Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Amazon Gift Guide for Her

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Hard to believe that December is here and Christmas will be here before we know it.  I have rounded up some gift ideas from Amazon to help you with shopping for the ladies in your life.  And the best part? Everything is priced under $60! Links to shop are below each item.

I love this BACK & NECK MASSAGER! You can put your hands through the straps to control the pressure and location of the massage.  It has heat too!  It even comes with a car charger so you can use it in your car when you travel.  Over 3,000 5 star reviews and I can see why!

I bought these cute SLIPPERS a few months ago and have literally worn them every day since.  They are so soft and I love that they have a non-slip sole.  The slippers are only $19 and come in several colors.  They run true to size, but if you are in between sizes, I recommend sizing up.  I have bought a few pairs of these as gifts this year!

We have these ECHO DOT smart speakers all over our house and love them.  My kids use them to play music and set alarms in the morning. We also use them to ask Alexa questions and read the news.  Amazon often has these on sale (well under $50) and they make a great gift for people of all ages.  

This BUCKET BAG comes in a bunch of colors and has great reviews!  It is often on sale for under $50 and would be a great gift option for any lady in your life.  I have my eye on the tan one.  


This LIGHTED MAKEUP MIRROR is on my wish list this year!  It is under $50, double sided, and can work with batteries or an AC adaptor.  A great option for any beauty lover in your life.  


These STAR SNEAKERS are a great option for anyone who likes Golden Goose sneakers but doesn't like the price tag!  These cute star sneakers come in several colors, have good reviews and are priced around $35.  Adding these to my wish list now!

I love my ROUND SUNGLASSES from Amazon.  They are only $12, nice quality and have great reviews.  A good stocking stuffer idea!

This COZY CARDIGAN has great reviews and is similar to the Barefoot Dreams cardigan for a third of the price. It comes in several colors and is priced around $35.  A great option for your mom, mother-in-law, sister or anyone really!

This CUFF BRACELET, LINK BRACELET & WATCH BAND are consistently some of my best sellers from Amazon. They are all great quality and look much more expensive than their under $20 price tags.  

Need a hostess gift?  Consider this fun MOSCOW MULE MUG SET ! It has lots of 5 star reviews, and is priced under $25.  

Here is another hostess gift idea for you.  This WINE CHILLER SET looks more expensive than it's $24 price and is a great option for the wine lover. 

I hope you found a few gift ideas in this post!  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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Thursday, November 28, 2019

The best 2019 Black Friday Sales

BLUE BLAZER - $65 (runs TTS)
JEANS - $29 (size down if in between sizes)

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday surrounded by loved ones.  There are SO many amazing Black Friday sales going on right now, so I wanted to provide you all with a comprehensive list in one place.  I'm sharing 15 outfits in this post that are all included in Black Friday sales.  There are direct links under each photo if you want to shop for those specific items.  Keep scrolling for a full round-up of all the best sales!

PINK SWEATER - $49 (runs TTS)
BLACK JEANS - $17 (run TTS)

STRIPED SWEATER - $29 (size down if in between sizes)
JEANS - $29 (size down if in between sizes)

PURSE - $48
JEANS - $39 (run TTS)

PLAID BLAZER - $99 (runs TTS)
BLACK JEANS - $17 (run TTS)

JEANS - $39 (run TTS)

ZEBRA TOP - $17 (runs TTS)
BLACK JEANS - $17 (run TTS)

FLORAL DRESS - $70 (size down)

JEANS - $29 (size down if in between sizes)


FLORAL DRESS - $24 (runs TTS)

STRIPED SWEATER - $24 (runs TTS - size down if you don't want oversized)
JEANS - $39 (run TTS)

BLACK BLAZER - $90 (runs TTS)
GRAPHIC TANK - $14 (runs TTS)

FLORAL DRESS - $105 (size down if in between sizes)

PLAID DRESS - $17 (runs TTS - I am 5'5" & wearing a TALL length)

Below I have listed Black Friday 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!

Monday, November 11, 2019


Fall is in full swing and the holidays will be here before we know it!  This time of year, many of us get family photos taken for Christmas cards.  Over the years, I have been asked for styling tips for family photos so I decided to write a blog post about it.  I hope you find these 10 suggestions helpful as you are planning outfits for family photos.

Come up with the color scheme you want to showcase in your photos.  I recommend two primary colors and one accent color.  For example, in our photos, I decided I wanted black and red as our main colors with some accents of grey.

I like to include some clothing with patterns as it gives the photos more dimension.  Photos where everyone is wearing a solid color just aren't as interesting in my opinion.  With that said, you have to be careful not to use too many patterns to prevent the photo from looking too busy.  I think that no more than half of the people in the photo should wear something with a pattern.  In our pictures, my older daughter and I wore patterns, but my husband and youngest did not.

I start selecting outfits by deciding on one piece of clothing that I definitely want to include in the photo.  This year, it was my older daughter's striped shirt.  The shirt has several colors in it so I thought it would be a good starting place for planning our outfits.  If you are unsure on a color scheme, selecting an item you want to include in the photos is an easy way to start narrowing down your colors.

Just like incorporating a few patterns, a variety of clothing textures will add more dimension to your photos.  For example, I do not recommend that everyone wears a cotton shirt and jeans, as there is no variety in the clothing textures.  In our photos, I incorporated denim (older daughter's skirt), fur (younger daughter's vest), wool (hubby's sweater) and even sequins (younger daughter's skirt).

This goes along with my tip above about selecting one item of clothing first and planning the rest of the outfits around that.  Often, one of your kids (or even you) already has an item in your closet that you want to include in the photo.  Before going out to buy new clothes, look through everyone's closets to see what you already have that will fit your color scheme.  Every year, I find at least 2 of our outfits by doing this and then just have to buy a few things to complete our looks.

Before making a final decision on our outfits, I lay out everyone's clothing on the bed or floor together.  This allows me to see how each piece looks with the others and if the overall photo will be cohesive.  This way, you can make any edits prior to picture day so there isn't any last minute scrambling to swap out someone's outfit.

It is easy to get so focused on everyone's clothing that we forget what we are going to put on our feet!  Be sure that everyone has shoes that will match what they are wearing.  I am talking to myself here too, as I have made more than one last minute Target run in search for shoes for my daughters the night before family photos.  I recommend that everyone wears shoes that look somewhat new, as scuffs and dirt on shoes can definitely be seen in full body photos.

The time of day that you schedule your photo session definitely has an impact on the finished product.  The obvious reason is lighting and depending on where you plan to have your pictures taken, morning or afternoon light may be better.  The less obvious reason (but more important in my opinion) is that some kids are more rested at various times of the day. And all of us mamas know that happy well-rested kids lead to a better experience for everyone involved.  So, keep in mind your kids' nap times and schedules when planning your pictures.  Our kids are older now, and they don't like getting up really early.  I know that if I schedule an early morning photo session, I will have two grumpy kids and may not get the most genuine smiles in photos.  Therefore, I schedule our photos in the afternoon or evening so my girls don't have to get up early.

Usually, there are a few poses you want to be sure to capture during the family photo session. For example, you may want pictures of the entire family in a certain spot.  Or, you may want photos of your kids with their grandparents, kids by themselves, etc...  I suggest that you get those "must have" photos at the beginning of the session.  Generally, everyone is more agreeable and you can get more genuine smiles early in the photo session.

This last tip may be the most important one of all, as without a good family photographer, you aren't going to get pictures that you love.  The key word here is FAMILY. You want to find a photographer who has a nice portfolio of family photos.  Someone could be a great wedding photographer, but it doesn't mean they are also good at taking family photos.  When you are on a photographer's website or social media, look for any family photos.  Do the kids in the pictures have genuine smiles?  Is the family in a flattering pose? These are things to keep in mind as you choose a photographer.  All of the photos in this post are by Deanna Kourtney Photography.  Deanna takes most of my blog photos and I love these pictures she captured of our family as well.  If you are in the Charlotte area and need a photographer, I highly recommend her!


I linked our outfits above in case you want to check out any of the items we are wearing in these photos. I hope you found some helpful family photo tips in this post.  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, October 22, 2019


I am so excited to be sharing some of my favorite pieces from the new Holiday 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 fun prints, reasonable price points and versatile pieces to wear multiple ways.  The new Holiday 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 prints and colors are perfect for the holidays and each piece is very flattering.  Almost every piece 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. 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.

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of animal print, so when I saw this LEOPARD PRINT SKIRT, I knew I had to have it!  It has a cute tie at the waist and I love the shimmer in the fabric.  The skirt runs true to size to slightly large, and runs long.  If you are 5'7" or shorter, I recommend getting a petite if you want it to hit above the knee.  Also, if you are in between sizes, I recommend sizing down.  I love the versatility of this skirt and think it will go with so many different tops!  I paired it with this RED SATIN TOP from the collection.  I love the ruffle at the neck and it also has a tie at the back.  The top runs true to size.  Both of these pieces could easily be worn other times throughout the year, in addition to during the holidays.

You can also pair the LEOPARD PRINT SKIRT with a top in the same print for a dress silhouette.  This LEOPARD PRINT TOP is the same style as the red one above, and runs true to size.  For a different look, I added a BLACK VELVET BLAZER also from the collection.  I love the notch collar and know I will be wearing this blazer a bunch throughout the holiday season.  The blazer also runs true to size.

This PLAID DRESS is such a classic style for the holidays!  The cut is flattering and I love the sash that ties at the waist.  I tied mine in the back, but you could also tie a bow in the front.  I found this dress to run long and slightly small.  If you are 5'7" or shorter, I recommend getting a petite if you want it to hit above the knee. I also recommend sizing up one from your regular size if you are in between sizes, as it runs slightly snug in the bodice.  I layered it with the same BLACK VELVET BLAZER as above and added some BLACK BOOTIES for an edgier look.  You could also wear it with BLACK SANDALS or BLACK HEELS for a more classic look.

I love wearing a little bling every now and then, and this GOLD SEQUIN TOP is a great option when you want to add some sparkle to your outfit.  It has a flattering boat neck and a lower scoop neck in the back. I like the length of the sleeves too!  I paired it with WIDE LEG PANTS that are also from the Holiday collection.  The pants have pockets (woohoo!) and they also have a pretty satin band at the waist.  I added the same BLACK VELVET BLAZER to finish off the look.  Everything I am wearing here runs true to size.

This RED VELVET TOP is the same style as the gold sequin one I shared above.  The color is gorgeous and perfect for all of your holiday festivities.  I paired it with a pretty BLACK FLORAL SKIRT.  This skirt is the same style as the leopard one above.  As with the leopard one, the floral skirt runs true to size to slightly large, and runs long.  If you are 5'7" or shorter, I recommend getting a petite if you want it to hit above the knee. Also, if you are in between sizes, I recommend sizing down.  The top runs true to size.  

Each piece that I shared comes in additional colors and patterns and there are other styles including a PLEATED SKIRTSEQUIN DRESS and V-NECK TANK in the collection too.  You can SHOP THE FULL COLLECTION HERE.  I hope you found a new piece or two to add to your holiday wardrobe.  I know I will be wearing my Gibson x Hi Sugarplum pieces all holiday season 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!

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