Hey Pigsters! I’m back again with another fabulous blog post created by your truly! 🙂 This summer has been extremely hectic for me between working my normal job as a merchandiser, being a full time intern, and taking summer classes I haven’t had much of a summer. This past weekend my boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to Raleigh, North Carolina to visit my friend who was having a baby shower and to also escape from our busy schedules. We stayed at La Quinta Inn & Suites Raleigh Cary Hotel which had a nice pool and Jacuzzi, a comfortable suite, a great staff, and was worth the price for three nights. There wasn’t much to do in Raleigh, North Carolina as I hoped, but just to get away was enough vacation time for me.
Day 1. Tie-Dye Maxi Dress
My boyfriend and I first day in North Carolina was amazing! The weather was gorgeous and we decided to visit the North Carolina Museum of Art. I’m a fan of going to museums, and overall this was an okay museum to visit. I wish we were able to see more but, it was a little too hot outside and there were no tours available so I definitely believed we missed out on a few great attractions. My favorite exhibits was visiting the African Exhibition and the Lilly ponds. Also on the bright side this was a free museum to visit and enjoy great art!
As far as my outfit I wore a gorgeous tie-dye maxi dress from Olive-Ole that hugged my curves perfectly and featured a slit on the side which was my favorite part of the dress since I’m a fan of showing off some leg, hey! 🙂 Adding just a little embellishment and elegance I wore a dramatic gold body chain from Forever 21 that I’ve originally planned to wear over the dress, but it was a little to busy for the dress, so I decided to wear the body chain as a bib necklace by tucking the rest under my dress and what was left covered my whole neckline. (Remember Pigsters less is more) 🙂
As you guys know I can’t leave my sistahs hanging! Unfortunately, I don’t have the exact link where you can purchase this maxi dress, however I was able to find a similar look! Also below are also a few additional photos of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s African Exhibition that I wanted to share with my Pigsters! 🙂
Tie Dye Maxi Dress Similar (HERE)
Gold Body Chain (HERE)
Day 2. Long Floral Kimono with Embroidered Heels, and Short Floral Date Night Dress with Denim Heels
The second day in North Carolina was the best day of the trip! My boyfriend and I went to attend an old friend of mines baby shower and later that day my boyfriend surprised with a romantic dinner at Vinnie’s Steak House and Tavern.
Long Floral Kimono with Embroidered Heels
The first outfit that I wore was to my friend’s baby shower. I wore a gorgeous floral blue kimono from Forever 21 that was only $22.90 and a caged black tank top shirt underneath that I tucked with some high waist pants from H&M from two years ago. I decided to be bold with my shoes by wearing floral embroidered platform heels from Charlotte Russe.
Short Floral Date Night Dress with Denim Heels
Later that night my boyfriend surprised me with a romantic dinner at Vinnie’s Steak House and Tavern. This restaurant was a little expensive, but the atmosphere, the food, and the amazing staff made it worth the price! 🙂 I ordered the New York Strip Petite steak which was 12 oz. and couldn’t even finish my meal with a side of homemade mash potatoes and broccoli that my boyfriend and I shared because it was great portion for both of us.
For my date night outfit I wore a short, floral, mesh dress that I brought a couple months back from Olive Ole on clearance for only $15 I believe. I paired my dress with cute drop earrings and denim cork heels from Charlotte Russe.
Teehee! Sorry I made y’all wait for the links for both of these amazing looks to be posted, but once again below are the links to where you can purchase these amazing pieces! 🙂 Unfortunately, since I brought my kimono (look 1) at the beginning of summer, the denim heel (look 2), and my date night dress (look 2) was on clearance at Olive Ole I was unable to locate these exact styles. 😦 Luckily I was able to locate a kimono similar to the one I was wearing, and there are plenty of going out dresses that are more fabulous and fashionable compared to my dress that will turn more heads! 🙂
Caged Tank Top (Here)
Floral Kimono Similar (Here)
Embroidered Heels Black (Here)
Embroidered Heels Tan (Here)
Denim Cork Heels Similar (Here)
Day 3. Red Floral Off The Shoulder Dress from H&M
My last day in North Carolina was bitter sweet. I was excited to be returning back home and I definitely felt rejuvenated enough to be heading back to work, but I didn’t think my weekend would fly by as fast as i thought. It was so hard to say good-bye to relaxing by the pool and Jacuzzi at the hotel, my long time friend, and an overall fantastic vacation with my boyfriend. ( I miss the vacation already, Teehee!) Anyways my last outfit I wanted to dress in style as always. I wore a beautiful, causal, red, floral, off the shoulder body con dress from H&M that only cost me $9.99! (Super Steal) This dress was definitely a steal! The print was bold and red was even bolder. I loved how the dress was bright, but at the same time was casual and simple to wear. It didn’t take much to accessorize this dress, so all I wore was my cat eyed shaped shades from Charming Charlies and black sandals.
Of course I can’t leave my Pigsters hanging! Sorry for the long blog post, but I wanted to keep all my sistahs posted with some fabulous looks hopefully giving you a few vacation fashion ideas! 🙂 Unfortunately, I was unable to locate this exact dress on H&M website, however they did offer one print that some of y’all might like. The only difference is price on the website the dress is priced at $14.99, but I’ve been to a few H&M in stores where I saw a whole bunch of these dresses in the floral red, black and zebra print for only $9.99. Hopefully the dress will restock online, but if not I suggest going to your local H&M! 🙂
Off the Shoulder Dress Zebra Print (Here)