Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday Style: Do Something that Scares You

Today’s Sunday Style post is a little different. I am going to share a story about something that I did that scared me but I am also going to talk about one of my new favorite retailers, Universal Standard.  Stay with me, folks!

So a few weeks ago, I did a collaboration with Universal Standard and I wore two pieces from their collection, the Rhine Color Block Cuff Top and the Meuse Resin Jeans. You may remember me wearing them the  day before my birthday and matching my decorated cubicle. Anyways, I chose these two pieces because I was not familiar with this brand but I did like the denim and I thought the top would be a nice addition to my closet. I love the look and the fit of the both of the items that I wore!

Fast forward to this past week: Universal Standard is traveling across the country and they came to Dallas! I took a day off of work to go downtown and visit them at an art gallery where they were set up for the day. I was able to try on clothes-new and old styles, meet the co-founders, and make new friends.

Here’s what I did that scared me: I put on my black dress and nude heels and had head shots taken for the US model search. Who knows what will come of this. Who cares? I was nervous and scared about going there alone in the first place but I also took the plunge and tried out for the model search. While I am not certain what the outcome will be, I certainly enjoyed the entire experience and the afternoon was truly a delight.

Here’s a picture of me and what I wore in Uptown Dallas in the Design District to the model search:

Isn’t that door fun? True story- I used my tripod and timer to take this pic and after the pic fell down on the ground off of the sidewalk-OMG.

Here’s a pic of me with the sign-true story, you cannot smile for these head shots. They want to see people without smiles. I smiled for this shot since this was with my camera and I was happy to have the others done.

While I was there, I was able to try on some of the styles-here are a few pics of the outfits that I liked:

There were people there to help you try on items and help you style them. All around the art gallery were pieces to try on. Here are a few pics of the gallery to give you an idea of the setup:


I know people always say to do something that scares you-takes you out of your comfort zone. You might think this wasn’t a big deal since I take pics daily, but let me tell you, this is a big deal! I love this brand and I would love the opportunity to model for them. I will keep you all posted on the outcome but if you see me on a billboard in Times Square first, you will already know.


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WhatUp Wednesday #15

So another week has passed…This past week seems like it has flown by! I was busy reorganizing stuff in my apartment this past weekend and work kept me busy as well! I did a Dia&Co unboxing on the weekend and took time to do pics. I actually wore this outfit last week and didn’t get a chance to post it so I thought I would share it tonight. This Target top is still one of my favorite patterns from a collaboration and these Universal Standard denim pants fit like a glove! And the mules? These are awesome made in Italy mules from Ferresi that are not only fashionable but are also comfortable!

Last Friday, our team went out to lunch to celebrate one of our birthdays. We went to her favorite Thai restaurant Samui Thai and it was pretty good! I ordered the Pepper Steak and I enjoyed every bite of it! I really am trying to branch out and try new places!

On Saturday I tried a new spa for a wrap and a facial. It was amazing! I enjoyed every minute at Glambo Lily Day Spa! When I walked in the spa, I was asked if I wanted spa water or a mimosa. A wonderful detox wrap was done and I have never had one of those so I thought it was simply amazing!! While I was in the wrap, I had the facial and it was fantastic as well! I was supposed to get a massage also but the therapist was sent home sick. I was able to make an appointment for a Friday night massage which I am looking forward to!

I then visited a thrift store here in my city, CCA Resale. I was looking for some particular items for a Halloween costume but I didn’t find anything while I was there. I did find a fun navy dress from Asos Curve and a brand new (still wrapped in paper) pair of burgundy shoes from Aerosoles. I also found a fun red straw handbag that will be fun to use with outfits. All of this for $16 isn't bad!

Here is a recap of my #ootd pics this week:

The red dress was featured earlier this week. Don't forget to use my code RUN20 for Chic Soul so you can get an extra 20% off your order! It is good through November 30th too so there is plenty of time to use it!

Last but not least, I am proud to work for a company that gives back so much! A team of people have been working hard all year to put on this annual golf tournament that benefits Girls Inc. , an organization that helps young girls. We had an awesome night at the dinner on Monday night and had a wonderful gorgeous day to golf all day yesterday!

Hope your week has been flying by as quickly as mine!

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Style: Chic Soul Boutique

Sometimes a Sunday Style is an outfit and sometimes it is a whole boutique! I wanted to share with you all a wonderful online boutique that I became acquainted with a few weeks ago. Chic Soul is a new online boutique that caters to women size 10-24. They are passionate about providing trendy clothing to women who might have been ignored by the fashion industry in the past. Their mission is to instill confidence in these women by providing them with clothes that make them feel just as fabulous as they are! Chic Soul fits in well with my mission as well which is showing that women can dress stylish no matter their size!

I have two looks that I chose to show- I wanted to show that Chic Soul offers a variety of clothing so one is a dress and the other is a more casual look. For the first look, I chose the Sassy and Classy Dress in red. I love the color of this dress and the design of it is fun with the ruffle sleeves. This dress does run a little small so I am wearing the largest size. I paired it with a nude bejeweled sandal and a leopard clutch and wore a simple jewel bracelet and earrings. This look is great for date night or even wearing to work with a classic pump.

The second look is this Crush On You Tunic in Brick with the Falling Florals Cardigan. This pink color is so hot for fall and winter. I love that this is short sleeve and I can take off the cardigan if it gets too warm! The cardigan is so soft and warm-I didn’t want to take it off! For reference, I am wearing the smallest size in both of these. I paired these with a simple skinny jean and booties and wore it all day at work and at night to watch a football game! Perfect outfit for these cooler mornings and evenings!

Chic Soul and I want you all to join in on all the fun and pick out some new things too! Use my code RUN20 and save 20% when you check out! This code is good through Nov 30th so feel free to order as many times as you would like until then!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I was busy going to the spa, cleaning and getting pictures ready for the blog!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WhatUp Wednesday #14

Well this week has been relatively uneventful and I am okay with that. Today is a pretty busy day for me- work all day, then my son’s football game and then a Lularoe Party!! If you are reading this early, tune into Facebook tonight at 9/8 CST to see me and my friend Tracy have a party! You will be able to see both of us live and also shop albums if you wish! Here is the link to Tracy’s Facebook page so you can join in on the fun! I’ve known Tracy for a few years and  am so glad she is selling Lularoe! She is so good at putting together fun and gorgeous outfits and she will answer all your questions and address any concerns you might have about wearing a particular style! Here is my outfit for today:
We had a holiday from work on Monday so that was super nice- a three day weekend! I listed tons of stuff in my Poshmark closet- here is a link for you to shop if you want to get in on the action. I sold a lot of stuff that either I haven’t worn lately or doesn’t fit me right. There is still a lot of clothing to purchase! If you haven’t used Poshmark before, it is an app where you can buy and sell clothing, shoes and accessories. I have used it for a few years and I love it! It’s easy to use and I just make sure to list as many things as I can about the item and include lots of pics. Use the code HVUAB if you sign up and receive a $5 credit. My closet name is "sandaef14".

Last night, I went to my first Dia In Dallas event and it was such a blast! I loved seeing others in the group that I haven’t actually met but am friends with on Facebook and Instagram. It was awesome to meet some of the stylists and we got to preview some of the upcoming Fall Fashion coming to Dia&Co. Let me back that thing up- some of you might be wondering what even is Dia In Dallas? Well, Dia&Co is an online subscription box company. A stylist styles five pieces for you and includes them in a box with a special note and sends them to you. No need for shopping-if you don’t like that- they do it all for you! The cool thing is that there is a community of women in the Dallas area that love Dia&Co so a group called Dia In Dallas was born! Last night’s get together was drinks and appetizers followed by a delicious dinner of ratatouille and the most amazing desserts including cupcakes from trailercakes- OMG they were amazing!

Also amazing?! The incredible women that are a part of this group! Everyone loves fashion and loves talking and eating so immediately we all have a lot in common. It is great to meet other women that are like me and that have a common interest!

Here is what I wore last night to the event:
Other than that, it’s been a great week! We have been able to enjoy fall temps for a couple of days but it will be back up to 90 degrees this weekend!

Here are my #ootd for the past week:
One last thing, I usually share what I have been watching on Netflix lately. I watched the first season of TheGood Place starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. I wasn’t sure if I would like the premise of a show in Heaven, but it turned out to be cute and fluffy and just what we need to take our mind off of all of the nonsense in the world today. Season 2 is now airing on NBC. The other thing I liked was the Jerry Seinfeld special- Jerry Before Seinfeld. I love how he gave tribute to his roots-where it all began! Seinfeld made him a huge star but he still had a humble beginning. This special is both fun and interesting!

Have a great rest of your week!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Try-Day Friday

TGIF! I thought I would do something out of the ordinary for me and post on Friday! The other thing is that this is a really fun post as I am trying something new!

 I was inspired by Dia&Co-this awesome clothing company that I love-can you say stylists do all the work?! Yes, please! Every Friday people from their office do a Try-Day Friday and try new styles or wear things they may have never worn before or maybe it's even something outside of their comfort zone. So I thought I would play along today too!

How many times do you look in your closet and think (or say if you're like me!) "I have nothing to wear!" I have tons of clothes so that cannot really be the case. It might be that you are lacking creativity to try something new like mixing and matching what you already have.

As I created this outfit, I thought about wearing something I haven't worn before. I love this lace skirt that I have in my closet but I have only worn it once before and that was with a dressier blouse and heels. I like that it has the sporty stripe on it but it's lace-can I wear tennis shoes with it?

I decided to pair this fun Little Black Tee that I have had for a few years and boy, do I love this look! I love the sporty look of the Converse with the skirt and graphic tee. I think if it's a little cooler, a denim jacket over this look would even be awesome!

You know another thing? I never used to wear pencil skirts either. I have a lot of junk in my trunk and thought it didn't look great. I shied away from wearing them but then I found my confidence and decided to just go ahead and rock it! Confidence and a smile are really the only accessories that you need!

Here are some pics of this fun Try-Day Friday outfit!

Graphic Tee- Old Navy (old)
Skirt- Eloquii (online this Summer)
Kicks- Converse

Don't be shy! Wear what you love and I dare you to try something new next Friday too!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday Style: Fall Florals

I love nothing more than the crisp fall air in the morning when the dew is on the grass and there is a fog in the air. In the afternoon, it gets warm and there is no sweater necessary. Oh wait, I live in TX now! If I can't have the fall air, I can still have all of the fall colors.

This Margaret dress from karinadresses does it all for me! I am in love with the colors-the deep rich burgundy background and the florals on this are making it one of my favorite dresses. I love the shape of this style too-the V-neck and the tie in the front- everything is so good about this dress! Now where is the fall weather? 

I chose to wear this dress with some vintage looking shoes that I have had for a while and pair some floral tights with them. I like the look of the floral and the floral. What do you all think? I think when it gets a little cooler I could also pair this with some booties and a leather jacket. So versatile!

Here are some pics of this beautiful dress:

Dress- karinadresses- online (recent)
Shoes- Naturalizer (old)
Tights- Target (recent clearance)

This is the perfect time to be showing you all this dress too! This weekend you can save even more by using the code FREE SHIPPING for free shipping through Monday night! Shop by clicking the link to the right on the blog.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

WhatUp Wednesday #13

I would first like to say thank you to all of you who read my “This Is Me” post last week. To those that provided feedback, thank you all so much for the kind words of understanding. It helps to know others feel the same way about some or all of the things I wrote about. We are only here on this earth for a little while. We should stand, sit or kneel united on what we can.

Since last week, our nation has had another tragedy with the latest shooting in Las Vegas. This was quite the shocker and surprise as this person didn’t have a history of mental illness and there didn’t seem to be any motive. What a waste of life-kill 50+ people and then as a coward, kill yourself. It just doesn’t make sense to me anymore. It is scary sometimes to even want to go to public places or do things but that is what these terrorists want so we must keep going. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these victims.

Today I got to do something I have always wanted to do- go to the State Fair of Texas! Ever since I saw Oprah go back when she had her own show, I have always wanted to go. Today all of my dreams came true! Well, you know- we had fun anyways! We went with our work and we had these tee shirts made for all of us as well- we are part of the BRO or the Business Risk Office- if you are wondering what that is all about! It was fun to see Big Tex and partake in all of the beer and fair food. I had a Fletcher’s corny dog for the first time and I even tried Fried Butter! We were divided into teams and the goal was to get to all of the landmarks and take team pics. We didn’t have tons of time to explore everything so it would probably be fun to go again.

I wore this fantastic lip color today from Lipsense called Napa. I am loving Lipsense products because they stay on all day and I just put my gloss over top of it for moisture and an all day perfect look. This color I received from Ashley Starry who wants you all to also love Lipsense products! Mention me and get 10% off of your order! (Click on her name for her Instagram link!)

(This is me this morning in my car before I was a hot sweaty mess after going to the fair)!

I have been busy with football and band the past couple of weeks with my son. His middle school band played with the High School band during the halftime of the football game. That was so fun and awesome to watch! His football team is doing great too-they are 2-1! They sure do take their band and football seriously here in Texas! It is quite a production!

I was also out sick with the flu a couple of weeks ago and didn’t write about what I have watched on Netflix so I will now. I was able to watch The OA which was definitely very interesting and held my attention when all I could do was lay in bed. I would recommend that show. I am currently watching Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father which is both funny and interesting and a great way to see other countries.

And we be jammin’- I made my favorite strawberry jam courtesy of The Pioneer Woman and it is amazing! Her instructions are very basic and easy to follow and are divided into Part One and Part Two. I have already handed out a few jars so this is what I have left.

Here is a recap of the outfits I showed over on Instagram this past week or so:

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