Posts Tagged ‘ Top Shop ’

Its all in the Bag: One bag many personalities

It can be frustrating trying to get one bag to fit the many roles we play each day, especially on vacation!  Who wants to pack multiple handbags for different looks! Not a traveling Fashionista.

I recently discovered  Parazul handbags and I must say, they flow seamlessly with a variety of outfits for day and into night.  http://www.parazul.com/ 

Parazul is perfect for vacation.  The versatile bags have a easy, sophisticated, tropical look with a spacious interior which allows you to carry everything you need for every situation.  You can even “customize” a unique bag that’s all your own on their website with colorful silk scarves and custom-crafted leather charms inspired by the beautiful vacation destinations where Parazul was first launched.!  (Parazul has developed a discount code specifically for my readers, PARAZULPERK16  for an additional 30% off!) Visit the Parazul website and discover your own, “Parazul Personality”.

 I decided to match the Parazul White Scarf Bag with looks for Travel, the Beach, a Luncheon and Evening.. the bag makes a subtle classic statement everytime!

Here take a look at some fabulous combinations with a Parazul must have!

Exciting Enter To Win Promotion this week!  1 Lucky reader will win a beige “Classic” Parazul Handbag (see image below)

All you have to do to enter is:

1. go to the Parazul website and pick out your favorite style. http://www.parazul.com/

2. come back to my blog and click on the comment icon at the top right of the page.

3. leave a comment (between July 12 and July 18) telling me which Parazul Style is your favorite.

(Last weeks winner of the Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka Giveaway is Lauren G!  Congrats and keep reading!)

The Modern Southern Belle: Ah Sookie Sookie

Ah Sookie, Sookie!  

The supernatural birth of  HBO’s “True Blood” has remade our idea of Southern Style. Sookie Stackhouse is the Modern Southern Bell (MSB).  

(above: HBO’s “True Blood” Sookie and Bill)

MSB‘s are sweet (bless their hearts) but also tough cookies! Often described as “Bulldozers disguised as powder- puffs”, they are women that are kicking-ass and taking names — while looking perfect-as-punch doing it!  

MSB’s make us all long to aquire that sweet southern drawl, grace, ease and quick wit.

While I can’t help you with the accent, I can help you with some key components to achieveing  the MSB style.

Here is my Recipe for the Modern Southern Bell 

  • Always offer Firefly “Sweet Tea Vodka”, to everyone who visits your home and smile!  Didn’t your momma teach you that smiling uses less muscles than frowning?  Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka was created on a small still in South Carolina and is distilled 4 times, infused with tea grown on a plantation 5 miles from the distillery and then blended with real Louisiana sugar cane.  Visit their website for some down-home drink recipes  http://www.fireflyvodka.com/

  • MSB’s peddle their way from Farmers Markets to Roadside Stands picking up fresh fruits, carrying them home in the baskets of their classic bikes to make pies and jams for their friends and neighbors.  You’ll turn heads on Electra Gypsy 3i cruiser bike.

(above: Electra Gypsy 3i cruiser bike in  forest green  http://www.electrabike.com/   )

  

 

  • Southern girls appreciate their natural assets! For Dewy fresh southern skin try Benefit’s“Bathina:Take a Picture it Lasts Longer” Glistening Body Balm  

  

  • MSBs have a distinct way with fond expressions:
     

1. Y’all come back!  Keep some “Pink Lemonade” cupcakes from Retro Bakery on hand to keep your guests coming back! (Lemon cake topped with pink lemonade buttercream and hot pink glitter sugar) mmm mmm good!                              

          

2. Well Bless your heart this expression can have two connotations- be careful–So if you choose to excuse yourself from speaking ill of someone else or address any particular male, who showers upon you flattering but unwanted compliments simply place your hand over this sweet Heart Charm Necklace from Topshop.com and say those 3 enchanting words.

3. How’s your momma? That’s right ladies, all Momma’s are right! My momma always said  “Never leave the house without clean undies!”  Try the Bluebell Frill set from Topshop.com

         

4. Love your hair! Except in the summer heat, lawd that humidity is sho’ nuf’ a pain in the patoot — try the Frizz line by Living Proof to help tame the southern mane!  Available at Sephora.

  •  MSBs know that having some sweet southern tunes on a “Roberts Revival Radio” from Anthropologie will help bring on the best mood from her elegant gentleman suitor.

 

  •  Honey, MSBs know how important summer dresses are!  Pair them with some darlin’ wedges and Ah do declahr, you’ll sure to have some mouths waterin’.
(above: Anthropologie “Sweet Shop” dress)
 
  • Darlin’ don’t forget your gloves, I mean some protective hand cream!  Try Sea Island Cotton anti-bacterial hand lotion from Bath and Body Works. Sea Island Cotton fragrance is a clean scent, inspired by pure white cotton flowing in fresh ocean air of Sea Island Georgia!
    Key fragrance notes: Cotton Blossom, Drenched Air, Fresh Linen, Soft Powder

  •   Grab your wide brimmed hat sugah, the larger the better! And even in the shade keep your sunglasses handy ‘cause you know that sun is gonna shift any minute.

 

(above: “Santa Barbara” sun hat by UGG Australia)

(above: “Myriam” by Paul Smith Spectacles)

 Now that you’ve read my Recipe, ya’ll need to go grab some Sweet Tea and practice your saunter. Remember you are not sweating, you are GLISTENING!
 
Dripping with Southern Charm,
 
Your MSB Christie
 
This weeks enter to win giveaway is from my Favorite Southern Spirit “Firefly: Sweet Tea Vodka”.  1 lucky winner will receive a HUGE surprise Firefly merchandise gift pack!  My gentlemen readers have been complaining there haven’t been giveaways for them…so here you go guys!  This one is Unisex!
 
To Enter:
1. Scroll back to top of this post and click on the comment icon on top right.
2. Leave a comment (between July 6 and July 11) telling me how you’re gonna put a little “Southern Flair” in your summer!
 
(The Lucky Winner of Last Weeks Giveaway is: Jennifer K.!  Congrats!  Keep reading and Entering!  More giveaways to come!)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Garnish your look: Sparkle and Shine all Summer

Polishing your look is like mixing the perfect cocktail!  Of course we would all like to start with something top shelf , add a little mixer, then top with a pretty garnish. The problem is that summer looks tend to be casual, comfortable and well, slightly boring.

Garnishing your look by adding  a little sparkle and shine is a great way to take it from forgettable to fabulous!

I spoke with the folks at Tarina Tarantino, The QUEEN of Sparkle, and here’s Tarina’s  advice on shining this summer,

“Summertime means longer days so I always keep a few extra accessories in my purse to change an outfit from day to night.   Especially important are hair accessories! When the temperature goes up an updo is in order.  Having some pretty jeweled hair clips will make your chignon perfectly chic.  I also love to layer a long statement necklace over a maxi dress which is a great look to take you from the beach to a dinner party.”

Remember not to over-do it!  You want it to catch the eye, not blind someone!  Try adding just a few key pieces to really shine!

 

 

Shopping Links

Tarina Tarantino http://www.tarinatarantino.com/

TopShop  http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TopCategoriesDisplay?storeId=13052&catalogId=32051

I am Super excited about this week’s giveaway!  Tarina Tarantino “the Queen of Sparkle” has partnered with me to give 1 lucky reader a little boost in her quest to Sparkle and Shine this summer! The winner will recieve one of Tarina’s “Anywhere Clips”! (photo below)

All you have to do to Enter is:

1. Scroll back to the top of this post and click on the comment icon at top right.

2. Leave a comment (between June 28 and July 3) telling me “How you plan to Sparkle and Shine through Summer”.

*Last weeks 6 lucky winners are: Elly B., Jessica, Alisa, Krystle, Kahshanna (so she never has to wear a gooey swimsuit again) and Susan!!  Congrats Ladies!!