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

Yellow/Navy + Stripes = Love

I have to say….It’s hard for me to do a personal style shoot without kids or a computer in my shot since this is what my life consists of these days….family and work.  We had fun doing this first shot.  Lola seemed to be the star of the show in her newly spray painted tap shoes.  As for me, this is my favorite top right now.  Yellow/Navy + Stripes = Love.  I’ll be wearing this top from Strut in many different ways throughout the spring so you very well may see  it again.

Accessories…

I recently grabbed these wedges at DSW and I’ve quickly found they will likely be my “go to” for most of the spring and summer.  I, of course, always have to throw in a splash of animal print which I did with this belt from Target from several years ago.  The necklace is old and was silver and white until I got some gold metallic spray paint after it and now I have a new statement piece.

Rare Trends Spring Event

I’m heading to Dallas this week for work and I’m terribly disappointed to be missing this Spring Event by Rare Trends. I only recently discovered this showroom when my good friend, Kristen of POM PR, was sporting a phenomenal fringed purse that I felt I must have and learned it was designed by Argentine designer, Allo Martinez, and was from Rare Trends showroom. Then only two days later, she was wearing a pair of earrings that took my breath away and again they were from Rare Trend.  This prompted me to want to know more about this showroom.  After looking into their designs and story further, I found they not only have beautiful accessories but also stunning clothing.

Rare Trends was founded in September 2011 by sisters Paola Moore and Marina Silver who are originally from Argentina now based in Austin. I love that the sisters make a bold statement in saying “We believe women shouldn’t simply wear clothes. We believe women should wear art.”  With this, they strive to seek designers globally who are different and modern and are “inspired by architecture, movement, and construction leading to garments that each tell a story.”  I really admire this thought process that goes into discovering designers.

The spring season is all about color, floral and prints.  Three of my favorite things!  They will be debuting new pieces from style-savvy Argentine designers: Jessica Trosman, Allo Martinez, Cosecha Vintage, Kostüme, Ana Silveyra, Natacha Morales, Tramando, Daniela Cortese, and Poty Hernandez. Oh, how I wish I were in town for this one. Here are two of my favorite looks and I can’t wait to see more.

Orange Crush – pleats.  LOVE!

Green pant – color & pattern – great combo.

If you’re local or around Austin on Wednesday, you should go to the event at the W Hotel to see more fabulous designs.

A Collection of Colored Jeans

We all know spring is all about color-blocking. In true form to loving all colored trends (or even all things colored when it’s not a trend), it seems I’ve developed quite a collection of colored jeans without even realizing it.  Yikes!  Pictured above I have blue & turquoise both from Nordstrom Junior department (Yes, I’m in my mid-30s and I shop in the juniors department).  The green pair is from Express circa 2008 and then there is my newest investment, the boldest of all, the bright yellow jean from Forever 21 (again, yes, I’m in my mid-30s and tend to shop at Forever 21 ever so often).  Believe it or not, I have another pair that’s not featured on this post.  I think we can all say this is a true obsession (or better yet a “collection”)!  Oh, regardless of my issue with obsessing over things, I love my colored jeans and will pair them up in lots of fun ways.  The colored jean is a great way to spice up any ‘ol outfit.  If you haven’t already done so, give it a go!

Manic Trout

I must say I’m kind of obsessed with this jewelry from Manic Trout.  “Modern meets vintage chic”…LOVE IT! Since seeing their booth at the Texas Style Council Posh Party I can’t quit thinking of which piece I must invest in to pair with any and all outfits.

The owner/designer of Manic Trout is an adorable girl named Sierra.  She was inspired to start Manic Trout  “after years of collecting fragments and baubles from flea markets and antique shops. All those bits and pieces she had been gathering buttons, yarn, Lucite, gemstones, broken vintage jewelry, crystals, charms became the catalyst for a new line of jewelry that combines vintage and modern elements in exciting new ways.”

I must say the critter line is my fave.

The “bling rings”

Finally, the fab necklaces made from vintage scarves.  To.Die.For!

Really…you must check out her stuff.  It will stick with you I promise!

SXSW “Street Style” via iPhone

Soon I’ll feature cool Austin “street style” along with “personal style” photos with a decent camera but in the meantime, I love some of the “street style” spotted via iPhone at SXSW this past week.

First up…”Stage Style”

This is the fabulous Amy Cook.  Not only does she have a phenomenal voice but also groovy style.

SXSW “Street Style”

I mean…does it get any better than this when it comes to “street style”.  We were sitting at Perla’s enjoying a snack and I saw this girl walk by and had to run out of the restaurant to snap a picture.  I discovered that she is the owner of the great shoe store, Boot Leg, operating out of an airstream (does it get any cooler than this). I was able to see Sarah a couple more times over the week and will feature her and her store on the blog next week.

I thought everything about this girl was a-dorable.  The print dress paired with the print bag sold me.  This is “my style”.

East Side “Rock-n-Roll Style”

Maybe I was sold on this look because I’m obsessed with animal print (and tattoos for that matter) but I really loved the look of this chick….a rock-n-roll look.

“Shoe-Style”

Ahhh…the classic vans (on my husband) and the neon Nike on our friend Igor of isssstudio…what a great combo.

SXSW was such a great time this year.  We saw band after band and hung with friends day after day but I must say I’m SO glad to be back to reality.

Wednesday tune: Blitzen Trapper

It’s SXSW and the music is on this week!  I was beyond thrilled to find out one of my favorite bands, Blitzen Trapper, will be playing eight shows during SXSW.  I love these guys and will go see all eight shows if possible.  We discovered Blitzen Trapper several years ago and I immediately loved the feel of the music. The band is from Portland and are considered an experimental country/folk band but in my opinion they are so much more than this.  They have a unique sound I love along with phenomenal lyrics…I can listen to their albums over and over and over (and I do).  My love for Blitzen Trapper went to a new level when we saw them live at the Utopia Fest this past September.  Ever since, I can’t get enough of this band and will do everything I can to be front row joe at as many shows as possible this week.  Here is a great video – Love The Way You Walk – and some pictures from our trip to Utopia back in September.

Utopia Fest family trip.  Yes, this is what we do with our free time…camp and watch music.  No fancy hotels for this fam!

Really, if you haven’t listened to this band, you should.  Hope to see you at one of the shows!