Fashion

Lou & Grey | Alpharetta, GA

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Hey all! Lou & Grey just recently opened up a storefront in Alpharetta, Georgia and I was excited to have the opportunity to check it out as it has only recently began to further expand as it’s own entity. Some of you may be familiar with the brand as the casual/laid-back collection of LOFT. I thought it was pretty cool to find out that there are currently only a few stand alone stores around the nation.

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Upon entering, I totally loved the bright, clean, and earthy aesthetic of the store. The succulents, trinkets, copper tones, and curated independent products such as the jewelry really add that unique touch. It’s the kind of space that feels simplistic and comfortable which can also be said about the clothes.

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There is indeed a lot of grey clothing (which I love!) as well as white and a variety of neutral tones. For this Fall and Winter season they’ve incorporated a few more rich tones such as blue, green, and burgundy. They have a ton of basic and casual pieces that are great for lounging around in but are also perfect for that effortless look to wear out. The sizing is very similar to LOFT and I found that size XS was the better fit for me with the tops and jackets and size S for bottoms.

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Some of the items that I was naturally drawn to were the jackets with the large lapels such as this one and this one as well as the easy to wear knits that cover the bum such as this grey tunic. Along with the knit tunic, I also took home an olive green button up and a dark charcoal colored pair of thick twill leggings. I probably would have been tempted to walk out with more had there been more items available in my size.

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You can tell that the collection is geared towards the effortlessly cool girl who has an appreciation for simplicity and subtlety in textures. Definitely check out the store if you have one near you!

Thank you to today’s sponsor, Lou & Grey, for the experience!
 

My ShopBop 25% Off Sale Picks!

Hey guys I’m back! Thanks for being nice to Matt in the last post. :) So some of you know that I try not to splurge too often but for more worthy sales like the Nordstrom Anniversary sale it’s hard to not cave! I am still really loving my finds so it was totally worth it. The ShopBop Friends and Family 25% off sale is another great opportunity to score those investment pieces or more luxury items that you’ve been lusting for. Not to mention, the free 3 day shipping and free returns is a major plus!

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Clearly you can see that I tend to gravitate towards shoes because who doesn’t love shoes?! I also believe that quality jeans are worth investing in so I spent quite a bit of time lurking around in the denim department. Here are some of my picks/lemmings!

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1. Rebecca Minkoff Mini Love Crossbody Bag in Crimson
2. Rag & Bone Wide Brim Fedora
3. J Brand Mid Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans
4. Current/Elliott High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans
5. Kurt Geiger London Bond Pumps in Nude
6. BLK DNM Coated Jeans 26 in Empire Red
7. Glamorous Fringed Coat
8. L.A.M.B. Theo Cutout Pumps in Black
9. Ray-Ban Mirrored Matte Classic Aviator Sunglasses in Matte Gold/Blue Mirror

What pieces would you splurge on? ShopBop also has some awesome home decor items that would make great holiday gifts! I had to force myself to resist from going overboard haha oh sales XD Thanks for reading!

Serenbe

Hey guys! I thought it’d be fun to have my boyfriend guest blog today! Be nice and welcome him :) 

Thanks Christine! Matt here and just taking a break from my world of food to share with you a fun little day out together.

She’s been wanting to go horseback riding for a little while now and I figured what a better way to celebrate our time together than to plan a little horseback ride for two. I ended up finding a trail ride company in this beautiful little progressive village, located about 25 minutes southwest of Atlanta, called Serenbe; it has acres of preserved forests and meadows with miles of nature trails. It was perfect. Made sure Christine was free and locked in our reservation!

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Fast forward to the day of our reservation. The weather was super cooperative, there was no traffic on the highway, and Christine was nothing but smiles, excited about this new experience we were about to share together (did I mention this was also my first time on horseback)? After the lengthy drive, we arrive at Serenbe and just as I put the car in park… we get an unfortunate text that the guide fell ill and was unable to take us anymore. Oh no!! I now was having an internal monologue filled with laughter and screams. All the precautions and planning, never did I think the guide would be the missing link. lol.

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Anyways, Christine and I aren’t the type to get irate because of something like this. Life happens. We just messaged back to the lady hoping she was alright and that we would reach out later to reschedule. We then just made the most of the scenario and had a mini photo shoot since the weather was awesome, she was looking great in her outfit and I happened to have my camera~

 

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Outfit Details:

Nordstrom Striped Tee | H&M Button Up | Jessica Simpson Jeans | Franco Sarto Boots | NastyGal Bag | J.Crew Giraffe Necklace

Since our afternoon was now free, we took a private tour of a nearby sheep farm that a friend works at and then headed to Peachtree City (something she’s also been wanting to do) to tour the place via golf cart. The city is extra unique because they have extended / paved side walks that are devoted to golf carts!! It’s so awesome to see cars and golf carts all around. Did I mention they even have golf cart specific parking spots?! Too fun.

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Not exactly the day I had planned for Christine but we made the most of it! Hope you guys enjoyed this and have a great weekend! :)

Until next time~!
-Matt

Interior Design Fashion Show prep

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Hey guys! I thought I would take you behind the scenes of a fun little opportunity I had with ASD Inc., a design firm that encompasses interior, architectural, and graphic design. Each year they enter a look into IIDA Georgia Dressed which is a runway show comprised of garments made out of non-traditional materials. Sounds awesome right?? Do we have any Project Runway fans? Yes, think unconventional challenge (I couldn’t help myself haha). They brought me in to conceptualize the makeup and do a trial before runway day.

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You will often find me doing more wearable looks for weddings, engagement sessions, and the like but it really excites me to switch gears every now and then because it keeps me on my toes and inspired in different ways.

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I absolutely love seeing the amount of detail and dedication that goes into projects like this because it truly allows you to appreciate the work more.

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Finalizing all of the details and stepping back with a critical eye. Is the vision and story coming across?

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See the completed look here and here. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found some inspiration from it like I did with my experience. As always, thanks for stopping by! Love you :) ~Christine

 

Peachy Elegance

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I had the honor of attending my friend’s wedding recently and I am so incredibly happy for her! She is one of those selfless and thoughtful friends that make you want to be a better person than you already are so it’s no surprise that she is loved by many.

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This adorable dress had been sitting on my clothing rack for too long now just waiting for the right occasion to be worn. I’m definitely kind of having an oversized and billowy moment. :)

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Choies dress Bauble Bar necklace Sam Edelman heels H&M clutch L’oreal polish

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Want to see more outfits? Check out my Early Autumn “What Xteeener Wears” if you haven’t already!

 

Grid Lines in the City

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Hi guys! A silhouette I never tire of is a looser fitting top and tight fitted bottoms especially when the bottoms have plenty of stretch to them so that I can eat to my heart’s desire ^_^ mmm food. This is what happens when I work while i’m hungry haha anyways I digress. Doesn’t this bold grid printed top make you think of a city’s grid infrastructure? I just have a thing for cleans lines so deem me a forever stripes and checkered print lover.

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Boohoo Grid Tee | H&M Jeans | Francesca’s Rings | Zara Heels | Zara Bag | Maybelline “Sapphire Siren” polish

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