There was a long period of my life where I would not get anywhere near a banana. In my mind, they were the most offensive food on the planet. As I got older and my palate expanded I slowly added bananas back into my diet. Sure they are great as a snack or sliced on cereal in the yogurt, but they really shine in baked goods.
November 1, 2016
A few weeks ago I talked about ruffle blouses, and now I am bringing you another feminine detail I love, the bow blouse. You can easily replace almost any button-down for a bow blouse. They play nicely with jeans for a more casual look or a skirt for work. I also love when they peek out of a dress or sweater. I prefer them in a crisp cotton so the bow stays sharp throughout the day. See below for 10 of my favorite cotton blow blouses.
October 31, 2016
I doubt there is a piece of Tibi clothing that I would not wear. I look forward to seeing their new collection online at fashion week twice a year and constantly stalk the site for new arrivals. When shopping at Tibi I know I can expect classic pieces with unique details like this tie-sleeve dress.
October 28, 2016
I am a creature of habit. I tend to wear the same beauty products over and over again. Very rarely do I stray from my favorites, but every once in a while it is fun to try something. This is wear I find myself. I parted ways with a few of my beauty favorites this month (Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, Essie Chinchilly Nailpolish, and First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser) in order to try something new.
October 27, 2016
Every fall Whole Foods serves a triple squash soup that I am obsessed with. I have tried to recreate it at home several times, but I can never get the ratios correct. So this year I did away with the idea of a triple squash soup and added one of my favorite spices, turmeric.
October 25, 2016
When it comest to denim I usually stick to classic styles, but every once in a while it is fun to add a new piece to your wardrobe. Last week I wore these jeans in a post and I absolutely love them. The frayed edge is a great way to add a little spunk to any outfit. Another detail about them that I love is how easy they are to alter. At only 5"3 all of my bottoms need to be hemmed, but with these all I need are a pair of scissors and a steady hand. Snip away and pull out of a few loose edges and you are ready to go. Shop 10 of my picks for frayed denim below.
October 24, 2016
October 21, 2016
Besides the days getting shorter it is hard to tell that there is a seasonal shift taking place in Charleston. After three years in Charlottesville, where fall is bold and beautiful, this change is taking a little adjustment. Every day this week has been in the 80's and the cruise ships constantly flood the streets with tourists wearing shorts and sandals. My husband and I have been embracing this new season and new city by taking evening strolls and eating outside whenever possible (patio season!).
Click Here to listen to the autumn playlist
Nancy From Now On // Father John Misty
Song for Zula // Phosphorescent
Levitation // Beach House
Sound & Color // Alabama Shakes
The Moment // Tame Impala
Yet Again // Grizzly Bear
Some Beast Will Find You by Name // Adam Torres
Red Eyes // The War On Drugs
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Signs // Father John Misty
Cecilia // Simon & Garfunkel
Black Moss // Johanna Warren
Poison Cup // M. Ward
Atomic Number // Neko Case
29 #Strafford APTS // Bon Iver
October 20, 2016
October 19, 2016
I have an unusual relationship with football. Before attending Ole Miss my experience and knowledge of football was slim. I did not grow up watching football on Sunday afternoons and my parents both went to schools without football programs. So, I immediately latched on to the one are of football that connected with me: tailgating.
October 18, 2016
We've talked about velvet and mules, but another emerging trend I am excited to see are ruffles. They are a breath of fresh air to a season of typically heavy attire. My favorite style right now is the ruffled collar. It automatically adds a bit of sophistication to any outfit. I love the idea of pairing them with straight leg jeans and a block heel for a more casual look. This striped top is one of my favorites due to the smaller ruffle detail and it is only $25. Scroll through the tops below to see the best ruffled collar blouses available.
October 17, 2016
October 14, 2016
A midseason sale is hard to resist. It is a great way to pick up pieces that are currently in style without breaking your budget. So, when I saw that Shopbop launch their recent sale I was pretty excited. I have my eye on a few wardrobe updates for fall, like these tassel loafers and this flute sleeve top. But, this is also a great time to invest in more timeless pieces like a pair of over the knee boots. The Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boots I am wearing in this post are currently sold out, but there are still a ton of great options available. See the rest of my favorite 25 items available during this sale below and get to shopping!
October 13, 2016
Just like coming up with something interesting for dinner can be hard during this time of year, so can getting dressed in the morning. Living in Charleston restricts the amount of layering you can do, and even though I do not follow the typical rules about what you shouldn't wear after labor day wearing a summer dress just doesn't feel right in October.
October 12, 2016
October 4, 2016
This is a trend that instills a small amount of fear in me. I have flashback to the crimson velvet button-up I wore in elementary school, or possibly worse the velvet legging fad of the 90's. I keep thinking of how many ways this could go wrong, but I am still ready to try this luxurious style out for myself. When it comes to a dominating fabric or print I believe it is best to keep it simple. Only wear it in one piece, like this velvet bomber jacket. I am particularly found of velvet shoes this season. They add an unexpected twist that look both sophisticated and playful. I love block heel sandal that is under $125. Shop my 20 velvet picks below and let me know what you think of this growing trend.
October 3, 2016
September 28, 2016
I've been riding the kale train for a while. I'll eat it in any form, but a really good kale salad is my favorite. Over the summer I complied a list of all my coworkers favorite summer recipes and my boss happened to share the most killer kale salad.
Labels: Food and Drink
September 27, 2016
September 26, 2016
Looking back, we would have ended our trip in Paris rather than started it. We tacked on Paris at the last minute, adding it the same day we book our flights. It would have been nice to have a few slow and relaxing days to round out our trip, but you always have a few regrets, right? Either way, our time in Paris was still dreamy.
September 23, 2016
September 22, 2016
September 21, 2016
I do not hide my love for summer. I live for the long, sunny days and an afternoon thunderstorm. So, it saddens me when the days start to get shorter. Today marks the last day of summer, and it feels appropriate to take you down the streets of Barcelona. This was the last stop on our trip, and this city provided both the Spanish charm and Americanized meals that we need to roundup three weeks of travel.
September 14, 2016
Before heading to Seville, we spent four nights in Madrid. By this point, we were a week into our trip and arriving to such a large city was both exciting and a little exhausting. We had a few places we wanted to visit, but since it was August and we anticipated a lot of restaurants and shops being closed we left a lot up to chance.
September 9, 2016
July 13, 2016
Nestled fifteen minutes outside of Charlottesville, the Clifton Inn perfectly merges luxury with country living. My husband and I took a quick getaway here for our third anniversary, and we were more than pleased with our stay. The food was delicious, the grounds were immaculate, and our room was perfectly cozy.
July 12, 2016
Spring is my favorite season, but summer is a close second. I live for the cloudless days and warm, sticky nights. Being able to throw on a pair of jean shorts, sandals, and a breathable polo makes getting dressed relatively simple. Whether you are headed to the farmers market, out of lunch, or just lounging by the pool a variation of this outfit can take you almost anywhere in July.
July 6, 2016
There are few pieces of clothing more versatile than a shirtdress. I wear mine to work, out to dinner, and even on a cool summer day. I picked up this Equipment shirtdress on sale a few weeks ago and have already worn it multiple times. It was the perfect piece to wear in Richmond this past weekend during some unseasonably cool weather. We walked around the museum district and grabbed a few beers at the new Stone Brewery.
July 5, 2016
I am like a kid in the candy store whenever tomatoes arrive at the farmer's market. I want to take them all home and eat them at every meal. And, one of those is possible during the summer.
Cherry tomatoes are always the first to appear with their sweet flavor and juicy interior. I add them to any dish I can, but always look forward to making this salad. Caprese salads are good on their own, but I find the balsamic vinegar that accompanies many of them overwhelming. Adding a bit of pesto feels more aligned with the season. Plus, it is a great way to use basil if you have an overwhelming amount coming out the garden. But, having too much basil is never a problem for me.
Pesto Caprese Salad
2 cups tomatoes
1 cup fresh bocconcini mozzarella
2 tablespoons pesto
1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup chiffonade basil
Depending on your tomatoes (I used a mixture of slicing and cherry tomatoes) cut your tomatoes in half or wedges. You want them to roughly be the same size and be able to easily pop them in your mouth. Place in a colander, sprinkle with salt, and set aside to drain.
Cut mozzarella in half and place on a serving platter. Dry tomatoes with a paper towel and place amongst mozzarella. Whisk together pesto and olive oil until pesto takes on the consistency of a vinaigrette. Drizzle pesto over mozzarella and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with basil. Serve immediately.
June 21, 2016
Just like any kid, I loved summer. We lived three houses down from the pool so I practically lived in the water. When I wasn't at the pool you could find me catching lightning bugs with my little brother or begging my parents for another scoop of ice cream. I still enjoy summer as an adult, but now I look forward to wearing my oversized hat and drinking cocktails on the patio. We've settled in to our summer weather pattern and this eyelet dress has been the perfect piece. It is light enough to wear on the hottest days, but looks more pulled together than a t-shirt and shorts.
J.Crew Tiered Eyelet Midi Dress // Cuyana Oversized Beach Hat // Loeffler Randall Ulla Flatform Sandals // Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag
June 14, 2016
One perks of living on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains is being able to escape the summer heat. This weekend was particularly warm so we hoped in our car and went to Greenwood Grocery to enjoy a sandwich and a little cider. There are few things a breezy skirt and a cold glass of Potter's Cider cannot fix. As we get closer to the big move we are trying to take advantage of everything Charlottesville has to offer, and being so close to the mountains is one of them.