The Dress You Need In Your Closet

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If you have any special occasions coming up this spring, summer, or even early fall, then this is the dress you need! It’s the perfect dress for a date night out, wedding guest, and everything in between!

This true lace is absolutely gorgeous and well made, but it’s also lightweight and so incredibly comfortable to wear! It comes in over ten colors. Even better yet, it’s under $100!

If you’re on the shorter side like I am (5’00”) you know that the struggle is real when trying to find a good midi dress. Sometimes they hit at just the wrong spot and make my calves look huge. With this dress, I don’t have that problem! It hits at just the right length! The lace overlay continues all the way to a midi length while the under skirt hits just above the knee. (This will vary depending on how long your legs are too!)

You can find this ASTR the Label Lace Midi Dress here on their website or at Nordstrom! (The color selection between the two does differ a little between the two websites.) Nordstrom’s website says that the dress runs small and to order two sizes up. I personally feel that it fits TTS (true to size). I normally wear an XS or S and ordered a small.

This dress is perfect to dress up with a pair of heels or down with a cute pair of flats and a jean jacket! If you get one of the more neutral colors, the possibilities are endless for accessorizing too!

If you’re stuck between two different colors, I have great news for you! From now until February 14th, 2019, you can BOGO FREE when you order the dress from the ASTR the Label website! Use code XOXO at checkout!

What dresses will you be rocking for all of your special occasions?

XOXO,
Leah

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The Loungewear You Need In Your Life

Now that winter is in full swing, I’m always on the lookout for pieces that follow the 3 C’s; comfy, cozy, and cute! Today, I’m going to tell you all about my new favorite pullover and joggers from Target!

If you’re like me, you don’t really go to Target needing anything specific. You go and Target tells you what you need! That was definitely the case on my most recent trip to what one of my favorite stores.

Most days when I’m just at home hanging out and getting some work done, you’ll find me in some variation of sweatpants or leggings and a sweater. With it being winter, I’m all about staying comfy and cozy, but I don’t necessarily want to give up looking cute to accomplish those. The Target Gods must have sensed this because they sent me straight to my new favorite pieces of loungewear!

This pullover has the cutest cowl-neck detail which I love since it’s not big and bulky! Instead of plain cotton drawstrings, they’re made of a velvet material that I think adds a nice contrast. The bell sleeves give it a fun and feminine touch that pairs perfectly with the high slits on both sides.

I love that it’s lightweight, but still keeps me warm on a chilly days! It’s so perfect to pair with a plain tee or tank top under it too! It also pairs well with jeans and a cute pair of shoes! I have the pullover in Charcoal Grey, but in certain lighting it reads a little more purple than grey. It also comes in several other colors!

Now, let’s talk about how awesome the matching joggers are! Just like the pullover, these are seriously a cozy, comfy, and cute addition to any wardrobe! They have a velvet drawstring waistline which is nice to make sure they stay up throughout whatever you’re doing. While they’re simple in looks, they will not disappoint!

I technically found these in the pajama section, but the simple design makes them perfect to wear to the gym, out running errands, or could even be dressed up a little with a cute top and jean jacket! Just like the pullover, these joggers are seriously soft! I have these in Grey.

If you’ve been on the hunt for a few great pieces to add to your wardrobe this winter, look no further! At $20 (pullover) and $17 (joggers) a piece, these really can’t be beat! If you’d like to see how they fit a little better, head over to my Instagram, @alongftride, to see!

XOXO.
Leah

My #1 Packing Hack

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; my whole little family gets to travel to our home state for the holidays!! To say we’re excited is an understatement, and I may or may not have a countdown going! Someone once said that “there’s no place like home for the holidays”, and they could not be more spot on.

In anticipation of all the traveling happening around this time of year, I’m sharing my number one hack when it comes to packing! So, weather you’re going for a long trip or just overnight getaway, your bag(s) will be all set to go!

With my husband being in the Army, I’ve mastered the art of rolling clothes. Everytime he goes away for training, our living room floor turns into a clothes rolling station! Not only does this help us save so much room in our suitcase, but I’ve also noticed that our clothes don’t seem to wrinkle quite as much this way which is a definite plus! I don’t know about you, but I’ll do anything I can to not have to iron something.

For things like shirts and sweaters, you’ll start with it laid out on a flat surface.

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Next, you’ll fold the bottom of the shirt until you have a band that reaches about the middle of the shirt. I’ve really learned that this is a trial and error step since the thickness of tops varies, but halfway seems to work with most!

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Fold the sides in about halfway, and then start rolling from the top of the shirt down towards the folded part.

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Once you get to the top of the folded part of the shirt, you’ll stop rolling and unfold the bottom of the shirt so it is now wrapped around the rest of it. This will leave you with a nice and compact shirt. It’s also nice because, if your bag or suitcase is deep enough, you can stand things up so they’re easy to tell apart when you go to get dressed!

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Even our socks get rolled up! With Ailey constantly wanting to “help” us pack, our socks can sometimes get unmatched or one will go missing altogether, but with them rolled up we never have to worry about only being able to find one!

For these, you’ll just lay one sock on top of the other but slightly lower.

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Then, you’ll start rolling from the toes of the socks.

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Once you get to the top of the first sock, fold the top of the second sock over the roll!

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What’s your tried and true hack for packing for a trip? Do you use the rolling method too? Let me know down below!

To follow along with our road trip and adventures back home in the snow, follow me on Instagram at @alongftride!

XOXO,
Leah

My Top 5 Fall Favorites

With cooler weather finally making an appearance in North Carolina, I’m breaking out all things cute and cozy! Today I’m talking all about 5 pieces I have been loving this fall!

1. Jameson Double Zipper Booties. If you’ve been following along with my on Instagram, you’ll know that these booties from Target are my absolute favorite! The cognac color is perfect to be worn year round too! They’re a soft leather-like material that has a super cute double zipper detail on the sides. The block heel is a modest 2.75 inches, but perfect for either a casual or dressy look! I love that I can pair them with a pair of jeans for an everyday look or with a skirt for date night with my husband! The memory foam footbed lets me wear these for hours on end without my feet hurting when I take them off! They also come in black.

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2. Austin Distressed Skinny Jeans. I’ve never really been a big fan of wearing jeans. I’d rather wear a skirt or dress over jeans, but not anymore! I ordered a pair of jeans from Vici Collection on a whim one day. I figured, it they don’t fit, I can always return them. The second I put them on, I knew I had found my new favorite jeans and a new favorite boutique! They’re a lighter wash and distressed as the name suggests. For once in my life, I don’t have to have them altered in any way! They have the perfect amount of stretch so I can avoid that skinny jeans dance, but they’re structured enough that they don’t lose their form and need to be pulled up every five seconds.

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3. Mauve Criss Cross Back Sweater. It’s no secret that this sweater from my friend’s boutique, Row & Berry, is one of my all time faves! The first week I had it, I’m pretty sure I wore it every day to lounge around the house in. It’s such a pretty shade of mauve, and I absolutely love the criss cross detailing on the back. I love wearing it with a cute bralette, but it’s perfect as is with a good sticky bra! It’s oversized which is great to wear off the shoulder as well or with a pair of leggings for more of a sweater dress look! You seriously can’t go wrong with this piece!

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4. Take The Lead Twist Back Knit Top. I love a thick, cozy sweater as much as the next girl! Sometimes it’s just too hot for a sweater, but too cold for a lighter weight top. Bring in this top, another favorite from Vici, and you’ve got the perfect compromise! It’s super soft and comfy too! The open back detail on this shirt is so pretty with a lacey bralette or on its own. My favorite part, hands down, is that you can wear it with the twist in the back or the front! When I do wear it in front, it’s like a cute cardigan and looks great with a simple tank top underneath!

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5. Sherpa Pullover. If you’re a Sam’s Club Member or have a friend that is, run, don’t walk to your nearest store! I got my Sherpa pullover there last winter for a fraction of what other boutiques and retailers are selling it for. We’re talking under $20!! It is seriously the softest and comfiest pullover I have ever owned. It also comes in several different colors. If you’d like a little more of an oversized look, I’d suggest sizing up. It’s perfect for a cool fall day or even in the winter over a long sleeved tee. I consider this, a fuzzy pair of socks, and leggings my official cold weather lounging outfit of choice!

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What are your fall must haves?

 

XOXO,
Leah