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{Fall Splurge or Steal}

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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Splurge Or Steal

When to Splurge, When to Save
Save: Jewelry

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.

Save: Boots

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!

Splurge: Handbags

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. 

Save: Clothes

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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Bag – Chanel //  J12 watch – Chanel

Highland OTK Boots – Stuart Weitzman // Jeans – AG

Cardigan – Vince // Hat – Goorin Bros

Grey Shawl – Louis Vuitton // Bracelet – Vita Fede

Save Details: $914

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Crossbody – Rebecca Minkoff // Watch – Nixon

OTK Boots – Sam Edelman // Gray jeans – H&M 

Cardigan – Forever 21 // Black Hat – H&M

Halogen Scarf – Nordstrom // Gold Spike Bracelet- Jules Smith


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!

Outfit Details:

Jacket – Banana Republic (Similar HERE) // Beanie – Forever 21

Boots – Burberry (Similar HERE) // Scarf – Forever 21

Sunglasses – Gucci (Similar HERE) // Jeans – H&M

{Holidays with Denizen}

Ladies, you all know how hard it is to find the perfect fitting pair of jeans. The struggle is real. We all have such different body types and every brand/pair just won’t work for all of us. I have a confession to make… I have found the perfect pair that will literally fit anyone and everyone!

DENIZEN® from Levi’s® are now my go-to pair! You’re not just limited to skinny jeans, and have tons of options to suit your dream jean needs! I always love finding new brands of jeans to share with my readers and I suggest you all try them out.

I am styling commercials and print ads on a regular basis and have to spend a lot of my days shopping for clothing that I know will instantly fit the talent, who are rarely the runway model type. You know, the super tall and skinny who look amazing in everything?? I work with people who are all shapes, sizes and heights, so finding something that is going to work for anyone and everyone is outrageously tough. No joke, I always purchase DENIZEN® from Levi’s® and every talent I have dressed has complemented the fit and how great it is.

They have the perfect amount of stretch, which I love! Especially after all of this holiday eating! Am I right?!

Don’t forget you can share your own #HolidaysInDENIZEN photo on Instagram for your chance to win your own DENIZEN® from Levi’s® jeans and a $400 shopping spree! Learn more at

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year!

Outfit Details:

Jeans – DENIZEN® from Levi’s® Modern Skinny in Orbit

Sweater – Chicwish

Boots – Frye // Boot Cuffs – Royal Scout

Beanie – Target (Similar HERE) // Sunglasses – Panda

Necklace – Baublebar


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! 😉

In the meantime, head over to Shop Sosie! I just found this adorable online boutique and fell in love with everything! Their vision is to enable young women to showcase their unique personalities through fashion. Whether your style is clean and classic, bohemian, or a delicate ingénue, you are sure to find something to suit your style at extremely affordable price points!

 Enter code DTKAustin20 at checkout for 20% off your entire purchase!

Outfit Details:

Jacket – Shop Sosie // Scarf – Shop Sosie (Similar HERE)

Use code DTKAustin20 at Shop Sosie for 20% off your entire purchase!

Beanie – Forever 21 // Boots – Steve Madden

Top – Nordstrom // Sunglasses – Gucci (similar HERE)

Jeans – AG


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!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, everyone!!

Outfit Details:

Dress – H&M // Tights – Spanx

Boots – Sam Edelman (ON SALE for $157!)

Sunglasses – Gucci (Similar HERE) // Necklace – H&M

{Stripes and Sparkle}

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.

Outfit Details:

Striped Shirt – Banana Republic // Zip-up – Banana Republic

Shoes – Sam Edelman (On sale!!) // Jeans – AG

Beanie – Phase 3 // Watch – Marc Bale

Bracelet – The Peach Box

Nails by Lacquer

{Living Proof}

Curl Tutorial 5

Photos by Melissa Glynn

3 Steps to Curls That Last

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.

Curl Tutorial 1


Step 3 –  Size up

Curl Tutorial

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.

Curl Tutorial 2

Curl Tutorial 4

Curl Tutorial 3

Living Proof Curl Hair Tutorial

Outfit Details:

“Before” Sweater – JOA // “After” Sweater – H&M (Similar HERE)

Jeans – AG // Shoes – Sbicca (Comes in 4 colors!)

Products – Instant Texture and Flex


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!!

They are also giving away one $2K gift card to use on their online shop! All you have to do is follow CULT on Instagram in order to enter –

Oh, and how great are these shoes from Sole Society?! PERFECT for New Years!!! Not too tall and not too short. They are the most comfy shoes I think I own!

Outfit Details:

Sweater – Forever 21 // Jeans – Cult of Individuality

Shoes – Sole Society // Sunglasses – Gucci (Similar HERE)

Bag – Chanel (Similar HERE) // Scarf – Zara (Similar HERE)

{Sequin Fever}

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!

Outfit Details:

Dress – Topshop // Shoes – Christian Louboutin

Clutch – Louis Vuitton (Similar HERE)

Second Outfit Details:

Pants – Express (Similar HERE)

White Top – Shop Skylar Belle (Similar HERE)

Black Blazer – Trouve // Shoes – Christian Louboutin

Clutch – Louis Vuitton (Similar HERE) // Sunglasses – Gucci

{Cable Knit}

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.

Outfit Details:

Sweater – Chicwish // Skirt – Express (Similar HERE)

Shoes – Sam Edelman // Hat – H&M (Similar HERE)

Beanie – Nordstrom // Scarf – Grace & Lace