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Fashion, Call It Chic Blog, Summer Styles, Vacation

Vacationing in California 2017

Half Dome

My husband surprised me with a vacation trip to California for my birthday this year! It was a great trip that I wanted to share with you all! We were in the bay area for 5 days and each day was something totally different than the last. Although I wish I were still there now, it was a wonderful trip filled with love, laughter, and family.

Wednesday evening after work we drove to Dallas, which is about a 4-hour drive for us (hubby found insanely good airline tickets – check here). We got to Dallas with just enough time that I was able to hit up Nordstrom and Zara, ahhh yes! Where I picked up this skort and this handbag on sale now! Can’t wait to share in future posts with you guys.

Thursday morning we woke up at 4:30am and headed to the DFW airport where we caught our 6:30am flight to Oakland. Once arriving in Oakland at 8:30am Cali time (10:30am CST) my Aunt Gina picked us up from the airport and we went to the cutest waffle diner. From there we headed that afternoon to a couple wineries in Livermore, CA where my Aunt Gina lives. I learned they have over 60 wineries just in Livermore! We visited Concannon, which we really enjoyed. They have a beautiful winery full of different places to sit out and enjoy the views. We then headed over to McGrail where we sat out on the patio-watching people play corn hole and bacci ball with the view of rolling hills in the background. After such a long morning of traveling it was so nice to have the amazing view to relax to.

Friday morning we woke up at 6am and made the 3.5-hour drive to Yosemite National Park. My husband and I have never been and we want to make sure we had a day of outdoor fun. Funny story – my husband only packed one pair of shoes for the trip. He did this because when flying with Spirit you have to pay for a carry on so we somehow squished all of our belongings into a “personal item”. The shoes he brought were a pair of comfortable but decent good-looking shoes – we end up going on a 5 mile off the trail hike where his shoes become increasingly more and more dirty haha! We ended up walking/hiking 9 miles Friday – it was amazing! We saw Half Dome, Yosemite Falls (the tallest in North America) and Mirror Lake. Did I also mention we didn’t take water on our hike and it was 80 degrees that day?!

Saturday we headed to Napa! Our first stop was Domaine Carneros which is sparkling wines/champagne. We then visited Stag’s Leap and Mumm Napa which were fantastic.

Sunday we headed into San Francisco to visit my Uncle Michael and cousin Liz. They spent the day showing us around different parts of the city such as a quick hike around Land’s End and the Mission District.

Monday was our plane ride home so before our afternoon flight we headed back into SF where Austin and I visited the best bakery ever, Tartine, and I shopped at literally the coolest and most tech advanced store I’ve ever been in – Reformation. Ladies, Reformation was amazing. When you walk in you notice an open floor plan where racks of clothing have just one size of each style on the rack. You find what you like and tell the sales associate that is around that you would like to try this on in a small and this in a size 4 etc. You place the clothing back on the floor racks. When your fitting room is ready they let you know. Here comes the cool part. Once in the fitting room they have different lighting you can choose from for whatever fits your mood or skin tone. They have a cord to plug in your IPhone and listen to your favorite jams while trying stuff on! The clothing that you want to try on is all placed within this closet in your fitting room. If you need an additional size or would like to try on other things there is a touchscreen TV in your fitting room, probably 40 inches, that you scroll through the website and click “try on.” Close the closet doors in your fitting room and a sales associate places your new items in your closet. The TV then tells you to open your closet and that the new clothing items are available to try on. Can you believe that? I’ve never had such a cool shopping experience as that and on top of it all the sales associates were very friendly and the clothing is fashion forward while also being eco-friendly. I purchased this and this and can’t wait to show you in future blog posts! In the meantime check out their website here. I was my normal sizes.

Fashion, Call It Chic Blog, Spring Styles, Bridal Styles

Boho Styled Floral Bridal Photo Shoot

A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to model for a boho inspired floral bridal photo shoot. It was such a fun day and brought me back to my (very fast) days as a soon-to-be bride! Many of you don’t know the story of how my husband and I got together so I’ll sum it up! Austin and I met our freshman year of high school. We dated for 3 weeks in 9th grade but I promptly broke up with him when he asked me to kiss him. I’d never kissed anyone before so I was too scared and broke up with him…well I had my friend break up with him for me, SO terrible I know but I was young! Anyway we remained friends through high school and each year had one or two classes together where we were class buddies. After High School, Austin went off to ORU for school and I went to OSU. We didn’t really keep it touch much through college other than a few texts or run-ins here or there. I never thought anything about it. After finishing my degree in three years (one year less than Austin, and I still let him know I’m smarter than him 😉 I moved to Tulsa for a management position at Dillard’s while Austin was entering into his senior year at ORU. One day, our moms saw each other at the gym when my mom mentioned I had just moved to Tulsa. Later that week, Austin’s mom mentioned to Austin that I was in town and he should ask me to coffee. Being a respectful son, and wanting to honor his mother, he asked me out to coffee. Sometimes moms just know things I guess 😉

We met up a few days later at a local coffee shop (Shades of Brown if you’re familiar with Tulsa). I didn’t know whether this was a date or a friend thing, since I hadn’t seen Austin as anything other than friends in such a long time. He asked to pick me up but the feminist-independent woman in me suggested I’d just meet him there! I get to the coffee shop and walk right past him not noticing him, he says my name and bam! We locked eyes and after 4 hours of amazing conversation we left saying we’d do it again. I went home to my apartment that night where I had a couple friends staying over and they asked if it was a date or not to which I replied “I don’t know but I’m in love with him.” We continued hanging out as friends his senior year and made it official that spring. We were engaged that September and married in November. I married my best friend.

But back to this great photo shoot I was able to be a part of! If you’re getting married soon check out www.JessicaLynnTucker.com and her Instagram, as she is amazingly talented! She was such a joy to work with!

Poppy’s Garden provided this beautiful bouquet for the shoot. She also did the flowers for my wedding as well! She has such a creative eye and is on top of the floral trends. Check her out at www.poppys-garden.com and her Instagram!

What I’m Wearing:

P.S. Check out more of my outfit details from this shoot in my previous post here!

Fashion, Call It Chic Blog, Winter Styles

Chic Valentine’s Day Outfit

With Valentine’s Day coming up I thought I’d share a chic date night look I love to wear. This is a great outfit for going out anytime this winter season for date night, dinner, drinks, etc. I especially love the lace floral detailing mixed with the bell sleeve. I love incorporating bell sleeves into my wardrobe as they can be such a stylish piece. When temperatures drop I like to pair this outfit with my black leather jacket (on sale). Check out how else I style the jacket here! This black leather jacket has become a staple piece of my fall and winter wardrobes.

This weekend we’re heading to Dallas to celebrate my hubby’s birthday along with Valentine’s Day! So you know what that means, Nordstrom shopping oh yea! I can’t wait to see what kind of things I find. I’m like a kid in a candy store there. I’m looking for some great pieces to add to my spring wardrobe. Let’s be honest, my spring wardrobe is the largest. Floral and pastels are my thing, what can I say!

We’re looking for some great restaurants and brunch spots to hit up, so comment below if you know of any! We’ve also heard that the Bishop Arts District in Dallas is a must see so we’ll definitely be checking out that area of town.

What I’m Wearing:

Blouse – color coffee – ON SALE!

TopShop Black Denim

Black Mules – similar here and here