Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Relaxed


Girlfriend loves dressing up -- I love up-dos. I love dresses. I love a sassy red lip and high (high) heels. But some days, there is nothing better than throwing on a comfy flannel, beanie, and leggings. This is one of my very favorite combos, and on a chilly day in Charleston, it's perfect for walking around and running errands. The fitted pieces keep it from looking sloppy and the unexpected details give it a bit of interest. That being said, I can also be found at Trader Joe's on a Saturday morning with wet hair and holey KKG sweatpants from college. What can I say? Some days you just gotta work with whatcha got. 

Whether you spend this weekend (the last one in January, CRAZY) cuddled in pjs or dressed to the nines, I hope it's a great one. On to February!

Wearing // beanie: Anthropologie (black sold out online) // flannel: Gap (old - this was a women's style but I love buying Gap men's flannels in a size S, similar style here) // vest: J.Crew (old, similar here) // leggings: Express // boots: Frye // jewelry: Michele, David Yurman // sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Photography: Katie Fiedler
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Seven other similar comfy styles: Madewell beanieOld Navy flannelUrban Outfitters fleece lined tightsAmerican Apparel beanieJ.Crew vestUrban Outfitters flannelGap supersoft leggings

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Boho Babe

One of the (few) good things about January weather is that every once in a while, you start to see the promise of spring. I grew up in Indiana, so I have known January to be filled with grey skies and chilly weather. But in South Carolina, sunny and mild days are starting to be the norm. I hope that all my Midwestern friends get a sunny or mild day here and there, and that with the sun comes excitement for the beautiful season changes in Indiana. I love the fact that after every winter, no matter how bad it is, spring and summer inevitably follow. Such a great reminder that no matter how hard things get in your personal, professional, or everyday life, sunnier, brighter, happier days lie ahead.

This little dress just happens to be perfect for both chilly days and warm days. I loved pairing it with tights and booties, but cannot wait to throw it on with a pair of gladiator sandals this summer. Katie and I found the cutest little alleyway downtown and I had so much fun in this boho number. Even if Katie and I took pictures every weekend for a year, we still wouldn't discover all of the beautiful nooks and crannies in this pretty city. 

Wearing // dress: Paper Crown at Anthropologie // tights: Hue // booties: Joie (the best booties ever) // hat: Nordstrom // bag: Forever 21 (similar here) // bangles: Alex & Ani // rings: David Yurman // sunglasses: Ray Ban 

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Seven other boho-inspired dresses: Free People, Anthropologie, Madewell, TOBI, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie
Photography: Katie Fiedler

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Chillin in Chucktown


I know you're probably sick of hearing about all of the things that I love about Charleston (if you have visited here, you understand). But after spending a few weeks in the nearly negative-degree weather in Indiana, another thing I can add to the list of Charleston-loves is the fact that I can get away with a chunky sweater, jeans, and booties in December and January. Granted, later this week it's supposed to dip into the 20s, but today boasted a high temp of 57 degrees. Perfect for jeans and a sweater. 

These pics were taken a few weeks back, but this outfit has been a go-to this season. These jeans are my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES. My girlfriend Katie and I can't say enough great things about Madewell jeans, especially the skinny skinny. The don't stretch out, they keep their shape, and once you find your size, it will stay your size across all styles (99% of the time). Seriously, give them a shot. I bought a pair and immediately went back to purchase two more. Katherine at the Madewell on King Street and I are on a first name basis. 

Now, on to the booties. The best, most comfortable, wear-with-anything booties are the Joie Dalton booties. I can run, walk, sit, stand, dance, sleep, and possibly even do a little yoga in these babies. They come in a range of colors and look great with jeans and tights. They are a little pricey, but well worth the investment (plus, they're available on many sites so keep an eye out for post-holiday sales and discounts). 

And finally, the H&M sweater. I bought this after stalking a girl wearing the same one in Starbucks. I may or may not have inappropriately almost tackled her to find out where she got it, then walked right down to H&M to grab one for myself. What can I say? When it comes to style, I have no pride. I will chase a homegirl down the street to figure out where she got something. My best inspirations tend come from people-watching.

If you're one of my friends in the Midwest, there's plenty of time to rock a similar look. For my new girlfriends in the South, all of these pieces can easily be mixed with warmer-weather staples. I hope you see something you like, and I hope 2015 is treating you well so far. Thank you for following along for another year!  

Wearing // sweater: H&M (pink no longer available, orange here) // jeans: Madewell // booties: Joie // scarf: Club Monaco (old) // bag: Forever 21 (similar here

Photography: Katie Fiedler

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Seven of my other favorite go-to pieces:
Madewell V-neck, Express Barcelona camiLululemon Vinyasa scarf, White House Black Market signature legging, J.Crew Cece ballet flats, GapFit sports bra, H&M jersey tank top

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, Old Friend


I cannot believe 2014 has come to a close. It has been an wonderful year. I graduated with my MBA, started dating an amazing guy (woot woot Jon Ryan!), got my little peanut puppy Ruby Louise, moved to South Carolina, started a new job, and got to end the year celebrating the holidays with my sisters and mom and dad. This year has made me feel lucky to take advantage of professional opportunities, and also incredibly lucky to have such wonderful people in my personal life. 

One of the wonderful people who has been a mainstay in my life for over ten years is my dear friend, Ruthanne. She came down to South Carolina at the end of December to spend a few days at her family's home on Sullivan's Island. We had a blast bopping around Charleston, eating great food and sharing a LOT of laughs. We took advantage of a sunny afternoon with my girl, Katie, to share our thoughts about this past year and toast to 2015. The Park Cafe in Charleston provided the perfect atmosphere to think about a fresh start to the new year. The crisp white furniture, beautiful accent walls, and warm lighting made us feel cozy and comfortable. And the food was literally amazing. Literally. We decided to share a few appetizers (house ricotta, baked crab dip, and field pea hummus), but I am dying to go back to try the brunch menu. There are so many delicious places to eat in Charleston, but I would definitely add Park Cafe near the top of any list.

You see, even though there has been so much throughout 2014 to celebrate, Ruthanne and I both faced some difficult situations. Both of our lives were a bit shaken over the past year or so, and we found a lot of comfort and solace knowing that we each had each other to reach out to in times of need. Even though I look at Ruthanne and see the same fun-loving, smart, beautiful person I met in middle school, I know that Ruthanne has spent some time this year trying to see that person for herself. And I feel as though she would say something similar about me. This has been a major year for self-discovery, finding strength and mindfulness, and focusing on what is present rather than what's missing. 

I could not be more grateful for this year's journey and there is no place I would rather be than right where I am. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and that by going through difficult times, we end up stronger and more enlightened on the other side. Neither Ruthanne nor I had big plans for New Year's resolutions - just continuing to do what we have been doing all along: trying to be the most grateful, appreciative, kindest versions of ourselves...the beautiful girls that deep down we both know we are.

I wish you a wonderful 2015 filled with love, kindness, appreciation, and blessings. Strive to find the beauty in each and every single day of the year. 

All my best,
Abby

Abby's wearing // sweater: Rebecca Taylor (similar here) // scarf: Banana Republic (not available online, similar here) // jeans: Madewell // jewelry: David Yurman

Ruthanne's wearing // top: Banana Republic

Photography: Katie Fiedler 

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