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!

Designer Spotlight: Mad about Misa Los Angeles

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For my second designer spotlight, I am SO excited to bring you this piece on Misa Los Angeles. Misa’s signature is ultra-feminine silhouettes in a multitude of high quality textiles and prints. The designer makes her clothing both overstated and understated at the same time; taking a simple print and pairing it with a statement sleeve for example, or using a fashion-forward textile like luxe velvet and mixing it with a more classic silhouette.

The clothes are reminiscent of global travel in terms of inspiration, but are still completely appropriate for every day wear. While the designer does make a number of dresses, her true specialty in my opinion is the array of separates you’re sure to see in every line in so many prints.

The versatility of the pieces is one of my favorite things about Misa. I love taking these and wearing them together on a night out, but separating them to get a more formal look for work. The pieces are flirty and feminine, but primarily still modest enough to pair with something more conservative which just adds to their “day-to-night durability.”

Love me some Misa and if you don’t already, I’m pretty sure you will soon! Happy shopping!

La Mode de Parisienne – Paris Style Recap

Sightseeing in the City 

  

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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

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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

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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

 

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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!

 

Spring’s Statement Pant

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One of the latest trends I’m loving this spring is the variety of open pants making their way all over boutiques these days.

I must admit I have several pair, but one of my absolute favorites are these open side blush wide leg pants by Keepsake.

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I paired mine with this amazing statement sleeve bodysuit by Susana Monaco. Even though both pieces have volume, the slim fitting waist of the bodysuit and waist of the pant allowed them to flow together seamlessly. They also had ah-mazing movement together that made the whole look perfect for a spring HH!

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I topped (or rather bottomed) my look off with these TO-DIE-FOR Tamara Mellon Frontline heels (I’ve been dying for a pair forever and finally snagged some – TM is also an amazing female leader and feminist and offered a one time only 20% off discount for women’s Equal Pay Day (they NEVER discount) – she is simply so BAD@$$ – all of her shoes are fantastic). I grabbed this lucite minaudiere (mine was under $20!) (or these affordable and higher end options also available!) as a great go-to accessory that goes with just about everything!

Lastly I chose simple jewelry from Austin’s own Kendra Scott, these Bexley earrings,

Now hurry and snag this look up before your next happy hour!

Trend of the Moment: The Statement Sleeve

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I’m sure by now you’ve seen them everywhere… but I am in love with the spring “statement sleeve”. There’s something about the trend that brings out femininity and regality all at once. Truth be told, these sleeves just make me feel fancy… and who doesn’t love that?

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All of this is why I made this blouse [Lovers & Friends LA (still available in select sizes), or try a similar low cost version here, here, or here] my outfit of choice to say goodbye to Southby with a little Sunday morning brunch on Rainey street (and a must-make-pitstop at the fashion blogger hotspot LiketoKnow.It mural).

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Styled with a clean pair of white jeans [Paige Denim – available here] and a simple pendant to keep the blouse the focus. Topped the look off with this fun clutch [Kate Spade – now on sale on Kate Spadeand similar styles available to rent at Rent the Runway!] and clear lucite heels to elongate the leg.

LTKI shoes close 1Sad to say goodbye to this year’s SXSW, but can’t wait to sport more of these trendy sleeves as we head into spring!

Southby Style Continued… SXSW Music

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As Southby week continues to rage on, so does the influx of people, events and of course, style selections.

Heading into SXSW music, I like to update my look by moving to an edgier, more “concert-goer” place, so I can properly mix and mingle with the music loving crowd that is *slightly* different than those that are here for Interactive.

I like to take a statement piece and throw it alongside some of my go to basics in order to quickly and easily look ready for the show.

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For this outfit, I grabbed this statement bodysuit I snagged at the Nastygal sale (RIP OG Nastygal, but you can still shop their site under new ownership!), and paired it with a go to black maxi [mine is Lovers & Friends LA; similar styles available at Revolve here, here and for an even edgier look try here] and pair of black booties [Rebecca Minkoff – now on sale here]. I threw on my FAVORITE little black bag – the appropriately named Saint Laurent Blogger Bag in black (equally cute, but slightly more affordable black crossbody available here by Rebecca Minkoff).

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When I shot, weather wasn’t permitting  (thanks to Austin’s oh-so-predictable weather…), so I added the booties for warmth, but they can also add an edgy touch to a look by pairing them with a maxi. (Note that you want to be sure you’re proportions are still on and you’re showing the right amount of skin; I recommend a maxi with a slit like the one I’m wearing here). This look can be easily converted in warmer weather with a tank style bodysuit and gladiator flats.

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 You can pair the whole ensemble with a good black floppy hat (I just spent too much this month – standard me – and had no money leftover for the hat…)

Hope all you Austin visitors are enjoying Southby… now I’ve gotta get to the show myself… see ya next time.

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