SALE ALERT: SHOPBOP

shopbop sale Guess what? There’s another Shopbop sale. Lots and lots of new markdowns to ogle (take a peek at these, for example). It couldn’t have come at a better time as I am purchasing a few last minute things for my upcoming honeymoon. This easy-breezy Candela dress would be perfect for the beach (it could double as a coverup, too). I’m also considering this Eberjey bikini, and at a price tag under $100, this little dress is totally worth it. Whether you’re shopping for a beach vacay or not, this sale worth a look!

FROM THE BACHELORETTE

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What. A. Weekend. To say that I had a good time on my bachelorette trip would be a total understatement. The trip was beyond wonderful. Spending four days at the beach with all of your friends… what could be better than that? It was the easiest trip to pack for. I lived in these sandals and a pink version of this caftan dress. We spent our days lounging by the pool – while snacking on guac and chips and sipping margs, of course – and our nights chatting over cocktails and delicious dinners. Saturday night was especially fun. It was a Mexican fiesta (the multi-colored Matta dress that I picked up at Cabana last week was just right for the occasion) that involved not one, but two piñatas (see the bride and groom below) and one of the best mariachi bands I’ve ever heard.

My little sister, being the wonderful Maid of Honor that she is, went out of her way to make this mini-vacay extra special.  All of those fun details that really do make it all the more festive. There were custom cups with bright orange lettering that were the perfect size for the many (many) margaritas that were had. And how about these adorable swizzle sticks that were monogrammed with my new initials? (There were also some fantastic favors that she made for the bridesmaids. More to come on that tomorrow!) She and my friend Gretchen even customized pink and orange M&Ms (my favorite candy) for the weekend.

It was a much-needed respite from all the going-ons around here. I didn’t exactly return with a tan (I lathered up with this sunscreen and donned this hat the entire time), but I’ve definitely come back feeling more relaxed and ready for the final three week (!) countdown to the wedding.

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IMG_1841 All photos were taken by Luella & June®

EYELET

eyelet THAKOON ADDITION Eyelet Blouse // DL1961 Jeans // STUBBS & WOOTEN Slippers // KENNETH JAY LANE Earrings // 3.1 PHILLIP LIM Sunglasses // PRADA Handbag

If I were to describe my style, “girly” is not a word that I would use. Feminine, yes, but not girly. There’s a difference. Girly makes me think of lots of lace, scalloped edges, florals, and, of course, pink. I love all of those things  - but in small doses, and never all together. This blouse is a perfect example.  The eyelet material screams girly, but the silhouette – button-down with a slight peplum detail – gives it a little more structure. And when I pair it with my blue jeans, it gives it a more casual look for the day. (I love it with my white jeans, too.) To give it some pop, I’ve also paired it with these super bright Mara Hoffman shorts. I love how you can see the colors peeking through the eyelet. For a nighttime look, I’m planning to wear it with a leather jacket. It’s a fun juxtaposition and definitely dials down the sweetness. The same goes for this Isabel Marant top. Nobody makes eyelet look cooler than Ms. Marant.

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SALE ALERTS + AN ADIOS

beach time I’m headed to Mexico today for my bachelorette weekend. Hooray! Before I leave though, I’ve got a couple of sale alerts that you simply have to know about. Here’s what you need to have on your radar:

Saks Fifth Avenue Friends & Family:

  • You’ll get 25% off any purchase! Just enter the code FRNFAM2.
  • Now would be the perfect time to stock up on all of those must-haves for summer – like a pair of white jeans or this adorable LWD from Nanette Lepore.
  • I’m also pretty smitten with this straw clutch. Screams summer, right?

Neiman Marcus Home:

  • 25% off most items! You’ll have to move quick on this one though. The sale ends tonight!
  • Summer entertaining? Me too. I’m pretty sure that these have to come live with me. They’re patio perfection! What color to choose?!
  • This is also the ideal time to snatch up of some fun plates or maybe these neon colored glasses for said summer parties.
  • And don’t forget about the lamps. Oh my word. There are so many amazing ones! I am obsessed with this pretty blue one. I want a pair of them for my bedroom. And how about this sculptural white one? Too good.

And with that… I’m out! Adios.

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GO LOW: MADISON HARDING WEDGES

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When it comes to my shoes, I’m not normally an in-between girl. It’s either a high heel or a flat for me. (The kitten heel trend that seems to be making its way back into stores just isn’t my thing.) However, lately it seems that might be changing for me. I’m noticing that I’m gravitating towards the mid-height heel more and more. It started with these Loeffler Randall sandals (I got the gold and now I want them in every single color). With only a 1.75 inch heel, I normally never would have considered them. After one wear at a party, I was in love with them. Not only was I comfortable all night long, but the lower heel just felt fresh to me. It’s something different and is such a novel addition to my closet. Needless to say, I’ve been on the search for lower options ever since. These Madison Harding wedges certainly fit the bill. I love the heel height, and the price tag won’t break the bank – especially since they’re the type of shoes you’ll wear all season long. Plus, they come in these three punchy spring colors. The nude is of course the most classic, but I’m partial to the aqua hue myself. (They look very similar to this pair from J.Crew, don’t they? But less expensive!)This isn’t to say I’m abandon my high heels (in fact, I think I might like to purchase these pretty soon) or my flats for that matter, but I’m just expanding my options. And I’m no longer ruling out the in-between.

HAPPY MENOCAL HERALDRY

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While flipping through the most recent issue of Martha Stewart Weddings (my wedding plans are complete, but I still can’t resist a good wedding mag), I came across this amazingly colorful heraldry design. A bride had customized it with her initials to use on her invitations and wedding favors, amongst other things. (How cool is that for a wedding? It feels fun and whimsical, yet still so classic.) You know I can’t resist a bright color combo, and this one was right up my alley. I immediately did some research and found the artist to be Happy Menocal. Apparently, I’m the last one to know about her because after a quick Google search of her name, I found her to be everywhere. Jonathan Adler sells her illustrations online, and remember the palm tree illustration on my favorite pink Stubbs & Wooten slippers? Yep. She designed that, too! (I’ve been a fan of Happy’s illustrations and I didn’t even know it!) The artist has some brilliant illustrations on her site. She’s got illustrations of people, animals, (the pet portraits are so good), places, you name it. My favorite is definitely her custom heraldry though. It’s such a unique  take on the classic crest that we see so often. Take a look through her portfolio. I think you’ll like what you see.

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THE PACKING LIST: PUNTA MITA

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1. MIU MIU Bikini 2. ANCIENT GREEK Sandals 3. TORY BURCH Tunic 4. RAG & BONE Shorts 5. TIBI Dress 6. THIERRY LASRY Sunglasses 7. MSGM One-Shoulder Top 8. EMERSON FRY Jeans 9. CHARLOTTE RUSSE Hat 10. MADEWELL Tee 11. GRAND BAZAAR Earrings

It’s a beach week! This Thursday, I’m headed to Punta Mita for my bachelorette trip. I’ve been counting down the days for this trip since we scheduled it back in the fall. I can’t believe it’s finally here. Four fun-filled days at the beach with my bridesmaids. Could there be anything better? Between now and Thursday, I’ll be wrapping up some last minute to-dos and getting my bag together. I’ll be packing all my beach basics – white jeans, plenty of breezy tunics, and a floppy hat. Three days and counting…

LATELY: CABANA’S FIGUE TRUNK SHOW PARTY

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This past Wednesday evening I had the pleasure of attend the Figue trunk show party at Cabana. If I made a list for you of my top favorite boutiques in Dallas, Cabana would definitely be near the top. Owned by Merry Vose, the shop offers the best of the best when it comes to easy-breezy, effortless looks. With beachy textiles and seashell accents, the store resembles one that you might find in St. Barths or Harbour Island. It’s always full of color – the front door is lavender! – and is my go-to for everything from casual basics (they have the best selection of K. Jacques sandals in town) to those dressier somethings for a night out. They carry unique lines that you don’t see everywhere – Antik Batik, Ulla Johnson, Laurence Doligé, and, now, Figue! After hearing such great things about the line, I was looking forward to seeing the Figue collection. Let me tell you: it does not disappoint. It’s full of colorful tunics, embroidered kaftans, and some very sparkly jewels (just look at that statement necklace!). What I love about the line is that each piece feels so unique. The tunics and kaftans are all embellished with a special something – bright sequins or delicate beading. They’re easy enough to wear over your swimsuit, but definitely special enough to wear out to a cocktail party or dinner. I love clothes that can multitask, don’t you? If you’re in the Big D, head over to Cabana to check it out for yourself.

(P.S. Did I mention there was an ice cream sandwich food truck? Yep. It’s called Cool Haus. Best. Thing. Ever. You can bet I’ll be tracking this truck down on a weekly basis.)

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IMG_1756 All photos taken by Luella & June

 

WHAT I LOVE RIGHT NOW

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFTISABEL MARANT Blouse // ERIKSON BEAMON Bracelet // MARNI Bracelets // RAG & BONE Jean Jacket // GIANVITO ROSSI Heels // ARTERIORS Bar Cart // PIERRE HARDY Bag // LE MONT ST. MICHEL Shirt // MRS. KENNEDY AND ME Book // WAITING ON MARTHA Citrus Server // RIFLE PAPER CO. Notecard

P.S. Don’t forget about Shopbop’s Friends & Fam event. 20% off your entire purchase with the code WEAREFAMILY13. Shop it here.

KITCHEN CONFIDENCE

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I have a confession: I eat take-out nearly every single night. The only night I don’t is when I decide to actually sit down at the restaurant and eat there instead. The only redeeming quality here is that I do make an effort to ensure that it’s healthy take-out (four nights of the week are healthy, and the other three I get to do what I want). Nonetheless, it’s a bad habit – not to mention, an expensive one. I just don’t cook. (Baking? That’s a different story. Count me in!) I used to think it was because I just wasn’t any good at it, but lately I’ve actually been trying out a few recipes and the result hasn’t been half bad. (Don’t get me wrong. I’m still not that good at it.) I realize now that my lack of desire to spend time in the kitchen is really more about my confidence level. I have no clue how to do those seemingly basic things (how exactly do you know when the chicken is done?) which has always made me want to steer clear of the kitchen rather than just giving it a go. Not anymore. I’m making a solid effort to learn the basics so I can manage a few tasty recipes every now and then.

The good news is that there are plenty of excellent resources out there for beginners like me. My most recent favorite is Food52. The site has a variety of different categories – Menu Ideas (perfect for when you need a little inspiration), Down & Dirty (you’ll learn everything you need to about fruits and veggies), and, my favorite, Kitchen Confidence. The KC category offers tips on things like how to make the perfect fried egg (yum!), which potatoes are good for what, and how to make the perfect grocery list. All those basic things that I never knew before.

Any other tips and tricks I should know? If you have any good resources, let me know!

(Image via Food52)