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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 for great style & of course, Diet Coke. The event was held at City Lights which is a pretty chic little joint with impressive 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 event was 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 the sweat factor was going to be. I always have trouble when dressing for outdoor 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 times in 2 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 girls I’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 and how we could collectively rise 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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From L to R: Dress Your Guests | Me! | LC-Steel | Simple Stylings | Every Chic Way | Coffee Beans & Bobby Pins

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

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  1. sarah lindner says:

    diet coke is life! I am semi addicted as some might say! I have it as like my morning coffee to start the day hehe

    Sarah Lindner

  2. Stesha says:

    looks like so much fun! And i have a soft spot for diet coke, always have!


  3. You are such a doll and what a fun event! I love Diet Coke!

  4. Brittani says:

    This looks like it was such a fun event!


  5. Kristen says:

    Just loved hanging out with you at the DC party! Can we please make plans again soon?!?!



  6. Samantha says:

    That looked like so much fun! Diet Coke has been my most favorite drink forever! Now that I know it has its own party I have to go next time 🙂

  7. Rita says:

    Love your look! Beautiful top!

    Rita |

  8. Morgan says:

    I’m from the Charlotte area too! Sad I was unable to attend this event 🙁 looks like y’all had a ton of fun!

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  9. You look great!


  10. Sam says:

    amazing views!! Looks like y’all has a blast!

    xx Sam |The Heart of the House

  11. Bethanie says:

    This looks like so much fun!!!

    XO, Bethanie //

  12. All the food, and your shots of it, looks incredible. My favorite is your picture of you holding that beautiful red drink. It sounds like such a fun time, and I love your outfit! xx Adaleta Avdic

  13. Dawn says:

    Wow that looked like such a fun party and you looked gorgeous!?

  14. Dang girl! Your photos are amazing and now I’m thirsty for a coke! 🙂 Cute girls time too! Glad it was fun.

  15. Kasey says:

    Oh my gosh what a fun event! I hear you on the outdoor even/outfit conundrum. I wore a chambray short to a nighttime poolside party and almost melted! Love this post, great job girlie!

  16. Sara says:

    What a fun event! A.) You look fab, B.) I love that heavy armcharm stack, and C.) I about died when I read your fork in TB bag sentence!

    xo, Sara

  17. Leah says:

    What an absolutely perfect night! Love your look! The diet coke bottles look so chic!

    xx Leah /

  18. Anna English says:

    That looks like such a cute event! Love your look!

  19. Oh I’m sure the Diet Coke was a perk being out in the warm temps of Charlotte! Your pics look so refreshing. You are so courageous to chit chat and make new friends. Looks like you ladies had a fabulous night…your BCBG top was just perfect!

  20. Jaime says:

    Aw, you’re making me miss Charlotte so much, especially seeing my friends in your pics!!! I wish I knew you when I lived there!! This event looked so fun!!

  21. Lauren says:

    What a great post and you look absolutely gorgeous! This event looked so fun!

  22. This is the CUTEST little setup, and I can’t believe how amazing that view is!!

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  24. Ashley says:

    This sounds like such a great event! Loved all the photos, and of course love Diet Coke! Great post!