Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Basic











Dress: Express One Eleven (Bought in store but very similar & on sale here, Shoes: Gianni Bini (On sale for $42!), Hat: Express (Less than $25!), Bag: Target
Some of my favorite pieces of clothing are just the plain BASICS! Wearing basics doesn't always have to make your outfit look "basic" with the right accessories. I used to always pick up plain tees and tanks from places like Forever 21 or H&M where they cost to second to nothing, but over time, I realized I could only get a wear or two out of them because they lose shape or shrink. Over the last couple of months, I've been sticking to buying basics from the Express One Eleven brand. It is EVERYTHING! The material is so perfect & you can wear them over and over without losing quality. It's better to spend a little more on quality items than just to waste money on things you'll only wear once or twice. I especially love to buy items from Express during their big sales like the End of Season Sale going on right now. Lots of items are marked down & you get an extra 30% off. It's a good time to stock up! I wish I could find this dress to link online, but in store I bought this and a few other tops & bralettes that ranged in price from $6-$12. Kalep & I are actually stopping by again this evening before our usual Tuesday movie date because they even had some good men's tees on sale! 

Pretty much this whole outfit was on sale - even these shoes that I can't stop wearing! Check out the sales for yourself & get some must-have basics for your closet!

This poncho from a previous post is now on major sale too! 

Make today a good day!



Friday, June 24, 2016

Decorating as a Couple - Mixing Styles

We're getting closer and closer to our 1 year anniversary which is SO crazy because I feel like my wedding was just yesterday! On our drive home from our movie date the other night, Kalep & I were talking about our 1st year as newlyweds including the highs, lows, growth, challenges, etc. It's funny because one of the biggest challenges we had was decorating our home to fit both his & her tastes. There was seriously a point in time where we had to keep our distance from any furniture stores because we'd walk in holding hands & walk out barely speaking (lol!). Luckily, we've overcome that and now it's actually fun going to look for house decor together, or he trusts me enough to leave it up to me now. He gets the outside to do whatever he wants with! ;) Not all couples are this way though. I know many in which one doesn't really care or has no input, or the other forgets to ask. There's some that completely agree on everything together, and there's some that fall in between. One of my best friends was talking to me the other day about this same exact thing because they're in that stage right now, so it inspired me to do a blog post about it! Looking back on this last year, these are the ways we best handled it. 

Keep it fair & Compromise

Even though we'd all like to have everything done our own way, that's not the reality in a marriage or a relationship. Both opinions matter & you have to be fair because it's home for the both of you. I found this challenging because all I had ever decorated was my dorm room and my own apartment, so never had to think about anyone else - let alone a male opinion. It's important to keep each other's tastes in mind, and compromise in the best way you can. 

Talk Must Haves

This part was easier because it's not like we both each had a ton of furniture and had to decide on what would stay and what would go. The must haves were minor because we hardly had anything yet. Kalep, no doubt about it, his must haves were his deer mounts. My must haves - obviously, the color gold (which Kalep is definitely not a fan of!)...and some faux fur. 

Find Common Ground & find a way to mix up your styles

Kalep & I could not have been any more different when it comes to our own personal style and tastes, but I kind of love that. Aside from the house & what's inside, he's shown me so many new things and experiences in life, so it's nice to not be into exactly the same things. If it was up to him, our house would look like it came straight out of an outdoors magazines filled with deer mounts, cowhides and very rustic furniture. I'm not exactly stuck to a certain style, but I love bright neutrals, greys, gold - just a more feminine look. Those were obviously on complete opposite ends of the spectrum. It worked out for the better though because mixing the two turned out to be even better than I expected! There's always a way to combine both styles and make it look great! Below are a few areas in our house where both of our styles our combined with the bright neutrals & feminine accents, but still a touch of the rustic style. Another way in which we have found common ground, in a sense, is that he's learned to trust me with the small things like decor pieces, pillows, most furniture, etc. At first, he swore up and down that I would make our complete house look like my "cloffice," and ignore his tastes, but he's seen otherwise. With me, I always go to him on bigger items like flooring, wall fixtures, and those more "manly" things or more costly expenses. He's actually started leaning towards brightening up our house and doing a lighter color on the walls and going more neutral on things, so we've actually learned to love aspects of each other's tastes.







Trial & Error

Learning to decorate a house for two was a challenge for me. It was hard for me to shop for things because I wasn't sure if Kalep would love or hate it, but over time, I got better at it. It takes trial & error to get it right, at least for the both of you. I also had my mom & mother in law who had a lot of experience in decorating a home to help me, and who are great at it! I actually loved finding statement pieces like the bull head and cowhide bench that resembled Kalep's style and mixing it with colors or textures like faux fur that I like. Below are pictures of our bedroom from when I first decorated it to how it is now. It took some trial and error before I finally got it to something we both loved & incorporated both of our styles! I'm a huge DIY-er and thrift shopper, so the whole trial & error thing can be a lot of fun! ;)



Have your own space (if you can)

For a man, that's normally a man cave. Kalep turned our back shop into his own man cave, which is a great space for him to do whatever he wants with it. For me, I was good with a closet, but our house didn't have huge closets, so I took a room and made it into a "cloffice." It's a perfect space for me to work & get ready in...and fill with whatever decor I like! 




Remember your marriage (or relationship) inside the home is more important than the decor.
Be respectful of each other’s tastes.

This is most important to remember because when it comes down to it the love inside your home is worth so much more than the color of a throw pillow, or the rug in your bedroom. Decor is not worth getting into arguments over...even though sometimes it's hard not to. Also, try not to criticize what your other half likes, and be open to their thoughts and opinions.

Just have fun with it!

Our home still has a long way to go before it's completely finished, but it's been such a fun (sometimes challenging) journey making it our home for us...and hopefully, one day for some little ones!

Make the most of your weekend friends...maybe even work on some home projects! ;) 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Monochromatic + Chokers









Top: Milk & Honey in Dallas (Identical here), Shorts: I've had these forever, but similar styles here (Only $29!) & here, Shoes: Steve Madden (So comfortable!), Earrings: Baublebar (On sale for $17!), Bag: Vince Camuto (Similar here)


The neck is getting a lot of attention this summer. I'm loving everything about the choker trend from the choker necklaces to the high neck cutout tops. There's even swimsuits that are including a choker neckline...if only I could pull those off! There's something about the high neck cutout that gives you a such a sleek, chic look. Pair it with a high pony & you're set. It's a great day/night look. The monochromatic trend is also a big thing right now with just black and white, or different shades of one single color, so give these looks a try this summer! 

Now to something that has nothing to do with fashion, Kalep & I go on weekly movie dates especially on $5 Tuesdays at Cinergy. Just wanted to say - if you haven't seen Me Before You, go right now! It was such a good movie & definitely a tear jerker. Now I'm trying to convince him to take me to watch Finding Dory. I lost credibility with going to watch animated movies after I made him go watch Minions with me (lol!). 

That's it for now! Have a great one!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Stay Fierce






Dress: Stay Fierce Boutique (Only $30!), Shoes: Gianni Bini - no longer available, Similar here & here
Today's post is a quick one! This dress is from Stay Fierce Boutique, and I'm in love with it. Even though it's more on the cream side, it's a perfect LWD for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or any other summer event. The details on the dress are my favorite from the neckline to the lace cutout. Kalep even told me how much he loved the dress when I was walking out the door! ;)

If you get a chance, check out their website because they have a variety of dresses and rompers and mostly all under $50! What's even better is you can use the code "GLADYS15" for 15% off!

P.S. I had to change backgrounds because the mosquitos were eating me up in front of the plants. I hadn't really felt summer yet until last night. It was unreasonably hot...and too many mosquitos!

Anyway, enjoy every bit of your weekend! 


Monday, June 13, 2016

Kimono Love












Kimono: BCBGeneration (On sale now!), Shorts: H&M, Shoes: Target, Earrings: H&M (Exact same but gold here)

I've never really been a kimono kind of girl, but I'm quickly becoming one. One of my bffs is always wearing the cutest ones, and now I see why she loves them so much. They're so effortless and bring a lot to an outfit especially in the summertime. I loved the bright colors on this one, and could also be worn as a swimsuit coverup...if only I was somewhere on a beach. Kalep & I are trying to decide where to go to celebrate our 1 year anniversary in August, so maybe I can wear it then. Can't believe it's about to be 1 year of being Mr. & Mrs! 

Also, H&M has become my go to for fun earrings. They always have big bold earrings for $10. I got this orange pair & a gold pair that I've linked above. It's hard to find tassel earrings for that low of a price. 

That's it for now! I hope you've started your week full of smiles on this Monday, even though it's tough to do with so much tragedy going on in this world. Love will always overcome hate, and my hope is that we can all be more accepting of each other as humans and appreciate all each and everyone of us brings to this world. It's not hard to just be kind. I always tell Kalep it takes so much more of an effort to be mean spirited or to cause trouble, and it's so true. It's easy to show love and be kind. I'm a "words of affirmation" person, and I know it's because words are SO powerful. Words can make or break someone's day, so let's all make it a point this week to spread love and say kind things to one another, say a simple hello, or even give a compliment when you can! :) 

Continuing to pray for Orlando, those affected & the world we live in. 

Have a good one friends!  

Friday, June 10, 2016

90's Patches








Top: Zara, Bomber Jacket: Zara ($40 & so light!), Shorts: Old Levi's - Similar here, Shoes: Adidas
I've been loving all the fun 90's clothing that's trending lately with the patches from t-shirts to denim overalls. I always tell Kalep I wish I would've been a teenager in high school during the 90's instead of a pre-schooler. The style was so fun, but I'm glad we get to relive it in a sense now. Kalep & I went to Dallas for a couple of days this week, and Zara is always my go to when we go there. They had a whole section devoted to the 90's and I loved every bit of it. I had to have this fun tee! Their bomber jacket selection was also on point because there were SO many in different colors that ranged from $40 - $100. I loved this one because it's made of such a light material that makes it wearable in the summer time. I had to run a few errands yesterday, and got quite a few compliments on this jacket, so I was so glad it found a home in my closet!

I've linked a few other 90's style clothing in the widget below!

Enjoy every bit of your weekend! 


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