Spring

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

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 3 Outfit

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It never fails that at least one night of Charleston Fashion Week, it’s got to be rainy and gross! But, just because you’re walking around below sea level in dirty muck doesn’t mean that you can get away with wearing something practical! Everyone still brings their best fashion game to the table, even on a rainy evening. Fortunately, the downpour wasn’t too crazy and actually made for some super cool street shots that are perfect for this urban chic look.

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Lately, I’ve been really into the midi length style skirts. I think it’s the older I get, the more conservative I get, so these are what I’m truly comfortable in. I could never go out in public in some of the short and tight skirts I used to wear! {here’s looking at you Herve Leger dresses} I feel so much classier and confident in pieces that are less revealing- that’s not to say I don’t love a little plunging neckline or super low back every once in a while, but there’s a time and place for everything! This skirt by Milly courtesy of Finicky Filly was perfect for fashion week! The colorful print makes it a stand out piece and the meshy style material is super on trend. The crop top, also Milly courtesy of Finicky Filly, is anything but basic with unique cutouts that show just the right amount of skin.

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I loved accessorizing this look with fun jewelry courtesy of Moon and Lola! The gold chain necklace goes perfectly with the city chic look I was going for, and really could go with just about anything. I kept my earrings simple, but interesting, with a little gold and rhinestone stud in the shape of what I consider to be a super hero “pow” sign. Hope that makes total sense to someone other than me! The real highlight of my accessories though, was the hot pink Melrose ring that I wore! I’m obsessed with all of the matte ball jewelry at Moon and Lola! They’ve got the 360 studs in this style too- love! It makes such a statement, but without being too overpowering.

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With the nasty weather and mucky Marion Square, I didn’t have too many options when it came to shoes. So, my simple black Stuart Weitzman’s, that aren’t easily ruined, did the trick! These have really been one of the best purchases- which you’ll see after I wear them the next 3 nights to CHSFW! I didn’t mean to be a shoe repeater, but they’re just so versatile and chic with everything! For my bag, I kept that simple as well with my black YSL mini. This was such a great look for Charleston Fashion Week, or any other stylish event you might be attending! Even though I was too exhausted to make it to any of the after parties each night, it would also make a great sassy getup for a girl’s night out!

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Photos: Susan Lloyd Photography

Top & Skirt: Milly c/o Finicky Filly | Necklace, Earrings & Ring: c/o Moon and Lola | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman from Bob Ellis Shoes

CHSFW 2015: Day 2 Outfit

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I’m SO excited to share with y’all one of my most favorite looks to date!! This is the outfit I wore for the second night of Charleston Fashion Week. In typical Charleston fashion, the weather was 85 on Tuesday and 55 on Wednesday, so this was perfect to withstand the cooler temps! This AMAZING romper I’m wearing is Annie Griffin Collection, courtesy of Finicky Filly. I’m obsessed with the print and colors!! This style of romper is a great way to transition to spring on those chilly nights.

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Considering my feet were killing me from wearing heels the entire day before and the weather, I paired this up with my Sam Edelman thigh high boots. (that I scored for $60 at Saks Off 5th) The thigh high and shorts combo is a huge trend for spring and after seeing Vanessa Hudgens rock it, I knew I had to try; and what better time than CHSFW?! I got a few crazy stares when I told people I was going to wear thigh highs and a romper, but I got a ton of compliments!! Plus, I loved the look and that’s all that really matters, right?APD_3404-XL APD_340-XL

To throw in a little pattern play, because I loveee me some pattern play, I carried my Clare V. leopard print clutch. These patterns are seriously HEAVEN together!! Sorry if I’m gloating guys, but I just really was happy with this get up!!

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I accessorized with a fabulous gold chain statement necklace courtesy of Moon and Lola. This is a must have necklace for any woman and any style! You can literally put it on with just about anything and it just takes your whole outfit up a notch! I kept the rest of my jewelry simple with Moon and Lola dainty midi rings and these understated, but super cool, earrings. I actually wish I could wear this outfit everyday of my life!! I’m not sure how i’ll top this one, but keep reading all week to see more of my looks from Charleston Fashion Week!! 

 

Photos: Amore Photography

Romper: Annie Griffin Collection from Finicky Filly | Shoes: Sam Edelman from Saks Off 5th | Bag: Clare V. | All Jewelry: Moon and Lola | Sunnies: Dolce & Gabbana

CHSFW 2015: Day 1 Outfit

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Okay guys, so it’s looking like I’m not going to get my full runway review in until tomorrow, but I’m dying to share last night’s look with y’all!! I wore this adorable pleated BCBG dress courtesy of one of my absolute favs, Trés Carmen Boutique, who also sent this look down the runway last night. The weather in Charleston was beautiful last night, actually it was almost to the point of hot and muggy, so this style was perfect for the temps. I stayed cool and comfortable all night, plus pinch proof because after all, it was St. Patrick’s Day!

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Since this dress had a good bit of color going on, I kept my bag and shoes to a neutral shade with my go-to GiGi (also from Trés Carmen) and my favorite new Dolce Vita heels from StyleXchange. The color of both the shoes and bag is so beautiful and so perfect to go with all of your bright spring colors!

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Thanks to the ridiculously cool girls at Theodosia, I was set up with some awesome jewelry for the week!! I love how the color from the long stranded necklace pulls out that sea foamy color in the dress. I layered that up with their dainty, but beautiful, rose cut diamond necklace. It’s amazing what a difference a little dainty layering can do for an outfit!! Then, I kept the earrings simple with these STUNNING opal studs!! Currently begging the hubby to let me keep these babays!! Pair that with my daintily layered Moon and Lola midi rings and my accessories were complete! I loved that this gave off a bit of a boho vibe so that I was able to wear my new rounded frame Ray Bans. They’re kinda my fav ever!

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Can’t wait to share with y’all my full runway review tomorrow!! That will be posted early in the a.m. with my outfit post following shortly behind!! Also, be sure to follow me on Insta – @southernmeetschic to get a play by play under the tents!!

Photos: Amore Photography

Dress: BCBG c/o Trés Carmen | Shoes: Dolce Vita from StyleXchange | Bag: GiGi NY from Trés Carmen | Necklaces & Earrings: Theodosia | Rings: Moon and Lola | Sunnies: Ray Ban from Saks off 5th

Classic B + W

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Yesterday was the first day of Charleston Fashion Week and for those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s quite a big to do!! I’ll be bringing y’all my looks from each night of shows and full runway reviews each day. But, to start off the week, I’m sharing with y’all my outfit for the first official event under the tents in Marion Square, the Gwynn’s Raise the Runway Brunch to benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital. This is such a lovely event for such a great cause and I wanted to wear something equally as lovely!

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What could be more lovely than a classic black and white look with a pop of pretty florals?! Yeah, pretty much nothing! I love how simply chic this outfit is!! I felt confident and fashion forward but understated all at the same time. This is an outfit that you can look back on 50 years from now and still think it’s stylish! I think it’s perfect for a daytime event like this- here’s looking at all you 20 somethings with a million bridal and baby showers to attend this spring!!

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Not only did Gwynn’s hook me up with seats for my hubby and I at this amazing event, but they also made sure I was looking Charleston Fashion Week ready with a fabulous makeup application by Brittany!! (not me Brittany obvi) Gwynn’s only carries absolute top of the line products like Trish McEvoy and Laura Mercier, so I knew it would be beautifully done but I had no idea how much fun she would have with it. Since it was St. Patty’s day and all, she gave me a little pop of color with GREEN eyeliner. Yep, you read that right. I’m normally not a colored eye makeup kinda gal, but I absolutely loved this look! It was super subtle, but definitely kept me pinch proof all day! She also did an amazing job with my base makeup (which I’m super picky about) and it lasted me all the way through brunch and the evening of shows and after parties! Basically, they made me feel super pretty- thanks Gwynn’s!!

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As much as I love the clean and classic look of black and white, it is spring and it is fashion week, so I couldn’t just leave it at that!! This was the perfect blank palette to take my new Ted Baker bag for a spin, and it just so happens to come from Gwynn’s so I loved being able to rep them at their own event! Have I told y’all about my recent Ted Baker obsession? It’s been going on for about a year now and I just love everything he puts out! I think I’m just really into all of the U.K. and Aussie brands lately- they know what they’re doing!!

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Just in time for Charleston Fashion Week, I finally took the plunge and made a nice midi ring purchase from Moon and Lola!! I’ve had several before, but they were cheapies and turned color pretty quickly. These are the perfect everyday delicate pieces! A couple of midi rings are a great way for people like me, who don’t love to over accessorize, to still feel like they have something on without being way over the top.

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I just absolutely love this skirt from Trés Carmen Boutique!! Oh, and did I mention it was only $35 dollars!! Is that not a steal?! It’s really a staple skirt to keep in your closet for spring and summer. It could go so many ways and really look flattering on just about anyone! I can’t wait to pair it with a black and white stripe top and my new neon yellow sandals for a little more of a casual look!

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Stay tuned later this afternoon for my outfit from last night and a full runway review from all of the shows!! So excited to share everything with y’all this week!!  XO

Makeup: Brittany at Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant

Top: Banana Republic {similar in link} | Skirt: Trés Carmen Boutique | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman from Bob Ellis Shoes | Bag: Ted Baker from Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant | Rings: Moon and Lola

Feeling Floral

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I don’t think I’ve ever been so ready for spring weather!! Okay, so maybe I say that every year but after ten days in NYC and coming home to equally cold temps this girl is seriously ready for some sunshine!! And boy did we get it this week!! The temps were so high that the mosquitos were actually out- who thought I’d ever be excited to see those pesky things? Along with the warm temps and bugs, comes the change in wardrobe!! I was over the moon to pull out my pastels, florals and sandals for these beautiful spring days we’ve been having and just in time for some amazing spring fashion events! This look was perfect to kick off Charleston Fashion Week season at the Maddison Row and Bella Bridesmaid fashion show at Cannon Green, Wednesday evening.

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This dress is basically everything I want out of a spring go-to: flirty, fun, bright and FLORAL!! Floral is, of course, huge for spring, but this dress by JOA from StyleDwell freshens the recurring trend up with a graphic print. Add in the fact that it has pockets and retails for under $100 and I think you’ve got your number one Easter dress contender (plus, the cut is perfect for getting seconds at your Grandmother’s house on Easter Sunday). I also love that the dress ties in my number one color for spring, allowing me to wear my brand new shoes, light blue. This color is perfect in so many ways. It’s feminine without being girly and trendy without being tacky! I’ve been scooping up all the light blue in sight, so it was only natural that I had to order these badass kitten heels from Zara. I’m not normally a kitten heel kind of gal, but between the color and those adorable little studs, I figured I would give them a try! Plus, at $59 you really can’t say no to trying something new!

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I kept everything else pretty simple with my go-to quilted Kate Spade bag and my new favorite Gorjana earrings from Rocksbox!! UM I literally have not taken them off since I got them in my first Rocksbox!! They will definitely not be getting returned! Did y’all know that you can get your first month of Rocksbox FREE using the code southernmeetschicxoxo?! It’s a pretty awesome little deal and clearly, they send you some pretty fab goodies!

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Photos: Side Yard Studios

Dress: JOA from StyleDwell | Shoes: Zara | Bag: Kate Spade from Gwynn’s | Earrings: Gorjana from Rocksbox (use code southernmeetschicxoxo to get your first month FREE)

Here are some highlights from the beautiful evening!! Big thanks to Maddison Row and Bella Bridesmaid for a great time!! XO

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Sunnies + Sunshine

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Originally, I had planned to share my next NYC recap with y’all today, but this warm weather has me feeling frisky and wanting to post something a little brighter! I’m totally that girl who rushes into sandals and tank tops at the first sight of spring and Monday’s little peek of sunshine had me doing just that for a little ladies’ midday lunch on the patio at 82 Queen. Is this not the perfect outfit for sipping mimosas on a sunny Charleston afternoon?!

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This sweater has been my favorite to throw on for these beautiful, but still a little chilly, spring days. I’m just really into a sleeveless turtleneck at the moment and it’s so practical for the time of year! So, don’t be surprised if this continues to be on repeat throughout the next few months- sorry, not sorry! I wanted to keep this look bright and fresh, so I paired it with classic white skinnies- aka your number one spring must have. I have been dying to wear these gorg nude Prada booties ever since I snagged them on major sale at Bob Ellis, but the rain has kinda been a style cramper. I love how classy they are and the suede/bootie combo is the perfect way to keep this outfit from being too summery.

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I really felt that in order to keep that classic, fresh look, I needed to continue keeping things pretty neutral. My new GiGi New York bag from Trés Carmen Boutique definitely kept that going for me. I’ve had my eye on this color GiGi for quite a bit and am so happy I finally made the purchase! It’s such a classic and practical look for such a great price! Then, I topped things off with my new absolute favorite accessory, these fabbb Ray Bans! Y’all, I’m obsessed! The round frames, the tan/gold combo, the fact that they FOLD UP, oh and that I found them at Saks off 5th for 80 bucks- they’re pretty much one of the best things to ever happen to me. Not gonna lie, I just feel like a total badass wearing them. PS- they had an entire display of Ray Bans at the Saks off 5th in Tanger!!

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Oh, so did I mention that I have the best friends ever and Chloe {you may know her as TopKnots and PolkaDots} took these pics for me after our adorable little birthday lunch with girlfriends?! We might have had a little too much fun and made fools of ourselves on The Battery, but I think she did a pretty darn good job. Plus, when your bestie is shooting you, you get all sorts of ridiculous outtakes like these gems below! Cue: Whip My Hair Back & Forth

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Sweater: II Brunettes |Pants: J. Brand from Saks off Fifth | Shoes: Prada from Bob Ellis Shoes | Bag: GiGi New York from Trés Carmen Boutique | Sunnies: Ray Ban from Saks off Fifth