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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}

camo fall trendCamo 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!


It’s no secret, I love Pinterest. I’m a visual learner with my own way of organizing my thoughts. I used to rip pages out of magazines and paste them into little notebooks that were tabbed out by category {true story} so Pinterest is my “2.0″ version of this.

A collection of more fabulous images you’ll never find. And, it has been the perfect medium for helping me to define my very specific aesthetic, whether it be style or interiors. My “foodie” board is based solely on mood and has nothing to do with the actual recipes themselves.

What makes Pinterest what it is are the folks I follow. And, I find myself constantly pinning and repinning the same few people day after day. So, I thought I’d share just a few of my favorite folks on Pinterest!

beth kirby / local milk

I love this blog and her mantra “a cast iron skillet & camera” – doesn’t get much better. This board is full of rustic office shots and myriads of books {of which I have and can’t stop collecting}. A must follow.

local milk pinterest

hannah queen / honey & jam

I have long been a fan of Hannah and the way her beautiful photography captures the simple things in life and nature. Textures & tones come through beautifully and I can’t think of someone with a more lovely, rustic aesthetic than Hannah. This beautiful board is one she calls “feels like home” – certainly a place I’d love to live.

hannah queen pinterestlaura scholz

Laura is a great friend and a fabulous pinner. Her style board could be mistaken for mine – probably because that is where most of my pins inadvertently come from. If only my actual wardrobe looked as good as this virtual one. Anyone want to take a stab?

laura scholz pinterest

naomi / bakers royale

I love a dark & moody take on food {as is evident on my own “foodie” board} but Naomi takes the cake in this category. This board captures her love of food photography and I simply love her styling with vintage elements.

bakers royale pinterest

plum pretty sugar

Though I have long admired this beautiful brand, their pinning is just as pretty. I had a hard time picking just one pin board to feature from their treasure trove of boards. I have my own retail board, and as you’ll see it looks so much like the beautiful finds they’ve pinned here. Perhaps we can share our own retail space down the road? Oh, the possibilities with Pinterest.

pretty plum sugar pinterest

 

katie armour / the neo-traditionalist & matchbook magazine

It’s no surprise Katie’s pins are equally as lovely as her blog & magazine. While I adore her style & interior pins as well, I just couldn’t get over this collection of vintage rides {one of my favorite loves}.

katie armour pinterest

ginny branch

What can I even say about Ginny’s style {and styling}? I can honestly say I had to choose this board at random because each and every board she has created is equally as fabulous. Over the years, I have had many, many collections and you can tell that Ginny’s love of the same is pure. There is something about a collection that make the similarities outweigh & highlight the differences perfectly.

ginny branch stelling pinterest

 

 

 

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!

There are few things I enjoy more than entertaining. My entertaining style is simple, inclusive, unexpected and rustic – and the more the merrier.

I love the styling of author Annette Joseph, so I instantly knew her new book Picture Perfect Parties would be right up my alley. Her focus on simplicity shines through each page, making any event seem effortless and chic.

Annette Joseph

Annette was kind enough to include one of our IceMilk Aprons, the full sash Morning Bun Moments, in the styling of the book. And, by happenstance it landed a place in one of my favorite occasions … the Thanksgiving section. So, a fun giveaway for you this week as we’re teaming up and giving you the chance to win a signed copy of Picture Perfect Parties and a Morning Bun Moments full sash apron.

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The giveaway is open through 11/04/13 – best of luck to those who enter. No better time to get ready for simple entertaining in style, right before the holidays!

 

 

 

 

I have always had a passion for interiors, architecture and designers with a clearly defined signature style. I believe in the South we have a simplicity in home design. Yet, in the simplicity there is a rich and thoughtful detail that helps give nod to the care and craft that went into each selection. I love the craftsmanship of a wooden door and the inclusion of a farmhouse sink.

Ellen & Portia Elle DecorSouthern Homes

This week’s #southernchat is focused on the Southern Home and all the goodness and richness that goes into our Southern style. I am so thrilled to have a special guest, M.K. Quinlan, Senior Style Editor at Garden & Gun Magazine. When I asked her if there was an approach she’d like to take to the Southern Home concept, her answer was so much more thoughtful than I could ever have hoped…

MK Quinlan Garden & Gun“Lately I’ve gotten stuck on this idea of “slow-style.”  It’s a play on the slow-food movement, a way of considering your personal style – whether in your home or your wardrobe—in a manner that is authentic to the person you are and the place where you’re from. There’s no science to it, but I think combining heirloom pieces with new purchases that have meaning to you is a good place to start.

My least favorite thing in the world is walking into a home that has been “designed”—each piece of furniture new, fabrics perfectly color-coordinated, family photos stuffed in drawers. It doesn’t tell me anything about the people who live there. This is the danger of hiring an interior designer and not including your personal tastes and opinions in the design process.

In the South, I think we’re able to rise above this more than most because of the value we place in our personal history, and because the home is about so much more than “looking pretty” to us. It’s about entertaining and letting people into your life.”

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I have never thought of the Southern Home in such a way, but it truly describes the Southern way and my own personal approach to decorating. I have been collecting and curating pieces for as long as I can remember to slowly build my home into the unique interior it is today. The story behind each piece is truly inspiring, when you step into someone’s home, being able to learn the history behind an item is even further rooted in our art of storytelling. And, if you know me well by now {or if we’re friends on Pinterest …}  you know my own personal Southern home style is most certainly barn chic.

I know you’ll enjoy chatting with M.K. as much as I have on this topic, so be sure to join us Monday 4/15/13 at 9:00 PM EDT for this week’s #southernchat! Also, be sure to follow along with M.K. on Twitter at @GGBelleDecor and on the Garden & Gun Style Blog – Belle Decor – that she pens.

#southernchat:  The Southern Home (RESCHEDULED TO: Monday, 5/6/13, 9:00 pm edt.)

Q1: What key elements define a Southern Home (interior & exterior)?

Q2: What elements in your own home are Southern-inspired?

Q3: Who are some of your favorite Southern designers, architects, or artists for the home?

Q4: What home accessories & furniture companies are your favorite to shop for curating your Southern home?

Q5: What questions do you have for M.K. about about “Slow-Style,” Garden & Gun or her Southern home?

Images: Garden & Gun / Elle Decor / SJP Home

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 BlueprintThis 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 LogoGiveaway!

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.

Our delightful friends at Layla Grayce are at it yet again – this time with their top design trend picks from their latest trip to the market.

Hope you’ll take a momento to vote for the “Curated Style” they are featuring where our very own IceMilk Aprons are featured in the style board!

Some refer to the style as curated or found objects, but I like to call it heirloomed. Inspired by the past and the story behind the  piece, these treasures just look like they’ve got a story to tell.

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