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).

Happy shopping!

 

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bag by Kate Spade – jeans by Hudson Jeans – shoes by Jessica Simpson – earrings by DressUp Boutique – top by fab’rik 

 

Photos by KVC Photography

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I was not always a fan of Rosé, but it’s dramatically grown in popularity over the past few years and now it’s more of a #basic Summer beverage that anything.  Sometimes overly sweet for my taste, but then when you find that perfectly balanced, sparkling pink libation, it’s perfect for toasting to a beautiful Summer night.

Here I am doing just that, while wearing one of my absolute favorite finds this Summer… An off the shoulder floral-lace and gingham dress from Revolve.  That’s right, floral, lace and gingham… how cliche for a Southern girl, amirite?  I actually bought this little number to wear to a specific restaurant in Athens, Greece this Summer, but fate had another story in mind.  So I wore it out one Saturday evening to 8Arm, and then frolicking around the Old Fourth Ward.  No fancy occasion, but who needs an excuse to wear this dress, or any dress for that matter?   I certainly don’t.

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You can find this dress for $95 here.

photos by KVC Photography

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I like to have a go-to Summer jacket for evenings out and this light satin bomber from Fab’rik boutique is just perfect.  The print is a pretty, Summery floral on white, with a sparkly gold striped trim.  Coupled with glittery, gold striped espadrilles, this is the kind of look that can take you from a casual day of shopping (at Paris on Ponce), to dinner without skipping a beat.

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Paris on Ponce is a quirky antique shop located on the corner of Ponce De Leon Ave and Ponce Place.   The Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail runs behind the store where travelers are invited to roam the 30+ unique shops/booths, or just stop by for water and to use the restrooms.  Here you can shop for an array of gifts and oddities including art, antiques, cool letterpress cards, records, clothing, and even tarot readings.  They close at 6pm, so head there early and get lost in the possibilities.

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photos by KVC Photography 

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Jaemor Farms is a locally owned 500 acre property, located in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.  Here, you will find fresh grown produce, local cheeses and honey, and Jaemor Farms original homemade baked goods (baked pie, fried pie, cakes, breads), sauces, pickles, jams, jellies, ciders, ice cream and boiled peanuts.

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Harvesting crops on this land has been a family tradition for more than 105 years.  Today, members of the Echols family work in the fields, bakery, and market.

Saturday, August 5th, they hosted the annual Peach Festival.  Attendees were invited to pick their own peaches for $30 per half bushel.

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I am dressed head to toe in J.Crew.  I found this Summer’s collection to be perfect for the outdoors and easily dressed up or down (picking peaches on a farm or dinner al fresco in the city) with the addition of jewelry and wedge heels.

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Jaemor Farms honey is delicious specifically because the pollen that is gathered by their bees to produce the honey is from a combination of peachappleblackberrystrawberry and varieties of squash plants.

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Shelly (with Jaemor Farms) helped us navigate the orchard and find the best peaches, ready to pick.

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After picking our peaches, we headed to the market for peach ice-cream and a variety of other peachy delights.

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Among the smorgasbord of peachy varieties, they offer many more beverages, baked goods, sauces, and jams, all featuring fresh local ingredients.  I picked up some Vidalia Onion BBQ sauce, a jar of artichoke spread, and of course some hot boiled peanuts.  The entire market smelled sweet of the peach and cinnamon pecan bread.

Look to their website for events this Fall including “Date Night”, pumpkin patch and corn maze.

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Here are 10 of my favorite fashion and beauty items this Summer.  I know, we’re already half way through July, but MOST of these pieces are now on SALE, so I’m glad that I waited to post this!  Links to all sales below… And perfect if you still have a vacation coming up, or don’t want to give up on Summer so quickly, as I see Hobby Lobby has with their damn Christmas decorations.

1. The ever in style fedora.  This one is light straw, perfect for the hot weather and still stylish enough to not require a beach/poolside setting.  I found this particular one at JCrew currently on sale for $14.50!!  This is NOT to replace the big floppy sun hats we all love, but to mix it up and add a bit of edge..

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2. Which brings me to #2… sun hats are very hot this year in the fashion world – floppy, fringe, ones with pom poms, or “slogan hats”, such as this “dear summer” hat I wore recently in Santorini.  I found this at World Market for only $29.99!

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3. Ruffled off-the-shoulder dresses.  This dress from Revolve is on sale for $59!  And there are so many more like this to choose from!
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4. WHITE.  white shorts, white jeans, white tops…  These angled raw hem white jeans are part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale right now for $38.90!

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5. Statement sunglasses.  These round Gucci sunglasses are 63% off at Nordstrom Rack, making them only $119.97!  Say what?!

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6. The cult classic NARS blush “Super Orgasm” (by the way, NARS has created an entire Orgasm collection for Summer that includes a blush, satin lipstick, lip gloss and illuminator).  “Super Orgasm” is the same shade as the original “Orgasm”, but with gold glitter.  Glitter makes everything better.  This will probably never go on sale, but worthy of my list, none the less.  $30 at Sephora

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7. Mac Amplified lipstick, which produces a creamy high shine finish, in the shade “Impassioned”.  This is a prefect Summer shade, kind of like watermelon.  I am obsessed.  When Delta lost our luggage on our trip to Greece, the first thing I bought was a lipstick from the airport Mac store- which is where I discovered this glorious shade of Summer!

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8. One-piece swimsuits are back.  I’ve been on strike since the age of 10, but I bought this adorable one-piece white swimsuit this year.  I was surprised to find it at Forever 21 and it was less than $30!  Unfortunately, it is now sold out, but this one is almost identical and comes in black for $38.

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9. Florals.  This peach dress with magnolias is not on sale right now, but still only $44.99 at DressUp Boutique.  However, Marshalls and TJ Maxx have several floral dresses, rompers, and tops for super low prices right now… you just have to be willing to hunt.  The black and white sundress that I am wearing in the image up top also came from DressUp Boutique and was on sale for only $25!  Look for “final sale items” on the rack in the back of the store… this includes items with a flaw (this one was missing a button), or items that are last of it’s kind in the store.  The discounts are huge.

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10. Statement necklaces… these can be paired with a cocktail dress or a simple white tee, jeans, and strappy shoes.  I shop for these at Stella & Dot, Kate SpadeJCrew and Baublebar.  Baublebar always seems to be having a sale.  I LOVE this Nomad necklace from Stella and Dot.  It is currently on sale for $83.85.

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And this is more of a layering necklace than a statement necklace, but I just picked up this tiered Y necklace at the #Nsale (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) for only $23.90!

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In my opinion, Summer has just begun.  Happy shopping!

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