50 Elements of SMIJ Style • #21 • Add Some Interest with Flip-Flops

Put the finishing touch on a summer tee dress with a cute, wild pair of flip flops.  My two go-to brands for beach and pool are Tory Burch and Havaianas.  They are waterproof, comfortable, fun and really liven up any beachy outfit.  Above I mixed prints which is so scary, but I think I nailed it… if I do say so myself.  I will be wearing the heck out of these wedge flip-flops this summer.  Green is a favorite color, these go with black and white nicely and the wedge gives some comfort and flatters the leg.  Sold!

I’ve gathered some great choices below.  Hope you find your new favorite!

You can either click on the picture for the details or I’ve also included links to each below.  

Tory Burch Thin Flip Flops • Tory Burch • $35
Tory Burch Thandie Wedge Flip Flops • Tory Burch • $65
Tory Burch Wedge Thin Flip Flop • Tory Burch • $65
Tory Burch Thin Flip Flops • Tory Burch • $50
Tory Burch Thin Flip Flops • Tory Burch • $50
TORY BURCH PVC thin flip-flops • Tory Burch • $60
Tory Burch Printed Flip Flops • Tory Burch • $75
Tory Burch Thandie Printed Wedge Flip-Flop Sandal, White/Ellora • Tory Burch • $48
Tory Burch Wilhelm Wedge Flip-Flop Sandal, Fiesta/Ivory • Tory Burch • $75
Tory Burch Thin Leaf-Print Flip-Flop Sandal, Black/Pas du Tout • Tory Burch • $50
Tory Burch Flip Flop • Tory Burch • $65
Tory Burch Wilhelm Wedge Flip-Flop Sandal, Poppy Red/Ivory/Royal Tan • Tory Burch • $55
Tory Burch Thin Rubber Flip Flop Sandal, Ivory • Tory Burch • $50
Tory Burch Thin Geometric-Print Flip-Flop Sandal, Poppy Red/Sarno • Tory Burch • $50
Tory Burch Printed Rubber Flip Flops • Tory Burch • $50
Tory Burch Printed Rubber Flip Flops • Tory Burch • $50
Tory Burch Thandie Wedge Flip Flops • Tory Burch • $45.50
Tory Burch Thin Printed Flip Flops • Tory Burch • $35
Charlotte Olympia Charlottes Web Havaianas Flip Flops • Charlotte Olympia • $115
Havaianas High Fashion Wedge Flip Flops • Havaianas • $38
Charlotte Olympia Kitty Havaianas Flip Flops • Charlotte Olympia • $65
Kate Spade New York Just Married Flip Flops • Kate Spade • $58
MM6 Printed Flip Flops • Maison Margiela • $240
TKEES Solid Flip Flops • TKEES • $50
Tommy Bahama ‘Whykiki’ Flip Flop (Women) • Tommy Bahama • $27.95
kate spade new york ‘nassau’ flip flop (Women) • Kate Spade • $48
Havaianas ‘Slim’ Logo Flip Flop (Women) • Havaianas • $26
Havaianas ‘Slim Animal Print’ Flip Flop (Women) • Havaianas • $28
Havaianas Slim Tie Dye Flip Flops • Havaianas • $30
Charlotte Olympia Bruce Havaianas Flip Flops • Charlotte Olympia • $50
Havaianas ‘Slim Liberty Lioncera’ Flip Flop (Women) • Havaianas • $42
Ipanema ‘Naja’ Flip Flop (Women) • Ipanema • $23.95
Havaianas ‘Slim’ Logo Flip Flop (Women) • Havaianas • $26
Havaianas ‘Slim Royal’ Flip Flop (Women) • Havaianas • $32
Teva ‘Deckers’ Flip Flop (Women) • Teva • $31.95
Havaianas ‘Slim’ Flip Flop (Women) • Havaianas • $30
Havaianas Slim Retro Flip Flops • Havaianas • $28
Havaianas Slim Paisage Flip Flops • Havaianas • $34
Havaianas Slim Princess Flip Flops • Havaianas • $30
Havaianas x Charlotte Olympia ‘Bruce’ Flip Flop (Women) • Havaianas • $55

50 Elements of SMIJ Style • # 20 • Own a Favorite Pair of Neutral Wedges

One thing I’ve come to value is a great, comfortable pair of neutral wedges.  These and a pair of flip-flops and you could get away with packing only two pairs of shoes for a vacation (but, who would really do that?!).  My point is that they go with everything – even a black dress.  I love the way they look with anything, anytime.  Get a pair with a good platform for comfort in a color that flatters you own skin tone and you are set for summer with dresses, cropped jeans, boot cut jeans – really, any jeans! – shorts or caftans.

Below, I’ve linked below to a few of my favorites from my two go-to shoe designers.  Enjoy the hunt! 

Click on a shoe for all the details and shoppable links should you choose to buy.

Apologizing Now for How Often I’ll Be Wearing These

I loved these crazy jeans since the moment I laid eyes on them (they come in white, too!).  It took me a few weeks to work up the nerve to wear them and… now I can’t stop.  They are really lightweight and flowy, making them great summer jeans, but I just think they are so cute.  They go with all kinds of shoes and tops and just give a little bit of interest to everyday outfits.  I’m officially obsessed and way over-wearing them.  I’ve linked to mine and the white ones below.  I highly recommend them for your summer days.

Gingham & Baseball

When in Rome…  Yes, had to have a Turner Field hot dog.  This, and the lake, are pretty much the only two places I can eat a hot dog.  They just taste good at baseball games and on lake days.  My son asks me “Mom, do you know what’s in those things?!?!”  For some reason, I can pretend I don’t in these environments.  Either way, it was a beautiful Atlanta night and fun to spend a little time in The Ted before we move to the new stadium next season.  I’ve had lots of good memories at Turner Field over the years and this one ranks right up there, too.  And, on a fashion note, navy and white gingham just seems to work for Spring baseball.  I love this “boy shirt” in lightweight gingham for these Spring nights.  Shop it below – use code extraextra for 25% off the gingham shirt now.

50 Element of SMIJ Style • #19 • Tee Dresses for Summer

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The summer forecast calls for striped tee dresses and you will have no trouble finding one or more for all your summer plans.  I’ve rounded up a few below including my exact dress and shoes.  These are so easy to pack, throw on with a few accessories and you’re good to go for a day of sightseeing.  I really began to love these for travel when I added babies to my beloved road trips.  One less item of clothing (pants!) to deal with on bathroom breaks (TMI, I know…) made road trips a little easier and every little bit helps.  Have you ever tried holding a baby while taking a potty break?!  I’m not juggling babies anymore, but I do still love these dresses for travel.  See the list I’ve curated below.

Outfit of the Day details:

SMIJ Fashion Field Trip

On an absolutely perfect Spring day in Atlanta we ventured out for a SMIJ Field Trip.  This particular trip has been on my 2016 list and I was down to one more day until it was gone.. gone.. gone..  It is the SCAD FASH, Museum of Fashion + Film and, great news, it’s been extended through April 17th. It’s a small exhibit at SCAD that combines a few of my favorite things.  First of all, a great girly morning which could only be ended with lunch on a Buckhead patio… of course.  Secondly, it’s in midtown and I love an excuse to get into the city.  Third, it’s about fashion which I just find so fun.  Lastly, it included a photography exhibit which included shots of the “upper echelon” of fashion.  Very fun to get a glimpse into a moment in time in the lives of these creative people.

After the photography exhibit we turned the corner to see a room full of “costumes”, the first U.S. exhibition of Daniel Linsmore, a London-based very flamboyant stylist. He has been proclaimed “London’s Most Outrageous Dresser” by Vogue.  After seeing this exhibit, I have to believe Vogue must be correct.

It was a fun morning!  I recommend grabbing a girlfriend, or your daughter, and heading out for a great morning of fashion, photography and fun.

My OOTD:  Hoops | Charm Necklace | Criss Cross RingC of H Jeans | Gold Sandals (similar) | Top:  Spring calls for my timeless Lily Elsa Top!  I’m not a “Lily Girl”.  This is actually the only Lily I own, but this Elsa top is perfection.  It hits just right, is super lightweight, comes in great colors and I love it with white jeans – and I’m pretty sure you’re not allowed to live in the South unless you own one Lily piece.   Mine is no longer available but here are other great Lily prints. Pink/Green, Navy/Pink, Pinks, LaPlaya, Gorgeous Sky Blue, Navy & Green Tiger Palm, Flamingos!, Pink Sands, Good Reef, Let’s Cha Cha, Flirty, Oh Shello, Southern Charm.



Torys, Tulips & Statement Rings ▶️ Spring Essentials

I love a bold statement ring for Spring.  I think they add a fun pop to your look and it’s fun in the Spring because your hands aren’t hidden in gloves or buried deep in pockets to keep warm.  It’s time to shine and here are some of my current favorites (all under $125) from the two places I get most of my statement rings – Nordstrom and BaubleBar.

Gamma Ring | Go-With-Anything Faceted Dome | Druzy & Adjustable | Pearl Voyager  ($28)| Lotus Ring ($68) | Aqua & Black ($100) | Gold, Horn & Crystal (LOVE!) |

Outfit Details, too:  Tory Sandals (that everyone should own.. just my opionion, of course.  Hee Hee) | AG Jeans | Lace-Up Tunic (similar) | Oversized Aviators | Essie Polish in Watermelon

Winter Sunnies


It might seem like a strange time of year to do a sunglasses post, but this is when I need them the most.  When the leaves are off the trees, the sun is much more present  and I find myself grabbing for the darkest shades often.  The green trees seem to absorb some of the brightness in the summer.  And, the rare times it snows in the South, the glare off the snow is the same as the glare off the sand in the summer.  So, have I justified new sunglasses purchases enough?  I think so!

I made a list of some faves for you.  I think Sunglass Hut might be doing their $40 off a second pair deal right now in store, too.  Happy Hunting!

Miu Miu Round | Tortoise Shell Mirrored | Wildfox Heart Shaped | Tory Burch Polarized | Dior Abstract | Luxe White Gold ($1,100) | Oliver Peoples (a fave shape!) | Round Tortoise Shell | My Black Ray-Bans | Super Duper Strength


It's Fall Sandal Season

I love the South because we get a good long season in the Spring and Fall where you can be in jeans and long sleeves, but still wear sandals.  There are some sandals that just feel to heavy or substantial in our HOT summers, but they are perfect for the cooler Fall air.  I have quite a few pairs in my possession and they are on a rotation from now until after Halloween when the boots are here to stay.  And, of course, Fall sandals are a great excuse for the Fall polish colors like Essie Wicked.


Tory Burch ‘Miller’ Leather Thong Sandal (Women) (Nordstrom Exclusive) • Tory Burch • $168.75
Tory Burch Miller Sandals • Tory Burch • $157.50
Tory Burch Elinor Laser-Cut Suede Sandals • Tory Burch • $350
Tory Burch Miller Snake-Print Logo Thong Sandal, Natural • Tory Burch • $225
Tory Burch Thora Snake-Print Logo Thong Sandal, Natural Gold • Tory Burch • $135
Tory Burch Louisa Snakeskin-Embossed Leather Thong Wedge Sandals • Tory Burch • $265
MICHAEL Michael Kors Carla Platform Wedge Sandal, Luggage • MICHAEL Michael Kors • $112
OTBT Women’s Brookfield Wedge Sandal • OTBT • $101
Vince Camuto ‘Gevara’ Leather Platform Wedge (Women) • Vince Camuto • $138.95
Jessica Simpson ‘Arista’ Wedge Sandal (Women) • Jessica Simpson • $65.96
Vince Camuto Kaja Platform Wedge Sandals • Vince Camuto • $90.30
essie Wicked

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.