Tuesday, October 22, 2019

GIBSON X HI SUGARPLUM HOLIDAY COLLECTION


I am so excited to be sharing some of my favorite pieces from the new Holiday collection by Gibson & Cassie from Hi Sugarplum!  I have bought so many pieces by Gibson over the years and it is one of my go-to brands that Nordstrom carries.  You all seem to really like all the Gibson pieces that I have shared in the past, and I am sure that you will love this new collection as much as I do.

If you have been following me for any length of time, you know I am a big fan of fun prints, reasonable price points and versatile pieces to wear multiple ways.  The new Holiday collection has all of these qualities and I love every single piece and color option!  You can mix and match so many of the items, the prints and colors are perfect for the holidays and each piece is very flattering.  Almost every piece in the collection is priced under $100.

Cassie's previous collections have sold out quickly, so if you are interested in an item, I would recommend snagging it!  These pieces are only available on line (not in stores) and Nordstrom always offers free shipping and free returns in case something doesn't work out.  You can click the name of the item you are interested in under each photo and you will be directed to the retailer's website to purchase. I have shared sizing information under each photo as well, so be sure to read that to know what size will work best for you.  I emphasized any sizing that is not typical in italics for your reference.




It's no secret that I am a huge fan of animal print, so when I saw this LEOPARD PRINT SKIRT, I knew I had to have it!  It has a cute tie at the waist and I love the shimmer in the fabric.  The skirt runs true to size to slightly large, and runs long.  If you are 5'7" or shorter, I recommend getting a petite if you want it to hit above the knee.  Also, if you are in between sizes, I recommend sizing down.  I love the versatility of this skirt and think it will go with so many different tops!  I paired it with this RED SATIN TOP from the collection.  I love the ruffle at the neck and it also has a tie at the back.  The top runs true to size.  Both of these pieces could easily be worn other times throughout the year, in addition to during the holidays.




You can also pair the LEOPARD PRINT SKIRT with a top in the same print for a dress silhouette.  This LEOPARD PRINT TOP is the same style as the red one above, and runs true to size.  For a different look, I added a BLACK VELVET BLAZER also from the collection.  I love the notch collar and know I will be wearing this blazer a bunch throughout the holiday season.  The blazer also runs true to size.





This PLAID DRESS is such a classic style for the holidays!  The cut is flattering and I love the sash that ties at the waist.  I tied mine in the back, but you could also tie a bow in the front.  I found this dress to run long and slightly small.  If you are 5'7" or shorter, I recommend getting a petite if you want it to hit above the knee. I also recommend sizing up one from your regular size if you are in between sizes, as it runs slightly snug in the bodice.  I layered it with the same BLACK VELVET BLAZER as above and added some BLACK BOOTIES for an edgier look.  You could also wear it with BLACK SANDALS or BLACK HEELS for a more classic look.




I love wearing a little bling every now and then, and this GOLD SEQUIN TOP is a great option when you want to add some sparkle to your outfit.  It has a flattering boat neck and a lower scoop neck in the back. I like the length of the sleeves too!  I paired it with WIDE LEG PANTS that are also from the Holiday collection.  The pants have pockets (woohoo!) and they also have a pretty satin band at the waist.  I added the same BLACK VELVET BLAZER to finish off the look.  Everything I am wearing here runs true to size.




This RED VELVET TOP is the same style as the gold sequin one I shared above.  The color is gorgeous and perfect for all of your holiday festivities.  I paired it with a pretty BLACK FLORAL SKIRT.  This skirt is the same style as the leopard one above.  As with the leopard one, the floral skirt runs true to size to slightly large, and runs long.  If you are 5'7" or shorter, I recommend getting a petite if you want it to hit above the knee. Also, if you are in between sizes, I recommend sizing down.  The top runs true to size.  

Each piece that I shared comes in additional colors and patterns and there are other styles including a PLEATED SKIRTSEQUIN DRESS and V-NECK TANK in the collection too.  You can SHOP THE FULL COLLECTION HERE.  I hope you found a new piece or two to add to your holiday wardrobe.  I know I will be wearing my Gibson x Hi Sugarplum pieces all holiday season long and will be sharing more on my LIKEtoKNOW.itINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK with different ways to style each piece. Huge congrats to Gibson and Cassie for this amazing collection!

Monday, October 14, 2019

DATE NIGHT OUTFIT IDEAS


Recently, I put a question box on my INSTAGRAM Stories for you to ask me anything - personal questions, links for outfits I have posted and any requests for specific content.  One of the requests I received was to do a blog post about DATE NIGHT OUTFIT IDEAS.  Ask, and you shall receive!  I have rounded up several looks that are perfect for a night out - either with your significant other or your girlfriends.  I have included links to each outfit under the photo as well as sizing information.  I hope you find some outfit inspiration in this post!


This BELL SLEEVE DRESS is easy to throw on and still look put together for a night out.  It is a light weight material, so not something you will want to wear when it is really cold, but it is perfect for this time of year.  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.


I love bold colored dresses and think a RED DRESS is perfect for fun night out. I paired it with some SNAKESKIN BOOTIES (SIMILAR), and it would also look cute with LEOPARD BOOTIES.  I added my go-to MOTO JACKET & a fun BLACK BAG (SIMILAR) and think this look is perfect for a date night.  The jacket runs true to size.


A double breasted LEOPARD BLAZER?!?  Yes please!  I think this blazer is so fun for a night out.  It is super soft too!  I like rolling up the sleeves to see a bit of the black lining. I paired it with BLACK JEANS but it would also look great with a skirt.  The blazer runs true to size.  


This pretty FLORAL DRESS has already been in heavy rotation for me this fall.  It is nice and loose, so it doesn't show if I have one too many tacos.  Ha!  I have it paired with my TAUPE BOOTIES and will wear with over the knee BOOTS when it is cooler.  I find that the dress runs large, so I recommend sizing down. I am wearing a size small.  I recommend sizing up 1/2 size in the booties. 


This HALTER TOP is great for date night.  Pair it with black jeans for a more casual look or with a BLACK MIDI SKIRT for a dressier look.  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 top and skirt both run true to size.


I love a good PLAID BLAZER and jeans paired together.  This look can transition easily from the office to a night out.  You could also swap out of the booties for some HEELS for a dressier look.  I recommend sizing down in the jeans and size up 1/2 size in the booties.  

BLACK HALTER TOP \\ JEANS
GOLD BRACELETS \\ OPEN TOE BOOTIES (SIMILAR)

This BLACK HALTER TOP is similar to the animal print one I posted above.  This one ties at the back of the neck and is a thicker jersey material.  I am wearing it with JEANS but it would also look cute with a LEOPARD PRINT SKIRT.  The top runs true to size.  


Here is one last look for some date night outfit inspo.  The PINK HALTER TOP I am wearing here is the same top as the black one above.  I paired it with a FLORAL MIDI SKIRT.  I love that the skirt is a little higher in the front than the back. I added a DENIM JACKET and some over the knee BOOTS to finish off the look.  Each item in this outfit runs true to size.  

I hope you found some date night outfit inspiration in this post.  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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$650 Homegoods Giveaway
Time to treat yourself to some Fall shopping at Homegoods!
I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to give one lucky winner
a chance to win a $650 Homegoods 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, October 22nd at 12am PST
Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
*this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Homegoods.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Fall Sweaters Under $50

Runs slightly large - Wearing a Medium, but could have worn a Small

Happy Fall! It is FINALLY starting to feel like fall here in Charlotte and I couldn't be happier.  Since sweater weather is here at last, I wanted to share 10 of my favorite fall sweaters that are all priced under $50.  Links to shop as well as sizing information is located under each photo.

Runs large - Wearing a Small

Runs TTS - Wearing a Medium

Runs slightly large - Wearing a Medium but could have worn a Small

Runs TTS - Wearing a Medium

Runs TTS - Wearing a Small

Runs large - Wearing a Small

Runs TTS - Wearing a Small

Runs TTS - Wearing a Medium

Runs TTS - Wearing a Small

I hope you found some affordable fall sweaters that you like in this post.  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.  And keep reading below for a chance to win $650 to HomeGoods to do some fall shopping!  Thanks so much for reading Smart Southern Style!

$650 Homegoods Giveaway
Time to treat yourself to some Fall shopping at Homegoods!
I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to give one lucky winner
a chance to win a $650 Homegoods 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, October 22nd at 12am PST
Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
*this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Homegoods.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Versatile Fall Fashion with The Charlotte Today Show

On the set with Colleen Odegaard, the host of Charlotte Today

Fall weather is starting to arrive here in Charlotte...albeit very slowly!  I hope you are enjoying some nice weather wherever you are.  Speaking of fall, on my most recent segment on the Charlotte Today show, I shared how to style one fall piece multiple ways.  If you are new around here, I am an occasional fashion contributor on the Charlotte Today show which airs every weekday on NBC.  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.  Courtney from The Dainty Darling (Instagram & Blog), Molly from Stilettos & Diapers (Instagram & Blog), Anna from Peppered In Style (Instagram & Blog) & Rachel from Queen City Chic (Instagram & Blog).  I have linked their Instagrams and blogs so you can give them a follow!

I partnered with a local boutique, Luxe Angel Boutique, to provide clothes for me and the models.  They have a great selection of affordable clothes, accessories and shoes and I love that they have pieces that you won't find anywhere else.  Luxe Angel is located at The Shops at Morrison near SouthPark Mall and they also have a great online store for those of you who are not local, which you can visit HERE.


On the show, I talked about fall trends and ways to maximize what is already in your closet.  For example, both Anna and Rachel are both wearing the same SNAKESKIN DRESS.  However, each looks is completely different.  Anna is wearing the dress with BLACK SANDALS for a dressier look.  This dress would also look great layered with a black blazer or moto jacket as the weather cools off.  Rachel is styling the same dress as a duster by unbuttoning it and layering over a tank. She paired the duster with some BLACK JEANS & BLACK SNEAKERS for a cute casual look.  As it cools off, swap out the tank for a long sleeve black tee.

The second piece we styled two different ways is this pair of FRAY HEM JEANS.  Courtney has a more casual look with a COLOR BLOCK SWEATER and TAN WEDGE BOOTIES.  She cuffed the jeans which is an easy way to give your jeans a different look.  Molly styled the same pair of jeans, but with a dressier look.  She paired them with a pretty leopard blouse and some OPEN TOE BOOTIES.  You could also wear a black blazer over the blouse as it gets cooler outside.


Pictured from left to right:
ANNA:  SNAKESKIN DRESS \\ BLACK SANDALS
LAURA: OLIVE JACKET \\ GRAPHIC TEE \\ SNAKESKIN BOOTIES
MOLLY: FRAY HEM JEANS \\ OPEN TOE BOOTIES (Leopard top not online but available by contacting Luxe Angel)
RACHEL: SNAKESKIN DRESS \\ BLACK JEANS \\ BLACK SNEAKERS
COURTNEY: COLOR BLOCK SWEATER \\ FRAY HEM JEANS \\ TAN WEDGE BOOTIES


The OLIVE JACKET and GRAPHIC TEE that I wore during the TV segment are both pieces that can be worn multiple ways.  I will layer the jacket with a flannel top as it gets cooler.  And the graphic tee can be worn all year round.  I love wearing graphic tees by themselves and layering under a jacket, cardigan or flannel shirt when it cools off.

TO VIEW THE FULL TV SEGMENT, CLICK ON THE VIDEO BELOW.



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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