A Taste of Nashville

Nashville has quickly become one of my favorite cities and I know I’m not alone because more than 100 people move to Nashville each DAY. That’s crazy! It comes as no surprise that a city with so much new development and momentum would be a foodie and destination seeking heaven! When you think of Nashville, you might think solely of Southern Comfort food which there is no shortage of BUT what you didn’t know about Nashville is the vast variety of food options. If you’re a BBQ loving carnivore or a Vegan with serious sweet tooth, there’s something for you in this amazing city.

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I love Nashville and try to visit as often as possible, which honestly isn’t often enough. So, one thing I really love about Nashville is the many neighborhoods that make this large city seem smaller. My personal favorite is 12th south! Here’s a list of some of my favorite places … it’s a long one so hang tight!

Proper Bagel

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Bar Taco

Frothy Monkey

Las Paletas 

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Martin’s BBQ

Slim and Husky’s 

Bella Nashville (Germantown)

Calypso Cafe

Acme Feed and Seed

Biscuit Love 

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Sinema

Adele’s Nashville

Five Daughter’s Bakery

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Franklin Juice Company

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Pinewood Social

Party Fowl

Saint Anejo

The Stillery 

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Attaboy

House of Cards

Patterson House

Skull’s

Gray & Dudley

Henley

Pastaria

Milk and Honey

Kung Fu Saloon

Okay, so I know that was a huge list of boozy and foodie favorites but I couldn’t help myself! It will be so hard for you to choose where to go to get your own taste of Nashville and I hope this list helps you narrow down your options!

 

xx, Kaitlyn

Cyber Monday 2018

Happy Cyber Monday, Friends!

Before you come for me with pitch forks, let me explain. As much as I love blogging, my audience prefers to see my life unfold on Instagram. So, while I enjoy writing about deals, life experiences, reviews of places, etc… I want to make sure my audience is getting my content where they want it most! Earlier this year I tried to set a goal to blog on a consistent basis, but, we all know how that turned out. So, instead of promising the world, I’ll leave you with this; I’m going to continue to blog when it makes the most sense for not only my audience, but for me. I strongly encourage others to do what makes the most sense to them so I’m going to live by my own virtue as well.

Okay, on to the goods! Cyber Monday is here, everyone … although I feel like Cyber Monday and Black Friday have been going on for the entire month of November …. anyone else get that vibe? I know my credit card does. I’ve made a list of my favorite sales from my favorite places for you to shop! Most of these deals are only valid until midnight tonight so grab your credit card (as if you haven’t already) and treat yourself (and your family/friends, come on now don’t be selfish) to some goods!

Alex and Ani // free gift and 25% off everything

American Eagle // 50% off sweaters and 40% off everything

Anthropologie // 30% off everything

Banana Republic // 50% off everything

Baublebar // 35% off with code CYBER35

Express // 50% off everything

Free People // 50% off select styles and an additional 30% off sale items

Jcrew // 60% off sale styles and 50% off everything else

Jcrew Factory // 50% off new arrivals and up to 80% off sale items with code ADD2CART

Kendra Scott // 20% off all purchases, 25% off $100+, and 30% off $200+

Loft // 50% off everything with code CYBER

Madewell // 25% off everything

Matisse Footwear // 30% off full price items with code CYBER30

Neiman Marcus // 25% off select styles and gift card opportunities based on amount spent

Nordstrom // up to 60% off select styles (there’s a LOT on sale!!)

Nordstrom Rack // spend $150 get $25 back, 50% off dyson vacuums, extra 30% off sale items

Rebecca Minkoff // total amount discounts (25% off $100+, 30% off $200+, etc…)

Revolve // extra 20% off and up to 75% off on new markdowns

Saks Fifth Avenue // get $50 every $200 you spend

Sephora // up to 50% off new markdowns (a ton of goodies have been added!)

Show Me Your Mumu // 50% off everything including sale with code CYBERMUNDAY

Target // 15% off site wide and BOGO 60% clothing & shoes

Tarte // 25% off site wide and up to 60% off new markdowns

ThirdLove // buy one, give one (to victims effected by fires in california!!), $25 off strapless bras, and 30% off select styles

Tory Burch // 30% off $250+

Ugg // up to 60% off select items

Ulta // $10 off $50 or more and up to 50% off select items + my favorite mascara is 50% off today online only!!! (benefit roller lash)

Urban Outfitters // $50 off $150, $25 off $100, $10 off $50

Victoria’s Secret // 40%-50% off all bras and BOGO sleepwear/lingerie

Vineyard Vines // 40% off sale styles and 25% off full price items

xx,

Kaitlyn

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018

Hiiiiiiiii everyone! As you can tell, I’m EXCITED to bring my 2018 #nsale picks to you. This is honestly my favorite sale of the year, because so many of my favorite brands go on sale and I can scoop them up for that low-low. I don’t live super close to a Nordy so I had to shop the first day of the sale super early (4AM) online which was totally fine and completely worth it because a PJ party with my laptop is basically my favorite thing ever. However, I did shop in store for a few items that I wanted to try-on before buying. I won’t bombard you with too many of my picks and I tried to make sure everything I’m sharing with you is 100% affordable or an incredible deal. So, without further adieu, let’s jump on in!

Tops/Jackets:

1 – BB Dakota Faux Suede Drap Jacket $69

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I love finding jackets that are casual like this one, like a hybrid cardigan! BB Dakota is a great brand to invest in and it’s even better when it’s on sale.

2 – BP. Raw Edge V-Neck Tee $11

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Okay, hi! $11 for a tee? I’m sold. This tee comes in a variety of colors, many of which are still fully in stock! Grab some while you can. (I bought three!)

3 – BP. Twist Front Sweater $31

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I thought this was so cute with the twist front detail! What I really like is the fact that this can be worn casually or you could definitely dress this sweater up for a night out.

4 – Chelsea28 Lace Yoke Top $45

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When I saw this, I immediately thought of fall and how cute this would look layered under a cardigan with some dark (or black) denim. It comes in four colors and I wish one of those would have been black BUT that’s okay. This rust color sold me!

5 – Free People Found My Friend Sweater $51

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I love Free People but I love freep even more when I find it on sale. This cute sweater can be worn off one shoulder and comes in a variety of colors! So cute for fall.

6 – BP. Colorblock Sweater $31

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I really love neutral colors so I was drawn to this mock neck sweater! This isn’t something I would typically buy, but I think styled with some distressed black denim, it will be a cute piece to have for fall.

7 – BP. Lace Trim Camisole $22

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Super cute and super feminine! Great for layering but sadly almost sold out (hopefully they’ll restock!!)

8 – Woven Heart Chenille Sweater $36

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Well, clearly, I had fall on my mind when I shopped the sale yesterday morning because I am so excited to style this sweater all fall long!

 

Bottoms:

1 – Madewell 10-Inch High Waist Skinny Jeans $89

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If you didn’t know, Madewell denim is my absolute favorite of all time. I currently don’t own any high waist jeans like this so I was super excited to score them for such a deal! (Madewell denim runs true to size)

2 – Zella Live-In Legging $35

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If there’s ONE thing you pick up from this sale, it needs to be these leggings. I legitimately live in these leggings 75% of the time. I compare them to Lululemon quality but at a much more reasonable price point.

3 – Leith Surplice Jumpsuit $52

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Jumpsuits have 100% been my go-to this spring/summer. Naturally, I’m obsessed with this one and I love the tasteful cut out in the front.

4 – Levi’s 501 Destroyed Boyfriend Jean $85

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I’ve been looking for a cute, destroyed pair of boyfriend jeans and these were the savior! They’re so cute and, in my opinion, destroyed perfectly. I can’t wait to style these with a tee and a pair of heels!

Shoes:

1 – Hunter Original Tall Rain Boot $99

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Hunters are my favorite for fall, winter, and spring (at least here in the midwest)! This is an amazing deal and a great time to snag a pair for yourself considering they’re usually $150 or more.

2 – Sam Edelman Caprice Boot $149

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I had been eyeing these boots for a while and truly couldn’t justify paying full price so when I saw that they were included in the sale, I was off the wall with excitement (it’s the little things in life, people!!) These boots come in three colors, I’m personally most excited for the black ones.

3 – Steve Madden Trace Studded Mule $50

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I’m pretty sure these were the first things in my cart yesterday morning, partially because I don’t own anything like them and because I envisioned so many of my favorite fall styles pairing so well with them.

4 – Adidas Flashback Sneaker $68

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You really can’t go wrong with a pair of classic sneakers! I’m always on the hunt for fairly priced athletic shoes and what I love about this pair is that they can be paired with a casual, athleisure outfit.

 

Accessories:

1 – Tory Burch Marsden Crossbody – $151

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This beauty comes in four colors and, at this price, you really can’t beat it! I’m a huge fan of crossbody bags and an even bigger fan of Tory Burch bags so when I can grab one for over 50% off, you better believe I jump on that opportunity.

2 – Kendra Scott Miku Drop Earring $39

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I had to pick these cuties up when I saw that they were on sale! They come in three metals; gold, silver, and rose gold.

3 – Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody $149

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I’m crying a little on the inside because I bought a crossbody super similar to this one last fall at a much higher price and I’m kicking myself for not waiting! This is a super cute bag to take you through the fall and into winter. Is anyone else happy leopard print is back?

4 – Brixton Baker Boy Cap $31

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Everyone is obsessed with this style of hat and I can see why! I scored one on sale so I’m going to see if I’m cool enough to pull off this style.

Beauty:

1 – drybar The Most Wonderful Waves Set $165

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You already know I love drybar (if you didn’t, now you do)! Any time I can grab something like this for a friend or as a gift, I try to. This is such an incredible deal because the curling wand alone is $165!

 

2 – St. Tropez Jumbo Self Tan Express Mousse $49

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Like being tan without the worry? Me too! St. Tropez is one of my favorite tanning lotion brands AND this self tan express mousse has been my go-to allllllll summer! You’re getting the JUMBO for the price of the regular size bottle.

3 – NARS Undressed Liquid Lip Set $49

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I’ve been really obsessed with NARS liquid lip lately and I’m so happy to see this set of four on sale for such a great price!

4 – Luxie Face Complexion Set $35

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These are some of my favorite makeup brushes ever! $35 for this set is an absolute steal.

 

Happy Shopping, friends! Leave a comment with your favorite items!

xx, Kaitlyn

 

Play Hard: Chicago

It’s no surprise that Chicago is my home away from home and I absolutely love experiencing new things the city has to offer. My friends know I’m the gal to go to for recommendations in the city and I thought I’d bring my list of favorites to life by sharing it with all of you!

Drinks and Eats:

Three Dots and a Dash – MY FAVORITE BAR EVER. It’s grown wildly popular for it’s underground (yes, you heard me, underground!) tiki theme and imported rums in the last few years so you’ll need to make a reservation but I promise it’s worth it.

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Pops for Champagne – We all know I love my champagne and pops definitely delivers the best selection of champs and cheese boards!

Raised Bar – I actually did an entire review of Raised Bar last year so I’ll link it here and let that post do the talking.

The Up Room at The Robey – I was lucky enough to collab with The Robey earlier this year and had the best experience at The Up Room! The views were incredible and the drinks were all hand crafted.

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Cindy’s Rooftop – Another place with a great view and trendy drinks!

LondonHouse Rooftop – Hellllooooo perfect view of the Chicago River! This rooftop terrace is one of the prettiest in Chicago to grab a drink and admire the beauty of Chi Town.

Cubby Bear – A typical bar located in Wrigleyville but perfect for a pre-Cubs game drink!

Quartino – Honestly, one of my favorite Italian restaurants ever. I love pasta and I love pasta even more if it’s fresh/homemade. Let’s not forget about their Lemoncello Martini!

Public House Chicago – One of my favorite stops in River North for not only a great brunch but for their boozy cake shakes!

Giordano’s Pizza – Don’t come for me, this is my FAV deep dish ‘za in Chicago and always will be.

Rosebud – A cute restaurant with some Italian flare in River North.

Beatrix – With a couple of locations in Chi, this is one of the best places for a girl’s Sunday Funday brunch! (my girl gang and I went to the one in the west loop!)

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The Q – I’m not a huge fan of BBQ but The Q always serves up some delicious southern ‘Q.

Hub 51 – A great, American classic restaurant where you can devour a burger and fries or a few cocktails!

Portillos – I hate hotdogs so I can’t personally vouch for this but everyone says Portillos is THE place to get a legit Chicago dog. The cheese fries are delish too!

Noyane – SUSHI and a view!

Velvet Taco – Theeee place to taco ’bout! Everyone loves Velvet Taco and if you go, you’ll see why!

Big Star Taco – Margs? Check. Family style tacos? Check. Multiple Salsa Options? Check.

STK – I literally loveeeeee STK. I recently visited the Las Vegas location and the food is literally always amazing. Slightly pricey but totally worth it!

Tavern on Rush – A chic, trendy place to grab lunch or dinner. Great for groups too!

Steak 48 – Another super good place to get a steak cooked to absolute perfection.

Goddess and the Grocer – Absolutely obsessed with G&G. Super fresh ingredients and so great for a tasty lunch.

Hampton Social – The best frosé in the game and the cutest vine wall ever! (also great for brunch)

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Summer House Santa Monica – Beachy vibes and great food.

Where to Stay? 

I’m partial to River North because that’s just where I like to hang out so most of my favorites are in that area! 

Acme Hotel Company – If you follow me on Instagram you already know I love this place with my whole heart. The vibes, the location, the staff, the cleanliness … everything is amazing! Can’t say I love it enough!

The Gwen – A cute, swanky hotel in close proximity to Michigan Ave and the River front.

The Dana – Adorable hotel complete with spa! Who could want more?

Moxy Chicago Downtown – a NEW hotel to Chicago. Similar vibes to that of Acme but located a little south of River North in the loop!

Where to Play?

Cubs Game – I’m a Cubs fan and have been since basically birth! So, I’m partial to a Cubs game but the White Sox fans know how to party too. Either way, you really can’t go wrong … but … Wrigleyville has my heart.

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The Bean – A Chicago classic attraction. Pro Tip: Go early before all the tourists get there … oops probably shouldn’t give away my secret 😉

Navy Pier – It’s always a good time at Navy Pier! River cruises, Chicago eye, the conservatory … all the best things in one place!

Lincoln Park Zoo – What better way to spend an afternoon?

Social 25 – A club in River North with an upstairs and downstairs. In my prime, I may or may not have danced on a table of two in the basement of this place.


I’m always updating my list of favorites in Chicago so don’t hesitate to ask me for more recommendations and if I didn’t cover something you wish I would have in this post, let me know!

xx, Kaitlyn

 

Passion for Influence

A while back I made an Instagram Story (if you don’t follow me on IG, I post stories about my dog and food mostly – it’s quality stuff!) about taking a break from blogging. I wasn’t creating content I loved and I simply didn’t feel inspired to write about things I was truly passionate about. Sure, I can produce content weekly, even daily if I wanted to, but that’s not why I’m here in my little corner of the internet. I’m here because I have a passion for creating. So, long story short, I opted not to produce content just for the sake of having a blog post go live and I hope my followers can appreciate that because when I do post they know they’re getting the maximum.

Sooo frequently I’m asked “how do I become an influencer!?” or “how do I get free product?!” or “how do I start making money on Instagram!?” … and I’m always taken back before I answer. You see, you can’t go into this industry of blogging and being an influencer with the mindset that you’ll be able to quit your job immediately and bask in the glory of “free product” in exchange for a post. If that’s what your intention is, I’ll tell you right now, you probably won’t be happy. Being an influencer takes work, real work, and you’re not always compensated for your time. It’s not as simple as standing next to a cool wall with a cute outfit and taking photos. It’s creating content even when you’re not in front of a camera, planning your blog posts, and most importantly, constantly having your “business” in mind. Being that my background is in Public Relations and Marketing, specifically as it relates to social media, I have a really good grasp on the influencer market and on the ever changing world of Instagram, my platform of choice. Instagram is like an actual game of risk because it takes planning and determination to grow yourself organically. I could go on forever about Instagram but I’ll save that for another blog post. I’m continuously researching how to better myself and how to combat Instagram’s algorithm so that I’m able to share my successes and my failures with not only my Instagram friends but companies and brands. Now, remember what the title of this blog post is? Passion for Influence. That’s something raw and real. Each day, as I’m plotting my attack on IG (heehee), I remind myself why I’m doing what I do. Each time I have a fluctuation in engagement or my follower count isn’t at a constant incline, I remind myself why I continue to do what I do. Here’s the short answer, I have a passion for influencing others. I believe strongly that the power of influence can impact the lives of many and that’s why I’m here. Most of the time, I’m sharing products I love or collaborating with companies that I love to give you guys the best reviews and testimonials. However, I’m also sharing when I fall short. I’m hoping that by not only sharing the good but the bad too, that I’m able to positively impact someone. It’s not always about the number of followers you have or your engagement score, it’s about having fun with your content and being transparent to your followers!

Usually, when I tell people the long version of that story, they either decide that becoming an influencer isn’t as easy as they originally thought it would be and they move on with their life or they take the challenge head on to begin growing their brand. I’m not an expert and I have a long way to go to be where I want to be. There will always be influencers who are better than I am and do way more than I ever could, but I know that at the end of the day I’m giving this path I’ve chosen my all to strive for my ultimate goal of spreading my passion to create content and positively influence others to the masses. Happy Monday!

 

xx, Kaitlyn 

Dote Shopping

Happy March, everyone!

I knowwww, it’s been like a solid month since I’ve actively blogged, woops! It’s okay though because I’m back with the hottest app that you need to download like … yesterday. What’s the app? Where can you find it? Why is it so great? No fear, I’ll tell you.

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Dote Shopping is an app that hosts all of your favorite clothing brands in one place with one check out. Literally everything I’ve ever wanted in an app because what’s more annoying than ordering online and having to go to multiple stores or open multiple apps and place multiple different orders just to get the items you want? Think of Dote like your personal mobile mall. You select the brands that you love and those brands are what get featured in your feed so you’re really getting to fine tune what you want to see. The best part? You get to take your mobile mall with you wherever you go! Also, Dote notifies you when items you’ve saved go on sale or when brands you love are having a sale so there’s no more missing out on those amazing deals. Currently there are roughly 150 stores on Dote and that number continues to grow each week!

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When I first heard about Dote, I was skeptical because it sounded WAY too good to be true but I created my account, placed my first order, and fell in love. It’s just that good. One of my favorite parts about Dote is that you’re able to create lists to categorize your favorite items and items that you want to buy but want to wait for the item to go on sale. It’s an awesome way to organize your “wish lists”.

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They’re not paying me to say any of this, I just genuinely love using Dote and think that all of you will too! Dote is available in the app store and if you use my code at check out “JPQJ” you’ll get $5 off your order.

If you download the app, be sure to follow me by clicking here so I can connect with you on Dote!

xx, Kaitlyn

Serving Looks: Valentine’s Day

Dinner, drinks, date night extravaganza! I don’t know about you, but those are three D’s I’m all about. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite looks for Valentine’s Day both casual and not for any Valentine’s Day Dat Night you might encounter.

(Side note: What are your plans? I still don’t have any and need to figure that ish out real quick!)


First Look: Edgy VDay Vibes

This first look, I am in love with and probably going to recreate in some way for Valentine’s Day depending on my tentative plans. I’m living for the black strapless jumpsuit paired with the moto jacket. I’m not a huge fan of red or pink and, to be honest, both colors are super unflattering on my skin tone. SOOOOO, I’ve incorporated a little pop of red with the pumps. Not to mention, the pumps are leopard print – need I say more?

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BlankNYC Life Changer Moto Jacket

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Adelyn Rae Strapless Jumpsuit

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Sam Edelman Haide Feather Pump

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Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Crossbody


 

Second Look: Girlie Girl Gang

This outfit is lace, grace, and va-va-voom in your face …. (this is why I don’t write poems and I’m rolling my eyes at myself right now)! ANYWAY, this stunning romper has been all over the internet the last year or so and I’m telling you, it’s here to stay. It makes perfect sense for a date night because it’s comfortable and moveable, yet the lace overlay adds a layer of elegance to the piece. Paired with some simple nude pumps (or if you’re blessed with the genes of height, flats), you have yourself an adorable Valentine’s Day Date outfit.

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Socialite Lace Overlay Romper

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Sam Edelman Ankle Strap Sandal

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Vince Camuto Leather & Suede Clutch 


Third Look: Confidently Casual

This look is for a fun-type of Valentine’s Day Date … think Dave & Busters. This is for the girl who is totally cool with being casual and rocking her look while completely annihilating her date in arcade games at D&B. To be honest, I love this outfit and the best thing about it is that it’s versatile and can be worn on more occasions than simply Valentine’s Day. Also, Madewell denim has become my absolutely favorite recently. Anyone else feel that way? (#MadewellEveryday)

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Free People Cuddle Up Pullover

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Madewell Skinny Jeans

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BP. Block Heel Bootie

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Gold Kendra Scott Sophee Drop Earrings


 

Which look is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!

xx, Kaitlyn