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

New Fashion Essentials

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

New Fashion Essentials

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

New Fashion Essentials

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


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

New Fashion Essentials

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

New Fashion Essentials

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

7. Culottes


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


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.


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. 

New Fashion Essentials

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!)


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!



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!

One Year Anniversary Part 3: Our Honeymoon

The morning after our wedding, we had breakfast at the hotel with friends and family (the lemon ricotta pancakes were ah-mazing!) and then started driving south for our honeymoon.

Heading off for our honeymoon

Heading off for our honeymoon

We stayed overnight in North Carolina at a horse farm bed and breakfast we found on Airbnb- it was such a cute place! The owner was so sweet and left us orange juice and champagne for mimosas and we had the prettiest (and yummiest) breakfast delivered to our door in the morning. We walked around and met some of the horses before finishing our drive to South Carolina.

Breakfast at the horse farm

Breakfast at the horse farm

Scott making a friend

Scott making a friend

I don't think he liked me as much!

I don’t think he liked me as much!

My grandparents own a condo in Garden City, SC which is just south of Myrtle Beach and they graciously let us stay there for our honeymoon! I spent a week nearly every summer in Garden City growing up so it was so fun going back there with Scott and visiting all my favorite places.

At the beach. How cute is this monogrammed hat Scott's mom and sister got me for the trip?!

At the beach. How cute is this monogrammed hat Scott’s mom and sister got me for the trip?!

Unfortunately, we didn’t spend as much time at the actual beach as we would have liked- it rained several days and on our last “good” beach day I got stung by a jellyfish and had to head back to the condo. However, after dealing with the busyness and stress of the wedding, it was nice to have downtime and watch movies inside while it was raining.

We took an overnight trip to Charleston, SC and stayed at the King Charles Inn. Charleston is one of my favorite cities- it’s so pretty and charming! The night we arrived we had dinner at Jestine’s Kitchen, just down the street from our hotel and indulged in some local southern foods (Cheerwine is so good!) A woman at a nearby table overheard us telling the waitress it was our honeymoon and paid for our wine – gotta love Southern hospitality!


We spent the next day mostly around King Street, going in some shops and exploring.

We went to breakfast in Charleston and my nail polish matched the table! Essie pennytalk ftw

We went to breakfast and my nail polish matched the table- Essie penny talk ftw!

At the classic pineapple fountain

I'd heard about Jeni's Ice Cream from instagram, so I was excited to visit their Charleston location!

I’d heard about Jeni’s Ice Cream from instagram, so I was excited to visit their Charleston location!

Inside Anthropologie- how long do you think this candle would last??

Inside Anthropologie- how long do you think this candle would last??

Beautiful Spanish moss outside the Charleston library

Beautiful Spanish moss outside the Charleston library

A pretty doorway on Rainbow Row

A pretty doorway on Rainbow Row

It was such a fun trip, and I can’t wait for our next vacation to South Carolina!

Sunset over the inlet on our last night in Garden City

PS. If you haven’t entered the necklace giveaway yet, read about it here!