May 25, 2017

Bucket List: Prada Marfa



I realize it is relatively predictable, given the heightened popularity of this tiny yet happening town in West Texas, but going to Marfa has been on my bucket list for almost ten years (more on that in an upcoming blog post!). Also on my list was a memorable photo session at sunrise. We decided the Prada Marfa art installation was a great place to check them both off the list.  I mean it's not everyday you get to have a double bucket list moment! 
Driving on an empty US-90 at the first moments of sunlight was quite breathtaking. With few signs of civilization and no other cars on the road, the feeling that we were truly in the middle of nowhere sunk in.  
Watching the sun come up and turn the far off mountains beautiful colors of pink and purple was majestic. Taking on the iconic roadside image that is Prada Marfa was better at dawn because we had the road to ourselves. Yes, I was literally standing in the middle of Highway 90 posing for these pictures!  I had been imagining driving by this installation for a while now, and I have to say it totally lived up to the hype. It was so bizarre to see this structure surrounded by an empty desert landscape. The closest town to the installation, Valentine Texas, is a mile and a half away and boasts a population of about 185 people. So literally, there is nothing that surrounds this art installment other than ranch land and the two lane road of US-90. 
If anyone has the inkling for an adventure in West Texas, I highly recommend making the journey to a place called Valentine!







Top: Anthropologie- Similar Here and Here
Jeans: Rag & Bone- The Skinny Jean
Shoes: Everlane- The Modern Loafer

February 26, 2017

The Oscars Red Carpet Best

The Oscars this evening felt very empowering.  There were some wonderfully sincere speeches, some fierce moments of unity, and a kind of unbelievable (and uncomfortable) ending.  I got home just in time to watch the awards, so I actually had to catch up on the red carpet moments during and after the show.  I thought the majority of the ladies looked seriously lovely.  I really did not see many misses on the red carpet.  Even thought there was a lot I liked, there was a shorter list that I LOVED!  This year I had a clear top five, and here they are!


Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta



Jessica Biel in Kaufman Franco



Ruth Negga in Valentino



Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti



Emma Stone in Givenchy



All photos by Getty Images

January 26, 2017

The Best Pants

If you read this blog regularly or follow me on Instagram, you know I am a big fan of Show Me Your Mumu.  Over the years I have collected quite a few pieces from them.  My most recent purchase were The Best Pants, that is what they are called and they actually are the best!  High waisted, wide legged, light weight, and come in a variety of prints!   I wore them when we were back on Maui for the holidays.  They were the perfect island attire for an evening out in Paia.  I can't wait to wear them on repeat this Spring and Summer!  But now that we are back in the cold weather, I will just patiently wait to rock them again and dream about warmer weather!  








January 8, 2017

Golden Globes Red Carpet Favorites

Awards season is here!!!  I love starting off the new year with awards shows and red carpet viewing parties.  Not only do I thoroughly enjoy putting my red carpet top pick posts together, but I also get really excited to hear about all of the nominated movies and then go see them!  After tonight, I have a long list of movies and shows that I need to go see. Also very glad I just finished binge watching the Crown, so I could thoroughly enjoy when both the show and Claire Foy won!  And I couldn't help but stand up in my living room and clap after Meryl Streep's speech...wow!
There didn't seem to be a clear dress trend on the red carpet this year.  I didn't see one color that stood out more than others, although I did notice and appreciate a handful of lovely ladies in yellow!  The night did see a lot of plunging necklines on display.  The red carpet always has its fair share of sparkle but there seemed to be even more this year.  There was also a number of stunning Hollywood power couples that rocked the red carpet together, so of course I included my favorite duos in addition to my top ten best dressed below!


Emma Stone in Valentino


Natalie Portman in Prada


Tracee Eilis Ross in Zuhair Murad


Hailee Steinfeld in Vera Wang


Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton


Kristen Bell in Jenny Packham


Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad


Millie Bobby Brown in Jenny Packham


Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan


Gina Rodriguez in Naeem Khan


Chrissy Teigen in Marchesa and John Legend in Gucci


Justin Timberlake in Tom Ford and Jessica Biel in Ellie Saab


Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively in Versace


All Images: Getty Images

December 30, 2016

All in One Piece

I am headed to the snow for New Years, but having just come back from the beach I have tropical vacations on my mind.  As I know many people travel to warmer weather in the upcoming winter months, I figured I would share a secret, one pieces are the best!  Ever since the one piece has made a comeback, there are so many cute options out there!  This summer I added two one pieces to my otherwise bikini only selection of bathing suits.  I went for classic solid in this Ella Moss V-Neck and a fun low back print in this Show Me Your Mumu Topanga Tank.  I put both to good use on my recent trip home to Maui!



For those of you headed to warmer weather soon, here are some of my favorites (most under $100) available now!  Happy Beaching!!!


December 28, 2016

Style Staples + Madewell Sale!

Regardless of style, everyone has their go to items.  Their favorite sweater, t-shirt, or jeans, that they throw on over and over again.  It's the easy comfortable items we always feel good in that we wear over and over again.  Right now I have an oversized jacket from Topshop, slip on sneakers from Zara, and my Favorite Purse from Cuyana, on serious repeat. These are all accessories that I use almost everyday, or at least a few times a week.  They fit all my criteria for go to pieces, they go with so many outfits, they are practical, and they are super comfortable!  




For this easy work outfit I paired my go to accessories with another great closet staple, a simple black dress.  The dress I got on sale at Madewell, This One is almost sold out, but they have This very similar one on sale still available in most sizes! Even better news, now through January 12th, Madewell is offering an additional 30% off of all sale items with code BIGSALE.  A round up of some of my top sale picks are below!


December 13, 2016

Pleated Party Skirt

Holiday party season is in full swing and the perfect day to evening outfit is a must.  My solution this season, the pleated skirt!  This trend is perfect to go from work to after work seamlessly.  Mine is metallic from Zara, but of course I included an array of choices below.  These skirts come in similar silhouettes, all slightly full and all mostly midi, but in an array of fun colors!  Dress it up with an even sparklier top and fun heels, or dress it down with boots and a sweater.  Or land somewhere in the middle, like I did, with simple heels and a leather jacket.  So many options perfect for many an occasion!