Early Access Ends Today :: Jump on more Nordstrom Sale Favorites

TGIT! Early access for the Nordstrom Sale ends TODAY, y'all! I'm sharing more favorites, so jump on them because they certainly won't last long after the sale opens to everyone. Once again I'm wishing summer away and ready to pull on my boots scarves, leggings and more for fall. I probably shouldn't be so hasty as it's only mid-July {wahh!} Okay, enough chit chat. Here we go...


Here are a few snaps of me wearing some of these faves and others from my first N Sale Favorites post

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nordstrom sale sam edelman
nordstrom sale hudson jeans



Winter-Weight Plaid

Plaid shirts have always been a favorite of mine, but it can be hard to find ones that are heavy enough to keep you warm in these colder months that aren't bulky or masculine. So, I set out to find a feminine + flattering winter-weight flannel and found a few favorites at JCrew {like THIS one}.


I love the colors in this shirt; blues, green & burnt orange brighten things up a bit rather than sticking with darker tones for winter.

To make flannel more feminine, add a statement necklace with crystals or another sort of 'blingy' gemstone or material. I love this Jcrew Factory Crystal Petal Clusters necklace because it's neutral but dressy {and it's on sale!}

Flannel is perfect with cords, a skirt or your favorite pair of jeans. Pair it with a scarf or poncho with it to keep you extra warm and stylish. It's a laid-back, classic look that's comfy + cozy!

pattern on pattern

Happy Tuesday! Fall is coming, so make sure you address your wardrobe in time! Book your consult today by emailing courtney@lifestyledatlanta.com; whether you need a wardrobe overhaul, or an hour of outfit inspiration. Today we're talking pattern mixing :: it's not only allowed, but encouraged in your wardrobe! You just have to know how to do it right. There are a few rules when it comes to pattern on pattern ::

  1. Make sure one of your patterns is more subtle than the other. Two ultra-bold patterns will make your look a little loud and messy
  2. Stripes and leopard ALWAYS  work. If you're uneasy about mixing your patterns and don't quite know what looks good, you can never go wrong with a simple black + white stripe with a leopard or cheetah print
  3. Be careful with florals. Florals can be great with other patterns, but be careful. A bigger floral pattern will compliment another pattern better than a tiny floral with lots of colors.

Okay, we all know I have a slight MAJOR obsession with leopard. But I'm not ashamed! Leopard is a neutral as far as I'm concerned, and it is the perfect pattern mixer because of that. Here's some inspiration for you ::





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So don't be afraid to try some pattern mixing, especially this fall! It's the perfect time to maximize your wardrobe and use your pieces in new and versatile ways. Pattern mixing allows you to do just that!

Get my favorite leopard clutch HERE


6 Must-Haves for Fall


Happy Wednesday! I hope you've missed me as much as I've missed you all... It has been a whirlwind few weeks as we've ::

  • bought a house
  • gutted the house {by ourselves is the key word... and I wouldn't recommend it for those of you who don't enjoy manual labor}
  • finished renovations
  • moved in
  • got a brand new puppy

Does that get me off the hook for my lack of blogging? I hope you will forgive me. I'm settled in and back in action! September is here and this morning I felt the slightest crisp in the air and got so excited for the fall season. It's definitely my favorite time of year not only because of the crisp temps, beautiful leaves and pumpkin spice lattes, but because of the FASHION. Fall fashion is by far the most effortless, and in my opinion, flattering. Today I'm telling you about 6 things you must have in your closet as the fall weather approaches ::

  1. Lightweight Scarves...The perfect accessory for a chillier day or an evening out. Simply throw on the scarf and let it hang without tying it, or circle it around your neck to use it in place of a necklace as your main accessory. Think of a lightweight, fun scarf as the cherry on top of your ice cream sundae.

    Morroccan Pom Pom scarf

    Leopard/Heart Scarf

  2. Riding Boots / Booties...Need I say more? Fall is all about boots in my opinion. They are chic and stylish yet easy to throw on. They give a polished look to an outfit that's as simple as leggings or skinny jeans or as dressy as a dress and tights. Try a bootie with a block heel.

    Tory Burch 'Simone' Riding Boot

    Kelsi Dagger Bootie, Nordstrom

  3. Pixie Pants...I live in pixie pants during the fall and winter. They are basically a thicker, more sleek version of leggings with seams that run vertically down the pant and a zipper in the back. Who doesn't wish they could wear leggings all day, every day and it be socially acceptable? Now you can...if those 'leggings' happen to be pixie pants. They come in multiple colors so you can play around with your pixies.

    J.Crew Pixie Pant

  4. Ballet Flat...Ballet flats are essential for fall. Try a leopard or a fun color and add a little extra something to your t-shirt and jeans ensemble. These leopard Steve Madden flats have become my go-to; the main reason being they are lined with a SUPER soft material and you feel as if you're wearing slippers all day! Yes, please.

    Steve Madden Elusion Flat

    By far my new favorite flats!

  5. Patterned Blouses...My go-to outfit in the fall is my pixie pants and a flowy top. I accessorize with jewelry, scarves, belts and layering pieces but these are my foundation. If you're not too budget-conscious, you can find amazingly unique and fun tops at Anthropologie. If you're really trying to watch your wallet, try places like Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Old Navy and Marshall's. You'll be amazed at what you can find!

    Anthropologie Kennedia Henley Blouse

    Anvie Peasant Blouse

    Old Navy Bow Pattern Blouse

  6. Vest for Layering...My military vest has seemed to stay with me year-round. From maxis in the summer, to blouses in the summer-fall transition, to layering over blouses and cardigans in the cooler months, this olive green vest is the perfect layering piece for your fall needs, and the perfect neutral for the other colors in your wardrobe.

    Ambition Military Vest, Nordstrom

    Layer over a maxi while the temps are still warm, or over a cardigan this fall!

    ...or over a cardi this fall

    So start prepping your closets for the fall season... It will be here before you know it!

spotlight on :: calypso st. barth


Happy Wednesday, style lovers! Today is my Friday  and my hubby and I are flying down to the beach for some much-needed R&R this Fourth of July weekend. So today I'm bringing you some of my favorite looks from the beachy Calypso St. Barth. This line is ritzy  + unique + dreamy. It comes with a bit of a heftier price tag, but brings you lots of looks that you won't find elsewhere.

  • the silk dress

calypso-3calypso-8This bright teal silk dress is so light and airy; perfect for both day and night. It has the most intricate stitchings around the neckline in bright golds, pinks and blues to compliment.

Jenina Embroidered Silk Dress

  •  the morrocan maxi

calypso-35calypso-32calypso-33Y'all... this dress is everything. The pattern, the colors and the detailing are nothing short of fabulous. Perfect for dressing up and down, summer outings and taking into the fall with a jacket.

Farica Embroidered Cotton Maxi

  • casual stretch pant calypso-20I've always been a little iffy about this type of pants. I still won't say they are my go-to for flattery purposes, but man are they comfortable!! I would throw these babies on around the house or to run some errands. So lightweight and already pre-wrinkled for you moms. **A post on this cute tassel necklace coming up tomorrow!**Hudesa Stretch Silk Pant

Vella Stripe Linen Jersey Tank

  • the metallic tee

calypso-26calypso-28This has to be one of my favorite pieces. I love everything gold and metallic, and this simple tee is no exception. Easy for throwing on, layering and dressing up. Not to mention the perfect amount of metallic. Not too flashy, not too soft.

Anary Metallic Tee

  • the embellished teecalypso-41calypso-42This light peachy linen tee has gold sequins. Need I say more?Caprina Sequined Linen Tee

 And for all you Atlantans, be sure to check out Calypso St. Barth and their dreamy store at Westside Provisions District. We'll be back in a few days to kick off a new blog series, "Made in America," where I'll feature some of my favorite locally made products & companies. Wishing you a Happy Fourth of July and God Bless the U.S.A!

how to :: make your casual summer look chic

Happy Monday and a happy short work week to those of you who have Friday off! Today we're going back to the basics and talking about your casual summer wardrobe. For many of you, comfort is key; whether you are a mom running and playing with your kids, or are in a professional setting and can't wait to throw on those comfy clothes at the end of your work week! How do you make a plain ole' t-shirt and shorts look chic + put together? Today we're talking how to make your casual look chic ::

  • The half-tuck :: Rather than leaving your tee shirt hanging over your shorts, accentuate your waist-line and polish up your look. Tuck the front half of your tee into your shorts, and then pull down around the sides and back. This gives a more put-together look, without the constant adjustment and sometimes discomfort of a full tuck all the way around. Pick a short that's breathable and fun, like these navy crochet trim linen shorts from LOFT.

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  • Patterns + sleeves :: Try a fun patterned tee that is still comfortable and breathable.  Experiment with a cap sleeve or a tank,  rather than your basic sleeve. You can do the same with necklines. How about this LOFT floral tee?

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  • Accessorize! :: Accessories are the finishing touch. NO outfit is complete without at least some minimal accessorizing. And since it's summer, try something fun! Add a bright warm color to a cool-toned outfit, or vice versa. My summer go-to accessory? These neon pink Kendra Scott 'Danielle' earrings. They are bright, bold and FABULOUS.

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  • Dress it up from day to night :: I'm all about an outfit being versatile enough to go from day into night. During the day, pair with a flat sandal or a flip flop. Then take your look into nighttime by switching to a wedge and amping up your accessories. Add a white jean jacket for those cool nights, like this one from GAP.

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Other accessories pictured ::

Kendra Scott Cassie Bracelet in white

Kendra Scott Jordan Bangle Bracelets in gold

Vince Camuto Rose Gold Watch

So amp up your casual tee + shorts look this summer. It doesn't have to look thrown on and tired. Use these tips to keep your casual comfort while looking chic and put-together!