OOTD: Best Casual Looks For Spring | Southern Hippie

Hey Gorgeous Readers!

Today I'm totally excited to have Southern Hippie guest posting. Started as a traveling boutique out of a suv, they've grown to a brick and mortar shop in Texas, a 1965 Airstream trailer, and their ecommerce site. So now we can all get their fabulously flirty feminine and adorable bohemian looks everywhere. Shopping their site and instagram (@shopsouthernhippie) was like jumping forward into summer. I adore the summer boho style and vibe and love that they have that all yearlong.


Spring is in the air and so are fresh new styles! This spring has brought an influx of bright colors, bold patterns, and a loose, comfortable feel to both tops and bottoms. Warm weather is all about feeling casual, whether you’re in a pair of loose shorts, a printed maxi dress, or a flowy top. There’s nothing quite like showcasing pops of color and breezy pieces to bid farewell to a cold winter. Below, we’ve selected a few of our favorite spring #OOTD looks:

1. Festival Looks

With festival season all around us, this fun look incorporates fun trends for the spring, like unique patterns and bright colors all while maintaining that casual festival look. The printed sweater is from Wildfox, the bright colored tassel shorts are from Show Me Your Mumu, the casual hat is from Tigerlily, and the fun backpack is from Stela 9.

2. Brunch Wear

Nothing is more fun than Sunday brunch with your girlfriends. This gorgeous, casual look shows off a feminine touch with one of this spring’s biggest trends: floral. Go easy breezy with this casual romper from Show Me Your Mumu, block the sun with this hat from Tiger Lily, and accessorize with this pretty little bag from Stela 9.

3. The Every Day Look

Great for an everyday look, each of these pieces embrace spring trends. A loose, flowy kimono paired with a fun, floral dress is the recipe for the perfect spring outfit. Great for a concert or a dinner on the town, this look is the epitome of casual trendiness. The dress is Show Me Your Mumu, the kimono is For Love and Lemons, and the hat is Tigerlily.

Each of these #OOTD’s incorporate warmer weather, fun patterns, and all-around comfort. For more information on casual spring trends, visit Southern Hippie today!

Stay Fabulous,
xoxo Aimee 

Fun Fearless Fabulous | Spring Jackets

Hey Gorgeous Readers!

It's been raining here this weekend so aside from wishing I were at Coachella.. I've been reading Cosmopolitan and thinking I need more spring jackets. Combining the two I decided I wanted to do my own spin on their "Fun Fearless.. Fail" feature...

First- Some Coachella tracks..

Fun. Fearless.. Fabulous

White Jackets

Forever 21 has this cute denim utility jacket with much needed hood for spring showers. I'm a fan of the utilitarian trend with useful buttons and pockets. Unlined it's perfect for the just chilly weather. Bonus- like most Forever 21 clothing, it's a steal at a little under $40!

I had to include this Alexander Wang jacket not just because of the asymmetric closure, contrasting stitching, and the 'X' hardware, but because it was just announced he's collaborating with H&M next November! 

I've been living in my vegan/faux leather jackets all fall and winter and now I would love to get a white one too. This one at Express has 3/4 length sleeves and cool quilting detail.

Trench Coats

Italian brand, Fracomina, has this totally fun beach printed trench that I want to wear all spring while dreaming of summer.

While this Coach jacket is classic in silhouette, length, buttons, and sleeve hardware, the red colour is bold and fearless!

Via Spiga, at Bloomingdales' trench is one of my favourite spring colours. What I thought was most fabulous of course was the stud details on the pockets and collar.

Floral Jackets

Taking inspiration from Coachella, I found two favourites from previous seasons on Florence Welch and Cara Delevigne. Like Florence's look, this Dolce&Gabbana cropped jacket has similar colours. I think the crop is super fun and has some more mint colour in it.

Personally I would wear the lighter florals, but if you're more fearless.. darker also trended on the runways for SS14. The Textile kind of did a mix of both light and dark and I love a bomber jacekt.

Like Cara's jacket, this Ostwald Helgason one has a busy print (you may not even need the busy print top and shorts with it..) And.. It's fabulous because it comes in pink!

Stay Fabulous,
xoxo Aimee 

#Fabuluxe 1st Birthday Party Giveaway!

Hello Gorgeous Readers!

Can you believe it's Bows&Beau-ties' first birthday?? It's crazy to think about everything I've gotten to do and share with all of you over the past year. Between Milwaukee and Chicago, this has been a huge year of fashion shows and shopping. I began this blog out of admiration for everyone I had met in the fashion and art industry and my love of writing. And I've continued to be in awe of nearly everyone I've met since then as well.

Bows&Beau-ties began the year with a summer of fabulous fashion shows from YophoriClothing's "Beauty is in Everything" in Milwaukee to Fashion in the Street in Chicago where I met who is now one of my role models, Benjamin Cottrell, and then back to Milwaukee for Timothy Westbrook's Project Runway Premiere Party (also love him).

I was honored to have received not just one, but four Liebster Award nominations through this year. I was especially excited to have gotten my first nomination from the amazing Ali at AllieNYC (previously Dressing Ken). A blogger that I've been reading since before Bows&Beau-ties started. In fact she was a great influence and inspiration in starting this blog.

A few months ago I did a throwback post to SE Wisconsin Fashion Industry Meet&Greet- which is the show I was doing when Bows&Beau-ties' launched. Spending so much time rehearsing with gorgeous and talented models and then spending the night talking to some of Milwaukee's top fashion industry professionals was great inspiration and motivation for starting Bows&Beau-ties. Another event worth highlighting is Lela Boutique's 10th Anniversary. Lela Boutique hosted one of the very first fashion events I ever attended and I still love it. I was so excited to celebrate their 10 fabulous years along with blogger friend, Anngelik at Vogue & Heels (another gorgeous person I'm lucky to have met this year). More recently, we got this chic makeover. And I just have to link love to one of my personal favourite posts that looks great on the made-over blog: Trend Forecast SS14 Pink Parade.

Now to celebrate this fabuluxe occasion.. I want to thank all of you, my gorgeous readers, whether you've been here from the beginning or this is your first post. All of your comments, follows, emails, and social media messages always make my day. So, I'm hosting my own birthday party (giveaway)!

The Fabulous Prizes:

  • Adorable Mint/Gold Bow earrings from Lizzibeth Boutique 
  • Custom Made "Hello Gorgeous" print from Pearls&Pastries
  • Vintage Inspired Wayfarer Glasses like the ones I like to wear when blogging (even though they're only fashion shades)
  • Bath&Body Works Bow Scentportable and yummy fragrance. I have mine in my closet with my shoes! 
  • Bow Ring from Claires

How to Enter:

  • *'Like' Bows&Beau-ties on facebook. If you already do, still click on the entry button to enter.
  • *Follow Bows&Beau-ties on Twitter. If you already do, still click on the entry button to enter.
  • *Leave a blog comment on this post.
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Stay Fabulous!
xoxo Aimee 

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