Southern Chic Style
- Thoughts on this beautiful day -

Phew, this has been a crazy week and it’s not even over yet! The weather has been amazing, but the full time job on top of extracurriculars have made this a non-stop week. The sunshine seems to have brought everything to life!

You can join us tonight at Proof in Houston benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society… continuing the week’s activities. You may have been checking for posts this week and realized there’s only been the invite for tonight, so I wanted to touch base and say hi :) If you want to see what I’ve been up to and don’t already keep up with me on Instagram, follow @bethanymarieb on Instagram for daily fun (and a few pics of my sweet doggy, too). 

Coming very soon, I have a ton of designer interviews to catch up on sharing with you all and a number of outfits to post as well. Thank you for your patience, and look for the exciting interviews soon! Stay chic!

Muah!

Bethany

- Thoughts on this beautiful day -

Phew, this has been a crazy week and it’s not even over yet! The weather has been amazing, but the full time job on top of extracurriculars have made this a non-stop week. The sunshine seems to have brought everything to life!

You can join us tonight at Proof in Houston benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society… continuing the week’s activities. You may have been checking for posts this week and realized there’s only been the invite for tonight, so I wanted to touch base and say hi :) If you want to see what I’ve been up to and don’t already keep up with me on Instagram, follow @bethanymarieb on Instagram for daily fun (and a few pics of my sweet doggy, too).

Coming very soon, I have a ton of designer interviews to catch up on sharing with you all and a number of outfits to post as well. Thank you for your patience, and look for the exciting interviews soon! Stay chic!

Muah!

Bethany

HOUSTON:

Take in some amazing fashion & enjoy delicious drinks while supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at Proof this Thursday! You won’t want to miss this stylish event while giving back. See you there!

HOUSTON:

Take in some amazing fashion & enjoy delicious drinks while supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at Proof this Thursday! You won’t want to miss this stylish event while giving back. See you there!

- Hot & Cold: What to Wear? -

This Spring is about to officially begin and the weather can’t seem to make up its mind! I mean, there was a snow storm just last week in the Northwest… One day it’s warm and sunny here in Texas - fitting of a wonderfully relaxing poolside day, then the next we’re bundled up in tights and boots again! Oh, and don’t forget the days that start out freezing and by noon all of the layers have to be shed. 

Layers are the go-to for such unpredictable weather. The Rachel Zoe baseball jacket in this outfit is fun and sporty for weekends but can be added to a business casual look for a work week accessory. Paired with a denim pencil skirt, you get denim that is office appropriate for a day that doesn’t call for a suit. The Row made this amazing skirt that I fell in love with the second I tried it on at TOOTSIES! The skirt will work even with sandals this summer and a tank. For this layered look, the cotton Equipment striped button down top, J. Crew pearl necklace (a gift from my sister-in-law for Christmas), YSL Tribute pumps, and Miu Miu tan tote with Dior Cat Eye Sunnies create a comfortable look that allows for a jacket for a cool day or without for the warm temps. 

The weather may be frustrating, but the changing temperatures definitely bring out more creativity in outfit options. It just feels as though we’re in limbo - can’t put away the winter clothes completely, but tanks and shorts aren’t appropriate either! Embracing the changes and layering between the seasons (winter pieces and spring/summer new buys) allows the new pieces in our wardrobe to go such a long way! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! :)

SHOP THE LOOK (and similar pieces):

- Dressing Up a Printed Tee -

Sometimes a girl just wants to wear a t-shirt and jeans! That’s how I felt when putting together this look. A Saturday event with All the Wire jewelry and Courtney Kerr from “Courtney Loves Dallas” after a morning run and lounging around the house called for an easy ensemble. I’d just been to Atrium Ready to Wear's sale and found the printed Prabal Gurung tee for a steal! So, like most girls with a new piece of clothing, I wanted to wear it. Add distressed jeans, a comfortable pump, and cropped jacket with a clutch and you have a stylish, easy look. 

You can replicate the style with your own printed tee, a skinny jean, and a blazer, leather jacket, or cropped jacket… You’re likely to have pieces in your closet to pull together an easy outfit. Perfect for a beautiful, breezy spring day! 

Shop a few printed tees to add to your closet:

Photo taken at Pomp & Circumstance Boutique

THE LOOK:

Top: Prabal Gurung

Jacket: H&M

Jeans: AG Adriano Goldschmied

Pumps: Miu Miu

Clutch: Yigal Azrouel

- Atrium Ready to Wear Sale: Up to 70% Off -

Looking for a steal on designer duds? Hurry to Atrium Ready to Wear for deals like those pictured above! Leather pants at over half off, a Vera Wang top under $180, Thakoon dress under $120… If you’re interested in buying quality designer pieces at unbelievable prices, this sale is where you need to be this weekend. The pieces pictured are only a taste of the deals you can find and some of my favorites. Narciso Rodriguez, Yigal Azrouel, Sally LaPointe, Jason Wu, Vera Wang, Reem Acra, and more luxury labels all for you to peruse at the beautiful boutique.

Atrium Ready to Wear
2040 West Gray St.
Houston, TX
(In River Oaks Shopping Center near America’s)

Meet Courtney Kerr from “Courtney Loves Dallas” with her BFF and All The Wire jewelry creator, Tori Gonzales, tomorrow in Houston at Pomp & Circumstance! RSVP today for your spot at the trunk show.

Meet Courtney Kerr from “Courtney Loves Dallas” with her BFF and All The Wire jewelry creator, Tori Gonzales, tomorrow in Houston at Pomp & Circumstance! RSVP today for your spot at the trunk show.

- Million Dollar Smile Without the Price Tag -

Before the invention of white strips, the only teeth whitening options out there were the expensive dentist treatments. Along came white strips (which I’m sure most of us have tried at some point) and we thought they would be the answer to the costly treatments. While white strips certainly have their place, they just haven’t been as great as an at-home tray and gel whitening treatment. I can certainly speak from experience. I’ve tried everything from the strips to the dentists’ at home option of gel and trays. My teeth have never been whiter and brighter than when I use a whitening gel. 

When I was approached by a company called NovaWhite to try out their at home whitening system, the answer was quickly yes! (Plus read to the end for a special offer for Southern Chic Style readers!) Once you’ve had the brightness a gel dentist whitening treatment can bring, white strips just don’t give the same quick results. I had to check out this affordable at home option. We can dress in our best clothes and still not feel as beautiful as when our teeth are bright and beautiful! NovaWhite has been selling teeth whitening for over 5 years and is ranked as one of AOL’s top 10 at home teeth whitening companies. NovaWhite’s teeth whitening formula is dental grade quality and used in professional dentist offices around the world.

It didn’t hurt that NovaWhite is an an official sponsor of Operation Amerithon, supporting veteran communities across the nation through the Travis Manion Foundation AND the official teeth whitening sponsor of the NBA 2013-2014 Houston Rockets Power Dancers, as well as, Dress for Success Worldwide, in an effort to empower disadvantaged women through ongoing product and monetary donations. A whitening company supporting these causes? I had to try.

NovaWhite was extremely easy to use and surprisingly utilized a similar whitening gel to the ones I’ve used before! The difference was the trays. Whether you realize it or not, most of the cost to a patient doing whitening trays through their dentist is the tray itself. NovaWhite cut out that problem while still using Dental Lab technicians for the Supernova kit custom trays and by providing a tray you fit to your teeth at home (Boil-and-Bite trays) for Go Kits. Think of the mouth pieces used in softball or other sports. Growing up playing sports I’d definitely done that before. Same process for the Boil-and-Bite.

I used the Go Kit for my first time using NovaWhite. A quick pot of boiling water, put the mouth piece in to soften, and fit the piece to my teeth. From there, the whitening gel is placed in the trays just like the dentists’ whitening systems. Keep the the trays in for 45 minutes to an hour. It’s so simple and you don’t have to sleep in the trays! I also have sensitive teeth which are usually extra sensitive from whitening, but there was little to no sensitivity due to the gel used during the NovaWhite treatment.

The NovaWhite options range from a whitening pen to use in between treatments at $21 to their Go Kit at $54 to the Supernova Whitening Kit at $164 (at least HALF of what you’ll pay at the dentist and you still get a custom tray). BUT, just for being a Southern Chic Style reader, the NovaWhite team wants to give you 15% off! Just go to novawhite.com, choose your treatment, and use coupon code ‘southernchicstyle’ when checking out. All 3 NovaWhite options are pictured above.

Our best accessory is a smile, so put on a smile and feel confident with white, bright teeth!

*I attempted a before and after picture for you to see of my own, but the lighting was different and I didn’t want to misrepresent the change. The difference, however is definitely noticeable. Teeth above are not my own.

Shades on shades with close to 80 degree temps and the cool sunglasses necklace I found at Chloe Dao Boutique! Feels like summer today in the south.

Shades on shades with close to 80 degree temps and the cool sunglasses necklace I found at Chloe Dao Boutique! Feels like summer today in the south.

- Snow Day Accessory -

Yesterday in Houston, we had our own version of a “snow day”. Schools were closed, businesses closed, the city on standby all in anticipation of what many of us were calling “Ice-pocalypse Part 2” or “Snowpocalypse”. The previous week’s low temps brought icy bridges and roads with many accidents. So, everyone pretty much stayed off the roads the second time around. Our “snow day” was more of a light dusting of snow (see first photo with snow around the tree), but it was still fun to see in Texas. 

The freezing day was a great opportunity to try the Jack + Lucy Tech Gloves that came in the January PopSugar Must Haves box. I had to capture the snow in photos no matter what amount stuck. With fingers that still allow you to use your smart phone, the gloves were useful for my four legged child and I playing outside in the ice/snow. Emma Grace was not impressed with the snow, but we got a few photos before she froze. I had a pair of tech gloves that worked the same way from a few years ago, but go-figure one ran away. The Jack + Lucy tech gloves had impeccable timing! While they still let a little cold air in if the wind is blowing, the gloves certainly helped keep my fingers warm while snapping pics of the rare white dust that shut down our city. :) Only the pointer finger and thumb have the touch screen technology, so when trying to zoom be sure to use those fingers or you’ll eventually figure it out after a few attempts.

Unless you want to remove your gloves to use your touch screen phone and devices outside, tech gloves are the only way to go! Here’s a few more tech gloves you can check out and still look fab:

- A Closer Look -

It’s Thursday and who doesn’t love a good “Throwback Thursday” instagram, facebook, or twitter post? In the spirit of #tbt, here’s a closer look at the SCS partnership with Sam & Lilli from December. If you missed the post or their email, you can check it out here: http://southernchicstyle.tumblr.com/post/69814869366/if-youre-looking-for-what-to-wear-this-holiday

While I chose the looks based on holiday happenings, the outfits still work for events on your calendar this month and the next. Necklaces, bracelets, belt, and bags in the photos are also from Sam & Lilli and are great accessories throughout the year. 

Try the plaid look for a casual date night, the skirt and silk button down for work then happy hour, the silk pant and sweater for running errands or a laid back lunch with your girlfriends, and dress up in the dress and clutch for Valentine’s Day dinner, a work dinner, or even a sophisticated night out on the town. 

Find styles like these at Sam & Lilli2800 Kirby Dr., Ste a-133, Houston, TX    

                                      Photos by Monarisasmile Photography

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Plaid: NSF Maggie plaid button up, Susana Monaco open back dress

Skirt & Top: Tibi quilted lurex black Skirt, Pret A Porter Nancy contrast button up, Merci Marie tote

Pants & Sweater: Charles Henry tux paisley pant , 360 Sweater cashmere Sahara cowl neck 

Dress: Erin Fetherston Corrine dress, Yosi Samera Studded clutch

- Holiday Must Have -
Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas is only 29 days away! If you’re like me,  you’ve started on your wishlist. One item every style seeker needs to have in their closet is a fab neutral shoe! When TOOTSIES asked what items from their store made my list, this nude Valentino Rockstud bootie was a no brainer. The peep toe bootie looks chic with your jewel tone and sparkly holiday looks and is still appropriate in the spring as you transition to pastels and bright colors. If you’re going to invest in a great shoe you can wear all year long, put this beauty on your wishlist!

- Holiday Must Have -

Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas is only 29 days away! If you’re like me,  you’ve started on your wishlist. One item every style seeker needs to have in their closet is a fab neutral shoe! When TOOTSIES asked what items from their store made my list, this nude Valentino Rockstud bootie was a no brainer. The peep toe bootie looks chic with your jewel tone and sparkly holiday looks and is still appropriate in the spring as you transition to pastels and bright colors. If you’re going to invest in a great shoe you can wear all year long, put this beauty on your wishlist!

- Cheeky for the Holidays -

What a fun photo shoot it was being part of Cheeky Vintage's “30 Days of Holiday Dressing” campaign! Today is day 25 and you'll find me in an amazing sleeveless v-neck sequined sheath dress with a gorgeous vintage YSL feather wrap! Even the bangles are vintage finds at Cheeky Vintage! Both the dress and the feather wrap can be paired with different pieces for additional holiday outfits. Adding vintage to your wardrobe promises you won’t be caught in the same thing as another party goer. And, you’re sure to sparkle in this sequin number :) 

Cheeky Vintage

2134 Richmond Ave. 

Houston, TX

- Join Us Today -
Join me and a handful of fab bloggers at Sam & lilli this evening for a SIXTWENTY Pop Up Shop! These tees, tanks, and blouses are super soft and wearable from casual day-to-day use to dressing up under a blazer. While you shop, enjoy champagne and delicious sweets from Petite Sweets! Angeli, SIXTWENTY founder and CEO, will be in store to help you pick out the best piece for you. And, we can help you style your SIXTWENTY finds with great Sam & lilli pieces! Hope to see you there!

- Join Us Today -

Join me and a handful of fab bloggers at Sam & lilli this evening for a SIXTWENTY Pop Up Shop! These tees, tanks, and blouses are super soft and wearable from casual day-to-day use to dressing up under a blazer. While you shop, enjoy champagne and delicious sweets from Petite Sweets! Angeli, SIXTWENTY founder and CEO, will be in store to help you pick out the best piece for you. And, we can help you style your SIXTWENTY finds with great Sam & lilli pieces! Hope to see you there!

- Fashion Houston: Nicole Miller ‘Just Wants to Have Fun’ -

Designer Nicole Miller closed out Night 2 of Fashion Houston with an energetic finale. As a Fashion Houston contributor, here’s my recap of her runway show from Fashion Houston’s blog.

Stripes, florals, lace details, and a print inspired by Versailles comprised designer Nicole Miller’s collection seen Night 2 of Fashion Houston. Models walked the runway with messy braids as headbands and shoes that complemented the collection.

The New York based, Texas born designer created pieces that are beautifully feminine while unique and edgy – sure to set any fashionista apart in a crowd. Black and white stripes were mixed with colorful florals, crop tops with high waisted skirts, and lace details adorning jackets, dresses, and frilly tops. Each garment contained design elements that flatter the female shape in modern silhouettes. Black and white stripes were even spotted on the back of the beautiful heels on the catwalk designed by Nicole Miller herself.

Miller’s backdrop for the lively show was a beautiful muted floral with columns and windows. Further emphasizing the feminine theme of the collection, the energetic finale had the crowd cheering as models danced down the runway in a group to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” – such an exciting way to close out night 2! Dressing the country’s most fashionable since the 80’s, Nicole Miller continues to solidify with the style obsessed that her collection is still relevant, necessary in your closet, and on the top of shopping “must-have” lists season after season… especially with Spring 2014 seen at Fashion Houston!

http://fashionhouston.net/nicole-miller-recap-fashion-houston-2013/

- Fashion Houston’s Night 2 Brings the Chic -

Houston’s Wortham Center was abuzz with the city’s most fashionable for the second night of Fashion Houston! With collections walking the runway from Bibhu Mohapatra, Peter Millar, Rebecca Taylor, Cut 25 by Yigal Azrouel, and Nicole Miller, raving reviews were heard from all.

New to the Fashion Houston lineup was Peter Millar and his menswear collection. The women didn’t seem to mind the change in pace with male models and the collection that featured pieces from swim trunks to Fall sweaters. 

Yigal Azrouel showed his contemporary collection Cut 25 and will show his namesake designer collection tonight at Fashion Houston. Those not familiar with Cut 25 kept saying how they needed to have some Cut 25 in their lives after Yigal’s edgy and fun contemporary line hit the runway. 

Even though Nicole Miller was recently in Houston at TOOTSIES showing off her collection, her spring pieces caught everyone’s attention in beautiful prints on styles that flatter the body. The models each walked with a messy braid around their head that complemented each look perfectly! 

I’ll have more for you from Bibhu Mohapatra, Rebecca Taylor, and Yigal Azrouel coming soon complete with interviews with the amazing designers during their time in Houston. 

For the chilly night, leather Escada pants were ideal with my newest black peplum Miu Miu top, Kendra Scott necklace and earrings in red hues, mini Balenciaga bag, and Chanel booties. Jenny from Tidbits looked great on the red carpet in her chic black romper! 

Tonight’s another packed night with Yigal Azrouel, David Peck, Chloe Dao, and Rolando Santana taking the runway!