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Join Me at the Style 2020 Event

April 16, 2014

Attention friends in Southern California! Style 2020, an exclusive fashion & beauty forum, is happening a week from Friday and it is an event you do not want to miss. We will be talking about how to define style, with industry leaders like Sephora and Loreal! A networking lunch and expert panel is also included. Here are all the details... I hope to see your face there!

PS- Don't forget to let me know if you will be attending by tweeting me, @envisionpretty & @style_2020 with the hashtag #style2020! I will make sure to say hi!

Our Engagement Party

I have been so crazy busy lately that I know I haven't shared much about my engagement or the process of planning.  As the process gets underway, I promise I plan to share much more... like the venue, date, etc. In the meantime, I did seize the opportunity to help my mom plan an engagement party for John and I (naturally). We are headed back to Kansas City over the weekend and are beyond thrilled to be surrounded by our favorite people and to celebrate. Since John and I are both from the midwest, this is where the majority of friends and family reside. Many of them haven't seen us since we got engaged, so catching up over a cocktail engagement party is a perfect opportunity.

Two things that are essential when planning an event like this are decor and what to wear as the bride-to-be. For decor, I decided to play off of Spring and keep the colors bright white & neutral, with subtle hints of pastel. Co-planning the event with my mom has been fun, and she has been able to help me execute my vision. I am using gold balloons similar to the ones below, and plan to do white fresh flowers. Obviously, champagne is a requirement. Photos to come!

As far as what to wear... this one has been a struggle! Overall, I want to look feminine, classy and coordinate with the theme. Unfortunately, the weather looks like it may not cooperate, so I might have to dress a bit warmer than anticipated. Wearing something like the purple dress below with the sleeve may help me stay warm. Follow me on Instagram this weekend to see sneak peeks of the event!

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In the Desert

April 14, 2014

Lace Kimono via TJ Maxx (similar) | Floral Crop Tank via Marshalls | Vintage Levi's Destroyed Shorts thrifted (similar black cutoffs - on major sale!) | Oia Jules Bracelet c/o | Bracelets via Macy's | Sole Society Natalya Crossbody c/o | Sunnies c/o zeroUV | Jessica Simpson Wedges via Marshalls (similar black wedges)

I spent a portion of my weekend in the desert at the Old Navy Oasis and had such an amazing time. Sitting in the sun, listening to music and partying was such a great way to take in Coachella in a small dose. I didn't purchase actual tickets, but was able to attend the Young the Giant acoustic session thanks to Old Navy, and it could not have been more amazing! Check out just a small snippet of what I enjoyed all afternoon. Oh, and check this out, too.

I decided to wear pretty generic Coachella duds... and was so excited to bust out my thrifted Levi's high-waisted shorts. I found these at the Melrose Trading Post in LA and couldn't leave without them. I love the color, the fray and the fit. I paired them with a super cute floral crop top with a fun, strappy neckline. To cover my shoulders and back from the sun, I decided to layer with a lace kimono. Did you go to Coachella this weekend? What's your festival style?

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Splash of Happy

April 10, 2014

Soho Knitted Jacket c/o Boden USA | Grey Floral Dress via Marshalls old (grey floral dress) | Purple Leather Clutch c/o Susu | Chinese Laundry 'Side Kick' Heels via Nordstrom | Necklace c/o Deb Shops | Sunnies c/o zeroUV

I have been having so much fun infusing bold & bright colors into my wardrobe ever since spring arrived (as evidenced here and here). I am not always consciously doing it, either, I just like to wear what makes me feel happy & confident. I am drawn to clothing that brings a smile to my face, and many times, it is an item in a pretty color. A bold color can really take my mood from a "sea of blahs" from my work week to a much brighter outlook!

This knitted jacket from Boden was an instant attention-grabber for me. The citron color really pops! Great colors like this deserve to be represented in a great statement wardrobe pieces. The texture also really appealed to me. I love the lightweight knitting that offers tons of versatility. The unique shape of this sweater is similar to a moto-style jacket, not just your average sweater. I love that Boden combined a great fabric, texture and shape to offer such a versatile statement piece. Not to mention, the jacket has a little edginess to it with the fun zippered pockets. This jacket is the perfect splash of happiness in my closet, and I am excited to experiment with more ways to wear it this season.

What do you think of this bright, happy citron color? Is it a color you would wear this spring? Are you drawn to bright, bold colors in your own wardrobe?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Boden through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Boden, all opinions are my own.

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