Happy Labor Day weekend! As you take some time to relax and enjoy this long summer weekend, be sure you scoop up some items from all of the amazing Labor Day sales! You won’t find deals like this until Black Friday (if you dare to shop then), so don’t miss out on incredible savings!
I pulled a few of my favorite finds on sale to celebrate the last days of summer, but you can see all of the sales happening online at my favorite stores + even greater discount codes below! Happy Shopping!
To celebrate the last day of the hottest month of the year, I wanted to share this bikini by Triangl Swimwear, which has quickly become my new favorite. Not only does the vibrant turquoise color look fabulous on any skin tone (mine hasn’t seen much of the sun this summer), but it’s also made of a super durable, comfortable fabric commonly used in wetsuits called neoprene. I especially love the silhouette of the top with the contrasting black lining. If turquoise isn’t your go-to hue, Triangl has this style and more in a myriad of gorgeous colors!
Although I did this shoot at my parent’s pool, I styled it with items I would wear to a beach or lake. I love the idea of using everyday clothing items as swim coverups, and kimonos happen to double perfectly as just that. This black lace one with fringe went perfectly with my new black lined Triangl bikini. Since I haven’t spent much time sun bathing this summer, I paired both sunglasses and a large floppy hat for extra protection. Accessorizing with jewelry is always a challenge with swimwear, but I simply couldn’t go without it. This tiny necklace and ring by Kendra Scott would have to come off before a dip in the water, but they were the perfect dash of sparkle for this look.
To get my beach waves, I let my hair air-dry (which gives it a bit of a natural frizz), then divided my hair up into about 5 sections and used the barrel of a medium size curling iron to wrap the large chunks around. For my fine hair, the process took no more than 10 minutes. Braids are the perfect way to keep your hair of of your face when you’re in the sun, so I french braided a tiny part of the front of my hair to tame a bit of it.
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of working with Austin apparel label Rare Trends to put together a few fabulous looks. I was so obsessed with this colorful palm print dress that I couldn’t wait another day to share it!
My gal pal and fellow blogger Olivia of Livvyland (letting you in on a little secret – she doubles as my photographer and I as hers) met at their adorable showroom on the East Side to play dress up in their gorgeous array of unique clothing. After choosing what we wanted to style (a difficult task as they have so many amazing pieces), we set out around Austin to style and photograph our faves.
Designed here in Austin by two sisters from Argentina, Rare Trends stands behind the motto, “Women shouldn’t simply wear clothes. Women should wear art”. I couldn’t agree more with this mantra, and they certainly provide beautiful clothing with artistic appeal. Fashion designers in Austin are difficult to find, so if you’re an Austinite who loves to shop local (or if you simply love their clothes as I do), be sure to check out their online store or stop by their darling showroom located at 2211 E 12th Street, open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm.
Happy Monday! If you’re suffering from the Monday blues, I wanted to share a look that’s sure to brighten up your day. While it’s still blazing hot here in Texas, fall fashion is definitely on my mind and this is another perfect summer-to-fall transitional look. I found this amazing pink floral kimono (similar & more styles below) complete with lace trim and couldn’t wait to style it! Since the kimono already has so many vivid colors, I wanted to pair it with something simple like this breezy white tank. I added my over-sized, acid washed denim shorts and fringe boots to add boho flair.
Since I kept the rest of my clothing neutral, I wanted to have fun with colorful accessories. This gorgeous orange clutch and turquoise necklace brought out the fun hues in the kimono. I connected two tiny braids for a half-up hair do. This fun, casual look is perfect for a music festival like the upcoming ACL festival here in Austin (probably sans-heeled boots) or a Saturday brunch with the girls.
I wore this look months ago to the Austin White Party. While having a very strict color palette for an event provides very limited shopping options, this is a great look for any summer soiree (except a wedding, of course). This was my third time attending Austin’s annual summer event benefitting LifeWorks, so I wanted to go with a dress that was less than typical. When I came across this white perforated faux leather dress, it was a must-have for the party.
With Chanel tipping their hats to the Wild West at their Pre-Fall 2014/2015 show (taking place in none other than Dallas, Texas y’all), I think it’s safe to say that the Southwest has had an influence on fashion. For my own Southwest chic look, I paired fringed boots, a crochet maxi skirt, braids and a tiny touch of tribal for a look that a modern day Laura Ingalls would proudly wear.
Last week, I was so excited to shoot my first-ever blogger collaboration, shot by the amazingly talented Austin photographer Kayla Snell. What’s even better, I got to shoot with one of my best friends and incredible fellow Austin blogger, Olivia Watson of Livvyland. Leave it to the Texas heat to show up in all its humid, sweaty splendor (104 degrees, y’all). Regardless of the heat, we had a blast embracing our inner boho spirits and shooting at the East Austin Succulent Garden.
With both our looks and Kayla’s amazing photography skills, we wanted to capture a Free People vibe as we explored the vast array of succulents and plants at this local Austin spot. Olivia and I had a hard time posing with our best “serious face”, but Kayla managed to sneak a couple of shots before laughter took over. We both wore breezy, lacy looks with neutral tones to contrast with the lush greenery of the gardens and green houses. I’m obsessed with Olivia’sethereal maxi dress and love the pretty lace details of my top.
In case you haven’t perused Olivia’s amazing blog, be sure to check out Livvyland. Olivia is a crazy talented blogger and writer with amazing style. An Austin native, she embraces Austin’s casual, cool girl style with her own unique and beautiful spin. She also happens to be one of the sweetest, most down-to-earth people I know and one of my favorite friends.
Kayla is also a local Austin talent with an incredible eye for photography and gorgeous editing skills. Be sure to check out her site.
The August heat has been relentless so far here in Austin. With highs soaring to 104 degrees, looking pulled together and keeping your cool is not easy. I shared this summer chic outfit last week, but I wanted to post another summer look that works for the weekend or the office.
Remember that bodycon dress you had in college (the one you wouldn’t be caught dead in in front of your mother)? While it may be (or is hopefully) gathering dust in your closet, no need to toss it just yet. Throw it on under a pair of sleek shorts or a voluminous skirt for an easy summer look! While doing a closet sweep, I came across this teeny striped dress and thought it would be perfect to tuck beneath my hot pink pleated shorts and voila! A new outfit that was perfect for a day shopping or a casual Friday at the office.
With festival fashion trending this spring and summer season, I was inspired to create a look that put a fancy spin on this free-spirited trend. While these heels wouldn’t be appropriate for an outdoor music festival, just swap them for some cool and comfy gladiator sandals and this outfit is ACL-approved. I like the addition of the red sandals and red lipstick for a summer city weekend look.
They say there is no better friend than a sister, and I can truly finish that statement that there is no better friend than my little sister, Tiffany. Being just two years (but three grades) apart, my mom often dressed us in matching bows and outfits, so I thought what better way to showcase some of the most darling accessories I found on Etsy than in coordinating outfits with my sis? These adorable headbands are by The Sour Melan, a sister duo based out of Dallas, and these flower rings are from an Australian jewelry designer, RobjantCouture.
I absolutely love this look for a summer outdoor concert series or music festival, but we simply dressed up for a mini picnic in our backyard at home in Sunnyvale, made comfortable with this colorful Anthropologie quilt and my mother’s summer margaritas. Both me and Tiffany’s cozy, boho-chic dresses beg for sandals to be thrown off and are all the more laid back and whimsical with this sunflower and purple flower headband from The Sour Melan. These unique floral headbands are handmade and simply tie around so you can wear them however is most comfortable.
From our days playing dress up as Disney princesses to dressing up for our latest backyard shindig, some things never change. I feel so blessed to have this sister-friend by my side.