Tuesday, October 29, 2013

On The Farm

Donna and I shot these family photos last spring at my Dad's house.  Paw Paw's Massey was parked in the shed, so cousin Russ drove his new big blue Ford over to Dad's for an all hands on deck photo shoot in efforts to get Garden & Gun Magazine's attention.  My dream job would be styling and/or writing for them. Don't y'all think they totally need me?  Hoping they'll soon bite in my relentless pursuit!  Take a look and let me know what you think.

Thanks so much for being here! 
PS-How cute are my people?  Hoping to get them ALL in a shoot together soon!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

1920s Glamour, Revealed!


Dress: Adrianna Papell c/o Belk. Earrings: c/o Belk. Photography: Tatyana M. Hair and Makeup: Heather Cole. Stylist: Caroline Hamlin Byrnes of Belk.

And HERE it is, the dress--dripping with sequins and sparkle! In case you missed it, I revealed just a hint of it in this previous post here. This is part two of my collaboration with the Young Affiliates of the Mint, who are hosting the inaugural Fall Ball on November 8th with proceeds benefitting The Mint Museum. I love that the theme for this first year is 1920s Speakeasy, a revolutionary time for fashion. Come to the ball to dazzle (think fringed frocks, feathered headbands and utter extravagance), and be sure to look out for the rest of the promo shots on the YAM's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Click here to get your tickets to the Fall Ball!
- Whitley

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

New Everyday Favorite: La Senorita Jolie

Maxi Dress: Thanks to La Senorita Jolie. Jacket: Gap. Boots: Charlie 1 Horse by Lucchese. Purse: Vintage Coach. Rings: Melinda Maria (love this one) and custom by Diamonds Direct.

I absolutely love the art of creating stylish outfits, but it's not how I roll in my everyday life. If you follow me on Instagram or know me personally, you know I am wearing either running shoes or cowgirl boots paired with denim shorts or a denim jacket along with anything else comfortable. Enter my new favorite line of everyday wearable clothing, La Senorita Jolie.  Providing wardobe staples like the Gabriella Maxi Dress I'm wearing here, La Senorita Jolie is a local endeavor that launched in 2013 by fellow Tar Heel, Jennifer Dixon.  All of the pieces are made of washable fabrics similar to what you will find in specialty boutiques at a much higher cost.  Hop on over to their on line store here, and be sure to use the code LSJ-QCS at check out to receive free shipping!  If you do see me across the produce aisle, I'll likely be wearing this top or this one.  Like butta.  You can thank me later.  Want to join the LSJ team?  Details here.

Happy Shopping!  

P.S. How awesome are the photo bombers?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Get The Password

Dress: Adrianna Papell c/o Belk. Earrings: c/o Belk. Photography: Tatyana M. Hair and Makeup: Heather Cole. Stylist: Caroline Hamlin Byrnes of Belk

The Young Affiliates of the Mint are gearing up to host their brand new Fall event, the inaugural Fall Ball on November 8th, with proceeds benefitting The Mint Museum. The theme for the event is 1920s speakeasy, and I couldn't have been more excited to participate with the photo shoot. I was totally blown away with the gorgeous hair style created by Heather Cole, and I got to wear this fabulous vintage-inspired black sequined gown from Belk. Want to attend?  You'll have to wait until next time to see the rest of this dress!  In the meantime, click here to get your password and tickets to the Fall Ball.

For the love of great style and art, Whitley

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fort Mill Magazine

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen a few weeks ago the big news that my work as a wardrobe stylist made its first editorial cover. The news isn't completely fresh, but looking at these photos, I'm still so excited. Driving home to Asheville on a Friday to visit old friends, I got the call from one of the first photographers I ever worked with, Joseph Bradley, about a job that was to take place on that Sunday.  This meant I had to race back to Charlotte a few hours earlier than planned and put together seven looks in just a few hours.  A huge thank you to Joe for recommending me for the job and to Fort Mill Magazine publishers, Louis and Tracey Roman for taking a chance on me.  I had a wonderful time working with everyone on this set, and since it was shot at Fort Mill High School my Dad was there to cheer me on from the sidelines.  Such a fun experience all the way around, and I can't wait to collaborate with Fort Mill Magazine for the winter publication!  Be sure to check out the on line issue here for wardrobe credits, or please let me know if have any styling questions. I would love to hear from you!

Much love to all of you reading, Whitley

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Presenting The Gap Legging Jean

Jeans: Gap. Shirt: Gap. Boots: Luchese Charlie 1 Horse. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

I'm super excited to be collaborating with Gap for an upcoming special event at Southpark Mall.  They'll be giving away a pair of these fabulously perfect every day wearable legging jeans to one lucky winner.  Stay tuned for more details over the coming week!  In the meantime, cheers to fall!

Thanks so much for being here!  

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Burnin' Down The House

While the Queen City Style is a fashion blog, and I tend to let the pictures do the talking, a reader recently told me she'd really like to know more about the pictures. For the last year I've thoroughly enjoyed my post at Charlotte Parent Magazine where I write a monthly mommy style column and (do my best to) contribute to their on line copy each week.  This has been such a fun way for me to channel my joy for writing.  And so that said, this post was shot the same day as the last collaboration with J.T. Posh. If you haven't been to this dynamite consignment store, get on it!  It was all I could do to not keep this dress for myself... but I would be adding yet another to my overflowing collection of cocktail dresses without a cause.  All the more reason I love the Queen City Style.  I'm given a free opportunity to get all dressed up, even if nowhere to go.  For this particular shoot, I asked a friend if I may use her lovely home.  The house has long been my favorite on perhaps the most beautiful street in the Queen City, and it wasn't until later that I met the sweet family who lives in it.  If you live in Charlotte and you take spin class at either the YMCA or Flywheel, chances are you recognize Matt here.  Matt is also a runner I recognized from summer meets at the track but truth be told I had never spoken more than a few sentences to him until I fired him a random Facebook request asking if he would be in a photo shoot with me.  Sweet boy said yes.  As you can see Matt wears a uniform too.  And so there you have the story of how I got to pretend to be burning down the house just to be rescued get dressed up and be rescued by Matt.  Thanks to my summer intern, Cassie, for giving me pretty hair and face, to my awesome, awesome photographer Donna and to my friend Kile for letting me borrow her house!

Happy top 'o the week y'all!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Poolside Gossip


 Caftan: My Grandmother's, here's one. Shoes: Cole Haan (on super sale) from StepSunglasses: Blinde, similarEarrings: From KK Bloom. Necklace: old. Bracelets: Bakelite from summerbird. Rings: Custom from Diamonds Direct, Tiffany, my Grandmothers, and thanks to Tasha Hussey Designs
A Slim Aarons Poolside Gossip recreation seemed the perfect opportunity for me to style my Grandmother's caftan. I say this all the time, but this might be my favorite piece of hers in my collection.  My Aunt Lee had it first.  I think she needs to have it back borrow it next spring for a little poolside gossip over her own.  I'll bring the shaker.  Thank you, Donna, for the amazing photos!
I love that you are here!  Whitley
PS-I'd really just love to walk around my house all the time wearing this and this.