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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

Black and White and Chic All Over

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I’m not going to lie to you, this post is as much for me as it is for y’all! Having just moved into a new home on Friday, my brain is in full on home decor mode right now. At the top of my favorites list is anything and everything black and white. I feel like black and white decor just really gives any space a chic, classy look. You can go this route with any room in the house, but I’m using this theme in our bedroom. We already had an ivory upholstered headboard and mirrored furniture, so going for the black and white scheme was kind of a no brainer. All it takes is just one or two of these items to spruce up an area, but if you really want the full look then go with all of it! Just remember to keep everything else in the room fairly simple. If I were adding all of this to my room I would do solid white bedding with these accents and of course, some pops of gold! I’ve chosen six of the top black and white pretties that I’m currently lusting over and I hope you will love them too!

1. Diptyque Mimosa Mini Candle – If you follow any bloggers then you’ve seen this trendy French candle casually placed in one of those ridiculously perfect Instagram photos probably involving pink peonies and a Chanel book. Well guys, I totally drank that Kool-Aid and bought one yesterday. After 15 minutes of standing in front of the display smelling the same scents over and over, I went with the Mimosa. It’s a fresh and romantic smell perfect for my bedroom. I’m already planning that once Fall rolls in, I’m going to go back for the Baies, which has a bit more of a musky scent, and is their best seller. If you don’t want to splurge for a candle, you can get the same scent in the “mini” version for half the price and still burns 30 hours. You can buy online or locally in Charleston at Blue Mercury, which also happens to be my favorite makeup store in the area.

2. Chanel: Collections and Creations– Every fashionista needs to have a collection of Chanel books. Period. But, even if you aren’t that into fashion, these make amazing coffee table or bedside table books. Just as anything Chanel does, the books exude class and elegance. Using these as decor will give your room an instant pop of chic! Not to mention, they’re even more beautiful on the inside than the out.

3. Jonathan Adler Letter Pillow– Another trendy item, these pillows grace the couches of celebrities like Giuliana & Bill Rancic and designer Max Azria. They are the chic alternative to the traditional southern style monogram. I think they’re perfect for in the bedroom to have the initial of you and your significant other. He even makes an & sign to go in-between. BONUS- these are also reversible to be black with the ivory initial. So, these pillows are basically two in one!

4. Made By Girl Print– I stumbled upon Jen Ramos, the artist behind Made By Girl on Instagram (of course) and instantly fell in love. I mean, check out her about page and tell me I’m wrong! She creates super ridiculously cute paintings, like this L’amour Triomphe De Tout, which means Love Conquers All in French. This print is a super easy and inexpensive way to pull some chic black and white {and French} artwork onto your walls. It’s perfect to stand alone as seen above, or add to a collection. For a higher price, you can also purchase her original artwork at Cocoa and Hearts. You can also feel great about all of your purchases with Jen because the proceeds go towards she and her husband’s adoption fundraiser aka Art for Adoption- love being able to help this adorable couple out!

5. Outdoor Rug– Okay, so stripes are everything already, but black and white stripes are just a whole other level. I know this rug is for outside, but you can’t contain chic to just IN the house, can you? A lot of times I feel like outdoor decor is cheesy or tacky, but this proves that outdoors can be elegant too. Pair this with your outdoor furniture and then use some pops of bright colors in your throw pillows and you’ve got a perfect space. Even better, it’s on clearance!

6. Fornasetti Ashtray– No, I’m not a smoker. But using ashtrays as home decor has been done for years and made especially popular by luxury brands such as Hermes. I mean, have you seen how gorgeous their ashtrays are?! You definitely wouldn’t actually want to put ashes in them. You can use them to hold your rings at night, change or even just have out on display. This classic Fornasetti with Lina Cavalieri’s face is the perfect combo of eclectic and elegant.

I hope y’all enjoyed my first home decor post! Do you have a favorite of any of these items? What about a black & white decor item you love and would like to share? I would love to hear from YOU!!

Meow

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This just might be the world’s most versatile dress! The black & white print is perfect to pair with virtually any color. I particularly like it with neons that really pop. It can be easily dressed up with strappy heels and a statement necklace or worn as casually as a bathing suit coverup with flip flops. I styled it right down the middle as a casual, but chic look. This outfit can be worn to the office, date night or for me, breakfast with the hubby and errand running. While my color pairing options were endless with this dress, I decided to go with this bauble necklace that brings several bright colors into the mix. This necklace is one of my go-to’s and even though it has coral, lime and aqua it is surprisingly easy to coordinate with many outfits. My new aqua and coral flats went perfectly with the necklace and the style was great for this dress. I love a good shift dress and a pair of flats! Since this dress has a bit of the “mod” 1960’s vibe to it with the cut and the print, I took the chance to wear my black cat eye sunnies! These made the outfit even more fun to wear! This getup is something that you can wear and not only feel super cute and put together, but also very comfortable which are the two main factors in creating a confidently dressed you!

Dress- Little Black Dress  (similar here)  /  Shoes- Jeffrey Campbell from Shoes on King  (similar here)  /  Necklace- StyleDwell  /  Sunglasses- Dolce and Gabbana  (similar here)