Calypso St. Barth

Tuesday night I hosted a special shopping event at Calypso St. Barth, along with two other Dallas bloggers, Kailee and Brooke. We served sips and sweets while guests shopped and enjoyed 20% off their purchase. The store is located in Preston Center and is perfectly curated and merchandised, and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly- we had so much fun shopping with them!

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We invited Calypso customers and bloggers alike to come into the boutique to shop the newest collection; it is stunning- each piece is unique and feels so special when you put it on. The dress I wore during the event was ℅ Calypso St. Barth and I cannot wait to wear it again! This silk maxi dress was one of my favorite pieces and this printed tank is so fun for summer! Everything in Calypso is simply beautiful; you have to visit their boutique in Dallas or online to see for yourself.

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Thank you to all of our followers who attended the event and stopped by the boutique to say hello and do some shopping! Thank you to Calypso St. Barth for hosting the event and inviting me to be a part of the evening!

Photos by Megan Weaver.

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Styling Event at Calypso St. Barth

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I am excited to announce that I am hosting a styling event at Calypso St. Barth, along with two other fabulous fashion bloggers on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the Calypso Dallas location in Preston Center. Guests will receive a 20% discount on their purchase, while enjoying sips and sweets in the beautiful boutique. I will be there from 6:00-8:00pm, helping guests put together looks from Calypso’s newest collection and style their favorite pieces.

I hope you can stop by to say hello and join the fun; I would love to meet you, even if just for a moment! Be careful though- if you set foot in Calypso, there is no way you will leave without spending any money! ;) Absolutely everything in the store is beautiful, just calling out to be purchased, and the shopping experience is so enjoyable that you want to stay in the boutique forever! I hope to see you there! :)

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Lady in Black

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Have you ever seen a dress and instantly fallen in love… only to have your dreams crushed as soon as you look at the price tag and realize it is waaaay outside of your budget? Yeah, me too. Well, my friends, sometimes good things really do come to those who wait, which is exactly what happened to me in the case of this Milly dress from Nordstrom.

Last December, I was shopping for a dress for a Christmas party and immediately (immediately!) fell in love with this gorgeous black polka dot lace Milly dress. I tried it on multiple times, trying to convince myself that my friends and family wouldn’t disown me for spending $595 on a Christmas party dress…but they would. I couldn’t even pull the “round down to the nearest hundred” trick, because $500 is still outrageous! What was a girl to do?

Well my mom taught me that if you keep thinking about a piece of clothing even days after, then you should get it! But my dad taught me “no.” Even though I was obsessed with the dress, I still couldn’t afford it. So after much deliberation, I went about my merry way, never to see the dress again…. UNTIL last week when I found it at Nordstrom Rack for $89! Eighty nine dollars!! (I just deleted about 23 exclamation marks- you’re welcome)

I wish you could have seen my face when I found the dress all alone on a sad clearance rack- sheer delight, then panic- was I about to be crushed and find out it was a size 2?! Pure elation when I saw that it was my size! I looked around for someone to tell about my glorious find, but there was no one! I practically ran to the fitting room and started sending selfies to friends as fast as I could! The sale gods had smiled on me and rewarded my patience!

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I have found the perfect LBD party dress- mission accomplished! I wanted to keep this look classic with simple accessories; I found these Sam Edelman sandals and love the slight texture on the toe strap. I wore them for the first time and was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they are! (They’re also available in nude.)

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I’m pretty sure that I had already scheduled a photoshoot for this dress before even leaving the store, and that I told all of my friends (men included!) about my rare sale find later that same evening. :) What can I say…. I just love it!

Thank you to Brandon Mikeal Photography for a fun photoshoot in the Dallas Design District.

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Drybar Giveaway Winner

 If you follow me on Instagram, you know that earlier this week I started a giveaway in collaboration with drybar for three blowouts! 

Drybar is a fun concept salon that doesn’t offer haircuts or color- only blowouts! If you have a special event or night out coming up, Drybar takes away any stress about how to style your hair! 

I announced the winner this morning and was so excited for her! Congratulations to @callie988 and to your two lucky friends who get to go with you for a free blowout! Thanks for following along on Insta!

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Neutral Stripes at Magnolia’s

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If you go shopping with me, you will quickly learn that my favorite adjective to describe a piece of clothing is “easy.” I love “easy” tops to throw on with jeans, “easy” dresses that can transition from day to night, etc. If it’s “easy,” I’m buying it! I have far too many stripes in my closet, but I couldn’t pass up this striped linen tunic from Banana Republic when I saw it earlier this week (and on sale!)…because it’s so easy!

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I paired this linen tee with black skinny J Brand jeans and metallic Vince Camuto flats (sold out, but available in white) for a casual look, but you could easily dress it up with white jeans and wedges.

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Also, if you live in Dallas and haven’t visited Magnolia’s Sous le Pont in the Harwood district of Dallas, you need to add it to your list. Good coffee, good people, and the cutest turquoise store front. When you go, you have to try their Lavender Latte- it’s magical! 

Photos by An Extraordinary Affaire.

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Balloon Kit DIY

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Last week, I showed you the details of my birthday and fun rooftop pool party where I decorated with these fun giant balloons. The balloons actually came from an Urban Outfitters balloon kit, but I added a few special touches to jazz them up, so I’m showing you how to make your own special occasion balloons today!

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If you are able to, I would recommend getting some fun custom balloons made by someone like The Balloon Bar, but in a pinch, these were a great substitute! The balloon kit is $16 and when I bought it, I thought it only had two balloons inside- nope, it includes supplies for EIGHT giant balloons!!

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I unpacked everything and was most excited about the gold glittery letters! (they spell “yay” and “hooray”) The kit includes a roll of white ribbon and a roll of gold ribbon to make one tassel for each balloon. After making one test tassel, I found them to be a little lacking and didn’t think that was enough ribbon, so I improvised and added my own store bought tassels at the last minute.

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The stickers are amazing- by far the best part of the balloon kit. You don’t have to use them, but I don’t know why you would waste that gold glittery goodness!

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These tassels are also from Urban Outfitters, and I know they are easy to make at home, but I was on a time crunch, so $10 extra didn’t seem like too much to pay for some sassy balloons. All in all, I was pretty pleased with this kit; a pack of 36 inch balloons from a party store costs about the same amount, but doesn’t include string, stickers, or ribbon, so this was a deal.

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Rooftop Pool Party

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One week ago today I celebrated my birthday with some of my favorite things: cake, swimming, and friends. Perfect. It’s a busy time of year for me at work, so I didn’t have much time to plan or celebrate (road trips and weekend getaways weren’t options), and I knew I wanted to do something relaxing, so when a friend offered me use of his roof top pool, I just about died…then said YES!

People are often confused as to why I throw my own birthday parties (I have friends, I promise!); for me, a birthday party is just another excuse for a theme party, which are my favorite to plan and host, so I can’t pass up the opportunity! See a couple of my birthdays from years’ past: 2014, 20132012.  Once I get the green light (location confirmed), I usually go into party-planning mode 100%, which means that my girlfriends can expect frequent text updates any time I have a new idea or see something cute to buy for the party (there are always fun things to buy!).

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These adorable pool floaties are from Urban Outfitters, and I knew I wanted them (all!) to be at my party. I bought the ice cream sandwich, and was able to borrow the other floaties from friends. Great minds think alike, I guess! This pizza slice is my favorite- it was huge! Word to the wise: buy an electric pump to blow up the floaties. Seriously, you’ll thank me one day. Luckily, a friend of mine showed up at my house with a pump the night before my party because I didn’t have the foresight to buy one earlier- thankful for good (and smart!) friends!

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Once you determine a “vibe” for the party, it’s easy to plan what kind of food to serve, music to play, activities, etc. When I decided that my goal was to relax, everything started coming together. The floaties kept the mood playful, along with balloons that made for easy decor. I bought a balloon kit but wanted to add a little pizazz to it; next week, I will show you how I made the kit into something unique with a DIY.

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Obviously, it was a windy day on the rooftop, but these balloons were so darling- and only $16 for 8 of them! If I had more time, I would have bought some balloons from The Balloon Bar in Austin, but since everything came together within a few days, I had to be resourceful. I really didn’t have a complete plan formed when I decided to browse Urban Outfitters, but then I saw these gold glitter crowns and, of course, had to have them (duh!). I love special details like the crowns that guests can play with during the party.  PS. Look how great that giant ice cream sandwich floatie looks in the background of this photo ;)

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If I had really been thinking ahead, I would have served pizza and ice cream sandwiches (to coordinate with the floaties!), but sometimes you just have to go with the flow… next time though! For an outdoor party, light appetizers and fruit are always refreshing and well-received by guests. We finished the evening with the most delicious strawberry cake from Society Bakery, my favorite bakery in Dallas!

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Of course, the highlight of any party is the people; I am always so appreciative of friends who make time to celebrate me by participating in whatever activity I have dreamt up and taking photos along the way. I’m thankful to be starting a new year with a group of loyal and supportive friends around me- I couldn’t ask for anyone better!

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Our South-facing view of downtown Dallas- the Omni Hotel and Reunion Tower served as reminders of the wonderful city I am living in and to get out and explore more of it this year; looking forward to the upcoming year of adventure.

donut / swan / pretzel / pizza / ice cream sandwich /air pump (totally worth the $13!) / balloon kit / gold crowns /

Photos by Brandon Mikeal and Kirk Bozeman.

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Summer Hat

Whenever I buy clothing that I really love, I usually end up wearing it for days on end, or if it’s an accessory, with every single outfit! Every since I purchased this Madewell hat I have been pairing it with everything from jeans to dresses- people probably just think I have stopped washing my hair.

It completes this outfit perfectly- this light mixed media Madewell tank is easy to throw on with jeans or shorts and look put together.

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But seriously, it’s perfect! Not too big, not too small, modern black bow detail, and light enough to wear during the hot summer days in Dallas! I’ll try to diversify my look, but no guarantees that this hat won’t show up in multiple style posts throughout the summer!

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How cute is that small bow detail on the side! :)

PS. There are only a few Early Access shopping days left during Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale! See my top #nsale picks in yesterday’s blog post. Also, I buy my Madewell pieces at Nordstrom now so I can get the points on my Nordstrom card.

Photos by Sandra of An Extraordinary Affaire.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Clockwise from top left: rabbit fur vest / T3 dryer & flat iron / bobbie brown brush setrag & bone bf jean / sam edelman fringe bootie / vince silk tank / halogen boucle topper / voluspa candlesgray hat / vegan leather fringe bag / bp bootie / paige skinny / frye fringe bag / steve madden fringe bootie / striped cashmere / feather fedora / kate spade crossbody / wit & wisdom skinny / kate spade bow dress / over the knee boot / theory ruched sleeve top / vince leather jacket /

Happy Anniversary Sale!! I love shopping Nordstrom‘s Anniversary Sale every year and this year is no exception. Every July, Nordstrom has a fall preview sale to showcase upcoming trends for fall and winter; coats, cashmere, leather, and boots are the items to focus on during this sale. This year, however, Nordstrom focused on a more “buy now, wear now” pieces, because it’s not fun to buy a ton of clothes only to have them sit in your closet until the weather finally cools off months later (especially in Texas!), so there are also some lightweight options and transitional pieces available.

Note: the sale is only open to Nordstrom cardholders from July 9-16; the public sale starts on July 17 (for non cardholders) and lasts through the end of the month. If you don’t have a card, you can still preview the sale items, or you can apply for a card.

I’ve rounded up a few of my must have pieces on the sale- they’re amazing! I have to remind myself to focus first on the special pieces that will add a lot of character to my wardrobe, then focus on replenishing basics that can easily get worn out (i.e. dark skinny jeans, neutral handbags, beauty tools, etc.).

Remember, during Anniversary Sale there are limited quantities of each item, so it’s important to shop quickly before sizes become unavailable. As always, feel free to shoot me an email if you have styling questions if you’re unsure about which size to order or how to style a particular item. I have shopped the sale in store and have tried on all of these items personally! Happy shopping!

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Fourth of July

What a wonderful long weekend! I am so thankful for time spent relaxing with friends celebrating the Fourth of July. I had a unique opportunity to shoot my outfit with a blogger friend, Sandra, of An Extraordinary Affaire; I enjoyed being able to collaborate with a fellow Dallas blogger, as well as try my hand at photography (haha).

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Every year, there is a huge fireworks show in Addison, TX, called “Kaboom Town.” This year, I gathered a group of about 15 friends, and we brought our lawn chairs and blankets to the park to watch the show; we sat directly across the street from where they launched the fireworks, so we felt like we had the best view out of the whole park!

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My friend, Brandon Mikeal, took these photos of Sandra and I in Addison and we had the best time walking around Addison circle and people watching (rather, people were watching us awkwardly pose for pictures). Brandon does quite a bit of concert photography (so hip!) and is super talented so it was a pleasure to shoot with him.

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These shoes are my new favorites- the stacked chunky heel makes them easy to walk in and wear for hours at a time, perfect for walking around town.

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The dress I’m wearing is from Madewell and was perfect for a hot summer day- light and airy, easy to add a few blue accessories to for the Fourth!

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Madewell dress; Baublebar necklace (sold out, but similar); Michael Kors shoes are sold out, but they’re from Nordstrom Rack.

 

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