Midday Moment

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I’ve been living in my sneakers lately. They are the perfet comfy, yet chic alternative to my usual boots and heels and can be styled to almost any look.


Shoes: Stan Smith by Adidas

 

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Moto Chic

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Sunglasses: Dior, Jacket: ASOS, Top: June & Hudson, Scarf: 14th & Union, Jeans: Topshop, Belt: Topshop, Boots: Topshop, Handbag: Tory Burch, Hair/Makeup: Mat Wulff, Photography: Mat Wulff

 

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Obsessed with this emerald green color lately. It’s so chic and a great subtle pop of color to my usual neutral/all black everything outfits.


Earrings: Dannijo, Handbag: Elizabeth and James

 

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Valentine’s Day

imageHappy Valentine’s Day y’all! I genuinely hope everyone out there had a great Valentine’s Day whether you were having a romantic date with your honey, girl squading it up, or treating yourself to a much needed Netflix binge sesh. It’s all about love! Love your partner, friends, family, pets, and above all don’t forget to love yourself!

This Valentine’s Day my honey and I decided to take a relaxing staycation. We checked into the romantic Hotel Valencia on Saturday and were welcomed with rose petals, champagne, and chocolate covered strawberries.

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That night we had an amazing dinner at Luke. The the oysters were delish, the ‘Classy Lady’ chanpagne cocktail is now one of my faves, and the Duck Andoullie was one of the best dishes I’ve had in a while. There was also an accapella group going around and singing cute love songs at all the tables. It was adorable!!

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After dinner, we ubered over to AMC Rivercenter to see Zoolander 2, which was hilarious! But even better was the theater! I had no idea that theater had huge leather seats that reclined!! Where have I been?! #newfavoritetheater

Today we went to the Farmers Market at the Pearl Brewery this morning for Local Coffee, Alchemy Kombucha, empanadas, and shopping. There were also tons of adorable Valentine’s Day baked goods as well. Like these cookies I just had to have from Ms.Chocolatier, that tasted just as good as they looked!

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We ended our holiday weekend by going to my cousins’ beautiful Valentine’s Day wedding at Canyon Springs Golf Club where we had a so much fun dancing, spending time with my family, and celebrating love, which is that this day is all about!image

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Galentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, but don’t stress girl, I got you! I searched the Internet high and low to put together a list of 80 Galentine’s Day gifts (*bonus: some of these items are on sale!!) including jewelry, accessories, handbags, pjs, cosmetics, perfume, and more! So whether you’re shopping for your galpals, dropping hints to your boo, or just want to treat yo self there’s no need to look any further!
Xoxo

22. It Girl Bobbi, $12
26. Twist Scarf, $20
50. Golden Stars Mug, $11.50
53. You Me Heart Mug, $6.90
63. Heart Lip Balm, $5.50
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Staying Neutral

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Sunglasses: Dior, Top: ASTR, Coat: Forever21, Jeans: Topshop, Shoes: Zara, Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff, Earrings: Givenchy, Hair/Makeup: Mat Wulff, Photography: Mat Wulff

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Valentines Day Giveaway!

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There is a major Valentines Day Giveaway on my instagram. Featuring products from Essie, Maybelline, Sephora, Bodycology, Bubble & Charm, Batiste, Que Bella, Me! Bath, Olay, and more! To enter head over to my instagram @chicintheheartoftexas and follow the steps to be qualified! Entries must be submitted by 2/7 10PM CST. Good luck!

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#OOTD

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Sunglasses: Tory Burch, Top: Forever 21, Jeans: Zara, Shoes: Zara, Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff, Necklaces: Bauble Bar, Lat&Lo, Bracelet: Bauble Bar, Watch: Michael Kors, Earrings: Givenchy, Rings: Swarovski, Hair/Makeup: Mat Wulff, Photography: Mat Wulff

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Lash Extensions 101

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Okay, it’s no secret that lash extensions are the new, on trend, beauty ritual of the moment. After all, who doesn’t want long, thick, batt-worthy lashes without all the drama of falsies, hard to remove waterproof mascara and eyelash curlers? I, for one, have never been great at applying those strips of false lashes (even after watching, what may easily be, hours of YouTube tutorials on how to properly apply them) and once I finally, after several failed attempts, get those falsies on, they always end up feeling uncomfortable and falling off before the end of the night (not cute).            

So when I first heard about this new lash extension craze I was way eager to find out more. Don’t get me wrong, I was definitely skeptical at first, when hearing that the one set of lash extensions could easily last up to 3 weeks, and even more so after a few google searches led to some articles about women who had gotten cringe worthy allergic reactions and even infections on their eyes from sketchy salons using industrial strength adhesives to apply the lashes (yikes).

But, after researching several salons in my area and finding one that I trusted, I built up the nerve and decided to take the plunge for long sexy lashes. And O-M-G am I glad I did!! The end result was absolutely amazing! I never thought my lashes could look so full and voluminous, yet natural at the same time.

But before you go running to the salon there are some things you need to know before your first lash extension appointment.

1. Not all salons are the same (obviously) so make sure you do a little research to be sure you are going to a reputable salon. Trust me ladies, having gorgeous lashes won’t be so cute with an eye infection. So don’t be shy, ask your technician about the types of adhesives they use to ensure your skin will be safe from harsh chemicals. I went to Emme Nail Spa at The Eilan, where An did my lashes. She told me that she was using a mild, adhesive, which was made for sensitive skin, but believe me, it definitely did the job of keeping my lashes on for the entire 3 weeks.

images2. It’s pricy. Unfortunately, lash extensions do run about $150 for your first set and about $50 for fills. So if you see a salon advertising lash extensions at a way lower price, you may want to ask some questions. It could be a red flag that they aren’t using the best quality products.

3. It takes time. The entire appointment takes about 2-3 hours from start to finish. They begin by prepping your skin, removing any eye makeup or mascara before beginning.

They then put a gentle strip of tape to separate the lower lashline from the top, which, I know sounds awful, but you hardly feel a thing!

After that, the technician applies a padding underneath your eye to absorb any excess glue and to protect your skin.

Once the actual application begins you need to remain still with your eyes closed. I actually often fall asleep during this process because, lets just face it, it’s hard to lay still with your eyes closed for 2+ hours, especially with the calming spa soundtrack playing in the background. An actually said that it’s totally fine to take a little nap, as long as I remain still. The reason it takes so long is because each lash extension is applied one by one, on top of each of your real lashes, which is what makes them look so natural.

*side note: I once drank waayyyyy too much coffee before my lash appointment and my eyes began twitching so much that I had to reschedule (super embarrassing!). So learn from my mistakes, ladies, decaf only until after the appointment!

4. There are different styles! Long and thick, flared out and curly, or short and natural. It’s up to you! Ask your technician about the options they offer and pick one that’s right for you. I got the Extreme Lashes, which were extra long and thick like Katy Perry’s before a trip to Las Vegas, and absolutely loved them! But after winter break was over, I wanted a more natural look so I went for a slightly shorter lash with a flare, which was perfect for going to class during the day or out at night.

5. They need to be cared for. Don’t worry though, nothing major. Just be sure that after your appointment you don’t get any water on them for 24 hours to give the glue a chance to work it’s magic. After that they should be fully bonded. Your technician should also give you a spoolie, which is basically a mascara wand. Use it to brush your lashes twice a day, morning and night, to keep them from getting tangled.

6. THEY ARE AMAZING! Seriously! I absolutely love how they enhance my eyes without having to do anything to them. I love how I don’t have to fuss with falsies or mascara (not to mention all the drama of removing layers upon layers of mascara). I honestly love everything about them and will continue to get them filled and highly recommend you give them a try too if you’re looking to up your lash game.

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Who’s That Girl?

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 Hello there and welcome to Chic in the Heart of Texas.

I’m Marisa and this is just a little peek into my life. Let me just start off by saying that I am not a model (lol, obviously). I am not hair stylist, makeup artist, fashion expert, personal trainer, professional chef, photographer, journalist, magazine editor, or even best friends with a reality star. So who am I? I’m a born and raised Texas girl. Beauty enthusiast, fashion obsessed, shopaholic, and lover of all things pretty and chic. I’ve always loved following fashion and lifestyle bloggers, (and before blogs/instagram, magazines, remember those?) lusting over their wardrobes and learning every new ‘effortless’ tip and trick in the book, picking up a few of my own along the way.

While I had always wanted to start a blog of my own I never thought I could actually swing it. Between going to school full time and working it was hard to find the time to do much of anything else. But over the past couple of years, along with keeping up with my busy school and work schedule, I also did the hardest thing I ever had to do, which was take care of my mom, who had been diagnosed with cancer in 2014. This was the most devastating thing to ever happen to my family. With my parents being divorced and my brother living out of town, I was the one who spent the most time caring for my mom. If anyone has ever had to care for a parent or family member, or has first hand seen someone go through cancer treatment, you know that it is extremely difficult to see someone you love go through that.

After several rounds of treatment, the doctors gave us the bad news that my mom was too weak to go through anymore and didn’t have much time left. My brother came into town and my whole family united to spend time with and care for my mom over the last several months of her life. During that time I had a lot of long talks with her. She told me how much she believed in me and that I had the ability to do anything because I had been through and was able to overcome so much in my life. After a long battle she passed away peacefully in August of 2015. This experience was, without a doubt, the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to go through. The adjustment hasn’t been easy but little by little I’m getting through it.

If I learned anything over the past couple of years, it’s that life is short and you have to make the most of it because time won’t stop for anyone. So over the past few months I began thinking about all the things that I wanted to do in my life and decided to just go for it. When the new year rolled around I made it my mission to work hard and bring this longtime dream of having my own blog to life.

So follow along as I begin my journey of bringing you your daily dose of all things pretty and chic from deep in the heart of Texas.

 

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