Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Day In The City With HUE & Jacqui

Last year, I worked on a fun campaign with HUE.  I announced a big contest that they were doing where the winner would be flown to NYC for two nights and win a $1,000 shopping spree.  The best part about this for me was that I would get to take the winner shopping and spend a fun filled day in New York with them!  The winner, Jacqui, was announced a few months back and HUE flew her into NYC last weekend.  It was seriously such an amazing day and I wanted to share a little bit about it on the blog today. :) 

I knew who Jacqui was because we had exchanged several emails over the last year or two and interacted on both social media and my blog.  Although I had never met her previously, I could tell that she was such a sweet and genuine person.  When I found out that she won the contest, I was so excited to finally meet her.  Jacqui lives in Illinois and had never been to New York before, so I am so happy that she was able to have this experience.  I created a fun itinerary with HUE to help make her NYC trip a special one.  We started out with brunch at Jack's Wife Freda.  I had always heard amazing things about this place and the food was so good.  It's a small spot, but definitely worth going to.  Jacqui surprised me with a special gift and it seriously touched me.  It's one of the sweetest things that anyone has done for me.  She wrote me a heartfelt card, got me an inspirational message block and the movie Anchorman 2 because she knows how obsessed I am with Ron Burgundy.  We really got to open up and talk more about our lives and our personal stories and I can honestly say that I gained a new friend in her.  

After brunch, we went to DreamDry to get our hair done.  She had never curled her hair before, so I was excited for her to do something different.  It came out so good!  This was also my first time at DreamDry.  I am all for a place who does your hair and gives you champagne. We snapped some pics outside too and I even played photographer for her. :) I showed her the infamous blogger walk pose. lol  After we did our hair, it  was time to shop in SoHo!  We introduced her to so many new stores that she had never gone to before like TopShop, Mango, and Zara to name a few.  Shopping was so much fun and she found so many great things.  Before my blog, I used to do style consultations and personal shopping so this brought back a lot of fun memories for me. 


After a couple of hours of shopping, we were hoping to go to the Top Of The Rock to show her an incredible view of the city.  Unfortunately, time was not on our side that day so we ended up heading to dinner instead.  We went to Pagani, a restaurant downtown.  So good!  Now here's a funny story.  I am very animated when I talk.  I guess it's a Latina thing.  When I tell a story, it's like I am literally acting it out.  I throw my hands around and everything.  I was telling them a story and knocked over my entire glass of red wine all over me.  To make matters worse I was wearing a white shirt. hahaha I am the biggest klutz in life!  I honestly just laughed at myself and even posted in on instagram because these are the types of things that happen to me all the time.  You can't take yourself too seriously.  ;) Basically, it was a hysterical way to end the day. 

Thanks so much to HUE for a fun filled day!  I hope you had an amazing time Jacqui and a great first trip to NYC. <3 


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Shades Of Grey

It's a grey day on the blog today!  Speaking of which, I still have not seen 50 Shades Of Grey.  I read all 3 books and loved them so much and heard that the movie was a disappointment. :( Did you any of you watch it?  Trying to see if I should go and see it or not. [lol]

Outfit Details 

Sweater: Cotton On (also love) / Jeans: H&M (love these knee ripped ones
 Scarf: Nordstrom Rack (similar) / Hat: Prima Donna / Shoes: BooHoo 
Bag: French Connection (love this) / Sunglasses: ThreadSence

Monochrome outfits take "matchy matchy" to a whole other level, but I admit that I really like these types of outfits.  It makes me think of that quote, "Does this black match?" [haha] It's fun to create an outfit with different shades of the same color.  I have done this before, but this time I wanted to focus on the color grey.  I was on the hunt for more colored denim when I came across this pair.  My initial thought was to style it with other pieces in the same color family.  I got this sweater back in February for only $5 on the sales rack at Cotton On.  I wore it with a plaid skirt for fashion week, but it was hard to see it since I had a coat on with it.  It's super soft and cozy.  I actually layered a long sleeve shirt underneath because it's still kind of cold over here.  The next thing I added was this hat [of course] and then this plaid scarf to break up the solid colors.  I don't have grey shoes, so I went with black pumps along with a black bag to balance it all out.  I really like how it came out!  How do you feel about monochrome looks? 

Have a great Wednesday loves! 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Denim, Lace & Neutrals

Photos: Kristin

Outfit Details 

Jacket: Gap (similar) / Dress: ThreadSence / Sandals: Nine West 
Hat: Cotton On (similar) / Bag: H&M (also love) / Necklace: Max & Chloe 
Sunglasses: ThreadSence 

This ended up being my favorite outfit in Austin because it was so casual and comfortable to wear.  It was super warm this day too, in the 70s, so it was seriously perfect.  It felt so good to let my legs show and wear open toed shoes.  I can't wait for the weather here to be warm enough.  Right before the trip, I got this pretty lace dress and knew that I wanted to pair it with these nude sandals.  It felt too plain though, so I needed to add some extra pieces to really bring the look together.  I decided on this jean jacket because it's such a light layering piece and really brought another dimension to the outfit.  Jean jackets are such a great staple to have this time of year!  I was on the hunt for a tan hat, but I couldn't find a good one anywhere.  I ended up going into Cotton On and found this one for a great price. It definitely helped to complete this look. I have a major hat obsession that I just cannot shake.  The last thing I wanted to do was add in a pop of color since everything else was neutral.  This orange crossbody bag did the trick.  :) 

Have a great day! 

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