the black cape coat & gingham twill

happy thursday y'all!

last week i attended the 16th Annual Texas Conference for Women, i have been going for the past three years because it's paid for by my company and it's always a great experience! @RobinRoberts was an amazing keynote, i love her ENERGY, it's contagious! listened to lifestyle blogger @CamilleStyles talk about personal branding, and i met @ATasteOfKoko an Austin food blogger! i always leave feeling completely EMPOWERED. so many take-aways but here are mine in a few bullet points because who has time to read everything i write anyways?! (except my mom!)

  • innovation = growth.
  • courage grows with usage.
  • sometimes you have to say NO. because when you say yes to everything you are actually saying no to a lot of other things. 
  • "when fear knocks... let FAITH open the door."
  • everybody's got something. 

the sun was NOT cooperating for this shoot (i mean come on sun! lol) so we had to keep moving a lot. the original outfit i planned to wear was with a blazer but i grabbed my cape as a last minute thought. i eyed this cape for a long time and never bought it because of the price, but i was in Vegas... it was my 30th birthday, so whatevs! i did get it altered because it was too long. i love capes, they are so CLASSY. throw it over any skinny jean outfit, or dress for instant elegant-ness (that probably isn't a real word). i felt so glam that morning and can't wait to wear it again! 

the three C's: cape, coffee, CHANEL. 


top | Gap boyfriend twill gingham shirt (sold out, but i love the softness of the twill! it's more of a dressy gingham material) -- similar in navy
outerwear | ZARA buttoned cape coat in black (old) --  similar from Nordstrom in camel! / similar but belted
denim | Hudson nico mid-rise skinny jeans in black (size down!)
shoes | Jimmy Choos abel pump in black patent -- similar by Ivanka Trump
bag | CHANEL 2.55 classic double flap bag in black lambskin -- dupe from Nordstrom BP. / dupe from F21
sunglasses | Prada round oversized sunglasses in black (love the simple sides on these over the baroque design)
earrings | Kendra Scott alex earrings in black
bracelet | BaubleBar elephant link bracelet (sold out) -- similar
watch | Michael Kors darci watch in gold (favorite MK watch that is lightweight and has a flat face)  -- also loving the new one with a blue face!
rings | BaubleBar mason pave ring in gold / BaubleBar pave eternity ring in gold / Etsy midi & stacking rings
lips | MAC amplifed creme lipstick in brick-o-la
nail polish | essie nail polish in frock 'n roll (fall 2015 collection, it's a unique color and only ONE coat is needed!) 

rock the cape,