So this past weekend, my friends from New York came down for a visit to say hello and check out my new home.
Every time the three of us get together, it’s the most fun ever, and this weekend was no exception! We ate at the most amazing restaurants, visited the aquarium, watched movies, and of course…went shopping. I got a new dress for Summer (coming soon to the blog) and the girls got an amazing white moto jacket and a Dior scarf, amongst other goodies. And while all of those things were a blast, it was just nice to be with my two best friends who feel like home. It was hard to leave New York and say goodbye, but this trip left me feeling as hopeful as ever that distance won’t separate us. And it was nice to share my new home with them and let them see me move on to a new stage in life. Go figure…it’s like we’re growing up or something!
Regardless of what we do together, it’s always a fashion-filled affair. We each have such different styles, so it’s so fun to go shopping and also pick out things we think will suit each other. While we were hitting the shops, I noticed that a lot of the items I gravitated to were the color flame- you know, kind of a poppy red hue. And then I realized that I did the same thing last year. I got this hot red number, and my Tom Ford “Flame” lipstick! Well, sticking with that tradition, I got myself a new Summer dress for 2017 in the same shade. I think the color is flattering on everyone, and the peekaboo cut-out shows some skin, without being too much. The best part? It’s under $60 – can you believe it! I think it’s the perfect dress for the 4th of July, a BBQ, outdoor cocktails, or simply a plain ol’ hot Summer’s day! (For more of my fav picks in this color check out these: Delfi, Donna Morgan, Zaraand Veronica Beard).
So I recently had a fun little weekend getaway with Jason to Dallas, Texas! Why Dallas? Why not?! I’ve always heard that it’s such a fun and beautiful city, and I wanted to experience this Southern hub for myself. It was my first trip there, and only my second time to Texas (the first was Austin for my bachelorette).
While every city has it’s own distinct feel and culture – if I had to describe Dallas, it would be to combine Nashville with Buckhead, Atlanta. The people were kind and lovely, the city was bright and clean, and the Southern accents made me feel right at home. My favorite part? The margaritas, guac, and incredible steak. For anyone who visits, the Ritz-Carlton actually has a nightly guac and margarita tasting in the lobby. I was in heaven! I actually liked it so much the chef printed out a copy of the recipe for me! What incredible service, kind staff, and attention to detail. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Dallas, I definitely recommend the Ritz!
Besides gorging myself on Tex-Mex food, Jason and I enjoyed admiring the architecture of the city, and of course…some shopping! We visited the Neiman Marcus flagship store downtown, the incredibly beautiful and fashion-forward Forty-Five Ten, and the luxurious Stanley Korshak. While out on the town, Jase and I took advantage of the lighting and snapped some photos at The Crescent. I love this outfit, because it makes me feel like I’m returning to my love of colorful and flirty looks. The top (from Zara) is so on-trend with its dramatic sleeves, and looks high-end without breaking the bank! And if you can believe it, I actually bought these earrings and skirt separately. They just go so well together! While the skirt looks great with a crisp white shirt, it would also be so cute with a black T and a leather jacket thrown over it for some edge. The earrings are such a deep and gorgeous blue – but they also come in so many other fun colors! My other personal favorite is the hot pink. Wear it with a white collared shirt and a pair of jeans to dress up your casual Friday outfit for work! With my flirty fringed sandals and ruffled sleeves, I feel like this doll is ready for a fiesta! Who am I kidding… I just want an excuse to make that guacamole!
Poplin Shirt with Pleated Sleeves: Zara. Midi Skirt in Fringe Dot: J.Crew. Crispin Drop Earrings: BaubleBar. Wild Thing Fringe Sandals: Aquazzura. Italian Silk Scarf: J.Crew (under $50!). Bag: Chanel.
Happy New Year Dolls! Can you believe that 2017 has actually begun? While 2016 was pretty crazy, I really enjoyed the last couple of weeks of the year spending time with family. We spent the holidays laughing, shopping, and eating and drinking way too much. It’s been fantastic!
If you follow me on Instagram then you might have seen my story spending New Year’s Day getting a massage and relaxing at the One Ocean Spa, overlooking Atlantic Beach. It was so relaxing and serene! P.S. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, then head over to my page because I share exclusive content via my page and Instagram stories. Check it out HERE!
Between spending time with family and visiting the beach, I’ve been hitting my old stomping grounds around Jacksonville. I actually showed Jason the old surf shop where I worked in high school, which is unfortunately going out of business now. I made sure to pick up some stickers and surf T’s to remember the good ol’ days. Besides the surf shop, we visited my favorite art museum, and my favorite neighborhood in the city. Little 5 points is a young and energetic area that feels a little artsy, edgy, and has the cutest stores, bars, and restaurants. There is actually an old movie theater which was once a venue where I went to my first concert. Oh the memories! We thought the neighborhood was the perfect place to capture my outfit of the day and snap some photos in the sunshine. For our afternoon exploring the city, I wore some casual, dark jeans from H&M. I actually got these on sale for $7. What a steal! I paired my jeans with a navy pinstriped blouse from Zara. I’m absolutely obsessed with the flared sleeves! I finished my look with my new taupe Saint Laurent bag (more on this to come), and my go-to spiked Louboutins. I felt a little bit classy, a little bit rock and roll. And in my world, I think that’s a perfect combination!
Hope y’all had an amazing start to 2017 and stay tuned for more posts coming soon!.
Bell Sleeve Pinstripe Top: Zara (In-Store). Slim-Fit High-Waisted Jeans: H&M. Sac de Jour Calfskin Handbag: Saint Laurent.