Camilla and Marc Tunic Dress

You may not know but I have a love for tunic dresses. It started in 2012 when my friend Jena made me buy a Thakoon Addition caftan (here, here, here, here and here). I fought her hard on it but she insisted it looked great, so to the cash register I went. At the time I had no idea how much use I would get out of it. Fast forward a few years and I have worn it more than any other piece in my closet. There isn’t a party that goes by I don’t wear it. It has become somewhat of a joke amongst my family and friends. What I love most is that it is breezy and you can dress it up or down. I have worn it as a swimsuit cover-up and even to a fancy wedding.

When I realized I was wearing the seams out of the dress (literally) I decided it was time to invest in a new one. After a long search I bought the Camilla and Marc Diego Tunic dress. I have been a big fan of Camilla and Marc for years so buying something of theirs was a no brainer. I loved the pleating on the back of this dress and the neutral color really makes it wearable. It is the perfect “dress up or down” piece. Just like the original Thakoon caftan the price tag was more than I wanted to spend but knowing I will get A LOT of wear out of it, made it much more bearable. To be 100% honest, I have gotten more of my money out of my $600 Caftan than any other $50 dress I have ever bought so when you put it into perspective, it isn’t so bad. 🙂

It is seriously a great dress and it is already in my bag for my upcoming trip abroad. The only thing I would recommend is to size down. I ordered my normal size and it was a bit big (it is currently at the tailor being altered). Also, if you buy the dress here then the sizes are U.S. but if you buy it here they are Australian sizes, so pay attention!! There is a size chart which helps a lot!!!

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outfit details // Camilla and Marc Diego Tunic Dress, Celine Trapeze bag (thanks krystal), Nude pumps

A Night With Zsofias, Fashion Veggie & STTS

I am so excited to be hosting an event at the ever so chic and gorgeous lingerie store, Zsofia’s this Wednesday the 25th from 5-8pm. When my dear friend and co-host, Molly of the Fashion Veggie, was presented with this ‘lingerie, champagne and dogs’ event she said the first person she thought of was me. Which I am very pleased that those adjectives brought the idea that, “Mary would be perfect for this event” to her head! That is seriously why I love Molly! She just gets me.

If you are around this Wednesday the 25th come see the beautiful Zsofia, drink some champagne and shop for a good cause! Good Cause? Zsofia has generously offered to donate a portion of the proceeds to Paws in the City – a non-profit, no-kill organization with a mission to ending the overpopulation, abuse, and neglect of Dallas/Ft. Worth area dogs and cats. The entire evening is a win/win!

Also, be sure to ask Zsofia about her new line she is designing. A beautiful range of old school glamour lingerie, all while keeping everything affordable. I have gotten a sneak peak and it is UNREAL! Think bodices with lace sleeves and silk 1920’s rompers. She is so talented and kind, you will get lost in conversation!

***Oh and I must say, if lingerie isn’t your thing (seriously?!) then don’t use that as an excuse not to come. Zsofia’s has EVERYTHING you need! I just bought a t-shirt bra from here that is full coverage and amazing! It seriously cinches me in for that perfect “effortlessly chic” t-shirt look.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Party Details:

WhereZsofia’s (1130 Dragon St Suite 160 Dallas, Texas 75207)

When? Wednesday the 25th

What time? from 5-8pm

What For? Shopping for a cause with Paws in the City

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Tips for Traveling with TSA Pre-Check


This blog post came from a “lesson learned the hard way” event that happened yesterday. Before traveling to L.A. I realized I had made some very rookie mistakes, so before any of you make them, I wanted to share some tips. If you are not already TSA Pre-Check certified I recommend checking it out. The $100 for five years is 100% worth it! Not only do you get to leave your shoes on and laptops in the bag during security, you are welcomed by shorter lines and an overall easier travel experience.

If you do have TSA Pre-Check here is some valuable information to remember:

  • First and foremost, make sure the same name on your airline ticket matches your “Known Traveler Name.”
    • Lesson: I didn’t put my middle name on my Virgin America account but it is on my Known Traveler account. Since the names did not match up 100% I did not get TSA Pre Check. The solution – to pay $150 to preform a “name change” on my ticket. Moral of the story – MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS EXACTLY THE SAME
  • When you receive your “Known Traveler Number” insert that in every single airline website, every single time before you book your trip. If you do not put it in before booking you will not have pre-check listed on your ticket and you will need to call the airlines to get them to add it.
  • If you need the airline to add your KTN after you have already checked-in, ask them to check you out and then re-check in. Hopefully the system has updated and your pre-check will show up. If they tell you they can’t “un-check you” they are lying and ask for a manager!
  • If Pre-Check does not show up on your ticket and you booked through a third party, double check that the numbers are correct. Most of the time they miss one number which will prevent you from getting your pre-check status

Really, this post is to make you aware how important it is to get the numbers and name correct the first time. I had no idea you needed to add this before booking, or add it every time you book. My husband or a travel agent usually books my flight so I really had to learn the hard way. Yesterday, instead of breezing through the pre-check line (as I have done for three years), I was waiting in an hour long line trying to get through regular security! Seriously, do yourself a favor and PAY ATTENTION! I promise you, had I known this, it would have saved so many pre-trip stresses!!


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