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Sunnies + Sunshine

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Originally, I had planned to share my next NYC recap with y’all today, but this warm weather has me feeling frisky and wanting to post something a little brighter! I’m totally that girl who rushes into sandals and tank tops at the first sight of spring and Monday’s little peek of sunshine had me doing just that for a little ladies’ midday lunch on the patio at 82 Queen. Is this not the perfect outfit for sipping mimosas on a sunny Charleston afternoon?!

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This sweater has been my favorite to throw on for these beautiful, but still a little chilly, spring days. I’m just really into a sleeveless turtleneck at the moment and it’s so practical for the time of year! So, don’t be surprised if this continues to be on repeat throughout the next few months- sorry, not sorry! I wanted to keep this look bright and fresh, so I paired it with classic white skinnies- aka your number one spring must have. I have been dying to wear these gorg nude Prada booties ever since I snagged them on major sale at Bob Ellis, but the rain has kinda been a style cramper. I love how classy they are and the suede/bootie combo is the perfect way to keep this outfit from being too summery.

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I really felt that in order to keep that classic, fresh look, I needed to continue keeping things pretty neutral. My new GiGi New York bag from Trés Carmen Boutique definitely kept that going for me. I’ve had my eye on this color GiGi for quite a bit and am so happy I finally made the purchase! It’s such a classic and practical look for such a great price! Then, I topped things off with my new absolute favorite accessory, these fabbb Ray Bans! Y’all, I’m obsessed! The round frames, the tan/gold combo, the fact that they FOLD UP, oh and that I found them at Saks off 5th for 80 bucks- they’re pretty much one of the best things to ever happen to me. Not gonna lie, I just feel like a total badass wearing them. PS- they had an entire display of Ray Bans at the Saks off 5th in Tanger!!

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Oh, so did I mention that I have the best friends ever and Chloe {you may know her as TopKnots and PolkaDots} took these pics for me after our adorable little birthday lunch with girlfriends?! We might have had a little too much fun and made fools of ourselves on The Battery, but I think she did a pretty darn good job. Plus, when your bestie is shooting you, you get all sorts of ridiculous outtakes like these gems below! Cue: Whip My Hair Back & Forth

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Sweater: II Brunettes |Pants: J. Brand from Saks off Fifth | Shoes: Prada from Bob Ellis Shoes | Bag: GiGi New York from Trés Carmen Boutique | Sunnies: Ray Ban from Saks off Fifth

 

VIP

unnamedThe time has come for me to tell y’all the big surprise I’ve been hinting at all week! You may have noticed that every look on SMC this week was head to toe Gwynn’s. If you’re not familiar, Gwynn’s is the only locally owned luxury department store in the Charleston area. They carry everything from home decor and cosmetics to menswear and of course, women’s fashion. They are always my first stop for designers such as Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo and J. Brand. Starting tomorrow, every single piece that you saw on the blog this week is on sale! It doesn’t stop there though, because actually the ENTIRE STORE is on sale!! No restrictions, no limits, everything is anywhere from 10% to 70% off, even the big brands that hardly ever go on sale! Even better, the sale opens to the public on Sunday, but special VIP’s (read: you guys!) will get to shop the sale starting tomorrow!! That’s one day early to beat the crowd and get that item you’ve been swooning over! Don’t live in the Charleston area? No worries! Just give Gwynn’s a call and they will assist you with your purchase, plus give you free shipping!! After you’ve finished shopping for yourself, this is the perfect chance to knock some people off your holiday gift list. You really can find something for everyone on your list here. Just a little hint (and sneak peek into my gift guide coming in December): Brackish bow ties for the boys (particularly the Clemson/Carolina colors), Nest candle for your grandmother, Hunter boot liners for your little sis and Laura Mercier body scrub for Mom!! Plus, they offer beautiful complimentary gift wrapping, so you leave with a present that can go straight under the tree!

Here’s a little recap of this week’s looks from Gwynn’s that you can now find up to 70% off!!

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Photos by: Catherine Ann Photography

City Sleek

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Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

If you’re interested in purchasing something you see here, call Gwynn’s at: 843-849-9667

Full Outfit c/o Gwynn’s: Sweater- J Brand | Pants- Alexis | Shoes- Jimmy Choo | Bag- Tory Burch | Necklace- Tataborello

Fall, is that you?

southern-meets-chic-gwynns-5 southern-meets-chic-gwynns-6It’s a very special week here on SMC!! Most exciting for me is that I’ll be writing all of these posts while cruising the Caribbean with my hubby for his birthday (follow me on Insta to stay updated). Most exciting for my readers is that I will be doing an outfit post every day this week AND have a big surprise for y’all on Friday evening!! I’ve teamed up with Gwynn’s to style some absolutely fabulous fall and winter looks this week, so every item you’ll see posted this week is coming from them. If you see something you’re interested in, give them a call! They offer free shipping and if you’re out of state, no taxes! Also, every picture you’ll see this week was taken by the lovely Catherine Ann Photography. She specializes in weddings and women’s portraits- check out her Instagram, it’s to die for!! Hellooo Pinterest wedding inspo board!

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Photos by: Catherine Ann Photography

If you’re interested in purchasing something you see here call Gwynn’s at: 843-849-9667

Full outfit c/o Gwynn’s: Coat- Maison Scotch | Top- Wildfox | Jeans- J Brand | Shoes- Tory Burch | Necklace- Alexis Bittar | Bag- GiGi New York 

Furriday

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Vest- Finicky Filly {similar here} {faux fur here} | Shirt- StyleDwell {similar here} | Jeans- J Brand | Boots- Frye from Belk | Clutch- Trés Carmen Boutique {similar here} | Cross Bangle- Island Baubles | Spike Bracelet- Stella & Dot | Other Bangle- David Yurman

Cuts & Kimonos

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Notice anything new or different **insert hair flip** That’s right, I chopped off all my long locks!! This is literally the shortest my hair has ever been in my life, well minus that time when I was 2 and the hair was just growing on my head, and I could not be happier!! My long hair was just getting to be such a bother and a bore. I feel like this sassy new do is so much more ME and significant of where I am in my life at the moment. Normally, I cry for at least 2 days after I do anything major to my hair, but this time I haven’t shed a single tear! My hairstylist, Ashley Fisher of Ash & Co, is just the absolute best!! Not only is she a super cool chick that I immediately clicked with over our mutual love for trash reality tv and obsessive beauty product buying, but she truly is an artist at what she does. When I sit down in her chair I feel fully confident in what she’s about to do. I basically just give her an idea of what I want and say “but you do what you think” which for a crazy control freak like me is HUGE!! In a nutshell I’m obsessed with my new hair and Ashley!! Another thing i’m obsessing over lately is KIMONOS!! If you’re like me, you kind of thought that they were only for summer, but boy were we wrong!! I’ve seen more kimonos in stores lately than ever and I’m loving the concept of layering them for fall! It’s perfect if you’re in an area, like Charleston, where the weather is 40 degrees one day and 75 the next. Also, a kimono purchase is definitely a logical one because it can take you into summer! They’re perfect to layer over tanks with cutouts or my favorite way, as a bathing suit cover up. But, to keep up with the cool autumn weather, I decided to layer  over a long sleeve tee. This outfit would have been your basic fall look, boots and a pike, borrrinngg. But, the kimono spices things up to make this boho fabulous! I absolutely love the contrast of colors with the turquoise and rust and also the contrast of styles. The 7 layer beaded necklace is a little preppy and the kimono very boho but when put together balance each other out perfectly! This is my ideal autumn attire and a great look for any fall activity!!

Kimono- Entro c/o StyleDwell {similar here} | Top- Piko from Tres Carmen Boutique {available here} | Necklace- Tres Carmen Boutique {available here} | Jeans- J Brand | Boots- Frye from Belk Towne Centre

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}