Pink Trench

Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Chicwish trench c/o | Super similar sweater | Madewell "Roadtripper" jeans | Johnny Was scarf | Gigi New York "Madison" bag | Madewell booties

I've collected quite a few coats over the last few years, but I find myself wearing trenches much more often in the Charlotte temperatures. So I thought this pink one would be a great addition, and I have been wearing it non-stop lately! The blush color goes with so many outfit combinations, and can add so much to a simple outfit, like I have styled here. I have also paired with different combinations of dresses and tall boots, and I think this is going to be my most worn jacket this year!

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Fall Weekend in Boston

A few weeks ago, I headed up to Boston for a quick weekend trip before TJ started a week of work up there. I had been there once before, but I was a little too young to remember much of it. So it was basically my first trip up there, and we had the best time! We try to see as much as we can when we travel, and we covered a lot of ground in 48 hours. However, it seems like there was still so much left to see. We lucked out with some pretty great weather as well! Anyway, I thought I would take this post to share some of the details.

We started Saturday by trying some lattes from La Colombe Coffee near South Station. I have been buying their packaged lattes and cold brew from grocery stores for awhile now, so it was fun to see their physical location. We spent the next few hours just strolling around, stopping through a pop-up market on the greenway, spent a little time at the Boston Harbor, and stopped for a quick lunch in Faneuil Hall. I wasn't going to leave Boston without getting a lobster roll, and I made sure to get one the first chance I had!

We also walked around Boston Public Market and the outdoor farmer's market, with a stop for some mini apple cider donuts! We saw a bit of the Freedom Trail and then headed into the Seaport District on our way to Harpoon Brewery. We did a lot of walking this day, it totaled over 11 miles by the time we got back to the hotel!

We took a tour of Harpoon Brewery and stuck around awhile for some of their local beers and pretzels, that are made with a byproduct of the brewing process. I loved their Dunkin Donuts Coffee Porter, and their Raspberry Wheat has always been one of TJ's favorite beers. We then headed into Little Italy for dinner at Benevento's. Their "Chicken Benevento" was delicious (and a huge portion!), and a great ending to all of the walking we did during the day. We ended the day out with picking up some pastries from the nearby Bova's Bakery, and enjoyed the best Nutella cannoli.

We started our second day with finding a church, and went to Shrine of St. Anthony. The church just so happened to be located by a Tatte coffeeshop. I have seen so many photos posted from there on Instagram over the last few months, so I convinced TJ to stop in for a latte. I think it lived up to the hype, I could have spent hours just hanging out there. After that, we walked around Boston Common and another bit of the Freedom Trail, before hopping on the train to the Museum of Fine Arts.

We definitely could have spent the entire day at this museum, it was amazing! There was Degas, Monet, an incredible Egyptian exhibit, a room full of unique musical instruments, and so much more. We spent about 3 hours there and we still didn't get to each room, I would definitely have gone back if we were there for a longer trip. Visiting museums is always one of my favorite things to do while traveling, and the Museum of Fine Arts did not disappoint!

After a little more walking around, we headed back to Little Italy for dinner again at Ristorante Euno. They had great service and even better food, and I loved their peach prosecco! It was a great way to end the trip, and the day of walking 9 miles. Overall, Boston was a really great time for a quick trip away in the fall!

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Navy Scallop Detail Dress

Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Navy dress c/o (use code "Q4Caralina15" for 15% off) | Similar heels | Baublebar for Target earrings c/o | Similar polka dot scarf | Brahmin "Lane" bag | Similar sunglasses

I know, I know, I did not need another navy dress. But I love how the details make this one so different from all of the others I own. The longer length, the laser-cut scallop detail, and the puffy sleeves make it so feminine. It is a little tough to see the front detail on the website photos, but Deeana's photos always come through! This dress has been great for the still warm fall days, but it will also be great with tights and ankle booties. Also, I'm getting lots of holiday content planning going on right now, so let me know if there is anything you would like to see this season!

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Fitness Friday XVII

*original post

Welcome back to Fitness Friday! I'm so excited to have a little more of an increased fitness schedule, as my hip has been feeling great lately! If you're new here, I tore the labrum in my hip back in March. I finished up with PT appointments last week, and I have barely needed to modify anything in my last few classes. Halfway into November will be 8 months since the injury, and it has all been worth the wait! I've been pretty consistent with 2 classes per week, and exercises at home twice a week. But I think I might be ready to switch out the home exercises for more classes. As always, full schedule below, along with some new food I have been trying, and some fun activewear. And in case you missed them, here are my Fitness Friday posts from August and September!

Week  of 10/7-10/13
I had a sinus infection and took the week off of exercise except for home exercises once

Week of 10/14-10/20
Reform at Pure Barre
Ballet Fit Theory (twice) at Fit Atelier
Home exercises
While visiting Boston: walked 11 miles the first day and 8 miles the second day

Week of 10/21-10/27
Barre Code at The Barre Code
Ballet Fit Theory at Fit Atelier
Home exercises twice

Week of 10/28-yesterday
Ballet Fit Theory at Fit Atelier
Barre Code at The Barre Code (free!)
Home exercises twice


  1. Similar to last month, with all of the traveling I haven't been branching out much with recipes, but I have been making some simple smoothie bowls as a snack between coming home from work and going to a workout. I just blend some almond milk, frozen mixed berries, a scoop of protein powder, and top it with granola and a little bit of peanut butter.
  2. I fell into the Instagram trap with seasonal Trader Joe's items, and tried two of them. The frozen Riced Cauliflower and Butternut Squash Risotto, which I liked with some added spinach and chicken. And in the snack category, I also really liked the Pumpkin Cranberry crisps with a little bit of goat cheese!


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Orange Pants

Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Orange pants c/o (use code "Q4Caralina15" for 15% off!) | Johhny Was scarf | Similar velvet tank | Stella and Dot necklace c/o | Sam Edelman heels | Similar bag | Prada sunglasses

Stepping out of my comfort zone a little with these orange pants! They are really comfy, and a great length for my short legs. The material is light and has a linen feel, so they may be more suited for summer. But I thought the burnt orange color and the fact that it is still warm outside, makes them work for fall as well! I paired it with an old favorite velvet cami and super versatile silk scarf. I think it will also be fun to pair them with a thick sweater and ankle boots as it gets colder!

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Fall Travel Outfits

Trench c/o | Sweater c/o | Scarf | Jeans | Booties | Sunglasses

This fall has been a very busy one. I have been away every weekend since Labor Day! So I thought I would share all of the outfits I have brought along with me. Sure, most of them aren't really fall clothes. But it is still in the 70s in Charlotte, so it's all real! It has been a little crazy, but a really fun time. I didn't use up much of my work vacation time during the spring and summer, so I took a few Fridays and half days off in September and October.  So here they are, partially in order. This also might be the most TJ has been featured in a post! Not pictured: trips to Raleigh, NC and Clemson, SC for football games, and Atlanta for a weekend with TJ's family in September.

I went to Panama City Beach, FL to visit my friend and former coworker in early September. It was a quick trip, I wish I could stayed longer. But we enjoyed some gorgeous weather and the best time catching up!

I went home to Greensboro, NC for a high school friend's wedding in September. I was so excited to find this Lilly Pulitzer dress in the After Party Sale for under $60, it sold full price for over $200! I got a lot of compliments on it at the wedding, and I already can't wait to bring it back out next spring.

TJ and I took a long weekend trip to Hilton Head Island, SC at the end of September. The weather was perfect, and we had the most fun biking all over the island! I have been to quite a few Carolina beaches before, but that was my first time at Hilton Head. I definitely plan on going back, it seemed to be the beach town that has everything!

We headed up to Baltimore the first weekend in October for a wedding of TJ's college friends. The reception venue had this beautiful patio on the water, so we had to take a photo break! You might remember this look from this post back in the spring, so here it is in action!

Similar trench | Scarf | Jeans | Boots | Sunglasses

Just last weekend, we explored Boston before TJ started his work trip there this week. I think I'll be doing a separate post on all we did in Boston. In summary, enjoyed a lot of great food and some fun sights. But it was definitely fall there! It wasn't quite too cold for walking around, but I'm definitely glad I brought my trenches and boots.

I've been meaning to bring back more of my "real" outfits, so I thought this might be a good place to start! Let me know if you want to see more of my workwear, activewear, etc.

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Black and White Elsa Top

Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Lilly Pulitzer "Elsa" top | Paperbag pants c/o | Similar earrings | Similar bag | Sam Edelman heels | Prada sunglasses

Yes, I got another Elsa top! I am such a fan of this style Lilly Pulitzer makes in several different colors and prints, season after season after season. Just in the last few years I have styled my solid lavender, solid pink, and sailboat printed tops of the same style on the blog. Lilly is always known for their bright colors and prints, but they do occasionally make some black and white prints. I'm supposed to wear black and white to work, so I have been not so patiently waiting since last fall for this top to go on sale. I had a few very specific pieces in mind during the last After Party Sale, and I was so excited to finally get this silk top! I have already worn it to work with a black skirt and flats when it was warmer, and I plan on wearing like in these photos now that we are seeing some cooler temperatures.

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