Laced Up in Charleston

Forever 21 embroidered lace-up dress, Old Navy cognac tassel crossbody bag, and Stella & Dot Addison cuff | Ashley Brooke NicholasOutfit DetailsForever 21 Embroidered Lace-Up Dress | Old Navy Cognac Tassel HandbagLulu*s Suede Lace-Up Platform HeelsStella & Dot Addison Cuff c/o | Stella & Dot Winding Arrow Earrings c/o | Stella & Dot Pave Horn Ring c/o

Last weekend, I packed up my bags and headed to Charleston to attend The Blog Societies conference with Michelle, Stephanie, and Teresa. I’ll save all of our shenanigans for a separate post, but to make a long story short, we had a fabulous time and didn’t get into too much trouble. While I loved learning from the speakers, my favorite part of the conference was meeting new friends and reuniting with all of my blogger pals. It’s so nice to be surrounded by a group of supportive women who just get you and can relate to all of the craziness that goes along with blogging. 

Forever 21 embroidered lace-up dress, Old Navy cognac tassel crossbody bag, Lulu's cognac lace-up heels, and Stella & Dot Addison cuff | Ashley Brooke NicholasForever 21 embroidered lace-up dress, Old Navy cognac tassel crossbody bag, and Stella & Dot Addison cuff | Ashley Brooke NicholasSince this year was my second year attending #TBScon, I knew that the second day of the conference was going to be fun but tiring. Last year, I made the mistake of choosing an outfit that was cute but not really comfortable, so I made plans early on to wear this comfortable lace-up dress from Forever 21. The loose fit of this dress makes it just as comfortable as a pair of pajamas, but the embroidered detailing and lace-up neckline dress up the simple cut. I fell in love with the dress while it was still on the hanger, and I knew it had to be mine when I saw that it was under $25!

Stella & Dot Addison cuff and Pave Horn Ring | outfit styled by Ashley Brooke NicholasForever 21 embroidered lace-up dress, Old Navy cognac tassel crossbody bag, and Stella & Dot Addison cuff and Winding Arrow earrings | Ashley Brooke Nicholasforever-21-white-embroidered-lace-up-dress-blogger-outfit-cognac-lace-up-heels-7122Another fashion mistake that I corrected from last year was my choice of accessories. I packed a lightweight tassel handbag for my business cards and wallet and skipped heavy jewelry in favor of my new, feather-light jewelry from Stella & Dot (see my full review here). I honestly forgot that I was wearing my Addison Cuff, Winding Arrow Earrings, and Pave Horn Ring, which is kind of unheard of with me. I’m normally the girl who takes off her rings and bracelet while I’m still in the car on the way to an event, so the fact that I was able to wear this jewelry for hours on end without irritation is practically a miracle!

Speaking of miracles, my lace-up platform heels are about one million times (only slightly exaggerating) more comfortable than they appear. The platform counteracts the height of the heel, and the soft fabric laces don’t cause blisters or chafing. These heels are also surprisingly lightweight for their size! Plus, they’re only $31! Like I said, they’re kind of miraculous.

Forever 21 embroidered lace-up dress, Old Navy cognac tassel crossbody bag, and Stella & Dot Addison cuff and Winding Arrow earrings | Ashley Brooke Nicholas
SHOP THE LOOK:
Forever 21 Embroidered Lace-Up Dress | Old Navy Cognac Tassel Handbag | Lulu*s Suede Lace-Up Platform Heels |sd Stella & Dot Addison Cuff c/o | Stella & Dot Winding Arrow Earrings c/o | Stella & Dot Pave Horn Ring c/o

I returned from my weekend in Charleston filled with motivation and positive energy, and I can’t wait to put some of the lessons I learned into action. Let me know if you’d be interested in hearing about what I learned at the conference!

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were sent for review consideration. Affiliate links are used in this post, which means that I make a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking through the link. As always, all opinions are my honest thoughts. I value your trust and only recommend products that I truly love. 
Forever 21 embroidered lace-up dress, Old Navy cognac tassel crossbody bag, Lulu's cognac lace-up heels, and Stella & Dot Addison cuff | Ashley Brooke Nicholas

18 Comments

  1. August 16, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    I LOVE that the dress is F21 – it’s SO cute!
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

    • August 16, 2016 / 2:07 pm

      Thanks Lexi! Definitely worth every penny!

    • August 16, 2016 / 2:06 pm

      Thanks Alex! We had a great time! I wish you were there!

    • August 16, 2016 / 2:06 pm

      Thanks, Nina! They’re some of my new favs!

  2. August 16, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    I can’t believe that this is a Forever21 find! It looks way more high end! So cute!

    Fizz and Frosting

    • August 16, 2016 / 2:05 pm

      I was shocked when I saw it in store! It’s pretty good quality too!

  3. August 16, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    It sounded like TBScon was so much fun. I saw so many snaps and posts from the girls I follow on a regular basis, and it’s really fun to see and hear all the great things happening at these blog conferences. Definitely want to make it to one, one of these days! xx Adaleta Avdic

    • August 17, 2016 / 4:58 pm

      Thanks Katherine! Definitely loving that Stella & Dot bracelet!