They say that home is where the heart is. And it’s hard to believe that 2017 will mark a decade since I first left mine in the great (and crazy) state of Florida. It seems that just yesterday I packed my bags for Nashville, then started my post-grad life in Atlanta, and now this southern transplant has ended up in the big apple. I have to say that growing up, I always saw myself leaving home to experience cities and discover new adventures. However, every time I visit Florida I instantly remember why it’s such a great place to grow up. While I love the flash, class, and energy of the big city, there’s something about driving with the windows down, listening to Southern rock, and enjoying a slower pace with sunshine on your cheek that can’t be replaced. After a stressful couple of months in New York, I think my trip home was well overdue. It’s funny because when I arrive, I sometimes feel funny wearing the New York uniform of all black and a leather jacket. I remember my past life of sundresses and a cardigan, or jeans and a t-shirt. So for this trip, I combined a little bit of my New York attitude with some good ol’ Southern rock and roll. Let’s start with my Lynyrd Skynyrd band t-shirt that I caught on sale. Many people don’t actually know that these “Freebird” and “Sweet Home Alabama” legends are actually from my hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.


Instead of pairing my tee with jeans, I opted for a more seasonal pair of velvet high waisted pants. They’re comfortable and can be dressed up with a nice blouse, or worn with a tee and some stylish sneakers. Of course I had to throw on my leather jacket and a pair of aviators to add to the overall rock n’ roll aesthetic. And let’s not forget the nude spiked Louboutins which are actually quite comfortable and versatile because of the soft leather and neutral shade. I love this outfit because I feel like it’s the perfect combination of my current style and the home I love so much. But at the end of the day, it’s my family that makes home so amazing, and I can’t wait to spend more time with them over the upcoming holidays. I hope y’all stay tuned to the blog for more posts this month on my holiday style, and of course….gift guides!


Leather Jacket: Iro. Skynyrd T-Shirt: Kohl’s. Velvet Jeans: Topshop. Studded Heels: Christian Louboutin (Sold Out). Bag: Chanel. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban.


  • Tiffany Grace
    December 5, 2016 9:32 pm

    OMG! Those velvet pants are going in my shopping cart like yesterday! Girl, you are seriously killing it in these shoes. Glad you got to make a trip home, when things are going a little bumpy, you always feel better having that normality back even if just for a short visit. Looking fab!

    • brownpaperdoll
      December 6, 2016 1:54 am

      Thanks love! The pants are so cute AND comfy! I love them! It was so nice to go home and spend time with family, but it -also was a rude awakening going back to the cold in NYC! Thanks for reading! Xo

  • Abby
    December 5, 2016 9:49 pm

    Girl, those velvet pants are seriously everything!! You look SO gorgeous and these pictures are seriously stunning!! <3

    xo Abby

    • brownpaperdoll
      December 6, 2016 2:18 am

      Thanks Abby! You’re so sweet! This shoot was just taken on the fly, so I’m glad you like it!

  • Joti
    December 6, 2016 12:32 am

    There’s something to the all black and leather jacket look!! How lucky that you’ve been able to move around so much!! Also, love those Louboutins!

    • brownpaperdoll
      December 6, 2016 2:18 am

      Thanks Joti! It’s the New York uniform! Haha
      Thanks for reading lovely! Xo

  • Fawn Rosenbohm
    December 6, 2016 6:21 pm

    This is totally an outfit I would rock. I love the all black with the tan shoes. Looks so rocker chic babe!

    • brownpaperdoll
      December 7, 2016 12:40 am

      Thanks Fawn! It’s always fun to bring out a little bit of my rocker side. Thanks for reading! xo, LA

  • Chelsea
    December 6, 2016 11:25 pm

    You’re totally embodying that NYC uniform, love it! I can definitely see how it’s nice to go home to relax though, NYC can be such a whirlwind! You can call multiple great cities home if you ask me 🙂

    Chow Down USA

    • brownpaperdoll
      December 7, 2016 12:41 am

      Thanks Chelsea! No matter where I go, I always bring a little New York with me.

      Thanks for reading!

  • Ellie
    December 7, 2016 4:54 am

    Those velvet trousers are amazing and oh my gosh those shoes are gorgeous!! Great look!


    • brownpaperdoll
      December 8, 2016 5:34 am

      Thanks Ellie! They’re some of my favorite picks this season! And even though the shoes look a little intimidating, they’re totally comfy. Thanks for reading lovely!

  • The Blonde Diary
    December 7, 2016 3:44 pm

    Gorgeous look! I like the leather jacket and velvet pants combo. And that top makes it even more dramatic!


    • brownpaperdoll
      December 8, 2016 3:07 pm

      Thanks Gabi! I so appreciate you reading! Thanks for the love!

  • Paige Strand
    December 7, 2016 6:22 pm

    I’ve actually always wanted to see Florida, any recomendations on where to go? We really enjoy food, city life and the water 🙂

    • brownpaperdoll
      December 8, 2016 3:08 pm

      Hey Paige! You totally have to go! Depends on what you’re in the mood for! Maybe South Florida for some fun and the sun and beaches. And then, of course, there’s Disney! I’m still such a kid at heart and love every time I go! Thanks for reading love!

  • Kusum
    December 7, 2016 9:59 pm

    Love those velvet pants babe, I am all about velvet this season, give it to me in any form and I will love it! Those shoes are super cute too.
    xx, Kusum |

    • brownpaperdoll
      December 8, 2016 3:12 pm

      You’re so sweet! Thanks so much! I’m in love with everything velvet too. It’s an obsession of mine this season! Thanks for reading! Xo

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