The Way You Make Me Feel

Blouse: Vintage.  Skirt: Alyssa Nicole  Bag: Chanel, Shoes: Cole Haan, Hat: Forever 21, Ring: Melinda Maria, Cuffs: thanks to Chloe & IsabelPhotography: Ellie Lacey, on Instagram

Christmas is in just four days!  Are you finished with all your holiday "to-do's" yet?  I'm almost finished but still have a few things to do.  I wrapped all the presents yesterday while my boys ran errands, and I planned the menu for the big Christmas Eve dinner I host for family at my house each year.  I really enjoy friends also being at our table, and this year I am looking forward to one of my best running friends and her sister joining us.

I also want to take this time to welcome my adorable, talented cousin Ellie (AKA Cousin Ellie) to the Queen City Style!  This is the second round of pictures she has taken, and I can't wait to share more with you.  I love her eye for such unique creative composition.  Of course I know this has you asking where's Donna??  She is very much alive and kicking!  She is just in hot demand right now with her own clientele.  If you are looking for the very best in child and family photography in Charlotte, Donna's your girl! We have every intention of shooting again soon for the Queen City Style, and I can't wait to show you the bridal portraits we took of my gorgeous aesthetician friend, Sally.  Of course that will have to wait until after her big day!

Lolabean Lightening Bolt

I think most of you know I am somewhat of a runoholic and that I ran the Kiawah Marathon last weekend.  I was nervous going into the race since I have maintained some sort of injury for the better part of the last 12-18 months.  This was the first race in at least that long that I was showing up for totally injury free and healthy.  Totally awesome but also scary at the same time. I realized my speedy training at both short and long distances was likely what was causing the break down.  I ran a conservative race at Kiawah, felt great and qualified for Boston again in 2016!  This my third marathon, and I was about a minute shy of my fastest finish, BUT I placed 5th in my age division, so I am very happy with the entire experience and feel very blessed.  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you likely saw this awesome Lightening Bolt necklace from Lolabean, sent to me by way of an awesome friend of one of my hippest friends.  I wore my Lightening Bolt necklace as a good luck charm for fast feet during my race.  It worked!

Want to a Lightening Bolt swift feet good luck charm like mine?  Through January 1st Lolabean is offering 20% off all products to all readers of the Queen City Style.  Shop all their delicate wonders here, and enter code queencitystyle20.

Chelsea's Christmas Outfit

Let me have that green tulle skirt, please!  Just click on the cross mark above to shop any of the items directly from this page. Who is Chelsea you say?  Please join me in extending a warm welcome to my new Chief Creative Officer!  I am so excited.  Words cannot say!  This girl has got it going on and is just so stunning on the inside and out.  I am feeling a very lucky girl to be able to call her a part of the team!  Carrie Bradshaw lovers unite!  You simply must WATCH...

Ahead From The North

Photos: Ellie Lacey and on Instagram

Skirt: Mossimo Supply Co., Vest: Ralph Lauren, Shoes: thanks to Julie Lopez Shoes, Sunglasses: Blinde (similar), Earrings: thanks to Geoflora, Black Ring: Melinda MariaBracelets: Calf Hair, Geometric Cross Cuff thanks to Blydesign, Necklace: Jan Michaels

As you know, it's been a long, long time since I've hit the streets of Charlotte in search of the next coolest place for pictures here on the blog.  I ran into my precious cousin Ellie a couple of weeks ago while having coffee at 7th Street Public Market.  Can I just say I love family?  On my father's side my Grandmother was the youngest of 11, so as I'm sure you can image, there are a whole ton of them.  I was so excited when Ellie asked if we could take some photos.  I'm always up for an adventure, so when she suggested a spot North of the city that boasted amazing views of the skyline, I said let's do it! This expansive piece of pavement soon to be light rail served as a fun location for several photos to come.  It's a good thing we captured it when we did, because like most every other remaining piece of undeveloped land in the QC, as we look ahead, it is only a matter of time before it will be no more.

Purchase a Stylist's Opinion

More and more these days I get picture texts and emails from friends, clients, neighbors, family members, etc asking me for my opinion on their outfits.  And I love it.  Fast forward to this week, I was sitting in the car with a client, looking through clothes we ordered for her on-line and brainstorming outfit ideas.  She is a busy mom and business owner who manages a large team and spends a lot of her time coming and going.  Then some days she works from home. For those of us who do, me included, we know it is easy to fall into the trap of wearing our comfiest yoga pants and hooded sweatshirt.  Case in point... 

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Anyway, she was saying how much she liked our most recent shop and share method... She just needed a few great going out tops.  I'd hit most local stores and couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, so I did a quick search of my favorite on-line sites and came up with about 20 for her to consider.  I sent her over a link, she purchased a handful of favorites and then sent me pictures for approval.  Easy peasy and done.  Not everyone can afford a personal stylist, and not everyone needs one.  What I have often found is that many of my clients, friends and family members, just need permission.  And with that, the birth of Purchase A Stylist's Opinion!

Not sure what to give your Sister In Law for Christmas?  For $75, I'll send you images for 25 items.  You tell me you need a dress, you get 25 dress selections.  You tell me you need three outfits for an upcoming wedding weekend, you get four outfits head to toe...whatever the case may be, I'll send images for the very coolest and most unique items on the market. Just like that.  I love helping others look and feel their best, and I'm excited to offer this opportunity that is attainable to everyone.  

Email me at whitley@thequeencitystyle.com 

Happy Weekend! xo