Truly Yours, A.: November 2015

A FASHION & LIFESTYLE BLOG

Book Review - Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving with your family and friends! My latest read is from Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling!) and his (her?) latest installment in the Cormoran Strike series, Career of Evil. I have to tell you that I've been waiting for this book ever since I finished the last two, Cuckoo's Calling and The Silkworm. I also have to admit that I forgot that it came out and rushed to Barnes & Noble as soon as I could to get a copy. I don't own too many physical copies of books, but this series is worth going out and buying. Keep reading to see my final thoughts on this book!

An honest book review of Robert Galbraith's Career of Evil, the third book in the Cormoran Strike series.
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Save vs Splurge - Duck Boots

A save vs splurge comparison post featuring duck boots from Sperry Topsider and Steven Madden.
This week's Save vs Splurge is all about those duck boots you're seeing all over Instagram and Pinterest. They're a great alternative to the LL Bean boots that are always backordered around this time of year. They're also the perfect boot for rain or snow because of their durable materials. I own a pair from Sperry Top-Sider and I love them for rainy days and I can't wait to wear them when the snow hits the ground. I'll be comparing a pair from Sperry Top-Sider with a pair from Steve Madden. Keep reading to see if my favorite boots hold up against the competition!

In vs. Out - A Link-Up with Because I Said So


IN

Home decor DIYs
The Holidays!
Bath & Body Works Candles (especially Black Tie)
More free time = more time to work out!
Canva

OUT

Halloween
Black Friday shopping (I'm already over it)
Gaining weight


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Rocksbox Set #3

It's been awhile since my last Rocksbox set reveal, but I knew I had to share this one! My stylist KILLED it this time around and I couldn't believe what she sent me. Keep reading to see what I got and what I'll be keeping from this box!

A Rocksbox reveal featuring Kendra Scott, Melinda Maria, and House of Harlow 1960.

Holiday Outfit Series - Day 5: Be Thankful

It's the last day of my Holiday Outfit Series! Here's a quick recap in case you missed it:



I'm so proud of myself for actually committing to this week and finishing it. Thank you to everybody who has visited the blog this week! I'm truly thankful for each and every one of you. I hope you guys have plenty of inspiration for outfits to wear this Thanksgiving and maybe the rest of the fall. Today's look is super simple so keep reading to see what it is!

Holiday Outfit Series - Day 4: Keep It Casual

It's Day 4 of the Holiday Outfit Series. (1 more to go, sob!) If you haven't seen the previous outfits from this week you can check them out here. Today is all about keeping it casual because at the end of the day Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family and remembering all the little things we're thankful for. This year I'm thankful for my awesome family and everything we do to support each other. Keep reading to see my casual outfit for spending time with family!

An outfit post featuring J. Crew Factory vest, Kendra Scott jewelry, and riding boots.

An outfit post featuring J. Crew Factory vest, Kendra Scott jewelry, and riding boots.

An outfit post featuring J. Crew Factory vest, Kendra Scott jewelry, and riding boots.

An outfit post featuring J. Crew Factory vest, Kendra Scott jewelry, and riding boots.

An outfit post featuring J. Crew Factory vest, Kendra Scott jewelry, and riding boots.

An outfit post featuring J. Crew Factory vest, Kendra Scott jewelry, and riding boots.

This shirt from Fashion Forward Boutique is so soft I could sleep in it. It has the cutest suede-like patches on the elbows that are right on trend. This is my 3rd look this week featuring a vest, but I couldn't resist this beauty from J. Crew Factory. (It was only $58 during their Friends & Family sale!) All the jewelry is from my latest Rocksbox and I'm seriously considering buying all 3 pieces. I love them all that much!

What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments below! Happy Thursday!

Holiday Outfit Series - Day 3: School Spirit

I hope you guys enjoyed yesterday's Edgy Friendsgiving outfit and Monday's Traveling Thanksgiving look (If you haven't seen them definitely check them out!). Today's outfit is all about school spirit! If you're coming home from your first or even last year away at college, why not show a little school spirit?

An outfit inspiration post featuring a VCU shirt from Victoria's Secret PINK, boyfriend jeans, and Roshe Run One.

An outfit inspiration post featuring a VCU shirt from Victoria's Secret PINK, boyfriend jeans, and Roshe Run One.

An outfit inspiration post featuring a VCU shirt from Victoria's Secret PINK, boyfriend jeans, and Roshe Run One.

I received these House of Harlow 1960 Meteora earrings and Melinda Maria Cade Pave ring in my latest Rocksbox set. They're the perfect gold accessories for this easy game day look! Check the blog next week for my full review of all the items I received.

An outfit inspiration post featuring a VCU shirt from Victoria's Secret PINK, boyfriend jeans, and Roshe Run One.

An outfit inspiration post featuring a VCU shirt from Victoria's Secret PINK, boyfriend jeans, and Roshe Run One.

An outfit inspiration post featuring a VCU shirt from Victoria's Secret PINK, boyfriend jeans, and Roshe Run One.

An outfit inspiration post featuring a VCU shirt from Victoria's Secret PINK, boyfriend jeans, and Roshe Run One.

In case you didn't know, I attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for college and it was an awesome opportunity that I wouldn't trade for anything. I love to represent the school everywhere I go so I can't resist anything black or gold. I spotted this top at Victoria's Secret and I knew I had to have it! I love the sparkle on the letters; it adds the perfect girly touch to this super soft long sleeve tee. I added my favorite boyfriend jeans and my all-time favorite Roshe Runs for a laid back look that's perfect for going to the Siegel Center for Saturday's game versus ODU. Go Rams!

Have a great Wednesday, guys!


Holiday Outfit Series - Day 2: An Edgy Friendsgiving

Welcome to Day 2 of the Holiday Outfit Series! Yesterday's post on a Traveling Thanksgiving was all about comfort. Today is about looking like a rockstar while attending a cozy Friendsgiving. I'm so proud of this look because I kinda came up with it at the last minute and I think it looks fabulous. I'm a huge procrastinator and I do my best work under pressure haha.

A holiday outfit inspiration post featuring a buffalo plaid shirt, herringbone vest, black pants and black booties.

A holiday outfit inspiration post featuring a buffalo plaid shirt, herringbone vest, black pants and black booties.

A holiday outfit inspiration post featuring a buffalo plaid shirt, herringbone vest, black pants and black booties.

A holiday outfit inspiration post featuring a buffalo plaid shirt, herringbone vest, black pants and black booties.

A holiday outfit inspiration post featuring a buffalo plaid shirt, herringbone vest, black pants and black booties.

A holiday outfit inspiration post featuring a buffalo plaid shirt, herringbone vest, black pants and black booties.

Last year my friends hosted our first annual Friendsgiving and it was so much fun! It was a potluck and everyone brought a dish and we sat around and talked and played Cards Against Humanity. This year is my turn to host and I'm super excited to have all my friends over for a party. Today's outfit is a bit like my group of friends - edgy, preppy, and stylish! The buffalo plaid and herringbone vest seemed like an easy way to introduce pattern mixing and I decided to keep the bottom simple with all black. I think this outfit would also be nice with a pair Timberland boots and a beanie for a bit of masculine edge. What would you wear to a Friendsgiving party with all your closest pals? Leave your answers in the comments below!

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Holiday Outfit Series - Day 1: A Traveling Thanksgiving

Every day this week I'll be sharing outfits inspired by Thanksgiving! Its my first time trying something like this so I'm super excited to share all of my outfit ideas with you. Make sure you check back everyday this week for an outfit suitable for any Thanksgiving activity!







Since I've moved I have to travel about 2 hours to get home for Thanksgiving, which isn't terrible if I leave the night before or super early in the morning. I love to make playlists for the drive and jam out as I zoom down I-95 South. I also love to be comfortable which is why I chose this dress! It's so stretchy and soft and perfect for sitting in a car for long periods of time. It's a little drapey and oversized around the middle, great for stuffing yourself with delicious food and still looking great. If you're worried about it being extra chilly, a cute peacoat and tights would also look great with this. What's your favorite outfit for traveling? Tell me in the comments below and have a great Monday!
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Truly My Way - Week 12: Top Blogging Apps

A blogging post about the top blogging apps for bloggers on the go.

Truly My Way is back! In case this is your first time reading this Truly My Way is a way for me to document my "adventures" in blogging. I've talked about using StumbleUpon, scheduling content, and increasing Instagram traffic. I can honestly say I've missed concentrating on one aspect of blogging per week, but in order to grow multitasking is a must! Here are my favorite blogging apps that help me do just that!

Save vs Splurge - Puffer Vests

Save vs Splurge - Puffer Vests | Truly Yours, A. | A save vs splurge comparison post for puffer vests featuring an option from J. Crew Factory and one from Old Navy.
I've officially deemed Sundays as Save vs Splurge Sundays! That means a new Save vs Splurge post every Sunday PLUS a Truly My Way post!! If you couldn't tell about by the amount of exclamation points I'm super excited about all the new content coming to the blog. In fact, I'll be starting an awesome new series tomorrow so check back then to see what it is!

This week's Save vs Splurge is all about puffer vests! They provide just the right amount of extra warmth when you don't want to wear a jacket or coat. I love layering them over flannels, sweatshirts and long sleeve tees when I can't be bothered to decide on outerwear. I'll be comparing two great options, one from J. Crew Factory and the other from Old Navy. Keep reading to see my top pick!

Fall Camo

Fall Camo | Truly Yours, A. - An outfit post featuring a camo t-shirt, denim shirt, black pants and brown moto boots.

Fall Camo | Truly Yours, A. - An outfit post featuring a camo t-shirt, denim shirt, black pants and brown moto boots.

Fall Camo | Truly Yours, A. - An outfit post featuring a camo t-shirt, denim shirt, black pants and brown moto boots.

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Fall Camo | Truly Yours, A. - An outfit post featuring a camo t-shirt, denim shirt, black pants and brown moto boots.

Fall Camo | Truly Yours, A. - An outfit post featuring a camo t-shirt, denim shirt, black pants and brown moto boots.

Fall Camo | Truly Yours, A. - An outfit post featuring a camo t-shirt, denim shirt, black pants and brown moto boots.

Fall Camo | Truly Yours, A. - An outfit post featuring a camo t-shirt, denim shirt, black pants and brown moto boots.

I never thought camo would be a staple for me, but living in the South almost means it has to be! This camo t-shirt goes with almost everything and I find myself reaching for it more often than not (Don't believe me? Just check out my Crazy for Camo post!). It seemed like a no-brainer to layer my favorite chambray shirt over it and throw on a pair of black pants. My black flower statement necklace makes another fall appearance. I think it's easily become one of my favorite jewelry pieces this season! What print has become an expected staple in your closet this fall? Leave your answers in the comments below!

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