Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Amazon Best Buys - September 2019


Happy September Friends!  It still feels like summer here in the South, but I'm hoping we get some fall weather soon.  I am already thinking fall when it comes to fashion and am excited to share my Amazon Best Buys for this month with you all.  I found some great affordable pieces to wear as we head into fall and have linked everything under each photo.


It is no secret I love animal print, so when I saw this OVERSIZED SWEATER I knew I had to have it.  I love the pink for something different, but it also comes in more traditional colors as well.  It runs big (I am wearing a small), so I suggest sizing down.


This BLACK TUNIC is such a great closet staple. It is a really soft material and is so comfy.  This can be worn by itself and I plan to layer it under jackets and cardigans as it gets cooler.  I love that it is long enough to wear with leggings too!  If you are in between sizes, I suggest sizing down.  I am wearing a small.


I shared this LEOPARD CARDIGAN last year, but wanted to share it again since it is still available.  This was one of the top sellers for Smart Southern Style readers last year and I can see why.  The sweater comes in lots of colors, is good quality and is priced under $30.  The cardigan runs true to size and I am wearing a small.


I love anything with color, so when I saw this TURTLENECK SWEATER I couldn't wait to try it.  I love the bright colors and oversized fit.  This sweater is not super soft (although it isn't scratchy), so I will most likely wear a cami underneath.  It runs true to size to slightly big.


This BELL SLEEVE DRESS is great to wear during this transitional time of year, as it has flowy sleeves and is made of a thin cotton material.  You can wear it with sandals when it is warm and boots as it cools off.  The neckline laces at the base of the "v", so I recommend wearing a cami or bralette underneath unless you don't mind showing some cleavage!  The dress runs large (I am wearing a small), so I recommend sizing down.


This  STAR SWEATER looks a lot more expensive than it's $29 price!  It comes in 3 color options and I think the balloon sleeves are a fun touch.  If in between sizes, I suggest sizing down.  I am wearing a medium but could have worn a small.  This sweater is not available on "Prime",, so shipping is free but it will take a week or two to arrive.  


I love a good graphic tee and this JUST PEACHY TEE is so cute and soft!  You can layer this under a denim jacket or a cardigan as it gets cooler.  The tee runs true to size and I am wearing a medium.


The colors in this GREEN MAXI DRESS are perfect for fall!  Wear it with sandals when it is warm and booties as it cools off.  It runs true to size and I am wearing a medium.


Cardigans are my go-to in the fall and this COLOR BLOCKED CARDIGAN will be in heavy rotation.  It is so soft, is really good quality and super affordable at just over $30.  It runs true to size and I am wearing a small.  The BUTTON CAMI I am wearing under the cardigan is also an Amazon find and is only $16!  It comes in a bunch of colors, has adjustable straps and runs true to size.


A bunch of you all snagged this EMBROIDERED TOP when I shared it on my Instagram last month.  It is such a pretty color and I love all the embroidery detail.  It comes in a bunch color options and runs true to size.


I love this pretty KIMONO, as it is great to throw on over a t-shirt and look pulled together.  This one is only $15 and comes in several patterns.  (Mine is the color "coffee".)  It is one size fits most.

I don't have a photo wearing them, but also wanted to let you know about these SHORT SLEEVE T-SHIRTS.  They come in a pack of two for only $16 and are such good quality.  They run true to size (I wear a medium, which is my usual size for t-shirts) and come in tons of color options.

I hope you found some items you like from my latest Amazon round up.  If you did, please tag me in your photos on social media as I would love to see you!  If you want to check out some of my other recent Amazon finds, you can read those blog posts HERE & HERE.  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!

You can follow me on INSTAGRAMFACEBOOK LIKETOKNOW.IT for daily outfit posts.  And I am always here to help and answer your questions, so feel free to DM me on social media or SEND ME AN EMAIL.  Keep reading below for a chance to win a $500 gift card to Nordstrom!  Thanks as always for reading Smart Southern Style.

$500 Nordstrom Giveaway
Time to treat yourself to some pre-Fall shopping at Nordstrom! I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to give one lucky winner a chance to win a $500 Nordstrom Gift Card!
To enter: complete the steps in the rafflecopter below. The more steps you complete, the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning! This giveaway runs until Tuesday, September 17th at 12am PST

Winner will be announced here. Good Luck! 

*this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Nordstrom.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Making the most out of your wardrobe


If you have been reading Smart Southern Style for a while, you know that I am all about maximizing the items that are already in your closet.  I love finding multiple ways to style one piece of clothing for completely different looks.  You all have been asking for more posts like this, so I thought I would share a few examples of how I am doing this with items in my own closet.  I took 3 pieces from the new GIBSON X CITY SAFARI COLLECTION at Nordstrom and am sharing 2 different ways to wear each of them.  Each item I am sharing runs true to size.


First up is this pretty RED PLEATED DRESS.  The dress has small pleats down the entire length and it has a flattering cut with a nice swing shape.  The shoulder straps are adjustable so you can make the neckline as high or low as you would like. I wear my go to STRAPLESS BRA with this dress.   I added some animal print accents with these LEOPARD SANDALS (SIMILAR) & this LEOPARD CLUTCH (SIMILAR).  If animal print isn't for you, a pair of NUDE SANDALS would also look great.  This is a great party dress and would perfect at the holidays too!


For an edgier look with the RED PLEATED DRESS, I swapped out the sandals for these SNAKESKIN BOOTIES.  I added my go-to MOTO JACKET & a fun BLACK BAG (SIMILAR) and think this look is perfect for a date night.  

A third way you could style this dress is by layering a graphic tee over it and tying the hem of the t-shirt in a knot. This would give you a more casual look with the dress looking like a skirt, as the bodice would be covered by the t-shirt.  I ordered this LEVIS TEE to wear over my dress, but it did not arrive before I published this post.  I will be sure to share that look on my INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK once the t-shirt arrives.  I plan to wear this outfit with some cute sneakers.  You can find some affordable sneaker options HERE & HERE.


The next piece that I have worn different ways is this HALTER TOP.  Isn't the print pretty? It also comes in 2 other prints and I love them all.  I think the neck line on this top is so flattering and this is a great piece to have in your closet.  I wear my go to STRAPLESS BRA with this top.  The first way I styled this top is very casual with these JEANS & SNEAKERS.  If it is cooler where you are, you could also throw a blazer on over it like THIS ONE.


This HALTER TOP could easily be dressed up too.  Here I am wearing it with a BLACK MIDI SKIRT and if you prefer a shorter skirt, I love this BLACK PENCIL SKIRT.  I paired this outfit with some BLACK SANDALS (similar to mine) & it would also look cute with BLACK BOOTIES.


The last item I styled multiple ways is this versatile PRINTED DRESS.  You all went crazy when I shared this dress on my Instagram, and I can see why!  I love the ruched neckline and it ties around the waist for a flattering look.  There are so many ways to style a dress like this, and when the temps are warmer, I pair it with some WEDGE SANDALS




Here is a dressier look that would be great for the office.  I layered the dress with a BLACK BLAZER & added some BLACK BOOTIES (SIMILAR).  


This dress comes in several prints and I love it so much I also got it in the same animal print as my halter top above.  This is a more casual look that will work well when it is cooler out.  I added a DENIM JACKET & some TAUPE BOOTIES.   

I hope this post gave you some ideas on how to style items in your closet multiple ways.  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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$500 Nordstrom Giveaway
Time to treat yourself to some pre-Fall shopping at Nordstrom! I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to give one lucky winner a chance to win a $500 Nordstrom Gift Card!
To enter: complete the steps in the rafflecopter below. The more steps you complete, the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning! This giveaway runs until Tuesday, September 17th at 12am PST

Winner will be announced here. Good Luck! 

*this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Nordstrom.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

GRAND CAYMAN TRAVEL GUIDE

GIRLS SWIMSUIT & COVER UP SET
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RED RUFFLE SWIM SUIT

Hi everyone!  If you follow me on INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK, you know that my family and I recently visited Grand Cayman.  I have linked all of my outfits from our trip in this post and am happy to be sharing my travel guide for this beautiful Caribbean island!  

Grand Cayman is a small island in the south Caribbean and is an easy direct flight from most major cities in the Eastern U.S.  The airport is clean and it is an easy 15 minute taxi ride to Seven Mile Beach where all the resorts are located.  The people in Grand Cayman are very friendly, there are so many fun things to do, and the water is literally the most beautiful I have ever seen.  I am pleased to be sharing my recommendations for this island and cannot wait to visit again!

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WHAT TO PACK:
Grand Cayman is located in the Caribbean, so it is hot all year round.  All you really to need to bring are some cool sundresses, bathing suits and sandals and you will be good to go!  Grand Cayman is a very casual place, so no need to bring anything really dressy to wear there.  One tip...be sure to pack more sunscreen than you think you might need, as it is important to reapply often with the strong sun.  (I packed way more than I thought we would need and we still almost ran out!)  Items such as sunscreen are very expensive in Grand Cayman, so it is best to be over prepared so you don't have to purchase it while you are there.  I used these PACKING CUBES in my suitcase to pack for our trip and highly recommend them.  They allow you to fit more in your suitcase and help keep your items organized.  

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MEN'S HOODED RASH GUARD
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KAFTAN COVER UP

THE RITZ CARLTON

WHERE TO STAY:
There are so many beautiful resorts in Grand Cayman and most are located on an area of the island called Seven Mile Beach.  We have been there twice and have stayed at the MARRIOTT BEACH RESORT and most recently at the RITZ CARLTON.  I would highly recommend both of these resorts as they are beautiful, offer excellent service and are directly on the ocean.  BEACH SUITES is another resort that has been recommended, but I have not been there to share my personal experience.  

One tip if you stay at the Ritz Carlton...if you want a beach chair directly in front of the ocean, go down to the beach early and reserve one.  You can reserve chairs as early as 7am and they will hold them for you for two hours.  I recommend reserving chairs early then go eat breakfast and come back to the beach within two hours.  That will be your best bet for getting a chair on the first row directly on the water.   There are about 4 rows of beach chairs and if you get down to the beach after 8am, you will not have much luck getting a chair on the front row.

STARFISH POINT


WHAT TO DO:
There are so many fun activities to do while in Grand Cayman.  

STINGRAY CITY – This is a must do during your visit to Grand Cayman.  You take a boat out in the middle of the ocean to waist deep water where you can stand and swim among the stingrays.  Your guide will teach you how to safely touch the stingrays and if you are feeling brave, you can even give one a kiss!  Many resorts offer a boat trip to Stingray City, but if not, there are several tour companies in Grand Cayman that can pick you up at your hotel and take you to a dock for a tour.  One tip...ask the concierge at your hotel which day would be the least crowded to go to Stingray City.  I recommend going on a day that there are no cruise ships in port, as it can get crowded on those days.

STARFISH POINT – Not as well known as Stingray City, Starfish Point is a beach on the north shore of the island where you can see lots of starfish close to shore.  It is also a great place for snorkeling.   Many of the resorts offer a boat trip that stops at Starfish Point, but you can also book a tour through a watersports company.  

WATERSPORTS – Most resorts offer watersports on property, either included in your rate or for an extra fee.  We enjoyed snorkeling, paddle boarding and water biking during our trip.   Sailing is also a popular activity in Grand Cayman and since there are very few waves, it is a great place to try sailing for the first time.  

SEA TURTLE FARM – Visiting the Cayman Turtle Center was one of the highlights of our vacation!  You can hold baby sea turtles and snap some great photos.  There is also a large pool with a slide which our kids loved, an alligator, sharks and more sea turtles than you have even seen in your life.  Our favorite part of the turtle farm was snorkeling, as there are lot of turtles swimming around that you can see up close in the water.  I recommend purchasing the "Turtle Adventure Tour" package that includes the water park and snorkeling, as it does not cost much more and is definitely worth it for the extra activities that are included.


DINNER AT AGUA

WHERE TO EAT:  
There are so many great places to eat in Grand Cayman.  We did eat at several restaurants at the Ritz Carlton for the sake of convenience and also ventured off property a few times and had some great local meals.

LUCA - Luca is located in the Caribbean Club hotel and offers beautiful ocean views.  This restaurant is in walking distance from the Ritz and was one of our favorite meals.  Luca offers Italian food, wonderful seafood and has an extensive wine selection.  

SEVEN AT THE RITZ - Seven is a wonderful steak house that also offers a great selection of fresh seafood.  It is located at the Ritz and has nice views of the ocean.  Definitely get a dessert while you are here!

AGUA - If I had to pick a favorite meal in Grand Cayman, it would be Agua.  All of us loved our food, the service was impeccable and the restaurant decor was beautiful.  Agua offers seafood, Italian and Peruvian food and has a pretty view of a marina.  

BAR JACK AT THE RITZ - We ate here for lunch most every day because of the convenience and all of us loved the food!  If you are not staying at the Ritz, it is a great place to come get a cocktail and watch the sunset at the resort.

SUNSHINE GRILL - Sunshine Grill was the most recommended restaurant by every local we talked to. It is a relatively small restaurant located at the Sunshine Suites Resort and is very popular with the locals.  It offers a wide selection of Caribbean favorites such as fish tacos and was one of the most affordable meals we ate on the island.  Sunshine Grill is in walking distance of the Ritz and many other resorts. 

ANDIAMO AT THE RITZ - Andiamo is an open air Italian restaurant at the Ritz overlooking the marina.  The food was good but we were not overwhelmed and thought it was a bit overpriced.  I don't think we would go back to be completely honest.  

One note..we were on vacation with our daughters who can be a bit picky, so we had to choose restaurants that had a good selection of kid friendly foods.  There are lots of other great restaurants on the island that we did not get a chance to visit.  Here are some places that were recommended to us that we did not get a chance to visit:  CRACKED CONCH (great sunsets on the water!), CATCH (on a marina), BACARO (new and on the water), and PEPPERS (great for lunch).

I hope this post was helpful if you are considering planning a trip to Grand Cayman.  Feel free to email me at smartsouthernstyle@gmail.com with any questions.  Thanks for stopping by Smart Southern Style!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Top 10 Finds From The 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


Today is the day...The 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale begins for Nordstrom credit card holders at 12:30PM Eastern!  I am sharing my top 10 finds from this year's sale including fit information and pricing.  I know that not all of you have a Nordstrom credit card, so I will do a new blog post the first day that the sale is available for everyone (July 19) and will share my favorites that are still available at that time.

Before we get started, a quick explanation of how the links to items work for bloggers.  In order for me (or any other blogger you follow) to get "credit" for you buying an item we suggest, you must purchase directly through one of our links.  If you click on a link in this blog post (or through the LikeToKnow.it app or anywhere else), but then purchase through the Nordstrom app, or click a different link before checking out, the blogger will not get credit.  I only share this because some of you have asked how this whole process works for bloggers.  With that said, I would very much appreciate you purchasing directly through my links if you find something you like (and not purchasing through the Nordstrom app).  The very small commission I make from your purchases is what allows me to keep Smart Southern Style up and running and I so appreciate your support!

Now on to my top 10 initial finds for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Some of my "finds" are specific items and some are a more broad category with a few picks.  I am only including items that I have or would purchase as I do not want to overwhelm you with a million options in this post!  I will list each pick then share some photos underneath with links to purchase each item.  I included sizing information for any items that I have personally tried on. If there is no size information listed, that means I have not tried on that particular item.  I will update this post with additional sizing details as I try on more of these items.

1.  PLAID BLAZER:  I love this classic double breasted blazer. I will wear it paired with jeans for a more casual look and will also pair it with black pants for work.  


2.  CASUAL T-SHIRTS:  I found several cute casual t-shirts with different prints on them, and they are all affordable.  I have included my favorites below.  





3.  DENIM:  There are 2 specific brands that I purchased during this sale.  The first is Wit & Wisdom which is is one of my favorite brands of denim.  Wit & Wisdom jeans all have an elastic band inside the waist band, so they are comfortable and help keep everything in place!  They are affordable too...at $44 - $51 during the sale.  I purchased a pair of dark blue Wit & Wisdom jeans pictured in this post, as well as some with a snakeskin print in the photo below.

The second brand of denim I love is Good American.  If you are curvy, these are by far the best fitting jeans I have found.  Often, jeans are too big in the waist if they fit me in the hips & bum, but that is not the case for these!  They are very flattering with the high waist and are my new favorite jeans.  Good American jeans are more expensive than other denim brands I wear at a little over $100 on sale, but I think they are worth it.

The jeans are linked in photos throughout this post.  I also included a pair of Kut From The Kloth denim below because they are also a great quality affordable option and I love the button fly.  My store did not have these so I ordered them online.



4.  COLOR BLOCK SWEATERS:  It is no secret that I love colorful style and found several sweaters to add to my collection.






5. LOUNGEWEAR:  This was one of my favorite parts of this year's sale!  There are some really comfy pieces that are marked down 35% - 40%.  I stocked up on some new PJs as well as a Barefoot Dreams cardigan.  (Cardigan is pictured with snakeskin print jeans above.  It costs more that my other cardigans, but is by far the softest piece of clothing I have every worn!)



6.  VERSATILE JEWELRY PIECES:  I always purchase an item or two by Kendra Scott at the sale, because it is the only time they are on sale.  I bought a delicate necklace this year that you can see in several of my photos.  Sharing a close up photo below as well as a few other jewelry pieces I really like.






7.  SNEAKERS:  I bought a similar pair of wedge sneakers in a taupe color last year and wore them a bunch.  This year, I opted for a black pair and they are so comfy!  The sale also has some great athletic shoes and I am sharing my favorites below.



8.  BOOTIES:  If you think you will need new booties this fall, now is a good time to stock up.  Hard to think about them when it is 90 degrees outside though!  I bought a new pair of tan booties that have a pointed toe.  I also hopped on the snakeskin trend and bought a pair of wedge snakeskin booties.  I think they are neutral enough to wear with most anything.



9.  ANIMAL PRINT EVERYTHING:  There are so many animal print pieces in this year's sale!  I shared the snakeskin jeans above, but here are a few items that I bought on line.




10.  BEAUTY STAPLES:  There are so many beauty items that are a part of this sale so it can be overwhelming to pick anything! I am sharing a few items that I personally have and love.


I know this is a lot of money for body lotion, but this bottle is huge and lasts for many months.  I use this lotion every fall and winter when my skin is dry.  

I wear this Tory Burch perfume every day. I love this set because it comes with a second smaller bottle that I use for traveling.  

I buy this set of 3 candles every year during the Anniversary Sale.  They all smell amazing!  I will separate the set and use the candles as gifts throughout the year.  

This is another item I buy every year at the sale.  I put these diffusers in my bathrooms last year when I purchased them at the Nordstrom Sale and there is still a little left in the bottles, so they will last an entire year!  These make your room smell so good!

Well, there are my top 10 finds from the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I hope you found this blog post to be helpful if you decide to shop the sale.  I also wanted to share few reminders so you don't miss any of my updates over the next few weeks pertaining to the sale:
  1. Be sure you have subscribed to get all of my blog posts emailed to you. If you haven't already, click HERE to enter your email to get my blog posts sent directly in your inbox.  (Don't forget to verify your subscription!  You will get a verification email from "Feed Burner" and you will need to make sure you confirm your subscription.)  
  2. Follow me on Instagram!  I will be the most active on Instagram during the sale.  You can follow me by clicking HERE.  I will be doing a lot of try-on sessions with my favorite pieces so you can see them in detail and learn more about the fit of each item. 
  3. Follow me on Facebook! I will be posting on Facebook throughout the sale as well.  You can follow me by clicking HERE
  4. Follow me in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app HERE.  All of my outfits from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will be posted in the app too.  
Thank you so much for reading Smart Southern Style!  Happy Shopping!
 

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