White Denim & Tweed in Dallas

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Has anyone ever said to you, ‘bless your heart?’ Thanks to Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live and The Real Housewives of Dallas, I learned there are quirky Southern sayings way beyond, ‘Y’all.’ I always thought, ‘bless your heart,’ was a endearing, but according to hottytoddy.com, ‘the phrase has little to do with religion and more to do with a passive-aggressive way to call you an idiot. Depending on your inflection, saying “bless your heart” can sting worse than any insult.’  Did you know that and is this really true?!? I still think it sounds sweet.

Thanks to this month’s ‘D’ Magazine the newcomer edition – it’s been perfect to get the scoop on how to live in Dallas. They spill the beans on everything from ‘BIG’ hair, what-to-wear to Texas galas,  and why locals don’t use the phrase ‘Tex-Mex.’ I’m still adapting my wardrobe to Texas, and with a little white-denim inspiration from Kim at Northern California Style and a Chanel look-for-less tweed top, I was ready for date-night last weekend…

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The Scene – Dallas, Texas (Uptown) on our way to dinner (Steak)

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White Denim is Crisp for Spring – I know ‘Purple Rain‘ will be on repeat this weekend so if you’re in the mood for spring cleaning, round up your white denim. White skinny jeans go with everything!

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Back in the USA – I have to admit that shopping is fun in Dallas. I’m back to vintage shopping and ‘fashionista on a budget‘ finds which didn’t seem possible in Switzerland! Although, I did figure out how to share my husband’s Hermès belt in Zürich.

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PS – Add Tweed – I found this tweed top at TJMAXX last summer when I was 7 months pregnant. It definitely didn’t work with a baby bump, so I was excited to finally wear it. Tweed reminds me of Chanel. It’s also classy at any age as Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this week in a key lime – Spring Grass Green woven tweed coat and matching hat.

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Style Sidenote – I had the pleasure of being interviewed this week by the lovely Heather of StyleMindChic on her new Style Series with some of my favorite fashion, beauty and wellness tips. Thanks Heather! If you’re in need of a summer dress for vacay or an upcoming wedding, check out her new Boutique here.

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<DETAILS by Dale> jeans –  Zara (more I’m loving below) / top – Katherine Barclay Montreal  (TJMAXX) / lace up perforated leather heels – Etienne Aigner (on sale now) / belt – Hermés (last seen here) / shades – Calvin Klein

Hope you have a great weekend! Are you a fan of tweed?

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Marimekko for Target + Savvy Sleepers Giveaway!

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Can you believe summer is just around the corner? From what I’ve heard from Texas locals, it’s best to be prepared and make sure the AC is running non-stop. Yesterday’s Marimekko for Target collection put me in the mood for sunshine and I snagged the iconic navy and white print beach towel.

I’m hosting a mini pre-summer giveaway with this limited edition towel pictured above + our classic White Russian Savvy Sleeper in the size of your choice. Perfect for a night after hot-tubbing or detoxing from Coachella. Jk!

Giveaway Below…

Marimekko Beach Towel

The beach towel was on many of the ‘Must-Have‘ lists of the collection. It’s super soft and high quality cotton with the iconic pattern below from 1961.

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The back story of the Lokki towel above. It was cute how each piece had the story printed about how the Finnish design came to life. Now for the giveaway. Simple Entry Below. Open Internationally and I’ll cover Shipping & Handling

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Why Was Marimekko for Target Launch So Low Key ?

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Have you heard about the latest designer collaboration with Target? The Nordic brand from Finland called Marrimekko officially launched today. Were you there? Judging from the turnout I saw in Dallas, my guess is ‘no’ after I was able to snap this pic of a fully stocked shelf nearly an hour after doors opened. Not typical in past Target collaborations I’ve seen.

I first heard about Marimekko for Target a few days ago and immediately set my alarm clock for Sunday at 6:45 am. Marimekko was new to me, but after checking out the Target lookbook I thought the prints were bright, fun. And the truth is, I really missed Target and how convenient it is while living in Switzerland. Not to get off topic, but if I wanted buy raspberries, Aspirin, a greeting card, and a television in Zürich, I would literally need to go to three different stores (only open Mon-Sat) and a pharmacy just to buy those items.

Anyway, back to my shopping trip to Marimekko for Target today after arriving at 7:45 am…

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I missed the last few Target designer collabs, and heard the horror stories of what fashionistas went through last Spring with the Lily Pullitzer launch. Sold out in minutes with greedy jacked-up prices on E-bay. On the quick drive to our local Target in Dallas today before it started pouring rain, I prepared my husband for my past experiences from Versace for H&M to Missoni for Target.

It could get crazy,’ I said. We pulled into Target 15 minutes before it opened and there wasn’t a line. Not a single person except an employee out front.

I guess you’re the only crazy one in Dallas,’ my husband said. As it turns out there were eager shoppers who were waiting in their cars. Five minutes before the doors opened there was a small crowd of about 10 people and we all walked in together casually as a security guard and extra Target staff were on hand for the ‘rush.’

Merimekko for Target black and white swimsuit

But there was no ‘rush,’ and it was actually refreshing being able to scan through all the items and decide what I wanted without people piling up their carts like I saw at Missoni and Jason Wu.

The baby items were adorable so I grabbed a couple bathing suits for baby Wilhelmina including the black & white bathing suit on the girl here and the flower print floppy hat for myself.

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At Target in Dallas, Texas this morning about an hour after doors opened, there were still plenty of home wear pieces from Marimekko still available.

There were adorable items for your home and patio from serving trays and napkins to table runners and glasses. All of the prints were giving off a retro fun 60’s vibes.

Of course, I heard there were many Marimekko pieces sold-out online my midday, but for the most part this was one of the most low-key Target launches I’ve seen. The items from beach towels, kites, hammocks to swimwear are fun with a back-story printed of how the Finnish design came to life.

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Table settings and fun prints at today’s launch. pic via NYMag.com

Now a bit about Marimekko below

According to Apartmenttherapy.comMarimekko began in the late 1940s, when a Finnish couple, Viljo and Armi Ratia, bought Printex, a company that produced printed oilcloths and textiles. Armi, Viljo’s wife (image 2), was the creative vision behind the new company, hiring young designers to create new patterns.

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Marimekko for Target outfits, cover-ups & caftans above – pic via HelloGiggles.com

‘Though Marimekko dresses and textiles were gaining traction in America throughout the 1950s, the company’s popularity exploded in 1960, when Jackie Kennedy bought six Marimekko dresses for the campaign trail and wore one on the cover of Sports Illustrated.’

Now that I’m living in Dallas, I’m definitely reading a lot more about the Kennedy family and Jackie O. has always been a style inspiration to me and I can definitely see this brand becoming more mainstream in the US. Especially after this collab. Many of the pieces were soft, nice quality and the swimwear had built-in UV protection which was a perk. So did the hype heat up throughout the day with this collection?

Marimekko for Target Beach Towel Lokki Print Sold out

After I got home after my weekly Target shopping was done, I noticed online items were starting to sell out online like this Lokki print navy & white beach towel yesterday. I got one extra and will do a Giveaway with it tomorrow in case it was on your must-have list!! Stay in touch with social media below.

Why the slow start with Marimekko for Target? Maybe because this was a European designer not as well known as past collabs or was it not hyped in the media as much as others (I just heard about it a few days ago)? Either way, Marimekko is definitely worth checking out at your local Target store if there’s anything left – and there should be with what I saw in Dallas. Plus, there are always returns and exchanges.

Had you heard about the Marimekko for Target collaboration launching today?

~xo,

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Matchy-Matchy in Cherry Red

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There’s nothing like Southern California on a holiday weekend. In case you haven’t been to LA lately and want to know the feeling, just go sit in your car. Don’t drive, just sit. Freeways are like a virtual parking lot on good days in LA, but add in the Easter holiday weekend with a cranky 9-month-old, and let’s just say it was a loooonnng drive to Laguna Beach where we were meeting family last week.

I’ve always loved visiting So-Cal (especially back in the day whether it was for a bachelorette party or a Venice Beach roadtrip from SF). Plus, the shopping never disappoints. As we popped into the first Nordstrom Rack I spotted in the OC, I found a seriously budget friendly cherry-red shift dress and a matching bright red cardigan. From Spring style inspiration to a new nail polish I’m loving, here’s a few must-haves I recommend this April (after-all, it’s tax refund season)

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The Scene – Orange County cocktail hour at sunset

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Monochromatic Crush – I found this matching combo on sale at Nordstrom Rack! I felt a bit like a politicians wife styling a matching cardigan and basic dress, but it was perfect for Easter brunch. When in doubt, wear a super-simple dress with a pair of crazy heels.

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Nail Polish Alert – Yes, Sinful Colors chip in less than 48 hours, but they are so easy to pick up when I’m running through Walgreens and just want a fun color. This shade, Alfresco by Sinful Colors SinfulShine (which I think is their version of a gel nail polish), is so close to the Pantone color of the year, Serenity, I had to have it!

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<DETAILS by Dale> red cardigan – Susina / red dress – Muse (Nordstrom Rack) / heels – Louboutin (last seen here) / shades – Chloé / beaded striped clutch (old) – TJMAXX / watch – vintage Rolex / nail polish – SinfulShine Alfresco (bought at Walmart) / hair extensions (new) – Amazon (Shop some of my fave cherry red items below)

~xo,

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The Denim Shirt Dress

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When I first moved to Dallas, I noticed women in denim shirt dresses styled with short boots, perfect blow outs and LV monogram handbags. I decided to hop on the trend when I spotted this appropriately titled ‘Iconic Western Dress‘ at Levi’s a few weeks ago. It’s super-soft denim and Wilhelmina and I were both in a ‘Messy Hair Don’t Care‘ mood after flying back from SF —> Dallas, so we soaked up the Texas sunshine on a perfect Saturday afternoon… [Read more…]


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Slumber Party Perks! Sour Patch Bunnies

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This Spring marks the 10-year anniversary since Jelly Belly discontinued one of my favorite-ever candies – a seasonal sour Easter Bunny. I’ve always been a candy-lover (especially sour). I thought I’d outgrow it in my 20’s, but it didn’t happen.
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