What to Wear to Diner en Blanc

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Photography by Angie Garcia

Hello Friends!  I’m interrupting this week’s From Grandma with Love post because of some exciting news!  I’m participating in a style segment for Good Day Fox, and we will be chatting about ‘What to Wear’ for Diner on Blanc debuting in Dallas on September 17th!

This outdoor pop up picnic originated in France around 30 years ago thanks to François Pasquier!  It now assembles almost 15,000 people annually around the world.  What a beautiful way to celebrate our friends and the city!  And the attire?  You guess it…  It’s all white!

After lots of trying on outfits in stores, at home, modeling for my mom {most honest critic ever}, and then Mr. S, I finally decided on this look! It was so difficult to choose between all of the different ensembles.  Psst… I’m going to show you the others for outfit ideas in case you are attending this fabulous soiree!

The worlds most perfect shirt?!  YES.  Remember when I told y’all about meeting Levi Palmer of Palmer // Harding at Betty Reiter Dallas?  This is one of their designs.  {Insert “ah hands” emoji here!}  Talk about flair, literally!  Both pieces are from the A/W 2014 collection, and I cannot get enough of the fringe on the skirt or the “pages” on the top!  I just feel so glamorous in it and want to saunter around so my shirt can flow and the fringe on my skirt can whip back and forth!

GET THE LOOK


shirt and skirt PALMER HARDING exclusively found at Betty Reiter in Dallas || chunky heels PRADA {similar for $30} || drop earrings OSCAR DE LA RENTA || sunglasses KAREN WALKER || lipstick STILA BESO

Some things to consider:

  • The location is a surprise! It could be on concrete or a grassy field, a stiletto’s worst nightmare!  That being said, I chose a chunky heel for my shoe.  White wedges would also be a great choice.
  • You want to be comfortable and look marvelous!  The skirt is neoprene {stretchy}, and the top is cotton {breathable}.  Another positive is that I can wear both pieces separately later.
  • Texas weather is crazy!  You have to be prepared for the unexpected.  It could be 90 degrees or 40 degrees in September.  This outfit is great because it’s breathable for warmer weather but long-sleeved in case it’s cooler.  If you decide on a strapless ensemble, a white cape or blazer thrown over the shoulder would be a chic option to keep you warm.
  • White looks great on a tan!  For those of y’all that aren’t naturally tan, I have the most fantastic self tanner to recommend.  Xen-Tan products give me a natural sun-kissed “glow” and smell amazing!  {I’ll be doing a post on it later this week!}
  • You’ll be eating… so you don’t want to worry about re-applying lipstick.  I chose a long-wearing lipstick in a neutral shade of red for the POP of color!
  • Everyone is wearing white!  This is the perfect time to try a fun hat, wear bold lipstick, buy that statement necklace or earring you’ve been eyeing.  Give your outfit a something special!  #TREATyoself

Here were my other options!

I wanted something unusual so ReVint Boutique and Vintage Martini were obvious destinations!  There is always a fabulous vintage-something-that-needs-to-be-in-my-closet at either of those places!

Christian LaCroix bustier from Vintage Martini {similar} || white 60s polyester pant from ReVint Boutique {similar}

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Then I had to hit up some of my favorite boutiques! ShopSeptember and TOOTSIES in Dallas and Lane Knight and Beehive in Fort Worth are my go-to places.

dress C/MEO from ShopSeptember {also here} || floral heels SOPHIA WEBSTER

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Of course, I HAD to stop at Neiman Marcus!  #MrSwishesthatplacedidntexist

sleeveless top REBECCA TAYLOR || white wide leg pant ALICE & OLIVIA

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off the shoulder dress LA PETITE ROBE DI CHIARA BONI

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These are just a few outfits.  I came up with about 5 million other permutations with items in my closet!  Which one is your favorite and why?  Have you ever attended Diner en Blanc or an All-White Attire event?  I’d love to hear about it!

OTHER GORGEOUS WHITES


P.S. I will add the video clip if it is available after the show!! Wish me luck!

P.P.S.  Here’s the segment!

Rxoxo, Sam

Jump(suit) into the Week

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Photography by Angie Garcia

Happy MONDAY folks!  Did y’all have a fabulous weekend?  Mr. S was out of town, so I was a busy bee with Little M.  Oh my gosh, TWO YEAR olds are BUSY!  Anyhow, this week is non-stop also because I’m working a little extra and have some other fun things going on!

I know, the jumpsuit.  Been there, done that… but I still LOVE them!  They’re one and DONE!  It’s the “chic” version of a dress.  You just add accessories and go.  {Actually, depending on the jumpsuit/romper, you may have to wear a tank or bandeau under.}  I wore this outfit when we went to a casual dinner with Mr. S’s office staff.  Neutrals always complement neutrals.  Think black and white, camel and grey, black and brown, and ivory and camel.  The list could go on!

The Style Rx: The jumpsuit can be dressed up or down.  Choose the accessories for your event!  Wear flat sandals, a bucket bag, and delicate jewelry for a run-around-town look.  Step it up a notch with heels, a clutch, and a statement necklace for a night out!  Jumpsuits are your friend.  I promise!

BTW, this cute jumpsuit is from TOGGERY Brand, based in the US.  They are having their end of summer sale with 50% of selected items.  You can get an ADDITIONAL 25% off using code SUMMERSALE!  {I bought this jumpsuit in black and grey.  Just sayin’!}

Oh yes!  If you follow on Instagram, then you may have seen my post about picking out an all white outfit for Diner en Blanc Dallas!  I am so honored because I’m participating in a style segment with 5 other bloggers on Good Day Fox!  That TV peoples!! {AAHHH!! Insert wide eye and scream emoji! #supernervous} Anyhow, it’s supposed to happen on Thursday morning sometime.  I’ll post a link if it’s available and will talk all about my choices for an all white outfit in an upcoming post later this week.  First, I’ve got to get my tan on!  Another post on my favorite self-tanner, Xen-Tan, coming up this week too!

GET THE LOOK


jumpsuit TOGGERY BRAND {also like this one!} || linen tank (under) JCREW {on sale!} || earrings BY BOE {similar} || rings OUI ETSY, GORJANA, VITA FEDE || bracelets KELLY WEARSTLER, STELLA & DOT, VINTAGE, SHASHI || watch CARTIER || belt CLUB MONACO {similar} || aubriana booties SAM EDELMAN {similar or in black} || bucket bag MANSUR GAVRIEL {mini version} || sunglasses KAREN WALKER

Rxoxo, Sam

Chic at Every Age // Flare Jeans

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Photography by Mary Summers

It’s that time again… CHIC AT EVERY AGE.  This month, we bring you the FLARE JEANS!!

For those of you that have just tuned in, this fab collab is exactly how it sounds… a chic chick in her 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s shows you how to style a piece in their own way. I’m working with some of my FAVORITE gals in Dallas!!

The 20-something // Ashley of SideSmile Style {Ashley was actually ON THE BEACH so she missed out on this month!}

The 30-something // ME!

The 40-something // Heather of Style by Fluent

The 50-something // Cathy of The Middle Page

Fall is right around the corner, and I am so glad that flare jeans are still on trend!  The bigger, the better right?!  As usual, I had so much fun with these gals. Isn’t Cathy darling in her blue hues?!  I am obsessed with her tassel necklace.   Heather looks like a gorgeous vixen in her off the shoulder denim top.  I am wearing my usual tee + jeans + wedges combo.  Very simple but really classic.  Ashley’s graphic tee is too fun!  {We both had the same idea with the tees!}

How do you wear your flare jeans?!

GET THE LOOK


edge tee CABI {similar} || “joy” flare jeans DL 1961 || leaf earrings RAVEN + LILY || necklaces 5 OCTOBRE {similar}, NASHELLE || cuff KENDRA SCOTT || watch CARTIER || belt HERMES || brooklyn wedges ELAINE TURNER {on sale now} || trapeze bag CELINE {in dune} || sunglasses KAREN WALKER

Happy Weekend Friends!  Mr. S is out of town so I’ll be flying solo with the little guy this weekend!

Rxoxo, Sam