Category Archives: My Style

September 4, 2015

Madewell Opening Party | Ponce City Market


Tuesday was the Madewell X Cool Atlanta opening party welcoming the newest addition to Ponce City Market!  I attended wearing just about all things Madewell including a relatively new dress I’ve worn around 4-5 times already because it’s just that good.

Black: check.  Unique straps and neckline: check. Cutout: check. Tassels: check! On sale: CHECK! (unfortunately it doesn’t look like it’s on the site anymore, otherwise I’d share a link to it)



The location is nestled between Jcrew, Lululemon, Anthro and Frye -it’s basically a one-stop shopping area!



Ah, overalls. Speaking my language dressing up these cuties with a big-ole purse!


Pretty rad how Madewell carries other brands both in their store and online.  It makes for a well-rounded shopping experience

This little teepee incense holder didn’t go home with me that night, but rest assured it’ll be an addition at the Smith-Winchester household soon!

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This season of Madewell is pretty casual, which is A-Ok with me! Loved all the plaid clothing from liners of jackets to button downs, plaid is definitely ‘in’ this upcoming Fall!



Madewell X Vans. The backside zipper adds a girly touch to these guys.  I have my heart set on getting a pair of high top all-white Chucks but these are definitely a backup if I change my mind.


Not sure if it’s the corner of the building layout or the fact the party had the place packed to the brim but it feels smaller than other Madewells but in a good way. Like you’re walking into a boutique versus a chain-brand store, if that makes sense.

I had the pleasure of chatting with the marketing manager and several other employees and they were just the sweetest, so hit it up knowing you’ll be treated right!

Shop my favorite Fall staples:

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May 8, 2015



Here’s a super comfy outfit I wore to work then spiced up with a vintage scarf for last night’s Free People Festival Series party. I have a whole different post planned with the photos I took of the event I just wanted to quickly share this look.

Shirt: Target boyfriend tee, Scarf: Vintage from Nana, Bag: Birthday gift from my sweet Dustin from local Designer KMM & CO,  Jeans: Gap, Sandals: Birkenstock, Shades: Kate Spade, Bra: Free People


All about comfort! Have a good and safe weekend friends!

October 22, 2014


After last Saturday’s blogger brunch I quickly changed and jumped in the car with Dustin and we headed to Warbington Farms in Cumming, GA for pumpkins, farm activities and kid times.  We met up with his cousin and her family-including her 1 year old twins. Elizabeth dressed them in perfect pumpkin patch apparel -matching plaid shirts and blue jeans!
Luke kept hugging and holding onto Dustin, it was the cutest! Couldn’t help but snap a photo!!
What I wore: Free People button down, Zara lace top, H2O jeans, Sam Edelman boots, TOMS shades and Anthro clutch.
The above and below photos are hilariously adorable!  Luke (above) is taking in the sun and Adam (below) just wanted a taste of the stem-we all got a kick out of both *and quickly jumped in to stop Adam from taking a real bite!

In the next month or so we will officially be their God parents!  We are more than excited to take on the role of mentoring these two boys throughout their lives.  For now it’s mostly keeping them giggling but later we’ll be their when they need advice, a shoulder to lean on or whatever life lesson we can pass on.
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Big brother Will enjoying the tractor, this is his “cheeeeesssseeee” expression!
There was a petting zoo with rabbits, goats and chickens!  The kids weren’t the only ones excited, I was right in their with them!  Momentarily saved the above rabbit from the overly eager hands of 4 year olds.14974267754_326beebcb9_k
It’s always nice to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy open fields and fresh air!

September 24, 2014


I’m happy to say that mine and Dustin’s curse of rainy outdoor music has been broken! This years Music Midtown was absolutely gorgeous-no ponchos or rain boots-just warm pre-Fall sun! We were especially excited since we took advantage of living on the Beltline and rode our bikes both days using the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s bike valet service, so easy and convenient! Music Midtown made a few changes this year with stage setups and policies but my favorite change, or rather upgrade was the expanded artist and vendor market area. There was a short time frame we didn’t care to see the bands playing so we grabbed a beer and walked around looking at the jewelry, handmade guitars, folk art, blown glass, and more-it was a nice break.

Our beer of choice and even better that it’s local! There wasn’t a ton of choices so if it’s between a light, watered down beer or a flavorful high gravity for a little more, you’ll find us always going to the more bang for your buck option.
The back of this top was perfectly breezy for a music fest! Leave it to Free People to create the best attire for such occasions.

Outfit details: Free People top and jean, Birkenstock sandals, vintage bag and Oakley shades
This years crowd flags and markers were really fun, couldn’t help but snap this hip Mario! On day two we stood by someone’s flag and used it to our benefit to help friends find us. Maybe next year we’ll actually bring something fun and creative though it seems like a chore to keep up with anything other than yourself or group and belongings!
Friday’s lineup for us included Bear Hands, Run DMC, Lorde and Jack White. All very different but the one artist that stole the show was Lorde! She had killer dance moves, changed into three different outfits and had huge bubbles raining from above the stage! Whoever said she was boring live was proved wrong, she really impressed this lady!
Day Two’s Outfit which I coined the “hipster farmer look” was comfy and breathable during the peak of the heat.

Details: Free People hat, Madewell shirt, Target overalls, Clarks desert boot, vintage bag and Oakley sunglasses
Saturday’s lineup for us included Sleeper Agent, Third Eye Blind, Twenty One Pilots, Fitz and the Tantrums, Bastille and Eminem. The artist that was my favorite, and I wasn’t surprised, was Fitz! We didn’t attempt to get close to really anyone else but knew there show would be fun up close so we got there early and camped out which proved to be way worth it! Frontman, Michael and his co-vocalist Noelle have really great energy and boogied down!
Loved how silly some people got for the festivities, these bananas are dedicated!
This bearded man of mine loves concerts about as much as I do, if not MORE! Couldn’t ask for a better festival companion! Processed with VSCOcam with e6 preset
Next up we are going to Outkast, Kid Cudi and Childish Gambino this weekend at Centennial Olympic Park. Bought these tickets so long ago and can’t wait to see Outkast perform in their hometown-should be epic!

May 20, 2014

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14040046389_ceab99bd33_bI think I’ve found a reoccurring entry I can actually keep up with- these ‘weekend wear’ posts are fun and easy! Especially since I spend my weekends with my honey and he’s a great photographer and I feel comfortable asking him because he loves helping me out and is super supportive of my blogging. I hope to get them up on Mondays but sometimes my Monday evening after work is more for playing catch up on chores and decompressing since the weekend often goes until Sunday night.

Unlike the previous two weekends we did not get BBQ instead kept our Friday simple and walked over to The Bookhouse pub, one of my favorite pubs for Oberon on draft and a yummy dinner. On the walk over I commented about the chilly weather and Dustin said “yea, we’re having a ‘blackberry winter’..” to which I replied “oh yea? didn’t know that was a thing.”  He didn’t either until one of his coworkers had told him about it so we were both new to this Southern term which refers to a cold front that coincides with the time-frame that blackberries are in bloom.  As expected it didn’t last long since it’s about to be real deal summer here in Hotlanta. Always glad to take advantage of a cool front and continue wearing Spring layers and open up the windows in my loft. Speaking of layering, this “dress” has to be layered because it doesn’t cover much, don’t even think tights would be appropriate but with jeans it works!  Pretty hilarious when my mom gave it to me on a family trip last year and I put it on and came out and my brother was like “ah Jess!” and mom and dad said “oh no, think it’s a *little* too short!” OOPS!

14246879113_705d1a1ffb_bDuring the pre-Shaky knees Party at Free People White Provisions I was given one of these cute totes and it’s been my purse for the last week.  It’s been great because I like having a casual day time bag I can toss all of my chunky things in like planner and journal and then if I go out change things over to a smaller more dressy bag.

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14246894573_d5661b70bd_b14224382812_a88111ed5b_b 14040061758_9387ccbe19_bJacket: H&M, Dress/Jeans/Tote: Free People, Desert Boots: Clarks, Shades: TOMS

The majority of the weekend was spent with my girlfriends on a mini getaway in Ball Ground, Georgia. Eleven of us caravaned up to my friends parents home in the mountains where we hiked, cooked out, day drank and played Cards Against  Humanity.  I left my camera at home and focused on enjoying time with my friends, though I did document all of our amazing meals for Instagram! I love how just an hour and fifteen minute drive up the interstate and it feels like you are in a totally different state all together~

Hope you’ve been enjoying my little weekend recaps, expect to see more!