Cesta Collective


The little black bag may be my favorite nighttime accessory, especially this darling bow bag.

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Ali Schilling in Cuyana and J Brand Denim

A cold front finally came through Dallas late last week which meant it was time to pull out my cozy sweaters–even if it was just for a few days. On Saturday, we decided to walk to our favorite coffee shop and I spotted these bougainvillea. With all of the Fall colors around, the pink beauties deserved the spotlight.  Oh, and I may have already worn this outfit three times this week ;)

Sweater – Cuyana(c/o)

Jeans -J Brand

Lulu Mules- Loeffler Randall

Bag (Doen, sold out)

Sunglasses- Celine

Necklace- Cloverpost

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Ali Schilling in Everlane Dress

The days are flying by and I am still having a hard time believing that we have been living in Nantucket for two weeks already. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here–compared to the 103º, I have been seeing on my weather app for Dallas.

Indigo Linen Shirtdress (c/o) / Kule Stripes / Bag / Donni Charm Scarf / Hat / Sunglasses / Sandals

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We are just fifteen days away from Christmas eve and my little holiday break could not come at a more oportune time. I am ready to unplug and recharge to start the new year feeling inspired.  We will be traveling to Scottsdale to celebrate the holidays with my family and I am feeling extra giddy because my grandparents are coming this year. We have planned a weekend full of  family traditions, like going to Zoo Lights and celebrating my mom and Patrick’s birthdays the day after Christmas. They happen to be one day apart just days before Christmas.

Since I have a few extra gifts to find this year, I decided on gifting really special presents this year. When it comes to finding the “perfect” gift for someone I think something personal makes it extra special .  I have always been a huge fan of the brand, Cuyana (see here and here) and their mission for fewer, better things. This year I am taking on their mantra when it comes to gifting my loved ones.


Cuyana Travel Cases (c/o)


La Mer Créme de la Mer / Goop Instant Facial / One Love Organics Brightening Serum / Stowaway BB Cream / Nars Blush and Bronzer 

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Hint, Hint ;)

Every year at this time I start scrambling trying to figure out what to get all of my loved ones, and every year I try to think about those little hints that were dropped throughout the year.  Trying to find meaningful gifts is something I pride myself on, but it is hard to remember when your mom mentions that she is in desperate need of a new work tote back in June and you don’t write it down.

Thanks to Cuyana and their mission to give and receive fewer, better things, I am able to get everyone on my list something personalized and meaningful.  As I start making my holiday list, I sent out a few little hint cards to some special people to find out what they really love.  This Cuyana tote makes for the perfect gift for anyone who travels or likes to carry the kitchen sink with them.  The tote fits my laptop, camera and even a clutch with all of my must-haves.  Want to know my favorite part? My new initials monogrammed in dainty gold letters! It is the first thing I have had monogrammed since we got married in April and I am just a little obsessed with this perfect tote.

So are you ready to give/receive fewer, better gifts this season? Find out how to send your hints here.


Cuyana Classic Leather Tote (c/o) / Club Monaco Sweater (on sale)/ J.Crew Pixie Pant  (on sale with code: PRESENTS) / Rag and Bone Newbury Booties / Summer Steinfeld Tassle Earrings (c/o- must have for the holidays!) / Celine Sunglasses / Gorjana Ring

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I have said this before, but I love giving + receiving meaningful gifts. I especially love giving gifts that people truly want to receive. So when I heard about Cuyana’s Give A Hint campaign, I thought it would be fun to sneak little hints for Patrick to find all over the house this year.  With the wedding quickly approaching, we decided to only give each other gifts we truly love, or need this year.

As I get older, I find myself constantly cleaning out my closet to make room for fewer quality items that are timeless and classic. When it comes to the holidays, I love finding companies that share the same philosophy.  Cuyana has been my go-to place for an amazing selection of holiday gifts because they focus on spreading the message of fewer, better gifts.  They believe in only using the highest quality products at accessible prices.  The other upside, almost everything on the site can be monogrammed. For me, personalization adds a special touch when it comes to holiday gifts.

My Christmas came a little early this year when a bright orange box arrived on my doorstep.  I may have hinted at the Alpaca Long Classic Cape, which is perfect for traveling during the holidays and our trip to Vail for New Years. Be sure to send your hint here and check out the entire Cuyana Winter Collection.

Cuyana Long Classic Cape (c/o) / Baldwin Denim Ten Skinny Jeans / J.Crew Oversized Turtleneck / J.Crew Cheetah Pumps/ White Clutch (old Kate Spade)/ similar here) / Nars Heatwave Lipstick / Sunglasses (similar here) / Dana Rebecca Joy Necklace (c/o)


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photography by Merritt Beck

*Thank you Cuyana for sponsoring this post