Shop The Edit: Refined Hipster + Retro Chic

For the current issue of Ballantyne Magazine, we couldn't leave the boys hanging, so we included a little something for the fashion-loving men in our city.  Your guy a hipster or hipster wanna be? (Aren't they all nowadays?) You're in luck!  Thanks to local shop, Tabor, we've got the hippest of the hip right here for you.  Say you dig retro glam like me?  Well you're also in luck!

  1. Every man should carry a pack of playing cards.  You never know when y'll need to duel it out the polite way. Ditch the phone.  Let's have some old fashioned fun say?
  2. Cools stars on your sneaks are no longer just for the hip Mom.  Golden Goose is officially taking over the world.
  3. He can stylishly keep all his sentiments in this preppy cool notebook by Thom Browne.
  4. Every gentleman should always carry a pocketsquare. You never know when you might need him to wipe your tears.
  5. Skultuna red and silver bulls eye cuff links.  So chic. 

Shop The Refined Hipster edit HERE

  1. I styled these Oscar de la Renta polka dot sequin ball drop earrings at The Chinese Lantern Festival for SouthPark Magazine.  Too good not to share twice!
  2. Mirrors on the heels of your velvet pumps.  Does it get any more Retro Chic?!
  3. The striped ribbon hair tie is so 80's prep!
  4. The vintage suede and leather bag was nabbed from Ballantyne's own Nouveux Consignment.  (You MUST visit.) Coach continues to impress me.  I really want their version

Shop the entire Retro Chic edit below and HERE if you are unable to see it in your reader. 

Mint Museum Auxiliary Black and White Party

I am excited to be on the host committee for this year's Auxiliary Black and White Party at the Mint Museum!  Of course, my favorite part about it all will be the fashion viewing on site at the main event.  If you haven't been to a Mint party, you really must, if for no other reason than to look at all the fantastic outfits on display.  Below is the party invitation, and you may purchase your tickets via the Mint Museum Auxiliary website or HERE.  Grab a date, grab a girlfriend and go!

Excited to be going, but not sure what to wear?  Do not dispmay!  I've put together a round up of some of my favorite black and which cocktail dreses on the web. 

If I had my way, you would likely find me wearing:

  • This Rubin Singer corset bustier with sleek black pants. 
  • This black and white striped asymmetrical silk tafetta cocktail dress.  The 80's at its absolute best!
  • This Carolina Herrera black and white polka dot dress.  80's at its best on steroids!!
  • And if I was feeling especially flirty, sexy and fun, this floral ruffle silk satin mini number.

Shop the full edit below or HERE if you are unable to see the below images in your reader. 

SouthPark Magazine Valentine's Fashion Feature

I was thrilled for the opportunity to work with one of the most talented and lovely photographers that I know, Richard Israel, along with a wonderful team of stylists and models on a recent fashion feature for SouthPark Magazine.  Richard is a wonderful portrait, wedding and fashion photographer with a style and edge all his own.  Most of all, he is a lovely person. Our models, Tonya Robinson and Tanner Junker, were totally on point, as was hair and makeup artist Teri-Lyn Hiroshige.  I had some great help from my hardworking, motivated and talented intern, Lauren. We even got to style one of Lauren's necklaces in the Central Ave. shot!  Charlotte has grown so much and continues to grow very quickly.  It was particularly fun to pair looks with some of my personal favorite spots--some new, some old--around our great city.  Take a look and see what you think!  And for the record, I think Tanner was totally sneaking a peak! ;)

Shop The Edit: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

I had a blast pulling together an accessories edit for the current issue of Ballantyne Magazine.  I found so many things I loved and wanted to share that we were able to put together a story with a little something for, well, everyone!  I'll start with my favorite because who doesn't Just Wanna Have FUN?

  1. The rose gold disco ball drink holder is a party in itself.
  2. I love a great lotus leaf... on anything.  Especially a statement one. I love the We Dream In Colour lotus leaf necklace nabbed from Sloan.  I found it on line HERE.  Also love this one. 
  3. Policy Handbags, local made, are so fun for Panther games, concerts and more!
  4. I wore this OPI dark teal color all fall long.  It's the perfect nail shade between those cool and warm weather months!
  5. My girl Kristin Hayes does it everytime.  I've styled her tassel earrings--in silver, pink or forest green--in several photo shoots the past few months.  A party on your ears!

Shop the full edit below and HERE if you are unable to see the images in your reader. 

Carolina Blue, What Else?

Got my Carolina Blue Fox Fur from DHM Furs and Air Jordan's on.  What can I say?  It feels mighty good to be a TAR HEEL.

We are pretty excited over here, and so my fellow Tar Heels, you might as well go ahead and pull out your wallets. Lauren put together an all Carolina Blue board just for you.  These pieces in the prettiest hue of blue will take you on through all year long...

I'm not sure it gets much cuter than this polka dot cotton mini skirt.

The shape of this bucket tote is oh so chic!

Style Racil's knot front crop top with high waisted jeans, trousers or a skirt ALL summer long!  If I were in college now, I'd totally be wearing it on game day!

Shop ALL of our Carolina Blue favorites below and Here

You are a super star afterall.

Red Hot Valentine's Day from Lauren + Whitley

International Love Day is just around the corner!  Have no worry, Lauren and I have got you covered to make it hot, hot! 

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I love the big navy bow on this red tank blouse.  Pair it over a navy or black turtleneck to wear now during the cold weather months, and wear easy with white capri jeans for the summer!

Glam sunnies covered in little hearts?  Yes, please!

Loving this whimsical beaded LOVE brooch by Mignonne Gavigan!  Wear it all year long. 

I am coveting anything by the super darling design sisters of Lizzie Fortunato!  These sweet and flirty flower shaped earrings add the perfect pop of pizazz to any ensemble. 

The one shoulder and ruffle on this crepe dress is adorable.  It's the one that would have me reaching!

Shop ALL of Lauren's picks for hot dresses, cool accessories and more below and HERE

Shop The Modist Sale

In terms of being impressed, right now, for me, it is The Modist.  If you haven't shopped The Modist on line, I highly recommend you give it a look.  The designers are not of the ordinary and the styling of the clothes, shoes and accessories is magnificient.  I think my draw to them is heavily influenced by their modest approach to style on the whole.  You will find very little skin showing, and lots of layering.  Layering in fashion is a great way to create your own one of a kind look, and dressing this way leaves so much for the magnificent imagination. The Modist does this so beautifully. 

The Modist philosophy: Welcome to The Modist (noun • The Mode-ist) – a first of its kind, luxury style destination dedicated to dressing modestly. More than just a digital platform, we are a philosophy for style and being, playing home to a carefully curated edit of leading fashion brands and stylishly thought-provoking editorial. Creating our very own Modist Movement, we are channeling a confident new voice which showcases a fresh take on contemporary fashion, styled to not only respect your style choices but celebrate them.

The Modist clearance sale is underway, and there so many stylish finds at more accessible prices. Use promo code Extra15 to take an additional 15% off sale prices.  A few of my favorites...

Yellow + velvet + midi length dress = total utter powerful simplicity.

Dying to put some of those famous red nailed hands on my neck.  Unfortunately this adorable blouse is sold out in my size.  Perhaps it's available in yours!

Riding aggressively on an embellish everthing wave, I find these tassled velvet shoulder cuffs to be beyond cool. 

This crystal edged flower brooch would be a whimsical yet beautiful adornment for your jacket lapel or neck closure. 

Want this entire chic quietly power house "I mean business" ensemble.  Very Amal Clooney don't you think?

Shop all my favorites below and HERE

What to Wear: Sadie Hawkins

It is officially Sadie Hawkins season for Charlotte area public and private schools!  And with that, my super chic, cooler than cool intern Lauren has curated some perfect head-to-toe (sans spray tan) outfits for the upcoming Sadies dances!  Feast your eyes on our one-stop shop... From the edgy gal to the simple girl, and at all price points, we've got you covered.

Up first, Lauren's personal favorite; this yellow-patterned (unbelievably accessible in price) dress paired with AMAZING Chloé platform heels and your choice of gold earring.

The one earring trend is offically back on the block.  Reach for Whitley's pick, this celestially fun moon and stars pair

Self Portrait always packs a fan-favorite punch.

This Alice Mccall dream goes well with pearls and silver, elegant, yet trendy sandals.  You might even let your mom (Whitley) borrow it. 

Into something a little different?  A slip dress... (think Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy wedding or Gwynth Patrow in that Calvin Klein long silver dress) like this black slip dress can be styled edgy-cool with a killer red metallic moto jacket, Tory Burch bandana choker, and monochrome booties

Shop all our Sadie Hawkins picks from the below images and HERE

Amp Up Your Look With A Great Bag

Accessories are the cherry on top of any outfit.  You can put together a great look, but you always want to finish it off with a great bag, pair of shoes, earrings, belt etc.  This is how you elevate your look to an even higher level.  Whether it's a strong, structured bag, boho crossbody pouch or purse with an interesting shape or color, this is one extra step you don't want to skip.  Before walk out the door, always always be sure you reach for a great bag. Shop my recommendations below and HERE

I think this is my most wanted.  Take me to the roller rink and get me a suicide drink! Here it is on The RealReal.  So tempting.

This strong architectural black one reminds me of my Great-Grandmother's bags.  And this snake print leather bag too. 

AWESOME bang for the buck on sale and amazing deep navy color!

ESPRIT anyone?

Stepping Up Your Sneaker Game

If you live in the QC and you love fashion and you do not have any swanky sneakers, male or female, (eh hem, se moi?!) it is time to up your sneaker game.  Cool sneaks are ALL the rage.  It is virtually impossible to walk into a store without at least two sales associates and one customer donning the coolest, hippest pair of sneaks paired perfectly with their destroyed or 1980's styled denim and oversized sweater or haphazardly paired with a prairie dress and denim jacket.  Starting with the Creme de la Creme-see and be seen Golden Goose on over to Isabel Marant, Gucci, D.A.T.E, Ash and Dolce Vita, cool sneaks can be yours at any price point.  As an almost exclusive heel wearer, wanting to be sure I get my CPW return on investment, last summer I reached for a more accessible but every bit as equally fun pair by Dolce Vita. They are the perfect stylish addition to my wardrobe for photo shoot days where I need to be able to move quickly. 

In a few different muted shades, the Bobby suede wedge sneaker is a very versatile high top. 

I LOVE the Isabel Marant metallic and leather lightening bolt sneaker.

Paired with my favorite denim overalls, I styled these oh so fun sparkly red white and blue metallic Gucci sneakers in the upcoming issue of SouthPark Magazine. 

One of my uber chic clients owns this very aspirational pair by Valentino.

If I do decide to reach for the fancy schmancy style, I am almost certain it will be THIS pair... perfect for cheering on my Tar Heels in style.

Shop all the hippest sneakers below and HERE.

Charlotte area professional face painter, Ashley Hamm, who got her start working at Disney has taken her talent from face to sneakers!  I've got to get a pair of her customed painted kicks!  Check her out at Hamm It Up on Instagram

Gift Guide: Coffee Table Books For The Style Obsessed + My Collection

If there is one interiors accessory I love, it is a coffee table book.  I love them so much I have them placed on the coffee table and everywhere beyond the coffee table.  Most of my books are related to fashion or home interiors, but I also have a few others style-related dispersed about my home.

I am a visual person, and I love looking at the photos for inspiration.  I think coffee table books make great gifts to your loved ones, especially if you are able to have the author sign the inside with a personalized message to the receiver.  You can give your loved one a book about something they really enjoy.  It will be a story-telling addtion to their home, as well as something they will have and always think of you. Someone gave me this AMAZING Fashion Designers book for my 40th, but there was no card.  I still don't know who gave it to me!  If you read this and it is you, please come forth!

I have a few on my bar, as well as some on the tv console (thanks to the very talented Ariene!) to transform it from a Salvation Army score (thanks Mom!) to a stylish vignette.  I have a stack on my foyer console as well!

One of my favorites, The Coveteur, has been my inspiration for more than one photo shoot, including the one for QC Exclusive

Here are a few I'd like to have as well as some from my own collection. Click HERE if you are unable to see the below images.

Stylish Things + Gift My Services To Your Loved One

If you follow me on the Instagram, you know it's been a fun couple of weeks werkin it.  Yesterday I dropped in Capitol to help a few clients nab some things during their seasonal sale, now at 60% off.  This really is a great time to shop high end fashion at a price that is more accessible.  My client was genius to reach for the below Erdem lace shirt I layered under a killer Jonathan Cohen tuxedo dress.  Layering pieces, like this, are such great items that allow your wardrobe to grow legs and get even more mileage of your existing pieces.

I would love it if somebody would get me these Jungle Horn earrings for Christmas.  Someone, anyone.  Secret admirer, not so secret, one of my children, stranger at the grocery store.  Santa. Whoever.  They are quite spectacular in style, as are all of Oscar de la Renta's earring designs!

British interiors blogger, Kimberly, shares her bar at Christmas time on her site, Swoonworthy.  It, and everything else she does, is just that.

If you're in a pinch over what to wear to your upcoming holiday party, I have a couple of remaining holiday styling slots. I'd be thrilled to ensure you are the best dressed attendee at your upcoming holiday event.  Also, consider gifting my services to your loved one... spouse, child or parent.  The gift of style truly is one that keeps on giving.  Interested?  You may email me at: Whitley@thequeencitystyle.com

                             Email me: Whitley@thequeencitystyle.com

                             Email me: Whitley@thequeencitystyle.com

Last but not least, shop ALL of our 2017 Gift Guides:

Stocking Stuffers Under $50
For the Traveler + Beach-Goer
For The Kids
For The Hostess
For The Tree + Home
For The Home
For The Teen Girl
For Him

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers Under $50

If you're still working on your Christmas shopping, I've got a few more Gift Guides for you.  Today's Gift Guide is full of great Stocking Stuffers under $50!

Ever been known to lose your keys?  Or perhaps your kids, like me?  Just kidding.  Either way, this is your answer!

 

This is the best gift in the world for any girl who doesn't like to pay for manicures.  Or any girl in the world for that matter.  I mean, why did it take someone so long to think of this?  I wonder if it was a man, like the person who invented the tampon, you know?

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Precious Peanut #2 would like the real version of this in his stocking all day long. 

Shop all of Lauren's top picks for Stocking Stuffers Under $50 below and HERE.

Shop ALL of our 2017 Gift Guides:

For the Traveler + Beach-Goer
For The Kids
For The Hostess
For The Tree + Home
For The Home
For The Teen Girl
For Him
 

Gift Guide: For The Traveler + Beach-Goer

Headed somewhere warm and sunny for the holidays?  Travel in style with our Gift Guide:  For The Traveler + Beach-Goer.

"French Girl Organics Sea Spray gives you sexy, tousled texture reminiscent of a weekend spent frolicking in the clear waters of the French Riviera... this fragrant mist leaves hair with an effortless beachy look and a soft, touchable feel".  Frolicking in clear waters, an effortless beachy look?  Geez.  Bring on the dream!

Thanks to my girl Lauren for bringing Le Specs sunnies to my attention.  Major statement for the buck.  You will definitely be the chicest on the beach with any of these

If you wear nothing else to the beach, it needs to be a Eugenia Kim BIG straw hat. 

Shop all my favorites For The Traveler + Beach-Goer below and HERE

Gift Guide: For The Kids + Come See Me This Week At The Mint Museum + The Snow Ladies THIS Week!

Today's Gift Guide is For The Kids!  My two Precious Peanuts, especially #1, have been making it clear what it is they would like for christmas.  This old school gamer I could not get enough of as a kid is back, and it is at the top of the list for Precious Peanut #1. 

Precious Peanut #2 wants one of these and this I did get him this which I guess we can all have fun with for parties...

 

This is another childhood favorite and classic. So many memories now for the Peanuts on Snow Sled Hill!

And, THIS, the ultimate boy gift. 

Want your kids to learn How To Behave And Why?  I suggest these as easy gifts for any and all children in your immediate or extended family!  Or How To Speak Politely and Why.

See all my top picks for the Boy or Girl Kid in your life below and HERE.

Grab a girlfriend and come join me and others this Wenesday at the Mint Museum for a fun talk on Fashion As Art.  Admittance is free for members and $10 for non members.  Get your tickets HERE

One more thing... My great friends Lydia Lundgren and Pam Stowe are going to be out spreading some JOY this week.  They will be visiting three locations across the city at different times.  Lydia's vision is absolutely miraculous and wonderful.  You can read more about it on her Instagram page HERE.  Try to go see them if you have the time or if you are simply looking for a smile.  You will NOT regret.  I am so proud of them both! 

Lundgren Street Circus Presents: The #snowladies! TUESDAY 12/5 7-9pm Plaza Midwood WEDNESDAY 12/6 11-1pm Wells Fargo Plaza/The Green SUNDAY 12/10 3-5pm Compare Foods on Sharon Amity Road Stop by for a little winter cheer

Gift Guide: For The Tree + Home

Thanksgiving is over, which means it is officially Christmas season!  Precious Peanuts went to visit their Grandparents at the lake this past weekend, and I can't wait to hit the ground running with getting a tree and wreath asap! 

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A few ornaments and such that jumped out at me while shopping for my loved ones...

This is Precious Peanut #2's FAVORITE food!  To hang from the tree.  Unbelievable!  And both boys are obsessed with these after soccer games, so I might have to snag this one for Peanut #1.  Sprinkles too!

After giving this gift to many over the past few years, I finally snagged the CB2 Inner Peace Wreath for my own home as the perfect holiday piece for our dining room in progress!  It's extra festive when you put the twinkle lights on it.

 

I love these paiette ornaments for the stylishly festive.  The remind me of our disco ball which always brings the party!

Traci Zeller Designs is cracking me up with the Elves on the Shelves.  She has twins, so naturally there are two elves.  The Elf on the Shelf kit is the jam!  Belaying elves?  Seriously?!  They got busted taking an Elfie!!

Shop all my picks below and HERE, as well as...

Fur + Feathers + My Dress on Instagram

Can you thank God when life seems bad?  Pastor Rick does it again.  The more of that bad stuff that happens, to more I find I am able to do this.  “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior” (Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV).

Temps are dropping and the holiday season is upon us!  Grocery store runs, playing with the Peanuts or work out wear to the Y...  It is time to break out the fur. 

Also, I am thrilled about my newest editorial contributorship to Scoop Charlotte.  Head over here to read my article about all things fur and feathers, and check out my top luxe, low and local picks just in time for the holidays. 

Next up, yesterday I was at Capitol shopping the 40% off sale for a client, and stumbled upon this Self Portrait frock.  This happens every time!!!  So many winners just waiting to be had.  If you love this dress (seriously my most liked Instagram photo ever!?  What??  Over the Peanuts on Halloween? Or qualifying for the Boston Marathon... Crazy!?!), you can snag it for yourself and shop all of my current Self Portrait favorites below or HERE if you are unable to see the images from your phone. 

Last but certainly not least I experienced THE most amazing facial of my life yesterday at Infinity MedSpa and Wellness. I had a facial plus some dermaplaning, which was seriously radical exfoliation.  If I could achieve one thing it would be that my face feels CLEAN and free of all the dirt and dust that flies through the air and goes into my pores.  I left feeling just that and more.  Shiney, clean skin thanks to Perri!  Get more info here!

Gift Guide: For The Hostess

With the holiday season comes parties galore, and you mustn't show up empty handed! Today's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is chocked full of gift ideas for the Hostess.  I bought this as a Christmas present for Precious Peanut #2 but with flashing lights and the ease of connection to your phone, I think is the perfect gift for any party thrower! 

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Be sure your hostess has the most conversational bar with these whimsical decanters. Do you prefer Vodka, Gin or Whiskey?

Traditional holiday greenery is always a sure winner, but I am really loving these gold wire versions that could be the perfect touch of pizzazz all year long. 

These Water Buffalo Horns will also add a stylish touch to your hostesses home all year long. 

Everything from Furbish Studio for the win!

Shop all of my favorites below and HERE

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For The Home
For The Teen Girl
For Him

Gift Guide: For The Home

Happy Monday Y'all!  Today's Gift Guide is all about gifts for the Home; gifts to give to others or quirky and fun items for your own home.  I have this paper mache crane in our powder room, and it is the perfect conversation piece in a sea of one of a kind and homemade works of art by the Peanuts. The blue Hoopie Crane Bird is an adorable and jovial less expensive version.

This bamboo beaded curtain is the perfect divider for any pass through.

This black and white bone in lay side table would look chic in any and every room.

Ward off holiday thieves with this front door message

The ultimate dining room pendant

Ganja. GlitterProzac.  What's your pick?  Strike a match in style. 

Shop all my below favorites.  Click HERE if you are unable to see the images. 

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For The Teen Girl
For Him
 

Gift Guide: For The Teen Girl

Got a teen girl in your family or circle of friends?  Today's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide: For The Teen Girl comes from one of Charlotte's hippest, the designer behind Double L Jewelry.  These hand died silk ribbon chokers are my favorite.

This one was on my list last year.  I'm not a teen, so I guess that makes me cool. Or hoping it doesn't hurt my game. 

A cookie shot maker??  I'm not even sure what this is but it sounds delicious!  YES, please!

Channeling my inner Jenny from the Block while I daydream pretend of running in this

Girls of all ages could use this!

This 12 point star necklace will go with everything.

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