Valentine's Day For The Fun Girl

As the song goes, Girls just wanna have fu-un!  If you're girl is a fun one, I know any of the below items will be the perfect gift for her this Valentine's Day.  If you ARE the gal, no time like the present to treat yourself!  1) Fun 2) Sooo Fun 3) Now you're really talkin' FUN girl.  Check out all the fun HERE.

 

Check out all the fun HERE.

Valentine's Day For Him

What can I say?  I'm a sucker for an All-American Southern Gent.  If you are too, or perhaps your love language is Gift Giving, I hope you'll find some of the below items to be great ideas for the Him in your life, be it your spouse, brother, Dad or son.  Can't see the below image in your reader?  Click HERE.  

Remember THIS post?  I had just chopped all my hair.  Seems like ages ago.  It was!  I remember feeling a kinda sassy but very goofy and nervous around this sweet guy Nick, who is a real model/actor who so kindly volunteered his time to do this shoot.

Happy Valentine's Day a comin', ya'll!

Airport Style: Audrey Hepburn

I'm back with another Airport Style feature for my friends over at Peachy the Magazine.  This time I decided to take a look back to some great style setters of the 60's and 70's.  This first of three examples of great airport style is inspired by the quintessential lady-like lady, Audrey Hepburn.  Just click on the + to shop the look!

Airport Style

Did you catch my Taste Maker piece over at Peachy?  Two words.  Airport Style.  This day in age, it's T totally under-rated and under- appreciated.  Airport travel has gotten less pleasurable with each flight, and we want to be comfortable as the aisles and seats continue to shrink.  This doesn't mean we can't continue to put our best foot forward.  Jennifer, Black and Kate are three ladies who encompass fashionable airport style.  They are dressed relatively casual, but they key is that they are put together. 

My ever style-setting grandmother, Martha Whitley, was and is my forever style icon. From a very early age, she instilled the importance of putting your best forward forward at all times. Putting the time into your personal appearance sends a message not only reflective of the confidence you have in yourself but also the respect you have for others. I saw Nana display this penchant for confident style later in life when the mailman was perhaps the only person she would see that day and earlier in her life when she would travel. She made it seem this was perhaps THE most imperative time to make a best impression with your appearance. The airport may be the first, last and only time you saw a fellow passenger or new friend, but your finest impression would be lasting.

Love It, Wear It: Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf

Today's outfit inspiration comes by way of the stunningly colorful Tobacco Leaf Plate.  I have loved this pattern for a long time.  It reminds me of the collection in my Grandparent's china cabinet that I would stare at from the time I was a little girl.  Roosters and cherry blossoms rimmed in gold!  What could be more exquisite?

Back to our Tobacco Leaf post, according to the Mottahedeh website, this one is a design whose style has been represented at least eleven different ways.  Produced in 18th century China, 'it is a profusion in 27 colors and high fire cobalt, accented with gold'.  Who, besides Carrie Bradshaw and me, wouldn't want to wear an outfit as bold and sophisticated as this plate?  Well now you can, because Chelsea's thrown together a little fancy...

Mad For Plaid

The above tartan plaid Pendleton coat that belonged to my Grandmother is one of my favorites.  It is so well made, cozy and totally showstopper chic.  From plaid pants to coats, blankets and even a flask for him, this plaid remix has got you totally covered during the winter months!

What To Wear New Years Eve

Chelsea and I are here with a mega round of party outfits, and if there is one thing I love it is a party frock. I've said this before, and I'm okay saying it again.  I have been collecting little cocktail dresses since way before I was of age to even hold a cocktail.  But does that really matter?  As you can see I had a hard time choosing just a few, so if your senses can handle a cocktail dress overload, just click on the plus symbol next to the dress and shop 'til you drop!  Refill your bubbly and keep on scrolling for a look at Chelsea's fun outfits. That pouty lips skirt. Oh me.  Oh my.

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...

For The Rugged Cool Man

Just a few chic gifts for your favorite rugged, cool man.  Yes, I want the antler chandelier lighting up every room in my (imagined) chalet in the woods, although one would look quite perfect in my Dad's cabin.  And, what man wouldn't love a bottle opener that tells him "Yes! You Earned It!"?  Only the happiest stocking stuffer ever.

Give Back With BeautyKind

Thanks to our good friends at Peachy the Magazine, the Queen City Style is excited to be partnering with BeautyKind, a new online retailer of beauty products with an interest in giving back. For every purchase, BeautyKind gives back 5% of the purchase price to their customer's cause of choice. What could be better than giving back while purchasing the brands you love and discovering new favorites?

And it's so simple. Just sign up with BeautyKind and select your cause. Login and complete a purchase, and 5% of your purchase price automatically goes to your cause. I have chosen the ALS Association, in honor of my Grandfather, but there are many causes from which to choose. If you can't find your favorite cause, let them know and they will work to get it added!

Another perk is that 1% of what you spend turns into points that can be used for future purchases, donations, or simply cashed out. If you choose to refer friends to BeautyKind you can earn 1% on their purchases. And as your friends share with their friends, your community will grow. The larger your community, the more you earn AND the more that's given back

Receive 20% off your first order when you sign up for BeautyKind using this link.

Below are some of my picks for this holiday season…all available through BeautyKind. Just click on the link of the item you would like to purchase.

Holiday Gems

Do you shop Charm & Chain?  Here are a sample of my favorite holiday gems all at 30% off through Sunday. Good luck turning away!

Let The Shopping Begin!

This holiday season, I'm gonna hit you with the coolest stuff on the market.  I love, LOVE gift giving.  I love giving things I'd like to receive and things I think remind me of the recipient.  And when in doubt, giving dope gifts is always a winner.  How can you say no to any of those funsies up there?  Happy Shopping!  Gobble. Gobble.  Furbish Studio rocks!

Clever Clutch

This post is precipitated by that lovely little lad in the far left bottom corner.  I saw the lucite blox clutch (by Rafe New York) with it's tortoise and marble pattern swirling right off the pages of my InStyle Magazine, and it had to be mine.  Then, I got to wondering, how many other stellar box clutches are out there just waiting to be had.  Turns out there a right many. The only determination will be which one will you be carrying with your LBD this holiday season and to forever and eternity?  Shop below a few that caught my eye.

Killer Dresses Right Now

So yes, I have a thing for dresses. A  major thing, and I've had it since high school. I have been collecting cocktail dresses for longer than I remember.  Even if there was no occasion.  Literally, I have dresses with tags on them since high school.  As a wardrobe stylist, I would tell you to purge 'em... unless they are just works of are that are that cool.  OR unless you write a fashion blog and you think there might come a day you will use it if for no other reason than to play dress up and get your picture taken, acting like you didn't actually know you were having your picture taken, but you did.  Because you write a blog.  If you do, you know.  Look, I've been playing dress up since I plopped from my mother's womb, and I don't think I will ever stop.  Consider this an invitation to in-box me if you want to pop a cork on the bubbly, turn the tunes way up high and join the twirling fantasy.  The only question is: Which dress shall we wear when we do?