Andrew Marc leather jacket

Cyber Monday was really really good to me this year. To say the least, I was on my game. I have been searching for the perfect leather jacket for what seems like years. I had very specific requirements and was unwilling to settle on any one detail. I wanted a lamb leather jacket with black hardware, an asymmetrical hem, knuckle length sleeves with no zipper, and “biker” -esque details all around. This Andrew Marc jacket from Nordstrom fit every requirement, and at 40% off retail I couldn’t ask for more.

Along with all of the above details, this particular jacket had curved seaming along the front and back giving it a curve-hugging lady like shape; something I really appreciate as a curvy girl. I am wearing a size L and the sleeves fit with ample room for sweaters and the length and shoulders fit beautifully. The sides also come equipped with adjustable straps allowing for an even tighter fit when pulled.

And, if its possible, the jacket looks even better zipped. 100% in love. Score!

1989 Vintage Chanel Flats

Andrew Marc leather jacket, Ann Taylor jeans, LOFT lace tee, Vintage Chanel flats, Zara collar (similar)

Last week I stumbled upon the holy grail of vintage Chanel. Charlotte isn’t exactly known for its consignment boutiques but when a new one popped up on my neighborhood I had to check it out. Upon walking into this teeny tiny shop, the first thing I spotted were these gold gap toed 1989 vintage Chanel flats. I wandered over to them thinking they would either be much too expensive for my budget, or not even close to my man-sized shoe size. Lo and behold, the shoes were on sale for 40% off, and were an exact 39.5 (my ideal European size). I was shocked. Stunned. And knew immediately they would be coming home with me.

The owner of the boutique is a Chanel collector herself and had these shoes fit her she would have purchased them personally. They had come into the store only days before and were in near perfect condition. Made of 100% italian leather soles and cap toes with a suede upper, these flats are simply stunning. They are the most beautiful gold, almost mustard yellow or rust color and pair well with almost everything. Unlike most Chanel flats that require some breaking in, because these particular ones are suede they are comfortable from the get-go.

These shoes were my first ever Chanel purchase and I am so incredibly in love. I can only imagine passing these along to my future daughters and explaining “these were Mommy’s first Chanel.”

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Washington, D.C. with the bests

Prior to this last weekend I had never visited Washington, D.C. While I lived in Philadelphia for four years for college, and spent many months in NYC for internships, the stars never aligned and I never made it out to our nation’s capital. A few month’s ago one of my closest friends from college moved to D.C. for work, and we determined it was the perfect place to have our bi-monthly college girlfriend meet-up. We had an absolutely amazing time galavanting around the monuments, reliving old memories of college, and capturing every last moment with each other before parting ways once more.

^My complete awe and joy in seeing the White House for the first time.

Wearing a Loft coat (similar splurge worthy style), borrowed sweater, ASOS scarf (similar), random boutique top, Levi’s jeans

Every monument was more breathtaking than the last (my personal favorite was the Lincoln memorial, made even more impactful after seeing the movie a few weeks ago).

My friends are absolutely stunning and we have such a close relationship that I cherish deeply. Seeing them only every couple of months is saddening but I know that regardless of where we end up around the country, we will always manage to get together in new and exciting cities. In other news, how preppy and gorgeously styled is my friend Olivia above?! With her Barbour jacket and J.Crew boots, she looks so D.C. chic.

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A Magical Thanksgiving in the Big Apple

Macy’s coat (similar in beautiful colors), Target scarf (similar) and shirt, Banana Republic jeans, Tory Burch sunglasses

This Thanksgiving my boyfriend and I decided to get away. We both live across the country from our families and because of work schedules and flight costs, weren’t able to make it home for the weekend. Instead of staying home alone in our cozy apartment in Charlotte, we made a spontaneous decision to fly to New York to celebrate with the crowds. We had an absolutely amazing time walking the entire city, eating at some amazing restaurants, watching the parade and shopping black Friday in SoHo.

My brother and his fiancé were so gracious to let us stay at their stunning Chelsea apartment for the weekend. One of the best features of the building is a rooftop 360 degree view of Manhattan that could take your breath away.

One of my favorite things to do every time I visit New York is stroll through Central Park. On this particular day the sun was shining, the leaves were beautiful Fall colors and people were out playing through the trees. It was magical to walk hand in hand with my love and enjoy that Thanksgiving day together.

And of course, an obligatory stop by the Thanksgiving day parade complete with Pokemon and Kungfoo Panda characters to enjoy.

Our last stop was the Brooklyn Flea Market. I have been wanting to visit this must-see attraction for years and never found the time to venture into that part of the city early enough to enjoy it. At this time of year the market is held indoors at what used to be a stunning bank. The columns inside and the low yellow glow of the lights and candles made it so warm and comfortable to walk and browse. I ended up picking up a beautiful gold necklace that I can’t wait to debut in a post soon.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours couldn’t have been more perfect.

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