Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Decorating for Fall




Wow! I can not believe it's already October! Let's be honest... I started decorating for fall on September 1st. I always try to be one step ahead - especially when it comes to seasonal decor- after all I feel like it's a very limited time that we can enjoy how beautiful our home looks and (smells) with all the seasonal decor.

This year, I finally have the opportunity to show you how I decorate and fill you in on all the must haves for the season- it's not too late to decorate... we still have November!


We are in the midst of ripping out and re-doing our landscaping so it leaves little to be desired at the moment but at the same time it allows me to shift my focus to the porches ( we have several). Our side porch is the most used and typically the first one our guest see...so I started here. I was inspired by the array of Pumpkins lining the porch of Liz Galvins farmhouse. I love the heirloom pumpkins- those are a must! I then tucked in mums and dusty miller since ornamental cabbage isn't in season yet for us.






On the inside I love to use natural elements and bring the outdoors inside. This year I really dove into the fall color pallet and used yellows and oranges to mix. I love decorating with wreaths, fresh or faux greenery and dried wheat. I found that Terrain has THE best greenery and worth the splurge!






In the kitchen- I love to keep things simple and steer away from anything that causes clutter. I opt for fresh fall blooms and to add more flair to our open shelving- I accented the shelves with small white pumpkins. Last but not least... add the coziness to your home with a candle. I have several favorite fall scents- I love the apple cider candle by DW- you can find it at homegoods/tjmaxx and my most recent purchase is the antique candle works candle in fall harvest- so good!






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Friday, September 28, 2018

Your Guide To The Shopbop Sale: Finds Under 200.00




This might be the quickest blog post you'll ever read from me. I was a little behind on the Shopbop sale- I knew it was happening but life gets busy! I've rounded up my favorite finds under 200.00! I also broke them down into categories based on different styles. 

In case you're wondering: Shopbop is offering 20% off orders under 500.00 and 25% off orders over 500.00. This includes all regular priced items as well as SALE items. At checkout- enter the code STOCKUP18. The sale ends tomorrow! I went through each category and there are many awesome deals to be had!


The Every Girl:






The Feminine Style:






For the " On Trend"



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Monday, September 24, 2018

A Summer To Fall Wardrobe



As most of you know I'm a North Carolina native who's currently living in North Florida where summer's are drawn out into fall months. While I long to be bundled and cozy in all the pretty fall frocks... the 90 degree temperature's keep me from doing so. 

I usually start pairing items with jean jackets, boots and cute scarves when the temps start to drop but I always keep most of my neutral summer pieces in my closet when the weather starts to transition. I love to wear easy dresses and skirts- it's usually an outfit I can throw together without having to put much thought into it- not to mention my choices are extremely comfortable and wear well- especially if I'm going to be outside or at work- practicality is the key!


I fell in love over the summer with the button dresses. For some reason they remind me of something I would see a Provincial farm girl wearing to the market or gathering eggs from the coop. Either way- they are effortless, cute and comfortable. I went with a neutral color so I could adjust to different seasons with accessories. It's probably my ultimate go-to - especially if I need to throw something on for running errands or I don't want to look like such a slob at the farmers market- I channel my inner Belle with this one.





As much as I love a pretty feminine, floral garment... I love to add a little boho flair into my style. When I saw this dress- I knew it had to be mine. I could easily pair this a denim jacket and boots and be ready to take on the Florida fall. Or for summer it could be styled with tie up sandals and a hair scarf- either way it's one of my favorite pieces.


(Market bag is from vivietmargot.com)





This skirt is one of my all time favorites- the moment I slipped it on ...I instantly had a Julia Engel moment. This skirt is everything feminine, fun and whimsical. For summer I can pair it with tie up sandals, a summery top and walk out the door. For fall I paired it with my favorite espadrilles and a linen top.





 I couldn't let this mini get away without having her own spot up here. She wanted to be apart of this shoot and was so excited to visit this old angel oak to take pictures. We had so much fun wandering around, playing fairies and jumping off the huge limbs. If you're local- I highly suggest visiting this beauty!
I love buying these jumper dresses for Lilly- they're cute but practical (I don't know about you but it's much easier to throw on a dress or skirt for a girl- especially if they potty on their own!) Lilly and I went for a Target run and spotted all the cute new kid's clothes for fall. This jumper caught my eye!  I usually spend maybe 40.00 on a set but I scored this one for 17.99. I wasn't able to locate this exact pinafore online but be sure to check your local target. I've also bought a few from Zara that are adorable! I did find a few that I was able to link:





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Thursday, September 13, 2018

The LBD You Need For Fall






 It's officially that time of year where you begin to put away your colorful summer dresses and dive right into a fall wardrobe. I for one tend to stick to muted or darker color tones but the one classic I can't resist is a Little Black Dress for any occasion.


If you're going to purchase one staple item for the season then I suggest this LBD from London Times.

(Shop Here)


I love the simple silhouette and how you can basically dress it for work, a fun night out or to a cocktail event.


The perfect reason to opt for a little black dress is the ability to accessorize- you can change the outfit with any options whether it be a belt, textured bag or a pair of fun heels.  I had fun pairing this dress with different shoes, scarves and jackets to make a completely new outfit.



My first outfit- I paired the dress with a fun shoe and statement bag. To me this outfit would be perfect for a date night, girls night out or to a social event.


My second pairing was more for work because honestly I spend more time probably in work attire then I'd like to admit. I thought a staple shoe would add some flair but still ride those conservative lines for the office. I also decided to try it paired with a patterned scarf and for cooler days added a cute trench to the mix.



This is personally one of my favorite closet staples because I know I can wear it over and over without having the same look twice and it's completely effortless. I'm a girl on a budget so the more outfits I can create for less...the happier I am!

Thank you so much to London Times for sponsoring this post! #LTpartner


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Thursday, September 6, 2018

7 Tips for Shopping Designers for Less


Every once in a while we spot something that we absolutely can't resist and after clicking the image to see the brand and price... you're immediately gut punched after reading all the numbers between one decimal. You've then given up the idea of item completely at this point...but, there may be several outlets for discounted pricing that you may be forgetting...

Insert: this post! I've been an avid bargain shopper for a while now- thanks to my mom for showing me the ropes of Ebay many years ago. I learned how to search brands and items and uncover items that had been sought after for half the price. Not only did I buy on Ebay but I would also sell my designer items on the site as well. Ebay is really a win-win for both! I recently started shopping and selling on Poshmark as well but personally for me- the buying experience is better from Ebay- there's more options and it's easier to review ratings and what the seller has previously sold- this is an important factor especially when buying high-end designer items.


Most recently I was on the hunt for wedding shoes. From the moment Big placed that blue Manolo Blahnik in Carrie Bradshaw's hands as a proposal (back in 2008)... I knew that I wanted those shoes for my wedding one day. After getting engaged this past April the hunt was on...most brides immediately go on the hunt for the dress... not me...I was on the hunt for the shoes. I would scour the sales but never really wanted to spend almost 1000.00 on a pair of shoes...I turned to Ebay. There I found an array of colors, heel heights and the option to buy new or used. I could buy a brand new sparkly pair for roughly half the price of shopping retail. I searched and searched each day to see which pair caught my eye for the right price- thankfully for Mother's Day - Chris gifted me my dream shoes but I still had to pick them out. I finally decided on pair after researching the seller and authenticating the shoes- I got the shoes for less than half the price and they are absolutely stunning!

(shop my total look and similar options below)

My second find is the Tory Burch slides that I've been eyeing... while they have been on major sale the price was still a little steep for my wallet. I searched for them on Ebay and viola! NEW IN BOX Tory Burch pearl slides for 80% off!


The point is- I always try to be savvy and resourceful when shopping for higher priced items. I've put together a few pointers for shopping and selling on Ebay and Poshmark to help you save or to add a few extra dollars into your pocket!


1. Search the site- sometimes sellers will have the specific title of the item but something they don't know... so do basic searches- instead of Tory Burch Tatiana slides... search maybe Tory Burch pearl or just Tory Burch.

2. Always price compare- if I'm searching on Ebay and find the item... I'll research the items on another site to make sure the product is the best price for the best quality.

3. Buy it now gives instant satisfaction but if the offer button is there... why not use it. I find that a lot of times sellers will AT LEAST take off 10.00 from the list price with this feature.

4. For selling- I'm constantly going through my closet- think practicality, trendy or you don't wear it because it's uncomfortable... get rid of it! I make the option easier knowing that if I sell this piece- I'll get another piece with the funds I make. Poshmark is really great about allowing you to run discounts with shipping and bundles and lets you efficiently communicate with the buyers. Another fun fact is the send you the shipping label - so you just print and ship!


5. Compare prices for items on high demand. The floral jumpsuit I recently wore in a post was purchased for 25.00 on the Zara sale- it was a complete hit everywhere and now it's sold out. The price has doubled and even tripled on Ebay for this item - so price accordingly!

6. Make sure you do a complete review of the product you're purchasing to ensure it's exactly in the condition that you prefer. If you're ever hesitant...contact the seller. Poshmark will authenticate higher priced items for you. 

7. Listing your item is super easy. I love to shop eBay and list on Poshmark but both are great in either way you use them. I just love the ability to snap a pick from the Poshmark app on my phone- put in a few details and list the item within just a couple of minutes.


Lastly, consignment boutiques are great- you can find great pieces for a fraction of the cost- however, you can't always offer a price since it's usually set between the store and the seller. If you're out shopping and not looking for something in particular- I highly suggest them! I really enjoy City Girl Consignment, Consign the Times - both in South Florida and Dress in Raleigh, NC. You can always shop their Instagram pages as some will offer shipping for a small fee.

If you have any favorite tips, tricks or consignment stores... be sure to let me know about them! 

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