Southern Chic Style

- My Best Friend’s {Key West} Wedding -

While I definitely wanted to share the look from my best friend’s nuptials in Key West, this post will be less about the outfit and more about the creativity of my sweet friend for her beautiful wedding! It’s all in the details.

The dream nuptials were held on the beach with the relaxing ocean waves and aged doors as a backdrop (from the couples’ home they are renovating) followed by a stunning garden reception. The bride asked for a few girls to wear neutral hues for the wedding, so when this Theia lace dress popped up on a flash sale I had to get it. Not only are Theia dresses beautifully made, but the designer is pretty amazing himself! A wedge sandal and side braid kept me cool and comfortable from the sand to the dance floor for the outdoor affair. Accenting the blush lace ensemble were light blue larimar earrings that were a gift from the bride for my birthday and complimented the pop of blue from the wedge. Parasols were provided to shade guests from the sun during the ceremony which became the perfect photo prop as well as dance floor accessory later in the night. And, can you believe the towering Banyan tree?!? A majestic sight in Key West Garden Club.

The newlyweds couldn’t have planned the renovation of their home timing any better. All of the doors and windows used at the wedding were from their home before it came down. You can see two of the ways they were used in the photos. The doors adorned with wreaths and draped with fabric stood out against the ocean background in a beautiful way. Windows were written on to provide directions, cute tidbits, and instruction (like placement near the parasols to instruct guests to take one). Old doors and windows can cost a pretty penny when searching at an antique store, and a piece of their Key West home before the wedding was incorporated into their becoming one family. 

The bride put tireless time and effort into making the ceremony and reception look perfect, and the planner executed her ideas wonderfully! The seats for the bride and groom at the reception were accented with ribbons and “Mr” and “Mrs” placards. The tables were sprinkled with votives and mason jars wrapped in burlap and lace with white hydrangeas, daisies, and more. 

One of my favorite details from the night… the donut table! Foregoing the traditional wedding cake, “glazed and delicious for the new Mr. and Mrs.” yummy-ness tempted our taste buds. And, they were delicious! This sweets loving lady enjoyed quite a few donut holes… that number I’ll never tell! :)

The festive occasion was the perfect close to a weekend celebrating one of my best friends becoming a Mrs! Her special touches were “pinterest perfect” alongside an amazing venue with loved ones and a happy union! 

SHOP Lace Dresses:

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- Bringing Handmade to You -

Most people these days are familiar with the flash sale websites offering a designer’s label or jewelry or home goods for only a few days that comes to your inbox daily. Well, think of this concept but with independent designers who make their pieces by hand. Clay and Elly Bethune made that concept a reality in 2013 with 9thelm.com.

9th & Elm is a website that brings independent designers to one website for you to shop. The most exciting part (for me) is you discover talented individuals you may never have come across creating items from handmade jewelry to clothing and swim suits to home decor pieces. 

The casual boho chic look you see above is created from a lace headband, arrow tank, and silver arrow bracelet (similar one here) all from 9thelm.com. Each piece I ordered was from a different designer and all 3 are high quality items I will definitely utilize over and over again. I truly saw how 9th & Elm works with the designers when only the gold arrow bracelet was available, but the designer located one last silver one that I was able to have sent to me. And, everything arrived promptly in great condition. Now I find myself checking the website weekly, if not daily, for more exciting wares. Before writing this, I found the coolest monogrammed Chuck Taylors. So many independent creatives now available at your fingertips! 

Because cutoffs have made a major comeback this summer (you’ll see them everywhere!) the light denim perfectly paired with the arrow tank which HAD to go with the headband for a chic boho summer look. What I loved so much about the tank (only $29 on 9thelm.com) is that it can be worn for a laid back look, thrown over your swim suit, and is perfect to travel in your bag for a weekend getaway. The silver arrow bracelet coordinates with the tank standing alone on your wrist or as an exciting addition to your arm party. And, lace headbands ($21) are available in multiple colors so you can choose the best hue for your hair color and skin tone. A slide on sneaker completes the look with style mixed with comfort for summer.

9th & Elm is a wonderful way to support small businesses without having to seek out unique items website after website. Just take a few minutes to peruse the “handmade, independent, or otherwise cool” pieces from 9th & Elm… that few minutes will quickly turn into more! 

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THE LOOK:

Tank: Feather Arrows Flowy Racerback Tank Orig. $55, 9th & Elm $29

Headband: Lace Headband in Ice Blue $21

Bracelet: Silver Arrow Bracelet (similar available now - 9th & Elm)

Shorts: My own cutoffs (similar here)

Shoes: Joie Kidmore Perforated Sneaker (soldout - available here in calfskin & similar here)

Sunglasses: Versace (similar here)

- Nordstrom Anniversary Sale -
Nordstrom's HUGE sale is here! With new Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 items in the sale, you can get a head start on your Fall wardrobe with discounts available through August 3rd. It's Nordstrom’s largest annual sale event of the year with savings like the Tory Burch ‘Eloise’ Riding Boot now $299 from $495 or 4 Hanky Panky Low Rise Thongs for $52!

Shop the Anniversary Sale before the best items are gone:


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- Nordstrom Anniversary Sale -

Nordstrom's HUGE sale is here! With new Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 items in the sale, you can get a head start on your Fall wardrobe with discounts available through August 3rd. It's Nordstrom’s largest annual sale event of the year with savings like the Tory Burch ‘Eloise’ Riding Boot now $299 from $495 or 4 Hanky Panky Low Rise Thongs for $52!

Shop the Anniversary Sale before the best items are gone:

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- Making Your FitBit Chic with Tory Burch -
Let’s be real, ladies: The fitness tracker HAS transformed the way many of us view aspects of our life from exercise to sleep patterns. But, the silicone “bracelets” have seriously been lacking in style. 
Well, thanks to American designer Tory Burch, you can now make the FitBit a fashionable part of your arm party! Place your FitBit Flex tracker (sold separately) into a printed silicone bracelet ($38) in navy or fuschia designed by the athletic Tory Burch or choose the metal hinged bracelet ($195) made of solid brass that’s easily mistaken for a stylish wrist adornment. Pre-order now for delivery in September allowing the Fitbit to be a part of your work day or special event without distracting from your professional look. You can keep track of your goals AND be stylish! 
Because we’ve invested too much in a fab wardrobe to outgrow it…

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Photo from FitBit.com

- Making Your FitBit Chic with Tory Burch -

Let’s be real, ladies: The fitness tracker HAS transformed the way many of us view aspects of our life from exercise to sleep patterns. But, the silicone “bracelets” have seriously been lacking in style. 

Well, thanks to American designer Tory Burch, you can now make the FitBit a fashionable part of your arm party! Place your FitBit Flex tracker (sold separately) into a printed silicone bracelet ($38) in navy or fuschia designed by the athletic Tory Burch or choose the metal hinged bracelet ($195) made of solid brass that’s easily mistaken for a stylish wrist adornment. Pre-order now for delivery in September allowing the Fitbit to be a part of your work day or special event without distracting from your professional look. You can keep track of your goals AND be stylish! 

Because we’ve invested too much in a fab wardrobe to outgrow it…

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Photo from FitBit.com

- An Evening of Southern Charm -

It’s been some time since I shared some of local Houston designer David Peck’s beautiful pieces with you. Since I wore one of his designs for my brother’s wedding in South Louisiana, the timing is perfect to talk David Peck USA from a night time perspective up against a piece of Southern Charm - a stunning lighted oak tree.

When I saw David Peck's Seychelles dress on the runway in Houston, the colors and cut immediately caught my eye. The diamond color blocking on the sides cinches the waist and adds a pop of seafoam to the grey and sky color palette. The linen dress is ideal for hot Southern summers or even an afternoon in the Hamptons. The planned photos of the look were delayed due to rain (rain on your wedding day is good luck, however) so you get to see the dress in real life, wrinkles and all. The backdrop for the wedding was just too beautiful to not capture with David Peck's charming creation. And, besides, Southern Chic Style is all about how fashion can translate into real life, anyway.

Paired with a grey bag, white cropped jacket, and a neutral lace-up cutout heel, the Seychelles dress was the focal point of the look. With the jacket, the dress made in Houston is work appropriate as well as special occasion ready. I hate to hide the pop of color with a jacket or even the great design of the back, but when we’re talking pieces you can add to your wardrobe and wear over and over again, a jacket carries David Peck's design through any event on your calendar.    

THE LOOK:

Dress: David Peck USA Seychelles Racer Stripe Dress

Jacket: Flavio Castellani Cropped Jacket (similar here)

Shoes: Miu Miu Lace-Up Cutout Grommet Sandal (similar here)

Handbag: Miu Miu Leather Tote (no longer available, other color here and similar bag here)

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SHOP SIMILAR ACCESSORIES:

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- Lace Your Summer Away -

What prettier way to spend your summer than dressing in dainty lace pieces? For a weekend in New Orleans recently, this lace top from Houston boutique Pomp and Circumstance certainly helped beat the heat. 

Most people think of lace for dressy occasions, but worn with a great pair of cutoffs, the Blushing Bride top (here in long sleeve) from Pomp and Circumstance over a colored tank creates a cool and casual look for daytime. Cutoffs are a summer staple and in a dark wash the denim was perfect for lunch at Mother’s Restaurant in New Orleans and later a tour of some of NOLA’s best bars.

I’m also in love with all of the cage sandals with wider heels this season. You can certainly tell how comfortable the summer heels are with their chunkier base. And, the cage designs allow air to get to your feet while giving off an edgy vibe, even complimenting a lace top. 

The colorful accent necklace (also from Pomp and Circumstance Boutique) provided the light blue shade I coordinated with for the tank under the lace top. Lace over a neutral shade is always lovely, but add a little fun to the look with a bright color peeking through the sheer sections of your lace. If your tummy is nice and toned, you can also put a bandeau top under the lace to give a peek of skin in the midsection.

Having grown up in Louisiana and living in the area, I’ve spent a lot of time in New Orleans. But, this spot where the photos were taken across the street from the W New Orleans was a fun find. The Piazza d’Italia was designed in 1978 by Charles Moore and is one of his “best-known works and a symbol of late Post-Modernism.” The monument to the Italian-American community is free to visit and a quiet spot in The Big Easy.

THE LOOK:

Top: Blushing Bride Lace top from Pomp and Circumstance Boutique

Shorts: Citizens of Humanity Cutoff Short

Sandal: Sam Edelman Yazmine Leather Cage Sandal

Necklace: Pomp and Circumstance

Handbag: Louis Vuitton Speedy in Damier

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SHOP THE LOOK:

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- Cruisin’ around Key West -

When we left off of the Key West trip fun, it was the welcome reception for my BFF’s wedding weekend. On to the wedding day with a little sightseeing and relaxing in the morning with casual style for bicycle cruisin’ on the island. 

It was another HOT day, but we hopped on our bikes we’d rented to cruise from the Westin down to the tourist spot of the Southernmost Point. Thankfully we’d dressed for the warm weather because the line to catch a photo with the landmark was already long (before noon) and in the sun. The printed Trina Turk shorts with a white tank from Target were a good option for the Florida sun beating down on us. And, the panama hat shielded some of the rays from my sunscreened face with black shades. A PVC jeweled sandal with a back strap kept my feet cool while “staying put” for bicycle pedaling, and the Rebecca Minkoff crossbody was easy on the go. 

Finally getting our Southernmost Point snaps, we cooled off with some friends at the pool of their home rental right off Duval. We grabbed some delicious Cuban sandwiches for lunch and beat the heat floating in the serene spot. A visit with the bride-to-be before getting ourselves ready for the ceremony later in the day rounded up our first half of the day. 

Those of you living in the South understand the need for comfort and style in a summer look, and a printed short with a simple tank is a quick, easy option for traveling to the heat of Southern cities and beaches. You can pair the tank with another short or skirt, and they take up little space in your bag. I’m always super cautious when traveling with my belongings… especially in crowded areas. So a crossbody bag in a neutral hue pairs with many of your outfits while staying safely within reach.

THE LOOK:

Top: Merona Racer Back Tank (similar here)

Shorts: Tory Burch (similar Trina Turk ones here)

Hat: Panama Hat from Rome (similar here)

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Mini Zach Crossbody

Sandal: Valentino PVC Crystal encrusted sandal (similar here)

Sunglasses: Versace Sunglasses

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SHOP THE LOOK:

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- Happy Birthday, America -

While tomorrow is America’s official birthday celebration, I couldn’t wait to share this red, white, and blue outfit with you! With 4th of July fun from the pool to BBQs tomorrow, your attire for the occasion can range from casual to swim wear to festive. From the moment I added this awesome two piece look from eShakti to my online cart, I knew it would be my 4th of July ensemble. First, we’ll discuss the pieces and outfit, but be sure to read to the bottom for savings for Southern Chic Style readers from eShakti with a promotional code! 

The website with dresses, tops, skirts, and jackets that are on trend and wearable made choosing the perfect outfit difficult. There were so many dresses I loved, but you all know how much I’m obsessed with crop tops this summer! So, naturally the crop top and skirt won :) The cotton poplin halter bralette and skirt came in red, navy, and yellow and I went back and forth finally choosing red. By the way, both the top and skirt together are only $59.95 (and you can save 10% with promo code ‘schicstyles’ through 8/1/14). Not only was this look affordable, but now I can create more outfits separating the top and skirt to pair with other pieces from my closet. I’m all about stretching a wardrobe! 

What I loved most about ordering this set is that eShakti lets you choose a few options. For example, I could choose to shorten the skirt, lengthen it, choose spaghetti straps for the top instead of halter, and even remove the pockets with eShakti’s custom options. All I did was choose my size based on the measurements and input my height to make any of these adjustments. I stuck with the pictured knee length. The custom options eShakti offers allow you to create a piece that is different and adjusted to your liking from work pieces to weekend wear to the perfect party dress. Whether you are super tall or short in stature, the lengths are easy to adjust to hit you where you’d prefer.

A white floppy hat, blue, white and aqua Miu Miu pumps, and blue accessories gave the cotton ensemble a true July 4th feel. You can even throw the bralette and skirt on over a bikini if you need an easy BBQ to pool party option. This outfit shoot was also a great opportunity to have a bomb pop (red, white, and blue, of course! Remember them from the ice cream trucks?) but it melted sooo fast in the Houston heat!

So, eShakti wants Southern Chic Style readers to get a chance to try their designs that you customize for an additional 10% off! Just enter promo code ‘schicstyles’ when you check out to save more through 8/1/14. You can use the code as many times as you want to order between now and August 1st. (A few things to note: Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box.   It is not case-sensitive.  Code can be used any number of times until the validity period. It can be clubbed with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions. This discount code is not applicable on clearance / sale, gift cards & overstock categories. Not applicable on previous purchases.)

I hope you all have a safe and fun 4th of July weekend!

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- Proud to be An American: Red, White, & Blue -
A four day weekend is always a plus, but add the 4th of July and fireworks and we all have something to look forward to!  All things red, white, and blue make an appearance for this weekend’s holiday celebrating our nation’s independence. So, I compiled some flag, stripes, red, white, and blue pieces you can use to create a festive but comfortable look this 4th of July weekend from poolside to BBQ. (And it doesn’t hurt that you can sport these looks while cheering on the USA in the World Cup)
Show your American pride with these red white and blue finds:Jouer Lipstick in Grace $22
Reef Mesh Back Flounce Bandeau $39.90
Olivia Shorts in Marine Blue $34.90
Birkenstock - Tango Red $89.95
The Proud Scarf $19.50
Michael Stars Well Weathered Panama Hat $54
Edith A. Miller Mini Dress $158
Emily Elizabeth Open Bangle Bracelet $51.99
Oasap Oversized Envelope Clutch $25
Jessica Simpson Jerrimo Wedge $79
Essie Reds Nail Color - Twin Sweater Set $8.50

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- Proud to be An American: Red, White, & Blue -

A four day weekend is always a plus, but add the 4th of July and fireworks and we all have something to look forward to!

All things red, white, and blue make an appearance for this weekend’s holiday celebrating our nation’s independence. So, I compiled some flag, stripes, red, white, and blue pieces you can use to create a festive but comfortable look this 4th of July weekend from poolside to BBQ. (And it doesn’t hurt that you can sport these looks while cheering on the USA in the World Cup)

Show your American pride with these red white and blue finds:

Jouer Lipstick in Grace $22

Reef Mesh Back Flounce Bandeau $39.90

Olivia Shorts in Marine Blue $34.90

Birkenstock - Tango Red $89.95

The Proud Scarf $19.50

Michael Stars Well Weathered Panama Hat $54

Edith A. Miller Mini Dress $158

Emily Elizabeth Open Bangle Bracelet $51.99

Oasap Oversized Envelope Clutch $25

Jessica Simpson Jerrimo Wedge $79

Essie Reds Nail Color - Twin Sweater Set $8.50

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- Product Review: Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara -

When it comes to eyelashes and mascara, at the risk of sounding braggy, I count myself blessed to have fairly long lashes and to have found a mascara I love. So, when I’ve seen the craze about fiber lashes I never jumped at the chance to try.

But, when Melissa Martin contacted me about trying Younique’s Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara (www.theselashesarereal.com), I decided to see what it was all about. I reasoned that if it can actually make my lashes look longer, then it should definitely help others with shorter lengths. So, I tried the product and couldn’t be more pleased with the result!

The mascara is all-natural, hypoallergenic, chemical free, and cruelty free which is great! Melissa suggested watching a YouTube video to see how it was applied before trying myself. So, I searched for “how to” videos and got the gist (surprisingly there were so many to choose from). You can see my lashes above with one coat of my waterproof Mary Kay mascara (I recommend it to anyone) followed by a picture using the Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara. It wouldn’t do any good to show you my lashes with no mascara as they are so blonde you can barely see them. :)

What I loved the most is I can still use my waterproof mascara first followed by the transplanting gel and fibers. My eyes water so easily that I was concerned about the fiber mascara coming off which I know now isn’t a problem. You can see what each brush looks like above. The transplant gel is the wand that looks like a regular mascara brush and the fibers (actual small fibers on the wand) are the straighter wand.

Ok, so how does the two product system work? After reading the instructions and watching a YouTube video, I’ll walk you through the process. I started with one coat on each eye of my Mary Kay waterproof mascara. Next I took the transplanting gel and coated my lashes with the transplanting gel. Using the fiber wand, I then applied the fibers to my lashes focusing on the ends to add length. You can see the fibers holding onto the lashes and actually increasing the length as you apply. One tip from Melissa was to close my eye to really get the ends. For the final step, I applied the transplanting gel after the fibers to seal them on.

Voila! Surprising to me, my lashes were fuller and longer, as you can see. I really thought I’d try it once to show you all and then probably only use it for special occasions if it worked… but I definitely plan on using this product weekly! Probably not everyday as I’m sure my clients for my 9-5 would wonder why I all of a sudden have went more glam everyday in the office, but for someone who isn’t happy with your everyday lashes the fiber lash mascara can change your daily look.

I love the added fullness of my lashes with Younique and once I tried it the first time, I learned it’s a fairly quick process. I even went to the gym later in the day after the above picture and was pleased that the fibers didn’t come off. When I wiped my face during my workout I only saw one small fiber on the towel, probably a result of me missing it with the gel.

The pros include all of the points above like how full and long my lashes became and the simplicity of putting on the mascara, however, I’ll list the few cons I noticed for fairness sake. I want to note that even with these cons, I will definitely still use the fiber lash mascara. But the cons will help anyone buying the product to know what to expect. When applying the lashes, like I pointed out, you are putting fibers on your lashes. The first time I applied them I did have a stray fiber or two fall on my skin, but not the second time I applied the product. I also had a small fiber get in my eye at one point, but practice applying kept that from happening again. And, the fibers are soft so there wasn’t any major eye irritation. The second gel application should keep them all in place. Using the 3D Fiber Lash mascara does add an additional 2 minutes or so to your eye routine. That’s a conservative number because once I got the process down it went really quickly. And, the only other con I can come up with (which may not really be a negative) is that you can’t purchase the Younique product at the beauty counter or at a store. Purchasing the product directly from a Younique team member may actually be preferred for many of you. No worrying about parking and taking the time to run into a store, and ordering online sends it straight to your door.

Would I recommend Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara to others? Absolutely! Whether you want something to add length and volume on a daily basis or just for Special Occasions, the mascara is light and easy and doesn’t weigh down your eyelids like false lashes or require a salon visit like lash extensions. The process is easy and the results are evident. And, at $29 you can save versus lash extensions. If you are interested in trying the product yourself, you can check out Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara at www.theselashesarereal.com or call Melissa Martin directly at 318-572-9595. Melissa also set up an online “party” for Southern Chic Style blog readers to get a free pigment with the purchase of the 3D Fiber Lash mascara, and you can see how easy the online parties are. Click here to order your mascara and get the free pigment color of your choice!

- Oui Oui -

When it comes to the French, “chic” is a term constantly used to describe just about everything when it comes to fashion. So, when I spotted this Joie linen tee at Cakewalk Style Shop (on Kelly Bensimon from RHONY), not only did I love the light linen material for summer, but the pretty, cursive “oui oui” stole my heart. And, apparently it spoke to a few others, too because I snagged the last of the current shipment they’d received. 

In the Southern heat, the lightest material is a necessity come summer. So, pairing the linen tee with a chambray skirt just seemed common sense. Both are light and airy for the days that are progressively getting hotter. Pictured at the lake in Louisiana for a weekend visiting family, a lace-up sandal (that was a TJ Maxx find - I found others for you to shop below), floppy white hat, and Rebecca Minkoff mini Zach bag accessorized the tee and skirt. The Rebecca Minkoff bag was a major score at Neiman Marcus’ Last Call Studio from my Studio Scene event. I have yet to find it priced as well anywhere else.

While I own quite a few hats, I never seemed to wear them as much as I find myself doing this Spring/Summer. Maybe it’s because as I get older I want to protect my face more from the sun, but it doesn’t hurt that a simple floppy hat adds a little “chic”ness to an ensemble. I count it a win/win - chic look while shielding my skin from the sun :)

If you follow on Instagram (@BethanyMarieB), then you saw this top styled with denim shorts and sneakers for Sunday errands. I’ll definitely be wearing this one many ways this summer!

Checkout Cakewalk Style Shop for the tee and shop similar items for this look online: 

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- Summer Beauty Essentials: Jouer Cosmetics Giveaway -
Pink lips, sun-kissed skin, and as few steps as possible… what more could a girl ask for in summer beauty? You can’t go wrong with a good bronzer, a touch of a neutral tint, and a pink lip sheer with SPF all in a chic leather bag when you’re on the run. And, Jouer Cosmetics is giving Southern Chic Style readers a chance to win these 4 items!
One lucky reader will win from Jouer (zhew-ey): Mattifying Bronzer in Sunswept, Lip Sheer with SPF 15 in the new Rosy Stain (with Vitamin E and Aloe Vera), “Bare” tint (for a natural look - a sheer rosy nude), and "Ooh la la" leather "IT" bag in Jouer signature pink. Not only is Jouer one of my favorite cosmetic lines, but I personally own each of these items and can’t tell you how much they simplify my beauty routine for summer. 
If you aren’t familiar with Jouer, the basics like the bronzer, mineral powder, tint, and eyeshadows come in the shapes you see above which were created to all fit together (like seen here). You can make your compact as big or small as you need. Sometimes I put just my powder and a lip gloss connected in my clutch while most days they are joined by my bronzer, tint, and other shades. Such an easy “girl on the go” option from your smallest clutch to biggest tote! Jouer founder Christina Zilber was a genius for coming up with the concept. 
I know you want to know how to enter to win your summer beauty essentials from Jouer Cosmetics: Mattifying Bronzer in Sunswept, Lip Sheer with SPF 15 in Rosy Stain, Tint in Bare, and "Ooh la la" leather "IT" bag in Jouer signature pink (valued at $135 USD).So, here’s what you need to know for a chance to win the bag and beauty products:
HOW TO ENTER:
- Be sure you’ve “liked” both Southern Chic Style and Jouer Cosmetics on Facebook, then “share” the giveaway post on the Southern Chic Style Facebook page with your friends for one entry per day.
- “Follow” me on Twitter (@BethanyMarieB) AND retweet the giveaway tweet once a day to get an additional entry per day.
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The legal stuff:
PRIZE: Jouer Cosmetics items listed valued at $135 USD: Mattifying Bronzer in Sunswept, Lip Sheer with SPF 15 in Rosy Stain, Tint in Bare, and "Ooh la la" leather "IT" bag in Jouer signature pink
GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST
NUMBER OF WINNERS: One
ELIGIBILITY: This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. (18 and older) only at this time. So sorry international readers! I love you, too!
WINNER ANNOUNCED: Monday, June 30, 2014 on the Southern Chic Style Facebook page.
LEGALESE: To enter you must be 18 or older. Winner will be chosen by random drawing from the pool of those who have “liked” the Facebook pages of Southern Chic Style and Jouer Cosmetics and shared the post. To be considered for the prize, you must be a resident of the U.S. and provide a valid email address. One entry per email address per day via Facebook in addition to one entry per email per day via twitter. Once a winner is notified and verified, Jouer Cosmetics will be provided with the contact information of the winner and they will be responsible for prize fulfillment. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. To enter, “like” Southern Chic Style and Jouer Cosmetics on Facebook and share the giveaway post from the Southern Chic Style Facebook page. No purchase necessary to win. Entries will close on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be contacted by email on or before Monday, June 30, 2014. If the winner does not claim the prize within seven days, the original winner forfeits the prize and a second random entry will be chosen from the pool. This contest is sponsored by Jouer Cosmetics and is void where prohibited by law.

- Summer Beauty Essentials: Jouer Cosmetics Giveaway -

Pink lips, sun-kissed skin, and as few steps as possible… what more could a girl ask for in summer beauty? You can’t go wrong with a good bronzer, a touch of a neutral tint, and a pink lip sheer with SPF all in a chic leather bag when you’re on the run. And, Jouer Cosmetics is giving Southern Chic Style readers a chance to win these 4 items!

One lucky reader will win from Jouer (zhew-ey): Mattifying Bronzer in Sunswept, Lip Sheer with SPF 15 in the new Rosy Stain (with Vitamin E and Aloe Vera), “Bare” tint (for a natural look - a sheer rosy nude), and "Ooh la la" leather "IT" bag in Jouer signature pink. Not only is Jouer one of my favorite cosmetic lines, but I personally own each of these items and can’t tell you how much they simplify my beauty routine for summer. 

If you aren’t familiar with Jouer, the basics like the bronzer, mineral powder, tint, and eyeshadows come in the shapes you see above which were created to all fit together (like seen here). You can make your compact as big or small as you need. Sometimes I put just my powder and a lip gloss connected in my clutch while most days they are joined by my bronzer, tint, and other shades. Such an easy “girl on the go” option from your smallest clutch to biggest tote! Jouer founder Christina Zilber was a genius for coming up with the concept. 

I know you want to know how to enter to win your summer beauty essentials from Jouer Cosmetics: Mattifying Bronzer in Sunswept, Lip Sheer with SPF 15 in Rosy Stain, Tint in Bare, and "Ooh la la" leather "IT" bag in Jouer signature pink (valued at $135 USD).So, here’s what you need to know for a chance to win the bag and beauty products:

HOW TO ENTER:

- Be sure you’ve “liked” both Southern Chic Style and Jouer Cosmetics on Facebook, then “share” the giveaway post on the Southern Chic Style Facebook page with your friends for one entry per day.

- “Follow” me on Twitter (@BethanyMarieB) AND retweet the giveaway tweet once a day to get an additional entry per day.

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The legal stuff:

  • PRIZE: Jouer Cosmetics items listed valued at $135 USD: Mattifying Bronzer in Sunswept, Lip Sheer with SPF 15 in Rosy Stain, Tint in Bare, and "Ooh la la" leather "IT" bag in Jouer signature pink
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST
  • NUMBER OF WINNERS: One
  • ELIGIBILITY: This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. (18 and older) only at this time. So sorry international readers! I love you, too!
  • WINNER ANNOUNCED: Monday, June 30, 2014 on the Southern Chic Style Facebook page.
  • LEGALESE: To enter you must be 18 or older. Winner will be chosen by random drawing from the pool of those who have “liked” the Facebook pages of Southern Chic Style and Jouer Cosmetics and shared the post. To be considered for the prize, you must be a resident of the U.S. and provide a valid email address. One entry per email address per day via Facebook in addition to one entry per email per day via twitter. Once a winner is notified and verified, Jouer Cosmetics will be provided with the contact information of the winner and they will be responsible for prize fulfillment. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. To enter, “like” Southern Chic Style and Jouer Cosmetics on Facebook and share the giveaway post from the Southern Chic Style Facebook page. No purchase necessary to win. Entries will close on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be contacted by email on or before Monday, June 30, 2014. If the winner does not claim the prize within seven days, the original winner forfeits the prize and a second random entry will be chosen from the pool. This contest is sponsored by Jouer Cosmetics and is void where prohibited by law.

- Tribal Print and High Waists -

Everywhere you look high waisted shorts, skirts, and pants abound. No need to resist it because the tops are shorter to compliment the summer trend!

For my best friend’s welcome reception in Key West, a high waisted short and tribal top from Chloe Dao created a fun ensemble for the eclectic evening. At Chloe’s boutique in Rice Village, the top and shorts separately got my attention. But, when the slightly cropped top paired with the high waisted shorts, it was a match made in heaven (plus they travel well). For the Key West evening, a small wedge sandal in red and tan along with a blue oversized leather clutch with studs (both great purchases from a visit to Florence, Italy) complimented and coordinated with the colorful look. The many colors of the top allow me to pull out any color of the rainbow to pair with the flowy piece. It’ll go a long way for my summer wardrobe. I also added a little blue on my wrist to add a little more excitement. (I was sad that the better photos of the look like the top two were lost, so the slightly grainy ones had to do :/)

Just about anywhere you shop these days you’ll see tribal print everything and high waists galore. The trick is to pair the two in a way that flatters your particular shape. For example, my long torso gives me a little extra room for a longer crop top, but someone with a shorter mid-section may prefer a shorter crop top to replicate the outfit. With these blue shorts, the waist band was high enough under the shirt that the breeze that night wasn’t showing off my tummy. Others may prefer a little peekaboo of skin, which is completely acceptable this season! 

The venue for the Key West night was a cool location called Coast created to give artists a place to come and work. Complete with an old Air Stream, the space had a stage for the blue grass-esque group providing entertainment for the wedding guests. The beautiful bride-to-be (and one of my bffs) wore a flower crown, white dress, and cowboy boots and danced the night away with friends and family. 

A great pair of shorts that you can dress up or wear for a casual summer day will go a long way for any fashionista this summer. Mixing in tribal prints with your solids offer comfortable and stylish summer pairings for many of the activities on your fun-filled calendar.

SHOP HIGH WAISTED SHORTS & PRINTED TOPS:

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Coming soon….

Feeling so disconnected not having a post up for you all this week! You can always keep up with Southern Chic Style on Instagram (@BethanyMarieB) for everything from fashion to food and whatever else is going on in my life :) Next week you can look forward to an exciting summer giveaway and more from our trip to Key West! 

Have a chic weekend!

Xoxo,
B

Coming soon….

Feeling so disconnected not having a post up for you all this week! You can always keep up with Southern Chic Style on Instagram (@BethanyMarieB) for everything from fashion to food and whatever else is going on in my life :) Next week you can look forward to an exciting summer giveaway and more from our trip to Key West!

Have a chic weekend!

Xoxo,
B

- Cool in Crochet -

And by cool I mean temperature wise… For our second day spent in Key West, clothing that could breathe was a must! Like I said before, we do know heat very well in South Texas, but it was definitely HOT in Key West and we’d been enjoying some uncharacteristically cool weather at home.

Prior to the long weekend in Key West, I’d gotten a chance to go to the opening of Lily Rain - an online boutique that opened its first store front in Houston. While perusing their beautiful store, Key West and its heat were on my mind. My best friend who lives in Key West (and whose wedding we were in Key West to attend) kept stressing how hot it was going to be, so when I spotted the Issa Bella crochet top you see in this post I knew it would be perfect! And it was. A great pair of Paige Denim shorts, from Lily Rain as well, allowed a little peek of tummy but were a little longer than other pairs for a good balance of material.

You may recognize the turquoise pendant from my first Key West post (another Lily Rain find) which coordinates with the water hues and breaks up the neutral color of the top. Tiger Eye Kendra Scott Danielle earrings, neutral Prada sandals, Chan Luu and Ippolita on the wrist, All The Wire midi ring, aviators, a little braid in the hair, and a summer favorite - mini Chloe Marcie bag - each add their own little details to the look. The great thing about this outfit is you can wear it from vacation to casual summer days at home to utilizing the pieces to create more summer looks. A crochet top even pairs well over a simple fitted dress or with white skinnies.

The night before, my husband and I went with the bride and groom-to-be and friends to one of the couples’ favorite spots - Tequila Bar - located on Front Street. There I had the BEST margarita I’ve EVER had (and I’m fairly picky) along with amazing pulled pork tacos. In fact, both were soooo good that the hubby and I headed back to Tequila Bar for both of those things the next day for lunch! This time we didn’t split an order of the tacos… :) Following our incredibly delicious lunch, we did a little exploring around Mallory Square and the marina (as you see in the photos). 

The evening was going to be a welcome reception with the Bride and Groom-to-be, so we did our share of taking in the beautiful water and town and people watching beforehand. People watching is one of my favorite Key West activities! I invite you to give it a try, too :) All together, we had a pretty laid back day before getting ready for the festivities, but hey, isn’t vacation about relaxing and rejuvenating sometimes? It was a marvelous day in The Keys, and I stayed nice and cool in my crochet top and denim shorts!

SHOP THE LOOK:

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