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If you haven’t heard, today is the second day of the famous 25% off Shopbop Friends and Family Sale.  This is my favorite time to stock up on classics like these Equipment silk tops, Spring/Summer dresses, denim and new shoes.  I have been keeping a wish list on my desk for the last couple weeks full of new arrivals.

On the top of the list: this pair of sneakers.  I have been searching for the perfect pair of white sneakers to style with jeans or dresses for Spring and now I have an excuse to pull the trigger (25% off, no brainer).  Next up, a white bag. While I have had my eyes set on the Celine Trio for some time, this Clare V. bag fits the mold.  It’s sleek and mini but still big enough for all the essentials.  What are your wish list items this spring? Be sure to shop quickly, the sale ends tomorrow, April 7th.  Happy Shopping!

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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

I RESOLVE TO…

RESOLUTION_12Every year I go through the same list of goals and some times succeed and sometimes fall short for the year.  This year I only made a few (but important) goals to hopefully keep throughout 2015.  This is a big year for me with some especially exciting things I have to annouce about the blog soon. I have big dreams for this space and I really want to thank you all for coming back and reading for the last 5 years.  I know I may say this a lot but it really means the world to me to have this space to be creative and do something I love everyday. RESOLUTION_9 RESOLUTION_6 RESOLUTION_11 RESOLUTION_8 RESOLUTION_2 RESOLUTION_10

 

1. Get Healthy: With our wedding around the corner (in a little less than 4 months) I am striving to get myself in shape and healthy.  I starting a new workout regimen that I cannot wait to share with you next week. Thanks to my Christmas Presents, a new Jawbone and cute workout clothes, to help me get motivated. Eating better is also on the top of my list. To me that means, I will be cooking meals at home at least 4 days a week and cutting chicken fingers and french fries (my guilty pleasure) out of my diet.  Being healthy is a lifestyle, so making sure I have enough sleep, drinking tons of water and being prepared are going to get me through this change.

2. Do something everyday to make someone smile.

3. Stay true to my signature style. The last couple years I have invested in some timeless pieces to create my signature style. To me, upgraded basics are the key to any great wardrobe.

4. Save and invest my money.  This one may be easier said than done.

5. Be Present.  Being a blogger, I am constantly plugged in. My goal is to keep my phone in my bag at dinner, put it in the bedroom at night, and focus on spending quality time with the people I am with rather than checking Instagram (I know you all do it too!).

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Black Blazer (old/great investment piece) / Joe’s Ankle Skinny Jeans / Equipment Silk Blouse / Black Booties (Zara last season/ Similar Here) / Celine Bag / Sunglasses / Catbird Rings

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FEELING FESTIVE

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I am definitely feeling festive this week, especially since our Christmas Party is tonight.  I love mixing and mingling and enjoying a few (or a few too many) glasses of bubbly.  Festive dresses are always an important wardrobe staple to have during this time of year.  Deciding what to wear to a work party can be tough. I always find a shift dress with a little something special is the perfect go-to when it comes to these types of events. Buffalo check is always a great way to add a little holiday cheer to any outfit. I wore this Equipment dress to a holiday party last week and it would make the perfect dress for a dressy-casual work event. Here are a few more of my favorite party dresses from Nordstrom.

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LACE

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Life works in mysterious ways and for  me, I have recently realized how important it is to let life take you to unexpected places.

There is something about summer that gives me an extra sense of adventure and an itch to travel the world. Since we are saving our pennies for our wedding this Spring and hopefully a new house; my dreams of a European adventure may not happen until next year (well, minus our honeymoon…but that’s for another time).

The nice thing about living in a new city, is that adventure is right at our fingertips. So Patrick and I have been planning tons of date nights to explore and try new places. Other than the fact I probably have gained 10 pounds from eating out multiple times a week, these long summer nights have been amazing for dining al fresco at our new favorite restaurants.  This past weekend, we “traveled” down the street to a quaint little french restaurant and I felt like I was transported back to a little Paris cafe.  It may not actually be Paris but these are the memories I will remember forever.

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Equipment ‘Riley’ Silk Top (on major sale!) / Joie Lace Shorts (old/almost identical here) / BaubleBar Aztec Drops / Clare Vivier Clutch via Steven Alan / Catbird Rings / Zara Heels (similar here) / Nails: Essie ‘Blanc’ / Paul Smith Churchill Sunglasses (c/o)


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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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BLACK LACE

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I finally found a pair of boyfriend jeans that fit. I have been searching for over a year to find a pair that don’t look like mom jeans.  Being petite, it is so difficult to find that perfect pair of distressed denim (read: bad knee hole placement). These Citizens of Humanity jeans have kind of changed my life.  Well, at least in terms of getting dressed everyday.  I have been pairing them with heels, flats, and my current favorite sandals.

Did you guys notice that killer bracelet and stacked rings I have been wearing? Last week, the folks at Szor let me come and play dress up for the day in their Dallas store. If you are in the DFW area you must stop by their shop on Preston- you will not be dissapointed. They have an amazing collection of unique designers and one-of-a-kind pieces. The Szor’s are not only welcoming but extremely knowledgable about every designer and piece of jewelry they carry in their store.

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CROSSROADS

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“I think you will agree that life’s plans are not always tied up in neat little packages. Occasionally we find ourselves at unexpected crossroads with more than one opportunity from which to choose. Time itself is often the best indicator of which decision to make, for it can tell so many thing that are now hazy.”
― Linda Lee Chaikin

So I am here today, at a crossroads.  But then again, I guess that is pretty much every girl in their mid-twenties .  Whether you are living in a small town and wanting to get out, or feeling alone in a big city; that feeling of what is next lingers in your mind. For me, it consumes my thoughts.  I know I have so much to be grateful for; I am happy and healthy, about to marry the man of my dreams, have a wonderful job and blog that I love, but yet everything else in my life feels a little like chaos. So today, I am going to take a deep breath and realized everything works out in time.

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ASOS Contrast Color Coat / Equipment Blouse (sold out- sleeveless version here) / Elizabeth and James Textile Denim (c/0) / Gigi New York Bag (c/0- add your monogram) / Zara Booties / John Ruvin Sunglasses (c/o) / Catbird Threadbare Rings / Nails: Essie Snap Happy / A Initial Necklace

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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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