Closet Staples – The Jumpsuit

I don’t want to start this post out negatively but UGH, my closet has really been uninspiring lately. I walk in, look around, and reach for the same t-shirt and jeans I always wear. I don’t know if it is that I am not ready for summer (body-wise) or that I am just really sick of everything in my closet, but the struggle has been real. Since I really only wear a few pieces, I have been on a mission to clean out and sell anything that I do not wear. I haven’t updated my closet staples in a few years so my plan is to take the money and invest in updating those key pieces every closet needs.

One of the pieces I have been obsessed with updating has been the jumpsuit. I live for jumpsuits. They are as easy as a dress but oftentimes sleeker, as they are more unexpected. There is something so confident about a girl in a jumpsuit. A well-tailored jumpsuit is like a super hero cape for a woman. She could literally take on the world – at least, that is what I think when I see a woman wearing one. She just looks like a boss!

There are two types of jumpsuits every closet/woman needs: the dressy jumpsuit and the casual jumpsuit. Since summer is right around the corner, I decided to start my search for the casual jumpsuit – which, in my opinion, is one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe. Since I saw a beautiful selection of summer pieces while shopping with my mother-in-law last week at Neiman Marcus, I decided to start there. It was a smart choice. They have such a well-curated selection of summer staples. I was like a kid in a candy store. I love the way Neiman Marcus does summer – light, feminine, but not over-the-top floral/girly. They do have those pieces but for the girls out there like me, who want great basic/cool pieces for summer, Neiman Marcus is perfect!

When I first saw this Splendid jumpsuit I knew it was going to be the one. I am obsessed with two things right now – blazers and stripes. Paris is clearly on the brain. But it was something about the effortless and casual appeal it had even while sitting on the hanger. After trying it on my feelings of love were validated. It was the perfect summer jumpsuit. While the jumpsuit definitely has a more casual feel, I felt like I could easily dress it up if I needed to. Win/win for the bank account!

I am so pleased with my decision to head to Neiman Marcus as it has now provided the perfect summer jumpsuit/closet staple for years to come. I plan to wear this to brunches, walking the streets of Paris, and heading out to a girls’ night dinner. You can easily change the feel of the jumpsuit by adding different blazers, jewelry, hats, or shoes. I hope it has inspired you to update your jumpsuit needs! And don’t worry – if jumpsuits aren’t your thing, Neiman Marcus has a gorgeous selection of maxi dresses as well – which is the perfect alternative for a casual jumpsuit. And with that, we are now ready for you, summer!

**Want more inspiration? Check out some of my other fave bloggers in this slideshow!

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casual look // Splendid Jumpsuit (no longer available but this is a great basic option) c/o, Marley Lilly Monogram hat, J.Crew Cyprus sandal (25% off right now), Barrington Gifts St. Anne Tote, ZeroUV sunnies c/o

dressy look //  Splendid Jumpsuit (no longer available but this is a great striped option) c/o, Zara blazer, Christian Louboutin Pigalle heels, ZeroUV sunnies c/o

 

 

Compensation for this post was provided by Neiman Marcus via AOL Media. A brand I truly love and support. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Neiman Marcus or AOL.

 

The Find
Whereabouts: Dallas, Texas

Outfits • Madewell NorthPark Event

Come see me tonight from 6-8pm for bubbly, sweets, music, and shopping! First 15 shoppers get a REALLY cool gift honoring my move to Paris this summer! An added bonus – spend $125 and get 20% off! Hope to see you all there!

Travel • Tipping Etiquette in Other Countries

Well this just saved me quite a lot of thinking. I don’t know about you but I always get confused about tipping when traveling abroad. I end up tipping no matter what because, “better be safe than sorry.” However, I am pretty sure I overpay 99% of the time! For instance, you don’t tip on cabs in London. Oh, but I have. Tips are also included in most checks (lucky waiters because I never noticed). Here is a very comprehensive guide to tipping in other countries.

Dallas Blogger Panel

I have received a good amount of e-mails from people over the years asking how to get started in blogging. I actually received so many, that after much consideration, I decided to start a blogging consulting business. I felt like my background working in blogging, social media, and with an affiliate network gave me enough experience to be able to lend a helping hand to those in need. From that, M.A.S. Consulting was born. I absolutely loved getting to meet you and help you start and grow your blog. I felt like I was really helping you propel your dreams forward. However, once the photography started taking off I had to make a decision on which one to keep and which one to let go. Over the years I have learned you can’t do it all. You must make decisions/sacrifices to be able to dedicate the amount of time it takes to fully grow a business and nurture your passions. Since I have a love for photography, I decided to dedicate my time there.

After a few months of slowing down the consulting side (I still keep a few clients) I continue to receive e-mails from readers who want to know the basics. I am happy to help and am also very humbled that you think to ask me. I still believe my mom is the only one who reads my blog so to have someone ask for my help is an amazing feeling. However, since choosing photography I feel badly I can’t dedicate as much time as I would like for each e-mail I receive. I genuinely wish I could hold all of your hands through the entire process and be your “go-to” person,  but there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. That being said, a few months ago I was asked by the Dallas Blogger Collective to be on a blog “speed dating panel” where bloggers get five minutes with each person (brands, pr firms, bloggers, etc.) to pick our brains. Since I was receiving a decent amount of e-mails from readers asking questions about blogging and how to grow your blog I decided to say yes to the panel. Which I am really excited about and I can’t wait to meet all of you!

If you are in Dallas this evening from 6-8pm I hope you can join me and a panel of other amazing influencers. You have around 5 minutes to pick each of our brains which will hopefully inspire you and help answer all of your questions.

When – Tonight, April 16h

Where – ALTO 211 – Dallas, TX

Time – 6:30-8:30pm

I look forward to seeing you there!

Outfits • Aviator Options

I am a HUGE fan of Aviators. My Dad had a pair of Ray Ban’s from the 70’s that he wore until the day they were stolen in 2010. Aviators are one of the only frames which stand the test of time. Since I have my fair share of  the classic look I have been looking to add a few more modern options to my collection. I am a die hard Ray Ban fan but when I came across these AQS for only $50 I quickly changed my mind. They are the right price, right shape, and right color. They are absolutely perfect! Now the hard decision – which color to choose? Blue or Yellow?

Outfits • 2-in-1 Layered Necklace

I have a wedding coming up which I have a dress for but not the right accessories. After finding a few pieces that were way out of my price range I decided to head over to Bauble Bar. I fell in love with this Pyramid Layered Necklace. Not only is it perfect for the wedding but I also plan to wear it with a button-up shirt and with swimsuits. It is the perfect two-for-one piece!

Outfits • The Crossbody Bag

My mind has completely changed on what I “need” for summer. I don’t “need” that great pair of heels anymore. What I do need is a great bag to carry all of my items while I walk the streets of Paris. Not having a car to get around will be both a rude awakening and a joy.  Since I don’t want to spend an exuberant amount of money on items that only have one purpose I have had my eye on this J.Crew Parker Crossbody bag which could go from daytime use to nighttime. Doesn’t its simplicity scream Paris to you? This bag is also 25% off with code SHOPNOW.

Acapulco Chair – Living Room

Living Room: When it comes to a living room I have three main musts: needs to be comfy, should have enough seating for five or more people, and should reflect your personality. When it comes to my living room, it has been a work in progress. I am the type of personality which wants everything finished the moment it is started. Call it lack of patience but I really have a hard time taking things slowly. Now, when you are decorating a home you must keep in mind that not everything will be finished swiftly. It takes time. This idea took time to adjust to. I have been in this house two years and am just now starting to feel like it is coming together. Although it has taken longer than I would have liked I think I have stayed true to my three must and the space really reflects it.

Needs to be comfy: I love to sit in the living room and talk for hours on end (with wine in hand) with dear friends. There is nothing worse than having to sit in an uncomfortable chair or area and try to make conversation. I don’t know about you but I do my best socializing when I am most comfortable. Your living room should always be a place where your guests feel welcomed to come, relax, and enjoy themselves. You want them to leave feeling great and knowing they had the absolute best time. To make the space even cozier I recommend adding throw blankets around the room. Either place them hanging from the corner of your couch or throw them in a clear/see-through basket. Making sure the basket isn’t solid will make your space look less harsh and leave the space looking a little larger. I love this Iron Wire basket from AllModern (comes in multiple colors). It creates a great break from the two chairs while keeping the space cozy and comfortable. Remember comfort is key.

Enough Seating for 5+: When you are designing your living room it is always key to think of your spacing. A lot of people don’t have a large enough room for a couch, two/three chairs, and a bench so I would recommend investing in smaller chairs to accompany your couch. I love the way this Acapulco chair from AllModern creates a nice retro look while breaking up the basics of the couch. There is nothing that looks better than a mix of different furniture in a room. It keeps it modern, clean, and creative. If your space is tight I would suggest looking at chairs that have more of a design feel and less of the “traditional” look you see in most living rooms. Your friends will be impressed with the overall look and you will save money and space!

Reflect Your Personality: This is by far the most important on the list. A home is a reflection of you and your life so each room should have details which show your guest what that is. My husband and I love a mid-century home with modern flare so this Acapulco chair and hide stools are a great reflection of our personal style. We have also taken a few things we love to decorate the space – the bar and the shooting gun photo above it. We absolutely love to entertain so having a bar in our home was important. Since we don’t have a wet bar I decided to create a free standing bar so our guest always feel welcome to make themselves a cocktail and enjoy their stay. The photo above the bar was shot by a 16 year old girl from Geneva, Switzerland (where my husband grew up). Having little knick-knacks around the space which are special to you create an experience for those who visit and a basic understanding of who you are.

I hope these few tips on creating your living room space help your future decorating endeavors. You can check out the styling of the Acapulco chair for outdoors here! Can you believe how well it transitions from outdoors to indoors? Stay tuned for one more way to style it!

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