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There is a lot of chatter lately about finding your “uniform” {formerly known as a personal style or brand} and as a branding junkie myself, I’m whittling down my own style into a go-to capsule collection for myself. Since most of my personal belongings are packed away until we move, I’ve been living off very little and finding that I really only hit my “go-to” wardrobe pieces anyways – so I’m weeding out the pieces I don’t need and investing in the ones I know will stick with me.

As a self-proclaimed neutral lover {ahem .. have you seen my styleboards lately?}, I love the classic, timeless pieces and the concept of the capsule is just right for this girl.  And, as an entrepreneur & designer, I want an outfit that can take me from being a mom to a business meeting because every day is different.

Here are just a few of my favorite go-to’s {I do own most all of these} and I’ll be sharing more of my favorite Entrepreneur Uniforms with you soon.

Entrepreneur's Uniform

Madewell hat {I drooled over this for a month and it was a total no-brainer. The fit is fabulous and the compliments are endless every time I wear this one out} / Madewell earrings {I love this brass color and wear these just about every day, a great size} / White tee { I need some shirt suggestions, still searching but loved the shape & movement of this piece } / Madewell black High Riser Skinny Skinny denim { I am “obsessed” with this fit. Perfect in every way for this momma} / J.Crew slip on Vans {I have found these to be so super versatile – I can dress them up or down so easily} / Graf and Lantz Grey Felt Tote { If you’ve seen me anytime lately, this has been on my shoulder. Huge bags are my MO and this one carries everything from diapers to my laptop}

One of my favorite things about my job is the people I get to meet through my work. Here are a two Southern friends doing fabulous things that you should support!

Courtney from Honeycomb Studio is doing wonderful things. I first fell in love with her Antler series when I was styling a tabletop for a West Elm event. The gold touches are just to die for in my neutral opinion and the simplicity and organic nature of her work is one of a kind. She has just launched a new lighting collection as well. But for now she’s up for the West Elm Local Grant and I’d love if you’d support her by giving her your vote today!

Honeycomb Studio

Another great Southern find for you today is Gregg at Jack Donnelly. Attention & detail given to one of the Souths most iconic style staples for any gentleman, the khaki pant. They have been growing & growing and I love seeing the diversity in the new styles and colors of pants and shorts in their collection. They are currently halfway through a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for further expanding their collection and I’d love if you can support them {and get in on the good deal to snag those perks & pants for yourself!} Oh, and did I mention the company is named after his Grandfather?

I'd love to know what you think of these two special Southerners! And, if you like these finds, I'll be sharing some more of My Southern Friends soon on the blog!

camo fall trend Camo has become one of the hottest prints of 2014, with the Summer trend easily extending into the Fall {and I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon}.

For those of us in the South who have long had camo pieces in our wardrobes, it’s a welcomed trend and I’ve loved integrating a few key “fancy” camo pieces into my collection. If you’re going to do it, do it right. Here are my tips for camo done right.

  1. If you’re going to do it, don’t overdo it. Let your camo piece be the statement of your outfit and go simple and neutral for your other pieces. Think black jeans + white tee.
  2. Know when to wear your “fancy” camo. These stylish pieces are not acceptable wear for a dove hunt, go with the original, “real” camo pieces when in these situations. Please.
  3. Look for pieces with strong, simple construction or classic pieces. This will give you the most effortless camo look without making it look like you tried too hard.
  4. Add a little juxtaposition to really own this trend. I love how “rugged” camo is, so pair it with a nude heel or better yet a camo shift dress. You can have so much fun.
  5. Still not sure if you can rock it? The best single piece {in my humble opinion} to ease into the trend is a clean piece of outerwear. A jacket or vest, and consider going again with a classic piece like a trench or anorak.

Here are my go-to picks for camo this Fall. I’d love to know which you’re loving and what other pieces you can’t live without!


Inspired by the list of the 75 Most Stylish Southerners that Southern Living posted this week, I decided to share a little Southern style of my own. Chambray is surely nothing new, but a long-standing Southern staple for sure. And, totally on trend again for Spring. Pair it with white or a super dark denim, a plaid, print or tiny floral – it’s versatile and classic every time.

I’d love to see some of your favorite Chambray finds for Spring!

Southern Valentine's Day Gift Guide

As a Southerner, here are a few of my favorite finds for that special, Southern sweetheart in your life this Valentine’s Day!

1. Mast Brothers Chocolate & signed book (don’t go the traditional route with chocolates, give her something she’s really going to love) / 2. Emily G’s Jam (Because they are “Jams of Love” after all, and great on a biscuit!) / 3. Floral Painting (Save your money on flowers and give her one of these gorgeous floral paintings from Charleston artist Lulie Wallace) / 4. Arrows with Feathers (Shoot straight to the heart with these beauties! A great gift for your kiddos, don’t you think?) / 5. Bless your Heart Card (This card says it all) / 6. elizabethW Sweet Tea perfume (my scent of choice for as long as I can remember, trust me, she’ll love it!)

The intent of my blog heirloomed is to celebrate things that are inspired by yesterday but chic for today. So, you’ll have no trouble understanding why I instantly fell for the sparkly goods at Candy Shop Vintage.

I had the pleasure of meeting the founder, jewelry designer Deirdre Zahl earlier this year at The Southern Coterie Summit. I loved her jewelry (of course) and her business card & logo were just as beautiful. Which of course translates quickly to her website filled with original collection, vintage-inspired jewelry as well as real vintage pieces that she has collected. Oh, and then there is the packaging.

I love the analogy of the name – Candy Shop – and the nod to childhood. Picking through the goods, whether sweet or sparkling, as a child or adult, in search of the perfect piece.

I pulled together just a tiny few of some of my favorite pieces from the site. I’d love to know what your favorites pieces are, too!

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Since I’m so inspired by things of the past, I decided it might be fun to start a new little series on the blog … yesterday / today. The series will take a look at things that are chic today, as compared to pieces from the past that inspired those trends.

Earlier this week I got an email from my friends at Layla Grayce showcasing all of the beautiful mint green items they have on their site. Seeing all the mint together in one place made me realize instantly the color connection from the vintage jadite pieces that were once stacked on kitchen shelves everywhere. The gorgeous milky green glass has long been a favorite of mine, especially against fresh white, as a display piece just perfect for styling.

Though I am pretty sold on a neutral palette, this summer trend is so vintage and yet so current for today that I can’t help but fall for it. I love that it goes effortlessly from a casual day at the beach to the most glamorous red carpet event without missing a beat.

Have you collected any jadite? Find a favorite mint green piece? Would love to hear about it! And, would love your suggestions for future posts in the yesterday/today series!

Mint Perfection: Earrings : Layla Grayce / Nail Polish : Essie / Pleated Skirt : Net-a-Porter

With Easter right around the corner, this week we will #southernchat about Easter Traditions, a topic suggested in one of our earlier chats.  Everyone has their own special traditions for Easter – from family to eggs to baskets. Some of my favorite Easter style pieces are oh-so-Southern-inpsired, keeping it classic but still spring fresh. Seersucker, straw, pastels, stripes and floral scents help set the stage for an Easter gathering you’ll never forget.

Easter Style

My own traditions growing up were family events that brought us closer together. My grandmother always put together special Easter egg hunts at her house, leaving little clues in each egg that led to the next.  After the last egg, the next clue helped us to find our Easter baskets which were filled to the brim with treats.  The wooden baskets we found were handcrafted by my parents and painted in soft spring colors, mine with a bunny and my sisters with a chick on it.  They went perfectly with the Easter dresses my sister and I would wear as we made our way to Easter brunch at my grandmother’s country club.

Liza Graves Style Blueprint This week, we have a special guest, Liza Graves, co-founder of styleblueprint.com.  I very much related to the Easter memories that Liza had to share.

I grew up honoring Lent, with a grandmother and all of her sisters who gave up liquor each spring for 40 days and then got quite tipsy at the annual Easter party, held at my grandmother’s on a 3-acre lot on the river in the second oldest house in town. It was THE party to be invited to. Ham biscuits, coconut cake and sparkling punch, spiked and served out of a punch bowl, were always mainstays on the buffet table. Sometimes my grandmother & her sisters would get a little tipsy, get into arguments and storm off to their respective homes, all within one block of one another – just in time for the caterer to leave and everyone to proclaim that it was the best party yet.

I do think that everyone has funny Easter traditions, but the big Easter Egg Hunt at a friend or neighbor’s house, lent, smocked dresses, ham biscuits, coconut cake and family spats that end in hugs are something that most southern families have in common!

I love Liza’s spin on Easter, and I can’t wait to hear all about your Easter traditions, too! I hope you can join in the fun.

 #southernchat

#southernchat: Easter Traditions (Monday 3/25/13 9:00PM est)

Q1: What Easter Traditions do you & your family have?

Q2: When you think of Easter, what elements come to mind?

Q3: What are some of your favorite southern foods on the Easter table?

Q4: What are the perfect pieces for a classic Easter outfit?

Q5: What southern goodies will you be filling the Easter baskets with this year?

Kayce Hughes Logo Giveaway!

Special thanks to Liza for coordinating this week’s giveaway – a $50 gift certificate from our friends at Kayce Hughes! With stores in Nashville, Chattanooga, and now, Atlanta, what better place to outfit your whole family for the Easter holiday than here. Just join in the chat by using the #southernchat hashtag sometime from 9:00-10:00pm est on 3/25/13 and you’ll be automatically entered to win.

Easter Style: Rachel Zoe Straw Hat, ASOS Cork Clutch, NARS blush, Happ & Stahns Eau de Parfum, J.Crew Seersucker Dress, Gucci Necklace, Butter London Polish, Sperry Wedges.

the man in black

In celebration of what would have been the 81st birthday of Johnny Cash, today I’m celebrating what today’s “man in black” might be sporting. What did I miss?

the new black: warby parker beckett eye glasses / fender black guitar / tom ford noir / brother vellies black suede erongo / barbour polarquilt zip in liner

 

Throwback Thursday: Vintage Jewelry

On Valentine’s Day, what better theme for Throwback Thursday than jewelry?

From rhinestones to broaches to cocktail rings galore, I love the constant inspiration that is taken from vintage jewelry to style some of the most fabulous events to everyday fashion. I love those pieces that feel like they just stepped out of your great grandmother’s jewelry box, but even with all the pieces out there today I found it a bit hard to pin down those doing it fabulously. J.Crew is one I think that has led the most recent trend of classic clasps and hardware, and BHLDN is hot on the heels of making the fanciest fetes forever chic.

Who are some of your favorite jewelry designers showing vintage pieces?

Vintage-inspired Jewelry: Loren Hope bracelet, J.Crew necklace, BHLDN earrings, Stella & Dot ring.

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