A Little Peplum In Your Step

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I’ve had the craziest, busiest, most exciting week so far. Twelve hour days, adorable ballerinas, and sore muscles, but I wouldn’t ask for anything better. Another exciting thing is this adorable outfit. The peplum tee trend has been in full force for me lately. It’s cool, comfortable, and flattering. I found this one on sale at TJMaxx for less than $10 – so I bought 3 colors; this red, a blue, and a black one…*whoops*. I’ll share several similar items from this outfit below. I’m so grateful that you stopped buy and took the time to read my post!

Top: TJMaxx (similar here, here, here, and here) | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Lucky Brand | Necklace: Amazon (similar here) | Sunnies: Rue 21 (similar here) | Watch: Kate Spade (similar here) | Chain Bracelet: JCrew | Rope Bracelet: similar here | Ring: TJMaxx (similar here) | Earrings: Belk (similar here)

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Loving Him Was Red

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Did you all catch that Taylor Swift reference? I don’t know about y’all, but I love her latest release. It’s so different from her previous songs, and I’m so excited to hear the whole album when it releases. Today is my first day back in the classroom for the season and I’m so excited. I’m completely in my element when I’m dancing, so I’m excited to have it back in my life pretty much all day everyday! I found this skirt at TJMaxx a couple of days ago and I must say, darling doesn’t even cut it. It completely embodies the hottest trends for fall – suede, button detail, and burnt red. I wanted to keep the other details neutral so the skirt would really pop! You can shop this look and similar looks below. Have a fantastic week friends!

Skirt: TJMaxx (similar here and here) | Shoes: Target (similar here) | Bag: Target (similar here) | Shirt: JCrew (similar here) | Watch: Kate Spade (similar here) |                          Chain Bracelet: JCrew | Rope Bracelet: (similar here) | Necklace: (similar here)

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Think Pink!

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I’ve spent the week cheering on my mom as she completed her first cycle of chemotherapy. She’s had four treatments and will start a new chemotherapy in two weeks. To say she has been a trooper is an understatement. I’m so proud of her! To “celebrate” the completion of part of this journey, I’m sharing this pink number! It’s the perfect casual outfit with flares of patterns and pops of bright color – I feel like that could also describe my personality haha. I love, love, love the top – it’s ridiculously inexpensive and I’m fan-girling over these Guess sunglasses. You can shop this outfit below!

Top: H&M | Jeans: Kensie Jeans | Belt: It’s Fashion Metro (similar here) | Shoes: Ross (similar here) | Necklace: It’s Fashion Metro (similar here) | Clutch: It’s Fashion Metro (similar here) | Sunnies: Guess | Watch: Kate Spade (similar here)

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Simple Outfit Staples

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I’ve worn this outfit all over the place the last few weeks. I’ve had tons of questions and compliments on the top and I completely understand why! It’s such a functional piece that can transform from casual to dressy with just a few accessory changes. I’m in the short rows of wearing cute clothes everyday since the fall dance season starts in a week. Once I’m back at the studio full time, it’s athletic clothes all day everyday for me! So, I’m definitely going to make the most of it while I can. On a real note, these shoes are a dream. I’ve already told my mom I going to wear them on my wedding day, whenever that may be lol. They are more comfortable than any of my tennis shoes and look so similar to one of my favorite designer’s loafer pumps. I got them from TJMaxx for a STEAL! Happy Eclipse day everyone, don’t look at the sun!!!

Top: Forever 21 | Jeans: Kensie Jeans (similar jeans here) | Belt: Anne Klien (similar belt here) | Shoes: Franco Sarto (similar shoes herehere, and here) | Clutch: It’s Fashion Metro (similar here)| Watch: Kate Spade (similar here) | Bracelet: Amazon (similar here)

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Back To School: Sage Sweater

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I’m beyond bummed that I’m not returning to school this fall, but I am hopeful that I’ll be attending graduate school soon! I thought it would be fun to share an outfit that is great for going back to school or simply a cute outfit to wear out and about. While it’s an outfit that is more for cooler weather,  planning for fall is always an exciting time. I made a few purchases from Forever 21 and found this sweater at an INCREDIBLE price. I’m serious. You absolutely cannot beat the deal of this sweater. At any boutique this top would be almost triple the price. I love the sage color and cable knit fabric. I’m also in love with the cut out back. I think it’s very business in the front, party in the back! You’ll definitely love this sweater as much as I do.

Jeans: Gap Factory | Sunnies: Rue 21 | Earrings: It’s Fashion Metro | Booties: DibaTrue

(similar or exact items are linked below!)

Tortoise Shell Aviator Sunglasses •

Diba True Java Time (Women’s) •

Super high rise true skinny jeans •

Chunky Drop Hoop Earrings •

Cutout Back Sweater •

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Trend Alert: Caged Back Sweater

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I’ve already started shopping for cooler weather, even though it’s still pretty warm in NC. I found this sweater at Forever 21 and purchased it for its color, lightweight material, and caged back detail. It’s one of those pieces you can start wearing in the summer and easily transform it into a fall look. It’s less than $16, so it’s definitely budget friendly. I ordered a size up (medium) to have a more oversized look and just rolled the sleeves up. I love tucking in oversized tops and wearing a statement belt. I think it’s super fun! This sweater comes in three different colors, and all three are gorgeous, I am wearing the light blue.  You can shop this sweater here!

Sunglasses: Rue 21 | ring : TJMaxx | Jeans: Rugged Warehouse | Belt: Amazon

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Faith Friday – What do balloons and Jesus have in common?

I was dropping my Charlie off at his doggie daycare this morning – of course my dog goes to daycare. Doesn’t yours? I passed by a car dealership with balloons tied to the cars. I guess it’s supposed to make me want to buy a car? Kinda makes me want to go to a birthday party and eat cake. Anyway, I noticed one floating across the sky. It was being tossed in the wind across the road. Nothing too crazy. But my focus immediately stayed with that balloon.

I think Jesus would have noticed it too. Jesus was pretty keen on seeking out the one that had become separated from its home. He told the Pharisees the story of the lost sheep. He explains that if you had one hundred sheep and one went missing, you would leave the other ninety-nine to search and search for that one, and once you found it, you’d celebrate. He says all that to allude to finding you and me. Before I came to know my Jesus, He was actively searching for me. His desire was for me to know Him and build His kingdom. Thank God He loved me, the wandering balloon, rescued me and changed me. The cool thing is, since He found me, He hasn’t stopped showing me how precious I am to Him. His pursuit is continuous and His care is infinite. No matter how lost or gone anyone thinks they are. His desire is for you to come home. I’m so thankful for that! Happy Friday friends!

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