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Giveaway! Chloe Marcie Bag + RayBan Aviators.

Today I’m so excited to be teaming up with some fabulous ladies for an awesome giveaway!

We will be giving away the Chloé Marcie cross-body bag AND a pair of Polarized Ray Bans in the color of your choice. Both prizes to one lucky winner!

Let me tell you – these two items are high priority on my want list. The Chloé bag is one of those luxury staples that you’ll have forever…also a maybe, someday item for me.

But these Ray Bans?, How fun! I’ve been scoping these out for a couple of months now but just haven’t made the purchase. Yet. I love that they come in a variety of summer shades that all look great! – blue/green, a cool lavender (slightly different style), and my favorite: the orange/red combo

Rayban Giveaway

photo evidence #1: doing a little try-on in Neiman Marcus.

 

Rayban + Giveaway

groovy huh?

These accessories are the most wanted accessories of the summer and here’s your chance to win them! Go you!!

To enter, head to the rafflecopter widget below! Each blogger follow is one entry, and if you complete every entry, you will receive a bonus 10 entries for the giveaway!

All entries will be verified, so make sure you follow directions exactly, or you’ll be disqualified. This giveaway is also open internationally!

Good luck!

 

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Printed Jungle. Updated Office Wear. + Giveaway Teaser.

Printed Jungle - office wearComing to you from the urban jungle of downtown Dallas is one of my favorite office outfits to wear. It’s my favorite for a few reasons.

  1. It’s a random creation. (shirt + dress)
  2. Perfect for summer office attire.
  3. Looks expensive.
  4. It’s a unique combination. (re: random)

Printed Jungle_office wear

printed jungle - black & white office wear

I created this outfit on a whim one day and it happened to work out quite well. I got so many compliments, I figured I must be on to something. I wanted to wear the dress since it’s so easy yet chic but I had only worn it with a black blazer which is too hot for this heat or a basic black J.Crew cardigan which is fine, but not the look I was going for. The cardigan didn’t quite match the edginess I was envisioning.

Then I thought back to how I change-up dresses to wear them in a new way. In the winter, I often put a sweater over a dress to give the appearance of a sweater and skirt combo. The sheer black tunic shirt from H&M had been in heavy rotation lately so I tried it over the dress. Immediately I grabbed the belt and voila! a new funky outfit was born.

Printed Jungle_office wear

To keep with the edgy theme, I accessorized with my favorite gladiator heels, my Bauble Bar dog tag necklace (also seen here), and my Phillip Lim x Target Pashli satchel that is my favorite mini bag. (Thanks mom for helping me score during the Phillip Lim x Target madness!)

This outfit is perfect office wear for the hot summer days. While we can wear sleeveless to the office (spaghetti straps not allowed), I prefer to have some arm coverage to keep it profesh (professional, yeah you got it).

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office wear tips:

Other style tips to jazz up your summer office attire include putting a silk shirt over a dress with a belt or try putting a sleeveless dress over a white button down shirt. Roll the sleeves to keep it light and cool.

Get creative to get some additional use out of your favorite sleeveless dresses!

Also…

A giveaway is coming!

Come back on Monday to get ALL of the juicy details. You’re gonna want to enter this one!

See you soon!
-c.

 

Linked up with: Classy Yet Trendy, Two Thirty Five Designs, Style Elixer

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Monday Musings. | June 22.

Monday musings. | 6.22.2015


Fashion Law & DVF - Monday Musings

Susan Scafidi, Diane von Furstenberg, Steven Kolb and Stephen Freedman. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage

Fashion Law is becoming a thing y’all! Fordham University in NYC is offering two academic law programs, which are not only new to Fordham, but to the entire world. The programs will cover topics like fashion financing, copyrights, licensing and sustainability as it relates to the fashion world. I have been looking at Fordham ever since they were pioneers in introducing fashion law courses. Even more focus on this blossoming specialty is exciting to see.

lunch at Green - Monday Musings, link roundup

lunchin’ it at Green Vegetarian Cuisine. follow me on insta @theblockishaute.

My mom is on a quest to improve her health by eating better & getting in a little exercise. We wanted to check out Pearl Brewery, the San Antonio Texas historic complex turned trendy eating, shopping, and farmers’ market and found Green Vegetarian Cuisine to eat at. The menu looks no different from any other restaurant but everything is vegetarian or vegan. We both loved our healthy choices. Can’t wait to go back!

Amber Heard ELLE. Monday Musings - link roundup

#girlcrush alert. amber heard.

So last week my girlfriends and I got to preview a free screening of Magic Mike XXL. (GO SEE IT. You won’t regret it.) The lovely Mrs. Johnny Depp – aka Amber Heard – was cast as the leading lady and she was giving off some serious vibez. Definitely want to see more of her and thanks to ELLE we can. She’s the cover girl and lead story in the July issue which is on newsstands now.

Miguel/Wild Heart - Monday Musings. Link Roundup

New music from Miguel. Wild Heart.

Miguel #fangirl here. Really excited about this one. Miguel’s highly anticipated new album Wild Heart is set to drop on June 30th. NPR has the first listen. While this will be a departure from his early work and less R&B than the mixtape Miguel that I fell in love with over 6 years ago, I’m excited to see what this talented singer-songwriter puts out. The first single ‘Coffee’ jams so if that’s any indication, I’m here for it. Order your copy here.

Charleston - link roundup

pray for Charleston.

I don’t have words to really express my heavy heart at the tragedy that occurred at the Emmanuel church in Charleston, South Carolina. All we can do is continue to pray for the families of the Emmanuel Nine and pray for peace to settle over this country. I will continue to thank God for each and everyday that I am given and live life to its fullest potential as it is truly a gift that should not be taken for granted.

Love first & foremost.

Til next time,
-c.

desk decor inspo.

Feeling Official. Desk Decor Ideas & Inspiration.

Up until a week ago, I did not own a desk. I don’t know if I ever have. In college, I was notorious for studying in bed and so far that’s where all of my blogging has taken place. Of course I’ve had thoughts of going to a cute local coffee shop to get some work done but I never quite make it out of bed. It really is my favorite place in my apartment.

I bought this beautiful desk and was really excited to get it home. Who knew what a task it would be to actually get it delivered and set up. I even had to do a whole room re-arrange to prepare a place for this massive desk. It would be a whole other post to cover the details of how it all came together. It took a lot of work and a lot of help (HUGE thanks to my brother) but it’s finally here.

What next? Time to decorate. Ever since I had the opportunity to purchase her I’ve been too excited to start searching for decor pieces. (insider info: in the gifts & home business all furniture is referred to as “she/her”…things you learn on the job) I’ve pulled together some desk decor as inspiration.

desk inspiration:

(aka Deskpiration…no? kinda sounds like desperation. #fail)

desk decor - 20's

perfect for the post-grad 20-something.

desk decor

a little encouragement in French + fun chalkboard detail.

desk decor - black & gold.

black & gold luxe.

desk decor - gold details.

gold details. polka dots are a must.

[more cute trays herehere & here.]

desk decor

grey + green & pops of pink. love.

desk decor.

fresh flowers & lucite accessories.

desk decor - orange

house of harper’s orange office. my favorite!

As I launch my styling & concierge businessConsulting by C. – this desk will be the epicenter of all of the magic. I feel like an official blogger now. Something about having a desk/work space makes a girl feel legit!

Follow my Pinterest page where I’ll be adding more inspiration for my desk.

Any other tips & cool desk ideas to share?
-c.

soul searching - mint to be

Mint to be.

soul searching

Lately, I’ve been doing a little soul-searching to find out exactly what my purpose is. Trying to figure out what is meant to be for me.

While I don’t have the answer yet, the journey of discovery has been an interesting process. Life is about finding your passion and pursuing that joy that keeps you waking up each morning.

Mint to be - soul searching

I do enjoy my career in the corporate retail world but God has been nudging me to go deeper, to find what it is that makes me the most happy. Part of that included putting 100% into this blog. The inspiration and idea for this blog came to me five years ago when I was still in college…and I hate admitting that because it took until only a few months ago to really put all of my effort into it. But I love the late nights and extra work. Writing and sharing my life & style is really an expression of the person I’m growing to be.

The other part is thinking about going to law school. I’m not necessarily looking to make a career change and become a lawyer but law school has been something on the back of my mind for a while now. I’ve even found notes on considering law school in random notebooks of mine from prior years. To me, those notes are telling me that I should take a shot at it and see what my path may be. Pray for me as I start studying to take the LSAT (law school entrance exam) in the fall.  (Also: ANY tips and insight are most welcome!)

To share this is definitely a big deal for me. I didn’t even tell my closest friends about my first pass at the LSAT until right before I took the test. There is so much beauty in growing as a person and I thank God for each and every day that I get another chance to do so. Through the blogging process and studying for this intense test I’m learning more about myself with each step I take.

As I cultivate this community at The Block is Haute, I hope that this will be a safe place where we can all share our journeys in this walk of life.

Now onto some style!

soul searching if it's mint to be

I’ll share a style secret with you. Colored shorts make dressing so much easier. I love pulling out these J. Crew Chino shorts and pairing with a neutral top + accessories and heading out the door. These shorts and my cutoffs get the most rotation during the summer months. I think I buy a pair every time I hit up J. Crew (which is often). It’s just so easy yet an instant pop of color which you know I live for.

soul searching - mint to be

soul searching - mint to be

It makes people think you spent a lot of time figuring out what to wear when all it required was choosing the bright shorts!

soul searching - mint to be

soul searching - mint to be

Outfit details:

J. Crew Chambray Shirt — also here and similar here
J. Crew Chino Shorts — other colors and lengths
Urban Outfitters Eyelet Top — similar here and here and love this one
Kate Spade Handbag (outlet find) — similar here & another cute one
Gentle Soul Gladiator sandals (that I found at Nordstrom Rack for a penny. no joke!) — similar here, here, and here
Bauble Bar Dog Tag Necklace


What about you? Are you searching for your passion & on your daily journey of growing?
Please share, I’d love to hear your story!

-c.

 

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Atlanta Travel - welcome

The Block is Haute Travels. Atlanta Weekend.

So sorry for the delay in posting! I’ve been juggling work, vacation, and rearranging my apartment getting ready for the delivery of my new desk. So excited for it to arrive – I’ll be sure to post once she’s photo ready!

This past weekend I spent in Atlanta, Georgia. It was my first official vacation of the summer and it was good to get on a plane and take a trip somewhere. The visit to the ATL was to celebrate the wedding of my high school friend Valencia and her husband Trae. My best friend Jasmin was in the wedding party so it was a family affair. Her husband Kevin and daughter/my god-daughter Audrey came and Jasmin’s mother joined us. Since the event was a destination wedding for most, we spent a lot of time with the couple’s whole family and guests who came in town to celebrate (we all grew up in Texas but they are living in Atlanta as Trae attends school at the Morehouse School of Medicine). Everyone had a great dynamic together and a welcoming spirit which was definitely love-driven. The weekend was full of fun. We did a bit of exploring, some shopping, and of course celebrating with the bride and groom on their big day to start their forever. Also a little twerking may or may not have taken place — because bachelorette party…tutorial/class situation…it’s ATLANTA ya’ll…no further comment lol.

Here is a recap of the weekend in pictures!

Atlanta Travel

friends since high school. brunch with our bride.

Atlanta Travel - laugh

laughing & reminiscing about the old days. [like we’re old?]

Atlanta Travel - Garrett Popcorn

the only stop I HAD to make. Garrett Popcorn is a must. #nom

Atlanta Travel - Jeni's Ice Cream

late night ice cream run. hand-rolled waffle cone @ Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Beyond good!

Atlanta Travel - Georgia Aquarium

family photo at the Georgia Aquarium.

Atlanta Travel - Starfish

got to touch a starfish! eek!

Atlanta Travel - Run DMC

second ice cream run in Downtown Decatur. how cute are they in their Run DMC tees?

Atlanta Travel - Wedding

it’s wedding time! #simms_wedding

Atlanta Travel - Wedding

gorgeous shot of the couple from their engagement shoot.

Atlanta Travel - Wedding Party

let’s get the party started!

Atlanta Travel - Wedding Cake

delicious wedding cake – italian creme!

Atlanta Travel

my sweet god-daughter Audrey with her mom Jasmin & peek of the bomb.com BBQ from Fox Bros.

Atlanta Travel - wedding selfie

wedding selfie!

Atlanta Travel - bride

with the beautiful bride.

Atlanta Travel - Wedding Party

special tribute to the bride. so sweet!

Overall it was a great weekend spent with good people in a fun city. It’s good to get out and explore new places. I encourage you to travel this summer – whether it’s a grand vacation to the beach or just a road-trip to a different city. Make it happen and make some memories!

Til next time.
-c.

 

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Summer 2015 Reading List

Good Reads: Summer 2015 Reading List.

The summer season means more time for leisure & lounging, whether it’s early morning on a patio or out in the sun by the pool. One of the best things to do with leisure time is to read. Categorizing myself as a “reader”, I love to pick up a good book and basically binge read until I finish.

In high school I had a mini-library going. My brother and I would love it when our mom took us to Half Price Books. We used to spend hours in the store building piles of books to take home. (actually, we still do) In college it was more about reading textbooks for class but I still caught up on my novels during summer break. And now in the post-college career stage, my reading has been put on the back-burner (because: tv & sleep). For whatever reason I always find myself getting inspired to grab a few books to read during the start of a new year and in the summer.

If you want to know the background on why I love to read, here it goes: when I was growing up, my mother had this thing against toys. Not sure if they offended her or she had a bad experience with them but toys were not on the list of needs for our household. My mother even went so far as to request in our birthday party invites that no toys be given as gifts…BOOKS ONLY. As a five-year old, this is a traumatic situation. But I somehow got through it, by reading more and more. It turned out to be a very good thing so kudos and thanks to my mom.

With summer trips, a cruise, and extra-time off from work these are the books on my reading list:

Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.
by lara casey

Make it Happen by Lara Casey - Summer Reading List

the girl on the train
by paula hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Summer Reading List

#girlboss
by sophia amoruso

I’ve got your number
by Sophie Kinsella

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella - Summer Reading List

Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media.
by Aliza Licht (aka @dknyprgirl)

Leave your Mark by @DKNYPRGirl - Summer Reading List

The Knockoff: A Novel
by Lucy Sykes

The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes - Summer Reading List

Savor: Living abundantly where you are, as you are
by Shauna Niequist

Savor by Shauna Niequist - Summer Reading List

Killing Monica
by Candace Bushnell
Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell - Summer Reading List

I’ve got a mix between books geared towards building a brand, a thriller, and fashion related novels. I can just picture myself on my rooftop patio spending some quality time in a book. I’m getting more and more excited to dive in as I type!

What do you think about this list? Tell me your suggestions & what books you’ll be reading this summer!
-c.

Amour Vert_2901

Amour. The Reason to Exist.

The French phrase “raison d’être” meaning “reason for being” is the inspiration for this post’s title. When you discover that love is the reason to exist, everything else will fall into place.

I spent the weekend celebrating love with a college friend, celebrating her last days as a single gal preparing for her upcoming wedding. I was also able to spread love to my mom by spending some time with her and delivering an early birthday present that she absolutely loved.

printed shift dress

Speaking of love, I’m enchanted by the simpleness of this printed shift dress from Amour Vert. Not only do I love the dress, I love what Amour Vert stands for. The brand name translates to “green love” in French. They are a company that is committed to being the gold standard for ethical products and sustainable practices in the fashion industry. Companies who think critically about the cost of manufacturing and its effect on the people and environment score points in my book. The quality of the silk is great and the colors are gorgeous. I decided to pair this dress with heels to elevate the outfit. These Dolce Vita coral sandals are my favorite shoes as of late. The color adds another dimension to the outfit which is perfect for me since I’m always down for a pop of color.

printed shift dress

printed silk dress

Nothing like an easy printed shift dress to make weekend dressing super easy. Pieces like this are great for your wardrobe because you can just throw it on and go. (Make sure it’s not wrinkled though!) Pair with colorful heels or a lace up sandal for added interest. This dress will even transition into fall with tights and a cute bootie.

printed shift dress

printed shift dress

printed shift dress

dress: Amour Vert (similar here & here) | shoes: Dolce Vita (also in tan & black) | bag: The Limited (old), (similar here & here)

So tell me what is your raison d’être/reason for being?

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Taco Diner Burger

Dallas Blogger Collective Happy Hour.

Happy Friday! Last night I went to a fabulous event hosted by the Dallas Blogger Collective at Taco Diner. (PS. – the world-famous Mambo Taxi is a must-have) As a new(ish) blogger, this was my first event with the Dallas Blogger Collective and I was not disappointed. It is a great community of girls with all levels of experience in the blogging world. Everyone was open to share by passing out cards, following each other on Instagram, and offering helpful tips to the newbies. Bloggers from all types of categories were there, including fashion, lifestyle, food, and photography. Since a migraine got me down earlier in the week, I wasn’t able to do a style post but these ladies more than deliver. Here is a round-up of a few of the girls I met & who I hope will become great blogger friends! Make sure you check each of them out!

Ashley Larea

Ashley Larea | Dallas Blogger

I got the pleasure of sitting next to Ashley at the event. It was great to hear about her strategy on Instagram as well as learn about her growing jewelry business. Her jewelry is so cute and very on trend so check it out! I can’t wait to grab this necklace.

Natalie Keinan

Dallas Fashion Blogger

Natalie was a wealth of information and super sweet too! She delivers information on style deals and covers the best happy hours! Two things I certainly cannot live without. Follow Natalie for updates on Dallas drinks & fashion deals!

Jaclyn Mittman

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Jaclyn blogs over at Pretty Petals and her personality was just infectious! She is gorgeous and fun to be around. I gushed over her amazing lashes! She does the two mascara trick that I swear by. Jaclyn covers it all – fashion, beauty, decor, and food…all of which I hope to include on my blog someday. Glad I got to sit next to her & can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve! Stay tuned!

Mollie and Maggie

Kristin is the blogger for Mollie and Maggie and it was by divine chance that we ended up as new bloggers at the same event. We know each other from our time in the retail world so it was great to see a familiar face! Kristin loves all things black & white which I’m definitely a fan of (Kate Spade anyone?) and has just started her blog! Go show her lots of love!

The Miller affect

Gap, Mockingbird Station

So glad I got to meet Amanda of The Miller Affect! We got to chatting and found out that we are practically neighbors. Amanda has great style and shares the best blogging tips. It’s great that she is sharing her tips and tools as she grows her blog. Hopefully we get to link up soon. Click to follow her ASAP!

Megan Weaver

Megan is a photographer + blogger who excels at both. I just love her blog design! She shoots some of the best bloggers in Dallas and her work shows why! I’d seen her work on blogs and Instagram so it was exciting to meet her in person. If you need a photographer, Meagan is your girl. She is also a great resource for photography + creative business tips, all featured on her blog.

These are just a few of the great girls at the event! There are so many more talented ladies to follow over at Dallas Blogger Collective.

You’ll notice the burger as the featured image…I felt it was my duty to have a burger on #NationalBurgerDay. My uncle over at Burger Junkies would be disappointed if I didn’t!

Connect with some new blogs & have a great weekend!
Stay haute,
-c.

Dior and I Atelier

Falling for ‘Dior and I’.

Let me first start by saying that this fashion documentary truly enchanted me. I left the movie theater feeling so full & inspired. It re-energized my love of fashion, it was like fuel to my fashion soul.

“When you have a big stage, you step up. It  asks you to do more.” – Cathy horyn
(on raf Simons as the new creative director for christian Dior)

The fashion movie Dior and I, directed by Frédéric Tcheng, chronicles the appointment of Raf Simons to the creative designer post for the historic French fashion house Christian Dior, through the debut of his first haute couture collection, just 8 weeks later. The documentary starts with the introduction of Raf to the Dior atelier team, the seamstresses that work endless hours creating the beautiful couture creations that walk the runways each season.

Dior and I - movie still

As Raf is introduced to the atelier staff, we meet the women and men who carefully construct these one of a kind garments, including the most tenured seamstress who has been working for Christian Dior for 42 years. The first thing they ask Raf is if he will be working until the last-minute, offering to him their help and expertise as it was his first ever haute couture collection. Raf feels the pressure and expresses his heightened stress level of the shortened timeline to his right hand man & studio director Pieter Mulier.

The challenge for Raf Simons was to create a collection for a house with so many archival fashion codes. He wanted to be radical in his approach to modernize the house. The film was great in its juxtaposition of the design process of Monsieur Christian Dior and now Raf, who was embarking on a similar journey of taking something from the past and re-creating it in a new, romantic light. Much like the way Christian Dior did when he created the “New Look” of the 1940’s and 1950’s, giving women a new way of dressing post-war reminiscent of his mother’s rounded silhouettes.

Dior and I Orchid

Although Raf is a visual person, he does not sketch himself. He takes pictures of ideas, photographs inspiration and pulls together files that are sent to the team who then uses them to sketch 150-200 looks that are then edited down and selected by Raf. The sketches chosen are then sent to the atelier where the stylists then choose what look they would like to create from scratch, starting with muslin and toile. I loved hearing from a seamstress who showed much excitement to sew a garment with lots of tailoring. And once she heard that it was to be done in velvet fabric, she became even more enthusiastic. That passion for her craft was really beautiful to see.

Other key points in the film included a fitting for the runway show where dresses were expected to be ready to review, yet a delay due to a couture client caused tension between Raf and the team. The world of haute couture is an expensive proposition so business needs must be balanced with the creative side. Another balancing act involved Dior PR bargaining with the often camera-shy Raf for press time in order to get ad space in an important Paris magazine. A designer is not just a designer, but is often the face of the brand and in today’s time must be accessible unlike the designers of Christian Dior’s heyday.

favorites from christian Dior haute couture FALL 2012
(RAF SIMONS FIRST COLLECTION FOR DIOR)

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Dior and I - Fall 2012 Dior Haute Couture

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It was great to see how inspiration strikes, as we get to see the moment that Raf came up with the insane idea to create the rooms of an old mansion completely covered in flowers as the gorgeous backdrop to the runway show. Despite challenges of fittings, fabrics, and working with a new team under a tight deadline, the collection came together beautifully as Raf was fêted by many of fashions’ finest including Anna Wintour, Donatella Versace, Alber Elbaz, and Marc Jacobs, as well as Dior darlings like Jennifer Lawrence and Marion Cotillard. The emotion that poured out from Raf Simons at the various points between his introduction at Dior to his catwalk finale bow was refreshing. I identified with him on that level of feeling an emotional connection to your work and just hoping that it will be good, and that people will respond positively.

Getting an inside look into one of fashion’s most historic houses was truly a treat. I encourage everyone to go see the film & let me know your thoughts!

“I don’t give up. i don’t give up until the first girl goes on stage.” – raf simons

fashion movie - Dior and I

tips & takeaways:

1. Pursue your passion with all abandon. Whether you are front and center or behind-the-scenes making sure all the details come together, do everything with passion. People can see it when it’s genuine and they will respond. Pure passion will take you farther than you ever thought possible.

2. Try to learn a few language, even if it is just conversational. Expanding your horizons by being able to understand a different language is really rewarding and you never know when it may come in handy.

3. Haute couture is the core of fashion. The history of haute couture is so rich, you can never learn enough. (Always be a student!) As the fashion cycle gets faster and faster, the appreciation for handcrafted garments made with such love and care is really something special and indeed a true art form.

Learn more about the movie here.

View Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection for Christian Dior here.

Watch the trailer below: