50 Elements of SMIJ Style • #16 • Crystals are a Girl’s Best Friend

I love to change out my jewelry A LOT.  I love costume jewelry because it’s too hard to commit to the real thing.  Therefore, I have fun with cubic zirconia and crystals to name a couple.  Nadri has a great selection of costume jewelry for going bold or delicate in gold or silver.  They have been around forever and will even replace stones if you lose any.  I’m currently loving the “wedding sets”.  I asked the girl at Nordstrom how people are wearing those and she said they often leave their real diamonds home and take fakes for vacation.  I love my original wedding set and have no desire to change it.  I do, however, like the idea of playing around with some variety for a trip or two.  Stay tuned… I’ll be rocking some ridiculous left hand bling on some coming trips just for fun.  Below are some current faves.  Click on the picture to shop FAKES.

Summer Mood

I saw this pile of pineapples in Whole Foods the other day and was immediately in the summer planning mood.  I started dreaming up trips and activities – and outfits, of course, outfits.  And then, as if it were planned, I get an email from BaubleBar with a pineapple theme.  Now, I’m so excited for the upcoming summer and craving juicy pineapple!  I don’t want to rush Spring at all.  Looking forward to a season and all it’s fun is often as much fun as the season itself.  So, for now, I’m be firmly planted in the moment while also planning for a fun summer.  Shop my pineapple picks to get in the mood with me:  SMIJ PINEAPPLE PICKS

Apple Pickin' Fashion + A Super Fun Place to Take Your Kids

Its been raining so much, but we just couldn’t take it anymore and headed out anyway.  We got super lucky and ended up driving right out of the rain into sunshine.  Later to find out that the line of clouds was just below Blue Ridge, GA.  I couldn’t have planned that better IF I had planned that.  Turned out to be a beautiful drive – I mean so beautiful.  Beautiful leaves, misty morning, just Fall splendor everywhere.

It was a Mommy & Me morning and I have an animal lover on my hands.  Armed with that knowledge we headed to Hillcrest Orchards in Ellijay, GA.  I love fresh, tree-ripened apples so much so it’s hard to keep me out of apple orchards during this short period of time when they are just so perfect.  With Hillcrest we got a petting zoo, complete with kittens!, apples, creative play equipment, nature walk and lots of fresh air, scenery, nice people and fun.

And, it was a perfect day to layer up in my new Target denim sherpa jacket.  Details below…  Happy Fall, Ya’ll!



Target Jacket | SMIJ Tee | BaubleBar Ring | J Brand Pants (LOVE THESE!!!) | Michael Kors Watch (similar – mine is very old, but I still love it.) | Essie Polish (Halloween left-over mani) | Ray-Bans | Nordstrom Oversized Hoops | Judith March Hat (similar) | My Longhorn necklace is from Mercantile in Seaside, FL

Trophy Wife

Trophy Wife, self proclaimed! Ha! Hubby loved it and agreed, though.  Awww….

Get your Trophy Wife Hat, Customize your own Charm Necklace, Grab a SMIJ Tee, throw on some skinny Jimmie, and some Fall snakeskin sandals, Essie Red Toes, You Don’t Know Jacques Nails and strut your Trophy Wife stuff.


SMIJ Friday Fun!

Here is a fun Friday Round-Up of some of the fun we’ve been having on the SMIJ Blog lately.  Including my favorite earrings, necklace, sandals I wear daily, favorite pinky ring, great late summer/early Fall tunic tee and great jeans.  Click around and have some Friday fun!

See below for shoppable links:


BaubleBar ‘Mason’ Pavé Ring • BaubleBar • $32
Bella Dahl A Line Shirtdress • $129.50
Argento Vivo Medium Tube Hoop Earrings • Argentovivo • $98
Anne Klein Tube Hoop Earrings • AK Anne Klein • $16
Judith March Trophy Wife Cap • Judith March • $42
Tory Burch Miller Patent Sandals • Tory Burch • $195
Current/Elliott The Fling Jeans-Blue • Current/Elliott • $208
Paige Denim Jimmy Distressed Cropped Straight Jeans • Paige Denim • $69
Women’s Striped Tunics • Old Navy • $13–16.94
Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace • Kendra Scott • $80
Kendra Scott ‘Alex’ Drop Earrings • Kendra Scott • $55
Tory Burch Val Flat Sandals • Tory Burch • $136.50
Tory Burch ‘Miller’ Flip Flop (Women) • Tory Burch • $195

Summer Fave – Khaki & Gold



One of my favorite summer color combos is khaki and gold. I think it reminds me of sandy beaches glittering with salt water and shells. Just makes me happy… I tried to pull it off here for a night out playing Family Trivia. Fun summer night…