Spot the Trend – Embroidered Denim

Jacket (also on sale here in select sizes!) | Dress (on sale but almost sold out – same print and alternate styles/color here and here) | Bag (sold out – similar) | ShoesSunglasses

Embroidered denim is everywhere and I’m completely in love with this trend in pretty much every shape and style it comes in. From denim shorts/jeans to tops to dresses – and of course the classic denim jacket – this may be my favorite fashion homage to the 70s that’s come out in the past few seasons (maybe second only to the bring back of the jumpsuit…)

Pairing something as colorful as an embroidered jacket may seem tricky at first – but pairing prints is already all the rage, and this one is easy to match with. I snagged this easy breezy For Love and Lemons cherry print – which makes a perfect compliment to the rose details in the jacket.

Jackets like these also help to dress down on outfit – making the day to night transition so much easier. I wore this dress during the day with the jacket and easily transitioned at night by removing on the jacket and throwing on some more playful earrings.

All in all – the embroidered trend is looking to stick around for awhile… and will definitely remain one of my favorites this season…

Fourth Fashion – Style for America’s birthday!

Dress | Shoes | Bag | Sunglasses | Earrings

By now I’m sure you’ve seen gingham making its way as fashion’s favorite print this season. I absolutely love the gingham trend and have found just about a million pieces I love in this print – from shorts, to statement sleeves to swim, gingham is everywhere. But one of my favorite Gingham pieces this season is this Fame & Partners gingham mini dress (comes in Red and Black – red is also a trending color this season, not to mention my favorite, so I went with Red, a color you’ll see quite a bit in my upcoming posts!).

The side detailing on this piece truly makes it one of a kind. Sexy and unique, while still overall chic and modest – it’s a detail I haven’t seen on another piece.

For this look, I went with the very popular and famous Cult Gaia ark bag – though I chose the mother of pearl style (new so it makes for a fun twist on this popular style). I love the way this bag goes with so many outfits – the mother of pearl makes it easy to dress up or down depending on the outfit. Because the bag is see-through – it’s also important to be mindful of what’s in the bag. Lucky for me I have a red wallet that compliments the rest of the look perfectly.

These Krewe sunglasses (another clear favorite of mine) in the St Louis White Linen style made a fun pop (as well as having the added benefit of getting me my red, white and blue) and complimented the outfit perfectly. These Schutz heels go with everything and have made a great accent to about 75% of my outfit choices already and I can see them being a pretty regular feature in my outfit choices all summer! Hopefully this piece helps you in getting your Fourth fashion choices in style… gotta look the part for America’s birthday…

La Mode de Parisienne – Paris Style Recap

Sightseeing in the City 

  

Top | Skirt | Sneakers | Sunglasses | Bag (alternate colors) | Necklace

The first thing we did, as most do, is go and see the many sights of Paris. We’d both been before, but I wanted to revisit Montmartre with one of the most spectacular views of the city. Because we wanted to both be able to hike up to the famous Sacre Couer as well – I wanted to be able to wear sneakers. I did NOT, however want to give up looking Par-ee-chic so I decided to embrace what I’m calling the “sneakers and sweet” trend and pair my favorite Supergas with a tulle skirt and off the shoulder Keepsake crop blouse. Both were lightweight which also made it easy to move around despite the heat!

Scenic Boat Ride on the Seine

Dress | Bralette | Shoes | Bag

The weather was warm and I wanted something that could transition from day to night but still felt consistent with the essence of Paris. This dress by Privacy Please in its classic blue and white stripe print was perfect to mirror the spirt of Paris (perfect for a boat ride on the cruise line we selected – the Yacht de Paris). I happen to be someone who is bustier, but was able to pair the dress with a bralette that complimented the dress but still kept me secure (pro tip for you bustier ladies with these trendy low cut necklines). I also wanted shoes that were dressy (the attire was semi-formal on the boat) but still comfortable and these Raye heels I just purchased were PERFECT – not to mention the suede strappy ties make them so comfortable on feet that have been put to the test through the streets of Paris! The hat also made for the perfect accessory – it tied the whole look together while still lending to the Parisienne feel of the look (even the captain complimented me ;P).

Venturing to Versailles

Dress | HatBag | Shoes | Earrings

I knew heading to Versailles that my favorite part of the estate is the gardens which was where I would spend most of my day. I wanted to wear flats while still echoing the regal and floral feel of the large gardens, so I chose this incredible tiered maxi by Reformation. I grabbed the same hat I wore to dinner (clever packing on my part) to keep the sun off my face during the day (which has become ever more important in my thirties #sadface). This amazing box clutch was also light enough to take me through the day easily, while still holding all of my necessary pieces (including my shades).

Date Night and Fine Dining

 

Dress | Sunglasses | Bag

Saving the best for last. One of my favorite things about Paris… you can never be overdressed. I have been dying for a reason to wear this beautiful gown by Lurelly. On top of being beautiful, red roses are my favorite symbol of feminine beauty and strength and have been a recurring theme in my life (Beauty and the Beast is still my favorite movie – the original – and what a coincidence since Belle was French…;)).  I wore this outfit to date night which started with a tour-of-THE-tour-Eiffel followed by night at Epicure restaurant at Le Bristol. The meal was amazing by the way – a true example of the service and food you’d expect from a three Michelin star, and the perfect way to wrap an amazing three days in Paris.

Unfortunately I now have to get back to reality, but hopefully this transported you to Paris… even if only briefly… au revoir!

 

Get the London Look – London Fashion Recap

Get the London Look

Well I wanted to get this piece up for you all sooner, but due to limited Wifi, traveling to three different cities and working like crazy, I couldn’t get this out until now. Nevertheless, I wanted to share how I styled three different looks that translated my style into the London scene effortlessly in three completely separate scenarios. (I even got quite a few compliments from real Londoners – which convinces me I wasn’t totally off!)

Dress | Top | Shoes | Bag

The first look I styled was a work look. I had brought both of these pieces separately and after running out of complete outfits I combined two pieces typically only appropriate for weekend wear into one work-appropriate dress. The top is by The Reformation and the dress is Lovers + Friends.

My fiance had gotten me this bag to take with me as a present just before the trip (quite unlike him – but he wanted me to have something new to blog about… I know, I know – I’m so lucky!). I love navy accessories – and when worn correctly, they can make a great neutral. Here, the bag worked perfectly with the neutral rust of the dress and ivory of the top. My Proenza PS1 (tiny) is from a previous season but this navy one is similar, and if you’re looking for something more truly neutral it also comes in this beige color.

Dress | Bag | Shoes | Watch | Sunglasses | Earrings

Next, for day-time weekend activities – I chose this splurge Alexis dress. This dress took me from the Kensington gardens, to tea at the Goring and was even appropriate for the Chesterton’s polo match (which was a surprise bonus event we discovered during the weekend).

Because we were bopping about to so many places, I chose these comfortable superga white sneaks. Because my shoes were so casual, I was able to balance the look with Dannijo earrings and my favorite Prada bag of the season. I also wore my new favorite pair of Krewe sunglasses (which go with everything – love!)

Top | Pants | Shoes | Bag | Watch | Sunglasses 

My last look took me out on the town. Luckily for me, one of my good girlfriends also works with me AND also happened to be traveling for work to our London office at the same time as me. While the week kept us busy, the weekend gave us some time to get out and about and enjoy London nightlife.

 

We both noticed wide leg pants as one of the noticeable trends currently hitting the streets in London. I decided to do a spin on that look with these wide leg split pants by Cleobella. These pants are lightweight and at first sight I imagined them to be better beach wear than club wear, but paired with these edgier Zhivago top, they made the perfect girls night out-fit.

I wanted shoes that were dressy enough to pair with the outfit, but also manageable over cobblestones so I brought these Raye heels with me. They are some of the most comfortable shoes I own – the suede straps are soft and stretchy and so comfortable on my feet. Not too much the combination of the black of the black suede and casual rope detailing make them perfect for a multitude of occasions. I topped off this look with my go to Saint Laurent blogger bag (how apropos) and headed out for my night out in Chelsea… (the rest… well you’ll just have to ask me if you want those details…;) ).

Well that’s a wrap on London until next time…. see you in Paris!

Who says I can’t wear these shoes “all the time?”

Shoes | Top | Jeans | Bag

… was my response when I decided to completely cover an entire pair of shoes in rhinestones (see DIY Strass post here; linked to the un-studded shoe here). I got a lot of questions when I did this – “but how could you spend that much time and money when you can never wear these?!?!” Um – never? Not sure what fashion-world you’re living in, but in mine – there are NO rules, and if I want to feel fancy AF in my glittery-modern-day-ruby-red-slippers, then I WILL!

It is true – that when wearing shoes that rival the shine of the sun, you have to be thoughtful about the rest of the outfit. If I’m heading out to a nice dinner, or girls night out dancing then its no problem to pair these as usual with something dressier, however, when I wanted to wear these to happy hour, I had to tone the look down.

To do this, I styled the shoes with these ripped jeans by Lovers + Friends LA (I literally cannot wear these without getting compliments and they are so comfortable! I also snagged this Chaser tank (featuring a Longhorn no less – I am so texas now).I balanced the casual feel of the tee shirt and jeans combo – not just with the shoes, but also with these amazing Dannijo earrings I snagged on sale, and full finger ring from House of Harlow (this ring I got years ago, but similar versions by the designer still available here, here and here). I also picked up this clutch by St Xavier (I don’t care how basic I am – who doesn’t love repping their #team).This outfit, while “fashion-forward” is still perfectly appropriate for a “casual” night out with your #squad.

 

Buttercup Baby

    

Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that make us happy. Like this dress by Reformation – simple lines, but the perfect delicacy of the fabric and the beautiful buttercup yellow color made me feel like real life Belle. It also matched perfectly with my brand new Prada laser cut bag I’ve been keeping my eye on for weeks (also comes in black, colorblock, micro, astro, and several other variations)!

 

It was perfect for my best friend’s spring wedding in a canyon in Southern California. Watching two people this in love was one of the most beautiful things I’d ever seen – so I had to wear something that was like at least 25% as beautiful as they were together. 😛

This dress did not disappoint and I got numerous compliments all night – it was also a perfect choice for the dance floor, the movement made it a great piece no matter what song was playing.

The simple backless style made it perfect for this AMAZING up-do I had styled for the wedding. I’m terrible at hair so it was so fun to get this braided look done by a professional!

Lastly, with something this simple – it’s so easy to pair with a ton of fun statement accessories (and if you haven’t figured it out yet I’m addicted to designer jewelry). I wore these Nina Beranato pieces from her new Lumiere collection. The gold and slight hint of seafoam green made for a great compliment to the buttercup yellow of the dress.

With amazing designers like these, it was easy to be wedding-ready in no time. Cheers!

Pinstripe Perfection

     I knew when I saw this Reformation Jumpsuit I HAD to have it. I know – I say that a lot – I think I must interpret the word “need” differently than most people… but I digress.

There are so many amazing striped jumpsuits out this season (see these links here (Lovers + Friends on sale for $139!), here (more casual Tori Praver style for $163), here (adorable and under $50) and here (Michael Kors – under $100 on sale; if they don’t have your size try the official site and see if they’ll price match :D), or the shop the post link below for some more of my faves!), and I love how flattering they are. The vertical stripes create an elongated look (which I need, given that all 5’3.5″ of me isn’t exactly model height…

My favorite thing about this jumpsuit is the way the pattern makes it so easy to pair with other fun prints, like this dot scarf by For Love & Lemons (only $32!). I also love the open strappy back, which makes it cool enough to wear on some of the hotter summer nights Austin has fast approaching!

I wore this with my summer hat of choice – the Janessa Leone Klint hat (alternate options here and here AND this super awesome packable version here; that’s right it COLLAPSES so you can easily take it on trips!). I also threw on these brand new Schutz cork heels, available in natural cork, black and nude (OBSESSED with this brand; can’t stop wearing them), that went perfectly with the hat and overall vibe of the outfit. And of course, wore my Sancia Milla Jetset mini bag I hardly leave home without.

This same jumpsuit could easily be transitioned to night by the way with a pair of strappy black sandals (High, Mid, Mid-Low pricepoints), choker pendant and dressier clutch.

I feel like the dancing red emoji

        

This dress makes me want to do the red emoji dance. Which, by the way, will definitely be a theme with me over the next few months. Bright cherry red is my absolute favorite color and it seems to be everywhere this season. There’s actually nothing that could make me happier (which should probably make me question my priorities, but meh… another time…)

I wore this Parker dress at date night at Mastro’s steakhouse where I treated my bae-thang to dinner (I know he’s a lucky dude, but so am I 😉 ).

I love this fun Parker piece (more sizes here) – the tiered layers are super on trend this season and so flattering on the legs. A simple heel is best for something like this – and these Tamara Mellon frontline heels are my go-to shoe of late (side-note, they have the best most personal customer service EVER, I can’t wait to go back for more).

I also got to wear my favorite trending splurge bag of the summer – this Prada laser cut bag (also comes in black, colorblock, micro, astro, and several other variations).

Dresses like these are perfect for last minute cocktail occasions – and with this one being available in the color of the season it’s a can’t miss dress!

Who else can’t wait for the long weekend?!

So excited for Memorial Day and its just around the corner! I love living in Austin on a weekend like this one… gives us an extra day to take out the boat and enjoy a beautiful day in the sun (of which there will be many!) This weekend tends to mark the start of the summer season for us, which makes it a fun one – we know going into it how many more lake days there are to come!

For this memorial day – I chose this super unique Acacia checkered print suit (this style top is still available here and the bottoms are here or this alternate top. I love the how the racerback on mine has the tiniest cutout detail – Acacia is always coming out with the best styles! I threw my favorite overalls of the season by Mother Denim (alternate options: Tularosa [mid range], Rag & & Bone [higher end], and BlankNYC [lower price point]).

I also (yes, again) wore my fave Janessa Leone hat (link to this hat and alternatives below in the shop the post!) and my Krewe St Louis sunnies I wear almost daily (all new styles up on their site for this season!)

We also took out this AH-MAZING super fun pink flamingo floatie I’ve wanted since my birthday two years ago, which is on sale on Gilt here and available on Nordstrom.

Hope you’re ready to enjoy the three day weekend ahead – I know I can’t wait for the break!

ATX Fashion Week… yes we have one too ;)

This is my first event full editorial – so you’ve been warned, this one will be a little bit longer than usual, but it’s worth it – it contains all the goodies from Saturday night of this past week’s fashion week!

I cannot say enough about how much fun I had at FashionX.co’s fashion week on Saturday night here in Austin. This being my first fashion week, (and due to having to travel all week for my “day job”) I decided to only attend Saturday night’s show, but to go all in for it.

I was surprised, perhaps unfairly so, at the level of talent that showed up to share their clothing, both in the galleries and on the runway itself. In perusing the galleries, there were local designers as well as others from all over the country. I have a profound obsession with fashion jewelry, and my eyes were immediately drawn to a small shop called “Find Your Uncommon” – she specializes in incorporating vintage pieces into her work giving an antique yet edgy and modern look to her jewelry. I actually found FOUR different pieces I loved at affordable prices – and her stuff is even more amazing in person than it comes across in the online shop images.

On the “celebrity front” – I met 4 different project runway designers – Gunnar Deatherage, Amanda Valentine, Kelly Dempsey (Rack Addik) and Sonjia Williams (Something by Sonjia). The designers were not only all so very talented, but incredibly kind and approachable – which completely reinvigorated my love for the art of style. One of the highlights of the evening truly was having the fortune of meeting such creative and like-minded individuals – I had a blast getting to learn about each and every one of them and their individual approach to style.

I was able to snag pieces from both Sonjia (an adorable neoprene crop) and a one of a kind sequin/animal print skirt made for the runway (that showed the night before!). I didn’t believe it would fit me so Kelly had me try it on over my jumpsuit right then and there! 😛 Once it fit, I took that as a sign that I had to own it – and I can’t wait to rock it in a future post.

The runways didn’t disappoint either. On the Project Runway front, both Sonjia and Melissa Fleis (who I didn’t get the chance to meet, but seemed lovely) showed. After seeing both these lines walk, I am on the edge of my seat waiting for these pieces to hit ready to wear (I know, shock…me? Can’t wait to buy something? Never…). Melissa kicked off the show and was true to form in showing some breath-taking shapes and structure – particularly her signature collar – I need a piece in that style! (If you look closely in the image above, you can see me front row geeking out over her line!)

Sonjia showed so many incredible pieces from her upcoming fall line – her textile choices were insane, and the unique quality of her silhouettes got me excited for fall before summer has even begun (sadly, a lot of my photos from her show didn’t come out – but definitely stay on the lookout for more coverage on this designer’s pieces!).

The locals were also incredibly impressive – Nomzee designs did a twist on African inspired clothing with beautiful prints in classic silhouettes bringing a fresh look to traditional styles. (I can’t wait for more of these pieces to become available – I snagged the red crop top featured about for $30!) Nina Means showed her collection and won the Bernina award for the evening. Her designs were both lovely and high quality – perfect for women of all ages. The capsule collections were all super fun – and I loved the denim vibes (which coincidentally matched my outfit) coming through in Aplomo’s designs featured above.

In dressing for the show – I can’t tell you how much I debated over what to wear – the “dress code” was relatively unclear – so I went with my gut and did something fashion forward that wasn’t too over the top. The centerpiece for the outfit were these Zanotti shoes I recently purchased (also wrote about them in this prior post). I wanted something that would tone down my bold accessories, but still be a statement, so I wore this well-crafted denim jumpsuit by Mother Denim (available on sale on Saks here, or in more sizes at Revolve).

To top off the look, I grabbed my favorite Prada bag and go-to earrrings and choker by Nina Beranato for just the right amount of gold shine to compliment the shoes.

My hair also always needs help – I’m tragic at doing anything with my hair on my own so I got help from local Austin hair stylist and influencer Tiffany at Lather Salon – she hooked me up with this amazing braid for a look that lasted all day and night!

Honestly, my favorite part of the evening was the connection with other innovative, creative, style enthusiasts who were excited to be a part of the Austin fashion & style community (whether local or not). Moreover, I met so many amazing women who were supporting each other and bringing each other up, as opposed to competing with one another as we can unfortunately be inclined to do. I sat next to a talented and incredibly kind local designer, Lisa Sikora from Amberleaf and she was quick to introduce herself and exchange ideas about the show. Having shown up alone – it was wonderful to have someone to bounce ideas off of as the pieces passed by.

Overall, I left the evening feeling rejuvenated and inspired with the courage to keep reaching to make my passions a part of my everyday life; reminding myself that style and fashion are about so much more than what you wear, but about expressing who you are and who you want to be at any given moment you choose. <3