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New Year’s Jumpstart

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One of my favorite parts of fashion blogging is the ability to be creative and go outside of the box. When I first tried on this jumpsuit weeks ago, the lady letting me in the fitting room said to me, ‘Oh, I love this. It’s so outside of my comfort zone but it has ended up being one of my favorite pieces.’ I shrugged it off as a sales tactic – until I put in on. I was instantly in love. I owned nothing else like it, and suddenly felt more daring slipping it on. I love how a piece of clothing can suddenly make you take on a while new personality and confidence.

Naturally, since this piece is slightly outside of my comfort zone, Ryan and I decided to take some creative liberties with the shoot as well. We did our first ever night shoot – and while it may have been freezing cold, there was something fun and mysterious about shooting in the dark. I love that with blogging, it’s okay to try something different, find what works and what doesn’t, have have a ton of fun along the way.

Photos by Ryan Sides


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Anthropologie Jumpsuit :: Madewell Jacket :: Madewell Heels


Gridlock

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One of my favorite movies (like most girls) is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. While I love every single outfit she wears throughout the movie, there is one in particular that has always been my favorite. It’s towards the end of the movie, when she is in a turtleneck sweater, trousers, and loafers – that’s my favorite look (you can see it here). This sweater really doesn’t look like the one she wore at all, but anytime I see a chunky, cropped turtleneck sweater, it instantly makes me want to pull my hair back, put on some bright red lipstick, and embrace my inner Audrey.

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I wore this out to breakfast over the weekend, and despite the freezing cold gusts of wind (you can probably tell from my face in some of these pictures), the thick and oversized neck on this sweater kept me surprisingly warm. I seem to be on a bit of a black and white bender lately – but it makes it easy to accessories with festive pops of red this time of year!

Hope everyone had a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!

Photos by Ryan Sides


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JOA Sweater :: Madewell Pants :: Metallic Belt (similar) :: Hobo Clutch :: Madewell Booties


Capes Away

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I think it’s safe to say that this has been my most anticipated post of the year. Ever since August when I first found this cape, I’ve been waiting for the weather to get cold enough for me to wear it (and not look foolish for busting out my coats in 70 degree weather). This cape is everything – I feel like I’m bundled up inside the coziest blanket.

The other morning was freezing cold. Not only was it cold, but it was also incredibly windy. It was the perfect morning to give my cape a whirl. It kept me so warm and toasty, despite the winter like weather. Best part about it? It can be thrown on top of everything and instantly make you feel elegant and sophisticated.


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HELENE BERMAN CAPE :: FRENCHI LACE TOP :: MADEWELL PANTS :: NINEWEST BOOTIES (SIMILAR)


Sweater Dress Occasions

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The weather in North Carolina this week is all over the place. We went from 70 degrees one week, to having high’s in the 30’s the next. Luckily, this sweater dress has been perfect for both occasions. I was able to wear it during our warmer days the last couple of weeks with a pair of flats, and it has easily transitioned into our colder days when paired with tights, booties, and a classic trench.

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It may be too bold of a statement, but this dress is possibly one of my favorite looks. I love a simple striped piece topped with a iconic trench. This dress is so versatile, I have already paired it with several different scarf, jacket, and shoe combos. I think I’ll be looking to invest in more classic, staple pieces, just like this one.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend – get ready for an influx of holiday inspiration the next month!


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FRENCH CONNECTION DRESS :: BANANA REPUBLIC TRENCH :: NINE WEST BOOTIES (SIMILAR) :: MADEWELL SCARF (SIMILAR) :: A.J. MORGAN SUNGLASSES :: J.CREW BAG (SIMILAR HERE)


Back to Basics

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We all have them – those days when nothing in our closet fits, and the things that do fit, are just too fussy to wear. I woke up the other morning feeling that way – I had intentions of wearing a dress and tights out to grab my morning coffee for the day, but everything I looked at appeared uncomfortable and uninspiring.

It’s mornings like these that going for classic basics is what works best for me. If I put on my favorite striped tee, a comfy pair of denim, and a staple coat, by the time I walk out the door, I feel confident in what I am wearing, and don’t end up regretting my decision halfway through the day. This look may not be groundbreaking fashion, but these pieces (in combination with going for an all-black look), are definitely what I would consider my “comfort clothes”. They are tried and true staples that can never let me down.

Photos by Ryan Sides


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Tulle Coat (similar here) :: Striped Shirt (similar here) :: Madewell Pants :: Nine West Booties (similar here) :: J.Crew Bag (similar here) :: Madewell Rings


Sweater Weather

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We had our first truly cold day in Raleigh this past weekend. While I’ve had no shame wearing my chunky sweaters and turtlenecks in 70 degree weather, it finally felt like it was an appropriate time to bring out my sweaters, jackets, and tights. Fall is definitely my favorite season to style for – the more layers and heavy fabrics, the better. I love coordinating different textures and weights together to create the perfect seasonally-appropriate look.

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Ryan and I took a walk this past weekend through one of our favorite parts of downtown – Historic Oakwood. The old victorian homes are beautiful (we love to play the game “haunted or not haunted”), and the leaves were just starting to turn bright yellows and fiery oranges.

Just as it started to sprinkle, the wind knocked the leaves off of the trees, and dropped perfect reds and yellows all over the sidewalk. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of my feet! Though I wanted to stay and play in the leaves forever, the rain picked up, and we headed indoors to grab a chai latte and warm back up.


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J.Crew Jacket (similar here) :: Anthropologie Turtleneck Sweater :: Madewell Skirt :: Nine West Booties (similar here) :: J.Crew Bag (similar here) :: Madewell Bracelet 


 

Weekend Daze

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Weekend days are rare and precious to me.  I’m working most of them, so whenever I have a morning, evening, or whole day free, I try to take advantage of every moment. As much as sometimes I want to sleep in – I’ll push myself to get up early with the sun, go grab some coffee, and make the most of my days. Sometimes it’s these early mornings that hold the most fun and spontaneous plans (as it usually just includes random wandering).

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This past Saturday was cool and breezy – a quintessential fall morning. Ryan met me out early to grab some coffee and shoot, but we ended up on the top floor of his new work parking deck. The view was stunning. I could see out over almost all of downtown Raleigh, and the sunshine and the morning haze made everything below seem quiet and still asleep.

After taking in the views, I finally got the grand tour of Ryan’s new work building (Citrix – which is amazing!), and wondered around downtown for a little while longer. It’s unexpected mornings like these that make me appreciate life the most, and remind me not to take any moment for granted.


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Madewell Shirt :: French Connection Pants :: Zara Scarf :: BCBG Booties (old, similar here) :: West Elm Clutch :: Madewell Ring