Time to start your Valentine’s Day shopping!

 

Whether you are celebrating with a significant other, or just your family and friends, it’s a holiday all about love! I’ve never been a huge Valentine’s day person, but I’m all about gift giving. When I came across JORD watches, I knew their classic and elegant timepieces would make for a perfect Valentine’s Day gift.  The fact that it can be personalized adds another layer of uniqueness onto an already special gift! As Reese Witherspoon says, “If it’s not moving, monogram it!” 🙂

Whether it’s for you or a loved one, definitely check out JORD’s selection of unique men’s and women’s watches.  The one I’m wearing here is the Frankie Zebrawood & Champagne – I love how feminine, yet timeless it is. The neutral color makes it easy to pair with any outfit, day or night! I decided to go with a style that had a slightly bigger face to see if I liked it on myself (I’ve been a fan of it on other people for a while now) and I have to say I think it really suits me! They also have a great selection of men’s watches!

I’ve also teamed up with the fabulous JORD team to giveaway a $100 gift card to one of my lucky readers! Even if you don’t receive the grand prize, all entrants receive 10% off future JORD purchases – so everyone is a winner! You can enter HERE for a chance to win.

It’s the perfect gift to share your love with those around you, as a piece they will cherish forever!

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I’ve always admired J.Mclaughlin. From timeless looks and classic silhouettes to bold, resort prints, this a brand that truly has it all. I was so excited to work with them on styling an entire outfit from their most recent collection! Hope you enjoy!

This bag was the first piece to catch my eye and is what I styled the rest of the outfit around. I knew it would be the perfect clutch for spring and summer and it’s a great companion to my favorite J.Mclaughlin bag from last year! It’s actually a lot bigger on the inside than it seems and can hold the perfect amount for a walk through downtown or a night out with girlfriends.

I love the cut of these pants – they are so sliming and yet so comfortable. The zippers on the side are the perfect touch. And this cashmere cardigan is EVERYTHING – seriously one of the softest sweaters I’ve ever owned. This is definitely an item that will be on repeat all season. When it came to a shirt, I originally gravitated towards the Durham top for its name – go Duke! But I really do love the simple ruffle detail along the neckline. It’s so flattering and gives a simple white tank a feminine and romantic touch. The material is also AMAZING and extra soft. Lastly, I know that these raffia heels will be a staple once it gets a tad warmer out – they are just so beautiful!

It was truly a dream come true to be able to put together an outfit with J.Mclaughlin! Thank you so much to their lovely team for this opportunity.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve learned that there are a few pieces in my closet I continue to reach for as the temperature gets cooler. Fall to me, means flannel, boots, sweaters, vests, and my tried and true Barbour Jacket. Of course there are other pieces I love to throw in from time to time, but the below are definitely my fall staples. This is how I styled my fall looks last year and I cannot wait to show you how things change living in SC! Take and look and let me know what you cannot live without this fall season!

 

Flannel // Vest // Boots

 

Shirt (old) // Pants

 

Jacket // Sweater // Boots // Dog Jacket

 

Flannel (Old KJP) // Dog Bandana

 

Moving to a new city can be tough, but it makes it a whole lot easier if you come prepared with the essentials! See below for my must-haves when moving into a new place!

Photos of Friends and Family

To me, a home isn’t a home, without your loved ones. Since I couldn’t physically bring all my family and friends down to Charleston with me (believe me, I tried), photos were the next best thing. I’m actually lucky to have such amazing friends that they gifted me a digital frame at my going away party – it was even pre-stocked with photos of all of us!

Bar Cart

Making friends in a new city can be hard, but a good way to meet people is through entertaining! You can never go wrong as a hostess if you have a bar cart – mine is always stocked with fun little nick-nacks and candy and is also a great place to sneak in some more photos!

New mattress, sheets and pillows

You know that amazing feeling of snuggling up in warm sheets straight from the dryer? That’s how I wanted my new bed to feel all the time. I knew it was time for an upgrade, as I had been sleeping on the same mattress since high school. Instead of lugging and trying to pivot a full sized mattress into my new apt (any FRIENDS fans?) I was so happy to discover Casper! Not only are their mattresses extremely comfortable, but they come delivered in a box! Anything that makes my move slightly more manageable gets a star from me – everything about the mattress process was so easy and Duke and I are so happy with our choice!

Dog bed

Although admitedly Duke sleeps with me, during the day he really enjoys nestling into his dog bed when I’m at work. Just as we need to feel comfortable in our new home, so do our pets. Giving Duke his own space and own bed makes him feel like this new place is his home too.

Vanity/Desk

As a blogger, it’s important for me to have a place to work, write, edit photos, etc. Since this apartment was going to be bigger than the one I had in NYC, I knew I wanted to invest in a place to work that wasn’t just my kitchen table. I came across a desk with a vanity mirror and outlet built right in and it was a blogger’s dream! I seriously do everything at this desk now – my makeup, my posts, it’s so perfect!

Candles

Now this may not be a necessity for everyone, but with the stress of moving to a new place, candles are my go-to for calming me down. I love to have them burning throughout the day (when I’m home of course) and then switch to some relaxing scents right before I go to bed. It just makes the whole apartment feel cozy and more homey to me!

Disclaimer: This post was made in partnership with Casper. No compensation or merchandise was given. All opinions are my own. 

Hey y’all! I’m so excited about this post because I get to partner with Carolina Clothing Company! I’ve been a fan of theirs for a while now and when I received this pink ruffle top, I couldn’t wait to put it on and run around my beautiful city of Charleston – coincidentally, the inspiration behind the brand! The top paired perfectly with white jeans and my Jacks and was the perfect shirt for staying cool in the Charleston heat (even during this 8am morning shoot!) What is even greater about this top is that it can be worn 3 different ways – off-the-shoulder (as I did here), one-shoulder or strapless – the possibilities are endless! I can’t wait to wear it all season long.

Thanks so much Carolina Clothing Company!

 

Use my code “hellodarling10” for 10% off at Carolina Clothing Company!

 

 

All photos by the lovely and talented Jennifer Collins

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