West Meets South » Blog

During a recent conversation with my dad he said, “Who goes to Palm Springs in July?”

I do, dad!

I love Palm Springs even if it is crazy hot. If you’ve ever been then you seriously need to add it to your travel list. There is nothing I love more than sitting by a fun pool while working on my tan. A few of my photography friends and I decided we would do a little two day getaway to the desert for some girl time and fun photo opportunities. As always, I took all of the Oka-B shoes that I own because they are great for any occasion. They can be dressed up for a casual night out and are the perfect poolside companion. Palm Springs is a desert oasis full of style, so I wanted to make sure I had some great looks while on the trip. Here are a few photos from our time there. Outfit details can be found below.


IMG_7362Workshop 4_edited-6



Tie-dye maxi: Lulu’s 

Emory Wedges: Oka-B

Red Dress: Revolve (Similar here)

Lucky Sandals: Oka-B


Last year I got to photograph an amazing Mad Men inspired 4th of July shoot. It was such an amazing shoot that it was featured on 100 Layer Cakelet, but I couldn’t help but share it again this year. I have had the privilege of photographing a few shoots designed by Lauren Bailey over at @youknowyouneedit, and her work never disappoints. Here is how she described her inspiration behind the design, “Inspired by the genius of Mad Men and it’s final season, I wanted to couple that with my love for all things Americana and create a retro Fourth of July dream party. I sourced almost all of the vintage tableware from the 1960’s playing with red, white, and blue patterns to create a fun and patriotic mid century feel. I am so intrigued by this decade and it was so neat to be able to relive some moments with these pieces during this project!”




4TH 1



4TH 1_edited-1



Design- Lauren Bailey @youknowyouneedit

Photography: Carissa Cady www.carissacadyphotography.com @carissa_cady_photo

Cakes and macarons (and cake topper not on the cake): Sweet and Saucy Shop @sweetnsaucyshop

Painting: www.ezcolovesyou.com @ezcolovesyou

Napkins: Kern Works https://www.etsy.com/shop/Kernworks

Cookies: Sweet C Bake Shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetCBakeShop @sweetcbakeshop

Spoons: ReInvent Home https://www.etsy.com/shop/ReInventHome

Lollipops/Hard Candy: Luxe Lollipops https://www.etsy.com/shop/LuxeLollipops and Smash Candies https://www.etsy.com/shop/SmashCandies

Balloon Tassel: Studio Mucci @studiomucci

Cake Topper: JoyLy Designs https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoyLYdesigns

Confetti Pop: www.Paperwhitedesigns.com

Confetti Balloon: https://www.etsy.com/shop/thepaperkit

When your brother-in-law is a watermelon farmer, you get inspired to try different watermelon recipes out. With the 4th of July just around the corner and watermelon season in full swing, it only makes sense to make  watermelon margaritas! This recipe is simple, sweet, and it will leave you feeling refreshed on these hot summer days!



1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup water

2 cups cubed and seeded watermelon

2/4 cup white tequila

1/4 cup lime juice

Salt or sugar for rimming


  1. Bring the 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 a cup of water to a boil to create a simple syrup. Once the sugar has fully dissolved, set aside and let cool.
  2. Place the watermelon in a blender or food processor until pureed.
  3. Stir the watermelon, tequila, lime juice, and cooled simple syrup mix in a pitcher.
  4. Rub the edges of your margarita glasses with a lime and dip them in sugar or salt.
  5. Pour over ice and enjoy!



It is officially my favorite time of the year. I love summer, I love the 4th of July, and I love my cherry red Taylor Flats from Oka-B. The 4th of July is a big holiday in our family. It’s the one time of year where we all get together at our family beach house and spend the weekend together. Each year I look for the perfect patriotic outfit. I’m not huge on decking out my wardrobe with flag prints. I tend to prefer something that is subtle but still festive, so the cherry Taylor flats are the perfect compliment to my navy and white outfit. Plus, every time I wear these shoes I get a ton of compliments. There is nothing better than a pop of color to brighten up an outfit, so grab yourself a pair and celebrate like it’s 1776! Be sure to use the code “OKABSOUTH16” to save 20% on ANY Oka-B shoes!








Being a California girl means that I have a ton of cardigans. The weather here is often so mild that I can throw on a cute cardigan pretty much any time of year, so naturally my wardrobe is full of them. I recently came across this wraparound cardigan from Tangente, and it’s safe to say that I am obsessed. First of all, this cardigan feels like heaven. It is so buttery soft that I wish I could sleep in it. I also love that it can be dressed up or down. The unique style gives it a fun spin on a traditional cardigan, but the best part is that it can be worn multiple ways. It’s definitely been a fun addition to my spring wardrobe.  You can add it to yours and save 15% by using the code westmeetssouth!

You can also save 15% on the Oka-B sandals pictured below by using the code “OKABSOUTH16”


Workshop 4_edited-5




  • Melissa - So cute! Does it open like a normal cardigan too?ReplyCancel

    • carissacady@gmail.com - Yes, you can have it just hang open instead of twisting it around your neck. Best part about it are the multiple ways it can be worn!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - Love that cardigan! And the whole outfit!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Im a big fan of cardigans myself. This one is super cute!ReplyCancel