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It’s transition season ya’ll, and you know what that means in Alabama. It’s sweater and shorts season.

While this season doesn’t last long here (we typically move from winter into summer within a week), I still love this time of year. Its perfect weather to sit outside, the mosquitoes aren’t out, and you don’t sweat your face off.

Sweater and shorts outfit for spring.
Shorts (similar)/ Sweater (similar)/ Bag/ Name necklace/ Earrings (similar)

I loved these denim shorts last year and they’re already in my rotation again this year. They’re Joe’s Jeans from TJ Maxx, but here is a similar option from the brand. I think they’re the perfect length, which can be so hard to find!

This sweater is from Three Dots and I can’t find the exact one, but there’s a lookalike at Forever 21.

Also, ya’ll know I love me a good pair of statement earrings, and these are no exception. They are also from TJs, but Red Dress has some cute white earring options. Name necklace is one of my new faves from the Sis Kiss, and the other is my name in Arabic all the way from the Middle East.

Happy Spring!

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.
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I have an online shopping problem, but I also have a returning problem. I am so picky about my clothes and how they fit me, and one of my favorite things about online shopping is that I can try everything on at home and take time to decide what I truly love and will be able to work with other items in my closet.

I’ve gotten very particular about only buying clothes I know I will wear and get a lot of use out of. My typical week consists of work, the gym, time at home and a date night or girls dinner… so, I buy clothes that work for that. There’s no use in me buying pants suits or ball gowns, because that’s just not the life I live (right now!)

I thought it would be fun to show y’all what I recently purchased from Forever 21 and what I kept— and why I sent back what I did.

Here we go!

Keep in mind some things that I sent back were solely because they didn’t look like I wanted them to on my body. I’m sure they would work for hundreds of people, so don’t totally rule something out because it didn’t work for me!

For reference, I am 5’7″ and a 4-6 in pants, and I prefer an oversize fit with tops and sweaters.

Here’s a screenshot of what was in my order. I will link each item below!

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This is the poncho I ordered, paired with Spanx leather leggings & black booties. I’m also wearing my new hoops, but they’re a little hidden!

Earrings: Kept. If you know me, you know hoop earrings are basically my lifeline, and these are perfect to add into my rotation. They’re super lightweight, even though they’re huge! I love the colors for spring and summer, but I have also been loving the pop it’s been giving my neutral sweater looks for the winter.

Cowl Twist Front Sweater: Kept. This sweater is a dupe for so many expensive Nordstrom ones I have seen, so I knew I had to have it. The material isn’t top notch, but I didn’t pay top notch so I’m alright with that. I love the off-white color, and it fits pretty well. They also have this in gray!

Foldover Off the Shoulder Poncho: Returned. As much as I wanted this to work, it just didn’t do it for me. It was way too big, but that’s probably on me for ordering the bigger size, and just wasn’t flattering whatsoever. I also love the idea of off the shoulder things, but I find that I never seem to love them on my body.

Open-Knit Chenille Sweater: Kept. My mom actually bought this sweater last year and adored it, so when I saw it came back I knew I had to order one. This sweater is so soft and comfortable, it feels like you’re wearing pajamas. I probably should have gotten the medium, but I still love it. Sizing can be so tricky with Forever 21!

Brushed Knit Poncho: Kept. I was on the fence about this one but wound up keeping it, and I’ve already worn it several times. Again, this top is so soft! I dressed it up with a pair of leather leggings and black booties for a nice dinner (see pic), and I loved the way it looked. I think this is a great top to dress up or down, and can also take you into spring if you don’t wear a long sleeve shirt underneath.

Open-Knit Chenille Sweater: Kept. My mom actually bought this sweater last year and adored it, so when I saw it came back I knew I had to order one. This sweater is so soft and comfortable, it feels like you’re wearing pajamas. I probably should have gotten the medium, but I still love it. Sizing can be so tricky with Forever 21!

Leopard Print Skirt: Returned. Again, I love the idea of this skirt but it didn’t work for me. The sizing was too big, but I was afraid getting a too small size would look gaudy in the print. It just didn’t work for me, but I think it’s a super cute skirt.

Do you like this kind of post? If so, I was thinking about making it a regular addition! Let me know!

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It’s Christmas week and it’s time for holiday parties galore! Looking for some last minute outfit ideas? I’ve got you covered. The more sequins and the more red, the better!

If you’re not into the sparkle, opt for cute details like bows or ruching- it’ll jazz up your outfit and make you feel party ready. Some of my favorite places to shop for holiday outfits, or party outfits in general, are ASOS, Francesca’s, Free People, Revolve, and Red Dress. Most of the outfits linked below are from those stores too.

I added this glitzy gold heel as an idea, but any neutral or sparkly pump would work with these outfits!

Happy holidays and enjoy your parties! 

1- Sequin Pencil Skirt

2- Free People Red Two Piece Outfit

3- Gold Sequin Mini Dress

4- Striped Sequin Dress

5- Perfect Glitzy Heels

6- Sequin Silver Top

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It’s boot season ya’ll, and I love it so much!

While I typically opt for shorter, heeled booties, I went for something different recently and picked up these over the knee boots from Seven Dial. To be honest, the girl who did my makeup on my wedding day was wearing them, and I immediately asked her the brand and where she bought them because I knew I had to have them!

I only have one other pair of tall boots, and I knew I didn’t want to invest a lot of money in something I wasn’t sure how much I would wear, so I was so excited these boots were under $100.

 

I wanted to show ya’ll how I wore these shoes, since it seems like taller boots are so in season this year. I paired these studded OTK boots with my favorite leggings— the Spanx faux leather leggings. These are the BEST ya’ll and are worth every dime! My plaid surplice shirt is from beach lunch lounge. I love how loose it is, and how the shirt tail covers my back end. It’s easily one of my favorite tops for the cold weather, and I found mine at TJ Maxx!

Do you like tall boots better than booties? How are you styling yours this holiday season?

xoxo

ivana

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Hi ya’ll! I’ve been in a creative rut lately, but now that the cooler temperatures are finally coming I am feeling more inspired.

Here in Alabama, the weather is STILL reaching the 80s in the afternoons– not cool October. But, the only plus side of that is that I can mix in some of my favorite fall pieces with some warm-weather faves! Here’s one outfit combo I don’t think you can go wrong with: A loose floral blouse, a denim skirt, and mules. I reach for this kind of look time and time again when I’m going to eat with my family, having lunch with girlfriends, or trying a new restaurant with my fiancé for dinner.

(PSSSST I’ll be saying husband soon!!)

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My exact top is from Old Navy, and can a similar style can be found here. Similar tops are here and here! My skirt is old from Forever 21, but here’s a super close option. Mules are Marc Fisher, and he has some new ones for this season here!

I’m having a thing with mules right now. Some other favorites are from Sole Society, Target, and ShopBop. I have the Target ones in tan and I wear them weekly!

Happy finally almost fall! 🙂fall, Southern Style Diaries, Ivana HrynkiwFollow

We’re so close to fall, and I can’t wait!

Fall is my favorite time of the year for many reasons– a chill in the air, the upcoming holidays, pumpkin-flavored everything… and fall fashion. To me, there’s nothing better than a good pair of boots and oversized sweater!

As fall approaches, I love seeing all the transition pieces start coming out. While I can’t wait to get a new pair of OTK boots, it makes sense to pick up a few pieces that I can wear now and take into fall with a good denim jacket or pair of leggings.

On that note, here’s my top pieces to take you into fall. And, they’re all from Amazon! Fall fashion plus Amazon prime… you had me at hello.

Happy fall shopping!

Amazon, Amazon fashion, fall, fall fashion, Southern Style Diaries1. Nine West Levona Crossbody with Floral Pom: The cutest little bag to go from work to date night! This will look awesome with jeans and a white button down now, and with a sweater later.

2. Ella Moon Waterfall Collar Cardigan: I’m a sucker for fringe sweaters, and I can’t wait to wear this over a plain white tank and jeans. You can also wear with leggings when you want a little warmth but don’t want to put on real clothes!

3. Qupid Mule Fashion Bootie: I have these in white, and I’m so obsessed with them. They’re comfortable, affordable, and a lot more versatile than you think! Def going to have to pick them up in black, too.

4. Ella Moon One Shoulder Ruffle Mini Dress: How precious would this be for a fall wedding! If it’s a little chilly, throw on a leather jacket and you’re good to go.

5. Guilty Heart Chunky Block Heel: I ordered these yesterday, and I’m anxiously awaiting their arrival. For $25, you can’t beat these suede heels! The style is exactly like a pair of Sam Edelman’s I have, and everyone needs a pair of leopard heels to wear with dark denim in the fall.

6. LianSan Classic Metal Frame Round Mirrored Sunglasses: A pair of pink sunnies is good year round. Just because the sun starts setting earlier in the fall doesn’t mean you don’t need eye protection (or SPF)!

7. After Market Woven Dress: Again, ordered this over the weekend. I’ve had my eye on this dress forever, but it was over $100… I bought for $18! Buy this before it goes! Also comes in navy, which would look awesome with a denim jacket for chilly weather.

8. Alexy Mottled Resin Hoops: I am obsessed with these! I got them a few weeks ago and have been wearing them nonstop. They’re super lightweight, go with everything, and are $11. Trendy fashion at a good price!Follow

One of my favorite fashion “things” is easily a good pair of statement earrings.

Big, eye-catching earrings are literally the easiest way to change up an outfit you wear often, or to jazz up an otherwise simple jeans and white tee combo. While I wear them year round, my favorite time of the year to stock up on new statement earrings is the spring and summer! I just love the way they look with sleeveless summer tops or breezy sun dresses.

Some of my favorite places to buy statement earrings are places where I normally shop for other accessories, like Target or Lucky Brand. I also found some amazing pairs (like this and this) at the online boutique Red Dress! I recently found their site, and I am totally obsessed! How did I go 24 years without this place?

All earrings are linked at the bottom of this post. Also, these pics came on a no foundation day, so ya’ll can see that its not always airbrushed skin and full lashes for me! 🙂

Scroll down for some of my favorite statement earrings for the season!

I also love buying things from local shops in Birmingham. My amazing friend owns Knotty Designs jewelry, and ya’ll… her stuff is AMAZING. I highly recommend her! Check out her site here.

Disclaimer: I love these feather earrings, but do not wear lip gloss when you have them on. Trust me on this one

Lucky Brand pink fan earrings : On sale for $12!!

Target Sugarfix fringe earrings: Comes in several colors, only $12.99

Red Dress white beaded earrings: $18 and comes in five colors

Knotty Designs tiered earrings: $30 and several color combos!

Knotty Designs beaded dangle earrings: Custom-made

Feather earrings: $16.99 and unavailable online, but they had tons at my store. Similar ones linked here!Follow

I am not usually a person that wakes up and says, “I need a new purse.” But I did that the other day, and it came in the form of a round, straw purse.

Normally, I typically carry big purses that can fit literally everything during the day. If I’m going out at night or on a trip somewhere, I’ll use a small card holder in place of my big Hobo wallet and swap into a small cross-body bag. During the summer I use these smaller purses more often, because I feel like I’m out more and doing more things where having my purse across my body and being hands-free is more important. And, it’s no secret that straw bags have always been a summer staple.

Now, I have plenty of these smaller bags for this… including several Kate Spades I am obsessed with. I often get purses as gifts from my mom or my future mother-in-law, so I don’t even remember the last time I bought one!

But lately, I have caught on to the round, cross-body bag trend. I thought they were cool, but when I saw a straw version, I knew I had to have it for summer. This is something I am limited to wearing in the warm weather months, but it’s worth it completely.

I love that they’re big enough to fit my phones (work and personal), my card holder, and a lipstick. These small bags are also good for summer events, because the security now at many places make you open your bag and show the contents. If you have a smaller bag with less things, you’ll move through the line faster!

Here’s my three favorites I have found— they’re similar in style, but some of the details differ.

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From left to right:

Urban Outfitters Small Circle Straw Round Crossbody Bag

Sam Edelman Giuliana Round Straw Tote

Etsy: Round Circle Capri Crossbody Purse

Are you into this trend? Which is your favorite of the bags I listed?

 

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own. Photos are courtesy of sellers, and some links may be affiliate links.

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It’s no secret that a watch is one of the best pieces of arm candy you can have during the warmer months! When you’re most likely wearing short sleeves (or no sleeves!) all eyes are on your accessories, namely jewelry. Here’s where a good watch comes in: You want one that’s functional, but also something fashion forward. That’s true for both men and women.

I also like to make sure my watch is easy to pair with my favorite bracelets (I’m loving ones like this and this for spring!) and one that goes with every outfit. My fiancé feels the same way about making sure it goes with everything– once he’s hooked on something, he’s not going to change it just because I say that it doesn’t look good with gym shorts.

PS- At the end of this post, you can enter my giveaway to get yourself a cool new watch this spring!

For me

For me, that’s my Apple Watch. I know, I know— I swore I wasn’t going to jump on the bandwagon, but I did and I do not regret it! No regrets though, I absolutely adore my Apple Watch. I have the rose gold face, with the pink sand silicone band. The band is the perfect blush color that goes with absolutely everything, and doesn’t even look weird with a pink top!

I love that this watch can be worn to the gym and still look good enough for date night. Not to mention, it’s so useful that it’s not even funny. I check emails, texts, and even make calls from my wrist. The 21st century is coming at us hard!

For him

Mitri’s favorite is a new watch from JORD, and its all wood! Yes, the whole thing! Its the Frankie Series watch in Dark Sandalwood and Emerald, and he is obsessed with it. The dark wood color is dressy, but the colored face keeps it from looking overdone with shorts or a more casual outfit, which is what he normally is wearing if he isn’t working.

Typically, we can NEVER find watches for Mit because of his large wrist size, but JORD carries up to a size 27 3/4 in this bands! He is wearing a 26, for reference. (Here is a nifty measuring guide for watches, if you need it)

The Frankie Series men’s watches are splash-resistant, feature hard sapphire crystal glass facing, and the wood is pretreated with tung oils. All this is relevant because like most men, Mitri is so hard on watches! Another great thing is its SO lightweight, it doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing anything.

Oh, and I think he likes the engraving too! (Also done by JORD) JORD, watches, jord watches, wood watch, watch, Ivana Hrynkiw, Southern Style Diaries

 

And…

If you like this watch and want one for yourself, the people at JORD were kind enough to let me host a giveaway! Enter the giveaway by April 1 for a chance to win a $100 gift code to get yourself a new watch! The best part is, once a winner has been chosen, everyone else who entered will receive a 10% off coupon! Seriously, what’s there to lose?

Enter the giveaway here! 

What are your favorite watches for this spring? Are you a smart watch person, or a unique watch person?

This post was sponsored by JORD; all opinions are my own.


Wooden Wrist Watch

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Spring is quickly approaching, and I couldn’t be happier! The season brings some of my favorite clothes, and it feels like such a good time to shop for warm weather items, without being already worn down from the Alabama heat!

I often get asked about what I’m wearing at the time, or trends I’m into, so I thought it would be fun to out together a little spring wish list for ya’ll! These are some things I love and am interested in picking up or copying, from some of my favorite stores.

Because I get asked this a lot too, I wanted to share some of my favorite places to shop. Many of these products are from those places, but here’s a list of my top stores: TJ Maxx, Madewell, Forever 21, ASOS, Free People, Nordstrom Rack, Target, and H&M.

Enjoy, and happy spring shopping!

Products mentioned

1. Madewell High-Rise Denim Shorts: Button-Front Edition 

2. Vince Camuto Wide Lace Up Leather Espadrilles

3. AE Next Level Seamless High-Waisted Jegging Crop

4. Bed Stu Somalia Platform Sandal 

5. Elodie Ruffle Sleeve Striped Print Shirt

6. Free People Moab Jumper

7. Madewell Bandana 

8. Punto Vita Made In Italy Leather Oval Bead Belt 

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