New City, No Friends (yet)

 

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When I said that I would have some time alone with my thoughts, that’s exactly what I’m getting. Without knowing anyone here, I’ve got lots of time to myself. I’m trying to keep myself busy, knowing that as soon as I have some friends, I’ll feel more like a local.

Confession: I’ve lived in Philadelphia for almost 10 years, yet I still have absolutely no idea where I’m going. I mean, I recognize things and locations, but I still need a GPS to get me everywhere.

My mission in Chucktown (that’s for you, Dad) is to learn this city and figure out how to get around without relying too much on my GPS. When my Dad and Other Mother 🙂 stayed downtown in April, we walked everywhere and just that one week here really helped me to feel comfortable coming down this time. I’ve been walking everywhere and am starting to know where I am! Downtown Charleston is pretty small and so it’s getting easier everyday.

Here’s what I wore yesterday while strolling around downtown:IMG_9719Ruffle Top: Ann Taylor LOFT Outlet

Striped Green Skirt: Greene Street Consignment (and then tailored, of course!)

Striped Navy Cross-Body: Francesca’s, a birthday present courtesy of Iron Man specifically for my Big Trip!

These lovelies are from a shop called Alexandra AD, which sells beautiful French antiques.


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This lovely campaign chest was over $9,000 and spotted in David Skinner Antiques & Period Lighting. The rest of the lighting was in the same shop.

IMG_9721 IMG_9720This fab ship chandelier reminds me of the one featured in Lilly Bunn’s beautiful apartment. As my lovely friend, Elise, would say, “swoon” 🙂

Finally, you KNOW I couldn’t go shopping without trying a few things on…This super cute dress was from Vestique. SO cute, right? It was a tiny bit short, so some minor alterations would need to occur, but that doesn’t usually deter me, since I’m a big fan of tailors!IMG_9728

Then later on, I quickly walked through the Charleston Home Show, which ended up being a bust…the good part was that it was a 5 minute walk from my apartment. Here’s what I wore for my short stint there…

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Dress: Japna via TJ Maxx

Black Clutch: Charming Charlie (originally $22, but purchased with a 10% off coupon from a previous purchase!)

Earrings: Target

Today, I went to Folly Beach! It was really easy to drive there, but surprisingly much harder to find your car when you’re ready to go home…After a minor freak-out (cue massive sweating episode and wishing I had “dropped a pin” on my iPhone…), I found a very nice man driving a buggy wearing a Folly Beach County Park t-shirt who literally drove around all of the side roads to find my car for me. He was so thorough, I thought he drove away and wasn’t going to come back! But, he found my car and I sat inside with the AC turned up, petting the steering wheel and telling her I’d never lose her again…

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Who knows what tomorrow will bring!

*Disclaimer: So many wonderful people have reached out to me saying that they have a friend here, or have put their friends in touch with me. I truly appreciate everyone’s efforts to help me socialize and acclimate to a new city. I feel so loved!

What I Wore: Late Summer

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White Tee: J Crew Factory

Coral Clare Cardigan: J Crew Factory

Necklace: J Crew Factory

Dark Denim: Van Heusen Outlet

Blossom Sandals: BCBG via J Crew

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Black Zipper Dress: American Apparel via Once Worn Consignment

Camel Cardigan: C Wonder Outlet

Necklace: Ann Taylor LOFT Outlet

Suede Camel Boots: Nine West Outlet

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Grey Tee: J Crew Factory

Pinstripe Pants: Express Outlet, Editor Pants

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Scalloped Blue Dress: City Studio via Macy’s

Mustard Cardigan: Banana Republic Factory

Beaded Necklace: Francesca’s

Leopard Sling-backs: Anne Klein via Greene Street Consignment

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White Peplum Top: Ann Taylor LOFT Factory

White Lace Tank: White House Black Market

Lavender Clare Cardigan: J Crew Factory

Necklace: J Crew Factory

Dark Denim: Charlotte Russe

Black Beaded Sandals: Naughty Monkey via Once Worn Consignment

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Taupe Blouse: Ann Taylor Outlet

Draped Black Pants: Joe B via Kohl’s

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Black A-Line Dress: Romeo + Juliet via TJ Maxx

Necklace: J Crew Factory

Sandals: Unisa via Marshall’s

What I Wore: New School Year!

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Now that the school year has started, it was time to step things up a little bit. I have to admit, I was getting excited about Back-to-School Shopping. Especially when you can get deals like the ones I got from Once Worn. This is the perfect time of year for clothes. The summer is dwindling, but it’s still warm, so skirts and short-sleeves are comfortable, but you can still get away with the occasional jeans and t-shirt, or my absolute fav, shorts and a long-sleeve top 🙂 IMG_4087

Polka-Dotted Blouse: This sweet Peter Pan collared blouse was from Kohl’s on clearance a few month ago

Black Pencil Skirt: Ann Taylor via Once Worn Consignment

Black Beaded Sandals: Naughty Monkey via Once Worn Consignment

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Glasses: Ralph Lauren RA 7044 in 1143 Spotted Pink

Ikat Blazer: Charlotte Russe

Ruffle Blouse: Ann Taylor LOFT Factory

Pencil Skirt: Charlotte Russe

Teal Heels: Nine West Factory

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White Peplum Top: Ann Taylor Factory

Pearls: Charming Charlie

Polka Dotted Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT Factory

Navy Heels: Lifestride via DSW

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First Day of School!

Ciao Tee: J Crew Factory (my obvious choice to welcome in my class)

Crystal Necklace: Olive + Piper, Anastasia Floral Bib Necklace

Black Pencil Skirt: Ann Taylor via Once Worn Consignment

Leopard Hide Peep Toes: Anne Klein via Greene Street Consignment

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Black Cotton Zipper Sheath Dress: American Apparel via Once Worn Consignment

Double Gold Chain Necklace: gift! via Dynamite, similar This actually came with several individual strands that can be worn together or separately. Theres one that’s even hot pink 🙂 You can see where I wore it with it’s shorter chain friend later on in the week

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Coral Cardi: Clare Cardigan, J Crew Factory

Floral Blouse: Express

Beaded Necklace: Francesca’s (it’s new! they were having a crazy sale, where I swiped it for $10) I will be wearing this next week, so I’ll take a close-up shot

Green Skirt: Banana Republic Factory

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Striped Peplum Top: Silence + Noise via Once Worn Consignment. See how cute it looks once its on?

Black Pencil Skirt: Express

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Black Skater Dress: Romeo + Juliet via TJ Maxx

Leopard Necklace: J Crew Factory

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Cream Cardi: Target

Cream Satin Trimmed Tee: Banana Republic Factory

Nautical Striped Silky Skirt: H&M via Once Worn Consignment

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Taupe Drapey Blouse: Ann Taylor Factory

Black Wide Leg Pants: Joe by Joe B via Kohl’s

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Oh! Hello again, white peplum from Ann Taylor Factory!

Lavender Cardi: Clare Cardigan, J Crew Factory

Necklace: J crew Factory

Dark Zip Leg Denim: Charlotte Russe

Black Beaded Sandals: Naughty Monkey via Once Worn Consignment

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Navy Rolled Sleeve Tee: gift! via J Crew Factory

Gold Chains: gift! via Dynamite, similar

Medium Stretch Denim: CAbi Outlet

Brown Sandals: TJ Maxx

What I Wore: July-August 2015

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Slouchy Lounge Tee: Aerie

Blue Pants: Target

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Asymmetrical Graphic Dot Blouse: Ann Taylor LOFT Factory

IMG_4062Watercolor Floral Dress: Lily Rose, Kohl’s (Juniors)

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Floral Sketch Blouse: Express

Jogging Pants: Aerie

Blossom Shoes: BCBG via TJ Maxx

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We had an “Inaugural Ball” event at work celebrating the Grand Opening of our Washington Building, so I thought it was appropriate to wear this flashy dress. Obviously if it was a real ball, I would have wanted this in a mermaid gown 🙂

Silver Sequin Shift Dress: Forever21…so so old!

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Isn’t this asymmetrical peplum so darn cute?! The fabric is heavier, so it gives a lovely silhouette. I know peplum’s aren’t new, but I’m having a slight obsession this summer. I can’t get enough!

Black Peplum Top: Bebe via Greene Street Consignment

Leopard Sling-backs: Anne Klein via Greene Street Consignment

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Striped Skirt: H&M Outlet

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This photo makes this look a little frumpy, but in real life, it looked beach-sophisticated…I think…

Maxi Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT Factory
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All of the colors in this watercolor blouse makes it go with so many skirts. I love versatility 🙂

Watercolor Blouse: Ann Taylor Factory

Red Pencil Skirt: Target

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I love this dress, so pretty and so easy. I especially love the hint of lavender, which is made better when paired with my lilac Clare Cardi from J Crew Factory.

Watercolor Floral Stretch Dress: , Kohl’s (Juniors)

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I just LOVE this new blazer. So chic, so cheap!!!

Black Drape Blazer: Jessica Simpson via Greene Street Consignment

Striped High-Lo Top: H.I.P., Nordstrom (Juniors)

Ankle Pants: Target (sadly, these are the only black pants that I’m squeezing into lately…)

Strappy Shoes: Calvin Klein via Marshall’s

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See what I mean about the peplum…in love ❤

Peplum Top: Bebe

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This layered set of chain necklaces were a birthday gift from my beautiful friend Aisling and her sister Deirdre. Thanks, Girls! And these lightweight draped pants are the perfect bottoms for pairing with slimmer fitting tops and growing thighs 🙂

Chains: Dynamite

Drapey Pants: JOE B, Kohl’s (Juniors)

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Striped Wrap Top: Ann Taylor Factory

Tomato Red A-Line Skirt: Banana Republic Factory

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I just wore this last night to my cousin’s wedding! Don’t worry, I wore heels (not the ones in the background…) This was taken after I got home!

Black Swingy Dress: Express

Necklace: J Crew Factory. Thanks, Ash!

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I just wore this sassy romper to brunch today with my darling friend, Sarah. It’s been sitting in my closet for years and today felt like the perfect summer day to take it for a spin.

Leopard Romper: Charlotte Russe, so so old!

Black Belt: from another dress…

*Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming post about the adventure that us “Sarahs” got ourselves into after brunch. Hint: It includes shopping!