Palazzo Pants

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Spring is definitely in the air. It’s been a rainy time few days in Dallas, but that’s what makes this time of year feel so right. I’ve had my on eye on palazzo pants for this season, because I think they’re a cool, playful retro trend that suits a lot of women. As you can see above, they are wide leg pants so most of them match best with form fitting tucked in tops. And if you’re a bit more daring and aren’t scared to flash those abs- cropped tops are the way to go with these stylish puppies. Not going to lie, as soon as I saw Blake Lively in these…I knew I had to have a pair of my own. xoxo

Living proof restore mask treatment

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I don’t know about ya’ll, but after winter comes to an end my hair always needs a little revamp. I have never been a big hair product junkie until recently…when I finally decided that it’s worth being into. I’d dare to say a large portion of women probably find comfort behind their hair. Amen, sisters. I tend to feel prettier and more feminine with my hair down, and that’s enough for me to place importance on taking care of it.

One of my dearest (high school) friends is a bad-a hairstylist in Austin, and I always go to her with my hair qaulms. About a year ago I started noticing my hair was going to through a change, and all of the sudden the washes were needed more and more often. She introduced me to Living Proof hair products, since they’ve mastered the art of cleaning hair without weighing it down so it stays dirt-free longer. These products are paraben and sulfate free (and everything free), and truly deliver on their promise of healthy hair. This ‘restore’ mask treatment has been an awesome discovery, and I have loved using it once a week to repair my damaged and dry hair. Hence, why it’s especially important at the end of this long, hard winter. Ahem, I almost forgot to mention…Jennifer Aniston is the co-owner…so that’s pretty sweet. Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

Madewell Spring 2014

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As you guys have probably figured out by now- Madewell is one of my faves, and as I flipped through the pages of their latest catalogue I knew I had to share it. They stayed true to their cool and casual tomboy persona for the Spring 2014 campaign, and the best part is that it was shot on the 7,000+ year old island of Malta (featuring fellow Texan Erin Wasson). Can we say dreamy? I’m heavily crushing on the light storm denim featured on the cover frame (top/jeans), and as they mention on their blog the designers created this as a “nod to longer, brighter days”. Be sure to take a peek at their site, since it’s also overflowing with easy breezy dresses and neat graphic tees. Once you’ve picked out your Spring goodies online, enter HELLOSPRING at checkout for 30% off. Happy shopping!

Cherry Houndstooth

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P1040963_3Gap pants (similar) // Zara top // Banana Republic shoes // Zara handbag (similar) // Banana Republic necklace // Kendra Scott stackable rings 

When I found these cropped colorful houndstooth pants on MAJOR sale at Gap I knew I had to have them, but really who can pass up their killer sales? I’ve always loved this retro/spunky pattern, but I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve purchased it…and that’s ridiculous. Since these pants are pretty loud, I decided to keep things simple with a solid black top. If you’re ever in doubt – pair with black – it’s pretty much always a safe chic choice.

Verde everywhere

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TGIF…am I right? This weekend our only set plans are partaking in the St. Pattie’s festivities in our neighborhood. I know Dallas doesn’t seem like the most Irish city, but they sure do like to celebrate this holiday with parades, adult beverages, and a little pinching here and there. Needless to say – it makes for excellent people watching. And we’re lucky enough to live right smack in the middle of  Lower Greenville where all of the activity takes place, so we’ll spend most of the day (with mimosas in tow) popping in and out of house parties our friendly neighbors start hosting around 10am. I know loooong day, but last year we quickly learned it’s a nice way to meet and interact with people on our street and in our hood. The weather is not supposed to cooperate (there’s a high percentage of rain in the forecast), but I still think this short jumpsuit and jean jacket would make a cute and comfy ensemble for the day. Perhaps, these rain boots may need to make an appearance as well. Have a great weekend ya’ll!

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Travel bug: Manchester by the Sea edition

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P1040875This past Valetine’s day we took a long weekend trip with 3 other couples – besties from college –  up to New England. One of my best friend’s family has a beautiful ocean-front retreat in Manchester by the Sea, MA…so it was safe to say she didn’t have to twist our arm to be on board with the trip after she invited us. We were super close to not going last minute, because winter storm Pax was scheduled to hit the night of our arrival. Thousands of flights were cancelled the day of our departure, but luckily for these Texans our flight to Boston consisted of…zero delays, a smidge of turbulence, and one (or two…) cocktails. We were quite thankful (and surprised) by our easy travels.

One of the most relaxing things about this trip was the fact that we had a very loose itinerary. With that being said, we managed to strike the perfect balance between rest and play. And it was especially ideal for me, because I have a hard time sitting still on vacation. Our lodging was nestled right over Singing Beach (pictured above), so we spent some time exploring on the beautiful cliffs and sand. And since New England has such delicious seafood, we drove into the quaint neighboring town of Gloucester to swipe some fresh oysters and fish from Connolly’s Fish Market (locals’ favorite) to make dinner one night. For those of you who think Gloucester sounds vaguely familiar, yep that’s where the movie the Perfect Storm takes place.

My number one request for the trip was that we went sledding, and my request was granted. I love having the freedom to act like a child every now and then. I was one of the few to stay dry during sledding, because I decided to think ahead and borrowed ski clothes to conquer the snowy hills. Unfortunately, they were one size too big for me, so I documented how silly I looked in them (also pictured above). We also spent a good amount of time reading, breaking down life, and playing games around the fire. There’s something magical about slowing down in life.

One last great perk of the trip was having extremely talented and sweet men (one of them being my husband) who cooked incredible feasts for us… and let’s just say the recipes from this cookbook caused everyone’s waistbands to be a little tighter on our flight home. Stayed tuned for more travel bug editions…I have few trips on the docket for this summer! xoxo.

SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker

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Sarah Jessica Parker is currently in Dallas as I’m typing these words, I have no idea why I’m not at Nordstrom for her special appearance today …I know what you’re thinking -I’m a mad woman. One of my good friends and I are who are big Sex and the City (and SJP) fans planned on going, but decided to skip out to have a productive Sunday instead. We’re lame. Regret is setting in.

The least I could do at this point is share her amazing new Nordstrom exclusive SJP collection with you guys. The shoe-dominating line features around 25 flirty and feminine styles, handbags, and apparel including items like this polished trench coat. A list of 25 Nordstrom stores (here) across the country will carry the merchandise and it’s available online as well. Good news is, the public is raving about all.of.it.  Bad news is, a large portion of the online stock has already sold out. We all know good things don’t go unnoticed.