Blanketed 2k15 + a giveaway

You may remember my blanketed post from last year when I mentioned the weather being mild. Looks like a repeat this year. I can count on 2 fingers the amount of times I wish I was wearing more clothes, rather than less, so far this fall. I don’t need to tell you the merits of having a blanket scarf on you at all times though- blanket in the office, shawl on the bus, shove it in your bag when you don’t need it. I love the color combo on the one I was wearing on the gorgeous day that Nicole took these pictures- so fall, right?

Unfortunately, I can’t totally make this outfit shoppable, because the dress is from TJ Maxx (super steal at $15!!) and the boots and purse are from a couple years ago, so I linked you up with some great alternatives.

Also, if you love this scarf and want to make it your own, head on over to my instagram for a chance to win!

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Shop printed totes:

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Shop two-toned boots:

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City gypsy

You know those outfits that you just FEEL good in? This is one of those outfits for me. Let’s talk about this dress. I wish you could ALL get this dress.

I’ve talked about Chowderfest before. Like, a lot. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. My mom, her best friend, my Tiffany, and I head up to Long Beach Island to shop and eat the weekend away. This year was a little… different. My Auntie Steph couldn’t make it, much to all of our disappointments, so we started the trip already feeling a little off, but determined to make the best of our weekend.

And then the nor-easter happened. It wasn’t even Hurricane Joaquin, it was a nor-easter. After my mom, bless her heart, drove the three of us 5-ish hours through some nasty rain and scary winds, we get to the hotel to find that the entire fest was canceled. No end-of-season flee market, no all you can eat chowder. But we were, once again, determined. After doing a little happy dance that there wouldn’t be lines at our favorite end of the summer sale at Island Gypsy, barely making last call at the hotel bar (and having our drinks paid for), we made plans to shop the following morning then head out to Philly the next day to see Auntie Steph.

After a great, long breakfast with one of my favorite bloody Marys on the planet, we headed down to Bay Village- the “Downtown” of Beach Haven, if you will. Despite the floods, and the fact that most of the island was closed, our Island Gypsy was open and I immediately went HAM. Tiffany had to reign me in at one point because I had an armful of 50% off sweaters within about 30 seconds. Island Gypsy is kind of like Free People but more approachable. It’s a light, airy, color-coordinated space. Normally, their Chowderfest sales incite a sort of mayhem among the customers snagging up deals, so it was kind of nice to shop without the crowds. However, I do recognize the loss of revenue for the island, so I didn’t feel at all bad spending money at a local business… not that I would have anyway. I love Chowderfest shopping. Anyway, along with $50 worth of fudge from Country Kettle across the street, I ended up leaving LBI with a sweater, great camisoles, and some of the prettiest bras I’ve ever seen. Most importantly, I left with this dress that I almost didn’t get because it was a little out of season- Tiff talked me into it. #noragrets.

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photos c/o Nicole

Blue peasant dresses here, here, & here//Lou & Grey Spacedye Cardigan//similar belt here, here, & here//similar style pendants here, here, & here//grey totes here, here, & here//Steve Madden PALLAS booties

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Pearls + studs

I tend to fall into patterns with my clothes, and my formula for work this summer has been belted shift dress, low heels, and a rotation of totes, if I’m not using my trusty backpack. This little navy number has been a favorite all summer because of the feminine details- the fluttery sleeves, peek-a-boo keyhole back, and little buttons near the hem. And the shoes. Oh. My. Gosh. These. Shoes. I adore how Rockstuds look, but Valentino isn’t exactly knocking at my door to give me a free pair and let’s be honest, that’s the only way I could get my little post-grad paws on them. $900+ shoes are just not in my budget right now. Thankfully, I found these amazingly comfy little dupes. Seriously- they’re the most comfortable heels I’ve ever owned! Do you have a uniform for work? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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ASOS Round Sunglasses//White Clover Czech Stone Champagne Earrings//similar pearls//similar belt//similar bracelet//Navy Ruffle Sleeve Metal Buttons Dress//Nude With Rivet Slingbacks//Sold out Deux Lux bag– love this, this, + this grey bag (all currently under $50!)

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Bridesmaid bag

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click here to purchase this bag

Hit the panic button. I am leaving at 3 in the morning on Friday (/ tonight because 3 am is the middle of the night) to go see two of my best friends get married in Montauk. This is the first wedding I’m in since I was 5 and I was kind of a horrific flower girl that destroyed my bouquet. I’m not the MOH in this wedding, the bride’s little sister is, but I decided this week as an over planner to create an emergency tote for the day of the wedding because this day will be perfect and ain’t nobody got time to try to fit supplies into a clutch. I talked to some of my bridal buds and we came up with a little list of must haves for the big day:

If I had had this brilliant idea a week or so ago, I would have purchased a specific tote bag for the day. Target actually has adorable wedding totes to lug around everything you need for the bride, MOH, and bridesmaids.

Essentially, this is all about making the day easier by covering little details for the bride. What is/ will be in your wedding emergency kit?

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Jaded weekender

Hands down my favorite part of living living in the city is spending my weekends walking around Georgetown. I mean, think about it- I used to have to literally plan my trips here and now I’m living it. My Laytonsville, which will always have a piece of my heart, is NAHT pedestrian friendly, so there’s still a novelty of being able to walk pretty much everywhere. The places I can’t walk to, I can hop on the bus. I still have a hard time getting over it.

My weekend uniform is basically jeans, comfy shoes, big bag, cute top. I’ve been really into tunics this season, and this flowy top was one of my favorite Christmas presents. The jade color was made for my eyes, if I do say so myself.

I just feel happy dressed like this. Confident in my own skin. I think Nicole, my faithful photographer, picked up on that. She said this was her favorite outfit of mine that we shot and I have to agree that this was on of my favorite shoots. We laughed pretty much through the whole thing- slightly punch drunk and totally freezing. I could never be a real model, I was dissolving into giggles by hour two. She had me pose on some random front steps and she was making fun of me for walking like a weirdo while she was taking pictures.

IMG_7867 IMG_7884 IMG_7878 IMG_7863 IMG_7862Top from Nordstom {similar here}//A.E.O Sky High Jegging//Lucky Brand booties {similar here + here}//Kate Spade tote sold out {similar here}//Rainbow pearl necklace from a bizarre {similar here}//RAINBOW Titanium Double Quartz Bullet Gold

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“Oh! Puppies!”