THRIFTY THURSDAY >>> TWO WAYS

Nothing like a little thrift store + DIY combo!

I purchased this F21 sweater at a thrift store in Chicago for $6.50. Little did I know when I bought it that it had such great potential! This past winter I saw plenty of shredded sweater but wasn’t ready to break down and buy one. I love the deconstructed look but I knew I could do it myself!  Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 4.26.21 PM

You can find this sweater on NastyGal for $78.

 

So I took scissors and made a few cuts all around the sweater. I tugged on the sweater until it unraveled just enough and then tied off the ends. So far every time I wear it, it unravels a little more but that’s totally fine with me! This sweater quickly became one of my favorites and I love styling it a different way every time I wear it. Here are two ways I have worn it recently>>>

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Boots from Charlotte Russe, leggins from target, black tank from Wal-Mart, sweater thrifted, necklace from Namastemily, earrings from F21, bracelets from J.Crew and F21.

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Boots from Nasty Gal, socks from J.Crew, black dress given to me by my friend Tara years ago, sweater thrifted, necklace Nasty Gal, and watch from F21.

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Nothing like a little Polish ingenuity to polish off an outfit! Happy shredding divas!

xoxo

JAiME

Allison Kennedy - Love! I’m going to shred the gnar!

BLOGGERS & MAKERS HAPPY HOUR

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Jaime Smialek runs local blog She Wore It Anyways and has had great success. She also runs a blog for her business Our Ampersand Photography. She’s excited to share what she’s learned in the process of building readership and creating quality content.

Anderson Bailey and Jessie Bean are a Southern duo producing small batch slip cast ceramics. All items are made locally in Highland Park at Artifact, an artist’s collective that they helped co-found. The duo behind Bean and Bailey will be sharing what it’s taken to become successful makers and the reality of their business here in Chattanooga.

Feel free to send questions ahead of time to:

jaime.smialek@gmail.com or
beanandbailey@gmail.com

We’ll have drinks and a brief presentation by both artists as well as Q&A!

For more information check out the event page here! 

#WCW >>> HAN VAN BIBS of NYC

Hannah plays an imporant role in my story. I think she might actually be “The One That Got Away”.

You see Hannah was my next door neighbor for almost a year and some how our friendship blossomed only 2 months before she moved to the Big Apple! Sure we would cross paths or wave hello but towards the end there I realize this girl is the bomb dot com. Hannah’s laugh is absolutely infectious. You can ask anyone who has met her.

She just happened to be in town for a wedding this past weekend and I couldn’t of been more thrilled to see her. On Monday I ran into her while she was visiting her old house. Of course mid-afternoon I was still in my pajamas sans bra and there she was… Totally OWNING Monday.

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Q >>> Where does your style come from? Any major inspirations? People or eras that excite you?

A > My style default is probably a mix of clean professional neutrals and a sort of youthful, ’80s edge because I don’t want to feel completely grown. So I’ll mix a pretty lace feminine number with black nails and an unkempt hair style. (But mostly my hair does its own thing.) If I could look and dress exactly like Emma Watson, I would. She’s like Kate Middleton meets the 21st century. I also draw inspiration from Alex in Flashdance. Because look at my hair. (I love hoop earringz.)

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Q >>> How has your style changed since moving to NYC? Has the way you look at clothes in general changed? Shopping? Style? Comfort?
A > Since moving to NYC I wear SO MUCH BLACK. You can never go wrong with black, especially in the city. It’s classy and can function as both an understated neutral or a bold statement – like throwing in a little leather. I also find I can be more daring in my style here without worrying that people will find it unprofessional or weird.
NYC has also enlightened me to the importance of good footwear. The perfect shoe has to be really comfortable for all that walking and strap-hanging, but Manhattan also demands a power stance: a nice heel, some metallic detailing, or a combat boot. And since the Polar Vortex basically bitch slapped America in the face this winter, I found that a good pair of black boots goes a loooooong way.

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Q >>> What’s your favorite piece right now?
A > My favorite piece right now is a floor-length flowing black maxi skirt with deep slits up both sides. Pair it with a good strappy heel and loose sleeveless top and it’s a knockout.

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Q >>> Any thing you are excited about for spring? Warmer weather in NYC means you get to bust out your….?
A > Warmer weather in NYC means I get to bust out my GIRLY CLOTHES. I can’t wait to wear a sundress and heels without tights. Also: waist-high shorts and midi skirts are my jam.

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Pants: H&M
Sweater: H&M
Jacket: Forever 21
Boots: Madden Girl
Earrings: American Apparel
Necklace: Etsy (I actually bought it at one of those art markets at the St. Elmo Fire Hall a year or two ago! But I can’t remember the woman’s name. She said she has an Etsy shop. I think it might be this one: https://www.etsy.com/shop/limetreechattanooga)

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To keep up with Hannah check out here blog here!
xoxo
JAiME

CASE OF THE MUNDAYS

Yes. It is Tuesday. Though I rarely know what day it is I am referring to Jessica Munday! 

Have you ever met someone and just known you needed to be friends? Since meeting Jessica 3 years ago we have slowly discovered we have more and more in common. Actually the first day I met her I was too scared to talk to her! Now she is one of my go to girls to chat style, life, photography and blogs with!

It was a while after we established we should be friends that I was at her house one night and we realized we had both done Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Such a rare and wonderful connection! YWAM is such a big part of my life and very people even know what it is. To say the least I look up to Jessica as a mother to her 3 fabulous children and as a wife to her talented husband (he did her logo)!

I think the thing I love the most about Jessica is that she isn’t afraid to take an alternative path. Rather that be with style or the decisions she makes for her family. Though she has been a bit of a health nut since I met her, she recently went through a renaissance with food. You can read all about her new view on eating, get amazing recipes and some heavy doses of honesty over on JessicaMunday.com
3K0A0449Q>>>Where does your style come from? Any major inspirations? People or eras that excite you?

A> I love all things bohemian and wish that I could have been born in either the 60′s or the 70′s so that I could have been a part of the true bohemian days. However, since I’m a mom to 3 littles a lot of days my style looks a little more like workout clothes or sweats but any chance that I get to gussy up I am defiantly inspired la vie boheme! I love women from the 60′s like Bridget Bardot (her hair is amazing), Marilyn Monroe because her beauty was unreal. There is something so romantic about that era that I always want to emulate.

3K0A0450Q>>> How does being a mother of 3 influence your style? Shopping? Style? Comfort?

A> It can be challenging as a mom to remember the importance of even getting ready. I am constantly in a whirlwind of taking care of the kids and it’s easy to over look myself. But it is incredibly important for me to stop,take pride and lavish myself with a shower, doing my hair… it makes me feel human again. Shopping for myself can be difficult! But I have found that online stores are my best friend and allows me to shop from some rad stores that I could never tangibly drive to, like ASOS, free people etc…

3K0A0469Q>>>Favorite place to shop for your tikes??? (I think I would like to link your older post on dressing kiddos!)

A>  Hands down my favorite kids store is ZARA. They are never generic and their style is incomparable. H&m comes in 2nd and their price for cute style is amazing. Most of my son’s (Miles) clothes come from H&M. Here’s the link to Miles‘ & Norah’s style posts!
3K0A0471Q>>>What’s your favorite piece right now?

A> One of my favorite current pieces of clothing in my closet is my Ramones Black T, cut out back, studded sleeves from Forever 21. It’s so freakin’ comfy and looks good with everything. 2nd fav would be my brown studded boots. I wear them all the time and even shoot weddings in them. For heels they are incredibly comfortable and oddly enough I scored them from ROSS.

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Q>>> Any thing you are excited about for spring? Warmer weather in Nashville means you get to bust out your….?

A> I have spent the last 6 years of my life pregnant or in between pregnancies which has left me only wanting to wear leggings and lots of black. Recently I have lost 45 lbs and plan to rock out lots of shorts, maxi’s, tanks’ and anything I want!! I’m really excited about a pair of 80′s high waisted white washed jean shorts I found at the goodwill that I plan to pear with a rad kimono i recently scored! Summer couldn’t come fast enough!

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Go. Go talk to her. Now mosey on over her to her blog and poke around. You won’t be disappointed!

xoxo

JAiME