happy. halloween.


Happy Halloween! Hope it's spooky 👻 // Shown here: Cornelia Parker's PsychoBarn meets the New York skyline.
 

xo,
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24. hours. in. virginia. beach.


Sometimes you find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. I did just that during a recent trip to Virginia Beach that lasted slightly less than 24 hours. Though the architecture may have been unsightly, I found solace in all the eclectic colored walls and coastal-hued buildings that lined the boardwalk. While I’m admittedly not a fan of the beach (self-proclaimed city girl right here), it was certainly a change in scenery for me.
 

Because I was in town right after Hurricane Matthew had hit the area, the temps were definitely not cooperating (I’m not kidding when I say it felt like late November!). Thankfully, I decided to swap out my open-toed sandals for ankle boots and a field jacket just in case it wasn’t warm. Let it be known: That wind chill was brutal. Had it not been for how cold it was, I would’ve gotten an ice cream cone (or two) from one of the many Dairy Queens and local parlors that lined the boardwalk. Spoiler: I snagged a box of salt water taffy instead.
 

For some visual inspo, I’ve put together a Steller story documenting a few of my favorite snapshots. Take a look below (click to open) and let me know about your latest travels in the comments below!
 

xo,
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chunky. block. heels. of. the. moment.

New season, new shoes — or so the mantra goes. If summer was dominated by my obsession with pom-pom embellished sandals, then fall might as well be synonymous with chunky block heels. Personally, I'm more of a ballet flats kind of girl, but don't be mistaken, that doesn't stop me from still yearning after a pair of these stylish stompers. The chunkier the heel, the more fun that can be had. Right? 

Main image via College Prepster

Just a little back story: My infatuation with chunky block heels actually goes way back to circa 2013 when Carly Heitlinger of the College Prepster owned a pair of J.Crew's Etta cap-toe pumps (check 'em out here if you need a refresher and see this outfit for reference.) As fate would have it, J.Crew brought back a very similar version of their iconic cap-toe pumps this season. *Praise hands emoji.* Because I loved Carly’s Summer Fridays-inspired #OOTD so much (more like borderline obsessed), I decided to fall-ify the look a bit with a more season-appropriate dress. Just how French girl-chic is this silk windowpane ruffle-hem dress from Madewell? Throw a suede moto jacket into the equation (and maybe this felt fedora) and you’re all set for a day at the office or a low-key weekend spent brunching and doing autumnal things. Count me in, please. :)

1. Silk Ruffle-Hem Dress in Windowpane (Madewell)
2. Leonard Street Letty (Kate Spade)
3. Lena Leather Pumps With Patent Cap Toe (J.Crew)

More chunky block heels to shop this season 
 

Are you craving a pair of chunky block heels this fall? Let me know in the comments below!

xo,
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october. the. list.

Today, I’m returning with an installment of “the list.” Not only is it officially #sweaterweather, but October just so happens to be my birthday month (any other fellow Libras out there?!). With that in mind, I’ve compiled the ultimate bday/treat yo’self wish list for fall. *Adds everything to cart.*


1. Stacey Print Card Holder (Alice + Olivia) // How cute is this charming card holder inspired by Alice + Olivia designer, Stacey Bendet? It’s a way chic alternative to your everyday wallet, especially when you’re heading out for a night on the town. With three card slots, it’ll hold a credit card, your driver’s licence, a student id — you name it.  
2. Swing Time Pendant (Kate Spade) // A glam tassel necklace that can double for day and night… Count me in, please! Dress it up for the upcoming holiday season with a drop waist dress and chunky block heels or dial it down with a crisp button-down and high-waisted skinnies.  
3. Uptown Mini Satchel (Henri Bendel) // Calling all self-proclaimed #girlbosses! This ladylike mini satchel is just the thing for running errands across town. AND it’s in millennial pink. I digress. 
4. Polka-Dot Tulle-Trimmed Striped Jersey Top (J.Crew) // ICYMI: Net-a-Porter just released a capsule collection with J.Crew and I’m kind of obsessed. This Breton striped top with a playful polka dot tulle hem is nothing short of perfection.  
5. Barbour Classic Olive Beadnell Wax Jacket (Tuckernuck) // A classic Barbour Beadnell jacket is at the top of my fall wish list, and for good reason. It’s versatile enough to toss on with jeans, a t-shirt dress or even an A-line mini skirt (accompanied by riding boots, natch).  
6. Button-Front Skirt (Madewell) // Another button-front skirt from Madewell that I’m yearning for. ~ Shocker ~  
7. The Original Hobe (Hobes) // Rest assured that this will not be the last time I profess my love for Hobes. As the days get nippy, I foresee these navy suede ankle boots (also available in tan) being paired with a plaid blanket scarf and your best denim.  
8. Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top Sneakers (Shopbop) // Not sure how I’m so late to the game, but I feel like it’s time I invest in some Chuck Taylors. These metallic gold ones are actually pretty fly.  
9. Enamel Ring (J.Crew) // Step aside dainty finger jewels — cocktail rings are officially on my radar again thanks to J.Crew. This pretty bauble — totally reminiscent of something from your granny’s jewelry box — will give you an excuse to play dress up. 
10. Baneera Heels (Kate Spade) // Any birthday babes out there? These sparkly heels deserve to be worn beyond the dance floor. Like when a case of the mundane Mondays hits or when a plain ol’ t-shirt just isn’t cutting it. Ya know? 

What are your must-haves for October? Leave a comment below!

xo, 

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reader poll: gray jeans or indigo?

Decisions, decisions: The Emmanuelle on the left and the The Margot on the right 

Hello, lovely blog readers! In lieu of regularly scheduled content, I need your feedback. With my birthday coming up, I want to invest in a new pair of jeans, but I can’t decide between Industry Standard’s new gray wash (the Emmanuelle) or their classic indigo wash (the Margot). Tough call, right? (FYI: If you’re new to the blog, I swear by Industry Standard jeans — I already own the Simones in both black and ink blue, and the fit is impeccable.) Scroll down to the comments and let me know which pair I should pick! Thanks in advance!!


Industry Standard The Emmanuelle Highrise in Gray: Meet the perfect gray wash. These bad boys were just released a week ago, and I’m kind of loving their off-duty appeal. Pair ‘em with a white t-shirt and a field jacket for a considerably edgy look, or toss on a cropped knit sweater for instant boho appeal.


Industry Standard The Margot Highrise in Indigo // I may or may not be a sucker for dark-wash jeans. Can you imagine how ah-mazing these would look with a cream-colored fisherman sweater and streamlined d’Orsay flats? I digress. 

Which pair do you think would be most versatile this fall (and beyond)? Let me know in the comments below! 

xo,
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