Bring Home The MOTHERload!

She’s the first person to ever love you, while also being the person who can push your buttons the most. Moms are a great blessing to have in our lives and we should celebrate them for all they’ve done for us over the years.

Chad and Tam

The original Stylish Steed! My mom is always so supportive of me and all my endeavors.

To help you out as you prepare for Mother’s Day weekend, here is a MOTHERload of gift ideas that will bring a smile to the face of your mom!

Mothers Day Gift Items

Just remember this little acronym…all about MOTHER’S DAY!

M is for MUAH! for all the kisses she has given you over the years. Give mom a fresh and vibrant look with Mary Kay’s True Dimensions Lipstick in Wild About Pink. This bold color is a great pop for spring and summer, but can also be muted down for the more demure damsels.

O is for the OUT STRETCHED ARMS that were always ready to embrace you. Adorn those loving arms with a beautiful bracelet from Off The Cuff. This collection uses natural fresh water pearls to create charming pieces for any occasion.

T is for all the things she has TOTED for you. Moms have a heavy load to carry, so why not make it easier for her with a versatile, yet stylish Double-Handled Printed Tote from Talbots. A spacious tote with a colorful print is just what mommy dearest needs to complete her warm weather wardrobe.

H is for the HARD HEADED woman that doesn’t give an inch. There is no winning in an argument with mom! Give that hard head some protection from the summer sun with an iconic Striped Straw Spectator Hat. Whether mom is headed to the beach, working in the yard, or just making a fashion statement in town, this straw topper from Land’s End is a must have for any woman.

E is for EVERY STEP SHE’S WALKED BESIDE YOU. Mom has journeyed with you for many miles. Help her take care of her tootsies in style with these fashionable Espadrilles from DSW. With just enough lift to be interesting, while still functional, this classic footwear is a perfect match for any mother with style.

R is for REMEMBERING THE LOVE. Mom has given a lot of loving times for us to remember. Give her a new scent of love with Mary Kay’s Limited Edition Thinking of Love parfum. This subtle collection of floral scents is sure to please mom and help her remember the love you have for her.

S is for the times she SWADDLED you close to her. Have your mom wrapped up again in this festive and colorful Paisley Summer Scarf from Land’s End. This accessory is both stylish and versatile, allowing mom to use it in a multitude of ways.

D is for the DRAMA QUEEN that she can be. Give mom even more of a dramatic flair with this Turquoise Stone Statement Necklace from Sam Moon. Mom can pair this with everything from a LBD (little black dress) to jeans and a white button up. She’ll be more dramatic than ever in this eye catching piece.

A is for the AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS she always had prepared for you. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich was nice, but it doesn’t hold a candle to these Assorted Macarons from ‘Lette Macarons. These tasty treats come in a variety of packages and can ship directly to mom. You will definitely help her satisfy a sweet tooth with this special gift.

Y is for YEARS OF GOLDEN TIME you’ve shared together. Those golden years together are time that you will always remember. Show mom how golden she really is with a set of Burnish Gold Midi Rings. The newest trend in rings, these aged gold rings are worn on the digits of the fingers and create a unique look to accentuate your other jewelry pieces.

Take this time to celebrate mom and let her know how much you appreciate and love her. May 10 is quickly approaching. Get out there and bring home the MOTHERload for that special lady you call mom! Showing love to our mothers is the best way to stay stylish!

Spring/Summer Fashion Must-Haves

Spring has FINALLY sprung! The bitter chill of winter is hopefully gone for good and we can begin to look toward rising temperatures and refreshing sunshine. As we turn our thermostats away from heat, we also start bringing those brighter colors and lighter garments to the front our closets. As you prep from the season change I have your 5 Must-Haves for Spring/Summer.

Flower Power
Whether it’s a big and bold or minute and delicate, the floral print is going to be seen everywhere. This print is great to incorporate into you looks because they always come in a variety of color palettes. Find a specific print that suits your taste and build a eye catching look.

Floral Pieces

Available in so many styles, the floral print is seen in a multitude of garments, complementing any outfit whether dressy, casual, or anything in between.

Denim, Denim, Denim
A staple item since Noah loaded the ark, denim continues to make a showing during the upcoming, warmer months. This iconic piece will be seen this spring and summer in all shades and shapes.

denim pieces

Polished and structured or casual and flirty, denim goes with everything. Venture out of your comfort zone and try some pieces that you haven’t worn before. Bring in a denim tunic with your chinos, rock a dark wash denim dress, or even pair your lighter wash denim jacket with dark wash jeans for an all over denim look. Regardless your choice, denim is dominating!

Spring ’em Gingham
We aren’t in Kansas anymore, Dorothy! This print, commonly associated with picnics and Dorothy Gale, is bringing life to your wardrobe during the warmer months.

gingham pieces

This must-have is by far my favorite. I am a huge fan of gingham. It has such a southern vibe and is a great print that layers well, but is also strong enough to stand alone.  From shirts and skirts to accessorizes, gingham is a print that you definitely want to include in your looks during spring and summer.

Lacey Gracey
The epitome of femininity, lace is abounding in the upcoming season. A simple top or a dramatic full lace dress, these pieces are not trendy at all, but a classic and timeless piece of grace and elegance.

lace pieces

She’s got style, she’s got flair! There is no wrong way to wear lace. If you are intimidated by it, consider trying a simple lace flat. Adding a small accessory of lace is a great way to baby step into this look.

On The Fringe
Tapping into a Bohemian look, fringe is making a big appearance in fashion this season. One must be careful as this look can get…what’s the word I’m look for? Trashy? Cheap? Scandalous! This look can get scandalous. However, with careful placement and selection, fringe can be a wonderful wardrobe piece.

fringe pieces

Find that mix between Woodstock hippie and Gatsby party-goer and you have hit the jackpot. From accessories and shoes to dresses and tops, fringe is everywhere. Creating movement and life, fringe pieces showcase an eye-catching look.

Spring has sprung! Take time to stop and smell the roses…and do it in style with these 5 must-haves for the season. Take spring by storm and revamp your wardrobe with some awesome statement pieces that are sure to turn heads. Warmer days are coming! Are you prepared to stay stylish?

 

Pushing His Buttons

Virginia Beach native, Jason Button, is keeping things tied up in Alabama’s capital city. The son of a skilled woodworker and a cross-stitching mother, Button has set out to create a business that provides the gents with quality bow ties and pocket squares.

button's bow ties

Button’s Bow Ties, a new development that began earlier this year, was never an initial plan for Button. With a career in industrial distribution, one doesn’t need a necktie for the office, but Button established his love for ties years ago. As a wardrobe requirement during his collegiate years, Button grew tired of donning an average necktie and found bow ties to be a fun alternative. However, even with his love for bow ties, Button says that fashion is not his forte.

So how does a man with no background in fashion set out to create a men’s line of bow ties and pocket squares?

By accident, of course! It all started with a search for watercolors. What was planned to be a creative weekend of painting ended up as a business venture that is opening doors for this busy, family man from Montgomery. While trying to locate the watercolors from storage, Button came across an old tie of his wife’s grandfather. After a brief tutorial from his sister-in-law, a very able seamstress, and some online research, Button quickly discovered how he could convert this old neck tie into a functioning bow tie. Through trial and error, paired with his parent’s influential work ethic and attention to detail, Button’s Bow Ties was born. It also doesn’t hurt that Button spent some time in his college art department, even considering Graphic Design for a career. You can definitely see his natural artistic ability in his products, down to the vintage button hand sewn on each product. Thoughtful details like that are found throughout a customer’s interaction with the dapper and creative owner.

button detail

Although it’s not a family business, Button says that his wife, a native Alabamian, and his two children are very supportive of his work. Tiffany, his wife, will advise in the fabric selection department, but leaves all the creating to her sewing sweetie. His son, age 12, has reached the age where he wears his father’s custom pieces, and his daughter, age 14, has been inspired and enjoys sewing and creating her own designs as well.

Not to neglect the Junior Dapper Gentlemen, Button also has a line of onesies that include two pre-tied, snap on bow ties.

Not to neglect the Junior Dapper Gentlemen, Button also has a line of onesies that include two pre-tied, snap on bow ties.

Drawing inspiration from the creativity of designers like The Cordial Churchman and Otis James, Button strives to create pieces that are unique and focused on details.

Conveniently packaged and delivered, your high quality bow tie has a built in tab for easy closet hanging.

Conveniently packaged and delivered, your high quality bow tie has a built in tab for easy closet storage.

A customer will find the process of purchasing a custom creation from Button’s Bow Ties to be an absolute pleasure. From the initial contact to the delivered package, Button is completely committed to personalized customer service.

A southern gentleman with an entrepreneur dream, creative mindset, and focus on customer satisfaction…it’s a recipe for success if you ask me.

Button also offers his services in converting neckties into a custom made bow tie.

In addition to his creations, Button offers his services in converting neckties into a custom made bow tie.

What’s the future for Button’s Bow Ties? Currently he is focused on bow ties and pocket squares, but has ideas of expansion which I am confident will continue his reputation of quality products and superb customer service.

Available for viewing on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, interested customers can contact Jason Button through private messaging for inquiries or to make purchases. Like and follow him to stay up-to-date on new developments and support a local creative designer.  It’s the dreams and ambitions of individuals like Jason Button that help us men of the world stay stylish!

Childhood Dreams Defered

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This common question inundates us throughout our childhood.  When we are presented with this question our minds become a flurry of dreams and aspirations.  Although we may never become the astronaut, the superhero, or the guy that cooks the french fries at McDonalds, the idea of those careers excite us.

As we grow older, we begin to see that those childhood dreams quickly fade away and are replaced by more attainable goals that will pay us well, give our life purpose, and hopefully provide us with health insurance.  As we journey through life we oftentimes embark on side roads that allow us to explore our creativity and deep seeded passions.  The Stylish Steed has been one of those side roads.

After watching my great friend, Rebekah A. Faulk at Some Kinda Good, seek to satisfy her lust for life through her writing, I was inspired to pursue avenues that I once thought were silly for me to even think about.  Creating this blog was never something I thought I would do.  Over the past seven months, I have ventured out of my restricted mind and allowed myself to share my thoughts and ideas in regards to fashion, entertaining, and DIY decor.  Although I may never host The Chew  like Clinton Kelly, or provide articles for a major media publication, I have found happiness in creating my little corner of the internet.

With a desire to explore more of my “unknown dreams,” I am thrilled to announce the opening of my online store.  In a pursuit to clothe the world in stylish and timeless fashion, I am launching THE STYLISH STEED online boutique.

The Stylish Steed Store Logo

Focusing on women’s clothing and accessories, The Stylish Steed will offer quality products that will blend classic southern style with a modern feel and rustic details.  The selections reflect this American Prep aesthetic with clean lines, exciting colors and prints, and causal pieces that are timeless.

I not only hope that you will find items of interest in my store, but that you would also be inspired to pursue dreams that you never thought would be possible for you.  I have often been told that if your dreams don’t make you nervous, they aren’t big enough…so dream big.  I am so excited that you have joined me on my journey.  I absolutely love all the comments and encouragements that I have received from you all.  So put on your comfortable shoes and walk a little further with me down this side road of dreams.  You never know what paths you may find on that journey.

You will notice that a new header has been added to the top of the page labeled “STORE.”  By clicking that link, you will be directed to The Stylish Steed on-line boutique.  You can also visit the site at www.shopthestylishsteed.com.

Make sure to “like” my Facebook page to keep up-to-date as new merchandise is added.

The Dog Days of Denim

The oldest profession, the oldest trick in the book, the old maid….”old” is always considered the lesser, unless we are talking about the oldest wardrobe staple – DENIM!

Denim, a staple of modern fashion, is a go-to piece for almost any occasion.  Although some looks are a little more desirable than others, denim is always a classic.  With the Dog Days of Summer quickly approaching I felt it important to showcase
The Dog Days of Denim
by exploring ways to update this classic.

Guys can often get stuck in a rut when it comes to denim.  We can easily feel boring and drab because jeans are always in our wardrobe.  However, mixing up what we pair our denim with is often the kick we need.

Look #1

Denim Look 1 men A

A casual look incorporates the iconic Chambray Shirt.  By layering this piece over a Navy Crew Neck Tee and pairing it with a British Khaki Short, you can easily maneuver through any summer adventure.  A Ribbon Belt and pair of Canvas Sneakers makes this denim look cool and comfortable.

Look #2

Denim Look 2 Men A

 A bit of nautical touches to a pair of Cutoff Denim Shorts revamps the look and makes for a great outfit even if you aren’t near the shore!  A roll or two on the hem line of the shorts and you’ll be ready with your Sperry Top-Siders in red and your Multistripe Crew Neck Sweater.  Add an accessory like this double Braided Bracelet and you’re set for sailing…or any other activity you choose.

Look #3

Denim Look 3 men A

Not just a 90’s throwback anymore, these White Denim Jeans are a smart and stylish addition to your warm weather wardrobe.  Giving a pop of color with a Red Chambray Shirt adds to the personality of the outfit, especially when you have the hues in the shoes with these Buks Declan Oxfords.  Add a polished accessory like this Braided Leather Bracelet and you are sure to satisfy the desire for denim in everyone’s eye.

Look #4

Denim Look 4 men A

Classic and clean is the theme with True Worn Jeans and a Jacquard Dot Shirt.  A preppy and put together look, this versatile outfit is appropriate for most any occasion.  A Leather Loafer and Braided Belt compliment this summer ensemble perfectly.

Look #5

Denim Look 5 men A

I’m not normally a fan of the “less is more” mindset, until we talk about a basic white V Neck Tee and a Dark Rinse Jean.  Your tee should fit nicely to avoid looking messy.  Add a great bright sneaker like these Diesel Pass On and this is a timeless and casual look.


Ladies are no different.  You are guilty of depriving your denim from reaching its full potential.  Here are some great looks for your dog days that will test the limits of your denim collection.

Look #1

Denim Look 1 women A

Nothing says summertime like bright white denim.  This White Denim Skirt with a Textured Navy Top is the perfect amount of feminine appeal.  Pair this with a Cork Wedge and a little bling (Glittered Bangle Set) and you are a summer sensation.  Just make sure you’ve prepped those legs with some sunless tanning lotion so they don’t blend into your skirt.

Look #2

Denim Look 2 Women A

Every girl needs a pair of Boyfriend Jeans.  They are a great contrast in your wardrobe when paired with flirty details.  A drapey V-Neck Chiffon Blouse is perfect for all skin tones in this beautiful coral.  Some color contrasting details like these green and gold pieces (Skinny Belt, Green Link Bracelet, Oval Link Necklace) add a great layer of fun.  Finish it off with a Leather Platform Pump  and you will be hotter than the summer sun!

Look #3

Denim Look 3 Women A

Make another bright statement with these Cuffed Jeans.  Counterbalance with an industrial feel Chambray Shirt over a Lace Trimmed Tank and you have the perfect combination.  Don’t forget the devil is in the details!  A great Woven Leather Wedge and a colorful scarf worn traditional around your neck or even in your hair is an added pop that will really set this look off.

Look #4

Denim Look 4 women A

Coastal is king yet again when you pair a Classic Chambray Shirt with a Striped Maxi Dress.  Consider wearing the shirt open and knot the bottom corners together to achieve an effortless look.  Add a statement color with this Bib Necklace and Red Stone Ring to increase the interest in this outfit.  A strappy Leather Wedge will pull this look together for an awesome look that’s fit for any summer soiree.

Look #5

Denim Look 5 women A

This final outfit is a perfect balance of dainty and deconstructed.  By pairing a destroyed denim like the Raw Edge Skimmer Jean with a girly Lace Tee you satisfy both worlds.  Add a flirty Patent Platform Pump with an assortment of gold accessories (Tassel Necklace, Linked Watch, and Chain Bracelet) and you are sure to turn heads.

Dust off your denim for summer and reinvent this classic.  The Dog Days of Summer are hard enough to get through.  Don’t make your wardrobe suffer too.  Rework your drab denim into fresh ensembles that will help you beat the heat and stay stylish!