Friday, April 21, 2017

Polka Dot Bell Sleeve Dress









Dress (sold out, similar style - only $10!!!) | Bag (more affordable version here and here) | Heels | Sunglasses | Cuff | Earrings | Lipstick 

Happy Friday, friends! 

Sorry I've been a bit behind with outfit posts this week. We've had spotty weather and have gotten rain every day that my photog and I had photos scheduled! April showers bring May flowers though, right? Thankfully she and I were able to shoot some super fun looks this morning, so be sure to stay tuned! Big props to Adam for swooping in and saving the day, and taking pictures of me in this cute dress!

This dress has singing the lyrics to Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini on repeat (and made me realize how bad I need a tan!!!). I don't know what it is about polka dots that makes me so nostalgic and reminiscent of my childhood. It's one of those prints that never seems to go out of style, but always feel like a little bit of a throwback. Especially when you add on these bell sleeves! Bell sleeves have been so on trend this season, and I couldn't resist this dress when I noticed that detail!

From dresses, to a crop top, blouses, and even pajamas, I've rounded up 12 of my favorite polka dot pieces below! 

I hope you have a fantastic weekend! 





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A 48 Hour Guide to the Big Apple


Two weeks ago, we were in New York City for a quick weekend getaway, and we had the best time! 

Although we were delayed by several hours on the way there (remember the huge rainstorms that were hitting the East coast?), we definitely made the most out of our two days there!

We got in at around 8pm on Friday (we were supposed to get in at 4!!!), and checked into our hotel, the The Michelangelo. The Michelangelo is our favorite hotel in NYC, and we stay there every time we visit. It's located in Midtown (on the corner of 51st and 7th Avenue), which makes it easy to hop over to see a Broadway show, shop along Fifth Ave, visit Rockefeller Center, and dine at some of the best restaurants nearby in Hell's Kitchen.


The hotel has a great, quaint lobby bar, which is where we started our {late} Friday night. From there we went to Il Melograno for dinner. They're known for their homemade pasta, and the food was so delicious. The atmosphere was romantic and cozy, and the burrata, pappardelle and ravioli are a must try! One of our other favorite little Italian spots is Erminia, which is a great early dinner spot after spending the day at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (aka the Met).

On Saturday we slept in and headed to Toloache for brunch. We literally can never get enough Mexican food (hello, we're Texans haha), so fueling for the day at this hip spot was a no brainer. Our favorite part of the meal - their 'Frutas Guacamole,' which has avocados, Vidalia onions, mango, apple, habanero, thai basil in it, and is topped with pomegranate seeds. SO good!



After a margarita or two, we set off to do some shopping along Fifth Avenue. My favorite, must visit store along this stretch is definitely Bergdorf Goodman. Be sure to stop and look at their awe inspiring window displays, and give your feet a rest at the luxurious BG Restaurant - very 'ladies who lunch.' The stunning Central Park views can't be beat either. From there we went and shopped along Madison Ave, stopping at Goyard to buy a new handbag (eek so exciting), and at Laduree for my favorite macarons.



From there we headed back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner before we saw a show that evening. We went to the Quality Meats for a delicious steak dinner (the best), and then headed to the newly re-opened Hudson Theater. We saw Sunday's in the Park with George, starring Jake Gyllenhaal .... and we were in the second row (!!!!). It was so amazing, and I tried not to be a total fan girl. Seeing shows while in New York is my absolute favorite thing to do. With so many big Broadway musicals, to small, kitschy off-Broadway shows, there's always something to choose from that everyone will like.


Sunday we started out the morning at Alfie's, where we had the most delicious brunch, which consisted of homemade donuts stuffed with raspberry jam and nutella. Mmmhmm. Afterwards, we set off for Central Park, where we walked around, and then rented a rowboat to go around the lake (a tradition for us - so romantic). After that, we hopped on the subway and walked through SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown. Adam surprised me by ending our walk in Foley Square - the backdrop for all the courthouse scenes from Law & Order!! If you know me, you know I'm a L&O SVU addict, so I was going crazy!!



After snapping some pics, we hopped in an Uber and headed back to the hotel. I swear, I thought my legs were going to fall off from so much walking, but that's what I love best about NYC is being able to walk everywhere. We had dinner that night at Taboon - hands down the best meal of our trip. The house made focaccia with a trio of sauces, and the shishito peppers were out of this world. Followed up with the ricotta gnocchi and Tunisian short ribs, and our stomachs were in heaven!


The next day I was on my way back home after eating, shopping, walking and enjoying every minute of my short stint in the Big Apple. Although I've been to New York City countless times, I feel like I'm always discovering something new each time. I definitely am no expert, but wanted to share some of our favorite things to do with you, and would love to hear yours!




Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Best + Weekend Sales!










Dress (made-to-order from Miles David; linked similar Spring ready pieces below) | Shoes (similar style here & here - 20% off!) | Clutch | SunglassesNecklace | Bracelet (similar style) | Earrings (sold out, similar style)

As I mentioned on Monday, I don't know if it's Spring or the fact that it's Easter, but all I want to do is cover myself head-to-toe in floral prints and pastel colors. 

Whether you're going to brunch with the girls, Easter egg hunting with the kids, heading to church, or simply enjoying your Sunday, I have the perfect outfit for you. Below I've rounded up flowy rompers, breezy and tailored dresses, as well as a few perfect jumpsuits. All of them will have you feeling dreamy. 



Don't forget, today is the last day to shop Shopbop's sale. With prices from 20-25% off, definitely shop (and save) while you can. Be sure to check out Wednesday's post, featuring all my favorite items. 

Plus, here are some other great weekend sales going on, as well:

Extra 30% off with code DREAMBIG

Extra to 20% off with code FRIENDS 

 50% off everything with code SPRING50

Extra 40% off - no code necessary

 30% off almost everything with code FRIENDS

20% off in stock items - no code necessary 

BOGO 50% Off with code SHOPNOW

30% off with code F30EST

50% off everything - no code necessary

25% off clearance - no code necessary

20% off sitewide with code FRIENDS

30% off sitewide with code BFF30

30% off  {almost} everything - no code necessary 



Photos by LA Photography

 

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