Tribe Called Turquoise - summer dress

A Tribe Called Turquoise.

TGIF!

Happy Friday people.

Fridays really get me excited, especially in the summertime. My job has summer hours which means we are able to get out of the office early. That is…if we are in a good place with our work of course! I really try to take advantage of this office perk to hang out with friends, run some errands, and enjoy the summer sun! Hopefully I’ll be able to hit a patio with friends a little early and I’m crossing my fingers for sunshine. We’ve had a thunderstorm everyday this week and this girl is ready for the sun. Memorial Day weekend could not come at a better time. Who doesn’t love an extra day off work?

Tribe Called Turquoise - summer dress

This dress is one I picked up at Forever 21 on a whim. It was way up high hanging on the wall but the colors really drew me in. While I wouldn’t say that I’m shy of prints, I’m not always naturally drawn to them as a first choice. The length also made me nervous…as I get farther and farther away from twenty-one these are things you gotta think about…(but let’s just let’s keep that age thing between us). I tried it on and actually liked it. The print + the color combination didn’t overwhelm me and the length turned out to be just right, which is an important ingredient for summer dresses!

I’m excited that summer is kicking off! All of a sudden summer trips, weddings, and events are here. My calendar is getting full…and that’s just the way I like it!

Tribe Called Turquoise - summer dresses

dress: Forever 21 (similar here & here) || ring: Kendra Scott (similar) ||
shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Tribe Called Turquoise - summer dress

Tribe Called Turquoise - summer dress

Tribe Called Turquoise - summer dress

Have a fabulous [long] weekend && stay haute!
xoxo.
-c.

 

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Haute Shopping. Nude Sandals.

As the summer months are upon us, I’ve been taking a look at my warm weather wardrobe to see what needs to be updated. During the summer, my weekend wear go-to outfit is a pair of shorts (usually these), a simple v-neck tee-shirt, and a pair of sandals or wedges with a fun necklace to complete the look. I’ve been buying up a lot of flat sandals lately but since I can’t really wear those to work,  I need another option that can transition between the week and the weekend. I think a nude high-heel sandal would work perfectly.

The nude sandal is such a versatile item in your closet. Color wise, it can go with almost any outfit – anything from all white or all black or as the balance to a colorful printed look. A nude sandal works with all silhouettes from casual shorts, professional skirts, to jeans and dresses for all occasions. I had a pair from a few years ago that I completely wore out but for some reason I haven’t made the investment for another pair. It’s probably because that pair was kind of perfect hybrid between a sandal and a pump and I haven’t come across a good replacement. My new strategy is to find a sandal for this season and a pump for the fall. (check back for a follow-up post!) I’ve seen so many cute spring outfits popping up and many people are sporting nude sandals. That inspired me to find some options for a new nude sandal to add to my shoe stash.

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Haute Shopping. Nude Sandals.

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Any options catch your eye? These are all so different, I may try more than one! As a personal shopper and stylist, I love scanning the internet to find creative solutions to closet queries.

If there’s something you’d like me to round-up, let me know!

Monday Musings.

I did so much research this weekend – I spent most of Sunday catching up on Mad Men before the finale and scouring the internet for ideas, tips, & tricks. So much so that I didn’t end up writing this post until now….it’s a little late in the day but you know the saying, “better late than never”. The endless stream of data available for consumption is just amazing. Starting a business, growing a blog, there is so much to learn! It wasn’t just a rabbit hole of YouTube videos (those are dangerous), but I gained so many valuable, actionable tips to help me launch this new phase of my career. Because of all of the great information I came across, I’d thought I would start a new series highlighting of interesting things I’ve found in the week prior. Links might be helpful, informative, or pretty, and just fun.

MONDAY MUSINGS. – 5.18.2015

monday musings | weekly link roundup

insta pick of the week. @konsciousvyb – #dopetee

monday musings | weekly link roundup

#HMBalmaination: a movement of togetherness, fueled on a hashtag

monday musings | weekly link roundup

Free classes at Creative Live – great resource for learning and growing.

Pink lipsticks + glosses for Spring | A Girl, Obsessed

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Obsessed with this girl & her blog – [A Girl, Obsessed]

monday musings | weekly link roundup

Croissants are my weakness. This new bakery brings Paris just a little bit closer.

Feel free to share any of your musings with me!
Have a great week, xo.
-c.

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Necessary Neon Floral.

Yes! I’m so happy that it is finally the weekend. This week was a rough one. There were some good things mixed in with some not so good, but now that it’s Saturday, I can exhale and recharge. And although the weather doesn’t show it, I can feel that the summer season is right around the corner. Who has interesting plans for Memorial Day Weekend?!

cute floral skirt

When I shop, I buy pieces that mean something to me. Most every item in my closet tells a story. For instance, the pair of outlet store floral platform heels that I initially felt lukewarm about. I bought them on sale, only because they were on sale, and I get the most compliments whenever I wear them. Or the story of my H&M designer collaboration dresses that I just HAD to have – and have yet to wear…I mean you can’t really pass up Lanvin & Margiela right? (I promise they will get their shine soon!) One of my favorite stories is about a pair of patent yellow sandals I bought at a sample sale and a former boss of mine fell in love with them. She playfully joked more than once that I should give them to her since we wore the same size. I never knew how to respond…I mean when your boss wants your shoes, what do you even say to that?

And the list could go on. (A story about my $20 hot pink thrift store coat comes to mind.) For the most part, I try to shop with a purpose. When your clothes become more than apparel, more than something you just put on, you have gained memories that transcend the clothes. It’s about the stories and feelings that you can take with you for longer than you may have the actual garments.

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This J.Crew floral skirt is no different from the clothing and accessories above. This is a story about patience. I think I stalked this skirt for at least 6 months. Okay, maybe it wasn’t 6…but it had to be at least 4. I think I saw it first in store and fell in love. While it was everything I could want in a skirt – scuba, floral, neon, and ruffle (in a good way) – paying over a hundred bucks for one item was not in my budget. Never one to miss a sale, I kept my eye on this skirt. Browsed J.Crew’s website on the regular to see if the skirt was within my price range. After a while, I gave up hope….but then I ran into a girl at work wearing a dress in the same material and print. She mentioned she got it on sale and I immediately got excited that the skirt would soon be within my grasp. It initially was only half off, but I held out and ended up purchasing the skirt for about a third of the original price. Waiting sometimes (most times) doesn’t work out, but this was meant to be. I ordered the skirt online, it fit perfectly and the rest is history.

Thinking about how long I waited for this skirt makes my heart smile every time I think about it. If you have any heart-warming clothes stories, please share. I’d love to know!

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tee: J. Crew | skirt: J. Crew | handbag: Chanel | sandals: Dolce Vita (as seen here)

 

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Style Me: Blue Bachelorette Bash

One of the things I love most in life is shopping. Of course, there are things that rank above it — like family, faith, & french fries to name a few — but there aren’t many. That being said, I promise I’m so much more than just a shopaholic! #scoutshonor

When you are good at something, it’s in your best interest to pursue your passion. This is my opportunity to do what I love. To take a spin on it, I’ve now started shopping for other people….I’m excited to start my adventure as a personal stylist!

I love that I can assist people with confidence through clothing. I’m taking my God-given gift of “putting things together” and working that into new silhouettes, color combinations, and fabrics to help people look at clothes and their closets differently. Sometimes, you just need someone be a guide for creative ways of remixing your closet classics.

All of that to say, I’m starting a new series on the blog called [Style Me] which will be the home for all styling questions/inquiries that I can help answer. Sometimes I even need help styling myself, so I’ll brainstorm ideas through this series. Follow along via Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #StyleMe (and follow me @theblockishaute if you haven’t yet)!

For my first edition of [Style Me] I am pulling together ideas of what to wear to a bachelorette party. My sweet friend Ally (of @allyasl fame) is getting married in June and her bachelorette bash is coming up. We were asked to all wear blue for our big girls’ night out so I’ve been searching for months for ideas of what to wear. I’ve decided to put some of my top picks here so I can easily find them when I’m ready to purchase. I love getting dressed up but I can’t seem to decide on long vs. short, lace vs. form-fitting, or solid vs. print. Thanks to online shopping the options are endless!

Navy Lace || Floral Scuba || Strapless Bodycon
Ruffle Mini || Fitted Halter || Lace Maxi

I don’t think I can go wrong with any of these choices. Here’s to (finally) choosing a dress and having a great time celebrating our bride-to-be!

If you have questions on what to wear to an event or how to wear something, email me at theblockishaute@gmail.com and I may just feature your topic in the next [Style Me] post!

More info on my styling services coming soon!

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Sunday Clutch. & Happy Mother’s Day!

sunday clutch 1.Man oh man, has it been a week. From birthday celebrations and cinco de mayo shenanigans, to learning pains in a new position at work and crazy thunderstorms, to ending with me getting sick as the cherry on top. So yes, I’m writing this post cuddled up on my couch catching up on Scandal while drinking copious amounts of orange juice as I try to feel better.

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We are still getting a lot of rain here in Dallas but when the sun is out, its gorgeous. Lots of people were out and about enjoying the sunshine. This is one of my go-to warm weather outfit combinations. Colored shorts, interesting tank top, wedges, and a fun clutch.

This version includes the classic J. Crew chino shorts. I add a pair or two to my collection every spring/summer season. I love finding them on sale at the J. Crew Factory outlet locations as well (the website is having a crazy sale right now…go!). The colors offered and easy fit make these my summer favorites. My Vince tank is old but I still love to wear it. I layer a simple plain tank top underneath as a solid background. While it is a sweater, the open knit makes it not too hot to wear in the summer. My oversized neon clutch purse is a great pop-of-color accessory. It’s big and makes a statement. I love adding it to an outfit with a monochromatic feel or even with all black. Even if you are not a big fan of color, mixing it in with a bright accessory will help jazz up your look.

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Today is Mother’s Day! So Happy Mom’s Day to all of you mamas and soon-to-be-mothers out there! One of my college friends announced that she is expecting which makes the day all the more special. Tell your mom (or any mom’s you know) you love her and hug her tight if you can!

 

attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.

Met Gala 2015. China Through the Looking Glass

If you are into fashion, the Met Gala is THE event of the season. The one night of the year where celebrities from all arenas team up with the fashion industry’s best for a night of pure red carpet drama. There is couture abound as designers come up with avant-garde creations for this annual themed-event. It’s great to see who executes the theme well and scratch your head at those who miss the mark. This year’s theme is China: Through the Looking Glass – celebrating how the East meets West in the world of fashion.

Sarah Jessica Parker. Custom H&M + Philip Treacy.

Sarah Jessica Parker. Custom H&M + Philip Treacy.

Sarah Jessica Parker is the queen of the Met Gala. She always shows up giving 100% in the year’s theme. Whether you love or hate her looks, you cannot deny that she is the standard for executing the theme. The Philip Treacy headpiece is definitely a showstopper. I give her props for rocking it, when else would you be able to wear a work of art like that? (Side note: SJP always has the best date. Alexander McQueen, Andy Cohen…enough said.)

Allison Williams x Giambattista Valli

Allison Williams x Giambattista Valli

Do we know who Allison Williams’ red carpet stylist is? Major props are due for having this ‘Girls’ star in stunning looks every time she steps out. This Haute Couture Giambattista Valli gown is a dream.

Met Gala 2015. Janelle Monae. H&M.

Janelle Monae. Custon H&M.

H&M collaborated with another star for tonight’s event. The result is a perfectly on trend and on theme fit that stays true to Janelle Monae’s brand as well. A crop top and a cape?! Yes. Plus an updo with a dramatic braid? Yes and yes.

Anne Hathaway. Ralph Lauren.

Anne Hathaway. Ralph Lauren.

Anne Hathaway knows how to turn heads on the red carpet. You never quite know the direction she’s going to go but I like this choice tonight. The Ralph Lauren liquid gold column dress with a hood is a bold, yet beautiful choice.

Met Gala 2015. Joan Smalls. Roberto Cavalli.

Joan Smalls. Roberto Cavalli.

Joan Smalls is my model muse. She’s wearing purple like no one has ever worn purple (except her…here). This Roberto Cavalli gown is everything and then some. The lace detail perfectly contrasts to the tough belt and the black choker is the best accessory. Joan represents Estee Lauder well tonight as one of the faces of the iconic beauty brand.

 

Bee Shaffer. Alexander McQueen

Bee Shaffer. Alexander McQueen

As Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s daughter, I would imagine that Bee Shaffer has connections to the most beautiful gowns in the world. I really love her choice tonight.  I am partial to anything involving cherry blossoms as they bring back fond memories of my early years spent living in Japan. This gorgeous Alexander McQueen dress with a cherry blossom motif is perfect for the evening’s festivities.

 

Tell me who were some of your favorite Met Gala looks!

-c.

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Buy me a Birkin.

No, I’m not asking you to actually buy me a Hermes Birkin handbag. It’s just a part of the cute saying on my tank top. (You can if you want to though, I won’t stop you!)

“Roses are red, violets are blue. Buy me a Birkin, and I will love you.”

Cute right? A girl can only dream.

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I bought this lovely muscle tank from The Elizabeth Chronicles in the middle of December or January and I’ve been itching to wear it out. The fabric is soft and easy breezy, perfect for a warm afternoon. My coral tank underneath adds the necessary pop of color.

Guess who’s excited about the sunshine? This girl. There’s something about the beautiful bright rays that gets me in a good mood. I’m happy that it’s finally May, hopefully the weekly torrential rainstorms will take a break. Texas has been nice in keeping the rainy weather to the week days as the last couple of weekends have been sunny and not too hot.

This is the first time I’ve worn shorts out this year so you know I had to get my legs ready! Us girls tend to neglect our legs during the winter. But let me tell you, as soon as the weather is right, I break out my cut off shorts. I wish I could live in them! My mom hates them on me but I could probably wear them everyday. Not sure why I get so excited about cut offs. Maybe it’s because it’s an easy way to dress in the bohemian spirit which is such a big trend this season. I can’t really dress boho chic at my corporate job, but the weekend is my time to let out the inner bohemian girl in me. I love to mix and match styles, taking inspiration from different genres to create a style that is uniquely me.

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Buy Me a Birkin 4 Buy Me a Birkin 2Buy Me a Birkin 3 Buy Me a Birkin 5tank: The Elizabeth Chronicles | cutoffs: iT jeans (old) | sandals: DV by Dolce Vita | sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs (old) from Neiman Marcus | bag: Sam Edelman (old) | necklace: Forever 21 (similar) | ring: ASOS (similar)

Looks like this tank is still available and on sale! Get it here.

See you in the sun!

-c.

Lancer Face Polish

Haute Beauty. Lancer Face Polish.

When you find a beauty product that you love, nothing else compares. It holds the title of “super status” in your stash and becomes the standard to which you measure all other items. This unique product that I’m calling a “pre-cleanser” from Lancer is absolutely a beauty must-have. Now I know most people think cleansers don’t need to be special, but the results I’ve seen from this face polish have made me a believer.

Lancer Face Polish

Lancer skin care is a line of treatment products created by celebrity dermatologist Harold Lancer. His client list includes: Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Scarlett Johansson, Michelle Williams, Victoria Beckham, and many more. No matter how you feel about these stars, you can’t deny their gorgeous, glowing skin. The Lancer approach is “less is more” and is focused on three steps which he calls     —            “The Method”

The Lancer Method—a simple, three-step routine of exfoliating, cleansing and nourishing skin—delivers visible and dramatic improvements in skin tone, texture and appearance, often within a few days. Dr. Lancer invites you to experience skin that looks younger, healthier and has the renowned Lancer glow.

My new favorite product is for exfoliating: step one of this three-step process. The Method: Polish is the best daily exfoliant that I have ever tried. The polish gently resurfaces your skin, getting rid of dead layers. Some exfoliators are too harsh for everyday use but this one never irritates my skin. After rinsing the polish off, you follow up with a traditional face wash, The Method: Cleanse or any other cleanser of your choice. The Lancer face polish really preps your skin for everything else you apply to your skin after.  Serums and primers are more deeply absorbed into the skin’s layers (which means they work better!). With the gentle resurfacing, the skin’s natural cell turnover is boosted and the underlying cells promote fresher and younger-looking skin.

Lancer Face Polish Detail

detail shot. (…extreme closeup!)

I typically follow-up the polish with my Chanel Le Blanc cleanser for brightening but I do switch it up on occasion. The Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser is another one of my go-to’s. Neiman Marcus offers a cool deluxe travel set from Lancer that features The Method plus the Eye Contour Lifting Cream, Intensive Night Treatment and Lift Serum Intense in convenient travel sizes. The set is great because you to try out a wide range of products from the Lancer skin care collection at a good price. And…everything in the set is travel friendly!

Lancer Deluxe Travel Set

I’ve really enjoyed the results since starting this skin care routine. My skin really responds to the three-step process of daily exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing. I’d encourage trying out the Lancer products if you’re looking for something new to add to your beauty collection!

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Spring Pink.

When the sun comes out in Dallas, it’s basically a requirement to get outside to feel the sunshine. Friday night a huge storm came through so I was glad to see bright, sunny skies the next morning. After running some Saturday errands, I met up with some of my girlfriends for a sushi date. Not much better than sushi and quality time with friends. Patio time is my favorite time!

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Spring style is nice because you can still layer but with lighter pieces. This season is time for fun colors. One of the best ways to experiment with color is with scarves and other accessories. Scarves are my go-to accessory, I could wear one everyday [but I won’t!]. I just love this pink and white scarf my brother gave me. It’s so big, yet lightweight, making it really versatile. It’s by a brand called Raj carried at Last Call by Neiman Marcus. I threw on the scarf over an easy Vince oversized tee paired with skinny jeans from one of my favorite denim brands, Mother. The fit of their jeans are spot on. This skinny style is their classic fit, called The Looker. I chose a silver cuff and ring to go with the shades of red/pink. My burgundy suede lace-up heels are one of my go-to pairs of shoes right now. They add so much to a simple outfit and really make it pop. The lace-up shoe trend is everywhere right now and I can’t get enough! Might have to add a flat pair of sandals like these to my collection soon!

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Tell me: what are your spring staples? Can’t wait for more sun-filled days and more patio time!

 

Photo credit: Alejandra Martinez