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Boho Floral Midi Dress with Ann Taylor

Spring is well underway and there are so many goodies out there! Ann Taylor sponsored this perfect spring look and I can’t get enough of it. The colors, the prints and the fabrics are so nice. Y’all know that I buy clothing that can do double duty. Example: I like rompers that I can layer a skirt over to give the illusion that it’s a top. With that in mind, I styled this beautiful look in two different ways for you.

The idea of being able to take really similar looks from weekday to weekend is wonderful for busy life styles. You don’t have to have completely different looks, you only need a different accessories.

The hero piece in this look is my boho floral midi dress in a sunny yellow. Its bright color and soft print make it a delight to lay eyes on. It’s modest and professional so you can wear it to work with no problem. You can tackle meetings, coffee dates, go into the office and completely handle life in this look. To add to the sophistication, I added a pair of sueded heeled sandals in a rich berry color. They are a contrasting color from the dress so they really stand out. The icing on the cake is this black floral embroidered  envelope clutch purse. It is also contrasting in color to the star of this look (my dress) so the floral embroidery stands out even more.

On the other hand, if you want to look comfy yet chic on the weekends, you can simply dress it down with a flat or sneaker and a denim jacket. We all know that a touch of denim can make anything casual.

My favorite garments are the ones that are super versatile like this boho floral dress. It can take me through a full week and is appropriate for every setting.

Enjoy!

Ann taylor, boho floral midi dress, embroidered floral clutch, pink mules, twa, short natural hairAnn taylor, boho floral midi dress, embroidered floral clutch, pink mules, twa, short natural hairAnn taylor, boho floral midi dress, embroidered floral clutch, pink mules, twa, short natural hairAnn taylor, boho floral midi dress, embroidered floral clutch, pink mules, twa, short natural hairAnn taylor, boho floral midi dress, embroidered floral clutch, pink mules, twa, short natural hairAnn taylor, boho floral midi dress, embroidered floral clutch, pink mules, twa, short natural hairAnn taylor, boho floral midi dress, embroidered floral clutch, pink mules, twa, short natural hairAnn taylor, boho floral midi dress, embroidered floral clutch, pink mules, twa, short natural hairAnn taylor, boho floral midi dress, embroidered floral clutch, pink mules, twa, short natural hairAnn taylor, boho floral midi dress, embroidered floral clutch, pink mules, twa, short natural hair

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Photo Inspiration | IKEA Photo Challenge

Before you read any further, it is important for you to know the ALL of these photos were taken inside of Ikea Houston. 🙂 If you’re an IKEA lover like I am, this is soooo for you! If you find walking into Ikea a bit overwhelming (I know it’s a lot of stuff) this may be a way to help take things a little bit at a time. Most of all, this is a little life lesson on working with what you’ve got!

My blogging buddy Pam Del and I hit up Ikea for a different type of inspiration. This time it was all about taking the cute but ordinary displays/models and making it look like I woke up in my ideal patio,coffee shop, living room, and flower market!

The first set of images is on the ground level of Ikea Houston right before you get to the registers. As you can see, it looks like I am enjoying a nice cup of tea on a sunny day. The colors are fun and bright like spring and I have everything I need at my finger tips (Theoretically). In real life Pam had to strategically tuck and hide a lot of red tags to pull this shot off.

The second set of images gives you the illusion of being in a cozy out door coffee shop. Keeping the chill of with a nice pink moto jacket that is perfect for spring and and cool wide brimmed hat. I real life, Pam was hiding red tags left and right.

The third set of photos gives the illusion that I’ve just stumbled up a field of flowers or my neighborhood coffee shop! It’s so beautiful right?!?! Ikea is getting their hands on some really amazing faux flowers there days! Again, I’m wearing the perfect spring floral dress, the sun is shining on me and all is right with the world. Ha ha!

In the final set of photos, I reimagined my floral dress as a comfy robe and put my feet up to relax with a book after a long day. Looking relaxed, comfortable, and “at home” was the main goal of this photo. Pam got the perfect angle to capture this look.

This was so much fun to do because it serves as a blaring reminder to work with what you’ve got. There may be “red tags”(distractions) hanging everywhere and people (haters) staring at you because you are doing something unconventional. You can not let that stop you from taking your shot!

Enjoy!

Want more? My buddy Pam came to shoot my IKEA loving self & I got some awesome shots of her too! So head on over to her blog to see what she shot inside of IKEA!

Express Your Ambition at SXSW

A huge thanks to Express for sponsoring this fabulous look!

If you shop in store get $25 off a purchase of $100+ using the ring code: 3388

Check this link for terms and conditions

Let’s start with what I love most about shopping with Express. I adore that I can get a complete look from ONE store. This brings me so much joy because of my super busy schedule. When I went to shop for this look I was able to get my outfit, sunglasses, purse and earrings all at Express. Express has a pretty shoe collection too but I find it hard to find shoes to fit my super skinny foot. (Ha ha!)

Putting this look together was all about me me having my feet in two different worlds. One world is all business (my pants). With the wide leg classic design, traditional colors, and fun stripes they can be worn to business meetings, meet ups, and coffee dates. They are versatile and when I see them it just reminds me of all of my business ambitions.

The other world is fashion! In this world I express myself through color, design and how I’m feeling at the moment. My goal is to feel confident, sexy, and vibrant. The bodysuit is from the Express: One Eleven collection and it does just that! The red color and deep-v design just sets me ablaze! I feel comfortable, powerful and confident in it.

Once I paired the pants and bodysuit together, I stared to get this “retro feel” so I topped it off with these round reflective sunglasses. Since the neckline is low on the top I knew I could go crazy with cool earrings or necklace. I went for these amazing metal ball earrings. They really do add something special to this look. Lastly, the red bow clutch is the icing on the cake. It’s so simple yet elegant. It will definitely be on repeat with other Express looks.

The next time you are out shopping, pull elements into your outfit from all of your areas of interests to see what you come up with. You’ll be surprised at the magic you can make when you “Express Your Ambition”.

Enjoy!


Fashion & Home Decor from Gordmans

I’m so excited that my friends over at Gordmans sponsored this post so that I can bring you some exclusive news! Before I give you all of the details take a look at the variety of items you can shop at Gordmans! This pink moto jacket is so perfect for spring and the Ellen Tracy watch compliments it so well. I also got some decor items for my home. I adore the metallic fixtures we currently have so the magazine holder and picture frame matches perfectly in my home. I picked up some cosmetic bags for my growing beauty collection and even got a water bottle for my son. I mean, you can literally get everything you need from Gordmans!

The first Texas location for Gordmans department store is opening on March 22nd and you NEED to check it out!  If you aren’t familiar with Gordmans, it is a fashion & home décor store similar in format to a Marshalls in that they carry a constantly changing selection of unique items, including designer brands, at super affordable, discounted prices. Gordmans’ mission is to thrill every guest with fun finds and exciting deals at every turn. There’s need to hunt for bargains at Gordmans – treasures are always in store with exceptional style at amazing prices, every day.
Gordmans physical address———>   (24974 Commercial Dr Rosenberg, 77471)
If you’re in the Houston area, be sure to make a trip to the ONLY Gordmans store in Texas during Grand Opening Weekend to check out the brand new store and the awesome finds inside. Grand Opening Weekend is Thursday, March 22, through Sunday, March 25, and will have tons of fun going on including free surprise gifts to the first 100 guests EVERY DAY,  additional discounts for new Gordmans credit cardholders, meet and take a free souvenir photo with the Easter Bunny (free) on Saturday, March 24, from 2-4 p.m.
  • When Gordmans opens new stores, they show their support to the community by partnering with a local school and making a donation to an organization or club at the school. In Rosenberg, Gordmans will be supporting B.F. Terry High School’s Student Activity Account, which rewards honor roll and perfect attendance students with fun celebrations of their excellence – very fitting for Gordmans’ focus on fun!
  • Also, Gordmans has a unique program called the Lowest Price Guarantee, which is a price-matching program.
  • If a shopper finds a lower price on an item somewhere other than Gordmans, the shopper is encouraged to price-match at Gordmans. It is easy – simply bring the competitor’s ad, website or receipt where the item is listed at a lower price, and Gordmans will match that price plus will give the shopper a $5 Gordmans gift card
  • If you aren’t located in the Houston/Rosenberg area, visit gordmans.com to find your nearest store!

Enjoy!!!!

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Colorful Spring Wallet | mywalit

If you’ve been on this journey with me for some time now, you know how I feel about mywalit! They can do no wrong and they continue to wow me with their amazing color ways, designs and quality products. My friends over mywalit sponsored the beautiful heart shaped coin purse that is the highlight of this outfit.

If you have just started following me recently let me tell you a little but about this daring brand founded in Lucca, Italy. They welcome color in a bold unapologetic way and couple it with amazing designs. If you ever looking for wonderfully crafted genuine leather purses, wallets, passport covers or wristlets or in unforgettable colors,look no further than mywalit!

With this particular monochromatic look, I was looking for something that could serve as a pop of color but that wasn’t a typical purse. This hearted shaped coin purse is the perfect addition to this look. This mint color way is right on time for spring and it quickly draws your eyes to it. The minute I stepped out of the house with this cutie, I got so  many compliments about the shape, design and quality. Someone even offered to buy it because it was so unique.
With Spring well on its way, this is a perfect little gift! If this heart shaped coin purse showed up in an Easter basket for someone this year I’m sure it would be welcomed! Enjoy!