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There is No Place Camo is Not Welcome this Fall + 3 Ways to Wear Camo

If you have followed SMIJ for even 5 minutes, you know I  L O V E  C A M O!  I don’t know why, but I jumped on this trend early and have been fully committed to it ever since.  The trend seems to just be gaining steam after a few years and that makes me very happy.  Pretty much every year we introduce a new camo SMIJ tee, too.  I am very excited about this year’s “Tailgate Y’all” which will be available for the first time this Friday at Henry & Pearl.  Camo is showing up in workout gear, bathing suits, tees, coats, shoes, bags and the list goes on.  My personal favorite camo pieces are jackets, jeans or tees.  If you are just getting on board the camo trend, you may wonder how to wear it.  Here are a few of my ideas.

  1.  Keep is casual and use camo as a neutral.  Instead of jeans or khakis, throw on a pair of camo skinnies and top them with a graphic tee and wear booties or sneakers.
  2. Camo dresses are a personal fave.  I love to toss a little gold or chunky necklace over a camo tee dress.  I keep it simple with a neutral wedge or a retro sneaker.
  3. Don’t wear two camo pieces at once.  I probably don’t need to say this, but… just in case you were wondering.  Unless you are actually going hunting, one camo piece per outfit is perfect.

OK, time to have some fun!  Below are 46+ camo pieces currently available.  There will be something you love.  I’ve included some high-end designers’ takes on camo, too.  Click on any link to get more details or shop the pieces.  Have fun and join me in my camo obsession.


Transition to Fall in Style with Henry & Pearl

I popped into Henry & Pearl this past weekend and fell in love with the early Fall styles I saw. I left with the cutest pair of camo pants that I’ll share soon. I plan to wear them to our Tailgate Trunk Show on Friday and I’ll try to get a few pictures then. The weather even seems to be cooperating with our desire to wear these new styles so there is really nothing stopping us now. Here are a few SMIJ Picks from my Saturday of shopping.
First of all, this dress is lightweight, but has a Fall print and the sleeve length is as in between as the seasons. A great transition choice.


Then, I love blue year round and this dress with the pops of orange and the longer sleeve length gives off s nice Fall vibe, but won’t make you hot. You can transition it nicely with OTK boots and a fun vest as the weather cools, too.

Orange is my absolute favorite late Summer/early Fall color and this on-trend jumper look hits the mark for Fall 2017 perfectly.


And, for true comfort in a great color, you can’t go wrong with True Grit. This looks so cozy and the color is so creamy and nice. This one is a must-have for me.


And, of course, the Z Supply rack is loaded with great Fall choices to keep you cozy every day.


If you are like me, this weather and upcoming football weekends, festivals and other Fall fun get you in the shopping mood. H&P will not disappoint.

Share a Meal, Share Your Life

You may have seen that SMIJ is introducing aprons to our line of SMIJ Tees, Resort Cover-Ups and Beach Shorts.  Why aprons?  First of all, I love them and I love fabric and the two just go together so nicely.

But, there is a deeper reason, I guess.  I feel like the things we create support the life we love.  Football games, family beach time, our local communities and each other.  We create things that connect people.   Our zip code tees are a huge example of that.  I have the most fun with the conversations my zip code tees start when I’m in the zip code and when I’m not.  They always connect me.  I wore a 32459 zip code tee in Seaside, FL and 8 people stopped to talk with me about my tee which led into conversations about the area and we connected over a love for 30a.  I also learned about restaurants and artists and places that they love.  So, I made some connections and learned about places I could enjoy with my family.  This is just a recent experience, but it happens all the time.

So, back to the aprons.  After the summer is over, I am missing my community and friends.  We’ve all been all over the place in the summer and once we’re all back home I get excited to see them at tennis, football games and out and about.  It also makes me start thinking about sharing meals with them.  I show my love for people by cooking for them and that means… apron time!  Since I love fashion, I believe I should have cute aprons that are actually an outfit or at least not something that takes away from your outfit.  So, on a very shallow level, these aprons are a fun way to look cute while preparing a meal.  They also create an outfit change during your get-together like you’re hosting the CMAs for something.  I mean, two outfits in one night?!?!  That’s good stuff.

Seriously, though… on a deeper level, they represent connecting.  There’s a lot going on in this crazy world and we gotta stick together.  Sharing an evening and a meal is one of the great joys in life. I love doing it.  These aprons celebrate this fellowship and I’m so excited to bring them to my community.  I hope you’ll create a lot of memories, strengthen friendships and cling more tightly to each other while wearing a SMIJ apron this Fall.

SMIJ Favorite Brand – Rails

Sometimes I browse by store and often by brand.  I have a few brands that I think consistently come out with great styles and it’s fun to see what they come up with season after season.  Rails is one of those brands.  Lately, I’ve been seeing this brand pop up in some of my favorite stores, too.  Anthropologie, Free People and South Moon Under to name a few.  I was shopping with a friend the other day when she got this circled one:

Rails

It looks great on her!  She did it over a tank, wearing it like a jacket, with cropped boot cut jeans.  Great look.  Browse the latest Rails below.  I’ve pulled together my favorites from their current line.

Embroidered Fall

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Back to the subject at hand – Embroidery and Fall.

There are a lot of details this Fall, giving our old standards a little bit of a 2017 moment.  Released hem, uneven or really frayed jeans.  Sleeves come in all shapes and sizes from ruffles to bells to more ruffles. And, now, it seems everyone is adding some embroidery to EVERYTHING.  Jackets, jeans, dresses, kimonos and so on.  I’ve linked some of my favorite brands and designers below so you can shop how they are doing this trend.  I’m really loving everything from Rails and Free People especially.  Also, I’ve linked high-end brands to less expensive.  This may not want to be a trend that you make a major investment into, but you can still have a little fun this year. Grab a cup of coffee and click away. (see below)

 


Game Day is Going, Going, Going…

Short sleeve Football and Game Day tees are now in store. Shop all these styles at Henry & Pearl in Milton, GA and shop the green ones at Serendipity in Historic Roswell, GA. I’m not re-stocking short sleeve so go grab a tee before they are gone, gone, gone… 

Now, that doesn’t mean we’re done! Long sleeve will be available September 1st at our Tailgate Trunk Show from 11am-1pm at Henry & Pearl. We’ll have your colors for high school, college and several that will work no matter your allegiance. Stop by and see me next Friday! In the meantime, grab your short sleeve ones for this weekend. Go Team! Rah Rah Ree! 

It’s all About the Cut

I love a good t-shirt dress.  Kinda makes sense since I love tees. This muscle tank dress from Current/Elliott is cut very cute. It comes to just above the knee with just enough shape to not look like you’re wearing an oversized tee. It’s a great cut. It comes in a few cute prints,too. Of course, the camo caught my eye. I also love the baby blue with stars for year-round fun. Both of these transition nicely into Fall with an over shirt or denim jacket and some cute sneakers. And, don’t even get me started on Game Day. Treat camo as a neutral and add your Game Day colors in hats, accessories and shoes. Stand-out cute! 

Oh! Did I mention it comes in pink camo? So fun!

{Click on any picture to shop them.}


Perfect Transition Dress


Well, the last thing I need is another denim dress, but this one… it was very different from anything i have or have seen. {Click on picture above or see it here.}  It’s is very flattering and medium weight fabric. The sleeves hit right above the elbow. The color is amazing. It’s one of those dresses that will hold up over time in terms of quality and style. I love it for Aug-Ocelt because you can change it with the seasons. For hot August I did wedges and minimal accessories. For September, I can even turn it into a Game Day look with a hat and sneakers. What I’m most excited about is wearing this for a Fall with boots and a scarf. I’ll have this one on repeat for the next few months, for sure.