Black & White, Meet Pink

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Jacket: c/o Express; Top: Express; Pants: Express; Hat: Express; Shoes: c/o French Connection; Bag: kate spade; Watch: Michele; Bracelet: Gorjana; Necklace: Gorjana; Nails: OPI Cajun Shrimp

The combination of black and white is a no brainer. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that it works. It’s basic….end of story. Although this combination doesn’t scream, “Look at me,” it is always chic, and that’s the beauty of it. And while, yes, you can’t tear most of girls away from our black & white basics, you can introduce a standout outerwear piece that takes your look to the next level….i.e. this powder pink Express coat.

With that said, I think too many gals take our outerwear a bit too seriously. We assume that a black, camel, or navy piece will be the most versatile…and yes, while you will get a lot of mileage out of a basic color, there is something to be said about standing out in the crowd! One thing I love about Express’ outerwear (aside from the friendly price tags!) is the versatile options outside of the basics. Aside from my pink cocoon coat, there is a white checkered number, a color block moto leather jacket, a leather trimmed houndstooth car coat, and an INSANE cape that all scream, “Look at me, look at me!” And did I mention all outerwear is 30% off right now?! I know, it’t too good to be true.

So as the temperatures continue to drop and you open your coat closet before heading out the door, take a moment to wear the unexpected outerwear piece…and make your basics jealous!

What “out of the ordinary” outerwear do you have your eye on this season?

xo,

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Macy’s Madness

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Dress: MICHAEL Michael Kors ℅ Macy’s; Boots: Guess ℅ Macy’s; Belt: J.Crew; Bag: Nasty Gal; Necklace: Gorjana; Earrings: Gorjana; Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff; Screw You Cuff: Henri Bendel; Rings: Gorjana; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Nails: OPI Cajun Shrimp; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo

Well, Macy’s, its been one heck of a ride the past 6 months.

Since last March, I have had the fashionable privilege of traveling the country on behalf of Macy’s and hosting, emceeing, and styling their trend fashion shows!  And if you know me, talking about clothes and playing with clothes are 2 of my favorite things on earth to do, so this gig could not have been better suited! The events took me to Vegas, Philly, DC, Jersey, Rhode Island, and Chicago, just to name a few.

But sadly, all great things must come to an end (for now, at least), and I will be hosting my last event this coming Saturday, October 25th in Palo Alto, California at Macy’s Stanford Shopping Center! So for all you Cali girls that say I never come and visit….here is your chance to come say hello and hear about my favorite fall trends! The fashion show will begin at 2pm and afterwards I will be doing a meet & greet….So basically, it’s a guaranteed great time, and I can’t wait to see you all there!

And as for you Macy’s, hopefully I will see you again next season ;)

xo,

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Sunset Sail with Gorjana

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Dress: Show Me Your Mumu; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Bar Necklace w/Diamond: Gorjana; Bow Necklace: Gorjana; Spike Necklace: Gorjana; Long Necklace: Gorjana, old; Earrings: Gorjana; Ring: Gorjana, old; Watch: Michele; Double Bar Cuff: Gorjana; Screw You Cuff: Henri Bendel; Nails: OPI Cajun Shrimp

Happy Sunday from Laguna Beach, California!

I have had the joy to be here for the weekend celebrating Gorjana’s 10 Year Anniversary! The weekend started with a sunset cruise and has been filled with lots of celebratory cocktails, beach time, clear sunny skies, and fresh California air! And it was a wonderful weekend getaway that this Texas workaholic gal needed!

Congrats to my sweet friend Gorjana for 10 years of beautiful jewels! Cheers to your success, and here’s to 10 more years!

Shop the Gorjana 10 Year Anniversary Collection HERE!

xo,

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Murphy’s Law of Shopping (plus a SHOPBOP SALE!)

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Dress: Cynthia Rowley; Booties: Tibi; Bag: ℅ Tiffany & Co; Sunglasses: ℅ Isaac Mizrahi; Necklace: Bauble Bar; Earrings: Gorjana; Watch: Michele

They say good things come to those who wait….This saying can apply to so many moments in one’s life…but what about shopping?!

I have been STALKING this Cynthia Rowley dress since the day I saw it land on Shopbop’s New Arrivals page….nothing could come between me and this dress…IT WAS DESTINED TO END UP IN MY CLOSET AND I WOULD STOP AT NOTHING. Despite the hefty price tag, I broke down one night during a moment of weakness and bought it….

…And then, of course, the unimaginable happened: ShopBop announced their Friends & Family 25%  off Sale.

The Murphy’s Law of Shopping? Is that what this was?!

Lesson learned: Be patient…never pay full price….and remember that ShopBop will always scoop in and save the day.

SHOP THE FRIENDS & FAMILY SALE HERE!

xo,

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White Caped Crusader

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Cape: Elliatt; Dress: ℅ French Connection; Booties: ℅ French Connection; Necklace: Gorjana; Earrings: Gorjana; Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff; Engraved Cuff: Accessory Concierge; Screw You Cuff: Henri Bendel; Link Cuff: Gorjana; Ring: Gorjana; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Wearing black from head to toe is just something that comes naturally to most women…its something that feels comfortable, simple, and easy.  But recently, I have felt the exact same way from wearing white.

White has sort of become an emotional thing for me.  When I am having a bad day, its convenient to reach for black…but reaching for white immediately pulls me heart into a quieter, softer place.

And isn’t that what fashion is kindof about? Its an armor that we can put on to feel pretty, or happy, or confident, even when what’s going on inside might not agree.

What do you reach for when you need your clothing to put you in a better mood?

xo,

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Last Call for Summer Dresses

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Dress: ASOS; Flats: Valentino; Necklace: Gorjana; Earrings: Gorjana; Watch: Michele; Screw You Cuff: Henri Bendel; Hermes Cuff; Sunglasses: Tory Burch; Nails: OPI Cajun Shrimp

My acceptance of the summer months officially being over fluctuates every single day…depending on my mood.  This week I have been enjoying the cool, fall temperatures of Chicago & Minneapolis, but I must admit, there is something about the Texas sun continuing to kiss your skin even in October!

But I know that Texas weather is as unpredictable as it gets, so a 93 degree day today could quickly flip a switch into a 45 degree day tomorrow….so I am soaking up any last opportunities, while I still have them, to wear my favorite sleeveless dresses!  But luckily though, this one is actually a scuba neoprene fabric, so I have a feeling it’ll be making some reappearances throughout the next couple of months, as well!

xo,

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Silk Overalls

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Overalls: Aritzia (Similar from Revolve); Blazer: ASOS; Bag: Phillip Lim; Booties: Steve Madden; Necklace: Bauble Bar; Bow Necklace: Gorjana; Watch: Michele; Screw You Cuff: Henri Bendel; Double Bar Cuff: Gorjana; Hermes Cuff; Earrings: Gorjana; Sunglasses: Tory Burch, old

TGIF & it could not come quicker!

This weekend I am traveling to Providence, Rhode Island for another Macy’s event! And as an added bonus, I’ve got my mom in tow and we are looking forward to enjoying some New England sightseeing, as well!

So if you are in or around the area, please come join me tonight, Friday, September 26 at 630pm at Providence Place Macy’s for a fall fashion show! Can’t wait to meet everyone!

xo,

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Full On Obsessed

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Skirt: ℅ Express; Top: Lovers + Friends; Belt: Vintage find (Shop black belts HERE); Heels: SJP x Nordstrom; Bag: kate spade (old, but LOVE this newer version); Watch: Michele; Necklace: Gorjana; Earrings: Gorjana; Screw You Cuff: Henri Bendel; Double Bar Cuff: Gorjana; Ring: Gorjana; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Ever heard the term, “If it’s so nice, buy it twice?”

My mother adopted to this theory when I was growing up: During countless days spent roaming the mall, if we finally settled on a pair of jeans, or slacks, or shoes, and they came in an additional color, she would insist that we snatch them up, as well.  I always thought she was just being generous, but now, after 32 years of mall hunting for the “perfect item” on more than one occasion, I have come to realize that her theory was to keep up from, yet, another exhausting day in another overly crowded mall.

And this “twice as nice” theory has been one that I have come to live by, as well…perhaps the saying is true, “like mother like daughter?!” You probably remember this Express midi skirt that I’ve worn over and over again in the past couple months (see it here, and here, and also here)….but when this gem became available in additional colors (umm, hello red, cobalt, & grey), as well as in a shorter length, I knew I couldn’t live without more!  I quickly called “dibs” on the red one, as well as the floral one pictured above….and since I’m already familiar with styling this silhouette, the inexpensive purchase was a no-brainer.

(And for the record, I’m going back for thirds: There’s no way I can live without the striped version!)

Ps. Here’s a quick styling tip for full skirts: Keep your top slim to the body. Whether its a fitted tee, like I have on pictured above, or a button down, make sure it’s snug to the body…you want the eye to draw to the voluminous shape of the skirt since it is the ultimate showstopper of your outfit, that’s even perfect for work!

xo,

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*Thank you to Express for patterning with me on this post!

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Because Leopard Makes Everything Better

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Top: Equipment; Jeans: ℅ 7FAM; Shoes: Steve Madden; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff; Necklace: Gorjana; Earrings: Gorjana; Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff; Cuff: Gorjana; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo

Jenna Lyons said it best when she proclaimed that “leopard is a neutral.”  It’s a print that has been a staple in my closet for years….and rightfully so, because leopard print has the power to completely transform an entire outfit.

Take this look for example: Basic white shirt & skinny jeans….it’s nothing spectacular.  But throw on some Steve Madden leopard print booties…and VOILA…not so basic anymore, now is it?!

But isn’t that what shoe shopping is all about?! Every time I walk through the shoe department at Nordstrom, it’s not about buying something practical.  Black heels…boring. Basic flats….snooze. But gimme a leopard bootie with a 4.5 inch heel and I am a happy girl…and thankfully, their shoe department this fall is the furthest thing from basic! Am I right, or am I right?!

How do you spruce up a basic outfit? What’s your most impractical shoe purchase?

xo,

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Thigh High

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Dress: Nordstrom x Topshop; Boots: Dolce Vita; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff; Necklace: Gorjana; Earrings: Gorjana; Cuff: Gorjana; Watch: Michele; Ring: Gorjana; Hermes Cuff; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

FALL IS HERE! (Well, depending on Mother Nature’s current mood swing, right?!)

Luckily, in Dallas, there have been a couple of cool evenings, and Lord knows the first thing I did when the weather dropped below 70 was bust these Dolce Vita over the knee boots out of the closet! Last month, when it was still blistering hot, I snagged these up during my weekly trip to Nordstrom (side note: can we talk about their fall boot selection….I can’t, I just can’t…there’s nothing quite like it!), but they have been just sitting in my closet taunting me ever since!

But over the knee boots (especially ones with heels) can sometimes be tricky when it comes to styling….one wrong move and you could channel Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman” (before the makeover!), and no one wants to look like a street walker!

For me, these boots work best with a flowy, shifty, girly dress, like this one from Nordstrom x Topshop….but trust me, I also have full intentions of doing them over my favorite skinny jeans mixed with a perfectly fitting blazer, too!

What boot style is your favorite for fall?

xo,

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