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)