Playing Tourist

Playing tourist is one of my favorite things. Who is with me? This time I was playing tourist in New Orleans for New Year’s and Ben’s birthday. We did enjoye the local food, such as gumbo, red beans and rice, and jambalaya to name a few. If you want to taste some of the best local food try Mother’s Restaurant, but fyi there is always a line out the door so get there early. We visited the popular places such as Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, but what we really loved was Frenchmen Street. This is the place you want to go if you want to hear the iconic New Orleans jazz and blues sounds of the city. Plus more locals hangout there. You won’t be disappointed. If you are in the city I definitely suggest taking a swamp tour, or a Steamboat Natchez jazz cruise. There are waterways all over New Orleans. Also, don’t forget the biegnets at Cafe Du Monde. What are you favorite NOLA spots?


Lace is Always A Good Thing

It’s officially 2018, which potentially could be the best year yet.  Who has their goals set and their whole year worked out? Me, I have a lot of planning to do this year. This includes a wedding, building my many businesses, and planning the future with Mr. Yates 🙂

A lover of lace and bold colors, this outfit is perfect to start the new year. If you are dressed well and feel good from the start, I feel that it sends good vibes that will carry on throughout the new year! What will your signature style this year? Shop one of my signature pieces, lace, below.

Happy New Year!



Statement Pieces with the India Hicks Style Collection

Shop: Cross-body | Clutch | Tote | Necklace (one, two) | Bracelet (one, two) | Backpack |
                                                              Earrings (one, two)
Everyone needs a couple staples in their accessories drawer and closet. Things that you can wear everyday and things that you can wear on a special occasion. The India Hicks Lifestyle Collection has all of that, this is the main reason I became a India Hicks Style Ambassador. A couple staples you need are the perfect cross-body for everyday (I love this one here), a tote to carry work files and your computer, and then a clutch when go out at night.

What other statement pieces do you need, you ask? Well jewelry, that is! An awesome everyday statement is the legacy letter necklace ( I linked the “A” here, obviously for Absolutely Alli, but there are many other letters to choose from in gold and sliver). A necklace with a little more flair is this Free Spirt, it definitely will make a statement. If you are like me you always have on earrings when you leave the house, I like these studs for everyday and these to be a little more dressed up.

I always like a little arm candy to dress up my outfits. I am really into gold jewelry lately so this cuff is to die for, but if you are more into leather this one is for you. If you want to be a little bit more understated then the hook bracelet is what you are looking for.

What are your favorite India Hicks pieces?



Berry Picking

                          Shop:  Dress | Crossbody | Necklaces | Sandals | SunglassesWatch 

Who doesn’t love fresh berries? My favorites are blackberries. So every year a friend and I head to Huber’s Orchard and Winery at the end of July for some berry picking and some wine tasting, in that order! Lol!
 What better way to be stylish, stay cool, and get a little workout in, then in this little number. This black ruffle tunic is from Agnes & Dora (check out all the colors here). I love that it is light, airy and comfortable. The dress pairs excellent with this snake print crossbody and pendant necklace from Charming Charlie, which comes in four different colors. I finished the looks with a pair of sunnies and black flats. What is your favorite dress of the summer?
Follow Betsey Ann’s Agnes & Dora pages on Facebook & Instagram. Check out her website here to see what all Agnes & Dora have to offer. 
Dress c/o Agnes & Dora rep Betsey Ann Tracy  & Necklace c/o Charming Charlie 


Small Business Saturday: India Hicks Gift Guide


Happy Small Business Saturday! I am a India Hicks Style Ambassador, which means I am a small business owner. I would love your support for Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday by shopping the India Hicks Lifestyle Collection for your holiday gifts for her. 
 If you looking for high quality unique gifts, India Hicks Lifestyle Collection is for you. Check out 
some of my favorite picks from the collection below.
Indi Tokens $45
Heritage Scarf $58
The Big Zipper $190
Siren Scarf $58
Jet Pack $385
 Lady P $395
English Rose Perfume $95
The Beetle Bag $35
The Big O $225
The Insider $148
Madly Deeply $260
Treasure Box $95
Flat Stanley $68
Madison May $420
Candles $54
Tassels $54

Splurge vs. Save

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Do not get me wrong! I love expensive bags and shoes as much as the next fashionista, but sometimes it is just not in the budget to spend an exorbitant amount of money on frivolous items. No worries because I have rounded up some stylish money savers that look just like the real thing.

This bag here, which is under $25, is a great alternative for similar expensive handbags (here and here).  These coveted wedges (found here) have been all over social media. Well you do not have to break the bank to be stylish, these look a like wedges (here) are under $35. Espadrilles have been all the rage lately. These cute ones here are under $30, which are similar to these more expensive ones found here.
What are some of your saves? Shop the rest of mine below.


January Obsessions

My obsessions have gotten out of control this month, but there is so much good stuff that is out right now. What were your January obsessions? Check mine out below.

Dec. 3 Giveaway

A group of bloggers and I have teamed up to bring you a fabulous giveaway you can't resist! We're giving one precious follower a gift package consisting of a brand spanking new 13.5" Macbook Air and a set of Kate Spade tote bag and wallet all worth approximately $1,800! There are 118 ways to enter! Shop similar handbags and wallets below. Good Luck.

Duration of GiveawayDecember 3 – December 16 midnight CST

Macbook Air + Kate Spade

Tory Burch/IPad Giveaway

 Happy Thursday! A group of bloggers and I have teamed up to bring you a fabulous giveaway you can't resist! We're giving one precious follower a gift package consisting of a gold Ipad Mini, authentic Tory Burch tote bag, Tory Burch shoulder bag and a Tory Burch wallet, all valued at approximately $1,900! By following my blog and as many bloggers as you want on the Gleam widget below, you will have a better chances of winning!  Giveaway runs from October 15-26 (midnight CST). Good luck lovelies! 


Tory Burch + iPad Gold Mini Part 2