- Weekend Wear -

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! I don’t know about you but I sure did enjoy an extra day to sleep in and do some things on our new house. We finally got around to getting our night stands (added a little DIY touch…more coming soon), hung some curtains and bought some new items for decorating. Nothing big, just things we needed to get done!

Over the weekend I wore this feather print tunic, new boyfriend jeans and (the best) leather tote for a long brunch followed by errands.  Side note: I was so scared to try boyfriend jeans (especially because I ordered these online-sized down!) but once I got past the fact that yes, they are more “relaxed”, I quickly grew to love them.  A fun tunic paired with good denim is my kind of weekend wear.

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Wearing: Chantilly Dallas Feather Tunic c/o | J Crew Boyfriend Jeans (FIT: Size 25 (size down at least one size) | Shoes Old, similar styles here & hereGigi New York Teddie Tote in Stone c/o | Kendra Scott Arrow Head Necklace and Pearl Chain Necklace (this also can be wrapped around your wrist as a bracelet!)  c/o | Wanderlust Spike XL Bracelets c/o | Maya Brenner Sideways Initial Necklace | Gold Rings thin & thick | Lipstick YSL Lip Stain in #17

 

- Sale Alert | Labor Day -

LABOR DAY

I hope all of you are enjoying your extra day off! I wanted to share a few of my favorite sales going on and they end today! Whether you are in the market for some new home accessories, or back to school clothes, or those Tory Burch boots you’ve had your eye on, I got you covered! And the best part, it’s all on sale. Happy Shopping!

FAVORITE LABOR DAY SALES

Tory Burch- up to 30% off with code LABORDAY14

Waiting On Martha Shop- 20% off everything with code SOLONGSUMMER

J Crew-  30% off any purchase of $125 or more with code 24HOURS

Nordstrom- Huge sale! No code needed! 

Shop Dandy- use code FIVE to save $5 off your order! Perfect for that adorable coffee mug

- Beauty Talk | Bobbi Brown -

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For the past year, I went through a phase where I couldn’t find a foundation that was right for me. Sure it looked great when the lady at the counter applied it, but when I got home I never felt 100% about it. Buying makeup for me is all about the research. It’s rare that I just walk into Nordrstrom or Sephora without a game plan. That never goes well and always results in a trip back for a return or a stupid amount of money spent on silly things.

This time I was on the hunt for a new foundation. Bobbi Brown is a brand that I have used for years but have never considered for a foundation. With the school year starting, I wanted something that was light, had spf, and felt good on my skin. The Skin Foundation seemed to have it all and after reading countless (positive) reviews, I thought I would give it a try. Not only did I love it, but my skin has never felt better. It’s the only foundation I have used that is light but gives great coverage. When I was perusing through all the comments about the makeup, I noticed that the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Brush kept coming up in conversations. People were raving about this brush and it immediately struck my curiosity. I can’t get over this brush. Seriously, this brush is worth every single penny. Since the bristles are real hair, makeup doesn’t absorb into the fibers. Therefore, it let’s me use every bit of the makeup and not waste any. Oh, and it can be used with liquid or powder. I highly recommend it!

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in 4.25 | Lancome Hypnose Mascara (my favorite) | YSL Eye Concealer in #2 | Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Brush | Bobbi Brown Eyeliner Brush | Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar | Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner 

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- Kendra Scott Recap -

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Happy Wednesday! I wanted to share a few pictures from the Back to School Party with Kendra Scott last week. I had so much fun getting to meet those of you who came out and was very grateful for all the school supplies that were donated. Thank you! xx

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Wearing: Vince Silk Shift Dress (on sale! Fit: size down!) | Simple Strap Nude Heels (under $40)

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- Classroom Sneak Peek -

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I’ve learned something about myself in the 5 years I’ve been teaching. It is that, no matter how many times I get ready for the first day of school… I’m always nervous. I hate to admit it, but it’s true. Butterflies in my stomach, can’t sleep the night before- flat out nervous!

Today, 18 little first graders are going to show up at my classroom. And although I’m nervous, I am so excited. They are going to look up at me with their bright eyes and lean on me for guidance and direction. I can’t wait to help them learn and be the best they can be.  No pressure, right?

A lot of you have been really kind by sending me emails and comments wishing me luck and asking about my classroom. I am sharing a sneak peak of my classroom now, and will share more next week. 

I won’t let the nerves get the best of me, because today is the first day of what I hope to be great school year!

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Shop the Post: Monogrammed Pencil Cup | Tassel Garland from Project Paper | First Day Jitters Book (always a favorite on the first day!) | Color Block Satchel | Classic Woven Blazer (fit: true to size)

- Wear To Work -

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I’m a sucker for a silk blouse. It’s the most versatile thing I own and in my opinion, something every gal needs to have on hand. Recently I was introduced to Bradamant, a brand that makes silk tops a little differently. You see, this is actually a body suit that I am wearing. You read that right, a body suit! When I first heard about Bradamant, I was totally impressed. Not only is their suit totally practical, but it’s so easy to wear. I love not having to worry about shirt lines or wrinkles through out the day.

Many of you ask about my professional wardrobe and this would definitely be a look I would sport to school. It’s comfortable and lets me move easily. I would swap the pink pumps for some cute leopard flats.

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Wearing: Bradamant Body Suit The Coach (fit: tts, wearing a small) c/o | ASOS Royal Blue Skirt

Triple Cage and Crystal Ring c/o | BaubleBar Crystal Pheasant Bib | Karen Walker Sunglasses 

Nine West Leather Satchel | Wanderlust XL Spike Cuffs in mixed metals c/o |

 Kate Spade Imelda Heels

- Back To School Shopping -

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Hi everyone! I’m sure some of you of getting ready for back to school, and some of you are thinking “thank goodness I’m done with that!”. Either way- we can always use some new clothes. These are a few items that particularly stood out to me as casual basics for fall. The scarf is a little bright, but I loved the colors with the navy and tan accents. As always, feel free to email or comment with any questions! Happy Shopping!

.01 Topshop Striped Tunic (topshop generally runs small, I would size up!) | .02 Tom Ford Lipstick in Vanilla Suede (perfect nude) | .03 Forever 21 Feather Scarf (under $10) | .04 Graphic Image Agenda | .05 J Crew Broken in Boyfriend Jeans (the perfect combination of “boyfriend” and fitted) | .06 Tory Burch Ballet Flats | .07 David Yurman Cable LInk Bracelet | .08 Kate Spade Cat iPhone Case | .09 Tory Burch Wallet | .10 Kate Spade Leather Satchel

- On My Desk with Remodo -

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I have always had a weakness for desk accessories and office supplies. This may not come as a surprise considering I am a teacher, but I actually get excited to buy new pens and don’t even get me started on a new notepad. I recently was introduced to Remodo, an online interior design company dedicated to young adults and anyone who likes cute home goodies.  Started in August 2013 by sisters Amanda and Whitney Fox, the site provides fresh, stylish options for all your home and office needs. I couldn’t resist this leopard lucite tray and this blue “notes” pad…too cute!

Want to get in on all the Remodo fun? They are on their “Remodo on the Road” tour right now and their next stop is Dallas! They will be in town August 22nd-23rd and they would love for you to stop by their mobile showroom. Stop by the SMU campus during the day on Friday, August 22nd or on Saturday, August 23rd, at Dallas Contemporary in the Design District Market from 12-8pm. You can follow along via instagram with #Remodoontheroad to get all the behind the scenes details. 

Visitors have the option to work with Amanda and Whitney, ask design questions, see products such as pillows, lamps, rugs, chairs, wall décor and experience all that Remodo has to offer. Lucky guests will win prizes and a chance to win a room redo with Remodo! There will also be other great vendors on the tour like Dolce Vita, Baked By Melissa, Frends, and Boxed Water. I am heading out there on Saturday…hope to see you there!

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Shop the Post: Remodo Leopard Lucite Tray c/o | Remodo Blue Notes Pad c/o | Captivated Calligraphy “The Best Part Of Waking Up Is You” Print c/o | BaubleBar Crystal Pheasant Bib | Tortoise Statement Earrings Similar Pair | Chanel (these make the prettiest shade of light pink) Lipstick #70, Lipgloss #87, Nailpolish #605 | Jo Malone (my favorite way to layer perfume) Blackberry and Bay Cream and Lime Basil & Mandarine Perfume | Dior Little Dictionary of Fashion Book Cupcakes and Cashmere Book  (on sale!) | Porcelain Horn Jewelry Dish (similar style here) | Kendra Scott Ella Drusy Ring c/o | Simple Stacking Gold Rings | Silk Blooms via Joss and Main 

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- Join Me + Kendra Scott 8/19 -

8-19-14-BACKTOSCHOOL-1With the start of a new school year just around the corner (yikes, less than 2 weeks away) it’s the perfect time to give to schools in need. Join me next Tuesday at Kendra Scott at The Shops at Legacy for the Back To School Shopping Party & School Supply Drive. I will be there from 6-8 and hope to see you there! There will be sips + sweet treats and also 15% off your purchase if you are a teacher or if you donate school supplies!

Below is just a glimpse at some of the new Kendra pieces. If you can’t tell, I’m loving these soft hues…even for Fall! Hope to see you Tuesday! xx

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Shop the Post: Joss and Main Faux Peony Bloom (not a fan of silks, but this one is pretty close to the real deal) |  Python Tray (old, similar here) | Elle Earring in Rose Quartz Gale Necklace in White Pearl (the cool thing about this necklace is that it can be wrapped around your wrist as a bracelet see it here) | Joanne Bangle in Gold | Cassie Bracelet in Clear Iridescent Ella Ring in Iridescent Drusy and Gold Drusy | Sienna Pendent in Rose Gold

- BaubleBar X Pantene -

IMG_8462 If there’s one thing you can count on in Texas, it’s the extreme heat (ok and the humidity). Two things that do not pair well with hair. Due to the unfortunate heat, I’ve been really inspired to find pretty hairstyles that help minimize frizz and are relatively low maintenance.

I was super excited to try out the new Pantene Stylers Collection. I have a weakness for hair products (you guys know this) so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Blow Out Extend Dry Shampoo and Flexible Hold Hair Spray.  I used these products to create three different hairstyles to help beat the heat. To top it off, I styled each look with some BaubleBar jewelry to add a little sparkle.

Low Pony SplitRiffraff V Neck Top | Blair Ritchey PAK Clutch

Side Braid Ponytail- This is an easy look for second day hair. I start by using Pantene Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo. The smell is awesome and it gives my hair a fresh clean look. It also gives some texture so I can get a little volume. Just spray in your roots (on top and under the first few layers by the crown) and gently rub your hands through the roots. Then, I made a simple braid on the side of my hair. I tie it with a little elastic then I pull all my hair back into a loose pony tail. I like to take out the little elastic that was holding the braid and throw in a bobby pin (you can leave it in too, whatever’s easier).   After my hair is in the ponytail, I pull the hair up to give it more height. Don’t focus on it looking perfect, the idea is for it to be a little messy and carefree. I used the Pantene Stylers Flexible Hold Hairspray to give my hair a little more volume. It still gives hold, but it’s not sticky and it’s easy to work with. Last, I take a one inch piece of hair from the bottom of my ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie. Tuck or pin it in place. I paired this look with my favorite BaubleBar Ariel Earrings and BaubleBar x Maya Brenner Initial Necklace  to add a little glam.

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Side Braid within Braid- This is a great look to keep your hair up and out of your face in the heat. I start my using Pantene Flexible Hold Hairspray on my roots. This gives it a little grit and makes it easy to work with. I take about an inch of my hair at the root (you could definitely take more, depending on how big you want your side braid to be) and start with a simple braid. I keep braiding until I hit the top of my ear. Now is when I use the rest of my hair to make the bigger side braid. I just braid like normal making sure I keep the hair on the side that I want it to fall. I finish with the Pantene Extra Strong Hold Hairspray to keep in in place and to help with all the flyaways. This braid was the perfect solution to show off my BaubleBar Firecracker Drop Earrings (that are surprisingly light weight).

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Low Bun- This is one of my favorite looks. It’s easy and while messy, it still looks put together and polished. I start with using Pantene Blow Out Extend Dry Shampoo (I’m telling you, this stuff is amazing). Like I mentioned a few spray at the roots and under the first few layers at the top should do the trick. I take my hair, and throw it in a low loose pony tail. I say loose because you want to be able to pull some hair up to give it a little volume. Start by spraying your ponytail (the hair hanging down) with Pantene Flexible Hold Hairspray. This little trick makes it easier to twist and wrap your hair into a circle to create the “bun” look. After I twist and make into a circle, I then use another hair tie and tie it around the bun. This will look pretty messy, but I promise it will be fixed. Then take bobbi pins, I use about 8, and start pulling the hair to make it look full. Pin the pieces of hair to give it that full bun look. I just keep pinning until I feel its secure and the shape that I like. Finish with some Pantene Extra Strong Hairspray focusing on the bun and then all over to keep everything in it’s place. To complete the look, I wore my BaubleBar Hayworth Gem Drop Earrings and my BaubleBar x Maya Brenner Initial Necklace

Bauble Bar + Pantene have teamed up to offer one lucky winner $1000 to Bauble Bar + a year’s worth of Pantene products. Just show off your good hair day (+ baubles) and tag #BBxPantene on Instagram! If you need some inspiration check this out. 

 

This post brought to you by Bauble Bar + Pantene. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.