We are approaching the most wonderful time of the year and it is crunch time for checking off your list of gifts to buy. You can see each of my gift guides under the tab, however, I wanted to put a round up of each one below and my top 5 favorite items from each! So, without further adieu….
It is the most wonderful time of the year and everyone’s schedules are jam packed with everything from Christmas shopping to baking cookies with your grandmother to holiday parties! I always leave choosing what I am going to wear to holiday parties to the last minute because of how hectic the month of December is, so to make the process slightly easier on everyone, I have put together 7 looks for every holiday occasion! I will go through sizing, how the items run and links to everything! Enjoy!
The Sequin Business Look
I have been posted about this jacket so much lately because it has become one of my all-time favorite pieces in my closet! I am wearing a size small and the sleeves are a little bit long for me so I rolled them up and actually like it better that way! This blazer runs TTS. The jeans I am wearing run slightly big because of the stretch in them, so I am wearing a 2/26. This look would be perfect for any holiday party, whether you are headed to a work get-together or to a friends Christmas party!
For The Host / Hostess
This look is one of my favorites also because of the bomber jacket. This is such a great transitional piece between multiple different outfits making it one of my top 5 pieces for the holiday season! I am wearing a size small and would say it runs TTS or every so slightly small. The boots I am wearing are definitely an investment, but I finally decided to splurge after eyeing them for years, and let me tell you…..it is WELL worth the money. These boots will last for years to come and look great with dresses, jeans or skirts! This is the perfect outfit for hosting the best Christmas party ever.
Casual Sequin & Statement Earring
Hanging out with the family and have nothing to wear? Grab this sweater before it’s too late! With the higher neck, soft grey material and statement earrings, this outfit will keep you comfy, cute and festive for the holiday season! The sweater runs TTS and I am wearing a size 4.
Casual New Years Eve
Whether you are hanging out with friends for New Years or looking for a more sparkly top for a holiday party, this look will win every time. The high-low style and sparkles of the top make this a go-to for any occasion that have going on. The top runs TTS and I am wearing a size 4. The emerald/aqua earrings I am wearing are linked HERE and are so light weight you could wear them all day!
Festive and Classic Holiday Look
There is only one time of year that red makes an appearance in my wardrobe, and no, I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day :) During Christmas, one of my most worn colors is red because it is is festive, looks good even when you haven’t been in the sun and helps to get you in the holiday spirit! This red top is under $50 and comes in three colors, but it does run large so I sized down to the XS.
Dressier Festive Look
As I mentioned above, red is not a color I wear year-round, so when I do decide to bring it out and dust off the cobwebs, I want to make sure I do it in style. This red tank has a button up deep v back, giving it a little bit of a dressier top compared to the last one. This look is one that can be worn with a blazer over it for an office party or as it is for dinner over the holidays. The top runs slightly large as the the pants, so I would suggest to size down in both of those!
Below are more items that I absolutely love for holiday parties! All you have to do is click on the item you like and it will take you directly to the page! Please let me know if you have any other questions about sizing, looks, etc!
We are almost to the middle of the week (praise) and it seems like the temps are only dropping from here. It will finally start to actually feel like November, yay!
I took a little inspiration from one of my favorite actresses, Dianne Keaton, and have been wearing turtlenecks non-stop. It may sound strange, but even during these 70 degree days, there a quite a few of them that have kept me cool!
Because of these cooler days approaching and the holidays creeping up on us, I wanted to share some of my favorite turtlenecks under $100. We’ll start off with these two:
The white turtleneck is oversized and is breathable, making it the perfect option for fall and warmer temperatures! The black one below it is from Zara, linked HERE, and is a dressier option with the pearl buttons on the sleeves. Both of these turtlenecks can be worn in so many different ways, from dressed up to lounging around the house! My earrings are from my friends new boutique, Talley Collections, and you can shop them by clicking HERE.
While I know a lot of people are wanting the cooler temperatures to set in, get in the mood with these turtlenecks under $100 listed below!
Hello and almost weekend!
If you don’t love a good dupe, then you might as well close this browser :) I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t have millions of dollars to spend on our favorite handbags that we see famous people toting around all the time.
One of my favorite things to do is find bargains & dupes on products that I love, but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on.
I come across them so often, that I thought it would be great to share them with you, so once a month I am going to find a couple of my favorite dupes out there and share them with you :)
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a FULL believer in appreciating the finer things in life, like a good investment handbag, shoes, etc., however, I also believe in saving for those special pieces by getting a cheaper version of a bag that isn’t going to be “on trend” for more than a year or so.
These posts will be everything from shoes, handbags, clothing items, etc. but for this first post I wanted to focus on my guilty pleasure: handbags.
Below I have listed a few of my favorite handbags as well as the best dupe out there that I could find.
If there is a specific item you want me to find a dupe for, comment below with it’s name and I will tear apart the internet looking for the absolute best dupe I can find to share with y’all :)
Enjoy my love of handbags and best dupes!
Welcome, welcome! Yes, I am referencing The Hunger Games….
remember, this is a judgement free zone and I quote movies pretty much every time I talk to someone :) I am trying to get back on the bandwagon of writing blog posts, but it’s taking me some time to find something I want to write about. I spend so much time on my computer, my phone, etc. for my jobs that when it comes to finding time to write for my blog, it always get pushed to the back burner. But! I am trying to start back, so bare with me :)
For those of you who don’t know, I follow everything that relates to the Royal Family. My grandmother and I have weekly catch up calls to chat about what’s going on with them, to talk about their style, whether we think a Royal baby is in the near future, etc. So, something that I thought would be fun is to have a post 2-3 times a month featuring a couple of outfits, whether they be from Meghan or Kate, but ones that you can replicate easily and affordably!
So, without further adieu, let’s get this started!
All Things Emerald
Emerald is the color of fall, from handbags to coats, you are going to be seeing a lot more of emerald. I’m super excited about it because it’s my birth stone and also my favorite color :)
The Trench Dress
Who would have guessed that the trench trend would be back for it’s second year in a row? Especially, a trench dress. Not me, that’s for sure, but I secretly am excited because Meghan has taken a coat look and turned it into a fashion staple for women. (major applause)
Jeans & A Button Down
The classic button down with jeans look is one that I think people can wear year round. It is such a classic look that you can pair it with flip flops, booties or flats, match your handbag and be out the door looking FAB. This is personally one of my favorite looks to copy-cat on a weekly basis, so thank you Meghan, for the inspiration to look calm, cool and collected.
Let me know what you think about this new addition to Southern Tailored in the comments below and if there are any specific outfits you want to see!
Happy Monday, friends!
I hope everyone made it through the hurricane safe and sound! We have a little bit of damage to our house here in Charlotte, but nothing compared to others. I wanted to get back to sharing some fun fall & winter outfits with you since it’s been a while and also share one of the biggest fall trends: sock booties. Let’s start off with this dress above!
For those of you who don’t know, LUNA is a women’s clothing store located in Phillip’s Place, where they also have stores in Charleston, Atlanta & Bethesda. With fall weather just around the corner, I went on the hunt for the perfect fall look…. queue this amazing sweater dress.
The colors are absolutely perfect for any event that you have fall, winter, or summer. Thanksgiving? No problem, pair this dress with a pair of sock booties to keep it casual but warm. Christmas holiday party for the office? Pair it with over the knee boots. New years eve dress? Put your best foot forward and match this dress with your favorite heeled over the knee boots! Seriously though, this dress will fit any occasion that you need it to, from casual to fancy-shmancy.
Shop The Look
One of fall’s biggest trends that started last year but is really making a showing this year is sock booties. Whether they are bright red, leopard print or just plain black, you are going to see them everywhere this year.
So because of that, I’ve put together a list of my top 5 sock booties under $150! Shop my picks below!
Wow, it's been a few weeks since I've written a blog post. I feel like it has been an eternity; there has been a lot going on these past 2 months and there have been a lot of changes, some good some bad, that took me away from wanting to write. I still am not 100% back to really loving to sit down and spend time on my computer (besides work), but I wanted to sit down and write this one.
I have had people messaging me asking to write a blog post on our wedding story & about our favorite registry items (this post will come later), but since our anniversary was this past weekend so I thought it was the perfect time to tell our wedding story :)
Let's dive right into it.
If you want to skip the details, click HERE to view our wedding video.
December 3, 2016
We were on the beach in front of my beach house shooting some of my favorite clothes. The sun was going down, we were done shooting, and it was the most beautiful view. Both of my brothers and their now wives were with us, so everyone thought we should get some couple pictures! It may surprise you (maybe not), but I don't like taking a lot of pictures. It sounds crazy, but I try to get my shoots done as quickly as I possible can :)
So, after my brothers got their pictures with their then girlfriends, they kept egging me on and telling me to "just do it" to which I finally agreed. Harry is not one to be very sentimental, so as we are standing their getting our picture taken by one of my brothers, he starts talking about us and to be quite honest, I don't remember exactly what he said.
Next thing I know, he is down on one knee asking me to marry him, and I was in SUCH shock that I continued to ask him "are you serious!?". We had been together for almost 6 years so I knew, well hoped, that one day we would get married, but I had no idea that he would pop the question that day. I had always thought that my brothers would get married before me, but nothing ever really happens as we plan it, right?
Anyway, of course I said yes, and the next thing I know, my parents and Harry's family is coming out of our next door neighbors beach house (they had been inside the whole time!), and I was so surprised because his parents told me they were out of town in Virginia (this is a frequent for them, so I never thought anything about it)!
We all went out to dinner and had so much fun that night celebrating. By the end of the next day, we had our wedding date picked out, the venue & our band. Because Charleston is such a popular destination right now, you have to book everything as quickly as you can, and I already pretty much knew where I wanted it to be. Also, my mom had known for about 2 weeks so she had already called the potential venues (she knows me well) and got their openings.
Fast forward 9 months to
Thursday August 31, 2017
Harry's family is completely English (they are from London), so we knew that for those who were coming over that we wanted to entertain more than just the rehearsal dinner and the wedding since they were making a huge trip to come for our special day. Also, fun fact, rehearsal dinner's don't really exist across the pond, so the Thursday before our wedding, Harry's parents threw up the most beautiful rehearsal dinner that was an American/English theme, it was so incredibly clever how they decorated with flags from both of our countries and custom placemats. It was such a fun night, everyone loved how it was different from your typical rehearsal dinner, and I can not thank my in-laws enough!
For the last 6 years, every time I had dinner at Harry's parents which was very often, you were never allowed to sit next to your S.O., this was because it forced you to talk with everyone else at the table. So what other way to have a rehearsal dinner hosted by my in-laws then to separate each couple? It was so lovely because it helped his English family to get to know my family and vice versa. It was truly one of my favorite parts, because when it finally came time for the wedding two days later, everyone kind of new everyone :) It was so special.
The rehearsal dinner was at Marion's on East Bay Street which is such a great venue for any kind of party! It has two rooms that flow into each other and is a great central location!
Another fun fact: this date was very special to us because August 31st is our "dating anniversary" which marked 6 "official" years together!
Friday September 1st, 2017
This was another special day because it is my mother-in-laws birthday :) We had my bridesmaids luncheon around 11am that morning hosted by some of my family at High Cotton in downtown Charleston and that lasted until around 1:30pm. The bridesmaids luncheon also wasn't a typical luncheon for only the bridal party; we ended up inviting all of the girls from London as well because we wanted to really make them feel like a part of our special day since they made a huge effort to come!
After the luncheon we ran home to change for about 10 minutes then headed to the church. The rehearsal lasted about an hour and a half, then the bridal party and groomsmen headed to a bar called The Blind Tiger on Broad Street (only 2 blocks from the church) to have a drink together before the crazy night started.
After a drink at The Blind Tiger, we all headed about a mile down Broad Street to where our welcome party was being hosted by some of the MOST wonderful people you will ever meet in Charleston. They are some of my parent's best friends, and it was SO incredibly special to be able to have this because the out of town guests were able to mingle and meet each other before the big day.
September 2, 2017 - The Big Day
The big day. It's finally here. I couldn't believe it, it is crazy how fast those 9 months went by. You think that 9 months is a long time, but in reality, between parties and oh the fact that BOTH of my brothers were getting married within 4 months of me, which meant parties for them as well, it felt like those 9 months FLEW by.
I have bad anxiety and one of the ways I help to keep it at bay is to exercise, so the morning of our wedding, I woke up and went for a run. My parents thought I had lost my mind and that I needed to rest, but I just needed to get out of the house and not talk to anyone for a little while. Ha! That sounds bad, but it's just my place of "zen" (yes, eating cheeseburgers and fries is also my place of zen, but I didn't want to do that in the morning :) )
After my run it was time to eat some breakfast and start the process! All the bridesmaids were meeting at my aunt's house in downtown Charleston to get ready, so we headed that way around 11:30am.
We hung out, ate lunch, drank some mimosa's and got ready until about 3:30pm. We had SO much fun you would have thought the reception had already started! I had 10 bridesmaids, crazy, I know, but I love every single one of them and they are my people, and I couldn't imagine that day without them by my side.
Around 3:45pm we hopped in the van and headed to the church for photos. Harry and I chose not to do a first look, totally a personal decision! I am super superstitious, so we chose not to, and I wanted the first time he saw me that day to be when the big doors opened.
After photos, my grandparents came in to take photos with me and then my brothers and dad came around the corner of the church for family photos and I about lost it because this was a day I had been waiting for my whole life. My family and I are so so close, my brothers truly are my best friends in the world and my parents are the first people I go to for anything, so seeing them made me the most emotional.
I don't know about you, but I am one of those people who has seriously thought about this day since I was a little girl. I never planned every little detail, but I definitely had a vision of what I wanted and where I wanted it to be. I would get goosebumps when I saw movies with weddings in it, I would cry happy tears at friends weddings, so all around, I was that girl :)
This was a very special day because my dad's dad, who passed away a little over 2 months ago, it was his 89th birthday. I can't begin to explain how close I was with him and still am with my dads mom. For those of you who don't personally know me, anyone will tell you that my family is #1 in my life, when I go home to Charleston I spend 99% of my time hanging out with my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. We always have a family dinner when we come home (which is pretty much 2 out of every 4 weekends). My dad's entire family besides my brothers live in Charleston. So to have this last birthday with my grandfather be spent at our wedding, I couldn't think of a better way to spend it.
It was time for the ceremony.
Standing outside of the church, it's 6pm, the church bells begin ringing; it was the most beautiful sound. It meant the start of our forever, my dad and I walk in and they close the doors. Once the bagpiper makes his way down the roughly 100 foot walk to Highland Cathedral, my bridesmaids begin the trek (which my dad told them probably 100 times at the rehearsal to walk slowly, I'm sure they loved that). It was time for us to make our entrance.
I remember a lot of the ceremony, but I do this thing where I black out when big things are going on in my life, for example, I couldn't tell you what Harry said to me before he asked me to marry him. So I don't remember some of it, but I do remember how beautiful it was, I remember all of the people that were there, and I remember how special it was that all of these people were there for us.
Fast forward about 27 minutes, the ceremony is over, and it's time to boogie.
We were able to shut down the three blocks between where the church is to where the reception was, Hibernian Hall, so that all of the guests could parade behind the Charleston Gospel Singers who were singing "Oh Happy Day" while leading the pack of ~300 people to the reception.
After we finished the pictures at the church, the singers came back and got us so that we could walk with them as well.
Queue the official start to the reception. Harry and I danced to "Signed, Sealed, Delivered", then my dad and I danced, he and his mum (I'm not allowed to say mom, mother-in-laws rules ha!) danced, then we had did something completely out of the ordinary.
3 of the most important people in my life all had their birthday within 4 days of each other: my mother-in-law on August 31st, my grandfather on our wedding day, and my oldest brother turned 30 the day after our wedding, so we had the band get them out on the dance floor, give each of them a cupcake we had specifically made for this moment (we did a normal cake for everything else but had to have cupcakes for them to blow out, per my request ), and all 300 people sang them happy birthday.
After we sang them happy birthday, I had another surprise in store...I wanted a special dance with my grandfather on his birthday. I think back on this now and it makes me cry because I miss him so much. He was the most wonderful man and with our first anniversary, it was tough because of all of these special memories I had with him, but I also know that we will be together again one day so I have to hold onto that.
After all of this, we cut the cake and the dancing for everyone else started. 3 hours later, it was time for us to leave around 11pm and my godmother does an outfit change into what a limo driver would be wearing (I had no idea this was going to happen), and she drove us around all of downtown after we departed honking the horn making sure we stood out like a sore thumb
: ' ) It was absolutely hilarious!
We didn't leave for our honeymoon until Monday because I wanted some time to spend with my brother on his 30th birthday and with Harry's family in town from London, so we stayed in Charleston until about 6pm Sunday night then headed back to Charlotte to leave for our honeymoon in Hawaii (I'll have a post on that later).
I can't thank everyone enough who was a part of our special day, it could not have been more perfect. It's hard to summarize such an action packed long weekend, but I tried to cover as much as possible.
You can watch our wedding video HERE, and that will give you more insight into what our wedding day looked like :)
PS- if you are still reading, you are the real MVP.
Click HERE to view our wedding video by Adam Siegel Films.
Also, our wedding would not have been as beautiful as it was without the help of our friend & wedding planner Stacey, from RLE Charleston.
Hello & Happy Wednesday!
It's been a few weeks since I've posted a real blog post. We lost my grandfather unexpectedly and my best friends mom lost her 12 year battle to cancer, all in a span of 2 weeks. While I can't describe how I've felt quite yet, I can say that through all of the sadness we celebrated how many wonderful years we got with both of them.
To start back on the blog post train, I couldn't think of a better company to talk about than Maggy London. I've been a buyer of Maggy London dresses for many, many years now, and when I was approached to work with them, my heart about stopped because I was so excited!
Don't you love when you just "click" with someone, or something, and in this case, a brand? Maggy London has tons of different styles of dresses, featuring everything from casual dresses to wear to the farmer's market to wedding guest dresses!
In this post, I'm going to share with you two of their dresses that were gifted to me, along with my size and links to everything in the pictures!
Let's start off with the....
This dress is perfect for any "dressier" occasion, whether it be attending a wedding or cocktail attire party! I am wearing a size 4, it fits everywhere except the chest area, but I am pretty small chested so that seems to be the story of my life :) Click HERE to shop the dress
While the name of this dress is the "maxi", it definitely fits more like a midi-maxi. I am 5'8 and the dress goes down to about my shins. Now, with that being said, this is one of my favorite dresses of all times. I LOVE the length of it because your shoes pop out slightly, which gives me a good reason to wear cute one :) My favorite part about this dress is that you don't have to wear a bra with it! I wore this around all day, to the grocery store, farmers market, all around Charlotte and never got uncomfortable in it! Click HERE to shop this dress! Also, I'm wearing a size 4.
If you look through all of Maggy London's website, you are bound to find many styles that fit your taste. They cater to almost every woman and the dresses are so flattering! If you have any questions, please comment below!
Today's post is going to be relatively short compared to previous posts, but this is also one I couldn't wait to share with y'all. I have been doing some thinking about what I want to share with y'all and the best way to go about doing that. One of the main things I realized after talking with a couple of friends is that y'all like to see good quality items for good prices.
That led me to want to start having a weekly blog post & tab on my blog that has all of my favorite items of the week for Under $100! I will send them out as blog posts first, but there will also be a section in the header called "Under $100" with a drop down menu of the week and you can just click on the week you want to view and there you will see all of my favorite items of that week that are Under $100.
Being an "influencer" or "blogger", I am constantly looking at what stores have new items, going into said stores and trying them on, then reporting back to you what I liked and what I didn't like. Because of this, I and many others like me, are pretty well versed in what stores have just gotten in and different trends that are going on at the time.
With all of this coming into play, I thought the best way to go about sharing my favorites of the week would be through an under $100 section. This section will be put up on Monday's and updated throughout the week, so be sure to check back!
So for my first outfit full of Under $100 items, let me introduce to you.....
I hope you all are excited about this new addition to S.T. & enjoy the awesome products that are being featured. There will be everything from skin care to jewelry and everything in between. You can shop this week's Under $100 series by clicking HERE or shop below!
Good Morning, friends!
My whole life I have always loved being in shape, making new goals & challenging myself to do things I never thought I would be able to. One of my goals for 2018 was to run a half marathon. Now for those of you who don't know me, I hurt my back playing college volleyball and will have problems for the rest of my life, which I have accepted and am grateful that this is my biggest problem as I know many others are suffering much, much worse. However, due to this back issue, it has spread to my hips/knees/etc, you get the point. Because of this, I have had to stay very in-tune with my body and not push myself too hard, but for some reason, I am determined to run a half marathon!
Maybe I want to so badly because it's the "forbidden fruit" or "you always want what you can't have", who knows, but I have set this goal and I am not going to give up on it! I have purchased a training guide that comes with meal plans (to make sure you're eating enough/the right things) as well as a guide to keep your body healthy and injury free!
Along with this, I was determined to set out and find the best running socks that keep your feet dry, cool, and blister free. Ask and you shall receive, they say, & that is exactly what happened. Enter: Balega.
These cute, bright socks will be the only socks you ever buy for yourself or that special someone. My mom used to buy my socks at costco because you could get a pack of 6 pairs for maybe $20, however, they quickly lost their elasticity or would slip off my heel mid-run.
The "Balega Socks Difference", as they call it, truly does make a difference in your run. These perfectly designed contoured fit seamless socks help to keep the blisters away. With up to 30% more stitches in each pair you get a deep heal pocket that ensures no slipping off the back. With moisture being one of the other main causes of blisters, the ventilation panels designed for these socks helps to keep your feet dry!
After trying out a couple of different brands, I kept coming back to the Balega's. Whether it is for long runs training for the half marathon or heading to my next kickboxing class, I now have about 8 pair of these socks and they are the only ones I will wear!
I'm linking my favorites below, but you can also click HERE to learn more about these socks! I will be doing a post coming soon about shoes to keep your feet and legs strong/happy throughout the training process, so stay tuned!