Thursday, October 23, 2014

Black and White

Happy Thursday all.  Hope you are having a good week.

Today's look is a simple one, but always a good one.  You can't go wrong with black and white, am I right?  Add a burgundy bootie (or any color, really) and you are good to go.  

Tee: ℅ Everlane; Skirt: Banana Republic (similar); Shoes: Shoemint (similar); Scarf: Gap (similar)

Remember, sometimes the simplest looks are the best.  I'm keeping it super short today because I am battling a nasty case of bronchitis and who knows what I might say with all of the crazy meds I've taken!  

Have a good day! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Honoring Oscar

Today's post is a sad one.  As most of you know, we lost one of the most talented designers on Monday, Oscar de la Renta.  So it only seemed right to honor him for today's post.

He is by far one of my favorite designers.  His designs were always feminine and ladylike, without ever being too over the top.

Oscar at his last show. 

One of my favorite things Carrie ever wore on Sex and the City.  Also, I love that the description in the magazine was her form of poetry.  I agree 100%.  

Oscar outfitted many first ladies, including Jackie.  



One of my very favorite looks ever.  Striped ball gown… yes please.  

So just to give you a little glimpse into my life, last night, my husband said, "I was really sad when I found out…" 
And I finished, "That Oscar de la Renta died?"
His response" "Who?"
Me: "Seriously?"
Him: "Yeah… who is that?"
Me:  "How are we even married?" 

I still don't know what he was sad about.  But the fact that he didn't know who Oscar de la Renta was made me really sad.  

*images via Lucky, unless noted otherwise

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sporty Chic


Let's talk trends, shall we?  Specifically, lets talk sporty chic.  I never thought I would be an advocate of the "Sporty Chic" look.  I am all for cute sweats, but not for everyday wear.  I rock my cute sweats on the weekends when I am running errands and avoiding being productive.  

It started with the transition of the tennis shoes & sneakers from just weekend wear to making their way into everyday wear (think tennis shoes with dresses).  Now, sweat pants are being pairs with heels and blazers!  There is an undeniable blurring of the day wear and weekend line.  And I don't hate it.  

from J. Crew November Lookbook

I haven't taken the plunge yet, but I am seriously considering purchasing some cute track pants to wear for more than just R&R.

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My styling tip: If you are going pretty casual with the pants, go for a more tailored or really feminine top.  I love the track pants + blazer combo.  And don't shy away from some fabulous accessories, especially jewels.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pink and Navy

Monday most definitely came too quickly this time.  I had my second yoga teacher training this past weekend, and I got nothing done.  At all.  So I am keeping it short and sweet today because I am exhausted. 

A great way to make the most out of your wardrobe is by wearing a button up open more like a cardigan.  It is something that I don't think to do enough.  It is a great way to layer over a tee or dress without being too heavy.  

Dress: J. Crew (similar); Shirt: J. Crew (similar); Shoes: Banana Republic (similar)

Have a great day!

Linking up for How I Fall, Style Sessions, Trend Spin, Random Wednesday

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fashion + Fitness Friday

Friday YAY!!!  I didn't think it would ever get here.  Is that just me?  

Today's Fashion + Fitness Friday look features my new Lululemon Om Racerback tank.  I ordered it from their "We made too much" (aka SALE) and I am obsessed.  I now want it in every color and pattern.  Luckily there are are 5 to choose from, so 4 to go!  

There are a lot of reasons I REALLY love this tank.  It is super light weight and crazy comfortable, so it is perfect on and off the mat (or at the gym or whatever).  Plus I like that it is loose, but not too loose.  Some days, I just don't want to wear anything really tight.  Even though it is looser, it doesn't seem to flip up during downward dog, which is awesome too. 

Did I mention how ridiculously comfortable it is??

Shirt: Lululemon; Crops: Target (similar)
Have a great day and an awesome weekend!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Little Sparkle

Happy Thursday friends!  We are slowly approaching another weekend.  Why are the weeks so long and the weekends so short?

Let's talk about sequins today.  While some reserve their sequins for going out or the holiday season, I like to break them out whenever I feel the urge.  The sparkle gives me a little extra pep in my step.  Yep, my clothes can have a dramatic effect on my mood.

So the next time you need a little pick me up, I recommend throwing on something with a little sparkle. And if it is for day (like work), pair it with something that makes it a little less dressy - like a chambray shirt and some booties.  

Sequin Shirt: J. Crew (love this); Chambray Shirt: Banana Republic (similar);
Skirt: J. Crew (similar); Booties: Target (similar)

Don't forget today is the last day of the Shopbop Friends & Family sale.  You can see some of my top picks here.  And can someone get me these over the knee boots?  PLEASE!  8.5, thanks. 

Have a great day!

Linking up for Spotlight of the Week, What I Wore to Work

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Travel: Jackson, MS

The hubs and I have lived in Jackson for a little over two years now.  And I feel like we have a pretty good grasp on things to do, places to eat.  So today, I thought I would share a little travel guide for Jackson.  

There are plenty of ordinary hotels you could stay in, but why stay somewhere ordinary? My recommendation for where to stay would be Fairview Inn
The Fairview Inn is located in Belhaven in a historic 1908 Colonial revival mansion.  There are 18 guest rooms at the inn, as well as 1908 Provisions, the Library Lounge and nomiSpa

If there is one great thing about Jackson, it is the food! There are SO many good restaurants I couldn't name them all. I could have made a list a mile long… So here are just a few suggestions.

Primos for Breakfast
Started in 1929, Primos is a family owned restaurant known for homecooking and great breakfast.  Primos is open 6 days a week (closed on Sunday), offers daily specials with a variety of sides and serves breakfast all day.

Keifers for lunch
   Located in the quaint Belhaven area (with a second small location downtown) Keifer's is a delicious Greek restaurant known for Gyros, wraps and cottage fries (think large, thin slices of potatoes fried and crispy).  The Belhaven location has a great outdoor patio for when the weather is nice. I highly recommend the chicken gyro.

Considered by many to be the best restaurant in Jackson, Walkers looks like an old school drive in.  Casual lunches are served on Monday thru Friday and include favorites like sweet potato fries, fried green tomatoes, salads and sandwiches.  For dinner, the meals are much more upscale with appetizers like lobster skewers, a variety of seafood dishes and steaks.

This former pharmacy has been open since 1946.  Recently it found fame when scenes from "The Help" were shot in this throw back diner.  Delicious burgers, fries and milkshakes.  

There are a couple of shopping centers and malls around here with the normal shops (J. Crew, Anthropologie, Gap, Belk), but there are also a lot of local boutiques here. My top suggestions:

Treehouse Boutique
Treehouse carries amazing higher end labels like Milly, Trina Turk, Nanette Lepore, J Brand and more.

Maison Weiss
Upscale retailler Maison Weiss is where you can find Tory Burch, Elizabeth and James, Diane von Furstenberg, to name a few.

Hemline is part of a small chain of stores with locations in Nashville, New Orleans, Houston, Atlanta and more. Hemline carries line like Ella Moss, Alice + Olivia, Splendid, and Lovers & Friends.

And about 20 minutes away, there is the outlet mall in Pearl.

There are plenty of things to do here too. Visit the Governor's mansion downtown, multiple museums like the Museum of Art, Natural Science and Children's museum. Also, you can visit where writer Eudora Welty lived.

We live out by the Ross Barnett Reservoir, and it is a great place to hang out! There are a few different parks near the water where you can grill, take a picnic, and just relax.

I highly recommend you plan a trip to Jackson. Plus I can be your tour guide!

Have a great day!


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