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Lavender Elsa Top








Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Lilly Pulitzer Elsa top | Similar skirt | Sam Edelman heels | Similar tassel earrings | Prada sunglasses | Similar bag

If you caught my Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale post, you may have already seen this top. I have collected quite a few of this style top over the years. This lavender one may be my fourth addition...two in solid colors and two in prints. But hey, if you like something, buy it in every color! They are just so versatile, I have worn these tops in so many different ways. From pairing with skirts like this one, jeans with heels, work pants with flats, to even shorts and sandals with the sleeves pushed up the elbows. However, I can only justify buying them during the After Party sales because they are usually about $50 off from the original price, so I jumped on this one when I saw it marked down $49 from $139. There's just something about a piece of clothing that makes you happy when you wear it, which I guess is why I felt the need to add to this top to my closet!




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Tailgate Thursday: NC State Wolfpack









Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Lauren James gingham dress | Similar wedges | Clearlee bag | Kendra Scott pendant | Prada sunglasses | Stila lip color

In case you missed last week's post, Gentry of Girl Meets Bow and I are styling tailgate looks together Thursdays in September! Last week I styled black and blue for the Carolina Panthers, because it is basically an obligation to have some Panther gear when you have always lived in North Carolina. This week I'm styling red for the NC State Wolfpack, which is my boyfriend's alma mater! I wore this look (without the wedges...) a few weekends ago in Raleigh, which I already posted on Insta from Carter-Finley. I thought this gingham dress was a great choice for an almost 90 degree day full of tailgating, cheering on the Pack at the stadium, and touring the campus!



Don't forget to check out Gentry's post with that adorable boho top!

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What Switching Up My Workout Routine Has Done For My Self-Confidence

I have started to realize some positive change in my self-confidence since I started switching up my workout routine, and I just wanted to share some of my thoughts on that today. As you probably know, I have a background in dance where I grew up going to the studio after school, spending most of my weekends there, and a few summers at larger ballet schools in programs where I was in class all day. My goal was always to dance professionally, but I realized when I was still in high school, it was more realistic for me to a have a short career in a small company. However, everything changed once I left my home in NC to train in college. Once it became almost full time, I decided it was not what I wanted. That shift from student who also danced to dance student was really rough for me. It also didn't help that I got a stress fracture on my spine. But that has had a few years to heal!

Fast forward a few years and I moved to Charlotte. I haven't exercised in over a year, after it was such a big part of my life so long. So I got into some familiar classes by trying a few barre studios. Honestly what pushed me to try them was that I was new to working full time, in a new city, and would get bored after work. I couldn't stand just sitting in my apartment until I went to sleep! Even though I kept busy with the blog, I just needed to get out. I also didn't know many people here yet, so I thought it would just be good to get moving again and maybe meet some people in class. I typically went to these classes alone, I could maybe convince a friend to come with me to the occasional yoga class. But I didn't really mind that, I used to go to unfamiliar cities for ballet programs when I was a teenager without fear. And over time, I did start to get to know some of my instructors. I then got connected via Instagram to some lovely ladies of the Charlotte fitness community and started going to some different types of classes. I definitely have to thank SweatNET Charlotte for that!

Over the last few months, I have been trying all of these new things like HIIT classes, trying to go to cycle more often, and some classes I never would have expected to like including kickboxing and strength training. I have been learning so much and making new friends along the way that are always so encouraging. I have really surprised myself in my ability to do some of these different workouts. Not that I am crushing every workout I try...but I can physically get through more than I expect I can. I still mostly stick to my routine of classes like barre, yoga, and aerial. But I now have a different mindset when I see an opportunity for a free class or some workout I have never tried before. I am nowhere near as confident as I am walking into a barre class at some of these new places. I sometimes think I look out of place as the short girl wearing brightly printed leggings. But that may be all in my head, because everyone at these new studios/gyms are so helpful and encouraging. Especially when I clearly don't know what I'm doing with their equipment and weights!

 I think it is safe to say I am no longer scared of a workout outside of my barre/yoga/aerial bubble. Except for maybe run clubs...I had tendonitis when I was younger from ballet that make running difficult...but that's besides the point. It is quite the confidence boost when I realize I'm capable of new things that I normally would not have even tried a year ago! Not to mention that I have kept up with waking up for 6am workouts. I never thought I would be able to do that! I have also created some healthier habits after trying these new and more intense classes. As much as I love barre and aerial classes, the lack of cardio doesn't require as much fueling as some of the newer classes I have been adding. So I have gotten into the habit of drinking more water throughout the day and eating protein after workouts. Along with some eating habits I needed to work on regardless of my workout routine, like eating less dairy and bread (which used to be a very large part of my diet), and I'm slowly working on eating less sugar! So basically, I am just glad I have decided to be open to new things, because they have brought positive changes into my life that I never expected. Don't be afraid to say yes to something new!

Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography
Ellie Activewear set c/o

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Ric Rac, Scallops, and Velvet









Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Ric rac sleeved top c/o | Scallop skirt | Block heels | Baublebar for Target necklace c/o | Similar bag | Prada sunglasses

Bringing some more fall transition workwear with this look! Blush is a tough color for me once I go back to my natural shade of ghostly white. I also don't wear much of it during the summer while I'm a little on the tanner side (well, tan for me...). So I think this top is great for this time of year, when the calendar says fall but the weather still says summer. I'm also bringing back these block heels I got for Christmas last year, they are some of the comfiest heels I have ever owned!



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Tailgate Thursday: Carolina Panthers











Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Girl Tribe crop tee (sized up to a medium) | Similar gingham dress | Vionic sneakers c/o | Baublebar for Target earrings c/o | Prada sunglasses | Similar bag

Who else has enjoyed the first few weeks of football season? I didn't really follow the NFL until I moved to Charlotte two years ago, but I quickly became a Panthers fan! I've made to the stadium for a few games, but there are watch parties all over the city on gameday. So whether I'm tailgating to go into the game or just to watch it at a bar, I will probably be wearing something like this outfit! If you live in Charlotte or are a Panther fan, I have been loving Girl Tribe's Gameday collection!
I'm so excited to be teaming up with Gentry of Girl Meets Bow to bring some tailgate style inspiration Thursdays in September! She is a Florida Gator, so she will be bringing all of the orange and blue inspo! I will be tailgating for a few different teams this season, so I'm styling for a different team each week!

Don't forget to check out Gentry's post! How cute is that skirt?!




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Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale: What I Bought and Past Outfits On Sale


If you haven't shopped the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale yet, there are still 2 days left to do it! I shopped in-store on Sunday and online yesterday morning. So I thought I would share what I got this time around, and what pieces I have styled before that are back for this current sale!

Mila shift
Full price $178
Sale price $79

Elsa top
Full price $139
Sale price $49

I also scored a Teegan Sports Bra (was $54) and Nessa skirt (was $98) for just $29 each when I shopped online this morning!

There are also some exact pieces I have bought in former sales, have styled on the blog, and they are included again in this current sale!

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Matilda top
Full price $158
Sale price $54

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Mila shift
Full price $178
Sale price $69

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Essie dress
Full price $108
Sale price $39

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Luxletic leggings
Full price $108
Sale price $49

Other favorite picks included in the sale:



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