Our Weekend...

This Saturday, I had the honor of co-hosting a baby sprinkle for my friend Amanda as we anticipate the arrival of her sweet baby boy!

Before gearing up for the day and running a ton of pre-party errands, I enjoyed a latte and it was made that much more fun with this sweet hand-stamped spoon from Jessica N Designs. I also have the tea spoon and they're adorable and make for a cute, inexpensive gift that's actually useful.
We held the party in Brittany's home, decorating the party area in mint green, coral/peach, navy and gold (baby boy's nursery colors). Amanda is working on a quilt with these colors and I can't wait to see it completed!
eyelet dress- LOFT --- on sale for 60% off! (this one is also gorgeous and now on my wish list!)
The sprinkle took up most of my afternoon, so after I got home we took Harper to the park to work off some energy before sleep time. 

This morning, Kevin asked me if I wanted him to get us Starbucks coffee and breakfast sandwiches and I reminded him that we had a play date at nine that we were bringing coffee to. On the way over, he suggested we also pick up donuts and kolaches from Hugs & Donuts and there was no way I was saying no to that.

These donuts are almost too pretty to eat, but I assure you, they were consumed with reckless abandon (okay, not all of them, because even four adults tackling these in one sitting is a little intense). Their kolaches were also incredibly delicious and flavorful. Highly recommend if you're in Houston!
The girls played and we enjoyed some time relaxing on our friend's new front porch swing. It made me want both a front porch and a swing. I could have seriously sat there for hours. 
The girls happened to wear matching lilac sandals. They're adorable, completely adjustable and easy to put on and take off. You can buy them here or here.
After nap time, we attended Texas Children's Ambassador's Family Fun Day at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. The event had a safari theme this year and as always, it was awesome and the food was amazing. They always have such a wide variety of activities for kids of all ages and a petting zoo, pony rides, arts and crafts, etc. The perfect day for toddlers and kids.
Harper was obsessed with this zebra. She kept saying "hi zebra" but would not go near it. Eventually I convinced her to wave at the zebra and once I went up and high-five'd the zebra, she wanted to do the same.
 harper's shoes- nordstrom  |  romper- lilly for target  |  my hat- banana republic (old, but love this similar option)
We also played some music...
 …and ate some delicious food (over which she had an absolute meltdown when I tried to get us a tray of food to share…apparently she does NOT want to share her tray with anyone).
The best part by far was the petting zoo. Oh my goodness this girl was all over that petting zoo and she kept bending over and pursing her lips and making kissing noises trying to show the animals how much she loved them. I don't think the feeling was ever reciprocated, but try she did and it was adorable. She was really gentle and even invited me in to join her for the fun. She also tried to walk a goat like a dog, but that's a story for another day.
 She was scared of the pony. Would wave, but refused to touch it.
As she walked the goat, she kept saying "it's eating, it's eating." I swear she wanted to make sure no one interrupted that poor goat as he (or she) grazed. How considerate.
The day ended with a trackless train ride to the shuttle bus and off we went home, bellies full of delicious food, mosquito bites a' plenty and tired from lots of walking. 
I hope you had a happy weekend! 

RewardStyle Conference 2015 + Outfits

Happy Tuesday! I had such an amazing time at the RewardStyle conference last weekend and by far the best part was meeting so many wonderful ladies, including many I have "known" online for years.

The first night of the conference was a welcome party hosted by Stuart Weiztman, poolside at the Joule Hotel. The theme was "resort wear" so I paired my CeCe by Cythia Steffe dress with cobalt woven Tory Burch wedges and a bright pink Kate Spade cross body bag.
 shoes  |  bag  |  dress  (on sale for 25% off!) |  earrings
I finally got to meet the beautiful Michele (you can find her here on YouTube). She and I actually met via YouTube when I was still making videos and we have so much in common--- our daughters are even right around the same age! I also met the lovely MsGoldgirl, Marnie!
I also got to meet fellow Houstonian (and the fittest gal I know) Megan from Honey We're Home. We have chatted online for years via our blogs and it was so wonderful to finally meet in person and spend time together at the conference!
After the pool party was over, we were starving and a bunch of us headed over to CBD Provisions for a late dinner. That's where I met some new friends whose blogs I read including Natalie, Courtney, Ashley, Caycee, Ashley, Lindsay, Carly, DesireeSheaffer and Cassie. The food was delicious---I highly recommend eating there if you're in Dallas!

The next day of the conference was focused on education sessions, brand meetings and brand networking. It also included a lunch hosted by BooHoo.com at the Woolworth.
I wore my powder blue CeCe by Cythia Steffe dress and Ivanka Trump heels (in love with these- the run about half a size large FYI!). They're incredibly flattering and fairly comfortable considering I was walking around a lot that day.
shoes  |  dress 

Unfortunately all I got of me in the dress are these blurry elevator mirror shots, but I promise it's gorgeous in person!
The brands at the conference were so generous and we received some beautiful gifts during the networking portion of the day.

One of my favorite gifts was a custom frame gifted to all bloggers at the conference by Framebridge, which is a company I actually discovered via Facebook a couple of months ago. They surprised us with a framed moment from our IG accounts--- they picked our Christmas beach photo--- and I'm so happy to have this to treasure! I'm obsessed with their gold bamboo frames and need to add a few to our home, stat.
River Island was hosting the party on the lawn that night (the place with the massive eye) and the weather forecast was looking bad, so up went a clear tent before the festivities began. Unfortunately, we ended up having to evacuate the tent because the rain was coming down so hard and there were tornado warnings. Picture a bunch of women, mostly in dresses and high heels, running across the road as fast as possible with umbrellas getting soaked by the water that had already fallen, flooding the streets. I think my shoes are still recovering!

For this party, I wore a bright coral Parker dress with Ivanka Trump wedges. They're old, but I've linked some similar options below!
Friday night was made even better by the fact that I met Anh from 9to5chic. We've known each other since our wedding planning days and have kept in touch online over the years. She is sweet and kind and fun and I'm so glad I got to spend time with her!
After we got rained out of the party, everyone congregated in the lobby and socialized there. Later that night, Anh, Jean and her fiance and I grabbed some dinner at CBD again, because no one was going anywhere in that rain!

The third and final day of the conference on Saturday focused on the year in review and education sessions. It was really interesting and exciting to learn so much in one day. We also enjoyed lunch sponsored by Matches Fashion.
Once the sessions were over, I had some time to enjoy the pool with my family before the wrap-up party on the Continental Avenue Bridge. 

I wore a bright pink Trina Turk dress that has the best back ever! 
dress (also in more sizes here)  |  bag  |  shoes
Attending this conference definitely made me feel energized like I hoped it would. I love this little online space and I thank you for following along! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

Our Weekend…(in Dallas)

We took a long weekend in Dallas this past week so that I could attend the RewardStyle conference at the Joule Hotel and though it was an awesome trip, we are all exhausted and happy to be home!

I'll share more about the conference in an upcoming post but I thought I would share a few snaps from our weekend.

I didn't get to spend a ton of time with Kevin and Harper due to the conference schedule, but we did share some moments together as a family in between all of their fun outings and nap time.
When we first arrived, we dropped everything off at the hotel and walked across the street to grab some lunch. Harper loved the eye and kept saying "the eye, the eye" and gesturing that she wanted to see it.

We took the rest of the day easy since the poolside party was at 5:30 that evening. Harper was the ultimate helper with my makeup. She tried to mimic everything I did, including pretending to use the hairdryer to warm my eyelash curler (best beauty trick ever!) It was precious.
On Friday, Kevin and Harper went to the Dallas Aquarium. Kevin said she loved it, but was scared of the larger animals like the manatees. She also became enamoured with sloths and of course he had to buy her one in the gift shop. She named him fuzzy.
We were all about the room service this trip since Harper would pop up in her crib around 6:30ish each morning and yell "it's breakfast time mommy!" Talk about a wake-up call, huh? 

She was surprisingly chipper each morning and totally hammed it up with our room service people. She would greet them and say "good morning!" and "thank you" when they set the food down on the table.  She's usually pretty shy when she's first around strangers, but they had berries (her favorite) so I think they got on her awesome list immediately.
On Saturday, Kevin took Harper to the Perot Museum. They had an awesome kids area and she had a blast.
Apparently, Harper roared at all of the dinosaurs!
Later that day after nap time, I had a few hours between the last conference session and that night's finale party, so we went to the pool as a family (thanks to Megan for these sweet family candids!)
my tunic- j.crew (on sale + use code TIMETOSHOP for an additonal 30% off)
Today our time in Dallas came to an end and we packed up and drove home. I think this little one is going to miss the room service and breakfast in bed (okay, maybe me a little bit too)
 Hope your weekend was amazing!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...