Southern Chic Style

- Travel Diaries: A Living Dinosaur, Farm Animals, & Devastation -

On our last half day in New Zealand’s north island, a little time at Rotorua’s (Roto-rua) kiwi wildlife park Rainbow Springs was a treat. Rainbow Springs houses different types of birds, fish, and plants you’ll see around New Zealand. We saw a rare type of parrot, the silver fern (also the symbol for NZ’s Rugby team), a rare type of duck, a few actual kiwi birds, and more. Did you know kiwi are nocturnal and need quiet spaces to live? No photos are allowed in the dimly light area where the kiwi live as the flash can cause a kiwi to be stressed out and become very unhealthy from not eating. It’s very unlikely one would see a kiwi while just out and about in New Zealand. The country even has it’s own living dinosaur - the Tuatara, a lizard-like reptile only found on certain small islands around NZ and a number of mainland sanctuaries (photo above next to the duck - both at Rainbow Springs).

The off and on rainy, cool, windy day that included flying from the North Island to Christchurch on the South Island was manageable in a cropped plaid hoodie from French Cuff Boutiquejeans from TOOTSIES, and my favorite moto booties. It helped to have the boots on instead of packing them as I was maxed out on weight… Whoops! :) But, packing for 19 days can be difficult when it’s cold. The hood came in handy when the wind was whipping around in Rotorua before we left. I’m pretty sure I have way more plaid pieces for fall than is healthy, but everyone seems to be “mad for plaid”, too! And, the season’s flat/small heel trend lends itself to easy, stylish traveling. You can be right on trend and comfortable even for a day filled with walking.


After visiting the kiwis at Rainbow Springs, we made one last stop in Rotorua at the Agrodome. Here a farmer/shepherd puts on a show involving 19 sheep (all different breeds of sheep in NZ including merino & Romney), herding dogs, geese, and whatever other animal he decides to have join the show. He sheared a sheep for everyone and ended the show with the dogs running on top of the 2 rows of sheep (see the two dogs on the sheep above). After the show the hubby and I got to go to the nursery and play with the babies - baby goats (kids), lambs, rabbits, and a calf. The goats were so friendly, and I got to hold a lamb! The white goats and little black lamb can be seen in photos by the sheep.

We were off to the airport after grabbing lunch in town and stopping by the water in the first photo by the seaplane. The Rotorua airport is very small but has the most amazing view of the lake and the island in the middle of the lake (the panoramic photo). The rain and cold lead to a slightly turbulent plane ride, but, we made it through the 2 hour flight from the north island to the south island’s Christchurch in the “Land of the Long White Cloud”.

Christchurch (the south island’s largest city), if you remember, was devastated by 2 earthquakes. The first was in 2010 and the second in 2011. 2011’s earthquake was shallow causing widespread damage including losing around 180 lives. Ever since, Christchurch has been in disarray from all of the damage to the older buildings. A local that was visiting Auckland when we were said that “Christchurch is sad to see since it’s like a war zone”, but you truly don’t believe it’s that bad until you see it. There’s empty lots and half buildings all around with construction zone after construction zone. Our hotel was right next to the Christchurch Cathedral (or what’s left of it - last photo above) and is near the worst part of the devastation. Next to the photo of the pizza we had for dinner is one of the streets of Christchurch with containers piled up on the side. That’s a common sight around the city. In many instances those containers are stacked up to cover the missing parts of buildings. 

Even though many restaurants you’ll see online as options have been closed since the earthquake, we found an Italian restaurant that wasn’t too far. Cafe Valentine had a yummy pizza with spinach, pine nuts, pumpkin, red onions, chicken, and cheese. We plan on replicating the delicious meal as best we can for dinner tonight! Pumpkin was a common ingredient throughout our time in New Zealand and Australia. Amidst such a beautiful country, it was definitely an experience to spend time in Christchurch with their devastation. It’s been 3 years and they’re still working to restore the city to what it once was. Should I get to see New Zealand again, I hope Christchurch comes back more prosperous than before!

SHOP Plaid and Moto pieces:

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                                                          THE LOOK

                          Top: Red 23 Cropped Hoodie - French Cuff Boutique
                       Jeans: Citizens of Humanity Skinny Jeans from TOOTSIES
                                                  Boots: Prada Moto Bootie                                                           

- Effortless Fall Style with J.Jill -

Fall is all about layers and J.Jill’s Pure Jill collection along with their Fall pieces allow women to be comfortable and on trend from everyday to on the go!

Pure Jill is inspired-by-nature and designed by Barb Patin “to create the essential most beautiful forms and then render them in the best quality fabrics we can” says the designer. The Pure Jill Cascading Hoodie I’m wearing in dark charcoal heather is so soft and is the perfect layering piece for cool fall mornings that warm up by noon as they do in the South. I styled the hoodie with J.Jill’s Mixed Plaid shirt, white denim (you don’t have to retire them during the Fall and Winter… think winter white) and a small wedge tall boot. Not comfortable with white denim? Replace it with J.Jill’s black, brown, or grey leggings for added comfort.

The elegant drape and unstructured shape of the Pure Jill hoodie is the perfect example of Barb Patin & J.Jill’s vision & inspiration for Pure Jill:

"Because our design aesthetic is so clean, the volume and the way a piece drapes on the body becomes very important. All the shapes we offer in the line give the customer the freedom to dress to her body. To really customize her Pure Jill wardrobe to meet the demands of her day and be comfortable and move with ease throughout." - Barb Patin

The possibilities are endless for the J.Jill hoodie and plaid shirt this season as they are wonderful together but work with other wardrobe staples to stretch your fall outfits - hoodie over a basic tee with a statement scarf, plaid shirt with your favorite moto jacket and jeans, hoodie over your gym attire for quick errands after your workout, plaid shirt tucked into a flirty skirt with tights and booties, and on and on! And, shopping for the pieces is super easy! I ordered these online (sweaters are 20% off in-store and online through Oct. 19th) and they just added a beautiful new J.Jill store in the Houston Galleria recently. To assist you with online purchases and sizing, I ordered a misses XS in both and usually wear a 4/6 or S/M top, and J.Jill offers Petite, Women’s, and Tall as well.

Still not sold on the white denim for Fall and Winter? Try a tan pair of skinnies or the leggings from J.Jill or even a great flare jean. This J.Jill plaid shirt has tan, white, red, and a grayish black throughout, so pulling any of those to compliment the top will look great!

                                                         THE LOOK

                Hoodie: Pure Jill Cascading Hoodie in dark charcoal heather ($89)

                                         Top: J.JillMixed Plaid Shirt ($79)

                         Jeans: Alice + Olivia Distressed White Skinny Jean

                                      Boots: Loeffler Randall Suede Boots

- Travel Diaries: Glowworms, Geysers, & Great Warriors -
I could hardly contain my excitement for this day of our New Zealand/Australia trip. Glowworms! And, not the stuffed kind like the battery powered glowworm I loved as a child. The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are majestic white caves filled with stalagtites and stalagmites formed over 30 million years ago and first explored in 1887 by local Maori Chief Tane Tinorau accompanied by an English surveyor Fred Mace.
After a descent into the beautiful caves, we entered the section known as The Cathedral (for its incredible acoustics due to the enclosed shape and rough surface). I had the opportunity to sing “Amazing Grace” for the group and test it out joining many famous singers and choirs who have performed there. The acoustics are heavenly. Leaving The Cathedral cavern, we boarded a small boat in the dark with just enough light to safely be taken under a ceiling of glowworms! It was like seeing a million stars on the clearest night you can imagine (second group of photos above). I smiled and awed at the tiny creatures above radiating their beautiful, starry light in the cool, quiet cave. The glowworms and caves were as glorious as I imagined! 

For a day around the North Island of New Zealand, from the glowworm caves to the thermal pools to a night at a Maori celebration, boots with a long sleeve tee and poncho transitioned from one event to the next allowing for the appropriate warmth. The brown and tan poncho had to come with me on the trip the second I saw it at Houston’s French Cuff Boutique. If you caught Cara Delevigne for Burberry on the runway, you know where some of this season’s poncho obsession began. The high-low hem Sofia top from Hemline packed well and looked great on its own if temperatures rose that day. My trusty canvas Louis handbag continues to endure trip after trip while a small wedge tall boot (for walking comfort) over skinny jeans pulled the outfit together. The top photo is outside the Waitomo Caves by the river and the photo of the back of the outfit and up close in the side of the look from the exit from the caves.

Heading from the caves to Rotorua, we stopped in a town called Otorohanga Kiwiana for lunch. It’s a cute small town where hanging baskets of flowers line the main thoroughfare & you see the two huge kiwi birds with me pictured above. We were amazed at the odd availability of fried chicken in EVERY restaurant, but I had chicken and chips for lunch - yep, it’s what you’re thinking… fried chicken with french fries. After lunch the hills noticeably got taller and the landscape more lush and tropical as we headed south. Oh, and we observed rivers running north. You easily forget everything is opposite on the other side of the equator… Weather gets colder as you go south and rivers run north. Definitely seems backwards. And, that it is, literally! 

First stop once we arrived in Rotorua was the Te Puia thermal grounds (second cluster of photos above). The sulfur smell permeates throughout the entire city (never really got used to it) but you get to see the source which helps a little. One of the geysers had just started spewing in the photo of my hubby and I. This area reminded me of Jurassic Park with steam and bubbling mud pools surrounded by palm trees, bushes, and other green plants. Similar thermal sources contribute to the thermal energy used in New Zealand. We also had an opportunity to see where some of the Maori wood carvings are made on the grounds at Te Puia, as well as taught. The Maori traditions are passed along through families and schools like those where you can be taught the art of carving and weaving. It was a good intro into our evening as we were to join a Maori tribe in their celebration and dine with them.

With a quick stop at the hotel, we were off for a Maori cultural experience at the Tamaki Maori Village. We were able to experience the traditional Maori evening from choosing a chief (from our group to perform the Maori greeting with the tribe’s chief) to learning the haka (war dance you may have seen the New Zealand “All Black” rugby team perform that is traditional Maori) to a performance by the family to a traditional dinner which is prepared in the ground similarly to a luau in Hawaii. We saw how the Maori warriors train, what their face tattoos mean, how their baskets and items are made, and my husband learned the haka. Dinner included the NZ version of a sweet potato and a dessert we loved called pavlova - merengue, a creamy filling, and sugar.  

At a stop earlier in the day, our guide suggested we try some New Zealand ice cream. All he had to say was “ice cream” and I was going to try it… I do have a major sweet tooth as well as a weakness for ice cream! They have this delicious ice cream flavor called “Hokey Pokey” that made me want to “turn myself about” :) It was made with a caramel honeycomb toffee and incredible! 
Only a few days in I was already in love with New Zealand! And, there’s so much more to share with you :) 
SHOP Ponchos and boots for Fall:
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THE LOOK

                                     Top: Sofia Long Sleeve Top from Hemline
                             Poncho: Kerisma Poncho from French Cuff Boutique
                                               Jeans: Hudson Skinny Jeans
                                      Boots: Loeffler Randall Tall Wedge Boot
                                                     Sunglasses: Chanel
                                              Handbag: Louis Vuitton Speedy

- Travel Diaries: Halfway Across the World -

Kia Ora! That’s what they say in New Zealand for hello, goodbye, hope you are well, etc. Kinda like Aloha. Join me over the next few months as I share all about our 19 day trip across the International Date Line to New Zealand and Australia including what we did, what I wore, and other details of our time abroad. The trip began in North Island city Auckland, New Zealand. 

Auckland reminded us of a lot of the big cities we’ve visited in the world. You really see the rest of the world’s influence on the island made up of so many people from around the world. Some buildings look like old European buildings you’d see in London or France while another area looks like Hawaii with their houses and plants, the main shopping and eating area looks like New York City, the hilly parts are very San Francisco, and the wharf reminded us of one in Spain.

The first full day of sights included a little driving around the city with a look at the Auckland Sky Tower - from ground to top over 1,000 feet tall making it the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Compare the Sky Tower to the rest of the city in the second picture above.

The windy spring day had a slight chill to it with bouts of rain, so a sweater, jeans, and boots were a great choice for a day around the harbor city. Prints are everywhere for fall, and the Zebra print DVF sweater from TOOTSIES was an awesome sale find paired with grey denim skinnies and moto boots. If you haven’t already added grey to your wardrobe for it’s neutral abilities, you’ll find garments of all kinds in the hue for Fall. Outside of the big city area, we stopped at the Michael Joseph Savage Gardens. The third photo above and picture of the boots are both taken there. Spring was definitely in bloom despite the chilly day.

There’s a number of small islands formed by volcanoes surrounding Auckland that can be accessed by ferry from Waitemata Harbor. Rangitoto Island is the youngest of those islands having erupted in the last 700 years. The top photo and the second and third to last ones are on Rangitoto. It looked just like Hawaii with all of the volcanic rock and the beautiful, sparkly green water. Rangitoto is a scenic reserve with a very limited number of small dwellings on the island. You can spend all day on the small island exploring!

Upon arriving back at the wharf, we ventured to the Sky Tower to go up to the 60th floor and take in Auckland from a bird’s eye view. The last photo is looking out over the Harbor from the sky tower’s 60th floor. We grabbed a bite to eat for lunch on the 50th floor and waited to see fearless people do the Sky jump. A friend we made on the trip signed up for the assisted fall and was fun to watch since my husband and I decided feet on the ground was a good idea at the beginning of a trip :)

In the afternoon, we spent a couple of hours at the Auckland Museum. It was full of Maori (New Zealand’s native people) culture and history along with various pacific island pieces and some historic artifacts from wars. This was our chance to learn more about some of the bird and reptile species we’d seen already and were going to see in New Zealand. 

I can’t wait to share the rest of my time in the beautiful “Land of the Long White Cloud” with you all! More to come in the following weeks.

SHOP Zebra Print, Grey Denim, & Moto Booties:

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                                                              THE LOOK

                                Top: Diane von Furstenberg Zebra Print Sweater

                          Jeans: Textile by Elizabeth and James Grey Skinny Jeans

                                        Boots: Prada Double-Buckle Moto Bootie

                                                          Necklace: Silpada

- Instagram: Social Media Fun -

You may already keep up with Southern Chic Style on Instagram (@BethanyMarieB), but if not you might be missing out on some chic styles. While posts on Southern Chic Style happen 1-3 times a week, Instagram is a daily avenue to share random fashion finds and what’s going on day-to-day.

Pictured are 7 of those which are shoppable through Instagram thanks to LikeToKnowIt. When you see @Liketkit tagged to an Instagram photo, if you’ve submitted your email to LikeToKnow.It you simply have to “like” the photo to have links to the items sent directly to your inbox! It’s a genius way to quickly find out where to find the items you love on Instagram.

Check out some of the pieces you see pictured here (Tumblr users, you may have to open the post in your browser to shop) and get the rest through LikeToKnow:It and @BethanyMarieB on Instagram:

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- Best Boots for Fall from the Runway -

What girl doesn’t get excited about boot weather every year? Well, the runways in February were full of great fall shoe trends including boots, boots, and more boots. The skinny heels are fewer and far between with heels going flat or chunky. And, Fall is here!

From over-the-knee to ankle boots, you’re bound to find a style or two you need in your Fall/Winter wardrobe. Don’t shy away from the over-the-knee options for fear of looking like a street walker. It’s all about the other clothing pieces you add. Stay conservative on top and you’ll find over-the-knee boots to be a favorite. We also saw Military style combat lace up boots and ankle boots all in flat heights on the runway. Enjoy the flatter trend and give your feet a break this Fall. It’s ok to wear these boots with dresses, skirts, and your typical skinny jeans and leggings. There’s a “punk” feel to the shoes you’ll see in stores and online, and I’ll have different ways to style the trends throughout the season for you on Southern Chic Style.

SHOP Over-the-knee, Combat, and Ankle boots for Fall:

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- Save the Date: David Peck USA and JW Marriott -
David Peck USA and JW Marriott Houston Downtown will debut a new wardrobe program for hotel associates in a two-part fashion show at the new luxury hotel on September 29, 2014. And, you’re invited!! 
The two-part event will feature a runway presentation of the Wardrobe Program and David Peck USA Fall 2014 Collection with a cocktail reception to follow at JW Marriott Downtown Houston. You don’t want to miss the Houston based designer’s Fall Collection… It’s amazing!
To join in on this HUGE event, be sure to RSVP to rsvp@davidpeckusa.com. Not only will you get a first glimpse at the hotel wardrobe line, but you’ll also get to check out the brand new hotel.
So very proud of how far David Peck has come and honored to have the pleasure of watching his business grow!  

- Dressed to the 9s: A Roaring 20s Affair -

Well, last week was a complete whirlwind between the normal full time job, manager with me for a day, preparation for the Junior League of Houston Opening Style Show, and then the show itself… all crunched into 3 little days since Monday was a holiday. So, if you were wondering where I was hiding, chairing the JLH Opening Style Show was that rock under which I hid :) This is the anniversary of 90 years of the Junior League of Houston (1925), so “Dressed to the 9s: A Roaring 20s Affair” theme celebrated the milestone.

You may have kept up with the excitement on Instagram, but I wanted to share with you all the wonderful 1 day, 2 show event that I was so overjoyed to have been a part of. Local Houston boutique TOOTSIES provided the amazing Fall fashions for the occasion and hit it out of the park with makeup for the models provided by Vanity Lounge and hair by Azur Salon. See, the Junior League’s Opening Style Show consists of volunteer models that year after year rock the runway. Each of these ladies works (most full-time) and gives of their time to help further the Junior League of Houston’s mission. And, TOOTSIES did an incredible job of dressing each volunteer in outfits that flattered and were on trend from contemporary pieces to high end designer. 

For the evening show, TOOTSIES Creative Director Fady Armanious was there to show some of the Fall Trends before they hit the runway: 60s inspiration, Fur and Feathers, Knit Dressing, Bordeaux, Fringe, Metallics, Athletic Wear, Moto Jackets, Crossbody Bags, and Pointed Toe Pumps while guests received a “Fady’s Five Fall Faves” on their table to enjoy (complete with the most incredible small YSL crossbody bag in red).

My entire Special Events Team along with the Tea Room Director, Development Vice President, and Junior League President were all adorned in luxurious jewels from one of the Junior League of Houston’s Community Partners - Tenenbaum & Co. You can see the sparkling pieces I wore above which complimented the 20s theme perfectly! The platinum, emerald, and diamond tassel necklace was the first piece I was drawn to in the store which we layered with a platinum, black and white diamond necklace. The Art deco platinum and diamond bracelet (31.25 cttw) was a must for the roaring 20s affair next to an Edwardian platinum, emerald, and diamond bracelet to compliment the tassel necklace. Topping off the look were a 3.00cttw platinum and diamond ring and 6.80cttw Platinum and diamond chandelier earrings. I felt like a princess and was lucky to wear such unique pieces for the day! To top it off, Tenenbaum & Co will give 10% off to you and 5% back to the Junior League for any customer who mentions the Junior League of Houston. You don’t have to be a member! Just go shop (there’s even an ‘Under $2500’ section) and save!

For table decor, the 20s and the Great Gatsby were my inspiration. Working with Darryl & Co (who so graciously donated the majority of the the decor), we decided on the mirror boxes with flowers, feathers, and pearls, candelabras dripping in crystals, fresh hydrangeas, roses, and stock in julep vases, and skinny tea light lamps with black shades. It feels so good when your vision executes the way you saw it. It was a fashionable 20s dream!

And, how about the superbly 20s menus with black and white stripes and gold accents? Houston Junior League member and owner of Katie & Co created the marvelous menus!

Before I go on to what I wore (other than the stunning jewels), as I’m sure you love the looks on the models pictured, here’s a run down of the pieces you can find at TOOTSIES (top photo to bottom):

  • RICK OWENS LILIES brown wrap knit dress with VELVET BY GRAHAM & SPENCER brown shearling vest
  • J BRAND cognac leather moto jacket with ELIZABETH & JAMES ivory sweater and RAG & BONE fly-away blouse, DL1961 ivory skinny cropped jeans, & ELIZABETH & JAMES calf hair shoulder bag
  • AG PHILLIPS burgundy dress, JULIE COLLECTION jewelry, ELAINE TURNER leopard clutch
  • CATHERINE DEANE fuschia embroidered-back gown
  • HERVE LEGER rose gold bandage gown, EDDIE BORGO rosegold choker

Of course, I wore a little number from TOOTSIES, as well. McQ by Alexander McQueen’s lace trim dress has a little 20s flair but is modern and beautiful! My silver Saint Laurent Thorn pump played well to the sparkle of the Tenenbaum & Co jewels while being on trend for fall with both a metallic color and pointed toes. The talented stylists at Azur Salon and Vanity Lounge gave my hair a more voluminous look and made my face stage ready!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make “Dressed to the 9s: A Roaring 20s Affair” the best style show yet! Including TOOTSIES, Vanity Lounge, Azur Salon, Darryl & Co, Katie & Co, Wendy Norwood Patterson; Swag bag contributors: GoldenThread Jewelry, Jouer Cosmetics, Petite Sweets, Paisley House, Briargrove Animal Clinic & Natural Paws, Sam & lilli, Tenenbaum & Co, & Mattress Firm; the Special Events Team Assistant Chairmen - Cherish Bradshaw and Katie Kildal; the entire JLH Tea Room and Front Office staffs; Tea Room Director, Development Vice President, President, and all Executive Board; and to all of the members and friends who came out for the show! Every single person contributed to the Junior League’s commitment to “Building A Better Community.”

- Labor Day Weekend SALES -
While we honor those who serve our country and enjoy a wonderful 3 day weekend, you can also take advantage of numerous sales from your favorite retailers. From Anthropologie to Zulily and everything in between, it’s all here in one list for you! Get ready because there’s a TON of savings below :) Happy shopping!
- Alice + Olivia // Enjoy up to 60% off

  
- Anthropologie // EXTRA 20% off sale items. 600+ styles added, Ends 9.1
 
- Barney’s Warehouse // Up to an extra 30% off select styles.
 
- Baublebar // Jewelry styles starting at 50% off, Now – 9.1
 
- BCBG // Extra 20% off markdowns at BCBG.com, Now -9.2
 
- BCBG Generation // 40% off sitewide, Ends 9.1
 
- bebe // Additional 50% off already reduced prices – select sale styles, Ends 9.14
 
- Birchbox // 50 extra Birchbox Points with $35+ purchase, Ends 9.2
                        CODE: WEEKEND50 
 
- Black Halo // Up to 70% off markdowns
 
- Blank NYC // 20% off sitewide, Ends 9.2 with CODE: SEEYA 
 
- Bluefly // $30 off $150 (8.30 – 8.31 5:30AM) with CODE: LABORDAY30 
               // 10% off order (9.1 – 9.2 3:00AM) with CODE: LABORDAY10
 
- boohoo // Free shipping on all US orders, Ends 9.1
                     CODE: LABORDAY14
 
- Brooks Brothers // Save up to 60%, Now – 9.1
 
- Buru // Save 25% off sitewide  with CODE: LABORDAY 
 
- Butter Shoes // Extra 15% off sale styles, Ends 9.1 with CODE: EXTRA15 

- C. Wonder // 30% off full price items. Take an additional 50% off sale

- Carol Hochman // 20% off with CODE: LDW20

 
- Cynthia Vincent // 20% off full priced items & up to 70% off sale, Now – 9.2
                                     CODE: HELLOFALL
 
- DSW // So many sandals up to 50% off at dsw.com
 
- DVF // 30% off Wear Now Styles at DVF.com, Ends 9.1
 
- Equipment // New markdowns
 
- Fossil // Free 2-Day shipping on orders $100+, Ends 9.4
 
- French Connection // All sale dresses $69.99
                                    // Free US ground shipping on orders $150+ with CODE: W14SHIP
 
- Gap // Up to 40% off, Ends 9.1
 
- Glam Boutique // 20% off sitewide, Ends 9.2 with CODE: LABDAYSALE 
 
- Gymboree // 40% off everything
 
- Halston Heritage // Take an additional 20% off all sale styles, Ends 9.1
                             CODE: LABORDAY20
 
 
- Henry & Belle // 20% off sitewide, Ends 9.2
                                 CODE: LBD2014
 
- J.Crew // 40% off final sale with free shipping on orders over $100 (through 8/31)
               // Free Shipping on all orders on Labor Day 
 
- James Jeans // Take 30% off, Ends 9.1 with Code: JJLABOR14
 
 
- Joie // New items added to sale
 
- Juicy Couture // Take $15 off orders of $100+, Ends 9.1
                                 CODE: JCLABORDAY 
 
- Kelly Wearstler // 50% off select jewelry, ready-to-wear and accessories, Ends 9.2
                                    CODE: LABORDAY
 
- Kendra Scott // 15% off sitewide. New markdowns + free shipping, Ends 9.1 midnight PST
                                CODE: 2014LDW
 
- L.K. Bennett // Extra 40% off sale items, Ends 9.1 
                               CODE: LD40
  
 
- Loeffler Randall // 15% off sitewide, Ends 9.7
                                     CODE: LABORDAY
 
- LOFT // 50% off sale and select full price styles, Ends 9.1 11:59 PM EST
 
- Lord & Taylor // Extra 20% off + 10% off with L&T Credit Card, Ends 9.2         CODE: LABORDAY 
                               
 - lulu and georgia // 25% off with Code: laborday25
 
- Michael Stars // Save 5% off sitewide, 9.15 with Code: FALL5
 
- Nordstrom // Clearance sale: 40% off Mens, Womens, Juniors, Kids, Home & Gifts, Ends 9.7
 
- Old Navy // 40% off the entire store, Now – 9.1 
 
- Rag & Bone // Save 30% off pre-fall styles
 
- Raven Denim // 25% off sitewide, Ends 9.2
                            CODE: BYESUMMER14 
 
- Rent the Runway // 30% off orders of $100+ with a delivery date before 9.14, Ends 9.1
                                  CODE: LDW2014
 
- Rue21 // up to 50% off
 
- Sephora // Get up to 75% off summer favorites
 
- Singer22 // Up to 20% off sitewide, Ends 9.2
                  // Spend up to $499 = 10% OFF 
                  // Spend up to 500+ = 15% OFF 
                  // Spend up to 1500+ = 20% OFF 
                 CODE: LABOR2014 
 
- Soft Surroundings // Save up to 79% on Décor, Ends 9.14
 
- Sole Society // Select styles up to 70% off: Footwear (including select Best(ie) Brands), Bags & Accessories. Final Sale.
 
- Stella & Dot // Extra 25% off all sales items, Ends 9.2 at 9pm PT
 
- Sunglasses Hut // Additional 33% off sale items, Ends 9.1
 
- Target // Save up to 25% off select Home, Outdoor and more, 8.31 – 9.1
 
- TIBI // Fall Wardrobe Event. 20% off select styles, Ends 9.2
                 Promo Code: hellofall
 
- Tkees // 15% off select styles, Ends 9.1
 
- Torn by Ronny Kobo // 20% off sitewide, Ends 9.1
                                              CODE: LABORDAY20 
 
- Vintage Havana // 25% off sitewide, Ends 9.2
                                     CODE: LABOR25 
 
- Wanderlust + Co // Extra 20% off sale, Ends 9.2
                                      CODE: FURTHER20
- Yosi Samra // Free domestic ground shipping for all orders over $100, Ends 9.2

- Zulily // Blowout sale, 9.1

- Labor Day Weekend SALES -

While we honor those who serve our country and enjoy a wonderful 3 day weekend, you can also take advantage of numerous sales from your favorite retailers. From Anthropologie to Zulily and everything in between, it’s all here in one list for you! Get ready because there’s a TON of savings below :) Happy shopping!

- Alice + Olivia // Enjoy up to 60% off

  

- Anthropologie // EXTRA 20% off sale items. 600+ styles added, Ends 9.1

 

- Barney’s Warehouse // Up to an extra 30% off select styles.

 

- Baublebar // Jewelry styles starting at 50% off, Now – 9.1

 

- BCBG // Extra 20% off markdowns at BCBG.com, Now -9.2

 

- BCBG Generation // 40% off sitewide, Ends 9.1

 

- bebe // Additional 50% off already reduced prices – select sale styles, Ends 9.14

 

- Birchbox // 50 extra Birchbox Points with $35+ purchase, Ends 9.2

                        CODE: WEEKEND50 

 

- Black Halo // Up to 70% off markdowns

 

- Blank NYC // 20% off sitewide, Ends 9.2 with CODE: SEEYA 

 

- Bluefly // $30 off $150 (8.30 – 8.31 5:30AM) with CODE: LABORDAY30 

               // 10% off order (9.1 – 9.2 3:00AM) with CODE: LABORDAY10

 

- boohoo // Free shipping on all US orders, Ends 9.1

                     CODE: LABORDAY14

 

- Brooks Brothers // Save up to 60%, Now – 9.1

 

- Buru // Save 25% off sitewide  with CODE: LABORDAY 

 

- Butter Shoes // Extra 15% off sale styles, Ends 9.1 with CODE: EXTRA15 

- C. Wonder // 30% off full price items. Take an additional 50% off sale

- Carol Hochman // 20% off with CODE: LDW20

 

- Cynthia Vincent // 20% off full priced items & up to 70% off sale, Now – 9.2

                                     CODE: HELLOFALL

 

- DSW // So many sandals up to 50% off at dsw.com

 

- DVF // 30% off Wear Now Styles at DVF.com, Ends 9.1

 

- Equipment // New markdowns

 

- Fossil // Free 2-Day shipping on orders $100+, Ends 9.4

 

- French Connection // All sale dresses $69.99

                                    // Free US ground shipping on orders $150+ with CODE: W14SHIP

 

- Gap // Up to 40% off, Ends 9.1

 

- Glam Boutique // 20% off sitewide, Ends 9.2 with CODE: LABDAYSALE 

 

- Gymboree // 40% off everything

 

- Halston Heritage // Take an additional 20% off all sale styles, Ends 9.1

                             CODE: LABORDAY20

 

 

- Henry & Belle // 20% off sitewide, Ends 9.2

                                 CODE: LBD2014

 

- J.Crew // 40% off final sale with free shipping on orders over $100 (through 8/31)

               // Free Shipping on all orders on Labor Day 

 

- James Jeans // Take 30% off, Ends 9.1 with Code: JJLABOR14

 

 

- Joie // New items added to sale

 

- Juicy Couture // Take $15 off orders of $100+, Ends 9.1

                                 CODE: JCLABORDAY 

 

- Kelly Wearstler // 50% off select jewelry, ready-to-wear and accessories, Ends 9.2

                                    CODE: LABORDAY

 

- Kendra Scott // 15% off sitewide. New markdowns + free shipping, Ends 9.1 midnight PST

                                CODE: 2014LDW

 

- L.K. Bennett // Extra 40% off sale items, Ends 9.1 

                               CODE: LD40

  

 

- Loeffler Randall // 15% off sitewide, Ends 9.7

                                     CODE: LABORDAY

 

- LOFT // 50% off sale and select full price styles, Ends 9.1 11:59 PM EST

 

- Lord & Taylor // Extra 20% off + 10% off with L&T Credit Card, Ends 9.2         CODE: LABORDAY 

                              

 - lulu and georgia // 25% off with Code: laborday25

 

- Michael Stars // Save 5% off sitewide, 9.15 with Code: FALL5

 

- Nordstrom // Clearance sale: 40% off Mens, Womens, Juniors, Kids, Home & Gifts, Ends 9.7

 

- Old Navy // 40% off the entire store, Now – 9.1 

 

- Rag & Bone // Save 30% off pre-fall styles

 

- Raven Denim // 25% off sitewide, Ends 9.2

                            CODE: BYESUMMER14 

 

- Rent the Runway // 30% off orders of $100+ with a delivery date before 9.14, Ends 9.1

                                  CODE: LDW2014

 

- Rue21 // up to 50% off

 

- Sephora // Get up to 75% off summer favorites

 

- Singer22 // Up to 20% off sitewide, Ends 9.2

                  // Spend up to $499 = 10% OFF 

                  // Spend up to 500+ = 15% OFF 

                  // Spend up to 1500+ = 20% OFF 

                 CODE: LABOR2014 

 

- Soft Surroundings // Save up to 79% on Décor, Ends 9.14

 

- Sole Society // Select styles up to 70% off: Footwear (including select Best(ie) Brands), Bags & Accessories. Final Sale.

 

- Stella & Dot // Extra 25% off all sales items, Ends 9.2 at 9pm PT

 

- Sunglasses Hut // Additional 33% off sale items, Ends 9.1

 

- Target // Save up to 25% off select Home, Outdoor and more, 8.31 – 9.1

 

- TIBI // Fall Wardrobe Event. 20% off select styles, Ends 9.2

                 Promo Code: hellofall

 

- Tkees // 15% off select styles, Ends 9.1

 

- Torn by Ronny Kobo // 20% off sitewide, Ends 9.1

                                              CODE: LABORDAY20 

 

- Vintage Havana // 25% off sitewide, Ends 9.2

                                     CODE: LABOR25 

 

- Wanderlust + Co // Extra 20% off sale, Ends 9.2

                                      CODE: FURTHER20

- Yosi Samra // Free domestic ground shipping for all orders over $100, Ends 9.2

- Zulily // Blowout sale, 9.1

- Crop Tops: From Summer to Fall -

While we’re enjoying the end of summer and it’s light breezy styles, it’s already time to think about transitioning outfits into your Fall wardrobe. The crop top is here to stay into Fall and Winter and you can still even wear the sleeveless ones when you layer for the cold.

The Joie sleeveless graphic print crop top has been cool this summer and will look stylish with a moto jacket or even long sleeves underneath with a skirt and tights for cooler months. But, for the warmer summer days and as we temps drpo for fall, the Joie top is light and airy with an Alice + Olivia maxi skirt. There’s a fitted mini skirt under the sheer overlay keeping you covered but not hot. You’ll notice this crop top is a little longer than many I’ve worn, but I love how it hits right where the skirt hits in the middle to keep the cinched waist look a crop top allows while covering the skin. As the weather cools, your crop tops in longer lengths will likely make more appearances.

My inner child enjoyed making a flower crown to top off the crop top ensemble for a little color on the black and white palette. And, simple accessories like the Kendra Scott Elise necklace add subtle detail. 

SHOP crop tops and sheer maxis you can wear now and into Fall:

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                                                            THE LOOK

                                         Top: Joie Graphic Knit Crop Top

                                                  Skirt: Alice + Olivia

                                     Wedge: Jimmy Choo Patent Cork Wedge

                                     Necklace: Kendra Scott Elise Necklace

- Red Sole Nails -

Whether you love to purchase the designer’s high end shoes or just admire them from afar, you can now purchase the signature Christian Louboutin red sole color in a nail polish

Launched August 1st, this is famed designer Christian Louboutin’s first venture into the beauty world. Neiman Marcus had a beautiful setup in their shoe department to check out the new polish. I painted a nail with the tester and compared the shade to the lovely Louboutins sitting next to the display. Perfect match!

Rouge is the first released (and righfully so as Mr. Louboutin used an actual bottle of nail polish to get the signature sole color from the start) of a collection of 30 nail colours to follow. You can snag the red hue for $50 making them the most expensive nail polish out there… but definitely less than the designer’s shoes!

You may not want to dish out the dough for a Louboutin Rouge Nail Colour, but the bottle itself is somewhat of a statement piece that looks wonderful on my vanity :) Keep an eye out for the rest of the collection at the end of the month. You may just see a shade you have to have!

- Safari Chic -

Don’t get me wrong… I have no plans of heading into the jungle and definitely NOT in heels, but this Robert Rodriguez dress has us thinking of taking a walk on the wild side. Both TOOTSIES's TTO sale finds, the shoes and dress were meant to be worn together!

The safari chic Robert Rodriguez shirt dress is super flattering with perfectly placed pleats, pockets, and sheer panels on the shoulders. The key is to find dresses with waists that hit you at just the right spot - for everyone that smallest part of your waist is different. This one worked for me and my long torso. Coupled with a Sam Edelman cage sandal, that gives the appearance of a sheer, the pair works together wonderfully.

I love an easy dress for summer and this one transitions into Fall giving you the chance to throw on a cropped leather jacket and tights for an edgy look. A challenge I always take on this time of year is shopping the huge sales and finding pieces that will surpass the current season. The booties are also an ideal transition shoe as we stay warm through October in Houston and my feet will appreciate a little breath-ability possibly even into November. 

SHOP Safari Chic Dresses and Cage Booties:

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                                                 THE LOOK:

                       Dress: Robert Rodriguez Blocked Shirt Dress

                       Shoes: Sam Edelman Aubriana Cage Bootie

                                                 Bag: Chanel

                                        Sunglasses: Versace

- SJP Tour Brings Star to Houston -
It’s true! Sarah Jessica Parker is coming to Nordstrom at the Houston Galleria Aug. 21st from 4-5 pm! The Sex and the City star is touring with her shoe and handbag line and we have the pleasure of making the list. (It’s ok to squeal with joy)
Sarah Jessica Parker will be signing customer’s purchases from her Fall 2014 SJP Collection as time permits - so plan now if you want to be there!  “Available exclusively at select Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com/SJP, the SJP Collection is an assortment of ladylike and polished shoes crafted by artisans in Italy, reflecting Parker’s personal looks and feminine style. Shoes range in price from $350 for a pump to $695 for a knee-high boot. The line also features city-chic handbags that range in price from $220 for a crossbody style to $495 for a tote.”

- SJP Tour Brings Star to Houston -

It’s true! Sarah Jessica Parker is coming to Nordstrom at the Houston Galleria Aug. 21st from 4-5 pm! The Sex and the City star is touring with her shoe and handbag line and we have the pleasure of making the list. (It’s ok to squeal with joy)

Sarah Jessica Parker will be signing customer’s purchases from her Fall 2014 SJP Collection as time permits - so plan now if you want to be there!

“Available exclusively at select Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com/SJP, the SJP Collection is an assortment of ladylike and polished shoes crafted by artisans in Italy, reflecting Parker’s personal looks and feminine style. Shoes range in price from $350 for a pump to $695 for a knee-high boot. The line also features city-chic handbags that range in price from $220 for a crossbody style to $495 for a tote.”

- Jewelry That Rocks -

Ever loved that great House of Harlow necklace or Gorjana piece but couldn’t fathom shelling out the dough not knowing if you’ll like it? Or maybe you’re just an accessory junkie. Whatever your dilemma when it comes to the finishing touches, I think you’ll really enjoy this. Meet RocksBox. A subscription jewelry service that strives to make women feel beautiful through personally-selected jewelry pieces, RocksBox will give you the chance to try out designs chosen just for you from collections you love like CC Skye, Loren Hope, House of Harlow 1960 and more.

With a personal jewelry stylist who gets to know you through a survey of your style, they individually curate three pieces at a time that you can wear (for as long as you want!) or buy at a 20% members-only discount. Send back the ones you don’t want to buy and get ready for your next box of jewels! You pay the same membership fee ($19/month) regardless of how often you exchange your box. I received my first RocksBox based on the Margaret Elizabeth earrings I chose in my style survey. You can see above the form that comes with each box showing the pieces chosen, retail price vs member price, section to say what you thought of each style, and a little note from your stylist. My stylist let me know the earrings were the inspiration which definitely adds to the personalization of the service. Pretty excited to see what my next box brings!

Outfits to add my jewels to came fairly easy as each one in my curated set is versatile, but one I love showcasing all 3 together was the Gypsy 05 dress from TOOTSIES pictured and Sam Edelman cage sandals. The earrings coordinated perfectly with the seafoam hue of the dress! Seamlessly, the House of Harlow 1960 bangle and Gorjana necklace topped off a soft but edgy ensemble. I’d actually been eyeing the Gorjana necklace online, so it was exciting to see the beautiful piece in my first RocksBox!

A special treat for you: Try RocksBox with no fee through a free month trial by clicking here! I have a feeling you’ll soon feel spoiled with the constant new accessories to play with :)

Ikat Scarf Giveaway from J.Jill -

If you checked out yesterday’s post with the perfect summer linen dress from J.Jill, then you know today brings an exciting giveaway from the awesome team at J.Jill! Southern Chic Style readers get the chance to enter to win the Pure Jill Ikat Dot Infinity Scarf in grey onyx made from light cotton (a $29 value).

This beautiful scarf can be thrown over a casual tee or tank to add a little style to a casual ensemble or over a solid tank dress for a dressier look. And, the light cotton makes it summer appropriate but still wearable throughout the year. Grey is also a go-to neutral for summer! Get the details for all of the ways to enter to win:

HOW TO ENTER:

- Be sure you’ve “liked” both Southern Chic Style and J.Jill on Facebook and comment on the giveaway post with how you would wear the scarf or where you’d wear it 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.

- Follow on Instagram (@BethanyMarieB) and “like” the post, and then comment on the giveaway post with how you would wear the scarf or where you’d wear it for one entry per day.

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The legal stuff:

PRIZE: J.Jill Scarf - Pure Jill Ikat Dot Infinity Scarf valued at $29 USD

GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Thursday, August 7, 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: By Monday, August 7, 2014 on the Southern Chic Style Facebook page and Instagram (@BethanyMarieB).

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 J.Jill and commented on the facebook post with how would wear or what would wear with, commented on the Instagram post with how would wear or what would wear with, and following and retweeting the giveaway on Twitter (@BethanyMarieB). 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 and Instagram. Once a winner is notified and verified, J.Jill 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 J.Jill on Facebook and comment on the giveaway post from the Southern Chic Style Facebook page, “follow” and retweet on twitter, and follow and comment on the giveaway post on Instagram. No purchase necessary to win. Entries will close on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be contacted by email on or before Monday, August 11, 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 J.Jill and is void where prohibited by law.