Boucle All Day

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Boucle All Day

Dress: Red Dress Boutique

Sunnies: J Crew Outlet

I’m not gonna lie, friends.  This cold weather is gettin’ pretty old for this southern belle.

I thrive in that 70 degree range where I can get away with a cute dress during the day and layered up at night.

Oh well, we must work with what we are given! 🙂

I bought this dress the second I saw the boucle material.

Boucle happens to be one of my all time favorite materials, and this color was a neutral I didn’t have currently hanging in my closet.

Plus, who doesn’t love those flirty ruffle details?!?

Purse: Francesca’s

Shoes: DSW

Sunnies: J Crew Outlet

I paired this dress with my fave stud heels and tortoise shell sunnies to give it few extra pops, but laid low on the jewelry.

This dress is a bit short for church, but would be perfect for a night out or a party with friends!

The material is so cozy, it feels like you are wearing a big sweater or blanket!

NOTE: As always, sharing fashion inspiration with y’all is super fun, but please remember most importantly, that true beauty is found within : “[T]he Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16

 What are you playing with in your closet this week? Please share in the comments! 🙂

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A Guide for the Southern Belle Snowbunny

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A Guide for the Southern Belle Snowbunny

The nation is currently experiencing some of the coldest temperatures ever recorded.

And your girl is two degrees away from frostbite.

In fact, my children are turning into snowflakes up in here!

Sorry.  I was cleaning out closets this weekend and had to…forgive me?!?

Today, we are talkin’ about the girl who thrives in the chilly weather and even finds a way to rock out style-wise as well.

Here are my top 5 must haves for the Southern Belle Snowbunny!

(1) Quilted Coat – Quilting and monogramming and fur OH MY!  This is a Southern Belle’s literal winter dream.  With all the details that we southern belles go silly for, this coat needs to be next on your winter outerwear list 😉  I would order mine WITHOUT the monogram in this instance…I KNOW, I KNOW.  I am in danger of losing my Southern Belle Gold Star if I do, but I think the beauty of this coat stands alone and the mono takes away from the beautiful quilting! But you do you, sister!  No matter what you do, just bundle up!!

Photo: Marley Lilly

(2) Plaid Tote – Is there any print more quintessentially winter than a good plaid?

Answer: No ma’am. 😉

This tote is everything.  It seems large enough to toss in all the junk, is a stunning plaid, will coordinate with all the bold winter colors and who doesn’t love that monogram smack dab in the middle…?!?

No worries, if you aren’t a fan of the mono…turns out you can order it plain jane and that beautiful supple cognac color will take you places!

Photo: Marley Lilly

(3) Cheers Pajamas – I am currently wearing these as I type this and if I’m being honest, I have no plans to change into anything else until the weather is above 50 degrees.  HAVE YOU EVER IN YOUR LIFE?!?  This weather is intense to say the very least…

I love these because the fabric is just thick enough without creating that dreaded sweat situation soon after putting them on.  AND, that print.  All. The. Heart. Eyes.

Cheers is my word for 2018, so these could not have been more perfect for ya girl 😉

Photo: Target

(4) Plaid Loafers – Is there anything more comfortable than a pair of slippers…I mean loafers 😉 ?  And is there a pair more stunning than these bad boys?!?  I seriously cannot wait to rock these the second I get them in with a white turtleneck and my red trench coat!  Oh my stars!  These things make my heart flutter just a bit!

Photo: Marley Lilly

Loafers: HERE

(5) The Quilted Vest – Shocker.  Does anyone see a trend forming here?  If you want to make me happy, it’s SO simple.  Quilted material.  Plaid material.  And a monogram.  Done. Done. And Done.

These are perfect for the crazy weather we’ve had lately.  They are a perfect layering piece that you can shed once the morning bone-chilling temps subside and the balmy afternoon looms in around 3.

Photos: Marley Lilly

NOTE: I do not receive any form of commission or affiliate revenue from any of my product endorsements.  These are simply just products I really love and thought you may love them, too!

What were some of your favorite products this week? And what must-haves do you need to keep you warm?

Please share in the comments!

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Pearl Girl

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Pearl Girl

Sweater: Red Dress Boutique

Jeans: NY & Company

Shoes: Forever21

Confession: I am SO hyped that the “no-white-after-labor-day” rule is finally behind us.

Not surprisingly, I never really followed the silly rule anyway, but it feels nice to have that support of the fashion “gods” these days 😉

My new fave outfit staple for winter is white jeans.

They pop so much more in winter.  Not sure why?  Maybe because most people are still a little leery of the white is ok now philosophy.

Others just aren’t down with the white game.  And I feel you girl.  You do you.

But this girl is here for it.  All. day. long.

As I mentioned one or fifteen times over the last few weeks, it snowed in Bama a few weeks back taking us all by surprise.

Sunnies: J Crew Outlet (sold out…bummer), but somewhat similar HERE

But that white powdery stuff was just glorious and we had the best time.

I had to pull out my fave pearl sweater and sky high pumps to really amp up my snow luxuriousness. HA!

I mean who walks around in heels in the snow?  NOT THIS GIRL.  But, I traveled to somewhere I could walk indoors, people 😉

Can we talk about how much of a Manolo Blanik identical copy these beauties are?!?  These are my Carrie Bradshaw moment, friends.  She would be so proud 😉

I am SO tempted to run back and get the black version as well, but pink felt more like a statement piece, so I’ll stick with these for now.

Those sunglasses are just my absolute fave pair ever.  I feel like Jackie O would really dig these, so your girl is all about them, too.

They really pop in a subtle way to add that extra oompf to your look.  And I got these for under $ 10!!!  I know! I see you Black Friday sales!!!

Here’s hoping that Bama can get another snow day this winter.  Because what is better than building snowmen all day and then curling up by the fire with a big ole bowl of piping hot chili at night?

Answer: very few things 😉

NOTE: As always, sharing fashion inspiration with y’all is super fun, but please remember most importantly, that true beauty is found within : “[T]he Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16

Have you had snow in your neck of the woods yet this winter? 

Please share about your snow days (or lack thereof) in the comments!

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Christmas Cape Chic

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Christmas Cape Chic

Cape: Red Dress Boutique

Jeans: NY & Company

Turtleneck: Forever21

I have vivid dreams of a white Christmas.

And we alllmost got one this year…IN ALABAMA of all places!!

Just a few weeks ago, Birmingham got up to 5 and 6 inches in some spots of the most beautiful, perfectly fluffy snow.

And this snow baby could not have been more excited…

Sunnies: J Crew Factory

Naturally, the kids wanted to get out in it immediately, so we spent some time building a snowman affectionately named, “Big John.”

I can’t make this stuff up, people…

And while I was out there living out my childhood dreams, I dreamt up the perfect little get up for days like these when it’s just too cold to worry about lookin’ cute.

That’s when it hit me…A CAPE!

They are effortless and chic.  You can drape it over pajamas for goodness sake and no one would even know!

Plus, if you get a fun enough print, it can serve as your whole outfit.

I paired my cape with some awesome boots that I found years ago.  But, I noticed that DSW has a great selection this year if you are looking to add to your boot wardrobe! 😉

I also think this little get up would be perfect for all the Christmas and holiday activities comin’ up the next few weeks.  Just throw this little number on and out the door you go!

If you need me, I will be snuggling up with my kiddos, sippin’ hot chocolate and starin’ out the window praying for the next round of snow!! 😉

NOTE: As always, sharing fashion inspiration with y’all is super fun, but please remember most importantly, that true beauty is found within : “[T]he Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16

What fashion pieces are you playing dress up with in your closet this week?  Please share in the comments!

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Flouncing Into Fall

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Flouncing Into Fall

Jumpsuit: HERE

Leopard Heels: HERE

Sunnies: HERE

Is anybody else layered up this morning?  Whew!  It is cold here in Bham!  Fall has finally arrived.

But, the best thing about Fall in the south is that by afternoon, the weather is absolutely perfect.

This past weekend was no different.  We loved getting out and enjoying the beauty all around us!

Bama Belle all the way, friends.

This past weekend, I took the kiddos out for a tour of some of the iconic spots in our town.

Amongst other fun things, we spent a good bit of time oohing and ahhing over the legendary Alabama Theatre Sign.

We’ve seen this sign so many times before, but something about having the whole street pretty much to yourself on a quiet weekend makes it magical.

Confession: we stood in the middle of the street and pretended like we owned the place.

#NoRegrets.

In fact, wherever you are from, take a weekend and go explore your own town.

Stand in the middle of the street and act like you run the show.

Because who is going to tell you that you don’t…?  Except for that policeman posted up outside the landmarks…but as it turns out, these guys are super awesome and kind.

Not tellin’ you how I know this.  Just trust me

I promise you won’t be disappointed by the rush this little activity gives you.

And next time I’m drivin’ downtown on a slow weekend day, I promise not to run over you as you bask in all your glory! 😉

If you are from Alabama, you may have heard that this iconic sign is about to be removed and the actual original sign will take its place.

SO…if you want some memories with this beauty, get out and snag some pics while you can!

I love this red ruffle number.  Is anyone really surprised?!?

With the holidays right around the corner, this look would be perfect for a holiday party, cocktail party or night out on the town!

I paired this look with my all time fave leopard heels for that extra special pop.

Because, don’t forget… leopard is a neutral! 😉

I didn’t choose to wear any earring with this so I wouldn’t take away from the drama of those red ruffles!

But you could totally rock any pair you wanted with this, even another pop of color if you wish!

This whole outfit came in for under $ 60!  And the best part is that those leopard pumps will get put to realllly good use now that those temps have plunged.

In fact, they may even show up next week… 😉

NOTE: As always, sharing fashion inspiration with y’all is super fun, but please remember most importantly, that true beauty is found within : “[T]he Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16

What fashion pieces are you playing dress up with in your closet this week?  Please share in the comments!

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Fab FriYAY Five

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Fab FriYAY Five is a weekly listing of my five favorite products, verses, quotes, crafts or ideas of the week – hope you will discover some new favorite items, too!

Today, I am sharing my 5 fave looks for one of the biggest trends of the season: VELVET!

(1) Ruffled Velvet Heels Have you ever seen a richer, more beautiful hue on a shoe?!?

Seriously though, these are a must for the Fall… you could dress these up or down!

Photo: Forever 21

(2) Embroidered Velvet Purse – My obsession for purses continues…

Embroidery has been trending since early spring, and it appears it will follow through into the fall.  Hooray!

This elegant handbag is a perfect way to embrace the trend without overwhelming your look!

Photo: Forever 21

(3) Violet Palazzo Jumpsuit Take all my money, people.  Velvet + Jumpsuit = Literally what I dream about at night…

Photo: Forever 21

(4) Velvet Bow Flat I mean…come on.  Bows make everything better!

Photo: Forever 21

(5) Floral Velvet Open Shoulder Top – You are nailing two trends with this beauty!  Open Shoulder + Velvet = Fall Perfection!

Photo: Forever 21

NOTE: I do not receive any form of commission or affiliate revenue from any of my product endorsements.  These are simply just products I really love and thought you may love them, too!

What were some of your favorite products this week? Please share in the comments!

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Belle of the Bow

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Belle of the Bow

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You can find my top HERE.

We haven’t had a wardrobe post in a while, but this weather has gotten me in a fashion frenzy…good and bad.  Allow me to explain…

See, when the weather does this every year (one day I’m laying out on the back deck praying for a golden glow, the next I’m burying myself under quilts and sipping on hot chocolate), I get fashstrated.  That’s frustrated in the world of fashion… Ok.  I made that up.  Stay with me…

I mean.  What do you wear?!?  I’m not a layers girl, per se.  I like for my outfit to stand on its own without having to ditch a cardigan here, pick up a faux fur there… you feel me?!?

So, when the style masterminds announced that the “feminine” trend was coming in strong this year, I literally did a happy dance.

Bows.  Ruffles.  Flounce hemlines.  Yep.  They are all. the. rage.  Rejoice with me?  Yes?

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Bow blouses are the answer to our in-betweeny-weenie weather fashstration, ladies!!

(1) They are the perfect weight = warm enough to ditch a jacket, but cool enough to let in that refreshing breeze.

(2) The bow adds a feminine detail without punching you in the face with over-the-top girly girl.

(3) The detailing screams “put together” without even having to try.

(4) The silhouette looks good on EVERY body type!

and, as if we need any other reason…

(5) They are currently major ON Trend.

Oh, and another thing, these blouses are super affordable, too…

Pair a bow blouse with a jumper like I did, or throw it on with a pair of dress pants or even jeans!  The options are endless!

Here are some options of bow blouses I LOVE: HERE; HERE and a sleeveless one HERE.

Bows aren’t just for babies anymore, friends.  Hop on this look and you can be the Belle of the Bow, too 😉

NOTE: As always, fashion is super fun, but please remember most importantly, that true beauty is found within : “[T]he Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b

Is the bow trend your thing?  Why / Why not?  What are your secrets to in-between weather?

Please share in the comments!

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Bootie, Bootie, Bootie Rockin’ Everywhere…

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Bootie, Bootie, Bootie Rockin’ Everywhere…

I LOVE a good bootie, don’t you?!?

Made ya look! HAHA!  I thought we needed some levity this week from all the seriousness that pervades our inboxes, our timelines and our screens these days…

It’s Fall Y’all and it’s time to celebrate with chunky knit sweaters, buffalo plaid and BOOTIES!!!

This week I am sharing my top 5 picks for the best booties this Fall…and, because I’m all about “Chic for Less” these booties are all under $90 and most of them are under $50 (or at least they were when I made this post)!!!  Combine these insane prices with some coupons and you really will be rockin’ your bootie(s) everywhere 😉

(1) Steve Madden Baine Bootie in Cognac:

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(2) Impo Panama Bootie in Red:

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 (3) NY&C Faux Suede Scrunch Booties in Black

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(4) Audrey Brooke Angie Tan Bootie

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(5) Michael Antonio Jessika Western Bootie

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What are your favorite shoes for Fall?  Please share in the comments!

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Demystifying Dressy Casual

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Demystifying Dressy Casual

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So you get an invite in the mail and the attire reads: Dressy Casual… dun dun dun.  The dreaded wardrobe designation.  What the heck is dressy casual?  Is it dressy?  Is it casual? How can you be both at the same time?  AHHH!

The art of dressy casual is the ability to appear completely put together without all the fuss.

Have no fear…here are two outfit suggestions to take the guesswork out of the ever popular, yet mind-numbingly frustrating, wardrobe request….

OUTFIT # 1

Simple turtleneck with wide-leg dark wash denim trousers and a statement necklace:

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Turtleneck: old, but similar HERE; Wide-leg denim trousers: NY&Company;

Leopard heels: Express – old, but amazing option HERE

NOTE about “Dressy” Jeans: The wide-leg trouser jean is your best bet when looking for a “dressy” jean.  You can totally dress up other styles of jeans as well…see my earlier post HERE for ideas on that.  However, trouser jeans come with a “I’m-dressier-than-your-average-jean” feel built right in.

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Statement Necklace: Initial Outfitters – old, but similar HERE and HERE

OUTFIT # 2

Statement Blazer paired with black ankle pants and some jazzy heels:

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 Floral Jacquard Blazer: Banana Republic; Black Ankle Pants: NY&Company;

Statement Heels: old boutique purchase – similar HERE

There are several other ways to take a statement blazer and make it the star of your “dressy casual” show.  See a post about that HERE.

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I love extra touches in life.  Flowers for no reason.  A hug just because.  Love it.  Big fan.

I also LOVE extra touches in outfits.  The blazer you see pictured does not have any form of closure but I wanted a tailored look for the event I attended.  Enter: brooch.  This particular brooch is extra-special to me because it is reminiscent of one my grandmother used to wear.  It served two purposes for me that evening: (1) utility in fastening my coat and (2) that extra touch of “bling.”

What are your go-to “dressy casual” staples?

Bundled Up in a Blanket Wrap

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Bundled Up in a Blanket Wrap

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I am very cold natured.  So when the temperature dips below 60 I begin to get nervous.  My favorite thing to do is to snuggle up in the biggest blanket I can find on the couch and sip hot chocolate while I gaze outdoors at the people brave enough to venture out.  Enter my saving grace: a wearable blanket.  Have you tried one of these things?  Could fashion have been any kinder to us?

One issue I do have is the fit, of course.  Because there is none.  Solution: belt it!  I picked up this amazing blanket wrap on the cheap at DSW.

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HAT – Forever21, similar HERE; SHOESForever21

I decided to throw a coordinating winter hat into the ensemble as well as some lace-up booties (all the rage these days).

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DRESS: Forever21; BELT: old but similar HERE; BAG: NY&Company – old, but similar HERE

Underneath my comfy outerwear, I paired a ribbed knit / mock neck midi dress with a leopard belt.

Midi dresses – another exciting fashion gift to us all.  Knees can be attractive but some of us consider it a feature that we are less than enthused about putting on display.  Midi dresses solve that problem effortlessly.  The length is traditionally right below your knee.  Show off your hard work on your stems while leaving the rest to everyone’s imagination ; )

What are your favorite ways to bundle up in cold weather?