September Favorites {Fashion & Beauty}

Friday, September 30, 2016

Happy Friday y'all! I have to tell you...this month has flown by so fast, that the end of the month took me completely by surprise. This has been the busiest month of the year, with the kids starting school, dance class for Madison, basketball for Austin, and then Sunday school. Coffee has been my best friend and I've literally been running from one thing to another. Anyone else in the same boat?! 

Aside from the chaos. it's been a really good month for catching up with friends. I have really missed them so and it was a breath of fresh air seeing them all and hearing about their summer travels, life adventures, and their plans for the rest of the year. 

I did manage to pick up a few things this month and all of these, both fashion & beauty, have ended up being major hits for me. This is why...

1. H&M Grey Sweatshirt: I love taking casual pieces and dressing them up in an unexpected way. I purchased this light sweatshirt as a great basic for Fall and I sized down for a fitted look. Here, I tucked it into a dressy white skirt and paired it with a belt for a bit of contrast.  But this would also be cute with a flowy boho skirt or casual trousers. It's such a steal at only $9.99, that it's a must have item to get!

2. Charlotte Tilbury's Iconic Nude Lip Cheat Lip Liner & Kim K.W "Hot Lips" Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury's makeup is one of my favorite brands because the quality is out of this world and her line is just on point with my style. I gravitate to nudes most of the time and this is why I had to pick up the lip liner in Iconic Nude and the new lipstick in Kim.K.W.  They are such a gorgeous combination together, giving a puckery look to the lips with a hint of pink. Iconic Nude is also one of those colors that's the perfect base for all your lipsticks, regardless of the color. 

3. Nars Orgasm Blush:  Ok, so it's been years since I used this and ever since Nars came out with their limited edition Orgasm blush in the larger pan, it caught my eye once again. I have many blushes in my rotation, but I found myself wearing this a lot lately. It brings such a nice peachy pink flush to your cheeks and it just looks effortless.  I love highlighter on the daily, but for those easy makeup days, this is a great option because the subtle shimmer makes this a 2 in 1 product. 

4. White Lily Lace Top: As you know, I love lace and had to pick up this fun lemon patterned lace top from Anthropologie. This is one of those tops that is super flattering on, from the sleeve detail to the billowy silhouette. I love wearing it with a pair of distressed jeans and white converse or ballet flats for a casual look.

5. Adidas RMD R1 in Talc/White: Oh my goodness, I didn't expect to love these as much as I do! I have been looking for a neutral shoe to accompany a few feminine pieces. I really like the idea of taking feminine bottoms or dresses and adding a sporty feel to them. These kicks fit the bill and I absolutely adore them! I purchased the nude shade and they are super comfortable - I could not recommend them enough! You'll find yourself wearing them with everything!

6. H&M Parka with Hood: On those, "all you need is a light jacket" days, this is your gal. I like how light weight this parka is and the adjustable drawstring cinches you in at the waist if you want a more form fitted look. I purchased it in dark green and there's a hood, which is also a nice feature.  I look forward to taking this with me to my hubby's baseball games and other outdoor events. 

I hope you check these goodies out and I'd love to hear what you've been loving this month!  Please do share! Chat soon and have a great weekend! xo

Warmly ~

Romantic Lace Top

Thursday, September 29, 2016

There's nothing more romantic and feminine than a lace top! It's amazing how one piece in your wardrobe can transform your outfit into a look that's sophisticated, ethereal, and beautiful. There are so many styles and silhouettes available in a variety of laced patterns, that I have devoted an entire clothing rack in my room to these gorgeous garments. I must admit, I do have an obsession with all things lace, but for good reason. 

I picked up this top during Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale last month and I'm so glad I did. The vertical lace and dotted stripes are stunning, especially at the hem. I'm wearing it here with black skinny jeans to highlight the detail, but I have also worn this with an all white pencil skirt for a softer look. I do appreciate the flowy tunic fit because with my lifestyle, I find myself looking for pieces that are comfortable and have easy movement to them. 

Onward to the cap toe heels, which are definitely worth mentioning. I have been a fan of the cap toe style ever since my first pair of Tory Burch chunky heels. This shoe style does an amazing job at creating a slimming and elongated effect to your legs. They really do elevate your look with a dressier feel and they're surely worth owning a pair...or two....or five.  

Cap toe heels are ideal for work and evenings out, but I love the idea of pairing a lace top with cap toe flats for daytime wear!  Be sure to check below for some ballet flat options, as well as a few other lace top options. 

There will be some exciting things happening in the next few days and I'm getting giddy just thinking about it. My little sister, mom, and aunt will be coming to visit in just a couple of days and I can't wait to see them! The weather is supposed to stay beautiful through the weekend and it will be the perfect time to take them around Houston. My mom has been battling breast cancer after being in remission for 10 years and I'm so grateful that she can take a little break to enjoy life. She's the most amazing woman I know and she has battled this with such strength - it makes me so proud of her and proud to be her daughter. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead, take some time to enjoy the wonderful weather, and I can't wait to chat with you again soon!

Leith Lace Top (Similar here, herehere)
Zara Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans (herehere)
Zara Cap-Toe Heels (Similar here, here,  flat optionflat option)
Madewell Necklace (Similar here)
Envelope Clutch (Similar here & here)

Warmly ~

Decorating with Vintage Mirrors & Frames

Monday, September 26, 2016

I remember the day I set foot into an antique store for the first time in the Height's area of Houston. There were furniture pieces I had never seen before with beautiful detail and unique lines. Everything just looked as if it had a romantic feel to it, from the brass, to the vintage lace, and then to the intricate detail in the vintage mirrors and frames. It was love at first sight and from then on, I've had this aesthetic of mixing vintage and modern elements. If I could have it my way, a section of my dining room would be a gorgeous wall of vintage mirrors!  

Let me tell you why I love them so much and how they could work well in your space. 

1. Vintage furniture, including mirrors and frames add tons of character to your space. They represent a time period in history and their style tells a story of the era they were made in. Most are one of a kind and make great conversational pieces when entertaining friends and family.

2. The beautiful detail in vintage mirrors and frames make them a perfect statement piece in any area of your home. They come in dimensions and shapes that you don't see today and they add wonderful texture to your space. It's funny, but I like to look at them as jewelry for your home. I chose to display our vintage mirror on a 3 tier planter that we have in the entryway of your home. It's the perfect spot to check your makeup and outfit before heading out the door.  

3. As much as I love vintage furniture, too much of one thing is too overwhelming and can make your space look outdated. Find a special vintage mirror or small collection of frames and marry them together with the rest of your existing decor. Create a collage of new frames mixed with the unique shapes of vintage frames. You can also use the frames as cute jewelry trays to adorn your bedside table.

4.  Home decor can be pricey at times and antiques are generally more affordable. Not only that, but they are made with better craftsmanship, since most pieces from the past were made by hand. You really get a bargain on a high quality piece and that's a score in my book!

Whether it's a large mirror from the art deco age or a collection of frames from the 70's, they all have a beauty worth displaying. Check out your local antique shops, online sellers via Etsy, or attend a fun flea market, such as Vintique to find these beautiful gems. I could talk forever on this subject, but I hope this sparks your interest to a way of decorating that you didn't imagine before. Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

Warmly ~    

Classic Stripes

Friday, September 23, 2016

Hello, hello! I hope you're all having a fantastic Friday so far! Life is pretty busy for us now-a-days with house projects, running errands for the blog, and doing fun activities with the kids.  So when Friday roles around, I'm ready to get casual chic. 

I've been loving this striped button-down a lot lately for its classic look. The vertical stripes are also a plus because they create a slimming effect to your body and we all love that, right? To liven up the look, I threw on these comfy leopard heels and this fun choker from Baublebar. You can wear it tied in a bow as shown below or you can leave it untied to highlight the gold tassel detail.  You'll find me wearing it both ways and I can't get enough of it!  I embraced the 90's trend last year and I'm really happy to see it again this season. What are some pieces you enjoy wearing when you want to be casual, but put together at the same time? 

I hope your weekend is filled with all things wonderful and thanks for hanging out with me a bit. xo

Baublebar Lauriat Choker (here)
Sanctuary Black & White Striped Top (Similar here and here)
J. Crew Distressed Mid-Rise Jeans (here)
Ann Taylor Leopard Heels (Similar here)

Denim Midi Dress

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mark your calendars because Fall festivals will be kicking off in the first week of October. I'm excited to attend a few of them this year and I plan to do it in style wearing this Denim Midi Dress from the Loft. What drew me initially to this dress was the cut-out detail in the back. It's fun and flirty (which I love) and the denim is pleasantly lightweight. Since it has a dressy casual vibe to it, you can easily wear it with wedges, heels, or a cute pair of flats. And the best part is, it's currently on sale.

I hope you all have a chance to check out your local craft fairs and festivals in the coming weeks. Most are held through November and you'll be surprised how much amazing talent there is from those in your community. Thanks all for reading and chat soon!


Warmly ~

Tablescapes for Autumn Entertaining

Monday, September 19, 2016

Autumn is the perfect season for hosting outdoor dinner parties, as cooler weather graces us and nature all around seems to look beautiful and rich. Many of us have been busy with work, kids, pets, traveling and much more, leaving little room for anything else. Hosting a dinner party is a brilliant way to get together with those you love and care for, to share stories of all you've been up to since the Summer. You can keep it simple by serving mini appetizers or a big platter of your favorite dish, along with good wine. don't need a fancy backyard or venue to make it happen.  Just create an intimate set up on your balcony, patio or small area in your backyard and you are good to go!

I'm excited about planning a dinner party for October, and today I'm sharing with you my picks for tablescapes - perfect for Autumn entertaining. 

Jewel tones, such as Emerald Green, Cranberry, and Plum are all popular colors for this season. Pick your favorite tone and make it the main color of your tablescape. Incorporate the color in your napkins, place cards, candle votive's, and/or glassware and use neutrals everywhere else to balance out the look. 

I love the use of black during autumn because it's modern and classic.  Some may shy away from such a dark color, but when used in the right spots and with the right colors (white and gold), black can add tons of sophistication to a table setting. This is my number 1 pick this Autumn season! 

Style Tip: A mini bouquet of flowers with a personalized tag makes a beautiful take home favor for your guests. Use wild flowers, rosemary sprigs, olive leaves or a bundle of green foliage and tie them together using a leather cord or twine of your choice. 

Entertaining doesn't have to be expensive and time consuming. Using natural elements like tree slice place mats, wooden serving platters, tree foliage, and mason jars are beautiful on their own. Sometimes less is more.  
It's no surprise that adding texture + pattern makes the list for a gorgeous tablescape.  Integrate textured and patterned fabrics, glassware, vases, and decor for added dimension and liveliness to your look. I like to think of it as a dance of elements from one beautiful piece to another. Your guests will surely love and appreciate all the detail and time you spent to make it extra special for them.  

Make the dinner party fun and casual with poufs or over-sized cushions for seating. Lower tables will be needed, like coffee tables or stacked wooden palettes, but the look is unique and creative. This is perfect for indoor or outdoor dinner parties and will be a favorite among all your guests.

Photo Credit: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

I really look forward to this time of the year because it's truly the best opportunity to bring everyone together before the holidays. If you think about it, we only seem to get together with family and friends during birthday celebrations and weddings, but rarely "just because." 

So whether it's to spend time with 1 person or 8 people, make this occasion special and fun with your creative details. Staying connected is so important for our well being and it's always nice to step away for an evening of laughter and good company.

Warmly ~

Anthropologie Autumn Sale

Friday, September 16, 2016

Top Picks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

It's no surprise that Anthropologie is one of my favorite stores of all time! I've always been drawn to their unique and sophisticated style, using gorgeous texture, amazing fabrics, and eye-catching silhouettes from designers all over the world. 

I'm happy to announce that Anthro Day's is in full session, featuring a 20% off sale on new Autumn arrivals! The sale is expected to run today through the weekend for Anthro Members only.  No fear if you aren't a member. Just visit their website to sign up and take advantage of this special perk. Above are some of the items I'll be checking out during my shopping excursion to City Centre's Anthropologie this weekend. If you're ordering online, be sure to use coupon code: FALLPERK.   

Looking back, I first heard of Anthropologie while watching Ashley Judd on the longtime running show, The View. I was in my early 20's at the time and Ashley was the spokesperson for the brand. She looked absolutely stunning in the floral dress she was wearing, chatting passionately about how much she loved everything - from clothing to home accessories - and how it spoke well to her aesthetic. I was instantly sold and have been an Anthropologie aficionado ever since.

Are there any brands that you can see yourself wearing for years to come? If so, which one's? Have fun doing what makes you happy this weekend and chat soon! :)

Warmly ~

Eclectic Boho Kid's Bedroom {Part One}

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Hi there! A few months back, we moved into a one-story "fixer upper" home that was built in the 1980's. There's a ton of work to do (and I mean a TON), but we'll need to tackle each room one step at a time. I'm talking about knocking down walls, re-configuring the layout, and expanding the bedrooms. Since I expect the whole renovation to take anywhere from 2-5 years to complete, we will have to make do with how things are right now. It's going to require a whole lot of patience, time, and money before we can sit back and relax.

Living in an outdated home can be quite challenging. At times, I get pretty frustrated, overwhelmed, and feel a sense of worry that we bit off more than we could chew. I find myself wishing that everything could be all said and done with a simple snap of my fingers. We made the decision to move here mainly because of the awesome amount of land surrounding this home. There's a separate small building, ideal for future workshops and a darling piece of open land with luscious oak trees for the kids to play freely and to host small events.

In the grand scheme of things, this was a great purchase and it's a matter of just hanging in there. For the kids, we made the decision to put them in a bedroom together, while we slowly work on the renovations. Most of what we've done so far has been cosmetic, such as taking down wall paper, removing some of the popcorn ceilings, and painting the bedrooms and dining area. 

The kids room has an imaginary split - where there is essentially a girly space on the right side and a rustic sports side for my son on the left. For my daughter's space, I've been gradually creating an eclectic bohemian look (from her once "all white" dreamy bedroom).  I've purchased items here and there and thought I'd share some of the progress. There's still much to do - but I think it's coming along nicely. Madison seems to be enjoying it so far.

Color Block Pillow // West Elm // Bedding // Pottery Barn 

Tassel Garland // Pretty with Sprinkles // Unicorn Print // Kelly Murray
Lamp // Ikea

Decorative Boxes & Canvas Bin // Marshall's // Chenille Throw // Target

Textured Area Rug // Marshall's

As for my future plans, I'd like to add a mid-century side table, a couple of art pieces, and perhaps a new duvet cover. I do have a modern wicker basket (similar to these) for her stuffed animals, which adds a nice earthy and textural element to the room. I'll likely make a custom display for over her bed, to take the place of a headboard...waiting on that purchase until the kids have their own rooms.   

The great part about decorating is that you can really be as creative as you'd like and you don't have to break the bank doing it. Check out places like Marshall's/Home Good's, Target, and Ikea for budget friendly options and don't be afraid to mix prints and textures. As long as you stay cohesive with your overall theme, all should be just fine. Feel free to use Pinterest to gain inspiration and to see what style pieces work well for the space. Keep in mind, our kid's joint bedroom is only temporary, so as long as you have one statement piece and a few other pretties to compliment it, you can still achieve a beautifully themed space. Helpful Tip: Purchase one item every 1-2 weeks until you achieve the look you love. Start with the small purchases and save up for the more expensive pieces.     

Have a blessed day!

Warmly ~

Current Favorites // Tote Bags

Friday, September 9, 2016

This month I've been going through my closet, clearing out clothes and handbags to make room for new pieces and accessories to spice up my wardrobe. Tote bags have been a staple of mine for years and my love for them really began after having kids. I didn't feel like lugging around a diaper bag all day and tote bags just seemed more practical for my lifestyle. They hold everything that you can possibly need, they last the test of time, and there are just so many options out there for every budget.

Madewell Hole Punch Transport Tote 

I bought this tote bag recently during Madewell's Summer Sale in English Saddle. It goes with many of my outfits and the hole punch detail adds nice texture to this classic silhouette. I can't wait to take this with me to the farmer's market and to run my daily errands. You can find a similar one here or the classic Madewell Transport Tote in the same color here.

These are some others I've been eyeing lately:

1.  Banana Republic Pebbled Leather Mini ToteThis is a smaller version of your typical tote bag. It's beautiful and elegant, perfect for day and night. I also love that this has an adjustable crossbody strap option. I might be picking this up very soon because it's just so versatile. 

2. Street Level Faux Leather ToteThis is a great neutral tote bag that's at an amazing price point!. I can't tell you enough how much I love all shades of white, making this a definite taker!

3. Infusion 2-Tone Tote: For those that like to support the artisan community, this tote bag by Infusion is something I would definitely recommend. It's a blend of 100% hemp, canvas and leather, making it a durable tote. I personally own this bag and I've had it for a few years. The shop owner, Abby is truly talented and she produces nothing but the best.

4. Baggu Basic Tote BagLately, I've been totally drawn to mahogany hand bags. I love the richness of this color and it's very boho and a bit grungy,

Thanks so much for hanging out with me and let me know what bags you've currently been loving! Have a fun weekend ahead!

Warmly ~
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