Fur – Faux or Fo’ Real …

It’s All Good With Me..

Faux Fur | Top | Skirt (alternate color) | Shoes 

The one and ONLY thing I love about the cold? The excuse to wear my furs. I personally have both faux and real fur, but whichever floats your boat and moral compass – it’s an undeniably chic trend that won’t go away.

I must say, I do love this season’s influx of faux options – whether for your paw-friendly predispositions or pocketbook, it’s excellent to have an alternate option that’s still stylish and fashion-forward without the high price tag.

Below, I’ve listed a few of my fave faux and fo’real furs of the season:

Faux: One | Two | Three

Fo’Real: One | Two | Three

 

Sequins after the Holiday – Can you or Can’t you?

Top | Skirt | Earrings | Shoes | Bag

All Photography – Lauren Parr Photography

So … you probably already know my answer to the title question, but I’m going to walk you through my reasoning anyway ;).

It seems there’s an increasingly incredible selection of embellished duds making their way into retail stores and fashion lines just before the world’s biggest winter holidays. I am naturally drawn to the sparkly, fun and wild pieces anyway, so I always have ended up buying it all up, and come January 2nd, feel that I can’t wear any of it for a year.

Well, I no longer feel that way. Sparkles are fun, and shouldn’t just be reserved for the one appropriate time a year. And it’s easy to dress a sparkly item down – by pairing with a simple turtleneck as shown above, or pairing a sequin jacket with jeans, or a mini dress with boots.

I know that I have at least three more outfits to wear this winter that I could have just as easily worn on New Year’s Eve, and I’m not going to let that stop me… Encouraging you all to shine bright like the diamonds you are… year round… 😉

Last Stop: Hiatus in Hong Kong

Arriving in Style

Jumpsuit | Necklace

City Exploring

Top & Skirt (Follow Insta for site updates!)Belt (sold out) | Sunglasses | Shoes | Bag (sold out)

Night out on the Town

Top | Leggings | Belt (sold out) | Shoes

On our way home through Hong Kong, we had decided to book a couple of nights to explore the city, and I’m now wishing we had one more.

The city is vibrant and full of life and energy, and was fun to explore just walking around and taking it all in. We only had one day to see it all, so we started by going to Victoria Peak by ferrying from our hotel across the water and then taxiing to the top of the hill. The view was incredible and truly makes you feel like you’re on top of the world.

After that, we walked through the city, visiting some of the high end storefronts (where I may or may not have made a couple of shoe purchases :D), before making our way over to the very famous Tim Ho Wan for lunch. It was INCREDIBLE and the famous BBQ buns did not disappoint, even for this Texas girl.

That night, we went to Ho Lee Fook for dinner; they don’t take reservations under 6, but it was worth the (1.5 hour) wait. We let them bring us whatever they recommended and not one item failed to disappoint (and I’m a picky eater). [Not a food blogger, but I must say, the food impressed me the most in Hong Kong. Whether you’re spending a lot or a little, you can have a luxurious meal of all shapes and sizes depending on what you’re in the mood for.]

We topped off our last night in Hong Kong by strolling through the famous Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) to see the nightlife and action. It’s reminiscent of Bourbon street (or our very own dirty 6th) and while great to see, we quickly realized we may be a bit too old for the scene, and made our way home.

Hong Kong surpassed my expectations and was the perfect way to end such an amazing trip.

Well… now comes the brutal reality of getting back to real life. The only thing getting me through this Monday is being back in my favorite city, and home, Austin, TX <3.

Seaside in Seminyak

Beach-Chic NYETop (Bikini – Alternate Color) | Skirt (Alternates 1, 2) | Shoes (similar) | Bag (similar styles) | Earrings | Bodychain

New Years Day Date Night

Dress (Alternates 1, 2, 3) | Earrings | Ring | Shoes

Seaside Swimwear

Swimsuits (Montce Alternates), (Capittana Alternates) | Pants (Nude/Leopard)| Earrings | Necklace

 A Feminine Farewell

Dress (Alternates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) | Earrings | Shoes

Seminyak was the perfect next stop on our vacation. After spending so much time in solitude (which was very needed) – it was great to get back out and about in a more populated area.

From beachside bars, to opulent pools, (and the best shopping I’d seen yet), Seminyak was the perfect seaside city for us to let down our hair and celebrate a little. It was also a perfect place to spend the New Year (and we actually ran into a group of friends we got to party with as well, which was an excellent added bonus!)

We spent the majority of our time exploring new restaurants and cocktail bars (we spent New Years at La Favela and it was a blast and the food was delicious), as well as laying by the pool at our hotel (the Legian) and other nearby spots (Potato Head Beach and Finn’s Beach Club – we loved Finn’s, but word to the wise – if you want a daybed, book in advance!).

I also got to visit quite a few local boutiques – and cleaned up at a few of my favorites – Palma Australia that has fairly high quality duds at reasonable prices, and the boutique at the famous Ku de Ta restaurant and beach club had some adorable pieces by Zee for Ku de Ta of which I snagged quite a few (website coming soon – follow them on insta for updates!). I also found my new fave jewelry spot – Monsieur Blonde (insta here) which features Parisian-designed, but handmade in Bali pieces that were gorgeous and high quality, as well as unique and delicate all at the same time.

One hot tip, while I’m personally a pool person anyway, if you’re headed to Seminyak, do not be expecting to spend a good amount of time on the beach there. Unfortunately, the city doesn’t have the infrastructure in place to handle the amount of trash it receives and it gets dumped in the river which ends up in the ocean… and all over the beach (this is especially true during rainy season). It was certainly sad to see, and we spent our times looking at the ocean from a pool, but it’s worth noting if you’re expecting a lot of beach time, you may want to visit one of the other nearby cities that I believe are a bit better…

Now it’s off to our last stop in Hong Kong, a quick two night excursion – but stay tuned for an update wrapping up our trip as well!

Ubud: Eat, Pray… Eat Some More

Local Flavor @ LocavoreSwimsuit/Bodysuit | Skirt | Earrings | Necklace | Ring | Shoes

Exploring @ Pura Tirta Empul

Dress (Alternates in the same print: 1, 2, 3) | Sunglasses | Shoes

Shopping @ Downtown Ubud

Top | Skirt | Sunglasses | Ear Cuff | Choker | Cuff | Shoes

   Dress (Alternates: 1, 2, 3) | Earrings | Shoes

Ubud, for us, definitely lived up to its reputation for being full of spirituality and culture. Staying in the jungle of Ubud was a perfect interlude, falling perfectly in the middle of our trip to keep us centered and remind us why it’s so important to check out and get back to basics, even if just for a moment.

You can truly see how important spirituality is for everyone – not just in the beautiful temples where the locals spend a good amount of their time, but in everything they do. From the way they approach life with constant laughter and a smile on their face, to the numerous offerings spread throughout the city, the relationship with something greater is evident.

We tried to fully embrace this piece of the city, from anti-gravity yoga, to meditation sessions and even engaging in individual chakra cleansings, we got to experience the unique and special “something different” way of life that only the balinese can truly offer.

I was even more surprised to experience how amazing the food culture here is. We dined at Locavore, Mozaic and a local more “touristy” destination, Bridges. And none of the three failed to disappoint at all; from service to cuisine everything about each experience was exceptional. We were far and away most impressed by Locavore’s dining experience, however. They feature modern takes to local Indonesian cuisine, and we were wowed by every bite. In addition to the full 8 course menu we selected, we were also greeted by numerous (I think 5 or 6) complimentary bites before and in between and each was as incredible as the items on the menu. We also tried the beverage pairing which, unlike most restaurants, was composed of cocktails instead of wine. They did an incredible job at this unique approach to pairing and we loved every single option.

Overall, Ubud overwhelmed us with culture and we were amazed by this little city in the jungle.

Up next? Ringing in the new year in Seminyak…

Black, White and Red All Over

Bordeaux – The Pairing Color of the Season

Dress (Rent; Alternates: 1, 2, 3) | Boots (Alternates: 1, 2, 3) | Earrings (also in Bordeaux) | Ring | Sunglasses | Bag (mini)

 

 Top (Alternates: 1, 2, 3) | Pants | Shoes (Alternates: 1, 2, 3) | Earrings

First Look Photography – Carlos Barron Photography

Second Look Photography – Lauren Parr Photography

Red has always been my favorite color. One thing I love about red is it’s ability to last all year. Throughout every season, a shade of red usually finds its way into the core color palettes of almost every lookbook. And lucky for me, I’m drawn to it in all shades. Bordeaux frequently makes its way into our fall and winter trends, and I love the way it pairs with neutrals – particularly black & white.

Here, I’ve paired the color two ways, both using bordeaux velvet shoes, but with two totally different vibes. In the first, I paired a simple shift dress with my OTK boots from Zara’s last winter line for an ultra-feminine feel. I paired the look with the acrylic version of the Cult Gaia – and I love how this bag so easily converts from summer to winter with the right pairing.

For my second look, I picked up on the victorian vibes making their way into designer’s lines, and started with these AMAZING velvet pumps (I think I imagined these into being when I found them – as they are so perfect and go with almost everything!) I chose this lovely lace Reformation blouse and these super unique and ultra-fun high-waisted pants by Alice McCall to finish the look.

I love how adding bordeaux to a neutral look takes the whole thing to another level, and am loving how well it’s fitting into my winter wardrobe :).

Reveling in Roses….

Roses are one of my absolute FAVORITE things and I’m so happy they are trending all over with designers right now.

From tops, to dresses, to jackets, all the way to swimwear, roses are everywhere.

Here’s a recap of some of my favorite pieces from this trend this summer.

Swimsuit (sold out)| (Top/Bottom in Bikini Style)  Sunglasses | Necklace

Dress (sold out)

Top | Shorts | Bag | Shoes (similar, mine are sold out)

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

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…

Country Club Cocktails…

    

… so when your boyfriend/friend/husband/fiance asks you to go to an event… for his “Golf Tournament”… at an unknown country club you haven’t been to…. and all he tells you is its “cocktail attire” and “Havana Nights-themed”… it can be hard to figure out what to wear…

When this happened to me I decided to follow the golden rule – “it’s always better to be overdressed, than underdressed,” and opted for this to DIE for Alice & Olivia sequined shift dress (it’s nearly sold out, but you can get some sizes here or here, or sign up on the waitlist here! It has exotic elements to it and the stunning bright blue contrasting against the nude makes it the perfect pick for an unexpected cocktail party. And, dresses like these are perfect to grab and go when you’re stumped about what to wear to a wedding (since we’re at the start of the season!)

I paired this killer of a dress with my go – to Lucite Minaudiere (under $20!) and this beautiful Alexandre Birman strappy gold heels (alternates – Steve Madden, $90 and DVF, $205).

 

Investing in a few great dresses like this are the best way to be prepared… even when you can’t be 😉

For Love OF Lemons….

…And this amazing jumpsuit by For Love & Lemons in their spring “Limonada” print. I honestly can’t even get over how adorable this print is. AND it comes in two other styles, a set (crop and skirt) and a mini dress! There is definitely nothing sour about this print, but as they say – “When life gives you lemons…” make a cute AF romper. That’s what they say right? I’m pretty sure that’s it.The fit is incredible and the crop style of the pant makes it uber flattering when worn with a pair 0f leg-lengthening nude heels, like these Frontline Sandals by Tamara Mellon (they come in SO many colors and are a staple of the brand – they’re an amazing addition to any wardrobe!).  I can see this piece making its way into my wardrobe multiple times this summer!