Jan 31, 2016

Sunday Shopping 1/31

I am well overdue for a Sunday Shopping post. If you aren't familiar with this series, I show you sales, new arrivals, + other fashion pieces that have caught my eye recently.

dresses: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 ; tops: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4

Vineyard Vines released their Spring 2016 collection, and I love it!! If you've seen my closet, then you know my love for anything striped and all things blue (navy especially). I am really impressed with Vineyard Vines's spring collection because they stuck to their heritage and made classic wardrobe staples. Navy and Marlin are classic colors for VV, and I'm glad to see they've realized that!
1st row: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 ; 2nd row: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 ; dress

Working at a Vineyard Vines outlet for the past year and a half has allowed me to see the good, lovely, bad, & ugly in which they create. Every retail company creates pieces that should've never left the sketch pad. Sadly, I have seen a lot of obnoxious articles of clothing come to the outlet and sit on clearance for six months over the past year. However, I really love the new spring collection, and this will be an awesome year for VV if they keep it up. As you can see, they have stuck with fun pastels and simple prints + solids, which is why I first started shopping here. Claps to VV!! On a side note, they also released men's jeans for the first time ever. From what I've heard, they're great.

Well done J. Crew, retail and factory!!

Here are a few other pieces I love!

Thanks for reading! Be sure to share your favorite fashion items of the moment or things you've purchased recently.


Jan 29, 2016

10 Closet Staples from J. Crew

Here are 10 classic J. Crew staples that are a necessity for any closet. I struggled very much so in the act of picking only 10.  J. Crew creates versatile and high quality pieces that will last a life time and match everything.

1) sparkly statement necklace // retail (1, 2, 3, 4) - factory (1, 2, 3, 4)  

2) chino shorts // retail - factory

3) excursion vest // retail - factory

4) camp socks // retail - factory

5) painter tee // retail - factory

6) carrie cami // retail - factory

7) crinkle gingham shirt // retail - (currently not available at factory)

8) tippi sweater // summer version: (currently not available) // winter version: factory - retail

9) paper bag skirt // factory: summer version - winter version (currently not available at retail)

10) pixie pants // factory - retail

*note: click on outfit photos to be directed to their original blog post/video (if they have one)

Watch the video to see these pieces featured from my closet!

Hope you enjoyed this combined video/post. Should I combine videos with blog posts on a regular basis? Enjoy this series? Comment other brands in which I should continue the series if so.


Jan 19, 2016

The All Prep Pullover by Southern Proper

If anything has taken over my closet this season, it's definitely Southern Proper's all prep pullover. This sounds ridiculous, but after two years, I've acquired 6. I am a pullover enthusiast (half of my winter wardrobe, it's a serious problem) and I don't think I've ever loved a pullover this much. If you would like to make a purchase from Southern Proper, you can use the code "xcgal98" for 15% off your entire purchase.

I used to wear my Patagonia pullover fleece or North Face full zip everywhere, but I have rarely worn either this year if I'm being honest. Even my Vineyard Vines shep shirts have seen neglect this season, I just really love the all prep pullover!! It's an extremely warm, thick fleece with several adorable styles to pick from. My favorites that I own include the traditional tartan trim (hunter green, navy, grey), fair isle (cedar, grey), + old glory with stars + stripes on the trim. 

I find the pullover great for class and time spent outside (bonfires, hiking, yard work, + any outdoor activity). If you've ever been to a bonfire, then you're familiar with the unpleasant odor left on your clothes. I do a lot of hiking and exploring, and always reach for an all prep pullover on the colder days. I wash my pullovers on cold and hang them up to air-dry. Even after several washes, the fleece is still in perfect condition, and the outdoor/bonfire odor goes away completely. Note that I've also spilled hot coffee, fallen in a mud puddle, and fallen into a creek while wearing these pullovers and they came out in perfect condition after a good wash. These pullovers are Daria-proof, thus they're awesome for anyone else whom may be accident prone and survive accidents well. 

I typically pair my all prep pullovers with jeans or leggings and bean boots. Southern Proper's frat hats look great with the all prep pullover! On the colder days (when it falls under 35-40 degrees), I like to layer a fleece vest (Columbia, Vineyard Vines) under my all prep pullover and it keeps me really warm. I get an XS (note this is mens sizing) because that is the smallest size produced and I prefer an oversized fit. To help with sizing, I am 5'2 and this pullover covers my butt allowing it to be worn with leggings. I've gone as far to layer this with a tee, fleece vest, sweatshirt, and then wore the pullover on top of everything, still allowing a comfortable fit.

This is one of the first clothing items I would recommend to everyone: either gender and every age group. As you can see, I live in these pullovers. My father has the navy with tartan trim and loves it. I've even convinced my fourteen year old brother to wear one. A bunch of my friends (girls and guys) wear these pullovers, and I do see them wearing their pullovers quite often. I'm 90% sure my grandmother would wear an all prep pullover frequently if I got her one. If these pullovers were made in baby + child sizes, they would be awesome for that age group.

The decision of which pullover to purchase is very difficult. I do find myself wearing the grey with tartan trim the most. However, my favorite is the old glory with stars and stripes on the lining.  I can not stress enough how much I love these pullovers, 100% worth the investment! I give the all prep pullover a 10 out of 5 stars. Note after you purchase one, you'll soon be back to get your second.

Do you have an all prep pullover? Did you decide to purchase one after reading this post? Tweet (@dariasmithyt) or tag me in a photo on Instagram (@dariasmithyt) with your all prep pullover or any Southern Proper gear, and I would love to see it!


Jan 14, 2016

Paisley Print

dress: Apricot Lane (fb, insta) // boots: Justin // necklace: Francesca's // watch: Kate Spade // bracelet: Kendra Scott (similar)

I purchased this paisley shift dress from my favorite boutique, Apricot Lane, while I was in Illinois on campus at U of I a few weeks ago. I think it'd be great for a country concert or music festival. I generally dislike purple and orange, but for some odd reason, I love this dress! It would also be great paired with leather strappy sandals in the Summer.

Since the paisley print is very vibrant and colorful, I wanted to keep the accessories simple. I've been loving the pearl tassel necklace that I got from Francesca's; it matches everything! Also, I find myself wearing my Kendra Scott cuff almost every day, definitely a good buy.

Thanks for reading!


Jan 12, 2016

Barbour Tartan

sweater: Polo // jacket: Barbour via CCP (email me for a 20% discount code) // scarf (on sale): Barbour via CCP (email me for a 20% discount code) // hat: Southern Proper (use code xcgal98 for 15% off) // watch: Kate Spade // jeans: Vineyard Vines // socks: J. Crew // boots: L. L. Bean

If you know me at all, then you know how much I love to match. The plaid on my scarf and jacket are a perfect match. Both my hat and coat are a waxy material and olive green. I chose a classic maroon sweater to tie in the maroon shade on the tartan with the red bow tie on my baseball cap. After I saw the hat and scarf matched my jacket, I just had to get them.

I've had this outfit planned for a while and I'm so excited to finally share it with you! I recently got my Barbour coat this fall and it's most definitely worth all the hype. I 100% recommend the beadnell wax jacket in the olive shade. Originally, I wanted navy or sage, but olive is the way to go!! As far as sizing goes, I got a US 0, and typically wear 00 in J. Crew tops. 

I've had this sweater since ninth grade (four years) and it's definitely one of my favorites. I have a few other Polo cable knit sweaters and they're a great classic staple for any wardrobe. L. L. Bean and J. Crew also make great cable knit sweaters. If you follow my blog, then you'd know these jeans, bean boots, and camp socks are a few of my colder weather staples.

My hat is from Southern Proper's Sportsman line and different from their classic frat hat, as it's a waxy material like the Barbour coats. It's unique, and that's what I love about it. I've gotten a lot more wear out of the tartan scarf shown above than I originally thought I would. It goes great with white, creme, navy, and maroon. 

I do rep for Country Club Prep and Southern Proper, so I've got some great discounts to share with you! Email me for a code for 20% off your whole purchase at Country Club Prep + free shipping (my coat and jacket are available on this site). Use code xcgal98 for 15% off your entire purchase on Southern Proper.

This is a collaboration post with Catherine and Julianna who blog over at Preppy by the Sea. They will also be styling their Barbour jackets, so head on over to their page for more style inspiration! Check out this link to see the collab we did last year styling plaid scarves.

Tweet or tag me on Instagram (@dariasmithyt) in a photo of you styling your Barbour coat!


Jan 11, 2016

Year In Review: 2015 on Country and Class

2015 has been quite a year for the blog. Country and Class is a year old as of January 3rd. In 2015, 31 posts were made on the blog (a much smaller number than I was hoping for). My goal for the year was 52 posts, for posting once a week, but life got the best of me. Regardless, I did manage to shoot some awesome outfits last year.

In 2015, I partnered with ShopStyle to bring you shoppable image carousel widgets. This was a big improvement for the blog in my opinion, making it much easier so shop my outfit. I've also posted about some awesome sales + helpful shopping tips throughout the year. 

For 2016, I am shooting for 104 posts, hoping for twice a week. I want to do two outfit posts a week and what ever other posts I decide to do. It's hard balancing the blog with my YouTube channel when  I have work and school, but I will certainly try my best.

Here's to hoping 2016 is awesome! I can't wait to see what new opportunities this year brings.

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