What's in my bag

Happy Wednesday! I'm headed for sunny Florida tomorrow and could NOT be more excited. Today I'm sharing what's in my purse this summer; from basics like planner and lipstick, to my unique and quirky "carry-all-the-time" items that you might not expect. Here's 'what's in the bag...'

1 | KATE SPADE PLANNER ::  I can't go anywhere without my planner, as most of you can relate to. I love the Kate Spade planners because they're functional, cute and classic. My 2016 favorites here | here | here

2| POPPIN GOLD NOTEBOOK :: For wardrobe consults, shopping lists, and random jot-downs I use this fun gold notebook. Closes with an elastic band so you don't have to worry about page wrinkling!

3 | DIOR 'ADDICT' FLUID LIPSTICK :: I love this because it goes on like a gloss, but looks and stays put like a lipstick. Not to mention I am in LO-OVE with this color {779 Plaisir}  The perfect shade of pink and you can apply it lighter for a lighter look, or heavier for a bold pop of color

4| BOBBI BROWN 'STELLA' CAT EYE SUNGLASSES :: Sunglasses are obviously a must, year-round. I went on the hunt for the perfect classic cat-eye sunglass a few months ago, and these were the winner. Some other favorites here | here

5 | BRITT BASS IPHONE CASE :: You all know from my blog earlier this week that I am a fan of all things Britt Bass. Her newest iPhone cases are glossy, well-made and swoon-worthy! My phone is never without one of her fun and colorful designs.

6 | KENDRA SCOTT IVORY RAYNE NECKLACE :: This may sound strange, but I carry this baby in my purse with me everywhere when I'm not wearing it. Why, you ask? Because it's the perfect neutral necklace to throw on with anything from a tee shirt to a little black dress. I keep it with me so that I can use it for styling clients' outfits, trying on with outfits while shopping, and for throwing on if I change outfits or forget a necklace on my way out the door. It's always good to have an accessory like this on hand... you never know when you may need it!

7 | KATE SPADE COBBLE HILL WALLET :: The best basic, black wallet you'll find. It zips closed and keeps everything safe, has 12 credit card spots and multiple pouches. Not to mention it goes in any purse, year-round.

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8 | TORY BURCH THORA FLIP FLOPS :: Like many of you, I'm on my feet a lot during the day. Whether I'm in a client's closet or shopping with them, I don't sit down much. This is why I always carry my TB flip flops with me in case I need to throw them on in between {or sometimes even with!!} clients. They are dressy enough to where they don't look strange if you have to grab for them, and oh-so-comfortable. Not to mention, the perfect shade of tan

SHOP // planner 1 | planner 2 | planner 3gold notebook | dior lipstick | sunglasses | iPhone case | kendra scott wayne | kate spade wallet | tory burch flip flops

The Look For Less :: Embellished Sandals

TGIF! How 'bout kicking off the weekend with some weekend wear on today's 'The Look for Less?' 

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I have been crushing on jeweled + embellished sandals for casual summer wear, and absolutely LOVE  these Gemma sandals  {left} from Sole Society. They ring in at $64.95 -- not a bad price, but we can do better for a pair of sandals! 

 Sole Society Gemma, $64

Sole Society Gemma, $64

 Mossimo Belinda, $19.99

Mossimo Belinda, $19.99

Enter, these Mossimo Belinda embellished sandals {right} from, yep, good ole Target. They are about 1/3 of the price, ringing in at $19.99. I saw these babies on one of my weekly "quick trips" into Target and even went to another store just to find my size. You can now find them glued to my feet with everything from shorts and a tee shirt, to a maxi dress and more. They are super comfortable, the tan color goes with everything, and the best part? They don't look like they're from Target.

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Shop both //

the leopard sandal

leopardHappy Hump Day! Today we're talking a summertime must-have :: the leopard sandal. You've heard me say it before that you can absolutely use leopard as a neutral. It's true! And leopard doesn't have to be "fancy." It can be casual, understated and the perfect pop of chic. I love these simple ankle wrap-arounds by Seychelles. The best part? You don't even know you are wearing shoes, they're so comfortable!calypso-49calypso-47Pair your leopard with a simple short, your favorite maxi or sundress

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You can score myΒ Seychelles leopard sandals from Modcloth for a steal!

Here are some other fun options to satisfy your leopard craving ::

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Rebels Meg Sandal

So add some pep to your step with a leopard sandal this summer! Don't be afraid to use it as a neutral and mix with simple patterns like stripes and polka dots. A step outside your comfort zone will yield a multitude of compliments and new outfit options in your wardrobe!

beachy keen :: summer beach necessities

It's officially summer and we have been reminded of that with these sweltering {miserable!} temps in Atlanta. The kids are out of school, and that beach trip of your's may just be right around the corner! Today we're bringing you some simple beach necessities that will keep you cool, effortlessly stylish & beach-ready ::

BEACH NECESSITIES

  1. WHITE, LIGHT + AIRY BUTTONDOWN {like this one, from Anthropologie}
  2. CASUAL DENIM SHORT {like these, by Rebecca Taylor}
  3. TASSEL NECKLACE {like the Rayne necklace, by Kendra Scott}
  4. JEWELED SANDAL {like these, from JCrew}
  5. WEEKENDER BAG {like this elephant print, by Stella & Dot}
  6. STRAW HAT {like this one, from JCrew}
  7. BRIGHTENING CC CREAM by Painted Earth {I use this everyday!}
  8. THE PERFECT BEACH TOWEL {like this "Hello Sunshine" from Wayfair}

Now that you're beach-ready, all that's left to do is grab your favorite book, pack up and go!

GIVEAWAY TIME ::

What's your favorite beach read? I'd love for you to share... Comment below and you'll be entered to win my favorite Brightening CC Cream from Painted Earth! Put it on under your makeup everyday and brighten your complexion while protecting your face from the sun at the same time. Use it as your facial sunscreen at the beach and give yourself a flawless face while beaching it!

stay cool in studded sandals & laser cut heels

Happy Monday!Β Today, I'm sharing a summer favorite ::Β I am loving the studded sandals and laser cuts this season. These are edgy and chic, fashion-forward and classic. The stud or laser cut pattern adds a little something extra to an otherwise simple sandal and is a way to instantly add some pep to your step! {literally...}

I love the Julianne Hough for Sole Society Collection, and these studded block heels are no exception. If you haven't checked out Sole Society, you NEED to!

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These laser-cut heels are comfortable and perfect for dressing up and down. The best part? I scored them at Steinmart {I know, I only shop there with my mother-in-law...!} where you can sometimes stumble across some fab shoe finds. I'm listing more options below.

 

Here are some other current favorites ::

Nine West Platform Sandal, Steinmart

Coach & Four Sandal, Steinmart

Sole Society Studded Block Heel Sandal

Sole Society Studded Gladiator Sandals

Julianne Hough for Sole Society Laser Cut Heel

For all you lucky ones who are traveling to tropical destinations, cruising, or resort-ing this summer, stay tuned tomorrow for a blog post featuring nothing but :: resortwear!

Until tomorrow, stay stylish!