My Top Boutique Spots (and a giveaway)!

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Drum roll please….”No Shop September” continues! I have been attempted about 10 times in the last 9 days, but I am proud to say I have not caved! woot woot.  However, I have been doing a good bit of online window shopping in preparation for Fall season, which brings me to today’s topic of conversation…my top boutique spots! While I do enjoy shopping at retail stores, I tend to get most of my statement pieces from boutiques! I love the exclusivity of purchasing a piece from a boutique and knowing that it is highly unlikely for me to see someone wearing the exact same thing or the same way! So here are a few of my most favorite boutiques:

My Top Boutique Spots

1. Ally B’s- This boutique will always have a special place in my heart! It was February 2008 when I made my first boutique purchase ever and it was with Ally B’s. Located in the heart of downtown Thomasville, Ally B’s offers both great atmosphere and clothing. They carry some of my favorite lines such a GLAM, Flying Tomato and Esley.

2. Ruche Boutique- Love, love, love Ruche Boutique! Out of all of the boutiques I shop at, I feel that Ruche best represents my current style! They have everything…dresses, skirts, tops and pants.  It has become my boutique one stop shop : )

3. Darling Boutique– Oh darling, Darling Boutique is darling! I discovered this boutique one Saturday after having brunch at Good Restaurant  in West Village. It is a small 2 story space with lots of great things! They are known for their spectacular dress selection and vintage treasures. If you are looking for something amazingly unique, then Darling is place for you!

4. fab’rik– fab’rik is all about the experience! Considering that I love to shop and to shop often, experience is very important to me. It is always refreshing to go into a boutique that goes to great lengths to make sure you have an incredible shopping experience. In addition their really awesome service, they also have great clothing and multiple locations!

5. Sweet Tea Boutique– Another boutique that has a special place in my heart…Sweet Tea! The very first boutique I ever worked for.  What I love most about the clothing offered at Sweet Tea are the bright, bold colors and prints! I know that if I am looking for something uniquely colorful and different, Sweet Tea is the place to look.

6. Bella’s– Bella’s is that one boutique that I go into and NEVER come out empty handed! I always find something that I like or need. LOL.  I would have to say that a good majority of things that I wear on special trips and vacations come from Bella’s Boutique. What I love most about this store is the variety…there is something for everyone! And speaking of something for everyone, Bella’s  Boutique was amazingly nice and hooked me up with a giveaway for the month of September!  Say hello to this gorgeous Big Buddha hand bag (valued at $75.00)!

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And guess what? You have a chance a win it!! The rules are quite simple…all you have to do is the following:

  1. Find me on Instagram (un: candacemread)
  2. Follow Me
  3. Follow Bella’s Boutique (un: bellasboutiquebainbridge)
  4. Regram the photo of me with the Big Buddha bag and hashtag #livelovereadgiveaway

And that’s it! Feel free to repost  the photo as many times as you desire. The contest closes Sunday September 15th at 11:59PM and the winner will be announced Monday morning on Instagram : )  The giveaway will being today at 1:30PM EST. Happy Regramming and may the odds forever be in your favor!

  • Madewell Chambray
  • Daisy Fuentes Jeans
  • Delicate Raymond Necklace
  • Photography by Katelyn A. Read

Fabulous Labor Day Sales!

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

It’s Labor Day and you already know what I’m thinking….shopping, shopping and more shopping! However, I am partaking in “No Shop September,” which means I won’t be shopping….not even a little bit! I’ve already been tempted this weekend while browsing at the local TJ Maxx…BLAH. Although I am not shopping, I wanted to spread the news on a couple of deals you may not be able to resist!

Fabulous Labor Days Sales:



Photo Credit: Katelyn A. Read 

ILY COUTURE is my go to place when I need statement jewelry!  They have everything a fashionista could ever dream off. Today they are offering one heck of deal on the fringe necklace (pictured above)… ONLY $16 (originally priced for $42). Definitely something you need snag today. Use code FRINGE16 at checkout.

Delicate Raymond 


Photo Credit: Emily Loftiss

Oh Delicate Raymond, how I adore thee! Thanks to Emily Loftiss  I am beyond addicted to this lovely line. Simple and timeless pieces that every girl should have…especially the 30 inch vintage monogram necklace (pictured above).  In honor of Labor Day, Delicate Raymond is hosting a 50% off everything sale!  Use sale code 50LABOR.

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Photo Credit: Candace Read

Another great line that I love… Alex and Ani.  I love wearing their bangles. Just an effortless way to complete any outfit! Sadly they aren’t offering any major deals like ILY COUTURE or Delicate Raymond, but they are offering free shipping and that is pretty HUGE as we all know shipping prices are killer these days! Use code TREAT.

And those are just a few fabulous Labor Day sales and I know there are tons more!!! Happy Shopping and Happy Labor Day!

Vogue Magazine: The September Issue!

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

If you love fashion then you already know what time is upon us…..and that is the Mercedes Benz Fall Fashion Week (Spring 2014 Collections)! The celebration of this glorious time commences with the release of the September issue of Vogue Magazine. 902 pages of fall fashion fabulousity. What more could a girl ask for?




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Take a quick moment check the hashtags #theseptemberissue and #voguestagram on Instagram to see who all is reading the September issue! All the cool kids are.

Facebook Clothing Sale!

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Hey Guys and Gals!

Welp, it’s that time of the year…shopping time that is and I have cleaned out my closet in hopes of making room for new fashion treasures. Instead of donating these beauties, I am hosting a Facebook Clothing Sale as most of these things are in mint condition.  Here’s a little preview for ya:

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Antonio Melani Flats, Size 8M


                                                                                 Old Navy Dress, Size XSIMG_4004 Old Navy Jeans, Size 4

IMG_4015 Forever 21 Dress, Size S

Interested in seeing more? If so, skip on over to my Facebook profile and you’ll find the other fashion treats for sale! Happy Shopping : )

Cocktails, Mocktails and Much More..

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

c5cf1e47e177f7b1864c50d13106ebdfAs I’m sure you have heard the saying, “A party really isn’t a party without a good beverage to enjoy!” Being both the City Girl and Southern Belle that I am, I could not agree more. There is just something about an alcoholic beverage that makes a party feel more festive, more fancy and more adult like. However, over the past couple of weeks I’ve had to take step back and revaluate my thought process on having the occasional beverage…I am in a new community surrounded by new people who may not have the same thought process when it comes to consuming alcohol.  While I am personally convinced that there is nothing wrong with having an alcoholic beverage if you are of legal age, it is important to be mindful of your friends and guests who would not typically partake in a festive beverage by ensuring that there are non-alcoholic beverage options available. As a host you do not want to inadvertently create a divide in your guests who are drinking alcoholic and those who are not.   So in the spirit of creating a more inclusive atmosphere for your next party here are TWO NEED TO KNOW TIPS on how to offer celebratory beverages for both the drinker and non-drinker!

1. Know Your Substitutes– So you maybe thinking about one of your favorite drinks and how to make it non alcohol friendly?! Well, to my surprise  it is much easier than I was anticipating. Simply know the correct substitutions for the alcohol and replace it using 1:1 ratio(s).

Substitute Options

  • Beer: Nonalcoholic Beer, White Grape Juice, Ginger Ale
  • Cognac: Peach, Pear, or Apricot Nectar or Juice
  • Sake: Rice Vinegar
  • Tequila: Cactus Juice or Agave Nectar
  • Vodka: White Grape Juice Mixed with Lime.

I would suggest that you give yourself plenty of preparation time as you may need to adjust the beverage accordingly to make it taste super yummy.  Oh yes, if your drink recipe requires any fruit, be sure to cut it the night before and soak it in Sprite, 7 Up or any type of lemon lime soda.  This little trick will make the fruit even sweeter!

2. Make It Jazzy– While this is sad to admit, but I am a sucker for a beverage that is all dressed up with garnish and has a cute name! And I know that I am not the only one who feels this way. LOL.  When serving non-alcoholic beverages make it jazzy! Give it a cute name so it sounds way more interesting than really is! Also, do not be afraid to add unusual garnishes as it makes the drink even more appealing. Remember, people enjoy festive beverages because it creates atmosphere! Here are a few different ways you can dress up your drink:

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Sugar and a Fresh Lime



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And there you have it my friends…two easy tricks that can help you have the most rocking soiree with the best beverages! Jason and I are having a house warming party very soon and I am excited to give these tips a whirl myself.  I am going to attempt to make a non-alcoholic version of the ever famous Raspberry Beer Cocktail! Fingers crossed : )