Stripes + Tees

posted on: 7/22/2014






You know I love a good graphic tee. Maybe too much, actually. At this point I think all of my tees are graphic. (Meaning with words or images...not NSFW.)

I bought these pants when they weren't on sale. I have a knack for this -- buying the item that goes on sale right after the price adjustment window ends. So if we are ever shoping together and I buy something you like, just wait 3 weeks and get it on sale. Promise this works every time. 

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Polka Dots + Rainy Days

posted on: 7/21/2014








You would never know that it was starting to rain in these photos but we were seconds away from being drenched when we finally called it. We had this random downpour last week and when there was a small break in the clouds we knew we had about 5 minutes to shoot. Since we typically shoot outside most days, I've never been so into the weather in my life. Wind and rain can ruin a good outfit day in a second, so you better believe I am on top of that weather report. It's always a shame to waste a good hair or outfit on a rainy day. (Now that I think about it, that's usually how I know it's raining outside; my hair will be impeccable.)

I spent the weekend with my college girlfriends at what will probably be my last wedding as a bridesmaid. I might have also pretended that I was 21 again and today I am very much feeling all 29 years of age today. How was your weekend, friends? Do anything fun? 


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Wearing: 
Ivanka Trump heels / Similar 

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How to Shop for Fall (Right Now)

posted on: 7/18/2014








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Halogen Leopard Heels (size down at least 1/2 size, seriously)

It's slightly bizarre to be talking about shopping for fall when it's mid-July. But currently it's in the upper 60s here (polar vortex? apocalypse? Christmas in July?) and it feels like fall so that's helping. I actually need a jacket today. Texas, you're confused. Back to fall shopping, from now until August 4th, Nordstrom is having their Anniversary Sale as you've probably heard if you read the internet at all. I had no idea about this sale until a few years ago when we had an employee at bloom who talked non-stop about this sale. I thought what is so great about it? It's just a sale. Then I shopped it this year. Yes, it is just a sale, but it can work to your advantage in many ways.

So everything that is on sale is for pre-fall / fall so this is great if you want to get ahead on your 'back to school' shopping. (I am no longer in school and haven't been for years, but I still love a good back to school shopping trip. I'll use any excuse.) But let's talk a few other ways that you can use this sale to help better your wardrobe for now or for later.
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01) Shop for Fall: So this is the most obvious way to shop the sale -- shop for fall clothes, since that is what the styles are. Since I had to buy seasons ahead for bloom, I learned kind of what to look for / what to stay away from when buying a season too early. My best advice would be to stick with either dark neutrals or typical fall colors. Think navy, black, grey, dark red, etc. I'd also suggest to go with pieces that will go from fall to fall -- keep the trends for later. Fashion moves so quickly any more that if you buy a trend now and let's say it never actually happens or you hate it, you'll be kicking yourself come cooler months. Go for things that you know you'll wear and that will last through the cold seasons. Classics now, trendy later. (I will defend the embellished chambray shirt though. Trendy but...CHAMBRAY.)

I picked a few classic fall tops below:



02) Shop for Needs: So this is the time that I would tell everyone (especially if you are a fan of designer denim) to buy jeans. The ones I'm wearing are Paige and they ended up being $70 off, while still 'in-season'. (Psst: 'In-season' doesn't necessarily mean in style or out of style, it just means it's within a certain shipment schedule for vendors and stores. They have so many styles and deliveries throughout the year, that most of the time 'out of season' just means it's been on the floor for a few months.) All that to say, denim rarely goes out of season and if you are in need, this is the time for sure. I'm not extremely loyal to one brand but I like Hudson, Mother, Citizens and I just bought these Paige denim and so far so good. For fall, I'd stick with dark skinny jeans or black jeans. I wore my black denim a ton last fall. 



Shoes are another need based item for fall. And if I had to get specific, black boots for fall. Black boots of all heights. Black boots for everyone!



I'm also a bit partial to leopard print heels for fall and now, I suppose. The ones I'm wearing above are a steal! $59, my friends. (Size down, you will thank me later.)

Another need might be a handbag, jewelry, sunglasses, etc. Think about what you've been on the hunt for and get it while it's still on sale. I've been wanting a lighter tan cross body (my wants are very specific) and I found this one which will work perfectly into the fall. (You know I love a good neutral.)





03) Shop for Wants / Splurges: Since I'm a cardholder, the sale started at the beginning of the week for me and there was a Phillip Lim purse that was a few hundred off. I stared at it every day in my cart and of course I never hit purchase. (Let's be real, I was never going to but it was nice to have it in my cart for a few days. I felt like it was mine.) I think it's sold out now, but I told B that if I was in the market for a designer bag that THIS was the time. He told me I'd probably never be in the market, which hurt my pride a little. But all that to say, I could go to town on some designer duds with this sale. (I am well aware that people who actually wear designer, never address them as 'duds'.) I present to you the want list of my dreams -- and it's on sale:




I'm still trying to talk myself into those leather shorts. I've got a good angel and bad angel on my shoulders talking me in and out of it.

Silliness aside, if you are in the market for a designer handbag, or say Kate Spade heels, then again this is the time to get them while still on sale. Could you buy the heels in a size 10? That way we can share. Thanks, girl. And of course your 'splurge' doesn't have to be designer or out of the park expensive. Mine was this Equipment blouse. I've fawned over Equipment from afar for a while and decided to go ahead and take the plunge with this top since it was on sale. It's a classic.  

Wish lists aside, my anniversary sale purchases fell in the basic needs category. You just can't go wrong with boyfriend jeans and leopard heels:




So, what's on your list for fall?


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*This post was kindly sponsored by Nordstrom for their Annierversary Sale. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog :)

Date Night

posted on: 7/16/2014









Internet, let me introduce you to my husband; this is Bryan, or B, or him if you've ever wondered who I was referring to when I say 'we'. This is the other side of my 'we.' And when I use the word 'we' in conjuction with this blog, it's typically something I forced him into doing. For instance, "we've" wanted to do a his & her style post for a while now and "he" finally talked "me" into it. (Just in case you missed it, quotations mean sarcasm always. You can also apply this to real life.) It really wasn't that much of an arm twisting, the boy has style. (He actually has a menswear blogWhat a cutie, right?) Plus, he got a new shirt, a happy hour and pizza after this shoot, so he really wasn't complaining. 

Since we don't have kids yet, you would think that every night around our house is date night. Well you are wrong. Sure we eat together, but there is just something not that romantic about me cooking meals at home, I can't put my finger on it though. Is it the color of the boxed mac and cheese or perhaps the holes in my sweat pants? Surely that can't be it. But although we are both homebodies we try to have a date night every week where we get dressed up and go out somewhere to eat, or go to a movie or double date with friends. Although this night we actually did end up just grabbing a pizza, it still felt nice to be in heels and out with a boy I've had a crush on for years now. Casual date nights are where it is at,  even though I always wear heels... just in case we want to go a little bit upscale. You can never be too prepared.

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This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy‘s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

On Edge

posted on: 7/14/2014

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Remember how I said my hair wouldn't do anything other than perfect curls? I took a straightener to those curls and showed them who was boss. I needed a little bit more of an edgier look for this outfit, don't you think? 

How was your weekend? My weekend was good, in fact it was probably one of my favorite weekends of this summer. I saw that movie 'Tammy' with my mom (I know it wasn't critically acclaimed or anything but we were in tears at times), went to a bachelorette party like I was 22 again and then yesterday afternoon we went to a Texas Rangers game, where I lasted a solid 10 minutes in the sun and then ended up in an air conditioned room. I'm a true sports fan, obviously. You know how else I know I'm a true sports fan? I wore a girly sun dress and matched my accessories to the team colors. Of course don't ask me who won, I'm not sure / don't care. 

PS: I'm taking over Old Navy's instagram today, if you want to follow along :)

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old TopShop Purse / Similar TopShop
Vanessa Mooney Necklace / Similar