” Life Starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald
Mmmm….. The smell of pumpkin spice everything, the leaves crunching and the crisp cool air; It’s FALL, ya’ll! With the changing of the seasons, comes a new wardrobe filled with all things warm and cozy and lots and lots of Faux Fur Vests! Vests are not only the practical option when the temperatures dip, but an oh-so fashionable statement piece. I literally plan looks around my favorite faux fur vests! I have been waiting (super impatiently) to share this new faux fur vest I got from local boutique, Uniquities, in Raleigh, NC. Uniquites is a one stop shop for me and one of my absolute favorite designer boutiques!! They carry all the brands I love and the sales associates are always SO HELPFUL! This particular vest is by designer, Matison Stone. I couldn’t find the link to this exact one, but I found a few similar ones I have linked below. It is so amazingly comfortable and not too thick! I love fur vests, but sometimes they can make you look bigger than you are and this one definitely doesn’t do that! I am so in love with the buttery color it is, it literally can go with anything!
If you don’t remember anything else from this post remember designer: ROWEN! These black gold studded flats are the show stopper of any FALL outfit! They are the absolute most comfortable flats I own and not to mention super chic! I am so in love with all of their ‘Hindman’ flats and they come in so many amazing colors, but don’t debate your purchase long because they have SOLD OUT two years in a row!! The beautiful painting in the background is one that my talented sister, Anna Dickens, painted and I had to show it off because it matched my flats!!
This amazing plaid is from Banana Republic and so versatile! Once again, PLAID is going to be a FALL staple and this blue plaid is so amazing and can be easily dressed up or down! I paired this ‘boyfriend’ shirt with my latest, BLANKNYC Faux Leather Skinnies! These skinnies have the perfect amount of sheen and are so comfortable and stretchy! These pants are under $100 and, in my opinion, are a lot of bang for your buck!
Now all you need is some hot chocolate and you are ready to face whatever the day holds!
“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local and that’s kind of the same!”
I am a firm believer in supporting local businesses and retailers! Living in Raleigh, NC, I have a few local boutiques that I frequent almost weekly! Uniquities, in North Hills and Cameron Village, are two of my absolute favorite local designer boutiques! Anytime I am shopping for a trip or event, Uniquities is my first stop! All of the staff at Uniquities are incredibly friendly and eager to help, “style” you! There is nothing worse than walking into a store where you do not feel welcome and the sales associates just stare at you like you don’t belong: this is not the case at Uniquities! There has never been a time when I walked in that I was not acknowledged and asked if I needed help! Customer service means everything to me and I am willing to pay a little more for something, if my experience is enjoyable!
This week I stopped by Uniquities in North Hills to, “just look,” (who am I kidding this never works) and couldn’t believe the Fall selection! Walking in the store, I was greeting by two of my favorite sales associates, Sarah Baillargeon and Karen Henderson, who always make it a point to call me by name and make sure I have any help I need.
On this trip, Sarah helped me pick out some amazing camo pants by J Brand that are probably one of the softest pair of pants I have ever put on my body! These pants honestly feel like pajamas! I hate when I sit down and my pants (which have expanded throughout the day) start to bulge and these DO NOT! Camo is trending this Fall and is a neutral that can be dressed up or down!
Ok, I know you have all been waiting for the details on this little FRINGE number! I wish I could say that it came home with me, but either way I had to show it off paired with my new skinnies!! This leather jacket, “Garvin” is made by Elizabeth & James and is a SHOWSTOPPER!! This jacket has so many details from the stitching around the front and bottom all the way to the perfectly made FRINGE! This jacket needs a moment of silence… Alright, we can move on 😉 Fringe is one of the HOTTEST trends this FALL and YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!
This beautiful leopard clutch really set off the entire outfit! Leopard is that little pop of ‘pizzazz’ any outfit needs to be FIERCE! I also paired this look with my favorite Topshop ‘Ghillie’ lace up ballet flats for the win!
Ask for some of my favorites at North Hills: Sarah & Karen or Linda & Hayden at the Cameron Village location; tell them Holly sent you 😉 So what are you waiting for?!? Run, don’t walk to any one of Uniquities four locations!
DOWNTOWN CHAPEL HILL
452 West Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
CAMERON VILLAGE RALEIGH
450 Daniels St.
Raleigh, NC 27606
NORTH HILLS RALEIGH
Fashion is what you buy, Style is what you do with it!
Walking in Target this past week, I stumbled upon this absolutely stunning cape! In the FALL, I am a fan of fashion that’s comfortable, movable and layerable! I love having a few layers on especially during the FALL when the mornings and evenings are chilly, but the days are warmer! Layers are a must in NC where the weather can change on a dime any time of the year! So, back to this amazing cape!! Merona has created a beautiful black plaid cape that feels like you are wearing a fleece blanket all day! It is so amazingly soft and warm! Seriously, I wish you could touch this cape through the Internet and guess what?!?!?! This cape is only $26.99! Capes were all the rage last year and they are back and bigger than ever again this year!
This necklace is the Kendra Scott ‘Rayne’ Necklace in Ivory Pearl. This necklace is the statement piece for any outfit and really makes this style complete! Kendra Scott necklaces are so well made and the stones are so gorgeous! There are many pieces on my “Wish List!” The ‘Rayne’ necklace is a signature necklace that comes in a wide assortment of colors and stones! The tassel on this necklace is just so stunning and delicate and to me is PERFECTION!
What would FALL be without the Tory Burch ‘Reva’ flat?!?! These have been my ‘old faithful’ for years now and they NEVER go out of style! The ‘Reva’ is a signature flat for Tory and if you buy nothing else from her line, this flat is a MUST! I love the black and gold logo ones probably the most for versatility, but all the colors are amazing! These flats took a little getting used to and ‘breaking in,’ but once that part was over, they became my absolute favorite!
Hope you guys enjoy this look as much as I do!
” You have to get up every morning and tell yourself, YOU CAN DO THIS!”
Is it just me or as we get older, graduate college and start a career is it harder to find time for yourself? In this world, that’s so fast paced, it’s hard to take time for things that are good for us! In college I became a runner, not a 5K or marathon runner, but just a runner. I soon fell in love and pretty much ran at least 6 days a week, roughly 3-5 miles per day. At first, I dropped a lot of weight and was very pleased with my efforts. Running was a way for me to escape the next exam I was studying for and it really became my outlet of relaxation (this sounds crazy, I know). Have you ever heard about the, “runner’s high?” Well, I believe that’s what I got every time I ran and I really felt good, physically. Running got me through college, but when I graduated and started working getting up early to get my morning run in started to get monotonous and for lack of better words, boring. My “passion” was slowly but surely dying. About that time, my husband and I moved to Wake Forest, NC. One day, exploring Wake Forest, I discovered a small studio with machines that I had never seen before! Little did I know, this little studio and those machines would change my life! The small studio was, Pilates Barre Extreme.
It’s been two years now and I can’t get enough of Pilates Barre Extreme! They are located in the Wakefield Commons Shopping Center behind the Rex Wellness Center off of US-1. When you walk in, you will be greeted by an awesome instructor (they are all amazing, so you can’t go wrong with any of them)! I am an, ‘early bird,’ so I go to the 6am or 7am classes which are usually taught by Kristie Taylor (she’s soooo amazing). Kristie really tailors each session to each individual in the class, depending on his/her skill set! She is always challenging me and the rest of the class to plank a little longer, increase our weights or whatever it may be that she knows we are capable of; Thank You, Kristie for helping make me be the best version of myself! I have had all of the instructors and they are all super challenging in their own way, which I love! My view is, if I am going to pay to go workout, that it be challenging and I can see results! As I said, I was a runner for years and always thought I was pretty, ‘fit.’ Running, however, did not prepare me or my abs for what I was about to experience with Pilates! Pilates is a TOTAL body workout and it is one that is GREAT for lengthening the muscles! As a woman, I love strengthening my body by lengthening my muscles!
I was always convinced that either you had the body type for good arms and abs, or you didn’t! It seemed that no matter what I ate, didn’t eat, etc. I couldn’t achieve any definition in my abs! Pilates changed this completely! I love food and eating out, so I don’t have the 6-pack I always DREAMED of, but I will say I have more abdominal definition than I have ever had in my entire life! I can also say, that over the past two years I am stronger and feel better than I ever have with my body! I didn’t realize the benefits of working ALL aspects of my body and trying to work out on my own I never achieved the results I have with an instructor!
Losing weight was never my primary goal in starting Pilates, but I have lost roughly 10 pounds since I began! My weight doesn’t usually fluctuate too much, so for me to lose meant something! There are classes suited for any fitness level or desire! There are the beginner classes, endurance (for those who want a more intense workout), barre class (for more stretching and leg toning) as well as a cardio circuit class that gets your heart rate really pumping! I love them ALL! I have been to every class offered and love each one for varying reasons! Taking care of your body is just as important as taking care of your mind! We are only given one body and we should treat it well! What you can do today can improve all your tomorrows.
Create Balance, Feed Your Soul, Fuel Your Body, Expand Your Mind, Strengthen Yourself!
Life is too short to have boring hair!
A year ago, if you had asked me what a, “blow-out,” was I would have looked at you with a very confused look on my face (because I thought it may be something inappropriate hahahaha). Now, when the word blow-out is mentioned I simply say, “YES,” without any hesitation! So, if you have never heard of a Blow-Out, I am about to change your life! A blow-out is simply everything you love about going to the salon: relaxation, shampoo and style of your choice without the cut, color and high price tag!
Blow-outs have been an absolute lifesaver for me! I honestly don’t know what I would do without my absolute favorite blow dry bar, Blown Away Raleigh, in North Hills, NC. The owners Jenny or Julie will greet you at the front door with a smile, glass of wine/champagne and your day will immediately brighten! I go to Blown Away a minimum of twice a month especially during wedding season! I can only imagine this is how a celebrity feels getting pampered and the price tag of $35 for any style makes this treatment a MUST!
Who else has trouble with curling irons and straighteners?!?! For the longest time, I thought I was the only one who couldn’t curl my hair (woe is me)!! I honestly sat in my bathroom for countless hours figuring out which way the curl should go, trying to curl without getting the “hook” and figuring out which size barrel I needed. I felt so defeated and was so jealous of those girls, you know the ones with the thick, full voluminous waves, and I’m just sitting over here looking like Shirley Temple with enough hairspray to make it through a hurricane! I no longer have this problem, thanks to Blown Away! Each time I go, I get the, “Beachy Waves,” because it’s the hairstyle I’m obsessed with, but not the best at creating on myself! My hair is in an asymmetrical bob about shoulder length, so that does limit my hair with the “traditional blow-out.” However, I have been in the salon many times and if you have longer hair, there is nothing more flattering than the voluminous, full and shiny blow-out!
Blown Away Raleigh is celebrating their 1 year anniversary (YAYAYAYAYA) and to mark the occasion, they are going to give FREE BLOW-OUTS FOR A YEAR to one lucky winner! All you have to do is go to their Instagram @blowawayral, find the post about FREE BLOWOUTS for a year and follow the guidelines to enter to WIN! I contemplated telling you all because I REALLY WANT TO WIN hahaha, but then I realized that was selfish so enter now before the contest is OVER! GOOD LUCK!
Even if you do not win, go get a blow-out, it will change your life (well, maybe not your life, but at least your day)! Thank you Julie and Jenny for following your dreams and for changing my life and making me feel beautiful!
Be the Most Dazzling Version of Yourself!
This post is one that I am so honored to write and have you all read. This post is about the person who I know better than myself and who has been there for me since the beginning! She is my partner in crime and always there when I need someone to talk to; this post of course is about my little sister, Anna! My sister and I have always been inseparable, to the point we have been asked on multiple occasions if we were ‘twins,’ (although I’m like a foot taller hahaha). I attribute people asking us this, to the fact that we are so in sync with one another and we always know what the other is thinking without having to say a word! This post is not, however, just about how much I love her, but it’s actually a post highlighting her talents (that I’m so proud of).
My sister began painting as a Senior in high school and quickly realized her passion for art, fashion, design and all that they entail. She has done some amazing artwork in the past few years, but like anything, her style has evolved immensely. I am swooning over Anna’s new current abstract obsession; which is a combination of edge and sophistication! Can we just all stop and take a look at these amazing colors and that gold accent paint?!?!?! The entire setup is so breathtaking, I just can’t handle it!!
This past Thursday night, my mom, sister, sister in law and friend Danielle took a road trip to our friend, Anna Musselwhite Owen’s, new clothing boutique in Fayetteville: Monkees.
I have known Anna Owen for some time now and I have always been obsessed with her fashion sense and style; so a career in Fashion was perfect for her! Anna’s store stands out so much, not only in the amazing clothing that fills the racks, but because it embodies a sense of her personality! Anna wanted her store to be an extension of who she is and can I just say, it’s STUNNING! There was no detail left unrecognized or overlooked! Anna wanted to incorporate her college bestie, my sister, in her store by having some original oil paintings done to accent her decor! Anna and Anna (hahaha this could get confusing), with their keen eye of fashion and styling, collaborated on what they thought would look great in the space and these amazing abstracts were the result! You girls NAILED IT! Anna Owen, your store was beyond breathtaking and your hard work can not go unnoticed, congrats!
The night was filled with champagne, phenomenal food and of course, SHOPPING! There were so many things I wanted and of course I walked away with too many bags, full of goodies that will be in upcoming posts 😉 Thank you Kathryn (a.k.a ‘Kaki’) for all of your amazing help picking out my new favorite earrings and booties! The night was one for the books and I will be a life-long patron.
Since the event was in the evening, I opted to wear a sleek black jumpsuit! I purchased this jumpsuit last winter and it is the, BCBC Geo Jumpsuit , I have linked it along with a few other similar styles, but this jumpsuit is EVERYTHING TO ME! It is just the right amount of class and edge with the lace cutouts! I have worn this jumpsuit to multiple functions and it NEVER FAILS! I paired this look with the Tory Burch ‘Tames’ Wedge, but I have linked a few other heels I think would look amazing! I wore one of my favorite new lipsticks by Dior, ‘Diorific!’ This lipstick is the perfect crimson with a little sparkle! This lipstick is in a two-tone version: one side is a velvet matte finish while the other is the same shade with a little golden shimmer in it! So the way I see it, you have two lipsticks in one! This red will be your new FALL go-to!
” As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has a meaning!” – Barbara Sher
If you are ever in Fayetteville, NC stop by the amazing Monkee’s of Fayetteville ,which opens to the public TODAY, October 3rd, and see Anna and her sister Kathryn, your closet will ‘thank you!’
Whether your dream is to own a clothing store, be an artist/designer, express yourself through a blog or whatever it may be… DO IT! “Don’t Let the Fear of Striking Out, Keep You from Playing the Game!” – Babe Ruth
“It’s not about brand, it’s about STYLE!”
Fashion doesn’t have to be EXPENSIVE! Style is a form of expression; it is a way to say who you are without having to speak. Style is the way you carry yourself, it is in the Confidence that you have. Style is not something that can be purchased! Style is all about owning who you are and being secure in that! How boring would life be if everyone were the SAME?!?! I love admiring other women’s style and fashion sense and sometimes I am challenged to step out of my own personal comfort zone and try something NEW!
With that said, who has been to Target recently?!?! Oh.My.Goodness… Their Fall line of clothing is on point! Both this skirt and plaid shirt are both from Target for a total price point under $50 (yayayayayayayaya). When I saw this Xhilartaion faux suede skirt I had to have it!! It has the most adorable cut-outs on the bottom, which I think make this skirt so darling! Tan suede skirts are all the rage this season and they have been featured on countless websites and various fashion bloggers.
As in one of my most recent posts, PLAID is a MUST HAVE for FALL! This Merona Plaid Shirt is absolutely PERFECT with a skirt, pair of jeans or leggings! I love the colors of this particular plaid and I can’t wait to pair it with a faux fur vest, denim & booties when it gets a little cooler!
These shoes! Ok, so if you are a Nordstrom shopper, they were on the Anniversary sale and I debated them for almost a month. I waiting (unfortunately) until the sale was over and recently walked in the store and HAD to have them! They are so adorable, the price point is great and they are super stylish! These ‘Olsen’ flats, made by Halogen, remind me of high-end designer Valentino (at a small fraction of the cost). They come in multiple colors, but black is my go-to for FALL, although I will probably be getting them in the nude soon! Don’t wait until they are SOLD OUT, you will be kicking yourself!
I have NEVER been one for HATS… I’ll admit the reason is: I don’t want to mess my hair up and have that notorious “HAT HAIR,” but I have recently made an exception!! I fell in love with this, Olive Green Hinge ‘Panama’ Hat, the minute I saw it in Nordstrom. There’s just something I love about green and the FALL, maybe it’s because I have green eyes, but I just LOVE it! I have already worn this hat numerous times and I know it’s going to be a great piece for FALL and Winter when the weather gets chilly!
I’ll leave you with this.. EMBRACE your INDIVIDUALITY; there is no one like YOU! YOU are BEAUTIFUL and DON’T BE AFRAID to BE YOURSELF and FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!
- I have linked what I wore as well as a few similar items below
“Love is Patient, Love is Kind. It Always Protects, Always Trusts, Always Hopes and Always Perseveres. Love NEVER FAILS!” 1 Corinthians 13: 4, 7-8
This past Friday night, I had the opportunity to attend my cousin Madeline’s wedding at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Downtown Wilmington! It was such a BEAUTIFUL night filled with music, fun, laughter, impeccable food, fellowship and of course, love! CONGRATS Madeline and Brian, I am so happy for you both and wish you all the HAPPINESS in the WORLD!
The night before the wedding we had a BEAUTIFUL rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant, 128 South, and had the absolute best time! This time of year, in the South, it’s so hard for me to decide what to wear and so for the rehearsal I chose a neutral printed dress with black caged heels! This dress is the C/MEO ‘Bounce Back’ Dress and I am swooning over this new found designer! This dress is the perfect combination of flirty and fun! It has an amazing funnel neckline that, in my opinion, make this dress so VOGUE! Not only does it have this amazing neckline, but it also has side pockets (there’s always a need for pockets!) I wore this dress from the rehearsal, changed my shoes, and went downtown walking! This dress is a new staple!
Ok, THESE SHOES!!!! I’m sooo in love with caged heels and these STEVE MADDEN ‘Slithur’ caged pumps are my new found LOVE! These shoes look like they would be so uncomfortable, but I can tell you they are so moldable and stretchy and I wore them for three hours and my feet weren’t swollen or hurting! If you are looking for a fashionable and wearable heel, this is it! In all honesty, I’m totally debating another pair 🙂
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Happy Sunday!
Hot Chocolate, Boots, Sweaters, Leaves, Scarves, Jeans, Pumpkins & PLAID; these are a few of my favorite things!! If you haven’t already heard, TODAY is the FIRST day of FALL, my absolute favorite season ever! It’s just something about those first cool mornings and the crisp air that makes me feel so alive and I get that feeling of POSSIBILITY!! With the changing seasons I feel like I get somewhat of a, ” New Start” to do something FRESH and FUN!
This Fall I am all about PLAID and Booties! So, in honor of the FIRST DAY of FALL, I am sharing my new favorite PLAID Shirtdress ! This dress is made by designer Velvet by Graham Spencer. This dress is so comfortable, soft and even has pockets! The belief that plaid is just for a flannel button-down is completely gone and replaced by plaid skirts, dresses, scarves, pants, tops and accessories! Plaid is one of the top trends this FALL and it’s not going anywhere!
Booties are back and hotter than ever, making them an absolute FALL ESSENTIAL! These booties are going to be my go-to Fall Staple! They are the Joie ‘Dalton’ Bootie and I’m kind of OBSESSED! These booties are so amazingly made and comfortable! They are suede and have a beautiful braided zipper! They are a bit pricey, but they can be worn throughout Fall and Winter! I have linked these booties along with similar styles below!
Hope you guys enjoy this outfit as much as I do 😉 HAPPY FALL and don’t forget, “Make Today a Hollyday!”
*Below I am linking all products worn in my photos as well as some similar styles