Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

It is finally time to talk about my favorite of all wardrobe staples: The black jumpsuit. The black jumpsuit is the “Little Black Dress” (i.e. LBD) of the every-day woman’s world. You can wear a properly tailored black jumpsuit so many different ways, which places it firmly in the ‘must-own’ column, and can justify a higher price, along with a place of honor, in your closet. My first piece of advice for finding the perfect black jumpsuit is to take on the assumption that you will not find the perfect fit right off the rack. Assume you will need to have this piece of clothing tailored. This actually makes finding this essential piece of clothing a lot easier since you can focus on style and fabric now, and worry about how it fits later.

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

In my quest for my perfect black jumpsuit I had a few criteria in mind that I new would make this piece work for my body type (i.e. short + curvy!). I had this list of ‘musts’ firmly in my mind before even beginning my search. Having an idea of what you want before your start shopping cuts down on so much wasted time and frustration.

  1. Wide leg
  2. Wrap style bodice with a v-neckline
  3. Flowing fabric (jersey blend, preferably)

Thankfully, jumpsuits can be found in almost any department store, flattering to any body shape, and at many price points. My favorite places to shop for reasonably priced staples are Macy’s, Dillard’s and Nordstrom. If you choose a wide leg style jumpsuit with a relaxed fit you will most likely only need to have the bodice tailored. I suggest a style fitted to the waist, with a looser fit about the hips and thighs that either tapers nicely at the ankles, or continues in a wide, straight line from the waist. Search images with keywords describing your body type + the word “jumpsuit” on Pinterest or Google. This will give you an idea of how women with similar body types have styled a jumpsuit and help narrow down the cut/style that will look most flattering on you.

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

I also suggest choosing a sleeveless jumpsuit for versatility reasons. You can always add a blouse underneath, but more of your blazers, dusters and sweaters will fit smoothly without sleeves. Bulky sleeve, ruffles, lace or trimmings on a jumpsuit can really narrow down the options for wearing it. So many more outfits can be created with a simple, sleeveless style.

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Just like your LBD, your jumpsuit should be something you can pull out of your closet and wear at a moment’s notice while knowing you will look fabulous! It should be your ‘power piece,’ your ‘secret weapon’; Something that gives you that little boost of confidence because it fits impeccably and makes you stand a little taller. I love to pair shoes with a bit of a point on them with my jumpsuit because it elongates my 5’2″ to its fullest extent! I always wear 4″ heels because I’ve learned they look best on me, without hindering my ability to walk for at least 8 hours! Since almost all of my favorite office pumps are 4″ I made my best black jumpsuit with the hem to break perfectly over those shoes, which makes it easy to just pop on the jumpsuit and heels and GO! Yes, I did make the jumpsuit you see me wearing above! However, that’s absolutely not necessary and I would not suggesting doing so unless you’ve been sewing 10+ years (like I have!). Jersey fabric is extremely challenging to work with, as are fitting pants! I tried on a dozen jumpsuits that I loved and combined my favorite elements into my own design. A tailor cut out the pattern pieces for me based on my sketches and body measurements, then I sewed everything together and fitted it on my personalized dress form at home.

Below are several jumpsuits I’ve tried on and LOVED, that I would 100% recommend considering:

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

If you like the way I styled the jumpsuit in my photos here are budget conscience dupes for the accessories I’m wearing:

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Because I want to illustrate how great a black jumpsuit looks for all day at the office I took the photos in this post AFTER a 10 hour work day, as soon as I got home!

So now you know the truth! I’m a real woman who takes her own fashion advice, which is why I’m confident in passing it on to you! No, I didn’t buy this outfit with the intent on only wearing it once for a photo shoot, then do my hair and makeup, just to take photos of this look (no shade to bloggers who do that! Sometimes it’s not feasible to wear an outfit all day, then take photos of it!), so you know I’m serious!

What bloggers say: “Scouted a gorgeous, retro, architectural space to shoot this look with my crew!” 

What they’re really doing: Setting up a tripod, iPhone (w/ the timer set to 10 seconds), ring light, in their mid-90s house in the suburbs, hoping the UPS guy doesn’t deliver their latest Nordstrom Friends & Family sale parcels while they pose in front of the stairway door, attempting to catch the last rays of sunshine between 5:30 and 5:40pm, after racing home from their 9-5 😂

What do you think? Is a black jumpsuit something you agree is needed for a well-rounded wardrobe?

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5 Southern-Belle-Approved Things to Do On Your Birthday in Nashville!

5 Southern Belle Approved Birthday Perks

Last week I spent one day running around Nashville hitting up 5 favorite spots for my annual FREE day! If you sign up for enough birthday perks you can easily spend an entire day without pulling out your wallet! There are dozens of birthday freebies and discounts in Nashville to enjoy but today I’ve rounded up my top 5 freebies Southern girls will love! Start with a morning of treating yourself with the 5 stops below, then head to your favorite local bar with live music (we are in Music city after all)! Depending on the bar, if they know it’s your birthday, you might score a free drink too! That’s just an little extra perk of living in a place known for its hospitality!

Southern Belle Approved Perks for Your Birthday in Nashville!

Being born has its perks… especially if you’re a #Nashbelle!

  1. Pick up your FREE cupcake from Sprinkles on 12th South!
  2. Wash it down with a FREE Starbucks drink!
  3. Swing by Kendra Scott and get 50% off one item to add to your collection!
  4. Visit the Benefit counter at Ulta for a FREE brow arch and get those sisters higher to heaven!
  5. Stop in at Sephora, pick up a fancy lipstick, and get your birthday gift at checkout!

5 Southern Belle Approved Birthday Perks

Don’t live in Nashville? Don’t worry! Here’s a list of free stuff you can score on your birthday, all over the U.S.!

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Spice Market Chic Etsy Round-Up

Spice Market Chic Etsy Round-Up

Etsy is one of my favorite online places to shop! You can find anything for any taste and style there and curate a closet or home full of personalized touches from all over the world. Any time I find a few new shops I’m loving I have to share a round-up to get the word out! Here’s what I’m loving lately on Etsy:

Velvet floral turban by Rona $59, Rio Ginger Jar earrings by St. Armand $38, Vintage embroidered dress by Glory Wild $98, Tropical Leaf necklace by Seoul Little $58, VIntage mini straw purse by All Night Yard Sale $16, Staffordshire dog mug by Anne Chovie $18, Chartreuse velvet babouche by Ancre USA $35

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A Date at Belle Meade Plantation

This week we had our 7th Anniversary💖 It’s been a crazy couple of years since moving to Nashville and it’s even crazier to realize “we” have only 1 year of law school left!🎓 This week we tried to make up for a lot of lost time hanging out together and just enjoy living in Nashville.🎻 We went on a little day date to Belle Meade Plantation for a guided tour and wander around the grounds.🏰 Just an FYI to you ladies, the entire experience is a small enough amount of walking to still be able to wear some chunky heel pumps or wedges, I discovered (in relief)

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade Plantation #OOTD

This adorable boho dress is light and loose enough to get away with having long sleeves for the Summer and is from one of my newly discovered favorite brands, plus, it’s less than $30! Shop my look here! 👉 http://liketk.it/2rq5j

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

A Date at Belle Meade Plantation

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

The Belle Meade plantation grounds are really beautifully kept and such a pleasant walk with many photo ops and plaques with notable historical instances. The tour guide thoroughly covered the interior of the mansion and answered all the questions we had. If you read my previous posts about attending the Iroquois Steeplechase horse race you’ll be interested to know that the Iroquois was named after a race horse owned by William Jackson, owner of Belle Meade. Iroquois was the leading sire of 1892 and many current derby winning race horses are descendants of horses raised on Belle Meade.🏇

Belle Meade Plantation #OOTD

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

A Date at Belle Meade Plantation

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade Plantation #OOTD

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade plantation

Belle Meade Plantation #OOTD

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

At the end of the tour we enjoyed a brief wine tasting and had the opportunity to buy wines only available at Belle Meade. We purchased a bottle of our favorite to open next year on our anniversary as a little souvenir. Next year we may or may not have already started the moving process to leave Nashville, so it will be a nice reminder of our time here when our 8th anniversary rolls around!

Belle Meade wine tasting🍷 🏇

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A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

Our afternoon concluded with a stroll down 12th South, stopping at 5 Daughter’s Bakery for a donut and a pop into Draper James so I could pick out Chad’s anniversary gift to me (we’ve been together so long we just let the other person choose their birthday/christmas/anniversary gifts because we know it’s sure to be the perfect thing! Neither of us likes surprises!). We also stopped in at Sprinkles for my free Birthday cupcake (you can sign up for this perk on their site!) and had dinner at Bar Taco.

Belle Meade Plantation #OOTD

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

In all it was a lovely day and I must thank the Nashville weather gods for blessing us with sunshine and very little humidity!

Have you ever visited Belle Meade Plantation or been anywhere in Nashville you recommend? I’d love to hear about your experiences and suggestions! I’ve got one year left here, so I want to make sure we don’t miss any “musts” before we leave!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! + FREE tech wallpaper download!

What better way to commemorate a birthday than with gifts?! In celebration of my 29th birthday this week I created a free phone wallpaper, just for you, with a little RKC Southern sprinkled in! I hope you love it! I see nothing but good times ahead for my 29th year!

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Birthday #OOTD

Birthday selfie for posterity! This is me, May 15th, on my 29th birthday!

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Birthday lunch at Uncle Julio's in Brentwood

Birthday lunch at Uncle Julio’s with bae🎂🌮🍸

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