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Preppy Plaid

SKIRT: Zara│SHIRT: J Crew│BLAZER: Forever 21│SHOES: Sam Edelman│BAG: Chanel│WATCH: Michele│ BRACELETS: David Yurman│SUNNIES: Asos (sold out) Similar Here

This skirt is just the cutest y’all. I love structure, plaid, and blazers..  You’d think after 10 years in a uniform in Catholic school, I’d be sick of plaid. Well, I’m not. You see lots of plaid around Christmas, but I think there’s room in your life for year round plaid. Gingham or Madras in the summer, Tartan for fall and Hounds tooth for winter. This skirt has a good mix of gingham, tartan and window pane. If you’re reading along and I just spoke a different language – yes, those are all different types of plaid. And yes, there are many, many, many more different types of plaid.

My button down is actually a body suit and I HIGHLY recommend it. Ever have a hard time with your button down staying tucked in? Well this baby literally never comes untucked. It’s fabulous. I wear it to work and on the weekend all the time. My blazer is forever 21 and it’s a super stylish piece for work and play at a cost conscious price point.

Questions? Drop em below!

xoxo

 

 

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The Classic LBD

Dress: LuLu’s  │Shoes: Jessica Simpson similar Here and Here│ Watch: Michele │Bracelets: David Yurman

I love date night….. and rooftop bars….. and good wine….  BUT most of all, I love a good little black dress. A dress with the versatility to take you essentially anywhere. From date night to dinner parties, it’s a closet staple. I swear a good LBD has super powers. And for $36, it doesn’t get much better than this one. It also comes in several colors. Dress it up like I did with a neutral heel or dress it down with a denim jacket and some boots. I like having at least a few different long sleeve LBD’s to get me through the transition from winter to spring. My shoes are almost sold out so I’m linking a few similar pairs. I also rounded up some affordable LBDs below.

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If you’re in Raleigh and you’re looking for a great date night spot, you have to check out Level 7. It’s in North Hills, on the 7th floor (get it?) of the Marriott AC Hotel. The view is great and the drinks are even better. On Thursday nights they have live music on the rooftop. We head over to have a drink before or after eating in North Hills..

Questions? Comments? I’d love to hear from you…

xoxo

 

 

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Death and Taxes

JEANS: Seven For All Mankind │BODYSUIT: Zara 

Welcome to my first Raleigh guide post! I’m a huge foodie and I love to be out and about, so I thought I’d do some reviews of my favorite local places. Raleigh is just overflowing with local restaurants making it hard to know where to go. So, let me be your guide! We recently had dinner at one of my favorite Raleigh restaurants, Death and Taxes. Located in downtown Raleigh, Death and Taxes is the newest addition to the Ashley Christensen restaurant group. The focus of this restaurant is wood fired entrees. Think perfectly grilled steak, pork and seafood. This is on the smaller side in terms of size, so plan on making a reservation. You can find their online reservation system here.

Drinks:

The drink selection at Death and Taxes is vast and you could just head there for drinks. The bar is inside the restaurant and faces the kitchen which features an open design. We always try to go a little before our reservation to have a drink and watch the chef do his thing. The wine list goes on and on and honestly, I haven’t had a bad glass there. This visit, I stuck with a trusty favorite, sparkling rose, which I highly recommend. For cocktails, my favorites are the The Stowaway and Les Sucettes.

First Course:

We started the party with the roasted oysters with chili butter and preserved lemon. YUM. Those suckers lasted approximately 2 minutes after this photo was snapped. Other favorites we’ve had are the charcuterie and the beef tartar. You also have to order the bread and butter starter. The bread is freshly baked every day and it’s worth every last calorie.

Entrees:

For our main course, we shared the grilled shrimp and steak. I really feel like if it’s your first time at Death and Taxes you have to try the steak. It’s what they are known for and it does not disappoint. It’s always perfectly cooked to your preference. The beef is NC grass fed angus, so it’s always super tender. The shrimp entree features NC shrimp in a butter garlic sauce that is light and flavorful. Both entrees were fantastic. We’ve also had the pork chop and the fish. I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. The sides we had this time were fried potato fonduta which resembles a fried mashed potato ball and the twice cooked mushrooms. 

Dessert:

Did you really go try a new restaurant if you didn’t order dessert?  We ended the night with an Irish coffee and lemon ice cream sandwich. Pro tip: order your Irish coffee with double Jameson and Baileys. The ice cream sandwich is made with a ginger snap cookie and it’s the perfect sweet and citrus combination. If you’re more of a chocolate fan, the dark chocolate bread pudding is heaven on a plate.

I’m linking the full menu here. Keep in mind, the menu is seasonal and changes so things we had  might not always be on the menu. It is a higher end restaurant and entrees range from $24-35, but it is beyond worth it. I will also say the service at Death and Taxes is above and beyond. All of the wait staff was super accommodating while I traipsed around their restaurant taking 8 million pictures. Highly, highly recommend checking out Death and Taxes.

Questions about Death and Taxes or other Raleigh restaurants? Let me know!

xoxo

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Twirly Olive Dress

DRESS: BKNR  │ SHOES: Jessica Simpson │CLUTCH: Kate Spade (old) Similar Here and Here │ SUNNIES: Karen Walker

Happy Thursday, y’all! I am so, so, so ready for spring. I’m actually ready to throw away all of my coats and bulky sweaters. This dress is the perfect transition dress for spring. The weather here has been hopping back and forth from 70’s to 50’s which makes long sleeves necessary for just a few more weeks (hopefully). North Carolina likes to tease us with a few days of warmer temps and then back to the 50’s. I get so jealous looking at other bloggers who live south of me posting all these fun spring looks. C’mon North Carolina, gimme some spring.

I love flirty, feminine silhouettes and this dress is all of that and more. The material is a super slinky silk blend which gives it tons of personality.  The tie string belt really accentuates the waist giving you that sought after hourglass shape.

Ever since we got back from our Cayman trip, I’ve been dying to start planning our next trip. Where should we go? I have a travel bucket list that’s miles long, but I’d love to hear suggestions from y’all.

xoxo 

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Lace Up Dress

DRESS: Revolve │SHOES: Jessica Simpson │CLUTCH: Chanel │SUNNIES: Karen Walker │BRACELETS: David Yurman

I love a little black dress as much as anybody, but y’all, this little white lace up dress might be replacing my LBD this summer. Did I mention it’s also on super sale?  $42 and available in all sizes. When I first saw this dress, I said nope, no way. Those laces are going to show everything and I am guaranteed a wardrobe malfunction. But, I am a firm believer in the try on factor. What’s the try on factor you ask? I try to never judge anything by the way it looks on a hanger or on my computer screen. There have been so many times where I’ve been so unsure about something on the hanger and then I try it on and BAM, its perfect. Bottom Line: always always try on and step outside of your comfort zone.

And if you’re a soon to be bride, this would be a great bachelorette dress. I can’t believe wedding season is almost here. Be on the look out for some easy wedding wear posts coming up.  Have a great week y’all.

xoxo 

 

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Wear To Where

PANTS: Zara│SHOES: Jessica Simpson│TOP: Forever 21│BAG: Chanel│WATCH: Michele│BRACELET: David Yurman │SUNNIES: Karen Walker

Happy Wednesday, and Welcome to my first Wear to Where post! I’ve always envisioned this blog as a true reflection of me and my style. And this home girl works full time so, a good portion of my closet is dedicated to work appropriate outfits. I know firsthand the struggle of putting together cute, functional, AND professional outfits. Sometimes it seems like another full time job in itself. Googling and Pinterest are no help in my opinion. I look at the posts on Pinterest and wonder where the heck do these chicks work? I could never wear that to my job… If you’ve ever felt the same way, I’m hoping these posts will help. Some of these posts will be dedicated to work attire, but we will also have some fun with posts dedicated to weekend style, and special occasion style.

Let’s get down to business! These pants are so so so flattering. Who doesn’t want legs that look miles long? I wore this top to work on a day that it rained in Raleigh and got so many laughs/compliments. I love an outfit that is professional without being boring. And it’s cost conscious ringing in at a little over $150 (not Chanel – she’s not very cost conscious).

Questions? I’d love to hear from you. Our Cayman trip will be on the blog soon!

xoxo

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Tweed Perfection

 

DRESS: Zara  │ SHIRT: Banana Republic (old) Similar Here  │ BAG: Chanel │SHOES: Jessica Simpson │WATCH: Michele │ SUNNIES: Karen Walker │ BRACELETS: David Yurman

I. Love. This. Dress. Y’all, I wore this a few nights ago downtown for dinner and I got all the compliments. Never thought I would say tweed could be actual perfection. It’s almost like a dress jumper combo. I put a striped shirt underneath, but it would look so good with a red or black turtleneck and flats. It’s the perfect transition dress as it starts to warm up. In my book, Zara can do no wrong. If you’ve never heard of Zara because they have very few brick and mortar stores, seriously go check them out. I’ll even make it easy for you and link the site here. You can thank me later. Zara will be a reoccurring theme around here. Super affordable and they make good wear to work staples but also super on trend pieces. Now, I know buying online is annoying. But, Zara runs pretty true to size and I rarely have to return because something doesn’t fit. But, if you do have to return, the shipping is free making it pretty painless.

Ok, I’ll stop going on and on about Zara. I hope everyone is having a fabulous week. Questions? Comments? Things you want to see? Let’s hear it!

xoxo

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Be My Valentine….

SKIRT: J Crew │TOP: Express │SHOES: Sam Edelman│SUNNIES: Glance│WATCH: Michele│TIGHTS: Commando

Valentine’s Day is easily one of my favorite holidays… Chocolate, presents, love… What’s not to like? We are heading to the Cayman Islands this year. So ready to escape the cold and lay on the beach.. More to come on our Cayman trip.

Below is a round up of some great Valentine’s options…. There are some budget friendly options, some wear to work options, and some not so budget friendly options. Investing in a good little black or red dress is always a smart idea. They’re both timeless pieces. When What Not To Wear (did anyone religiously watch that like I did?) was still on, Stacey London would talk about how to decide when to invest in pieces and when to buy a cheaper dupe. There’s math ahead friends. Think about the number of times you think you’d wear something and divide that number by the cost of the piece. Then decide if you’d be willing to pay that number to wear the piece each time. Y’all…. I have used this so many times to talk myself into buying something. Sure, I’ll spend $25 every time I wear these $500 shoes….

I wore this valentine’s outfit to work with tights. I get so much work wear out of this skirt. It’s so versatile.. easy to wear with tights and heels or with flats and basically any top I’ve put with it looks good. My tights seem like just your run of the mill black tights, but they are so so flattering. I’m really rough with my tights and always try to invest in a more expensive pair that won’t have several runs in them at the end of the day. You’ll be seeing these shoes on repeat. They are my favorite wear to work and to play heels.

Thanks for reading and happy happy love day. Get ready for an overload of pictures from our vacation.

xoxo

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Welcome To All The Trouble


DRESS: Jill Stuart │SHOES:  Sam Edelman│ BRACELET: David Yurman

Welcome to All The Trouble!

My name is Heather Mazzola and I am beyond excited to start and share this journey with you. I contemplated blogging for years, but always found reasons not to start. Graduate school, the fear of failing, working full time…. With the New Year, I decided to stop making excuses and devote some time to something I love. So, here we go…. Buckle up!

A little bit about me… I am originally from Florida, I went to FSU for undergrad (GO NOLES!) and then moved to North Carolina for graduate school. I fell in love with North Carolina’s southern charm and changing seasons and decided to make it my permanent home. I am a clinical audiologist in Raleigh, NC. I am a dog mom to the cutest and craziest West Highland Terrier, Max Mazzola (head on over to my insta stories if you want to see lots of cuteness involving him). My love for clothes and the fashion industry runs deep and wide and I can’t wait to share my personal style with you.

Now, let’s get down to business. Here’s the real star of the show… this Jill Stuart dress. Just having my own gossip girl moment over here, don’t mind me. I love classic lines and structure. I’m a little more of a Blair than a Serena style wise. This dress is classic and chic all wrapped into one…and talk about flattering! My shoes are my favorite basic black pumps. They are the perfect wear to work height and easily transition to wear for fun.

I’m so glad you’re following along, stay tuned for a lot more trouble.. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to share. I’d love to hear from you.

xoxo

 

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