Hello friends and please excuse my blog neglect this week.  I'm off to LA tomorrow.  Not gonna lie, I'm a little overwhelmed with all of the preparations for a trip cross-country.  This will be my first time in California and I'm so excited to experience it with a great group of girls.  Make sure to follow me along my trip via instagram!  I'll be back reporting for duty next Tuesday.  Xo-M


giveaway winner (and new items)

Hope you all had happy weekends!  Ours was pretty awesome and I'm sad it's over.  This week, I'm gearing up for a bachelorette trip in LA!  We leave on Thursday and there is LOTS to do before then. My favorite celeb blogger, Day Old News, hooked us up with tons of recommendations, but if you have something special to add that is an absolute "must do," please share!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Stitch & Stone giveaway!  I'm happy to announce the winner is entry #134, Meghan!  

Also, I added lots of new items to my blog sale!  I created a tab under my header that says "blog sale," so be sure to check it out.

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ASOS scores

I place ASOS orders pretty often, but to be completely honest, most of it always goes back.  They are so hit and miss.  It's hard to shop at a store that carries so many different brands and doesn't have a physical shop!  But this time - this one.rare.occasion - everything was a hit.  Well, I'm here to share!

This skirt.  Oh, how I love it.  Comfortable and inexpensive.  
Sizing tip: For reference, I usually wear a 2, sometimes a 4, in most brands.  At ASOS, I typically always order a 6 (their sizing is funny).  But this skirt is a 4 at ASOS (everything else listed below is a 6).  I figured that the elastic waist would make it run large.  I was right!
I'm also loving this top.  It is only $13!  I love the inward cut on the arms.  This is the perfect top for tucking into skirts because it's not too long and it has a form fitting silhouette.  

This dress is beyond perfect for any occasion ...a wedding, work, date night -the list goes on.  In real life, I would style it with a black leather jacket, black or burgundy tights, and black booties.  Or with wedges this time of year! 

The fit of this shirt is so good.  This color of orange is my fave.  Sure to be worn to a Clemson game this season!

This faux leather skirt looks like the real deal, except it was only $42!

I absolutely love an oversized jacket.  This kimono is soft, lightweight and perfectly drapes across your shoulders.  I have one very similar and it's amazing the things you can pair it with.
These leather-look pants are an awesome fit for the price tag.  Plus, they have enough stretch and a high enough rise to make you feel comfortable.

Just had to share the goods!

weekly roundup

Alas, another Friday ...and a weekend spent at home in Charleston (woohoo!).  I've had the strong desire, not that it's anything much out of the ordinary, to wander through some of our local antique shops.  We may also make way to the beach if the weather holds out.  I'm just happy that it's the weekend and we can have a couple days to decompress.  Here are the links I bookmarked this week.

//  This print is the best.  I'm imagining it on a gallery wall or propped up on a table.

//  Brandon and I watched this speech so many times and laughed hysterically.  Then watched it some more.

//  These pointy toe flats are perfect for fall.

//  Inspiring story on trusting the path God has created for you.

//  You don't have to ask me twice to enjoy a fresh glazed doughnut.  This recipe sounds delicious!

//  Talk about design perfection.  Every square inch.

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another day, another sale

J. Crew is having a 25% off sale now through August 26th.  The discount is valid on any purchase over $150.  Get to shopping, my friends!  They have some great new looks for fall.  Here are some of my picks:

This merino pocket tunic would look adorable with black leggings and boots.

I am in love with the color of this scalloped cutout silk top.

I've definitely been getting more and more into pencil skirts.  This one is hard to beat.

Seriously in love with this long field jacket.

The wash on these toothpick jeans is perfect for a relaxed fall day.

Every girl needs a denim jacket for transitioning summer dresses into fall.

I blogged about my need for this merino swing sweater and here it is, now on sale.  How nice and tempting.

I know, J. Crew jewels are priced a bit high, but look... it's so pretty.



Been a long, long time since I've posted an OOTD (outfit of the day), but I just love this maxi dress so much and it's now on sale.  So, I had to share.

This Tinley Road Wrap Maxi Dress was originally a steal of a deal at $60, but now it's even better.  But, the sizes are limited.  This dress runs very large.  I ordered an XS and have to cinch it with a belt to make it look right.  My necklace is Hive & Honey, and although it's no longer available, here's one that's similar.

style crush: eleanor strauss

Eleanor Strauss, Senior Fashion Editor at Lucky magazine and Style Director at Shopbop, has such great style.  It's easy and edgy and feminine, all at the same time.  In this interview, Strauss mentioned that she purchased her first pair of t-strap Chanel heels when she was an intern in London.  The purchase left £5 in her bank account, but she said it was totally worth eating beans on toast for a month because she still wears them to this day.  It was from that very comment that I knew I liked her.

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monograms and mimosas bridal shower

This past weekend, my mom, mother-in-law, and I hosted a bridal shower for my MOH (I'm a matron of honor in her wedding!).  It was a rainy, so it was a perfect day to spend indoors celebrating the bride-to-be.  Of course, I forgot my DSLR camera, so I didn't get the photos that I wish I had.  But thanks to my MIL, I was able to capture some on her little pocket camera.

Here's the bride and her sweet mom!  I made the chalkboard out of a framed portrait that Brandon accidentally dropped about two months ago.  The glass shattered, so I repurposed it!  Just got a bottle of chalkboard paint, some gold spray paint, and went to town.  This frame used to be dark brown.... quite the transformation!   

The food!  We had dijon ham rolls, buffalo chicken dip, chicken salad croissants, pimento cheese crostinis, cucumber cups with hummus, grape salad, deviled eggs, and red velvet cake with buttercream icing!
We also served sweet tea and cucumber water.
....annnd mimosas! Here are some photos of the "bubbly bar."  
We put the different juice mixers in decanters.  I loved the look! 

 Here are the favors... "He Popped the Question!"
 I found these little popcorn boxes here.

We played the typically known "shoe game," except I modified it for a bridal shower.  I asked the groom-to-be the questions beforehand, then asked Ryan the same questions at the shower.  She had to hold up the photo of who she thought fit the description the best.  We compared her answers with her fiance's.  For example...  "Who is more likely to trip during the first dance?"  (They both chose Whit!)  It was so cute!

We also passed around "Bridal Libs," which was hysterical.  I found the template here and customized it to suite our bride, Ryan.  I had the mother of the bride and mother of the groom read each person's mad libs story when the bride was opening that person's gift.
 Since the shower was themed "Monograms and Mimosas," all of her gifts were monogrammed with their new initials.

I followed a tutorial on how to make your own tissue poms here and made the banner myself using a Word document!  Do you see the monogram that is framed on the mantel?  I found the monogram generator here and just printed it out at home!  

 I created a lot of my signs using myfonts.com.  Instead of purchasing the fonts, I sort of cheated the system by typing the word I needed into the preview screen, then did a screen shot of the preview.  I then pasted the screen shot into Word and printed it out!  I did this for the framed sign by the favors, the sign by the cake (not pictured), the mimosas sign, the gift sign (shown below), and also for the food nameplates, which I unfortunately forgot to set out.  Ugh! 
 The bride-to-be and me at the end of the day!


Stitch and Stone Giveaway

You might remember my recent post about my current Etsy favorites.  One of the items on the lust list was a pair of earrings from Stitch and Stone.  Well, lucky for you, the owner of that design studio contacted me and wants to give one of you ladies a pair of her earrings!  I got to pick out which ones you have the opportunity to win.  I thought these would be very well received because they are completely customizable!

You can choose the top and bottom stone color... any combination you'd like!  
I love the turquoise-on-turquoise, but am also drawn to the rutilated quartz! So unique.  Ooh and the malachite.  I don't know how the winner is going to choose.

You must be a follower of Style Me Swanky via Google Friend Connect (right sidebar) to enter.


weekly roundup

I'm so thrilled it's Friday.  I'm taking a half day and hurrying down Hwy 17 to stay with my parents for the weekend.  My mom, MIL, and I are hosting a bridal shower and I'm just so excited about it.  To me, hosting is almost as much fun as having one thrown for you... ok, I said almost.  I enjoy all that goes into planning.  I'll be sure to share photos on Monday.  Until then... here are this week's worthy links.
// Definitely bookmarked Emily Clark's favorite Etsy art shops.  I swear, you can find the best art for the best prices on Etsy. ...and I'm always looking for new seller suggestions.

// This white wine margarita sounds amazing.  I'm going to have to make it soon.  I love a good margarita and definitely enjoy new twists on the classics.

// An amazing story that features two examples of paying it forward.

// I really enjoyed reading Danielle's take on the importance of doing less.  This is something we all should take into account. The idea of laying on the sofa with no TV, no phone, and no connection to anyone but myself sounds so foreign, but definitely enticing! 

// Saw this sweater on Emily and now I'm convinced I need it.

// I'm sure you've seen this by now, but this speech makes me love the man more than ever before.

// This journal would make an amazing gift.  I love the idea of documenting places to remember.

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coral color crush

I think the most perfect pop of color one could have in a room is coral.  It's not choosy ... it's perfect with neutrals, blue, and with black.  It's not overly loud and not too feminine, either.  

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