Fall has seriously been the best in North Carolina! There are so many fun things to do, and there’s a nice chill in the air without being frigid so you truly can enjoy lots of outdoor activities. So, I’m sharing my highlights of things you must do this Fall while in North Carolina. Happy Fall…
There’s no secret here. Fall demands a statement over the knee boot. The problem I find is it’s hard to find a comfortable pair at a price that doesn’t completely break the bank. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve splurged on the designer version, but I’ve also found and saved on the most comparable version in style and comfort. So you’re kind of talking to an over the knee boot…
You guys! I can’t even begin to explain to y’all how excited I am for Fall! Can you just say it with me here now a few times so I don’t say it a million more times in this post…Fall, Fall, Fall, Fall, Fall! It’s officially Fall, Yay!! Ok, so you’ll have to excuse my slight over excitement here but for good reason. Don’t forget that you’re talking to a born and raised Florida girl, and it’s my first time officially experiencing a true Fall season now that we live in North Carolina. And now, there’s no better time to…
Hello friends and welcome to my second Fall blog of the season! Fall is finally just a couple of weeks away now and I’m so excited and in full on prep mode for one of my favorite seasons! I have a love for all things Fall. However, having always lived in the South, (previously near the water in Florida) I’ve found it challenging in…
Eeeek! Peace out Summer, Hello Fall! I am beyond excited to experience the season change here in NC! We escaped to Chicago for the Labor Day Weekend and got another taste of some pre-Fall temps with crisp 60s and 70s. So it had me itching to share some style tips on pre-Fall fashion and what I’m wearing and loving…
With New Arrivals At Loft
It’s here! If you watched my Instagram Story then you already had an exclusive first look at these new arrivals. I can’t get over how cute some of these new pieces at Loft are! So many great dresses perfect for Thanksgiving, as well as some casual, comfy and cute tops to wear for your upcoming Holiday meal!
I’m literally obsessing over the Reindeer Sweater. I shared this style tip once on my stories but I’ll share it again, if you want to wear this reindeer sweater with leggings, maybe while decorating for Christmas, then you have gotta size up one for the appropriate length. Otherwise everything fits TTS. Loved hearing your excitement in your responses to this try on session full of cute new arrivals! Have fun shopping it all now and as always reach out if you have any questions on anything!
Full Fall Wardrobe Refresh at The Grove Boutique WP
If you’re looking to update that Fall wardrobe with some pretty beautiful pieces that will surely make a statement at all of your upcoming social gatherings, than you are in the right place girl friend. The grove is a local boutique in Central Florida that I love to go and get my shop on at. Retail Therapy, say it with me now y’all.
It’s nestled away in the charming Winter Park right off of the Avenue and has lots of finds you won’t see anywhere else for Fall. If you missed my latest Instagram TV featuring a full overview of the boutique and a try on of these gorgeous Fall pieces, then head on over to my page to watch. You won’t want to miss this especially if you’re local to Central Florida. Everyone else don’t worry I’ve got you covered. You can easily shop their items on-line, and you’ll find my full shopping cart below, so you can also add to cart. Happy Fall Outfit Shopping loves!!
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Adding color to your Fall Front Porch Decor & staying on budget
Can I just say for the record, not only do I believe in Pink, but I believe in COLOR! It just so happens that one of my favorite colors is Pink, and I actually incorporate it into all of my seasonal decor. No longer are the days where you have to save pink for Valentines day. In fact, I even have blush and rose gold tones incorporated into our Christmas tree. And I must say, it looks Spectacular. IN fact, its my most popular PIN on pinterest. More on that this upcoming Holiday season but for now we’re talking all things Fall!
Here’s how you can add a pop of pink (or your favorite color) into your Fall front porch decor without being too feminine or tacky looking.
First, If you haven’t seen my Instagram TV titled “Adding color to your Fall Front Porch Decor”, then click here to watch that short video first. You may save yourself some time reading and shopping this post.
Leaving off from the Instagram TV tutorial, basically I have my splurge worthy staple pieces (like my Zoey urns, Nantucket tall tapered Planters, and short square planters by the steps, plus my furniture- Swing, Rockers and blush bench) that I leave on my porch year round. Simply head to your local Hobby Lobby store and rotate the florals for the season in those. Each season Hobby Lobby puts their florals/seasonal decor on sale 40% off which is how you can stay on a budget while creating something uniquely you and out of this world gorgeous. I ordered on Amazon (also available in your local craft store typically) these square foam inserts that I use as the base filler in each planter or urn to stick the seasonal florals into so they don’t blow away.
While I definitely don’t swap out my porch furniture (even my blush pink bench), I definitely do swap out my throw pillows to tie into the Season. The best part is, once I’ve picked out my florals and throw pillows for the coordinating season, I simply store everything to use again the following year. I like to jazz things up a bit though for a fresh look each year by swapping out minute things like the real pumpkin stacks I created leading up my doorstep, and this year I added mums. Adding mums is just me naturally challenging myself in attempts to find my green thumb. We’ll see how that goes this year. Otherwise I’m all about the faux florals. No shame!
I also swap out my door mats for each season, and you can click here for the adorable one I found that reads “This house runs on pumpkin spice and everything nice”. What I do keep year round is the layering pink check door mat that is underneath each rug (exact pink check layering doormat here).
Oh and last but not least to tie in the pink, I found warm pink faux florals that I added into the gorgeous light up sunflower wreath I ordered on-line last year. I also added these florals into the wreaths I placed around my Zoey Urns. This ties in the layering pink check door mat. On the blush pink bench I picked a fall pillow that the print had pink tones in the leaf. And I also added some fall like burnt orangey pink florals into the planters behind the bench. Again tying it all together. When all is said and done I have to say my favorite thing on my porch is my zoey urns and the sparkly pumpkin trio stack I found at homegoods for just $30! Happy Fall Decorating Y’all!
Everything available to order online is linked in the images below here for Y’all
How I styled one skirt two ways for Fall
Is it just me or is Fall totally made for cute skirts, carnivals and candy apples?! I have the best memories as a child attending Fall carnivals! While everyone else was going for the caramel apples and funnel cakes, I was all like step aside fair food, I’m here for the candy apples, and not much has changed!
Did you all do this kind of fun stuff for the change in season growing up? I loved it! My favorite ride(s) were definitely the scrambler and tilt-a-whirl! Anyone else remember those rides?
As an adult attending your local Fall Carnival can be just as fun for a day date or something different to do outdoors in the evening as the weather continues to slowly but surely cool down. Bring on the sweater weather friends! And with that, the versatile skirts, over the knee boots, and cute booties.
The first time wearing this skirt, with it’s warm caramel color, I decided to cool it off with a grey sweater. This Sweater was under $50 too and reminds me of the Gucci pattern, making this look paired with some OTK boots, chic and glam. Instead of simply tucking it in, I opted to tie a side knot as a more unique way of wearing the sweater comfortably while showing off the cute zipper detail on the skirt. I hate when I tuck a sweater into a more form fitting skirt at the hips like this one, and then can see the line of the sweater. Making the decision to wear it as shown with the knot detail even easier.
The second way I wore this skirt was by pairing it with a plain black crop top (also with a knot front detail) to continue displaying the detail in the zipper on the skirt as well as its fit & flare style. I opted for some leopard booties this time to jazz it up so it wouldn’t be too plain wearing solids on top and bottom. The colors also coordinated nicely together.
Let me know if y’all decide to try these looks and which one you liked the best! Everything I’m wearing here fits true to size, making on-line shopping the look even easier.
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Oh my gosh y’all! I did my first Instagram TV and I am so excited to be launching it in collaboration with Lilly Pulitzer! The Resort 2018 collection went live to shop today and is full of gorgeously intricate details like ruffled hemlines, frilly collars and sleeves, embellished pearl details, delicate luxe fabrics, and elegantly designed whimsical patterns.
If you watched it you got an exclusive first look at the resort collection and the many ways you can style each piece. Hope you have a bright, Sun-shiney Day friends!
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Photography and Videography by Carolina of Montes Digital
Here’s how I styled this Fall Crop top
First, can I just tell you how much I am loving this green color for Fall?! It’s one of my favorites. I have always loved it. I think partly because I have blue green eyes and depending on what I wear (Blue, or green) it makes my eyes pop and pull either more blue or green. Regardless of your eye color, this a classic color for Fall and you’re going to see lots of shades of it this season.
I love this top, it reminds me of a gingham print. For a more coordinating and feminine look I paired it with the matching high waisted maxi skirt. For a sexier look with an edge opt for the denim and up the glam factor by adding a designer bag and/or belt. You can splurge on those accessories because you’re saving on these jeans and sunnies. The jeans are my favorite UNDER $100 denim (size up one they run small and are slightly stretchy), and the sunnies are Le Specs look alikes coming in under $10. They definitely add that retro feel that I just love!
Professional Photos by Montes Digital
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This sweater and scarf will surely keep you warm and cozy! It’s super thick and insulated and so cute! I love the pastel colors in the scarf and this is proof of yet another way you can style your outfit for Fall and include the rainbow like colors that you love! It would also look cute with some camel color OTK boots to pull out that same color in the scarf. Being it is still pretty warm in the sunshine state, I opted for some breathable light blush booties. Shop all outfit details below, and PS the sweater is on sale 40% off!!
Lip color is by Tom Ford in color Pink Tease
Photos by Montes Digital
All American Girl
That’s correct. One all American Girl doll named Samantha coming right up! In all seriousness y’all, I was immediately drawn to this dress from the September Gal Meets Glam collection, but it wasn’t until I received it in the mail and tried it on did I realize why. And just like that, it clicked. The dress is full of nostalgia and charm for me, for when I looked in the mirror I was transported back in time to when I received my first and favorite American Girl doll, Samantha (click here to see her). Isn’t it interesting how the subconscious mind works, just naturally pulling me towards this beautiful piece?
The dress literally felt made for me, and the whole American Girl look including the knee high socks and bow was not intentional until all the sudden it became very intentional! It seriously was just the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, wrapping up the weekend with happy memories and child-like giddy.
SeaCrest Equestrian Center is thoroughbred beauty (pun intended). The grounds are full of southern humility and grace. It’s simply put, stunning. The stables made me feel like I was straight out of a storybook (except maybe playing the role of Felicity instead of Samantha). You can sign up for riding lessons for all advances or simply board your horse there. With its luxury resort like feelings, if I had a horse of my own and lived in Central Florida this is surely where he or she would find their home sweet home.
Bree is the owner and her sister Brooke helps run things. She realized pretty early on in her life that caring for, teaching and showing horses was her passion and she turned that passion and dream of hers, albeit the risky choice, into a reality and a successful one nevertheless. I admire that entrepreneurial drive in any woman I meet. Her daughter Bella was the sweetest little thing, introducing me to all her horsey friends. She especially loves the little one—Blueberry (who made her debut on my insta story). I think its because they’re both small, so cute and have the same bangs! What an adorable afternoon!
Let’s talk about my new best friend for a moment though. Meet Jake. The absolute sweetest, most darling horse I have ever met. Bree was not kidding when she said he’s like a puppy who will follow you around. I took riding lessons for about 2 years but a very long time ago, and Jake has me wanting to potentially re-establish that passion of mine. He is that sweet y’all! All in all it made for quite the picturesque Sunday and I would love to go back any time they’ll have me. '
For More information on SeaCrest Equestrian Center click here.
Beautiful photo’s were taken by Carolina of Montes Digital- Check her out here.
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Lip colors are a blend of base- Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte in color Red Carpet, and Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color in Parisian Red
Colorful Cardigans at Old Town Carnival
Y’all know I loooove me some color! So I am soooo happy that these rainbow colors aren’t going anywhere for the new season, making it super easy to continue incorporating this trend into your Fall wardrobe.
Simply scoop up a staple piece cardigan like the one I’m wearing (it’s under $50 btw) and mix and match it with your denim (as shown), and earlier in the week I shared an Insta story try on session where I paired this cardi with a mustard yellow, tunic type dress and slides. It’s Extremely versatile and cozy because you can wear it with any of the colors in the cardigan, or go for a more modern look with an all white denim and tank ensemble!
I have to say, I was such a tourist in my own town this day. We had such a fun time exploring Old town in Kissimmee. It’s a retro themed carnival experience full of classic American fun and style! So there’s an old fashion soda fountain complete with ice cream, a ton of classic cars, a beautifully colored ferris wheel, a cute cotton candy and candy apple stand, and of course a carousel. Not to mention all the fun touristy type shops with eclectic finds. Oh and they even have the “Tilt A Whirl” ride!! That was seriously my favorite as a kid! This would make for such a fun day-date spot for something out of the ordinary if you live in central Florida! Happy shopping my colorful outfit details and top picks from Red Dress and Bloomingdale’s below!
My top 3 picks from RD Boutique
1 similar style at Bloomies
The rest of my look here
Bloomies Navy Fall Floral Dress under $100
Morning Pumpkins!! I can't believe I am saying Happy November! Halloween is over and it will soon be on to the hustle and bustle of the Holidays! I don't know about you guys, but I am trying to stop and smell the fresh air and savor every moment of the Fall season!!
I recently found the perfect dress - Molly Bracken Floral Print Dress - for doing just that, in a fabulous Fall color Palette. It's a lightweight black material with patterned Navy and lilac colored flowers all over. I paired the dress with these festive velvet Sam Edelman navy booties (for under $200) to add some additional texture and interest to the look, as well as to make the Navy color pattern in the dress pop!
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Cashmere Cold Shoulders for Fall
I am absolutely loving this cashmere forest green cold shoulder top available exclusively at Bloomingdales! It is actually on sale right now too at an incredible price for cashmere. It comes in four colors and fits true to size (I'm in a Small). I paired it with these rich camel colored riding boots and these true blue, classic distressed jeans by AG. My boots are last season's Tory Burch Boots but I am linking this years in place of them. It's a perfect casual, yet put together Fall style and right now is the perfect time to stock up on these Fall essential at Bloomingdales because they are doing their buy more save more event. Basically if you spend $100-$249.99 you take 20% off your purchase, and 25% off $250-$499.99 or 30% off $500+.
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It's the Stuart Weitzman Trunk Show at Bloomingdales #InOurShoes
OMG you guys! Of allllll the amazing Designer Shoe Brands out there (and I love me some shoes), Stuart Weitzman is one of my all time favorites! They are always trend setting, stylish, and they are actually comfortable! No wonder I love them so much. Also T. Swift has been spotted in so many of their amazing shoe styles, and I'm clearly a fan. She wore custom ones on her 1989 tour and last years NYFW Taylor was spotted in these gorgeous velvet ones that I love!
Needless to say when I found out about the Trunk Show this year at Bloomingdales at The Mall at Millenia Orlando, I was over the moon!
The Stuart Weitzman Traveling Trunk Show starts this Thursday 10/12th and goes through Sunday October 15th from 10AM-8PM. They will have exclusive styles not normally carried in store from the Fall/Winter 2017 collection, that will only be available during this event. So if you're an Orlando local and have had your eye on a pair of these but Bloomies hasn't had them, they will at this event! Perfect time to try on and shop what you've been eyeing down this season. Happy Shopping friends!!
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Thank you to Millenia Bloomingdales for sponsoring today's post!
How to rock the trend while keeping it light and feminine
Featuring Banana Republic's Fall Fashion currently 40% off
I'm absolutely loving the edgy Camo trend this Fall, but at the same time found it a struggle to figure out how to combine it authentically with my girly, feminine style. So what's a girl to do? I had a girls day with one of my Besties at Banana Republic, drawing in her stylish advice! Success! Everything is literally on sale 40% off right now (even the new Fall collection) at Banana, which was a major plus, making some great Fall staple pieces affordable.
To combine this Camo trend into my feminine style, I chose to pair it with a High neck ruffled chambray blouse, and high waisted skinnies. The chambray is another classic trend, and the soft blue ruffles keep it light and fresh while pulling out the color of my eyes. Paired with the edgy green colors of the Camo, it put a nice modern twist into my usually all girly wardrobe. I kept it classic with my blue skinny jeans and added a touch of glam by adding the Ferragamo belt. In my opinion, the black booties set the Camo jacket off by adding more edgy, raw vibes.
*Sizing Info: Camo Jacket - XS (for a more fitted look), Jeans - TTS 25, Chambray blouse - S, Booties - TTS 7 1/2
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Fall Fashion at Millenia Fashion Week #MilleniaFashionWeek
This Fall season it's all about kicking it up a notch in shades of Red (even from head to toe if you dare), crushing it in Velvet details (including cold shoulder tops, dresses and shoes), and strutting your stuff in edgy step hem denim with embroidered or embellished details.
You'll be seeing dainty Victorian details in feminine lace tops, more of the cold shoulder trend we've come to love so much, and forget fifty shades of Grey...I'm talking fifty shades of bold, hot, fiery RED. I'm all about this as I love a classic red lip and this color in general. Personally, this time of year, I tend to go for a pretty crimson wine colored Red like what I'm wearing. And just because it's Fall doesn't mean you have to throw out beautiful blush pieces. It's the perfect feminine color to add in as your neutral, like I've done with these GORG velvet booties!
If you're speaking my language now, you're excited for Fall Fashion! And speaking of, I am getting so excited for The Mall at Millenia Fashion Week! I've seen a sneak peek from the many amazing boutiques, and am just giddy over everything that's in store for you Fall Fashionistas! Trust me, you are not going to want to miss the events this year at The Mall at Millenia, Orlando.
Here's the details broken down so you can start planning for the events you want to attend.
1. Kicking the week off, my personal favorite, Fashion's Night In. This is a glamorous celebration on the runway, featuring best in class brands on Thursday September 14th at 5:30 PM in the Grand Court of the Mall. We'll be sipping on specialty Tito's cocktails while DJ M-squared sets the vibe, and artists draw up some fashionable sketches! Some of the featured brands participating on the runway, include Bloomingdale's, 7 for all mankind, BCBG Maxazria, kate spade new york, White House / Black Market, and more. All funds from the event benefit "Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida "and tickets ($25/person) are available by clicking here or heading to CentralFloridaHomeless.org. After Party is at Earls Kitchen + Bar -Cheers Y'all!
2. For some family oriented fun, join us on Saturday September 16th at 2 PM (Grand Court area) for the Fashion For All Runway Show. Some of your favorite brands, including Lilly Pulitzer, GAP and Macy's (to name a few), will be there showcasing the latest in Fall Fashion for the everyday lifestyle. This event is open to the public. Spoiler Alert: There will be plenty of the newest Fall Florals and Velvety Trends to catch your attention and send you into this fashionable season.
3. Last but not least, on Sunday September 17th at 9:30 AM, there will be the anticipated, premier Fashion Brunch and Boutique Stroll. Hmmm, can you say Brunch, Bubbles and Shopping?! They had me at Bubbles. All funds from this event benefit "Runway to Hope" and it begins in the Grand Court. Tickets ($125/person) are available to scoop up by clicking here or heading to RunwaytoHope.org.
I look forward to seeing many of you lovely Ladies there!!
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***Also Linked below for you, a preview of my Fall Favorites that you'll be seeing more of if you attend the events at The Mall at Millenia***
SHADES OF RED
LUXE EMBELLISHMENTS & EMBROIDERY
Featuring Cute Kimono's and Cut off Booties
If you live in a warmer climate state like I do, you know how real the struggle can be when it comes time for Fall. I'm seriously praying to God in Heaven that he sends Fall to Florida this year...PUHHLLEEEZEEE!!! It's so stinkin' hot here, and everyone's all excited for Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Fall fashion, and I am all over here like, here we go again! Can we just see like high 70's? LOL
In a perfect world I literally would want to fly to a cooler weather climate each and every weekend to enjoy the crisp air, the fall scents, and the toasty-tasty beverages (not to mention the chic and cozy FALL FASHION!!). Since that most likely will not be my reality (but hey you never know!!), I'm sharing some tips for how to start transitioning your wardrobe to Fall before it actually cools off.
Tip #1 of the day. Select a pair of breathable ankle booties like mine that can be worn with or without a light sock. I love these because they are light weight and the perforated detailing around the edges not only adds style but actually makes them breathable. They also dip down low on each side, leaving room for air to flow and your foot more exposed. They're really comfy and fit like my normal boot size- 7 1/2. Comes in several colors.
Tip #2 of the day. Select a pretty, flowy kimono to add to your ensemble, whether it be paired with a dress, denim, or tank and shorts, this instantly adds another layer that won't make you sweat. And we all know Fall is about those gorgeous layers, materials and textures. You could go with a deeper Fall colored one if you're really ready, but I'm still slightly holding onto some sunshine with my floral-blush pick. Happy Shopping!
PS- The most important thing here, is that TAYLOR SWIFT literally comes out with a new song tonight after three years! Who else is excited?!?!
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