Tuesday, March 31, 2015

{spring colors}

I love the sleeves on this top… built in bracelets!

Photography by Emily Smalling

Tobi Top (wearing a small!) // H&M Mint Pants, old (same style, same color) // Vince Camuto Heels (similar) // Sephora Lipstick in "Hot Tango" // Gorjana Ring via Rocksbox (get your first month free with code jenniferxoxo1)

As you can probably imagine I ordered this top solely because of the sleeves. I mean hello! those pom-poms! I fell in love with all of the colors!
I was a little worried about how short the shirt was on my torso though. So I took this as a style risk and paired it with a pair of high waisted skinnies I've had for a couple years (the ones you love to wear because you can bend over and you're never worried about having to pull them back up). I'm still a little iffy on the proportions with my body but I guess that's only normal when you try a different trend!

What do y'all think? Have you worn high waisted pants with a short top? Did you like it?

Love Always,

Friday, March 27, 2015

{kimono breeze}

Watercolor and pom pom details. Swoon. Where are you spring?

photography by Emily Smalling

Happy Friday - I'm so ready for an easy weekend and to sleep! This week has been nothing short of exhausting. Yesterday morning I woke up and decided that I was in control of my life and I was going to make it a good one. Well, it worked for the most part! Funny how deciding you're gonna have a great attitude can really shape your day… I just found myself being so negative, upset, and judgmental of everything. Not me so I fixed it!

Anywhoooo! I found this kimono at F21 a couple of weeks ago while shopping in Georgetown and was instantly drawn to its bright colors and fun pattern. My roommates all said it looked like me ;) I think we were all digging  the easy spring look it was giving off (plus it was windy as all get out that day)! The temperatures here have been bouncing up and down - I haven't gone to work sans coat yet. Womp. Fingers crossed for some REAL spring weather ASAP!

PS - I got this Gorjana Ring in my Rocksbox set last month and ended up keeping it! One of the best parts about being a Rocksbox member is that you can buy the jewelry from your current set for 20% off AND each month you get $10 to spend towards a purchase. That's quite a deal… you do the math ;)

Have any fun weekend plans? I'd love to hear them!
Love Always,

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

{toss on some tassels}

Tossing on some tassels and heading out in to the wind ;) casual!

photography by Emily Smalling

ILY Couture Tassels (sold out - 1, 2, 3, 4) // ILY Couture Rings // Tobi Shirt (I'm wearing a S) // J.Crew Gigi Pants // Nordstrom Trolley Booties // NARS Satin Lip Pencil in "Luxembourg"

It's not an unknown fact that I'm a tassel lover… So when I found these necklaces (at the time they were on sale!!) late at night while working I grabbed them ASAP! They are the perfect piece of jewelry to just toss on and go. I love the length and the bright colors and they're so much fun to mix together or wear one solo! You're going to be seeing a lot of these tassels because I've already found so many ways for them to pull outfits together.
Since mine are sold out I pulled a couple that have fun bright colors and have some unique features!

Last Friday I wore the pink tassel with my new favorite button down - Last seen in Monday's post :) Told y'all this shirt could be dressed down!

I'm sad that these necklaces sold out so quickly but I'll be sure to let y'all know when they come back!!

Love Always,

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

{10 facts about me…}

Hello new readers! It occurred to me last week that as my blog has grown I haven't been sharing who I actually am as a person. It is kind of weird to be sitting on one side of a computer screen not being able to interact with y'all on a more personal daily basis! I absolutely adore bloggers that create relationships with their readers so that's what I aspire to be… I don't want y'all to think I'm just simply someone who loves clothes [even though, hi, obviously I do!] because I've got a lot more to me! Whenever my photographer, Emily, gets a bad picture of me we always joke and say "there's the human!"

So for all my new and old readers - here are 10 facts about me that you may, or may not, know! If you have any questions feel free to ask :)

1. I sing all the time - If I don't have headphones in and I'm bouncing along to a beat then I'm humming or singing the song that I can't get out of my head (right now it's "Overload" by Life of Dillon). I can't get ready in the morning without listening to music. It just starts my day off on the right foot! Everything also reminds me of song lyrics - you could say "morning sunshine" and I'll start singing "here comes the sun doo doo doo doooo." That might be annoying to people but it's a little quirk I can't seem to stop. [Side note: I can't do it on demand. It just has to happen naturally.]

2. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas - If you haven't read my About Me page then this little fun fact explains where the "southern" comes from in my blog name! Since I'm on the East coast now I still get made fun of for saying "y'all" and "pardon" but that's just in my nature. Some things you can't shake - I was there for 13 years!

3. Up until a year ago I had never shopped at Sephora - I know… The Horror! Honestly, this fact amuses me the most because I'm such an addict now. I used to only buy CVS makeup until I realized that the stuff I was putting on my face could make or break me (break OUT haha get it?). If you're going to be putting concealer on every day then why not invest in one that will last and will also have anti-aging benefits. I'm a true believer that it's never too early to start being preventative!

4. I own over 40+ lipsticks - You can judge me. It's allowed. PS I promise to do a post with my favorite lipsticks soon… 

5. I am obsessed with Sea Otters, Corgis, and Cats - I know this is a weird fact but I felt it was necessary because my dream is to hold hands with a Sea Otter and I will have millions of Corgis and Cats when I grow up (no, I'm not joking). Please feel free to tag me in any Instagram posts that contain these animals!! (Again, not joking. Everyone already does it.)

6. I believe a necklace can instantly complete an outfit - if you've seen my jewelry collection then you know that "obsession" doesn't even begin to describe it. My favorite thing to do is throw on this tassel necklace with a big sweater and black pants. Classic! But anything sparkly goes in my book… The more bling the better! I feel naked if I don't at least have my diamond studs and my Coordinates Collection necklace on (it has the coordinates of Blacksburg, VA on the front and my anniversary with the boy on the back).

7. I could eat Mac & Cheese every day - I am drooling thinking about a box of blue box blues (Kraft - come on, you knew that) right now… if I could try every macaroni and cheese in the entire world I wouldn't care if I gained 300 pounds. No, seriously. I love it!! It's probably why I felt the need to transform a spaghetti squash into something glutenous. Teehee ;) 

8. I don't own a car - This may shock some people but it's not totally necessary since I work in DC. Public transportation isn't my favorite thing in the whole world but it's really easy to get around the city with the metro and uber! However, it does stink when I want to go visit a friend and there isn't a train station nearby :( My sister and I shared a car my senior year at Virginia Tech but then she somehow managed to gain control of it and move to Chicago… hmm.

9. I started this blog on Tumblr in 2010 - I began posting my mirror selfies and IG style photos on Tumblr when I was a sophomore in college! That was my first taste of this amazing community :) I loved sharing my inspiration and getting feedback about what people liked or didn't like. It was also so much fun to see other "tumblr bloggers" share their outfits as well. I then began following more "real blogs" and after being prompted multiple times by my friends, family, and tumblr followers finally started the real Southern Anchors!! To say it's been fulfilling is an understatement - I love coming here every single day and sharing things with y'all… which leads me to my last fun fact!

10. Criminal Minds / Castle / CSI / Stalker - I love any type of television show that has to do with a murder mystery or crime scene. That probably sounds really morbid but I love trying to figure out the puzzle and getting inside someone's mind. Perhaps the scare factor gets to me? (Don't ever watch Stalker when you're home alone because you could wind up walking around the house with a knife trying to figure out what that "bump" was…. it was the neighbors in their garage #dramatic)

and one more fact just because!

11. Social Media - I'm addicted. If there was a cure to stop being obsessed with social media I wouldn't want it! The fact that I get to experience people's fashion, ideas, and did bits of life through their eyes just amazes me. Yes, it can be a narcissistic society but I use it as a platform to gather inspiration and hope every day :) Plus, I've made some incredible friends!! Be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Bloglovin', Facebook, and Pinterest!

Did I forget anything super interesting?!? Thanks for stopping by :)

Love Always,

Monday, March 23, 2015

{cool blue}

It may be spring time but it's still pretty darn chilly here in DC. So I decided I would still break out the white pants. YAY!

photography by Emily Smalling

H&M Shirt // Old Navy Pants // Vince Camuto Shoes, old (similar) // Mark & Graham Wallet // Bling Jewelry Bracelet ℅ // NARS Lipstick in "Heat Wave"

I've already worn this shirt three times and I don't plan on stopping… I love how it can be dressed up or down so easily. It's loose fitting while still having some shape to it and I loooove the length. I've worn it with black pants, black heels, and a tassel necklace and I've also worn it with ripped jeans and chucks. Finding a comfortable and versatile item is crucial in my closet. I've had a hard time transitioning pieces from work to play so this mixed up my closet with something new and gave me a bit of inspiration for going from winter to spring!

There's an incredible giveaway happening on my Instagram right now! Have you seen it?!

PS. How was everyone's weekend? I just had the MOST amazing time having my guy in town. It was the perfect mixture of relaxation, play and going out to see friends… aren't those weekends the best? They always seem to fly by. I was so grateful that Emily came over to shoot with me yesterday because I was really sad when he left! She always makes me laugh and gets me excited about this blog all over again :)

Love Always,

Friday, March 20, 2015

{minty fresh}

I lied… there's snow in the background of these pictures. ugh.

photography by Emily Smalling

Necessary Clothing Dress // J.Crew Belt // Tory Burch Flats // Wide Brimmed Hat // BaubleBar Cuff // Stella & Dot Spike Bracelet // Nikki E Designs Ring ℅ (20% of all sales are donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) // NARS Lipstick in "Heat Wave" (my absolute favorite!)

So I had full intention of making this post a little preview of spring (pale legs and all… no judgement please!) but it turns out that not only did I lie about this being the last of the snow photos but there's also a chance of snow for this morning?? WHAT? So I'm a big fat liar stuck in another snow globe. [karma]. At least it's Friday??

Aaand at least I have this super casual, comfy, colorful tunic dress to look forward to… hopefully I'll have a tan by then. Thanks for everyone's suggestions on a self tanner last night!! Gotta love the power of Twitter - nothing like girls helping other girls not be Snow White ;)

PS. there's a huge Tory Burch SALE going on right now!! This is when I got my Marlene Boots for $250 :) Most items are up to 70% off! YAY!

Love Always,
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