Paying it forward




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Outfit details:  Tulle skirt // White Top // White Druzy Bracelet // Gemstone Cuff // Cream Faux Fur Jacket

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to shoot a few items with the amazing Tosha Gaines of Tosha Gaines Photography.  It was a mere 30-ish degrees during our 10am meet up, but nonetheless, managed to get some amazing shots!

A couple of the items worn in this photo shoot come from locally-owned and/or women-owned businesses.  The first item – a unique, vintage-feel statement necklace comes from My Red Bead owned and operated by Beth Menke.  Her pieces are one of a kind and sold locally at a variety of stores and boutiques, including Harper Lane at The Galleria in Hoover, AL.  I love the beaded detailing juxtaposed with the silk tassel detail.

A while back, I collaborated with another local, woman-owned business – Chic Society Boutique  – and had a ring that I had not yet worn.  I was going for a white/champagne color scheme for this outfit, but wanted a pop of color that wouldn’t be too overwhelming.  Subsequently, I decided to wear the pink druzy statement ring from SCS; which, in my opinion, added a subtle hint of color.

To complete one of the looks, I wore a faux fur wrap from Royal Scout and Company.  RSandCo is another woman-owned business and one that is quickly gaining a reputation for high-quality, luxe items.  I recently received a wrap and a pair of faux fur boot cuffs.  I wore the boot cuffs immediately (see them styled on Instagram here and here), and wore the wrap during the shoot.  It is insanely soft and oh, so warm.  The wrap prices at about $60, which is not bad considering the quality.  RSandCo carries a variety of faux fur items, many of which I am coveting!!

The final item I wanted to feature in these looks was a pair of earrings from Mark Edge Jewelry.  I have now worn several Mark Edge pieces and styled them on Instagram, but hadn’t had the opportunity to wear the earrings I wore in this shoot.  His pieces are all unique, also have somewhat of a vintage feel, and ultimately stand the test of time.  They aren’t pieces that look like jewelry you’ll find at the mall.  These are hand-made, creative pieces made from reclaimed/recycled pieces of jewelry scouted from all over the country and abroad.  He reinvents these pieces to make truly artistic pieces.  See some of the other pieces I have styled in the past on Instagram here, here, here, and here.

One of my goals for Chic in Academia this year is to support more locally-owned, women-owned, and small businesses in general.  I am happy to lend my voice and platform to increase visibility for the business featured in this post, as well as others I will partner with this coming year as best as I am able.  I hope you will support them as well!!  Thank you as always for supporting me as well and continuing to visit my blog and other social media platforms.  You enable my ability to keep the right side of my brain engaged and alive!  For that, my sanity thanks you as well. 😉

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!




Meet and Greet Chic in Academia at The Impeccable Pig this Thursday!

One of the things I love the most about blogging/instagramming/tweeting/pinning is that I get to meet so many new people and end up making TONS of new friends!  The downside to doing so online is that you rarely get to meet them in person. That’s why I’m super excited to be hosting the Spring Soiree event with The Impeccable Pig in Mountain Brook this Thursday from 5-7pm!

Spring Soiree with Chic in Academia,

I’d love for you to come for some sips and apps, all while shopping with me!  Because you know, I’m super fun to shop with! 😛  Seriously though, there is a bigger cause here.  As noted in the flyer above, the event will help donate proceeds to Mitchell’s Place – an organization dedicated to “provide comprehensive, research-based, educational, social and therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities in a deeply caring environment.”  Who doesn’t love a good cause AND an affordable shopping experience?!

I realize that it’s hard to get away on a school-night, so I’ll be live tweeting/facebook-ing/instagramming items from the store that you might be interested in.  If anything should strike your fancy, please feel free to let me know or call the store directly to order so that part of that purchase can help raise funds for Mitchell’s Place.  The store address is in the flyer above, and the number to the store is 205-874-7008.  That said, I hope you are able to stop by and keep me company in store that night!

Here are some of the items I’m currently obsessing over and hope to get my hands on this Thursday:

MorocanEarrings2, Chic in Academia,

Details: Moroccan Earrings, $68, here

TheSnakeskinTop_A, Chic in Academia,

Details: Snakeprint top, $52.00, here

SpringTimeKimono_A, Chic in Academia,

Details: Spring Time Kimono, $59.50, here

I hope you can make it out this Thursday, March 19, 2015!!  5-7pm.  Be there or be square!

Until next time!  Stay Chic!

Chic’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Him

Looking for a holiday gift for a man in your life?  Here are a few of my favorite things this season.  Perhaps you will love a thing or two as well!  Happy shopping and gifting!

Chic’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Him

Holiday Gift Guide for Him

1 CLEVERFIT, The Adjustable Collar Stay / 2 Xbox One  / 3 LG G3 Phone / 4 Craft Beer Club Monthly Membership / 5 UGG Scuff – Leather Men’s Stout Slippers / 6 The Art of Shaving Kit / 7 Michael Bastian Chronowing Smartwatch – iOS & Android Compatible | HP®… / 8  Yellow Hammer Polo shirt or Tee / 9 Birchbox for Him / 10 Nexus Player

Disclaimer:  This post was sponsored in part by Yellowhammer Supply Company however, all opinions are my own.
Yellowhammer Supply Co. products are currently available on and are guaranteed to ship and arrive ahead of Christmas.  Yellowhammer Supply Co. officially launched Dec. 1, 2014 with an initial product line that includes a variety of high-end polos, soft-shell vests, t-shirts, hats and iPhone cases.  Yellowhammer Multimedia is headquartered in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. For more information email