Hey Shortie

Yippee! How cute, yes? Fleur is having a shorts sale through Saturday (June 1st), and you can snag these guys for 30% off. There are some fab styles from Milly, Troubadour, Harvey Faircloth...the list goes on. 30% OFF. No brainer. I have these adorable Lauren Moffatt shorts pictured above (and totally look like this in them).


She Shells

Cowry Shell Statement Necklace Mali Proud Mary

This is the perfect summer statement necklace! It's made of cowry shells, which were used as the first form of currency in Africa (#knowledge). The necklace is handmade in Mali, and you can find it at Proud Mary. (And I hear there are only a few available, so hurrrryyy!)


Beach It

Beach It

I hope you are all headed off to sunshine and cocktails this holiday weekend. The key to packing for long weekends is to edit. Being a beach blog doesn't really require a whole lot attire-wise. Pack a scarf of wrap like the LemLem (pictured above), or a Turkish-T towel. They basically double as a cute sarong or wrap. You guys probably know that I love Marysia Swim for bathing suits. This season is no exception. Pack a "puttering about" outfit. Joie has been amazing this season, you can't beat these printed shorts and basic tank. Add jewelry if you need to feel fancy. We usually eat out one night for beach weekends; something like the insane Tibi pleated chiffon dress is great because it looks really effortless and beachy, but is completely gorgeous. Throw everything in this SICK Tory Burch weekender suitcase. Have a FABULOUS weekend!

(We'll try to go clockwise) 
1. Tibi chiffon halter dress (also in blush!)
2. Sam Edelman Allie sandals
3. Marysia Swim Hana Bikini
4. Tory Burch Priscilla Mochila suitcase
5. Joie Ira Tank & shorts (similar)
6. DV by Dolce Vita Tabia wedges
7. LemLem Walsh sarong/wrap
8. J Crew gold foil cork minaudière clutch


Take A Letter

I know we've all done the monogram deal, etc., but I like these super simple initial necklaces. Great for layering, and a chic take on the monogram. Would be great bridesmaids or hostess gifts. Find them at Bluegrass Loft

A Work Space

Style Me Pretty
What's your office like? My "day job" office isn't bad. I've graduated from cube life, and our HR person got me a nice lamp, so, all-in-all not bad. But, as you all may know, I have an alternative life as a style writer/aspiring designer and I really lust after a creative-office-work space. I think of what I would want it to be like, and obviously it should include a tan Céline bag. But really, things I really like: 
1. The idea of a "pin" wall, like a reality Pinterest (which is what we all did before Pinterest)

2. I like the idea of a combined workspace. The bottom 2 photos really combine desk and workspace. You could spread out pictures, or sketches and swatches. I like to be able to step back from things to take it all in.

3. I think a fabulous chandelier is critical. It is workplace glamour.

4. Chair. I think you need a great chair, and though I'm not crazy about any of these, I think that having a unique chair is a great addition. I love lucite or maybe a really interestingly-shaped, upholstered chair?

5. A MAC. A big one. I've gone to the dark side and I'm not looking back.

Peonies and Brass
Decor 8


Tiki Time

Marysia Swim Kapula Top and Tiki Bottom
Marysia Swim Kapula Top and Tiki Bottom
Can I just say how happy I am that Marysia Swim brought back the Tiki swimsuit for another season. I feel passionately about its ability to hold a tummy in. The fabric is the perfect combination of stiff and stretch. It's sort of miraculous? The Tiki has a matching underwire top and also comes in White, Black, Jungle Berry, and Cobalt (above). Here are some other Marysia goodies, all from Coral in Charlotte. Get your swim on. (P.S. follow Coral, and sooo many other amazing stores on The Nearby app for constant retail updates.)

Marysia Swim Haleiwa Top and Makaha Bottom
Marysia Swim Haleiwa Top and Makaha Bottom 
Marysia Swim Wailea Bikini Top and Bottom in Jungle Berry
Wailea Bikini Top and Bottom in Jungle Berry


Summer Stripes

The return of the sun has me thinking beaches, boats, and bathing suits, which has led me to an abundance of stripes. Is there anything more summer?


VanJean Summer Of Style!

I think the first thing you should know is that VanJean now has e-commerce.......

I know, take a moment and digest it; celebrate and fear it. They have a gorgeous site and a great edit of the in-store experience, literally anything you need all the way from flip flops to cocktail dresses. Now that you know this, you need to immediately join their new Pinterest contest "VanJean Summer of Style" to be entered to win a $500 gift card! #Squeals. It's so easy. Create a new Pinterest board entitled "VanJean Summer of Style" and use www.shopvanjean.com to pin your summer wardrobe inspiration! The contest runs from May 8-16, and a winner will be randomly selected on the 16th. Check out my board below for a peek at what I am coveting! Their website is updated often, so there will be plenty of "Pinspiration" (sorry). You can also follow VanJean AND Southern Arrondissement on Pinterest! Check out VJ owner Melissa Blanchard's blog Duchess of Devine for all things VanJean and Pout! 


Pop Up Swim Peek!

Wanted to share a little peek at the Pop Up Fleur: Swim event from last night! Besides margs and tacos, there were more Spring and Summer goodies than I could handle! A few highlights: adorable koozies designed by our fave Bon Vivant, Turkish-T towels (if you don't know you should!), and tacos from Captain Poncho's food truck (WHICH. IS. AMAZING). 


Loubi Love

Tan Size 38 Christian Louboutins With Turquoise Trim

Just added to the Shop! New tan Christian Louboutin flats with turquoise trim! Gorgeous everyday shoes! Would be adorable with some skinny jeans and a t-shirt! Check them out over at Shop Southern Arrondissement. Ooh, and don't forget about the giveaway (Lord knows I almost did!), check the deets here.


Happy Thoughts

Crystal Clear Ocean Beautiful Beach

The weather this week is making me...irritable. Let's all think happy thoughts and try to get inspired! (Grumbles.)

Black And White Striped Umbrellas On Beach In Sun

Sunbathing In Glamorous Tropical Pool
Greige Design
Tropical Beach Bar
Condé Nast Traveller
Striped Bikini Girl With Picnic And Puppy On The Beach
Inspired Design


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