Thursday, March 28, 2019

Spring Styles with The Charlotte Today Show



Spring weather has finally arrived here in Charlotte!  I hope you are enjoying some nice weather wherever you are.  Speaking of spring, on my most recent segment on the Charlotte Today show, I shared looks that are perfect to wear if you are headed somewhere warm for Spring Break.  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 really enjoy going on the show and am so thankful that they keep asking me back!

I recruited 4 friends to be models for the segment who are all blogger babes here in Charlotte.   Josephine from The Style Hostess (Instagram & Blog), Tish from According to Tish (Instagram & Blog), Lauren from Lauren Schwaiger (Instagram & Blog) & Andrea from Dre Dream (Instagram & Blog).  I have linked their Instagrams and blogs so you can give them a follow!

I partnered with a local boutique, CRIV, to provide clothes for me and the models.  They have a great selection of clothes and accessories and I love that they have pieces that you won't find anywhere else.  Criv is located at The Metropolitan near Uptown Charlotte and they also have a great online store for those of you who are not local, which you can visit HERE.

I shared looks on the show that incorporate some of the top fashion trends for spring.  There are a few trends that we are seeing in all the stores right now such as colorful prints, wide leg pants and white denim.  I wore a colorful print on a tunic with jeans, and the tunic could also be worn as a beach cover up.  We also see bold prints on the models in some wide leg pants as well as a sweater.  This just shows you that there are many ways you can wear a trend, so have fun and try out some of these trends!  You can also switch out a top or layer a denim jacket to make these trends work even if it the temps are still cooler where you are.

Behind the scenes during the segment

Outside the TV station

On the set of Charlotte Today

I have linked all of the items below that are currently available on Criv's website.  If there is something you are interested in that is not linked, you can contact Criv to see if it is available in their store.

Pictured from left to right:
LAURA:  TRIBAL TUNIC \\ JEANS
JOSEPHINE:  LEMON PRINT PANTS \\ SWEATSHIRT
ANDREA: STAR SWEATER
LAUREN:  OFF THE SHOULDER TOP \\ FLORAL PANTS
TISH: STRIPED JUMPSUIT \\ PLATFORM SANDALS

TO VIEW THE FULL TV SEGMENT, CLICK HERE.

I hope you all enjoy these TV segment recaps.  Thanks so much for reading Smart Southern Style!  Stay tuned for another blog post and another segment on Charlotte Today soon!


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Amazon Household & Beauty Roundup

AMAZON INSPIRED OUTFIT

Hi Friends!  I did a poll on my Instagram Stories recently asking what blog post you wanted to see next on Smart Southern Style.  Overwhelmingly, you asked for a roundup of household and beauty items from Amazon.  Ask, and you shall receive!  I have rounded up my top picks of non-fashion related products from Amazon such as household and beauty items.  I did a round up of some fashion picks from Amazon last month, and you can read that blog post HERE.

Below are some BEAUTY items that I am loving on Amazon right now:

VITAMIN E OIL:  Vitamin E can help with scars, wrinkles and generally improve the overall appearance of your skin.  This particular oil has the best reviews of any on Amazon, and you cannot beat the $19 price.  Adding to cart now!

LIP TREATMENT:  This treatment helps improve the texture and dryness of your lips.  It won an Allure beauty award and is priced under $6!

BLUE LIGHT GLASSES:  (Not really a beauty item, but wasn't sure how to categorize these glasses. Ha!)  Blue light glasses are all the rage right now, to help with headaches and eye straining from all the time we spend in front of our computer and phone screens.  These have great reviews and I just ordered the leopard ones!

MAKEUP ORGANIZER:  If you are anything like me, you have your makeup shoved in a bathroom drawer and are always struggling to find what you need.  I recently got this makeup organizer and it makes my morning routine so much easier!  I can easily see all of my makeup and grab what I need.  The $15 price tag makes it a no brainer in my opinion!

SPIRAL HAIR TIES:  These coil hair ties help prevent bumps in your hair from ponytails along with headaches that ponytails can sometimes cause. My girls wear their hair pulled up a lot for cheerleading, so I am stocking up on these now!

Porch Rug \\ Glitter Sneakers (Not from Amazon but only $21 with code 1SMART15)

Below are some HOUSEHOLD items that I am loving on Amazon right now:

PORCH RUG:  I have this buffalo checked rug pictured above outside my front door. I bought the 24" x 51" size so it would be larger to layer under another door mat.  It is really affordable at $22 and I love that you can throw it in the washing machine when it gets dirty.

VELVET HANGERS:  I switched all of my hangers to velvet ones a year ago and am so glad I did!  They don't break and don't cause those annoying bumps on clothing items that plastic hangers can cause.  Also, they are thinner than other hangers, so you can fit more in your closet.  This is the best price I have found on them and they are an Amazon Prime item, so win/win!

JEWELRY CLEANER:  A jewelry cleaner in a portable wand?  Genius!  You can throw this in your purse and use it on the go.  It is a little brush that can get in all those hard to reach places in your ring and it is priced under $20.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL DEODORIZER:  I posted about these on my Instagram Stories a while back and got so many DMs from you all either that you already use these or that you were planning to order them after I posted about them!  Drop one of these little lemon scented balls in your garbage disposal and your sink instantly smells like fresh lemons.  I have been using these for years, and Amazon has the best pricing I have found.

CONSOLE TABLE:  This is such a pretty table to place in an entryway or behind the sofa.  I love the light wood stain and you cannot beat the price at around $100!

MATTRESS:  Before I ordered this mattress, I must say that I was very hesitant to order one sight unseen from Amazon.  But, I did my research and found this one that has over 25,000 great reviews! We have this mattress in our guest room and our guests always comment that the bed is so comfortable. I have slept on it as well and agree.  The queen size is priced under $260 and it ships for free with Prime!

I hope this post was helpful to you.  If you purchase any items from this post, I would love to hear about it.  Feel free to send me an email or comment below.  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!

$750 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway
It's officially Spring and time to treat yourself to some shopping! I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to give you a chance to win a $750 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, April 9th at 12am PST. 
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Monday, March 18, 2019

A Verstaile Dress that helps a great cause






If you have been following me for a while, you know that I am all about buying versatile pieces that can be worn multiple ways.  When I saw this GREY MAXI DRESS from Talbots, I thought it was the perfect addition to my wardrobe.  Before I talk about different ways to style the dress, I wanted to let you know my favorite thing about it.  (Hint - It has nothing to do with what the dress looks like!)

Talbots has worked with O, The Oprah Magazine, to create a capsule collection and this dress is part of that collection.  (I love Talbots and Oprah, so I knew it would be good!)  My favorite part about this collection is that 30% of the net proceeds go to DRESS FOR SUCCESS.  This amazing organization is committed to helping women reach their fullest potential in life and work. According to the Dress For Success website, they are "an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, andante development tools to help women thrive in work and life."

You can give back and support Dress For Success in a few different ways.  First, you can purchase a piece from O, The Oprah Magazine collection from February 19 to March 31.  30% of the net proceeds from this collection go to Dress For Success.  During these dates, you can also make a monetary donation to Dress For Success at a Talbots store or on line HERE.

In addition to the partnership with Dress For Success, I love the details on this GREY MAXI DRESS and the fact that you can wear it multiple ways.  It has a flattering fit with a tie at the waist, cap sleeves and a side slit.  I dressed up the maxi a little by adding a fun leopard print scarf, some blush heeled sandals and matching blush accessories.   I plan to wear the dress in the cooler months layered under a blazer or denim jacket.  And for a more casual look, I am going to pair it with some slip on sneakers.  The possibilities are endless!


 

Before I go, I also have to share this adorable RAINCOAT and these pull on JEGGINGS that are also from Talbots.  Although they are not part of The Oprah Magazine collection, I wanted to share them because like the dress, they are versatile pieces that can be worn a bunch.  I love this raincoat so much I have even worn it when it isn't raining!  It is a perfect weight for Spring and I am in love with the color blocking.  And pull on jeggings can be worn with just about anything.  When you visit a Talbots store or their online shop to look at O, The Oprah Magazine capsule collection, you may want to take a look at these pieces too.

Be sure you check out my Talbots coupon page HERE for any available deals and promo codes.  For daily Smart Southern Style inspiration, be sure follow me on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.  I always appreciate you stopping by the blog!

A big thanks to Talbots and Stylinity for sponsoring this post.  All ideas, opinions and photographs are my own.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

My favorite style trend for spring

 


SIMILAR MULES HERE & HERE \\ EARRINGS 

Spring is finally here!  I love the fresh start that a new season brings and the opportunity to switch up my wardrobe to match the changing temperatures.  One of the style trends I am always a fan of in the spring is a kimono.  They are an easy way to elevate a very basic outfit and there are several ways to wear them.

One of the style options that I am sharing in these photos is to pair a kimono with some jeans and a basic t-shirt or cami.  You instantly look more put together with very little effort.  As I am sure my fellow busy mamas can agree, the less effort required to look put together the better!  As it warms up, you can also pair a kimono with a tank and shorts for a similar cute look.




Another way to style a kimono is to layer it over a dress. This will completely change the look of a basic tank or t-shirt dress.  It is a great way to add some additional color and dimension to an outfit with very little effort.  A kimono a also great option to wear over a dress to provide some warmth if you are going out at night when it could be a bit chilly.  Lastly, you can use a kimono as a cover-up over your swimsuit when you are at the pool or beach.

Kimonos come in all price points and the two I am styling in this post are very affordable at under $30.  They come in all different lengths and styles and I am sharing a few others I am loving below.  I have linked my outfits as well as my other kimono picks under each photo, so if you want to shop any of these items, just click the link below the photo.




I hope this post gave you some style inspiration on how to incorporate a kimono into your spring wardrobe.  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-April Showers Rafflecopter GiveawayWith Spring upon us and April showers ahead, I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give YOU a chance to win: a pair of Hunter Rain Boots of your choice ($150 value), a Hunter Umbrella of your choice ($50-60 value) and a pair of Hunter Rain Boot Socks of your choice ($50 value). That way you'll be fully prepared for those April Showers.  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 03/18/2019.Winner will be announced here. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, March 4, 2019

My everyday make up routine




Happy March, friends!  One of the blog posts that you all have requested the most is a round up of the make up products that I wear everyday. By no means am I a beauty or make up expert, but I have tried enough different products over the years to know what works best for me. I have included all of the products that I use below with links to each item. I hope this is helpful!  Also, don't forget to read all the way to the end of this post, because I have a fun surprise for you!

FOUNDATION:

I don't like a super thick foundation, so I mix a foundation and a tinted moisturizer for a more natural look.  I use this CLINIQUE FOUNDATION that improves skin radiance.  I wear the color "Neutral" & love the light reflecting quality of this product.  I mix it with this LAURA MERCIER TINTED MOISTURIZER in color "Natural Radiance".  I use equal parts of each and use this FOUNDATION BRUSH to apply.

POWDER:

I started using this BECCA POWDER about a year ago and love it.  It is very lightweight and blurs imperfections with a little luminosity.  I wear the color "Golden Hour" which I think would look good on any skin tone.  I use this POWDER BRUSH to apply.

CONCEALER:

I use this BENEFIT CONCEALER in shade light / medium.  I like that it comes in a little pot so you can use as little or as much as you need.  I use this CONCEALER BRUSH to apply.

BLUSH:

This NARS BLUSH has been my go to for years.  I wear the color "Orgasm" which is a neutral peachy pink that would look good on most any skin tone.  I like the angle and size of this BLUSH BRUSH.

HIGHLIGHER:

I started using this TARTE HIGHLIGHTER STICK about a year ago and love it.  I like that you can just roll it up, put in on your cheek bones (or wherever you want) and you are good to go! No mess, no applicators - so easy!

EYE SHADOW:

Before I put on my eyeshadow, I used this BENEFIT EYE SHADOW PRIMER.  It is a nude color and just helps your eyeshadow stay on better.  I have green eyes so I like to use some purple tones to bring out the color of my eyes.

With that said, if you have a different color eye, these colors may not be a great option for you.  Either way, they are all MAC EYESHADOWS and they come in TONS to colors so you are sure to find one that works well for you skin and eye color.  I use VEX as my all over color, HAUX on my eyelid & TRAX on my crease.

I use the following brushes for my shadow:  EYESHADOW BRUSH for all over the eye, EYELID BRUSH, & CREASE BRUSH.

EYE LINER:

Keeping the purple theme of my eye shadows, I also use this purple MAC LIQUID EYE LINER in color "Macroviolet".  I use a thin EYE LINER BRUSH to get a more detailed line.

MASCARA:

I love this BENEFIT MASCARA.  I have tried just about every mascara out there and this one makes my lashes look the longest.  Prior to applying the mascara, I use this CLINIQUE LASH PRIMER.  It helps the mascara stay on better and I think it helps my lashes look thicker too.

EYEBROWS:

I have light eyebrows, so I like to shade them to make them show up on my face a little better.  I use this BENEFIT EYEBROW KIT for shaping and filling my brows.  It comes in 6 different shades and I wear shade "02 - Light".

LIPSTICK:

Several times a week, I get a DM on Instagram asking which brand and color of lipstick I wear.  I actually have 3 different lipsticks that I rotate between, depending on what color I want.  The color I wear the most is this MAC LIPSTICK in the color "O".  It is a taupe plum color, and is definitely a darker shade.  When I want to wear more of a neutral taupe color, I will wear this URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK in the color "Backdoor".  Finally, when I want a lighter pink/plum shade, I wear this MAC LIPSTICK in the color "Plum Dandy".

I always wear lip liner with my lipsticks.  Before applying lipstick, I line my lips and completely fill them in with a lip liner.  I think this helps the lipstick stay on much better.  I wear one of two different color depending on if I want more of a dark bold lip or an everyday lip.  For a dark plum lip, I wear this MAC LIPLINER in the color "Plum".  Most days, I wear this neutral MAC LIPLINER in the color "Spice" under any of my lipsticks.

I hope this make up roundup was helpful!  If you have any questions about my makeup routine, feel free to comment 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-April Showers Rafflecopter GiveawayWith Spring upon us and April showers ahead, I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give YOU a chance to win: a pair of Hunter Rain Boots of your choice ($150 value), a Hunter Umbrella of your choice ($50-60 value) and a pair of Hunter Rain Boot Socks of your choice ($50 value). That way you'll be fully prepared for those April Showers.  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 03/18/2019.Winner will be announced here. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

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