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: Dolce & Gabbana

Designer Crush: Dolce & Gabbana

Designer Crush: Dolce & Gabbana

Bold & So Extra!

I’m so excited to share with you my Designer Crush for June! Dolce & Gabbana has been a stand out designer for me over the years. I’ve always been attracted to the bright colors, bold prints, & extravagant accessories. This look has been my most fun to put together to date. With D&G, more is always more!

In this post, you’ll see D&G photos I’m totally inspired by, get details on my look, learn how you can create your own D&G look, & shop some super affordable D&G inspired pieces! Just keep scrolling…


Designer Crush: Dolce & Gabbana

Outfit Details

Sheer White Dotted Blouse // Colorful Floral Dress (A Goodwill find! Similar here) // Zebra Shoes // Anne Klein Bag (old, similar here & here)// Sunnies // Earrings // Bracelet // Flower Crown


Designer Crush: Dolce & Gabbana

Designer Images To Be Inspired By


Designer Crush: Dolce & Gabbana
Designer Crush: Dolce & Gabbana

How To Get The Look

My Dolce & Gabbana look is all about mixing prints, textures, & most of all COLOR! These are things D&G definitely does not shy away from & neither should you. The idea for this look first came from this dress I found at Goodwill last summer. It immediately reminded me of D&G resort wear & I knew I had to create a look with it. (similar dresses here & here) To add a bit of drama to this outfit, I layered this sheer pussy bow top underneath (also worn here & here). Then it was time for a bit of print mixing, so I added my zebra shoes to contrast with the floral dress. Sticking to the animal theme, I knew this blush bag would be perfect for this look because of the gold chain strap & the lion head clasp.

Then it came down to accessories. I’m totally obsessed with the D&G large & in charge jeweled earrings. Whether they’re floral, fruity, or just big, they bring the sparkle & color big time. I found these colorful floral jeweled earrings for only $4! What a steal! Of course, I had to include this gold chain bracelet with pendant coins because is quickly becoming one of my everyday accessory. To finish it off, I wore this super fun flower crown (because, why not?!) with a fun & interesting pair of sunnies.

It’s All About Confidence

Wearing a Dolce & Gabbana inspired look is all about confidence. It’s about how you wear the bold colors & prints & jewels with pride. Let me tell you, people will stare, but I’m saying let them stare! D&G, just like F&F, is all about fearless fashion. Dare them to stare. Rock your look. Be creative & be bold! Remember, more is MORE!


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Designer Crush: Dolce & Gabbana

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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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Print Play

Print Play

Print Play

Print Play

Layering B&W Prints

This past year, I’ve loved exploring & playing more with print mixing. We’ve talked about the basics, we’ve played around with mixing pieces in the same print, & also played around with florals & stripes. Today’s look features 6 prints & textures with one common factor: they are all black & white. I love the statement this look makes while still remaining so neutral. Another reason why these pieces play so well together is because the prints are all different sizes. The large polka dots combined with the medium stripes & the smaller houndstooth & check prints create a perfect balance.


Print Play


Print Play
Print Play

Print Play

Shop Wisely

If you are wanting to start playing around with mixing prints or even just mixing more items within your wardrobe, it all comes down to shopping wisely & knowing your personal style. What colors do you wear most? (I recently re-organized my closets in color order & it has been life changing!) When adding more prints into your wardrobe, think about the colors that comprise the print. Do you own several pieces in those colors? If so, that item is likely to fit into your wardrobe in a more seamless manner. Shopping wisely is key to having a well curated closet without excess.


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Get Creative

I was actually so nervous about putting together this look. In my head it seemed like there was a lot going on & it would look too cluttered, but honestly I’m obsessed with this look & cannot wait to wear it out again! All it took was a little bit of courage for me to step out of my comfort zone & create one of my favorite outfits ever. Be fearless. Don’t be afraid to try something new. You might just love it!

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Print Play

Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip

Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip

Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip
Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip
Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip

Stepping Out

Typically, the items in my wardrobe tend to have the dreamy warm tones that I love so much, but I saw this dress & instantly felt inspired to create a lovely cool toned look. Maybe it’s the cooler weather, or the jacquard floral print, but either way, I couldn’t resist these cool toned vibes. In the moment when I was creating this outfit, I felt very out of my comfort zone. Looking back now though, I’m not sure why, because seeing these photos makes this look very much like me. This realization was further confirmation of my motto that if you’re questioning it…just wear it. Be fearless with your fashion!


Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip
Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip
Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip
Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip

Pop Of Warmth

Even though as we’ve discussed this look is very cool toned, I chose to mix it up & pair it with a very warm toned lip. This bright orange lipstick is one of my very favorites & I love how it looks with this outfit. It’s quite unexpected, but is a great pop of color in contrast with the blues of my look. A shade like this is great to have in your collection. It gives such a different look & feel to a typical red or pink lip. 


Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip
Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip
Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip
Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip
Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip

Unexpected Shoes

So many different pairs of shoes would look just stunning with this look, but I decided to do a little bit of print mixing. Ginghams & florals play so well together, & since they were in the same color family, it was a perfect match. I love what a pop of print on your shoes does to an outfit. It’s that bit of extra detail that totally elevates your look. 


Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip
Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip
Cool Toned Look + Bright Orange Lip

Outfit Details

Jacquard Midi Dress, Blue Bow Top, Gingham Shoes, Crossbody (old, affordable option here), Faux Fur Jacket (Goodwill find! Similar here), Gorgeous Orange Lipstick


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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.

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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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