From Jetsetters to Home Bodies, Henry & Pearl Has Your List Covered

Thanks to Henry & Pearl’s amazing selection of gifts I was able to get quite a few presents purchased already. Not only that, I found gifts I’m so happy to give. Each gift passed my 3-second-test, which is simply that I must love something 100% within the first 3 seconds or I don’t buy it.

I found things for my jet setters, tech buffs, Christmas fanatics, fitness addicts, interior decorators, fashionistas, Milton lovers, hoop girls and hostesses. And, each item is under $50, some way under $50.

I’m including a Sneak Peek below. This is only a sample of the gifts available in the shop.

1. Everyone needs a Yeti drink holder. I use mine at Tennis, in the car, at the beach, literally everywhere. Now, they come in all sizes and price points.

2. If you have a hoop girl in your life, know that we can always use a new pair. If they are like me, they are always losing one – or just always want shiny new ones.

3.  These zip code hats come in 2 styles and many colors. They also have “USA” or “Cambridge” and “Milton” choices. These hats are designed so you’ll buy one for you and a friend.

4. The most fun needlepoint keychains for Home, lake houses, beach houses, play cars and keeps. You won’t be able to get just one!

5.  Key chains for the southern girl.

6.  Trim the tree in needlepoint style.

7.  Giving keys have been my go-to gift this year. They are designed to give and give again. Read the story on the display. So much fun to give.

8.  Pop sockets because no one can live without these gadgets. I’m on the wait list for the attachment for the car that it hangs on.

9.  Cute little hostess gift.

10.  These are essential if you have someone in your list who is on-board the sneaker trend. These pretty little socks keep them comfy while hiding in their booties or sneakers.

11. For the jet setter, beautiful luggage tags to set luggage apart and keep them in adventure mode.

12.  A candle is always a good idea. These assign a customized scent to the local cities. All smell great!

13.  I love gifts that can be used. This soap and lotion dispenser will carry someone and their guests right through the holiday season.

Stop into Henry & Pearl with your list in hand. Great gifts and they’ll even wrap them. Stress-free and fun!

Congratulations, Blessed Trinity

I’m so excited to see how great Blessed Trinity football is doing this post-season. Way to go, Titans!

Findlay Rowe and Serendipity in Roswell have our Game Day and green and camo “30075” hats and Henry & Pearl in Milton has this “BELIEVER” sweatshirt to help you support your Titans.

For Red, White & Blue, Look No Further Than MuMu

For Red, White & Blue, look no further than MUMU.  I built a list of 67 items that I would love to wear – every last one of them passes the “SMIJ-3-second-test” (Scroll all the way down to see all 67).  I plan to spend the weekend at the beach and these MUMU pieces go very nicely in that environment.  From the coffee shop in the morning, to the beach all day to walking up to get ice cream each evening – and especially to see fireworks.  I know which one I’m wearing for the fireworks already!  Click on any of the pictures to shop each piece.  Have fun and get your RED, WHITE and BLUE on!  U.S.A.!

50 Elements of SMIJ Style • #23 • Flamingos Go with Summer

My favorite form of pink in the summer is… FLAMINGO!  I love this little crossbody flamingo bag from Francesca’s. It came in other fun summer things like anchors and watermelon slices, too.  We even have a SMIJ by Jill Flamingo Cover-Up.  I love it over a black bathing suit on a hot July day at the beach. Flamingos and summer just go together and they are a SMIJ style must for every summer.  I pulled a list of lots of fun flamingo options below.  Click away!

SMIJ by Jill flamingos

Zoo ATLANTA flamingos

Eric Carle flamingos

Gunmetal is the New Gold

I’m currently loving the gunmetal finish for jewelry.  It gives a little edginess to a look and some days… you just need that.  Kendra Scott does gunmetal in a strong way.

See my favorites:  Swirly Ring | Double Tasseled | My Necklace | Super Awesome Midi Rings | The I’m-Not-Cool-Enough-To-Wear Hand Bracelet | Favorite Color Earrings | Words Cannot Describe | Great for Summer – Would wear with black one-piece swimsuit || My Zebra tunic HERE, too!

Shift into Fall

We’ve been talking about transitions to Fall and I can’t leave out the amazing and versatile shift dress from this conversation.  Today, in mid August, we woke up to temperatures in the 50s.  Absolutely a heavenly way to start a summer day, but in true Southern fashion, it was pretty hot by lunchtime.  Cue the shift dress!  A sleeveless, lightweight shift dress is perfect for transitioning seasons.  You can throw on a cardigan or denim shirt, some sandals, a seasonal print and layer and un-layer as needed throughout the day.

Outfit details here – Dress Made by Jill, but I found a couple of great options HERE (under $100) and HERE; Denim shirt HERE; Coach Bag (my is OLD!), but HERE is an updated version; Current Favorite Pinky Ring (It’s only $12!) HERE (Another option HERE); my everyday watch HERE; Tory Miller Sandal in a Neutral (Don’t think my Cork & Gold is available any longer) HERE; Navy Blue Nails & Toes HERE (My favorite color NOW in a polish…); Anchor Bracelet Option HERE; Pave Gold Earrings Option HERE; Love my Gold Nadri Cross Necklace I got years ago – Found a silver option HERE; and, OF COURSE, with this plaid, RED LIPS HERE.

Classics Trending…

One of my favorite magazines to browse through is InStyle. I love how they put together realistic outfits and share where to find great items. Flipping through this issue, I was thrilled to see these two classics, caftans and shirt dresses, trending for Summer 2015. 

Our SMIJ by Jill Summer Collection includes our take on both! Visit to see how much fun we have with Resort Cover-Ups and, stay tuned in, our Caftans and Shirt Dress will be here soon, too!

Thanks for stopping by…


Resort Cover-Ups in time for Labor Day Trips


I am very happy to share that we are on target to have the above five styles and colors from our first Resort Cover-Up Line available in time for Labor Day Weekend.  This is such a great way for me to celebrate the last weekend of summer.  Nine months ago there was one sketch on a post-it note and today I’m close to launching the first five styles with three more to follow.  I’ve been wearing the samples of each of these all summer and loving every minute of it.  They have traveled well, washed well, looked great, attracted compliments, taken me from beach to town and made me feel Southern Beach Chic.  I am so excited to share them with everyone soon.  I have made only a small number of each, but expect to add to the inventory as needed.

Thank you to all who have been supporting me along the way.  We’ve only just begun…

Made in Atlanta


I moved to Atlanta years ago with my college roommate and fell in love with the city.  I can still remember it was a particularly warm and sunny day in February and the air was so refreshing.  The city was so alive and unknown to me.  Many years later I’m living in the burbs with a husband and two kids, looking back on so many great professional and personal experiences Atlanta has brought to me, enjoying so many friendships and experiences and still enjoying this city as much as the day I arrived.

I am so happy to now be designing clothes Made in, not only the U.S.A, but Atlanta (  I am working with a great Atlanta based team, putting Atlantans to work and emerging as part of the Atlanta fashion industry.  I certainly never dreamed of this as I drove into Atlanta that February morning.

Here’s to a great city!