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I admit it: I’m a product junkie! However, even my love for trying beauty products has its limits, which is where tried and true favorites come in. It’s even better when said favorites are inexpensive and easy to snag at the drugstore! Since we had so much fun with our last Southern Style post, I’ve asked my darling colleagues to share their current favorite drugstore beauty buys. They’ve shared their go-tos below, as well as some extra details about their top picks!

I have the same theory about lashes as I do about hair: the bigger the better! Seriously, I would wear false lashes every day if I could, but for now I’ll stick to special occasions and our team shoots. Our friend Sam, from Lula Hair and Makeup recommended Ardell “Wispies” to me a few years back, and they instantly became my go-to lashes.

Chapstick | Anti-residue shampoo | Top coat | Nail polish remover wipes | Ardell “Wispies”

I’m a creature of habit when it comes to my nail polish colors (pale pink or coral for the win!), so if I’m feeling adventurous about trying a new color, my go-to is NYC Longwearing Nail Polish. It dries quickly, is only 99 cents, and is the easiest way to try out a new color without investing in a $10 bottle of polish!Jess

Matte balm | Nail polish | Cleanser | Mascara

Dry shampoo is probably one of the greatest inventions out there for long and thick-haired girls like me. I love the Batiste line, and the cherry scent is one of my favorites!Amber

Dry shampoo | Nail polish

Since I am a bit militant about sunscreen and keeping my face in the shade, the only way for me to achieve a “sunkissed glow” is with bronzer. I’ve been using Neutrogena Healthy Blends for years, and it does the trick!Emily

Mascara | Neutrogena Healthy Blends | Dove bar soap

I never go out of town without these Say Yes to Cucumber wipes in my cosmetic bag (they’re perfect for traveling). I’ve also been known to reach from them after a long work day, when washing my face seems just too complicated.Kristin

Matte lip pen | Aveeno Daily Moisturizer | Yes To wipes | Mascara

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product is my secret weapon for long hair! It has 10 different functions, from protecting against split ends to adding shine. I especially love that since it’s a cream that’s applied as a spray, it doesn’t weigh my hair down.Lisa

Essie nail polish | Makeup remover wipes | ColorBurst Matte Balm | It’s a Ten

I love Burt’s Bees! I’ve been using this stuff for years, and putting a dab of the minty balm on my lips always makes me feel a little more fresh and put together, even though it’s colorless. I always have one in my bag and one at home!Nicole

Coral polish | Revlon lipstick | Cream eyeliner | Burts Bees | Grapefruit body wash

What’s your favorite drugstore staple?

marissa Written with love by Marissa

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On any given day in the Southern Weddings office, you’re likely to find at least one of us wearing a chambray shirt. Easy, versatile, and stylish–it has been rumored that the chambray shirt is the unofficial uniform of the Southern Weddings gal. While I can neither confirm nor deny said rumor, it’s definitely become a staple in all of our personal wardrobes.

From fedoras to pearls, we all like to put our own individual spins on this classic piece, so for today’s Southern Style post, I asked my fellow SW gals to share their favorite ways to style their chambray shirts!

Since I’m melting here in sunny Florida, I love to style mine with bright, fun shorts and the absolute necessities for Southern summers: anti-humidity spray and a sassy water bottle!

Anti-humidity spray | Water bottle | Lilly Pulitzer shorts | Monogrammed Jack Rogers | Nail polish in ‘Maddison’ | Pearl earrings

Emily wanted to recreate one of her favorite looks from a speaking engagement. I love how polished, yet fun, her style is!

Statement necklace | Pearl earrings | White skirt | Leopard print flats | Bangle

Nicole can clearly pull off “cool girl chic.” Her relaxed shorts and fedora combo is ready for the last summer getaway!

Fedora | Blush | Shorts | Sandals | Clutch

Classic and perfectly polished, Kristin’s styling can go from casual Friday to date night with one swipe of pink lipstick.

Pearl earrings | Lipstick | White jeans | Jack Rogers | Watch

Amber is rarely caught without an adorable dress on, so it’s no surprise that she’d pair chambray with this adorable skirt and feminine accessories.

Necklace | Lipstick | Skirt | Perfume | Phone case

Taking the twist a bit further, Jess would even tie up her top (like this) over a striped dress for a more relaxed look. And, that bag is the perfect size for her laptop!

Watch | Sandals | Striped dress | Tote

The always-stylish Lisa, combines her chambray with chic black leggings and bright pink accessories for the perfect summer-to-fall transitional look.

Bracelet | Earrings | Ballet flats | Leggings | Tote | Lipstick

What’s your favorite way to wear this closet staple?

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Kelly reply

    So cute! Love this post!

  2. avatar Ashlynne reply

    Great job ladies! <3 Such a fun post! All of the outfits are perfectly on point ;)

  3. avatar Christina @ Christina Leigh Events reply

    I love this post! I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Jess, but I love how each option is each of you girls to a T! SO fun and chambray is definitely a staple of the south!
    XO Christina

  4. avatar Cassi reply

    This post is so fun! Please make this a series!

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Packing for your honeymoon does not always mean bathing suits and sundresses. Brandon and I went to France (in December!) for our honeymoon, so we were actually packing the opposite: jackets and boots! If you’re planning a honeymoon this fall to a locale filled with cool, crip air, and you’re not sure what to pack, I’ve got you covered. Think simple pieces that can easily be layered as the evenings get chillier, and mix and matched to create extra outfits, depending on the length of your vacation. Pairing a cute dress with tights and the same booties you wore with skinny jeans and a warm sweater for exploring the town will help both your suitcase and your wallet!

I like to plan ahead, but I know that it can be challenging to find adorable and affordable fall pieces during the summer. Fellow bargain shoppers rejoice, I am here to help with some really great deals from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and some of our other favorite places! This way, you can save your pennies and use that extra bit in your budget for a special dinner on your honeymoon.

Long sleeve tunic | Plaid blanket wrap | Black leggings | Leather riding boots | Fringe sweater | Striped sweater | Skinny jeans | Suede booties | Pink dress | Navy and white striped dress | Lace appliqué dress| Black flats

Travel tip: always wear your boots and heaviest sweater/coat on the plane. Not only are planes usually quite chilly, but you’ll save on luggage space! Don’t forget an expandable tote, makeup palette perfect for taking you from day to night, and heavy moisturizer to protect against extra dry air.

Travel blowdryer | Makeup palette | Peplum coat | Expandable tote | Skin Savior Balm | Hair care set | Duffel bag | Backpack

I’m so excited for Southern Style to be a more regular column here on Southern Weddings! I’ll be covering Southern fashion, beauty, and even Southern fashion etiquette in this feature. Have any questions or something you’d like to see? Email me! I’d sure love to hear from you.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Nicole reply

    Oh, Melissa! I am SO, SO excited to see this column. Your style is incredible!! Can’t wait to see more!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Well, aren’t you sweet! Thank you, Nicole! I’m excited too. Please let me know if there is anything you’d like me to cover. xo!

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