A Cape Look!

The weather in Texas is seriously so indecisive lately you never know if you need a coat, a tank top, rain boots, or all three in one day. I have always lived here and you think I would be accustomed to this but it seems I spend too much time watching The Batchelor (don’t judge), This is Us, and Project Runway and not enough time on the weather channel. I am usually not a TV person but this weather has me indoors!

For the days when the weather changes without notice, a cape is a great solution. It covers enough to keep you warm but is airy enough to keep you from sweating. Capes are a great piece for layering and make for a beautiful silhouette. An added benefit is they are tummy friendly and I can always appreciate a garment like that! After all, when you have curves, sometimes you want to hide them.

I decided to give a little Valentine’s Day inspiration for my look today. I am obsessed with hearts and just can’t get enough of them this time of year. I paired my heart heels and bag with a black and white ensemble. This vintage caplet completed the look. This outfit is a nice combo for Valentine’s Day and can be paired with flats for a mom’s night out with kids.

To see more caplet looks- you can see my caplet styled for work here and a casual look for the rain here. I have put together some of my favorite caplets of the season below. Have a “cape” day loves!

[Disclosure: These photos were done in collaboration with Le Zu Photography, as always, opinions are fabulously my own). This post contains affiliate links. If you shop from my blog, I may be compensated for clicks or purchases that you make.]

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Girly Girl Handbags!

It’s about a month away from Valentine’s Day and I am already loving all the hearts and pink I see everywhere. This is the time when I am able to stock up all my feminine accessories and shoes. One of my absolute favorite girly items are the fabulous heart shaped handbags.

Valentine’s Day is actually my favorite holiday. Not because of the lovey dovey aspect of it but because of all the pink and hearts. I actually got married Valentine’s Day weekend and my colors were Blush and Bashful (pink and pink-lol). For all the girly girls out there I have put together a collection of my favorite handbags of this heart filled season. Hope you enjoy!

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A Statement Coat and Why You Should Consider One?

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I live in the South and the weather is warm pretty much year round but, I have always loved coats and think they add an extra touch to any fall/winter outfit. The great thing about it not being so cold, is that I usually get to wear my coats unbuttoned and you are able to see my full look. A statement coat is like the icing on the cake for styling.

Fashion Blogger Embroidered Coat

Fashion Blogger Embroidered Coat

Fashion Blogger Embroidered Coat

A statement coat is really something I think is worth investing in. You always need your basic coats but a statement piece does just that, makes a statement. A fun embroidered coat can be something that takes a basic ensemble to the next level. They are definitely a conversation starter and more like a wearable piece of art.

Fashion Blogger Embroidered Coat

Fashion Blogger Embroidered Coat

The one I am wearing has been in my collection for over 15yrs. It was inspired by Marie Antoinette and has some beautiful detailing on the sleeves. I paired it with a wrap shirt, denim skirt, and suede boots to finish the look. I then added subtle accessories and let the coat take center stage.

If you don’t own a statement coat, I would encourage you at least take a look at some to expand your wardrobe horizons. Just like with every garment, there is a style for everyone. I have linked some of my favorite statement coats from this season below. Hope you will take a look!

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You are Never Fully Dressed Without Your SMILE +Giveaway

Like they said in Annie, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile”. It’s the first thing people see and something that can create a lasting impression. As a mom (or busy woman), the schedule can be demanding and let’s be honest, I usually go from coffee time to wine time without a break in between. And for this, my pearly whites have suffered.

For years now, I have wanted to try some sort of teeth whitening treatment. I had asked my dentist, inquired at one of the spots at the mall, and researched online. It just never stayed at the top of the priority list. But it’s a new year and time for some changes and so I tried Smile Brillant, an easy way to whiten from home.

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Smile Brillant is definitely for the woman-on-the-go. There is minimal effort on your part and you get a customized experience. The company sends you everything you need. The initial process involves creating custom molds for your teeth which takes less than 5 minutes, yes even you, that busy woman, can do it. You mail them back and in about a week you have your custom trays to start the process.

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I have always had small sensitive teeth so I was a little reluctant to try this product because I tried the strips in the past and could not handle the sensitivity. SmileBrillant has a sensitivity gel that you apply after whitening treatments to help with this. I will be honest, when I first started the process I had to take baby steps and limit my time with the trays to combat some of my sensitivity. But as I continued, the treatments became easier and I am pleased with my results.

This was such an easy way to improve my appearance and you can literally whiten while doing anything. For me, washing the dishes, bathing my little one, and my blog computer time were when this worked best for me. The more multi-tasking we can do the better, right mamas? I know with the new year comes an opportunity to think about a new you. This is a easy way to improve something that is so important, your smile!

If you want to join me in my smile saving journey, I have partnered with SmileBrillant to give one of my lucky readers a chance to whiten at home (A $139 Value).Your smile is something you wear every day; don’t you think it should look fabulous? I do!

For more information you can visit there website and read the articles here, see some cool videos here, or read the reviews here.

[This blog has been compensated by SmileBrillant. I received some of these items in exchange for an honest review. But as always, opinions are fabulously my own.]

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Hello 2017, this year – I am that MOM!

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So it’s the new year and everyone is posting about new year resolutions. For me, I try to make a point of improving myself no matter what time of the year it is. After all, if you’re not improving, you’re staying the same. And who wants to do that?

As a mom, things don’t always go as planned and your life is no longer your own. There are some days when we are fancy and others when the top knot and tennis shoes suit us well. There are days when I am on point with my business and other days I am a MOMBIE and it’s a struggle. This year I am going to be THAT mom and I am ok with it.

I am going to be the mom that…

1. Lets go of the busy and loves my little one unconditionally
2. Is ok with my child eating sugar as long she continues to also eat her veggies
3. Is fancy somedays but not always
4. Says its ok to watch the tablet and TV to get work done
5. Experiences new things with my family and without them
6. Strives my best to raise a strong little lady
7. Focuses on growing my business more than ever and learning my craft inside and out
8. Makes new friends but keeps the old
9. Makes time to give to people in need
10. Does a better job of making time for Herself

As I look into the future, it’s important to reflect on the past and celebrate some milestones for 2016. The past year was definitely one for the books and I appreciate everyone’s support in getting closer to my dream. I definitely crossed off some items from the bucket list.

These are my top moments of 2016:

1. Did a Presentation on finding your colors for a local women’s group
2. I co-hosted (along with some other fabulous ladies) a Fashion Show for I Know Somebody Houston’s White Hot Fashion Event
3. I was a guest on The Little Radio Show
4. Sat on the Expert Panel for the Launch of the Council of Food Wine and Fashion
5. Had my very first Val Around Town Blogger Fashion Show – styled by me!
6. Designed a graphic tee for a brand
7. Sat front row at Fashion Week Houston and met another cast member from Project Runway
8. Visited Chi HQ and had a personal makeover with my HLB Ladies
9. Participated in a Blogger vs. Blogger Thrift Challenge
10. Had the courage to leave my 9-5 to blog full time

I think it’s important to take time to document the successes. I know doing that keeps me grounded, helps me focus, helps me in determining the direction for my business, and keeps me positive during the lulls. Wishing everyone a fabulous 2017 and a year of getting closer to your dreams. What are your biggest plans for this year?

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Brunch with Bloggers + Hungry’s Upstairs

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It’s the end of 2016 and WOW has this year just flown by. I feel like I say that every year but it does seem like the older we get the faster it goes. I took a little blog break to spend time with my family and enjoy the holiday. The most important gift we can give and receive is the gift of presence.

I recently checked out the new and improved Hungry’s in Rice Village for a Blogger Brunch. I was super excited because Hungry’s has been a favorite spot of mine for years. With the popularity and demand of this restaurant, they have moved into a modern building and expanded upward to create a new space named Upstairs. Upstairs is a unique lounge with a huge gorgeous patio that has an amazing weekend brunch, happy hours, and can be rented for private events.

Blogger Brunch Hungrys

As I was brunching with some of my fav blogger babes, I was able to enjoy the casual ambience and beauty of the trees from this gorgeous patio. We sampled different cocktails and appetizers but the strawberry mimosa was my absolute favorite. As my entrée, I ordered the chicken and waffles plate and it was a nice combination of sweet and spicy. The spicy syrup really completed the dish and gave it a pleasant little zing.

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MY OUTFIT

For this blogger brunch I decided to wear a violet colored dress and accessorize it with tones of gray and silver. The combination was great for this occasion but also a perfect idea for a NYE outfit! As a girly girl, I loved that the clutch had a hand strap detail that was a cute bow. I finished the look with a faux fur scarf and some gray velvet heels. The faux fur detailing is a nice touch for a winter look in the south.

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If you haven’t already scheduled your plans for new year’s, there is still time. I would definitely recommend checking out Hungry’s grand opening TOMORROW, New Year’s Eve! And if you still need some fabulous outfit inspiration, the outfit is linked above. Hope you all have a safe and fabulous New Year’s! I will be spending time with family so SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

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An Unforgettable Show – Christmas Under the Big Top

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Christmas Under the Big Top Blogger

Christmas Under the Big Top Blogger

Christmas Under the Big Top Blogger

It’s Christmas week and the festivities have been in full force for us! Last night we were invited to Second Baptist Church for their Christmas Under the Big Top Show. This was truly a magical celebration with a beautiful message. The holidays are about rejoicing and gifting but also remembering the true meaning of Christmas.

The show was full of nonstop entertainment from the musical numbers to the acrobats. I loved the drumline and the ariel dancers just took my breath away! Some of the performances really had me on the edge of my seat and were like nothing I had seen before. The entire show was beautifully choreographed and amazing!

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Christmas Under the Big Top Blogger

As If that wasn’t already enough. The people at SBC thought of everything. While you wait, they have built in entertainment. The entire front is transformed into mini villages with trains traveling about. They have humongous Christmas trees and beautiful backdrops for photo ops.

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Christmas Under the Big Top Blogger

If you live in or around Houston, I highly recommend you check this out. This is a family friendly show enjoyable for everyone. You still have 2 more days (3 shows) to stop by and enjoy the performance. The tickets prices start at $10 and Second Baptist is centrally located near the Galleria. For more information regarding show times and tickets (you can book online) click here.

[Disclaimer: I was given tickets in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are fabulously my own.]

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Recap: 1st Annual Blogger Fashion Show & Shopping Party

Holiday Blogger Fashion Show Val Around Town

There is something to be said about community over competition in blogging. Don’t get me wrong, I swam competitively for 10+yrs and I consider myself a competitive person in many ways (and BTW I completely disagree with participation trophy’s- let them work for it). What I mean by that is, to help others and build a supportive community. You never know, you may inspire someone to do something great, someone may give you the encouragement you need, or both.

When I had the opportunity to host my very first official Val Around Town event (that I could organize from start to finish) I immediately knew I wanted to invite some of my fellow bloggers to participate in a Blogger Holiday Fashion Show. After all, I love to style fashion shows and network with this community!

Holiday Blogger Fashion Show Val Around Town

Holiday Blogger Fashion Show Val Around Town

Holiday Blogger Fashion Show Val Around Town

Everybody blogs for different reasons, for me it’s because I love the art, history, and creation of fashion. Fashion shows get me excited about life- seriously. When styling this show, I wanted to create looks that I liked but that also fit the bloggers style. The show consisted of 8 models showcasing 24 different looks from Dillard’s- a casual look, a cocktail look, and a formal look.

Holiday Blogger Fashion Show Val Around Town

Holiday Blogger Fashion Show Val Around Town

Holiday Blogger Fashion Show Val Around Town

The evening started with a cocktail shopping hour consisting of lite bites provided by La Madeleine, cocktails by Circulo Tequila, and I invited some of my favorite vendors to set up mini shops. The night continued with a three-part fashion show and ended with Christmas music and an opportunity for the bloggers to share a little bit about themselves. We ended the night with some fabulous giveaways and a Holiday Wish for everyone.

Holiday Blogger Fashion Show Val Around Town

Holiday Blogger Fashion Show Val Around Town

Holiday Blogger Fashion Show Val Around Town

Overall, the night was magical for me, I loved seeing everything in action. I was overwhelmed by the support from the community, the bloggers, the vendors, and my loved ones. The bloggers rocked the runway and looked stunning! This was the first Annual Blogger Holiday Fashion Show and Shopping Party and I plan to make it a tradition.

THANK YOU to everyone involved: My Co-Host- Amanda from Positively Beautiful Life, Dillard’s for sponsoring the clothing, Our Blogger Models, Laura for working registration, La Madeleine for providing the food, Circulo Tequila for providing the drinks, Intero and Johana for letting us use their gorgeous venue, Exposure 8 Creatives for Photography, BVSpa and Original Wear for our swag bag items, Shop Vendors – Tutu Cute by Jacqueline Smooke, Esbe Designs, Burdlife, O Bags, Poet & Joy, and Original Wear Travels Abroad, and finally all of our giveaway sponsors- Kendra Scott, Thinking Girls Boutique, Eddie V’s, Taco Gear, Sambuca, and Burdlife.

Check out these other Fabulous Blogger Models:
Amanda – Positively Beautiful Life
Brittany – Truth or Flares
Martha – A Lifetime of Bliss
Melissa – Resplendently Living
Roccibel – Volpicella Roccibel
Sarah – Gracefully Sassy
Wendy – Hey Wendy Vanessa

Katie Maxwell, Managing Broker – our Intero Model

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DIY your Christmas!

DIY Gift Ideas Christmas DIY List

Have you been shopping and feel like you have wasted hours of your time not finding the right gifts? Do you want something a little more personal and like to be hands-on? Then this is the ultimate gift guide for you. I have rounded up several of my EASY DIY’S for those of you who want to make their Christmas gifts this year. Each craft has step by step instructions, takes less than 2 hours to make and costs less than $10 total (as long as you own the tools like the glue gun and sewing machine)!

DIY Tie Choker DIY Necklace

1. DIY Tie Choker

This DIY Tie Choker is a unique necklace that you can make for your working (mama) friend, a co-worker, your bestie that likes cool things, or for your trendy friend that wears the hottest trends of the season. This one is really easy and yet has a really fun feel to it.

DIY Bow Braceley Vicker's Bow Bracelet

2. DIY Bow Bracelet

This DIY bow bracelet adds the perfect feminine touch to any outfit and is really simple to make. I would suggest this for a friend that loves girly things, a mom who loves to do mommy and me matching, or a little girl that loves jewelry.

Heart Barrett DIY Heart Bow

3. DIY Heart Barrett

This is also a great gift for those girly girls in your life. These little hearts give the picture-perfect girlish touch to any outfit this season and year round. Plus, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this would be the perfect accessory for that day!

DIY Christmas Gifts DIY Christmas Guide

I hope you have been inspired to create your own gifts this year. I love to give the gift of creativity (or at least inspire it) to my readers. It really is not about the money you spend on a gift, it’s about the thought that goes into it.

If you loved this DIY and would like to see more of my DIY projects, click here! Or of you want a unique gift and too busy to make one, my other gift guides for this holiday season include– Unique Gifting Guide and The Plaid Lover’s Gift Guide. Happy Crafting and I would love to see your creations online loves – tag me on social media!

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A Plaid Lover’s Gift Guide

Plaid Lovers Christmas Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I am really enjoying reliving the magic of Christmas through my daughter. Three is such a fun age and she is finally old enough to really get into the Christmas spirit. Everything is so amazing, the lights are fascinating, she told Santa what she wanted, we built and decorated a Gingerbread House, and we love singing Christmas music together. This year it just REALLY feels like Christmas as a mom! But…

With the holidays comes the gift giving. For the kids, it’s usually pretty easy when they are young- the latest toy will work. It’s the adults and tweens that make it a little more difficult. I recently put together a unique gift guide for the person who has everything and you can view it here. Today’s post is a little different. Some of the things are unique and can be personalized but they are more of a classic item. And who wouldn’t want something that never goes out of style?

Do you know someone that is Mad for Plaid like me? Well I have put together some of my favorite gifts under $100 dollars for that plaid lover in your life. The holidays are a great time for this festive tartan fabric to make an appearance (and all year if you are me). From jewelry under $20 to shoes priced at $100 there is something for all your PLAID LOVING friends!

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[Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you shop from my blog, I may be compensated for clicks or purchases that you make.]


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