Up For an Adventure

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Jeans: Thrifted (Wrangler) | Shirt: DIY (gift from a friend) | Shoes: Converse | Hat: Forever 21

I'm always up for an adventure (as long as you give me at least 1-2 days notice)! Looking back on my life I can't help but remember the many adventures I have been on. My family is definitely big into traveling, camping, and taking road trips to different states which has fueled my love for adventure and visiting new places. While I might not always like stepping outside of my comfortable life and town, I do love the little adventures that come up.
I am always excited to see a new city, spend time in nature, explore shops in a historic town, and look out the window as the countryside flies by in a blur. Adventure fills me with wonder and longing to see more!
Over spring break my family and I took a quick road trip up to visit my brother in Belton Texas, a small quaint and lovely town in Texas. We set up camp at the lake and enjoyed time in the great outdoors, going to my brothers baseball games, finding a hole in the wall coffee shop, eating he best BBQ, and walking around historic downtown Belton....it was the perfect getaway and adventure!
Since going on the trip required a mini road trip I had to pull out this darling shirt that one of my best friends made for our road trip last May. I decided to pair the shirt with my favorite high waisted jeans for comfort, a pair of white sneakers, and a hat to keep the sun off my face. Definitely love how comfortable this look was, but also how perfect it was for an adventure!

Are you a fan of adventures?

- Madison 

Rodeo Houston

Monday, March 19, 2018

Skirt: Made (vintage fabric) | Shirt: Thrifted | Jacket: c/o Modcloth | Belt: Thrifted 
Earrings: Ruthie Grace | Purse: Thrifted (Vintage) | Boots: Cavender's 

Some might be surprised to know that I am a country girl at heart. While I love the bustle and sights of the city nothing beats the serene beauty and life of the country. However, that isn't all surprising considering that both of my parents come from small country towns and I spent many weekends growing up roaming our family farm
With country in my blood and the fact that I live in Texas rodeo season is a HUGE deal in our neck of the woods, especially in Houston. This is only my second year at the "actual rodeo" but I went to the AG shows every year growing up and always loved spending time around the livestock and eating rodeo food. Thus, when my sister and I decided we wanted to go to the Rodeo this year we grabbed two of our best friends (who happen to be sisters) and booked tickets to the Rodeo and Zach Brown Band concert. 
Rodeo style is definitely its own "type" and depending on the rodeo itself, styles change drastically. My friend from Canada was actually SHOCKED that we "dressed up so much" for the rodeo because where she comes from people just wear plaid shirts, jeans, and boots. Oddly enough, the more "casual" style of jeans, boots, and plaid really is common in Texas, but more so at outdoor rodeos, while the Houston Rodeo is quite the affair in Texas. The Houston Rodeo is one of the largest in the world and is held inside a professional football stadium that is converted into a rodeo arena for three weeks, so it's pretty modern compared to what one would most likely think of a rodeo being. 
Nevertheless, even though the Houston Rodeo isn't quite as "country" it still holds all the country charms that I am used to, rodeo events, delicious rodeo food (I tried fried Oreos for the first time...YUM), and visitors all decked out in their country boots. 
I was torn when deciding what to wear, knowing I could go super country, modern country, or stick to my roots and go a bit vintage country. I decided on a mix of it all and put together a look that was country while still being me. I opted to wear this vintage sheet skirt paired with a modern lace top and denim jacket. Of course, no rodeo look is complete without cowgirl/boy boots and I love this pair so much (I square danced in them for 5 years and scooted around my fair share of barn dances wearing them). All in all I love what my look came out to be, perfectly country while still "Madison"!

Have you ever gone to a Rodeo?
Are you a country person?


Travel Necessities

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spring Break is right around the corner for many of us and I couldn't be more excited! Spring Break for most means taking a trip or traveling somewhere. For some this might be a cruise, jet setting across the country, hoping in the car for a road trip, or loading up the car for a few days in the great outdoors camping. 
Every year at Spring Break my family takes a trip. Often time it is visiting family or going on a camping trip, this year it is a mix of both. My family has always been big into travel and taking road trips. However, while I love travel it often times takes a toll on my body. Traveling by plane causes me stress and anxiety and traveling my car means I get nauseous and somewhat sick (#notfun). However, over the years and hours spent in the car or on a plane (my trip to New York in January) I have come to rely heavily on a number of travel essentials both as a person and as a blogger. 
Obviously there are so many more "travel necessities" that one might require when taking a trip, but today I am sharing the necessities I always have in my bag or need for a trip by land or air. 

  1. Camera Card Adapter: This thing is my new FAVORITE gadget! I got it just before going to New York and it was so helpful. This camera card --> phone adapter allows you to upload and add photos you take on your camera to your phone (I have an iPhone so that is what my adapter is for). This works great for me since my phone camera isn't always the best quality for the pictures I want to take, and I don't always have access to wifi to email myself pictures. 
  2. Earbuds: who can travel without them? Music is my go to when traveling. It distracts me from what is happening around me (both in the car and on planes). I always listen to music in the car to help me go to sleep or distract me from the cars movement. When riding on the plane to New York I had my earbuds in whole time so that the sounds of the plane were not so loud (especially on takeoff). 
  3. TSA Approved Lock: Anyone who travels by plane has to have a TSA lock for their luggage and I love this particular style. 
  4. Extra Camera Batteries: I am notorious in forgetting to charge my camera battery, so having a spare with me is super helpful. Also....when I was in New York I learned that the cold drains batteries extra fast so I always had to carry an extra with me. 
  5. Luggage Weight: This is another thing you need when traveling by plane. I know you can weigh your luggage at the airport, but knowing ahead of time how much it weighs allows you to check in early and also helps you avoid overweight luggage charges. 
  6. Mario Badescu Facial Spray: My favorite facial spray in the entire world and every other beauty person will probably tell you the same thing! When you spend hours in the car, and especially when traveling by plane it can take a toll on your skin. Thus, this facial spray is the perfect pick me up. 
  7. Sleep Mask: I can't sleep without this, so it is definitely necessary to take traveling with me. However, it can also help when you are trying to fall asleep in the car or on a plane because it blocks out the lights. 
  8. Essential Oils: My saving grace for my nerves and nauseous stomach when traveling. I use "Stress Away" on a daily basis to calm my nerves, but it is also super helpful for stress when traveling. "Peace and Calm" is great to help you take a breath and relax, so this helps me when riding on a plane. "Lavender" is always my go to for nerves/stress but also for when I feel sick in the car. Lastly, "Peppermint" is always with me in my purse on a daily basis and especially when I travel. I use it on my temples to relieves headaches and taking a whiff of it helps when you get sick. 
  9. Protein Packed Granola Bars: Snacks are always a must when traveling to keep you energizes and curb hunger when you don't get a chance to eat a real meal. I always go for snacks that are full of protein and nuts to fill me up more without so much sugar. 
  10. Altoids: Not do only do they help with bad breath, but they are the cure all for feeling nauseous, so these always go with me when I travel. 
  11. Books: Can't travel anywhere without books. When I was little I didn't get as car sick and would spend all my time in the car reading. Unfortunately now I get much more nauseous in the car and can only read for about 10 minutes. However, books always come with me for trips because camping, or days at the beach are my favorite days to spend reading. 

What are your travel necessities?


Broadway Glam & A Night At Wicked

Monday, March 5, 2018

Dress: JC Penny | Shoes: Beall's (put brand) | Tights: Target (old)
Earrings: Target | Clutch: Vintage | Jacket: London Fog (thrifted) | Scarf: Old Navy (old) 

When you are in New York its only fitting that you go to a Broadway show, and if you go to a Broadway show its only fitting that you "dress to the nines". When I think of Broadway or any kind of theater production I always think of dressing up, to me going to a production is a special event and I want to make the most of it (which is usually treating as an excuse to dress up). I guess the ideas of "Broadway," especially in New York always made me think of people donning their finest cocktail dresses or LBD's and enjoying a night out, so that was definitely the inspiration for my best friend and I when attending Wicked. 

You can imagine our surprise then, when we showed up at theater and realized that we were the only ones (for the most part) who were truly "dressed up." Maybe it was due to the 15 degree FREEZING cold weather that most people opted for warm winter clothes, but I thought everyone would be dressed up. Nevertheless, that didn't diminish our enthusiasm for taking 2 hours to do our hair and makeup, put on false lashes, swipe on sparkly eye shadow and slip into our fabulous LBD's (little black dresses). 

Seeing Wicked was AMAZING! Definitely a highlight of my trip:) Plus, I think we can all agree that seeing Wicked in NEW YORK (or any Broadway) is ten times MORE AMAZING! The show, the costumes, the music, the atmosphere......AMAZING! I had bought the soundtrack before seeing Wicked so it was so much fun humming and singing along to all the music. If you haven't seen wicked I would definitely recommend it, the story is so incredible and inspiring and the ending is so not what you expect at all, plus the musical actually explains the back story to three of the other important character from The Wizard of Oz (The lion, Tin man, & Scarecrow), and gives you the back story to the "Wicked Witch Of The West". 

Since I wanted to go with a dressed up evening look, I settled on this LBD with was my graduation and Christmas dress and I knew that it would make the perfect dress for seeing Wicked in NY. I love that the dress has a 60's silhouette feel with touches of ladylike lace, ruffles, and velvet bows.....it's perfection and so comfortable. Since the dress was black and we were going to see Wicked (and since I like to dress for the occasion/theme) I decided to wear shimmery silver tights with these black strappy suede heels.....I ended up looking a bit "witchy" inspired but we were going to see Wicked so I was all for it:) The only jewelry I wore was a pair of silver sparkly drop ball earrings which really were the perfect accessory since the dress already had so many ruffles and bows. For leaving our Air bnb and walking to the theater I wore my wine red London Fog jacket and my green plaid scarf (also seen here), which was kind of funny because my best friend wore the same thing but opposite, a green jacket and red plaid scarf.....we looked and felt quite sophisticated. 

Our evening at Wicked was definitely a highlight and made our New York trip so much fun! 

Have you ever seen a Broadway show in New York?
Have you seen Wicked?



Thursday, March 1, 2018

Top: Faded Glory | Culottes: Thrifted | Belt: Thrifted | Shoes: Belle's | Pin: Forever21 | Purse: Charming Charlies | Beret: c/o Gamiss 

I've always said that my favorite color is a light blush pink, however as the years have gone by I have discovered that there is one color I seem to gravitate towards the most.....YELLOW. Maybe it's the warm cheery qualities the color makes me feel, but somehow warm yellows and mustards are two colors I always grab when shopping, run to as soon as I see them, or always end up reaching for when I am putting together a look. I would almost go so far as to say that yellow just might be my signature color (or quickly becoming one)? 
I remember the first time I realized how much I loved yellow, I was attending a ball one spring and wore a dress that reminded me of Belle's gown from beauty and the beast. From that moment on I came to love wearing the color yellow. Throughout the years I have collected pieces here and there in the cheery hue and even have a section of spring "vintage sheet" dresses dedicated to the color yellow.
This look especially pulls in the golden hues with this bright yellow beret and yellow striped top. Every time I reach for these Culottes I always grab a striped shirt to pair with it, like in this post. Something about them screams FRENCH and I always give into the inspiration, especially considering this look also reminded me of the story of "Madeline"and her yellow hats and uniforms.  Thus, keeping with the french theme the beret was a definite must as was my blue macaroon pin:) I wanted the look to be super classy so these three strap seude heels were the perfect thing to bring the look together. Really you can't go wrong with black, stripes, and a beret....they are classics!

What is your signature color?