4/23 // Tuc + Wes

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Orly created Tuc + Wes, a comfortable, convertible t-shirt line, years ago after moving to New York to pursue design. Fast forward to 2014, the line is growing past t-shirts to a full contemporary woman’s line – and it’s super affordable! The line is a mix of kitchy tees and kicked-up basics like blazers and striped tanks.

Because everything in my life seems to be expensive at the moment (wedding, traveling, car – ugh), it’s refreshing to find an affordable line to play around with! I’ll definitely be snatching up a few tees to tuck under silk pants for spring/summer. And of course, remaining to stalk Orly on insta. xx

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4/21 // Beauty Talk: Karora Express Tanning Mousse

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She’s baaaack!!!

It was nice to slip away and GSD over the last couple weeks, but I’m thrilled to be back on the blog. And talking about beauty, nonetheless? My friends at Karora must have seen my pasty Instagram selfies, because they sent over their Express Bronzing Mousse to try (thanks!). I don’t talk about gifted items much, so please trust me when I say I adore this product. I’ve used various self-tanners in the past but never achieved that ‘just left vacay’ glow I sought for… until now. Karora is like no other self-tanner on the market, which I know of, because you choose your tan’s intensity.  For a quick glow, leave the mousse on for an hour, rinse and go. Rinse after three hours for a natural looking, intense tan. I’ve used it twice, and rinsed after an hour and a half – which gave me amazing color without overdoing it. The tan lasted for about 3-4 days, and didn’t smell, turn orange or fade in a patchy way like spray tans do. Karora products are easily found online or at your local Ulta. Overall, I honestly love it and had to share. And what better time to get tan? Short season is right around the corner! Can-not-wait! xx

This post is not sponsored. I truly love the product and had to share! 

4/14 // BRB

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Oh, hello! The last couple weeks have literally been crazy town for me (what’s new, though?) and I’ve been dedicating a little more time to my professional life. People always ask how I juggle it all, and I don’t. Ever. Something is usually set aside, like reading or watching ‘Real Housewives’ but last week it had to be this blog. It will all make sense in a couple weeks but in the meantime, just be patient with me. I promise I have a lot of positive things cooking for this blog!! Also, big HUGS and KISSES to those that sent me emails asking how I am. MUAAH. Be right back, promise! xx

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4/8 // Prom + Free People = <3

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Guess who’s heading back to prom on Saturday? That would be this girl. I know, I know – equal parts lame and amazing. A little back story – Tyler, my fiancé, teaches special education at the same high school we met, fell in luv and graduated from. He’s a chaperone this year and asked me if I’d accompany him for old times’ sake and how could I say no? Duh. Especially since we’re getting married in just 3 months! We’ve been keeping crazy busy with planning the wedding, baseball games (him) and me launching a studio soon (more on that later!) so a little night out to bring back old memories is just what we need. Plus, I get to dress up! That was always the best part of prom : )

Right now, my bank account is on serious lockdown until the wedding, so I’ll probably just grab something from my own closet. But on the other hand, it is wedding season and I could use a new fancy dress – particularly one from Free People. Ugh gorge! I just can’t – literally can not, Tyler would murder me. Shop in my honor instead? Thank you! xx

Oh, and in case you need a giggle:

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4/4 // Mornings at Miu Miu

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Last week I had the privilege to have a little morning soiree with the fine people at Miu Miu. Now, I don’t consider myself a fancy person, the very few designer pieces I do own were either passed down to me, from eBay or found at a ridiculously good price. With that said, I do have loads of respect for people who do have the funds and choose to invest in a little piece of fashion history. It’s kind of like buying a house vs renting – if you buy smart and take good care of it, the value can only go up. And the craftsmanship is a whole different story that I hope to do a little more research on – all I know for sure is that each piece is hand crafted and takes hours, sometimes days to complete.

If my time at Miu Miu taught me anything, it’s to shop smarter. That means less H&M shopping sprees and more spending that money on a quality piece or two. And great quality doesn’t have to be “designer”; I still have a pair of Gap jeans from high school that look brand new. It simply means do my research and make an actual effort in creating a lasting closet rather than a seasonal one.

One day I hope to have enough pennies saved to walk out of Miu Miu with a perfectly crafted pair of shoes (these to be exact), but until then I’m happy with the lesson learned. xx

ps: Have a great weekend – ahh!

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4/3 // Ask The Bloggers: Favorite Closet Items

bloggers-love-from-kat-poor-little-it-girl-adored-by-alex-let-it-be-beautifulIf you ask me what my favorite thing in my closet is during the week, I’ll say my VS pajamas. Nothing seems appealing at 7 am on a weekday, I usually just look forward to coming home and slipping into something loose. On the weekend, I have two favorites: my Coach City Bag for running around and my silk drawstring pants. The ‘City Bag‘ has been my favorite go-to bag for it’s sturdiness and size. It’s not too big but there’s still enough room to carry weekend essentials – sunglasses, mini iPad, wallet, leftover chick-fil-a fries (!!!), etc. The silk drawstring pants I scored during a major sale and worth every penny. Paired with a silk blouse, they feel like sleepwear but still look über stylish .  Also, I have a few favorite sentimental pieces, like my mom’s vintage kimono and a pair of earrings my best friend brought back from China.

Your turn ! What is your favorite thing in your closet? xx

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Also, BIG thank you to Kat, 
Cathy, Alex + Ashlyn! xx

4/2 // #weddingwednesday: Babes + Blooms

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Well – we are officially well into the single digits in our countdown to the big day – not sure if I should celebrate or cry? I’ve always kept it real on here, so I don’t have a problem saying this wedding has me 50 shades of stressed. And really I’m the only one to blame because I’m the type to WANT/NEED to do everything myself. How does that saying go? “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” Yep – that is my wedding motto. But somewhere between finalizing our invitation design and picking linens, I’m finding peace in the chaos. Aww, flower girl dress shopping. I mean… what’s not to love? We have the two cutest toddlers as flower girls, one of them is my niece and the other is a close friend’s daughter.  Alanna + Lexi. They are everything. I can’t wait to dress them up in flower crowns and pretty dresses. I still remember being a flower girl at their age (2 1/2), and feeling like the prettiest girl in the world and I hope they feel the same.

I haven’t even begin to really look for their dresses but so far I’ve found favorites from BHLDN and wait for it… J.Crew (shocker!). I refuse to go the J.Crew route because I don’t want to be one of those girls with all J.Crew everything. Ya know? If you find yourself scouring the web for flower girl dresses and one catches your eye, please send it my way! I guess this is my asking for help, which is huge! Baby steps… xx

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4/1 // Effortlessly Anthropologie

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3/31 // Red

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3/27 // Ask the Bloggers, Dallas Edition

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Beyond excited to introduce a new series today, Ask the Bloggers! Every week I’ll ask you all to submit a question in the comments, I’ll pick a group of bloggers and, if selected, I’ll ask them your question to be featured on HELLOGIRL*. A big thank you goes out to my friends from Dallas for helping me kick off this fun new series!

This happens to me a lot. It’s the 11th hour before a big social gathering and I still don’t know what I’m wearing. 9 out of 10 times black leather skinnies and a tee will do the trick but sometimes I just want something new. There’s something about an outfit fresh from the store that puts an extra pep in my step. It’s the little confidence boost I need when I’m meeting new people, heading out on a big date or just the end of a bad week. In this case, two stores usually do the trick: Zara if I have time to head across town or H&M. Both are affordable and carry both classic and trendy pieces to create the perfect outfit! Because I lack time, I usually look for a simple, effortless dress or a really cool jacket I can throw over jeans. They also carry a good selection of shoes and accessories if I want to go that route. I also really, really love Nordstrom but try to avoid going there if time is an issue, I can get lost in there for days!

Now your turn, when you need a new outfit ASAP, where do you shop? And ask any question to be featured in an upcoming Ask the Bloggers!

Shop Amy’s pick: Neiman Marcus /// Shop Sally + Molly’s picks: Vince, Rag & Bone,
Number One + J.Crew /// Shop Mary’s pick: Zara /// Shop Merritt’s pick: Shopbop