#SomethingNew April: Magnolia Market in Waco

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I’ve been attempting to write this post for weeks nows, but friends, April has been chaotic. I will hopefully get to explain more about my crazy schedule and what the LORD has been teaching me this month in another post, but for now let’s just focus on my #SomethingNew!

This month (a couple weeks ago), I went to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ store in Waco, TX with a group of girlfriends for a day trip that turned into a little weekend getaway. Since Waco is only about an hour and a half outside of Dallas, it makes for an easy day trip. We left Dallas early Saturday morning in hopes that we wouldn’t be waiting in line forever, and we certainly lucked out because there was NO WAIT when we got there. It was definitely good timing considering most of the reviews I read said people were waiting close to an hour. We were off to a great start!

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Once we got inside Magnolia Market, I was in interior design heaven. The place was filled with so many beautiful home goods that I nearly wanted everything in the store. It took a lot to stop myself from going overboard and sticking to my pre-determined budget.

There were so many gorgeous items in the store. They had the best fake flowers and plants I had ever seen. They felt and looked so real that it took you a second to realize they weren’t. Then they had a slew of décor, kitchen items, serving items, pillows and throws. I would call the décor a mix between Pottery Barn and Anthropologie with surprisingly reasonable prices (because you know how those places can get). I could have stayed in there for hours looking at everything and getting ideas for future rooms.

In the end, I purchased the Magnolia wreath which I had been eyeing for some time, a handful of fake tulips and a mini chalkboard. There were so many other things I wanted, but I felt like these items were the most versatile if I end up moving again in the next year or two. I will definitely want to make another trip when I get a house!

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Outside of the store, there is a grassy area for kids (and dads) to play while the ladies shop. There are food trucks and picnic tables too, so you could really make a whole day of it! Currently, Chip and Joanna are working on opening an on-site bakery and plant shop (I think this is now open, but it wasn’t when we were there). There are lots of things to do and see at the market.

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After we left Magnolia, we ate lunch at Olive Branch (a local sandwich place) and walked around Spice Village. The best way I can describe Spice Village is a huge space filled with little Etsy shops, kind of like the Dallas Flea if you’ve been to that. It was a really cool place, and I also found a little something there.

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After a day’s worth of shopping, we drove to my friend’s ranch, about an hour away from Waco. To summarize our night there, we got a truck stuck in the mud (and attempted to get it out for an hour), rode four wheelers, drank too much wine, laughed until we cried and ate lots of food and birthday cake. It was super fun and one of those weekends I will never forget!

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Needless to say, it was definitely a great trip to the Silos, and I will definitely be going back!

2016 #SomethingNews:
January: Skiiing
February: Flower Crown Class
March: Houston Rodeo

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February Edit

A lot of my favorite blogs and sites do a monthly post about all of the finds, buys and things that they are loving for that particular month. And because I enjoy reading those posts so much, I thought I would share mine too! I know we’re already a few days into March, but here were my favorites from February:

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  1. Thrive Market — I’m so excited to share this with y’all! Thrive Market is basically an online and discounted version of Whole Foods. All of my favorite “dry-good” products (think granola, spices, KIND bars, olive oil) are on the site at a discounted price. I just got my first shipment in yesterday, and I’ll be sharing more about my experience next week. Stay tuned!
  2. Meal planning — In order to make my weeks and mornings run more smoothly, I have been taking time on Sundays to get my lunches and dinners together (at least getting my veggies chopped up). I bought these containers at The Container Store and like how well they hold up in the dishwasher and the various sizes they come in.
  3. What I’m currently reading — I started Fates and Furies a couple weeks ago and could not get into it at all. Since it’s my book club book, I needed to press on and keep reading, so I did, and I have to say the second half makes the first half so much better. I’m nearly done with it, so we will see how I like the ending. I’m also halfway through The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and have found it really interesting so far. There have been a lot of ideas presented that I hadn’t given much thought to before, so it’s given me a lot of food-for-thought in terms of keeping organized. I’m hoping to finish in the next couple weeks.
  4. Cupcakes & Cashmere Leather Jacket — I have been wanting a leather jacket for a while now, but the price of them always seems to stop me from actually buying one. So when I saw this faux leather jacket go on sale at Nordstrom it was a no-brainer buy! I’ve worn it multiple times in the short two weeks I’ve had it and absolutely LOVE IT!
  5. Moment app — I stumbled across this app a couple weeks ago and downloaded it to my phone right away. Basically, it tracks the amount of time you are spending on your phone, and so far I have found it really convicting. Hopefully it will continue to make me think twice about wasting time on it.
  6. Tangerine La Croix — This is a new flavor of La Croix that is exclusive to Whole Foods (or at least that’s what the sign at Whole Foods said). I really liked it and will be putting it in rotation with my other favorite sparkling waters.
  7. New Balance Shoes — I bought these on sale from Nordstrom after eyeing them for a while (and unfortunately they are sold out now). This is my second pair of New Balances, and I’m pumped to have another color option at my disposal. They are the BEST run around shoe!
  8. Zoodles — These are my new go-to food. I’ve used them in several dishes as a “spaghetti” substitute and also as a vegetable side dish. Since I don’t have a spiralizer (yet…), being able to buy these already spiralized is awesome and so convenient! This company also makes a sweet potato version that I have enjoyed as well.

Color Crush: Blush

I’ve never really considered myself much of a “pink person,” but lately I’ve been having a major color crush on all things blush! It all started when Pantone announced that “rose quartz” and “serenity” were the 2016 colors of the year, and ever since I’ve been looking to add some blush pieces to my wardrobe.

I think it’s a great color to incorporate as we transition from winter to spring because it can soften some of your more wintery looks while not looking too springy. Also, there are so many blush options out right now that you can mix it in in the smallest way or as more of statement piece. And all just in time for Valentine’s Day!

So what do you think? Are you crushing on blush?

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From top left to bottom right:
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Holiday Gift Guide: Ladies

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I have so many “go-to” gifts for all of the women in my life (sisters, friends, mom, etc). I love buying them things that they normally wouldn’t buy themselves, like home décor, accessories (jewelry, bags, pajamas etc) and skincare products/makeup (see Tata Harper — her stuff is AMAZING!).

No matter how much you have to spend, as long as the gift is well thought out, the lady in your life will love it! What are your go-to gift ideas?

  1. Coasters — $25 (set of 4)
  2. Wine glass — $14
  3. Water bottle — $25
  4. Candles — $40 (set of 3)
  5. Rifle Paper Co. print — $40
  6. Salt & pepper shakers — $10
  7. Wooden tray — $55
  8. J. Crew nightshirt — $68
  9. Akola necklace — $88
  10. Kendra Scott earrings — $65
  11. Kate Spade vase — $75
  12. J. Crew slippers — $55
  13. Tata Harper skincare kit —$148
  14. Kate Spade laptop bag — $248
  15. Kendra Scott necklace — $110
  16. David Yurman ring — $295
  17. Bose® speaker — $119
  18. Tory Burch tote — $245

See my 2014 women’s gift guide here!

Holiday Gift Guide: Guys

gift guide men 2015I find the men in my life surprisingly easy to buy for. You can’t go wrong with something fun for their wardrobe — whether it be shoes, belts, hats or a nice sweater. They always could use a little something! I also love the idea of getting them some décor for their office or home, since these are usually items they wouldn’t get for themselves.

What are you buying the men in your life this year for Christmas?

  1. Vineyard Vines pajamas — $65
  2. Jon Hart boot bag — $199
  3. City print — $25 (lots of cities available!)
  4. West Elm 30-piece barware starter kit — $129
  5. Beardbrand beard kit — $100
  6. Patagonia hat — $29
  7. TOMS boots — $98
  8. Smathers & Branson needlepoint belt — $165

See my 2014 men’s gift guide here!

My Style: Flannel Three Ways

Against all odds, I have gotten really into flannel this season. I’ve never thought of myself as a “flannel girl” until this year when I started looking at the material differently. I noticed several of my favorite bloggers pairing their flannel pieces with unexpected things, so I started thinking outside of the box and doing the same.

It’s comfortable. It’s warm. And it’s versatile. What more could I ask for? Now I am very on board with this winter go-to!

To prove just how versatile it can be, I pulled together three different flannel looks just in time for all those Thanksgiving get-togethers. Which one is your favorite?

Cool & CasualIMG_5138.JPGThis outfit is a little more edgy than I typically go for, but I love the “cool girl” feeling that I have when I wear these boots with ripped jeans. It’s the perfect outfit for a casual Thanksgiving with your artsy cousins.

Shirt: Old Navy
Jeans: Banana Republic
Boots: Fry (old)

Mix & MatchIMG_5139.JPGI love the look of mixing different plaids! I try to find patterns with similar colors and make sure the patterns aren’t too busy together (I typically look for one “big” pattern and one “small” pattern). I’m also obsessed with this suede skirt! It’s perfect for any holiday occasion.

Shirt: Old Navy
Scarf: Old Navy
Skirt: Express
Booties: Nordstrom Rack (Cole Hann)

Dress & VestIMG_5140.JPGA shirt dress and vest is one of my favorite winter combinations. I’m so glad to have found this plaid dress (I have the same one in chambray material). It’s perfect for a day of hanging out with your family.

Dress: J. Crew Mercantile
Vest: Banana Republic (old)
Booties: Nordstrom Rack (Cole Hann)

How do you wear your flannel?

Special shoutout to my mom and dad for taking such great pictures! Y’all are the best! 

Holiday Prep

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It’s November (can you believe it?), which means the holiday season if officially upon us! This can certainly be the most wonderful time of the year with all of the lights, parties and fun, Christmas activities, but also the most stressful with all of the traveling, familial obligations and finding the perfect gifts.

In order to stay sane during this time of year, I (like any project manager would do!) create timelines for myself to prepare for the coming weeks. I have found that if I prepare far enough in advance the holidays gets less stressful and more enjoyable.

With all the various Christmas activities in mind — sending Christmas cards, going to parties, giving gifts, decorating, etc. — here’s a peek into how I prep and plan for the holiday season:

Early November:

  • Buy Christmas cards.
  • Set dates and plan for any upcoming parties that you will be hosting (Friendsgiving, Christmas party, New Year’s Eve party, etc.).
  • Start looking for holiday attire — a go-to black dress, something with sequins, cute heels/booties and anything leather.
  • Book any hair and/or nail appointments that will be needed (these fill up fast around the holidays!) .
  • Start researching and thinking about gifts for your loved ones. With Partners Card happening now and the Dallas Flea going on this weekend, you don’t want to miss out on any opportunities to find that perfect gift!
  • Research Christmas/winter activities that you want to do. I’m all about making a to do list! Do you want to see the Nutcracker or go ice skating? Do your homework, so that you don’t miss out on anything.
  • Finalize travel plans, and relay those plans to your families and loved ones so that everyone is in the loop.

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Mid-November:

  • I typically keep my pumpkins out until Thanksgiving is over, but this is the perfect time to buy any additional or outstanding Christmas decorations that you know you will want. This way as soon as Thanksgiving is over, you are ready to decorate!
  • Write personalized notes in Christmas cards and find a verse (or two) to share in each one.
  • Be on the lookout for hostess gifts to keep on hand for any parties that you will have coming up.

Late November:

  • It’s time to put out the Christmas decorations! For me, this includes putting up a tree, changing out my placements/dining room table decor, hanging a wreath and having ornaments scattered throughout my house. I don’t go overboard, but I definitely like to keep things festive!
  • Send Christmas cards — I like to have these sent right after Thanksgiving to ensure people get them in a timely manner.
  • Start buying Christmas presents if you haven’t done so already. Look for those great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!
  • Figure out what you’re wearing for Christmas and any upcoming holiday parties. It’s important to take care of this now, so that you are not running around trying to figure out your outfit last minute. If I’m running low on time (and frankly, money), I love how a different piece of jewelry can easily spice up an outfit that I’ve worn previously!

IMG_2885Early December:

  • Finish up Christmas shopping and start wrapping gifts. Since I have family that lives out of state, I typically send my Christmas gifts as early as I can in December in order to ensure they are delivered in time for Christmas.
  • Make sure to have hostess gifts ready to go. The holiday party season is officially upon you! I keep wine tags on hand for an easy hostess gift if I’m really in a pickle. But since you planned early, think outside the box!
  • Figure out what you’re wearing for New Year’s. Now is the time to find your favorite sequined item! Don’t delay!!
  • Do something on your Christmas/winter to do list! Aren’t you glad you researched activities early?

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Mid-December:

  • It’s here! Hopefully, your shopping is done, your cards are sent and you are ready to celebrate our Savior’s birth and the New Year stress-free. YOU MADE IT!

Did I miss anything? What other activities are on your prep list? How do you keep yourself from being stress-free during the holidays?

My Style: Game Day

Happy Homecoming Week to my fellow Horned Frog fans! As you can probably tell via social media, TCU football is one of my favorite things about the fall. I love the excitement of the game, the tailgating with my friends and the rivalries among teams. But every Friday night/Saturday morning, I panic about what to wear. You see, for most women in the south, game day is not about throwing on your favorite TCU shirt and a pair of jeans. Instead game day is a bit of a fashion show that happens to only feature outfits in purple, black and white. So every week I search my closet for something to wear that is tailgate-appropriate, stylish and breezy (it’s still in the 90s here in Texas).

With all that said, this week I thought I would share some game day outfit inspiration (I know I always need it)! Even if you didn’t go to TCU, I hope you will see that each outfit can be easily translated into your particular school’s colors. So let’s get this fashion show started:

Outfit #1: The Romper

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Rompers are fun because they are the epitome of breezy, especially this one. And a black and white romper is ideal because you can easily find a bandeau and/or jewelry in your school’s colors to be “game day-appropriate.” The one romper downfall: using the restroom, especially while tailgating (but you’ll figure it out).

The Deets: romper, tassel necklace

Outfit #2: The Scarf

frog_fingersscarf_picOwning a scarf in your school’s colors is crucial for football season. It gives you options and the ability to easily pull together multiple outfits throughout the season. A scarf can be paired with so many things, and if you get one in your school’s colors, you only need to figure out the neutrals to pair it with.

The Deets: dress, scarf (no longer available, but it is from here), earrings

Outfit #3: The Jeans

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I got these jeans for Christmas (thanks Santa!) a couple years ago and have been obsessed with them ever since. These purple jeans are one of my staples throughout the season because then I only have to find a black/white top to pair them with. This is definitely my go-to look for football games! And don’t be surprised if you see this top all over my Instagram feed. I LOVE IT!

The Deets: jeans (sadly not available anymore), top, earrings

Last, but not least: The “Kari Face” (LOL)

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My friends make fun of me for having a “face” when I’m mad. Oops! Hopefully no “Kari Faces” at the game this weekend! Go Frogs!!

Photography: Michael Dhalliwal
Hair: Cydnee Grace Anderson

Michael & Cydnee: THANK YOU! Y’all made this day so fun, and it wouldn’t have run as smoothly as it did without either of you! Y’all are the best!