Country Cool

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I’m often inspired by my surroundings when pulling together so it’s really no surprise that when I was back in Texas I put my own little spin on some western inspired pieces. This Hazel dress is gauzy perfection, especially when you’re battling the Texas heat {hello 105!} and there is something to be said for a well made pair of cowboy boots. While I’m not rocking these Old Gringo’s on a daily basis in NYC, I do love to pull them out and toss them on from time to time. And the braids? Those were courtesy of Stephanie Nelson Makeup, who managed to whip them out in mere minutes post a long day at the pool. I feel a tutorial coming soon!

 

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A Floral Love Affair

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Let’s be realistic here, love is a strong word, we toss it around like it means nothing at all most times. I’m guilty of saying it for a majority of the items that I own, however, this French Connection dress was love. It was love at first sight. I literally almost bought it off the girl that was wearing it at the store because they didn’t know if they had my size. Luckily, I didn’t have to go to such great lengths! But in all honesty, it’s just a pretty perfect summer dress that can go from the office to happy hour or brunch to a summer soiree.

xx

A

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Happy National Tequila Day!

Well apparently this week is all about celebrating. First the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and now National Tequila Day?!?! Too many exciting things happening this week.  So in honor of one of my favorite spirits’ big day, I’ve rounded up a handful of my go-to cocktails. Whip one of these up tonight or this weekend, each is so refreshing you’ll want to enjoy it for the rest of summer. xo – A

  1. Refreshing Cucumber Lime Concoction
  2. Blood Orange Margarita
  3. Austin’s La Condesa Classic Margarita
  4. Tequila Bramble
  5. Rosasda’s {I mean hibiscus flowers infused in tequila? Sold}

 

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Christmas has cometh early

Nordstrom’s Annual Anniversary Sale is back and just as in years past, It’s like a shoppers paradise, especially if you’re located in NYC {there’s no sales tax!!!!}. When I was in high school Nordstrom was one of my first jobs, I worked in the BP and Savvy departments and from then on out I was hooked on not only the brands the store stocked {they always had my faves!} but also because of their unprecedented customer service. So my loyalty as far as a department store has always been with them {and one other Dallas, Texas based mega store … NM hint hint} So naturally when the end of July rolls around I’m giddy with excitement to see what fall goodies Nordy’s will be coming out with. Luckily, I’m saving you a little bit of time and sharing my picks from the sale!

Side note, I enjoyed every last minute {sitting poolside of course} scouring that sale to find these gems!

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The exclusive beauty offerings this sale are pretty fant-freaking-tastic. For starters, you’ll find make-up palettes and more that you’ll actually use on a daily basis. Enter the Bobbi Brown “Nude on Nude” eye palette complete with eyeliner and mascara or this ridiculously bold pink triple threat from NARS, done! To top if off there are so many products I currently have in rotation that I couldn’t believe it {See #2, #3 and #4}

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Fall Wardrobe Staples-Accessories

Now onto the goods, you know, the little pieces that will elevate your fall wardrobe are quite impressive this sale. This dainty necklace could not be more wearable {and it already says ‘Ashley’ so count that one as worn by the time this post goes live} nor could this men’s inspired Michael Kors watch. Essentials such as over-the-knee black boots and moto-boots that can go with everything are smart purchases right now so snag those immediately. And who could say no to an oxblood and black tote to lug your life around in style? I know I couldn’t.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Fall Wardrobe Staples

And yet, even after all of that, THIS is where the Nordstrom sale really gets me, the wardrobe staples that I can already envision myself living in all season long. From the two-tone coat and these leather trousers to this deep navy crop top and worn in boyfriend jeans. I may be a summertime kind of girl but my excitement for fall is definitely heightened by the thought of these outfits.

The Weekender: In New York

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Weekend weekend weekend is here here here! So much for whomever said summer was supposed to be relaxing! A full calendar during the week likely means it’s a jam packed weekend as well and why the heck not. This weekend it’s all about NYC friends so enjoy!

  • Beast of Bourbon.  Has managed to combine two of my favorite things into one. Frozen. Whiskey Cocktails. Need I say more?! Southern gals rejoice.
  • Yes please. Grand Banks. A boat, booze and oysters.
  • The Five Story behemoth of a sale is back with a vengeance at the Bowery Hotel this weekend. A little Alexander Wang and Balahmin? Sure why not.
  • Tomorrow from 10 – 6PM stop by the Anthropologie pop-up shop in SoHo to enjoy jams, baked goods and so much more!
  • The mothership of all H&Ms has opened in NYC, complete with an insanely chic home department.
  • Fridays are about to be SO much better thanks to Dream Dry who every Friday from here until Labor Day are doing flower crowns and blowouts. Sign me up!
  • I recently had brunch at Margaux at The Marlton and it was freaking FABULOUS. A must try.
  • The Apartment by The Line is popping up shop again with iced coffee and art. Stop by from 11 – 6!
  • The rooftop garden at The Met is still going strong, have you gone yet?
  • On a side note, Texas just keeps getting prettier. I can’t wait to head back in August and shoot at Jacobs Well.

Have a wonderful wonderful weekend,

A

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