An All-White Affair

Last month, we took another trip to Houston for my cousin’s “all-white affair” engagement party. How fun is it when an event has a dress code? I love a little fashion rule in my life. It’s a challenge that makes me feel more creative because there are limitations to play by.  Odd as it sounds, it’s a cool way to really individualize yourself in the crowd if that makes sense. When your color is already decided for you, you can spend more time on how to accessorize whether it be with makeup, hair or jewelry. My first instinct would be to paint my lips red, but I wanted to try something different so bright raspberry was the lip color of the day!

Dress BCBG Max Azria

– Chi

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Blushing Neutrals

I had to be the biggest tomboy growing up. I refused to wear sandals or flats. My mom says all I ever wanted as gifts were tennis shoes.  As for my hair, I never let it down. It was always up in a ponytail, and I owned way too many t-shirts and jeans.

That has changed a lot over the years. I think it’s because I grew more practical. Now I can’t stop thinking about dresses! They’re the easiest things to slip on in the morning when I’m too lazy to coordinate outfits. Dresses can also create so many different silhouettes!

This ladylike dress is a perfect midi with a high neckline, peplum waist, and long slits on the side. What I love too is how it flew with the wind as I walked which made me feel so weightless and feminine. I wore my new favorite laced up flats that I’ve been hunting down since the beginning of the season. As for accessories, I knew I couldn’t go wrong with turquoise. Neutrals plus turquoise is a newly discovered color combo that I won’t be wearing once.

Dress BCBGeneration / Laced Up Ballerina Flats Zara / Oversized Sweater Zara / MAC “Plumful” Lipstick

– Chi

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A Day for Vintage

My favorite thing to do in the morning is to start my day with an iced latte or hot cup of cappuccino from Reve Coffee Roasters. It makes me feel so much more relaxed and less rushed when I take the time to enjoy something before work. I’ll recommend that everyone find something that relaxes them in the morning. Waking up, getting ready and going straight to work can make the day feel too much like a job.

We were lucky to have fall weather in Lafayette, but then it decided to take off after about four days. Now I’m back to pairing fall pieces with summer pieces. Everything I’m wearing was purchased more than 5 years ago, but I love that I can still wear it today. It creates a little vintage effect for me. Nothing says vintage more than a tied up button-down, a midi skirt, and classic espadrilles on your feet! All I’m missing is one of those vintage yellow bicycles. I could seriously daydream about biking around a little French village, but downtown Lafayette will just have to do.

– Chi


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Sophisticated Weekend Look

I call this the “Am I Ready for Work” or “Am I Still Hooked on the Weekend” look. It also could be a work to night out look… like something you’d wear on Thursday night. I flaunted Lucy, my red Michael Kors bag, for this outing (yes, I named my favorite bag). You can also see a more casual outfit paired with my bag here. If there are three colors that perfectly represent sophistication, it’s black, white and red. For this day, I formulated my hair into the half bun — a look that Julianne Hough perfectly pulled off as shown on Pinterest. It was my way to stay cool while playing down the sophisticated ensemble.

My new black heels were especially pretty having an ankle tie with tassels and gold accents. I have been wearing these a lot because they go well with so many outfits. I also have to brag that they are incredibly comfortable. For those of you who can’t walk in heels that are higher than 3 inches, these are the girls for you.

Top Urban Outfitters / Pants (similar here) / Heels LOFT / Selma Purse Michael Kors

– Chi

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Fall Outfit for Philly

Hello October! It’s time to yank out the scarves and booties now! There are few places in the world where you can truly experience fall weather. Philadelphia is definitely one. It was challenging to fit my clothes for four days into my little carry-on bag, but I knew my scarves and booties could not be left behind.

I decided to try something fun with a multi-pattern look, combining my striped shorts and my red, leopard print scarf. I toned down the mixture by choosing a white top to wear with my white shorts. I wanted to make the look more neutral, and I think the white on white worked out perfectly. It’s my favorite fall trend for the moment. I finished the outfit with my new tan, leather booties. They have a 2 inch heel which made it comfortable enough to walk around the city. Sightseeing was my favorite thing to do in Philly. You can also read more about my amazing trip here.

Everything in Philadelphia including the trees, alleys, and buildings were easy on the eyes. It was awesome to see people already decorating their homes for fall with mini-pumpkins too. Excitement rushed through me as I look forward to decorating myself with more fall pieces!

Top (similar here) / Shorts (sold out but similar pattern here) / Scarf (similar styles here) / Coach Legacy Penny Bag (similar here) / Booties

– Chi

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Yellow Roses & Falling into Style

Fall is here! Before I start, I will apologize for the cliche in my title. (I had to do it!) I’ve been waiting for this day, and I’m so happy that it’s finally here. To welcome the season, I picked up some yellow roses. I’m not usually drawn to roses, but these were beautiful because they were so big and rich in color. I loved that they were butterscotch yellow, and it was perfect for fall.

We went to Parc Lafayette to enjoy the breezy weather after having a healthy lunch at Sandra’s Cafe. We have lunch at Sandra’s Cafe almost every other day. They have the most delicious, healthy food in town. We ordered the quinoa soup, vegetable lasagna, and chicken shawarma. Everything was delicious, filling, and guilt-free!

For my outfit I decided to coordinate around the yellow roses, so I went for a charcoal gray tank and a blue wrap skirt. I know it’s far from the typical neutral colors of fall, but I wanted to express my excitement so I went with the colors that pop.  I was pleased to see how well the yellow stood out against the brightness of the blue.  I love my neutrals, but I think I’ll save those colors for October and November. 😉

Skirt from ASOS / Gray tank from Express (similar here) / Heels from LOFT 

– Chi

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The Jean Skirt is Back

A few years ago, I had a stack of jean skirts from my teen years that I finally donated. They were cute, but I thought to myself, “how could I ever pull these off again?” That’s when I laid eyes on this high waisted jean skirt at the J. Crew Factory Store in Lafayette, LA right next to Whole Foods. They were marked half off so I knew they had to be mine. For our run around Houston, I paired them with a black off-the-shoulder top and wore my favorite, comfortable heels. These photos were taken at various locations during our hunt for coffee in Houston, TX. You can read our adventure here.

Off the shoulder top from ASOS (similar style here) / Jean skirt J. Crew Factory / Purse Banana Republic / Old heels by Vince Camuto (similar style here)

Chi

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