chunky fringe cardigan

Hey y’all and happy hump day! You’ve made it halfway through the week and its almost the weekend!

Today, I will be discussing this chunky rust colored fringe cardigan and tassel necklace.

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Chunky cardigans are one of my favorite things to wear during the fall season. When the temperatures are cool but not cold enough to wear a bulky coat or jacket, chunky cardigans are a great alternative. These type of cardigans provide warmth and style without the inconvenience of having to carry around and keep track of a jacket or coat.

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I purchased this rust colored chunky fringe cardigan from TJ Maxx online. I have linked it here. This cardigan is made by Moon River which is a higher end boutique brand. I have many different items ranging from rompers, dresses and sweaters that are made by Moon River. This brand makes quality clothing that is both unique and durable. So naturally, when I stumbled across this cardigan at TJ Maxx online, I knew I had to have it. This cardigan is priced at $35 compared to its original price of $70. What a steal!

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I love the rust color of this cardigan. Rust is a great color to wear especially during the fall season. It pairs easily with jeans and a tan or cognac colored boot or bootie.

The fringe detail around the bottom gives this cardigan some extra flair. On each side, running along the fringe detail there is also a tie feature which adds a feminine touch.

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For the finishing touch of this look, I paired this cardigan with a handmade necklace from Juniper and Jade Boutique. The owner of this boutique, Rachel, crafts handmade pieces of jewelry that are beautiful and unique. This particular necklace is longer in length making it a statement piece. It has a beaded strand leading to a suede tassel giving it a rustic and earthly quality. This necklace is truly the last piece of the puzzle that ties this ensemble together.

If you live in the Bowling Green area, be sure to check out more of these beautiful, hand crafted pieces of jewelry this weekend at Gypsy Moon Marketplace located at Highland Stables. If you do not live in this area, check out Juniper and Jade Boutique on Facebook and on Instagram at @juniperandjadeky

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That’s a wrap on this Wednesday edition of Flights and Fashion. Thanks for stopping by!

 

XO Andrea

new month, new do

Hey y’all and happy Friday! As many of you know, I have put my hair through a lot over the past few months. After returning from vacation I made the decision to cut the majority of the length off and start fresh.

I have never been one to fret over a haircut. My thoughts are, its just hair and it will grow back. So why not change things up a bit?

Here is my hair before the cut and color. As you can tell it was getting rather long and the ends were dry and damaged.

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I wanted to give my hair a little something extra so I decided to add some warm tones for the fall season. This helps give my natural brunette hair some dimension.

My stylist, Maggie, creates highlights in my hair by teasing my hair and then dying the ends and lastly applying foil.  This technique creates a more natural looking ombre color.

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Here is the final result and I couldn’t be happier! I wanted a blunt cut above my shoulder so I can still be able to pull it up in a ponytail for work. The color is subtle and perfect for the fall and winter season.

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If you are thinking about taking the plunge and cutting your hair, I highly recommend it! I’m happy with my decision. I can’t wait to style and play around with it.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!

 

XO Andrea

embroidered military jacket

Happy Monday y’all! I’m finally back from vacation and ready to start blogging again.

Now that a new season is in full swing, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite military jackets for this fall. This embroidered military jacket is from Target. This jacket has quickly become a fall staple of mine and is perfect for layering.

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I like to keep things casual, so I typically wear either a loose fitting v-neck or a fitted long sleeve t-shirt under this jacket (depending on the weather). White is such an easy color to wear and compliments this jacket perfectly.

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This jackets floral embroidery detail incorporates both red and pink tones. So as far as bottoms go, I have paired this jacket with both pale pink and burgundy red jeans. Both of these colored jeans are from Old Navy.

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As I have discussed in the past, Old Navy is by far my favorite place to buy jeans. The price is totally reasonable and the fit is both comfortable and flattering. PLUS, everything is now an additional 40% off! Could there be a better time to buy a new pair of jeans?

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Thanks for stopping by this Monday edition of Flights and Fashion. Stay tuned for more fall fashions and a post on my recent trip to South Africa.

 

XO Andrea

floral maxi dress

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend! Sorry I’ve been MIA over the past week. I have been busy getting ready for our 2 week vacation in South Africa. Let me tell you, packing for 2 weeks is difficult, but the hardest part of it is trying to get your suitcase to weight under 50 pounds. I see a baggage overweight charge in my near future.

Anyway, we leave tomorrow and I’m beyond excited! I will try and share some outfits and travel photos on the blog while I’m over there, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, today on the blog I’m sharing this floral maxi dress from Back Down South Boutique in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

 
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As I’ve mentioned before, Back Down South is one of my favorite local boutiques here in south central Kentucky. They have all the newest and trending items including clothing, accessories, jewelry and even some home goods. I know every time I go there I will not be leaving empty handed.

The best way to see their current merchandise is on Instagram. Their Instagram account is @BackDownSouthBG – be sure to give them a follow!

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This floral maxi dress is perfect to wear this fall, especially when the temperatures are more indicative of summer. This maxi dress drapes away from the body and flows gracefully downward. It is loose fitting on both the top and bottom. This dress has an elastic waistband that hits at a persons natural waist line creating a flattering yet slimming effect. From the waistline down, the fabric flows outward giving it an almost cape like appearance that is also very elegant. The light blue color of this maxi dress is totally trending this fall and looks great on every skin tone.

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The top of this dress is a v-neck with flutter sleeves. It can easily be worn with a regular bra or a colored bralette depending on your personal preference and style.

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Thanks for stopping by Flights and Fashion. Be sure to check out my Instagram (@andreathampton) and stay tuned to the blog over the next couple of weeks for photos from our South African trip!

 

XO Andrea

moto jackets

It’s Thursday and we all know what that means, it is almost the weekend! Here in Kentucky, it has been grey, gloomy and raining for most of the week. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to see the sun shine it’s rays again.

Today, I’m going to talk about how to wear and style a summer dress or in my case, a jumpsuit into the upcoming fall season.

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It may be hard to tell, but this is a jumpsuit. This black and white striped jumpsuit is from Anthropologie. I saw another fashion blogger wearing it and I immediately fell in love.

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The pants of this jumpsuit are extremely wide legged. This wide legged style makes this jumpsuit drape loosely from the body and flow gracefully. It literally feels like you are wearing a cloud. The fabric is so soft, and I can honestly say that this is one of the most comfortable pieces of clothing currently in my closet.

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As the weather begins to change and the temperatures become cooler, jackets are a MUST! With a jacket, you can easily transition a summer dress or jumpsuit into the upcoming fall season.

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I layered this jumpsuit with a moto jacket I purchased from TJ Maxx (no surprise there). Moto jackets are a great staple piece to any wardrobe. If you wanting to rev up your style, moto jackets create an edgy look that will kick your fashion into high gear. These jackets can be paired with almost everything from dresses to jumpsuits and the classic jeans and a top.

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I have linked some similar style moto jackets here, here and here. The first two are priced under $30, and the last is $60. Moto jackets come in many different colors and are made with a variety of fabrics. Typically, the higher priced jackets are made with leather while the lower priced jackets are made using a faux leather or polyester blend material. Either way, wear something that makes you comfortable and is in your price range.

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XO Andrea

floral embroidered tops and TJ Maxx navigation

Hey y’all! Today I will be talking about TJ Maxx and how I navigate through the store as well as embroidered tops and how to style them for the upcoming fall season.
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I purchased this floral embroidered top at TJ Maxx. As you all know, I’m obsessed with TJ Maxx! It is one of my favorite places to shop and my husband can definitely attest to that. I know for many people TJ Maxx can be overwhelming, making it a place they don’t trend to visit and shop. I will be honest, I used to be one of those people. That was until I figured out a shopping plan and method for navigating the store.

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When first entering any TJ Maxx store, the purses are usually located in the front to one side or the other along with luggage. Purses are not something I typically shop for so I trend to bypass that section and head into the beauty products which is located behind the purses and luggage.

The beauty section is fabulous! They have everything from high end skincare products, bath accessories, makeup, makeup brushes and things you didn’t know you even needed. This is the section I tend to find new and different beauty products to sample. I love buying face masks here because the prices are half of what other stores sell them for. I also purchase many of my makeup sponges (knock off beauty blenders) here. Beauty blenders are my favorite thing to apply my foundation and concealer with but they are priced at a whopping $20 at Sephora. TJ Maxx has tons of off brand blending sponges and are all priced under $5! Why buy one sponge when you can get 4 for the same price?

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Up next and behind the beauty department is the shoe section. TJ Maxx is a great place to find shoes for every season. There are many different high end brands and are half the price from other stores. The shoe section is divided by sizes so its easy to find the shoes that will best fit your feet. I purchased these gold mules from TJ Maxx for $16. I have linked similar styles here, here and here. All the styles linked are metallic in color and all priced under $25.

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Depending upon the particular TJ Maxx store you are in, the clothing is almost always located in the center of the store. This is the section people usually become overwhelmed. The first tip I will give someone is to have in mind some things you might be looking for such as jeans, a dress, or sweaters. The clothing section is divided into categories by rows. If you have something you want to purchase in mind, this will make it easy to automatically bypass some of these rows. But if you are like myself and go with no plan in mind, the best place to start looking for clothing to purchase is on the borders.

The outside borders of the clothing section is where they tend to put the newest and best selling products. This is where you will find popular styles and seasonal trends. This is a great place to start and is typically where you will find the best items.

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And that’s it, a quick run down of how I navigate TJ Maxx. I highly recommend adding TJ Maxx and Marshall’s into your list of places to shop if you don’t frequently visit these stores already.

The last tip I will give you is to go in with an open mind, because you never know what you will find.

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Now that you know all my TJ Maxx secrets, I’m going to quickly talk about floral embroidered top. I have linked similar styles here, here, here, here and here. Floral embroidered tops are extremely popular this season. These tops can be styles with a variety of bottoms and some in different colors depending on the thread colors used within the embroidery.

I love colored jeans. Jeans in a color besides the typically navy blue can make an unexpected statement and elevate an outfits visual appeal. These burgundy jeans pictured above are from Old Navy. Old Navy is my favorite place to buy jeans, especially colored ones.

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Thanks for stopping by Flights and Fashion. I hope everyone has a good rest of their week! Now go out there and become a Maxxinista!

 

XO Andrea

olive green

Hey y’all! Happy Monday! After today, there are only 2 more Mondays until we leave for South Africa! It’s finally starting to sink in that we will soon be adventuring half way around the world. Is it too soon to start packing?

This past weekend was the first in a long time that I didn’t have anything planned. It was nice to kick back and relax at home with Landon and the dogs. The outfit I’m sharing today is like this past weekend, laid back and causal.

And WARNING: there are puppies ahead!

 

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If you haven’t read the last blog post, I discussed vests and their versatility as the seasons begin to change. Like I mentioned in that post, I love vests and they are the perfect fall accessory. What I like so much about this particular vest is the color. Olive green is one of my favorite colors to wear, especially in the fall. This color pairs well with everything. I frequently wear this color whether it be in a form of a vest, top, cardigan or jeans. If this color is not currently in your closet, I highly recommend it. Olive green looks good on all skin tones and makes a subtle statement.

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This olive green utility vest is from Target. It is so soft and great for layering. I paired this vest with a white pom pom sweater tank top from Loft. This sweater tank is currently on sale for $16! It is great to wear during this transitioning weather.

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When it comes to jeans, look no further than Old Navy. Old Navy jeans are my absolute favorite! Especially the Rockstar style (pictured above and below). These jeans are a great price and Old Navy almost always has their inventory on sale. These jeans durable and extremely flattering. Even Blake Lively rocks Old Navy jeans!

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Lastly, since I started at the top, I’m going to end at the bottom. The shoes I am wearing are Toms and are wedge booties. Unfortunately, they are not currently available online but I linked a similar style here. Toms are hands down my favorite brand of shoes. Whether it be the classic flats or a bootie, every pair gives you the same amount of comfort. I never feel guilty about purchasing a pair of Toms because for every pair purchased an additional pair is donated to someone in need. I swear by Toms and highly recommend the Desert Wedges if you are in the market for a long lasting, causal and comfortable fall bootie.

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Thanks for stopping by Flights and Fashion! I hope everyone has a great start to their week!

 

XO Andrea