Weddington Way | Fourth of July

 Weddington Way has a number of amazing bridesmaid dress styles and inspired me to create a style board based on a Fourth of July wedding with their selection.

I was most excited because my parents actually got married on July Fourth, so I grew up celebrating their wedding while also celebrating America. There were always red, white and blue treats, more fireworks than the city limits could imagine, and lots of pool time.

Plus, I’m also a gal who loves a good theme – so bring it on!

Believe it or not, this is 1987 – how fashionable is that peplum on my mom and her Maid of Honor? Plus, the off the shoulder look? Absolutely love it. I’ll be re-inventing this gown for my own wedding weekend!

And while we are giving a nod to the past, here’s a great photo of their cake.

Multiple tiers, and the fountain in the center? Seriously – Karen knew what she was doing!

So how do you translate a fabulous Fourth of July wedding to modern-day nuptials? Simple!

No really, simplicity!

I chose a gorgeous, crimson Weddington Way bridesmaid dress based on the stylings of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Classic, structured lines with a subtle, modern sleeve. The bow in the front ties it all together! It is so lovely that few accessories are needed, and it is a style that can be worn to a luncheon, wedding, shower, and more.

In thinking through the right accessories, I saw fireworks when I found these Oscar de la Renta tassel earrings. They have the perfect amount of glamour and movement to make your maids not just look like Jackie O, but feel like Jackie O.

Shoes you ask? Shoes I give you! There are two aspects to keep in mind if wearing a shorter bridesmaid dress – you want to elongate your legs, and be able to walk in them! As a former pageant contestant, my eyes immediately went to this pair of Stuart Weitzman heels. This is a shoe you can wear again and again, and will look three inches taller, not because of the height, but because of the ability to blend your leg and foot.

For flowers? Anemones, of course! These are among my favorites with their little nod of color in the center which often takes on a bluish-blackish hue. The secret to having a Fourth of July wedding is in not going over the top, but just giving a hint here and there.

Let’s dress the fellas while we’re at it! What man wouldn’t look smashing in this custom blue drillino suit from J. Hilburn? It is the perfect shade to contrast next to the Weddington Way bridesmaid dresses, with a fit that is to die for.

And finally, favors. Nothing is more American then freedom, baseball and Coca-Cola, so gift your guests with a tiny treat of a mini Coke!

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How would you style an Americana-themed wedding? Any favorites you have seen before?

Partnered post with Weddington Way. 

 

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:: She Wears the Pants ::

Happy Friday, my printed-pant loving pals! If you knew how often I wore this exact outfit (literally, no variation) you might be embarrassed for me. Or, maybe it’s just that it is the ideal work-weekend-pushing the limits but still professional enough-type outfit that you would do the same.

Eh. Either way, these pants find their way into my line-up weekly because they have such a unique pattern, a stretchy waist-band, and a baggy-in-the-right-way kind of fit.

Oh, and pockets. Could they be any more perfect?!

Pants // Anthropologie

Top // boutique find

Shoes // Forever 21

Necklace // Bauble Bar

Bracelet // Tory Burch + Fit Bit

Rings // H&M

:: It’s Not Easy Being Green ::

I’ve always considered myself more of a Miss Piggy, but just as the “Gloria Steinem of the Muppet Word,” moi also has a soft spot for Kermit the Frog.

With the turmoil in Baltimore and discussion surrounding the Supreme Court’s hearing today, I can’t help but take a moment to reflect on the challenges a number of people are currently facing. Black, white, gay, police officers, etc. – seems that it actually might be easier to be green today.

Politics, religion, flying spaghetti monsters aside – everyone has a right to their beliefs. Today, you may hate my pants, think my skin needs to be exposed to the light of day, find my writing off-putting or maybe you have something against the Muppets (if this is the case – what’s wrong with you?!), and that’s ok. 

This country would not exist without a vast number of beliefs, and will not evolve without those same freedoms. My heart aches for those who do not feel safe or accepted, and for everyone trying to make sense of what tolerance truly means. Life was much easier when there was a Muppet song to help you process your feelings.

Top // Gap

Pants // Lilly Pulitzer + Target

Shoes // Forever 21

Bracelet // Tory Burch Fit Bit

:: Lillygeddon ::

Lilly Pulitzer said “Palm Beach is a state of mind,” but that was the furthest state of mind in Dallas when Pink Sunday launched.

On Sunday morning I arose in a flash, threw on my clothes and forewent make-up. Yes, this was an event unlike any other. For it was Lilly Pulitzer for Target, and I had prepared, studied, and stalked like a tribute at the Hunger Games.

After an epic fail on the internet (from my understanding – shoppers hacked the mobile site and there was a frenzy when the Target desktop site crashed, but several shoppers were lucky enough to snag a few pieces via Twitter links online – I was not one of the fortunate few), I opted to head 20 minutes north to the nearest, largest Super Target and try my hand at what appeared to be the most epic shopping event since Tickle Me Elmo went on sale during Black Friday.

Upon doing my research (aka learning everything I could from friends who work for Target and calling every store in a 15 mile radius), I settled on the Super Target in Plano. I knew that staying in the Uptown/SMU neighborhood could prove to be fatal. Being a former sorority president, I did not want to face sorority girls younger, stronger, and more Lilly-hungry than myself.

I arrived at Target around 7:25 am and immediately breathed a sigh of relief – I was the only one! YES! I chose wisely!

And then I realized that I was parked outside the pharmacy entrance, and 30ish women were already stationed outside the other doors. Great.

I saddled up in line, and shockingly, made a few friends. Another line began forming outside the Pharmacy section (women who still had on Juicy jogging suits – while I obviously love those, I reserve them for special occasions only a la backstage at a pageant or at my home on a weekend). Luckily, one of my new buds worked at another Target, and had friends at this location, and we were told that only one door would be opening and it was ours. YES! By 8:00 am, more than 50 people (husbands of crazed wives included, and provided specific instructions) were lined up outside the door.

After making a few more friends (with honeymoon suggestions!), we began moving into the war zone in a single-file line. Perhaps some women were too embarrassed, but there was a combination of a lot of quick walking, jogging, and for myself, a full on sprint towards the colorful, well-priced summer clothing.

I knew coming in to the store that if I left with nothing else, I needed the Nosie Posie maxi dress. Upon dashing to the women’s section (everything was divided up) I immediately spotted the maxi and scored the last small, grabbed a hat I wanted, and snagged a 7 in the pineapple sandals. I Didn’t even know I wanted those but so glad I got them! If you had looked up, you would have seen brightly colored patterns flying around you as everyone was doing 100 meter sprints from one section to the next.

I wanted a pair of the palazzo pants, but was letting fate decide for me, and fate said I needed the green and white pair – the last XS on the shelf. No time to decide if you loved it or not, you could choose later. I headed back to the housewares section and scooped up a white and gold tasselled beach blanket. The plates and hammocks were adorable, but I am working on our registry right now and just knew that there was not room in my home (to share with a boy) for them.

As my hands were full (I didn’t even have time for a bag, so my arms were overflowing), I sat down to go through the spoils of war. I had snagged a shift dress along the way (literally found it in the floor as I ran to housewares), and was offering it up to anyone who wanted it. You would have thought I had brought filet mignon to the dog park. Women began shouting and screaming and I threw it to the first woman. She was very kind and said thank you, tacking on how nice I was at the end. Had I been at a Target in Oklahoma, I’d bet 60% of the store would have been equally as kind (not accounting for the nuts – every state/city has its own batch of crazy).

I wandered back through the beauty section, but nothing more than a few hair ties, bobby pins and nail polishes were left. Knowing my Essie collection is already just that – a collection – I kept going. The only things I missed out on were the navy eyelet cover-up and a head scarf of any print. I noticed a woman in the back of the store going through her loot and she didn’t even know what she had grabbed – including two headscarves. I told her what they were and she didn’t seem to care. Bummer.

As I headed to check out at 8:20 am (yes – it happened that fast, in fact, I think shelves were cleared by 8:06 if I’m being honest), women roamed like zombies and the souls had nearly left their eyes. Many kept muttering “that was the craziest thing I have ever seen.” But, they must not have done pageants or dance competitions, so I was pretty dumbfounded at THAT being crazier than the Black Friday sales I have only imagined. I heard a few stories about shoppers dumping whole racks into their bags, but honestly I saw none of that. I was on such a mission that I saw no one and nothing.

I haven’t been that focused on something since I caught the bouquet at a cousin’s wedding in 5th grade, falsely fostering hope that I could be an incredible point guard. Priorities, people.

I left the store feeling so accomplished and exceptionally proud of my purchases. I called my parents at 8:30 am and they were a little concerned at how cracked-out I sounded. However, I knew that the ultimate bargain hunter, my mother, would be so proud of how I took no prisoners in my hunt.

Overall, I’m pleased to say I survived Lilly + Target. Now, let’s hope that Target gets it together and 1) sets a standard to agree to greater quantities and 2) has a better online  platform to navigate the next collection. Fingers crossed for you, Tibi!

Dress // Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Sandals // Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Necklace // Kendra Scott

Bracelet // Tory Burch Fit Bit

:: Unphotogenic Finds ::

This dress is the equivalent of The One with the Engagement Pictures. Much like Chandler’s smile, it looks great until a camera is pointed at it.

But really – this was an incredible Anthropology-sale-rack find for a whopping $20 a few weeks ago. I was in such shock that I ran around the store asking each of my new best friend’s in the dressing room area if they could find something wrong with it. A hole? A torn thread? A sensor that someone tried to pull off and it became saturated with ink?

Nothing. So it came home with me!

The accordion skirt and free flowing top half work so beautifully together and I have received a number of compliments. Plus, the colors work perfectly for any season – a must when you are a budget buyer! What do you wear that doesn’t photograph well?!   

Dress // Anthropologie

Booties // H&M

Bracelet // Tory Burch

Necklace // Kendra Scott

:: Something Blue ::

Bride Brain. A very real condition affecting the nervous system and the brain’s executive system.

As someone who has been a “planner” her whole life, and executed events since the dawn of time ranging from two to 20,000 people, I thought my own wedding would be a total breeze.

Seems like I’m very rarely right these days!

While I absolutely know what I want, it’s the constant feeling of never being able to say that one task is fully complete which just kills me. Just when I have made the biggest leap into selecting one thing or another and am feeling as though I’ve gained leverage on the whole thing, someone asks if I’ve done this or that and I spiral back into realizing how much there is left to do. Meaning I never want to leave the house and I’m ready for October 24th to arrive. But not really. But so ready.

Girls often say that they have spent their whole life dreaming of their wedding day. Sure, I thought about it, but was way more interested in Barbie rescuing Ken from an abductor. #girlpower? In reality, I wish I had grown up learning how to use a spreadsheet and learning how to diagram a reception hall to fit the correct number of guests – this would have been much more beneficial – and another reason we should be implementing STEM into our schools as much as possible.

So, how can we be upset with our bridezilla Britanzilla friends who just want to go to bed at night feeling accomplished? It’s certainly insane to think they can multi-task at this level while doing their real job, getting into wedding-gown shape, and spending their parent’s life savings.

In honor of the wedding-to-be, let’s look at something blue today! This blouse from Anthro is an absolute fave and the warmer weather is slowly helping me circulate through my skirt collection. The Dallas heatwave will be here before we know it though, and this work-appropriate outfit will be too hot! My closet is seriously lacking in the blouse department – what’s our go-to for tops?!

Top //  Anthropologie

Skirt // Adrianna Papell

Clutch // Nordstrom

Necklace // J. Crew

Shoes // Old Navy

:: Buffalo Creek ::

A few weeks ago I was invited to spend the day at Buffalo Creek Boutique for the Sip N’ Style Tour! I had a great time with Andrea Patrick of Keep ‘N it Haute, the Buffalo Creek gals, and their shoppers.

Here are a few fun outfits I got to play in as I added some Texas flair to my look!

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:: Golden Globes ::

I’m not one to actually watch an awards show, but you better believe I’ll spend a good chunk of time on the internet the following day!

1. LOVE green and LOVE the sheer accent on Shaun Robinson.

2. What’s not to love about a pantsuit with a gigantic bow? Well played, Emma Stone.

3. While the color on her skin isn’t perfect, I can’t help but adore the way this beauty shines.

4. Zuhair Murad – my favorite designer. The middle of this dress is distracting, but the intricacy is gorgeous.

5. Satin is tricky and shows loads of wrinkles, but THAT TOP!

6. Hate radiant orchid, but Lupita looks absolutely amazing. The texture, the flow – perfection.

7. Tina Fey – you made the casual sequined tux cool again. Where can I get one of these puppies?

8. Easily my favorite. This silhouette is so flattering – particularly the gathered peplum and belted waist.

9. I honestly just threw this in because I like symmetry and a classic shape.

:: Stocking Stuffers for Him ::

Hey fellas – I didn’t forget about you!

1 // Pooping Penguins: Does this really need any explaining?

2 // Left Right Center: This is our new favorite at family game night – up the ante by playing for gift cards to your favorite restaurant. Never gets old!

3 // Fuzzy Face Picture Frame: His new favorite game to play at the office.

4 // Bacon Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix: Bacon. Chocolate. Pancakes. Mmmm.

5 // GI Joe Bottle Opener: A childhood favorite gets a modern twist.

6 // Cigars: I give cigars for special occasions only AND highly suggest throwing in some of these Reviver wipes as well for post-cigar stink.

7 // Portable charger: A need. Not a want.

8 // Muffin Top Tins: Ha ha ha…

9 // Scratch Offs: Who doesn’t get excited about scratch offs?

:: Stocking Stuffers for Her ::

I love gifting. It’s an incredible challenge to not just shop, but to find something really special/fun/unique for those on your Christmas list. Everyone seems to have different traditions when it comes to stockings – some get hygiene products (a lifetime supply or 40 years of razors, soap, shaving cream, deodorant, etc.) while others get gift cards.

In my family, Santa sends a mixture. Stockings always include some hilarious things (think the pooping reindeer), a ridiculous amount of candy, some gadgety type things, socks…. it changes yearly.

I’ve compiled a short list of fun stocking stuffer ideas – what does the big man bring to you?!

1 // Lush Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar: I’ve become a big bath person, and Lush’s bubble bars are the way to go. Break them up and one bar lasts multple baths.

2 // Fresh Sugar Sampler: Looking for a great tinted chapstick? Fresh makes the best, and the raspberry tone is ah-mazing.

3 // Jack Black Lemon Chamomile Chapstick: My absolutely favorite chapstick on the face of the planet.

4 // Metal Soap: Sometimes I completely avoid using garlic/onions all together because it takes days of multiple showers and hand washes to get the smell off my hands. Not anymore!

5 // iPhone Charger: My dad is the only man in the house, so he labels everything in the fear that we will take his iPhone chargers. This adorable decal makes it slightly less likely that we’ll steal something which has been sharpied with “Chuck’s iPhone Charger.”

6 // Starbucks Tumbler: A double-walled tumbler made with recycled materials that gets you one grande brewed coffee every day for January 2015. Upgrade to the fancy one for $65 and get ANY seasonal drink daily.

7 // Butter London Nail Polish: Butter makes really amazing nail polish – not gloopy or runny.

8 // Cork Comet: I can already see this flying across the room at a New Year’s Eve party!

9 // Arrow Drink Markers: If you’re going to have drink markers, you might as well pick the phinest…

10 // Nail Wipes: Love to take these when I travel, or if I’m just simply over using cotton balls.

11 // Socks: A go-to stocking stuffer!

12 //  Corkcicle: Wine not?