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SUMMER STRIPED SWEATER

If there is one thing that I was missing last summer on Nantucket, it was some casual summer sweaters. I brought my trusty Tippi’s with me, but I was lacking different styles and weights for cooler nights.  This year I came prepared and packed this striped one––which ended up being my most worn item, this Flag sweater and a navy and ivory cable knit cashmere for throwing over my shoulders.

Vince Sweater (currently 40% off!)  / Denim Shorts / Basket Bag / Sandals / Sunglasses

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A GIRL AND HER BOOTS

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My uncle always told me that until you have your first pair of cowboy boots, you are not officially a Texan.  He was born and raised in Austin, Texas and I have always adored his southern accent.  Every year since I was a little girl we would visit Austin in the summer for two weeks.  This is where my love for Texas (and fashion) started.

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Justin Boots (c/o) / Coat (old-similar, similar) / Jeans / Sweater (c/o) / Bag / Sunglasses

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RED, WHITE AND BLUE

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The 4th of July may just be my favorite holiday. Not just because I love a good grilled hot dog, fireworks or spending endless hours in the pool, but I love sporting my red, white and blue.  This year we are headed down to our families ranch outside of Austin for some good ol’ country fun (and I am guessing a few too many glasses of rosé).

Since we will be spending most of our time outside in the Texas heat I decided to stop into Old Navy to find some American style.  They always have the best selection of nautical and holiday styles. I scooped up this navy and white shift dress, this red and white striped tank and these cute linen shorts. Want to know the best part? The entire store is 60% for the All American Summer Sale.

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Old Navy Striped Linen Dress (c/o) / Vince Espadrilles / Straw Market Tote / Sunglasses / Vintage Saint Laurent Silk Scarf / Gorjana Ring and Earrings / Daniel Wellington Watch

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FORM HAIR EDUCATION + GIVEAWAY

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To be honest whenever I try an up-do, I end up looking more like a hot mess. (please tell me I am not alone on this).

Last week I was invited to attend FORM Hair Education with a few of my favorite Dallas blogger girls.  This event could not have come at a better time since Holiday parties are in full swing and I needed some ideas about how to switch it up from my normal, down and curled look.

FORM Hair Education was created by the extremely talented Whitney Haynes when she found that her passion was teaching others. FORM was created as a “community of hair professionals committed to the growth of [their] craft, creativity, and continuing education.” The best part is they teach their clients to style their hair like a pro in just a short amount of time.  Each of their classes are customized and try to have you leaving the course with the knowledge to repeat the look at home.  I loved how Whitney and the other stylist made a point to come over and give me tips on how to create the look for my texture and length of hair.

FORM Hair Education has four courses; Beautiful Blow Dry (I am going to be taking this one next!), Perfect Ponytail, Glamorous Curls, and Tousled Up-Do Style- this is the class we took last week which was perfect in time for those little LBD’s or low back dresses.

Here are a few things I learned (honestly, I was really nervous I was going to be terrible at this!)

1. We started with slightly curled hair. Especially if you have fine hair like me, you want to give it a little added texture for the hair pins and bobby pins. IE: the curls do not need to be perfect or pretty, so you can do this in under 5 minutes.

2. Create a Base: The most important thing we learned is you only really need a handful of pins to create a tousled look that will stay all night.  The base is created by sectioning your hair into sections. Take the back section and roll it up in your hand and secure with two long pins, then play with the sides to soften the look. The best tip we received is to only use pins to anchor your hair down. Hair pins (the ones that are open v shapes) should be used the rest of the time to create a more tousled, undone look.

3. Have fun: Playing around with the front pieces is key to creating a look that you love, but don’t pin down until you are done playing or else you will have to start from the beginning!

I cannot wait to take another course, especially the “beautiful blow-dry” class! I along with the other Dallas bloggers at the course loved our experience so much that we have teamed up with FORM Hair Education to give away one seat in the class of your choice! FORM Hair Education is currently only available in Dallas, but be sure to check out their website for more information, www.formhaireducation.com.
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Photography by Sukilynnn

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

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I love holiday shopping. During this year I get all giddy about the idea of searching for a parking spot (maybe my least favorite part) and heading into the madness.  I actually do most of my Christmas shopping online, but I love roaming through the stores to find those hidden gems! My mom always tells me I have a hidden talent for finding those most desired items- oh and that I have expensive taste (oops).

I always try and look cute while still being comfortable when trekking around the mall.  I have a few key go-to tricks when it comes to my outfit for shopping until I drop.

1. Wear comfortable shoes. And that are also easy to take off.  My Rag and Bone booties are my favorite during the winter because I can walk all day without wanting to rip them off my feet that night.

2. Avoid Layers. This may be easier in Texas, but in cold areas, wear a button down blouse and a jacket or try just one layer. They tend to crank up the heat in the malls and with all of the people you can easily overheat and get frustrated.

3. Carry a small purse. After you have collected a few bags, the last thing you want is to carry another heavy bag. Just bring the essentials. Wallet, chapstick and your iPhone.

4. One for you, one for them. This is a great rule of thumb, because it is more fun that way! :)

* If you hate the crowds be sure to check out my Gift Guide for ideas for everyone in your life.

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photography by Merritt Beck

KENDRA SCOTT GIVEAWAY

KendraScottGiveawayWhat is a better way of ended those Monday blues? A Kendra Scott Giveaway.

I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite Dallas and Houston bloggers and Kendra Scott, a jewelry designer based in Texas, to give away $450 in jewelry from her new Black Iridescent collection.  One lucky reader will win a pair of Allison earrings, a Cassie bracelet and the Harlow necklace.  To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below.  The giveaway ends Sunday, October 26th at midnight.  Good Luck!!
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Be sure to check out all of the amazing bloggers that are a part of the giveaway!

The Perennial Style / Side Smile Style / Style of Sam / For the Love of Fancy / C Style Blog / Sunday Beach Blog / Adored by Alex / L Avenue Blog 

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Weekend Uniform- Farmer's Market

My attempt at an “artsy” weekend was somewhat of a success.  Since it rained on and off the majority of Saturday, Patrick and I stayed inside and listened to music, mostly the Lumineers, and I attempted to pull out my watercolors.  This ultimately turned into me not finishing the painting I started, but that’s the typical.  That morning we got ready to go to the farmer’s market, but of course the moment we walked out the door it started to rain.  Needless to say, I have no pictures of pretty flowers or fresh produce that I had planned on taking at the market, but instead here is what I wore 

throw on a casual sweatshirt like this zoe karssen oh la la sweatshirt (she is my new fav.)

add a little floral to your jean shorts with this current/elliot pair

put on these jack purcell’s– everything is better in converse 

grab your metallic iphone case– it’s only $14, what a steal 

place these aviator sunglasses on your head in case the sun comes out

Carry this great tote from an awesome boutique in Austin, Texas called By George (my family would be proud)  

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