Visiting A Butterfly Garden

Visiting A Butterfly Garden


Beauty Seeking!

Lately, I’ve been craving some beautiful & inspiring scenery. Traveling can be so life-giving, & since I’m staying in Richmond this summer, I’ve been determined to find that same feeling right here at home. There are so many beautiful things that surround us daily & I feel so lucky to live in such a cool city. But regardless of where we live, I’ll bet that if we make it our mission to open our eyes to seek the beauty around us, we just might find it. First stop, visiting a butterfly garden!


Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden

What I’m Wearing

Whimsical Dress // Espadrilles // Floral Bag // Polka Dot Scarf // Earrings // Bracelet // Lipstick


Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden

Our Day Date

When it comes to exploring new places, my favorite travel companion is of course, Ben. Luckily, he had a day off when it wasn’t too terribly hot & it wasn’t raining, so we took a day date to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Our first priority on this trip was to see their “Butterflies LIVE” exhibit, but we also spent hours roaming through the colorful & incredible gardens.

The butterfly garden was totally magical! I saw some of the biggest & brightly colored butterflies I have ever seen. Occasionally, they would land on us which was just one of the coolest things ever! We just stood there, watching, in complete awe of these whimsical creatures flying about, eating, & exploring the garden around them. I was giddy! Since around April I had been wanting to come & experience this place, & it exceeded my expectations for sure.

Dressed For The Occasion

Chicwish very kindly gifted me this dress (which I picked out) & even before receiving it, I knew this was the dress I wanted to wear upon visiting the butterfly garden. It was even better in person & I fell in love (see my initial try on here). The whimsical botanical print is to die for along with the sweet buttons & feminine ruffles, this dress is too cute for words. These earrings matched this dress PERFECTLY!

I decided to go all out with the prints to carry on with my whimsical theme. This cute polka dot scarf tied in a bow on a floral bag…because sometimes more is more!

Halfway through our day trip, Ben & I sat on a bench & we realized that our looks were totally coordinated & were on theme with our surroundings! No doubt, he’s the man of my dreams!


Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden


Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden


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6 Fashion Risks Worth Taking

Fashion Risks Worth Taking

Fashion Risks Worth Taking
Fashion Risks Worth Taking

A Fresh Start

In a bit of a rut with your clothes? I’ve definitely been there! This post is all about inspiring more creativity in our wardrobes & while we shop. Sometimes, all you need is a challenge, or to try something new to spark a bit of joy & inspiration within us. I have 6 fashion risks worth taking to share with you. Getting dressed should be an exciting part of your day. It’s a way to express how you’re feeling & make a great first impression. Let’s get risky!


Fashion Risks Worth Taking
Fashion Risks Worth Taking

Outfit Details

Orange Print Mini Wrap Dress // White Espadrilles // Bracelet // Pearl Clutch // Hair Clips // Pearl Heart Earrings //


Fashion Risks Worth Taking
Fashion Risks Worth Taking
Fashion Risks Worth Taking

1. Be Colorful

Around this time last year, I challenged myself to wear more colors. What’s so scary about color anyways? I dare you to wear a bright flippy dress like the one I’m wearing & not smile! No doubt the people around you will smile too. We need a bit more color in our lives.

2. Show A Little Skin

Why not? Show a little leg, a little chest, or wear a backless dress. Having a bit of skin on display makes you hold yourself differently, walk differently, & even act differently. Wear your skin with pride! There is no one else like you!

3. Mix Prints

Nothing excites an outfit more than a bit of print mixing! Whether you’re new to print mixing or you are a long time pro, check out this post to get the creative juices flowing.

4. Over Accessorize

Go big! Don’t be afraid to make a bit of a statement with your accessories. Wear a pair of big earrings, or fun hair clips, or a statement bag. Why not wear them all at once?! Have a little fun & don’t take yourself too seriously. (see my Accessorizing 101 post here)

5. Try Daytime Sparkles

Have a pair of sparkly shoes? Try wearing them during the day! Why not wear a bit of sparkle in your day to day life? Even if it’s a bit of sparkly eyeshadow like this one I’ve been wearing on the daily.

6. Be “Matchy-Matchy”

Instead of mixing prints, why not match them?! Try stripes on stripes, or florals on florals, or even houndstooth on houndstooth. But you can be matchy-matchy even without prints! Go for a monochromatic look like this one or this one.

Fashion Risks Worth Taking
Fashion Risks Worth Taking


Fashion Risks Worth Taking


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My Most Worn Summer Shoe (It’s A Designer Dupe!)

Designer Crush: Self-Portrait

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If You Buy One Pair Of Shoes This Summer…

We all want that one pair of shoes that will go with everything. That one pair that is both stylish & comfortable & can be dressed up or down. Now what if I told you I’ve found that magical pair for under $50?! That’s right! These classic white espadrilles are an amazing designer dupe you need in your closet. If you buy one pair of shoes this summer…

BUY THESE!

This is not sponsored or anything, I’m just genuinely obsessed with these shoes & the amount of photos I have from just on year of wear can prove that! I love being able to share my affordable fashion finds & this is one of the very best ones.


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The Designer Dupe!

This pair of espadrilles look EXACTLY like the Castaner designer pair, but for less than half the price! When I first ordered them, I was a bit worried that the material would feel cheap or that since they were white, they would get dirty very quickly. I have worn them literally so many times & they look good as new! These gorgeous shoes are amazing, & you just can’t beat the price. In fact, I’ve just ordered another pair, the white lace version this time. I cannot wait for them to arrive! Be watching for them on my Instagram stories…

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Cones, Prints, & Red Lips

Cones, Prints, & Red Lips

Cones, Prints, & Red Lips

Hello, July!

Summer is in full swing & it’s hot, hot, hot! If you’re like me, you’re reaching for those easy, breezy pieces to wear & eating plenty of ice cream to keep cool. Plus, the 4th of July is THIS week! I thought I would share with you what I’m wearing this year to celebrate. I also posted my Red, White, & Blue Favorites recently, so make sure you check that out if you need more festive outfit inspiration.


Cones, Prints, & Red Lips
Cones, Prints, & Red Lips

Outfit Details

Button Front Midi Dress // White Espadrilles // Hair Bow // Red Lipstick // Bracelet // Woven Bag // Striped Scarf (old from J. Crew, similar here) // Earrings 1 & 2


Cones, Prints, & Red Lips
Cones, Prints, & Red Lips

The Dress

This tie sleeve, button front midi dress in red check is literally my 4th of July dress of dreams. It’s made of cotton, making it super breathable & perfect to wear on hot summer days. Not to mention, it’s on sale & comes in 7 different colors & patterns. The only thing I would say about this dress is that the top is a bit snug. I would consider sizing up.

How cute does this vintage looking bow look with this dress? I love the subtle print mixing to create that bit of intrigue in the outfit.

Keeping It Cool

Ice cream is definitely my favorite way to keep cool during the summer months. If you live in Richmond, you have to head to Scoop for some of the best ice cream in the city. I got a double scoop cone with strawberry & sweet basil with was such a delicious combo. The basil took me right back to all the fresh basil we ate while in Italy.

I will say, eating an ice cream cone with a bold red lipstick was a bit challenging, but it was so worth it! How can you not wear red lipstick on the 4th of July?! I’m wearing my favorite red, So Marylin by Charlotte Tilbury, which is my perfect true red.


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Cones, Prints, & Red Lips


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Feminine Shorts

Feminine Shorts

Feminine Shorts

How Do Shorts Fit Into My Wardrobe?

I sometimes have a hard time finding shorts that still have that feminine feel. When searching for the perfect pair, I look for feminine details that will help elevate my look & make a fun statement. Today I want to share a bit about this super cute outfit I’ll be living in this summer. Also, I’m rounding up my favorite feminine shorts on the market right now!


Feminine Shorts
Feminine Shorts

Outfit Details

Wrap Top // Floral Shorts // Lace Flats // Basket Bag // Toile Scarf // Earrings // Pearl Clips // Bracelet


Feminine Shorts
Feminine Shorts


Feminine Shorts

Mixing Florals

This outfit perfectly displays print mixing that follows all the rules I outlined in my Print Mixing For Beginners post. The contrasting sizes & common color palette help make these pieces a perfect match. Also, I love the silhouette this outfit creates. The high waisted shorts combined with the wrap top & puffy sleeves make that classic feminine shape I’m all about.

What To Look For…

When it comes to searching for the perfect pair of feminine shorts, there are a few things I tend to look for. First off, I don’t want them to be too short or too tight. I like my shorts to fully cover me so that I can even bend down without fear of showing more skin than I would like. This goes without saying, but of course they will also have to be high-waisted. I can’t comfortably wear non-high waisted things anymore. What can I say, I’m hooked!

As far as details go, I love these shorts because of the lovely floral print on display. Not to mention this is a Laura Ashley print which I have loved basically my entire life. I search for those details like a fun floral print, bows, or a unique color to make a statement & bring that feminine flair I love so much.


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What’s In My Beach Bag?

What's In My Beach Bag?
What's In My Beach Bag?

A Little Throwback

We are throwing it back to our honeymoon in Italy with these photos. We spent 2 full days on the beach eating pizza, swimming, & most of all, people watching. While lounging in total bliss, there are a few items in my beach bag that I found particularly useful. These things were easy to pack & made transitions before & after the beach a breeze.


What's In My Beach Bag?
What's In My Beach Bag?

Get The Look


What's In My Beach Bag?
What's In My Beach Bag?

Beach/Pool Day Essentials

The first must-have item for your next beach/pool day is a great beach bag. One like this one that is large in size with durable straps is great if you’re not a minimal person, like myself. This woven one is slightly smaller but equally as cute & perfect for those beach vibes. Then, you have your classic accessories like a fun pair of sunglasses, a beach towel (Try these microfiber towels! They dry super fast, pack small, & don’t get sand trapped in them!), a sarong, a floppy hat, & a great pair of sandals. Next, I always have a pack of makeup wipes on hand, because the mascara dripping down the face look is never fun.

For sunscreen, I like to use at least SPF 50 on my body, but on my face, I use my Coola Makeup Setting Spray with SPF 30. I’ve used this for years! It’s perfect to use & reapply whether you have makeup on or not. Also, on long days out in the sun, it’s so important to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, so have a large bottle on hand.

When I’m not in the water, I either like to listen to music (Taylor Swift’s playlist on Apple Music is so good btw) or read a good book like this one or this one.

After Pool Essentials

This bikini bag was given to me as a wedding gift, & man was it so useful! It was the perfect size to store our wet bathing suits without getting the rest of our things wet.

To freshen up my body, I bring my favorite travel size deodorant, a yummy fragrance, & my go-to lip balm. Then for my hair, I spray my Ouai Sun Of A Beach Ombré Spray for that sun-kissed look & once it’s dried I spray a bit of my Ouai Wave Spray for the perfect beach wave look.


What's In My Beach Bag?
What's In My Beach Bag?
What's In My Beach Bag?

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