Friday, May 2, 2014

Dallas Recap + What I Wore

Yay for Friday!  One of my best friends and her family is coming in town for the weekend and I could not be more excited!!  I finally have had time to upload all my Dallas pictures.  As most of you know there was a blog conference in Dallas last weekend.  It was my very first blog conference and so much fun.  I have to admit I was star struck seeing some of my favorite fashion bloggers in person like Ivory Lane, Gal Meets Glam, and Elements of Style. It was my first time leaving Frances behind and that was hard to do.  I actually missed my kids so much I flew standby on the way home to get home earlier!

The hardest part about this trip was what to pack!  The night before I tried to assemble some outfits, but it was hard knowing I would be amongst all the biggest fashion bloggers.  I have to be honest I felt a little intimidated and out of place!

As most of you know I hate to fly.  Like seriously it gives me panic attacks and makes me break out in a rash.  For weeks I stressed about the flight.  I don't take medicine (I rarely even take Tylenol, I am just not a pill person) so no Zanex for me, but I find a cocktail or two helps me unwind.
Two glasses of wine and a swig from my mini airplane bottle and I was good to go.

 I will say it was the smallest plane I have ever flown on, we had to walk outside and then go up stairs to board, that was enough to almost freak me out, but all was fine and I even looked out the window:)
Thank goodness for my liquid courage.

Caycee was my travel partner in crime.  Luckily she is a calm and chill on an airplane.  We were a good combo.

We grabbed a cab and then checked in our hotel, The Joule,  which was fabulous!!

We quickly grabbed a glass of champagne, freshened up and went to meet some of our favorite bloggers in real life.  

I have to say I was most excited to meet Cassie and Megan.  They were both two of very first blogs I started reading and from the beginning they were always so sweet and kind, inspiring me to blog!  They were just as adorable in person.  We had the best time with them!  Friends for life!

// Outfit One

Saturday we were up bright and early for a day of meetings.  We got to meet with so many fabulous brands!  I have to say we were spoiled the first day with all the great swag we got.

//Outfit Two

We had lunch at the very first Neiman Marcus ever after our morning meetings!  The store was incredible 6 floors in all.  I could have done some damage shopping there if I had more time. We dined at the Neiman Marcus Restaurant and the hype was right the food was delicious (although very expensive).

 They had a photo booth set up that was so much fun.  I can't remember the last time I was in a photo booth.  Give us girls some champagne at lunch and we get silly.

That night Kate Spade hosted an awesome party on the greenway with the giant eyeball.

\\ Outfit Three

We had a blast!! We got to meet Courtney Kerr which was a real treat!
Also wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses and carrying my Gigi New York Uber Clutch.

 Yet another photo booth but this one had really fun props.  We got a little silly with the food props.

Saturday morning we were up early again for more meetings, so excuse my tired face in this picture!

\\ Outfit Four

That afternoon we had some free time and got to hit up the awesome pool at The Joule.  It over hangs the building and if you swim up to the clear glass you can see right down!

\\ Outfit Five

Then that night we were off to a party hosted by The Outnet.

\\ Outfit Six
Clover Canyon Dress (on sale!) similar versions here, here, and here | Theodosia Necklace | Joie Sandals

Hanging with my favorite ladies.  This was basically my crew for the weekend, loved spending time with these pretty gals!

The next morning I had a quasi meltdown I was missing my kids so much.  I may have shed a tear.  I am not used to being away from my kids, I have left Sterling a handful of times for weddings etc and I have never left Frances!  Caycee and I decided to head to the airport early and were somehow able to snag two seats on an earlier flight that was overbooked.  I think God was watching out for me.  He knew I needed to see my babies!

Sunday night was the best reunion ever with these two.
and the best part was how excited Sterling was to see me.  

It was a fantastic trip and I learned a lot, but I am so glad to be back in my routine and home with my babies!
You can shop all my looks here:

And for any Charleston peeps, Beauty Counter is hosting an event tonight.  I am going with my friend Erin who is a rep.  If you want to attend feel free to mention her name (Erin Smith) when you RSVP.  The line is awesome!


Jillian said...

looks like you had a great time! i really love your bathing suit! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Amy Florez {Baby Mama Juice} said...

You looked fab! Looks like such a fun time and I would have probably been star struck with some of those major bloggers! Maybe I'll get to go one of these years! ;)

Amanda | Kids and Cabernet said...

Looks like you girls had so much fun! I loved following you all on IG that weekend, you all looked beautiful!

Megan said...

Those Madewell pumps are calling my name, they go with everything!!! Glad you had a great time, it looked like so much fun & love the Clover Canyon dress! ;)

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Lili said...

so so fun! its hard missing the babies i bet!

Rachel said...

Aw you go girl! I find the older I get the harder it is to step on a plane...something about being away from home! But you looked fab all weekend and glad you got home to see your babies early :)

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

It was so nice meeting you in person, though I wish we had more time to talk! That clover canyon dress looked amazing on you!

natasha {schue love} said...

Looked like such a fun time!! Loved all of your outfits and glad you got some girl time, though I know how tough it can be being away. I have a week-long work trip coming up and I have NO idea how I'm going to get through it!

R's Rue said...

Any Dallas tips?

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum} said...

You looked amazing every day and night!! Your style is perfection! I'm so thrilled we FINALLY met, and now we're real-life, legit, friends! :) xoxo

Unknown said...

So loved spending the weekend with you...definitely a blast and you looked gorgeous! Loved all your styling outfits! I know you were happy to reunite with those adorable little ones!!

All Things Big and Small said...

You look amazing in all of your outfits! I need some new nude pumps so I will have to check out those Madewell's. I almost picked up that same JCrew swim coverup today because it is on sale online. I may have added some other things too! After missing the babes I am sure your reunion was sweeter than ever!

Katy Byrne said...

That Clover Canyon Dress looks amazing on you.