Monday, April 14, 2014

Encore Sip & Shop

Last Thursday night I hosted a Sip & Shop at my favorite Athens boutique, Encore.  I've been talking about and doing outfit posts from Encore for the past few weeks (if you missed the posts and some really fabulous outfits you can see them herehereherehere and here).  The Sip & Shop was the perfect way to celebrate a very successful collaboration!  We had an amazing sweets and sips table by Lisa Formaro (it was so beautiful it stopped people in their tracks!), giveaways every hour (and some very happy winners!), a 20% discount for all attendees, and personal styling by me!  We had a great turn out with everyone from friends, family, fellow bloggers, blog readers, Athens locals, regular Encore shoppers and people shopping Encore for the first time.  The night was such a success that Nikki (the fabulous owner of Encore) and I are already planning our next event!!  Stay tuned ~ you don't want to miss it!

Beautiful day for the Sip & Shop at Encore in downtown Athens, Georgia!

Getting ready!

Custom made fashion themed cookies

Some of the gorgeous sweets and flowers provided by Lisa Formaro

Encore's fabulous owner, Nikki Grant and me before the event


Mini cupcakes, rock candy treats and speciality lemonade

My beautiful blogger friend Jennifer of JennySue Makeup came out to the Encore event

The best hair stylist on earth, Sarah, of Adam and Eve Salon in Athens, Georgia

My daughters, Megan and Madison, and God-daughters, Mackenzie and Taylor enjoying the event!
(Madison, Mackenzie, Me, Megan, Taylor)

The first giveaway winner of the night (and my blogger friend), Nikka Shea of OhNikka, loving her new clutch!

My sweet son, Chad, came out to show his support (even though he'd rather be on the ball field or at Bass Pro!)

What I'm Wearing ~
Jumpsuit by Tart c/o Encore
Snakeskin, Ankle Strap Sandals by Sam Edelman c/o Encore
Necklace and Statement Ring by Boho Gal c/o Encore
Bangles Encore exclusive

Every party needs balloons!

This Tart Jumpsuit is one of the most comfortable (and slimming) things I've ever worn!

It was a great night!  Thank you to everyone who came!

XO Mz Savvy Style

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mz Savvy Style Loves Athens ~ Encore ~ Seeing Red

I love color ~ green, purple, pink, turquoise, red...  So when I saw this gorgeous shirt in the perfect shade of red while shopping at Encore I knew I had to style it! This faux wrap shirt looks amazing with these full-cut dress shorts but it would also look great with skinny jeans, a skirt or white pants.  The question I ask myself when I want to buy something is, "how many ways can I wear this piece?" If the answer is three or more then I get it, which makes this shirt a definite yes!  Nude heels elongate the leg, which is what you want when you are wearing dress shorts, and are the perfect on-trend summer sandal.  The turquoise jewelry really pops against the rich red of the shirt.  Red and turquoise is such a fun spring/summer color combo, don't you think?

What I'm Wearing ~
Red Faux Wrap Shirt: Line & Dot via Encore (Similar here and here)
Shorts: Line & Dot via Encore (These from Tory Burch are cute, more casual option)
Sandals: Sam Edelman via Encore (Loving this version with thinner ankle straps and these in snake print)
Bag, Necklaces & Bangles: Encore

If you are in the Athens/Atlanta area Thursday, April 10th, I'd love for you to join me at Encore in Athens for a Sip and Shop!  Encore is located at 186 East Clayton Street in the heart of  beautiful downtown Athens.  We will have sweets and sips, an exclusive discount, giveaways and styling tips!  Come by anytime between 6-9pm!!  Hope to see you there!

Today was the end of the $200 Encore gift card/outfit giveaway.  Congratulations Laura!  Thank you to everyone who entered!! We will do it again soon!

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XO Mz Savvy Style

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Mz Savvy Style Loves Athens ~ Encore ~ Palazzo Pants

Palazzo pants made an appearance last spring/summer and they are back even better and brighter this year.  Palazzo pants are fun to wear, you kind of feel like you are wearing your pajamas in public and getting away with it!  I went to an event at Trina Turk a few weeks ago hosted by my blogger friend, Nikka Shae, of Oh Nikka, and palazzo pants and floral shorts were on every rack which made me crave some of my own.  I was really excited when I went to Encore for my styling day and found several pair of palazzo's in the store.  It was hard to choose which to go with but I love the bright boho pattern of these.  Palazzo pants look great with a tight crop-top, and if I was about 10 years younger or really daring I'd try one, but I'm neither so I went with a slightly longer and fuller cut version of a crop-top.  I wasn't sure if something with volume on top would work with something with volume on the bottom until I tired it but the the shorter line of the top ended up balancing out the long, flowey pants well.  I choose two matching leather and suede cuffs worn on each wrist and boho inspired earrings to complete the look.  I'm also wearing VERY high heels but the pants are so long you just can't see them!  If these pants belonged to me I'd have them hemmed so they didn't drag but just skimmed the floor.  Wedges are a great footwear choice to go with palazzo pants.  I was styling and not purchasing the day I wore this outfit but I think it's one I'll go back and get this week at my Sip and Shop Event!  It's just too spring-perfect not to!

What I'm Wearing ~
Palazzo Pants: Flying Tomato via Encore (similar here and here)
Top: A+ Ellen via Encore (similar here)
Cuffs & Earrings: Encore
Bag: BCBGeneration via Encore

Speaking of the Sip and Shop I'm hosting this Thursday (April 10th) at Encore...who's coming?  It's going to be a lot of fun!!  Exclusive after hours shopping (6-9pm), a 20% discount, the latest in spring fashion and accessories, sweets and sips by Chic Sweets, GIVEAWAYS and styling tips by me!  Everyone's invited!

And...this is the last few days for the Encore outfit/gift card giveaway!  Have you entered?

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XO Mz Savvy Style

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How To Style ~ Bootcut Jeans

If you are lucky enough to work in an office/workplace that allows denim, bootcut jeans are the perfect at-work jean.  They are stylish (even though they have taken a backseat to skinny jeans and boyfriend jeans over the past few years), universally flattering and are easy to dress up.  As with any pant, fit, length and condition will dictate if your jeans are work appropriate.

First let's talk about fit ~ any garment that is too tight will make you look larger, like you are stuffing yourself into something that used to fit once upon a time but doesn't any longer.  A garment that is too large will also make you look larger.  The key to finding the perfect jean is going out and trying them on...lots of them...until you find the one that fits you just right.  When I'm working with a client I pull several sizes and styles for them and we try them all until we hit the jackpot!  Sometimes this takes several stores and brands so be patient.  Don't jean shop when you are in a hurry!  I went jean shopping the other day and must have tried on 10-15 pair before I found the ONE pair that came home with me (and I love them).  Jeans should fit very snugly when you try them on because they will stretch with wear and no one wants stretched out baggy jeans that you are tugging and pulling on all day!  Find jeans that fit the widest part of you snugly and then you can have them nipped and tucked by a tailor to get them perfect.  Because I'm a runner I tend to have bigger legs (ugh) and a smaller midsection so I usually have to have a tuck taken in the waist of my jeans.  It's an easy, inexpensive alteration that will make all the difference!

Second, length ~ length is just as important as fit.  If your jeans are too long, dragging the ground, you will look shorter and very sloppy.  If your jeans are too short you will look like you are waiting for a flood or that you shrunk them in the dryer.  I recommend to my clients that if they find the perfect jean they should buy two pair and hem one pair to wear with heels and the other to wear with flats.  Nothing ruins a look worse than jeans that are too long or too short ~ promise!

Third, condition ~ the condition of your jeans is vital to determine if they are work appropriate.  I know distressed, ripped jeans are all the rage right now (and I personally love them) but they are NOT for the work place.  If your once perfect jeans have been worn to death and have paint splatters, stains that won't come out and holes from wear they are NOT for the work place.

So what is the perfect work place jean?  A uniform dark wash, bootcut, mid-rise jean that is hemmed to the appropriate length.  When you find them you will be glad you did!

When you are styling your jeans for the workplace stick with more tailored pieces like structured jackets, button-down shirts, fitted sweaters and blouses or cardigan sweaters instead of sloppy sweatshirts or oversize t-shirts.  Save those for the weekends and invest in a few great pieces that will take your look up a notch and make you look more polished and put together.  Because dressing well is a beautiful form of politeness!

I acted as your personal shopper/stylist and found all of the items pictured above.  Just click on any of the pictures below for shopping details ~

XO Mz Savvy Style

Don't forget to enter my giveaway with Encore! Get all the details and enter here.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Mz Savvy Style Loves Athens ~ Encore ~ The LBD

There are wardrobe staples that every girl needs in her closet ~ dark wash jeans, two button down shirts, ballet flats, nude heels, cardigans, two to three pairs of tailored pants, boyfriend jeans, two skirts, simple t-shirts for layering, classic trench coat, basic accessories, black heeled knee boots, brown riding boots, wellies, jacket or blazer, black pumps and a LBD (little black dress).  As a personal stylist the wardrobe staples are the things that I focus on first when working with a client and then build out the rest of her wardrobe around them.

I'm always on the hunt for the perfect wardrobe staples to recommend to my clients and this LBD or little black dress is one that I'd love to have in my closet!  It's fit and flare styling is flattering on anyone as is the jersey fabric it's made of, the detailing of the cutouts around the neckline and hem ads interest without being overwhelming has pockets, which is always a plus in my book!  When you are looking for a little black dress look for one that can easily be dressed up or down depending on the accessories you pair with it.  In this look I styled the LBD for a night out with a cool statement necklace, a lace-up heel, a graphic clutch and of course, a red lip!

What I'm Wearing ~
(more LBD's here and here)
Statement Necklace: Boho Gal c/o Encore Athens
Graphic Clutch: BCBGeneration c/o Encore Athens
Lace-up Cage Sandals (one of spring's hottest trends): BCBGeneration via T.J.Maxx
(similar herehere and here and this leopard print pair is at the top of my wish list!)

Have you entered my giveaway yet?  It's easy to do and who wouldn't want to win a great spring outfit or a $200 Encore gift card?  Enter here ~

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XO Mz Savvy Style

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mz Savvy Style Loves Athens ~ Encore ~ Leather Joggers for Spring

I love joggers especially a great leather (or faux leather) pair (proof here and here) so when I spotted these by Line & Dot on my styling day at Encore I knew they would be the base to one of my outfit choices.  They are buttery soft and not heavy at all so they are perfect for the winter to spring transition period or to wear well on into spring especially when paired with a cute tank like the one I'm wearing.  I really love the drawstring waist detail which adds a little something when you do a front-tuck with your shirt.  Speaking of the front-tuck ~ did you know this makes you appear slimmer and your legs look longer than letting your shirt hang out or tucking it in all the way around?  Try it for yourself and see what you think.

Joggers: Line & Dot via Encore (I'd LOVE this white pair!!)
Tank: French Connection via Encore
Shoes: Anne Michelle (they kind of came home with me!) via Encore
Bag, Necklace & Earrings: Encore exclusive

Have you entered my Encore giveaway yet??  Up for grabs is your choice of the outfit I wore in this post or a $200 Encore gift card!!  Either one you choose is a win!  Enter here:

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XO Mz Savvy Style

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Mz Savvy Style Loves Athens ~ Encore and My First Ever Giveaway!!

I've got some really exciting things to share with you!!  All this week and into next I will be featuring Encore, one of my favorite shops in Athens (actually one of my favorite shops anywhere), in my blog series "Mz Savvy Style Loves Athens" and I will be showing you some of the hottest in spring fashion from the store.  I am also teaming up with Encore to do my first ever blog giveaway!  Encore and I will be giving one lucky Mz Savvy Style reader their choice of either the outfit featured in today's post or a $200.00 Encore gift card to purchase anything from the store!  Y'all, I wish I could enter ~ it's a good one!!  And...that's not all!!  I am hosting a Sip and Shop at Encore on Thursday, April 10th from 6-9pm!  There will be sweets and sips by Chic Sweets, exclusive after-hours shopping and a 20% discount, AWESOME giveaways though-out the night, styling tips by yours truly and the latest in spring clothing, shoes and accessories!  If you are anywhere near Athens I'd love for you to come out and sip, shop and style with me!!

If you follow my blog or Instagram you know how much I love Athens.  A few months ago I decided to feature my beautiful little town and some of it's shops in a series I'm calling "Mz Savvy Style Loves Athens".  I started my series last month with Agora Vintage.  If you missed any of the Agora Vintage posts you can see them herehere and here.  This week and into next I will be featuring Encore, a women's clothing and accessories boutique located on East Clayton Street in the heart of downtown Athens.  Encore has been providing the Athens area fashionistas with the latest clothes, jewelry, shoes and accessories since 1980.  Just because Encore is located in a college town doesn't mean you have to be in college to shop there.  Encore has something for everyone ~ from the tween to teen, college girl to the working girl and for the 40 something and beyond girls like me.  They also offer a items in a wide range of prices.  There really is something for everyone!  I think that's why it's one of my favorite places to shop, I can go in there and find the perfect thing for myself, for my girls, for my mom or for a friend!  

Today's outfit totally says "spring"!!  I wish the weather was saying the same thing the day I shot these pics!  It was freezing outside at the time so I kept the photo taking to inside the store which is ok because it's such a large, beautiful store it created a great backdrop!  I love the look of tailored shorts and a great nude heel.  It makes the leg look long and lean.  These tailored, floral shorts are by Line & Dot which is one of the featured lines at Encore and of which I am a huge fan!  Their clothes are on trend without being too trendy, tailored without being stuffy and classic without being boring! The fabric, cut and quality are top notch too.  I think three out of the five outfits I styled for this series have at least one Line & Dot item in them.

What I'm Wearing ~ Floral Shorts: Line & Dot (dress version here) | Peplum Top: Susana Monaco | Bag: BCBGeneration (on super sale at Encore!) | Necklace: Boho Gal | Bracelets and Earrings: Encore exclusive | Sandals: Sam Edelman (I'm thinking I will own them soon! They are the perfect spring/summer go-to shoes. Similar here, loving this metallic version and these wedges are so fun for a casual spring shoe!

All items are currently in stock and available at Encore.  You can call the store at 706-354-8826, like/message them on Facebook, visit their website or visit the store at 186 East Clayton Street, Athens, Georgia!  And of course you can come shop at Encore with me on April 10th!

Now for the giveaway!!  It starts today and will run though the morning of my shopping party, Thursday, April 10th.  The winner can choose either the outfit (Line & Dot shorts and Susana Monaco peplum top) or a $200 Encore gift card!  Good Luck!!

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