Elevation at it’s finest!

I was just talking with a customer the other day about how hard it is to find a cute and flattering, winter coat.  Especially the puffer ones.  They are all so bulky and most of the time make you look like the Michelin Man!  Nobody wants that.  When I found this Burberry one, I knew I had found the ONE!  It’s definitely fitted and has the elastic belt to cinch your waist in, and is really warm (prob the most important).  When something is fashionable and functional, it is a home run in my opinion.  I only had on a thin turtleneck underneath and was perfectly fine on this day in the mountains of North Carolina.  It’s been such a warm winter that I think most of us forgot what it was like to wear a coat.  This was the first day it was cold out, and that jacket was perfection!

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Southern Charm

Charleston, South Carolina, how I love you so!  I love this town for so many reasons and have too many fond memories to share, but here are a few.  It is the epitome of southern charm; from the homes, to the food, to how insanely nice the people are there, this town holds a very special place in my heart.  I was lucky enough to live there briefly and visit often for many years.  The last time I was there was in 2008, and haven’t had a chance to go back until now.  It was even prettier than I remember!  I had such a great time walking around, looking at all of the most beautiful homes, eating at my fav spots, and seeing all of the new places that have popped up since the last time I was there.   It was definitely an incredible trip!

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Begging for these boots!

Okay y’all, I just have to tell you how freaking BADLY I’ve wanted these booties!  I ordered them a few years ago and the sizing wasn’t right.  Like one pair was way too small and the next size was huge.  It was so weird!  And I think it was just me because nobody else that I talked to had this issue.  So strange.  Anyway, I finally decided to give them another try because I couldn’t ever stop thinking about them, and I was so excited when they worked out!  They also come with gold hardware, which I like, but I really love the silver.  I feel like I’ve seen the gold ones more often, so naturally I had to go for the silver.  Y’all know my obsession with black booties..I can never have enough.  It’s really a serious problem!  Black boots and any dessert.  Really.

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Details, Details

I couldn’t leave New York City without doing an all black outfit.  It just wouldn’t be right!  There is something about wearing all black and feeling super fierce.  It’s an easy look to do, and I like to mix textures and patterns when I do this to keep it interesting.  That way, it’s not just a plain black outfit.  I loved the top because of the cutouts, and I’ve been trying to find it online for you guys, but it’s obviously sold out…boo!  It was such a great price, and I actually tried on a VERY similar one at Maje in Miami, but I actually liked the Zara one better and it was about $200 cheaper.  Gotta love that!

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Sparkle and Shine!

Happy New Year friends!  I know I’ve worn these boots a million times already, but they’re probably my most favorite piece that I bought this season.  They’re definitely pricey for a pair of boots, but they go with so many outfits!  I felt like I could justify it because I wear them all the time and a ton of different ways with skirts, dresses, leather leggings, jeans, and shorts.  Hopefully you’ve seen some previous posts showing other ways to wear them if you’re considering making the purchase.  Price per wear, girls!

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#appreciate!

Looking for the perfect New Year’s dress?  Well, here you go!  This Topshop dress is so easy to wear and will work on a number of different body types.  I decided to put a belt with it because it was a little loose fitting.  However, if you don’t want something as fitted, wear it without the belt for not so much of a body con look.  For $230, the detail of this dress is gorgeous!  The placement of the sequins around the neck, sleeves and at the bottom make this dress look like a lot more than what it actually costs.   Topshop is my go to brand for fun, trendy and inexpensive pieces, and the best part is mixing them with designer like what I did here.  Putting on Valentino shoes and carrying a Baleniciaga bag makes this look eclectic and fun with the $20 earrings and belt that came with a skirt from Forever 21 probably like 6 or 7 years ago.  I am all about mixing and matching, high and low!

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Sassy and Polished

I was freezing walking around the city on this day!  It honestly wasn’t that cold during the day when the sun was out, but once the sun was behind the clouds and going down, it started to get chilly!  I knew I wanted to wear layers that had some warmth, but not too much.  The scarf was perfect because it’s a cashmere and silk blend, so it was light enough to give just enough warmth around my neck, since the sweater is a v neck and my neck was exposed.  The sweater is a wool blend, so again, light enough to layer with a tank or you could also put a turtleneck underneath if you really needed to.  On a day that’s not that cold out, you could just wear the sweater with a black bra and call it a sassy day!

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Shop ‘Til You Drop

Who’s got all of their Christmas shopping done?  Every time I feel like I’m done, I think of something else!  The mall has been crazy, which I’ve been happy to see.  I think with the increasing amount of online shopping, we were all wondering if the stores would be as busy.   It has been SO busy, and I love it and continue to be very appreciative for my customers and the relationships we have.  I am seriously one of “those people” who love their job!

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Pugs and Kisses

This is the last ‘Festive Friday’ post before Christmas, and I can’t believe that Christmas is in one week!  I wanted to show this dress as something that is festive and could be worn to a brunch or luncheon or even to a Christmas Eve service at church.  It’s so sweet and girly and totally makes me think of Charlotte from Sex and the City!  I couldn’t resist putting the Valentino Rockstud bag with it to give the look just a touch of edginess.  Customers ask all the time if the Rockstud collection will be going out of style soon.  I actually get asked that a lot, and the answer is no.  The Rockstud collection has really become Valentino’s classic and is what they’re known for, so it’s definitely here to stay for the foreseeable future.  Every time we get them in at Nordstrom, they blow out of stock, both shoes and bags.  Personally, I am a huge fan, and think they are worth the investment!  Oh, and meet my baby girl Maya..yes, she’s the pug and she’s really 8, but will always be my baby.

Pugs and kisses,

Christian

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Tasteful Textures

It was still super warm in Miami when we shot these pictures, so I thought I would give you some other outfit options if you happen to be in cooler weather.  Most of us in Tampa are dying for some lower temps!  It’s still in the low 80’s here and I just want to wear a darn sweater haha!

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