6.25.2015

A Weekend in Charleston for #SBScon

It's almost that time y'all!! In just a few short hours, I'll be hopping on a plane with three amazing friends to Charleston, South Carolina for the weekend. We're heading down South for the Southern Blog Society Conference and will be staying at the Belmond Charleston Place hotel. It's going to be a fabulous few days with 75 bloggers from across the southeast and southwest. (Image via)

There will be so much to share with y'all upon my return. Till then, follow along on social media. I apologize in advance for the mass amount of Instagrams coming your way, but there will be so many fun moments to share. So I've decided to do this week's #FollowFriday a day early. Be sure to follow all of these lovely accounts + me, this weekend! Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend and see you back here next week!

Follow Kristyn:
Follow the hosts My Style Vita + Poor Little It Girl
Follow the hotel + event space, Charleston Place

Also be sure to follow the hashtag #SBScon for photos + tweets from the other 74 bloggers attending!

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6.23.2015

Prepping for a Weekend in Charleston


If you didn't already know (cause I've been talking about it for weeks!!), I'll be heading down South to Charleston this weekend!! I'm so excited for a fun few days in one of my favorite cities.

While a few days away from DC are definitely in order, this isn't necessarily going to be a vacation. Okay, okay... it'll mostly be fun + play. BUT the reason I'm traveling there is to attend the Southern Blog Society Conference.

Around 100 or so bloggers from across the southeast and southwest (they're joining this year!) are flying into Charleston for a few days of fun, networking and mingling with other bloggers + brands, learning ways to grow our blogs, etc. Just looking at the schedule for the three days I'll be there, my mind is already racing with all I have to do to prep. It'll be fun, but the most jam packed weekend for sure. I'll share more about how you can follow along, later this week!

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As I prep for my trip to Charleston, I wanted to share with y'all some of the goodies I'll be packing in my suitcase. I'm also sharing my packing strategy over on my friend Julie Leah's blog, so be sure to check that out as well.



When it comes to packing for any trip, I try to pack the least amount of stuff as possible. Mainly because I tend to bring back more than I arrived with. However, for a blogger conference with some of the most fashionable ladies around, there's no such thing as packing light, ha!



Travel Outfit: When it comes to traveling and rushing through the airport security lines, I'm a pro. I guess I owe it to my daily routine of going through metal detectors at work. So I tend to opt for something simple, comfortable, and minimal. 

I will be wearing one of my summer go-to's... a lightweight Polo Shirt Dress and carrying a light jacket (similar) in case I get cold on the plane. Slip on sneakers are best for sliding on and off during the security line, and great for that quick run to your gate in case you're late. 

When it comes to jewelry, less is more. That is, less you have to take off and makes for happy travelers behind you! Opt for a watch, so you're always on time, and a simple tassel necklace (no metal in it!).



Speaking of watches... how awesome is this JORD wood watch (c/o)?! I've been wearing watches for years, and no outfit is complete without one. I love this particular watch because it's extremely lightweight. Why? Cause it's made of wood! How cool is that?! JORD offers watches for men + women, and in several styles + finishes.

Mens Wooden Watches
I love this light wood color, with the rose gold plate. It's just the right neutral colors, that it works for pretty much any outfit. It's also perfect for summer, because it isn't extremely heavy. You also don't have to worry about it getting wet, or sweat from the summer heat ruining it!



What I'm taking: Even though I'll definitely be taking more than I need, I'm attempting to pack strategically. Meaning: focus on bringing extra outfits, but narrow down my accessories. I don't need 5-6 bags or purses. I've narrowed things down to all clutches, aside from my carry-on of course. They're smaller and take up less space. I'm also trying to conserve shoe space by bringing along neutral options that'll go with any outfit.




This trip is also different than most, as I need to prepare for business too. Meaning I need to make sure I'm fully stocked on business cards + media kits. There will also be mass amounts of social media going on and zero time to recharge my phone. So I've found the perfect charger to bring along. It holds 4 full charges + you can charge two phones at once. A quick way to make friends with a new blogger who has a dead phone, ha!



What I'm wearing: While vacations usually result in easy packing... mostly taking bathing suits, cover-ups, and dresses... this one is a whole other ballgame. Everyone will be dressed to the nines, all the time. So I've gotta dress to impress! My wardrobe will consist of mostly dresses, with some easy outfits for sightseeing and touristy things. Can't wait to share more with y'all in some brand new outfit posts, upon my return.

Anything you think I should take with me? Any must-sees or dos while I'm in Charleston? Let me know in the comments below. 

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6.18.2015

Thursday's 10 Thoughts, Vol. 12



Its definitely been awhile since the last edition of Thursday's 10 Thoughts, so I thought i'd bring it back this week. Mainly because I have some fun links to share + snapshots of the perfect summer outfit. I decided to combine them both into one post. Lucky y'all!

Before we hit the ground running on links I love, let's chat a sec about this amazing outfit.


To me, summer is all about bright colors and Aztec prints. Not only are the bright colors cool, they make you look amazingly tan. Which is a major plus in the summer months. I love this J.Crew shift dress. It's last season, but a major summer staple in my closet. Have already worn it several times. It's super easy to throw on after a day at the pool, and head out for a quick dinner. Or dressy enough to wear to a brunch with friends. Best part is, it has pockets!! I love pockets on a dress. Total must. I linked to a few similar options from J.Crew for y'all below!!

Sandals // Purse (vintage, from Eastern Market) // Ring


Now onto the fun stuff... my thoughts for the week:
  • While it's still technically spring, I've been wearing summer staples for weeks now. I'm putting together my summer go-to look outfit for a new post next week + will be sharing what's on my summer bucket list. If you have any ideas on what I should include, leave them in the comments below. I've got a few ideas in mind, but would love to hear what's on your bucket list!
  • Loft is at it again, with a brand new version of my favorite midi-skirt (and in a new color too)!
  • I realize gingham for summer isn't a revolutionary idea, but this dress tops the list as one of my summer must have dresses. It's simple and flowy; perfect for keeping you cool, yet stylish in the summer months.



  • OMG y'all!! Kate Spade NY just released their holiday line, and it.is.AMAZING!! While most of the pieces are out of the box, statement accessories... I love them all. Everything from the ice bucket purse to the camera phone case. Definitely adding this phone case to my wish list. Need.it.now.
  • I'm obsessed with this Elite Daily column. Red wine vs. white wine drinkers, and their characteristics. While I'd say I lean more to the white wine (love me some pinot grigio), I enjoy a nice glass of red too. Most of these facts are pretty accurate for me, however a few are not. That may be the one glass of red wine a week talking. Which one are you?!
  • Aside from my favorite sandals, these babies have been my summer go-to shoe. Everything from running errands, to nights at the ballpark. They're super comfy and easy to slip on when I'm on the go!
  • The moment we've ALL been waiting for is here... there's finally going to be a taco emoji, plus 30+ other fabulous new additions!! 
  • I recently discovered another hilarious video series from Buzzfeed. This guy named Matt puts together a weekly video rant (if you want to call it that), called Whine About It. Where he drinks an entire bottle of wine and proceeds to rant about his topic of choice. This video is absolutely hilarious (I apologize in advance for the profanity!!).
  • LOFT is having an amazing sale today!! 40% off EVERYTHING!!! I always love a good LOFT sale!! Happy shopping :)
  • I'm heading to Charleston next week (as if you already didn't know) and found the perfect clutch to bring with me. It matches most of my outfits and is totally on trend. 

Happy Thursday y'all! ONE more day till Friday + the weekend. Make today count so you can enjoy the few days off (outside by the pool, hopefully!). Xo

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6.17.2015

Preserving Memories with Project Repat



When I was in college, I LOVED ordering event shirts. I ordered them all. Whether that be sorority tanks, club t-shirts, mixer shirts or buying Sigma Kappa block letters in every fabric/color possible.

It was definitely the "thing" to do in college. That's all we wore. An oversized frat T and our norts (Nike shorts). I refused to hop on the chaco trend (sorry y'all)... so tennis shoes it was. This was my normal class attire. Again, it was totally the thing to do.

Post college, I went from owning the latest in campus fashion... to being a t-shirt hoarder. It's definitely no longer the "thing" to do in the real world. I have a few favorite shirts and tanks that I wear around the apartment, to run errands or at night when I sleep. But for the most part, my college shirts have sat in Rubbermade bins in my closet or buried at the bottom of my dresser drawers.

I've been wondering for awhile now what I could do with the mass amounts of shirts. I didn't want to donate "letter" shirts to Goodwill, nor did I want to throw them out. That's when the most brilliant idea fell into my lap (no pun intended). Why not have a t-shirt quilt made?!



I have a quilt on my bed now, that has all my swimming t-shirts from the 12 years I was a competitive swimmer (fun fact, if you didn't already know). I get so many compliments on my swimming quilt, so why not make a blanket that I can use while lounging on the couch, that has all my sorority t-shirts?!

So I partnered with Project Repat and Her Campus to create the perfect memory preserver. I can stay warm with my new blanket, but at the same time enjoy the memories I made from all those fun events in college.

Project Repat was SUPER easy to work with. They send you step-by-step instructions on how to create your blanket, as well as a pre-paid envelope to ship your shirts back in.



NOW, let me say. When I first got the envelope, I thought it was tiny. I was like, "there's no way in heck I can fit 16 shirts in this tiny bag!!" BUT, if you watch their short tutorial video + read the instructions, you'll need to cut the t-shirts in half and only send the side you want to be placed on the blanket. Thus, making all your shirts fit in that tiny little bag.

The turnaround was quick too. Project Repat has the quickest turnaround on the market... about 2-3 weeks. Not too long of a wait. There's also a rush option too, if you need the blanket sooner.

When I received the blanket, it was exactly how I wanted it. I love how they used a fleece lining, so that the blanket is comfy and warm. It's also super easy to wash. Just like you'd wash a load of t-shirts.

This is a GREAT idea for all you sorority alums or post grads. Whether you were in a Greek organization or not, you can tailor this blanket to whatever organization you participated in. A t-shirt blanket is also a great idea for your boyfriend, or take all your dad's old high school/college sports shirts and surprise him with the perfect gift. The options on how to personalize your blanket and preserve memories are endless!!!

Checkout Project Repat and watch the short video below. Let me know if you have any questions about the blanket or working with Project Repat.



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**This post is sponsored by Project Repat and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Primp & Proper possible!**

6.15.2015

Over the Weekend, Playing Catch Up

So it feels like it has been forever since I've been on the blog! I'm sure you guys feel the same way, so my apologies for keeping you waiting for a new post!!

Last week was EXTREMELY busy for me. Honestly, this entire month is. Not sure what it is about the month of June, but it seems like anyone and everyone wants to cram every single event or trip into one month. You know there's 11 whole other months people, ha! But I digress. I'm totally not complaining, because I'm having a blast!! Just hate having to pick and choose what I do and miss some awesome events along the way (still have major FOMO from last week's Blogger Scene).



Since I had so much going on last week and over the weekend, I decided to take a mini "blog vacay" so I could focus on having fun and enjoying the few days I had with family and friends. If I'm being totally honest, I really really enjoyed the break. It was nice to focus solely on being in the moment, and not worrying about rushing home to finish tomorrow's blog post. It was also a much needed break, because I've felt a little "blog burnout" lately.

BUT with that said, it was extremely refreshing and rejuvenating. I had such a fun few days, and can't wait to share with y'all all that we did, as well as photos from the past week/weekend!

Now that I've gotten my blog vacay over with, it's time to play some MAJOR catch up with y'all!!! My apologies in advance for the long post, but there's SO much to share with y'all!! Let's break it down....

The Roysters visit DC --

My parents came into town last Tuesday, as they usually do once a summer. They spent a few days in Virginia Beach prior, so they were nice and rested and ready for a few action packed days in the District.



Tuesday: night I had a few friends over to cookout with my family. A few of them have met my parents before, so they really wanted the chance to get to say hello. There were also some friends and a special someone who hadn't met Momma Suze or Papa Royster, so this was the perfect chance. We grilled out some amazing chicken, corn, broccoli (it's amazing on the grill), and my mom made her delectable "death by chocolate" dessert! It was a really fun night on the rooftop!

Wednesday: my father and I headed up to Merriweather Post Pavilion to see my FAVORITE band in the entire world perform. I've been a Mumford & Sons fan since their first album, and when most people in America had no clue who they were.



I remember watching their concerts online, just so I could get more of my Mumford fix. I was lucky enough to see them here in DC two years ago, but now that they're HUGE it's hard to get tickets. Thankfully, the best father in the world got me tickets as an early birthday present!! It was the perfect father/daughter night. I didn't think Mumford could top the first concert I went to, but somehow they blew it out of the water. If you ever have the chance to see them in concert... GO!!!



Thursday: my family and I headed up to Camden Yards to watch the Red Sox vs. Orioles game. My brother is a HUGE Red Sox fan and my dad is a HUGE Orioles fan. So for the past few summers I've lived in DC, we've all gone to the game. While I try to remain neutral, since I'm a Nationals fan all the way, I was persuaded this time to don Red Sox gear and cheer them on. I guess I wasn't much luck, because they lost. #whoops



Friday: morning my parents packed up and headed home. It was hard to say goodbye, cause I always enjoy having them here for a few days. Luckily, I'll get to see them in just a a few short months in Nashville for my friend Ashton's wedding.

Sigmas in the city --

After my parents left Friday morning, I did a quick turnaround of the apartment and prepared for two of my good sorority sisters to visit. My little, Randi, and good friend Paige (who's also a fellow blogger), headed up here on the MegaBus. I've been begging them to visit, and it was the perfect weekend for them to do so.



Friday: I took the day off from work and waited for them to arrive. Once they dropped their stuff off in my apartment, we headed to the Adams Morgan area for lunch and ate at Southern Hospitality. We then stopped by one of my fave boutiques, Violet. I am working with Violet Boutique on a fun collab for my blogger conference in two weeks, so there will be more to come on that!!

After some shopping at Violet, we headed to Georgetown. We stopped in a few stores, and decided it was just too darn hot to shop. So we walked down to the Georgetown waterfront and grabbed drinks at Sequoia.



They have the perfect outdoor setup with cabana chairs and umbrellas. We sipped on some delicious mango margs, and chatted for several hours. Afterwards, we headed home to change and ended the night with a delicious dinner at Policy on U Street.

Saturday: was the most chill day. We woke up early and caught a few hours by the pool.



We then enjoyed an AMAZING lunch at Agua 301 down by the Southeast waterfront (in the Navy Yard). If you're in the area, I HIGHLY recommend it. Probably the best steak tacos I've ever had in my life.

We then came back to my apartment and relaxed before getting ready. We wanted something fun to do Saturday night, so it was the perfect timing that this weekend was the 35th Annual Capitol Hill Club Anniversary gala.



It was the perfect excuse to get all dressed up, and then meet up with some of my friends. Afterwards, we popped over to El Centro to meet up with some of my coworkers and friend + blogger, Jenn.



Sunday: we surprised one of my good friends, Paris, for her 30th birthday at Red Rocks on H Street. We got all her friends together for a yummy and bottomless brunch. Definitely a must do if you're in the DC area. We know how to do brunch.



Now I'm exhausted again --

HA it never fails. I always need a vacation, after the vacation. While it was a fun few days, I am so ready to relax... again. BUT that's not going to happen. The next two weeks are even busier (if that was even possible). I've got SO many fun things coming up this week and next, and then next weekend I head to CHARLESTON!!!

So I guess I'll rest, when I'm old or something, HA!! How was y'alls week/weekend?! Do anything fun?? Can't wait to share some brand new posts with y'all this week and get back in the blogging groove. So stay tuned and have a marvelous Monday!! Xo

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6.12.2015

Follow Friday - June 12

Wow, what a week y'all! So sorry that I have been a little MIA this week, blog wise. The whole month of June is crazy, but this week especially is jam-packed. I have family in town all week, and then two sorority sisters coming into DC for the weekend! So I wanted to be able to devote my full attention to having fun and hanging out with them. Not to worry though, I'll be back next week with all new posts and recaps from the fun things we've been doing!

So without further adieu, let's get right into this week's Follow Friday... featuring one of my favorite Etsy shops, best friend + blogger, one of my favorite local boutiques and a fellow Tennessean who's a friend and fashion blogger!



First up, one of my favorite Etsy shops... perfect for all you Girl Bosses and hostesses!



@studio_pep // I stumbled upon this Etsy shop while I was searching for decorations for my friend Ashton's Bridal Shower. I was immediately obsessed!! They have the most amazing decor I've seen and offer a plethora of items to choose from. Everything from flamingo cupcake toppers, to ice cream shaped balloons, to mini banners that are perfect for your desktop computer. I want it ALL!! She even has a pineapple balloon!! Perfect for your summer parties and totally on trend right now.

I ordered one of their sparkly large banners for my friend's shower, and everyone raved over it! I'm really excited to announce that I have a fun collaboration with Studio Pep coming soon! I'm going to be reorganizing and decorating my desk area, and will be adding some awesome Studio Pep touches to the design. Cannot wait to share with y'all soon!!

So I highly recommend you follow Studio Pep + checkout their Etsy shop. Adrianne (the shop owner) is the sweetest and so excited about every customer she works with. The turnaround from purchase to doorstep is super quick too. Now all you have to do is come up with an idea for your next party to host!


@jennrog // The greatest thing about blogging is that I get to meet so many new people. I've become quite close with many of the fellow bloggers I've met along the way. One of them in particular is Jennifer Rogers from Southern Anchors Blog.

Jenn and I met at the winter Blogger Scene (if you live in the DC area, you should definitely look into attending one of these "parties with a purpose") and immediately hit it off. Our personalities are pretty much identical. She's basically the brunette version of me. It's great! We've become super close, even outside of blogging (she's a great matchmaker I hear ;)), and she's one of the lovely friends traveling with me to Charleston in a few weeks. I'm sure there will be lots of "twinning" instagram pics to come out of that weekend!

Any who, y'all should definitely follow Jenn because she seriously has the CUTEST outfits and finds the most unique accessories! She loves bright colors and tassels, so you'll love seeing what new outfit of the day Jenn comes up with. She shares her daily outfit inspo on Instagram, and on her blog as well.



@shopvioletdc // When I first moved to DC (and still do), I loved exploring the various neighborhoods of the city (more like shopping my way through). I am a huge fan of supporting local businesses, so I really enjoy discovering a new shop or boutique.

A few years ago, I stumbled upon Violet Boutique in the Adams Morgan area. I absolutely loved the selection they offered, but more importantly, I was shocked at how decently priced everything was. A lot of boutiques up here tend to be very expensive and offer designer brands. With my young professional salary, I just can't afford that. So I was ecstatic to find Violet Boutique.

Y'all should definitely checkout their Instagram for outfit inspiration, and if you're in the DC area you should most certainly pop into the store. I'm heading there today actually to meet with the owner, Julie. I'm super excited to be working with Violet Boutique on a fun collaboration, coming soon!!



@amelia.xvi.styles // I'm SO excited to share with y'all a friend from college, fellow blogger and Tennessean... Amelia from The Sunday Styler blog. Millie and I met at the University of Tennessee, when we both were serving as sorority chapter presidents. She's such a sweet friend and has some amazing ambitions. She's even started her own business.

Millie hasn't been blogging long, but has amassed a HUGE following very quick. She has a very unique approach to her blog. All week she'll share black and white images of an outfit on her Instagram. Then on Sunday's, she'll share the full color images and outfit details on her blog!! It's a very unique idea and I know y'all will enjoy following her too!!

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**All photos via respective blogger or shop.

6.05.2015

Follow Friday, June 5

Happy Friday y'all!! Hope you've got some fun weekend plans coming up. While you wait for it to be 5 o'clock somewhere, here is this week's edition of Follow Friday! Enjoy and have a great weekend y'all!!



First Up...

@liz.adams_ // The blogger behind Sequins and Stripes, Liz has got to be hands down one of my favorite daily reads + Instagram accounts to follow. I absolutely love her style and have purchased many items that she has shared. Her photos are always so visually appealing and she really showcases the Chicago area well. One of my favorite reasons for following Liz, is that she really does a great job in connecting with her readers/followers. She shares a lot about her personal life too (she's having a baby!!), which really helps you feel like you know her. I don't know about y'all, but I prefer to follow bloggers or other accounts that I can relate to. So Liz is someone you should definitely follow!



@juliengarman // Julien is another one of the first DC blogger friends I made when I was starting out. I actually met her via Twitter!! How cool is that? We started chatting back and forth and decided to finally meetup. We've been IRL (in real life) friends ever since. She blogs over at It's Julien and has some of the greatest photos around. Aside from blogging, she also does photography and is pretty killer at it too. Julien has shot lookbooks for several shops here in DC and they've all turned out amazing. I highly recommend following Julien, because I know you'll love the content she creates and enjoy seeing the gorgeous photos she shares!



@shopcandyapple // I recently stumbled upon this boutique and have been obsessed with pretty much everything they've shared. While they don't have a website, you can easily shop from their Facebook photos or Instagram account. They provide their shop phone number and all the details you need for ordering. I saw this gorgeous multi-color tassel necklace last week on their Instagram. I called the next day and ordered over the phone. The necklace arrived to my doorstep a few days later. It was so easy and the quality for cost is wonderful. Not to mention their products are so on trend right now. Think "tassels" everywhere!! I can't wait to share more from them!



@lesleyannemurphy // You may recognize Lesley from Sean's season of the Bachelor. I initially started following her because well, I'm a huge fan of the show and she was from DC. So how could I not?! Since then, I've kept up with her because her photos are so visually amazing. Lesley currently lives in Argentina as a luxury travel blogger, so she's constantly sharing some of the most gorgeous pics from her travels. Yes, I am very jealous of her life.


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6.04.2015

Colorblock





Colorblock Dress Alternatives 

One of my favorite patterns for summer is color blocking. I really love how you can take several colors, that normally wouldn't go together, and pair them into a really nice piece. This dress has been one of my favorite for years. While I got it several years ago at Belk, I've linked a few similar options above.

Another one of my favorite finds, ever, is this fitted navy blazer from Banana Republic. I snagged this beauty during a winter final sale at their Georgetown store. I had been searching for months for the perfect navy blazer. Between sifting through unfitted and shoulder pad blazer options, I thought I would never find the perfect jacket. Till I walked in BR that day. I spotted it out of the corner of my eye and purchased it before thinking twice. It has hands down been the best staple purchase I've ever made. Don't you just love when that happens?!

I paired the two pieces with my favorite block sandal, making for the perfect summer work appropriate outfit.







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