A Velvet Crush

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Rebecca and I (The Crystal Press) have both been on board with the crushed velvet trend. She recently scored some blue velvet booties and I recently picked up these grey ones. I love the way these boots compliment the TIJN mirrored sunnies in this ensemble. Not to mention, these Simmi booties give this ASOS black dress just the uniqueness that I was looking for. What velvet pieces are you crushing on this season?

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Black Satin

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The moon must be doing something weird because lately I feel like I can barely keep up with my to-do list. You know those times when you write your to-dos down, but on different lists and then you less than ideally misplace them? That’s me rn.

Between fashion week prep, general life stuff, and a quick stint in Vegas today (all things I am very excited about), life has been quite the whirl wind over the past (barely there) week. However, in my overwhelming to-do list fog, I have managed to find another pair of Alexander Wang booties (!!).

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Blush Tones + The Clean Program

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Blush tones are usually something I balk at, but I have been seeing them all over the blogosphere – and what can I say, I am persuaded. Ok thats a lie, the real reason I am into blush tones is because of the Glossier packaging. Let’s face it, a girl can find inspiration anywhere these days. Speaking of Glossier, how big of a girl boss is Emily Weiss? I recently read that she did the 21 Day Clean Program cleanse prior to her wedding day and well, since I’m engaged, I figured I had to give it a whirl as well.

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Rise Up in Ruffles

“The day will be what you make it, so rise like the sun, and burn.” – William C. Hannan
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I know I need a mental reset when I find myself in the habit of getting out of bed 5 minutes before I need to be out the door in the morning. On these kinds of mornings, I haphazardly hop out of bed anything but gracefully and (somehow) wash my face, brush my teeth, throw on an outfit, and carry my makeup bag out the door in a matter of minutes. In these instances, saying that I start my day flustered would be the understatement of the century.

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Embellished Stars

“We are stars wrapped in skin. The light you are looking for has always been within”

The Word Virus

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I can’t wear this ASOS top without thinking of the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I don’t know anyone personally with their name on that walk of fame but I shamelessly do know that everyone is a star in their own right, shining in different ways. When the inevitable discomfort of change or growth comes around during the “figuring out what makes you shine” process, just remember that stars shine the brightest in the darkness – the perfect metaphor for life’s struggles. What makes you get out of bed in the morning?

Create more time in your day to do more of that.

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Faux Expectations

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When I ordered this faux fur coat from ASOS online, I had high expectations. Online shopping and I have a love hate relationship because I am more of an in store shopping kinda girl. Online shopping seemed to get one over on me yet again when my initial try-on of this coat didn’t live up to said expectations….because more of a Chewbaca vibe ensued. C’mon I have seven brothers, I know who Chewbaca is. In fact, I can’t tell you how much time I spent in front of the mirror trying to create twin Princess Leia buns with my never long enough hair as a little girl. The good news is after trying to make this coat happen for the third or fourth time, it has finally grown on me – chewbaca vibes and all. (This below freezing weather doesn’t hurt either..)

Posted while listening to “Dangerous” by Big Data, Joywave.

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Faux Fur Coat: ASOS ; Black Asymmetric Tee: Nasty Gal ; Denim: Rag & Bone ; Shoes: Alexander Wang (similar here); Square Sunnies: Celine; Bag: Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour 

White Fabric Hack

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After a few choice words and what I’m sure was a very flattering freak out session, I decided to listen when google told me to pour vodka onto my red wine debacle. Either my lucky stars were aligned or vodka really does dilute red wine stains because my Belle Epoque duvet came out of the wash machine without a trace of my spill. The moral of the story is wear your white shirts without fear because red wine stains are not as lethal as they used to be!  What hacks have you used to get red wine stains out?

Posted while listening to “White Dress” by Parachute.
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Crinkled BlouseHM ; CulottesForever 21Neck Tie: HM (similar here); Shoes: Asos (similar here + here); SunniesCeline ; Bucket BagUrban Outfitters

Skinny Checks

asos longline blazer 2What is your go-to outfit fixer upper? If my outfit is lacking, a blazer is my go-to fix. I am a lover of the classic blazer silhouette because of it’s flattering abilities and because it magically makes me appear way more professional than I am. Isn’t it great how clothing can do that? My collection of magical blazers is always growing and I have to say, this Asos Longline Skinny Check blazer is giving my favorite black Theory one a run for it’s money. I love the length of it, the price point (its on sale for $40…. just sayin) and the subtle print that allows me to throw it on with just about everything.

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Who doesn’t love a great pair of jean shorts? I traveled all over the greater Richmond area & surrounding internet looking for THE pair for me & guess where I ended up?

Hollister. Essentially the last place I thought I would enjoy myself & I even walked out with two tops on top of these denim cut offs. But it is all alright when you witness the amazingness of the CCH top I paired them with. (Stay tuned for an interview with CCH’s Carter Johnston, up next!)

blogged while listening to “Stole the Show” – Kygo (ft Parson James)

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