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.
When we were planning our trip to Marfa, we knew we wanted to stay at El Cosmico (stay tuned for more on that when I do my "Guide to Marfa" post). While there were multiple things that drew us to this space, one of the things we loved were the tepees. I mean, how often is it that you get to stay in a tepee?? Not often in my life haha. Anyway, not only were they super fun for our little weekend getaway, they also served as the perfect backdrop for our southwest style!
As someone who is constantly on the search for new trends, I am always looking for good places to shop. While the mall is (most of the time) a frequent stop of mine and online shopping is convenient, I also LOVE the local boutiques around town. One in particular is Rodeo Boutique. Trust me, if you live in the Baton Rouge area, you need to stop by. They have such a great selection and cater to so many different styles! No matter what your go-to is, you can usually always find something at Rodeo!
As of late, I have been drawn to the idea of jumpsuits. Why? I am not exactly sure but I do know that I thoroughly enjoy them and this one in particular is super sassy. So as I say I enjoy jumpsuits, my typical style has been the long pants (that are most likely wide leg with a higher waist), and a top with flowy sleeves. Occasionally I will throw in strapless, or an open back, but my mindset is usually "classic" for a jumpsuit. Yeah...not at all what this jumpsuit is. But I took a chance, and I am so glad I did because I truly love this piece and did not want to take it off. This piece may not be "classic" but it is definitely statement worthy. And I love making a statement.
On our road trip to Marfa, we decided to stop at The Gage Hotel in Marathon, TX. Basically we fell in love with this bull skull wall you are seeing in all these pictures but we also heard the restaurant was amazing. Unfortunately, by the time we got there they had stopped serving lunch (whoops) so we had to make other plans, but regardless, I LOVED this hotel. Side note though, whatever they were cooking for dinner smelled AMAZING.
Recently I have spent an abnormal amount of time in the car. Starting with our (AMAZING) road trip to Marfa, Big Bend, El Paso and White Sands to now jetting to Auburn for the weekend, I have covered a lot of ground. And while sitting in the car for an endless amount of time can get old, there are also ways to make it entertaining! For you today, I am sharing some road trip essentials for me that may make you road trips that much better!
So true story about me, I love basic. Classic looks with denim and a tee shirt, or shorts and a tank. It is easy to me and fun and I love it. Growing up, I would find one or two tops that I loved (that were usually basic) and buy them in multiple colors so that I did not have to think about what I was going to wear. It was easy. As I have gotten older though, I have developed a love of getting uncomfortable with fashion. I like to try things that are different. I like to step out there, push the limits a little bit. I try to mix and match styles and where I shop, but now instead of looking for basics, I love finding items that have a slight edge. And in this case, it is bell sleeves.
It's almost here! I am seriously busting at the seams waiting for this Marfa adventure to begin. I feel like I still have so much to do to get ready, but it could not come soon enough. I have been laying clothes out all weekend, trying to make sure I do not miss anything! And naturally I probably will have 1000 errands to run tonight. But its okay because pretty soon I will be back in the Lone Star State, eating Tex-Mex and beginning our adventure!
As summer draws near, I have focused on a few things: building my summer wardrobe and getting a tan. I know that it is terrible that I am focusing on that, but I am being honest. No those are not the only things important to me at the moment, but I am not going to lie, I have been working on both. And with that being said, when I came across the white top and pant set from Nordstrom, I immediately fell in love. The fabric is perfect for summer and I love the shape the high-waisted pants and crop top give me!
Business in the front, party in the back. That is exactly what I think when I wear this top. I love how at first glance, it is a simple blouse that I might even be able to wear to work. But when you look deeper (and at the back), it is completely different. As silly as it sounds, it reminds me of the bigger picture. We need to not judge by first glance. There are underlying issues, and back stories, beauty beneath the surface that we need to make sure we look for. You can never judge a book by its cover.
The platform trend has been rising and I am loving it. I was definitely hesitant at first because it is totally out of my comfort zone, but now I love how different they are! I have had my eye on several styles for a different summer option, but recently decided on these from Stella McCartney. I love the woven leather detail and the color is perfect for my wardrobe!
I am a sucker for all white. I love how crisp and clean it looks and definitely break the "fashion rules" to wear it all year round. Why waste such a great color on only a few short months? Not me. Well regardless of the rules, I love to break out a white dress for Easter. I am not typically one for pastels, though I have been loving blush lately, so white becomes my color of choice. And like I said, I feel really good about it.
Right now, my eye is drawn to just about anything blush. I did some online shopping last week and when I went to view my cart, every item but one was some sort of blush shade. I just love it though. It is pretty much serving as a neutral in my current wardrobe and I am completely okay with it. Gotta add a little color every now and then right?
One of the things I love most about style is the ability I have to mix and match items to create different looks. If you remember a few weeks back, I shared a very casual, and laid back look, in these camo jeans. Well we all know how much I am loving camo right now so I have wanted to wear them much more than just with that one look. This time I decided to dress this pair of denim up with a classic pump and blouse. It took this look to a different level and I love how it dressed these jeans up! I mean again, fashion is almost like a game. How can you mix and match pieces to create new looks and give off a completely different vibe than before? I'll take on the challenge!
Remember that college class where you had to learn how to speak and dress for an interview? Maybe that was not a normal thing at other schools, but I remember it being driven in to us at Auburn. And I am super thankful it was because I have now survived multiple interviews in the real world. It can definitely be an intimidating thing trying to figure out how to impress your potential employer, then once you get the job it can even be stressful trying to maintain that positive image. In the work place I do my best to remember my old high school dress code rules and what was, and was not, allowed. Most importantly I ask myself, would my grandma like what I am wearing? I mean, that's the ultimate test.
I remember back in high school when my friends and I were all about the graphic tees. It was the cool thing to do right? Well, they are making an exciting comeback in the world of fashion and I love everything about it. The comfort of a tee shirt mixed with the excitement of a band/concert/event (etc.) is something I don't take for granted. I love mixing up my graphic tee looks with denim and a statement jacket, or even pairing them with a skirt and sneakers. You just can't go wrong either way, so with that being said, I welcome back the graphic tee with open arms.