the perfect summer dress with Stage

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How crazy is it that summer is almost over? I honestly can't believe how fast it flew by. I'm soaking up the last few weeks of it and found the most perfect red dress to wear on upcoming vacations and special occasions! My dress is from Stage and I was so excited to see that they offer tons of other gorgeous dresses at super reasonable prices. I'm all for a good deal and Stage is where it's at. A few of my favorite brands they carry are Romeo and Juliet, Jessica Simpson and Kensie.

I tend to lean towards brighter colors in the summer and this stunning blue maxi dress also caught my eye! How perfect would it be on a tropical vacay? It would be so pretty paired with these killer heels that are so fun! Scrolling through the Stage website had me drooling over all the fun summer dresses they have at such a great value, especially this stripe wrap dress that I need in my life! 

Now, on to the good stuff. Let's discuss the dress at hand and current favorite in my wardrobe! What I loved most about this dress is how vibrant the red color is and the lace tier detail. I wore it last week for my 30th birthday celebration and got so many compliments! I wasn't surprised because I feel like this is the kind of dress that turns heads and makes a statement. The detailing is just gorgeous and truly makes this dress unique. I know I said this dress is perfect for summer, but I will definitely be rocking it this fall too! As far as sizing goes, it fits true to size and I'm wearing a small here. 

Keep scrolling to see more shots of this stunner!

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This post is in partnership with Stage. All selections and opinions are my own. Thank you Stage for sponsoring this post!

xoxo 

Whit 

 

 

CHARLESTON TRAVEL GUIDE

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A few weeks ago my girlfriends and I went to Charleston for a fun girls getaway! Jaclyn, Geordian, Yasmina and I all stayed at the Renaissance Charleston. I'm going to share more about the hotel, where we ate, and what we did for fun! I've also included links to all my outfits I wore during the trip so you can easily shop anything you like as you scroll through the post. 

WHERE WE STAYED

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The Renaissance Charleston was the cutest hotel! Not only were we greeted with popsicles but the modern decor was absolutely stunning and staff so friendly! The hotel is conveniently located off King street, which is FULL of shops, restaurants, bars, etc. It was the best location for our group and we found it so easy to walk to most of the places we wanted to go. We also enjoyed the free bikes the hotel offers for guests to ride and explore Charleston.

How gorgeous is the suite we stayed in? It was incredibly spacious and honestly didn't feel like a hotel room. I loved the open floor plan and how there was a separate living room where we could all hang out. The hotel also has a gym and rooftop pool - we didn't work out during our stay (shocker) but definitely hit up the pool! We felt right at home at the Renaissance and I highly recommend this hotel if you're traveling to Charleston! 

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WHERE WE ATE

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Millers All Day - Ahh we had the BEST brunch here! This restaurant came highly recommended so we had to check it out! The mimosas were great and the southern food was truly incredible! The biscuits and gravy are a MUST - thank me later! 

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1Kept - This restaurant is actually located inside the Renaissance Hotel and as you can see the decor here is on point too! We had both brunch and dinner here and I can't recommend it enough! The brussel sprouts and chicken and waffles are a must! We also had the best cocktails here, definitely try the Sunday Punch! 

Darling Oyster Bar - I loved the ambiance at this restaurant! I enjoyed rosé at their cute bar and highly recommend trying the oysters or many of their other great seafood options! 

WHAT TO DO IN CHARLESTON

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PRIVATE SAILING CHARTER - I'm so glad we decided to go on a private sailing charter with OM Sailing Charters! It was definitely the highlight of our trip in my opinion! It's a great activity for a group of girls.. just laying out, enjoying cocktails and sailing around - need I say more? Captain Banff was incredibly accommodating to all our needs, let us take a million pictures and even helped us out with several group shots! During the sail you have the option to park and swim if you want which is really nice! It's so hot/humid in Charleston that I feel like that is kind of necessary in the summer time. Our trip was 3 hours, but OM Sailing Charters also offers full day trips and event sunset tours! I'd love to go on a sunset tour the next time I visit.

Booking a Private Sailing Charter is a MUST when in Charleston and you can learn more about OM Sailing Charters on Trip Advisor !

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RAINBOW ROW - If you do one touristy thing in Charleston, visiting Rainbow Row should be it! Known for it's row of colorful historic houses, this spot is Instagram worthy and great for taking pictures! Rainbow Row is a very popular spot, good luck trying to get a snap with no one else in it! 

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North on King Street - This is where you'll want to go for the bar scene in Charleston! We went to Republic on Friday night which is a club with really great dance music. On Saturday night we checked out Stars which had more of a laid back rooftop bar we loved! The first floor of Stars has a DJ and was crazy packed while we were there. I definitely recommend both spots for nightlife in Charleston!

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My girls and I had a blast in Charleston and I can't wait to visit again one day! 

XOXO

Whit

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

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It's that time of year again, the highly anticipated Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! If you've been following me for awhile, you know that every year I share all the best finds from the sale so you save BIG on the must-have items! This year is no different and starting next week I'll be blowing up your IG feed with all things Nordstrom in the hope that you take advantage of this truly amazing sale!

WHAT IS THE NORDSTROM SALE?

The is Nordstrom's BIGGEST sale of the year. It's mainly focused on fall apparel, so don't be shocked when I start busting out sweaters, jeans and coats...in July! I know it sounds ridiculous but this is honestly the best time to grab all the things you know you'll want to wear in the coming months. The best thing about it is all the items are BRAND NEW and on major sale! The sale prices are incredible and trust me..you won't want to pay full price later down the road once the sale ends! Take a look at the key dates below to get in the know of when you can shop the sale!

Take a sneak peak at the SALE CATALOG

As always I'm here to be a resource for you guys and help find what you're looking for. The sale is over 3 weeks long so there's plenty of time to snag all the goods! Keep in mind that A LOT of the best items sell out super quick, so it's best put something you love in your cart ASAP before it's gone!

Feel free to email or DM me on Instagram with any questions you may have!

TIPS FOR SHOPPING THE SALE:

  • Buy online and pick up in store - I do this for about 90% of my Nordstrom purchases and it makes shopping WAY less stressful! If you love something I HIGHLY suggest purchasing QUICK before it sells out. Nordstrom offers free & easy returns so if it doesn't work - just take it back!

 

  •  Apply for a Nordstrom card so you can shop early - All the best items sell out fast so having the card will allow you to shop before the sale hits public.

Apply for a Nordstrom Card

  • Use my blog and Instagram as a resource for finding the must have items - I'll update both regularly and post insta story try on sessions you don't want to miss!

 

  • Take advantage of the sale - I know it sounds silly to buy Fall apparel in July but every year I stock up during the sale and NEVER regret my purchases later in the year!

 

KEY DATES:

Nordstrom cardmembers are able to shop 8 days earlier. If you don't already have a card, don't worry there's still time to get yours before the public sale starts!

Apply for a Nordstrom Card

July 11: Level 4 cardmembers get to pre-shop the sale in stores only.

July 12-19: All cardmembers get to shop Early Access in stores and online. 

July 20-August 5: The sale opens to the public. Find Your Store

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Please don't hesitate to let me know what you're searching for during the sale! I'm here to help YOU! 

xoxo,

Whit

Adding a Pop of Color for Summer with River Island 

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It can be so easy to stick with neutral colors when picking outfits. Trust me, I can relate. I'm a sucker for all things white in the summer and tend to wear it on repeat. With that being said, I find it so easy to venture out of my comfort zone with the huge selection of colorful pieces from River Island. The selection of vibrant dresses, tops, rompers and more is endless! Scrolling through their site has me wanting to wear colors I typically shy away from. Summer is the perfect opportunity to add a pop of color to your wardrobe and it's so easy to do with River Island. For instance, this amazing $56 dress that comes in 12 colors is calling my name! It may or may not be in my cart right now! I love the tie detail on it and I feel like it would look amazing on so many body types!

Yellow is a tricky color for most people, but this gorgeous dress I'm styling today is anything but that. It's so flattering on and paired with a bronze summer tan it's truly stunning! I absolutely adore the little details of this dress that make it all come together. From the frills to the v neck ruched front, it's impossible to not notice this dress! I also love how the floral detail is understated since it's already such a bright dress. My dress also comes in a multi color stripe and green if yellow isn't your thing. I would recommend sizing up with this particular brand - I'm wearing a UK 10 and the fit is spot on. For reference I'm typically a small or size 2 in dresses. 

If color isn't normally your thing, I encourage you to try it out - even if it's just baby steps with a clutch or pair of fun earrings. For instance, I used to HATE wearing red and now it makes up a huge chunk of my wardrobe. One day I just decided to give it another shot and now I absolutely love wearing that color! I feel like as we get older it's important to shake things up a bit and not stick to what we've always worn in the past. Change is good, and that includes your wardrobe choices! 

Keep scrolling to get colorful inspo for rompers, dresses, tops + more!

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This post is in partnership with River Island, a brand I love. All selections and opinions are my own. Thank you River Island for sponsoring this post!

 THE SHOPBOP SALE IS HERE!

USE CODE: EVENT18

20% OFF Purchases under $500

25% OFF Purchases of $500 or more

**ON ALL FULL PRICE AND SALE ITEMS**

One of my favorite sales of the year is here! Now is the time to take advantage and scoop up all your favorites - even those splurge-worthy items that give you all the heart eyes! I've included my top picks in TONS of categories for you! Remember that the more you spend, the bigger discount you get once you checkout. If you're looking for anything specific aside from the below - please feel free to reach out and let me know. I'm here to help YOU find the best deals! Happy shopping !!

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