I’m a Texas Girl Now!

When I first moved to Texas in 2015, I had never heard of Kendra Scott (I know – it’s hard to believe now!) I had never even seen any of her jewelry before. It wasn’t really a “thing” in Missouri yet, and I was genuinely confused why every girl in Dallas was wearing the exact same pair of earrings. And then I noticed that they all had the same little necklaces, too. What was happening and what was I missing?!?! Finally I asked a co-worker who was wearing a pair of those earrings (which I loved!) what they were and why they were so popular and she just looked at me shocked and gasped “YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF KENDRA SCOTT?!?!?” Well now I had!

I spent the next few years loving this new-to-me brand, but had never purchased anything for myself. I bought some earrings as gifts for friends and family, but still couldn’t manage to spend that much on something for me. But a few months ago I went to a fundraiser at Kendra Scott for a ministry that I volunteer with and a good chunk of any purchases made went back to the organization, so I FINALLY bought myself a pair of earrings!

I was amazing by all the beautiful colors and also overwhelmed by all the beautiful colors. I wanted to get a pair that I would wear all the time and ended up going with these silver earrings – and I LOVE THEM! I seriously wear them all the time and I finally feel like a true Texas gal.

While walking through the store, there were just so many things that I loved and if I had unlimited money, I would have bought all of them! (Apparently during your birthday month you can go in and get half off one item?!?! So I’ll definitely be doing that next year. It will be hard to pick which item, though!) Here’s some of the other items I have been eyeing since making my first purchase.

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Did Y’all Know About Talbots?!!?

Seriously!! Why?!?!? I’ve literally never shopped at Talbots in my life (I always thought it was kind of an “old lady” brand for some reason…) but I stumbled across a few items I loved online the other day and THEY WERE FROM TALBOTS! What?!?!? Then later I checked on a few Like to Know It links in my inbox from Instagram posts I’d liked and a few of those items were also from TALBOTS!

So I quickly opened up a new tab in my browser and searched for the Talbots website. I was browsing through all the clothes and you guys…. they have CUTE stuff! Some of it is a bit… mature… but I’d say that I would honestly wear at least 75% of this stuff. The clothes have a classic look, they’re not too trendy, and they seem like they would last from season to season (aka not cheap Forever21 clothes that wear out after 1 season of wear.)

The only downside is the price. I’m still kind of cheap, and so these prices seemed a little bit on the expensive side to me. I think I need to start shifting my mindset and recognize that it’s ok to spend a little bit more on a quality item that will last a LONG time – maybe I can start doing that with something from Talbots!

There were a TON of items that I absolutely loved (again, I would totally wear the majority of the clothes on the website) but here were a few of my favorites.

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I Tried Rent the Runway and it was AWESOME

Like most people with internet access, I’m sure you’ve heard of the company Rent the Runway (RTR as I’ve been calling it lately). If not, let me explain what it is! It’s an online shop where you rent higher-end dresses and accessories (and some separates, too) instead of buying them. It’s such a fun concept! So instead of spending $600 buying the perfect dress you’ll only wear once, you spend $50 renting it for 4 or 8 days.

I wanted to find something fun and fancy to wear to my friend Jen’s rehearsal dinner, but was having a hard time finding something I liked enough at the store, that fit well, and that wasn’t WAY out of my budget. I didn’t feel like anything in my closet was nice enough, and shopping was wearing me out. Then, I remembered that my friend Allison had been looking at RTR for a dress to wear to the wedding, and so I hopped online and started looking, too!

There were SO MANY GREAT DRESSES to choose from! My favorite part of their concept is that you get to order a backup size absolutely FREE! And the customers leave great and helpful reviews and pictures, so you can better know just what size (and backup size) you should order. For example, one of the dresses I picked, according to reviews, tended to run a bit big, so I knew to order a size down.

I ended up renting 2 dresses because they were having a special, and I am in love with BOTH of them – I really didn’t want to send them back!!!

Here is what I rented to wear to the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. I loved the lace stripes, and it was so elegant and perfect for the dinner. It fit like a dream and was the perfect length.

I paired it with a big turquoise statement necklace and felt so beautiful that night! (Also I’m just now realizing that I didn’t actually take any pictures that night… so this will have to do. And honestly I just wanted to get a picture of the sick braid I did, so let’s all appreciate that, too, haha.)

Because of the special they were running (rent two for the price of one) I went ahead and ordered another dress to wear for the after party after the wedding reception ended. I loved my bridesmaid dress, but it was floor length and didn’t have much give, so I wanted something that would be easier to dance in. I picked this gorgeous pink Kate Spade dress with a GIANT bow in the back and it was perfect!!!

I got to dance the night away in comfort and style and of course I spent half of the evening going around and making sure everyone saw the gorgeous bow on the back! It’s not in my budget to buy a $450 Kate Spade dress, so it was REALLY fun to get to wear one for a night, for basically no money at all!

Man, I need to get better about taking full length pictures with other people…. 🙂

If you haven’t tried Rent the Runway yet, I HIGHLY recommend it!! It was so easy and so fun, and they send your dresses in a garment bag that already includes your return shipping label (and it’s free to ship them back!) The site always has a discount for first time renters, too, so you don’t have anything to lose! You can sort items by size, date needed, color, formality, price, designer – you’re basically guaranteed to find a great dress!

Brand Spotlight: Goodnight Macaroon

One of my fave games is to fill up my online shopping cart, sigh, then sadly (but triumphantly!) exit the browser without making any purchases. You know that game. How many of you have played that game?

So you get it. Even though I don’t have a massive budget where I can endlessly spend on new clothes every month, I do still like to look! I have a couple of reliable sites where I like to peruse and pretend shop, ranging from the cheaper side that I would actually make real purchases from (Old Navy, Banana Republic, J.Crew Factory, Zara) to the more expensive that while I probably can’t afford a lot of it, it’s still fun to look (Draper James, Lilly Pulitzer, J.Crew, Brooks Brothers).

One online boutique that I have been looking at a lot over the last year or so is Goodnight Macaroon. So many of the cute outfits I see on Instagram come from here, and they always have some pretty good sales going. I think they kind of fall middle-of-the-road as far as pricing goes, but you can get some seriously good deals on some seriously cute things! I went through and found some of my favorite items to share!

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Shorts for Spring

Spring is here, and with that comes all the warm weather! Even though it’s been warm here for a while now… but that’s fine. The warm weather is here to stay and that means that shorts are just around the corner!

I’ve seen people in Dallas wearing shorts for a couple of weeks now, and while I’m not completely ready to let the world see my pasty white stems just yet, I am more than ready to look at ALL the cute shorts and pick out my favorites!

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All of the shorts in my current wardrobe are fine… but they’re all a few years old and getting kind of worn and faded, so I’m definitely in the market to buy a new pair or two. Or three. OR NINE!!!! 🙂 Ok not nine. You’re right, I don’t need to buy nine pairs of shorts when I work inside a freezing office for the majority of my life. I’ll be practical.

But what ones will I choose?!? I’m absolutely in love with with green floral pull-on pair from J.Crew Factory! They just look so comfortable and could easily be dressed up with a blouse or made super casual with a plain t-shirt You can’t go wrong with some classic denim, and the little anchors on the blue pair from Old Navy are too cute! I definitely need to go to the stores and do some trying on, maybe I’ll do that tomorrow after church!