I’m super excited to introduce y’all to Skinfix; my FAVE new skincare regimen. Healthy skincare products are hard to come by these days so when you find something that works perfectly and is great for your body, you stock up! Not only is Skinfix effective, it’s free of harsh chemicals like parabens, phthalates, sulfates and alcohols. PLUS it’s fully stocked with natural ingredients. These products are even safe for kids!
When you find that perfect dress, you just know. Kind of like when you find the perfect wedding dress, you get that super excited feeling that this is totally the one!! I am a huge sucker for maxi dresses and am continuously searching for the best of the best! I came across Suki & Solaine a few weeks ago after browsing online for an event maxi.
Off-the-shoulder tops are all the rage lately and there are ZERO excuses on why you shouldn’t own one for summer! Comfy, stylish and just plain cute; they are a MUST HAVE, warm-weather staple to add to your wardrobe.
Hello, peek-a-boo LACE! One of my favorite trends, that doesn’t seem to be going out of style anytime soon, is a great lace top, dress, or in this case, a lace set! I know y’all are probably so sick of me posting this outfit, but it is seriously one of my favorites!
Who else is super excited for the Kentucky Derby?! I can’t believe I am admitting this, but I have literally NEVER actually watched the Derby itself! Shocking, I know. And I LOVE horses! I made a point this year to be extremely involved with the Derby and decided to co-chair an amazing charity event! What’s better than throwing a huge party at a gorgeous house, raising money for a good cause, dressing up AND watching the Derby? I couldn’t think of any better way!
Shift dresses are my favorite type of dress to wear. Not only are they flattering on practically everyone, they are extremely slimming if you find a style that suits your body type. I have had amazing luck finding great quality fitting dresses from Forever 21 in the Contemporary section of the store. Sizes run a little larger, but the fabric is much better quality than you would normally see and the outfits themselves are more classic and mature. In the past 3-5 years, I have definitely seen a major improvement in Forever 21‘s overall aesthetic in design and quality. I suggest everyone take a gander at what they have to offer now!
PLUS shopping online at Forever 21 gives you the opportunity to return your items for a FULL REFUND! Unlike shopping in the store, which means you only get a store credit.
Now, time to get some shopping done! Did I mention this layered dress is only $29!?
I still can’t believe it is already 2016! And mid January, at that! Is this year going to go by just as fast as 2015?? I’m hoping not…
This was one of my last shoots of 2015, and boy was it a crazy one! We were headed back from Mammoth and had seen this old ghost town on the drive up there. Grayson and I thought it would be such a fun place to try and shoot an outfit if we had time on the drive back to LA. As we start to make the long trek back we literally creep on every town that looks overly rundown and desolate. We finally found the perfect one that had 5-6 old houses fenced off with Private Property signs. This place was literally right off the highway so fingers crossed no one felt like reporting us. We walked around the entire place trying to find the perfect area to shoot and definitely found some interesting stuff going on there! Not only were there old clothes, bed sheets and just crap in general, there were water leaks, broken glass, and fallen down walls EVERYWHERE! It was pretty sketch. But we shot long enough to get some good photos until cars started pulling up and watching us… Talk about creepy!!
It was such a blast and a fun story to be able to tell! And I had the perfect coat from SheIn to shoot! I think it was the absolute perfect look for this location.
As the joy of gift giving fades and the reality of holiday spending hits your bank account this January, bargain shopping for fabulous style is a resolution must. Ideally, we could buy anything we wanted at Neiman Marcus, regardless of the price tag. But that’s not the real world, and besides, it’s just as easy to achieve that $1,000 look without breaking the bank. My motto is wear what you love, no matter your budget. Either of these almost-identical winter looks is perfect for cozying up by the fire or toasting the new year with your girlfriends. With drastically different price tags, you can strut a winter-chic wardrobe in style and within your own budget.
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When to Splurge, When to Save
Jewelry is a great example of how to look like a million bucks without spending a fortune. While nice watches and classic jewelry are great investment items, inexpensive costume jewelry is a fabulous way to stay on trend without dipping into your savings for a new pair of earrings.
Over-the-knee boots are the trend right now, and we are seeing them everywhere: in magazines and style blogs, on models and friends. Boots are usually a splurge item for me because a well-made (and typically more expensive) pair of leather boots will last much longer than a poorly made (and typically less expensive) option. However, I broke the bank buying the seemingly splurge-worthy Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots, but then I found a similar pair for less than $300 that I actually receive more compliments on. In this case, save your money for another splurge!
Classic handbags like this Chanel Boy bag are wardrobe staples that can be passed on to your kids and grandkids. These types of handbags are iconic for a reason: They last a lifetime. Years of good use and impeccable style help justify the designer investment. Luckily, if you’re simply not in the market for this type of luxury item, there are countless alternative options that will give you the same style at a fraction of the cost.
Bottom line: I can’t justify $595 on a brand-name cardigan when I can find a look-alike piece from Forever 21 for $21.80. Except for staples (like a black leather jacket), clothing is a savings goldmine. If splurge money were no object, I would regularly purchase higher-quality garments. However, until I hit the jackpot, I will be saving on affordable look-alikes, especially for trends that may come and go in one season.
Splurge Details: $13,163
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Save Details: $914
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HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!!
How was everyone’s holidays? We headed up to Mammoth Lakes on Christmas to spend a few days in the snow! If you didn’t noticed from my previous Instagram photos, I LOVE the snow! Like giddy child, love the snow! I used to go to Colorado multiple times a year as a kid and young adult to hike, mountain bike and ski. It’s been a while since I have actually been in tons of snow! Mammoth was dumped on the week prior to us coming so it was perfect and even snowed on us the day we got there. We don’t get any snow in Austin so any chance I have for a white Christmas; count me in!
I finally got to bundle up and be a frozen snow bunny! The day before we left for this trip I found the cutest fur trimmed hooded jacket at Banana Republic that was on sale and then 50% off of that!! PSSTTTT… They’re sale is still going on!
I hope everyone has a Happy New Year!
Sweater – Chicwish
Necklace – Baublebar