Football Season Must-Haves

It’s official: tailgate season is here along with all of the watch parties. This also means that a large amount of beer, wings, pizza – you name it – will be consumed over the next six months. Not only will you need to have your appetite ready (or at least your will to maintain that Whole30 diet everyone has been starting), you need to make sure that wardrobe is also ready. Whether your stadium style is chic and sophisticated or basic jeans and tee, I have pulled together some of my favorite pieces that will not only have you prepared for the season ahead. I’m talking leather leggings, denim jackets, team hoodies, boots, and (for you SEC girls that absolutely must wear high heels to a football game) all the dresses!

I put together a round up of my favorite denim jackets that you can find at Express below.


A denim jacket is basically a year ’round staple in my closet, and if you – like me – are in Texas, Arizona, California, Louisiana, etc., you can get away with a denim jacket for your outerwear for the majority of the year. For those colder days, you can just layer with a fleece hoodie, beanie, and scarf to stay warm. Pair your hoodie with some leather leggings to give your look a little bit more of an edge and throw on some booties. If you are not a heel or bootie kind of girl, throw on a pair of Vans. I know that may sound basic, but Vans has quickly stolen my heart and right now I want every single pair they have in a size 10.5. I personally would pair a pair of Vans with leather leggings for a day game, pregaming at a tailgate. I would throw the booties in for a night game with an added leather jacket for that extra edge, in case that dinner and drinks follow the game. Or, for the days that I am being extra (which is almost always), I will wear a bootie and leather jacket to a day game as well.
What makes the leather leggings and jacket perfect is that they quickly and easily make a t-shirt look extra chic. I love Spanx leather leggings. I saw everyone on Instagram talking about them last year and when I saw they were in the Nordstrom Sale, I told myself no at first, but then gave in a purchased a pair right when the sale was ending. If you have been paying attention to my Instagram feed, you may have seen me wearing a black BlankNYC leather jacket. This leather jacket has definitely taken the place of my Express one from last year. I love how tailored the fit is and how soft the leather is on the BlankNYC jacket. Not to mention, you can always have an extra black leather jacket. ūüôā Once you throw in a heel and you are no longer casual, despite wearing a tee. This is why I love fall. Football season, and preseason basketball, allow for all of the t-shirts and casual looks.

Okay so your look is complete but do you have your bag?! You know the majority of college stadiums and all NFL stadiums have the clear bag rule in effect. And I have two clear bag retailers for you! I just ordered the Leigh Anne from GiGi New York. I have been wanting this bag ever since Collins Tuohy Smith announced the collab. First off, I love Collins. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Create & Cultivate in LA and I just went right up to her and said hi. She is the absolute sweetest. Anyway back to the bag. Collins collabed with GiGi New York to come up with stadium approved clear bags. I purchased the Leigh Anne in black, got a crimson and white tassel so I can rep my beloved OU, and also got the bag monogrammed. I can’t wait for it to come in. The Leigh Anne is a sleek crossbody and comes in black or tan trim. Like I said, I ordered the black mainly cause I wear a lot of black, but I may get another one to have in the tan color, cause, options. You can shop the Leigh Anne below.

Now, if you want something a little less expensive, I have to share with you that Opolis Clothing has clear bags in store. So if you are in the Norman, Oklahoma area, I highly suggest that you pop in the store and check out their clear bag selection. I love their tee shirts and sweatshirts. I just ordered a ton from them (and will be ordering more) that I can’t wait to share with you all. Plus, what’s better than shopping small and supporting local businesses?

I can’t wait to head to my first football game of the season starting with Baylor and OU in Norman at the end of the month. Then I will be heading to a few Texans games with a couple Astros (and potentially Rangers) games before baseball season ends. Tell me, what is your go-to game day outfit?

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!

 

DK’s Summer Bucket List

These NBA Playoffs are insane! The Rockets have me all kinds of nervous, and LeBron is being…well LeBron. Can’t wait to see who makes it to the Finals. I, of course, am pulling for a Houston/Cleveland Final. I’m not ready for basketball to be over in Houston yet – but with the NBA Finals approaching, so is the end of the school year and it has been a long one – and I mean, LONG. So that I AM looking forward to. It’s time for a well-deserved 2-month break. Before anyone says teachers have it easy, I dare you to try a week in the classroom. ANYWHO. Between Hurricane Harvey taking out the first three weeks of school, and an ice storm cutting the first week of the Spring semester, I am ready to shut the door on this school year. Not only am I looking forward to relaxing and getting some sort of workout routine back, I’m ready to tackle my list of things I want to do. So here is my Summer To Do List. Some things I haven’t done in a long time, or are brand new to me. Torchy’s Party Deck at Minute Maid Park? Count me in!

  1. Kayaking at Discovery Green:¬†Downtown Houston has its own charm and I¬†have yet to hang out down there unless I’m going to Minute Maid, Toyota Center or another concert or show. You would think that being from the area I would know the ins and outs, but really, I don’t.
  2. Golden Nugget Lake Charles: I hear the pool is a lot of fun, and the food is good.
  3. Ditch Starbucks – and check out a new coffee shop
  4. (Re)Start BBG:¬†Kayla Itsines is having a workout here in Houston! Yes, Kayla herself will be at NRG Center on June 3rd and it’s free! Check the @sweat Instagram account for details on how to register.
  5.  Read TWO New York Times Best Sellers: My reading has been very limited in the past couple of years. The only books I have read were either for grad school or teaching purposes. I used to read ALL the time РI got that trait from my dad. I need to start reading again. Sound off on your recommendations in the comments, please!
  6. Concert in the Woodlands: Okay this is something I have done multiple times, but I feel like summer isn’t complete without a concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion. It’s always fun sitting on the lawn for a concert.
  7. Miller Outdoor Theater: Miller Outdoor always has something going on. Want to gather some friends for a picnic.
  8. Day Trip to Pleasure Pier in Galveston
  9. Float Pool Bar in Galveston
  10. Kemah Boardwalk
  11. Purge my Makeup Bags:¬†I have probably fifteen nude lipsticks…I don’t even wear them all…
  12. Torchy’s Party Deck at Minute Maid
  13. Organize My Closet:¬†This one makes me laugh…it’s always a summer item.
  14. Try New Restaurants: Moxie’s Grill and Bar is at the top of the list, in addition to Dunlavy (yes I know I’ve never been), Caracol, Grace’s, Hungry, Prohibition and a slew of others. I know none of these are exactly new. I just haven’t checked them out.
  15. Snooze for Brunch: Okay everyone in their mom (including mine) has been here but me.
  16. Hike all of Brazos River Park: Willie will love me forever. That pup can walk for hours.
  17. Visit a Museum
  18. Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom – It comes out June 22nd. I’ll have this one checked off on…June 22nd.
  19. Day Trip to San Antonio: I want an Adult Trip to Six Flags (did you know they have bars there now?) and some chips and salsa, and margaritas…everything I ever do points to food…
  20. Cooking Class at Sur La Table: Okay this I have never done, but I have wanted to for so long. If you wanna join me, let me know in the comments.
  21. Run a 5K:¬†I feel like there are tons of fun runs in the city during the summer. I haven’t done a race since the Spartan last year. Time for another test…but can it not be 100* out when I actually do it?

This list may seem short, but I also have three trips planned: LA, New York (per usual) and Chicago for Create & Cultivate. Come one Summer, I’m ready for you! Be sure you are following along on Instagram @accordingtodk ! Watch my IG Story, all of the good stuff is in there.

XOXO

DK