#CalypsoCares

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Sweater: c/o Calypso St. Barth; Tank: Express; Shorts: c/o Calypso St. Barth; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff; Nails: OPI Cajun Shrimp

Before every vacation, like many other women, I look into my closet and think, “Sure do wish I had some new clothes to take on my trip!” There’s just something about packing up new threads and wearing them for the first time while vacationing….am I right or am I right?!  But in all honesty, the last thing I need is new clothes…

But thanks to the #CalypsoCares charity initiative, shopping for my recent trip to Tulum allowed me to not only take some gorgeous new beach looks along with me, but I was able to give back to the community, as well! From now until May 18, Calypso St. Barth is giving customers 20% off….I know, I know….sounds too good to be true, right?!

Well, it all starts inside your own closet!  Do your spring cleaning and find several “like-new” pieces that you no longer wear, and once you’ve finished, bring your donations (or a monetary donation of $5 minimum) to any Calypso St. Barth store and you’ll receive 20% off any full-price merchandise! You get to shop and save some money, and Calypso St. Barth will donate your money and clothing donations to the Fashion Project & She’s the First Charity……everyone wins!! And doesn’t it make you wish more retailers found a way to give back to the community?!

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Ps. So in the spirit of “spring cleaning” my closet, what are your tips for deciding what to keep, toss, or donate?!

xo,

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Hats off to a LBD

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Dress: ASOS; Shoes: Stuart Weitzman; Fascinator: ASOS (Shop all Fascinators HERE); Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff; Necklace: Lana; Watch: Michele; Earrings: Gorjana; Nails: OPI Ink

A girl can never have too many little black dresses, right?!

The classic LBD is a piece that my eyes are always peeled for: I scoop them up year round and never say no to buying one….because they are an item in your closet that you’ll always reach for and need (or is this me just justifying my endless collection of them?!)…

Regardless, I couldn’t resist this tuxedo neoprene dress…and just because the Kentucky Derby is now behind us…the fascinator hat was a fun touch too…JUST BECAUSE!

What’s your favorite item in your closet that you bought “just because?!”

xo,

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Building a Strong Foundation

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Tank: Topshop x Nordstrom; Jeans: Rag & Bone; Necklaces: The Giving Keys; Watch: Michele; Day Foundation: Dior Airflash; Powder: Dior Airflash Matte Touch; Foundation Brush: MAC #187; Powder Brush: MAC #150 ; Night Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid; Bronzer: MAC Refined Golden; Blush: MAC Petal Power; Contour/Bronzing Brush: MAC #130 ; Lipstick: MAC Creme Cup; Lipgloss: MAC Viva Glam

SCROLL THROUGH TO SHOP MY MAKEUP BAG!

With the change of a season, most women look into their closets and figure out what pieces they need to buy as warmer weather approaches….but when was the last time you did this with your makeup and beauty regimen? I don’t know about you, but my skin undergoes some MAH-JOR trauma when it begins to get warmer outside: I find myself with the oiliest face….my moisturizer feels like a slippery mask…and its all I can do to keep applying mattifying power over and over again. What is the problem? Is it my skincare…or better yet, is it just a simple fix like switching to a new foundation?!

Recently, I stopped by the Nordstrom makeup counter to see how their beauty experts could help me out….and thankfully, they curated a new makeup regimen for me….specifically targeting the foundation that I was previously wearing! They asked all the right questions that I needed to solve: What do you look for in a foundation? How much coverage do you need? What concerns do you have about your skin? I told them I like to wear something lightweight during the day, but if I am going out at night, or doing something on camera, I’d like a foundation with a bit more long wearing stamina and coverage.

The amazing makeup artists listened to everything I needed and wanted, and after testing about 6 different formulas, we settled on 2 perfect foundations: Dior Airflash for the day (applied in a swirling motion with MAC #187 foundation brush and set with Dior Airflash Matte Touch Powder (applied with MAC #150 powder brush), and MAC Studio Fix Fluid for nights & when I need more coverage! And of course, its impossible to leave the Nordstrom makeup department without a few extra goodies, so I stocked up on my favorites: MAC Bronzer in Refined Golden, MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup, and MAC Lipgloss in Viva Glam! I also purchased the MAC makeup brush cleaner and was taught how to take better care of all my brushes….because those things can be a bit pricey and I don’t want to have to replace them as often!

Any makeup tips you have for transitioning your skin into the warmer months?! Feel free to share them in the comments below!

xo,

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*Thank you to Nordstrom and their INCREDIBLE makeup department for partnering with me (and my makeup bag!) on this post!

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Plaid Ombre

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Dress: ASOS; Shoes: Jessica Simpson; Necklace: Bauble Bar; Watch: Michele; Earrings: Gorjana; Ring: Bauble Bar; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride

If there’s anything I’m a sucker for, its a fitted midi dress.

To me, this shape is ultimate chic.  Hugs every curve in all the right places and feels sexy without overdoing it. I found this dress on ASOS a couple months back and immediately wanted it to be my Easter Sunday dress….but of course, the Texas weather had other plans and it was 50 degrees and rainy that day! So I’ve held onto it and know it will be a perfect option for spring outdoor parties! And that plaid ombre adds just a little more “ooh-la-la,” dontcha think?!

What’s your favorite dress shape to wear to accent your figure?

xo,

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Barefoot in Chambray & White

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Top: MLM from Nasty Gal; Jeans: Levi’s; Necklace: Teahouse Collection; Earrings: Gorjana; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride; Toes: OPI Ink

Weekends are all about relaxation, right?

Today’s agenda: Find a grassy knoll, kick off your shoes, spread out a blanket, pour a glass of rosè, and spend the afternoon under the sun reading a favorite book.

Come Monday morning, you’ll be glad you did 😉

xo,

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The Perfect Couple

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Photos by SukiLynn

Jacket: Banana Republic; Tank: c/o Express; Shorts: Banana Republic; Booties: Christian Louboutin; Clutch: Banana Republic; Necklace: Bauble Bar; Earrings: Gorjana; Sunglasses: Tory Burch, old; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride

I told y’all that I have a new addiction: matching sets.

They are easy.

They are adorable.

They look chic.

And you really can’t do much to screw them up.

Need I say more?!

xo,

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Festival Season with Express

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Tank: c/o Express: Skirt: c/o Express; Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors; Shoes: c/o Express; Hat: c/o Express; Necklaces: The Giving Keys; Watch: Michele; Earrings: Gorjana; Sunglasses: c/o Express; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride; Toes: OPI Ink

Did your Instagram catch on fire from all the recent music festival fashion pics?! I know mine did, but despite being supremely jealous that I wasn’t able to attend, I was excited that I could at least gather some shopping inspiration!

And one thing that I noticed over and over was that the festival looks weren’t so much about the clothes as they were the accessories…..specifically shoes and hats! Fedoras continued to be the perfect topper to any look (and the best way to disguise dirty hair!), but one trend in accessories that really emerged more than ever was FRINGE! And if you’ve been into any designer shoe store lately, you’ve probably been tempted to take the plunge and splurge…but no need….because once again, Express has come to the rescue with their inexpensive take on the trend!

And when combining my strong Express accessories, I wanted to keep the rest of my look fairly simple….and what else is easier and simpler than all black?! A black top and an asymmetrical cotton skirt are the perfect combination that won’t compete with the rest of my look!

What does your festival fashion attire consist of?!

xo,

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All American

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Photos by SukiLynn

Top: c/o Levi’s; Jeans: c/o Levi’s; Heels: Christian Louboutin; Belt: Gap, old; Necklace: Bauble Bar; Earrings: Gorjana; Watch: Michele; Hermes Cuff; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride; Lips: MAC Ruby Woo; Fancy’s Collar: Bauble Bar; Fancy’s Tag: Bauble Bar; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Is there anything more perfect than a Saturday afternoon spent in great fitting denim, sipping a Coca-Cola with your pup in tow?!  Me and my rescue pitbull, Fancy, recently spent an afternoon at our favorite restaurant & dog park, Mutts Canine Cantina, and we could not have asked for better weather for a fun day!

Fancy, thanks for always being my partner in crime and my favorite four legged best friend!

xo,

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Pastel Set

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Top: BCBG; Pants: BCBG; Shoes: Guess; Earrings: Bauble Bar, old; Bag: Givenchy; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride

Perhaps its the southern girl in me, or maybe its a trick that simplifies getting ready in the morning, but wearing matching sets is something that I have been pretty obsessed with lately.

Not only can you wear the 2 pieces together and get a killer outfit, but you can mix & match them with multiple items in your closet and continue to get lots of mileage out of your purchase! I scored this BCBG set in Chicago recently….and then I scooped up another white suit set that you’ll see on the blog soon, as well!

How do you feel about the matchy-matchy sets?!

xo,

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Swinging in Black Leather….While I Still Can

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Dress: BCBG; Sneakers: Banana Republic; Courtney Bib: Bauble Bar; Aquamarine Courtney Bib: Bauble Bar; Bag: c/o Tiffany & Co (last seen in this blog post); Sunglasses: c/o Isaac Mizrahi; Nails: Orly Kiss the Bride; Lips: MAC Creme Cup

Its been a humid and hot 84 degrees here in Dallas this entire week, which had quickly motivated me to switch out my Fall/Winter closet and replace it with my Spring/Summer items.

But its with a little but of sad emotion that as I begin to store things away for 6 months….so I am trying to squeeze any last wear out of some of my faves…..and leather tends to be the main fabric that I always miss the most.

What items are you going to miss wearing as the weather continues to warm up?

PS. To all my peeps in SAN FRANCISCO, don’t forget I am coming to see you this Saturday, April 11 at Macy’s Pleasanton at 1pm for the Spring Fashion Show! I can’t wait to share my favorite looks and meet you all!

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xo,

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