Summer Rompers // It's Hot in Austin

It has been excruciatingly hot here in Austin. High temperatures in the 100's and lows in the 80's means we are all dying, and don't even get me started on the mosquitos! The best thing about summer in Austin, however, is all of the summer fashion. Any other season of the year, it's typically too hot to wear all of the cute new styles, or the great classics, but summer is our time to shine, so I thought I'd share with you all a cute little linen romper I've been wearing non stop. 

Recently snagged from the huge sale going on with Anthropologie, this little linen has become a staple in my wardrobe. Now, I know what all of you are thinking, "Ami, that isn't capsule wardrobe," but oh contrare my friends. This romper while maybe more "trendy" than most capsule pieces, was well-made with quality fabric, incredibly comfortable, and will come back for next summer.

Here is my little philosophy on capsule wardrobes, if you think you will wear it next year, if you think it will hold up until the next year (and hopefully many years after), then I think it fits the capsule wardrobe label. The thing with capsule wardrobes is that they are very tricky, especially in a world in which most pieces of clothing can hardly last until the end of the current season. We have no idea what our bodies are going to look like next year - maybe we gain a lot of weight, lose some, get pregnant, or hormones shift and our body shape changes. It's not realistic to plan a strict-capsule-wardrobe when you don't know what your body is going to look like. *stepping off soapbox now*. Here are some photos of this gorgeous summer romper.

Pictured.

Romper - Anthropologie (similar/favorites below)

Shoes - Target Lois Criss Cross Ballet Flats

Bracelet - Bauble Bar - not in circulation

Necklace - Britta Ambauen Jewelry Underline Necklace

And here are some links to my favorite summer rompers/jumpsuits that I am in love with.

Elizabeth Suzann Mara Jumpsuit - an all-time favorite - this guy is on my wishlist!

Anthropologie Linen Stripped Romper - I love the pattern - very unique but not over the top.

Anthropologie Chantal Jumpsuit - I love this look - very 1920's with pants (lol)

Madewell Apron Bow-Back Jumpsuit - I have had my eyes on this guy for months - love the fabric and the elegant bow detail

Madewell Side-Button Drawstring Romper - similar to the jumpsuit above but in a romper!

James Perse Twisted Strap Romper - In love with this darling denim romper - it looks so cozy and perfect for summer weather.

Stay up-to-date on all my shinanigans on Instagram. 

Links + Sites

This past week has been filled with, you guessed it, work, work, and more work. My boss is expanding our small business up to Seattle (whoop!), which means getting everything ready to move and finalizing some last-minute details. If you're every curious about the work I do, head over to Britta Ambauen - we make unique, handmade jewelry here in Austin to inspire you to be the most unapologetic version of yourself. I was also able to meet with the blogging queen and king, Christina and Robert of New Darlings. It was such a blast to get to meet them and explore around the state capitol for the Canon #EOSMMission. 

And now, without further blabbing, here is my list current favorite links from around the web. 

1. This airline specializes in inexpensive flights to Europe - If you need me, I'll be over here planning my trip to Paris

2. While on the topic of travel, here is a great site for keeping tabs on cheap airfare 

3. Need recommendations on books? Look no further - this site has recommendations, reviews, and podcasts discussing new releases and book-ish news

4. Is life getting you busy? I love this little online shop that specializes in planners and stationary

5. I am currently obsessed with this retailer - shop online or in store for the highest quality products at a very reasonable price

6. This new camera I just tested out is worth-while and perfect for the travel bug

7. This new line from Outdoor Voices is fitness goals

8. I am obsessed with this hair trend - I cannot wait for my hair to grow out more

9. These Madewell Summer Styles have me all heart-eyes-emoji if you know what I mean

10. Have you checked out my Pinterest page - checkout my inspirations

Boston Travels // Solo Trip

I am a huge fan of the solo trip. If you've never been on a solo adventure, I highly recommend going on one. It's a wonderful time for self-reflection. On my trip I had a lot of time to reminisce on the time I spent living in Boston, going to Harvard, and I was able to parse through some thoughts that had been on my mind. I think my favorite part of the solo trip is the ability to go wherever you want, whenever you want. I'm going to share with you all my recommendations for a perfect solo trip.

First. Don't plan ahead. The beauty of the solo trip is being able to wake up in the morning, and decide what you want to do then and there. There are no appointments or requirements, just spontaneity. 

Second. Indulge. When on vacation, and especially on a solo trip, it is very important to toss those pesky dietary restrictions aside in favor of life's more delicious options. While in Boston I ate all of the dairy and bread I could get my hands on, and friends, I was in heaven. Here's a list of all the places I frequented in Boston and Cambridge, warning it's mostly coffee shops.

Tatte Bakery. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, and a mid-morning snack.

Crema. One of my most favorite coffee shops. I have never had a better latte than the one at Crema, and if you all have stuck with me through my coffee blog days, you know that my praise it not easily given (and that I have had a lot of coffee in my lifetime). 

George Howell. I stubbled across this place on my independent book store tour of Boston. There are a couple of locations sprinkled throughout Boston, all modern, posh, and filled with delicious coffee. If you're looking for a place that has a modern, trendy vibe with delicious coffee and treats, this is your spot. 

Cafe Luna. The perfect brunch spot. This place has moved locations from its tiny, homey space to a modern, trendy spot down the street a couple of blocks. Be sure to go on the weekend for brunch and get the honey butter biscuits as a starter. The best biscuits in the world.

Cambridge 1. Looking for pizza? Look no further. This place has you covered. Delicious wood-fire pizza located right in Harvard Square. 

Cafe Sushi. Alright, this is the best sushi I have ever had. Be sure to get every roll that sounds out of the ordinary, they are the absolute best.

Third. Relax. Whether your version of relaxation is shopping on Newbury street, eating your way through Boston's Italian Quarter, reading a book in the Japanese Gardens, or going to all the museums and independent book stores (like I did) take some time for you. A solo trip is the perfect time to be selfish - do whatever you want and don't worry about the rest. Treat yo self. 

Summer Essentials // VERB

It's finally summer down here in Austin, and thank goodness! I know it's been a quick minute since my last update on here (sorry guys), but to make it up to you all I'm doing a GIVEAWAY with VERB! I've partnered with VERB to bring one of you beautiful readers their newly released Sea Collection!

I've had the pleasure of using the Sea Collection for a little while now, and let me tell ya, this line has worked wonders for my curls. As I get older I find that my mane of curls is slowly falling. Don't get me wrong, I still have big curls and a ton of hair, but I used to have the most ridiculous ringlets and so much hair it would take two hours to get it cut, so recently I've felt a little more protective of my curls. Specifically, I've been having trouble keeping my curls bouncy especially as I grow out my pixie cut. Most days my curls fall after drying and I'm left with a wavy mop on my head. Not only has the VERB Sea Collection revived my curls, but it looks like my hair took a trip to the beach and came back healthier, more relaxed, and bouncier than ever. 

First, I use the Sea Shampoo and Sea Conditioner in my shower. I try to get all of that shampoo sudsy goodness deep into my roots, then I moisturize with the Sea Conditioner. After my shower, I always let my hair air-dry. I try and use as little heat as possible on my hair to keep it as healthy as possible. After my hair is dry, it feels soft, light, and breezy. 

Second, I lightly spray in the Sea Spray and scrunch up my hair to revive my falling curls. You can also section off your hair and curl individual pieces by twisting them through your fingers. I prefer to just scrunch my hair since I have naturally curly hair, but for my more wavy-hair friends sectioning and twisting your hair is probably a better idea.

Top: Mary Claret | Bottoms: Madewell | Jewelry: Britta Ambauen

Top: Mary Claret | Bottoms: Madewell | Jewelry: Britta Ambauen

Third, after letting the Sea Spray settle in, depending on how loose my curls look, I add in the Sea Texture Cream. I rub the cream on my palm until it reaches a clear consistency then lightly work it from tip to root, defining my curls as I go. I find that this last step helps my curls stay bouncy throughout the day. 

My favorite thing about the Sea Collection is how even though my curls look bouncy and full, my hair feels soft, beachy, and loose. I've never experienced crunchy hair or found clumps of product laying around, which a lot of products (especially for curly hair) can do. Be sure to check out my Instagram to enter into the GIVEAWAY! I'll be giving away the entire Sea Collection! 

Special thanks to VERB for supporting this post. 

Catching-Up // Men's Fashion Projects

Wow oh wow has this been a busy spring!

Let’s catch up, shall we?

I’ve been working like a mad woman and enjoying every minute of it. I’m the Marketing Executive for Britta Ambauen: Jewelry to Inspire, and essentially I run everything from our social media to our website to our outreach and photography. If you haven’t checked out Britta Ambauen: Jewelry to Inspire you should to see everything we have been up to! It’s been great to get to work for a job I love, while still going to school and finishing everything up.

I’m currently planning a trip up to Boston - eek! I’m so excited, the last time I was in Boston was when I was living there three years ago. Boston is a magical city - it’s where my fella and I had our first date. <3

Patrick, my fella, and I have been working on a men’s fashion post. All the ins-and-outs of men’s fashion and how guys should take care of themselves - beauty routines and all that jazz.

Here is a sneak peek!

Outfit details (with ready-to-shop links!)

Jacket: H&M Denim Jacket

Pants: UOMens Chinos

Top: American Apparel Button-Down similar here (everything is on super sale since they are closing down)

Shoes: G.H. Bass Co. Niles Buc Oxfords

Zilker Park // Spring Transitions

Last weekend, my fella came to town and we spent our time together roaming around one of our favorite cities. Sometimes I get stuck in my own little corner of town and rarely make it out. While I love my neighborhood, it's a great feeling to explore and feel like a stranger in your own city. 

My favorite moment of the weekend was when we went to Zilker Park with a little picnic and a couple books from our favorite local bookshop, Malvern Books. We spent hours lying in the grass, under our Texas sun, feeling as happy as can be. 

It's getting hotter here everyday, which means bye-bye cute winter clothes (although, did we even have a winter?) and hello shorts and tank tops. Spring always hits here a little early, but I wish we could hold on to the winter chill a little longer.

On our park date I chose a functional, spring transition outfit.

Pictured.

Top. Madewell Riverside Textured Sweater (similar color here)

Bottoms. Madewell 9" High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Lunar (here)

Shoes. Nisolo Sofia Slip-On in Noir (here)

Hat. Thrifted - I do love antique store finds!

I hope these spring feelings have you happy and adventurous. 

Fresh Faced // Daily Beauty Routine

After questions from you all on what products I use/what my beauty routine is, I decided to give you all a small look into my daily routine. 

It has been an uphill battle, friends, trying to find products that work for my skin and hair types. After years of trial and error, I feel as though I finally have a good routine down. That being said, if you are a beauty guru and have tips, I'm all ears!

I'm a firm believer in twice-a-day face washing - I can't sleep at night if I have a dirty face. There's just something so beautiful about going to bed and waking up fresh faced. My beauty routines are very basic because on a daily basis I don't really need to do too much - plus I have very sensitive skin that gets easily irritated. The foundation on which I started my skin/haircare journey is the idea of natural beauty. I want to feel confident in my natural skin and hair... and maybe one day look like Kiera Knightly without make-up (one can only hope). I try to find products that are natural, minimal in ingredients, and good for extra sensitive skin - here is what I've found.

Hair.

My hair, as I have told you all before, can be a mess of crazy curls or awkward waves. Currently I'm trying to grow it out, and I want it to be as healthy as possible. This means keeping hot irons and blow driers to a minimum and loading up on the moisture, especially in these dry months. My hair goals are obviously Kate Middleton who rocks the ever-elusive "rich girl hair," essentially this is the hair that always looks incredibly perfect and hydrated - my ultimate hair desire. 

To keep my hair looking smooth and silky I use Verb Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. I really like the way these products feel. They go on smooth and never tear apart my hair like some shampoos do. After my shower I apply Verb Ghost Oil to lock in all the moisture I can. Once a week or so I use the Verb Hydrating Mask to help repair some latent damage from a week of non-stop running around. Typically when I style my hair I like to add a little volume and I apply Verb Dry Shampoo to my roots for added lift - guys, this stuff is a dream. I love the way my hair looks effortlessly tousled.

Skin.

Winter is very rough on my skin. I always have problems keeping it hydrated. After months of peeling from severe dehydration, I popped over to my local Origins store. OMG guys, Origins has saved my face - I can't imagine going back to where I was before this.

My absolute favorite product from Origins is the "Clean Energy" Cleansing Oil. It rubs on like an oil and washes of like a milk. It adds that little extra boost of moisture I need, and it smells amazing. Washing my face has become my favorite part of the day - it's relaxing, cleansing, and joyful. I love being able to have a couple of minutes to myself.

After I finish washing my face I use Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Lotion every morning and evening. I have never found a moisturizer that didn't cause me to break out, but this Origins lotion has changed the game. I have never had any problems with it and it doesn't clog my pores - a huge problem for me. 

Make-up.

I just wanted to give you guys a small peak at my make-up routine since I was already making this post. I think it goes hand-in-hand with skincare, and for all my sensitive skin gals out there, this one's for you. 

So, we all know by now that I have sensitive skin, however I also have a really hard time keeping blackheads away - gross. It's something I have always struggled with, and generic make-up foundations make everything worse. For a long time I stayed away from anything resembling full coverage, but recently I stumbled onto a foundation/concealer duo that has changed my life. To start, I always use Clinique Superprimer - alright, this little guy has saved my face from intense blackheads. Ladies, if you have any blackhead/breakout problems like I do and ALSO have sensitive skin, this guy is for you. After priming my face, I use Clinique Beyond Perfecting Concealer+Foundation. It goes on even, is silky smooth, and covers even the tiniest blemish without added makeup. To spread my makeup I use an Oval brush set (similar to the Artis brushes), which if you haven't tried these brushes out, you really should. Make-up goes on seamlessly, is never spotty, and looks radiant. 

And there you have it! One small glimpse into my daily routine. I try to keep everything simple and minimal, utilizing quality products for my face and hair. It's so important to take care of yourself, and my beauty routine is one piece of my day I have found to be very enjoyable. 

Comfy and Casual // Daily Wear

I've been getting asked what sort of outfits I wear on a daily basis with my capsule wardrobe, so I wanted to give you all a glimpse into what my daily wear looks like.

I love casual clothes (it's probably half of my wardrobe) and I try to find pieces that are accessible for multiple occasions.

Pictured here are some of my favorites.

Jeans. Can't go wrong with black denim. Dress 'em up, dress 'em down, they're perfect for errands to a night out. These are from Madewell.

Cardigan. My absolute favorite cardigan/sweater/light jacket/every day coziness is from Bannana Republic. I love this color, tan just goes with everything. Similar here.

Shirt. I love stripes but I am very particular about them. I liked the uniqueness of this top, it's great for casual days out. Here is a stripped shirt I am majorly crushing on from Everlane.

Shoes. My classic Nisolo booties. I pretty much live in these slip-ons. I wear them with everything from jeans to dresses. 

Jewelry. Britta Ambauen everything! I can't stop wearing her pieces. They are so well made and accentuate all of my daily wear. 

I like to keep things simple. Lots and lots of neutrals are in my wardrobe, and lots of basic/plain tops. I tend to stay away from patterns unless they are really nice stripes. 

Smiles in the Sun // Banana Republic Sweater Dress

My favorite go-to recently is this beautiful sweater dress. It's my only sweater dress, and honestly I think it's the only one I need. The grey tones match everything, and the comfy cowl adds warmth and comfort. 

Outfit Details.

Dress - Banana Republic Cowl Neck Dress (only available in black here) + on super sale!

Similar dress option here if you're looking for something a bit more sweater-y.

Shoes - Nisolo Sofia Slip-On Noir 

New Little Black Dress

Guys, I am in love. I absolutely love, love, love this Kate Spade LBD.

I've found a classic LBD that works in both formal and casual settings. Dress it up with a shall or dress it down with tights, booties, and a jacket. I've been searching for a LBD that fits into a minimal capsule wardrobe while still maintaining a unique charm. This Kate Spade dress features a beautiful, dainty bow, which is what sold me. I couldn't pass up one of Kate Spade's signature bows, especially when placed on a LBD. 

The fabric is very durable; however the only problem I have with the dress is the bow. The stitching on the bow is very delicate. If you’re going to buy this dress I would be very careful with the bow because the corners might pop off of their stitch and need to be sown down again. It isn’t a major problem for me, but if you aren’t handy with a needle and thread I would take it into consideration. The Kate Spade LBD's fit me true-to-size with no complications, and hit perfectly above the knee.

Outfit Details

Dress: Kate Spade - Sold out - Similar here - Kate Spade is having huge sale right now! An extra 30% off of sale items! Use code "sprinkles" at checkout! 

Shoes: Cole Haan - Grace Grand Pump (65mm)

Jewelry: Britta Ambauen - Underline Necklace in gold

Our New Year was filled with so much joy and I hope yours was too. How are your New Year’s resolutions going? If you’re stuck on trying to decide on them, you can check out my post on New Year’s Goals here.

Also, stay tuned for a post on LBDs I am currently drooling over! Everyone needs an LBD in their life, so I'm going to compile a list of the most classic versatile LBDs I've fallen in love with. 

New Year; Same Me

I've grown tired of the customary "New Year; New You," slogan. I feel as though this slogan doesn't promote the most positive image of who you are, and I'm tired of it. So, for this New Year my slogan is going to be New Year; Same Me, in honor of the person I am (I feel like we all need a bit of self-love from time to time). My New Year is going to be spent bettering myself in the hopes that I can make who I already am a better version of myself (getting off soap box now, thank you for bearing with me).

Everyone makes resolutions for the New Year, and I typically join in, however this year I am shifting gears a bit. This year instead of New Year’s Resolutions I am making New Year’s Goals. I am hoping to make a weekly/monthly catalog for every goal I want to achieve this year. All too often I have fallen victim to the 2-week resolutions. This is when you start the year off with your resolutions in mind, but by January 14th or so the resolutions have fallen by the wayside and you are in the same routine as you were last year. The concept of my New Year’s Goals is to break down my resolutions into manageable chunks, so by the end of the year I can actually accomplish what I set out to.

Goal 1.

We say this one every year, so no shocker here that my first goal is Fitness and Wellness. I am not looking for weight loss this year; I’m hoping to achieve a healthier lifestyle. I’m hoping to start eating more organic, local foods, to look at eating and mealtime as more than a rushed activity, and to be more physically active. Plan: To create a fitness goal catalog with outlines week by week/month by month what I want my fitness goals to be. I will also be trying to create menus in advance to make trips to the grocery store more efficient. I’ve started doing research and looking into recipes that are so yummy looking and healthy – curtsey of The Minimalist Baker (check her out!).

Goal 2.

Mindfulness. Being Present. I think in our technologically growing society it’s very important to take some time to be present, to be mindful of what’s going on around you. I’m hoping with the New Year I can stop rushing and stressing from one deadline to the next. Plan: Scheduling out time better. Utilizing tools such as my bullet journal (don’t know what this is? Check out my DIY post here) to organize and better plan out my time so I don’t feel stressed or rushed – I’m specifically thinking about making time for laundry and cooking, two tasks that always get swept under the rug!

Goal 3.

Creativity. I want to really be more consistent with my creative pursuits – thinking about goals for how many blog posts and photos I would like to create every week. I think it’s important to have a creative outlet, and thanks to all of you, this blog has been an amazing way for me to be creative (thank you!). I want to create more engaging content for all of you readers and push myself to my creative limits this year. Plan: Scheduling out more time to let myself be creative. Going out in my spare time and taking more photos/creating more content. Giving myself a weekly and monthly goal for how many photos I want to take and how many blog posts I want to publish.

I think these are all the goals I have time for this year. I don’t want to over burden myself and end up unsuccessful. I’m hoping my goals/resolutions help you with yours, and I’m hoping we can be accountability partners together!

I quickly want to thank you all for everything you have helped me accomplish this year. It is only through your support and readership that I have been able to create my blog and publish my content. Thank you so much for being you!

Today and throughout this New Year of ours, may 2017 be filled with joy, love, laughter, and happiness. Life’s just too short to not enjoy every moment with the people you love. Happy New Year, guys! It’s 2017!

Out and About - Outfit Details

As my birthday present from Patrick, he got us tickets to see David Sedaris play “The Santaland Diaries” at the Alley Theatre. Dressing up for these events out is one of my favorite challenges. You want to look nice but not too nice with a dash of your own classic style. I took a modern spin on the Little Black Dress and added a navy coat to spice things up.

Outfit Details.

For this look I paired navy and black - one of my favorite color combinations - to get the perfect classic night out look. 

Dress. Old Navy Black Sweater Dress (similar here). This dress fits loose perfectly. I wear it for running errands around town, date nights, and it's even cozy enough to wear just lounging.

Coat. Zara Basics Navy Crepe Frock Coat (different color option here). I absolutely love this coat. It is a new addition to my winter capsule, and I couldn't be more in love with the fit. I'm wearing a medium in this photo and I normally wear a small in other brands, so I would recommend sizing up.

Shoes. (Not Pictured). Cole Haan Heels (here). There is something so perfect about a solid black leather heel. Cole Haan is one of my favorite brands for this classic capsule staple. The shoe fits absolutely perfectly, molds to your foot over time, and lasts. Mine are very true to size and I had little to no problems breaking them in.

Bag. Nisolo Lori Tote Brandy (here). You all have heard me gush about this bag before. I use it for everything - from a work bag to grocery bag to going out bag! Fits everything perfectly and is the best neutral to complement any outfit.

We had a wonderful time out at the theatre, if you’ve ever read any of David Sedaris books, you can expect the same kind of humor in his hilarious one-man play. I love the holidays, they give me the excuse of seeing holiday plays and ballets. Up Next: The Nutcracker!

Holiday Music Playlist

I love the holidays, if you haven’t noticed. There is so much joy filling every corner of the house, family is all around, and holiday tunes are always playing.

I love listening to Christmas music as I wrap gifts, bake cookies, and decorate the tree, however it can be difficult to find the perfect set of tunes. I’ve composed a list of my favorite Christmas jams for all of you Christmas lovers out there, and I’ve also created a list of all of my favorite winter jams for my friends who don’t celebrate Christmas. Time to get your hot cocoa and fuzzy pajamas on because things are about to get cozy in here.

>Cozy Christmas Tunes:

Can be found as a playlist on Spotify here or I’ve included the titles and artists of each song so you can find them on any music platform.

Christmas Is Coming – Vince Guaraldi Trio

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – She & Him

White Christmas (Duet with Shania Twain) – Michael Bublé

Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal) – Vince Guaraldi Trio

Jingle Bells – Frank Sinatra

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – Norah Jones

Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – She & Him

Silent Night – Josh Groban

Winter Wonderland – Bing Crosby

Carol of the Bells – Mykola Dmytrovych

The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) – Nat King Cole

The Little Drummer Boy – Johnny Cash

You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft

A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? – The Head and The Heart

(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays – Perry Como

>Cozy Holiday Tunes:

Can be found as a playlist on Spotify here.

White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes

Charlie Brown Theme – Vince Guaraldi Trio

Emmylou – First Aid Kit

La Vie en Rose – Édith Piaf

That’s Amore – Dean Martin

Winter Song – The Head and The Heart

Mood Indigo – Louis Armstrong

Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) – Dean Martin

All the Way – Frank Sinatra

Cheek To Cheek – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Come In From The Cold – Joni Mitchell

I’ll Be Seeing You – Billie Holiday

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? – The Head and The Heart

I hope these tunes bring you as much joy as they do for me as this holiday season wraps up. 

Cozy, Drool-Worthy, Winter Coats

Winter is in full swing, which means bundling up and staying warm! To keep you cozy this winter season I've compiled a list of my favorite coats by some of my favorite sustainable brands. (Which after second glance, are all brands starting with “E”....).

Everlane.

One of my favorite pieces from Everlane is their Unstructured Coat, it looks incredibly versatile and warm. I love the symetrical design coupled with quality fabric - definitely looks like it will last years. Also, Everlane is currently doing free 2-day shipping, so be sure to grab this coat before the holidays (would also make a great gift!).

Elizabeth Suzann.

A favorite of mine based in Nashville, TN. The ES team makes all products to order and craftes them with precision. I love the Cocoon Coat as a part of their cold weather collection (it's very similar to my vintage camel coat), but unfortunately they are sold out for this season. Here is a link to a great alternative, the Harper Sweater Dress (also in camel). You can easily pull this guy over your outfit to keep warm and use it as an overcoat.

Esby.

A local to me, this Austin shop is home to the Ramona Duster in Black. A lovely coat that easily transitions from fall to winter and keeps you nice and cozy throughout the cold weather seasons. Currently Esby is doing a promotion for 20% off outerwear with code "KEEPWARM"

EmLee.

Another Nashville local, EmLee has made the Sara Cape in Deep Plum. A perfect color for a winter capsule piece, a cozy coat to keep you warm, and a handmade touch. I love following EmLee along and looking at all of their cozy winter pieces. Everything looks as though it would fit around you in the same snuggly way a blanket would!

These are just a few coats I have found that are similar to mine that I wanted to share with you all. I hope everyone is staying warm and cozy this winter!

Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays coming up quick, so are many deadlines. There seems to be so much to do and so little time! I know my biggest worry when it comes to the holidays is getting everyone the perfect gift, so I’ve compiled some gift ideas for both guys and gals featuring some of my favorite sustainable brands.

For Both.

P.F. Candle Co. Combo Pack: Seasonal Classics.  Help make home smell like the holiday season. Bound to make anyone feel relaxed on their self-care night.

Kinfollk Subscription. One of the most aesthetically pleasing magazines on the market right now, and bound to make your coffee table pop.

For Her.

Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil. This product has changed my face game. Bound to give that extra boost of moisture during these cold months, and a lovely treat at the end of the day. I love coming home and taking a couple minutes for myself. Origins also makes a wonderful mask, Drink Up, that boosts moisture and feels wonderful.

Barbas and Zacari Original Collection Watch. Personally, I love my Barabas and Zacari watch (which I have in , it goes with everything, is genuine leather, and ships free! If you find one you love, use code HI.MON.AMI to get 20% off your order!

Everlane Modern Point Flats. I am in love with these! Definitely on my holiday wish-list. They go with everything, are high quality, and come with the transparent pricing Everlane showcases.

Britta Ambauen Marquise Tower Earrings. My personal favorite of Britta’s new line. Bound to take any outfit from casual to classic, and made to last for years.

For Him.

Malin + Goetz Clarifying Clay Mask. Patrick swears by this; he uses it almost everyday. Made to boost moisture back into your skin, and perfect for a self-care date night, especially if you get her the Origins Drink Up (mentioned above).

Nisolo Travel Collection Leather Backpack. Handmade with genuine leather, by a company that showcases their craftsmen on their website, something I truly appreciate. It’s wonderful to get to see who makes your products and to feel a connection with the company who sponsors them.

Everlane Cashmere Crew Sweater. He will really appreciate this light-weight layer, made specifically to last for years and go with everything. I know it can be difficult for some guys to create fabulous outfits, but the Everlane cashmere crew is made to make all outfit decisions easier; just throw it on and go.

The holiday season is my favorite time of year, filled with joy and way too much food. I know it can get a bit stressful, especially when looking to get everyone the perfect gift, but I hope this small gift guide makes everything that much easier. Cheers.

Capsule Update. Favorite Fall Booties

Alright friends, I think I have found my soul mate in a bootie. My good friends over at Nisolo have come out with an incredible bootie that is incredibly accessible and fits ever-so nicely into your capsule.

The Sofia Noir has been THE shoe I cannot stop wearing. I have never found a bootie so high quality with such a unique design that is also so comfortable.

Here is how I have been styling these bad boys.

(Click the photos to head directly to Nisolo and check these cutie-booties out!)

I like to wear these guys casually and daily but they are very versatile and can be worn more formally. There will be another post on here very soon about dressing up these booties. 

Outfit Details.

Booties. Nisolo Sophia in Noir

Jeans. Madewell

Top. Old Navy. (similar top linked)

Bag. ONA Bowery Bag

Jewelry. Britta Ambauen.

Wrap Ring

Wrap Bangle

Mountain Range Bangle

Underline Necklace

Nisolo as a company has been one I have not been able to stop raving about. Everything they produce is Intentionally designed, Ethically produced. Fairly priced.

If you're as in love with these as I am, grab your next pair by clicking here!

Also, to give all of you lovelies a heads-up, head over to my Instagram tomorrow to see how you can win one of my Britta Ambauen pieces! All you will need to do is like my Giveaway photo, follow myself and Britta Ambauen, and tag three friends in the comments on my photo; and if you're interested in entering a second time for a greater chance, tag three friends in Britta's Giveaway photo!

Jewelry. From Day to Night.

Take your capsule wardrobe pieces from day to night by altering the jewelry to your already classic look.

Changing into a going-out outfit can be stressful, tiring, and a hassle. Between finding the perfect look to actually changing out of your work clothes, sometime you’re looking to transition from day to night with ease and minimal effort.

I’ve partnered with Britta Ambauen to showcase two classic looks that take you from day to night without changing your outfit.

Taking your look from day to night has never been easier, thanks to Britta Ambauen’s timeless, effortless jewelry. Switching from day to night is as simple as rearranging your day jewelry into a more fun and carefree style.

The Look. 

 

Jewelry.

Marquis Tower Earring

Wrap Ring

Wrap Bangle

Mountain Range Bangle

Underline Necklace

Favorite Gold Chain Necklace

 

Outfit.

Top. Topshop (Different color)

Jeans. Madewell

Shoes. Calvin Klein

Bag. Nisolo

 

Day Look Details.

My day look features stacked necklaces, bangles, two rings, and a set of very elegant earrings. A perfect look for a business-casual day at the office. 

Transitioning from a day to night look has never been easier. With the chain necklace, which features a dual clasp, you can rearrange the necklace into almost any design you’d like, wrap bracelet, stacked necklace, scoop-back necklace, or even a head piece.

Night Look Details.

When I took my look from day to night, the only aspect of my outfit that I altered was the Favorite Gold Chain necklace. I wanted to create a look that was fun to wear and made me feel confident, so I switched my Favorite Gold Chain necklace from a traditional necklace to a head-piece. Using the dual clasps I was able to effortlessly put this head-piece together, and it changed the entire mood of my outfit from business-casual to night-out-ready.

If you're interested in this look, head to my Instagram tomorrow to see how you can win some Britta Ambauen jewelry! 

Fall Treats. Snickerdoodles.

About a month ago I adopted a two year old cat from the local cat cafe here in Austin. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I thought it was time to introduce you all to my wonderful cat and share with you all of the lovely moments we have had so far. 

Meet Snickerdoodle!

Likes.

Eating mom's food.

Sitting between mom and her work.

Snuggling. 

Fancy Treats.

Pumpkins.

Dislikes.

Loud noises.

The birds outside the window every morning.

The window that keeps me away from the birds in the morning.

Front doors. (where do they lead to?)

Not enough treats.

If you have the option of adoption I highly recommend rescuing your fury friend! There are so many sweet babies in shelters looking for a loving home, stop by your local shelter to find your new best friend! I'm so glad I adopted Snickerdoodle. She's been a true companion this past month. Can't wait for many more! If you have any cat-care tips/tricks I'm all ears! I'd love to hear all about your fury-friend experiences!

Late Summer Staples

Living in Austin, fall doesn’t quite hit us as fast as it does for everyone else. Our warmer temperatures, however, mean that we can wear our summery frocks for a bit longer, soak in a little extra sun, and eat popsicles and ice cream without our insides freezing.

It can be difficult to try and wear appropriate fall-transition clothes without dying from heat stroke, which is why I paired a fun and an almost fall-ready outfit the other day.

Outfit Details:

Top – Old Navy (similar here is a different color)

Bottoms – Ann Taylor Loft

Jacket – old (similar here from Madewell)

Bag – ONA Bags The Bowery

Shoes – Nisolo Oliver Oxford in Brandy

Jewelry – Britta Ambauen (Marquis Tower EarringsGold Wrap BangleMountain Range BangleGold Wrap RingUnderline Necklace)

Hair - Birds Barbershop 

I loved wearing this outfit to the farmers market last weekend. It’s a fun, casual outfit perfect for daily errands or lounging at home! It’s light and breezy while still being cute. It was so fun getting to spend some time with Patrick, finding quality, local food. One of our favorite Austin small business is Kokonut Yogurt! Totally changing the yogurt game. I heartily recommend, whether or not you are dairy-free/vegan. There may be a yogurt-based fall recipe up on the blog soon!

Fall Transition Pieces

As September starts, colder weather is headed in, and with it comes lovely fall fashion! I’m making the transition to a fall capsule a little early this year as wishful thinking that maybe it won’t be incredibly hot in Texas anymore.

Here are a couple pieces I’m currently loving

 

Outfit Details.

1.

Madewell Jeans, Calvin Klein Shoes, Topshop Shirt (in black), Nisolo Bag, Britta Ambauen Jewelry (Don't forget, you can still get 10% off your order when you use code HIMONAMI10)

2.

UO Corduroy Skirt, Esby Apparel Shirt, Britta Ambauen Jewelry

3. 

Thrifted Trousers (similar here from Everlane), NO Shop Shirt, Calvin Klein Shoes, Britta Ambauen Jewelry

As fall weather comes in, embrace that crisp chill in the air. I love summer as much as the next girl, but fall is my absolute favorite time of year. The air smells better, pumpkins are everywhere, and the world seems a little happier. I hope I’ve given you some inspiration for your fall capsule/closet!