Why crossbodies are my favorite…

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TOP: similarsimilar white versionshort sleeve version / / SHORTSAmerican Eagle / / SHOES: Lauren Ralph Lauren / / BAGsimilar Coach (mine’s from the outlet & I’m sure you can still find it there!) / /

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m always wearing a crossbody purse. They are my absolute favorite. I don’t like huge bags and this one from Coach is probably the largest (and most expensive) one I’ve had. They’re just so easy to carry around. In this picture I’m carrying Continue reading “Why crossbodies are my favorite…”

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Shades of Blue

Denim Jacket / / Dress / / Ankle boots / / Scarf / / Kate Spade Purse

Lately I’ve been wearing lots of blue. I’m all about navy and shades of blue with white this spring. I love this pleated dress and got it on sale at Dillard’s. Sadly, they don’t have it anymore but I linked the brand, GB, for similar ones. Hope everyone has been having a good year. I know I’ve had a super busy one so far. Sometimes it’s good to just take a step back and think about what’s really important to you. I have been so busy I’ve missed out on a lot. I’m just trying to look ahead and think of where I want to be and what’s Continue reading “Shades of Blue”

Winter White

SWEATERLoft / / SCARF: Bella’s Boutique / / JEANSAmerican Eagle / / FLATSForever 21 / /

Hope everyone had a great New Years!! I’m so excited to see what 2016 has in store for Andrew and I. Can’t wait until we actually live in the same town! I know 2015 has been a rough year for sure with my mom having breast cancer, my dad having heart surgery, and now my grandma in the hospital. It’s also had some positive aspects like going to Disney World for the first time and student teaching in an amazing kindergarten class. I can’t wait to graduate in May this year and get started on the next chapter of my life. Continue reading “Winter White”

Fall Wedding

DRESS: Delia’s / / SHOESSteve Madden / /

Hope you’re having a great Tuesday! I am in love with this black dress! It has tulle underneath to make it have that full skirt look and I just feel like a princess wearing a dress this fancy. Fall/winter weddings are kinda tricky knowing what to wear. Black and dark colored dresses are my go to. I got this to wear to a Halloween wedding which worked perfectly with the black and gold theme.

I recently got my hair cut so it’s not this long anymore. I loved it that length if I ever actually curled it. My hair is naturally straight. I air dry it and, except for putting some Chi silk infusion in it while it’s damp, I don’t do anything to it. For weddings I love curling my hair and adding a simple braid to it. My hair won’t stay curly all night so having a braid on one side adds more to it when my curls start to fall out. I like front, side dutch braids pulled back and pinned with the rest of my hair left down. Thanks for reading, love you all!

Fall Dresses

Erika- DRESS: American Eagle / / BOOTIES: American Eagle, old (love these) / / SCARFFrancesca’s / / EARRINGSLC Lauren Conrad / / SUNGLASSES: Calvin Klein / / Jessica- TOPAltar’d State / / SKIRT: Loft (Similar here) / /

It’s like overnight the leaves finally started to change colors, and they’re gorgeous! I have to say Tennessee definitely has the best fall season when it comes to all of the trees changing color. I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet but I’m already ready for Christmas…it’s like I’ve worn out all of these fun fall things and I’m ready to move on to the next holiday haha!

If there’s one thing you’re going to see a lot of this fall and even winter it will be the scarf and booties I’m wearing here. They are my favorites right now. I don’t know if it’s because they go together perfectly or what. It just makes me feel put together when the top of my outfit matches with the bottom haha! Does anyone else feel that way? I guess it’s kind of like matching your shoes to your outfit. I don’t really care for dark colors and just want bright colors in every season so adding a neutral colored scarf and shoes kind of tone down my light pink dress that would have looked like it was meant for spring. Oh and about the booties…I’d recommend getting one with a low heel since you’ll probably wear them more that way. I have a pair that have a 3 inch heel which is still not that high but they just don’t work for everyday like the ones I have on in the picture. I think those are like a 2 inch heel.

I went to a pumpkin patch with my kindergarten class for a field trip and it was a lot of fun. The kids got to pet and feed little baby goats. They are the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! Then, they each got to pick out a small pumpkin and put it in their bag to take home. It was the sweetest thing to see them all excited about their own little pumpkin. I can’t wait to have my own baby because I know it’s going to be even sweeter to see their reactions. Don’t get me wrong they have their not so sweet moments but for the field trip they did pretty well. I hope everyone has a great week and Thanksgiving is only three and half weeks away!!!

xoxo

Pumpkin Loving

STRIPED TOPOld Navy / / LEGGINGSOld Navy / / SCARF: American Eagle (old) / / BOOTSUnlisted / /

Fall is definitely my favorite season! I’m loving the weather right now where it’s cool enough to wear boots and long sleeves but not chilly where I need a coat. I’m really loving scarfs this season and just got this one that I love. A lot of scarves just look huge on me so when I find a super soft one that doesn’t look like it swallowed my neck, I get it haha!

Andrew and I finally got to carve a pumpkin and it was so fun! We just went for a simple design this time…the complicated ones just make us frustrated and take the fun out of it for us. We watched scary movies all weekend long and I can’t wait for ABC Family’s 13 nights of Halloween. The classics are still my favorite like Halloweentown. I hope ya’ll have a great week and love you all!

What to Wear to Disney World

Look 1- CHAMBRAY TOP: Old Navy (sold out but exact dress version and similar romper) / / BLACK SHORTS: American Eagle / / MONOGRAMMED CROSSBODY: Etsy / /

Look 2- MINT T-SHIRT: Volunteer Traditions / / WHITE SHORTS: American Eagle (white is sold out but love the burgundy for a grey t-shirt) / / SHOES: Nike / /

Look 3- USA T-SHIRT: special edition 4th of July tee Old Navy / / WHITE SHORTS: American Eagle / / SHOES: Nike / /

Look 4- BIKINI TOP: Victoria’s Secret / / BIKINI BOTTOMS: Victoria’s Secret / /

Look 5- Disney World Post (Pictures & outfit details) / /

Hope everyone is having a great Thursday! I thought I’d share with you what I wore and packed for Disney World since I had such a hard time deciding. Now that I know what to expect, I have some advice what you should and shouldn’t bring with you. I know everyone is going to be different but this is what worked for me. Hope it helps!

What I wore / / So as you can see it was super hot when I went to Disney World! Honestly, if you go about anytime except for winter then it’s going to be pretty hot since it is in Florida. That is a plus about going to Disney Land over Disney World haha. I packed a mixture of clothes since I didn’t know what I’d want to wear. I loved the white tank top I wore in look 5 from my first Disney World post and the chambray top in look 1 because they’re loose, simple and really pretty. I like the pretty part because most of the time I was a sweaty mess, so the top made me look a little more put together (I hope haha). Loose and comfy is definitely what I recommend. I also wore t-shirts on two of the days. I wore those on the days I wore my tennis shoes since my tank tops don’t go with tennis shoes. The t-shirts actually felt a little hotter than my tank tops since they’re not as light so if you pack a t-shirt go for a lightweight one. Then, of course, shorts. I didn’t bring any jean shorts since those tend to get hotter. For shoes, I wore some slightly cushioned sandals with look 1 and 5. My feet were cool and didn’t hurt until the end of the day. But I wouldn’t recommend wearing them twice in a row. I wore my Nike tennis shoes with my t-shirts which were perfect.

In my bag / / I brought my monogrammed crossbody since it’s light and has three compartments for the little things I needed. I put money, travel size deodorant, headache or stomachache medicine, hair tie & bobby pins, face blotting sheets, peanut butter crackers  for a snack (if you’re on a budget like me), poncho (in case it rains), and my phone. We did bring water bottles with us the first two days and then realized that it’s much much easier to just go to a restaurant or drink stand and ask for a cup of water. It’s free and much better than carrying around heavy water bottles all day.

The last picture is our relaxing day at the beach. We drove to Daytona like an hour away from Disney. Don’t forget to put on lots of sunscreen and have fun! Love you all!

Game Day

TANK TOP: Aerie (Similar here) / / CARDIGANKohl’s / / SCARF: Aerie / / JEANSAmerican Eagle / / SHOES: Lauren Ralph Lauren via TJMaxx / / EARRINGS: LC Lauren Conrad / / Andrew- JERSEYTennessee Athletics / / JEANSAmerican Eagle / / SHOESSperry / /

I didn’t even realize until later that my tank top had little white polka dots on it that went with the polka dots on my scarf…love it when your outfit looks like you actually put some thought into it when really it was an accident haha! I’m so ready to wear scarves since it’s getting cooler outside. I think they just complete outfits with an extra accessory. I also really like them for those tops that have a big neck that I’m constantly tugging at all day…I can just wear a scarf and then not worry about it. I’m sure you noticed it’s still not thatttt cool out since I dressed in layers and wore some sandals but it’s getting there!

Andrew and I were of course wearing our orange and white for the UT football game that day. I get tired of wearing t-shirts (who would’ve thought) since I wear them a lot at school, so I just wanted to dress up a bit more to watch the game. Andrew always wears his jersey…I guess it’s a superstition thing? Anyway, they ended up losing by one point :( But we had a fun day out at the park and loving this sunshine! One of my favorite things to do in Knoxville when I go visit Andrew is just drive around looking at all the huge, old houses. I think they’re just so beautiful! Mostly everything is new where I’m from so we don’t have much of the colonial style houses that I just love. Hope everyone is having a great week, love you all!

Rainy Day Fun

TOP: Target (Out of stock, similar here) / / JEANSAmerican Eagle / / RAINBOOTSHunter / / RAINCOAT: Columbia / / PURSE: Kate Spade / / EARRINGS: Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s / / Andrew- UT POLOTennessee Volunteers / / RAINCOATThe North Face / / JEANSAmerican Eagle / / SHOESSperry

I went to visit Andrew for the weekend in Knoxville and it was raining all day on Friday but we still wanted to be outside. So we put on our raincoats and I wore my Hunter rainboots….and we forgot an umbrella of course haha! I love these rainboots and I’m so glad I splurged on them. I ordered them from the Hunter website and they don’t charge tax and the shipping is free. I couldn’t decide between the grey or red but I’m really glad I got the red because it makes them more of a statement piece. The top I’m wearing always gets so many compliments too. It just fits so well and Target has plenty of pieces like this where it’s loose, lightweight top with subtle details. And oh my I can’t forget to talk about the jeans I’m wearing! I recently got them from American Eagle and they’re perfect because they’re SO comfortable! They’re actually jeggings but look exactly like jeans. The only difference is that they are so much softer and more stretchy. They fit my little legs unlike a lot of other jeans.

Andrew and I had so much fun just walking around UT and seeing all of the different buildings. The university is pretty old so they have some of the most beautiful, old buildings mixed with some new ones too. Then, we went to Jason’s Deli and got the salad bar. I had really been craving this because I love all of their toppings and you have an unlimited amount. The best part of Jason’s Deli has to be the delicious soft-serve ice-cream! I could eat it everyday and it’s free with your meal! Thanks for reading and hope you are all having a great Tuesday!