Football Friday: Styling Orange, Part III

Gingham Button Down: Similar Option (similar) | Fringe Vest: Francesca's (old, similar option)
Jeans: LOFT | Boots: LAUREN Ralph Lauren | Purse: Vintage (similar) | Sunnies: Karen Walker
Necklace: Kendra Scott | Watch: Daniel Wellington (c/o)
Photos by Nicole

Well my friends, the third and final part of our Football Friday series is here.

This series has been so much fun to be apart of! We started by sharing a more stylish look, featuring a gorgeous dress by Stewart Simmons. Then, we shifted focus to a casual and comfortable outfit for watching the game at a local bar or friend's house. Today, I'm sharing a look for fall. Now that a new season is here, the temps are getting cooler by the week. So a layered look for an afternoon football game was definitely in order for the series finale.

What is more Tennessee than an orange and white check pattern? Nothing! So, I found this gingham button down from Nordstrom last year and instantly knew it was perfect for football season. Sadly it has since sold out, but I found a similar option here. Since it's actually a men's shirt (make sure you size down one or two times), I wanted to layer with a more feminine piece... this comfortable fringe vest. I've had this piece for a few years, so here's a similar option. I then rounded out the look with simple accessories and comfortable riding boots. Just throw on a pair of thick socks, and your feet are toasty warm all game long.

A simple, casual and comfortable game day outfit for fall! Shop the look via the links above, or widget below.

On a totally unrelated note, you're probably wondering "why the silence this week on the blog?" Well my friends, I needed a breather. Not just from blogging, but from a lot of things. I did a good deal of thinking this week about what I want out of blogging, the things I want to focus my time on, etc. Basically "what fulfills me?" But, this is a post for another day. I'll be sharing more about this next week on here, and going into more detail about the future of Primp and Proper. Not to fret though... this site and blogging aren't going away any time soon. It's merely a shift in focus. Looking forward to the real and raw post I'll be sharing with y'all early next week.

Till then, have a marvelous weekend and enjoy the other posts by my fabulous blogger friends as well!



Fall Tablescape

Happy Friday friends! I decided to mix things up this week and share a home decor post, rather than our usual The Weekender. I've shared a few sneak peeks with y'all on snapchat (kroyster815) and Instagram, but wanted to put together a post featuring my entire fall tablescape.

I've always dreamed of having my own kitchen table and being able to decorate it for fall. Well, really any season! Thankfully when I started living alone, I was able to find a space that could accommodate a large farm table. I'm obsessed with mine y'all! I've received a few questions about where mine is from. I actually purchased it locally via Belfort Furniture. Here's a very similar option to what I have.

When it comes to decor, I always gravitate toward color. Especially in the fall. I wanted lots of orange, to pop off the white (can you tell I'm a Tennessee Vols fan?!). And I wanted something universal, that would last well into November and Thanksgiving. Basically I didn't want a Halloween tablescape. I first found this sequined table runner and then went from there. Reusing my pumpkin dinner plates from last year, and then adding these super affordable plaid napkins that pulled in all the colors of the runner. I completed the tablescape with white pumpkins I found at my local Trader Joe's.

I found pretty much all of my decor via Homegoods, which is one of my favorite places for finding affordable and unique home items. I tried my best to link similar pieces below, and actually found exact items via third party sites as well. Happy decorating and have a great weekend friends!

Shop the post:

Nicole Miller Table Runner: Homegoods / exact option via Ebay here OR similar option here
Gold Hurricane Candle Holder: Homegoods / similar option here
Nicole Miller Gold Charger Plates: Homegoods / exact option via Amazon here
Pumpkin Plates: Homegoods (last season) / exact option via Replacements here OR similar option here and here
Plaid Napkins: Ralph Lauren via Amazon 
Leaf Napkin Rings: Homegoods / similar option here
White Pumpkins via Trader Joe's (for 69 cents each!)


Space Dye Speckled Vest

Callan Vest: Tart Collections (c/o) | Chambray Shirt: J.Crew Factory | Jeans: DL Denim (c/o)
Booties: Express (old, similar) | Bag: H&M (similar) | Bracelet: Kendra Scott (old)
Bangle: LOFT | Lip: NARS Golshan | Sunnies: Karen Walker (currently 25% off!!)
Photos by Nicole

Now that the fall temps are here, it's time to break out the outerwear pieces... but not so fast though! While yes the temps are cooler walking to work in the morning, the afternoons are still quite warm. So for now, it's all about the layers. I've been really digging the long, duster vest trend this year. I've admired how well many other bloggers have styled them, so I decided to give the trend a try.

I found this speckled vest when I was thumbing through the newest arrivals from Tart Collections.

The pattern instantly drew me in. I wanted a vest that popped, as opposed to an outerwear piece that blended in with the other pieces I was wearing. So I paired this vest with a simple chambray shirt and black denim jeans. I thought the speckled pattern would pop off the black jeans quite well. I really love how the outfit turned out! I'm actually wearing it today for a casual workday and then on to an after work happy hour.

If a vest isn't quite your style, this pattern is also made in a blazer version. I would so wear this with a black pencil skirt and neutral shell to work!

As aa side note, I really am obsessed with the new arrivals from Tart Collections. Prior to them reaching out to me a few months ago, I had actually never heard of the brand. When I flipped through their fall collection, I was instantly hooked. There's so many gorgeous staple pieces that I'd love to add to my fall wardrobe. Like this winter white top (how cool is the texture on this?!), olive field jacket, these super comfortable leather looking pants (almost like leggings) and another great vest option as well.


A Backpack That Gives Back

One of the first things I look for when deciding whether or not to take on a collaboration for this blog, is if the brand gives back. The majority of the brands I support on Primp and Proper do just that! It's important to me to share companies that not only take pride in the product they produce, but also find a way to give back to those in need through their work. I was recently introduced to a brand who embodies both of these things...

Just Porter.

They currently produce only one product... backpacks. I'm currently using the Hazen professional backpack.

A backpack for everyone: the creator, the traveler, the entrepreneur, the wanderer and dreamer, the young professional. The list goes on.

Just Porter takes pride in creating quality and professional backpacks, made with great attention to detail. Their bags are handcrafted and designed in clean lines in order to maximize efficiency. Basically they got rid of the unnecessary pockets, zippers, bag accessories and more. No need for the fluff and fancy. It's about utility and efficiency.

You can use their bags for travel, to carry your books to class or papers to the office, or use it on a hike, or on a run to the gym. Their bags are designed for men, women and children. A bag for everyone!

And when I say everyone, I mean everyone. How do they accomplish this? Through a buy a bag, give a bag program known as Give1/3. For every backpack purchased, Just Porter donates a backpack full of school supplies to a student in need. And in your name! How cool is that?! Not only are you scoring an awesome, well made backpack for yourself, but you're gifting one to someone in need at the same time!

Like I said, a brand that takes pride in their work AND gives back at the same time. Without a doubt the only reason you need to support a brand like Just Porter. Learn more about their Give1/3 Program here.

Checkout their entire line of backpacks here + one that's perfect for the office! Their bags are especially great for those of us who live in a large city and take public transportation or bikes to work/class. You can easily carry all your essentials in a Just Porter bag.

Buy a bag, and give one to a student in need now!

Photos by Nicole


The Weekender, Vol. 7

Throughout today's post I'm featuring photos of my mother's new sunroom! I shared a sneak peek on Snapchat (kroyster815) awhile back, but wanted y'all to see the finished product! I think it turned out so well, and I'm super disappointed that I didn't have this apart of my house growing up! So jealous of my parents right now, ha!

And another Friday rolls around! What a crazy week this one has been. Another debate, Kim K got robbed, there's only 75ish days till Christmas and oh, the Vols are still undefeated, ha. While these are the pop culture news of the week, let us not forget that there is some serious stuff going on in our world right now. Not to get too deep with y'all, but there are far more important things in life than Kim losing her jewelry. I'm glad she's okay and safe; I'm not insensitive by any means. But there are many who have been and will be hit hard because of the current hurricane down in the Atlantic. So let's just keep our focus on praying for those affected, who have lost loved ones or their homes, and understand the difference between what is REAL news and what's not.

Any who, rant over, ha! Sorry for the deep initial thoughts this week y'all. But I guess I just don't understand the news sometimes, or what people find "important and trending." But I digress. Aside from all this, it was a rather slow week for me. I caught up on a lot of rest and was able to find some time on Wednesday for a little wine night with a few of my sweet friends. It was so nice catching up with Katie, Monica, Jenn and Bree.

As for this weekend, not much going on. Hoping to find the time to switch over my closet, finish decorating my apartment for fall, shoot some new outfit pics with Nicole and of course watch the Tennessee game. What are y'all up to?

Since we've already sort of hit the highlights and lowlight of this week, let's move straight into some link love shall we? This week's is a little different. I added an extra section below, focused on ways you can give back this month during National Breast Cancer Awareness.

This week's link love:

As many of you know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. A cause that many brands are supporting, by creating pink or charity specific items. So I rounded up some amazing businesses who are giving back this month and which items specifically benefit this great cause!

  • Talbots blocked-stripe blanket wrap | donating 20% of the proceeds from this scarf
  • Loft is offering three different ways this year to give back! Learn more here.
  • Kendra Scott designed a collection entirely focused on raising awareness! 20% of all sales of this line will go directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 
  • Fig and Olive is offering a customized pre-fixe menu all month long! For each menu purchased they'll donate $10 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. 
  • Caribou Coffee is currently collecting tribute videos between now and October 18th. For every video received they'll donate $5 to the nonprofit CancerCare. All you have to do is submit your video on their homepage here
  • IT Cosmetics has teamed up with Ulta Beauty to feature a brand new foundation brush that is specifically designed for Breast Cancer Awareness month. The brush is pink and designed in a heart shape. For every Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush purchased, IT Cosmetics will donate to the American Cancer Society's Look Good Feel Better program.