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the friday five

April 24, 2015

the friday five with striped tee, crossover wrap skirt, nude sandal heels, matte pink tom ford lipstick and bauble bar grid cuff M Loves M @marmar

After today's (almost) all black outfit post, I wanted to do a Friday Five with a little color. Isn't this YELLOW SKIRT fun? I love the brightness for spring and think it would look great paired with a STRIPED TOP {isn't everything great with a striped top, though?!}. These nude SANDAL HEELS remind me of a very expensive pair I saw at the original Neiman Marcus in Dallas but for a fraction of the cost. The tie detail is so flattering and the heel height isn't crazy high.

I've been wearing a lot of statement bracelets lately and this GRID CUFF would be a fun addition to my outfits. I've been wearing this one a lot lately and it probably needs a little break. Do you ever feel like you get in the habit of re-wearing the same jewelry pieces? That happens to me all the time!

The Tom Ford lipsticks have been everywhere lately and I'm so curious to check them out! You know what a lipstick hoarder I am! I'm curious about this PINK LIPSTICK since it's in a matte finish. I have a red matte lipstick in Dragon Girl but I could definitely use a pink one!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

xox

(almost) all black

revolve clothing embroidered blouse with black cynthia vincent shorts and aquazzura flats M Loves M @marmar
All black outfits aren't usually my thing. I'm a fan of color because I feel like it adds a little more personality to an outfit. However, all black can be attractive. It has a chic and slightly edgy feel and when you wear all black it's easy to mix and match pieces. If I had more clothing items in the same color, packing for trips {like my current one!} would be a whole lot easier! I like that the detail on this embroidered blouse adds some texture and a subtle print, and of course the green bag prevents it from being too monotone. I wore this outfit on a super hot day in LA so putting my hair back in milk-braids was just what I needed. I feel like I haven't done this hairstyle in awhile but I guess it's officially long enough now! Hip hip hooray! 
revolve clothing embroidered blouse with black cynthia vincent shorts M Loves M @marmar
black embroidered blouse from revolve on M Loves M @marmar
kate spade lucca candace drive bag and aquazzura belgravia flats M Loves M @marmar
black embroidered blouse from revolve clothing and sole society sunglasses on M Loves M @marmar
embroidered blouse from revolve clothing on M Loves M los angeles fashion blogger @marmar
top c/o Revolve, shorts Cynthia Vincent, shoes Aquazzura {also in red and taupe}, sunglasses Sole Society, necklace Gorjana {short} and Gorjana {long} bag Kate Spade, lipstick Urban Decay Catfight 

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I'm finishing off my Dallas trip and will be heading back to LA on Sunday.  I'm sad to see it end but I'm looking forward to going home and seeing Matthew and my G bear! 10 days is a long time to be gone from my little fam bam!

xox


Weekend in Dallas

April 22, 2015

acm weekend with mary kay M Loves M @marmar
This past weekend I was in Dallas with Mary Kay and some other bloggers for the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. I have been looking forward to this weekend for months and it totally lived up to the expectations. We toured the infamous Mary Kay headquarters, discussed beauty in the PinkTank {it actually had a bunch of green furniture!}, and even got to sit at Mary Kay's desk and admire the gold peacock. We ate at some amazing food spots {Sissy's Southern Kitchen and Grange Hall}, and of course attend the ACMs. Mary Kay was the official beauty sponsor so we had a special VIP area to watch the red carpet. As a country-music lover I was kind of in heaven! I loved seeing Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum perform during the show and Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton were such fun hosts! Here are some photos from the weekend: 
acm weekend with mary kay M Loves M @marmar
acm weekend with mary kay M Loves M @marmar
acm weekend with mary kay M Loves M @marmar
dinner at sissy's souther kitchen with mary kay M Loves M @marmar
dinner at sissy's souther kitchen with mary kay M Loves M @marmar
dinner at sissy's souther kitchen with mary kay M Loves M @marmar
dinner at sissy's souther kitchen with mary kay M Loves M @marmar
acm weekend with mary kay M Loves M @marmar
acm weekend with mary kay M Loves M @marmar
acm weekend with mary kay M Loves M @marmar
acm weekend with mary kay M Loves M @marmar
acm weekend with mary kay M Loves M @marmar
Decided on a big hair look for the awards show!
acm weekend with mary kay M Loves M @marmar
acm weekend with mary kay M Loves M @marmar

One thing that I loved about the weekend was learning more about Mary Kay. I have friends who use the products religiously so it was great to learn more about the brand. They have a motto, discover what you love, and charitable involvement is really important to them. They teamed up with the non-profit loveisrespect to empower people to prevent and end abusive relationships. I've had friends endure abusive relationships and feel shame and embarrassment about their situation, so I think it's so incredibly important to realize that you are not alone and no one deserves to be treated with anything less than complete respect. Please make sure you're being treated appropriately and if you find yourself in an unhealthy and abusive relationship, I encourage you to reach out for help. You can receive free and confidential support by calling 1-866-331-9474 or texting loveis to 22522.

Some funny things that happened this weekend: We went to the Party for a Cause Concert but it was delayed because of the rain and then there was a tornado warning. The city of Arlington sounded alarms and we had to "take cover." A group of us ended up in the women's restroom, waiting until the storm passed. There was amazing people watching though! Another funny thing was that during the awards show we went to get food at the concession stand but they locked us out until the next commercial break. We had to sit on the floor to eat our food, which looked so funny to people walking by since we were in our pretty dresses. Luckily the floor was very clean!

A big thank you to Mary Kay for having me in Dallas this past weekend! I had such a fun time and it will be an experience I remember forever!

xox

photos by Scott Slusher

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