Gingham All Summer

Gingham has been one of the hottest trends of the season and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon! From tops, to skirts, to dresses, pants, and even swimsuits, gingham continues to be the perfect print to make a statement that takes your outfit to the next level. What’s cool about gingham is that it’s bold enough on it’s own but not too bold to mix and match with other prints and colors. I styled my bell sleeve gingham top with black skinny jeans and a statement sandal for a casual chic look. But a simple gingham top can go with pretty much anything. Gingham is a trend you’ll wear over and over this season. How do you feel about gingham and what’s your favorite way to wear it? Let me know in the comments below!

Photography by Jana Cantua


 

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Coachella 2017 Recap + Video

Another Coachella has come and gone, and it was nothing short of amazing! As you all know I have such a deep love for this event. There’s just something so magical about being in this beautiful place surrounded by desert, mountains, palm trees, and incredible live music (..er and about 20million people). It’s probably one of the only times in my life I don’t mind the massive crowds because the vibes are just so fun. Everyone is looking to have the time of their lives, and this is the place to make that happen.

For the second year in a row I stayed at the beautiful Safari tents at Coachella, which means my squad and I got to arrive at the festival grounds Thursday, before the festival even started. The hype was real. We were beyond excited to check in to our luxurious Safari tent and glamp it up. Don’t let the word ‘tent’ fool you. The Safari tents at Chella are spacious, air conditioned, fully furnished with two double beds, seating areas, full length mirrors, and a mini fridge. Better than a lot of hotels, actually. They also have community bathrooms, showers, and a sick lounge area where they have a live dj everyday, a full bar, and serve complimentary breakfast, snacks, and dinner. They even have comfy seating areas and a huge TV where they live stream all the performances at Coachella, you know, in case you came all the way to the festival but would rather watch it on a screen (HA!). Being a Safari guest means you also have access to a ton of perks like a 24/7 concierge service, complementary massages in the Spa Yurt and daily morning yoga classes, golf cart drivers to take us directly to each stage (and backstage), access to the VIP area, VIP Rose Garden, the even more exclusive Artist Lounge, and an up close viewing area at all the stages.

In addition to staying at the luxurious Safari campgrounds we also attended several Coachella parties over the weekend including the Young Turks party at the Palm Springs Air Museum. This event had live performances from Jamie XX, Four Tet, Sampha, and more. It took place in an hangar with historic aircrafts, which was such a unique experience. We also attended the Day Club pool party at the Hilton Palm Springs. This was our second time attending this party. It’s always such a good time with live Dj sets from big names such as Skrillex, and Dillon Fancis, vendors, such as L’Oreal, handing out free swag, and bars serving up cold drinks in a coconut (because everything tastes better from a coconut).

When we finally ventured out to the festival, it was just as amazing as I remembered. The festival grounds were even bigger this year than previous years with new art instillations, 100s of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and of course the many stages of Coachella. There were also a number of air conditioned sponsored tents, such as the Heineken tent, H&M tent, and my favorite, the Sephora tent, which offered complimentary makeup touch ups, flash tats, body gems, a fragrance bar, and a braid bar by Ouai haircare.

The ferris wheel is also a must at Coachella in order to get the full view of the festival grounds.  It got a little update this year too, with much needed air conditioning added to each cart. The view is totally worth the $10 ticket and waiting in line, trust me.

One of my favorite parts of Coachella is, of course, the outfits! I am obsessed with the fashion culture of Coachella and getting to dress up in these edgy, bohochic looks is reason enough to attend. It’s not everyday that you’ll find me in fringe, leather, and mesh with glitter in my hair (all at once), but it is 100% acceptable and very much expected at Chella. Coachella fashion has become such a culture of it’s own that the festival looks more like a runway for bloggers, celebrities, and fashionistas to showcase their #coachellastyle. It’s so interesting to see what everyone is wearing at the festival and is often reported on more than the actual performances. I’m not gonna lie, my friends and I had just as much fun getting dressed each day, putting so much thought and intention into every detail of our outfits, than we did at the concert, itself.

Let’s not forget the reason we all go to Coachella, the music! We were so lucky to be front row in the Artist Viewing area to see all of our favorite artists, including Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, Porter Robinson & Madeon, NAO, Dillon Francis, Galantis, Bon Iver, and Local Natives. Each performance was absolutely incredible. It’s very clear that the artists are just as excited to be there as the fans are, so the energy is just amazing.

Being in the Artist Lounge, meant we also were in the presence of all of the performers of Coachella, as well as the celebrities who attended. A few stars we encountered over the weekend included Lana Del Rey, Katy Perry, Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, G-Eazy, DJ Khalid, Porter Robinson, Shay Mitchell, Carmen Electra, NAV, Wiz Kahlifa, and Gigi Hadid #starstuck It’s so exciting to see these celebs up close in person, and most of them are so nice and love taking photos with fans.

If you followed me on Snapchat (@chicintheHOT) and Instagram (@chicintheheartoftexas) than you saw my stories and got a BTS experience of my epic weekend, but ICYMI, I created a flipgram highlighting some of my favorite moments that you can watch down below.

Until next year, Coachella!

XOXO


Photography by Janai Canua

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Coachella 2017 Outfit Inspo Video!

We’re only 1 week away from weekend 1 of Coachella! So I’ve teamed up with Janai Cantua to create this little sneak peek of a few outfits I’ll be wearing next weekend at chella to give you a little outfit inspo of your own!

Also check out this blog post to shop some of my favorite Coachella 2017 trends.

If you like the video please give it a thumbs up + subscribe to my YouTube channel!

XOXO

 

Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@chicintheheartoftexas) and Snapchat (@chicintheHOT) for more Coachella + Fashion inspo and to see what I’m up to next weekend at the festival!

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Top 10 Coachella Trends 2017

It’s that time of the year again… COACHELLA! And I’ve got all the boho, gypsy, free spirit festival feels. This will be my second time attending the Coachella Music Festival, but before I pack my bags and head to Palm Springs, I’m sharing my 10 favorite trends that I’ll be wearing this year and where you can shop them. So even if you’re not going to ‘chella this year, you’ll definitely still want to wear these trends all season long. Trust.

 

1. Rompers

They make really it hard to go to the bathroom in but we don’t care because ROMPERS! SO CUTE! Honestly though, who doesn’t love a good romper? They’re cute, comfy and come in sooo many flattering colors and styles, which makes them the perfect option for dancing the night away in at Coachella!

Shop My Favorite Rompers Here

 

 

2. Fringe Jackets + Kimonos

Because Coachella and fringe literally go hand in hand, amirite? Kimonos are perfect for layering over a tank or bodysuit to add a little extra something to your look. And don’t forget to bring a jacket for those chilly desert nights! These fringe jackets are sure to give you major hippie vibes. Peace out.

Shop My Favorite Fringe Kimonos + Jackets

3. Bodysuits + Bralettes

No need to fuss with the drama of tucking in a bulky top, just wear a bodysuit!  Bodysuits are key in achieving a slimming figure in those itty bitty shorts you’ll be wearing at Coachella. Will you feel like you’re wearing a swimsuit? Kinda. Will you have to take the whole thing off to go to the bathroom? Maybe (some bodysuits have snaps at the bottom, thank God) but again, who cares? You’ll look amazing pairing bodysuits with shorts, skirts, and pants. And obviously, you’ll want to layer a cute bralette under all your bodysuits and tops. Or pair one with high waisted shorts and throw on a kimono for a sexy festival look!

Shop My Favorite Bodysuits + Bralettes Here

4. Denim

Denim is a must for Coachella. Whether its those itty bitty shorts, a trendy denim skirt, a jacket for those chilly nights, or an off the shoulder top or dress, you can never go wrong with denim. Embroidered denim is also a cool way to add some style to your basic denim look.

Shop My Favorite Denim Here

5. Black + Silver Ankle Boots

Okay so here’s the deal with footwear at Coachella. While cute strappy sandals or a nice white sneaker may seem like a great idea, it’s wayyyy too crowded and dusty for that, so unless you don’t mind getting stepped on, or your shoes/feet getting hella dirty, I’m going to suggest you go in another direction. ANKLE BOOTS! Black ankle boots have always been my favorite, because they literally go with everything! This year I’m loving my black ankle boots with silver hardware detailing because I think it gives them just the right amount of edge. Perfect for you ‘chella look!

Shop My Favorite Black + Silver Ankle Boots Here

6. Embroidered Hangbags

Can we just take a minute to appreciate the detail in these embroidered handbags right here? Embroidery has definitely been dominating the fashion world lately and has been seen on everything from denim shorts to leather jackets to shoes and obviously handbags. These eye catching handbags are perfect for dressing up any look and the floral detailing matches perfectly to your flower crown, honey. Slayy!

Shop My Favorite Embroidered Bags Here

7. Colorful Sunnies

Colorful sunnies are the hottest trend in eyewear right now. Whether you like ’em big, small, round, cat eye, you’ll be sure to find them in colors that pop. These sunnies are such a fun way to add a little flair to your look this spring. Plus, the color blocked lenses are perfect to wear at night when you wanna look cute but would still like to see whee you’re going.

Shop My Favorite Colorful Sunnies Here

8. Unique Bandanas

The dust storms at Coachella are rough, yall. Bandanas are necessary if you’d like to continue to breathe throughout the weekend. I, personally am tired of the same old boring bandanas, they honestly remind me of the rodeo at this point, which is nice and all, but not my vibe for ‘chella. Instead I’m opting for some fun new patterns and even some designer bandana scarves to protect my little lungs from getting full of dust and dirt. OH, and to look cute too, obvs!

Shop My Favorite Bananas Here

9. Chain Chokers + Layered Necklaces

I’m swapping out all my thick black and velvet chokers for these trendy chains which are perfect for the warmer seasons, and trust me it gets HOT in Palm Springs. What’s cool about these chain chokers is that they are so thin and dainty and can be layered to create a unique look and elongate your neckline. I’m also really loving the layered long chain look to wear with deep V tops, bodysuits, and even swimwear.

Shop My Favorite Chain Chokers + Layered Necklaces Here

10. Fun Festival Accessories

Because where else am I going to wear flowers crowns, cat ears, and glitter in my hair? These festival accessories are a bit too wild and crazy for my everyday life but at Coachella, anything goes. When in Rome..

Shop My Favorite Fun Festival Accessories Here

Are you going to Coachella or any other music festival this year? What’s your favorite trend to rock at music festivals? Let me know in the comments below. And be sure to follow me on Insatgram (@chicintheheartoftexas) and Snapchat (@chicintheHOT) as I get ready to head out to Coachella!

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Tuesday Shoes Day: Shop My Favorite Mules

Spring is officially here and you know what that means.. Bye bye boots and coats and hello sandals and rompers! But don’t worry, you don’t have to say goodbye to all your beloved fall/winter faves. There are a few lucky ones that get to transition into the warmer seasons with you.

I’ve been loving my mules all fall and winter long and since they pair so well with jeans, dresses and skirts (and basically everything, for that matter) you know I’ll continue rocking them with all my new spring looks!

Mules are the perfect shoe to transition from day to night, and casual to dressy which makes them the perfect investment piece to add to your wardrobe because you’ll no doubt wear them over and over again.

Shop my favorite mules and let me know in the comments below how you’ll be rocking yours this spring!

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day! + Lily Rain Event Info

Happy Valentine’s Day yall! I have always loved this holiday ever since I can remember. I always loved dropping Valentine’s Day cards into everyone’s decorated shoe boxes every Valentine’s Day in elementary school, which was usually followed by a classroom party where we all ate wayyy too much sugar and probably drove our teachers insane (sorry, not sorry).

To this day I still feel so much excitement each year when February 14th rolls around,  and not because of the cheesy heart shaped chocolate boxes, oversized stuffed bears, red roses, overpriced set menus, or the fact that I’m engaged, but because I always feel that it is a time where people feel encouraged to express love and appreciation for those who mean so much to them, whether it be your S.O., friend, classmate, coworker, or family member. Spreading the love is a rare thing these days, so it’s a nice change of pace when people can stop and smell the roses (pun intended).

This Valentine’s Day I want to encourage everyone to let the important people in your life know how much you care about them. Even if you just send a quick “Happy Vday” text (with various heart emojis obviously, have some respect).

 

But if you prefer to go the more traditional route and shower bae with gifts, I highly encourage you to come meet me and all the cool girls at Lily Rain at the Alamo Quarry this evening from 5-7 where there will be wine, treats, and 25% off select items! (Yes, I said free wine!) Click here for more info.

What are your plans this Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments below.


*Photography by Jana Cantua

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  1. Beautiful post, Marisa. I know what you mean about spreading love. It seems there is so much hatred in the world lately, so Valentines makes me happy. Hope you have a great one!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts She Really Wants

Ditch the flowers and chocolates and get her something she really wants this Valentine’s Day. I’ve curated a list of the best Valentine’s Day gifts your special someone will love all year, whether you’re shopping for your galpal, girlfriend, mom, sister, or yourself (cause, let’s be honest, we all are). So drop a hint to your bae, or shop for a friend straight from my blog! Sending some love has never been so easy!

XOXO

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  1. So we love so much of the same things, I have that TooFaced Eye Shadow palette. I love the Furry Phone case, I need to find one for a Samsung 🙂 And i put furry slides in my Valentines Must haves too! LOL! Your blog is awesome, I’m going to subscribe. Check mine out when you have a chance! 🙂

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Holiday Giveaway | FOUR Winners!

Chic in the Heart of Texas is almost 1 year old! (We officially turn 1 in January). So in order to celebrate I wanted to do something new and exciting for my chic fam! I decided to finally jump into YouTube, which is something I have always wanted to do. I decided to team up with four incredible local boutiques and create a video to feature them. Oh, and theres also an AMAZING giveaway!

I teamed up with Chic’tique, J for JMR, Zelle Boutique, and Chalet. All of these shops have been featured on my blog and social media several times throughout the year. And that simply because, I love them. Since starting my blog I have really made it an effort to only feature with brands that I wear, shop, and love. These four have certainly made the top of my list. And what’s even better, is that all four shops are right here in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas! Doesn’t get any better than that. Watch the video below to learn about these fabulous shops and enter to win some amazing prizes!

What you can win:

FOUR lucky winners will be randomly selected.
*ONE winner will receive a $75 giftcard to Chic’tiqe
*ONE winner will receive a piece of jewelry from J for JMR
*ONE winner will receive a scarf and a giftcard from Zelle Boutique
*ONE winner will receive a skincare kit from Chalet
ALL FOUR WINNERS will also receive a stocking filled with holiday goods!

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
1. LIKE and COMMENT on this video
2. SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel

*Giveaway ends on 12/16/16 at 5pm CT

ONCE ALL FOUR WINNERS HAVE BEEN RANDOMLY SELECTED
head over to my snapchat @chicintheHOT
to find out who won each prize!

GOOD LUCK!

XOXO

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Holiday Gift Guide: Trendy Gifts

img_7310Shopping for the cool girl on your list can be a bit of a challenge. What do you get the girl who already seems to have everything and is always on trend? I’ve done all the hard work for you and selected the top trending accessories, jewelry, handbags and more! Shop these trendy gifts straight from my blog!

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Why I’m Obsessed with Overalls

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Overalls have been making a major comeback recently and it turns out they are surprisingly chic! I’ve been rocking mine layered with a bodysuit for a more form fitting style, but they can be worn with literally anything! Seriously! Pair them with a t-shirt, turtleneck, flowy top, flannel, tank, or off the shoulder top. They literally pair well with anything! Which is why I think they are such a great investment piece to add to your closet. Like jeans, but better. They also come in every cut, color, and style, which makes it super easy to find a fit that flatters your figure, which I, at 5’2 really appreciate when it comes to denim, or anything one piece, for that matter. I will admit I did have that initial fear of looking like a toddler when first attempting to try on a pair of overalls, but quickly realized that luckily, a lot has changed in overalls since those OshKosh days.
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I’m really a lover for all things versatile, so chic overalls are a no brainer for me. I’ve searched the internet high and low and found my favorite pairs for you to shop directly from my blog! Comment below and let me know your thoughts on overalls and if you have a certain style you’re obsessed with.

XOXO


SHOP OVERALLS

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