December 11, 2014
The holiday's are right around the corner! And if you're like me, you're starting to think about that perfect outfit to wear to your special occasions. When I think of Christmas and New Year's, my mind immediately goes to something sparkly. So naturally, I found some awesome skirts to fit. These could be paired with almost any blouse, but the beautiful white collar with the black bow tie? Flawless. And the best part is, it's on sale for $30. These outfits would look great with some sheer black tights. Topped off with my dream stilettos.
December 5, 2014
Today I'm teaming up with Rue La La to give you a peek into what's in my handbag and to give you some tips on picking out your own! If you're like me, you always find yourself searching for where you left your purse last - so you can a lot of my time is spent thinking about and looking for handbags. I am always on the hunt for purses that would look good with my wardrobe. Rue La La has written this amazing post on the different types of handbags called "Handbags 101". Basically they have done the leg work for you for when you decided to make the investment and get the more expensive handbag. The article gives details in to why these purses are considered luxury bags and how to maintain them so that they last as long as possible. They also have some great tips and tricks to remember when purchasing a luxury bag to make sure that you are not getting an authentic bag and not being ripped off.
When it comes to handbags, I am definitely a stuffer. Needing so much space to carry around all my essentials automatically makes my favorite type of purse, the "Tote." In Rue La La's Handbag Guide, they outline the different types of bags and the features that make them unique. But my newest and quickly becoming my favorite purse, which I feature in this post, is considered a "satchel."
A few months ago, I came across the "Alexa Tote" by Danielle Nicole, and I was instantly hooked. It's design appeals to me because of it's structure, but also because it has a great mixture of classy and edgy that I love. And then, God looked down on me and saw that I needed a pick-me-up, and sent me into a store I hardly ever go into - Designer Shoe Warehouse (because I would just spend all of my money). I got my black and white mini at DSW for wait for it... $15! And regularly, this bag retails for $80. They are currently have a huge sale for 50% off of the Clearance rack - so take advantage of it while it lasts! I also have linked some great options below, so make sure to check them out!
December 4, 2014
Yayy! It's December! That means it's time for another edition of new fonts for your font library! If you're still having trouble figuring out how in the world to get these on your computer just visit this post that contains a tutorial for how to install your awesome new fonts. And if you're still having trouble after looking at that post, just shoot me an email! I love to talk to my readers and help them if I can.
December 3, 2014
How was your Thanksgiving peeps?! Did you get any sweet deals this weekend? It's now December and this year is starting to fly by. Normally, I am not the type to go out on Black Friday... like at all. Having to deal with so many people (and rude ones at that) is just something that I usually don't think is worth it. I'd rather wait until Cyber Monday and do all my shopping from the comfort of my oversized pajamas, underneath my flannel sheets, watching Revenge. But this year, our local boutique, Feral Outfitters, had announced early that they were having a 50% off store wide in the wee hours of Black Friday. So, I headed in there on Wednesday to see if there was anything there worth getting out of bed for. And needless to say, there was. I got to the store about 5:30, and I found the most perfect, most comfortable, and most affordable fur vest ($40 with the 50% off). It looks kinda grey in the pictures, but it's more brown in reality.
To top it all off, we did this shoot later on that day at my grandparents cabin that has a huge tree farm on it. So it was beautiful and pretty chilly (ergo, the snow is still on the ground). But it was a great way to spend my Thanksgiving weekend - with my family cutting Christmas trees.
Shirt: Old Navy | Fur Vest: Feral Outfitters 1 • 2 (*Fav!) • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7| Green Pants: Gap 1 • 2 • 3 |
December 1, 2014
Don't forget that today is Cyber Monday! I've rounded up a ton of sales to help you navigate the craziness. Comment if there's any deals that I missed and others need would like to know about!
Code: MONDAY Code: CYBERSALE
Code: CYBERTHON Code: CYBER20
Code: LUCKY Code: CYBER30
Code: CYBERMONDAY Code: MONDAY
Code: CLICKTOIT Code: CYBER25
Code: CYBER Code: MERRYEVERYTHING25
Code: CYBERDAY Code: CYBER50
Code: OHWOW + Free Shipping
Code: YOUVEGOTSALE Code: BFCM2014
November 30, 2014
Now that Thanksgiving is over, I am in full Christmas mode! And that means searching for dresses for those holiday parties. Obviously, I go towards gold and sparkly dresses. For some reason I think that's what holiday dresses should look like. So here is some that I have come across in my shopping... The top three are my absolute favorite and I want them all because I can't decide. But be quick! Some of these sell out in a heart beat - check back though, they will most likely restock them.
November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a great day. Thanksgiving is a time to be with your loved ones and to be thankful for all that you have. I am most thankful for my family, for without them I wouldn't be the person I am today and I wouldn't have the faith in Christ that I do. I encourage you all to think about the things you are thankful for and even write them out. There is something so humbling about seeing everything that you are blessed with, and we all have at least one thing to be thankful for.
On to my outfit! I wore this to my grandparent's house where me and all of my family got together and had a huge meal. I'm pretty much eating all the time, so this has never really a day for me where I completely stuff myself and feel awful. But, the food was awesome to say the least. And I get to take it home with me to school, yayy! (every college kids dream). I chose to go the more comfortable route when picking an outfit for today. Originally, I had an awesome dress and heels picked out, but when I woke up I just really wasn't feeling it. So, I fell back on this awesome cardigan that I got at Old Navy for 50% off - $15.
These pictures were taken at my grandparent's house, down by their barn. You'll see their adorable but old dog (Pookie) photobombing some of the pictures! I also got some with my horses! (P.S. It may look warm because of the sun, but it was like swimming in a frozen lake. The wind was crazy.)
1. Make a list.
I make lists for everything, so this is a no brainer for me. But I think some people find Black Friday and Cyber Monday so stressful because they are overwhelmed by the quantity of things on sale. By making a list you can organize the things you want and make it easier when searching for your sales. I keep a list in my purse that I continuously add to as I think of things - right now it's a fur vest, red cardigan, Frends headphones, and some polkadot tights. For the holidays, I write out the people I am going shop for, and then think of multiple things I could get them. Because this is the weekend where things sell out in a single minute, so I always have a plan B. This takes the stress of searching for things the day of and finding something you want only for it to be sold out.
2. Make a budget.
This is an obvious tip, but one that is often overlooked. With all these sales in stores and online, you can spend your entire pay check in a minute. Because your mindset is, "Well, this is on a huge sale so I need to get it today." But, there are sales all the time, so be smart about your money.
I do this continuously. I have a set of sites that I look on at least once a week to keep up with their inventory and sales. When you know what you want, checking multiple sites that sell it, and keeping an eye on them from Thanksgiving until the Wednesday after Cyber Monday.
4. Check pre-sales and sales the day of.
These days, everyone is having "pre-Thanksgiving" sales. So make sure you start checking your sites today! Some of my favorite sales going on are:
C. Wonder: 40% off everything + free shipping
J. Crew: 30% off everything + 40% off sale
J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything + free shipping
Loren Hope: 20% off everything
Tory Burch: Up to 30% off
Nordstrom: 40% off select styles
Shopbop: up to 25% off
Piperlime: 25% off
Kate Spade: up to 75% off
Saks 5th Ave: up to 60% off select styles
Saks Off 5th Ave: 50% off select styles
Sole Society: 30% off footwear
Kendra Scott: 15% off everything
Banana Republic: 50% off full priced item + 40% off site wide
CODE: BRFIFTY | CODE: BRFORT
Design Darling: 20% off everything
Kate Spade Saturday: 30% off
Lord & Taylor: 20% off almost everything
ModCloth: 50% off new arrivals
Bloomingdales: Up to 50% off + $25 off every $200 spent
Neiman Marcus: 50% off select items + 20% off already reduced items
5. Shop early - but keep checking all day.
You got this one. Know what's on sale, but keep checking all day. Sometimes stores give certain sales at certain times, like Wal-Mart. I keep the sites I want to check open on my browser, and then about every hour I just hit refresh on the home page to see if new sales are up.
November 19, 2014
Atlanta has the weirdest and most unexpected weather in North America. At least in other parts of the country, you can expect their certain weather patterns, but no, not in Georgia. Last week it was 80º, and yesterday, it was a high of 28º. Yes, you read that right - 28 degrees above 0º. So I have titled this post, "The Coldest Day Ever," because it was flipping cold when I opened the door at seven in the morning.
To start off with, this is my absolute favorite coat I have, and of course, it is from J.Crew. I got it two year ago for Christmas, for half off plus my student discount. So I/my parents got this coat for $100, when it retailed for over $300. I meant to take off my jacket and show you my newest shirt, but like I said, it was way to cold out (which is also why I didn't take many pictures). Buttt, I found this long sleeve stripped shirt at Gap on the clearance rack, with an extra 50% off, so it ended up being $9. Getting a $35 shirt for $9 made my day. I actually got another one of the same shirt only inverted - white with navy stripes - and they are amazing because they are long enough for my gangly arms.
These earrings I found at Target marked down to $5.98 on the Clearance rack and I had an extra 40% off of that from my Cartwheel app - so I ended up getting these beauties for less than $3. (If you don't have Target's app, you seriously need to look into in because they offer extra discounts on all items, including groceries.) I paired my outfit with my "Robin Hood" boots. I call them that because, well, they look like boots that he would wear. And they have a slight wedge on them making them absolutely amazing.
November 12, 2014
So, since Christmas is around the corner, and as I am struggling with what to get some people, I decided that I may not be the only one with this problem - so I am starting a "Gift Guide" series to help you get some ideas for what to get for those "hard to buy for" people! So stay tuned for some more ideas!
Who couldn't use some more watches? I sure could. And these are watches that will last and give the wearer a great gift to have throughout the years. Basically, this is my dream watch collection. I want them all. Especiallyyy the black Michael Kors. And the gold Kate Spade. And the black Armani. Yup, just give me them all and we'll be good.
November 9, 2014
As you may know, I don't have my camera at the moment, so the next 2 weeks are going to be filled with "creative" non-outfit posts. Since Thanksgiving is coming up, I thought I would do a post on some seriously awesome fonts that you can add to your computer's library. For you graphic design lovers like me, you'll love this. I've found two more sites that have free, downloadable fonts, and there is like 50,000 different ones on every site - so I figured I'd round up my favorite ones for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Some may ask, why do I need to add more fonts to my library? Well, because typography is awesome! If you have Adobe Illustrator like me, then you'll know the struggle and frustration of not having the particular font you want. Having different types of fonts opens up your creative process and is super helpful when you make invitations to all of your fun Thanksgiving parties! Pleaseee email me or comment in the section below if you have any questions or need help installing your awesome new fonts!
**Note: I would caution you to make sure you download fonts from websites with high "Downloaded" numbers!
• How to install dowloaded fonts on PC:
• How to install downloaded fonts on Mac:
If you are downloading fonts on your Mac, this process is pretty easy. The easiest way to do it is by using the application "Font Book."
(If at the end you can still not follow these instructions, see this video.)
(If at the end you can still not follow these instructions, see this video.)
1.) Open "Font Book" in your Application folder.
2.) Click the "+" on the top of the tool bar.
3.) Find the dowloaded font (I sent mine straight to my desktop so I could find them easily) and select
the folder or ".ttf" file --> Then click "Open."
4.) Next, because you downloaded it from the internet, it is going to tell you that "problems have been found
during validation." This is OKAY. Just click "Select all fonts" and then click "Install Checked."
November 7, 2014
Since my camera was left in another town, I figured it was time for another Instagram update (@elizabeth_carole).
These beautiful dishes and bee glasses I found at World Market. If I was closer to owning a home, I would have bought them. But being a college student, I just had to dream. Dinnerware | Drinkware
For a few days there, Atlanta had a couple of cold days where I could pull out my flannel and chunky scarf. But the beautiful cold weather didn't last long. Flannel: Quicksilver 1 • 2 • 3 | Jeggings: Gap 1 • 2 | Shoes: Sperry | Bracelet: Benevolent Jewels | Purse: Steve Madden 1 • 2 • 3 | Scarf: Nordstrom 1 • 2
So... I jumped on this band wagon, and haven't looked back.
Fun Note - if you're a Women's 7, try out Kid's sizes. I found these on Clearance at Target and they were a Kid's size 6 and to my surprise - they fit. And of course I bought them because they will be great for next spring and hey, they were only $4. So my shoe world just opened up. Dress: Gap 1 • 2 • 3 | Leather Jacket: Nordstrom 1 • 2 • 3| Bracelet : MMM |Shoes: Target | Purse: Target 1 • 2
See my post on this outfit!
My DIY-ed burlap wreath for Halloween! (P.S. These make great gifts! And I will be posting a tutorial on how to make your own soon!)
See my post on this outfit! It's super cozy and my go-to outfit for the fall.
See my post on this outfit! (Jake's posing for his Insta debut)
Krispy Kreme's Halloween doughnuts as I was headed to my brother's soccer game... They were so delicious.
My wonderful family (minus my big sister).
I took this picture right before I found out that Oscar de la Renta had passed away. We lost a legend.(Steve Madden heels)
Fun fact about me: I love football and colored jeans.
Jeans: Eddie Bauer 1 • 2 | Chambray: Gap 1 • 2 • 3 | Leopard Scarf: Target 1 • 2 • 3| Loafers: Gap 1 • 2 • 3 • 4
I wear this scarf at least two times a week. And that's being on the minimum side.