During the summer I’m more social and like to grab dinner or drinks with friends or coworkers (during the winter I hibernate). So, having outfits that are versatile and can be worn at the office during the day and then transition seamlessly to social events after work is important! It’s not always that easy because sometimes work clothes are just boring. That’s why I’m obsessed with this new color block dress that I found on Amazon….and the best part is it is only $22! Can’t really beat the price! I love the two different patterns on the dress and the zipper on the bottom. The zipper jazzes the dress up a bit. It’s perfect for any occasion, including work, date night, happy hour or a girl’s night!
- Shop the Look Above: Top: Ann Taylor Loft // Shorts: Nordstrom Rack // Pants: Topshop // Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Sunglasses: Tory Burch
- Shop the Look Above: Blouse: Ann Taylor // Shorts: Nordstrom Rack // Loafers: Aerosoles // Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs
- Shop the Look Above: Dress: Petite Epoque // Purse: Tory Burch // Sunglasses: Tory Burch
- Shop the Look Above: Dress: LC Conrad from Kohls // Sunglasses: Coach
- Shop the Look Above: Tunic: Gracewear // Fedora: Roxy // Sandals: Aerosoles
- Shop the Look Above: Leopard Dress: Equipment // Purse: Tory Burch // Sunglasses: Tory Burch // Blue Wedges: Aerosoles // Photos: Sanniyah Sloan
- Shop the Look Above: Dress: Love Sadie from Thred Up // Loafers: Aerosoles // Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Aviators: Coach
- Shop the Look Above: White Dress: Three Eighty Two // Fedora: Tory Burch // Clutch: Tory Burch // Wedges: Aerosoles // Photos: Sanniyah Sloan
- Shop the Look Above: Top: Blluemade // Black Skinny Jeans: Paige // Hat: ASOS // Leopard Loafers: Nine West // Photos: Sanniyah Sloan
- Shop the Look Above: Blush Dress: Three Eighty Two from Lyon & Post // Wedges: Aerosoles // Bracelet: Two Cumberland
- Shop the Look Above: Utility Jacket: J Crew // Flannel Top: Rails // Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft // Booties: DSW
After Rome, we went to Florence and the Amalfi coast for the remainder of our honeymoon. We took a train from Rome to Florence. The first day we were in Florence we enjoyed a guided walking tour to learn the history of the city. In the morning we skipped the line at Florence’s Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece, ‘David.’ While I was taking photos of Michelangelo’s ‘David’ my Canon point and shoot camera died. So, Florence was the last day I could take photos on my camera. The rest of the photos I took while we were on our honeymoon was with my iPhone.
After we visited the Accademia Gallery, we crossed the Ponte Vecchio and got to skip the line to visit the Duomo. In the afternoon we toured the Uffizi Gallery. We had time to explore independently to see the art at our own pace. The Uffizi Gallery was beyond stunning. I could have stayed in the gallery for days.
We spent 16 days in Italy for our honeymoon! We went to Rome, Florence and the Amalfi Coast (we stayed in Positano and then on the island of Capri). I’d never been to Italy before and it has been on the top of my travel bucket list. We got married on Saturday June 18 and left on a red-eye flight Monday June 20 after our wedding. Luckily the Atlanta airport had a non-stop flight to Rome. In Rome we stayed in the Westin Excelsior in Rome, an upscale Starwood hotel in an elegant landmark building. The Westin Excelsior is in a great location, only a 13-minute walk from the Trevi Fountain.
I found the cutest petite clothing line, called Petite Epoque. The company is currently being sold online and will fully launch July 1! The company was founded by a petite woman. She created her company to give petite women all over the world the attention they deserve by creating a line specifically catered to fit proportionately and to give fashion looks and trends that are feminine, functional, high quality, transitional and versatile! The line focuses on shorter lengths for skirts, leggings, jackets and dresses as well as attention to detail and the comfort. The company is catered to women of all ages whose heights are within 4’9″ to 5’4″.
On Friday I went to a Tacori event at D. Geller & Son, one of the South’s longest standing diamond and fine jewelry companies. D. Geller & Son is a family owned and operated business and the Geller family represents 14 generations and over 1,100 years in the jewelry industry. Tacori sent their newest line of jewelry, never seen by the public, to D. Geller & Son. My engagement band is from Tacori and I love it. The “Tacori Summer Sparkle” event was so cute. A bunch of local Atlanta fashion bloggers attended the event. D. Geller & Son had all the new Tacori jewelry out to try on and take photos with. They had a champagne bar, chocolate bar and hors d’oeuvres.
Now that it’s summertime, I’m going to be spending a lot of time at our pool in Atlanta or visiting my fiancé’s Mom and Step-Dad (my future in-laws) in Hilton Head. I have light hair and light eyes so I know I’m more prone to skin damage unfortunately. Whenever I lay out the pool or the beach, I make sure my fair skin is covered. I always wear a hat and sunglasses and I also like to make sure my shoulders are covered so I can cover my skin if I feel like I’m getting too much sun. I just got the cutest pink lace tunic from Gracewear! The tunic is the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe. I wore it to the pool this past weekend as a cover-up but it’s versatile so I can pair it with white skinny jeans or shorts. I’m also in love with the eyelet tunic and am thinking about getting it in the Navy color.
Happy Memorial Day! Hope everyone is having a nice weekend! I spent the first half of the weekend back home in Virginia and the second half of the weekend in Atlanta. On Friday my Mom and I went to Georgetown, D.C. for my second bridal fitting at Hitched! Any ladies shopping in the D.C. area for wedding dresses, I highly recommend going to Hitched (obviously I’m a little biased) and Lovely Bride. Both bridal salons are located in Georgetown and are within walking distance of one another. After my bridal fitting, my Mom and I went shopping for accessories to go with my wedding dress.
The first weekend of May I went to Nashville for my bachelorette party with a group of my best friends and my two younger sisters. My two sisters (pretty much my middle sister) planned the most amazing bachelorette party weekend for me. I had never been to Nashville before and wanted to spend my bachelorette weekend at a city I had never been to. It was a toss-up between Austin and Nashville, since I’d heard so many wonderful things about both cities, but I ended up deciding on Nashville. After visiting Nashville, I can see why everyone is obsessed with the city…I loved it and would move there in a heartbeat.
I frequently shop online at Lyon + Post because I find new emerging designers that I love. For my bridal shower I bought a blush dress by the brand Three Eighty Two. I’d never heard of the brand Three Eighty Two before, so I researched the brand after I received so many compliments from my friends and family at bridal shower. My bridal shower dress is called the “Mia 3/4 Surplice Dress” in the color Quartz.
Three Eighty Two launched in 2014, so the brand is only 2 years old. Their collections are clean cut, minimalistic and classic. I’m very girly and like to only invest in clothing pieces that are classic and can go with other items in my closet. Three Eighty Two’s collection is comprised of chic pared down silhouettes blended with relaxed tailoring. I’m sometimes horrible with wearing prints, but their collection mixes solids with some prints. Three Eighty Two is sold online at a few retailers including South Moon Under, Revolve, Lyst and on Three Eighty Two’s website.
I love finding local boutiques and brands! I found a new amazing brand, titled Blluemade, based out of Atlanta and I’m obsessed with the quality of their designs! Blluemade is an emerging brand founded by a husband and wife team (how amazing is that?) born out of a desire to have garments that travel well and are both functional and elegant for your everyday wear. To achieve this, Blluemade uses Belgium linen as the cornerstone of each garment as it is durable and sustainable with a beautiful natural texture + drape. The flax used in the linen is harvested down to the roots, making the harvested fibers particularly long, soft, strong, and the finished-product wrinkle-resistant.
Two weeks ago I went home to Virginia for my first bridal gown fitting at Hitched Salon (the cutest boutique bridal store ever) in Georgetown and on Saturday my mother and two sisters hosted the most beautiful bridal shower for me! My two younger sisters and I have always been extremely close our entire lives, which is rare since we are all girls and very close in age. My sisters are both my Maid’s of Honor and they have gone above and beyond the call of duty. The bridal shower was just perfect. My mom and sisters stuck to my weddings colors for the shower: pink, blush and gold.
Jeremy and I went to Charlottesville, Virginia a few weekends ago to meet a bunch of our wedding vendors. I had my hair and makeup trial in the morning, then we went to Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards for our wedding menu tasting and last (but not least) we had our cake tasting with Mahlia Creations. Jeremy and I always knew we wanted to get married at Pippin Hill. We spent so much time there when Jeremy was completing his MBA at Darden in Charlottesville. It wasn’t until we got engaged and I wanted to book Pippin Hill for our wedding venue, that I realized how extremely popular Pippin Hill is. Bride’s Magazine listed Pippin Hill as one of the top 50 most beautiful wedding venues in the U.S. I mean, obviously I’m a little biased, but I agree with Brides Magazine! Pippin Hill is absolutely gorgeous. We got engaged in December 2014 and I booked Pippin Hill in February 2015. By the time I had booked our June 2016 wedding date (only 2 months after we had gotten engaged) we had booked the last Saturday in spring/summer 2016! I mean that is just insane! Pippin Hill is not only a breathtaking venue, the food is superb.