What I’m Wearing: Spring with Belk

Remember how I was talking about some nasty weather here in Charleston a week or so ago? Yeah, it’s all gone now. Welcome to winter in the south! Where it’s hot 340 days of the year and the rest are just somewhat cold! to be fair, some of our state got hit with snow and it did drop below freezing which hurt a lot of our crops down here.

Yes, I’m the nerd who listens to NPR and knows about crop economics. Welcome to my brain!

We’re back to normal weather here in Charleston which means our azaleas are in bloom everywhere, animals have returned from their winter sleep, and everyone is busy outside and playing in the sun!

My goodness I love the spring!

Which it’s only fitting that we’ve partnered up with Belk to bring you some seriously cute outfits for spring! Their Crown and Ivy line is one of my favorites and I love looking through the racks anytime I’m inside a Belk. The fun and colorful prints and solids will have you spring ready in no time! I absolutely adore a good scalloped short and it comes as no surprise that I had to spring (ha ha) for an off-the shoulder top. I’m such a sucker for this trend!

It doesn’t hurt to make sure you look extra spring ready than by bringing an adorable pup along! I love showing off Shaka any chance that I get. She’s such an adorable little pup!

 

There’s something about springtime that makes me want to overhaul my closet and get new things. You should check out my previous post on what to do with your old clothing, it’s the handiest tip that I know! I’ve been more aware of what I’m buying and wearing and it’s really helping me find what I truly want to wear for spring.

Speaking of wardrobe refreshes, we’ve got some fun new content coming your way so stay tuned!

What’s your must haves for spring? Do you love Belk and their Crown and Ivy brand? Share with us in the comments below!

Wearing: Shorts // Blouse 

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What I’m Wearing: St. Patrick’s Day

I know it must sound a little cliche, but St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. Maybe it’s the compulsion to wear nothing but green, which I look fabulous in, or the desire to be merry with the thousands of other people in my city celebrating. Either way, St. Patrick’s Day is one of my top holidays to celebrate each year. I usually reserve my zeal for holidays until the major “American” ones like 4th of July, Halloween, and the standard Thanksgiving and Christmas days but I just love a rip roaring good time!

Similarly with Cinco de Mayo, I love just being out with others celebrating other cultures and how they unite us across the world.

So it’s no wonder that I had to share this amazing green and velvet dress on the blog today! You guys, why has it taken me so long to get on the velvet train?! I think it’s because it reminds me of the 90’s and how it makes a noise when you walk around. I don’t know how we’ve stopped that from having in the 2000’s, but I’m all for it. Maybe it’s fashion technology or maybe it’s me learning how to walk like a normal human being.

The world may never know.

But this green velvet dress gives me all the style these days. Paired with a pair of sky high ankle boots and I’ve got a killer outfit for conquering the town! But just because St. Patty’s Day is over doesn’t mean we suddenly pack away all our green belongings and pretend like the holiday never happened (although, I’m sure we all could forget a detail or two from the night!). If anything green, regardless of it’s shade, is one of the tops colors to wear in spring.

Green represents all that is wonderful in the spring! Bright, colorful, rejuvenation, rebirth, you name it! Green represents it. Break out those fabulous jewel tone dresses and skirts for spring this year. If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that bold is always a must in the spring. I’ve been gravitating more and more to these gorgeous jewel tones and textured pieces of clothing.

So I have to really be honest here and admit why I love green so much. You guys, it makes my hair and eyes look awesome. Like made for me, hello darling here I am! I don’t talk often about what colors I like to wear most and why but my goodness, I love wearing green. There’s something so satisfying when you put on something and it makes you almost light up with fashion holiness.

This dress does that for me.

I might be obsessed.

I might just wear green forever now.

Everyone has that one special color that makes everything about them light up, what’s that color for you?

I don’t know about y’all but just because St. Patrick’s Day is over, I’m in no rush to pack away this gorgeous dress or any other green items in my closet. I think we should celebrate every day like it’s St. Patrick’s Day (minus the let’s get drunk on Guinness part). Share some love, hug lots of people, and wear lots of green. Sounds like fun, right?

What’s your favorite holiday to really celebrate? Did you go all out for St. Patrick’s Day or stay in away from the craziness?

Wearing: Dress // Clutch // Shoes

Photography: Jennifer Collins

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What I’m Wearing: Charleston Small Businesses

One thing that I’ve loved and been very thankful for since moving to Charleston is getting to know so many of the wonderful creatives based in Charleston. Over the past two years I’ve been able to work and collaborate with some of the best fashion based small businesses in the city, and have even seen them become dear friends. Whenever we work together to create gorgeous shoots, I’m always eager to jump on board!

Supporting local businesses in Charleston has been a huge passion of mine since starting Paper Meets Pearl. We are such a close knit community here that it works seamlessly to collaborate with one another. A few of my favorite businesses that I’ve worked with now is The Tiny Tassel, who originally started out making gorgeous tassel jewelry and is now creating her first ever clothing line! This gorgeous and fun gingham print top is one of her newest pieces out of that collection. I’m smitten with how colorful they are and love the various dresses and skirts she’s since added to the collection. What’s even better is, the pieces are all designed and created by Mimi and her mother. Now you can’t get more local than that!

Now you can’t have a good gingham outfit without pairing a fun tassel necklace with it! Conflicted Pixie isn’t technically based out of Charleston, she resides in North Carolina, but her pieces have become a splash hit here in Charleston. She and I connected via Instagram and I love how our relationship extends past that of our screens. She’s an incredible designer and I love the tassel necklace she created for me. The material is so soft, I didn’t realize that she made her necklaces out of t-shirt material! Each bead is meticulously hand painted and she now offers custom colors for her necklaces. Her tassel necklaces have been such a fun addition to my outfits and really jazzes up even my most basic outfit of jeans, a t-shirt, and flats.

Now you can’t go running around town without a cute bag to throw everything in! Trust me, I’m the biggest offender of having a messy bag when I run errands. I try to cram every nook and cranny with my wallet, lipsticks (yes, lipsticks. I have three on me at all times!), and any other “necessity” I might need during the day. Who else has a problem of losing a ton of hair bands and bobby bins in their bag? Thankfully with this gorgeous handmade leather bag from Be the Change Boutique that’s no longer an issue!

Be the Change is a marvelous store off of King Street that only sells products where 100% of proceeds go back to charities. As someone who works for a nonprofit, this speaks volumes to me. It’s incredibly that both Ashley and Ashleigh have been able to make a store like this come to life and have their mission be so powerful. This bag isn’t just a beautifully handmade leather bag, all proceeds will go back to women who have suffered from human trafficking, a cause I feel very deeply about. Since college I have advocated for those enslaved by human trafficking and hope to see it end one day. Knowing that a simple fashion statement can help is a win-win in my book. If you ever visit Charleston, I highly recommend you stop in their adorable shop that overlooks King Street and say hello!

What better way to jumpsuit your wardrobe for spring than by shopping local! You can find some truly amazing pieces for the same price you would at a local big retailer; plus you can walk away with the added benefit that you helped someone achieve their dream of owning a small business.

Supporting local Charleston businesses is one way our city has remained so great. Everyone is always happy and willing to collaborate, connect, and work together for the greater good. I love have the opportunity to work so closely with this industry and help shed what little light I can in order to help them. I am only one voice, but I try to use it for those that I believe in.

What are some of your favorite small businesses in your city? I’d love to hear so I can visit them in the future!

Wearing: Blouse // Necklace // Jeans // Bag 

Photography: Jennifer Collins 

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What I’m Wearing: Restricted Boots

Spring is finally here in the Lowcountry and I’m certainly loving this new warm weather! But there’s one small little caveat that comes with the new seasons, cold mornings and hot afternoons! It’s almost like someone taking your thermostat and cranking it really low in the morning and scorching hot in the afternoon. I just want to look at the weather and yell, “make up your mind already!” but that’s not going to happen. Because:

A: I’m not a crazy person and

B: The weather is gonna do, what it wants to do

So in the mean time while our weather acts like a preteen, never truly knowing what it wants, I’ll have to adjust my closet and seasonal wardrobe appropriately. Thankfully that’s not that huge of a challenge! I’ve partnered with Restricted Shoes to show how you can easily transition your wardrobe from winter to spring with a few fun key pieces.

A key transitional outfit will have three key components to it:

  1. Layers
  2. Cute shoes
  3. Fun accessories

So our weather is super finicky these days and if there’s one way to combat it’s behavior, it’s by wearing layers. I always start with a cute pair of jeans paired with a fun blouse. I’m all about mixing patterns these year so throwing on a fun graphic print sweater is the perfect accompaniment to my plaid blouse. The key here is my blouse isn’t a thick material, it’s nice and loose so when the temperatures begin to climb, I can easily slip off my sweater and feel instantly cooler!

One challenge I’m doing this year is mixing patterns more often.  If you’re scared of mixing patterns, don’t be! Just simply make your base layer (aka shirt) a more subtle pattern and make your top layer or bottom layer (skirts, pants, shorts) a more graphic print on a simple background so it really makes everything POP. This is my go to formula and it works like a charm every time!

My personal favorite of this outfit is the shoes! You just can’t go wrong with a good knee high brown boot. I’ve worn these boots with skirts, dresses, and jeans and they make my legs look a mile long! It’s such a good classic boot to have in your closet. Especially when transitioning into the new seasons, they don’t make my legs hot or feel uncomfortable as the day gets warmer. I love how they keep this look cute, casual, and simple. The CCS formula if you will. These Restricted Shoes boots are now a huge staple in my closet and can’t wait to wear them long into the spring season and reemerge them in the fall when temperatures cool down again.

Now for step 3 for your transitional outfit: accessories! What better way to usher your outfits into the new spring season than with accessories! I always reach for a fun pair of sunglasses and a purse to spruce up my outfits. But don’t just limit it to new physical accessories, play with your make up too! Ever since cutting and highlighting my hair, I feel like my actual body is ready for spring! That may also because I’m running more again but hey, I’ll take what I can get!

Play around with fun lipstick colors, eyeshadows, and even colored mascara! I saw a friend wearing a subtly colored mascara and I’ve got to say, I was smitten! Spring is a wonderful time to debut a fresh new look that can carry you through the rest of the year. I’m always a sucker for pink, red, and orange toned lipsticks but I’ve started branching out into even darker colors for a more vampy night time look.

I’m so excited for spring to be here and as we transition into the warmer months, these gorgeous boots from Restricted Shoes will help! For my wonderful readers, Restricted Shoes is offering 25% off your order with my special code PMP25! You can pick up some adorable new shoes like my boots to transition your wardrobe into the spring months!

What are your favorite pieces to help transition your wardrobe into spring? Let me know in the comments below!

Wearing: Blouse // Sweater // Jeans // Shoes // Purse

 

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What I’m Wearing: Bell Sleeves

For whom the bell (sleeve) tolls, I’m not even sorry for that pun! Watch out, because I’m sure to make some more bell related puns throughout today’s post featuring this amazing bell sleeve dress! I’ve had a whirlwind week with Valentine’s Day last week and my birthday this week. We had a wonderful time celebrating over the long President’s Day weekend including seeing some fun exhibits at SEWE like the dock dog contest, which if you don’t know what that is, I highly recommend looking it up! It’s dogs jumping into water and it’s just the funniest thing ever!

We also enjoyed some incredible meals this past week like dining at 5 Church, Edmund’s Oast, and Charleston’s newest hottest restaurant, Paw Paw. All of them were to die for! I now need to hit the gym daily and all I’ve been eating are salads, soups, and smoothies to shake off any excess weight I gained! It was all totally worth it though. You’re supposed to eat that good during your birthday week!

Thank you to everyone that’s been sending me birthday messages through the blog and Instagram. It’s so nice to receive such kind messages from everyone! 26 is going to be a huge year and we’re already seeing some major goals met and conquered which is just incredible. I’m so incredibly thankful to be able to blog and share these kind of beautiful images with my followers!

Now on to the really fun stuff, this dress! The bell sleeves trend is making a huge comeback this year and for good reason! I’ve been thrilled seeing the return of some serious 1970’s fashion including off the shoulder trends, bell sleeves, and wide legged denim. It’s amazing how past styles come back into fashion but with a modern twist. This seersucker, lightweight, bell sleeve dress is ideal for these warm spring days. I know it’s only February but we’re already having temperatures in the 70’s and even 80’s! My shoulders got sunburned last weekend, who’s ever said they got sunburned in February?!

Thankfully with this lightweight dress, I can wear it all day and not feel sticky or hot. Now that we are transitioning away from light sweaters and jackets, all I want to wear are lightweight clothing that allows me to freely move and not feel constrained.

I have a few bandage style dresses that sadly only ever see a few months of use! Unless I wear them out in the evenings, I can’t ever wear them out in the day time or I would just die from sweating too much! This dress makes me feel like the southern girl that I am without totally overdoing it. Pairing it with my favorite booties and Charleston made tassel necklace keeps it looking fun and polished. Just my kind of style!

Although I’m somewhat sad to see the cooler temperatures go away, I am thrilled at the idea of spring arriving sooner that anticipated. I guess the groundhog was wrong on Groundhog Day! Instead of six more weeks of winter, we’re looking at a early spring in the south. I don’t think anyone is complaining though!

We’ve got a lot of fun travel plans this year and I certainly intend to bring this bell sleeve dress with me. Especially when we head out to L.A. for a wedding in June. Which, I’d love to hear any and all suggestions of what to do, eat, see, when we are out there! We’ll be there for a week so we’re looking to stay at an Airbnb for a few days to explore before staying at the hotel with the remainder of our wedding party.

This picture just captures everything about Charleston for me. A gorgeous outfit, our famous row houses, and stunning windows featuring traditional wrought iron work. I truly love living in this city and so thankful that I’ve been able to live here for the past 3 years and celebrate another birthday here.

Wearing: Dress // Shoes // Bag // Sunglasses

Photography: Jennifer Collins

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