Summer

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!!

A Walk in the Park

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Today is one of my favorite posts yet! It may not be the most on trend fashionable outfit, but it’s a glimpse into a day in my real life and what I would be wearing for a bike ride in the park. Okay, so I MAY not always bike around with flowers in my basket, but I am a fresh flowers freak so you never know! The amazing pictures are again courtesy of Carissa Cady Photography. First, let me tell you about my baby, my bike! I absolutely LOVE her!! When I pictured myself having a beach cruiser for the first time years ago, this is exactly what I had in mind. The guys at Affordabike were so knowledgable and most importantly patient with me. I wanted specific colors for the bike, seat, handlebars, basket etc, it was all about the look for me, something that guys who work at a bike shop don’t really identify with. But, they were so nice and made sure I had my bike just the way I wanted it. Not to mention they have the most precious pit bull as their shop dog. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t let me take her home! I rode my bike home that day and the rest is history!! One of my favorite places to ride, and really just to go to in general, is Hampton Park. Up until last Friday, we lived only a block away and even just writing this post is making me a bit emotional about not being right there anymore. If you live in Charleston and haven’t been to Hampton Park, you’ve GOT to do something about it! It’s the perfect spot for a picnic, exercising or letting the dogs run around. As for my outfit, this is a pretty basic look that I feel any of you could put together. I do really love the colors of this shirt and the back button details. The white pants make the look super bright and cheery, perfect for a Spring or Summer day! The sandals are one of only two purchases {both shoes} that I made on my honeymoon in Italy. Overall, this is a pretty basic look that is easy to put together, but still adorable nonetheless.

All Images By: Carissa Cady Photography

Bike: Affordabike

Top- Almost Pink {similar here} | Pants- Vigoss | Shoes- purchased in Italy {similar here} | Necklace- Almost Pink {similar here}

 

Maxi Monday

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Today’s post comes to you courtesy of the lovely Carissa Cady Photography. Carissa is a true California girl, but with some serious southern tendencies (the sweet tea drinking, pearl necklace wearing, y’all saying kinds). She loves Charleston so much that she decided to spend her summer here and I was lucky enough for her to find me (thanks Instagram!) and us get together for a shoot! Don’t worry though, if you love her work {duh} she’s willing to travel, especially to the south! Today also starts a series that I’m doing for the rest of the month of Maxi Monday’s. Each Monday I’m going to share with y’all some of my favorite maxi dresses, starting with the really summery and as the month goes on transitioning a bit more into Fall. Because, let’s face it, after months of warm weather we’re all sick of shaving our legs on the reg! Today’s is of course the most summery of the bunch. I am totally a seasonal person, not necessarily in the “you can’t wear white after Labor Day” way, but I like to take advantage of the time of year and dress appropriately. So, in Summer you will see me wear a lot of bright colors, making this the perfect maxi for the season! The print is absolutely beautiful and give you so many colors to work with. This style and color combo would look great with any body shape, skin/hair color or even age. I absolutely love the slits on each side of the dress that makes it feel a little sassy and sexy. Because the print is so busy, I kept accessories to a minimum with these gorgeous drop pearl earrings. I wore my white espadrille style wedges that were the perfect height for the length of the dress. I’ve been DYING for a bucket style bag and finally found this one at TARGET, yep that’s right. I feel like the bag keeps the outfit casual and perfect for lunch and a stroll around downtown.

All Images By: Carissa Cady Photography

Dress- Almost Pink  {similar here} | Shoes- Steve Madden {similar here} | Bag- Target | Earrings- Moon & Lola

I Scream You Scream…

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WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM!!! Since we’re in the dog days of summer, I decided to give y’all a glimpse of what I actually would like to be doing all.the.time at this point- eating ice cream!! It’s just so hot outside and the cold, sweet ice cream tastes soooo good!! These pictures were shot at my favorite spot in town for ice cream {and fries, BLT’s, hotdogs} Ye Ole Fashioned. I may be a little biased because my husband owns the two in Summerville and the rest are all owned by his family, BUT they were also voted Best Ice Cream in Charleston for a local City Paper contest {8 years in a row} that is a pretty big deal. So, the rest of Charleston agrees!! This flirty, fun dress (maxi version here for 30% off) is the perfect choice for something like going to have ice cream. The colors just pop off of it and instantly put you in a fun mood! It’s not just playful though, the low cut back also gives you a little bit of a sexy feel. Pair it with wedges for the perfect summer date night outfit! The light material makes it really breathable and great for hot summer days or nights. Since I was going for a daytime look, I dressed it down with these sandals. I like to think of these as my prettier version of a Birkenstock. They’re a little bulkier than your average sandal, but they still have the gold strap across the top that keeps them nice and feminine. They are perfect for adding a little chic-ness to this otherwise very girly dress. Considering the bright colors, I wore my blue mirrored aviators to play that up a bit more. This is a really fun summer outfit to wear that makes you feel sexy, fun and girly all in one!! Now, go get some ice cream!!! {see below for coupon}

Ice Cream Courtesy of : Ye Ole Fashioned on Trolley Rd **SMC readers enjoy HALF OFF today 07/30 when you mention this post** (the 2 Summerville locations only)

Dress- Show Me Your MuMu {available here} | Shoes- Bata {similar here and here} | Sunnies- Ray Ban

Pearls and Scalloping

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Pearls and scallops, that’s what southern girls are made of! Or at least what this outfit is made of. I about died when I found this adorable scallop edged neon tank, and that was before I even got it home and saw the open back! The two together are the perfect combination of sweet and sassy. In this humid, summer heat in Charleston it gives you just the right amount of breeze without being too revealing. Since it is a very open shirt, I did a rare thing for me and wore a bandeau underneath. I wasn’t a huge fan of this idea at first, but I think the pop of white looks perfect with the white pants. For my accessories I wanted to use navy blue as an accent color. I LOVE navy and neon together! There is just something about such a traditional and wild color that really compliment each other. So, I wore my favorite chandelier earrings and a cute clutch with gold detail. I also wore my pearl bangle, well, because pearls and scalloping together are a no brainer! The brown wedges I wore are so perfect because they look great and a little snazzier than typical sandals, but they are SO comfortable!! These are the wedges you want to have if you’re wearing this outfit all day! I also have a dressier brown sandal that is a stiletto heel that I would wear if I were just wearing this for a few hours. Either way, this outfit is perfect for a weeknight outing or date night. It’s also easily worn during the day because of all the bright colors.

All Images by: Susan Lloyd Photography

Top- Tres Carmen Boutique {similar here and here} / Pants- Vigoss / Shoes- Madden Girl / Bag- Tres Carmen Boutique {similar here} / Earrings- Stella & Dot / Bracelet- Bourbon and Boweties

Meow

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This just might be the world’s most versatile dress! The black & white print is perfect to pair with virtually any color. I particularly like it with neons that really pop. It can be easily dressed up with strappy heels and a statement necklace or worn as casually as a bathing suit coverup with flip flops. I styled it right down the middle as a casual, but chic look. This outfit can be worn to the office, date night or for me, breakfast with the hubby and errand running. While my color pairing options were endless with this dress, I decided to go with this bauble necklace that brings several bright colors into the mix. This necklace is one of my go-to’s and even though it has coral, lime and aqua it is surprisingly easy to coordinate with many outfits. My new aqua and coral flats went perfectly with the necklace and the style was great for this dress. I love a good shift dress and a pair of flats! Since this dress has a bit of the “mod” 1960’s vibe to it with the cut and the print, I took the chance to wear my black cat eye sunnies! These made the outfit even more fun to wear! This getup is something that you can wear and not only feel super cute and put together, but also very comfortable which are the two main factors in creating a confidently dressed you!

Dress- Little Black Dress  (similar here)  /  Shoes- Jeffrey Campbell from Shoes on King  (similar here)  /  Necklace- StyleDwell  /  Sunglasses- Dolce and Gabbana  (similar here)

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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