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09/18/17

Fall’s Statement Pieces

There’s a snap in the air here in the Deep South this week. It heats up pretty good in the daytime, but in the mornings and evenings, I can literally feel the promise of the seasons changing.

Fall & Winter are my favorite times of the year.

Typically us Southern girls are all about the spring & summer, but not this one. I crave those crisp mornings and chilly evenings and midday spent in boots, tights, and sweaters, and football on the television every Saturday and, let’s face it, most Sundays too.

And, I love Fall fashion, particularly Fall’s statement pieces.

And with New York Fashion Week just barely behind us, after the runways have cleared, we turn our sights to Fall 2017’s Must-have pieces and how to introduce them into our very own wardrobes.

And, I’ve got a few ideas…

Red.

Red is the color of fall.

Now, Red has certainly always been a prominent color in my personal wardrobe in the fall, but now it’s literally everywhere!

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Wear it all over, as it is absolutely stunning as a monochromatic look, or as a statement piece, on your feet, or a handbag.

Here are a few of my top picks:

Daphne Topcoat in Boiled Wool, pictured in Red from JCrew, $198

Daphne topcoat in boiled wool

Hello gorgeous red ankle boots!

These beauties are the Matiko Mylvia Zipped Ankle Boots for $188 from Anthropologie. Pictured in rich red, but also come in Grey and Ivory.

Matiko Mylvia Zipped Ankle Boots

Don’t you just love that front-zip detail as well? Incredibly industrial and retro.

This Ruffle Sleeve Mock-neck Tunic is perfect paired with tights, heels or boots for a throwback, dressed up look, or is equally elegant thrown over jeans or leggings for a more casual, lived-in look.

Ruffle-Sleeve Mock Neck Tunic

I love it both ways! And I love pieces that are that versatile. Makes a minimalist wardrobe function very well.

My love affair with Hobo Handbags reaches far and wide, and they have gotten in on the red trend as well, and this delicious hue pairs perfectly with their worn-in leather that I just love!

Larkin Crossbody

The Larkin Cross-body handbag (Because I am a firm believer that every women needs a great cross-body handbag… or 4) from Hobo is the perfect pick for fall.

Midi-Length Skirts

Midi-length skirts are everywhere, and I find them to be so elegant and ladylike. At first, I feared the length (hitting mid-shin, between my knee and my ankle) would make me appear even shorter- something I fight in wardrobing- and so I avoided them. But, I have purchased a few dresses or skirts with lengths below my knee and I am loving them for work, church, and other occasions.

Try them out for yourself! The key is all in the accessorizing.

Loving this Frosted Fall skirt from one of my favorite, easy-to-wear brands, Nic & Zoe. The asymmetrical hem along with textured detailing make it so interesting and perfect to pair with sweaters, jackets, and blouses this fall.

Plus, I am sorry, who doesn’t love an elastic-waist skirt? Ah-mazing!

And, when you pair this gorgeous skirt length with classic textures like pleats and black and white hounds-tooth? Love! And, perfect for fall!

Hounds-tooth Pleated Midi Skirt, Banana Republic for $118

Or maybe this same skirt in animal print is more your speed?

Mine too!

Brocade & Embroidered 

These are the most classic cut of fall booties from Seychelles, but updated with suede and gorgeous floral embroidery. The Lantern boot will definitely shine some light on your fall wardrobe!

Just beautiful, and comes in in 3 colors: Black, Hunter Green (above), and Taupe.

Even denim is getting in on the trend and these Embroidered Boyfriend Jeans by Pilcro are keepers!

Pilcro Mid-Rise Boyfriend Ankle Jeans

Perfect for dressing up or dressing down.

Belted Sweaters, Sweatshirts, & Blazers

The belt is back!

But, really, did it ever really go anywhere?

I love a tie-front sweater or jacket or a belted, cinched-waist dress, and they are all the rage this fall.

This super cozy & luxe Belted Sweatshirt from JCrew isn’t just for lazy Sunday afternoons. Can easily be dressed up over a shift dress and pumps or boots for work, or dressed down over a Tee and jeans with mules. Your choice!

Belted sweatshirt blazer

I love a good Military Jacket. And, I have major heart eyes for this one…

It’s from Banana Republic, as part of their exclusive collection by Olivia Palermo (love her style!) and comes in Seaweed (pictured) as well as Navy. It’s a bit of an investment piece ($198), but isn’t investments worth investing in?!?

This one certainly is!

Asymmetry 

A trend that I was unsure about at first, but the more I have seen it on and off the runway, the more it has grown on me and I find it really, very interesting.

It’s an updated on that cold-shoulder trend that is literally EVERYWHERE now, but is a little more refined.

I love the idea of asymmetrical blouses, and this one from Michael Stars is such a classic cut and fabric for an updated and, might I add, ladylike approach to classic menswear.

Michael Stars Asymmetry Blouse

A satin skirt is certainly hard to top. It’s the ultimate in elegance and refinement. And this classic skirt gets an elevated edge from an asymmetrical hem.

Satin Asymmetrical Skirt

I love classics such as tulle or silk skirts paired unexpectedly with heels and a turtleneck, or a tank and a boyfriend blazer, or even a tee and a leather jacket for special occasions.

Velvet

Whether you prefer just a touch of it, an accent, or big, bold, statements in velvet, you cannot deny it’s luxe and splendor. No fabric is more touchably soft and smooth, but also equally elegant and formal.

These gorgeous Gray Velvet heels from Seychelles, the Commute Heel for $80, are the perfect finishing touch for your next formal event.

I think they are just gorgeous and absolutely swoon-worthy!

And this richly-hued navy blue wrap Velvet Midi dress from Donna Morgan is a stunner!

Velvet Wrap Midi Dress

I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want that wrapped around them!

And this Velvet Tank from JCrew is super versatile! Just a touch of velvet under a blazer with dress pants for a work event, or slipped on under a wool over-sized cardigan with jeans on the weekend. I love the high-low factor of this piece, and the colors are divine as well.

Velvet tank

So, there you have it! A few of fall’s more crush-worthy statement trends, how to wear them, but most importantly, feeling confident and feeling your best you. I am a firm believer that trends come and go, but your personal style is something that is a keeper.

So, what are some of your favorite statements you will make this fall?!?

Whatever they are, I have no doubt you’ll look beautiful in them…

xoxo

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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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