Neon Summer

August 26th, 2014

Neon Yellow Pencil Skirt with Eyelet Crop Top | Southern Flair #southernflair

Royal Blue Statement Necklace from Rocks Box | Southern Flair

Neon Yellow Pencil Skirt with Eyelet Crop Top | Southern Flair #southernflair

Neon Yellow Pencil Skirt with Eyelet Crop Top | Southern Flair #southernflair

Neon Yellow Pencil Skirt with Eyelet Crop Top | Southern Flair #southernflair

Neon Yellow Pencil Skirt with Eyelet Crop Top | Southern Flair #southernflair

Neon Yellow Pencil Skirt with Eyelet Crop Top | Southern Flair #southernflair

Neon Yellow Pencil Skirt with Eyelet Crop Top | Southern Flair #southernflair
Product Information: Top: Smart Set (40% off!) | Skirt: Target | Earrings c/o Candy Shop Vintage | Heels: JCPenney | Cork Clutch: The Beehive Outlets | House of Harlow Five Station Necklace and Gorjana Gold Ring Set c/o Rocks Box

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I bought this eyelet top in Victoria, Canada of all places this summer. While in the store, the sales associate gave me the idea of tucking the bottom layer into a pencil skirt for a crop top look. I was immediately sold and knew I had to have it. I’ve worn this top untucked with jeans and shorts too, but I really like the appearance of a crop top it gives off when tucked in.

And as we get closer to fall, I’ve been thinking how I can keep adding pops of bright color into my wardrobe. I’m always drawn to neutrals like black and white, especially in the fall and winter. But this neon skirt and pops of royal blue will definitely continue to be incorporated into my outfits as we transition into cooler months.

It’s also a lot easier to add bold accessories to my wardrobe each month with a Rocks Box subscription. For $19 per month you can receive hand-selected jewelry just for you, wear it as much and as long as you’d like, swap it when you’re ready, and buy any pieces you want to keep! Sounds pretty good, right?

If you want to purchase a piece, you always get 20% off retail price as a member. Shipping is free both ways, so you just drop your box in the mail whenever you’re ready.

If you’d like to try out RocksBox, as a Southern Flair reader you can get a free month by signing up here!

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Photos by Maggie Bowles

ETCH Studio’s TERRA Collection

August 21st, 2014

ETCH Studio Fall TERRA Collection | Southern Flair #BatonRouge #SouthernFlair

ETCH Studio, a Baton Rouge-based jewelry company started last summer when Zoe Ganch received a pair of geometric laser cut earrings and a necklace from her best friend Mallory Estopinal. The two girls, who currently study architecture at LSU, became increasingly interested in product design, graphic design, and jewelry design. With the discovery of Instagram shop communities, the girls decided to test out their initial designs, and ETCH was born.

ETCH Studio Fall TERRA Collection | Southern Flair #BatonRouge #SouthernFlair
The girls operated their business on Instagram for six months, growing their brand until the launch of their official website this month (www.shopetch.com) along with their new fall Terra collection.

“Our new collection is inspired by mythology,” Zoe said. “We named the collection ‘terra’ because it represents the goddess of the earth.”

ETCH Studio Fall TERRA Collection | Southern Flair #BatonRouge #SouthernFlair
The primary materials for the fall collection are leather and wood, both earth materials with natural vibes in the design, she said.

“We were so excited to get our hands on some leather for the new collection, as it offers a whole new style that were were able to explore.” Zoe said.

ETCH Studio Fall TERRA Collection | Southern Flair #BatonRouge #SouthernFlair
The girls agreed that studying architecture has helped them fine tune their personal style and design aesthetic. They like to pull the clean lines and simple geometry from their architectural design education and apply that to their jewelry.

“To us, design is design,” Zoe said. “Whether someone has an eye for graphics or building design, there’s always a way to translate that vision onto another product or idea.”

While both girls have certain roles in the day-to-day business, Zoe and Mallory both enjoy taking the time to sit down and collaborate on ideas for designs.

ETCH Studio Fall TERRA Collection | Southern Flair #BatonRouge #SouthernFlair
The design process begins with working together to create a wide variety of designs, then they pick a few that they’re drawn to. Once the design is finalized, it’s drawn out digitally into a design drawing software called Autocad.

“We use this software quite often in our architecture education, and it’s a widely used program in the architecture profession,” Zoe said. “From Autocad, we can plot the design onto the laser cutter–just like sending a document to a printer.”

The final product is cut from high-quality hardwoods–usually maple, walnut, and lacewood– and leather. After the pieces are laser cut, Zoe and Mallory hand paint and assemble them.

ETCH Studio Fall TERRA Collection | Southern Flair #BatonRouge #SouthernFlair
They also design and laser cut all their business cards and earring backs.

“We like to have a hand in all of our final products that we send to our customers,” Zoe said. “We think it makes it a little more personal and allows us to really make use of the laser cutter technology!”

ETCH Studio Fall TERRA Collection | Southern Flair #BatonRouge #SouthernFlair

ETCH is sold exclusively online and at Mod Salon in Baton Rouge.

See the new fall Terra lookbook here — all photos by Katie Hope.

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Shop Louisiana designer Annie Etzel’s original designs on Etsy

August 19th, 2014

Louisiana designer Annie Etzel crop top | Southern Flair

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Louisiana designer Annie Etzel crop top | Southern Flair

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Louisiana designer Annie Etzel crop top | Southern Flair

You may remember these two posts from early spring when I styled this Annie Etzel dress for Amelie G magazine and this amaaazing crop top. Well, good news! You can now officially shop Annie Etzel’s original designs in her Etsy shop! Be sure to check her out!

Find out more about this Louisiana designer in the original post here.  Keep up with SF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest!

Photos by Kaela Rodehorst Williams and Katie Hope

 

Hey, Penelope’s Grand Opening

August 18th, 2014

Hey, Penelope Baton Rouge, LA | Southern Flair #heypenelope #southernflair

Hey, Penelope Baton Rouge, LA | Southern Flair #heypenelope #southernflair

Selfie Louisiana Tank from Hey Penelope | Southern Flair #heypenelope #southernflair

Hey, Penelope Baton Rouge, LA | Southern Flair #heypenelope #southernflair

Hey, Penelope Baton Rouge, LA | Southern Flair #heypenelope #southernflair

Born In The Boot Louisiana Hey Penelope Tank | Southern Flair #heypenelope #southernflair
One of our favorite local brands opened its first storefront this weekend! Hey, Penelope is now open on Jefferson Highway across from Towne Center in Baton Rouge– less than 5 minutes from my house, so it could get dangerous!

I stopped in on Saturday to check out the new store and do some shopping for some new purple and gold for football season. Desiree, the owner and designer, gave me the grand tour. Hey, Penelope has all the original tees and tanks, plus a selection of jewelry, shoes, and other accessories. Desiree said she also plans to expand with other boutique items in the near future!

If you’re in the area, you should check it out and follow along for info on new arrivals on Hey, Penelope’s Instagram and Facebook. And you can always still shop on Hey, Penelope’s Etsy shop!

Have a great Monday and keep up with SF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest!

Back-to-School Monogram with Wardrobe Btq.

August 13th, 2014

 

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Good morning! It’s our first full week back at school and I wanted to share my new apple tee from Wardrobe Btq, an online monogram boutique!

This summer Wardrobe Btq. is hosting “Wardrobe Wednesdays,” where they partner with a blogger and release a new limited edition $12 personalized tee available through Thursday at midnight each week. Shipping is included! This week they’re releasing this adorable apple monogram tee– perfect for back-to-school time and all your teacher friends!

Wardrobe Btq. also has all sorts of monogrammed tees, tanks, and even rain jackets to shop! Plus, you can find jewelry, hats, bags, and items for your home or car!

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Apple-Monogram-Tee

Be sure to check out Wardrobe Btq. for Wardrobe Wednesday and keep up with SF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest!

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