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round top   Cabbages and Roses Pin Tuck Dress / Rag & Bone Leather Trimmed FedoraImogene and Willie Kantha Blanket / Hemsley and Hemsley Cookbook / J.Crew Downing Tote in Colorblock Stripe / Tan and Brown Vintage Cowboy Boots from Feather’s Vintage /  Shinola Run Well Watch in Rose Gold 

 

I’m super excited to head to Round Top, TX this weekend for the antique show with one of my best friends. I haven’t made it to the tents in a few years and it’s her first time – so it will certainly be an adventure.  I’m always inspired by new finds, the scenery, and the people I meet when visiting the area.  You can read about a few of my previous trips here and here. Weather wise, it looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous weekend! I will be packing light dresses, a tote, hat, a great book, and of course – vintage cowboy boots.  I hope you enjoy shopping my inspiration board for this trip!

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Shop this look: J.Crew Boiled Wool Zip Sweater, Kendall Conrad Hammered Gold Hoops, Calypso Leather Hendrix Tote, Golden Goose Sydney Western Boot, Rag & Bone Skinny Sloane Plaid Jeans 

As of late, working on a blog redesign has put me at a standstill when it comes to inspiration for posting. However, with chillier temperatures in Dallas and planning a visit to the pumpkin patch at the Dallas Arboretum, I am finally in the autumn spirit. If I could plan my dream outfit for the weekend, it would certainly be these AMAZING skinny jeans from rag and bone with plaid patches. I would pair them with the perfect cozy ivory sweater from J.Crew and gold hammered hoops from Kendall Conrad. As for shoes, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Golden Goose distressed black boots and a slouchy fringe bag from Calypso. Hello autumn!

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Tata Harper at the Nordstrom Spa – Galleria in Dallas

I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely and beauty Tata Harper at the Nordstrom Galleria this month.  I have been a fan of Tata’s products for the past 2-3 years – particularly her Resurfacing Mask and her Rejuvenating Serum. It was fantastic to learn that Tata’s products will now be sold in all Nordstrom Spas. There will also be several Tata Harper facials available – the Organic Facial (a 60 minute facial treatment) and the Red Carpet facial (for special events – it goes beyond regular maintenance and cleansing).  The Red Carpet facial sounds incredible with four different masks!

The aspect I love most about Tata Harper Skincare is her ingredients are of 100% in natural origin and 96% organic.  For even the most troublesome skin issues, she’s doing research all around the world resourcing the highest performing ingredients for anti-aging, brightening, brown spots, firming, and more.

Learn more about Tata Harper NOW at Nordstrom Spas here and more about her collection here.

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nitesurf by Regime des Fleurs

The hot dry Santa Ana winds / Carry the scent of blossoming citrus groves / Across the valley to the light of the full moon / Fractured on crashing waves / of Venice beach

 

So, I know it’s normal for me to have a long list of “must-haves” for you, but seriously, scratch everything I’ve told you lately and put a fragrance by Regime des Fleurs at the top of your list!  The scent I chose, Nitesurf, finally arrived at Forty Five Ten in Dallas. I had the pleasure of meeting the two founders at the store earlier this year. At just $95.00 a bottle, you honestly can’t go wrong.  The care and personalized touch that goes into each and every bottle is exceptional.  The fragrances are made in small batches.  The bottle I received was labeled 25/250.

 

Nitesurf is my new go-to scent.  There are so many layers to the fragrance that I can honestly say I’ve never in my life smelled anything quite like it. It includes Tunisian neroli water absolute, floralozone, phosphorescent petal accord, ginger lily CO2, transparent citrus, nautilus shell destructive distillation (yes, crushed seashells), and grey ambergris tincture.  I’ll be wearing this fragrance all through fall to remind me of long windy walks on the beach.

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Learn more about Regime des Fleurs here and catch them in the September issue of Town and Country magazine.

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Zero George

This past May, I enjoyed Memorial Day weekend with my boyfriend in Charleston and Kiawah Island for a wedding. We had such a lovely time!  We stayed at the Zero George Hotel – which I highly recommend!  It’s a boutique hotel comprised of historical buildings with a restaurant on property and delicious cocktails.  One evening, we dine with friends at FIG and another at SNOB (Slightly North of Broad).  SNOB was absolutely fantastic.  It’s a must-visit on your trip and please try the Shrimp and Grits and the cocktails are beyond.  Actually, we found it’s difficult to find a bad specialty cocktail in Charleston.

As for shopping, my favorite stores we visited on King Street were: Lily Charleston (for bath, body, and candles!), the Billy Reid boutique (there’s something about Billy Reid & Charleston), and South of Market (home decor). I’ve recently fallen in love with the South of Market blog!  I found the offices of my favorite magazine Garden and Gun - so much fun!

On Saturday, we left for Kiawah Island for the wedding. The wedding was outdoors and the reception had the most beautiful sunset overlooking the golf course.  And, I’m in LOVE with the alligator place setting. So creative! I can’t wait to visit Charleston again soon.

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South of Market design shop

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Enjoying a rooftop cocktail! Love the green Sperry’s

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Kiawah Island Wedding Sunset

* images: my own and Zero George from Zero George

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The Hundred Event hostesses!

It was wonderful to attend some sessions of The Hundred Event held a week ago in Dallas. A long time fan of the Aspiring Kennedy blog, I was excited to learn that blogger Lauren Bryan Knight was involved in organizing and hosting a bloggers event at the Warwick Melrose Hotel from August 8th-10th.  It was such a great group of women (bloggers, writers, and small business owners) and sponsors included Joules, Minnetonka, Twine Room Design, Lily Jade, and media sponsor Bungalow Magazine. A special thanks was also given to Peacock Alley, Love Ophelia, Uber Dallas, and the Warwick Melrose Hotel.

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speaking on The Brand Perspective Panel!

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On Saturday afternoon, I had the opportunity to speak on a panel with representatives from Peacock Alley, Fossil, and Lily Jade on The Brand Perspective.  This panel was about digital marketing and advertising opportunities with brands (what makes them want to work with you!) and the social media that surrounds them.  I attended the beautiful dinner on Friday as well – there was a full weekend of fantastic events!  You can see the entire image gallery here.

My quick points:

1.  Be sure that the brand is a good fit for your audience.  Don’t collaborate with a brand your audience will not receive well because chances are the brand won’t see the results it wants and you could harm your own personal brand.

2. Make it natural.We all don’t like to “read” advertisements on blogs.  Think of different ways you can showcase the product and reach the needs and goals of the brand without being too obvious.

3. Multi-platform promotions. Even if you’re working with a brand and the deal is just for Facebook, give the company a chance to see the value you can provide them when they work with you.  Be sure to utilize other platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and even videos during your partnership with the company. They’ll be appreciative you went the extra mile – even if it’s a value add!  It’s often helpful to create a unique hashtag for your partnership, particularly if it’s a longer giveaway or contest.

4. Think like your reader. If you were to land on a blog, think about how you might like to learn about products.  Don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

5. Be Professional. Record activity and statistics on your blog during the collaboration.  They’ll be watching, but if you provide the brand with a promotion, contest, or collaboration recap or report, you’ll stand out from the crowd.

6. Understand the Goal. Before launching any partnership or campaign, it’s important that you understand the goals of the brand.  Are they looking to drive traffic to their website?  Do they want to capture a new audience? Are they hoping to see the different ways you can style their product and share it with your readers?  By asking your contact or the brand’s representative about what they hope to achieve through the collaboration, you can better customize your strategy to meet those needs.

Thanks to the Hundred Event team and all involved for the amazing opportunity and on successfully hosting such a lovely and successful weekend!

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Friday Dinner

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Lauren and her daughter, Viola!
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Cakes by CakeWalk (our favorite)!!! 

 

Photography Credit: Awake Photography

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When it comes to summer beauty, here are a few of my current favorites that I try my best to never leave home without – especially when traveling!  My newest addiction, is the Sugar Lip Tinted Treatment in Tulip with SPF 15.  This gloss keeps my lips hydrated without being too sticky or greasy.  And, for summer, the Tulip tint adds just the right amount of rosy hue that beautifully complements a summer glow. It instantly brightens the face and sometimes it’s all I wear. I highly recommend it!  I am still using the W3LL People cosmetic line based in Austin, Texas.  This line is clean, non-toxic, and 100% natural.  The cosmetics are made in very small batches and there’s an emphasis on organic ingredients that offer a natural benefit to the skin as you wear the makeup.  There aren’t any harsh artificial chemicals, preservatives or petroleums included in their makeup line.  My favorites from the line right now, are the Altruist Satin Mineral Foundation and the Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara.  The Mineral Foundation is light and airy, but seems to effortlessly even out your skin tone with radiance. I have sensitive skin and allergies and can often have trouble finding a mascara that doesn’t aggravate my contact lenses.  The Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara makes your lashes voluminous and striking while supplementing them with health botanical ingredients. This mascara lengthens AND builds.  As for fragrance, summer scents to me should either be powdery light and fresh or beachy.  Right now, I’m loving Narciso Rodriguez for her.  It’s a soft feminine fragrance with notes like jasmine, pink peony, rose, and lily of the valley that doesn’t seem to be too much for the Texas heat.

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PIRCH_Entry PIRCH is opening this fall at NorthPark Shopping Center in Dallas! It will be so nice to shop the best of the best in indoor and outdoor kitchens, laundry room ideas, and inspiration for the bathroom, all in one place. This full service home store that specializes in plumbing and appliances.  The best part? You can walk in and try everything.  Learn more about PIRCH and some of the lines they carry here!     PIRCH_Bath3 PIRCH_Bath4 PIRCH_Kitchen PIRCH_Showers

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I’m all about maxi skirts at the moment.  The piece can take you from day to night with a quick change of accessories.This Striped Piece from J.W. Anderson is a great item to pair with the gorgeous pink maxi from Temperley. For the evening, favorites are: Metallic and Leather Mary Jane Pumps from Miu Miu, Rush Mini Clutch Leather Bag from Fendi in Navy, and the Tahiti Sling Ring at Steven Alan.  Take all the accessories away and can’t you picture the skirt and top with summer flats for a casual look?

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One of my favorite local beauty lines is Dear Clark! I love the scent and the way it keeps my hair clean, healthy, and hydrated.  This Thursday, the Dear Clark Hair Studio along with Erica and Trey Kuppin will host an art exhibit featuring pieces from talented at-risk teens who participate in Big Thought’s Creative Solutions Program.  The event will be from 7-10 p.m. this week at the Dear Clark Hair Salon at 3317 McKinney Ave. Come enjoy the art show and shop select products available for purchase – all benefiting Big Thought!  Big Thought is a non-profit organization that serves the Dallas community and provides youth  with access to innovative learning opportunities outside of the classroom setting.  We’ll see you there!

 

What: Dear Clark and Big Thought Art Exhibit and Shopping Event

When: Thursday, August 7th from 7-10 p.m.

Where: Dear Clark, 3317 McKinney Ave. Dallas, TX