Hey lovelies! I hope you had a nice weekend. David and I went out Friday night on a little date (look for the post later this week!) so I was inspired to share a casual date night outfit with you today! Some of my favorite dates aren’t even on the weekend but on a week night. At my office, we can wear jeans everyday with a nice blouse, and as we all know dinner dates and meetups with friends often happen right after we leave work. So this is my little day to night outfit!
Rock those wedges and throw off the blazer to go from office to restaurant! I’m wearing my favorite Lucky Brand jeans, Old Navy peplum top, and my go-to wedges! Seriously, a great pair of jeans and a few easy layering pieces are all you need for a transitional outfit. This look is easy and dare I say comfortable?
Thanks to my fellow Dallas fashion blogger Katherine, style blogger at Beyond the Black Suit, for taking my photos! In addition to blogging, she has a pretty neat daytime job too! Be sure to check her blog out!
Oh my goodness guys! Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away! I remember the very first Mother’s Day present I got her that was actually kind of expensive. It was a leather Coach bag I found at one of their factory outlets in Pennsylvania. I was about 19 and I had always wanted my mom to have a nice purse to carry around like all of her friends did. Spoiling my mom, even if it’s taking her to Panera Bread for lunch, is one of my favorite things to do! She’s seriously the best mom a girl could ask for!
Because mom’s can be hard to buy for (they have everything already, right?) I figured I’d share a few ideas to give you some inspiration! My favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas are the super cute Jack Roger’s sandals and that Vince Camuto suitcase. If I’m being honest though, the best gifts are time spent together. My parents and sister are flying to Texas for the first time to see me a few days after Mother’s Day and I’ll be cherishing that time together!
What to Get a Cat Mom
Yes, I’m my kitty’s cat mom. Deal with it. She’s my little buddy and furry sidekick. As a hint for my boyfriend and “cat dad,” a great gift for a cat mom is a fun cat mug, a pet stroller (so I can look really crazy), or another cat. Because you can’t have too many.
Happy first day of May! I’ve always loved this month because it’s starting to warm up, all the summer stuff is being stocked, and bright colors are back in season! Dressing for an office environment during the summer is always difficult for me simply because I want to wear exciting, happy colors and most professional wardrobes consist entirely of the opposite. If I’m going to be forced to sit at a desk for 8 hours, then you better believe I want to wear fun colors! Here are a few easy ways to spice up your summer work wardrobe!
Mix Patterns & Textures
I love a good pencil skirt. A classic back or gray skirt for the office is essential, however it’s not the end all be all. One of my favorite places to find bright, patterned work-appropriate skirts is J Crew. Because duh. If I’m going to wear a patterned skirt, I’ll want to wear something on top that compliments it but doesn’t necessarily blend into it. The dress I’m wearing looks like two separate pieces but like I said, it’s a dress, and both patterns and textures look great together!
Do a Bold Lip
I’m thrilled if I get out the door wearing any makeup at all let alone lipstick. But a bold lipstick color can really add some color to your appearance. The lipstick I’m wearing is the new Lancome Matte Lipstick Shaker (link here). This stuff literally lasts all day! No matter how many cups of coffee I consume, it stays on! It’s a great way to add color to your work day!
Don’t Buy Basics Only
Investing in quality basic pieces for every season is important because they will last forever and you’ll wear them with everything. However, don’t skip over the fun stuff in favor of building your wardrobe’s foundation pieces. Buy the colorful scarf if you love it! Splurge on the bright green dress that you’ve been eyeing! The great thing about professional wardrobes is that often times, you can add blazers or sweaters to change up the look once in awhile!
Share with me your favorite places to go for fun pieces to add to your professional wardrobe!
Lately here in Dallas it hasn’t really felt like spring or summer. It’s been chilly, wet, and just icky. But I know come late May it’s going to heat up! Last summer was my very first summer of living in Texas and wow! I didn’t know what 105 degrees felt like until I stepped outside of my apartment and felt the heat wave. Unfortunately my hair felt the heat too and dried up pretty darn fast, so this year I’m preparing my hair in advance with a great hair care routine!
Beat the Texas Heat With Hair Essentials
So my number one rule for my hair is to use as little heat as possible, in other words no straightening, blow drying, or curling. Of course if it’s a special event, then I indulge a little, but the average day of sitting in my office- forget it, I’m saving my hair.
My second rule is to use a shampoo and conditioner that’s free of the stuff I don’t want in my hair like sulfates, parabens, and other things that I can’t even pronounce. Instead, I love using coconut oil and organic honey! Who’s with me on the coconut oil train?! Hask Beauty just came out with a new collection of hair care products that are made from yummy-smelling exotic oils and they let me try some of their coconut oil-based hair products!
If a hair product doesn’t smell good, I’m not inclined to use it. When I opened my Hask shampoo and conditioner bottles I was overwhelmed by the smell of coconut and honey! So it got past the smell test! After using it a few times though, I was sold. My hair is soft and when I brush it, it doesn’t frizz up like a poodle. Win for me!
My final hair care tip for the hot summer months is to embrace the boho chic braids. I love cute little french braids worn with statement earrings for a stylish summer hair style. It’s easy and so cute. Embrace the coconut oil hair care trend and enjoy the summer heat, because it’s coming whether you like it or not!
In case you haven’t noticed- off the shoulder dresses are huge this season!! Up until recently, I hadn’t really been a fan of these dresses simply because it’s hard to get them to stay put and not accidentally become a belt much to your embarrassment! A few weeks ago, I was browsing Old Navy’s website for some deals and I came across this dress!
This super pretty off the shoulder dress comes in 3 colors and is under $20! Plus, it’s flattering on every body type! Need I say more? I love how cute it is for a date night outfit or just a day shopping with the girls. And for the price, you can’t beat it!
Since the dress was black, I wanted to add lots of colorful accessories! I styled the dress with my favorite Steve Madden wedges (linked in the widget above) and my neon yellow Kate Spade purse David gave to me a few years ago. It’s still my favorite bag in my closet!! Let’s also not forget my bright pink matte lipstick. I’m pretty sure all of Dallas could spot me!
Also, big, huge, proud-of-myself announcement! I took a big step forward in my blogging career- I finally hired a Dallas photographer! I shot this look with Rebecca Kirstin of Beckley & Co. Photography and she was seriously amazing to work with! She totally confirmed why I wanted a professional photographer in the first place!
I linked everything I’m wearing in the widget above! Go grab one of those off the shoulder dresses while they’re still on sale (link here)!!
Happy Monday girls! So as a lot of you probably know, SEO (search engine optimization) is incredibly important for your rankings with Google. I work for a company based in Dallas that does SEO for several local clients and I’ve learned so much since I started working there. In this post, I’m going to be sharing with you a few blogger tips on how to better optimize your blog this summer! Some tips may be having you rolling your eyes like”duh” but others may be helpful to you! So study up and please share this with your blogger friends!
Use Titles and Metas in Every Blog Post
If you want people to click on your link when it shows up in a Google search result, then you need a great title and description of what they’re clicking on! They should include keywords and an accurate description of what the blog post will tell them about. Don’t give away tons of information, but just enough to entice them to click! The Yoast plugin is super helpful for this and it’s free!! You know I love free!
Alt Text in Photos
Ok, I’m not sure what Alt text stands for but I do know that it’s so important! If you go into the back end of a photo you upload on WordPress, you’ll see a space to put the title and then the alt text as well. most people title their photos but forget to use alt text. The alt text should be a description of the photo. For example, if I’m wearing a Lilly Pulitzer dress, I’ll have the alt text say something like “fashion blogger wearing Lilly Pulitzer.” Google bots can’t analyze photos and come up with their own descriptions, they rely on you for that.
Internal Linking is Your Friend
Far too many bloggers don’t link back to previous blog posts they’ve written, but it’s important to do it! Internal linking helps drive users to other helpful content on your site and it keeps them on your website even longer! A good rule of thumb is to have one internal link per paragraph provided it doesn’t look like spam! Honestly, I’m a little lazy about doing this, but I know it’s important to do!
Put Keywords in Your Headers
Headers, like the one above, are important to help guide your readers along through your post and get Google’s attention. You’re writing for both Google and you’re user, and it has to appear natural to both. For example, if I’m talking about a particular aspect of my hair care routine, then my header might be “how to use coconut oil in your hair” (there will be a post later this week on my hair care routine fyi!) This lets the reader and the Google bots crawling your site know what you’ll be talking about.
Do you have any good SEO tips? Leave me a comment! I’m always excited to learn from other bloggers!