Date Night Done Right

With Tularosa & BlankNYC     Top | Jeans | Bag (Sold Out) | Shoes

All Photography – Lauren Parr Photography

This look was perfect for a fall weather date night I had the other night (not that we’re getting too much fall weather here, but still! The detail on these jeans HAS to be shown off (the lace up and they actually lace!), so they’re best when paired with a crop or tucked in top. I also love the way this top so cleverly pairs plaid and embroidered flowers make for such an interesting detail. This is definitely a look that will be seeing a lot of wear this season!

Feeling Thankful

Saying Thanks

Top | Jeans | Boots | Bag (similar) | Earrings | Ring | Harness (Alternates: 1, 2)

All Photography – Lauren Parr Photography

Since I’ve been married, it seems to have just been one thing after another. Catching up on work, doctor’s appointments, and life in general has proved to be even harder than I had anticipated, and I’ve really had to lean on my new husband to get through it all.

It’s days like these, starting our first holiday season off as a family, that I realize how incredibly fortunate I am. I couldn’t ask for a better husband, and the number one reason that’s true, is because he’s my true partner. He’s strong when I’m not, he’s there for me when I need him and he does all these things trusting that I’ll do the same for him when he needs it. I love having that safety and security and all from someone I respect more than I can put into words (especially a few short ones in a blog post ;)).

He also does an amazing job of reminding me that I should be thankful. It can be quite hard, when caught up with life and it’s demands, resulting in a feeling of never being good enough. This is especially true in today’s age, where it’s so easy to see what other people are doing, what they have that you don’t, how much better looking they are, or how much more they travel. But at the end of the day, I am so lucky – having my husband would be lucky enough alone, but even the fact that we’re all here, and breathing, and living, is something we should all spend more time being thankful for.

Annndddddd let’s be honest, I’m thankful AF for these jeans that me look bomb even three servings of stuffing in, these boots that make me feel like a true bad@$$ babe, and this harness which is the perfect mix of weird and super f*ing awesome (more to come on this accessory and how to rock the trend soon!)

I hope everyone else is enjoying their Thanksgiving holiday, and taking time, despite whatever hardships are going on, to be thankful for the things they do have – rather than worrying about the things they don’t. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

All Photography by Lauren Parr Photography

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!

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!

From Date Night to Girls Night

From Date Night to Girls Night

Top (Swim) | Skirt | Shoes | Bag (similar – mine sold out)

Earrings (sold out) | Necklace

A few Fridays ago – I needed to plan an outfit for a night out to dinner with my girlfriends, followed by drinks with family, and THEN out to the bars. Lucky for me, sneakers and skirts are trending. On a hot summer night (it’s still in the 90s at night here!) – I wanted something easy breezy, but comfortable enough to run around downtown Austin.

I chose to wear this tulle skirt (I LOVE how this one in particular changes it up from the typical looks with an embroidered design). It worked perfectly with my go to Supergas I pretty much wear everywhere. Best part – I actually wore my Frankie’s swimsuit as a crop top, which was PERFECT to keep me cool and comfortable in the heat (PS if you don’t know, wearing your swimsuit as a top (works well with one-pieces too!) is not only trending but a great way to beat the heat for those of who in warmer climates.

This look truly made me look effortlessly chic, while being casual, cute and comfortable all at the same time.

I wanna be like… Most Girls…

Bachelorette Outfit Recap

Swimsuit | Skirt | Sunglasses | Heels

Romper | Bag | Heels

Swimsuit | Skirt | Sunglasses | Necklace

My Look: Dress | Shoes | Necklace

This last weekend I celebrated my upcoming nuptials with some of my favorite women in the world… and I’ve never felt so loved. Outside of the obvious “Despacito” (I spent my weekend in Miami), one of my favorite songs of the weekend was “Most Girls” by Hailee Steinfeld.

When I first heard this song, I instantly fell in love. Mind you, I’m not usually the bubble gum pop type (at least not primarily – I admit I have a few Justin Bieber songs in my spotify…), but I love what this song is trying to teach young women. Raise your hand if you’ve ever said “well I’m different from most girls because…” Raise your hand higher if you said this to a man, and then smack yourself lightly on the head … (I know I’m guilty).

This song, to me, is about turning that sentiment around – and conveys that, while we’re all different – some of us “feel best in a tiny dress”, some of us feel like queens in “nothing but sweatpants” (we all know I’m the former), we should appreciate those things about each other and remember that the vast majority of us are “strong and smart and beautiful” and we are all trying to “work hard, go far [and be] unstoppable.” We should support each other in these endeavors, instead of trying to push each other out of the way while we all simply “[try] to win at life.”

So frequently in my life I’ve encountered women who, instead of building each other up, insist on competing with each other, on doing whatever it takes to ensure they’re at the top, and it’s this behavior that makes us our own worst enemies.

I believe this behavior comes from the sense that women feel there can “only be one” – for some reason, over time we’ve been socialized to live in a world of “-ests”. You need to be the smart-EST girl in class, the hard-EST working for the job, the sweet-EST of all your friends, the classi-EST host, and of course my favorite, the pretti-EST girl in the room. This is because of course, women seem to think in a binary manner about the qualities they pride themselves on. Either you’re the best or you’re nothing.

I admit, I do this to myself all the time – I leave the house feeling FLY AF and then I walk into a bar and I’m like damn that girl is prettier, or better dressed, or funnier, yada yada and the list goes on. I have to actively stop myself and say – she’s gorgeous and that’s awesome for her and so are you in your own way and WHO CARES EVEN. I actually started doing something new last year – whenever I meet a girl that right off the bat rubs me the wrong way, or I find myself wanting to compete with, I try to become they’re closest friend. Because 9 times out of 10 these are JUST the bad@$$ babes that I should be friends with. They’re hard-working, smart, funny, and honestly value a lot of the same things I do. It’s worked wonders and I have many new amazing and inspiring female friends as a result.

I know this post is a bit of an off-core-topic to my usual fashion focus – but as I’m going through my “wedding year”, one of the most telling and transitional of a women’s life, I am not just amazed by the love I have for my fiance, but for the love and support that has resonated from so many amazing women around me. Shout out to all you strong, intelligent, powerful women who make me wanna be like… most girls….

Exotic Inspiration

Top (exact print sold out, other available) | Shorts (limited availability) | Shoes (last season – sold out) Bag | Sunglasses | Ring | Earrings

One of my favorite things about style is discovering new and innovative designers in the space. A designer I discovered at Austin Fashion Week, Nomzee Designs creates her prints with inspiration from her African heritage. The prints are exotic, but the shapes are familiar – easily worn from everything to a work day to happy hour to a girls night out.

I have already purchased multiple items, but my first was this crop top (actually checked out DURING the show – talk about an impulse buy, though not a regrettable one ;)) I wore it with simple (but clean) denim shorts by Alice McCall.

I wore this look for a happy-hour-to-night-out, so I decide to take it up a notch with these Jeffrey Campbell Levluv shoes purchased at Free People last season. The edginess of this outfit also allowed me to wear these Nina Berenato horse hair earrings and ring in keeping with the overall vibe of the look.

Last I grabbed one of my FAVORITE new Sancia bags. The box style is super on trend and the horn closure detail makes this bag so unique. I love pretty much everything Sancia – but this is one of my favorites for sure.