9.26.2016

Orange Fall Shirtdress



Dress: LOFT | Flats: J.Crew Factory | Purse: Vintage (similar) | Sunnies: Karen Walker
Watch: Daniel Wellington (c/o) | Necklace: Kendra Scott

Over the weekend I headed down to Knoxville, Tennessee (my hometown), to spend a few days with family, present the Taste of the South Charity Gala 2016 check and attend the Tennessee vs. Florida game on Saturday. It was the perfect weekend, especially since the Vols won. They haven't won a game this big since 2004, nor have they beat the Gators in 11 years. So needless to say, it was a long time coming. When people ask "where my favorite place is," it's an easy answer... Neyland Stadium, on game day versus one of our SEC rivals, with 102,000 screaming fans and cheering on the Vols to victory. THAT is my favorite place!!

Any who, enough about football. Y'all came here to learn more about this amazing dress. I've been eyeing this dress for a few weeks, but was waiting till it went on sale. Thankfully it did this weekend, and I was lucky enough to snag the last one in store. There are a few left online, as well as a similar style in a different print here and another fave here. A shirtdress is the perfect piece for early fall. Pair it with flats or booties, and then transition into cooler weather with tights in a few weeks.















9.22.2016

White After Labor Day







White Denim: Old Navy | Sweater: LOFT (old, similar) | Field Jacket: LOFT (old, similar)
Booties: Express (old, similar) | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Sunnies: Karen Walker
Bag: vintage (another great option) | Watch: Daniel Wellington (c/o) | Lip: NARS Golshan
Photos by Jenn

Some rules are meant to be broken. Especially the whole "white after Labor Day" sentiment. I've long been a supporter of year round white. To me, it's all about how you style it. You obviously aren't going to wear a white eyelet dress and wedges in October. That is, unless you're a sorority girl heading to initiation. Then, that's acceptable. White can be worn year round, simply by pairing your white with the right pieces. I like to stick to basic and versatile white clothing. Such as white denim. You can easily style a pair of white jeans, with the right accessories to pull off a white after labor day look for the fall. Like in today's post!

I paired my favorite white skinnies with fall pieces. I wore a neutral sweater, olive green field jacket and heeled booties. A good field jacket is something to invest in. It's an article of clothing you can also wear year round as well. Here's how I styled this jacket last spring. And in the summer, throw it on over a basic white tee and blue jean shorts. Definitely add one of these versatile pieces to your closet!

See... wearing white after Labor Day can be acceptable. It's all about the pieces you pair it with. In my opinion you can accomplish this by:

  • Sticking to one white piece
  • Pairing with neutral colors
  • Adding one heavy accessory, such as a jacket, in a fall color (in this case, I chose an olive green field jacket)
  • And finish off the outfit with fall accessories, such as booties and maybe a chunky scarf

Easy enough, right? Shop my look via the links above, or clicking through the widget below.















9.21.2016

Swoozies Fall Catalog + Giveaway

One of my favorite things is entertaining and hosting friends. Whether that be a game watch party (Go Vols!), simple wine night for me and my girls, or a more extravagant holiday dinner. I will always jump at the chance to plan a fun get together!

Anytime I'm hosting something, whether it be big or small, I always lean on one of my favorite brands, Swoozies. They offer everything from personalized paper products, to customized party and entertaining supplies, holiday decor and more. They literally have it all y'all!

Swoozies actually just released their fall catalog, and there's no surprise here that it's full of awesome goodies. So I wanted to share a few things I'm loving from their new releases!


Swoozies Fall Catalog



See something you like? Swoozies is hosting their annual customer appreciation event, so you can take 20% off your entire purchase with code CELEBRATE20 at checkout! Shop directly via the links above or head on over to their site to shop the entire catalog!

If 20% off your purchase isn't enough, Swoozies is going to give one lucky reader a FREE blanket scarf of their choice! How awesome is that?! All you have to do to enter is head over to my Instagram TONIGHT around 8:00 p.m. EST to find out the details. Don't miss your chance to snag the perfect fall accessory, for free!

Happy shopping and hosting y'all!

Oh, and if you're one of the lucky ones to have a Swoozies store in your area, you can head over there tonight for their Sip Shop and Save event. You can save 20% on your entire purchase in store + enter to win some fabulous goodies. See the graphic below :)  - - I know it says to have RSVP'd by last night, but it can't hurt to try and email them today to see if there are any spots left to attend!

          

9.20.2016

Great Country Farms Apple Picking







Plaid Button Down: J.Crew (identical version from J.Crew Factory) | Jeans: Just Black Jeans via Violet Boutique DC (similar here and here) | Duck Boots: Tommy Hilfiger | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Watch: Daniel Wellington (c/o) | Nail Color: "Mrs. Always Right" by Essie 
Outfit photos by Laura

Yesterday I recapped my weekend in Virginia Wine Country, sharing details on what my friends and I did for our mini girls getaway. We actually were in Bluemont, Virginia, which is about a 2 hour drive outside the District. We started the weekend off sipping wine at their winery, and then finished the trip with a morning of apple picking at Great Country Farms, which is across the street from the winery and vineyard at Bluemont.

If you live in the DMV (District/Maryland/Virginia) area, I highly recommend taking a weekend trip out this way. Or even just a long day trip. You can start off at the farms, picking apples and shopping their homemade goodies like apple cider doughnuts, fresh produce, homemade cheese and preserves. And then finish the afternoon at the winery, sipping wine and enjoying their delicious flatbread. Great Country Farms is also a wonderful place for family trips. They have a hayride, petting zoo, mini golf course and several more activities that children would love.









For my "country chic (we'll call it)" outfit of the day, I wanted something practical and comfortable. The morning's temps were slightly cooler, so I could get away with denim and plaid. I also wanted to cover my arms and legs to shield from the bugs and any mosquitoes. And wore my duck boots since we'd be walking through some pretty high grass and mud.

Practical, and perfect for a September morning of apple picking. Now, I just need to decide what to make with all my apples. Maybe a pie or homemade apple butter? Anyone have any good recipes? Let me know!
















9.19.2016

A Weekend In Wine Country







Over the weekend myself and good friends Laura and Jenn headed out to Virginia Wine Country (think 200+ wineries in one region) to stay with our good friend Lauren who lives out there. Lauren hosted us for a mini girls getaway. I say mini, because in all actuality we were only there for less than 30 hours. But, we fit a lot in in that short amount of time.

We started our weekend off at The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards. It was a 100+ year old barn converted into a wine house and venue. We did a tasting, and then purchased a charcuterie platter and bottle of wine to share. Next we headed to Bluemont Vineyard; my favorite winery. It was really nice to be back, because Bluemont has the most picturesque views of the countryside. We did another tasting flight, served in an old milk jug carrier. And of course ordered a few more bottles of wine, flatbreads and cheese platters. Does it get much better than that?! I don't think so! We then went back to Lauren's house to change, and head out to Leesburg for dinner at King Street Oyster Bar. They had bacon wrapped oysters with a balsamic glaze. Y'all, I mean come on, ha! I'm going on a serious diet this week.

Sunday we spent the morning picking apples (outfit post and recap coming later this week) and shopping the local homemade goodies at Great Country Farms. I picked up the BEST apple cider doughnuts and homemade preserves. I can't wait to recreate Bluemont's fig preserve flatbread with goat cheese and arugula. Recipe is definitely coming to the blog soon! We then finished the trip with lunch at Lightfoot Restaurant (what used to be an old bank) in downtown Leesburg.

It was the perfect weekend to spend a little time out of the city, hit pause and refresh, with some of my best friends. Thanks Lauren for hosting us!! Hopefully we can get back out that way in October to visit the pumpkin patch and sit by the bonfire, sipping wine and roasting s'mores. Okay, that sounds amazing doesn't it?!