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Merci!

11.16.2017

I love a good graphic tee or sweater and I definitely couldn't say no to this adorable Merci sweater. Plus, it's my favorite color combo - red and blue! Layers are essential once the temps start to cool down so I paired it with a heart printed striped top with a collar. This top will be so perfect both for layering and tucked into refined pants or a fit and flare skirt. To keep it casual I paired this top and sweater combo with a pair of cords - my go to in the fall instead of denim. 
OLD NAVY SWEATER, TOP (SIMILAR STYLE) AND BOOTIES | TARGET CORDS (SIMILAR STYLE) | KATE SPADE BAG (SIMILAR STYLE) | FRANCESCA'S SUNGLASSES (SIMILAR STYLE) | MICHAEL KORS WATCH | NARS LIPSTICK
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Can you believe it's already almost the weekend!? Time always seems to fly around the holidays. Thanksgiving is already next week and then we're only a month away from Christmastime. I desperately need to get started n my Christmas shopping. I'm usually so good about starting my gift shopping early but time has gotten away from me this year so I know what I'll be doing this weekend! What are your weekend plans? 

8 Coats Under $100

11.15.2017

It looks like the cooler weather is here and here to stay! After weeks of 70 degree weather this fall the temps have finally dropped below 50 degrees and I'm kind of loving the brisk air. When the season changes I always crave a refresh in my wardrobe. Living in Philadelphia, I still spend a lot of time outdoors even during the winter months so options in outwear are always necessary. I'm currently on the lookout for a new coat that won't break my budget so I'm sharing a few of my favorite finds under $100. 

8 COATS UNDER $100

The Faux Fur Coat - This is such a fun (and warm) style! Faux cheetah or leopard print is always fun to throw on during the cooler months. It's the winter comparison to throwing on bright colors during the summer. It remains a neutral but adds a little bit of fun and personality into your style. Loving this H&M $80 Faux Fur Coat.

The Belted Shawl Coat - I love the details in a belted shawl coat. The oversized collar, the tie of the belt and the way it looks oversized without looking frumpy. This chic option from Boohoo is the perfect military green color that goes with absolutely everything.

The Duffle Coat - The duffle coat is my go-to during the winter. Usually they include a hood and the shape of the coat is great for zipping up and staying snug, plus, they're usually roomy enough for a little bit of layering underneath. I love this affordable duffel coat from Nordstrom Rack

The Plaid Coat - Plaid is hands down one of my favorite patterns. For outwear if I'm going to choose a patten, I try to stay more in a neutral color range so it isn't to difficult to pair outfits with. I love how this Guess Plaid Print Coat drapes.  

The Faux Shearling Coat - This coat is probably one that's at the top of the trending list right now. I'm obsessing over this fun take on a warm winter coat. I love how cozy it is! Who knew looking like a fuzzy polar bear could be so fashionable? Loving this budget friendly Old Navy coat!

The Wool-Blend Maxi Coat - Guaranteed to keep you warm! The maxi coat is the ultimate choice for a gal who is always freezing. Plus, I love the way maxi coats drape and always look so effortlessly chic. I'm loving the burnt color of this Line & Dot option

The Double Breasted Tan Coat - This is a style that will always be around. If you're aiming for a piece that you can carry with you for winter's to come and always be on a trend - this Boohoo double breasted coat is the way to go. 

The Mustard Coat - Mustard is my favorite fall color. It can act as a neutral, pairing well with nearly any other color. This Steve Madden belted coat has a hood attached which makes it perfect for frigid winter days as well.
*Image from Free People

Camping at French Creek State Park

11.13.2017

Last month Derek and I packed our bags for a one night camping trip to French Creek State Park. Camping is easily one of my favorite weekend activities. We don't get to go that often but I always appreciate when we're able to spend time outdoors. I find activities such as camping or hiking to be an ultimate anxiety reducer and I always feel refreshed after spending time in nature. I would normally prefer to travel a few hours outside of Philly more towards the mountains but we've been tight on time and money this year so we decided to check out French Creek State Park since it takes less than an hour to get to from Philadelphia.
We spent our 30 hours in the woods staying warm by the fire, drinking hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows and catching up on reading. All day on Sunday afternoon we spent the day hiking and accidentally strayed off of the path we were following and ended up a national historic site called the Hopewell Furnace Site which ended up being a fun detour. Overall, we had a great time but the campsites were a little close together for my liking. I tend to prefer more remote camping locations instead of family-focused campsites. But if you're nervous about camping or wanting to try it out for the first time this would be a great place to start! There were so many hiking paths close to the campsites and there was even a lake which would be great for the warmer months. Where do you like to camp at?   

Wearing White in November

11.08.2017

We all know the old rule, "no white after labor day" is dead. There are so many stylish white pieces for the fall and winter including these pants, this dress and much more. This off-the-shoulder white top is a piece that I can see myself recycling through the fall and winter weekends. Plus, white is easy! (Except for risk of spilling coffee all over it - which I do, often). It goes with nearly everything and it makes for the perfect neutral piece. This plaid fit-n-flare skirt is another piece that I know I'll be gravitating towards this season and many more to come. Fewer things are more classic than a plaid circle skirt, plus I picked it up at one of my favorite boutiques in Philadelphia - Smak Parlour!  
SMAK PARLOUR TOP, SKIRT AND EARRINGS | RESTRICTED SHOES MULES | MICHAEL KORS WATCH | FREE PEOPLE BAG (ANOTHER STYLE) | LOFT SUNGLASSES (SIMILAR)
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Would you wear white in November? What are a few of your go-to pieces this fall?

Spain 2017: Barcelona

11.07.2017

In August I took a week and a half trip to Spain with a few of my close friends. It was the most beautiful, magical and breath-taking trip I have ever been on. Each day was so exciting and we saw and did so much in such a short amount of time. It was exhilarating and I still feel like it was all a dream. Our trip consisted of 3 different cities: Barcelona, Mallorca and Madrid. Barcelona was our first stop and such a fun way to kick off the trip!
We stayed in the charming Gothic Quarter. The winding, narrow streets looked like they were straight out of a movie. I loved looking up and seeing everyone's balcony filled with cacti, beautiful flowers and interesting plants. The streets were filled with delicious smelling cafes and unique shops. After settling in on our first afternoon, we headed down towards the water for our first meal. We ate at Bestial and indulged in so many incredible things and we officially had our first paella of the trip! The sun was shining and there was a slight breeze and it felt so surreal to smell the sea and to hear everyone speaking in Spanish around us. After our late lunch we wandered around, stopping for coffee at Cafe del Born and indulging in flavorful espresso. I forgot how delicious the espresso (and everything else) is in Europe!
We started off our trip strong with the most fulfilling dinner at Bar Tropezon Tapas (after our already amazing lunch!). We ordered nearly everything on the menu from baby octopus, to prawns, croquettes, bread and a few potato dishes. We followed dinner with gelato and then beers with lemon fanta (my new favorite thing) at The Box. The next day we continued our food-focused trip around Barcelona and indulged in ham, mini burgers with guacamole, a fresh salad with smoked salmon and various cheeses in a massive garden at El Jardi. And of course we had a refreshing pitcher of cava.
We walked around, looking at different street art and stopping for coffee and drinks whenever we pleased throughout the day. We also stopped for dessert at Chok where we tried various kronuts - yum! That night we continued our trend of making various pit stops at different bars for beer. The most perfect thing to happen on our last night in a new city? We laughed so hard we cried that night at Bar Pastis while listening to Edith Piaf and French accordion music. It was the kind of laughter that physically hurts (and burned because of my mascara!) but it was so incredibly soul cleansing.
Our last day in Barcelona was filled with the touristy things we hadn't done yet. Our first stop was the Boqueria Market on the Ramblas. The market was huge and had almost everything you could think of, including cones filled with meat and cheese! (I promise it seemed more delicious than what it sounds like). I had the freshest coconut mango juice for a Euro and a half. And then we made our way to the Sagrada Familia. It was breathtaking to see (even among all of the construction). We also walked by the Arco de Triunfo as well. Our last stop was at a beautiful restaurant, SantAgustina, for more beer with lemon fanta.

Barcelona was such a beautiful, tiny city! Despite it's size there is SO much to do and see. It was a great way to start off our Spanish trip before heading to the island of Mallorca. 
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