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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Favorite New Spot: MylkBar

From the adorable decor to the friendliest employees, MylkBar has quickly become my go-to spot for mani/pedis! Everything they do is eco-friendly and done in a nontoxic environment. The nail techs will work with you on unique designs until you walk away with exactly what you want. Sip on some rosé and say hi to the sweetest #girlboss Katie next time you swing by!

Brand Crush: Carolina Clothing Company

What could be better than a lifestyle brand inspired by the charming city of Charleston, SC?! Their fun and flirty tops have become my go-to style and I’m so excited to be partnering with them for an upcoming post! I’m also thinking I may need one of their cork clutches – I love the white lettering on the cork – how cute would it be if I got one that said “darling”! For now you can use my code “hellodarling10” for 10% off! Their team is awesome and one of the cutest bloggers, Abby, from Belle of the Ball, is also involved with the brand. I can’t wait to share the whole post with y’all! Be sure to check them out here!

Can’t Stop Watching: Angelica Hale

Seriously this girl gives me the goosebumps every time she opens her mouth to sing. And to think she’s only 9! I could actually listen to her on repeat…and maybe have been 🙂

Admiring: Katy Oliver

Katy is a friend from Duke, who works as her own boss as a Rodan + Fields Consultant/Ambassador and is also Mental Health Counselor. I recently asked what inspired her to start something so HUGE as becoming her own boss and wanted to share her response with y’all.

“My reason WHY keeps me focused. The reason I “open the doors” to my virtual store everyday is because I am creating a future where I am not tied to corporate America. I will get to have my cake and eat it too…be a present mom but also a focused and successful career woman. Most have to sacrifice one or the other but this opportunity is a vehicle to make both a reality. I also want to help people in meaningful ways and R+F lets me do that while making a paycheck. I never want finances to determine where we travel, where we live, or what restaurant we choose. It really is life changing skincare. Lastly, the R+F family keeps me inspired. I was an ADPi at Duke and my R+F sisters feel like an adult sorority. I don’t go a day without receiving an uplifting or encouraging message from a biz partner and we have SO much fun.” 

I so admire her determination and passion for what she does and she is a constant source of positivity for me. See what she’s up to on Instagram!

Welcome to “Hello Darling”! Since moving to Charleston and branching out with the blog on my own, I’ve felt I needed a bit of a refresh. “Just Cuz Blog” didn’t really speak to me anymore and I was feeling in bit of a rut. Charleston has so much to offer and I’ve been meeting so many incredibly talented and creative people, I wanted a name that spoke more to my personality and allowed me possibilities to take the blog further. I hope y’all like the new name and look and I’m so excited for what’s ahead! And what better way to introduce the new blog than with my first photoshoot with a local Charleston photographer!

 

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of wandering around downtown historic Charleston with the lovely Jennifer Collins. Not only is she an amazing photographer, but she’s the sweetest person and has been such a great friend to a Charleston newbie like me! When thinking about an outfit to wear, I wanted something simple and classic so that my surroundings would really be the focus of the shoot. I ended up going with this lace Brooks Brothers shirt dress, which was the perfect little number for a hot Charleston morning. We stumbled across so many charming places that it was hard to choose which photos to actually post!

 

I’ll still be tweaking things over the next few weeks to get everything looking perfect for y’all, but hope you like the new look and can’t wait to share more adventures with you!

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