Southern Belle in Training

Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle Blog || Est. 2012 || Virginia Beach, VA

December 18, 2014

OOTD + Giveaway: Holiday Party Style with Dauphines of New York.

Top: Macy's || Skirt: Target || Tights: Forever 21 || Shoes: {from a sorority sister} || Headband: c/o Dauphines of New York for Sephora || Purse: Calvin Klein || Earrings: Icing || Bracelet: {old} || Nails: Essie in Toggle to the Top || Lips: Essence XXL Shine Lip Gloss in Hibiscus ||

     I have always had a thing for beautiful hair accessories. When I was in elementary and middle school, I always had super long, straight hair. (My hair was naturally pin staright until I permed it during my freshman year of college!) I would always try and keep my hair out of my face or to add a little something to my outfits with different headbands and hair clips. As I got older, my taste in hair accessories got a bit more mature, but I still love anything sparkly and glam to add a fun touch to my hair-dos. 

     So when Dauphines of New York, makers of luxury hair accessories, reached out to me about doing a collaboration and giveaway on my blog, of course I said yes! I learned that Dauphines of New York just launched an exclusive collection of gorgeous headbands that are only being sold at (both in store and online!). Each headband is created on a comfortable (and adjustable!) elastic band, and is designed with beautiful crystals and semi-precious stones. The headband that I was sent to style was Screen Siren. I absolutely love the combo of the black stones against the beautiful clear crystals. Such a gorgeous color combo for winter fashion and especially for planning holiday and New Years outfits! 

      There are lots of ways to wear your Dauphines of New York headband with your hair down, but I was able to create this easy up-do by simply rolling and tucking my hair into the elastic band, and then tucking in a few loose stray pieces into the bottom with bobby pins. This look was so easy to create and stayed up all day! My hair is very thick and can be difficult to hold up at times, so that shows how powerful the elastic band is on these handbands (yet they're still very comfortable to wear!). I'm so happy that I got the chance to style a Dauphines of New York headband! Dauphines of New York has been so kind as to sponsor a giveaway here on my blog! They're giving away one headband from their Sephora exclusive collection. This giveaway will run until Thursday, December 25th, 2014 (that's Christmas!). 

     A quick few notes about the rest of my outfit: I am still obsessed over this striped skirt from Target! I wore it in an earlier OOTD post this fall (found here). On a different note, I rarely wear a lot of red. I am not a huge fan of red lipstick on myself, and don't wear the color a lot in clothing. But during the month of December, all of the red that I have seems to magically appear out of my closet! Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit like wearing things that are a cheery bright red. I bought the top that I am wearing in this post at Macy's a couple seasons ago, and remains one of my favorite tops to wear during the holiday season! I love the flowing sleeves and the beautiful detailing on the back. 

     One last thing that I cannot leave out- I was absolutely freezing and miserable when taking these pictures! It was in the 30ish degree temperature range outside in my hometown when I shot this outfit. I was clearly still envisioning Charlotte winter weather in my head (which most days had been in the 50s and high 40s).  Oh- the things that I do for my blog!! Can any other fashion bloggers relate?! :-)

     Be sure to enter the giveaway below to win your own Dauphines of New York headband! And I have linked similar outfit pieces to what I am wearing in this post. 

     Stay tuned over the next few days for a special end of the year blog series! I will be highlighting many of my favorite blogs that I have read in 2014 by category: Charlotte bloggers, collegiate bloggers, and general fashion and lifestyle bloggers. I can't wait to share! (This is inspired by my blogging bestie Gina's favorite bloggers of 2014 post!) 

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      xoxo Miss ALK


  1. GIRL! You look amazing!! You should def wear red more often! Your whole outfit & HAIR! is perfection!!

  2. You look so pretty!!! Hope you are enjoyin time at home for the holidays :) and yes, I can relate! Not so much to the cold part, but I can many stares at my "locations" when taking pictures haha

  3. I'm obsessed with that gorgeous top & so thankful that you're doing such a fun giveaway...oh & you definitely shouldn't be afraid of wearing red, you look fab!

    xoxo, SS


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