Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Raleigh Blog Society September Event

I know I've said it a million times, but I can honestly say that my favorite part about blogging is the fact that it has given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people - bloggers and brands, alike. So, one of my favorite events each month is the Raleigh Blog Society meet up. Some months it's a styled event, some times it's a shared meal and other times it's a class of some sort. 

This September's event was the best of both worlds, a class and a meal! We started the evening with a FlyBarre class and then ended it over wine and dinner at Brixx!

Bloggers from left to right:

The barre class was absolutely amazing. I can honestly say that even after only one class, I feel much more toned. I'm not going to sugar coat it, though, it whooped my butt. I thought I was in pretty good shape, but man was this class an eye opener. FlyBarre pushed us. It tested our limits and made us realize how much stronger we are than we think. 

My friend Morgan led the class and did an amazing job of guiding us through. She provided modifications when needed and encouraged us to keep challenging ourselves. 

In short, I'm obsessed! Plus, did you know they have pay per class options!? Talk about perfection. No gym membership needed!






After our class, Brixx hosted us for dinner and absolutely spoiled us! We started off with wine and this amazing Caprese bruschetta. After that, we all ordered entrees and shared. Some of the women got pizza (the buffalo chicken one was my fave) and I ordered the chicken salad. I know I'm going to sound lame saying this, but whatever - this salad is amazing. It has pistachios in it and I literally crave it all the time!




Huge thanks to both Flywheel Sports and Brixx: Wood Fired Pizza for having us! We are so incredibly thankful!!

Want to attend one of the next events? Sign up here!

I'm off to a trunk show today at UNCC in the Student Union! If you're in the area, be sure to stop by!! If not, follow along on snap chat: frilltho 

Thanks for reading, loves!






Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Side Zip Sweater








Sweater: J.Crew {similar} // Top: J.Crew {almost identical for $45}
Jeans: Vestique {only $44} // Shoes: C.Wonder {similar}
Sunnies: Nordstrom Rack {only $20!!} // Necklace: BaubleBar

If there's one thing I've learned over the years as my style has developed, it's this: It's not the size of heel that matters, it's the style of the shoe itself.

Maybe it's just me, but when I was younger, I was obsessed with skyscraper heels. The taller the shoe, the better. Looking back on it, though, I have realized that most of the time those were the shoes that looked the cheapest and dare I say it... sometimes looked trashy. Don't get me wrong, every once an a while I still go for the super tall ones, but more often than not I find myself trending more towards the style or statement aspect of the product instead of the heel and I have to say I think it's played a major factor in my style's development. 

These are some of the shortest heels I own {border line "kitten" if you ask me} but the color is fab and more than that, they are comfortable! Don't know about you guys, but I am quite excited about C.Wonder's comeback! Hope you had a great Monday!

Monday, September 28, 2015

J.Crew Catalog









Top: J.Crew {Old, other colors $30 & similar here
 Jeans: Vestique {only $44! also loving these jeans & these} 
Necklace: J.Crew {similar here & here} // Shoes: J.Crew {almost identical}

Victory!! I have found a pair of boyfriend jeans that fit me!! I don't know about you guys, but personally, I have a love-hate relationship with boyfriend jeans. Up until now, I would find a pair with the perfect "distressed" look, but then they wouldn't fit or they fit perfectly and didn't have the right wash. Or I just put them on and they look like a baggy mess. Well, as they say in the wedding magazines, "I have found the one whom my soul loves." These are perfect and on top of the fit, they're only $44!

I wore these one afternoon in Charleston and was putting together this outfit when I paired them with these fab J.Crew heels. I feel like the heels really dress it up a bit! It this look not just J.Crew casual perfection?!   

Thursday, September 24, 2015

My Charleston Trip {on a $100 Budget}

As you all know {based on my relentless social media sharing and most recent blog posts} I went to Charleston for the first time this week and it was absolutely wonderful! So what did I do? Well, let me tell you...

I went for 3 days and stayed with a friend, but budgeted only $100 for the trip. This is what I did!

Sunday

Walked College of Charleston's Campus, King Street & Market Street {Free}
These are some of the main spots in town and some of the best sight seeing. It's what Charleston's known for, after all!








Dinner {$10}
This place was not the best, so it's going to remain nameless, but hey, it was affordable!


Drinks at the Pavilion {$14}
*Splurge* This was one of my favorite parts! The Pavilion Rooftop Bar is located on top of the Market Pavilion Hotel and is super swanky. It has a pool, lounge chairs, a bar and high top tables. We went right at sunset and it was absolutely gorgeous!! I highly recommend it!




 This is what I wore - See the full look here!

Monday

Breakfast at Caviar & Bananas {$6}
Caviar & Bananas is a gourmet market that was located right near to where we were staying so we grabbed a quick breakfast from there on Monday morning before my friend headed to meetings. I got the breakfast burrito which had egg whites, cheese, avocado and veggies in it and it was perfection!

Toured Nathaniel Russell House & Aiken Rhett House {$18}
The Historic Charleston Foundation has done an amazing job of preserving some of Charleston's oldest properties, and I am a huge history nerd, so during the day on Monday I walked to two different properties and toured them. One of them was fully restored by the foundation and offered a guided tour. The other was preserved in the state in which the foundation received the property and was guided by an audio tour. For only $18 for the both of them, it was a great deal!








Drinks at the Grand Bohemian Hotel {$7}
The Grand Bohemian Hotel is a really new, posh hotel and it has an amazing rooftop terrace. The design is chic and they have great deals for happy hour, so when I reached out to Gillian {the founder of The Charleston Blog Society} this was where she recommended we go. It was so, well, blog-worthy! I could not get enough of it!

Dinner at Taco Boy {$14}
I heard about Taco Boy from this local Charleston blog and it did not disappoint! Those of you that know me, know how obsessed I am with Mexican food so anytime there are tacos, guacamole or margaritas involved, I'm in heaven!   


Ghost Tour of the Old Charleston Jail {$22}
I know it seems crazy, but going on a ghost tour is something that I've always wanted to do. Since the Old Charleston Jail is supposedly one of the most haunted places in South Carolina, I figured it would be one of the best places to give it a try. It was crazy!! 



 This is what I wore - See the full look here!


Tuesday

Breakfast at The Park Cafe {$10}
I heard about The Park Cafe from the same blogger that I heard about Taco Boy through and again, her reference did not disappoint. The cafe was so cute and the food was amazing! I ordered a fried egg sandwich, with bacon and avocado. It was so messy, but it was definitely worth it!  



Walk Rainbow Row {Free}
Rainbow Row is another one of Charleston's most well known spots, so naturally I had to stop by. If there was ever a dream neighborhood, this would definitely be it! #goals 


Walk The Battery & Marina {Free}
Right next to Rainbow Row is the Battery and Bay Street Marina so after a quick jaunt through the colorful houses we made our way to one of the marina's nearby docks. The scene was gorgeous! Even though it was still about 90 degrees during my trip, some of the leaves in the marina area had started to change and I was dying over them!





Tour Sullivan's Island Fort Moultrie {$3}
This was the last thing we did and it was so nice to be next to the beach! Like I said, it was about 90 the whole time we were there, so getting even the slightest breeze was a huge victory. Plus, Fort Moultrie has an amazing history. It was used in three different wars AND they still have some of the office spaces in the fort set up as if the officers will be walking in at any minute.



Long story short - I went $5 over budget, but it was totally worth it! The trip was filled with historic site visits, fun restaurants and great memories!

Stay tuned for more outfit pics from the trip! 



 

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