6 Casual-chic Holiday Party Looks

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Location: The Grant Hotel courtesy of Lucky Savannah 

It’s not a high/low thing for me, it’s a chic/comfort thing . I learned a long time ago that cowboy boots under a long skirt allows me to dance the night away or one fancy piece paired with a simple clean lined piece makes me feel in the party spirit while still being me! Here are a few of my recent go to casual chic holiday party looks!

1. Classic Christmas
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Maxi Plaid Skirt: Shabby Apple
Sequined Polka Cardigan: J Crew
Red Beret: Free People
Cinnabar Bracelets and Ring: Vintage and Zia Boutique

2. Happy Leopard
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Cotton Leopard Printed Sweater: Boden
Satin Skirt: Past Season Brooks Brothers
Patent Leather Loafers: Repetto

3. Bird Dog Dressy
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Pheasant Cardigan: J Crew
Gold Satin Pleated Midi Skirt: J Crew
Emerald Velvet Buckle Pumps: 9 West

4. Cotton Candy Christmas
Maxi Ruffled Skirt, Billy Reid Sweater, Fisherman's Sweater, Libbie Summers Style, Party Style, Casual Chic
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Fisherman’s Sweater: Billy Reid (past season)
Ruffled Maxi Skirt: Similar to what I’m wearing…I have no idea where I got this.
La La The Lamb Necklace: Gunner and Lux (not just for littles!)

5. Hog Wild Holiday 
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Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater: Vince
Ruffled Maxi Skirt: Similar to what I’m wearing…again, I have no idea where I got this skirt
Shoes: none

6. Sweatshirts and Sequins
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Navy Sweatshirt: J Crew
Silver Sequin Skirt: Custard Boutique
Silver Shoes: Rachel Comey (similar)

 

 

DIY: Back To School Designer Book Bags

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Sure, you could carry a backpack, but why would you when you could go back to school in style with a tricked out book bag!

The Cheerleader
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What you need:
1 Cotton book bag
Silhouette of a cheerleader jumping (drag the image below to your desktop and print out to the size needed for your bag)
Embroidery thread (whatever color you like)
Embroidery needle
Scissors
Embroidery hoop
Yarn Pom Poms (whatever color you like, you’ll need 2 small for the cheerleader and more to hang from the handles of your bag) Learn how to make a hand pom pom HERE.

Cheerleader art
What to do:
1. Print out image of cheerleader (sized to your bag) and cut out silhouette.
2. Place silhouette in the center of your bag and trace around the perimeter with a pencil (don’t worry about tracing around the pom poms you’ll be covering that area up with actual pom poms.)
3. Fasten the embroidery hoop over the cheerleader and stitch the penciled cheerleader with your embroidery thread and needle. (I used all the thickness of thread and a back stitch.)
4. Attach small pom poms where the hand pom poms with embroidery thread.
5. Tie other pom poms on the straps of the bag.

The Jock
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What you need:
1 Cotton Book Bag
Varsity Letter Patch
Sewing Machine and Thread
Decorative Pins
Scarf (optional)
What to do:
1. Place the varsity letter where you would like it on the book bag and sew around the perimeter. I used a finishing stitch.
2. Attach pins and tie on scarf (optional)

The Marching Band Leader
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What you need: 
1 Cotton canvas book bag
Flat backed sequin beads
Fabric Glue or Hot Glue
What to do:
1. Lay bag on a flat surface and place sequin beads in the patter you would like. We did a musical note in the center and a simple linear pattern around it.
2. Taking your time, glue each bead to the bag.
3. Allow bag to dry overnight.

The Happy Thespian
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What you need: 
1 Cotton canvas book bag
Pencil
Black buttons in varying sizes and shapes
Black embroidery thread
Scissors
Embroidery needle
Embroidery hoop
Yellow Buttons in varying sizes and shapes
Yellow embroidery thread
Scarf (optional)
What to do: 
1. Sketch a smiley face somewhere on your bag.
2. Fasten the embroidery hoop over the smiley face.
3. Working with the black eyes and mouth first, sew black buttons onto the bag to cover the lines on your sketch (I used the full thickness of the black embroidery thread).
4. Sew yellow buttons around the perimeter of the smiley face circle then fill in the blank area. Make sure to mix up using small and large buttons so there are no two buttons the same next to each other. (I used the full thickness of the yellow embroidery thread).
5. Tie a coordinating scarf onto one of the straps of the bag (optional). So stinkin’ cute!
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Yep, I’m also wearing my Patch Pants!!

Back To School Designer Book Bags (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

As school busses started rolling down the streets of Savannah this past week, I got a little nostalgic for high school days when instead of a backpack, I toted a tricked out book bag filled with spiral notebooks, a bottle of Baby Fresh cologne and a tube of cherry flavored lip gloss. These thoughts led to a craft project that I hope inspires the next awkwardly cool generation of jocks, geeks, thespians, freaks and the occasional cheerleader.

Libbie Loves: Spring Flower Power

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

This time of year I find my mind and all things in my life are inspired by the gorgeous flowers blooming around me. Here are a few of my favorite Spring flower-inspired obsessions! 

Flowers, Fashion, Soap, Prints

1. Peyton Leather Pumps by Gucci
Because these are not only gorgeous, they look super comfortable and a girl can dream.
@gucci

2. Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum by Guerlain
Because I can admit I actually bought this perfume after watching Angelina Jolie’s video and LOVE IT!
@guerlain

3. Chea Embroidered Denim Jacket by Acne Studios
Because I am obsessed with this jacket…obsessed.
@acnestudios

4. How To Draw Modern Florals: An Introduction To The Art of Flowers, Cacti, and More by Alli K Design
Because who doesn’t want to be able to bust out a cacti drawing when called upon to do so?
@allikdesign

5. Whipped soap; Beach Scented with Jasmine Flowers, Salt and Sea Air by 7ChakrasSoap
Because whipped soap. period.
@7chakras_soap

6. Wooden Decorative Spoon Set by ShabbyHappyDecoupage
Because these could “girly up” any kitchen.
@shabby_happy

7. Zuma Swimsuit by SEEA
Because I love a cool suit that protects me from the sun and doesn’t ride up my ass while I’m actually swimming.
@theseea

8. 1 Yard of Into The Gargen Sage in Oyster Linen for a pillow by Ashley Woodson Bailey
Because Ashley Bailey does beautiful work and I dream about making a pillow out of this fabric.
@ashleywoodsonbailey

9. Candied Whole Violets by India Tree
Because India Tree products are all natural and these candied violets can take a boring cupcake to BRILLIANT!
@indiatree

Food-Inspired Fashion: Strawberry Boiler Suits

by Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong for Savannah Magazine

Every successful event I design, no matter how big or small, involves a little “theater”, and theater means the perfect staff uniforms.
For this strawberry-inspired dinner party, myself and staff wore white tailored boiler suits with a strawberry patch over our hearts. I encourage a little personal flare when the event calls for it –and this event called for it! So pink chuck tailors, red bandanas, a certain pink satin hat and a lot of attitude helped to create even more “theater” for our guests.

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L-R (Anthony Lunsmann, Libbie Summers, Candace Brower, David Dempsey)

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Get the Look!
Boiler Suits (tailored of course)
Strawberry Patch