Southern Style

Schriver's Boutique

Hey Babes,

I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday week!!  There's not much better than celebrating our stars & stripes, eating good food, spending time with loved ones, and remembering to never take our freedom for granted!!!  Except maybe getting a new post from me (LOL, JK.... or am I?)!!!

Ok, ok, I may not be that funny... But I am fashionable!! And boy do I have somewhere fashionably amazing to tell you about!!  A wonderful Tennessee based boutique called:

Those of you that know me well know that #shopsmall #shoplocal is so very important to me!!  And even though this particular boutique may not be local to SC where I am, its still a small business that absolutely deserves your attention!!  Schriver's Boutique is based out of Maryville, TN, but carries everything online so it can be shopped from anywhere!  The owner, Kate, followed in her great grandfather's footsteps and opened a clothing store centered around quality and customer service!!  A small, family business that strives for those things above all else is my kind of business!!!  And Kate is just as kind as she could be!!

Her new Summer Collection just launched this past Friday, and among the truly unique, fabulous pieces are this super cute, very wearable top, these very versatile gold drop earrings, and that crazy-fun clutch!!  

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Close-up you can see that this top has a very seersucker-ish pattern, which is so perfect for us Southern girls' wardrobes!!  But the top is, in fact, made of a very lightweight cotton fabric!!  Its also a little oversized and really flowy!!  Plus it has all of the best Summer trends for tops - bell sleeves, a peplum, and a faux lace-up on the back!!  All of this put together means that this top is truly the most perfect Summer top for all you fashionistas!!!!  You can grab it for yourself HERE for the amazing price of $35, and I would suggest sizing down :)

The gold earrings have an almost hammered, antique look to them!!  They are the perfect length without being too heavy!!  And if you're anything like me, you could never have too many gold, go-with-everything type earrings!!  Although I think these particular earrings have sold out, Schriver's Boutique is still a great place to go for any jewelry!!  Kate loves to support local artisans and therefore, carries a bunch of handmade TN jewelry that you literally can't get anywhere else :)

But seriously, for those of you that don't know me well, I make jewelry myself as well, so you can trust me when I tell you that Schriver's handmade pieces are so gorgeous:

 

AND. THIS. CLUTCH!!  Honestly, I think it speaks for itself... But you know I'm never short on words ;)  The fun colors make it so versatile because there are so many to choose from for styling!!  If you're like me and prefer match-matchy, then this fun print is perfect for you to be able to pair it with a variety of colors and styles!!  And if you're more bold than me, this clutch could be great for a pattern-mixing outfit!!  But, I just so happened to have the most perfect neon pink dress to compliment the cute tassel zipper, and wore them together for date night this week!!  The woven texture and yarn accents give this clutch a very handmade feel!  And for only $25, you just can't beat it!!  My exact one seems to have sold out, but there are 2 more this patterns just as fun HERE & HERE!!  

Schriver's is one of those places that will never let you down if you ever need a fun, unique, statement piece to add to your current wardrobe!!  I'm in love with Kate's taste for great patterns and even greater textures!!  Nothing in her store could be labeled as "boring"!!  Absolutely everything has wonderful personality and character :)  I'll link a few more of my favorites from her new Summer Collection below!  And don't forget to use code: demure15 to get 15% off of your entire purchase!!!

Y'all have a great night!!

XOXO

- Rachel

These 3 items were given to me free of charge from Schriver's Boutique, but all thoughts and opinions are my own!!

A New Milestone

Tomorrow marks my official 6 months of blogging!!  That means, 6 months ago this evening I was sitting in my office wondering how I was going to do this thing!  While my dear husband was researching and price comparing cameras, I was deciding on a name and prepping my first few posts!!  It was a very crazy time!!  Demure had just started to take off, it was the last day I guaranteed orders to arrive by Christmas Day, and I was crazy busy!!  But for some unknown reason, I wanted more...  I was tired of other bloggers not giving their ALL when promoting Demure, and I knew that I could do better, be different!!  I was a small business owner myself, and I felt like I knew how to best serve all the small businesses out there!!!  And the truth is, Demure's merchandise is not the only clothing I like.... I love it all!!  So, I want to talk about it all!!!

I call this piece of art "Balancing Act" **in a very serious voice**  HAHAHAAA Sometimes I make Blake's job very hard!! :)

I call this piece of art "Balancing Act" **in a very serious voice**  HAHAHAAA Sometimes I make Blake's job very hard!! :)

I had been thinking on a name for about a month at that point... You know, people ask me all the time why "A Demure Life"?  And I can't even believe I haven't shared that, out loud, to all of you as a whole yet...  For those of you that don't know (well, the first paragraph hinted at it) I have a boutique called "Demure"!  Its my 3-year-old baby, that I've put A LOT of time and money into!!  Blake came up with the name for my store, and I love it so much!!! I also happen to have a rental property company called "Demure Properties"...

So, essentially... This IS my Demure life!!  But, *MY* Demure Life sounded somewhat snotty and awful!!  So I went with *A* Demure Life!!  

When I think about all my businesses being named the same way, it makes me laugh because it gives me some sort of small hope that I might one day be as successful as Joanna Gaines: She has Magnolia Market, Magnolia Farms, Magnolia Reality, Magnolia Journal, etc!  She's built an empire, and one day I will too!!! ;)  Wish me luck in all my crazy dreams and aspirations LOL!  

So here's the details of my look!  These linen pants are FANTASTIC!!  I told you all about the white pair I also bought while Blake and I were at the beach, on Saturday's blog post!  I bought a size 6 in the white, because, well, they're white (I'm sure all you ladies understand)!  But I bought these patterned cuties in my usual size 4!  They are linen, so they do wrinkle, but I think thats the best part about this fun pattern.... You totally CAN NOT tell!!!  They also have a great draw string waste, and cute cuff detail at the bottom hem!  I am 5' 7" and this is the length they are on me with just the 1 cuff they come with!  And you can find them HERE for the fantastic price of $64.50!  I don't know how many of you have purchased quality linen pants in the past, but these are a good deal (just in case you missed that from Sayurday night's blog post)!

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This exact top is from 2 years ago so it has sold out, but the one HERE ($28) is very similar, the one HERE is very preppy (nice and collared like I like), and this one HERE is the one I wish I had to wear with these pants, and is only $24.99!!!! OMGeeee

These wedges are my favorites for the Summer!  If you follow me on any form of Social Media, you are probably sick of seeing them by now!!  But they have just been restocked in all sizes, and now come in 2 more colors than before!!!  Find them for just $59.95 HERE!

This awesome Cleopatra-style, gold, bib necklace is from my own shop, and there is ONLY 1 LEFT!!  So hurry and grab it for yourself if its something you want!!  Get it HERE for just $18!

That's it for tonight ladies!  I hope you all liked this casual, everyday look at much as I do!!  Feel free to drop me a comment of what you'd like to see more of!!  And thank you all from the bottom of my heart, for coming along with me on this journey for as long as you have!!  I hope we make it another successful 6 months together!!  Can't wait to see where we are in December!!  

Love you all, XOXO

- Rachel

Shopping #secondhandfirst with ThredUP

I have to admit, I don't usually shop for used clothes now that I'm done growing and I can still fit into the same clothes that I've had for years!!  However, when I was asked to check their company out, I did.  And what as the first thing I found!?

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A J Crew skirt that I had wanted so badly 2 years back, but had sold out in my size before I could purchase it!  This beautiful skirt was given the second chance to find a loving home, and I was given the second chance to add it to my wardrobe!!  So, even though I don't typically shop #secondhandfirst, my experience with ThredUP was a fantastic one!!

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I also got this classy little black dress!! 

Y'all may not know this, because I try my best to wear color on the blog, but my favorite color is actually black {how Gothic and depressing does that sound?}  I have no less than 6 LBDs in my closet, but the truth is that any dress-loving girl could never have too many!!  Plus, I found this gem for only $6.99!!  And just look at how flattering that silhouette is!?  Even with the cost of some cute black wedges, a dress for only $7 from ThredUP could fashionably dress you for under $40!!

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And last, but not least, I found this top!! {though, I did buy it thinking it was a dress}  I wouldn't normally wear a top this long, because I am so tall for a girl (5'7"), and I feel like this length of top messes with my proportions even more {which is why you will RARELY see me in a tunic style top with leggings, just FYI}, but honestly, when I added the thin gold belt, it made it look OK again, especially since that also had a slimming effect LOL + I always add heels!!

But really, we aren't talking about the individual pieces themselves... I'm trying to tell you what ThredUP has to offer!!

Take Home Points:

1. ThredUP is even good for those of you that don't usually shop second hand!  Because, guess what!?  I found a skirt I had actually really wanted 2 years prior, in my size, and for only $11!! Plus, they have a bunch of goodies with the original tags still on, if you're patient enough to hunt for those!! {which I'm not}

2.  I got 3 items, plus tax and $5.99 shipping, for a whopping $28!!  And since the skirt and shirt could technically be worn together, I got 2 outfits for $28 **Holy Moly that's a steal**

3. How did I accomplish that you may ask!?  Well, they CONSTANTLY do 30 or 40% off!!  So my advice would be to NOT buying anything from them unless they have one of those promotions going on, because, like Loft, they will do it at least once a month! 

4.  They also have a "closet cleanout" program where they send you a prepaid bag, for free, that will hold a laundry basket full of clothes!  And they pay you for the clothes they want!!  Gently used, name-brand stuff {just like everyone else, but this is better because you don't have to wait in line like at Plato's Closet, for instance}!  I just shipped mine 2 days ago, and will update you through my Instagram story {@ademurelife} on how it works out!!!

Y'all have a fantastic rest of your week!!

XOXO - Rachel

These clothes were given to me free of charge by ThredUP, but all thoughts are my own!

Casual Romper for the WIN

Hey Ladies!  I have a great one for you this week!!  A fabulous romper from LOFT that I bought on my birthday shopping trip to Charlotte 2 weekends ago :)

Y'all this romper speaks for itself!!

Its so comfy that almost nothing else matters LOL!!

But, of course, more things do matter, so here are my thoughts:

1. Have I mentioned that IT IS SO COMFORTABLE!!?  Literally like wearing pajamas people!! 

2. The back is incredibly cute!  I mean, who doesn't love a good back detail!?  It adds character without trying too hard :)

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3. I was able to go down a size! **Way to make a girl feel good LOFT** I bought an Extra Small instead of the Small that I usually wear at LOFT!

4. And honestly, the way its designed (mostly because of the back) it could be worn with flip-flops (obviously) but you could also put on a statement necklace and some wedges and wear it out to a nicer restaurant!!

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But now-a-days, the world just loves to put in as little effort looks-wise as possible - they just throw something on and go... And this romper is the perfect compromise to that!!  Its cute AND takes very little effort to be so!!

I do need to note that this romper is Lou & Grey (the more expensive side of Loft) and that even though Loft constantly does 40% off sales, this romper will rarely, if ever, be included  **I'm frowning as I type this**

BUT ITS SO WORTH PAYING FULL PRICE!!! (I did)  Its $69.50 and you can get it HERE

Wedges - HERE ($29.99)

Necklace - HERE ($21)

Have a great Sunday Funday Ladies!!

Patterns + Pop-of-Color

Hey Ladies,

I got some really good feedback from a few of you about my last blog post: "The Pop-of-Color Shoe," so I decided to do a follow up post to complement it!  I'd like to take my previous advice a step farther and talk about mixing a pop-of-color shoe with your favorite pattern!!  For example:

My 2 favorite patterns are polka dots and stripes!!  I know there are a lot of other favorites out there including paisley, gingham, plaid, and floral... But for our purposes here I want to keep it simple (demure, if you will)!  

I think the hardest part about putting a pop-of-color shoe with a pattern that already has color itself, is knowing what color to pop with...  Last week I talked about using a pop-of-color to jazz up your neutrals, but this week I want to give advice on adding a contracting, but complementary, color to a patterned outfit!!

Take this dress for instance, it is white with navy blue polka dots.  Slipping on a nice pair of navy pumps would have been simple and classy... and a little boring!  So I chose to use a complimentary color (one that is still in the cool color family), but also one that is in contrast to the color that was highlighted in the pattern (turquoise, instead of navy)!!  

So, friends, what if you have a red and white striped dress... what color shoes would you wear!?  

I'm thinking yellow would be a great contrasting/complimentary color!!

Or what about a pastel blue seersucker dress!?  

Well, I actually think ANY other pastel color would be a nice fit!!  Blush, lavender, or even pale yellow!!  

The overall, take home point for you to remember while you're out shopping next time is "Contrasting, but Complimentary."  That way you won't get too overwhelmed!!  Because, trust me, as a type-A left-brained person, it was even hard for me to be able to accomplish this at first!!  It took practice, and a lot of observing for me to be able to pull it off myself!!  But I came to realize that "Contasting, but Complimentary" would steer me in the right direction at least 95% of the time!!

My Dress (similar - $22.50) & Shoes (similar - $69.95) or These for $19.99

I put together a few more examples for you (each dress to be partnered with the shoes beneath it):