Friday, February 8, 2019

Looks to take you from winter to spring with the Charlotte Today Show


Not sure how the weather is where you live, but here in Charlotte, the months of February through April can be unpredictable!  We can have 70 degree days in February and 40 degree days in April and everything in between.  This crazy weather can sometimes make it challenging to figure out what to wear!  On my most recent segment on the Charlotte Today show, I shared looks that are perfect to wear during these transitional months.  If you are new around here, I am an occasional fashion contributor on the Charlotte Today show which is a local TV show on NBC that airs every weekday.  I love going on the show and am so thankful that they keep asking me back!

I recruited 4 friends to be models for the segment including three blogger babes here in Charlotte.   Anna from Peppered In Style, Josephine from The Style Hostess and Rachel from Queen City Chic all did a wonderful job as models.  I have linked their Instagrams so you can go check out their feeds!   I partnered with a local boutique, Vestique, to provide clothes for me and the models.  They have a great selection of clothes, shoes and accessories and everything is so affordable which you know I love! Vestique has 2 locations in the Charlotte area:  Dilworth on East Boulevard and South Charlotte in Blakeney Shopping Center.  They also have 6 additional locations throughout the Carolinas and Georgia. Vestique also has a great online store for those of you who are not local, which you can visit HERE.


The outfit that I wore during the segment is definitely more of a winter look, but as soon as I saw this leopard print sweater dress, I knew I had to wear it!  I love the turtleneck style and full sleeves, and you can't beat the under $50 price tag!  I paired it with some ankle booties, but it would also look cute paired with tights or black leggings.


The outfits that the 4 models wore can all be worn now and into spring.  The key is how you layer and accessorize them!  Andrea wore an eyelet top layered with a cardigan paired with some distressed jeans.   This outfit can easily be worn into spring by shedding the cardigan and swap out the boots for some wedge sandals.


Anna chose a winter white look that is so chic!  These white pants can be worn as it gets warmer with a pretty tank top.  Wide leg pants look great with a heel, so Anna can switch out her leopard heels for some high heel sandals in the spring.


Josephine is wearing another layered look that is so on trend.  She has paired denim on denim which is very popular right now. Just be sure the denim washes are different to give your look some dimension. As it warms up, wear the light weight sweater without the denim jacket.  This sweater would look cute with denim shorts too!

flare jeans \\ scarf options HEREHERE & HERE

Rachel shared another popular trend this season - flared jeans.  These are flattering on the leg, especially on you taller ladies!  She wore a white cropped sweater and added some color with a cozy scarf. As it warms up, ditch the scarf for a statement necklace.  With this look and the others, accessories and layers can really help transition from one season to the next.  I hope you found some style inspiration to get you through these transitional months with these looks!

TO VIEW THE FULL TV SEGMENT, CLICK HERE.

Pictured with the host of Charlotte Today, Colleen Odegaard
(Left to Right:  Colleen, Laura, Anna, Andrea, Rachel, Josephine)

Laura:  leopard sweater dress 
Anna: white v-neck sweater \\ wide leg pants \\ belt
Andrea: white eyelet top \\ necklace \\ distressed jeans \\ earrings \\ cardigan option
Rachel: exact white sweater \\ similar white v-neck top \\ flare jeans \\ scarf options HEREHERE & HERE
Josephine: striped sweater \\ exact jeans \\ similar jeans \\ denim jacket

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!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

THE PERFECT $30 TRANSITIONAL DRESS







Happy Love Month, friends!  The weather has been so pretty here in Charlotte and is giving me spring fever!  It will probably be cold again next week, but I am enjoying it while it lasts. With the unpredictable weather, sometimes it can be a challenge dressing in these transitional months between seasons.  I like to have some pieces in my closet that I can easily take from winter to spring, and found the PERFECT TRANSITIONAL DRESS to share with you all.  The best part?!?  It is priced under $30!

In addition to the great price, there are so many reasons to love this little dress.  It comes in this pretty teal color as well as a navy and red color option, all with cute polka dots.  I love the ruffles at the sleeves and around the waist and hem as well.  It is light weight, so it can easily be worn as the temps start to rise.  I also like the length of this dress, as it hits just above the knee.  (I am 5'5" for reference.)

While it is cooler out, you can layer the dress with a denim jacket or cardigan.  I am wearing booties with my dress, but it would look cute with tall boots as well.  If you are a hat gal, this dress would also look great paired with a hat in the cooler temps.

As it warms up, I will switch out my booties for some wedge sandals like THESE.   I have them in two colors because I love them so much!  The heel is high but with the wedge they are so comfy.  I can wear them all day and my feet don't hurt.

The dress also comes in navy and red so there are three pretty color options.  I am tempted to get a second color, especially for the price!  If you decide to purchase this dress, please send me a photo. I would love to see how you style it!

Don't forget to follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.itINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK for daily style posts.  And I have a surprise for you now...I am offering a fun giveaway with a few blogger friends, so read below on how to enter.  Thanks as always for reading Smart Southern Style!

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Amazon Best Buys - February 2019


Happy February!  Did anyone else feel like January lasted 296 days?  Longest month EVERRRRR.  It was pretty quiet on the blog last month while I was getting back into a routine with school, work & life in general after the holidays.  But, I have some exciting content planned for you all, starting with this highly requested blog post.  Many of you have asked me to start sharing more of my top picks on Amazon, and today I am starting a new blog series called "Amazon Best Buys".  This particular post is all about fashion, but the content will vary with each Amazon post.  If there are any particular categories you want to see me focus on in future posts, please comment below or SEND ME AN EMAIL.

(Side note before we get started:  I make a very small commission when you purchase directly through the links in this blog post.  However, if you check out through the Amazon app or a different browser, I do not make any commission.  I only share this because the little commission that I make is what allows me to keep Smart Southern Style running.  Thank you for supporting my little business!)



Every piece featured in this blog post is an item I already own and love.  And the best part is that nothing is priced over $30!  We will start with this light weight BLACK VEST.  I have shared it on my INSTAGRAM a few times and many of you buy it each time I post it.  I love how versatile this piece is!  I have it styled under a long sleeve shirt here and you could also wear it under a turtleneck sweater in colder months.  As it gets warmer, layer it over a simple cotton dress, tank top or basic tee.  It runs true to size, comes in tons of colors and you can't beat the price at around $16.


This EMBROIDERED TOP has been another favorite of Smart Southern Style readers.  It looks so expensive with the beautiful embroidery, but it is only $26.  It snaps up the front, so you could also leave it open with a tee or tank underneath to style it more like a jacket.  I find that it runs true to size.


These JOGGER SWEATPANTS so insanely comfy and soft!  I wear them a few times a week because I love them so much.  I find that they run true to size and you can't beat the $22 price for this quality too!


The FLEECE PULLOVER that I am wearing with the joggers and in the photo above is the softest piece of clothing I own! I have purchased similar pullovers before but they were scratchy and uncomfortable on the inside.  This one has the same fleece on the inside as the outside so it is so comfy.  It is only $24 and runs a little oversized, but I would say to stick with your usual size for outerwear.  (I am wearing a medium.)  I love it so much I got it in two different colors!


This SHORT SLEEVE EMBROIDERED TOP was one of the most purchased items on the blog last summer.  It looks way more expensive than the $19 price with the embroidery detail and fun tassels.  I bought it in blue last year and love it so much that I just purchased it in pink!  This would look cute layered under a cardigan in the cooler months.  It runs small and doesn't have any stretch, so I would recommend sizing up.


This LEOPARD CARDIGAN has also been popular when I have posted it on Instagram.  It comes in several color options and runs true to size.  With a price under $30, I am tempted to get a second color!


Last but not least, this LEATHER BELT is one of my most worn Amazon purchases.  It is reversible with brown on one side and black on the other.  It has a gold buckle and looks very similar to a designer belt but only costs $25.  Be sure to follow the size guidelines to make sure you get the correct size.   Mine is 105cm for reference.

I hope you found a few goodies in this post that you wouldn't have discovered otherwise.  I would love to hear feedback on what you want to see in future "Amazon Best Buys" posts.  Feel free to leave your feedback below or SEND ME AN EMAIL.  Don't forget to follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.itINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK for daily style posts.  And I have a surprise for you now...I am offering a fun giveaway with a few blogger friends, so read below on how to enter.  Thanks as always for reading Smart Southern Style!

Louella Reese-Ultimate Valentine's Day Giveaway With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give YOU a chance to win: a $200 Gal Meets Glam Gift Card to pick out your date night look and a $300 Open Table Gift Card to spoil you and your sweetie (or best friends) with a delicious Valentine's Day meal! Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada only and runs until 02/14/2019.Winner will be announced here. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

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