2018 Favorites

As the New Year approaches, I'm taking a look back at my most-used purchases of 2018. From
fashion and footwear to tech and lifestyle, here are my seven favorite products from the past year.

Madewell Zip Top Transport Tote

This tote was a purchase I made in preparation for my summer in New York City. I've never been one to gravitate towards large tote bags, but this was the only bag other than a backpack that I could fit my 15-inch laptop in and zip shut. It has easily become my most used bag this year and I love it so much that I ended up buying the mini version a few weeks ago!

Packable Hunter Boots

This year I finally invested in a pair of rain boots and am so happy with my decision to purchase this packable pair. I went abroad to Europe in early 2018 and packing these along in my suitcase took up no more room than a regular pair of shoes and was by far the best thing I packed for the rainy winter weather. I love the matte finish - they still look brand new!

SD Card Reader

This handy SD card reader has made transferring photos from my camera to my phone so easy for times when I can't get to my computer. At under $30, I think this is something everyone should have in their camera bag.

Appointed Workbook

I've always been an avid list-maker and this year I went through two of these Appointed Workbooks. These are the perfect size, come with blank, lined, or graph paper, and is made with a bookcloth cover so it holds up really well.

New Balance Sneakers

I finally upgraded my sneakers this year and am obsessed with these New Balance ones. They are so comfortable and classic and I've had a few people ask if they were Allbirds. They come in thirty eight colors on Amazon so I might have to snag another pair for 2019.

Keds Triple Kick

I bought these platform Keds right before I went to New York City this summer and they have been my go-to shoes ever since. I walked miles in them all summer and love the platform look with jeans. 

Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack

Looking back at all of the trips I took in 2018, my Longchamp backpack was with me for nearly each one. This is the perfect bag for exploring a new city or toting around to go hands-free. I love that it folds up small so I can pack it in my suitcase and that it's water resistant and fits so much. I can fit my DSLR and a water bottle with plenty of room to spare. 

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Recent Reads No. 7

After a long Thanksgiving break and plenty of time to catch up on my reading list, I can finally share some more books I've read recently. These are some of my favorite posts to write because I love hearing about what books other people are reading so hopefully I can provide some helpful recommendations for y'all! 

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

This is one of the few fiction reads I have reached for in the past few months and really enjoyed it! Z tells the story of Zelda Fitzgerald and her life with F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's biographical nonfiction, so it's based off her real life but is a really interesting and engaging story and I loved reading about the Jazz Age and the Fitzgeralds' adventures around the world. Fowler also wrote a similar novel about the Vanderbilt family, which I think would be an interesting read as well! 

The One Thing

I had been meaning to pick up The One Thing after seeing it at the bookstore for months and am so glad I finally did. It's a pretty quick read and is unlike a lot of business and personal growth books I've read in the past. Each chapter starts out with something the author deems to be a myth – like multitasking or a work-life balance – debunks it, and relates it back to how to focus on your one thing. I pulled some great tips and motivation from this book and highly recommend picking it up! 


Psycho-Cybernetics is somewhat of a classic in the self help genre and did not disappoint. Where many other books talk briefly about the subconscious and how it controls much of our confidence and success, this book really dives into how to actually use your subconscious to improve your life. The author was a plastic surgeon who realized that physical change was not enough to improve an individual's self image and potential for success and provides a really unique perspective.

Work Party

I'm sure a lot of y'all have been following the Work Party movement, which was started by Jaclyn Johnson, the founder of Create & Cultivate. It tells the story of how she started her company and offers advice for entrepreneurs. I love reading about the journeys people take to reach success and loved hearing Jaclyn's story and what she learned throughout the process of starting Create & Cultivate.

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All the Fall Colors + Cyber Monday Sales

Coat (50% off today with the code CYBER) | Sweater (50% off today, no code needed) | 
Tweed Skirt (50% off today with code CYBER) 
Mini Tote (25% off today with code SHOPALLDAY) | Boots (this year's version, 30% off) 

Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing an outfit I wore at home over Thanksgiving. The deep purples and browns just scream fall to me and I think this is a great outfit to wear for any upcoming get togethers this holiday season. I picked up this skirt from LOFT and love the tweed and button detail on the front. I think this is a great piece that can be dressed up or dressed down! I paired it with a deep purple, almost maroon sweater and this red mini tote that I haven't left the house without since I bought it. It's the perfect size for everything I need on a daily basis and is such a beautiful fall color. 

Nearly every item in this post is on major sale, so check out the links above. 
Now is the time to pick up staple items like my coat and my tote!

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My Go-To Look This Fall

Jacket | Sweater (old) | Jeans | Booties | Tote | Sunglasses | WatchHoops

I feel like I share an updated version of this look every year when fall rolls around, but that just shows how timeless it is. This has been my go-to look for nearly any occasion this season. It's so easy to pull together a sweater with jeans and booties and immediately feel put together. I've had this sweater for years and still find myself reaching for it in my closet. Since it's no longer available, I've linked some of my favorite camel colored sweaters above. 

I paired this outfit with my booties from Tecovas which gives it a casual Southern look. I mentioned them in my fall favorites post earlier this month and I've been wearing them so often since they're so comfortable but still so classic. I also added some tortoiseshell accessories - my favorite being these hoops! It takes a lot for me to ditch my pearl studs, but I've been reaching for these more and more this season. They're so light, which makes them easy to wear! 

This is a great outfit to recreate for a casual Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow! I know I will definitely be wearing a version of this outfit for dinner at home with my family. 

Happy Thanksgiving y'all! 

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My 5 Favorite Coffee Shops in NYC

When I decided I was going to spend the summer in NYC, one of the first things I did was start bookmarking coffee shops to try. I had always seen so many unique (and Instagrammable) New York coffee shops on Instagram and Pinterest and I was more than ready to check them all out, camera in tow. 
Because I was living in a dorm for the summer, there wasn't really anywhere to sit other than in my bed before and after work, so I camped out with my computer at a lot of these spots to get out of my room. As much as I would have loved to try out even more coffee shops, I found these to be my favorites and kept them on rotation for my daily coffee fix.  

Toby's Estate Coffee

Toby's Estate was my most frequently visited coffee shop over the course of my internship. There was one conveniently located in between where I got off the subway and where my office was so it became part of my morning ritual to stop in for an iced mocha. I frequented the location on 5th Avenue which was actually a part of the Club Monaco and Strand Bookstore. It was a really unique setup, so this is definitely a place to stop in for a coffee rather than sit and get work done. However, the Flatiron building and Madison Square Park are just a block away so there's plenty of outdoor seating close by! If you're looking to get some work done, I would recommend checking out the location in Williamsburg. It's their flagship location and there's plenty of seating to camp out with your work or laptop.

Variety Coffee

Variety was recommended to me by a friend and has one of the coolest atmospheres of the coffee shops I visited in the city. I only made it to the location on the Upper East Side which was complete with white and gold details, a black and white geometric floor, and palm leaves. It's a friend's go-to for cold brew but I went for my usual mocha and it did not disappoint! From looking at their Instagram, it looks like each location has it's own unique feel so I would love to check more of their locations out.

Red Fleece Café

As a huge Brooks Brothers fan, I was really looking forward to checking out the Red Fleece Café in the basement of the Red Fleece store in the Flatiron District (luckily, just a short walk from my office just like Toby's). The atmosphere was everything you would expect in a coffee shop run by Brooks Brothers: cozy, classic, and all-American. They brew Stumptown Coffee which can be found in quite a few coffee shops throughout the city, but the cozy couches and old school collegiate feel give it an atmosphere unlike any of the other coffee shops I visited in the city.

Remi Flower + Coffee

Remi is truly a unique spot to stop for coffee. Half coffee shop, half florist, the tables are surrounded by flowers and succulents which makes it such a beautiful and interesting spot to visit. It's a pretty small shop and there are only a handful of tables here, so if you can snag a seat, it's a great spot for catching up with friends!

La Colombe

I was familiar with La Colombe because you can purchase their draft lattes in Target and they carry them at Elon, but I loved going to their brick and mortar locations! They have lattes on draft that are awesome, but, as usual, I almost always went for an iced mocha. I don't think their locations have the best seating options, but they have really great coffee.

What are some of your favorite coffee shops that I should add to my list?

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5 Favorites This Fall

1. Tortoise Hoops

I'm never one to stray away from my trusty pearl studs but I've found myself reaching for these tortoise hoops more than a few times this season. I've always been hesitant to jump on the statement earring trend because they can be so bulky and heavy but these are actually a hollow plastic which makes them super light! I've loved throwing these on to dress up my look when I forego doing my hair in favor of a low bun.

2. Cowboy Booties

I had been on the hunt for cowboy boots for years and after obsessing over the line of boots from Tecovas, I finally caved and ordered a pair this year. They're a direct-to-consumer company so it's a great place to get high quality boots without a big markup and each pair is handmade! I have the Penny in Bourbon Calf and love how simple they are, making them easy to pair with nearly anything. I can't wait to wear these more as the weather cools down!

3. Yeti Mug

This is hands-down one of my favorite recent purchases. I love my 30 oz Yeti Tumbler but it's pretty big to carry around and is much more ideal for cold drinks than warm drinks. As the weather cools down and I bring hot coffee (or apple cider) to class or the library, this has been my go-to travel mug. It's the perfect size and keeps my coffee hot for hours!

4. Silk Scarf

Since the weather isn't quite cold enough to warrant wearing big warm scarves yet, I've been opting for ones like this silk scarf that are light and can be tied around the handle of a bag. I particularly love how this one looks on my tote and it goes with nearly everything in my fall wardrobe!

5. Zip-Top Transport Tote

I got this tote before I went to New York this summer so I could use it to tote all of my everyday belongings around with me (pro tip: it fits a 15" laptop and zips)! I wasn't really a big tote bag girl before purchasing this one, but it's quickly become my most used bag. It's a great neutral color and the perfect size to fit everything you need for class or a meeting.

Hope y'all enjoyed reading about a few things I've been loving this fall season! I would love to hear what some of your favorites are, too!

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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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Weekend in Greenwich Village

Pants (on sale!) | White Tee | Mules | Tote | Sunglasses | Watch

Happy Monday! So excited to share another outfit post with y'all today. My parents were in the city this weekend, so I was able to snap some outfit photos for the blog! We ventured down to Washington Square Park & Greenwich Village to walk around on Saturday, and it's one of my favorite places to explore because it's much more of a residential area and has so many cute town homes and restaurants. 

I have been loving the paper bag waist trend lately but was having a lot of trouble finding pants in that style that fit right for me. It seems like most of them have that trendy culotte cut, but for someone on the taller side, that style just doesn't hit at the right spot. I was so happy to find these wide leg pants at H&M that were just long enough for me. These pants are seriously so comfy and it's fun to switch it up from jeans. Because I'm interning in a more casual office setting I've been wearing this look to work and know I'll be wearing these well into the fall season!

They're on sale now and if you're ordering online I would recommend sizing up. I think I had to size up 3 or 4 sizes when I got these because H&M definitely runs pretty small. 

I also hopped on the mule trend with these Michael Kors mules, but I truthfully think mules are the most uncomfortable shoes!! I might just have narrow feet, but my shins hurt when I walk in them because I'm straining my foot so hard to keep them from falling off! I love how they look and think they're easy to wear in the office, but definitely not my pick if you're going to be doing any walking at all. Anyone else not the biggest fan of the mule trend? 

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