Christmas Gift Guide – For Her

Christmas Gift Guide – For Her
  1. For a glamorous scent in a beautiful bottle I would suggest YSL’s Black Opium.
  2. I can’t speak more highly of the Daniel Wellington watch brand! All of their styles are lightweight, comfortable to wear, and are so elegant! They are also super affordable and would make an awesome gift for any bossbabe!
  3. If luxury is what they crave, opt for small leather goods! I love this card holder from YSL! It is perfect for when she doesn’t want to carry a bag.
  4. Wrist candy! This mesh and screw style wrap bracelet by Henri Bendel is perfect for layering or wearing alone, and goes with any style.
  5. Booties are a must, and these suede ones from Yosi Samra are super comfortable and stylish.
  6. This Henri Bendel bag is a classic, and would be perfect for just about anyone! I love the size and style of this bag, plus it is perfect to carry year-round!
  7. For the makeup lover a Huda Beauty palette is a must. These blendable and highly pigmented shades are gorgeous!
  8. So I am in love with this headphones brand! The Vasa is offered in a few colors and are under $100! They are wireless, stay charged for 8hours are have a microphone so they can be used for phone calls too!
  9. NARS always makes a great gift, and these essentials are under $25 so they are perfect your besties!
  10. This Karl Lauderfeld candle is the coolest, and an amazing gift for that friend who has everything!
  11. A small touch of glam! These earrings are the perfect neutral shade to go with everything, offer the must-have tassel trend, and are super affordable! Gotta love Baublebar, they always come to the rescue with the perfect pieces of jewelry!

 

 

Acapulco Travel Guide

Acapulco Travel Guide

Hi Friends! So last month I vacationed to Acapulco and wanted to share some of my favorite stops with you!

If you are interested in seeing my layover adventures in Mexico City, I’ll have that blog post up soon!

Acapulco is such a lush and tropical beach destination just a few short hours (by plane) from Houston! For this trip, we decided to stay at a resort and the one we selected was The Grand Mayan – a Vidanta property. Just a short 10 minute taxi ride from the airport and we were there!

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The resort was absolutely breathtaking! We checked in at night so we left exploring for the morning. That evening we stopped at the bar and watched the evening performance.

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The room was spacious and comfortable with luxurious bedding and toiletries. After a good night’s sleep we woke bright and early to start our first day of adventuring.

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While exploring the property I sported my Stronger athletic wear. This brand is so comfortable and perfect for any climate! After we checked out the grounds it was time to change and venture off property.

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Favorite Places / Activities

So the two things I think everyone needs to stop and do/see when in Acapulco are: releasing baby sea turtles and visit the Diego Rivera mural.

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Releasing baby sea turtles was seriously one of the coolest things I think I have ever done! Before the release you watch a short film on conservation and the life cycle of sea turtles that way you fully understand the importance of this release!

Holding the tiny turtle and watching it take its first steps to the ocean was so touching!

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As for the Diego Rivera wall, I was taken aback by the sheer size of the mural, which seems to come out of nowhere! It is just off of the side of a building on a random street, as if it is nothing special…perfect for a photo op! There is so much detail in this piece, that I wish I could have captured it all for you! The mixed materials and mosaic design are so beautiful and entrancing, a must see!

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Here are a few photos from our other Acapulco stops, enjoy! From learning about gemstone mining and jewelry, to food, poolside drinks, local iguanas, and scenic outlook spots.

 

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Weekend Staycation At The Hotel Alessandra

Weekend Staycation At The Hotel Alessandra

For my birthday weekend I wanted to relax and have a staycation, and what better place to do so than the newest downtown Houston destination hotel, The Hotel Alessandra!

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This beautiful, and might I add, glamorous hotel offers it all! From a sleek bar lounge, to a full dine in restaurant, spacious outdoor pool with a skyline view, and plush guest rooms I could not have picked a better place to unwind!

The Room

We were in a corner room so the views were spectacular! All of the appointments from bedding to the tile were perfectly selected to create a chic ambiance. I personally loved the emerald green accents, complimented by their white embroidered logo.

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Amenities at a Glance

For dinner we dined at the Bardot. This in house gastro-plush bar features a fabulous view of downtown, and comfortable relaxed seating. We decided on chicken strips and a burger (so there would be plenty of fries) I must say the burger was spectacular! SO GOOD! I am thinking about going back just to eat at Bardot! The food and ambiance were perfect, and with the excellent selection of specialty drinks they offer, it is the ideal location for a date night.

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Even though it was a bit chilly, I wanted to check out the other on site amenities! The Alessandra offers an outdoor pool area which was so beautiful! Again, the view of downtown seemed within arms reach and the patio chaise were perfectly placed for a retreat within the city.  The the gym offered everything you need for a well rounded workout all nestled perfectly in a floor to ceiling windowed room. Soon there will even be a spa available on property – even better!

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Check out the Hotel Alessandra if you are visiting Houston on vacation, or just want a weekend staycation like I did. It is the perfect hotel to unwind, but also keep you in the center of everything, just step outside and you are in the heart of downtown! I would also like to add that it is right next door to a Forever21 so shopping is just inches away! What else can you ask for?

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Yosi Samra Contest!

Yosi Samra Contest!

Hi Friends!

If you haven’t had a chance yet to enter the giveaway I am running with Yosi Samra, it’s not too late!

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I have teamed up with them to offer one luck winner a $250 gift card to use on the Yosi Samra website – just in time for the holidays!

To enter, visit this Insta post I have linked here – it gives you all the info. 🙂

Then complete this short entry form and that’s it!

Best of luck to you! Contest ends 11.12.17 at midnight!

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Leo & Nicole: A One-Stop Sweater Destination

Leo & Nicole: A One-Stop Sweater Destination

I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with Leo & Nicole, a women’s apparel label and was able to try out, and review, a few pieces from their fall 2017 collection.

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The pieces I selected included a transitional cowl neckline tunic length sweater, and a cable knit cold shoulder sweater. Both sweaters arrived promptly, and I must say, I was very impressed with the quality of the pieces. The sizing is true-to-size and the fit is flattering. The weight of the materials is excellent and the colors are vivid and beautiful.

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I have enjoyed wearing both of these pieces over the past few weeks and have styled them many different ways! Leo & Nicole pieces are so easy to wear, and seamlessly fit anyone’s style! I love the classic woven designs they offer, but with a trendy spin like the cold shoulder detailing and transitional cowl neckline. These pieces are great for any age range, and are perfect for gifting and sporting this holiday season. You can accessorize to your hearts content and are sure to look ultra fabulous with Leo & Nicole!

To see some more of my favorites by this brand click here!

Fun Fall Dress Roundup

Fun Fall Dress Roundup

Hi Friends! So I have rounded up a few of my favorite dresses that I have been wearing on repeat lately and wanted to share! These are all perfect pieces to wear day to night, depending on how you style them, and are super affordable AND comfortable! I would also like to add that they each incorporate my favorite fall trends! From embroidery, velvet, to jewel tones these dresses will cover all of the fall trend bases!

Scallops & Jewel Tones

I stumbled upon this dress at a Nordstrom Rack online sale and just had to get it. Fit and flare dresses are my favorite silhouette because they are so flattering, and the color is what really sold me! I absolutely love the scalloped detailing along the neckline, as it adds additional dimension and interest to the piece. When wearing jewel tones I like to either go much darker or much lighter with my accessories and in this case I chose lighter. This cream faux leather jacket adds edge to this feminine dress, as does the matching booties. You can easily style it with heels and an up-do for a more sophisticated night out look. Best of all, this dress is constructed of a heavy stretch material so you are supported as well as comfortable in this piece! I have linked this dress as well as other jewel tone dresses here!

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Mesh & Embroidery

Perfect for warmer days, before it gets really chilly, this dress is just so darling! The collar is such a feminine detail – I definitely feel like a doll when I wear this dress. The intricate floral embroidery brings this dress to life, and I think it will even look great with black tights, booties, and a faux fur coat when the temps drop, so it is easily transitional. For similar mesh and embroidered dresses click here to shop!

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Bell Sleeves & Velvet

This dress is by far my favorite find! I actually was shopping at Marshall’s for a PJ set and on my way out spotted this amazing dress. Obviously I had to purchase it and have loved wearing it ever since! From the bell sleeves to the mock neckline, this velvet dress oozes style! Finished with a sapphire blue color and scrolling floral print, this dress is the perfect statement piece! I kept my accessories to a minimum, only pairing some blush strappy heels, my burgundy Coach Dinky, and a tassel chain necklace. If you are loving bell sleeves and velvet, I have linked some of my favorite dresses here!

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Hope you enjoyed this dress round up! I’d love to hear what your favorite trend right now is!

 

Convertible Sweater Styles with Leo & Nicole

Convertible Sweater Styles with Leo & Nicole

This blog post was sponsored my Leo & Nicole. All opinions are my own.

You can never go wrong with a great sweater during the fall and winter months, but what do you purchase? The cozy cowl neck or the scoop neck sweater you can pair with your favorite statement necklaces? I say, get them both but when you can get both for the price of one, even better! 20171010062619_IMG_4855 Enter the Leo & Nicole convertible cowl neck sweater! This ultra soft knit sweater features a removable fold-over cowl neckline with faux buckle detailing, a relaxed fit, and a rounded tunic length hem. This sweater seriously has it all! With the extended length, you can wear it easily with leggings and tall boots, and since the neckline can change so can your style. Here I will be sharing two ways I styled this one sweater so you can see just what a difference a collar makes! 20171010063736_IMG_4960 For the first look, I decided to wear my hair up. When I wear tops with exaggerated collars I tend to put my hair up as it gets in the way. Since I chose a ponytail, statement earrings were a must. Here I went with my favorite handmade earrings from Berry & Leather. They are so lightweight and finish the look effortlessly. For jeans I am wearing distressed black jeans from Dear John Denim, and buckled ankle booties from XOXO. The booties add height and extend the leg keeping this look long and lean. 20171010063739_IMG_4964 (1)20171010063739_IMG_4963 For look two I kept the same jeans and changed up all of the accessories to show how different this top can look! To complement the lovely red shade of this sweater I decided to go with gold-tone and cognac shades. To remove the cowl neck from the sweater all you have to do is detach it from 2 small clear buttons on the back of the neck. Since I am wearing the sweater as a scoop neck now, I wanted to wear my hair down and add long layering necklaces to balance the look. I decided to add a fun snake belt from Express, faux suede booties from Rampage, and my signature Henri Bendel bag for finishing touches. 20171014004308_IMG_5421 20171014004401_IMG_5434 This style looks great tucked in or untucked as I have demonstrated here.  – It is just such a versatile piece! 20171014004425_IMG_5444 Overall I think this sweater is really great quality and offers a variety of options for styling. Pieces like this one are amazing wardrobe essentials, and being offered in an assortment of colors, there is bound to be one perfect for you!