Release Your Inner Wild.

leopard print, stylish, fashion girl

leopard, orange, neon

Dress: Zara, old (similar, here & here) | Kimono: Urban Outfitters (similar, similar) | Sandals: Gentle Souls | Necklace: Bauble Bar | Clutch: The Limited, old (similar, really cute ones here, here, & here)

clutch, neon, sandal

shift dress, leopard kimono, clutch, pop of color

Met up with some friends for dinner and drinks on Friday night. Got to catch up with a friend of a friend that is living the life we all want to live. He’s a musician/chef/world traveler. He even picked up and moved to Hawaii for a year to just get a change of pace. His next trip will be stops in Japan and India, just because. Hearing all of his interesting stories got all of us inspired and ready to book a flight to anywhere.

Speaking of travel, this outfit is my go-to whenever I have to catch a flight. The dress is so comfortable and the leopard kimono is perfect for those chilly airplane temperatures. Always have to travel in style!

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leopard, dress, natural hair

Sometimes you just have to release your inner wild.
Nothing too crazy, just take a step outside of your norm to grow and learn more about yourself.

leopard kimono, natural hair

thanks to Dusty Rose Darling photography for bringing out my wild side.


Here are some ideas on finding your inner wild:

  1. Take a road trip with no specific destination.
  2. Pick up and move to Hawaii for a year.
  3. Have dinner at a restaurant by yourself.
  4. Plan a trip to a country that no one has heard of.
  5. Teach yourself a language or a new skill.
  6. Dye your hair a funky color – even if just for a week.
  7. Build your bucket list & commit to crossing one major thing off every year.


At dinner we asked the question, “If you could go anywhere in the world & money was no object, where would you go?”
So, where would you go? Let me know in the comments!


|Photo credit: Dusty Rose Darling|


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Haute Picks. Printed Summer Shorts.

Printed Shorts

1. Elizabeth and James Keyla Printed Drawstring Shorts • Elizabeth and James • $159
2. Caslon® Drawstring Linen Shorts (Regular & Petite) • Caslon • $49
3. A.L.C. ‘Val’ Flower Print Silk Shorts • A.L.C. • $325
4. MINKPINK ‘Cherry Pie’ Print Shorts • MinkPink • $29.40
5. Two by Vince Camuto Diamond Print Linen & Cotton Shorts • Vince Camuto • $59

6. Topshop Palm Print Shorts • Topshop • $60
7. Dirty Ballerina High Rise Floral Shorts • Nordstrom 

One of my favorite things about summer is wearing shorts. While denim shorts may be the go-to summer staple, new alternatives have been popping up the last few seasons.

Printed shorts are great options for those breezy summer days. They are comfortable yet cool and chic. These shorts can be dressed up with wedges but can also be easy and laid-back when you pair them with a simple white tee and flat leather sandals. Even if you aren’t a big fan of prints, this is a way to get in on the action without making the full commitment of a printed dress.

Accessories with printed shorts can be clean and simple. Let the shorts be the start of the outfit. Floral and geometric prints are safe bets when shopping for printed shorts to add to your summer outfit rotation.

Nordstrom has a good selection  and their anniversary sale is going on right now so it’s a good time to pick up a few pairs of printed shorts!

Happy shopping! Hope you pick up some haute picks!


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Local Rose. + Coffee Date.

There is something so sweet about reconnecting with your past over a cup of coffee.

I got the chance to do just that over the weekend. After my hot yoga class at Core Power Yoga, I got myself together for a coffee date with a friend from my middle school days. How’s that for #throwbackthursday?

Turns out, she is a blossoming photographer discovering her true passions in life, similar to my journey with this blog – a quest to experience the world through a more confident lens. Our paths divinely reconnected a few years ago, only to bring us to this meeting.

coffee date

Suyapa suggested the spot, Local Press + Brew, a cute coffee and juice bar in the eclectic Oak Cliff neighborhood. It’s a simplistic spot with a clean aesthetic offering organic, cold-pressed juices as well as locally roasted coffee and espresso. She brought her husband along and we spent a few minutes catching up over coffee. We sat outside to soak up the summer sun and talked about our paths apart after our early years as middle-schoolers, all the way up to our current work and passion projects.

coffee date

trust me. you need the almond milk latte.

My passion is the pursuit of living a full life, in whatever form that takes (currently this blog & the cool experiences that come with it) and Suyapa’s is her photography: Dusty Rose Darling. When this shoot popped up on my Facebook timeline, I was immediately drawn by the beautiful imagery and felt compelled to reach out, which brought us to some good coffee and a few quick snaps to test the waters.

coffee date @ local

coffee date @ local

coffee date.

I love celebrating the talents of others, so it’s exciting to get the opportunity to work together. Looking forward for what’s to come!

Shop easy knit dresses perfect for a summer coffee date here:

photo credit: Dusty Rose Darling

When Yoga Gets Hot. Core Power Yoga.

Hot yoga y’all.

It was my first experience. And well, it was hot.

The Dallas Blogger Collective celebrated the opening of a new location of Core Power Yoga at Preston Forest. The staff welcomed us with open arms and treated us to a great class. The Preston Forest location is the third in the Dallas area. The studio managers Abby & Matt from the Henderson & Mockingbird locations were on hand to help with our technique.

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C2 Class Description:

Ready to sweat? CorePower Yoga 2 (C2) is a rigorous yoga class with demanding strength postures that will have you moving, breathing and sweating! True to its name, a C2 class focuses on building and engaging your core strength to support you in more advanced postures. Set to energizing music in a heated, climate-controlled room, CorePower Yoga 2 strengthens, balances, detoxifies and exhilarates the body and mind.

The class was intense and challenging but in a good way. The studio manager Caterina was our instructor for the class. She started off the class with a little bit of what yoga is to her – a place of joy – which was a good reminder to push through to block out all distractions to tap into an inner strength for a least an hour.  I thought hot yoga would be intimidating but I really enjoyed the class. I didn’t notice the heat so much but the sweat . Oh yes, I definitely got my sweat on. It was great that the additional instructors were on hand to adjust our positions and help our form.

hot yoga at core power yoga

After the class we refueled with a mini-breakfast spread from Corner Bakery. We got to sample the Four-Grain Tabbouleh and the Chilled Berry Almond Swiss Oats which was pretty tasty.

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Overall it was a great experience. Core Power Yoga offers a free week of classes so I would encourage you to take advantage and try them out. They offer a variety of classes for all levels of yoga experience.

Live your power,

Let’s Shop. Swimsuits: Bikini vs. One Piece

Time to do some swimsuit shopping for my upcoming cruise to the Bahamas! I haven’t invested in a great suit in a while this is perfect timing. There are so many cute swimsuits out there these days. Unique cut outs and the rise of updated one-pieces make this shopping list all the more necessary.


Bikini Free PeopleMade by Dawn Basic Bottoms • Free People • $68

Topshop BikiniStriped high neck bikini set • Topshop • $52

Bikini SwimsuitT by Alexander Wang Black Mesh Panel Bikini Top • Alexander Wang • $225

2P Melissa OMelissa Odabash Evita Bandeau Bikini • Melissa Odabash • $80

swimsuitMIKOH Barbados Bikini Top • Mikoh • $76–108

Printed SwimsuitMaaji Underwire Tie Back Crop Bikini Top • Maaji • $70

Stars Swimsuit BikiniZoe Karssen Stars Halter Bikini • Zoe Karssen • $129.50

Striped BikiniKate Spade New York Georgica Beach Stripes Bikini Top • Kate Spade • $98



 one piece swimsuits

one piece swimsuitForever Sexy Halter One-piece • Victoria’s Secret • $88.50 one piece striped swimsuitAnne Cole Contrast-Striped Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit • Anne Cole • $54.99

one piece pastel swimsuitNanette Lepore Montecito One Piece Swimsuit • Nanette Lepore • $98 Suboo one piece swimsuitSuboo White One Piece Swimsuit With V Details • $205

1P Mikoh Orange PalmMikoh Hianano Plunge-Front Printed Halterneck Swimsuit • Mikoh • $210 Urban Outfitters SwimsuitBlue Life Eclipse Crisscross One-Piece Swimsuit • Blue Life • $154 Strapless One Piece SwimsuitTory Burch Lipsi Color Block One Piece Swimsuit • Tory Burch • $225 One piece swimsuitAcacia Swimwear Teahupo’o Swimsuit • Acacia Swimwear • $212

One Piece Mesh SwimsuitSuboo Printed Mesh-Paneled Swimsuit • $215

1P VS CutoutForever Sexy Double Cut-out One-piece • Victoria’s Secret • $49.99

One Piece Crochet SwimsuitMikoh Coral Moorea Braided Swimsuit • Mikoh • $240

 Any favorites here? Scoop them up before we say goodbye to summer!

Gallery Wall Tutorial + Tips.

The idea to do a gallery wall has been on my project to-do list since I moved into my apartment….a whole year and a half ago. But now it’s done, and boy does it feel good. My wall is fashionista focused but your wall should be a reflection of you and your style.

The great thing is, you can always change it!

Gallery Wall Tips

gallery wall tutorial + tips

  1. Curate the images for your wall – begin to collect inspiration from all around you – things that make you smile, encouraging reminders, sweet memories.
    • Keep in mind color palette as you collect but you can decide what works together once you make the final edit.
    • I’ve created an easy template to help you keep organized as you collect your artwork & frames. Look for the BONUS at the end of this post!
    • The internet is a great source for images. A few of mine came from inspiring Instagram snaps & others from amazing printables – hello Pinterest & Etsy.
    • These are a few of the resources I used for free printables (tell them The Block is Haute sent you): Danielle BurkleoOh So LovelyBrit.Co –  Free Vintage Posters.comLittle Gold Pixelgallery wall printables
  2. Collect frames – everyone’s approach to framing is different. Some people like to thrift frames & spray paint to achieve their desired look, you can collect frames over time, or buy in bulk like I did from IKEA, Michaels, Hobby Lobby. (For you Texas peeps, I grabbed mine on the cheap @ Garden Ridge At Home)
  3. Print! – Put all the images in a folder and review to make sure you like everything together. Think about what size each image would look best as. (ex: my Instagram images would not look good as an 8×10 so I kept those at the 4×4 square size) 
    • Put everything on a flash drive and head over to FedEx Kinko’s/Staples/Office Depot (aka Office Max) and have them print.
    • It’s okay to print more than what will fit on your wall. Some images may not make the cut once you start putting everything in wall
  4. Clean frames & insert images – nothing worse than fingerprint smudges on glass. Play around with the image/frame combination until you find what wall tips
  5. Layout! Here’s where the fun begins. I found it easiest to start with a layout on the ground in front of the wall where the art will hang. Start with the largest piece and put it slightly off-center. Then find the next piece to compliment your focal point.
    • Since you’re on the floor it’s perfectly okay to arrange and re-arrange. (I did…3 times…okay 4.)
    • Decide on spacing – an inch between each frame is a good guide.
    • Take a picture once your layout is set for easy reference when hanging.
      Gallery Wall Layout

      layout #1.

      gallery wall layout

      layout #2.

      gallery wall DIY layout

      layout #3.

  6. Hang time! No need for a hammer and nails for this project, I just used Command Picture Hanging Strips to easily put up all of the frames. They don’t put holes in the wall & are super easy to come off! I’ve been using these since my college days. This will go much faster if you have a friend to help you hang and make sure everything is straight but totally achievable to do by yourself…like me!
    • Pro tip: your iPhone compass act doubles as a level. Open the app, swipe right, turn your phone sideways & you can easily check to see if your photos are straight!
  7. Step back and enjoy your handy work!
    gallery wall tips


    gallery wall DIY

Putting up a gallery wall is no small task as I learned over the course of this project. But it was well worth it after seeing the end result.

Now that this one is done, I’m ready to do another gallery wall. Ready for hire!


Download my [free] printable Gallery Wall Organizer to help you keep track of your fabulous artwork for your wall!

Gallery Wall - Example

Download here!

Tell me about your gallery wall experience or if you are taking on the task of doing your own! I’d love to hear from you!

Live lovely,



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Stylin’ for the 4th of July. + Sales!

Happy 4th of july!

Stylin for the 4th

Technical delays made this post a few days late but it’s finally here! I wanted to share one of my outfit ideas for the 4th of July holiday. When I was looking through my closet, I actually found a few different outfit options but settled on this particular one. I just had to incorporate this flag scarf that I got on a trip in San Francisco. It’s become one of my favorite scarves (and I love me some scarves!)

It’s super easy to find a striped blue dress like the one I’m wearing (old, from Uniqlo). I’ve linked a few cute ones here, here, and here. The great thing about a simple striped dress is that it can be worn in a variety of settings and can easily be dressed up or down with appropriate accessories.

Stylin for the 4th

Stylin for the 4th

Stylin for the 4th of July

Just a few things I’m thankful for this holiday — celebrating with friends, good food, a day off from work, an tech-savvy uncle to help with blog issues, & 4th of July sales!

I’ve already made a couple of purchases to take advantage of the sales. Shop a few to find some good deals!

ANTHRHOPOLGIE : Extra 20% off sale with code SALEAWAY – ends 7/4

Madwell : Extra 30% off with code META20

Sole Society : Up to 50% off sale!

J. Crew : Up to 60% off with code LONGWEEKEND

Barney’s New York Warehouse : Up to 60% off sale!

ASOS : Up to 50% off sale — I’ve already done some damage here.

Also, if you haven’t entered the GIVEAWAY for the Chloe bag & Rayban Aviators — go now! Click over to my previous post to enter!


Happy 4th!


Giveaway! Chloe Marcie Bag + RayBan Aviators.

 giveaway is now closed. congrats to the winner bianca h.!

thank you to everyone who entered!

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!


header image via: Pinterest

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!


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!


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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,