Chic and Audaviv

Audaviv Feather Necklace


This past month, I wore a piece by jewelry designer brand Audaviv.  The name – albeit unusual – has Latin roots: “auda” means audacity and “viv” means life.  Living life with audacity!  Love.  Audaviv reached out and after learning that the owner is not only Latina, but also CEO of this unique jewelry company, I could not refuse the collaboration!  Not long after we spoke, a gorgeous piece of jewelry arrived.

The piece: a delicate, gold-plated feather necklace.  Stunning.  Often, as a fashion blogger, I am known for my chunky costume jewelry pieces, so this is a nice change for me. Understated, sophisticated, and well…chic! And pairs so well with everything!  I wore it for the first time a couple of weekends ago.  No need for fancy outfits with this one, the necklace stands out even if only wearing a t-shirt!

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Founded in 2014, Audaviv is the online destination for jewelry enthusiasts. At Audaviv, you’ll always discover jewelry from up-and-coming designers and independent brands. Audaviv brings you jewelry that is modern, beautiful, high-quality and reasonably priced.

Always made with care, Audaviv jewelry is never mass produced or sold at big-box retailers.

When shopping at Audaviv, you can count on a highly personalized and attentive experience.

The site is filled with similar delicate and beautiful jewelry.  This particular necklace retails a mere $32 and is not yet sold out!

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The pieces are unique from month to month and the ones available now are running out fast, so don’t wait too long!  Plus, the prices are rather unbeatable for the quality and design, so they are definitely pieces you won’t want to miss! Happy shopping!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

A Cinderella Moment with Lotus Boutique!!

This past week, I attended Birmingham Fashion Week for the first time…as a blogger!!!  Last year I attended simply as a guest, and the experience was much different than it was this time.  I had so much fun this year; it was super exciting and so amazing!!  In preparation for Fashion Week, I wanted to make sure I planned fun outfits for each night.  Cue: Lotus Boutique!!

Lotus Boutique was amazingly gracious!  I was able to wear three looks from their current in-store collection!  It started out with a visit to the Lotus Boutique at the Summit to pick out some outfits. For those of you who haven’t been to the Lotus store at the Summit in a while, be aware that they are no longer located over by Sephora and Gus Mayer, but rather next to Gap, and in the same suite as the Halcyon Day Salon & Spa!

041714102304171410250417141025aSo, I got started! Selecting only three outfits was by no means an easy task!  There was so much to choose from!  Check out some of the cute things I saw:

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All of the outfits were so fun to wear and fit so well!!  I am SOOOOO grateful to Lotus Boutique for making this experience such a memorable one!!  I had so much fun styling all three different looks!  Here are the three looks I put together with pieces from the Lotus collection:


BFW – Night 2 (This outfit was also featured on!!)


BFW – Night 1 (LOVED this outfit…this dress is one of my all-time favorites. I’m planning to wear it ALL summer!!)


BFW – Night 4 (Loved, loved, loved this skirt!! Loved that it was a stretchy pencil skirt, so very flattering for curvy-figures!

What do you think??  I could fill my closet with Lotus clothing and accessories!!  Couldn’t you??

Follow me on Instagram to see more outtakes from Birmingham Fashion Week, and my blog, Chic in Academia, for work-appropriate outfit inspirations, as well as tips on how to mix high and low fashion!

Stay Chic! 💋