Knit Me a Real Fall

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I am still living in a questionable season, where yesterday, folks went to the beach and I was dreaming of a fireplace and crisp air.

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This ensemble is easy for warm days and (almost) cool evenings. With a touch of romance and a hint of cozy this look goes well for a casual evening at your favorite restaurant of choice. Embrace fall my loves!

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This look is fairly easy to recreate yourself. Start with a silk tank. Mysterious, simple, and sexy without revealing too much. It also allows for easy adaptability with the weather. A simple knit cardigan reveals peaks of said cute tank, and keeps you cozy and comfortable (omg cozy and cute?!) Topped with this season’s hottest combo- boyfriend jeans and sneakers- to complete the casual aesthetic.

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To step up this relaxed look, add some bling. Chunky and lustrous beads move the outfit above cafe chats. You will be getting compliments, so go somewhere nice.

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Pictures: the incredible Davy Kesey

Zara Sweater (last season)- similar, Equipment Tank (Marshalls find), J brand Jeans, Gap Sneakers

Peyton William Necklace (loaned)

Swing into Swish

Welcome to Swish, a hair salon located in the quaint Old Village of Mt. Pleasant. Processed with VSCOcam with a1 preset

My hair stylist and colorist for the past few years, Ronnie, is now co-owner of Swish, with business partner Justin Truman. Justin designed the cool, open salon to maximize space and create a place of inspiration. Ronnie and Justin are accompanied by stylist Alicia, creating the most intimate environment for a salon.

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Starting a business is no easy feat, yet Ronnie appears fearless as he continues in his endeavor. I thoroughly enjoyed my chat with Ronnie this morning, as he shared the best details of his new workspace.

I find it intriguing that Ronnie relocated his work, and started a business outside the bustling city of downtown Charleston. He chose the move to Mt. Pleasant’s Old Village for the sense of community, which he says has been very welcoming. Ronnie feels that the environment is kind and unpretentious. (and I agree) Ronnie desires to become a part of the community as a successful salon and then be able to return the favor of comfort and hospitality by giving back, in some way, to his community.

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Ronnie is constantly aiming to perfect the art of coloring- he wants clients to leave with soft, tousled hair that looks naturally refreshed.

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” I like for my client’s to look effortlessly beautiful- but not overdone- by using the best tools offered.” – Ronnie on his artistic goals.

I love visiting Ronnie, and appreciating his work. Ronnie consistently creates a vision I have for my hair and turns it into a reality. Throughout the next few days, I will be taking over Swish’s instagram account! So be sure to check out #beeinthesalon

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Pictures taken by MOI- via iphone.

White Shirt Wonder

Throwback to an awesome shoot with Ruut, it was an exceptional few hours. This was shot in the midst of a typical humid  Baltimore summer day and yet these pieces showcased are perfect for a cool or hot September.

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This oversized button-down looks polished paired with these shorts, but when untucked turns casual. Recently, I wore this top with jeans to church- tucked in for service, and then untucked as I tooled around Charleston for the rest of the day.

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The cotton sateen shorts are incredibly comfortable, and transition from sophisticated to casual with the assistance of a silk tank, strappy heels or lightweight sneakers.

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Mini tote- Bold. Black. Tiny and cute.

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Soft Smiles for the camera. Cheese. Note the stretchy waistband on these precious shorts (AKA you can eat, drink and be merry and no one will notice)

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Madewell top, Screen printed shorts– found at Furbish Studio pop-up, Rebecca Minkoff mini tote, Greek Sandals, Karen Walker Sunnies

Photographed by Ruut

The Friend Shirt

The day before classes started I could not concentrate on what I wanted to wear because I was so distracted by the thought of a t-shirt dress. Effortless comfort. Showing up to class in a t shirt dress is saying, “I am here to study, but there’s a chance I slept in this and you will never know.”

I had one t-shirt dress that could have been a possibility but it was black and required a belt and blah blah it did not work. So I did my research that week and found some goodies via Brandy Melville. Then I stumbled upon this magical little number.

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The best thing about a new find of a fresh trend, for me at least, are the conversations that come post-purchase. I have been living in this dress since it arrived in the mail, and girls stop me to find out where I got it. I love that. Especially as a new student, I get to introduce myself to people who I might not have ever gotten a chance to meet. Then we get to have a nice chat about t-shirt dresses, the wonderful simplicity that they are.

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Conversations with new people and an affordable fall staple. I am all about it.

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Bracelet found in a jewelry store in Crete, Greece

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Skull found in Paris street market, evil eye in a jewelry store in Santorini, Greece

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Shoes came off. whoops.

Dress: Brandy Melville (currently sold out,) similar and similar

Sneakers: Dolce Vita

Purse: purchased in Greece

Photographed by Davy Kesey