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Ashley Hargrove

{Bell Sleeved Beauty}

Ashley of DTK Austin shares her favorite summer bell-sleeved top from Chicwish with a Henri Bendel tote. Click for more information and photos of the perfect summer outfit.

Happy Wednesday! Who else is beyond excited this week is almost over? It has been one stressful week and I’m ready for a major refresh this weekend. I desperately wish I had time to go on a vacation because I don’t think I’ve needed one more than ever at this point. I’m sure you’re all wondering what’s going on. Isn’t it so annoying when people say something is wrong but then they never actually tell anyone? Anyway, I am currently wondering if having shoulder surgery was a good idea. Obviously, I needed it or I would have extreme issues in the future but this recovery process is HELL. Not anything like I had expected. Being overdramatic isn’t even the case and I wish it was. I dread going to my surgeon to hear that I’ve made no progress, only to get painful injections and more PT that isn’t helping. It’s now looking like I will have to go back under anesthesia for the surgeon to manipulate my arm to try and fix the axillary nerve damage and break up all of the scar tissue that has built up since I haven’t been able to move my arm because of the nerves. The never ending cycle of being in pain is wearing me down and making me exhausted.

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{Most Coveted Easter Dresses}

Ashley of DTKAustin has rounded up her favorite dresses for all of your Easter festivities and Easter church service. Click for more images and details to be the best dressed.

Easter is right around the corner and for those of us who haven’t even started thinking about what to wear, I’m here to help. I have rounded up my favorite dresses for Easter Sunday and all of the family festivities you may be getting yourself into. Every time I think of Easter I am always brought back to when I was a kid, in a girly easter dress with my Easter egg basket ready to go hunt for eggs. Life was much simpler back then, wasn’t it!? It’s been years since I have actually been with my family on Easter, which makes me sad to think about. Gosh, how I miss those days! I’d say it’s about time to start my own little family to create these memorable traditions with, just how I remembered it as a kid. (Don’t get too excited, mom! That’s not happening anytime soon!)

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{My Gentle Fawn Spring Must Haves}

DTKAustin shares her three favorite outfits for Spring with Gentle Fawn. Maxi dresses, dusters, and summer whites are on my Spring agenda. Click for more details!

TGIF, friends! Spring is here and that means it’s time to start shopping for warm weather looks.  In celebration of this gorgeous weather, I’m sharing 3 of my most coveted, affordable Spring looks with Gentle Fawn that won’t break the bank. Speaking of gorgeous weather, Texas has apparently decided that we didn’t need Spring and has moved right on into summer temps. It’s been upper 80s and low 90s the past few weeks! I can’t say I’m not enjoying it but that really scares me to think of how hot our summer is going to be… It’s not looking good.

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{Funding a Child’s Education with ESPEROS Leather Bags}

As much as I love fashion and partnering with different brands there really aren’t too many that actually make the base of their company all about giving back to the community or even partnering with charities all around the world. When I get the chance to work with a company that gives back, I jump at the opportunity. I’m excited to introduce you all to ESPEROS, a company that believes education is the key to overcoming the cycle of poverty and that it should be available to everyone. To help make this vision a reality, ESPEROS creates stylish, functional, and durable products. With every product sold, they will fund one year of education for children in the developing world.

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{Instagram Roundup of my SXSW Outfits}

My gosh, what a whirlwind of a week. Like I had mentioned in my SXSW Survival Guide, it never gets any easier! After 8 years of attending SX you’d think I would be a pro at being out non-stop but with work, trying to stay healthy and then getting older I’m wanting to go to bed at 10am! This week was made even more difficult as most of you saw from my Instagram Stories. Everyone obviously knows I had shoulder surgery and haven’t been making much progress due to some major nerve issues so my surgeon suggested a steroid injection to help get things loosened up so my shoulder would move more. Long story short, that was hell and I was in mega pain the next 2 days while I was out and about for SX. As if that wasn’t bad enough, I had to get up extremely early to go to PT Thursday and Friday before heading out for the days events! So being tired was an understatement! I definitely had an absolute blast and am actually sad it’s already over!! Until next year, right?

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{How to Stay Comfortable at a Festival + a Giveaway}

Is it next week yet?? I always forget how intense SXSW is until I’m enthralled in the festivities! It’s day 4 for me and I’ve got 3 more long days to go. Wish me luck! I know I did a survival guide post on how to make it through SXSW but I really wanted to do a post on what people should be wearing as it’s currently fresh on my mind. There’s no better time to actually get this post up than the present! Plus I wanted to show off my favorite and comfiest look from SX so far! I’ll be sure to do a recap of what I wore once this week/weekend is over! That’s if I am still alive after that! HA!

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{Must-Have White Blouse for Spring}

DTKAustin shares her favorite summer outfit. Chicwish top, American eagle cut off shorts, Frye shoes and tote. Click for more details on the perfect summer look!

Well, so much for summer temps in Austin! As much as I had hoped the 80-90 degree weather would stay in our forecast, good things apparently have to come to an end. Insert sad face. I do have to say I am somewhat disappointed that it is now in the 40s and raining considering it is SXSW where thousands and thousands of people come to Austin to be outside! Saturday was my first official day of SXSW and it was MISERABLE! Obviously fun to be around my friends, but cold and rainy! YUCK! It was literally 50 degrees and pouring outside. Parking was such a nightmare that my friend and I had to pay to park, walk in the mud and go to events in the rain, while wearing suede shoes. No bueno!! Thankfully, the week ahead looks partly sunny and in the 60s. I’ll take it!

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{SXSW Survival Guide with CLIF Bar}

DTK Austin Shares her guide and tips to survive SXSW with CLIF Bar. Everything you need to know from what to wear to what to pack is in this post. Click for more info!

As a SXSW veteran I have to say, this festival never gets any easier! And I mean that in a good way. Each and every year there are always more and more things to do and it’s extremely easy to get overwhelmed! I’ve partnered with CLIF Bar to give you the best music festival experience possible and also a guide on how to survive the long days! First things first; come join me at the CLIF Bar Bash at Blackheart on 3/14-3/15 from 11:30a-6pm and then at the Southwest Invasion at the rooftop of Whole Foods downtown from 3/16-3/18! I will be there every day and hope to meet some new friends while I’m there!

RSVP by clicking on the hyperlink below – 

CLIF Bar Bash

Southwest Invasion

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{How to Layer with a Vest for Spring}

DTKAustin shows how to wear a vest to transition into Spring. Click for more details on this OOTD. Zara Vest, Henri Bendel Bag, and a CamiNYC tank.

Happy Thursday, friends! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far. SXSW is upon us Austinites so before all of the craziness starts I wanted to do a quick post on a look that anyone can pull off, no matter their size. Vests are a trend that I have fallen in love with and they don’t seem to be going out of style, thankfully. Over the past few years I have accumulated so many vests and sadly, I just keep forgetting to wear them until I saw this stunner at Zara. It brought back all of my best vest memories and I knew I just had to have this one because of the unique grommet and lace-up detailing on the front.

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{Best of February Looks – Instagram Roundup}

Happy March, friends! This post is a little delayed since it’s almost the middle of March but I wanted to gather a round up of my favorite 10 looks from February. I have posted each photo with a shoppable scroller underneath. All you have to do is click through and then click on an item that you want to shop. If you are looking for anything in particular feel free to leave a comment or send me a message and I will try and help you locate it. ☺️

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