A Touch Of Sparkle

A Touch Of Sparkle

A Touch Of Sparkle
A Touch Of Sparkle

The Look I’m Loving

You know that perfect outfit you own that you can wear to grab brunch with your girlfriends? Now imagine that look gently sprinkled with touches of sparkle. Do you smile at the thought of that like I do? I just love a little shimmer! Personally, at the moment I’m not into wearing necklaces, but items on my radar include earrings, bracelets, rings, hair accessories, & even hand bags. I am on the hunt to find the best affordable sparkly bits. These little pretties know how to catch people’s eyes & elevate any look.


A Touch Of Sparkle
A Touch Of Sparkle

My 3 Favorite Styles

Bows

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I love bows. The more the merrier. Bow earrings add the sweetest feminine statement to a look. For dramatic shine, these long black bow earrings easily pair with any outfit. My smaller white bow earrings are a great dupe for the Oscar de la Renta bow earrings. When I don’t want anything flashy, my gold bow studs are the perfect go-to earrings.

Gold + Stars

I’ve had my second piercing done for years now, but I don’t always take advantage of it. I’m really into the look of huggie earrings (dainty gold earrings that “hug” your ear) layered up on the ear. Especially if they are asymmetrical! The star + moon set I’m wearing in these photos is one of my favorite sets at the moment. On the other side, the star & moon are reversed! I also have this larger pair of affordable star + moon earrings that are great for making a statement. Earrings that are asymmetrical like this are also seen from some of my favorite designers such as Dior, Gucci, & Oscar de la Renta.

(Shoutout to my Dior Studded Lady Bag dupe that’s under $20!!!)

Another great way to add a touch of sparkle to your look is with bracelets & rings. I’m typically drawn to items that are mostly gold with a few sparkles thrown in the mix. Like this dainty nautical charm bracelet I’m wearing here. Old school charm bracelets are making a come back you guys! Time to whip out your old ones or find new affordable ones such as this. There is something so satisfying to having a little jingle on your wrist.

Pearls

It’s no secret that I love love love pearls right now. And how could I not? They are everywhere right now & so perfectly feminine. Designers like Jennifer Behr are influencing the accessories scene in a major way. Her use of pearls in bows, headbands, & clips for your hair is just stunning. Ever since seeing her work, I’ve been searching for similar pieces that give that same feel, but at a more affordable price point. This pearl headband (also seen here) is one of those pieces, & I can’t stop wearing it! Also pearl hair clips like these & these are so gorgeous & are currently on my shopping list. As far as earrings go, some trending pearl pieces include these pearl heart earrings (under $5) (worn here), & these super fun shell + pearl statement earrings.


A Touch Of Sparkle
A Touch Of Sparkle

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What To Do In Richmond During The Holiday Season

What To Do In Richmond During The Holiday Season

What To Do In Richmond During The Holiday Season

Home For The Holidays

Ben & I are staying home for the holidays this year & are so excited to welcome both of our families to RVA for Christmas. There are so many great things to do in this city during this festive season. So whether you’re a Richmond native, or planning a Christmas getaway to our pretty city, here is my list of what to do in Richmond during the holiday season.

Gardenfest of Lights – At the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Nov. 23, 2018–Jan. 7, 2019 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25), Nightly 5–10 p.m. All the info here.

Watch Classic Christmas Movies At The Iconic Byrd Theatre – All December long. See what’s playing here.

Vintage is for Lovers RVA Holiday Market – Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 12 PM – 5 PM. Get the scoop here.

RVA Tacky Light Tour – All season! More info here.

The Nutcracker – December 14th-23rd (I will be performing in every show! My roles this year include, Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Butterfly, & Shepherdess. Email me for more info. Purchase tickets here.

Holiday Events At Stony Point Fashion Mall – Includes ice skating, carriage rides, Santa, carolers, & holiday markets. The ultimate Christmas spirit destination. See all events & details here.

Events At The Dreamy Quirk Hotel – From seeing their gorgeous pink tree, to boozy brunch with Santa, Quirk has many fun & festive holiday events coming up this month. This place is classy & 100% Instagrammable. See all the events here.



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Literally Counting My Blessings

For Good

Literally Counting My Blessings
Literally Counting My Blessings

Counting My Blessings

For close to 10 years now, the idea of counting my blessings has been a very tangible concept for me. The ritual of writing down blessing by blessing & saying thanks for even the smallest of things is a process near & dear to my heart. Even though it’s a ritual I truly love, it’s something that quickly becomes forgotten during the hustle & bustle of everyday life. Then, my husband made a speech at our wedding (see it here) in which he mentioned that in that moment, on our wedding day, he found himself literally counting his blessings. Hearing him say that really sparked in me a desire to be better about making this small ritual of gratitude each day more of a priority. I’ve kept the same gratitude journal for the past 8 years & I’ve decided to read through it again & make more of an effort to keep it up.


Literally Counting My Blessings
Literally Counting My Blessings
Literally Counting My Blessings
Literally Counting My Blessings

Bits From My List

10. The ability to be quiet & listen

13. Laughter

23. Pretty desserts

27. Children copying art at the Guggenheim 

47. Injury causes me to rest

52. Warm quilt to cuddle up in

56. Nice waiters in long white aprons at Le Pain Quotidien

57. Perfect foam swirl in coffee

73. Outfit compliments

82. Memories captured by cameras

89. Variety

99. Sparkles

107. Swaying trees in the OK wind

116. Fearless singing

130. Crisp fall air

137. Chips & queso feel like home

141. Yogi tea inspiration

144. Honesty between friends

145. Written encouragement from old journals

147. Clarity in writing

161. Smiles from Ben through the window

173. Unexpected friends

177. Lipstick on cups

178. Living in a gorgeous city


Literally Counting My Blessings
Literally Counting My Blessings
Literally Counting My Blessings
Literally Counting My Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all are having a lovely thanksgiving & are spending some great time with loved ones. Seeing as though this holiday season can be quite crazy & a bit “go, go, go”, I challenge you to remember to actively take the time to be thankful for the little things around you. Be beauty seekers. If you feel like you need a bit more inspiration on this topic of gratitude & beauty seeking, I highly recommend you read the book, One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I would even say it’s my very favorite book! A perfect easy read for this holiday season.


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Outfit Details

Burgundy Wrap Dress, Pink Sweater, Cape Coat, Knot Headband, Ballet Flats, Gloves, Lipstick


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Get The London Look

Get The London Look

Get The London Look
Get The London Look
Get The London Look
Get The London Look

Inspiration From Across The Pond

I watch quite a lot of YouTube, & funny enough, about 90% of the YouTubers I am subscribed to are living in the London area. What can I say, I love the way they speak?! They also have the best phrases & ways of saying things. I even find myself talking like them sometimes! Anyone else do this too?! Anyways, clearly I feel very inspired by these lovely ladies, & this look reminds me of a combination of them all. (Amelia Liana, Kate La Vie, Samantha Maria, Estée Lalonde, I Covet Thee, In The Frow, Fashion Mumblr, & Freddy My Love)


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Re-Imagined

With exception of my faux fur scarf, the items that make up this London look are all items I’ve had in my wardrobe for years. I’ve been working on my creativity lately & have had so much fun re-imagining how I put together pieces that I already own. This process is so much fun to me. All it takes is a small window of time & a spark of creativity (or maybe a glass of wine) to start playing around in your wardrobe. Mix & match different colors, prints, & textures until you find a whole new batch of great outfits from your own closet. It’s like shopping without paying for new things. Re-imagining your wardrobe in this way really gets me excited about my clothes again. It makes me love putting on each & every outfit at the start of a new day. In a fast paced world where trends come & go with each new season, it’s refreshing to own quality pieces that last year after year. My bank account is surely thankful as well!


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My London Look

As I mentioned before, this outfit was inspired by my favorite influencers from across the pond. Kate & I have the same gold bow mules, which are an all time fav of mine. She inspired my camel beret as well. The pink coat is a little bit of everyone, but mostly Freddy for her love of all things pink. My leather mini skirt was inspired by Amelia & Josie. Bright colors & cozy faux fur like my scarf are definitely influenced by Samantha. The one item that brings them all together though, is my beloved white top from H&M. It’s maybe my favorite top that I own & could bee seen on each one of my British babes. I’m also obsessed with how they say “H&M”, for the record. (see here & here)

I think that in just the same way that you are the 5 people you are closest to at any one time, your fashion takes on the same vibes as the 5 people’s fashion you are drawn to at any one time. How cool is that? Fashion is influenced by the people & things around us, yet is uniquely ours as well. Go out there & be inspired by fashion bloggers & fashionistas around you, but then make it yours. Be you. Fearlessly be you, & love the you that you create.


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Outfit Details

Crochet Cream Top, Leather Mini Skirt, Gold Bow Mules, Pink Coat, Faux Fur Scarf, Classic Beret


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5 Ways To Elevate Your Look

My Houndstooth Obsession

5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look

It’s A Classic

My houndstooth obsession has definitely multiplied over the past couple of months, & the proof is in this outfit! This classic print is one of the easiest prints to transform from day to night. I find I can easily talk myself into purchasing an item in this print because it truly never goes out of style.

The only new item in this outfit is my new tan croc belt. All of the other pieces I have added to my wardrobe here & there over the years. I thought this outfit would be perfect to share with you guys. 5 ways to elevate your look using items you already own in your wardrobe. Using these tips will help you to instantly look chic & effortlessly put together.


5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look

1. Pop Your Collar

I am all about popping my coat collars. This simple trick gives you that instant cool factor & adds a bit of dimension to your look. It also shields your neck & face from the cold as an added bonus. Look cool, but feel warm. 

(Popped collar inspo here & here)

2. Add A Belt

Belts are a big trend right now. They are that added accessory item that can really bring a whole look together. This autumn/winter, I’m loving adding belts to my oversized coats & sweaters to create a more flattering shape. 

(Belt inspo here & here)


5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look

3. Match Your Bag

Whether you want to match your bag to your outfit by print or color, this tip is sure to elevate your entire look. Taking that extra 30 seconds to choose a bag that truly matches your look rather than one that just “goes”, totally ups your whole outfit. Also, changing out your purses on a daily basis helps you carry around less clutter & more essentials.

(Bag matching inspo here & here)

4. Roll Those Sleeves

Rolling the sleeves of your coat, cardigan, or sweater adds a bit more texture to your outfit. For some reason, doing this makes you not only look more put together, but relaxed & chic at the same time. This tip is so easy to try out on the daily, so why not start now?

(Sleeve rolling inspo here & here)

5. Pile On The Prints

Curated outfits, like the one I’m wearing, are popping up everywhere right now. The biggest tip I can give on this is to stick to 2-3 colors at a time. Own a lot of polka dots? Try mixing them together to create a look. Are you a fellow stripes lover? Why not try a stripes on stripes look? (see mine here) This tip works beautifully with gingham as well. Give it a try! You may be surprised by how good it looks.

(Curated prints inspo here & here)


5 Ways To Elevate Your Look
5 Ways To Elevate Your Look

Bonus Tip

Don’t forget to leave your house with a smile & a boost of confidence. Wear your clothes with pride. Be you, & be proud of who you are. The world is better with you in it. 


Outfit Details

Houndstooth Coat, Check Wrap Dress, Crossbody, Belt, Kitten Heels (with bows!), Lipstick


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We Went On A Fall Adventure

We Went On A Fall Adventure

We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure

It’s Simple, I Love Fall

I always get so excited when I start to see the first signs of fall. The leaves are finally starting to change & the air is crisp & my outfits are beginning to add layer after layer of color & warmth. I can also tell that it’s officially fall when all I want to listen to is Taylor Swift’s Red album. That album is so nostalgic to me & always brings me back to fall in the City. I personally think that her song, All Too Well, is the best song she has ever written. Goosebumps every time. But back to fall, Ben & I were so excited to finally dive into full fall mode, that we decided to make a day out of it & road trip to the Ashland Berry Farm.


We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins

On our drive out to the farm, we talked about our favorite things we each love about fall. For me, I love the warm & spicy scents & flavors, but it’s mostly about the fashion. I love layering & mixing in my fall accessories like boots, berets, & scarves. This makes an outfit so much more rich & put together in my opinion. Of course, I totally jump on the pumpkin band wagon as well! I’m always down for a good ole pumpkin latte or pumpkin bread & if you follow my Instagram stories, you’ll know that Ben & I have been doing at home Sunday brunch which has recently included things like pumpkin pancakes & Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Rolls. They are amazing! 

Ben talked about how he loves the cool air of fall. He is just warm by nature & was born & raised in Maine, so cold days are his jam. Another big part of fall for him is football season seeing as though he is a big Patriot’s fan. I’ve grown to enjoy watching the games too, although I must admit that it’s usually half watching & half online shopping…:) Ben also loves a good pumpkin latte but he likes them iced. In fact, on our first date, Ben brought pumpkin lattes for the both of us to have before seeing an exhibit at a local museum. Pumpkin lattes have a special place in our hearts because they in a way take us back to that very first date. 


We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure

“That’s Actually A Gourd”

When we arrived to the farm, we took a hay ride out to the pumpkin fields. We made it our mission to find the best pumpkins. Ben, of course, spotted them immediately & then also found the cutest & tiniest pumpkin I have ever seen. On our ride back to the entrance of the farm, we showed one of the workers our tiny pumpkin, to which he quickly corrected us saying, “That’s not a pumpkin, it’s actually a gourd.” Well, ok then. So we decided to name it Gordon & it sits on our coffee table & makes us smile daily. Oh, Gordon…

Once we got back, we knew we couldn’t leave without getting some apple cider & homemade donuts. It was my first cider of the season & I have been hooked on Trader Joe’s amazing cider every since. We got 6 small donuts thinking that we would take some home for later, but found ourselves loving them so much that we ate them all right then & there. They were so delicious! We already can’t wait to go back next year.


We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure
We Went On A Fall Adventure

Outfit Details

Quintessential Tall Brown Boots (under $45!), Madewell Jeans, White Top from H&M, Olive Green Bag, Houndstooth Blazer (Goodwill find! Similar here & more affordable here), Lipstick in shade Cruella, Gal Meets Glam Logo Scarf as Belt

What are some of your favorite things about this lovely fall season? What do you look forward to each year? xx


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