A New Beginning for A Beautiful Lifestyle

These past few months have been filled with changes for me and my business. As I designed my own website and watched it grow, I began to realize that sooner or later I would have to move my blog over to the new kalinaneely.com. I greatly appreciate all of you who have followed me here on WordPress and supported my first-ever attempt at writing in the blogosphere. I hope that you will continue to keep up with me on my blog’s new location: www.kalinaneely.com/blog. It is bittersweet to tell WordPress goodbye, but I truly believe this will be a step in the right direction for Kalina Neely Styling. Here’s to positive changes and new beginnings!

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Love you all,



A Sweet Day with My Valentine

I absolutely love Valentine’s Day. I enjoy taking a special day to celebrate the loved ones in your life (and to buy tons of chocolate on sale after the big day is over!) This year, my love and I had to postpone our Valentine’s date due to crazy work schedules and busy weeks. But luckily for us, it turned out wonderfully-we got to spend all of a relaxing Sunday together with gorgeous weather. A visit to a vegetarian Indian restaurant, a local distillery tour, cooking dinner together, and watching my favorite movie of all time, Pride and Prejudice, made this day simply perfect.

Below is my look for the V-day celebration. I am obsessing over these tailored shorts, which I paired with tights just until that weather warms up a tad more. The top has gorgeous lace detail-because really, what’s more romantic than lace?







Outfit details:

Top: Petticoat Alley

Shorts: Altea

Flats: Target

See something you like? Find these items with cashback and special coupon codes at www.shop.com/kalina


Mountain Adventures

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of spending some quality time with wonderful friends in a gorgeous cabin tucked on top of a mountain overlooking Gatlinburg. (And our cabin came readily equipped with a huge hot tub..perfection!) It was a beautiful weekend filled with good ol’ country fun, from touring historic cabins in Cades Cove to moonshine tastings and karaoke dive bars. I definitely enjoyed a break from the work routine; it can be so refreshing to just get out of town for a while. I went for a more relaxed look, seeing as we were spending a good bit of time walking around outside and exploring. This is my look from day 2 of our trip, opting for layers, comfy boots, and throwing in a sporty edge with my leather-detailed jacket.







Outfit details:

Tiger Tee: Lucky Brand

Buttoned Top: Vintage

Jeans: Bullhead

Jacket: Forever 21

Boots: Target

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The Handbag Essentials

We all have those few things that we store in special pockets and corners of our handbags: those essential items that we carry with us, at all costs. It is a fearful thought that one of us should be caught in a predicament with one of our vital possessions not on our person…right ladies? I know you all have at least three items in your bag that you wouldn’t even think of leaving the house without. Here are a few of mine:

Kalina's Bag Essentials

Skintelligence Daily Moisturizer: With all this crazy cold weather and harsh wind chill, my skin is need some extra love. To fight off icky dry skin, I keep my favorite moisturizer handy. Buy it here!

Cherry Chapstick: Chapped lips can be both painful and distracting. With my Cherry Chapstick, I keep my lips feeling great and still add a little pink to my pout at the same time.

Motives for LaLa Mineral Mascara: If I’m ever in a rush, I’ve always got my favorite mascara to brush over my lashes. It’s a quick and effective way to make your eyes look more open and alert–perfect for those mornings when you forgot to set that alarm. Buy it here!

Motives for Loren Ridinger Mineral Pressed Powder: Perfect for the afternoon touch-up, I keep this Powder close at hand. Light but with full coverage, it is my essential makeup go-to. Buy it here!

Motives for Loren Ridinger Kabuki Brush: And to apply my powder, I keep the right brush on me. This soft kabuki makes my powder application a breeze, gently placing a light layer to my skin. Buy it here!

Business Card Holder: I never leave the house without it! It is absolutely vital that I keep my business cards in my bag. After all, you never know who you might meet while you are out and about.

What are some things you simply can’t go without? Leave a comment and share!


Come on Spring, We Wanna Wear Skirts Again

It’s never too early to start shopping for Spring! Although, it might have been a little too cold to take these photos. At a painfulĀ  20 degrees here in Nashville, my lovely photographer and I managed to run outside to snap these few shots before sprinting back to her warm apartment. Creating the perfect look for Spring might be a little difficult as of now with these record low temperatures, but of course we ladies must be prepared for the new season..right? And that being said, nothing excites us more for Spring than skirts and floral prints. I am absolutely in LOVE with this long skirt, complete with an adorable button-up front and comfortable elastic waist.


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floral skirt 4

floral skirt 2

vintage beaded bag

See something you like? These pieces are available for purchase below:

Top: PacSun (shop PacSun here with 5% cash back and special coupon codes)

Skirt: Kalina Neely Collection (available here)

Bag: Kalina Neely Collection (available here)



As 2013 comes to a close, I have been reflecting on what an incredible year it has been for me. This time a year ago, I had no idea what the new year had in store. I have been blessed with many extraordinary experiences in 2013. I began my own styling company, doubled my Motives Cosmetics and shopping consulting business, launched my website, saw my best childhood friend get married, backpacked across Europe with my college roommate, got accepted into Belmont’s MBA program..I can still hardly believe that all of this has happened in just 12 months. This has been a year of pushing myself outside of my comfort zone: it hasn’t always been easy, but looking back makes me realize it was all worth it. I feel so grateful to have had these experiences, and they wouldn’t be possible without my friends and family who create an incredible support system. I love you all so dearly. So, 2013, although it is bittersweet to see you go, it’s time to say goodbye. 2014, let’s make it the best one yet.

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Golden Girl

Somehow this year has managed to fly by and the holidays are suddenly upon us. Have you decided yet what to wear to your friend’s party or the work Christmas event? Well, I’ll give you a little hint that you simply can’t go wrong with this year: go for the gold. Whether it’s your dress, accessory, or even eye shadow, glam up with the queen of metallics.

DV by Dolce Vita Misha Goldie Dress Gold

Tis’ the season for some sparkle. This DV by Dolce Vita Misha dress is your golden ticket to getting noticed at your next Christmas event. Buy it here!

Sequined Dolphin Shorts Forever 21

Add some glam to your gold with sequins. Pair these Dolphin shorts from Forever 21 with a white button up and black blazer for a sophisticated twist to your party look. Buy it here!

motives mineral paint pot allure

Accentuate your eyes with a light golden shadow. Motives Cosmetics mineral paint pot in Allure is just the product to get you that sultry evening look. Buy it here!

Sabine Stargazing Statement Necklace Gold

You will be catching more than snowflakes with this Sabine Stargazing statement necklace. Pair it with your favorite little black dress and throw on a dash of red lipstick to stop everyone in their tracks. Buy it here!

Well ladies, there you have it: Gold is glam, chic, and sophisticated. Try it for your next holiday look and see those heads turn!