Spring in the South




You guys have heard it before, but my style has definitely changed since I made the move back down South. Instead of reaching for my leather jacket most days, I find myself opting for dresses, color, and overall girly silhouettes. One thing that’s definitely influenced the way I dress is the weather! My friends recently visited from New York and were complaining how there’s still snow on the ground. While I miss the energy of the city, I can’t say that I miss the cold!


Spring has sprung down South and I’m enjoying every minute of it. Eating “en plein air” on patios, outdoor strolls to my favorite shops, and bike rides in the park are some of my favorite things to do since the weather has warmed up. Recently on our trip to Charleston (P.S. if you haven’t yet…check out the travel guide HERE), I took full advantage of the splendor of the south and broke out my first Spring sundress of the season!


Jason and I both have the same Comme Des Garçons sneakers, so a flirty sundress seemed like the perfect way to show a girly approach to our unisex kicks. This blue number from Nordstrom stole my heart with its fit and flare silhouette (my favorite) and bow shoulder detail. I finished my look with a straw boater hat to keep that Southern sunshine out of my eyes.


Here’s to warmer days and looking forward to more Spring looks!


Dress: Eliza J.  Straw Hat: Eric Javits.  Bag: Proenza Schouler (Similar).  Sneakers: Comme des Garçons


Full Skirts, Can’t Lose


Do you ever find yourself sticking to colors, silhouettes, or just general styles that you feel work best for you?


For me, I feel like it’s a fit and flare dress or a full skirt.  I find it’s the perfect shape to highlight my waist and looks amazing on pear shapes.


When I first started Brown Paper Doll – this look was the very first outfit I shot! I felt it perfectly showcased my style – feminine, but you can totally throw a leather jacket on top.  Well, a year and a half later I’ve upgraded that same look with a new take on some black and white favorites.  For our recent trip to Charleston, I wanted something upscale but not stuffy for dinners and cocktail hour.  I opted for a full skirt (my favorite shape) and an off-the-shoulder blouse that shows some skin, while also letting me feel covered.


While switching it up is what fashion is all about – there’s something to be said for sticking to favorites that you feel work for you.  What about you dolls? Is there a look you turn to over and over again?


Off-The-Shoulder Top: Club Monaco or Club Monaco.  A-Line Skirt: Tibi.  Sunglasses: Elizabeth & James.


A Date Night Jumpsuit




So my date night looks have evolved quite a bit over the years. I remember in high school, it was low-rise jeans a dressy top. College years saw the height of my sundress obsession. Recently, my go-to date night look is a jumpsuit!


There’s something comfortable, yet so put together about a jumpsuit. In the past, I’ve worn strappy ones, long-sleeved ones, casual ones, and my latest is unique in it’s own right. I feel like this jumpsuit by Donna Morgan is a feminine and modern take on a tuxedo look. The black and white stunner has a dressy, strapless bodice and a wide, cropped leg. I love the dramatic and cascading ruffles that really take this look from simple to special. Lastly, I love the price!


To finish off my look, I added some glitzy and geometric earrings that really scream “Date Night!” All in all, this occasion look made a romantic evening in Charleston even more special. And… I didn’t break the bank!


Jumpsuit: Donna Morgan.  Earrings: Anthropologie.  Goosebump Sandals: Stuart Weitzman (Sold Out).