Thursday, June 6, 2019

GIBSON x HI SUGARPLUM SUMMER OF COLOR COLLECTION


I am so excited to be sharing some of my favorite pieces from the new Summer of Color 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.  Cassie with Hi Sugarplum has launched a few previous collections with Gibson and the items I have from her collections are some of my favorites.

If you have been following me for any length of time, you know I love bright colors, cute versatile styles and reasonable price points.  The new Summer of Color 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, the colors are bright and summery and each piece is very flattering.  Everything in the collection is priced under $100!

Cassie's previous collections have sold out 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.




How fun is this RUFFLE NECK DRESS?  I love the ruffle around the neck with the bow that ties in the back.  I think this halter neck line is very flattering on any body type.  Did I mention that it has POCKETS too?!   The dress runs true to size and I am wearing a small.  




This ONE SHOULDER RUFFLE TOP was the first thing I added to my cart when I saw this collection.  I think it is such a great piece to wear on vacation or for a date night.  I was immediately drawn to this colorful stripe but you will see later in this post that I picked up the top in another pretty pattern too.  I have it paired with a TIE FRONT SKIRT and it would also look great with white jeans or even denim shorts for a more casual look.  The top runs true to size and I am wearing a small.  I would recommend sizing up in the skirt as it fits high and snug at the waist.   I am in a small in the skirt but wish I would have selected a medium as it does not have any stretch at the waist.  





I love a jersey knit dress as they are so comfortable and don't wrinkle.  When I saw this KNIT DRESS I thought it would be the perfect summer dress and I was right!  The knit is so soft and the embroidered back adds a fun touch.  I am wearing a size medium in this dress and think it runs true to size to slightly small.  

WEDGE SANDALS \\ BAMBOO PURSE
EARRINGS \\ BRACELETS HEREHERE & HERE

A white tank is a summer basic, but it is hard to find one that is not see through.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that this WHITE TANK is not see through at all!  I love the flattering neck line and will be wearing this all summer long.  The tank runs slightly large and I am wearing a small.  If you are in between sizes, I recommend sizing down in the tank.  I styled it here with a fun pattern print of the same TIE FRONT SKIRT I shared above.  Wouldn't this look be perfect for 4th of July?


I wanted to share a completely different look with the same TIE FRONT SKIRT.  I have paired it with the matching ONE SHOULDER RUFFLE TOP and love that it looks like a dress when you wear the same pattern in both pieces! That is one of my favorite parts about this collection.  Each piece comes in so many colors and patters to create multiple looks.  The top runs true to size and I am wearing a small.  I would recommend sizing up in the skirt as it fits high and snug at the waist.   I am in a small in the skirt but wish I would have selected a medium as it does not have any stretch at the waist.   


COLORFUL SANDALS \\ LOVE CLUTCH
BRACELETS HEREHERE & HERE

Last but certainly not least is this RUFFLE SLEEVE TEE.   The boat neck line is so flattering and I am always in favor of a ruffle sleeve.  I am wearing a small in the tee and find that it runs slightly large.  If you are in between sizes, I recommend sizing down in the tee.  I paired with my own OFF WHITE JEANS, and it would also look cute with the pink TIE FRONT SKIRT that I shared above.  

Each of the pieces come in so many colors and patterns and there are other styles including shorts, pants and rompers in the collection too.  You can SHOP THE FULL COLLECTION HERE.  I hope you found a new piece or two to add to your summer wardrobe.  I know I will be wearing my Summer of Color pieces all summer long and will be sharing more on my LIKEtoKNOW.itINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK with different ways to style each piece. Huge congrats to Gibson and Cassie for this amazing collection!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Summer Dresses Under $50

MAXI DRESS - $47 with code JUNE40 (Runs small, size up)
BRACELETS HEREHERE & HERE

How it is June already?!?  Hard to believe that my girls' last day of school is this Thursday, and then I will have a 3rd grader and a 9th grader!  Summer break is almost here and it definitely already feels like summer with temps in the high 80s.  When it is really warm outside, one of my favorite things to wear is a cute summer dress.  They are easy to throw on and still look put together, and I think they are cooler and more comfortable than shorts.

I have rounded up some of my favorite summer dresses that are all under $50.  I shared sizing information & pricing under each photo with a direct link to each retailer's website to purchase the dress if you are interested.

SLEEVELESS DRESS - $27 (Runs TTS)

BOHO DRESS - $28 (Runs TTS)

PINK DRESS - $24 (Runs TTS)

DRESS - $49 (Runs big, size down)
SIMILAR SHOES HERE & HERE \\ EARRINGS
BRACELETS HEREHERE & HERE

EMBROIDERED DRESS - $26 (Runs TTS) 

JERSEY DRESS - $19 (Green is sold out but available in 4 colors - Runs TTS)
BRACELETS HEREHERE & HERE

MAXI DRESS - $27 (Runs TTS to slightly large)

I hope you all enjoyed this affordable dress round-up! For some additional dress options, be sure to check out my recent Target Finds blog post HERE.  If you have ideas of other blog posts you would like to see, feel free to comment below or SEND ME AN EMAIL.  For daily style posts, you can follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.itINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK.  If you don't already get my blog posts sent directly to your inbox, head to the box that says "Subscribe" to the right of this post.  Fill in your email address and you will receive an email to confirm that you want to get my blog posts sent to you. I promise you will only receive an email when there is a new post on the blog!

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Summer Styles From Target


Hard to believe that it's Memorial Day weekend and summer is just around the corner!  I am always looking for a few cute affordable pieces to add to my wardrobe with each new season.  I found a bunch of cute summer items recently at Target, so I wanted to share those with you all. I am doing a try-on session on my Instagram Stories with all of these items, so you can get a full fit review.  I am also going to save the try-on session to a highlight labeled "Target" on my Instagram profile.  If you don't already follow me on Instagram, you can find me HERE.

This first outfit may be my favorite.  I love a good kimono as I think they are flattering and so versatile!  The colors in this RED KIMONO are so vibrant and pretty.  The kimono runs true to size and if you are in between sizes, size down.  I paired the kimono with some OFF WHITE BUTTON FLY JEANS that are also from Target.  I love that the jeans are cream verses the usual off white.  They are a good quality thick material and not see through at all!  I think they run true to size.


I love this pretty BUTTON FRONT DRESS! It has functional buttons and small slits on each side at the bottom. It comes with a sash but would also look good with a leather belt  This dress would also look cute paired with a denim jacket for those cooler evenings.  It also comes in black if red is not your color.  The dress runs true to size and I think it would look good on all body types.


Casual comfortable dresses are my summer uniform and this STRIPED TANK DRESS will definitely be in heavy rotation.  I am wearing my regular dress size, but you could size down if you are not busty.


This outfit is another favorite as I love how versatile each piece is.  This FLUTTER SLEEVE TOP has such cute details!  It has 2 layers of ruffles on the sleeves and I love the pretty print.  The top has buttons that go down the back and it runs true to size.  You could also wear this top with some black or navy pants for a workwear look.  I have been looking for a longer length DENIM SKIRT and was happy to find this one.  It hits mid-knee on me (I am 5'5") and has an unfinished hem.  I recommend sizing up one from your standard jean size in this skirt.  


I love the style of this TRAPEZE DRESS! It has a collar, functional buttons and cuffed sleeves.  It is made of a sturdy cotton and is great quality.  I will say that is you are taller than 5'6", this dress may be a little too short.  I sized down from my regular dress size and would recommend that for the best fit.


I can always find great basics at Target.  This CAMO TEE runs true to size and I recommend sizing up one size from your regular jean size in these DARK WASH FRAYED HEM SHORTS.  I also have these shorts in a light wash which you can find HERE.  I also really like these BUTTON FLY SHORTS & recommend sizing up in them as well.  The camo tee also comes in other colors such as this BLACK TEE & WHITE TEE.  You can't beat the prices as the tees are all $8 and the shorts are $17.


I love loose flowy dresses, so I was excited when I saw this BOHO DRESS.  It has tassels that you can tie at the neck and is a good length.  The sleeves have snug elastic at the ends, but I do not think it is uncomfortable.  I would recommend sizing down from your standard dress size. 

In several of my outfits, I am wearing the same pair of TASSEL EARRINGS and COLORFUL SLIDE SANDALS that are also from Target.  You can see how versatile they both are, as they go with so many different outfits!  The earrings are only $13 and are great quality.  The slide sandals are only $23, go with everything and run true to size.  The reviews on line say that the shoes run narrow, but I have slightly wide feet and my regular shoe size fits great.

I hope this post was helpful and you found a few cute affordable pieces to add to your summer wardrobe.  If you did, please tag me in your Instagram or Facebook posts wearing them!  This post is not sponsored by Target, but I do make a very small commission when you purchase something  through the links in this post.  That small commission is what allows me to keep bringing you cute affordable style ideas. Unfortunately I do not make any commission when you shop through the Target app, so I would very much appreciate you shopping on Target's website through my direct links if possible.  Thank you so much for your support!

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I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy the start of summer.  To any of you who serve our country in the military, either personally or as the spouse to someone who does, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  We live in this amazing free country because of the sacrifices of you and so many others, and I am so grateful.   Much love to you all!  


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!
 

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