You know that awesome outfit you put together in your head and then totally forgot about? That’s exactly what happened with this blog post. I took these photos over a month ago as a lead up to ACL, and while this white maxi dress from Hacienda boutique in Austin may not be ideal for the cooler months, it’s just too gorgeous not to share. Comfortable, breezy and beautiful, this dress would be perfect for a gypset getaway over the holidays to the Mediterranean.
I absolutely love the intricate lace detailing along the dress and the flared, bohemian sleeves. The unexpected side slits are not only a fun surprise, but they also make walking much easier. You can get the dress for yourself and more boho-chic accessories like this amazing leather tie dye purse at Hacienda boutique near Second Street in Austin.
A little black cat named Mowgli may have my heart, but I’m actually a dog person (Mowgs just happens to act more dog-like than any other cat I’ve met). I’ve always grown up with dogs we’d rescued from the local animal shelter, and the unconditional, selfless love a dog gives you is simply unlike anything else. In honor of Pitbull Awareness month, I partnered with Milk & Honey Boutique and Baby Bow Tie to put together a post that speaks to the issue.
My boyfriend’s childhood dog had puppies a coupleo of years ago and he got to take one for himself. Being the superstitious type (he’s played baseball his whole life), he named his puppy Lucky, and I’ve also adopted him as my blonde furbaby too. While Lucky isn’t a pit bull, he is a reminder of the many dogs in shelters who need homes. Because they have been so misrepresented in the media, pit bulls make up many of those homeless animals. When they haven’t been in an abusive environments and trained to fight other animals, pit bulls are loving, sweet and good family dogs. I know from experience, dogs do a lot more rescuing for humans than we do for them. If you or your family is looking for a new furry little soul to add to your clan, consider a put bull.
Splash Media of Dallas invited me to be a co-host in Splash Chat – a monthly Twitter chat about various social media topics. This month’s topic was about “Personal branding”, so I got to join bloggers Helene Sula, Madalyn Sklar and Brian Fanzo on Tuesday for an hour long Twitter conversation about the subject. Not only did I get to interact with many amazing local fellow bloggers, but I also learned a few new things myself.
This season’s school girl trend is totally in tune with my personal style. I’ve always leaned on the preppy side, and the new girly, 90′s throwback twist to this trend makes it so fun to style looks like these. Also, how amazing is this happy necklace? It adds instant playfulness to any look.
If you’re anything like me, waking up in the morning is a dreadful experience. It’s a rare day that I wake up and stay up after my first alarm goes off, but when I awoke to see this vision outside my window Tuesday morning, my feet hit the floor without hesitation. This beautiful, cotton candy sky brought this verse to mind:
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1
Okay, so my Disney movie obsession is obvious after this post, but it has also entered other phases of my life. I’m a huge supporter of afternoon tea, a hundreds-year-old British custom that traditionally happens between 4-6pm as a meal that provides the perfect pick-me-up. This Cinderella inspired teapot makes every sip a little more dreamy.
Another trend I love this season is plaid and tartan. I snagged this blue and green plaid top (similar) from Forever 21. It was the perfect update to my classic kaki trousers and cap-toe heels at the office. I’m also obsessed with this pearl choker necklace I recently snagged.
One place you’ll probably never find me on the weekend is the mall. There are just so many other ways I’d rather spend my weekend than fighting the crowds at mainstream retailers beneath fluorescent lighting. While online shopping has become my go-to, when I come across a boutique I love, I am all about real life shopping. That’s why I’m so excited about Milk & Honey Boutique. With an amazing location in Dallas plus an online store featuring affordable fashion that you won’t find at retailers in the mall, they are my new favorite place to shop.
I got this pink textured peplum top from Milk & Honey, and I absolutely love it for fall. The silhouette is so flattering and the thick, tweed-like texture reminds me of a piece from Chanel. It’s great that white can be worn for fall and winter, because jeans simply don’t get much love in the spring and summer here in Texas. I paired the light pink top with my white jeans for a complimentary soft and feminine look. This Kendra Scott statement necklace was the perfect way to add some sparkle to the look and my gray boots helped bring out the pyrite stone in the necklace. I threw my hair up in a low pony and curled it so it wouldn’t snag on the necklace or voluminous top.
With plaid skirts, peekaboo socks and collared shirts everywhere, the school girl trend is huge for fall. To put my own spin on it, I used happy accessories and bright colors paired with structured prepster basics to create my own version of the look.
I’m so excited to introduce a new blog series today – Vandigram. I absolutely love getting creative with my iPhone for Instagram photos, and since many of the shots aren’t shown on my blog, I’m going to share my week in Instagram photos every Friday.
You may already know that I am a huge Disney fan, but this photo of my collection shows how much I loveDisney animated classic and Pixar movies. I began my Disney DVD collection by joining the Disney Movie Club, where you can get 4 Disney or Pixar blu-ray movies for $1 upon joining and get offered amazing deals every month that you can easily accept or decline via email.
My dad brought home these beautiful and delicious Kate Weiser chocolates as a gift from my favorite English teacher. Although they look too pretty to eat, they are equally as delicious with unique, melt-in-your-mouth flavors like apricot & lavender, key lime pie and even sweet potato. I was excited to find out that Kate is a young Dallas entrepreneur and chocolatier whose new shop can be found at Trinity Groves.
If you’ve seen my post about my room or my vanity, you may know I love decorating. Last Christmas, a bar cart was at the top of my list, and I was so excited to receive this pretty gold one from Target. I love the sleek look of the gold and wood paired together and the wheels make it easy to move for parties, breakfast in bed surprises, and more. After doing some research on Pinterest, I immediately set out to decorate the newest addition to my apartment.
The great thing about a bar cart is that there are so many ways to utilize them and decorate them to fit your personal style or a particular occasion. As a wine lover, I already had a small wine rack, electric opener and wine glasses from various wineries to start with. I found these geometric mirrored coasters from Jonathan Adler (similar) and this set of fun patterned plates (similar) from Target to add some pizzaz to the cart and added some of my other favorite items from my kitchen like bowls, shot glasses and a few of my favorite wine stoppers. I added a little flair with some personal trinkets like this school-spirited gold longhorn sculpture, a couple of fashion books and one of my favorite Volcano candles. Check out some of my other favorite picks for bar care necessities and decor above.
Happy Sunday! Tomorrow is Columbus Day, and with so many fabulous sales going on we have more to celebrate than Christopher Columbus’ sail across the ocean blue. Here is a compilation of some of my favorite sale items! Enjoy!
MACY’S – 20% off site-wide w/code FALL. Ends 10/13.
FOREVER 21 – Additional 30% off fall clearance w/ code TAKE30. Ends 10/19.
PIPERLIME – 20% off site-wide w/code FALL20. Ends 10/13.
ACL Weekend 2 starts today, and I wanted to share another festival-inspired look! Equally as exciting as the music at festivals is the fashion, which has become a category of its own thanks to festivals like ACL, Lollapalooza and Coachella. From Kimonos to bright floral headbands, festivals have become the time to express your inner flower child. Whether attending and music festival or not , much can be learned from these easy breezy- hippie-chic looks.
What better way to start the first full week of October than with a Fall Giveaway? I’ve teamed up with five Austin bloggers for a mega-giveaway featuring four amazing Austin designers AND one of my fave brands, Anthropologie. Starting today through October 16th, one lucky winner will receive the amazing items listed below. Entering is simple! Just follow the steps at the end of this post. Happy fall, y’all!