Gosh I love this tunic y’all. You’ve seen me wear it before on my instagram (wore this one here and my olive one here), but I wanted to dedicate an entire post to it because it’s just THAT good. For $42, it’s such a legit staple for Fall and beyond. I love how it’s super long and has a hi-lo hem so you can wear it as a tunic with leggings or over jeans like I did here. I added a front-tuck because I’m so short AND because I wanted to wear these tall boots.
You might have noticed this beautiful tote (#obsessed) I’ve been sporting lately and I want to take the time in this post to introduce you to Keeks. I was able to meet the owner a few weeks ago and it was so neat to hear about the business. They’re a family-owned business (loved this part! since I work with my mom and can relate) and are actually based out of Dallas, BUT have a website as well (check out all their awesome selection of designer bags on their website!). They have a 125% authenticity guarantee – which means 100% money back PLUS 25% store credit (see more details here)
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Tunic: Lush ($42; wearing size XS; I have several colors and love it)
I randomly walked into Banana Republic a few weeks ago (I don’t usually shop there) and ended up walking out with this blazer. And you guys, it’s AMAZING. I’ve seriously never loved a blazer so much – like ever.
I mean, I love the one I got last year from Madewell (not available anymore) and I like the Regent cut from J.Crew, but this is better than both. Not only is it a little longer, but it’s also super stretchy (which makes it SO MUCH for comfortable!). And also, it’s tailored perfectly :)
Bottom line is that I absolutely LOVE it…and I think you would too ;)
When it comes to fall pieces, I do what I can to ensure that each piece I own is super versatile. I feel like it’s not as easy or practical during the summer, but Fall lends itself to so much more flexibility and (for me personally) creativity. In short, I enjoy and continue to challenge myself to do more with less. It’s fun to see how many different ways I can style something.
I’m emphasizing this habit of doing-more-with-less on BTD via my fall basics (Round One & Two) posts I’ve featured recently on the blog. Anyway, the tank I’m featuring today is one of those items that I’ve been able to layer and style in several different ways – such a great find!
I’m excited to be teaming up with Nasty Gal for today’s post to style this simple black tank from DAY to NIGHT. Let me know your thoughts and which look is your favorite?!
Speaking of obsessions over on the Nasty Gal website, I also LOVE this oversized chambray (slash I’m considering buying this for myself because my chambray isn’t as laid-back looking…and I love how oversized this one is!) And I want to try these ‘boyfriend’ style jeans but I feel like I have too many similar pairs at the moment (ha!). Lastly, I think this coat is SO pretty and it’s under $150 – love the grey color of it.
After putting together last week’s Fall Basics post here on BTD, I decided that there were a few MORE items that I needed to include. And now that I’ve finished this one, I’m thinking…oh shoot yeah I forgot to include THIS and THAT but oh well! So anyway, here is round 2 for y’all!
Let me know if you have any questions or are looking for anything in particular that I can help with! As always, I’m happy to help you in your search.
Trench Coat – I’ve wanted a Burberry trench coat for like EVER but haven’t quite found the right occasion to splurge on one yet. In the meantime, I’ll stick with this one from Topshop (similar from Topshop for under $80 OR here’s one from F21 for $29). here are a few other ones for you to choose from below:
Hunter Boots – they’re actually more of a year round staple for obvious reasons, but I think they’re super cute to wear more regularly (even when it’s not necessarily raining) during the Fall. I have the matte red color and the shiny black :) and wear mine all the time
Denim Jacket – I have both a light wash one and a dark wash and next one my list is an oversized one for more laid-back looks. I love layering with my denim jacket and then sometimes even wearing a puffer or utility vest OVER it
Utility Jacket – but really though, have you not seen these things everywhere lately? They’re so necessary and the olive color is great for mixing and matching and acts as a neutral. I actually have two of these jackets. I love this one from Topshop because it’s super thin and easy to layer (and not feel like a marshmallow) and then I also like this one (highly recommend and also comes in black) because it’s cut a little bit more like a jacket and has a different look than the Topshop one.
Leather Moto Jacket – I finally found one I like at a vintage shop while I was in Milan, but it seems like this look is coming back because I’ve been seeing this style everywhere lately and for great prices too.
Cable Knit Sweaters – because they’re comfy and awesome and look cute too :) I think you need both a shorter/cropped one for layering gingham/plaid underneath and then you also need one that’s oversized to wear with booties and skinny jeans
Gingham Shirts – and plaid too of course (but I already mentioned that in the Fall Basics Round 1 blog post)
Suede Boots – the ones pictured above are by Dolce Vita and I’m pretty sure will sell out SUPER fast. Aren’t they beautiful? I love the cognac color of the suede.
Open Front Cardigan – for throwing on after-the-fact and looking effortlessly chic and being comfortable at the same time
Chunky Pullovers – because YES; gimme all of them please. Not gonna lie, I just ordered this one for myself. It’s not really very chunky but it IS super oversized and that is (praise hands emoji) in my book!
Scarves – they’re not as much fun to buy (kind of like belts), but they’re great to have when you need that one little detail to pull an outfit together // (link to one pictured above)
Like I mentioned in my Fall Basics post from last week, stripes and chambray are such a closet MUST and will serve you well when it comes to putting together multiple, versatile looks.
I have several different sizes, types, and cuts of both stripes and chambray; and each individual piece somehow seems to serve a different, unique purpose – although it may look like I just have a whole lot of the SAME. But if you’ve ever stood in front of the mirror trying to put together a new and different look, then you know what I mean that each stripe shirt is different and can serve a different purpose (and same goes for chambray). Am I right?!
Distressed black denim – these exact ones are from last year. I got them while I was in NYC at the Joe’s store and I don’t think they make them anymore (bc I can’t find them) but I found these ($172) on their website and they seem pretty similar. I’ve rounded up a bunch of options for you ranging across multiple price points. If you hover over the image, you can see the price.
Chambray– exact is from J.Crew but I’ve rounded up more options for you
Striped Tee – exact is from banana republic but here are a few more options
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these round ups, so I wanted to catch up before adding all my photos from Maine (which might be my favorite photos…EVER. It’s just so pretty up here!) Most of these photos will be from Chicago, Dallas and Indianapolis for the Influence Conference :)
Dallas airport bathroom selfie (#classic). What you can’t see is my honey butter chicken biscuit in my purse (ha!) and note the cleaning lady in the background too :)
Travel outfit to Chicago…I could live in a plaid shirt and jeans
Above 2 photos show a few items from the amaze swag bag that we got at the conference. I LOVE my Val Marie prayer journal (the peachy-y colored journal in the above photo) and I’ve actually had one for a few years now but just started using them again.
And if you want details on the bible I’m using, check out my #beSTILLbeBRIGHT page – it has all the links for the bibles/resources I love.
Wore this to dinner with my roomies on Day 2 of the Influence Conference
I’m pretty grateful for the fact that no one has seemed to notice (okay maybe you have but you didn’t say anything…) how BAD I’ve been at blogging lately. Like, so bad y’all.
I’ve literally been flying by the seat of my pants since I got back from Japan and my actual blog (which should be the MOST important thing to me, professional at least) has been basically last on my list.Oooopsies.
But I’m so thankful that people actually still visit my blog – even still. Basically, y’all are the bomb dot com. And if you’re reading this, you’re awesome. Thanks for being patient with me people :) Things will get more structured eventually, but first I need to tend to my inbox. Shoot – I can’t even (insert hands over face emoji here)
But I love that you guys are still willing to read my blog EVEN IF I don’t post everyday. That’s such a freeing realization. In other words, I put stupid pressure on myself – like I had to post every single day. How dumb is that? But don’t we all do that in some regard? What silly pressure do you put on yourself?
Give yourself a little grace people. I highly reccommend it- your world will NOT end. Do yourself a favor: slow down, take a step back and put things in perspective. You’re welcome in advance :)
And I think I might even take advantage of it. Who knows, but for now, I’m posting this at 12:30 noon because that’s the best I can do right now.
I’ve been thinking about and working on this post for a few weeks now, and I’m so excited to finally share this with you! I thought long and hard about what pieces I considered to be basic and essential for mix-matching and creating multiple fall-looking outfits. These are a few of my favorite items that I use as a starting point when putting together outfits this time of year, but it was SO HARD to narrow it down.
I think I might make another round up with a few more items that I think are just as essential but that didn’t make it in the first round up :) For instance, you need a pair of black pants (right?! I love these bc they’re high-waisted and super stretchy) and I would also suggest a denim jacket and a plain white button down (also LOVE the Ann Taylor ‘Perfect Shirt” because it fits nice and tailored AND it’s longer-ish).
Gosh. Sorry in advance for complaining, but I’m telling you (!) that it took me 3x as long as it usually does to link up this post because the wifi is just so stinkin awful at this hotel. Like wow. I can’t imagine having to work like that ALL the time….no thanks!
Anyway, all this traveling has me all kinds of behind on my blog (eeek! insert hands-over-face-monkey-emoji). But maybe if I’m able to find some decent wifi, I’ll be able to post up somewhere and knock out some work. In the meantime, I hope you’re following along via instagram!
Currently, I’m in Indianapolis for the ‘Influence Conference’ with the ladies of the Influence Network. To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect for the conference and didn’t even really know what it was going to be about….but I knew that there would be a bunch of young creatives who all LOVE the Lord. And THAT’S why I wanted to come – to be surrounded and encouraged by their stories and just for the opportunity to meet other like-minded ladies. So far, it’s been great :)
This outfit is about as BASIC as it gets – just a tee and jeans (and wedges…because I’m short and feel lame in flats). I love how this tee is oversized and how the neckline is a little boat-ish rather than your typical crew cut tee.
Bombshell curling wand (1 inch) – no lie, this is the best thing that has happened to my hair since dry shampoo. I can’t sing praises enough here people
Moroccan Oil Treatment – sometimes after I dry my hair, it’s all frizzy and weird looking, I’ll use a little bit of this to smoothen it back out and tame down the frizz
Purity Cleanser – I wish I knew how to explain WHY I like this stuff, but I don’t really know. I just do. I think I like how simple it is and that it’s nothing with any crazy acids and that it serves as both a makeup remover AND a cleanser. I’m all about making my bedtime and morning routine as quick as possible.
Bobbi Brown Mascara – ok so I need to be honest here. I don’t like THIS exact one because it makes my eyes sensitive or something and then I can’t stop crying until all my mascara is all over my face. At the time of taking this photo, I thought this one was the same as the SILVER tube one. It’s not. So yeah, I like the silver tube one, not the black one shown above…
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I totally meant to finish putting this post together last night but…ooops. I got distracted (#typical).
I spent most of the day yesterday planning fall outfits and brainstorming content ideas for the blog. I feel like I actually got a lot done, but I have nothing to show for it because it was mostly “planning” stuff. Know what I mean? I kind of hate that part of the creative process…
Anyway, I’m a big fan of this shirt dress look and think it’s cute cinched at the waist or worn normally. It would also be super cute with a brown belt – like I wore it here.
This plaid shirt has been SUCH a hit for me these past few weeks. I think I’ve worn it at least once each week because it’s just SUCH a great plaid and the color combo (the shades of blue) is on point. I’ve worn it with black denim, black shorts, regular denim shorts, and here it is paired with my fave pair of distressed denim.
All in all, it’s a solid buy and one that I hope to continue sporting this season :)
There’s SO MUCH I want to say about my recent mission trip to Japan, but I must admit that sitting down to write a post on it has been quite the daunting task. There’s just so much that I wish I could share, yet I get overwhelmed at the thought of trying to write it all down.
I’ve been told that’s a normal feeling after a mission trip. I think the ‘debriefing period’ could last several weeks, and although I wish I could process everything at lightning speed, I’ll need to be patient with myself.
So for starters, I thought it would be a nice ice-breaker to go through all the images I instagrammed and (add in a few extras) to give you all an overarching day-by-day run down of the trip.
So here we go, starting with my airport picture :)