Monday, April 27, 2015

Hey Hey Bday













romper (DVF c/o AJs Casuals Lexington), heels (Sophia Webster sold out how badas* are THESE & THESE), watch (Michael Kos), rings (Anna Beck & Lagos), cake (Gigi's Cupcakes c/o)

Look who's turning the big T H R E E today?   Happy Happy s + s!  Sounds so damn cliche but I truly cannot believe what started out as a creative outlet and more or less a hobby has turned into something I am able to do full time while supporting my brood.  It's beyond incredible to do what I love and I am so very blessed.  Truly, I should be writing a big fat Thank You Letter to each and every one of you because let's be honest...if the readers ain't diggin' s + s, it's toast.  So let's do just that...a little Thank You/Love Letter hybrid:
 To the readers that pay this little slice a visit throughout the week and give me such strong motivation to keep on this path---how can I thank you enough?  You all have given me the ability to fulfill such a strong passion, be an example for my girls to follow your aspirations, take risks, and to do what you love---I'm beyond grateful and while my ass is horrible at responding to every comment (I read them I swear I do and I'm working on upping my comment game), they provide the perfect dose of motivation and inspiration.  They're humbling.  You all have been a part of my toughest journey thus far in life, my divorce, leaving Corporate America after 10 years, and the passing of the girl's father and you'll never know how your words of encouragement got me through the most challenging of times.  I think I owe it to y'all to be a smidge more candid on the blog and so that's what I'm certainly going to try my darnedest to do.  I don't say these words above lightly and in passing--I mean them.  I thank you with all the sincerity in the world.  I also ask with all sincerity...what is s + s missing?  Not sure if you noticed but I'm trickling in a little tyke fashion, a little home diddy now and again---what else?  The floor is yours so fire away---it's important that when you all come here, you're getting a solid dose of inspo yourself so let me know and I'll see if I can deliver!  
To Lexington, my sweet Lex---what pride I have for this town.  It's where my girls have grown up, it's where this dream has become a reality.  It's where I've made the dearest lifelong friends...I love this place more than words can express.  I love the partnerships I have with the boutiques that are so damn supportive of the blog....Omar + ElsieAdeleMorton JamesAJs Casuals, & Voce--you all are an incredible bunch that I so value partnering with!  And how about my gal, Kristin, who shares the same vision and work ethic--is such a peach to work with...smooths out my mug, gets my good angles, deals with my deadlines, minimizes my damn crow's feet...couldn't ask for a better photog and friend than that one!  An enormous thank you to Danielle who showed me the ropes early on and is the most generous and thoughtful gal around...without you, I'd probably still be figuring out how to do a collage for the love!  And to my best friend in Nola--you know who you are--and you know how grateful I am for you.  
And finally to my family.  Look, I've always kinda been the wild card in the Kelly crew--the free spirit if you will.   So while initially they looked at me with an "Oh Lord, here she goes again," kinda face when I first shared this venture--they've been cheering loudly and proudly from Florida every step of the way and I just can't love or thank them enough.  
Good grief, who am I missing....I hope no one but, gang, thank you--again.  So very much---let's virtually cheers to another year of inspo, growth, risks, rewards, chuckles, and some dope fashion.   Cheers to a great one gang!

photos courtesy of Kristin Tatem

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Navy Loves Lime








We chatted up my love of The Tunic a few posts back.....take that a step further and add the maxi element and voila---you have this Lovely from Sail to Sable.  Wore this beauty while in Florida and I just love how it is super comfy but also has a structured element with the collar--because girlfriend loves herself a 'popped' collar.  While their spring line is just darling, I have to say I'm adoring this Striped Tunic Dress from their summer collection in a major way.  Be sure to peruse Sail to Sable's adorable array of tunics and dresses if you're in the market to spruce up your poolside and vacation game--and check out these Pineapples while you're at it, too!  
Alright gang, I've gotta dip for a day of meetings...hope your Friday is off to a fabulous start--make it a great one!

photos courtesy of Lindsey Potter
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Derby Doll












dress (Alice + Olivia, AJs Casuals c/o), necklace (Mignonne Gavigan, AJs Casuals c/o), fascinator (AJs Casuals c/o), clutch (DVF, AJs Casuals), heels (Joie, see Similar), rings (LagosAnna Beck), shades (Sole Society c/o UNDER $25), watch (Michael Kors)

You would wave to your neighborhood firemen, too, right?  Anyhow, quite hard to believe Kentuckian's favorite time of year is already upon us again--it's Derby Season!  The flowers they are a bloomin' and the weather is (almost) perfection.  Which means it's time for us gals to sport our best threads in honor of the Running for the Roses.  You'll find most gals will go for a pretty classically feminine look which is beautiful indeed, but I'm digging the idea of something a little more vibrant....enter this Alice + Olivia Frock from AJs Casuals.  It is just...oh it is just oh so good.  The lovelies from AJs Casuals know how to get us gals up to snuff for the Derby indeed!  I'll be on hand at AJs next Wednesday, April 29th from 11-2, to assist with all of our Derby needs.  If y'all are still stumped on what to sport---pay the gals and myself at AJs a visit and we will get you up to speed for Derby Day!  
Alright gang, I'm en route to Dallas for the rS conference---be sure to follow along Instagram for what I'm sure will be a healthy insta overload...apologies in advance.  You all have a great Thursday---make it a great one.  Feel free to shop the look below!

photos courtesy of Kristin Tatem

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Chambray Scallops







The Perfect Summer Short.  That's what these chambray bad boys are.  So dang comfy and how versatile are they going to be this spring/summer?  Love the idea of them with a tucked in White Blouse and some Neutral Espadrilles--so classic and crisp.  Alright gang, keeping her short today b/c I've got some prep to do for my trip to Dallas this week.  Cheers to a great Tuesday--make it a good one!

photos courtesy of Lindsey Potter at Caribbean Shores

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The Perfect Tunic








top (Sail to Sable c/o), jeans (7FAM, LOVE THESE and $65 DISTRESSED), clutch (Gigi New York), sneaks (Converse), cuff (avail on Amazon), shades (Gucci), necklace (Page Sargisson c/o)

Every spring and summer calls for the perfect TUNIC and luckily for us, Sail to Sable has our warm weather needs completely covered!  The bunnies and I have been fans of Sail to Sable for a bit now and their spring line is perfection.  How darling is this Striped Dress paired with these Wedged Espadrilles?  So many fun finds indeed!  Y'all be sure to check out Sail to Sable and the rest of this get up below (I subbed my 7FAM distressed whites as they're no longer avail).  Cheers to a fantastic week, gang--ps:  make sure to check out my Instagram at noon--HINT:  $1000.  Giveaway.  Yes, Please.

photos courtesy of Lindsey Potter taken at Caribbean Shores

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