Wednesday, November 29, 2017

October Outfit Roundup

Sweater: Banana Republic (shop similar sweater)
Shoes: Kate Spade (shop similar shoes)

Pants: HEI
Shirt: Gibson
Shoes: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Versace (shop similar glasses)

Sweater: Leith
Skirt: Vince Camuto
Shoes: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Coach

Sweater: Loft (shop similar sweater)
Jacket: BlankNYC
Jeans: Loft
Booties: Franco Sarto
Necklace: So Good Jewelry
Headband: Talbots

Pants: Loft (shop similar pants)
Shoes: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Versace 

Turtleneck: Banana Republic
Sweater: Banana Republic
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Michael Kors
Purse: Michael Kors

Sweater: Banana Republic
Skirt: Halogen 
Belt: Copper Penny Boutique (shop similar belt)
Hat: Halogen 
Sunglasses: Versace 
Necklace: So Good Jewelry
Shoes: Jessica Simpson  (shop similar shoes)

Fly and Flower Show

Tuesday night I got to go to an amazing event that showcased the amazing art of my good friend Claire Kendall in collaboration with the incredible clothing of the Fly Modern Apparel Boutique. Claire has been creating this ingenious line of paintings in which she takes fashion photos from blogs, and instagram and other avenues and paints the photos and replaces the model's head with a flower. Yes, it's a slightly odd concept when you hear it for the first time, but the final result is inspired and ethereal. I've been obsessed with this collection of paintings since she first opened them at the end of September. I actually found out tonight that I was her very first purchaser on this collection! And I personally think that one of this distinctive pieces is a must-have for every fashionista and art lover: and you can't beat supporting a local artist.

Tonight's event was especially special because not only did Claire paint the models from Fly, but she also had a hand in composing the photo shoot that inspired the paintings. She's just all around artistically talented and the event came together beautifully! I'm proud to call her my friend and I want to share her genius with everyone.

And let's talk about Fly Modern Apparel. It's located on a side street of downtown Summerville, South Carolina. Living on the opposite side of town, I seldom get to Summerville, though I occasionally hear great things about it. But it's worth the drive just to shop this fabulous boutique: this coming from the girl who had officially given up on boutiques. The clothes were sassy, creative and original and made with great quality fabrics, and the prices were very reasonable. I will be keeping my eye on this great little secret! I ended up getting an incredible top and a beautiful holiday dress tonight at the event. I can't wait to show them to you!

Fly Modern Apparel Models wearing Fly clothing and rocking flowers to mimic the flowerhead paintings 

Fly - Claire Kendall Art Collaboration Flowerheads 
(shop art at

So many cool details to love about this boutique! 

Shirt: Stein Mart
Jacket: White House Black Market 
Pants: Loft
Shoes: Michael Kors

The artist - my beautiful and talented friend, Claire Kendall 

You can't go to an art and fashion event without a good friend and wing woman! 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Reviving That Beloved Outfit

I felt like this outfit needed its very own post because it is one of my favorites. I originally put this outfit together when I was maybe 14 or 15. I absolutely loved it and it felt like I've worn it about once a week since then: until a year or two ago. And then at that point the original peasant blouse that I wore with this vest was yellowed and the seams had torn (since it was originally a size too small, but it was the only thing that worked). It was a sad day that blouse died. And I spent the next couple years desperately searching for another similar blouse so that I could wear my favorite outfit. The search ended a couple weeks ago in a mall in Raleigh. I was walking to the American Girl store (yes, I still love American Girl Dolls) and I saw the blouse in the window at White House Black Market. I practically screamed in the middle of the mall and promptly went in and bought it. I didn't even try it on. I've never actually done that with a garment before. But it worked perfectly and now I have my favorite outfit back! And I most certainly wore it to work the very next week! So if you have an outfit that you love and a piece wears out, don't despair: the replacement is out there somewhere! 

Vest: Bebe
Pants: Loft (shop similar pants)
Booties: Michael Kors (shop similar booties)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


So I’m going to be honest, this trying to blog several times a week is a lot more challenging than I thought it would be.  I am just full of ideas, but between working all day and a small munchkin, finding the time to write everything out and take pictures of all my outfits is incredibly challenging. My hats are off to all you blogger mamas who manage to get everything done in the 24 hours we are allotted in each day!

Back in September Hurricane Irma was barreling toward the East Coast. My mother always panics when hurricanes come, even though she’s lived in Charleston for almost forty years. So, this news qued the hurried removal of pictures from the walls and draping the furniture and tarps. My mother and I were already planning on going to Atlanta for a haircut (I’ll explain that in a different post) so we decided to leave early and take the baby and two of our three dogs. One of my dogs doesn’t get along with my mom’s dog, so my dad was going to take the other dog and go a different direction. I was definitely not looking forward to driving in the car for six hours with two dogs and a baby and then wrestling that zoo in a hotel room and not looking like the Beverly Hillbillies.

Well then Irma decided to change her mind and go West, so Charleston was no longer a direct hit. My dad decided to stay in the house, so we left him with the two big dogs and my mom and I set off with my little dog and the baby. It was still a small zoo.

Our first night in Atlanta we spent in one hotel, and the next three nights we spent in another hotel. Sunday we got our hair cut and ate a yummy lunch and then headed back to the hotel. Monday we were completely hotel bound due to the high winds from the storm. Tuesday we headed over to Phipps Plaza for some shopping and lunch. It was a nice relaxing day, and then we headed home.

So what started out as an evacuation turned into a mini-vacation. We were incredibly thankful that all that happened was our backyard flooded, but no water in the house and no damage to the house. It could’ve been so much worse, and it was so much worse for so many people. Here are some of the highlights of the trip. 
My little furbaby travel companion

Munchkin greatly enjoyed the hotel experience

Absolutely in love with my new cut and color! Finally feeling more like the old Audra Claire.
Top: Chelsea28

Pumpkin spice is always in style!

 Some pictures from our hotel pool. It looked like New Orleans.

The Ted Baker dressing room warrants a selfie!
Jacket: Stein Mart
T-Shirt: Old Navy
Jeans: Loft
Purse: Michael Kors

Shopping break for lunch at Cheesecake Factory!

We had two wonderful meals at Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Atlanta’s Dining Room

Top: Halogen
Jeans: Loft
Sandals: Michael Kors

Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren

Thursday, September 14, 2017

August Outfit Roundup

Pants: White House Black Market (shop similar pants)
Shoes: Sam Edelman 

Sweater: TopShop
Jeans: Brunette Boutique (shop similar jeans)
Heels: Guess (shop similar shoes)

Dress: WAYF
Belt: Francesca's 
Shoes: Michael Kors  

Skirt: Loft (shop similar skirt)
Shoes: Sam Edelman 

Blouse: Loft (shop similar blouse)
Skirt: the hospital gift shop (shop similar skirt)
Shoes: Sam Edelman 

Dress: Donna Morgan (shop similar dress)
Heels: BCBG Max Azria 
Purse: Nanette Lepore (shop similar bag)


Dress: Karl Lagerfeld
Watch: Michael Kors (shop similar watch)

Dress: Calvin Klein
Shoes: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Betsy Johnson 

 Dress: Love . . . ady 
Sandals: Sam Edelman

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Checking out Columbia

So a couple Saturdays ago my fur baby and I went to Columbia for the day to spend a few hours with my best friend who I haven't seen in two years! She's living in Orlando now and I live in Charleston and we are both so busy with work: it's not quite like the wonderful days when we both lived in Greenville and our biggest worry was our test tomorrow. So this day was a rare treat! However, neither of us know very much about Columbia so it was also sort of an adventure. I posted on Facebook looking for recommendations from friends on places to go and places to eat. One of my friends who lives in Columbia recommended the Vista. That is a super cute little shopping district that definitely wasn't there last time I had spent any time in Columbia! So we parked and started looking around for a restaurant that was open for lunch at 2:30 and had a deck for my fluffy. We ended up eating at the Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom. I had the best calzone that I've ever eaten! However, our servers kept forgetting about us so they gave us our meal free and gave us a free brownie bite dessert. They were out of this world!!! Even though the meal took entirely too long, the food was amazing and totally worth it. After that we walked around the Vista and the State House grounds and took tons of pictures. Overall it was a beautiful and fun day!

Top: Feratelli (no longer available)
Jeans: Loft 
Shoes: Michael Kors 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Excerpts from Paris Bath and Beauty Book

Ever since I spent a couple weeks in France, I've been obsessed with the French women and their fashion. They're always been at the height of the fashion industry, but they do it so effortlessly! Not that I'm planning to ditch my highly artistic makeup when I feel like doing that, but it's nice to know that it's also super chic to go out with just glowing skin and a bold lip. 

I'm always on the lookout for books about Parisian fashion and beauty routines, and whenever I see one I grab it! I found this little beauty on a quick run into Whole Foods. I was passing by and the giant "Paris" grabbed my attention. I spent about 3 seconds flipping through it and decided it was something I needed in my life. Here are some excerpts from the book for your enjoyment. 

Need some help forming a capsule wardrobe for fall? No worries. The Parisian stylists are here to help!