Dolce Vita

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!!

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 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

Keeping it Casual

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Let me begin by saying, i’ve never been a military inspired fashion kinda gal, until I met this jacket. It’s even opened my eyes to the point where I actually purchased a pair of CAMO pants yesterday!! My husband is thrilled because he’s been trying to get me on board with this for years. This jacket has quickly become my most worn jacket of the season. It is so easy to throw on with practically anything and is just so fall. However, my favorite thing to wear it with is black and white stripes. I have several tops like this, but this is my only tank, which is perfect for this back and forth 80 to 60 degrees weather. I then threw on a pair of dark denim skinnies, rolled at the bottom of course. I could have worn my converse or flip flops with this, but since the outfit was already SO casual I went for my suede booties with a bit of a heel. These keep the look a bit more polished {read: not so homeless}. To accessorize I wore my everyday bangles and LV bag. This is the best outfit for running around doing errands and being comfy, but you won’t be afraid to run into someone you know! Can’t wait to share my camo pants with y’all!! Have an amazing weekend everyone!!

Jacket- Sam Edelman from II Brunettes | Top- Almost Pink {similar here} | Jeans- AG Jeans | Booties- Dolce Vita from II Brunettes

One Last Romp

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Happy official first day of fall everyone!!! Thanks to this rainy weather, the temperatures are actually feeling more like fall too! Dare I say the last chance to wear a shorts romper is past us? This pretty little floral number is the perfect way to close out summer! The navy color and neutral floral hues are just right for fall, while the shorts are still keeping you cool in the lingering summer heat. If I were wearing this in August I would have paired it with a pair of brown wedges, but since we’re nearing the end of September I decided to go with these suede fringe booties. I love how neutral they are but still add a burst of boho style with the fringe on the back! I will definitely be getting my wear out of these all year round with leggings and a sweater on lazy days in the cool weather and festival style cut offs and crop tops in the summer. With a low cut neckline like this, I prefer to keep the chest bare. I just think it’s so pretty to show that skin, but not too much. I accessorized fairly simply with a pair of gold earrings and my everyday gold midi rings. Another way to style this romper would be a pair of knee high boots in the same color with a chunky sweater and floppy hat. This option would be perfect if you’re in an area that actually IS chilly in September (AKA not Charleston). HAPPY FALL Y’ALL!!

Romper- SyleDwell {similar here} | Booties- Dolce Vita from II Brunettes {available here} | Jewelry- StyleDwell

Shades of Grey

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In this 90 degree heat and humidity it’s been impossible to practically “transition to fall.” I am not one who foregoes the forecast and jumps into my boots and sweaters sooner just to be sweating my booty off. So, my solution to this madness is to incorporate more fall colors into my wardrobe, but still wear light and breathable fabrics. Luckily, we’ve had a few cooler days lately (and by cooler I mean 80 instead of 90) and I was able to slip into a pair of jeans for a day of running around visiting with local boutiques. These pants are the only denim purchase I’ve made so far this season and I am in LOVE!! I saw them on J Brand’s Instagram a few months ago and knew that I needed a pair, but when one of my favorite local boutiques, II Brunettes, got them in it was a given! Grey jeans have been a huge trend starting last spring and have been worn by celebrities such as Alexa Chung, Cara Delavigne and Kim Kardashian. I’m a huge fan and feel like they give me a little bit of a rock & roll vibe every time I wear them. A lot of times I will play that up by wearing a cheeky graphic tee, but for my boutique visits I needed to be a little more put together. Plaid is another huge trend for fall and this white and black plaid is a perfect transitional piece with the light colors and sheer fabric still keeping you cool. Later on, you can wear the plaid trend with some darker colors and in wool or cotton fabrics {I can’t wait}. To throw in a little contrast of color I wore a pair of camel colored suede booties. I brought out some serious fall colors in a big statement necklace, which I then paired with my blue crossbody bag to pull out the blues. To add a bit of drama and another ode to fall I puckered up with a bold burgundy lip! I love a burgundy lip and unlike bright red, it’s very wearable!! This is an outfit that you can wear now and when it gets cooler just throw on a black leather jacket and go!

Top- Old Navy | Pants- J Brand from II Brunettes {available here} | Shoes- Dolce Vita from II Brunettes {similar here} | Necklace- J Crew | Bag- Rebecca Minkoff  {similar color here}

Style for a Cause

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Have you noticed my new accessory in today’s post (and no, not my new Céline bag either)?! OKAY so maybe my favorite best friend, I mean iPhone, isn’t new. But, her pretty flamingo case courtesy of Kidogo Kidogo is!! How CUTE {not in a Lilly Pulitzer kind of way} is this case for summer? Not only is it keeping my phone’s style fresh, but it is a “case that cares.” For every two cases sold on the Kidogo Kidogo website, a woman in Tanzania will receive a cell phone, a sim card and credit to be able to start using her new phone. Take a moment and consider your life without your cell phone, not without Snapchat and Instagram, but without the ability to communicate with other people-unfathomable, right? Now, imagine trying to run a business like that. Kidogo Kidogo has provided phones that assist women with their businesses and maintain their livelihood. Many of these women are elderly or have many mouths to feed at home. This company was started by Kim and Kristen Waeber, two young sisters, who after traveling all throughout the world recognized this great need and felt called to do something about it. Guess what? We don’t have to start a huge company to do our part (however, if my post moves you enough to do so, by all means). Face it, you’re going to buy another cell phone case in the next few months anyways, why not help another woman in need while you’re at it?! There are several more designs (all created by a Tanzanian artist) available, with one sure to fit your taste! Share this with your friends and let’s spread the word about Kidogo Kidogo!! Keep reading for more on my outfit!

 

 

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DSC_0616Okay, so after a full holiday weekend in VEGAS, I desperately needed some comfy casual outfit days. BUT, I also had some meetings and errands to run so I couldn’t make it a “work out clothes” day. This outfit is the perfect in between! I have been DYING to wear this new Equiptment top (that I got half off at II Brunettes). It is absolutely gorgeous, but also effortless. It could easily be dressed up with a pair of white skinnies, pumps and some flashy jewelry. Obviously, I chose to dress it down with a little half tuck action and these distressed boyfriend shorts. They are so so comfortable and look great on any shape or size! These shoes are one of my favorites in my closet. They are super comfy, but also give you a little wedge, which is great when wearing shorts (especially if you’re self conscious about your legs like I am). I then carried my new everyday bag and princess of the house>>my birthday Céline luggage bag!!! I’m only mildly obsessed!! OH and there’s a look alike linked below (AND it’s on sale). I couldn’t get a bag AND sunnies, so I opted for these {$12} Céline look a likes! To keep the effortlessly casual look going, I kept the accessories to a bare minimum, wearing only my go-to midi rings. There you have it, a perfect “I don’t want to be dressed, but I have to be” look!!

Top- Equipment from II Brunettes {similar here} / Shorts- Express {similar here} / Shoes- DV by Dolce Vita from II Brunettes {similar here} / Sunnies- Blue Poppy Boutique / Bag- Céline {similar here} / Cell Case- Kidogo Kidogo 

PJ’s in Public

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So, this jumpsuit may have officially just become my favorite article of clothing in my whole entire closet! Why, you ask. Because it is the chicest way to feel like you haven’t gotten out of your pajamas, of course! This has got to be the most comfortable outfit ever made and whoever invented the jumpsuit (or as Todd calls it “the onesie”) is a genius. The material is super loose and breathable, making this perfect for transitioning to Spring or even those cool Summer nights. This hot little number can be dressed down for a casual daytime look or dressed up for a snazzy date night. Today, I styled it to easily be taken from day to night. First off, turquoise + black = everything, these two colors are always amazing together. And with this outfit you cannot go wrong pairing it with a chunky statement necklace. So, this seven strand turquoise necklace and this black jumpsuit are a match made in heaven! Instead of wearing it with the expected black wedges, I put this with a pair of suede, tan booties. It just really gives a bit more edge to the outfit than a pair of matching black shoes. Grab a tan clutch (I prefer mine with the killer tassel) and you’re ready to take on the entire day! For example, this is the perfect Sunday Funday attire. It easily takes you from brunch to shopping to drinks to dinner to more drinks in style, all while feeling like you haven’t even gotten out of bed!

Jumpsuit & Necklace- Très Carmen Boutique / Shoes- DV by Dolce Vita / Sunglasses- Tom Ford {purchased at Gwynn’s } / Bag- Stella & Dot