A Day in Tulum

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Dress: ASOS; Sandals: Zigi; Sunglasses: Tory Burch; Fedora: Target (Also love this one by J.Crew); Bikini Top: ASOS; Bikini Bottom: ASOS

The jungle, the beach, the sun, the perfect cold beverage, and 2 of my best friends….sound like a spectacular weekend? Well, it certainly was.

One of my best friends, Katie (who also runs a lifestyle blog for moms, “Dear Luca & Olivia”) recently picked up and relocated her family to Playa Del Carmen for her work. But part of the deal with her moving to another country was that my Dallas bestie, Tori, and I would agree to come visit on the regular….sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

And this weekend, we spent 4 days basking in the sun, taking in one too many cocktails, and engaging in more girl talk than I care to share! And 4 days certainly wasn’t enough…

…I’m already counting down the days till we get to do it again.

Do you have any upcoming vacations that you are looking forward to?

xo,

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Laser Cut

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Top: c/o Milk & Honey; Jeans: c/o Madewell; Shoes: Forever 21, old (Similar); Clutch: c/o Stella & Dot; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Stamped Necklace: All the Wire; Floral Bib: Bauble Bar; Watch: Michael Kors; Knotty Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Midi Ring: All the Wire

A couple months ago, I spotted this top at Milk & Honey and knew I had to have it.  But there was one minor detail standing in the way: the 30 degree weather.  I snatched it up anyway and knew once the weather warmed up that I would be glad to have something new…plus, a laser cut top had been on my spring/summer shopping wishlist! And today as I pack up and head to Mexico for a relaxing weekend with my girlfriends, I felt that this top was perfect to put me in the mood for sunnier days!

Can’t wait to share even more spring & summer looks from my weekend getaway with y’ll next week!

xo,

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The Ultimate Chic Combination

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Cape Blazer: Nasty Gal; Leather Pants: Topshop x Nordstrom; Tee: Hanes; Shoes: c/o Sole Society; Necklace: Bauble Bar; Pave Link Cuffs: Bauble Bar; Watch: Michael Kors; Spike Ring Set: c/o Henri Bendel; Deluxe Stacked Ring: c/o Henri Bendel; Knotty Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Earrings: Gorjana; Sunglasses: Tory Burch; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride; Fancy’s Collar & Leash: C.Wonder, old

There are a lot of combinations in this world that make me happy:

  • Red wine & steak
  • Guacamole & margaritas
  • Sun & sand
  • Sundays & rainy afternoons

But one combination that fulfills me, and undoubtedly without fail, is black and white. Its chic.  Its timeless.  Its classic.  Its idiot-proof.

Wear a black top and white pants….BOOM.  Wear a white top and black pants…BOOM.  Wear any black and white print…BOOM.  But top it all off with a black and white Sole Society shoe…PERFECTION.

I talked in my last post about what chic means to me….and ultimately, it means feeling confident in your look…no matter the weather, no matter the day, no matter the occasion, and no matter the price tag.  And over the past several years, and after many outfit failures, one chic combination that I always return to is black and white.  So clearly, these Sole Society shoes needed a home in my closet (plus, you can’t really argue with an adorable, comfortable flat that comes in less than $60, now can you?!)

Shop my favorite Sole Society black and white shoes below….and let me know what your ultimate chic oclor combo is?!

xo,

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*Although this post was sponsored by Sole Society, all opinions of the product & content are my own.

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The Right Amount of Red

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Trench Vest: ASTR; Jeans: BLANKNYC; Tank:Hanes; Shoes: c/o Sole Society; Clutch: kate spade; Stamped Necklace: All the Wire; Monogram Necklace: Bauble Bar; Long Tiered Necklace: Gorjana; Rebel Pendant: c/o Stella & Dot; Watch: Michael Kors; Earrings: Gorjana; Spike  Cluster Bracelet: c/o Stella & Dot; Bar Cuff: Gorjana; Studded Cuff: Gorjana; Monogram Cuff: c/o Accessory Concierge; Spike Ring Set: c/o Henri Bendel; Knotty Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Stacked Crystal Ring: c/o Henri Bendel; Eden Ring: c/o Stella & Dot; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride

Wearing red is not something I feel like I can do easily.  About a year ago, I shared my red hesitation in this blog post, and a year later, quite frankly, I still feel the same way.

Red screams,”LOOK AT ME! I AM SEXY! ALL EYES ON ME!”…And I’m not saying that type of attention is always negative, but sometimes wearing red lacks a chic-ness…it lacks a quality of class and can appear like you are trying too hard. But being someone that loves red, I have been trying to find other ways to add it into my wardrobe…and these Sole Society shoes have fit the bill perfectly.

When paired with the right outfit and accessories, a red shoe can change the whole dynamic of an entire outfit: An outfit can be simple and understated…take a basic black dress for example, but then when the eyes scroll to your feet….BAM…a new level of chic has arrived! And if trying new colors, like red, or new trends, like lace up booties, makes your pocketbook a little bit nervous, well, Sole Society’s $70 price tag certainly won’t!

Saving a buck AND turning heads with a showstopping red shoe?!

That’s the chicest combination, like, ever.

Ps. Shop my favorite red shoes from Sole Society by scrolling below!

 

xo,

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*Although this post was sponsored by Sole Society, all opinions of the product and content are my own.

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Another Round with Bauble Bar

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Plumed Gem Bub, $38 

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Inca Priestess Pendant, $46

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 Spiked Lily Necklace, $44

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Medium Original Pave Links, $68

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Acrylic Signature Nameplate, $52

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Acrylic State Pendant, $42; Acrylic Signature Nameplate, $52

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Acrylic Block Monogram, $48 (shown in mini & medium)

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Crystal Ray Collar, $46

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 Gold Nonpareil Collar, $68

Photos by Mat Wulff

So excited to announce that I have given my Bauble Bar “Guest Bartender” page a refresh and have done some spring cleaning! I obviously kept the old favorites (the acrylic monogram and the infamous bib, duh!), but added some of my new must haves this season, too!

And, of course, don’t forget to shop the collection quickly…because we all know there is nothing worse than daydreaming about an item that you missed out on!

CLICK HERE to shop the whole collection or scroll below!

xo,

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Pink Pop

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Blazer: ASOS; Skirt: c/o Hunter Bell; Boots: Zara, old; Beanie: Threadsence, old; Clutch; kate spade; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Necklace: Bauble Bar; Silver Arrow Bangle: c/o Stella & Dot; Crystal Cut Out Cuff: c/o Henri Bendel; Nail Cuff: c/o Henri Bendel; Knotty Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Spike Ring Set: c/o Henri Bendel; Crystal Stack Ring: c/o Henri Bendel; Nails: OPI Inked; Lips: MAC Creme Cup

I love Dallas.  I love the food.  I love the culture.  I love the people & their hospitality.  I love the southern men (one in particular!). I love the night life. And I love that most of my friends & family are within an hour drive or an easy plane ride from here.

But there is one thing that drives me mad about Dallas: The unpredictable weather.

One day it’s warm and pleasant.  The next day it’s cold and dreary. The next day its hot and I’m violently sweating. And the next day I wake up to snow on the ground. Not only does this bi-polar Dallas weather personality cause my allergies panic, but it makes it quite difficult to stay in the same outfit from day to night!

Take this outfit for example: When I woke up, it was warm…hence the flowy, bright midi skirt.  I paired it with my favorite denim button down and a fabulous pair of snakeskin heels. But by 4pm, the weather was whistling a different tune.  Luckily, I was able to make a quick change in between meetings: swapping the denim button down for a heavier, wool blazer, keeping my feet warm with some suede boots, and covering up my wind-blown hair with a beanie….and somehow, the bright skirt still worked with the look!

Perhaps the weather team at the local television station should consider recommending ways  to transition my morning wardrobe into my evening wardrobe when the weather is this misbehaved?!

Scroll below to shop the post!

xo,

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Varsity Blues

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Sweater: Forever 21, old (Identical options by Nasty Gal, Rag & Bone); Jeans: c/o WHBM; Sneakers: Converse; Bag: c/o Henri Bendel; Stamped Necklace: All the Wire; Earrings: Gorjana; Long Tiered Necklace: Gorjana; Bullet Necklace: All the Wire; Cone Cuff: C.Wonder; Teagan Cuff: Gorjana; Spike Ring Set: c/o Henri Bendel; Stack Ring: c/o Henri Bendel; Knotty Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Watch: Michael Kors; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo

Growing up as a little girl, I was always the belle of the ball.  Ruffled dresses with lace trim,  layers of petticoats stashed underneath, matching bloomies to wear over my undies, patent maryjanes…oh, the works.  But if you would have told that little girl that one day, she could enjoy a perfect pair of denim just as much as getting dolled up, she would’ve told you to “go fly a kite!”

Now don’t get me wrong…I LIVE FOR GETTING DRESSED UP.  But as I get older, the meaning of “dressed up” has changed with my lifestyle. I am learning to “wear what works,” and more often than not, what works is denim (the 5 year old version of me is squealing!).  Finding the right pair of jeans that fit your body, transition into your  wardrobe, and don’t break the bank, though, is key. You want a pair that can go from day errands to date night, from baseball games to the bar, from tennis shoes to Louboutins.

Speaking from hours of research spent in fitting rooms, I can confidently say that I have tried on every pair of denim that is out there….and I must admit, finding a perfect pair that fits, PLUS goes from day to night, PLUS is under $100, (PLUS let’s not forget makes my backside look perky!) is like finding a needle in a haystack…until now.  Thank you to WHBM and their Saint Honore Jean Collection for coming to the rescue…..me, my sneakers, my high heels, my pocketbook, and my tush thank you. (Oh, and you tiny, petite gals…don’t you worry, they’ve got you covered, too!)

Ladies, I know I’m not alone in always being on the hunt for the perfect pair of jeans, so tell me, what do you look for when denim shopping?

xo,

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My Afternoon with Sarah Jessica Parker

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Photos taken by Kristi Redman/D StyleSheet

Blazer: Zara, old; Dress: H&M; Shoes: SJP; Necklace: All the Wire; Earrings: Gorjana; Spike Ring Set: c/o Stella & Dot; Haven Ring: c/o Stella & Dot; Petite Spike Cuff: c/o Henri Bendel; Petite Cut Out Cuff: c/o Henri Bendel; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride

Recently on the blog, I talked about a few moments that took my breath away during NYFW.  Ironically, I had no idea that the biggest moment of my career was right around the corner:

About 3 weeks ago, I got a frantic phone call from my Broadcast producer telling me that he had just landed me an interview to sit down with Sarah Jessica Parker in Dallas to talk about her new shoe collection exclusive to Nordstrom, SJP.

After replying with “OMG, OMG…SHUTUP SERIOUSLY OMG,” then the real panic set it…

HOLY MOLY, I AM INTERVIEWING SARAH JESSICA PARKER!!!!!!!

As professional as I tried to be (um, I was secretly DYING inside), I must say, this was a day an absolute dream.  SJP was not only kind, but complimentary, and graceful….basically, the woman we should all aspire to be.  She answered questions thoughtfully, yet unapologetically, all while having an incredible dose of humility and a girl-next-door charm about her.  And despite her world being bigger than any of us could ever imagine, she still comes across as that small town girl from Ohio.

Sarah Jessica touched me in a way that I don’t think I will ever be able to explain or put into words.  I was moved to tears for the remainder of the day…and not in the “fangirl” capacity, but in a way that encouraged me to continue to pay it forward and do something that women can be a part of and enjoy.

Thank you, SJP, for a moment I will never forget and for reminding me that kindness is the best thing we can put on each morning.

Ps. Here are the 2 interview segments so you can enjoy Sarah Jessica’s fabulousness as much as I did! (And if they don’t load immediately, just refresh your browser!)

Pps.  THE SHOES! THE SHOES! I wanted one of everything.  Scroll below to shop the entire SJP collection, exclusive to Nordstrom.

xo,

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Spring, Floral Fever

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Tuxedo Dress: c/o Planet Blue; Tank: Vince; Leather Pants: Nordstrom; Shoes: c/o ShoeDazzle; Clutch: C.Wonder; Link Necklace: Bauble Bar (gold is sold out, but here is the silver version); Monogram Necklace: Bauble Bar; Earrings: Gorjana; Gold Double Bar Cuff: Gorjana; Double Down Metal Ring: c/o Henri Bendel; Knotty Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Spike Ring Set: c/o Henri Bendel; Sunglasses: Isaac Mizrahi; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo; Nails: OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest

Spring is just around the corner (whether the weather is cooperating or not!), and although Dallas has had a handful of gorgeous “spring-like” days gaging in the upper 70′s, the cold days spent in the 40′s and 50′s are still enough of a regular occurrence for me not to send gratitude to Mother Nature just yet.  So when this new Shop Planet Blue floral tuxedo dress arrived from their new Spring collection, I was overwhelmed with mixed emotions.

How on earth do I style such a blatantly Spring dress during this polar vortex?!”

“Do I have to wait till April?!”

This dress will be taunting me until the weather warms up!”

Damn you, winter! Damn you!”

“Ugh, I need a spray tan before I can show off these stems with this dress.”

A temper tantrum occurred (obviously)….and then, like a dream, my old faithfuls came to the rescue.  Yes, ladies…..by “old faithfuls” I am referring to none other than…(drumroll, please)…..the leather pants. An easy solution came to mind: Treat the tuxedo dress as outwear, pairing it back to a simple white tank, leather leggings, and black heels…..and VOILA! Now my springtime attire gets to play, and I don’t have to wait for the weather to cooperate!

But if the Shop Planet Blue’s Blue Life Collection doesn’t get you excited enough about warmer days ahead, just wait till you get a look at their new swim line! Thank goodness I’ve got 2 beach trips already lined up for March and April…and undoubtedly, the Shop Planet Blue swimwear collection will be making an appearance in my suitcase!

What springtime pieces are you craving to wear already?!

Ps. Take a look at my favorite Shop Planet Blue pieces by scrolling the widget below!

xo,

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Falling in Love…Again

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 Photos courtesy of Rob Kim/Getty Images

Jumpsuit: c/o Hunter Bell; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Clutch: C.Wonder; Necklace: Bauble Bar; You’re My Person Bar Necklace: All the Wire; Knotty Pinky Ring: All the Wire; Watch: Michael Kors; Double Bar Cuff: Gorjana; Nail Bracelet: c/o C.Wonder; Spike Cluster Bracelet: c/o Stella & Dot; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo

I’m not one who falls in love very easily…like, it takes A LOT for me to get all doe-eyed and swoon over something…or someone.  But gimme a jumpsuit, and its 100% all over.

My love for jumpsuits is no joke, or secret. You’ve seen them appear here. And here. Oh, and how could I forget this one?! And then 2 showed up here! And then there was this one too…and this little lady, as well! The jumpsuit and I are in an exclusive relationship, we take care of one another, and are always there for each other when the going gets rough.

So its only appropriate that on the one day dedicated to love, and happily ever afters, and that little annoying kiddo, Cupid, that my dear friend Hunter Bell would gift me the new jumpsuit from her Spring collection as a Valentine’s Day present! And it was the most perfect item to wear as I hosted The Empire Hotel’s BFF Valentine’s Day Party alongside astrologist, Susan Miller….who thankfully told me 2014 is looking good and that I won’t be dying alone ;)

What’s the one item in your closet that you continue to fall in love with over and over?

xo,

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