The Friday Five

Friday Five

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1. Zara Spring Shoes– Holy spring shoes jackpot!! I had never shopped Zara shoes before, but they are ON POINT this season!! I ordered 3 pairs this week (you can see my personal picks here, here and here) and not only were they all under $100 but I rush shipped them for only an extra $10 and they came instantly! This is the perfect way to play with spring trends without breaking the bank!

2. New Coffee Spot– I’ve officially found my new favorite away from home work space- Grind & Squeeze, a coffee shop, wine bar and smoothie and juice bar in one!! Um, can you say heaven?! Not only does this one stop shop basically have everything you could ever desire in one location, but they also have the most adorable little backyard patio! In this ridiculously beautiful spring weather I could’ve stayed out there all day!

3. Sabo Skirt– I’m always sketched out by the Facebook ads that pop up with insanely good deals on really cute stuff. But, after my awesome experience with Tobi (the site where you get half off basically every purchase- and no, it’s not a scam) I’ve started clicking more often! Today, I stumbled upon yet another awesome Aussie brand, Sabo Skirt. I have yet to try them but from the looks of it they’ve got some super on trend items for really low prices! I’m kind of obsessed with everything!

4. Brody Jenner’s Girlfriend– Yep, you read that right, but bear with me here! Kaitlynn Carter is a well traveled, educated and absolutely adorable girl with a pretty fabulous fashion sense!! I mean, look at this purple number– so perfect for spring! Well, she has just launched her new blog, Western Wild, last night! It’s got a lot of lifestyle, some travel and fashion- definitely a good one to add to your feed. She’s one to watch!!

5. Aldo Party– This Sunday at Aldo Shoes on King St. I will be hosting a sip and shop event from 6-8 pm! Atendees will receive 15% off during the event, plus giveaways throughout the evening! We will have some delish cupcakes from Cupcake Down South and champs to go with! Plus, I will be on hand to assist you with all your shopping needs- just in time to grab some last minute statement shoes for Charleston Fashion Week!

Friday Five

MKA1. Rocksbox– If you haven’t heard of Rocksbox, well then you must be living under a rock, because the craze the all over social media these days!! Basically, it’s a monthly subscription for jewelry. You pay $19 a month for a stylist to personalize a box of designer jewelry for you each month. You get it in the mail, wear it for a month and then send it back for your next box. Or, don’t send it back and get a great discount on pieces you love!! It’s basically the best monthly subscription I could possibly think of! In my first box, I received pieces from two of my favorites- Gorjana and Loren Hope!! Helllooo fabulousness!! If you like what you hear, sign up here and get your first month ON ME with code southernmeetschicxoxo and tag me to show me what Rocksbox pretties you scored!!

2. Book Suggestion– Loved Gone Girl?! Then, you won’t be able to put down author Gillian Flynn’s debut novel, Sharp Objects. Equally as well written and twisted, this murder mystery will keep you on the edge of your sit (or for me, bathtub) the entire book! Disclaimer: If the extent of your reading is Nicholas Sparks and PLL, then this probs isn’t the thing for you. But, if you like some effed up craziness in your books, then you’re in for a treat!

3. Jessie James Decker– Are you familiar with this Southern diva?! Between being wife to NFL hottie Eric Decker, mommy to a presh baby girl with another on the way AND continuing her passion of country music, this momma is a busy lady!! But, she still found time to help design a fab bikini line with Amore & Sorvente just in time for Spring Break!! A lot of her pieces are super {hot} mommy friendly like this one, but I’ve got my eye on another that will be great on us non-mommas too! My only dilemma is the gingham vs the floral?! Decisions, decisions!! OH and I almost forgot, they come in baby sizes too!! How freaking adorable?!

4. J. Crew Style Guide– For a stylist, this is heaven. Gayle Spannaus and Jenna Lyons killed it with every page in this catalogue. Every look, every detail- flawless!! For a shopper, this is hell, because you will want everything. I’m not sure whether I should apologize or you should thank me?

5. Insta Giveaway– I’ve teamed up with some awesome bloggers to bring y’all another BIG Insta giveaway, like $500 big!! So, head on over and follow me for details!! Good luck!!

Slack Saturday Six

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Okay guys, so I totally slacked on my Friday Five yesterday. But, seriously get over it, life happens! Plus, now you get an extra little tidbit with a Saturday Six!! Hope everyone had a great week and has a fabbb weekend!!

1. New Makeup Trick– Okay, so I swear I didn’t know this had become some huge internet phenomenon until I started googling for a video. My friend, Alden, recently told me about this trick that she knew from her time working at Pink Dot Beauty Bar and it has changed my life!! Thanks to those strong Italian genetics, I’ve suffered from dark eye circles my whole life. Putting a little red lipstick under my concealer has been the first thing to even come close to getting rid of those babies! I’ve been using Sephora brand lipstick in pure red and Clinique concealer in porcelain (which isn’t sold any longer, but your fav concealer will do) under my powder and a little RMS concealer on top for a brightening finish!

2. Style Crush– I’ve followed Russian It Girl, Miroslava Duma, on Insta for quite a while, but I really just needed to share with y’all my obsession! I mean the girl’s style is FLAWLESS!! Plus, between having worked for publishing houses such as Harper’s Bazaar and Condé Nast and founding her own online company, Buro 24/7, she’s kind of a business badass. Basically, she’s my hero and you need to spend a good 30 minutes of your life stalking her social media.

3. Must Have Spring Coat– I’ve really just been loving everything from Ted Baker lately, but this coat is actually the perfect coat for your transition to spring in these chilly temps! I’ve been a little in love with light blue coats all winter, but was never able to find the perfect one. This wool fabric will keep you warm, but the color and 3/4 sleeve will keep things fresh and light for spring.

4. SC Restaurants by County– Three clapping hand emojis to Charleston Food Bloggers for making this genius list of the best restaurants in South Carolina by county! The list is a perfect combination of hole in the wall diners and unexpected high end restaurants in small towns that is sure to get you through your next mini road trip. OR a great inspiration FOR your next road trip!

5. Victoria’s Secret Sale– Who doesn’t want to make a few VS Swim purchases before the summer time?! Especially after that swim special they had on the other night!! Does the bod come with it?! But, seriously now is the time to do your Victoria’s Secret buying. A. There’s a big sale going on right now and you can save up to $55 off of a $250 purchase, plus free shipping, plus in case you need a 6893th VS tote you can get one of those! and B. Everything is starting to get back ordered, so if you want your suits in time for spring break or with some even summer break, you need to act now!

6. This Video Makes Me Happy– It wouldn’t be a Friday Favs, okay whatever, Saturday Six, post without something to do with cute animals! This video of pups (and one cat) on the beach, is the perfect mood booster this weekend!! Plus, it’s in Australia so it’s totally giving me Summer fever!!

Friday Five

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Couldn’t be more excited for Friday this week!! #1 I worked last weekend & it’s been a loooongg {but also super awesome} week & #2 When Monday comes I’ll be headed to NYC!! Woohoo!! I hope all of y’all are enjoying your Friday as much as I am! Have a great weekend!! Now, onto the Friday Five!! (that was a lot of exclamation marks, wasn’t it?)

1. The New Android Commercial– Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m an iPhone girl all the way. But, if there’s anything that could get me to make the switch, it’s this commercial right here! My heart literally melts every time I see it! If this doesn’t brighten your day, then I don’t know what could.

2. Target Home SaleToday & tomorrow get 20% off rugs & free shipping. Plus, spend $75 or more on your home purchase & save 15%. Thennnn if you’re a Target Red Card holder (like the addict I am) you’ll save an additional 5%. This is PERFECT for me as I’ve been working on some major home upgrades!! I’ve been eying this rug for quite some time, so making my move!!

3. Currently Craving– Am I the only one who didn’t know that there was a Jeffrey Campbell for Free People collection?! Where have I been?! There are some fab styles in the whole collection, but my favorite is the Hierro Heel. They’re a super on trend style and don’t break the bank!! My only problem is, what color to buy?! I originally wanted the grey, but now they’ve got this fabulous light blue color that I’m kind of dying over! Decisions, decisions…

4. Pioneer Woman Breakfast Quesadillas– Okay, so I know I gave y’all a recipe last Friday {anyone try it by the way?} but when I saw this breakfast quesadilla from Pioneer Woman, I couldn’t resist sharing! First of all, Lee Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) is God- at least of the kitchen! She’s the only woman that I would not only allow, but praise my husband for cheating on me with. And then, I would hope she would move in so a Sister Wives type scenario could happen and she could be like the “cook wife.” Basically, everything I make of hers is amazing and I haven’t tried these amazing looking quesadillas, but I’m sure they’ll be no different. If they turn out as pretty as they are tasty, I’ll be sure to Insta a pic this Sunday!!

5. Bits of Lace– I’ve got a super exciting Valentine’s Day giveaway coming up for y’all tomorrow on Instagram!! Be sure to follow me at @southernmeetschic to get all the deets on how you can win something for you and maybeeee even your man, from Bits of Lace. Also, if you’re looking for something sexy to wear next weekend, be sure to check them out!! They’ve got some seriously HOT stuff!!

The Friday Five

As promised, I will now be doing a weekly blog series every Friday afternoon. You guessed it, at 5:00! I’m going to be sharing with y’all the top five pieces of information that I feel you need to know. The topics will range from new designers and sales to recipes and funny YouTube videos. Basically, it’s what i’m into that week! They will typically be pretty short and sweet posts that are easy for y’all to quickly browse. Because, let’s face it, we all know I can ramble and keep you reading for a while! Anywhoo, I hope you enjoy this new series and as always, feel free to tell me what you think! Oh, and of course it will always be accompanied by a #basic TGIF image!

**Disclaimer: OBVIOUSLY for whatever reason, my post scheduling button failed me and it didn’t post at 5:00 but at 12:00. So, don’t think i’m just lying up above!! For the future, Friday Five will be at 5:00.

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1. Tibi Sale 70% off plus extra 15% off- need I say more? And no, it’s not just weird stuff that didn’t sell or size 00 that only toddlers can fit. I would give you my top pick, but that’s basically everything on their sale page. You just can’t go wrong.

2. Uptown Funk Been on major repeat; i’m beyond obsessed!! I will spare y’all the video of me dancing and singing, and instead give you the one that also involves Ellen- you’re welcome.

3. Zinke Swimwear I’m always excited to discover a new swimwear line, and with Zinke’s adorable high waisted and one piece options, this one might be my new favorite! They’ve also got some really great resort wear, like this matching set that will definitely be making it’s way into my closet!

4. Blakely Made Art I’m on a huge art kick lately! Make it a local, Charleston girl and i’m in heaven! Blakely Little paints coastal scenes with fresh, bright colors that is sure to add some happiness to your walls {and life}. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I would have to go with this beautiful piece of the Ashley River. Takes me back to summer boat days- where are y’all by the way?! Oh and guess what! I’m sitting down to interview Blakely on Monday, so this is definitely not the last you’ll hear of her!

5. The Grand Budapest Hotel You may have heard of this beautiful film from the recent Oscar nominations. It leads the race with 9 nominations, including the coveted Best Picture. When my girlfriend and I watched it last week, we had no idea that it was going to be the talk of the town! It’s a really fun movie, but the highlight is the cinematography and set design. Literally, Instagram movie. You could pause it at any point and it would be an impeccable Instagram pic. Just a beautiful movie!