I can’t believe this is one of my last blog posts of 2015! What a whirl wind it has been!! Stay tuned for my New Years Resolution post tomorrow! 😉
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GUYS! I can’t believe Christmas is tomorrow. Who else think the holidays got here WAY too fast?? It feels like summer was yesterday! I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year surrounded by your family and friends.
Grayson and I decided to pack up and head to California to see my family and then head up to the mountains in Mammoth for a little Christmas snowboarding! Can’t wait to be back up in the snow since we get absolutely 0 in Texas. Speaking of no snow in Texas, it is literally 80 degrees right now!! :/ No dreaming of a white Christmas there!
I do remember one year about 6-7 years ago and it actually snowed a ton ON Christmas Day in Fort Worth! It was so magical and fun being surrounded by family, cozied up next to the fire while it snows outside.
Enough of me rambling!! I wanted to post a super cute dress that I found at H&M that is perfect for winter and spring! Not only can you make this cute dress a little dressier, but you can also make it quite casual in the summer as well. Extremely versatile and it is extremely comfortable! And the best OTK boots are on sale for $157!!
Sequins and stripes are two of my favorite things and when they are in combination together; even better! I partnered with Banana Republic to show off a few of their new, Fall 2015 Winter line and have to say, I am definitely impressed. I feel like they are catering more to the everyday woman; not only business wear but cozy and casual too! Now that I am self employed and work from home quite a bit I need to be in casual, yet super chic clothing whenever I can. This striped top and beaded zip-up are absolutely perfect to throw on with a pair of jeans and heels.
And we definitely need to talk about accessorizing these casual looks. The Peach Box and Marc Bale have come out with some amazing watch designs that will go with anything and everything; dressy or casual.
Everyone who knows me understands why I always wear my hair straight. I literally cannot get my hair to hold a curl for longer than 5 minutes to save my life… HORRIBLE! I want those super cute beachy waves that I keep seeing on all of my friends and fellow blogger pals! But I just stare in envy, wishing I had cool hair. Sad face.
Anyway, I figured after cutting 9″ off a few months back that my hair would actually hold a curl a little better since all of that weight is gone. And sure enough… Martha Lynn worked her magic with some help from Living Proof and, BAM, I had curls!! For more than half the day! HOORAY!!!
I’ll give you the Cliff Notes on this super simple, everyday curls tutorial. See the entire step-by-step HERE on the Living Proof Blog.
Step 1 – Prep hair
We sprayed Instant Texture throughout her dry hair and then blew it out so it would have some grip and texture.
Step 2 – Apply Heat
Spray Flex on each section of hair (I’m using long vertical sections about 1-2 inches wide here). Make sure you are heating up the entire strand of hair. Most women start the curling iron at the bottom and then roll it all the way up to the root.
Step 3 – Size up
The curls will look borderline “Clara” from the Nutcracker at first. But trust me – once you run your fingers through your hair and brush it a little, the curls will settle into perfectly natural curls waves (and they’ll last!). We finished the look by flipping her part to a deep side part to create volume on top and touched up the curls throughout the crown by wrapping small strands of hair around the barrel.
I can’t believe Christmas is next week… How did it get here so fast?? Have I been that busy!? I haven’t even shopped for gifts yet!! Thankfully, I have all weekend to get that done and will definitely be taking advantage of this ONE day off I have!
In the meantime, I wanted to share my love for these jeans I have on! I am big on amazing jeans and if they don’t fit right you wont see me in them at all! So, if you ever see me posting jeans, you know they’re amazing and totally worth it!! This particular pair is from Cult of Individuality and fits AMAZING. I will tell you straight if I dislike a pair and these are the perfect softness and aren’t too thick or stiff. Perfect in my book!!
Oh HEY, holidays! You totally didn’t sneak up on me or anything. I can’t believe we only have a couple of weeks until Christmas. I know everyone says it, but this year literally flew by! It feels like Thanksgiving was just a few days ago!
To get into those good ole’ holiday feels, I have thrown together TWO super festive, sequin outfits for your viewing pleasure! Dressing for the holidays is such a pain and it’s even stressful for me every year, and I dress people for a living!!
I figured I would help everyone out and showcase two totally different types of glam looks; a beaded dress and a sequin pants look. I know not everyone wants to be in a sequin mini all day/night long so I threw in a comfy, sequin legging idea too. Most people aren’t to fond of sporting crazy sequin leggings, but I have to tell you, these are so comfortable and you can definitely tone them down!
Finally posting my all time favorite turtleneck! I got such a huge response on Instagram when I posted this, I figured I should shoot an entire outfit.
Want to know the best thing about this turtleneck? You can wear it backwards and not even know! Hahahaha, and I totally did this on accident until I realized and quickly turned it around to finish the shoot. BUT HEY, it’s versatile!!
I shot this a couple of different ways to show that you can definitely layer if it gets chilly, or you can just wear by itself and dress it up with a cute hat or beanie.
Who’s ready for the holidays?! This girl!!! This is the first of three posts showcasing my favorite holiday get-ups that are sure to be show-stoppers! Not only that, but they will be extremely comfortable as well. As you know from the last post, I am all about comfort! So, if I am going out to celebrate the holidays and/or New Years, I need something that is going to allow me to stand for hours and still stay comfy.
This first dress is the perfect holiday outfit that gives a small hint of sexy in the side cutouts without going overboard. I am extremely conservative with my wardrobe and absolutely fell in love with this cute dress. You can throw on some OTKs or black pumps to show off those legs or throw some tights on underneath if you are cold. Extremely versatile and very affordable!
The best thing about Austin is the lack of dressing up. Coming from Fort Worth, this was quite a shock since we would dress up just to go to the grocery store! My day-to-day consists of working and errands the majority of the time so comfort is definitely key. This look is literally what I am wearing on a daily basis. The key for me is comfortable, light weight, layered clothes with shoes I can walk around in everyday. This is my uniform! So, if you ever see me out and about in Austin, I will definitely be in the most casual outfit possible. Everything posted below is extremely affordable and will keep you comfy ALL day long!
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of staying at the most gorgeous hotel EVER; The Hotel Emma. Believe it or not, I am definitely not over exaggerating. The attention to detail in this hotel was out of this world. The hotel kept the majority of the original buildings bones and characteristics, but that’s all I am going to say! You need to see this place for yourself! I can’t say enough good things about it!
Here’s a brief intro to the hotel –
The hotel is named in honor of Emma Koehler, a towering figure in Pearl history. Emma ran the brewery after her husband and Pearl president Otto Koehler died in 1914. She was an ingenious CEO who kept the brewery going during Prohibition by converting operations to dry cleaning and auto repair, and making near beer, ice cream and soda. While other breweries were shutting down, Emma kept her entire workforce employed. She turned over control of the company to a nephew in 1933, but was a formidable presence at the brewery until her death in 1947.
And now, on to the outfit photos!!
Not only was this hotel gorgeous on the inside and out, there were so many great photoshoot opportunities! A massive cold front had blown in the evening we were staying and the next morning was overly chilly and rainy. Thankfully, I actually packed a few warm pieces like my ever-so-soft blanket scarf and beanie!! If you haven’t noticed already, I can’t live without a beanie in the winter!!