Gucci On My Mind

What can I say?  What can anybody say?  I'm gaahh for Gucci.  It's just too d@mn good.  And on top of it all, they go and raise the bar and put my favorite little accouterment, the pussybow, on almost every blouse or dress. I do not own a single piece of Gucci anything, but some day.  When the timing is right I'm gonna.  What do you think?

I want to put one of my female attorney clients in this dress all day long.  Walk in the court room.  Boom.  Case closed. 

And this pleated metallic skirt.  Boogie Nights Forever and ever. 

A couple of fabulous clients own the popular and brilliant metallic mid heel pump

These rainbow square sunglasses?  Really?  I mean seriously?  They look like something one of the hot male subjects would wear in a Stephanie Vovas photograph.  Totes Dirk Diggler style.

What do you think?  Shop my picks below and HERE

What I Wore: Lunch At Rooster's

I had lunch today with a very fashionable sweet friend.  We met at Neiman Marcus of all places. I'll never forget.  She was walking out of the store, and I was entering.  I am fairly certain it was one of "those days".  I was dressed a disheveled hot mess, doing a quick client pick up between taking Precious Peanut #2 here and before retrieving #1 from here.  She looked like a million bucks, this gorgeous lady.  I mean it, ONE MILLION DOLLARS ya'll.  I smiled in star gazing amusement.  She was one of the most well dressed women I have seen in this city.  So classic and striking.  Then, she approached me with the warmest heart and most beautiful smile, "I know you! I follow you on Instagram!"  And then followed with so many nice things and I just remember thinking this woman is so real.  Love, love the real people.  We exchanged numbers right then and there, and now I look forward to each every lunch date with my friend.  So this is what I wore to Rooster's for our lunch date today...

Normally one to run from trends, the bag InStyle Magazine refers to as the "IT" bag of the season, I carry my Cult Gaia (the knock off HERE) Bamboo Ark bag almost every day.  It works with everything, so I can't not.

I wear my metallic pleated skirt from Anthropologie four seasons out of the year.  This Gucci number... if only! And this Missoni. Also love this rainbow one from Anthropologie.

Blair wore it first, but I just had to have this blue and white check gingham ruffle blouse for Carolina ball games!

Shop the look below or click HERE if you are unable to see the pictures. 

What To Wear To Your Next Summer Outing

"With a bevvy of warm weather activities spanning from back yard barbecues to outings across the region, what to wear can be vexing!"  For the current issue of Ballantyne Magazine, I was tasked with the fun chance to create a pair of His and Her looks for three Queen City summer activities.  Undoubtedly leading the charge for this season's most exciting events is the PGA Championship at our very own Quail Hollow Club.  (You can bet I'll be stalking the socialite attire at Wednesday's practice round).  No summer is complete without a day on the water at Lake Norman, Mountain Island Lake or Lake Wylie, and with concert venues across the city, you know there won't be a shortage of tunes for grooving to.  Check out the looks below, and view the full issue HERE.

Two Days To Go + Plus Size Perfection

I everyone!  I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.  There are just TWO days remaining in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Shop now through August 6 to take advantage of the amazing savings.  While we're on that note, I wanted to about a recent client experience.  I recently met with the most lovely, beautiful and smart young new client.  She has a masters in counseling but currently works in real estate.  Can you say Got It Going On?  For as long as I've been writing this blog, I've had readers and friends ask if I could share some non size 0,2,4 fashions.  When I was doing my research and shopping for wardrobe pieces for my client's eclectic boho style, I stumbled upon the most beautiful and stylish plus size fashion blogger, Sarah Tripp at Sassy Red Lips. On her blog, Sarah shares about the topics she's "most passionate about... all about loving yourself, body positivity, and honoring your curves.  I LOVE Sarah's below outfit.  I've been on the look out for kimonos, perfect for my client's cool bohemian style, and this outfit stopped me in my tracks. She is boho + cool rocker girl + glam all in one.

She's shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for some great discount finds and paired them with some splurge worthy staples, the Chloe studded booties and Chanel bag, for an absolutely masterful hi + lo mix!  

I adore her Kimono!

The high waist denim skirt + flattering white V neck tee will work year round with anything! 

Here's a more accessibly priced black bootie and sunnies to top off the look.

What do you think?  Don't you agree Sarah is personified chic?!  Below are some of the things I found for my client that excite me most!  Click HERE if you are unable to see the below images.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Laid Back Saturday Cool

I've been working on an editorial project that had me scrolling the Instagram handles of some of the Queen City's youngest, hottest and chicest.  The twenty year olds seem to all have this dressed down ripped jean shorts, simple tee, gladiator sandals, top knot topped off with sunglasses three sizes too big thing going on.  Don't get me wrong, when styled appropriately (ie. not too short, too tight dare I say trashy looking), they look pretty sexy and cute.  That said, I am really thrilled not to be in my late twenties anymore.  I feel like the older you get the more fun you can have with fashion.  I think there is a stronger element of individuality with age.  That said, I do like the idea of an under styled laid back Madewell look for those days you just don't have more in you.  What do you think? Shop below for a few of the more simple items I like to keep in my closet. Click HERE if you are not able to see the below images.

Always, always need a good utility pant and jacket in the wardrobe.  They are both great neutral, alternatives to denim that go with everything.  

I LOVE this military style peplum jacket and here it is in plus size

I am digging the looks of this zip hem crop boyfriend jean. 

This is a GREAT basic tee.  The flattering V-neck is particularly nice for women with a larger bust. 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Bags + Sunglasses

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has it ALL, down to the perfect accessories to top off your look. I've included some of my favorite bags in this round up, as well as sunglasses.  We all know that every look needs to be polished off with a cool pair of shades!  Shop all my favorites below, or click HERE if you are unable to see the below images.  

This whipstitch leather hobo bag is a great size one for travel, or this slightly more classic version.

I love the cool geometric shape of these Marc Jacobs shades. 

NOW is definitely a good time to spring for those investment brands, like Burberry.  These shades are super chic. 

I've been enjoying my genuine crocodile purse from House of Landor.  This leather version is reminiscent of mine.

Click HERE if you are unable to see the below images.

I couldn't help but share one of this week's devotions from Rick Warren:  Life Is About Relationships, No Accomplishments.  

 

Carolina Bride City Chic

Earlier this spring I had the most enjoyable time helping create a unique "City Chic" bridal feature for Carolina Bride Magazine. Photographer Isil Dohnke masterfully captured the essence of bustling and booming uptown Charlotte for a creative, high fashion perspective on bridal wear.  What a treat in particular it was to work with American designer, Lela Rose, in order to include one of my favorite modern bridal looks, the pantsuit. Her version, The Pearl Street, could not be more chic.  Thank you to Carolina Bride and EVERYONE on the team for working so hard to create such a one of a kind, striking bridal feature.   See more images HERE as well as a complete list of credits.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Every Girl's Crazy 'Bout A Sharp Dressed Man

If there is one thing I love, it is a sharp dressed man.  Honestly, sadly, I think they are few and far between these days, but there are a few in Charlotte if you look hard enough. (eh hem every gentleman of TRC). I find that women put so much effort into their appearance and often times the man is perfectly fine being by her side wearing jeans and an untucked shirt.  Your appearance speaks volumes about the respect you have for others and for yourself.  I know all you women will agree.  Men, whatever your style, just be put together please!  If you are the person shopping for the man in your life, be it your spouse, father, brother, son or friend, here are a few of my favorite Menswear picks in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  A few previously styled looks I dig.  You're welcome ladies... 

I really love this quilted shirt jacket from Billy Reid.

I do think there is a time and a place for casual, but even then, a couple of easily but smartly placed buttons can change the presentation of a t-shirt. I LOVE a henley.

Personally I'm not really into trend dressing for men, but if the demographic fits, I do think these Vans are pretty hip and will work well with jeans or casual pants.

Eton is a top pick for high quality men's dress shirts.

Chelsea boots all day long, as well as an always classic slim fit quilted jacket.

Shop more of my menswear favorites in the sale HERE if you are unable to see the images...

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Skirts + Trousers

Next up on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale hit list: Skirts and Trousers!  More often reaching for dresses or skirts over trousers, I would describe myself as somewhat of a ladylike dresser. That said, I do love a great utility pant for casual fall days and the perfect black dress pant for a more masculine cocktail look.  With a great pair of black satin pants, silk blouse, sash and statement necklace, I had fun recreating a Gucci jumpsuit worn by Olivia Wilde several years ago.

 

Another thing I love for every outfit is a splash or sparkle and pizzazz.  This pleated satin midi skirt or this pleated velvet one will do just the trick.

I love the asymmetrical ruffle hem on this brown leather skirt and this pleated one.  Both are perfect for the office.

Get your growl on with these leather biker pants or this faux leather pair the ever chic Blair says are her favorite.  

Shop more of my favorite skirts and trousers below and HERE if you are unable to see the below images...

On another note, on the topic of faith, friendship and love (I am so grateful for the many friends who have been my ROCK!), I recently enjoyed this devotion on perseverance and keeping the faith from Proverbs 31 Ministry.   "While God may not always remove me from my circumstances, He is always with me."

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Home + 48 Hours in Raleigh

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  I took a last minute trip to our state's capital to visit some friends.  My gal pal Mary Beth showed us all a good time with stops at some of Raleigh's hippest eats.  Friday night we sat at the bar for a light dinner at Crawford and Son then hit up Person Street Bar for after dinner drinks and a round of pool.  Late, late night looked sexy and cool at Fox Liquor Bar.  I ditched my Saturday morning 16 mile training run for three days of food and beverage gorging and of course no trip to see Mary Beth would be complete without a minimum of three hours playing dress up in fabulous vintage and drooling over chic vintage finds for the home.  Catch a taste below and see House of Landor Instagram + Finds, or call House of Landor if you see something here you might like for yourself!

Followed by another walk down memory lane at my Alma Mater, Saint Mary's, the most delicious house made Bloody Mary and veggie hot dog at The Cardinal helped soak up everything from the night before. Saturday night started out with drinks atop the iconic Holiday Inn downtown. The last time I was there I was 19 years old in my enormous white Deb dress sitting in the hallway an underage drunken mess crying my eyes out to my date about who knows what.  A most ridiculous but equally fond memory that was!  But seriously, the rooftop bar boasts magnificent views of downtown. Dinner Saturday night was delicious Italian at Gravy. Last but certainly not least, we hit up and Standard Foods for Sunday Brunch.  

 

We now return to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale with some great finds for the home!  Can't see the below images?  Click HERE

This Moroccan rug is a great neutral rug that will look great in every room and literally goes with everything.  

The perfect drink holder for the dog days of summer spent splashing in the pool!

The banana leaf print has continued to be a huge hit in design.  Add a playful touch to your bedroom with this duvet or pillow.  And who doesn't need a pink flamingo shower curtain?

If I were back in my college apartment, this might be the modern day tapestry hanging above the couch!

Every home needs a shot of shine gold starburst mirror!  The price on this one is hard to beat.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Jackets, Blazers + Outerwear

So far, I've shared with you my top picks for Tops and Dresses in this Fall's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Have you seen anything you like?  It's really the BEST time to shop.  I'll be sharing a Home + Gifts round up too, which I use as my time to get a jump start on Christmas gifts.  Today I've got lots of great blazers, jackets and other outwear pieces to share with you. There are a couple of Veronica Beard pieces included.  Such a great line for that perfect, cool third layering piece, this would be a perfect example of GET IT NOW.  So, grab your Nordstrom Card, your glass of wine and GO!  Can't see the below images?  Click HERE

PS, not sure how I missed this awesome top earlier this week!

I said embroidery was going to be EVERYWHERE for fall.  It's even on a leather moto jacket!  This is such a cool statement piece. I got it for myself!

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU needs this velvet tuxedo jacket.

This is my go-to Fall blazer.  For Everything. 

This plaid topper is a perfect elevated version to wear over everything from a pencil skirt for work to skinny jeans around the city.  And the price?!  Amazing!  To my sharp and classic dressing interior design client, I think you should consider this bang for the buck.

Camel (with a shearling collar!) is timeless and classic as it gets.

This twill peplum jacket in army green is the perfect lightweight topper for Fall or Spring!

Nordstrom Anniverary Sale: Dresses

Today's helping of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale favorites serves up dresses!  Shop all of my favorites below and HERE if you are not able to see the images. 

I mentioned in yesterday's post on tops that embroidery is going to be a BIG trend for Fall.  I love the relaxed Boho feel of this Free People frock... takes me back to my days of childhood in idyllic Asheville. 

Absolutely ADORE the sleeves on this LBD that would be perfect for work, church, cocktail party... any occasion.

Another hot trend for Fall?  Formal velvet.  I think this mustard dress would work wonders dressed up OR down.

This is the perfect dress for Mom on the go. I would wear this to the ball field with a cute pair of tennies.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Tops

 

Just like hippest capital city chic, Jamie said, if you have a blog it is basically a requirement to share the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale with your readers.  But seriously.  If you are a shopper.  If you like a bargain.  If you can't help yourself.  Whatever it may be, now is the time to shop ahead of the season and SAVE.  Save BIG.  And so with that, I share with you my first of many posts to come for my top finds for this fall's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  We'll start with tops.  Tibi, Rebecca Taylor, J.Crew, Madewell and More.  Can't see the below images?  Click HERE

Get ready to see embroidery on EVERYTHING for Fall.  Love this shirt included in the sale.

Did you know J. Crew and Madewell are now sold through Nordstrom?  Pretty cool, and a great time to nab some of their great basics on sale! 

Another big trend for fall?  70's Plaid!  Not the lumberjack or grunge kind, but the bold, groovy 70's kind.  In the meantime, this plaid shirt comes in a variety of colors during the sale. 

Shop all my top picks for tops below and HERE.

Summer Trend: Mix And Match

Another one of my favorite summer '17 trends is all things Mix And Match!  Prints, fabrics, shapes, textures.  'Tension' is the word I often use to describe throwing in a little something off the obvious path in order to create interest in an outfit.  Shop the below Mix and Match print pieces to add a touch of one of the season's hottest trends to your wardrobe...

Want to all out maximize interest? Turn that touch of tension into head to toe Mix and Match. Judging from my Outfits of the Day and editorial styling it is no secret this is one style of dress of which I feel you can never get enough...

Shop some of my favorite Mix and Match items for summer, many of which are now on MEGA SALE.  

I just snagged my new FAVORITE "Mommy" One Piece Swimsuit for the summer!  Here + Here and this one too!

How cute is this J.Crew top that is also Oh So Affordable?!

I styled a client in this MSGM mixed print dress for a Hawaiian themed summer party, and feel fairly confident she took THE Best Dressed Award. 

Is it any surprise I want this maxi dress?

Click HERE if you are not able to see the below images.

Put A Belt On It

Everyone knows the way to put the cherry on your sundae when it comes to dressing is by way of great accessories.  I've been really lucky to inherit some great vintage dresses that may not fit me just right.  While I'm working to make a trip to my seamstress (if you are in Charlotte, you need to be going to Christie's), I've been known to band aid my dress with a belt until I do. I also have dresses in my closet that I love as they are, but they just need something more or something else.  I'll put a belt on, and viola!  The look goes in a completely new direction.  Last but not least, sometimes an outfit just calls for a unique addition to give it some ooph.  If you keep up with my Outfit of the Day posts on the Instagram, you already know my appreciation for the magic of a waist cinching belt...

I've been belt shopping for a few clients this week, and after all the hunting and pecking for great options, I thought I'd share my findings with you!  Click HERE if you are unable to see the below images.  How about you?  Do you reach for your belt to change, enhance or cinch an outfit?

This is what editorial photo shoot belt dreams are made of.

My last belt purchase was the above pictured wrap knot belt I'm currently wearing on repeat.

Definitely one day I need a bad @$$ statement belt in my collection. This Gucci snake will do.

This leather wrap obi belt is your wardrobe must have.  Goes. With. Everything.

Sundance is kinda the jam place for laid back, denim style, hippie, cool belts like this one.

Designer Crush: Caroline Constas

What could be more fun to wear in the summer than ruffles?  I have been fawning over Caroline Constas' designs for the last few seasons... stripes and layers and ruffles galore!  All that's missing is the guacamole and a pair of maracas

I love the candy stripes against the black background of this bustier gown.  Here's the short version of that dress.  So strong!

If you got gams, this skirt on this dress is so fab, or this one.

I think this tropical number is my favorite.

And in case you were wondering how the pressure washing went yesterday, I did have a little fun writing the Precious Peanuts' initials on the wall.  Once I retired I found myself not haveing a clue what to do with myself (see picture 2).  Generic cinnamon toast crunch + wine + NBA Wives.  Who knew?  Wow, there is a show for everything.  Even though I am not a baller wife I totally should have been cast for this one.  I'd have all the girls dressed in ruffles while they are bleeped dropping the F bomb every 3.5 seconds.  Wow.

Shop all the ruffles below, and shake. Shake. 

Summer Trend: Seaside Stripes + How Have You Been?

Hello World!  It's been almost a month since I've been here.  Where does the time go?  The Jimmie Johnson Fit Fest was an absolute blast.  I won the women's division of the 8K trail race! It was challenging but felt great.  My beast mode spartan race competitor friend, Janet, won the 5K.  The entire day was so much fun.  There was a four hour bike challenge and kid spartan races that went on throughout the entire day.  It was adorable seeing tiny tots so happily covered in mud from head to toe.  After the races we enjoyed live music along with delicious local craft brew and food trucks galore topped off by the most delightful retirement over house made margaritas and grilled Cobia at a friend's house.

I've just returned from five days at the beach with my family.  We had pretty much perfect weather, and it was so much fun playing in the ocean and pool all day with the Precious Peanuts.  Of course, no vacation would be complete without almost unbelievable insane amounts of fighting, fussing, whining and more fun of such sorts, but all in all it was more enjoyable to be in the midst of it all down by the coast than anywhere else.

The Peanuts have gone to visit their other Grandparents for a week, and I am working hard to make the very most of it... work, sleep, house chores, running, cleaning, housekeeping, emails, etc!  Any other working mamas feel like they can never get caught up?!  This is pretty much like race week for me... As much as I would love to relax, how much can I possibly get done?  I am particularly excited that my stepfather has lent me a pressure washer.  I am going to go crazy town on the patio and brick wall.  I might even squiggle love notes in the layers of mildew and moss.  Look out.

In the meantime, it's BACK TO THE FASHION!  Since I've just returned from the beach, highlighting this season's Seaside Stripes trend seems totally apropos.  Below, are a few of my top picks on the timeless classic design.  Click HERE if you are unable to see the images.

I ADORE the stripes on this bikini, but I can tell you from trying it for myself that it is best fitting for a size 0 with no curves.

So I nabbed this J.Crew version for myself in red and white.  Eagerly waiting by the mail slot!

I sourced this versatile striped dress for a client... perfect for the office paired with a cardigan, or dress it down topped off with your favorite denim jacket; mine is Gap 1969 always!

This cheerful umbrella will keep you shaded cool on the beach.

Shop for Seaside Stripes HERE...

Memorial Day Sales For The Taking + Jimmie Johnson Fit Fest

Memorial Day brings lots of great things our way... the start of summer, vacation trips, hot dogs and beverages and, you got it, SALES!  Here are a few of my favorite on line sites are holding Memorial Day sales, along with the codes to shop and take advantage of savings.  I just nabbed my first bathing suit in five years or Lord knows I would have been all over this first one! And then, there's two of my all time FAVORITES: Furbish and Intermix

Bikini.com // Free kimono with every purchase

DATE: 5/29

// 20% off sitewide

DATE: 5/29

Furbish Studio // 20% Off Sitewide

CODE: HEYSUMMER

DATE: 5/26-5/29

Intermix // Almost summer sale, 40% off hundreds of new markdowns

DATE: 5/23-5/30

J.Crew // Use code SWEET, 30% off entire purchase 

DATE: Starting 5/25

Parker // 25% off EVERYTHING

CODE: SUMMERISFUN

DATE: 5/25-5/29

Serena & Lily // 20% off Sitewide

CODE: AMAZING

DATE: 5/24-5/30

Tibi // End of Season Sale — Markdowns up to 50% off

DATE: 5/24-7/31

For those of you local running friends, fellow active families or folks who simply love the great outdoors, I just signed up for the Jimmie Johnson Fit Fest at the Anne Springs Close Greenway just over the border in Fort Mill, SC on Memorial Day.  This is my #1 favorite place to run in our area.  There's a 5K, 8K, Spartan Kids Race and lots of games, live bands, food trucks and more for all!  Click HERE to register or find out more.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: Now Is The Time

Hello Friends!  It's a great day for sale shopping.  In fact, it's going to continue to be great for the next two weeks because Nordstrom started their Half-Yearly Sale today, which will run through June 4th!  During the sale, you can take up to 40% off on purchases across all categories. 

Here are a few dresses and jumpers I'm liking for work or play.  Click HERE if you are not able to see the below images.

 

In particular, I am loving everything DVF.  Last year Diane von Furstenberg hired a new creative director.  It's the first time in the history of her iconic brand that she's hired someone other than herself to be in charge across the board.  I could see the change in the designs while at the same time feeling these clothes are SOOOO good.  I'm always drawn to some fab pattern mixing, as witnessed in this outfit from one of my earlier days of fashion blogging.  I think I need to get back on it!

This short dress is, what do they say?  On fleek?

This long maxi is crying out for a garden party or backyard wedding. 

And finally, here's the fun design in a top. 

Last Week's Top Hits

Hi Everyone!  So many fun and cool things have happened over the last couple of weeks, but I've been too busy living in the moment to write about it beyond the Instagram and IRL.  I'm gonna take a stab at recapping some of it now.  The main thing is that my boys' spring and summer activities overlapped.  All of those, combined with various child related (non emergency and emergency) doctors appointments last week about sent me into orbit. Precious Peanut #1 ran his first 5K via the AMAZING boys running program, Let Me Run, and Precious Peanut #2, to his dismay, is stuck wearing an eye patch two hours a day for some time to come... hopeful nonsurgical preventative measures hard at work here!

Precious Peanut #2 will graduate from Kindergarten at our church preschool where my boys have been for the last nine years combined.  This will mean a much needed increased ability for me to work but also that my daily demands and time commitments as a Mom will lessen.  It is bittersweet. I will be shedding a lot of tears on Thursday. On a fun note, Paper Twist sent me this GORGEOUS monogrammed planner last week!  You'll never believe what I left off my calendar on my phone... perhaps this new planner will be just the answer!

I ordered my first bathing suit in FIVE YEARS.  I absolutely loathe bathing suit shopping, but I lost my stretched out top and bottom one too many times jumping off the diving board last year.  I've always had great success with J.Crew, and you can't beat the price.  Use code SALESTYLE to take 30% off all J.Crew Sale items now.

I had the pleasure of attending The First Tee Ladies luncheon last week at Charlotte Country Club.  We heard touching stories from two high school students who have been long time participants in the program, and North Carolina ranked #1 golf instructor, Dana Rader, was on hand to share with us some of her great coaching practices.   She explained the nature of her relationship with the students and the importance of unconditional affection for them.. "I am there for you in the good times AND the bad times."  She told us that she encourages the students to journal and the confidence building effects keeping a journal can have for all.   The many great character building components reminded me of Let Me Run.

I noticed my friend Heather donning her chic bamboo handbag at a couple of events lately. They wood color will pair nicely with everything during the warm spring and summer months. I'd really like to have this green acrylic version, but in the mean time it took me about 2.6 seconds to press the order button on this equally attractive knock off version at a fraction of the cost. 

One last thing on that note.  It was super cool last week to open up my in box and see my all time favorite fashion blogger, Blair Eadie, wearing the long version of the very dress I styled one of my beautiful clients in for the Kentucky Derby.  Blair even approves of the bag!

Here is the shorter Alexis dress my client wore, and the longer one Blair wore.