Dainty, Dainty, Dainty

I really want to set the tone of this post and the title is said to the tune of sexy, sexy, sexy from ODB’s Baby I got your money.

Now that’s out of the way we can really focus on the actual point of this post: dainty jewelry. In the past few years I’ve really moved from large statement pieces (although I’m not above them in the right situation) to smaller, minimal jewelry.

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Below are some of the pieces I’m currently craving. My go-to shops are Catbird, Etsy and Moulton. Have you gotten any good pieces lately?

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Dainty, Dainty, Dainty

Let’s talk about flares baby

I know fashion runs on a cycle. I’m fully, fully aware. But it feels like decades since I put on a pair of flare jeans and felt “cool.” I can even pinpoint when I went from a flare and bootcut gal to skinny jeans (it was the tenth grade), it was also a time in our culture when guys were purposely buying girls’ jeans (or in my case stealing mine). At first when I heard flares were on the rise again I thought no way.

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I’ve rounded up some of my favorite flares out in the universe. Have you gotten a pair recently?

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Let’s talk about flares baby

Ode to the half top knot

For a long time, I was all about the top knot. So it’s no surprise I’m really into the half top knot thing going on. It works on so many different lengths of hair and looks casual, yet done.

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Although this look is more casual, I highly recommend your hair being clean (or at least washed the night before). Dry shampoo is always helpful.

I also recommend not relying on elastics, but using bobby pins. I think this is an “to each their own” situation, but after talking to a few girls at work, this is our preferred method.

Would you try this trend?

 

Ode to the half top knot

Little Black Bags

I’m all for a good black bag. In fact- I think I’m in the market for a new one. I have bought two beautiful black bags in recent years. One Marc by Marc Jacobs black tote with a zipper top. It was the very first designer bag I ever bought, and it’s really lasted. Which has made me a convert to buying quality bags.

The other I don’t wear as much – it’s the notorious Marc Jacobs Stam. I don’t wear it often, especially as it is discontinued. I do really love it as a bag, the leather is gorgeous, the gold chain is uber cool.

I’ve rounded up a few ideas for a new black bag. Whatcha think?

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Little Black Bags

Favorite Dallas Nail Salons

Anyone who knows me, KNOWS I take great pride in getting my nails done. I was a nail biter for years (21 to be precise), and this was the way I could keep myself from biting.

That being said, I have a few go-to spots for getting your digits shined in the big D.

MiniLuxe

This Boston staple now has two locations in the metroplex. I love it because it is UBER sanitary. As a generally high strung person, I will pay a bit more for peace of mind. Granted, this is one of the more expensive nail salons (expect them to charge you for gel removal and nail art is typically per nail)

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Bellacures

Bellacures still has a high-end feel (super clean, super modern) but is a bit more laid back feeling than MiniLuxe. I especially love that they have cushy microfiber chairs and the owner is very nice!

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Gloss

This is the least assuming of the list, and most affordable. While it is still extremely clean (are you noticing a trend here?) it is a little more dated/less high-end spa feeling. That being said, its actually my favorite place on this list. Why? Because of Teddy. He is amazing and my go-to for gel nail art in Dallas (when I can’t get to my favorite nail art haven in Austin, Sugarcoat).

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Do you have a favorite nail salon? What do you look for in one?

 

Favorite Dallas Nail Salons

It Status

A while back, my husband very nicely surprised me with a copy of It by Alexa Chung.

I had the pleasure of meeting Alexa Chung (photo lost with some old, sad blackberry) at SXSW many moons ago. She wanted me to sit on her lap insisting it was “fashion Christmas,” I graciously declined in fear of crushing her.

That’s beside the point. In the book she shares many of the women she think has “It” factor. I wanted to share a few of the women that I think exude that effortlessly cool style (that I may, or may not try to copy in every way possible).

Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) is the baddest b on the block. Her growing up in Dallas and talking about the beauty standards here only make me love her MORE.

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There are many memories of me singing The Tide is High into a hairbrush in my room. Debbie Harry is one of the only people who could probably convince me to go blonde. She was ultra cool and not afraid to try new things – proof that confidence is all you need to rock that item in your closet you’ve been to afraid to wear.

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Zosia Mamet is the youngest lady on this list, and the closest to my own age. I see a lot of girls my age who aren’t comfortable playing around with style and who they are. and it’s a tragedy. You can see Zosia wearing boho style one day and something mature and chic the next. And guess what? She always looks great because she doesn’t give AF.

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Lastly, one of my favorite girls with serious it factor is Carrie Brownstien. I love her sense of humor and I think that really radiates through her entire being. That and she’s another one I  awkwardly asked for a photo of at SXSW outside of Jo’s (in retrospect, I feel bad, girl just wanted some coffee).

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The common thread is to not take yourself too seriously. And remember, style is about you. Not other people. If you love something, don’t worry if your grandma is going to think you look ridiculous.

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Finally, I will leave you with the sketch that inspired me to even write this post. It’s okay Carrie, I accept you as a “cool dresser.”

It Status