One Dress, Four Seasons

One Dress, Four Seasons

The Dress

Chicwish kindly gifted me this gorgeous cream embroidered dress with tie sleeves that I was so excited to style this summer. As I began playing around with it in my wardrobe, I realized that this dress can actually be worn in EVERY season! One dress to wear in all four seasons. Talk about versatility & definitely getting your money’s worth. See how I’ve styled this classic dress uniquely for each season of the the year.


Spring

One Dress, Four Seasons

My classic trench coat is my go-to jacket to wear especially in the spring. It’s a great length, light-weight, & keeps me warm in the crisp spring air. For shoes, I went with a patent ballet flat. This pair is under $15 & is great to wear even on rainy days. What is spring without a few floral accessories? A pair of floral earrings & a floral print bag really brighten up this look. Lastly, a colorful pastel yellow pair of sunnies to welcome some warmer weather.

One Dress, Four Seasons

Summer

One Dress, Four Seasons

My designer dupe espadrilles are my favorite summer shoe, so of course I had to pair them with this dress. Warm tones have been my favorite to wear this summer like these orange cat eye sunglasses, this brown woven belt, & the floral scarf tied in a bow on my bag. To tie in with the bow on my bag & the tie sleeves, & paired this look with a simple pair of gold bow studs for an effortless look. What is summer without a great basket bag, am I right? It’s been a favorite of mine & you would not believe how affordable it is!

One Dress, Four Seasons

Fall

One Dress, Four Seasons

I wanted to play with a bit of layering for this fall look & decided to choose one of my favorite colors for fall to do so: camel. This camel turtleneck is so soft & is a great layering piece to add warmth to your look. Not to mention it matches my camel beret perfectly. I love the way this blush cardigan looks with the cream dress & the camel accents. It gives the whole look that cozy vibe. For earrings I went with these pearl earrings to tie in with the cream dress. Lastly, I paired these nude suede ballet flats & a dark toned bag for some contrast.

One Dress, Four Seasons

Winter

One Dress, Four Seasons

Yep, this dress even works in winter! I threw this oversized burgundy roll neck sweater over my lovely cream dress & paired it with a few other burgundy accessories. Berets really do add so much warmth in the fall & winter months which is why I have so many colors to wear almost everyday! I wanted to add my check coat to add a bit of structure to the look & tie in with my black box bag that’s one of my winter staples. If you’re worried about being cold in the winter in just a dress, remember you can always add boots, tights, or even fleece leggings underneath!

One Dress, Four Seasons

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Styling Day Dresses

Styling Day Dresses

Styling Day Dresses
Styling Day Dresses

Dressing For The Day

Dresses are definitely what I feel most comfortable in. They give me confidence, make me feel like such a lady, & bring me so much joy to walk, twirl, run, skip, frolic, & jaunt around in. Ok, so maybe I don’t skip on a daily basis, but I could & doing so in a dress is like living out my childhood dreams. If wearing dresses makes me this happy, then doing so should not be reserved for evenings & special occasions. No, dresses should be worn on the daily, exuding all the lady-like confidence & joy.

Let me share with you what I look for when shopping for day dresses, & how I like to style them for an everyday, casual yet sophisticated look.


Styling Day Dresses
Styling Day Dresses

What I’m Wearing

Floral Wrap Dress // Nude Ballet Flats // Brown Bag I Can’t Stop Wearing // Earrings // Pearl Ring // Lipstick // Sunglasses // Pearl Hair Clip


Styling Day Dresses
Styling Day Dresses


Styling Day Dresses
Styling Day Dresses

Choosing Your “No-Fuss” Dress

A good day dress is a “no fuss” dress, in my opinion. One that I won’t have to worry about revealing too much when I lean forward or bend over to pick something up. It’s comfortable, not tight, & makes you smile when wearing it. I love this classic wrap dress from Chicwish for literally all of those reasons. This dress is comfortable to wear. It’s a nice, no-fuss length, & there is even a small button at the top of the wrap to keep from revealing more than you’d like. I love the subtle & sweet blue & yellow floral pattern with the slightly puffy sleeves. Finding a “no-fuss” dress with great design details such as these ensures you’ll wear it with ease over & over again.

See a video of me styling 5 other day dresses here.

Styling Your Day Dress

Styling day dresses looks slightly different depending on the current season, but the same principles apply. For shoes, a classic ballet flat is a great year-round choice. In the fall & winter, you could also pair your day dresses with a pair of knee high boots, loafers, or oxfords. Choose the pair that will be most comfortable for your daily activities while still adding to that feminine, boss babe vibe.

A great bag like this embroidered brown bag I can’t stop wearing, is an ideal bag to have in your collection. It can be worn year-round & has that same “no-fuss” feel as your day dress. There are no zippers that get stuck, contraptions to maneuver, just a simple snap under the buckle for easy opening & closing. It also comes with a gorgeous embroidered crossbody strap for when you need to be hands-free!

Accessorizing your day dress should be minimal & casual, yet strategic & cohesive. Adding one simple hair clip adds a bit of interest to your look while also keeping the hair out of your face. Functional & fashionable! For earrings, I say go as big as you want! I love these pearl drops for a bit of intrigue & design detail while still being very minimal. Pair with your favorite everyday lipstick & a fun pair of sunglasses & your look is complete!


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Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Sunflowers
Sunflowers
Sunflowers

Sunflowers At Burnside Farms

A couple years back, I visited Burnside Farms durning the spring for their annual tulip festival. It was gorgeous & I MUST go back again this next year. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to go during their sunflower season because all the pictures I have been seeing on their Instagram have been giving me major FOMO. Yesterday, Ben & I finally got to take a little road trip up to see the gorgeous sunflower fields. To say is was dreamy would be an understatement. Plus, we went on a Tuesday afternoon so there weren’t many people there. We had such a fun time & even got to cut & bring home a few sunflowers as well.


Sunflowers
Sunflowers
Sunflowers

What I’m Wearing

Tie Back Red Top // Long White Tiered Skirt // Sandals // Bag // Bracelet // Lipstick // Red Flower Earrings // Floppy Hat


Sunflowers
Sunflowers


Sunflowers
Sunflowers

Our Happy Visit With The Happiest Flowers

On the drive home, we could not stop talking about how much fun we had in the sunflower fields. We loved walking through the classic sunflower fields & taking photos, but then we also saw some lovely white & burgundy sunflowers as well! Of course, we had to bring home a few of each color. They had chickens & turkeys on site as well which were thoroughly entertaining. I couldn’t help but think that one day when we have kids, we have to bring them back to see this. How much fun will that be?!

This was such a cute outfit to wear to the sunflower fields because the red & white really stand out against the flowers. Yesterday was my first chance to wear this dreamy long white skirt & I already can’t wait to wear it again. You may remember seeing it in a recent Sunday Try On where I mentioned that I had been looking for the perfect long white skirt for such a long time & this one is even better than I was expecting. It’s so light & flowy & is not see through either! An effortless white skirt like this is one is one I know I will wear for many years to come.


Sunflowers
Sunflowers
Sunflowers

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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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Designer Crush: Self Portrait

Designer Crush: Self-Portrait

Designer Crush: Self-Portrait

Master Of Details

Self Portrait is a designer I’m totally crushing on at the moment. His designs are simple, yet so intricate at the same time. These are some of the most universally flattering pieces on the market because of how classic the silhouettes are. They are both feminine & edgy by mixing feminine lace, colors, & ruffles with mesh, structured lines, & showing a little bit of skin. His pieces are so iconic & sought after, that many affordable brands are creating their own Self Portrait inspired pieces. I’ll share with you what to look for & how to get the designer look for less.


Designer Crush: Self-Portrait
Designer Crush: Self-Portrait

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Designer Crush: Self-Portrait
Designer Crush: Self-Portrait

Outfit Details

Red Crochet Dress // Scarf as Belt // Espadrilles // Earrings // Bag // Lipstick


Designer Crush: Self-Portrait


Designer Crush: Self-Portrait

How To Get The Look

To get this feminine & edgy look at an affordable price, all you have to do is look for the details. Keep an eye out for interesting crochet or lace patterns. Many times these details are in interesting lines or geometric shapes. Self Portrait is not afraid of color, but does some its best work in the most classic neutrals. Even this white dress I recently wore has very strong Self Portrait vibes. Finding these pieces in navy or black are a great, timeless staple to have in your wardrobe.

Customize Your Outfit

It’s your clothes, wear them how you want! This dress actually comes with a cute red collar attached at the neck. But when I was putting this look together, I loved how it looked when I just tucked the collar in! You can’t even tell! It’s almost like having two dresses. Also, I wrapped my cream silk scarf around my waist like a belt to put my own spin on this Self Portrait inspired look. Don’t let fashion or pieces of clothing confine you. You do you, girl!


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Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration

Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration

Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration

Even More Beautiful Than I’d Imagined

Before visiting Charleston, I thought it would be a beautiful city based on the photos I had seen from other Charleston based bloggers. Let me just say, it’s even more beautiful than I had imagined it to be. It’s so clear that the owners of each home take pride in the care & look of their property & gardens. Just visiting this city has inspired me to step up my game, put in the work, & take pride in my home. In this post I want to share with you all the spaces that gave me major home & garden inspiration in Charleston which I plan on bringing to my home.


Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration
Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration

Home Inspiration

Each home in this charming city had its own unique color palette. The houses were painted most commonly in dreamy pastels with doors & shutters painted in colors to perfectly compliment it. There were interesting windows, impressive porches or piazzas – what native Charleston people like to call them, & gardens instead of yards. Each home told a story & had a personality of its own.

This got me thinking. What story does my home tell? Does it give a good & lasting impression? Is it warm & inviting? This year, I want to write a story for my home by putting in work to then let the house do the talking. The colors, the textures, the right amount of whimsy & structure, the sweet city of Charleston has totally inspired me to incorporate these lovely traits into my home right here in RVA.


Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration
Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration

Outfit Details

First Look: Navy Button Front Mini Dress // Rain Boots // Sun Hat // Blue Gingham Bag // Flower Earrings

Second Look: Blue Floral Maxi Dress from Chicwish // Blue Espadrilles // Woven Belt // Basket Bag // Pink Flower Earrings

Third Look: Floral Wrap Top // White Denim Culottes // Blush Espadrilles // Trench Coat // Pink Bag (old, similar here)


Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration
Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration

In The Garden

I could talk about the gardens in Charleston for days! What a dream! You can tell how much thought & care goes into each home’s personal garden. First of all, the window boxes were to die for. They were bursting with the most stunning blooms, in colors that complimented the vibe of the house. I also fell in love with the way they used vines to line steps, grow in a pattern to decorate the side of a house, or to add the perfect amount of texture to a home, making it feel alive. Another garden detail I loved was their use of pots. We saw this when we were on our honeymoon in Italy (see here: 1/2/3), but the way they group pots together & use them to fill & decorate every space is just beautiful. I already know this will be an obsession of mine this season!

Dream Big

Being the dreamer that I am, I’ve recently dreamed some big dreams for our home garden (thanks to Monty Don!). I would love to have an arch of climbing roses to dress our front door & flowers in bloom during each season around the property. Another goal I have for our garden is to create a cozy space for us to sit outside & enjoy the nice weather. How lovely would it be to have a couch outside for Ben & I to cuddle up on or to entertain guest with? I also have a dream to build a back porch (or piazza) under a pergola someday.

One final garden dream I have is to have a garden full of blooms, kind of like a small scale farm. I would not only fill my home with the blooms, but give them to friends & put together flower arrangements either for a side gig or just for fun. Flowers just make me so happy.

What home & garden dreams do you have?

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