A SUMMER EDIT: THE EASE OF WEARING DRESSES

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You might have seen me talk about how I couldn't get over wearing so much linen this summer. It's true. Linen is just one of those staple fabrics that you cannot avoid during the warmer months. I think I purchased around 7 or 8 pieces over the summer that are made of linen. The only pain is that it wrinkles way too easy. But that's okay, my trick for that is riding in the car with my seatbelt uncomfortably fastened or sitting in a weird position until I get out of the car. You gotta do what you gotta do sometimes. Let's talk about this dress though! I scored this dress from Free People a few months ago - which is now on sale.  At first I was worried about how low cut it was when I saw it on the website, but after I tried it on I used the wrap tie to make it appear a little less revealing in the front. When I say this is the most comfortable dress, believe it. The fabric is indeed very lightweight and breathable. 

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Dress: Free People via Lulus // Sunglasses: Topshop // Shoes: Madewell (old) Similar here  // Necklaces: "Oui" Necklace - Natalie B Jewelry / Palm Tree Necklace: Shami Official similar here

I did lots of moving around (and sweating in this dress as you can tell) I can say honestly this this is one of my favorite additions to my summer wardrobe. I just wish I could wear it more often! It has a full length button-down detail, but I left it halfway unbuttoned for a lil' leg action. Ha. The thing that I love about a versatile dress is the fact that you can wear it into the fall. You can layer with a nice suede cropped moto jacket, or even a darker denim jacket with an ankle boot to complete your look if your cooler fall weather comes sooner than our fall in Texas. If you have noticed that I linked the same dress a few times, it's because you might find that it is sold out in multiple sizes, but might be available at another one of the linked retailers in a different size. What is one of your summer must-have wardrobe essentials? Let me know in the comments!

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photos by: Stephania Campos

 

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE 2018

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Ready to shop? The annual Nordstrom Anniversary sale is here, y'all! This sale has to be the most anticipated of the season because it is HUGE. Today - July 12th starts the "early access" for Nordstrom cardholders only. If you want first dibs across all sale categories, then you might want to think about getting yourself that card! Shhhhh..that's if you could use another credit card..because who wants another one of those, right? If you do not have a Nordstrom card, not to worry because access for ALL starts on July 20th, and will end on August 5th. Want to know something even better? I have teamed up with two of  my blogger friends Shay and Nikki, to give away a $300 gift card to one lucky winner to shop the big #NSALE! The contest giveaway will run starting now until July 20th. Head on over to my recent Instagram post to see the details on how to enter. 

The Details:

July 12th, 2018 12:01 AM PST - Early access starts for all Nordstrom cardholders ONLY

July 20th, 2018 12:01 AM PST - The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is open to everyone

August 5th, 2018 11:59 PM PST - The Nordstrom Anniversary sale ends

Even if you don't plan to shop right away, you can still take a peek at what's on sale by checking out this direct link to the Anniversary sale catalog. Nordstrom also has a really convenient "Buy online, pick up in store feature." All you have to do is shop for the item you want, then click the "Shop your store" tab, and within hours you will receive a text message stating that your order is ready for pickup. This will save you so much time! Especially if you don't like the crazy crowd hassle. *raises hand*  I've got my eye on a few things and will be updating this blog post throughout the next coming days + weeks that the sale is going on. Be sure to stay tuned for my picks, wish list, style tips, plus many more exclusive details regarding the sale! 

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A few things I've got my eye on + added to my shopping cart:

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JULY MOOD

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Oh July, 

When the summer heat is starting to get r e a l  and all you want to do is stay cool by the pool or hang out at the beach...shaded of course. I actually love July because it's right smack in the middle of the summer season and normally I'd be planning a vacation. I won't be going anywhere this summer, but In August I plan to head back to Los Angeles and New York in September for fashion week. I'm so excited for those two trips! If you have been following me along for a while, you know that I am engaged. Our wedding was supposed to happen later this year, but we pushed it back to next year. You know, sometimes your plans don't always line up the way you thought they would - and we decided together that it would be best if we give ourselves more time to plan and prepare. In the last few months we have moved back to a different city, and with us being between work transitioning and such we have no desire to rush our wedding. What I am also happy about is - most of what we got done for the wedding will already be taken care of for next year! Yes God, I trust your timing. *praising hands emoji* Just thought I'd share an update on what's going on with my life on a personal aspect since this is my platform, and you guys are here for a reason. Thank you for reading!

On another note, what styles have you been into this summer? I have been collecting so many accessories which is unusual for me since I normally don't wear a ton of jewelry. I have so many gold layering necklaces now (especially with the medallions) as well as shell and tortoise earrings. I have also been into dainty stackable rings on multiple fingers. Who am I? I even bought a jewelry holder from Ikea that I loooove! I'm also looking forward to wearing more tops with plunged necklines with layered necklaces for as a subtle staple. Layering accessories can easily transition a simple top or dress to complete any look. Feel free to shop some layering necklaces below - including this "Oui" necklace by Natalie B Jewelry that I just bought because, one day I'll be in France. Until then, OUI!

 

CONNECTING THE DOTS

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With the weather being how it is here in Houston at this point, I'd say that we skipped right on over Spring and Straight into Summer. It has been so dang hot lately (higher 90's-100)  I barely want to spend time hanging outside during the day! Lately, I have been spending more evenings on my back porch with my dogs while eating watermelon, listening to music, and/or reading with a glass of wine or chilled rosé in hand. These types of days (especially on a Sunday) just make me so happy. On Sunday I literally spent about 5 hours in the backyard under some shade of course and enjoyed every bit of that time. 

 
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Top: ASOS Emory Park Tie Front Long Sleeve / Pants: J-Brand Joan High-Rise Wide-Leg Crop / Earrings: Zara (similar here, hereand here) / Bag: Zara (similar here) / Mules: Steve Madden (similar here) / Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (similar here) / Red lip: NARS Powermatte lip pigment "Starwoman"

 

If you follow me on the 'Gram, then you probably already saw in my caption on the first photo that I posted from this blog post about how I am so into linen for this Spring/Summer. This top that I am wearing here isn't really linen, it just feels like it. I was sold on the detailing. Double tie-knots, cropped, AND comfortable. May I add that it's also currently on sale?! And when have polka dots ever gone out of style? Never! Lately I have been adding lots of linen pieces like this particular dress, and this top (which is now sold out - but could restock) to my list of what I'd like to wear soon. I couldn't help but to wear this polka dot top with a pair of white denim like these Joan high rise wide-leg cropped from J-Brand. I actually pictured this entire outfit in my head before I even bought the pants. Does anyone else do that? If you click the link and view the pants on the website, you can see that the hem isn't raw. Well, I love the look of  raw hem jeans a little bit better so I cut them myself! Yes, I was brave enough to take the risk and tailor them to my liking even though they were pretty pricey. But OH so worth it. I'm sure that I'll wear the heck out of these until Labor Day when the rule "says" that you should stop wearing white. Who cares? I'd wear these pants in the Winter with an ivory or white sweater and call it my Winter white look. What fashion-dares have you considered/done? Let me know your thoughts! Thank you so much for reading! You could be any place on the web, but you're here with me. <3

Photos by Stephania Campos

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SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP - MEMORIAL DAY 2018 SALES

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Firstly, we can't forget why we celebrate Memorial Day. Yes, it is a nice long weekend for relaxing by the pool while enjoying BBQ but we should still pay our respects by saying a quick prayer for families who have lost their loved ones while serving our country. I have military in my family (none of them have lost their lives while serving - thankfully) so I have a great respect for our veterans. 

Since Summer is quickly approaching, I have been shopping so much. Lord help me....and my wallet. In my previous post I mentioned that I have been buying so many dresses, skirts and tops with tortoise buttons. Don't ask why - it just happened that way and I am in love with everything that I Have purchased/ordered. I literally had like 8 packages delivered (no exaggeration) in the past week. Not sure how I avoided my fiancè asking me what the hell I have been buying  but I finessed my way through. Hahaha. 

Take a peek below at what's been in my carts + what's on my Summer wardrobe inspirations list and take advantage of these too-good-to-pass-up sales! 

MANGO

30% OFF EVERYTHING WITH CODE - MNG30

NORDSTROM

HALF YEARLY SALE UP TO 40% THROUGH JUNE 3RD

URBAN OUTFITTERS

SOME ITEMS UP TO 50% OFF

FREE PEOPLE

40% OFF SUMMER ESSENTIALS - DISCOUNT APPLIED AT CHECKOUT

ANTHROPOLOGIE

EXTRA 40% OFF SALE + 20% OFF FURNITURE & DECOR

GAP - 50% OFF EVERYTHING - EXTRA 20% OFF ONLINE + FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS - CODE PARTY

MISSGUIDED50% OFF EVERYTHING - CODE GOBABE

JCREW40% OFF YOUR PURCHASE - CODE GETAWAY

BOOHOO50% OFF EVERYTHING - CODE GIMMIE

RIVER ISLAND20% OFF EVERYTHING - CODE MEMORIAL18

SAM EDELMAN30% OFF SITEWIDE - CODE SAMXMDW30

H&MMEMORIAL DAY DEALS UP TO 60% OFF THROUGH 5/29

 

MAY MOOD

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Thanks for stopping by again! I am back with another mood board post. It seems like a lot of you liked reading my first April Mood post so I am happy to have started this monthly series. If this is your first time reading my mood board post - I decided to create a collage of images that inspire me by my mood, style, and what I'm feeling or getting into that month.

Gosh, where did time go? How are we already almost half-way through the year? That being said, you have 7 months to figure that sh*t out. What are we waiting on? The question that we must all be real about. In real life we all have road blocks that delay us and our plans but that's okay, just as long as you keep going. We all go through different seasons at different times, and if you don't feel like your "time" is now, then it is certainly coming.  If you look at the bottom left quote in the collage, it says "A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms."  I am not going to sit around and complain about where I am, I'm just going to do me and grow along the way. With where I'm headed, I have no tolerance for negativity and I want to surround myself with like-minded individuals who are on the same page. I have come across some amazing women on Instagram who inspire each other to keep killing it! I love that. 

On another note, Houston has been having some gorgeous weather lately and we can already feel that Summer heat coming! I have started doing a little shopping for the Spring/Summer and everything that I am loving now is either linen, or has a tortoise button down detail (or both.) I recently bought two dresses, two skirts, and a top that I cannot wait to wear. Take a guess? They all have tortoise buttons. Now, I'm thinking that I need some tortoise earrings to go along with my tortoise mood. haha. I can't wait to share these new Spring looks with y'all pretty soon. My style is becoming more and more simple  and I am starting to gravitate more towards elevated basics that work well with versatility. What are you looking forward to wearing this season? Can't forget that staple basket bag! Now, you can find them in lots of different styles! Below, I linked a few of my favorite ones. Also, please check out my new "Shop" page at the top menu of my blog! This Summer style list will make you want to spend it all before your vacation. 

all images via pinterest.

 

ALL ABOUT TOPSHOP DENIM - PT 2

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Hey y'all! Here's the second look for my Topshop denim campaign with Stylinity. Even though I'm wearing denim, this look is still all about Spring. What's better than pairing comfortable jeans with comfortable sneakers for a comfortable look? See what I did there? If you haven't had the chance to read my first post explaining the details about the diversity of Topshop denim, you can check it out by clicking here. Also, If you love denim like I do you should be open to looking for brands that not only offer great prices for good quality, but also most importantly look for brands that have a wide variety of sizes and fits for all body types. Topshop is that brand. 

I'll be wearing these Dree Cropped Kick Flare Jeans all Summer and throughout the year. Seriously a new favorite pair of mine. If you have checked out my previous post on Topshop denim, have you tried them out? If so, what are your thoughts? Favorite pairs? 

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Maybe Baby T-Shirt

Dree Cropped Kick Flare  

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Thanks so much for reading! Photos by: Kaye McCoy

 
 

APRIL MOOD

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I decided to do something a little different here on the blog. I had this "idea" in mind for a monthly mood board blog post for a while now, and I am finally putting it in motion! Can we say YASSS for ideas = action? My new monthly mood board series will just consist of an array of images that reflect my mood, thoughts, feelings, and overall inspirations for that specific month. Most of these images I find on Pinterest (you should follow me on Pinterest here!and some of them might consist of my own personal photos. But mainly Pinterest because that's where I get most of my visual inspiration from. I am so pleased with how my first mood board for this month of April came out because all of the images I can relate to in some sort of way, and I made this myself in Photoshop. Just by looking at the collage, it just makes me feel....alluring. Certainly a direct reflect of my current emotions. 

Life update: My fiancè and I just relocated back to Houston from Austin so that whole process has been long and busy. It's so exciting to be back closer to family and friends! We also didn't realize how much we had (that we didn't need to take with us) until it was time to pack up and move. With having some time off from work, that gave me the chance to donate a bunch of clothing and things to Goodwill and start fresh. I have also been using my time off to focus my time and energy on wedding planning, spending time with my parents, my two dogs, exercising, figuring out money moves with Des (ha) and lots of self care. April has been great so far, and we're already almost half way through it. I also just picked up Gary Vee's new book Crushing It because I've heard so many good things about it! He's a pretty smart and tenacious guy who knows what the hell he's talking about. So I'd definitely take his advice. New month, new goals. Happy April, friends!