Featured Fashions: The Blushing Brunette Boutique

Hey Y’all,

  Today’s “Featured Fashions” post is going to be very…interesting to say the least. Recently, Java Jill and I visited The Blushing Brunette Boutique in Columbus, Ga.

As we walked in, we were promptly greeted by the owner of the boutique. She asked if she could assist us and we politely declined. She informed us know that she would be around if we needed anything. After browsing around and pulling some different options, we were finally ready for a fitting room. The owner pulled us each a pair of sandals from the stock room, and we began trying on our outfits.

For my first outfit, I chose this adorable two-piece set. Two things really drew my attention to this outfit, the floral print the color. The tropical vibe of the floral print really complimented the soft, sunny, yellow color of the set. At first, I was a bit skeptical of the way the outfit would look and fit on my body. I typically range between a medium and large in tops and bottoms. They did have a size medium in stock, however,  judging by how the garments appeared on the hangers, I was worried that both pieces would run small.  When I tried it on the bottoms, I was pleasantly surprised! The medium fit like a glove, despite the fact I was not wearing the correct undergarments. While I was impressed by the quality of the shorts, I wasn’t as fond of the top.

 

Blushing Brunette tropical two piece

The elastic band at the neckline caused the off the shoulder top to bunch up. Now, I understand that many off the shoulder tops use elastic to enable the top stretch over the shoulders. However, I couldn’t move my arms without it riding up. I love off the shoulder tops, but that is so frustrating! It might seem like I’m being a bit nit-picky, but that’s just my personal opinion. I did like that the top covered more skin than I had originally thought it would. As a curvy girl, I love wearing crop tops that show just a sliver of skin. That way, I get to enjoy the look of a crop top without highlighting parts of my body that I am trying to camouflage.

Despite the drawback of the top, I would probably purchase this outfit. I feel like it would be perfect for a summer getaway to a tropical destination, although, I’d add a bralette, and some cute accessories the complete the look. I did like the look of the metallic sandal with the outfit for a more casual outing. If you are looking to dress it up for a dinner or a night out, I suggest swapping out the sandal for a wedge heel.

Let’s move on to JJ’s outfit of choice. JJ chose a beyond adorable, all black, lace romper. We both really loved this romper, and as soon as we saw it we knew one of us needed to try it on. The lace detailing covering the entire romper really made it stand out. Also, despite the lace, the romper was not itchy and did not rub against her skin or make her uncomfortable. JJ raved about how flattering it was on her body and the quality of the fabric. JJ mentioned that she would probably wear pantyhose to make it a bit more modest.

Speaking of modesty, although the romper had a plunging neckline, the overall feel of the romper is cute rather than sexy. JJ looked stunning in the romper and I know she probably would have purchased it if…well, we touch on later. If you’re looking to purchase this romper for a special event, I would suggest adding a layered choker, a pair of heels (wedge, platform, chunky, take your pick) and a cute clutch. If you’re going for a more casual vibe, a slightly dressy sandal or a heeled ankle boot, statement earrings (hoops or dangles), and a cross body will dress down the romper.

 

Blushing Brunette Black lace romper

My next outfit veered more on the causal side. When I saw the leopard print top hanging up on display, I immediately went to look for it. Once I found it, I knew I’d be pulling it to try on. I grabbed a size medium because the top seemed to have a relaxed oversized feel to it. I also grab a bralette to peek out from under the top, and a pair of black denim jeans to match.

Starting with the bralette, the fit was disappointing. I grabbed a size medium/large and it fit like a small/medium! Not only was it too small, the bralette itself had little to no stretch. To be fair, I am a busty girl and they did have “plus sized” bralette options so I could have sized up. However, for a boutique carrying sizes small to triple X, I’m not sold on the fact that the plus-sized bralettes would really fit a truly plus sized lady. I’m curious to find out how the bralettes work at other body types because they are a hard pass for me.

Although I hit a snag with the bralette, I was impressed with the t-shirt. Although I’m not sure what kind of fabric was used to make the shirt, it was super soft and really comfortable. I loved the color contrast of the terracotta and black spot against the white t-shirt. The tie in the front also added that extra little trendy touch to the top. I am currently obsessed with the “tie up” look (it a great trick to make an oversized top or tank appear more flattering) so it’s not surprising that I loved that top. I just wished that I liked the shorts as much as the top.

At first glance, the cuffed black denim shorts seemed like they were going to work out. When I got to the dressing room, I realized that I might have needed to size up. Although, If I had grabbed an X-Large, it probably would have gaped in the back, so that would have solved one problem but created another one. Even though the shorts were a bit tight, the overall look of them was ok. If I had a body shaping underwear on, I would have been able to fix the issue.

Out of the three clothing pieces included in the outfit, I would purchase the top and the shorts. T-shirt was comfy, and the shorts were cute. Since this outfit is casual, I’d switch out the sandals for sneakers, and add super simple accessories like a dainty necklace and studs.

The Blushing Brunette logo

By now you might be wondering what I was talking about when I mentioned that this was going to be an “interesting” post. Well, this is where things took a turn for the worst. As we were in the process of shooting pictures of my second outfit, the boutique owners husband made a comment that had us both raising an eyebrow. As we were standing by the jewelry display, he asked us what we were shopping for. With big smiles on our faces, we told him that we were fashion bloggers that feature local business. With a smirk and nasty tone, he replied: “You two are fashion bloggers?”.

It took a second to sink in before I realized he meant it in a rude way. We continued to snap pictures of my outfits, and when I went to the front to ask the owner’s husband for permission to take pictures with the store logo, I was cut off by him saying “We need the dressing rooms for other customers!” There were two other groups of people in the store, however, only one girl besides JJ and myself were trying on clothes.

The boutique is relativity small, and there are only three dressing rooms. However, if I learned anything from working in retail, I know to NEVER RUSH A CUSTOMER OUT OF THE DRESSING ROOM! This automatically turns off customers and makes them feel unwelcome. Up to this point in our experience, the boutique owner had been nice. All of a sudden she jumped in and backed her husband asking if we were “about finished up”. We weren’t. We had two more outfits to photograph for y’all, and I try my hardest to show a little bit of everything the boutiques have to offer. When your being pressured by the owners to free up their dressing room, that’s impossible to do. So in the end, we just left. As we walked to the car I asked JJ if she felt the same as I, and she did.

I like to make note of a few things as well. First, while she welcoming in the beginning, the owner seemed to be more interested in other customers that she might consider to be her “target demographic”. This can make other customers feel isolated and unwelcome. Second, we waited until the store was empty to start trying on clothes so we wouldn’t inconvenience other customers. Third, JJ and I are regular people and in no way expect business to bend over backward for us. This blog is our outlet to shed light on small businesses, not to trash them. Finally, we weren’t upset because the owner’s husband attempted to diss us ( I say attempted because you can’t diss those who won’t accept your negativity), we were upset because we treated their business with utmost respect and did not receive the same respect in return.

Men like the boutique owners husband are one of the reasons we started this blog. Fashion shouldn’t have a set look. Fashion is a about expressing your personal taste, and letting your personality shine. Maybe we aren’t what some people consider fashion bloggers…but that’s what makes us stand out from the rest. So a special thanks to you sir for trying to bring down two girls just trying to get their blog off the ground. You just made us want to stick around longer, to shut people like you down.

Well, my darlings that’s about it for this post, like I said, this one was interesting. The Blushing Brunette Boutique is another quintessential hotspot for college girls and housewives that we will probably never return to. The clothes are cute, the aesthetic of the boutique is adorable, but the service just left a bad taste in our mouth. As for the prices, they were what you’d expect from any boutique, not affordable but not super pricey either. I’ve got another “Featured Fashions” post coming up soon, so be on the lookout for that!

 

Until next time y’all! 

 

 

 

 

 

How to look glam for your graduation!

Hey, Y’all!

Graduation season is in full swing, and if you’ve been wracking your brain (and rummaging through your closet) trying to figure out what to wear, look no further! I’ve come up with three adorable graduation looks that will have you shining brighter than the flash on your mom’s camera!

Outfit One: The Classic LWD (Little White Dress).

The classic little white dress

I am OBSESSED with this dress! Nothing says summer like the color white and eyelet fabric! It’s soft, feminine, flirty, and could be a go-to date dress after graduation! Available at Charlotte Russe, this dress comes in just under 40 bucks, and you can find it here!

Comfy block heels

When it comes to shoes, personally I’d pair this dress with these nude block heeled pumps. If you aren’t a fan of that shade of nude, you could go for any neutral tone shoe such as a tan, chocolate brown, pewter, or even a matching white. I love block heeled pumps because they are much easier to walk in than a stiletto. Also, if your graduation ceremony is being held outside, you won’t have to worry about your heel sinking down into the grass. You can find the pair of pumps shown above here. When it comes accessories, I’m all about statement earring. I think this pair of dangle-ly pearls adds a “classic meets modern” touch.

timeless pearls

For hair, I would suggest a tossed waves with a center part, similar to what the model in the dress is rocking but maybe a bit more polished. As for makeup, keep it simple. Start with a BB cream or a light foundation, buff on some translucent powder, and add just a light flush of color to your cheeks with some blush. Add some highlighter to bridge of your nose and the inner corners of the eye. Swipe on some mascara, put on a natural lip gloss and boom, your ready!

Look Two: The Modern White Romper.

Simple romper

For the ladies who just aren’t that into dresses do worry, I have a look for you too! A more modern take on the classic grad dress would be a romper.

Rompers are so comfy and versatile that you’ll want to wear one all summer long! I love the simplicity of this romper available at H&M. Usually choosing more simplistic outfit gives you an excuse to go all out on your shoes an accessories.

spicy block heels

Starting with the shoes, I wanted to add a pop of color to the look so I chose these ADORABLE faux suede orange block heeled pumps. These are currently on sale at Charlotte Russe and you can find them here.

trendy tassles

As for accessories there I suggest these adorable coral tassel earrings from Francesca’s to coordinate with the shoes. If earrings aren’t your thing, and longer metallic chain necklace would accent the v-neck of the romper. Since I’d pick earrings over a necklace, I’d pair this romper with these earrings.

nyx lip cream

As for hair, I love the model’s simple straight style but feel free to add a little curl to the ends if you’d like to. As for makeup, I’d keep the face fairly simple, add some bronzer, highlighter, and make sure to wing out that liner eyeliner girlfriend! A pop of coral on those lips will really seal the deal. I love the NYX Soft Matte Lipcream in the color Manila. This liquid lipstick doesn’t dry your lips out, however, I do like add a clear gloss over the lipstick to give it a dewy shine.

Outfit Three: The “Wildcard” Two Piece.

fasion nova two piece

Ok ladies, so we’ve come to our last outfit choice which is the matching two-piece set. Two piece outfits have grown on me. When they first came back into style, I was skeptical of them because of my recent weight gain. I finally bought one, I came to the conclusion that whether your teeny-tiny, thick and curvey or in between, you can totally rock this look! I should also mention this a “sexier” outfit option, so this might be more appropriate for a college grad than a high school grad depending on your school/university’s dress code. This outfit is perfect for the grad who might be going straight from the ceremony to the after- party. Similar to the other two looks, this jumpsuit would probably become a go-to night out outfit. This jumpsuit is available on Fashion Nova’s website, you can find it here.

Sexy silver heels

For shoes, I actually like the traditional black heeled sandals that Fashion Nova chose, however, I rather pair it with a metallic heeled sandal. Like the one pictured above. These heels were found on AKIRA, you can check them out here.

Silver bangle

For accessories, lets switch it up! This time I’m going to suggest picking out a simple pair of hoops or stud earrings and pairing them with a cute bracelet, similar to what the model is wearing. I found this bracelet on Lightinthebox.com. I’ve never shopped on this website, but I really do love this cuff.

Red lips are glam

For hair, I’d keep it glamorous with some soft “Old Hollywood” waves. As for makeup, a classic red lip and a winged liner would tie in nicely with the whole glamour theme, just make sure to keep the rest of the face pretty simple. (Similar to the makeup for look two.) When it comes to red lipstick you can never go wrong with Mac’s Ruby Woo Lipstick. You can find that here.

Well, that’s all three looks ladies! I hope was able to spark some outfit ideas for y’all. If you’re graduating this year, congratulations and enjoy your special day!

Also, I’d love to hear what y’all think about the outfits, and which one was your favorite!

Until next time,

Miss Southern Belle Bottom Jean.

Boutique Review: The Poshest Peach in Town!

Hey Y’all,

I’m Miss Belle Bottom Jean and I’m coming at you with my first boutique review! These reviews are is going to be a trial and error process at first, so please bare with me.

If you live anywhere near the Columbus GA area, then y’all are in for a treat! I had the pleasure of visiting The Posh Peach, located in the chic and electric Downtown district of Columbus.

Posh Peach

As soon as Java Jill and I walked in, we were greeted with some good ole southern hospitality. With a background in retail, I know that a friendly smile and warm welcome go along way.

Once we were greeted, I felt free to walk around and browse the store. The ladies at the Posh Peach are always lovely, and have mastered the skill of being attentive, yet letting their customer have space. Although the sweet peach that was working let us do our own thing, she was still very professional, personable, attentive, and courteous. Posh Peach gets a 5/5 rating on service.

Now for the moment y’all have been waiting for. Shall we talk about the clothes?

The clothing at the Posh Peach is trendy, chic, and tasteful. So far as the overall style of the boutique, I would classify them as southern boho chic which is right up my alley.

I tried on three different outfits while I was there so y’all could get an idea of the cute clothing they have to offer.

 

The first outfit I chose was this beautiful peach ruffled maxi dress. This dress was one of the first things that caught my eye, it was absolutely stunning! I also really love the versatility of the dress, it’s definitely a day-to-night piece that every southern belle should have in her closet.

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This next outfit its “night out on the town material”. Between the patterns shorts and the bodysuit, this outfit gives me “College Night at the Bar Vibes” in the best way possible. The shorts are super comfy, and would be great for dancing. As for the bodysuit, well…who doesn’t need a black bodysuit in their closet, am I right? While body suit hugged all the right places, it did suppress my “girls” just a little. That’s problem could have been easily fixed by sizing up though.

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Y’all I have saved the best for last. Two words…Bell bottoms. I wouldn’t be Miss Belle Bottom Jean if I didn’t include a pair of bell bottoms in my first boutique review! The bell bottoms I tried on at The Posh Peach were beyond adorable! The hugged every curve, and even gave some extra pop to my booty. Being a devoted fan of high-waisted jeans, I  was blown away by the overall look of the bell bottoms. As for the crop top I paired with it, I really loved the color pairing on the top, however, the lace detailing is what really stood out to me. The lace brought a soft, feminine feel to the top, which I love! I did have to take my bra off with this top, but I’m sure if you had a stick on bra you could probably get away with wearing that.

 

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In conclusion, I will be shopping at The Posh Peach again! I’m hooked on the overall feel of the boutique and the beyond adorable shoes, accessories, and clothing. I rate the Posh Peach 4.5/5. They only lost a “half jean” for the pricing. Being a budget fashionista, the prices on certain items are higher than I’m willing to pay However, that’s to be expected at any boutique so…what can you do right? Speaking of budgets, they do have a few awesome sales racks to check out while your there too! Anyway y’all, I will be revisiting The Posh Peach once I get a proper rating system down. Right now, I stand firmly at 4.5 jeans!

4.5 out of 5

I did not get a chance to write down the prices of all the pieces I tried on however I will link their website The Posh Peach. Make sure to check them out on Instagram and Facebook too. Until next time y’all!

-Miss Belle Bottom Jean

Captain Crunch Brunch

Town: Columbus, Ga
Restaurant: Ruth Ann’s
Dish: Captain Crunch French Toast
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Ruth Ann’s  is a little southern gem of a restaurant by the downtown area in Columbus, Ga. They feature your traditional southern food fare: fried chicken, mac n cheese, southern fried steak – all in the hearty portions that we southerners enjoy. They also have breakfast/brunch items that range from the typical pancakes, grits, and eggs, to various unique styles of pancakes and French toast.
 
I stopped in for brunch and wanted to try something new, and what caught my eye was something that was a neat take on a treat that was a blast from the past. Captain Crunch French Toast. Those who enjoyed the cereal often remember that the flavor, the crunchiness, and the utter destruction of the roof of your mouth. A bowl often meant that great sacrifice had to me made, but Ruth Ann’s dish presented me with the opportunity to have my cake and eat it too (without having it rip my mouth to shreds).
 
 
SERVICE / Atmosphere – 4/5
The service was wonderful. The staff was sweet and accommodating, and when asked for recommendations on what to eat, our server was detailed and familiar with the products and was able to tell us the strengths of specific dishes. The atmosphere was nothing special. No outstanding decor, but nothing detracting either. All in all, the experience was a positive one.
 
PRESENTATION – 5/5
Ruth Ann's Signature dish
 
The presentation is well done. Three thick slices of French toast dusted with powder made from captain crunch and topped with a hearty dollop of whipped cream.
 
Taste – 3.5/5
 
The flavor of the Captain Crunch French Toast was good, but that’s all I can really say about it. The cereal provided a nice sweet overtone to the soft, thick bread but after the first few bites, the novelty wore off quickly and I was left with an overly sweetened pile of bread. While it doesn’t lose any points for being sweet, it does lose points for it’s very average flavor profile being monotone and an ultimately tiresome experience.
 
 
Overall – 12.5/15
 
Ruth Ann’s was a good experience overall and I do highly recommend giving it a try if you’re a fan of breakfast/brunch or southern cooking. I have been multiple times and each time my experience has been above average and the food met and surpassed expectations. I would recommend their novel dishes, but with the caveat that what you’re getting won’t be anything groundbreaking, but fun and interesting nonetheless.
 
-Obadiah