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FALL LAYERS

Designer Grey Moto Jacket / Buffalo Check Flannel / Black Tights / Red Nailpolish / Designer Clutch via T.J. Maxx

Being from Arizona, I am a huge fan of warm temps, but there is nothing better than the leaves changing from shades of green, to yellow, orange and red. Another thing I love about the drop in temps is switching out my sun dresses for Fall layers. Since Fall weather can be alot like a yo-yo, wearing light layers is the perfect way to be prepared for unpredictable temperatures. Thankfully T.J. Maxx has it covered when it comes to Fall finds. I found this amazing designer moto jacket in the Contemporary section last week. It’s warm and soft like a sweatshirt, but structured and styled to work with almost every type of outfit. It has been on some major repeat.

Another way to add a little extra warmth to your outfit, while still looking chic is to layer a sweater and a flannel or blouse. You can even go really trendy and pair that blouse with a cropped sweater. The 90’s are totally back this Fall and I am a big fan. That could have something to do with my love for round shades, plaid, and a good little dose of Lisa Frank. I mean really who doesn’t love a good notebook. But back to the point…Fall layering. Black tights are the most important piece for transitioning your wardrobe into Fall. Last week when I was browsing T.J. Maxx, I found some amazing pairs of textured and designer brand pairs for half the price of other retailers. Not only are they flattering when paired with a skirt and boots, but they keep you warm too! Trust me, you will definitely want to check out the selection at your closet T.J. Maxx store. Another great find during my recent shopping trip was my favorite nail polish brand. I scooped up two colors with their catchy names like After School Boy Blazer and the tried and true Ballerina Slippers.

Layering jewelry is another big trend this season. I am normally always a gold girl, but I loved the silver zippers on this grey jacket, so I layered two dainty necklaces, some silver stacking rings and a statement ring to add a little color to my neutral outfit.

Thanks to Devon for the recommendation, I found some amazing Dry Shampoo while browsing the beauty isle last week. Can someone tell me why I have never used this stuff before? It is AH-MAZING, especially on the days I have an early 5am wake up call. Seriously it is going to become my new best friend.

I’d love to hear from ya’ll; what are your favorite key pieces when layering for Fall?

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Expressing yourself through fashion, and knowing how to put together a great look—at great value, is what being a Maxxinista is all about. At T.J.Maxx you can score the unexpected to make your own personal style statement. Here’s to rockin’ your real deal.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by T.J.Maxx via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of T.J.Maxx.

MIX MASTER


If you look into my closet, you will notice a lot of basics and lots of stripes. What my closet does lack is prints, whether it be graphic or floral I tend to be drawn to solid colors.   That is until as of late, I have been obsessed with mixing prints. For me, especially a girl who is living in the Midwest, this could be a “risky” choice. There are a few tricks of the trade I have learned over the years that make mixing prints easy as can be (even when it comes to interiors).  When deciding to mix prints, I suggest mixing a large print and a small print with similar colors throughout. If you are not quite as confident, try a neutral pallet to start.  Also, in most cases, I would wear a solid purse and heels and keep the jewelry simple to bring the outfit together.  

I recently scored this cheetah designer clutch at T.J. Maxx and instantly fell in love. Since it is still neutral in color, I can mix it with just about anything.  It gave my LBD a bit of sass, and this outfit a little dimension. Where I normally would keep my bag neutral when mixing prints, this just seemed to work perfectly.  

Camo is another huge trend for Fall. I have always been a fan probably my Texas roots (Thanks Mom!) Making sure the fit is just right; is everything (as Rachel Zoe always says). I love to pair a silk top with the casual pants to dress it them a bit and make sure they do not look “country”. I could not believe I found this designer top at T.J. Maxx, it was a major score for one of my favorite brands at just a fraction of the price that I normally would pay.  Let’s just say I have been wearing it on repeat all of last week.  

Expressing yourself through fashion, and knowing how to put together a great look—at great value, is what being a Maxxinista is all about.  At T.J.Maxx you can score the unexpected to make your own personal style statement. Here’s to rockin’ your real deal.

Designer Top, Cheetah Clutch, and Red Lipstick via T.J. Maxx 

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by T.J.Maxx via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of T.J.Maxx.

ALL AMERICAN


Doesn’t this outfit just scream Fall?  There is something about a tan and navy color combination that feels so classic and makes me want to go apple picking.  I scored this amazing real leather skirt from one of my favorite top designers at TJMaxx when I was in Dallas.  If you live anywhere by Northpark Mall in Dallas, you much stop across the street for some amazing deals. The largest Runway section I have ever seen!  The entire women’s and beauty department was full of the brands I would buy full price, but literally at a fraction of the price. If you were checking out my instagram, you may have noticed the leather jacket I scored for under $150 (yes, this was a true #maxxinista find).  

When it comes to leather I am very picky. I am all about texture and quality when it comes to all of my clothes, so finding this leather skirt at TJ Maxx is everything.  It feels as soft as butter and the color will work for any occasion. This designer find can be dressed down with a gausey sweater, like the navy one I am wearing above, and some booties.  Or to dress up this look, I would pair my new favorite skirt with a black silk blouse, textured jacket and a great heel.  The trends this Fall are all about mixing textures and volumes, so I love that this classic silhouette will allow me to mix and match with some of my favorite cable knit sweaters and structured tops.  

Another trend this Fall is the All American look (or what I like to call: the 90s are back). During 2013 F/W NYFW many of the top designers were featuring this trend. To add a pop of color and pattern to a mostly neutral look, I suggest tucking in a plaid button down top into a leather skirt to give the look a little edge. I always try to give each of my classic looks a hint of edge and leather is the perfect way to do this. This black quilted leather skirt (from TJ Maxx online) would also be a great ways to give an All American look a little bit of Rock and Roll.  

When I wear a neutral outfit, I am all about the red nail.  I found this color in the beauty department and knew I just needed to have this vibrant color in my collection. Another fun thing I found in the beauty department last week was my favorite pumpkin spiced soaps. I love adding a seasonal touch to my house with festive hand towels and hand soap for our guest bathroom and kitchen.  

Expressing yourself through fashion, and knowing how to put together a great look—at great value, is what being a Maxxinista is all about.  At T.J.Maxx you can score the unexpected to make your own personal style statement. Here’s to rockin’ your real deal.

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Photography by PS for A Dash of Details 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by T.J.Maxx via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of T.J.Maxx.

FALL FINDS FROM DAY TO NIGHT



Is your closet ready for Fall?  This week I headed to TJ Maxx in search for some great Fall finds to stock up on this season’s essentials.  This fall, I am all about finding classic pieces that I can wear multiple different ways. Whether it be a lush leather jacket, designer brand handbags, classic trench or super soft cashmere cardigan, nothing gets better than finding investment pieces at affordable prices.  TJ Maxx has been killing it with their selection of brand-name designers throughout the entire store. I browsed through the store twice filling an entire cart of clothes- yes, I had an entire cart full of goodies, I ended up with so many great designer finds. I scored this Cashmere cardigan, yes 100 percent cashmere, for just a fraction of the price. It is so soft and the perfect layer for Fall, I especially love the light grey color. If you haven’t noticed I am on a total neutral kick. My best accessory when wearing neutrals is red lipstick. Did you know that TJ Maxx has some of the top beauty brands? I even found my shampoo/conditioner and lotion brand in the aisles for just a fraction of the price.   

There is something about a piece of clothing that you can wear from day to night that really makes it worth the investment, but instead of breaking the bank, I ended up spending a fraction of the price for the same designer quality.  My Fall daytime look includes a pair of jeans, a super-soft tee, and loafers or flats.  My favorite flats this Fall are smoking slippers, I went with a classic color so I could pair them with black denim, coated denim or a pair of skinny ankle jeans.  

For date night or dinner during a Fall night, I like to bring a light cardigan so we can sit outside under the heaters or by a fire.  Pairing this cashmere cardi with a pair of black leggings and booties keeps this looks casual and cool.  Add some dainty gold jewelry, and a great designer handbag- yes I found this one at TJ Maxx, to make the look complete.  Can we talk about this purse? The leather is like butter and the size is the perfect carryall.  

Apparently Fall is the new wedding season, this Fall I will be attending six weddings in just three months. Black, tan, and grey are my go to’s for dresses. Since some of the weddings will be outside, bringing a cardigan is essential.  I also found these pointed- toe sandals when I was shopping the other day. I love how the two-toned shoes look with a basic black dress.  I also added a gold and enamel bracelet that I scored for only $20! It normally retails for over $100, talk about a steal! 

Expressing yourself through fashion, and knowing how to put together a great look—at great value, is what being a Maxxinista is all about.  At T.J.Maxx you can score the unexpected to make your own personal style statement. Here’s to rockin’ your real deal.

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Photography by PS for A Dash of Details 

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by T.J.Maxx via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of T.J.Maxx.

GIRLS NIGHT WITH SAUZA SPARKLING MARGARITAS

 

Remember last week when I posted about my exciting trip to New York? Well, I am excited to share a fun project I worked on with some blogging friends Hallie, Devon, Natalie, and Mel for Sauza Sparkling Margaritas and GLAM.  The five of us girls headed to Atlantic Beach for a fun girls weekend. The house we stayed in was absolutely amazing (seriously my dream kitchen, well and everything else), but the friends I made were even better. All of us girls had an absolute blast, especially ending the night with a big splash by Hallie

The weekend started after we got all dolled up, of course everyone had the cutest outfits. It was too funny that we all ended up color coordinating (I swear this was completely random). I wore a pair of Joie lace shorts, a Madewell silk tank, this Anthropolgie necklace, and my favorite Zara heels; which ended up being the perfect outfit for an outdoor dinner and drinks.

After getting ready, we headed down to the kitchen for a few Sauza Sparkling Margaritas and some simple apps.  Devon and I made some delicious guacamole (my favorite recipe is below) and couldn’t resist having a few bites before everything was finished. We made a simple, fresh mexican fiesta and of course had plenty of Sauza Sparkling Margaritas.  My favorite flavor is the Original Lime.  The margaritas all have the perfect amount of bubbles and are ready- to- serve which makes the prep as easy as ever! 

My ideal Girls Night involves making everything simple so I can actually enjoy the night rather than stressing in the kitchen. We all chipped in and helped with the prep which ended up being my favorite part of the day. Of course, we always had a glass of Sauza Sparkling Margaritas by our sides. 

Our dinner so delicious and the stories that were told made my face hurt for days from all of the laughing! We made fish tacos, fresh grilled corn, an arugula salad, and the most amazing dessert (I will spare you the details, but let me just tell you it was so delicious)- especially with the Wild Berry flavor margarita.

After dinner, we decided to take the party poolside and continue the night with some more drinks!  The weather was absolutely beautiful and the perfect night to dance and splash around by the pool.  One of the girls made some delicious fruit popsicles that were the perfect side kick to my Original Lime Sauza Sparkling Margarita.  

It was seriously an incredible weekend, and one I will never forget.  I hope you enjoy the video! For a little inside on how to plan a Girls Night, check this out! 

Here is the recipe for my favorite guacamole:  

2 whole avocados 

1 ripe tomato (or a package of grape tomatoes )

1 white onion 

1 clove of garlic 

a handful of cilantro 

1/4 cup of fresh squeezed lime juice and a sprinkle of salt 

All you do is smash the avocados, mix in the chopped tomatoes, onion and garlic, sprinkle the cilantro and pour on the fresh lime juice and salt and serve! I like to dip either warm tortilla chips or fresh carrots, and you are all set! 

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DAY IN THE LIFE- BEAUTY

In the summer months or what I like to call “shorts” season, lotion is essential to my morning routine.  Naturally, I am always in a hurry in the morning after working out, showering, picking out an outfit- which normally takes the longest part of my morning, and feeding the dogs; really the last thing I want to do is stop to put on lotion and wait for it to dry before heading out the door. But really who likes to look at dry legs? I always hate when I am in the car and realize I forgot and get a little grossed out at myself, does anyone else do that or is it just me?

Thanks to Vaseline for sending me some of their new Spray and Go Moisturizer because now all of my lotion problems have been solved.  Last week I started using the lotion everyday, and it has been added to my morning routine.  You just spray it on (don’t worry it doesn’t get all over like sunscreen), rub it in, and head out the door! The best part is that it dries instantly, so when you want to wear pants or jeans, you can slide them on without waiting a second! I particularly love the Aloe scent, but they have two other choices, Cocoa Radiant and Total Moisture to choose from that I am sure are equally as great.   

Vaseline Spray and Go Moisturizer is a quick, continuous 360 spray lotion that moisturizes deeply and absorbs in seconds, so you can put your clothes right on and get on with your day. Available in three formulas — Total Moisture, Aloe Fresh, Cocoa Radiant — this fast to apply, quick to absorb line of lotions leaves skin instantly soft, not sticky or greasy. Find out more at maxthemorning.com


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