If there’s one thing I can’t turn down it’s an event that involves shopping and adult beverages. Cue Shop Sandestin‘s Passport to Fashion event last night. All of the Sandestin Family of Retail Shops were open exclusively to stylish VIPs for a fun fashion tour of Barefoot Princess, Island Clothiers, Sandestin Gear, Toys & Treasures and Coconut Kids.
(photo above by Sara Lyn Photography)
At each store, we browsed the latest fall fashion, sipped delicious (and much-needed!) wine and noshed on the tastiest bites including my favorites Prosciutto wrapped Dates with Smoked Almonds and Goat Cheese and Shrimp Cocktail Skewers. We had our passport stamped at each stop and turned in the completed invite for a chance to win a $1500-value Ultimate Sandestin Staycation.
I loved catching up with friends like Sarah Powers of Closetini. Check out her blog and Instagram for daily doses of outfit inspiration. I just love her style! I’m wearing the Lilly Pulitzer Elsa Top in Va Voom Purple that I bought at Barefoot Princess a few weeks back. If you can’t stop by the store in person, you can find it online here.
AND since 10% of proceeds of all sales went directly to the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, I couldn’t resist snagging this colorful Trina Turk top on a major deal. I’d say the night was definitely a success!
South Walton Fashion Week has just wrapped up and all I can say is “Wow!” From the trunk shows, to the runway shows, to talented emerging designers, to super sweet celebrity judges and, of course, all the amazing style, I feel like I’ve just woken up from a fabulous fashion dream. We’re doing a full wrap-up report in the next issue of 30A Street Style, but for now, here’s a glance of what my week looked like.
Getting country glam for the Southern Fashion House / DeJa Vu Stores / Judith March Boots & Bubbly party:
With talented designer Stephanie Carter of Southern Fashion House / DeJa Vu Stores / Judith March:
Hanging with my new friend Michela, MADE in the Deep South designer, at SFH headquarters:
With the lovely Cassie McConnell Kelley of Womanista blog:
Caitlyn and I chatted up Mychael Knight of Project Runway fame and now also of Project Runway All-Stars.
Sporting my new favorite black and white grid print blouse during Day 2 trunk shows:
Getting an insider recommendation on a lovely lipstick (YSL Volupte Candy No 4) at the Alys Shoppe:
Checking out Emerging Designer shows including winner Ashlie Ming’s feminine edgy style:
Getting a backstage view:
Adding this dress from the Alys Shoppe to my wish list:
Seeing these totally awesome Jeffrey Campbell shoes:
Experiencing extreme bikini envy (and possibly hair envy) during the Ophelia show:
Celebrating a successful week at the Red Bar during the 30a.com / Ophelia Swimwear Bikini Brunch:
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She’s baaack! India Hicks is back at the beach armed with a fabulous trunk show my eyes can’t wait to devour. India is launching a fine jewelry line and is showing it off to all of us lucky beach girls (and guys) before it even hits Bloomingdales. Location: the equally-fabulous studio b. in Alys Beach
, which I adore. As a style icon, designer and possessor of impeccable taste, India brings an impressive background to the jewelry scene. Not to mention, she’s practically a royal and was even one of Princess Diana’s flower girls. Wow!
Not only is she all of these things…
… but she’s a stylish mom, too! How cute is this picture?
She is the epitome of casual luxury. A relaxed style that loses not one ounce of chicness.
India has quite the family history of elegance and style and lives up to every bit of it.
As someone who has a mild obsession with monograms, initials and all things type-related, I was immediately drawn to the simple but creative lettered patterns.
Several pieces even pay homage to the geometric hexagon design her father was famous for.
The collections are simple, elegant and interesting without trying too hard. I’m so excited about seeing them all at studio b. and can’t wait to see India in person.
Here are all the details. I’m definitely going to be scoping her style and hoping I can pick up a tip or two about being comfortable and looking fabulous. She just makes it look so easy! Pictures to come!
Photos: IndiaHicks.com & studio b.
Happy Fourth indeed! I LOVE celebrating Independence Day! Red, white and blue infiltrates every avenue and the perfectly crisp and patriotic color palette looks sweet as can be on everything from food to fashion to the night sky. Navy and red become favorites and stripes…. oh stripes. I can’t get enough! I love finding spirited ideas for tasty bites and fabulous outfits. Of course, Pinterest only fuels this fire, so here I share a few of my pins for the Fourth.
For Emery, of course…
Yum! Strawberry star cupcakes.
South Walton artwork from the Blue Giraffe in Watercolor
The annual Seaside parade goes right in front of the picture perfect post office and is so much fun to watch.
…and, of course, what is the fourth without fireworks? Beautiful!
Images via my iphone / thetomkatstudio / nordstrom / kraftrecipes / The Blue Giraffe / Pinterest / appolinas
The last three days have been chock-full of country music, beer, the outdoors, mud, cowboy boots and camping– not exactly my usual scene. All this and I’d have to say my first BamaJam experience in Enterprise, Alabama (along with 142,000+ other people) was pretty dang good. Hunter’s birthday was Friday the 4th and we headed up Thursday along with his parents and friend Carley. We had a camping spot on-site but stayed at a different one a few miles away with full electric and sewer hook-up — luckily. I’m not sure how I would have survived actually roughing it or sleeping in a tent for 3 1/2 days.
People were everywhere! The first night we saw Chris Young (below), Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and the Zac Brown Band — all so good. I loved Miranda’s sky high heels but it’s kind of hard to see them here.
Michele, Hunter and me
To kick off the second day we made a trip to The Barn and Hunter bought me my first pair of cowboy boots (even though it was his birthday — I made up for it by giving him a pair of Costas he’d had his eye on). I guess I wasn’t country enough for Bama. I put on my new boots, a denim sundress and we set up our chairs early and settled in for a full day of concerts.
Hunter loves Colt Ford and he was pretty good. I liked his little sidekick Lindsey Haggar. We’ve seen them before in concert and she always looks cute. I loved her boots and cutoffs with the country floral top.
Here’s Carley and me with one of the guys who played with Colt Ford.
Blackberry Smoke, who I hadn’t heard of before, was so good I had to download their whole album. Their style was pretty cool too. I love those glasses and this song.
Randy Houser rocked it, Jamey Johnson was cool, Travis Tritt blew everyone away, and Hank Williams Jr. was legendary. Train was on a different stage but had a great show. We lost Hunter and missed some of the show trying to find each other, but the whole day was so fun and full of such good music.
Day three kicked off with a funnel cake and Jake Owen followed by Gretchen Wilson,
Rodney Atkins then the big show with Kenny Chesney.
He played all the good songs and it seemed like every person in that field was singing along. I looked back at one point and all I saw were dots of people as far as the horizon. It’s crazy to think a little town like Enterprise, Alabama can draw the kind of country music artists that played BamaJam and that almost 150,000 people would pile into a cow pasture to see them. I never thought I would be doing something like that, but it was quite an experience — scorching hot, sweaty, rainy, ridiculously humid, a little dirty, but definitely worth it. Great times with great music and I’m already waiting for next year’s event!
As the lucky girl (and big kid at heart) that I am, I was asked to attend the VIP opening of the new Le Grand Cirque show taking place outside Destin at Grand Boulevard all summer long. I brought Mom as my date and we had no idea what we were in for! I have to say the whole get-up was pretty amazing. I only had my camera phone so the pictures below leave a lot to be desired. The entry tent was modeled after Moulin Rouge and had such cool displays of sweets, drinks and souvenirs. There was even a huge umbrella display hanging from the center pole. Very Mary Poppins- chic! It’s crazy how big stunts and giant spinning wheels can all fit inside a little tent, but it was breathtaking. All of the performers were so talented and I couldn’t stop gasping at their flexibility and high-flying tricks. I really want to go back to gymnastics class now! The show is only playing for the next few months and I highly, highly recommend seeing it to all you kids and kids at heart!
The 30A Songwriters Festival has arrived! It’s so exciting to have such a big festival take place in our neighborhood and the lineup of songwriters is unbelievable! Even USA Today is talking about it here. I was out at Bud & Alley’s last night for the BMI Kick-Off Party and the place was packed! Sid & Susie aka Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet were AWESOME. (And yes, if you loved her with the Bangles, she’s still lookin’ good.) They played a ton of great songs and even a little Maggie May with Balder Saunders at the end. My battery was dying, but I got part of it on video. I’ll add that later. Today is rainy, but despite the weather I can’t wait for round 2 tonight! More pictures to come….
If you’ve never made your way over to the Boatyard on Panama City Beach, start planning now! Next Thursday (July 16th) is Little Sundress Night and it is always a fun time to catch up with the girls, sip champagne and even win a little something nice. Envy Boutique gives away a dress every month and every sundressed lady gets a little goody bag full of discounts at different shops, salons and fun spots. That’s not to mention the delicious tapas that are passed around for pure taste bud enjoyment. It’s not just for girls, though – guys are welcome. There has to be some eye candy after all! I don’t make it over there every month, but when I do it’s always a blast and a great night to enjoy all the fun in being a girl!
The Merchants of Seaside will host the semi-annual Community Yard Sale on Saturday, February 7, 2009, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will be held in the Seaside Amphitheater, along Scenic Highway 30A, and features vendors from across the country with a variety of unique offerings. Entertainment will be provided by 30A Radio, your community radio station.
Get up early to hunt for treasure!