Truly Yours, A.: 2016

STYLE & MOTHERHOOD FOR MILLENIAL MOMS

How I Updated My Nighttime Skincare Routine for Cooler Weather

*I received Valentia products for review purposes. I received E.L.F. products for testing purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
My skin is far from perfect, but it has certainly come a long way since I started taking better care of it. I still use all of the products listed in my How I Cleared My Acne with 4 Products post. When the seasons change it's always a good idea to update your skincare regimen. Cooler months call for more moisture and warmer months call for more SPF and lightweight products. I'm sharing my updated nighttime winter skincare routine that deeply cleanses, fights wrinkles, lightens hyperpigmentation, and keeps skin moisturized even on the coldest fall or winter days.

4 Fall Date Night Outfit Ideas

Happy Monday! I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family. I know I did! Thanksgiving always puts me in a festive mood even though all things holiday have been around since Halloween! We've still got a few weeks until it's officially winter so that means fall, and cute fall date ideas, are still in full effect. There are so still so many fall dates left before we are forced to Netflix and chill for the winter months. Today I'm sharing my top fall date outfit ideas that will make getting ready for your next outing with BAE a breeze!
Happy Monday! I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family. I know I did! Thanksgiving always puts me in a festive mood even though all things holiday have been around since Halloween! We've still got a few weeks until it's officially winter so that means fall, and cute fall date ideas, are still in full effect. There are so still so many fall dates left before we are forced to Netflix and chill for the winter months. Today I'm sharing my top fall date outfit ideas that will make getting ready for your next outing with BAE a breeze!Happy Monday! I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family. I know I did! Thanksgiving always puts me in a festive mood even though all things holiday have been around since Halloween! We've still got a few weeks until it's officially winter so that means fall, and cute fall date ideas, are still in full effect. There are so still so many fall dates left before we are forced to Netflix and chill for the winter months. Today I'm sharing my top fall date outfit ideas that will make getting ready for your next outing with BAE a breeze!

Gift Guide #2: For the Tech Fiend

We all have those friends who always seem to have the latest and greatest in tech. Whether it's the newest smartphone or camera with all the coolest features they have it and love talking your ear off about all the specs. They are the people you go to when you switch from Windows to Mac or iPhone to Android. It can be tough to buy for them since they always have the newest of the new, but my gift guide for the tech fiend in your life has presents that are sure to stun even the most tech savvy person on your Christmas list. The best part about these gifts? Most of them are under $100!

We all have those friends who always seem to have the latest and greatest in tech. Whether it's the newest smartphone or camera with all the coolest features they have it and love talking your ear off about all the specs. They are the people you go to when you switch from Windows to Mac or iPhone to Android. It can be tough to buy for them since they always have the newest of the new, but my gift guide for the tech fiend in your life has presents that are sure to stun even the most tech savvy person on your Christmas list. The best part about these gifts? Most of them are under $100!

Thanksgiving Day + Start the Week Stylish Link Up

Thanksgiving is only a few short days away and I could not be more excited! This holiday is easily my all-time favorite; I love spending time with family and looking back on the year and remembering everything I am thankful for. I still haven't finalized my Thanksgiving plans, but that doesn't mean I can't have my outfit picked out for my favorite time of the year! Lately, I have been leaning towards dresses - swing, babydoll, off the shoulder, you name and I've probably worn it in the past couple of weeks. I know a lot of people steer away from this item of clothing during this time of year because of the weather, but I'm here to tell you that you can make ANY dress work for cooler temps! Keep reading for my top tips on wearing dresses in the fall and my super comfy, yet chic Thanksgiving Day look!

How to Wear Dresses for Chilly Fall Temps: Thanksgiving is only a few short days away and I could not be more excited! This holiday is easily my all-time favorite; I love spending time with family and looking back on the year and remembering everything I am thankful for. I still haven't finalized my Thanksgiving plans, but that doesn't mean I can't have my outfit picked out for my favorite time of the year! Lately, I have been leaning towards dresses - swing, babydoll, off the shoulder, you name and I've probably worn it in the past couple of weeks. I know a lot of people steer away from this item of clothing during this time of year because of the weather, but I'm here to tell you that you can make ANY dress work for cooler temps! Keep reading for my top tips on wearing dresses in the fall and my super comfy, yet chic Thanksgiving Day look!

4 Fall Staples You Should Never Pay Full Price For

I am all about finding a great deal on quality clothing. Nothing makes me happier than a sale at LOFT or J. Crew. This is especially true for pieces that are essentially staples in my closet during this time of year. Puffer vests, boots, sweaters, and blanket scarves make up the fall uniform and buying these year after year can add up. As a fashion blogger I've learned a thing or two about saving money on essentials that are still high quality and I'm going to share all my tips and tricks to getting the best deal on that new pair of Hunter boots or Free People sweater!
I am all about finding a great deal on quality clothing. Nothing makes me happier than a sale at LOFT or J. Crew. This is especially true for pieces that are essentially staples in my closet during this time of year. Puffer vests, boots, sweaters, and blanket scarves make up the fall uniform and buying these year after year can add up. As a fashion blogger I've learned a thing or two about saving money on essentials that are still high quality and I'm going to share all my tips and tricks to getting the best deal on that new pair of Hunter boots or Free People sweater!

I am all about finding a great deal on quality clothing. Nothing makes me happier than a sale at LOFT or J. Crew. This is especially true for pieces that are essentially staples in my closet during this time of year. Puffer vests, boots, sweaters, and blanket scarves make up the fall uniform and buying these year after year can add up. As a fashion blogger I've learned a thing or two about saving money on essentials that are still high quality and I'm going to share all my tips and tricks to getting the best deal on that new pair of Hunter boots or Free People sweater!

Gift Guide #1: For the Girl Who Loves Sparkle

Happy Hump Day and welcome to my first ever gift guide on Truly Yours, A.! Today's gift guide is for the girl who's not afraid to shine and she lights up any room she walks in: the girl who loves sparkle! I've put together my top list of baubles and bling for the lady who is not afraid of the spotlight. All of these gifts are under $100 so they're perfect for sisters, best friends, co-workers, and anybody else on your gift list. Send this gift guide to the men in your life and tell them what you really want. I know I'll be showing a few of these gifts to the BF! Update: for 2017 I’ve added even more sparkle! There are tons of new gifts in the widget below!

Welcome to my first ever gift guide on Truly Yours, A.! Today's gift guide is for the girl who's not afraid to shine and she lights up any room she walks in: the girl who loves sparkle! I've put together my top list of baubles and bling for the lady who is not afraid of the spotlight. All of these gifts are under $100 so they're perfect for sisters, best friends, coworkers, and anybody else on your gift list!


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Cowgirl Chic

Happy Monday loves! I hope you guys had a great weekend filled with lots of rest and relaxation to make it through this week with ease. I know I spent a lot of time in bed, watching Netflix and planning blog content for the rest of this month. I can't wait to share my upcoming gift guides and holiday-inspired outfit posts with you all! Before we jump into those goodies, I had to share this western-inspired look I put together to work a KS Trunk Show at the 2016 Cattle Baron's Ball. Keep reading for all the details on this cowgirl chic look!

Happy Monday loves! I hope you guys had a great weekend filled with lots of rest and relaxation to make it through this week with ease. I know I spent a lot of time in bed, watching Netflix and planning blog content for the rest of this month. I can't wait to share my upcoming gift guides and holiday-inspired outfit posts with you all! Before we jump into those goodies, I had to share this western-inspired look I put together to work a KS Trunk Show at the 2016 Cattle Baron's Ball. Keep reading for all the details on this cowgirl chic look!

Fall 2016 Fashion Trends Under $100!

Fall is a great time to experiment with different trends and pieces you might not usually gravitate towards and buying new clothes can be an amazing feeling. Sometimes you want to add a few inexpensive, trendy pieces to your closet since you know you'll probably move on to a new trend in a couple months. The shopper's remorse you feel after a big purchase can often kill the high you get from retail therapy. I am a firm believer that great pieces can be found without maxing out your credit card. Of course, quality over quantity often applies to pieces that are more timeless and you'll wear season after season, but affordable fashion should never be a bad thing! If you're looking to update your fall wardrobe without breaking the bank keep reading to see my under $100 fall fashion picks!

Fall is a great time to experiment with different trends and pieces you might not usually gravitate towards and buying new clothes can be an amazing feeling. Sometimes you want to add a few inexpensive, trendy pieces to your closet since you know you'll probably move on to a new trend in a couple months. The shopper's remorse you feel after a big purchase can often kill the high you get from retail therapy. I am a firm believer that great pieces can be found without maxing out your credit card. Of course, quality over quantity often applies to pieces that are more timeless and you'll wear season after season, but affordable fashion should never be a bad thing! If you're looking to update your fall wardrobe without breaking the bank keep reading to see my under $100 fall fashion picks!

Truly A 90's Baby

The 90's and early 2000's brought us amazing music, TV shows, and fashion...what a time to be alive...Lately, I've been on a major 90's kick (my newest Spotify playlist additions are proof of this) so this outfit was a major nod to my childhood. I was only a couple of years old when the 90's rolled around, but that hasn't stopped me from reliving the good old days through my clothes. I've been so inspired by all aspects of 90's post-grunge and R&B fashion so think dark purple lipstick, destroyed denim, flannels, chokers, and lots and lots of black. If I thought I could rock combat boots and a babydoll dress I totally would! On top of showing you guys my take on 90's fashion, I'm sharing my favorite 90's songs from all genres that I've been playing on repeat!

The 90's and early 2000's brought us amazing music, TV shows, and fashion...what a time to be alive...Lately, I've been on a major 90's kick (my newest Spotify playlist additions are proof of this) so this outfit was a major nod to my childhood. I was only a couple of years old when the 90's rolled around, but that hasn't stopped me from reliving the good old days through my clothes. I've been so inspired by all aspects of 90's post-grunge and R&B fashion so think dark purple lipstick, destroyed denim, flannels, chokers, and lots and lots of black. If I thought I could rock combat boots and a babydoll dress I totally would! On top of showing you guys my take on 90's fashion, I'm sharing my favorite 90's songs from all genres that I've been playing on repeat!

Fall 2016 Colors of the Year + How to Wear Them

Fall is in full swing and we've finally pulled all the sweaters and boots to the fronts of our closets. Wearing the same shades of cream, olive, and navy can get a bit boring. Luckily, the Pantone Color Institute graced us with their top color picks for Fall 2016 fashion. "The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family. Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades. Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic." I don't know about you, but that quote from Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, inspired me to try to incorporate more color into my fall wardrobe. Today on the blog I'm sharing all 10 colors and how you can incorporate them into your existing wardrobe!
Fall is in full swing and we've finally pulled all the sweaters and boots to the fronts of our closets. Wearing the same shades of cream, olive, and navy can get a bit boring. Luckily, the Pantone Color Institute graced us with their top color picks for Fall 2016 fashion. "The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family. Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades. Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic." I don't know about you, but that quote from Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, inspired me to try to incorporate more color into my fall wardrobe. Today on the blog I'm sharing all 10 colors and how you can incorporate them into your existing wardrobe!Fall is in full swing and we've finally pulled all the sweaters and boots to the fronts of our closets. Wearing the same shades of cream, olive, and navy can get a bit boring. Luckily, the Pantone Color Institute graced us with their top color picks for Fall 2016 fashion. "The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family. Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades. Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic." I don't know about you, but that quote from Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, inspired me to try to incorporate more color into my fall wardrobe. Today on the blog I'm sharing all 10 fall colors of the year and how you can incorporate them into your existing wardrobe!

How to Mix Patterns like a Pro

I love pattern mixing because it's a great way to get more wear out of the items in your wardrobe. Fall is such an amazing time to practice pattern mixing with all the layers we wear. I've been asked a couple times "How do you know what patterns go together?" or "How can I incorporate more patterns into my wardrobe?" There is no definitive answer and most times I stumble over my words trying to find the right thing to say. I took a while to gather my thoughts on pattern mixing and I'm sharing my top tips with you today. Continue reading to see how I mix patterns like a pro!
I love pattern mixing because it's a great way to get more wear out of the items in your wardrobe. Fall is such an amazing time to practice pattern mixing with all the layers we wear. I've been asked a couple times "How do you know what patterns go together?" or "How can I incorporate more patterns into my wardrobe?" There is no definitive answer and most times I stumble over my words trying to find the right thing to say. I took a while to gather my thoughts on pattern mixing and I'm sharing my top tips with you today. Continue reading to see how I mix patterns like a pro!

My Life in 20 Questions Tag

One of my first posts was 6 Fun Facts About Me and it was so fun revealing a few fun facts about myself. Today I'm completing a modified version of the My Life in 20 Questions tag! I've also included a few of my favorite pics from my photo shoots. Continue reading to get to know more about the blogger behind Truly Yours, A.!

Get to know the blogger behind Truly Yours, A. with the My Life in 20 Questions tag!

3 Tips for Styling a LulaRoe Carly Dress for Fall

I was fortunate enough to have a LulaRoe mother/daughter team, Shannon and Meg, send me a couple of pieces to style for you guys. I have to admit I thought LulaRoe only made leggings, but they have so many amazing pieces for all types of women. I've already worn this beautiful 'Carly' dress twice and I'm itching to buy a couple to style in different ways. The Carly is described as "a cute dress that lets us breathe and move easier - a swing dress that flatters the best parts of a feminine physique while being flowy and breezy everywhere else. The Carly comes in a wide array of fabrics, prints, and washes and has some amazing features such as a patch pocket, a flattering high-low hemline, and cool open sleeves." Y'all this dress is simply amazing! It's so soft and comfortable and can easily be layered for chilly fall weather or worn solo on warmer days. Today on the blog I'm sharing how I styled this dress for fall and giving you guys a few tips on how to make this dress work for any fall day!
I was fortunate enough to have a LulaRoe mother/daughter team, Shannon and Meg, send me a couple of pieces to style for you guys. I have to admit I thought LulaRoe only made leggings, but they have so many amazing pieces for all types of women. I've already worn this beautiful 'Carly' dress twice and I'm itching to buy a couple to style in different ways. The Carly is described as "a cute dress that lets us breathe and move easier - a swing dress that flatters the best parts of a feminine physique while being flowy and breezy everywhere else. The Carly comes in a wide array of fabrics, prints, and washes and has some amazing features such as a patch pocket, a flattering high-low hemline, and cool open sleeves." Y'all this dress is simply amazing! It's so soft and comfortable and can easily be layered for chilly fall weather or worn solo on warmer days. Today on the blog I'm sharing how I styled this dress for fall and giving you guys a few tips on how to make this dress work for any fall day!

I was fortunate enough to have a LulaRoe mother/daughter team, Shannon and Meg, send me a couple of pieces to style for you guys. I have to admit I thought LulaRoe only made leggings, but they have so many amazing pieces for all types of women. I've already worn this beautiful 'Carly' dress twice and I'm itching to buy a couple to style in different ways. The Carly is described as "a cute dress that lets us breathe and move easier - a swing dress that flatters the best parts of a feminine physique while being flowy and breezy everywhere else. The Carly comes in a wide array of fabrics, prints, and washes and has some amazing features such as a patch pocket, a flattering high-low hemline, and cool open sleeves." Y'all this dress is simply amazing! It's so soft and comfortable and can easily be layered for chilly fall weather or worn solo on warmer days. Today on the blog I'm sharing how I styled this dress for fall and giving you guys a few tips on how to make this dress work for any fall day!

Sweater Weather + Nailing the Athleisure Sneaker Trend

My all-time favorite clothing item will always be sneakers. I love collecting the latest and greatest pairs out there and styling them in different ways. You can only imagine my giddiness last year when the 'athleisure' trend swept the runways and streets at Fashion Week. As a self-proclaimed 'sneakerhead' I'm not afraid of trying different colorways or styles and I pride myself on stepping outside of the box when it comes to my footwear. Styling sneakers can be hard especially with all the options available. Today on I'm sharing four tips on how to put together an effortless outfit with athletic sneakers using items you probably already have in your closet!
My all-time favorite clothing item will always be sneakers. I love collecting the latest and greatest pairs out there and styling them in different ways. You can only imagine my giddiness last year when the 'athleisure' trend swept the runways and streets at Fashion Week. As a self-proclaimed 'sneakerhead' I'm not afraid of trying different colorways or styles and I pride myself on stepping outside of the box when it comes to my footwear. Styling sneakers can be hard especially with all the options available. Today on I'm sharing four tips on how to put together an effortless outfit with athletic sneakers using items you probably already have in your closet!

My all-time favorite clothing item will always be sneakers. I love collecting the latest and greatest pairs out there and styling them in different ways. You can only imagine my giddiness last year when the 'athleisure' trend swept the runways and streets at Fashion Week. As a self-proclaimed 'sneakerhead' I'm not afraid of trying different colorways or styles and I pride myself on stepping outside of the box when it comes to my footwear. Styling sneakers can be hard especially with all the options available. Today on I'm sharing four tips on how to put together an effortless outfit with athletic sneakers using items you probably already have in your closet!

Boho in Blue + What to Do When You're Feeling Blue

I think we've all had those days where we just feel...blue. We're not really sad, but we know that we don't feel happy. I had a lot of days like this last week due to my depression and most of the time I spend the day curled up in my bed with my Netflix queue. Dealing with depression is not easy and some days are better than others. I've learned that taking care of yourself mentally is such an important part of self care and improving your mental state. I've recently discovered a few ways to combat my "blue days" and make them so much better. Today I'm sharing my personal methods for better days and a cute blue look guaranteed to make any day better!
I think we've all had those days where we just feel...blue. We're not really sad, but we know that we don't feel happy. I had a lot of days like this last week due to an preexisting mental health condition and most of the time I spend the day curled up in my bed with my Netflix queue.  I've learned that taking care of yourself mentally is such an important part of self care and improving your mental state. I've recently discovered a few ways to combat my "blue days" and make them so much better. Today I'm sharing my personal methods for better days and a cute blue look guaranteed to make any day better!

10 Tips to Stay Motivated on Your Weight Loss Journey

*This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and alli weight loss aid. All opinions are mine alone. #alliInMyLife #After #CollectiveBias
Losing weight is not an easy task. It takes dedication and some serious discipline. It’s been a couple months since I announced that I was on my weight loss journey with the help of alli® weight loss aid.  It hasn’t been easy, but I know it’s for the best. Luckily, I’ve had the support of my boyfriend who is also joining me on my path to health! We’ve made an effort to eat more home-cooked meals and eliminate fast food from our diets, and we’ve also started working out at least 2 times a week. Without him I’d be doing this alone and probably would have failed within the first week. Staying motivated on your weight loss journey can be hard, but I’ve got 3 tips to make it a bit easier to stay on track!

Losing weight is not an easy task. It takes dedication and some serious discipline. It’s been a couple months since I announced that I was on my weight loss journey with the help of alli® weight loss aid.  It hasn’t been easy, but I know it’s for the best. Luckily, I’ve had the support of my boyfriend who is also joining me on my path to health! We’ve made an effort to eat more home-cooked meals and eliminate fast food from our diets, and we’ve also started working out at least 2 times a week. Without him I’d be doing this alone and probably would have failed within the first week. Staying motivated on your weight loss journey can be hard, but I’ve got 3 tips to make it a bit easier to stay on track!

Losing weight is not an easy task. It takes dedication and some serious discipline. It’s been a couple months since I announced that I was on my weight loss journey with the help of alli® weight loss aid.  It hasn’t been easy, but I know it’s for the best. Luckily, I’ve had the support of my boyfriend who is also joining me on my path to health! We’ve made an effort to eat more home-cooked meals and eliminate fast food from our diets, and we’ve also started working out at least 2 times a week. Without him I’d be doing this alone and probably would have failed within the first week. Staying motivated on your weight loss journey can be hard, but I’ve got 10 tips to make it a bit easier to stay on track!

Chronic Beauty

Lyme Warrior is creating a calendar to feature women who are battling serious chronic illnesses and how their amazing personality and drive keep them moving forward when the cards are stacked against them. We are featuring illnesses from Stroke to Lyme Disease to Huntington's. Women who may look "normal" and beautiful but are fighting serious, some even life threatening diseases. At Lyme warrior, we are ecstatic to present these beautiful women with tremendous spirit and drive, who continue to fight chronic disabling conditions on a daily basis with dignity and grace. These women are Chronic Beauty.
Imagine going through life never being told you're beautiful because you're handicapped, or looking beautiful on the outside but suffering from a chronic debilitating condition on the inside. In today’s society, chronic illness is common. However, the issues facing these people are rarely discussed. While illness is hard on everyone, the perception of women and beauty while being ill is convoluted. If you illness is invisible, you do not receive help for your issues or your illness may be trivialized and if it is obvious people don’t know how to respond.

Lyme Warrior is creating a calendar to feature women who are battling serious chronic illnesses and how their amazing personality and drive keep them moving forward when the cards are stacked against them. We are featuring illnesses from Stroke to Lyme Disease to Huntington's. Women who may look "normal" and beautiful but are fighting serious, some even life threatening diseases. At Lyme warrior, we are ecstatic to present these beautiful women with tremendous spirit and drive, who continue to fight chronic disabling conditions on a daily basis with dignity and grace. These women are Chronic Beauty. Today on the blog I'm sharing a piece by Lauren Lovejoy of Lyme Warrior



Wishlist Wednesday: Rose Gold Everything

I am loving rose gold for fall! It pairs so well with almost any color worn around this time of year. You can also mix and match it with classic gold and silver to get more wear out of your pieces. I only own a couple pieces of rose gold jewelry, but I can't wait to invest in more as the season goes on.  I'm also adding rose gold touches to my home decor. Regular yellow gold plays a huge part in the color scheme of my apartment, but I'm slowly transitioning to rose gold for fall! Today I'm sharing my favorite rose gold finds to wear and in home decor!
I am loving rose gold for fall! It pairs so well with almost any color worn around this time of year. You can also mix and match it with classic gold and silver to get more wear out of your pieces. Rose gold is truly the perfect metal for this time of year: it's not as warm as yellow gold or as cool as silver so it even matches the weather! I only own a couple pieces of rose gold jewelry, but I can't wait to invest in more as the season goes on.  I'm also adding rose gold touches to my home decor. Regular yellow gold plays a huge part in the color scheme of my apartment, but I'm slowly transitioning to rose gold for fall! Today I'm sharing my favorite rose gold finds to wear and in home decor!

I am loving rose gold for fall! It pairs so well with almost any color worn around this time of year. You can also mix and match it with classic gold and silver to get more wear out of your pieces. I only own a couple pieces of rose gold jewelry, but I can't wait to invest in more as the season goes on.  I'm also adding rose gold touches to my home decor. Regular yellow gold plays a huge part in the color scheme of my apartment, but I'm slowly transitioning to rose gold for fall! Today I'm sharing my favorite rose gold finds to wear and in home decor!

#Ladylike in Plum

Strong, independent, free-willed, entertaining, opinionated, off-beat, and fearless. Do these words come to mind when you think about the term 'ladylike?' H&M's fall women's campaign is all about redefining the word #Ladylike and reclaiming it. See how I define #Ladylike while wearing one of H&M's new fall pieces.

When I saw this plum floral dress in the window at H&M I knew I had to have it! I loved the print and color so much that I looked online for more pieces that featured it and was met with H&M's fall women's campaign all about reclaiming the word #Ladylike and redefining it. Strong, independent, free-willed, entertaining, opinionated, off-beat, and fearless. Do these words come to mind when you think about the term 'ladylike?' If the answer is yes then you get a cookie! JK, but seriously I think being a combination of these things is pretty close to being #Ladylike.

5 Must Have Pieces for Fall + How to Style Them!

Every fall there always seems to be a handful of pieces that everybody gravitates towards. You stare at them online for hours and you wonder how you can easily incorporate these pieces into your existing wardrobe. I know that feeling and it honestly keeps me from buying items that I love. We no longer have to be afraid because I've put together the perfect list of 5 must have items for fall 2016 and how you can style them. If you're stumped on how to style those brand new fall pieces keep reading!

Every fall there always seems to be a handful of pieces that everybody gravitates towards. You stare at them online for hours and you wonder how you can easily incorporate these pieces into your existing wardrobe. I know that feeling and it honestly keeps me from buying items that I love. We no longer have to be afraid because I've put together the perfect list of 5 must have items for fall 2016 and how you can style them. If you're stumped on how to style those brand new fall pieces keep reading!

My Fall Bucket List

The first official day of fall was this past Thursday and I feel there was one huge, collective sigh of happiness from everyone in Virginia. It feels like summer dragged on forever and now we're all ready for a break from the heat and humidity. Fall is my favorite season for multiple reasons: the cooler weather, the feeling of a fresh start, and my #1 reason, all the fun fall activities! Today on the blog I'm sharing the list of fall activities that I hope to complete by the first day of winter. Last year I only crossed one of these off my list (check my post all about the fun I had at the 2015 Virginia State Fair!), but this year I'm aiming to cross off all of them!
The first official day of fall was this past Thursday and I feel there was one huge, collective sigh of happiness from everyone in Virginia. It feels like summer dragged on forever and now we're all ready for a break from the heat and humidity. Fall is my favorite season for multiple reasons: the cooler weather, the feeling of a fresh start, and my #1 reason, all the fun fall activities! Today on the blog I'm sharing the list of fall activities that I hope to complete by the first day of winter. Last year I only crossed one of these off my list (check out my post all about the fun I had at the 2015 Virginia State Fair!), but this year I'm aiming to cross off all of them!

The first official day of fall was this past Thursday and I feel there was one huge, collective sigh of happiness from everyone in Virginia. It feels like summer dragged on forever and now we're all ready for a break from the heat and humidity. Fall is my favorite season for multiple reasons: the cooler weather, the feeling of a fresh start, and my #1 reason, all the fun fall activities! Today on the blog I'm sharing the list of fall activities that I hope to complete by the first day of winter. Last year I only crossed one of these off my list (check my post all about the fun I had at the 2015 Virginia State Fair!), but this year I'm aiming to cross off all of them!

Save vs Splurge: Western Booties

Booties have been a fall staple since I don't know when and there's always a couple pairs that everybody clambers after once the leaves start turning. This year I've noticed that peep toe and western-style booties are on everyone's wishlist (mine included!). I've already scored a pair of amazing peep toe booties and I couldn't wait to find an equally great pair of western booties. I stumbled across a pair of western-style booties from Jeffrey Campbell and instantly fell in love. The color, the detailing, the material - they were everything I had been searching for! I was not in love with the price tag though and I was lucky enough to come across a similar, but less expensive, pair of Mossimo Supply Co. western booties and I feel even more in love. Side-by-side I honestly can't tell which is which! If you're looking to snag a pair of western booties for yourself and can't decide whether you should save or splurge keep reading!
Booties have been a fall staple since I don't know when and there's always a couple pairs that everybody clambers after once the leaves start turning. This year I've noticed that peep toe and western-style booties are on everyone's wishlist (mine included!). I've already scored a pair of amazing peep toe booties and I couldn't wait to find an equally great pair of western booties. I stumbled across a pair of western-style booties from Jeffrey Campbell and instantly fell in love. The color, the detailing, the material - they were everything I had been searching for! I was not in love with the price tag though and I was lucky enough to come across a similar, but less expensive, pair of Mossimo Supply Co. western booties and I feel even more in love. Side-by-side I honestly can't tell which is which! If you're looking to snag a pair of western booties for yourself and can't decide whether you should save or splurge keep reading!

Booties have been a fall staple since I don't know when and there's always a couple pairs that everybody clambers after once the leaves start turning. This year I've noticed that peep toe and western-style booties are on everyone's wishlist (mine included!). I've already scored a pair of amazing peep toe booties and I couldn't wait to find an equally great pair of western booties. I stumbled across a pair of western-style booties from Jeffrey Campbell and instantly fell in love. The color, the detailing, the material - they were everything I had been searching for! I was not in love with the price tag though and I was lucky enough to come across a similar, but less expensive, pair of Mossimo Supply Co. western booties on Instagram and I feel even more in love. Side-by-side I honestly can't tell which is which! If you're looking to snag a pair of western booties for yourself and can't decide whether you should save or splurge keep reading!

Must Have iPhone 7 Cases

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have only been out for 3 days, but I've been obsessed with it since the Keynote a couple of weeks ago. These new iterations of the most-coveted phone in the world boast new front and rear cameras, water and dust resistance, and two new colors. I was super excited when I found out I could upgrade to the new iPhone and I'm so glad I ordered mine when I did. The iPhone 7 Plus actually sold out in all the colors! I opted for the rose gold colorway, but the jet black and black colors are continuing to grow on me. My phone is totally naked at the moment so I've been looking at cases all weekend and I stumbled across quite a few cute ones. I've rounded up my favorites just in case (see what I did there?) you're in the market for a new case well!
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have only been out for 3 days, but I've been obsessed with it since the Keynote a couple of weeks ago. These new iterations of the most-coveted phone in the world boast new front and rear cameras, water and dust resistance, and two new colors. I was super excited when I found out I could upgrade to the new iPhone and I'm so glad I ordered mine when I did. The iPhone 7 Plus actually sold out in all the colors! I opted for the rose gold colorway, but the jet black and black colors are continuing to grow on me. My phone is totally naked at the moment so I've been looking at iPhone 7 cases all weekend and I stumbled across quite a few cute ones. I've rounded up my favorite must have iPhone 7 cases just in case (see what I did there?) you're in the market for a new case well!

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have only been out for 3 days, but I've been obsessed with it since the Keynote a couple of weeks ago. These new iterations of the most-coveted phone in the world boast new front and rear cameras, water and dust resistance, and two new colors. I was super excited when I found out I could upgrade to the new iPhone and I'm so glad I ordered mine when I did. The iPhone 7 Plus actually sold out in all the colors! I opted for the rose gold colorway, but the jet black and black colors are continuing to grow on me. My phone is totally naked at the moment so I've been looking at cases all weekend and I stumbled across quite a few cute ones. I've rounded up my favorites just in case (see what I did there?) you're in the market for a new case well!

Professional Teeth Whitening at Home with Smile Brilliant + GIVEAWAY

*This post was sponsored by Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Trays. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
White smiles are always in fashion and with the help of Smile Brilliant I was able to whitening my teeth I wanted without an expensive dentist visit or painful tooth sensitivity! I was beyond skeptical about using this kit due to my sensitive teeth. I've tried at-home kits in the past and the results were less than stellar and my teeth were ultra-sensitive afterward. I was lucky enough to give the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit a try and I was blown away by the results! Looking for a way to whiten your coffee stained teeth? Keep reading for my honest review of the Smile Brilliant home teeth whitening system and learn how you can win one for yourself!

White smiles are always in fashion and with the help of Smile Brilliant I was able to whitening my teeth I wanted without an expensive dentist visit or painful tooth sensitivity! I was beyond skeptical about using this kit due to my sensitive teeth. I've tried at-home kits in the past and the results were less than stellar and my teeth were ultra-sensitive afterward. I was lucky enough to give the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit a try and I was blown away by the results!

White smiles are always in fashion and with the help of Smile Brilliant I was able to whitening my teeth I wanted without an expensive dentist visit or painful tooth sensitivity! I was beyond skeptical about using this kit due to my sensitive teeth. I've tried at-home kits in the past and the results were less than stellar and my teeth were ultra-sensitive afterward. I was lucky enough to give the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit a try and I was blown away by the results! Looking for a way to whiten your coffee stained teeth? Keep reading for my honest review of the Smile Brilliant home teeth whitening system and learn how you can win one for yourself!

5 Fall Fashion Blogger Looks to Try Now!

Cozy sweaters, booties, sweaters, blanket scarves - I am so excited to wear all of these items again! While I'm here sweating it out and dreaming about cardigans some parts of the country are already experiencing the wonderful season that is fall. Let me say, I am 100% jealous of you guys right now! The weather has still been pretty warm (by pretty warm I mean like 80s and 90s everyday) here in RVA, but that hasn't stopped me from dreaming of fall fashion. So many fashion bloggers are showing off their amazing fall style and they have definitely inspired me to try some new looks this year. Today on the blog, I've put together a list of my favorite fall-inspired looks from a few of my favorite bloggers that I can't wait to try out! Keep reading to see what they are and how you can get the looks for yourself!
Cozy sweaters, booties, sweaters, blanket scarves - I am so excited to wear all of these items again! While I'm here sweating it out and dreaming about cardigans some parts of the country are already experiencing the wonderful season that is fall. Let me say, I am 100% jealous of you guys right now! The weather has still been pretty warm (by pretty warm I mean like 80s and 90s everyday) here in RVA, but that hasn't stopped me from dreaming of fall fashion. So many fashion bloggers are showing off their amazing fall style and they have definitely inspired me to try some new looks this year. Today on the blog, I've put together a list of my favorite fall-inspired looks from a few of my favorite bloggers that I can't wait to try out! Keep reading to see what they are and how you can get the looks for yourself!

Cozy sweaters, booties, sweaters, blanket scarves - I am so excited to wear all of these items again! While I'm here sweating it out and dreaming about cardigans some parts of the country are already experiencing the wonderful season that is fall. Let me say, I am 100% jealous of you guys right now! The weather has still been pretty warm (by pretty warm I mean like 80s and 90s everyday) here in RVA, but that hasn't stopped me from dreaming of fall fashion. So many fashion bloggers are showing off their amazing fall style and they have definitely inspired me to try some new looks this year. Today on the blog, I've put together a list of my favorite fall-inspired looks from a few of my favorite bloggers that I can't wait to try out! Keep reading to see what they are and how you can get the looks for yourself!

Save vs Splurge: Tasseled Cross Body Bags

The first official day of autumn isn't until September 22nd, but it's never too early to invest in a new handbag for fall! Chloé has some of the best designer bags for this upcoming season. I'm a little obsessed with finding less expensive versions of their amazing bags as seen here. This fall I'm loving their Hudson cross body bags. From the intricate stitching to the still on trend tassel embellishment - this bag has everything you need to stay fashionable this fall! Of course, a bag this pretty comes with a not-so-pretty price tag: depending on the size this bag can cost up to $2300! For this post I am featuring the Chloé "medium" Hudson bag which retails for $2,150! For those of use who cannot afford to dish out that much moola, I've found a less expensive alternative. Keep reading to see if you should save or splurge this fall on a tassel cross body bag!
The first official day of autumn isn't until September 22nd, but it's never too early to invest in a new handbag for fall! Chloé has some of the best designer bags for this upcoming season. I'm a little obsessed with finding less expensive versions of their amazing bags as seen here. This fall I'm loving their Hudson cross body bags. From the intricate stitching to the still on trend tassel embellishment - this bag has everything you need to stay fashionable this fall! Of course, a bag this pretty comes with a not-so-pretty price tag: depending on the size this bag can cost up to $2300! For this post I am featuring the Chloé "medium" Hudson bag which retails for $2,150! For those of use who cannot afford to dish out that much moola, I've found a less expensive alternative. Keep reading to see if you should save or splurge this fall on a tassel cross body bag!


The first official day of autumn isn't until September 22nd, but it's never too early to invest in a new handbag for fall! Chloé has some of the best designer bags for this upcoming season. I'm a little obsessed with finding less expensive versions of their amazing bags as seen here. This fall I'm loving their Hudson cross body bags. From the intricate stitching to the still on trend tassel embellishment - this bag has everything you need to stay fashionable this fall! Of course, a bag this pretty comes with a not-so-pretty price tag: depending on the size this bag can cost up to $2300! For this post I am featuring the Chloé "medium" Hudson bag which retails for $2,150! For those of use who cannot afford to dish out that much moola, I've found a less expensive alternative. Keep reading to see if you should save or splurge this fall on a tassel cross body bag!

Twisted Love with Sweetest Stitch

If you follow me on Snapchat, you might remember me posting about a shoot I was doing with other RVA bloggers. I am so thrilled to say that that shoot was for a local clothing boutique called Sweetest Stitch! Fizz & Frosting, According to Blaire, I Heart Vegetables, My Closet and Hers, Sweet Sauce Blog, and I all came together for a super fun evening of celebrating Sweetest Stitch. it was so much fun meeting a few of my favorite bloggers and owner of Sweetest Stitch and I cannot wait to collaborate with them in the future. I absolutely LOVE all of Sweetest Stitch's clothing especially this twist front dress. I can't wait to wear this super cute dress for warm weather with sandals and when it gets cooler with a cardigan and booties. You guys know I couldn't resist accessorizing this lovely dress with a few Kendra Scott jewels. Keep reading to get all of the details for what I'm wearing and little surprise!

If you follow me on Snapchat, you might remember me posting about a shoot I was doing with other RVA bloggers. I am so thrilled to say that that shoot was for a local clothing boutique called Sweetest Stitch! I absolutely LOVE all of their clothing especially this twist front dress. I can't wait to wear this super cute dress for warm weather with sandals and when it gets cooler with a cardigan and booties. You guys know I couldn't resist accessorizing this lovely dress with a few Kendra Scott jewels. Keep reading to get all of the details for what I'm wearing and little surprise!


Seeing Stripes

If there's one thing every girl needs in her closet, it's a striped dress. It doesn't matter what color or cut, these babies are so versatile that you'll want to wear them everyday. You can pair them with sneakers, sandals, boots, cardigans, the list goes on and on! I promise you having a couple of these in your wardrobe arsenal will make getting dressed in the morning so much easier. Today I'm styling this striped dress with a few of my new favorite items for transitioning weather and fall.

If there's one thing every girl needs in her closet, it's a striped dress. It doesn't matter what color or cut, these babies are so versatile that you'll want to wear them everyday. You can pair them with sneakers, sandals, boots, cardigans, the list goes on and on! I promise you having a couple of these in your wardrobe arsenal will make getting dressed in the morning so much easier. Today I'm styling this striped dress with a few of my new favorite items for transitioning weather and fall.


August Instagram Round-Up


Today on the blog I'm sharing my favorite Instagram snaps and moments from the past month.  August was a good month and I'm only a little sad to see it go. If you have read any of my recent blog posts, you'll know I am so psyched for fall to get here. I came back from a much needed vacation at the beginning of August and decided to share all of the fun pics I've posted on Insta since then. If you're not following me (@trulyyoursa) you totally should!

3 Fun Ponytails for Fall

As a naturally curly girl fall and winter is the best time for me to straighten my hair. There's no humidity so it reduces my chances of my hair reverting back to it's natural state. During this time I like to play around with tons of different looks, but my all-time favorite fall hairstyle is ponytails. This simple style has so many variations that are perfect for anything such as rolling out of bed late for class or a well put together work look. To achieve these looks, I used my Silky Touch clip-in extensions from Irresistible Me. If you're looking for a great set of clip-in extensions, Irresistible Me has a set for any and everybody! Keep reading to see how I styled my hair using these amazing extensions.
As a naturally curly girl fall and winter is the best time for me to straighten my hair. There's no humidity so it reduces my chances of my hair reverting back to it's natural state. During this time I like to play around with tons of different looks, but my all-time favorite fall hairstyle is ponytails. This simple style has so many variations that are perfect for anything such as rolling out of bed late for class or a well put together work look. To achieve these looks, I used my Silky Touch clip-in extensions from Irresistible Me. If you're looking for a great set of clip-in extensions, Irresistible Me has a set for any and everybody! Keep reading to see how I styled my hair using these amazing extensions.

As a naturally curly girl fall and winter are the best seasons for me to straighten my hair. There's no humidity so it reduces my chances of my hair reverting back to it's natural state. During this time I like to play around with tons of different looks, but my all-time favorite fall hairstyle is ponytails. This simple style has so many variations that are perfect for anything such as rolling out of bed late for class or a well put together work look. To achieve these looks, I used my Silky Touch clip-in extensions from Irresistible Me. If you're looking for a great set of clip-in extensions, Irresistible Me has a set for any and everybody! You can check out my initial review here and decide for yourself. Keep reading to see how I styled my hair using these amazing extensions.

Beating the Summer Bulge with alli®

*This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and alli® weight loss aid. All opinions are mine alone. #alliInmyLife #Before #CollectiveBias

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most confident person in front of a camera. As a fashion blogger, confidence in front of the camera is a major key. One of my biggest confidence killers is my weight. It’s been a part of myself that I’ve struggled with the past couple of years and it’s what initially forced me to put my dreams of fashion blogging on hold. Luckily, I got over that hurdle, but part of me is still hesitant to try new trends and fully dive into fashion blogging based on my weight. Back to school season is right around the corner and even though I’m not going to school, this time of year is all about starting fresh and setting new goals. I plan on smashing my weight loss goals by eating right, exercising, and a little help from alli® weight loss aid. Now that summer BBQs and vacations are over it’s time to get serious about my weight loss. I’ve already made steps to accomplishing my goals by drinking more water and using the reminders to move on my FitBit. Keep reading to see how you can implement these easy steps into your busy lifestyle without spending a dime! #ad #sponsored #allInMyLife #CollectiveBias
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most confident person in front of a camera. As a fashion blogger, confidence in front of the camera is a major key. One of my biggest confidence killers is my weight. It’s been a part of myself that I’ve struggled with the past couple of years and it’s what initially forced me to put my dreams of fashion blogging on hold. Luckily, I got over that hurdle, but part of me is still hesitant to try new trends and fully dive into fashion blogging based on my weight. Back to school season is right around the corner and even though I’m not going to school, this time of year is all about starting fresh and setting new goals. I plan on smashing my weight loss goals by eating right, exercising, and a little help from alli® weight loss aid. Now that summer BBQs and vacations are over it’s time to get serious about my weight loss. I’ve already made steps to accomplishing my goals by drinking more water and using the reminders to move on my FitBit. Keep reading to see how you can implement these easy steps into your busy lifestyle without spending a dime! 
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most confident person in front of a camera. As a fashion blogger, confidence in front of the camera is a major key. One of my biggest confidence killers is my weight. It’s been a part of myself that I’ve struggled with the past couple of years and it’s what initially forced me to put my dreams of fashion blogging on hold. Luckily, I got over that hurdle, but part of me is still hesitant to try new trends and fully dive into fashion blogging based on my weight. Back to school season is right around the corner and even though I’m not going to school, this time of year is all about starting fresh and setting new goals. I plan on smashing my weight loss goals by eating right, exercising, and a little help from alli® weight loss aid. Now that summer BBQs and vacations are over it’s time to get serious about my weight loss. I’ve already made steps to accomplishing my goals by drinking more water and using the reminders to move on my FitBit. Keep reading to see how you can implement these easy steps into your busy lifestyle without spending a dime!

Denim & Drusy

Drusy stones are one of my new favorite trends in jewelry (the other is rose gold, but more about that later). These glittering stones are perfect for adding a little sparkle to any outfit without being in-you-face like a diamond. It won't matter what day of the week it is and you'll catch me in a piece of drusy jewelry. I truly haven't met a drusy that I didn't like! Luckily (unlucky for my wallet), my job allows me to indulge in all things shiny and rocky. Today's post is all about combining my current obsessions: drusy jewelry and denim ensembles!

Drusy stones are one of my new favorite trends in jewelry (the other is rose gold, but more about that later). These glittering stones are perfect for adding a little sparkle to any outfit without being in-you-face like a diamond. It won't matter what day of the week it is and you'll catch me in a piece of drusy jewelry. I truly haven't met a drusy that I didn't like! Luckily (unlucky for my wallet), my job allows me to indulge in all things shiny and rocky. Today's post is all about combining my current obsessions: drusy jewelry and denim ensembles! 

My 4th and Final Stitch Fix

I can't say I'm 100% thrilled with this Fix. I did leave my stylist a note asking for certain pieces, but received none of the items on my list. She did try to send similar items, but I still wasn't impressed. I usually sneak a peek at what I'm receiving in my Stitch Fix boxes by checking the Checkout page. After reading some of the descriptions and looking some of the pieces up on Pinterest I could tell that I was not going to like anything in this box. When my box finally arrived my feelings were affirmed and I almost didn't want to review this box for you guys. However, I wanted to give you my honest opinion on this subscription box service. Keep reading to see why this is my fourth and final Stitch Fix review.

I can't say I'm 100% thrilled with this Fix. I did leave my stylist a note asking for certain pieces, but received none of the items on my list. She did try to send similar items, but I still wasn't impressed. I think the reason I am disappointed in this box is because I didn't feel like anything in this box was selected with my personal style in mind. The "stylists" like to claim they get inspiration from my Pinterest boards, but I feel like the pieces are just thrown in a box depending on your size and what's available. I usually sneak a peek at what I'm receiving in my Stitch Fix boxes by checking the Checkout page. After reading some of the descriptions and looking some of the pieces up on Pinterest I could tell that I was not going to like anything in this box. When my box finally arrived my feelings were affirmed and I almost didn't want to review this box for you guys. However, I wanted to give you my honest opinion on this subscription box service. Keep reading to see why this is my fourth and final Stitch Fix review.

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