For many of you, you are finally getting to pull out the sweaters, leather jackets, over the knee boots, and scarves as the weather is turning into a crisp fall! But for those of us in Texas, we are still bracing the biblical-plague-like heat and begging for a cooler day…which ironically, finally happened over the weekend!
This dress came out on the town with me recently and I wore it to a evening baby shower….it was full of color and femininity, and you can tell from the pictures that my favorite quality of this piece is….the WALKABILITY….the flowy movement! Ugh, so good!
But just because you live in a colder climate, don’t let the temperatures deter you from wearing a gorgeous maxi dress…pair with a black leather bomber jacket and you’re still good to go!
If there’s one thing I love, it’s a reason to get dressed. And I don’t mean a typical cocktail event or a black tie affair. I MEAN, A LEGIT EVENT….where specific attire isn’t necessarily required, but you’ll stand out if you aren’t feeling the same vibes as everyone else.
Next weekend, I am heading to Austin City Limits, otherwise known as ACL, and I must admit….this is my FIRST music festival and I have never felt this much pressure in my entire life! I want to to effortless, cool, hip, yet chic and classic…..OMG WHY IS THERE SO MUCH PRESSURE?!
But one thing I feel no pressure about is where I am going to rest my head after a long day of concerts. Thanks to HomeAway, this the easiest and most unforgettable travel experience I’ve had in a really long time! They have an online marketplace of over a million vacation rentals in nearly 190 countries….and when it came to booking a last minute place to stay in Austin for ACL, they were my first choice!
Their online site or mobile app allow you to navigate properties based on on location, price per night, amount of rooms, or amenities. Take Austin for example: There are still tons of badass HomeAway listings that haven’t been booked yet for the second weekend of ACL! (Ps I can’t wait for y’all to see the amazing art gallery inspired space that I have rented….talk about interior design porn…my Instagram page might light on fire from how hot this listing is!) But the most legit part of having a vacation rental versus a hotel that I am most excited about is that they provide so much more space in places I want it (hello, full kitchen!) for half of the cost of a hotel! So round up your friends, head to Austin, and split the cost of a HomeAway rental for ACL!
And thanks to HomeAway, who is one of the sponsors of this year ACL music festival, they are offering two 3-day VIP passes for the second weekend of ACL to come hang with me! See the rafflecopter below to enter this contest and listen to a great weekend of music!
In my early twenties, I wasn’t much of homebody….any excuse to go out what more of what I was into….so decorating my home and making it feel warm, cozy, and intimate has become my new favorite hobby!
I’ve purchased some fabulous furniture and accessories (which I will share at some point, I promise), but #KERRently, I am obsessed with making my focal gallery wall absolutely perfect! It all started with this photograph I had been lusting after and that my boyfriend gave me for Christmas, and now I have begun to build around it by collecting some interesting art and additional knick knacks!
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What are your favorite sites to gather gallery wall inspiration from and where do you like to shop for home decor?
Being a 9-5 girl was something I always wanted to do one day.
As a little girl, I remember seeing working women in these badass power suits: blazers with double breasted gold buttons, shoulder pads, paired with matching skirts or pants. And understanding why I loved that look so much makes sense now, given the items that I tend to gravitate towards when I go shopping.
And sadly, I have never had a time in my career where I have gotten to wear matching power suits, but I do love elements of them….like this Express skirt….but for my lifestyle and everyday work, I can mix it with more bohemian separates, like this blouse, and this look can take me from my morning coffee to my evening cocktails.
People see my “image” on Facebook, or Instagram, or even here, my blog, and think they know what my day to day life looks like….
In their minds, my life goes a little like this: I sleep till 10, play dress-up in my closet, have a hair & makeup team show up at my house, then frolic around town with a photographer in tow, head to a radio station maybe once a week where I prerecord my daily talk show, and then I drink wine and eat fabulous meals with a handsome man, or head to a elitist charity event.
UMMMMMMM. NO. NOT IN THE LEAST.
Here’s the reality: My days begin quite early by walking a 47 pound pitbull for, at least, 30 minutes, followed by a quick breakfast, maybe a pilates session or a trip to my apartment gym. After that, its time to hit the pavement: Grind away at emails, work meetings all over town, or strategically planning what outfits I want to share on my blog and then photographing them with my blog photographer. Another midday dog walk happens, followed by lunch on the run…usually “to go” and eating it 10 minutes before I begin a 4 hour radio show from 3-7pm (yes, I am actually there LIVE every single day!). Its back home to walk Fancy, and make a quick 10 minute wardrobe change, and if I’m lucky and our schedules align, its time for a late dinner with a tall, dark, handsome man, or make a 15 minute pit stop at a charity event…then follow-up on emails again, one last dog walk to wind down, and its time to hit the sack…Yes, I’m quite the earlybird to bed…say, 1030pm or so.
I tell you all this because my daily M-F outfit planning is VERY IMPORTANT. I need a look that can take me from 10am-9pm, so finding those hero pieces that can go from day to night is crucial. Take this lightweight Nasty Gal sweater: When I leave the house in the AM, I can pair it with a distressed boyfriend denim, my go-to flats, and a big handbag that carries everything I need for the day. But when I leave the radio station and head out for the night, I want it to feel more dressed up, and with some quick changes, its a whole new look: I can pair the sweater with a dressier short or skirt, swipe on some deep plum lips, lace up some sassy heels, and swap out my oversized tote for a clutch…and VOILA!
What’s the one hero piece that you reach for when you need to go from meetings to martinis or the boardroom to the bar?!
*Thank you to Nasty Gal for partnering with me for this post!
Right when I moved to Dallas, I remember calling my girlfriends and asking them what they would be wearing when we met up that night.
Typical answer: “You know, like a cute, going top & jeans.”
Then me and my friends went through a dress phase, then a skirt and blouse phase, and then I grew up and realized…WHO CARES WHAT YOUR FRIENDS ARE WEARING OUT?! WEAR WHATEVER THE HELL YOU WANT TO WEAR…boyfriend jeans, blazers, denim shorts, WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT!
But tonight…its back to where it all began: A cute, going out top & jeans.
Granted its still over 90 degrees here in Dallas, but thankfully, there have been a couple of random days peppered in here and there that have landed under 80 degrees at some point in the day.
My fall wardrobe is taunting me and so ready to come out and play…this dress being the leader in the pack! Its perfectly lightweight and loose fitting enough that it doesn’t feel bulky and heavy….the perfect addition to any easy fall wardrobe!
One of the most rewarding perks of my job as a blogger is that I get to go to some really cool events and meet some highly influential people in the fashion industry that I never would’ve dreamed of. Yes, New York Fashion Week is unmatched in terms of wow factor, but every now and then, the Dallas fashion scene turns it up a notch and I am reminded why this glamorous city will forever be where I call home.
Recently, one of my favorite Dallas boutiques, Tootsies, asked me to host a fabulous party to not only preview the Yigal Azrouel Fall/Winter 2015 Collection, but to also welcome the handsome designer to Dallas himself! It was an absolute honor to have lunch with Yigal, get an exclusive look at his creations, hear the inspiration behind this season’s collection, and (OMG) have him ask me to try on a couple one of a kind pieces right off the runway!