10.27.2016

World of Vera Bradley Event with Macys

Today's post was previously scheduled before this past Tuesday's post. First off, I have to say a huge thank you to everyone who read the post, commented, tweeted, shared the post, etc. The support was overwhelming! I'm so thankful to have such wonderful friends and followers :)





Block Heels: Violet Boutique DC (similar) | Clutch: Vera Bradley (c/o) 
Photos by Rosa Loves DC

Like I mentioned in Tuesday's post, I'm shifting my blogging focus to only feature content that is important to me, and meaningful. And today's post is definitely both of those things.

I've been a fan of the Vera Bradley brand for years. I remember carrying my quilted backpack to class all throughout high school and college. I had a Vera Bradley lunch bag, Vera Bradley planner and notebooks. Even my curling iron had a quilted cover. While I have the most fond memories of the old Vera Bradley, they've recently rebranded in a HUGE way.

You'll still find items in their infamous quilt fabric, but VB has expanded their products to be for ALL women. Not just the younger generation. They're experimenting with new fabrics, shapes, leather and more. I'm seriously in awe at how perfect their new collections are. And I'm not just saying this to say it. I only feature brands that I personally love, would purchase for myself and others, and those brands who put a lot of love and attention into the quality of their products. That's exactly what Vera Bradley does!

With that said, I'm SUPER excited to announce...



That I'm partnering up with Vera Bradley to host a holiday shopping event at their World of Vera Bradley Pop Up Shop at the Macy's Huntington Mall in Barboursville, West Virginia! The event will be held next Saturday, November 5th from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (address is: 500 Mall Road, Barboursville, West Virginia 25504)

We'll be talking holiday fashion and gifts, and I'll be sharing my must have Christmas gifts you should add to your list asap + give as gifts to your best friends!

There will be a DJ spinning some tunes, a photo booth, delicious popcorn, giveaways and gifts with purchase! WOW, it's going to be a fun afternoon! I can't wait to see everyone there and meet those of you in the area. It's also not too far of a drive from Tennessee or Kentucky (hint hint friends!!)! So come on over and let's get to tackling that Christmas shopping list!

Here are a few items you can expect to see at the pop up shop...







I also wanted to talk really quickly about the outfit I'm wearing. The entire look is from Violet Boutique here in DC. It's my favorite DC boutique, and offers a huge selection of pieces that are ALL under $200. Nothing is over $200, so the shop is super affordable on a young professionals salary.

If you're in the DC area, I highly recommend stopping in. I really love their on trend selection!!







A HUGE thank you to Vera Bradley and Macy's for sponsoring this post and event. While compensation and product were provided, all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Primp and Proper going. Xo

10.25.2016

Keeping Up With the Joneses

It's funny... words usually come to me quite easily. If you know me, you know I'm hardly ever lacking in something to say or how to say it. Probably the main reason I was a journalism and communications major. But today's post sadly didn't come to me quite as easily. I probably wrote this three or four times before combining all the rough drafts into today's final version.

I apologize in advance for the length, but I feel it's worth the read...



I hinted in last Friday's post that some changes were coming to this site and for me as a blogger. Now before y'all stop reading and write me off, hear me out. I assure you that I'm not going anywhere as a blogger and nor is this site. So let's continue :)

I'm merely shifting focus. But before I explain how, I first need to talk about why.

It all comes down to the question, "What fulfills you?"

It is a question that I've been asking myself a lot lately. As well as others have been asking me. Whether it be my mom or my Pastor at Church, this question has come up a lot more recently.

I'll admit something...

I've struggled with pressure almost my whole life. It's something I'm sure many of you struggle with as well, but some are more open to admitting that than others. But I've never shied away from being real and honest with y'all.

It's not the kind of pressure that comes from others though. It's the kind I place upon myself. Whether it be pressure to be the best I can at work, or pressure to get married, or pressure to find that next step in life or even pressure to accomplish the smallest task. I can be pretty hard on myself, and find at times I focus on the "what didn't" rather than the "what did."

Boom... that's quite the realization and admittance now isn't it?

But the first step toward combating a problem is realizing you have one, right?

This pressure finally came to a head a few months ago when I felt extremely overwhelmed and was constantly having anxiety about life, but mostly blogging. Ask any blogger; there's a constant feeling of needing to be better in the back of your mind. Produce better content, share better photos, gain more followers, and grow, grow, grow. There's nothing wrong with that! We should all want to be better and grow, right? Especially if your goal is to blog full time (kudos to those ladies/gents. Y'all are the real MVPs).

But I let that pressure escalate in a negative way. It drove me to the point where I was hating what I was doing, and was turning down opportunities to do things away from the computer or phone. Things that I love doing and that fulfill me.

I remember sitting on my phone posting a photo on Instagram. This was a few months back. I was really happy with how it turned out, had a killer caption and was very proud of what I had shared. That lasted all about 5 minutes till I scrolled through my feed and instantly started comparing myself to every other blogger. I was trying so hard to keep up with the Joneses, only to realize that it wasn't even worth keeping up with (in relation to me and what I wanted from blogging).

That is when I decided enough was enough. I realized that I had steered so far away from my original intent of starting a blog. It was supposed to be fun. And I told myself the day it started to not be fun... stop.

So I put blogging on the back burner and started spending more time offline.

Once I switched gears, I realized that blogging doesn't fulfill me the same way it used to. I want to get back into swimming and running, I want to cook dinner after work more, actually finish a book and I want to spend more of my free time getting involved at my new Church. And I want to spend time with my friends who have blogs, not just blogging about them. These are things that fulfill me.

Now don't get me wrong, blogging still fulfills me in a certain way too. But not in the way I had been doing it most recently. I didn't start a blog to make money, but to write. Writing is something I'm very passionate about.

Thus, I'm shifting focus on here. I'm going to get back to writing meaningful content, like today's post, and sharing things that truly matter to me. I love cooking and entertaining, and decorating my apartment. I love traveling and exploring DC. So I want to focus my time on doing things that fulfill me offline, and then sharing that online. No more filler content, or posting because I feel like I need to check in.

You're probably thinking, "okay so what does this actually mean?" It means I'll still be blogging, but not on a consistent basis. Some weeks there may be three posts (there will still be style content and holiday gift guides, don't worry!), but other weeks there may be zero. I'm going to blog when I have quality content to share. And I'm going to stop putting the pressure on myself to keep up with everyone else, as well as stop apologizing when I just don't get it all done.

Aside from this site, I'll still be maintaining all of my social media platforms daily. Honestly I'll have more time now to focus on growing those and sharing peeks into what I'm doing offline. That's a win there!

I hope y'all will stick with me, and hear me out on this. Basically I want to bring you quality over quantity. Less is more. I'm not going to be a top influencer and I never wanted to blog full time. So I merely want to focus on the other things that fulfill me offline too. I'm hoping this will come across as more interesting and genuine in the content I do share with y'all, and take the unnecessary pressure off my shoulders.

As always, I appreciate your support. Have a great Tuesday!

10.21.2016

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!















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10.14.2016

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!)



10.13.2016

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.













10.11.2016

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


10.07.2016

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.