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TGFM- Thank God For Momma

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This weekend my momma is coming to town and I am so excited! It has been awhile since we have had a  “girls weekend” filled with good shopping, good food and great wine. Yesterday I said I was a daddy’s girl. Welp, today I am a momma’s girl. Some things never change? Regardless, my momma and I get along well and always have — aside from the b*tchy teen years. Sorry about that, mom. Happens to the best of us. Anyways, I cannot wait to spend the weekend with her. It’s great when she comes it town because it is an excuse to escape “my Dallas” and jump into different “getaway Dallas.” I don’t have the itch to go out to bars or see everyone. I can lay low and just be. I always need a weekend “away” everyone once in a while! A little R&R with my momma is exactly what I need!! Now another positive aspect of momma coming to town: we have very similar taste in clothes so it tends to work out well when we go shopping together. This weekend we might also make a quick stop by Dry Bar for a little refreshing hair-do. And it wouldn’t be fair to have great hair & keep it cooped up inside– so we made reservations at Hattie’s in the Bishop Arts District. I cannot wait to cross this restaurant off my Dallas foodie list!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

xx, MEB


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Currently Coveting: Red Hot Items

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| 1. Mara Hoffman bikini | 2. NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red | 3. JCrew Beaded Rose Necklace | 4. Kate Spade Terry Flat | 5. Joie Pinot Top | 6. Cosa Bella Never Say Never Sweetie Soft Bra | 7. Kate Spade Pop Art Scarf | 8. Cosa Bella Never Say Never Cutie Lowrider Thong |

Whether you’re buying for yourself or others this holiday, you can always find an excuse to go shopping. In my case, these are some “red hot” — err, or pink— items that I have been eying lately. Some are just practical for the holiday, cue the most comfortable bra and undies known to womankind (Cosa Bella), while others just happen to be red and pink so they fall into the “holiday” category. Without question I think my favorite item on this list is the Mara Hoffman bikini. I have been lusting after one of her suits for so long. Hence the reason I managed to pick out one of the suits that had pink in it. Sorry, I had to— her bathing suits are always so cute and chic. Who wouldn’t want to dive into a pool in one of these bad boys? I certainly do!! On another note, once hopping out of the pool and switching the gears into a cute sundress, a perfect lipstick to pair it with is necessary. PS. can you tell I am ready for warm/beach weather?! Anyways, I have about three NARS lipsticks so far and I am hooked. They’re so great and they have a bunch of different types (i.e. smooth, matte, semi-matte- you get the picture) and I love them all. I highly recommend everyone purchases at least one asap. Not to mention, they’re color selection is top notch. In fact, I think it might be time i add numero four to the bunch. We shall see!

PS. i suppose these couldn’t hurt to add to the wish list either!

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Have a wonderful Wednesday!

xx, MEB


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TGIF: A Skip & A Jump to LMW

Hello readers!! Today is an exciting day for me. Drum roll please. I am being honored with my first guest post on a good friend of mine’s blog: Little Miss Wade!! When Morgan asked me to write a post for her blog, I was beyond flattered. I know this doesn’t seem like a big accomplishment but let me assure you, it is. Please do me a huge favor and head over to Little Miss Wade to check out my feature!! I’m sharing a few trends and styles I have been keeping my eye on lately!

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Have a fantastic weekend!!

xx, MEB


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Take Me With You

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After getting back from my NYC getaway I realized that I am in dire need of a travel bag. Not so much a weekend bag as it would be a “put-all-my-random-crap-in” bag. I have never been one of those girls that travel lightly — thank you, mom — and I need a bag that I can carry on the plane or fit easily in the car without a hassle. Now I know this would not be hard to find. However, I have one requirement for this bag. It must.be.organized. I cannot have any more bags that become bottomless pits. Yes, they are great but I already have one that I bring to work. When I travel I need to know where everything is at all times; phone, passport/boarding pass, iPad, magazine, snacks etc. Everything needs a home, if you ask me. Otherwise, it will get lost and go into the black abyss never to be seen again (until I empty my bag once i return home). Pointless, right? Therefore, I need a bag with pockets, zippers, you name it- i need it.

One of my dear friends was recently telling me about how she scored a LO & SONS bag for Christmas. I immediately started giving her the third degree about her bag. How many pockets? Can I fit blah, blah, and blah inside? Is it heavy? What colors does it come in? If i put blah in, can I still fit blah? Is it waterproof? You get the idea. I was extremely intrigued. She continued to rant and rave about how great her bag was and all of it’s amazing compartments. I think at one point she even said “this is the best bag ever created” which I thought was pretty solidifying. Not to mention, the bag looks amazing and oh so classy. They’re price tag is a little hefty ($295) but my LO & SONS gal swears by it and promises it’s worth the price. Does anyone else have one of these bags and can attest to my friend’s review? I would love love loveeee to hear more about the bag… or any other bags for that matter!!! I seriously need help picking one out… and soon! Never know when my next impromptu weekend trip might be!

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Have a wonderful, organized, and stress-free Wednesday!

xx, MEB


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Weekend Recap: NYC

This past weekend was beyond amazing. New York is such a great place to visit. Keyword: visit. Although it is wonderful, I don’t think I could ever live there. But that is just my personal opinion — clearly there are many people who would agree with me! The fashion was spectacular — hello, Madison Ave — and the food was even better. This was the boyfriend’s first trip to NYC and I think it safe to say he is a fan, as well. Below are a few (read: A TON) pictures to help review this weekend! We started off Saturday at Freedom Tower and some exploring in the city. Saturday night was a hit with seeing The Book of Mormon (hilarious!). Sunday we visited the MET and took a stroll through Central Park followed by a long walk through the city. Monday was short day in the city but we made a quick stop by The Empire State Building to get some beautiful views of the city. Perfect weekend trip if you ask me! I apologize, pictures uploaded in reverse order so just pretend it was on purpose…

 

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Beautiful city — how great is this picture. I love all the brownstones in NYC!

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Taking a quick break in Central Park

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Outside the MET — fantastic museum

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Scored this coat at a sale in SoHo (C.Wonder — available in stores only)

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Have a great four-day-week!!!

xx, MEB


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Empire State of Mind

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This weekend I am off to the Big Apple!!! Cue “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z. Every time I am in NYC I have this utter sense of Carrie Bradshaw being injected into me as soon as the plane touches down. New York City is one of those places you can travel to for years and still never see everything. It is a little magical if you ask me. As far as fashion is concerned, anything is possible and everything is acceptable. I haven’t been to the city in a few years so I am super excited to get back. The boyfriend is accompanying me and I could not be more excited (he’s never been!!) to share this experience with him!! I’ll be sure to capture tons of pictures and share them with you when I return! Until next time…

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!! Happy Friday!

xx, MEB


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Green with Envy

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Did you know that emerald has been named 2013 Pantone Color of the Year?! After discovering this I seriously jumped for joy! I have always been attracted to the color emerald….on everything. Blouses, pants, jewelry, wallets… you name it and I’ve considered purchasing it (and inevitably gave into my craving!). As a blonde, emerald is one of those colors that looks good year-round. If I am pale, tan or that awkward autumn mix, it will blend perfectly with my skin tone. Oh the benefits of being blonde! Not to say emerald doesn’t look good on brunettes by any means! Of course, that is why I am so excited it is the color of the year. It looks good on just about everyone!

Not to mention, it look amazing in home decor. I always love pulling in bright greens into my color scheme for my home. Right now I have a pillow that closely resembles emerald on my bed and its one of my favorites! You can seriously use this color anywhere… closet, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen….heck go crazy and dress the dog in it! I can tell you right now, it won’t be a mistake. One can do no wrong with this color. Not only does it stand great on its own but match it with any color and it looks flawless. Go ahead and think about it. Emerald and navy? Amazing. Emerald and yellow? Amazing. Emerald and pink? A little watermelon-esque but it’ll work. Emerald and anything? You guessed it..amazing.

Let me know what you find in the upcoming year in this fabulous color. I know I will be finding any excuse to purchase more items in emerald!!

Have a happy Wednesday!

xx, MEB


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A Wonderful Collaboration

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By now I am sure you’ve heard that Neiman Marcus and Target have teamed up to bring you affordable yet chic items in an array of different categories. Personally, I am a huge fan of their home decor collection. Target is selling everything from cups to plates to serving trays.. you name it! Not only is this stuff at awesome prices, it looks amazing too! At first when reading about the two companies becoming a duo I thought that the items wouldn’t be all that glam or well-made. I love Target but I don’t go there to get my finest things. I get the basics and the necessities. They create generally good products at manageable prices. For someone on an entry-level income (like myself!)… it is perfect. Well this time, I have been proven wrong. Take a look at the items below for yourself. I wasn’t kidding — this stuff is good.

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| 1. Tracy Reese Dessert Plates – Set of 4 | 2. Altuzarra Tray | 3. Altuzarra Double Old Fashioned Glasses – Set of 4 | 4. Marc Jacobs Pouch Gold | 5. Tracy Reese Blouse | 6. Oscar de la Renta Pet Bowl | 7. Jason Wu Ornaments – Set of 3 | 8. Philip Crangi Frame |

 Have a great Thursday (it’s almost the weekend)!!
xx, MEB


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Observe & Be Amazed

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With all the buzz going on about her baby bump I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at the stylish life of Ms. Kate Middleton. Whether she is attending the Olympics, walking a red carpet or enduring acute morning sickness… she looks flawless. I seriously have never seen a bad picture of her. How does she do it?! I suppose if I was the Duchess of Cambridge I would dress that perfectly everyday too. Or at least that is what I am telling myself!

Her style is classy and feminine to a tee. She is never seen without make-up or a completed ensemble. Are there any looks of Kate’s that you have been eying? I personally love the neckline on the last photo shown above. The colors compliment her skin tone and hair color so well…although I’m sure she already knew that. Also, the emerald green ball gown is to.die.for. It’s seriously amazing— I always wish I had opportunities to wear a dress like that. I love everything Princess Catherine wears and she always looks like perfection! Don’t believe me? How about we all agree to disagree and say all her looks are fabulous? Ok, good.

Have a great Wednesday!

xx, MEB


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Currently Coveting: Sky High Heels

| 1. Kate Spade Lollipop | 2. Steven Loulu Point Toe Pumps | 3. Sam Edelman Celia | 4. Miu Miu Glitter Platform Pump | 5. Jean-Michel Cazabat Suede Elisa Pumps |

Last week I informed you all on my obsession with shoes– more like addiction. This past Thursday I went to a blogger event at Kate Spade NY in Northpark Mall here in Dallas. Bloggers Molly and Sally Miller of A Piece of Toast hosted the event and gave 20% to people that came out. It was so surreal finally getting to meet the two sisters. They’re so sweet– not to mention, gorgeous!! At the event I tried on the Kate Spade Lollipop pumps and they were beyond amazing. I had to refrain myself because I was in dire need of basic (more basic than those.. we’re talking plain and boring) for a holiday party coming up. Oh the sacrifices we must make for shoes!

How great is the heel accent on the Miu Miu Platform Pumps?! The glitter accent would spice up any outfit. However, I’m not sure they would be enough sparkle for one outfit, depending on the occasion. I must say, I think they would look great with black jeans and a basic blouse, possibly paired with a statement necklace of some sort. But that’s just my thought! The options are really endless with these bad boys. They’d be great for any occasion. They’re subtle enough to not shock and awe but also have enough sparkle to accessorize any outfit.

Lately, I’ve been seriously eying shoes with a strap similar to the #5. Elisa pump.  Something about the ankle strap really gives the shoe a great look. They would look great with jeans or a dress. A leather pleated skirt would be pretty awesome to mix and match with, as well. I think the thing I love most about shoes is how versatile they are! You can take one pair of heels and wear them with so many different outfits on a multitude of occasions. Oh how the obsession continues…

Have a wonderful Tuesday– Turkey Day in TWO DAYS! :)

xx, MEB