Category: Month of Firsts

Transitional Fall Fashion – Part I


A new season means looking at your wardrobe in a new way. This is particularly important during the fall and spring because they’re transitional seasons. No matter where you live, fall weather can be unpredictable. One day it feels like summer, and the next day it feels like winter. Sometimes, the change in temperature can even vary within the span of a day.  You head out in the morning, and there’s a crisp chill in the air. Then, by the afternoon, the sun has warmed things up.

So, today I’m launching a four-part series showcasing transitional fall fashion. A couple weeks ago, I partnered with Encore boutique to style transitional fall outfits. If you live in the Athens, GA area, you can visit Encore to purchase every piece featured in this series. Don’t live near Athens? Don’t worry! You can call Encore directly to order a particular item or you can simply use these looks as inspiration for your fall wardrobe.

Remember: a new season does not mean you have to buy a completely new wardrobe to be on trend. Many of the pieces that will be featured in this series are staples you already have in your closet that can be enhanced by a few key purchases. 


Mercedes Bleth photographed by Logan Potterf

Layers are key during transitional seasons. The easiest way to stay cute and comfortable from day to night during unpredictable fall weather is to bring a jacket! 


The first transitional fall outfit showcasing pieces from Encore features two wardrobe staples: a basic neutral dress and a structured moto jacket.


I paired these pieces with one of my must-have items for fall 2014: the chic sneaker.


Footwear can be a challenge when transitioning from summer to fall. You’re ready to trade in your summer sandals but aren’t quite ready for boots. The chic sneaker is the solution!



Dress: Tart Collections

Jacket: Michael Stars

Sneakers: Bronx

Mercedes Bleth photographed by Logan Potterf

Launching a YouTube Channel

September is the Month of Firsts for ARTicles of Clothing blog, and today AOC is taking it’s first step into a new platform and a new medium: video.

I am beyond excited to share that ARTicles of Clothing Blog is expanding onto yet another social media outlet: YouTube! Today I’m launching the official YouTube channel of AOC.

I was fortunate to work with some amazing people on my first video. I can barely take a good photograph, so the idea of creating a video seemed impossible until I met veteran videographer Sonali Prabhu of So Narly. We shot on location at Woo Skincare and Cosmetics, a retailer of high-quality skincare and makeup. With the help of makeup artist and beauty expert Brittini Pearson, we documented how to create the perfect day to night look.

youtube before and after

Woo’s knowledgeable and reliable staff is what sets them apart from your typical department store or drug store. Moving from the hot and humid South to the cold and dry Midwest has been brutal on my naturally dry skin. In my time working with Brittini, she has completely revamped my beauty routine. My skin feels and looks better and my makeup goes on more smoothly and better highlights my natural features.

So, watch the full makeup tutorial and check out all the products used on my brand NEW YouTube channel! Don’t live near a Woo Skincare and Cosmetics? Contact my makeup artist Brittini, and she will conduct a consultation over the phone and ship product to you! Free samples are also included with every purchase!