Pretty in…Purple?

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First, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love following yesterday’s post! I was beyond touched with all of your kind words and encouragement, and so thankful that I was also able to touch some of you with my experience. But, enough of the yucky feelings talk- today’s post is all about a dress that makes me feel good!! You know, that one you can put on no matter how down you are and still feel like a million bucks?! It’s all about finding the colors, shape and fit that’s flattering on your body and most importantly, makes you feel confident.

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My favorite trend for summer has by far been off the shoulder tops and dresses. It’s a similar problem to my 2014 romper craze and I just can’t get enough of it. There’s something so sexy about a showing a little shoulder skin and I instantly feel feminine and confident in this style. Add in the gorgeous lace and hip hugging in just the right places and you’ve got yourself the perfect dress for date night or GNO! Bonus: it’s on sale right now for HALF OFF, and if you’re not one for color, it also comes in black.

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Speaking of color, the description says “corn flower blue” and it appeared to be a soft baby blue. Clearly that is not the case. I’m not going to lie, when I got it in the mail I was really disappointed that it was more of a purple. My elementary, middle & high school colors were purple and white, so I’ve successfully kept it out of my wardrobe ever since graduation. I mean, a girl can only wear bright purple for so long. But, the more I stared at this dress in my closet, the more the color grew on me, and now I’m just plain obsessed! Purple had been so far gone from my life for so long that I almost feel like I’m discovering a new color to wear! Besides, this is more of a periwinkle than a true purple, so I don’t think I’ll get mistaken for a First Baptist student anytime soon. (because other than that I totallyyy look like I could pass as a high schooler-right?!)

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Photos: Katie Capo of Catherine Ann Photography

Dress: Topshop | Shoes: Steve Madden from Belk | Bag: Ted Baker from Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant | Lipstick Color: Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Wonderland #575

Back in Action

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It’s no news to y’all that SMC has been pretty bare all summer, and I’m so excited to announce that I’m officially back to blogging for good! But, I also feel the need to share with y’all a little bit of the story behind my break.

I started my blog a year and a half ago because I wasn’t feeling fulfilled in the “house wife life.” As much as I love my man, I felt that I was meant to do more and be more. In the time since I started blogging, I’ve gotten married to my husband, moved to a new house (and just found out we’re having to move again #rentallife), been given lots of opportunities in the fashion industry- including becoming the Charleston editor of Carolina STYLE Magazine, had my husband’s daughter and her 2 children move in with us, travelled to 6 different states & 8 countries, and went through a total hair makeover (enter the year of the ombré LOB). Sounds like a pretty great year and a half- am I right?! Or at least it should have been! But, instead of being able to fully enjoy all of the amazing things taking place in my life, I was constantly battling my own self and the strive for perfection.

Perfectionism is something that was instilled in me from a very young age. My mother didn’t mean any harm and always only wanted the best for me, but she also expected me to behave a certain way. Being the little people pleaser I was/am, I attempted to always exceed expectations. As I got older, these behavioral expectations from my mother evolved into me placing a high standard for myself in anything and everything I was doing. Then, in comes the teenage years and I was hit with the dreaded INSECURITIES that all of us women go through. Seriously though, are those not the worst?! I rebelled from my perfectionist ways and decided to give the opposite a try- doing everything I knew wasn’t right. This didn’t work either and just gave me more to beat myself up about later on in life. As if I needed anymore of that!! So finally, here I was in what seemed to be the perfect life, but something still wasn’t right. In fact, I could hear that inner battle even stronger than before. It goes a little something like this- “you aren’t good enough,” “you don’t deserve this,” “you aren’t pretty enough,” “you aren’t skinny enough,” “you just aren’t PERFECT enough”… sound familiar?!

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As women especially, we torture ourselves to try to meet these insane standards that society {and ourselves} has brainwashed us with. Whether it’s about your looks, career goals, being a great mom- we strive for this perfection that will never be attained. Because the reality is nobody is perfect- not me, not you, not Kendall Jenner & GiGi Hadid- nobody! We all have flaws and that is what makes us the special people that we are. I know we grow up hearing cliché phrases like this all of our lives, but it’s taken me a really long road to be able to say the words and truly mean them. In this war against myself, I’ve thrown away countless opportunities, strained relationships, wounded friendships and really just beat myself down. There were days this summer that I didn’t even want to get out of bed, and I didn’t. It was a really low time for me, but I feel like I had to get down to the darkest place to be able to make sense of all of this for my future.

This isn’t something that is easy for me to share (because ghasp! no perfectionist wants other people to know they’re not perfect!) and even writing this now I’m toying with the idea of just publishing an outfit post and pretending that my hiatus never happened. But, not only is this essential for me to move forward, but I felt the urge to share my experience with y’all. I have yet to perfect this whole “not being a perfectionist” thing, and I’m not here to give out advice on how to change your mindset, because I feel that’s going to be a different path for everyone. What I am here to do is let you know that you aren’t alone in these feelings. I know this is something that almost every single female goes through, whether it’s at 12 or 25 or 65, we all doubt ourselves and get down on ourselves at some point in life. And if me sharing my story helps to make even one person feel better and to know that they aren’t alone in their insecurities, then this post will be totally worth it. I know that as fashion bloggers we are constantly giving y’all the best version of ourselves, but the reality is we’re insanely flawed too! I don’t ever want anyone to look at my blog and get down on themselves or think that I am this perfect person. Southern Meets Chic is meant to inspire you to be YOU- whoever that may be!! This is a platform to empower women and for me to encourage you be the best version of yourself- flaws included!!

This summer has given me the necessary time to reflect and rejuvenate myself. I’m SO excited to be back to blogging and I’ve got so much fun stuff I’m excited to share with y’all! I know in the past SMC has been all about fashion, but I’m going to be bringing in more and more lifestyle posts as well. I would love to hear what kind of topics y’all are interested in!! Check back tomorrow morning for my first outfit post back- i’m kinda obsessed with the look! Also, be sure to follow me on social media [hit social above for links] as we head to SPAIN for my 25th birthday on Wednesday!! (insert 400 salsa betch emojis) Lastly, thank y’all for continuing to read, especially this rambling emotional post- although I wish these feelings on nobody, I do hope my words will help someone somewhere. XO

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Photos: Katie Capo of Catherine Ann Photography

 

Summer Nights

DSC_0593It’s been a little while since my last post, as we’ve been traveling most of spring, but I’m so excited to begin sharing our adventures with y’all! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I’m most excited to post about our California trip, but this evening I wanted to show you a look I wore while on a quick weekend getaway to Myrtle Beach. Now, the “dirty myrtle” isn’t the most luxurious destination, but we go every year for the Monday After the Master’s charity golf tournament, put on by Hootie and the Blowfish, and we always have a great time! Plus, it’s an easy 45 minute drive from home and who can say no to a little calabash shrimp buffet every once in a while?! (JOKING) Seriously though, it’s a weekend we look forward to every year and this year we were also able to spend it with my parents to celebrate my mom’s birthday! This evening’s look was what I wore to the M.A.M. concert that takes place after the tournament- talk about a good time!!
DSC_0602DSC_0588One of my absolute most favorite trends this summer is off the shoulder! The style is so feminine and flirty, and I love showing off my shoulders and collarbone. It’s something I can wear to be sexy without feeling overexposed. When I saw this top from one of my go-to brands, Show Me Your Mumu, I knew I had to have it! Not only does the white go with everything, but it really makes your tan skin glow after a long day on the beach. I paired the top with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans to be sure to keep things casual and comfortable.
DSC_0620DSC_0606I accessorized with these fabulously boho layering necklaces from II Brunettes that have quite possibly been one of the best purchases I’ve ever made! I wear them together, separate, mixed with other necklaces- the options are seriously endless. I just love how the green pendant brings just a touch of color to this mainly neutral ensemble. I did stick with nude for my bag and shoes because I think it kept the outfit cohesive and classy. When in doubt- stick with neutrals!!  DSC_0590This is the perfect outfit for a summer night out to a concert, dinner date or drinks with friends. It’s super classy and put together, while still remaining casual and effortless, which is basically how I strive to look at all times {but realistically don’t}. If you wanted to dress this down even further for daytime, you could wear a pair of denim cutoffs with gladiator sandals and throw on a straw panama hat. (see below for this exact version on me!)

Top: Show Me Your Mumu | Pants: Joe’s Jeans from StyleDwell | Shoes: Dolce Vita from StyleXchange | Bag: GiGi New York from Trés Carmen Boutique | Necklaces: II Brunettes (1 available here)

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Friday Five

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1. Girls– Okay, so I know I’m probably a little late to this party, but I felt the need to share in case any of you were still sans Lena Dunham in your life. I had bought her book, Not That Kind of Girl, a while ago on an Amazon spree, but {like many others} hadn’t gotten the chance to read it yet. Then, during a weekend long life crisis spent stressing over my life purpose, I discovered HBO’s Girls and life was okay again! Not only is Lena Dunham a literary genius full of charm and wit that has me girl crushing hard, but it’s the most relatable show I’ve ever watched. You can find a little of yourself in each of the female lead characters. I’m convinced it’s going to get me through the rest of my 20’s. Basically, if you haven’t seen it, you should probably spend your weekend binge watching!

2. Best Tote Ever– If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a million tote bags lying around your closet/entire house. But, they’re mostly Victoria’s Secret that you don’t actually want or the .99 cent grocery bag kind that you’re always forgetting to put in your car. Then, when you see a tote you actually want, it’s expensive and you feel guilty spending money on them because you’ve already got so many. Well, now’s the time to take those to Goodwill (and actually put them in your car, so you stop using plastic) because I’ve found the perfect tote bag and it’s on sale for under $30! Where does one find such an amazing deal? Target, of course!! These reversible bags are perfect for everything from the pool or beach to the farmer’s market and travel! Plus, at such a low cost, you can buy one for each of those activities!

3. H&M x CoachellaObviously, I {along with every girl in the U.S.} have been having intense Coachella F.O.M.O. I can’t be the only one who actually considered unfollowing people for the week, right?! But, I guess the next best thing is pretending you’re in the dessert by dressing the part, and H&M is here to help us out! They’ve put out a super affordable and every boho girl’s dream, Coachella themed collection to get us through all of our festival cravings. My favorite pieces are the imitation suede shorts (because I’m loving suede for spring), the adorable lace and fringe crop top (I love it in both the white and red), and of course, the “Desert Night” tank that’s perfectly suitable for lying around scrolling through everyone’s perf Coachella pics!

4. Perfect Spring Jacket– I have a serious love/hate relationship with spring weather and the only way to make it through is with a jacket that you can throw on when the chilly temps resurface! In comes Tobi to save the day and most importantly not break your budget, because the reality is you’ll really only wear something like this a few months out of the year. This vegan leather moto jacket in beautiful pastel colors is easy to wear over just about anything! I love it in the blue and lavender, but the blue is currently on sale for just $82!

5. Zinke Sale– Remember that bathing suit line that I told y’all about in a previous Friday Five post? The one with the adorable peplum one pieces and fab high waisted options?! Yeah, well, everything is now HALF OFF on their site with the code FRIENDS&FAMILY- yeah, you read that right, 50% off! I’m kind of dying inside right now and pretty sure that my summer suit wardrobe is about to be complete- and at half the cost!! Happy shopping!!

Ready for May Flowers

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Am I the only one who is totally over these April showers?! I’m so ready for the clouds to be gone and the sunshine to show it’s face! I suppose I can’t do too much complaining because we’ve definitely had a few teasers, but I want to be able to wear looks like this every day! Fortunately, we’re headed down to Miami for a family vacation and cruise next week and then leaving again for California May 6th, so guaranteed sunny skies are on my horizon! I bought this adorable floral number from II Brunettes to take on both of our trips. It’s super versatile and can easily be dressed up for dinner, as shown, or worn for a casual day exploring when paired with flat sandals or even a jean jacket and sneakers! I just love how easy breezy it is and the print is to die for!

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I jumped on this bright pink Three Little Beads necklace the instant I saw it at Trés Carmen Boutique! It was a new color for the local jewelry designers and while I’m typically not too much of a pink girl, I knew I had to have it for summer! I initially thought it would be the perfect layering necklace, and it is, but really love how effortless it looks as a stand alone with this dress. It’s like they were made for each other! Plus, they also coordinate perfectly with my magenta sandals. Can y’all believe these were a $20 Lulu’s purchase?! Gotta love that! However, if I had the money to blow, I would sooo rock it with these fabulous Schutz shoes (that I’ve already pre-ordered in the white). Ps: if you’ve never heard of Schutz, everything of theirs is AMAZING and really not too crazy of a price point!!

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Since I already had so much color going on and nobody likes too much of a matchy matchy look, I opted to carry my simple nude GiGi New York clutch. I considered pairing it with my classic Clare V. leopard clutch, but even though the patterns coordinated perfectly, I felt it darkened this light and airy look too much. This is the perfect easy breezy dress to add to your closet, that you won’t get sick of wearing after one time! Stay tuned on social media to see how I decide to style it for vacation!!

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Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

Dress: Lovers and Friends from II Brunettes {currently backordered, but available at II Brunettes or in this style} | Shoes: LuLu’s {similar here} | Necklace: Three Little Beads from Trés Carmen Boutique | Clutch: GiGi New York from Trés Carmen Boutique

Here’s a little sprinkling of the beautiful spring day that we shot this look on, to brighten this nasty rainy Thursday!! Isn’t Katie from Catherine Ann Photography beyond talented?!

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New Leaf

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Ever since Charleston Fashion Week, I’ve been in a bit of a slump- blogging, fashion and just life in general! It’s rough being an almost 25 year old female, am I right?! As frustrating as weeks like this can be, I truly believe they’re essential to recharge your energy and inspiration. Fortunately, we were able to get away for a long weekend at the beach and I’m feeling refreshed! Plus, I’ve also got a new official photog- Katie Capo of Catherine Ann Photography– and what better way to turn over a new leaf than with some fab new blog photos?! Seriously y’all, she’s so awesome! If you need some new Pinterest Wedding board inspo, definitely head over to her site! I’ve got several fun and festive spring looks coming for y’all, but considering I like to keep it real here on SMC, I figured it was only right to share what I’ve been living in these past few grouchy weeks. When I say living, I literally mean living. As in, I’ve considered purchasing 3 of everything seen here just so I don’t have to wash them so often. Yes, it’s become a problem! But, this laid back look isn’t near as lazy or boring as it could be {lookin’ at you yoga pants}.

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My go to print will forever be black and white stripes. I always feel comfortable and confident in this classic style and it truly works with just about anything. Since it’s such a polished look, I paired this top with my number 1 pair of distressed denim shorts. I snagged these Lovers and Friends babes at a II Brunettes end of the season sale and they are the best denim shorts I’ve ever owned! The fit, wash, length, hole placement- everything is on point! Plus, even when they aren’t on sale, they won’t break the bank.

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I could’ve just thrown on a pair of flip flops and called it a day, but this is Southern Meets Chic and I’ve got to throw in a trendy twist. In comes one of my favorite spring trends- sneakers! I’m obsessed with sneakers lately! Not only are they comfy and hide un-pedicured toes, but I put a pair on and instantly feel cooler. The cool factor is especially high when they’re a pair of Stan Smith Adidas- therefore fulfilling all of my middle school nostalgia withdrawals of walking around saying All Day I Dream About Sports {or if you’re naughty Sex}- I can’t be the only one who remembers that!

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Throw on my YSL bag and my new $5 Forever sunnies (that you also may recognize from miss TopKnots PolkaDots because we have the same brain) and this is the perfect easy breezy look, fit for any quarter century life crisis!

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Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

Top: J. Crew | Shorts: Lovers and Friends from II Brunettes {similar here} ps- I couldn’t find these exact shorts online, but I know for a fact there are a few pairs still at II Brunettes and they’re awesome about shipping! | Shoes: Adidas from Nordstrom | Sunnies: Forever 21 {similar here}

CHSFW 2015: Spring Bridal Show Outfit

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This time last year I was busy preparing for my May 10th wedding, so I certainly didn’t mind taking a trip down memory lane and attending the Charleston Fashion Week Spring Bridal Show. Besides, anything that involves bloody marys, chicken and waffle bites and a bridal fashion show, I want to be involved in! Since I had been dressing up every night, and some days, that week (plus, I had to be presentable by 11 am on a Saturday), I kept things easy breezy with this Mara Hoffman number from Finicky Filly. The lavender color makes this dress soft and understated, but Mara’s signature fun prints keep the dress from being boring! I definitely dressed it up a bit more for this event, but will spend many summer days wearing this dress with flats over a swimsuit.

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I carried my Céline since this was a daytime event, and let’s face it I was running late so needed to carry a pair of sandals so I could literally run from my car to the tents. Don’t worry, the flower wasn’t decoration for my bag like those flowers people have on the dash of their Volkswagen Bug’s, it came in the gift bag.

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After 4 days of having to style my hair to be around the same people, I was a little over the down curled look. Also, I was just over putting any effort into actually styling my hair at all. So, I pulled my hair into a low bun with a simple little twist secured by bobby pins. I was glad to have a rare “hair up” day because it allowed me to show off these beautiful one of a kind opal earrings courtesy of Theodosia. They were the perfect little bridal touch for the occasion and would make a touching day of gift from the groom, orrrr first anniversary present * hint hint * I also loved wearing this antique locket, also from Theodosia, for the day. It’s so unique and went so well with the colors in the Mara dress!

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Photos: Side Yard Studios

Dress: Mara Hoffman from Finicky Filly | Shoes: Dolce Vita from StyleXchange | Jewelry: c/o Theodosia | Sunnies: Ray Ban from Saks off Fifth

CHSFW 2015: Day 4 Runway Review

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Mosa Boutique

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Mosa Boutique may be new to Charleston, but the store has quickly become one of my favorite stops. Not only do they carry a little bit of everything- women’s, men’s, swimwear, accessories and even local art work, but they have a beer & wine bar! That’s right, you can shop while your hubby sips a beer on their comfy couches- perfection! Their debut appearance at Charleston Fashion Week showed that this King St. boutique has something for everyone’s summer needs!

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You may recognize this trendy one piece from a Friday Five post I did on Zinke Swimwear a few weeks ago. It wasn’t until a bit later that I discovered they sold them locally at Mosa! I love when I find a favorite swimwear line sold locally because bathing suits are a must try on! In fact, I’m considering heading down there sometime this week to check out this strappy purple suit. The strappy look is so on trend for swimwear and athletic wear right now. I love how Mosa styled it with the black kimono and a messy fishtail braid!

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We saw the white trend all over the CHSFW runways, and Mosa sure did it right! I love that they have options for everyone, whether you want a boho vibe or a classically chic look. These dresses are great for anyone craving a fresh, spring outfit but they’re obviously great for any bride or graduate! I could even picture the last lace one as a really boho wedding dress- think tousled hair, flower crown, field wedding.

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Mosa also showed a vibrant collection of resort wear that just screams “take me on vacation!” Can y’all tell I’ve got spring fever?! I love the movement of these dresses- perfect for a pre dinner walk on the beach at sunset in Mexico…seriously y’all gotta get some beach in my life, but also gotta get into Mosa first!

Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant

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I think all of my followers know by now that I love me some Gwynn’s! Being Charleston’s only locally owned department store and carrying some of my favorite brands (think Alice & Olivia, J. Brand, Ted Baker, Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo) it’s safe to say I’m a frequent shopper! They’re truly one stop {luxury} shopping at it’s finest- with everything from mens and womenswear to beauty and home decor. They’re always a big part of CHSFW and their show never disappoints! This year, they immediately showed us it would be a hot show with a sexy swimwear look! I’m kind of dying over the necklace they styled with it!

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Each of their looks were impeccably styled, which is such a reflection of the styling assistance that you receive at Gwynn’s. I would 100% wear any of the looks shown here and feel fabulous doing so! They too showed off the all white in a bit of a trendier way, skipping the dresses and going for a modern pants look. I’m OBSESSED with both of these, so on trend but still so classy at the same time!

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Continuing on with the looks right out of Sex and the City, Gwynn’s showed colorful and fun resort wear. If this doesn’t make you want to go on vacation, I don’t know what would! Absolute perfection!

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Of course, Gwynn’s isn’t just for the ladies! They have quite the impressive menswear department, carrying brands such as John Varvatos, Brunello Cucinelli and Peter Millar. They’re the perfect place to help your man find a suit or jacket for a special occasion or a new favorite jeans and tee for everyday.

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Gwynn’s is my go-to when getting my hubby some swim trunks (trust me, I do this often- he loves swimwear!). They carry his favorite brand, Vilebrequin, and always have a great selection!! I’ve also been admiring their spring jackets lately!

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Of course, Gwynn’s had to end the show just as hot as it started! So, they sent two perfectly ripped models down the runway in some fun summer swimwear!! Definitely didn’t need any inspiration to get my butt back into exercising after their show!!

Daniel Velasco & Ryan Workman

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These two Emerging Designers from Savannah aspire to merge art and fashion. This collection was heavily inspired by street art and tribal motifs, which you can see in the hand painted graphics. They then combined the canvas with lighter fabrics that could form better and highlight the figure of the female body. Their collection was definitely full of statement pieces and I think they did a fabulous job of making wearable art.

Casey Crespo

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Although the designer used only colors of the moon and night sky {read: grey and black}, Casey Crespo’s collection was all about the drama!! Using eco friendly fabrics, she designed this collection to show different phases of the lunar cycle. While simple in color, the bold structure makes each of these a statement piece.

Sydney Smith

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I was totally shocked when I read that Sydney Smith came to CHSFW from North Carolina. I thought for sure she was a NYC cool girl, because that’s exactly what her designs emulate! She was one of my top favorite Emerging Designers of the week and I could see myself wearing almost every piece she showed! I was really drawn to her silhouettes- high necks and longer hems. Plus, she’s totally onto the whole rompers and thigh high boots trend that I rocked on Night 2!

Sara Ellis Clark

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Another North Carolina designer, Sara Ellis Clark, is a girl after my own heart with her wispy “Chloé” style meets 70’s rockstar. I’m currently dying for Coachella and this is pushing me even closer to purchasing those tix! Apparently, I wasn’t the only one into Sara’s collection because she won the Emerging Designer Competition for the evening and went on to compete Saturday night. The designer drew inspiration from a quote out of Jack Kerouac’s  On The Road- “I was at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future.” With the focus of movement and direction, she used lines, tucks and pleats to represent roads and routes. This is a collection that I not only resonate with because it’s my style, but because what it stands for is very symbolic of where I am in my life right now- movement and direction!

Roy Blake Smith

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Emerging Designer, Roy Blake Smith, designs pieces that are right out of a fantasy! He enjoys pushing boundaries and creating wearable art for women who truly appreciate it. His show started off very dark and then evolved into more deep, colorful dyes. His use of tie-dye was unexpectedly beautiful! What really drew me into his designs were the shapes and silhouettes of the skirts. From the wrap style pencil skirt and the casually sexy slit in the tie-dye skirt to the stunning layering in the finale dress- his shapes were absolutely beautiful!

Todd Snyder New York

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Immensely successful NYC designer, Todd Snyder, was featured on Friday night. Before starting his own label, he worked at the helm of Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren and J. Crew. Now, his namesake label is sold internationally at stores such as Bergdorf’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Barney’s, but this was his first time making his way down to show at CHSFW! His menswear collection is modern, but simplistic for a classic minimalist look. AKA- I wish these were women’s clothes because I so dig his style. He keeps men looking stylish and comfortable, believing “form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” {and I don’t know any man who would disagree} It was a real treat to see him show on the CHSFW runway and I can definitely draw inspiration from his designs for my own wardrobe!

Photos: Side Yard Studios

iPhone Highlights: 

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CHSFW 2015: Day 4 Outfit

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This dress and overall look might be one of my favorites and it’s definitely my new favorite “Friday Night” getup!! I admittedly saw this dress on Stassi Schroder’s Instagram and knew I had to have it! It was sold out in the U.S. so I had to track it down to a little boutique in Australia. It’s of course, made by one of those Australian lines that I love so much- Finders Keepers. With the on trend gingham and the blue & black combo, this was the perfect dress for a night at Charleston Fashion Week!

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Friday night was the Gwynn’s show at CHSFW, so I carried this absolutely FABULOUS Jimmy Choo bag, courtesy of Gwynn’s. I loved how the gunmetal metallics went perfectly with my jewelry! It was fun for me to branch out and wear a little bit of silver, when I’m typically a gold girl.

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Since I was seeing the same people over and over last week, I knew I would need to switch up my hair and makeup a bit. So, for Friday night I jazzed things up big time and went for a bold smoky eye!! I used this tutorial and my Too Faced Pretty Rebel pallet to get this sultry look. Since that was so dark, I stuck to a neutral matte lip with a lipstick by Trish McEvoy from Gwynn’s.

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I know y’all are probably sick of seeing me wearing these shoes, but my Stuart Weitzman nudists from Bob Ellis were really the perfect CHSFW shoe!! Not only do they look great with everything and make my legs look deceivingly longer than they actually are, but they aren’t easily ruined therefore perfect for trudging through the Marion Square dirt and muck!

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What’s the best thing to make any girl feel fancy on a Friday night?! Diamonds, of course!! I was lucky enough to get to don some gorgeous jewels by Theodosia this week and this night was for sure my favorite! This beautiful art deco style ring was the topic of conversation all night! The earrings went perfectly too, so I showed them off by pulling one part of my hair to the side. This dress is definitely going to be a repeat offender!!

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Photos: Susan Lloyd Photography

Dress: Finders Keepers from Birdcage Boutique | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman from Bob Ellis Shoes | Jewelry: c/o Theodosia | Bag: Jimmy Choo c/o Gwynn’s

CHSFW 2015: Day 3 Runway Review

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Bernadette Jeudy & Roxanne Walton

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Night 3 started off with the youngest guys under the tents totally stealing the show!! I think it’s safe to say that Emerging Designers, Bernadette Jeudy and Roxanne Walton, had the most adorable models of the week, but their designs definitely kept up with the little fellas wearing them! The idea for their line, Préparatoire, began when shopping for Bernadette’s nephew and realizing the lack of stylish options for boys. Their designs are guided by their heightened awareness of color and trim, which you can see in the attention to trim detailing on almost every piece. The collection featured classic styles with trendy details and upgrades to create a modern look. Basically, it gave me some major baby fever so I can start dressing my kiddos right away! I just love the little man look on little boys!

Gabrielle Mandel

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Gabrielle Mandel doesn’t just have fashion in mind when designing, but also what social topic she’s going to portray. The socially conscious designer chose the idea of urban renewal as inspiration for her Fall 2015 collection. How perfect is that for Charleston Fashion Week- one of the oldest cities that is constantly seeing buildings transform! What evolved from this influence was a collection full of darker graphic prints on flowing materials. I can definitely see the urban inspiration coming through her designs!

Dinah Lightsey
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If you know me, you know I love a good swimwear designer and Dinah Lightsey is definitely one to watch! This South Carolina girl is spot on with her attempt to leave a little mystery to the women’s body, as one pieces and high waisted bottoms are so on trend in swimwear! I would absolutely wear any of the suits pictured here and love that they’re so different from anything in stores now. Hello- a swimsuit with an illusion neckline?! Sign me up!!

Andie Enomoto & Taylor Kaclick

 

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I must say, I’m pretty shocked that this NYC duo didn’t take the cake in the Emerging Designer Competiton! But, they were the winners for the night and they definitely garnered some attention to their innovative designs! The girls drew inspiration from childhood memories of their fathers- one who surfs and one who hunts- to create a collection that takes you from the sea to the land. You could absolutely see this journey in their show and they did an amazing idea of taking that concept and turning it into wearable fashion. My eyes definitely lean more toward the sea portion of the collection, but the entire show was beautiful and unique!

Caroline Hulsey

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This southern Georgia gal, turned NYC fashion student, came back down to her roots and showed CHSFW what she’s been up to the past several years! Caroline focuses on creating classic and functional pieces and generally sticks to a neutral color palette- hello a minimalists dream!! But, her designs are anything but boring! Can we talk about this knit gown?! Tell me a week ago I’m going to love a knit gown and I would tell you you’re crazy, but Caroline quickly proved me wrong with this gorgeous piece of art! Apparently, it took her over 18 hours to make!! Whether back here in the south, or up in the big apple, this young designer has a bright future in fashion!

Belk

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Belk dominated Thursday night at CHSFW, having not only the largest show of the week, but also getting beloved designer, Trina Turk, here!! Their show started out with fresh and springy looks fit for any Easter Sunday. I love this last outfit and the idea of skipping the traditional “Easter dress” and instead wearing a dressy cropped pant and nice blouse. It’s super on trend with this light blue color {my personal fav} and the pleated top.

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They then showed off  another of my favorite spring trends- all white {errything}. A classic all white look is just lovely and Belk proves that you can rock it at any age! How gorgeous are these ladies?! They’ve definitely got something for all of you soon to be brides out there also- think showers, luncheons and rehearsal dinner wear!

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The show then kicked things up a notch with upbeat tunes and models dancing down the runway for some fabulous resort wear! This portion was full of bright colors and looks that could take you from day to night on any tropical vacay!

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Next came safari inspired summer looks! These were full of rich earth tones and boho touches such as fringe and tribal prints. They would also make for great vacation wear and if you’re anything like me would also become staples in your summer wardrobe. I just love an easy breezy boho look in the summer!

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It wouldn’t be a department store fashion show in Charleston without a little nautical inspired wear! Chambray, navy blue, white and sailboat prints were the name of the game!

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This portion of the Belk show was probably my favorite- black and white with pops of neon! I love how they took structured shapes with geometric or striped prints in classic black and white, then accessorized with subtle pops of green or orange. They then paired these looks with on trend chunky sandals, making it super modern. I would wear every outfit from this part of the show- LOVE!

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Before bringing out the big finale, their Trina Turk show, Belk cooled things off with grayscale and metallic looks. I especially loved the men’s look and the twins’ look in this portion. I love relaxed athletic wear get ups that are still totally appropriate for public!

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How do you really kill it on Thursday night at Charleston Fashion Week?! Oh, just have a Trina Turk show- NBD!! As a longtime fan of the brand, I could not have been more excited to see her show!! Bonus: I was seated right across from her and could see every look and reaction (all good Belk, so don’t worry!!) In typical Trina Turk fashion, the show was fun and upbeat with lots of bold prints and bright colors. I think it had everyone in the audience craving a little sunshine!

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It wouldn’t be a proper Trina Turk show without some of her signature swimwear- my personal favorite of her designs! I just love how festive they are for summer or a vacation somewhere tropical!

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How did I get left out of this fan club moment?!

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She totally loved it and we all totally loved her!!

Photos: Side Yard Studios

iPhone Highlights

unnamed-11post shoot with the lady behind the lens- Susan Lloyd Photographyunnamed-10if you saw me at CHSFW, it was prob like this
unnamed-8with the lady of the night- Trina Turk (hate you tent lighting)
unnamed-12ran into Harbison with some of my besties that night, so photo was a must- he’s the nicest ever! #redeyes