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I am so psyched that this week is only three days for Kendall and myself. We haven’t had a trip in a while, and we’re going to Charleston for Sahra’s wedding with a stop on the way down and back to Myrtle Beach to visit some of my family. We’re like really good at long car trips together, braving a week-long drive from Mississippi with several stops along the way when we moved him up here, and a few trips back by car since then.

Next week, I’ll have my Chowderfest trip too! Now that I’m a grown-up with a full time job and responsibilities, it’s not so often that I get a weekend away, much less two in a row. While the trips serve different purposes, the bulk of both trips is going to be pretty casual. I have a crazy gown for Sahra’s wedding, but I’ll spend most of both trips in pretty comfy attire (especially as Long Beach Island will be pretty chilly at the ‘fest).

This time of year is pretty tricky, weather-wise, so layers are key. So is a (practical) variety of footwear. I’m kind of over over-packing (I used to be so bad about this), so I’m rather strategic in what actually gets to come with me for a weekend away. I tend to pack in coordinating colors to mix and match.

the carolove getaway essentials

collage made with picmonkey

Women’s Obey Basel Cable Knit Sweater||L.L.Bean Blanket Scarf, Plaid||Free People – Jordan Tee Women’s T Shirt

Original Tour Women’s Rain Boots||Jessica Simpson Water-Resistant Hooded Raincoat||Perverse Declan 51Mm Keyhole Sunglasses||Women’s Sp Black Decon Raw Edge High Waist Skinny Jeans

Roxy – Peak Moments Striped Dress Women’s Dress||Women’s Leith Easy Circle Cardigan||GUESS – Disc Pendant w/ Tassel Y Necklace Necklace||Lucky Brand Women’s Eesa Block-Heel Booties Women’s Shoes

Cobian – La Paz Women’s Sandals||Vans Authentic Lo Pro Sneaker||Brown Buckle-Accent Tote Set

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Let me first say that there is literally nothing wrong with being basic at it’s most *ahem* basic level. I like what I like and if a trazillion other girls are also wearing riding boots and herringbone vests and sipping pumpkin spice lattes, so be it. My former roommate and I actually threw a Pumpkin Spice Friendship party. I kid you not. And everyone had a blast!

I found an old-ish Cosmo article that defends basic-ness and my favorite line is:

Liking something popular doesn’t make you lame. Discounting someone for having those same interests, however, does. Own your basic-ness, find your tribe…

(My tribe has a new uniform: my Sissy in law, Phi Sig Little, and I all just got this sweatshirt.)

But Fall has always been my favorite time of year- I hate being hot and love Halloween. I read once, I think in Cosmo too actually, that dressing in fall should actually be more fun because fall clothes have more substance than the dresses we throw on in the summer. I totally agree! I love sweaters and scarves and vests and textures and layers. I also look great in fall colors, tbh. Olive green, deep burgundies, amethyst purples. And with that, I bring you the basic essentials you should probably have for fall.

Monogrammed Herringbone Vest||Oversized Tartan Scarf||Pashmina Wrap Shawl

Women’s Tory Burch Adeline Boot||Style & Co Jamila Zip Booties, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes||Hunter Boots Original Tour Boots

Signature Cotton Fisherman Tunic Sweater||Boyfriend Long Sleeve Cardigan||Women’s Hinge Button Back V-Neck Sweater

Women’s Levi’S Patched Utility Jacket||Women’s Bp. Moto Leggings||Jones New York Plaid Cape

Piri Vegan Leather Saddlebag||Le Pliage PVC Coated Leather-Trim Tote||AGP Apparel Leopard Clutch

Jaya Tortoise Pendant||Jaya Tortoise Cuff||Mac glasses

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There’s a little nip in the air- actually, it may not even be a nip it’s just not HAWT. This means that my least favorite time of the year is winding down. I had a pumpkin spice bagel yesterday. Fall is coming. But it’s not quite here yet.

Last night, Bubbles & Bloggers had their August meet up at the Embassy Row Hotel with special guests from  StyleMeBar. We try to pick out a theme for our events, and this month is was “come wearing your favorite summer outfit.” Kind of perfect for the last B&B bash of the summer.

My outfit was one that has been on repeat since June. The dress, which I also have in pink, is a style I wasn’t sure would work on me but I LOVE. I can’t do off the shoulder, but a cold shoulder has been my sassy go-to way to wear the trend. I just have to pop on a great Stella & Dot necklace and the softest loafers (an excellent TJ Maxx find) and I have an outfit in 3 easy steps. I’ve also been carrying around this sweet bag from The Kate Spade at Clarksburg Premium Outlets. You might have noticed it in my engagement pictures– but it makes for a great tote while I’m lugging my life around DC.

I find that I really love a statement necklace to jazz up pretty much any outfit that I wear. Since this dress is solid, I usually grab my York Necklace to add some color and texture to it. And it is absolutely zero secret that I adore Stella & Dot. I still need to spend my reward bucks from the online style session I hosted, but I’m glad I waited becauuuuuse Stella & Dot is offering 25% OFF sale items, which means you can save up to 50% on your favorite pieces! This sale is on now and will expire on Wednesday, 9/6.

photos by Roxanne

Outfit details:

Versatile 3 in 1 York Necklace||Wishing Bracelet – Bisous||Melody Bracelet||PrinStory Women’s Summer Cold Shoulder Ruffle Sleeves Shift Dress||Similar gold loafers||Kate Spade Down The Rabbit Hole Oops a Daisy Scalloped Len Tote Shoulder Bag ||Similar white sunnies

Cold shoulder dresses under $50:

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Last weekend, Bubbles & Bloggers had our July meetup- a shopping tour with Shop The City (more on that in a later post) that ended with the last Whistle & Wild popup before founder Amanda scoots down to Texas in a move that has been a long time coming. While I’m sad to see my friend go, I am SO excited for her journey. You may remember this, but Sarah and I modeled her clothes to help launch Whistle & Wild back late last summer, and the following of Amanda’s online boutique has grown exponentially and nation-wide. There is no question that Amanda is one bad boss and she’ll do great things!

This popup had a little somethin’somethin’ extra though! Marisa was there to help style summer Whistle & Wild pieces for fall. I was so inspired that I wanted to share with my readers some of the great ideas Marisa gave to help transition their own wardrobes. The best part is that I found the pieces I was missing at the #NSale and can share those with you too! These are just a couple of pieces we looked at to move from summer into fall. Make sure you check out everything Whistle & Wild has to offer!


Although the booties that Marisa showed us with this outfit had a little more of a heel, I love love love the perforated look on this Tom’s booties. Put those toes away once the temps drop, ad some sleeves to the slip dress with soft cotton underneath, and add burgundy to the blush to make a great fall outfit!

Whistle & Wild Gabi Slip Dress||Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Cotton Tee||Deia Block Heel Bootie||Angleflip Pendant Necklace MADEWELL||Sole Society Glenn Faux Leather Tote


“Gingham is summer through and through.” This is a gingham rule that I’ve already talked about breaking myself. While Marisa said that leather is still a bit much for early fall, olive utility/ military style jackets are universally flattering. Add a riding boot with a low heel for just a little bit of height. I actually got these exact boots for myself after hearing how long my legs looked with just a bit of heel. At the risk of looking too matchy matchy, I kind of love it with the blue bag too! And I think the boots make it a day or night outfit.

Whistle & Wild Blue Thrill Dress||Twill Peplum Jacket CASLON||Korrine Over the Knee Boot SARTO BY FRANCO SARTO||Avalon 55mm Gradient Lens Square Sunglasses||young lane – shirley leather satchel KATE SPADE NEW YORK

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I think the hardest part about dressing in the summer is like… what exactly do I wear to work? My off-duty look is my Jacks with an easy dress that may or may not be too short for the office, but during the week I find myself grabbing one of the same 5 law-firm appropriate frocks I have hanging in my closet. I am pretty lucky that my firm is lax about the dress code so I can get away with a lot- like this dress probably wouldn’t fly for a lot of office jobs- but I’m just finding myself a little bored with my work clothes. That fresh blue made me feel awesome, so I’m thinking of incorporating more colors into my summer work wardrobe.

This might come from my general antsy-ness and discontent in the summertime, but regardless, I’m looking for inspiration for my closet. In the interest of being universally appealing, I’m sticking to rules of work wear that I don’t usually follow myself- close-toed shoes, no sleeveless blouses.

Keep in mind, this is for work wear and not necessarily interview wear. I stumbled across an old District Sparkle post, and I think her rules for interview attire ring pretty true!

UDORA Square Neck Optical Illusion Business Pencil Midi Dress||French Connection Women’s Sunflower Stripe Dress|| Laser Cutout Scallop Hem Top||Thalia Sodi Printed Scuba Pencil Skirt||Chuck On Blazer TOPSHOP||Dainna||Givenchy Silver-Tone Imitation Pearl Black Triangle Statement Necklace||Women’s Diff Rose 56Mm Cat Eye Sunglasses – Black White/ Pink||Zyla Tote w/ Braided Tassel

Printed dresses for work
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Printed pencil skirts
Not black blazers
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