Dandy Boutique

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)

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

 

 

Thanksgiving Tradition

dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-121Every family has their favorite holiday traditions, from decor they put out to activities they partake in. These traditions are what make the holidays special and memorable, year after year. Being the nostalgic I am, this is my favorite aspect of the holidays and what I truly look forward to as the season gets close. For my family, our most continued traditions are in food. We love to eat! Now, each year there is always something new on the table, but there are some staples that will always stay the same. At Thanksgiving, my GG always makes her dressing, my mom her sweet potato casserole and I try out a new cranberry recipe each year. But, perhaps the most special of these would be my Grammy and I making our pumpkin cheesecake. Now, I must preface this by saying is not originally a family recipe, but one she found in the newspaper. However, we have tweaked some things throughout the years and made it our own. She and I have been making this together every Thanksgiving for the past 14 years. It has gone from her doing most of the work and me being the assistant to now me doing the bulk of things and her being here for conversation and company. We’ve also gone from a hand mixer (only did that once-terrible idea, don’t try it) to a not so great standing mixer and now this year we’ve got a KitchenAid (thanks for the bridal shower present mom!). It is an evolving process, but one thing always remains the same and that is us doing it together. It is a tradition that I will always hold dear to my heart and hope to one day pass down to my children and grandchildren. Okay, enough of all the memory talk! Many family recipes are great big secrets, but what’s the point in that?! I’m so happy to share this recipe with y’all today and hope to maybe add a new tradition or at least a new dessert on your table this year!

Photos: Catherine Ann Photography
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Grammy’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

For the Crumb Crust:

1 cup graham-cracker crumbs (i use a little over a cup)

3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons sugar

For the Pumpkin Filling:

2 packages cream cheese (8 0z each) softened

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 can solid-pack pumpkin

3/4 cup sour cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 large eggs

For the Nut Topping:

3 tablespoons melted butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (the expensive, organic kind yes)

1 cup chopped walnuts

** You will need a 9×3 springform pan and a roasting pan for water bath

Crumb Crust:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. In a small bowl, with a fork, stir crumbs, melted butter and sugar until moistened.

3. Pour mixture in springform pan and press with fingertips to bottom of pan.

4. Tightly wrap the outside of pan with heavy-duty foil (read: wrap a couple of layers with normal aluminum foil) This prevents leakage when baking in the water bath later.

5. Bake crust 10 minutes and set aside to cool completely.

Pumpkin Filling:

1. In large mixing bowl (again, this recipe really requires a standing mixer, or two people if you must use a hand mixer) Set your mixer on Medium speed and beat the cream cheese until smooth. Using SOFTENED cream cheese it THE most important aspect of this recipe. You’ll notice in my pictures you can see a few spots of cream cheese, that’s because I didn’t have it soft enough when I started (rookie mistake). If possible, leave it out overnight to make the next morning, but it needs at least 2 or 3 hours on the counter.

2. Once smooth, slowly beat in sugar until blended. This will take about 1 minute and you’ll need to stop and scrape the sides with a rubber spatula throughout.

3. With mixer at low speed, beat in pumpkin, sour cream, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice and salt.

4. After these are in, add eggs one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

5. Pour pumpkin mixture into crust and place springform inside of large roasting pan.

6. Place pan on oven rack. Carefully, pour enough boiling water into roasting pan to come 1 inch up side of springform pan.

7. Bake cheesecake about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until the center barely jiggles.

8. Cool cheesecake completely on counter before adding topping.

Topping:

1. Mix together melted butter, brown sugar and maple syrup.

2. Add walnuts to mixture.

3. Carefully pour over cheesecake. (I like to just do in center, it just looks prettier than all over)

4. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.

Obviously, the topping is optional. This is actually the first year I’ve used the topping and it was truly to make the pie prettier for this post. But, it was definitely yummy!! In the past, we’ve served it plain with Cool Whip. I think for Thursday, I will do it with the walnut topping, but also serve Cool Whip on the side!

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I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this post!! Also, I would even more LOVE to hear if YOU make our pumpkin cheesecake and how it turned out. Pictures welcome also 🙂 Just head to the contact form and shoot me an email!! dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-73

If you love this holiday post, just wait til you see what I’ve got in store for you Wednesday! This was all part of a blogger “Friendsgiving” shoot put together by Rutledge Social with clothing from Dandy Boutique, tablescapes and vintage rentals by 428 Main and photos by Catherine Ann Photography. The decor is just stunning, outfits adorable and photography so beautiful. I can’t wait to share with y’all!!

Fine & Dandy

042A7959Fine and Dandy Boutique that is!! I was so happy to collaborate with Dandy Boutique and the adorable Taylor from Holy City in Heels on this fun, playful shoot for Rutledge Social shot by Terrence from Charleston Street Style. Dandy has quickly become one of my favorite stops when shopping in downtown Charleston and has even given me a new little twist in my style. I like to tell owner, Holly McGetrick, that shopping in her store is like shopping in Taylor Swift’s closet. The new bob and bangs T-Swift, not old school, country spiral curls T-Swift. The charming store is full of vintage inspired duds that perfectly combine classic styles with modern influences, think Allie Hamilton from the Notebook meets Audrey Hepburn. I just love how feminine and put together all of her pieces make me feel! Holly and the overall style of Dandy Boutique has definitely inspired me to add a little more of a vintage 1950’s feel to my wardrobe lately.

042A7985 042A7991 042A7993Not only is Holly super stylish, but she’s also pretty darn crafty! She hand makes STUNNING floral crowns like these and does beautiful custom bridal hair pieces. Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE any sort of hat or head piece and ESPECIALLY floral crowns! I think they are the perfect addition to any outfit for a special event, professional photos or even just because. This dress just complimented the floral crown so beautifully. The combination of the feminine lace and the fall cranberry color make this look flawless. To keep the outfit autumnal and somewhat casual, I wore a suede bootie. This dress could also easily transition to winter by instead wearing black tights and black booties, a big flashy statement necklace and a black fur shrug with a huge fancy topknot for a glamorous holiday party look!

042A8125042A8128042A8140042A8110I have a serious obsession with embellishments this year, so be prepared to see a lot of them especially during the holiday season! A little beading or bling is just so perfect to jazz up an otherwise basic piece of clothing. But, it also still keeps things simple and understated which I love! I’m definitely a “less is more” kinda gal! This icy gray/blue sweater is ideal for the coming winter months. You can dress it up with a skirt, like I did with this navy blue quilted skirt. Or, throw it on with a pair of jeans and boots for a chic comfy look! This is that sweater you’ll wear over and over again and is just a no brainer to throw on when you feel like you’ve got nothing to wear! (Read: all the time)

Photos: Terrence Edwards of Charleston Street Style

1st Look: Floral Crown & Dress: c/o Dandy Boutique | Shoes: Dolce Vita from II Brunettes {similar here}

2nd Look: Sweater, Skirt & Coffee Mug: c/o Dandy Boutique