November 2, 2016

Spiced Banana Bread

Spiced Banana Bread

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

Bow Blouse

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

Tie Sleeves

Tibi Tie-Sleeve Dress

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

Fall Beauty Favorites

fall beauty favorites

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 EyelinerLaura Mercier Secret ConcealerEssie Chinchilly Nailpolish, and First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser) in order to try something new. 

October 27, 2016

Turmeric Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

Turmeric Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

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

Frayed Denim

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

Autumn Playlist

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

Wedgie Jeans

Levi Wedgie Jeans + Pleated Top

Finding a pair of straight leg denim that was flattering on my petite frame was harder than I anticipated. Most made me look stumpy and required 4 to 5 inches to be cut off leaving me with a strange variation between straight and skinny jeans. 

October 19, 2016

In the Kitchen: Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

roasted tomatillo salsa

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

15 Victorian Ruffle Blouses

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

Fall Silk Dress

With a new season comes a clothing rotation in my closet. Out with the light linen pieces and in with the darker pieces. This outfit features a few items I regularly grab throughout the cooler months.

October 14, 2016

25 Pieces from Shopbop's Big Fall Sale

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

Cold Shoulder Dress for Fall

tibi cold shoulder dress

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

Roasted Beet & Barley Salad with Orange

Roasted Beet & Barley Salad with Orange

At the beginning of each new season I hit a small slump in the kitchen. I am ready to take on new flavors, but the product available does not seem to match my wants. 

October 4, 2016

20 Velvet Pieces to try this Fall

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

Peplum Denim Dress

Co. Sleeveless Peplum Denim Dress

An easy way to describe Charleston is seasonless. Warm and humid days stretch long into October so dresses and sandals can almost be worn year-round. Although this climate is not for everyone, it is one of the many reasons I love this city. 

September 28, 2016

In the Kitchen: Best Kale Salad

Best Kale Salad

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.

September 27, 2016

15 Must Have Mules

Step aside boots, I'm all about mules this fall. I bought my first pair last spring at the Tibi online sample sale and have worn them non-stop sense. See herehere and here

September 26, 2016

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg in August'
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

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

For the final installment of our trip through Spain I am taking you to my favorite destination: The Alcázar of Seville. 

September 22, 2016

In the Kitchen: Basic Hummus

ottolenghi basic hummus

The summer of 2013 should be dubbed the summer of Jerusalem Cookbook. It was one of our first purchases in Charlottesville, and we quickly cooked our way through the book. There are a lot of standout recipes, but Ottolenghi's Basic Hummus Recipe is at the top of my list. 

September 21, 2016

Streets of Barcelona

barcelona spain in august

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

Sabatini Gardens

Sabatini Gardens

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

August in Spain

zara linen skirt in seville spain

With moving, apartment renovations, my husband taking the bar, and planning for three weeks abroad something had to give. Unfortunately, this site ended up taking a hit. If you're still following along - thank you!

July 13, 2016

The Clifton Inn

The Clifton Inn Gardens

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

Summer Polo

j.crew collection mesh polo & market bag

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

Staple Shirtdress

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. 

 Equipment Delany Striped Shirtdress (here & here) // Tibi Loafers (similar) // 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag // Karen Walker Perfect Day Sunglasses

July 5, 2016

In the Kitchen: Pesto Caprese Salad

Pesto Caprese Salad

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
Pesto Caprese Salad

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

Eyelet Midi Dress & Sunhat

j.crew sundress & cuyana sun hat

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 sundress & cuyana sun hat
j.crew sundress & cuyana sun hat
j.crew sundress & cuyana sun hat
j.crew sundress & cuyana sun hat
j.crew sundress & cuyana sun hat

June 14, 2016

Eyelet Skirt & Poplin Shirt

midi skirt & poplin shirt

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.

midi skirt & poplin shirt
midi skirt & poplin shirt
midi skirt & poplin shirt
midi skirt & poplin shirt

Anthropologie Perforated Skirt (similar here & here) // J.Crew Factory Popover Shirt // J.Crew Hat (similar) // Madewell Slide Sandals // J.Crew Straw Clutch // Karen Walker Sungalsses

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