Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Gatlinburg at Christmas

Every year when I was growing up, we would go to Gatlinburg in the fall for vacation. We always rented this same little house, and I remember it being some of the best memories I have from being a kid. Then the owners sold our little rental house, and we just drifted into going elsewhere for vacations.  So last year we decided to take a family vacation and go to Gatlinburg the week before Christmas. It was beautiful and so much fun, though it was cold. It was a great chance to wear all the winter clothes that never get used in Charleston. 


We stayed at the Margaritaville hotel in Gatlinburg. It was a beautiful hotel and our room had an extra little bedroom with doors, which worked out great for me and the minion. The only drawback was that all the food in the hotel was super expensive. 



The hotel was right on this beautiful creek with I loved. It really made you feel like you were in the mountains and not in the business district. 

They have an adorable parrot that lives in the lobby. It's super fun to watch and take pictures of. 

The Pancake Pantry is a must visit. We ate there two different mornings and everything was amazing. These were the chocolate cherry crepes. 

I always have to take pictures with nutcrackers whenever I find them. This one was in the candy store next to the Pancake Pantry. They had great chocolate and taffy. 

Sweater: Michael Kors 
Jacket: White House Black Market 
Pants: Banana Republic 
Shoes: Linea Paolo (Nordstrom)
Hat: Vince Camuto 
Necklace: Versona 





We stopped to look around the Mountain Mall and these were the super cute elevator doors. 



We found a neat indoor putt-putt course. It kept the minion entertained for an hour or two. He absolutely loved it. 

The view down the stairs at the Mountain Mall 



The precious little birds that live in the dining room at the Applewood Farmhouse restaurant. 


Turtleneck: Banana Republic 
Pants: White House Black Market 
Sweater: White House Black Market 
Necklace: Black House White Market 
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack 
Shoes: Linea Paolo (Nordstrom)

Checking out the apple barn at the Applewood Farmhouse. He wanted to use them as balls. 






Sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana 
Coat: Miss Sixty (Burlington Coat Factory) 

We stopped at the little corner kiddie amusement park and arcade where I rode my first ride when I was about Cameron's age. Thomas was his favorite ride. 

We had to get some Marble Slab ice cream after riding the rides, even though it was cold. 

So if you are looking for a fun and different place to go visit this Christmas, go check out Gatlinburg. It may be cold, but it will be beautiful and there is so much to do. And because it isn't a peak season for them, there are no crowds and everything is a bit cheaper. I also loved their Christmas decorations and all the lights they put up. All together it was a really special family trip. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Fall Favorites

 Its my favorite time of the year again, and so I felt like sharing some of my favorite fall outfits from years past. Fall weather in the South can range from 80º to 50º depending on the day, so that makes dressing quite the daily adventure. Hopefully this will give you some ideas! 


2017 
Wore this outfit to an event that was a fashion show combined with an art opening. 

Top: Stein Mart 
Jacket: White House Black Market 
Jeans: Loft 
Shoes: Michael Kors 

2017 
Wore this outfit to Thanksgiving dinner. 

Top: Halogen (Nordstrom)
Skirt: White House Black Market 
Shoes: Dune of London 
Necklace: ? 

2017
Wore this outfit to work on a regular day when I needed a little extra cozy. 

Top: Michael Kors 
Sweater: Nordstrom 
Jeans: Loft 
Shoes: Michael Kors 
Belt: Loft 
Camisole: Stein Mart 

2019 
Wore this outfit to a legal mixer for the Fashion Law Association. 

Jumpsuit: One One Six (Nordstrom Rack) 
Shoes: Ted Baker 

2019 
Wore this outfit to my son's baptism. 

Dress: Nannette Lepore 
Hat: Vince Camuto 
Shoes: Michael Kors 
Watch: Michael Kors 
Necklace: So Good Jewelry (New York)

2019 
Just another work day. 

Dress: Milly 
Jacket: White House Black Market 
Boots: Michael Kors 
Earrings: Francesca's 

2019 
Wore this outfit the visit a botanical garden in Florida. 

Turtleneck: Banana Republic 
Dress: Michael Kors 
Earrings: Uncommon James 
Watch: Michael Kors 

2019 
Wore this outfit to take my minion to the pumpkin patch. 

Sweater: Express 
Jeans: Driftwood 
Boots: Tommy Hilfiger 
Sunglasses: Oscar de la Renta 

2020 
Wore this outfit to take the minion to visit our local petting zoo, Bee City. 

Turtleneck: Loft 
Sweater: Andrée by Unit (House of Sage) 
Jeans: Driftwood 
Shoes: Louise et Cie 
Hat: Poshmark Boutique 
Earrings: Paisley Boutique 

2019 
Black Friday dinner at a friend's house in Florida. 

Sweater: Antonio Melani
Vest: White House Black Market 
Jeans: White House Black Market 
Boots: Louise et Cie 

2020 
Wore this outfit to go apple picking. 

Top: Chelsea28 (Nordstrom) 
Jeans: Democracy 
Boots: Etienne Aigner 
Sunglasses: Prada 

2020 
Wore this outfit to take the minion to the pumpkin patch. 

Turtleneck: Gap 
Skirt: Two Brunettes Boutique 
Shoes: Michael Kors 
Hat: Vince Camuto 
Sunglasses: Diff Eyewear 

2020 
Wore this outfit to church one Sunday

Bodysuit: Apricot Lane Boutique
Pants: Style Me Boutique 
Earrings: Paisley Boutique 
Watch: Michael Kors 

2020 
Wore this outfit on a girl's day out downtown. 

Dress: Amazon
Belt: Vintage 
Hat: Travaux Encours 
Shoes: Michael Kors 

2018 
Just another exciting day at work. 

Jacket: Nine West 
Skirt: Talbots 
Shoes: Jessica Simpson 

2018 
Yet another work day. 

Dress: Love . . . Ady (Nordstrom) 
Jacket: Diane Von Furstenberg 
Shoes: Abound 
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack 

2017 
Did a fun photoshoot with my friends with some of my finds from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. 

Sweater: Leith (Nordstrom) 
Skirt: Talbots 
Boots: Anne Klein 
Necklace: So Good Jewelry 

2017 
Another fun outfit from the photoshoot.
 
Sweater: Express 
Belt: ?
Skirt: TopShop
Shoes: Sam Edelman

2018 
Another year another Thanksgiving dinner outfit. 

Top: Pleione
Pants: WHY Dress 

2020 
Wore this on a trip to Asheville with some friends. 

Turtleneck: Banana Republic 
Vest: Laundry by Shelli Segal 
Jeans: White House Black Market 
Hat: Vince Camuto 
Boots: Tommy Hilfiger 
Sunglasses: Prada 

2018 
Wore this on a trip to visit family in Florida. 

Top: Express 
Jacket: White House Black Market 
Short: Loft 
Shoes: Michael Kors 
Earrings: Paisley Boutique 
Watch: Michael Kors 

2019 
Yet another year and another Thanksgiving dinner outfit. This one I have had since high school. I also wore it apple picking in college. 

Blouse: White House Black Market 
Vest: Bebe 
Pants: Loft 
Boots: Michael Kors 
Sunglasses: Oscar de la Renta 

2019 
Wore this outfit to hang out with my best friend who was visiting from out of town. We also did an impromptu photoshoot. I later wore it for an actual photoshoot. 

Turtleneck: Banana Republic
Jacket: L.A.M.B. 
Jeans: White House Black Market 
Hat: Vince Camuto 
Shoes: Louise et Cie 

2018 
Wore this to help my friend shop for her wedding, and to a ladies' conference. 

Top: Vintage Como
Belt: Copper Penny Boutique 
Leggings: Halogen (Nordstrom) 
Boots: Michael Kors 

2019 
Another work day. I think this might be my favorite color combination for the fall. 

Sweater: Vince Camuto 
Skirt: Elie Tahari 
Shoes: Trouve
Necklace: So Good Jewelry
Headband: Talbots