Ready to RODEO

Francesca's Rodeo attire: Cold shoulder dress + cowgirl boots

Francesca's Rodeo attire: Cold shoulder dress + cowgirl boots

Francesca's Rodeo attire: Cold shoulder dress + cowgirl boots

Francesca's Rodeo attire: Cold shoulder dress + cowgirl boots

Francesca's Rodeo attire: Cold shoulder dress + cowgirl boots

Francesca's Rodeo attire: Cold shoulder dress + cowgirl boots

Francesca's Rodeo attire: Cold shoulder dress + cowgirl boots

Francesca's Rodeo attire: Cold shoulder dress + cowgirl boots

Francesca's Rodeo attire: Cold shoulder dress + cowgirl boots

Francesca's Rodeo attire: Cold shoulder dress + cowgirl boots

Dress: Francesca’s | Purse: Francesca’s | Earrings: Francesca’s | Bracelet: Francesca’s

Photography by: Banavenue

If you are from Texas then you already know what a big deal the Houston Rodeo is. Personally, I look forward to the Rodeo almost just as much as I do Christmas and for really good reason if you’ve heard of a thing called fried Oreos! They might as well shut down work and school the month of March because the Rodeo takes precedent around these parts. And while we might spend the majority of the year trying to convince non-Texans that we don’t ride horses to work or that cowboy boots and hats aren’t a part of our normal everyday wear, all of that goes right out the window when the Rodeo comes to town.

When it comes to fashion, the Rodeo might as well be Texas’ own version of New York Fashion Week. For most of us, it’s our one time of the year to pull out the most Texan attire that we own and flaunt it. Suddenly every person is dressed like they just popped out of an old western. While you can bet to find every guy in a pair of Wranglers, cowboy boots and a cowboy hat, the girls get to have a little more fun with their outfit choices. I usually go one of 3 ways.

1) Jeans, a cute top and cowgirl boots

2) A dress or romper with cowgirl boots

3) Shorts, plaid button down, and cowgirl boots

Moral of the story- anything with cowgirl boots goes. Francesca’s has been my go-to for non-traditional Rodeo apparel so I can still rock something on trend and just add my cowgirl boots to finish off the look. A few trends that I always love when Rodeo season comes around are embroidered attire, denim chambray, big belts and turquoise jewelry. This year especially, I’m loving mixing these staples with newer trends such as off the shoulder and cold shoulder tops  See below for all of my favorite picks!

On top of all of the Texan fashion, you can also bet to find a lot of country music, carnival rides, animals and a total food-lovers heaven. If you haven’t already given up hope on those New Year’s Resolutions, you sure will after attending the Rodeo. They can just about fry anything you can imagine- Oreos, Twinkies, cheesecake, candy bars, ice cream, you name it and they can fry it! You can always go for an old fashioned turkey leg but with all of the endless possibilities, you should probably take a page out of my book and try one of everything 🙂

If you have never been to the Houston Rodeo it is unlike any other (since I’ve been to so many and all). I’ve heard from non-Houston natives that nothing compares so I’m pretty convinced! If you aren’t able to make it out, make sure to follow along on my Instagram as I plan to be there as often as I can. If you are one of the lucky ones getting to experience the Rodeo and all of it’s glory, make sure before heading out this year to stop by your local Francesca’s or order online to guarantee the perfect Rodeo ready attire!

*Thank you Francesca’s for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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A Little Life Update

Transitional Style: Bow sleeve top + olive jeans + booties

Transitional Style: Bow sleeve top + olive jeans + booties

Transitional Style: Bow sleeve top + olive jeans + booties

Transitional Style: Bow sleeve top + olive jeans + booties

Transitional Style: Bow sleeve top + olive jeans + booties

Transitional Style: Bow sleeve top + olive jeans + booties

Transitional Style: Bow sleeve top + olive jeans + booties

Transitional Style: Bow sleeve top + olive jeans + booties

Top: Similar | Jeans: Levi | Booties: Johnston & Murphy (under $100) | Purse: Similar

One of my goals for this blog for the new year was to be more real with you guys. So here it goes. The past couple of weeks have been hard and hectic. There isn’t one thing per say that has been weighing on me but I just haven’t been motivated to do much blogging and when I do, it’s a lot easier to sit here and talk about fashion because that is more appealing than hearing me talk about my struggles. I go back and forth about sharing these things because I want the blog to be a place where you come for inspiration about life, outfits and everything in between.

So in hopes of staying inspired I want to be real with you guys. I will most likely have to have a major surgery in the coming month. When I know for sure, I will keep you all updated but that alone has scared the shiz out of me. I am a wuss when it comes to pain. On top of that I have developed anxiety over the past year and with everything going on lately, it has come back in full force.

Most of you know that I work full time, blog with whatever time is left in the day, and still manage to try and balance a social life. I wrote a post last year about my work-life balance (or lack there of) and I am happy to report that I finally feel a little more balanced. Well, most days. I’ve made a point to hang out with my friends on a normal basis (Bachelor Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays, etc) and I’ve even started dating again! Some things have had to give, such as keeping up with the blog 3 times a week and going to as many events, but I finally feel like I’m getting a grasp on things and YALL that is a big freaking deal. It’s only taken me over a year.

While there is always something to be stressed about, and believe me I know that my anxieties are trivial when it comes to what all is going on in the world, there is almost always something to be happy about. With it being Monday and the start to a new week, I always like to think about 3 things that I am excited about. So today I am sharing those 3 things with you and I encourage you to do the same!

1.Rodeo week is here! If you don’t know how exciting that is, it’s kind of like Christmas for Texans. Let’s just leave it at that. I will have a fun post coming to the blog Wednesday on Rodeo attire so make sure to check back!

2. I am going to Puerto Vallarta! My bestie Britt from Hello Honey and I are headed off on a much needed girls trip in the next couple of weeks and I can’t freaking wait. Hello sun, tan lines, and LOTS of cocktails.

3. I got to spend the weekend with Mama Bear! My mom broke her foot in 3 places a couple of weeks ago and has not been able to drive. I got a text from her on Friday asking me if I would come hang out with her and do some shopping. I’m not good at a lot of things y’all, but retail therapy is one thing that I can safely say that I am extremely good at.

If you kept up with me this long, it really does mean the world to me. We all have off days but what is so exciting about Mondays is that they bring fresh starts and new mindsets and I’m ready to tackle this week with a positive attitude! Plus it is Monday and the inner fat girl in me loves Mondays because I always get Chick-fil-a for lunch with my coworkers and then Chipotle for dinner because Chipotle and the Bachelor go together like PB&J. If it’s one thing that I can always count on to cheer me up, it’s food! 🙂

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Day to Night: Bodysuit Style

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Bodysuits have been around for awhile now and for some insane reason I had put off trying this trend. I had many concerns. Some were pretty logical I would say, like how would one go to the bathroom in a pinch? Or wouldn’t you see panty lines through your clothes? Certainly you can start to see my irrational fear of this trend and why I put it off for so long.

When I was approached by my friends at Luxington Boutique to design an outfit that could easily take you from work to an after 5 cocktail, I jumped at the idea to create an outfit with a piece of clothing that I had never tried before. Insert this amazing olive green bodysuit here.

1. Day Look: Pair a bodysuit with a dramatic wide leg pair of pants to wear to the office. The contrast of a more fitted top and loose bottom will give you a chic look that is totally office appropriate. My favorite office looks are the ones that no one else is brave enough to try but you know will get you tons of compliments. This is that look and the plus side is that it’s insanely comfortable too. 

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Bodysuit: Luxington Boutique | Pants: Show Me Your Mumu | Heels: Nordstrom | Watch: Christian Paul | Earrings: Bauble Bar

2. Night Look: I firmly believe that every woman should always have a pair of jeans, heels and lipstick on hand at any time. Car, desk drawer, etc. In order to take this bodysuit from the office to after work cocktails, I simply added these 3 things plus my favorite 2 accessories- a black bralette and a choker necklace. These latter 2 items are my favorite ways to add a little bit of edge into your look. Combined, all 5 of these items are the perfect recipe to your casual after 5 attire.

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear jumpsuit style, How to style a jumpsuit, High waisted jeans

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Bodysuit: Luxington Boutique | Jeans: Topshop | Heels: Similar | Purse: Goodnight Macaroon | Bralette: Victoria Secret | Choker: Etsy | Lipstick: NYX

Photography by: Banavenue

I felt inclined to tell you that I couldn’t end this post without saying that both of my initial fears of wearing a bodysuit were quickly remedied after finding out that 1) most bodysuits have an  “easy-access” snap section so you can go to the bathroom without having to take the entire thing off and 2) so far everything that I have tried to wear with my bodysuit, panty lines have not been an issue.

So if you have been wanting to take the plunge on a bodysuit, I highly suggest getting one that is versatile enough to wear to work so you get the most use out of it! Luxington Boutique is the perfect one stop shop for both work wear and everything else in between so if you are in the Houston area, make sure to stop by and check them out!

*Thank you Luxington Boutique for sponsoring this post. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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President Day Sales + GIVEAWAY

Casual style with Chic Wish: grey sweater + distressed denim + sneakers

Casual style with Chic Wish: grey sweater + distressed denim + sneakers

Casual style with Chic Wish: grey sweater + distressed denim + sneakers

Casual style with Chic Wish: grey sweater + distressed denim + sneakers

Casual style with Chic Wish: grey sweater + distressed denim + sneakers

Casual style with Chic Wish: grey sweater + distressed denim + sneakers

Sweater: Similar | Jeans: Goodnight Macaroon | Sneakers: Johnston & Murphy | Choker: Bauble Bar

Today’s post is short and sweet so I don’t take any time away from all of the online sales going on! My entire outfit that you see above is currently on sale so if you are in the market for some basics, now is the time to stock up! There are many President Day sales going on, but the best of the best are listed below. Also I have a $500 giveaway to Target for a little treat to one lucky reader. See how to enter below! Happy shopping friends 🙂

Anthropologie: 40% off select styles
Banana Republic: 40% off select styles
Bauble Bar: Up to 70% off select styles 
Chicwish: 20% off select styles with code LUXE20
Express: 40% off everything 
JCrew: 30% off your purchase with code WEEKEND
Kate Spade: 25% off sale styles with with code BUBBLY
Nordstrom: Up to 40% off
Old Navy: Up to 50% off 
Steve Madden: 25% off + free shipping with code PREZ
Target: up to 30% off select styles with code PRESIDENT

Now…it’s time for a fabulous giveaway!
I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers
to give YOU a chance to win:
a $500 Target Gift Card, just in time for some spring shopping!

Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter.
You’ll receive one entry per completion.
This giveaway runs until 3/6.
Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!

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Dress To Impress

Long black dress with plunging neckline, For Love and Lemons dress, Evening gown

Long black dress with plunging neckline, For Love and Lemons dress, Evening gown

Long black dress with plunging neckline, For Love and Lemons dress, Evening gown

Long black dress with plunging neckline, For Love and Lemons dress, Evening gown

Long black dress with plunging neckline, For Love and Lemons dress, Evening gown

Long black dress with plunging neckline, For Love and Lemons dress, Evening gown

Long black dress with plunging neckline, For Love and Lemons dress, Evening gown

Long black dress with plunging neckline, For Love and Lemons dress, Evening gown

Dress: For Love & Lemons | Shoes: Similar | Choker: Similar | Lipstick: MAC “Diva”

Photography by: Banavenue

“Playing dress-up begins at age five and

never truly ends.” – Kate Spade

One of my favorite reasons to be a fashion blogger is that I get to dress up just because. Sometimes it’s for a fancy event but most times it’s just for all of 10 minutes while my photographer works his magic. So that 10 minutes of glam is what I live for! Honestly when I’m in an outfit for longer than that, all I can think about is how much longer until I can hop into a pair of pajamas.

Last weekend with the Super Bowl in town, I had the opportunity to attend the Maxim Magazine party with a couple of my blogger friends. I had no idea what I was getting myself into but I am so glad that I went. This dress was perfect for the “dress to impress” dress code. Apparently Maxim’s version of “dress to impress” was to basically wear lingerie. The girls and I definitely did not get that memo so you could say we were a little too covered up compared to everyone else. The entire time at the party, I couldn’t help but to people watch. Y’all, the people watching was AMAZING. I saw Kendra Wilkinson, Chase Crawford and several other famous people but I couldn’t even begin to tell you their names. DJ Khaled, DNCE, and Travis Scott performed and you can bet we danced the night away among the rich and famous.

A dress like this is definitely a little daring but radiates confidence! I could see wearing this dress for a special event or gala. The plunging neckline is flattering for those of us oh-so-blessed with smaller chests so that it does not overbear the stunning detail on the rest of the dress.

Would you ever wear a dress like this? Honestly before the blog, I wouldn’t have dreamed of it but there is something so exhilarating about wearing something that you normally wouldn’t dare to and these days I will take all of the little thrills that I can get 😉

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