Simple White Tunic + Catch All Tote

// Outfits

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)

Shop The Look:

Tunic: Lush ($42; wearing size XS; I have several colors and love it)

Belt: J. Crew Classic Leather Belt in ‘warm sienna’ color (wearing XS)

Denim: Citizens of Humanity // BootsUgg Australia (run TTS; super comfortable)

Bag: LV ‘Catch All’ Tote c/o Keeks Designer Handbags

Watch: MK ‘Slim Runway 42mm bracelet watch // Cuff: Baublebar Pinnacle Cuff ($38)

Bracelets: Vita Fede Mini Titan // Necklace: Gorjana ‘Chloe’ Pendant Necklace

Earrings: c/o LaMel Designs (old – similar here by RL for $40)

Sunglasses: Prada Cat Eye // Lips: YSL No. 19 // Ring: Baublebar Criss-Cross ring

Hair Products UsedBlow Dryer // Curling Wand // Hair Spray // Self Tanner


Grey boyfriend blazer

// FALL STYLE, Outfits

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 ;)

Shop The Look:

Blazer: boyfriend blazer (marked down) // Silk Blouse: Equipment (similar for $68 here)

Leggings: leather leggings // Shoes: oxfords (TTS) // Bag: leather moto tote

Sunglasses: Ray Ban Aviators (58mm Aviators) // Necklace: gold disc necklace // watch // earrings


instagram Roundup: Maine + Randoms from Dallas

// Instagram Round Ups


Top // Jeans // Shoes


yucca plant from around Dallas


watch // jeans // stripes (also similar here) // Necklace



Trench Coat // Hunter Boots // Denim Jacket (also here + darker wash here) // Utility Jacket // Moto Jacket (similar here) // Duck Boots // Cable Knit Sweater (also here and here for under $50) // Gingham Shirt // Suede Boots // Long Necklace // Striped Turtleneck // Comfy (camp) Socks // Wedge Booties // Chunky Pullover // Open Front Cardigan (and here) // Plaid Blanket Scarf // Burgundy Lipstick

see the full post here


Dallas Sunset…


Dress // Jacket // Booties // Hat // Sunglasses


Loved this door I spotted in Highland Park


Duck boots // socks


sweater // jean shorts (also similar) // bag c/o Keeks // booties c/o Sole Society


necklace // hat // plaid // chambray (also this one) // stripes (also this one)


Cobb Salad from East Hampton Sandwich Company


love this bridge from kennebunkport


Dress // Necklace // Watch // Bag // Sunglasses // lipstick color




shorts // tee shirt // necklace


Shirt // clutch // jeans // shoes // watch // sunglasses


love this white-picket fence from kennebunkport


gimme all the coffee please :)


oxfords // fringe booties // leopard heels // lace up flats (also similar here)


door details from Maine – LOVE


Vest // Stripe Shirt // Watch // Jeans (only $54 and TTS) // Booties // Wallet // suitcase



Sleeveless Turtleneck // Jeans

Shoes (similar here too) // Sunglasses

 Bag // Watch // Cuff

see the full outfit post here


gallery wall at Kennebunkport Inn


stripe shirt (on sale) // jeans // necklace // cross body


Walker’s Point


Blazer (wearing size 0 – 00 was too small) // hi-lo blouse // black jeans // leopard heels (size down 1/2 size)



I love the color of this garage door :)


Kennebunkport, Maine


Coffee and a bagel at Dock Side Coffee


See the full post here


the color of this flower (praise hands)


olive blouse // skinny jeans // booties // long necklace // short necklace





Easy Tank: From Day to Night

// FALL STYLE, Outfits

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?!

Shop The [NIGHT] Look:

Tank: c/o Nasty Gal ‘Up The Coat’ Tunic (fits oversized and the arm holes are pretty big so you’ll need to wear something under – maybe a cute bralette or bandeau; I’m wearing XS)

Leather Leggings: old (but super similar here for $48 and here for $58)

Shoes: similar here // Sunglasses: Ran Ban

Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte (No. 19) // Rings: Criss-Cross + Baublebar Pave Bands

Clutch: Clare Vivier // Jacket: Old (similar here and here)

Shop The [DAY] Look:

Tank: c/o Nasty Gal ‘Up The Coat’ Tunic (fits oversized and the arm holes are pretty big so you’ll need to wear something under – maybe a cute bralette or bandeau; I’m wearing XS)

Jeans: Citizens of Humanity Carlie High-waisted Skinnies // Sunglasses: Illisteva ‘Milan’ 49mm Sunglasses

Booties: Vince Camuto // Bag: Keeks Designer Handbags

NecklacesShort Necklace + Long Necklace

Lips: Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss (color: ‘Rose Sugar’)

MORE awesome finds from Nasty Gal’s website:




LEFT // RIGHT (and this one too!)

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.


#BTDfallBasics Round 2

// Outfits

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 // Hunter Boots // Denim Jacket (also here + darker wash here) // Utility Jacket // Moto Jacket (similar here) // Duck Boots // Cable Knit Sweater (also here and here for under $50) // Gingham Shirt // Suede Boots // Long Necklace // Striped Turtleneck // Comfy (camp) Socks // Wedge Booties // Chunky Pullover // Open Front Cardigan (and here) // Plaid Blanket Scarf // Burgundy Lipstick

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.

Turtlenecksthe one pictured above is from J.Crew and is a MUST have for layering

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)

Burgundy Lipstick – I personally like “Scarlet Empress” by NARS

Comfy (camp) Socks – if you saw my instagram yesterday, then you saw how cute these can be when peeking out of your boots. I love mine and wear them around the house too



#BTDfallBasics: Stripes + Chambray

// Outfits

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?!

Shop The Look:

Booties (under $100) // Aviators (58mm) // Watch

Earrings ($32) // Lip Color (‘Scarlet Empress’) // Bag: Celine

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

Instagram + iPhone: Chicago & Indianapolis & Lately

// Outfits

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

Plaid // Jeans ($52) // Booties // Hat


Shirt // Bag // Watch // Sunglasses // Dress worn as Jacket


Stripes and Plaid

Striped Shirt // Plaid // Jeans // booties


Striped Shirt // Plaid // Jeans // booties

Above 3 photos are from lunch at 5411 Empanadas in Chicago


Obsessed with this succulent. SO pretty :)


I mean…so stunning right?!

these doors. LOVE


Leather Skirt // White button up // Aviators

Leather bag // Leopard Heels (linked similer bc these are actually Dee Keller but sold out)

Dress worn as jacket

Below are photos from my trip to Indianapolis for the Influence Conference


flying over the midwest


Travel Outfit Details:  Vest // Stripe Shirt // Watch // Jeans (only $54 and TTS) // Booties // Wallet // suitcase


Bbuildingsdowntown Indianaplois


grown-up-sized tent at the influence conference last weekend in Indianaplois


Wore this on day 1 of the Conference

Booties // Jeans // Necklace // Sweater // Bag c/o Keeks

Dinner at Spoke & Steele after Day 1 at the conference


Above 2 photos show you a couple angles of what I wore this to Day 2 of the Influence Conference

Bow Tie // White Blouse // Grey Blazer // Criss-Cross ring // Earrings

Be Strong and Courageous coffee mug from influence conference

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.


My Roomies and I at the Influence conference 2015

Wore this to dinner with my roomies on Day 2 of the Influence Conference

Dress ($88 – wearing size XS) // Shoes (old – similar)  // Necklace // Watch // bag c/o Keeks


Traveling from Indianapolis to Boston – LOVE this over-sized button up!

I wore it with my leather leggings and it was such a comfy, relaxed (and still looked put together) outfit; it was perfect for travel

Shoes // Leopard Clutch // Over-sized blue button-up // Watch // Criss-Cross Ring // Leather Leggings


Indiana State Capitol Building doors

Just 2 more photos of the state capitol because I think it’s BEAUTIFUL


Necklace // Dress // Booties // Jacket // Lip Color


Outfit from roaming Newbury street in Boston on my way to Maine last week

Dress (Under $50) // Vest // Booties // Watch // Lipstick // Bag c/o Keeks

And then other random photos from Dallas and in between etc.


September is when you buy your fur vest…because they’ll all be sold out when you want one. TRUST me.

Fur Vest // Jeans // Booties // Plaid Shirt // Watch // Bag


Earrings // Watch // Necklace


Dress // Shoes // Bag // Necklace // Watch


Shirt // Shorts // Booties // long-Necklace // Criss-Cross Ring // Watch // Cross-Body Bag


Daniel Wellington Watch


Cozy Shirt // Shorts


Shirt // Jeans // Watch // Cuff // Bag // see full outfit post here


shoes (also love these!)


Dress // Chambray // Booties

Necklace // Watch // Cuff

see full outfit post here


Plaid (also worn in this outfit) // Belt // Sunglasses // Shorts // Wallet // Watch


MUST have booties for Fall :)

Booties (also avail here) // Ring // watch


c/o Joe Fresh Joggers // short-sleeved tee // Rebecca Minkoff Moto Tote Bag

Heels // Sunglasses // Lip Color

Watch // Long Necklace // Moto Jacket (old)

see the full post here


Jeans // Shoes + Torchy’s Tacos


Pillow // Zebra Tray


Booties // Jeans // tee // bag


Black Shirt Dress // Chambray // Booties

Necklace // Watch // Cuff

see full outfit post here

and my round up from Maine is coming soon!


Sleeveless Turtleneck

// Outfits

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.

Shop The Post:

Sleeveless Turtleneck // Jeans // Shoes (similar here too) // Sunglasses // Bag // Watch // Cuff


Fall Basics

// Outfits

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).


Heather Grey Joggers

// Outfits

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 :)


Shop The Look:

c/o Joe Fresh Joggers // short-sleeved tee // Rebecca Minkoff Moto Tote Bag

Heels // Sunglasses // Lip Color

Watch // Long Necklace // Moto Jacket (old)


Striped Tee

// Outfits

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.

Tee // Jeans // Wedges // Bag // Gorjana Necklace


Currently: (Random) Dirty Little Beauty Secrets

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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…


Black Shirtdress

// Outfits

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.



Blue Plaid Button Up

// Outfits

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 :)

Another View from the balcony in Tokyo

Japan Recap

// Outfits

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 :)