Southern Chic Style
TopShop got it right! This is how you rock overalls & a red lip. Love her street style!

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We salute to the girl with awesome red lips and the best dungaree combo we have ever laid eyes on.

TopShop got it right! This is how you rock overalls & a red lip. Love her street style!

topshop:

We salute to the girl with awesome red lips and the best dungaree combo we have ever laid eyes on.

Love the nails & lavender shorts! Check out the interview TopShop did with an Olympic diver!

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Olympic diver Tonia Couch looks utterly gorgeous in an oversized jumper and bright shorts. Loving the nail colour too! Check out our interview with Tonia here.

Love the nails & lavender shorts! Check out the interview TopShop did with an Olympic diver!

topshop:

Olympic diver Tonia Couch looks utterly gorgeous in an oversized jumper and bright shorts. Loving the nail colour too! Check out our interview with Tonia here.

- London Bridge is…. -

Well, on our first day in London, we didn’t see any falling of said London Bridge. However, we did do some serious shopping! We walked from the Chelsea Futbol Club to Harrod’s and back, so comfy shoes were a must! The pale pink Miu Miu oxfords were perfect! This was a “no sleep during a 9 hour flight, but we’re not missing out on a day in London” outfit. Chocolate from the candy section of Harrod’s, TopShop shopping, strolling down the beautiful streets, and store after store of gorgeous fresh flowers filled our London day.

Trendy London shoppers wore dresses with flats and tights as they hurried home from work in the afternoon clad with various colors and styles of the ever-so-popular Mulberry handbags and often walking their dogs. Little did I know day 1 marked the beginning of my “Chanel spotting” in pretty much every city we visited on our Europe whirlwind trip.

What I wore:

Top: Nation Ltd tee

Scarf: Leopard print scarf

Jeans: J Brand 910 Ankle Skinny Jeans

Shoes: Miu Miu pale pink oxford (sold out)

Handbag: Louis Vuitton Speedy

Sunglasses: Chanel

- Neon & Polka Dots, Part 2: Lisa Vreeland Book Signing -

"You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it, you’re nobody."

- Diana Vreeland, Fashion Editor of Harper’s Bazaar (1936-62)

When Lisa Immordino Vreeland married the grandson of Harper’s Bazaar’s first fashion editor, she joined a family who boasted fond memories of the “High Priestess of Fashion”, Diana Vreeland. Diana Vreeland joined Harper’s Bazaar as the Fashion Editor in 1936 trailblazing and providing the example of a fashionable woman - the original style setter. The controversial visionary has been credited with “making fashion modern”.

"Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel" is the result of Lisa’s in-depth research into the life and career of the writer and unconventional thinker who "established herself as a controversial visionary with an astonishing ability to invent and discover fashion ideas, designers, personalities, and photographers." The book outlines 50 years of international fashion and the rich life of Diana Vreeland. "With more than 350 illustrations, including original magazine spreads and many famous photographs, this intensely visual book shows fashion as it was being invented."

Tootsies hosted the author for an evening book signing where I spent some time chatting with Lisa. She actually had questions for me about blogging, which was a flip of the script! :) She was extremely engaging and we had a lovely conversation. Her message in my copy was about the inspiration Diana can provide through the book. The photos and covers included in the book are beautiful! Trend-setters everywhere should take some time to read the book and learn more about the woman who pretty much brought us all where we are today with all things fashion. It’s available on amazon here. Just the photo journey alone is enough to capture any fashion lover’s attention. See for yourself!

"A new dress doesn’t get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress, and the sort of life you had lived before, and what you will do in it later,"
- Diana Vreeland

My Outfit:

I knew I wanted to wear this Alice + Olivia polka dot skirt again, and I recently bought the neon TopShop tank, so it only made sense that I try the two together. Black Christian Louboutin peep toe pumps coupled with (a Christmas present from my husband) the black Bottega Veneta knot clutch were an easy choice for accessories. I wanted to allow the neon to take front stage. My necklace is a versatile Silpada necklace and my right wrist donned a python Marni Rocks cuff. To allow the back of the tank to really show, I went with a fishtail braid and simple John Hardy studs.

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Tank: TopShop Fluro Strappy Back Vest

Skirt: Alice + Olivia Polka Dot Ruffle Skirt (no longer available)

Shoes: Christian Louboutin Very Prive Platform Pump

Necklace: Silpada

Bracelet: Marnie Rocks Python Cuff

Clutch: Bottega Veneta Nero Satin Knot Clutch

- Neon & Polka Dots, Part 1: New For The Night Launch Party -

If you’ve ever dreamed of a celebrity wardrobe where you are able to never wear the same thing twice, then this is how the “celebrity taste with a blue collar budget” shopper can get as close as possible. Houston born and raised Brittany Sakowitz is the brains behind dress borrowing concept “New For The Night” where members (you can join for free here) can borrow current designs from Tibi, Jay Godrey, Jolie & Elizabeth, Halston Heritage and more at rental prices starting at $35.

The “New For The Night” launch party was held June 5th at St. Genevieve in West Ave (in Houston) which is the occasion for which I chose to pair my neon TopShop tank with a fun ruffle Alice + Olivia polka dot skirt. Cocktails (featuring a specialty cocktail and prosecco) and bites were passed around the young and fashionable crowd that showed up to support the new company, including my dear friends pictured above: Monica of Classy & Fabulous in Issa from New For The Night, Magen of Mmm-Style in an edgy grey leather jacket, Paula in the beautiful white skirt, and my little sister (not pictured here). Swag bags included a handwritten thank you and earrings, among other items.

Sign up at www.newforthenight.com (you can also buy jewelry!) and pick out your perfect frock for summer’s many events… I mean, who can keep up with all of the weddings, showers, etc. over the next few months anyway?!? :)

My Outfit:

I knew I wanted to wear this Alice + Olivia polka dot skirt again, and I recently bought the neon TopShop tank, so it only made sense that I try the two together. Black Christian Louboutin peep toe pumps coupled with (a Christmas present from my husband) the black Bottega Veneta knot clutch were an easy choice for accessories. I wanted to allow the neon to take front stage. My necklace is a versatile Silpada necklace and my right wrist donned a python Marni Rocks cuff. To allow the back of the tank to really show, I went with a fishtail braid and simple John Hardy studs.

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Tank: TopShop Fluro Strappy Back Vest

Skirt: Alice + Olivia Polka Dot Ruffle Skirt (no longer available)

Shoes: Christian Louboutin Very Prive Platform Pump

Necklace: Silpada

Bracelet: Marnie Rocks Python Cuff

Clutch: Bottega Veneta Nero Satin Knot Clutch

- Pastels that POP - 


Ok, we gave winter its fair chance, but when it comes to colors, just as the weather’s done, it’s time to move on to SPRING! We’ve seen the bright bold colors and the endless combinations and probably bought some already, but have you started collecting your pastels? The easter egg colors bring a soft, feminine color palette to the forefront spanning through the warm months. Add accents of a pastel or two or try it all over. I have my eyes set on a pistachio handbag that I saw at Miu Miu last night for my own collection. Styled the right way, you’ll definitely stand out in these pale colors. In addition to the items pictured above, Asos and TopShop have a wide selection of affordable pastels from accessories to clothing. Whatever your budget, you’re sure to find these colors in your reach. On my list of pastels to buy right away: pastel skinny jeans and/or pastel printed slim-fit trousers - an easy way to introduce the color palette. All of these pastels make me want robins eggs… yum… visual Easter candy!



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Pastels that POP by southernchicstyle featuring a striped maxi dress
Martin Grant striped maxi dress, £448RED Valentino sleeveless dress, £395Wrap top, $368D G collared shirt, $170Elizabeth and james blazer, $395A.L.C. tailored pants, £360Current/Elliott current elliott boyfriend jeans, $180Rocket dog, $35Topshop leather sandals, $176High heel pumps, $45High heel pumps, $45Balenciaga leather handbag, $1,895Salvatore ferragamo handbag, $839Rochas sequin tote, €690Friis Company clutch handbag, €43Green necklace, $38Dorothy Perkins earrings, $22ASOS enamel jewelry, $18ASOS square earrings, $8.06Square silk scarve
- Pastels that POP -
Ok, we gave winter its fair chance, but when it comes to colors, just as the weather’s done, it’s time to move on to SPRING! We’ve seen the bright bold colors and the endless combinations and probably bought some already, but have you started collecting your pastels? The easter egg colors bring a soft, feminine color palette to the forefront spanning through the warm months. Add accents of a pastel or two or try it all over. I have my eyes set on a pistachio handbag that I saw at Miu Miu last night for my own collection. Styled the right way, you’ll definitely stand out in these pale colors. In addition to the items pictured above, Asos and TopShop have a wide selection of affordable pastels from accessories to clothing. Whatever your budget, you’re sure to find these colors in your reach. On my list of pastels to buy right away: pastel skinny jeans and/or pastel printed slim-fit trousers - an easy way to introduce the color palette. All of these pastels make me want robins eggs… yum… visual Easter candy!
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Pastels that POP by southernchicstyle featuring a striped maxi dress



Martin Grant striped maxi dress, £448
RED Valentino sleeveless dress, £395
Wrap top, $368
D G collared shirt, $170
Elizabeth and james blazer, $395
A.L.C. tailored pants, £360
Current/Elliott current elliott boyfriend jeans, $180
Rocket dog, $35
Topshop leather sandals, $176
High heel pumps, $45
High heel pumps, $45
Balenciaga leather handbag, $1,895
Salvatore ferragamo handbag, $839
Rochas sequin tote, €690
Friis Company clutch handbag, €43
Green necklace, $38
Dorothy Perkins earrings, $22
ASOS enamel jewelry, $18
ASOS square earrings, $8.06
Square silk scarve

For the love of a neutral!
One easy way to get a lot of use out of a neutral shift dress is by adding bold colorful accessories - there’s so many possibilities! With this camel Alice + Olivia dress, I added a blue Lapis and Iolite statement necklace (that can now be found at Last Call by Neiman Marcus with an additional 30% off) as well as a Bottega Veneta t-strap heel (orange, blue, black, and white with small jewels in blue and orange) to coordinate with the necklace and black Adrienne Landau cropped fur coat. The outfit really started with the shoes for me, but there’s nothing wrong with that! For a fabulous outfit with your own basic shift, find a fun statement necklace and pull items from your wardrobe to coordinate - you can get so much use out of one neutral. I wore this outfit to the Alberta Ferretti Fashion Show at Tootsie’s of which I previously wrote, but the dress with the same necklace, a blazer, and pumps would make a work ready ensemble…. oh the endless combinations! You have to love a versatile piece like a neutral shift dress.
For a similar look, I found a ponte pencil shift at TopShop for a little less in camel, white, black, or a periwinkle color. Add fun accessories in bold colors and you’re set!

For the love of a neutral!

One easy way to get a lot of use out of a neutral shift dress is by adding bold colorful accessories - there’s so many possibilities! With this camel Alice + Olivia dress, I added a blue Lapis and Iolite statement necklace (that can now be found at Last Call by Neiman Marcus with an additional 30% off) as well as a Bottega Veneta t-strap heel (orange, blue, black, and white with small jewels in blue and orange) to coordinate with the necklace and black Adrienne Landau cropped fur coat. The outfit really started with the shoes for me, but there’s nothing wrong with that! For a fabulous outfit with your own basic shift, find a fun statement necklace and pull items from your wardrobe to coordinate - you can get so much use out of one neutral. I wore this outfit to the Alberta Ferretti Fashion Show at Tootsie’s of which I previously wrote, but the dress with the same necklace, a blazer, and pumps would make a work ready ensemble…. oh the endless combinations! You have to love a versatile piece like a neutral shift dress.

For a similar look, I found a ponte pencil shift at TopShop for a little less in camel, white, black, or a periwinkle color. Add fun accessories in bold colors and you’re set!