Festive

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!
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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

 

 

Backyard BBQ

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Today’s outfit takes us away from being the hostess and brings us to attending a super casual backyard bbq. You know, the kind with hotdogs, fireball, a PBR keg and probably drunken, illegal fireworks- aka the really fun kind! This is not something that you want to get dressed up for, but you still want to be cute for those Insta pics! Chances are no matter what city you’re in on July 4th, it’s going to be HOT! So ladies, it’s time to bust out those short cutoffs! Cutoff shorts are perfect for this type of event. These are a pair that are stretchy {think jeggings} so they are also super comfortable. I wore a blue plaid shirt that I tied at the bottom- I mean come on, nothing says America more than this! I wanted to be a little extra festive, so rather than the beads and leis that are typically passed out at an event like this, I opted for a multi strand red beaded necklace. To keep my feet clear of fire ants and beer spillage, I chose my new favorite Vans, which are surprisingly breathable and perfect for all day comfort. I take any advantage {almost never}  to wear these red classic Wayfarers that I got on super sale. Again, another replacement for those tacky red, white and blue party favor glasses that will more than likely be lying around and after a few vodka soaked watermelons you might have wound up wearing…you can thank me later!

Shirt- Rails {similar here} / Shorts- StyleXchange {similar here} / Shoes- Vans / Necklace- Target / Sunnies- Ray Ban   

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Today begins the first day of a week full of Valentine’s attire posts! Why celebrate just one day when you can play dress up all week? This get up is something you can take from the office to date night. This is why I LOVE a good shift dress! They are so wearable and can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with flats. You could even wear this with tights and boots on a chilly day. Not to mention it is super comfortable! The animal print is another great, versatile aspect of this dress. Animal print=neutral and can be worn with basically any color! Given the festivities this week, I decided to add a fun pop of red this time with a pair of suede pointy toe heels. They really take what could of been a neutral, safe outfit with a pair of black heels to the next level. And this is not something you have to wait for Valentine’s Day to wear! This style can be worn anywhere from late Fall to early Spring. Now, I am somewhat addicted to lipstick, so I jump at any chance to wear a bright shade! Naturally, I took advantage of the red theme and added it on my lips too. To complete the look I added a medium sized pearl and gold bead necklace. I strongly feel that any shift style dress should ALWAYS be worn with a necklace! Otherwise, you just don’t look finished. The shift also provides a neckline that makes necklaces easy to wear, whether it be a chunky statement or a long pendant. This slightly chunky pearl necklace really polishes the look off nicely. This is a very simple outfit to put together, but gives you a classically chic look that will stand out from the rest.

Dress- J. Crew / Shoes- Kate Spade / Necklace- The Limited / Lipstick- Sephora brand #19 w/ Makeup Forever Aqua Lipliner #8C