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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)

unnamed-22How I dressed it down for daytime in Miami!!

NYC Recap: Tourist Time

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My recent trip to New York City for NYFW was an absolute dream!! I had never been to the city (I know, I know totally un-American of me) and this was my first MBFW, so I was literally in heaven!! I’m so so excited to share with y’all the 10 days that I spent eating, exploring and eating my way through the city. This is just the first of many posts with a look into the first few days of our trip. We arrived on a Monday and Fashion Week didn’t start until Thursday, so we had lots of time to do allll of the tacky tourist attractions and boy did we! Clearly, from the picture above you can see that I won’t be doing any posts on how to pack lightly anytime soon. Hey, in my defense we were there for 10 days and had to pack lots of heavy items for the freezing temps!

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We stayed at The Archer Hotel on West 38th between 5th and 6th (if I had a dollar for every time I had to say that on the trip). I won’t complain too much, but it definitely wasn’t our favorite of hotels and my hubby has officially cut me off from picking in the future! While the hotel is brand new and super clean, the rooms were SO tiny (even for NYC) and the staff wasn’t exactly the friendliest or most accommodating. The location was a great central spot, but I fell in love with the meatpacking district so will probably stay more in that vicinity next time. I will say, The Archer Hotel has the best salted caramels that have ever graced the face of this earth- so that pretty much made up for everything else!

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Our first night, we had dinner at what was probably my favorite restaurant of the whole trip- ABC Kitchen. I knew I would love it after seeing pictures online and finding out that it was part restaurant, part home decor store, but the food also exceeded my expectations! Like many NYC restaurants, it didn’t look like much from the outside, but the inside was absolutely beautiful!! After a day of traveling (okay, maybe just a direct 2 hour flight from CHS>JFK, but still) I needed a cocktail, and the vodka thyme lemonade was absolutely perfect! I’m not a froo froo drinks kinda gal- aka give me vodka soda- but NYC has so many fabulous specialty cocktails that I just couldn’t resist. For dinner, we started with the tuna sashimi and house made sausage (weird combo, I know) and those were delish. But, the real highlight was the entree! We like to try a little of everything, so we shared the ricotta ravioli and the black bass. Now, I’m normally not a pasta or a fish fan, I mean I eat it but it never really wows me. Both of these dishes were unreal!! Everything they serve is made with fresh, organic ingredients and it shows! The flavor on the black bass was just out of this world- rich but kept the dish light at the same time. Clearly, I couldn’t even resist the ravioli long enough to take a picture! Seriously though, this was one of the best, if not the best restaurant we went to in New York. Look at the menu, I would literally eat everything on it!!

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After dinner, Todd wanted to take me to see Times Square at night. Enter my “Welcome to New York, It’s been waiting for you. Welcome to New York, Welcome to New York” moment! Seeing Times Square at night for the first time is something that will stick with me forever. Now, I will say that area turned out to be my least favorite part of the city, but seeing it is a big check off my bucket list and it was a pretty magical night!

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You may have seen my post on Instagram- Is it really your first morning in NYC if you don’t start it with a bagel?! I think not!! My hubby had done his research and knew that Russ & Daughter’s was the spot to go for an authentic New York bagel. However, upon walking in the shop I was a little overwhelmed with all of the fish! Luckily, I worked past that initial anxiety and even ordered a bagel with lox!! Which, I’m not a huge smoked salmon fan, but they were so nice and helped me pick a milder flavored option. This bagel was out of control y’all!! My mouth is watering just writing about it!! We ordered an everything bagel with salmon, scallion cream cheese, tomato and onion- mmm mmm perfect! We split it because this was just an appetizer to the meal we were walking a couple of blocks to next (I told you we ate our way through the city!). But, if you want a full sit down dining experience they do have an actual cafe rather than the store that just provides counter service. I prefer the counter service shop because of it’s convenience to our next stop, Katz’s Deli!

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Having been around for over 100 years, Katz’s Deli is a bit of a New York tradition and definitely one they need to keep! We had originally planned to go to The Carnegie Deli, but after seeing Anthony Bourdain go to Katz’s, we quickly made a change of plans! You can either order at the counter or do table service and we chose table service to get away from the cold weather for a bit. I knew I was going to like this place as soon as they brought us out a plate of house made pickles- who knew New Yorkers liked their pickles so much?! Since we had just scarfed down the bagel, we shared their classic pastrami sandwich on rye and a side of potato latkes. As you can see above, they really just don’t give you enough meat on your sandwich! I could barely fit my mouth around the whole thing, but it was delicious!! Definitely somewhere that you must stop when in NYC and I love the convenience of hitting both Russ & Daughter’s and Katz’s in the same meal!

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After that very hearty brunch, we needed to walk some food off so headed back to the Times Square area. I would not recommend this during the daytime, as there are people haggling you to buy stuff on every corner! Just keep walking and don’t make eye contact! But, we wanted to get tickets for one of the double decker buses- i’m telling you we were in serious tourist mode- and this was the best area for that. We wound up getting a 3 day pass with the Gray Line buses (the red ones). These were great for getting from place to place for a few days when wanting to site see, but I definitely wouldn’t rely on them for transportation your entire trip. Also, don’t count on the guides being very informative either! But, we enjoyed riding around and seeing everything in one easy swoop and having the flexibility to get off at any stop!

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See  ^ major tourist mode! Yes, those are Ugg boots in public and no, I do not even care. It was 20 degrees and my feet were warrrrm!! This puffy Patagonia jacket from Half Moon Outfitters was also pretty essential on casual days that we spent a lot of time outdoors. And not gonna lie, I’ve kinda grown to love it.

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What’s the number one tourist attraction you’ve got to see in NYC?! Top of the Empire State Building, of course!! This was another check off the ole bucket list and we so enjoyed getting to do this together!! The views are totally worth the wait in line and even the freezing wind at the top. Can you tell I’m cold in that last pic?! This was another one of those moments where you’re just in awe of where you are and how pretty freaking awesome life is! IMG_9727 IMG_9728

After freezing our booties off at the top of the Empire State Building, coffee was a must! Just so happened, there’s this awesome little food cart called Wafels & Dinges in NYC that serves BELGIAN WAFFLES with toppings AND COFFEE!!! Um, hello heaven! All I have to say is I’m glad there isn’t one of these in Charleston because I would be in trouble. I got mine nutella and strawberry topped and yes, it was just as amazing as it looks. DROOL!!

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What does one do to top off a touristy day in New York City?! Why see a Broadway musical, of course!! Considering I’m a huge theater geek, I was going to be happy with anything on Broadway, so I let the hubs pick what we were seeing. He saw the word Vegas and that Tony Danza was in it and was sold on Honeymoon in Vegas. I had never seen the movie before, so didn’t know what to expect, but the show was hilarious and the cast very talented! Since it’s a newer show, I don’t think it was nearly as big of a production as say Chicago or Phantom, but definitely something to see with your man to keep both of you entertained! Plus, they serve wine in tumblers- right up my alley!!

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Since the Lincoln Center was close by and I wanted to scope things out before the shows started, we had reservations to the Lincoln Ristorante that night. A traditional Italian menu with a New York twist, the food was perfect for lovers of charcuterie and red wine- aka my favorite meal! The ambiance was fairly quiet and laid back, with glass walls perfect for watching the people leaving the opera that night. The highlight of the meal was absolutely the buratta which was made with pomegranate and pistachios and I will forever be trying to recreate at home! After a long day of site seeing, sipping a glass of red wine and munching on some prosciutto was the perfect way to spend the rest of the evening! I couldn’t leave out a little bathroom mirror pic of what I wore that night (this is when we know I’ve had one too many glasses of wine). But, seriously I love this outfit, especially the Ted Baker coat that I scored for under $200 on sale!!

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When my hubby is on vacay, he doesn’t want the night to end so we headed up to our hotel’s rooftop bar- also another highlight of NYC, all the rooftop bars. I must say, while our hotel lacks in some areas, the view from the bar is not one of them! This pic isn’t great but we had the most perfect view of the Empire State Building! Talk about a way to end your second night in New York City! Like I said, this is just the first of many posts about our trip. I cannot wait to share with y’all all of the NYFW shows I attended, more yummy restaurants and of course, what I wore!! Stay tuned!!

SWT: Tuscan Wedding at Boone Hall

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What better time to kick off my new Wedding Wednesday series than the week before Valentine’s Day?! I won’t be doing the series on a weekly basis, but when I’m feeling inspired I’ll be sharing everything from tips and tricks to real life weddings to real life fake weddings, like this one! A real life fake wedding, you ask? These images, brought to you from the always amazing Catherine Ann Photography, are from my first official experience working with Scarlet Plan and Design on the Scarlet Wedding Tour. The SWT took 3 buses of couples to 4 of the hottest wedding venues in Charleston- Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, The Historic Rice Mill, Upstairs at Midtown and my personal favorite, Boone Hall Plantation. The talented planners set up a fake wedding in each spot, complete with a bride and groom! In this post, you’ll be seeing the Boone Hall Tuscan themed Wedding, which was created by owner of Scarlet Plan and Design, Sara Skinner.
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Miss Taylor Girl, who you may know as one of my fab blogger friends, Holy City in Heels, was the perfect choice of bride for this venue! Her sweet and innocent appearance went so well with the look we were going for. Since this was an Italian themed wedding, Alden and I immediately knew this dress had to be lace! We wanted her look to have a vintage feel, but still feel fashion forward. In comes the illusion neckline! This has been a big trend in bridal for a few seasons now and I don’t see it going anywhere soon. It’s perfect for the bride who wants to stay classic and conservative, but not have a boring dress either. I’m a back kinda girl, so this dress really just does it for me with the sheer back and buttons- SWOON!

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Since it was January, although our fake wedding was supposed to be fall, this vintage fur stole was the most perfect addition to her look! This stole was my great grandmothers and one of the most dear things to me. Always ask your family members if you need something like this. It makes it that much more special to have a family heirloom involved in your big day. The color that Sara chose for her theme was {my favorite} marsala. I LOVE marsala for a fall wedding, what you can do with the flowers is just beautiful! Wildflower did not disappoint with this absolutely stunning bouquet and a floral headband that went perfectly with the bride’s look! I just love using a floral crown for a wedding and a headband is the perfect way to add a little flowers to the hair, but not let it read tooo boho.

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Disclaimer: Taylor and our groom, Max, are totally not even a couple. In fact, they hadn’t even met until this day. But, they did a great job faking it, right?!

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I can’t let the bride get ALL of the attention!! Our groom, Max, looked quite dapper himself in a classic black tux from Charleston Tuxedo. Before I go into detail about his look, let me tell you a little bit about Max. He was the perfect candidate to play groom, not just because of his glorious man bun, but because he makes and sells his own olive oil! Does it get more Italian than that?! You can find him (and yes, his man bun) at the Charleston Farmer’s Market selling Holy Smoke Olive Oil, or order online for a taste! Again, we instantly knew what type of look we wanted Max to have for his “big day.” Italian, to me, says classic and traditional (trust me, i’m Italian, they don’t like change!) so what better to go with a beautiful lace gown than a classic black tux? Really, I don’t think there’s anything that looks more dapper on a man. Plus, it’s also a flattering look for any shape and size groomsmen in your lineup. Want to change things up a bit?! Throw on a white dinner jacket for the reception, or the whole event!

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Sara and her team did an amazing job of setting up the very southern Boone Hall Plantation to look just like a scene out of Under the Tuscan Sun. The spread on the table of overflowing bouquets, gold votives and yes, vintage globes was absolutely impeccable. Each place setting had vintage china, gold flatware and (DYING) a baguette wrapped with rosemary and Holy Smoke Olive Oil! I mean, does it get any cuter than this?! All you need is a few bottles of red wine and a plate of meat and cheese to get this party started!

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Speaking of cheese!! The cake was one of the most innovative wedding cake ideas i’ve ever seen, a cheese cake. Nook, not a cheesecake, a cheese cake- cake made of cheese. Aka- what I dream about at night! This was not only a beautiful display but also would be a huge highlight of the day for any cheese lover like me!

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If the promise of cheese and free booze wasn’t enough to get your man on board with this wedding, the cigar rolling and bourbon bar will definitely do the trick! Set up in a mini airstream, yes I totally just said mini airstream, this man lounge is like no other I’ve ever seen! The decor remains cohesive with the beauty of the Tuscan theme, but instantly becomes more masculine when you throw in leather, vintage suitcases and stuffed animals. Guests could go inside of the airstream to see live rolling from Cigar Row and sit outside in the lounge to enjoy their cigar. I hate to break it to ya gents, but this lounge is so fab the ladies might have to get involved also!

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So, what did y’all think of my first Wedding Wednesday post?! Obsessed with this fake wedding, right?! Well, I’ve got great news!! I have 2 more fake weddings to share with y’all from the Scarlet Wedding Tour!! Also, stay tuned for dates from the next SWT where you can see all of this live!!

Vendors:

Photos- Catherine Ann Photography

Planners- Sara Skinner assisted by Regis Byrd and Jordan Zarwell of Scarlet Plan & Design

Stylists- Myself (Brittany Lapin) and Alden deHart of Scarlet Styles

Venue- the back patio at Boone Hall Plantation

Linens & Furniture Rentals- Event Haus

Gown- Maddison Row

Hair/Makeup- Charleston Lash & Beauty Bar

Tux- Charleston Tuxedo

Cheese “Cake”- Sablee & Charleston Artisan Cheese House

Florist- Wildflowers Inc.

Airstream- I Roll With It

Favors- Holy Smoke Olive Oil

Table Settings- Polished!

Cigar Roller- Cigar Row

Vintage Car- Lowcountry Valet

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Videography- Before Your Eyes Cinematography

Invitations- By Brydon

Mixology- Flute

Catering- Crave

Music- Ear for Music

 

 

Monday Blues Pinks

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Of course, I had to kick off the Valentine’s week with a festive outfit post!! This amazing pink coat was the perfect thing to do the trick! Now, I’m normally not so much of a pink kinda gal, especially this bubblegum pink, but when I spotted this beauty at Sam’s Closet Boutique, I knew I had to have it. It’s good to step outside of your comfort zone every once in a while, right? This coat has not disappointed!! I love how I can throw it on over any simple outfit and instantly it pulls the look together, which is exactly what I did. The pink is here to stay, and not just for this week!!

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I couldn’t just have a statement coat with a boring outfit underneath!! Incoming to these statement cheetah print booties!! I had been eyeing these bad boys since fall, but never made the move. Then, I found them on sale in an after Christmas sale at II Brunettes and finally scooped them up. They’re really the perfect bootie! A. because cheetah/leopard is practically a neutral and can be worn with just about any color B. the pointy toe and calf hair makes them easy to dress up and finally, C. because they’re a wedge making them super comfy!! I’ve even got plans to wear them with jean shorts and a red peasant top in the warmer months!

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My final statement piece of this look is my new blue Céline bag!! Thinking I’m crazy right about now for spending that much on a not so practical bag? I would normally NEVER do that, but I got this one at a STEAL from Saks off Fifth! It was already a quarter of the original price, then an additional 20% off and then I negotiated my way into another 15% so this was a legit deal!! It was just so so so beautiful, I couldn’t pass it up!! I’ve been kind of obsessed with that royal/cobalt blue color lately and love mixing it with other colors. Pink is a great one, but marsala/burgundy is also a great combo. Anyways, it was my one chance to buy a fun bag for a mere fraction of the normal price! I highly recommend going to check out your local outlet stores every once in a while. Often, you can negotiate a lower price on the pricier items that have been there a while!

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Also, can we talk about how great this last shot is?! I’m obsessed and it’s very rare that I’m obsessed with a picture with me in it! I can thank the awesome ladies behind Amore Photography, Shauntae and Laura, for these fab pics! Bloggers, whether local or not, if you’re in Charleston and need some blog pictures done, these girls run an awesome special!! It’s such a steal and they’re so much fun to work with!! I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!! I’m headed out to NYC today for Fashion Week!! I could not be more ecstatic (minus those freezing temps). Be sure to follow me on social media to keep up with all of my New York adventures. And, don’t forget that I’m running an Insta giveaway, so be sure to enter! XO

Photos: Amore Photography

Coat: Coveted from Sam’s Closet Boutique {sold out, but similar here & on sale} | Bag: Céline from Saks off Fifth | Shoes: Matisse from II Brunettes | Sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana | Earrings: J. Crew {similar here}

 

Monday Blues Pinks

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Of course, I had to kick off the Valentine’s week with a festive outfit post!! This amazing pink coat was the perfect thing to do the trick! Now, I’m normally not so much of a pink kinda gal, especially this bubblegum pink, but when I spotted this beauty at Sam’s Closet Boutique, I knew I had to have it. It’s good to step outside of your comfort zone every once in a while, right? This coat has not disappointed!! I love how I can throw it on over any simple outfit and instantly it pulls the look together, which is exactly what I did. The pink is here to stay, and not just for this week!!

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I couldn’t just have a statement coat with a boring outfit underneath!! Incoming to these statement cheetah print booties!! I had been eyeing these bad boys since fall, but never made the move. Then, I found them on sale in an after Christmas sale at II Brunettes and finally scooped them up. They’re really the perfect bootie! A. because cheetah/leopard is practically a neutral and can be worn with just about any color B. the pointy toe and calf hair makes them easy to dress up and finally, C. because they’re a wedge making them super comfy!! I’ve even got plans to wear them with jean shorts and a red peasant top in the warmer months!

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My final statement piece of this look is my new blue Céline bag!! Thinking I’m crazy right about now for spending that much on a not so practical bag? I would normally NEVER do that, but I got this one at a STEAL from Saks off Fifth! It was already a quarter of the original price, then an additional 20% off and then I negotiated my way into another 15% so this was a legit deal!! It was just so so so beautiful, I couldn’t pass it up!! I’ve been kind of obsessed with that royal/cobalt blue color lately and love mixing it with other colors. Pink is a great one, but marsala/burgundy is also a great combo. Anyways, it was my one chance to buy a fun bag for a mere fraction of the normal price! I highly recommend going to check out your local outlet stores every once in a while. Often, you can negotiate a lower price on the pricier items that have been there a while!

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Also, can we talk about how great this last shot is?! I’m obsessed and it’s very rare that I’m obsessed with a picture with me in it! I can thank the awesome ladies behind Amore Photography, Shauntae and Laura, for these fab pics! Bloggers, whether local or not, if you’re in Charleston and need some blog pictures done, these girls run an awesome special!! It’s such a steal and they’re so much fun to work with!! I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!! I’m headed out to NYC today for Fashion Week!! I could not be more ecstatic (minus those freezing temps). Be sure to follow me on social media to keep up with all of my New York adventures. And, don’t forget that I’m running an Insta giveaway, so be sure to enter! XO

Photos: Amore Photography

Coat: Coveted from Sam’s Closet Boutique {sold out, but similar here & on sale} | Bag: Céline from Saks off Fifth | Shoes: Matisse from II Brunettes | Sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana | Earrings: J. Crew {similar here}

 

Friday Five

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1. Illesteva– I discovered this sunglasses line via good ole Instagram, of course! I’m literally DYING to get a pair, specifically this pair. I just love the rounded shape (hopefully it looks good on my rounded face) and the combo of the tortoise with mirrored lenses. Usually you see mirrored lenses with metal frames and I love how this Italian made brand switched things up. I’m convinced my life will instantly approve upon wearing these sunnies. However, I’m not exactly sure how I would tell people who makes them because I don’t know if it’s pronounced in a fancy Italian accent or they’re just the Illest sunglasses Eva. I’m gonna go with Illest Eva!!

2. The Daily’s Juice– My life changed this week when I was introduced to the fresh made juice at The Daily! Between all of the gorgeous Insta pics and the fact that it’s owned by the same peeps as Butcher and Bee (my favorite), I knew I would love it here. But, I had no clue about their juice! I’m definitely not a typical “juice” girl either, aka I’m not a healthy eater. This combo of orange, pineapple, honey and lavender (pretty sure there was some cayenne and other goodness in there too) has won me over!! If you’re ever in Charleston, you MUST visit The Daily and Butcher and Bee!! The kale slaw is also a winner…dare I say these two are turning me healthy?! Okay okay, I won’t get too carried away!!

3. #Zeddlena– I might be a total loser for actually caring about this, but I’m not ashamed about it!! First off, anyone who knows me knows I’m a HUGE Selena fan. She’s basically perf (minus her whole Justin Bieber situation) and I want to be besties with her and TSwift, and Karlie and Cara and Kendall and Lena. I mean, come on, if you’re a female in your 20’s and don’t want to be in that circle of friends, you’re just lying! Anyways, I’m thrilled for her to finally have another guy in her life other than that mega loser, Justin. Also, my husband is a huge EDM fan so we’ve seen Zedd several times and he’s pretty awesome! I’m officially giving my stamp of approval on this relationship (because they were totally waiting for it) and duh, Selena you should definitely go to the Grammy’s with Zedd! End preteen rant!!

4. Sam Smith Radio on Pandora– Do I really need to elaborate on this?! He has the voice of an ANGEL!! I’m literally addicted to listening to his station on Pandora. It started with Sam Smith then Ed Sheeran and then John Legend…I mean, what more could a girl want?!

5. Shop My Closet– Did you know that I’ve now got an Instagram shop my closet page?! I’ve been doing some major cleaning out and purging all of the things that I simply just don’t wear that often. Most of the items sold that are listed now, but I’ll be adding more this evening so follow and keep an eye out!! Everything is in excellent condition, if not brand new with tags (totally guilty). It’s @shopmycloset_smc so don’t forget to follow for some fab finds at great prices!!

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!!! xoxo

Back in Black

DSC_0041DSC_0071DSC_0049DSC_0063DSC_0085DSC_0073DSC_0093Obviously, my first outfit only post back after the New Year had to have a ridiculously cheesy title! On a real note though, creating a title for each post has got to be one of the biggest challenges. As I approach SMC’s 1 year birthday/blogiversary {but really, which is it?} I seriously worry I’ll start to run out of title ideas!! But, as goobery as the title might be, it’s very true to my current style situation. I’ve never really been a black kinda girl until the last few months and suddenly it’s all I ever want to buy! The key to keep yourself from wearing the same black Piko top over and over (you know who you are) is to find a few black pieces that are fashion forward, but still keep that chic, simple look. This top from Hilton Hollis, an up and coming designer out of New York City, does just that! It’s fun and sassy but still remains true to the comfort of wearing a simple black blouse. << PS- you can shop the Hilton Hollis line this weekend at Maddison Row in Charleston!! Join me as they kick off the trunk show Thursday evening with a cocktail party benefiting an awesome charity, One80 Place.-see below for more info >> I styled the top simply with dark denim and my equally sassy thigh high boots that always take any outfit to the next level. Of course, I couldn’t do without a pop of color! This beautiful turquoise tassel necklace from Peyton William was the perfect addition! I’m absolutely obsessed with the tassel trend and this necklace is certainly no exception. Side note: they also have some pretty adorable tiny tassel earrings that mayyy need to make their way to my jewelry box. Basically, if you haven’t stopped inside this local jewelry store on lower King, you’ve got to move that to the top of your list. And, if you aren’t local and haven’t visited Charleston, you need to start packing! I also love the pop of leopard with this bag that has become clutch in my wardrobe (okay, that was too much cheesiness for one post). But, there’s just something about the leopard and the turquoise that makes me really happy. I really just love this whole look!! It’s perfect for a winter night out (because you know you’re running out of those outfits) or even paired with black flats for a daytime look. ** also, sorry if ACDC is stuck in your head now, like it is mine.. #miserylovescompany

Top: Hilton Hollis | Jeans: AG Jeans | Boots: Sam Edelman from Belk | Bag: Clare V. | Necklace: Peyton William

HILTON HOLLIS

A Blogger Friendsgiving

dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-122A few weeks ago, I had the most wonderful opportunity to sit down with some of my most favorite blogger friends for an early “friendsgiving” dinner/photoshoot. This was set up by another dear friend of mine, Alden Haviland of Rutledge Social Management and Consulting, for the Dandy Boutique Thanksgiving lookbook shot by Catherine Ann Photography. Sarah Murdoch of 428 Main Vintage Rentals brought an absolutely stunning setup that will put my table tomorrow to shame. We each got to style our own outfits from Dandy’s fall collection and brought our favorite holiday dish, which you may have seen mine on Monday was a yummy pumpkin cheesecake. It was a beautiful day spent with some of my favorite ladies!
dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-73dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-177dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-1 dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-26dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-70dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-4dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-76 dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-14As you can see, Sarah of 428 Main is exceptionally talented in what she does! She has a true passion for finding vintage pieces that need a little love and restoring them to give new life. She rents out everything from tables and lounge furniture to china and marquee lighting to add something special to any event or occasion. In fact, 428 Main provided lounge furniture, decorative tables, the cake table, cake plates and a Mr. & Mrs. marquee sign for our wedding this past May. All of her beautiful rentals truly made the ambiance and decor so much more special and unique. I was so thrilled when I heard she would be working her magic for this photo shoot, the combination of Dandy Boutique and 428 Main was the perfect fusion of vintage style! My only complaint is that Sarah’s not coming to my house to set everything up tomorrow! dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-119dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-123dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-124I’ve already shared with y’all my serious obsession with the adorable Dandy Boutique, so I’ll try not to gush too much! All I’ll repeat is that it is basically shopping in Taylor Swift’s closet AKA classic girl heaven! (that’s classic, not basic) I love this very fall festive look that I put together. I think it’s the perfect style to wear to Thanksgiving dinner, not too dressy not too casual. Plus, the nice little empire waistline leaves plenty of room for seconds on your dinner plate! The colors just scream Turkey Day to me, with the deep burgundy and rich mustard. Of course, I HAD to add a flower crown to the situation, because you know I just LOVE Holly’s flower crowns!
dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-176dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-165I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday spent with your loved ones!! I am so grateful for each and every one of you and thank you for reading Southern Meets Chic!! XO

Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

Vintage Decor & Display: Sarah of 428 Main

All Clothing: Dandy Boutique

Management: Alden & Taylor of Rutledge Social Media Management

Blogger Babes:

Chloe- Topknots and Polkadots

Tara- Northern Lights-Southern Belles

Christine- A List Greek (blog editor)

Venita- Venita Aspen

Rebecca- Black Book Darling

 

 

Holiday Affair

southern-meets-chic-gwynns-33southern-meets-chic-gwynns-38southern-meets-chic-gwynns-39southern-meets-chic-gwynns-35southern-meets-chic-gwynns-37southern-meets-chic-gwynns-43southern-meets-chic-gwynns-46southern-meets-chic-gwynns-47 southern-meets-chic-gwynns-49I just have to go ahead and get this statement out of the way- this may be my most favorite outfit EVER!!! Okay, I feel better now, but seriously I’m obsessed!! Want to know what else I’m obsessed with? The holidays, of course! Now, I’m not one of those that rushes through Thanksgiving just to get to Christmas. I like to savor each holiday as they come. But, while it may be too early for me to start decorating, it’s never too soon to start planning my holiday party attire! Those invitations will start coming sooner rather than later and you don’t want to be rushing around the day of (in Christmas shopping craziness) looking for something to wear. If they were to have “holiday cocktail dress” in the dictionary, this emerald beauty would be the definition. It’s classy, sassy and sexy all in one dress! Oh, and it’s so much fun to wear (if you can’t tell). This black fur jacket goes beautifully over it for the chilly weather and you could even add black tights if it’s really cold (aka not in Charleston). Anything embellished just screams festive, so these jeweled kitten heels were the perfect choice. I accessorized with these beautiful black and gold statement earrings that really keep the look classy. Then, to pull out the gold and jazz things up I carried this amazing clutch! It’s flashy, without being tacky. Head to toe this is a flawless look for any holiday party you have to attend. Whether it’s work, friends or family you’ll stand out but still stay appropriate! LOVE LOVE LOVE- okay, seriously i’m finished gloating over this look now!

Don’t forget I’ve got exciting news for y’all coming tomorrow evening!! Stay tuned to SMC tomorrow at 6:00 for the big reveal!!

Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

If you’re interested in purchasing something you see here, call Gwynn’s at: 843-849-9667

Full Outfit c/o Gwynn’s: Dress- Alice and Olivia | Jacket- Alice and Olivia | Shoes- Kate Spade | Bag- Clara Kasavina | Earrings- Alexis Bittar

City Sleek

southern-meets-chic-gwynns-51 southern-meets-chic-gwynns-57southern-meets-chic-gwynns-56southern-meets-chic-gwynns-54southern-meets-chic-gwynns-52A head to toe dark look is not something you’ll see me do often, but black has recently become one of my favorite colors to wear. I slowly see it seeping into my wardrobe and a lot of my favorite tops to throw on and feel myself in, are black. There’s just something so chic about a full dark outfit and this one does not disappoint. This velvet navy and black sweater is to die for!! The mix of colors and textures translate beautifully making this a very versatile piece. You can easily make it super fancy with a fun skirt for a night out or dress it down with boyfriend jeans and sneakers. I went somewhere right in the middle, pairing it with equally sleek leather leggings. Throw on a pair of classic black pumps and you’ve got the city girl look down! But, we wouldn’t want a city girl to look boring now would we? That’s why I had to add this fun statement necklace. This is THE perfect statement necklace to have in your wardrobe! With the combination of colors, you can literally wear this necklace with anything. Bonus: it’s got a magnetic clip in the back. No more frustration over not being able to get your necklace hooked! For a beautiful contrast of color, I wore this with a structured cranberry handbag. I am kind of obsessed with navy and cranberry colors together for fall and these are the perfect shades to compliment each other. Throw on a dark lip and pulled back hair and you’ve got a chic look that can easily take you from the office to date night!

Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

If you’re interested in purchasing something you see here, call Gwynn’s at: 843-849-9667

Full Outfit c/o Gwynn’s: Sweater- J Brand | Pants- Alexis | Shoes- Jimmy Choo | Bag- Tory Burch | Necklace- Tataborello