Truly Yours, A.: September 2016

A FASHION & LIFESTYLE BLOG

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!

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