Transitional Summer Stripes

 

Jean Jacket // Striped Shirt // Shorts // Sandals // Purse
Watch // Sunglasses (on sale!) // Pearl Earrings // Nail Color

I have been wearing this summery striped shirt and shorts combo way too often recently. I love the look of the white on white and the different green color! I got this Joules shirt while I was in Charleston and love the material of it. It's kind of in between a knit shirt and a sweater. I thought this ensemble would look cute with a denim jacket in hopes of cooler weather in the future- I'm kind of over summer and ready for jackets and boots. It's been so hot (and humid) here at Elon for orientation! Also: please disregard that horrible bruise on my knee I got from ice skating :)

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This Week 8/28/2016

This week feels like it has been so long!! It has been filled with too many trips to Target, hanging out with friends from home and getting acclimated with life at college. On Tuesday I finished getting everything I needed for my dorm and grabbed lunch at a local restaurant, Kindred, with my mom, one of my best friends and her mom. It's the new hot spot and has been featured in tons of magazines but I never got around to trying it. I ordered the shrimp roll and it was the perfect summer meal to eat on the patio. Kindred also has the best décor!

Later my dad and I took blog pictures for this post. Afterwards we treated ourselves to a corn dog and tater tots at Whataburger. We also finally tried a witch doctor which tasted surprisingly good considering the ingredients... you can see for yourself here.


Wednesday was my last day to hang out with friends from home that hadn't left for school yet so we ended up going to Southpark mall and then bowling and for lava cakes at Chili's. Fun fact that I don't think I have mentioned on here is that I love Chili's. It's so fun to go there and split dessert with friends (and it's usually less expensive that going for ice cream)!

Thursday was spent packing and organizing for move in day. We left at 5:30 AM on Friday for Elon for an 8 AM move in time. Move in went surprisingly smooth! By the time I had picked up my keys all my stuff was waiting outside my door for me. Elon has orientation right before classes start rather than during the summer so I have been busy with all the orientation festivities the last few days. Saturday morning was new student convocation where President Lambert spoke and all the new students received an acorn. I love this tradition because Elon translates to 'Oak' in Hebrew so each student receives an acorn as a freshman and then at graduation they are given an oak sapling so they can go plant their roots!


Its been a great (and busy) week but I am so excited to finally be at Elon and starting this new adventure. Classes start on Tuesday so wish me luck :)

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Friday Finds 8/26/2016

The only shopping around I did this week was to stock up on some basics for college. I really don't need to be buying more right now... if anything I need to be cleaning out my closet so I can fit everything in my college wardrobe! 
I finally invested in a pair of white jeans (I already wore them in this post) and a jean jacket, both of which I can already see myself wearing a million and one ways. I also picked up a few essentials from Sephora like this new rollerball perfume and a new liquid eyeliner. I've heard great things about Kat Von D's tattoo liquid liner so I can't wait to give it a try!


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Off The Shoulder + Gingham Bucket Bag

Gimme Glamour: Off the shoulder top, white jeans, and gingham bucket bag

Off the Shoulder Top (similar) // White Jeans // Sandals // Gingham Bucket Bag (on sale!) 

I finally invested in a pair of white jeans and I can already tell I will be wearing them nonstop (even after Labor Day)! I was always scared I would ruin them and could never find a pair that fit quite right. These are the ankle toothpick style from J. Crew and I love how they are cut a little shorter and make the long pants a little more summery. This gingham bucket bag adds a fun pop of pattern to this simple outfit and holds so much for such a petite purse! My friend Gabby gave this to me for my birthday which was a fun gift because it's not something I would typically buy for myself (even though I looked at it for 10 minutes every time I walked into J. Crew). This is a fun look for dinner in (what we have left of) the summer and is still classic even with the trendier top and bag.

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Off The Shoulder + Gingham Bucket Bag


Off the Shoulder Top (similar) // White Jeans // Sandals // Gingham Bucket Bag (on sale!) 

I finally invested in a pair of white jeans and I can already tell I will be wearing them nonstop (even after Labor Day)! I was always scared I would ruin them and could never find a pair that fit quite right. These are the ankle toothpick style from J. Crew and I love how they are cut a little shorter and make the long pants a little more summery. This gingham bucket bag adds a fun pop of pattern to this simple outfit and holds so much for such a petite purse! My friend Gabby gave this to me for my birthday which was a fun gift because it's not something I would typically buy for myself (even though I looked at it for 10 minutes every time I walked into J. Crew). This is a fun look for dinner in (what we have left of) the summer and is still classic even with the trendier top and bag.

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This Week 8/21/2016

I've been a bit M.I.A. the past two weeks and missed last week's recap post. Most all of my friends have left for college (I leave this Friday!) so I've been busy getting all of my college stuff together and making the most of my time at home with friends.

Tuesday afternoon I grabbed lunch on the lake with another blogger from Charlotte, Katie of Chic in Carolina. We have grabbed coffee a few times before so it was fun to catch up.
That evening my friends and I went ice skating. We had been meaning to go ice skating for three years, so we had to check it off our lists before we headed off to college. I forgot how fun it was and don't know why ice skating in the summer isn't more popular! It's the perfect way to cool off :)
 

Thursday evening I went with three other friends to the Kieth Urban concert. I don't know why it took  me so long to go to one of the outdoor country concerts... country music is my favorite and the last concert I went to was Justin Bieber freshman year!


Last night I finally went to a Charlotte Knights game in their new stadium. It's right in the center of downtown, so it has the best view! Even though we lost, it was a successful night because we were able to indulge in corn dogs and ice cream.


After church this morning, my parents and I ate brunch at the Tupelo Honey Cafe. We had tried to go there before but the wait was so long so we made a reservation and finally made our way down there and I am so glad we did. I got their most popular dish, the Shoo Mercy Pancakes which had applewood smoked bacon, pecans, fried chicken and maple syrup on top. I don't think I could think of a more perfect meal.


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Vidalia Vine Shift

Gimme Glamour: Draper James Vidalia Vine shift dress in Charleston
Gimme Glamour: Draper James Vidalia Vine shift dress in Charleston
Gimme Glamour: Kiel James Patrick anchor pearl bracelet
Gimme Glamour: Draper James Vidalia Vine shift dress in Charleston
Gimme Glamour: Draper James Vidalia Vine shift dress in Charleston


I wore this Draper James dress when I graduated high school a few months ago and pulled it back out for our trip to Charleston. It's a silky material, so it's super lightweight and doesn't wrinkle in my suitcase which was perfect for the trip. I love how this dress is so different than anything I have seen anywhere else but it's still such a classic, especially with the shift fit. I paired it with my Jack Rogers to make it a little more casual for walking around the city.
Draper James has quickly become one of my new favorite brands and while I don't make a lot of purchases there because it's on the pricier side, I always find myself checking their new arrivals. One of my favorite more affordable items from there is the stationary! I love the thank you notes and definitely ordered three boxes of them when they were on sale :) 

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Weekend in Charleston


This past weekend my parents and I took a quick trip to Charleston. Charleston is one of our favorite cities to visit because there are such great restaurants, shopping and history. Three days was the perfect amount of time for a trip there because we are able to do a lot but still have plenty of new stuff for future trips! It was so fun trying out some new restaurants and seeing the historic houses.

Day One

Our first stop was the Hominy Grill for lunch. When researching the best places to eat in Charleston, this was on nearly every list so we knew it had to be good. They have all the southern classics (my favorites) and there were so many good things to choose from. I opted for the Charleston Nasty Biscuit and was not disappointed. It was a piece of fried chicken breast in between a biscuit and covered with gravy that tasted like chicken pot pie. Boy was it good. I also ordered a side of deep fried grits which were really good but not necessary considering this biscuit was enormous


After lunch we checked into the Belmond Charleston Place hotel. We were really impressed with the newly renovated room and you couldn't beat the location. It's located in between King and Meeting Street so everything is within walking distance. We didn't even get in a car from when we checked into the hotel until when we checked out. 



After walking around King Street and doing some exploring we ate dinner at 82 Queen. While we didn't love the atmosphere the food was great! My mom and I both ordered the barbecue shrimp and grits which was a great twist on the traditional dish. 


Day Two

We started off the day grabbing breakfast at Callie's Hot Little Biscuit. I had heard great things about it but we weren't blown away. It was a super cute and fun little (like, super little) place but the biscuits were very small and nothing special. We walked over to the farmer's market at Marion Square to eat them and then walked around the market.


We headed back over to the hotel and walked around King Street to do some shopping. There's a great Club Monaco and Moon & Lola and then we went into the store Irresistibles after seeing some striped shirts in the window. I was in the market for a Saint James one but ended up adding two Joules ones to my wardrobe. I had only heard of Joules because they have the cutest rain boots but didn't know they made such cute clothes!


We took some fun pictures on the cobblestone streets. Read the full post and shop this look here.


Since we had been walking around all day we treated ourselves to some gelato on King Street. 


After evening mass we headed over to Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar for dinner. We last minute changed plans and canceled our reservations somewhere else to come here and I am so glad we did! We had the crispy calamari with bacon, corn and tomatoes as an appetizer and then I had the shrimp corn dog appetizer as my entrée. Both were so so good and this was probably my favorite restaurant we went to the whole weekend.


After walking around Market Street after dinner, we grabbed ice cream sandwiches at Peace Pies. All of the flavors sounded so good and had a scoop of ice cream with pie filling in between two crunchy cookies. I opted for the peanut butter turtle and was not disappointed. 


Day Three 

For breakfast we headed to Toast because it was close to the hotel and a few people had recommended it. This was the one place we were really disappointed with. I tried the french toast with cinnamon apples that was recommended by the New York Times but wasn't impressed. I didn't really understand how it was french toast because it was just a piece of bread with cinnamon apple syrup? 


After breakfast we checked out of the hotel and drove over to the Battery to look around at the houses. I love walking down the cobblestone roads and I don't think there was a house I didn't love. 


While walking around we came across the Calhoun House and decided to go on a tour. I had never heard of it but we thought it would be interesting to actually see the inside of one of the houses. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside but boy was it interesting. The current resident brought in twelve truckloads of antiques to decorate the place so it's pretty cluttered and overwhelming. It was kind of weird but it had an interesting history (not to mention they filmed part of The Notebook here)!


Charleston is one of my favorite places so this was a great getaway!
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