Something Sweet

April 28, 2015

I think that many Texans can attest how sad our hearts are about the Blue Bell Ice Cream recall has been. No joke. It's not just because this huge state craves a constant supply frozen cream and sugar - it's really because the 108-year old company and brand is so beloved and respected. If you follow us on Instagram you might have seen that I was one of many who had to clean out my freezer after the latest Listeria outbreak...tossing my mint chip and cookie dough wasn't easy but it's pretty terrible thinking about the people who have gotten sick and Blue Bell's tarnished rep. I'm not the only one hoping that the company makes a full and healthy comeback!

After the note about my favorite sweet treat (ice cream) I guess I'll roll into talking about the ultra feminine, super sweet skirt I'm wearing here...

 

I can’t really remember the last time I wore a full skirt – let alone a skirt with such a vibrant print. But Trina Turk does that to you…her happy pieces just get your attention and are hard to pass up. I liked that the poppy print Trina used in her spring collection got perforated with squares in this skirt and because it’s made from light-weight scuba fabric it feels awesome and has great movement. I don’t know, it just feels good. And because I get to pair it with a white top (my obsession) I like it even more. Mary was the creative genius who led me to a sweet little ice cream shop’s table and chairs for us to shoot this ensemble – kind of perfect.

It seems horrible to talk about swimwear after just going on and on about ice cream but Trina Turk has some adorable suits and coverups. Very Palm Springs chic (they remind me of Pucci). My fave is this bikini top. Just thought I’d pass along that tidbit!

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Mary Kay + ACM Awards

April 27, 2015

Some of the best memories the two of us have are from our years in high school...being a year apart meant driving to and from school together in our yellow VW Bug. The best part about it, aside from the fact that everyone would recognize us in our brighter than the sun vehicle, was that we had a 6-disc changer in the trunk that we would load with all our fave CDs. This meant lots of country music. Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors is just one of many albums we sang along to with our uniforms on and the windows rolled down. The heart, soul, and storytelling found in country music is what has made the genre such a favorite of ours - even to this day.

Getting to team up with Mary Kay to experience the Academy of Country Music Awards two weekends ago was such a pinch-me moment for both of us. Mary Kay - which happens to be based and headquartered out of Dallas - was the official beauty sponsor of the 50th Anniversary ACMs and we were more than thrilled to be among the group of bloggers brought in to be a part of the weekend with the brand. Thoughtful and special doesn't even begin to describe what three days with MK was like and we're really excited to recap our favorite parts of the unforgettable weekend!

 

Friday | 4.17. After checking into The Joule Hotel – our favorite spot in Dallas (they allow dogs!) – we met up with the blogger group and headed to a delicious dinner at Sissy’s Southern Kitchen. Here we got to meet the incredibly warm team that heads up Mary Kay’s PR and hear all about the #BeautyLovesCountry campaign and what working with the ACM Awards meant for the brand.

Not only was the food delicious – the fritters and deviled eggs were our favorite – but details like the beautiful menu designed by Cheree Berry Paper showed how much thought had been put into making the weekend so special.

Saturday | 4.18. After a great night’s sleep and spending the morning in our matching hotel robes, we once again joined the blog crew for a trip to Mary Kay headquarters. While at the building we got to see the office of the Mary Kay Ash…the room was a perfectly preserved space swathed in a pale blush hue and it was kind of incredible. Mary Kay definitely knew what she liked and it was pink!

We also spent time as a group inside the company’s “Pink Tank” – a space designated to hosting idea sessions and roundtable discussions. Mary Kay’s go-to makeup artist Luis Casco took us through some of the brand’s most loved products as well as new skincare and makeup items. It was easy to see why Mary Kay loved Luis so much; his energy is infectious and his 16-year love affair with the company makes him an expert in using the products and teaching tips and tricks for how to use them.

Being the beauty junkies we are, it was hard to tear ourselves away from Luis and the trays of products we got to play with. But lunch at Grange Hall was next on our agenda. Similar to dinner the night before, the Mary Kay team had set up a gorgeous and intimate fete with an incredible menu. Before digging into the food that looked almost too pretty to eat, we met fashion designer Abi Ferrin and heard about Mary Kay’s “Don’t Look Away” Program. The brand teamed up with Love Is Respect to create the nation’s first and only dating abuse texting service for teens and young adults. The program has already helped more than 100,000 young people and also supports domestic violence shelter programs, education and prevention efforts. As the champion for Don’t Look Away, Abi shared her personal story of being in an abusive relationship and explained that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Up until very recently, Abi kept her story hidden but made the decision to partner with Mary Kay to spread the message of awareness of dating violence and to provide the resources for women experiencing it to get help. Abi is just an incredible woman and we really urge all of you to take a look at the video she created with Mary Kay for Don’t Look Away.

Sunday | 4.19. Getting ready for a red carpet and award show would have made us super nervous but Mary Kay put us in the hands of ERA Salon for a full afternoon of getting glam before the night’s big event. The salon was gorgeous (like, we want to move in) and it was pretty dreamy to get our hair done up and have professional make-up artists make us look all pretty with Mary Kay products. Both of us wore dresses by Lublu and we can’t thank them enough for letting us borrow such incredible pieces for the night.

After plenty of prep-time we got loaded up into the Mary Kay pink Cadillacs – they exist and they are amazing – to be delivered to the red carpet at AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys). We watched the line of limos descend and screamed like the total fans we are at Lady Antebellum, Brooks & Dunn, Kacey Musgraves, Luke Bryan, and more. Before long all the artists were ushered inside the mega stadium and we found our seats so we could settle in for the show.

The award show was kind of like the best country music concert of our lives…Reba, Miranda Lambert, and Martina McBride were just a few of our favorite performances (girl power!). While we wish Taylor Swift had sang a few of her infamous singles, we still loved watching her accept her Milestone Award presented to her by her sweet mama.

Once the long but amazingly fun night was over we felt a little like Cinderella having to wash off our makeup and take off our pretty dresses. The whole event and weekend was pretty much like something out of a fairy tale but making new friends with the Mary Kay team is what makes us know it was very much real. It was such an honor to be part of #BeautyLovesCountry and even more of a privilege to help spread the word about the “Don’t Look Away” Program. Thank you again, Mary Kay!!

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Powder Blue Rain

April 24, 2015

It's a rainy Friday here in Dallas and I've been suffering my way through a horrible head cold since last Wednesday. My dad would always say, "As soon as you take all your finals, you'll get really sick." His wisdom was super applicable and true when I was in college, pulling lots of all nighters before Interior Design presentations and major tests because just like he said, I would get so sick with something gross as soon as the last test was taken and my presentations wrapped. I'm not saying that Sally's wedding was like taking a final exam but it was one of those super high adrenaline things mixed with intense emotions (and lots of drinking) - and I think the combo is why I think I got sick the moment I returned home. So since today is dark and stormy, I'm going to spend the day in comfy clothes, lying on the floor, listening to records (like real, old records!) with Mary and our pups. With today's rain, it seems pretty fitting that today's outfit post features a trench coat and umbrella...

 

This trench coat has been practically glued to my body (rain or shine) since the day it arrived to me. It’s my first “real” trench and the powder blue hue is why I got it. Can we all agree that it’s pretty freaking fantastic? It’s actually on sale right now but the only size left is an xs (mine is a small for any one curious). To anyone who wants it, I would just get it and hope that it fits – because it’s that fantastic and wearable in person.

Such a happy accident that it goes perfectly with my Amelia Sandals. The fun story about these: Sally ordered them for her wedding (something blue, le duh) and as she was unpacking her bag saw that some of her hair product leaked onto a black duster bag that stained the back of the shoe a wine-colored red. Being the most fantastic Maid of Honor that I was, saved the day by ordering her a new pair in time for the wedding…and then I kept the ruined pair for myself. I got them cleaned and even though you can still somewhat see the stain, they’re totally wearable. Sadly, the blue suede is unavailable (we got them from Piperlime and with the epic end-of-days sale they are having there are none left) but they come in this fab iridescent finish that I wore with my bridesmaid dress and a great nude leather.

What else? If anyone has a favorite record you think Mary and I need for our listening enjoyment today, please let me know. There’s a record store on Greenville in Dallas we’re pretty pumped to check out.

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Some Sales + Steals

April 23, 2015

It doesn't seem right to write this post without first mentioning a little something of the wedding. Yes, that wedding that happened 12 days ago (and counting). To sum it up, it was the most incredible night and weekend - better than anything I could have ever dreamed. It is truly surreal to be in one of your most favorite places with your most favorite people, marrying your best friend. I feel so lucky. That being said, once all the amazing-ness ended and it was time to go home, I pretty much left kicking and screaming. Well, more like crying. I already don't do well leaving places or vacations and this was a million times worse. Nobody tells you that post wedding blues are a very, very real thing. Luckily, my husband (husband!!!) and I are waiting to take our honeymoon this summer (due to of both of our work schedules) and it's nice that we have something to look forward to. In the meantime I will just reminisce over the wedding and relish every single photo that comes from it. Thank goodness for Leslee Mitchell being there to capture the weekend so beautifully.

I am trying to stay organized for the honeymoon even though it isn't for a few months...my game plan is to slowly stock up on my wish list pieces so that I am not doing a bunch of spending all at once. Good thing there are lots of great sales going on right now to help with this! (read on to get the sales + steals)

 

Some Sales:

  • Alice and Olivia: 25% off site wide with code FAMILYAPRIL15. (Pieces like this guy are my jam – and the price isn’t bad either)
  • Ann Taylor: Extra 40% off sale styles. (love this two-in-one white top!)
  • Anthropologie: Extra 20% off sale items with code EXTRAEXTRA. (really like this top in both the black and the white)
  • ASOS: Get an extra 10% off the up to 70% off sale! Use code ADD10. (this floral rain jacket would be a great have for rainy music festival season)
  • Athleta: 20% off all dresses through TODAY. (I love an easy dress and these two are my favorite – one and two)
  • Banana Republic: Get an extra 50% off sale items till 4/26!
  • Biscuit Home: Warehouse Sale! Get in on the action before everything sells out…(some of our favorite bedding patterns, awesome decor and furniture, and great gifts are majorly marked down)
  • Bloomingdales: $25 off every $100 with code SHOP25. (my friend Hannah swears by these, and I’ve been dying to try them for my workouts)
  • GAP: 35% off regular priced styles and 25% off sale styles! Use code SECRET – good till 4/24. (I have two of these v-neck linen tees in my cart…)
  • J.BRAND: Spring fling sale – 30% off select styles with code SPRINGFLING.
  • J.Crew: 30% off your purchase with code TIMETOSHOP. (I am obsessed with this for summer and these are already on their way to me! Also love these and would wear them all the time.)
  • J.Crew Factory: Extra 30% off everythingggggg! Use code ADDITUP. (adore this bright scalloped shift dress and these striped shorts)
  • LOFT: Extra 60% off all sale styles. (these stripe sweaters are great staples and I loooove this hi-low white blouse!)
  • Madewell: Get an extra 40% off sale items with code EXTRA40. (this neutral pom-pom sandal would be perfect for the office)
  • Old Navy: 30% off regular priced styles and 20% off sale styles. (I could probably use one of these in just about every color and want this tunic in the grey version to wear with white jeans!)
  • Piperlime: Last call to get an extra 40% off sale! Use code SALEONSALE by end of day today. (this JOA lace skirt is darling and it’s still available in a ton of sizes!)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: 30% off Friends and Family sale with code FRNFAM. (I stocked up on a few more pairs of my favorite denimand got this in both black and white to layer for work)
  • Theory: 25% off Friends and Family sale with code FRIENDS. (I’ve been eyeing this dress for some time – it could be dressed up or down and is screaming to go on our honeymoon)
  • Zinke: Friends and Family sale – 50% off the entire site with code FRIENDS&FAMILY. (need I really say more? This suit is my g0-to flattering style!)
  • 7 For All Mankind: 25% off Friends and Family sale with code 7FRIEND. (we swear by their skinny jeans and particularly love the distressed pairs!)

Some Steals:

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