48-hour. asheville. photo. diary.


  
With July whizzing by, I thought I’d share a glimpse of a recent weekend that I spent exploring Asheville, North Carolina. In short, Asheville had a lot of character. Despite only being in town for roughly 48-ish hours, I was able to peep the downtown scene and check off a new place on my non-existent travel bucket list. (Note to self: It’s ‘bout time that I make one.) Keeping in mind my brief stay, I’ve compiled a visual photo diary of some of my fave snaps — namely, pretty buildings, street art and a v aesthetically pleasing dessert spot that brought much happiness to my soul.



I won’t touch too much on shopping, but I did swing by the J.Crew outlet store where I managed to score a pair of Stubbs & Wootton smoking slippers for a fraction of their original selling price (can’t wait to wear ‘em this fall!). Besides an assortment of clothing boutiques scattered in downtown Asheville — not to mention an Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters — the Biltmore Village is a shopping destination with retailers like Brooks Brothers and (another) J.Crew as well as smaller independent boutiques (Lilly Pulitzer devotees should check out Palm Village).   
 





As it turns out, Asheville has their very own Flatiron building. Let it be known: I was that crazy tourist who just had to snap 135456 pictures of the building from every imaginable angle. What a beaut.

  





Another architectural gem I stumbled across was Asheville’s Grove Arcade, an indoor mall that’s just as elegant on the outside as the inside. Bonus points, ‘cuz the skies were extra blue the day I was there making for some seriously pretty shots.



Fun fact: Asheville’s Jackson Building, rendered in Neo-Gothic style architecture, was western North Carolina’s first skyscraper. Too bad it’s closed to the public — I would’ve loved to have climbed to the top, which I jokingly referred to as “Rapunzel's Tower.”



While I didn’t make it to any donut shops (Vortex Donuts and Hole Doughnuts were on my list), I’m not even complaining because I found something better. If you’re in Asheville, I 10/10 recommend making a stop at Sunshine Sammies. YUM. Here you’ll find some of the most scrumptious handcrafted ice cream sandwiches, waffle tacos and cookies. I ordered a scoop of their mint chocolate chip ice cream and had a nibble of one of their classic chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream sammies. Besides all the mouth-watering desserts, let me also just rave for a sec about their new storefront (just opened on June 23!) and cool urban space. From their wood countertops and paint-splattered floor to the bright yellow metal bar stools, Sunshine Sammies is made for the ‘gram. Oh, and they also have the cutest vintage truck (which I may or not have posed alongside post-treat).  

All smiles. :)

Where have your recent travels taken you? Comment below!
 

xo,
A
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best. of. glastonbury. style.

While Glastonbury Festival may have come and gone in a flash, I’m naturally still drooling over all the fab fashion sightings. Despite never having attended Glastonbury, I’ve come to associate the British music festival with a certain waxed field jacket (does Barbour ring a bell?) and a parade of rainy day wellies that come out rain or shine. Sure, there’s still your typical festival-going attire (OTT sequins! Glitter-sprayed cheeks! Shimmery piñata-inspired fringe!), but once again the Londoners have turned out in full force gracing us with their sartorial greatness. Have I piqued your interest yet? Keep on scrolling for a highlight reel of some of my favorite looks from the Instagram sphere.


1. Classic Glasto uniform // Could Sophia Rosemary Barrese be any more perf? Nope. She’s got that classic Glasto uniform down to a science, and I’m low-key loving it. Translation: I would wear this head-to-toe getup to fall harvest in a heartbeat. But ~news flash~ wouldn’t we all? (via @sophia_rosemary)


2. Ghetto superstar: I call this look “when you’re glam AF and you know it.” Slay on with a pair of your own rockstar shades, an accompanying day dress and *perfect* windswept hair. (via @kararosemarshall


3. Daytime metallics rule supreme // Switch out the editorial-ready Barbour for an off-duty military jacket with rad embroidered patches. Then set it off with a metallic mini, a rocker tee and tough-girl ankle boots for major slayage. (via @shopgirlbella)


4. Yellow rainy day mac: You had me at rubber ducky yellow rainy day mac that requires not a raindrop in the sky. (via @shoeandclothe)


5. Vintage blouse // Alright, alright. I’m about to raid this FASHUN blogger’s closet that’s bound to be chock full of vintage gems like this renaissance fair-inspired blouse. Don’t even get me started about her high-waisted mom shorts and huarache-style sandals. (via @sophia_rosemary)


6. B is for Barbour: Call me crazy, but I imagine more Barbour jacket spottings at Glastonbury than a preppy college town in the south (cough, Charlottesville, cough). Though best believe the styling in London would be especially exceptional. (via @alexachung)


7. Femme meets tomboy // Now, we’re talking. Maybe I’m a tad biased, but I’ve always been a fan of the whole sneakers-and-dress combo. This gem right here is no exception. (via @c_illidge)


8. An Alexa Chung-esque jumper // YOU GUYS. In case you somehow missed the memo, regional It girl A.Chung recently debuted her namesake clothing line and this whimsical face jumper is included in the collection. Chung models it SO well. (via @alexachung)


9. Back to basics: Dialed down has never looked so RIGHT on the money. Suki Waterhouse shows everyone who’s boss with her stripped-down approach to overdone festival fashion. Frayed hem denim shorts and everyday stripes have never looked so — wait for it — utterly groundbreaking. (via @_springlondon)
 

10. Ditsy floral frock + Hunter boots // And here’s yet anotha stunner lewk from you-guessed-right. There’s something to be said about a ditsy floral dress and some worn-in Hunters that screams savvy London girl in the idyllic English countryside, amirite? (via @sophia_rosemary)


11. Kooky apron dress: ...and that’s a wrap. This Alexa Chung lookalike werks it in her frilly PVC apron dress that’s part cool girl, part rodeo-ready (it must be the fedora and leather ankle boots). (via @josefin_ohrn)

Are you obsessed with Glastonbury fashion? Which style blogger/celeb do you think was best-dressed? 

xo,
A
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moments. in. RVA.


Before this week’s heat wave arrives — and I proceed to load up on a lifetime of ice pops — I wanted to share one of my latest #OOTDs that’s pretty characteristic of the seasonably ~ cool ~ temps we’ve been having lately. (Nippy mornings and brisk evenings, you will be missed. I promise you that.)



As of lately, Free People’s been my go-to source for one-and-done summer dresses that require (almost) zero effort. See exhibit A: This Free People x CP Shades plaid drop-waist dress featuring a flouncy hem does more than just “get the job done.” But actually. You can go ahead and file this bad boy under what to wear for a low-key coffee shop work sesh or a local museum outing. (Pssst: If you find yourself in Richmond, Virginia this summer, the VMFA currently has an amazing YSL exhibit that's worth checking out.) Team it with suede ankle boots or ankle strap sandals, and you’re good to go for an afternoon of errands. The slightly oversized silhouette and easy-breezy cotton-linen material convey a sense of effortlessness that I’m forever attempting to master on my own. Last, but certainly not least, I hereby dub my light blue Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. the quintessential weekend bag for any and all aspiring It girls. You heard it first.


dress (sold out, but here's another cute Free People x CP Shades collab piece) | mini m.a.c. | sandals (different, but I love these ankle-tie boardwalk sandals)

What are your go-to summer staples? Comment below!

xo,
A
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colorful. sunnies.

Summer may not officially be in session until June 21st, but Memorial Day weekend is close enough. Cue the long summatime nights, endless crop of nautical stripes, and many strawberry granitas to come. But what’s missing? Ah, yes, a new pair of sunnies to hold you down for every upcoming beach-cation, excursion into the city and backyard BBQ. 



When it comes to sunglasses, I find that I’m a bit of a style chameleon. Every summer, there tends to be a new It style that I gravitate toward. One year, it was ultra-glam tortoiseshell cat-eye frames — then mirrored aviators and Illesteva “Leonard” lookalikes (you know the ones) — and this summer I’m all about quirky, colorful frames. With rad brands like Carla Colour paving the way with their curated collection of mod geometric styles (available in a variety of vibrant colorways, BTW), flying under the radar isn’t even an option. Scroll on for five COLORFUL sunglasses that are guaranteed to get you noticed by the pool and on the streets of NYC.

Coco and Breezy Iris Sunglasses (Nylon Shop) // So. Much. Sass. Dial up the drama with these Twizzler red sunglasses that command attention.

The TV Eye Sunglasses in Caramel & Cream (Crap Eyewear) // Picture this: You, these color-dipped caramel ‘n’ cream sunnies and your most ridiculous pool float (cactus FTW!). Any takers? If goldenrod isn't your go-to hue, this sky blue pair is actually pretty dreamy.

Barton Sunglasses in Flesh + Haze (Carla Colour) // Two words: millennial pink. The girly girl in me is naturally smitten with these sleek frames that call for an eyelet white dress and lace-up espadrilles. Major swoon.

Lind Sunglasses in Gangreen + Haze (Carla Colour) // To be worn by the eternal aesthete who fancies afternoons spent at the Whitney and contemporary architecture.

Poppy Lissiman x Lazy Oaf Pastel Biscuit Sunglasses (Lazy Oaf) // Entrance like “whoa” is right. Sadly, these Poppy Lissiman x Lazy Oaf pastel shades are already out of stock, but they were too fun not to share. (Side note: If anyone knows of a similar pair, DM me ‘cuz these are ah-mazing.)

What’s your go-to sunglass style for summer ‘17? Comment below!

xo,
A
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a. very. madewell. lewk.



I know, I know. More stripes. How utterly groundbreaking for someone who depends upon stripes on the reg?

But actually. For me, this look was new-ish. The addition of my favorite chambray shirt, the best high-waisted jeans on the planet (IMO, anyway) and some playful polka dot sneaks suddenly gave my typical uniform of stripes an anything-but-granola spin. Throw in my go-to bucket bag (still can't believe it's from Old Navy!) and some black-rimmed specs for a v Madewell lewk. No kidding, my stripes and minimalist ring necklace are actually from J.Crew's effortless-cool sister brand, so it's probably not all that shocking that I had a Madewell aesthetic going on. But I digress.




Another thing to note about this #OOTD is how casual and perfect it is for a weekend spent running errands. Thanks to my laidback kicks, it also proved to be ridiculously comfortable. < Praise hands emoji. > As for my black specs, I'm still getting used to them since they're merely an accessory at this point (read: I don't actually need glasses). I find that it takes just the right outfit and vibe to pull 'em off without feeling like I'm trying too hard. If *only* I could be Jenna Lyons' cool spectacle-wearing twin...

 chambray shirt (similar) | striped tee (similar) | jeans | polka dot sneakers (similar) | bucket bag (similar) | ring necklace | black specs

Fellow stripe enthusiasts: What's your go-to stripe pairing? Comment below!

xo,
A
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see it. want it. buy it.

I’m back, back again with new content! Apologies for the unannounced hiatus, but sometimes a little R&R is absolutely in order. Like any other self-proclaimed fashion person, I’m constantly on the hunt for the latest fill-in-the-blank wardrobe essential to invest in for the upcoming season. But then, there are always those $$$ pieces that are pretty wow-worthy in their own right. Here’s the potential start of a new series in which I spotlight a few well-calculated splurges that I could definitely justify, especially when you factor in cost per wear and all that jazz. 



The Saddle Bag in Leather (Cambridge Satchel) // Cue the summer strolls in the English countryside — yes, I’m indeed dreaming. My inner prepster is swooning at the sight of this hands-free Cambridge Satchel saddle bag reimagined with classic blue Breton stripes (can you say MDW-ready?). Between upcoming getaways and weekend brunch dates, you won’t find a more versatile carryall to accompany you this summer. For #OOTD perfection, throw in an Audrey Hepburn-esque midi skirt, a streamlined blouse and some woven huaraches. 

Mosebacke Pale Pink Raincoat (Stutterheim) // Dare I say it, we ALL need a rainy day slicker that makes us look forward to the prospect of rainy days. I recently stumbled across Stutterheim on Instagram, and let me tell ya, I’m obsessed with everything that this aesthetically pleasing brand has to offer. (Their tagline, “Swedish melancholy at its driest,” pretty much says it all.) Introducing the millennial pink raincoat of my dreams that I would undoubtedly reach for rain or shine. Non-femme crowd: There’s a slew of other covetable hues (ahem, rubbery ducky yellow!) available for your sartorial pleasure. 

Chuck Taylor 1970s High-Top Sneakers (Comme des Garçons PLAY x Converse) // Since I’m apparently into sneakers these days (who am I?), I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m in dire need of some Chuck Taylors. But not just any old Chucks — I’ve got my sights set on Converse’s It girl-approved collab with Comme des Garçons PLAY. The black high-tops featuring the brand’s iconic peekaboo heart, to be exact. I imagine teaming these bad boys with everything from denim cutoffs and streamlined button-downs to carefree striped dresses for no shortage of downtown appeal (think: lower East Side meets Brooklyn). 

What’s on your splurge list? Comment below!

xo,
A
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insta. crush. // sophia. rosemary. barrese.

Hello, friends! Today, I’m introducing a new series on the blog in which I spotlight some of my latest Insta style crushes. First up is Sophia Rosemary (@sophia_rosemary), a fantastic UK blogger out of Manchester who I’m always happy to see grace my Instagram feed. (But seriously, is she not the cutest?!) Her style encapsulates so many elements that I love — she’s got the retro look down pat (give or take a little bit of a rocker ‘tude on occasion) with ultra-femme undertones. TBH, she could very well pass as Alexa Chung’s impeccably dressed twin. (Pssst: Her winged eyeliner is even on point.)

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve swooned after one of Sophia’s chic jumpers (ahem, specifically the one with the dinosaur!) or pondered whether or not I could pull off denim dungarees half as seamlessly as she does. And she’s got quite a few sartorial tricks up her sleeve too. I’ve never seen someone style Doc Martens so exquisitely alongside a striped knit sweater, a leather mini and a faux sheepskin jacket. Her off-duty uniform consisting of oh-so charming frocks (or my personal favorite, a sweater and a denim button-front skirt) is the definition of outfit #goals. And, she may or may not have influenced my current obsession with Chuck Taylors… Note to self: Invest in a pair of high-tops STAT in an effort to be a fraction as cool as Sophia Rosemary. Enough chit-chat — I’ve included a few of my favorite looks below (all borrowed from Sophia’s Instagram feed) as a testament of this tastemaker’s A+ style. 



1. She has a kitty cat printed dress. // The cat’s meow is right. (Sorry, HAD to.)


2. When in Venezia… // If I ever venture to Italy, then you best believe I’ll be replicating this head-to-toe look. (Polka dot skirt + Converse = match made in heaven.)


3. Barbour is the word. // I'm absolutely smitten with Sophia’s laid-back chic take on the classic waxed field jacket.


4. The “new” cool-girl uniform. // Mansur Gavriel bucket bag? Check. Worn-in Chuck Taylors? Check. Star girl sweater? Triple check. And let’s not forget risky white jeans for good measure.


5. A little bit military, a LOT femme. // When in doubt, just toss on a tough-girl military jacket. To say that I’m obsessed with Sophia’s drop-waist gingham dress would be an understatement.

Get the look:
Who are your favorite style ‘grammers to follow for inspiration? Comment below!

xo,

A

PS: I created a Pinterest board devoted to all my Insta crushes — be sure to follow along!
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me. my. poncho. and. i.



As you can probably surmise from the title of this post, a certain knit poncho will be taking center stage. If I ever attend a music festival (slim chance unless it's Glastonbury), then you best believe I'll be wearing some variation of this ensemble.
 

Initially, I bought this fringed knit poncho (still available and on sale!) for winter, only to realize that I prefer it so much more when styled for spring (see ya never turtlenecks and bulky layers!). Teamed alongside a simple white tee, a denim skirt and suede ankle boots, the result was something along the lines of rodeo-ready — and I do mean that in the best possible way.
 

Particularly groundbreaking ensemble? No, not by a long shot. But for this classic prepster who swears by a uniform consisting of waxed field jackets (or Barbour) and Keds sneaks on the regular, this is as boho-chic as it gets.
 

While this outfit may not be suitable for the most balmy spring days, it's perfect for moderately warm weeks when the temps are nippy in the morning and a perfect 70 degrees (insert praise hands emoji) come recess — AKA, fun in the sun time. As for additional ways to get the most wear out of your favorite knit ponchos (and wraps for that matter)? Try teaming 'em with denim boyfriend shorts, high-waisted mom jeans or denim button-front skirts for instant festival flair.





knit poncho (on sale) | white tee (similar) | denim skirt | suede ankle boots (similar)

Do you own a knit poncho? What are your spring wardrobe essentials? Comment below!

xo,

A
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