Spring Flings

4.25.2013

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I always underestimate the spring and the stacked social calendar that comes with it. The hectic nature of football season deceives me into thinking springtime will be relatively calm, but I've kept plenty busy scholastically and socially lately.

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From semi-formals to Kappa Kasual,

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to back-to-back mom's and dad's weekends,

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to weekends at and on the lake, I've been busy and BOD's been bare. Believe me when I say I'm very aware and even more apologetic! This week is the calm before the storm of all my end-of-year exams, but I'm hopeful I'll see more down time in May which I can assure you will mean plenty of posts on B.O.D.  Happy almost weekend!

Spring It On Me

4.14.2013

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{J. Crew carrie camiASOS Across Body Bag with Clean LockRag & Bone 'The Boyfriend' Jean Love Square Neck BikiniRebecca Taylor Aurora Double-V Tee}
I'm not one of those girls who yearns for summer year round. I have more of a penchant for a steaming cup of coffee warming my hands than a glass of lemonade cooling me down; but, earlier last week the skies were grey, the wind chill was very apparent, and well, quite frankly, I was annoyed.

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Thankfully, as the weekend arrived, the skies cleared and the sunshine appeared, giving me hope that spring weather is here for an extended stay. I, for one, will welcome it with open arms. I so look forward to ridding my morning routine of checking the temperature on my iPhone, calculating how my outfit will adhere to the 40 degree morning temperatures that will reach the 80s by mid-afternoon. LIFE'S HARD, ya know?

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There will always be springtime style standbys--neutral sandals (my new, favorite pair), a LWD and jean cutoffs.  Still, there are always hot new items I can't resist. For now, I've got my eye on shorter, flowy skirtsa cotton swing dress and a flat clutch.

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My mom helped me equip my closet for spring slash summer this weekend; we perused the stores along 2nd street downtown and did a little more unintended browsing at our Kappa happy hour hosted at Adelante. Claustrophobic may it be, there's really no better place to mother daughter bond than a shared dressing room.

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There's something awfully liberating about the first time you can wear a sleeveless top without carting around a sweater. So, enjoy your week as we near tank top and tan-line time!

Bejeweled

4.09.2013

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I've felt uncharacteristically less inspired lately, which has evidently taken a toll on my blogging routine. So, to ease my way back into things, I'm going to highlight someone else's creativity and that is the young and talented jewelry designer, Evan Rauch.

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I've featured Designs By Evan before here when she, so kindly, sent me a bracelet as a tribute to my style which she thought it matched from following me on BOD. Upon receiving umpteen compliments on my arm candy by Evan, I was easily tempted into coming back for more.

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Just in time for my trip to LA in March, I ordered these two necklaces from Evan. And I can say without hesitation that even in the piles on piles of jewelry amassed at the flea market, nothing topped what I got from Evan back in Texas.

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She showcases her designs via Instagram and the sheer amount of "likes" she receives is a testament to how admired her designs are. Follow her at evanr_ to see for yourself.

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While young jewelry designers are by no means rare, Evan's knack for not keeping with trends but, moreover, staying ahead of them separates her from the rest. While shopping along South Congress on Saturday, I saw several beaded bracelets that resembled my own, yet she's been crafting these as one of her first signature pieces for years.

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I find costume jewelry to be one of the more difficult things to purchase; I internally debate if it's too trendy, not practical, or both. Evan's pieces provide that extra incentive to go for the plunge, for you know it's hand-crafted and made with love.

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So, here here for youngsters who are faithful to their creative pursuit. I can already feel the contagion rubbing off on me, reviving me to breathe life back into BOD this week.