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The Bandage Dress, Revisited

bandage dressI wore this dress when I was pregnant because it was surprisingly comfortable and showed off my bump. I wanted to wear this dress again because I saw model Taylor Hill wearing a bandage dress at a Victoria’s Secret press event and she looked so good I was inspired to wear my bandage dress again.

I think it’s safe to say that I look exactly like Taylor when I wear this dress. I am sure Victoria’s Secret will be calling at any moment to sign me up for their next show. I can’t wait to wear the fancy wings! I’ll just sit here on the couch quietly eating chips while I wait for the call…

bandage dress 3

bandage dress 2

Dress: The Kewl Shop | Shoes: C. Wonder (love these) | Sunglasses: Nordstrom | Clutch: Michael Kors (similar)

Winter Hodgepodge

winter fashionWinter is a bummer, but it is also a great time to taken fashion risks in the name of staying warm. This look is a hodgepodge of some of my favorite black and white warm pieces. Also, the boots are a post-blizzard necessity. The city of Richmond is not the best with snow removal and the residual patches of ice are no joke. The last thing I need is to slip and fall and get run over my Hannah’s stroller.winter styleShoes: L.L. Bean | Dress (worn as a skirt): eShakti, love this one | Sweater: J.Crew Factory (old, but this one is adorbs) | Coat: J.Crew Factory (very old, but this cape is a must) | necklace: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sunglasses: J.Crew Factory

Snow Day

winter style

This little girl is not here for the snow life. Her snow day stank face is the funniest, though.

Also, did you catch Hannah’s flat-out kiss rejection in the photo above? *Insert sad face*

winter styleBoots: Hunter | Skirt: H&M (similar) | Sweater: Nordstrom (similar) | Scarf: Etsy | Sunglasses: Amazon

How To Dress Up A Sweatshirt

casual fashionAdd a blazer, a fun necklace, some cute shoes and BAM — that sweatshirt suddenly becomes chic.


casual styleShoes: old (similar) | Jeans: J.Crew Factory (sold out, but these are similar) | Tumblr: I got this at my old job, but this one is super cute | Blazer: H&M | Sunglasses: old (similar)

Work Friendly Style

work style detailsBefore I get to the meat of this post, let me just complain about the weather right quick:

You guys, it is getting cold. I always curse myself for choosing to live on the east coast and be a fashion blogger (which requires outdoor shooting) in the winter. I see all these west coast bloggers traipsing around with bare legs and a light jacket, and I am over here like — ‘I want that life, ma’am’. Ugh, the sads.

Moving along — I was talking on the phone with a stylist friend of mine and we were talking about the rut women often find themselves in when choosing appropriate work garb. It’s so easy to always go to Ann Taylor Loft and buy black trousers and a button down. Now, y’all — I love me some Loft and you know I love a good button down (ahem, I wear chambray weekly), but after a while that look gets boring. My friend’s advice was to simply stop going to the stores that are diluting your style when you feel bored with your wardrobe. By choosing to shop at a new place you are forced to freshen up your look! For me, when I feel like my go-to, J.Crew, is getting a little mundane, I always switch to either an edgier store like Express or Asos or I shop at small boutiques and Etsy shops. Switching up my shopping destination helps me to get unique, fresh pieces that freshen up my whole look.

Easy AND genius.

work style

work outfit details

work outfitShoes: Cole Haan | Pants: J.Crew | Shirt: J.Crew | Necklace: J.Crew Factory (all necklaces on sale) | Sunglasses: old (similar)

5 Online Shops I’m Obsessed With Right Now


IMG_5345I recently discovered this ceramics shop on Etsy that makes every day ceramic pieces and (now here’s the kicker, people) ceramic jewelryI ended up getting two pieces from the shop. This adorable heart necklace (pictured) and a giraffe pendant. I’ll show that one off soon. If you want to get yourself a piece from this store use the code ‘CLARABELLE’ to get 25% off!!

Everyone is doing sassy t-shirts and makeup bags, but these pillowcases take sass to a whole new level. Oh, and for all you bed hogs out there, this pillowcase set perfectly stakes your claim on the bed.

You guys, this site is a home decor dream! I want all of the things. Don’t forget to check out the gifts section for all the cuteness.

Calling all mommas! This shop specializes in the sweetest pinafores for girls. I want then all for Hannah. I can just see her fluffy-headed little self rockin’ the heck out of a pinafore!

This African store is Beyonce approved — and for good reason! There are so many cute things. Great patterns, flawless silhouettes. Can we just take a moment to swoon over these printed pants?


The perfect little grey dress

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A little black dress is a closet must-have — but it’s cousin, the little grey dress is equally as important. Grey is chic, but the color is softer than black. Also the wide range of grey shades makes it easy to dress up or down.

  1. My favorite dress when I was pregnant was a grey midi dress. It showed off my bump and was easy to style. The dress that’s pictured above is similar, and the high-low hemline adds another layer of interest.
  2. For curvy girls, grey is an awesome color. The wrap detail on this dress is perfect for highlighting your waist and accentuating your curves.
  3. For boy-shaped figures, the high neckline of this frock will accentuate your lean torso and the ruching around the waist provides the illusion of curves.
  4. Fit and flare looks good on everyone. This light grey dress can easily be dressed up or down. It’s also a sweater dress — perfect for warmth!
  5. Bodycon dresses are made for hourglass figures. Sometimes bodycon dresses can seem daunting because they tend to skew sexy, but the shape and length of this dress is totally wearable.
  6. For curvy girls with more of a boyish shape, this fit and flare dress is perfect. The little belt cinches the waist and the full skirt has beautiful detailing that make this dress extra special.


casual outfitBetween the wind and rain the weather has been working against me. However, I am thankful for milder Virginia winters. I mean NYC is the greatest town ever, but the winters really tested my spirit. And my ‘tested’ I mean NYC winters crushed my spirit into the cold, hard pavement.

So I’ll take a little wind and rain if I get milder temps in return.

Also I promise I won’t talk about the weather every day this week.


cheetah loafers

felt hatHat: H&M | Leggings: Gap (similar) | Chambray: J. Crew Factory | Coat: Zara (similar)| Necklace: Bloomingdales (similar)

Blowing In The Wind

winter lookThe wind is one of my biggest weather enemies. Nothing turns me into a tangled, disheveled mess more quickly than a strong wind.

You know how people get all excited to ride in the car with the top down? Everyone is like, “Oooh, let’s put the top down on the car and drive on the highway. So fun! I love the outdoors.”

And I am over in the corner like — no. No one wants to see my hair after a 65 mph wind and some car exhaust has torn through it.

So anyway, you have to forgive my poor hair in these photos, it was a victim of circumstance.

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winter outfitShoes: J.Crew Factory | Skirt: H&M (similar) | Shirt: H&M | Jacket: Anthropologie (similar)


How to purge and streamline your closet in 2016

It’s 2016, and many of us are trying to streamline and organize our lives. A great place to start is in your closet. If you’re like most people, you are holding on to WAY too many old clothes (and buying too many clothes you don’t need — but we will get to that later).

There is a common misconception that because I am a fashion blogger I have a ton of clothes. Yes, I have a lot of clothes, but I have also been wearing a lot of the same sh*t since I started blogging my personal style in 2012 (OMG this blog is so old). Behold, this preppy blazer.

tweed blazerI got this blazer from Zara years ago. It was an investment for me at the time and has quickly become a staple in my wardrobe. I wear it all the time. I have tons of other pieces that I style endlessly to make my wardrobe appear larger than it is (I wear one of my two chambray shirts at least twice a week). You don’t need tons of clothes to have a great closet. Here are some tips to streamline your wardrobe and maximize your clothing.

Don’t keep ‘fantasy clothes’: “I’m keeping that for a special occasion.”, “I will wear that again when I lose ten pounds.”, “I have no idea what to wear this with, but I’m keeping it because it’s so cute.”. We’ve ALL uttered phrases like this. Don’t keep clothes for made-up scenarios. Go through your closet and take no prisoners. If you don’t have a definitive, real-life plan to wear an item, or if a piece just doesn’t fit — add it to the Goodwill pile.

Purge your formalwear: I know lots of women who have held on to old homecoming and prom dresses. Usually the excuse is something like, ‘Maybe my daughter will want to wear it someday’.

Spoiler: Dream on, honey. No one wants to wear your old prom dress from DEB, least of all your daughter. Would you have worn your mom’s old 80’s dress to your prom? No. Your sassy seventeen-year-old self would have died a thousand deaths first. Throw out or donate your old formal dresses, girl. The same goes with old bridesmaids dresses. Those can go, too.

Critique your multiples: Once in college I opened my friend’s closet and she literally, I am not joking here, had thirty pairs of jeans folded beautifully in her wardrobe. I was immediately jealous so I said, “Girl I am so jealous of your jeans!” She said, “Oh, yea I only wear the same two pairs of jeans. None of those really fit me.”

Okay this is a problem. First, I now know you don’t ever need thirty pairs of jeans even if they all fit. Second, please see item one on this list.

I frequently need to purge black dresses. I acquire black dresses like crazy. They spawn in my closet, I swear. The issue is I never wear all the black dresses I acquire. To combat my own closet overpopulation problem, I have a strict 365 day rule. If an item sits unworn in my closet for a year, it must go. Note: This did not count last year when I was pregnant and only wore four things for six months.

glitter and tulle

Take It Is Easy On The Novelty Pieces: You only need one tulle skirt. You don’t need three sequin blazers. You don’t need four pairs of distressed boyfriend jeans. Don’t buy a ton of super trendy pieces that can only be worn once or twice a season. Instead, invest smartly in wearable pieces that you can wear again and again.

Ditch the Old and Dirty: Old t-shirts, socks with holes, random tote bags you got free with a cosmetics purchase. Throw. Them. Away.

I want to quickly revisit old t-shirts because this one is especially hard for me. I feel as though I need to keep every free t-shirt that has ever been given to me in my life. So now, I actively throw away or politely decline every t-shirt I’m offered. If you must accept a free tee for courtesy reasons the key is to give it away or ‘lose it’ before you get it to your house. Once the free tee finds its way into your home the game is over. It will stay there forever taking up valuable space in your closet.

Shop Smartly: I am part of the generation that used to buy a new $20 ‘going out’ dress from Forever 21 every week in college. I had enough flimsy polyester dresses to clothe a small Appalachian town, y’all. Old habits die hard and sometimes I still feel like I need something new for every upcoming occasion. The truth is, I don’t need to shop for every random cocktail party. What I DO need is quality pieces in my wardrobe that I can easily style and rewear frequently. Whenever you go shop really question your purchase. Are you just buying that because it’s on sale? Are you buying that skirt because you’re out with friends and feel like you need to buy something? Is this an impulse buy you’ll regret later? Do those jeans even fit correctly? Don’t bring anything home unless it’s perfect, and you can wear it at least five times.

Now grab a trash bag and get to purging. Your closet and your piece of mind will thank you!

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