Styling the Black Pencil Skirt


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

When you think "black pencil skirt," your first mental image is probably something very 9-to-5. But, when it's a black scuba pencil skirt, it has a little more personality than just your typical workwear skirt. I wanted to find a fun way to style a piece like this that's ordinarily mundane and most of the time overlooked. That pencil skirt you've shoved in depths of your closet deserves a little time to shine for fall. 

I decided to pair mine with a sweatshirt with a bit of an edge. I've been a fan of the windowpane pattern since last fall, so I really like this J.Crew Factory sweatshirt with a graphic sleeve. It's a sweatshirt that is comfortable without looking sloppy. I also love the blue version here.

As long as it's still in the mid-to-high 80's in Baton Rouge, I'm going to continue rocking my black mules. I can't get enough of these guys! Other accessories in today's post include my gray Elaine Turner crossbody, and you probably noticed my brightly colored bracelet stack. Both of the pink bracelets are benefitting Breast Cancer Awareness. I'll have a very special post up later today explaining the origins of both and how you can participate. Stay tuned for that this afternoon!

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SWFW with Hilton Sandestin Beach


Monday, October 20, 2014

If you are following @apinchoflovely on Instagram, you probably saw my recent posts from my trip to South Walton Fashion Week! While I had previously heard of the event, this was my first time attending. And while I'm sure you're thinking - a beach trip in October? - let me tell you, this was a gorgeous, gorgeous time to visit the beach! I'm already mentally planning another October trip next year - beautiful weather, beaches that weren't over-crowded, no traffic, SEC football - it was just weekend perfection.

SWFW and Hilton Sandestin Beach invited a small group of bloggers to spend the weekend taking in the sites and events, and I was so excited to be a part in the festivities along with Jenn from Haute Off the Rack, Danielle from Just Dandy, Serena from The Spicy Stiletto and Amy from Chicago Streetstyle. We arrived to a lavish room in the Hilton Sandestin (compared to our last hotel room at NYFW, Jenn and I were pretty much living like kings in our Hilton hotel room, haha). On our weekend agenda, there was a lively cocktail party at the Tommy Bahama store and restaurant, brunch by the beach at Vue on 30A, Seaside trunk shows and evening fashion shows of course!

Over the course of the weekend, it became so clear to me why South Walton is such a popular vacation destination - it offers so much more than the beach! The shops in Seaside gave me a glimpse of the great fashion and art community. The food, my goodness the food, was amazing at every stop including our dinner at Seagars in the Hilton. I ate alllll weekend long (yikes!) Oh and I might have had a few cocktails too including a refreshing mojito at The Red Bar, a local dive bar that's famous for it's celebrity patrons.

If that's not enough, I got some serious pampering time at the Serenity by the Sea spa inside of the Sandestin resort. While I really enjoyed all of our activities, it was nice to take a little time out to relax. That and a little beach time was such a nice escape. My full-time job has been keeping me on my toes lately, and I might have needed a little time to decompress. 

At night, we saw fashion shows by an excellent group of emerging designers and a sampling of the styles offered at the local boutiques and stores. The whole production was so upbeat and one could really see the support behind the local fashion industry.

I can't say enough thanks to everyone who made this weekend possible and so much fun. I loved every second of my time in South Walton and hope to get back very soon! If you are planning a weekend beach getaway, Hilton Sandestin Beach is a resort where you have everything you need right around you - beach, restaurants, shopping and the spa. Take a look at South Walton for your next family vacation or girl's weekend!

Friday Favorites 10/17/14


Friday, October 17, 2014

Loft - 40% off all sweaters and tops + free shipping on $125+ thru Sunday
Madewell - extra 30% off all sale styles w/ code PICKMEUP thru Monday
Missguided - up to 50% off autumn styles
ASOS - up to 50% off work dresses; mid season sale
Saks Fifth Avenue - Friends & Family sale; code FRNFAM for 25% off until Oct. 19
Anthropologie - 30% off select sweaters, tees and pants
Kate Spade - 30% off with code F14FFUS
Saturday - 30% off with code F14FFUS
NastyGal - up to 80% off 100+ styles all weekend long
Gap - up to 60% off fall sale favorites
Loft - all sweaters and tops now 40% off

*will be adding to the sales lists for this weekend as I get them!


Sorry for the missing Thursday post yesterday! Sometimes my day job calls, and I've been spending long workdays at the office which has finally caught up with me. To try to make up for it, I've got a Dr. Scholl's giveaway going on (keep scrolling down after this post to enter!) where you can win a pair from the latest collection all for yourself!

Happy weekend everyone!

Dr. Scholl's Fall Giveaway!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Over the past two weeks, I've styled two different pairs of shoe styles from the Dr. Scholl's fall collection. The first being the Melrose black knee boot and the second being my Scout animal print slip-ons. Which was your favorite? This is super important because you can WIN the pair that you love the most in today's giveaway with the shoe brand!

So via the Rafflecopter widget below, enter with the required steps and enter your favorite shoe style - the Melrose boot or the Scout slip-on. I can't wait to see which one you guys love the most!

Giveaway will end in one week. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. 

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