game. set. match.


YOU GUYS (all caps to get your attention)!! I’m pumped to finally be sharing this #OOTD with you. Every summer, there tends to be a rotation of dresses (some old, some new) that I gravitate toward for a slew of outings. You could say this lovely Free People frock is one of ‘em. Call me overly sentimental, but something tells me that this is a dress that I’ll look back at fondly for years (and years) to come. Yes, it’s obviously super femme and the definition of festi-cool — I think I could actually see myself frolicking in a field of wild daisies for a Free People-esque shoot — but there’s a certain je ne sais quoi quality about it that speaks volumes about my personal style these days.



Admittedly, the choker-neck style (it’s still growing on me!) and exaggerated sleeves were a smidge outside my comfort zone, but you only embrace your inner flower child once — amirite?! I proceeded to layer it over a lovely lace bralette and toss on my go-to huaraches from Madewell for a considerably boho lewk. Other details to love: namely that airy open back (keep scrollin’ to see the details), the subtle pleats and of course the sweet floral print.

Speaking of outfit snapshots, I started out at the tennis court before venturing downtown for additional action shots. Fellow bloggers (and aesthetes alike), take note: Tennis courts make for a v aesthetically pleasing backdrop. I could photograph the crisp white lines and blue/green asphalt (color palette of my dreams) for days.


 

free people tegan mini dress (or similar) | mini cross-body bag (different color) | huaraches (sold out, but similar)

What are your favorite summertime statement pieces? Comment below! 

xo,
A
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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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