I originally got this dress to wear on my Punta Cana and Bahamas trips, but for some reason never took pictures of it. It’s basically the perfect outfit for an evening out to dinner in the Caribbean. I’ve worn it to a couple of different events since those trips and always get so many compliments! I love the drapiness of the silk and the beading on the shoulders makes it feel bespoke and special. Rococo Sand has become one of my favorite brands for the summer, and if you aren’t familiar I suggest you check it out!
As a little girl I always loved getting to pick out what I would wear on Easter Sunday. Naturally I gravitated towards the frilliest girliest dress I could find. Now as an adult I still try to keep that same spirit, although a tad more understated, when searching for the perfect Easter Outfit. And this Parker dress I have picked out this year is still super feminine and ruffled…so not too much has changed. I think that the embroidery detailing is such a fun and different touch. These pink suede heels with pearl accents are quickly becoming some of my favorites. They really pull the outfit together and make it pop.
Greetings from the high seas…sort of. Today I’m heading out on fun Miami adventure with Moet Chandon and I am so excited! We’re starting off the morning with a boat tour of “Stiltsville”, which I am super intrigued by. To get the full BTS scoop, follow along on my Instagram: @SideSmileStyle account and be sure to watch my insta-story! There may even be some celeb sightings of the Tennis Variety 😉
Ps. I have been wearing these blush suede mules almost every day since I got them. They are super comfy and go with everything!
This is the perfect aerosol dry shampoo for everyday use. I like a little grit to my hair, so I will usually apply this regardless if my hair has been recently washed or not. It is probably the best smelling hair product in my cabinet. If they made a perfume, I would buy it in a second!
I’m always on the hunt for anything to give me a little extra oomph in the thickness department. I love this mouse for days that I’m doing full on blowout with a round brush. It just makes everything look so much fuller and luxe.
I’ve tried a million different dry shampoos and this is definitely one of my ride or dies. The powder comes out very white, so I put it on at night to sleep on. By the time I get up the next day it’s absorbed any excess oil I need to get rid of. It’s a great product to help extend a blowout for a few extra days.
I LIVE for this spray. I’ve been using it for probably around 6 years now and I have yet to find a product that rivals it. The oil is super moisturizing and protects my hair with out weighing it down which is key. Plus it smells amazing.
I have pretty fine and thin hair to being with, so I will take any extra volume I can! I love this spray for when I’m just letting my hair air dry before curing it. Plus the last time I had Glam Squad over the hair stylist asked if I had used a thickening product, which I think is a ringing endorsement in and of itself.
As someone who has visited basically every Colorado ski town imaginable over the years, I have a very been there done that attitude when it comes to ski trips. Having said that, Taos, New Mexico blew my mind. From the quaint art galleries and shops in the downtown, to the amazing restaurants I had the most wonderful Christmas holiday. We stayed at my Uncle Bob’s bed and breakfast the Old Taos Guesthouse, which I highly recommend and not just because he is one of my favorite uncle’s ; )
Christian and I had a pretty long travel day from Miami, stopping first at the DFW airport to meet up with my family then a quick flight to Santa Fe, Nm. Taos is about an hour drive from the airport and we stopped at Dr. Field Goods Kitchen, which had the best breakfast burrito and biscuits and gravy! We lucked out because no sooner than when we parked in the driveway at the inn, did the snow really start coming down. It was so magical seeing the entire property covered in such a beautiful white blanket. After we got settled in we headed to the Guadalajara Grill for a bite to eat and then hit the hay early because everyone else (minus me) was going skiing early in the morning.
I dutifully joined them on the trip up to the mountain, but in a lodge bunny capacity only. While the others were skiing I had the best time exploring all of the shops and restaurants, Taking photos of the chair lifts and mountains. I stopped in at the Pizza Shack, which was super yummy and also had gluten free crust options which was great. I also popped into Tim’s Stray Dog Cantina for a spicy marg and some guac while I edited my photos and read for a while.
That night we went to the The Trading Post where I had one of the best meatballs of my life. I saved part of it to bring home which was very fortuitous after my cousin, Sarah, and I drank our weight in wine on Christmas Eve and I was in desperate need of some hangover food.
The next day while the boys went…I’m actually not sure what they were doing haha, but Mom and I headed to town for some gallery browsing and shopping. We found the most amazing chocolates at Chocolate and Cashemere, seriously they were like little pieces of art themselves. My favorite shop hands down was the Wanderer Boutique. She had such a well-curated mix of organic beauty products, affordable and trendy clothes, and best of all were the candles. OMG, there were Anthropologie-level smells swirling through the store. I ended up buying three candles.
At a more kitschy souvenirs shop, we found probably the ugliest salt and pepper shakers known to man…which my mom happens to collect so obviously I had to buy it for her. She’s not allowed to have them until next Christmas, and I literally can’t wait to give it to her once she’s completely forgotten about it (follow me on snapchat to see it in all its glory). After our little tour of the town, we headed to Bent Street Deli and met up with the boys for lunch. I ordered the Californian and it was super yummy.
Later that night we went to the Taos Pueblo Reservation. The local Native Americans have been on those lands for over a thousand years, which still kind of blows my mind. Every Christmas Eve they have a big bonfire and you can go around to the different houses and buy souvenirs, art, and most importantly fry bread. I’m still not 100 percent clear on what fry bread is, but I know that you put powdered sugar and honey on top…and that’s all I really needed to know.
The bonfire was amazing, and a little scary. To paint the picture for you (because photography is pretty much frowned upon), there were probably 30 different towers of firewood spread out over the grounds built by the locals some about 30 feet high, some shorter. There was a big parade and the towers are ceremonially lit in succession until the whole area is filled with fire and smoke…like a LOT of smoke. If you ever get the chance to go I definitely would recommend getting there early, see the first couple of towers lit and then skedaddling. You’ll beat traffic, inhale way less smoke, and not have any fire fall on you. Which apparently kind of happened not long after we left.
After the bonfire, we headed back to Uncle Bob’s quarters for Christmas Eve dinner. It was so nice to get to spend the holidays with a part of the family that we don’t get to see nearly as often as I would like. I went to bed tipsy, full, and content…then woke up spinning, starving, and dying of thirst. Drinking in high altitudes is not for the faint of heart. Luckily my mom took pity on me and we stayed in bed all day watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, while the boys skied. When I remembered that I had saved half of my meatball, it was literally like Christmas morning. See what I did there
We went back over to Uncle Bob’s for Christmas Dinner, which was yet another amazing meal. Both him and my Aunt Cady are excellent cooks, if you stay at the inn you’ll see what I mean. We called it an early night as we were all leaving in the morning. I definitely want to plan another trip out there soon. Apparently, there is this amazing hot air balloon festival you can see from their property.