Monday, March 31, 2014

Navy Loves Navy

 shorts (J.Crew 30% OFF with ShopSpring), blouse (J.Crew), sweater (Lilla P c/o), necklace (AJ's Casuals Lexington, KY), heels (J.Crew see SIMILAR), bag (Michael Kors), belt (Old Navy love THIS), watch (Cartier), bracelet (Coordinates Omar + Elsie)

I just love Navy.  I love Navy HEREHERE, and especially HERE.  She has long been one of my favorite neutrals.  Best thing about her, you can sport head to toe, with prints, with pastels (think lilac or mint), with primary colors (think Kelly Green or Red), and with fellow neutrals black or gray.  So next time you're tempted to toss on your typical black or gray--think about sporting my fave, Navy.
Cheers to a fabulous week---it's a springtime miracle--gonna be in the 70s tomorrow--hot damn!  Surely it's because this Fool's Bday is Manana--Happiest of Bdays to my fellow Fool, Kelly King--had a blast with your sweet self on Friday!  

photos courtesy of Tiffany Mitchell

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Palms & Pulitzer

dress (Lilly Pulitzer The Peppermint Palm c/o, non Lexingtonians available HERE), belt (Thread, Columbus OH), shoes (BCBG), clutch (JJ Winters), cuff (Morton James, Lexington KY), rings (Lagos, Anna Beck), bracelets (Sylvia Benson c/oOmar + Elsie), shades (Ray Ban)

I love this Dress.  It's carefree.  It screams spring.  It is quintessentially beachy.  Lilly Pulitzer never disappoints.  Lexingtonians make sure to get your Lilly fix at Peppermint Palm.  
And it goes without saying...Let's. Go. CATS.  #BBN 
Make it a good one, gang!

photos courtesy of Lindsey Potter

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


tunic (J.Crew see similar HERE, HEREHERE), jeans (7FAM, Similar), belt (C.Wonder), bracelets (Matilda's c/o), hat (HM), rings (Lagos, Anna Beck), shades (Ray Ban)

While not necessarily tunic weather in the Bluegrass, thankfully I was able to sport one of my fave spring frocks in FLA.  Many may restrict the tunic to a beach coverup, but I tend to wear my tunic threads in a more sporty fashion (see HERE  & HERE).  Just a friendly reminder not to limit your pieces to their intended purpose!
Also, a very belated congrats to Leslie Marcum--you won the Made in the Deep South Cuff Giveaway!  Sincerest thanks to all who participated...we'll have another giveaway coming up in the near future for sure!  Make it a good one, gang!

photos courtesy of Lindsey Potter
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Sunday, March 23, 2014


sweater (Pink Pineapple Shop c/o how cute is THISTHIS, & THIS), shorts (Gap, last summer, LOVE THESE PAIRS and THESE), sneaks (Vans), hat (HM see similar HERE and HERE), rings (Lagos, Anna Beck), cuff (Morton James, Lexington, KY), shades (Ray Ban), belt (J.Crew), bracelets (Omar + Elsie, Sylvia Benson c/o)

Still coming to you from sunny South Florida.  It should come as no surprise that I'm totally smitten with this anchor sweater from Pink Pineapple Shop, because really, is there anything anchor'd or nautical that I don't love?  That would be a big fat no.  Paired with some stripes and I believe I've got one of my fave warmer weather looks!  Cheers to a wonderful week, gang--kids and I are headed back to the KY-- GO CATS!

photos courtesy of Lindsey Potter

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Break

shorts (The Peppermint Palm, Lexington KY c/o also available HERE), shirt (J.Crew similar HERE & HERE), sweater (HM c/o), rings (Lagos, Anna Beck), tote (Shiraleah, older), ballets (Via Spiga, Love THESE & similar HERE), necklace (Maya Brenner), bracelets (Coordinates, Omar + Elsie c/oSylvia Benson c/o), cuff (Morton James c/o), shades (Ray Ban)

My gals and I are enjoying our little pre-Spring Break to the fullest (hence the delay in posts--sorry gang--caught up in the relaxation)!  Prior to dipping outta Lexington, I knew I wanted to refresh my spring wardrobe with some beachy prepster threads.  Thankfully Lexington has a Lilly Pulitzer signature store that I just adore---The Peppermint Palm.  Overflowing with a quintessential Palm Beach vibe, I feel transported back home every time I step foot in there (lucky for s + s, they also just so happen to be one of s + s' newest sponsors)!  Definitely dig the Buttercup Shorts and their flirty scalloped hem (see also HERE).  Check out some of my fave scallops HERE & HERE.  Alright gang, make it a good one---I'm planning on celebrating the nuptials of one of  my dearest friends from my Fort Lauderdale days and soaking up the last few days of sun before we head back home!  
PS--huge thanks to my fave Floridian photog, Lindsey Potter, for snapping these pics.  She is such a gem to work with, so dang talented, and captures our hometown just beautifully!  Thanks Miss Lindsey!

photos courtesy of Lindsey Potter

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Shades of Blue

blouse (J.Crew on SALE), skirt (J.Crew on SALE), heels (Kate Spade), bag (Galian c/o), necklace (Pink Pineapple c/o), rings (Lagos, Anna Beck), watch (Cartier)

So I've always been a fan of  tone on tone dressing and this navy & baby blue ensemble is no exception.  For my 9 to 5 day gig, I'm always looking for rigs that have a bit of personality and don't bore both myself and my clients to tears.  This Blouse definitely serves up a bit of quirk and the Chunky Pearls and emerald green bag add just the right amount of accessorized details.  Even though there's some personality tossed in there, I think we've managed to maintain some ladylike professionalism, right?  All about balance in my book! 
 Ok gang, if you're following along Instagram, you know my little ladies and I are on a little Floridian rendezvous and loving every minute of it.  Y'all make it a great one--taking the babes with me to "work" tomorrow on a blog shoot with my fave Floridian photog, Lindsey Potter, so stay tuned for some fun beachy looks!  

photos courtesy of Tiffany Mitchell
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Classic Tomboy + a Southern Giveaway

shirt (J.Crew), pants (J.Crew), jacket (Gap see Similar), sneaks (Vans), bag (Michael Kors), shades (Ray Ban), watch (Cartier), rings (Lagos, Anna Beck), bracelet (Coordinates, Omar + Elsie), cuff (Made in the Deep South, Omar + Elsie c/o)

How about the red piping on these Chinos?  They were the starting point and the Men's Plaid Shirt, denim jacket, and Sneaks easily followed suit.  But aside from the rig, what I'm really digging is the arm decor.  May I introduce to you s + s' newest sponsor, Omar + Elsie.  An endlessly charming new boutique in Lexington chock full of fun accessories, shoes, and denim (think Loeffler Randall, Current/Elliot, Kate Spade, with a side of Jonathan Adler), Omar + Elsie is adding a fresh element to Lex's boutique scene.  And how great that they're giving away a Made in the Deep South leather cuff (pictured above) to one lucky s + s reader! Entry rules are stated below using Rafflecopter.  Alright gang, make it a good one and be sure to get your entry on--loving this cuff!  
PS:  any idea what the numbers mean on my gold Coordinates bracelet?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

photos courtesy of Tiffany Mitchell
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Pleat Your Shorts

shorts (J.Crew), sweater (J.Crew), blouse (J.Crew thrifted c/o Sassy Fox--LOVE THIS MINT BLOUSE paired with these shorts, too), heels (Zara no longer avail, dig this Gray/Metallic Pair), necklace (Maya Brenner), ring (Lagos), watch (Cartier)

This look started with these Crepe Shorts--just adore their fit.  Relaxed & pleated, these silky lovelies are gonna prove to be a versatile little pair this spring/summer.  I loved them so much, in fact, that I snagged a navy pair as well which I def intend to pair with my navy blazer for a daytime work look.  

Have to give a couple of shout(s) out today--one being to Miss Tiffany Mitchell.  If you spotted this Instagram, you know we are planning on a little collabo here in a few weeks.  We decided to do a little test run and have a fun photog sesh at one of her (and now my) fave spots in Lexington, National Boulangerie (thanks gang for letting us ransack your joint)!  Make sure you all check out Tiffany's blog offbeat + inspired, kid is a crazy talent--just adore her!

Second shout goes to Better Homes and Gardens and YOU!  Found out late last week that s + s was editor's choice for the BHG Blogger Awards in Fashion/Beauty--which means WE WON, gang!  I truly, truly cannot thank you all enough for the support, tweets, posts, votes, etc--I am EXTREMELY grateful to say the least--sincerest Thanks, gang!  Make sure to check out the Other Winners--goodins' indeed! Alright kids, gotta get back into the swing of things after my wonderful weekend in LA--y'all make it a great one!

photos courtesy of Tiffany Mitchell
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sweats are the New Sweats

 pants (Target in store, love this VERSION), jacket (Zara see Similar), tshirt (Adidas), sneaks (New Balance), bag (Linea Pelle--ADORE THIS), watch (Cartier), ring (Lagos, Anna Beck), bracelets (Sylvia Benson), cuff (Morton James, Lexington KY), shades (Ray Ban)

I swear (I think), I will not make y'all suffer through another look with these sweats.  On the flip side, what kinda gal would I be if I didn't showcase an item that clearly gives you crazy bang for your buck and is pretty dang versatile (see HEREHEREHERE)?  Ridiculously comfy, surprisingly more polished than you'd think, I'm simply crazy for SWEATS.  What other article of clothing can you dress up, down, wear with flats, heels, sneaks, sleep in, dance in, eat in, let it all hang out it in?  Seriously, I can't come up with one--so why not wear the hell outta them...alright gang, make it a good one--thanks for stopping by!

photos courtesy of Kristin Tatem

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Stripes Go Graphic

blouse (J.Crew on SALE), blazer (Express old, OBSESSED WITH THIS), jeans (JBrand), belt (Target), heels (Kate Spade), clutch (Kate Spade), ring (Anna Beck, Lagos), watch (Cartier), bracelets (Sylvia Benson c/o), shades (Gucci)

May I preface this little blurb with the fact that it was crazy windy near this row of stables so apologies for the unruly 'do (probably shouldn't have posted that last shot, but whatevs)!  I wore the upper half of this look to Work with Bubblegum Pink Pants several weeks ago and knew I wanted to give it a run with some Boyfriends.  Perfect for dinner with the gals or even a date night, this graphic black and white combo is both modern and fresh while also crazy comfy.  Definitely plan on pairing this upper half with Red Pants or even keeping her classic with black slacks and a pop of Blue.  Many a possibility with this little graphic number!  Alright gang, make it a good one!

SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT:  only 2 more days to vote for the Better Homes & Gardens Blogger Awards and then I promise I'll zip my trap--a HUGE thank you to the votes received thus far--appreciated more than you know!  

photos courtesy of Kristin Tatem
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Black & White Does Casual

jacket (Banana Republic sold out, see PARKA stripes HERE, trench stripes HERE, scalloped stripes HERE), dress (J.Crew on SALE), clutch (Kate Spade how adorable are these STRIPES), flats (J.Crew adore these Perforated Metallics), cuff (Morton James Lexington KY), watch (Cartier), bracelets (Sylvia Benson c/o), shades (Ray Ban)

I had a serious case of the giggles in these pics---no doubt KT and I were trash talking like sailors or cursing at  the weather or something (we tend to get a little slap happy during our pics).  Anyhow, I've been on a big black & white kick this winter and this little rig is no exception. For me when I opt to go B&W, I just need a slight element of interest--here the gingham and rugby stripes fit the bill just fine.  Add a striped trench and some metallic heels and I'm a happy chap.  Alright kids, I am slammed out the wazoo today--gotta jet but thanks for stopping by.  Make it a good one!

photos courtesy of Kristin Tatem
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