Off to the Races Part 2

This is my first year going to the Kentucky Derby and I have heard that I have no clue how cool of an experience this will be. Maybe so, but I DO know one thing about the Derby…….the need for a killer dress!

The only horse race experience I have under my belt is Steeplechase in Nashville, TN. This horse race is my most favorite event in this city of mine. It just so happens to fall the weekend after the Derby so I am now on the hunt for two dresses. So check out my dress selections for this season of horse races. :0

High end options

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Blesses are the Meek

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Nightcap Clothing

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Bailey 44

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Rebecca Taylor

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Hila Textured

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Torn

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Kinley Fit and Flare

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Medina stripe maxi

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Burberry Prorsum (now this is way out of my price range but gorgeous)

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Jade Illusion

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Oasis exclusive

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Chi Chi Lace

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We Are Off To The Races

A title that states, “WE Are Off To The Races”, is probably a bit misleading. I should say, April is off to the races and I am here to help her shop. While horse races seem to appeal to the masses, I am one individual that does not partake. No offense to those of you who live for Steeplechase each year, I get it, it’s just not my thing. What you see as friends and fun times, I see as long lines to porta-potties and excessively large crowds. However, as they say, to each his own. It’s the differences that keep this world a tickin’!

Although I may not be actually attending any of the horse races this year, I have never been one to turn down an opportunity to find something to wear.  Here are my top choices of fun sundresses- just add a hat and you are ready to go!

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Be on the lookout for April’s top picks later this week!

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The Macrame Comeback

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I was a decade behind the old hand knotted, owl macrames that used to adorn every wall in the 70′s, however, when you are raised in a middle class family trends stick around a little too long. So, unfortunately I have a vivid and icky memory of that roped owl hanging in my childhood home. (pic for reference)

So, I say with an overcoming sort of pride that I have slowly come around to loving the macrame and handwoven tapestries that have a made a huge comeback. They are perfect for modern homes that need a little texture, white spaces that need color, or rustic spaces that have overused animal heads. I don’t fall for every trend but this one is making moves and I have officially jumped on for the ride.

Check out my three favorite handwoven shops. They make beautiful macrames and woven pieces.

ALL ROADS SHOP

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NATIVE LINE SHOP

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SALLY ENGLAND SHOP

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If you are loving these hand knotted/woven pieces and unsure how to use them in your space, always go for the neutral pieces in a colorful home and either neutral or a more colorful piece in a neutral home. The more colorful pieces would be beautiful in a nursery and that is where I intend to use one in the future.

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New Products To Spice Up Your Makeup Bag

I have recently had the opportunity to be on set with multiple makeup artists at a time. It’s always so great to be on set with other makeup peeps because we can share tips and products that we are currently obsessing over.  Just like most women get stuck in ruts with their own daily makeup, we makeup artists can get used to a certain style and products too. It’s always fun to shake things up a bit and throw a new product into the mix. Here are a few of the not so new, but new to me, products that I have added to my makeup bag to spice things up this spring!

1. Too Faced Natural Eyes

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I don’t know what took me so long to try these palettes by Too Faced, but now that I have, I am obsessed. This is seriously THE BEST neutral color combo I have seen in one eye palette. It is very versatile and can be used literally everyday with multiple different looks. I am in love.

2. MAC Blush in Gingerly

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I love this blush on fair skin for a warm cheek glow, it immediately brightens the face and is a nice change up from pinker toned blushes.

3. Benefit ‘Girl Meets Pearl’ Highligher

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I’ve mentioned my obsession with Benefit’s Watt’s Up Highlighter and this one is a close second. While Watt’s Up is a golden-tinted highlight, Girl Meets Pearl is a great sheer pink highlight that gives skin a majorly dewy finish. Great for a subtler highlight or a daytime look.

4. Stila Lip Glaze in Kitten

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This is not a new product, but has somehow been buried at the bottom of my makeup bag. I did dig it out last week at the ACM’s to top off Cassidy Bentley’s bronzed look and nude lip. I layered it over a brownish nude lipstick and feel like it gave the perfect amount of warmth, color and shine to really complete the look. Perfect for warm summer nights!

5. Sonia Kashuk Hair Brush

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Oops! This is totally NOT a makeup product, BUT I do feel like it deserves a mention. So, I am sure most of you have heard of the famous Mason Pearson brush, which is amazing, but also $205. Yeah, thanks, but no thanks. I did some research amongst my fellow hair gals and found this Sonia Kashuk brush at Target for $15.79. It is not an exact replica of the Mason Pearson, but it’s pretty dang close and gives a really similar finish. It’s great for brushing out curls for a more Rachel Zoe type look or for a blowout with a smooth, straight finish. The price can’t be beat.

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How April Wore It : Black and White

I decided to go all white for black and white week on VE! I am totally in love with every piece of this outfit.  Bonus: these shoes are so comfy.
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rag and bone white jeans | maps bootie | red earth trading co necklace | white button down  | watch | black lace bralette

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More Black and White!

Sticking with our black and white theme this week, we wanted to give you another cool option in this color combo. Although it is springtime, the nights here in Nashville (and seemingly other cities too) can still be a bit chilly. We are loving this Mink Pink Sweater to keep us warm and the best part is that it’s on sale! Whoop! Pair with our new fav, Frame Denim skinnies, and these awesome Free People booties and you will be the coolest chick in town!

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Frame Denim “Le Color” Skinny Jeans|Mink Pink Personality Crisis SweaterHybrid Heel Boot

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Get your final home layer at….Target.

In my opinion, NO home is “too good” for nic nacs from Target or TJMaxx. Layering is so important in design and very few people have the ability to layer textures without using the hi-lo method. Honestly, even if you do have the financial ability it is probably only pride keeping you from purchasing affordable smaller accents. Check out my favorite neutral Target items that can help you add that needed extra texture.

 

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1. gold side table | 2. chalkboard basket | 3. taupe geo pillow | 4. mini lamp | 5. b&w pillow | 6. bicycle pic | 7. gold turtle shell box | 8. outside bin | 9. historical pic | 10. b&w bench | 11. stripe pouf | 12. bath towels |  13. world map | 14. bedding | 15. gold arrowhead | 16. sugarboo canvas | 17. geo pouf

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How Kelly Wore It: Black & White

There is nothing more classic than black and white. This week on VE we decided to keep it simple and give you our take on the chicest combo around!

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What’s In My Bag: ACM’s

It’s that time of year again- the Academy of Country Music Awards. This basically means that all of Nashville’s music industry relocates onto the strip of Vegas for a few days. I’m not a gambler, but I am a shopper, so if there is any down time on this trip you will find me at the mall or at the pool–can’t wait for some sunshine and warm weather. Although I am sure much fun will be had, this is a working trip, so we gotta take care of business. This year I will be working with Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and wife, Kip Moore and J.T. Hodges- so watch for them on the red carpet. Since half of my suitcase will be filled with hair and makeup tools and products, here is what I will be squeezing into the rest of it. My goal is cool, yet super comfortable since I will be moving and on my feet all day. Here’s what’s in my bag!

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Goldsign Lure Skinny Jeans 

I’m just got these jeans and I’m obsessed with them. Look for them in the next How We Wore It….coming soon!

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Stray Heart Rolled Tee

I’m always a sucker for a good white tee. I recently visited Nashville’s new boutique, Emerson Grace, and found this one. I love the rolled sleeves and the bottom roll which helps perfectly achieve the half tuck look. Shirts like this are perfect for working days for me because they have enough detail to make them cool, but are super soft and ultimately just a comfortable tee. Click the link to find it online.

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Nasty Gal Dylan Top and Topshop Chunky Eagle Necklace

Is it just me or is the name “Nasty Gal” the WORST name ever for an online boutique? There is nothing worse than getting a package on your doorstep with “NASTY GAL” spelled out on top of it. I’m sure my UPS guy thinks I’m into some freaky stuff. Either way…I love this top and think it will be perfect for a dinner or drinks one night in Vegas with my new Goldsign jeans and favorite Topshop necklace  that I just can’t seem to get enough of.

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Frame Skinny Jeans

I go through phases where I only want to wear basic, really good fitting jeans. No muss, no fuss, no rips, no nothing….just a good fit on my butt and legs. That’s all. Oddly enough, that can be extremely difficult to find, but recently I stubbled across Frame Denim, an L.A. based company with awesome jeans. This  specific pair is exactly that simple, perfect skinny jean fit and wash. Kind of obsessed to be honest. I’ve worn them pretty much every day since I bought them.

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Nasty Gal Split Tee

Nasty Gal strikes again. Sorry UPS guy. Man. Love the high slits on this shirt….fun twist to an otherwise basic oversized tee.

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Jeffrey Campbell Minimal Lace Up Heel

These shoes are my version of a summertime bootie. They come in multiple colors, the heel height is not too high to wear all day and the open-toed lace up is perfect for warm weather. I think they are the perfect addition to my Frame Denim and oversized tee.

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Painted Threads Oversized Knit Cardigan

Found this gem in the Juniors Department one night. It was cheap, which is always nice, and is the perfect weight for warm days that get a little chilly after sunset. I have it in black.

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And of course you always have to bring a swim suit to Vegas! In my opinion, the pools are the best part. Is it bad that I went and got a spray tan today so that I could lay out at the pool on Saturday and not offend people with my paleness?? Thanks Tanastacia! Check out VE Favorite Swimwear-2014 for tons of swimwear options. I went with this cute one from L Space and Vitamin A cover up.

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