October Faves

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Happy October everyone! This is probably my favorite month because I feel like it’s (finally!) truly fall. Here are some of the things I’m loving this month:

Apple Cider Candle- This candle smells sooo good and makes me feel like it’s fall! I love this brand of candles and use it as my go-to for gifts.

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread- Ok, obviously there had to be something pumpkin on the list! I love baking with pumpkin in the fall. This pumpkin crumb cake recipe is my favorite but if I don’t have a lot of time, TJ’s doesn’t let me down!

J.Crew Gingham flats- I love these flats for transitioning to fall fashion. You may remember them from my gingham post. They are super cute with jeans and a button-down!

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin- I’ve been reading this with a book club of some close friends from DC and it is so good. Here’s an excerpt. Go get yourself a copy today!

Blogilates- For exercise, I either go for a jog with Allie in the stroller or do a few Blogilates videos. Her workout calendars make it so easy- the daily workout is already planned for me!

 

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.

One Year Anniversary Part 2: Our Wedding

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To recap our wedding, I could describe everything to you, but I thought I would share pictures and let them do most of the talking! I hope this isn’t picture overload (if it is, I totally give you permission to skim through!) 

We got married on Blennerhassett Island in Parkersburg, WV (my home state) which combined my desires to get married outdoors and on a Southern Plantation (not quite, but close!) Our guests stayed at the Blennerhassett Hotel and everyone took a ferry over to the island for the evening wedding, which was followed by a dessert reception. Scott didn’t want to see me beforehand, so he was blindfolded on the boat ride over. We could still talk and I got to sit with him, which calmed my nerves! (He ended up being blindfolded with a t-shirt. The pictures are pretty funny!) Our photographer was a friend of mine from high school, Angela Scoulas. If you’re in the WV/KY/OH area, I cannot recommend her enough!

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Daylyn, one of my maids of honor, did my makeup

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Groomsmen and Scott praying before the ceremony

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Scott was blindfolded for the ferry ride over to the island

Scott was blindfolded for the ferry ride over to the island

My wedding dress was from J.Crew and I purchased my earrings, bracelet, and beaded sash from Etsy. The bridesmaid dresses were inspired by J.Crew, but were purchased at a much more affordable price from Etsy. I had originally wanted peonies for the bouquet, but Scott hated them, so we went with hydrangeas which I actually ended up liking better and which fit in well with the color scheme! I purchased our wedding suite and programs from an Etsy seller, Simply Smitten Designs. She was great to work with, and specially designed our programs so they could be turned into fans! (Can you tell I love Etsy for cute and affordable wedding items?) One of my two maids of honor Emily designed our song booklets. We sang “How Deep the Father’s Love”, “All I Have is Christ”, “Jesus Paid it All”, and “In Christ Alone”. A dear friend from high school read the scripture passage, Philippians 2:1-11.

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Most important to us was to make sure that Christ was the center of our wedding and to put on display marriage as God designed it- a picture of the gospel. If you’re a Christian and are married or hope to be married one day, I recommend meditating on Ephesians 5 and reading “This Momentary Marriage” by John Piper (you can get it for free here).

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.” -Ephesians 5:31-32

Marriage is not mainly about being or staying in love. It’s mainly about telling the truth with our lives. It’s about portraying something true about Jesus Christ and the way he relates to people. It’s about showing in real life the glory of the gospel.” -John Piper, This Momentary Marriage

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In order to clearly communicate this message to our friends and family, we tried to make every detail fall in line with this picture- from the wedding sermon clearly sharing the gospel to having a small wedding budget to honor God with the way we manage our finances. While Scott and I hope our guests had a fun time, our greater hope is that they walked away with a clear picture of who Christ is and why He came to earth- and how the two of us desire to serve one another for the rest of our lives in a way that honors this message.

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I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend, and I’m looking forward to sharing some pictures from our honeymoon later this week!

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

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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J.Crew in the Wintertime

Sorry for the radio silence lately- my computer crashed and I had to take it to the Apple store to completely reset the entire system. Thank goodness I had everything backed up on a hard drive. Seriously, if you don’t have an external hard drive for your laptop, get one! Apple time machine syncs everything so you don’t have to do a thing, and it saves a lot of heartache in case anything happens.

But now on to more interesting things…

It’s been a bit snowy in DC, but nothing like in the Northeast. These pictures were taken on a day when we had a considerable amount of snow (pitiful, I know). I’m not a huge fan of winter, and often winter fashion is boring and chunky and not very colorful. One of my favorite things to do is take a fall outfit and add tight and boots to style it for the winter. I got this top and skirt from J.Crew Factory as a Christmas gift from my parents. I love buying new clothes you can wear together, because it’s so much more fun to have an entire new outfit!

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The top has a jeweled neckline which is basically like a built in necklace, so I paired it with matching studs and a bracelet. I think pattern play is really fun, so I added a plaid scarf with the striped shirt that picks up on the green of the skirt.

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Top, Skirt, and Bracelet- J.Crew

Belt and Tights- Target

Earrings- Brighton

Boot Socks- H&M

Boots and Gloves- Nordstrom

Coat and Scarf- Lands End

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