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Leggings...How to wear them when you are over 29!

Nicole Oswalt

With the new Spanx leggings there is no reason to shy away from this trend when you are lets say over 29.. The first thing you need is a v neck sweater or longer top. I still like to do a front tuck with the tunic and tie something around my waist. You can do a plaid or striped top or even a jean jacket. This covered your bum and outside and inside thighs taking off any easy 15 lbs. I added the new belt bag with It. I love that for hands free shopping or grand baby holding. Get a cute pair of sneakers you will not regret it. These I have on are Ash and I got them for Christmas. Unfortunately they are out of stock but I am watching for a restock. I am linking this outfit on the picture above this post and on the Liketonknowit App. I also will untuck the tunic and throw on a scarf, wrap or vest. I love to do the plaid top and front tuck and wrap a denim jacket around my waist. It is so cute with the plaid shirt (tunic length untucked) and wear the denim jacket over it. I usually throw on a baseball cap with this look. If you want to dress them up don’t be afraid to add boots or booties. You will love these casual and comfortable looks I promise!

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New Year's Eve Stay at Home Celebration

Nicole Oswalt

This year we decided to stay at home and have a celebration for two. We usually spend it with friends, but I have been a little under the weather and staying in sounded good. The hottest fashion trend this year has been to combine your dressy with your casual, so it only seems perfect to do that with our stay at home celebration. You can shop my outfit by clicking the picture above or on the Liketoknowit app. The Skirt is only $18 and the shoes are on sale for $58 and are super comfortable. We will dine outside on the porch (with heaters) so I thought this sweater would be perfect. I decided to serve Whit’s Chicken Enchiladas, Market Street Corn, and a Key Lime Pie. Those recipes can be found on my Southern Shine 2017 Pinterest page under the New Year’s Eve page. The Champagne Margaritas seemed like the perfect cocktail for our little celebration ( see the recipe below). We have each written down our five favorite moments of 2018 and will share them with each other during dinner. This is always fun to compare, I am so thankful for you who has made this dream become a reality for me. Lets get ready to make this the best year ever.

CHAMPAGNE MARGARITAS

4 T. Rose’s Sweet Lime Juice

2 oz. white tequila

2 oz. Triple

1 T. fresh squeezed lime juice

6 oz. brut champagne

sugar the rim and garnish with a lime

Shop the Macy's sale with me

Nicole Oswalt

I have found some great sale items that will go fast and a few items that are just worth paying full price. You may shop by clicking on the item. It will take you to the Macy’s website even if you choose not to purchase that item if you continue shopping the site I will benefit. Anytime you go to the website through my links I will benefit. I really appreciate you shopping my links.

Shop the Dillard's Sale with me

Nicole Oswalt

I really love Dillards. Below you will see my sale pics and a few other items which are just worth full price. You may shop the items by clicking on the photos below. if you just want to shop Dillards just click on any photo and it will take you to the website. I actually get a small commission if you shop that way. I really appreciate you doing it that way.

Shop the Nordstrom sale with me,,,

Nicole Oswalt

I have picked some great items some on sale and some are just worth the money. You may shop them by clicking on the picture or you may click on a picture and shop Nordstrom through my link. This helps me so much as an influencer. Happy Shopping

My own little Whoville....

Nicole Oswalt

I have to be honest and say I would have never done something so cheesy a few years ago. Then I had grandchildren. They love the movie The Grinch so much and watch it even in the summer. And that is when it hit me, I needed to have a Whoville Christmas. This Saturday we will have our family Christmas party and we will all dress up like Whovillians. Here are a few pics of my house. I will also be sharing pics from the party next week. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

My Favorite thing about the Holidays is the Pajama Style

Nicole Oswalt

I have linked my favorite Pj’s and you can click on the pictures and shop.

Teeth Whitening at Home for Sensitive Teeth, Does It Work?

Nicole Oswalt

I  recently collaborated with Smile Brilliant to review their At Home Whitening Kit. It is a very easy way to achieve a beautiful bright smile in the comfort of your own home. When the kit arrived I   made my own impressions with the molding clay they sent. This process was so simple. It took only a few minutes. I stuck them in the mail and my trays were sent back to me within a week.

 

I  then started the two step process. You simply put the whitening gel in the tray. It takes about 45 minutes so I  like to do my hair and makeup while I whiten. Next you rinse the tray and fill it with the desensitizing gel. This second process closes the pores and helps to keep the teeth white and helps prevent any sensitivity you might have. By the way I   have very sensitive teeth and this step was very helpful.

 

I  have received so many compliments on my smile lately. I  was very happy with my results and would definitely recommend this kit. Smile Brilliant and I   will be giving away a kit and I have a coupon code for you too.

COUPON & GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

15% off coupon code: southernshine15

Giveaway link: www.smilebrilliant.com/g/southernshine

  • The giveaway is for a $149 Smile Brilliant credit. It is open for at least 1-2 weeks (after blog post date) and open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents.

  • Smile Brilliant hosts the giveaway on our own website. It's done through an internal platform so we don't have to worry about third-party websites selling your readers' email addresses.

  • You will need at least 25 entries in order for me to close the giveaway and choose a winner.

  • All entrants must enter their email address to be entered!



Smile Brilliant Before and After

All the Fall Feels at Like a Blue Girl

Nicole Oswalt

With the temps finally dropping it is time to get serious about your Fall Wardrobe and Like a Blue Girl has got some great outfits. The fall parties have started and it is always hard to decide what to wear. This beautiful navy set (top $89 bottom $89) is has just enough coverage to be so comfortable and a little sexy at the same time. The flow is simply beautiful. Add an animal print clutch ($35) and statement earrings ($18) to pull this look together. Dusters are the hot item for fall. This flannel duster ($59)is a perfect way to update you favorite pair of jeans ($51). What I love about it is it will go with any style jean. Throw on your favorite cozy accessories and you are so casually cool. I would also throw it over a a silk tank and skinny black pants. Top it off with a wide belt and you have a chic dinner outfit. Sweaters are everything this fall and a good cream sweater ($44) is a must. Joggers are here to stay and these green velour joggers ($42) are a great buy for the holidays. I chose to dress them down with leopard high-top sneakers ($89) but you could definitely dress them up with a sequin top and heels. The clear bag ($33) will go with everything and you can take it to concerts and games. Follow Like a Blue Girl on Instagram and Facebook, They are happy to ship!!

Like a Blue Girl 2209 5th St. Meridian MS 228-860-9589

Good Food, Good times, and Good Company In Jackson Mississippi

Nicole Oswalt

Last Thursday Night Visit Jackson hosted a Blogger Event for several Mississippi Bloggers and I was so excited to be included. Mississippi has got some really gifted bloggers and I would like to introduce you to a few of them that I had the pleasure of sharing the evening with. Please give these girls a follow you will love them: @laurel at thehive, @kassyondesign, @kelsiebynum, @lifewithmeag, and @katherynrooker.

We started the evening with a tour of the Cathead Distillery and a tasting. I was such a cool place and I learned so much. It would be a fun date night too. It is pet and kid friendly. They often have bands and events. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more information. The history of Cathead Vodka is really fascinating by I don’t want to spoil it for you. You will love the tour.

Next stop was Happy Hour at Apothecary. This speakeasy is located behind Brent’s Drugstore in Fondren. I have alway heard great things about the cocktails here and I have to admit they live up to the hype. The vibe is so vintage and totally classy. I don’t think I have seen a cooler place to have a cocktail.

Next we got to experience The Barrel House. This restaurant is relatively new and has a very unique menu. We were able to try several of the appetizers: Tuna Poke’ Nachos, State Street Sausage Plate, Brisket Sliders, Oyster Rockefeller Flatbread, and BBQ Tater Tots… They were fabulous!!!! We topped it off with a blondie brownie topped off with Ice cream.

It was an Incredible evening with incredible company. I would like to thank Visit Jackson for Inviting us to learn about a few of the fun things to do in their city. I love sharing them with you.

If you are interested in hosting a Blogger Event please feel free to contact me.

Shopping for Fall at Northpark Mall in Ridgeland Mississippi

Nicole Oswalt

If you have been to Northpark Mall lately you probably noticed all of the huge renovations going on… Big changes are in progress and the Grand Reopening weekend is November 15th-18th. You will also notice lots of new events I plan to share with you. I have always enjoyed shopping at Dillards so I put together two fun looks. Animal print is bigger than ever this year. I found a leopard print suit! It has a bit of a 70’s vibe. It is a traffic stopper. The shoe Department is the is so good and these black booties will go with everything and are extremely comfortable. I also noticed a beautiful suede Moto jacket. The striped jeans are so on trend for fall I suggest you add a pair to update your jean collection. Next it was off to H&M….. H&M has so many of trendy pieces for great prices. I love this black pleather midi skirt, I paired it with a mauve chunky sweater. I really like the H&M sweaters the quality is really good for the price. I always find tons of accessories there too. They have some really good casual clothing too. Everyone needs a good lightweight jacket to layer this fall and Winter. This army green color is great to work with a good plaid flannel and denim. I hope you will follow my Instagram stories to see some of the cute things I am finding at Northpark this fall.

Dillards Look- Animal Print Blazer $188 Pants $118 Hat$38 Booties $159. Suede Jacket $198 Bag $350 Jeans$119 Tank $20 Earrings $34 Booties $159

H & M- Sweater $24.99 Skirt $24 Heels $24.99 Bag $49.99 Sunglasses $9.99 Jacket $49.99 Flannel Shirt $17.00 Jeans- $19.99 Boots$39.99 Scarf- $12.99

Northpark Moll 1200 E County Line Rd Ridgeland Ms 601-863-2300

So many Cute Fall Pieces from Uptown Ellie...

Nicole Oswalt

The fun thing about what I do is finding such good retail tucked away in a small town in Mississippi. Uptown Ellie is located in the small town of Newton Mississippi and has a large national online presence. There were so many cute things it was hard to pick just a few looks. My first look was something I ended up wearing to the Ole Miss football game. The Jeans $72.95 have the best slimming fit. I really want another pair. This Red Top $48.95 has the perfect flow to flatter any age or body type. Snakeskin is huge for the fall and this Dress $82.95 is adorable and long enough to cover but still give off a youthful vibe. If you don’t have a Duster $89.95 for fall yet you must put this one in your closet! There are so many things to do with this duster and it is even cuter from behind. Camel is the new go to color this fall and this Sweater $44.96 is so cozy and the seams on the outside make it a little edgy and perfect to pair with this distressed slate blue Camo Jeans $48.95. A neutral pair of Mules $44.95 will be your grab and go shoes this fall. We all need something fun and unexpected in our wardrobe like a Kimono $88.95 in a lip print. Perfect for a fall festival or concert. If you are like me and can’t get enough of the striped trend you will love this cold shoulder light weight Sweater $34.95. You may shop with Uptown Nellie on Facebook, Instagram, in-store or on the website shopuptownellie.com Use me code Southershine15 for 15% off. I have linked things available on the website all other items you may inquire by calling the store our contacting Uptown Ellie on Facebook or Instagram.

Uptown Ellie 9767 Eastside Drive Ext, Newton MS 601-272-1012

Kendra Scott Launches the NEW Charms!!!Check out what I discovered at the Kendra Scott in Highland Village

Nicole Oswalt

I was thrilled to partner with Kendra Scott in Highland Village in Jackson MS to show you the new Charm line. Whether you like Bracelets, Necklaces, or Earrings this line has something for all of you. There are charms with meanings that empower, charms that give back to charity, zodiac charms, and the popular initial charms. Most charms are in the $25 range. There is even a test you can take to decide which charms are best for you! I enjoyed learning about Kendra Scott and the way they give back and support womens’ causes. The store in Highland Village is not only beautiful and filled with Kendra Scott Jewelry, but the staff members are friendly and inviting. I totally enjoyed my night out with them and can’t wait to attend their next event. If you go in to check it out please let them know you heard about it from me. I will be linking several of my favorite pieces on my page on my LiketoKnowit page.

Update your Fall Wardrobe with Some Great Pieces from Faith and Candy.

Nicole Oswalt

Let me just say If you don’t have a leopard jacket you need to hurry and get this one before is it gone. It is faux fur but it is rather light weight. It is so soft and so cute. The price is only $69.95. The next look is a star sweater (very thin) that is a designer dupe and is only $54.95. It is so flattering and you can wear it now with shorts. A good cream sweater $45.95 is a must this fall and these faux suede olive pants $37.95 are so pretty and such a flattering fit. I really loved these two necklaces short $32.95 long $32.95 to layer and go with everything. A chunky black sweater $54.95 is so good to throw on with you favorite jeans but is so perfect with these toffee colored pleather leggings $49.95. I love these comfortable black booties $46.95 too. You can shop by Facebook, Instagram, or in-store. Don’t miss their Facebook Lives on Monday Night. If you mention Southern Shine you get 20% off one item.

Faith and Candy 118 Service Dr. Brandon MS 601-825-8778

Get Cozy with Fall Fashions from Pink Possum

Nicole Oswalt

The most popular word for this fall is COZY. Sweaters are the hot ticket and they are making them for our southern climate. My first look is a Pink Cardigan $69. I have it on with these Grey Jeans $69. This is a cute date night look. I will wear this cardi to work over a black dress or black pants with a black and white print top. I will even wear it with my PJ's when I get off work. The next look is perfect for my MSU friends. This Pink Sweater $34 is so perfect with Maroon Jeans $69 for gameday. I wore this Olive Cardigan $40 shopping for fall plants with my cut off and this cute Peplum Tank $39. This cardigan is perfect for light layering. And can we talk about these cute Studded Slides $39.99.... I wore them for three days straight. We all need something mustard this fall and this Mustard Duster $49.99 is so expensive looking. I paired it with a graphic T and jeans. The IT basic is the Waffle Knit Top $30 I have it on in black but it comes in 4 different colors. It flatters everybody. Pink Possum is located at 105 Lexington Dr. Gluckstadt Ms    601-898-1844 The website is pinkpossumboutique.com You can also shop them on Facebook and Instagram. They are happy to ship. I have a discount code Jane15 for 15% off!

The Statement Bag Can Take a Boring Outfit and Give It a Hip Update

Nicole Oswalt

You might have noticed I  really love a fabulous bag... I   have found a website caneandcamilla.com that has these bags and more, for prices you will not believe. I use a clutch in the evenings with every outfit.  That is just so stylish. The first bag I got this summer was the Lola Clutch $59. It is a good neutral color so I have worn it on repeat. To tell you the truth I have purchased items around this bag I like it so much.  For the fall I am really going to enjoy the Aurora Clutch $39. That is going to be a combo with every black jacket and denim look I own. My absolute favorite bag is the Tulum Tote $119. This will hold everything. I will love traveling with it. It looks so good with my black maxi dress. I have also included pictures on the two bags I have my eye on the Marrakesh Clutch and the Maya Bag. You will also want to check out their earrings I am obsessed with them. Now for the BIG news, I have a 25% off discount code for you to update your wardrobe with a few statement bags Shine18. 

Beauty Products that have changed my look....

Nicole Oswalt

I  have had so many inboxes about the change in my make up over the past few weeks. Since Sephora is having the Insider Event I thought it would be a good time to share with you a few products that have really updated my look. To be honest I have never done much with makeup and didn't even wear a primer or use many brushes until a few weeks ago. The first thing to rock my world was this Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eciat Blur Primer $52. Ladies this little baby is an age eraser (enough said). I also went lighter and shiner with my eye makeup. This was so hard I have been doing a really dark eye for 10 plus years. This Tartelett Tease Palette $23 is perfect.  I also switched blush to Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush $29. This stuff stays put and there are lots of good colors. I now use a collection of brushes and I think it makes a big difference. These brush with a magnetic bottom are a great way to keep organized. The magnet is $12 and the brushes are sold separately.  I have been following to beauty bloggers who are so informative Pam Foster on Facebook and A Southern Face on Instagram. I have Linked all of these items and you may shop them by going to me Liketoknowit page. Just download the free app and follow my Southern Shine 2017 page or screenshot this Instagram or Facebook post today.

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Transition into fall with a few cute looks from The Beach Look Boutique...

Nicole Oswalt

Ok I  know it is sooo stinking hot but after Labor Day it just doesn't feel right not to start putting out the pumpkins and dressing in our fall fashions. I am so happy to pull the animal print back out. This adorable lightweight top is good for work or date night. You could dress it up or down. It has a v-neck to slim you and a ruffle to be on trend.  The jumpsuit is going to be the hottest outfit at the football games this year. This cute striped off the shoulder number is so cute for the Grove, The Beach look has these cute clear game day bags in all colors. How they make a clear bag so cute I will never know. The right jumpsuit can be so flattering on women of all ages and sizes. These 2 maroon pieces could be worn together or separately. The tank is great to wear in the beginning of the season alone then later with a denim or leather jacket. The pants would also be so cute with the leopard top I featured on the blog. I love both of these cute affordable shoes. Perfect while it is too hot for boots. My favorite item is this thin popcorn sweater. I want every color and I am not kidding. I am a fan of sweaters and cutoffs. That is my go-to loungewear. You may shop these looks by Instagram, Facebook, or in store.

 

The Beach Look Boutique 401 Cross Park Dr. Pearl Ms 601-939-1451

Leopard Top- $36.85 Lace-up Heels-$56.95 Striped Jumpsuit- $56.95 Clear Purse-$54.95  Maroon Top-$34.95 Maroon Jeans- $36.95 Leopard Shoes-$38.95

What's New at Faith and Candy....

Nicole Oswalt

I  don't know about you but I  have loved the Monday night Facebook Lives that Faith and Candy has been doing... You should join the Faith and Candy Insiders group for all the new merchandise and sales. I was so excited when they called to tell me about NEW fall things they had gotten in. I am an Ole Miss fan now but my heart will never leave Starkville Ms and MSU where I grew up and went to school. I don't often wear maroon anymore so I have to admit it felt like the good old days when I shot this game-day look in MSU style ringing that bell! I paired the OTS top with a pair of pull on black flares. I loved adding the delicate gold necklace with the other bold solids. Next, I found this adorable denim ruffle kimono. This would be a good fall game-day piece to layer with any school colors. It is just a great fall piece and it is lightweight and very cool and flowy. This tassel necklace makes such a statement. And shouldn't we all have some animal print earrings? This frayed trimmed red dress will look good on all body types!!! I loved adding some booties with it for fall in the Grove. It is great for my Alabama fans too. This beautiful long palm leaf necklace would go with so many things and it is perfect to add a little bling to this solid red dress. I absolutely love when I find a sweater I don't have to wait until December to wear in MS... This one is total perfection. I would front tuck it with denim shorts, wear a tank dress under it, or throw on the skinny jeans and over the knee boots. I chose to pair is here with these double hemmed Flares that fit sooo good. These items won't last long. Call or contact them on Instagram of Facebook. They are happy to ship. There is a DISCOUNT code just mention SOUTHERN SHINE for 20% off one item. 

Faith and Candy 118 Service Dr. Suite 5, Brandon, Mississippi 601-825-8778

Maroon Top-$34.95 Black Pull on Flares -$39.95 Gold Necklace-$32.95

Denim Kimono-$56.95 Red Tank-$29.95 Tassel Necklace- $32.95 Leopard Earrings-$22

Red Dress- $39.95 Palm Leaf Necklace- $48.95

Sweater-$44.98 Double Hem Flares $49.95

 

 

Gameday, Vacation, and Transitional looks from Blue Girl.....

Nicole Oswalt

I  get so excited when I  find a new great store. Blue Girl is located in the heart of downtown Meridian.  I  was blown away by all of the cute accessories and clothing. Ginger targets women of all ages. She carries a great selection of Flax linen pieces, trendy jeans, cute tops, dresses, and fabulous accessories. I first saw a two-piece palm print blazer and shorts. This would be such a cute outfit to wear out to dinner on vacation. It was so lightweight and great for beach nights. I am always looking for cute comfortable and cool gameday looks. This flax striped top and loose red pants in linen would be perfect in the Grove. The silver wedges are so comfy and on trend. I saw the cutest gold top and paired it with some black stretch jeans for all my USM followers. This top is accented with ruffles and frayed edges......What could be more trendy??  This top would also work well with denim shorts or a denim skirt. I love the Flax line you can mix this piece with that piece. The fit is so flattering. I paired this black flax dress with tobacco colored linen pants to create a fun boho look. You could wear these pieces in so many different ways. I also loved all of the bags and shoes she carries. You can follow Blue Girl on Instagram and Facebook and Ginger is happy to ship

Blue Girl Apparel 2209 5th Street, Meridian Ms 228-860-9589

Palm Print Blazer-$30Palm Print Shorts-$32 Linen Tank-$45 Strappy Heels-$29 Necklace-$24.

Flax Linen Red and White Striped Top-$72 Red Flax Linen Pants-$70Wedges-$49Earrings$20.

Mustard (Gold) Ruffled Top-$35Black Jeans-$62Ankle Strap Sandals-$29 Necklace-$32      

Black Flax Linen Dress- $70Tobacco Flax Linen Pants-$70 Strappy Heels.-$29