Floral

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

Feeling Floral

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I don’t think I’ve ever been so ready for spring weather!! Okay, so maybe I say that every year but after ten days in NYC and coming home to equally cold temps this girl is seriously ready for some sunshine!! And boy did we get it this week!! The temps were so high that the mosquitos were actually out- who thought I’d ever be excited to see those pesky things? Along with the warm temps and bugs, comes the change in wardrobe!! I was over the moon to pull out my pastels, florals and sandals for these beautiful spring days we’ve been having and just in time for some amazing spring fashion events! This look was perfect to kick off Charleston Fashion Week season at the Maddison Row and Bella Bridesmaid fashion show at Cannon Green, Wednesday evening.

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This dress is basically everything I want out of a spring go-to: flirty, fun, bright and FLORAL!! Floral is, of course, huge for spring, but this dress by JOA from StyleDwell freshens the recurring trend up with a graphic print. Add in the fact that it has pockets and retails for under $100 and I think you’ve got your number one Easter dress contender (plus, the cut is perfect for getting seconds at your Grandmother’s house on Easter Sunday). I also love that the dress ties in my number one color for spring, allowing me to wear my brand new shoes, light blue. This color is perfect in so many ways. It’s feminine without being girly and trendy without being tacky! I’ve been scooping up all the light blue in sight, so it was only natural that I had to order these badass kitten heels from Zara. I’m not normally a kitten heel kind of gal, but between the color and those adorable little studs, I figured I would give them a try! Plus, at $59 you really can’t say no to trying something new!

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I kept everything else pretty simple with my go-to quilted Kate Spade bag and my new favorite Gorjana earrings from Rocksbox!! UM I literally have not taken them off since I got them in my first Rocksbox!! They will definitely not be getting returned! Did y’all know that you can get your first month of Rocksbox FREE using the code southernmeetschicxoxo?! It’s a pretty awesome little deal and clearly, they send you some pretty fab goodies!

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Photos: Side Yard Studios

Dress: JOA from StyleDwell | Shoes: Zara | Bag: Kate Spade from Gwynn’s | Earrings: Gorjana from Rocksbox (use code southernmeetschicxoxo to get your first month FREE)

Here are some highlights from the beautiful evening!! Big thanks to Maddison Row and Bella Bridesmaid for a great time!! XO

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Floppy Hat Hump Day

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Something that I can never have enough of in my closet are easy little shift dresses that I can just throw on and go. They’re just so easy to wear, but still look really put together (read: instead of yoga pants and a tee shirt). So, when I saw this floral beauty, it was love at first sight! The colors are perfect for fall, without being dull. Red is actually going to be a huge color this fall, along with any other bright, rich colors. Gone are the days of sticking to grey and brown! The great thing about this dress is that it also transitions nicely. Wear it now with nothing extra, a few weeks from now with a denim jacket and when it really gets chilly add black tights, leather jacket and booties. Another trend I’m loving for fall is a big floppy hat, this girl loves any excuse for a hat!! While the reds don’t really match from the dress to the hat, I think they compliment each other really nicely. A true red would’ve been wayyy too much going on for the hat. I accessorized with a fun arm full of different bangles. For shoes I wore a pair of neutral suede booties, but this could also be worn with black. I just really like the contrast of the camel color. This is a great casual fall afternoon outfit that can easily take you into night just adding a denim or leather jacket.

Dress- BCBG from Trés Carmen Boutique {similar here} | Hat- StyleDwell {similar here} | Shoes- Dolce Vita from II Brunettes {similar here} | Bangles {from top} – Stella & Dot | David Yurman | Island Baubles | Stella & Dot

 

Shopping on Wheels

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Last night I spent a fun night with fellow bloggers and Charleston fashionistas at an amazing event/fashion show at Republic Garden & Lounge. It was put on by Rolling Rack Boutique, a mobile shopping truck, named Rita to be specific.  Now, while this concept has been in California for years, it had yet to hit the coast of Charleston until now! The truck is taken to local events, concerts and even popular brunch spots {Shelter, every Sunday, ladies}. You can also privately rent Rita to come to your party or event. What a fun girl’s night, right?! Perfect for birthday parties, bachelorettes, or even just a ladies night in! Not only does Rolling Rack stock the hottest styles at fabulous prices with everything from jewelry to sweet little dresses and tops to OMG so sexy jumpsuits, but on the inside Rita is absolutely the cutest thing you’ve ever seen! They have done a fabulous job getting this truck to look just like a cute boutique, except this one can come to YOU! Unfortunately, this was my first encounter with Rolling Rack Boutique so I wasn’t able to wear one of their pieces to the event. However, I did do some shopping and cannot wait to share my new threads with y’all! Since this was a fun, Summer event I wanted to keep my attire fairly casual but with some great summery colors! This floral top is so girly and the colors just pop! It’s also super light and airy- perfect for this hot, humid Charleston weather. I wore it with the classic Summer staple, white skinny jeans, which I of course did a little roll at the bottom. My Rockstuds were a perfect shoe pairing to add a little sass to this sweet outfit. Just the right amount of rock-n-roll to add to the pretty florals. I couldn’t go without throwing on a few baubles that complimented the colors in my top just right! For a bag, I carried my go-to classy white quilted cross body that goes fabulous with any outfit! This is an easy outfit to recreate with a floral top in bright colors, white skinnies and a pair of pumps {studs optional, but amazing}.

Top- Trés Carmen Boutique > (similar here)  / Pants- Vigoss / Shoes- Valentino from Saks Fifth Avenue  / Bangles – Bourbon and Boweties from Trés Carmen Boutique / Cuff Bracelet- Lisa Kerns / Bag- Kate Spade from Gwynn’s > (similar here)

 

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Pattern Play

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{DISCLAIMER- please excuse the lion king hair in the next couple of posts, it was a ridiculously windy day to be shooting!!!}

Happy Friday everyone!!! Today I am getting super playful and doing one of my favorite things- mixing patterns! It is a fun way to put a trendy twist on what otherwise would have been a traditional outfit. This floral skater skirt (that came from the children’s department of Target-gotta love that) is the center of attention of this get up. It gives you a flirty, feminine look and is so much fun to wear! Today I made it be casual, but you can also dress it up with a black blouse, flashy statement necklace and a killer pair of black heels (mine I wear are lace ups and to-die-for) and you’ve got a fabulous outfit for a night out on the town! Since the skirt is really the focal point, I decided to pair it with a more subtle pattern. Stripes and floral are almost always AMAZING together! This striped black and white shirt is very simple and something that every girl probably already has in her closet. Worn with typical jeans this could be very borrrinnnng, but when you put it with a fun skirt like this it is ultra chic and fashionable! I wore this with my very traditional black Tory Burch flats (another thing you probably already have in that closet) to add to the classic side of the outfit. This is the perfect mix of trendy and traditional for a precious daytime look!

Top- Gap / Skirt- Target / Shoes- Tory Burch

My Objection to Mr. Groundhog

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So apparently Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Sunday, supposedly bringing us six more weeks of winter weather!! However, the 75 degree weather here in Charleston begs to differ. And I refuse to surrender another six weeks of my wardrobe to the cold temps! An easy way to transition to Spring {while only in the first week of February} is a pair of leather shorts. Sure, they’re shorts, but they’re LEATHER- for winter hellooo. These will become a staple in your closet during any season because they are SO versatile. They can be worn with basically any style top from a dressy blouse to a casual sweater and will look great dressed up with heels and booties or dressed down with flats and even a pair of Converse. The sweatshirt style top I paired with the leather shorts is very on trend as floral was huge on the Spring 2014 runways for designers like Elie Saab and Oscar de la Renta. Floral is also very easy to implement into your wardrobe. You can tone it down by wearing soft, romantic styles or make it super trendy by pairing a bold style with another pattern, such as stripes. I pulled in a bit of the pattern mixing with the black and white bracelet, but you can really take it to the next level with a black and white stripe skinny jean or skirt. With this look I decided to go right in the middle of safe and sassy and wear a funky floral with the leather shorts and then top it off with a contrasting color cognac bootie. Booties have been an essential in my Winter wardrobe and are not going anywhere anytime soon! This suede open-toed bootie is also a great piece to transition into Spring. Now, let’s just keep our fingers crossed the weather cooperates and we can prove that meteorologist groundhog wrong!

Top- Collective Concepts / Shorts- BB Dakota { top & shorts purchased from Trés Carmen Boutique } / Shoes- DV by Dolce Vita / Silver & Gold Bracelet – David Yurman / Necklace & Bangle – Stella & Dot / Sunglasses- Tom Ford { purchased from Gwynn’s }