What A Difference Good Bedding Makes

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And the home remodel slash decorating bonanza crawls on…  Our master bedroom was pretty much the last room in the house that I started on because the walls, ceiling, and floors were done last, and once I got to it, I was kind of pooped from the rest of the house.  I told Eric that I didn’t think I could pick out one more rug.  Seems dramatic, but if you start to look around at the area rugs on the interwebs, you’ll find a TON of similar duplicates.  I found myself reverting back to the old eeny, meeny, miny, moe method.  (Works every time.)  So for the master bedroom, I’m super excited that I got to team up with Havenly for the whole design.  That means someone else got to pick out the rug and pretty much everything else, but more on the design process later.  The room is still waiting on a few final touches – closet doors, a tiny wall repair, wall art, and an upholstered bench that took six weeks to be delivered only to march right back out the door with a stain on it – but the one thing that is done and happily put together is the master bedroom bedding.  And what a difference that makes.

When we moved into this house, our bed and dresser (the only bedroom furniture that could fit into the tiny bedroom of our last house) went into the guest bedroom, so we pretty much started from scratch in the master.  Our first priority was the bed, and we ordered that before we started working with Havenly.  We TOTALLY scored on a great mattress because Eric’s company builds for a well-known mattress company.  Then came the master bedroom bedding, and since we’d been purging all of our Ikea furniture from college around the house, it only seemed appropriate that it was time for some nice, grown-up bedding.  Similar to the guest bedroom, I knew I wanted all white, and I found the perfect (for us) duvet, embroidered duvet cover, and matching shams at Bed Bath & Beyond.  It’s the best blank slate for a few pillows (which were all found at Steinmart), and I love that it stays pretty wrinkle-free.  I never ever thought I’d say this, but it’s the type of master bedroom bedding that makes you actually want to make your bed in the morning.  So grown up, right?  Something like that.  Stay tuned for a full master bedroom reveal coming up…just as soon as she’s ready.


Disclosure:  This post is in collaboration with Bed Bath & Beyond, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

Style Week OC Recap With Trina Turk

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Good morning, friends!  I still have a couple of looks from New York Fashion Week coming up on the blog this week, but today I’m recapping a fashion event a little closer to home – Style Week OC.  You guys, it was such a fun night.  The event was put on by Fashion Island and featured a runway show with fall looks from Bloomingdale’s, Trina Turk, Rebecca Taylor, Anthropologie, Elie Tahari, Halston Heritage, and Nordstrom.  After watching runways packed with spring looks in New York, the fall looks on the runway in Style Week OC got me so excited for fall prints, sweaters, scarves, boots, and fur accents.  (Fall weather, where are you?!)

I partnered up with Trina Turk for the night, and y’all, I could not love the fall collection there any more.  The bold prints are primed for mixing and matching so easily, and the caped pieces, I died.  I loved so many pieces in the store, but in the end, I just had to choose this plaid cape dress with the printed bag and heels combo.  Had to.  And now I wear these heels and the bag, like, all the time.  Teaming up with the Trina Turk team felt like such a perfect fit for me, and it was so great working with the gals in the store.  And SO, SO great meeting everyone who came into the store for the meet-and-greet after the runway show.  What better way to connect with a few readers than over yummy bites, a cocktail, and a little shopping?  Clearly it was a night filled with my favorite things.


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Jumpsuit at New York Fashion Week

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So what do you wear on your very last day in New York for Fashion Week when you’ve pretty much exhausted your options and your feet are just not havin’ it anymore?  (My brain wasn’t really havin’ it anymore either, but I’m sure that’s a topic for another day.)  You pull out that favorite jumpsuit that feels just like PJ’s and the mules that are definitely the most comfy heels ever.  It seriously saddens me that these mules are sold out everywhere because I would for sure recommend them to every person I meet.  That might be weird though, so instead I’m just linking a couple of similar pairs below.  And then there’s the jumpsuit.  I’ve been a fan of Ripley Rader jumpsuits forever I think and really tend to amp up my obsession around the holidays.  (I also took my engagement photos in one of them.)  This time I’m trading in the classic wide leg style for the tapered leg and love that this one can so easily be dressed up or down.  It’s perfect with my favorite blazer of the moment and aforementioned mules for schlepping around New York, but it’s also so tempting to throw it on with an easy pair of sandals for hanging around the house.  And that’s exactly what I intend to do this weekend: hang out without a plan in sight.  Who’s with me?!


P.S. – Stay tuned next week for a couple more looks from #NYFW and a recap of my fun night at Style Week OC!

Photos thanks to Angie Garcia

This Week’s Fall Must-Haves

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After two glorious days of overcast fallish-ness earlier this week, the urge to do SO much fall shopping damage is way strong.  Way strong.  Must keep reminding myself that all of the fall must-haves that I’ve already adopted are still waiting their turn to make it out of the closet.  But if you’ve been patiently waiting to add to your fall wardrobe, then today’s post is for you, friend.  And you know what, I’ll just go ahead and be honest.  The dress at number 8 is already on its way to me, and I’m JUSSST about to pull the trigger on those killer faux leather leggings that suck you all in and make you look like a supermodel.  But then once I get the leggings, I think I’ll have to pair them with the sleeveless sweater and suede booties.  And the camo shirt jacket.  You should know that as a Southerner who grew up surrounded by camo-clad hunters and fishermen, I always swore up and down, side to side and backwards that I’d never wear anything camo.  And yet here I am, staring at this camo shirt jacket like, where have you been all my life?  Someone send help.  (Also, this happened and I wasn’t even mad at it.)  But I mean, cute outfit, right?  Especially cute once you add the navy handbag and ring because I clearly have a fall problem and we’ve already come this far so let’s just keep going.  (I’m not calling them my fall must-haves for nothing.)  Which pieces are calling your name for the fall season?


That Slip Dress Trend

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You guys, the 90’s called, and they’ve shipped that pesky little slip dress trend twenty-five years into the future.  And while certain versions of the 2016 slip dress trend scream Cher Horrowitz just a little too loudly (as if!), I must admit that there are a ton of options out there that I love.  It’s fall’s best layering piece and looks equally fab under a jacket as it does over a t-shirt, turtleneck, button-down blouse, you name it.  Seriously!  Think 90’s, and just go with it.

Annnd, now let’s get down to the fit.  A lot of the options out there can leave a girl feeling a little…naked.  So if you’re like me and prefer a slip dress with a little more, umm, coverage, then this is the one for you, girl.  I love that it has a longer hem and is (drumroll, please) bra-friendly.  Basically that translates to super-duper comfortable for day to night.  It’s available in two colors and is currently on sale for just about $35.  I wasn’t into the whole slip dress thing and ordered this one sort of on a whim, but once it came in the mail I was like, wait…I’m obsessed with this dress.  Dress it up with your favorite metallic heels or go for a more casual look with menswear-inspired oxfords or tough booties.  Whatever you do, let’s have a little fun with it, shall we?


Photos thanks to Jenny Megenney

Best Leather Dress

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It’s hard to believe that the end of New York Fashion Week for me was one whole week ago today, and yet somehow this packed suitcase is still sitting on the floor refusing to unpack itself.  The unpacking struggle is so real over here, guys, but I’m thinking maybe tomorrow is the day.  This faux leather dress was definitely my favorite thing that I took along with me to New York, and I can’t believe I’m actually admitting it, but I totally wore this comfy little number twice during the trip.  Whaaat?!  I know.  It made its first appearance last Saturday for the Rebecca Minkoff backstage and show in SOHO followed by the KYBOE! show and after party.  Then on Tuesday, I wasn’t particularly feeling the cocktail dress that I had brought for the RewardStyle party, so I pulled out this leather dress again and added my favorite blazer and a fun little metal clutch to switch things up a bit.  On day number six of Fashion Week, all I wanted was a little bit of comfort, and this dress and boot combo is about as comfortable as it gets.  Seriously, these boots were made for walking, and they’ll definitely be coming with me to Vegas in just about a month.  I’m calling them my JLo boots, and although they were totally sent to me by mistake, they grew on me quickly.  And now I’m like, I totally needed these more than the solid black boots that I actually did order, right?  Right.  Nothing like happy accidents that actually work out.  Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!


Mixed Prints for Fall

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While I’ve been a fan of mixed prints for a while, these days I really can’t get enough, and I’m blaming it all on these shoes.  In my mind, they go with everything.  In the easiest black and white pattern, it’s so easy to mix and match them with other prints and patterns in my closet like this black and green cabi blouse.  And don’t even get me started with the sort-of matching little crossbody that adds so easily to the mix.  Both the heels and the bag are part of Trina Turk’s newest fall collection, and I seriously can’t even count how many more pieces I’m eyeing.  It’s.  So.  Good.

But don’t take my word for it – come on into Trina Turk tonight to take a little look for yourself and find your own new favorite mixed prints.  Tonight I’m so excited to be attending Style Week OC and hosting a little in-store shopping party at the Trina Turk store in Fashion Island from 7 to 9 pm.  There’s a runway show at 6:30 and four other bloggers hosting in-store events at four different stores, so I really do think it’ll be such a fun night.  If you’re in the Orange County area, I’d love for you to come by and say hi!  Looking forward to meeting everyone there!


Photos thanks to Jenny Megenney

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Getting Cozy at Home With Stein Mart

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Ahhh, you guys!  I’m so, so excited for today’s post because I feel like it’s been a few months coming.  If you haven’t been following along on Instagram (why, girl?), you may have missed a few sneak peeks at the whole home remodel situation that’s been going down since Eric and I got married.  That’s right, we bought a house!  (Woo-hoo!)  A realllll fixer-upper.  Like the kind of fixer-upper where you rip the whole thing down to the studs and start from scratch.  It’s been quite the process, but it’s so nice that we can make each room our own.  But, you know, these things take time.  Lots of it.  Lots and lots of it.

But finally, finally the rooms are coming together (while other parts of the house are quite another story…), and I’m loving the decorating process.  So without further babbling on, today I’m sharing our guest bedroom in collaboration with Stein Mart.  I unfortunately don’t really have any before photos of this room because, well, there was nothing really in there besides a bed and dresser.  It was a real work-in-progress, or a blank slate, I’ll say.  So armed with a gift card and the two best design assistants ever (AKA my mom and aunt – seriously, they’re the best!), I headed to my local Stein Mart without a clue really what I was looking for.

And the ball started rolling quickly.  I spotted the mirror and little square bench first and was like, yes and yes.  The bedding was next, and for some reason, I’m just hooked on white bedding only.  No prints, no patterns, no colors, no thank you.  White bedding, and it’s non-negotiable.  I grabbed this white linen set and moved onto picking a little color in the pillows.  Many of the rooms in our house for one reason or another are turning out to be a smidge on the masculine side, so I figured this guest room could be my girly room.  So the blush and grey and velvet and faux fur and flowers and such just happened.  And I LOVE it.

These days, it’s so pretty and cozy that I feel like we should be sleeping in it once a week or something.  Maybe not, but I do really love how it turned out, and I seriously can’t believe the crazy good steals that I found at Stein Mart.  Like that mirror, y’all?  Under $80.  Same goes for the little bench.  The throw, the bedding, the pillows, the flowers – have you looked at the prices of all that jazz other places?  Because it’s bananas.  So I figured why stop with the guest bedroom?  Stay tuned for Stein Mart steals in our master bedroom and a full fall tablescape, coming ‘atcha real soon.


Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Stein Mart, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

Favorite Fringe Skirt

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Happy hump day, friends!  Allow me to introduce you to my favorite fringe skirt of fall!  (Insert heart eyes emoji here.)  Before heading off to fashion week I was browsing around on Shopbop (and buying ALL OF THE THINGS) when I came across this little fringe number.  And I was like, YESSSSS.  Once it arrived on my doorstep, I loved it even more.  It’s made of stretchy faux suede, and the fit is actually super flattering.  (It also runs true to size and is under $100.)  I paired it with a sheer blouse because the first couple of days in New York were beyond scorching, but I can’t wait to wear it with loose sweaters in the fall.  These boots were real lifesavers for running around the city, and this little calfhair bag I swear fits a whole lot more than one might think.  (Like, it fits a DSLR camera – score.)  I’m calling this outfit my “urban cowgirl” look because for some reason when I put it on, I looked in the mirror and told Kathleen that apparently I had come to New York City to wrangle some cows.  (I have no idea where these thoughts come from, they just pop into my head and I go with it.)  But cowgirl or no cowgirl, I’m pretty much completely obsessed with this fringe skirt and any skirt, for that matter, that makes a girl feel like twirling.


lucy IndiGO Joggers

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Another September Fashion Week in the books, and I’m not gonna lie, it was kind of a blur. I still have so much content to share with you guys, but today I’m sharing the easy-peasy, comfy, cozy pants that I now want to take on every trip in the future. Over the past couple of seasons the athleisure trend has been everywhere, and joggers of all styles are the stars of the show. And I’m so not mad at it. Is there anything I’d rather put on than a pair of slouchy joggers? Not really. And this lucy IndiGO pair just took things to a whole new level. These look like a favorite pair of denim, but they feel like the silkiest lightweight workout-wear. The translation? Pants you don’t want to take off in the chicest athleisure style. After hopping from show to show in heels, dresses, and who knows what else, I couldn’t wait to throw these on for exploring the city. (And truthfully, they totally could have made it into the shows with me.) Whether dressed up with mules and a loose blouse or worn casual with sneakers and my favorite leather jacket, these joggers were seriously MADE for travel.  Plus, check out the rest of the lucy IndiGO collection here, including the boyfriends and track jacket that I can’t get enough of.  I’m headed home for now, but not for long.  Tomorrow I take off for yet another city this week, and these joggers are already packed.


Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by lucy, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

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