I lived so close to Austin for the majority of my life and I had not experienced SXSW like I did this year! I really took advantage of the pop-ups and panels and I wanted to share a few of the to-dos! I was invited to experience the Innovation Mansion which was super cool! Not only were there panels but Michael Stars pop up with their spring line, Charlotte Tilbury makeup touch-ups, and lots of creative innovations throughout the mansion. I added a ton of content to my Instagram story as always but even that was not enough! So instead of making a SXSW Instagram highlight, I summed it up in a quick post!
Innovative makeup apps like YouCamMakeup filled the mansion! There was also a vending machine where you put in your email and you receive a random free gift! I got some earrings from Kendra Scott!
These were taken after my Charlotte Tilbury makeup was done! The picture does not do it justice! It looked beyond amazing! I also got some free products to try out.
I had to snap a quick selfie at the Micheal Stars pop-up
I also attended Create and Cultivate’s event which was so amazing as well! Both events were filled with panels and freebies of amazing brands!
There was a great schedule of panels and the panelist line up was amazing. I even got to see Tan France from Queer Eye speak about the upcoming season! You can hear the live podcast taping on the Work Party Podcast.
There were so many sponsors as well from Batiste to Core water, Roxy and Paige. I even got my hair done while waiting for panels. It was seriously so much fun! Also getting to meet Dani Austin was a great highlight of the day!
Create and Cultivate always showcases the best of entrepreneurial ideas and advice always so going to that event was a must! The line to get in was long, and rightly so as this was one of the most beneficial events for someone like me. And let me tell you there are lots of people like me!
Top : Pretty Little Thing // Shorts : Levi’s // Shoes : Forever 21 // Glasses : Quay Australia
Being from Texas, I love any excuse I get to wear my boots! Boots are like one of those pieces that can tell your age. I started off with little pink boots because obviously, I love pink. I went through a phase where I just loved color in general so I had purple boots next. Being so small my foot did not grow much so these are the next boots I bought. The first real boots I have! I then later bought another pair that describe me super well now and they have long fringe so they look so fun when I dance! It’s just like that old saying, you can take the girl out of Texas (and move her to California) but you can’t take the Texas out of the girl!
Western was a bit of a hit recently. It popped up in a few places and I really loved what Show Me Your Mumu did with their western line! I also found a look pretty similar to this on one of my newer favorite places to shop, Verge Girl. Even though they are Australian based, they still hit the nail on the head with their look! I just had to copy it!
While the trend is slowly dying down, as most trends do, the boots are here to stay! Black boots paired with looks are lingering and are like the leftover part of the western trend in my opinion. BUT if you live somewhere like Texas boots are always in style! I linked a few of my favorites below in a range of prices for you to check out! Some are just for style, and some are for going out to a country concert in a dirt-filled lot. (Those are the best concerts in my opinion!!)
Would you wear more of a western look?
What would you say would be your hometown staple piece?
Hat : Lack of Color // Belt : Rebecca Minkoff (similar) // Glasses : Quay Australia // Boots : (DSW) (Ariat) (Forever 21)
I decided to create a quick video of a few looks that would be fun for Spring! These are looks that I liked, but they did not make it to the blog. I am kind of picky when it comes to clothes and even more picky when it comes to content.
I am trying to mix up my content and I put a few previews of these looks on my Instagram but I linked the full video here! I like how it came out, and while I still have more work to do on videos, I am thinking I am going to try to keep them coming here and there! Let me know what you think and if you’d like to see more quick clips!
ALSO, excuse the wrinkles, all of the travel has really gotten to my clothes and the material is so delicate I would rather take it to the cleaners (or let my mom do it tbh)
Dress (similar) // Top : Forever 21 // Shoes : (similar) // Belt : Pretty Little Thing // Hat : Target
Shirt : Free People // Jeans : Free People
Dress : Free People // Shoes : Charlotte Russe (similar) (similar) // Jacket : (similar) (similar)
It’s been a while since I have shared a few of my favorite products on the blog! I always have my beauty wishlist tab that I update, but I wanted to do a post on the products that I actually use on my hair. I have tried a few different ones, and there are still ones I would love to try! I actually use these products and I wanted to share them in this post!
Also, how cute is this pink fire station?! I found it while searching for Marfa on my way home to Texas and I knew I had the perfect outfit for it! I actually thrifted this skirt from a downtown store in LA and it was only $20! I also have been wearing this shirt on repeat because I just love the color and there are so many ways to style it! For more outfit inspo on styling a graphic tee check out my latest blog post!
First off I took this picture for a Pantene contest to win free Coachella tickets but I wanted to do it because I actually do use Pantene! I usually use the shampoo for colored hair or the charcoal shampoo to keep my locks clean for days!
Also because my hair is colored I always use this conditioner to keep my ends soft.
For a much needed deep conditioning, I use this conditioner and leave it in for five minutes AT LEAST!
I also read that using heat protectant even without using heat helps your hair. I’m not sure if I trusted it but I use It’s A 10 which has heat protectant at least twice a week.
Batiste is my go-to dry shampoo! I have tried at least four and this is my favorite! I use the one for brunettes so my hair does not turn white.
About once a month (or when needed) I use this hair oil for a sleek look. I am very careful with hair oil since I usually like my hair clean and teased!
I use my wet brush every day and especially after I get out of the shower so my hair dries straight.
This texture spray is my go-to for big bold hair!
I actually used this beach spray for the messy wave! I love scrunching my hair with it and creating volume since my hair is so thin.
Should I do an updated hair care post?
Top : (similar) // Skirt : (similar) (similar) // Shoes : Forever21 (similar)
I never was really into the feminism movement. I am all about girls supporting girls and equality, but the movement was a little too much for me. I think it was a great cause but also a bit unnecessary to me. Until recently at least…
I have been thinking a lot about how unfair it is that women cannot dress a certain way without being gawked at. Okay yes so wearing lingerie in public on a cold day with thigh highs will obviously turn heads, but wearing some tight shorts on a cold day and an oversized jacket does not mean you are asking for anything. In all honesty, I even felt a bit uncomfortable, and frankly unsafe, wearing just this bodysuit and jeans when I went into a gas station around town. I think that is so not fair and not okay. While yes sometimes I do dress a bit out there, that should be my choice.
One of the many blessings about being a girl is dressing in multiple ways, and I take full advantage of that. Going from dressing like a tomboy to head to toe pink, or a skin-tight dress that may be a bit too thin is something that guys do not really get to do! So I love the options and I want to play with them, especially because of the blog! However, sometimes this gets the wrong attention and it really isn’t fair in my opinion.
Before we teach girls how to dress we should teach boys how to act.
I am definitely not saying that girls should be showing everything off whenever they want, there are still some things that need to be kept in order and not proper. But sometimes I think it is okay to be risky or take a cool photo or just wear something because you want to. I did not think that before but now I really do think so! Girls should know there are limits of course, but at the same time, there is a time and a place for everything.
The sucky part is having to tone down a look because it would make you feel uncomfortable even though it is what you want to wear. I think it’s such a blessing to be a pretty girl, but also so hard because when guys do not accept the word ‘no’ is where it gets dangerous. That is something that is not going to change in a day and now I think the whole feminism movement is on point… well at least the aspect that has to deal with what I am talking about.
What do you think about this issue?
Body Suit : Princess Polly // Jeans : Revice // Sunglasses : MVMT
I have seen graphic tees all over my Instagram recently and I just had to hop on that bandwagon! I found a similar Andy Warhol tee at the Melrose Trading post, perfectly worn in and with the perfect amount of pink.. but there was one problem.. it was over $100. I was not willing to pay for a tee that I would not be wearing super often and I knew I could make myself. So I emailed this picture to my mom and had her print it on transfer paper and she ironed it on to a shirt from the store. Much cheaper and same Andy Warhol painted top of my own!
If that was not enough of a task, I actually edited this picture from the internet to add more pink and purples to match my feed! IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS. When I was done I had to pair it with these purple Steve Madden heels and I fell in love with this look! Something so different and so cool!
I recently took a poll on my Instagram story asking which shorts I should buy and it was between these and plain black lace-up shorts (imagine these without the stars). The plain black ones actually won but my heart was already set on these! I couldn’t be happier with my purchase and I love wearing these just for fun.
My Tips for Styling a Graphic Tee
Keep a color scheme! Add a simple white tee with red lettering and a bright red lip for a pop of color!
A graphic tee tucked into comfy fitting shorts or jeans are a great staple
Cuff your sleeves on your graphic tee for a cool look… I do this a lot actually and iron the cuff so it stays
Find one with a cool saying! The image does not have to take up all of your shirt for it to count
Size up and wear your tee with a comfy cardigan and leggings for a cozier look!
Graphic tees are one of the new staple pieces, get two or three and hang on to them until the trend dies out because this one will definitely be back!
Do you have a favorite graphic tee you love to wear?
Top : (similar) (similar) // Shorts : Princess Polly (shorts from my Insta story) // Shoes : Steve Madden
So if it hasn’t become apparent enough, I am stepping out of my fashion comfort zone and I haven’t stopped. Along with trying more boho looks, I have shot a few trendy and chic looks as well which is really killing my Instagram profile! But I like being able to pull off new looks and trying something that is different! Honestly, I know a lot of you are going to HATE this look as soon as it comes out on Instagram but I had to try it out! I was getting creative with the outfits I have and I wanted to share something new and different. Plus I am still in my phase of doing different kinds of looks so this one was included. These shoes are actually my moms and probably a size too big and I bought this romper from Wildfox at a sample sale! I tried again with the Spring outfit and black boots (similar post) and this is what I got. I also linked a few outfits to show you my inspiration and pieces to shop for yourself!
What do you think of this look?
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