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:: Target Chambray Button-Down :: Olive Old Navy Vest :: Gabrielle Rocha Booties :: BCBGeneration Bracelet (similar here) :: DVF Handbag :: Kendall and Kylie Hat (similar here) ::

I can finally say it: I am done with my first semester of graduate school!  I know I’ve been MIA for the last week or so, but I have to say that finals week was brutal.  Now that I’ve survived finals, I can enjoy this beautiful holiday season!  I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe Christmas is just two weeks away, and I am so thankful that I’ve finished my Christmas shopping already.

I’ve always loved chambray, and recently I have experimented with the whole denim-on-denim look.  One thing I’ve learned is that it’s good to visually break up the denim pieces so you don’t have a Britney Spears/Justin Timberlake effect – I KNOW you know what I’m referring to ;)  I decided to layer a cute vest over my chambray button-down and top it all off with my favorite felt hat to add a little more color.  Super comfy and cute, right?

XOXO,

Gift Guide: For Him

S&S Gift Guide For Him

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I don’t know about you, but I think that shopping for a guy can be one of the most challenging things during the holidays. I never want to fall into the whole buying him clothes rut, but I know that my husband won’t necessarily buy something that he needs – ok, maybe he doesn’t think he needs it, but I do! I’ve gathered some great options here for the guy in your life- whether it’s your friend, boyfriend, dad, husband or brother. If you find some great guy gift suggestions, feel free to comment below! I would love to hear them!

XOXO,

Gift Guide: Merry Wishes

S&S Gift Guide Merry Wishes

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I’m sure you’ve seen about a million gift guides advising you what to give your friends and loved ones, but I’ve noticed that very few focus on holiday stationery.  Honestly, I have a bit of a stationery obsession.  Seriously, I have collected all sorts of embellished writing paper, envelopes, and thank-you cards since I was young (and I still collect them), so picking the perfect holiday card is quite important to me.  I love ‘designer stationery’, which just seems like a fancy term for small business, high quality stationery, and it really isn’t that much more expensive than picking up a greeting card at your local grocery store or pharmacy.  I’ve included some of my favorite finds so far, and I am quite tempted to order all of them!  Definitely consider ordering single cards or a small box of specialty holiday cards this year- your friends and loved ones will probably love them just as much as you do.

XOXO,

t-day

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:: Target Striped Sweater :: Dolce Vita Booties :: Nordstrom Scarf :: Louis Vuitton Handbag ::

Happy Thanksgiving from me to you!

XOXO,

Gift Guide: Happy Home

S&S Gift Guide 2014 Happy Home

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Home decor is an often overlooked gift category, but there are so many wonderfully creative options that you should definitely utilize some home gifts this year!  They can pair quite well with other gifts, like a bottle of wine with this Jonathan Adler champagne candle or feather lucite tray.  Cheeky wall art is always a good bet, and this pun-ny rose piece is absolutely fabulous.  If you need a few stocking stuffers, a great set of quirky coasters or a glammed-up desktop staple (get it?) are great ideas.  If you prefer a more traditional home gift, you can’t go wrong with a modern throw or decorative pillow, especially if they are as cute as these two!

XOXO,

flannel time

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:: Roxy flannel :: Bauble Bar Necklace :: Gregory Sylvia Tote ::

Some days you just have to kick back and relax, and today is finally the day! I’ve been non-stop busy for the past few months and it’s nice to be able to sit back, relax, and get ready to eat a life’s worth of food on Thursday. My recent button-down habit has translated into a cold weather flannel habit, and I have to say that they are perhaps the comfiest button-downs around! I’m on the search for a buffalo plaid one now, which was totally prompted by the buffalo plaid Instagram flood I witnessed the other day. Here’s hoping I can track one down soon!

xoxo,

buttons & bows

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:: Rock & Republic Shirt :: Nine West Skinnies :: Gregory Sylvia Handbag :: Vintage Bow (great option here) :: Nine West Flats (old, but similar here) :: Lauren Conrad Sunnies ::

I avoided button-down shirts like the plague in high school and college – to me they represented stuffiness and endless hours of being uncomfortable (and the inevitable peep-show that would ensue since I’m a bustier lady).  Thankfully, I decided to give my old rival another chance, and I have fallen in love with them!  Honestly, button-down shirts are so versatile and classic, and the whole fit issue can be fixed by simply trying on enough brands to figure out what works best for you.  There are definitely more options today than there were a few years ago, too – everything from cotton to chiffon, which makes button-downs even more versatile!  I love that you can channel a variety of different characters through clothing, and this staple can take you from Audrey Hepburn to Risky Business to Angelina Jolie in a heartbeat.

XOXO,

Gift Guide: For Her

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It is officially that time of year, where the gift guide rules!  This week, I decided to focus on gifts for ‘her’ – an admittedly easy place to start.  There are so many great gifts for ladies out on the market right now, from the new Starbucks artist cup series to cheeky pillows and, of course, jewelry.  I have searched high and low for some fabulous and funky gifts that almost any lady would be sure to love!  An extra plus for you Raleigh readers: I know that a lot of these gifts can be found locally, particularly the Starbucks mugs and gifts from Furbish Studio (did you know they’re based out of Raleigh?!).

Happy shopping, my friends!

XOXO,

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:: J. Crew Anorak :: Navy Tahari Top :: Dolce Vita Booties :: DVF Handbag :: Target Scarf ::

Last night I was fortunate enough to meet some absolutely wonderful Raleigh bloggers at the first ever Raleigh Bloggers Dinner.  Kate of Sara Kate Styling organized the whole thing, and she was able to get a ton of local Raleigh vendors to help create a gorgeous evening!  I’ve included a few photos, but I can’t wait to see all the photos that Kendall took – she’s an amazing photographer (remember that name, Raleigh brides!).  I was particularly in love with the place settings from Classic Party Rentals and the monogrammed wine glasses from Swagger gifts.  I searched all over for gold plates and flatware when I was planning my wedding in Florida, and it’s great to know that brides in Raleigh can easily find such beautiful tableware.

Ok, confession time: I do not own wine glasses.  I know, I know – what’s wrong with me?  Well, now I have the perfect break-proof wine glass for sipping vino after work.  I’m still searching for the perfect set, because occasionally someone other than me will totally want wine, but I have to say that this cute little stemless glass does the job perfectly for this party of one!

Invites, Place Cards & Pie Cards: Autumn Glow Design
Chairs, China & Flatware: Classic Party Rentals
Monogrammed Glasses: Swagger Gifts
Event Styling & Design: Sara Kate Styling
Menu & Catering: Relish
 Day-of Coordination: Sharon Bui
Pear Pie: Me!
Grape & Apple Pie: Spray Paint & Mascara
Photographer: Kendall Lynnette Photography (can’t wait to see her pictures!)

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Bloggers I was fortunate enough to meet:

Stay tuned for more pictures!

XOXO,

clueless

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:: Black Bloomingdales Cashmere Sweater :: Forever 21 Skirt :: Steve Madden Oxfords (similar here) :: DVF Handbag ::

Growing up, I always admired the style of Cher Horowitz and Dionne from Clueless.  Since I’m a 90s girl, I decided to channel my inner Cher and update one of her best loved looks.  Honestly, it’s the knee socks that take this slightly back to 1995, but that’s half the fun right?!  Keeping the colors neutral is key in updating this look so it becomes a bit more new-school school-girl than time warp.

In honor of this Clueless themed post, here are some of my favorite outfits from the movie (click through for links):

And, in the ultimate tribute to Clueless (and to completely top off this Clueless themed post), here’s a little something to make your day even brighter:

XOXO,

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