Spring has finally started to bloom around town (& in our shop)! After a fluke snowstorm and an unseasonably chilly winter, the warm breeze is definitely a welcomed arrival! Spring always seems to put a pep in everyone's step & smile on people's faces... maybe it's the bright colors, sunshine and promise of lots of springtime events to come. Easter Sunday, bridal & baby showers, spring break, vacations, weddings, graduations & more. Our windows are budding with lots of spring styles & a splash of low country love. The palms have it... a Savannah signature, we had a blast incorporating them in our display. Bring on the flower power!
When the world jumps to the gym & raids vegetable stands, you know it's the start of a new year. Resolutions come and go, but even with the best-laid plans (I mean there was an snow/ice storm in Savannah, who could have predicted that?) goals can end up feeling like failures before February. I mean, hello, this post about new year's was suppose to be closer to the beginning of the month [sigh]. This week at the shop we discussed our resolutions and surprisingly we had a lot of the same ideas and hopes. Be nicer... be more patient.... don't be rushed or overextend... take the time to get ready in the mornings so we look &, more importantly, feel our best...etc. While these are ideals we hope and strive for, we can't expect a drastic change over night. So instead of focusing on our imperfections or slip-ups, the conversation ended up in a discussion about how much growth & understanding we could see in ourselves over the past few years. While we still may set goals & it feels good to hit that "refresh" button for 2018... we're going to try to remember we are all works in progress. Reflecting on our life lessons and how far we've come deserves appreciate too, strive to improve... but not for perfection.
One of my favorite reads in a long time. Warning: will need tissue.
"It's beginning to look a like..." cocktails, cooler weather, football playoffs, holiday parties & much more. This holiday season is filled with velvet, cold shoulders, ruffles... & bows aren't just for the presents. Feel cozy & polished all season long. One perk for new party wear? Get when you give this season, donate a new doll & receive 20% off your full price purchase now through December 19th. Getting dolled up just got more fun!
Fall is quickly approaching and with it brings a few of this season's favorite pastimes; football, bonfires & pumpkin spice. No matter where you are headed this fall, dressing in this season's colors & trends is a great way to get in the autumn spirit (preferably in light-weight fabrics since it won't actually get cold for quite some time). One of our favorite styles this season is the bell sleeve. A fun throwback that adds some feminine flounce to any outfit. Dress tops up with a pencil skirt or keep them causal with distressed denim. Can't stomach the sweaters? We've got you covered when it comes to checking off the Pantone color chart, add a shimmery accessory in a fall hue to your favorite tee instead of opting for layers. Wherever the autumn breeze takes you, we hope you have a ball (football or formal function)!
Hate packing? Hate unpacking? Can't decide what to take on your summer vacay? The last thing you want to pack is dread and stress in your suitcase. You've looked forward to your vacation, a break from the anxiety of day to day life, but you only have half of your 'necessities' in the trunk before it becomes a complete Tetris puzzle. Ditch the overload and keep things as simple as possible. When did packing for a week at the beach turn into a need for European luggage? Think of your last trip, how much extra "stuff" did you take that you never used? Those curlers, 3 pairs of wedges bc you couldn't decide on a color... Realistically, you will wear a swimsuit or your go-to cozy tshirt dress a majority of the time (probably together), so save yourself the hassle and embrace a nomad lifestyle for the week. The salt life takes over and your sun kissed checks go from the beach to the causal tiki deck for dinner with a breeze of a cover up. Don't worry, your instagrams will still look like causal perfection with the tropical backdrops and sunglasses saving the day so you don't need any of that pesky makeup. A couple key items and you will be able to "make do" with any situation that arises. Below are some of our favorites to throw in a bag and go! As an avid over-packer, I understand it's a challenge, but throwing that duffel in your backseat and jetting off into the sunset is a freeing feeling that won't have you looking back!
With wedding season in full swing, event calendars everywhere are filling up fast! June is still the most popular month to get married (followed by May, July, August & September), so naturally it's a magical time consumed with love, laughter & the perfect outfit. I'm sure June Brides everywhere have a soft spot for Shelby's 'Blush & Bashful' motif (they really should show Steel Magnolias more in the summer), after all every bride has her own style. So what about your palette? What will you don for such occasions? A great way to get the most out of your wedding goer garb/bridesmaid best is to invest in your accessories. Pieces you love that you can mix & match to wear with other things. A great necklace or handbag can turn your simple dress into an elegant ensemble. It also might disguise the fact you slipped one outfit into the rotation twice (just switch up your statement pieces & wear a more casual necklace for the bridesmaid luncheon)!
With spring temperatures turning up the heat, most have predicted it to be a scorcher of a summer. This week, a customer visiting from "up north" commented on how surprised she was at the amount of sun dresses in various shops. "I noticed there are a lot of dresses? Is this a southern style thing? There aren't nearly as many at home." Well... maybe? While southern girls do love a good outfit & may have a flair for cutesy pastels, it is also a necessity & often a challenge to dress for the southern summer heat. Light weight cuts & fabrics that fight the humidity & pack the perfect amount of polish for the occasion are definitely what summer goals are made of. Below we listed 5 of our favorite tricks & trends for staying cool this summer.
1. Off the Shoulder Styles: This trend is great to expose the shoulders (good-bye tan lines) and usually has a breezy body that gives you a bit of relief when strolling around town. Try It Tip: Either in a dress or top!
2. To-Go Cup: While Savannah is known for to-go beverages, one trick I've been swearing by is the Yeti Mug (a couple local shops on Broughton Street sell them). Once filled with ice in the morning it will last all day (even through hot yoga), just add water or another concoction as needed. Try It Tip: Add a thick lemon wedge for lasting freshness all day.
3. Sensible Shoes: A major accessory to any outfit, shoes in Savannah can be tough. Between the historic sidewalks & outdoor parties, navigating footwear is essential to staying put together. Sweaty and swollen feet are a nuisance at any event, take into account where the day might take you. Try it Tip: Never underestimate the power of a cork wedge or metallic sandal, both can be dressed up!
4. Braided Babes: Between graduations & weddings, there are lots of photo opp's leaving you hoping to look your best. If the weather forecast is looking toasty or you have a long day of events, try a braided updo. Keeping your hair out of your face & off your neck will have you steps ahead of the inevitable last-ditch-effort-to-stay-cool pony tail and leave you camera ready. Tip to Try: One of our favorite braid how-to experts to watch is Missy Sue, check her out to learn a new technique! http://missysue.com/
5. Sundresses Sundresses: A cute sundress can take you a long way! Dress it up or dress it down depending on jewelry & shoes. A good casual dress can go from bathing suit cover up to lunch at the cafe. Tip to Try: Find one in a simple shape & solid color when packing for vacation. It will save room in your luggage and you will be able to change up your look easily!
With Easter Sunday quickly approaching next, there is a lot of chatter about pastels, florals, dyed eggs and even a bunny or two. Religious or not, Easter also brings with it "old school" southern fashion rules. Be it white pants (and by pants we also mean white dresses, shoes & accessories) or patent leather, the traditionalist would state that both should only be worn between Easter & Labor Day. However, modern day theorists are much more anything goes.
In the shop we are often asked, what actually is the rule for today's world. And honestly, there isn't just one rule to follow anymore. We've found a lot of factors contribute to each person's decision and ultimately it just depends on what makes you feel good. While there are still many loyalists who abide by the white pants & Easter rule, most don't for patent leather shoes (caveat unless the patent leather shoes in question, are of course white or another spring pastel color). Sometimes it depends on how late Easter is.... when the weather is already mid-80's most people are ready for their spring layers of clothing. Another key factor is the lowcountry life, being a coastal city many consider "resort wear" a year round staple.
Regardless of wear you are on the topic, you can always side with style. Life's better with options & this year it is all about the hem. So when it comes to white denim, take your pick between the trendy raw hem or classic cuffed, both by AG. You can look great and feel good all summer (or year) long!
Savannah has officially turned GREEN! The fountains are flowing & the Stopover Bands are playing. Are you are still looking for your perfect St. Patrick's look? Whether you are going for a casual comfortable style or dressing up for brunch with the in-laws, we've got you covered. Hope the luck of the Irish helps you secure a good spot on the parade route and maybe a green beverage!
I am so excited for Valentine's Day this year, even though my cats are ahead of me in the gift/treats department (I can't blame them, they're adorable)! I've been living up the holiday via wine nights with friends & maybe a chocolate or two... & a new candle scent to accompany my bubble baths! While I'm sure I will dress up for a dinner date out, I do love the comfort of my good hyouman casual pieces. The positive sayings and soft materials always make me smile! Wait- it looks like another marathon of old-school romantic comedies is coming on, so I've got to run... Hope your Valentine's Day is special and filled with love no matter how you celebrate!
New Year, New You - New Resolutions, New Goals, New Ideas: 2017 is going to be a good year! A few of our favorite resolutions to live your best life possible...
1. Eat Better.... But you don't have to be perfect. One tip, try to fuel your body with some healthy juices and habits during the weekdays, but don't skip on brunch with your friends on the weekend. 'Cause close friends and yummy food are good for the soul.
2. Cleanse Your Closet.... If you don't feel good in it, it doesn't fit or has a snag, let it go! Freeing up space in your wardrobe makes it easier to create new outfits and gives you a sense of what you actually enjoy wearing (which in turn makes you a stronger, smarter shopper)!
3. Surround Yourself with Fresh Flowers.... An instant pick-me-up fresh flowers or plants bring a little joy and life to your surroundings. Enjoy the little things!
4. Exercise to Feel Good.... Try new trends (CrossFit, Hot Yoga and Pure Barre are some of the latest that have people falling in love with their workout regimes), join a tennis league or get a workout buddy to go walking on the beach. If you find something you enjoy, you will be much more motivated to do it regularly! Don't concentrate on the scale but how it makes you feel! Carving out the time for yourself can be tough, but the endorphins will be worth it!
5. Make New Year Resolutions Attainable.... Even if some of your goals don't seem reachable for 2017, take baby steps towards them! A step in the direction is still one step closer than you were before you started. Some goals take time for all the pieces to fall into place, try to just enjoy the process one day at a time. And don't be too hard on yourself!
Shimmer & Shine this holiday season with bold colors & textures. Step outside of the little black dress and heat up the holiday in warm jewel tones. Bonus for those last minute soirees? All holiday clothing is 30% off starting Saturday, December 17th through the 31st!
Need a last minute holiday gift? Lots of new arrivals from good hYOUman just arrived, plus we've got lots of scarves, candles & Hanky Panky's that will leave everyone tying to grab YOUR gift at the office exchange.
Have a tough lady to shop for on your list? Our MadeintheDeepSouth one-of-a-kind cuffs feature up-cycled vintage elements, creating a unique look for each piece. A style she definitely won't already have in her closet... even if she is the girl who has everything!
Shopping local has never been easier! Thanks to the Small Business Chamber & City of Savannah for helping organize/promote this year's annual shopping day. We are excited to be part of the small business community, as well as the trademark Saturday event. Find lots of details available at the Savannah Small Business Chamber's Facebook Page (listed below). We look forward to visiting with everyone tomorrow! Join us for 30% off all full price merchandise and a free gift bag with every purchase (while supplies last)!
THANK YOU to all those working hard to support our local small businesses!
While it still seems too warm to be November... Time is ticking. Thanksgiving and the holiday season are right around the corner. While we aren't quite ready for sugarplums or candy canes, we are excited to begin the wardrobe process and help customers find their perfect Thanksgiving & holiday photo looks. We are also getting in TONS of great gift items for you to scope out & cross a few of those tough to shop for ladies off your list.
We are so incredibly thrilled to announce we are now carrying local Savannahian Tatiana Cabral Smith's Signature Cuffs! The stamped cuffs feature sayings including: 912, SAV, Namaste and IX.I.II (roman numerals of 912), they make the perfect addition to your arm-or. She also creates a simple thin brass cuff that can be worn with other pieces or solo. Brass is her main medium of choice, so her jewelry will get more unique with age & wear based on each individual's chemical composition. While this all sounds very science-y, there are a few simple tips she recommends in caring for your new favorite pieces.
POLISHING & CLEANING BRASS & BRONZE -
Over time, brass and bronze can get dark or dull. It's super easy to polish your pieces up at home, using all natural products. All you need to shine up your brass jewelry is lemon, baking soda and salt. Try these tricks to shine your pieces:
1. Cut a slice of lemon and sprinkle salt on it. Rub the lemon slice over your piece, rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.
2. For tougher tarnish, make a paste from baking soda, lemon and water. Use an old toothbrush, cloth or any soft bristle brush to apply the paste. Brush, rinse and dry.
3. If you're looking for something quick, instant and portable, use a treated polishing cloth.
Custom sayings, initials, dates are available through Tatiana's website listed below.
Use code MIDGE for 20% off your order!
Denim prices are always a major topic of conversation in the shop. I, myself, had a bit of sticker shock years ago when I first started selling some of the high end brands for another boutique. What it really comes down to is quality. You can have multiple pairs of less expensive jeans OR you can invest in what will become your favorite pair. Some customers describe jean shopping as painful as bathing suits... and it doesn't have to be that way. When you don a pair of carefully manufactured denim, you can feel the difference. The first thing customers notice is how incredibly soft the fabric feels, the most common statement I hear is "These are SO comfortable!". Loving how they look and feel is important, if you don't feel good in them you won't wear them. An important rule for all clothing shopping, even if it is a good deal, if an item doesn't make you feel amazing, then it isn't worth it. Find the pair of jeans that make you feel like you can conquer the world. A pair you love having in your arsenal.
And, of course, denim made in the U.S. is a major factor in the price. Since the denim is not only sewn here, it has been distressed/'vintage washed'; a lot of tender, love, and care have gone into that pair of jeans that will ensure those distressed marks hit at the exact right spot. The right denim is an staple investment piece in your closet. Something to be looked at as a wardrobe staple you will wear for the next few years.
Midge sells AG's because they really do their homework when it comes to making a jean comfortable and livable. Known for fitting all body types, not just the statuesque model, they are known to work well with curves. Their fabrics are extremely soft, utilizing the "vintage" wash concept that will age the denim for you... unlike the olden days, you don't have to break them in yourself. The compositions will vary, some will have more stretch appeal, while others will feel more like a classic denim. AG also introduced a signature revolutionary fabric called Contour 360, which is described below. This state of the art fabric has spring boarded campaigns for yogis and ballerinas alike, demonstrating the extreme flexibility, while also maintaining the shape of the denim for many wears to come.
"AG has revolutionized denim with their exclusive Contour 360 fabric, a perfect blend of timeless aesthetic and full-motion stretch. Crafted using the world’s most innovative textile technology, this material honors the body with an unlimited range of movement and flexibility. Recovery of nearly 90 percent in both directions ensures a silhouette that retains impeccable form."
To understand the value, you really have to try a pair on. Disclaimer: your go to yoga pants might get jealous. We are loaded up with lots of new styles for fall, including a pair of the signature Contour 360 collection. We are here to help you find the perfect denim investment for your lifestyle.
Fall is fast approaching and brings with it all the promises of autumn; football games, pumpkin spice lattes & um... crisp weather? Dressing for fall in the south can be a challenge. You want to enjoy the season and feel 'festive' but not overdone. Typically our weather is forgiving and you may not feel a chill in the air until mid-October...if then. Finding fall colors in light-weight materials is key. You want to celebrate the season, but not look as if you are overheating. Some of our favorite ways to style southern fall looks are: throwing a vest on over a simple short sleeved tee or trying out a new autumn shade of nail polish at your next mani/pedi. These can be simple ways to embrace the beginning of the season without too much sweat(ers).
*And don't forget your pumpkin spiced latte.
Enjoy No Tax All Weekend! Don't worry if your item doesn't qualify, Midge will pick up the tax for you. When going back to school involves game day dresses and sorority rush must-haves, we feel Tax Free Wkd should reflect that. Let us help get you school polished...
It's one of my favorite times of year... RUSH SEASON! Or as it is commonly called these days, Recruitment. As a former, Ole Miss Sorority Girl, I've been through my fair share of "recruitments". Rush is one of the most fun times of sorority life. Filled with excitement, pink lemonade & some serious fashion. While finding the perfect outfit is on every girl's checklist, the most important part is to be yourself and wear something that you feel comfortable in! One Tip: Going in with an open mind is important, even if you were destined for a certain letters, I would recommend not making ALL of your dresses their signature color...just in case you change your mind.
We've got lots of beautiful pieces that will make the perfect compliment to Skit & Preference Round... and maybe a few football games or two. Even if you just want to talk sororities, recommendations or nerves, always feel free to stop by and say hello!
Hope everyone is staying cool with the hot weather outside! We are in full swing of our summer sale with lots of cute pieces just added. We are also getting in lots of new styles that will transition you into fall... one of the most eye catching is this polka dot print dress by Weston! Among the prints & patterns, you may see a little grey face pop out from behind the polka dot curtain. Pip is a sweet kitten that looks to be about 4 months old. In true girly form, she played hard to get in a downtown parking lot for the last few weeks but we are happy she is safe and well fed... you'll have to tell her hello the next time you visit!