Category Archives: So Stylish

04/12/17

Crushing on Summertime Trends

Barely inching into April and the Atlanta area has already seen its big Spring bloom with Cherry trees, the Dogwoods, and even the azaleas we are so known for during Master’s season in Augusta. Our temperatures are looming well into the 70s and 80s most days with a light breeze in the afternoons.

Summertime is just about upon us, and I for one, enjoy the longer days, the sunny afternoons, and the days spent sitting on a beach somewhere with a good book. What I am not looking forward to so much is the humidity, but you know, you have to take the bad with the good sometimes, and we Southerners certainly know that to be true.

So, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Summertime trends, accessories, and fashion statements that transfer from the runways to the stores and boutiques right to your very own closet. How to wear them. Where to find them.

Statement Sleeves 

Statement Sleeves, or kimono-blouses, are all the rage this season, and I was a quick and easy convert and I jumped on that bandwagon early, and often.

Gibson Ruffled Handkerchief Hem Top (comes in Regular & Petitie) from Nordstrom, $42 (comes in a variety of colors, but isn’t this emerald lovely?)

Gibson Ruffled Handkerchief Hem Top (Regular & Petite)

Topshop Tie Trumpet Sleeve Top, $80

Topshop Tie Trumpet Sleeve Top

So light, airy, and ultra-sophisticated. Even for the office!

The Matea Off-the-Shoulder Pull over is just the right amount of statement sleeves, for those just wanting to dip their toe in the deep end. It’s a trend worth trying!

Mattea Off-The-Shoulder Pullover

Floral Texture Blouse, $98 at Anthropologie by Eri + Ali

Floral Texture Blouse

Stunning with jeans, chinos, shorts, or tucked into a skirt all summer long!

Bomber Jackets 

Bombs away!

There is something ultra chic and edgy about a bomber jacket. Plus, they are typically lightweight and many are weather resistant perfect for a throw-on-and-go look all summer and fall long.

Madewell Satin Bomber Jacket, at Nordstrom’s for $148

Madewell Satin Bomber Jacket

And they range from sporty to feminine and everything in between. Very versatile!

Juneworthy Bomber from Hei Hei for $78

Juneworthy Bomber

There is something about that crisp and clean white, but it also comes in Mint, Yellow, and Navy.

Trouve’ Embroidered Bomber Jacket, currently on sale for $99 (a 33% discount)

Trouvé Embroidered Bomber Jacket

I have to say, I am sort of partial to the embroidered versions. Don’t know what it is exactly, but they speak to me!

Tropical Florals 

I know what you must be thinking… Tropical florals for summertime and vacation season? Not exactly a revelation, and in truth it is not, but I am not a huge wearer for floral patterns, but these ruffled, dainty slip dresses and maxi skirts and sweaters have me all like… whoa! I need to give bright florals another try!

Grecia Floral Dress by Maeve, $158

Grecia Ruffle Dress

Crushing on that rich combination of pink & tangerine! And, this dress features another very “hot right now” trend of one-shoulder detailing. So, it’s two for one!

And who could resist a good, classic Palms print?

Pleated Palms Skirt by Sunday in Brooklyn, $118

Pleated Palms Skirt

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A delicious skirt for summertime, and can easily be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion.

The “Jackie” Cotton Cardigan is a classic cardigan that I have in a variety of colors and they are perfect to throw on over a tank, a dress, or paired with a skirt or pants. And this Cotton Jackie Cardigan in Florida print is a fun, quirky update to a classic perfect for this summer season.

And it’s currently up to 30% off online!!!

Casual Slides 

Sandals are a summertime essential. Along with the all-important pedicure as well. So, polish those nails and slide into something pretty…

Coast Slides from Seychelles (my fave!), $85

Don’t you just love that dusty blue suede? Yum!! And I love the platform for a little extra lift as well.

Doris Kork Sandals by Raphaella Booz are gorgeous and certainly make a statement! And, again at $78, an affordable fashion sandal.

Doris Cork Sandals

Plus, kork is so versatile and can be worn with anything and any color!

The Updated Trench

Trenches. They’re not  just for coats anymore.

Garment-dyed trench dress

Trench dresses and Trench vests are making a splash this spring & summer. And JCrew’s Garment-Dyed Trench dress is simple and ultra-sophisticated. It is shown above in classic khaki, or Golden Tea shade, but also comes in a blush pink and a true navy.

Or maybe an Embroidered Floral Trench?

Embroidered Floral Trench

Always an incredibly investment into your personal closet. A trench is timeliness in every way.

Laces 

Side Lace Tank Top from Sunday in Brooklyn, $88

Side-Laced Tank Top

Just a touch of laces and grommets on this swing tank.

Or, for more of a statement…

Lace-up T Shirt from J Crew for just $49.50! (available in more colors)

It’s a familiar trend, and a comfortable one for most, but is just a small update classic to your staple tees and tanks that punches up the style a bit.

Perfect paired with jeans and sandals for a casual Saturday or Sunday afternoon, or even with ankle pants, wedges or pumps, and a blazer or sweater for a more professional, polished look.

Or a lace-up shirt dress?

Love the simple styling of this pull-on-and-go easy chic dress for summertime. All you need is a hat, sunglasses, and sandals and you are off! Comes in black (as pictured above) along with navy and ivory as well.

Wide Leg Trousers 

Everything old is new again. Isn’t that so just the case with some of the styles we have seen return to fashion? And wide leg pants, culottes, and flare jeans from my most favorite fashion decade, the 70s, have made their return in 2017!

Deni Cropped Wide-legs, from Bishop + Young for $98
Deni Cropped Wide-Legs

And I am seriously crushing on these bright, cherry red linen crop flares from Cartonnier at Anthropologie for $98. Comes in Orange and Royal Blue as well.

Linen Crop Flares

Jeans are getting in on the action as well, even my favorite brand of denim, Pilcro. Here are few of my favorite new designs of theirs:

Folio, Ultra-High Rise Cuffed Jeans, $128

Pilcro Folio Ultra High-Rise Cuffed Jeans

And a more understated flare? These are just perfect! I love their Script denim jeans, most any style. I have a few pairs hanging in my closet right now, in fact!

Pilcro Script High-Rise Crop Jeans

These are a nice, dark wash with a nice, slightly-wide, cropped leg, undone frayed edges, 5-pocket styling, and made with cotton & spandex for easy wear. The Script is one of my go-to’s!

Feminine/Athletic Sneakers 

Athletic leisure is a big fashion trend for this year, and I am not a huge fan of jumpsuits or matching sweat outfits, but I love the idea of these updated, ultra-feminine and funky sneakers that can be paired with your favorite jeans and T shirt or even with a maxi skirt and tank for a stroll through the farmer’s market or brunch out with girlfriends!

Quake, from Seychelles for $120

Seychelles Larissa Ruffle Sneakers

I’m sorry. I have a thing for these. The suede, the platform, the ruffles, the simple styling. So perfect!

Superga Sneaker Mules are the perfect athletic slide perfect for lazy Saturdays.

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And they are just $68!

So, those are just a few of my current crushes for this summer season, but that’s certainly not the extensive list!

Have fun exploring these and so many other Summer 2017 fashion trends!

xoxo…

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03/14/17

New Finds that are worth sharing…

The thing I have to say that I appreciate most about Southern women, and there are many things I appreciate, is that when you compliment them on an item they are wearing like a sweater, lipstick, or pair of shoes, they rarely end that conversation with a simple “Thank you!” and typically the conversation continues to “I got them from TJ Maxx last week off Cumberland Pkwy. Only $59… you should go get some too!” We share where we got that item, when we got that item, and even divulge the price- especially if we are really proud of the deal we were able to procure.

So, today, I am spilling on a few of my favorite, more recent finds. Where to find them. How to use them. How to wear them. How to enjoy them… But, I don’t think you will need any help or tips about that…


Tiny Tassel

A few weeks ago, I returned home from a business trip and a small little package was waiting for me at my door from The Tiny Tassel.

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Sloan had surprised me with a little “happy” gift and had gifted me these awesome Kelly green tasseled earrings. I immediately threw them in my travel bag for my next adventure and have been wearing them about every 3rd day since. They really are a statement.

But, the tassel-loving fun does not stop there!

My latest find are their necklaces complete with gorgeous glass beads, a bright tassel, and these blue and white ginger jar inspired porcelain beads.

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Just stunning. In fact, i cannot decide which color combination is more stunning.

Check them out and so many more eye-catching designs on their website.

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara 

Excuse the name please, but this is some serious mascara! 

According to their website, this is a “mascara with audacious volume that lets lashes go from dramatic and defined, to exaggerated, layered volume… the most buildable mascara, it loads up lashes with the maximum amount of formula to volumize and left with each layer. The Triple Threat brush allows you to go from dramatic and defined to over-the-top volume. With each swipe, lashes get separated, magnified, and super-coated with an interlocking fiber-loaded formula that never flakes or smudges. The result is ultra-thick, voluptuous lashes that photograph flawlessly in any close-up.” 

And, the effects are great! Swipe a few swipes in the morning before work, and even after work, if you are meeting friends or a certain fella, swipe a few more times for an even more dramatic look. Never clumps and is instantly dry.

I love this stuff!

Swedish Dream Seaweed Soap 

Swedish Dream Seaweed Soap - 4.3oz each by Kala

Y’all. I get so excited about trying different soaps.

Many of my friends love all the fancy body washes, cremes, or lathers, but I love a really good, luxurious bar soap, and my latest find is this Swedish Dream Seaweed Soap from one of my favorite shops in the whole world, Terra Cotta in Savannah, GA. After my last visit, the girls dropped a bar of it in my shopping bag as a surprise for me to find when I got home later. It was a sweet surprise indeed!

This soap features active marine algae extracted from select seaweed which acts as a protective moisturizer and nutrient for your skin. It  acts as a gentle clarifier, removing impurities, & leaving the skin ultra fresh and clean. It smells great too! Not too feminine or masculine of a smell. Just clean.

Assorted L’Oreal Clay Masks 

My mom introduced me to these L’Oreal clay masks over the Christmas & New Year’s holidays and I’ve been addicted to them ever since.

I have been a long-time user of clay or charcoal masks, being an adolescent, teen, and then adult with acne prone skin, and I love how it clears my pores and leaves my face smooth and purified. But these masks are the next level!

There are 3:

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A Pure Clay Purity Mask that is purifying and mattifying, a Detox Mask that will detoxify and clarify (my personal favorite), and the Glow Mask that gently exfoliates and brightens. And even more amazing? You can use all 3 simultaneously and in tandem with one another because sometimes different areas of your face have different needs.

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These are genius and they are within arm’s reach at all your favorite local retailers: Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, and Ulta Beauty.

Read about all 3 Masks here.

Amazon Audible 

Have you ever listened to an audio book? But, not just any audio book, an Audible by Amazon? Wow! They totally rewrote the rules on Audio books. It’s totally submersive.

In fact, a coworker of mine recently said she cannot wait to get in the car for her rides to and from work because she loves “reading” books to and from. I loved that! And can you imagine how much more exciting a work out could be? You may be walking a trail, but your mind could be exploring far off worlds or galaxies, fighting in WWII in France, or even hearing the Magnolia story from our favorite couple in Waco, TX.

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In fact, if you have not experienced an Audible, I will give a $5 gift certificate to the first 2 people who comment below in the Comments section and be sure to list the email address where you would like this little e-card to be sent!

Come on… take me up on the offer. Comment below!!! 

Harney & Son’s Birthday Tea 

Harney and Sons Birthday Tea Tin, 20 Sachets

There is nothing more relaxing that curling up with a good book or a great mug of tea on a quiet afternoon or morning. It is sheer luxury.

And this festive Birthday Tea in its “party tin” is absolutely delicious! It’s aromatic, fruity, and flavorful combining Hibiscus, Rosehips, Decaf Ceylon, Pomegranate, Vanilla flavor, Peppermint, Marigold petals, Cornflowers.

It’s a lovely decaffeinated tea to enjoy hot or iced.

And what could be cuter to enjoy it in than these hand-painted “French lesson” mugs from La Madeleine; French Country Kitchen & Cafe.

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Aren’t they adorable? I snatched these up from my local La Madeleine just a few weeks ago, so run, do not walk to your local location today. They have 4-5 different designs they are currently showcasing, but there is jut something about that “Bonjour” with the sunrise coming up over the lavender fields that makes me smile.

All-Clad Electric Indoor Grill with Auto-Sense 

Take the guesswork out of indoor grilling for good with this All-Clad Electric Indoor Grill complete with Auto-Sense Technology.

All-Clad Electric Indoor Grill with AutoSense™

“The innovative counter-top electric grill employs automatic sensor technology to detect the thickness of your food and adapt the temperature and cooking time accordingly. Choose from six pre-programmed cooking modes for the most popular grilled foods, or use the Frozen setting to defrost and grill ingredients straight from the freezer! An indicator light and audible beep prompt tells you when food is cooked to rare, medium or well done. A manual mode with four temperature levels provides even more flexibility to fine-tune results to satisfy everyone’s taste.”

The grill panels easily lift out and go right into your dish washer. No fuss! That’s honestly my most favorite feature.

And all the proteins I have grilled thus far turn out juicier than on a standard, outdoor gas or charcoal grill. I continue to be blown away by the results… and you will too!

Watch this video below for a brief demonstration on how to use this amazing piece of equipment.

I promise you, it may seem like an investment (and it is a very specialized kitchen tool), but you will be inventing items to grill every night of the week. Chicken, pork, beef, burgers, paninis, veggies, fruit, even lettuces for grilled salads!

So, those are just a few of my favorite finds from beauty products to fashion & accessories to entertainment and even to indoor grilling!

I hope you will try a few of these products and that you will love them as I do!

xoxo…

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