Designer Spotlight: Alexis

Top | Pants | Bag (sold out – more Valentino deals here) | Shoes

Top | Skirt | Bag (sold out – similar here)| Shoes (sold out – similar here)

 

Dress (now on sale!)| Bag | Shoes | Watch | Sunglasses | Earrings

Top | Pants (sold out) | Boots | Bag | Ring | Earrings

Jumpsuit | Shoes (sold out – similar) | Cuff 

Honestly… it’s surprising it has taken me this long to write about Alexis, as this designer pretty much tops my list time and time again. When I can afford her, I basically do everything I can to snap up all of her pieces.

There is an incredibly unique sense of sophisticated-meets-sensual-meets completely and utterly feminine that only this mother-daughter duo can. The modern, yet vintage feel of the pieces, and effortlessly chic silhouettes create a powerful feel for all women who dare to wear their looks. From work to weddings to happy hour to date nights – I love the way these pieces transition for occasions yet always have me feeling like I’m the best-dressed in the room.

I cannot wait to see what the pair comes up with next… though I know my bank could use a break… ;P

The Un”Bridaled” Soul

I decided to do my post-wedding bridals for a few reasons, and one of the first was getting to work with one of my favorite local photographers – Carlos Barron. One of my favorite things about blogging, is getting to work with so many passionate people in the space. Carlos is one of the most passionate photographers I’ve met to date, you can tell in the way he shoots and speaks about his art, and it’s so refreshing to see!

Most of us fashion bloggers are told that the uniformity and consistency in the aesthetic of one’s feed is important. And while, I’m sure it’s true, it hasn’t been a rule I too strictly abide by. One of the biggest reasons is maintaining the integrity for the artists I work with; I love seeing how each of them choose to edit, the shots that are their favorites, the way they create an image. I think it’s important, while respecting your brand, to appreciate some of the nuances in the way these people present their art (and bloggers – if you don’t know, always tell a photographer what you’re looking for in advance from an aesthetic and editing perspective – they’re happy to help, but don’t appreciate it when you modify their art!)

Doing this shoot for my post-wedding bridals with Carlos was so fun and the venue (Pearl Snap Hall) was incredible to get to shoot at (see his post here). Part of the reason I took these photos was in preparation to say goodbye, as I begin to think about selling my dress (but there will be a separate article on that soon~ ;). For now, hope you enjoy these bridals!

Conquer your fears… and look good doing it… My Dreamforce Styleguide

 Ready to Take on the World (and/or Workday)

Top | Pants | Bag (sold out – more Valentino deals here) | Shoes

All Photography – Lauren Parr Photography

When asked to speak at this year’s Dreamforce conference, I knew I had to take the opportunity. It would be a great experience, great exposure for my #dayjob (#realjob… #onlyjobthatpaysme…), and overall a good idea professionally speaking. So I immediately said yes.

… I also then immediately basically sh*t myself because public speaking is one of my biggest fears. (Outside of planes, and ironically I also had to fly to this conference sooooo there’s that). But I think it’s important, every now and again, to challenge yourself, make yourself try something new, that makes you uncomfortable… because when you come out on the other side (as you always do) then one way or the other, you’ll have learned something new about yourself, and you’ll prove yet again there’s something else you can do.

I also firmly believe (no surprise here) that what you wear for such an occasion is important. Not because of what other people might think about what you look like, but about how what you wear can make you feel powerful and in control. At least that’s true for me.

I chose Alexis, as I often do, because this designer knows how to design to make a women feel in control and on top of the world. It’s important though, when dressing for a public-speaking engagement to also be thoughtful about what will make you feel good, while still being appropriate for the situation.

Many women in this situation would wear all black, but I am not many women, and I rarely wear all black (not that that is bad at all – it’s just not me). I like to stand out and where something that is always a little different – but I had to be careful not to go over the top and distract my audience.

I chose these pants because they were statement in silhouette, but simple enough in pattern and color (all neutrals). I chose a simple top and comfortable heels to keep the look overall looking clean and easy. That way, I got to keep my “me” intact, but still looked professionally appropriate.

The speech went much better than I ever could have thought it would – AND I got so many compliments on these pants soooooo double win 🙂

It’s important to think about how you can continuously modify your style – so that you always stay true to you, while still being able to transition for multiple occasions.

“Austin Chic” – Decoding the Dress Code


Jumpsuit | Shoes (sold out – similar) | Cuff 

Photography by Carlos Barron

On Monday night, I was lucky enough to attend the Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) Gala which supports an incredibly great cause – giving kids the opportunity to engage in extra-curricular activities to help them discover what they love to do.

We were so excited for the event, which featured an incredible performance by Jake Owen, but when we got the information for the event, the dress code was listed as “Austin Chic”. To be honest, while it sounds cool, none of us knew what that was.

And that’s when I decided to wear this amazing white jumpsuit (with micro black polka dots!) by Alexis. To me, the best call, when you’re uncertain of how formal an event will be, is a chic go-to jumpsuit like this one. If people are in cocktail attire, and on the more-dressed-up side of the spectrum, you’ll fit in… but if people have opted for a more casual look, let’s say leather pants and a blouse, you’re still going to blend in with the overall feel of the crowd.

This jumpsuit ended up being the perfect call – the outfits were all over the map (which I love to see), but I felt at ease regardless of which group I was mingling with. Not to mention, this jumpsuit was incredibly comfortable to wear, fully lined in a fitted but forgiving fabric. Perfect for a long Monday followed by a party!

Below I’ve listed some more of my favorite jumpsuits for this type of occasion… happy shopping!

1. Stone Cold Fox Stevie Jumpsuit – Perfect for the girl who loves the “work, meet play” sort of vibe

2. Rachel Pally Thorne Jumpsuit – Not only is the print gorgeous, but it can be worn two ways with the plunge in the back or front depending on your appetite for a sultry feel or chic shape

3. Faithfull the Brand Riley Jumpsuit – Effortless chic in a casual cool striped print and plunging front

4. The Jetset Diaries Ellil Jumpsuit in Ruby – Make a wow-them-all red carpet entrance in this ruby red jumpsuit in a classic draped silhouette

 

Mixed Print Madness

Mixed Prints: Already Ready for Vacay…

Top | Skirt (sold out but matching suit still available)| Bag (black available here)| Sunglasses

While I only got married a few weeks ago… and we’re waiting until December to take our honeymoon, I of course am already planning what to wear! As the colder months approach, so will the vacations, and one of my favorite trends to take my foreign fashion style up a notch (with minimal effort) is to mix prints.  There are so many ways to test out this trend, but it’s important to keep a couple things in mind in order to make the look work:

1. Pair the Prints

  • When picking out which prints to use, be sure to select ones that compliment each other. A good trick is to pick a common color scheme as well as a common theme – for example, in this look – the prints both feature bright colors, include yellow, and evoke a tropical, warm theme. The look wouldn’t work as well if any one of those elements was missing

2. Proportions are Key

  •  It’s important that you choose pieces that are in the right proportion to each other. This look for example would have worked much less well if the top had as much fabric as the skirt. You want to be sure you don’t overdo it – and with prints, especially bold ones, it’s easy to do that if you aren’t careful about how much of each print is featured. You generally want to let one print speak for the majority of the look.

3.  Accessorize Appropriately

  •  Choose accessories that are simple to let the rest of the outfit shine. Certain more neutral prints can still be accompanied by a bold color, but avoid using another print and if you must, be sure its simple enough not to take away from the rest of the look.

Designer Spotlight: Alice McCall

Designer Spotlight – Alice McCall

 DressShoes (also in black) | Bag 

Romper | Shoes (red is last season – now available in Navy) | Bag | Sunglasses 

Romper (also in black) | Shoes (also in black) | Bag (similar) | Necklace 

Alice McCall is another Australian designer (I tend to have a thing for them) that I’ve LONG been a fan of. I think I originally discovered Alice via NastyGal back before the company changed ownership. I still remember (and still have) the first dress I discovered – the Angel on Wheels dress and was so impressed by the unique quality of the Alice McCall designs. (And wished I’d discovered the label even sooner!)

Alice McCalls designs are all distinctly whimsical and unusual (in the best way). Her looks are hyper feminine but playful with the use of bold textiles and patterns and fashion-forward silhouettes. All her pieces are also instantly recognizable due to their vibrant and exaggerated nature from the brand’s focus on a “craft”-based approach to design and appreciation for “the graphic use of space and color.”

I love the new “spring/summer” line Alice just released (remember the designer is in Australia but who says you can’t take bright colors into winter too? When paired accordingly it’s possible to make many of these year round pieces). Some of my favorite pieces are the “Tumeric” designs – the “Tiny Dancer playsuit” (above) is also gorgeous in the Oh Oh Oh Maxi dress style (I LOVE the black in this one!) I’m additionally obsessed with the print and textile used for the “Frida Floral” pieces – I’m currently debating between the jumpsuit and midi dress myself.

Alice McCall truly can’t go wrong – and I can’t wait to see what wonderland of innovative and creative designs she comes up with next!

Festival Fun with Spell Flower Child


Top | Bralette | Shorts | Booties | Bag | Sunglasses 

Top | Skirt | Sneakers (mine are sold out – similar) | Bag | Sunglasses | Necklace | Bracelet | Ring 

When my Spell & the Gypsy Collective Flower Child pieces arrived, I immediately thought about how perfect they would be for festival season, and particularly for ACL. Whether you’re into hipster cool or rockstar chic, these spell pieces when accessorized correctly have the look for you.

To put a little edge in my look, I paired the first look, a Spell denim shirt, with black high waisted shorts and a printed bralette to keep the focus on the shirt. I added a pair of fun booties to make my look rock-star ready.

For the second look, I kept it simpler – this skirt says it all so I paired it with a simple tee shirt (also by Spell, and perfect for ACL as it calls out Austin! Which I found extra impressive since the designer is based out of Australia :)). I threw on some fun, but affordable rose gold sneakers by H&M for a comfortable yet still fashion-forward look.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to also check out the latest from their Lionheart, which still incorporates the same worldly feelings that all of the collections reference while evoking vintage vibes.

Well… enjoy the show… see you there ;P

Fall in London (where it’s actually Fall ;))

Fall Trends in London

9-5 in Fulham
Top (similar styles 123) | Coat | Jeans | Shoes (similar style) | Bag | Sunglasses
Cocktails in Chelsea
Brunching in Kensington  
Jumpsuit | Bag | Earrings
Late Nights in Soho
Top | Boots | Bag | Sunglasses | Necklace
Visiting London for work recently gave me the best chance to start bringing out my favorite fall pieces. London brought rainy weather – as expected – and normally I’m not a fan, but something about London’s rain makes it so much more beautiful.
For a city as big as it is, it’s full of so much more than just your typical syscrapers, industrial buildings and packed city streets. While London has that, there’s a clean, regal, and even colorful feeling to the whole city. From it’s population, to its’ greenery and sophisticated architecture, London is one of my favorite places to be, no matter how many times I  visit.
While London has it’s own effortlessly chic style (one I always try to embody, but admittedly haven’t perfectly captured yet), being there for fall made it clear that there are a few styles that aren’t going anywhere just yet:
1.  Velvet
  • Yup – our favorite 90s throwback is clearly here to stay. From boots to booties, to complete dresses and sets, this trend isn’t going ANYWHERE. Here are a few of my fave looks:

Sets and Separates:

Luxe Accessories:

 

2.  The Jumpsuit
  • Jumpsuits are one of my favorite revivals from the 70s and they definitely not going anywhere. Jumpsuits will still be highly prevalent on the fashion scene and will see some fun twists on the classic – like these wide leg ones I found from Flynn Skye. A few of my other favorite fall ready jumpsuits:

Chic:

Unique:
Full of color:
3.  Polka Dots
  • While a newer trend, this fad that popped up in the end of summer is converting nicely into fall with black and white and other darker styled prints. A few styles I can’t live without:

Skirts:

Tops:
Pants:
4. The Culotte
  • A perfect transition piece – these wide leg cropped wonders are becoming ever more popular. They evoke the epitome of chic while still being comfortable and feminine. A few of my faves:

Casual cool:

All dressed up:

And that’s a wrap on my fall faves…. now I’m off to get married, next time I write you I’ll be a Mrs…. stay tuned for wedding deets!!!

Fall Feelz

Fall Feelz Top (my print sold out – alternate on sale here!) | Jeans (on sale!) | Bag | Shoes

I’m a summer baby and I’ve always loved the summer months, but fall fashion has always been the one thing that makes me feel better about the transition out of summer.

Being a new Texas resident (this will be my second fall here), I am still getting used to how long the heat carries through even the year’s later months. However, late September and October do *begin* to bring the cooler nights, allowing me to bring out the jeans and long sleeves. As much as I love summer style – there’s nothing like cool weather to allow for a little more creativity in pairing and styling pieces together. I especially love that time of year where it’s cool enough for more covered-clothing, but still warm enough that you don’t have to be covered from head to to!

I personally think there’s nothing sexier than taking a jean and adding some edge to the full look – here I used these edgy Valentino Rockstud heels and a loose-fitting crop – which leads to a sleek, stylish, streamlined look that’s perfect for the transition into fall. Though I’ll always be the girl who loves her summers… it’s outfits like this one that remind me why fall is one of the most fashionable seasons of the year!

A little Sweet a little Street

Top | Skirt | Bag (sold out – similar here)| Shoes (sold out – similar here)

As fall fast approaches, one of my favorite ways to transition into cooler months is to pair some of my softer, more summery pieces with edgier fall-ready accessories (I think a bag is the easiest way to accomplish this trend). For this look I took this lovely polka dot set by Alexis (also feeling like polka dots is the new gingham so be on the look out for more of this print to pop up) – and paired it with this edgy Valentino bag (that I’ve been lusting over forEVER and finally found on sale).

A few of my other favorite combos for the trend are listed below:

  1. Lovers + Friends Pant Set (Top | Bottom) with this Bag

  2. Auguste (x Revolve) maxi dress with this Bag

  3. House of Harlow Gwen Culotte Set *comes in two colors! (Top | Bottom) with this Bag

  4. Free People Mini Dress with this Bag

  5. Clayton Skirt + Indah Top with this Bag