Friday, April 18, 2014

Recap: Macy's Spring Essentials Fashion Show

 
Last month was a majorly exciting one for not only my blog but for me! I was asked to co-host a fashion show at Macy's to showcase their new Impulse shopping section! I had such a blast with Sharon Delaney (who by the way was a HUGE inspiration to me growing up) as we got to chat about spring trends, what's back in style and how every day women like you and me can rock these looks and stay on budget! Suzanne Libfraind from Wardrobe Consulting did a fabulous job styling the models while a few students from the local Art Institute assisted her and the models.
 
It was seriously one of the most fun events I've ever done and reminded me of how much I missed being in front of a camera and a crowd. Scroll through to see a few photos from the event and what I wore. A HUGE thanks to Macy's for asking me to be part of this fabulous event!
 
 
So excited to walk out and see everyone!

 
Talking with Sharon about how to mix prints (I think I convinced her to do it!)

 
RACHEL Rachel Roy Open Back Jumpsuit (which is on MAJOR sale right now!) || Vince Camuto Gold Curved Cut Out Cuff || Vince Camuto Gold Green Stone Tassel Necklace || Heels (my own)
 
Thanks to Suzanne for picking out my outfit! I LOVED this open back jumpsuit

 
Diane rocked classic and elegant looks all afternoon. This black-and-white combo was perfect for her!
 
 
All the models and styling assistants with Sharon, Suzanne and myself

 
Finally got to meet Grace from Gracefullee Made in person and also met Corbin from The Classy South. Thanks for coming out and supporting me ladies!!

 
With Sharon & Suzanne after the event - so much fun!




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Outfit Post: Pre #LuckyFABB Crop Top


 
 

Crop Top with Midi Skirt Outfit
 
*photos taken by Ashley*
 
Target Crop Top (sold out but new version here)
LuLu's Jacquard Midi Skirt (sold out but everyone thought it was this Topshop version)
Zara Sandals (old but similar option from Chinese Laundry)
D'Andrea Mr. One Nighter gifted via LuckyFABB 2013 || Daisy Gem Necklace c/o (sold out - identical ILY Couture version) || Michael Kors "Bradshaw" watch (25% off with code INTHEFAMILY14) || J.Crew Classic Pavé Link bracelet || Sole Society "Smythe" Sunglasses
 
 
It's been a crazy start to April so I'm just getting around to my LuckyFABB recaps and outfits. Eeeeek! I'm already missing the warm and sunny LA weather. Seriously though, less than 10 minutes back in my stomping grounds and I felt right at home. I had the best weekend thanks to several lovely ladies who I'll be sharing about a little later on..
 
After flying in on Thursday morning, I had my hair re-colored at Ramirez Tran salon by the absolutely amazing (and my new BFF) Stephen. He is a color genius y'all and created the most perfect shade of blonde. After my marathon hair appointment, I had 2 pre-FABB events to attend and this is what I wore to both. I love a good crop top and wearing it with a modest midi skirt is my new favorite outfit. There's something sexy and ladylike about the combo don't you think? Shop my black-and-nude picks below.
 
Stay tuned for more LA pictures and re-caps! Happy Wednesday everyone! xo
 P.S. did you catch Monday's outfit post/giveaway?
 






Tuesday, April 15, 2014

D'Orsay Flats For Every Budget

D'Orsay Flat Shoes For Every Budget
 
1. Old Navy - $25 || 2. Nine West - $50 || 3. Sole Society - $55
4. Jeffrey Campbell - $130 (get 25% off with INTHEFAMILY14) || 5. Via Spiga - $180 || Alice + Olivia - $225 (get 25% off with INTHEFAMILY14)
 
I don't know about you but I am currently obsessing over these pointed toe flats. I've already nabbed one pair of d'orsays but I'm thinking about going after the Sole Society striped ones too! Perfect for jeans and heels or cute summer dresses. Based on yesterday's post and today's, it would seem that I'm really into flat shoes as of late. Who would have guessed? Happy Tuesday everyone!




Monday, April 14, 2014

April 3 for $30 Challenge & Giveaway: Pastels

 

Okay so I know you must be thinking I don't know what the heck pastels look like.. but I promise I do. If you look real close my fabulous Peter Pilotto for Target shoes and nails have pastel colors in them. The truth is I don't love the way pastels look on my skin tone so I had to make this challenge work for me and my style!
 



 
H&M Cobalt Blazer (very old but extremely similar at BooHoo)
Peter Pilotto for Target Slip On Sneakers (on clearance!)
Phillip Lim 3.1 for Target Handbag (splurge option at Net-A-Porter)
Sally Hansen "Mint Sorbet" nail polish || Vintage Sunglasses
 
I wore this outfit before I got my hair done in Raleigh a few weeks ago. It was so comfy and I can't believe how much this self-proclaimed heel lover is enjoying her slip-on sneakers! I'm even trying to figure out how I can wear them to work... I loved this blue pair so much that I got the black and white pair too (also on clearance!!)
 
As I mentioned before I don't know if a full head-to-toe pastels look is right for me, so when Candy challenged us to wear these Easter-like colors I decided to buck the norm and make this trend work for me. Nail polish is also another one of my favorite tricks to do when I'm a bit hesitant to dive head first into a new style. So I rocked my Mint Green nails with my pastel-ish muted yellow/green shoes. Just proof that you don't always have to conform ;)
 
The 3 of us are also hosting a giveaway for this fun 3 for $30 challenge including a $30 Visa giftcard! Woo-Hoo!! You can enter below!
 
If you're interested in participating in July '3 for $30', please send your name, blog title and URL to: Candy at diaryofasouthernbelle@gmail.com
 
Happy Monday!
 




Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pinspiration: Overalls

I can't even believe I'm typing this post. When this trend began to emerge again I thought "There is NO WAY I am ever wearing those again" Well Nikki, better open wide because I'm about to eat a huge mouthful of my words. Read My Lips: I've fallen in love with the Overalls Trend. However, the new versions that I'm referring to aren't your typical pair of 90's dunagrees. For 2014 it's all about skinny legs and slimmer fits. I've rounded up a few pinspiration photos with ideas on how to rock this style as well as some super rad options for you to shop. You know, for when you're ready to dive back into the overalls pool. Let's go through them together shall we?

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Now these dark denim overalls are definitely a piece any lady can get behind. The darker the rinse and the skinnier the leg, the more modern they look!
 

 
Love the idea of black denim in the form of overalls - the cute sneakers & gingham button up are icing on the cake!
 
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If you're not sure about the overalls trend, maybe try a different material than denim. This maroon leather option, paired with a printed top and statement necklace, keep the outfit fun and fresh.
 
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If you're wanting to sport a pair in a lighter wash, use tailored and feminine pieces to revamp an otherwise casual ensemble. The use of a structured bag, polka dot blouse and forest green pumps, like above, are ideal for a patchwork distressed pair of overalls.
 
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I adore the idea of a chambray tied around the waist - so 90's, yes I know. Pepper in chic accessories like cognac ankle booties and a striped long sleeve to transform your look from flat out nostalgia to fabulously reminiscent.
 
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This last look is one of my favorites. Combine rinses with an ombré light to dark pair then top off with lots of sparkling jewelry and metallic pumps. Again, notice the slim cut leg? Makes the entire outfit seem much cleaner and more put together.
 
So what do you think? Are you ready to plunge [back] into overalls? I can't decide between shorts or pants.. decisions, decisions! Shop some fabulous picks below!
 
 





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