Baby Valentine

Valentine’s Day was truly never a favorite of mine. It still isn’t a favorite holiday but it’s nice to feel extra loved and wear hearts, and I do get a little bit excited for Avery. She still has no clue what a “holiday” is and she can’t grasp the concept of having a Valentine but she does love all the things that go along with February 14th! A few weekends ago we snagged a few new pieces for Avery’s wardrobe that are perfect for the lovey-dovey occassion. I thought I’d share a bit of our heart-filled favorites for baby girl this year!

Baby Valentine

1: Heart Pajamas | 2: Sequin Heart Tee {long sleeve version} | 3: SMOOCH Hoodie | 4. Mother & Daughter Heart Necklaces | 5: Stripe Heart Tee | 6: Pink Hearts | 7: Knee Patch Jeggings | 8: Canvas Tote | 9. Heart Tutu Skirt

Avery uses hoodies and jackets as a security blanket. This morning she cried {REAL tears} because she wanted to put on “Jackie” but it was downstairs. This cream colored *smooch* hoodie from J.Crew will make her so insanely happy! These tops and bottoms are great for mixing and matching. None of them are too over-the-top so they can be worn until she grows out of them {which, let’s face it – could very well be BEFORE Valentine’s Day! #growslikeaweed} The canvas tote from is adorable for Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year! I hardly ever use a “diaper bag” these days but this provides just enough room for a few extra toys and clothes when we are going to a friend’s house or to visit with the g-parents. It might also find it’s way to Trader Joe’s!

Catherine Calligraphy






Kardashian Kids

Say what you want to about the Kardashians, have you heard about their new line of baby girl clothes launching at Babies R’ Us?? I say “baby girl clothes” because it’s for girls only, and only up to size 24 months. Lucky for me, A is still in that size range {although I’m not sure just how long} and even if I like nothing else, I’m swooning over these gold polka dots!!


The collection is available online TODAY and hits stores tomorrow! Thoughts? Comments?

Catherine Calligraphy

How to Wear Animal Prints

Okay so last week we learned about the difference between animal prints. Hopefully you learned something! I still stand by my original statement: Leopard IS a neutral. But maybe you’re still unsure about using the prints? It can be intimidating!

If you’re a scaredy-cat {pun intended!} then I want to suggest a few ways to take baby steps toward incorporating animal prints into your wardrobe.

LBD Animal copy

Dorothy Perkins LBD | Leopard BeltCheetah Belt

Step 1: Pair animal print of your choice with another neutral. I’d pick black or jeans.

Step 2: Wear small amounts of animal print. Shoes | Purse | Belt

Step 3: Prepare yourself to receive overwhelming compliments.

Leopard with Jeans

Lace Top | Jeans | Leopard Pumps

If you already wear animal prints you might be looking for something a little less basic. You can always add a bold color instead of a neutral. You can glam up your jewelry with a crystal statement necklace or statement earrings. One of the ways I like to wear my animal prints is with black and white stripes!

How to wear animal prints on City Southern Blog

One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine

It’s all personal preference but I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and experiment a little! If you try any of these ideas, I’d love to hear about it! Post about it on my City Southern Facebook Page, tag it on Instagram #citysouthern, or just comment below!

Catherine Calligraphy



SJP Shoes

Did you watch Sex and the City? Did you drool over Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe collection? The girl may not have had her love life together very often, and I certainly didn’t agree with her outfit choices 100% of the time…but there’s no denying that she always had The. Best. Shoes.

Well Sarah Jessica Parker is bringing Carrie’s shoe obsession to life with her very own line of shoes launching exclusively at NordstromSJP Shoes at  Nordstrom

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The shoes are available online and in select stores February 28 and I can’t wait to stop by and check them out. I’ve gotten a glimpse at some of the styles and there is a very large possibility that I might be bringing a pair home with me. Now I just have to try to control myself until then and not buy a ton of other shoes so I can justify the purchase. Wish me luck!

ciao for now

Catherine Calligraphy