It is really time to go back to school?? It is SO crazy to think that summer is pretty much over...I mean, where did the time go?? Well, I don't actually have to go back to class but in the spirit of everyone sending their kiddos back, or starting school themselves, I figured I would have a little "Back to School" theme to this post! I know it is not always the best time for the students (but an exciting time for the parents!), so why not make it a little more fun with your back to school wardrobe?!?
Camo is life. But seriously, I have grown up with this print, from the men in my family out hunting to hanging out at the cam, or even going to school in the south, I saw it often. Anyways, it's not new. BUT how it has made it's mark on the fashion world is and I love it! Being able to dress camo up, wear it with pink, or put it on for a girls brunch...I love how it looks! It's versatile, it's funky and it's growing in my wardrobe.
So if you have been following along on Instagram this week, you have probably seen that I have had a LONG week. Like...long week. Things have just been super busy and I feel like I have been non-stop since we returned from Alaska. I mean, two weeks home and I feel like I am still catching up! Anyways...I am so glad it is finally Friday, and am ready for a fun getaway weekend with Darian in New Orleans! I know it is more travel, but it is an easy drive and it will be fun to try new things in NOLA!
I have been fortunate enough to experience some exciting things during these 27 years I've been around. From skydiving to sailing the Mediterranean Sea in Greece, I have a list going that I cannot complain about. Recently during our trip to Alaska, I added a good bit to that list and I have to say this experience was one of my absolute favorites. Dog sledding on a glacier...BUCKET LIST. So we flew in to Anchorage, Alaska, then drove to Seward the next day. We were SO fortunate to have BEAUTIFUL weather (like crystal clear skies) so it was hard not to love Seward. Once we arrived, we walked around town and had lunch (I will go in to more detail later when I post the full guide to Alaska), but then it was time for our first excursion...a helicopter ride to a glacier where we went dog sledding. Yep you read it correctly. I mean, pure magic. Just check out these pictures.
Continuing from the post before...I love basics. Just easy really, I love easy. The blouse and denim combo from my previous post...classic look for work or play. A maxi dress or tee shirt dress...also an easy look that can go from day-to-night. I mean, lets be real. How many people love to get up EVERY day and plan an outfit? Don't get me wrong, sometimes I do love the act of putting pieces together and creating my own look, but others? I want to stay in bed so the first thing I can find (or the outfit I wore last Monday) might be what I end up wearing. SO...with that being said, I have begun to add easy dresses to my wardrobe because I can get so much use out of them. As I said before...sometimes I just need easy.
I love classic pieces. A classic button down, denim that will last me years, you name it. The thing that I love about this is that I can wear these statement pieces for multiple occasions. It makes me feel like spending the money was worth it, you know? But in all seriousness, there is just something about a crisp white button down that I love. It's clean, it's easy and it can be worn with just about anything. This is why the classics are a go-to option for me when shopping. But most importantly, I feel confident and ready for just about anything!
When is comes to summer, there are a few things I know I need to have in my closet. First, a good pair of white denim. You can never go wrong with white jeans in the summer. From cropped, to flared, I love breaking out my white jeans during the summer months. The white against my tan skin...I love it. Second, off-the-shoulder tops. This silhouette is one that I have become so fond of over the years. There is something about showing a little shoulder that just screams summer time to me and I love it. Finally, it is important to me to have a good summer handbag. Whether it be white, or a bright color, I tend to step out a little bit in the handbag department during the summer because, why not right? Having these summer essentials in my closet makes dressing in this Louisiana heat way more fun!
Today I'm sayin' hey from the bayou. Yep, I am about to share a little about Louisiana and this place I call home. If you know me (or have followed me on social media), you know that I was born in Dallas, Texas. After my senior year of high school, I made the decision to attend Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama (yes it's an extremely small town) and had a college experience I will never forget. After graduating, I worked in Auburn for two years and quickly began to think that it was going to be home for a while. Well, the Lord had other plans.
When I think of the beach, I think of white linen. First, it is soft and lightweight so it's perfect for the humidity. Second, I love how I the white looks against my skin when I have a tan! But in all seriousness, linen is a go-to for me on our beach trips. This linen option from Reformation was an immediate YES when I saw it. I love the off-the-shoulder look and everything about the fit. It was perfect for the little picture session JL and I had (yes I made him) and then for the night out!
When life hands you a trip to the beach, you should bring your flamingo? Am I right?? Well I did just last on our trip to the beach a few weeks ago and we had a blast. Honestly I felt like a little kid again playing on our float in the ocean!
When shopping for formal dress options, I mainly look for versatile. I think it is important to find pieces that I can wear over and over, to multiple functions for a couple of reasons: 1. I need to save room in my closet and 2. I need to save money. I mean common sense right? But I can tell you that I am guilty of finding that trendy option that will be perfect for the wedding I have the second weekend of April, so the long sleeves wont be that bad because it will still be cool....Yeah but what happens when the wedding in the end of July rolls around? I have to buy a new one. So with that being said, when it comes to my dressier options, I try to make them work year round (or at least multiple times).
My heart longs for adventure. I know that sounds so cheesy but it truly does. When I am able to go experience new places I am the happiest person ever. If you follow me on social media, you know that I recently went on a West Texas Road Trip with some gal pals. Well, on our way back to Dallas, we decided to take a slight detour up to New Mexico to visit the White Sands National Monument. We had seen it in pictures and were so close when we were in El Paso, so we could not pass on the opportunity to stop. Now, when I say White Sands, you might think, why would you want to go see sand in the middle of no where? Well you keep looking through these pictures and I promise you will see why.
In keeping with the holiday theme, now I bring you stripes after I brought you the stars. But really these past few days (weeks really) have been so great and I have loved being able to enjoy summer. Starting with our trip to the beach a few weeks ago, I have been all about salty hair and tan lines. Since we've been home, we've been to a Garth Brooks concert, grilled out by the pool all day and watched fireworks for the Fourth of July. Definitely has my summer senses on overload but I am loving every minute of it! I am thinking I need another beach trip here soon...any takers?
Lately, I have been obsessed with stars. And what better time to rock them than the Fourth of July! This is one of my favorite holidays because I associate three of my favorite things with it: Sunshine, food and fireworks. I mean a day by the pool or on the lake, cooking out and a firework show??? Yes please. This will be the first holiday that we are actually home on the Fourth of July in a long time. Last year we were in Las Vegas for Garth Brooks and the year before that we were in Houston for Garth Brooks (and yes we went this past Saturday haha), so it will be nice to be home! And apparently I should also associate my Fourth of Julys with Garth?
So when we were in Florida, Darian and I lucked out on the pink situation. If you have followed me a little bit now, you have probably noticed that I am drawn to blush and use it a lot in my feed/website. Well, during our trip to Florida, we visited The Don CeSar Hotel in St. Petersburg first which is A PINK HOTEL. I about died. After stopping there we wanted a good local cup of coffee so we made a pit stop at Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails. These pink chairs were the first thing that greeted us when we walked in the door and I was literally in heaven.
I have said it before and I will say it again...the beach is my happy place. I love spending time walking along the shore line and digging my toes in the sand. I know, I sound like a cheesy "my ideal first date" kind, but seriously, I am not sure that there is anything that makes me happier. This past weekend, we were lucky enough to head down to Florida to see some of my family and relax for a few days and I took advantage of every moment I had to be by the water (or on it). Like I said, I love to be beachin' it when I can!
If you follow a lot of fashion related accounts on social media, then you have probably seen this bamboo bag by Cult Gaia often. It is nothing short of fabulous and yes, it is everywhere. But when something is this good you expect it to be everywhere right? Its unique shape and design has definitely caught the eye of many in the fashion industry, and it is making its presence known! I know I love it!
The other night a friend of mine texted me and simply asked where I was off to next. Now I haven't talked to her in a while, and I have not told her of any upcoming travels, so I was confused as to how she knew. When I responded to her question with an innocent, "what do you mean?", her response made me laugh. She (very kindheartedly) said, "well you two are always somewhere new when I open Instagram, so it has become a guessing game for me!" Hahaha really?!? My travels are a guessing game? Well, then I sat down and really thought about it and I have been going a lot. Nothing huge, but I have definitely been on the go. With that being said, I am actually packing for a little getaway to the beach this weekend (I promise I stay home!) so I thought it would be the perfect time to share my travel must haves.
You know the feeling of finding a good handbag and sticking with it? Maybe purchasing it in multiple colors, sizes, etc.? Yeah well FOUNT has done just that. Right before our Marfa trip, Candace told me about a small Ohio based company called FOUNT. I was immediately intrigued because we all know I love a good handbag. But y'all...these are more than just a good handbag. They are literally handcrafted perfection.
I have really been throwing my parents for a loop. I think seeing me in all this pink has them slightly concerned. For real y'all. Fun fact about me, I did not have hair until I was about two. This meant that my dad would dress me like a boy and (if I had to guess) did not correct them when people assumed I was a boy. The name 'Taylor' can go both ways right? Really though, I was a straight up TOMBOY. Like, ball cap, dirty face, skinned knees kind of kid. When my best friend dressed up as a fairy princess for Halloween, I was the Pink Power Ranger. (And I was only the pink one because they were sold out of the white. So even that was a struggle.) Then the next year she was Princess Leia and I was Darth Vader...no I am not lying. So I'm sure you can imagine, I have never been a pink person...and now look at me.
It is no secret that I love me a two piece set. I wore the heck out of them in Marfa. Most of those options though were skirts and tops so when I found this short/jacket combo, I about died. I LOVE this stripe set and love how I can also wear the shorts on their own. It has a very classic business look to it, creating an edgy vibe with the shorts. Perfect for a night out or a casual lunch meeting, this set can be for work or play!
Growing up, I will admit, I had a lot of insecurities. Being a tennis player, I was very muscular and always thought I was "thick." I was negative about almost every part of my body, then to top it off I had TERRIBLE tan lines. One area I always avoided was my back. For some reason I was always concerned about what my back/backside looked like. Granted, I did not wear a lot of revealing things in general when I was younger, but swimwear or formal dresses...it was always a struggle. I never figured out if it was really the drastic racer back tan line that threw me for a loop, or if I thought I looked too muscular, but seriously...was never a fan. BUT, I think that has all changed! With a mixture of becoming comfortable with my body and developing a deeper sense of fashion, I have come to embrace my backside and LOVE it! Open back or low cut, I feel strong and confident now when I can show off a little skin!
Have you ever wanted to pair items in your closet together that just by glancing, probably would not go together? Pretty much every time I get dressed this goes through my mind. I am quick to say, "Oh this is classic it will go nicely," instead of stepping out and creating a look that may stand out more than others. Don't get me wrong though, I love to stand out. And I love to create different looks that people might not otherwise consider, but in the day-to-day, "let's throw something on" process, I typically stick to what I know. Well, I have decided to work on that.
When the Louisiana heat takes over, my desire to get dressed slowly diminishes. I will admit, I do not enjoy being hot and sticky and my clothing plays a large role in that. As I have said many times before, the humidity here in Louisiana is REAL. Like really real. It is unlike anything I have ever experienced so really, I have had to get used to that sticky feeling. But with that being said, I have slowly added pieces to my closet that help in that heat and this wrap dress is definitely a perfect option.
I am sure you have seen on the world of social media, but recently I took a girls trip to Marfa, Texas. I know...if you are reading this then you probably follow me on some form of social media and have probably been OVERLOADED with these pictures. Well, I do apologize BUT the trip was really just that amazing. While our time in Marfa was short, we definitely made the most of it. Talking with locals, visiting the hot spots and eating the good stuff, that is what it is all about right? YES! It is. This is why I love traveling because before my trip to Marfa, you may have though it was merely a blip on the map. And you were wrong. That precious little town is more than a blip. Way more. And I am going to tell you why.
With the summer heat here, I am constantly looking for tops that work well with the warmer temperatures. From sleeveless, to off-the-shoulder, to lightweight, to one shoulder, I am always on the hunt for those warm weather options. One style that I have been drawn to lately is the open back styles because (1.) they help with airflow and (2.) they are super sassy! I love how this open back trend can come in many forms, and this top in particular is one that I will wear all summer long!
So, we pretty much planned our trip to Marfa around this little Prada store. We had seen it in pictures and read up on its history, but we definitely wanted to see if for ourselves. I will tell you, it did not disappoint. It is funny because, no it is not an actual functioning store, but it looks as close to one as possible. A free standing building in the middle of no where, with real shoes and handbags inside?!? It's literally the perfect photo opportunity!
I know I have been overwhelming you all still with pictures from Marfa. I mean, it was such a good trip, I can't not share it with you! BUT...reality check, I've been working a ton and each day has been a grind. As much as I wish I was still waking up in the desert, sadly I am really waking up and heading to my office. But its okay! There are so many adventures to be had and I am constantly planning the next one!
As someone who has always been active, I like to find different ways to stay fit physically. I run, I do circuit work, I take barre classes, but these can all seem routine at times. I have found that being outside in the fresh air is something my body loves so I have come to enjoy hiking activities. While we do not have a ton of places to hike in Louisiana, we do have good trails/nature walks which are also enjoyable. But while we were in West Texas, we decided to spend time in Big Bend National Park and the views were worth every second of the hike!
A little wind and the open road...I am all about it. One of my favorite things during our trip to Marfa was just stopping and taking in the views and the area around us. Many would say they were not admirable but me? I loved it. That open space, desert vibe was absolutely perfect and made me miss Texas that much more.