fashion

Gift Guide: Purrfect Tops For Any Cat Lover

For those that don’t know, I’m a cat lover. I’m not ashamed to embrace the “crazy cat lady” title. With that being said, I decided to create a gift guide for the purrfect tops for the cat lover in your life (or if you’re like me, a gift guide to TREAT YO’ SELF). I’ve scoured my favorite brands to bring you top-shelf cat lady approved attire. (You’re welcome).

Wildfox Couture’s Seeing Cats Dali Sweater
This bright read boxy crop top sweater is a must-have for the season. Pair it with your favorite high-waisted jeans or even a faux leather mini (BLANKNYC skirt from Nordstrom) for a night out with friends.

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Lauren Moshi’s Felix the Cat Ragland
This super-soft boyfriend ragland top is here to give you all the vintage feels! Pair it with distressed denim or jogger pants for a casual look (Willow & Clay’s Faux Leather Jogger Pants).
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Meowington’s Cool Cat Tank Top
This ultra-cool and on sale tank can be easily carried into the fall/ winter season. Rock it with a pair of black skinny jeans (Madewell’s High Waist Skinny Jeans) and top it off with a Moto jacket (BLANKNYC’s faux leather Moto jacket).
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Shein’s Cartoon Cat Print Sweatshirt
Are you kitten me with this sweatshirt from Shein?! This is the purrfect weekend sweatshirt for brunch. Personally I’d pair it with some colored denim like JJen7’s Release Hem Skinny Jeans in charm pink. If the top runs long on you, knot it on the side.
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J.Crew Factory’s Sleepy Cat Teddie Sweater
This slim fit sweater is a must-have for any cat lover. Take the look up a notch with a pair of black skinny jeans (Topshop’s Leigh jeans) and a fitted black blazer (Vince Camuto’s Drape Front Blazer)
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Anthropologie’s Wild Cat Top
Take a walk on the wild side with this cat print top from Anthropologie. The ruffle detailing gives it some spice and “cat-titude.” What I love about this shirt is that you can take it from desk to dinner so easily by either adding a fierce leather jacket (Pistola Tracy Cropped Faux Leather Jacket).
Screen Shot 2018-11-20 at 6.15.28 PMNow I want all of these tops. Guess I’ll be adding some of these to my Christmas list!

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Around Town

Opening a New Chapter

As of recently, I’ve been blogging about my adventures in Dallas and all the concerts I’ve been going to.  What I haven’t mentioned, but meaning to do is announce my most recent career change! *happy dance*  Who knew I would go from drugstore marketing to fashion marketing?!  Somebody needs to pinch me because I still can’t believe I’m working in fashion, not to mention one of my favorite stores (other than Anthropologie of course)! Ok, ok… I’ll tell you where I’m working.  I got a job working at bevello (it’s a women’s boutique based here in Raleigh).  It’s pretty amazing.  bevello carries various designers most folks are familiar with like French Connection, Hudson Jeans, Paige DenimToms, Free People (my fav) as well as smaller brands you might not recognize.  Like I said, it’s pretty amazing.

Once I get more “settled” (I’m about to start my third week there), I’m sure I’ll post more about my adventures in the fashion world and all the exciting opportunities I encounter, so stay tuned!
xoxo

Pieces From the Past

A Mother’s Day Quilt

quiltI certainly know how to make my mom cry!  This Mother’s Day I gave my mom the quilt I had Megan from A Crafty Handful finish from some of my grandmother’s quilt squares.  Even when I met Megan at Starbucks to pick up the finished quilt I got chills and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t tear up a bit.  She did an AMAZING job on the quilt and surpassed my expectations.

When I gave the quilt to her, this is what she focused on:

labelI’m almost hesitant to show the video of her opening her Mother’s Day gift because I honestly hate the way I sound on camera.  Yes, I know I have a crazy southern accent and I still haven’t embraced it at the age of 31.  I’ll confess I was hoping my voice wouldn’t be heard in the video, but it was.  I apologize.  Since it was such a special/ thoughtful gift I’ve decided to show y’all the video (the condensed version).

Here are some more pictures I took of the big day:

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I managed to capture her reaction when I told her the quilt was made from Nanny’s squares.
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Here comes the waterworks!
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Mom is still crying + holding onto her quilt
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Mom (no more tears & all smiles) with her beautiful quilt!
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Watch out Anthropologie… y’all have some competition!

xoxo

Around Town

My Sunday Splurge

Sunday brunch in Carrboro?  Sounds like an adventure to me! I don’t venture out to Carrboro often.  Let me rephrase that, I never go to Carrboro.  When I met up with my cousin for brunch yesterday I figured I better leave extra early because knowing me I’ll get lost.  I didn’t get lost, but I didn’t listen to my GPS when it told me to get on I-40… I probably heard my GPS say, “recalculating” 3 times (yes, I failed to not listen to it several times yesterday).  I blame it on my lack of caffeine.

Eventually I made it to Acme (on time I might add) and instantly loved the atmosphere. They had a wide variety of bloody Mary’s to choose from, but I opted for a morning mimosa.  The brunch menu items ranged from omelets to waffles to burgers.  I highly suggest checking out Acme in Carrboro for brunch… be sure to make reservations beforehand so you don’t have to wait around!

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Isabella top by Helen Bullock at Anthropologie

On my way back to Raleigh I decided to stop at Anthropologie to use the store credit I collected. I’m going to guess that I was in the store for about an hour just admiring their home items before I decided I better try something on.  I ended up buying this AH-MAH-ZING silk multi-patterned shirt by Helen Bullock.  I tend to gravitate to unique patterns and lucky me I picked up the last small!

All I have to say is thank goodness for store credit!!

xoxo

 

Around Town

I Can’t Get Enough

Of Moon + Lola.  While I know I could live in the Anthropologie store and I’m pretty sure my second home would be Moon + Lola. I took my mom to Moon + Lola yesterday so she could get a longer chain for a necklace I had given her for Christmas.  I even told myself I wouldn’t buy anything.  Yeah, that didn’t happen.  As soon as I stepped in the store I knew I wouldn’t leave empty handed.  The first item that caught my eye was a contemporary squirrel.

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How fabulous is this modern, ceramic squirrel from Moon + Lola?! Of course I took it home!

On my wish list from Moon + Lola was an acrylic North Carolina necklace and I figured, why put off the inevitable?  I ordered a hot pink North Carolina necklace with the heart cut out over Raleigh.  Not a North Carolinian? No worries, they can make a necklace with any state (with a variety of colors to choose from) and cut the heart out of where your city is.

While in the store I managed to make a mental note of a few more items to add to my wish list! One of which is the Preston bracelet and in the picture below, a gorgeous stretch ring.

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Necklaces, earrings and rings… oh my!

I wouldn’t be surprised if I go back to Moon + Lola for First Friday to pick up the ring I have my eyes on.

xoxo