What to Wear

Icelandic Adventures Through the Seasons

2016 has been a very exciting year for us here at Ends In Style! Christina has now made three trips to beautiful Iceland, one with me (Susie) and Victor for our elopement which she photographed!
Clearly, Iceland is near and dear to our hearts now and we want to share with you why we love it so. We also encourage you to book a trip and see if for yourself! We do our best to take beautiful pictures and to describe things in a way that makes you feel like you're there--but they cannot do the real thing justice! 
We'll help you prepare for your trip and have the best time possible. We're bringing you a series of posts in the coming weeks about traveling to the country that droves of people are flocking to, and with good reason! 

Posts you can look forward to are:

Iceland in Spring: 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

  • What to do 
  • What to see
  • What to pack
  • Where to stay
  • Advantages of visiting in the spring
  • Preparing for your trip and more!

Iceland in Summer: 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

  • How to make the most of the warmest Icelandic weather
  • Capturing the golden light
  • Places to visit while you can (some places are only open in summer)
  • What to eat
  • Maybe even a stop in Greenland :)
  • Advantages to visiting in summer
  • Best short hikes and more!

Iceland in Fall: 

Photo by Susie Prince

Photo by Susie Prince

  • What to pack
  • Getting around
  • Best ways to see the Northern Lights
  • Tours that are worth the money
  • Self-guided tours you HAVE to take
  • Advantages to visiting in fall
  • Where to stay

And Finally....

Eloping in Iceland:

  • Why we chose to elope (and why you may want to as well)
  • Best places to take wedding photos
  • Pros and cons of wedding sites
  • How to get paperwork in order to make your marriage legal in the US
  • Gorgeous photos by Christina of me and Victor (she's a wiz with light!)
  • What to wear and what not to wear for an outdoor Icelandic wedding
  • Luxury stays for your honeymoon 
  • Flower options, and more!!!

We look forward to sharing all of this with you and hope you'll be inspired to take a trip to a country that has captured our hearts and is beautiful and magical enough to make us want to go back in the dead of winter!

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!

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!

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!

Click through photos for sources.

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 :)

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

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 ;)