Friday, August 21, 2015

Darla ~ Savvy and Stylish at 77!

I came across this cute video yesterday of Darla Shaw and I watched it at least ten times!  This sassy lady is fun, confident, eccentric and totally gets why accessories make an outfit!  She's what I hope to be like in 30 years ~ still rocking my favorite jewels, scarves, hats and bags ~ and by then my collection will be HUGE!  I've always said that accessories are my favorite part of fashion (hence the reason I sell them).  They let you show your creativity and tell people who you are without saying a word.  Accessories are the easiest and most inexpensive way to update your wardrobe.   My favorite quote by Darla is, "Bling sells, it sells your personality, it tells who you are.  Sometimes I tend to over bling but there is something special because when you sparkle your personality sparkles."  Amen to that, Darla!!

Watch and enjoy The Wonderful World of Darla!!

Below are a few of my favorite accessories (click the picture for details)



XO Elizabeth

Thursday, August 20, 2015

JORD and a Jumpsuit

I love a good jumpsuit and I love a good piece of jewelry.  What's even better is when they are both functional and fabulous!

Jumpsuits are easy to toss on and go.  They can work for all kinds of occasions ~ from brunch with friends to dinner out with The Hubs, from a business casual office to a red carpet event ~ I've worn a jumpsuit for all of these environments and events.  It's all about the accessories and completer pieces you pair with your one piece wonder.

My iPhone replaced my watch years ago but when I was introduced to these beautiful JORD wood watches I knew I had to add one to my daily arm party.  I'm all about unique pieces and JORD does them well!  They have watches for both men and women in all different woods, shapes, faces and sizes.  They also fit the watch to you before it's shipped out so it comes ready to wear!  This Kora Wood and Rose Gold beauty is next on my wish list!

Arm Party! Pearl Spike Cuff"Ely" JORD Wood Watch in mapleSawyer Stone Stretch Bracelet




~ What I'm Wearing ~

Olive Utility Jumpsuit: Forever 21 | The one I'm wearing just sold out online but I found a few more almost-identical options HEREHERE and HERE that are all under $35!  I'm ordering the long sleeve version in blue for fall.
Gold Wedges: Y'all these things are soooo old and they are still some of my favorites!  They are by Steve Madden and currently not available (because they are so old, ha!).  Here are a few similar options ~ ZapposDV by Dolce VitaCandie's (These are under $25!)
Tote: Tory Burch | I've been carrying this bag for three summers now and I still love it.  Nothing says "summer" like a straw and metallic tote!  HERE's another great summer tote you can carry now and pull out again next summer!
Necklaces: Stella & Dot Hibiscus Pendant (you can wear it in three different lengths) and Zuni Necklace (it's four necklaces in one!)
Bracelets: Pearl Spike Cuff and Sawyer Stretch Bracelet
Wood Watch: JORD
Pedi Polish: Turquoise by Absolute New York
Mani Polish: Southern Belle by Sinful Colors | I was given this polish color for review.  It's not available yet online.  HERE's a similar shade.







How fun is this wall?!?! I love my beautiful town!







Side note ~ Olive is my color obsession right now.  It pairs beautifully with any color from other neutrals to bold brights and it transitions from season to season.

XO

Elizabeth



Photos by my fabulous blogger bests JennySue Makeup and Hey There Sunshine



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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Empire State Finery Trunk Show

As a blogger/stylist I go to a lot of events and most of them are in Atlanta, which is a 1-2 hour drive depending on venue, so I was really excited when one of my favorite local Athens boutiques, Heery's, said they were having an Empire State Finery trunk show hosted by one of my all time favorite bloggers (and WC), Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha.  I was not familiar with Empire State Finery until the trunk show and now this accessory loving girl is a huge fan!  This super cool jewelry line was founded by Paige Booker and Alice Trahant right here in Georgia, which is the Empire State of the South, hence the name. Their line of hand crafted necklaces pays homage to their southern heritage and features everything from vintage vinyl to salmon vertebrae, boars tusk (my favorite) to bullet shells.  There is a casual vibe to the line making each necklace an everyday essential but a statement piece at the same time.  I got to spend some time with one of the designers, Alice, and hear about how Empire State Finery got it's start, how much it's grown in the past two years and their exciting plans for the future.

Empire State Finery's necklaces are made from a variety of materials which makes each piece unique.

This is three necklaces layered together to make a serious statement!

The porter jr. is right up my alley in my favorite color, turquoise.

The emmett is my favorite piece in the line.  It has so many beautiful colors that the styling options are endless!

The event's hostess, Mandy, of Waiting on Martha.  If you don't follow her and read her blog you are missing out!  She's amazing!

Alice, one of the super talented designers of Empire State Finery.


You can find out more about Empire State Finery and purchase these unique pieces HERE.

Thanks Heery'sMandy and Empire State Finery for a great time!

XO
Elizabeth



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tie-Dye Tunic

Tie-dye is everywhere right now and I'm glad because I'm really loving it!  It's kind of boho/hippy and trendy at the same time.  I scooped up this cute tie-dye tunic on a recent stop at Entourage.  The wear-with-everything black and white pattern and the fun high/low hem sold me!  It's great for summer with shorts and a kimono (or alone) but will transition well into fall with black skinnies and an open-front cardigan.








~ What I'm Wearing ~

Tie-Dye Tunic: Entourage | This one is sold out online but I found two similar tanks here and here.
Kimono: The Loft Boutique c/o | Sold out online. Similar here.
White Denim Cutoffs: Target
Black Lace-up Low Wedges: Target | Sold out online. Edgier version here.
Clutch: Stella & Dot
Bianca LariatCrescent Bar NecklacePave Triangle Ear JacketsCady Wrap BraceletOdette Ring
Turquoise Pedi Polish: Absolute New York
Sunnies: Coach








Are you a fan of the tie-dye trend?
XO

Elizabeth



Photos by Virginia Hall


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Monday, August 3, 2015

Rompin

Rompers and jumpsuits are the best thing since Betty White if you ask me!  Honestly, I'm slightly obsessed.  Once piece dressing is just so easy!  Toss it on, add some accessories and you're done.  The only drawback is getting (almost) completely undressed when you have to use the restroom, but to me the benefits of comfort and ease balance out the inconvenience of a bathroom break.

Savvy Style Tip: Rompers can look too "little girl" if they have ruffles, lace and cut in hems on the shorts.  To make a romper age appropriate keep the style and detail simple and classic.




~ What I'm Wearing ~

Romper: Entourage Boutique | The one I'm wearing is sold out but they have the same style in taupe with navy embroidery Here.
Straw Fedora: Target
Sunnies: Similar
Chandeliers: Stella & Dot
Necklace: Stella & Dot | I'm wearing the top piece to the Rebel Cluster.
Bangle: Stella & Dot
















How do you feel about the romper/jumpsuit trend?

XO
Elizabeth



Photos by Virginia Hall



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Friday, July 31, 2015

Flashback Friday ~ Family Beach Vacation 2015

We've been back from our annual family beach vacation for almost two weeks now and I'm already wishing we could go back!  Having an entire week on quality family time is precious and something I don't take for granted.  Here are a few moments from this years' trip to St. George Island...

My family makes me smile!
There are a ton of dolphin at St. George and one of my favorite things to do while we are there is take the kayak out and get as close to them as possible!  We've had some very close encounters over the years!

Girl's Shopping day!
(What I'm Wearing ~ Dress: Forever 21, Bag: Versona Accessories, Jewelry: Stella & Dot)

While the girls go shopping the guys go deep sea fishing.  It's one the highlights of my son's year!

Dinner at Up The Creek.
(What I'm Wearing ~ Tank: Entourage, Shorts: Loft, Shoes: T.J.Maxx (old) Similar, All of our Jewelry: Stella & Dot)

Early morning kayaking with The Hubs.

While on vacation I trade in my usual workout routine of running and the gym for biking and walking on the beach!

Pre-shopping car selfie
My family, my heart!
Colton, Megan, Madison, Chad, Me and The Hubs

The Herrin's, Hall's and Cape's at St. George Island.  We were missing four Herrin's this year.  My brother-in-law and his family couldn't make it out from California due to some other commitments.  It's the first time in the (very) long history of our family vacation that people were missing.  We are looking forward to Christmas when we are all together.



We are blessed to be able to have this time together, away from it all, each summer.  It's one of my favorite weeks of the year.  Did you and yours get to get away this summer?

XO
Elizabeth



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Swimsuit Story

Here's a little tidbit about me, I've always been an avid exerciser but I've also always struggled with my weight.  I've been every size from a 00 to a 12.  Seriously.  Many summers I've been in good enough shape to wear bikini while at the beach or pool.  But there have been some years, like after babies and after my daughter's long hospital stay where I lived on cafeteria food and cupcakes, that I've had to switch to a one-piece or tankini to spare everyone from the sight of my, um, not-so-toned midsection.  Last summer I reaped the rewards of a year of really hard work and a strict diet and was able to bring a wardrobe of bikini's with me to the beach.  Well, this summer rolled around and after a long year of a lot of stress, I've gained fifteen pounds and the bikini's were staying home.  It used to be that stress caused me to loose weight but once I reached 40 it has done the opposite.  The over 40 weight struggle is real, friends!  One of my dear friends described trying to keep your weight down after 45 like trying to keep a beach ball under the water.  The minute you force it down it pops right back up again!  Ugh! So I had to go dreaded swimsuit shopping before our family beach vacation.  Fortunately there are a lot of really cute tankini's and one piece swimsuits out there.  There are also cute cover-ups for the beach/pool days you're wanting to just sit under the umbrella and read a good book.

I love mixing patterns, even with my swimsuits!
Striped Halter Tankini Top: Target
Polka-dot Bikini Bottoms: Target
Kimono With Fringe: The Loft Boutique (sold out) Similar
Beach Read: Judy Blume
Sunnies: Quay Australia
Fedora: Target

Scarves make great cover-ups!  I'll do a tutorial soon.
Tankini Top: Victoria's Secret
Bikini Bottoms: Victoria's Secret
Large Scarf: Stella & Dot
Floppy Hat: Natural Paper Company
Sunnies: T.J.Maxx (These are similar and at the top of my wish list!)

I love a white swimsuit, especially after spending a few days in the sun.  I decided the tie-dyed bottoms, instead of white, added some interest.
Tankini Top: Victoria's Secret
Bottoms: T.J.Maxx ~ These were from one of last year's bikini's and still fit so I decided to get a tankini top to go with them.  Here's a similar option.
Flip Flops: Michael Kors
Hat: The Natural Paper Company
Sunnies: Similar
Beach Read: Judy Blume c/o PopSugar Must Have Box

I opted for a new all red tankini because I was hoping for the BayWatch effect ala Pamela Anderson.  It didn't work... ;-)
Tankini Top: Target
Tankini Bottoms: Target
Flip Flops: Michael Kors
Tie-dyed Tunic Top Used as a Cover-up: Entourage
Beach Read: Sophie Kinsella
Sunnies: Quay Australia

What's your swimsuit story?  

XO
Elizabeth

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