It’s Monday and we’re five days away from Saturday, which also doubles as the funnest fiesta; I’m talking Cinco De Mayo! So today, I wanted to share the cutest dress that inspired this post from a local boutique here in Lubbock. It is literally the PERFECT dress for Cinco De Mayo, summer, or just on a day when you’re feeling a little extra! Which is me on most occasions, or at least on the days when I actually get dressed.
This cute dress caught my eye at Belly Couture, or BC as it’s known here and I fell in LOVE with the tassel detail that is so on-trend right now and the bright colors that pair SO good with my favorite neon wedges. It is fun, off the shoulder and did I mention, the perfect LBD for a party?! Which is why, this weekend we intend on actually getting a babysitter so I can wear it for more than just a photo! It is SO cute, y’all and if BC has any left, I would RUN and try to snag one as quickly as possible! Just sayin!!
As a New Mexico native, I grew up celebrating Cinco De Mayo in my home town every year because it was a great excuse to gather with friends and an even better one to whip out my Mama’s Margaritaville Marg maker! Roswell even hosted an event called “Party on the Pecos” that was annually put on by the Community League, where locals and those living in the surrounding areas would come to support and celebrate with food, live music and plenty of entertainment. It was a big to-do and I remember it being a highlight each year while growing up. Silly, but true!
Honestly though, what better way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo than with Mexican Cuisine, chips, guac and the towns best margarita! Am I right? You kind of have to! Even in college, my best friend and our sorority sisters always started our festivities by dressing up in our mumu’s and sombreros and sitting on the Chimy’s patio. Those memories have always been some of my favorites! They make for even better stories, and although I’ll spare the details, I can tell you, these will be the ones we reminisce about when we’re old ladies in our oceanfront retirement home, of course! 😉 They are just that good and unforgettable to say the least! Now, a day date with my guy on a patio with a little sunshine and a few of our friends is perfection. Conrad and I are much more low key in our old age! 😉 Side note, if you haven’t been to Chimy’s in Lubbock or Ft. Worth, I highly suggest it! Words of the wise, just don’t start out with a Cadillac or Dr. Pepper shoot out or you’ll be in bed extra early!
Whatever your plans, be sure to have fun, be safe and enjoy the day! I always love this time of year and the fact that this cute dress is coming with me is simply the salt on the rim of my margarita! Also, definitely check out BC and all of their fun new selections for summer. They always have a great variety for kids too!
Here are a few fun, tassel(y) favorites in case you’re in the market for a festive Cinco De Mayo dress or needing something for a beachy vacay!
I wanted to share a website today that you may or may not already be familiar with. Zaful is a clothing company that provides the newest clothing and accessory trends achievable for all women at affordable prices. They have daily specials on specific pieces, which are items that have been marked down considerably, yet still hold great value. You can view these newly marked down options by clicking Women’s Daily Deals. From tops to dresses, swimsuits and sunglasses, they are a one stop shop for all of your fashion needs. I am so excited to be collaborating with them and wanted to share my current wishlist items from their website. You can also shop these dresses and accessories with ease and I can ensure you will love what you receive from Zaful and will be up to date on all of the newest styles for spring and summer. Check out my picks below and have a wonderful Thursday!
Let me start by saying, I am SO incredibly excited to be partnering with The Texas Tech Club today! I’m a Texas Tech Alumni so this partnership is dear to my heart for so many reasons, one being when it comes to my Alma Mater, I bleed red and black and am a proud Red Raider! So when contacted by the Membership Director, I was simply elated and honored to be able to share such an amazing private club with my readers!
The Texas Tech Club is located inside the Jones AT&T Stadium on the Texas Tech campus, and if I do say so myself, it has the absolute BEST view in town. It overlooks the field and is the perfect place to gather for any event or occasion.
I have to be honest though, before I was given details about the club, I thought for sure this would be an awesome opportunity, yet with the word “private” attached that it would surely be out of our reach, especially with the initial fees most private clubs require. Little did I know, the club is actually very affordable, initiation fees and all, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear about all of the perks of membership. For instance, each month their calendar is full of great events, which make the club a prime location for networking, as there are many social opportunities; poker nights, happy hours, craft events and scheduled dinners to appeal to young executives and anyone within and around the Lubbock Community. That’s right, I said ANYONE! You don’t have to be an Alumni of Texas Tech University to join. If that summary of events doesn’t win you over, they even provide a childcare service one Saturday per month so couples can enjoy a nice quite dinner or date night without having to find a sitter and the kiddos enjoy their very own dinner and a movie for only $5. Where do we sign up?! Also, during the summer months, a cooking class is available for children as well. Each month throughout the year there are different opportunities for kids to engage and enjoy the club atmosphere. I love that a kid friendly environment is provided and that aspect draws me in just almost as much as their Reserve Program. This is a program that provides members daily discounts up to 50% on select cellar bottles of wine and monthly access to wine tasting, flights and reserve events. Happy hour is Tuesday-Friday from 4-6 pm and you can opt in for only $18 more with many perks and a complimentary bottle of wine quarterly. You can’t buy a good boxed wine for that, so the extra fee is worth every penny, in my opinion. Plus, you get to enjoy a lovely setting and fabulous view!
It gets even better, my friends. Have an event or party coming up? Your membership automatically qualifies you for a complimentary private event room rental. Looks like Corbin’s birthday parties will be held at the Texas Tech Club from now on! 😉 Seriously though, how awesome is that? Private event costs do apply and depend on the size of the party and details of the event but the room is at no cost to you if you’re a current member.
General Membership costs begin with the Young Executive Membership (35 and under) at $40.50 monthly with an initiation fee of $75 and their Resident membership is $74.25 monthly with an initiation fee of $250. There is also access to The Texas Tech Club “ONE” Membership that has increased perks for those who enjoy travel, golf, ticket purchases and business dining opportunities at 50 clubs nationwide. This membership is broken down into three categories. ONE Members of The Texas Tech Club Enjoy My Club, My Community, and My World Benefits. These memberships begin at the Young Executive level (35 and under) of $93 per month or up to $127 per month for the Resident One membership with the initiation fees as stated above.
Here is the itemized list of what is included with the “ONE” membership level.
MY CLUB – Benefits at The Texas Tech Club for Members with ONE include:
• 50% off* all a la carte dining every day for you & everyone on your membership.
• Access to business, dining and meeting facilities and services.
• A variety of business networking and social programming.
MY COMMUNITY – Preferred access to tickets to great events, special Member experiences and more:
My TicketLine – your access to great tickets at your favor ite Lubbock venues for sports, theater, concerts and more! Treat clients, spend time with family and friends or kick back with colleagues outside the workplace.
MY WORLD – Enjoy the best of the ClubCorp Network when you travel:
Free* world – class dining at business clubs located in more than 50 cities.
Free* green fees at country clubs with tee times up to 30 days in advance.
Free* access to TaylorMade loaner clubs at country clubs in the ClubCorp family.
Special offerings at more than 1,000 hotels, resorts, restaurants and entertainment venues, including tickets to theaters, concerts and sporting events. Athletic and tennis access at clubs in the ClubCorp family and more. Up to 40% off overnight accommodations through Find Hotels, an online service, and 10% off the best available rate at select resorts across the country. Special packages and destination offers to The Masters, U.S. Open, Kentucky Derby, Super Bowl, Final Four and more!
Therefore, if you’re someone who travels frequently and enjoys the club life while home or away, the members with “ONE” Level packages are for you but if you’re a local resident or young exec that is settled within the Lubbock community and networking within this region is of most importance, then I would suggest one of the General Level Memberships.
Now that you have all the deets, it’s time for the fun part! If you join through my blog or mention Bluebonnets & Bowties during your membership application, you will get 50% off your enrollment fee and will receive complementary lunch for the month you join! You’ll also receive a Home Football Game party pass which includes, 2 complimentary rally buffets, 2 complimentary tailgate buffets, and two complimentary Matador brunch buffets. Thats not all! Gear up for before the games in style at The Texas Tech Club tailgate tent complimentary access via your membership. Enjoy free Wi-Fi with the “office away from the office” complementary internet service and feel free to enjoy fresh coffee Monday through Friday at the TTC Hospitality Station.
Contact Abby Bogle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 806-742-4515 for more information on which club level best suits your needs and you can also visit their website here.
There is so much happening at The Texas Tech Club where we connect, play, work and host and I hope you’ll join this fun, beautiful and exquisite club!
Thank you for reading and have a fantastic weekend!
A special thanks to The Texas Tech Club for sponsoring this post.
So, one of my favorite aspects of putting together a great outfit is accessorizing. A fabulous pair of shoes and a fun bag are two musts when completing a look, whatever the occasion. One of my very favorite trends right now going from spring to summer is the straw bag trend. From clutches to totes, round and square, pom poms and leather clasps, there are options to fit the needs of everyone. Also, you don’t have to break the bank to get your favorite influencers look on Insta. Sure, there are options that range in price from $20 all the way to $400 but in my opinion, the lower prices are much more appealing and reasonable, especially for a summer bag or clutch that won’t be used as often, as say your Louis Vuitton or higher end, everyday bag. Therefore, I would vote, save vs. splurge when it comes to choosing which straw bag is right for you!
Styling. I love to style my straw bags by the pool in my favorite swimmy and even out to dinner in a fun striped or printed dress with my hubby. You can really pair these with just about anything. Florals, eyelets, shorts and tees. The sky really is the limit. I am really loving the look of the round style right now. It is so freakin cute and different from styles you normally see. Totally loving it and have one on the way so it will be seen A LOT!! Get ready, friends! I just think they have more character and are perfect for the essentials, being keys, wallet and a lippy. I am a pro at overloading my bags and tend to carry suitcases so a smaller more compact option is always a nice change. I’m sure my back appreciates the break too!
Take a look at these fun options below. Currently, they are all in stock and most are under $60.
Get your hands on one of the hottest items for the season and let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Five years! Where does the time go? It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we promised each other forever! On April 14, 2013, at a beautiful venue in Colleyville, TX, we said “I Do” in front of all of our all of our closest friends and family! It was such an amazing day and if I’m being honest, feels like these past five years have flown by! We have come so far and have created such a beautiful life together, yet it seems like just yesterday I was getting ready to meet you at the alter.
Our first five years of marriage have been a ride! We have had many highs and some lows. We’ve built a home, started a business, welcomed our precious son, traveled, cried, laughed until we cried, and have celebrated so much in this short amount of time. We have learned how to communicate, problem solve, encourage and most importantly we have loved. Marriage isn’t always easy, but our faith has always been bigger and we have kept God as our foundation and our guide. You’re my rock, the voice of reason, although sometimes I hate to admit it, and there’s honestly no-one on this planet I love spending time with more than you! You are strong, kind, loving, fun and not bad to look at either! 😉 Our five years have brought us so many blessings, especially Corbin. I am so proud of the man you are and even more so to be your wife, but watching you love our little boy has made my heart grow even more than I could have imagined. You are the best dad and I am so thankful for the gift you’ve given me in him and the love you show us each day. This love is the best love and I would marry you a million times over! I’m looking forward to the next 50 years, growing old with you, laughing, and googling answers to prove who’s right or wrong during our silly arguments! You are my love and my very best friend. Our adventure has only just begun, and I am the luckiest to do life with you by my side. Thank you for choosing me.
Since today is so special to us, I thought I’d share some of our wedding photos from this day five years ago! We got married at Piazza in the Village and it couldn’t have been a more perfect day for us! It was a true celebration from the floral, to the food and every detail in between, even more than I could have ever dreamed of! I would highly recommend the Piazza to this day if you’re newly engaged and looking for a venue in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Seamless planning from beginning to end and we loved every minute! Enjoy!
Hello, loves! I hope your Wednesday is off to the best start!
It was touch and go for a while but it seems spring may just be here to stay, or we hope! Over the weekend, and while it was a high of 50 degrees, I took a poll on what you guys wanted to see, and one of the most requested was the top items for spring. So, here they are!
Let’s begin with prints! From floral to gingham, stripes to tropical, sequins and of course polka dots, prints are everywhere right now! I am loving any and all things print and am having so much fun mixing and matching lately. Gingham is always so classic and I am so happy its made such a statement this season and you can never go wrong with polka dots. Can I also mention, anytime this girly girl can wear sequins or embroidery, you know I’m going to rock it! So, whether you’re the ultimate #girlboss, love to snazzy it up a bit or have your toes in the sand on a beach, this seasons prints will have you covered in a whole lot of cuteness! You can even shop these items by hovering over them and clicking on the image.
Secondly, hats are all the rage right now, and you NEED one! Not only for fashion purposes but to cover your pretty faces and keep you from getting premature wrinkles. Straw hats are one of my favorite accessories going from spring and into summer. They are chic and hide those bad hair days, or in my case, dirty hair days! I love a hat, y’all! Perfect for the pool or even for those times you just want to throw on a tank and shorts or a cute sundress and make that hair last one more day without a shampooing! Check these cute options out!
Speaking of accessories, another favorite that takes me back to the glory days, is ribbons, hair scarfs, and bandanas. I never thought I’d see cheer days return in my 30’s but the more sophisticated version is back and I’m not one bit mad about it! I’ve been using them often to dress up my top knots, accessorize my half up do or just to keep my hair out of my face completely. You could say they are multipurpose, as they can be worn around your neck or in your hair. Love this newish, throwback trend that you will be seeing often, at least on me, this summer!
Overalls=LIFE! My #momiform just got an upgrade and if you haven’t already, it’s time to dig them out of the back of your closet, ladies! So much goodness and they are so cute on EVERY body type! Also, as a mom, they are a dream. Here are the ones I chose. They have a great fit and are so comfortable, plus are on SALE! HOLLA! Shortalls are another great option for those hot summer months and you better believe I have a pair hanging in my closet that I plan on wearing on repeat every chance I get. All my soccer mom friends, get ready! You’ll be seeing them most Saturdays! 😉 Please note, in regard to fit, I would suggest staying with your regular size, unless you want a looser fit. American Eagle, Madewell and Abercrombie run true to size, but I would suggest sizing up in the H&M brand. As this brand tends to run on the smaller side. For size reference, I chose a 2 short in AE. I am 5’4 and the short option always fits me best. I can easily wear a 4 or even depending on the cut, a 6 in H&M. It has more of a European fit, so just be aware of this if ordering online.
Bamboo and straw bags! This is a big one y’all that will be carried right into summer! HA! From Cult Gaia to Mar Y Sol and all the dupes in between (linked below) your accessory game will be on point all season long. These unique bags are simply an outfit game changer. Add the classic arc bag to your collection and pair it with all of your cute spring rompers or even cut-off denim and a graphic tee. Show stoppers that will make a statement and I guarantee you’ll be asked where to find them wherever you go! My arc bag is one I get asked about often and complimented when carried. Check these great (real and dupe) options out below!
High waisted EVERYTHING! Mom jeans and culottes have made a come back and I can see why! Hold the phone, denim skirts too, y’all! Can we say spring of 2005? I literally gave all my denim skirts away thinking it would never happen. WRONG! I’ve recently purchased a couple new styles to update the wardrobe and although they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, they seem to be sticking around until further notice. Here are a few favs and affordable options. I would always suggest sizing up in denim skirts. I say this because you don’t want your bottom to be “cupped” for a lack of a better word (I’m a little delirious) and you want it to fall on your hips. Message me if you need sizing references in any of the brands below!
In rounding out the look, two must have items are dainty necklaces and fun tassel earrings. These are kind of opposite ends of the spectrum but just think, dainty necklace by day, fun tassels by night. I always love Baublebar and Sugar Fix for my dainty necklaces. They are affordable and are just perfect for everyday wear. I’ve linked a few of my most current favorites for you!
Let’s talk tassels. They are so fun, are a little EXTRA and are great to add a fun pop of color to a print or solid. I’ve been eyeing these below.
Last but certainly not least, BODYSUITS! If you haven’t snagged one yet, its a must to wear under overalls and high waisted shorts. They also are perfect for layering under kimonos and light-weight cardigans, that is, if Mother Nature decides to freak out on us again. Fingers crossed it stays nice and warm! Here are a few I own and a couple I’m saving for a day that I have an “add to cart” moment.
I hope this post leaves you feeling beautiful and confident in all of your spring finds and buys and that no matter what you choose in this season, whether it be, denim, florals, dainty, ruffles or understated, that you will embrace the beauty within! Rock that outfit and keep being YOU, girlfriend!