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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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

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.

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 

Stitch Fix Review

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Have you heard of Stitchfix? I don’t think it’s a Christian company, but for some reason it seems like every Christian blogger and podcaster seems to be obsessed with it! I decided to try it and see what all the excitement was about. Luckily for me, they do maternity styling and petites! You fill out a style profile online with a quiz, short question and answer, and can even link your Pinterest fashion page (view my page here for an idea of my “ideal” style). Each box comes with 5 clothing or jewelry items specially chosen for you that you can either keep or return.
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Sadly, I wasn’t a huge fan of what they sent. I had high hopes, but I think the maternity feature is relatively new, so perhaps that’s why many of my pieces didn’t seem to match my style profile. Also, all the clothes were so expensive! The cheapest thing was a tank…for $48. I was hoping to buy a shirt or dress and spend around $35, but that just wasn’t an option.

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This dress was definitely my favorite that they sent, but it was a little clingy and so it wouldn’t work much longer for my pregnancy, and at the price ($75!), it was just too much. The quality felt like something I could get at Old Navy or Target, so I didn’t think it was worth splurging on.

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This tunic was a pretty color, but not my style.

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I think the leggings were supposed to go with the tunic, but they were way too long (not petite), and I’m not a fan of wearing leggings in public.

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The cardigan on the left was chosen because it fit my “preppy style”. I did like it, but it was $58 and not that special in my opinion. The tank on the right was super cute and fun, but it did not look good at all with my pregnancy bump!

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The box came with this styling card, which showed outfit suggestions for each piece- definitely a nice touch.

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Overall, I was disappointed that I didn’t find anything that worked. At least I got an outfit shoot out of it! I think Stitchfix is a fun idea, and would probably be great if you didn’t mind spending more money for clothing items.

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IMG_6403Dress- Stitchfix // Shoes- Target // Earrings- Boutique in Hawaii // Bracelet- Target // Bag- Purchased in Italy // Nails- Julep

Friday Roundup: Links I Love

fridayroundup Many of the blogs I read have a “Friday Five” or “Weekend Roundup” type of thing where they post links they’ve found interesting from around the internet. I’m still not sure how I feel about it, but I thought it would be fun to feature! Regular post on the blog? Maybe, maybe not. What are your all’s thoughts? Here are some of my favorite links:

1. Micellar water for face wash micellarwater 2. Encouragement for anyone suffering with migraines, anxiety, or depression DR-CandiceHackett 3. A devo from She Reads Truth on self-control SRT_selfcontrol 4. This new Lilly print lillyprint 5. These freezer sandwiches– I’ve been making them with turkey sausage and Scott and I love them! freezersand 6. A much better graduation speech than any I’ve heard ( you know the, “follow your dreams” type) Road 7. The happiest countries in the world (why do they have to be so cold??)

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8. This WSJ article on J.Crew’s slump as of late  

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9. A Glitter Guide interview with a wedding planning duo– talk about dream job!

GG_goinglovely10. This personality quiz and chart with strengths and weaknesses. Similar to Meyers-Briggs (any other ISFJs out there?) For this one, I am such a golden retriever!

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(Image via Pinterest)

Bump Style: LBD & Firmoo Glasses

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When Firmoo reached out to me to review their glasses, I was thrilled. I had seen their glasses on other bloggers and thought it would be fun to style a shoot wearing glasses. Something y’all should know about me: I have bad eyesight. Like, really really bad (My contact prescription is -7.00 if that means anything to you!) and I’m pretty embarrassed by it, so I never wear glasses. I guess I associate them with being unstylish, like the large oval metal frames everyone had in the 90s and early 2000s. With plastic frames becoming more common, glasses have become a lot more stylish.  The best part for you reading this blog post? As a new customer, you can get 50% off any frame! Just go here for the discount: http://www.firmoo.com/z/new-50-off.html

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If you have any trouble with the ordering, their customer service is great. I could not get to the checkout screen, and was thinking their website was broken. Turns out, I just needed to zoom out my browser view and a little “check out” bubble popped up. Oops. I have Warby Parker glasses that are a dark tortoise print, so I wanted to go with something fun. I chose glasses with a pretty geometric design on the side.

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This vintage style is different from the usual posts on the blog, but it was really fun to do! My friend Emily has such the perfect apartment for it, and I really enjoyed taking these pictures! How awesome is that record player?!

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I got this dress at Old Navy for $9! I had forgotten how awesome Old Navy prices are…and they have maternity clothes! Double score.

Dress: Old Navy Maternity // Glasses: Firmoo (c/o) // Earrings- gift // Bracelet- J.Crew

Disclaimer: I received these glasses for free from Firmoo. All thoughts & opinions are my own.