Hieleven: Modern bags for modern women

Greetings my fabulous friends! Today, I wanted to share with you a recent collaboration I did with Hieleven.

Now, they are a handbag company, based out of Delaware. And their handbags provide modern, yet classic twists on mainstream styles such as bookbags, Tote bags, bucket bags, satchels, & shoulder bags, in all leather materials.

The hues of their bags are traditional, & versatile, and will effortlessly match just about any ensemble you can put together from your closet.

The bag shown above is their black Tote bag, which is perfect for carrying a laptop or MacBook, your planner, and other work or school essentials.  And the sleek design & comfortable shoulder straps will make being on the go a breeze.

So be sure to take a look at their site, & browse the many designs, styles, and hues that they offer in their well-made bags, as I promise you will find one that speaks to you!

Thank you so much for reading along, and I wish you the loveliest of days my sweet friends! xoxo ♥♥

Hieleven Womens Bags

Paper Crown: Modern Feminine Style

Hi my lovelies! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend & your week is off to a beautiful start!

I am sure many of you have heard of the brand Paper Crown which was created by Lauren Conrad.  But if you have not had the chance to take a look at their collection you simply must!

They have a variety of pieces that incorporate girly-feminine & freshly modern style all into one.  Whether you are looking for tops & blouses, outerwear, or dresses, they will surely have something for you.

And I promise, this post is not sponsored, I purely wanted to share with you my thoughts & love for the quality of their clothing.

Now, their Valencia coat as shown above, is surely a timeless investment piece for your wardrobe, and the color pattern & two-toned detail make it truly unique.  The coat is also fully lined, if you have a sensitivity to wool as I do.

But they also have affordable options, & continually updating sales, so be sure to check back regularly if there is an item you are eyeing!

Please be sure to check out their site, as I know each & every one of you, my fabulous readers, will find a piece to fall in love with.

I hope your year is off to a productive, healthy, & happy start! xoxo ♡♡

Paper Crown Collection

‘Tis the season for oversized knits

Hello lovelies! I hope you have all been having an amazing weekend! Today I wanted to share with you a trend that has been popping up everywhere lately now that the colder temps have arrived.

That trend being oversized sweaters.  Now, don’t feel that your options are limited in any way as far as what type of bottom goes best with the look.

You can wear them with skinny jeans, distressed denim, leggings, skirts, or over dresses.  Truly, the options are endless.  The key however, if you chose to go with a pant, select one that is at least slightly fitted.

If you wear oversized knits with wide leg or baggy boyfriend jeans the look will overwhelm you.  And if you go with distressed slightly baggy denim, I recommend wearing some type of heel to accentuate your femininity & make the look more modern.

OTK boots are perfect to complete the look when you wear them with skirts, as shown in the look I styled above.

Now, I chose a creamy white sweater because of my love for neutrals with pops of color, but they come in just about any hue, so feel free to pick your favorite.  I recommend sticking to 2 hues for your look, or variations of a similar color palatte so that the look isn’t too busy, especially with the larger sized knit.

Just FYI, the sweater I linked is incredibly soft & comfortable & I highly recommend it.  But be sure to try this trend, I assure you that it will suit just about anyone! And I can say that since I’m only 5’3″!

Sending you all some S&S love! xoxo ♥♥

For the love of Camo

Hello my beautiful friends…I hope you have all been well! My topic for discussion today is one of my favorite pieces for the season: camo print jackets.

Now, in the past, I had never been a huge fan, and I’ll be honest and I never really even thought of it as fashionable.  I believed it was more meant for service men, hunters & fisherman, more of a masculine print worn by someone who actually needed it for a purpose.

But more recently, the color palattes, textures, and media that have become available in varying styles of clothing with this classic print, have finally succeeded in winning me over!  And by textures & media I mean sequins for example, and seriously what’s more girly than that?!

Now the reason jackets are my favorite piece, is that the print can become overwhelming in large doses.  An example of this being a pair of pants, sweatshirt or sweater.  Then the style & print become less modern & less feminine, and in my opinion, reverts it back to its more functional purpose.

On the other hand, fitted jackets, or jackets that are of a shorter length that extend only to the waist or hip, are much more flattering & more current.

The green jacket shown above is in a lighter hue, which I found less stark than traditional camo tones, and more fresh & feminine overall.  And I completely love the sequin jacket! It is seriously so fun & the best part is that it is fully lined unlike some sequined clothing.  And as a result, it is not at all scratchy & completely comfortable to wear.

I absolutely love wearing both jackets & I sincerely hope you will give them & this print a try.  Just remember to have fun with it and make the look your own! xoxo ♥♥

All black everything ➕➕

Hello babes!  Hope you are all doing fabulously on this fine Sunday.  I wanted to share with you a chic all black look & one of my online boutiques for affordable pieces, the Odette & Odile Boutique.

I recently found these pants during a 7 For all Mankind warehouse sale, and I just love the zipper detail which makes them unique from other black skinny jeans.  So my tip is, if you can’t afford their regular prices, their online warehouse often has ongoing sales so be sure to check it regularly!

And tops with wrap detail & belts are definitely on trend right now, mostly because they add detail & they are figure flattering to your shape.  Oversized pieces are still in style as well, but it is always good to mix up your looks.

Now, if you haven’t checked out the Odette & Odile Boutique yet you simply must.  They have a variety of clutches at varying price points but most are $50 & under and are perfect for special occasions.  They also have accessories including sunglasses for $20.

With the holidays coming up before you know it, black pieces are a must for your wardrobe & will come in handy for those unexpected events that come up.

Wishing you a fabulous end to your weekend loves! xoxo ♥♥

Odette + Odile Boutique

A little Peplum lovin’

Happy Friday babes! Today on the S&S I am going to discuss my love for lace peplum!

The reason I wanted to highlight peplum is that it is such a flattering cut.  This because it cinches at the waist & flares out making your waist look smaller…which is a concept all of us ladies should embrace!

Plus, lace is fabulously on trend right now.  And black is just the perfect neutral for fall & winter, and it has been and always will be a classic color.  And this top will go with just about any color pant or skirt.

I would recommend sticking to skinny or boyfriend styles however, as flare or bootcut can distract from the cut of the top.

You can also easily wear a bomber or leather jacket over peplum too if it is already starting to cool off where you are.

Now, if you haven’t heard of Edie Parker & her fabulous clutches which she designed based on old school glam & sweetly named after her daughter, you absolutely must check them out!!

There are so many amazing styles which you can personalize & I promise you they are so hot right now.  I am sure you have seen at least one celeb clutching one that you didn’t even realize! They are such a cool investment & the handmade acrylic construction is to die for!!

But alas, I digress, and hope you will give this look a try my friends.  I promise a good peplum top will not let you down! Wishing you a lovely rest of you day! ♥♥ xoxo

The Chambray Shirtdress: a Fall Necessity

Greetings my S&S friends!  I hope you’re having a relaxing & rejuvenating weekend. That’s what they are supposed to be for right?? Although usually they end up being the only time during the week you can get anything done! We definitely need 3 day weekends more often. 

In any case, I wanted to discuss one of my favorite transitional fall pieces, the chambray shirtdress.  

The reason it is so versatile, is that you can wear it will sneakers, sandals, ankle boots, or virtually any style of shoe, depending on the weather, and it will look completely effortless.

Now, the key to choosing the right one, is that it must have either a tapered or cinched fit at your natural waist (not hips), or a belt to be the most form fitting & give your figure the most flattering shape.

Shirtdresses can get a bit boxy otherwise, which is never the way you want to go.  You have a gorgeous feminine figure & beautiful curves so you want to show them off!

I completed the look with a rose gold (my absolute fave!) bangle from Daniel Wellington.  And if you have heard of their watches but haven’t checked out their new accessory line, you must!

Wishing you an absolutely fabulous week ahead my sweets! And sending you some love! xoxo ♥♥  

Daniel Wellington Rose Gold Bangle

The perfect LBR

Good afternoon my sweet friends! I hope you are all having a fabulous week thus far! What I wanted to discuss with you today is one of my favorite wardrobe pieces of the moment, this gorgeous black floral romper.

Now, if you are too busy with work, school, or family life, you may not have time to keep up with the seasonal trends.  Recently, floral prints have been a huge trend, whether they be on dresses, skirts, kimonos, sweaters, or rompers.

And, contrary to popular belief, they are not just for the spring & summer seasons.  What I love about this romper, as we are transitioning into fall, is that the black solid background of the floral pattern makes it completely season appropriate.

Then, if it is starting to cool off in your area, (we are currently still in the 80’s in NC!) you can finish the look with a pair of white converse & a jean jacket for a more casual vibe.  Or you can wear your favorite pair of brown or black boots, of virtually any height, topped off with a leather jacket to easily dress this LBR up for evening wear.  So simple!

Please take the time to check out my absolute favorite romper of the moment.  It is the perfect piece to add a little ease & versatility to your wardrobe. Wishing you a sweet ending to your week! xoxo ♥♥🌸

Classic & Clean: Silk + Distressed Denim

Hello loves! I know this post is much overdue, but life has been a little crazy lately.  Plus, I don’t know about you but I have been trying to soak up the last little bit of summer at the beach while I still can!

Now, this clean & classic look can be easily transitioned into fall if it is no longer warm enough for shorts where you are.  And although I am in love with the lace detail on these shorts from Gray Monroe, they have plenty of other fall transitional pieces you can incorporate into your wardrobe.

Including some cute pairs of distressed jeans which would go perfectly with my absolute favorite current go to silk top from Nordstrom’s.

Now ladies, if you do not own a top like this, I am telling you I promise that you need one.  It is perfect for brunch, shopping, or any other daytime activities that come your way.

The key is finding the right neck line (try departing from the typical button down), and the right hue.  Light colored hues such as light pink, purple, ivory, and white, are especially versatile & crisp looking.

And if silk is too high maintenance or expensive for you, I have linked a couple of different ones made of different fabrics and varying price points.  As well as a couple of my favorite delicate necklaces to polish the look, but not distract from it.

Please do yourself a favor and invest in a flowy feminine top like this for fall, and be sure to check out the latest arrivals from Gray Monroe.  Their price points range from $20-$45 and can easily fit into anyone’s budget!

Wishing you a fabulous day my beautiful friends! xoxo ♥♥

Gray Monroe Clothing

A chic little end of the summer look

Hello my sweet friends! I wanted to bring the S&S the adorable look shown above just in case you might be heading out of town to a warm weather destination for an end of the summer adventure.  And if not, I thought perhaps you might be feeling a little sassy & up to the challenge of wearing this cheeky ensemble.

Now, of course another current trend is the OTS (off-the-shoulder) look.  Whether your avenue of choice be a top or a dress, it shows off just enough to create interest, while still maintaining an intriguing persona.  The wine & off-white one that I chose perfectly pairs with a cutt-offs for a more casual look or a white mini for a more crisp & sophisticated ensemble.

Following this, I completed the look off with a pair of warm brown heels with a black ankle strap.  Girls, I don’t know about you but I am always vascillating between brown & black & I have great difficulty deciding between the two.  The best part about these beauties, is that you get the best of both worlds.  They will go with either!! You don’t have to decide between the two, how incredible is that?!  And they match perfectly with my favorite fall bag from Coach.

Ladies, I hope you will give this look a try for an end of the summer or destination look.  I know you will not be disappointed!  Sending you my love & wishes for the best during the week ahead!  xoxo ♥♥

Coach Rogue Bag in Saddle