Category Archives: Fashion

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.]

To shop my look:

For my “cape” recommendations under $100:

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!

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


A Statement Coat and Why You Should Consider One?

Fashion Blogger Embroidered Coat
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!

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

Signature

Brunch with Bloggers + Hungry’s Upstairs

Blogger Brunch Hungrys

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.

Fashion Blogger

Fashion Blogger

Fashion Blogger

Fashion Blogger

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.

Blogger Brunch Fashion

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!

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

Signature

Mad for Plaid!

Fashion Blogger Plaid History Jonathan Ivy

It’s FINALLY cold enough to start wearing my winter wardrobe, yay! I have always been obsessed with plaid and truly consider it a staple in my wardrobe. It seems that the winter months bring out the plaiditude in everyone!

Fashion Blogger Plaid History Jonathan Ivy

The History of Plaid:

Did you know plaid isn’t technically the correct term to use? This fabric named “tartan” originated in Scotland and has been traced back 3,000 years! The Scottish used tartan to differentiate between clans and some even had their own family tartan (I want to have one for my fam!). Plaid was actually a term used to describe a heavy cloak or blanket used to keep them warm- similar to a modern blanket scarf or poncho.

Tartan was originally made from wool and the color draft is called a sett. With modern technology we use machines to create tartan but back in the day they used the sett to specifically describe the color combination of threads. Now the sett is used to describe threads but also to play with sizing for different garments and accessories. For example, a men’s tie sett would be much smaller than a sett used for a skirt.

It wasn’t until the 19th century that tartan was actually a fabric used for women’s clothing. It is now a classic for men, women, and kids of every age. Once the tartan fabric was popular with American and British textile makers, it received the name plaid. Although tartan has become plaid, the history of origin still remains. It’s been recognized more for its beauty than for its deep rooted history.

Fashion Blogger Plaid History Jonathan Ivy

Fashion Blogger Plaid History Jonathan Ivy

Fashion Blogger Plaid History Jonathan Ivy

This outfit post was inspired by my love for plaid. The simplicity of everything else lets the plaid bag stand out. I chose to pair the dress with some suede boots and simple jewelry to finish the look. This simple outfit would have been rather boring without the plaiditute this bag brings. I have linked some of my favorite plaid bags below and stay tuned for next week’s gift guide for the plaid lover in your life!

[Disclosure: This post was done in collaboration with Jonathan Ivy Photography, as always opinions are fabulously my own. This post also contains affiliate links. If you shop from my blog, I may be compensated for clicks or purchases that you make]

Signature

Patriotic Looks for Election Day!

red heart purse fashion blogger StacyAndersonPhotography(168)
menswear inspired look fashion for work career chic
fashion blogger career look
It’s no secret this election has everyone on their toes! This is the craziest election season I have had in all my thirty-something years!The thought of either candidate makes me want to cringe but moving out of the country is not an option (at least for right now). I will not be sharing who I voted for or what I think you should do. This subject is so controversial and I am just over it all! I want to talk about something a little more light-hearted and that is fashion. I decided on this election day, I would round up my favorite red, white and blue ensembles for a little fashion distraction from the election!

The first look, A Fun Look with My Heart on my Sleeve, is a fun off the shoulder top and denim skirt. At the rate we are going, with the hot temps, this off the shoulder top could be worn until Christmas. The red heels and heart bag add some spice to a classic outfit.
My second look, Menswear Inspiration for Work, shows you 5 ways you can easily incorporate menswear into your career look. I did quite a bit of pattern mixing with this ensemble but it still has a cohesive look. I also show that menswear can still be girly by fe-MEN-izing your wardrobe.
The final look, Taking Classic Pieces to Fabulous Pieces, show you ways to take the classics and add some pizazz. I paired polka dots and solids for a complete head-to-toe patriot look. Again, this posts has suggestions on how to freshen up your classics by adding one simple piece.

This election day will probably be one of the longest days of the year. I hope I distracted you for a brief moment and inspired some patriot looks in your future. A lot of my inspiration for my style has come from one of our first ladies Jackie O. For more of my fashion looks click here. To see the 44 First Lady Fashion Looks from Eleanor Roosevelt to Michelle Obama click here.

Happy Election Day!

Signature

Tacos Are Always in Style!

Taco T-Shirt Taco Gear Taco Graphic Tee Mexican T-Shirt
Taco T-Shirt Taco Gear Taco Graphic Tee Mexican T-ShirtTaco T-Shirt Taco Gear Taco Graphic Tee Mexican T-Shirt
Taco T-Shirt Taco Gear Taco Graphic Tee Mexican T-Shirt
Taco T-Shirt Taco Gear Taco Graphic Tee Mexican T-Shirt
Tacos and Fashion, two of my favorite things! It’s not a typical combination, but who says it has to be? We are constantly asked what are you doing to be different?

From the time I can remember, tacos have always been a part of my life. I never realized how much we ate tacos until I moved out of the country (to France) to work. What do you mean you don’t have tortillas here-lol? I thought about Mexican food in general but tacos more than anything. What I would have given to have a homemade tortilla with beans and cheese for breakfast. Don’t get me wrong, the pain au chocolat was pretty amazing and crepes weren’t a bad substitute! But, it’s the little things in life that we sometimes take for granted.

As a taco lover, I was super excited to partner with Taco Creative. Taco creative is a Corpus Christi based company started by Gerald Flores, a graphic designer. His line, Taco Gear, is a taco lover’s dream – everything has the taco theme. His line includes the ever popular graphic tees, trucker hats, and taco accessories.

Having a fashion design background, I was giddy at the thought of designing my own shirt. As fellow creatives, Gerald and I were able to design something that merged our two brands into one. I was able to create a Val Around Town signature shirt bringing two of my favorite things together. It’s not your typical combination and I am sure you will not be served tacos at the next runway show but tacos will always be in style in my book.

If you love to support Texas/local based brands like me, check out Taco Gear and all their specTACOular designs. These make great gifts for your taco lovers and are a different take on your graphic tee.

“And always remember, trends come and go but TACOS are always in style.” Val

Taco Gear can be found:
Website: http://www.tacogear.com
Facebook: TacoCreative
Instagram: @tacocreative

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Taco Creative, as always options are fabulously my own. This post also contains affiliate links. If you shop from my blog, I may be compensated for clicks or purchases that you make]

Signature

Celebrity Style for Less & A love for Collars!

karl lagerfeld cocktail dress jonathanivy

karl lagerfeld cocktail dress jonathanivy

karl lagerfeld cocktail dress jonathanivy

karl lagerfeld cocktail dress jonathanivy

karl lagerfeld cocktail dress jonathanivy

Shirt collars aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of party dresses, but this year it might be? The collar trend is in full force and everywhere. The decorative collars are on dresses, shirts, and even being worn as jewelry. I absolutely love this look and have always loved button up shirts. The fact that this look is translating into other garments has me in love!

My look was inspired by the recent outfit of Jill Kargman from Odd Mom Out at the Emmy’s (if you haven’t seen that show its hilarious). Although I did not find an exact replica, I did try and replicate the feel of the dress. Jill actually has such a fun girly style with decorative bows, collars, and lace. Definitely, every girly girly’s dream wardrobe. I wore this look to the Runway Houston Fashion show event at River Oaks District.

My look is from the Karl Lagerfeld collection from Dillard’s. Karl is such an influence in the fashion industry, being the creative director and head designer for Chanel and Fendi plus having his own line. The man never sleeps, I can relate. I was so happy to see his collection at Dillard’s at a more affordable price. I love mixing high and low end but surely can’t afford Chanel’s entire line so this is one of my solutions. The collection has tons of collars and Chanelesque looks at prices that won’t break the bank. And it’s no wonder it reminds me of Jill’s style, her father was the former president of Chanel.

The collar is such a fun way to add structure and whimsy to any outfit and you don’t even need a necklace. I truly believe there is collar style out there for everyone from leather to jewels and anything in between, trust me, they have you covered. With so many exciting styles it will be hard to choose just one! I have linked some of my favorite collared looks from the Lagerfeld Collection as well as some fun collared garments.If you haven’t already, I hope you will try this style soon!

To see a similar style with a pearl collar, click here and for more fashion posts click here.

[Disclosure: This post was done in collaboration with Jonathan Ivy Photography, the Pink Envelope, and Crystal Ballroom at the Rice. As always, options are fabulously my own. This post also contains affiliate links. If you shop from my blog, I may be compensated for clicks or purchases that you make]


Signature

Cowboy Boots for Fall Ya’ll!

Cowboy Boot Style  with Embroidered Dress

Cowboy Boot Style  with Embroidered Dress

Cowboy Boot Style  with Embroidered Dress

Cowboy Boot Style  with Embroidered Dress

Cowboy Boot Style  with Embroidered Dress

Cowboy Boot Style  with Embroidered Dress

Unicorm Bracelet

Boot season is in full swing! Even with the temps being the way there are we are still rocking them on a regular basis. As a true Texas gal, I include my cowboy boots into my boot wardrobe. I am of the opinion that cowboy boots can be worn year round and look great. My favorite way to wear boots is with dresses, it’s an easy look and brings a Texas feel to my aesthetic.

Did you know cowboy boots aren’t even from Texas? All my life traveling around (and living in France) people always think we ride horses to work and wear cowboy boots. Well actually, fun facts: 1. Cowboy boots were an influence from Spanish Vaqueros 2. They were not considered fashionable in the beginning; they were worn as work boot so that men didn’t get their nice boots dirty 3. The lack of laces helped prevent the cowboys from being dragged if they fell off the horse 4. Texas was one of the first states to adopt them in the US, but so was Kansas 5. Companies still consider their producing methods “trade secrets” and that is why there is no standardization of sizing and boots across different companies fit quite differently.

I love sharing fun facts and history but let’s talk about this ootd. For this fall-like look I chose a simple embroidered dress, if you know me you know I love embroidered anything and the fact that it was under $30 is a plus! I seriously could wear embroidered clothing every day. The ease of the dress and boots combo is great for a woman on the run that wants to look stylish. Not to mentioned that this dress is extremely comfortable with the giving waistline. Of course I couldn’t forget a cute bright clutch to complete the ensemble.

Signature

This photoshoot was done in collaboration with Stacy Anderson Photography and Tousled and Teased.
[Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you shop from my blog, I may be compensated for clicks or purchases that you make]

Mom Uniform LBD

LBD Mom style

LBD Mom style

LBD Mom style

LBD Mom style

LBD Mom style

It’s Friday and I am super excited to be attending the Blog Elevated conference again (see my thoughts on last year here)! I am always on the go, around town, and running errands. As a busy lady and a mom, I don’t always have a super fashionable outfit on. I love fashion but sometimes I need practicality over fashion. Not to say I don’t try to bring some fashionable elements into my looks but just a comfier take on it.

Today I wanted to provide some inspiration for the moms out there. This jersey dress has become one of my “mom uniforms” as I like to call it. It’s easy, no iron, and comfy enough to run around all day. You can really pair it with anything and it is the necessary LBD for the woman on the go. Did I mention it has pockets?

5 Reasons why this is a mom uniform staple:
1. It can be worn in any season.
2. You can layer nicely because the material is not that thick.
3. Accessorizing can change it up completely.
4. You can bend over, crawl up the playground stairs, and chase your little one without showing your parts to the world.
5. You feel like you are in pajamas but don’t look like you are.
I like the color black for this garment because it can be dressed up for other occasions but you really can find them in any color. I have put together a couple of my favorite styles for this season. You can shop the looks below.

This photoshoot was in collaboration with:
C Wright Photography
Instagram: @cwright.photog
Eastlake Events, LLC
Instagram: @eastlakeevents
Tousled and Teased (Crystal)
Instagram: @tousledandteased

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