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!
Okay so I know this post is long overdue but last month was a complete whirlwind for me. Between graduating college (YAY!) and transitioning into ‘official adulthood’, wedding planning, and the loss of my Grandmother, it was a complete rollercoaster and I took some much needed time off from blogging to process and adjust to all of these big changes in my life. After traveling a bit and spending time with friends and family I’m ready to jump back into my daily routine, which for now, includes creating blog and social media content and getting back into my workout routine at InBalance.
Last month Justin and I went on the InBalance yoga retreat to beautiful Tulum! It was a perfect location for the long peaceful, relaxing weekend. We stayed at the gorgeous Dreams Resort, which was right on the beach and had a luxurious spa, two pools, several bars and restaurants (all inclusive), and tons of fabulous activities and amenities. #inbalanceinmexico
While in Tulum, we also got the opportunity to go on excursions. Justin and I decided to visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, which was absolutely incredible. It is a must see if you are ever in the area and was hands down one of the highlights of our trip.
When we weren’t hitting the beach, bar, or exploring the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, we were up bright and early, with Hope and the InBalance squad taking yoga classes on the beach. If you ever have the opportunity to do yoga on the beach, do it! It was so peaceful to do yoga on a beach so early in the morning when the beach is practically empty and you can hear the sound of the ocean and feel the cool breeze. It makes holding those planks much more tolerable, trust. #namastayatthebeach
I’ve always had a love for yoga, but after this trip I’ve become much more determined to take as many yoga classes as I can to build up my strength and flexibility. I’ve taken yoga classes other places in the past, but the classes at InBalance are by far my favorite. The instructors are super helpful and not at all intimidating, which is nice for a semi-beginner, like myself. Since I’ve upped my yoga game over the past few weeks I definitely feel like I’ve gotten much more flexible (almost at a split, yall!) and have strengthened my core muscles immensely, which definitely comes in handy, when taking barre classes as well. InBalance has added several new classes and programs for the summer and even offers free community classes most weekends. Make sure to follow InBalance on Instagram and Facebook for updates, events, and to RSVP for the next yoga retreat!
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.
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
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!
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!
Today is International Women’s Day. A day in which we recognize and celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women all around the world, as well as advocate for a more gender inclusive world.
This year for International Women’s Day I’ve teamed up with Global Purpose, an ethical sourcing company whose mission is to help brands operate more sustainably and humanely. Global Purpose is owned and operated by Kaylyn Jordan and her husband Jon Jordan. They aim to provide education, healthcare, and income opportunities to women and children living in vulnerable countries, including Haiti, India, and Uganda by reinvesting the sales of their ethical and sustainable products.
In honor of National Women’s Day, I am adding accessories from the Artisan Line by Global Purpose to my OOTD. This sari scarf, drawstring bag, and bracelets are all made by women in India, empowering them and providing them and their families with education and healthcare. You can shop all of these beautifully made products at HEB.
How are you celebrating International Women’s Day? Let me know in the comments below.
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.
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!
For those of you who follow me on Snapchat (@chicintheHOT), you may have already gotten a sneak peek of a few of my current favorite skincare products, including the amazing cleanser and moisturizer by Estée Lauder, my go to SPF for protection without the oily texture or “sunscreen smell” by Supergoop, the perfect retinol eye serum by Dr. Dennis Gross, and the newest addition to my skincare regimen, these daily cleanse vitamins by HUM, (they’re like a detox for skin)!
I’ve made it my mission this year to improve my overall health as much as possible, and skincare plays a huge role in taking care of my body. So I’ve made it a point to not only make regular appointments with my dermatologist and esthetician, but also invest in high quality products that work. I know it can be difficult shopping for skincare with what seems like endless products out there. But fear not, my friends, after trying what seems like everything, I’ve created a guide to my favorite skincare products for you to shop straight from my blog!
Do you have any favorite skincare products? Let me know in the comments below.
So this is my first official blog post of 2017. If you follow me on Snapchat (@chicintheHOT) or Instagram (@chicintheheartoftexas) you probably know that I had been traveling quite a bit over the holidays. But ICYMI I spent Christmas, my birthday (12/27), my future sister-in-law’s birthday (12/30), and NYE in Las Vegas with my fiancée and best friends. And it was pretty epic.
Some of the highlights of the trip included:
1. Getting to stay in the Mansions at the MGM Grand
2. Afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental
3. Attending NYE performance by Drake at Hakkasan (my favorite club in Las Vegas)
4. And my first private jet experience from Las Vegas to Napa for my future sister in law’s bday.
So now that I’m back home and settling into 2017, I want to get right down to business and discuss a few of my goals for this year.
First and foremost, I want to enjoy myself this year. It’s a pretty big year for me, after all. This year I’ll be graduating from college, finally moving in with my fiancee, and begin wedding planning. So, even though it will be a very busy year, I want to try my best not to get overwhelmed, caught up, or stressed out in all the excitement. I really want to try hard and make time for myself to enjoy these big moments, even if it means, unplugging for a few hours at a time, as difficult as that can be.
Another goal I want to accomplish this year is to live a more healthy lifestyle. If you follow me on social media, you may know that I’ve recently teamed up with inBalance, and am now one of their brand ambassadors, which means I get to take all of their incredible classes (yoga, pilates, and barre, to name a few) and tell yall all about it! Since I plan on wedding dress shopping later this year, I have plenty of motivation to hit the gym extra hard.
Stay tuned to learn more about inBalance and follow along on my social media for updates on the classes and my workout routines.
How are you settling into 2017? And what are some of your goals for the year? Let me know in the comments below.
Shopping 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!