the only thing i’m buying right now: white tops

April 24, 2018 • By

Ester Penn top | Vintage Levi jeans | Earrings | Zara heels | Sezane bag

I’m of the belief that there is nothing easier to pull off than a white top and distressed denim. This proves growingly apparent by the mounds of denim I unsuccessfully try to squeeze into my dresser and the color seemingly shrinking from my closet. My inventory of white tees, blouses, tanks, and tunics is nearing never before reached levels, and yet I can’t stop swiping plastic when I spot a white eyelet top à la Chloe. The appeal is totally the versatility. Easy to dress up even a crew neck tee. Easy to dress down a silk blouse. And it’s a fun challenge to flex those creative styling muscles to create distinct looks with essentially the same puzzle pieces.

Here, I chose some of my current closet favorites — these black block heels by Zara (a steal at $35, my cost per wear is easily under a dollar) and this leopard bag by French cult brand Sezane I treated myself to as a result of being too impatient to wait for Christmas. I found these weird sculpture earrings on Amazon of all places, and think they add a unique touch. Last, you guessed right, my shirt is on backward. 🙂

Life Update, Style


April 1, 2018 • By

Vintage dress | Le Specs sunglasses | Stitch Fix bag

Happy spring! I am adoring the bursts of flowers, breezy weather and general lightness that accompanies spring. It feels so fresh! It is also Easter today, which is the Almost Madison revamp anniversary. I can’t believe I have been blogging for a whole year! Browsing through some of Rob and I’s first photoshoots, it’s clear how much we’ve grown already. We’ve definitely pushed our creative envelopes and developed our scope of knowledge on photography. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us to next.

Though admittedly, I have not been the best blogger in 2018. My blog and Instagram presence have been less than consistent. In fact, March has come and gone without a single blog post. But! I promise there is a good reason. I’ve had some pretty huge life changes.

It started in fall of last year when I started preparing for a promotion that I wanted to be considered for. I knew that the job would be opened up sometime in early 2018, but I wasn’t sure when. I spent a couple hours a week working on projects, talking to people who already had the job and fine tuning my interview skills. When the position was posted in January, I began a rigorous month-long application and interview process. The time spent waiting after each of the three interviews was brutal, but luckily I had Rob and I’s European holiday to plan. I was offered the role of Styling Team Lead at Stitch Fix just one week before we left!

Europe was one of the dreamiest trips I’ve ever taken. As many of you know, Rob and I got engaged on our first night in London!!! The rest of the trip was spent celebrating and just enjoying being together. My heart is so full it feels like it could burst. I want to save the details for its own post (the story, the RING, the wedding plans) but for now, I’ll just say it was one of the most surprising, special, emotional nights of my life.

There are still SO many sets of photos I want to share from London and Paris. I’m planning to do some travel diary and city guide type posts in the near future. I will say, oh my god, it was about 20 degrees colder than we had planned for, but despite the chill, we had the most wonderful trip and can’t wait to go back.

We landed back in Dallas from Paris on March 4th and on March 5th, I started my new job. Talk about a quick turnaround! Since then, I have traveled to San Francisco and Austin for training and will be traveling to San Diego later this month for a conference. As a Styling Team Lead, I will be managing a team of around 40 remote stylists, interviewing, hiring and onboarding new stylists, and creating development opportunities and coaching stylists for both company and individual growth. It is definitely my first time in a role like this and I am beyond excited to jump in head first into this new challenge. I am trying to soak up all the new knowledge as much as possible!

So between the job, the engagement and the travel, I’m feeling like I’m living a whole new life. It’s been quite the whirlwind, but it feels so fitting for spring. Here’s to new transitions!


getting ready for… paris!

February 23, 2018 • By

Endless Rose sweater | Pistola jeans (similar) |Sezane bag | Zara heels (similar)

Just a quite post before we hop on our plane to Europe! A fews weeks ago, I put together a post on all the things we plan to do during our trip to London. I had intended to do that for Paris, the second leg of our trip, as well but to be honest, we just don’t really have anything planned! There is of course a bucket list of things we want to do and see (a lot of them touristy… it is my first time after all!) but mostly, we just want to walk around, fall into little shops and cafes, eat great food and play around with the camera.


5 sexy things to wear instead of a red dress this valentines

February 13, 2018 • By

Tis the season for roses, heart eyes, chocolates and all things red! Truth be told, we are not big on celebrating this lovey-dovey holiday, but it does have some special meaning for us. We adopted our first dog together on Valentine’s Day 5 years ago! And both this year and last year, we have had a big trip planned for February. So while we do use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to eat out, we usually keep our plans pretty low key.

This means I don’t typically get all dolled up in red and pink. I skip the lace dresses and lace lingerie and try to wear things that are sexy to us. Here are some Valentine’s Day date outfit options that aren’t a red dress!

His Tee

Wander to his side of the closet for this look! I don’t think there is anything sexier than grabbing a tee out of his closet to sport for the night. Plus, then it will smell like you the next time he wears it! Front knot or half-tuck for the full effect.

Winter Whites and a Red Lip

White has a dressy feel, even if all the pieces are casual. Top the look off with a red lip (my favorite is Chili from MAC) and some feminine details like a silk scarf or gold rings! Perfect for a group date with friends!

Tall Socks and an Oversized Sweater

This is what I actually live in at home. I actually just hate pants and love being warm, so the thigh-high sock is my go-to solution. Lucky, they also have a sexiness factor! My favorites are these from Free People. This look is ideal for eating spaghetti carbonara on the couch and watching old movies.

Ripped Jeans and a Leather Jacket

For dinner and a drink, you can’t go wrong with leather and distressed denim. Complete the look with a white tee, red or white booties, and long layered necklaces.

White Fluffy Robes

Sexy, simple, and ideal for snuggling! We love this one.

10 Things, Style

gingam stripes + 10 things

January 29, 2018 • By

Oh my gosh. These past few months have been SO crazy busy. I know that is annoying to hear. I am definitely trying to say it less. It seems like some people wear business like a badge of honor like “I’m soooOOooosooOO busy, I just have soooo0o0o0 OOO much to do.” I am trying not to be that person. But it does seem like I’ve had more on my plate than normal, and time just slips through my fingers. Which is why I have been a terrible blogger as of late! I have all these sets of photos that I am excited to share but just no time to put any real effort into crafting a thoughtful post. Which is why today, I bring you – 10 things!

1 – I truly think I could live off of sweet potatoes, avocados, chic peas and dates.

2 – Last weekend, I finished a refresher course for my SCUBA certification I got when I was 12. It made me so excited to dive this summer!

3 – Also last weekend, my mom and I watched the Netflix movie What Happened to Monday. It was TERRIBLE. Don’t watch it.

4 – I am getting so excited for our upcoming trip to London and Paris. Only 24 days til we leave!

5 – Madewell used to be my jeans of choice, but lately they are not doing it for me. Anyone have a denim brand they love??

6 – These wine glasses I purchased last summer are possibly the best money I’ve ever spent. Now if only someone would get me this carafe.

7 – I am missing my favorite turquoise ring which is making me very nervous by I am trying not to think about it.

8 – On Friday, we are headed to Austin! It has been almost a year since our last visit, so we are definitely due.

9 – My fiddle leaf fig sprouted a new leaf last week AGAINST ALL ODDS. Really rooting for this guy. (Get it?)

10 – I’ve been on the hunt for a neutral, textural pullover sweater for months, and one finally stepped into my life via Ester Penn this weekend. Finally!