Monday, March 19, 2018

My favorite spring shoes from Aetrex

Hi everyone!  Not sure about you, but I have spring fever!  Mother Nature keeps teasing us with warmer temps, but there have been some cold days sprinkled in as well. I do think spring will be here soon for good and I couldn't be happier about it!  I love finding fun new spring clothes and shoes to add to my wardrobe as the weather gets warmer.

I have recently discovered a shoe brand called Aetrex that is focused on providing comfortable shoes that are still stylish.   I am on my feet a lot, whether that is walking through airports as I travel or running around with my daughters, so having comfortable shoes is important.  Aetrex shoes provide orthotic support to help wearers with balance and alignment.  Sounds pretty great, right?  I initially thought that the shoes would probably look like "old lady" shoes if they were this supportive and comfortable, but thankfully I was wrong!  (Sorry to any cool stylish seniors who may be reading this!)  Aetrex has just launched their new spring shoe collection and there are so many cute options. I wanted to share three of my favorite styles with all of you.

Gia Ankle Strap Wedges \\ Similar tops here & here \\ Ankle jeans \\

The first style is called the Gia Ankle Strap Wedge.  I have quite a few rose gold jewelry items, so when I saw that the Gia wedges came in rose gold, I knew I had to have them!   I paired the wedges with some ankle length jeans and a pretty top, but they would also look cute with a dress or shorts.  They are easy to put on because they actually fasten with velcro so you don't have to worry about stiff buckles.  The Gia wedges are super comfy and the rose gold color is unique yet still goes with everything.

Isabelle Slides \\ Similar striped top here & here \\ Denim shorts \\

For a really cute casual look, I love the Isabelle Slide.  It comes in a few colors, but I chose gold because it goes with everything.  The Isabelle features an ultra lightweight cork & the footbed is lined with suede, so they are light and really comfy to wear!  I paired mine with some denim shorts and a fun ruffle top and added some gold bracelets to match the gold slides.  These are so easy to slip on and I am sure they will be in heavy rotation all spring and summer.

Graphic tees I'm loving here, here & here

The final pair I wanted to share with you all may be my favorite because they are so unique.  These are called the Quinn Ankle Zip Sandal and I chose the snakeskin leather because I do not have any shoes in this print.  I LOVE them!  They criss cross across the top of your foot and zip in the back and have a white sole which you don't see very often on shoes.  I paired the Quinn sandals with a graphic tee and black jeans, and plan to also wear them with shorts or a casual dress this spring.

If you are planning to add some new spring shoes to your collection soon, I hope this post gave you some potential options.  Please feel free to comment below or email me with any questions you have about my new Aetrex shoes.  Happy spring, friends!

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Spring Looks with the Charlotte Today Show

Hi everyone!  I had the pleasure of going on the Charlotte Today show this week to talk about spring fashion.  The Charlotte Today show is on every weekday here in Charlotte and they asked me to participate in a segment about spring looks for every occasion.  I really enjoyed doing the show back in December (you can see that segment in this blog post), so I was thrilled when I was invited back.

I recruited 4 friends to be models for the segment including two blogger babes here in Charlotte, Erika Taylor from Tayloring Style and Anna DeLeon from Peppered in Style.  I have linked their blogs so you can go check them out!   I partnered with a local boutique, Scout and Molly's SouthPark, to provide clothes for the models.  They have a great selection of both dressy and casual clothing, wonderful unique accessories and they were delightful to work with.

First, I wanted to share some details about my outfit.  I just love this pretty peplum top and it is under $60.  I think peplum tops are very flattering on just about anyone, as they accentuate the waist.  If peplum tops aren't for you, I also found some other colorful spring tops here and here.  I paired the top with some jeans with an unfinished hem for some contrast. These exact jeans are from Scout and Molly's SouthPark, but I have linked some similar ones here.  I finished off the look with some floral sandals that are perfect for spring and are under $80.  My accessories are linked under the photo above.

Pictured with Charlotte's best weatherman Larry Sprinkle before we go on the air!

Pictured from left to right:
Susie - similar top here and here \\ similar jeans \\ similar booties
Andrea - similar floral top \\ similar blue pants \\ similar black sandals
Laura - pink peplum top \\ similar jeans \\ floral sandals \\ similar tassel earrings \\ necklace 
Anna - similar gold dress \\ similar statement necklace here and here \\ similar sandals
Erika - similar black dress \\ similar mule booties

Click the video above to watch the TV segment

We showed 4 different looks for spring during the segment.  Susie styled a boho top and boyfriend jeans for casual look that is perfect for everyday. Andrea wore a floral top and blue pants that can be worn to the office or out to brunch. Anna wore a gold dress with a statement necklace that would be perfect for a bridal or baby shower.  And finally, Erica wore a cute black dress that would be great for a night out.  The exact clothes and accessories that the models are wearing can be found at Scout & Molly's SouthPark in Charlotte, NC.  I have scoured the internet and found similar options for these looks that I wanted to share with you all.  They are all linked above.

Pictured with Colleen Odegaard, host of Charlotte Today, and the two lovely managers from Scout and Molly's SouthPark

You can view the TV segment by clicking here.  I hope you found some fashion inspiration from these looks as we head into spring.  Thanks as always for reading Smart Southern Style!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

My favorite not so basic tees

Ruffle tee \\ Jeans \\ Similar earrings herehere & here \\

I'm a big believer in having a lot of versatile basic items in my closet such a jeans and tees that can be worn year round.  But just because an item like a tee shirt is a great basic doesn't mean it has to be boring!  I found so many cute not so basic tees out right now for spring and I wanted to share them with you.  None of these are over $40, so all the more reason to stock up on a few of them, right?!?

Anytime you add ruffles to a tee, I'm sold, and this tee pictures above was no exception!  I love the smaller ruffles on the bodice and the distressed wash of the tee. It does run small, so I would size up one size.

The next tee I am loving right now is this flutter sleeve red tee.  It has a flattering fit and a statement sleeve.  I also like that is is plenty long enough even for you taller ladies. You can easily dress this up with a statement necklace like I did here.

Navy ruffle top \\ Camo pants \\ Similar booties here & here \\
Similar bracelet \\ Similar statement necklace here & here \\ Similar earrings

The cold shoulder trend is popular again this spring, and this cute navy tee is great way to incorporate that trend. It also has some ruffles, so a perfect combo of two spring trends.  Just like with the red tee, I added a statement necklace to dress it up a bit.

                                         Blue ruffle sleeve tee \\ Yellow ruffle sleeve tee 

I found a few other great not so basic tees that I wanted to share as well.  I plan to try both of these on soon! I hope that this post helped you find a new not so basic tee to add to your collection.  Spring will be here before we know it!  Thanks as always for reading Smart Southern Style!

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