What I'm Up To

Monday, May 22, 2017

Watching: Harry Styles on James Corden- Harry Styles was on James Corden's The Late Late Show all last week and he was phenomenal! I love James Corden already and loved seeing more of Harry Styles and the two cracked jokes and sang their way through the week. If you only watch one skit, make sure to check out their carpool karaoke. It was one of my favorite carpool karaokes so far! 

Listening to: Harry Style's new album- After watching James Corden and hearing him perform some of the songs, I've had this new album on repeat the last couple of days. It is so different and a breath of fresh air.

Reading: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty- Now that I've started the TV show, it seemed only fitting that I should read the book. I'll let you know how it is! 

Until next time, XO

Chocolate Cupcakes

Sunday, May 21, 2017

As you can see, I'm only slightly exciting about eating this! 

Hello all! I hope you are enjoying your Sunday so far! Mine has been especially lazy and perfect as I am recovering from a cold. Those of you who know me know that I have a HUGE sweet tooth. I love baking especially chocolate treats and I love eating them even more. Ever since I was little, our special treat dessert at home has been these chocolate cupcakes. My mom got the recipe from her college roommate's mom and my sister and I have always been obsessed with them. They are super easy to make and absolutely delicious and I attached the recipe below. Enjoy and if you have any yummy recipes you recommend, I would love to hear about them! Until next time, XO

Turtlenecks for Summer

Friday, May 19, 2017

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If you have been following along in 2017, this is old news, but for all of my new readers, I am obsessed with turtlenecks. I was so sad with all of spring, summer, and fall in front of me without being able to wear this fabulous item. But, I found a solution! At least for the transitional months.
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I just found these sleeveless turtlenecks at Anthropologie and I couldn't be more excited. They are very lightweight and have a lot of stretch so they are perfect for layering on these hard-to-prep-for spring days.
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I ended up getting one in black and one in gray. I know I will wear the black one to death, but gray is a new color for me. It will be fun to experiment with these in the coming weeks! 
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Do y'all have nay ideas for how to wear them? I am thinking big statement jewelry and lots of pink! Until next time, XO 

Denim on Denim

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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Hello all! Happy Tuesday! As it is for most people, denim is a staple in my wardrobe whether I am dressing it up with heels and big jewelry or just hanging out with a t-shirt and jeans. I also love chambray shirts. They are great tucked into a skirt or worn as a cardigan over a sun dress. But I hate the idea of not being able to wear two of my favorite pieces together. Here are my two secrets to wearing denim on denim without wearing a Texas Tuxedo. 
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1. Do not wear the same color wash. Make sure your two washes are very distinct. This is the one time when matching is bad. The more contrasting your wash colors, the more cohesive your outfit will be without looking like a matching set. 
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2. Do not be too aggressive with your denim. If you are already wearing a denim shirt and jeans, you do not need to add a jean jacket. My rule of thumb is two denim items per outfit. That typically keeps me from going too overboard. 
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Of course, there are probably all kinds of rules we could come up with, but I try and not get too bogged down with that kind of stuff. When in doubt, stick with your gut and some sparkles can never hurt! Until next time, XO

What I'm Up To

Monday, May 15, 2017

Watching: Arrival- My sister is home for the next week and on Saturday, she wanted to watch this sci-fi movie about an alien landing. Sci-fi and aliens normally aren't my thing, but I agreed to try it. I surprisingly really enjoyed the movie. It was very well written and I had not idea what was going to happen. Plus, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner were both great. If you are looking for something different, I would definitely recommend this.

Listening to: There's Nothing Holding Me Back by Shawn Mendes- I am always looking for peppy, upbeat songs to sing along to on my commute. This song is so catchy and fun and has been perfect to wake me up and keep me focused on my drive. 

Reading: Kate and I finally finished Victoria and it was amazing! I loved it. But now that we've finished, we just started a new book that Kate picked out called "Behind Her Eyes". I just started it this morning, but I'll let you know how it goes.

As always, I would love any and all suggestions! Until next time, XO

Building Some Confidence One Ruffle At A Time

Friday, May 12, 2017

Hello all! Happy Friday! Today's post is going to be a little different than usual, but thanks to Dia&Co, I am going to branch out a little, so stick with me please. I would love to hear your feed back so please comment below or email me at
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I think every girl at one point or another has had issues about her self-esteem and how she looks. I certainly have! It is something I have struggled with for years and sometimes still have problems with. Despite this insecurity, I have tried not to let it affect my outlook on life and my style. However, that only works so well. They were still tons of styles and cuts of clothing I would never wear because they made me feel unattractive or uncomfortable in general.
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It wasn't until recently I really became comfortable in my own skin and how I looked. A lot of this confidence came with growing up and figuring out who I am as a person. But a lot of it also came because I decided I was tired of other people's opinions and ideas of beauty getting the best of me. I reached a point a few years ago where I decided that I was going to wear whatever I wanted because I liked it, not because someone told me it made me look pretty or because it was trendy. 
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Let me tell you, since then, life has been so much fun and picking out my outfit everyday is a joy and a true reflection of me. Take this off-the-shoulder body suit for example. If you had told me I would be wearing something this skin tight and low cut a couple years ago, I would have laughed in your face. But now, I didn't even hesitate to buy it 3 weeks ago and I've already worn it twice! It is so fun and girly and it makes me so happy when I put it on. 
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Clothes are so important to me. They are a creative outlet, safety net, and a true reflection of me everyday. My goal when I get dressed is to be 100% me and also feel happy and inspired by the clothes I'm wearing. Feeling confident and letting go of your insecurities is incredibly difficult, but I challenge you to try even if it's just for a moment. Buy the body suit or the neon jewelry. Take a fashion risk and buy something just because it makes you happy. I'm sure you'll look fabulous! Thank you to Dia&Co for giving me the opportunity to talk about this today! Until next time, XO 

Stripes and Sequins

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Hello all! I cannot believe that it is already May 2017. It seems like just yesterday I was putting on this dress and going to my graduation party! So much has changed this year and I am so excited to see what the next year has in store for me. 
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Last year, I chose this dress for my graduation party because it is so cute and it just made me happy. Whenever I am dressing for an important occasion, I try to choose things that make me feel good about how I look and make me happy. Then, I don't worry about any of that during the event itself.
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I love this dress because it is striped with divers which is perfect of a summer party. I also love the cut which is unique, but still flattering. Finally, I love how there is room to add a little bling with your jewelry. How do y'all pick out an outfit for an important event? Until next time, XO

Glory of Venice

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Photo c/o NCMA website
As I mentioned last week, Ansel Adams was not the only exhibition I saw at the North Carolina Museum of Art. They also have an open exhibition called the Glory of Venice. Stylistically, I am much more familiar with this type of art then the Ansel Adams photographs. The exhibition consisted of a lot of portraits as well a religious scenes. And the pieces ranged from the 1400s to the 1500s. By far my favorite piece was this map of Venice. It is so accurate that you can still identify streets and buildings in modern-day Venice.

The more I have studied art history, the more I find myself thinking how I would have curated the exhibition when I am visiting a museum. I loved how the NCMA painted the walls a deep, rich red. Normally museums galleries are all white, so the color was a nice change. It created the perfect atmosphere for the exhibition and helped to emphasize the colors in the works of art. 
My only criticism would be that although the wall text was interesting and the art was beautiful, there was no clear central theme carried throughout the exhibition other than that the works were created in Venice. I would have displayed the works by subject matter instead of chronologically so that you could see different artistic focuses and how those changed over time in a more compelling way.
What do y'all look for when you go to art exhibitions? Until next time, XO

Bunny Butt Cookies

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hello all! As you have probably been able to tell by now, I love to bake and I especially love themed desserts. This is a fairly new discovery but I have loved making special holiday treats for everyone at work with fun decorations. Decorating something just gives it that extra oomph that I also look for in my outfits! 

So, in honor of spring, I decided to try something new. My co-worker Jessica and I were brainstorming one day for desserts she could make for her family for Easter. By far the cutest thing we saw on Pinterest were bunny butt cakes. Yes, cakes that look like a bunny butt. They were adorable and absolutely hilarious.

Now, while I loved the idea, I am not a huge cake fan. So I decided to adapt the idea to my favorite cookie recipe, sprinkle cookies. These cookies are pretty easy to make and they are delicious. To make them into bunny butts, I split the dough into half and used half to make regular size cookies (which I cooked for 11 minutes) and half to make tiny cookies to use as the feet (I cooked these for 4 minutes). 

Then, after they had cooled, I first iced all of the regular cookies with plain icing. Then I put a little bit of icing on the bottom of the tiny cookies as glue to attach them to the regular cookies. Finally, I dyed the rest of my icing pink to make the tails and the feet. 

Let me tell you, these were a huge hit at work and are by far the cutest thing I've ever made. If you try them out, I'd love to hear how it goes or get any suggestions for improving them! Until next time, XO

What I'm Up To

Monday, May 8, 2017

Watching: The Catch- This is probably the least discussed of Shonda Rhimes' shows, but it is so well written! It is dramatic and fun, but not quite as emotionally fraught as her other shows. I would definitely recommend it! 

Listening to: Green Light by Lorde- Lorde's new song has been on repeat for me lately! It is perfect whether I am driving, working out, or just hanging around.

Reading: Breakfast at Tiffany's- Kate and I just finished Victoria and it was fabulous! Now, I've decided to reread one of my favorites, Breakfast at Tiffany's. It is a pretty short read, but I love it! 

Until next time, XO

Perfectly Undone

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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Hello all! I hope you are having a fabulous week so far.  Spring is one of my favorite seasons because it feels so hopeful. It is finally warm enough to spend time outside, but also cool enough that you can still have fun with your layers. For me, this means getting to wear one of my favorite things, button-downs. 
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There is something so perfect and timeless about a good, crisp button-down. However, even with that said, button-downs can get boring and need a little something extra to complete your outfit. For this, I always look to Jenna Lyons who is the queen of perfectly undone. 
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First, I started with a striped button-down that has the extra details of an embroidered collar and cuffs. Then I added fun earrings and shoes. Whenever I wear a button-down or masculine inspired clothing, I always try and add feminine details through my accessories. This keeps the outfit from feeling too boxy or masculine.
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The final styling came straight from Jenna Lyons- the half tucked, half un-tucked look. I would recommend high-waisted jeans for this so you have enough shirt-tail to hang out. Then, you want to tuck in the side with the buttons so the buttoned part of the shirt lays flat once you are done. 
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What do y'all think of this look? Perfectly undone but perfectly stylish? I would love to hear your thoughts! Until next time, XO

Ansel Adams at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I was able to go to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Of course, it was exciting because I love going to art museums and it is always interesting to see how a museum is curated. Plus, I never seem to have the time to get over to Raleigh even though it is only an hour away.

I specifically made this trip to see two special exhibitions the NCMA has: Glory of Venice and Ansel Adams. Glory of Venice will get its own blog post in the coming weeks, but today I wanted to talk about Ansel Adams. I was first introduced to Adams a few months ago when Reynolda House in Winston-Salem had a special exhibition on him. For those of you who don't know, Ansel Adams was a photographer in the 20th century who had a huge impact on landscape photography and environmental art.

I have always enjoyed photography and the process of developing film by hand although I don't know very much about it stylistically. While I enjoyed the exhibition at Reynolda House, the one I saw a few weeks ago at NCMA was breath-taking. There is something about the black and white landscapes looming over you. Adams is able to make you feel completely insignificant in comparison while also making the landscapes feel accessible. 

This art is easy to appreciate even without a background in art history or photography. I would definitely recommend checking it out if you have time as this weekend is the last weekend it's open. Until next time, XO

P.S. All of the images are copies of Adams works from his website, NCMA, and other archives. They are not mine in any way. 

The First Monday in May

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Last night was the Met Gala, which is by far my favorite event of the year because it combines my two passions: fashion and art. As always there were some incredible outfits last night. Here are my favorite looks and some people who I thought looked incredible! Make sure to leave your 2 cents below in the comments too! 

As if she need any help looking taller, Karlie Kloss had legs for days with this tuxedo jacket dress and stilettos. One of the simpler looks from last night, but right on the money. Also, loving this new, angular bob she premiered! It almost makes me want to cut my hair short again! 

With an amazing mix of stark black and girly pink, Lily Collins was one of the few who was able to channel Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons while also making it her own. As always, I love the idea of hardening up pink tulle (or anything girly). The stark black bob and dark lipstick were the perfect finishing touches to this look.

Hailey Baldwin is not someone I typically follow or feature on my best dressed lists. However, last night she looked stunning and channeled the architectural and textured look of Comme des Garçons to a tee. The harshly cut layers of tulle looked perfect paired with this bustier and I love the feminine accessories.

Gigi Hadid recently came on my radar and I was dying to see what she would wear last night and she did not disappoint. I loved all of the juxtapositions in this look- from the metallic against the matte tulle to the architectural bodice against the flowing train. Plus, who doesn't love a good strong cat eye?! By far my favorite look of the night. 

First, let me say that I love Blake Lively and in my book, she can do no wrong. With that said, I think the top half of this dress is weird, but I absolutely adore the bottom. How it transitions from nude to bright blue and metal to feathers is so interesting and visually pleasing. This was one of the looks that I kept coming back to as I was reviewing the red carpet looks. What do y'all think? 

If you didn't know this about me, I love Anna Wintour and after last night, I love her even more. She wore my two favorite things, sequins and feathers and still managed to look classy and elegant. Thank you for always being an incredible style icon! 

So I saved one of the best for last. Allison Williams always looks amazing and last night she modernized this classic Hollywood glamour look with this architectural dress. I absolutely loved it! 

I'm going to leave you with one last thought from Rei Kawakubo..."I make clothes for a woman who is not swayed by what her husband thinks." Today go out and wear what you want to wear without thought of what others think and be completely yourself! Until next time, XO

Summer Beach Essentials

Monday, May 1, 2017

Hello all! Happy Monday! Now that it is finally warm outside, I've been thinking a lot about beach style. For some reason, I always forget something important whenever I go to the beach. So, I made a list for you and for me of all my beach essentials! If you have any additions, let me know! I'd love to hear them. Also remember to look out for details about the Met Gala tonight! I will post all about it tomorrow if you miss the coverage! 

The first and most important thing you need when going to the beach, other than sunscreen of course, is a good bathing suit. For me, bathing suits are the hardest possible thing to shop for. It feels like they never look good on me and sadly, turtleneck bathing suits have not yet been invented (ha). But, one thing you can never go wrong with is a black bikini. A black bikini is kind of like a little black dress. It never goes out of style, it looks good with everything, and it doesn't show as much wear as other colors and patterns. Thanks to AdoreMe, I found the perfect black bikini. It is incredibly comfy and so flattering. If black isn't your thing, AdoreMe also has some other great bathing suit options and they cater to all different shapes, sizes, and preferences. A definite go-to for your bathing suit shopping this year! 

As y'all know, I love to make an entrance and there is no better way to do so then with a bright caftan or sarong. Pick one that is light and airy and then it won't drag you down or get too damp after your day at the beach. Accessorize with some giant sunglasses and a fun hat and you are all set! 

Finally, once I am at the beach, I am terrible about just sitting and doing nothing. I need entertainment of some sort. Since a computer isn't a great option to bring to the beach, I always bring a book. I am still loving this Betty Halbreich book and I just learned that she is a lefty like me! How exciting! I also always bring my swell. It keeps water, or whatever drink you bring, cold for hours even if you are outside. It is perfect for a beach day so you don't get dehydrated! What are your beach essentials? Do you have any I missed? Let me know! Until next time, XO. 

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