Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Ready | Plaid + Fur...

FAUX FUR VEST: Gianni Bini | PLAID SHIRT: Old Navy 30% OFF | LEGGINGS: Nordstrom | BOOTIES: Nordstrom | BAG: Primary New York (OBSESSED!!) 15% off here | HAT: Eric Javits | EARRINGS: BaubleBar | BRACELETS: T+J DesignsStyle By Stories | LIPS: Kismet "Burnout"

. With Thanksgiving preparation in full swing this week, planning a holiday outfit can sometimes seem like somewhat of an afterthought. The struggle to juggle cooking, hosting, and looking fabulous all at the same time can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming and stressful. Whenever I am hosting a large gathering, I try to plan my outfits ahead of time, but more often than not, I am throwing my outfit together as my first set of guests ring my doorbell.

That's why I love the idea of a chic and casual holiday look that is both stylish and multi-functional at the same time. Today's outfit is just that for me. I can rest comfortably in my leggings and plaid button-down while I am mulling about the kitchen, and whenever I am ready to sit down and relax I can add in a more glamorous touch with a faux-fur vest, a bit of bling, and a fedora (to hide my crazy I've been cooking since 4am hairstyle). It's the perfect way to be polished and practical at the same time! 

Have a great Monday everyone...
Keep it cool and refreshing....

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Friday, November 21, 2014

RELAXED THANKSGIVING....

CARDIGAN: Nordstrom Rack | SHIRT: ZARA | DENIM: Express ($30 off $100 or $60 off $200 with promo code 1641) | BOOTS: Sam Edelman (love these too) | BAG: Louis Vuitton (similar) | NECKLACE: BaubleBar (wanting this one too) | WATCH: Michael Kors | LIPS: M.A.C.

TGIF, everyone...it's almost Thanksgiving!! This weekend Ivory and I will probably be doing one of two things: 1) cheering on our Alabama Crimson Tide football team (#1 again whoot whoot) or 2) baking, baking, and more baking in preparation for Thanksgiving day. I am so excited to be in charge for our meal on Thursday, and I have so many recipes that I want to try (thank you Pinterest for your never ending supply of apple or pumpkin dessert recipes which flood my feed everyday, you are much appreciated). Any exciting plans that you have for this weekend before Thanksgiving? I would love to hear about them!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone...
Keep it cool and refreshing....


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

GIFT GUIDE | THE HOSTESS

Holiday Gift Guide - The Hostess


It's that time of year again everybody...Christmas is officially here ya'll! It seems with each passing year, like the holiday season begins earlier and earlier, but whenever I see the first Target Christmas commercial pop up on my television (how cute is the little girl with the marshmallows and puppy dog), I know that there is no turning back now! As the holiday season unfolds right before us, I thought it would be great to share several holiday gift and style guides throughout the next two months. Believe it or not, I have my first holiday office party today and what better way to kick start the holiday gift and style guide series than with a look at how you can bless your host or hostess at their upcoming event. With one of these gifts, you will be the ultimate holiday party hit!

 Let the holiday shopping season officially begin!
Keep it cool and refreshing....

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Comfy Cozy Cardi...

     CARDIGAN: Kohl's old (craving this wrap option) | BOOTIES: Altuzarra Target (currently 50% off!!) Shirt: Zara | LEGGINGS: Nordstrom |  HAT: Eric Javits | NECKLACE: Banana Republic (40% off with code BRSMILE40) | BAG: Prada (love the Tory Burch version) | WATCH: Michele | LIPS: M.A.C.

Ok ya'll it's down right BRUTALLY cold outside...BRRR!  We got to about 17 degrees this morning and this southern girl just is NOT use to this type of cold at all. At times it can be difficult to figure out how to dress for this type of weather here in Mississippi. One minute is 20 degrees outside and the next (like this afternoon) we are looking at highs around 60. Whenever we have temperatures like this, I immediately look to layers when choosing my outfit for the day. I love to start with light weight shirts or blouses on bottom and then I like to add in heavier pieces like cable-knit sweaters or cardigans on top that I know I can easily take off if I get too warm throughout the day. Yesterday was one of those days!

Have a wonderful Wednesday.... just one more week until Thanksgiving!
Keep it cool and refreshing....


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Sweater Dress...

SWEATER DRESS: Zara sold out (love this one) | TURTLENECK: J.CREW | SCARF: Target sold out (love thisthisthis, and this option)  | BAG: Tory Burch | BOOTS: Tory Burch old (identical option here) | BOOT SOCKS: Nordstrom | SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker | WATCH: Michael Kors | LIPS: Kismet  

The cold weather has finally descended upon us here in the South. The leaves have finally turned, and with Thanksgiving only a week away, I am really getting into the holiday spirit. Since I have been tasked with cooking the Thanksgiving meal this year, it will be all aprons and baking next Thursday, so I wanted to share my Thanksgiving outfit a little early (minus next week's flour in my hair).

I found this beautiful off-white sweater dress at Zara back in September when I was in New York for my brother-in-law's wedding. I know it was a bit early to be thinking about what I was going to wear for Thanksgiving back in September, but when you fall in love with a dress and you just know it's the one...well there's just no talking a girl out of it then. This exact dress has since sold out at Zara, but I found a gorgeous identical option for you all here. It's not only a great layering piece, but it's so soft and cozy and will also be a great transition piece as we head into Christmas..

*Stay tuned this week for some fun holiday gift guides for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Have a great Monday everyone...
Keep it cool and refreshing...

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Shearling...

SHEARLING VEST: Shop Candy Apple (similar F21) | SWEATER: H&M (similar herehere, and here)  | BOOTS: Sam Edelman | BAG: Prada (love the Tory Burch version of this) | SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker | WATCH: Daniel Wellington | EARRINGS: Baublebar | LIPS: M.A.C. Rebel

As I've flipped through fashion magazines as of late, I have noticed one really unique trend popping up this season....shearling lined pieces. From vests to leather bombers and even transitioning into the accessory department (i.e. this gorgeous Elizabeth and James bucket bag I am drooling over), the shearling trend is definitely making its mark on the style world. As a girl who absolutely loves a great deal, I freaked out a bit when I spotted this shearling lined vest at Forever 21 this past weekend for less than $50! It's super cozy and the neutral tone is absolutely remarkable for fall. (On a side note, check out these INCREDIBLE Sam Edelman over-the-knee boots...completely 100% OBSESSED)

Have a great Monday...
Keep it cool and refreshing...


Friday, October 24, 2014

Crazy For Camel....

GILET: Mango sold out | TOP: Loft | SKIRT: LOFT | HEELS: Boden old (identical Sam Edelman  option) | CLUTCH: Clare Vivier | BELT: TARGET | SUNGLASSES: Givenchy | EARRINGS: Baublebar | BRACELET: Aliexpress | WATCH:Michael Kors | LIPS: M.A.C Rebel

 I am slightly in love with any and all things camel colored for fall. OK, maybe it is a tad bit more than love...maybe it's more like a camel color obsession!

Honestly, I felt a bit left out last fall season, while I was deployed at sea, and kept seeing all these beautiful camel colored pieces popping up everywhere (except my ship). However, by the time I returned home around Christmas, almost every camel colored confection I had my eye on was completely sold out. I vowed to make an effort this year to get a crack at my favorite camel colored pieces bright and early. When I came across this camel colored vest at Mango a few weeks ago, I instantly fell in love! Check out some more of my favorite camel colored items below

Have a great weekend..
Keep it cool and refreshing...


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