Reason for the Season: Red Velvet (& it’s not cake)


It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post, because phew life has been crazy y’all. I’ll be sharing more about ALL my chaos as well as what I have in store for the new year later on this month.
So I wanted to do a lunch break quickie. I’m blabbing about my (still) favorite trend ever: VELVET BABY! Last season – I shared all of my favorite crushed blush velvet flats, this year I’ve amped it up to my fave merlot/maroon/burgundy velvet boots scootin booties – YAS. Get ready to sleigh the holidays, velvet style (yes I mean slay, I’m a terrible jokster okay? But you know you’re laughing LOL).

Whether you’re on a budget or have some cash to blow, I’ve linked a few of my faves below as well as what’s pictured!

PICTURED: Public Desire, Size 8 (TTS) Over-the-knee western style boot in beautiful Bordeaux hue. Best part? The chunky-style heel, making them comfortable for any part of your day. Even BETTER than best part? They are ON A CRAAAZZZYYY sale! 25 % off and already under $50!! #WINWIN GET EM GIRL

  • But how do I wear them? Here’s how! :::
    • work: plaid shirt dress (midi style), silver hoops, natural makeup with winged eyeliner & nude gloss
    • casual: heather grey chunky sweater dress (boyfriend style), black choker, olive eye makeup, lashes & pinky-nude gloss
    • play: black mesh bodysuit, black denim mini, smoky eye (browns bc I’m blue-eyed), winged liner and a creamy satin merlot lipstick.

MY RUNNER-UP: YEEZY, Size 8 (TTS, but narrow by the toes) ankle booties in a gorgeous oxblood-red with a pointed toe and lace-up front. Talk about a sassy twist on a stiletto! While these are the pricier pick, they’re also 30% off!! You’re welcome. (No Code Necessary). NEED YOU NOW

  • Style how-to:
    • work: (I’d personally wear these to work): black ribbed turtleneck-style body suit with a midi denim pencil skirt, minimal jewerlry, hair pulled back in a bun, with natural makeup and nude gloss (let the shoes stand out girl!)
    • casual: let’s be real there’s nothing casual about these, but if you want a Carrie Bradshaw moment at your local grocer, throw on some stylish black joggers and cropped nude sweater top, no jewelry, minimal makeup, pony tail and nude gloss (when in doubt – always nude gloss)
    • play: go all-out! Leather bodysuit with a corset style body con dress and tulle skirt overlay. Just add highlighter, lashes, and a dark wine gloss for some shine.

THE BOOTIE THAT’S SOLD OUT 3X TWO SEASONS IN A ROW AND IS HANDS DOWN MY MOST FAVORITE:  3.1 Phillip Lim (the bootie God), size 8 (TTS) booties with zipper in this incredible Syrah color and black block heel w/ gold detail. Also on sale!! And in stock WOO – 31% off!! ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

  • But what do you wear with it?
    • work: easy breezy – black gauchos with a crisp white button down top with ruffle sleeves, natural makeup and brownish-gold gloss to accent the gold detail in the bootie with gold stud earrings
    • casual: casual turned so simple – black skinnies with oversized, off-the-shoulder chunky cableknit sweater, hair in a high-top messy bun, winged liner, pinky-nude gloss and light blush
    • play: stylish black skinny leg overalls with a white mesh undershirt w/ polka dot detail, hair pulled back into a tight bun, with a nude- beige matte gloss

THE AFFORDABLE DUPE: since most of us don’t have $500 to blow on a pair of booties (maybe you do and good for you!) Here are my almost identical- 3.1 Phillip Lim dupes that I personally own and ADORE. Steve Madden “GAZE” in Size 8 (TTS) Burgundy bootie with side zipper and under $80! DO THE HAPPY DANCE.

I could keep the list going, because I’m slightly obsessed with anything lace-up and velvet and then at the same time it’s like magic. And there is no such thing as too much of a good thing – but I think these four booties pretty much sum up the best of the best for what you need this holiday – and into spring (because yes you can wear velvet in spring…).

Let the holidays begin!
Enjoy,

Xx

 

 

I Bet You Think This Post is About Me


Well, that’s because it is. Over the past year of starting my blog I realized I have never done an about me post where I share things you all may not know about me. There’s a lot you probably don’t know – but I’ll list the top 25 to keep it short (you know because I’m so interesting I would need more? J/k).

  1. I was born in Clarksville, Tennessee and lived there until I was 6.
  2. I grew up in Wisconsin & went to college in Missouri 
  3. I started college as a chemistry major.. and ended up in public relations (that’s a story for another day)
  4. I use to work in entertainment advertising as my big girl job then recently transitioned to beauty branding 
  5. I danced for 8 years and played soccer for 15 years up into college before I got injured too badly to play any longer
  6. I have an older brother .. who lives in Idaho.. we’re polar opposites
  7. I use to eat my cereal dry with milk on the side because I hate soggy food and I use to eat too slow
  8. I am deathly allergic to mushrooms 
  9. The first time I ever went surfing was in Hawaii and I got coral stuck in my shin
  10. I’ve never been to NYC (but that’s changing VERY soon!)
  11. I love running long distance and try to run 5 miles 4x a week
  12. I use to want to be a painter when I grew up – I don’t paint anymore
  13. Hospitals terrify me – mainly the smell, the blood and the white walls
  14. I have 2 tattoos 🌊➰
  15. I am a natural blonde – but have colored my hair every hue of brown from dark brown to black/brown, auburn, Burgundy, strawberry blonde and platinum blonde
  16. If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be fish tacos
  17. I could eat guacamole with a spoon, (not could, but I do do this)
  18. Mexican food is my favorite, but Italian is a VERYYY close #2
  19. I lived in Milan, Italy for a semester and it was the best time of my life
  20. I love corgis – my Instagram feed is mainly designer shoes, corgi puppies and exotic beaches
  21. If I could live anywhere it would be in Italy by the coast 
  22. My #1 travel destination is Egypt to scuba dive in the Red Sea. Egyptian culture and history has always really interested me and I really hope to go someday when it’s safer. Portugal, Indonesia, Greece, Croatia, Uruguay and Morocco are close runner-ups.
  23. My biggest pet peeve is messy tooth brushers – I cannot be in the bathroom with someone brushing their teeth, it actually makes me nauseous.
  24. I use to be a Taco Bell Brand manager and was known as the Taco Bell girl. Everyone wanted me for my free taco coupons… 
  25. My parents almost named me Valerie. I love that name, but I do NOT look like a Valerie. And yes, my birth name is Abigail. & my dad calls me Missy (no clue why).

Want to know more or know more about one of the 25 things about me? Comment below or on my post on Instagram!

PS – my awesome handmade tribal earrings were made in Ecuador, fave gift from my Papa on his travels ❣️ 

Have a happy day loves, xx.

Red, White and Bombshell!

Even though my website is currently under construction and looking a little rough, I really wanted to share some of my favorite styles for one of my favorite holidays as well as traditions I’ve experienced over the years, across three states, all for the 4th of July! There’s nothing I love more than having an excuse to dress up, get friends together, BBQ and hang outside with music and games. The 4th of July is also one of the very few times I wear red, I honestly think it’s a hard color to pull off and pair just right (but who can go wrong with a simple tank and cut off jean shorts? No one).

Growing up in Wisconsin – it was tradition to watch the fireworks at the gazebo in Fond du Lac, then when we moved to Sheboygan, the tradition was Lake Michigan with the huge bonfire and fireworks show – not to mention BBQ’ing at a friends beforehand with – you guessed it – bratwurst, cheese curds and some Blue Moon or Bud light (#TWM = total Wisconsin move).

Going to college in Missouri – it was tradition to go to Lake of the Ozarks, stay at a cute lake cabin with the girls and bar hop to all the little lake bars! Not to mention cliff diving, tubing and watching fireworks from a friend’s boat.

Moving to Los Angeles – it’s a popular choice to head down to the infamous Newport Beach, where they have a parade and slew of beach house and rooftop parties all along the peninsula, you can hop from house to house and probably run into someone you know every time! Not to mention, it’s a blast to watch the fireworks from the beach, and see them reflect on the ocean at night. Then, it’s off to the bars on the Strand! (This will be my second year doing this!)

So – in addition to all the traditions – I wanted to share some simple styles you can easily throw together last minute – and possibly already have in your closet!

Pictured:
Top: Solana Halter top in Ruby Rose, Cabana Anna Swim, $84.99
– what’s fun about this look is it’s actually a swim suit bandeau top that can also be worn as a crop top when paired with highwaisted shorts or skirt! And, you’re already ready to jump into the beach, pool, river, or lake!
Bottoms: High waisted shorts (these are last season Zara – but I’ve linked a dupe!) Boho Short in Breakup Blue, Nobody Demin – Revolve, $149

Bombshell Red Favorites:

  • Clayton Top with lace and pom pom details by Tularosa, shop: Revolve, $103
    • I’d pair this with high waisted shorts, same as in “Pictured”!
  • Button-detailed quilted red denim high waisted shorts by Pierre Balmain, shop: net-a-porter, $325 (50% off!!)
    • I’d pair this with a white tucked in tank top for simplicity
  • Off-the-shoulder blouse tank with open shoulders and ties, Amazon Style, $8
    • I’d pair this with a fun denim mini for midriff coverage
  • Cora Embroidered Minidress by Free People, shop: Nordstrom, $148
    • **I’m overall obsessed with this Minidress – Free People is one of my FAVORITE brands, and worth the price – their quality is incredible.
  • Wilson Tie Top in Bonfire Crisp, shop: Show Me Your Mumu, $118
    • So simple, and transitional, pair it with some cute white shorts during the day, then slip into denim midi and wedges for a cute-casual evening!

Something Blue:

  • Lilly Lady Dress in classic polka dot  navy blue, Auguste The Label, $159
    • **Hands down one of my favorite dresses I’ve come across lately – it’s fun, sassy and classy! Pair with some heeled sandals or wedges!
  • Yakura flouncy Gingham one-shoulder cropped top by Viva Aviva, shop: Saks Fifth Avenue, $88.50
    • I can’t help but dive into the Gingham trend happening this summer – it has such an old fashioned sexiness to it, especially with this gorgeous ruffle off the shoulder crop top! Pair with some light wash denim shorts, or be bold and go with a mustard color and camel wedges! (and of course a tassel-pom pom tote is always a great accessory)
  • Vienna Mornings Wrap Blouse in blue stripes, shop: 12th Tribe, $68
    • I’m not usually a fan of stripes whatsoever… but this fun, flouncy wrap blouse is SO chic with the sassy off-the-shoulderness.

Darling Denim Picks: 

  • Stone Washed Scallops Embroidery Shorts in Light Blue by Red Valentino, shop: Luxury Zappos, $197
    • Scalloped detail – need I say more?
  • High-waisted Blue Note shorts w/ red & black embroidery and fringed cuffs, Blank Denim, shop: Shopbop, $61.60 (30% off!)
    • I am always a fan of embroidery – I think it’s a fun yet simple way to flair up any old pair of shorts/jeans.
  • MOTO Wrap denim skirt in light blue faded wash, shop: TopShop, $60.00
    • Because who doesn’t love moto style? And light wash denim? YES PLEASE.

Party-Worthy Sunnies:

  • Cat eye (my fave): Quay Australia My Girl oversized sunnies in Tortoise, Quay, $55
  • Circles: Crap Eyewear, The Tuff Patrol Gold sunglasses, LuLus, $78
  • Aviator: Gucci aviators w/ crosshatching details w/ chic metal, Nordstrom Rack, $120
  • Colored lense: Diff Cruz Matte Gold frame Pink Mirror lens, Diff Eyewear, $60

Comment below on what your favorite pieces are and tell me about your 4th of July traditions!! I can’t wait to put glitter stars on my face, watch the parade, and eat a red, white and blue cupcake (because someone always brings patriotic cupcakes – aka ME!!)

Have fun and stay safe loves!

xoxo

Abby

Blushing for More (Velvet)


Happy Friday! Wanted to do a short and sweet post today about this shoe I am IN LOVE with right now. It’s no secret that I have been absolutely obsessed with the velvet trend this season, and I fully intend to keep it going.

With the new year in full swing, and Valentine’s Day approaching, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite blushing pink velvet heels currently taking over my closet. These beauties are the perfect substitute for a usual patent leather or red suede pump. However, don’t worry – I’ll be covering all of my favorite red and merlot show-stopper shoes and dresses closer to February. Because what girl doesn’t need a little red dress or pair of heels to wear for her someone special .. even if that means showing up as one of the ‘women in red’ for the Bachelor premiere (too soon? HA).

For a classic, ankle strap pumpPictured Above, is one of my most favorite shoe brands (besides Aquazurra, Schutz and Valentino) – Gianvito Rossi. I shamefully have this shoe in both blush and burgundy! It’s the Lorraine pump by Gianvito Rossi in Blush or Burgundy, $760

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For a shorter, fun and chunky heel – Check out DAINNA-V by Steve Madden in Pink, currently on sale for $53.98 ! #score

This would be so easy to pair with a comfortable pair of jeans for a leisurely walk around the city or to wear as a fun twist to your brunch date with the girls! No blisters allowed 😉

 

For a sassy stiletto – Let me point out this gorgeous Barely There Skinny Stiletto by MISSGUIDED, in Pale Pink, under $50!!

Looking for something to spice up an outfit for a  night out? Pair these blushing beauties with a chic black crop and midi skirt set or black denim with a grey or white body suit. Grab an embellished clutch and your OOTN is complete!

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For a fun and flirty flat
– I am SWOONING over this luscious Christy bee embellished velvet flat by Aquazurra in Dusty Pink, currently on sale for $500 ! #slayyy

I could LIVE in these glistening Aquazurra flats with all the cute little details, even a little gold block heel. I’d pair them with a fun white skater dress or even some washed out dark grey skinnies w/ a black belt and T-shirt!

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For a playful vintage slip-on – Walk on clouds in the Saachi Charlise Appliqué Slide by Anthropologie in Rusty Mauve Velvet, $128

Whether you’re walking around the house, running to the grocery or going to a coffee date, these slip-ons will add instant glam without losing any comfort. With the ultra-chic vintage appeal and fun textured details, people will think you spent TONS on this adorable slip-on, when really it was a STEAL.

 

 

Speaking of Valentine’s Day – coming soon – I’ll be talking about what you should (and shouldn’t) wear to your special date from fun crop top / skirt sets to classic fitted midi’s in red, black and merlot – I’ll have each and every style you can imagine covered! Not to mention I’ll be sure to tell you how to accessorize. I am a firm believer that it’s all in the details 🙂

Hope everyone had a safe and fun Christmas and New Years. Xx

Sincerely, Ss

Take Off for Thailand

It’s almost time. The day has come, and I’m about to take off on a 10 day adventure across the world to Thailand! This has been my dream trip for as long as I can remember. As you can imagine, I’ve been researching, planning and organizing all aspects for quite some time, should the opportunity ever arise to be able to go.

One of the first things I learned about Thailand is to pack VERY lightly. Thailand is a very relaxed, laid back and simple country where very little is needed when visiting – unlike Paris where if you forget your red bottoms you  may as well turn the plane around… or just buy some new ones 😉

With that being said, it was almost more difficult to simplify my “outfit plan” for my trip – yes I “outfit plan” because I am slightly OCD – due to the fact that I have to cut out all the cute dresses, fun heels and glittery ensembles. This is also because Thailand is not a materialistic country. Wearing expensive clothes and flashy jewelry only draws attention to you as a tourist/outsider and also makes you a target for pick-pocketing, which is a large problem in the Thai tourism industry.

Today I am sharing a little about the outfits I am packing with a sneak peek at my itinerary – which also works as my “outfit guide.” (I’ll be sharing more details about the different places I go around Thailand later next week!) 

FIRST LEG – BANGKOK 

Hospitality: High-rise apartment in mid-city Bangkok close to shopping, temples and other attractions; equipped with an infinity pool attached to the unit.

Most excited about: Seeing all of the temples, trying new food and rooftop bars to see the Bangkok skyline!

Main threads: Cotton maxi dress, comfortable sandals, off the shoulder crop top and denim cut off shorts.

Day 1: Since we’ll be walking around and going to see all of the temples, it’s important that I respect their culture and cover up the majority of my body.

  • Make it Official maxi dress in black, LuLu’s, $38
  • Kenley New Wave Scarf in Cold Steel, DVF, $268
  • Lost Gardens silk scarf in black floral, Ted Baker London, $129
  • Addison scrappy sandal in black suede, Billini, $79.99

Day 2: Catch the remaining temples, do a city tour motor bike style, visit the floating market, famous parks and shopping center.

  • Off-the-shoulder ruffle top in light blue pin stripe, Mura Boutique, $34
  • Jack High-rise short in Sawtelle distressed wash, Lovers + Friends, $138
  • Erlina flat lace-up Gladiator Sandal in Cognac Brown, Schutz Shoes, $200

SECOND LEG – KRABI – PHI PHI ISLAND – PHUKET

Hospitality: A private dorm-style room at a hostel close to the beach with bunk beds to fit all four of us; other travelers stay here and they offer complimentary breakfast and activity recommendations.

Most excited about: Glass bottom boat ride through Railay Beach and scuba diving at Phi Phi islands.

Main Threads: KINIS ALL DAYY

  • My go-to turquoise one piece that fits me like a GLOVE – Apia One Piece in Coastal, Cabana Anna Swimwear, $169
  • My new fave Corsica Lace Halter, $99, and Baja Cheekies, $79, in Midnight Rosebud Lace, Cabana Anna Swimwear (I’m absolutely OBSESSED with the rose gold seahorse and details on the strings!)
  • Mind Bali Soul Collection, San Lorenzo, $94+

THIRD LEG – CHIANGMAI 

Hospitality: A traditional Thai style condo with comfortable bedding and close proximity to all the temples and attractions.

I am most excited about: Volunteering at an elephant rehabilitation sanctuary and thai cooking class!

Main Threads: target, black swallow, sperry sandals

  • Talk about comfy staple piece – Racerback tank in heather gray,  Victorias Secret, $12.95
  • Flowy pocket T-shirt basic in black, Target, $12.95
  • Cut-off jean shorts in distressed medium wash, Rag & Bone, $165
  • These are SO comfortable and great alt to converse w/ more support: Top-sider Pier View slip-on sneaker in white, Sperry, $59.95

Can’t wait to share more of my trip with you guys! Xxx

Sincerely, Ss

Lace Ruffles and Cognac Suede for Thanksgiving


img_4516_retIt’s finally that time of year when you get to break out your favorite outfit, grab some champagne and apple pie and head to the fam’s house for Thanksgiving! The holidays are my favorite season of styles when it comes to emerging trends and putting together new, fun and sophisticated looks appropriate for the holidays.

Here I am going to tell you a little bit about my number one favorite look I put together that I will be wearing for my Thanksgiving festivities – and for the first time – its sparkle free (but don’t worry I’ll make up for that at New Years). Did I mention most of it is under $100!? #YAS

Whether you’re doing the traditional family reunion or walking on the wild side and attending someone else’s family reunion (AKA “Meeting the parents” of your SOS like me …Eeek!!) this outfit is versatile and fun enough for any type of setting you may find yourself in. I’m all about being yourself and embracing individuality, but if you are going somewhere new and different with new and different people – simple sophistication is KEY, and probably not the best time to wear that crushed velvet bodycon backless number you’re dying to show off. You can achieve simple sophistication by implementing classic staples while finding fun and unique ways to spin the outfit to fit your personal style and avoid fashion flaws

IVORY LACE – Classy and approachable 

There’s something about lace that always makes me feel sophisticated and classy without losing any sass or personality. This is one of my most favorite tops I own. With the button detail at the back of the neck, a semi-plunging neckline and GORG little ruffle sleeves – I am slightly obsessed with his top (and its under $20!!! #STEAL).

GET THE LOOK
: Contemporary Lace Overlay top in Vanilla, Forever 21, $17.90 (There’s also a GORGEOUS blush tone you could pair with a black suede mini**)

Option B – Don’t like ruffle sleeves and want super simple? – Lace top in off-white, ZARA, $25.90

Option C – Don’t do ivory/whites? Go for a rusty blush or black – Lace long sleeve shirt in Blush, Marks & Spencer London, $4

COGNAC SUEDE – Earthy and comfortable 

With cute little snap buttons and handy little pockets – this cognac skirt is just too fun (and comfortable) to wear. Not to mention it’s SO easy to pair with almost any neutral or simple patterned blouse. You can dress it up, dress it down and wear it almost anywhere. Not to mention, the cognac-whiskey color makes for a soft and earthy vibe without losing sophistication. If short mini skirts aren’t your style, pairing tights would create too dramatic of a look – so go for a midi skirt or even parachute pants and swap the black OTK boots for over the ankle black boots. If you’re afraid of spilling on suede, I’ve provided a leather option for easy cleaning!

GET THE LOOK: Joie Tilda skirt in Rust, Revolve, $198

Option B – Don’t like suede? Leather A-Line skirt in Cognac, Rebecca Taylor, $195

Option C – **FASHIONISTA ALERT!!** My absolute favorite skirt I’ve seen this season (but pricey) – Floral-applique suede mini skirt in Cognac, RED Valentino, $800 (*Still available! Want help finding your size? Message me!! )

Option D – *RECOMMENDED** – Not big on buttons and want the basic? – Belted suede mini in Camel, Anna Sui, $217.50

Option E – **MIDI OPTION** Want more length? Love this ‘Gracelynn’ Suede Midi skirt in Whiskey Brown, DVF, $798

img_4267_retOVER THE KNEES – Mature and classic

OTK (over the knee) boots are all the buzz this fall season. You can wear them with black skinnies, sweater dresses, sequin minis, fur vests, shift dresses, the list goes on. Don’t be afraid to splurge here – you get what you pay for when it comes to boots, and uncomfortable heels can make for the worst kind of distraction when trying to swoon the possible future in-laws… or cousin’s cute friend who tagged along to your family’s Thanksgiving dinner.

GET THE LOOK:
‘Emotions’ Suede Thigh-high boot in Black, Steve Madden, $99.95

Option B – *RECOMMENDED** – these beauties stay up over the knees easier w/ the ties at the back of the calves – ‘Alllegs’ Suede OTK boot in Black, Stuart Weitzman, $798

Option C – *BEST BUY* – Suede lace up OTK boots in Black, LuLu’s, $39

Option D – FLAT – Don’t do heels? These are just as beautiful without the heel – ‘Mocha’ Fur Footbed OTK boots in Black, Catherine Malandrino, $69.97

 

Want help putting together your holiday look or even a full wardrobe of looks? Shoot me a message and I can help you piece together your vision and turn it into an outfit you, your SOS and family will swoon over. Just be ready to answer “OMG where did you get that?!” 😉

Happy Thanksgiving Loves ❤

Sincerely, Ss