Bolder Instagram Recap

It’s been a couple weeks and I (once again) loved looking through the Instagram photos to see what’s been happening in our world.  It’s always a whirlwind and full of chaos but at least our lives don’t lack constant entertainment.

We are very fortunate to live right off of South Congress in Austin (a.k.a SOCO).  Daily we take a walk up the street for eating, shopping and entertainment.  It’s beyond convenient and so nice to be able to live is such a great neighborhood.  The 10th annual Hot Rod Round Up was back and wow…what great fun.  I’m not a big car person but it’s still entertaining and the people watching is phenomenal.  Guero’s Taco bar is a hot spot for us.  Drinks, music & fun for the whole family to enjoy!  We’ve been going for so many years that most the staff (bartenders mainly) know our kids by name…such comfort.  Clay & I headed to the East Side for drinks on Friday (another one of our fave areas) and love that you can get beautiful views of the river over there.  And then it’s all about Willie…the revealing of the statue outside of the new ACL Live theater.  How great is this?!?!?!? A few months back, Clay & I went to the first show at the theater to see Willie himself.  Great times!

Love this pic of Lola acting like a “goof pot”. We also hosted a play-date (Lord…I never thought I would find myself using this term…scary!).  The girls had a ton of fun.  I also took the kids to Amy’s Ice Cream / Phil’s Ice House for food and treats and playtime.  Finally, got love the hat on Gainesy…he’s a piece of work!

If you remember from the first instagram post, I was up in my ears in clothes as I was trying to change out my closets from fall/winter to spring/summer.  This challenge is finally complete and I love busting out my spring dresses and sandals. I’ve also been on a search for a great pattern jean and chose the dot jean from Anthropologie.  Last weekend I had a bachelorette party for a good friend and sported my animal print jeans (some of my faves) and paired with a denim pearl snap from American Eagle and we were off to rock the town (granted I was back home in bed by 11:00 reading my book…old dog in the house but young at heart).  Then there is arm candy….always have to sport the arm candy.

I must confess I have a bit of obsession for shoes.  Whether it be for me or my little guys, I’m all about them.  I finally found the perfect pair of bold floral sandals at Aldo Shoes…SCORE!  Also, love the new additions to my little guy’s shoe collection (strangely, I invest more in my son’s shoes than my daughter’s).  Then there were the bright loafers I adored also spotted at Aldo.  Finally, my favorite pair of booties from Anthropologie…These babies can spunk up just about any outfit.  They were great in fall/winter with tights and I’ve also found they are fun to pair with spring outfits too.  Love!

That’s it for now folks.  Can you believe how much can happen in a matter of weeks.  Too much fun!

Fave Editorials

I’m all about everyday wearable fashion.  I mean that’s what I’m trying to make this blog all about….featuring looks we can all wear daily.  I have very demanding day job along with two kids that keep me on my toes so I have very little time to “fancy” myself up. But, who can’t be inspired by a good editorial.  Really, when it comes down to it, the everyday wearable trends all start from some high fashion editorial and/or runway show.  Here are some of my favorite editorials I’ve spotted over the past couple weeks.

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Wowsers!  Do you feel as inspired as I do by these images?!?!?!?  They make me happy and I’m loving it.

Clutch Much!

There’s no use denying it (and why would we anyway)…the clutch is in and is one of the biggest trends.  I don’t know about you but I’ve been all over this trend.  A clutch is an easy piece to add to any outfit to give it that extra bit of color, character and/or edge.  Here are some of my favorite clutches I’ve seen around.  I wish I could buy them all!

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Cheers to a fabulous weekend!

Austin Fashion on a roll…

I only started this blog less than two months ago but in this short time I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many great people from bloggers to designers to store owners.  It’s already been such an exciting ride and I can’t wait to see what else comes out of this venture.  I’ve mentioned Sarah Lewis, owner of the fabulous BootLeg, on the blog in the past.  In fact, Sarah made my cut on the SXSW Street Style post (check her out…A-mazing).  I’m all about “fashion on a roll” (a.k.a. fashion on wheels).  As a matter of fact, I hope to one day soon have my own boutique on wheels. Molly and I (and my 4 yr old, Lola) were thrilled to be included in the Austin Statesman style story published today “Austin Fashion on a roll” by Nancy Flores.  If you haven’t already seen it, yall should check out the article! Also, tune in next week as I’ll have my own post on BootLeg and this fabulous shop on wheels.

Spring Layers

Serious me vs. Goofy me / Non-belted look vs. Belted look / Clear picture vs. Blurry picture.  Need I say more?!?!?!

One thing I LOVE about fall/winter attire is all the layering options – sweaters, coats, jackets, scarves and more.  I’m always ready to jump into spring wardrobe but once it gets here and starts heating up in Texas, I miss all the fall/winter layering and at times have a hard time figuring out how to spunk up my spring outfits.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve found some great pieces to layer with that have helped add that extra “oomph” to a basic dress but that also won’t cause me to have a heat stroke.  This is what I would call a win-win!

A basic dress paired with a top, accessories, cardigan and bold wedge translates into an outfit full of layers. Yes, it’s spring but don’t be afraid to layer away.

Happy hump day!

Guest Post: Spring Beauty Trends

Have you ever had a moment when you meet someone and you feel an instant connection with them????  Well, I had that moment when I met Lindsay who writes the fabulous Belle Belle beauty blog.  In addition to her beauty blog, she also dabbles in fashion on her blog Su-perb which focuses on casual/wearable style.  It never fails that I always find inspiration from one of Lindsay’s blogs.  With all this fabulousness, I was beyond thrilled when Lindsay agreed to do a guest post on Bolder featuring some of the top spring beauty trends.  Check out the fab trends and also stop by her blogs.  Thx Lindsay!

 Bold Lips

A pop of color on the lips isn’t just for winter. Pull out your pinks, oranges and fuchsias for a springy, fresh look. If you are just easing into bold lips, there are loads of sheer options so you too can rock this trend.

YSL just came out with a revolutionary lip formula that I love.  This stuff has the texture and shine of a gloss with the long-wear of a stain. My favorite is Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Glossy Stain in Rouge Gouache. And there is absolutely no way you can go wrong with a classic like NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave.

Full Brows

Put those tweezers down. Bold brows (are still) in. A prominent brow actually better frames the face. On it’s own, a filled-in, groomed brow can finish the face just as much as a swipe of lipgloss.

To get the look, fill in your brows with Le Metier de Beaute Brow Bound Eyebrow Pencil. It is dual ended with a brush at one end. Use this to comb out the brow hairs first. Then use it after to blend the gel-like formula. Then, to hold the brows in place, comb through Anastasia Brow Gel in Clear.

Metallic Lids

This sounds like a daunting trend to try, but couldn’t be easier! Forget shading, layering and different brushes. Just apply a wash of platinum, silver or gold to your lid. I like cream shadow for this look. Just use your finger. If you are up for a splurge, Tom Ford Beauty Cream Color for Eyes in Guilt or Platinum. For a drugstore option, try Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24Hr Eyeshadow in Bold Gold.

Vibrant Nails

Channel your inner tween and pick up a bottle of bright polish. Don’t be afraid to mix them together, with one accent nail pink while the rest are green. I am swooning over the new Thakoon for NARS Nail Collection.

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Stripe Frenzy

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Like many of us out there, I’m a creature of habit and find myself leaning more toward bright colors and bold patterns in my everyday wears.  But yesterday I seemed to step out of my “comfort” zone by purchasing a black and white dress. This led me on a search for all things that are black and white (or navy and white) that still reveal a bold look.  Before I knew it, I was going on a stripe frenzy.  Check out some of my favorite bold looks that don’t necessarily involve color.  Granted, I plan to pair my black & white dress with things such as a fuschia belt and neon yellow pumps but I really loved these “colorless” bold looks also.

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Love it all.  Here’s to a Happy Friday!

Bolder Instagram Recap

I love instagram for so many reasons.  One reason is it’s a great way to look back and see what’s been happening in our world.  My sister-in-law and great friend (really “BFF” is a better term) posts “Instagrammable” on her blog Smmidge and I love the idea behind it.  So once again, I’m using her fab blog as inspiration.

Over the past week, my husband and I celebrated an 11 year anniversary.  We’ve been together for 18 years now which is half my life…YIKES!  My 4 yr old, Lola, and hubs made a precious card for me and stuck it on the front door.  Could not have asked for anything more special on this day. We’ve had walks to South Congress for dinner and a performance by Lola on the Jo’s stage.  Also received a fabulous package from Quarterly Co.

New animal print purse I’m obsessed with, taking in the sun with our 12 year old dog Bella, picking dandelions, blowing & making wishes  (G’s favorite thing right now) plus a fabulous make-over from Rochelle of Rae Cosmetics (more to come on this).

A surprise visit from Molly (Smmidge) and her fab husband, Ben, which equated into a day of girl chat, long lunches consumed with more chatter and drinks and a kid free night out on the town.  Oh, it was a dream day!  New wedges. Pile of clothes that still sits on the bed as I take on the challenge of changing out my closets from fall/winter to spring/summer (UGH) and I finally made time to get my hair did up.  No, this isn’t natural:)

Such a fun week and love seeing all the photos gathered in one place.  Happy Monday all!

Up in the Air

My heart stopped when I saw this piece in April’s Austin Monthly. Up in the Air – Jump Into Spring with Bold Patterns and Sexy Prints.  Absolutely love everything about these outfits and the styling. There will be a lot of inspiration coming from this piece by By Madeline Hollern.

Aidan feather print strapless chiffon gown at Saks Fifth Avenue; Chan Luu bracelet at St. Bernard Sports; belt, stylist’s own

Piazza Sempione watercolor cotton jacket, Fifteen-Twenty floral silk blouse, Rag & Bone neon yellow leggings and Michele neon orange watch at Neiman Marcus

RIGHT Adriano Goldschmied white cigarette jean at St. Bernard Sports, Dries Van Noten green ruffle tunic at By George; neon pink studded ring at Luxe Apothetique, LEFT Dolce & Gabbana floral leopard mixed print dress at Neiman Marcus

Photographer: Cody Hamilton, Model:  Doa Jafri of Wilhelmina Brown, Stylist:  Graham Cumberbatch, Stylist’s Assistant:  Cristina Facundo, Hair: Ashanti Maxwell of NY Vixen, Makeup: Texas Dela Rosa, Location: Jumpoline