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New Leaf

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Ever since Charleston Fashion Week, I’ve been in a bit of a slump- blogging, fashion and just life in general! It’s rough being an almost 25 year old female, am I right?! As frustrating as weeks like this can be, I truly believe they’re essential to recharge your energy and inspiration. Fortunately, we were able to get away for a long weekend at the beach and I’m feeling refreshed! Plus, I’ve also got a new official photog- Katie Capo of Catherine Ann Photography– and what better way to turn over a new leaf than with some fab new blog photos?! Seriously y’all, she’s so awesome! If you need some new Pinterest Wedding board inspo, definitely head over to her site! I’ve got several fun and festive spring looks coming for y’all, but considering I like to keep it real here on SMC, I figured it was only right to share what I’ve been living in these past few grouchy weeks. When I say living, I literally mean living. As in, I’ve considered purchasing 3 of everything seen here just so I don’t have to wash them so often. Yes, it’s become a problem! But, this laid back look isn’t near as lazy or boring as it could be {lookin’ at you yoga pants}.

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My go to print will forever be black and white stripes. I always feel comfortable and confident in this classic style and it truly works with just about anything. Since it’s such a polished look, I paired this top with my number 1 pair of distressed denim shorts. I snagged these Lovers and Friends babes at a II Brunettes end of the season sale and they are the best denim shorts I’ve ever owned! The fit, wash, length, hole placement- everything is on point! Plus, even when they aren’t on sale, they won’t break the bank.

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I could’ve just thrown on a pair of flip flops and called it a day, but this is Southern Meets Chic and I’ve got to throw in a trendy twist. In comes one of my favorite spring trends- sneakers! I’m obsessed with sneakers lately! Not only are they comfy and hide un-pedicured toes, but I put a pair on and instantly feel cooler. The cool factor is especially high when they’re a pair of Stan Smith Adidas- therefore fulfilling all of my middle school nostalgia withdrawals of walking around saying All Day I Dream About Sports {or if you’re naughty Sex}- I can’t be the only one who remembers that!

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Throw on my YSL bag and my new $5 Forever sunnies (that you also may recognize from miss TopKnots PolkaDots because we have the same brain) and this is the perfect easy breezy look, fit for any quarter century life crisis!

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Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

Top: J. Crew | Shorts: Lovers and Friends from II Brunettes {similar here} ps- I couldn’t find these exact shorts online, but I know for a fact there are a few pairs still at II Brunettes and they’re awesome about shipping! | Shoes: Adidas from Nordstrom | Sunnies: Forever 21 {similar here}

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