Simple Smock Dress

Happy October! I can't believe it's already officially fall, let alone already October. As much as I would love to be rocking my riding boots and sweaters to class, it's not practical in the NC weather yet. I ordered this smock dress from asos last week and think it's the perfect fall piece for those of you living in warmer climates. It's a beautiful fall color but is such a lightweight fabric. It's also so loose and comfortable that I know it will become part of my regular rotation (I've already worn it twice since it came in the mail on Wednesday)! 
I paired it with my bit mules (sadly no longer available) and my favorite tote with a scarf. This dress will also be great to transition into the cooler months ahead by layering a cardigan over it and adding riding boots. I might have to order this one in another color!

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Friday Finds: Recent Purchases

Happy Friday y'all! It's been quite a while since I did a Friday Finds post, so I figured I would include some of my favorite recent purchases that I have yet to include on the blog. I haven't picked up too many Fall staples yet because it's still pretty warm & humid here in NC (I can't believe October is just around the corner, though). I just got this dress in the mail from ASOS today and think it will be the perfect transitional piece because it's a really lightweight fabric in a beautiful Fall color.  

Apologies for the lack of blog posts in the past few months. I was truthfully feeling pretty burnt out in terms of social media and wasn't feeling motivated to follow through with the blog ideas I was having. My communications classes have gotten my creative juices flowing again and I'm excited to create some new content in the coming months. This weekend is Family Weekend at Elon and with my parents visiting I will hopefully have a chance to take photos for a blog post or two!

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Recent Reads No. 6

Long time, no update! This summer when I worked in the Flatiron district, I would get to work about an hour early and grab an iced mocha and sit in Madison Square Park and start my day off reading a book. I hate to feel rushed in the morning (and this helped me beat rush hour on the subway) so I flew through quite a few books this summer. Like most of my past Recent Reads posts (linked below) all of the books listed in this post are nonfiction. I love reading books that will help me in my career or teach me something new and I especially love psychology books like Malcolm Gladwell's because it gives me a chance to learn something that I wouldn't typically learn in the classroom as a Communications student.

The Myth of the Nice Girl

This is one of my favorite business books I have read to date. The author, Fran Hauser, spoke at the Her Campus Conference this summer and I flew through the book just days after the conference ended. It's about how to be a leader in the workplace and still be kind - something I found very relatable. I know I sometimes find it hard to find a balance between being an empathetic and caring person while still being a strong and effective leader. I can't recommend this book enough to any female looking to advance her career or to enter the workforce soon.


Just like my last Recent Reads post, this one includes two Malcolm Gladwell books. Gladwell makes psychological phenomena so interesting and after one book, I was hooked. Blink is about how most decisions happen in a moment and often have more to do with our subconscious rather than our conscious mind. Another fascinating book that talks about decision making and our instincts and judgments.

David and Goliath

Another Malcolm Gladwell book that I found so interesting. David and Goliath is about how underdogs are successful because they are forced to address problems in unconventional ways. I love Gladwell's books because he explains phenomena like this through examples that are relevant to readers. An interesting fact that Gladwell explained was that over 1/3 of entrepreneurs have been diagnosed with a learning disability which causes them to approach problems in innovate ways.

The Financial Diet

I picked this book up after I spent $150 on coffee in one month and decided I needed to do something about this spending problem. The book is written by the authors of the blog The Financial Diet and was a top rated book on Amazon. It was an easy read and I have to say I was a little disappointed. The book talked about why you should care about money and why we should make money a less taboo subject but other than that I don't think it presented any new or groundbreaking information.

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Splurge vs. Save: Shoe Looks For Less

A new pair of shoes is always one of those purchases that I seem to justify for myself. I brought 12 pairs of shoes with me to New York for the summer and ended up buying one more pair when I got here (crazy, I know). As much as I let myself justify a new pair of shoes, I can't always justify the price tags that come with designer shoes. Luckily, I found these awesome looks for less - all of which I have purchased and worn like crazy! Two of the pairs I ended up going back and buying a second pair of the exact same one so I have another pair when the first ones get too worn out!

Gingham Loafers

If you couldn't tell by now, I love anything and everything gingham. When I saw these Sam Edelman loafers at Bloomingdale's I knew I couldn't walk out of the store without them. They are a similar style to the Gucci Brixton loafer that you can transform into a mule by folding down the back part of the shoe. I think the gingham is such a fun statement (if gingham isn't your thing, this shoe comes in a ton of fun patterns and colors)! These are so comfy and I have been wearing them at least twice a week - with zero blisters from walking around the city!

Slide Sandals

My Jack Rogers have gotten almost zero wear this summer because I've been sporting these slide sandals every chance I get. I love the Hermes look alike style and this version from the Steve Madden outlet is unbelievably comfortable. I went to DSW for another pair because I loved them so much, but when I tried on the Steve Madden and the Steve by Steve Madden ones, I couldn't believe how uncomfortable they were! I seriously can't recommend this style from the outlet enough. It has a much more comfortable sole that makes walking around the city all day easy. Steve Madden outlet pieces aren't available online, but after a lot of searching I found the exact style on sale on Amazon!! This is hands down my favorite and most worn shoe I've bought this year.

Scalloped Espadrilles

I picked these up from DSW at the end of the school year and have already worn them to death. I didn't really have any spring/summer shoes other than sandals and these were the perfect shoes to add to my wardrobe. They look just like the Chloe ones but for a fraction of the price. I have them in the Blush Suede color which is on sale for $35! Plus, DSW always has a coupon, so you can get these shoes for a steal! They do take a couple wears to break in and I sized down one half size. They stretch out a little bit, so you just have to power through those first few wears. 

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