Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pinspiration: Crop Tops for Spring & Summer

With the very short and very brief burst of warm weather I experience last week, I realized it's time to start thinking about my spring wardrobe! And since I scooped up about 3 crop tops last fall, I am ready to start thinking up how I want to style them come warm temps.. oh and probably 2-a-day workouts to go with them. I've also found some amazing options that you can pick up right now!
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 I love the idea of a textured crop top with a simple maxi dress. Add a bold accessory and a super fun pony and you've got an instant summer date night outfit.

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 Crop tops don't always have to be casual. Go fancy by pairing a short sleeve version with a glittering sequin pencil skirt.

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Can I just saw how obsessed I am with this edgy meets feminine look. The booties and black bra really sell it for me

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Another awesome casual version involves printed pants and a denim vest. This will help you feel more covered up if you're worried about showing too much skin.

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I never thought I could pull off the whole crop-top-with-denim-cutoffs look. But this look totally makes me think I can with the oversize shorts and flat sandals.
Here are some of my favorite options that are currently up for grabs:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Recap: Impeccable Pig Spring Transition Event

I kind of don't know where to begin this post. The event I hosted last week at The Impeccable Pig was SO. MUCH. FUN! It was so wonderful to meet some new people here, catch up with old friends, pick out birthday presents, style customers. I mean if I could do that every single day I think I would be a very happy gal.

Leah, Becky, Meredith & London

These ladies from Impeccable Pig are the absolute greatest! This event would not have gone as well as it did without them. THANK YOU! :)
P.S. I'm wearing the Neon Coral Shift Dress (that I just HAD to have) from their new in-store arrivals.
Here are some photos from the event. The store was so busy that I didn't get to take a ton of the action but a very big thanks to everyone who came out to support IP and BAD. I am so lucky to have readers, friends and family like you!!
Delicious sweets were provided by The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery. YUM!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Belk's Fashion Forward 2014

When I first moved back to North Carolina I was concerned that I would never have any fashion events to attend.. and [thankfully] was I SO wrong! I'm really excited to share with you about this upcoming event The Junior League of Raleigh is hosting!
If you're in the Raleigh area, plan to be at Belk's Crabtree Valley Mall location on Sunday March 9th from 5 - 10 PM. There will be a fashion show around 7 PM with VIP shopping starting at 5 PM. And of course, there will be an exclusive discount off your purchase when you attend, food & drinks, Belk Gift cards and more! Plus designer Trina Turk will be there to talk about her new spring line and you won't want to miss the opportunity to meet her!
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on the Junior League's website. I'll be there getting my shopping on, enjoying some fashion and meeting you! I really hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Giveaway Winner [Belk $75 Gift Cards x's 2]

It's time to announce the TWO winners of my Belk Valentine's Giveaway!! I know how excited you guys were about this one. And as always your support of BAD continues to amaze me. I love each and every one of you!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Outfit Post: Valentine's Day Tulle Skirt


Space 46 Boutique Wendy 22" Skirt in Pink
Costa Blanca Lace Dress (worn as top - old - similar option)
Hanes Confetti Tights c/o Belk
Zara Studded Back Booties (last season - identical option here)
DaisyGem Gold Sequin Clutch c/o (use promo code BEDA15 for 15%!)
J.Crew Pave Link Bracelet (on sale!!) || BCBGeneration #MYO Affirmation Bracelets c/o Belk || ILY Couture Candy Color Necklace (sold out - similar option) || Maybelline Vivids Lipstick in "Vivid Rose"
Happy Valentine's Day!! I think that as I've gotten older I realize how fab it is to celebrate V-Day with not just my husband, but my family & friends too! It's a fun to be reminded of all the people in your life who you love and not just who you're in love with :) So, what better way to celebrate that day of love than a big pink ball of tulle! I am so in love with Space 46 Boutique, the new online shop I discovered this past fall. My, the owner, has an amazing vision for all things feminine and it really shows in the designs of her gorgeous skirts. I have 2 and always receive A TON of compliments whenever I wear them.
Also since moving to The Artic I have taken stock out in companies that sell tights. This Hanes Confetti Dot pair is my newest addition. They're girly, chic and totally wearable for the office or playtime. Don't forget to treat yourself and use the coupon code "BEDA15" on all DaisyGem orders! Oh and don't forget to enter my Valentine's Giveaway that's happening through the weekend! :)
Hope you and your Valentine have a wonderful celebration together!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wanted: Hunter Tall Rain Boots

Hunter Original Tall Wellington Rain Boots:
Jade Green || Metallic Silver || Red Gloss || Yellow Gloss || Blue Lily || Black Gloss || Denim Blue || Lipstick Pink

I've spent my last 10 years living in sunny and warm cities in Florida and California. After being back here in Raleigh for the last 9 months or so, I have finally come to terms with the fact that I actually need a winter wardrobe. Which means a real winter coat and a real pair of weather proof boots. I mean it's been raining here all year and with this last blast of winter snow, I have decided to invest in a pair of Hunter Wellington Boots. Now if I just decide which color to get..... Should I go classic black or a bright shade of yellow? What about my signature color pink or a metallic pair? Too many decisions - help!

Speaking of my current wish list - have you entered my giveaway for 2 Belk $75 gift cards? Oh yes that means two winners!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Now Trending: Mules

Okay so I know when you typically think of mules you're thinking of garden clogs or shoes for the "over 60" category. But I promise you these aren't your grandma's backless heels...
Mule Trend Spring/Summer 2014

I'm kind of surprised by how attracted to this style I am but I have definitely gone from hate to love. For some reason, I just can't get the thought of a wide leather front and chunky heel out of my head. I think the best part about this 90's revival are the modern touches like laser cutouts, pointed toes or a splash of metallic. Lucky for you I've picked out some options that are sure to fit any one's budget. So what are you guys thinking about this style? Are you willing to try it or do you think you'll leave the mules of the world to Nana?

Come Shop With Me: Impeccable Pig Spring Transition Event

Listen up Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill Ladies! I'm hosting an event next week and I want to meet you!!
Let's forget about this stupid Polar Vortex and get your closet ready for spring! Come by the Impeccable Pig Cameron Village location Tuesday February 18th from 6 - 8 PM and shop with me! I don't know about you but I'm ready for shorts, sundresses, tees and tanks!
You'll get 20% off any regular priced merchandise along with complimentary hair styling from Plum Atelier Salon. Plus there's going to be sweet treats from The Cupcake Shoppe! Yay!
So let's play together!! I REALLY hope to see you there!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Outfit Post: Valentine Hearts + A Belk Giveaway!

Target Heart Print Graphic Sweater (last season - similar budget option at UO)
French Connection Electric Buzz Skirt c/o Belk (sold out online but available in stores or try this French Connection one)
Zara Strappy Heels (old - similar on sale at DSW)
Vince Camuto "Mila" Cross Body in Silver c/o Belk
Hello Monday and the start of Valentine's Week! Any excuse to dress up in pink and eat candy is certainly fine by me! Plus it's the perfect time to break out both my color block sandals and heart print sweater! :) After creating a little wish list at Belk, I was able to go pick out a few items for a little V-Day present to myself!
One of the pieces I scored is my new favorite accessory. I discovered it while browsing Belk online and when I saw it while I was shopping at Belk last weekend, I just knew it had to be mine. It's basically a wallet, with a front pocket for your phone, on a strap. I mean.. brilliant! I used it all last week. It's light and gave me easy access to everything I needed. This cross body is also the perfect bag for a night out on the town. It comes in several colors including a metallic pink option (aren't you shocked I didn't go for that one!)
And to make this Monday SUPER special - I've got a giveaway just in time for Valentine's Day!
Belk has so graciously offered not 1 but 2 gift cards to lucky BAD readers! These can be used either online or in the store (yay!) So you know the drill.. enter below via the Rafflecopter! U.S. entries only (sorry!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!!!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Belk. As always, the opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Belk.
Giveaway is open to **U.S. residents only**. Up to 20 entries per person. Winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter generator. Giveaway ends at 12:00 AM [midnight] PST on February 17th, 2014. I will announce the winners in a blog post. The winner must respond within 3 days of announcement to claim the prize. If there is no contact by the 4th day or the winner did not follow the entry rules (i.e. is not a follower) I will choose another winner at random.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

National Wear Red Day - Friday February 7th

Go Red for Women

1. Dress || 2. Heart Tights || 3. Earrings || 4. Necklace
6. Handbag || 7. Pumps || 8. Fedora || 9. Nail Polish
Tomorrow, Friday February 7th, is National Wear Red Day in honor of supporting the fight against heart disease. Did you know that it's the #1 killer among women in the United States claiming more lives than all types of cancers combined?!? I was most definitely surprised to discover that information. Each February, the American Heart Association hosts a live-streaming fashion show to help raise awareness. You can find out more information here.
I've selected a few ways that you could wear red tomorrow to show your support and help spread the word. Whether it's a full on red dress or just a hint of red nail polish, I encourage you to put your own personal twist on this fabulous challenge. Don't forget to Facebook, Tweet & Instagram about it using the hashtags #GoRed #WearRedDay or #GoRedChallenge. You can also tweet at the cause @GoRedForWomen. I can't wait to see what red pieces you rock tomorrow!
P.S. this is not a sponsored post but a cause that I care very deeply for! I hope you'll participate on Friday!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Outfit Post: 1 Dress, 2 Seasons + The Impeccable Pig

If there's one thing I love in my wardrobe, it's a piece that can be worn season to season. After all, we've got to make the most of what's in our closet, right? When I saw this tribal print dress at The Impeccable Pig, I knew I had fallen in love with it. However, our freezing temperatures weren't exactly making this frock winter friendly. So read below on how I came up with the idea to make this bright and bold beauty February appropriate.



The Impeccable Pig Sherbet Tribal Print Dress (borrowed)
The Impeccable Pig Do It For Love Lace Top (borrowed)
Zara Studded Booties (old - very similar from Jessica Simpson)
Simply Vera Opaque Tights
3.1 Phillip Lim x Target Mini Pashli (splurge option) || Jewelmint Audrey Earrings (similar style) || Caravelle by Bulova Rose Gold Watch c/o LuckyFABB (love this one too) || Revlon "Fuchsia Fusion" Lipstick
Zara Rose Gold Metallic Pump w/ Ankle Strap (sold out - J. Crew version on sale!)
Marc Jacobs NM x Target Rose Gold Clutch (super similar style) || Michael Kors "Bradshaw" Rose Gold Watch || Blu Bijou Pearl Bangles c/o Max & Chloe || Number Rings (similar splurge)
 It's really fun to transition a summer piece into winter because there are so many different ways to style it. As you can see, layering is the key factor here. My thick tights and super cute long sleeve collared blouse turn this bright spring dress into a perfectly warm winter look. Originally I had wanted to do a chambray underneath (another helpful trick for spring pieces during winter) but the black top just made the outfit look much cleaner and sleeker. I think the lace detail on the collar also helped - this would be a great shirt with a pair of jeans and heels.
For spring, you really can't go wrong. The colors are so bold and fun so I wanted to amp them up with rose gold details like my strappy pumps and clutch. Can I just say I'm ready for spring temps?!Enough of these freezing temps already!
What are some of your favorite ways to transition pieces from season to season? Oh and did I mention that this dress and top are now available on The Impeccable Pig's online store?! Lucky you!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII Showdown

Seattle Seahawks Outfit:
GAP Open Stitch Sweater (sold out - similar style) || Choies Bright Green Midi Skater Skirt c/o || Daisy Gem Crystal Necklace & Gold Sequin Clutch c/o (use code BEDA15 for 15% off your order!) || Studded Shoes via eBay (splurge option) || BCBGeneration Make Your Own Affirmation Bracelets c/o Belk

Denver Broncos Outfit:
 French Connection Electric Fuzz Skirt c/o Belk || Forever 21 Orange Tee (oldddd) || Zara Sandals (old - similar style) || Necklace Gifted || Arbonne Knucle Clutch (similar style)

Today's post is short and sweet. Since I create so many outfits based around my love for Florida State Football, I thought it would be fun to do the same for the Super Bowl! I honestly can't decide who I want to win more. I have loved Peyton Manning for years (it runs DEEP), but Russell Wilson is such a great kid with a good heart and I think he's definitely going to be the real deal for the NFL. No matter which team you're rooting for I hope you enjoy the day with good friends and good food! Oh yeah.. and a GREAT outfit! Happy Super Bowl Sunday! xo
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