How To: Pack Smart

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On my recent weekend away to Chicago I tried something new.  I under packed!  Yes, I said it, “under packed”.  So often weather changes or unpacked for events arise.  Under packing allowed me the flexibility to add and accommodate these unexpected changes.  A majority of things I packed for this trip were staple pieces like leather leggings, solid colored t-shirts and sweaters. When a cool front blew in the night I arrived, I had all of the makings of a great outfit just needed a thicker sweater.  With the extra room in my suitcase and need for warmth, I was able to find a great new sweater and necklace at H&M.

Sweater, H&M- In Store/Necklace, H&M- In Store

 

Kentucky Derby Day

This weekend was full of festivities with the Kentucky Derby and Cinco De Mayo!

In true Southern belle style I grabbed my Derby hat and closest friends for a day at the races.

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Placed my bet in my fantastic new DianeVon Furstenberg sandals.  Every girl knows how hard it is to find a attractive white sandal.  These were a great find on GILT Groupe and half price!!

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What’s a party with out a little Chip and Dip?  That was the name of these adorable miniature donnkeys at the race track.  I had to get my hands on these adorable little guys!

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With Great Gatsby 20’s inspired fashion roaring right now I chose a smaller cloche hat this year.  I have had mine for a while but they have several cute hats right now at Zappos.

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Dress, H&M-In Store/ Aphrodite White Leather Strappy Sandal, Diane
Von Furstenberg- Click Here / Clcohe Hat, Zappos- Click Here

Summer Leather and How to Wear It!

Leather is Hot, Hot, Hot this summer and I’m not talking heat! The great thing about the summer leather trend is it will easily transition into fall.

Take this brick red a-line leather skirt I found at H&M last year. This skirt was one of my winter staples but was packed away the first day we hit 90 degrees here in Houston. Plus who would wear such a summer faux pas?

Me!! By pairing my leather skirt with a sleeveless collared shirt and retro platform heels we were back in business for the summer. Literally! I recommend spicing up you work or social wardrobe with some of the amazing finds below.

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Muubaa Leather Shorts, Hybrid Faux Leather Panel Pencil Dress: ASOS, Angela Circle Skirt: Alloy

Catwalk to Sidewalk: Nautical Stripes Mix With Must Have Summer Shirt

There are a million ways to wear this great summer shirt and after seeing the Tory Burch Summer look book I had to share more! From my neon must have summer shirt to nautical stripes and mixing patterns hop on the boat for a clash of trends.  Runway looks are like movies, a exaggeration of reality that we can put our own twist on.  Take this great Gracia striped blazer and pair with my must-have summer shirt and high wasted Kimchi Blue printed shorts for ultimate spring/summer style.

Whoever said stripes aren’t flattering was wearing the wrong stripes!  I have found one simple stripe rule to live by is the larger the clothing size, the smaller the stripe.  Full Stripes ahead!

 

Gracia Striped Knit Jacket, Kimchi Blue Shorts: Urban Outfitters , Nude Flicker Pump: Aldo, Must have neon top: H&M, Catwalk Look: Tory Burch Summer 2012, La Mer Wrap Watch: Shop Bop

A special thanks goes out to the amazing Michelle Eulene of Hold Still Media who I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot with! If you are looking for a great photographer or videographer check her out at the link above.

Sheer Neon: Must Have Summer Shirt

Pick a color, any color— tangerines, lemon-limes and sassy pinks, oh my!  Add the perfect punch to your spring wardrobe with this versatile sheer summer blouse. I found this great shirt at H&M on our San Francisco trip but they can be found in stores from forever 21 to Neimans.  Tie it up with a flowing hi-low skirt for a weekend look, or tuck it in with a pair of slacks and blazer for business chic.  On lazy days I like to wear this great high-low skirt with sandals and a tank for quick and comfortable style.

Must Have Summer Top: Matt Blouse by stones Piperlime , Xhilaration Hi-Lo Knit Skirt: Target, Shoes: Steve Madden Dynemite Blue Suede Platform

 

A special thanks goes out to the amazing Michelle Eulene of Hold Still Media who I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot with!