Stars, Sweaters, and Snakes

The new year has started, and with that, I thought it was high time to delve into the world of fashion again!

Living in a college town, there are constantly new styles coming into the stores and boutiques and over the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed several patterns of items that continually make a reappearance.

  1. Stars

Everywhere you look, there are stars! Whether it’s earrings, leggings, or a cute pullover with silver sequin stars, if you’re out shopping, this is going to be one pattern you’ll need in your wardrobe.

star collage

2. Lace

Lace is a beautiful addition to any fabric, and the particular clothing that I’ve seen them the most on are simple, sweet camisoles. While these tops aren’t flashy, they’re a great staple to have in your closet and can either be dressed up or down, depending on your accessories, shoes, and jacket.

3. Animal patterns

Cheetah, leopard, snake-skin, and more! Animal patterns are in, and you can find them practically anywhere. Whether you like to keep it on the more subtle tone, or enjoy contrasting colors, there is enough variety that anyone can find a variation they like.


4. Chenille Knit Sweaters

Y’all, if you don’t have one of these sweaters, you need to get one! It is literally the softest most comfortable fabric, and luckily for us, quite popular! They come in dozens of colors, and my only precaution would be, either buy it in a larger size or DON’T dry it. I learned this the hard way haha.

Those are some of my favorite fashion items that are popular that I’ve seen! What about y’all? Any colors, patterns, or clothing items that you’ve noticed? Let me know in the comments below!

~ Southern Dreamer

Altar’d State


Recently, I discovered my new favorite store. Altar’d State.

Altar’d State was started in 2009 by Brian Mason and Aaron Walters. They created a plan for a modern Christian shopping experience that April in an Arkansas coffee shop. And six months later, the first Altar’d State store came into existence in Knoxville, TN (ironically, this was where I first discovered Altar’d State!).

Through failures and successes, Altar’d State continued to grow and spread. Birmingham, Alabama was home to their second store (which I have also been to!), and as of now, they have more than fifty boutiques in the Southeastern region of the United States.

Altar’d State’s clothes are feminine, modern, and many of them have lace which I love.

I adore the scalloped neckline on the first dress. It creates such an elegant and crisp look. And, of course, the lace on the sides (its a bit difficult to see in the picture) is a lovely touch. On the second dress, I like the lace sleeves and the design of the skirt is pretty.

I really adore this dress on the left. It’s very feminine, elegant, and LONG (I’m tall, so that’s always exciting for me :p). For the second, the mint green color is great and I know I’m going to sound like a broken record, but I love the lace added.

Are these not the cutest pajamas ever? The pom-poms on the shorts are adorable, and I love the cute sayings on the tops! ❤

And I couldn’t complete this post without adding pictures of Altar’d State’s accessories! I love the way the necklace, in the first picture, looks with that pink shirt. So pretty. The glittery, sequined belt in the last photo is wonderful! I definitely need to get one (who doesn’t need some more sparkle and shine?)!

~ Southern Dreamer