New Additions

New!!! New stuff in the store! So excited about the newest pieces we've gotten from Give A Penny! If you haven't popped over to Shop, check it out! We've gotten more of the sellout bangles in stock-in new colors-NC State fans, the coral is for you (as much as it pains me). 


Troubadour Fall '12

I'm soo not ready for the end of summer, but seeing collections like this make the thought of a chill in the air OK. The Fall '12 collection from Troubadour, designed by UNC grad and Southern native Lindsey Carter, makes me weepy. Piece by piece and as a whole it is stunning. I can't wait to get my hands on some of the peplum tops and pair them with skinny jeans. Gorgeous, dramatic bow blouses dot the collection, adding architectural interest to the clean lines of shift dresses and pencil skirts. Don't get me started with the fur-the peach colored blouse with the misty gray short sleeve piece??? Yes, please. I can't wait to see the rest of the collection/buy everything and sit at home looking really fabulous. 

Shop Troubadour at both Fleur and in SC Van Jean (two of my faves)


Get Glam This Weekend

Happy Friday all! It has been one of those never-ending summer weeks, but we made it! If you happen to be out and about and looking for something to do in Raleigh this weekend, might I a make a suggestion? The third annual All Dolled Up event will be held this Saturday (June 23rd) (BTW JUNE 23rd???? WHERE DID JUNE GO?) from 3-8 pm downtown at Spy. This even will benefit Dress for Success Triangle NC, a most worthy cause whose mission is to outfit and mentor women aspiring to enter the workforce. I've had the chance to participate in some of the other events for Dress for Success in the past, and have always been so moved by what they do for women. My FAVORITE hairstylist extraordinaire Dawn Carrington of Glam Lounge will be at All Dolled Up, along with stylist and makeup artist Debra Goodyear providing beautification services as part of the event! Dawn is stunning(as evidenced by the pictures below) and the sweetest person, every time she's changed her hair over the years I have been convinced I need to copy her-and being the hair genius and psychologist that she is, has always convinced me of the opposite. (She's right, I am not responsible enough for bangs.) She is also a new mom to the most precious baby girl. 
Tickets for All Dolled Up get you a choice of three pampering services such as hair styling from Glam or a manicure or facial. It's a pretty indulgent afternoon or evening treat for a great cause! 
"Women helping women is a beautiful thing with proven potential for powerful change, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate seven years as the owner and founder of Glam Lounge," Dawn says. "I admire the hard work of Dress for Success leaders and clients, and Glam Lounge looks forward to pampering the guests who come out to support this great cause."

I'm pretty excited about it-I might look like a real person come Saturday night! Advance tickets are available online, and will also be available at the door. 


Cushnie Et Ochs

Two Parsons alums teamed up for this up-and-coming line. It's only a few seasons old but it's gotten a lot of attention from such high ranks as the CFDA, Vogue, W Magazine-you get it, all the important people. The shapes are super-body conscious with sexy details-never going too far, but definitely attention grabbing. These looks are from the Cushnie et Ochs Resort '13 collection that's on Moda Operandi now (27 looks, getting close to perfection), and showcases the wide range the line covers: prim to sexy, peekaboo to full coverage. The white dress below is just about my favorite thing. 

Possibly my favorite thing ever. 

Gorgeous coral, demure and classic. 

Pleated LEATHER skirt, the drapey blouse is amazing. 


Friday Faves

Jeffrey Campbell Hanger Suede Raw Bootie

I'm just going to dip my toe into Pre-Fall, since I enjoy Summer so much, but unfortunately we can't ignore the fact that Fall fashion is already knocking at the door. I think booties are a good way to ease into the next season, alongside some of my other favorite things from the week. 

Rag & Bone Harrow Bootie

More Rag & Bone-the Anders and THE bootie to have, the Newbury (this is the chili version), via Beanie + Cecil of Wilmington

The Classic Newbury bootie in Grey. My top pick for Fall. 

The convertible Céline crossbody pouch. Now in RED. Sick. From Vermillion

Rag & Bone coated zipper skinnies. You want these. You need these. They will be a wardrobe staple come Fall. From Vermillion


Nothing To Grouse About

The latest addition to the Bon Vivant collection at ShopSouthernArrondissement! I adore his short little legs and round little belly! This is a great stationary option for the man in your life. It adds a little personality without being cute. (You know you can't describe a man's stationary as cute.) Just another fabulous option from the creative mind of Liza Cleveland


The Phantom Appears

Where can you find the Céline Phantom?
 I get asked, from time-to-time, to help people find things (not like, your keys, I have no idea where you put them), and I am typically pretty good at it. I've been asked by several people to find this bag, and I can tell you, when they are gone-they're gone. 
The latest Phantoms by Céline are in at Vermillion. This version is absolutely exquisite taupe with cobalt (!!!!!) trim. It is humongous. It's got plenty of space and can totally be used as a work bag; I like the idea of really using it as a super-chic carry-on, just a one-night overnight bag. They have several versions in-store now, so get your hands on them now to avoid having to go on the hunt. 


Buckle Bootie

Loeffler Randall Lily Buckle Bootie

No explanation needed. Available at Van Jean.
These will sell out. 


Zig And Zag

Presentinggggggg: the Levi Dress courtesy of the amazing girls of Rae Francis. I am in love. The Levi Dress is part of their Summer '12 collection, which is amazing, and it is perfect. Ruffles, pintucking, high-low hem, and the print=the perfect summer dress. I've paired it with my favorite Shoshanna draped blazer and some Kate Spade sandals for work and will be losing the jacket and adding some fun wedges for drinks tonight! In other breaking news (also file under amazing), Vermillion just got new Céline bags in. NEW CÉLINE BAGS!!!! I am freaking out about the tan crossbody version pictured below-the color is amazing AND it converts into a clutch. Two bags in one, thank you Céline. 


White Light

Tibi Silk Chiffon Long Dress
It is finally the time of year that white white can look good again. As you may know, I'm a huge fan of a fabulous white dress. I know it can be difficult to find an occasion for a white cocktail dress if you're not a bride, but these styles from Tibi offer some flexibility. Accessorizing can take these to just about any event, and if you ARE a bride would be perfect for summer cocktail parties and showers. 

Tibi Solid Silk Cap Sleeve Dress


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