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Oversized Sweater







Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Chicwish sweater c/o | AG jeans | Steve Madden OTK boots | Striped headband | Similar bag | Prada sunglasses

My obsession with all things green continues with this oversized sweater! I think a great option for a cooler day here in Charlotte, like we have been seeing lately. The oversized style keeps you warm, without having to try to work a coat over the bulk of this sweater. I also fell into the Instagram trap and had to try out some of these knotted headbands for myself. I have been so excited to see headbands come back in style over the last year or so, and this set of 3 has been the perfect extra accessory to some of my fall outfits!




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5 Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas


Similar sweater | Similar shirt | Skirt | Similar booties | Similar bag

It's almost time to get dressed up to eat in your own house! I personally love that aspect of Thanksgiving, but I think we all know that I don't really turn down any occasion to dress up. Anyway, who's getting excited for Thanksgiving?! My brother and I go to our parent's house and we have some time just the 4 of us. My mom goes all out with some great recipes, that I already can't wait for this year! I also can't get over how late it falls this year, but I don't mind the extra time to get holiday content together for future posts. So anyway, here are some of my past fall outfits that I think would be perfect for Thanksgiving!






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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.

Saturday
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.


Sunday
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

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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!

Workouts
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

Food

  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!

Activewear


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