10.27.2014

Provo Fashion Week

JACKET: H&M SHOES: ASOS (SIMILARBAG: KATE SPADE

I first heard of Provo Fashion Week a few years ago while still living in Provo. I remember thinking, "Um, what... a Fashion Week in PROVO? Uh, Okay." I had other commitments and wasn't able to make it to check what it was all about, but the pictures that flooded my instagram feed later made me realize I had missed out. When Bree invited me to see a special showing of her collection and the show, I couldn't pass it up. Bree has such a talent, and her aesthetic is so on point I had to be there to support her :) Bree also happens to be one of the geniuses behind Provo Fashion Week and I have to take my hat off to her because it was an amazing event from start to finish. It was a night to celebrate the talent of those in our community, and there is a lot of it. What I really loved was the collaboration of everything from those helping with the hair, makeup, photography, and of course the fashion. I even knew a handful of the models, makeup artists, and hairstylists through blogging and my Aveda days, so it was fun to see them do their thing on the runway! One of the designers had ballerinas dance down the runway and it left everyone speechless, it was such a treat to see that kind of art mixed into the show. Before the show there were pop up shops from local companies, and after there was a fun mingle after party with drinks and food. There were 20 designers, nearly 200 models, and tons of amazing people it was a great night!

I wanted to steal all of Bree's designs, I love her use of sequins in everything. Her pieces are classic, and girly, with a hint of whimsy. Another favorite of mine was Beckett & Robb, they blew me away! The impeccable tailoring and style of their menswear is out of this world and I am dying to get them to custom make something for Trevor. They will be launching an online store this fall, so those of you not in Utah can get a taste of their talents. Again, it was such a great show, and I am happy I got to be apart of it. Thanks for the invite Bree!

 Bree's amazing line!

The Provo Library made a gorgeous venue!

10.26.2014

Nena & Co. Bags & Giveaway!

JACKET: H&M 
JEANS: OLD NAVY (SIMILAR)
TOP: JCREW FACTORY (SIMILAR)
BRACELETS: ALEX AND ANI
WATCH: C/O ARVO
BAG: C/O NENA&CO

I recently instagrammed this beautiful bag from Nena & Co. and received a lot of questions regarding it. Isn't it stunning? I took it as my carry on travel bag to Nashville and I can't tell you how many times I got stopped about it. So many compliments! How could I not? It is a stunner, and a total statement piece. 

Ali reached out to me about this beautiful bag and the goals of their company Nena & Co. Ali designs and manufactures vintage Guatemalan fabric and employs indigenous women to hand weave new fabric that they use for products like this which take about 8 hours to complete 1 single yard! Her family is from Guatemala, and is a big advocate of working with local people and giving them sustainable jobs!

Nena & Co. are dedicating October to a special cause that they are involved in that helps support and educate women on how to birth babies. They will help supply birthing kits to women in remote villages in Guatemala that do not have access to a doctor while they are expecting. The goal is to help lower infant mortality rates. Beautiful bags and helping women and babies? I mean... what an amazing cause! These pieces are truly one of a kind, as is the company. All purchases during the month of October will go towards this beautiful goal and cause.

10.23.2014

I'M LOVING: OLD NAVY SALE

I am not going to lie, I haven't shopped at Old Navy in years! Remember their annual summer sandal sales? Me and my sisters would go crazy in middle school and high school buying up all their sandals. It helped we were all about the same size shoe, so we could swap ;) But by the time I graduated from high school I felt like Old Navy had kind of gone south a little bit, and I haven't shopped there since. A few weeks ago I saw someone post about some jeans they got from Old Navy and I thought they were adorable. So of course I had to take a look for myself, and I found myself loving item after item. Where have I been? When did Old Navy get their mojo back? Apparently I have been missing out on some great stuff for awhile now.

Not too long ago I hit up a great sale they were doing and got a ton of stuff, and they have another amazing sale going on right now too, so I thought I had to share with you all! I love Old Navy because they have affordable staple pieces that are wearable everyday items. They are running a pretty great sale right now, they have up to 60% OFF for their 20th birthday! Not too shabby right? So here are some different items I have been loving from Old Navy that you might want to check out ;)


A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J. K. L. M. N. O. P. Q. R. S.

10.21.2014

UTAH STATE BAR AND SWORN IN


For those who asked about my shoes, they are on major sale right now!

Last Thursday Trevor was sworn in and officially became an attorney! This day was better than his graduation for me! Graduating from law school is more like a tease because you aren't actually done. You now have an entire summer of grueling studying to do for the Bar. And Trevor had to do that while working, making his summer extra stressful. But now we are now officially FINISHED with the entire process of becoming an attorney, and it feels amazing!

10.20.2014

Buying a Home and other random rants


I love this rustic meets modern home I found on pinterest. Totally my style!

Can I just take a minute to say how grateful I am to have such a sensible and frugal husband? Without him I would probably be a Carrie Bradshaw with all of my money hanging in my closet. We recently started the adventure of buying a home. After renting for years, we are finally in a place where we can settle down. We are done with school, and looking for our first place and the whole process should probably be more exciting but stuff like this tends to just stress me out. Trevor is very practical, while I of course dream a little bigger. I want something "more" while my husband talks me back down to reality. The only debt Trevor and I have is student debt, which is pretty common for people our age, and in an effort to get that sorted out as fast as possible it is important that we don't just live within our means, but below our means.

I have never been someone that really cared about Keeping up with the Joneses, but with the rise of social media I feel like that has infected a lot of people, even me a little bit. "But why can't I have the gorgeous all white kitchen right now?" I am embarrassed to admit I even have thoughts like this sometimes, but I am just trying to keep it real here. Let's be honest, I know a lot of us have thoughts like this. Thankfully my husband is nothing like me in that regard, and he is grounded, smart and savvy. I guess we make a good match in that way, he brings me down a little bit, and I lift him up, meeting somewhere in the middle where we both become better.

And while we are on the topic of day dreaming and wanting things, have you all seen Lauren Conrad's digs? I mean, hello. It is Lauren Conrad after all, and she has always done everything right, expect that one time she picked that one boy over going to Paris with Vogue, but we all make mistakes once in awhile so I forgive her for that one.

Anyways, for those who have gone through the process of buying a home, bless your hearts. It is going to be an interesting adventure over the next few months. It will be nice to finally paint a wall without having to ask someone else for permission! I am looking forward to that place called HOME.

10.18.2014

Nashville Tennessee - National Funeral Directors Association


Bag: C/O Nena & Co.

You may have noticed a lack of blogging on my part, and for that I apologize. My new job has taken up a lot of my time and energy. By the time I get home at night I don't have as much time to give to it as I have in the past. Speaking of my job, I don't know if I ever formally mentioned what I have been doing since moving to Salt Lake. If you read my blog you know that while living in Provo I worked at Aveda, which they just opened up a brand new location by the way that is amazing! But I was not about to commute from Salt Lake to Provo everyday, so I found a new job and made the change from working in Marketing for the beauty industry to Marketing for the funeral industry! Yes, you read that right. In fact, this past week I attended the National Funeral Directors Association in Nashville, Tennessee. I saw that several of you on instagram were confused, or curious about what my new job was, so I thought I would share some of the details.

I work for a Financial Corporation called Security National in their Life department. I am a part of the Marketing team here, and have had a lot of fun the last few months learning all about the funeral industry and the insurance side of all of that. I recently started a side project for the company and started a funeral industry blog. Funeral Guy's Bow Tie is a source for funeral industry news; publishing insightful information, industry trends, and staring conversations that can educate not only funeral professionals but all those who have dealt with death in their personal lives. It has been a lot of fun and if you want to learn about some pretty funny and cool related things to death, you should check it out. Like this infographic about death ;)



So as I mentioned, I just spent the beginning of the week in Nashville, Tennessee. No, no Taylor Swift sightings, much to my dismay. But even without a celeb sighting, I had a blast. Of course getting there and going through the Dallas airport and hearing all about Ebola every five seconds was unsettling. I have yet to show any signs, but I will keep you posted.

10.08.2014

Remix Your Fall and Winter Wardrobe With No Nonsense Patterned Tights + $100 Giveaway!


 
One of my favorite accessories for fall and winter are tights and leggings. Not only are they functional, because I live in Utah, but it also adds such a fun element to an outfit. You can easily add color, texture, or prints to a basic outfit with the use of tights and leggings. For example, these adorable black polka dot tights from No nonsense. I paired them with these booties and skirt to give it a little something, and play up the polka dots in my top. Not only does this add a fun element to my outfit, but I have also covered up my extremely pale winter legs! HA. 
 
The No nonsense tights and leggings are high quality and extremely comfortable. Normally with tights I feel like I am going to get a snag just putting them on, but not with these. They just slid right on! No nonsense also has a large selection of patterned tights which include everything from Fishnet, Rose Floral, Diamond Mesh, Cable Knit, Basketweave, Bold Diamond and Ribbed; ALL of them coming in a wide variety of colors. I want to get my hands on a pair of the Cable Knit Sweater Tights and wear them with my knee high boots for fall! 
 
Tights and Leggings are such an easy way to remix your wardrobe, and lucky for you, today you have the chance to get a hold of some of your own from No nonsense! See below for ways to win a $100 No nonsense gift card!
 
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