We took these photos in Austin, on South Congress. Mom found a barbershop that matched perfectly with my dress! I was fine taking pictures outside, you know, right in front of the shop. Out of everyone's way. Mom on the other hand wanted to take pictures inside of the shop! Lord help me. If you don't know the two of us I'll try to explain our personalities. Mom is one of those social butterflies who can talk to anyone. I don't think she's afraid of anything. And then there's me...the thought of going into the barbershop with all those guys in there and telling them about my fashion blog! I would rather run 12 miles. Without shoes. I don't know why, but I've always been like that. I just don't want all eyes on me. She convinced me that it would be fun, so I agreed. Mostly because she's always right when we take these photos. How are Moms always right? It must be a special gift God gives you when you're a Mom. The ability to be right about everything. The guys were really nice to us and said that the shop has been there since the 1930s! There were people even waiting outside for their turn!
My blue dress with the bows is also available in pink. When we were taking these pictures a lady who was walking by stopped to say that she loved my dress. She said it was a lovely, classic piece and hadn’t seen anything like it in quite a while. I couldn't agree more. It's not similar to any of my other dresses. That's probably what I like most about it. Several of the new pieces from the Gal Meets Glam collection are linked below.
Bodysuits are everywhere this summer. People are already wearing one piece swimsuits as tops just to take part in the trend. I found this one online that is made by Madewell and is reasonably priced. For the first time wearing it, I paired it with my orange Anthropologie shorts that I've had for years. When you're trying a new trend it's nice to incorporate something that's familiar to you. Something that's in your comfort zone. I also have my eye on this rainbow bodysuit. I mixed and matched a few fun options and listed them below:
I like to tell you about new brands that I find. The brand might not technically be new, but it's new in my world. I saw on Instagram that a lot of A-list celebs wear Reformation. This got me thinking: how much we talkin'? (translation: is this brand really expensive or do they offer affordable pieces of clothing?) I was surprised that a lot of their pieces, tops and pants in particular, are actually affordable. I had the yellow Lydia top in my cart for weeks, waiting to pull the trigger. Then it happened. T-Swift (the queen of all that is cool) posted a picture on Instagram wearing one brand. Can you guess which brand? You got it. Reformation.
JCrew Factory is having an insane sale right now. 50% off of everything and an extra 20% off certain items with this code: Amazing. This cute little gingham side tie top is in my shopping cart, as well as these sleep shorts for only $12! There's a pair similar to these that have been sold out on the regular JCrew website for monthsss. I never knew until just now that JCrew has cute hats for summertime. This $17 classic ribbon sunhat is adorable and would easily go with anything.
I spent the weekend in Austin with my family. I’m always kind of sad on Sunday when I have to leave them. I tried to suggest that I take Ike (their beagle puppy) back to Dallas. Mom said she didn’t think Dad would like that plan. Since he wasn’t there when I left I decided to let Ike stay with them. He’s happy there. Dad wasn’t there when I left because he left the house before sunrise to go visit his Mom for Mother’s Day.
I have the best Mom. I know everybody thinks that their Mom is the best, but those other people are mistaken. Sometimes I forget how lucky we are to have her. Next thing ya know I’m standing in the greeting card section at CVS crying because all of the cards are so spot on. They remind me of everything she does, big and small, and how she loves in a way I never could. So I cry. At CVS. Just because I’m thankful and I don’t know what I would do without her.
This weekend we took pictures of one of my Gal Meets Glam collection dresses, the Lauren dress. It’s one of the most comfortable dresses that I have in my closet. I took this dress with me to DC and wore it shopping in Georgetown. It was cool that morning so I wore a pink blazer on top and my ivory Frye sneakers. This weekend the weather was warmer so I opted for tan block heel sandals. This dress also comes in a blue/green color combination (and is still available in all sizes). I’m going to keep an eye on these dresses to see if they go on sale. If they do I’ll let you know! It’s really a wonderful dress. The buttons, the V neckline, even the detail on the sleeves is so elegant. You’ll want this dress for summer.
This week has been a tough one. I was reminded how important family is, and how lucky I am to have my parents and brother in my life. No matter what's going on in my life, as long as I have them to turn to I know everything will be ok. As I get older relationships change. Conversations are different. Time is spent on new things or new people. I hope that no matter what I will always remember that my parents and my brother are my whole world. Letting them down is not an option. I can't disappoint them, so I won't.
This weekend I get to see my family so I'm really excited. I'm sure this weekend will be filled with brunch, shopping, and maybe a movie! Oh and the Royal Wedding is this weekend! I can't wait to see all of the dresses and hats!
The hat that I'm wearing in the pictures is a new addition. Preston and Olivia is a NY based company. All hats are made to order. It took about three weeks to get mine. It's kind of a mint green mixed with gray color. Very unique. My floral tee is from a new brand that I'm not too familiar with, Pam&Gela. You can't see in the pictures, but the neckline on the right side has a slit in it, which shows your collar bone. I plan on wearing it again tomorrow (I know...two times in one week haha) so I'll be sure to take a picture so you can see the neckline. I worry about white t-shirts being sheer. This one is Angeline approved. Wear a nude colored bra and you're fine. I know you've heard me talk about Banana Republic pants before. I apologize if I sound like a broken record. If I could have a pair of Banana Republic pants in every possible color, I would. Pink pants match with more than you would think. Especially this time of year. Let me know if you try them out! I'm wearing a size 4, regular length for reference. These pants are similar and are on sale for $47.
Have you seen the shoes at Anthropologie this season? Take a moment and have a look:
Last week I was able to attend the Gal Meets Glam Collection launch party here in Dallas. The event was held at the NorthPark Nordstrom. White drapes, flowers, pretty dresses, and tons of girls who look up to Julia just like I do. It was a wonderful night.
I arrived early and had time to find a mirror and look around a little before we were able to take our seats. Champagne was served while we waited for Julia's grand entrance. The first part of the evening included a Q&A with Julia. After the Q&A session pictures began. Everyone was able to take their picture with Julia and her husband Thomas. Which meant you had the opportunity to introduce yourself and congratulate her on the new line of dresses. I was nervous. I've never been the most bold person in the room, or the most talkative. I remember saying hello and honestly I couldn't tell you what was said after that. I don't think I've ever met anyone who I consider famous before this night. It was so incredibly cool! After pictures and hugs, I made my way to the flower cart and then stood in line for a fashion illustrator live drawing. Rongrong DeVoe was so sweet and looked adorable in her white Gal Meets Glam collection dress.
After the live drawing I made my way back to the car, called my Mom and then my boyfriend to tell them all about it. I left with the mindset that anything is possible. I couldn't ask for a better night.
Have you ever had to go somewhere but you don't know where you're going? Let me explain. Maybe a surprise date that was planned for you. Maybe you're with a group and you aren't sure what the whole day will entail. What are you supposed to wear?
When this happens I try to overdress. I would rather be a little too dressed up than too casual. I have a pair of ivory pants from Neiman Marcus that are my go to. I am trying to add a few staple t-shirts to my wardrobe. This navy blue t-shirt from Club Monaco is one of them, and my hat is a Janessa Leone teal wool hat that I found on their last chance page. When you're not sure what to wear to something, try to go for a classic look. One that will make you look put together, sophisticated, and confident. You can use the links below to create your very own destination unknown outfit. This way you won't be stuck staring at your wardrobe wondering how you can possibly plan an outfit when you don't have many details to work with.
JCrew is currently having a sale that you should consider. All sale items are 50% off sale price and all regular priced items are 25% off. Free shipping, no matter what. The code you need to enter when you checkout is: HOORAY.
I went through the items and selected anything that caught my eye. Items that I think are worth noting. I hope you find something you like!