Fashion Blogger Find: Great Early Fall Dress(es)

I like to follow fashion bloggers. Some I follow are very similar to my style and some are quite different. By seeing the way they put outfits together I discover great brands that fit my style and get challenged to move outside my comfort zone now and then. One of the fashion influencers I follow is Loverly Gray. She is super cute, local and humble and helpful in her InstaStories and posts. She posted this dress a few weeks ago and I just loved it for several reasons. It comes in several colors, it’s a great price point, its embroidery detail is on-trend and it’s a nice transition weight and style. I wore it yesterday for church and brunch and it handled an early Fall Sunday that was in the hot mid-80s like a champ. Check out her fashion blog for all the details on this dress. 

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Game Day Bling

Some games, especially those Saturday night games, it’s fun to dress up your Game Day.  One way to do this is to bling up a fun graphic tee.  I like to add a skirt, a comfortable pair of wedges and fun jewelry.  Pile on the bling for a fun way to add your team colors or make your tee pop.  Below are over 40 great pieces I found that could work for your team!  Click on any picture to see the entire list.  Happy Weekend, Y’all!

It Is All About the Sleeves This Fall

Bell, Fluted, Lace, Lace-Up, Tiered, Ruffled, Bowed, Layered, Eyelet, Tipped, Split and Tied are just a few of the sleeve-styles I’m loving for Fall.  I love how designers are taking traditional styles and giving them some interest, an edge or a feminine touch.  I’ve linked up to about 20 from Nordstrom that are so pretty and would work with denim or skirts.  I’m going to play around with styling a few in the coming weeks and we’ll see what I come up with. One thing is for sure, no boring sleeves go this season.

Box Tops & Louboutins: Stylish Moms

As a mom, there have been plenty of days that I’ve not made it to the shower before dinner time and that just has to be OK.  Also, there are days a workout is more important that looking stylish so I throw on workout clothes and get that done when I can sneak it in and that is as far as I get.  But, when I do decide to pull myself together which IS happening more often as my kids get older, I’ve figured out a few tricks.  Some of these tricks I’ve learned from other stylish moms and some I’ve learned from experience.  Here are a few I’ve gathered along the way.

First of all, it doesn’t have to happen every day.  Some days are just laundry, working out, cleaning and catching up and you should be just dressed for that.  I love these productive days.  Now, when all that is done, here are some go-to style tactics I’ve learned from stylish moms.

  1.  Shirtdresses are great one-stop-shopping pieces.  A cute shirtdress is easy to grab, add a pair of earrings and cute sandals and you look very put together with very little effort.  And, you can have as many shirtdresses as you want.  Lots of great brands make them and they seemingly never go out of style. You can do boots, sandals or wedges and change the look of them as you wish.
  2. A great pair of wedges.  I love Antelope and Marc Fisher currently.  Put these on with a t-shirt dress, jeans or even shorts and take a casual outfit up a notch immediately.
  3. Go-to brands or stores.  I have a few go-to stores where I know I can always find something stylish, age appropriate and fits that work for me.  I was happy to put in the hours of shopping to find my faves.  My go-to stores year after year are J. Crew, Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Madewell and Neiman Marcus (denim).
  4. Accessorize.  Grab a Kendra Scott set or something else that can go with lots of things and you can just throw on to finish a look.  If you have jeans and a tee, but throw on a long necklace and a pair of hoops, the outfit goes from plain to stylish in 2 seconds.
  5. Lipstick.  A great neutral color that looks good on you.  Any make-up counter can help with this.  Put this on with a little mascara and…. stylish!
  6. Find a great stylist.  If you want to shop at higher-end department stores, I recommend going in on a weekday morning right when they open.  You get amazing service and can try on lots of things.  They are very happy to help with size, accessories, etc.  If you enjoy shopping local, find a store near you that carries great brands.  These stores are so great with personal styling.  Henry & Pearl right here in Milton, GA will work with you to get a few great, classic, stylish outfits for the season.
  7. Shop with a stylish, honest friend.  I love to shop with my friends.  We are honest with each other and hold each other to the 3-second test.  That means that you need to love it the moment you put it on.  If you say anything like, “it’s just a little long” or “I’m not sure about…” or anything like these, don’t even bother with it.  You must love it or you won’t wear it.

Please share your tips with me, too.   

 


Me waiting outside a fitting room while a friends tries on jeans. Love helping friends!

 

Find the Perfect Dress for ANY Occasion – Parent’s Weekend, Weddings, Fall Brunch

I love dresses!  The options are endless and they can work for all kinds of events and moods from casual to runways.  Not that I spend much time on runways…  Where do you go to find dresses?  I have a spot that is NO FAIL for any occasion.  The one I’m wearing is from a couple of years ago.  For now, I linked to only the ones that passed my 3-second test below and there were 44!  My go-to for dress shopping is Anthropologie.  They always have an amazing selection of dresses.  If you have a Parent’s Weekend, a wedding or really a n y other event coming up, you will not go wrong browsing Anthropologie.  Below are my current faves they have in stock.  Click on any dress to see more.



Going To Be Needing This in Every Color: Cozy Cardi Perfection

The search for the perfect cardigan is an on-going journey in my life.  I just love cardigans!  They are a perfect layering piece and are just so cozy.  The options are endless and the next one is often more perfect than the last.  I do have a couple of favorites in my closet that I have been wearing for years and they are still the ones to beat.  The camel cashmere one I’m wearing below is one of those.  I got it years ago in Buckhead and paid a little more than I would normally pay for a cardi, but the color, cut and style were all passing my 3-second test.  If I had a dollar for every time I’ve worn this sweater, I could have paid for it 10 times over.  I still wear it every season and it even has a couple of holes.  This year I’m going to find someone to repair those because I have no plans to retire this sweater any time soon.


But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for more new favorites.  I found this one in Free People this week.  It was way cuter on that I was able to capture in this picture.  I haven’t mastered the dressing room mirror selfie yet.  Just trust me.  It is so cute on.  I’m wearing a medium for reference sake.  It is an oversized cardigan that is super soft and really cozy.  It comes in at least 3 colors, including this soft gray.  It hits well below the hips so it would be great over skinnies, cropped boot cuts and short dresses and cut-offs.  It would be so cute over game day tees and even over bathing suits for winter afternoons at the beach.  Grab the sneakers we talked about a few posts ago, some cropped boot cut jeans, a SMIJ tee and hat and your weekend OOTD is casual chic.  Weekend in view….

{See the Weekend Getaway Cardi HERE.}


Hike the Hooch: First Stop, Island Ford

{SMIJ by Jill “Game Day” hats and football thermal available at Henry & Pearl}

We love to hike and part of the fun is heading out of town an hour or more to find great spots to explore.  Let me clarify “we love”.  It’s always me coming up with the idea and “breaking the news” to the rest of the family.  Pat is usually pretty quick to jump on board.  I think he has already prepared himself for what he knows is coming as soon as the weather starts getting nice.  The kids want to know “how long of a drive is it?”, “can we bring our iPads, iPhones, etc?”, “What time will we be back?”, “What about my friends?”.  They give in pretty easily because they know I won’t give up!  And, let me tell you, without fail, 100% of the time, the one who complains the most about going is the one who never wants to leave.  Just sayin… Sometimes mom does know best.  And, we are all just different people after a few hours in nature.  There is just nothing like getting that fresh Georgia air into every last cell in your body.

So, while it’s fun to explore the endless options to hike around Georgia, sometimes you just don’t have that much time.  For those days, we have so many great options right in town.  I thought this Fall it would be fun to explore some favorites around the Chattahoochee.  Please share your experiences, too.  We are always looking for new places to explore.

First stop, Island Ford in Sandy Springs.  This park is right off Exit 6 in Dunwoody.  Very easy to get to, lots of parking and well-managed and staffed.  It is open every day except Christmas!  There is even a nice visitor’s center with clean restrooms and a park attendant to answer questions.  For your little – or big – scientists, they have a cool microscope display where the kids can get up close and personal with things they see in Georgia.

We started with this hike because it is very easy.  It is short and flat with breathtaking views of the river.  You can even take your shoes off and wade into the cool water in some kid-friendly spots.  We wish we would have brought a little snack because we wanted to enjoy a picnic on one of the rocks sticking out into the river – and because no one wanted to leave.  Remember that “mom knows best” thing…. The kids want to come back next weekend with bathing suits and a picnic.

The trail is fully shaded the entire way, but you can easily step off the trail at many spots to get close to the river and enjoy the sun.  I do recommend bug spray although we didn’t get bit, it seemed like a good thing to have along.  There are also two huge rock formations along the trail that kids can explore.  Great picture spots, too!  People were fishing, rafting, kayaking and enjoying this river.  We had a blast and we were back home right after lunch time with our lungs full of fresh air, our minds calm and plans for our next Chattahoochee adventure.  Stay tuned…




Dusters: Great Transition Pieces – Especially in THIS Color

When it comes to great seasonal transition fashion items, not much beats a long cardigan, duster or kimono.  I, especially love them in stand out colors like this gorgeous mustard shown here.  There are 5 reasons I love these for transitional months like September.
First of all, they are flattering on pretty much all body types.  They are slimming and elongate the entire look.
Secondly, they are a great layer that can easily be removed if afternoon temps creep up as they often do in the Fall.
Third, there are just days (everyday) where some of us like to have our booties covered.  I mean, picking up kids, groceries and all the maneuverings of motherhood requires lots of bending and twisting and I personally don’t like to worry about what is or is not showing.  So, there’s that.
Then, they go over everything!  They look cute over everything from cut-off jeans shorts for a weekday of errands to a shift dress for a Sunday brunch.
Lastly, there are lots of choices and they have been in style for a few years and don’t seem to be going out of style any time soon.  With this in mind, you can invest with confidence.  Since these have been around for awhile, one way to update your collection is to grab one in an on-trend fabric like velvet or velour.  Happy September, Pretties!

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.


Save the Date: SMIJ Tailgate Trunk Show, Sept 1st at Henry & Pearl

Football season is so close I can smell it. To kick-off the season, we are hosting a SMIJ Tailgate Trunk Show at Henry & Pearl.  See it on Facebook HERE.  We’ll do the event from 11-2, I think.  That night Cambridge and Milton play each other at Cambridge and all the College games start that weekend.  We’ll have NEW tees in college colors PLUS a new graphic for 2017 that I am sooooo excited about.  I am grabbing one for myself as soon as my Dad gets them printed!  We are going to have it in short and long sleeve and several colors that can work for any team.  I want one in every color, but I think I’ll grab a camo one.  Or maybe one of each… Hee Hee!  The first time those will be available will be at this event.  For now, grab any one of these tees pictured here at Henry & Pearl before they sell out.  I won’t be getting anymore short sleeve high school tees in this year.  I hope you stop by the event to say “hi” and enjoy a little tailgating with SMIJ.