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Rock On With These Tees!

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Rocker tees can be mixed in well with your wardrobe no matter what the current season. They are perfect with cut off shorts, brightly colored pants, your favorite jeans and of course maxi skirts. Pile on some chunky bracelets or a few necklaces to add more character to your look.  One of my favorite brands of vintage inspired rock tees is Junk Food. Try out a Beatles shirt, AC/DC, The Who or Pink Floyd to name a few. Wildfox has tees fit for any rock star and they have been spotted on many celebs such as Beyonce and Katy Perry! Chaser is another brand that designs these comfy rocker tees. The look is relaxed, yet fun! I recommend owning several.

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Your purchasing guide to rock on! Journey Tee100 Things Tee, Pink Floyd Tee, Love is Everything Tee

 

Stellar Showroom: Interning with Betsey Johnson

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Looking for the perfect internship while in college can be stressful, but hard work and persistence surely pays off. Brittany Short was in this position just a few months ago before landing a rockin’ internship at the Betsey Johnson showroom in New York City.

Being an apparel student at the University of Arkansas, she knew the requirements to complete an internship in order to graduate. Applying for many, Brittany kept her eye out for anything that crossed her path. One day she went online and applied to the production department at Betsey Johnson. “I literally followed up, sending my resume over and over once a week, persisting that I was extremely interested in the intership.” After hearing back, she responded to an e-interview, and a few weeks later was offered the position!

I am sure you are all wondering what it must be like to work in the fabulous showroom. “By no means is my day as an intern here typical!” Covering many tasks during the day, Brittany drops off and picks up samples from contractors and patterns for production, orders trims and fabric for all the domestic Betsey styles, sits in on fittings of all the garments, and helps the production team at the showroom. Doing mostly hands-on work, she assists the employees. But her responsibilities do not end here! Invoicing and filing paperwork, Brittany helps make life a little easier for the busy staff at the showroom. “It’s really fast-paced but a blast!”

Did I mention that Betsey is in the showroom all the time? “She is truly inspirational, funny and quirky. She pays respect to everyone in the showroom. She is a very loving gal, just as you would expect her to be.”

After working here for the summer so far, Brittany has learned that the fashion industry is not always as glamorous as you would think. “There is so much more to fashion production then one can even imagine.” The industry is hectic and full of deadlines that you cannot let slip your mind, which can at times feel overwhelming. Being an extremely organized girl, Brittany has had to adjust to the frenzy. “All the craziness is worth it when you get to experience a glimpse of the glamor.”

When her internship is completed at the end of the summer, Brittany will be attending SCAD for their fashion graduate program. She would love to one day start her own label in New York City, and grad school will definitely help her in the right direction. “Working in the Betsey Johnson showroom has been a dream; I have had one heck of an experience being an intern here.”

Hey Curly Girls, I’ve Got Some Tips for You!

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Being a curly-haired girl, I have always longed for an advice column. Sometimes curls can be tough or frustrating, but in the end, they are wonderful. For all you girls out there with curly locks, I have some tips for you! From one curly girl to the next, let’s tame that frizz.

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Air drying is ideal.

Give yourself a little time in the morning to let those curls dry on their own. In a rush, a diffuser is your best option.

Products.

I have always been a fan. But remember, you can go wrong by putting too much in.

Leave-in conditioner. It helps with those tangles, and makes your hair easy to manage! Aveeno Leave-In Treatment takes care of your curls.

Creme. Use on damp hair. Try any of the Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Cremes. Whether you have fine or tight curls, give it a shot. The product keeps your curls soft without giving that crunchy look.

Oil. I have recently become best friends with Moroccan Oil. Put this in your hair right out of the shower and use it once your curls have dried to go over those frizzies that seem to sneak up on you. WARNING: a little of this magic goes a long way, so make sure to use small amounts.

Hairspray. We all know that curls have a mind of their own. While some days they look fabulous, other days may require a little more control. Enter hairspray. A more flexible spray is ideal for your curls or when you may wear your hair straight. Dove Flexible Hold Hairspray allows hair movement and conditions your hair as well!

Don’t over shampoo.

Give your curls a break, and let them rest for a few days. Sleeping on a satin pillow case can help with the frizz that tends to come from a cotton one. Just add some water to those curls that didn’t make it through the night, and apply a touch of product to tame frizz. You can even use a curling iron if you want to help the shape of some curls cues.

Brazilian Blowout.

You may be wondering if this is worth it? YES. If you have super curly hair like myself or mild curls, the treatment does wonders. It is also good for girls who have thick hair as well. Tames the frizz! Check out the article here.

Until next time girls! Keep those curls beautiful!

Kendall K: Lady-like Charm

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Discovering new collections is always a breath of fresh air; I love adding new designers to my wardrobe. Enter the Kendall K. collection. California girl, Kendall, has started her own line after designing for six years, taking inspiration from several decades. After graduating college with a BA, she enrolled in the Fashion Design PD major at FIDM to begin her dream in design. Fast forward to today where she has started her own clothing line, which I adore. Rich colors and sexy silhouettes. “Kendall K. is all about mixing lady-like charm with vintage inspiration”-Kendall 

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The flirty 1940′s inspired Spring collection includes longer hemlines and laces true to the time period to create a romantic feel. Her precision and close attention to detail shine through in each item throughout her designs. The line is “truly classic”.

Looking into fall, Kendall will incorporate the 1920’s into the collection. Adding a sexier feel by mixing back beautiful burnout prints with laces, embellishments, and a subtle vintage inspiration. She uses beautiful jewel tones such as teals, ambers and metallics. Expect boat necklines, voluminous sleeves and banded bottoms. Although the looks may seem dressier, they still have the element of a relaxed fit. “It reminds me of how people acted in the 20’s during prohibition, where they would just let loose and have fun”- Kendall.

Take a look here to see her complete collections! You can order here on the website and find her line in some boutiques as well. Trust me, you are going to love Kendall K.

Patio News: The Ones to Hit Up in the Big D and ATX

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It’s summer time, which means sitting outside for a heat-escaping dinner and ice cold drinks is super appealing. Although in Texas it has been in the 100 degree temperature range, there are still some casual outdoor places to enjoy while the sun is setting. Set your sites on these Big D restaurants with outstanding patios!

DALLAS

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The Belmont Hotel

This funky, character-filled hotel is a great off-the-beaten-path treasure of a find. Eat a delicious dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Smoke, and head up to the Bar Belmont for a laid back patio with one of the greatest views of downtown Dallas.

Villa-O
This original, organic Italian dining destination is a healthy choice, a perfect date spot, and a prime place to hang out with friends. About the patio: “A motorized Arquarti shade holds the sun at arm’s reach during the day, then retracts to let in the evening’s starlight. Quiet fans keep necks and drinks cool while plush sofas and teak rocking chairs invite post-prandial relaxation.

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AUSTIN

Pick a restaurant with a shaded patio where the breeze can come through, preferably on the lake if you are in the wonderful city of Austin! Here are a few hot spots for lounging near water this season.
Hula Hut
Get away to a tropical paradise for a margarita and dinner. Complete with a tiki theme, Hula Hut’s patio stretches out onto Lake Austin. You may not be in Hawaii, but this is a close second! Everything from grass-thatched bars to bamboo walls keeps this restaurant surfer approved. Catch the sunset one evening, and you will be back for more.

Abel’s on the Lake
The ever so popular Cain and Abel’s opened a second location on Lake Austin, and they brought their signature Texas Teas with them! Located next to Hula Hut, Abel’s on the Lake has a huge two story patio hanging over the water for all to enjoy. Complete with flat screen T.V.’s and a large bar (ideal for watching sports), the outdoor space has everything you need. Don’t forget they are a wonderful place to book a party!

Maxi Skirts: Go Long!

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Boho is hot this summer, but don’t think the trend will be leaving anytime soon. The best part about all of the Boho inspired looks is they will carry over into the fall! So hang on to those maxi skirts you bought for the spring and summer, mix them up with different tops for the next season. Try a fitted tank, off the shoulder top, or even a loose rocker tee! Add some funky accessories (long necklaces, bright earrings or chunky bracelets), and you are ready to go. If you don’t already have one of these skirts, they are essential. Here are some uber-cute maxis to add to your wardrobe.

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Free People Rounded Godet Maxi Skirt
Be bold with some ruffles and a subtle print.

Jack by BB Dakota Kris Striped Maxi Skirt
The striped skirt is fitted, yet flirty.

Club Monoco Joni Long Skirt
You can’t go wrong with black.

Free People Lace Maxi Skirt
Lace can be dressed up or down, keep it playful.

Free People Ruffle Maxi Skirt
Pop some color with your maxi skirt!

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