If you have followed me for a while now you might have noticed that I love vintage and unique pieces not everyone wears. I barely follow trends and buy clothes I can mix and match frequently. I decided to revamp this fabulous vintage denim trench coat from Vintij by Marqui (my go to store for vintage) that I wore as a dress before. I accomplished this look by following these simple 3 tricks:
Keep the foundation of your outfit simple. I’m wearing neutral colors such as white jeans and a nude camisole to not overshadow the denim trench coat.
A popping clutch always will make your outfit appear more trendy, I love this clutch not just for the color but also due to its versatility (can be worn as a clutch or hand bag).
3. Glamours looking jewelry will add elegance to the finished look.
I paired the denim trench coat with white skinny jeans from Zara, a nude camisole from Ross, nude Stilettos from Forever 21, a popping yellow clutch from H&M, and Fashion Jewelry from my Harry Hines Connect (comment below if you want to find out more).
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Sometimes during pregnancy your ability to effortlessly throw together an outfit for a casual lunch with friends seems to go out the window. My daily style mantra became ‘I just wear what fits’ instead of ‘I wear what I love’. First trimester is easier due to the fact that most women don’t change dramatically. A couple of weeks into the second trimester is when things seem to get very tricky and complicated. You’ve outgrown your jeans and that adorable baby bump you envisioned previously actually looks now like a big lunch that just hasn’t quite settled. Leaving strangers to wonder if you’re pregnant or not. At least that’s the way I felt during my second trimester. I struggled the most with finding silhouettes that work for the office and casual outfits but aren’t too sloppy. Only in the third trimester have I seemed to somewhat master dressing for my bump. Here are a few tips to help you find your fashionista a little sooner than I did:
You don’t have to invest in an entirely new wardrobe. Pregnancy is only 10 months. Buy as you go. I strongly suggest waiting until 2nd trimester to start purchasing items as your body will start to noticeably change around that time for most people.
Buy maternity jeans/pants! While using a belly band is a great way to stay in your regular pants as long as possible, nothing beats maternity jeans in my opinion. I suggest buying 2 pair in the second trimester and one more in the third trimester. Work pants with elastic bands are your friend.
It’s ok to wear fitted clothes. I struggled with this. I bought loose boyfriend-style t-shirts from stores like H&M which are fine, but they didn’t do my pregnant figure much justice. If you’re still in the secret period of your pregnancy, then it’s understandable that you want things to be a little loose. After that, go ahead and show off that bump.
Don’t be afraid to repeat items. Finding things that fit, look great and are comfortable can be a challenge. Make the most out of your favorites as well as mix & match pieces.
Some of your pre-pregnancy items will still fit. Don’t get so caught up in finding clothing labeled ‘maternity’ that you don’t try to wear things that you were wearing pre-pregnancy. Cardigans, blazers and some of your athletic wear may still fit.
Where can I host my next event? I get asked this question very often. So here is a breakdown:
Lofty Spaces: Most affordable venue on this list with a rental fee of $250/h, comes with tables and chairs, basic lighting & sound, great outside patio, great backstage space with a kitchen, portable bars and the walls can be rearranged. If you are planning a fashion show you will have to bring in extra lighting. Another aspect to be aware of is that there is only one way to get to the restrooms, unless you create a changing area in the main venue, your guests will interfere with you production crossing paths with models and artists trying to reach the restrooms. You can bring in your own liquor and make money at the bar 🙂.
Women’s Museum: One of my favorite venues!!! Not your typical event space with high ceilings and lots and lots of space. It is available to be rented out according to floors but keep in mind that the first floor alone can hold up to 600 people. It has several smaller rooms, an auditorium, great backstage space, a prep kitchen and the beautiful fountain in front of the main entrance to welcome guests. Starts at $3600 for 5 hour event. The only downside is that you will literally only have access to the 4 walls of the Women’s Museum, therefore you will be required to secure all amenities and services from either outside vendors or Fair Park’s suggested and exclusive vendors. Very popular venue has to be booked 6-9 months in advance!!!
6500: Great venue that can be rented in thirds and accommodates 50-1000 guests. They provide almost everything from chairs&tables, to AV-Sound system, pipe&drape, lounge furniture, bars etc. Starts at $5000, great for non-profit, social and corporate events as well as wedding receptions.
7 for Parties: Has great art work and decor, also provides discounts for non-profit and charitable events. Rental fee $2800-$4800 depending on day (Saturday most expensive). If you decide on not using one of their vendors an additional charge will apply. Holds up to 500 guests. Great for tastings, social events and fashion shows.
Chandelier Room: Beautiful venue with great chandeliers (hint hint lol). Doesn’t have a real back stage area only a hallway between loading dock and inside of the venue. Bring in fans if you plan on using it as a backstage location. All services and amenities have to be secured through exclusive vendors. You won’t be able to make any money on drinks and food unless you factor it in the ticket price. Cash bar was available but we had to reach a specific minimum, if this minimum hadn’t been reached we would have had to pay the difference. Great for upscale events where an elegant ambiance is key. $2500-$4500 (for 4 hour event).
Empire Room: Nice venue with great backstage area, patio and prep kitchen. Comes with chairs and tables. All AV, lighting, pipe&drape and staging services have to be booked through the venue’s exclusive vendors. Here you can make money at the bar but have to pay a $1500 fee to bring in your own staff and bar. Valet parking is required! Rents for $2500-$7000 depending on day and month.
Gas Monkey Live: Ideal for musical performances or holistic concepts such as Art, Fashion and Art shows e.g. The Cosign Experience. We had over 40 vendors and 600 guests in attendance. 100% of the bar will go to the venue unless you have a sponsor and arrange a buy-back situation. Rental fee is $20,000 it comes with EVERYTHING besides chairs. I loved the live projection on the big screens. Not ideal for fashion shows but you can work around it.
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This event has been extensively featured on the last episode of The Real Housewives of Dallas. According to Sharon Adams of Your Park Cities blog, this fabulous and fun party has been an ongoing fundraising event sponsored by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Funds raised develop and maintain A Woman’s Garden key element of the Dallas Arboretum.
Over 500 guests enjoy this over the top spectacle showing off their extravagant hats.
The event includes a champagne reception in Ginsburg Plaza, professionally staged and choreographed fashion presentation inside Rosine Hall and afterwards, hats are judged in different categories and contest winners are announced at the fashion show and strut the runway. The fashion show festivities are followed by a seated al fresco luncheon under elegantly draped tents.
The May 6th Friday Night Party will be held at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The night begins with a VIP red carpet, followed by a celebrity reception, dinner and live auction. The evening will be emceed by comedian and entertainer Broderick Rice with a live performance by Daughtry. This year’ s Roger Staubach Award will be presented to Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw. The Saturday, May 7th Charity Golf Tournament takes place at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney with players and other sports and entertainment celebrities partnered with each foursome, followed by an afternoon awards ceremony.
Tickets: Friday Night Party, tickets begin at $500 each, and tables at $5,000
Saturday Golf Tournament, Pavilion passes are $50 each
This extravagant Fashion Spectacle will take place at the beautiful Omni Dallas Hotel for include a silent and live auction – featuring DIFFA/Dallas’ renowned designer jacket collection, seated dinner, and the legendary DIFFA/Dallas runway production and after party. Produced by my all time favorites Jeffrey Horn and Rhonda Sargent Chambers of RSC Productions, attendees can expect the unexpected this season with a theatrical production featuring surprise guests, elaborate performances, and some of the hottest fashion trends by Traffic LA, TenOverSix, & Forty Five Ten.
Tickets: Start at $375 (officially sold out, but I have still have access to a few, just comment below)
Let me know what you think. Which one is your favorite Gala in Dallas? Or which one would you love to attend? I might do a give-away for tickets.