Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Romper Confessionals

Okay. Okay. Finally. 

Finally, I found a romper that wasn't too short or cheeky for my body frame. I have seen so many adorable styles in stores, magazines and on blogs, but every one I tried on in the past made me tear up when I looked in the mirror. I had all but give up until the day I wasn't even looking.

I was at Nordstrom last week to shop their Anniversary Sale (see my top picks here) and found this Topshop floral romper on crazy sale. At first I thought it was a dress. I was so close to putting it back on the rack when I realized it was actually a romper. I am so thankful a little voice inside my head shoved me into the fitting room. What?! This little number can actually disguise itself as a dress? Sign me up.

Topshop Floral Romper // Forever 21 Tote // Forever 21 Wedges (option here and here) // Forever 21 Necklace (option here and here) // Target Fedora (option here) // Alex and Ani Bangles c/o The Jeweler's Wife // La Mer Watch c/o // Wrenn Jewelry Ring c/o // Gorjana Ring c/o 


I really stopped into Nordstrom for their annual sale, but because it is still so crazy, blazing hot here in Texas, I passed on a few in-store Fall purchases and opted for a piece I can throw on during the day, wear to the pool over my swimsuit and most importantly pack for our California adventures next week. 

I swear, this is the MOST comfortable and lightweight piece of clothing I have purchased in a really long time. Between us, I feel like I am not wearing anything at all. It's that GOOD. It also gets triple points for not wrinkling, having a pom-pom trim and less than $25. Oh, and not being booty short. 

In case you are wondering about the sizing; I am wearing a medium because that was the only size left. I think I could have gotten away with a small in my upper and middle areas, but being 5'7", I think the smaller size would have been too short.

Don't forget the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends August 4th. There are plenty of Fall pieces to grab early or go ahead and live in the Summer season and score some crazy good deals. Happy shopping! 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Beaded Details

I wore this Wednesday night for a blate (blogger date) with Sarah. We met the good old fashion I can't even remember how we stumbled across each others blogs, but I am so thankful the internet brought us together. We made it official in real life last summer when we attended Texas Style Council. I haven't seen her since then, but honestly it was like zero time had passed. We didn't sit down and ask one another broad questions about our lives or try and play catch up. We cut straight to details, engaged in normal girlfriend talk and weren't timid to dig right into some serious food. 

We both know exactly what has been going on in each others lives because of our blogs. It's kind of crazy that I seem to be in the "know" about blog friends' lives more than I know about some people in my family. It's pretty wild. But we can't help to sometimes have more insight about our online friends current happenings since most of us document in-the-moment details, daily activities and weekly statuses.

It was so refreshing to sit and chat not only about blogging, but also silly tibits about our summer, our husbands, shopping, house projects and so many things in between. You know, girl stuff. I wish she would make her way back to the Hill Country and kick the Dallas area to the curb. Maybe one day. In the meantime, we will have to continue our online courtship until we hug again. Hopefully the next time we see one another, our husbands will be in tow. I am dying for them to meet.

Forever 21 Beaded Top // Limited Shorts (option here and here) // Go Jane Heels (option here) // Kendra Scott Cuff c/o The Jeweler's Wife // Kendra Scott Ring // Lilac Bijoux Breathe Necklace c/o // Wrenn Jewelry Ring c/o // Gold Clutch (option here and here)

This beaded razor back top has been a trooper for me. I have worn it several times in the last year or so, but kind of forgot about it until I was browsing Forever 21 online and came across it again. What? They brought something back that I got over a year ago? Yes, they did. Actually, I wasn't too surprised because this has happened with one other dress that I have. I have to wonder what their reasoning is when restocking certain pieces that were originally available twelve-plus months ago. I can't think of another store that does this or at least I haven't seen it. Things that make you go hmmmmmm.

On a completely different subject and a racy one at that, who watched the 50 Shades of Grey movie trailer yesterday? I shamefully will say that I viewed it three times. I am still not sold on the actor, but dying for February 14th to arrive. Ross should be happy that I will be a cheap date this Valentine's Day...take me to the movies, let me see Christian Grey, reminiscence about how my life was put on hold until I finished all three books, buy me a bag of popcorn, Milk Duds and Diet Coke. I will be good as gold. Plus, Beyonce did a remake of "Crazy in Love" for the movie. If you aren't a 50 Shades fan, watch the trailer just to hear a snippet of the song.

Okay, I rambled enough for a Friday. Ya'll have a great weekend.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Goodbyes and a Giveaway

Orange, white and blue summer style

Yesterday we took an early evening, one big happy family stroll around none other than the outlet mall. How sweet, right? Kidding, well sort of. It was actually sweet...a little bittersweet because our oldest is leaving for church camp today and won't be home until Saturday. We spent the rest of our night grabbing sno-cones with cream (the best), playing cards, finishing up some last minute packing and trying to wind down one excited little nine-year-old. This is her second year to attend, so I am a bit more at ease with sending her off, but it doesn't take away the fact that I will have ZERO contact with her until Saturday afternoon. I know she is in great hands, His hands, but things are going to be a little too quiet around here for the next few days. I am so proud of her for wanting to go because this girl right here, would NEVER leave her momma for more than two days. I was a stage five clinger back in the day. Watching Logan grow up and wanting more independence to be on her own breaks my heart, but at the same time makes me smile that she has a personality strong enough to venture out and be without Mom, Dad and Sister. I will be the one my car as I am watching the buses leave. I hope I can hold back the tears until then.

Chicwish Lace blue top
Summer Style Outfit Ideas
Lisi Lerch Orange Beaded Tassel necklace
chicwish white leather stud espadrille flats
Orange Beaded Tassel Statement Necklace List Lerch
Old Navy White Cut off shorts


In other news, I hinted to you guys on Monday that I would be sharing more Chicwish finds this week. (Take 20% off your entire purchase with code SALE20 through July 27th). Don't get me wrong, I love the lace sleeve details on this top, but must admit I am even more smitten with the studded ankle strap espadrille flats. They are super comfy, true to size and more adorable than photos can capture. I was worried about getting a pair of white leather shoes, but after wearing them for several hours yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised by how "clean" they actually remained. And speaking of white, I have yet to stain these Old Navy cut-offs that I posted last week. I have worn them three times now and not one permanent spot. Go me!  Maybe now I have enough guts to find a white pair of jeans. Typically I don't mix very well with white clothing. Maybe I am growing up. Ha!

While we are on the subject of what I wore, this orange beaded tassel necklace from Lisi Lerch is a definite new favorite. One of my best friends was standing with me in my kitchen when I opened the necklace from the mail. She begged and batted her eyes so hard to let me let her take it home. I came so close to giving in. I am not telling stories. Karolyn, go ahead and tell them.

You should probably know by now how much I love a good tassel. This one did not disappoint. It's definitely a "completer" piece. I think it added the final touch to this casual summer style. Lisi Lerch has a few other colors in this necklace as well as coordinating tassel earrings + so much more! You have to check out her site. I promise you will be a jotting down a wish list as soon as you click over.

EXCITING NEWS!!! Today, Lisi Lerch has graciously offered to giveaway the exact orange beaded tassel necklace ($150 value!!!) that I am wearing in today's post. Good luck and happy shopping!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Lacy Imperfections

lacey boho Summer Style
Lately, I feel like I have been in an on-and-off funk with my blog photographs. As most of you know, my husband takes my photos. He does a phenomenal job, doesn't complain and is 100% self taught. He is a style blogger's dream. Truly. However, this summer has been somewhat of a trick. He has an extremely busy schedule. I am a taxi cab driver for camps, running errands and sports practices. Weekends have been filled with summer fun, family time, getaways with friends and sleeping in.

Squeezing in time for blog pictures hasn't been the highest on our agenda. Don't get me wrong, I take my site very seriously and have always put my whole hardhearted effort into it. Recently, many of our photo sessions have been rushed, haven't been well thought out, not taken during "magic" hour and I just haven't been feeling it. This whole "not" feeling it syndrome has been a bit of a bummer because I began the whole comparison game...comparing myself to other bloggers, what they are wearing, their lighting, clothing, angles, makeup, hair, how many likes they get on Instagram and the list goes on. I know. Ridiculous, right? This whole ballgame of being a blogger can take it's toll on you when it comes to posting photos of yourself several times a week. We are all our own worst critic, but sometimes it gets way out of hand. And we all know that this goes way beyond a happens every day in all of our lives.

This summer I have really had to reel myself back to reality and remind myself that I am not 24 years old anymore. I have wrinkles, sagging and cellulite. I am a mom of elementary aged children. I don't have a professional photographer that I can afford to hire. For the most part, our bank account is used for saving money, taking family trips, my kids' college fund, paying bills and life's neccestities. This blog has become my stay-at-home job, so to speak, and with any job comes responsibilities, commitments, becoming better, working hard and submitting your best work/projects. When I think about all of these things, it honestly puts a pit in my stomach. Just a few short years ago I was taking outfit photos in my backyard and was proud of them (I still am), but as you grow in any career or hobby and the longer you do it, the better you want to get and focus on perfecting your craft. With that comes more pressure, occasional self doubt and again the dreaded comparison of not being good enough at something you are passionate about.

Long story short, if I plan to continue sharing pieces of my life and wardrobe with you ladies, I have to find a way to give myself a break, remember why I started blogging, have fun during these times we have together during this journey and embrace the times when Ross and I hit it  right. I must say, I am pretty pumped about the ones posted today; prouder than I have been in a long time. If that makes me conceited or arrogant, I apologize. I am not even close to perfect and will never be a leading style blogger in the sea of blogs. I just need to find my way back to being content with everything I post regardless if the lighting sucked, I had a crooked smile in all the pictures and if my outfit wasn't the most blog worthy. Honestly, I just want to make sure that every time I come here and share, I am being me and accept all my imperfections because at the end of the day, that is what I am trying to teach my own kids.

Lace Details
Lace Cardigan
Tan Suede Anklle Boho Boots
Feminine Romantic Lace
Romantic Boho Dress Outfit
Mint Lace
Boho Lace Outfit Idea
Chicwish Mint Lace Dress c/o (I am wearing a size medium) // Chicwish Crochet Lace Cardigan c/o // Charlotte Russe Ankle Boots (option here and here) // Sweet Clover Designs Necklace c/o // Wrenn Jewelry Druzy Bangle Set c/o // Wrenn Jewelry Druzy Ring c/o // Gorjana Ring c/o

In case you skipped all of the above, let's talk clothes. You guys, this isn't the first time I have posted about Chicwish and it won't be the last...most likely more will come this week. I got this mint lace dress and crochet cardigan in the mail last week without any intentions of wearing them together, but they were meant to be paired. Many of you have asked about Chicwish's quality since the items come from Hong Kong. I own close to a dozen items from their online boutique and can honestly say I have only been disappointed in one item. Everything else has been stellar and very well made. So, if you are on the fence about ordering anything, I hope I can ease your mind and that you feel confident in your purchase. Plus, get 20% off your entire purchase until July 27th.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great start to the week! xoxo


Friday, July 18, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

I have been impatiently waiting for over a week to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I am not a cardholder, so the early access just about killed me. This is the sale of all sales. They have marked down hundreds of items for the fall and the price tags are killer...some over 50% off normal prices.

I know we are still in the middle of summer and it can be hard to think about fall weather, but this sale is worth shopping ahead of time and stocking up on some of next season's hottest trends at unbelievable prices that go back up August 4th. Remember shipping is free along with any online returns.

I was a little sneaky, did some digging on other sites, flipped through my Nordstrom catalog and started my wish list several days ago.  Below are my top picks from the sale. It's no surprise that I stuck with my favorite styles and prints; tartan, leather, leopard, fur and a few basic pieces that are timeless. My numero uno must have is this Sam Edelman quilted leather jacket.

Have a great weekend, happy shopping and thank you so much for stopping by.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pom Poms & Check

Typically, if someone asked me if I would be open to the idea of wearing a scarf in the middle of July, I would laugh in their face; that would've been up until this past week. I found this pom-pom scarf at Old Navy and knew I had to figure out a way to incorporate it into my summer wardrobe. Luckily, we had a few showers yesterday. It cooled things down immensely and gave me the opportunity to wrap this lightly made scarf around my neck. I must admit, I am 100% smitten by the pom-pom trend even though Ross said my scarf looked like the curtains his grandma had hanging back in the day. Mark my words, I bet she had the most stylish window coverings in town.

Kendra Scott Salmon Danielle Earrings
black and brown Checkered barrington tote bage
Pom Pom Scarf Trend
Summer Style Ideas
Pom Pom and Check Accesories
Pom Pom Scarf
Barrington Gifts St. Anne Check Tote
White on White Summer Outfits Ideas
Old Navy Cargo Utility Vest (old: newer version & option) // Old Navy Diva Cut-Off Shorts // Old Navy Pom-Pom Scarf (not online: option here and here) // Steve Madden Wedge Espadrilles (old: option here and here) // Barrington St. Anne Tote c/o // Kendra Scott Earrings in Salmon (option) // Ettika Bracelet c/o // Alex and Ani Bracelets c/o The Jeweler's Wife // Gorjana Griffin Ring c/o //  Forever 21 Mirror Sunglasses (option)

Another item I was a little unsure about for Summer months was this Barrington Gifts St. Anne's tote. It's not that I was debating on the tote itself, just the color and pattern. I asked for help on Instagram about a month ago. I could not, for the life of me, decide between the check and stripe patterns. About 90% of you said stripes for the win, but for some reason the brown and black check print kept calling my name. Usually I take advice from the majority, but this time I went against the grain. I must say, I am 100% happy with my decision. I think this pattern is classic and one for all seasons.

If you haven't been to Barrington's website, get ready to spend a good thirty minutes playing and designing. They have the coolest website ever...pick a bag style, pick a color, pick a pattern and add your initials....or not. I am a visual person and need to see exactly how things will look before I make up my mind. Barrington does just can literally design a custom bag exactly the way you want it and BOOM it magically pops up onto your computer screen. 

Not only is their website revolutionary, so are their products. The craftsmanship, leather and designs are exceptional and will see you through waves of fast fashion. I am all about trends and experimenting with the latest styles, but it's important to add key, quality pieces to your closet that you know will be utilized for years to come...this tote is one of my years to come items.

Happy shopping and designing.

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