The Edgy Chic

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There are some cities in this world where you constantly play in a whimsical world of “dress up” when getting ready for the day.

I’m talking stilettos on, sleek and chic pants buttoned, blazer styled, hair curled, face perfectly polished. And yes, I’ve come to terms with the fact that Austin, TX isn’t so much one of those cities. Most of my “dressing up” consists of the right pair of high-waisted denim and a shirt that I could basically sleep in. But regardless of this laid-back Austin style (or whatever city you’re in), I’ve decided it’s up to us to make a fashion statement. In other words, dressing it up can also mean dressing down. This comfortable and oh-so-cozy outfit consists of my favorite Joe’s high-waisted grey denims skinnies, and the softest Splendid jersey tee (I could live in it!). But the best part is having the ability to dress it up—add in my favorite d’Orsay pumps, Kelly Wynne Duffle bag, douse myself in an excessive amount of Kendra Scott Jewels (cuff, ring, earrings), and top it off with just the right Kate Spade sunnies. But wait, there’s more. When you’re feeling extra-extra casual (this happens maybe too often for me), throw on a pair of flip flops, booties, and maybe a flowy sweater, et voila… you’ve both dressed up–and dressed it down! Happy, happy Monday dahlin’s.

Photography by Jordan Afshin

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The Darling Details::

I Duffle Dare You Handbag in Deep Plum Python & Black Lizard by Kelly Wynne | Delilah Suede D’orsay Pump by Sam Edelman | Sandwash Jersey Top by Splendid | Kate Spade Jayna Sunglasses | Joe’s High Rise Denim Jeans from Nordstrom | Ainsley Cuff by Kendra Scott | Tima Studs by Kendra Scott | Naomi Drusy Ring by Kendra Scott

A Few Details, Darling…


Hello Darlings! I’ve packed up my bags and am currently jetted off to Dallas with the beau. A weekend full shopping at the gorgeous Northpark Mall, football, and getting treated at the Hyatt Regency at Dallas awaits! Sounds like a plan, huh? More exciting details to come about Dallas… so stay tuned! But enough about me, let’s switch the focus to the one and only, Anna Wintour. Oh yes, the queen of American Vogue has spoken (and smiled… a lot!) in this quick snippet. 73 questions, Wintour’s answers, need I say more? Enjoy…

And a few more links to mouse through…

Currently obsessing over this coat.

The Glamourai has done it again. Check out the glam-or-ous redesign, here.

I’ve rounded up the 10 best fantasy closets out there… what’s your favorite? I’ll take them all please…

Ooh-ing and aah-ing over Diane Von Furstenberg’s Spring 2014 RTW Collection. Can I get an amen?

You can now shop what I’m currently drooling over… shop away darling.

Three amazing sandwiches you have to try.

image via the glamourai. 

Calypso St. Barth :: 3 Ways

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When it comes to fall in Texas, it’s all about the layers.

In the past, finding just the right cardigans for fall has always been quite a challenge. As I mentioned, I stumbled upon a new shopping destination, and now I’ll never look back…because we’re talking cardigans, layers, basics (anything, everything you’ve ever wanted this fall). Between cashmere sweaters and fur vests, Calypso St. Barth is that cozy, stylish, and just absolutely darling destination. I picked out this pop of pink gem that will most definitely be by my side through all of fall. I also picked this white basic cashmere (Uma) cardigan for an everyday wear, and a rabbit fur vest, because Austin, it’s time to turn up the glamour! What’s your favorite cardigan? Shop on through all of Calypso St. Barth’s box of treasures located at The Domain and check out their website, here. Xo

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The Darling Details::

Rabbit Fur Yali from Calypso St. Barth | White Uma Cashmere Cocoon Cardigan from Calypso St. Barth | Pink Cashmere Duster from Calypso St. Barth | Grey Skyline Skinnies from Calypso St. Barth | Side Zip Leather Bootie in Black by Calypso St. Barth 



The little black dress. Or maybe, in this case…the long, flow-y, whimsical, black, day-to-night dress.

There are quite a few hidden treasures in Austin, Texas…and I always enjoy stumbling upon a new sparkly gem. My latest treasure hunt has led me to the beautiful, shiny doors of Calypso St. Barth at The Domain. Inspired by all things French, yet perfectly tied into the modern-day woman’s classic, chic, and comfortable wardrobe, Calypso St. Barth is the destination. I’ve passed by it’s lavishly tranquil windows before, and always wondered what was behind the golden passageway. You’ll find soft fabrics (plenty of silk and cashmere to go around, Austin!), chic yet classic silhouettes, trendy brands, a whole lot of beautiful pastel-inspired colors (you know I’m a sucker for neutrals), and everything else I’ve ever dreamed of in my fashion haven. The best part? It’s that perfect destination for every age, and most definitely my age group. I’ve glammed this dress up with plenty of large jewels, cheetah calf hair pointed toe pumps, hot red lips, and aviator sunnies. And you can do it too. Stop by and say hello to the beautiful Calypso girls, right by Neiman Marcus in The Domain. Scroll down for deats, xo.

Photography by Jordan Afshin


The Darling Details::

Sarah Asymmetric Maxi Dress from Calypso St. Barth | Calf Hair Leopard Pointy Toe Pumps by Halogen | Naomi Double Ring by Kendra Scott | Nars Lip Pencil in Luxembourg | Chic Black Leather Clutch by Salato Designs | Phara Necklace by Kendra Scott | Tessa Studs in Drusy by Kendra Scott 

September Goals

Go Live

Since my schedule is a bit all over the place right now, I’m just now realizing that it’s officially, finally September. Looking back on all my adventures this summer (Paris, London, the College World Series, graduating from the University of Texas, quitting my college job and moving on to bigger and better things), I decided it was time in my life set a few “resolutions” for a new month. Life is just going too fast to only have New Year’s resolutions once a year. Join me in creating 5 goals for yourself, to attain in one month. We’re making the rules here, so who’s watching if you don’t make all of them? Mine begin with…

  1. Learn how to actually cook. My whole family are avid chefs (even my brother who went to culinary school), so I’m sort of feeling like the odd one out. College was comprised of a whole lot of eating out, throwing something easy on the pan, and settling for less when it came perfecting a meal. So, it’s time, world–I’ll be cooking my way through this Fall (this is a goal I have to attain!) and am incredibly excited and passionate to dive into a whole new creative world (especially one so different from fashion).
  2. Sit up straight. Posture is something I worked on in Paris a lot. When you have to see yourself in photos (i.e., fashion blogs) all day, you notice posture more and more… and more. Standing up straight, sitting up straight, not being slouched over…they just look so much more beautiful and honestly, natural. So I’ve decided to put in the extra effort to attain it (woops, just realized I’m currently slouching now!). And hey, it’s better for you and your body too!
  3. Read more. Someone once told me, “The way to learn how to write is to read more.” I find myself spending a lot of time on instagram, pinterest, and watching E! (RIP Joan Rivers!) and not enough time curled up by a good book. I managed to read Gone Girl while I was in Paris this summer, and boy, that’s a page turner! Wonder what my next good read will be… let’s see if this one will actually happen!
  4. Start investing in winter basics… now. September is the devoted month of style in the online and fashion world. With the prospects of fashion week looming in the air and the designers debuting their highly anticipated spring lines, I can’t help but feel so excited about all things fashion. I’ve decided it’s time to invest more in basics and staples, not just those great one-time wears that never make it off the hanger once they’ve had their first debut. And what better time to invest in basics than fall/winter? Stay tuned for a lot more comfy, cozy, neutral basics and staples!
  5. Stop playing the comparison game. Have you read this article by Camille Styles? It’s an incredible cultivation of those feelings and emotions the social media game can induce on its followers, and a curation of tips and tricks on how to fight them. I find myself victim to this game almost every day. I’ll definitely be following a lot of these social media guidelines!

What are your September “resolutions”? Enjoy your weekend, and go live!

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