The Cozy Furry Sweater

banana republic striped furry sweaterStriped Cozy Furry Sweater c/o | High Waist Skinny Jeans | Suede Ankle Boots | Burgundy Leather Watch (Get 15% off w/code DARCISTYLE) | Gold Cuff Bracelet (comes in 7 colors!) | Intense Butter Lipgloss | Sunglasses: (similar)

There is nothing better than a chunky, oversized, cozy sweater in the fall, am I right? With the holidays right around the corner (so crazy to say!), besides shopping for gifts, I’m thinking about what comfortable outfit I want to wear for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Often times, the cozy Christmas themed pajamas will work fine staying at the house, but if I’m going elsewhere, I like to throw on jeans and a sweater. It’s easy, not too over the top, and is perfect for hiding the huge food baby underneath. I’m sure I’m not the only one who eats a second plate, goes to another house, eats again, and then loads up on dessert. So comfort is key when you’re about to be in a food coma and just want to relax with family/friends around the house. My other go-to outfit is a light jersey or knit dress with tights because it’s also not too restricting for an all day event of fun and food. I kept this look fairly simple because a furry sweater  is a scene stealer on its own, however adding a statement necklace would definitely add a wow factor. If jeweled up more, pairing it with a skirt or pencil pants for an office party is another option to have you looking chic and comfortable at the same time! So grab this cozy furry sweater (on sale for 50% off with code: BRFIFTY) for your holiday gatherings this fall season, and go up a size if you want an oversized fit to give you ease in eating as much Turkey as you want! Or should I say….”beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, YOU NAME IT”….have you heard that Thanksgiving anthem going viral yet? Too funny!

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How to Look Chic & Sexy at Your Holiday Party

how to wear a print lace dress in fallPrinted Lace Dress (now 30% off!) | Duster Coat: Forever 21 (similar/similar) | Over The Knee Boots: Sam Edelman (almost exact/similar) | Black Clutch: The Limited (similar)

Going to a holiday party and don’t know what to wear? I got you girl. I know for the holidays you have your family party, office party, party with friends, and at all of those you may go with a different look to fit your surroundings. Today I’m sharing a look that is equally parts chic and sexy to fit one of those occasions, depending on your lifestyle. This printed lace dress is perfect for giving you that sexy feel and paired with on trend over the knee boots, kicks it up a notch. In this look I layered the dress with a duster coat to add that chic element, making the outfit more put together and polished. The best thing is you don’t have to wear it and can simply set aside when you get to your destination. However, I love that I can wear this duster coat for warmth and still look chic. At night it’s definitely getting colder here in Texas, and I know it’s snowing in other states, so simply just wearing a dress anymore may not be an option. There are so many amazing holiday dresses out right now, but snag this printed one while its on sale for the perfect night out ensemble. I can’t wait to share more holiday party looks here soon as I know some crave the fancy all sequin looks or trendy velvet pieces. However, if you want an easy look that you can wear more than once because it doesn’t even have to be the holidays to wear this outfit or dress, than hit the streets in this number. Okay, maybe not really “the streets” like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman or anything, but hey who am I to say what streets, WORK IT GIRL. This outfit is too good not to strut, in my opinion, because it’s my new favorite.

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Dear Diary 2

Sharing another roundup of some Instagram favorites lately…If you haven’t already, you can easily shop what I post on Instagram daily by checking the SHOP tab on the menu above, then under the drop down menu click on MY INSTAGRAM.

orange and black outfit idea for fallDress: H&M (similar) | Suede Tassel Boots | Bomber Jacket: Zara (similar) | Leopard Scarf: (similar) | Cat Eye Sunglasses: (such cute options!) | Drop Necklace

all black fall outfit inspiration Distressed Leggings | Grid Vest/Scarf: Express, in store only (similar) | Cold Shoulder Tunic | Ankle Boots: JustFab (similar) | Floppy Hat: (similar)

burgundy daniel wellington watch for fallBurgundy Leather Watch (get 15% off with code: DARCISTYLE) |1. Stripe Furry Sweater | 2. Faux Fur Jacket | 3. Colorblock Tunic Sweater

you had me at pumpkin spice teeSuede Moto Jacket (more colors) | Pumpkin Spice Tee | White Skinny Jeans

how to wear plaid and white casual outfit inspiration Plaid Shirt: Nordstrom (similar) | Distressed Skinny Jeans | Converse Sneakers | Crossbody: Rebecca Minkoff (similar) | Boyfriend Watch | Bracelet

pop sugar must have box henri bendel umbrellaLong Sleeve Tunic | Skinny Jeans | Calf Buckle Boots: Shoedazzle (similar) | Necklace: (similar) | Stripe Umbrella

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Nordstrom Fall Clearance Sale Favorites

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I know the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the best thing ever but how can you resist this Fall Clearance one too? I went through every category and wanted to share my favorite pieces, some that I own or that will be making their way into my closet soon. I linked some items that may be low in stock (because the sale has been going on a for a few days now and things are selling out) but check back frequently because re-stocks happen often. Or my favorite secret is to buy it now on sale, in a different size if yours is sold out, and then exchange it for your actual size when it gets restocked! I’ve gotten something close to my size and realized I liked the way that fit anyways, so it could work out in your favor. I’m also sharing a few outfits from the blog of me wearing some of the pieces. I’m on the hunt for some more boots, coats, and sweaters. In general, more fall pieces that are versatile and make favorites to wear on repeat. I just did another closet purge to make sure I have pieces in my closet that I absolutely love, somewhat of a capsule, but it’s still a work in progress. Enjoy these picks below, they are all things I am swooning over myself or own already. Let me know what items you love as well or things I didn’t share that you know are worth it.

Must have layers: 

A few other shoes worth mentioning: 

Sweater goodness: 

Some favorite accessories: 

Dresses for all: 

Cold weather faves: 

Tops & bottoms: 

over the knee boots fall outfit ideaOriginal Blog Post || Fave OTK Suede Boots (on sale-more colors, I own the brown too!)

sam edelman fringe belinda bootsOriginal Blog Post – styled two winter outfits || Fringe Suede Boots (shown in collage above!)

how to wear a leather skirt for fallOriginal Blog Post || Cut Out Heels (on sale- more colors)

Nordstrom Ivanka Trump leopard velvet ankle bootiesOriginal Blog Post || Ankle Boots (on sale-more colors)

DSC_0035Original Blog Post || Favorite Lace Up Flats (more colors)

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Topshop ripped high rise skinny jeans fall outfit reviewOriginal Blog Post || Suede Boots (on sale)

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Cowl Neck Dress BlankNYC suede jacketOriginal Blog Post || Fave Dress (on sale-more colors), Fave Suede Jacket (more colors)

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The Perfect Print Dress & Belted Vest

office to happy hour outfit inspiration Print Dress: H&M (in store, similar/similar) | Draped Belted Vest: H&M (similar for $22!) | Strappy Suede Heels | Crosssbody Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, old (similar/similar) | Black Leather Watch (almost half off!) | Gold Elephant Necklace (fave dainty necklace!)

This is probably one of my favorite outfits to date. For a few reasons, but I simply love each individual piece so combined, its a winning package. Before my recent trip to Atlanta, I stumbled upon these two good finds (the dress and belted vest) while at H&M and it didn’t occur to me until later that I could actually pair them together for a fab look. I mean can you believe I bought these pieces from there…they are on budget but look so expensively chic, and I love when that happens! I was not necessarily on the hunt for this dress but when I saw it, it screamed out for me that it needed a good home. I actually went up a few sizes surprisingly because otherwise it fit too snug around the arms and I’m a hugger, so clearly that didn’t work. I love that it’s so bold to stand out on its own or can be paired with a chic coat and tights for the fall/winter. A printed dress like this may not be something you would think could fit in the workplace but paired with this belted vest, it tones it down a bit and adds that professional element. Knowing that I had to attend a happy hour event while in Atlanta, I decided this would be the perfect look for the occasion as well. However, I went with strappy shoes and a small crossbody bag to have that night time/happy hour drinks kind of vibes. This outfit will probably be on repeat but I plan on changing it up when it gets colder and wearing this dress with my new favorite over the knee boots or these suede tassel boots (for only $36!) that I have been wearing everywhere. Also did I mention this outfit would be perfect for all those holiday or dinner parties in the near future? Not too over the top, but the perfect color combination for a Christmas dinner. how to wear a printed dress to workH&M came printed dress belted vest fall outfitholiday party outfit idea inspiration

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Plaid Shirtdress & Moto Jacket Combo

Blanknyc faux leather moto jacket fall outfitPlaid Shirtdress: Nordstrom (similar/similar/similar) | Black Faux Leather Jacket: (wearing medium, similar) | Black Buckle Boots: Shoedazzle (similar) | Necklace: James Avery (similar) \ Aviator Sunglasses | Boyfriend Watch

It is no secret that I have been obsessed with shirt dresses lately as you might have seen on a few Instagram posts or maybe how I wore it two ways on the blog. When it gets colder I can’t wait to wear this layered more or open over a pair of leggings. Also I have shouted from every rooftop about my love for this faux leather moto jacket, because it was worth every hardworking penny. It is surprisingly comfortable as well, I love wearing my jacket on the plane, in a similar athleisure look that is my go-to casual airport/running errands style. If you are in the market for a good one, don’t hesitate checking out the one I posted or a similar option linked above from the same brand because overall their jackets are some of the best I’ve ever owned. Speaking of, I’m sure you have seen this suede moto jacket EVERYWHERE and it was just restocked with new colors added; another example of one of the best I own. I am seriously debating whether or not I really need all the colors of that suede jacket because it’s literally THAT GOOD! I mean I won’t ever need another one again for life, so Santa is definitely getting my list with those jackets on it. I know it’s a little higher on the price range, however, if you can make the investment in one, I would highly recommend in a strong color that is versatile like the brown or gray color. I love that you can wear casually or with dresses, it will go far in your closet this season. Also can I just say that plaid is a big win in my book, I want it all right now. Along with anything velvet or floral print, don’t you agree? I plan on doing some major holiday shopping in the near future, so you may see lots of that on the blog soon. Along with more shirt dresses and moto jackets, because duh. Nordstrom plaid shirtdress fall outfithow to wear a plaid shirtdresshow to wear a leather jacket for fallhow to wear a plaid shirtdress in fall

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Dear Diary

Although this space of mine is more of a fashion blog, I would love to have a day every week where I can simply just chat about a variety of things, separate from my outfit posts. Whether it being me just chatting about life or my weekly adventures, answering any questions, raving about a product I can’t live without, sharing a must read, or blasting a sale; I hope each diary entry is something y’all enjoy reading.

On The Brain:img_3315

I have seriously been struggling over the past two weeks with feeling overwhelmed and stressed. I always have so much on my plate and sometimes can’t quite grasp how to manage it all and instead of being proud of the work I do, I’m negative Nancy about what I couldn’t do with my day. One thing I realized was I needed to get out more whether working or not, just to make sure I get some “me time” or laugh with friends, or work in a different environment so that I don’t feel so cooped up in my house all the time. Also life isn’t perfect and neither is a particular person, so being real with myself has helped ease my need for perfection or comparing myself to someone else’s picture perfect life. Overall, I want to make sure I am being authentic and true to myself, no one wants to see a fake version of me, there are already enough of those people in the world.

A quote that helped me this week: “If you wait for everything to be perfect before you have peace, you’ll be waiting your whole life. God never promised to keep us from difficulties. He didn’t say we wouldn’t have storms, but He did say He would give us peace in the midst of the storm.”  – Joel Osteen

On The Blog:express wraparound cardigan

On The Gram:fall outfit inspiration

Worth Sharing:pop sugar must have subscription boxc/o POPSUGAR

  • I seem to be obsessed with subscription boxes lately. This one from POPSUGAR is one worth mentioning because after my second box this month, it did not disappoint. I have to say that POPSUGAR actually sent me this must have box to try, but I’m so glad I tried it for a review because I can honestly say this is one box I would purchase or gift for a friend. I absolutely loved every piece in my box, so worth the price of the box, in my opinion! I was so happy with the book from Lisa Sugar called, Power Your Happy, half way through and it’s a must read. I love a good motivational/inspirational book! Other favorites was this striped Henri Bendel umbrella, coffee mug, makeup eraser wipe, liquid eyeliner, hot cocoa, and vanilla shower/bath oil. I loved trying all the pieces because they would all make REALLY good Christmas gifts. Stocking up now. If you haven’t tried this monthly box yet, try it for at least a month because it has amazing full sized goods that you MUST HAVE. If you’re interested, check it out here and get $5 off your first box with code SHOP5. Enjoy!

On The Web:

  • Finding this blog post from Nicole (who lives in Austin, hey neighbor!) about self doubt and the comparison game was just the refresher I needed this week! I’m sure lots of us can relate to this, so it’s a quick/good read!
  • I was SO excited to find out about the new Target/designer collaboration coming in April of next year, happy 2017 birthday to me! What do you think about it?

On The List:

  • I am seriously debating whether I should invest in this popular blazer, every time I see on someone I drool.
  • If I wouldn’t go broke, I would buy all of these shoes. The new arrivals are just too good, so I’ve started my Christmas wish list early.

Questions:create & cultivate atlanta

  • “How do you curl your hair?” – I actually use a flat iron to curl my hair instead of a curling iron. It’s just easier to straighten and curl at the same time. I use this exact flat iron, which has been my favorite brand for years. I’m on the market for new products to try though, especially a blow dryer that won’t fry my hair. Recommendations anyone?

Please share your thoughts or ask any questions, I enjoy hearing from y’all. I can’t believe the holidays will be here sooner than later but I’m excited to share some gift guides and holiday looks I have planned for future posts. Have an amazing week!

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Travel Guide: Atlanta Georgia

airport style what to wearWho doesn’t love to travel? I find myself trying to do more of it lately and I love writing about my experience from each trip. I hope these posts help if you ever decide to travel to a place I’ve wrote about because I know I love reading about the good/bad and places to see/eat whenever I’m planning out my next trip. If you read my post yesterday, I talked about taking a trip out to Atlanta, so here I’ll go into more detail about the tourist side of things I did during my visit. As previously mentioned I planned to go due to a weekend conference but I decided to extend my trip out for a few extra days to see the city. My mom decided to go with me because she wanted to see Atlanta too, which made the trip even better to have a buddy to hang with while going around town. Let me just say, Atlanta you were so good to me and I couldn’t believe how FRIENDLY everyone was, it was so awesome. We couldn’t stop saying that, literally everywhere we went someone was either giving a compliment or chatting it up, just so nice. Also, I never realized how cheap it could be to fly to Atlanta from San Antonio (I think it was $200 or less, I bought the tickets early on Southwest but later I found the flights went cheaper and they refunded me the difference, winning!) so now I wouldn’t mind putting on my list to go back one day and see more of what I missed. We decided to stay downtown at the W because that is where the conference had a special rate, but it worked out nice because it was near where we wanted to go so we actually walked to a lot of places. Other times we took ubers if we needed to go a little further out, which were less than $5-$10, unless going to airport or further. However it was still relatively cheap (like $15) going to the airport. (Outfit details: Cardigan: similar/Leggings/Ankle Boots/Luggage)

W Downtown Atlanta (photo cred: W Atlanta Downtown)w downtown atlanta hotel-entranceI know it is a more expensive option but if you can score a deal (or military rate!), I would highly recommend this hotel. The room was so nice and the beds were beyond comfortable. Plus if you go during hotter temperatures, check out their pool at the top of the hotel and lounge area. They offered free coffee downstairs every morning and water every afternoon, along with a free newspaper. If you plan on going to some of the main attractions I mention below, I would recommend staying in the downtown area to be able to walk to them or the food options (walking was a money saver)!fabulous-king

FUN THINGS TO DO: One of the coolest things to see in Downtown Atlanta is not only the Centennial Olympic Park but right next to it they have: the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studios, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, CNN Studios, and the College Football Hall of Fame. Instead of paying separately to visit each place, you could get a adult city pass for $77, which includes the first three mentioned places and then a choice between attending either the Center for Civil and Human Rights or the Atlanta Zoo, and then the College Football Hall of Fame or the Fernbank Museum of National History.  Below I talk about some of the places in more detail from my opinion on the ones I visited. Click on titles to be redirected to site for more information.

Georgia AquariumGeorgia Aquarium Georgia Aquarium Adult price during the week days online is $32, weekends $36, and if you purchase at the door instead the price is $40. This aquarium is such a cool experience, even for adults! When you first walk in they take a few pictures of you in case you wanted to pay an arm/leg for a photobook. Okay, so we bought ours but we looked cute and we didn’t take too many pictures of us on the trip so we went for it. They have a couple wings that feature different creatures from tiny fish to big whales. I acted like a kid and enjoyed looking at every single thing, especially the penguins because you got to crawl underneath and go in a bubble so it was like you were inside with them. I just hated looking at their wings with the zip ties on them; reminded me of them being caged up for my viewing pleasure. Enough emotions, it’s an enjoyable place that seems very well taken care of with a staff that seems to love their jobs taking care of everything inside. I got to touch a stingray, which was scary for me, but really neat and slimy. We also enjoyed the Dolphin show they presented, I think that is truly the most fascinating thing to watch because they are SO SMART. The whole time watching I kept saying to myself, gosh how the heck do they know to do this? The shows are every so often throughout the day, so plan accordingly when you go so you don’t miss them.

World of Coca-Cola
World of Coca-ColaAdult price is $19. Active duty and retired military service members receive free admission with valid I.D. This place is a neat experience but in my opinion the best thing about it was the two free cokes you receive, other than that it didn’t wow me. One time we went in the summer on the weekend, it was awful crowded (hours to wait unless you had a city pass to skip the lines). This time we went during the week in the fall and there was no line and it was easier to go through the place. When you first walk in they give you a coke of your choice and then you watch a short video. Then its self guided for you to walk around. The only other thing I loved about this place was being able to try all the sodas from around the world at different fountain stations. Then when you walk out you are able to grab another coke in a cute glass bottle. (Here is the watch that is pictured above, it’s a new favorite that I keep wearing)

National Center for Civil and Human RightsNational Center for Civil and Human RightsAdult price is $16. A typical visit lasts approximately 90-120 minutes.  Last entry is one hour prior to closing time. The first time we tried to go to this it was an hour from closing time and we didn’t realize about their last entry time frame, so we couldn’t get in. I’ve been to a few different memorials and centers that are based around the Civil Rights Movement so this one was somewhat repetitive to what I’ve already seen, however it was still a good place to check out. The best thing is this one interactive thing they have where you sit down as if you were a civil rights activist in a segregated place like a restaurant. You place your hands on the table and put headphones on where you listen to people screaming in your ear profanities and racial slurs, telling you to get up, all while feeling the vibrations like if people were hitting you in that situation. I would say it’s very intense, my mom actually cried doing it because it felt real and sad to think about that actually happening to someone. If you are not interested in these type of museums, than I would recommend choosing to go to the Zoo if you bought the city pass and had the option or time to spend.

CNN StudiosCNN studios atlantaAdult price is $16. 50-minute guided walking tours depart approximately every 20 minutes. This is huge, when you walk in that whole first floor is open like a mall where they have a TON of places to eat. When you start the tour you go up the worlds longest free-standing escalator to a top floor and throughout the tour you are going down the stairs to different stops along the way. It was a cool experience to see the studios and people working to bring you the news every day.

College Football Hall of Famecollege football hall of fame atlantaAdult price is $19. Active duty and retired military service members receive free admission with valid I.D. I love football so I thought this Hall of Fame would be interesting to check out. When you first walk in you are greeted with hundreds of football helmets (I think they said 770), which is so neat, and I’m sure every guy would want in their man cave. The BEST thing about this place is that when you start they give you a badge that you register with your favorite college football team (go UT Longhorns!). Immediately doing so you will see the football helmet of the team you picked light up and stays that way for 24 hours to show all the people and their teams that have been there that day. For kids or guys that want to be active, they have a playing center in the middle for you interact  If you are not into football and bought the city pass, than your obvious choice would be to see the Museum of National History instead. I didn’t go here but I would love to check it out if I go back, I believe it’s an outdoor adventure plus also dinosaurs.

PLACES TO EAT: Below I talk about some of the places in more detail from my opinion on the ones I visited. Click on titles to be redirected to site for more information.

The Silver Skillet Teresa's Silver Skillet Atlanta Teresa's Silver Skillet AtlantaThis place does not looking too pleasing from the outside or inside even, as it’s older and is a diner style, but man is it good. The sign outside says voted best breakfast in Atlanta and has been featured on TV numerous times; I can see why. Heads up this place is only open until mid-afternoon (2:30pm on weekdays, 2:00pm on weekends) in case you wanted a late brunch/lunch. Literally the biscuits are the best I think I’ve ever had, so soft and fluffy, even tastes perfect by themselves. She brought a basket of four to the table and I almost ate three, hey you only live once. I ordered eggs, bacon, hash browns, as well and they were good, but next time I go I would just order a basket of biscuits and be content.

BLT Steak – W Downtown AtlantaBLT Steak AtlantaI decided to chat about this restaurant because it was a place we went to and I don’t want to only chat about the good. For being the most expensive place we went, this was the worst. We heard good things and it was easy since it was downstairs at the hotel. It was quiet not packed at all with a good ambiance. We had a waiter who also had an assistant (I don’t know why when it wasn’t packed), but the assistant was MUCH better than the waiter. We asked the waiter a few questions and he couldn’t give a good answer on what was good, since we had never been. For example, how big are the sides (since they are ordered separate) or what was the best side dishes since we were indecisive on some choices. We ended up splitting a salad (good thing) because it was the worst salad I’ve ever had. Which is a big deal because I’M A HUGE SALAD LOVER! We both had two bites and were done. For $13? Negative. When we told the waiter it was bad, he just took it away and didn’t even say anything, but then later at the end decided to give us a free dessert (that I didn’t want and smaller than my fist, so would’ve rather had the salad comped). We ordered the bigger filet mignon to split and then chose the mac & cheese and brussel sprouts. The sides were small, perfect for one person but not really shareable for $10. Overall not a good experience for the price, so had to vent in case you were looking for a recommendation and had this place in mind.

Corner Bakery CafeCorner Bakery Cafe Downtown AtlantaThis is a chain cafe and I don’t know why but I had never been here before (with one even being in San Antonio). We had heard a good recommendation about this and so glad we went because it was one of the best lunches! We originally wanted to get some breakfast but decided to get soup/salads instead. We split a sandwich just to try (which was good but we could’ve done without) and we split a big portion of the Sante Fe Ranch salad and each had a soup. The salad was SO GOOD and when I got home the next week I went back and got the same thing. I also got a monster cookie for dessert (because why not). Outfit details are listed all here in this post.

Gyro King Downtown AtlantaGyro King Downtown AtlantaThis gyro place was right on the same street next door to the hotel and it was also a recommendation that we decided to try. It was REALLY good. The meat was perfect but if you don’t want the gyro meat you can sub for chicken. If you want a quick/easy/cheap lunch, this is a good spot.

Another notable mention is this Italian Restaurant we stumbled upon after a hard search for good Italian food. For a beautiful ambiance feeling like you’re really in Italy and perfect for a date night, head to La Grotta in Buckhead. You will be taken by surprise when you get there though because it is down in a secret hiding spot. When we first pulled up we were like uh, what is this place because it looked like a vintage hotel or apartment and even our uber driver was like do you want me to wait in case this is not what you want? Well it turns out- you go in, down the elevator, and then down this secret passage to get to the restaurant which has a dark “date night” kind of atmosphere. Make a reservation though because we did not have one and luckily they were able to seat us but it appeared as if you needed one for this place. The menu is a bit fancy from your usual spaghetti meatball type of basic Italian restaurants but the staff is really friendly and said they can pretty much make whatever you request. I was actually craving a meaty spaghetti so I had that (which was BEYOND good, I ate the whole thing) and my mom had a veal dish, which she finished and practically licked the plate as well. FYI, if you want to share a plate and tell them that, they charge you an extra couple bucks for the plate. We made that mistake by splitting a salad and them putting in separate bowls for price of one (and upcharge). However, THIS meal was worth the expense compared to the steak dinner mentioned above.

I hope you enjoyed this Atlanta travel diary, check back later this week for another diary post about my experience at the conference I attended in Atlanta. Hopefully I get to experience many more travels in the future and I wish you the same! Let me know if you go/try anything of these things/or have any recommendations for me when I go next time!

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*All pictures are my own unless noted*

A Quick Hello in my Wraparound Cardigan

express wraparound cardiganWrap Cardigan | White Distressed Skinny Jeans | ‘Dani’ Flat Sandals: Tory Burch (similar) | Elephant Necklace | Quilted Crossbody | Sunglasses: Tory Burch (similar for $22!)

Hey y’all, I’m back from what seems like a blog hiatus and I apologize! Has your mind ever been on overload to where you felt like you just needed to take a step back and refigure some things out? Well, that is what I seemed to be going through and I needed to make sure I was going in the right direction. I believe we all have those moments in our life and it is perfectly normal to want to take a break on a few things or go ghost (even if a few days) in order to recharge our minds. I have seen people do it with social media, where they feel like they needed to be more ‘present’ in their day to day without being completely sucked into the social media world. So when it seemed like I was getting into a bit of a funk while also feeling overwhelmed, I knew one thing that would help was to travel.fall outfit inspirationExpress white distressed skinny jeansNot that I was trying to escape any problems, but it allowed me time to have my mind on vacation mode while refocusing on my work. It also fell in line with my recent goals to do more of: traveling the world, learning, putting myself out there/meeting new people, and living each moment. How did traveling meet all those goals at once, you ask? Well, if you have been following along on my Instagram, it’s already been known about my travels to Los Angeles and then Atlanta. However, if not aware, I went to both places to not only be tourist but also to attend conferences that would enrich my entrepreneur brain. I put myself out there in the scary networking world but made so many new friends along the way. I know some might say, oh well I wish I was that lucky to get up and travel when I was feeling some type of way, but the truth is, I didn’t win the lottery nor do I have an abundant amount of money coming from trees in my backyard. If you want something deep enough, you will make it work, and so that is what I did.  I cannot wait to share my experiences about both trips this week (to be documented in my travel tab) as well as continuing to share fashionable content. Thank y’all for continuing to follow me on this journey, I always enjoy hearing what you love to read or what material you love to see on the blog, so please do reach out or just say hello!how to wear white jeans in fall

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Three Ways to Wear a Leather Pencil Skirt

how to wear a leather skirt to work1. Green Faux Leather Pencil Skirt | Mustard Sweater | Brown Suede Strappy Heels | Leopard Clutch: The Limited (similar) | 2. Stripe Blouse | Black Vest (similar/similar) | Studded Pointed Flats: Nordstrom (similar/similar) | Belt (similar) | Saddle Bag: Forever 21 (similar) | 3. Blush Pink Neck Tie Blouse | Cut Out Heels | Blush Pink Quilted Chain Bag

how to wear a leather skirt for fall When I first caught a glimpse of this faux leather pencil skirt, I thought it was so chic, especially for the on budget price. Finding a piece that appears more expensive than the actual price tag, is something I love when shopping. This green is also one of my favorite colors for fall, great for pairing in many different color combos! I decided to share in one post how I styled this green leather pencil skirt (which also comes in black) three ways, which would be perfect for work! This skirt is longer in length, but if you have it sit on the higher waist (go down in size that way), then it won’t be as long past the knees. For those afraid to wear a leather skirt in the workplace (especially with the slit in the front), try this one out because the length makes it more business appropriate.target who what wear collection green leather pencil skirt target who what wear collection mustard sweaterIt’s a really comfortable skirt that even has pockets, which is always a plus in my style book! I loved pairing the green with the mustard yellow sweater because it’s a great combo for fall. I surprisingly didn’t have a sweater in this color yet, so it was win being the price point. For when the office is chilly, wearing a sweater is necessary, but this outfit can also work for church or a girls day brunch, just untuck the sweater and tie it in a knot. date night outfit inspiration This second look in the blush pink is all about the details. Not only is it more fancy for the office with the chiffon top but I would wear this combo for a date night with a quick change of the shoes from pumps to something sexy/edgy. I was excited to find this neck tie blouse in this blush color because I had been on the hunt for one and it did not disappoint. Again, another perfect bargain find. casual fall outfit for work Lastly, I went with something a little more casual but can also work for the office type situation. Pointed toe flats are a big hit right now and I love this pair that I have in multiple colors! This look is perfect for when you want to be comfortable but still look put together, which is how I feel a majority of the time! Add another casual piece like the saddle bag if you want to take this look from office to running errands or weekend plans like visiting a museum. mustard yellow and green color combo for fall This skirt can even be worn with ankle boots and a graphic tee (like this cute one) for an all around casual feel. Also, don’t forget about the holidays quickly approaching, this skirt would be PERFECT with a sequin tee (obsessed with this off the shoulder one)! I think most would shy away from a green leather pencil skirt, but it can actually be quite versatile. Sometimes when you step out of your comfort zone, you surprise yourself.  who what wear collection sweater and leather skirttarget who what wear collection neck tie blousehow to wear a leather skirt to work how to wear a leather pencil skirthow to wear a leather skirt to work

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