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PARTY TIME

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With holiday parties galore, its can be a little stressful deciding what to wear.  This week we had a black-tie holiday party (I wore this dress), my last dinner club of the season and tonight we are going out with Mackenzie and her boyfriend for a festive dinner! Coated denim are one my favorite things to wear this time of year.  They are still as comfortable as wearing your favorite pair of denim, but they instantly dress up any outfit.  This pair in particular is my favorite because they hug in all the right places (thanks Spanx!).  Never in a million years did I think I would need to wear Spanx but they just seem to smooth everything out.  ;)

On another topic, are you guys in love with this necklace as much as I am? My dear friend Summer is an incredible jewelry designer based in Dallas and she makes the most amazing hand crafted pieces.  A few of you have asked where I got these tassel earrings, well they are from Summer. The best part, those tassels come in just about every color.  I spent over 30 minutes picking mine out. After wearing mine for the last couple months,  I think I have to get them in black and white too!   You can find most of her work here, Blueprint in Dallas or schedule an appointment to her showroom to see all of her amazing work.  If you are in still need of a nice gift for your mom, all of Summer’s work would make for a very special gift!

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Cashmere Sleeveless Tunic / Coated Denim (c/o) / Zara Heels (similar) / Summer Steinfeld Necklace (c/o) / Clare Vivier Clutch / Michele Watch / Celine Sunglasses (similar) / Pearl Earrings 


Happy Friday!

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STYLE DETAILS: FIVE FALL FAVORITES

Five Fall Favorites

There are a few items that have made it to the top of my ever growing Fall wish list.  These five brands and items are some I have been lusting over for the last year and are back in style again this year.

The Stuart Weitzman Over The Knee Boot 

This must-have item has now been on my list for the last 3 years and this is the year I am spoiling myself with this pair.


Ariel Gordon Jewelry

A long time lover of Ariel’s dainty jewels, these gold beauties make for the perfect keepsakes or gifts for a loved one.


Clare Vivier

If you have been following me for more than a few months, you know I have an obsession with my tan clutch.  Well, if I could I would have this flat clutch in every color and pattern.  I especially love this perforated one. The best part, its on sale!


J.Crew

There really are only a few things I can think of better than a cashmere sweater.  J.Crew has made the perfect ones, especially for petite girls like me.  Oh, and if you know me, I would be fine with only wearing black cashmere sweaters the entire winter.


Frame Denim

If I could only wear one brand of jeans for the rest of time, it would be Frame.  For some reason this brand works for petite girls and tall.  They are kind of like magic (kind of like the sisterhood traveling pants).


What are your fall favorites this season?

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SHIRTDRESS

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Is there one piece in your closet that you kind of wish you could wear everyday?

For me, the shirtdress is it.  I honestly wish I could wear those extremely oversized shirt dresses without looking like I am wearing a burlap sack, for lack of a better word.  Being petite definitely has its struggles when it comes to the oversized trend.  You have to make sure the proportions work for your size or else you end up looking like the dress is wearing you. I found this shirtdress a few weeks back and I have been wearing it ever since.

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DATE NIGHT

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Date night is my favorite weekend activity.

January was extremely busy for both Patrick and I. Great things are happening so we are both not complaining. He has been traveling more for work and I have been using most of my free time to focus on the blog.  That being said, we always find one night to go out, keep our phones out of sight and just focus on each other.  We have a few go-to spots in Dallas that we make it to on the regular.

The Porch: Our weekday, weekend, pretty much any day of the week go-to date night restaurant. If you can’t tell, we just love this place. When it is nice, we love the casual patio and share the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Cobb. You will die and go to heaven when you try this.

Deep Sushi: A total hole in the wall in Deep Ellum. We love the dark ambiance and hustle of the sushi bar. The secret: the amazing off menu rolls that make your mouth water.

Toulouse: French Bistro style restaurant with great outdoor seating on the edge of the Katy Trail. We love to cuddle up at a small two person table, share cheese plates galore, wine and watch the people running by. Also try the gnocchi, its heavenly.

Knife: Maybe it is because we spent a special birthday/anniversary of our engagement here, but it is sure one of our favorite steak houses in Dallas.  We love the low-key vibe of the restaurant inside The Highlands Hotel (used to be the Kimpton Palomar). Sit by the bar for a drink before, the swanky decor will make you want to cozy up.

Trinity Groves: A collection of 6 different restaurants with a perfect view of downtown. Our current favorite is LUCK for beer and a sandwich.  You will not be disappointed.

If you can’t tell we love to keep it casual, but every once and a while it’s fun to get dressed up for no good reason.  I rarely wear a skirt anymore (just because the nature of my job and casual lifestyle), so when Patrick suggested date night this weekend I jumped at the opportunity to throw on this flirty skirt and leather jacket combo.

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BCBG Gloriah Skirt / Tilly Sweater / Leather Jacket / Equipment Signature Slim Blouse / Clutch (this Clare Vivier is almost identical ) / Celine Sunglasses / Gorjana Bar Earrings (c/o- Rocksbox) / Margaret Elizabeth Topaz Ring (c/o-Rocksbox) / Manolo Blahnik Pumps


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photography by Merritt Beck

EXCLUSIVE

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“If there was ever a time to do it , to make a different in your life, to embark on something worth doing, it is not. Not for any grand cause, necessarily, but for something that tugs at your heart, something that’s your aspiration, something that’s your dream. You owe it to yourself to make your days here count. Have Fun. Dig Deep. Stretch your mind. Be determined and Dream Big.” – Anonymous

First off, I wanted to say THANK YOU for all the kind words, emails and texts about yesterdays post. Y’all sure know how to make a girl feel special.  I had such extreme anticipation for the announcement, not only because I was excited to start sharing our wedding more on the blog (since really this space is just an extension of my real life), but because I felt like it was a milestone in a long journey. I have been blogging for 5 years and yesterday was one of those moments that reminded myself why I love this space so much.

I have always had a flaw, we all have them, and sometimes they are there for a reason I may just not understand yet.  I find myself discounting small successes in my life, not necessarily putting myself down but at the same time, not completely enjoying the reward from my hard work.  I know most people are guilty of something like this, but today is the day I stop crushing my own dreams and just figure out a way to make them happen.  I hope you follow along for the ride.

On a side (lighter) note, did you know Intermix has an exclusive line where they work with some amazing designers to create pieces just for their stores? Maybe I have been living under a rock but this Brochu Walker X Intermix sweater dress has been in constant rotation in my closet. I have been wearing it non-stop with my New Balances during the day. I was browsing the site and found this tailored white vest and these FRAME exclusive boyfriend jeans that I need want to add to my closet.

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Brouchu Walker x Intermix Sweater Dress (on sale!) / Clare Vivier Flat Clutch (a favorite, if you don’t already know) / Black Sandals (similar investment ones here) / Celine Sunglasses / Nail Bracelet (old/similar here) / BaubleBar Ice Bar Studs (c/o) / Catbird Rings / BaubleBar Baby Blues Bracelet (c/o) / Dana Rebecca Lauren Joy Necklace


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photography by Merritt Beck

THESE SHOES

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These shoes are made for walking..

Ha. Just kidding, but seriously these Tieks are the most comfortable flats I have ever worn.  I know most people think when your petite, you should never wear flats (aka my momma who is also a little lady), but I have always followed my own rules when it comes to footwear.  Since I work in a very casual environment- just think: Lululemons and Nikes everyday, I am always in flats.

My friend Hallie always raves about her Tieks and how great they are so for living in New York. I can finally attest to how comfy these shoes really are and how they fold up and fit into a small purse. Genius! When I was in New York last week, I carried these babies with me everywhere.  I knew 5inch heels on cobblestone streets, in the West Village and add a few glasses of wine could turn into a complete disaster.  Needless to say, they were a lifesaver. Now that I am back in Dallas, I have been wearing these black leather ones with just about everything.

Also, I have been on such a jeans kick lately and I really cannot get enough of these new Frame ones. To add to my addiction, Piperlime is having 30% off all styles using the code GOODJEANS. You’re welcome :)

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Black Leather Tiek Flats (c/o) / Zara Jeans (old- similar here) / Gap Fitted Boyfriend Oxford / Vince Sweater Coat (on sale!)/ Clare Vivier Clutch / Dana Rebecca Joy Necklace / Celine Sunglasses 


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LBD

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Karl Lagarfeld once said no one is overdressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.

For me, this statement is so true. I am always more confident when wearing black and this ASOS LBD is no exception. Don’t you just love when you find a dress for all occasions?  I can wear it running errands with these sandals on the weekend or pair it with some heels  and a leather jacket for a girls night out.  Honestly, its been the best $30 I ever spent (Yep, you heard me right just $30.). Here are a few of  my favorite LBD’s that are currently on sale!

Personally, I think you should put on your favorite LBD and hit the town tonight! Happy Friday!

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ASOS Black Shift Dress  (on sale! I am wearing a petite) / Sam Edelman Heels (old) / Clare Viviver Flat Clutch (from Steven Alan) / Ray Ban Wayfarer Classic / Lulu Frost Leaf Necklace / Nails: Essie ‘Blanc’  Toes: Essie ‘Forget Me Nots’ 


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photography by Merritt Beck 

FLORA

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If you take peek into my closet, you would notice a sea of solid colors.  It’s not that I don’t like pattern, but lately I have been focusing on investment pieces.  To me those investment pieces are a perfect white blazer, super soft tees, killer heels, and a lust-worthy handbag; items that can be paired together and worn all of the time. I have started to build up a wardrobe I enjoy looking at everyday. With that said, I knew I was missing something in my closet. Pattern and texture are the perfect additions to a classic wardrobe. Rather than investing in trendy styles, I stuck with a classic silhouette. I liked these Equipment tops so much, I bought three of them; two patterns and one solid. These shirts can be worn on a night out with friends, to work with a pencil skirt, or even with a pair of jean shorts. The silk makes it dressier than just a normal tee, but still casual enough to throw on with a pair of gladiator sandals for a put together day-look. Is there something you feel you are missing from your closet?

SHOPTHEPOST.pngEquipment Riley Tee (other styles found here) / Textile Elizabeth and James Skinny Jeans / Clare Vivier Flat Clutch (purchased at Steven Alan, but also found here) / Earrings (similar here) / Zara Heels (almost identical version here) / Paul Smith Churchill Sunglasses c/o (on sale!) / Catbird Rings / Nails: Essie in ‘Blanc’ / Loren Hope Bracelet c/o

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photography by Merritt Beck 

TRAVEL DETAILS: WEDDING PLANNING

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And we’re off…again…

This time we are headed to sunny Scottsdale for a quick trip with a major wedding to-do list in front of us.  Hopefully we will be checking some of the big things off our list, like setting a date! Our hopes are to sprinkle in a little golf, hiking, and of course some quality family time.

I honestly do not know what I am more excited for, A. starting the wedding planning process or B. getting out of this horribly cold weather.  I am definitely packing some shorts for this trip to 75 degrees and sunny (jealous yet?)

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STYLE DETAILS

As Fall seems to creep in quickly, I have been looking really closely at the trends this year.  Typically I stick to the classics but I love to add a few notes from the season’s trend to add to my wardrobe.  Menswear is a trend that has been around for a couple of seasons now and is right up my alley.  There are alot of ways to wear this trend the wrong way, but when done right, it looks sophisticated and very chic.  In my opinion, I think it is important to mix a masculine element with a feminine detail. For example if you are going to wear a menswear inspired overcoat, I would wear a mini skirt and red lipstick. The trend is also all about mixing textures; tweed, wool, cashmere, you name it- you can wear it together.  To add a feminie details- I would add a silk button down to the mix. What are your thoughts about this trend? 

Otte Reversible Pullover / Otte Hat / J Crew Loafers / Clare Vivier Mini Duffle / Sunglasses / Cashmere Scarf / Marni Belt / Michael Kohrs Watch / Colorblock tweed jacket

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