Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Spring transition tops

Hi everyone!  I don't know about you all, but I am READY for spring and warmer temps!  However, I don't think I will be able to put away all of my sweaters and long sleeve tops for a little while longer.  As the seasons change, it is sometimes tough to figure out what to wear, don't you think?  If you are looking for ideas as the seasons transition,  I found a few tops that are 3/4 sleeve length and perfect as spring draws near.  In general, I think lightweight long sleeve tops and 3/4 sleeve tops are great options during this time of year.

The first choice I found is this pretty solid green top.  It has a flattering square neckline and full sleeves.  Here I paired it with some jeans, gold mules and a statement tassel necklace.  This shirt would also look fantastic with white denim!  You could pair this top with some shorts or a denim skirt as it gets warmer.  St. Patrick's Day will be here next month, and this shirt will be the perfect thing to wear so you don't get pinched!

This lightweight striped bell sleeve sweater is another great choice during this time of year.  The sweater has some grey and blush tones in it, so you could easily pair it with either of those colors.  I chose to wear it with this cute grey ruffle skirt and added some blush tassel earrings to bring out that color in the sweater.  As the temps rise, I plan to wear this sweater with some denim shorts and sandals for a more casual look.

Turquoise tassel earrings \\ Similar tassel necklace here & here

And sticking with the bell sleeve trend, this navy and white striped top is SO fun and will be in heavy rotation this spring.   This top is so versatile!  I paired it with jeans, but will also wear it with white denim, and even red pants or shorts for 4th of July.  I love pairing navy with brighter colors, so I chose these bright fuchsia flats and some turquoise and fuchsia jewelry.  Navy and white also look great with gold, red, emerald green...the possibilities are endless!

I hope this post gave you a few ideas about tops to wear as we transition to spring.  I would love to hear if you decide to add any of these shirts to your wardrobe!  Feel free to comment below or send me an email.  As always, thank you so much for reading Smart Southern Style!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas

Very similar red dress here and here \\ Studded heels \\

Hi everyone! Can you believe we are already well in to February?!?  I feel like this year is flying!  Valentine’s Day will be here next week, so I wanted to share a few outfit ideas for you to wear on Love Day.  Whether you are spending the day with the man in your life or your favorite gal pals, it’s still a fun excuse to dress in some festive Valentine’s colors!  I love wearing red year round, so I’m all in for any occasion to wear that color!  And even if you aren’t a fan of wearing a lot of red or pink, there is still a way you can incorporate some of it into your outfit.  

If you have plans for a nice dinner out, a pretty red dress is always a good option.  I chose one with ruffle sleeves, because as you may know, I LOVE a good ruffle sleeve!   I paired my dress with these pretty nude studded heels.  They are great dupes for the Valentino heels but only cost $70!  (They also come in black, so if you are looking for a sassy heel, you should definitely check them out.)  I love wearing red and leopard together, so I added this leopard clutch for a little pop.   Because my dress, shoes and purse are all fairly bold, I opted for more subtle gold jewelry.  

A bold red dress isn’t for everyone, so a fun red or pink top is always a great way to add some Valentine’s colors to your outfit.  This red tee has the cutest flutter sleeves which make it a little dressier than your standard t-shirt.  I dressed it up with a statement necklace, some leopard heels and a fun jeweled bag.  If you have some or all of these pieces in your closet, you can pair them together and boom…you are ready for a fun night out!  

Similar dress here and here \\ Similar scarf \\ Similar bag
More red/pink scarf options here, here and here

For those of you who may not be a fan of wearing red or pink clothes, there is still a way to add these colors to an outfit for Valentine’s Day.  I added a burgundy scarf and bag to this basic black dress to add some color.  You could easily take a black dress or top in your closet and add a colorful red or pink scarf and you are ready to go. I have linked a few scarf options above.  

I hope this post was helpful in providing a little Valentine’s style inspiration.  If you end up wearing something you saw in this post, please send me an email or DM me a photo on Instagram or Facebook if you have one.  I’d love to see what you wore!  Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!  

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Closet staples under $50

Hi everyone!  As I have said before, I am all about maximizing the items in my wardrobe.  If I find an item that can be worn multiple seasons throughout the year, I am all in! And if it is affordable, even better!  I have rounded up some closet staples that I regularly reach for in my closet. And, they are all under $50, so they won't break the bank!

If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen this tunic a few times.  It is a great basic, comes in a bunch of colors, runs true to size and is under $30.  It is long enough to wear with leggings and you can also tuck it in with jeans or even shorts or a skirt.  It is light weight, so I will wear it under a jacket or cardigan when it is cold, and by itself in the warmer months.  I have more of these tunics than I care to admit, but with the flattering fit and affordable price, you can't go wrong!

Another item I reach for in my closet all year round is this pair of distressed jeans.  They have the perfect amount of stretch and are really soft.  These jeans run true to size for me.  If you don't like distressing on your jeans, you can get a non-distressed pair with the same fit here.  Also, I throw them in the dryer and they don't shrink, so that is another plus in my book!  They are priced around $40 and are sometimes on sale for even less.

There is a new closet staple in my wardrobe lately, and that is the slip on sneaker.  If you do not own a pair of these, what are you waiting for?!?  They are so comfortable, and cute too!  I wear mine with jeans all the time and as it gets warmer, I will wear them with shorts and casual dresses.  You can find slip on sneakers in so many colors and styles and there lots of options well under $50.  Both styles I am wearing above are priced under $30.

The last item that I wear ALL this time is this v-neck cami I have styled under a cardigan.  It isn't see-through and the v-neck isn't too low.  I wear these in the fall and winter under cardigans and by themselves when it is warmer.  The cami is $39 and comes in several colors.

Before I go, I wanted to share two of my go-to accessories in my closet.  The first item is tassel earrings!  They come in all colors and instantly add some extra style to whatever you are wearing.  You can find so many options under $40.  A few of my favorites are here, here and here.  The second accessory I wear all year round is the leopard scarf you see in the top photo of this post.  It only costs $19 (with free shipping) and goes with so much!  You can find it here.

These items are some of my most worn and are so easy to throw on and still look put together.  You will notice in the photo at the top of this post, I am wearing several items I talked about here.  If you have any questions about any of the basics I have shared, feel free to comment below or send me an email. Thanks so much for reading Smart Southern Style!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A skirt to wear year round


Hi everyone!  I'm a day late with my blog post this week, because well...life happens sometimes, right?!?  One of the things I told myself at the beginning of the year in this post was that I was going to work on giving myself more grace in all areas of my life, including the blog.  And, this is one of those times! But anyhow, on with my post...

Earlier this week, I worked on a fun project with one of my blogger friends, LauRen Merola, with "All of the F-Words" blog. (Such a great blog name, right?!?)  LauRen has a podcast called The Style Squad and she invited me on to talk about fashion from the Screen Actors Guild awards.  We had a great time talking about all the hits and misses on the red carpet!  You can listen to the podcast HERE.

Not sure about where you all live, but here, the weather has been a bit crazy!  We had snow last week, and this week, we are seeing high temps around 60 degrees.  I know we aren't finished with winter yet, but these warmer temps have me ready for spring!  If you are looking for a cute item to add to your closet to wear now as well as when it gets warmer, I've got the perfect option for you!  This pretty floral skirt is an item you can wear year round.

I am wearing it now with this beautiful cream blouse that has some detailing on the bodice, along with over the knee boots.  You could also wear the skirt now with a cream, pink or grey cardigan.  As it gets warmer, I plan to pair it with a pink or white tee shirt and some flat sandals for a more casual look.  I will also dress up the skirt some with a pretty short sleeve top and some wedges.

I am all about finding clothes that can be worn year round, and this pretty floral skirt is definitely one of my new favorites!  I would love to hear...what are some items you have in your closet that you wear year round?  Feel free to comment below or send me an email.  Thanks as always for reading Smart Southern Style!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Outerwear Options for any occasion & budget

Similar black coat here \\  Grey pants 

Hi everyone!  Not sure about where you live, but here, Mother Nature has been a little crazy lately!  It was cold, then got up in the 60s, and now it is cold again with a chance of snow tomorrow.  No matter what the temp is where you are, chances are you need some type of outerwear this time of year.  If so, keep reading!  I have a bunch of different outwear options for any occasion and temperature.  And good news...a bunch of the items I have linked are on sale!

I think everyone needs a classic coat in your collection that can be worn for dressier occasions or to business functions.  You can't go wrong with a traditional black coat, and navy and grey are also good color options.  A classic peacoat in one of these basic colors can look dressy, professional and also go with just about any color outfit you choose to wear.

Other colorful coat options:  same coat in pink \\ J Crew coat (comes in tons of colors)

Grey faux fur coat \\ Other options here, here & here

Similar leopard coats - all on sale - here, here & here

I also like having another heavier weight option when you want to wear something other than a traditional neutral wool coat.  There are a few ways to add a little more style to your winter outerwear.  You can pick an unexpected color, like this blue coat, that still has a more traditional style.  You can also go for a different texture like faux fur, as seen with the grey coat I am wearing above.  And, if you are feeling really bold, you can choose a coat with a bold pattern, and of course my favorite is always leopard print.

Similar denim jackets here and here

There are a few lighter weight outerwear options that are must-haves for any stylish gal!  For those of you that live in warmer climates, this might be the heaviest jacket you need.  I think a great moto jacket is a staple that you will wear year after year.  There are so many choices out there - from leather to suede and I have linked several for you above.  In addition to a moto jacket, a good denim jacket is another choice that won't go out of style.  You can go for a traditional style or something with a little more flair like distressing or embroidery.

I hope that some of the items I have linked for you in this post catch your eye!  If you decide to pick up a new coat or jacket, I would love to hear what you choose.  Thanks so much for reading Smart Southern Style!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tanceuticals Self Tanner Review

Similar floral dress here & here \\ Similar denim jacket here & here \\ 

Hi everyone!  Although it is the middle of winter and freezing outside, I am a big fan of having a little tan on my skin.  I think it makes me look healthier and better all around.  Now when I say "tan", I don't mean the real kind you get from the sun.  I spent too much time in the sun and in tanning beds when I was younger and my skin is paying for it now.  So the only kind of tan I get now is from a bottle or a spray tan booth.

I have been getting spray tans some lately, but let's face it, those can get expensive and aren't as convenient since you have to drive somewhere to get it done.  I was looking for an option to use at home that would look realistic and would be easy to apply, and that is where Tanceuticals comes into the picture.  It is ranked as the number one self tanner on www.selftanning.com so I thought I would give it a try.

I started by using the Tanceuticals Pre-Tan Exfoliator because it is always a good idea to exfoliate your skin to prep it for the perfect sunless tan.  Tanceuticals has several types of self tanner and I chose to use the CC Self Tanning Body Mousse in Dark.  There is a lotion option as well, but I prefer the consistency of a mousse better...it's a personal preference I think.  I think one of the keys to a natural looking sunless tan is to use a tanning mit to apply the tanner on your skin.  It basically looks like an oven mit and you put the mousse or lotion on the mit instead of directly on your hands.  This way, you get a more even tan and don't run the risk of having tan palms...a sure sign of self tanner gone wrong!!  One thing I really like about Tanceutical's mousse is that it has some instant color in it so you can see where you are applying the mousse and ensure that it is applied evenly on your skin.

I was so pleased with how my sunless tan looked once it appeared in a few hours.  It was even and a nice non-orange realistic color.  I have the Tanceuticals tanner on in these photos, but it was 28 degrees during this photo shoot, so I wasn't about to show much skin!  Ha!  In the days after I applied the self tanner, I used the Everyday Tan Extender to moisturize my skin and help my tan last a little longer.  My tan lasted almost a week and never looked streaky or unnatural.  Overall, I was very happy with the products and will continue to use them to keep a healthy glow all year round.

If you have any questions about my experience with Tanceuticals, feel free to comment below or send me an email.  For more information about Tanceuticals or to purchase any of their products, you can visit their website at www.tanceuticals.com.  Thanks so much for taking the time to read Smart Southern Style!

Thank you to Tanceuticals for sponsoring this post.  All ideas, opinions and photographs are my own.  

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Most popular items of 2017

Hi everyone!  Today on the blog, I wanted to share 5 of the most popular items that I posted on Instagram in 2017.  I only selected items that are still available, because no one likes to see something they really want only to find out it is out of stock, right?!?

1.  Pink suede mules:  These pretty slip ons were a hit with you all, and I love them too!  They are super comfy and cute.  The mules come in 7 different colors including this pretty pink.  They do run a  bit small, so size up 1/2 size.

2.  Favorite distressed jeans:  These are hands down the most comfy jeans I own.  They are soft and have just the right amount of stretch and distressing.  And the best part...they are super affordable too!  I find that they run true to size.

Similar sweater here & here \\ Camo jeans \\ Similar black booties \\ 

3.  Camo jeans:  Many of you purchased these camo jeans and for good reason!  They fit well and have zippers and distressing at the ankles for a little something extra.  You can wear them now with a long tunic or sweater and pair them with a short sleeve tee in the warmer months.  The camo jeans run true to size.

4.  Layered necklace:  I wear this necklace more than any other one I own, and get more compliments on it!  You all liked it for it's versatility and reasonable price...especially when you calculate the cost per use!  You won't be disappointed if you add this beauty to your collection.  Free shipping on it too!

5.  Black purse with gold bracelet handle:  You have seen this in a bunch of my photos because it is my favorite bag!  It is so unique and adds a little something to any outfit.  It is a dupe of a designer bag but costs around $100 & comes in tons of colors.  I've lost count of how many compliments I've received on this bag.  This is a great addition to any handbag collection!

I hope this post recapping some of the most popular items on Smart Southern Style has been helpful to you!  These 5 items are some of my favorites and I hope you like them too.  If there is anything you would like to see on the blog in future posts, please comment below or send me an email.  Thanks so much for reading along!


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