Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts

Wedding Guest Style Guide with The Black Tux

Monday, May 1, 2017

April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring? Well weddings! I love the spring time, even though our spring in Texas consists of 40 degree mornings and 80 degree afternoons. With today's technology, it's almost effortless to shop for the happy couple. Just order from their registry. Couple's often block off hotels, so lodging is no sweat either. No, the hardest part of being a wedding guest always seems to be finding an outfit! There are so many aspects that come into play. Is it black tie formal? Indoors? Outdoors? What are the color schemes? You don't want to match the bridesmaids too closely. And of course--no white! This wedding guest style guide will make choosing your attire easy as pie--or, errr, wedding cake. 😉

Ladies, I know you probably have all of your favorite, go-to shops in mind now, but for the fellows it can be a bit more challenging! Check out this page to rent a suit for all your wedding season needs! This is an easy, quick, and affordable way to rent a suit for all of your wedding season needs! I hope you found this post useful! What would you like to see on the blog next?


Warby Parker Sunglasses: Spring 2017 Collection!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Can I get a hallelujah that spring is FINALLY here? In Texas, our seasons are weird and the weather likes to play games with our emotions. But it seems that the warm weather is finally here to stay! The roadsides are covered in bluebonnets and other wild flowers and it's time for pool days and outside walks. One of my essentials for sunny days is sunglasses! For the past few months I've been rocking $12 pink, aviator shades. Lately, I have been searching for a good brand of sunnies to invest in for the upcoming months. Big frames and fun prints are really in right now, and I don't know about you but I am so glad big shades are back! If I am having a no-makeup and baseball cap kind of day I need my sunglasses to cover as much surface area of my face as possible, lol! Here are are some of my favorite picks from Warby Parker's Spring 2017 collection! And ladies, don't forget about the man in your life. I feel like sunglasses are something guys never think to buy for themselves. Warby Parker has an awesome men's selection as well! Which ones are your favorite?! I linked the collection at the bottom so you can search all the styles. There are SO many to choose from! What are your other spring essentials that you would like to hear about? Shoot me an email! :)

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OTK Boot Dupes

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I think we can all agree that over the knee boots are one of the biggest fashion trends of fall/winter 2016. I know that I already have snagged three pairs...oops. Besides choosing what color you want and if you want one with a heel or not, there is the decision of what brand to get. I know we all love our name brands, but I often find that the cheaper versions end up being better! I recently got Steve Madden black OTK boots and thought they were the bee's knees. They are so beautiful on but after wearing them once I realized I had made a huge mistake. Aprox. $90 for the top of the boot to constantly slide down, the heel to be too tall and steep, and the MOST uncomfortable shoes I have ever worn in my life. I wore them for one night and half my toes were numb for a WEEK. I am not even exaggerating. I was so disappointed because I love the look of OTK boots. But then, Target came to save the day (as usual) with an amazing selection of boots! I got these OTK boots from Target in black for less than $40! Right now they are online for $59.99 but you can get 30% off with the code COLD at checkout. I chose these with no heel so that I can wear them to both work or play and be comfortable. Plus I am already almost 5'8", so height is not something I often want to add. These are pratically twins of the very popular Stuart Weitzman OTK boots at Nordstrom that run for a (insane) $798. I don't know what human has $800 to spend on one pair of boots, but that human is not me. So if you are looking for an affordable pair of OTK boots that are both stylish and comfortable, look no more! The specific ones I linked come in black, grey, and taupe/brown. However the taupe looks more like a cream to me online. I did not see that shade in person so I can't say exactly how that color looks. I am normally a 7 or 7.5 in boots and I got the 7.5 in these and they fit perfect. I also linked some other styles I love for great prices! Happy shopping. Btw, in the photo I am wearing the boots from Palm Tree Boutique! They are going fast!

Under $100

Target OTK boots, no heel
Target OTK boots, with heel
Target OTK boots, wedge heel
Target OTK boots, chunky heel

Don't forget to use code COLD for 30% off today!

Under $50

Dottie Couture OTK Boots
Shop Hopes OTK Boots, with heel in olive 
Palm Tree OTK Boots, taupe
Palm Tree OTK Boots, tan
Palm Tree OTK Boots, black 

I have the Palm Tree boots in taupe and my mom has them in tan (pictured at the top) and we both love them! They have a low heel and are very comfortable. I am a size 7.5. They have limited sizes right now and are selling quick! I really hope they restock soon. :)

Thomas Rose Boutique T-Shirt

Monday, November 28, 2016

Today I wanted to share my favorite new t-shirt from Thomas Rose boutique! I wore this to an Aaron Watson concert this weekend (which was amazing! He puts on a really great show and has awesome chemistry with the crowd) and I got tons of compliments and questions about it. The shirt reads "I Love Jesus But I Drink A Little". It is so soft and comfy! I got this shirt in a medium and it fits true to size. Thomas Rose is a newer boutique, and is currently online only. You can order from their Facebook and Instagram pages! Just comment your size, email, and state on the photo of the item you want to order. I know you ladies are probably doing a ton of Cyber Monday damage today, but don't forget the importance of shopping and supporting local, small businesses! Check out Thomas Rose's pages below to see all the cute apparel! And of course I had to have my model, Buddy our Maltese, in my photos! ;) Thank you ladies of Thomas Rose!

I also wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who reads my blog posts! I was so surprised over the weekend to hear from people of all walks of life who said they read my blog. I had friends of my Nana, my old teachers, and even GUYS I went to high school with tell me they read it! I started this with the expectation of my friends and maybe mom reading it, but I have gotten really awesome  support, so thank you all!

Thomas Rose Facebook

Thomas Rose Instagram



Thanks for reading and I hope everyone has a fantastic week!



Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What is Rocksbox?

Rocksbox is a jewelry membership service that makes your life easier and more stylish. You just create an account with Rocksbox and add the pieces you love to your wish list. Then Rocksbox sends you three pieces of jewelry to wear for as long as you like. Love the pieces and can't part with them? Buy them at your discounted member rate! Ready for something new? You just send the pieces back, with the pre-paid shipping to get new pieces. Honestly, it's genius! 

I love keeping up with trends and trying out new styles, but this can cause my jewelry box to get cluttered fast with pieces I only wear a few times. Not to mention it's just now in my budge to go out and buy every new Kendra Scott set I fall in love with. Rocksbox carries brands I love like Kendra Scott, House of Harlow 1960, and Loren Hope. So basically, you have a personal stylist, hand-pick items fit to your person taste that you get to wear until you're ready for new items. All for only $19 a month including the shipping, both ways. So you could buy one Forever 21 necklace that you wear to one event and toss in the bottom of your drawer, or you could get three designer pieces, to switch out whenever you please! 

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, but you're not sure about making the commitment, you can try Rocksbox out for yourself for FREE for one month with my promo code:

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For my first set I received this gorgeous turquoise Perry Street Leandra statement necklace, dainty Slate Climb the Ladder Ear Crawlers in gold, and Loren Hope Cabachon Reverse Cuff in powder blue! I honestly love all of these pieces, but I think the Loren Hope bracelet may be my favorite. I love the look of bangles but have tiny wrists and can never find any that fit. Loren Hope's cuff is adjustable to give the perfect fit. I can't wait to show y'all how I choose to style these pieces. Thanks for reading, please feel free to email me from the sidebar if you have any questions, or comment below! And don't forget to suscribe!


In collaboration with Rocksbox. All opinions are my own!

Fall Footwear

Friday, September 2, 2016

When I did my post on fall trends on Monday, I really had to refrain myself from adding too many shoes. I love boots and booties and they make SO many styles now. I seriously want every pair, but my bank account would not be too happy with me if I gave in to the temptation of every cute shoe I laid eyes on. Sooo, I decided to do a post strictly on fall footwear! I narrowed down my favorite styles that are really big for this coming fall and then picked my favorites in each category. It saves you the time of looking through pages and pages of shoes without getting overwhelmed. Obviously, your tall boots and over the knees are going to be a little pricier than a pair of booties. Boots are definitely an investment piece because tall boots always come back in style and can be worn for multiple fall and winters. Which of these are your favorite? Or do you have a favorite brand? Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email! Don't forget to subscribe in the right-hand menu so that you never miss a post! All of the headers are direct links to the boots.



Peep Toe

Wedge Sandal 




  Tall-Brown also comes in black & grey!


Over The Knee-Black

  Over The Knee-Brown

Tassel Earrings

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lately I am obsessed with tassels. On clothes, on pillows, on purses, but especially on jewelry. When I was a little girl, my great-grandma would let me go through and try on all of her jewelry. She had so much, but most of it was made with tiny colorful beads or colored gemstones. I've noticed this year that a lot of popular jewelry resembles the style of what my grandma wore. I think it's so neat how certain trends always seem to make their comeback. These chunky, white tassel earrings are so fun. They can be worn to work or out to play and can dress up a really simple outfit.

I will say that they are definitely on the heavier side. I have very sensitive ears and although the metal did not bother me, I would not wear them for an entire 8 hour work day just because of how heavy they are. One trick for wearing heavy earrings is to use Kendra Scott's Lobe Wonder stickers. You get 60 stickers in one pack and they can be reused if you don't wear them for very long. Basically you stick a clear sticker on the back of your earlobe and poke your earring through it. The Lobe Wonder's help keep the earring from weighing down your ear and hurting.

Every time I went to order these they were sold out, I finally ended up finding them at the Palm Tree Boutique. I listed all the places I found that carry these earrings or almost identical ones. Baublebar has the most options. Some colors may be sold out, but you can sign up for their wait list to get a notification when they are restocked!


Where To Buy:




Palm Tree Boutique

Kendra Scott Gold Roni Cuff 

 Chambray Lace Top

This top is almost sold out, I'm really sorry about that because I hate to link something not everyone can get! I tried to find it somewhere else but no luck! I linked two similar.

Similar Tops: 1, 2


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