MINT MAXI

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New Orleans is one of my absolute favorite cities in America.  The rich culture, delicious food, and French-inspired architecture make for a Southern city unlike any other.  On a recent summer trip there to visit family, I had the pleasure of touring the gorgeous Antebellum-style Lone Vue Home and Gardens, and I wanted to share my look here on the blog. I especially loved the gorgeous trees that lined the entrance to the home, forming a dome of lush leaves and branches above.

For the tour, I paired this white eyelet off-the-shoulder top with a flowing mint maxi skirt and mega gladiator sandals.  This is one of my favorite tops ever!  I can pair it with so many items in my closet and I love the flirty, feminine touch the off-the-shoulder ruffled sleeves add.  I finished the look with a floppy hat for extra protection from the sun, mint green earrings and small gold accessories.

Fair-well xx,

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FALL NECKLACE GIVEAWAY

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Fall fashion is in full-force and to celebrate, I’m hosting a giveaway of this gorgeous necklace from Chloe + Isabel by Jenny Heaton.  Entering to win is simple! Just head over to my Instagram or Facebook page and answer this question by responding as a comment to the picture of the necklace:  “What fall trend are you most excited about?”  One lucky gal will win this perfect-for-fall necklace that I styled above.  The contest ends this Friday, September 19th at midnight CST and the winner will be announced this Saturday. Who doesn’t love fall?

Chloe + Isabel has a gorgeous array of jewelry infusing brightly colored jewels with vintage-inspired silhouettes at amazing prices (these are all $50 & under!).  I’m especially in love with their new fall collection and adorable birthstone earrings for just $22 a pop!  This art deco-inspired long pendant necklace (which happens to be 50% off!) and adorable amethyst stackable ring set are both on my wish list.

The rich colors and luxe textures of fall are always something to look forward to.  I especially love getting to layer up and getting out the jackets that have been gaining dust in the back of the closet (at least for us Texans).  This fall, I’m really excited about all of the gingham and plaid that’s trending (if you can’t tell).  This black and white plaid button up is nearly dress length and I love the preppy-but-undone look it creates when pairing it with a sweater like this olive colored one.  Distressed jeans are in again and I love the drops of bleach on the ones I styled above.  Don’t put away your sandals just yet – wedges and platform sandals are still in for fall.  Although these platform wedges took a little getting used to walking in, I absolutely love the subtle but statement height they create.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway with Chloe + Isabel and be sure to shop their gorgeous jewels to get your fall accessory staples.

Fair-well xx,

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FRINGE FANTASTIC

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Austin is home to so many amazing restaurants and coffee shops, and Hillside Farmacy on the East Side offers up both in the most darling, welcoming setting.  Rocking a look from my new favorite Austin clothing label, Rare Trends, Hillside was the perfect place to enjoy a weekend iced coffee and pastry outdoors.

I absolutely adore this leather fringe top from Rare Trends.  I paired it with suede patterned black shorts for the weekend, but it would also be adorable paired with your school’s colors and boots for game day.  I added tribal-inspired jewels like this vintage Kendra Scott statement necklace and beaded bracelet.  The color of the gorgeous natural blue lace agate in the necklace matched my Essie nail color perfectly.  For added color and textures, I accessorized with a zesty orange clutchleopard Steve Madden sandals and a tortoise shell and gold Michael Kors watch.  This adorable floppy hat and aviators from Fossil helped protect my face from the weekend sun.

This is a great look that incorporates fall colors and textures, but will still keep you cool in the transitional months.

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend – happy Monday!

Fair-well xx,

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PLAID IS RAD

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With New York Fashion week in full swing, we’re officially in the transitional summer-to-fall fashion season here in Texas.  While we won’t be breaking out our jackets and scarves for a couple of months, it’s fun to start swapping our shorts and skirts for jeans and slowly integrate fall trends into our looks.

On the opposite spectrum of the thigh-hugging skinny jeans comes a relief with boyfriend jeans.  While I was skeptical that these would look unflattering, I found this pair and absolutely love the way they loosely fit, providing breathing room for the still-hot days of September.  Plaid is rad again for fall and I absolutely love this black and white plaid top by Dallas designer Finley (similar).  As always I added a little color this my neutral outfit with accessories like this neon headband (similar), turquoise embroidered clutch (similar) and vivid pink lipstick.  Since the jeans are a bit on the boy-ish side, I paired them with feminine, strappy heels.

This look is perfect for a casual office environment or a date night.

Fair-well xx,

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POOLSIDE SHOOT BY KAYLA SNELL PHOTOGRAPHY

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It’s said that Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, but that simply isn’t the case here in Texas.  The last days of summer are as hot and humid as ever, begging for evening and weekend dips in the pool.  To tip our hats to the final days of summer, I had the pleasure of working with blogger Olivia of Livvyland and photographer Kayla Snell again to throw our own mini pool party in Austin.

In our last shoot, we embraced our inner free spirits (and did our best to ignore the stifling heat) at the East Austin Succulent Garden, but for this shoot, we got to put our brightest swimwear on, enjoy summer refreshments and take a dip in the pool.  Inspired by a circa 1960′s poolside party, the three of us gathered some fun props and met at a local apartment pool in Austin.  Doing shoots with one of your besties makes it a little easier to feel comfortable in a teeny bikini, so Olivia and I did our best to act natural, ignore the camera and let Kayla do her thing.  We love the way Kayla was able to capture such beautiful photos with a vintage feel that truly evoked the fun, colorful and carefree spirit of summer.

I’ve had this turquoise floral bikini by Betsy Johnson since high school, but it’s still one of my favorites because of the bright colors and fun shape (similar Asos).  I threw on a crochet fringe top and high waisted denim for a casual poolside look.  Olivia found her fun fringe bikini at Forever 21 and used a kimono as a coverup (told you they double as fantastic swim coverups!) We both loaded up in colorful, dainty jewels to add a little more color to our poolside looks.

Hope you find a few more days to relax by the pool before summer officially comes to an end!

Fair-well xx,

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LAKE GENEVA

mansion-victorian-baker-house-lake-geneva-getaway-travel-vacation-vandi-fairAfter accompanying my boyfriend Cole on his 16 hour road trip back to Texas (for good, y’all!), I wanted to share some photos and details on our amazing, last minute summer getaway we took a few weeks ago at Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.  As a baseball player, Cole’s career has taken him to some quite interesting places around the United States, and his most recent temporary home was in Rockford, Illinois. The first time I visited him, we decided to explore Chicago, but the next, he wanted to take me to a nearby lake he’d heard about.  Being from Texas, I’ve spent plenty of weekends lakeside, but nothing could have prepared me for the charm, history and beauty of Lake Geneva.

wine-victorian-twilight-baker-house-lake-geneva-getaway-travel-vacation-vandi-fair25-lake-geneva-getaway-travel-vacation-vandi-faiNestled between rolling hills and stunning beaches, Lake Geneva (both the name of the town and lake), is the perfect relaxing vacation. We had the pleasure of staying at the beautiful Baker House, a restored 1885 Victorian style mansion that now doubles as a restaurant and bed and breakfast.

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victorian-era-bed-bedroom-baker-house-lake-geneva-getaway-travel-vacation-vandi-fairbedroom-bed-red-baker-house-lake-geneva-getaway-travel-vacation-vandi-fairWe stayed in the beautiful Bordeuax Room, and I was just obssesed with the gorgeous red velvet bedframe.

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Fair-well xx,

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FAIR FINDS – LABOR DAY SALE

NECKLACE:  C. Wonder  //  CLUTCH:  Nasty Gal  //  MUG: Anthropologie  //  PLATE:  C. Wonder  //  BELT: Anthropologie  //  CUFF:  Anthropologie  //  SUNNIES: Ralph Lauren  //  SANDALS:  Asos  //  CROP TOP:  Nasty Gal  //  EARRINGS:  Anthropologie  //  SKIRT:  Nasty Gal

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!

Anthropologie – extra 20% off all sale items!

Nasty Gal – more than 60% off tons of styles!

BCBGeneration – 40% off site wide!

C.Wonder - 30% off full-prices items & 50% off sale items + free shipping on orders over $100!

J. Crew - 40% off final sale and free shipping on orders over $100!

Asos – Up to 75% off sale + additional 10% off all sale styles with code HAVE10!

Sunglass Hut - Get an additional 33% off all sale items!

Kendra Scott – 15% off site-wise with code LDW2014!

Fair-well xx,

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TRIANGL SWIMWEAR

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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.

Side note – how adorable is this giant sea turtle floatie?!  And bonus – it’s the perfect size for laying out!

Fair-well xx,

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PALM PALM DRESS

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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.

My eyes were immediately drawn to this fit and flare dress that screams summer fun (see more of my fave summer dresses below).  With an hourglass silhouette, pink trim and a criss-cross back, this dress is stunning from every angle, but my favorite part is the chromatic palm print.  Accessorizing was easy – I paired linear turquoise earrings with a pink hobo clutch and my go-to cap toe heels.  The tropical-themed wall outside the doors of delicious restaurant Shangri La on East 6th was the perfect backdrop for this colorful look, and these wayfarer sunnies by Toms helped to keep me cool (literally and figuratively).

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.

Fair-well xx,

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KALEIDOSCOPIC KIMONO

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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.

Fair-well xx,

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