Memorial Day

5.26.2015

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Happy Memorial Day! I hope you enjoyed your long weekend and used it to spend time with family and friends! I am so thankful for all of the people who have served in our military; yesterday I was free to relax at a pool party because of them- thank you! 

I have gotten a lot of questions about where this flamingo floatie is from - it's from Urban Outfitters and they also have this amazing swan, pretzel, and donut. No summer pool party will be complete without them. The flamingo is huge and was so fun to play on. The rain in Dallas kept most people from getting in the pool, but I was able to swim for about 10 minutes before it started raining- worth it!

Easy Denim Romper

5.20.2015

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One of my favorite buzzwords to describe clothing is "easy." If it's not easy, I won't wear it, so rather than trying to layer in the Dallas summer heat, I usually opt for airy dresses; one piece is easier to put on than two, right?! Well, I have recently discovered rompers and they are total game changers. Still just one piece to throw on, but rompers have a much more casual feel than a dress. I wasn't shopping specifically for any rompers, but I went into Old Navy and found so many things that I liked (including 3 rompers!)- everything is SO cheap so I couldn't pass them up.

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Details: Old Navy romper; Old Navy sun hat; Sam Edelman wedges (no longer available); Nordstrom clutch; Kendra Scott earrings; YSL lip stain

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On Memorial Day weekend, I will definitely be wearing this sun hat and plan to wear this strapless romper over my swimsuit. Large brimmed hats add a little bit of glamour to any outfit, so even for a casual pool party, this hat will dress things up.

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Photos by Megan Weaver

Mother's Day in Dallas

5.13.2015

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My parents live about 5 hours away and I don't get to see them as often as I would like, but last weekend they came into town for Mother's Day! Actually, my dad was heading to Houston for a golf tournament on Monday, so after the three of us had dinner together Sunday night, he left my mom with me and headed south, leaving us alone to have a perfect girl's night and following day together!

We started girl time by seeing "The Age of Adaline" on Sunday night- there could not be a more perfect girl time movie. Loved it. After the movie, we went back to my house…and I'm embarrassed to say this, but my mom helped me do laundry, organize my room, and talk through my redecorating vision for my bedroom. Seriously, she is so selfless… she drove down to Dallas and helped me clean my room on Mother's Day. (Since then, I have ordered a new upholstered headboard and could not be more excited about redecorating!)

Monday, we started the morning with coffee and shopping at Nordstrom Northpark! Ma got a whole new beauty wardrobe and skin care routine with help from one of the beauty stylists at Nordstrom. (I linked to the products she bought, just in case you're interested.) We also stopped in the shoe department, of course. After that, we visited the new Nordstrom restaurant, Bazille, (no more Bistro!) and had the best strawberry lemonade as a reward for being such good shoppers. Everyone does that, right?

What's next? More shopping, of course! Since my mom is so sweet, she insisted that we do some furniture shopping for my house, instead of for herself. We walked around multiple furniture stores, looking for inspiration (and good sales!) and then popped into La Duni for a late lunch. La Duni is good normally, but we must have been so hungry, because our sandwiches were AMAZING- don't even get me started on how good the sweet potato fries were! It was so nice to sit and have a leisurely lunch with my mom… sometimes I forget how relaxing it is to be around family because you don't have to try to impress them or even talk if, you don't feel like it. I know that I am loved no matter what! I'm so thankful for my parents' visit to Dallas…and for my organized room. 

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White Summer Dress

5.11.2015



Today is the first day of sunshine Dallas has seen in weeks! Easy dresses are my go-to summer look, so I'm excited to share this embroidered dress from Madewell. The embroidery gives this dress a little flare, but is a far cry from the outfit I wore on Cinco de Mayo; it's the perfect balance.



Dress: Madewell at Nordstrom; clutch: Nordstrom; shoes: no longer available, but I love these wedgesrings: Kendra Scott; watch: Michael Kors.







Photos by Megan Weaver

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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

5.05.2015



Happy Cinco de Mayo! Given my love of theme parties and event-planning, you can only imagine how much I enjoyed hosting a Cinco de Mayo fiesta over the weekend! The decor for the party might have been my favorite that I've ever worked on- so. much. tissue. paper. I love the way it turned out though! This pinspiration post is where I got the idea for the tissue paper flowers; I made them into a photo booth backdrop and they were a huge hit.



My friend, Brandon, captured some fun moments from the party and was kind enough to share! This is one of the most epic photo bombs I have ever seen. Bravo.



One of the most important aspects of my fiesta was the music. There is a hilarious story behind how I got connected with this one, but I basically owe it all to Chipotle! DJ So4kis was amazing to work with, knew exactly what I wanted him to play, and my guests were thrilled! The dance floor was busy all night- just how I like it. I've already had requests from friends to book him for my next event.



I just love tissue paper tassels… you can never have enough.



The main visual element in the dance floor room was all of the mexican flags and tissue paper tassels, but this chalking by my friend, Rachel, set the tone for the party…"no Juan ever"- so funny! One of my roommates just hired her to make a chalking for an upcoming baby shower and I can't wait to see it.



Had to get a few shots in the photo booth! This outfit is from Mexico- I bought it when I was 15 on a trip there. I love that it has lasted this long and I get to wear it once a year. Most of the ladies also dressed in fiesta-themed clothing, which I enjoyed. Everyone looked so festive! I can't wait until next year's fiesta! I posted a full shot of my outfit on Instagram.



You don't have to wait for Cinco de Mayo to have a fiesta; I hope these ideas inspire you to host one soon! 

What's a Capsule Wardrobe?

4.30.2015



The number of articles and social media mentions I have seen about the "capsule wardrobe" has increased drastically in the past few months. What's a "capsule wardrobe," anyway? Caroline, the creator of Unfancy, was the first person I heard talking about her new wardrobe; she says that it's a "mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear." Sounds pretty good, right? The capsule wardrobe movement has gained a lot of popularity with people who are looking to simplify their life. But is it right for everyone?

We all want more time and less stress, so why not edit your closet to make getting dressed in the morning a piece of cake? I know I certainly have pieces in my wardrobe that haven't been worn lately (or worse: don't fit!) Although I see the benefits to a smaller wardrobe, I'm not planning to downsize mine anytime soon (neutrals forever?! no thanks!), but after reading this article about successful people wearing the same thing each day, it's making me think about streamlining my style.

The author says "We are a society drowning in our possessions. People are looking for freedom and rescue. They are searching for new solutions. No wonder the capsule wardrobe movement continues to grow." Interesting. I definitely agree with him and see the merit of a paired down wardrobe.

My personal style has always been pretty classic. Some of my favorite go-to pieces are ones that I have owned for over 5 years(!!). I tend to stay away from "fast fashion" in favor of investing in pieces that I can see myself wearing for a few years to come and or pieces that are versatile enough to wear to work and play. Incorporating one trendy piece into a classic outfit is much easier than changing your style to fit each new trend that emerges. I love to wear dresses (one piece is so much easier to put on!) and I've recently discovered rompers (also one piece!). Items that are figure-flattering and versatile will continue to rule my wardrobe, but don't be surprised if you see me mixing and matching some higher-end classic pieces with fast fashion accessories to keep my look modern. So, while I won't be editing my wardrobe into a capsule collection, I do have a few helpful wardrobe guidelines that govern my fashion purchases, which I'll be sharing with you soon. Image via Pinterest.

PS. Can anyone tell me why the urge to clean out your closet always hits when you should be going to bed?!
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