Thursday, September 6, 2018

Versatile Fall Pieces Under $35



Happy Fall, Y'all!  I can say that now that it's September and Starbucks is selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes, right?!?  If you have been reading Smart Southern Style for a while, you know that I firmly believe you can find items that fit your personal style just about anywhere.  And, you don't have to spend a fortune doing so!  I wanted to share 3 versatile fall pieces from Cato that are each under $35 and can be worn multiple ways.  Yes, that's right, each of these item combined costs less than $100!



First up are these dark wash jeggings.  I like having a pair of dark skinny jeans in my closet, as they go with everything and I think they are a bit dressier than lighter wash denim.  This pair is super soft, has just the right amount of stretch and they are slimming too!  (I do find that the jeggings run large, so I suggest sizing down.)  These jeans can be dressed up with a blazer and heels or dressed down with sneakers and a t-shirt.  And would you believe it if I told you the jeans were only $25?!?  I couldn't believe it either, especially for the quality and fit.  Skinny jeans are my go-to style lately, but if that style is not for you, Cato also has several other denim styles to choose from.



The next fall staple I am featuring is this olive green utility vest.  This vest is definitely a piece that can be worn year round.  I have paired it here with a short sleeve tee since it is still hot where I live.  But, I plan to wear this as it gets cooler over a long sleeve tee.  I also think the vest will look really cute over a casual sleeveless dress for a different look.   It also comes in a few other colors including a pretty burgundy.



Finally, I found this fun croc-inspired circle shaped bag.  This shape is really popular right now, but I don't know how long this trend will last, so I didn't want to invest in an expensive circle shaped bag.  This one was just under $35 at Cato and the versatile dark brown color goes with just about everything.  The size of this bag is great too, as it holds all of my stuff without being too large.  I also wanted to mention the pretty gold hoop earrings I bought for $6.  You can never have enough gold hoops in my opinion, and I couldn't pass up this pair for the price!  

I hope this post has been a good reminder that you don't have to spend a lots of money to look cute and stylish!  What is one of your go-to versatile pieces for fall?  Send me an email or let me know in the comments below.  Thank you as always for reading Smart Southern Style!

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

Monday, August 27, 2018

Fall Transition Looks with the Charlotte Today Show


Colleen (Charlotte Today host), Andrea, Me, Rachel, Christy, Josephine

Hi Friends!  I know it's been a while since I have written a new blog post.  The last several weeks have been crazy with travel (both for work and fun), having family in town, and getting the girls ready to head back to school. I can't believe I now have a 2nd grader and 8th grader!  Anyhow, now that school has started, you should be hearing from me a bit more regularly here on the blog.  I generally post every day on Instagram and Facebook, so be sure you are following along there as well.

I had the pleasure of going on the Charlotte Today show recently to talk about fall transition looks.  Charlotte Today is on NBC every weekday here in Charlotte and I am honored to be a fashion contributor for the show.  You can read blog posts about a few of my previous TV segments here and here.

I recruited 4 friends to be models for the segment including two blogger babes here in Charlotte, Rachel Brown from Queen City Chic and Josephine Hauser from The Style Hostess.  I have linked their Instagrams so you can go check out their feeds!   I partnered with a local boutique, The Southern Nest, to provide clothes for me and the models.  They have a great selection of cute, casual clothing and if you live in the Charlotte area, you should definitely visit their store.  It is located right off Highway 521 in Indian Land, SC.  

When I arrived at the TV station for this segment, I was excited to find out that Bob Saget (aka Danny Tanner from Full House) was also a guest on the show!  He was absolutely hilarious and very gracious to take photos with all of us.  Such a fun surprise!

So fun meeting Bob Saget!

I wanted to share some details about my outfit from the TV segment.  One easy way to transition t-shirts and tanks from summer to fall is by layering with a cardigan.  I chose a pretty burgundy cardigan and found a similar one HERE.  I paired it with a comfy v-neck tank similar to THIS ONE.    I wore my favorite new high waisted jeans, tan belt and these peep toe booties that go with everything.  Add some fun statement jewelry and you are good to go!

Andrea, Christy, Me, Rachel, Josephine

We featured several fall looks in various styles and many of these can be replicated with items you may already have in your closet.  There is an over 20 year age difference between the youngest and oldest lady here, yet we all found something that fit our style at one store!  I firmly believe that you can find something just about anywhere that works with your body type and style.

The key to utilizing items in both summer and fall is by layering and/or switching out pieces with others you have in your closet.  For example, both Andrea and Christy's looks could be worn in the summer by switching out their jeans for some denim shorts or skirt.  Rachel can take her striped dress right into fall by adding a denim jacket over it.  And Josephine can wear the black maxi dress in the summer without the sweater layered over it.  

The exact clothes and accessories that the models and I are wearing can be found at The Southern Nest in Indian Land, SC.  They do not have an online store, so I am not able to link all of the exact items.  However,  I have scoured the internet and found similar options for all of our looks that are linked below.

Pictured from left to right:

Andrea: Similar camo sweatshirt \\ Exact sweatshirt in solid green \\ Similar jeans
Christy: Similar embroidered top \\ Similar jeans
Laura: Similar tank \\ Similar cardigan \\ Exact booties \\ Exact jeans \\ Exact belt
Rachel: Similar dress options here & here \\ Similar booties
Josephine: Exact dress in different colors \\ Similar black maxi dress \\  Similar sweater \\ Similar peep toe booties


You can view the TV segment by clicking on the video posted below.


I hope you found some fashion inspiration on how to transition clothing items from summer to fall by watching the segment.  For daily fashion posts and sale updates, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook. Thanks as always for reading Smart Southern Style!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

4 For Fashion & Scout and Molly's



Hi friends!  I am excited to be back with another 4 For Fashion post today.  If you are new around here, here is a little info about our fabulous foursome.  4 For Fashion is a style tribe of 4 bloggers who all believe that you can find something that fits your personal style just about anywhere.  Our ages range from 20s to 50s and our goal is to provide fashion inspiration to ladies of all ages.  If you missed my previous posts featuring these lovely ladies, you can read them here & here.

Today we have partnered with Scout and Molly's SouthPark.  This boutique may sound familiar to you, as I've featured them on my blog in previous posts you can read here & here.  Scout and Molly's has a great selection of both casual and dressier clothes.  And I absolutely love all of their accessories!  One commonality you will see among all of our outfits is the great accessories we all chose.  Some of my favorite accessories came from Scout and Molly's and I always receive compliments when I wear them.




First, let's start with my outfit.  I chose this cute light blue ruffle sleeve top.  I was drawn to the sleeves as well as the striped pattern on the top.  I paired it with these DL skinny jeans that have a great fit and are the perfect length.  I added a tassel necklace with various shades of blue as well as some gold and blue fringe earrings.  I also chose a matte gold cuff bracelet which is a great accessory staple that will go with any outfit.  My favorite part of the outfit is this gorgeous straw bag!  I love everything about it...especially the bright pink pom poms.  Scout and Molly's has a great selection of bags that were hand made in South America.


Next up is Barbi from Southern Blonde Chic.  She chose this gorgeous hot pink maxi dress.  I just love the flattering cut and think this dress would be perfect to wear to a nice dinner or wedding.  She paired it with some turquoise statement earrings which are a pretty complimenting color with her dress.  Barbi added a colorful clutch for an extra pop of color, which you know I love!


LauRen from All of the F Words chose a cute casual look.  This v-neck tee has such pretty detailing with several colors and textures around the neck.  She paired the tee with some terra cotta colored shorts, which is a very popular color right now.  She added a dainty choker necklace, gold statement earrings and a cuff bracelet for the perfect mix of accessories.  LauRen chose a black and white clutch to finish off the look.


And finally, we have a super cute look by Rachel from Queen City Chic.  I love the fringe detailing on her cream sweater and the distressed jeans fit her perfectly!  She added some fun black statement earrings and a stack of beaded bracelets.  My favorite part of Rachel's outfit is this straw bucket bag!  The colors, the shape, the pom poms...everything about the bag is perfection!



As you can see, we all chose different looks, some dressier than others, and we found the perfect accessories to go with each outfit.  You can find all of our looks at Scout and Molly's SouthPark.  They are located at Specialty Shops across from SouthPark Mall in Charlotte.  You can find them on Instagram here and can visit their website here.  If you stop by the store, be sure to tell them that the ladies of 4 For Fashion sent you!

Big thanks to Say Cheese CLT for the photos in this blog post.

Stay tuned for another edition of "4 For Fashion" coming soon.  If there is a particular style or shop you would like to see featured in this series, please comment below or send me an email.  And don't forget to following along on Instagram here and on Facebook here.  Thank you so much for reading Smart Southern Style.  I so appreciate that you took the time to stop by my little corner of the internet.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Full Roundup of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks

Colorblock sweater (wearing my regular size, but could have sized up for looser fit)
Pencil skirt (TTS) \\ Leopard booties (TTS)

Well friends, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally open to the public!  That means that anyone can now shop the sale, not just Nordstrom card holders.  I have rounded up all of my top picks from the sale and you can shop everything through the direct links I provided under each photo.  Keep in mind that inventory goes FAST once the sale is open to the public, so depending on when you read this post, some items may already be out of stock.  If you have your eye on something, I would recommend buying it when you see it since things sell so quickly.  Shipping is free, as are returns if anything doesn't work for you.  Happy shopping!

Tres Chic tee (size up) \\  Camo skirt (runs TTS to slightly big)

Black blazer (TTS) \\ Cream cami (TTS)
AG jeans (TTS) \\ Camo sneakers (TTS)

Floral top (TTS) \\ Cardigan (TTS)
AG jeans (TTS) \\ Open toed booties (TTS)

Knit blazer (TTS) \\ Cream cami (TTS)
Wit & Wisdom jeans (size down) \\ Medallion necklace
Vince Camuto OTK boots (TTS)
Tory Burch crossbody bag

Hooded cardigan (TTS) \\ Cream cami (TTS)
Madewell jeans (TTS) \\ Medallion necklace
Wedge sneakers (TTS)

Knit blazer (TTS) \\ Cream cami (TTS)
Madewell jeans (TTS) \\ Leopard booties (TTS)
Tory Burch crossbody bag

Floral top (TTS) \\ AG jeans (TTS) \\ Sunglasses

Long sleeve top (TTS) \\ Medallion necklace
Wit & Wisdom jeans (size down) \\ Open toed booties (TTS)

Cable knit cardigan (size down)
Wit & Wisdom jeans (size down) \\ Medallion necklace

Black plaid skinny jeans (size down) \\ Kendra Scott necklace
Cable knit cardigan (size down) \\ Camo sneakers (TTS)

Embroidered top (size down) \\ Kendra Scott necklace
Madewell black jeans (TTS) \\ Grey booties (run big - size down 1/2 size)

Leith Cardigan (size down) \\ Tory Burch Cross Body Bag

I hope this post was helpful!  I will continue to add more photos throughout the sale, so be sure to check back often.  Thanks so much for reading Smart Southern Style!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

My Favorite Items Under $50 from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing, and we are still in the "early access" part of the sale.  That means that the sale is still only open for Nordstrom credit card holders, and it will open to the public on Friday, July 20th.

There are so many great items available as part of the NSALE and I wanted to share some of my favorite items that are priced under $50.  Some people have a preconceived idea that everything that Nordstrom sells is expensive, and that is definitely not the case, especially during this sale!   Many of the items I shared in my last post about 12 Must Haves from the sale are under $50, so be sure to read that post as well!

GRAPHIC TEES

There are several cute graphic tees available in the sale, and they are all priced well under $50.  This Good Vibes tee was one of the first items I purchased from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  It is only $21, super soft and I love all the fun colors.  It runs true to size.   You can wear this now and as it cools off with a cardigan or jacket.

Good Vibes tee ($21) - TTS

This Tres Chic tee by JCrew is great to wear now and when it gets cooler under a denim jacket.  This tee runs small so I recommend sizing up one size.

Tres Chic tee ($29) - size up

COZY PAJAMAS

Now is a great time to stock up on PJs to wear both now and as it gets cooler. I absolutely LOVE Nordstrom's pajamas as they are soft and don't shrink!  There are options with both shorts and pants depending on what you are looking for.  I find these to run true to size for PJs.

Short Pajamas ($35) - TTS

Pant Pajamas ($42) - TTS

I also really love the Make & Model brand of lounge wear that Nordstrom sells.  Their pants are the softest pants I have ever worn!  I have a fit review of the top & pants I am sharing below on the "NSale" highlight on my Instagram.  I would recommend sizing up in both of these pieces.  

Striped tee ($15) - size up

Jogger pants ($29) - size up


I think this $39 knit blazer is a hidden gem in this sale!  It comes in a bunch of colors and is so versatile.  You can wear it over a graphic tee, skinny jeans and booties for a casual look.  You can also wear it with dress pants, a silk cami and heels for a day at the office.  The blazer runs true to size.   

Knit blazer ($39) - TTS

BASIC TOPS 

There are so many great basic tops that are part of the sale, and many of them are well under $50. If you are looking for a great basic tee, I found a short sleeve and long sleeve option each for under $20.   These tees both run true to size.  

Short sleeve tee ($17) - TTS 
I have this in white and it is NOT see through!  

Long sleeve tee ($18) - TTS

There are also some tops that are versatile enough to go with a lot but dressier than a basic tee.  This blouson sleeve top is SO soft!  It comes in lots of colors and could be worn with denim, pants or a skirt.  It runs true to size to slightly large, so you could size down if in between sizes, but I would generally recommend sticking with your regular size.  

Blouson sleeve top ($39) - TTS

I like to buy a new plaid shirt each year during the Anniversary Sale.  Nordstrom sells one by BP that can be worn so many ways.  You can wear it by itself untucked with leggings, or under a blazer or cardigan paired with jeans.  You can also layer it over a graphic tee for a fun casual look.  This top runs true to size.  

Plaid shirt ($31) - TTS

If you haven't already, be sure to check out my previous post on my 12 Must Haves from the sale, as there are many more items under $50 in that post.  If you buy anything from the sale featured on my blog, I would love to know!  Please comment on this post or send me an email to let me know.  Thanks for following along with Smart Southern Style!  


Thursday, July 12, 2018

12 Must Haves from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


It's here!  It's here!  It's finally here! 

My favorite sale of the year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, begins today!  Today (July 12th) is the first day of Early Access for the sale.  That means that Nordstrom credit card holders can shop starting today.  If you do not have a Nordstrom Credit Card and want to apply for one, you can do so HERE.  And if not, no worries!  The sale opens to the public on Friday, July 20th.  So be sure to book mark my blog and check back then for my top picks.

I was able to shop the sale yesterday, and there are SO many great items to choose from!  These are all brand new items to the store and the prices will go back up to regular price when the sale is over on August 5th.  I will be bringing you a lot of detailed posts about the Anniversary Sale over the next few weeks, so be sure to subscribe to get my blog posts emailed directly to you.  If you haven't already done so, just enter your email address where it says "Subscribe" to the right of this post.

Today, I am sharing my 12 MUST HAVES from the sale, and will also note the ones that I predict will sell out.  For each of my "must haves", I will share my thoughts on the item, then a picture and sizing information.

1.  TOP SHOP CARDIGAN 
Last year the Top Shop cardigans sold out fast, and I predict that they will this year as well.  I love the oversized fit of this CABLE KNIT CARDIGAN.  It comes in several colors and I love it so much that I bought it in both cream and rose!   This cardi runs big, so I would definitely size down.




2.  LEOPARD SHOES (Booties, Mules, Flats)
The leopard trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon, friends!  I love leopard, as y'all know, as it is a fun way to spice up any outfit.  There are several leopard shoe options available at the sale.  I bought these LEOPARD BOOTIES by Cole Haan and know I will get so much wear out of them.  They are comfy and run true to size.


I have last years version of these LEOPARD MULES and love them!  They are so easy to slip on and add some fun to your outfit.  They run true to size.  


These LEOPARD FLATS are another good leopard shoe option.  I love the scalloped edges and the gold studs.  These run true to size.  



3.  Circle Cardigans (Leith & BP)
Every year, the LEITH CARDIGAN and BP CARDIGAN sell out and I think this year will be no different.   They are a great every day staple and both come in so many colors.  The Leith option is a little shorter and lighter weight than the BP option.  Both are affordable, as the Leith option costs $45 and the BP circle cardi is only $31!



4.  METALLIC CAMO SNEAKERS 
Y'all, words cannot express how much I love these CAMO SNEAKERS. The metallic finish, the camo print, the leather laces...so much shoe goodness!  These are a little pricier than I usually spend on a casual sneaker, but I know I will get a lot of wear out of them.  And, they are $45 off during this sale, so if you love them, now is the time to buy them!  They run true to size and are so comfy.  They also come in a silver camo print that is cute as well.  I predict these will sell out fast as they are so unique.


5.  UNDER $50 DENIM 
With all the great affordable denim options at the sale, it was hard for me to narrow down my selections!   I love these WIT & WISDOM DARK WASH JEANS!  They are so flattering and have just the right amount of stretch.  I recommend sizing down one size.


I love this fun pair of PLAID JEANS BY WIT & WISDOM too!  They have the same great fit and a fun plaid print. They also have cute zippers at the waist.  I recommend sizing down in these.


I also like these DISTRESSED HIGH WAISTED JEANS.  They run true to size and have the perfect amount of distressing in my opinion!


6.  CROSS BODY BAGS
There are a lot of cross body bags for sale and this style bag is great to wear multiple ways (across your body, over one shoulder, etc...)  THIS TORY BURCH BAG is more of an investment piece but is a classic bag that won't go out of style.  A similar version of this bag has been a part of the sale the past few years and always sells out.  If you don't want to spend as much on a cross body, I really love THIS ONE too that only costs $32!.



7.  FEMININE TOPS
One trend  I've noticed this year is a great selection of pretty feminine tops.  This BLACK PEPLUM TOP came home with me and I am tempted to order it in white too.  This is great to wear now and in the fall under a jacket or cardigan. It runs true to size and has a very flattering fit.


I also love this BLACK & WHITE EMBROIDERED TOP.  It is light weight and perfect to wear now.  It runs large, so I recommend sizing down.  Cute with a black skirt or pants for the office, as well as denim.


This PINK & BLACK TOP is so pretty!  I love the ruffle sleeve detail.  It runs true to size, but is a bit short to leave untucked.  I recommend pairing it with high waisted jeans or a high waisted skirt.  

(TTS, but runs a bit short so best with high waisted jeans or skirt)

I also love this FREE PEOPLE TUNIC.  It has some lace detail that makes it see though in some parts, so you need to wear a cami under it. It runs a bit big, so I recommend sizing down.


This LIGHT WEIGHT TOP is perfect to wear by itself or under a cardigan. I chose the light blue color with white checks, and it also comes in several other colors.  This top is meant to be a bit roomy, and I went with my regular size.  


8.  DELICATE NECKLACES
You can see in most of the photos in this post that I am wearing one of 2 delicate necklaces that I bought at the sale.  The first is this BLACK & GOLD NECKLACE by Kendra Scott.  The chains are adjustable so you can wear it many different lengths.  This is great gift idea to stock up on now while they are on sale, too!


I also bought this MEDALLION NECKLACE.  I love delicate necklaces like this to wear with almost anything.


9.  COZY LOUNGE WEAR
So many great cozy pieces this year!  I predict that this CONVERTIBLE CARDIGAN will sell out.  You can see in the picture that you can wear it two ways - looped around your next for a draped look, or unsnapped as a long cardigan.  This cardi is super soft and runs true to size.


Another must have cozy piece is a BAREFOOT DREAMS CARDIGAN.  If you have never worn one of these, what are you waiting for?!?  They are a bit pricier than most cardigans I buy, but it is literally the softest and coziest article of clothing I own.


10.  CASUAL WEDGE SNEAKERS
These WEDGE SNEAKERS will be my go-to shoes this fall.  They are a cross between a bootie and a sneaker and are so comfy!  This taupe color goes with everything too. I predict these will sell out, especially since they are priced under $60!


11.  OVER THE KNEE BOOTS & BOOTIES
Whatever style you prefer, there is an over the knee boot or bootie option for you!  This is a tough category to narrow down, but here are my top picks.  For OVER THE KNEE BOOTS, I love these by Vince Camuto.  I have slightly wide calves, so some over the knee boots don't fit me right.  These fit over my calves and I think they will go with so much.  Even if you have smaller calves, I think these will fit well.


THESE OPEN TOED BOOTIES are a great year round shoe. They are comfortable and run true to size.  They are $50 off with the sale, so this is a great time to buy!  Some similar to these have sold out in previous sales and I predict these will sell out too!


THESE STACK HEEL BOOTIES are fun and unique! I love that they have a funkier look and this grey shade goes with so much.  They also come in blush which would be a great option too!


12.   $31 LUSH DRESS
Definitely predicting a sell out on THIS LITTLE DRESS!  This popular dress has been around in the short sleeve version for a while now and is always a top seller.  It now is available in this sleeveless version for only $31!  It is perfect to wear now with sandals and in the fall with boots and a jacket.  Definitely a must have in my opinion!  I opted for the pretty green color but it also comes in a fun striped option as well.  And did I mention that it has pockets?!?



Wow!  That was a lot of information.  Thanks for sticking with me and I hope this post is helpful in navigating this amazing sale.  If you do decide to shop the sale, I would so appreciate it if you would shop through the links on my blog.  I will make a very small commission on the items you purchase, but only if they are purchased directly through my links.  I only share this because the little bit of income I make from blogging is what allows me to keep running Smart Southern Style and bringing y'all news on all the best deals!  Thanks so much for reading along and happy shopping!
 

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