Current Vibes

April 5, 2017

The event Sally and I hosted yesterday at The Loveliest was pretty lovely...HATCH was there with their spectacular spring/summer 2017 collection and The Tot had tons of adorable stuff for little ones. I made it my mission to alternate eating one Bird Bakery finger sandwich, then one of their famous cupcakes - going back and forth between savory and sweet all day (eight hours requires fuel and I can't say "no" to pimento cheese or mini cupcakes). Sally and I had a little too much fun with our friends and really got into the pop-up spirit by trying on all the clothes (HATCH is NOT just for pregnant people!) and picking out favorites. You'll be seeing a lot of said faves in the coming weeks because we're genuinely obsessed and can't wait to style and share the goodness here.

But alas, a long day of co-hosting made for lots of laughs but also meant that I pushed a good amount of work aside (that whole "I'll sleep when I'm dead" mantra has never been my thing - I chose sleep last night) and that's why you get two post from me today...this morning's outfit post and my Current Vibes. Because it's just not Wednesday without good vibes and Sally and I already got off track last week! (I'm done now...just see what I love this week)

1. PRINTING // JENNY’S: Have y’all heard about the incredible print shop Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook lunched mid-March? Jenny’s Print Shop is a digital print shop with over 50 original, hi-resolution prints are available to be purchased, downloaded, and printed. What makes this concept different than other print sources is that every single print is $15 (no more, no less) and once you’ve purchased you have the choice to print where ever you’d like…you can crop, rotate, mirror, edit…print with a glossy or matte finish, on whatever paper you want…then frame or not frame. Art – as most of you probably know – is not always cheap. And I love that Jenny’s philosophy of “your art can be huge, even if your budget isn’t” speaks to both the affordability of accessibility of the prints. My first thought was, “OMG I need this print in my life.” Followed by, “but where does one get good quality, affordable prints printed?” Jenny’s post announcing the shop’s launch here addresses that question…she swears by Costco for medium sized printing (who knew!?) and listed several other resources for sizes larger than 20″ x 30″. Genius, right?

2. SENDING // CHEREE BERRY: Sally and I first discovered the fun and whimsy that is Cheree Berry Paper when our friends from Mary Kay  incorporated thoughtful and unique menus, itineraries, and notes all made by the creative graphic firm into the wonderful weekend. Their custom concepts are “unexpected, clever and command attention” and range from wedding suites and baby announcements to holiday cards and event collateral. Having dogeared them for one-of-a-kind projects I hope to be able to do in the future, I was super excited to see them launch a collection with Paperless Post because now I’ll hopefully be using their designs sooner rather than later! I love how they have a distinct flair for humor and that designs skew more towards quirky rather than traditional and formal…

3. FLIPPING // BILLY!: I can accurately say that I’m obsessed with everything Candice Pool Neistat does. Don’t know this goddess of the jewelry world? She’s responsible for the beautiful designs of Finn, the tiny charms of Minor Obsessions, and (most recently) the coolness that is Billy!. Candice is a creative maniac and though she has been kicking out highly covetable pieces for both Finn and Minor Obsessions like nobody’s business, she created Billy! as an outlet where her creative freak flag could really fly. Right now the line is comprised of a single necklace: one chain with two “tags,” inspired by the Brazilian scapular. Simple but not simple…the tags come in either sterling silver or solid gold, can be hand-engraved with initials and numbers or left blank, or one can go for the already engraved “Sí/NO” or gender symbols editions. I’m personally a major fan of the Sí/NO in gold…so I can flip which sits in front depending on my mood.

4. LOVING // EMBROIDERED CACTI: One thing I love about living in Texas (and believe me, there are many) is that a cactus is one of the unofficial fauna stamps that’s easily associated with the southern state. While I can’t really get away with wearing things with icons like a palm tree/anchor/magnolia blossom/etc. – I can, however, rock stuff with cacti and feel totally normal and (dare I say) on brand with my surroundings. The cacti piece of clothing I’m currently coveting: the embroidered Courier Shirt at Madewell. Bitty baby cacti covering the brand’s iconic oversized shirt makes for a definite win.

5. CASING // ST. FRANK: It’s about that time…my current iPhone case is starting to look a little sad and the fresh factor it once had is slowly fading. Time for a new case! Since I went a little wacky when first dressing my iPhone 7 I’m thinking of going a little less bold on my next case choice. St. Frank’s selection of textile-based designs have caught my eye both for their handmade and global factor. They still pack personality – and I love the patterns – without being too over the top!

6. WATCHING // HONEY & BUTTER: I don’t think I get lost in Instagram the same way other people do. I get so bored trying to scroll through our feed (thanks to Sally following thousands of people/brands/blogs/publications I don’t know haha) that I often find myself clicking around the weird curated posts in the “search” section. There’s always a super random assortment just waiting for me to be all, “WTF isssss this?!” and I happily fall down rabbit holes and melt my brain on a daily basis just falling prey to whatever Instagram algorithm has deemed these posts as stuff I might like. Let’s just be clear: most of it I do not like and I am shocked (and sometimes scared) that it’s been presented for my eyeballs. But generally, there a precious gems hidden and I get lost watching videos of calligraphy (so relaxing!) or waste an hour stalking a Korean beauty review feed (even though I can never buy what they’re reviewing let alone read that it is). @honeyandbutter is one such gem that I found, got sucked into, and now feel like I need to share. Watching macarons get made is easily addictive but Honey & Butter makes the most insane and adorable little animals, people, shapes, etc. that are so cute and cool it will make your eyes literally turn into hearts if you stare at them too long. You’re welcome.

7. READING // SOHO HOUSE: After spending four days in the company of Lynsey Eaton and hearing her talk about what sounds like the coolest home design project ever (don’t let her fool you, she’s killing her building project) I realized I really need to school myself in the aesthetic dream that is Soho House & Co. Lynsey is using the Malibu Soho House as her design inspiration and upon stalking her blog posts and mood boards and hearing her talk more and more about the look, feel, inpso behind her house I felt like I was missing out on some serious design kool-aid. In an attempt to be as cool as her – or at the very least educate myself on the member’s only places, spaces, and lifestyle – I’ve ordered “Eat, Drink, Nap: Bringing the House Home.” Not only does the title really speak to everything my soul LOVES (it’s just missing “Puppies”) but I think the pages of interior design tips, recipes and more will inspire me to bring a little slice of Soho House heaven into my own life.

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Silk Shirtdress

April 5, 2017

As someone who loves being comfortable and lives for pajamas and robes, I really appreciate when a designer makes pieces that are just as soft and cozy as my favorite bed clothes but perfectly created for everyday wear. Micaela Meyer is on a mission to master the shirtdress (I love her Kensington Dress in white!) and the Bloomsbury Silk Shirtdress isn't just beautifully cut in with her signature details (finished band collar, French seams, dropped shoulders and an inverted back pleat) but it honestly feels like I could be wearing a nightgown - it's that comfortable. The 100% silk charmeuse is so luxurious and lightweight, if it weren't for the fit and finish, I would have to do a double take before leaving the house.

 

I wore this exact outfit last weekend for dinner out with girlfriends to celebrate a birthday and it was the perfect thing for both the occasion and this time of year. I’m obsessed with pairing navy with black and love how the midnight Bloomsbury silk plays with the black Ellie sandals both in texture and color. Trust me…you need a dress like this in your closet and in your life!

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Carnival Dress

April 3, 2017

I cannot believe it's already April (did this new month seem sneak up on anyone else?) and that I'm now just four weeks away from my due date. I've heard from my doctors that the next few weeks could be where I start to feel "get this baby out of me!" vibes but as of today, I'm still feeling really good (both mentally and physically).

The dress I'm wearing isn't actually a maternity style...I stumbled upon it while doing a lap around Shopbop several weeks ago (a favorite insomnia activity) and thought it would be great for my bump and worthy of a gift card I had been holding on to. My suspicions were spot on: the smocked bodice is super comfortable and the slightly flared skirt and mini style is perfect to accommodate a belly (unlike shorter non-maternity styles which can ride up!).

 

I loved the fit and look of the Carnival Dress so much that I ended up wearing it this past Saturday for the shower Molly and Hannah hosted for me in Dallas. It got paired with a pretty scarf in shades of blue and I love how it went from casual to dressed up so easily. The best part? I’ll be wearing the dress so much when I’m postpartum and hopefully for many seasons to come!

P.S. Don’t forget, Molly, Hannah and I are hosting a fantastic pop-up shopping event with HATCH and The Tot TOMORROW (April 4th) at The Loveliest! Stop by to shop or even just hang with us and enjoy a cupcake (or two, or three) from Bird Bakery!!

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This + That // Sales + Steals

March 31, 2017

FridayFridayFriday! The weather in Dallas is beyond glorious out - which may call for a lunch outside if I can break my husband away from working. Last night we went out to dinner (Thursday night date night) and sat outside and it was SO nice. This is the time of year here where it isn't too hot and the weather is just right, so we are taking full advantage. We also got desert at Steel City Pops after dinner and I've decided that I may become a regular. I really haven't had many cravings while pregnant, besides maybe cold lemonade or smoothies/acai bowls, but I told my husband that their vanilla bean popsicles may become somewhat of a craving these last few weeks of my pregnancy. So. Good. (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: Limited time only – 40% off dresses, skirts, and more with code SHOP40. (The fringe trim on this makes it a great, classic black dress. Something everyone needs hanging in their closet!)
  • Anthropologie: Extra 25% off sale items! (Cannot even handle the cuteness of these.)
  • Banana Republic: Online and in stores – 40% off your purchase. (Absolutely obsessed with everything about this. Picturing it with a great pair of ripped denim.)
  • BaubleBar: 3 days only – extra 20% off sale for a savings of up to 70% off. (These would make for a great gift – buy two sets and keep one for yourself!)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Enjoy an extra 30% off newest sale styles! (This is a nice bump-friendly dress as the tie around the waist is optional and could be tied to sit above a bump!)
  • CB2: Up to 20% off select outdoor furniture. (Ironically, we were just talking about investing in some outdoor furniture over dinner tonight. We both love the idea of a sectional with a coffee table to place under a covered area we have. How cool is this outdoor dining table?)
  • Gap: 40% off your purchase with code TODAY. (Loving the honey color and style of these and the fact that they aren’t too tall!)
  • H&M: Mid-season sale – up to 80% off!
  • Intermix: Spend more/save more sale! Save up to 25% off! (Next Christmas, a Veronica Beard hooded blazer is going to be at the tip, top of my wish list. I love how classic/casual they are and every time I see someone wearing one I can’t help but think how cool they look. How good is thisversion for Spring/Summer? Would have been perfect for the San Francisco weather!)
  • J.Crew: Extra 40% off sale styles with code SALETIME. (The sleeves of this take it up a notch from your every day button down. Of course I’m drawn to the black and white version!)
  • J.Crew Factory: Online only – extra 50% off clearance with code ALLMINE.
  • Lulu Frost: Select styles – up to 60% off! (Still in love with these.)
  • Madewell: Sale! 20% off $100+ and 30% off $200+ with code NOTKIDDING. (This looks like the most perfect striped, t-shirt dress!)
  • Old Navy: In stores and online – 40% off your entire purchase! (How cute is this? I love the light wash. Perfect for our HOT Dallas summers when you wish clothes were optional. This is such a good white dress and not too short! Also obsessed with these cutoffs in the pale pink color.)
  • Steve Madden: Spring sale! Select styles up to 50% off. (These are pretty cute, no?!)
  • West Elm: Free shipping + buy more save more – up to 30% off!

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JOIN US + HATCH and The Tot at The Loveliest!

March 31, 2017

Spring is nearly in full bloom in Dallas...the gorgeous warm weather has us ready to shed the layers, slip our feet into sandals and break out the breezy dresses. As we leave March behind and head into April the two of us are anxiously awaiting May and the arrival of Sally's sweet baby (less than 5 weeks to go!). Being that we're feeling particularly seasonal and festive, we think there's no better way to celebrate this exciting transitional time than with a festive POP-UP event with a few of our most favorite brands...

Next Tuesday, April 4th - our wonderful friends at The Loveliest will be hosting an exclusive shopping event with HATCH and The Tot and we get to co-host along side our dear blogging bestie Hannah of Not My Circus! If you're not familiar, HATCH is a collection of chic clothing for before, during and after pregnancy. Whether you're a mama-to-be (like Sally), a mama who recently had a little one (like Hannah), or just a woman who loves comfortable and wearable styles (like Molly), HATCH has silhouettes that can take you from one life stage to the other without sacrificing an ounce of style. We just adore them as a company and are beyond obsessed with their current Spring/Summer collection! And since this sweet shopping event is slightly skewed towards mommies and mommies-to-be, it's just too perfect to have The Tot popping up along side them...the Dallas-based company is a go-to for all things mama/child/baby and they'll be bringing an assortment of must-haves and more!

We so hope you'll be able to join us for what's going to be a fantastic day among friends...the combination of HATCH, The Tot, and The Loveliest is going to such a special brand trifecta, we don't want anyone to miss out on the fun! (read more to get all the details)

 

All the goodness you need to know:

.Place & Time: The Loveliest in Dallas (2417 Mahon Street), 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 4th.

.Shop & More: See and try on HATCH’s entire Spring/Summer 2017 collection and experience a fantastic selection of goodies The Tot while learning about their new Dallas registry and concierge services!

.Sip & Snack: Our friends from Bird Bakery will be serving up their delicious goodness of savory and sweet bites. Yum!

.RSVP: Let us know you’re coming by emailing dallas@hatchcollection.com!

Don’t live close to Dallas? We will miss you dearly…but we’ll be sharing some of the fun from the event and you can follow @apieceoftoast and @notmycircusblog on Instagram so you can feel like you’re there!

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