Hi beauties! I am still over the moon over here about our International Women’s Day collection launch with Gibson and Nordstrom. I have been wearing all the pieces behind the scenes so I figured I would round them up for you guys! All of the pieces are so stinkin’ cute and I just love seeing everyone tagging Gibson and Nordstrom in their posts! THANK YOU!
Roselyn Floral Top (wearing a size medium here which is my normal size, if you are in between sizes, size down) I actually have it in both small and medium lol. I love wearing the small with my skinny jeans or slacks and the medium with shorts for a looser fit :)| White Denim Shorts | Cognac Wedges
Let me know if you have any questions about sizing or anything else, I’ll be happy to answer!
Happy International Women’s Day to all of you hard working women out there! I cannot believe the time has finally come to reveal the International Women’s Day collection now available on Nordstrom.com. It seems like it was only yesterday that I shared this blog post breaking the news to you all about the collection!
I am extremely honored that I received the opportunity to design a top with the Gibson team that can now officially be found online at Nordstrom! Ahhh, is this real life?! Introducing to you the “Roselyn” top that comes in 2 colors!!! Side note I am wearing a size small in the tops!
What was really important to me about my top is that I wanted it to be something that could easily be styled for work and the weekend. You all know that I love to style the same items for work straight into the weekend so it only made sense that the “Roselyn” top could be styled that way as well! I love the feminine ruffle front, the smocked detail at the waist and the colors, ahhh the colors are just so perfect for Spring! Over the next couple of days I will be styling this top for you in so many different ways! Check out Instagram stories today for a try on session!
Outfits 1 Details: Lavendar Ruffle Top: Nordstrom | Bell Bottom Jeans: Nordstrom (similar) I actually snagged the ones I’m wearing in the photo last Tuesday when I was at the rodeo out of all places, haha! | Hat: Nordstrom
I am just still so over the moon that I finally get to share this top with you all! And just a friendly reminder of something that makes this launch extra special is that Gibson and Nordstrom allowed each of the influencer’s to choose a non profit organization that will receive a donation due to this collaboration. I chose Arms Wide Adoption Services which is the agency we used to help us be placed with our sweet baby Weaver!
I hope you all love the top as much as I do! The entire collection is beyond beautiful!
Gibson x International Women’s Day Collection
Over the next few days I will be sharing how I personally style each of the pieces but today I wanted to share more of the amazing influencer’s behind this collaboration and their pieces that they designed!
Hi friends! Or howdy ya’ll! 🙂 I am so happy that I finally made it to Rodeo Houston this year and even happier that I get to partner up with such a great company like Reliant to give away a pair of tickets and parking to one of you!
When I first moved to Houston I remember everyone talking about how great the Houston Rodeo was. I mean I knew it was the biggest rodeo in the world but really, “how amazing would it be?” I thought to myself. Well, you don’t know until you go! The first time I attended the Houston Rodeo I was completely blown away. Endless food options, fun for every age, the concert line up and the actual rodeo is beyond amazing and entertaining. The artists that they get to perform at the rodeo continues to surprise me too. A first timer would think they are all country stars but that’s so not true. The people behind the scenes really try to cater everyone’s music taste and honestly some of my favorite concerts I have attended at the rodeo have been Usher, Robin Thicke and as of late, Cardi B 🙂 I am also really looking forward to the Camila Cabello concert tomorrow! Unfortunately the winner of the tickets and I won’t be sitting together. I’m actually attending with work colleagues and a vendor and I’m crossing my fingers they like to dance as much as I do, haha 🙂
In addition to all of the music entertainment, good food and mutton bustin’, I did want to point out a couple of things that go on during Rodeo to give back.
Hats off to Rodeo Art Contest
Reliant’s Hats off to Houston Rodeo Art Contest will showcase the creativity of 10 local charities as they decorate larger-than-life cowboy hats for display inside NRG Center at Hall C. The winner of the art contest will be chosen by voters on Reliant’s Facebook page, and the charity’s hat with the most likes will receive a $10,000 donation!
Starting February 25 and lasting through March 10, everyone is encouraged to like” the photo of the hat they wish to vote for. The photo with the most likes at the end of the contest will be chosen as the grand prize winner. o The first place winner will receive a $10,000 donation plus a fun rodeo experience for 20 people. The second place winner will receive a $5,000 donation, third place $2,500 and all other charity participants will receive a $1,000 donation. The ten local participating charities all support children and families and include:
▪ American Diabetes Association – Camp Rainbow is a four-day camp in Pinehurst, Texas for children with diabetes and their siblings.
▪ Bo’s Place offers community to those who have experienced the death of a loved one by providing multiple grief support services for adults, children and families.
▪ Books Between Kids serves Houston’s at-risk children by providing them with books to build their own home libraries.
▪ The Center for Hearing and Speech helps children with hearing loss gain listening, speaking and literacy skills.
▪ DePelchin Children’s Center is an accredited foster care and adoption agency improving the mental health and physical well-being of at-risk children.
▪ Girlstart provides a year-round, intensive suite of STEM education programs for K-12 girls.
▪ Kids’ Meals delivers free healthy meals to the doorsteps of Houston preschool- aged children.
▪ Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast grants the wishes of children diagnosed with a critical illness.
▪ SIRE serves adults and children with a wide variety of special needs through equine-assisted activities and therapies.
▪ Snowdrop Foundation provides scholarships for college bound pediatric cancer patients and childhood cancer survivors while raising awareness and funding for continued research to cure childhood cancer.
I won’t tell you to vote for but I will say I am a big supporter of the American Diabetes Association- Camp Rainbow. Wink wink, lol! You can vote for your favorite hat here.
You Protect Us, We Protect You
New this year, Reliant is honored to support Houston-area first responders, including public law enforcement, firefighters and EMS, for the Rodeo’s First Responders Day. The first 1,000 first responders to visit the Reliant Big Boot on Monday, March 4 after 3 p.m. will receive a free Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm as Reliant’s way to protect those who protect us. The donation is the latest example of giving back through Reliant’s strategic partnership with Google and Nest.
Reliant Big Boot
Visit the nearly 25-foot tall Reliant Big Boot by the Champion Wine Garden at Carruth Plaza. Take a photo with your family and tag @ReliantEnergy (Twitter/Instagram) for a great social media photo opp! You can also play a cornhole-style “boot toss” or “hat toss” game for a chance to walk away with fun rodeo prizes.
Outfit Details: Dress: Red Dress Boutique (this sold out so fast so I am linking some other cute yellow dresses that would also be cute for the rodeo one here and here)| Denim Jacket: similar here and here but the letters on the back are iron on! | Booties: Francesca’s
Okay, okay enough of me talking and more of you guys winning….the winner of the 2 Camila Cabello tickets is…. firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email me asap so we can get your tickets to you for tomorrow’s concert! Yay!! Thank you to everyone who entered! I wish I could give all of you tickets!
If you can’t tell, this California raised girl has become a huge fan of Rodeo Houston. My parents planned on coming to Houston for baby’s Weaver’s 2nd birthday so we are moving up there trip a little earlier so I can take them to the rodeo for their first time! I can’t wait!
Thank you Reliant for partnering up with me on this post and giveaway.
It’s no secret that I LOVE New York City. I remember going to New York for the first time when I was working as an Assistant Buyer and thinking “I belong here”. 🙂 A city with implants from all over the country, a city that never sleeps with an endless amount of restaurant options and coffee shops? Umm, yes please!
Fast forward to 2019. I still have a tremendous love for the city but me in 2014 gallivanting around the city doing whatever I wanted when I wanted is much different than making sure your toddler is having just as much fun while not interfering with nap time 🙂 so today I am sharing 8 fun things to do in New York City with your toddler as well as delicious kid friendly restaurants Brandon and I enjoyed and also toddler approved!
8 Things To Do In New York City With Your Toddler
Visit Central Park – If you followed along on our recent trip to New York, you saw that we made a trip to Central Park almost everyday! We stayed at the Parker New York Hotel (which I would highly recommend) and it was like 2 blocks from Central Park which worked out perfectly. We would walk there and let baby Weaver run free. Did you know that there are 16 different playgrounds in Central Park? In addition to the carousel, horse carriage rides and zoo, this 800+ acre park is perfect for toddler fun at no additional costs.
Time Square Characters – No matter how many times I have gone to New York, I always feel like my trip isn’t complete without a visit to Times Square. We took our little guy there to see the street characters. He enjoyed stalking Elmo from afar but I don’t think he could grasp why there were so many elmos and minnie’s in one place. LOL
M&M World – While you are in Times Square make sure you stop into M&M world and taste all of the fun and different flavors. I mean who doesn’t enjoy chocolate? I know i do and baby Weaver definitely did too!
Visit The High Line – I am laughing as I type this because I read on so many sites that The High Line was a must see and also kid friendly. And it is, however you should probably go on a day that it isn’t snowing LOL. I promise it wasn’t snowing on our Uber ride there, or else I would have saved it for another, sunnier day! It has great views of the city, stroller friendly and a ton of seating areas and grassy areas where I could totally see enjoying a picnic with your family would be so much fun! When we went, it started snowing and Brandon was like “great idea babe” lol. The next time we go in warmer weather I’ll definitely be taking the family back and I’ll show him it was actually a great idea 🙂 Fortunately, baby Weaver fell asleep on the ride over to The High Line so he actually slept in the stroller with his warm blanket while Brandon and I walked (in the snow) and took in the views. The High Line is actually a mile and half long park designed around a no longer in use railroad track.
Ice Skating – This was one thing that we had on our list but didn’t end up doing. If you go during the ice skating season, skating would be fun in Central Park, Rockefeller Center or Bryant Park.
Visit One World Observatory – This is another stop I always make an effort to see when in New York. The top of the One World Observatory is the highest view point in New York City and offers spectacular 360 degree views all over Manhattan and beyond but also so many emotions go through my mind when visiting the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York. They have done such an amazing job honoring those who perished and the heroes who responded. Seeing the architecture of the One World Observatory and The Oculus is mind blowing. You can pay your respects and take in the architecture designs while your little ones enjoy the outdoors. The Oculus also has a ton of shopping and restaurants.
Coney Island- It was way too cold for us to take a trip to Coney Island while were there but in warmer weather, this would have definitely been a stop for us! Coney Island is filled with different attractions for all ages, rides and carnival food! Basically a toddlers dream come true!
City Treehouse – Typically this is not something we would do when visiting a new city but one of the days we were in New York the wind was brutal and we wanted to take baby Weaver somewhere to play that wasn’t a crowded museum. I’m so glad we gave City Treehouse a chance. They had a “treehouse” with a slide, interactive water activities, an art room, a baby room with instruments and a room that was set up for gymnastics type play with a soccer goal and basketball hoop. Baby Weaver loved it and not gonna lie we kind of did too, haha! When no one else was in the gymnastics room Brandon was kicking the soccer ball so hard into the goal baby Weaver literally laughed like it was the funniest thing he had ever seen in his life. Like who is the bigger kid here? 🙂 This place is located in Chelsea so we were able to walk to delicious restaurants from there.
Toddler Approved New York City Restaurants:
One of the things I enjoy the most about traveling, is trying out new restaurants! On this trip I felt like we were on a burger tour, lol, but honestly not mad about that. Baby Weaver has been really into hamburger patties and fruit lately. Basically that’s all he wants, haha. I remember walking into 5 Napkin Burger and Brandon saying “this boy really likes his $15 burgers” LOL
Black Tap NYC – holy smokes, WORTH.THE.HYPE! This place always has lines out the door but we decided to go the day it snowed and got right in. The midtown location was also one street over from our hotel. We ordered The Greg Norman burger, Fruity Pebbles shake and Brooklyn Blackout shake. Yes, yes and yes. I would 100% wait in line for that.
Made in New York Pizza – you have to have New York pizza when you are in New York City and this place does not disappoint. I had the white pizza and I’ve been thinking about it every since!
The Burger Joint– This place was actually located inside of our hotel so we ate it a few times when we just wanted to grab something fast. Simple menu and good burgers. I love how it is decorated very speakeasy-ish. It’s actually hidden behind floor to ceiling curtains in the lobby of the Parker Hotel.
5 Napkin Burger – Brandon and I shared the 5 Napkin Burger which had imported gruyere, caramelized onions and garlic aioli and the Truffle Burger which has taleggio, porcini ketchup, a fried egg and black and white truffle butter. In other words these burgers were the bomb.com. Baby Weaver had a $12 Just the Beef burger and loved it lol.
Other places we ate at and enjoyed but I wouldn’t exactly say they are the best places for a toddler are below. I mean they are “kid friendly” but probably not a toddler favorite, if you know what I mean. Breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien, Brunch at The Plaza & Norma’s, dinner at Fogo de Chao.
Actually to be honest, I was the only one who liked Le Pain Quotidien, lol. The latte and avocado toast were so good. Brandon’s reaction was “I don’t like places that just make basic things sound fancy. Just tell me it’s scrambled eggs and cheese”. LOL
I hope this post is helpful in planning your trip to New York City! Let me know if you have any questions!
Hi friends! One of the questions I get the most on Instagram stories is, “where do you get your eyelashes done?”. You all know I LOVE my eyelash extensions. Early last year I tried to give them up and that lasted for a good 3 months but I thought about them every single day, lol.
I have been eyelash extensions for like 6-7 years. Whenever it was that my girlfriend Nikki had her bachlorette party in San Diego. I remember getting them right before that weekend and I was immediately hooked!
I’ve gone to several places since then. Actually the very first time I got them, I got them done at a nail salon by my house. Even though I immediately fell in love with the way they looked I have learned over the years the right and wrong techniques and I have learned that the nail salon that first did my lashes were doing it all wrong! She actually had me keep my eyes open and didn’t use gel pads or anything but again I didn’t know any better. Today I want to share a lash boutique who I have been using for the past couple months.
Like I mentioned, I have tried out so many different places in the Houston area so now I know exactly what I like and what I don’t like. Actually the individual that I went prior to trying Chiclash Boutique I still love as well but she moved locations and she works for herself now so not only is she too far to get to on my lunch break, it’s really hard to get an appointment with her if I don’t book in advance. That is why I started looking for a lash boutique by my office and fortunately found Chiclash.
Chiclash currently has 3 locations in Houston. A location in Montrose, Highland Village and Memorial area. I have been to both the Montrose and Highland Village locations. First of all the beds are like being hugged by a cloud! Haha, seriously if you go or have gone you know exactly what I mean!
The two stylist I highly recommend going to are Ivy and Jordan. And my one tip when going to get your lashes done anywhere is to be very specific on what you want. The stylists work on so many different people and everyone wants something different so make sure you share whether you like a natural look or more voluminous lashes. When going to a lash stylist for the first time I would even recommend getting a screenshot of some examples you like from their Instagram or website to ensure you get what you want. Just a tip from someone that has been getting eyelash extensions for a while now 🙂
For reference, the length of my eyelash extensions are a mix between 13 and 14 and I tell them I like more fuller, thicker looking lashes.
Chiclash Boutique is also giving you guys 20% off your service when mentioning my name. I’ll link all of their locations here.
If you guys go, don’t forget to send me a picture!