Monday, July 25, 2016

Affordable off the shoulder tops

If you frequent Instagram, then I guarantee you've seen how popular off the shoulder tops are this season - they are precious! I recently spotted this one for $24.99 and knew I would like it because it has a tie on the shoulder. I have learned that on my body type (more hourglass shape or broader shoulders, I'm talking to you!) I prefer to have a small strap across my shoulders to break up the straight across look. Also, I've realized that I don't exactly trust a top that just goes straight across, because you never know what may pop out. Don't let these straps fool you though, they have a build in knot so the tie is just for looks. I wish I could have tightened them because as you can see they would occasionally fall off my shoulder. I linked a few off the shoulder tops at the same price point below. My shoes are old cheapies from JustFab, but the pair I linked below are SO comfortable (I have them in gold) and have a similar look that you can wear in the upcoming fall season as well. 

I wore this outfit over the weekend while checking out what was still available in the NSale (see what I got the first go round here!). While I was there I spotted these boots still in stock and decided I had to have them because I don't have a pair of heeled boots. I also love the color because they will pair well with black or brown because of the gray-ish/ taupe color. My package should be coming in today, so I'll try everything on again and make sure to share my styled looks on Instagram. 
Thanks for reading! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

My purchases from the #NSale

You guys, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the sale I've been saving my Christmas gift cards for. Yes, it's that good, because fall fashion is the best fashion. However on Thursday after three hours in the store, I wasn't able to checkout because the gift card system was down.  I ended up ordering most of what I wanted online, and I thought I would  leave my feedback on what I can from my in-store shopping so it's not a complete waste! I also ordered this tunic ($27 on sale but not anniversary) and this scarf that have been sitting in my cart forever. I tried on this years version in the sale but preferred the older style because it's longer.  

Here are a few iPhone pictures from my in-store shopping.
I wish this scarf was a little bit longer, but it's still enough to style it wrapped around your neck. 
 I love this bag! It's definitely a popular item from the sale (marked down $80) and it's currently on back order until 8/4.
 I didn't find the correct size for this flannel so I can't speak on fit, but I love it as a layering piece under sweaters. I couldn't find this sweater online anywhere :( If you know what it is let me know!
 The coziest cashmere sweater. The fit is oversized but I like it that way, so size up/down depending on how you want it to fit! These Paige jeans are very stretchy so I would recommend sizing down. I'm usually a 28 and I'm wearing a 27 in this picture.
I skipped out on this skirt because I can't wear it to work, but if you can it's a great length and very figure flattering (I like that it stretches to accommodate the booty). I'm wearing a size 2 and it's hard to see the lace detail in this photo. I paired it with this top, but it will go with almost anything in your closet! 

Some items are showing up as sold out, but every year Nordstrom will restock them periodically and save stock for when the sale goes live to the public, so don't worry!
What are your favorite items from the #NSale?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

#JourneytoJohn: DIY Engagement Photos

Today I'm sharing our DIY engagement photos we took back in Savannah during my graduation weekend. After living there for two years and frequently visiting my family there growing up, Savannah will always have a place in my heart. With its' moss covered trees, historic homes, and charming squares Savannah is easily one of my favorite cities. I knew I wanted to take advantage while Tim was in town for my graduation to take some photos together at some of our favorite spots. After getting a few (not so affordable) quotes and some scheduling difficulties, the only option was to have my Mom snap some photos for us.
Think about the general tone you want for your pictures, whether you want to go more casual or more glam. We went for a look that would compliment our typical date night attire and coordinated in the same color family. Tims' outfit is easily a favorite of mine and he also wore it for out actual proposal in Arizona (read it here!). My attire on the other hand is not what I originally pictured to be honest. Shopping in Savannah is definitely more challenging than in Atlanta, so I had to settle for this dress I found on sale that didn't quite fit me right (aka it was too tight in the booty.. #squatlife). My clutch and shoes on the other hand potentially made up for it. 
If you're going the DIY route, definitely take the time to set up the camera setting how you want (looking at these we should have lowered the exposure) and set aside more time than you may expect. We didn't exactly have a lot of time because we did these before a dinner reservation. If we weren't on a time constraint, I would have made some minor adjustments to the camera settings, but I still love these nevertheless!

A few other things to keep in mind. Since you're not hiring a professional, you'll be responsible for the location scouting and editing. Try to consider places that are meaningful to you as a couple to get started. The first location we picked is right by our favorite date night spot - Vic's on the River. If you're taking photos in a public setting, plan on getting creative/be patient to avoid having people in your background. As for editing, I didn't do too much with these except for cropping, sharpening, and changing one to black and white. I'm by no means a photographer, but Tim and I have learned the most important thing when it comes to photography is lighting. Instead of standing directly in the sun, find a place that has shade to avoid shadows under your eyes (and squinting!).
Tim actually surprised me considering it was his first time in front of the camera..he is always the man behind the camera! I think I was more awkward than him, but I always laugh at myself when we take photos together. I would highly recommend looking at engagement photos prior to yours and make a list of poses on your phone the two of you can use throughout the shoot. I learned this after the fact,  but we learned it's important to do before the wedding!

My dress was on sale at Belt and I can't find it anywhere (it's by Lush), so I linked similar options below!