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Amy, Mackenzie, Riley and I on Nantucket

We’re going to get real today, okay? I am completely guilty of skimming over those real life details on the blog and replacing them with pretty pictures and things.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE those pretty things, but every once in a while I feel like I want to get real with all of you.  I mean, I am still a girl in her 20s trying to figure it all out. Today I’m talking all about friendship.

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HAPPY 2016

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White and Warren Travel Wrap (gifted) / J.Brand High Waisted Jeans (great for petite girls) / Hunter Boots / Vince Coat (on sale) / J.Crew Tippy Sweater / J.Crew Leather Gloves / Socks / Celine Sunglasses / Cuyana Tote (c/o) / Beanie WhiteandWarrenScarf_5 WhiteandWarrenScarf_4 WhiteandWarrenScarf_13 WhiteandWarrenScarf_3 WhiteandWarrenScarf_10 WhiteandWarrenScarf_14 WhiteandWarrenScarf_12 WhiteandWarrenScarf_15 WhiteandWarrenScarf_17

We had a 9 hour road trip ahead of us to finish out one of the most memorable years of our lives. The first hour of the trip, I sat in silence looking out and thinking about all that had happened in 2015. It was a good year. A year of travel, a year of love and commitment and a year of learning about myself. As I reflect on the year, I realize this was the year of the highest highs.  Of course nothing in life is perfect, but 2015 sure felt like a good year.

As our trip went on, I thought about how the year started.  Let me tell you it started off in a great way. Not only did I already have our wedding in April to look forward to, kicking off the first week in New York City, but it was the first week of January that I was informed I would become a Style Me Pretty contributor.  It has always been a dream of mine to create content for a large online site/magazine.  Throughout the first part of the year I was able to be creative, work with an amazing photographer, and meet so many wonderful people.

There is something about the open road that allows your mind to wander to wonderful places.  Patrick and I took 4 long road trips and 30 or so flights in 2015. I have to say, the road trips are when we learned the most about each other.  I sat in the front seat, he drove and our pups cuddled up in the back.  We chose music based on our mood, listened to books on tape and talked about the future and how we plan to get there.  I always had an idea of what my life was going to look like when I was younger, and the older I get the idea gets more blurred.  I never would have imagined moving 3 times in our 20s, but those changes have helped us realized how lucky we are to start putting down roots in Dallas.  We know what we want (right) now, what’s important to us and where we want to go (or at least for the time being).

About hour 4 I started looking at our wedding photos on my phone.  It was no question that our wedding week and honeymoon were the highlights of 2015. It felt like a dream and everything I had ever dreamed of came true (you can read about the day/details here).  We arrived early in Scottsdale to finish the last minute planning. Well I did the planning, while Patrick played golf ;) We ended up just relaxing with our favorite people for a few days before the weekend.  I could never replace those days where both sides of our family sat by the pool, learned about each others lives and told stories of Patrick and I’s relationship.  We were so lucky to have 4 generations of family all together.

Other highlights of my year included a trip to Sag Harbor, exploring Nashville and almost missing our flight (oops), a surprise birthday trip to West Palm Beach, my first overnight camping experience for Gentlemen of the Road, hiking in Vail only to find an amazing lake at the top, NYFW with my amazing tour guide, Mackenzie, my first ever sailing trip in Nantucket, visiting New York 5 times in one year, celebrating our 2 year engagement anniversary in the place where I said yes, and ending out the year with 2 of our best friends at their new home in the mountains.

At any given time this year we were taking spontaneous weekend trips. It taught me to go with the flow and pack light.  We hope this year will be no different, and hopefully take a few exciting planned trips too!

As we approached the 8 hour mark, I started to feel the excitement of getting home and starting the new year.  While I really never make resolutions for the year, I do have a few things I want to focus on in 2016. Stay tuned…

Happy New Year!


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COLD FRONT

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In honor of the cold front that just hit Dallas yesterday, I thought it was only right to share these pictures from our trip to New York a few weeks ago.  I know for my fellow midwesterners or east coast people, they cringe at me saying cold front (especially with temps only in the high 30’s, trust me I remember those -45 degree days in Ohio last year) but apparently my body has reverted back to my southwest roots.

The first day Patrick and I arrived in New York we ventured from SoHo where we stayed to the Upper East Side to pick up Patrick’s tuxedo for the wedding. I mean really, who doesn’t love a guy in a tuxedo. On our way we got a little sidetracked turned around when we got off on the subway so instead we started our day on the Upper West side right on the edge of the park.  It was only fitting that Patrick’s first New York moment was in Central Park.  It had been snowing earlier that morning so there was a gentle dusting on all of the trees. As we took in all of the beauty, we slowly strolled though the park, escaping the hustle and bustle of the city around us.

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ASOS Petite Coat with Contrast Collar / J.Crew Cable Sweater / Paige “Skyline” Black Jeans / Rag and Bone Newbury Boots/ Zara Black Blanket Scarf / Dana Rebecca Joy Necklace / Michele Watch / Celine Sunglasses

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New York Memories

And our love story continues…

It was in New York where we fell in love again. Not that we ever fell out of love, but there was something magical that happened this weekend.  Maybe it was the crisp, cold air, holding hands through the park, or those long meals filled with so much happiness. New York was the start of a new year and our new love story.

If you follow along, you know that we love to travel and we d0 it a lot. We love to travel together, but sometimes we are left solo on our adventures.  I have been to New York a handful of times on my own, each time I always felt like there was something missing.  This time, I saw the city in a new light.  It was because of him.  It was vibrant and busy, even in the midst of negative temperatures and gloomy skies.  It was like the two of us were in a our own universe and those millions of people just disappeared.

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ELLEN DRESS TWO WAYS

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You have heard it time and again, but there really is nothing more classic than a Little Black Dress.

In this case, a LBD that can be worn for a night out or to run errands makes for an A+ in my book. While I was in New York, I told you I popped into OTTE in Nolita. Other than the fact I wanted to move into the cozy store and make all of the goodies inside my own, I decided to focus on finding a classic piece that I could bring home with me. For some time I have been lusting over the Ellen Dress because of its unique, but oh so classic silhouette. As I was shuffling through the perfectly organized racks, I came across the one; a black xs.  It was meant to be. Let’s just say, I now want the Ellen Dress in every color and pattern.

Other than the fact that I wanted to walk out of the store in my new dress (that might have been a little embarrassing), I did wear it the very next day for my last Fashion Week shows and meeting, then again on the airplane with a crop sweater and these shoes, then again when I got back to Dallas for date night with Patrick. Other than my obsession with the Ellen Dress, other Otte Signature pieces are high on my wish list like; this amazing fur vest, the Sylvia Pebble Top, the Jackie Dress, this hat, and this sweater.

Look 1: Otte Ellen Dress (c/0) / J.Crew Silk Tie Scarf (30% off with the code STYLETREAT) / Rag and Bone Newbury Booties / Clare Vivier Flat Clutch / J.Crew Bracelets and earrings (found in store/similar) / Nails: Essie Stylenomics / Dana Rebecca Joy Necklace (c/o)

Look 2: Otte Ellen Dress (c/o) / Joie Kidmore SneakersTassel and Charm Necklace / KCCO Belt / Celine Bag / Rayban Classic Clubmasters

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If I could pick my favorite moment from NYFW it would be my first steps into the J.Crew Presentation. Accidentally bumping into Bill Cunningham as I made my way through the doors was just the icing on the cake.

Being what some people (aka my fiancé) call a J.Crew addict, this was definitely something to cross off my bucket list.  Honestly I was in awe the second I stepped into the room. Beautiful people wearing J.Crew effortlessly, models that were pulled directly out of the catalogue and too many celebrities to count. Once I snapped out of what I thought was a dream I made my way around the room to check out the collection. Then again with my phone to snap a few Instagrams (I mean what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t get the best iPhone pic possible). Don’t laugh, but then I went around a third time to check out the details. Metallic oversized clutches, sequin appliqués, and lucite colored sunglasses; the details are what made this collection my absolute favorite. As I was making my way back to my favorite dress of the collection again, Jenna Lyons was standing there finishing up an interview when the famous blue jacketed man approaches to give her a kiss kiss on the cheek and take a selfie. Seriously, DAY MADE.

Since I can’t buy that yellow sequin dress quite yet, I decided to browse the J.Crew Fall Collection instead.  Let’s just say I want everything while I wait…

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NYFW INSTA-RECAP

LIFE CHANGING. HILARIOUS. EPIC. FUN. These are the words I would use to describe my first experience at New York Fashion Week.  I had an EPIC trip to New York which ended with a mini vacation with my fiance and family, in Boston.  As I reflect on my 10 day trip, I have to say that I am honestly so grateful to have been able to be a part of such an incredible event such as Fashion Week and was so fortunate to have met some amazing people along the way. So first things first, all of the stories you have heard or read about Fashion Week are probably real.  It is exhausting, entertaining and for some (like me) an eye-opening experience into the world of high fashion. It was an experience I would never take back in a million years… even if I only slept 4 hours a night and ate one meal a day (and if you know me well, you know I normally don’t function without 5 meals, but I guess it was the adrenaline.)

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So here we go, Day 1:

4:00am- Patrick dropped me off at the airport with my Lo and Sons bag, a suitcase and my favorite carry-all bag in hand. I boarded the plane and arrived in New York and apparently like most New Yorkers, I hit the ground running.

12:00pm- I had the cab drop me off at my cousin’s office in Soho to grab her keys (By the way, she was a saint for having me crash at her place for 7 nights!) and headed to her apartment.  Remember when I said I had three bag, well imagine me walking up 6 flights of stairs.  Yep, that happened. Oh and not to mention it was in the 90s with no air conditioning.  #packingfail

5:00pm- After a break in front of the fan and some water, my cousin got home and we ventured to the Mondrian Hotel (in heels- another bad idea on my part) for the StyleList Party.  The views were incredible and the bloggers I met, were as nice as can be.

10:00pm- After chatting over a few cocktails, we made our way to dinner to Bond St. for some delicious sushi.  If you have never been to this little restaurant tucked below ground…You must try the Tuna Pizza.  Soo. Good.  After more than our fair share of wine and an extreme amount of sushi, we ventured home.  Tomorrow was a big day for me.

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What I wore: Theory Dress / Zara Calf Hair Booties / Paul Smith Bag (borrrowed) / J.Crew Bracelet / Celine Sunglasses / Catbird Rings / NARS lipstick

Day 2: 8:00am- Thankfully, like any smart girl going to Fashion Week, I planned my outfits for each day/night.  My first show was at 10:00am, and I knew I was not going to be late.  I got ready and hopped on the Subway up to the Upper West Side. As I approached Lincoln Center, I took a moment to take it all in. When I came back to reality I walked across the street, up the stairs of Lincoln Center and straight to the doors of the tents (by the way, all while totally pretending like I have done this before).  Around me there were photographers snapping pictures, fabulous people standing outside waiting for the next show, and people in the weirdest street style outfits I have ever seen.  Just picture: a lot of cartoon characters, and cat hats. 10:00am- I walk into my first show with my ticket and realize I am sitting front row.  Next to me, this Brazilian beauty. Standing 5″2′ on a good day, I started to feel like I was surrounded by hundreds of beautiful giants.  What I didn’t know about fashion week was the amount of waiting you do.  You wait to walk into the show, you get seated for the show, and then you wait some more.  The show started about 30 min after 10:00am when the lights dimmed and the music started blasting a heavy beat.  The first model starts her walk down the runway, and the spectators (including myself- I needed to fit in, right?) immediately pull out their iPhones to start capturing each look. The show lasts approximately 10 minutes, with each look just as amazing than the next.  After the show ends congratulated the designer and then fast-walked in their high heels out the door.

11:00am- As I was walking out of the tent I bumped into a good friend and a new friend (more on that in a minute), as well as rubbed shoulders with Leandra Medine, Liz Cherkasova from Late Afternoon and a few other bloggers I recognized as they raced into the tent just in time for Zimmerman. I jotted over to the Starbucks across the street to charge my phone, rest my feet and of course, refuel. After the Zimmerman show, I met back up with my friend who introduced me to Anna. It was so fun to meet someone in person that I have been following for so long.  If you haven’t met or heard of Anna (aka Tulip Louise), she is the most genuine person I have met in this industry in a long time.  She was wearing this killer vintage lace number, and even was photographed for Elle Street Style. After chatting for a little, we parted ways and I was onto my next show, Sally LaPointe.  I hopped in a cab and headed towards the High Line.

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5:45pm- After a long and exciting first day at the tents, I met my cousin at her office to grab a glass of wine and make a fun purchase at the new Celine SoHo store.

Late Night- We met a few friends for dinner (and of course, a few too many drinks later ended up way past my bedtime)

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What I wore for Day 3: (slightly hungover- that might be an understatement)

Vince Shift Dress / Zara Heels (similar pair here) / Celine Bag / Celine Sunglasses (similar version here)

Humid, muggy, hot, and oh possible rain. I decided my long sleeve dress probably was not the best option for the weather.  So, I opted for this comfy Vince shift dress, my new bag, and simple heels (it was the perfect outfit for what ended up being a 20 hour day). I ventured to the Upper West side to I met some of my long-time blogger friends for brunch before heading to the Reward Style party.  It was so fun to actually meet some of the girls in person I have been emailing back and forth for so long.  We caught up like best friends that have known each other for years.  Of course as we were leaving brunch it started to rain.  Thankfully, Lindsey came prepared with an umbrella so all 10 of us tried to huddled under as we ran across the street to the Empire Hotel. We were greeted with a line of girls dressed in midi skirts, crop tops, and big sunnies, you definitely knew you were headed to a blogger party.  RewardStyle knows how to throw a party! We made it upstairs to the coolest space filled with black and white decor, racks of clothes and bloggers galore.  Ashley and I headed straight for the bar (naturally) to grab a glass of champagne. After chit-chatting with old and new friends, a few photo booth pictures, and meeting with a few of my favorite brands, Lauren, Lauren, Ashley and I decided to head to grab a bite to eat in the West Village (my favorite area in Manhattan).

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After a few glasses of rosé and some delicious carbonara, we headed to meet Jessica at the Standard for some more champagne. Too many drinks later, Ashley and I hopped in an Uber to the Prabal Gurung after-party.  Let’s just say it was a night I will never forget!

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Day 4 (This is about the day I lost track of what day of the week it was)

I met my pal Blanton and Anna at the Alejandro Ingelmo presentation in the coolest art gallery space. After we browsed the collection, a few others joined us and we headed to brunch in Chelsea.  The rest of the day was spent watching a little football and trying to recover before the busy week ahead.

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Day 5: I didn’t have any shows this morning so I decided to do a little work and then take the day to explore the city. I met my cousin on her lunch break in Chelsea and then ventured to the Upper East Side with my Aunt to see the Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney. I was an Art History major in college, so seeing all of his work in real life was pretty incredible.

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After a long walk through Central Park, my Aunt and I parted ways and I got ready for more fashion week fun! I met Ashley at the Standard Hotel for the Kitsune Presentation. The collection was the epitome of an effortless and cool French girl.

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What I Wore Day 6: ALC dress / Lulu Frost Leaf Necklace / Steven Heels / Catbird Rings / Celine Bag

This was a day for the history books. I woke up early and headed to the SoHo House for a little pampering thanks to Polyvore.  They set up this incredible room with makeup/hair and plenty of pastries. After getting beautified (I loved my bright red lips), I rushed to grab a cab to head uptown for my first presentation of the day, J.Crew.

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I bolted straight to the tent, sort of flustered, because I thought I was late only to be standing in line next to none other than Bill Cunningham.  Not that my day wasn’t already a dream come true, I got to rub shoulders with that iconic blue jacketed man. I walked into a sea of bright colors, lucite sunnies, and the most incredible sequined dress.  But more on J.Crew tomorrow, it deserves its own post (here’s a hint: a selfie with Jenna Lyons and Bill).

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After the presentation, I headed over to the cafe in the tent for my third coffee of the day before hoping into the Noon by Noor show.  It was seriously an incredible collection by the two sisters full of embellishments, attention to detail, and gorgeous floral gowns. The models had that effortless chic down perfectly and just across the runway from me was Mira Duma (a style icon of mine).

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After the show, I ran into my new friend, Amanda (if you have not read the Fashionable Hostess, you must do so now! She has the cutest kids ever and her party skills are top notch).  We were both early for the Naeem Kahn show so we caught up over another cup of coffee.  We walked into the show and Amanda found a friend who had a couple extra seats. Not sure where my real seat was supposed to be, but I was lucky enough to be sitting 2nd row and a close up look at the breathtaking details on the collection.  The models strutted their stuff with confidence in sequins kelley green, beaded jumpsuits, and silk floral ball gowns.  I can honestly say I was in awe for the entire show.  As if I didn’t already have an amazing day and it was only 2pm, it did not stop there.  I said goodbye to Amanda and  hopped in a cab for my last meeting of the day in Nolita.

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I have been a long time fan of Otte ever since I popped into their store during my first trip to New York a few years back.  If you are not familiar, Otte is a boutique that carries a carefully curated selection of contemporary brands (that was quite a mouthful) as well as its own collection pieces. I met up with Rose at the store to talk about the brand, the success of the store, and what’s in for Fall. More on this later this week….

The weather was so perfect on Tuesday afternoon, I decided to walk back to my cousin’s apartment (my temporary home for the week) before we headed out for dinner at the cutest oyster bar called the Mermaid Inn.  A few drinks later, we were in bed by ten o’clock.

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Day 7 (I was officially in a New York daze)

What I wore: Otte NY Ellen Dress / Rag and Bone Booties / Clare Vivier Clutch / Catbird Rings / Dior Gloss

My last day in the city was such a blast, really each day was just as good as the next but the anticipation of seeing Patrick after being away for a week had me all giddy.  I started the day at the White Space presentation, which was a collection of emerging designers from around the world.  These sunglasses from Finlay and Co. were my jam. I wanted to take home a pair right then and there.

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After eating limited amounts of food all week, a lunch with Hallie was all I needed to get me back to normal.  Hallie and I met over a year ago when we drank our weight in margaritas and bonded over how much we wanted to eat the food props during our 15 hour video shoot.  We caught up about life, work, and how to capture that perfect Instagram.  She is seriously like my long lost sister.

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We parted ways as she made her way back to work and I headed to my last presentation of Fashion Week, Elizabeth and James.  I was greeted by Ashley and then made my way into the space to view the collection. It was as California cool girl as it gets.  Beach Boys was playing in the background, Pressed juice was handed out at the bar, and the models chatting and giggling just like the spectators.  It was the perfect end to my fashion week experience.

 

 

 

 

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4 cities, 3 weeks, and some amazing experience that I have been wanted to share with you, but it just has not felt right. I can honestly said after writing this post and reading all your kind and generous messages, I have had a hard time posting about trivial things. Even if these are things I love like fall fashion, my wedding planning or my recap of NYFW.  It just didn’t feel right to me until today.  I know you will understand.

Stay tuned today for my first NYFW recap, I am so excited to share about my amazing experience in New York. I am filled with so much inspiration and I can promise you that with all bad things, there is a bright light looking down on all of us.

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NEWBIE AT #NYFW

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I have officially landed in New York to experience my first New York Fashion Week (#NYFW). I am still in shock that I am actually here and so honored to be attending some amazing shows in the upcoming days. Be sure to follow along with me on Instagram as I make my way through this amazing city for the next 7 days!

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ADOD_LATELY1-25-6After a week away from the blog, I am finally back and with lots of updates. Last week I had a mini meltdown mostly due to complete exhaustion and being sick. Working full time, blogging, starting to plan a wedding, and still trying to have a life, really caught up with me; resulting in a total breakdown. Instead of pushing myself like I normally would, I decided to take a break from all the extras, focus on work and go to bed early every night. Yesterday was the first day I finally felt back to normal. Thankfully, woke up feeling completely inspired.

Also, a little side note: *I am still getting used to this new blog format and just realized that you can no longer follow me on Bloglovin’ without re-subscribing, so here you go folks- use this link to follow me on Bloglovin’. I guess it is better late than never :) Follow my blog with Bloglovin

ADOD_LATELY1-25-3That feeling of complete exhaustion started with a trip to NYC to fulfill my MOH duties for my cousin’s bachelorette party, and boy, it was great time.  I made these tote bags with each girls’ initial embroidered in her wedding colors, a bottle of champagne, a few of my favorite Essie polishes, and all sorts of pink/red lipsticks that were stuffed inside. There were lots of other fun activities, but what happens in New York, stays in New York :)

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Is anyone else sick of this cold, dry weather yet? I have been dreaming I lived in California at the moment, but until that day I have been using this Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask to keep my skin healthy and smooth.

ADOD_LATELY1-25-5A few recent favorites- these Zara booties and a little lace (just in time for V-Day)

ADOD_LATELY1-25-4I think you know by now, but Patrick and I love to travel. Currently we are planning our trips for Spring (6 and counting…) Oh, and a little bubbly engagement gift from a friend.

ADOD_LATELY1-25-8I have been sipping on this lately, kind of obsessed with this grapefruit fizzy water (which is a great alternative to soda, a bad habit I am trying to kick for good)

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