Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ketchup+Mustard Classic

Ketchup and mustard...a classic combination right? Those were exactly my thoughts when styling this look. Being back in Texas I am having a hard time adjusting to this temperature with my East Coast closet. Ok not that difficult of a time - I DO NOT miss trudging through snow piles and slosh on my way to work. I DO have soo many great warm and cozy clothes - and womp they are in a bin above my closet. 80 degrees doesn't exactly call for wool sweaters and scarves. BUT I think I've found a happy medium - boots and crops (seen here), Sleeveless Cardi Vests (seen here) and boots + shorts (this post). Today I'm wearing a similar look to a blogger brunch (can't wait to meet y'all) - Loving shorts+OTK boots and you can easily sub out the sweater cardigan with any of these cute dusters here, here, and here. The cardigan is definitely the star of this look and I once again #GotItAtGordmans. The diamond print feels like that festive time of the year and as mentioned above I'm loving the color combo- anything with a touch of burgundy and I'm like yessss it goes great with these Lip Paints (color Bling). Check out my other featured Gordmans post here.

Heading home Tuesday and this year FINALLY having Thanksgiving at home home at Mom and Dad's. It's been years since this has happened and I'm really excited to be back. I am ready for some Mom/Dad TLC and noms. Oh and Holiday snaps! Working on a few fun holiday style looks/tips- Anything specific you'd like to see?

Hope everyone has a great day!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In True Fall Fashion - Plaid+Pumpkins

Griffin Ungar Photography
Gobble gobble next week we are finally hitting turkey week everyone! Who's ready to eat? As promised a plaids+pumpkins post as arrived. A little basic but a whole lot of love haha. Also anyone who knows me knows I love experimenting in the kitchen - Chef V added in a recent Fall recipe (scroll to the end) you can perhaps take to a Friendsgiving , Office potluck, or Family Thanksgiving. You'll want to make this for sure - seriously super easy, healthy, and delish!
Okay style details -To me this outfit perfectly describes fall and possible a Thanksgiving look - What I love most is it rounds out several Fall17 trends. You see Plaid (of course), ruffles, booties, wine/navy hues, and military buttons. With a few more accessories you can easily dress this up (think jeweled necklace or hat), but I like this casual cute style. I found this skirt a few weeks ago at Zara and I've worn it several different ways already - I love how they styled it here with the turtleneck and hat (thinking a great #ootd option). Also side note: I love closet pieces that have memories tied to them. My clutch is a recent gift from a friend. She works for DVF (Yesss and she knows Diane haha) and gave me this beautiful clutch as a good luck gift when I made my move back to Texas. Thank you so much G! It is being loved and put to great use. Thankful for you and your friendship :)
Baked Pears Recipe - I made these a couple of weeks ago for my cousin and I. She lives across the street from me and we had such a lovely lunch date. Another lunch date soon?
Recipe Ingredients 
  • Pears ( Oh or even apples)
  • Cinnamon/Pumpkin Spice
  • Raisins
  • Chopped mixed nuts
  • Honey (optional)
  • Heat to 350 Bake
  • Halve the Pairs or Apples and lay on a small foiled pan
  • Add as much spice - extra cinnamon for me :)
  • Sprinkle the chopped nuts/raisins on top
  • Drizzle honey or agave (optional)
  • Bake for about 12 mins
I'll be making my way back to South Texas this next week. Ready to see the fam and friends back home.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Got it at Gordmans

Happy Saturday friends! I hope everyone had a great week. I was back in the city last week for work and it was great seeing everyone and catching up. More life talk at the end – but overall a successful trip (now who’s ready for Spring?). 
Today I wanted to share some GREAT new finds. Shoutout to any Midwest readers – this post is for you. After a recent Trip to Omaha I spent some time shopping around (of course) and found myself in a Gordmans store 😊 Happy to report that I scored SO many great deals and literally 3 complete outfits (shoe’s included featuring in another post) denim, sweaters, shoes?! All the yes to that. A little more than a full blown brunch $ spread and BAM I easily scored 3 outfits. Fine, I'll give up a brunch if that means new clothes haha. Those of you not familiar Gordmans, it is a Midwest Off Price store and the idea is shop till you drop because you never know what you might find. I love browsing and if something cute catches my eye – I know I gotta snatch it before it’s gone. I’ll be sharing in a few upcoming posts all my Gordmans finds. In the meantime I’ll be adding things to my Instagram here and you can always follow along Gordmans social media as well for the latest #trending goodies on the G Blog.
This outfit today I was really excited to share. Lately I’ve been into pairing my booties with crop denim and it’s been a nice way to trans into cooler months without hiding away all my summer denim. These are my first pair of denim culottes – I have to say I’m into it and I was inspired by these looks here and here. I decided to pair mine with this cozy green sweater (similar here) - it’s an easy comfy casual look.  My sweater and jeans are from Gordmans and my shoes and bag are classic closet staples I've had. I love the sweater quality and for under $10 this was an absolute steal! Happy with my purchases and fab fall finds.
Back to life talk – I had such a great week. Sunday I did my usual workout/prep for the week (hotel gym life) and Monday we hit the ground running. Lots of meetings, coffee, and life catch up with my NYC peeps. I finally tried Charlie Bird with my friend Daniel (so cute and the food was amazing, loved seeing you) and a group of my old work friends and I were able to catch up at a close by spot- Juniper. In our small retail world I ran into my old boss during an appointment and it was SO great to give her a quick squeeze (miss and love ya no ugly cry).  Ya’ll also know a trip to NYC isn’t complete without a stop at The Crooked Knife (the cozy spot below my first city apartment) and I loved that it was cool enough for an indoor fire. But don’t worry with all the foodies happy I fit in my workouts #wakeupcall and even squeezed in a new class. Ballet Beautiful had been on my list (a VS Angel fav) and I LOVED it. The instructor was absolute dance goalssss and I am definitely adding more of what I learned into my morning workout routines.
AH ALMOST Turkey day :) Hope everyone has a great week.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Taxi Pleaseeee!

Happy Sunday and back to the Big Apple this week - ah love visiting one of my favorite cities! SO sad what happened last week in downtown NY - prayers and sweet thoughts to those we lost. Such a terrible thing - it's like WHY do these things have to happen? I hope everyone is doing ok downtown...I can't tell you how many times I've walked that area, really hits home.
Busy week getting ready for Spring (already) lots of meetings, coffee (yep), and catching up with friends. It's always such a treat coming back and seeing everyone. Side note -Thinking of creating a Fav Hit List for NYC? I know a lot of friends and fam reach out to me when visiting the Apple (it can be overwhelming at first) but it could be helpful for anyone traveling to NYC.
That being said is it reallyyyy a trip to NY without hailing a cab? Never - Taxi please! So this outfit was one of my favorite I wore during last market week. The weather was not quite cool enough for a full sweater so this duster vest was perfect, along with the light knit turtle neck tank. The tank is from H&M and this duster was a Galleria Mall find I think the store was called ShopQ? Unfortunately it closed but I've added similar looks below. Length has been SUCH an important trend this season - long trench coats, topper jackets, vests, and robe like styles are all over store racks. I like it because with a heel or tall boots it really elongates the body...we all know we would love to add a couple of inches.
These Chanel inspired shoes have been in so many of my Fall outfit choices. Chic images here, here, and here inspired my purchase. Prissy and proper meets casual and cool. That's what I think of when loafers, slides, and slingbacks suddenly became the blogger IT shoes. But hey these are super easy to walk in, add a couple of inches, and seem to elevate any casual look. This outfit reminded me of something one of my favorite Bloggers Kat Tanita (With Love from Kat) would wear. Or even Parisian inspired - French girl cool :)
During my last visit in the city I was able to get some great fall style pics with my talented friend Griffin - Y'all she seriously has an eye for THE SHOTS. She is so good and it's always so fun catching up with her - dodging cabs and playing in the Fall Mums lol I feel like my snaps are always more fun or serious (she gets me to experiment with different poses and shots - Thank you!) Any NYC blogger ladies check her out HERE. Griff can get the ultimate gram :)
Life update - I really am loving Houston. I was telling a friend the other day that I love that if you're looking for something, Houston will most likely have it. It is a very diverse city and although there is no place quite like NYC - Houston is becoming a lovely place to live. Chayson and I checked out a few cocktail bars in Montrose this weekend and caught up with friends visiting at True Food Kitchen(too good!).

Ready to hit the week yall! Lets do this Monday thing.


Monday, October 30, 2017

The Blanket Sweater Boos

Booooo AND HAPPY HALLOWS EVE friends :)
Texture texture texture - Seriously I cannot say it enough this Fall. Today I am excited to share with you the coziest trend happening in the sweater world - Chenille. If there is one thing you need to know about this fabrication it is SUPER SOFT - and everyone will want to hug you. Once again taking a blast into the past because chenille definitely had a strong moment in the 90s. The whole whatever grunge style has influenced this season and I think chenille is having a nice welcome back moment in 2017. Cardigans (love this Urban style)scarves, and tons of pullovers are all over stores right now. Like I mentioned in my last post - you'll find them cropped as well as oversized (my fav). When it comes to styling, the V Neck does add a nice layering piece over a collared plaid or solid button down underneath (inspo look here).

Finally I think it is sweater time y'all  - even for us here in Texas. This weather has been beyond the perfect cozy style for sweater weather and this Zara pick I am wearing above is the definition of a cozy day. I decided to dress it up a bit with my favorite slip dress + Burgundy OTK boots - but feel free to Netflix& chill in leggings too :)

 When it comes to chenille think velvet yarn, plush pillow blanket, and ALL the warm fuzzies. It's the perfect mix of cute and hey I want to feel like I'm going to work in my PJs. Heck this sweater is probably comfier than half my sleep Tees. You know it's good.  Not only did this pretty Mustard color catch my eye but the touch of this oversized Sweater (found here) is amazing...seriously you are basically wearing a plush blanket. I literally wore this for like 2 days lounging around over the weekend and I'm pretty sure I'll be heading back to the Galleria for the remaining colors.

Saturday's Party Costume :) 
Spookyyyy Wine for tomorrow :) 
Hope everyone had a great Halloweekend! I had so much fun catching up with friends and dressing up. Chayson and I went to a party at Platypus Brewery (Thanks Sarah for organizing) and it was such a nice chill atmosphere. In the spirit of the upcoming VS fashion show I decided to bust out the robe and dress up as a Victoria Secret Angel ( pics above) It was a fun easy DIY costume adding the wings (AND shorts underneath lol) Chayson was Hef lol We decided going out in robes would be the way to go. Post party of course we ended up at a Mexican food place - Tacos yes please!

Tomorrow I think we are going to cook up some turkey chili and popcorn+this fun wine (oooh Poison) with a scary movie. Hope you all have a Happy Halloween...time for all the treats!


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