Floral Dress for Fall

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| dress | headband | sandals | sunglasses | purse |

I remember looking at my parents’ wedding photos and not understanding why my mom would’ve chosen a dress with such poofy sleeves! Here I am wearing a similar style 31 years later. I feel like it’s true that most trends do come back around.

I love this dress for the fall and spring! The abstract floral pattern plus the redish pink color work with camel suede booties and with strappy sandals. Of course I had to add a headband too!

Happy Monday, friends, and thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Happy early 31st anniversary mom and dad!

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My go-to carry-on suitcase

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| carry-on suitcase |

I just got back from Portugal a week ago with two of my gal pals, and I only brought a carry-on and my everyday tote! Are you impressed?! As a girl who loves clothes, I impressed myself! I wouldn’t say I’m a nervous traveler (Henry would beg to differ), but I don’t always trust airlines with my luggage especially when I’m traveling somewhere I don’t have back-up clothing. Aka going home to Memphis to my mom’s closet… So maybe I am a nervous traveler! I do like to get to the airport with plenty of time to spare too.

For this trip, I wanted to make sure I only packed things I would be excited to wear. That may sound weird, but there’s no need to add the fluff if I won’t reach for it! This helped me narrow down what I brought. I included 4 pairs of shoes: sandals and sneakers for daytime, wedges for dinners and tennis shoes for outdoor activities. I packed a handful of dresses because those are one and done outfits that take up little space in your suitcase. I also included a pair of white jeans and denim shorts and many tops to go with both. This made styling for day and night really easy – all I had to do was swap my bottom and change my shoe.

I hope this inspired you to pack a little lighter for your next vacation!

xo, MS

Camo Pants

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| top | pants | headband | jacket | sunglasses | sneakers |

Happy Humpday!!! You’ll notice a lot of what I’m wearing here are pieces that you’ve seen before just styled a different way! I feel like versatility is key for this time in my life because I don’t have tons of money to spend on new clothes every month. I have a lot of fun reworking the pieces in my closet, and I hope to inspire you to create new looks with what you already have. Sprinkling in a new piece can go a long way when you’re smart about what you buy.

I purchased these camo pants during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this summer, and lucky for you, they are on sale again! Camo is trending this fall, so why not let this be the piece you add to your closet. You’ll be surprised by how much goes with them – especially items you already have!! Think white eyelet tops (shown above) and blue striped shirts while temps are still high, and don’t be afraid to pattern mix. Once the cooler weather hits, style these pants with a chambray, cozy sweaters in almost ANY solid color, and leather moto jackets. I can’t wait to see how you style these bad boys!!

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Neutral Linen Dress

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| dress: 1, 2, 3 | purse | headband | earrings |

I’m throwing it back to Mexico in July where it was as hot as it is in Dallas today. The heat seems to linger here. And because it does, I keep my summer clothes in rotation. As we inch through September, I’ll start to pair some of my favorite summer dresses with camel booties and the occasional denim jacket. This is a great way to get more wear out of what you’ve got!

Happy Monday! xo, MS

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Go-to Combo

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| tee | shorts | headband | sandals |

This has been my go-to look this summer! Whether I’m hanging with Henry, running errands or traveling, this has been an easy and comfortable look to put together. You can wear this tee year round too, and get excited because camo is a trend for fall! I’m still loving the headband trend for many reasons, but it most importantly keeps my hair out of my face.

Every single one of these pieces will be a staple for you and pair back to a lot of what you already have in your wardrobe! You can’t go wrong with denim shorts, a cotton tee and a solid headband!

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Friday Finds: Mexico edition

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Today, I’m recapping my trip to Mexico while wishing I was still there! First Henry and I flew into Cancun and drove about an hour to our first hotel, Hotel Esencia. I can’t say better things about this place! Every single person that works here is incredibly kind and attentive. No matter what we needed, they handled it! My two favorites, Jorge and Rojillo, went above and beyond. They treated us like royalty and wanted us to enjoy EVERY second of our vacation.

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Esencia is located on a secluded beach just south of Playa del Carmen. I stayed in a room surrounded by jungle with iguanas and pastries waiting on my doorstep each morning. When the trees break, you are standing on soft white sand. There are three restaurants on the property. The first two are casual options that sit next to the beach and pools. Rojillo will bring lunch to your beach chair if you prefer to eat there! The third restaurant is called Beefbar – a meat lover’s dream with a Michelin star winning team. I can still taste the truffle whipped potatoes!!! Our entire meal was perfection.

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Hotel Esencia’s lifeguard took us snorkeling in a lagoon and then in a cove with brackish water, where fresh water and salt water meet. We saw some beautiful fish! Henry and I also caught triggerfish and redfish while deep sea fishing, but let’s be honest, he caught most of them. We had so much fun being on the water!

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Our next stop was Tulum, just 45 minutes south of Hotel Esencia. If you can’t tell from social media, it’s the place to be, and this is their SLOW season!! We stayed at Be Tulum, and just like Esencia, you can stay in a room surrounded by jungle or facing the beach. You can’t go wrong with either! They have a fabulous restaurant on the beach and a fun rooftop bar overlooking the water. One night we went to a restaurant called Gitano, recommended by friends, that is known for their cocktails, live music and delicious bites. If you find yourself in Tulum, go here on a Friday night!

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On our last day in Mexico, we took a private tour through two cenotes – limestone surfaces that conceal bodies of water. You can visit open, closed and partially open cenotes that provide the perfect swimming and diving holes. Sac Actun and Taak Bi Ha were the two cenotes we visited. Bushman Photography showed us these beautiful caves and the clearest water I’ve ever seen. They are sacred to the Mayan culture, and now I know why! Visit Bushman’s website to find all of the tours they offer.

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Henry, let’s go back ASAP!

BRIGHT eyed

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| blouse 1 and 2 | shorts | sandals | earrings | clutch | headband |

Mexico calls for bringing out your brightest pieces! I styled this striped blouse with a white skort and beaded accessories. How fun are these parrot earrings?! I can’t get enough of them and style them every chance I get! I will tone this look down when in Dallas by pairing the blouse and earrings with white straight leg jeans instead. Click HERE to shop my favorite white pair.

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Friday Finds: Beach edition

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Today I want to share with you the bathing suits I took to Mexico! All are fabulous quality and worth the investment. I know bathing suits have gotten crazy expensive recently, but I have found the best fit when I’m willing to splurge. Fit is EVERYTHING especially when you’re laying by the pool or beach, jumping in the water or playing sand or water sports. We don’t want anything slipping!

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| top | bottoms | sarong | headband |

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Don’t mind our goggle marks, but I took this one piece snorkeling!

Henry’s swimsuits: 1 and 2.

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I’ve had the red one piece for two summers now, and it’s been a staple on all of my beach trips. For one, I love having a one piece that I can throw on if I get burned. Mine isn’t reversible, but the one I’ve linked is! You get two swimsuits in one! I got the lavender bikini this year, and I love the coverage it offers. It’s hard to find a bikini that you don’t feel like you’re popping out of, so I highly recommend this one. I opted for the hipster bottoms instead of the side tie.

The best embroidered dress

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| dress | bag | clips | espadrilles |

First of all, how dreamy is this backdrop? Hotel Esencia, just north of Tulum, Mexico, is the most serene place I’ve ever stayed. Iguanas greeted me every morning on my doorstep, and the private beach was only steps away. I can’t talk about this place without mentioning the five star service and the kind people who work there. I already miss Jorge’s and Rojo’s smiling faces!!

Now onto my outfit… This was the perfect dress to bring to Mexico. It was not only breathable in the intense heat but mimicked the embroidery you find on traditional Mexican dresses. I paired it with the orange straw bag and my tried and true gold espadrilles. What am I going to do when these fall apart?

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