Layered Jackets

Date: January 9, 2017 | Location: Atlanta, Georgia

 
 

Why wear one jacket when you can wear two? That was my thinking exactly when the temps got way too low for comfort this past weekend. When the windchill is a blustery sixteen degrees, one jacket just doesn't cut it. It is also nice to be able to wear one jacket that is a little more form fitting and "part" of the outfit, versus a heavier winter coat that will be taken off once you're indoors. I wore my vintage leather jacket over a few of my favorite wardrobe staples: denim flares, a striped knit turtleneck and classic black belt - all from Madewell. I decided to dress things up a bit by wearing my closed-toe Marc Fisher heels. If you are in the market for new black heels, I implore you to look no further. 

We actually got some snow and ice in Georgia over the weekend. Unfortunately, it was mostly ice in Atlanta, but it was still exciting! Luckily, I have innovative brothers that know how to rig up a snow machine, so we were able to do a little sledding on our ice day. The majority of the weekend was spent watching too many movies and taking it easy with friends and family; no complaints here!

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Posted on January 9, 2017 .

Bell Sleeves

Date: January 4, 2017 | Location: Atlanta, Georgia

I rang in 2017 in my favorite bell sleeved top, which just so happens to also be the softest shirt I own (love when that happens!). I can't say enough good things about this trend; it's romantic, timeless and old fashioned - simultaneously. I threw on this blue off-the-shoulder version with my Madewell black belt and culottes. Yes, I am aware that if I had on different shoes, a hat and perhaps a parrot on my shoulder, I would make a mighty fine pirate. Luckily, that was a risk I was willing to take. I think it turned out just fine and I hope you all agree! (Otherwise, flag it for next Halloween)

I am thoroughly excited about the new year. I'm one of those people that loves making resolutions and goals, and there is just something about January 1 that pushes that into high gear. Besides the plethora of personal resolutions I have, like saving money and starting yoga, I already have a lot planed for Art of Style. I've finally met one goal of purchasing a new camera. It was a much needed investment and I couldn't be more pleased with my experience using it thus far (see above!!!). I am also working with Sarah of Alisabeth Designs to completely revamp my website - something that I have been patiently waiting to do for some time now. There is certainly much to be excited about and I thank you all for following along through this new year! I wish you all the very best.

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Posted on January 4, 2017 .

Neautral Coat

Date: December 29, 2016 | Location: Atlanta, Georgia

A warm, stylish coat is a mainstay of the winter wardrobe. It can drastically change the look of any outfit you're wearing, which can be either a good or bad thing. In my opinion a good winter coat makes even the most casual outfit look put together, while not taking anything away from a dressier ensemble. I always struggle with finding this quintessential item and have come up short in many seasons past. I remember being anti-coat all throughout my high school years. Consequently, I also remember being freezing walking between classes on our school's open campus. Thankfully, my coat-less years are far behind me now and I have also managed to find that ideal top layer. I can't say enough good things about this coat from Banana Republic that I snagged for 50% off during their Cyber Monday sale. It is everything a winter coat should be: warm, flattering and versatile. 

On a more personal note, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday. We spent ours as we usually do - traveling between five different Christmas celebrations. (Reese & Vince have nothing on us!) That may sound unappealing to some, but we are blessed with an abundance of great family members that make all the running around worth the trouble. We are looking forward to spending New Year's Eve among close friends at a laid-back affair. I cannot wait for 2017 to begin and to turn over a new leaf in life. I wish you all the best as you celebrate over the coming weekend!

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Posted on December 29, 2016 .

Winter White Skirt

Date: December 20, 2016 | Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Not wearing white past labor day is probably the fashion rule that I most enjoy breaking. I feel that white clothing is the perfect complement to the cloudy, cold days that December oftentimes brings. Instead of contrasting the overcast weather, it allows you to blend right in. I bought this Shop Sincerely Jules skirt with the intent on wearing it on our Thanksgiving beach trip. Unfortunately, it didn't arrive in time for me to bring it along to the beach, but that just allowed me to rethink it for colder temps. I decided to wear it for the Christmas potluck we hosted this past Saturday at our home. I paired it with a waffle-knit sweater and my tan booties to create an ideal outfit for the occasion. I stayed both comfy and warm while cooking and hanging outdoors around the fire pit.

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Posted on December 20, 2016 .

12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide

Date: December 13, 2016 | Location: Atlanta, Georgia

It's hard to believe that Christmas is only twelve days away. Where has 2016 gone?! We've been busy decorating the house and prepping for a Christmas potluck that we're throwing this coming Saturday, but I've been doing my best to fit in gift buying in between all of the hustle and bustle. I've compiled AOS' first ever 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide to help out all of my fellow gift procrastinators. From home decor to PJ jumpsuits, this list has everything you need to get you through the next few weeks. I definitely wouldn't mind getting each of these gifts and it's my best guess that most of your friends/family wouldn't mind either. 

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Posted on December 13, 2016 .

Winter Beach Layers

Date: December 6, 2016 | Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Although you can't beat a warm, summer day spent at the beach, a seaside winter morning is a close second. We woke up with the sun on the morning we left the beach for one last glimpse of it and all its glory. Despite it being windy and fairly cold, I stayed comfy in soft layers and faux-leather leggings. The early wake-up call was definitely worth it once we laid our eyes on the cool blue and purple hues of the sky against the tranquil water of the gulf. It was hard to leave after our peaceful morning (it's always tough to leave the beach though, isn't it?), but we were looking forward to heading home to welcome the Christmas season and begin decorating. Confession: we listened to Christmas music for five hours on the drive back to Atlanta; yes, we are those people!


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Posted on December 6, 2016 .