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Athleta Event! 2.26.15

To all of our Dallas followers/readers out there, I have such an exciting announcement for you today! I’ve teamed up with the new Athleta store off Oak Lawn in hosting a spring fling shopping event! Come by the store on Thursday, February 26th from 6-8pm for complimentary sips & snacks and to shop their adorable new spring arrivals! (See the photos below for one of my favorite new looks from them!)
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I will be at the event and would LOVE to meet you all, if we haven’t met face to face already! Feel free to bring your girlfriends, co-workers, or moms for a fun night of shopping, snacks, and socializing!

Recap: Thursday, February 26th | 6-8pm | Athleta on Oak Lawn (3848 Oaklawn Avenue Dallas, TX 75219)

I so hope to see each one of you there! xx

Shop my new favorite workout look here:

Why I run

Nothing defines a “love/hate relationship” like running does, for me. There are days when the thought of going for a run literally makes me want to cry, and there are days when a good run makes me feel like I can conquer the world. So, what makes me keep consistently running when there are days that I absolutely hate it?

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I recently signed up for my first half marathon (The Dallas Marathon – December 14th), so I’ve been in training for a few weeks now. Today I did a 9 mile run, which is the farthest I’ve run in years now. Up until mile 8, it really wasn’t that bad, but I was definitely dying between 8 and 9. Once I made it to mile 9 though, I got that “runners high” and suddenly it became clear to me why I love running, and in general, why I run.

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I have been told on more than one occasion that I’m very “wound up”. Like most girls, my mind tends to race and race about anything and everything. I discovered today that running “unwinds me”. Especially on these long runs, I go through my list of things that my mind races about, and bring each one of those things specifically to the Lord – my family, work, insecurities, fears, friends, etc. It’s a time specifically set aside that I have with just me, the pavement, and the Lord. And I unwind.

Cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

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Also like most girls, I struggle with insecurities about my body fairly often and consistently find flaws or things I wish were different. When I run though, I’m thankful for my body. Thankful that it is strong, it is carrying me, it is healthy. Running reminds me that the Lord has blessed me with a healthy body and I need to praise Him for that…not constantly complain about its shortcomings.

I praise you, for I am fearfully & wonderfully made.” – Psalm 139:14

So, maybe you’re one of those people that running makes you want to cry. But, let me challenge you to lace up your tennis shoes, and try it. Maybe it’s just a mile the first time, or running for 5 minutes. But finding time to take care of our bodies, be outside in this beautiful Fall weather, and connect with our Maker truly enriches life tremendously. And I hope each one of you find that enrichment whether it be in running, or something that is equally inspiring and freeing to you.

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I like to think of myself as a fairly practical person, which very much plays itself out in my wardrobe. I tend to migrate towards pieces that I can wear everyday, that are versatile, that I can wear both to church and on date night (follow me on instagram, and you’ll see I’m obsessed with neutrals + anything oversized). The look below though, is an exception to my comfort zone staples. When I first saw this bright pink skirt, I thought it was so fun but so not my typical look. Once I had it on though, I fell in love, because practicality can only take you so far. Everyone needs their go-to look for their own birthday dinner, their best friend’s bachelorette party or a trendy date night out. Sometimes I have to force myself to put down the boyfriend jeans, and branch out!

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Shop my look: Balmain girl jacket – Milk & Honey Boutique. Pink A-line skirt – Milk and Honey Boutique. Madewell suede booties. Michael Kors leather watch

I had such a blast walking around the Bishops Arts district in Dallas with the oh-so-talented Lindsey Shea in this bright pink A-line skirt that I paired with my favorite leather jacket for the Fall season. This jacket is great because it’s light weight and can either be dressed up or down. It will pair great with any piece in your wardrobe!

I dressed this look down a bit with my favorite Madewell booties, since it was during the day and we were just walking around town. But a great pair of strappy heels (like these, by Dolce Vita – see them below on Lo!) would complete this outfit perfectly.

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What about you? Let us know what pieces in your wardrobe have got you stepping out of your comfort zone!

#RIFFRAFFLOVE

Champagne, sweets, dj, beautiful clothes at reasonable prices…talk about my version of heaven! All of these goodies + more made for one heck of a grand opening for Riffraff this past Friday.

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Up until last Friday, Riffraff has been a boutique with one location in Downtown Fayettville, Arkansas. I’ve been a frequent online shopper with this adorable boutique for some time now (shopriffraff.com), so I was ecstatic when they announced opening a location in Dallas!

As much as I love online shopping and the Riffraff website, this boutique (located in Preston center, conveniently close to Sprinkles cupcakes!) truly fosters such a fun and positive atmosphere to shop in. Whether you’re looking for a new dress for date night, a trendy gameday look, or a gift for your best friend’s birthday, this boutique is your one stop shop!

So for all you Dallas-ites, get to shopping! And for everyone else, make sure you check out shopriffraff.com and follow @riffraffdallas on insta!

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Here’s what I wore to the grand opening: black lace tank – milk & honey boutique. Caged stone necklace – milk & honey boutique. OPI “you don’t know jacques” nail polish. Zara boyfriend jeans (similar – here)

circle seven five.

My sweet friend, Cassidy Woodard, has recently put her heart into creating this amazing lifestyle company aiming to connect Dallas women in their 20s and 30s by hosting networking and social events in the best spots of Dallas.  I am so pumped for Circle Seven Five to launch! Who’s with me? Check out her uh-dorable website for much more information on how to become a member!

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What initially drove you to start this company?

 

  • I lived in New York for the past four years while I went to school and had some amazing internships and experiences in the city. When I moved back to Dallas I found that it wasn’t as easy to meet new friends as it had been in school. I wanted to be involved, but I wasn’t sure how. I wanted community and to experience new things, new people, and to be apart of Dallas in a well-rounded way that wasn’t just a business or charity or ‘Dallasite’ thing, but something that focused on every aspect of what makes a balanced lifestyle. After extensive searching, I didn’t find what I was looking for in a standalone organization. It’s a lot to ask!

 

…  So that’s when I came up with the idea for Circle Seven Five! I think there is a need out there for a community group that is involved in all sorts of interests. With our busy and demanding lives the concept of a one-stop shop is very appealing to me, and if I can provide a service that offers women social, professional, and philanthropic opportunities then I will have done what I set out to do. I am inspired by the idea of an organization where my involvement can vary. Some events are fun and glamorous and some events are low-key where yoga pants and tennis shoes are status quo.  We are well-rounded people who want to live healthy lives, and it’s always more fun to do things with friends, so why not turn that into a business? What is that silly line they would put on inspirational posters in middle school? You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.  I decided to take one!

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What has been the most rewarding part of the hard work it took to create a brand of your own?

 

  • The most rewarding part of this so far has been to see other people get excited with me and to have girls who e-mail me and say they are new to town and want to get involved. I think women are looking for something like this. The other rewards have been the friendships that I have started to develop through this venture … and we haven’t even had our launch party yet!! It makes me so excited for what’s to come. By the way, you should come to our launch party on June 18th!

What is your ultimate vision for this Circle? What do you want others to experience?

 

  • My ultimate vision for Circle Seven Five is an unstoppable, empowered group of women – real girls – connecting, encouraging, and growing in a positive way.  I want others to experience community, laughter, and individual growth, as well as genuine relationships!

 

Why should we get involved? What are the benefits?

 

  • We are for the girl who wants to be part of a network and a community, but who doesn’t want a mandatory time commitment, an involved initiation process, or expensive dues. Circle Seven Five is a bit more inclusive than some other women’s clubs out there. We are well-rounded because we are not a niche group. For example, there are business groups strictly for women in finance, or women in real estate, or social groups strictly for women who are single, or groups strictly for moms. Since our focus is on a holistic lifestyle we try to provide a well-balanced service allowing our members to be involved in Dallas socially, professionally, and philanthropically.  Part of this initiative is to provide a larger more balanced network of members, which will ultimately be more beneficial for everyone.  Also who doesn’t want a fun social calendar?

 

Each month we will have at least one signature event as well as offering smaller, more informal options. We would love if every member could make it to each event, but we know that is not realistic—life can get crazy, and that is why we love providing our members with our fun newsletters and fabulous perks each month! We call these perks “Party Favors” because we believe life should be a party! We keep each month’s Party Favors a surprise, but you can usually catch some sneak peaks by following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Trust me, you’ll love them!!

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Where do you hope to see Circle Seven Five in a year?

 

  • In the next year, my greatest goal for Circle Seven Five is that Dallas becomes a better place because of it and that people, and women in particular, feel empowered and open to new possibilities and partnerships. We have to support each other out there as women — we are much more alike than we may think!

What advice would you give an entrepreneur after your experience?

 

  • It is totally cliché, but I would have to say follow your gut and let your heart lead you. Don’t be afraid to make the tough decisions.  Say “no” when you need to. Treat everyone you meet with respect. Starting a business and building anything from the ground up is a very trying, yet very rewarding experience. There will be very high highs and very low lows. It takes so much effort and work to make things happen, and people don’t often realize everything that goes into business. But if you have dream, you just work hard and chase it every day.  It’s all up to you!

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stanley korshak + discount code.

I tend to always run to my go-to stores to shop, but recently I realized I have been missing out on some pretty stellar places specifically in the Big D. Yes the clothes are beautiful at the majority of Dallas boutiques, but to combine that with personal relationships and a lovely experience makes one store far outweigh the other. Stanley Korshak is one of those gems sitting in the heart of The Crescent, and what stood out to me there was the following: they are family owned, and they make you feel a part of it + the merchandise is extremely well chosen + whether you come to browse or buy, they truly make it an experience {without those pushy sales tactics}. Oh, and they are growing beyond belief! I was thankful to get a tour of the under-construction zone, and to envision what’s to come {in the next few months} made my excitement to shop there even greater.

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