winter blues

I heart eyes this dress from Banana Republic. Like wowza. It’s great to layer jackets over for more casual, sweaters for church, spiciness with some knee boots. The dress is super comfy (pockets are a plus) and great for both brunch and business.

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Little details like my mother’s old necklace from the mediterranean hits perfectly at the wrap. The structure of the dress also beautifully rounds the shoulders and makes the arms look fab.

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The waistline is wonderful with the billowing but still figure flattering, and the fabric is so soft and delightful.

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Also from banana, I bought this sweater a year or two ago and it is comfy, good layering piece, and the asymmetrical edge is great texture.

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Simple outfit, but both perfectly stunning. No need to sacrifice time for style for this outfit here!

P.S. If it is really cold, add some black tights and a black ankle bootie to stay warm.

a splash of green

I love to wear black, white, and grey with a color pop, so today I chose this green vest! It feels simple but classy. Too many details and accessories is overwhelming, especially small stripes like this long sleep shirt from Gap. So pairing a solid vest helps calm it down without need for any more details.

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This outfit super simple to put together with just a little bit of thought. It is nice without being over dressed and simple without being overlooked and sloppy.

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The copper bracelet ties into the buttons on the vest while adding some pretty and subtle detail.

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Pairing black booties and jeans elongates the legs and gives a clean look.

img_8069img_8096Best thing is that this vest was from the children’s department in Target and is not even the largest size they carried! I am never afraid to check out the children’s sections, because a lot of times the sizes go pretty large for things like sweaters, vests, and jackets.

Utilize some pattern and solids to create a nice simple outfit without falling to the casualty of casual!

Blustery Day

So I woke up yesterday to blustery weather and dastardly cold temperatures. To beat the cold I took this fleece thermal and dressed it up denim skirt and tights.

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Great thing about thermals is they are easy to layer without adding a lot of bulk, and the denim skirt is heavy enough to add warmth as well. Also black always flatters!

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Of course then the rain started pouring and there was no getting out of the house without faceplanting.

 

 

SNOW

Images by Evan Yarbrough

When it snows in the south oy does everyone freak out. Let me just say, no one knows how to drive in the snow and it just shuts down the city. Equally so, you would think that we lived in Russia by the way people dress.

The key is LAYERS & good socks.

 

Most places you go you will maybe walk a total of 2 minutes to get from you car to wherever you are going, so put on a good pair of jeans, a shirt and sweater, a nice water proof jacket, and a scarf and you are good to go.

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*suggestion* get a jacket with good pockets so you can keep your gloves handy and have easy access to keys instead of having to dig around a purse in the cold.

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Blanket scarves are the best to keep you neck warm and can keep in some body heat where your jacket buttons. *Also the are great at being blanket*

Beauty tip: on days like this get a good lipstick that is moisturizing to add color and protect your lips!

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When in doubt layer. You don’t have to be afraid of the snow, instead go play!

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+20 DEGREES

Images by Evan Yarbrough 

So in southern climates we have to learn the artful tactic of layering. In the winter it can be chilly in the morning and then hit the 70’s by 1 o’clock. So I took one of my brothers old button ups to layer over this tank from Madewell.

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Roll up the sleeves and matched with dark skinny jeans and leather booties and its effortless casual style. It does not take too much thought to put together a classy casual style, it just takes figuring out what things work together. You do not have to let the casualty of casual get to you.

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When you find the right clothes and match them to your closet you can have an equally comfortable & classy outfit without sacrificing style.

 

When it gets hot just take off the button up and tie it around your waist – no problem!