Holiday Entertaining with My Best Hair Ever

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Robe: Victoria’s Secret; Watch: Michele; Bow Sweater: Alice & Olivia; Pants: Alice & Olivia; Shoes: Stuart Weitzman; Necklace: Lana; Watch: Michele; Screw Cuff: Henri Bendel; Layered Cuff: Gorjana; Ring: Gorjana; Earrings: Gorjana; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo; Nails: OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest; Hair Products: Pantene Expert Collection

It seems like all I have been doing this past month is preparing for yet another holiday party…which can be exhausting, but it’s always fun to reunite with different groups of friends to celebrate Christmas! I love hosting friends (old & new!) and entertaining in my home, but one thing that always makes me nervous about all the Christmas parties (aside from making sure my home is spotless, perfectly polished, and decorated to the nines!) is ensuring that my hair looks healthy and full of life…and luckily, thanks to the Pantene Expert Collection, I have finally achieved my BEST HAIR EVER!

I knew that during this busy time I wouldn’t be having tons of extra time, or money, to go to the salon for conditioning treatments, so I have been turning to Pantene’s Advanced Keratin Repair Collection, which can repair 2 years of damage in just 2 minutes!  All those years of hair dyeing, teasing, and heat have taken a toll on my blonde locks, but this collection fights the facets of damaged hair, treats dryness and dullness, pampers split ends, and fights frizz! And these days, when it comes to my hair, I am trying this whole “less is more” thing with my messy, textured, curly bob….so the less time it takes to repair my hair, the better! My favorite products from the Keratin Repair Collection include their shampoo + conditioner, 60 Second Therapy Ampoules, and Keragloss Oil Mist….all which work so much better when used together!

Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor from “90210,” OMG.) is also another gal who is a huge fan of Pantene’s Expert Collection.  She recently talked about her upcoming holiday reunions, and run-ins too (read the article here)….and how Pantene has played such a large role in ensuring that she also gets her BEST HAIR EVER!

So with the holidays in full swing, and all the parties and reunions happening, how do you get your BEST HAIR EVER? Share your secrets in the comments!

xo,

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Holiday Red with Express

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Sweater: c/o Express; Jeans: c/o Express; Heels: Valentino, old; Scarf: c/o Express; Beanie: ASOS; Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff; Screw You Bangle: Henri Bendel; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Nails: OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo

One thing that I love about the holiday season is seeing women spruce up their outfits with a pop of red.  Maybe it’s because the Christmas spirit is in the air, or because it’s the color of the season, but women who typically don’t feel brave enough to wear this power color…and it certainly turns heads.

But my approach to wearing holiday red starts by pairing it with the most perfect basics from Express: a comfy oversized sweater cardigan and a slouchy pair of destroyed jeans. (And for the record, these 2 pieces belong in every winter wardrobe!) I knew I wanted my red plaid & houndstooth scarf to really POP, so the neutral sweater was a simple backdrop, and the jeans, well, the fit on these bad boys really speak for themselves, don’t they? (Jeans shopping tip: These are a mid rise skinny fit….I wanted them to look broken in and have some give, so I sized up 2 sizes in them. Personally, a destroyed denim that is tight to your leg makes it appear that you actually ripped them because they are too small, lol!) And top the whole look, with your favorite red shoe and red lip…TADA!

And FYI, these jeans are on sale for 50% OFF….so either tell Santa or just treat yourself :)

How do you like to show the holiday spirit in your wardrobe?

xo,

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Punk Princess

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Dress: BCBG; Jacket: Topshop x Nordstrom, old (Similar here & here); Boots: Dolce Vita, old (Similar here & here); Earrings: Bauble Bar x Nordstrom; Pinky Ring: Gorjana; Watch: Michele; Lips: MAC Creme Cup

If you have been following me along for the past couple of years, then you probably know by now that my birthday is exactly one week before Christmas….

…and I despise it.

Granted, I can’t be angry that my parents decided to have one magical moment exactly 9 months before Santa arrives.  I don’t blame them for my December birthday being overlooked….instead, I blame all the people who overlook it but giving me a joint gift! So in my attempt at birthday/christmas retaliation, I become the most obnoxious birthday brat…and that brattiness all begins with selecting the most perfect birthday outfit!

I always want that look to appear effortless…you know the look, the “Oh this? Oh I just threw this dress on, and happened to grab the jacket on the way out the door, and and I could’ve worn sky high heels, but these over the knee boots are just super cool girl.” (Umm, yeah, it’s not actually that simple, believe it or not!)

My dress shopping started at Nordstrom, and after trying on every party dress they had, I chose this one….perfecting the rocker girl/birthday princess look from head to toe. The tutu effect definitely adds to the “birthday princess” concept, without me having to wear a crown to remind everyone that its MY NIGHT!

Do you treat your birthday dress shopping as seriously as I do?!

xo,

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*Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post and helping me celebrate my birthday in style!

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Bow Tied

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Dress: kate spade; Heels: SJP; Earrings: Gorjana; Watch: Michele; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo; Stackable Rings: Gorjana; Pinky Ring: Gorjana

Every December, the same thing happens. I know it is coming.  I know I should prepare for it.  I know I am better than to procrastinate for this momentous occasion: It’s holiday dress shopping.

And here’s the deal for me: No matter what sparkly holiday dress I end up purchasing each year, somehow I still feel like I resemble a glittery member of Santa’s Workshop.

But after several years of learning my holiday dress shopping hard knocks lessons, I have decided to take a different approach this year: Instead of indulging in a typical holiday dress that I will most likely never wear again, I decided to make an investment in a dress, like this kate spade one, that I can can much more mileage out of! And of course, there is nowhere like Nordstrom that has such a variety of versatile dress options! And of course, Nordstrom makes their online dress shop absolutely foolproof: Shop New Years’ Eve. Shop Cocktail. Shop Under $150. Shop Night Out. Shop Fit & Flare. Shop Little Black Dresses. No matter your preference, it’s all there!

What’s your approach to holiday dress shopping?!

xo,

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*Thank you to Nordstrom for sharing their Holiday spirit & partnering on this post!

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Cyber Monday + Plaid

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Jacket: c/o French Connection; Sweater: Vince; Jeans: 7FAM; Boots: Tibi; Bag: Saint Laurent; Beanie: ASOS; Initial Necklace: Blee Inara; Horn Necklace: Gorjana, old; Ring Set: Gorjana; Earrings: Gorjana; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Nails: OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest

Black Friday has come & gone….

…THANK GOD.

If you are one of those crazies you braves the malls, well, I’m not sure if I should high five you or hit you….either way, you are a better woman than I! After 10 years of working retail, the last place I want to be on Black Friday is a shopping center…I prefer staying at home and rubbing my belly and continuing to eat Thanksgiving leftovers.

But in all honesty, the reason I don’t indulge in the Black Friday madness is because I know that Cyber Monday is worth the wait.

So without further adieu ladies, may I present to you the best steals & deals that I will be shopping on Cyber Monday…and you’re welcome…they are in alphabetical order! Also, click the store or brand to be directed to their site, and if no code is given, then you shouldn’t need one at checkout! And the best part about a lot of these sales is that they will last way past Monday! HAPPY SHOPPING!

6PM: 15% off purchase with CODE: 6PMCYBMON113020141535

Anthropologie: Select items 25-50% off plus free shipping

ASOS: 30% off purchase with CODE: ILOVEMONDAYS

Banana Republic: 40% off purchase with CODE: CYBER

Bauble Bar: 20% off purchase with CODE: CYBER20

C.Wonder: 40% off purchase

Express: 50% off plus free shipping

French Connection: 40% off purchase with CODE: FC40BF

Gap: 40% off purchase

J.Crew: 30% off full priced purchase, additional 40% off clearance plus free shipping with CODE: MONDAY

Madewell: 25% off purchase with CODE: GIFTON

Milk & Honey: 50% off purchase

ModCloth: 25% off purchase with CODE: CYBERMONDAY

Nordstrom: Up to 40% off select merchandise

Old Navy: 40% off purchase

Otte: 20% pff purchase

Piperlime: 30% off full price purchase, 40% off markdowns with CODE: CYBERSALE

Revolve: 20% off sale items with CODE: CYBERMONDAY20

Scoop: 25% off purchase plus free shipping

Shopbop: 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000 with CODE: GOBIG14

Sole Society: 30% off purchase

xo,

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Holiday Feathers with Express

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Sweater: ℅ Express; Skirt: ℅ Express (sold out online, but available in select stores); Shoes: ℅ Express; Clutch: C.Wonder, old (Similar); Necklace: Bauble Bar; Earrings: Gorjana; Cigar Rings: Gorjana; Pinky Ring: Gorjana; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Lips: Too Faced Melted in Fuchsia; Nails: OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest

The holidays are about indulging to some degree, right?! Too much food, too much wine, too many holiday parties, and buying too many things for yourself when you should be shopping for others!

Every year around this season, I like to treat myself to something impractical.  Usually its a ridiculous pair of shoes or perhaps an electronic, but this year I wanted my indulgence to be a trend that I have never tried before.  I have seen feathers popping up in almost every retailer….and for the most part, they have been at an outrageous price point that is out of my holiday budget….but this skirt from Express stopped in my tracks!

And since the feathers speak for themselves when it comes to the va-va-voom factor, I wanted to pair it with a basic…originally my thought was a basic silk white button up, but this boyfriend sweater was too cozy to resist! And then I threw on a great pair of black heels and a statement necklace for the win! Ta-da!

And to score an indulgence on a budget?! It must be a holiday miracle!

xo,

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My Style My Michele

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Shirt: J.Crew; Jeans: J.Crew; Booties: Steve Madden; Watch Case: ℅ MICHELE; Watch Strap: ℅ MICHELE; Earrings: Gorjana; Initial Necklace: Blee Inara; Layered Chain Necklace: Bauble Bar; Rings: Gorjana; Sunglasses: ℅ Coastal; Handbag: vintage Dooney & Burke; Nails: OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest

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Dress: ASOS; Heels: Christian Louboutin, old (Similar); Bag: Kate Spade, old (Shop newer version HERE); Watch Face: ℅ MICHELE; Watch Bracelet: ℅ MICHELE; Hermes Cuff; Nameplate Bracelet: Bauble Bar, old; Stacked Ring: Henri Bendel; Pinky Ring: Gorjana; Earrings: Gorjana; Nails: OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest

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IMG_0345Blazer: Alice & Olivia; Leather Pants: Topshop x Nordstrom; Tee: Piperlime, old; Heels: Valentino, old (Love these & these); Bag: Saint Laurent; Watch Face: ℅ MICHELE; Watch Strap: ℅ MICHELE; Coordinates Cuff & Date Cuff: Accessory Concierge; Crystal Cuff: Henri Bendel, old; Ear Cuff: Bauble Bar, old (Shop their ear cuffs HERE); Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo; Nails: OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest

As a woman who loves jewelry and accessories, I am always looking for my next favorite bauble.  With the exception of my grandmother’s wedding ring and an Hermes cuff that I received as a gift from Paris, most of my jewelry is on a 3 month rotation…meaning I find some fun, inexpensive statement pieces and put them in the cycle…but to be honest, it’s really difficult to find chic, durable, and classic pieces that stand the test of time.

About 6 months ago, I invested in a new MICHELE watch….I had been diligently doing my research on watches and I had so many questions: What color face did I want? What color strap did I want? Did I want gold? Did I want silver? Did I want rose gold? Did I want a mixed metal watch? How much did I want to spend? Saying I was overwhelmed is an understatement. After talking to several friends and listening to one too many opinions on the topic, I ecstatically settled on the most perfect MICHELE watch….and you guys know it by now because you see it in every post!

But the thing I love most about my MICHELE watch is the versatility….A GIRL NEEDS OPTIONS, right?! Am I right or am I right?!  One day I can wear my metal bracelet with my gold face…or another day I can keep it classic with a black alligator strap….or I can even go super casual with a saddle strap. Thankfully, my investment is getting it’s money’s worth, because my options are endless when it comes to styling this piece! And Mom, if you happen to be reading this, I would love for “Santa” to slip another strap or 2 under the tree!

And if a MICHELE watch is on your holiday wish list this Christmas, or you’ve been doing your timely watch research and want to browse, or you happen to be at Northpark this Saturday, November 21, then I would love for you to join me at Nordstrom’s jewelry department at the MICHELE counter for the “My Style My MICHELE” event where I will be helping customers create & style their own custom timepieces! The event will last from 1-4pm and throughout the event there will even be drawings for customers to win their very own MICHELE watch!

Can’t wait to meet everyone this weekend at Nordstrom! If you would like more information about the event, or to find a MICHELE event that is happening near you, click HERE!

xo,

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Poncho Prints

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Poncho: Zara; Sweater: Evil Twin; Leather Pants: Nordstrom x Topshop; Boots: Tibi; Handbag: Saint Laurent; Sunglasses: Ray Ban; Earrings: Gorjana; Initial Necklace: Blee Inara; Screw Cuff: Miansai; Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff; Rings: Gorjana; Nails: OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest

Every season I feel like there is always one overindulgent style that I end up buying too many of…

…this season, its the poncho.

I purchased my first one while I was in NYC for fashion week…and I was proud that I bought some outerwear while it was still so hot in Dallas.  I stashed it away into the closet and knew how giddy I would be once the weather in Dallas allowed.

But once I opened the poncho can of worms, I couldn’t resist them! Every where I turned, every store I shopped at, every website I looked at, there they were…..begging me to buy them! Five ponchos later, I am ready for winter!

What item have you not been able to resist purchasing lately?

Shop my favorite ponchos by scrolling through below!

xo,

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My Boyfriend’s Button Down

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Dress: ASOS; Boots: Guess; Bag: Saint Laurent; Hat: Janessa Leone; Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff; Bib Necklace: Bauble Bar; Screw Cuff: Miansai; Earrings: Gorjana; Nails: OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest

I’m certain that if you ask most men, they will tell you that they love seeing a girl walk around in their white button down.  Perhaps it gives them pride, or a sense of ownership that she’s “THEIR girl wearing THEIR shirt from the night before,” but for the most part, its probably just downright sexy.

I’ve always loved the style elements that are borrowed from the boys…I have purchased many men’s white button downs in the past, attempting to recreate this look…but the fit has never been quite right.

I stumbled upon this shirt dress from ASOS, and I must say, it passed the boyfriend test with flying colors. And the fact that its backless?! Well, let’s just say….you look just as sexy walking away.

xo,

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Courtney Loves Pine (& Pink?!)

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Dress: ℅ Pine Boutique; Coat: Nasty Gal; Shoes: Stuart Weitzman; Earrings: Gorjana; Ring: Gorjana; Watch: Michele; Nails: OPI Every Month is Octoberfest

Happy Friday!

Its been fun traveling across the country and visiting my blog readers and fellow fashion lovers over the past couple of months, but one trip I have really been looking forward to is happening tonight right here in Texas, my Lone Star State!

Pine Boutique, along with their sister store, Merge, and their brother store, KIE Men’s Shoppe, will be having their fall fashion party tonight from 6-9pm…and they have asked me to tag along for all the fun…and it wasn’t hard for them to twist my arm….champagne & clothes?! COUNT ME IN!

So to all my College Station gals, put on your favorite party dress and come shopping with me tonight….can’t wait to meet y’all!

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xo,

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