blue & white on 12 south

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It has been absolutely gorgeous in Nashville this past week and I am getting outside every chance I get. When my family visited this past weekend, I had to take them to my favorite stores in town, which are conveniently located on the walkable 12 South neighborhood. I took advantage of my mom’s visit and had her french braid my hair – I’m still trying to learn and not succeeding.

Two of my favorite colors to wear together are simple blue and white. I paired high waisted jeans with a cropped tee for the day. The jeans are old from Madewell (I also cut the hems off), but similar styles are available here, here, and here. The crop is from Brandy Melville, but I also love this  $26 one and this one. The shoes are Adidas Stan Smiths, but would be equally comfortable with these Supergas. The bag is from Zadig & Voltaire but I found less expensive alternates here and here. I unintentionally matched the wall at Draper James, which made for a nice picture.

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new york & los angeles fashion week recap

In recent years, fashion week has shifted it’s structure to befit the modern consumer – with things like the additions of pre-fall & resort collections, and see-now-buy-now collections on runways. These changes have reflected the instantaneous gratification of the Internet and social media era.

Further changing the landscape of fashion was a shift away from New York entirely this year (and only just a few years after the shift away from Lincoln Center, too). Rodarte has famously moved it’s show to Paris, and other labels, like Rebecca Minkoff and Tommy Hilfiger, showed their collections in Los Angeles. No one highlighted this move more than Hilfiger, who’s perfectly primary show was Los Angeles personified in it’s entirety. The show was held on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, attended by plenty of LA fashion girls (Shea Marie and the entire Show Me Your Mumu squad, to name a few), and led by arguably the most California Girl of them all – miss Gigi Hadid.

Perhaps this shift can be explained by a need for less structure and more individualism, like how runways have become more abstract in design and location (like the aforementioned Venice Beach Boardwalk, or The Grove). Or perhaps these designers simply accurately predicted the polar vortex in New York this week. Whatever the case, New York fashion week was still as exciting and strong to me as ever.

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Below are the top trends I noticed these past weeks for Fall/Winter 2017.

Gothic Lolita

A kind of Morticia Addams costume comes to mind, but the runways showcased a far more elegant look than the name suggests. I adored the layers upon layers of dark, intricate lace and fabric that undulated as the models walked.

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From left: Carolina Herrera, Alena Akhmadullina, Jonathan Simkhai.

Cold-Weather OTS

It looks like this subtle yet effective skin-bearing off the shoulder look is here to stay. Designers made the skimpy look work for colder weather by constructing tops out of heavier materials – like leather or velvet – or keeping them dark in color.

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From left: Jonathan Simkhai, Cushine et Ochs, Self Portrait.

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Mad for Plaid

While this grey tartan is not one of my favorite looks, it’s presence was undeniable across runways and must be noted. In the same vein of style, menswear, as usual for F/W, was also prevalent.

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From left: Self Portrait, Alexander Wang, Michael Kors.

New American

At the Spring/Summer 2017 shows in New York and Los Angeles, a lot of seventies-inspired looks for the modern era were shown in shades of red, white, and blue.

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From left: Tommy Hilfiger; Rag & Bone; Rebecca Minkoff for SS17.

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frame denim le high flare jeans

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I would like to take a post of appreciation for my Le High Flare Jeans from Frame Denim.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my skinny jeans, but the unbelievably flattering cut of these jeans makes me feel so beautiful. Because of the pant length, I am only able to wear these flares with 4″ heels. This look elongates my legs and gives me a statuesque presence. Unfortunately the pant-heel combo is not appropriate for every day, so my skinny jeans are here to stay, however I can pull out these flares any time I want to appear intimidating.

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paleo, gluten free, dairy free quiche with bacon, spinach, onions, and mushrooms

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Today I’m sharing a recipe for a paleo, gluten free, dairy free quiche that I love, originally from Paleo Running Momma. My version has a couple of slight modifications.

This quiche makes Sunday night meal prep quick and easy. With sweet potato, spinach, mushrooms, bacon, and eggs, it covers all my main food groups. Since it’s paleo, it perfectly aligns with the diet I adopted from The Paleo Cure which I explained in a previous post. It’s very tasty and I’m impressed with myself for being able to make something so delicious!

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Instead of having a gluten crust, you use sweet potato. I chose purple sweet potato, but you can use any sweet potato you like. I’ve made it with a regular sweet potato and it comes out great too.

I wanted to post this in time for Valentine’s Day since I think it’s a great meal to make to impress someone. I also think it’s a great meal to have all to yourself, which is what I always do with it and will be doing tomorrow.

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I never understand why food bloggers write a full novel about all of their choices in life leading up to the creation and reveal of the recipe, so I’ll keep this short and sweet. Recipe below. I hope you enjoy it – if you decide to make it, please let me know about your experience in the comments below.

This recipe yields 8 servings – unless you’re a hungry monster like me, then it yields 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large sweet potato of your choice
  • 5-6 slices of bacon
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 6-8 oz. spinach
  • A little olive oil, to drizzle
  • Sea salt to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F. Cut the sweet potato into thin slices and line the bottom and sides of a 9″ baking pan. You can peel the skin of the potato first if you want (I don’t). I like to take large slices and cut them in half to do the sides of the pan, or into quarters to fill any gaps (see photo above). It doesn’t need to be perfect, and slices can overlap, but try to have 95% of the pan covered. Drizzle with olive oil and sea salt. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  2. While the “crust” is baking, cook the bacon in a pan. When the bacon is halfway done, stir in the onions. You can empty out some or all of the bacon fat first if you like. I empty out about half. When the bacon is fully cooked and crispy, you can break it into 1-inch pieces or smaller with a spatula. When the onions are fully cooked (they will appear translucent), add the mushrooms. After about 2 minutes, mix in the spinach until wilted. Remove from heat.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and coconut milk well (full fat coconut milk can be prone to separate).
  4. When the crust finishes, remove it from the oven and reduce heat to 400F. Transfer the spinach filling evenly into the crust and then slowly pour the egg mixture evenly in. Make sure to pour slowly otherwise it will overflow! Once the egg mixture has settled in, put it back into the oven for 20-25 minutes (until edges are golden brown).
  5. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Cut yourself a heaping slice and enjoy!

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lace slip dress

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This week’s post features a black lace slip dress I purchased in the late fall. I know it’s a bit of a trendy piece, but it evokes a chic, je ne said quoi Parisian vibe that I so desperately try to emulate. Plus, the amount of different ways I am able to wear it ensures that it gets plenty of rotation through my wardrobe.

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I can’t wait for slightly warmer weather to be able to wear this dress on it’s own, but this dress still works for cold weather since it can be layered so easily. Above, I wore a sweaterdress over it for daytime. I like that the length of the slip is appropriate enough for work. Layering the dress over a cropped tee, further above, gave me major Cher Horowitz vibes.

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The dress can easily be worn alone for a fancier look. I wore my favorite leopard coat on top for a dramatic, glamorous touch. I think it’s a great date night option, especially for Valentine’s Day next week.

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This particular dress is Lucy Paris and I purchased it from Bloomingdales. There are similar options available here and here, and slightly different options here, here, and here.

What other styling ideas do you have for this dress (particularly for the upcoming warmer months)? Let me know in the comments below.

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the paleo cure: a book review

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For Christmas, I was gifted The Paleo Cure by Chris Kresser. This book details a 3-step program created by the author for one to create a diet plan to optimize their health and wellness.

Don’t be scared by the title! I know a lot of people find the Paleo diet to be too restrictive and extreme for their needs. That is very true for many, and Kresser agrees with that in his book. His 3-step plan is not all about paleo. It is not about a “one diet fits all” mentality. It stresses the importance of creating a nutrition plan on a case-by-case basis, that optimizes the health of each individual who tries it.

So, how does one exactly achieve optimal nutrition? The 3-step plan works like this:

  1. The 30 Day Reset. For 30 days, one eats a very restricted paleo diet (details of this are in the book). Any and all foods that are known to cause any issues or inflammation in humans are ruled out.
  2. Reintroduction. After 30 days, one can begin to reintroduce foods into the diet, one at a time. This part is very important, as you see how each type of food affects your body and how it truly makes you feel. This does not mean reintroducing things like cake, cookies, and ice cream. Kresser is more referring to things that have healthy benefits, but can cause issues in some humans – like some dairy, nightshades, some gluten, etc.
  3. 80-20. Once you have reintroduced these foods and are aware how each affects your body, mood, and energy, you can adopt an 80-20 rule, if you like. 80% of the time, eat the foods that are healthy for you, and perhaps you can be a little lenient 20% of the time. The author realizes that food is an important part of life beyond nutrition in our society, and life is too short not to enjoy it if you want, as long as you are taking care of yourself. (Of course, Kresser stresses, if you do not wish to do this, you can continue to eat paleo for as long as you like. Even forever, if you want.)

January of this year, I embarked on the “30-Day Reset.” I thought it would be a great time of year to do it. Here is what I noticed changed for me:

  • Weight loss. I am thin to begin with, but about 5 days in, all of my bloating was gone. I became leaner than normal and had new muscle definition where I did not before.
  • Appetite. My appetite shrank. Before, I could eat a ton of food in one sitting. Now, just a small salad makes me full. I realized that this was part of all the sugar that I was eating before: sugar sends signals to your brain to trick you into thinking you’re still hungry, even if you’re full.
  • Workout recovery. I could now do intense workouts 5 days a week in a row with less recovery time needed in between.
  • Nutrition. I became a lot more knowledgeable about the food I was putting in my body from all the details in Kresser’s book. Because of the restrictions of the 30-day Reset, I had to get creative with what I was making. I taught myself a ton of awesome, tasty new recipes. It should be noted that I never felt hungry or dissatisfied with what I was eating. Kresser also includes a list of recipes in his book and on his website.

Some other things that people have noticed doing The Paleo Cure that I sort of or did not really experience include:

  • Clear skin (acne, eczema, etc)
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Allergy reduction
  • Improved mood
  • More energy

Now I’m at my 80-20 place. I ate a couple gourmet cookies last week for a birthday, I had some tortilla chips last night, I drink alcohol on the weekends with friends. However, when I do so I now know the consequences of what I’m doing – that I’ll feel poor and lethargic later. It’s a tradeoff between health and fun in a couple circumstances, and that’s OK. Like I said, 80-20. And now I always love going back to my paleo meal plan because I know the joy it will bring me internally and physically during my workouts.

If you’re interested in learning more about The Paleo Cure, you can visit Kresser’s website here.

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leopard print coat

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One of my favorite pieces this winter has been this fuzzy leopard print coat. It was a Christmas gift from 2015. Admittedly, last winter I didn’t wear it as much as it deserved (or much at all). I was unsure how to style it, despite numerous searches for inspiration on Pinterest.

This year, however, I pull it out of my closet every single time I get a chance to. I don’t know if it was moving to Nashville, where furry coats are a glamorous southern girl’s winter staple here, or seeing Kendall Jenner rock one after the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but whatever the reason, I had a newfound confidence that enabled me to wear this coat for any occasion.

Obviously I haven’t been the only one who’s fancied a feline topper, as leopard coats have been all the rage this winter, consistently documented on street style stars and models off duty alike.

I love the way this coat dresses up even the most basic of looks for day. I’ve worn it with just a lace slip dress underneath for a dramatic reveal for evening. One of the easiest ways to style it is over an all black outfit, letting the coat be the one focal point or statement of the outfit.

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Most recently, I threw it on over a simple pair of high waisted ripped jeans and a cropped tee, with tall patent spiky boots. No shame in admitting that I loved this outfit so much, I wore it two days in a row.

This coat was a gift, but a very similar option is available here (and it’s only $65!)

What are some other ways you think I should style this coat? I’d love to hear your suggestions and styling tips in the comments below.

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rocksbox: product review

For the past several months, I have been a subscriber to the delivery service Rocksbox. For $20 a month, one receives unlimited jewelry to borrow. It works like this:

  • When you sign up for Rocksbox, you take a short survey to gauge your style preferences. You can also select a “wish list” from their arsenal of inventory.
  • Each box you receive has 3 pieces of jewelry in it.
  • You can keep the box & jewelry for as long or as little as you like, and you return it once done (they provide postage and a sleeve for you to ship it back).
  • Once they receive the old box, you can write a review of the jewelry you received and they will send you a new one.
  • If you decide you’d like to keep any of the jewelry from your box, you can and they will charge the card on file for it once the box is returned.
  • You can stop/start the service any time you like. I did this when I moved from New York to Nashville.

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My favorite things I like about the service:

  • The jewelry designers they carry – Gorjana, Kendra Scott, House of Harlow, and Slate, to name a few.
  • For each box, you receive a personalized letter from a stylist explaining why they picked pieces for you. It’s a very personal experience.
  • The jewelry, since it’s used, is discounted, but you also get a $10 discount off per month to use towards purchases. If you keep your entire box, they knock off another $10.
  • Writing reviews helps the next stylist hone in on what your preferences are, and what you’d like. Have a fancy event coming up? Request a statement necklace. Want to switch your primary metal from gold to silver? Let them know. Want to be surprised with something different from your style? Just ask.
  • As a member, you can buy old jewelry (last season, slightly damaged) at their Sale Shop for up to 50% off retail price.

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If you’re interested in trying it, you can sign up at www.rocksbox.com. Use my code CAMILLEBFF82 for your first month free!

 

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dolce vita tessey booties

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This week’s outfit post features a sumptuous suede set of booties from Dolce Vita known as the “Tessey.”

I have a lot of black booties, so I had been wishing for a simple pair of brown when I saw these on Shopbop. (In Nashville, you can never have enough boots.) I requested these from my mom for Christmas. Much to my dismay, she told me she couldn’t get them as they were sold out. After some back-and-forth where I researched some other sites where they were available, I finally found them in my size at Zappos. (Crisis averted.)

(They’ve since been restocked at Dolce Vita and you can purchase them here.)

I’m so happy I was able to receive them. On Christmas morning when I pulled them out of their box I knew I made the right decision. The color is rich and the suede is buttery soft. They have an extremely flattering and comfortable fit. Their construct is simple and streamlined akin to the most high-end haute booties – but for a fraction of the price. I understood why they were selling out so quickly across retailers.

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These booties come in a rainbow of colors to suit every style. I have them in Dark Saddle. They pair very well with my favorite pieces this season. Above, for a colder weather look, I wore them with jeans and a sweater. What I (and many other women) love about booties is that they can be styled through the summer – so I’m looking forward to wearing these with shorts and dresses too.

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Do you have a great fashion find or purchase you made recently? Let me know in the comments below.

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nashville fashion bloggers

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Nashville’s Broadway Street, home to its famous honky tonks.

New York, Paris, London, Milan…Nashville?

I know, it’s not typically the first place that comes to mind when you think of a fashion hub. Moving here from New York, I had little idea what other culture Nashville offered beyond a booming music industry.

Nashville is a great place to be a fashion blogger. Local bloggers need not wont for blog content – with its backdrop of the glittering downtown skyscrapers, the bustle of Broadway Honky Tonks and live country music venues at night, or the gargantuan murals hiding around every building. The Mall at Green Hills supplies all of ones high-end chain retail fashion needs, but the city is littered with amazing boutiques and vintage stores to add that je ne sais quoi uniqueness to a look (and support local business). The weather is also mild, giving one more styling leeway.

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A mural in downtown Nashville.

Nashville is equal parts country glamour and grit, with a new modern twist – a juxtaposition akin to the way the most successful fashion bloggers style their outfits.

Below I’m featuring some of my favorite Nashville based fashion and lifestyle bloggers. Check them out to get a little insight on the style of the city.

Mary Seng @happilygrey

I’ve been following Mary long before I had ever been to Nashville since her fashion blog has a global presence. She’s often jetsetting around the world, as the most successful fashion bloggers do, for fun or to attend fashion weeks. These larger-than-life shots are interspersed with tidbits of her life in Nashville. Her edgy outfits are photographed with gloomy, moody tones, giving the photos an overcast feel (even on the sunniest of days). Now that I live here, it’s exciting to be able to recognize her surroundings in her posts!

 

The Nashville Guide @thenashvilleguide

Before I moved to Nashville, I followed a bunch of different Instagram accounts that featured local restaurants. The Nashville Guide is by far my favorite. Not only are they on the pulse of the restaurant scene, posting from every new place as soon as it opens, but their minimal, bright, colorful shots make every place seem so inviting. I’ve discovered a lot of lovely local eateries thanks to this account.

 

1767 Designs @1767designs

I am consistently blown away by the beautiful artwork made of reclaimed wood at 1767 Designs. I have yet to purchase one of their pieces for my apartment, but plan on doing so once they have their next popup or booth at a Nashville market. My favorite photos on their account showcase their custom work for clients and venues, the size and intricacies of which are breathtaking.

 

Brooke Webb @kbstyled

Brooke lives in Franklin (about 30 minutes outside of Nashville), but most of her fashion posts are done in the city of Nashville (particularly against the backdrop of the hip Gulch neighborhood). I followed Brooke since she often features local businesses and designers, which gave me great insight on where to shop when I arrived here. Her style and blog are classic and quintessentially southern.

As if these 4 accounts aren’t enough, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram too @serialoutfitrepeater for more Nashville based fashion and lifestyle posts.