Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wardrobe Staple ~ Denim Romper

Some things never go out of style ~ like a good denim romper or jumpsuit.  I'm such a fan of this versatile piece that I've added it to the list of wardrobe staples I give my personal styling clients.  I've had this denim romper in my closet for about six years (possibly more) and it's still on heavy rotation.  It's easy to dress down, with trendy kicks and a cute backpack, but my favorite way to wear it is dressed up with strappy heels and a leopard belt like I'm wearing here.

~ What I'm Wearing ~

Denim Romper: New York & Co (old) | Similar
Turquoise Bib Necklace: Stella & Dot (retired) | Love this one from Kendra Scott
Leopard Print Belt: Michael Kors (old) | Identical
Turquoise Tote: The Loft Boutique (old) | Similar
Strappy Block Heeled Sandals: Nordstrom
Gold Aviators: Stella & Dot

Another great thing about the denim romper is can take you from season to season.  I've worn mine three out of four seasons over the years.  Since this one has been such a great closet staple I'm considering adding this jumpsuit to my wardrobe.  I can just picture it with booties and a cargo vest for fall!


Photographer: My beautiful friend, artist and fellow bloggerHannah Betzel

Friday, August 19, 2016

Summer Style ~ Rompin Around Apalachicola

I've always been a big fan of a girl's day out ~ especially when it involves shopping and lunching with my favorite ladies while on vacation!  We always take a day while on our annual beach trip to spend time, just us girls, shopping the local Apalachicola boutiques like La Robe and Deep Southern and eating yummy fish tacos at Tamara's Cafe.  Keeping cool (well, as cool as you can when it's over 100 degrees out), looking cute (again, as cute as you can when it's over 100 degrees out) and staying comfortable (same ;-)) are important on GDO and this ivory romper and gold gladiators were the perfect OOTD.  Plus, it is easy to get in and out of, which is key when you are trying on all those cute clothes at the boutiques!

~ What I'm Wearing ~

Ivory Tiered Romper: Entourage Clothing (The one I'm wearing is sold out but here's a similar one)
Bralette: Entourage Clothing
Gladiators: Similar
Tassel Earrings: Stella & Dot
Gold Aviators: Stella & Dot

So now that vacation is over and done with and (as I've mentioned before) fall clothes are hitting my styling room by the box full, I'm ready to break out the flannel and boots!  But fall fashion transition happens slowly in the South.  Adding some fall to your wardrobe here means wearing fall colors, booties and a light layer or two until the temps turn cooler...which will probably be another two months (or more).  Another great way to add some fall to your look when it's still hot out is by trading in your summer bag for one in a fall hue, like brown, mustard or oxblood.  I've got my eye on this beauty to start carrying in September!



Photos by GiGi Hall in beautiful Apalachicola, Florida

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Vacation Style ~ OTS Top and Cutoffs

Fall is just around the corner.  The kids are heading back to school, the September fall fashion magazines are arriving daily and our latest shipments at Entourage have been full of flannel, suede and cozy knits but summer is still here ~ at least for a few more weeks.  There are still vacations to be had and beaches to visit before the temps turn cold so... this week on the blog I'm sharing the last two looks from our recent beach vacation before I start the fall transition outfits! (Fall transition can be tricky in Georgia since it stays freaking hot here until about October!! More on that later.)

I was a little late to the OTS (off the shoulder) trend party.  It seemed like every blogger out there was daily wearing OTS tops or dresses but not this girl until this pretty pink top hit my styling room!  The color of the top is the same as my favorite lippie of the summer so match made in heaven, right?  The top looks great with distressed white jeans, a flowy summer skirt or cutoffs, like I'm wearing here.

~ What I'm Wearing ~

Floral Off The Shoulder Top: Entourage Clothing (sold out) | Similar
Denim Cutoff Shorts: Entourage Clothing
Straw Fedora: (old) | Identical
Lippie: Bella by Stila
Leather Wrap Bracelet: Stella & Dot (It's been my daily go-to this summer!)
Statement Earrings: Stella & Dot (They can be worn two ways!)

I'm glad I finally joined the OTS trend party!  I'll be sharing another OTS look on the blog soon as well as looks from The Blog Societies Conference (best.weekend.ever) and some summer to fall looks, so stay tuned! ;-)


Photographer ~ Gi Gi Hall at St. George Island Plantation

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Backpacks ~ The Hottest Trend in Bags

Backpacks are the hottest trend in bags right now.  Last year it was all about the crossbody, they are still in and will never go out, but this season backpacks are everywhere, in every price point and from just about every designer.  I'll have to admit, I was not a fan at first.  Vera Bradley sent me this quilted beauty for Mother's Day and I didn't carry it for at least a month.  I mean, I'm 48, not a college kid and I'm such a traditional bag style girl I just couldn't see myself toting a backpack but... once I gave it a try I was HOOKED!  It's been my go-to bag this summer and I already have this one ready for fall.  What do I love about backpacks?  The ease, the room, and of course, being on trend!  I wish they had been popular when my kids were little because they are the ultimate "busy mom on the go bag"!  So much more stylish than a diaper bag or oversized tote!

Quilted Leather Backpack: Vera Bradley c/o
The rest of this outfit will be on the blog soon but I wanted to share the backpack now because if you are anything like me, the first thing I do when a new season is about to start is get a new bag and I didn't want you to miss out! ;-)

Here are a several more great backpacks at all price points and in different colors and materials.  Happy Fall-Bag-Shopping!!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Vacation Style ~ Floral Romper

It's August, y'all!  This summer has flown by!!  It's still technically summer, even though with the start of August comes the fall fashion rush, so I'll be posting summer looks here as well as some pre-fall outfits until summer is really over!  I wear a lot more florals in the spring and summer than I do in the fall and winter and my vacation style this year was very floral heavy.  The bold pattern and colors of this romper got me right away!  Plus The Hubs loves this coral color on me so I knew it was a vacation/summer must have!

~ What I'm Wearing ~

Floral Romper: Entourage Clothing
Straw Bag: "Vintage" Michael Kors | Current version here
Heels: Colin Stuart (Old) | Similar
Aviators: Stella & Dot
Chandelier Earrings: Stella & Dot
Stone Bracelet: Stella & Dot

This Thursday I head to Charleston for The Blog Societies annual conference.  It's my first time going and I'm excited, nervous and scrambling on what to bring and wear.  The new business cards didn't happen (I have business cards, I just wanted to freshen them up), I'm currently working on my media kit and I have yet to pack or even decide what to wear.  A few super cute outfits came in at work this past week, one is a floral jumpsuit and another is floral dress, both of which I'm obsessed with so they will most likely be making the cut but I need at least three more outfits.  Here are a few options I'm considering...

Which are your favorites?  Tweet me, snap me, Insta me or comment below!  I've got to pack by Wednesday night!!


Photos taken at St. George Island Plantation by Virginia Hall

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Vacation Style ~ The Cold Shoulder

This past week my family and I spent the week at St. George Island, Florida, for our annual beach vacation.  Is there anything better than a week at the beach with the people you love most?  It was a much needed week of R&R and family time.  Last year I planned about ten blog worthy outfits to shoot while on vacation but this year... only four.  The few weeks leading up to vacation were crazy at work and I only had one night, the night before we left, to outfit plan and pack, so...

We only went out for dinner one night this vacation and this flowey little cold shoulder tunic dress was perfect for the occasion.  I thought the pretty pastel colors were perfect for the beach and the cold shoulder trend is one of my favorites of the season.

~ What I'm Wearing ~

Cold Shoulder Tunic Dress: Entourage Clothing (sold out) | This one is really pretty and a great price!
Wood Heel Sandals: Colin Stuart (old) | Similar
Silver Layered Necklace: Stella & Dot
Sunnies: Stella & Dot
White Leather Wrap Bracelet: Stella & Dot (I wear it almost daily!)

The sun was setting when we ran out to shoot these pictures after dinner so they are a little dark (and I'm the worst at editing!!) but is there any better backdrop for pictures than the beach?!


Pictures taken at St. George Island Plantation by my favorite beach photographer, Virginia Hall!