Wednesday, April 30, 2014

No Heels Required

Floral and Stripe Pattern Mixing

I mentioned on Monday that I attended a conference in Dallas over the weekend and posted what I wore on the first day. After twelve full hours of being in heels, Friday evening I literally couldn't walk. I don't think my feet have hated me so much in my entire life. Saturday morning I wanted nothing to do with any shoe that had the word wedge or heel in the title. Unfortunately, I didn't pack a single pair that didn't have some sort of heel. What was I thinking? Note to self for the future. Luckily, Yosi Samra was kind enough to gift me a pair of flats on Friday and I didn't think twice about what I would be slipping on Saturday morning.

Floral and Stripe Pattern Mixing
Floral and Stripe Pattern Mixing
Floral and Stripe Pattern Mixing
Studded T Strap Flats
Floral and Stripe Pattern Mixing
Floral and Stripe Pattern Mixing
Floral and Stripe Pattern Mixing
Francesca's Floral Blazer (option here and here) // Forever 21 Stripe Blouse (option here and here) // Ditto's Denim c/o (option) // Yosi Samra Studded Ankle Strap Flats c/o (optional colors & style) // Urban Expressions Bag (option here and here) // Zara Sunglasses (option here) // Forever 21 Necklace // Michael Kors Watch c/o The Jeweler's Wife // Lilac Bijoux XO Bangle c/o // Gorjana Griffin Ring c/o

I took a bit of a risk by wearing denim and flats to a style blogger event, and truth be told, a pair of sassy heels probably would have made this look more polished, but I went with it. My feet made me. I wanted to be comfortable and able walk without a limp. There were definitely times I felt under dressed in the sea of skirts, rompers, dresses and three inch shoes, but hopefully I stood out in a positive way.

I scored this floral crop blazer last minute at Francesca's. I couldn't find it online, but did a little searching for you ladies. Below are a few options that are just as fun, bright and adorable. I recommend adding at least one floral print jacket or blazer to your wardrobe this spring season. It's a great staple that can be worn over dresses, with skirts, shorts and pants. I am sure you will be seeing it again very soon.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Day at the Beach

Summers here in Texas start a little early. I always have viewed May as the start of summer even though it technically doesn't begin until June. 

Since we are two days away from "Texas Summer", I caught a little bit of the beach bug and rounded up some bright and fun essentials that I can't live without during my days at the beach. Okay, let's be honest, my trips to the beach will be few and far between, but lounging by the pool will be a frequent staycation. 

Most everything shared today are obvious necessities, but I was excited to show you guys a handful of adorable staples that will make your sunny days even brighter; plus three beauty products you'll want to add to your summertime list. 

Let me start by saying that Delia's collection of swimwear this season surprised the heck out of me. I was doing some online perusing and came across their online selections. I realize this store is geared toward a younger, possibly teenage/college audience, but wow. Just wow. You ladies need to check out all the fun prints, patterns, styles and options. I have a feeling you will be saying wow out loud too.

I always make sure to carry along an insulated tumbler filled with water or Diet Dr. Pepper. I found two of the cutest Kate Spade arylic cups with straws (one is listed above) and couldn't resist sharing. 

This year I am adding some sort of clear tote to my personal "must buy" list. I always find myself digging through my beach bag for sunblock, snacks, goggles or lip balm. Having a clear bag is going to make life of digging through a bottomless pit more bearable. Nordstrom has several see-through bags and this bikini mesh tote is almost too good to pass up. 

One last dose of goodness is Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray from Not Your Mother's. I am a huge fan of their dry shampoo, Clean Freak. So, last year I gave the beach spray a whirl and LOVED it. It smells like somewhere tropical and really does provide textured waves after stepping out of the pool or lake. 

I hope this post gets you just as excited I am about the upcoming months. Days at the lake, lounging by the pool and a possible beach vacation puts a smile on my face. This is hands down my favorite time of year. 


Monday, April 28, 2014

Emerald Lace

green lace dress_kendra scott cuff_gigi new york clutch

I drove to Dallas this weekend for a style blog myself. I wore this emerald lace dress that I found last minute at a vintage shop in Austin. I had already packed my "Day One" outfit, but when I discovered this feminine lacy number, my plans immediately changed. 

I am not going to lie, going to a blog conference wearing a dress that was previously owned was a little risky. I knew good and well that most of the girls attending would be wearing the latest and greatest, but I wanted to stay 100% true to myself and my style. You ladies know that I am all about finding and sharing pieces that won't break the bank, look classy and polished and hold a quality that will last longer than one wear.

green lace dress_kendra scott cuff_gigi new york clutch
green lace dress_kendra scott cuff_gigi new york clutch
Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings_ Kendra Scott Cuff
green lace dress_kendra scott cuff_gigi new york clutch
green lace dress_kendra scott cuff_gigi new york clutch
green lace dress_kendra scott cuff_gigi new york clutch
green lace dress_kendra scott cuff_gigi new york clutch
green lace dress_kendra scott cuff_gigi new york clutch
Vintage Dress (options here and here) // Forever 21 Wedges (option here and here) // Gigi New York Clutch c/o // Kendra Scott Cuff c/o The Jeweler's Wife // Kendra Scott Earrings // Wrenn Jewelry Ring c/o // Gorjana Griffin Ring c/o

Many of you texted, emailed and messaged me over the weekend asking how things were going. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for thinking of me and giving moral support. There were three blog buds (you know who you are) plus my husband and mom that got me through 48 hours of intimidation.

Yes, I said intimidation. I am a confident woman. I hold my head high most of the time. I am a social butterfly. I have never met a stranger. I can hold a conversation with a blank wall. That is the way I have always been.

This weekend was a little a lot out of my comfort zone. I went to an event where I literally didn't know anyone personally and was surrounded by some of the most successful women in fashion/style blogging. Was I honored? Excited? Nauseous? Grateful? Scared out of my mind? Yes, to all of the latter.

I learned so much about myself this weekend, gained an enormous amount of knowledge, met with some amazing brands, made new friends, had a few laughs, broke my favorite pair of shoes, drank a glass of champagne morning, noon and night (it got me through), grew tougher skin and was encouraged to just go for it...not for anyone else, but myself.

There were some great times with my roommates, delicious dinners with blog friends, group conversations, meeting bloggers that I have followed since I started, but many times I found myself alone. Wandering around, feeling like I was the only one there or even invisible at times. It wasn't the easiest feeling to swallow, but I did. I held my head high, focused on why I was there and reminded myself, at least a hundred times, that these two days did not define me, my life or potential.

My point is, whatever you are doing at this very moment; whether it is trying to grow your blog, career, relationships, faith or building confidence, know that you don't need anyone else to help you do it. YOU are enough. Stay true to yourself. I know that is so cliche, but really you don't need to follow the masses. You don't have to replicate. You don't have to be part of whatever "crowd" you think you need to join to make an impact or be successful. Follow your passions, dreams and aspirations because it is what YOU want to do. I promise, you will be fine. I was fine. I was actually better than fine. I became stronger and more fulfilled than I have been in a long time.

Reach for the stars, people! No matter how terrified you are. Try and not compare yourself to others around you because every single one of us are beautifully made and have something spectacular to offer. xoxo

On a side note, I did find a few options for the dress I wore. Some of you asked for details. Since it is vintage, I couldn't link to the exact dress, but hope you find something below that suits your style just as much, if not more. Happy shopping! 


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Traveling Time

Last weekend we made a road trip back home to spend time with family for Easter. My travel attire was a mixture of comfort, ease and functionality. When making a three hour trip with high energy children and a car packed full of more than what we really need, I want to make sure I am wearing pieces that are comfortable and easy to move around a pair of shoes that are easy to slip on and off for pit stops. I posted a picture on Instagram at one of our many highway stops and got a few questions about the top I was wearing.

I purchased this ruffled bottom tee at J.Crew Factory a few months ago. Unfortunately, it is long gone. I did find a few options that are super similar. Hopefully, the ladies that asked will find one that they like just as much in the line up below.

By they way, I cannot get enough of these Old Navy sandals. I am actually wearing them again today and have a feeling I am going to grab another set just in case I wear out this pair before Summer even begins.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wide Leg Floral

Today is Easter Sunday take two. After church, I changed out of my midi skirt and wedges to something that literally felt like pajamas. We spent the afternoon in the warm sun by the pool. I knew I wanted to wear something comfortable, light in texture and a style that encompassed the holiday and spring season. These floral, wide leg pants were the answer. No questions asked.

The miraculous thing about these pants is that they are not too long. I am 5'7" and was able to wear flat sandals and not have the hem drag the ground. Typically, wide leg pants require some sort of heel. Not these. So, if you are a little shorter in height, these are definitely a pair to check out for the spring and summer months. I must also mention that they are not see through. I was worried that my undergarments would show through because of the lightweight material, but all went well and not a panty color/line was seen.

I purchased these in a size small and they fit perfectly. I plan to find a pink or yellow sleeveless crop for a remix when the temps get a little warmer. I swear, these are the first pair of pants that I have purchased that I actually want to wear every single day. I plan to grab a few more pairs and already added a couple to my online carts.

Whether you are lounging by the pool, headed somewhere tropical, running weekend errands or kicking back on the couch, a pair of wide leg pants are a must for the warmer days of spring and summer; at least they are in my book.

Below are a few other options that I am equally smitten with and all under $75. Let's just say the scarf print pair will be making an appearance soon. So cute, right? Happy shopping!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

All Day Neutrogena Beauty Tools + Giveway

Last month I traveled to Los Angeles for a Skin Health Summit hosted by Neutrogena. I was honored to be chosen as one of their 2014 ambassadors. What does that mean? It means that I am lucky enough to share with you amazing products that are not only affordable, but ones that can literally transform your complexion, hair and beauty routines...for the better.

Neutrogena sent me a series of questions. My answers confirmed specific products that would help compliment my needs and aid in combating difficulties I have with my complexion, cosmetic gaps and hair care.   

Below are a list of products that I have added to my daily routine, ones that I have either been using for years or that I wish I would have started implementing months ago. 

Make sure to keep reading to win one of five gift bags from Neutrogena.

Here are three of my favorites from the mix:

I have extremely oily skin and it doesn't help that I live in Texas where the summer months are brutal and the humidity levels are high. I have been using the Oil Free Face wash for a few years. It is perfect for removing make up and has redness soothing aloe and chamomile that are a miracle workers when my face and I don't agree.  

Like I said, my skin is oily and I used to believe I did not need to use a daily moisturizer. Wrong. All you ladies out there with oily skin, we need it more than most. A good moisturizer helps balance out our skin. The oil-free line from Neutrogena has been gentle enough to provide a lightweight, non-greasy finish. I use it both morning and night. It's ideal for sensitive skin, is hypoallergenic, fragrance and alcohol free. 

Going back to the shine aspect of things, I have tried at least five-seven primers. I must say that after trying the Neutrogena Shine Control Primer, I am sold. Again, this one is non-greasy and has a patent-pending rice protein technology that acts like a sponge to absorb excess oil. I have definitely seen a difference in my skin since I began using this a few weeks ago. Did I mention that it helps to minimize pores?

Today, Neutrogena and I have joined forces to give FIVE lucky reader friends a gift bag full of the same beauty treats I received. Winners will be sent the following full size products:

1. Small printed cosmetic/travel bag
8. Triple Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

To enter, leave a comment stating what beauty issue(s) you struggle with most. Five winners will be selected at random. Good luck! This contest is open to US residents 18 years or older.


Monday, April 21, 2014

A Midi Skirt Moment

I can't seem to step away from full midi skirts. It's one trend I have fully embraced and love. I own a handful and have gotten plenty of wear out of each one. You guys know how I have remixed the midi skirt I purchased at Express a few months back, this H&M red one and I can't forget the watercolor print that's one of my all time favorite finds. 

In my opinion, higher waist skirts that flare out are flattering on many shapes and figures. They tend to draw in the waist, flatter back ends, keep thighs well hidden and elongate legs. When wearing full midi skirts I suggest adding a crop top or blouse that can be tucked in. Avoid adding any layers (blazer, cardigan or jacket) that go past your bottom. These style recommendations will help define your frame, alleviate any bulk and lessen the potential of swallowing your frame. 

Forever 21 Stripe Blouse (option here and here) // ChicWish Green Midi Skirt // Sole Society Lace Up Wedge c/o // Forever 21 Quilted Bag (option here and here) // Sole Society Tassel Necklace c/o // Forever 21 Pave Bracelet (option here) // Zara Sunglasses (option here)

I wore this to church on Easter Sunday. As you can see by the photos, the sun was shining and not a cloud in the sky. We could not have asked for better weather all weekend. We took a little road trip to visit our families for the holiday. It has been a few years since we made the trip for Easter and it was long overdue. 

We started out at my husband's family ranch that included fishing at the tank, fresh tuna, golf cart rides and a million stars. We headed back to our hometown Saturday to visit with my family. My brother came into town for Easter. He hasn't been able to make it "home" in the last 15 years. My mom was over the moon to have all three of her kids under one roof. We went and saw the movie Heaven is For Real as a family (highly recommend), played a few ruthless games of Scrabble, attended the church I was raised in and spent Easter Sunday at my sister's house; by pool with plenty of plastic eggs for hunting. 

It was one of those weekends that I just didn't want to end. My family is my rock. Always has been. Always will be. Sometimes I long for the hours/days/weeks to fly by, but not the last 72 hours. I took Friday off from blog land to fully embrace time with family and focus on the true meaning of Easter weekend. It was good for the soul. I hope you and yours embarked on the same moments and took the time to slow down and savor them.