Transition into Fall

by Hampton Ivy, 9/28/2017

Even though it still feels like summer, I'm determined to start dressing for fall. The trick to doing so? Light (very light) layers and darker, toned down, neutral colors. This outfit was perfect for a day shopping in Cold Spring Harbor, which is an adorable and beautiful little hamlet in Huntington, on the North Shore of Long Island.

Our first stop was Heritage Candle & Home, which is a charming little store with some home decor and lots of candle items. Now, I've told myself that I can not buy anything from now on that I do not need.. But I did that anyway. I bought four little candles by Bridgewater Candle Company; one called "Sweet Grace", one called "Orange Vanilla", and two of the one called "Open Road", and they smell amazing, so I don't regret it!
Our next stop was a darling little bakery called Sweetie Pies, where we grabbed coffee and a bite to eat. I got the chocolate chip scone (delicious) and an iced coffee, because I definitely did not need a hot beverage to make me any warmer than I already was at this point. 

A little warm weather wont stop me from transitioning into my fall wardrobe. 
This cardigan is very lightweight. I bought it last year from Lands' End and I can't seem to find a similar one anywhere online unfortunately. (If any brands are listening, we need more preppy cardigans with striped trim like this one!) 
I wore it over a sleeveless knit shell from Ann Taylor Loft. I found a similar one here from Talbots. Sleeveless sweater/knit tops are perfect for this time of year.
To match the navy stripes on my cardigan, I wore my navy J. Crew Gigi pants. I bought these last year around Christmas and I love them. (They feel like leggings!) Currently their sizing is extremely limited, but I'm hoping and almost positive they'll be restocking them when it gets colder outside.
My ballet flats are by Banana Republic. You can find similar ones here. Unfortunately they destroyed my ankles after about 15 minutes of wearing them. Does anyone else struggle with this? The only flats that have never given me blisters are from New Look. No other ballet flats compare. The only reason I didn't wear them this day was because they're stored away with my fall and winter clothes, which, due to the warm weather, we haven't taken out of storage yet.
My purse is from Kate Spade (the Cedar Street Maise is no longer available, but the Cameron Street Lottie looks very similar); my headband is by Pappagallo; my watch is from Timex; my bangle is Hampton Ivy; my ring is Hampton Ivy; and my phone case is a Hampton Ivy & Culley Committee collaboration!

Fall has to be my favorite season. I love every season, but fall is really the only one that I never want to end. The colors, the layering, the coziness, the food, the scents- everything about it is just perfect. So even though it's still a little warm outside, I'm in full fall mode anyway. 
Do you friends enjoy fall? What's your favorite part about it? 
Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!

Chilly Summer Evenings

by Hampton Ivy, 7/12/2017

"What's with the turtlenecks? It's the middle of summer."
"I like them, I've always liked them, and I'm just a turtleneck kind of gal."

If you know where those lines are from, you're amazing! But really, there's something about a turtleneck sweater that makes me feel put together and comfortable, no matter what season it is. Believe it or not, they aren't uncomfortable to wear in the summer, as long as you wear them during the right time of day and it's not too hot or humid outside. If you find the weather is a little chillier than usual or you know you'll be sitting in the shade somewhere, a summer turtleneck is the perfect top to wear. Some people may give you a perplexed look, but style is after all personal, and not everything is going to be everyone's cup of tea. So, wear what you like!

Top: Ann Taylor (similar: x , x , x) // Pants: Banana Republic (similar: x , x , x) // Scarf: Hampton Ivy // Shoes: Palm Beach Sandals // Purse: Etsy (similar)

My inspiration behind this outfit was a mix of Diane Keaton from Something's Gotta Give, which is my second favorite summer movie (Jaws is number one), and Jackie Kennedy. It's a simple and modest outfit that is just as classic today as it would have been 50 years ago. That's a huge reason behind why I love neutrals and simple designs; they'll always be in style. Don't get me wrong, I love some bright and fun patterned pieces as well and have quite a few of them. But to me, the definition of preppy style is classic clothing you can wear for years and years and even pass down to younger siblings, family members, or children. It's mature and effortless, while still looking completely put together.

I hope you all enjoyed this post! 
I'm curious to know, how do you friends define classic and preppy style?

Trip Down South! ♡ Part 2: Savannah

by Hampton Ivy, 7/02/2017

And we've made it to Savannah! A place filled with beautiful homes and parks, but also some grit and party scenes by the water. We stayed a shorter amount of time here than Charleston and spent most of the time with family, so there are less photos, but don't worry(!), there's still a pretty good amount! 

 Sunglasses: Kate Spade // Jacket: SheIn // Cardigan: Target // Jeans: Target // Shoes: Palm Beach Sandals // Purse: vintage // Bracelet: Hampton Ivy

 Dress: Sanctuary (at TJ Maxx) // Cardigan: Target // Shoes: J. Crew // Purse: vintage // Hat: Sun n Sand // Pearls: heirloom

 Dress: En Creme // Shoes: Charles by Charles David // Purse: vintage // Pearls: heirloom

When there are beautiful homes on every corner, it's hard not to take photos of them! The architecture in Savannah is beautiful and the Spanish moss everywhere adds a dreaminess to everything. The charm is definitely there, but there's also a touch of grittiness when you go towards the water. 

River Street was buzzing with people eating and bar hopping, and it was only the afternoon. It's definitely the place to go for a fun time, but it is also a bit touristy. In a way, you kind of have the best of both worlds in Savannah. You have the quiet and quaint by the parks, and then the bustle and fun by the river. 

The meals at the places we went were great, but the one place that really stood out where the food was more than great, actually amazing, was The Olde Pink House. We got there right at 5pm when it opens for dinner, and before our reservations, to get cocktails in the cellar tavern and beat the crowd. When it came time for dinner, I ordered the mac and cheese jalapeno poppers for an appetizer, the caramelized vidalia onion and sweet potato ravioli for dinner, and the pecan pie for dessert. Everything was absolutely delicious!

And that's my trip! I hope you all enjoyed this post, and if any of you friends have ever been or live there, let me know your favorite places in Savannah in the comments below!
Have a wonderful day!