Saturday, November 30, 2013

a midwinter night's dream (+ a giveaway!)

Recently, I've been gravitating towards wearing these amazing Ralph Lauren button downs almost every day. They are just so comfy and flatter every body type. They have definitely been a fall staple this year! This particular shirt will be so cute to wear to Christmas parties because of the dark green and red plaid pattern.
I really love outfits like these because they are functional yet stylish. This Patagonia vest keeps me super warm when outside in the chilly winter air. It also adds more texture to the outfit and blends seamlessly with the dark plaid pattern in the button down. The dark brown boots really polish off the look and keep my toes nice and warm! 
This outfit is great, if you have some sort of outdoor festivities during the fall or winter, like a bonfire or oyster roast for the holidays. I will definitely be putting this style on heavy rotation when the holiday party circuit begins!

Shirt: Ralph Lauren (mine is from the boys' section of TJMaxx)
Vest: Patagonia
Jeans: American Eagle
Boots: Brooks Brothers
Watch: Michael Kors
Necklace: Moose and Nigel c/o

Giveaway Time:

In my Instagram photos and recent outfit posts, you might have seen this rose gold 'love' necklace. I've been wearing almost every day for the past two weeks. I've had a pretty big obsession with small and dainty necklaces for a few years now. I have another necklace, a small gold star, that I've worn forever, but I think this might be my new everyday necklace. I love the way it layers with larger statement necklaces, and alone, it adds a unique flair to any outfit. Meghan, the owner of Moose and Nigel, was kind enough to send me a necklace to review, as well as one to give away to one of you guys!

Here's how to enter: 
1. You have to be a follower of this blog, Poised and Preppy!
2. You need to leave a comment on this blog post telling me one or more items on your Christmas list!

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Please check out Meghan's Etsy shop, Moose and Nigel! She has some great jewelry that has also been featured by other popular fashion bloggers! Thanks so much, Meghan!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

hey, hey, hey mike… guess what day it is?


Happy Thanksgiving to all of my lovely readers! I hope each one of you is living today with an attitude of gratitude. Thanksgiving itself is filled with a plethora of blessings: clothing the house with festive decorations, cooking your favorite dishes, and spending the entire day with loved ones. For me, the icing on the cake is putting together a special outfit to commemorate the day. (Plus, at least one of your relatives will complement you on it!). Here's the outfit I chose for my huge family dinner, as well as a few sneak peeks of our Thanksgiving table decorations!

orange mums and silver goblets


gobble, gobble, gobble

monograms on monograms

frolicking with the tulips


i'm ready for my close-up

sweater: j.crew
corduroys: madewell
shoes: target
watch (similar): michael kors
earrings: tory burch
ring: vintage

Thanks for reading, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Serving the Early Bird Special Sunny Side Up

Thanksgiving is almost here, and there are already some great deals for holiday shopping online and in stores. I'm really looking forward to scoring some major deals for Christmas presents (and a few for myself… ;) on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Below are a few of my favorite shops that are hosting some pretty incredible deals, as well as my favorite picks from their collections! Additionally, each of the shop names contains a link to their website, so you can start shopping immediately!

J.Crew Factory: 50% off of everything (online and in stores) from 11-27-13 to 12-3-13 + free shipping on orders over $50.00.

J.Crew: 30% off of your entire purchase (online and in stores) from 11-27-13 to 12-1-13 using the promo code "HOLIDAY."

Kate Spade: Save up to 75% on a select group of items (online only) from 11-27-13 to 11-30-13.


The Fraternity Collection: 30% off of all items storewide from 11-25-13 to 12-2-13.

Marley Lilly: Free gifts with purchase from a select group of products, in honor of Black Friday.

Thanks so much for reading! Leave your best Black Friday deals in the comments below!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Getting to Know Me!

Hi, guys! Welcome to my new blog, Poised and Preppy. This blog was born as an extension of my Instagram page, @dreamingofpreppy (the name is changing soon!). I will be posting about fashion, beauty, organization…. basically, a little bit of everything. However, today, I thought I'd start off with a few fun facts about me, so we can get to know each other a little bit better. 

  • I am currently living in North Carolina, USA (go Tarheels!). I am definitely more of a girly-girl, and I would wear dresses every day, if I could. 
  • I have a serious addiction to chocolate and peanut butter… seriously the best thing ever (right behind pimento cheese burgers!!!)
  • My favorite color is navy, and I love mixing it with bright colors, like coral and hot pink.
  • I love, love, love to read, mostly realistic or fantasy fiction. The Harry Potter books happen to be my favorite, and I've read the entire series at least 10 times
  • Classic, preppy, and demure are three words I would use to describe my style. Being a southern belle, I have definitely adapted the "southern preppy" clothing taste, and I wouldn't change it for the world.
  • My favorite clothing brands include J.Crew, Kate Spade, Lilly Pulitzer, Brooks Brothers, and Madewell. I am all about some great neutrals, but I can also rock a bold choice!

I hope that y'all learned a bit more about me, and I can't wait to get to know all of you! Thanks for reading, and I'll talk to you again soon!