white_monochrome_1

white_monochrome-2

white_monocrhome-3 white_monochrome-4

white_monochrome-5 white_monochrome-6

Vest: Forever 21, old (Similar Here); T-Shirt: Banana Republic; Jeans: NY & Co. via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Purse: Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Shoes: Ann Taylor via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Necklace: H&M, old (Similar Here)

Horizontal stripes make you look wide, always match your shoes and your belt, and never combine navy and black. You can add never wear white after Labor Day to this list of outdated fashion faux pas. As the long weekend signaling the end of summer approaches, don’t retire your white jeans just yet. After all, it’s not whether you wear them after Labor Day that matter, it’s all how you style them. Here are a few ground rules for styling white denim year-round:

Flattering Fit. White denim is unforgivable if you don’t find the right fit. I love this white distressed pair I picked up at the Goodwill Outlet because the cut is more forgiving. If you opt for a skinny ankle jean, pay attention to the thickness of the fabric. Paper thin white jeans are not flattering on anyone. Also, If your lumpy pockets are visible through the denim, cut them out. It looks awkward, and who uses front pockets anyway?

Layers. Light layers like this long draped vest or a leather jacket and scarf topped off with heels or booties make white jeans look chic for fall. Plus, the layers keep you warm in the dropping temps.

Neutrals. Pairing white denim with neutrals is the perfect way to make white jeans work for fall and winter. Browns and grays are easy to match, and various shades can easily be paired together. Try a cream slouchy sweater and booties for a Pinterest-worthy look. Stay away from bold colors and patterns. A subdued palette lets the jeans make a statement without any competition from the top half.

Are you putting your white away after Labor Day? Leave me a comment below on how you wear white denim after Labor Day and beyond.

Social Bliss Events, an event planning boutique specializing in bachelorette parties, planned an intimate shopping experience for a lovely (and stylish) group of ladies to check out a local jewelry boutique. With over twelve years of city living, Sarah knows how to curate a weekend agenda full of hidden gems with a sprinkle of tourist hot spots for the perfect bachelorette weekend. Even as a five-year Nashvillian, Sarah introduced me to Green Hills’ newest gem, Ex Voto Vintage.

Ex_Voto_1

It’s not only the bargains of Goodwill that makes my heart skip a beat, but also the stories the clothing once told.  I believe every item I purchase had a life before me and will continue to have a life after me. Though Ex Voto Vintage’s Nashville showroom opened a short six months ago, Elizabeth Adams’ story began over seven years ago. After the tragic loss of her three year old daughter to brain cancer, Adams began to experiment with repurposing medallions and lockets. She recreated the story for these neglected and broken items, crafting beauty from the ashes. Her beautiful repurposed pieces now live on and become a part of someone else’s story.

Ex_Voto_2

All is Well Cuff Bracelet

You are My Sunshine Cuff Bracelet

Blessing Cuff Bracelet (personal favorite! )
Ex_Voto_3

The 2011 Golden Globes gift bag contained Ex Voto Vintage pieces. Octavia Spencer, Debra Messing, Sadie Robertson, Sarah Drew, and Mayim Bialik have all donned Adams’ unique pieces. Find your unique piece  online or in one of three showrooms. The Nashville showroom is located at 2209 Bandywood Drive in Green Hills with locations in Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama. A portion of all sales is donated to The Cure Starts Now Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research.

Ex_Voto_4 Ex_Voto_5

Top: Vintage via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Jeans: Free People; Shoes: Target (Similar Here); Necklace: Ex Voto Vintage

Ex_Voto_6

Michell Floral Cuff

Ex_Voto_6

Ex_Voto_7

Top: Forever 21 via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Skirt: Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Shoes: Carlos by Carlos Santana (On sale!); Necklace: Ex Voto Vintage; Cuff: Ex Voto Vintage

Ex_Voto_8

This blog has become an important part of my story. Goldwill Digger began during a tough chapter in my life. Not to get all drunk girl in the bathroom that spills her life story with no prompting, BUT the opportunities I’ve experienced, the people I’ve met, and the support I’ve received as a result of this vision have far exceeded any of my expectations. So thank you for each like, share, or comment for helping me steer my story to intersect with my dreams!

What have you repurposed in your life to become a part of your story – a DIY Goodwill dresser or a life speed bump? Leave me a comment below.

Photos // BlueGenes Photography

Jewelry // Ex Voto Vintage

Social Bliss Events

Deidre // Left to Write

Holly // Life and Lip Gloss

Natalie // NattyLinn


thumb_Photo Jul 31, 1 49 16 AM (1)_1024 thumb_Photo Jul 31, 1 49 18 AM (2)_1024

thumb_Photo Jul 31, 1 50 08 AM (2)_1024
thumb_Photo Jul 31, 1 50 13 AM_1024 thumb_Photo Jul 31, 1 51 44 AM_1024

Blazer: Mustard Seed via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Camisole: Express; Skirt: H&M via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Shoes: Steve by Steve Madden via Goodwill (in black) (Similar Splurge // Save); Necklace: Gifted, (Similar Here) Purse: Gigi New York via Rent the Runway (in white)

thumb_Photo Jul 31, 2 06 43 AM_1024 thumb_Photo Jul 31, 2 07 33 AM_1024 thumb_Photo Jul 31, 2 07 40 AM_1024 thumb_Photo Jul 31, 2 07 47 AM (1)_1024

thumb_Photo Jul 31, 2 14 51 AM_1024

Blazer: Daily Look, old (Similar Here) ; Camisole: Express; Skirt: H&M via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Shoes: BCBG via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Necklace: Express, old (Similar Here) Purse: Gigi New York via Rent the Runway (available here in white)

As a culture, we are CONSTANTLY on the go. For those in the professional world, the work day can quickly turn into happy hours, dinner with girlfriends, or date night with your S/O. The working girl/socialite struggle is so real. You barely have time to finish your Starbucks before it gets cold much less run home between work and social commitments. So do you overdress for a post-work event or wear your boring black pants and basic button-up to the hip new bar for gossip and cocktails with girlfriends? Luckily, you don’t have to pick either.  Here are five quick and easy tips for taking your look from desk to drinks in 5 minutes flat.

Step 1 – Layer (30 seconds)

Change your top layer. Conservative cardigans and blazers are great for the office and the aggressive AC unit, but removing the top layer revealing a silk camisole underneath or replacing with a trendy layer like this taupe long vest or a leather jacket will elevate the look for night.

Step 2  – Shoes (1 minute)

Shoes make the outfit, right? My work shoes are mostly flats or modest low heels. There’s no easier way to elevate any outfit than to put on a killer pair of heels. A pair of statement heels turns a basic black sheath into a chic and sexy outfit for dinner.

Step 3 – Jewelry (30 seconds)

Small changes like jewelry can have a HUGE impact. Keep a couple of statement pieces at your desk or in your work tote to replace conservative daytime accessories.

Step 4 – Hair (1.5 minutes)

When I’ve had a hard day at work, my hair shows it. My extra ten minutes of hair prep in the morning is destroyed by heat, humidity, twirling, and maybe a “get sh*t done” bun. (That’s a top knot, y’all.) I like to pull my hair back for evening events if I don’t have time to touch up my disheveled waves. A low chignon is simple, chic, and only requires a hair tie and bobby pins.

Step 5 – Lips (1 minute)

 I always have several colors of lipstick/glosses in my purse, a matte mauve for work, a deep red/burgundy for after hours, and something in between. Topping off your after-hours look with a bright bold lip will freshen your look for evening.

Step 6 – Check Yo Self (30 seconds)

 Bravo! You just turned your conservative office look to a chic and trendy evening outfit in less than 5 minutes. Make any last minute touches and give yourself a pat on the back for being a girl boss  on-the-go.

Do you have any other tips for transitioning your look from desk to drinks? Leave me a comment below!