One-Piece Swimsuit by Lee Merritt

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Swimsuit | Choker | Floral Hair Pin | Bracelet

Today marks the first day of the Austin Fashion Week runway shows and I am SO excited! I’ve been to AFW every year since I started blogging (in 2015) and it is such a blast every time. I love how everyone comes together to support the local brands and businesses; it’s a fun week to celebrate my town and get to know new faces I haven’t met before. My blogger babes and I also use it at a fun excuse to get us all together, which can be difficult when you have such busy schedules like we all do! I can’t wait to spend the weekend with them.

This year, I was excited to connect with a new local swimwear brand called Lee Merritt! Their sleek and adorable one-piece designs (and bikinis!) are made with meticulous attention to detail as well as the softest fabrics, and they are going to be featured at the Friday runways shows! I chose this printed, lace-up one-piece for me for the summer and I couldn’t be more in love. It meets all my criteria for the perfect, flattering one-piece swimsuit. I felt so great in it for this shoot, and I have already let my roomie borrow it for a bachelorette party this past weekend and she loved it, too! I couldn’t recommend it more (and I might have to grab it in tribal pink or bone, as well!).

For tonight’s AFW runways, the designers will include the Project Runway stars Kelly Dempsey and Amanda Valentine, as well as local designers such as May Designs, This is Sloane, and University of Texas Fashion Students (Hook ‘Em!). I’ll be doing a recap next week to let you know all my favorites from the entire weekend, but until then, be sure to check out my Instagram stories to see some shots of the AFW runways and events! I’ll also be posting my outfits for each night on Insta. I have a very busy weekend ahead of me and I can’t wait to get it started!

Photos by: Effjay Photography

In partnership with Lee Merritt

Summer Style (and Flash Event) with HauteLook and kate spade new york

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Dress | Crossbody | Hat | Watch | Sandals | Bracelet

I don’t know what gets you more in the mood for summer than a sundress with a bright print, a seahorse bangle, and an adorable bow sun hat!

kate spade new york has been one of my favorite designers since high school (thanks to my mom’s stylish influence) and I couldn’t be more excited to partner with them and HauteLook to show off my ideal summer look AND announce their flash event! This outfit, from head-to-toe, just screams effortless sunny summer style in my opinion, and each one of the items I’m wearing are on HauteLook for 50% off starting today at 10am CST until May 11th!

There were so many pieces to choose from, but I definitely had some favorites that I couldn’t live without. This dress, for starters, is just a dream. I have always favored dresses with sleeves for day-to-day because they’re just so much easier to throw on with no worries, and the pattern on this one was so bright and fun. Also, I’m usually more likely to grab for sandals with a heel, but the bows on these were so cute that I just couldn’t say no to them! There were also lots of cute bags, but I had to go with this blush pink crossbody because it’s such an easy color to match with outfits (does anyone else use blush as a neutral now?).

I also needed a new watch, and kate spade new york watches have always been a favorite of mine, and of course, I needed a big sunhat for summer! This straw hat with a bow completely made the outfit.

Be sure to check out all of the kate spade pieces on HauteLook! You know you need some cute new outfits for your summer vacay (or just because).

Photos by: Brandon Hill

In partnership with HauteLook and Nordstrom Rack