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


Anthropologie Jumpsuit :: Madewell Jacket :: Madewell Heels




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


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

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


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

Sweater Weather


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.


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



We took a morning off packing and unpacking this past weekend to head downtown to grab a cup of coffee and shoot. Instead of staying inside the city like we usually do, we ventured to the outskirts, and landed upon this bridge that overlooks the Raleigh skyline. Though its no NYC, the view was beautiful. I loved seeing my city from a completely different perspective, and admiring its buildings from a far.

The early afternoon sun was rising high in the sky just as we were wrapping up shooting, and the way it sparkled onto the train tracks below leading into the city, made me completely get lost in the moment and forget about all of the unpacking that lied ahead of me at home.

Photos by Ryan Sides


J.Crew Jacket (similar here) :: Frenchi Tank :: Madewell Skirt :: J.Crew Bag (similar here) :: Madewell Shoes :: Michael Kors Watch

Downtown Details


We had our first actually cool, fall-like day this past weekend. I took full advantage, and headed downtown for a morning cup of coffee. The air was crisp, the wind was blowing, and the sun was shining. It was an absolutely perfect morning. We took a walk to my favorite spot in downtown Raleigh. The architectural and structural details are so beautiful right outside of the History Museum.

It was so quiet and deserted this morning that I almost completely lost my bearings for a moment and felt as if I had stepped into a beautiful european town. Everything from the black grating on the windows to the arches on the buildings reminds me of something I would see in Europe. All I needed was a mug for my latte and a boxful of macarons and I almost would have believed I had up and moved to Paris.

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Photos by Ryan Sides


Lush Dress :: Madewell Heels :: J.Crew Bag (similar here) :: Banana Republic Trench :: H & M Earrings (similar here)

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The unofficial end of summer is just around the corner with Labor Day approaching this weekend – so for me, that means I almost have the green light to start incorporating my fall pieces into my daily wardrobe. Most of my day yesterday was spent outside, between enjoying one of the most delicious crêpes here, and walking around downtown with Ryan.

Although it was still much too hot outside to wear anything other than a loose fitting sleeveless dress, it felt appropriate to accessorize with darker shades, making me at least feel like fall. Maybe it was my imagination, or just wishful thinking, but by the end of lunch, the combination of shade and a slight breeze made the temperature ever so slightly chillier, getting me all geared up for the coming season.


Photos by Ryan Sides



Topshop Dress :: Madewell Necklace :: David & Young Hat :: J.Crew Bag (old, similar here) :: Madewell Shoes (old, similar here)