Southern ‘n Bright

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As a newly adopted southerner I am still figuring out how to deal with this heat. September is the time when kids go back to school and you start needing an extra blanket at night. Here, I feel like summer is still in full swing and I can never escape the sun. Despite my need for jeans and hot chocolate, this warm weather allows me to extend my summer clothes and try to style them in different ways.

I bought this romper at a small boutique back home with the intent of wearing in at school. I love the blend of bright and cheerful colors as well as the play on herringbone print. I’m also dipping my toes into the off the shoulder trend. This trend reminds me of the days back in middle school when my friends and I would wear baggy shirt or sweaters and pull one sleeve down so we had a cool and quite sophisticated “off the shoulder” look. As much as I admire this trend and think it is very flattering on many people, it tends to annoy me. I wore this romper to class and found that I couldn’t really raise my hand or else the whole thing would fly up, turning a cute outfit into a fashion disaster.

Despite my own issues, this is one of those outfits that wakes me up in the morning and makes me happier. I paired the romper with sneakers to give it a more relaxed look which also made me feel just a little closer to fall.

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Lace by the Ocean

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Shirt- Blu Pepper (similar) | Shorts- Hei Hei | Bag- Francesca’s (similar) | Wedges- Ugg Australia (similar)

I was recently given this shirt by my cousins as a graduation present and I have been planning the perfect outfit for it ever since. This outfit has some of my favorite pieces. I just bought these shorts at Anthropologie for a concert that I was going to (Florence + the Machine, it was amazing!). I love the stitched detail and the color of the shorts which compliment the shirt perfectly. I also love the loose, bohemian silhouette that these two pieces create together. The shirt is the real statement piece in this outfit so I kept the accessories to a minimum and chose a simple espadrille wedge to keep the focus on the shirt. The bag that I wore with this look was another recent purchase and has become my new everyday purse. It was actually an emergency purchase as I was on a shopping trip with a friend when the bag I was carrying broke. I bought the bag from Francesca’s and I love its medium size and slouchy feel. It also matches pretty much everything I own and I can wear it into the fall. This outfit is a great example of my style during the summer which is usually a mix of boho and feminine.

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19th Century Dining

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Dress- Billabong (similar here) | Necklace- Filigree Clovers | Sandals- Lord and Taylor 424 Fifth (similar here, only $26!)

I just got home from another amazing trip to Vermont. I love shooting in Vermont not only because of the gorgeous scenery but also because the small towns, inns and farms make me feel like I am in a different, more elegant time period. I always get dressed up for dinner when I am there even if we are just going to a small, casual tavern simply because the food and places are so amazing there and putting on a nice dress makes dinner feel like an important event. I wore this outfit on the last night of my vacation in Vermont. We ate at one of my favorite places, the Inn at Weston. I love this place not only because the food is fantastic but also because it is a classic, proper Vermont inn with green shutters, local artwork inside, greenhouses, beautiful gardens, and my personal favorite, an extremely talented and friendly pianist who plays while you eat dinner. Eating at the Inn at Weston feels like you are eating in the 1800s. I wore this dress mainly because it was very warm in Vermont that day and the dress is breezy and comfortable however I think the Vermont surroundings compliment the dress’s earthy pattern. I paired it with this long silver necklace to make it a bit fancier and my new brown buckle sandals. Look out for another new post this week featuring pictures of Vermont and all the fun things I did there!

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The Boho Slip Dress

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Dress | Wedges (also comes in blue and black!) | Purse (similar here)

The slip dress has been a huge trend recently so I thought I would show you how I wore this trend in a more bohemian way. One of the reasons I think the slip dress is so popular is because it is so simple and comfortable and looks so chic in that effortless way. Keeping that effortless style in mind I chose this dress because of its lace details, adding a feminine touch to the look, and its handkerchief hem adding that boho feel that is perfect for summer. It also didn’t hurt that the dress was on super sale at Saks Off Fifth for about $40! I paired the look with my favorite pair of lace up wedges that I bought at DSW for only $60 (I just wore these to my graduation!) which also adds to the boho vibe. I added this woven cross body bag as opposed to my usual saddle bag that I would wear with a bohemian look because it is less structured, like the dress, and acts as an interesting focal point in this simple look. In many cases bohemian looks can seem overwhelming with tons of layers, colors, and textures which is why I love this look because it achieves the boho style while still looking simple and effortless.

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Pinstripes and Street Art

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Dress- Free People (on sale!) | Shoes- Kate Spade (on sale!) | Bag- T-Shirt and Jeans (on sale!) | Earrings (similar here)

Everyone has that one light, comfortable dress that they throw on at least one a week during the summer. This dress is mine. I recently purchased this Free People dress at a local boutique, South Moon Under, on sale for about half off. I almost never buy Free People clothing for full price because discount stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Saks Off Fifth often carry Free People pieces for a fraction of their original cost. I love how this dress incorporates my preppy side with the seersucker design and my more minimalist style with the loose silhouette and lace-up detail. I am also in love with these new Kate Spade daisy sandals that I purchased discounted from Saks Off Fifth. Anytime I feel like my outfit is boring or needs an extra pop of color I put on these shoes which make me and my outfits brighter and happier. If you have followed my blog for a while you have definitely seen this bag before. I love saddle bags and this T-Shirt and Jeans one especially with its western inspired design. Finally, these earrings were a graduation present from my mom and I think they add the perfect classic touch to this look as well as some sentimental value.

Thank you so much to my friends Brian and Emma for not only taking these awesome pictures for me but for also making the shoot fun and energetic.

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Tribal

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Dress- Urban Outfitters (similar) | Sweater- American Vintage (similar) | Bralette- Aerie | Sandals- Anthropologie (similar) | Sunglasses- street market (similar)

I am very excited to share this look with you all because I think it is perfect for festival season. Any one of these pieces would be great for an outdoor concert or festival. The lace up detail and the geometric print on the dress make the look different and eye catching. If you are going to a festival you probably won’t need this sweater but in case you are going somewhere a little colder I think this is a perfect piece because it is soft and simple and doesn’t detract from the dress. These sandals are my favorite pair and I usually wear them more often than my flip flops in the summer because they are so comfortable but also add a boho vibe to the look with the beaded detail. I was considering doing a post on the sunglasses alone because I love them so much. I bought these at a market on Houston Street in New York City for thirty dollars and I have absolutely gotten my money’s worth out of them. They add a twist to the classic aviator style and I love the rose gold lenses. Lastly I have to thank my friend Rosie (happy belated birthday!) for taking these pictures and I am so happy with how they turned out.

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The Other Woman

I recently watched The Other Woman and it was hilarious however my favorite part of the movie was the style of all of the characters. Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton each had about 30 wardrobe changes throughout the two hour film. I loved Leslie’s character’s preppy and classic style and Cameron’s charter’s sophisticated and edgy looks. I liked Kate’s character’s outfits because they were very young and relaxed, similar to what I would wear. Here are a few of my favorite looks from the movie.

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Sustainable Sunday

I have recently been writing for Rising Tide Fair Trade’s blog, which is a sustainable bag company. When I started out, I was a bit unsure of what “sustainable” really meant, so I did some research. By definition sustainability is when something is able to be maintained.

Sustainable fashion is when clothing is produced using eco-friendly materials by workers and artisans that are treated with respect and paid fair wages. In my research, I often times came across companies or people in the fashion industry mention the “sustainable fashion movement.” Consumers are becoming more aware and conscious about where their clothing comes from and how their purchases can greatly affect the environment and the people who make them.

I decided to take a look at my jumbled and unorganized closet to see where exactly my clothes came from. I was disappointed to find the majority of the labels on my clothing said “made in China.” That was when my Cher from Clueless realization came to me. My purchases were not beneficial to the environment or real, working people. Most factories use machines to produce their clothing and, often times, will generate tons of waste and fumes that will diminish water and air quality.

Rising Tide Fair Trade works with independent business women who create handmade bags with upcycled and cruelty free materials. Many designers are contributing to the sustainable fashion movement like Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta who have all tried using more organic materials in their collections.

I will be the first person to say that it is not always easy to purchase ethical clothing all the time. We have all been in stores like Forever 21 where everything is ten dollars and super trendy and we just cannot help ourselves. But trust me, once you start buying clothing that is not only beautiful, but well made and beneficial to the environment, animals and actual people who care about the products they create, you will really feel good about how you look and what you are wearing.

Here are just a few online sustainable brands to help you get started on your ethical fashion hunt:

https://www.thereformation.com

http://shopindigenous.com

http://www.datura.com

http://www.shopethica.com

https://modavanti.com

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