Casually Being Impromptu 

Don’t you just love when things happen in your life and you immediately say to yourself, “this is a future post!”? I totally had this moment while having dinner this week!  I thought the title of this post was kind of fun, catchy and pretty random at the same time. All which describes me on the daily!  I wanted to create this simple and impromptu post just to share some ideas on how to be casual and comfy for dinner dates  whether it’s with your girl-friends or with your special someone, husband, whoever.  Being cute while being comfy at the same time is MAJOR KEY for me when choosing a way to pair clothing items.  Once upon a time, I wanted to wear the highest heels and the tightest skirts.  I would be so uncomfortable! But as I have gotten older I only want to be comfy.  Can you agree?

Earlier this week, I was able to link up over dinner with one of my gal pals. She’s a charm and so was dinner at a local restaurant located in Five Points called Publico.  Great location, great interior set up, and awesome food.  It’s not an “upscale” place…I categorize it to be very laid back.  I was aware of where we were meeting for dinner Wednesday evening so I knew that I didn’t have to go for the sexy, sultry look but more of a cute, fun and casual outfit.  Although, I truly believe in the phrase, “there’s no such thing as being overdressed,” this was one of those days where I threw that completely out of the window.  I didn’t really have a process of putting these simple items together but below is sort of what my thought process was for the event:

  • wear a Fall color; nothing too bright
  • polish nails a neutral color that can be shown well in a dim area – – white
  • wear comfortable yet fashionable shoes – – based this on the weather

After considering all of these things, I came up with this outfit:

“Dress how you want to be addressed!”

Romper: Old Navy (no longer in stock)

Boots: Target (no longer in stock)

Denim jacket: Old Navy

Purse: MK Jet set travel tote

So the takeaways from this post are:

  1. When in Columbia go grab a bite to eat at Publico (check out the food blog on IG – TheSouthernBellestonian – to see food deets)
  2. Yes, you can be cute/sexy, comfy, and still work it like there is no tomorrow in an affordable manner
  3. the Iphone 7+ is capable of taking some pretty cool pictures

Hope this helps you in some way now or in the future! Don’t forget to check out my IG too – – thought I’d throw that in there! *wink*

when in Atlanta…

When in Atlanta for our annual birthday visit, there are three things that are guaranteed while there:

1. Great shopping

2. Immaculate food

3. A yummy cocktail – or a delicious beer

This years trip did not disappoint! Arriving into town on Friday, the weather was outrageously cold but bearable. Definitely needed to wear a hat and scarf to stay warm and fuzzy on the inside so that’s exactly what I did!

Hat: Target//Scarf: Entourage

Dinner ideas were already discussed and hands down the majority vote went to Fox Brothers BBQ! Absolutely THE best collard greens in the city! And let’s not forget the Emergency Drinking beer that’s brewed right there in Atl. If you want citrus and smooth features in your beer this is the one for you! We all had plans on hanging out and exploring downtown but it was too cold and we were just too stuffed from dinner! Twenty seven is showing old age, ha!

Saturday morning began with one of the best breakfast spots I know in the area and that’s Silver Skillet! Life changing! It’s a very southern, not too fancy, hole in the wall restaurant. These are usually the best places with the greatest food…and get this…it’s super affordable! Make your heart happy and visit when in Atl!

Off to Lenox! I heart this mall! You can make all of your fashion and shopping dreams come true here. Atlanta is my modern New York experience! I went there with the intentions to purchase my second Louis Vuitton! This was an experience in itself. I walked in excited and went right over to the young lady and stated what I wanted. She handed me the purse, I did a mirror check, and BOOM! Not one chill. No fireworks! I knew then I didn’t just want to purchase the bag but more so EARN the bag! Self accomplishments and reaching goals that are set for personal growth and satisfaction feel more rewarding than just buying the expensive bag. [Rising Tide Society – – #theRechargeChallenge – – relative to my IG post] So I left and explored the mall. We stayed there for 5 hours! True story. I wore heels and did pretty good to make it from 8 am to approximately 5 pm. [pats self on back] then I pulled the flats out!

Hat: Target//Jeans: Express// Shoes: Old Navy//Vest: Target

For dinner we had Bricktops! This is sort of our  traditional, go to eatery and it is amazing! Great steaks, ribs, and wine! Merlot to be exact. Thankfully this restaurant has multiple locations so if you can’t make it to Ga. look for your closets location and go there…NOW!

Baby back ribs//coleslaw//Mac & Cheese

Sunday morning breakfast was a toss-up! Our options were either Silver Skillet, HomeGrown, or Thumbs Up Diner! And the winner was **drum roll**…

The food was perfect! The service was nice and fast. CASH ONLY eatery! Typically, places with this on the door are always yummy! And this was no different. Super inexpensive and worth a drop in!

Grits//Sausage & Egg Handheld

What’s the perfect way to wrap up a trip to Atlanta? Of course, by getting a manicure/pedicure at Polished and shopping! This is always the conclusion to our trip before we head back home!

Shopping in Macy’s
Photo opportunity in Goodwill
car selfies


AKCESS t-shirt courtesy of Key Kreations


did someone say 50% off?

As always….thank you Atlanta, Ga. for being so amazing to me, to us, this go around! F.I.L.A! Until next time! XO 

and the WINNER IS…


Congratulations to ASHLEY BROWN (Diva4U88) on winning my FIRST EVER SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAY!!

I hope that you enjoy your prize and be sure to take photo and post it wearing your new watch!  Tag @AKCESSME so that I can share it also!!


For the rest of the world, don’t be discouraged if you weren’t the winner!  I am going to commit to doing GIVEAWAYS often so always keep up and stay tuned and in touch.  There will always be great prizes waiting for you! 🙂

December’s featured prize: 

MICHEAL Michael Kors Slim Runway Bracelet Watch, 42mm
MICHEAL Michael Kors Slim Runway Bracelet Watch, 42mm