Taupe Midi Ruffles & Lace-Up Booties

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I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer! I have just wrapped up all of my travels, and I am trying to get back into the swing of things. Every year like clockwork I swear I will keep up with posts over the summer, but between kids home from school and time at the beach, I pretty much end up Rosé All Day (literally…..) But it was definitely an amazing summer, and I miss the sand and surf already (as far as the kids – I am ready for school to start!)
I want to share this amazing dress that I came across at Banana Republic! Since Marissa Webb took over as their Creative Director, there has been a plethora of cool new items added to the collection that are spot-on for day and night. The color of this dress is perfect beach chic (it was the first thing that drew me to it), and the midi-length is very contemporary. The ruffles give it a soft and feminine touch, which is one of my favorite stylings.
I wore the dress out to dinner with friends and kept things simple with lace-up booties and a vintage gold belt. The gold textured belt was the perfect companion to show off the simplicity of the taupe dress. I also recently wore the dress running around for a quick-lunch with white Converse All-Star sneakers and a cross-body bag for a perfectly relaxed look. I cannot wait to style it again for an upcoming return-to-Houston girls night out. I am going to wear it with a big bib necklace, ankle boots and a cropped moto jacket (pictures to come!). I love a versatile piece of clothing, and this dress is perfect from brunch to cocktails to dinner!

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Flutter dress

Lace up shoes (and here)

vintage belt via Cheeky Vintage

Hoops

Cartier bracelets

clutch (similar here)

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Beach Vacay: Maxi Dress Time

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I hope everyone is having a great summer!  I hear the temperatures in Houston are soaring!  I am grateful to be in Rosemary Beach enjoying my cool evenings and beautiful beaches.  It is difficult to combat the heat and still look chic.  Maxi dresses are effortless, easy and double as a beach cover up.  I can never resist something that is so multi-functional.  I find it difficult sometimes to find a maxi dress that is chic and not tropical crazy.  This maxi dress is 100% cotton (perfect for summer) and I love the basic shape with the gorgeous pink color.  Also you can’t beat the price at $29.99.  I stayed with the bohemian vibe with some long necklaces and a straw bag.  And off I go to a yummy lunch at La Créma (fantastic tapas restaurant).

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Target maxi (sold out online but you can try locating in store – I also love this peach one here)

beaded necklace (old)

straw bag (mine is old but love this one here)

shoes

Cartier bracelets, Saint Laurent ring, custom ring Zadok’s

Miu Miu sunnies

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Spring Floral Pattern Trend

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Hope everyone is having a great week!  One of my favorite trends from the Spring runways is the bold floral pattern.  Florals and patterns have been around the past few seasons, but this season the florals became bolder and more vivid.  It was seen all over, including Victoria Beckham and her Moroccan exotic flora, Michael Kors who was bluebell crazy, and Kate Spade’s show positively screamed flowers.  When I came across this dress I fell in love with the color and the silhouette.  The pigmentation of the purple and green is absolutely stunning in person.  I kept all of my accessories simple to keep the focus on the florals.  Summer Brunch, here I come!

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Floral dress (40% off)

Maroon belt

Booties (triple points right now)and also available here

Ippolita ring (smaller version here)

Cartier bracelets, custom ring

Earrings – custom love these here and here

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Spring Thoughts: White Tunic Dress

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Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I embraced my inner Texas and went to the rodeo yesterday.  My kids had a blast – I came home and fell asleep at 5:30pm…..and proceeded to sleep until morning.  Thank you Mr. Wonderful for letting me take the evening and night off!

I love tassels – doesn’t everyone?  There is a huge resurgence in tassels this spring.  I see them everywhere from scarves to shoes (hello flats and sandals here).  I saw the tassels on this dress and was pretty sold.  That small detail elevates this from a boring white tunic to pure fun.  It is a heavy weight cotton, not see through at all (which can be a problem with white sometimes).  I threw on my favorite new necklace and hints of blue and I was ready for my beach stroll…..

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white dress (i like the top version as well here)

necklace

bag via Alys Shoppe

Cartier bracelets, Zadok custom ring, Bulgari ring, Dior earrings

shoes (super old but love these flue flats here, here, here and here)

 

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Seeing Stars: Cosmic Trend

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I hope everyone is having a great week!  While perusing several magazines I recently noticed that there is a huge trend with the cosmos going on.  I have seen stars everywhere from the Hollywood walk to street style.  I love whimsy in all things so this captured my imagination.  When I saw this ephemeral dress –  I literally saw stars.  At the beach keeping it simple is key, hence my straw bag and a simple pearl necklace.  Brunch here I come…

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dress (25% off right now with code BIGEVENT16)

necklace (25% off )

Olive Design bag

Shoes (very old but love these gold wedges here and these here are 25% off)

Dior earrings (luxe for less here for 25% off)

Bulgari ring, Cartier bracelets, Zadok’s custom ring)

Ray Ban sunnies (25% off)

Lipstick

 

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Oz Beach Style: Gingham & Straw

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Sorry for the late post today, but I have been unpacking and getting back into the swing of things. The beach was just dreamy – there is no other way for me to say it. I LOVE our new house, and I cannot wait to start putting my personal stamp on it. I was extremely busy with getting the house ready, but I generally found time for some fun lunches and dinners. I adore this dress that I wore out to lunch – it is extremely lightweight and the shape is fun and flirty for summer.Throw in the gingham print (which reminds me of the Dorothy dress from Oz, but much chicer and more modern), and that coupled with my mood was the trifecta of fabulous.

With Oz heavy on my brain I added a straw bag by Olive design. One of my dearest friends just started her own business making these fabulous straw bags and I am madly in love with them. They are the perfect size and extremely whimsical – so of course they have my name all over them! Follow her on Instagram and place an order (she does custom orders – can anyone say blush pink?)

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Gingham dress

Olive design bag

Shoes (last year but this pair is super similar here)

Rose Quartz necklace

Dior earrings (similar luxe for less here)

Cartier bracelets, Bulgari ring, Zadok’s custom ring

 

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Valentine’s Day: Sequin Dress & Leopard Vest

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Hope everyone has had a good week! I am still fighting this crazy cough (I sound like an 80 year-old smoker), but mind over matter I keep telling myself.

I want to share my Valentine’s Day outfit today (I told Mr. Wonderful not to peek at the post). I love Valentine’s Day, so much so that I send out a family Valentine’s Day card every year (very much like most people’s family Christmas photos!) Who can possibly resist the idea of celebrating love? And I am super excited because this year I am celebrating the big day in Rosemary Beach (drumroll…our new house is finally done!!!!) In your mind, please imagine me jumping up and down right now….

When I saw this dress a few weeks ago I fell in love with the color and the muted sequins (I also bought the skirt seen here). The boxy shape is comfortable and the length is super sexy. The dress is also on sale with another 40% off online, so it is only $50 right now. I wanted to keep warm since we are experiencing another cold front so I threw on the fun fur as a cover up. I adore these old booties from Schutz – I have them in black and have been looking for them in other colors for awhile but they were sold out. I found this pair – brand new and in the box on Poshmark. I basically swooned when I found them. Poshmark is an on-line community where you can resell your wardrobe – it has everything from clothing to accessories and shoes. It is super easy to use – you download the postmark app on your phone, and take pictures of items for sale on your phone to upload to the app. When an item sells you get the shipping label sent to you and all you have to do is pack and ship. I do a lot of my consigning on my postmark closet – you should definitely check it out.

P.S.  The Serial follow-up to Adnan Syed case is on right now – Sarah Koening is doing three follow up episodes.

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Sequin Dress (on sale with additional 40% off online)

Schutz booties (love the flats version here)

Fur Vest (mine is old but I love this gray faux fur vest on sale for 50% off here)

Kotur clutch (no longer available but similar here)

Stella & Dot necklace (current season version here)

Dior earrings (similar luxe for less here)

Cartier bracelets (similar luxe for less here)

Ippolita bracelets

Bulgari ring (luxe for less here) and custom ring Zadok’s

 

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Edgy Yet Feminine: Tutu Dress & Leather

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 I am behind on posting this week but truthfully I am just having a hard time getting back into the swing of things post holiday.  But I should be back on schedule next week (fingers crossed)!

I want to share this absolutely adorable tutu dress which is so user-friendly.  You know I love a good tutu (see here) – they are extremely fun and flirty.  However, I do realize that not everyone wants to walk around in a tutu all the time.  This dress has the perfect element of sweet to it but with the addition of the leather jacket it becomes edgier.  I love the juxtaposition of the two elements which make it feel contemporary.  My accessories are to a minimum to keep things simple and sleek.

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tutu dress (also love the black tutu dress as well)

belt

jacket (mine is old but like this one here and here)

Shoes (free shipping with code FREESHIP) (luxe for less option here)

clutch

Ring by Nadine Boutros

Cartier bracelets

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Holiday Fashion: Now Through NYE

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  It is full on holiday party time and I wanted to share this amazing dress I just came across!  I have a thing for ostrich feathers – they are soft, fun and give such great texture to an outfit.  This dress had me at first glance.  I kept things simple with an all black outfit but added a pop of silver with the clutch.  This dress is great for many occasions – holiday party, girls night out and of course New Year’s Eve!  I can not wait to restyle it!

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Feather dress

Shoes (luxe for less black stiletto options here and here)

Earrings

McQueen belt (this one here and here would look great)

Cartier bracelets

Beaded clutch (purchased in London but love these options here and here)

Animal Hinge cuff

Rings custom

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Holiday Party Time: Black Cape and Black Dress

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I want to share some fun ideas for holiday party outfits.  I adore capes (remember this one here) and this one is perfect.  It is light in weight and thus perfect for layering and the length and shape is divine.  I have worn it casually over jeans and skinnies and love that it can be used across the spectrum from cocktail parties to girls lunch.

The layered eyelet dress with a skin tone color underneath is very popular right now and this dress is a great way to indulge in the trend.  I adore the subtle sexy element of it without actually showing any skin. I threw on the belt and heels and I was ready to roll.

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Dress

Cape

Alexander McQueen Belt 

Gurhan earrings, Cartier bracelets, ring

Shoes

Chanel clutch

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