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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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MARCH MADNESS ON THE EVERYGIRL

MarchMadness9MarchMadness6Ali_3MarchMadness7MarchMadness2Ali_1Yesterday I teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to style our good ol’ college tees. With March right around the corner, I am feeling the basketball fever. To check out the entire feature, head over to The Everygirl.

Happy Friday and Rock Chalk!

SHOPMYFAVORITES

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HINT HINT WITH ELIZABETH AND JAMES

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I told you earlier this week that I love the month of February, but the real reason is that I am a hopeless romantic, hence why I love Valentine’s Day.  It is not really about the day, the cards, or the gifts, but it’s just another way to show and tell my favorite people how much I really care about them.  Oh and the fact that I love arts and crafts.  My mom is one of the most creative people I know. Growing up, we would spend hours in her office/playroom painting and crafting. Because she used to own her own kid’s clothing company, she was always creating.  I am so thankful to have picked up this trait and love for creativity from her.

So, back to Valentine’s Day.  There is something so special about a scent that is unique to you. Back in the day (I am talking middle school days) Ralph Lauren, Romance was my scent. Today, I have a few scents that I love for different occasions. This is why I am completely in love with E&J’s Nirvana perfumes. Created by Mary Kate and Ashley, Nirvana embodies ‘duality of sophistication and feminine detail balanced with downtown edge and masculine tailoring’. Two very distinct scents; the white (my favorite for daytime) has touches of peonies, muguet, and musk and the black blends violet, sandalwood, and vanilla into the perfect scent for a night out on the town.

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Elizabeth and James Nirvana White (c/o) / Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black (c/o) / NARS Heatwave / Martha Stewart Weddings / J.Crew Necklace (similar here) / Essie ‘Russian Roulette‘ / All The Wire Knotted Ring (gift from sweet Lauren) / GAP Fitted Boyfriend Oxford

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A HIDDEN GEM

ADOD_TARTAN8ADOD_TARTAN10 ADOD_TARTAN1 ADOD_TARTAN12 ADOD_TARTAN9 ADOD_TARTAN11 ADOD_TARTAN6“I felt like we had a secret, just the two of us. Like that thing where you just wanna be with one person all the time. You feel like the two of you get something no one else gets.”- American Hustle

Yesterday was one of those days, just the two of us. To be honest, most of the time it is just the two of us (if you haven’t noticed already from Instagram).  Living in a town where we don’t know a sole except for co-workers and the next big city is a little less than an hour away, it is hard to meet friends. I guess it is just another sign of getting older, so for now it’s just the two of us and I am okay with it.

One thing is we both love is adventure; finding and trying new places, traveling, and stumbling upon those hidden gems in cities that only the locals know about.  So as the new year is well on its way, the jet setting continues… stay tuned because there are new and old cities on our list this year.  Next stop NYC.

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Oversize Wool Tartan Overcoat (c/o)– sold out (similar here)/ Baldwin Denim Ten Skinny in White (Spring 2014 collection here) / GAP Cowlneck Sweater (on sale- 50% off) / Charles David Boots (last season- similar here) / Essie ‘Stylenomics’ Nailpolish / NARS ‘Heatwave’ Lipstick / Churchill Sunglasses / Tory Burch Clutch (old- love this one) / Catbird Threadbare Stacking Rings / Golden Open Bangle / David Yurman Heart Bangle / JewelMint Bracelet

 

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LEATHER LOVE

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Just when I thought the snow was going to melt, it is back again! It definitely feels like Christmas around my town.  We ventured downtown to walk around the other night so I decided to bundle up to stay warm.  A side note: I never owned a warm coat, gloves (other than ski gloves), or a hat until 8 years ago. Since I grew up in Arizona, I never needed any of these “essentials,” nor did I ever think I would be bundled up with a giant scarf that was not just used as an accessory.

I love finding out about new brands and online websites and recently was introduced to Chichwish. It is an online shop that has everything and anything you could think of at affordable prices.  I found this chunky knit sweater, a pair of leather leggings (more on that in a minute), this amazing tartan coat, and there is so much more on my wish list.

I never thought a pair of leather leggings would end up in my closet. I guess times change because they are one of my favorite go to pieces as of late. I have been wearing them with just about everything. I love that they can be dressed up with a pair of heels or with an over the knee boot or even with my Converse. I was still hesitant to splurge, so I found this pair on Chicwish and I am so happy with their buttery soft feel.

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Chicwish Wool Coat (c/o) / Chicwish Leather Leggings (c/o) / Everlane Cashmere Sweater (free shipping!) / DVF Cheetah Clutch via TJ Maxx (c/o) / Rag and Bone Newbury Booties (on sale!) / Zara Scarf and Beanie / Catbird Twisted Ring / Catbird Mignon Rings / Essie Lollipop Nail polish / NARS Velvet Gloss in Mexican Rose

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Photography by PRS for A Dash of Details

 *This post is sponsored by Chicwish.com, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make A Dash of Details possible!

OUTFIT DETAILS: WEEKEND WEAR

On a gloomy, rainy day my favorite thing to wear is a cozy sweater and jeans.  Fall weather can be so tricky, one day it is freezing and the next it is 75 and sunny.  We planned to head to the apple orchard today, but of course the rain in the forecast got in the way.  Either way, I find every excuse to wear my rainboots.  Instead of apple picking and eating delicious cider donuts, I am going to attempt some new recipies in the kitchen (wish me luck!), and we will be watching lots of football. Happy Sunday! 

TEXTILE Elizabeth and James Distressed Ozzie (darker denim here) c/o / Hunter Original Rain Boots / J. Crew-old but I love this one on sale! / Kate Spade Bag (Similar here) / Paul Smith Churchill Sunglasses / Catbird Threadbare Ring / Catbird Twisted Stacker / Catbird First Knuckle Ring /  Essie Lollipop Red / NARS Heat Wave  

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THINGS I LOVE

I just love the summer months- maybe it has something to do with growing up in Arizona and the scalding hot temps, but I love sun and being outside when the sun is shining. Since we have officially kicked off summer with the Memorial Day weekend, the pool is finally open and I cannot wait to throw on my new suit– I am seriously obsessing over Marysia’s zig zag suits. I really wanted this Flamingo print, but I decided to go safe and get the solid blush color. I love how it looks with a good tan!

Patrick and I are headed to Nashville for the first time to go see Bob Dylan in concert, do a little bar hopping on Broadway street, and hopefully see sweet Jessica. I have a long list of places to eat, and I am so excited. We are definitely stopping at Mas Tacos for lunch but if any of you lovies have any advice I would love to hear your recommendations.

I have had an obsession with fresh berries as of late. I have been eating them at almost every meal and they are not too bad in a glass of champagne either. My drink of choice this month has been a glass of rose, or a delicious Greyhound..the grapefruit juice is just so refreshing.

With a good tan, I try not to wear as much makeup. I love a NARS illumnator and a dusting of NARS Laguna bronzer for the perfect glow and some soft pink lip gloss and normally call it a day. Do you have any beauty favorites for the summer months?

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Inside the Makeup Bag

 

Are you ever curious to know what is in someone else’s makeup bag? For starters I would definitely say I am not an expert at doing my makeup nor do I take a lot of time in the morning to make it look pretty.  I typically swipe some blush on my cheeks and put on mascara and call it a day.  I have always wanted to learn to become one of those people that uses eye shadow and lipstick everyday, but I just never have.  This past weekend I purchased this new travel makeup bag from H&M and I decided this would be a perfect opportunity to get a “sneak peek” into the products in my makeup bag.  I have been using these same products for years and am extremely loyal to NARS and Laura Mercier. Are there any must have products I need to try, I would love to hear any suggestions you may have!

1. Makeup Bag from H & M

2. Bliss Body Butter- Lemon and Sage 

3. Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer 

4. NARS Blush in Dolce Vita

5. Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder with SPF 15 in Natural Beige 

6. Makeup Brushes– in desperate need of an update to these from NARS 

7. NARS Bronzer Powder in Laguna 

8. Laura Mericer Secret Concealer 

9. Lollia Lotion in Breathe

10. Laura Mericer Secret Brightening Powder

11. Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in Passion and Flame 

12. Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion 

13. Bobbi Brown Blush 

14. TweezerMan Slant Tweezers (similar here) 

15. Laura Mercier Truly Red Lip Stick 

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photograph via a dash of details (Ali)