Having the opportunity to hangout and play dress up in one of your most favorite boutiques would be a dream come true for most women! The fact that it has actually become one of the greatest perks of my job still amazes me. I could pinch myself just thinking about it. And on an even cooler note, the fact that boutiques like Blush believe in me enough to allow ME to come into their space and give me complete creative freedom to style as I please is pretty wondtacular. I cannot even describe what it feels like, especially considering how tough and over saturated the blogger market is. We (meaning fashion bloggers) basically come a dime a dozen.
Just a few days before heading down to Georgia, I received a lovely message from a sweet friend Kate Henry, who is the owner of Blush Albany, asking if I would like to come in and spend the day with them! Of course I said YES. Back when I first became a lover of boutiques, Blush was one of my GO TO spots. Great location, awesome pieces, and affordable price points. I’m almost positive that I still own every piece that I’ve ever purchased from Blush, and for me that’s saying a lot! I will purge something in a skinny minute if it doesn’t prove itself to have wardrobe longevity and durability. Just ask my husband!
Any who, here’s a little inside peek at my hangout date with Blush Boutique and some of the wonderful pieces I styled! Oh yes, so I don’t overload you with photos, this will be a two part blog post. I will upload the part two on Friday, May 2nd.
When I walked into Blush, I was immediately drawn to this drop waist dress. The color is just the perfect shade of blue as I have a tendency to run away from anything in the deep blue family! I’m not sure why. It’s just a “Candace” thing. Any who, I was delighted to find that the dress had little pick ups in the waist area, which gives it some lovely character!
I then find found this crochet pull over and thought it would look stunning over the blue dress. A nice way to make this dress unique! And oh yes, since color monochroming is still in this Spring, I added the baby blue floral bib necklace to highlight the ensemble.
I just love these shoes. For those of you who are wondering, they are Sam Edelman and can be found at most TJ Maxx and Marshall locations for about $40. You need these in your life. Trust me, you really do!
With such loud shoes, I really wanted to create a look that would kinda neutralize the footwear. Nothing is worse than an entire outfit that SCREAMS busy, and you know exactly what I’m talking about. LOL. Any who, this oatmeal colored, aztec printed sweater shirt did the trick for me! The colors within the design are soft enough not to over power the shoe. And jeans shorts are classic! You can never go wrong with jean anything. Lastly, I added the scarf to give it more of a hipster feel. Again, I looked for something that would neutralize the ensemble. This grey and white striped scarf was the perfect addition.
Trista (the photographer) and I spotted this little fellow while shooting. Also, I’m not really sure how I feel about turtles. Still cannot believe I touched it! I don’t do reptiles.
Another really groovy trend of the season is the striped, flippy skirt! For this particular skirt, I really wanted to give it some life, because traditionally (with black and white skirts), women would pair this skirt with either a black, white, or red top because it’s SAFE, which I find boring. So I decided to liven it up with some lime green. Also, the lime green nicely highlights the exposed zipper, making it is a focal point of the ensemble.
So, that’s a wrap for Part 1! Be sure to swing back by on Friday for more awesomness from Blush Bouituqe. In the meantime, I would suggest that you connect with Blush via social media! They post lots of incredible fashion goodness that you don’t need to miss!
**Wardrobe courtesy of Blush Albany Boutique. Pieces are available for purchase. Please call 229.439.0332 for further inquires. All pictured accessories are from Candace’s personal collection (with the exception of the baby blue floral bib necklace).**
Photography and Editing by Trista Porter of Reidesigns
I’m pretty sure that you guys remember my #GTLT post “Sweet Somethings,” featuring the beautiful, nude, tulle skirt! Well, if you don’t, take a peek HERE! But for those of you who do remember, I am excited to share that Kristina, the owner of Peace Love & Tulle, has featured a few of my photos from that blog post on her website! Words cannot express how excited I was when I received an e-mail from her asking if it was ok for her to use them! Of course I said YES : ) So when you have a moment be sure to checkout her home page (HERE) and product page (HERE).
Oh yes, Kristina is running a special on her tulle puffs! BUY 2 GET 1 FREE. The special ends today. No code needed! So don’t tarry. Get your happy little booty on over to www.peaceloveandtulle.bigcartel.com and order your self some puffs : ) Also, be sure to follow her on Instagram @peacelovetulle!
And lastly, Kim and I did another blog shoot in the tulle skirt last Friday! The photos are absolutely stunning. Here’s a sneak peek just for YOU : )
More pictures to come this Thursday! Stay tuned.
Photography and Editing by Kimberly J. Photography
I’ve always dreamt of having a bathroom with lots of counter space so I could create a wicked awesome vanity! Welp, that dream came true when I moved to Parkersburg, WV. In Jason and my master bathroom we managed to get a ridiculous amount of counter space that has now been glamorized by your’s truly. Oh yes, I was generous enough to give Jason a tiny bit of space for his clippers and tooth brush, but the rest is…ALL MINE. haha. For those of you who know me personally, you know I’m bit of a freak when it comes to organization and storage. Everything has a home. After it has been used IT MUST return to that exact spot or I’ll have a mild anxiety attack (but HEY that’s how you preserve things…lol.). While that level of organization can be a little exhausting at times, I’m so thankful that I have such a great system. It makes life sooo much easier when I’m in a hurry for a meeting, packing for a trip and all that jazz. So due to popular demand, here’s an inside look at my vanity.
Yes, that is a 3 tier serving dish that I converted into an earring holder! Double win…functionality and beauty.
A simple acrylic soap dish I found while shopping at TJ Maxx.
Thank you Grasie Mercedes for this wonderful bracelet holder idea! Candles. You know the cheap ones with pictures of Mary and Jesus? Who would have ever thought they are the perfect size for bracelets.
Absolutely love this little station! The serving tray is from Target. I also got the gold mirrored bathroom coordinates from Target and I simply spray painted the mason jar that is now a makeup brush holder.
One for soap and the other for hand lotion. From Target.
Looking for a makeup storage solution? If so, Birchboxes! The size is perfect and they fit in most bathroom drawers. Also, what I love most about this storage concept is the fact that it’s portable. I can simply put the lid on these boxes and throw them in my duffle bag. It’s pretty amazing.
Birchboxes are also wonderful for hair accessories and misc. beauty samples storage.
And that’s my vanity! If you have any questions on any of the products you see or my storage ideas, please drop a comment below! Would love to help ya : )
Get The Storage Details:
- Juxtaposed Boutique 3 Tier Serving Tray- earrings
- Arthur Court Coat Hooks – necklaces
- TJ Maxx Acrylic Soap Dish – rings
- Target Serving Tray – perfume and product station
- Target Gold Mirrored Bathroom Coordinates
- Bainbridge Pharmacy Metal “R”
- Mason Jar – makeup brush holder
- Birchboxes – makeup and hair accessories storage
- Photography and Editing by Kimberly J. Photography
Well, another award show has taken place, the SAG Awards! Just incase anyone is curious what SAG stands for, it means Screen Actors Guild! I didn’t know for the longest…so it’s ok if you didn’t! Any who, the SAG Awards took place Saturday and without the slightest bit of hesitation, I can say that….I was thoroughly DISAPPOINTED with the fashion! Lots of fashion mishaps. So many that I don’t think I even need to mention them. I know…that sounds harsh, but I thought it would better to focus on the GOOD! So in my opinion, here’s the Best of the Red Carpet at the 2014 SAG Awards!
2014 SAG Awards Fashion
I just adore Amy Adams in this royal blue Antonio Berardi gown. I particularly love the neckline and the slashed cap sleeve. These two combined elements add a very unique aesethic to the dress. Oh, and I love the belt!
Ok, so this is probably my MOST FAVORITE dress of the night! Marchesa knows how to make a killer red carpet gown! But I must say…Hannah Simone (from New Girl) is just sooo stinking gorgeous. She could wear a pillow case and still look amazing!
Isla Fisher decided to do a little “Old Hollywood Glam” in a beautiful silvery champagne dress by Oscar de la Renta. Very simple and absolutely stunning…the perfect look for any red carpet event!
Yet another simple dress that looks absolutely stunning! Jennifer is wearing a midnight blue dress by Max Mara with a patent leather belt at the waist. Strapless sooo works for Jennifer! She has great shoulders and biceps and the strapless neckline highlights both.
Source: Getty/Dimitrois Kambouris
A very different dress, but I love it! I’m a sucker for mixing black, brown and other neutrals together! Also, I’m convinced that only Malin could pull of this dress…it just fits her personality.
Source: Getty/Steve Granitz
And last, but not least…Sofia in a beautiful strapless gown by Donna Karen. Her skin against this gunmetal colored, liquid beading gown is just wonderful. Her hair looks amazing and I love the matching statement necklace! Sofia is another one of those actresses who could wear a pillow case and still look amazing!
Source: Getty/Steve Granitz
And that’s my round up! Stay tuned for more red carpet awesomeness.
I’m a HUGE Sarah Jessica Parker fan! What’s not to love about her? She loves fashion and the New York City Ballet…just like me! ha. Well, she has finally shared details about her new shoe line in conjunction with Manolo Blahnik. The shoes will hit the floors at Nordstrom sometime soon for about $200-$500 a pop! And that’s relatively affordable for great quality shoes…so I’ll definitely be saving up my pennies to snag a pair! Here’s a little lookize at what SJP has created:
Video Credit: The Coveteur
So, I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love retailers that go the extra mile to cultivate both a convenient and memorable experience for their customers. As someone who thoroughly enjoys shopping, I really appreciate the places that make me feel comfortable and valued. And I am proud to say Warby Parker is one of those unique places! While living in New York and exploring the Highline one Saturday after brunch, I remember stumbling across this beautifully decorated store. Attracted by the creative name, I walked in to discover that it was an eyewear boutique. Absolute WANDERLUST.
Well, today they released their newest collection…Palm Canyon. The Palm Canyon Collection is…stunningly chic, refreshing and bold! Perfect for Spring. Here’s a little excerpt from Warby Parker’s media release about the collection…I think it best describes the concept and inspiration behind this spectacular collection.
“With the Palm Canyon Collection, we’ve refreshed some of our best-loved frames – Winston, Duckworth, Preston, and Wheeler – in a Palm Springs palette of mesquite, acacia, ironwood, and sand. Each frame features a hand-mixed acetate inset at the end piece, with patterns inspired by Color Field painters and midcentury minimalist.
Designing and constructing the patterns required a technique that took over a year to perfect, and each pair is distinguished with a unique contrast detail created by melding sheets of woodwork-inspired acetate & tortoise acetate together. No two pairs are alike.”
Pretty awesome, huh? The frames are now available for $145 online at www.warbyparker.com and at Warby Parker stores (See WP Locations HERE).
In the near future I will be doing a little styling with some frames from Warby Parker for Get The Look Thursdays. Compliments of their wonderful Home Try-On program! I cannot wait to share the pictures with you! But in the meantime skip on over to www.warbyparker.com and shop around. You won’t regret it : )
Award season is OFFICIALLY upon us…People’s Choice Awards last week and now the Golden Globes! Such an exciting time of the year. I must say, I LOVED the variety in style and color…FASHION WONDERLUST. Here’s a recap of my Golden Globes Fashion Favs.
COLOR, COLOR, COLOR FAVS!
1st place for the most wonderful color dress of the evening goes to Nupita. She looked stunning in this lush red dress by Ralph Lauren! 5 stars.
Taylor Swift2nd place for me goes to Taylor! She actually looks like an adult in this Carolina Herrera evening gown. No sparkles, which is EXTREMELY UNCOMMON for TayTay. Also, the black bust adds a nice touch of contrast.
3rd place is Maria Menounos. I absolutely love this bubble gum by Max Azria Atelier. I also love the neutral makeup and sleeked back ponytail…great choices to compliment such a bold gown!
And 4th…Julie of Modern Family in Carolina Herrera! This dress reminds me of a Kay Unger dress that I own. Anywho, the colors are RICH, but I think what I love most about this gown is the shape of the cap sleeves and the trumpet flare. Very feminine.
The Classic Neutrals
1st up is the lovely Kerrry Washington in Balenciaga! In my book Kerry Washington can do no wrong! I just love her style. Ahhh…
2nd place…Paula! Lots of people really hated this dress, but I’m kinda feeling it. I love the fact that she took a risk. The cascading ruffles are absolutely stunning.
Jennifer Lawrence3rd place is Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture! Jennifer is kinda quirky, so I am not at all surprised that she selected something that wasn’t well received by everyone! She’s a unique individual who could careless about what everyone thinks.
1st – Zac Posen, you are a genius! Sofie looks absolutely beautiful in this sweetheart ball gown. The shape, the pleats, the statement necklace…it just works!
Amber Heard comes in 2nd place! The midnight blue Versace gown and the dark eye makeup just screams “Award Season Fashion!” And oh yes, she is working that high split…yaaassss!
And last, but not least, in 3rd place is Emma in a custom Lavin’s techno matte mermaid gown! The look is very similar to Sofie’s, yet different. I am particularly fond of the chandelier earrings and the hair being gently swept off of the face. She looks very regal!
And’s that’s my Golden Globes Fashion round up! What are your thoughts? I would love to know, so please share in the comment box below.
Since the holidays are upon us…I’m skipping “Get The Look Thursday” just for today! I’ve been super busy shopping, wrapping and decorating for Christmas. Also, it is just too cold outside to even think about doing a blog shoot. Any who, don’t worry I’ll be back in full action next Thursday. I’m sharing my look from a few holiday parties…so get excited : ) But in the meantime, I figured that I could share some New Year’s Eve Wardrobe Imagery! I’m hosting (along with a few other gals) a NYE party, which means that I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO HAVE AN AWESOME OUTFIT. lol. So this morning while doing my usual online window shopping, I discovered this little beauty and I think it just may be the skirt I’ve been dying to find for the last two years! PLUS, it’s currently 50% off from Express.
Now that I’ve found the perfect skirt, it is time to start thinking of how I will style it! Here’s some imagery that I’ve gathered from Pinterest!
Sparkly Skirt Imagery
Which one do you like best? All fashion opinions are valued here. Please comment below!
While most people are excited about the actual 18.5 foot Douglas fir tree the White House received this past Friday, I was a bit more excited to see what the Obama girls would be wearing. And per the usual…they looked pretty darn cute!
Putting all “political preferences” aside…who’s outfit do you like most? Sasha’s or Malia’s? Post your comments below because I am dying to know : )
I have some exciting news that I can finally share with you all…I am now working for Kandice Pelletier Swimwear! For those of you who do not know, Kandice Pelletier is the owner and designer of a fancy smancy swimwear line based out of New York City that specializes in creating customizable competition suits for pageant contestants.
To make a long story short…Kandice and her sister, Kendra, competed in the Miss Georgia circuit a few years before I did! When it came time to purchase an awesome competition swimsuit, everyone recommended that I contact the Pelletiers and I did. Needless to say, the dynamic Pelletier trio (Kandice, Kendra and Mrs. Jodi) made me a rocking sunshine yellow swimsuit that I wore in my last year of competition at Miss Georgia. As much as I hated the Lifestyle and Fitness portion of the pageant, I had NEVER felt more confident on stage! The swimsuit fit was absolute PERFECTION. And if you ask any other girl from the Miss GA circuit who wore a Pelletier swimsuit, they would say the exact same thing!
Knowing that they had created something truly special and unique, in 2011 Kandice decided to take the reigns and expand the brand now known as Kandice Pelletier Swimwear. To date, the line has been worn by some pretty spectacular peeps, including:
Denise Richards, Actress
Mallory Hytes Hagan, Miss America 2013
Cassidy Wolf, Miss Teen USA 2013
So when you have a moment, I encourage you to skip on over to www.kandicepelletier.com to find out a little more about this awesome swimwear line! And oh yeah, to stay up-to-date on what’s new with KPSwimwear, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. All of the cool kids are…sooo you should too!