C&C Houston Style Summit

This past Saturday, Create and Cultivate hosted a Style Summit here in Houston. As a fan of anything C&C does (in August I’m heading to the Chicago conference), I made sure I was in attendance for this event. My friend Bethany of @twentysomethingplus came to town for the even as well and that was a blast having here come all the way from Boston to hang with me and hear from our favorite influencers. C&C goes all out no matter how small the event. Here’s a recap of the weekend.

Friday

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How cute is this romper from Vogue Society Boutique? Shop it here

I picked up Bethany from the airport around 4 and we headed straight to the Galleria. C&C had a happy hour at Coach for all of the summit attendees and we weren’t going to miss that! Of course, it’s not C&C without champagne and the bottles were poppin’ in Coach. Can I just be honest? I hadn’t stepped foot in a Coach store in years. I am impressed by the rebranding that Coach has undergone. I actually have my eye on a few items at Coach. Birthday is coming up you guys… just saying.

If you ever get the opportunity to go to any C&C and they have a happy hour on the schedule, make sure you go! The networking is well worth it, and you get the opportunity to make a friend and hang out with. Luckily I had Bethany this time, but when I went to LA, I was solo and didn’t know a soul – but I met Alyssa and she was my buddy the following day…and I eventually met Bethany at the conference as well. Seriously, C&C produces great networking and new friendships.

Saturday

Saturday morning Bethany and I headed out early to the Galleria, because the first 150 guests got a swag bag. Needless to say, we were first in line because we were gonna make sure we got a swag bag and a front row seat – and we did. This year’s style summit featured one of my favorite bloggers, Courtney Kerr. I love her approach to everything. She is literally my blogger goals. After she spoke, I actually was able to snag a pic with her and I’m pretty sure I told her I loved her twice. But that’s not a lie so… there’s that.

 

Elizabeth Chambers Hammer was the keynote for the afternoon, and she said something that I really admired. It was something along the lines that as a for-profit company you need to incorporate not-for-profit elements. I probably butchered that quote (sorry Elizabeth) but it was something along those lines. But seriously, I need to make a road trip to Dallas to BIRD Bakery  cause the cookies are delicious and now I need to taste the entire menu. Is there a way we can set this up? Like mini versions of everything? Except for the chocolate chip cookies..I’ll take the full size of those. Yeah? That PB&JJ sounds amazing.

Overall, the style summit left me READY for Chicago at the end of August. They have announced Shay Mitchell and Jennifer Hudson as keynote speakers, and Ashley Tisdale, Olivia Rink, Whitney Port, Blake Von D, Koya Webb, Maxie McCoy and so many others will be there as speakers as well. Oh yeah, get ready. I was so happy I could show Bethany a small part of Houston. Maybe I can get her to come back during Rodeo season. Bethany, what say you?!

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Bethany @twentsomethingplus

My Favorite Stores

**This post was supposed to go up last week, but somehow got deleted. ANYWHO here we are!**

For the past few weeks, my entire Instagram timeline has been jammed packed with Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts. While I’m not currently shopping it (I may pop in sometime this week) I got to thinking about where the majority of my clothes come from. No shade to those that are big into the N Sale, but frankly I’m a little over hearing about it. I love to shop and several of my friends are big N Sale girls and more power to them! However, all this N Sale had me thinking about where I do my shopping. I get the majority of my clothes from online boutiques and some mainstream stores. So I’m here to share with you my favorites for staple pieces and shops that will always keep you on trend. PS, I have linked the store’s websites, and also included their Instagram accounts!

Express There’s no secret that I love Express. 98% of my jeans are from Express, and I always know I can rely on them for cute dresses and basics. I frequently pop in just to check some things out. But for the most part, I buy through the app. I love when things show up on my doorstep. LOL. @express

Lily Rain Okay. If you’ve been paying attention to my Instagram posts, you will have noticed my blooming love affair with Lily Rain. Seriously, I absolutely love this store. If you are in the Houston area there are three boutiques in the city and there are several throughout the country as well. Not to mention, you can shop online. You guys, get ready cause I just did a massive haul the other day and can’t wait to share it with you this week. @lilyrain

Anthropologie Every girl is an Anthro girl! I’ll never forget the first time I stepped foot in an Anthropologie. It was the Rockefeller Plaza location, and if you’ve been there, you know how much of a wonderland it is. 2 stories of beautiful clothes for every occasion, and I could stay in there for hours. If you are ever in New York City, do yourself a favor and give your soul what it deserves – a shopping trip at Anthro in Rockefeller Plaza. You can thank me later. @anthropologie

Vogue Society Boutique I stumbled upon this cute online store through Instagram and I love it! Sharon and Kait are a mother/daughter duo who own VSB. The store launches new items every Sunday and Monday. @voguesocietyboutique

Vici Collection Every Saturday I have to brace myself and my wallet for what’s about to happen to my feed. Vici Collection releases a new collection every Saturday and the clothes are so cute and ALWAYS need to be in my closet. I wish Vici would just add me to their automatic ship list if they have one. I’ll take everything, please! Bill me later! Do yourself a favor and go follow @vicidolls

Pomp and Circumstance Boutique A few weeks back on my Instagram Story I complained about shipping fees. Well let me tell you P&C feels my pain and always offers free shipping! Stay on trend and colorful at P&C. If you are in the Houston area, you can find them in Rice Village! @pompandcircumstanceboutique

JLUX LABEL Whenever I need an outfit for a night out, or something just a little sleeker, I rely on J Lux to get me right. Their prices are perfect and the quality of the clothes is even better. Their Instagram inspires me to go out! LOL When considering outfits to pack, there’s always some JLUX in my suitcase! @jluxlabel

Give these stores a follow and be sure to let me know on my Instagram or in the comments, what boutiques I should give a try. I’m always looking for something new!

Until next time!

DK

I Love Saranghae

I am the first to admit that I spend a lot of money on product that goes on my face. While I spend a ton on makeup, very little of my yearly spending goes to skin care. I know, what thirty-something doesn’t have a skin care routine?! So you may have seen me post a selfie with a new face wash I have been trying out on Insta Stories. For the past couple of weeks, I have been trying out Saranghae’s five-step system. For someone who doesn’t have a beauty routine whatsoever – I literally only use facewash and keep going – this was a complete change for me.

Saranghae is a Korean 5-step skin care system that uses unique ingredients including gold! There’s seriously gold flecks in the facewash. It’s my favorite part and adds a little sparkle to my morning routine. I have currently been using the Saranghae system both in the morning and at night and am already noticing that my skin is brighter and even some dark spots are kind of fading.

I will be doing a more in-depth review in the next couple of weeks, (maybe even a video?!?!) but I wanted to share that I think I have found my new skin regimen. Check out Saranghae Skin here!

Also here’s a pic of my skin about two days into using the system. (Side note: I know I shared this pic a couple days ago, but it was actually taken two weeks ago).

 

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A little grainy, but here I am at the start of using the Saranghae 5 – step system.

Wimbledon, World Cup, WHAT?!

Okay you guys. So I dunno what is happening with me this year but I can’t get into ANYTHING. We are well into the World Cup and usually I’m excited about major sporting events like the WC, but I barely made it through one game. Some friends have said, “It’s cause the US isn’t in there”, but that really has nothing to do with it. I thought I would snap to when Wimbledon started but for the first time probably EVER, I had to google, yes GOOGLE, whether or not Serena Williams won her match on Wednesday. Um, what?! No, I haven’t been busy doing other things. My mind has been everything but. So let me fill you in on what’s going on and what’s coming up.

Okay. So, first and foremost, I have been doing some teacher work over the summer. I have been revising and writing curriculum for secondary English teachers for the district I work for, so that has taken up some time – and been a little stressful, but that’s beside the point. While I had been looking forward to a work-free summer break, I wouldn’t be me if I literally had nothing to do for two months. In addition to teacher stuff, I have tabled my thesis and opted to take a capstone course in the fall to finish off my graduate studies. In order to do that, I am having to do some prep work until then. Mainly, just some extra reading, but we all know this ain’t no beach read. It’s a little tedious. But there’s some good stuff coming up.

If you remember, back in February I attended the Create & Cultivate conference in LA. Well, C&C is having a Style Summit here in Houston – so I will be in attendance. It is a free event – you just need to RSVP – so if you are here in the Houston area, check it out! The summit is July 21st at the Galleria in the Saks wing. Say hi if you see me!

Shortly after the style summit, I am headed back to New York towards the end of the month (my usual trip) and will be hitting of course Yankee Stadium a couple of times. I am sitting in two different areas of the stadium, so be on the lookout for a post on those game day experiences.

At the end of August I’m headed to Chicago or the first time for the Create & Cultivate Chicago conference (can you tell I love C&C?!) and I’m headed to Wrigley Field to see the Cubs take on the Reds!

I’m really excited about what’s to come over the next couple of weeks. It’s going to be fun and I’ll be sharing all the good stuff over on Instagram so you got to remember to follow me @thegamedaystylist

Danielle

My Stadium Bucket List

I know I have my favorite teams but at the end of the day, I love a good game day experience and seeing different stadiums and ballparks. From college to professional teams, I have a nice, healthy list of places I want to visit. But before I get to what I want to see, let me fill you in on what I’ve seen, first.

Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium (aka Jerry’s World), Astrodome (a little nostalgia… Love Ya Blue), Ohio Stadium (The ‘Shoe), Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, Kyle Field, Yankee Stadium (the House that Ruth built), Yankee Stadium (the house that Jeter Judge built), Citi Field, Shea Stadium, Minute Maid Park, NRG, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Toyota Center, Staples Center, and Smoothie King Arena. I have been to a sporting event at each and every one of these venues and have so many more I want to see. Here are 20 and they are in no particular order.

  1. Fenway Park – It is on my to-do list for next baseball season to make it to Fenway for a good ole Yankees/Red Sox match up, and then head to the Bronx for a Boston game as well. Then I’m good. But then that will lead to #13…
  2. Wrigley Field – This one will actually be added to the Done That list in August!
  3. Rose Bowl – Obvi, I’d love to see OU play here and win their 8th championship.
  4. Safeco Field
  5. Soldier Field
  6. Lambeau Field – although NOT in the cold. I don’t have time for that.
  7. Heinz Field – I really want a terrible towel moment.
  8. MetLife Stadium 
  9. Los Angeles Stadium – Whenever that opens. The renderings look really pretty.
  10. Dodger Stadium – I feel like it’s required.
  11. Citizens Bank Park – I really wanna meet the Phillie Phanatic. He’s funny.
  12. Rupp Arena – That place just looks like a ton of fun during basketball season. Can I go back to college?
  13. London Stadium – Yankees and Red Sox will play there in 2019. You see a trend?
  14. Madison Square Garden – I went when I was little, but don’t even remember.
  15. Barclay’s Center
  16. Hard Rock Stadium
  17. Las Vegas Stadium – I love a good Vegas trip, and now there will be something else to add to my usual club-day club-recover schedule; football.
  18. Arrowhead Stadium
  19. Marlins Park – I really like Miami…it’s fun.
  20. Oracle Arena – I mean, why not?

There’s a lot of cities on this list. Anyone want to join me as I start to tackle it? Come on, it’ll be fun! What other ballparks/stadiums/arenas should I add to my list? Sound off in the comments, and shop my QuayXDesi high key shades here!