Friday Night w/ Diet Coke

Last Friday I headed to Charlotte for an end of summer bash with Diet Coke. The party was full of creatives and bloggers from the Queen City & the Carolinas who all share a love forgreatstyle & of course, Diet Coke. The event was held at City Lights which is a pretty chic little joint withimpressive views of the downtown skyline. There is an indoor bar and a huge outdoor space with rows and rows of couches and seating areas which was where the party was held. Guests snacked on sriracha tuna, fried lobster mac & cheese and a host of other apps & snacks as we mingled away discussing the latest Instagram editing tricks and playing my all time favorite party game “oh so you’re from ____ do you know_____”. The weather was perfect, the beverages top notch and all in all the eventwas tastefully stylish, just like Diet Coke.

Diet Coke End of Summer Party with Top Creatives and Bloggers in the Carolinas, City Lights Bar, Charlotte NC

City Lights Prosecco Pop

Diet Coke End of Summer Party with Top Creatives and Bloggers in the Carolinas, City Lights Bar, Charlotte NC

Diet Coke End of Summer Party with Top Creatives and Bloggers in the Carolinas, City Lights Bar, Charlotte NC

Since it was summer in Charlotte I didn’t really know how high thesweat factor was going to be. I always have trouble when dressing foroutdoor events, especially when they are more casual in nature. A wedding or something with cocktail attire is easier because you just throw on a dress and you’re done. However, for all those normal nights of grabbing dinner or meeting up with friends I’m constantly living in the place of I want to wear jeans but I don’t want to have upper-lip sweat. I found this sheer top that is actually so perfect for these muggy pre-fall southern nights that I’ve worn it several timesin2 weeks. It’s long sleeve and blousy but not hot at all because it’s completely sheer. I know that “sheer” is a scary word especially when you have a new mom body but this is the best kind of sheer because the pattern is so busy that it provides amazing coverage. You could wear a bralette or a tank top under it just like the top from this post.

Sheer Floral Top, Black Pants & Tan Accessories, Early fall outfit inspiration by Cristin of The Southern Style Guide

Sheer Floral Top, Black Pants & Tan Accessories, Early fall outfit inspiration by Cristin of The Southern Style Guide

Top(or here) | Jeans | Sunglasses | Shoes (Similar) | Bag (Similar) | Bangles

Once I got over my nausea from taking those photos in the middle of a party where people could see me I set my sights on mingling. My confidence level was at an all time low after I discovered a plastic fork in my Tory Burch crossbody earlier in the evening. I mean what does that say about me that I’m the kind of girl that carries around disposable cutlery in my bag? I gave myself a little pep talk and ventured out into the world of talking to strangers. One thing led to another and I was actually able to meet some new blogger friends and meet in person a couple of girlsI’ve chatted with via e-mail and connected with socially. We discussed all the important things in life like how many kids everyone has / wants, who exactly our husbands are since they are rarely seen on our social profiles and of course what we were wearing andhow we could collectivelyrise to internet fame and retire from all the ad revenue generated from our massive pageviews(sidenote if you know the answer to that last one hit me up). But on the real it was so fun to hang out with some gals that share my love for style, shopping and putting it all out there on the internet for people to enjoy as well.

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A special thanks toPaige Winn for the photos and Diet Coke for sponsoring this post. And thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible!