October 24, 2014

How To Style a Blanket Scarf

As you know, when the weather turns chilly most of us are pulling out our blanket scarves - in every variety imaginable. I even did a round-up for you this week in case you're looking for more! I always get questions (or see readers asking other bloggers) for a "how to" on wearing this "it" accessory. Admittedly, the blanket scarf can be a bit intimidating. Today, I'm sharing three super easy styles that will hopefully make your life easier and relieve the "I really want one of these but I don't know how to wear it" fear.

Don't be afraid! I'm gonna show you how to own this!

STEP 1: Fold the scarf diagonally from corner to corner. Then loosely roll it. Leave a short triangle of fabric unrolled at the bottom just like I've done above.

STEP 2: Put the triangle in the front and cross the ends behind your head. Bring the ends around to the front to create a loop around your neck.

STEP 3: Play with it a bit until the shape and placement is exactly how you want it.

STEP 1: Fold the scarf diagonally from corner to corner. Then roll it.

STEP 2: Roll it all the way up until it looks like this. Then, loop it around your neck from the front.

STEP 3: Bring the ends around to the front and pull it close to your neck. Wearing it this way is so warm!

STEP 4: Tie the ends.

STEP 1: Fold the scarf diagonally from corner to corner. Then loosely roll it.

STEP 2: Just like in the first tutorial, loop it around your neck. For this way, though, I like to let it hang a little bit looser around my neck.

STEP 3: Grab your favorite pin or brooch to make it a little bit fancy. I pinned on of the ends to the loop in the middle to make it secure and not "floppy."

Outfit: Sweater, gifted SIMPLY VERA by VERA WANG | Leggings,  gifted ELIE TAHARI for KOHL'S
Shoes, J. CREW FACTORY | Scarf, gifted AERIE | Sequin heart, gifted BAN.DO

October 22, 2014

Quoted: Oscar de la Renta

"Never in the history of the world have women been more in control of their destiny."
- Oscar de la Renta


The world is a little less glamorous without you. Rest in peace.

October 21, 2014

Currently Crushing: The Ultimate Blanket Scarf Round-Up

Since the Zara blanket scarf craze of 2013, everyone wants to get their hands on this hot little accessory. And not just one, every color combination and pattern known to humankind. Well, I did some research for y'all and came up with a pretty awesome (if I do say so myself) round up of the best blanket scarves. Believe me when I say, these are worth the hype. So soft, so comfy, and so warm. I just received the one from Aerie in the mail yesterday and I can't wait to wrap up in it! The ones I've featured here are all under $40 - some are even under $30! Shop them all here:

Scarf 1 (green), NASTYGAL | Scarf 2 (red), ASOS | Scarf 3 (grey), ASOS | Scarf 4 (yellow), ASOS
Scarf 5 (tan/red), ZARA | Scarf 6 (navy), AERIE | Scarf 7 (white/red), ASOS | Scarf 8 (navy/green), AERIE
Scarf 9 (nude/purple), ASOS | Scarf 10 (nude/red), AERIE | Scarf 11 (white), ASOS | Scarf 12 (burgundy), ZARA
Scarf 13 (tan/red), NASTYGAL | Scarf 14 (black), ZARA | Scarf 15 (yellow), ZARA

October 20, 2014

My Style: Spots & Dots

So, basically this is how I feel about Monday. I've never been a Monday person - I take it after my mama. And after a fun-filled (but exhausting) weekend like I had, I really just need one more day to recover. A group of my coworkers and I took our annual trip to SCarowinds on Saturday night and didn't get back home until the early hours of the morning on Sunday. I spent the biggest part of yesterday catching up on some serious sleep. Today it's back to grind and I'm wondering where did my weekend go?!

These photos were taken a couple weeks ago but between work and spending too much time watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix, I haven't been able to find the time to sort through and edit them. As you know, I love print mixing and there's something so classic about leopard spots and polka dots! I'm kind of excited that it's getting chilly enough to wear tights with this outfit!

Top, KAREN KANE (old) | Skirt, OLD NAVY | Bag, COACH | Necklace, MARLEY LILLY
Shoes, ELLEN TRACY via TJ MAXX | Bangles, J. CREW - gifted POPPY STYLE - gifted ELLIE & OLLIE
Sunglasses, gifted SUNGLASSES SHOP

October 18, 2014

Kate Spade Sale!

Kate Spade Sale

Kate Spade is on sale this weekend! Yes - the entire site, in store and in the outlet through midnight tomorrow! There are some adorable pieces right now that I am definitely eyeing! Use code F14FFUS to get 30% off your entire purchase!

Featured items: Mohair sweater | Bow hat | Bow gloves | Watch | Bag | Lipstick | Necklaces 1, 2 | Polka dot pouch

October 17, 2014

This, That & Then Some

It's been an unintentionally slow week around here and over on instagram. It's been crazy busy at work and (if I'm being really honest) my motivation has been lacking. Is it the weather? My crazy schedule? Unfollows getting me down? To be honest, I think it's a combination of everything. This blogging stuff isn't for the soft-hearted, I'll tell you that right now. But sometimes those little stabs of "why don't they like what I'm posting" can really get you down. Anywho, you'll never please everyone - that's what I have to remember and keep on keeping on.

I'm looking forward to this weekend with my friends and coworkers as we take (what has become) our annual trip to SCarowinds. I don't do scary things, but this is so fun! Hope you all have a spectacular weekend!

Currently. . .


The ultimate accessory for fall and winter is the faux fur scarf. See my favorite picks from this week!

Aerie has just added a collection of blanket scarves to their site. You're gonna die.

Grey is an "it" color for fall and winter - I'm loving this tone-on-tone look from Lovely Pepa.

Can we please discuss how drop-dead gorgeous Kerry Washington looks on the cover of Allure?

The tee shirts from Tees in a Trap are so clever - and hilarious.

Carly's tiny pup in his tiny coat is the cutest thing I've seen in a while!

The 50 best movie beauty moments of all time - which are your favorites?

When the class of 2018 was born, this was happening in the world.

October 15, 2014

5 Simple Tricks for Better Pinning

Image: Just Dandy

Who doesn't love pinterest? Um, no one these days. Everyone's bff, mama, grandmama, sister, favorite teacher - well, you get it. Everyone is on pinterest. I love that someone was creative enough to come with an online space that is the equivalent to hoarding magazine clippings. (Which I still do, too!) As bloggers, we're all about doing everything better and making it a better experience for our followers - you're always on our minds, peeps. Below are five of my favorite tips for better pinning! If you have other tips that you swear by, please leave them in the comments!

1. Pin LARGE images - Keep your images around 700 px width by 1100 px length. Too small and your images get lost in the shuffle, but too large and they can be annoying in your followers' feed. Make them just large enough to pop, get someone's attention and ta-da repin your picture!

2. Pin VERTICAL images - It's been proven that we tend to gravitate to vertical images more often that horizontal ones on pinterest. I've read this in several articles and the Ahalogy girls talked about it at the SBS Conference this summer. Vertical images just get noticed more easily - and that's what we want!

3. Use accurate CAPTIONS and HASHTAGS - When people search for a certain kind of image on pinterest you want your images to be in that mix! Using accurate captions of what's in that photo or using relevant hashtags will get you noticed more often and ultimately get you more repins - and more followers!

4. Make sure the ORIGINAL SOURCES are linked - You don't want people stealing your stuff, right? It's wrong. Well, so is not sourcing images on pinterest. I will be the first to admit that I still have work to do on sourcing my pins, but I'm working on it. Just be conscious when you pin or repin that the image links back - give credit where it's due!

5. VERIFY your website/blog - Verifying your site gives you more engagement and traffic and it boosts your online visibility - step-by-step instructions! Remember when people had to click on the globe icon to take them to your site? Now, your site url is already visible and when you verify you get a little red check. People easily and quickly make the connection between your pinterest and your site and are more likely to click over. And with the new pinterest layout, your social media links are front and center!