>< Adrianna Papell Navy Tuxedo Vest ><  LC Lauren Conrad Boyfriend Jeans >< Nine West Leopard Flats >< Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. Tote Mini (similar here)><

I first spotted this navy tuxedo vest in TJ Maxx about a month ago and fell in love immediately.  Being me, I decided that “it wasn’t necessary” and parted ways, brokenhearted.  Fast-forward a few weeks: I make my rounds at TJ Maxx and lo and behold, there is my beloved tuxedo vest!  I decided that it was a sign and quickly snatched it up.  I’ve never really been able to rock a double breasted jacket due to my bustiness, but there’s just something about the length and button placement on this vest that makes it oh so flattering.  Some things are just meant to be!


Tie It Up



>< Merona Men’s Flannel >< Asos Black Skinnies >< Sam & Libby Flats >< DVF Handbag via TJ Maxx ><

If you’re like me, you totally associate fall and winter with flannels – especially plaid flannels!  I love a good boyfriend flannel, but it can be hard to style if you have a super short torso and you’re a shortie like me.  I mean, I love a good grunge look, but an oversized shirt can make me look absolutely horrible due to my size (I’m 5’3″ with long legs and a suuuuuper short torso).  Then I made a discovery: tying the front tails! It’s a great way to make your favorite oversized shirt look more tailored and proportionally appropriate.  I know, I know it’s a simple fix, but it makes all the difference in the world!


Photo Credit: Shaoping Zhu

What I Want Wednesday 9.17.14

S&S WIW 9.17.14

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This week I’m craving a mixture of trendy and classic pieces.  Every girl needs a great quilted bag, and these two are positively fabulous – who doesn’t love a little Michael Kors or Rebecca Minkoff, right?  Fringe is all over the place now, and I’ve particularly fallen for Bauble Bar’s tassel bracelet.  It’s a refreshing take on the trend with similar aesthetics.  PLUS, I imagine it would make almost any outfit POP!  You can’t beat a studded heel for the office or a night out, and pairing them with jeans and a great leopard top would be a match made in heaven.  Finally, you all know I love a good sequined piece, and this H&M dress is a perfect balance of glitz and glam.

What have you been craving lately?


Fall Is In the Air




>< Billabong jacket (borrowed from Whalebone Urban Surf Shop) >< Billabong Dress (borrowed from Whalebone) >< Sam Edelman Heels >< D’Blanc Sunglasses (borrowed from Whalebone) ><

Today it happened.  The air was crisp and light, and it finally felt like fall.  If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for that crucial moment for a long time now – the summer sun has lost its captivation and you’re yearning for crisp fall weather.  This season, I’ve teamed up with Whalebone Urban Surf Shop (a Raleigh, NC favorite in the North Hills shopping center), and I’ll be showcasing some of their gorgeous offerings here over the next few months.  This maxi dress is definitely one of my favorite items at Whalebone Urban Surf Shop for the fall, and it’s perfect to either dress up or dress down.  This transitional time is perfect for layering some summertime pieces like maxi dresses to make them ready for fall.  One of my favorite year-round layering pieces is a great leather jacket – and for all my eco-friendly readers out there, this jacket is vegan!  What’s not to love, right?


Photo credit: Robert McClain

What I Want Wednesday 9.10.14

S&S WIW 9.10.14


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Frugal Chic Series: Shop Well

Stylish dressing is not as difficult of a feat as some may think- in fact, it is quite easy to hone and own your own look. As a woman on a budget, and a small one at that, I can’t afford the latest and greatest from my favorite big-name brands, so I’ve restructured my purchasing habits to maximize my closet’s potential. Over the last few years I’ve learned a few valuable lessons on how to achieve frugal chic without looking cheap.  A small budget is no excuse to fill ones closet to the brim with fast and cheap fashion – you can, indeed, build a beautiful, unique, and stylish wardrobe that won’t bankrupt you. This series is going to highlight some of the best ways to dress stylishly on a budget and highlight some practical things you can do to keep your closet looking beautiful without maxing out your credit card.

S&S shop well

      I frequently shop at retailers that offer really great products at prices that fit more easily into my budget, and I don’t just mean your typical retailers either. Over time I have located and frequented consignment shops and other resale stores to score some fantastic clothing and accessories for a fraction of the sticker price (I’m talking Rebecca Minkoff bags for $30-$60 a piece).  In addition to my consignment/thrift store digging, which I absolutely LOVE, I also tend to shop at stores that have off-season items, last-season items or discontinued styles.  If you frequent the right places, you can end up finding those pieces that you’ve wanted for ages but couldn’t justify paying sticker price for.

      TJ Maxx has become one of my recent obsessions, especially since I now live near a really great one that even has a runway section.  I will admit that not all TJ Maxxes are created equal, but searching for one that frequently gets the types of clothes you really want is totally worth it.

Websites worth checking out:

Some of my most loved deals:


Rebecca Minkoff rabbit fur bag, NWT, $57


Loeffler Randall handbag, NWT, $40


Stuart Weitzman flats, $35

Stuart Weitzman flats, $35


DVF handbag, NWT via TJ Maxx, $189



Stay tuned for the rest of the series.  If you know a really great budget-friendly place for fashionistas to shop, drop a line in the comments below!



Altuzarra, anyone?

So, Altuzarra is Target‘s latest guest star and, being completely honest, I’m surprised at how the collection came together.  This collaboration is full of really great pieces, and there are even some with gorgeous beadwork – who would have thunk it at Target, right?  While I’m not completely in love with the entire collection, there were definitely some pieces that screamed “BUY ME NOW!”, so I just had to share them!



Um, yes please!

This is just velvet done right- and it’s absolutely sex-ay!



Such a gorgeous color!  I can’t help but think that this could even resemble a Burberry trench if you switched out the belt for something a little more luxurious and wrinkled it up a bit.

Want, want, want!

Heart, be still.

The jackets in this collaboration just look amazing!  Definitely check out the entire lookbook either on Target’s website or in Huff Post Style‘s article on the collection, and mark September 14th on your calendars, ladies!  Happy window shopping :)


*Images from Target.com and Huff Post Style – click through for links to sources








>< 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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