>< The Davenport Handbag from Gregory Sylvia c/o >< ZOA New York Top via TJ Maxx >< LC Lauren Conrad Boyfriend Jeans >< Gabriella Rocha Ankle Boots (sold out, but there are some great Sam Edelman ones here!) >< MEOW bracelet from BCBGeneration ><

With the recently cooler Raleigh days, I’ve felt particularly inspired to start breaking in my new ankle boots and create some summer to fall wardrobe changes.  I was lucky enough to snag these boots for just $17 (gasp!) online a month ago.  I jazzed up my neutrals with a bit of color and topped it all off with this gorgeous Gregory Sylvia leather bag.  I have to say that this handbag is one of my new favorites, and I’m definitely going to take this baby to class (mostly because you would have to rip it out of my hands right now!).  It’s super great quality and will be able to withstand the true wear and tear of daily life – isn’t that the ultimate handbag quality test??? If you haven’t snagged a back to school bag yet, definitely consider this handbag!

What do you guys think about transitional dressing?







>< Fab’rik Muscle Tee >< Striped Skirt via Pink Cherry Trees Boutique >< LC Lauren Conrad Pumps >< Marc Jacobs for Target clutch ><


Red Hot







>< Lots of Lace Dress from The Mint Julep Boutique c/o >< DVF Oversized Drew Bucket Tote (sold out everywhere, but I snagged it at TJ Maxx!)>< Sam Edelman Mabel Sandals >< Tribal Necklace from Scout & Molly’s >< Nixon Felt Hat (super old) ><

With school about to begin again, I’ve been having Wolfpack fever!  Going to school for something you love is ridiculously thrilling, so imagine my excitement when I spotted this gorgeous red lacey dress from The Mint Julep Boutique.  Seriously, The Mint Julep Boutique has some of the cutest clothes for game days (and every other day for that matter) for really great prices – plus, you get a $10 coupon just for joining their email list!  In anticipation of next week, I decided to style this beautiful dress with black accessories, my favorite being my fabulous DVF bag that I snagged this week (it’s my perfect school bag!).  I feel totally ready to start at NC State, and I’m definitely donning this beauty on my first day of classes.

SO, there’s some really great news: To celebrate back to school season, I’ve teamed up with The Mint Julep Boutique to host a giveaway for a $25 gift card to The Mint Julep Boutique (YAY!).  All you have to do is click here to view the Rafflecopter entry form – Good luck to all!


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Back to (School) Fashion

S&S Fashionable Back to School Bags

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Back to school season is officially upon us, and it has sent me into an unsettled panic about finding the perfect school bag to lug my laptop and array of other items to and from NC State in.  Of course, I cannot just settle for something that is solely practical, it should be- no, MUST be- both fashionable and practical.  I’m tired of throwing away dingy old backpacks after a year of use, and I’m terrified of looking like I’m fourteen whilst pursuing my Master’s degree.  After much shopping around and scouring the internet, I’ve decided to compile a short list of some of the best fashionable back to school bags here, as well as a longer list on my Pinterest page.

 Now you might ask, “Hey, how do I figure out if a bag I found is both cute AND practical for school?”  If you follow these 3 guidelines, you’ll be golden!

  1. Size: You want to make sure your bag can fit your laptop comfortably, so I recommend making sure the dimensions are at least 13″ x 10″.  You’ll probably want some extra room for your charger, pens, agenda, etc. so make sure the depth is pretty giving as well.  I’d say aim for at least 4 inches in depth.
  2. Materials and Construction:  This is the time to really invest in a great beautiful bag, so make sure your materials are up to par.  I, personally, like leather since it’s extremely durable and ages really well, but if leather isn’t your thing, then faux can be a great option, too.  Construction is everything when choosing a long-term bag.  Flimsy, thin handles will absolutely not cut it, and you don’t want them to break under the weight of the small load you’ll be toting around. Look for bags with thicker, sturdy handles and reinforced seams (especially where the handles attach to the bag itself).
  3. Versatility: When investing in a bag, you want to make sure that this bag will translate will into your everyday life.  Honestly, this is why I shy from looking at actual backpacks- I know I won’t want to take a backpack to the mall or on a weekend getaway.  Look for a bag that you love, and I mean LOVE.  If you love the bag, you will use it.  Plain and simple.

Happy hunting ladies ;)






>< Love Culture Poncho (super old, but here’s a really fantastic option!) >< LC Lauren Conrad Boyfriend Jeans >< Scout & Molly’s Necklace >< Franco Sarto Sandals >< Loeffler Randall Handbag ><

The recent rainy Raleigh days have brought cooler weather and a hint of autumn, which has totally charged me up for fall!  I mean, is anyone else anxiously awaiting the day the September issues hit the stands?!  Either way, it may have been in the 70s in Raleigh, but I kept my outfit transitional by mixing a super soft Love Culture poncho with my favorite Franco Sarto sandals (I literally wear these sandals EVERYWHERE!).  I recently bought this necklace at Shop local Raleigh‘s Boutique Blowout, and I have to say that it was one of the best steals I’ve ever had!  I’m totally looking forward to styling it with some fantastic sweaters and coats over the next few months.








>< Fab’rik Mint Muscle Tank (on super sale!) >< LC Lauren Conrad Boyfriend Jeans >< BCBG Maxazria Clutch >< Vintage Necklace >< Sam Edelman Sandals ><

Muscle tanks have always been a challenge for me because I’m on the busty side, but I’m so thankful that I’ve finally found one that works for my body type!  I never thought I would be able to make this style top a part of my wardrobe, but I found the perfect cut muscle tank at Lee’s Fab’rik event in Chapel Hill, NC this past week.  Of course, I had to grab this same tank in black as well, so be prepared to see my fashion repeat!





>< Sans Souci dress >< LC Lauren Conrad heels >< DVF clutch ><

This past week I attended the launch party of a thriving clothing line that launched for the first time in a physical retail store.  Démodé Clothing is an amazing urban sportswear line that is young and absolutely HOT, and they chose the perfect Raleigh location to make North Carolinians’ dreams come true- Estate Boutique.  What makes Démodé Clothing so perfect is its simplicity and attention to detail- I mean, what is more American than a classic t-shirt with carefully chosen typography?  What I love about this line is that it just FEELS so classic American, and it hits so close to home.  This collection is like a mixture of classic American, urban chic, and Marc Jacobs punk, and all with an extremely personal touch.  And the best part?  Démodé Clothing is a local Raleigh-based company with epic potential.  Honestly, Estate Boutique and Démodé Clothing are exactly what a growing city like Raleigh, NC needs- something to break the proverbial Southern preppy atmosphere and push the fashion envelope in a Southern city.

















>< Romper from TJ Maxx >< H&M Kimono >< Franco Sarto Sandals >< BCBCGeneration Handbag >< Salty Custom Stamped Necklace from 9th & Elm c/o ><

I felt like adventuring through downtown Raleigh again today and ended up checking out some of the museums!  This romper was super comfortable while bobbing in and out of exhibits, and my neon H&M kimono added some major POP to my comfy-chic ensemble.  I kept accessories pretty basic, but I just had to wear my Salty necklace from 9th & Elm (that super great site I told you about a few days ago that features handmade and independent designers!).  Just like with my 9th & Elm shark tooth earrings, I am obsessed with this necklace and have pretty much worn it nonstop since I got it in the mail a few days ago.  I just love simple layering pieces with a little personal flair.  And neon.  I LOVE neon.

What are some of your favorite style staples?






DSC_0058>< Nordstrom Fly-Away Top >< J Crew Cutoff Shorts >< Nine West Sandals >< Kate Landry Crossbody Bag ><

I’m so excited to finally get to explore downtown Raleigh!  Now, Raleigh isn’t the most urban city in the world, but with the influx of 20- and 30-somethings the city is quickly changing and becoming more and more like a true city.  With this comes an increase in smaller, unique businesses that reflect what it truly means to live in an urban area, which brings me to some exciting news: DEMODE clothing is launching their Melange collection at Estate Boutique this week!  Now for those who don’t know, DEMODE clothing is a young urban clothing company based out of Raleigh, NC, and this launch is one of the first times their clothing will be featured in a physical store.  Talk about exciting!  In honor of this launch, DEMODE and Estate Boutique are hosting a launch party this Friday, August 1st, in downtown Raleigh.  Now, it’s a limited event, but tickets are available to attend for free while they last (click here to snag one!).  Come be a part of Raleigh fashion history and rub elbows with bloggers, photographers, and models at this one-of-a-kind event.  See ya there!

P.S. DEMODE’s new website is HOT!!!









>< Dress from The Impeccable Pig >< Loeffler Randall Clutch >< Franco Sarto Sandals >< LC Lauren Conrad Sunnies >< Large Shark Tooth Studs from 9th & Elm ><


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