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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.

SHOPTHEPOST.pngSzor Collection Bracelet and Stacked Diamond Rings (borrowed / email: jerry@jerryszor.com or call 214-691-5400) / Citizens of Humanity Dylan Distressed Denim / Equipment Lace Top / Cosabella Racerback Bralette / Kate Spade Wink Wink Clutch (old) / Zara Heels (similar here) / Ray Ban Classic Wayfarer / NARS Lipstick 

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I’M BACK / SUMMER STAPLES

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”- Socrates

It has now been three months since we moved to Dallas, and to say I am not completely head over heels with this city would be a lie. Shopping, great food, and amazing friends have left me feeling full. I found myself focusing most of my time off of my phone and computer  (minus, the countless hours of work) without reason.

For the last two weeks, I went back and fourth about calling it quits, but every time the thought came into my mind I had a sinking feeling in my stomach. I still felt like there was something missing.  The more I sat on the idea, the more I came to the realization that A Dash of Details is my passion. It is something I wake up in the morning for, and it is something I could spend countless hours on (even if only 2 people are reading my letters everyday).  Never in a million years did I think this blog would give me so much joy and an outlet for all of the things I love.  The funny thing is I was never much of a writer growing up, but sitting down at my computer screen everyday, thoughts just spill out onto the pages.  This space has always been about what I love, who I am and all the little details in between.

While I don’t know where I am going just yet, I am focusing on building the new rather than focusing my energy on where I was.   So, in case you missed me, I am back and ready to spill my heart out onto these pages again.

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Celestina Top / Band of Outsiders Stripe Shorts (on sale!) / Vince Espadrilles / Paul Smith Churchill Sunglasses (c/0) / Kate Spade Bag (old) (similar here) /  Initial Necklace / Catbird Ring and Ring/ Essie Ballet Slippers / YSL ‘Rouge Volupte Shine’ Lipstick 


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photography by PRS for A Dash of Details

BACK TO BLUE

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Joules7 Joules11Joules15 Joules13Joules14Joules18Whenever I am in a wardrobe slump in the middle of a season, I always gravitate to a certain color palate.  In the beginning of the season, I was all about black on black, but these gloomy, short days have me feeling slightly depressed as of late.

Because we cancelled our trip this past weekend, it meant we had an entire weekend that was plan-free.  So on Saturday, we ventured out for a little shopping trip and picked up some tulips to freshen things up at the house. One of my favorite winter outfits is to layer vests under a jacket. Even after living in the Midwest for 8 years, I am still a complete wimp when it comes to the cold.

Joules Vest in Navy (c/o) / J.Crew Boy Shirt in Blue / J.Crew Denim Jacket (love this vest for Spring)/ Zara Jeans (similar here) / Kate Spade Bag- old (love this one!) / Charles David Booties- old (similar here) / Paul Smith Churchill Sunglasses (c/o) / Catbird Threadbare Rings / NARS ‘Heatwave’ Lips

 

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photography by PRS for A Dash of Details

BASICS

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Growing up in the South, I didn’t know it was actually possible for temperatures to drop below freezing. Yes, I used to think 32 degrees was as cold as it could get.  So when I looked at my phone this morning, -12 degrees was a bit shocking to say the least. I am slowly learning these cold temperatures are not going away anytime soon, hence trips to warmer weather are already on the books for the next few months. While we are headed to warmer temps on the weekends, I am still stuck in the cold during the week. So to make it a little more bearable, I am slowly filling my closet with a few  cold-weather essentials.  Hats, gloves, snow boots, and my long down coat may not be the most fashionable, but they sure are keeping me warm. I have found that layering and keeping it simple are my best friends.

My winter style has consisted of lots of basics. Since I wear jeans or J.Crew Minnie Pants to work almost everyday, I have been layering up my basic tees and sweaters with a fun statement necklace. If its a good day, I will even change out my snow boots for a cute pair of heels.

Stay tuned for tomorrow, someone special is making a guest appearance on the blog with his cold- weather essentials.  :)

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J.Crew Double-Cloth Lady Day Coat (on sale!) / Zara Jeans (similar here) / Striped Top (Under $20) / Cheetah Heels- old (similar here) / Kate Spade Wink Clutch (old- shop all Kate Spade Clutches here) / Catbird Threadbare Rings / Ray Ban Classic Wayfayer Sunglasses in black / Sorel Caribou Tall Boots (love these ones too!)

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photography by PRS for A Dash of Details

THE NEW ADOD

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3 Years! I cannot believe ADOD is three years old today! As a special little present to all of you, I am so excited to share the new A Dash of Details. I really did loved my old site, but I knew it was time for a facelift and make the move to WordPress. After 6 months, lots of help from a good friend and a few sleepless nights last week, I want to welcome you to the new A Dash of Details.  The new site is much easier to navigate. You can now find all of my social links (and subscribe) at the top right of your screen, these will stay with you when you scroll down the page.  Also, be sure to check out the new menu bar at the top. I have updated the ABOUT ME section and now you can search by category, just scroll over CATEGORIES on the bar to find what you are looking for.  If you want something more specific, there is a search bar for easy use! Also, you don’t want to miss the SHOP, now you can find all of my favorites in just a click of a button. Since I made the switch from Squarespace to WordPress, make sure to bookmark my page and also re-follow me on Bloglovin’ to make sure ADOD shows up in your reader every morning.

In honor of the new ADOD, I thought it was only fitting to pull out the sequins. The holidays are the perfect excuse too add some sparkle!

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J.Crew Sequin Top / Velvet Ball Skirt (vintage- similar here) / Kate Spade All Hours Winking Clutch (gifted- on sale!) / BaubleBar Winter Glitz Bracelet / Catbird Threadbare Rings and Twisted Rings / Paul Smith Churchill Sunglasses (c/o) / BCBG Booties (old-similar here) / Earrings (vintage) / Nars Heatwave Lipstick / Essie ‘Snap Happy’ Nailpolish

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FLARED

31Bits Bracelet (c/o) / Flare Jeans (old/ similar here) / J. Crew Boyfriend Sweater / Rory Beca Blazer (similar here) / Zara Heels / Kate Spade Bag / Catbird Rings / JewelMint Bracelet and Ring (c/o) / Maybeline Elixr in Rasberry Rhapsody (c/o)

I knew one day my flared jeans would come back! Well really, I have never given up on them because for a petite (okay, short) girl they definitely give length to shorter legs. Pairing flared jeans with a swing sweater and a structured blazer is the perfect look for a date night. My friends over at 31Bits just released their new Holiday campaign. If you are not familiar with this amazing company, they teach women in Uganda how to make jewelry out of 100 percent recycled paper and the women earn fair income from the pieces sold. So, really not only is the jewelry beautiful, you can feel good wearing it! Be sure to check out the sparkly line, and Julia is just darling in the campaign too!

I have always wanted to try a berry lip. I am actually I total red lipstick kind of girl (thanks to my friend Michelle) but this Fall I wanted to switch it up. So what are your thoughts about the berry lip? Do you like it or should I stick with red?

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This post is sponsored by Refinery29. All options are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make A Dash of Details possible.

POOLSIDE IN THE FALL

Mini Tunic Dress from Subtle Luxury (c/o) Love this one too! / J.Crew Navy Bandeau Top and Botton (on sale!) / Paul Smith Churhill Sunglasses (c/o) / Catbird Rings / TKEES Leather Flip Flops / Kate Spade Bag (old, similar here) / Essie Lollipop 

There is nothing better than enjoying a little R&R on vacation. Being able to uplug is always a hard task for me, I am constantly on my phone, even to a fault. My goal this past weekend was to be present and just shut my phone off for a few hours. When we arrived in Houston, it was rainy and chilly so I thought slipping into my bathing suit was going to be out of the picture.  I woke up early to sneak in a quick brunch at the cutest cafe, Tiny Boxwoods with Lauren. I am so grateful to have met some many wonderful friends through blogging.  We chatted about blog, jobs, life, and of course shopping. We probably could have sat there for hours! 

The sun was shining, so we headed down to the pool for a little relaxation.  When I am at a hotel, I always like to wear a cover up and this Subtle Luxury embroidered tunic was the perfect piece to throw on to eat a late lunch by the pool. I am a big fan of long sleeve tunics, but they have to be lightweight and just the right length. This tunic is whisper thin cotton and all of the embroidery is handmade, which gives it a special touch and oh soo beautiful. I am still dreaming about being back at the pool, as it is supposed to snow this week in the Midwest.  If you are planning a trip to warmer temps this winter, be sure to check out Subtle Luxury’s entire collection here. I am OBSESSED with this one too.  

Be on the lookout for a special giveaway next week, you will not want to miss it! 

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InPink



Well here goes nothing… I am finally getting out from behind the camera for my first ever style post. Let me be honest, I am extremely awkward in front the camera- like all of a sudden I forgot how to smile and stand normally. but after a while we were having a total blast laughing and goofing around. But seriously I give all of those fashion bloggers major kudos for doing this everyday.

So the reason why this style post came about was this awesome online shop, InPink. InPink is this incredible online place to find affordable styling accessories, all the way down to nail polish (that was my favorite part).The products are all really nice quality and the best part is they are totally affordable.

Thanks to InPink, all A Dash of Details readers will recieve 30% off all jewelry using the code DASH 30. This excludes the purchase of gift cards and nail polish

Joie Top- Similar here // c/o InPink Tassle Necklace // J Crew Jacket // J Crew Printed Skinnies // Kate Spade Bag (Sold Out)- similar here // Stella and Dot Stone Ring // Charles David Wedges // Ray Ban Caravan Sunnies

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR HER

Today marks the first day of A Dash of Details Holiday Gift Guide.  Today is all about the ladies: whether it be your mom, girlfriend, or sister. There are a few fabulous gifts, even some under $20 that I am sure any girl would love to receive.  My favorite may be these Noir Jewelry Nightfall Crystal Drop Earrings from Shopbop (the best part is they are only $100!) If those are a little too much for your favorite someone, try this Mini-Bow ring from Madewell for only $15.  Books are always my go to when it comes to my best girlfriends, especially ones that look great on a coffee table. My mom loves lipstick, so this Kate Spade lip crayon set may be the perfect collection of reds and pinks.  

Lulu Frost Bracelet / J Crew Makeup Bag / Tory Burch Wallet / C Wonder Monogram Jewelry Box / Madewell Bow Ring / Grace- A Memoir / New York Time 36 Hours / Kate Spade Lip Crayon Set / J Crew Cashmere Snood / C Wonder Heart Loafers / Cosabella Bralette / Nior Crystal Drop Earrings 

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Friends and Family

Catch 30% off at Kate Spade the entire weekend by using the code F12FFUS.  You could pick up some Fall necessities or just some darling accessories, like this bow bangle or these sparkly loafers.  

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image via Kate Spade