As if one would need a reason to buy anything in lace… Lace is a timeless material, classy and chic. In my opinion, it never went out of style (and never will). But lace is definitely “in” right now and a staple that you should add to your closet. I’ve always loved tulle, sequins, sparkles, and lace. It’s just a girly-girl type of material and I can never get enough of any of it. I love this top in particular because it can easily be dressed up or down. I have tucked it into a pencil skirt to wear to the office, and I’ve dressed it down, like you see here. I paired this ivory top from fab’rik boutique (currently unavailable online, but similar style here) with jeans and nude pumps for a day of shopping and it was comfortable, not too “dressy”, yet still chic. No, I did NOT hit the stores for Black Friday shopping. However, I did venture out on Saturday and Sunday to a couple of home stores for holiday decor. The crowds were still awful. Stay tuned for some glam decorating ideas for the holidays. This top, by the way, would be perfect for a Christmas party. I would wear it with a bold red lip (I love the classic MAC Red) and either a black skirt or black moto leggings from Spanx (also available at fab’rik).
bag by Kate Spade – jeans by Hudson Jeans – shoes by Jessica Simpson – earrings by DressUp Boutique – top by fab’rik
Photos by KVC Photography
Atlanta weather was overcast and chilly this weekend. I was finally able to pull out some cozy sweaters and scarves. It’s a romantic type of chill. It makes you want to drink hot cider by the fire. I actually have a few friends who blamed the weather on the fact that they’ve already began decorating for Christmas. Fall fashion, in my opinion, is the most fun to put together. Something as simple as a knitted sweater can be glamorous with the right accessories and details. I bought this white sweater (available in yellow here) at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale back in July. I fell in love with the back and knew that I could do something special with it… and it was less than $50! Not familiar with the #Nsale? Each Summer, Nordstorm hosts a sale that lasts a few weeks, card holders have early access (which is awesome because many items sell out fast). These are all new pieces from the Fall collections, available for a discounted price during the first few weeks of their release (kind of backwards, right?). It is awesome. This crossover cz ring in rose gold (see below) was another #Nsale find, and is still available here. I went nuts.
The crisscross back and long flared sleeves make this otherwise simple, oversized sweater something unique. I added a crochet front bralette from Victoria’s Secret, a grey wool hat with felt flower applique, which I found at Target many years ago, but here it is on eBay for $12.99, and pointed toe “ginger booties” by Nicole Miller (available here via Poshmark). So, look for an ordinary piece and add to it… a classic Fall staple can become something special.
purple/gray druzy cuff came from a local jeweler (similar styles here); gold chain from Woo Skincare + Cosmetics (not available online but they often cary a small collection of accessories in addition to their designer cosmetics and skincare products.
earrings by Loft (40% off right now… doh!)
pointed toe “ginger booties” by Nicole Miller (available here via Poshmark)
photography by Paprika Southern Studios
Are you one of those people who rotate their wardrobe based on season? It’s smart, allows for more space, and you most likely won’t be using that angora sweater in Summer, right? It does make sense but I do not follow this practice. Carrie Bradshaw said it best when referring to her wardrobe, “I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet”. Me too! And now, thanks to Spanx Arm Tights, your sleeveless tops and dresses become go-to pieces for Fall and Winter, so seasons can overlap. This is exactly what it sounds like, tights for your arms. They are thin and seamless, so you can pair them with the most fitted top or dress without feeling like your layering something under it. And they come in a wide array of beautiful colors!
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for the sale racks, holding “last of” items at boutiques such as fab’rik. I was at my local fab’rik boutique just a couple weeks ago and found this great tunic (this can also be worn as a dress, by the way). I paired it with these brandywine colored arm tights and I love it! You can order arm tights via the Spanx website for a mere $30 per pair, or look for them soon, along with some amazing Spanx leggings at your local fab’rik boutique. So hit up the sale racks and find something left from Summer that can be easily transformed for a completely different look.
The below images were shot in one of my absolute favorite cities, Savannah, Ga. Shout out to Paprika Southern Studios for capturing these great images in the historic district, just as the air was getting crisp and Fall was beginning to creep in. More from Savannah coming soon!
faux suede leggings by Express (similar style by H&M here) – shoes by Jessica Simpson via DSW – heart key pendant necklace by Tiffany & Co. – earrings from a sidewalk vendor in San Francisco’s Mission District
A trendy boutique located in the heart of Inman Park, Bill Hallman brings inspiring mens and womens clothing to Atlanta (for over 25 years), custom designed by Bill himself.
He describes his aesthetic as “60’s and 70’s inspired glamour with a modern timeless twist, allowing my clients to dress up for evening events or integrate into work and day wear.” He really does provide a wide range of styles appropriate for any occasion – from day time casual, to the office, to the red carpet. Don’t see your size? They will custom make something for you.
I attended his Fall/Winter launch party last weekend. Models walked throughout the store showcasing the new designs, many of which consisted of velvet, fringe, and long, kimono style sleeves. I asked Bill what his favorite trend was in fashion right now. He said, “I cannot get enough of the color gold.” Me neither, Bill. Me neither.
On our way out of NY, we stopped at Grand Central Station. Grand Central is showcased in more movies that you can imagine, everything from romance to horror. This New York icon is more than a train station, it is also a shopping and dining destination. I love train stations and this is the mother of all. Is it the history? The hustle and bustle of people coming and going? Or simply the grandeur that is Grand Central Station? Whatever it may be, I love it. I have some “grand” ideas for a photoshoot here one day…
After visiting Grand Central, we had brunch at another NY icon, The Boathouse, located in Central Park and quite possibly the most popular brunch spot in all of the city. You can sit on the patio and sip champagne while watching people row by on the lake. It’s literally a picnic in the park, yet you’re surrounded by some of the largest skyscrapers in the world. Another longtime favorite of mine…
Brunch in the park, Grand Central Station, a walk through Manhattan, and a late flight back to Atlanta… I needed something comfortable yet stylish, after all it was Fashion Week. This boho inspired look is perfect this Fall. I found this sheer dress at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, it is currently sold out but I did find it available here ,via Amazon. The hat, I bought a couple of years ago at World Market, but here is a very similar one. The booties are by Fergie, available at DSW. And the color block mini bag is by Kate Spade, shown here in the color, punch. This choker with long, gold tassels is from DressUp Boutique, similar style here. And to top it off, I am wearing Diva matte lipstick by MAC. As the weather gets cooler, I’ll add a long, oversized sweater and switch out the booties for knee high boots… Come on, Fall! I’m ready.
photography by KVC Photography