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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How To Be A Smart Shopper

How To Be A Smart Shopper

How To Be A Smart Shopper

Let’s Go Shopping!

Let’s be honest, we’ve all made bad decisions while shopping. Whether it’s spending too much on something, or buying something we don’t need or really even like, we’ve all been there. In an effort to stop making bad shopping decisions, I’ve put some new rules into practice to help make me a smart(er) shopper. Smart shopping means having more money in your bank account & a clear & curated wardrobe making putting outfits together a breeze.


How To Be A Good Shopper

Outfit Details

Whimsical Buttercream Mini Dress // White Espadrilles // Bow In Hair // Bag // Bracelet // Earrings


How To Be A Good Shopper
How To Be A Good Shopper

Before Spending Any Money…

First things first, before you go shopping, you first have to know what you actually have. I recommend going through your closet & taking a bit of inventory on the things you currently own. Having a good idea of what you already have will help you tremendously when trying to be a smarter shopper. This will help choose pieces that will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe.

Next is the fun part. It’s time to get inspired! I like to get my outfit inspiration from a few places: fashion blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, & my newest favorite, the LikeToKnow.it app, but you choose what inspires you the most. When you find an image or item that you like, save it, pin it, or screenshot it immediately to come back to when you’re about to shop.

Creating Wishlists

Finding images other places can be fun & inspiring, indeed, but let me tell you why using the LikeToKnow.it app might be the smartest decision when it comes to shopping. On this free app, you can follow fashion bloggers & influencers & see the exact items you’re inspired by right then & there. Not only can you see how much things cost, but you can also save items you love to wishlists within the app to come back to later! I’ve spent many hours doing this recently, because so many bloggers have been sharing amazing affordable options. You can also find all of my looks & exclusive content by following me (felixandflora) in the app.

You’re almost ready to go shopping! All you need to do now is make a list of items your wardrobe needs. Maybe that’s a classic trench coat, a LND, a pair of denim culottes, espadrilles, or some new accessories. Create your list of items & be specific. Think about the colors you want to look for that will go well with other items in your wardrobe. Knowing these specific details will make you a much smarter shopper. Now let’s go!


How To Be A Good Shopper
How To Be A Good Shopper

We’re Finally Shopping! Now What?

When you’re out shopping or even shopping online, & you find a piece you’re considering buying, it’s time for the interrogation process. Here are some questions to ask yourself: Is this the right color for my wardrobe? Will it flatter my body? & most importantly: Does this go with at least 2-3 other pieces in my wardrobe? If you can only think of one way to wear it with your current wardrobe, ditch it. You need versatile pieces that will ensure you’re making a smart decision by choosing to invest your money in them. If the pieces pass the interrogation, yippee! You’ve just added another lovely item into your wardrobe!

Immediately upon arriving home or receiving your items in the mail, TRY THEM ON! Not just alone, try them on with different pieces in your wardrobe & accessories. If you can’t make at least 2-3 different looks with them, send them back! Never be afraid to return items. In fact, the smartest shoppers return things frequently, because they only want to keep items in their wardrobes that bring them joy, inspiration, & versatility.


How To Be A Good Shopper


How To Be A Good Shopper


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The Sweetest Gingham Dress

The Sweetest Gingham Dress

The Sweetest Gingham Dress
The Sweetest Gingham Dress

Nothing Says “Sunny Days” More

Isn’t gingham the happiest print you ever did see? This must be why once the sun comes out & brings about warmer days, I gravitate towards pieces like this sweet gingham dress. This iconic print also reminds me of one of my favorite things to do this time of year…PICNICS! My girlfriends & I recently took a trip to Charleston & had the loveliest picnic one afternoon. What do you know, I wore a gingham top on the picnic too! Seriously, nothing says, “sunny days” more than a bit of cheerful gingham.


The Sweetest Gingham Dress
The Sweetest Gingham Dress

Outfit Details

Gingham Dress // Espadrilles // Pearl Bag // Earrings // Sunglasses // Jacket // Headband


The Sweetest Gingham Dress

Adding To My Obsession

I forget how attracted I am to blue until the weather warms up—then I’m utterly obsessed! Give me all the blue & white things! That’s why when I was browsing through Prim + Pop’s website & I found this dress, I knew it belonged in my closet. Not only is it blue & white, but it has the sweetest feminine shape. I love the square neckline combined with the back cutout & of course, the bow details. You wouldn’t believe how soft it is too!

I’m also realizing that apparently this shade of blue is my favorite at the moment. My affordable blue espadrilles are a perfect color match, & my newest flower earrings I’m so in love with are also in this shade. The earrings (see them on me here) are also really amazing Rebecca de Ravenel dupes! Get the look for less here.


The Sweetest Gingham Dress


The Sweetest Gingham Dress
The Sweetest Gingham Dress

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6 Steps To Spring Style

6 Steps To Spring Style

6 Steps To Spring Style

In Bloom

Spring, my favorite season, is in full swing & my heart is so happy. My garden is finally looking alive again & seems to be changing everyday! I’m keeping track of it on my Instagram so if you’re interested in seeing a bit of it, watch the highlight, “Our Garden”. Just as my garden is changing with this lovely weather, so is my wardrobe. Today I’m sharing 6 steps to spring style I use when choosing my outfit each day.


6 Steps To Spring Style
6 Steps To Spring Style

Outfit Details

Stripe Top (seen here) // Woven Belt (seen here) // Floral Skirt // Nude Heels // Bow Earrings // Woven Bag


6 Steps To Spring Style
6 Steps To Spring Style

Choosing A Color Palette

When deciding what I want to wear each day, I start with the color. My favorite way to choose what color to wear is by thinking about what I’m most excited to see outside in nature that day. For instance, if the sun is out & my yellow roses are blooming, I’ll probably be wearing yellow. Or if the sky is clear & blue, like it was on this day, I’ll wear my favorite bright blue shades. Connecting the colors you wear to what’s inspiring to you outdoors is the best way to have the perfect spring color palette in your wardrobe.

Pile On The Florals

This time of year, you can find me wearing at least one piece of florals on the daily. Whether it’s a dress or skirt like the one I’m wearing, or a floral pair of shoes, earrings, or bag, florals are something I just can’t resist. Wearing at least one piece with floral details really sets the tone for a spring look. But why not pile them on? Try mixing floral prints, & if this seems a bit scary for you, I promise you this post I wrote last year will help you feel like a pro.

Bright Accessories

While I do love color, bright white accessories are my go-to during the spring. They help brighten any & every look. The best part is they match literally any color you could wear this spring. So when you’re looking to invest in a new pair of statement earrings, choosing a bright color is always fun, but choosing a bright white in a fun shape like these bows I’m wearing, will ensure you will get the best cost per wear.


6 Steps To Spring Style


6 Steps To Spring Style

All About The Sleeves

Sleeve details that make interesting silhouettes are my secret weapon when it comes to creating the perfect spring look. Think ruffles, balloon sleeves, & smocking. For this look, even though both my skirt & my sleeves are a bit oversized & exaggerated, the top fits snug around my body to still gives me a flattering shape.

Add Texture

The very best way to add a bit of texture to your spring outfit is by pairing it with your favorite woven, wicker, or rattan pieces. Whether it’s a bag, a great pair of woven shoes, or some raffia earrings, this small detail brings warmth & life to an outfit. I just did a whole post on this topic, see it here.

A Fresh Face

You’re never fully dressed without a fresh face & a smile. A great fresh spring face first begins with good skincare (see these 4 skincare items I can’t live without!). It’s so important to invest in your skin & really take care of it well. The more you take care of your skin, the less makeup you’ll feel like you need to wear. A few key items to my fresh face include my Jouer Luminous Moisture Tint, the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk blush, & my favorite nude lip.


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Green + Yellow

Green + Yellow

Green + Yellow

Those Citrus Vibes

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m working on adding more yellow into my wardrobe & this dress is one of my new favorite pieces. My first reaction upon seeing this dress online, was to order it in a dreamy white shade, but when I saw it also came in yellow, I decided to take a chance & dive right in.

In my previous post, I talked about wanting to maybe do a full green & yellow look. I did not have an idea in mind for this post yet, but then I randomly one day tried this combination on together & it felt so right. The dramatic skirt of this dress in contrast with the green, more structured & formal feel of the jacket overtop is a look I’m totally in to at the moment. One thing I really needed for this outfit to truly come together was a great pair of green + yellow earrings. These BaubleBar earrings blinged out in lemons were an absolutely perfect match.


Green + Yellow
Green + Yellow


Green + Yellow

My Green + Yellow Look

This amazing bright yellow dress is definitely the star of the show. I know you will see me wearing this so much over the coming months because of how stunning it is on it’s own. For this post, I layered this vintage green houndstooth jacket with gold buttons (similar here), but wrapped the belt of the dress over it for a more flattering silhouette. A dress like this will look great with flats in the summer, but I loved how these ivory rounded toe, chunky heels complimented this look perfectly. For a bit of texture, I wore my classic, mini Chanel bag which tied in with the darker tones of my jacket.

This location was perfect with the green & yellow houses, but there was a salmon colored one right in the middle that matched my lipstick so well! I was wearing my new favorite: the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in the shade, Too Bad, I’m Bad. Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks are just the best. They last so long, wear so well, & feel so comfortable on the lips. You know I love my affordable products, but I will say, these lipsticks are worth a little splurge.


Green + Yellow
Green + Yellow

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The Perfect Outfit To Transition Into Spring

The Perfect Outfit To Transition Into Spring

The Perfect Outfit To Transition Into Spring

1 Outfit, 2 Ways

When I saw this adorable set on Chicwish, I instantly fell in love. Not only with the sweet floral design, but with the color. I’ve been desperately trying to find a way to add orange into my wardrobe & this two piece set was a perfect fit. You want to know the best part about it? The skirt is actually a skort! It’s the perfect piece to be care-free & twirl around in.

With warm weather just out of reach, I decided to try styling this set for colder days. But I also wanted to show you how I would style it on warmer days too, so I just did, even though it was freezing outside. Keep reading to see this lovely look transformed. 1 outfit, 2 ways.


The Perfect Outfit To Transition Into Spring
The Perfect Outfit To Transition Into Spring

On Colder Days…

When the weather is still cold, but I still want to wear something fun & spring-y, pairing this set with tall boots is perfection. In this post, I chose my brown knee-high boots, but a lovely pair of over the knee boots would suit this look beautifully as well. To tie in the warmth of the orange & the brown boots, I wore my brown leather jacket.

For accessories & added my newest bag in my collection that I’m so obsessed with. It’s totally affordable (only $14!) & comes with an embroidered crossbody strap as well. In my hair I added a whimsical gold butterfly headband. Honestly, this was probably made for children, but I just love it so I got it anyways. I also wore my orange cat eye sunnies, my large bow studs, & my cute daisy ear cuff.


The Perfect Outfit To Transition Into Spring
The Perfect Outfit To Transition Into Spring
The Perfect Outfit To Transition Into Spring


The Perfect Outfit To Transition Into Spring

On Warmer Days…

When things start to warm up around here, this set is the perfect transitioning piece. Not only can it be worn together, but the top can be worn with jeans or another skirt & the skort can be worn with a variety of tops. But for this look, I kept the pieces together & let my legs be free. I paired it with my new blush espadrilles (which are under $40 & super comfortable) & a cute basket bag. To add a bit of feminine flair to this outfit, I tied my Gal Meets Glam scarf in a bow on my bag & wore my Oscar de la Renta bow earring dupes.

*Styling Tip*

This top has long sleeves with a cuff, but on warmer days, just push the cuff above your elbow to create a fun billowy sleeve.


The Perfect Outfit To Transition Into Spring
The Perfect Outfit To Transition Into Spring
The Perfect Outfit To Transition Into Spring



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