Evolution of Style: Jewel of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love

I’m so excited to bring y’all another Evolution of Style post today, this time from Jewel of the blog Eat.Drink.Shop.Love. She’s a fellow Atlanta lady with a fabulous sense of style, so I’m thrilled she agreed to help me out with a post this morning! I loved reading all of her responses to these questions, especially because I too loved Cher Horowitz!

Jewel Hazelton of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love

Looking back in your childhood, when was the very first time you remember thinking about fashion and style?

I started thinking about fashion and style at a very young age. I have memories of wearing outfits that my mom would have to rip me out of because I loved them so much I couldn’t take them off. I think it all started with that famous first day of school photo. To this day I have a book with each first day of school photo from my childhood to my senior year of high school. One thing that really inspired my fashion sense was movies. I was in the fourth grade around the time I first saw the movie Clueless came out and fell love with Cher and Dionne’s fashion sense from the movie. That year my first day of school outfit was knee highs, mary janes, a mini skirt and a matching cardigan. I was the best dressed kid in the fourth grade.

Evolution of Style | Jewel Hazelton of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love

Who was the very first person you looked to for style ideas?

My older cousins. I am an only child so I spent a lot of my summers with my older cousins. I idolized them and their fashion sense when I was younger.

Did you have a favorite outfit growing up? One that your mom or dad just could not get off of you?

Yes, a floral print jean dress and a matching vest with cowboy boots.

How would you describe your style now?

Simple but Chic

What sort of things do you consider when putting together an outfit?

Does it look good on me and does it flatter my body type

First Lady Michelle Obama collage

Who do you consider your style icon today?

First Lady Michelle Obama. She’s the Jackie Kennedy for our generation. Women years from now will be dressing like Mrs. O.

What trends right now are you loving?

Right now I am loving the bright color trend. Whether it be a brightly colored dress, jeans, or a cute top. I started noticing last year that my closet was filling up with greys, blacks, and dark blues and needed to brighten up my life.

How do you see your style changing in the next 10 years?

I see my style leaning toward more classic looks and not focusing on trends so much. I want my closet to be filled with timeless looks that won’t go out of style.

What’s the one item in your closet you couldn’t not live without?

The perfect shift dress! I love how shift dresses compliment every body type. They can be dressed up or down for every occasion.

Thank you so much, Jewel! Everybody go check out Jewel’s blog Eat.Drink.Shop.Love! And if you haven’t yet read all of the other Evolution of Style

Have a lovely Tuesday.

Good Morning

If you follow me on Instagram (carolineinge), you know I went to the beach this past weekend. It was heavenly. It was a last minute trip, and The Roommate and I were in the car for half the weekend, but that one day on the beach was worth every second spent in the car.

Sadly, I am now back in Atlanta with a bit of a sunburn (the tops of my feet, the worst!!) and some extra freckles, but I’m a happy girl.

Easy Pasta

I made this pasta the other week when I was cooking for one instead of two. It was pretty tasty. I basically melted some better, tossed in some garlic and finely diced onion, then threw a zucchini (sliced into ribbons) and the pasta. Topped it with basil and voila! I wish I’d had some parmesan, because that would have made this that much more yummy.

Just easy and fresh summer dinner.

What do you throw together when you don’t have tons of stuff in your fridge and your cooking for just yourself? Have any go-tos?

Let’s Talk Lampshades

Lampshades are a pretty underrated home decor item, in my opinion. The lamp bases usually get all of the attention, but the right lampshade can really elevate the whole look of the lamp.

Ever since seeing these two homes several years ago, I have been obsessed with lampshades that are lined with gold foil. That tiny detail makes these light fixtures feel so glamorous and luxe.

Lampshades with gold foil lining

Photos from MyHomeIdeas.com

When I first bought my alabaster marble lamps at Scott’s last summer, my original plan was to buy black lampshades lined with foil. I wanted the lampshade to be super dramatic, while the base is very classic and traditional.

But, once I put the lamps in our old bedroom, I really like how the oatmeal linen shades popped against the brick wall. I wasn’t sure the black would look as nice, so I kept the oatmeal shades.

Piedmont Bedroom

But, in our new bedroom, the oatmeal shades dissappeared and felt very vanilla in front of the blue wall color and white window trim. See what I mean?

Bedroom from Everygirl feature

See how the lampshade is almost the same color as the lamp? I don’t know, it just felt so plain, like the whole lamp just disappeared into the wall. I wasn’t feeling it, so I took that as a sign that those black lampshades needed to make an appearance.

Black lampshade with gold foil lining

So what do you think? Is that gold peaking out from the black lampshade a look you can dig? I particularly love the way it reflects the light when the lamps are on. I’m absolutely in love with these lampshades, as silly as that is! These are the ones I got.

The gold lining just adds that extra something, something, you know?

Evolution of Style, with Carrie of DreamGreenDIY

First of all, thank you all so much for your sweet comments and emails the last few days! You made me feel so much better about my weird little funk, and I think I’m slowly getting back in my groove. Thanks for sticking with me!!

I have another an exciting installment of Evolution of Style for you today! If you haven’t read all of the other installments, then I highly suggest you do. They’re so fun!

I first met Carrie when I oogled over her house tour on The Everygirl several weeks ago, and I’ve been checking in on her blog DreamGreenDIY ever since! Her home and her style are filled with color, which I love!  Check out her answers below!

Carrie of DreamGreenDIY

photo by Katie Stoops

Looking back in your childhood, when was the very first time you remember thinking about fashion and style?

It probably happened somewhere between Natalie Wood and Olivia Newton-John, circa 1960-1975. My parents exposed us early on to the glory that is classic film. I remember trying my hardest to force my childhood friends to watch West Side Story and Grease over and over again, much to their chagrin. But I just couldn’t get enough, even then, of the big skirts, tight denim, leather jackets and cat eyes of the 60’s and 70’s (and the music too, obviously…).

Who was the very first person you looked to for style ideas?

Don’t hate, but despite my promising beginning in the history of fashion, my first style icon was probably Avril Lavigne. I was as much a “punk kid” as you could be in my high school days, and I remember wearing baggy pants, a ratty white tank top, skater shoes, a tie and bracelets up to my elbows on just about any given day. I’ve always had a pretty vibrant and creative personality – At least that’s the excuse I’m going with today for the fashion offenses of my youth. Luckily, I’ve found a new outlet for that eccentricity: an art canvas.

Did you have a favorite outfit growing up? One that your mom or dad just could not get off of you?

There were certainly pieces from my teenage days that I can remember wearing over and over again (like a way-too-thin, blue waffle fabric tube top that I used to wear. All. The. Time.), but I think the more sentimental answer to this question, and one that I don’t mind admitting to, was a little green dress when I was REALLY young. It was a perfect shade of minty green with delicate pink embroidery. I loved that dress to death…

Carrie of DreamGreenDIY

photo by Katie Stoops

How would you describe your style now?

Today, I am drawn to layers of pattern and color. I rarely gravitate towards matchy-matchy looks, reaching instead for a blue cardigan to layer over a neon yellow patterned tank top, or a raspberry colored dress paired with a mint sweater. Cap it off with some metallic accessories and I’m ready to hop out the door.

What sort of things do you consider when putting together an outfit?

Like at home, I think my clothing style could be classified simply as “eclectic” – I can appreciate a designer label as much as the next girl, but I’m not going to break the bank to get the look head to toe. Instead, I try to mix and match my proud-but-small collection of designer pieces with my budget finds. I finish the whole ensemble with the accessories. In my opinion, you can never have too many earrings, necklaces and bracelets. When you’re trying to stretch a wardrobe, jewelry is a great way to change things up simply by switching out one or two pieces. And of course, there are the shoes…I love me a stylish pair of flats. I so appreciate that designers are coming out with styles that are just as eye-catching and fabulous as heels. I adore how I feel mentally in a pair of heels, but don’t love so much how I feel PHYSICALLY. Give me a pair of skinny jeans, bright patterned flats, a statement necklace and flowy top and you’ve got one happy girl on your hands.

Who do you consider your style icon today?

I can’t get enough of Lindsey Calla’s blog, Saucy Glossie. Her campaign with TJ Maxx is hugely inspiring and shows that “real girls” can be stylish for less. I also love the style files over on designlovefest. There are more than a few looks I could never hope to pull off, but watching Bri have so much fun in the fresh pieces she pairs together is still a big inspiration. Does Pinterest count as a style icon? I would be lost without my “Style” pinboard…I use it practically every morning to help put together looks and layers that I might not have thought of on my own. It’s actually taught me a lot and I find myself feeling more confident in the closet as time goes on.

What trends right now are you loving?

I love that the 70’s and 80’s have officially made a comeback. Oversized floral prints, big tortoiseshell glasses, full skirts, collars and red lips. It seems so feminine, but at the same time edgy. I love seeing these looks transitioning into the fall too…It will be fun to test out the evolving trends.

Carrie of DreamGreenDIY

photo by Katie Stoops


How do you see your style changing in the next 10 years?

I honestly hope that it doesn’t change that much. I think some facets will go out of style, but there seems to have been such a big push on classics in the last couple of years and I’ve done my best to build a good foundation for a wardrobe that can stand the test of time. I’m definitely interested to see where it goes – Maybe the style of the 20’s will make a big return!

What’s the one item in your closet you couldn’t live without?

My skinny jeans. No question.

Thank you so much, Carrie!! 

Last Weekend’s Project

On Friday, The Roommate and I didn’t even know we would be tackling this project. Isn’t that just how it goes sometimes? I’ve been feeling very blah about our bed recently. Don’t get me wrong, I am obsessed with our antique brass bed, but it has tarnished so much in the past year, that there was hardly any hint of brass or golden tones underneath all the patina!

Bedroom with brass bed

For a few weeks now, I’ve been wanting to spruce up the bedroom. I absolutely love our living room, but the bedroom was just looking kind of blah. The setup looked so nice when we had an exposed brick wall behind it in our old apartment, but something was just off here.

This was the first step to my little mini-makeover!

Bedroom with brass bed

I know it’s pretty hard to tell from these photos, but can you see how dark the finish on the bed is? Unless you were looking closely at it, you couldn’t see all of the beautiful details in the metalwork. I just thought we needed a bit of sparkle!!

Antique brass bed

It only took us, oh about 6 hours worth of polishing and two bottles of Brasso!!! But doesn’t it look so sparkly and pretty? I’m just to thrilled with how it turned out!

Antique brass bed

We also switched back to the starburst clock over the bed. I loved granny watching over us, but I think the round shape and gold finish of the clock complement the bed better than granny. We moved her into the living room, though so it’s ok.

Antique brass bed

I still have a few things to do — obviously add a pillow cover to the bolster pillow on the bed. I’m also switching up the curtains, so we’ll see how that goes. So far, I’m absolutely thrilled with out it’s evolving!

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