St. Patrick’s Day 2018 is a SATURDAY, Y’all!

We love St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe it’s a sign that Spring is upon us, maybe it’s that our gray and black Winter wardrobes get that much-needed pop of color or maybe it’s because it’s the first time many of us have ventured out since October. Whatever the reason, it is one of the best days of the year. This year it’s on a Saturday, too! We at SMIJ take our role in your St. Patty’s Day very seriously. We have NEW tees and hats just for you! Grab one on our website or at Henry & Pearl. Also, more to come next week.

Resort Looks for Every Resort Day

<Mumu Swim | SMIJ Caftan>

I am really in the mood to hit the beach. Looking forward to a trip is a l m o s t as much fun as the trip itself. And, that includes dreaming up those vacation outfits. I am one of those people who needs a different suit, cover-up, sunglasses, hat and sometimes even shoes for each beach day. I grew up in Florida. We didn’t have all those Fall and Winter looks to play with so we had to make the most of our Summer wardrobes. Beach looks are a Summer category all to themselves! Here are some SMIJ Cover-Ups paired up with some of my fave swim brands. Hope you get some Resortspiration here.

(Above) gingham suit – I chose to put that with our white cover-up that has red thread running through it. I think these two really complement each other. Great Memorial Day or 4th of Jily beach look, too.

<Topshop Swim at Nordstrom | SMIJ “happy” Caftan>

With the black & White Caftan, I thought a pop of color in the swim suit would be fun. It would look great with a black or white suit, too. Oh, and, mirrored sunglasses!

<Nordstrom one-piece | SMIJ One-Tie Cover-Up>

I love this pink flamingo cover-up. It has a one tie closure in the front giving just a peek at the suit underneath. So…how great to put a suit with some interesting detail there to be seen ever so slightly while you stroll up for a bite of lunch at the resort.

<Red one-piece at Nordstrom | Hat & Shorts are SMIJ>

I love Beach Shorts for running around those Beach Towns, and they can make great cover-ups, too. I put these with a sleek one-piece that can double as a tank off the beach.

<J Crew & Henry & Pearl>

Beach blues never go out of style. Piled on the Blue for this beach look. Grab some gold sandals and you are set.

<On-trend High-waisted suit at Nordstrom | Seersucker Caftan at Henry & Pearl in Milton, GA>

Classic, timeless Seersucker and Navy. Enough said.

<Boys & Arrows Suit | SMIJ hat>

This is a beach-all-day look. Umbrellas, beach games, cooler, friends, kids, lunch on the beach, just add sunblock kinda look.

<SMIJ Madras Cover-Up at Henry & Pearl | J Crew Suit>

I love mixing and matching tops and bottoms and, with Madras, the combinations seem to be endless.

<SMIJ Wrap-Style Cover-Up in Seersucker | Nordstrom OnePiece>

This business started with our wrap-style Cover-Up and this little Seersucker version is just the cutest. I love the combo of the red, white, blue, stripes and gingham. It is one of my favorites. I paired it with red for the Summer.

Hope these ideas added to your ideas for your next sunny getaway.

Going to the U.S. Open? Travel Chic



Anyone headed to the U.S. Open in a few weeks?  This trip remains on my Bucket List, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start outfit planning for it.  Since it’s still pretty hot in NYC in early September, this irresistible outfit would be great for the freezing cold plane ride there.  New York-bound in a cute “New York” sweatshirt in a great summer navy is the perfect travel outfit.  Not only is the outfit cute and chic, but it is super comfy.  The sweatshirt is cozy, but not too heavy and the jeans are stretchy and soft without losing their fit.  Toss on some wedges that you can slip out of in-flight and you’ll look New York Chic to start your trip.  Shop the pieces below.

50 Elements of SMIJ Style – #4 – Arrive in Style

During college I was going home with a friend to visit her family and about 15 minutes out from our destination she started touching up her make-up, straightening out her clothes and brushing her hair.  My first thought was why bother… we were tired, had been driving hours and I didn’t see the point.  But… it stuck with me.  How nice to arrive looking like you have some energy and enthusiasm about visiting that person or place.  The journey is so fun, but the visit begins upon arrival so why not start fresh!  This leads me to our #4 of the 50 Elements of SMIJ Style – Arrive in Style.


 So, I’ve taken on this element of style and now I have an excuse to plan yet another outfit – my travel day outfit.  Yay!  Arrive in style – the journey is part of the adventure and deserves it own style.  Whoever is on the other end will appreciate a put together, bright traveler to enjoy, too.  At the very least… apply lipstick.

Here is my travel day OOTD today as I head out to visit a Georgia destination I’ve never before seen…. Wide Leg Crops | Clog similar HERE, HERE and HERE | Denim Shirt HERE, HERE and HERE | Sunnies | Arrive in Style!


50 States Before He Graduates

This is going to be so fun!  Now that both of my kids are at great ages for traveling it’s time to get back on the road.  One thing I’ve always tried to do is expose my kids to this great country.  My parents took us to many great places – Niagara Falls, Football Hall of Fame, Chicago, California, Nevada, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Florida and the list goes on…  Then, with my career, I’ve gone to many more places – Austria, Germany, London, France, and many more U.S. States.  Traveling is so fun and eye-opening and I’m not done seeing new things and now Pat and I have these super fun little people to do it with us.  I thought it would be fun to try to see all 50 states before Grant graduates from high school.  I’ve marked my map with states he’s already visited.  Right now I’m not counting driving through as having “visited”.  If we get desperate nearing graduation we may count those or extend this to college graduation.  If we get serious and slow enough at this he may be highly educated to meet this goal!  Maybe a doctor… Anyway, we’re going to do our best to get this done by HS graduation.

Of course, I’ll share our experiences here as we check off 50 States Before He Graduates.