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Angel Etoile.

When I was little, I remembered always being enamored with the collection of perfumes on my mom's dresser.  The pretty decorative bottles with their even prettier smells.  Every once in awhile she would allow my sister and me to bathe ourselves in these beautiful scents.  
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We would play pretend for the rest of the evening.  Whimsical nights of laughter, dinner parties, dancing, and playing pretend that ended with the best memories and sleep.
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One of those scents was Angel.
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Cut to today.   I have my own collection of perfumes and sometimes have exciting events to go to in the evenings versus playing pretend.  While sometimes my life may look very fun and whimsical, my normal weekdays are full of mundane tasks and routine.  While I don't follow a completely strict schedule it is always a combination of long commutes, working long hours, and then trying to squeeze in workouts, friends, and blogging events.  I sometimes long for those "fun and fancy-free" evenings from my childhood when really there were no worries.
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When I received Angel I was instantly taken back to those great memories, but have realized that it is the perfect scent for my adult life.  I love fruit smells and the lightness of the mandarin mixed with a white musk really create a strong yet delicate smell that works well for my real life evenings out on the town.
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Finding a fragrance that can withstand the office all day and late into the evening is imperative for my on-the-go lifestyle.




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warm fall.

October has become such a tricky month in Virginia to dress for.  Typically at the beginning of the month it still feels like summer, so sporting your sundress with a light jean jacket, or no jacket at all will get you through the day.  
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By the end of October, the mornings are chilly, 40's or 50's, but by 1 PM the sun is beaming down and if the temps reach mid 70's to 80 degrees you shouldn't be surprised.  
This is the time in the office where people get sick, the allergies are all over the place, and you really have to utilize your layering skills.
Sadly, that is not what we are experiencing right now. 
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These photos were taken just three weeks ago when the high was 80 and there was nothing but sun and mosquitos.  
Though this outfit may not seem weather appropriate now, it is actually the perfect time to score some amazing deals on remaining summer items.
These high waisted black shorts are my go-to for any summer activity that requires me to leave the house. They're so versatile and though I purchased them on a whim years ago, I have found myself wearing them so much more than I ever thought I would. 
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jacket: zara | top: zara | shorts: forever21 
purse: tory burch | sneakers: joie

I believe the last of the really warm weather has come and gone but a girl can dream.

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fall jumpsuit.

I say this every year but Fall is my favorite season by far.  
The crisp air, the changing leaves, apple cider, and the awesome outfit combinations you can achieve with layering.  
This jumpsuit (last worn here) is perfect for summer with its light breezy material and thin straps but can also transition along with the season.  
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jumpsuit: anthropologie (last worn here) | jacket: zara (identical & under $50!) 
booties: tory burch via nordstrom rack | necklace: loft | bag: coach | sunglasses: rayban

Since it is still earlier in the season, the exposed legs of the outfit haven't made it unbearable to wear for slightly colder days. 
This leather jacket I snagged from Zara a few years ago is still a great piece that adds the warmer and a slight edge to the whole look.  
This one is basically identical and such a good deal.
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Adding a third piece to my outfits has become a staple and really a default in terms of deciding an outfit.  
In warmer weather, I find myself with "nothing to wear" because I like to buy jackets, blazers, etc. because I really feel that a great third layering piece can really elevate any outfit and gives you more outfit options.  
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If you are looking to add or expand your fall outerwear choices I would highly recommend starting with a good black blazer and black leather jacket (or faux like the one I'm wearing)!  
I would suggest investing a little more in these items because you will wear them often.  
You want to ensure better quality so you don't find yourself buy a new blazer or jacket every year because you end up spending more in the long run.
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jumpsuitanthropologie (last worn here) | jacketzara (identical & under $50!) 
bootiestory burch via nordstrom rack | necklace: loft | bagcoach | sunglassesrayban

And I just wanted to point out these booties quickly.  These may have been one of the best sales I have ever found.  I purchased these Tory Burch booties at Nordstrom Rack about 2/3 years for around $60.  Yep. The best deal ever.  I don't wear them too often but I have already found myself grabbing for them multiple times this year.

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fanfare.

I always look forward to Fall because things "slow down" but that is never really the case.  I always find myself planning last minute trips that keep me busy.  A few weeks ago I found myself back at my Alma Mater for what was supposed to be a good match up, Virginia Tech vs. Clemson.  
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tee: madewell | scarf: madewell | denim: madewell 
booties: rag&bone | belt: urban | lipstick: nyx lip matte in "prague"

We did lose the game but that did not put a damper on the weekend at all.  For the majority of my time, I was in the countryside on the outskirts of town in a cabin with some of my closet friends just catching up and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
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I lived in Blacksburg for over 4 years and the weather can be a little cooky.  It was projected to be 76 during the day but mid 40's at night.  Planning on being out all day for that type of weather can be difficult but I defaulted for a super casual outfit that would work with my jean jacket.
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teemadewell | scarfmadewell | denimmadewell 
bootiesrag&bone | belturban | lipsticknyx lip matte in "prague"

Madewell and J.Crew have some of my favorite tees so that is why I opted for this slightly faded maroon striped tee from Madewell.  I have had a great love for scarfs but have not snagged a non-silk one in awhile.  I chose this blue one that paired well with the tee but will also mesh well with most items in my closet.

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redo wedding.

This is such a great dress I had forgotten about in my closet.  I wore it to a wedding a few years ago here and haven't worn it since.  It is amazing how a few years and slight styling changes can really transform a simple dress.  
A great fitting dress with a fun print gives you an easy go-to piece for any wedding or formal function.
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For the most recent wedding I attended, I wore this dress (also worn here). 
To style things a little differently this time, I wanted to go with more retro waves in my hair and different heels.    
Keepsake is one of my favorite brands that I can always count on for great quality pieces.  I love the style of this dress and it is such a great item to grab for a more casual wedding if I don't have time or money to shop or rent something for the occasion.  
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dress: keepsake (last worn here) | shoes : zara

As wedding season is winding down, this is a great time of year to score some classic dresses that are marked down in end of season sales.
It is the perfect time to stock up for next year's round of vows!

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wrap skirt.

Summer has come and gone so quickly I can hardly believe it.  I feel That I was booked with traveling celebrating friends engagements but also had a low-key summer that kept me in DC more than in years past.  
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skirt: madewell | top: madewell | wedges: joie

One of my favorite weekends was when I was able to get away to Myrtle beach to celeb my friend Sarah and her new fiancĂ©e, Trent, engagement.  My group of friends has all ended up in different areas, South Carolina, Ohio, Richmond, VA, and DC.  We don't see each other as often but when we do it is always a blast.
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I have been on a major shopping freeze but did decide to make a purchase when I saw these items at the Madewell sale.  The top is sold out but the skirt is still available here
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skirt: madewell | top: madewell | wedges: joie

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Cheers to the future Mr. & Mrs. Ammons :)

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culotte jumpsuit.

The summer and year have really flown by.
While I didn't have too many solid plans at the beginning, things have slowly fallen into place that has made Summer 2017 full of so much love and happiness.  
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jumpsuitanthropologie (sale!) | sandalsmadewell
hat: urban outfitterssunglassesrayban

This is what I wore to the last engagement party of the summer (I had three in total) in Richmond, VA.  One of my oldest friends, elementary school, college roommates and beyond, got engaged earlier in the summer.  They are a great fun pair and their theme for the party hosted by the Maid of Honor was "Fiesta!"
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I knew I had to break out a cool outfit for the festivities.
I was very very tempted to rent this dress from Rent The Runway but ended up finding this perfect jumpsuit on sale a month earlier.

A friend had worn this jumpsuit to a wedding we had both attended earlier in the summer and I thought it was amazing.  I loved the straps.  Even though I am not normally a fan of partial sheer bottoms, but I really loved the way these were constructed.
They were flowy and unless you really noticed each leg separately, you would never guess this was a jumpsuit.
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Not that I ever doubted it wouldn't be fun, but it ended up being one of the most fun nights I've had this summer.  We ate lots of tacos, hit a pinata filled with ring pops, and danced so much my feet hurt the next morning.
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jumpsuit: anthropologie (sale!) | sandals: madewell
hat: urban outfitters | sunglasses: rayban

photos by Tara Butler 

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Here's to celebrating the more milestones with this crew!

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For Love & Lemons in Ko Phi Phi.

As I am slowly sharing the last photos of my Thailand trip it is making me eager for my next adventure.
These photos are from Day 2 in Phuket.
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You may notice I am a little red in the rest of the photos from my trip.  
That is because on our first full day at the resort (seen here) we had a few too many watermelon long islands and a little too much fun in the sun that hindered us from applying sun screen properly.  
Oops.  
While planning our Phuket portion of our trip, we knew as a group, we wanted to have a day touring the islands but we didn't have anything pre-planned prior to arriving at the resort.  
We went with a tour that had partnered with our hotel which made things very seamless.  
The speedboat tour included transportation to and from our resort, snacks, water, snorkeling, and lunch were all included for our 8-hour adventure and cost about $91 (I KNOW!)
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We visited a few destinations on Ko Phi Phi which included Maya Bay (very very crowded), Koh Phi Phi Leh, Krabi, and Rang Yai Island.
These particular bathing suit photos were shot on  Rang Yai Island.
All the resorts were completely wiped out by the tsunami that happened on Christmas Day 2004.  Because of that, the beach is small and not as many boats/tourists visit the island.  
It really made you feel that you were in the middle of a tropical paradise.
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The only thing I wish is that we would have spent more time on the islands.

One second about this bathing suit: I snagged it via a Revolve sale months and months before my trip.  I had been eyeing this maillot from For Love & Lemons since last summer so when the price dropped I knew I had to scoop it and make sure it made it to a proper tropical paradise. 
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And yes, I brought my own flower crown, especially for these photos :)

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Maya Bay
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Maya Bay
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Koh Phi Phi Leh
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Rang Yai Island
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Krabi