Burgundy Dress for Fall

burgundy dress, big pearls and blonde curls, nordstrom burgundy dress

DRESS: Nordstrom | BOOTIES: Nordstrom | NECKLACE: Kendra Scott | RING: Kendra Scott | WATCH: Michael Kors | HANDBAG: Louis Vuitton

Photography: Southwell Photo

I have been loving this burgundy dress lately and had to share with y’all since cooler weather is creeping up on us. I was immediately drawn to this color because I always associate it with fall, but it comes in four other colors as well. The great thing about simple dresses like this is that there is no limit to the ways you can wear it. I threw on my favorite pair of booties to make it a little more fall appropriate!

For me, this is just one of those foolproof dresses. Not sure what to wear? Throw this burgundy dress on and add a couple of accessories, and you’re instantly going to look put together. It’s effortless, and that’s what I like about it. Not only that, but it’s incredibly versatile. I’ve already worn mine to church. Plus, I forgot to mention that it’s only $46. Considering the wear you can get out of it, I think it’s a pretty fair price!

I also wanted to mention that I’ve added a shop tab on my blog where you can directly purchase outfits or pieces that I’ve worn. I try to link exact options, but if they are out of stock, I will always try to look for something very similar. If you want to go directly to the source, I have all my outfits linked HERE.

Banff, Canada Day 4

Lake Agnes

The Big Beehive overlooking Mirror Lake

lake louise

canoeing on Lake Louise

eating at Melissa’s for the third time lol (chicken cordon bleu)

our cabin we stayed at Castle Mountain

 Wednesday morning, we had an earlier start than usual. Instead of going out to breakfast to celebrate my dad’s birthday like we had planned, we decided to get to Lake Louise first thing. This is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Banff and it gets really crowded really fast. We got there between 8 and 9am to beat the crowds.

Once we arrived at Lake Louise, first on the agenda was not to see the lake itself, but to hike to Lake Agnes. Let me go ahead and warn you, this hike is no joke. There and back took us around 3 or 4 hours. I will say this is an incredibly popular hike and well worth nearly dying to get there lol.

About 20 mins from Lake Agnes, you will reach Mirror Lake, which gives you a great view of the Big Beehive. Reaching the top was incredible though. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous. There is even a little tea house at the top where you can order tea and sandwiches. It was already super busy by the time we reached the top, so we passed on this. While up here, we hiked around part of the lake for an even better view and took lots of pictures. After spending a generous amount of time at Lake Agnes, we made the journey back down to Lake Louise.

After we finally made it back down, we were starving, so we went to the deli inside of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This hotel is absolutely stunning. It looks like a Swiss castle and sits right on Lake Louise. I wish we could’ve stayed here just for a night! We grabbed lunch and ate right by the lake. I also had a mini photo shoot here if you couldn’t tell lol It was so photogenic, I couldn’t help it! Side note, by this time, it was extremely crowded.

We had plans to canoe on Moraine Lake, but we were scared to chance it and leave since Lake Louise was already so busy. We decided just to stay and canoe at Lake Louise and we actually didn’t have to wait very long at all surprisingly. I will say that one of my biggest fears is canoeing (don’t ask lol), but this is one of my favorite things we did on the trip. The only thing I hated was that it was kind of overcast while we were out, so it made it harder to see the mountains and the true color of the water.

We were exhausted after leaving Lake Louise, so we decided to drive the Bow Valley Parkway to try and see some wildlife. Once we had finally given up, we got word that someone had spotted a bear in the area. We stayed around a little bit longer before he ran out in front of our vehicle. No one was around, so we got a really good view!

For dinner, we headed back into downtown Banff and ate at Melissa’s (are you surprised lol). I ordered the chicken cordon bleu and it was delicious! Afterwards, we stopped by our cabin to change before making our way to Moraine Lake. It was after 8pm when we got there and thankfully, most of the crowds has disappeared for the day.

This was our second time visiting Moraine, and it was much more clear and beautiful this time. I personally think I prefer Moraine Lake over Lake Louise. The biggest thing I can recommend while there is taking the Rockpile Trail. That is where I took my last 3 pics of this post. It’s crazy how much bluer the water looks from here! I would dare to say the view from the trail is in my top most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

Fall Sweater Under $40

SWEATER: Nordstrom | DENIM: Hudson (similar and on sale!) | BELT: Gucci | HAT: Southern Occasions Boutique | BOOTIES: Southern Occasions Boutique (similar) | RING: Kendra Scott 

Nordstrom sweater

sweater

Photography: Southwell Photo

Happy Sunday y’all!! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend! I spent almost all of mine with my best friend. Sunday nights are always hard for me because I’m never quite ready to go back to work! I decided to spend a little bit of time blogging tonight and get this post published for you guys!

I am unapologetically obsessed with fall (like every other girl, right?).. and especially fall fashion. A few weeks ago, I was out shopping at Nordstrom with my best friend and this sweater caught my eye.

As I’ve said many times before, I really like basic pieces! I knew this rust sweater would be really fun to style, and the bell sleeves kind of sold me too! I didn’t have anything this color in my closet and thought it was very appropriate for fall. Even though this outfit is very effortless, it’s one of my favorite outfits at the moment!

As soon as I got it, I knew that I wanted to style it with a floppy hat and some camel colored booties. I also decided to throw on my favorite statement belt! I think that really tied the look together since I did minimal jewelry.

On a side note, I took these pictures at the cutest setup in south Nashville! I saw it last fall and was obsessed ever since. I told my photographer we had to shoot here! I’m so ready to go to an actual pumpkin patch though!!

I’m the really annoying friend in my group of friends that HAS to do every fall activity imaginable haha. There is an apple orchard not too far from me in Kentucky and they make apple cider slushies and I try to go every year! I used to go as a kid, so I think I’m just really nostalgic lol.

Must-Have Cardigan For Fall

CARDIGAN: Free People DENIM: Paige (similar) | TEE: Nordstrom | BOOTIES: Nordstrom | NECKLACE: Baublebar | WATCH: Michael Kors RING: Kendra Scott | BELT: Gucci 

saturday morning cardigan

free people cardigan

Photography: Southwell Photo

If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen this cardigan on Instagram at least 100 times! After seeing it so much, I kind of decided I needed it in my life. Unfortunately for me, I think everyone else had the same idea LOL. It was sold out on most websites, but I happened to find the last one in my size while I was out shopping with my best friend in Nashville. It was definitely an impulse buy, but I have no regrets!

The one thing that did cause me to hesitate for a minute was the price. It is pretty expensive for a cardigan, but I’m all about investing in classic pieces that I know I’ll wear a lot. The great thing about this cardigan is not only will I get lots of use in the fall and winter, but even early spring. It’s the perfect transition piece!

The weather in the south has been pretty unpredictable lately. We’re experiencing that weather where it’s kind of cool in the morning and by mid afternoon, you’re dying. A few weeks ago (where the weather was like that), I wore this to brunch in Nashville and styled it with a white tee and my faithful denim skirt.

As you can tell, I’m all about pieces that are versatile and that I can style many ways. I have yet to style it with a dress, but I also think that would be so cute for fall! Speaking of fall, I am so excited it’s finally here! I have already been baking pumpkin cookies and watching Hocus Pocus. I’m hoping to plan some fun fall activities with my friends soon! DM me any suggestions you have on Instagram.

Banff, Canada Day 3

Tuesday morning, we got up early and made the 45 minute drive into Yoho National Park, which is located in Field, British Columbia. We pulled off to take some shots on this bridge (pictured above), but our first official stop of the day was at Takakkaw Falls. It was absolutely incredible! The force from the falls is so powerful that you can feel the mist from pretty far away. I actually had to wear my rain jacket once we got closer! This tends to be a very crowded tourist spot, so I would recommend doing this early in morning.

Yoho National Park Takakkaw Falls

Natural Bridge over Kicking Horse River

Emerald Lake

Wapta Falls

tiny restaurant we ate at in Field, British Columbia

I swear to you, the BEST chicken sandwich I’ve ever eaten

this town had some of the most gorgeous landscaping – I was partial to the peonies!

Moraine Lake

if you happened to see my Instastory while we were here, this man was paddling on this giant log while the people in the kayak played bongos LOL

Our next stop in Yoho National Park was the Natural Bridge. This is a giant rock formation that, over time, has been formed into a “natural bridge” due to the forces of rushing water. This was a quick stop, so I definitely think it’s worth taking the time to see.

Next on the agenda was Emerald Lake, which was my favorite stop in Yoho. It is absolutely stunning! If you’ve heard anything about Banff before, then you’ve probably heard about Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. They are some of the biggest tourist attractions; however, I hadn’t heard of Emerald Lake before our trip. The best way I can describe it is like a hidden gem (no pun intended). While it was still crowded, it was nothing like Louise or Moraine. You could still enjoy the scenery without feeling claustrophobic lol.

We spent quite a bit of time at Emerald lake before making our way to Wapta Falls. We had to hike a pretty good ways to see this (a couple hours). If you hike a little further, you get an even better view! However, the view is not as impressive if you google images of the falls lol I didn’t realize how much you can’t see!

After all the hiking we did, we were starving! We made our way into the actual town of Field, which has less than 200 people living in it! We settled on one of the few restaurants in town, called the Siding. It also doubled as a liquor store lol and was full of several locals. I was a little worried when we ordered our food, but I swear to you my entire family said this is one of the best chicken sandwiches we have ever eaten! We still talk about it lol

The town was very interesting, so we spent quite a bit of time checking things out. I was especially impressed with the landscaping here. Nearly every yard was extremely elaborate. They had some of the biggest and most gorgeous peonies I had ever seen! I was taking so many pictures, the locals probably thought I was crazy!

Since we had eaten so early and had finished everything scheduled for the day, we decided to visit Moraine Lake for the first time. It was around 7pm or so once we arrived and it was pretty chilly and cloudy. This definitely didn’t do the lake justice. I will say the highlight of our time here was witnessing a man paddling on a giant log while some kayakers paddled around him and played the bongos. A short time later, the man on the log started sobbing and yelling. It was interesting to say the least lol.

We ended the day by going into downtown Banff to shop and get dessert before heading back to our cabin to relax.

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