Tuesday, November 25, 2014

tuesday shoes day

Well, I'm thinking that it's about time that I share some of my fabulous wedding photos on the blog!!  Yes it's been a little while since we tied the knot but with about 1200 pictures and family scattered across the country, I really wanted to hold off for awhile.  But there's no holding back anymore!  I'll be sharing all of the pictures with some of the family over Thanksgiving break and therefore,  I'll be posting wedding pictures all this week!  Get excited!!

Today I wanted to start it off simple and dedicate this lovely Tuesday Shoes Day to my gorgeous Badgley Mischka pumps that I wore on my big day.  So here they are!! 
Aren't they stunning?!  I loved all of the sparkle!  I didn't want ivory shoes that matched my dress exactly but I also didn't want to go with a highly contrasting color (by the way, I absolutely love blue shoes for a wedding, it just didn't fit with MY wedding).  I wore a beautiful handmade sash around my waist and I did my best to coordinate my shoes with the sash so my accessories would match and the ivory white dress would stand out.  I bought these shoes thinking they were very similar in color and then discovered, to my delight, that they were the exact color of my sash and looked so beautiful together.  

This is the Pearson II metallic pump... I have found the same shoe for you, just not the same metallic finish.  Unfortunately those are sold out.   BUT you can get the exact same shoes HERE in three different colors.  

I highly recommend any Badgley Mischka shoes as your wedding or special occasion shoes!!  I found them to be extremely comfortable and there is such a big selection of absolutely gorgeous embellished pumps!!  I think they are fancy enough for your big day, while still remaining affordable (sorry I don't pay $1,000 for shoes... not my style)

If you are looking for a metallic finish, I found these SIMILAR BM Pumps and I've also rounded up a few of my favorite Badgley Mischkas below!
Badgley Mischka Wedding Shoes

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Are you married?  Did you wear fancy shoes that you loved?  Any other huge Badgley Mischka fans out there?  

Monday, November 24, 2014

Flirt turns five

I am NOT an early Christmas shopper.  I'd love to be one of those women that has every gift for every person figured out before Thanksgiving and Christmas cards ready to mail and meals planned... but I am not.  Not even close.  I'm the person that says every year that they're going to Christmas shop early and do it online to avoid crowds and not shop for myself on Black Friday... and then does just that.  And then finishes the last of the shopping on Christmas Eve.  No joke.  UGH.

So I guess you could say I'm actually ridiculously proud of myself for having a very few small gifts already purchased this year... how sad is that?!  But seriously, I am proud... baby steps.

My timing and procrastinating may still be in a sad state BUT I've managed to improve a little with the planning portion i.e. making sure I'm shopping big sales and using coupons and getting freebies for myself along the way so I'm not actually spending the money on myself.  

This is a great time of year for sales in all stores, not just big box retailers.  I highly recommend checking into local boutiques and making sure that you always follow your favorite shops on any social media platform they offer.  Why?  Because they announce events and sales, that's why.  And many boutiques even have style ambassadors now that can offer discount codes and/or reward customer loyalty.  Also, many boutiques are offering buying/shipping via Paypal on instagram so you don't have to be local to them!  So you really can end up shopping some amazing deals and get gifts that are far more personalized and unique at great prices.

I follow a fabulous boutique here in Fort Worth called Flirt Boutique (you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram) and I took full advantage of their Flirt Turns Five celebration event last week!  Check out some of my pics from the event!~
P.S. Flirt~ we have the same curtains!! ;-)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fall Favorites from the Style club

Fall Favorites from the Style club
{all photos from thestyleclub.com}
I'm absolutely loving the fall pieces the are available right now from The Style Club!! The stripes and plaid and sequins and crop tops and sweaters!!!! AHHH! These are just a few of my picks!

I've updated my Style Club Closet with my faves for fall... which is pretty much everything!!! Hope you'll check it out!  The Style Club is a unique online shopping experience! You can watch your favorite tastemakers, shop the latest fashion trends, and share with your friends!

Let's be honest ladies!  This cold weather is a perfect excuse to stay cozy at home and do some fun interactive shopping online!  What are your favorite pieces?

Monday, November 10, 2014

affordable fall trends

On Friday night I was lucky enough to attend the first Fashion X Dallas runway show.  The show ran Thursday through Saturday but unfortunately my schedule only allowed me one night.  However, one night was more than enough to see multiple talented designers and enjoy Dallas fashion and nightlife.  

I choose to wear simple black and white... I mean really, it's my go-to.  I'm obsessed with high contrast and will just always love the combo.  It actually wasn't until after putting this outfit together than I realized how many fall trends it touched on, so I'd love to share my though process behind this look and a few really affordable ways to factor in some of these trends this season! 
 While on a hunt for faux leather leggings (another huge trend this fall... faux leather accents on clothing, great faux leather jackets and pants, even shorts and skirts), I found faux suede leggings from a Moto collection by Rock & Republic at Kohls.  Yeah I know, shocker!! I was shopping at Kohls! ;-)

They weren't exactly what I was looking for... they were better!  I love how soft they are and I love the seaming and interesting mix of fabrics.  The front is faux suede and the sides have mixed in accents of scuba-like material.  So these leggings are definitely stretchy and easy to pull on.  The seaming, especially across the knees, gives a great motorcycle pants feel without going over the top butch.

You may have noticed an abundance of faux leather (or real leather) "Moto" or motorcycle jackets this season.  And yes, this is a HUGE trend!  Especially when you take an edgy piece like that and mix it with a flirty skirt or lace or a feminine top.  But if you're not willing to invest in a jacket, which often times can be a pricier item, you should consider other ways to rock the Moto trend.  Enter, these leggings!  They are on sale right now at Kohls ($25 y'all!!!), and you know they always have extra coupons, so hurry and shop these FAUX SUEDE LEGGINGS HERE!

Obviously this outfit covers the black and white trend.  But what else?  Menswear for women.  It's really big this fall and honestly, it's really easy to achieve.  Who doesn't have a pair of black pants in their wardrobe?  Whether it's leggings like mine, or simply black dress pants, every women has (or should have) a black pant go-to.  Beyond that, all it takes is a simple white shirt and a tuxedo-inspired jacket.  I love this white blouse because, well first of all, it was on clearance.  Second, it's super simple and flowy and comfortable to wear.  I also love the zipper accent in the front as well as the pocket, giving it an edgier look.  (Have you noticed exposed zippers are everywhere?)

My tuxedo jacket is actually from a few season's ago.  It is LC Lauren Conrad from Kohls.  Since I can't link the exact jacket, I've rounded up a few similar looks below! Keep reading!  If you're not wanting to purchase a new tuxedo jacket, here's a few affordable ideas!...  check out upscale resale/ consignment shops and even thrift stores, shop garage sales and estate sales, pull a black blazer from a suit you already own, raid your boyfriend's/ husband's/ dad's/ brother's/ neighbor's/ friend's closet and borrow from them! ... it doesn't matter if it's oversized or a little boxy, that's another trend right now (I bet your mom or maybe even you have a shoulder-pad blazer in the back of their/ your closet.  Just make sure you pair it with more fitted and feminine items!  And don't forget, keeping the makeup and hair really fresh and girly will help balance any hard edges of the outfit.  I opted for a few soft curls accenting my straight hair and made sure to accessorize with lots of sparkle and big jewels.
 Here's my camera shy hubby... totally didn't want to pose with me until I made him... that's why I'm alone in the first pic ;-)  Such a good sport... you don't often see Marine Scout Snipers at fashion events!

The clutch and booties are other must-have items for fall!  Short black booties can be paired with so many items!  I love them with these leggings and since my booties (old, Issac Mizrahi) happen to also be faux suede, my leg-line was continued the entire length of my leg, which is a great trick to look a little taller/ more slender.  I'm also obsessed with pairing short booties with dresses, skirts and shorts this season, as you can clearly see on my Instagram feed!  I've tagged some super cute booties below!
 Working on my dreams!!

I loved the leggings so much, I decided to remix them again over the weekend.  Sunday saw my purple sweater, the leggings and my peep toes.  It's been a nice fall days of actual fall weather here in DFW!  Oh, there's that clutch again!
tuxedo inspired black and white

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