Gameday Belles Boutique

IMG_9811My alma mater doesn’t have a football team. I’ve never been a big fan of sports, but I love the idea going to a big state school down South and getting dressed up for tailgating. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check out these pictures to give you an idea. If you do happen to go to a big university, or you just love cute dresses, I am so excited to share Gameday Belles Boutique with you!

A few of my favorites are the Alyson dress, the Alice dress, the Caroline dress, and the Camille dress (featured in this post!) There’s a variety of dresses and tops so I’m sure you’ll be able to find your school’s colors.

My favorite thing about the Camille dress (other than the beautiful color and the scallop detail!) is how versatile it is – you can dress it up or down and it goes perfectly with statement necklaces, scarves, or a fitted blazer. I styled it for a gameday look with cowboy boots, a casual look with a scarf and Jacks, and a dressier look with wedges. I’d love to hear which one is your favorite, as well as your favorite Gameday Belles item in the comments!

Gameday Look

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Casual Look

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Dress- Gameday Belles Boutique (c/o), Scarf- Lilly Pulitzer, Clutch- Pink Azalea, Shoes- Jack Rogers, Bracelet- Lily & Laura, Earrings- H&M

Dressy Look

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New Fashion Essentials

Last month, fashion and lifestyle website Pure Wow came out with an article entitled “10 New Fashion Essentials Every Woman Should Own”. Despite the subtitle, they are most certainly not “worth every freakin’ penny”. A camel coat for $2,500? No thank you!

Here’s my take on these 10 essentials and where to buy them for much, much cheaper!

1. Camel Coat

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I have a camel peacoat and I love it as an alternative to my black one. This coat is a great option at $68, or if you’re looking for both warmth and style, this L.L. Bean coat is $200.

2. Bow-tie blouse

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While I don’t love the black on white color combo featured in the article, this monochromatic top from New York & Company is right up my alley and only $25.

3. Diamond rings, reimagined

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They may not be high quality, but if you’re just going for the look these stacking rings work just fine at $20.

4. The new shoulder bag

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I love the Chloé Marcie as much as the next fashionista, but not its $800 price tag! I find most my bags at Target and love this saddle bag for only $35.

5. The sleeker blazer

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I think I would have to try this tuxedo-style blazer on to see if I liked it (the classic style is just fine by me). Here’s an affordable option at $59.

6. The chicer everyday tee

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One of my favorites! This goes with pretty much anything. You can pick up a J.Crew classic version for $35 here.

7. Culottes

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Definitely not my style, but if your wardrobe is more trendy in nature you could pull them off! If you’re not sure, pick up this pair that will only set you back $6.

8. Lace-up flats

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I think I like these, but would never be daring enough to wear them! I would favor a modified version of lace-up flats, such as this espadrille style or this ballet flat.

9. Flared denim.

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Again, not my style of pants. But perhaps we are nearing the end of the skinny jean’s reign? I’d much rather replace them with a cute skirt, but if flares are your style, this J.Crew pair at $44 is a great deal.

10. Neutral nail polish. 

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Essie is my go-to brand, and I love this pale pink color.

Huge thanks to BMO for giving me the idea for this post! (Y’all should check out her Etsy shop!)

Buffalo Plaid

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This outfit has a super low key, running errands, everyday type of look that I like. You can switch out your accessories to make it more or less formal, but the vest is definitely the statement piece here.

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I’ve seen multiple ways to style it on Pinterest – most of which I’m too scared to try! (Stripes with plaid? Definitely a J.Crew move but I don’t think I could pull it off!) There are a few I might test out, including a chambray top or a cream sweater with a statement necklace. We’ll see how it goes, but at least for now, I’m loving the black 🙂

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Vest – J.Crew  // Jeans- J.Crew // Top- Target // Boots- Steve Madden // Watch- Target // Bracelet- J.Crew // Earrings- H&M

Winter Classics

Thankfully it’s been a mild winter in DC, but I can’t help but miss the beautiful hues of autumn. While I took these photos in late fall, this outfit features classics that work year round: black tee, pearls, dark wash jeans, and a simple heel. And in these dreary winer days, it’s easy to add some red lipstick or a pretty headband to jazz up your look!

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Top- Target // Jeans- J.Crew // Shoes- Payless // Necklace- Etsy // Earrings- H&M // Tote- Sole Society // Nail Polish- Essie, No Place Like Chrome

We had a busy holiday season, and things haven’t slowed down much. The blog is on the back burner right now (between being a wife, new mom, working full time, church events, spending time with friends…who has time to blog?), so I’m not making any promises about regular posts, but will try to update every now and then. I keep reminding myself that this is just a season and the blog is a hobby, so there’s no need feel guilty! I’m hoping to a “coffee date” update soon. Until then, stay warm and enjoy the snow if you have it!

Fall Favorites

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Sweater- Gap (similar) // Scarf- Old Navy // Jeans- J.Crew // Earrings- H&M // Bracelet- J.Crew (similar)// Boots- Steve Madden // Clutch- The Pink Azalea 

Comfy sweater, plaid scarf, riding boots, Starbucks peppermint mocha – these are a few of my favorite things! I love fall, and style is definitely a huge part of that (the beautiful leaves don’t hurt, either!) My “fall uniform” usually consists of boots, jeans, a sweater, and a scarf.

I have a lot of scarves, so I held off on buying a blanket scarf for a long time. I was ordering online from Old Navy and needed to buy an additional small item to qualify for free shipping, so I decided to see if they had any reasonably priced blanket scarves. They didn’t in the women’s section, but the girls’ department did. After reading reviews (pretty much all which said that the scarf was full sized and was like a dress on their seven-year-old), I decided to buy it! I absolutely love it, and it pairs perfectly with a v-neck sweater I already had. New fall favorite? I think so.

Fall Fashion Inspiration

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Dress: J.Crew // Belt: Target // Cardigan: H&M // Boots: Nordstrom // Socks: H&M // Earrings: Payless

Okay…so I know the first day of fall isn’t technically for another month, but it’s almost September and fall is my favorite season! As much as I love the bright colors and breezy sundresses of summer, fall layers trump them in my book! Being 9 months pregnant, I’m not really in a good place to do a fashion shoot, but the lack of outfit posts lately on the blog has definitely been disappointing for me. I love sharing other types of posts, but fashion posts are my favorite and the reason I started blogging! Therefore, I’m sharing some fall fashion tips and photos from an article I wrote for my college magazine a few years ago.

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For a more formal look, perfect for a date or holiday party, pair an embellished skirt with tights and sparkly heels for a touch of class and festivity. To achieve a vintage feel, like the look above, combine a solid color top with a feminine skirt in a complementary color and choose accessories like gold lockets or jeweled hair combs.

Top: Macy’s // Necklace: Forever 21 // Skirt: Urban Outfitters // Tights: Target // Shoes: 6pm.com

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To transition your summer dresses to the cooler months, add tights and riding boots in neutral colors. Play up a fun pattern with accessories such as bangles, dangle earrings, and strand necklaces. Keep everything, including the boots and tights, in a neutral color to avoid clashing and keep the attention on the patterned dress.

Dress: Francesca’s // Earrings: Belk // Necklace: Eastern Market // Bangles: Model’s own from India // Boots: Me Too

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If you’re into a more alternative look, pair printed leggings with motorcycle boots and a chunky sweater. Keep your color palette limited for the winter months as the printed fabric will speak for itself and adding a bright color will seem out of place.

Camisole: So // Cardigan: Croft and Barrow // Necklace: Avon // Pants: Hot Kiss // Boots: Ariat

This article was originally published in the December 2013 edition of American University’s The American Word. 

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Huge thank you to my friends for letting me feature them on the blog!

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Bump Style: Nautical

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These photos were taken at Washington Sailing Marina and are more of a mini-maternity shoot than a fashion shoot. Emily happened to bring along a hat which went perfectly with my dress, and I love how we incorporated it! Below are some of my favorites:

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Dress- Motherhood Maternity, similar here // Tote- Marley Lilly // Bangle- Marley Lilly // Earrings- H&M// Hat- Eastern Market // Shoes- Jack Rogers

Have a great week, and don’t forget to enter the Anthropologie giveaway here!

Inspired Southern Style: Draper James

Reese Witherspoon is one of my favorite actresses. Outside of her movies, I think she is extremely classy and I love her style.

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When I heard she was launching her own clothing line called Draper James, I was so excited. However, I was less than thrilled to find out that the cheapest clothing item was a graphic tee for $58. I must admit I’m not too surprised, considering she is a celebrity and I doubt recent college grads are the brand’s target audience. For those who love the southern style of her clothing line but are looking for something more budget-friendly, I’ve found some “Draper James Inspired” clothes that will have you looking like a classic Southern Belle for under $50!

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Draper James Eyelet Love Circle Dress – $285

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Nordstrom Laser Cut Skater Dress– $48

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Draper James Belle Meade Dress– $300

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Dorothy Perkins Floral Bow Back Dress– $29

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Draper James Printed Love Circle Dress– $250

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Forever 21 Watercolor Floral Halter Dress– $25

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Tommy Bahama Floral Medallion Cover-Up – $48

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Draper James Nashville Lace Top – $225

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H&M Lace Top– $12

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Draper James Printed Knoxville Pant– $200

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J.Crew Printed Shorts– $27.50

Bump Style: Floral Print

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Lemme take a minute to talk about how awesome my church family is. A few weeks ago, we had an ink pen explode in the dryer and get large black splotches all over the whites and colors (mostly my clothes, as Scott’s tend to be in the dark wash). While I’m hoping I can salvage at least some by dyeing them navy, in the meantime many of my stretchy dresses and skirts (aka maternity clothes) were ruined. I put out an email on the women’s listserv at church asking if anyone had summer maternity clothes I could borrow, and I now have a much larger maternity wardrobe than I ever expected! So thankful for our local body of Christ here in Del Ray.

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This dress is borrowed from a woman at church, and I love it! While the colors tend more towards fall, I think it works great for a summer evening as well.

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Dress- Target // Earrings- Target // Bracelets- Forever 21 // Bag- From trip to Italy // Sunglasses- LOFT

This weekend, Scott and I are moving (but literally just down the street!) We are so excited to have an apartment that has a dishwasher, disposal, washer-dryer, and (perhaps the best of all with the summer heat) an AC unit in the bedroom! After months of searching, we finally found a place just down the street that’s actually cheaper than our current rent- such a godsend! While I’m not looking forward to unpacking, I am looking forward to decorating! I’m hoping to do a home one-bedroom apartment tour/a DIY decorating feature on the blog soon!

Maxi Dress at Emma’s Espresso

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On Saturday, my good friend Emily and I went to check out a new café in Del Ray called Emma’s Espresso and Wine Bar. While the food was good but not knock-your-socks-off, the décor of the cafe was absolutely perfect. It had a Victorian feel with the silhouette logo and metal deer heads over the cozy fireplace, but I also loved how clean and simple the space was: black and white with silver dining tables and marble countertops. I can definitely see myself going there to meet friends or to sit and read and work on my computer.

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I found this maxi dress on sale at Old Navy for $17, and I absolutely love it! With the ribbon tie, it works for maternity as well as afterwards, and it is perfect for this hot summer we’re having in DC. I paired it with two pieces of jewelry that matched the light blue geometric print perfectly- an Alex and Ani bracelet (I love this specific one because it helps support a Christian organization dedicated to clean drinking water in developing countries) and a beautiful necklace my mother-in-law bought me for Christmas.

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Dress- Old Navy // Earrings- Macy’s // Bracelet- Alex & Ani // Clutch- Marley Lilly // Sunglasses- LOFT (similar)// Necklace- Brighton