Friday, May 17, 2019

Amazon Best Buys - May 2019

BOHO DRESS - $28

Hi friends!  I did a survey recently on my Instagram Stories about what you all wanted to see next on the blog, and you all voted for another Amazon Fashion round up.  So, I am sharing some of my favorite items I have purchased recently from Amazon.  I will only share items that I really like and will always be honest in my reviews.  I always recommend that you read the customer reviews for any items you are purchasing on Amazon as well, as they can be very helpful.

I am sharing the price and sizing information under each item for your reference.  If you have any questions about any of the items I am featuring, you can comment on this post or SEND ME AN EMAIL.  I am always happy to answer your questions!

First up is this BOHO DRESS with flowy sleeves in a pretty floral print.  I love this blue color, but it also comes in red and cream.  The v-neck in the front is pretty deep and the dress is open in the back, so I wear a cami underneath.   You can adjust the tassel ties to synch the waist for a flattering look.  This dress is great quality and runs true to size.

MAXI DRESS - $27

This MAXI DRESS is one of my favorite recent Amazon purchases.  It is a flattering style and I love that it can be worn multiple ways.  I wore it with one shoulder up, but you could also wear it off both shoulders or on both shoulders. I like that is has a leg slit that goes to about your knee for easy movement and did I mention that it has pockets?!  The dress runs true to size to slightly large.  I think this dress could work for all heights, as I am 5'5" and it hits at my ankles.  I haven't washed this dress yet to speak to how it washes, but the material is a soft cotton and it seems to be good quality.  


When I saw this EMBROIDERED DRESS on Amazon, I immediately clicked "add to cart"! I love bright colors and embroidery, so this dress is definitely my style.  I think the dress runs TTS but is slightly snug in the chest.  I could have sized up for more room in the chest, but think it would have been too big elsewhere.  The dress is slightly sheer but I don't think it needs a slip underneath.  The fabric is thin and there are some seams that are a bit uneven, so I don't think the overall quality of the dress is the best.  However, I really love the cute style and it is very affordable, so I am ok with the quality not being the best.  


I have shared this EMBROIDERED TOP previously on my Instagram and a bunch of you all scooped it up.  It comes in several colors, has pretty embroidery on it and is well made. It is slightly sheer, so I wear a nude cami under it, but you could get away without a cami too.  It runs true to size.  


LOVE PURSE - $22

I thought this LOVE PURSE was such a cute statement bag, and I couldn't resist it for $22.  It is small, so it is not something I could carry on a daily basis, but is perfect for going out at night.   It looks like it costs a lot more than $22 and comes in several other colors if pink isn't your thing.  The bag comes with a gold chain if you want to wear it over your shoulder, but I personally prefer it as a clutch.  


I am a sucker for a super soft tee, and was thrilled when I got this GOOD VIBES TANK in the mail. It is really soft and comfortable and I love the longer length. It comes in several different color options too.  I have washed it a few times and it still looks great!  I love it so much, I also bought it in the long sleeved version!  I bought my usual size for t-shirts and think it runs true to size.  


I have been wanting a MEXICAN EMBROIDERED TOP for a while, but a lot of the ones I had seen on Amazon did not offer not free shipping, and I refuse to pay for shipping on Amazon when I pay for Prime!  So when I saw this one I decided to try it.  And y'all, the quality is amazing! It is a thick cotton material and the embroidery is so pretty! It comes in several different patterns and I think it runs true to size.  It is one of the biggest bargains for the quality in my option at only $22!

WATCH BAND - $13
CUFF - $18

I have bought several jewelry pieces on Amazon recently and have been very happy with the items I have purchased.  In addition to the ones pictured above, I have linked a few more items that I own below.  


I have also purchased a few items that I will be wearing to the beach and pool this summer and linked those below.

STUDDED BOW FLIP FLOPS - $22 - Perfect to wear to the beach or pool and come in several colors!

COLORFUL SANDALS - $28 - These go with everything!

KAFTAN COVER UP - $19 - Fun bright colors and perfect to wear over your swimsuit!

KIMONO COVER UP - $15 - Another cute cover up that I will be wearing all summer long!

POM POM STRAW TOTE BAG - $32 - I will be taking this bag to the pool and beach all summer!

I hope this post was helpful and you found a few cute affordable pieces to add to your wardrobe.  If you did, please tag me in your Instagram or Facebook post wearing them!  This post is not sponsored by Amazon, but I do make a very small commission when you shop through the links in this post.  (Note:  I do not make any commission when you shop through the Amazon app, so I would very much appreciate you shopping on Amazon's website through my direct links!  The small amount that I make from your purchases is what keeps Smart Southern Style running.  Thank you so much for your support!)

Thanks as always for reading Smart Southern Style.  For daily style posts, you can follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.itINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK.  So grateful for you all!



Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A Celebration of Moms




One of my favorite things about blogging is connecting with amazing ladies who I would not have met otherwise.   Recently I had the pleasure of attending a Mother's Day brunch at my friend Josephine's {The Style Hostess} gorgeous new home.   I had previously met a few of the other bloggers who attended, but I met several ladies for the first time at the brunch.  I had so much fun getting to know everyone, and talking about all things motherhood, food and fashion!  After spending quality time with them, I can honestly say that I consider each one of these beautiful ladies a friend.

One of the many things we all connected on at the brunch was motherhood.   While it may look a little different to each of us, at the end of day, we all want to be the best possible moms to our kids and most importantly, we want our children to feel loved.  It is so easy to be hard on ourselves when it comes to motherhood.  We may look at someone else and think that other mom has it all together when we are feeling like a hot mess.  News flash ladies...none of us have it all together all the time despite what it may look like on the outside.   We all have our moments of insecurity and need to give ourselves grace.  During the brunch, we also talked about how important it is to find a tribe of other ladies to connect with.  Sometimes getting away for some girl time to work out, have a glass of wine or just chat can refresh us and help us be the best version of ourselves for everyone in our life.  Thankful to have friends who love me despite my shortcomings and I wish the same for all of you.




We enjoyed the most delicious brunch and I learned a few things about food presentation from Lindsay Kingdon who prepared much of the food.  I will never be a food blogger, as my idea of food presentation is to take food out of a store bought container and slap it on a plate! (I'm kidding...kind of!)  All of the food platters were gorgeous and they all tasted as good as they looked.  Little details can go a long way with food presentation.  Lindsay added edible flowers to several of the platters which was such a nice touch.  She made a beautiful fruit tray and cut some of the fruit in fun unique shapes which is something else I plan to try.  

I love the beautiful flower arrangements by Spruce & Company that were sprinkled throughout the kitchen island and on the tables.  Ashley Cash with The Graceful Host is the incredibly creative and organized event planner who planned our brunch.  She provided the prettiest paper products I have even seen and you don't have to wash them which makes me like them even more!  Jasmin Thompson with JLT Photography took all of the gorgeous photos at the brunch and even stood on furniture to get the perfect shot!



Pictured from left to right:
Me \\ Maggie {Polished Closets} \\ Becky {Indigo Row} \\ Lauren {LC Style Report} \\ Chelsea {Haute Child} \\ Brittany {B. Noble Styled} \\ Lindsey {Lindsey Regan Thorne} \\ Josephine {The Style Hostess} \\ Lindsay {Seven Layer Charlotte}


DRESS \\ SIMILAR SHOES HERE & HERE \\ EARRINGS
BRACELETS HERE, HERE & HERE

I can't end this post without talking about all of the beautiful outfits that everyone wore to the brunch. Although we each wore a dress, I love that everyone has their own unique style.  Some chose florals, some chose lace and some chose a boho look, but all were gorgeous!  I wore a PRETTY PERIWINKLE DRESS that has a flattering fit and flare shape.  I love the eyelet detail and it is lined so it isn't see through at all.  I added some bright pink accessories, but if pink is not your thing, this dress would also look great with some neutral sandals like THESE.

I know this isn't my usual fashion or beauty focused blog post, but I hope you all enjoyed it! It was a wonderful day and I wanted to share it with you all. I hope all of you moms feel loved and cherished always, but especially on Mother's Day.  Thanks as always for stopping by my little corner of the internet.  For daily style posts, you can follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.itINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK.  So grateful for you all!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Graphic Tees Under $30


If you have been following me for a while, you know I love a good graphic tee.  They are so versatile and are an easy and affordable way to show off your personal style.  You can throw one on with some jeans, shorts or even a skirt for a fun casual look.  I also enjoy wearing graphic tees in the cooler months under a jacket or cardigan.   They are comfortable and are generally affordable too, so win, win!


I rounded up some of my favorite graphic tees right now that are all priced under $30.  Many of these tees are currently on sale too!  The prices are all accurate at the time of this post, but of course they can change at any time.  I also included sizing information for the tees that I personally own.  Just click the link under each photo and it will take you to the retailer's website to shop.








I hope you found some graphic tees you like in this post.  If you purchase any of the tees from this post, I would love to hear about it.  Feel free to send me an emailcomment below or tag me in your photo on Instagram!

Don't forget to follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.itINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK for daily style posts.  And, keep reading because I am offering a fun giveaway with a few blogger friends.  All the details on how to enter are listed below.  Thanks as always for reading Smart Southern Style!

  $750 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway
It's officially Spring and time to treat yourself to some shopping! I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to give you a chance to win a $750 Nordstrom Gift Card!
To Enter:  Complete the steps in the Rafflecopter below. The more steps you complete, the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning! This giveaway runs until Tuesday, April 9th at 12am PST. Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
*This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Nordstrom.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Spring Styles with The Charlotte Today Show



Spring weather has finally arrived here in Charlotte!  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 shared looks that are perfect to wear if you are headed somewhere warm for Spring Break.  If you are new around here, I am an occasional fashion contributor on the Charlotte Today show which is a local TV show on NBC that airs every weekday.  I really enjoy going on the show and am so thankful that they keep asking me back!

I recruited 4 friends to be models for the segment who are all blogger babes here in Charlotte.   Josephine from The Style Hostess (Instagram & Blog), Tish from According to Tish (Instagram & Blog), Lauren from Lauren Schwaiger (Instagram & Blog) & Andrea from Dre Dream (Instagram & Blog).  I have linked their Instagrams and blogs so you can give them a follow!

I partnered with a local boutique, CRIV, to provide clothes for me and the models.  They have a great selection of clothes and accessories and I love that they have pieces that you won't find anywhere else.  Criv is located at The Metropolitan near Uptown Charlotte and they also have a great online store for those of you who are not local, which you can visit HERE.

I shared looks on the show that incorporate some of the top fashion trends for spring.  There are a few trends that we are seeing in all the stores right now such as colorful prints, wide leg pants and white denim.  I wore a colorful print on a tunic with jeans, and the tunic could also be worn as a beach cover up.  We also see bold prints on the models in some wide leg pants as well as a sweater.  This just shows you that there are many ways you can wear a trend, so have fun and try out some of these trends!  You can also switch out a top or layer a denim jacket to make these trends work even if it the temps are still cooler where you are.

Behind the scenes during the segment

Outside the TV station

On the set of Charlotte Today

I have linked all of the items below that are currently available on Criv's website.  If there is something you are interested in that is not linked, you can contact Criv to see if it is available in their store.

Pictured from left to right:
LAURA:  TRIBAL TUNIC \\ JEANS
JOSEPHINE:  LEMON PRINT PANTS \\ SWEATSHIRT
ANDREA: STAR SWEATER
LAUREN:  OFF THE SHOULDER TOP \\ FLORAL PANTS
TISH: STRIPED JUMPSUIT \\ PLATFORM SANDALS

TO VIEW THE FULL TV SEGMENT, CLICK HERE.

I hope you all enjoy these TV segment recaps.  Thanks so much for reading Smart Southern Style!  Stay tuned for another blog post and another segment on Charlotte Today soon!


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Amazon Household & Beauty Roundup

AMAZON INSPIRED OUTFIT

Hi Friends!  I did a poll on my Instagram Stories recently asking what blog post you wanted to see next on Smart Southern Style.  Overwhelmingly, you asked for a roundup of household and beauty items from Amazon.  Ask, and you shall receive!  I have rounded up my top picks of non-fashion related products from Amazon such as household and beauty items.  I did a round up of some fashion picks from Amazon last month, and you can read that blog post HERE.

Below are some BEAUTY items that I am loving on Amazon right now:

VITAMIN E OIL:  Vitamin E can help with scars, wrinkles and generally improve the overall appearance of your skin.  This particular oil has the best reviews of any on Amazon, and you cannot beat the $19 price.  Adding to cart now!

LIP TREATMENT:  This treatment helps improve the texture and dryness of your lips.  It won an Allure beauty award and is priced under $6!

BLUE LIGHT GLASSES:  (Not really a beauty item, but wasn't sure how to categorize these glasses. Ha!)  Blue light glasses are all the rage right now, to help with headaches and eye straining from all the time we spend in front of our computer and phone screens.  These have great reviews and I just ordered the leopard ones!

MAKEUP ORGANIZER:  If you are anything like me, you have your makeup shoved in a bathroom drawer and are always struggling to find what you need.  I recently got this makeup organizer and it makes my morning routine so much easier!  I can easily see all of my makeup and grab what I need.  The $15 price tag makes it a no brainer in my opinion!

SPIRAL HAIR TIES:  These coil hair ties help prevent bumps in your hair from ponytails along with headaches that ponytails can sometimes cause. My girls wear their hair pulled up a lot for cheerleading, so I am stocking up on these now!

Porch Rug \\ Glitter Sneakers (Not from Amazon but only $21 with code 1SMART15)

Below are some HOUSEHOLD items that I am loving on Amazon right now:

PORCH RUG:  I have this buffalo checked rug pictured above outside my front door. I bought the 24" x 51" size so it would be larger to layer under another door mat.  It is really affordable at $22 and I love that you can throw it in the washing machine when it gets dirty.

VELVET HANGERS:  I switched all of my hangers to velvet ones a year ago and am so glad I did!  They don't break and don't cause those annoying bumps on clothing items that plastic hangers can cause.  Also, they are thinner than other hangers, so you can fit more in your closet.  This is the best price I have found on them and they are an Amazon Prime item, so win/win!

JEWELRY CLEANER:  A jewelry cleaner in a portable wand?  Genius!  You can throw this in your purse and use it on the go.  It is a little brush that can get in all those hard to reach places in your ring and it is priced under $20.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL DEODORIZER:  I posted about these on my Instagram Stories a while back and got so many DMs from you all either that you already use these or that you were planning to order them after I posted about them!  Drop one of these little lemon scented balls in your garbage disposal and your sink instantly smells like fresh lemons.  I have been using these for years, and Amazon has the best pricing I have found.

CONSOLE TABLE:  This is such a pretty table to place in an entryway or behind the sofa.  I love the light wood stain and you cannot beat the price at around $100!

MATTRESS:  Before I ordered this mattress, I must say that I was very hesitant to order one sight unseen from Amazon.  But, I did my research and found this one that has over 25,000 great reviews! We have this mattress in our guest room and our guests always comment that the bed is so comfortable. I have slept on it as well and agree.  The queen size is priced under $260 and it ships for free with Prime!

I hope this post was helpful to you.  If you purchase any items from this post, I would love to hear about it.  Feel free to send me an email or comment below.  Don't forget to follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.itINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK for daily style posts.  And I have a surprise for you now...I am offering a fun giveaway with a few blogger friends, so read below on how to enter.  Thanks as always for reading Smart Southern Style!

$750 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway
It's officially Spring and time to treat yourself to some shopping! I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to give you a chance to win a $750 Nordstrom Gift Card!
To enter: complete the steps in the rafflecopter below. The more steps you complete, the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning! This giveaway runs until Tuesday, April 9th at 12am PST. 
Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
*this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Nordstrom.

Monday, March 18, 2019

A Verstaile Dress that helps a great cause






If you have been following me for a while, you know that I am all about buying versatile pieces that can be worn multiple ways.  When I saw this GREY MAXI DRESS from Talbots, I thought it was the perfect addition to my wardrobe.  Before I talk about different ways to style the dress, I wanted to let you know my favorite thing about it.  (Hint - It has nothing to do with what the dress looks like!)

Talbots has worked with O, The Oprah Magazine, to create a capsule collection and this dress is part of that collection.  (I love Talbots and Oprah, so I knew it would be good!)  My favorite part about this collection is that 30% of the net proceeds go to DRESS FOR SUCCESS.  This amazing organization is committed to helping women reach their fullest potential in life and work. According to the Dress For Success website, they are "an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, andante development tools to help women thrive in work and life."

You can give back and support Dress For Success in a few different ways.  First, you can purchase a piece from O, The Oprah Magazine collection from February 19 to March 31.  30% of the net proceeds from this collection go to Dress For Success.  During these dates, you can also make a monetary donation to Dress For Success at a Talbots store or on line HERE.

In addition to the partnership with Dress For Success, I love the details on this GREY MAXI DRESS and the fact that you can wear it multiple ways.  It has a flattering fit with a tie at the waist, cap sleeves and a side slit.  I dressed up the maxi a little by adding a fun leopard print scarf, some blush heeled sandals and matching blush accessories.   I plan to wear the dress in the cooler months layered under a blazer or denim jacket.  And for a more casual look, I am going to pair it with some slip on sneakers.  The possibilities are endless!


 

Before I go, I also have to share this adorable RAINCOAT and these pull on JEGGINGS that are also from Talbots.  Although they are not part of The Oprah Magazine collection, I wanted to share them because like the dress, they are versatile pieces that can be worn a bunch.  I love this raincoat so much I have even worn it when it isn't raining!  It is a perfect weight for Spring and I am in love with the color blocking.  And pull on jeggings can be worn with just about anything.  When you visit a Talbots store or their online shop to look at O, The Oprah Magazine capsule collection, you may want to take a look at these pieces too.

Be sure you check out my Talbots coupon page HERE for any available deals and promo codes.  For daily Smart Southern Style inspiration, be sure follow me on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.  I always appreciate you stopping by the blog!

A big thanks to Talbots and Stylinity for sponsoring this post.  All ideas, opinions and photographs are my own.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

My favorite style trend for spring

 


SIMILAR MULES HERE & HERE \\ EARRINGS 

Spring is finally here!  I love the fresh start that a new season brings and the opportunity to switch up my wardrobe to match the changing temperatures.  One of the style trends I am always a fan of in the spring is a kimono.  They are an easy way to elevate a very basic outfit and there are several ways to wear them.

One of the style options that I am sharing in these photos is to pair a kimono with some jeans and a basic t-shirt or cami.  You instantly look more put together with very little effort.  As I am sure my fellow busy mamas can agree, the less effort required to look put together the better!  As it warms up, you can also pair a kimono with a tank and shorts for a similar cute look.




Another way to style a kimono is to layer it over a dress. This will completely change the look of a basic tank or t-shirt dress.  It is a great way to add some additional color and dimension to an outfit with very little effort.  A kimono a also great option to wear over a dress to provide some warmth if you are going out at night when it could be a bit chilly.  Lastly, you can use a kimono as a cover-up over your swimsuit when you are at the pool or beach.

Kimonos come in all price points and the two I am styling in this post are very affordable at under $30.  They come in all different lengths and styles and I am sharing a few others I am loving below.  I have linked my outfits as well as my other kimono picks under each photo, so if you want to shop any of these items, just click the link below the photo.




I hope this post gave you some style inspiration on how to incorporate a kimono into your spring wardrobe.  Don't forget to follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.itINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK for daily style posts.  And I have a surprise for you now...I am offering a fun giveaway with a few blogger friends, so read below on how to enter.  Thanks as always for reading Smart Southern Style!

Louella Reese-April Showers Rafflecopter GiveawayWith Spring upon us and April showers ahead, I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give YOU a chance to win: a pair of Hunter Rain Boots of your choice ($150 value), a Hunter Umbrella of your choice ($50-60 value) and a pair of Hunter Rain Boot Socks of your choice ($50 value). That way you'll be fully prepared for those April Showers.  Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada only and runs until 03/18/2019.Winner will be announced here. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

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