I have to admit, I’ve been hesitant about embracing the culottes trend. In fact, I have two pairs in my closet that I have yet to wear. But when I found this jumpsuit that features a culotte silhouette, halter top and side cut-outs at Nordstrom, I knew it was the perfect way to try the trend. I absolutely love all of the unique features of the jumpsuit and the gorgeous mustard yellow hue. It’s the perfect piece to wear on a summer date or party.
Since the silhouette is so voluminous, I paired with slender, sleek sandals in a neutral light tan color. I love yellow and turquoise together, so I added a pop with some Kendra Scott earrings in the vibrant hue. I finished with another color pop – red lips and my favorite wicker clutch.
I’ll be saying farewell to these amazing Karen Walker sunnies soon as I get my new pair from Ditto. For just $19 a month, you can sign up for endless designer eyewear and get a new pair of designer sunnies to try every month. Once you’re ready to swap for a new pair, you simply choose your next pair and they are sent to your doorstep along with a shipping label to return your current pair. They have so many brands and styles, from Ray Ban to Lanvin, to choose from. Click here to sign up!
Happy hump day! I don’t know what’s more exciting – a long weekend or a short workweek. Either way, I keep thinking today is Tuesday and I’m tickled to find I’m halfway to the weekend. 🙂 I’m absolutely obsessed with today’s look. It combines so many of the things I love – a super feminine silhouette, florals, stripes and a bit of sparkle. I found this gorgeous midi skirt online at Lulu*s, and I instantly swooned. The pastel floral prints paired with navy and the voluminous silhouette make it the most feminine and figure-flattering skirt I have in my closet. I have a staple white crop top in my closet, but I wanted to find something special to pair with this skirt, so I stopped by Nordstrom over the long weekend and found the perfect match – this navy and white striped crop top with the loveliest embellishment.
BANDEAU TOP: 1975 // BOTTOMS: 1975 // SANDALS: Nordstrom // BAG: Target // STONE WRAP BRACELET: Horse Feathers // STONE CUFF BRACELET: // HAT: similar Target // SUNNIES: Karen Walker from Ditto // PENDANT NECKLACE: Kendra Scott // MONOGRAM NECKLACE: Joyiia // TOWEL: Amazon // SUMMER CUP: Target // STRAWBERRY NAIL WRAPS: Go Scratch It
Whether at a backyard pool party, on the lake or at a beach, a swimsuit is practically a necessity for Memorial Day weekend. Even here in Texas where it seems to rain non-stop, I was able to make it out to the lake for a few hours and debut this pretty little bikini by Zinke from 1975. In honor of the holiday weekend, I wanted to share some photos of my new favorite bikini as well as some other poolside accessories I love.
I’m a sucker for anything girly and colorful, especially when it comes to swimwear, and this adorable suit delivers. I absolutely love the feminine ruffle details and the neon pink, lilac and blue floral pattern on the bandeau top. I’m a big fan of mixing and matching solids and prints, and these blue bottoms complemented the top perfectly. I was a little hesitant about the ruching on the bottoms when I tried them on, but the cheeky effect was actually fun and flattering. 1975 carries several of Zinke’s unique and fun swim pieces – check all of them out here!
I accessorized with my favorite sunnies from Ditto, a floppy sun hat, an easy breezy long button up and my favorite hot pink Jack Rogers sandals. I layered a couple of small necklaces and my new colorful druzy silk wrap bracelet from Horse Feathers for a little sparkle. I’ve had so much fun playing with my new nail wrap manicure kit from Go Scratch It, and these fun strawberries were perfect for a poolside look. They have some amazing nail wrap sets and they are so easy to use – you can sign up for just $30 a month to get three sets sent to your doorstep and have unique and colorful nails all the time – click here to sign up!
I was so excited to find this oversized carry-all in vivid coral at Target. I packed it with all of my swim essentials, from my Cinderella towel to a pink beach ball for fun. Hope you all have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekened!
If you’ve followed along for a while, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of Disney. From the animated classic movies to the parks, there’s something about it that tugs at the strings of my heart and brings out the little girl in me who truly believes in magic. When it came to thinking about a look and feel of my wedding, I knew I wanted some way to bring the magic of Disney into it, in the most subtle (and classy, hopefully) of ways.
Cole and I are getting married this New Year’s Eve, so I immediately drew a connection to one of my all-time favorite Disney movies (and the most beautiful visually, in my opinion) – Cinderella. The clocktower is a central figure in the movie as Cinderella goes to the ball and must leave the prince before midnight. Likewise, midnight will inevitably be a very important part of our night as we count down to the New Year, and the clock will be too. If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen a piece I posted by Mary Blair (the amazing concept artist behind Disney’s Cinderella) that has inspired the color palette of our wedding.
I wanted to convey this feeling starting with the Save the Dates for our wedding, so for “my look” of the engagement photos (his were the baseball photos, which you can see here), I went with a fairytale, Cinderella-inspired theme. The ridiculously talented Austin photographer Kayla Snell also took these photos, and I was absolutely in love with how they turned out. We walked around downtown Austin at sunset and she was able to capture that golden hour look. Cole and I had so much fun dancing and kissing and just being goofy in our formal attire downtown, and when I overheard a group of highschool kids say I looked like a princess, I knew we’d captured the vision I was hoping for.
I knew I wanted a modern day Cinderella dress, poofy skirt, blue hue and all, but it was hard to find exactly what I was looking for. I kept my eye on Rent The Runway, and when this Allison Pariss dress showe dup in their new arrivals section, I knew it was the one. I have to admit I was a bit intimidated when I opened the box to find endless amount of tulle, but once I put it on, I truly felt like I was going to the ball.
A huge thank you to Kayla Snell for capturing these amazing photos – they are even more beautiful than I could have dreamed of and truly capture that magic, fairytale feeling.
It was exactly 52 weeks ago that I announced via my personal instagram that I was “giving this whole blogging thing a whirl,” and the last 12 months have been a whirlwind of excitement, learning and very late nights/early mornings spent feeding this giant side project of mine. In honor of Vandi Fair turning one, I wanted to share this fun, celebratory outfit along with 7 things I have learned in my first year of blogging. Happy 1st birthday, Vandi Fair!
First and foremost, I have to share the details on this adorable look, courtesy of Pockett. If you’ve seen any of my outfit posts over the last year, you’ll know that I love all things girly and a tulle midi skirt is the perfect piece for a celebration. What I love even more about the skirt is it features pockets on the sides too (hence the name of the boutique). I paired the tulle skirt with my staple white crop top, a sparkly statement necklace and some nude Steve Madden sandals to complete the party-perfect look.
And now in honor of the 1 year birthday of Vandi Fair, here are a few things this little blog has taught me not just about blogging, but about starting any new side project or business in the last year.
1. Write down achievable goals. Grab a new notebook and jot down some goals you want to accomplish in the near future and the far off future. What do you want to accomplish in a month from now? Where do you see yourself and your new hobby or business in five years? Keep the notebook in a safe spot and write down the things you do achieve over time, from the small to the large. It feels so good, and when you’re feeling discouraged, you can go back and look at all of the amazing things you’ve done so far.
2. Comparison is the thief of joy. No matter what kind of business or venture you’re starting, it’s important not to spend time comparing yourself to others. While paying attention to what’s trending in your industry is important, constantly measuring yourself against others will only bring you down and will take away from your own creativity, which leads me to my next point…
3. Be yourself. Whether you’re blogging or starting a new cupcake business, make sure you remain true to yourself. Take out that notebook and remember what is was you wanted your new project to be. Why did you start it? What does it mean to you? Embracing what makes you unique is so important. Sure, my love for Disney may make people scratch their heads and even turn them away, but it is a part of what makes me, me, and there’s no shame in sharing that.
4. Make new friends. A community like theblogging community is so big and can be intimidating, but there are so many amazing, sweet people who are going through exactly the same things as you, having the same questions. Take advantage of the community you’re becoming a part of and make some new friends. You’ll suddenly experience a whole new world of collaboration opportunity, and have someone to bounce ideas off of and even vent to.
5. Ask for help. Old friends, new friends, family and mentors who have been in the same industry – don’t be afraid to ask for help. You’ll be surprised how willing and happy people are to help you with advice, assistance and more, and you’ll also be surprised at how you can help them in return.
6. Schedule down time. I am currently working a full-time 9 to 5 at a giant corporate company, planning a big wedding, and running this blog on the side. My mornings start earlier and my nights end later. I spend many weekends behind my computer screen. But I’ve learned that scheduling down time when I stow my laptop, put up my phone and take some time to relax or hang out with friends is so important. Never say no to girl’s night. 😉 And break out the bubbles for a relaxing bath every once in a while.
7. Keep on keeping on. Between juggling all of the things happening in my life right now, there are days when I want to throw my hands up and surrender this little blog I’ve built, but thankfully, I don’t. Discouragement happens to all of us. We get tired and busy and feel like we’ll never achieve those goals we set. I’ve had to learn to be patient and just keep chugging along. It may be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel now, but you will. If you dream it, and it’s your passion, you can do it.