Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday surrounded by loved ones.  There are SO many amazing Cyber sales going on right now, so I wanted to provide you all with a comprehensive list in one place.  I have updated this page with any changes to sales and promo codes for Cyber Monday.  I shared a few photos above of items I own that are part of Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales.  There are direct links under each photo if you want to shop for those specific items.

You can easily shop all the sales using the links below.  I have listed 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 19, 2018

Tunic sweater styled two ways

I am so excited to introduce you all to a very special guest in this blog post!  My sweet mama, Carol, is on the blog today, and I've decided her blog name will be "Smart Southern Mimi".  My girls call her Mimi, and she is as southern as they come, so I thought that name worked for her!  I asked Smart Southern Mimi to join me in sharing how to style a basic tunic sweater two different ways.  A tunic sweater is a great staple to have in your closet.  It is timeless and versatile and can be worn with various pieces to create completely different looks.  You can shop each of our looks by clicking the links under our individual photos.

First of all, how cute is Smart Southern Mimi?!?  I think she looks beautiful and love the classic look she created with her tunic.  My mom dressed her sweater up a bit with grey pants and black booties.  This is a great look for the office.   If you are feeling a bit more daring, you could also pair the tunic with some patterned pants.  I have worn my tunic with camo pants and it would also look good with leopard or plaid pants as well.

I opted for a completely different look by layering my tunic and dressing it down with jeans.  I added my favorite suede jacket for some additional color and dimension.  It would also look great under a denim jacket or a vest for another layering option.  I added some leopard booties to complete my outfit, because animal print is always a good idea!

As I have said before, I am a firm believer in maximizing every item in your closet.  A tunic sweater is a great piece to wear different ways and it doesn't go out of style.  I hope this post has given you some inspiration for thinking outside the box when styling the clothes you already have.

As a reminder, I post every day on Instagram and Facebook, so be sure to follow me on there for daily fashion posts and sale info!  Thanks so much for reading Smart Southern Style, and a big thanks to my mama, Smart Southern Mimi, for joining me for this post!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Making the Most of your Wardrobe with The Charlotte Today Show

Pictured left to right:  Erika, Alisa, Me, Lee, Barb

Hi Friends!  I had the pleasure of going on the Charlotte Today show recently to talk about how to style pieces in your closet multiple ways. 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 regarding 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, Erika Taylor from Tayloring Style and Barb Brooks from Southern Blonde Chic.  I have linked their Instagrams so you can go check out their feeds!   I partnered with a local boutique, Luxe Angel Boutique, to provide clothes for me and the models.  They have a great selection of clothes, shoes and accessories and if you live in the Charlotte area, you should definitely visit their store.  It is located in the Morrison Shopping Center in the South Park area.  They also have a website for those of you who are not local, which you can visit HERE.

On the TV segment, I talked about ways to maximize the clothes you already have in your closet by styling them different ways.  I selected 2 basic pieces that two of the models wore, and gave them completely different looks.  Sometimes people think "I can only wear this sweater with these jeans", but in reality, there are so many ways you can wear items already in your closet.  My objective with this segment was to get everyone to think differently about items they already own!  All of the items featured in this post are from Luxe Angel Boutique.  I have linked similar items in this post, as the exact pieces are not currently available on the Luxe Angel website.

Similar faux fur coat HERE and HERE \\ Similar booties

I chose the most amazing faux fur coat to wear during the segment.  I paired it with a floral top, jeans and peep toe booties for a more casual look.  You could also dress up this coat by pairing it with a dress or a silk cami, black skinny jeans and heels for a night out.

The first basic piece we styled two different ways is distressed jeans.  Erika styled the jeans for an everyday casual look by pairing them with a cozy hooded sweater.  She is wearing the sweater oversized to be able to put it off the shoulder.  We added some slip on metallic sneakers to complete the look.  Lee dressed up the jeans with a silk cami, faux fur jacket, and some heeled sandals.  We all have jeans (distressed or not) in our closet, and they are so easy to dress up and down as you can see in the photos below.

The next items we styled two ways is a basic black sweater. Barb is wearing a more casual outfit by pairing her sweater with a scarf, jeans and booties.  She looks put together yet is still comfortable and could wear this outfit just about anywhere.  Alisa dressed up the sweater a bit, by pairing it with a grey denim skirt.  We added some tall black boots, a gold bag and a long necklace to finish off her look.  The ladies are both wearing the same sweater, but look completely different!  

Similar black booties \\ Similar scarves HERE and HERE 

As you can see, both of these examples show that you can get completely different looks by using the same piece of clothing.  Don't be afraid of mixing things up and trying new combinations!   I hope these examples were helpful and I'd love to hear from you if you decide to try out some different looks with items already in your closet. 

With Charlotte's favorite weatherman, Larry Sprinkle!

Behind the scenes during the segment -
Talking about Barb's outfit with host Colleen Odegaard 

Pictured with host Colleen and producer Natalie after the segment 

Thanks so much for reading Smart Southern Style!  I appreciate you following along here on the blog.  I generally post every day on Instagram and Facebook, so be sure you are following along there as well.  Stay tuned for more blog posts and another segment on Charlotte Today soon!


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