Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Summer meets Fall.

One of the things I love to do as the weather gets cooler is transition my wardrobe from summer to fall. I like to mix bright, vibrant colors with deep fall tones. Little by little, you move all the autumnal, warm colors into your drawers and racks and before you know it you're geared up fall! It's simple and easy. Boots with shorts and dresses, hats with summery tops and layers, mix it however you may!

Here's one of my first summer to fall looks...

Dress, Forever 21. Kimono, Vestqiue. Hat, No Rest For Bridget. Boots, Forever 21. Bag, Kate Spade.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Can You Believe It?

Another casual, coffee- date outfit post... can you believe it?? I also wanted an excuse to wear the new Nike sneaks that I got for my birthday! Ha.

Obviously you have all noticed these types of looks are my favorite! The other day I asked my twin sister, "What can I wear on my blog to make my outfits more popular and more similar to other well known blogs?" and one thing I realized was that my ensembles aren't super girly! Most popular bloggers are decked out in monograms, bell skirts and frilly detailing. I love those looks, and I do get dressed up in skirts and dresses from time to time, but on an everyday basis I lean towards casual looks! In the future I'm going to try and dress up my ensembles a little more! What do ya'll think I should add to my wardrobe routine? I'd love to hear your suggestions!

Side note: New Charlotte local coffee obsession.  FABO Coffee & Art Bar off of Park Road. Delicious, affordable & a great atmosphere! I'd definitely recommend it!
Top, Urban Outfitters. Shorts, Vestique. Bag, Kate Spade. Glasses, Urban Outfitters. Watch, N/A. Shoes, Nike. White Ring, Hand Picked.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Basics & Brown Sugar.

Since I know I'm going to be in Charlotte longer than I ever planned... I've decided to try and "explore" the city that I've lived in for over 20 years of my life! I'm all about some local flavor, especially compared to cities like Boston and New York, and although Charlotte isn't quite known for it's local flare, I like to hunt it down until I find my favorite spots that are unique to the Queen City. Since I'm a hard-core coffee connoisseur, my go-to adventure is seeking out local coffee shops. Rush Espresso is my new favorite, located in Ballantyne Village, but I also found a little place called Mugs that I tried out with Sean.

One of my favorite things to do is to get up and get a jump start on the day by going out for coffee or breakfast. Throw on some basics, sneakers and your boyfriends tee if you want some extra comfort, forget that messy bed-head, and drive to your ideal spot. Mugs was so much fun to try out! Any quality time I spend with my love is perfect to me. The atmosphere wasn't my favorite, but I got an absolutely delicious almond milk brown sugar latte. It was the perfect ratio of sweetness to espresso. I would definitely go back to get a latte to-go! Yum.

Here are my pictures from that morning...
Tee, Sean's undershirt. Shorts, American Eagle. Sunglasses, Lou Lou's. Sneakers, Converse. Watch, N/A. Bracelet, Fiore Boutique. Ring, Pandora.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

(Past) Boston: Style Files.

This Thursday I'm leaving for Boston to visit my twin sister! If you don't remember from earlier this year, I had a trip planned a couple months ago to visit Laura, and the week that I was supposed to leave I was struck down with a killer kidney stone. So now, finally, I am going on the trip I've been looking forward to all year! 

Boston holds a special place in my heart. Not just because my sister lives there, but because I lived there for 3 months. The history, the architecture, the food, the shopping... it's a magical place. I love how you can wake up in Boston and step outside your door to find the city awake and alive. It's almost electric! It has a cozy, homey, cultural feeling, while still filling you with the excitement and thrill that a big city always does! The atmosphere sends a current through you, feeling even more realistic with the hum of the T under your feet, sending you into coffee shops, bookstores, and breakfast spots galore. You can hunker down in the public library with your novel of choice, or go out for an authentic Italian feast with close friends. 

I'm so, so excited to be back in Beantown! Hugging my twin, and exploring new spots that she's come to call her own over the last year. Cheers to Boston! 

Here's a look back at a few Boston style files...

Friday, August 1, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

No Makeup & Nutella.

Yesterday, while doing an hour of cardio at the YMCA and watching Pretty Little Liars, I started day-dreaming about sweets. Surprising right? I tend to think about food the most when I'm exercising. Oops.

One of my favorite things is a chocolate croissant. Man how I miss that decadent goodness. Flaky, buttery, sweet... yum. Nothing better than starting the day with chocolate! 

I was working away, feeling the burn, when I remembered one of my favorite breakfast places here in Charlotte, Cast Iron Waffles. Not exactly a chocolate croissant, but just as delicious. My mom and sister and I used to go there all the time before I realized I have a gluten intolerance, and I was so sad to say goodbye to it! Feeling hopeful, I decided to look up their menu once I left the Y to see if they added any gluten free waffles... It was a sign from heaven!! They expanded their menu, and my heart expanded with joy. I told my mom the minute I walked in the door that we needed to go there the next morning! 

So here's a little peak into my early morning waffle adventure. No makeup, no stress, messy hair, extra nutella, and a soy almond joy latte. 
Top, Urban Outfitters. Vest, Urban Outfitters. Shorts, American Eagle. Shoes, Converse. Bag, Versona. Hat, N/A. Watch, XOXO. Ring, Hand Picked. Sunglasses, Madewell.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sand, Sea & Kimonos.

It was so nice being at the beach for a week with my family and Sean. My twin sister came in town and I always love seeing her! We all had the best time relaxing on our balcony, talking walks along the water, playing cards, cooking big dinners, baking brownies, laughing and just forgetting about our worries for a little while.

Sean's dad has gotten more and more bad news lately regarding his cancer, so I know Sean was thankful to have some time to take his mind off things. This phase of our life is so tough and surreal. It seems as if nothing is going our way. Literally nothing. We still both don't have full time jobs, his dad isn't getting any better, on top of a couple other things, and it's just a whirlwind of negativity. So if you're wondering why I don't blog as much, it's just not at the front of my mind most of the time. I hope that soon we'll be out of this valley we're in and we'll be on our way back up to happiness! God provides.

A couple months ago when I first started working at Fab'rik we got in this amazing kimono and I knew I needed to add it to my wardrobe. It's floral, fringy, and amazing for summer. The light weight material is breathable, and so far I've thrown it over a dress, shorts, jeans, bathing suits... pretty much anything in my closet. It might be a little long for my petite frame, but I rock it anyways!
Bikini Top, Target. Kimono, Fab'rik. Shorts, Brandy Melville. Sunglasses, Madewell.