A Blog You Should Be Reading

We all need a little inspiration and distraction in our daily lives, and sometimes Pinterest just doesn’t quite cut it. The next time you’re in need of a fresh perspective, we suggest checking out House of Harper, a fabulous lifestyle, travel, and fashion blog run by Texas native Caroline Harper Knapp. The 10-year fashion-industry veteran now calls New York home, but is still a Southerner at heart. Caroline’s photos of her personal outfits and home décor exude a sophisticated and relaxed style that perfectly combines her Texas [... more]

Uptown Chic, Downtown Cool

There’s just something about a ripped pair of fitted jeans, ankle-strap stilettos, and an asymmetrical top that exudes a casual chicness that every girl is after. Throw in Rebecca Taylor’s unexpected white-denim moto jacket and you’ve got the perfect outfit for an afternoon uptown with your sweetie or an evening downtown with the girls. Neon-pink accents, such as Claire V.’s Flat Clutch, provides a little punch to a relatively neutral outfit, while gold jewelry shimmers as it ties the whole look together. Rebecca Taylor Punched Denim Moto [... more]

Family & Fashion

Denim geniuses and real-life couple Carrie and Matt Eddmenson built their fashion and lifestyle brand, Imogene + Willie, to honor their eight grandparents, two of whom provide the brand’s name. Drawing inspiration from the dedication and hard work Carrie and Matt saw in their grandparents’ lives, the Nashville, Tennessee-based clothing company strives to produce functional, durable, and comfortable products—notably their fantastically crafted jeans for both men and women—made with love and compassion. It’s heartwarming and refreshing to see a design team so rooted in family values and [... more]

Dinner & Dancing

Summer date nights give you the perfect opportunity to play with flirty trends and color combinations. Pair coral pink with navy blue to express your feminine side without feeling like Elle Woods, then layer on a few gold accents to pull the look together. A midi skirt, such as this one by Whistles, offers a modest length ideal for twirling the night away, and these bright and sassy Zara ankle-strap heels ensure you look good while doing it. Ann Demeulemeester Draped Blouse ($730). Whistles Textured Midi Skirt [... more]

On the Brinka Style

Graphic shoes can liven up your wardrobe by working print into your everyday looks. Bally’s Brinka Pumps ($313) in an Aztec-inspired geometric pattern catch the eye without overwhelming your outfit. The soft, calf-skin leather shoe comes in two different color ways: a neutral steel gray and a warm shade of coral. True to the current trend that bucks sky-high heels, the Brinka stands just a tad over 2½ inches, making them perfect for either day or night. Wear these with a pair of dark-blue skinny jeans or [... more]

Petal Pusher

When the heat begins to creep into the South this summer, be prepared to rock this gorgeous skirt from Anthropologie. Perfect for the often-unpredictable seasonal weather, the floor-length Firefleur Maxi Skirt ($168) features lightweight fabric to keep you cool during the heat of the day and lend just enough warmth at night. The trendy piece also celebrates the season with a fun floral pattern in a rainbow of colors. Pair it with a simple, solid top and your favorite sandals for effortless summer style.

Anchor’s Away

Reminiscent of a sailor’s uniform, the classic blue and white striped shirt became popular in the U.S. after Coco Chanel began using the French design in her nautical clothing line in 1917. The quintessential pattern later experienced a resurgence during the 1950s and 60s and became synonymous with that era. Since then, the popular look has appeared on the silver screen as well as in many fashionable women’s closets. Ideal for nearly any occasion, a navy and white stripe basically serves as another spring and summer neutral. [... more]

Cartier’s Clockwork

Founded in 1847, Cartier remains one of the most well-respected and elegant watchmakers of all time. They continue the tradition with the Ballon Bleu de Cartier ($6,350) watch, an example of the sophisticated design aesthetic so deeply rooted in the company’s Parisian heritage. With a steel case and band; stunning Roman numerals; a guilloché dial; and a classic, round, 36 mm face, the Ballon Bleu makes for a refined everyday timepiece for both men and women.  Of course, you can also expect the luxurious detail of a [... more]

Peek-A-Bootie

Who says boots are just for winter? These Olivia Cut Out Buckle Boots ($310) transition easily from cold weather to the summer heat. Generous side peep-holes turn the shoes into multi-seasonal footwear perfect for a casual day excursion or a girls’ night out. With a 3½-inch tapered heel and wraparound buckled strap, the shoe offers a chic option to the all-too-common pump or wedge. Sporting a luxurious white leather, the booties bring an element of edginess to any outfit without screaming, “I’m here to party!”

Beach Bombshell

Who said beachwear can’t be glamorous? This chic, all-black one piece and matching cover-up makes the perfect ensemble for poolside evenings and resort vacations. The waist-cinching Shape Swimsuit by H&M will boost your body confidence, while the sensually sheer Beach Dress with deep V-neck and side slit playfully offers peek-a-boo moments. Paired with these trendy platform Lindsey Wedges by Stella McCartney and gold and red accessories from Swell Caroline and House of Lavande, this fetching outfit will surely turn heads at any waterside gathering. H&M Shape Swimsuit [... more]

Denim Done Differently

We tend to associate jackets with protection from the cold, so what happens when you need a good jacket for spring? Instead of reaching for heavy leather or easily wrinkled linen, go for all-purpose denim. Jean jackets can actually serve as an extremely versatile piece of outerwear if you think beyond the traditional boxy and blue styles. Rebecca Taylor breaks the typical mold of the jean jacket with her Punched Denim Moto Jacket. White, lightweight, breezy, and subtly edgy, it works perfectly for spring and can be [... more]

Transitional Statement

You can’t assemble a complete spring wardrobe without a pair of fashion-forward wedge sandals. But is it too much to ask that the wedge also be miraculously comfortable and appropriate for both day and night? Texas designer Elaine Turner doesn’t think so. Featuring an elegant color-block design of rich black and tawny brown, her chic Camila Black and Butter Leather Wedge ($278) transitions perfectly from the office to an evening out. And thanks to the memory-foam insole, your feet will feel as good as they look.

A Better Boyfriend

The popularity of fashion’s “boyfriend” look lies in its relaxed and comfortable appeal, but sometimes the style is harder to pull off than it might seem. Take the shirtdress for instance. It requires a certain length, which often leaves you swallowed in tons of extra fabric around the waist. Adding a belt only makes it shorter. Atlanta designer Ann Mashburn has solved this issue once and for all with her version of the Boyfriend Shirtdress ($225). Slim and comfortable, the wardrobe staple in classic blue and white [... more]

Time Traveler

Since 1883, Alpina has manufactured high-quality Swiss sports watches with the same standards set by its founder, Gottlieb Houser. One of the first leaders in Swiss watch manufacturing, Houser revolutionized the industry with his idea that every watch should possess four distinct characteristics—water-resistant, anti-magnetic, anti-shock, and a stainless steel case—in order to maintain optimal durability for those participating in extreme activities. It’s no wonder the brand gained popularity among pilots, divers, sailors, and the military. Water-resistant up to 600 feet, the Extreme Diver 300 Lady provides the [... more]

Modern Southern Fashionista

At first glance, the logo for Troubadour clothing, which features a skull, antlers, and an anchor, seems disjointed. That is, until you realize the elements on the black shield represent the three major influences in the life of the label’s creator, Lindsey Carter: the city, the South, and the sea. Raised in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Lindsey discovered her passion for style and fashion at an early age. In high school, she designed many of her own clothes, including her prom dresses, which blended femininity with a [... more]

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