June 6, 2017

Let’s Catch Up: April/May

Happy Wednesday friends! Since I’ve been on a roll with the blog as of last week (see my travel posts from California here and here), I figured it was time to catch up on everything thats been going on lately!

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a post like this (January maybe?) so it’s totally overdue. The last two months were absolutely hectic, in all the best ways possible though. So I thought it would be fun to share what I’ve been up to via my iPhone pics. Some of these pics you might recognize from Instagram, but others never quite made it on there…..

Grab a cup of coffee because this is a long one, I hope you enjoy!

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My sister and I took a trip to Upper Shirley Vineyards towards the end of March. It was my first time visiting, and I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was! The food of course was delicious (hello ham biscuits <333), but the property itself was just lovely. For those who live in Richmond, this vineyard is just a short drive away and worth the trip! And for those planning a wedding…this place really is a dream!

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My sister’s homemade acai bowl <33333

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The first weekend in April, my friends and I met up for a MUCH needed girls day. We went to brunch at “Supper” (which is TO die for…please check out how big that biscuit is above!) and brewery hopped around Scotts Addition. Of course we all were twinning in white….

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When Myles and I weren’t bouncing around all weekend, we were spending a lot of time with my sister and her boyfriends’ dogs. Dogsitting is literally the best of both worlds. Zeke especially is such a clown!

If you don’t already, be sure to follow me along on Insta – I’m always posting videos of these pups!  I especially can’t wait for our trip to the Outer Banks in 1.5 weeks. These two have no idea the fun they have ahead!

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We toured a few rehearsal dinner options and I think we finally found a winner.  More to come later this year once everything is finalized….

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Random- but I finally caved and purchased a Chanel classic flap bag from Snobswap. This has always been a dream bag of mine, so when I saw a used (but practically new) one on sale I took it as a sign (ha!) Needless to say I’m in love, and I can’t wait to carry this bag for years to come…..
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Cold Shoulder Top / Ripped Denim (on sale for $36!!! Use code SUMMER. I can’t get over the price for these) / Favorite Espadrilles (similar under $60)

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Hot Pink Bell Sleeve Dress ($55 and super flattering!)

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Myles and I made the trip to Atlanta one weekend in April for the most beautiful wedding! Everything from the hotel, to the rehearsal dinner, the ceremony, and reception was beyond perfect.

We’re so excited for the happy couple and so glad we got to celebrate them all weekend. I really wish I could share some of the pictures I took, but I’ll let the professional pictures speak for themselves. (I seriously can’t wait to see them!) Congrats to the Carrolls!

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While Myles was off hanging out with the groomsmen, I brunched with my bff from college. Hey Stro!

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Wedding #ootn: LOVE this dress! I can’t speak highly enough about it. The fit is true to size and it was super comfortable all night. Two thumbs up!

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The space was to die for!

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City views…..

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Sneak peek of some of the crafting I’ve been up to 😉 More to come with a wedding update! BTW I told my mom this is the ONLY crafting I’m up for …. Michaels/Hobby Lobby/etc stress me out …. (I think I’ll stick with accounting….)

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April showers bring May flowers….

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Bow Flats (seriously how cute are these? only like $20! They also come in taupe, black & blush ) / Tie Sleeve Sweatshirt

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We celebrated Mother’s Day with a big brunch at my parents house. It’s always so nice to get everyone together. Of course the meal wasn’t complete without more fresh flowers and key lime pie 😉 Love you Mom!

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I took off work on a random Wednesday to celebrate my 28th birthday with my parents (in Lilly of course!) Our birthday lunch tradition at Brio might be one of my favorites (the salmon is SO good!) As always, my mom gave me the cutest gift-  how adorable are these signs?!

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Love my ‘new’ monogram Yeti from such sweet friends!

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Catch Up#ootn: Blush top ($42 and the perfect wardrobe staple. I own it in black as well) / White Denim (great quality for the price!) / Favorite Espadrilles (similar under $60)

No birthday’s complete without a birthday dinner 😉 Myles and I celebrated at one of my favorite restaurants, The Boathouse, and as always it didn’t disappoint.

I’m not going to lie, you might see my birthday outfit on repeat all spring/ summer….

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What dreams are made of…Hayley Paige <33333333

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And to continue on with the birthday celebrations…. My college bffs visited from ATL and DC for a weekend of catching up and wedding dress shopping! I can’t even explain how blessed I am for these girls in my life, as well as my mom and big sister <3

We had the best day full of champagne, dresses on dresses, lunch with views of the James, visiting the most gorgeous boutique I’ve ever seen (seriously, that chandelier deserves all the heart emojis), and of course pizza 😉 I’ll be sharing more on my dress shopping experience later….but all I can say is I’m pretty sure we found the one!!! The day honestly couldn’t have been more perfect- basically as cliche as that sounds. So thank ya’ll for making it so special!!! Can’t wait until 5/5/18

And last but not least, lately I’ve been addicted to Jcrew/Jcrew Factory…

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Top (sold out but love this one) / White Denim (great quality for the price!) / Favorite Espadrilles (similar under $60)

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Tie-Waist Tee / Striped Midi Skirt (even better, the waist is elastic!)

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I had to throw in some Lilly Pulitzer because it wouldn’t be spring without it 😉

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Tie- Waist Tee / White Shorts ($10!!!) I have these in a few colors / Nikes (similiar)

Well friends, I think that’s about it. I hope you enjoyed this post and I can’t wait to get back into the swing of blogging. I have so many fun things planned ahead that I want to share – including the rest of my California travel posts, a family beach trip this month, wedding updates (I’m thinking of doing these monthly?), more J Crew Factory finds (I definitely did some damage…), as well as a big trip Myles and I have planned for early September!!

It’s going to be a great summer and I can’t wait to have ya’ll along for the ride.

Thanks for reading <3

XOXO

August 2, 2016

July Instagram Roundup

Good morning friends, and happy Tuesday! I’m back with another monthly Instagram roundup here on the lil’ ole blog (can we talk about how fast July flew by…seriously so crazy to me!) July was quite the hectic month, filled with work trips and long weekends, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It also was a big month for simpleyetchic. I feel like this month I’ve really pushed myself to continue learning more and more about blogging & photography – I can’t wait to see what August has in store, as I’m feeling super inspired!

Anyways, I wanted to roundup my favorite memories/outfits from July for ya’ll. I’ve linked items that are still in stock in case you are curious 😉

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Celebrating the 4th in Philly! – Topshop Top (under $30), Wedges

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This Lilly shift is to die for (almost identical here for this season). I’m also crushing on this one (hello, elephants!)

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Scored a killer deal from Nordstrom Rack (these Joe’s jeans we 50% off!) Similar here.

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Southern Frock makes the cutest dresses/tops with ruffle details.

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Iona Shells are perfect for work – especially when it’s 100 degrees!

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This Jcrew Factory Dress fits like a dream – similar style here

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Probably my favorite outfit from the month for date night – this hot pink tank is such a gorgeous color! (similar style here, comes in 8 colors)

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Wore this adorable romper (on sale here!) to Kabana, a new rooftop bar in downtown RVA (highly recommend!)

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Work trip all the way in Salt Lake City, Utah- this shift survived the flight with minimal wrinkles (win, win!)

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Explored downtown St. Pete, Florida in this sassy two piece set from Lilly (insert all the heart eye emojis <3)

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Show Me Your Mumu is a necessity for any beach vacation (specifically this romper)

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THIS Mumu dress is even more gorgeous in person (on sale here)

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Flowy Lilly dresses are also staples for me when traveling to Florida (easy & breezy for the heat!)

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This ruffle hem top from BR is such an easy piece to throw on for work (sold out, identical here)

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Another date night look – love the details on this Good Night Macaroon top – blogged here

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My first collab on simpleyetchic with VacayStyle (!!!) – blogged here– how gorgeous is this 2 piece jumpsuit!?

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And because you haven’t heard enough about the #NSALE this month 😉 – this $15 tee & cashmere sweater were some of my favorite purchases!

Phew, that was quiet the roundup. I hope this post inspired ya’ll to wear something bright & cheery, as we only have a few weeks left this summer (time to start checking things off that bucket list!) 

Thank you for stopping by, I really am grateful for each of you.

XOXO,

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July 5, 2016

June Round Up

Hey friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful long 4th of July weekend! Myles and I spent time up in Philly visiting his family, and it was much needed – as always it goes to quick though (which just means we need to plan another trip ASAP)

For today’s post, I wanted to share another monthly round up. June has been one of my favorite months of 2016, filled with plenty of sunshine, family vacations, and more blog shoots with Myles (still LOVING my new camera lens)

I hope ya’ll enjoy this little peek into my month……

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Started the month off right celebrating National Donut Day at Duck Donuts – <if you live in RVA you have to try this bacon goodness!> Shorts are on sale here for less than $15

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Finally upgraded my camera lens this month! I am in love <3 and can not stop snapping away! (FYI I picked up this one from Best Buy, which is currently on sale)

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Olive Top / Bottom & Black Top / Bottom

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Blue Tassel Romper (only $15!)

As always, before any vacation I had to pick up a few new pieces! These swim suits from Target were such a great deal for the quality & this romper is easily one of the comfiest I own (plus the color is to die for!)

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Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 5.47.28 PMMy family spent a week in Avon, NC for our annual beach vacation. The weather was beyond perfect, as well as the company. Anytime with family is the best time <3

You can see my full recap here
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Feeling inspired after purchasing my new lens, Myles and I had a few photo shoots this month which I loved! It had been awhile since we shot together, and I forgot how much fun it was (he seriously cracks me up!) A few of my favorite posts this month:

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My biggest splurge this month was this Kate Spade scalloped tote– I’d been eyeing similar styles and finally bit the bullet! I love the white for summer <3


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Finally, this top was one of my favorites (and an Insta fave!) this month. I adore the fit, and the flirty off the shoulder – such a perfect date night look!

I hope ya’ll enjoyed a peek into my month. I really can’t wait to see what July has in store (hint: a trip to Utah (!!!!), back to St. Pete, and hopefully plenty of time spent at the pool)

Thanks for reading – be sure to check back Thursday where I’ll be sharing one of my favorite new tops (and brands!)

XOXO,

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June 3, 2016

May Insta Round- Up

One of the things I love most about having an Instagram account is being able to look back and see my daily outfits throughout the month! It’s helped me think outside the box, and wear items I either haven’t worn in awhile, or generally would style differently.

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite outfits from May. With the weather getting warmer and summer finally in the air, I’ve been wearing a ton of bright prints mixed with a lot of white ***emphasis on A LOT*** 

Here are just a few of my faves….Some items are new, while others are from past seasons – in which case I’ve given you similar options at a good price point.

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Chambray Shirt / Red Shorts (personal favorite, under $15!) / Miller Sandals / Crossbody (similar for $20, I might have to get this as well, love the tassel!…….)

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Lobstah Roll Skirt (Etsy, so many prints to chose from) / Button Down (Outlets) / Jacks / Necklace

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Watch/ Bracelet one and two

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Off the Shoulder Top (awesome quality for the price!) / White Denim 

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White Denim (an Old Navy favorite!) / Peplum Tank (love this solid version for $9!) / Wedges

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Bell Sleeve Top (LOVE, under $18, can be worn as a crop top as well) / Printed shorts (old, similar here which I might need…..) 

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OOTD – Swing dress (I’ve worn this 5x already, and it’s under $35) / Cardigan (old, similar on sale for $17) / Bar Necklace / Bracelet 1 and 2

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White top (old, but similar style here) / Printed Pants (under $30) / Jacks

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White top (my favorite purchase in May!) / Scallop Shorts (old, similar for $20) 

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Striped Romper ($15) / Necklace

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Oversized Tee (under $10) / Demin Shorts (I’ve been wearing these ones non-stop, only $30) / Hunter Boots

I hope you find some inspiration from some of these outfits. If you have any favorites, please share!

XOXO,

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May 20, 2016

April/May Roundup – Life Lately <3

Wow, I can’t believe its already mid- May! Where has the time gone?

Today I decided I should probably pop in and catch ya’ll up on life lately. It sure has been a hectic, but fun last few weeks filled with nonstop travel (which if you follow me on Instagram -kimsyc- you’ve seen)

I figured it would be easiest to back track through pictures, while sharing some of my favorite purchases for the spring/summer, as well as some of the adventures I’ve had along the way…..

So sit back, grab a coffee, diet coke, glass of wine or whatever you are into and enjoy! <Also, I’ve gone ahead and linked my favorite purchases below as well, if you are curious where items are from >


Mid- April I made a quick weekend trip up to D.C. to visit my college girlfriends. As always, the weekend went way too quick, but was such a good time. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for brunching on the Georgetown waterfront (highly recommend if you’re visiting) and watching the sunset in downtown D.C. from the W hotel. I already can’t wait to go back, I miss having them close by…..

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Shorts / White Tee / Sandals / Necklace / Cardigan (old, similar for $15!)

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Bracelet 12  / 3 / 4 (PS – I became a Stella & Dot stylist as well, but that’s a topic for another day..)

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Jacket (on sale for 30% off!) / White Denim  /  Wedges  / Necklace / Phone Case

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Peplum Tank (on sale for $13!) / Ripped Demin (my favorite pair this spring) / Wedges (definitely worth the investment)

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After a fun-filled weekend, it was back to the work grind for a few days before packing our things and heading to Philly to visit Myles’ family. While in Philly we ate SO much delicious food (including Tacconelli’s- my favorite pizza ever- if you are in Philly it’s a MUST), explored downtown and had drinks on Moshulu (highly recommend, it’s such a cool spot on the river), saw gorgeous tulips at the height of their bloom, and just enjoyed time spent with family……

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Chambray Top / White Denim / Bar Necklace (my favorite necklace right now- it’s only $59 and if you order you will receive $25 in Dot Dollars too!) / Sandals (TJ Maxx, but similar here for under $35)

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What dreams are made of…hahah….

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Lilly Pulitzer Tunic (old, but I adore this print here) / White Denim (on repeat…) / Jacks

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In early May I hosted my first Stella and Dot trunk show. It was so much fun having friends over and looking at pretty jewelry  – it was also an excuse to do some much needed spring cleaning in our apartment. I’m definitely looking forward to entertaining more this summer (especially once the pool officially opens for Memorial Day!)

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OOTD – Swing dress (such a closet staple and under $35) / Cardigan (old, similar on sale for $17) / Bar Necklace / Bracelet 1 and 2

A few days after my trunk show, Myles and I took a day trip up to Charlottesville to see Dave Matthews in concert. This trip has become somewhat of an annual tradition that I’ve grown to love – DMB is by far my favorite (his music always reminds me of roadtrips with my mom <3 )  We had some time to kill before the concert, so we stopped at a few breweries and just enjoyed the gorgeous weather…..

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Jean shorts (under $31!) /  White top (similar) / Sandals /  Necklace

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And if that wasn’t enough travel, Myles and I also just got back from a trip to Florida. I think it’s safe to say we will be going back soon 😉 Since this post is getting a tad long, I’m going to do a separate recap on that trip as well as my birthday weekend – I still can’t believe I’m 27…..

Anyways, as always thank you for reading. I hope everyone has a great weekend! Stay tuned for an outfit post coming in the next few days as well… (time to dust off that camera)

XOXO,

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