Transitions and Traditions

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It’s that time of year here in Tennessee where we just really don’t know what season to dress for — if you live in the South, you can probably relate. In the mornings and at night, it may be chilly but then once 2:00 in the afternoon rolls around, you’re sweating when you step outside. This can be especially challenging for gameday because most fans tailgate early in the day when it’s cool outside, and then once it’s time for kickoff, the sun is shining and it’s 80-something degrees. Actually, this past Saturday, the UT vs. USC game was like this!

That got me thinking that I should gather some transitional looks together and style them a bunch of different ways so that I could give you guys some ideas of what to wear to those football games in the South, when you know the weather will be changing throughout the whole day.

While doing this, I thought I would take a trip down memory lane and share with you all some of my favorite spots at my old stomping grounds on Tennessee’s campus. After spending 4 years of my life there and growing up going to all of the Vol sporting events, I’ve learned that there are some pretty special traditions and memories that I will cherish forever. The University of Tennessee is ALL about tradition, and us Vols take it pretty seriously! I’m so excited to let you all in and share some of my most memorable moments from when I attended UT!

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Current Fall Cravings

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So, y’all know that the fall weather has been really slow getting here to East Tennessee, but the leaves are beginning to change and it’s finally starting to take a turn toward cooler temps (meaning like 70’s — sometimes 60’s if we’re lucky. But I’ll take it!).

I’ve definitely become that ‘basic’ girl that every makes memes about because I’ve been burning my fall candles (nonstop — like most of them are already burned to the bottom!!), sipping on some hot cider, making chili for the hubs, the whole shebang! No PSL from Starbucks for me though so I guess it could be worse 😉 I don’t know why, but I’m just not really into them. I’m more of a boring, regular coffee kinda girl 90% of the time haha!

Anyways, to celebrate my excitement for the season with you all, I wanted to put together this full post where I basically lay out ALLLL of the things that I’m currently craving – or wearing – during this time of year + a few products that I’ve been raving about and have gotten a lot of questions about on Instagram lately.

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Happy 1st Birthday to love ‘n’ labels!!

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Today is a (very) special day here at love ‘n’ labels because we’re turning 1!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LNL!

I’ll be honest … when I sat down to write this blog post, I had no clue where to start. There’s so much I want to say and so many people I want to thank for helping me get to where I am today. So, I’m just going to start rambling off all of the thoughts that are jumbled inside my head right now as I reflect on my first year in the blogging world … here we go!

When I published my very first blog post (don’t judge, we’ve come a loooong way ha!) this time last year, I honestly had no idea what I was doing, what all I was getting myself into, and how much work came with running a successful brand and fashion blog. But over the past year, I have learned so much about the blogging industry, about myself, about other people, about having an audience and about the fashion world as a whole. To celebrate and further reflect on my first year of blogging, I want to share a few things that I have learned that continue to stick out to me time and time again:

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Transitional Fall Outfit + A Prayer for This World

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I typically don’t post here on the blog on Mondays but tonight, I felt led to share not only this really cute transitional outfit for fall, but also a few things I’ve had on my mind today.

First off, I wanted to share this cute #ootd that I wore not too long ago because it’s (finally) starting to feel like fall here in Tennessee … well, as much as it can for this time of year. If you’re from this area or anywhere in the south, you may know what I mean. It usually stays pretty warm around here until November or December (although last year on Christmas, it was still in the 70’s…), but this month, the temps have already started dropping a little bit. And you won’t hear me complaining! I’m ready to start breaking out the beanies & blanket scarves, but I still think I’ll have to wait awhile for that.

Anyways, if you’re like me and still stuck in a semi-warm climate for a few more months, you’ll fall in love with easy outfits like this one that will help you transition into fall. Like, the REAL fall (meaning temps into the 50s & 60s). 😉

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I try my best to stick to a consistent schedule here on LNL (minus when I am traveling at times) but I guess that’s one of the beauties of being your own boss … when you feel inspired, you start writing. No matter the time, the place or the day. So here I sit taking a bubble bath, winding down for the day. Total silence. Just me & my thoughts. I actually love it – most of the time. But today, only thoughts of sorrow & pain fill my mind for the tragedy that happened here in the States last night. Does anyone else feel like it’s been very difficult to go about your normal day or is it just me??

I’ve been speechless since I woke up this morning and heard about the news. One of my blogger besties texted me first thing (she didn’t know if I had made it back from my trip to Vegas last week) asking, “ARE YOU OKAY?” “Are you hurt???” “I just heard about the LV shooting…”

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NYFW Fall 2017 Recap

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Hellllooooo NYC!

As a fashion-loving girl growing up, I always DREAMED of going to New York Fashion Week. Of course, you can say ‘awww, she finally made it!’ all you want, but the honest truth is that no one in the industry really cares if that’s been your lifelong dream — especially the people behind the brands of these immaculate fashion shows. Okay, so maybe there’s a couple who actually ‘care’, but the truth is … no one in this industry has the time to care about other people’s dreams. Everyone is busy with making their own dreams come true. And that was something I learned over the course of my first NYFW experience. But I totally get it!

I, of course, would never babble on to a brand about this kind of stuff, but since y’all seem to be more interested in my life and my own ‘dreams’, I want to let y’all in on a little secret! So, when I first started blogging back in October of 2016 (almost a year ago), I told my family that if I ever made it to fashion week as a blogger / influencer, I will have felt accomplished and satisfied with my job as a blogger … well shoot, I honestly thought that would happen like 10 years from now … not 1 year after I started my blog!! But hey, I can’t complain – AT ALL. And somehow (with God’s blessing & lots of hard work), I finally made a dream come true of attending fashion week in New York — attending presentations, fashion shows,  & events. *pinch me* because I honestly still can’t believe it all happened …

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FAQ Friday

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TGIF! It’s time for our weekly FAQ Friday!

I also wanted to share this chic & effortless, B&W look from Gap because it’s the perfect OOTD to wear to the office on a Friday with a cute jacket or cardi & then change it up with a statement belt and bare arms for dinner and drinks that night. I am obsessing over these bodysuits right now (I literally just bought it in 3 different colors because they’re under $10 haha). And I am SO tempted to buy these pants in every color available because they are so soft, stretchy, and comfortable, all while looking chic, stylish and professional at the same time. There are so many great ways that you can style a staple, cropped pant like this!

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First and TEN

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Football season is just around the corner, and I couldn’t be more excited to be back in Neyland Stadium cheering on our Vols! However, our first game will actually take place at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, so the hubs and I will be roadtripping to support the Big Orange. It’s actually an exciting game for us because Tennessee is playing Georgia Tech, and both of these are TJ’s alma maters. He graduated from undergrad at UT (as did I) and then went on to get his Masters degree at GA Tech (I did not LOL 😉 ).

Since it’s almost time for some football Saturdays (and Sundays if you’re an NFL fan), I figured I would share this outfit that would be perfect for those first games (that are oh so hot) and share my top ten must-have items for game day!

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24 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in My 24 Years

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Today, I turn 24 y’all!

I know 24 really isn’t that old, but is it weird that this is the first birthday that I’ve ever actually felt older? LOL. I’ve never been one to hate birthdays or hate aging (yet) — actually, I have always really LOVED birthdays! They have always been a huge part of our family, so this is just a natural instinct for me. Loved ones dedicate a whole day to celebrating your life and reflecting on all of the sweet memories you have together, and it’s all around such a special day that is all about you! Who wouldn’t love that, right? 😉

To celebrate my birthday with y’all here on LNL, I decided to change up my usual FAQ Friday this week and instead, share 24 of my favorite life lessons that I’ve learned in my 24 years of living. Some are practical, some are comical, some are heartwarming — I hope you all enjoy!

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5 Tips to Keep in Mind When Purging Your Closet

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Being a wardrobe stylist, I’m often helping others clean out their closets in between seasons, and if you follow me on IG stories, you know that I recently just purged my own closet! I’ve been loooong over due for my own closet clean out, and so far I’ve only made it through about 3/4 of all of my clothes (geeeez) so I still have to purge my shoes, accessories, etc etc etc. As I was cleaning out some of the pieces that I no longer wear, I got to thinking about how so many other people also do this same thing in between seasons, so I should share my own tips and tricks to make the process a little less dreadful for y’all! I know it can sometimes be overwhelming, but I’m here to help! I usually only share these tips with my family, friends, and clients, but now YOU also get to take advantage!

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(Solar) Eclipse Style

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Happy Solar Eclipse Day everyone! How cool is it that we get to experience a total eclipse? I’m so excited about it, and since it’s a pretty big deal & even a part of history here in the U.S., I decided to dedicate an entire post to it. I’m taking this opportunity to relate the eclipse to some inspirational OOTD’s – an all white look (daylight), a B&W style (the transition into the dark), and then of course an LBD to represent the total blackout that we’ll experience today!

I thought this would be a great way to showcase some really chic looks since black/white outfits are so classic and high-end, and I’m sure you all know by now that I’m a huge fan of wearing lots of B&W in my personal style (with a pop of red on the lips of course)!

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