Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Party Hats

Hello again all! Just wanted to share a simple little outfit I wore on Saturday to our friend's White Elephant gift exchange party. My friend Alison and her husband Chad hosted the festive event and it was so much fun getting our friends together before we all depart for the holidays. I ended up scoring a "movie night in a bag" during the exchange which contained Silver Lining's Playbook (my all time favorite movie) on DVD, a bag of Twizzlers, a box of Junior Mints, and three bags of kettle corn popcorn. Considering those are pretty much my all time favorite foods, I could not be more excited!

When thinking about my outfit, I wanted to wear something pretty casual with a slight bit of edge. It just so happened to be in the 60's in Dallas, so I opted for an autumn, sleeveless dress that I winterized with some over the knee boots and an over-sized matador hat. I still have an Engagement party, my office Holiday party, and a pre-Christmas friendly get together to attend this week and weekend, so you may see a few dressier outfits the next couple of days. Hopefully, they can help inspire your Chanukah, Christmas, or even New Years Party outfits this year!  Love you all and thank you so much for following!

Dress: Anthropologie (gift from my sweet mother) HERE
Boots: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom HERE
Hat: Free People HERE
Belt: Anthropologie (gift from my mom), similar HERE
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff, similar HERE
Hair: Bellami Ciao Bella Curling Wand c/o, 25mm attachment HERE
Styling Products: Fave4hair Texture Takeover c/o HERE


Sunday, December 07, 2014

New Couch and Accessories

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The Hubs and I had a great time going out to dinner and enjoying each other. We tried a new Italian restaurant near our house and revisited an old favorite we had not been to in a while. It was nice to have some time for just the two of us before the holidays are upon us.

On to today's post. I wanted to do a little home decor post because we recently purchased this awesome new sofa! We had been saving for a while and, with the help of my sweet in-laws, we were able to make it our own. It is the Carlisle sofa from Pottery Barn in an Oatmeal colored linen fabric. We went for the apholstered version because I perfer to see the legs on furniture rather then cover them up with a slip covered fabric. We also went for the bench-style cushion since it is ideal for laying down. I chose to accent it with identical colored linen pillows as well as these fun Ikat beauties. When I went to buy the Mercer Ikat pillow at the store, the Pottery Barn employee referred to it as "the most popular pillow of all time." They only had one left in store and none available at stores near me, but luckily I was able to order some online and had to wait a few months for them to come in. Now they are finally back in stock, so I suggest snatching them up quicly before they are gone forever! To bring out the mustard color in the pillows, I chose to add a large throw blanket, which I really think ties it all together. So far, we are loving the couch and are beyond pleased with the way it transforms our whole living room space. I hope you enjoy this little decor post! 


Thursday, December 04, 2014

Fave4hair with Blohaute Instabraid Takeover

Hello again all! I just wanted to share a fun little experience that is happening all throughout the month of December. My favorite hair product company, Fave4hair, teamed up with the insta-famous Instabraid account on, you guessed it, Instagram to bring us all 31 days of braids! I had the honor of being their model for a few different looks, including this fabulous Dutch braid (or Elsa braid, for all you fellow Disney fans) done by the beyond awesome Fave4hair stylist Amanda from Blohaute. The complete tutorial can be found on the Fave4hair blog HERE so be sure to check it out, along with Instabraid for more fun braided looks! Thanks again for all your support and happy braiding!



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Dress Ideas

Hello again all and happy Thanksgiving week! With this wonderful holiday only two short days away (crazy right?) I wanted to share with you all a little outfit inspiration for the turkey feast. Everyone seems to put a ton of time and effort into Christmas and Chanukah holiday party outfits, but for some reason Thanksgiving seems to be overlooked. I, for one, am a part of a pretty large gathering of friends and family this year, so I am pretty focused on looking my best but also being comfortable enough to go back for seconds...or maybe even thirds! I think the key to a great Thanksgiving outfit starts with a dress. You definitely do not want any buttons or zippers from pants or jeans crushing your oh-so-full belly. Also, wearing a dress is the easiest way to look like you put a ton of effort into your outfit, when you really just threw on one piece of clothing. I like to look for either sheath, shapeless, flowey dresses or a fit and flare style to disguise all the stuffing I plan on eating. I also think its important to keep the hemline as well as the neckline pretty modest because, after all, you are surrounded by family. I have similar dresses to the examples below, and I think any of them would be perfect for your Thanksgiving table. Have a great holiday everyone! Have an extra sliver of pie for me!

Thanksgiving Dress Ideas




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pouf Blowout with Blohaute and Fave4hair

Hey all! I have just a quick little post for you today. This Sunday I had the pleasure of attending a Braid Bar Style Session hosted in Dallas by a cute little styling salon called Pouf Blowout. What sets Pouf apart from your run of the mill blow dry bar is that they also offer updo's and any braid your heart desires. The event was also hosted by Amanda from Blohaute, a styling service and blow dry bar in Chicago that brings the salon right to your door, and my favorite styling product company Fave4hair. I had the pleasure of meeting some really great girls and had a fun time while sweet Amanda braided my hair in all sorts of ways.  One of the girls I met was Leticia.  She is a local makeup artist and her makeup was beyond flawless. We had such a great time getting our hair done together. 

If you are in the Dallas area, be sure to check out Pouf Blowout for your next big event, date night, or even just a girls night out. If you happen to be in the Chicago area, please check out Blohaute. Amanda is nothing short of amazing! Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!!

Check out Pouf Blowout HERE
Check out Blohaute HERE
Check out Fave4hair HERE
Check out Leticia HERE


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FashionxDallas Accessory Showcase

Hello again all! I hope you are all having an amazing week so far. I had such a great weekend spending time with my two besties. My friends are the greatest! 

On Thursday night Rachel and I rushed downtown immediately after she landed in Dallas to catch the FashionxDallas fashion show. This program supports local Texas designers and jewelry makers to help get their name out into the world of fashion. We were surrounded by such beautiful art and I was blown away by the amount of talent Texad has! They had many booths set up for the jewelers and accessory designers so you could get a closer look at their collections and even purchase pieces. Here are just a few of the ones that caught my eye. 

Mona Jain Jewelry

Mona Jain strings together fine Indian craftsmanship with the best in semi precious stones. Their designs reflect the essence of mystical eastern design while keeping in mind the tastes of the modern day woman. You can sense the cultural celebrations of this collection but Mona Jain still keeps the designs fresh and modern, like this open cuff bracelet. All the pieces were so unique and gorgeous!

You can browse the Mona Jain Jewelry collection HERE

Kristin Miller

 Kristin Miller is a jewelry line fabricated with careful attention to artistry, originality and quality. Kristin's designs are largely comprised of hand cast brass pieces that begin as carvings she sculpts from wax, which are then converted into master metals through the ancient lost wax process. While many of her designs are geometrically inspired, they also maintain a rustic quality by embracing the small imperfections that result from casting and many sets of artistic hands. All the stones in her collection are either hand cut semi-precious stones, or vintage crystals which make each piece unique. I loved the tribal aspects of these designs. The mix of rich gemstones, muted brass, and vintage components make this jewelry line a favorite in my book.

You can browse the Kristin Miller collection HERE

Mitchell Primrose

Launched in 2012 by brother and sister team Mitchel and Carmen Primrose, what started as a small capsule of exotic skin necklaces and bracelets has evolved today to encompass a full range of jewelry and handbags. I loved this line. I was especially impressed with the beautiful color schemes and the unique Swarovski crystal clutches. 

You can browse the Mitchell Primrose collection HERE

Laura Pierson

Laura Pierson is a self proclaimed "rock nerd" who makes it her mission to use minerals, rocks, and fossils from around the world that were previously not used for jewelry in her collections. She was very knowledgeable about each of her precious stones, and one seemed to be more beautiful and unique then the next! I particularly loved this first pair of earrings. They are unlike anything I have ever seen before, almost appearing to be printed with a floral pattern. The colors complement the rose gold perfectly.

You can browse the Laura Pierson collection HERE


Mad Jewels

Mad Jewels is a handmade jewelry line designed by Madison Patrylick of Fort Worth, Texas. The collection is inspired by the many cultures and colors of the world, particularly Asian cultures and the colors of nature. Mad Jewels tries to create pieces for every pocket book and age range. I loved all of the bright colors and Bohemian flare that Mad Jewels had in their collection. I was especially infatuated with the turquoise tones. 

You can browse the Mad Jewels collection HERE

Cindy Schulze Jewelry

I was not able to talk to the talented designer Cindy, but I admired her pieces so much I had to share them with you all! I know her philosophy is "Simple. Contemporary. Everyday." and I believe her collection speaks to just that. They were classic, no-fuss pieces that can be worn with just about anything. I really admired the message pendant necklaces.

You can browse the Cindy Schulze Jewelry collection  HERE


Blaine Bowen Jewelry

 Based in Dallas, Blaine Bowen Jewelry is a unique jewelry line created out of love for art, where each piece is handcrafted from high quality materials and authentic gemstones found around the world. Her designs are also largely influenced by the colorful cultures she has experienced first hand during her many travels around the world, and her time growing up on an out island in the Bahamas. She keeps her pieces very much on trend, even a bit ahead of the curve. She focused mainly on cuff bracelets and open cuffed style choker necklaces highlighting precious gem stones. I really gravitated toward her whole collection, especially loving the mix of gem stones with not only classic gold and silver, but rose gold and gunmetal as well. We talked to Blaine for a while. She was so warm, welcoming, and just a down to earth person in general. I know she is destined for great things in the fashion industry! 

You can browse the Blaine Bowen Jewelry collection HERE


Allison Mitchell

Based in Dallas, Allison Mitchell handbags are crafted from animal skins and hides from around the world. Lined in seasonal picks from the designer, the minimalistic chic brand offers a polished, deconstructed look that makes a statement with unique shapes and exceptional materials. I loved hearing owner and designer Allison Mitchell talk about the birth of her fabulous clutches. She created an oversized clutch for herself on a Sunday afternoon, simply because she wanted a bag she couldn’t find, and turned it into a business! How inspiring is that? Her bags were exceptional, I wanted one in every color, for every day of the week!

You can browse the Allison Mitchell collection HERE


Brackish Original Feather Bow Ties

Brackish Original Feather Bow Ties started with a simple problem, finding the perfect groomsmen gift. The Brackish bow tie itself has now built a new tradition. Their customers make a statement, and are recognized for it. Every tie is handcrafted locally in South Carolina, and because every single feather is hand selected, no two Brackish bow ties are exactly alike. Every tie is a sustainable work of art. I thought these were spectacular! The idea was so unique, yet so on trend. The bright colors of each feather will make your man stand out in the crowd, and I love that. I think I know what the Hubs is getting for Christmas...

You can browse the Brackish collection HERE

I hope you enjoyed these fabulous collections, and there is much more to come from the FashionXDallas event, so stay tuned!