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    Good Sunnies & Mom Jeans

    Hii loves!

    So if you’re following me on IG, you know that yesterday was a Monday that I cannot complain about.  I started a new full time job doing something I really enjoy (as a Social Media & Marketing Coordinator for a company here in Charlotte), I was a guest on the Style Collective Becoming Fearless Podcast, and I am just two days from moving into my new place!!  I CAN.NOT.WAIT!!!  I will def be updating y’all via IG stories (@tayloringstyle) and on Snap (tayloringstyle) throughout the whole moving process on Wednesday afternoon so don’t miss out!

    Going back to the podcast episode real quick – it was so awesome to be apart of this episode with two other amazing women out in the blogging community.  If you missed the episode, make sure you check it out & I’d love to hear your thoughts after!  You can listen to the episode here and check out the show notes and follow all of us here.

    I am so pumped about being back in Charlotte & about starting a new chapter.  This is the feeling and moment I’ve been sort of waiting for the past couple of months.  Although I’ve been doing what I love & enjoying the downtime in Kernersville, it really does feel great to, as they say, ‘be back in the swing of things’.  I do want y’all to know that my blog is not going anywhere.  It is still my passion and I will most definitely continue to provide the best content + styling advice/ideas/etc., that I can.  I have come so far and I have y’all to thank for that.  Your support means the world to me!  Honestly, I planned on only putting out maybe one post this week just with everything going on I didn’t want to just publish a post just to post it, but I wanted to give y’all a little update + assure you that Tayloringstyle isn’t going anywhere!

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    I also had to share these two-toned Vestique Mom jeans.  They are high-waisted and a two-tone dream.  I like them with a top like this or with a white v-neck orrr a silk wrap shirt for a little fancier look.

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    I also recently shared these sunnies from DIFFeyewear over on IG.  They have polarized lenses (which I loveee) and they are so fun and a great size.  When you purchase a pair, they donate a pair of reading glasses to someone in need.  These glasses are seriously great quality for the price & they have a ton of different styles.  Head over to DIFFeyewear and use the code TAYLORING25 for 25% off!  Then let me know what you think!  PS – I’m wearing the Zoey style.

    This was definitely a shorter post, but I hope you found it sweet 🙂 and still informative!  I know I still owe y’all a post on fall accessories and one on the vitamins & supplements that I take – coming soon y’all, coming soon!  Stay tuned for these two posts + be sure to follow along with me this week on IG & Snap as I move into my new place!  Oh and some of you have asked where Boomer was the other day in my stories when I was moving back.  He is coming with me, don’t worry!!  He is just coming down with my Mom on Wednesday.  I am staying with a friend until then and I just didn’t want to have to move him around that much in like 2 days so we will be reunited on Wednesday.  Can’t wait!! <3

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    Hope y’all have a great week and see ya soon!

     

    Xo,

    Erika

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    NYFW Recap

    Y’all!  Hi!  I feel like it’s been forever.  I am just now honestly starting to feel refreshed & normal again after NYFW.  NYFW was ah-maz-zing!!  I only had two full days out of the week, but they were two great days packed full of all things fashion week.  For my first NYFW, having just two days was a nice way to dip my toes in.

    (PS – full disclosure, some of these pics are from my phone, so they make look a little different quality-wise.  Sorry ’bout it).

     

    The first day I arrived in NYC and went to the hotel to drop my things off.  There I met up with my blogger loves & roomies for the weekend – Alyssa (ahintofhazel), Alexis (IG: @alifeofclarity), and later to the party, Lauren (laurenschwaiger).  Soon after arriving, Alyssa, Alexis, & I went to my first NYFW presentation put on by the New York School of Design.

    The designers here were students (except for the guy you see pictured above) and their work was amazing.  Seriously SO talented.  After the NYSD presentation, we went and snapped some photos down the street in our OOTD.

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    I am obsessed with this skort from Vestique.  It also comes in suede and so I grabbed it in the Olive Suede as well.  Too cute to pass up.  This top is from T.J. Maxx, but I’ve linked some similar ones that I like at the bottom of this post!

    Next was the WWD Samsung Panel on Fashion Creators, Makers & Doers in the Social Media Age with WWD’s Digital Director Sophia Chabbott, Olivia Culpo, Jasmine Sanders, and Aureta.  This panel was so awesome to sit in on.  There were talks of style trends, how to stay true to yourself, make a positive influence and so much more!  I learned so much.

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    Later that night, Lauren and I went to a little Maskcara get together to learn about their makeup, which was amazing!  Y’all know I love my Beautycounter, but I also really like this stuff too and it is also pretty clean makeup.  We then went to dinner with some other Style Collective girls to 5 Napkin Burger.  It was SO good!!  My girl Jess (IG: @jesskatt123) and I split a turkey burger and some fries.  SO yum!  Between 7 girls we split 3 appetizers: Avocado hummus (my personal fave), Nachos, and Cheese fries.  So yikes, but so delish.  After all this + a little rojo wine, the words pillow and bed never sounded so good.

    At the start of day two, we were on a mission for some coffee so we went to Gregory’s.  That mission soon led to a few errands, one in particular, Zara.  Lauren needed a better bag and I had never been so we thought why not?!  I am definitely a fan!  Next thing we knew we were rushing back to the hotel to get ready for a 12pm Galtiscopio show.

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    We were running a few minutes behind and unfortunately didn’t get into the show so we met up with some other SC girls and took some photos and grabbed a quick bite to eat before our next show at 3 pm, Vaishali.  I was loving my OOTD for this day because it was simple yet had a little somethin’ somethin’ with the floral and flared crop jeans.  This is the same day I BUSTED it.  I was too busy Snappin’ and bam, I tripped over a curb.  I was okay.  Best part is I actually managed to hold my finger down and snap the whole thing.  Impressive, eh?

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    We learned our lesson from the 12 pm show and go to the 3 pm show V early and were able to get in!  Our assigned seats were “Standing”, but we were able to sit on the 3rd row, which was pretty awesome!  The music was so cool and all of the models looked gorgeous, of course!

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    After the Vaishali show, a few of us ventured to the Sam Edelman Lifestyle Collection Premiere event.  SO fun!  They have some serious cute PJs coming out that I cannot wait to get my hands on.  We were able to sip on champs and get our hair done by GlamSquad.

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    Next up we had the Cindy Monteiro show.  Again, got there early enough to make it in and this time on the third row.  Movin’. On. Up.

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    I loved all of the designs literally in every show.  Everything was so gorgeous!  I also wish I could have a soundtrack from the shows, music game was one hundy.  These designers are so talented & I am so glad and thankful that I was able to attend their shows!

    Next up we had the Style Collective NYFW party!  The rose was flowing, jams were playing, and all of the SC girls were mingling.

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    I was obsessed with this top from Zara and I thought it was a nice combined with my tulle skirt from Target.  I topped it off with some fab boots from Sam Edelman.

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    Unfortunately most of my pics from the SC event were Snap & IG stories, or were just awful quality on my phone ha, sorry y’all!

    After the SC event, we went to a late dinner with a few ladies at Dos Caminos, it was pretty good!  Their guac is now in my top 5 AND it was even a little spicy (if you know me you know that I am not a fan of spicy so this is big for me).

    Anyway on Saturday morning, we got up and Lauren and I ventured to get some coffee at Joe & the Juice before I left them to go to Brooklyn.

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    So after coffee, I made my way to Brooklyn to visit one of my besties from home, Ginny.

    OOTD #1:

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    OOTD #2:

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    We grabbed a late brunch at Berry Park, walked around Brooklyn, went to Smorgasburg and took some touristy pics during the day.

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    (I am obsessed with walls like you see above + these apartment buildings below).

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    Later that night we had some drinks on her rooftop then ordered some NY ‘za and went to a few bars around Bushwick.

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    I wish my flight wasn’t so early on Sunday so we could have spent some more time out, but I had a great time!  Overall y’all, this trip was seriously so great!!  I still can’t believe I went and experienced everything that I did.  It still seems surreal to me.  I am so so grateful that I had the opportunity to go & see all the shows I was able to + just experience all the things in that great city.  I really hope that I get to go back next year!

    If you are wondering if you could even have the opportunity to go to NYFW, I say go for it.  You never know until you try it.  I made it a goal to go this year, and I did.  You can too!  You can absolutely reach out to me if you have questions and/or you can check out Style Collective to find out some more info and chat w/ other bloggers & influencers.

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    I know this is a longer post, but I really hope y’all enjoyed my recap on NYFW!  Again, I know all of the pics aren’t the best quality because they were taken on my phone, but I still hope y’all enjoyed them!  I’d love to get y’alls feedback!  Leave comments and/or questions below.  Much love!

     

    Xo,

    Erika

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    2nd Year Blogiversary

    Happy Labor Day!

    Today (and really all week hehe) I am celebrating a little more than Labor Day.  Yesterday marked the 2 year anniversary of my blog!  My blogiversary!  Wow another year down and I truly can’t believe it.  I feel like I have come so far since my blogiversary post from last year.  Not to toot my own horn, but I am pretty proud of myself.  Out of all the things in my life, this is the one thing I have been able to make a 110% commitment to in the last two years and I think that’s because I truly. love. doing. this.  I love styling outfits and sharing them with y’all and hopefully giving you a little outfit (& sometimes life) inspo.

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    In the last year, I am blessed to say that I have been able to dedicate more time to my blog (thanks to reasons you’ll see in this post from last week), worked with more brands, was able to upgrade my equipment, attend more blogging events, get to know some other amazing bloggers through Style Collective + other ways, and learned a lot about myself & the business along the way.

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    Here are 3 mottos that kept me going this 2nd year of blogging:

    1 – Stay true to yourself.  This one is sort of a two-fold step.  1A – Your beliefs, style, and stories matter.  Brands, companies, or people may approach you and make their ways of doing something look so glamorous, but that doesn’t always mean it’s the right answer for you.  If you have a weird feeling about something or don’t feel like it aligns with your values or lifestyle, chances are you shouldn’t pursue it.  1B – Sometimes you may hold back from being your true self, but why?  Some days I struggle with putting myself out there more than others.  This step is something that is still a work in progress for me, but I do feel like in the last year I have been more true to myself and I’ve seen way more positive from it than negative.

    2 – Be Persistent.  Never give up.  This is like a family motto to me.  Even my 6 year old niece says it to me sometimes.  “Never give up, E.”  I mean how could you quit after hearing this phrase out of a cutie who is only 6?  The girl is straight inspo.  In the last year (especially these last 6 months), I have been laid off from a really good job, told no from a couple brands that I reached out to, rejected from an affiliate program, but I didn’t give up.  As cheesyyy as that sounds, I kept going.  I see other bloggers getting deals with brands, boutiques, etc. and yea sometimes I wish that could already be at that level; however, I have learned to be at peace with my pace.  I have learned to keep going and to not let these bad dips in life get me down, but instead inspire me to be and do better.

    3 – Stay focused.  Keep your eye on that prize.  Revert back to step 2 and just remember why you’re doing what you’re doing.  You know that older song “everybody’s talkin’ at me, I don’t hear a word they’re saying”?  In the last year, I sometimes had a similar feeling, but I also felt like I just knew what I was doing.  I knew that my decisions didn’t always make sense to everyone else and I had to become okay with this.  Did I have panic moments where I was like “holy crap wait. what is happening?”, um yes.  If I told you no then I’d be a liar & that is not real life, but somehow more days than not I was pretty at ease and believed in what I was doing.

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    If y’all have been following me this whole time, first of all bless your heart – I love you.  Second of all, you know that I love some Drake.  I know, so #basic, but I just can’t help it.  So, in one of his songs in this past year with Gucci Mane (Both) he says “see the power of the mind is not a joke, I said that I would do it and I did.”  Well, although he is a little more hardcore than me, I couldn’t agree with the man more.  I mean how insightful of him?  Okay, anyway a year ago I said that I wanted to go to NYFW and I had it in my mind that I was going.  I just didn’t even question it.  It was one of those things that I knew I wanted and I knew I would somehow figure it out and a year later, I did it.  Yes this Thursday I fly out for NYC to attend NYFW.  The power of your mind is truly not a joke.  If you’re a rapper, blogger, teacher, realtor, sales rep, unemployed, whatever you may be doing, it’s all about your mindset.

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    PS – I am lovinggg this top so much from Bevello!  It is suede and has gorgeous detail on the front with a cute little opening in the back.  It looks great with jeans & this past Saturday I wore it with a black skirt.  Also, can we talk about these jeans for a minute?  I love the flared bottom and they are soo soft & comfy.  I’ve linked a similar look below!

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    I hope everyone has a great Labor Day Holiday!  Stay tuned over on my IG & Snapchat for stories as I get packed up and prepared for NYFW!!!!

     

    Xo,

    Erika

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    When One Door Closes…

    Hi loves –

    So I want to start this month off by being really real with y’all.  If you’ve been following me for the last few months then you know that since March I have had a lot of life changes.  I have experienced change in my career, cities, and honestly within myself.  I told you all of these things & kept you informed on the most basic level, but I didn’t really fully get into the details because I wasn’t quite ready.  Over the last two or three weeks I have gone back & forth about putting my recent journey out into the world of the web wide and finally just asked myself “why not?”.  Then this week I felt even more compelled to do so.  I started thinking, I listen to all of these other amazing stories on podcasts and read about these other peoples’ lives via their blogs, etc., so what is holding me back?  You know how sometimes you just put something off because you don’t want to re-feel some of the bad feelings or you’re scared to put yourself out there in a more vulnerable?  I guess that’s how I was feeling until recently.  Another thing that led me to feel more at ease about being more vulnerable was talking with Annie Spano, founder of Style Collective, & having a chance to actually tell my story on her podcast, Becoming Fearless.  Sure I’ve talked about my experiences a good bit, but I haven’t exactly shared all of the details with y’all, my amazing followers.  Anyway, thankfully none of these experiences of mine over the last few months were by any means traumatizing or life or death situations, but they did make for a few curve balls.  So I’m blessed to say that and even more blessed for the doors they opened.

    SO let’s take it back a few months.  This past March I was let go from my job at Google Fiber due to changes in the business.  I hadn’t been there long.  I got hired last July and then changed roles at the beginning of February.  I knew I didn’t want to do that forever and I was obviously doing my blog & social media freelancing on the side and everything was fine time management wise.  One of the worst parts is that it wasn’t just me.  There were 8 layoffs in our office and then more layoffs in other markets.  Needless to say, it was not expected and we were all very caught off guard.  Some people had just bought houses, etc.  It was terrible timing for some.  Although it was not a fun situation by any means, the 8 of us from my office were blessed that we had each other.  We would meet up at local coffee shops and job search together.  I seriously don’t know what I would have done without this group of people during this time in my life.  A week or two later after the reality set in, I had to make a decision – do I stay in Charlotte or do I move home and pursue more social media free lancing opportunities?  My lease was ending in June and I didn’t want to just take any job & be even more stressed to continue paying my rent + bills in Charlotte.  So it was a hard, hard decision, but I knew it was the right thing at the time to move back home and hit restart on my life.  Really this whole experience was a blessing in disguise and I am beyonddd grateful for my sweet & supportive parents for letting Boom and I crash on their new downsized home party.  They had finally decided to downsize and then Boomy and I are all “okay here we comeee!”, but hey it worked out for the best.  During our first couple of weeks here in Kernersville, my family dog, Leo, actually had to be put down and that was really hard on us, especially my Mom.  So I am glad it worked out timing wise for Boomer and I to be here with she and my Dad during this time as well.  The more time has gone on here, I think of how insane it is that ALL of the above and below worked out the way it has.  Prayers & patience y’all, prayers and patience.

    So at this point, I was at home in Kernersville working on my blog full time, which is what I had been dreaming to do so I was like heck yea this is awesome!  In the mean time I picked up another social media client, so I was working with two clients at the time and focusing on my blog.  I knew that if I really wanted to up my blog game that one thing I needed to do was improve my pictures on a more consistent basis.  SO thankfully I was able to get a new camera and finally some legit photo editing software on my laptop.  I was so excited!!  In addition to my new equipment, I thought this would be a perfect time for a re-brand and just like that Tayloringstyle was born.

    You know that silly saying “go big or go home”?  Well I was already home, so I figured I mine as well go big.  So I changed my blog name to Tayloringstyle, as well as my IG, Gmail, Snapchat, all the things.  Within two weeks, I had more brands contact me about collaborating then ever before.  Now, did I feel like I should just say yes to all of these opportunities?  Of course not.  I was definitely grateful for them, but I am not going to say yes to something just because.  I want all of my love for style, beauty, food, whatever it is to be 100% true.  I’m a terrible liar and I don’t like bs-ing so I am totally against putting out content to y’all that I don’t really love.  Anyway, that’s a whole other topic.  Although I didn’t say yes to all of the opportunities, this still showed me that I was doing something right and moving closer to exactly what I wanted and this was a great feeling.  At this point one of my friends who is also a blogger & a member of Style Collective (Alyssa, aka @hintofhazel) told me that she wanted to refer me to an affiliate program.  This was actually the second time I had been referred and denied.  Again.  At this point I’m like okay what is happening?  I have been working my butt off to improve my pictures & post more consistently and I’ve seen growth, what is the deal?  There was no fo to my mo.  I just felt the mo.  It sucks feeling discouraged and sometimes bouncing back is way easier said than done.  I was upset for a hot minute, then after chatting it out with Alyssa & Annie (FRFR, these girls are da bomb and always have great advice) there’s more than one way to skin a pig.  I realized that I had more to offer.  I have always had family & friends come to me for outfit advice and ask me what to wear for several occasions: dates, job interviews, weddings, GNOs, honeymoons, etc. and I love it.  I love shopping for myself, but I also love shopping for others so I then thought okay how can I make this a thing?  This is what I want to do, this is one thing that I’m really passionate about – styling & shopping for people.  This includes wardrobe clean outs, shopping in person or via social media outlets, outfit pics, me giving advice on something you ordered online & you’re trying it on for the first time and would like an opinion – basically me being the direct person someone can shoot a text, DM, or Snap to to offer style advice on the spot.  I figured sure, we all have our family & friends, but everyone is so busy, what if you need a quick opinion and they take forever to answer?  That’s when you can reach out to me and have your answer stat.  All of this led me to create Taylor Your Closet (which is now service offered via my blog – you’ll see a tab on my blog at the top on the far right).  About this same time I also officially became a consultant for Beautycounter.  I have loved their products and been using them for a couple of months now and I love their mission so I felt it was important to use my platform to show women that there are better skincare and makeup options than what you may currently be using.  Having a background and passion for Education + the opportunity to educate women on safer beauty products just made sense to me.  So I took advantage of this opportunity.  Soon after this, I had the opportunity to do a little modeling for Petal in Charlotte.  I loved how these ups in my life were going.

    In the midst of all this, I was still searching for the next full time job for me and again battling with myself about okay do I move back to Charlotte or somewhere here in the Triad area (aka- High Point, Winston-Salem, or Greensboro for all of you non-North Carolina people)?  I started applying to both cities again to see what opportunities were available in both areas.  One day it was High Point.  Then Greensboro.  Then Winston and later that same Winston day it was all of the sudden Charlotte.  I was probably driving my family & friends crazy.

    Well fast forward to now, it happened this week!  I GOT A JOB!!  A great job in Charlotte as a Social Media & Marketing Coordinator!  This was my sign.  This was my door and I’m ready to walk on through.  AND I already found a great place to live and I cannot wait to move in!! Definitely stay tuned for all the new things, I can’t wait to share them with y’all!

    So why did I randomly decide to share this with you right now?  Well since March, I have become more of a believer in two things called timing and patience than ever before.  Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve been thinking about the best way and time to really give the full deets of my ‘journey’ since March, but no time felt better than now.  The ups and downs since March led me to this point.  The fact that I have a happy ending to the end of this Kernersville chapter and a great beginning for the second chapter of my Charlotte life is the best feeling.

    If you don’t take anything away from this post today take this: life is going to throw you curve balls.  You aren’t going to get every. single. thing. you want at the drop of a hat.  Some people may look prettier than you on Instagram or have more followers.  Other people may do other things better than you.  Things change, but do you let these things get you down?  No.  Instead of dwelling on my lows over the last few months, I decided to let them inspire me and I’m telling you, this was way better than sitting around all down & out like Eeyore.  Am I telling you to suck it up and you’re a weenie if you cry over something bad that happens?  Absolutely not.  I cry.  I am quite the avid ugly crier, but the key is not to dwell and to instead figure out okay what can I take from this to get me where I want to be?  It does zero good to dwell on things, it’s wasted time and gets you no where.  I have heard all of the things above multiple times in my life, but sometimes it takes a specific set of events to really make you understand.  I am 110% okay with the fact that I got let go from my job, moved home, and worked my butt of just to be denied because it all led me to where I am now in life, which is exactly what I’ve been wanting and waiting for & it makes me even more hopeful for the future.

    I hope that this post can inspire you a little if you’re in need of that and that it gives y’all a little more insight into not only who I am as a blogger/influencer, but also as a person.

    I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below.  Thanks again for all of your support & love as followers.  It means the world to me!!

    Here’s to a great Labor Day weekend and a great month of September!

    Xo,

    Erika

     

    Ps – my whole outfit above is all from Petal. Y’all know I have been raving about all their new fall stuff, so check them out!

    Photos by: Deeana Kourtney

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    Fall Rompin’

    I hope y’all are having a great week so far!  Mine has been spent doing some NYFW preparation + visiting my sister, niece, and nephew up in Asheville and today I’m heading to Charlotte for the day.  We’re almost there, to the 3 day weekend.  I love Labor Day weekend because it’s like the official kick-off of fall.  Not scientifically, but for me it’s the first official day of college football, Stella Cidre, and real fall outfits (depending on the weather I mean you don’t want to start wearing a cable knit if it’s 75+ degrees out).  Let’s take it back a second to the Stella Cidre, for real if you enjoy a good cider beer and you haven’t had the Stella kind I strongly advise you to try it.  If you’re over 21 of course.  But it is my favorite cider.  It has the most crisp & refreshing flavor it can be dangerous, so handle with care & know your limit, but really – enjoy and let me know if you like it.  Basically I cannot wait to hang out with all my pals in Charlotte this Labor Day weekend while having some Stella Cidre & watching football.

    Moving on to this beautiful romper from Petal!  This is a perfect romp to rock on this upcoming Labor Day weekend or really for fall-like occasions such as game day, brunch, GNO, date nights, or a fun day of festivities.  It is the perfect length on me and I’m sort of a shawty at 5’2″, so even if you are a few inches taller, this would still probably be a safe length on you.

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    But really, this romper’s embroidered bell sleeves are my favorite thing about it.  Then although the neckline comes up, there is a tan sweetheart neckline liner underneath.  It would be perfect with a pair of booties or OTK boots and some simple gold hoops.

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    Just when you thought you couldn’t love this romper more, you turn around and there is the cutest slight opening on the backside.  But don’t worry, if you get chilly with the open back, you could easily throw on a denim, black leather, or neutral suede jacket over this to keep you warm!

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    If y’all love this romper, you will love all of the new fall pieces from Petal.  They get new stuff very often and their prices are super reasonable.  According to their IG (@shoppetal), they are getting close to being sold out of this romp, so grab yours up quick!

    Hope y’all have a great rest of your Wednesday!  Stay tuned for some more posts on my NYFW planning + packing and I promised y’all some more posts/stories about the supplements I take and some more clean skincare & makeup and it is in the works.  I appreciate all of you & love ya for loving me.

    Xo,

    Erika

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