So I’m only a couple months into reclaiming my “Atlantan” status, but I think the move has already had an impact on my style. In New York, I rocked Street Style Chic and my shoes were focused on comfort for the mile-long walk to work. Now, I’m adopting what I like to call my Savvy Southern Style. This means going back to my heels EVERY DAY, because my walk is simply home to parking garage to office and back again (trading the A-Train for the HOV lane!).
I find my outfits are more put together at home, because I’m less worried about getting messed up in transit. The biggest change I’ve seen? I’m returning back to my colorful roots!
Savvy Southern Style
Savvy Southern Style is all about color, volume, polish…and above all a playful attitude. No one can rock pearls, a blowout and a sundress better than my Southern ladies, am I right? But there’s something to be said for the New York state of mind and a level of chicness and edge that my ladies up North bring to the table.
What are some of the differences?
Dresses vs. Jeans
I think my go-to look in New York was a pair of ripped or embroidered jeans and a blouse or t-shirt/blazer combo. Now I’m experimenting with more playful looks like bright dresses and full skirts. Still, sometimes I do both like this, combining an edgier jacket with a flowy black ruffled southern dress.
Before, I’d rock trendy sneakers and chunky heels to keep me looking cute for the commute through the workday. Now, I’m all about my stilettos and lush fabrics that I don’t have to fear about being ruined by the elements.
Fall/Winter hasn’t hit yet, but now that I’m down South I’m pretty sure I’ll be ditching my Canada Goose for more practical (and less expensive) topcoats and lighter jackets. I can’t wait to wear my Rag & Bone coat more this year, but maybe also grab some new colorful coats, perhaps a shade of bubblegum or mustard – this one’s only $30 btw!
In New York my nails would consistently be a black, navy, or white and I’d rock a muted rose lip. Now? I’m rocking pink nails and exploiting my bff who works at Tom Ford to get me every shade of lipstick under the sun!
So where am I on the Savvy Southern Style – Street Style Chic spectrum? I’m still finding my place somewhere in between, but I’ve definitely noticed a change in what I reach for in my closet. I hope you dolls continue to follow along as I explore what this new stage means for my wardrobe!
Hey Dolls! Describe your personal style in the comments below! XO,LA
So if you’ve been following along with me on Instagram (@laurnashley), then you probably saw that I celebrated my birthday a couple weeks ago.
I headed to New York City and the Hamptons to spend time with my friends and enjoy some sun, sand, and LOTS of frozé! Because I wasn’t at home for my actual birthday, Jason and I celebrated early while I was still in Atlanta. Initially I really wanted a new bag, because….who doesn’t want a new fancy bag for the season? But, in recent years my taste in purses has gone on the pricy side and I splurged a little too much last year. In 2016 I got my Chloe, my Saint Laurent, and the big mama of all purses…my Chanel.
With all those big buys, I had to realize that I’m not Oprah and need to cool it on the expensive purse front! So while there are many bags that I have my eye on – I had resolved to hold off until Christmas or even next year. Being the amazing hubby he is, Jason decided to pick me up a birthday treat that he had seen on one of my recent Lust Lists: the Dior Twilly!
While I had originally planned on wearing it to work under a collared shirt, I remembered loving how I saw it wrapped around the handle of a handbag. Upon opening my gift, I immediately marched down to Dior and had them tie it around the handle of my Saint Laurent. I asked the associate if it was a faux-pas to have it wrapped around a different designer’s bag and she said not at all – people do it all the time! I have to say, I’m absolutely in love with the way it looks. I think it adds even more style and sophistication to an already classic and ladylike bag. The moral of the story is that I feel like with this small addition, my bag has been totally transformed! I feel like it’s a BRAND NEW bag and I’m even more excited to wear it with new outfits. Sometimes it just takes a little creativity or a different perspective to make something old feel new again. Love the look of a scarf tied around a bag? Check out this post featuring my fav scarves at a variety of prices!
My hair has a mind of it’s own. It’s long, it’s thick, and it’s often unruly. It’s funny because growing up I would’ve given anything to have thin, straight hair. I hated that mine took so much time and effort, and never ended up looking the way I wished it would. I guess it’s one of those grass is greener situations. Now, my hair is one of my favorite things about myself. I love that it’s thick and voluminous, even though sometimes it still doesn’t do what I want it to. Funny how growing up can mean learning to love yourself, perceived flaws and all.
That being said – my hair still does require quite a bit of effort and taming. Because it’s so long it can get tangled from time to time, and sometimes I just need to get it out of my face. So when color brush brand milk + sass contacted me about trying some of their fun hair products, I jumped at the chance. First of all – let me say that not only are these products super functional, they’re cute as all get out!
First up is their “macaron” color brush. These candy-colored brushes are shaped like my favorite dessert and are the BEST detanglers. I love that I can pop one in my bag for when I’m on the go – out for the day, traveling, and I’ve even got one stashed in my desk at work. My favorite part about the bite-sized brush is that there’s a mirror on the top of the lid! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve popped open my macaron to check my makeup and then tamed some flyaways while I’m at it. The price is great so I don’t feel bad about nabbing a couple of the pretty pastel colors to suit my fancy/match my mood!
Now – on to my new obsession the sugar twists! Also candy-colored, these hair ties hold tight, but literally DON’T PULL. They also don’t leave a huge bend in your hair when you take them out. You know other hair ties say they won’t pull your hair, but it’s a total lie – these things have saved my life and my hair by preventing breakage. Fun fact – I was bragging about these to my friend Alexa and she said that she and her mom are already obsessed! Then she proceeded to flaunt the clear band wrapped around her wrist, saved for later. I guess the word is out! While I’m packing for the 4th of July weekend, I’ve already made sure to include my milk + sass goodies on my packing list. I’ll be hitting the beach in colorful AND detangled style. For more info on milk + sass and to get some candy-colored goodness of your own – make sure to check out their website.
I’m traveling home for the 4th – but I’ll be back next week with some fun new outfit posts. Hope everyone has a safe and relaxing weekend! Xo, LA