Sunday, March 8, 2020

Spring Fashion Trends with the Charlotte Today Show

Spring weather is starting to arrive here in Charlotte...albeit very slowly!  I hope you are enjoying some nice weather wherever you are.  Speaking of spring, on my most recent segment on the Charlotte Today show, I highlighted some of the hot fashion trends for spring.  If you are new around here, I am an occasional fashion contributor on the Charlotte Today show which airs every weekday on NBC.  I really enjoy going on the show and am so thankful that they keep asking me back!

Pictured from left to right:  Miranda, Rachel, Laura, Anna, Andrea

I recruited 4 friends to be models for the segment and three of them are blogger babes here in Charlotte.  Miranda from Miranda in Charlotte (Instagram & Blog), Anna from Peppered In Style (Instagram & Blog) & Rachel from Queen City Chic (Instagram).  I have linked their Instagrams and blogs so you can give them a follow!  My friend Andrea (who is not a blogger) was the fourth fabulous model.

I partnered with a local boutique, Lizard Thicket, to provide clothes for me and the models.  They have a great selection of affordable clothes, accessories and shoes and I love that they have pieces that you won't find anywhere else.  Lizard Thicket is located at Blakeney Shopping Center in South Charlotte and they also ship for those of you who are not local.

We shared a variety of spring looks that incorporate some of the hottest trends in fashion for the season.  One trend we are seeing this spring is EMBROIDERY.  My beautiful embroidered dress that I wore from Lizard Thicket is a great example of this trend.  Embroidery can be incorporated in to many pieces you wear - tops, dresses, skirts and even shoes!  I found some affordable embroidered pieces online HERE, HERE & HERE.

We are seeing florals everywhere for spring and a FLORAL MAXI SKIRT is such a versatile piece.  You can pair it with a tee and denim jacket like Andrea did here, and wear it with a tank as it warms up.  Andrea's entire outfit is from Lizard Thicket, and I found some other affordable floral maxi skirts HERE & HERE.  

TWO-PIECE SETS are popular this spring, and I love this one that Rachel wore during the segment. Sets like this will keep you nice and cool as it warms up and they are easy to mix and match with other items. Rachel could wear her top with jeans or a denim skirt and pair the skort with a t-shirt.  Her set came from Lizard Thicket & I found a set online HERE.  

I love this dress that Miranda wore from Lizard Thicket during the TV segment.  It incorporates the floral trend that is always popular this time of year, as well as another trend I am loving - RUFFLES!  Ruffles on a dress or top add a touch of femininity to any piece and you can go subtle or bold when wearing them.   I found some cute ruffle dresses online HERE & HERE.  

Anna featured several spring trends in her look.  NEON, GRAPHIC TEES & FLARE JEANS are all really popular right now.   Neon is popping up everywhere lately and you can find it in tops, sweaters and even shoes.  Anna's entire outfit, including her neon green cardigan, is from Lizard Thicket, and I found some affordable neon items HERE & HERE.  Graphic tees have been popular for a while and the trend doesn't seem to be dying down any time soon.  I found some options HERE & HERE.  The last trend I wanted to highlight for spring is flare jeans.  You can find them in white like Anna is wearing, as well as the traditional blue denim.  Flares can be very flattering and help elongate the legs, which I am all for!  Check out some flare options HERE & HERE.  

On set with Colleen Odegaard, Host of Charlotte Today

To view the full TV segment, click HERE.

I hope this post gave you some spring style inspiration as we head into warmer weather.  I included links to some spring pieces you can buy on line and if you are interested in any of the items pictured from Lizard Thicket, you can purchase via DM on Instagram or call them at (704) 246-6412.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Amazon Best Buys - March 2020

Happy March friends!  Sorry I have been absent from the blog for the last month.  I have been working on a new and improved website and was planning to hold off on posting again until it was ready.  We are still putting the finishing touches on the new site, but I did not want to wait any longer to share my latest Amazon finds.  You all seem to love my Amazon posts, and I am excited to share this month's Best Buys.

This is a transitional time of year, so I have included both cold weather and warmer weather items in this month's post.  As always, there are links to purchase under each photo as well as sizing details.

I think this GRAPHIC TEE is so fun and I love the bright colors.  You can dress it up with a blazer like I have it styled at the top of this post or dress it down with jeans or shorts.  It is only $15, so it is budget friendly too. I find that the tee runs small and recommend sizing up.  I usually wear a medium in tees and sized up to a large in this one.

This TUNIC SWEATER is a great versatile piece that can be worn with jeans or even leggings. It comes in several colors and is priced at $35.  It is a medium weight sweater, so it can still be worn in March in many parts of the country.  I am wearing the "wine red" color which is not as dark as it appears in the photo on Amazon.  The sweater has an oversized fit so you can size down if in between sizes. I am wearing a size small.

I can't pass up anything with animal print and this LEOPARD SWEATER was no exception! It comes in several prints, costs around $20 and runs true to size.  I am wearing a size small, but a medium would have given me a roomier fit.  

I layered the sweater over a BLACK SCOOP NECK TEE that is so versatile. Wear the tee by itself or layered under a blazer or sweater.  The tee is long enough to wear with leggings and is affordable at under $20.  I am wearing my regular size medium in this tee.  

This HEART SWEATER is a nice light weight so it is perfect to wear as we transition to spring.  It also comes in several colors with a large star on the front if hearts aren't your thing. The sweater is under $30 and it runs small so I recommend sizing up. I usually wear a size medium in sweaters.  The medium fit me but I sized up to a large for a roomier fit.  

I love this TUNIC TOP so much I bought it in three colors!  It is comfortable and a good length to wear with leggings.  I also layer mine under cardigans.  I am not alone in my love for this top, as it has 1,600 5 star reviews on Amazon!  The tunic is around $20 and runs true to size.  I am wearing a size medium.  

Speaking of leggings, I just got these CAMO LEGGINGS and they feel like butter!  The leggings have a high waist to help suck everything in and they also have pockets.  If camo isn't your thing, they also come in tons of solid colors and other patterns.  The leggings have over 1,000 5 star reviews on Amazon and I can see why!  They are $30 and run true to size.  I am wearing my regular size medium.

I have shared this STRIPED CARDIGAN in the past, and noticed that that it is back in stock so I wanted to share it again. The light weight material and pastel colors make it a perfect piece for spring.  The cardigan is around $30 and runs true to size.  I am wearing a size small in the cardigan.  

I paired it with a versatile BUTTON CAMI that is perfect for layering. It is around $20, has adjustable straps and runs true to size.  I am wearing a medium in the cami.

I am a sucker for a good GRAPHIC TEE and this is one of my favorites.  I love the message, fun colors and it is one of the softest tees I own.  For only $18, this tee was a no brainer for me!  It runs true to size and I am wearing a medium. 

This RUFFLE DRESS has been a hot seller on Amazon for over a year now.  It comes in several colors and the 3/4 length sleeves are perfect as we transition to spring.  I love the ruffles and the under $30 price tag!  This dress is a little on the short side, so if you are over 5'7" it may be too short.  I am 5'5" for reference and the dress hits a few inches above my knees.  The dress runs true to size and I am wearing a medium.


These ADIDAS SNEAKERS are one of my favorite recent Amazon finds.  The pink and purple floral print on the stripes is perfect for spring.  The sneakers are affordable at around $40 too.  I sized down 1/2 size from my regular shoe size and they fit perfectly.

TILE BRACELETS are really on trend right now and are an easy way to add some more color to your outfit.  Some of these bracelets are quite pricey and I'm not a fan of spending a bunch of money on really trendy items.  So I was excited to see these 2 sets of two bracelets on Amazon HERE & HERE. Each set is under $20 and I wear all 4 of them together for a stacked look.  

You all loved this BLACK BAG when I posted it on my Instagram Stories recently!  The quilted material and gold accents make it look much more expensive than the $17 price tag.  It comes in several other colors including a pretty red that I am tempted to snag next.  If you want to add a COLORFUL STRAP to your bag, I bought THIS ONE for $10 and love all the bright color options.  

One other accessory that I wanted to share is this PINK CLUTCH.  It is a good size for all the essentials and will add some fun color to any outfit.  It has an optional strap in case you want to wear it on the shoulder.  The clutch comes in 8 colors and is priced under $20.

I hope you found some items you like from my latest Amazon round up.  If you did, please tag me in your photos on social media as I would love to see you!  If you want to check out some of my other Amazon finds, you can read those blog posts HERE, HERE & HERE.  If you don't already get my blog posts delivered directly to your inbox, click HERE and enter your email address.   You will only receive an email when I have a new blog post and it is a great way to make sure you don't miss any of my posts!

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020


I am so excited to be sharing some of my favorite pieces from the new Resort collection by Gibson & Cassie from Hi Sugarplum!  I have bought so many pieces by Gibson over the years and it is one of my go-to brands that Nordstrom carries.  You all seem to really like all the Gibson pieces that I have shared in the past, and I am sure that you will love this new collection as much as I do.

If you have been following me for any length of time, you know I am a big fan of bright colors, fun prints, and reasonable price points.  The new Resort collection has all of these qualities and I love every single piece and color option!  You can mix and match so many of the items and the prints and colors are perfect for any upcoming getaways.  Almost every piece in the collection is priced well under $100.

Cassie's last Resort collection with Gibson was her most popular yet and sold out really quickly.  So, if you are interested in an item, I would recommend snagging it!  These pieces are only available on line (not in stores) and Nordstrom always offers free shipping and free returns in case something doesn't work out.  You can click the name of the item you are interested in under each photo and you will be directed to the retailer's website to purchase. I have shared sizing information under each photo as well, so be sure to read that to know what size will work best for you.  I emphasized any sizing that is not typical in italics for your reference.

This OFF THE SHOULDER TOP may be my favorite piece in this collection.  You can wear it so many ways - on both shoulders, on one shoulder, or off the shoulder.  I am wearing it off the shoulder here, and you will see it styled on one shoulder in the black print further down this post.  The top comes in a few different colors and when paired with the maxi skirt with the same print, it looks like a dress!  The top runs true to size to slightly large.  If in between sizes, I recommend sizing down.  I am wearing a small.  I paired the top with the matching MAXI SKIRT from the collection.  I love the print and tiered ruffles and the elastic waist makes it comfortable too.  It comes in 2 other prints and will be perfect for your next vacation.  The skirt runs true to size & I am wearing a medium.

This KNIT DRESS is so soft that it feels like pajamas!  The knit is such a good quality and it is so comfortable.  The dress is a nice length, has an adjustable drawstring waist and my favorite has pockets!  You can give the dress a more elevated look with wedge sandals and some fun jewelry or wear it more casual with sneakers like I did here.  The dress runs true to size and I am wearing a medium.

I love this POCKET TEE!  It has a flattering scoop neck and the red shade is so pretty.  It also comes in a few other colors and stripes and can be worn with so many different pieces from this collection.  The tee runs true to size to slightly large.  If in between sizes, I recommend sizing down.  I am wearing a small.  This is the same MAXI SKIRT I shared above.  The skirt runs true to size & I am wearing a medium.

This is the same OFF THE SHOULDER TOP I shared above, in the black print.  The black is so versatile and I think I will get a lot of wear out of it. The top runs true to size to slightly large.  If in between sizes, I recommend sizing down.  I am wearing a small. I paired it with BLACK JEANS for an easy date night look.  You could also pair the top with the MAXI SKIRT or these BLACK SHORTS in the same pattern.

I think this KNIT TANK will be one of the pieces I wear the most.  It is so soft and easy to throw on and still look cute.  I have it paired with JEANS here, but could also wear it with the SHORTS or DENIM SKIRT from the collection.  The tank runs true to size to slightly large.  If in between sizes, I recommend sizing down.  I am wearing a small.

This MAXI DRESS is such a gorgeous print!  I love both red and blue patterns so I had to get both! The dress is form fitting at the bodice and is very flowy from the waist down, making it a very flattering silhouette.  The knit material is very soft and the dress has pockets too.  The dress runs true to size and is form fitting in the bust with a low v-neck, so keep that in mind if you are busty.  I am wearing my regular size medium but it is snug in the chest. I am wearing the regular length at 5'5" but hemmed the bottom of the dress because I wanted to wear it with flat sandals.  I could wear the regular length with wedges. 

Each piece that I shared comes in additional colors and patterns and there are other styles including a  ROMPER, SHORTS,  FIT & FLARE DRESSBODY SUIT & DENIM SKIRT in the collection too.  (Note:  I tried the denim skirt and found it to run small.  It does not have much stretch so I recommend sizing up.) You can SHOP THE FULL COLLECTION HERE.  I hope you found a new piece or two to add to your wardrobe for an upcoming getaway.  I know I will be wearing my Gibson x Hi Sugarplum pieces on Spring Break and throughout the summer.  I will be sharing more on my LIKEtoKNOW.itINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK with different ways to style each piece. Huge congrats to Gibson and Cassie for another amazing collection!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

The Best 2019 After Christmas Sales



I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  There are lots of great after Christmas sales going on right now, so I wanted to round up my favorites.  Below I have listed After Christmas sales for stores where I personally shop and they are in alphabetical order, so you can easily find your favorites.  Happy Shopping!
Wow! Did I tell you the sales were great or what?!?  Be sure to follow me on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK as I will be sharing my top sale picks over the next few days.  Thanks for reading Smart Southern Style!

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