VIP

unnamedThe time has come for me to tell y’all the big surprise I’ve been hinting at all week! You may have noticed that every look on SMC this week was head to toe Gwynn’s. If you’re not familiar, Gwynn’s is the only locally owned luxury department store in the Charleston area. They carry everything from home decor and cosmetics to menswear and of course, women’s fashion. They are always my first stop for designers such as Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo and J. Brand. Starting tomorrow, every single piece that you saw on the blog this week is on sale! It doesn’t stop there though, because actually the ENTIRE STORE is on sale!! No restrictions, no limits, everything is anywhere from 10% to 70% off, even the big brands that hardly ever go on sale! Even better, the sale opens to the public on Sunday, but special VIP’s (read: you guys!) will get to shop the sale starting tomorrow!! That’s one day early to beat the crowd and get that item you’ve been swooning over! Don’t live in the Charleston area? No worries! Just give Gwynn’s a call and they will assist you with your purchase, plus give you free shipping!! After you’ve finished shopping for yourself, this is the perfect chance to knock some people off your holiday gift list. You really can find something for everyone on your list here. Just a little hint (and sneak peek into my gift guide coming in December): Brackish bow ties for the boys (particularly the Clemson/Carolina colors), Nest candle for your grandmother, Hunter boot liners for your little sis and Laura Mercier body scrub for Mom!! Plus, they offer beautiful complimentary gift wrapping, so you leave with a present that can go straight under the tree!

Here’s a little recap of this week’s looks from Gwynn’s that you can now find up to 70% off!!

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Photos by: Catherine Ann Photography

Holiday Affair

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Don’t forget I’ve got exciting news for y’all coming tomorrow evening!! Stay tuned to SMC tomorrow at 6:00 for the big reveal!!

Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

If you’re interested in purchasing something you see here, call Gwynn’s at: 843-849-9667

Full Outfit c/o Gwynn’s: Dress- Alice and Olivia | Jacket- Alice and Olivia | Shoes- Kate Spade | Bag- Clara Kasavina | Earrings- Alexis Bittar

City Sleek

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Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

If you’re interested in purchasing something you see here, call Gwynn’s at: 843-849-9667

Full Outfit c/o Gwynn’s: Sweater- J Brand | Pants- Alexis | Shoes- Jimmy Choo | Bag- Tory Burch | Necklace- Tataborello

Patterns in the Park

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Photos By: Catherine Ann Photography

Full Outfit c/o Gwynn’s: Top- Maison Scotch | Pants- Maison Scotch | Shoes- Tory Burch | Bag- Kate Spade | Necklace- Charleston Rice Beads

Fall, is that you?

southern-meets-chic-gwynns-5 southern-meets-chic-gwynns-6It’s a very special week here on SMC!! Most exciting for me is that I’ll be writing all of these posts while cruising the Caribbean with my hubby for his birthday (follow me on Insta to stay updated). Most exciting for my readers is that I will be doing an outfit post every day this week AND have a big surprise for y’all on Friday evening!! I’ve teamed up with Gwynn’s to style some absolutely fabulous fall and winter looks this week, so every item you’ll see posted this week is coming from them. If you see something you’re interested in, give them a call! They offer free shipping and if you’re out of state, no taxes! Also, every picture you’ll see this week was taken by the lovely Catherine Ann Photography. She specializes in weddings and women’s portraits- check out her Instagram, it’s to die for!! Hellooo Pinterest wedding inspo board!

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Photos by: Catherine Ann Photography

If you’re interested in purchasing something you see here call Gwynn’s at: 843-849-9667

Full outfit c/o Gwynn’s: Coat- Maison Scotch | Top- Wildfox | Jeans- J Brand | Shoes- Tory Burch | Necklace- Alexis Bittar | Bag- GiGi New York 

Furriday

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Vest- Finicky Filly {similar here} {faux fur here} | Shirt- StyleDwell {similar here} | Jeans- J Brand | Boots- Frye from Belk | Clutch- Trés Carmen Boutique {similar here} | Cross Bangle- Island Baubles | Spike Bracelet- Stella & Dot | Other Bangle- David Yurman

Fine & Dandy

042A7959Fine and Dandy Boutique that is!! I was so happy to collaborate with Dandy Boutique and the adorable Taylor from Holy City in Heels on this fun, playful shoot for Rutledge Social shot by Terrence from Charleston Street Style. Dandy has quickly become one of my favorite stops when shopping in downtown Charleston and has even given me a new little twist in my style. I like to tell owner, Holly McGetrick, that shopping in her store is like shopping in Taylor Swift’s closet. The new bob and bangs T-Swift, not old school, country spiral curls T-Swift. The charming store is full of vintage inspired duds that perfectly combine classic styles with modern influences, think Allie Hamilton from the Notebook meets Audrey Hepburn. I just love how feminine and put together all of her pieces make me feel! Holly and the overall style of Dandy Boutique has definitely inspired me to add a little more of a vintage 1950′s feel to my wardrobe lately.

042A7985 042A7991 042A7993Not only is Holly super stylish, but she’s also pretty darn crafty! She hand makes STUNNING floral crowns like these and does beautiful custom bridal hair pieces. Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE any sort of hat or head piece and ESPECIALLY floral crowns! I think they are the perfect addition to any outfit for a special event, professional photos or even just because. This dress just complimented the floral crown so beautifully. The combination of the feminine lace and the fall cranberry color make this look flawless. To keep the outfit autumnal and somewhat casual, I wore a suede bootie. This dress could also easily transition to winter by instead wearing black tights and black booties, a big flashy statement necklace and a black fur shrug with a huge fancy topknot for a glamorous holiday party look!

042A8125042A8128042A8140042A8110I have a serious obsession with embellishments this year, so be prepared to see a lot of them especially during the holiday season! A little beading or bling is just so perfect to jazz up an otherwise basic piece of clothing. But, it also still keeps things simple and understated which I love! I’m definitely a “less is more” kinda gal! This icy gray/blue sweater is ideal for the coming winter months. You can dress it up with a skirt, like I did with this navy blue quilted skirt. Or, throw it on with a pair of jeans and boots for a chic comfy look! This is that sweater you’ll wear over and over again and is just a no brainer to throw on when you feel like you’ve got nothing to wear! (Read: all the time)

Photos: Terrence Edwards of Charleston Street Style

1st Look: Floral Crown & Dress: c/o Dandy Boutique | Shoes: Dolce Vita from II Brunettes {similar here}

2nd Look: Sweater, Skirt & Coffee Mug: c/o Dandy Boutique

 

Handbag Heaven

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Let me first begin by clarifying, I did not purchase a Birkin!! Only in my dreams would that happen! However, I was lucky enough to spend yesterday afternoon swooning over beautiful handbags and jewelry from designers such as Hermés, Chanel, Céline and Louis Vuitton. My dream day was all thanks to Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant for inviting me to an exclusive sneak peek of their trunk show they’re holding this weekend, just so I can share with y’all!

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Gwynn’s is the only locally owned luxury department store in the Charleston area. They carry everything from clothing and accessories to home decor and dining ware. Many of the designer brands they carry are exclusive to Gwynn’s in the area such as Jimmy Choo and Tom Ford. The most recent addition to their collection is the What Goes Around Comes Around line, providing Charleston with high end designer handbags that cannot be found anywhere else!

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What Goes Around Comes Around specializes in authentic vintage and luxury goods. You can always shop their pretties at Gwynn’s, but they’ve flown in some REALLY special pieces for the trunk show being held this weekend! For two days only they will have a surplus of these designer bags and jewels for you to shop! Can you say early Christmas present to yourself?!

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You can shop the What Goes Around Comes Around collection this Friday and Saturday (today and tomorrow) at Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant from 10 am to 7 pm. If you aren’t local to the area, but see something you have to have, give them a call at 843-849-9667 and they will assist you.

Top- Dandy Boutique // Booties- Aldo {similar here}

 

Cuts & Kimonos

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Notice anything new or different **insert hair flip** That’s right, I chopped off all my long locks!! This is literally the shortest my hair has ever been in my life, well minus that time when I was 2 and the hair was just growing on my head, and I could not be happier!! My long hair was just getting to be such a bother and a bore. I feel like this sassy new do is so much more ME and significant of where I am in my life at the moment. Normally, I cry for at least 2 days after I do anything major to my hair, but this time I haven’t shed a single tear! My hairstylist, Ashley Fisher of Ash & Co, is just the absolute best!! Not only is she a super cool chick that I immediately clicked with over our mutual love for trash reality tv and obsessive beauty product buying, but she truly is an artist at what she does. When I sit down in her chair I feel fully confident in what she’s about to do. I basically just give her an idea of what I want and say “but you do what you think” which for a crazy control freak like me is HUGE!! In a nutshell I’m obsessed with my new hair and Ashley!! Another thing i’m obsessing over lately is KIMONOS!! If you’re like me, you kind of thought that they were only for summer, but boy were we wrong!! I’ve seen more kimonos in stores lately than ever and I’m loving the concept of layering them for fall! It’s perfect if you’re in an area, like Charleston, where the weather is 40 degrees one day and 75 the next. Also, a kimono purchase is definitely a logical one because it can take you into summer! They’re perfect to layer over tanks with cutouts or my favorite way, as a bathing suit cover up. But, to keep up with the cool autumn weather, I decided to layer  over a long sleeve tee. This outfit would have been your basic fall look, boots and a pike, borrrinngg. But, the kimono spices things up to make this boho fabulous! I absolutely love the contrast of colors with the turquoise and rust and also the contrast of styles. The 7 layer beaded necklace is a little preppy and the kimono very boho but when put together balance each other out perfectly! This is my ideal autumn attire and a great look for any fall activity!!

Kimono- Entro c/o StyleDwell {similar here} | Top- Piko from Tres Carmen Boutique {available here} | Necklace- Tres Carmen Boutique {available here} | Jeans- J Brand | Boots- Frye from Belk Towne Centre

Bloggers Take Belk

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Belk of Towne Centre has given us bloggers some pretty fabulous opportunities lately and the latest of those was the chance to attend a CYNTHIA by Cynthia Rowley fashion show and chat with the designer herself! You can read more about my experience with the sweet and stylish lady here, but of course I’ve got to tell you all about what I wore! Now, you’ve seen a summer variation of how to wear this skirt before, but it so easily can transition to winter as well. Instead of wearing the hot pink crop top I did in the warmer months, I chose to pull out the black in the skirt with this structured black crop top. Then, I traded in my strappy sandals for these KILLER thigh high boots! These have quickly become my favorite shoe for fall and winter! They lengthen and slim your legs automatically (which if you know me, you know I love). You can throw these on with a simple pair of skinny jeans and black tee shirt and voila! go from frumpy to fabulous!! They truly are the ideal winter accessory to expand your wardrobe. I wanted to add a big chunky necklace, but not one with too much color, so this collar necklace was perfect! To add a little pop of color in with the black, I carried this bright purple clutch, which coincidentally matched perfectly with my blogger babe partner in crime, Tara, of Northern Lights- Southern Belles. Don’t we just look like a Belk commercial?! We’re hoping for billboard hehe

Images via Shauntae Young of Sky Photography

Top: BCBG from Trés Carmen Boutique | Skirt: Jealous Tomato from StyleDwell | Boots: Sam Edelman from Belk | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Clutch: GiGi New York from Gwynn’s