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Pretty in…Purple?

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First, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love following yesterday’s post! I was beyond touched with all of your kind words and encouragement, and so thankful that I was also able to touch some of you with my experience. But, enough of the yucky feelings talk- today’s post is all about a dress that makes me feel good!! You know, that one you can put on no matter how down you are and still feel like a million bucks?! It’s all about finding the colors, shape and fit that’s flattering on your body and most importantly, makes you feel confident.

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My favorite trend for summer has by far been off the shoulder tops and dresses. It’s a similar problem to my 2014 romper craze and I just can’t get enough of it. There’s something so sexy about a showing a little shoulder skin and I instantly feel feminine and confident in this style. Add in the gorgeous lace and hip hugging in just the right places and you’ve got yourself the perfect dress for date night or GNO! Bonus: it’s on sale right now for HALF OFF, and if you’re not one for color, it also comes in black.

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Speaking of color, the description says “corn flower blue” and it appeared to be a soft baby blue. Clearly that is not the case. I’m not going to lie, when I got it in the mail I was really disappointed that it was more of a purple. My elementary, middle & high school colors were purple and white, so I’ve successfully kept it out of my wardrobe ever since graduation. I mean, a girl can only wear bright purple for so long. But, the more I stared at this dress in my closet, the more the color grew on me, and now I’m just plain obsessed! Purple had been so far gone from my life for so long that I almost feel like I’m discovering a new color to wear! Besides, this is more of a periwinkle than a true purple, so I don’t think I’ll get mistaken for a First Baptist student anytime soon. (because other than that I totallyyy look like I could pass as a high schooler-right?!)

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Photos: Katie Capo of Catherine Ann Photography

Dress: Topshop | Shoes: Steve Madden from Belk | Bag: Ted Baker from Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant | Lipstick Color: Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Wonderland #575

Classic B + W

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Yesterday was the first day of Charleston Fashion Week and for those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s quite a big to do!! I’ll be bringing y’all my looks from each night of shows and full runway reviews each day. But, to start off the week, I’m sharing with y’all my outfit for the first official event under the tents in Marion Square, the Gwynn’s Raise the Runway Brunch to benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital. This is such a lovely event for such a great cause and I wanted to wear something equally as lovely!

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What could be more lovely than a classic black and white look with a pop of pretty florals?! Yeah, pretty much nothing! I love how simply chic this outfit is!! I felt confident and fashion forward but understated all at the same time. This is an outfit that you can look back on 50 years from now and still think it’s stylish! I think it’s perfect for a daytime event like this- here’s looking at all you 20 somethings with a million bridal and baby showers to attend this spring!!

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Not only did Gwynn’s hook me up with seats for my hubby and I at this amazing event, but they also made sure I was looking Charleston Fashion Week ready with a fabulous makeup application by Brittany!! (not me Brittany obvi) Gwynn’s only carries absolute top of the line products like Trish McEvoy and Laura Mercier, so I knew it would be beautifully done but I had no idea how much fun she would have with it. Since it was St. Patty’s day and all, she gave me a little pop of color with GREEN eyeliner. Yep, you read that right. I’m normally not a colored eye makeup kinda gal, but I absolutely loved this look! It was super subtle, but definitely kept me pinch proof all day! She also did an amazing job with my base makeup (which I’m super picky about) and it lasted me all the way through brunch and the evening of shows and after parties! Basically, they made me feel super pretty- thanks Gwynn’s!!

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As much as I love the clean and classic look of black and white, it is spring and it is fashion week, so I couldn’t just leave it at that!! This was the perfect blank palette to take my new Ted Baker bag for a spin, and it just so happens to come from Gwynn’s so I loved being able to rep them at their own event! Have I told y’all about my recent Ted Baker obsession? It’s been going on for about a year now and I just love everything he puts out! I think I’m just really into all of the U.K. and Aussie brands lately- they know what they’re doing!!

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Just in time for Charleston Fashion Week, I finally took the plunge and made a nice midi ring purchase from Moon and Lola!! I’ve had several before, but they were cheapies and turned color pretty quickly. These are the perfect everyday delicate pieces! A couple of midi rings are a great way for people like me, who don’t love to over accessorize, to still feel like they have something on without being way over the top.

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I just absolutely love this skirt from Trés Carmen Boutique!! Oh, and did I mention it was only $35 dollars!! Is that not a steal?! It’s really a staple skirt to keep in your closet for spring and summer. It could go so many ways and really look flattering on just about anyone! I can’t wait to pair it with a black and white stripe top and my new neon yellow sandals for a little more of a casual look!

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Stay tuned later this afternoon for my outfit from last night and a full runway review from all of the shows!! So excited to share everything with y’all this week!!  XO

Makeup: Brittany at Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant

Top: Banana Republic {similar in link} | Skirt: Trés Carmen Boutique | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman from Bob Ellis Shoes | Bag: Ted Baker from Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant | Rings: Moon and Lola

Slack Saturday Six

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Okay guys, so I totally slacked on my Friday Five yesterday. But, seriously get over it, life happens! Plus, now you get an extra little tidbit with a Saturday Six!! Hope everyone had a great week and has a fabbb weekend!!

1. New Makeup Trick– Okay, so I swear I didn’t know this had become some huge internet phenomenon until I started googling for a video. My friend, Alden, recently told me about this trick that she knew from her time working at Pink Dot Beauty Bar and it has changed my life!! Thanks to those strong Italian genetics, I’ve suffered from dark eye circles my whole life. Putting a little red lipstick under my concealer has been the first thing to even come close to getting rid of those babies! I’ve been using Sephora brand lipstick in pure red and Clinique concealer in porcelain (which isn’t sold any longer, but your fav concealer will do) under my powder and a little RMS concealer on top for a brightening finish!

2. Style Crush– I’ve followed Russian It Girl, Miroslava Duma, on Insta for quite a while, but I really just needed to share with y’all my obsession! I mean the girl’s style is FLAWLESS!! Plus, between having worked for publishing houses such as Harper’s Bazaar and Condé Nast and founding her own online company, Buro 24/7, she’s kind of a business badass. Basically, she’s my hero and you need to spend a good 30 minutes of your life stalking her social media.

3. Must Have Spring Coat– I’ve really just been loving everything from Ted Baker lately, but this coat is actually the perfect coat for your transition to spring in these chilly temps! I’ve been a little in love with light blue coats all winter, but was never able to find the perfect one. This wool fabric will keep you warm, but the color and 3/4 sleeve will keep things fresh and light for spring.

4. SC Restaurants by County– Three clapping hand emojis to Charleston Food Bloggers for making this genius list of the best restaurants in South Carolina by county! The list is a perfect combination of hole in the wall diners and unexpected high end restaurants in small towns that is sure to get you through your next mini road trip. OR a great inspiration FOR your next road trip!

5. Victoria’s Secret Sale– Who doesn’t want to make a few VS Swim purchases before the summer time?! Especially after that swim special they had on the other night!! Does the bod come with it?! But, seriously now is the time to do your Victoria’s Secret buying. A. There’s a big sale going on right now and you can save up to $55 off of a $250 purchase, plus free shipping, plus in case you need a 6893th VS tote you can get one of those! and B. Everything is starting to get back ordered, so if you want your suits in time for spring break or with some even summer break, you need to act now!

6. This Video Makes Me Happy– It wouldn’t be a Friday Favs, okay whatever, Saturday Six, post without something to do with cute animals! This video of pups (and one cat) on the beach, is the perfect mood booster this weekend!! Plus, it’s in Australia so it’s totally giving me Summer fever!!