My Favorite Clothing Boutiques

Few things make a woman happier than shopping!  Women can gather together, get a coffee and a pretzel, and walk from one side of the mall to the other – sometimes without even buying anything – and be completely and sublimely happy.  This concept is completely foreign to most men (my husband included!), but it is true nonetheless.  However, over time, there’s been a drift toward more intimate and personal shopping experiences.  Somehow, even with the coffee and pretzels, shopping became less enjoyable in giant malls.  A few years ago, some adventurous women (and a few men!) decided to start private boutiques.  They buy clothes they love, and sell them in pop-up shows or little local store fronts, and soon these boutiques were the new place to get everything you wanted in your closets and jewelry boxes without ever setting foot in a mall!  Well, today I’m going to tell you about my favorite clothing boutiques, and the amazing women who run them!

Gypsy Logo

Early on in Mom of the South, I did a review for a little up and coming boutique.  Tina, a longtime friend of mine, had started a company with someone and they were doing little pop-up shops every month selling unique baubles and clothing they’d designed.  Shortly after that review, the company split and my friend started her own boutique called GypsySouthern.

Gypsy Cross Earrings

Gypsy Top Collection

Gypsy Lace Cross Top

Starting from scratch, Tina built GypsySouthern into an extremely popular boutique that now has two stores open along the Emerald Coast.  Her items are a delicious combination of trendy and edgy with a boho twist.  Always fresh inventory rolling in too, so you’re guaranteed an exciting shopping experience!  You can check out her incredible selection on her website and her Facebook page.  If you happen to find yourself along the Gulf Coast, you definitely should swing by her store and do a little shopping!

Pink Chic Logo

The next boutique is actually owned by my very best friend, Kim.  I cannot put into words how talented she is, so when she opened her own shop I knew it would be a success!  Her taste is so simple and classy that Pink Chic Boutique was literally the most perfect name out there!  She has a collection of clothing that comes in regular and plus sizes, and she offers online shopping options, as well as her Facebook page.  She keeps it updated with her incredible items, and you can order whatever you want in your size right on the page!  And her store isn’t just limited to the understated chic clothing she chooses, but she also offers accessories like a beautiful selection of bags and purses, scarves, and trendy jewelry.

Pink Chic Sweet Southern Mess

Pink Chic Bracelet

Pink Chic Plum and Lace Plus-Size

Pink Chic GRITS cuffIf you are the type who would like jeans and pearls, Pink Chic Boutique is definitely the place to shop!  Oh and did I mention that she also can monogram practically ANYTHING?!  And her talents aren’t just in picking clothing and jewelry – she also has glasses, mugs, sports paraphernalia and other items that she can customize for you!  Pink Chic Embroidered Bag

Pink Chic Embroidered Bag

This beauty is mine and I LOVE it more than you know!

 

Instaglam Logo

This last boutique isn’t exactly a boutique.  Or at least not in the conventional term.  However, she offers incredible clothing selections AND she also offers something that I find so unique, it’s truly irresistible.  Laura is inspiring in both her story as a cancer survivor as well as a momtrapanuer 😉  Her company Instaglam is a subscription shopping service that offers you a specially chosen outfit each month.  For a small fee, you get a perfectly chosen top and five accessories, as well as the option to order extra pieces to the outfit a la carte OR up the monthly fee and get an ENTIRE outfit – top to bottom – sent to your door every month!

Instaglam Tunic

 

Instaglam January Collection

Instaglam block color topNo thinking or worrying about what goes with what, or whether this actually looks good together.  Instaglam takes all the stress and hassle out of shopping, so even people who aren’t “shoppers” can fall in love with fashion!  And trust me, every single thing I’ve gotten from Laura ALWAYS gets compliments.  Like literally always.  She just has the eye!  You can sign up for a monthly subscription, and know that each month you’re guaranteed a lovely pink box filled with a perfect outfit just for you, or you can order one month at a time.  And each piece of the outfits is available individually as well!  Shop online on her website, and she also has a secret VIP group for customers on Facebook that has amazing extra sales that pop up all the time! Instaglam Howdy Top

Well ladies, that’s my favorite shopping boutiques!  I honestly personally shop from all of these ladies, and I have never (literally NEVER) been disappointed with anything I’ve gotten!  Trust me, you will love the experience – the selections, the service, the sales – from start to finish.  So before you hit a huge retailer, maybe swing over and check out one of these amazing clothing boutiques!  You might fall in love!!!  Happy Shopping!

 

 

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Maternity Fashion: Dressing My Baby Bump

IMG_0002When I found out I was pregnant again, I was beyond unprepared!  After my second child, I purged every single item of maternity clothing I had – said I was done having children.  Clearly that wasn’t how it went, as evidenced by baby number three.  I had a little scrambling to do to get myself to look decent during this pregnancy.  So for those who are less than prepared, like I was, here is a glimpse of how I kept myself warm and a little trendy during pregnancy: My Fall and Winter Maternity Fashion: Dressing my baby bump! Continue reading “Maternity Fashion: Dressing My Baby Bump” »

Getting My Body Back After Baby – Month 1

Body after baby design

Moms are amazing!  Our bodies do incredible things, and we manage to exist and perform on a stupid low amount of sleep!  So when the time comes when our doctors have delivered our precious babies, and then they “release us to start exercising” again, if you’re like me, you probably thought…Ummm…Sure.  But I didn’t want to be the mom who looked like a mom.  I wanted to be the mom who looked amazing!  So as soon as I got the thumbs up from the OB, I got to work.  This is the first part of my journey! How I’m getting my body back after baby – month 1 🙂 Continue reading “Getting My Body Back After Baby – Month 1” »

Why I Became A Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant

Keep CalmHave you ever considered starting a Direct Sales business? Are you someone who loves her Thirty-One bags, or a Scentsy addict? I’ve been very blessed to have encountered some amazing Direct Sales consultants, and I have a long list of products I routinely order from women who are now my friends! From purses to jewelry to things that make my house smell amazing (and more!), I am a faithful customer to women who own their own businesses. That’s why when I realized that my newly pregnant skin needed Mary Kay to get it back to fabulous, I decided I would become my own Mary Kay consultant! Continue reading “Why I Became A Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant” »

Expecting And Need Free Baby Stuff? Here Ya Go!

Kids Pictures

Exciting things happening here at Mom of the South! As if you couldn’t tell by the picture above, we’re expecting another lovely little bundle! The newest member of our little family will be making HER appearance somewhere near the end of May!!  I needed everything new, but I found some fabulous FREE baby stuff.  Are you expecting, and need free baby stuff?  Here ya go! Continue reading “Expecting And Need Free Baby Stuff? Here Ya Go!” »

How Whole30 Changed My Life: My Results

finished the whole30My Whole30 journey has been one I would consider not only a success, but also one of transformation. I began my Whole30 journey back in mid-July. In fear I would fail, I didn’t want to tell anyone until I had seen I could actually survive for a few days with these new eating habits. However, my 30 days ended last week, and now I’m back to tell you how I did, what I did, and why I’m not quitting. Continue reading “How Whole30 Changed My Life: My Results” »

Super Simple Homemade Mayonnaise

Homemade Mayonnaise

Have you ever tried to make your own homemade mayonnaise?  When I first started my Whole30 journey, there were a few things I knew I would miss. Mayonnaise being one of them. I love mayonnaise. Love it. As in, I don’t eat junk food, but I think mayo is a gift from God. Continue reading “Super Simple Homemade Mayonnaise” »

I Am Whole30!

I am whole 30

I’ve noticed in recent weeks that there has been a drastic increase in the amount of chatter and hype about the Whole30 diet. I have friends that have started it and finished it in the past, but when I read it I didn’t feel like it was for me. Since then, I’ve been lured in! Continue reading “I Am Whole30!” »

Making a Change

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Well, based on the scale creeping up a few digits, and that extra shimmy I had to do to get my jeans on, it’s clear I have not missed a single calorie since the week before Christmas. Continue reading “Making a Change” »

It Was Leg Day…

leg daySo, my friend Lynsey…she’s like me.  A lot like me.  And she and I are accountability partners.  In case you don’t know what that means, it means that we continually drag each other into fitness situations, and then when we’re too sore to get in and out of bed, we blame each other for why we’re moving like zombies. Continue reading “It Was Leg Day…” »

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