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Friday Five

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1. Girls– Okay, so I know I’m probably a little late to this party, but I felt the need to share in case any of you were still sans Lena Dunham in your life. I had bought her book, Not That Kind of Girl, a while ago on an Amazon spree, but {like many others} hadn’t gotten the chance to read it yet. Then, during a weekend long life crisis spent stressing over my life purpose, I discovered HBO’s Girls and life was okay again! Not only is Lena Dunham a literary genius full of charm and wit that has me girl crushing hard, but it’s the most relatable show I’ve ever watched. You can find a little of yourself in each of the female lead characters. I’m convinced it’s going to get me through the rest of my 20’s. Basically, if you haven’t seen it, you should probably spend your weekend binge watching!

2. Best Tote Ever– If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a million tote bags lying around your closet/entire house. But, they’re mostly Victoria’s Secret that you don’t actually want or the .99 cent grocery bag kind that you’re always forgetting to put in your car. Then, when you see a tote you actually want, it’s expensive and you feel guilty spending money on them because you’ve already got so many. Well, now’s the time to take those to Goodwill (and actually put them in your car, so you stop using plastic) because I’ve found the perfect tote bag and it’s on sale for under $30! Where does one find such an amazing deal? Target, of course!! These reversible bags are perfect for everything from the pool or beach to the farmer’s market and travel! Plus, at such a low cost, you can buy one for each of those activities!

3. H&M x CoachellaObviously, I {along with every girl in the U.S.} have been having intense Coachella F.O.M.O. I can’t be the only one who actually considered unfollowing people for the week, right?! But, I guess the next best thing is pretending you’re in the dessert by dressing the part, and H&M is here to help us out! They’ve put out a super affordable and every boho girl’s dream, Coachella themed collection to get us through all of our festival cravings. My favorite pieces are the imitation suede shorts (because I’m loving suede for spring), the adorable lace and fringe crop top (I love it in both the white and red), and of course, the “Desert Night” tank that’s perfectly suitable for lying around scrolling through everyone’s perf Coachella pics!

4. Perfect Spring Jacket– I have a serious love/hate relationship with spring weather and the only way to make it through is with a jacket that you can throw on when the chilly temps resurface! In comes Tobi to save the day and most importantly not break your budget, because the reality is you’ll really only wear something like this a few months out of the year. This vegan leather moto jacket in beautiful pastel colors is easy to wear over just about anything! I love it in the blue and lavender, but the blue is currently on sale for just $82!

5. Zinke Sale– Remember that bathing suit line that I told y’all about in a previous Friday Five post? The one with the adorable peplum one pieces and fab high waisted options?! Yeah, well, everything is now HALF OFF on their site with the code FRIENDS&FAMILY- yeah, you read that right, 50% off! I’m kind of dying inside right now and pretty sure that my summer suit wardrobe is about to be complete- and at half the cost!! Happy shopping!!

Friday Five

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Couldn’t be more excited for Friday this week!! #1 I worked last weekend & it’s been a loooongg {but also super awesome} week & #2 When Monday comes I’ll be headed to NYC!! Woohoo!! I hope all of y’all are enjoying your Friday as much as I am! Have a great weekend!! Now, onto the Friday Five!! (that was a lot of exclamation marks, wasn’t it?)

1. The New Android Commercial– Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m an iPhone girl all the way. But, if there’s anything that could get me to make the switch, it’s this commercial right here! My heart literally melts every time I see it! If this doesn’t brighten your day, then I don’t know what could.

2. Target Home SaleToday & tomorrow get 20% off rugs & free shipping. Plus, spend $75 or more on your home purchase & save 15%. Thennnn if you’re a Target Red Card holder (like the addict I am) you’ll save an additional 5%. This is PERFECT for me as I’ve been working on some major home upgrades!! I’ve been eying this rug for quite some time, so making my move!!

3. Currently Craving– Am I the only one who didn’t know that there was a Jeffrey Campbell for Free People collection?! Where have I been?! There are some fab styles in the whole collection, but my favorite is the Hierro Heel. They’re a super on trend style and don’t break the bank!! My only problem is, what color to buy?! I originally wanted the grey, but now they’ve got this fabulous light blue color that I’m kind of dying over! Decisions, decisions…

4. Pioneer Woman Breakfast Quesadillas– Okay, so I know I gave y’all a recipe last Friday {anyone try it by the way?} but when I saw this breakfast quesadilla from Pioneer Woman, I couldn’t resist sharing! First of all, Lee Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) is God- at least of the kitchen! She’s the only woman that I would not only allow, but praise my husband for cheating on me with. And then, I would hope she would move in so a Sister Wives type scenario could happen and she could be like the “cook wife.” Basically, everything I make of hers is amazing and I haven’t tried these amazing looking quesadillas, but I’m sure they’ll be no different. If they turn out as pretty as they are tasty, I’ll be sure to Insta a pic this Sunday!!

5. Bits of Lace– I’ve got a super exciting Valentine’s Day giveaway coming up for y’all tomorrow on Instagram!! Be sure to follow me at @southernmeetschic to get all the deets on how you can win something for you and maybeeee even your man, from Bits of Lace. Also, if you’re looking for something sexy to wear next weekend, be sure to check them out!! They’ve got some seriously HOT stuff!!

Casual Friday

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Happy Friday everyone!! You’ve made it through the week, so why not celebrate with hot pink loafers and a casual look that will take you all through the weekend?! Disclaimer- everything I am wearing except the loafers is from TARGET! Some of you may love this and others may shake your head in disgust. For those head shakers, we just cannot be friends because Target is probably the best thing that ever happened to me (besides my husband, of course-hehe). This is a super cute laid back outfit to take you errand running (aka spending hours in Target), on a casual lunch date, or if you’re a mommy doing fun weekend stuff with the kids. Jean shirt and white shorts by itself- it’s been done, it’s pretty plain. But, add some pops of pink and you’ve instantly taken your outfit to sassy and fun! I absolutely love wearing a necklace {yes, that’s Target too} over a collar like this! It takes an otherwise simple neckline up a notch making the collar your blank canvas to jazz up however you like. Now, onto the loafers!! When we were on our honeymoon in Italy, Todd got a pair of bright blue loafers and I fell in love! So, when I saw these Manolos on sale-in Charleston-in this color-and my size was the last left-I knew it was FATE!! Now granted, I never expected my first pair of Manolos to be a pair of flats, much less loafers, but I love them! I’m not sure whether Carrie Bradshaw would be proud or she would be a head shaker right now too? Oh well! Loafers are the must have comfort shoe of the year! They effortlessly take you from season to season and are easy to throw on with practically any attire. So, put away those Tory Burch Reva flats and try out something a little more daring from the menswear world- I promise you will not be disappointed in the loafer!

Shoes- Manolo Blahnik from Bob Ellis Shoes (similar here)  /  Top- Target  /  Shorts- Target  /  Necklace- Target

 

Ciao!

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This is {sadly} my last outfit blog post from Europe. I’ve enjoyed sharing pieces of our honeymoon with y’all, but I’m also excited to move onto posts about all of the fun summer clothes that I have in my closet here in Charleston! I absolutely love this post though not only because it takes us to Venice, one of the most charming, beautiful cities i’ve ever been to, but because it’s also my first collaboration! Okay, okay so it’s not an official colab, but this adorable little pooch was sitting so good in this alleyway the whole time we were shooting. If you look closely, you can see him in the background of several of the pictures. Eventually, I had to get closer and snap a picture of him (and of course get some lovin). As you can see, he is quite the model. This dress is one of my favorite throw on and go options. In fact, I wore it to last minute dinner plans two nights ago. Yes, I am an outfit repeater and proud of it!! I do like to switch up shoes and accessories though; check my Instagram to see if you can spy how I styled it this time. This look is perfect casual, but cute attire that you can wear for almost any occasion.  In Italy, I kept it very simple with hardly any accessories (my DSLR was enough of a necklace for me this trip). These shoes were something I purchased from Target literally four or more years ago! I had never even worn them, but held onto them knowing the right time would come and it finally did this Spring. Gladiator sandals are huge this year in every color, shape and style! These are a pretty practical and easy pair to wear with almost any outfit. This outfit will take you from sightseeing in Europe to a casual dinner with friends in Charleston!

Dress- Willy Jay’s  (similar 1)  (similar 2)  / Shoes- Target  (similar here) / Sunglasses- Blue Poppy  (similar here)

Vino

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Today’s post brings us to Florence, Italy in the Chianti wine region of Tuscany. Looking through these pictures is giving me MAJOR withdrawals (from the atmosphere and the wine). The scenery is absolutely beautiful throughout this area, with the rolling hills full of vineyards and olive trees! When I saw this baby doll dress, the first thing I thought was ITALY!! It just screamed “wine tasting in Tuscany” to me, and I was right that it fit perfectly with my surroundings. Not only is it a precious little dress, but it’s also breezy and comfortable. Totally suitable for vineyard visiting anywhere! You could easily put on a cute pair of wedges and some fun bangles to dress this up for dinner. However, for a day of wine tasting I chose to wear my brand new gladiator sandals. I LOVE this look!! My husband, Todd, on the other hand cannot stand it. I had been dying for the Stuart Weitzman version of these for months, but could never justify the $400 splurge to him. Instead, I did what I do with a lot of trendy items, and found a pair from MIA for $80. Despite Todd’s skepticism, every time I wear them, I get a ton of compliments! Which I love, especially in front of him! I was able to wear these shoes all day walking around vineyards and downtown Florence and was perfectly comfortable the entire time. Since the weather was a bit chilly in the morning, I did wear a simple knit sweater over my dress. I bought this sweater specifically for this trip and it has been a blessing on the trip and since I’ve gotten home. It goes with practically everything and is the perfect sweater to have on hand in case you get cold. Great, inexpensive, keep in your car kind of item. I wish writing this post could somehow magically take me back to Italy, but at least I’ve been able to reminisce a bit and share some tips with you. If you’ve never been, you must put it to the top of your list. It is a truly magical place!

Dress- Express (similar here) / Sweater- Target / Shoes- MIA / Sunglasses- Ray Ban

 

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

B is for Brittany

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B is for Brittany and C is for Casual! I’m keeping it super casual on this lazy Saturday before next week’s dressed up, red and pink filled Valentines themed posts. But, you can do laid back and lazy without UGG boots and sweatpants involving words on your bum. This look is comfortable and casual but still manages to look polished and put together. The sweatshirt was a find on the clearance rack at Old Navy and has become my best friend for days when I have to go out in public, but truly don’t even feel like getting out of bed. The “built in necklace” as I like to call it is EVERYTHING! Just that little bit of bling makes all the difference. This top can even be taken from day to night by adding a pair of leather pants and heels. Voilá, you’ve got a super comfy dinner and drinks outfit! I paired it with a pair of “legging pants” that are also one of my wear again and again items and my chambray Converse. I am not often a tennis shoes kind of girl, but these have somewhat swayed my view. The chambray really takes them to the next level and to me makes them a little dressier (well, as dressy as a tennis shoe can be.) The color can practically be worn with anything and brings a bit of playfulness to any outfit. Not to mention they are way comfy! So, next time you go reaching for that workout outfit that you have no intentions of putting to use that day or the go-to yoga pants with your ex boyfriend’s old frat t-shirt, think of what you can put together that is comfortable while still staying chic!

Sweatshirt- Old Navy / Pants- Target / Shoes- Converse