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What is a Southern woman?

What is a Southern woman?

Being southern is something I have always associated with my identity, and not just where I live geographically. And, that can surprise people. I think it was something engrained in me when I was younger, especially by my mom and my grandmother. There was no […]

It’s not all ruffles: Meet me and my day job

It’s not all ruffles: Meet me and my day job

I realized recently that a lot of ya’ll who are new to SSD don’t know me, so I wanted to take a minute to tell you about me, my job, and why I started this blog. My name’s Ivana, and I work for AL.com— the […]

Engagement photos are in!

Engagement photos are in!

We recently did our engagement photos, and we had SO much fun! I’ve had so many requests to share them, I figured this was the perfect platform to do that.

I definitely didn’t want our pictures to look staged or stuffy, and I really trusted our photographer to pose us and pick our spots. She did not disappoint! I’ll include links to her website and information at the bottom of the page if you’re in the Birmingham area and are interested!


Ivana Hrynkiw, Ivana, Southern Style Diaries

For the first outfit, I went with a basic white v-neck and my Spanx leather leggings. I was hoping the leggings would look a little more shiny, but I still how the look turned out. I also wore a BP plaid cape with fringe, and I think the colors were perfect for our scenery!

I’ll admit it… I did by this cape just for the pictures. Glitter and Gingham made me do it.

In case you’re wondering, the Spanx leggings are COMPLETELY worth it. I bought mine during the Nordstrom sale so they were a little cheaper than retail price, but I may buy another pair at regular price… That’s how much I love them. I am a size 27/28 in jeans and I bought a medium in these for reference. My tee is from Madewell and its easily my favorite white tee of all time! My mom steals it daily, and I actually had to rummage in her closet to find it for this shoot.

Ivana Hrynkiw

Top: Madewell Whisper Cotton Tee

Leggings: Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

Cape: BP. Plaid Cape


The second outfit we (when I say we, I mean I) wanted to be a little more formal, so I went with this On the Road velvet maxi. I am in love with this dress and want to wear it everywhere, so I was really excited to wear it for our engagement pictures.

The color is a beautiful, rich purple and the fabric is very thick, so it hangs nicely. You could wear this to a wedding and use tape to secure your chest so it would be a deep V, but that just wasn’t going to work for me in these pictures! Or ever, to be honest…

I bought this dress at the Neiman Marcus Last Call outlet, and I can’t wait to wear it again. I bought it for the pictures, but ended up wearing it to a friend’s wedding about two weeks before the shoot!

For reference, I am wearing a small.

Ivana Hrynkiw, Southern Style Diaries

The boots I have on in this look are from Forever 21 a few years back, but I’ve linked some similar styles!

Southern Style Diaries Ivana Hrynkiw

Dress: On the Road Temptress Velvet Plunge-Neck Dress

Boots: Similar here and here

I hope you enjoyed our photos as much as we have. It’s hard to pick favorites! In 99 percent of them, we are laughing and looking like goobers… but that’s us, and that’s what I love.

Photographer: Arden Ward Upton | Arden Photography 

Venue: Windwood Farms, Pelham AL


15 things you may not know about me

15 things you may not know about me

Hi ya’ll! To celebrate my new “lifestyle” section on SSD, I wanted to share 15 things about myself you may not know. You may know some of these, but hopefully there’s some you don’t! I hope you are as excited for this new section as […]

Note to all my readers

Note to all my readers

Sometimes in blogging, you only see the glam side of things. I say this because I recently realized that I do it too– I see bloggers that I love posting on social media and on their sites about all the amazing things they do, how […]

Ivana Hrynkiw

Ivana Hrynkiw


Sweater and shorts outfit for spring.

I’m Ivana– a Birmingham native who’s still here, 25 years later. The Southern Style Diaries strives to showcase my love of all things southern. Find out how to throw the perfect back porch party, how to wear overalls without looking like your cousin Ed, and the best way to rock a red lip.

I’m a news reporter by day, where I cover crime and local court for AL.com and The Birmingham News. See my professional work here.

My favorite things are my dogs (all dogs, actually), tacos, and a good T.J. Maxx.

Connect with me on social media to keep up with my day-to-day life—sometimes you’ll even catch some breaking news tweeted there from the Magic City, as we call it! Please check back weekly for new posts! Make a request for posts on social media or in the comment section, and I will be happy to look into it.

Drop me a line for any questions, or just to say hi!



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