Monday, November 17, 2014

The Loft Boutique, Cheers to Nine Years Celebration!

Have y'all been wondering where I've been the past few weeks??  To be honest life is getting the best of me right now.  The full-time day job is extremely stressful (it takes everything out of me and I've been dealing with severe daily headaches from the stress).  My Stella & Dot business (which I LOVE) has been busy (yay!) but it's what I've been dedicating any time I'm not at the day job to so my poor blog has been suffering.  This is exactly what I didn't want to happen when my husband lost his job and I had to go back to work full-time.  I really thought I could do a good job juggling it all, and I did at first, but it's getting harder and I'm getting overwhelmed.  So...all that to say, please stick with me!!  I'm hoping I'll be able to do away with the day job soon but until then I promise I'll do the best I can to post when I can.  I've got some fun outfit posts coming and a some great collaborations with a few of my favorite brands!!  I keep up with my Instagram, so for a daily dose of Mz Savvy Style please follow me over there ;-)!  Thanks for listening to my little rant and for understanding!

A few weeks ago I was invited by the lovely ladies of The Loft Boutique in beautiful Hiawassee, Georgia, to attend their "Cheers to Nine Years" birthday celebration and I was happy to attend!!  The drive from Athens to Hiawassee took about two hours but it was worth every minute because not only is the store amazing but the drive itself was beautiful!!  Fall in the North Georgia mountains is stunning!  I convinced The Hubs to be my date (and chauffeur) for the night and he was as impressed with The Loft Boutique as I was!  The store is HUGE and full of all the latest in fall fashion, shoes, bags and accessories and the owners and staff are super sweet and so very helpful!  I was in shopping heaven!  I've got some outfit posts coming soon featuring the fabulous things I picked up on my little trip so stay tuned!

The Loft Boutique

How cute is this tulle skirt and graphic tee?

Chalk art and chalk art prints by the amazingly talented, Whitney, of The Scribble Studio.

The Hubs picked these dresses out for me.  He's obsessed with orange and blue, which is funny because he's a UGA grad and we live in Athens!  Haha!

What I'm Wearing ~
Fishermen's Sweater: Sheinside
Plaid Flannel Shirt: Old Navy
Jeggings: SPANX c/o fab'rik Suwanee
Sutton Necklace: Stella & Dot
Boots: Diba True via Encore Athens | Similar

I love the LOFT sign hanging over the wrap desk!

Me and my friend, Whitney, of The Scribble Studio.  We have another fun collaboration coming in December!

How gorgeous (and tall) are the ladies of The Loft Boutique?!?!  They are just as sweet as they are pretty too!  Can't make it to Hiawassee?  It's ok because the ladies of The Loft Boutique just launched their website!! Check it out (and shop away!) here!


Photos taken by The Hubs with my iphone!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Yo-yo Weather Style

The weather here has been doing what the weather always does here this time of the year ~ yo-yo's from cold to warm and back again!  It's warm again this week with the promise (yes, it's a promise to a cold weather loving girl like me) of cooler temps coming soon.  So what does someone wear for this yo-yo weather we've been experiencing?  Favorite denim shorts and a Chanel inspired jacket, of course!  Layers are your best bet for this time of the year ~ you can put them on and take them off as needed.  And pairing a dressy jacket and pumps with distressed denim shorts is fun and unexpected!

What I'm Wearing ~
Hot Pink Cropped Jacket: Cynthia Rowley via T.J.Maxx / Similar here
Distressed Denim Shorts: Gap
Striped Top: Old Navy
Striped Pumps: Forever 21 last year / Similar here

Something I love to do any time of the year is layer my jewelry!  Neck parties and arm stacks are my favorite!!  Bring on the bling!! Pop Geo NecklaceEye Candy Necklace and Nancy Studs all from Stella & Dot

Pave Chevron CuffStrength Bracelet (100% of the proceeds for the entire month of October go to the Noreen Fraser Foundation for breast cancer research!!), Arrison Stretch Bracelet all from Stella & Dot 

I layered two of my favorite statement necklaces to make a bright, bold neck party!
Eye Candy Necklace  and Pop Geo Necklace both from Stella & Dot


Photos by my awesome photographer, Diana Zylow

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Monday, October 27, 2014

W Thinks Pink Cure on the Catwalk Recap

For a second year I was asked to be part of the W Thinks Pink Cure on the Catwalk to benefit the Pink Heals Foundation and it's an honor for me to be chosen to be part of such a great event! I have several family members and close friends who are cancer survivors or are currently undergoing chemo for this awful disease so to be chosen to give back in this way means a lot!

Blogger/stylists from the Southern Blog Society were paired up with cancer survivors for styling sessions at the Shops Around Lenox to help them (and us) get runway ready for the fashion show/charity event the took place at the W Hotel Buckhead on September 30th.  I was paired up with Erika, an amazing, beautiful and extremely cool, two time breast cancer survivor.  We were so excited to be assigned to bevello,  a huge, gorgeous shop full of stunning fashions and accessories!  Our only dilemma was deciding which of the fabulous outfits to choose!  Erika and I decided since this was a special event and we were going to be walking the runway that we would go with dresses and heels ~ which is a little different than the every day norm for both of us.  We chose Erika's dress first ~ a flirty raspberry colored dress that really showed off here amazing legs!  I chose mine next ~ a knit column dress in gray with black waist detail.  For shoes Erika wore her own floral pumps, because they were too perfect with the dress not too, and I wore black suede Steve Madden pumps also provided by bevello.  The ladies of bevello were great to work with and so very helpful!  They really did everything they could to make our shopping experience fun and successful.  Both Erika and I ended up purchasing a few other things on our shopping trip as well!  Our next stop was Kendra Scott, also at the Shops Around Lenox, who provided our gorgeous jewels for the event.

On the day of the fashion show we arrived early at the W Hotel for hair and makeup, done by the talented crew of Van Michael Salon.  After a fashion show run through we moved to the dressing room to put on our own "party clothes" for the pre-fashion show cocktail hour.  At the cocktail hour we got to visit with family, friends and event attendees before heading back to the dressing room to get into our runway clothes.  Along with the survivors and blogger/stylists, Atlanta's most eligible bachelors were part of the show and did a fabulous job escorting the survivors down the catwalk.  Josh Murray from the Bachelorette was the night's special guest/head bachelor (even though he's taken) and he was a lot of fun! What a sweet guy!  Andi is a lucky girl!  We all strutted our stuff in front of a sold out crowd.  All the night's proceeds went directly to the Pink Heals Foundation.  It was a night to remember for all involved!  I really hope they ask me to be a part of the event again next year!  I have a very special friend who is currently undergoing her third battle with breast cancer and I want her to strut her stuff with me at the next Cure on the Catwalk!!

Getting my makeup done by the talented crew of Van Michael Salon

Me and my gorgeous survivor, Erika

Where there are bloggers there are selfies! ha!  Me and the stunning Sabrina of Simply Sabrina.

It's ok to be jealous! Yes, Josh is as sweet as he is handsome!

My family came to the event to show their support.  My girls and I during the cocktail hour.  We never met a step and repeat we didn't like! ha!

I loved getting to know and spend time with this beautiful lady!

Me and Mr. Savvy Style

Erika and I rockin' our bevello dresses and Kendra Scott jewels!

bevello dresses and bags and Kendra Scott jewels

The bloggers/stylists for the W Thinks Pink Cure on the Catwalk all of the Southern Blog Society. I love these ladies!

The night was a HUGE success!!  Thank you, Pink Heals, for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful event!


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mixed Media and Layers

When I spotted this mixed media (the combination of different fabrics/materials in one garment) skirt I knew I needed to add it to my fall/winter wardrobe!  It sealed the deal for me when I found out it was on super clearance!!  It's an easy piece to dress up or down, wear with heels or boots and other solid pieces or prints.   This is just the first of what I know will be many appearances of this fun little skirt on the blog!

What I'm Wearing ~
Mixed Media Skirt: Lush (sold out) / Loving this vegan leather skirt!  It would be perfect on any shape.
Sweater: New York and Company (old) / Similar here
Denim Boyfriend Shirt: Gap / A classic staple that everyone needs in their wardrobe!
Over The Knee Boots: Carlos Santana (old via T.J.Maxx) / Splurge (my dream boots!!) and Save
Bag: Vintage Coach via Agora Vintage (the best vintage shop around!) / This messenger bag is perfection!
Mixed Metal Necklace: Stella & Dot
Rose Gold Earrings: Stella & Dot
Arm Party: Rose GoldGold and Silver

Are you enjoying the change in seasons and fall layering?  I know I sure am!!  Have you entered my fab'rik boutique Suwanee/Mall of Georgia - SPANX denim giveaway yet?  There are a few days left to enter!!  Get the details HERE!!


Photos by the super talented photographer, Diana Zylow

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kimono Casual

If you ask me what I think the perfect casual season transition outfit is I'd say a kimono, distressed boyfriend jeans, silk tank and suede booties.  The jeans and booties keep it comfy, casual.  The silk tank dresses the look up a bit and the kimono is the perfect completer piece.  And what about the fringe?!?!  Obsessed!

What I'm Wearing ~
Kimono: Umgee USA via Encore / Similar here
Distressed Boyfriend Jeans: Genetic c/o Encore / Similar
Suede Booties: Sam Edelman via Encore
Silk Tank: Gypsy 05 via Encore
Necklaces: Boho Gal via Encore / Obsessed with this one
Bangles: Boho Gal / I just added this one to my jewelry wardrobe
Clutch: Encore / Similar

Fringe and twirling go together... it had to be done!

Encore, my favorite Athens boutique!!


Photos by Diana Zylow

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Indian Summer and Stripes

So fall was here and then it left.  It was 85 degrees today.  Ugh.  I want fall to come back but at least I have some of my summer/transition wardrobe favorites to get me thru this (what I hope is short lived) Indian Summer!!

What I'm Wearing ~
Striped Slub Knit Tank: Old Navy (on a CRAZY sale! It's almost free!)
Woven Joggers: Forever 21
Floral Sandals: Steve Madden (on sale)
Bucket Bag: Isaac Mizrahi (sold out) / Similar
Pink Necklace: T.J.Maxx (old) / LOVE this one from Stella & Dot's new holiday line!!
Leather Bracelet: Tory Burch


Pics by my awesome photographer, Diana Zylow

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

From the Archives ~ Transition

Fall happened here in Georgia over the weekend.  Like real fall.  Very cool (even cold on Saturday) temps and the leaves on the trees started to change.  I lived in boots, jeans and flannel!  It's heaven for me.  I love layering, boots, scarves, sweaters, jeans, jackets...and the fall colors make me so happy!  Today I realized that I had a few "saved up" outfits in the blog archives from summer to fall transition that I hadn't posted yet and I decided to go ahead and post them before my full-on fall outfit posts start!

Kimonos are a great way to layer during the transition months with out being too hot!

What I'm Wearing ~
"Maxi" Kimono: Forever 21 (sold out) / Love the fall-like colors in this one!
Orange Tank: Versona / Similar
Denim Shorts: Gap / Similar
Wedges: Chinese Laundry / These are on a great sale!
Tassel Necklace: Stella & Dot (I wear it with everything - from cocktail attire to denim!)
Earrings: Stella & Dot (these are "transformer" jewelry ~ they go from chandeliers to studs!)
Leather Cuff: Tory Burch (LOVING this one and this one! 100% of the proceeds goes to breast cancer research!
Bag: Vintage Gucci via Agora Vintage / Similar

A close up of the Pop Geo Chandeliers in "stud" form

How perfect is this necklace?  You can wear it several ways too!

How's the weather where you are?  Has fall decided to make it's appearance or are you still in transition?


Photos by the awesome Diana Zylow

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