, they aren’t the easiest thing to integrate into your wardrobe or even to start wearing in general. Here are some tricks I’ve discovered a long the way for adding ruffles into your wardrobe in a girly, but still adaptable to your style way. 
2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, Anthropologie, girly,
Necklace: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Top: Old J.Crew, similar here; Jeans: J.Crew; Watch: Omega; Purse: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Shoes: Pour la Victoire.
The easiest way to start with ruffles is to keep the ruffle small and unassuming and keep the rest of your outfit unassuming. This black t-shirt, for example, is the perfect introduction to ruffles. There is just a small detail on the bottom, but it doesn’t overtake the entire outfit. Because the t-shirt is black, your outfit is not automatically girly so you can make it as girly or not as you want.
2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, Anthropologie, girly,
Top: J.Crew, similar here and here; Jeans: J.Crew; Shoes: Cole Haan; Purse: Old Anthropologie, similar here.
Finding a top with only a small amount of ruffle detail might be challenging. But, if you find one with ruffles on the top, you can use your hair or a cardigan to up-play or down-play the ruffles depending on your mood. Also, if the piece is patterned, this tends to draw attention away from the ruffles because there is other stuff happening that you can focus on. 
2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, Anthropologie, girly,
Top: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Necklace: J.Crew; Skirt: Old J.Crew, similar here, here, and here.
A ruffle does not have to be big to pack a punch. Some small ruffles at your neckline feels classic and you can easily amplify the impact by drawing attention to it with a big necklace. For ultimate impact, put your hair up. There is no where for the ruffles to hide and it will make your neck look longer. 
2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, Anthropologie, girly,
Hat: J.Crew, similar here; Necklace: J.Crew, similar here and here; Top: Anthropologie, similar here; Watch: Omega; Jeans: JBrand; Purse: Vintage Coach, similar here; Shoes: Madewell, similar here
If you love ruffles, but want to down-play the girly aspect, toughen up the look with bold, neutral accessories. Stay away from anything pastel or neon and stick to a black, brown, and gray color palette. Add accessories that speak towards a completely different style like a hat and motorcycle boots. Ruffles can be whatever you make them so don’t feel pinned into the girly corner if that’s not you. 
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Top: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Watch: Omega
If you are really ready to take it to the next level, go for something one-shouldered or off-the-shoulder. This allows for maximum impact of the ruffles and is the perfect way to wear this fabulous summer trend. 
2017, summer, OOTD, how to wear, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, J.Crew, Anthropologie, girly,
Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples; Bodysuit: J.Crew; Belt: J.Crew; Shorts: J.Crew; Purse: Old Anthropologie, similar here; Bracelets: Similar here, here, here, here, and here; Watch: Omega; Ring: Similar here.
Don’t forget that with this, like with anything else, stay true to your own style and personality. It’s always important to branch out, but don’t wear things that make your feel like you’re trying too hard. You always want to be comfortable in your own skin because that is when you will look the most amazing! Until next time, XO
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Off-the-shoulder Ruffles

2017, summer, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, white jeans, top knot,
Hello all! Off-the-shoulder has become the trend of the season and I am loving it! I was a little hesitant at first because I’m not normally one to bare a lot of skin. As we all know, my go to is a turtle-neck so anything off-the-shoulder is a little out there for me. However, I have found myself searching out off-the-shoulder pieces and generally loving this style. 
2017, summer, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, white jeans, top knot,
The key for me has been finding pieces that still fit within my style wheel house. This has meant girly details and still a classic look. Ruffles have been great for this as they are easy to find with an off-the-shoulder look. They add the girly-ness I am always looking for and make it easy to wear this top without too much jewelry. 
2017, summer, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, white jeans, top knot,
If you aren’t ready to totally commit to off-the-shoulder, a one-shoulder top can be a good transition. I like this particular one because it is great for a summer day with white jeans, but would also be easy to dress up with jeans and heels for a night out. 
2017, summer, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, white jeans, top knot,
With an off-the-shoulder look, I think a necklace can be a lot. However, statement earrings can be a great alternative if you are looking to add a little pop to your outfit. Some of my favorite statement earrings are here if you need some ideas. 
2017, summer, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, white jeans, top knot,
For this look, I wanted to keep everything pretty simple because I wore it to brunch. This top is so easy to dress up and for once I didn’t want to go overboard. White jeans are great with a top like this because they tone it down a notch, plus the white really makes the black top pop. 
2017, summer, ruffles, off-the-shoulder, white jeans, top knot,
I also like the idea of wearing your hair up with this kind of top because it really shows off the ruffle and the off-the-shoulder aspect. If your hair is down, you almost lose that, which would be a shame! Until next time, XO 
Top: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, similar here and here; Purse: Save My Bag; Watch: Omega.
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