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A WEEKLY WINE NIGHT

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There is nothing like a girls’ night to make the week just a little brighter. We started our Thursday girl’s night on a whim and it is for sure the best part of my week. It typically involves take out and a post-gym look, but sometimes it’s fun to jazz things up a bit. I invited the gals for a little pre-spring fling to use my entertaining pieces from Anthropologie’s new collection.

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WISH ME LUCK

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Wish me luck. Tonight I am prepping for my first ever ‘Friendsgiving’ party.  I have been practicing a few of the menu items, but cooking for 12 people is quite the project to take on for one person. I have so much more appreciation for my mom and aunt now realizing that cooking for 20 people was no small task.

I remember sitting on the counter in my aunt’s black and white kitchen listening to good 90s tunes while watching my mom and aunt briskly move through the kitchen. I always waited patiently for the spoon to taste test the mashed potatoes. Of course,  always adding my two cents: more salt and pepper. I was seemed to sneak bites of everything before it was platted on the table. Honestly, it was always less about the food and more about the company.  We spent hours in that kitchen laughing and telling stories.  So many of the best memories are from those Thursdays.

This year I decided to start the tradition at our house. Since we are headed to Kansas City for Thanskgiving,  I wanted to make the Thanksgiving meal at home. Tomorrow, all of my girlfriends are headed to our house for champagne and hopefully a great Thanksgiving meal. If the meal is half as good as my momma’s, I will be happy. I plan to turn on those same 90s tunes and remember all of the great times we had together.

As far as an outfit goes, this is what I plan to wear.  Comfort is key when it comes to hosting at your house.  These Spanx Faux Leather leggings are perfect. They add a little something extra with an oversized sweater.  I love this poncho from Anthropologie. It has fitted sleeve that keep it from looking too boxy and the fringe adds a little fun!

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Turtleneck Sweater Poncho / Spanx Faux Leather Leggings (c/o) / Celine Bag (similar) / Celine Sunglasses / Zara Booties (similar) Rocksbox Earrings (c/o) / Screw Cuff Bracelet 


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EASY DOES IT

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I am easing back into the week after our fun holiday weekend! I definitely ate, drank and laughed my way through the ultimate Texas holiday weekend at our families Ranch.  It was so hard to wake up this morning and realize it is time to get back to work and working out. Over-indulging was the word of the weekend.  *This girl loves her dips and hotdogs.

So let’s talk about my favorite outfit now.  White on white is my go-to in the summer for easy dressing.  Throw on a flowy top, white shorts or jeans and you look effortlessly put-together.  This white tunic from Anthropologie has been on major repeat.  For petite girls, it is the perfect casual top without looking too oversized. Add a little gold jewelry and you can walk out the door in a second.

Did you guys do any sale shopping this weekend? I picked up a few things from Anthropologie (SALEAWAY) and J.Crew (LONGWEEKEND) and this dress from Reformation for an upcoming trip.

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Luna Buttondown Tunic / Paige ‘Skyline’ Ankle Jeans / Opal Heels (on sale!) / Sunglasses (under $10) / J.Crew Necklace (old/similar (on sale-use the code LONGWEEKEND for 40% off) / Mini Marcie Bag /  Gorjana Cuff / Screw Bracelet / Gorjana Shimmer Ring / Catbird Minion Ring / Golden Open Bangle


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SUMMER WEDDING

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Summer wedding season is in full swing and figuring out what to wear when the invitation doesn’t give any guidelines can be tough. Here are a few tips I follow when it comes to dressing for a summer wedding:

1. Dress for the occasion. Find out what kind of venue you are heading to for the couple’s big day. If it is a nighttime wedding in a ballroom, search in your closet (or on the racks) for something a little more formal and classic. If the wedding is outdoor under a tent, go for something flowy and don’t be afraid of color.

2. If you are anything like me,finding the perfect black dress that can be worn with different accessories is such an important staple in my closet. There are so many events when it comes to weddings, so having a go-to LBD is a great tool when you are having one of those “nothing to wear” moments.

3. Accessorize.  Clutches are so important when it comes to summer weddings, but if you are like me, I like to buy pieces I can wear for multiple occasions.  Viva Creatures! is one of my new favorite brands to find unique (and reasonably priced) handbags.  Known for their all natural approach, my navy Viking is my go-to bag on a nightly basis (and I have already worn it to 3 weddings). A little background, Viva Creatures was created by Nora, a former attorney turned designer.  She was lusting over these great leather handbags, but as an animal lover could not get passed how those beautiful bags were made.  All of Viva Creatures bags are made with animal-free fabrics. Honestly, until I started reading about the company, I didn’t know! The quality, feel and construction is amazing and I love the fact they are made in the USA.  My next bag I have to have is the Juno. It is so versatile for day and night.

3. Don’t wear white. I know I am old school when it comes to this rule, but I always stray away from white for someone else’s big day. That is unless the invite states to wear a specific color. Have you ever been to a wedding like this?  I went to one a few years back and the pictures are incredible!

4. Skip the dress and opt for a skirt. No one ever said you have to wear a dress to a summer wedding.  I am headed to a black tie wedding late this summer and I cannot wait to wear this skirt and top combo. A great investment piece, like this skirt,  can be mixed and matched to make completely different looks!

5. Comfortable shoes are so important.  When you are 5’2″, taking off your shoes on the dance floor is not ideal when your hubby is a foot taller than you. Make sure to find the perfect heels or wedges so you can dance the night away.

Viva Creatures! Viking Clutch (c/o) / Abstracted Maxi Dress / Joie Opal Sandals / Gold Bracelet (similar) / Jenny Packham Earrings /

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ICONIC

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The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence- Beyoncè

We just passed the 6 month mark to our wedding date and all of the details are slowly coming together. I have been making decision after decision, checking things off my list. Thankfully, I have the most amazing wedding planner to help me see my vision come to life and keep everything organized. The other day I came across the new Iconic Collection from BHLDN.  If I didn’t already find the dress of my dreams, the BHLDN store in Houston was going to be my next stop in the search.  I am still hunting for the perfect hair accessory, wedding shoes, and a few gifts for my bridesmaids.

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