Fashion

Spotlight On: Paige Minear

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

If you follow design in Atlanta at all, you've probably already heard of Paige Minear. She writes the design blog, "the pink clutch" which is a great read and you should definitely subscribe now! Paige has a style that cannot be denied in all of her work. It's colorful, vibrant, bold, and inspiring! We have the joy of taking a peek into the perfect reflection of Paige's design style--her own home! And we're bringing you with us! 

Join us as we turn the spotlight on Paige Minear! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Define your personal design style and perspective.

I am most definitely a preppy chic girl.  Most everything I am drawn to in fashion leans toward traditional with an edge.  It is the same in my style for our home. Very classic and preppy with an edge.  Lots of color with texture and pattern. 
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Which of your career milestones make you most proud?

The past year has been out of control.  My brand has tripled and the opportunities that have been offered to me blow me away.  Being an invited participant in the One Room Challenge was the biggest opportunity so far and definitely the one I am most proud of. Growing my Instagram following has really been exciting.  I love my followers and their incredible support!
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

How did you become a design blogger and where did you learn your skills?

My passion and background is fashion.  For me I see our home as an outfit needing to be put together.  You start with a piece that inspires you and you grow from there.  In our dining room it was the pink walls and an antique table that my in laws received as a wedding present.  The table provided the traditional and the pink the edge and it just grew.  I don't think it is hard to transition from fashion to design, it just seemed to be an easy transition.  I have been blogging since 2007 and love the creative outlet it provides.  I get to write about all the things that inspire me. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What's your secret for running a business and maintaining your personal life?

I have learned in the last six months to pick and chose projects.  I say no a lot and I am good with that. Saying no also allows me to pick the right projects and opportunities for me.   I can't do everything and when the day is done I have to be true to me.  My family always comes first and that gives me the greatest comfort and joy. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What's your guilty pleasure?

My love language is quality time.  Any time given to me by those I love fills my soul.  All my best friends know that I love their time and of course a fabulous meal! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What's your favorite destination?

New York and Palm Beach.  I think I was meant to live in both.  I could have an apartment in the city and a home in Palm Beach.  It might be the perfect combination! 
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Leave a comment below and tell us which of Paige's rooms we've featured is your favorite! Like what you see? Follow Paige Minear on Facebook, Instagram, and her blog!

We hope you enjoyed this spotlight as much as we did! 

Citizen Supply: A Truly Unique Retail Experience

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Have you been to Ponce City Market yet? If you haven't, YOU NEED TO GO NOW! It's a gorgeous selection of shops and restaurants and beautiful things. Take a moment this weekend to wander the hallways and stroll through the shops. It's really an inspiring location.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Citizen Supply is one of the awesome shops located at Ponce City Market. They're a unique store featuring all artisan goods. Here's what they're all about:

"Citizen Supply is an artisan marketplace that brings quality handmade and small-batch goods to Atlanta’s urban shopper in a truly unique retail experience." 

Pretty cool, right?! they feature many of our favorite vendors like East Atlanta's own Brother Moto which is a super cool shop with a unique take on the motorcycle experience. 

"Our goal has always been to provide those with a DIY spirit like ourselves the necessary tools, environment and knowledge to work on their motorbikes themselves. We believe in empowering riders with a space to learn how to fabricate, experiment and repair within a community of really really good people."
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Remember the post about the drapey cardigan and the super-soft-really-want-one-t-shirt? Welllll, the love affair continues! So Worth Loving is a vendor at Citizen Supply! Go on and feel the shirts. I dare you to even try to resist their siren's call! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Whether you're looking for housewares, decor, clothing, or gifts, you'll find beautiful, unique, and handmade pieces lovingly created by artisans and brought to you at Citizen Supply

So stop by, shop, and enjoy the beautiful pieces available at Citizen Supply. You'll love it, we're sure of it!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What to Wear for New Year's Eve 2015

New Year's Eve is the best opportunity in the year to wear your sparkliest, brightest, wildest, borderline-tackiest looks and still look absolutely fabulous! It's not too late to get out and take advantage of all the great post-Christmas/end-of-year sales to create your best New Year's Eve look yet! 

Need a little inspiration? We're here to help! 

We love the look of a crop top with wide leg pants. Wide leg pants may not be what you think of when you want to look sexy, but they are the perfect addition to a nice crop top to give you a classy, polished look and you're sure to feel comfy right through the countdown!

What is more New Years-y than a sequined romper?! Add a pair of understated heels so your shoes and romper don't compete with one another and wear a solid color jacket or cape for warmth and elegance. If you can't find a sequined version, go solid black and add layered sparkly necklaces and a statement bracelet and/or ring. 

Feeling bold? Try a pair of fitted sequined paints, a high-neck, tailored top, and accessories that make a statement! This would also work well with a skirt and you could even get away with a shorter hemline if you keep the neckline high!

Staying in or having a casual gathering? A cute and soft graphic tee like this is the perfect look! You could even wear your PJ pants with it and stay extra comfy and cute, no high heels required!

Happy shopping!

Fringe Skirt: 3 Ways

This season, fringe is in! When a new trend is on the rise, figuring out how to wear it can be a little tricky. We've teamed up with Shein.com to give you a few ideas for how you can wear fringe in a variety of ways! Check out their site for more on-trend looks shipped directly to your home. 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photos by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photos by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Look #1

This look is a twist on a classic. If you want to play it safe and dip your toe into wearing a fringe skirt, this is a great way to do it. Using neutrals ties everything together and keeps your outfit soft and light.

SHOP THE LOOK: Silk top by Banana Republic (Similar), Brown Tassel Straight Skirt by Shein, Booties by Crown Vintage (Similar), Gray Felt Hat by CottonOn, and Quilted Leather Bag by Michael Kors (Similar). 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

LOOK #2

This look is also pretty tame and can be switched up a bit by changing from booties to heels. Again, using neutrals keeps the outfit easy to put together and adding a pop of color in a handbag (in the season's hottest mustard shade) keeps things a bit more interesting. Because the skirt has a high waist, I paired it with a cropped grey sweater. Perfect outfit for a fall day out on the town!

SHOP THE LOOK: Cropped Grey Cable Knit Sweater (Similar), Brown Tassel Straight Skirt by SheinBooties by Crown Vintage (Similar), Gray Felt Hat by CottonOn, Mustard Leather Handbag Michael by Michael Kors (Similar), Nude Leather Heels by Stuart Weitzman (Similar) 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

LOOK #3

This last look is the most funky of the three and I think I had the most fun wearing this one. Try wearing a fringe skirt with some colorful heels, a fun belt, and a colorful graphic tee for a more playful look. Add a neutral sweater for warmth and a neutral handbag to keep things from getting too crazy. 

Shop the Look: Blue Ombre Heels by Boutique 9, Kissing Foxes Belt by Anthropologie, Colorful Graphic Tee (Similar), Brown Tassel Straight Skirt by Shein. Grey Waterfall Cardigan (Similar)

 

So, tell us! What would you pair with a suede texture fringe skirt? Which of these outfits do you like best? 


Early October Fashion

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

You know what is a fun thing about fall? That we can wear warm weather HATS! I just bought one (it will be featured very soon) and I want to wear it constantly. The only thing stopping me is the urge to not have constant hat hair. Danielle is doing a fine job modelling this Urban Outfitters hat on a warm early fall day. She probably doesn't even have hat hair.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

You may remember Danielle from our first "Spotlight" post last year, or from our most recent fashion post.  Not only does she heal with sound, but she also makes jewelry! This necklace is "Brass on Kanye" from Soundembrace. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Danielle has beautiful volume in her hair. It's tempting to only wear a hat when your hair just wont cooperate. Since they're such great accessories, I recommend wearing one when it makes sense with your outfit and mood for the day. You can always wear a bun on bad hair days, and a hat on good hair days. We encourage you to find a hat or two that you love this season wear it with confidence. Go, be bold!

Funky, Flirty, and Friving

Fashion is so personal. You can present yourself in nearly any light you want to by how you...well, present yourself. You can basically reinvent yourself every day if you are so inclined. From serious business woman in a structured pantsuit to a fun and carefree girl in a brightly colored number, you're only limited by your imagination! So go ahead, be confident and bold! Try something new on and wear it with pride!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

We love this outfit modeled by Danielle! It's colorful, patterned, and cheerful! What better way to finish off the summer than by wearing an outfit that feels like a party?

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

SHOP THE LOOK:

Pants: Divided from Rag O Rama
Bag: Similar
Sandals:
MIA from Steven Alan
Shirt:
Similar
Necklace: Lucky Gallery LA 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge


What to Wear in September

Tranistional weather can be a tricky thing in Georgia. We don't really have much of a spring or fall, so when you see the cute fall outfits in the back-to-school ads, do you think to yourself like I do "that outfit MIGHT work in November...but not September!"? How do you dress comfortably here in the South when the weather is still hot, but autumn is just around the corner? What do you reach for when you want to dress seasonally appropriate but also be comfortable and weather appropriate as well? 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Our recommendation? Start lengthening your sleeves OR hemlines, but not both at once. Also, wear very light fabrics like chambray that lend themselves to layering throughtout the fall but have breezy nature to the material you can enjoy wearing while the weather is still muggy and hot. 

Links below for where to buy similar items

Links below for where to buy similar items

We are loving gold accessories for September. The warmth of the metal is great for the upcoming fall season. Bring in a dash of suede into the mix in either your shoes or a handbag. A great way to lighten up the heavier fall material is to get some transitional sandals like these. These sandals are a favorite! Suede with a peep toe and laser cut details with a little more coverage than many other sandals, make these shoes perfect for the "in between" seasons. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

A color that is very "in" for the fall is MUSTARD! YAY! As a redhead, I love all of the colors that are in during the crisp autumn months. Most everyone who has any pigment at all to their skin (you're so, so lucky if you are tan, by the way!) may not be as wild about the more muted harvest-inspired shades. If you are afraid of mustard tones washing you out, go for shoes or a nice skirt, or maybe even some bold pants for a fun way to mix this hot shade into your wardrobe! 

PS. Want to feel pretty? Hire Christina Wedge to take your portraits for your website or just for fun! You are guaranteed to feel like hot stuff!

Ends In Style: The Year In Review

It's been a year of blogging, and what a year it's been! I think we've done a pretty good job, especially considering that we're only one! One year olds typically can't even talk yet, right? And here we are, typing away--practically prodigies! 

As we reflect over this past year and look forward to the future; planning our next steps as a photography/styling/blogging duo, we are taking the time to go back and enjoy our favorite posts from the past year. So here they are, our top five posts from year one of Ends In Style!

1. Spotlight on Writer/Editor/Producer/Stylist: Lisa Mowry

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Lisa Mowry is what some people might call a modern times Renaissance woman, writing, editing, styling and producing features for home and lifestyle magazines.  We caught up with her to get the inside scoop on her life and career. Click here for the full article. 

2. Frugal Friday Fashion: Winter Looks

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Four fun winter outfits modeled by me and Alex, photos by Christina. I felt inspired to style the shoot with some layers, textures, and unexpected combinations from our closets and by doing a little shopping, too! Click here to read the entire article.

3. Halloween Entertaining: Not-So-Predictable Tabletop Decor

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Halloween usually conjures up images of cotton spiderwebs, orange and black decor, and anything bloody, gory, or just plain scary.  Well we don't think that your Halloween Entertaining Experience needs to be so literal this year.  Why not inject a little style into your decor? Last October, we put a different spin on Halloween entertaining and we think you'll love it! Click here to read the entire article. 

4. Comfortable, Peaceful Interiors: How to Achieve the Mood

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

These spaces by designer Jennifer Schoenberger are a wonderful example of livable, comfortable, and relaxing design. The use of patterns and colors throughout the connected spaces tie them together and make the home feel like one continuous, harmonious space but with a few distinct characteristics in each room to keep them interesting on their own as well. Click here to read the entire article. 

5. Mother's Day Soiree

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

For Mother's Day this year, we styled an intimate little backyard party with friends and parents. It was a beautiful day with beautiful company. We again used layering to create a more interesting table top with varied colors and textures and mixture of wood and metallic tones. We think you'll love the look and be inspired to try your own garden party by following our simple tips. Click here and here to read the entire article. 

 

Thank you for stopping by and for reading! We love our followers and can't wait to show you what we've got in store for the coming year. Have some ideas of topics or style challenges you'd like to see us tackle? Let us know in the comments below! We love to hear what our readers like. 


And the Winner Is....

Elizabeth Edwards*!

Congratulations, Elizabeth! Email us at endsinstyle@gmail.com with your address and we will put your pretty new necklace in the mail. 

Thank you to everyone who entered! We love all of our readers and hope to do another giveaway soon, so keep checking back, reading, and being stylish :)

 

*Winner randomly selected by random.org, a random number generating service. 

Modern Day Nomads

Have you ever thought to yourself as you're sitting in your cubicle, looking at a spreadsheet, drinking bad office coffee, "If only I could just travel the country making money doing what I love"? That is precisely what Mackenzie and Blaine of The Local Branch do every day!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Mackenzie and Blaine live and work out of a 1979 Airstream trailer they bought when it was in serious need of some love and they transformed it into a rustic chic cabin on wheels. Please do yourself a favor and take the tour of the transformation on their blog! Christina and I both love transforming spaces that have been neglected or just aren't being utilized to their full potential--we particularly love that in small spaces where every area must work double or triple duty. The Local Branch live/work/play Airstream is all that and more!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Not only does this couple travel the United States selling their goods at festivals and events, they also make and sell all American made items for their shop IN their Airstream trailer. Anything you buy from The Local Branch will have an American made story and will include the city it came from on the tag. Since everything is made by hand here in the USA, you can be sure your purchases from these two nomads are supporting our national economy and small business. 

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

Follow The Local Branch on social media to see where they will show up next. Mackenzie and Blaine have me feeling inspired to take risks, make old things new, and support American small businesses and I hope you feel inspired, too!


Take A Style Detour (with Guest Blogger, Jen!)

Hi everyone! I am pleased to introduce you to our guest blogger, Jen.

Look! Another redhead :)

Look! Another redhead :)

Jen is a friend, writer, and all around stylish and wonderful lady! You will be seeing more of her over the next couple of months and believe me, she has a lot of style advice to give and you'll definitely want to hear more of it! Now, I'll let Jen take it from here.

Bypass the wardrobe blahs with a fresh perspective on your wardrobe

Hi, I’m guest blogger Jen. I love fashion and helping others discover their best style. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love dressing up or styling others. It has always been so enjoyable to me, even as a little girl. But what happens when you are going along, completely enamored with your own well-honed style, only to discover you’ve fallen into a style rut? Yes, the dreaded I have nothing to wear, there’s nothing in my closet I like, and everything makes me feel blah. It’s the style ruts. We can all relate. The style rut suddenly just pops out at the most inopportune times – like every morning before work or every Friday before a night out. But not to worry. Here are some of my easy tips to take your style from rut to right in less time (and money) than you think – by using what you already have (and these great tips overlap so you’ll have the look of a new wardrobe every time you go to your closet).

1. Get back to the classics.

Remember classics are classics for a reason. No one ever goes wrong with black and white pairings. Whether you grab a white button down with your favorite black crop pants or pick a white t-shirt and black blazer, it’s perfect for work, school, lunch or a night out.  The best part is you can accessorize endlessly with this well paired ensemble.

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Image via Pinterest 

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Image via Pinterest

2. Belts and scarves.

Oh yeah. The two best accessories a girl can use to refresh their style. Add a belt over a cute dress or cardigan and accentuate your beautiful curves. Scarfs are super versatile because they take a T-shirt from basic to becoming instantly. Scarfs draw attention up to your face – the best part of your outfit, always.

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3. Try dressing it down.

It’s warming up outside so why not take that more high end look to a wonderful day outfit with cute flats, Toms, or sneakers. Pair your Converse with an adorable skirt and take your ordinary look to an unexpectedly delightful style that is classic and fresh. It’s a great way to be comfortable and feminine in a modern way.

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Image via Pinterest

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Image via Pinterest

4. Denim.

You can always make this faithful style companion work harder for you. It’s all about what you are pairing with your favorite jeans. Try stepping away from whatever you’ve recently paired with them – look in your closet for a bright top and some contrasting heels. Heels are really the key with denim – it makes you feel immediately feminine and sexy. Take a pass on the flats at least once a week and enjoy the height of your hiney and the confidence in your step.

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Image via Pinterest

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Image via Pinterest

These tips help me to see new style in my old favorites without spending a dime. However, sometimes something new is just what you need to see perspective in all you have. Stay tuned for my tips on style shopping strategically – a few little tweaks can take your wardrobe to wow without a huge investment.

Jean Shorts at Any Age

Denim shorts, like their full-leg-length counterparts, are always in style. The rise, pockets, wash, details, length, width, and everything in between is always changing.

As the styles change, it can be tricky to know what "in" look is also age appropriate. Let's take a look at some good examples of jean shorts for various age-appropriateness so that you can try current trends without feeling like you're wearing your daughter's shorts*.
As with all fashion, this is just a guideline and most any style can be adapted to any age range. Wear what makes you feel confident, beautiful, and comfortable!

*When shopping at Nordstrom Rack with my Mama recently, she picked up a pair of NYDJ jeans to try on. I told her that they were cute but that I'd tried them on and they fit all wrong. She then explained the NYDJ stands for "Not Your Daughter's Jeans" and that obviously they were right, those jeans were not for her daughter!

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Shopping Local: Fab'rik

Shopping is so much fun. Buying new clothes gives me that feeling of "ahhh, my wardrobe is so cute!" But sometimes it is followed by a feeling of guilt that maybe I didn't really need that new dress after all, or maybe I should have purchased a cute new dress from a local shop instead of supporting a company that is far from Atlanta. Whatever the reason for the guilt, I think we have a solution (aside from not shopping anymore--which is kind of unthinkable sometimes). 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Supporting our local economy is something that is important to many of us, and yet, often times it can be cost prohibitive to shop at boutiques rather than the more affordable chain stores that can offer deep discounts all year long. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Thanks to Dana Spinola, founder and CEO of the boutique Fab'rik, which is a very affordable shop located right here in Atlanta, you can now get trendy clothes that wont break the bank AND you can support a local business all at once. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

The first several Fab'rik locations were here in our city before the store expanded to have many more locations over the last few years. Obviously, Dana found a model that worked for local women!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Not living right in the city? No worries! Fab'rik is expanding rapidly to cities all around Georgia and beyond. Georgia locations include: Athens, Atlantic Station, Augusta, Avalon, Buckhead, Citywalk, Dunwoody, East Cobb, Emory, The Forum, Macon, Mall of Georgia, Peachtree City, Savannah, Suwanee, Valdosta, and West Cobb. Additional stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Needless to say, this boutique is as convenient as finding a chain store but with the benefit of supporting local business.

Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

Looking for something bold and trendy but don't want to pay too much? Fab'rik is the place! They've got clothing, shoes, and accessories at very reasonable price points so you wont feel bad about trying out that look you aren't sure you can pull off (you probably can!).

Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

So, if you need an outfit for a special event or just want to try something cute and trendy but you want to save money, try out Fab'rik and shop local! No time to get out and shop? You can even shop online here. Happy shopping! We know your trip to Fab'rik will end in style :)

Coachella Style Inspiration

The country is buzzing about Coachella.  It is a massive music and art festival going on now, held in the Coachella Valley of California. A mecca for music and art lovers alike Coachella has a famous great lineup and awesome location. Coachella Valley is just a short drive to the Joshua Tree National Park, only 30 min! So this is pretty much the setting where this music festival is going down. Beeeautiful!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

I've got to admit that usually I'm annoyed with "music festival style" because I've never really understood why those headbands were something one needed/wanted to wear ONLY at a music festival and why are people wearing very warm boots and the tiniest shorts imaginable at the same time?? I swear I'm still in my 20s and am not actually an 80 year old woman shaking my finger at the young whipper snappers with their new fangled fashions. So, instead of focusing on the typical bikini top and frayed shorty shorts with a fedora and boots that I so clearly do not like and that is so common, I'd like to take a look at some unique outfits that you can modify for your everyday life, inspired by Coachella looks!

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Image via Google

This first inspiration is unique and cool actually seems pretty practical while still looking ready for the festival fun. H&M is a great place to look for Coachella inspired looks without spending much money. Also, check stores like Zara or Forever 21 for affordable printed pants like these above that wont need to last too many wears. How do you make it work for regular life? As is would be fine for some functions, or add a cami under the top for a little more coverage and you're ready to go!

Image via Google

Image via Google

Crochet pieces are everywhere right now and they're perfect for music festivals and real life alike. Crocheted pieces are breathable and are fantastic for layering. Also, in this case, I love the flower crown and don't find it the least bit annoying. It makes sense with the look and seems super appropriate. Layer a see-through crochet dress over a snug top and shorts, a smaller dress, or over a bathing suit and use as a cover-up.

Image via Google

Image via Google

I'm sold on this look! A bold floral print maxi skirt with a super-cropped top is seemingly quite uncommon at Coachella. It looks so pretty to me when the volume of the outfit is balanced with a lot more weight in the skirt so the top can be skimpy and she still looks like a lady. Add on the hat and you've really balanced out the look AND have minimized sunburn by probably 25%! So long, sun damage! To make this work for regular life, if you've got the confidence, go for it as pictured! If not, lengthen the top but make sure it is very fitted with an open neckline to maintain the proportions of the outfit.

Image via H&M

Image via H&M

H&M has a line of Coachella inspired looks in stores right now that check all of the boxes. Off the shoulder? Check. Shorts? Check. Crochet? Check. Floppy hat? Check. Long, draped wrap? Check. Take each of these pieces out of the Coachella setting and you can truly bring a little Bohemian flavor into your everyday wardrobe by mixing and matching with what you already have in your closet. Before you know it, you'll have a really interesting and fun look for your next brunch or date inspired by your favorite music festival looks. Maybe your new outfit will even put you in the California state of mind.

2015 Swimsuit Preview

With 2015 spring/summer fast approaching, it's time to start shopping for your next swimsuit. We've got a style guide to help you shop for the perfect and on-trend looks for this season!

Image via ShopStyle

Image via ShopStyle

High Necklines

Good news for the conservative and voluptuous, high necklines are in! Look for sporty cut swimsuit tops with simple bikini bottoms in fun prints. This is a cut anyone can pull off, just try it out and see how you feel.

Image via Etsy

Image via Etsy

Criss-Cross Backs

Thin and strappy backs are really hot this spring and summer. You can find these details in one-piece or two-piece options in any print or any color. 

Image via Saks Fifth Avenue

Image via Saks Fifth Avenue

Braided Details

Braided details are everywhere on swimwear this upcoming spring.  Look for suits with a little bit of a tribal print for a really trendy look.

image via Victoria's Secret

image via Victoria's Secret

Bandeau Tops

Bandeau tops are a great way to eliminate pesky shoulder tan lines and also give you the opportunity to wear fun prints that pack a punch in a smaller area.  

We hope you will enjoy shopping for the hottest 2015 swimwear looks as you prepare for a spring break trip and the upcoming summer months!

Frugal Friday: Fashion B&W

Black and white never fails to look effortlessly chic and classic. It looks even more so when it is an outfit made up of timeless pieces that are high quality and tailored. Take, for example, this look Miranda Kerr wore.

Image via Z

Image via Z

This outfit is great, and the little sidekick doesn't hurt either. What a cutie! Since Miranda Kerr is a supermodel, it's safe to assume none of these items came from a clearance rack, but let's see how we can recreate this outfit on a sensible budget. 

Leggings: Ann Taylor, Shoes: DSW, Coat: Romwe, Tee shirt: Urban Outfitters, Hat: Revolve Clothing, Handbag: Overstock

Leggings: Ann Taylor, Shoes: DSW, Coat: Romwe, Tee shirt: Urban Outfitters, Hat: Revolve Clothing, Handbag: Overstock

Ta da! A Miranda Kerr look recreated for $405! You probably already own some of these items, like black leggings and a black leather handbag. Have fun mixing textures and prints in the same color family and you pretty much can't go wrong. 

As always, when you can, buy your timeless pieces as an investment, and the more trendy items can be lower cost. This will make your wardrobe work for you and your classic pieces will last for years to come! 

 

Ann Taylor faux leather leggings final sale for $39.88, DSW Bass Grayson Houndstooth Oxford sale for $69.94, Romwe Wool Coat final sale $31.33, Urban Outfitters Project Social Long-Sleeve Tee Sale for $24.99, Revolve Clothing Mirage Hat for $69.00, Overstock Chasse Wells Italian Leather Handbag $169.99


The Best V-Day Date Outfits

Lady in red; the anthem of every man when his date walks out in a red dress for Valentine's Day. While I appreciate a cheesy song or pun, I'd like to offer up some outfit ideas that will make you look smokin' hot and leave your fella speechless rather than singing a mid 80s soft rock hit. Whether you're a lady in red, pink, white, or black, make this Valentine's Day look one to remember for the both of you.

Winter White

I adore winter white! It's subtle but unexpected and will stand out in a crowd of reds and pinks. Plus, it makes you look like a pretty little angel. I love both of these looks above! Go for a fitted winter white* pencil skirt and either a waist-skimming sweater or a fuzzy faux fur top. Carry a metallic clutch and some cut-out arch heels in a warm suede and a fun color. 

Keep hair down and flowing, makeup simple with a matte finish and deep red lip like NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal or whatever color will look good on you and with your colorful shoe choice, of course.

Red & Pink Color Blocking

Well this is fun, isn't it?! Wearing a color pairing that is typically considered "no-go" like red and pink is charming and perfect for a light-hearted date. You can have a lot of fun with your accessories and even use animal print as your neutral to break up the solid tones. Me-ow!

Keep hair casual and makeup light and airy. A pink lip color that mimics the pink you choose for your outfit (may I suggest Makeup Forever Satin Fushia?) and a black cateye eyeliner is all you need to be ready to hit the town with your sweetie. 

Lingerie Inspired Outfits

Another subtly sexy look to try is the bustier top. It's a nod to lingerie while still being ladylike and street appropriate. Wear it with something long and flowing on the bottom to contrast with the bustier being very snug and showing a good bit of skin.

Keep your hair down and ultra soft curled (think 1950s starlet) with simple makeup and accessories. Try a nude lip and warm, slightly smokey eye. Don't forget to bring a warm coat that compliments your outfit!

We hope these outfits have inspired you to think of Valentine's Day date outfits in a new light. You have many options to show off your figure and your personal style--and it doesn't even have to be all red head-to-toe!

 

*The key to winter white is in the material. You wouldn't wear a linen in the winter, so just be sure your white items are in cold weather materials and they will look appropriate and lovely!

Frugal Friday: Fashion

Photo Via New York Mag/The Cut

Photo Via New York Mag/The Cut

I love a winter look with an unexpected color palette! While I love greys and blacks just as much as the next person, sometimes my eyes are tired of the muted colors all around me and crave color in the winter. Today's Frugal Friday inspiration photo is satisfying that craving. With a dusty pink coat, pale blues, and fun accessories, this outfit shakes things up from the day to day brown boots, leggings, and oversized sweaters. It's a little bit glam, a little bit casual, and a lot cute.

I found this inspiration photo from New York Magazine online and loved the fun use of spring colors and the mixing of so many different looks into one, cohesive outfit. Let's recreate this pretty look on a reasonable budget, shall we? 

Recreating a high-end look becomes much easier when the main pieces are simple, and the accessories are funky and trendy. This way, you can find pieces that you wont wear as often at a cheaper price and not worry about splurging on a $500 faux fur handbag you will wear 4 times. 

I chose all discount items for this Frugal Friday look, but as always, I recommend investing in the pieces that will stand the test of time like good quality jeans, a nice warm coat, and always, always wear shoes that are comfortable! Nothing looks quite so fashionable as someone hobbling like a newborn giraffe in heels that are causing extreme pain. 

Below are the links to where you can find the pieces for this look for under $200!

Chambray Shirt, Target, $22.99 / Light Blue Jeggings, American Eagle, $39.95 / Bouclé Coat, H&M, $25 sale / BCBG Paris Jaze Metallic Pump, DSW, $59.95 / River Island Claudia Sunglasses, ASOS, $24.64

Spotlight on: Honey and Hazel Boutique

Is there anything sweeter than the mother/daughter relationship? It's such a strong bond and as mothers and daughters age, the relationship often changes from parent/child to best friends.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Recently, we had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with the very special mother daughter duo of Honey & Hazel Boutique in Alpharetta. They are such a fun pair and they work together every day! They compliment each other in their work styles and have a very cute shop! Let's get to know Grace and Julie Gordy of Honey & Hazel Boutique a little bit better.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

How did you get your start?

Grace: "I’ve always been into fashion and dreamed to own a boutique one day. My mom and I discussed the idea of opening one together when I was in middle school and she told me to go to college, get some work experience and if I still wanted to do it and we had an opportunity to then we would!" 

Julie: "I came from a family of creative entrepreneurs and have owned multiple home décor shops . Grace and I have always had a close relationship and wanted to pursue an endeavor together in women’s apparel. We are so thankful the opportunity presented itself and here we are!" 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Was there 1 job or contact that set the course of your career?

Grace: "After graduating college, I moved to Charleston, SC to work for a couple years. While living there, I was Assistant Manager at a boutique on King Street and fell in love with the boutique atmosphere. I loved interacting with customers and working for a small company. It seemed so much more personal than working for big chain retailers."

Julie: "I worked as an Interior Decorator for many years and always had a desire to open my own store. When our family relocated to a small town in Northeast Georgia years ago I was able to do so. Grace always wanted to add a clothing section and now we have our own clothing store."

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What is your favorite/most successful way to advertise?

Grace: "Social media definitely! It’s so much fun, a little addicting, and not to mention FREE, which is the best part. It’s fun to interact with our customers through Instagram and Facebook!" 

Julie: "Social media, but at my age I don’t know much about it so Grace is the social media Queen! :) "

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

If there were one thing you could change about your career, what would it be?

Grace: "That we are to the point of success that we have many employees and multiple stores! That is my ultimate goal for the shop and I’m sure with lots of hard work and determination we will get there in the coming years!" 

Julie: "I’m very thankful and wouldn’t change anything! I’ve been able to pursue my dreams and passions and now being able to work with my daughter is wonderful!"

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What is your favorite stress reliever?

Grace: "Spending time with my friends, family, boyfriend, doing something creative, and getting some exercise!" 

Julie: "Being outdoors and spending time with family!"

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What is your favorite destination?

Grace: "30A in Florida! It is definitely my “happy place” and we’ve been going down there to vacation since I was born! My ultimate dream is to have a Honey & Hazel there – I would be the happiest person on earth!" 

Julie: "I love the mountains! That is definitely my 'happy place'!"

Stop by, say hello, and shop with Grace and Julie at Honey & Hazel Boutique!

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Hats: Where to Get Them & How to Wear Them

 

My mama once said to an elderly woman at a Mother's Day brunch we were attending with my grandmother, 

"What a beautiful hat! I wish hats were stylish...uh...you know...for...younger people...." 

This was years ago, but it is still hilarious to remember Mama trying to back peddle out of that. My mama is a very nice, polite woman, so she was horrified by her slip-up. My sister and I saw only humor in it and to this day say "Oh, I wish hats were stylish for younger people" any time someone says something accidentally insulting.

Well, good news, younger people! HATS ARE STYLISH NOW!

Here's the breakdown of my favorites plus where to get them and how to pull them off.

The Wide Brim Floppy Hat

TopShop, $52

TopShop, $52

The floppy hat is so very chic right now. Wear it in a fun color and keep your outfit neutral. For example, wear black skinny jeans, taupe booties, and a flowy black top. Be sure to curl your hair loosely with a curling wand so it looks effortless. Carry a big handbag, wear some funky jewelry and a big pair of sunglasses. Watch out for paparazzi because you will most likely be mistaken for a celebrity.

The Trench Coat Hat

Macy's on sale now, $29.99

Macy's on sale now, $29.99

Is that you, Carmen Sandiego? Fly under the radar in style with a trench coat hat. Keep your hair silky smooth and curled like a 1940's movie star or curl the ends lightly for a soft, elegant look. Pair it with a trench coat, leather skirt, heels, and a simple top. Keep jewelry understated. Remember--you are under cover!

 

The Bowler Hat

Urban Outfitters, $34

Urban Outfitters, $34

This hat reminds me of a musical number I did as a member of the Augusta Children's Chorale in middle school. The song was cleverly called "Hats" and we sang these words as we danced around with little plastic bowler hats in a choreographed production:

"Hats! are made for your head. And when it's cold outside, they keep you warm instead!"

I wore the hat with my chorale uniform which was, (brace yourself for horror and pain) an evergreen drop waist potato sack dress with a placemat collared puffy-sleeved white shirt, opaque white tights, and black pilgrim shoes. That outfit was the sole reason for any teenage angst I may have suffered in the following years.

But you can wear this hat in a much more stylish way!  Wear your hair down and a little messy. This is a great way to work with your hair if you're in a hurry and have not washed it or you're struggling with a particularly stubborn cowlick. Pair the hat with a simple relaxed fit dress and booties for a laid back look.

The Western-Inspired Hat

ShopBop, $150

ShopBop, $150

This hat is super versatile! It's a bit western-inspired but does not cross over into cowboy hat territory. Style your hair in a cool braid like this one, swept to one side, and wear with a faux fur vest and heeled boots. Check out how one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Wendy put her monochromatic look together with a feather vest. 

 

We hope you will try out some of these looks with hats and make them your own! Tag us with #endsinstyle on instagram and Facebook and show us how you top off your style with a hat! Follow us with Bloglovin!

Mama would love it ;)