Comfort

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}

Glamping

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Back around Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of getting to spend a day with some of my favorite ladies shooting for the Dandy Boutique Winter Look Book. Sarah, from 428 Main, with the help of Alden Haviland of Rutledge Social, put together this adorable campfire set. While we didn’t actually do any “glamping,” we did stuff our face with plenty of s’mores! Kate Capo, of Catherine Ann Photography, did her usual beautiful job capturing our afternoon. I thought this rainy weekend was the perfect day to share a cozy blogger campfire with y’all!

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We all had a blast putting looks together for our glamorous “camping” adventure!! I went with something that I probably wouldn’t typically wear all together, but it made the perfect glamping attire! Take away the hat and gloves and you’ve got a great outfit for daytime in the city or even a casual night out.  With the hat and gloves, it’s a super funky warm outdoor look!

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The hat and gloves are also super versatile on their own and make a great addition to your winter accessories. The fingerless glove trend has been huge and definitely comes in handy when your texting tip gloves start to fail you (which inevitably will happen). Plus, how can you resist that beading?! I love a little fancying up of gloves!! {or anything}

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This is still one of my favorite shoots I’ve ever gotten to be a part of!! I just love all of the sweet ladies involved and we had such a blast that day!! I also loved getting to play and have fun with my style for the look book. The urban/boho chic look was just too much fun to wear!! You can still shop these looks and more on the Dandy Boutique website!

Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

Clothing: Dandy Boutique

Vintage Rentals: 428 Main 

Creative Direction: Alden Haviland of Rutledge Social

Makeup: Rebecca Wash of Pink Dot Beauty Bar

Bloggers: Chloe Fusselman of TopKnots and PolkaDots | Tara Langdale of Northern Lights-Southern Belles | Venita Aspen of Venita Aspen | Christine Pearson of A List Greek | Rebecca Wash of Pink Dot Beauty Bar

My Look: Kimono, Jeans, Hat & GlovesDandy Boutique | Necklace: Charleston Rice Beads | Shoes: Aldo (similar here)

Black Bootie Dilemma 2014

I know, I know “black bootie dilemma” is a bit dramatic, but if you’ve been on the market for a pair, then you feel my pain! First of all, I’m a little picky when it comes to black and especially black leather. There’s just always been something about it that screams “BIKER CHICK” and as much as I love Sons of Anarchy, (so sad about tomorrow night) I don’t particularly want to dress like a cast member. Then, there’s the fact that every time I fall in love with a pair, the price tag quickly crushes all of my dreams. So, assuming that I’m not the only girl on the face of the earth having these issues, I thought a little Real vs. Steal black bootie edition would be the perfect way to kick off the week! (see what I did there)

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The Everyday Suede Bootie:

I’m pretty sure that this is THE ONE for me! This style can go with everything from jeans and a sweater to tights and a nice dress. The mid-height heel keeps them comfortable, but still tall enough to give your legs a little Kendall Jenner effect. BONUS: they’re suede, so that rules out any biker babe confusion.

Rag & Bone Newbury / Sole Society Livvy

The Flat Bootie:

This minimalist chic style is for the girl who wants the look, but without the bother of a heel. These are so on-trend when paired with black leather skinnies or rolled up dark denim. Also, try replacing your classic ballet flats with these to take any outfit up a notch!

Lanvin Chelsea / Aldo Alieng

The Hot Heeled Bootie:

The sky high leather bootie is the best choice for any party girl! These are the ideal booties to dress up and wear out. The thin heel and pointed toe make this a dressier option and while not as practical as the first two, will definitely make you stand out in a crowd. This is a perfect replacement for black pumps in freezing temps.

Saint Laurent Classic Paris 110 / Madison Harding Zenia

 

Patterns in the Park

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Photos By: Catherine Ann Photography

Full Outfit c/o Gwynn’s: Top- Maison Scotch | Pants- Maison Scotch | Shoes- Tory Burch | Bag- Kate Spade | Necklace- Charleston Rice Beads

Furriday

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Vest- Finicky Filly {similar here} {faux fur here} | Shirt- StyleDwell {similar here} | Jeans- J Brand | Boots- Frye from Belk | Clutch- Trés Carmen Boutique {similar here} | Cross Bangle- Island Baubles | Spike Bracelet- Stella & Dot | Other Bangle- David Yurman

Autumn in Action

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I was so thrilled when Alden Haviland of Rutledge Social invited me to collaborate with Charleston Street Style photographer, Terrence Edwards, on a shoot for Seeking Indigo. Shooting with Terrence and Alden is a fun treat in itself, but I was also excited to learn more about Seeking Indigo. I’ve always known they were on King St. but I never stopped in because I thought it was just a spa. I was SO wrong!! Seeking Indigo is a full service spa, wellness center and perfectly self described “urban oasis,” but before you get to the 4,000 square feet of full on relaxation, there is also a huge retail space! A boutique and a spa, what more could you want? The boutique carries everything from comfy yoga and loungewear to sexy maxi dresses and perfectly fitting skinny jeans. I have to say my favorite goodies they have are their jewelry! Lots of beaded long necklaces in beautiful colors and many with healing properties, I’ll take that! They also carry home decor, most of which is inspired by owner, Kathryn Peter’s, travels to Bali and the likes. Just walking through the front doors of Seeking Indigo automatically gives you a feeling of relaxation, but it’s walking through the doors to the spa that truly starts a beautiful, healing experience. Read more about my spa day with Seeking Indigo tomorrow on SMC (and you’ll of course see a few more of the outfits from my shoot).

This outfit that I’m highlighting today is the perfect autumn attire! The colors just scream fall and the layering is essential for this fickle Charleston weather. All of the fabrics used in the clothing at Seeking Indigo are exceptionally soft and of high quality, but this jacket is probably the softest you’ll ever feel!! I also love how versatile it is because you can roll the sleeves up or down and cinch the waist or leave it baggy. I prefer to cinch it a bit to give it some shape, but leaving it loose can be great when you’ve got bulky sweaters underneath. The rust colored basic tee really pops under the tan jacket and I love the color contrast! This could easily be kept super casual by throwing on a pair of Converse or flats, but I wanted to jazz things up a bit so I wore these great lace up heels! (now 40% off in link below) Then, I added the two statement tassel necklaces (with healing properties-yay!) and that gorgeous metallic clutch! By adding those fun accessories to a typically casual outfit this makes a great fall date night get up!

Jacket, Top, Jewelry & Clutch: Seeking Indigo | Jeans: J Brand | Shoes: Madden Girl

 

Palazzo Party for Chloe + Isabel

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I have to admit, I’m a little (read: WAY) over the jersey knit palazzo fad! I think they look tacky and the leg clinging fit just is not flattering, on anybody. But, when I saw these cotton, high waisted palazzos, I fell in love! The print is the perfect combination of trendy and chic and the cut is super flattering on practically any figure. I do not have long or thin legs, but with their lengthening qualities, these babies gave me the Kendall Jenner effect!! Which, if you know me, you know I would DIE to have KJ’s legs. Thanks for making it possible palazzos! Pairing a high waisted pant with a crop top is kind of a no brainer, but I especially love how structured and boxy this one is. It goes great with the slimming effect of the pants. It really is the perfect basic crop top to add to your wardrobe and can easily be paired with most anything high waisted! Since the pants are so busy, I kept the jewelry to a minimum (as usual) with this classic black and gold tassel necklace. This is fairly new, and you’ve probably noticed me wearing it several times already if you follow me on Insta. I’m OBSESSED!! I’ve been dying for one of the Rachel Zoe tassel necklaces for years, but never could justify spending that much. Well, thank goodness I waited because I found this look a like locally for a tiny fraction of the price, and the quality is still fabulous! Since I don’t like being too matchy matchy, I wore my comfy tan wedges (that are now half off in the link below). I carried my large, black 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target bag, as I had a conference to attend and had lots that I needed to have on hand. I like to think of this bag as my chic briefcase, it’s perfect to use in business type environments and also as a carry on when traveling. So, speaking of that conference I attended, keep reading below to hear all about it!!

Top: BCBG from Trés Carmen Boutique {similar here} | Pants: Jealous Tomato from Trés Carmen Boutique {similar here} | Shoes: Madden Girl | Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target {similar here} | Necklace: StyleXchange Couture | Sunnies: Tom Ford from Gwynn’s

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Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of being asked to attend and cover a Chloe + Isabel conference as a part of their “Flock Together” tour. I must admit, I thought I was just in for a jewelry meeting, but still agreed because I love their style. I was so very wrong! The conference brought together merchandisers from all over the Carolina’s, to hear from Bridget Costello of Chloe + Isabel. Merchandisers ranged from stay at home mom’s looking to add some style to their lives while making a little extra shopping money to women who were sick of the corporate world and have now made this their full time job. Bridget was an extremely inspirational speaker, sharing her own experience on following her dreams and not letting anything get in the way of that. Of course, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t beautiful jewelry involved! I loved seeing what pieces from the Chloe + Isabel collection that all of these women were wearing. I also took a book home and have been swooning ever since! My “to buy” list is forever long! (like that ring up above that was featured in VOGUE)  I’m so blessed to have wonderful opportunities such as these and have the chance to meet such empowering women.

Keeping it Casual

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Let me begin by saying, i’ve never been a military inspired fashion kinda gal, until I met this jacket. It’s even opened my eyes to the point where I actually purchased a pair of CAMO pants yesterday!! My husband is thrilled because he’s been trying to get me on board with this for years. This jacket has quickly become my most worn jacket of the season. It is so easy to throw on with practically anything and is just so fall. However, my favorite thing to wear it with is black and white stripes. I have several tops like this, but this is my only tank, which is perfect for this back and forth 80 to 60 degrees weather. I then threw on a pair of dark denim skinnies, rolled at the bottom of course. I could have worn my converse or flip flops with this, but since the outfit was already SO casual I went for my suede booties with a bit of a heel. These keep the look a bit more polished {read: not so homeless}. To accessorize I wore my everyday bangles and LV bag. This is the best outfit for running around doing errands and being comfy, but you won’t be afraid to run into someone you know! Can’t wait to share my camo pants with y’all!! Have an amazing weekend everyone!!

Jacket- Sam Edelman from II Brunettes | Top- Almost Pink {similar here} | Jeans- AG Jeans | Booties- Dolce Vita from II Brunettes

Rainy Day Wear

 

 

So far, so good with the weather today (knock on wood) but the past couple of days have been nasty ones here in Charleston! It’s not looking too good for the rest of the week either. But, a rainy day is not a good excuse for a lazy day look OR a good reason to ruin a nice pair of shoes or leather bag. So, what’s the compromise here? I’ve picked three outfits with umbrellas, weather-proof shoes, jackets and vegan leather purses {that won’t get ruined after a few water drops plus they’re animal friendly}. These looks are sure to keep you stylish AND dry in these crazy southern downpours!

 
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Classic: Umbrella | Jacket | Boots | Bag
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Feminine: Umbrella | Jacket | Boots | Bag

 

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Chic: Umbrella | Jacket | Boots | Bag

Rompin Into Fall

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I’m going to go ahead and warn y’all- you will be seeing a lot of rompers in the near future! I’ve kind of gone a little crazy for them lately, especially with all of the adorable options they have at StyleDwell right now. They’re just so cute, easy and comfortable! I’ve also decided that they are the perfect piece to help you transition into fall. Now, I live in South Carolina, where we just had the hottest day of the year yesterday and it’s not getting cool anytime soon. So I’m not in any rush to transition to boots and sweaters, but I do like to start switching the colors I’m wearing and start covering up just a bit more. There is something about kids being back in school that makes it feel wrong to be walking around in shorts and a tank all the time. Rompers are the perfect in between, and this one especially. It’s still really loose and flowy, so great for this humid weather. But, it can also be worn well into fall by throwing on a sweater. This time of year I like to keep it to sandals. I mean seriously, boots in August, that’s a no-go. But, come October when it starts cooling down you can easily throw on a pair of knee high boots or booties with this. As usual, I kept accessories to a minimum and wore my gold arm cuff which I think plays into the boho vibe of the gladiators and this print. To add a touch of a classic look to this style, I wore a structured mini bag (another recent obsession of mine) that coordinated perfectly with the blue in the romper. This is the perfect daytime look for the next month or two and then adding the cooler weather items can even carry you into the month of October. Talk about multifunctional!!

Romper- c/o StyleDwell | Sandals- MIA | Bag- Rebecca Minkoff | Cuff- StyleDwell