Happy April!

April certainly came in hot and fast. Actually she came in pretty chilly, the last weekend of March & first few days of the new month were down in the 40’s and highs in the 60’s, but I CANNOT COMPLAIN!

I feel like the boho look was made for the transitioning seasons – lightweight pieces like kimonos over jeans or denim cutoffs, suede, lace, embroidered details, chambray and layered florals with booties and wide-brim hats. Spring Break here in March almost always means we can take a dip in the pool or get some sun, but sometimes, winter ignores Punxsutawney Phil and stays around for a bit longer, so knowing what to wear while the weather makes up it’s mind between seasons can be a struggle, unless you can learn to embrace and enjoy both the western & boho inspiration.

I LOVED that Western Chic had a moment this past Fall of 2018. It felt like everyone was scrambling to create & find super chic western inspired boots and pieces to add to their wardrobe. Meanwhile, here in Texas, it’s as simple as going to Yelp & finding out there’s a boot store within 3.6 miles from your house. Although, you probably wont find Fendi western boots at a Cavender’s…

Compiling pieces for a western inspired look is incredibly easy when you live in a place where most people who aren’t from here ask if you ride a horse to school/work everyday (I’ve seriously been asked this question on multiple occasions), and as second-nature as “y’all” in conversation!

Key elements of a “Western” look :

  • Jeans/denim/Chambray
  • Western or western inspired boots (think pointed toe, buckles, studs!)
  • Embroidery
  • Florals
  • Flowy cardigans & kimonos
  • Lace detailing
  • Off the Shoulder anything
  • Suede
  • Wide brim hats/Cowboy hat
  • Handcrafted Jewelry (Hello Turquiose!)

Similarly enough, lots of these same elements can be used to describe a “boho” look, too! So if you have a bunch of items from the Houston Rodeo Season, or would like to try the western inspired look without looking too much like Annie Oakley, here are a couple of looks that are fresh, springy, incorporates pieces you probably already have in your closet, and can even be used for Festival Season!

White Jeans | Chambray Top | Western Boots

Seriously a thousand ways to wear this combo. First of all, white jeans just screams warmer weather & pairing it with chambray gives it that western/boho feel when paired with some western boots, a suede/felt wide brim hat. Pair with a belt of your choice – you can use a scarf instead of a leather belt, plus a tribal inspired necklace to truly give it a boho look. Or do as I did here and add a gold chain for subtle chicness.

Keep the hat, pair with a lacy off the shoulder blouse, leave the boots or replace with suede booties to take this up a Coachella notch.

Floral Top | Denim Skirt | Suede Western Booties

This top is flowy, and has an open back – two of my favorite things. I paired with a circle skirt instead of the traditional denim mini skirt, because I get A LOT more use out of this skirt than with the conventional mini skirt. Pair with suede western inspired booties and a pair of horse-shoe looking earrings.

Turn up the desert vibes with a pair of high waisted denim cut offs and western boots.

Floral Skirt | Chambray Top

A chambray shirt is an absolute staple in my closet. Sometimes I like to tie at the base of my blouse, so if I’m exposing a touch of skin, I like to button the blouse all the way to the top & add a statement necklace to bring a focal point towards my uber-ly covered chest.

Leave the skirt, pair with an off the shoulder crop top and lace up sandals to listen to your favorite music act.

Flowy Jumpsuit |Denim Jacket

Jean Jackets – they’re a staple, they can be found in abundance and they’ve been pretty much timeless for the last 3-4 decades, so they’re likely not going ANYWHERE, any time soon. 
If you’re ever in need of western inspo or boho inspired outfit – throw a jean jacket over a flowy piece, add some boho accessories like a long dangly necklace with a bunch of other short, dainty necklaces, a panama hat, add some booties and you’re ready for a Bob Dylan concert.

Nix the jacket, add the hat and leave the booties or pair with some sandals for that boho feel.

Flowy, Maxi Dress

I think I found the inspiration for this post in this dress alone.
I felt like Stevie Nicks once I completed this outfit.
Honestly, this was one of my rodeo outfits this year. But as soon as I pulled on my pair of boots with this maxi, I felt like I was heading to Woodstock or even a modern day music festival like Coachella. HELLO BOHO.
The pattern of this maxi is absolutely perfect for a boho inspired outfit, but any flowy maxi with boots or booties really gives that ethereal exoticism we often see with boho chic.

The best part of living in Houston, is that you can pair almost anything with western boots and no one raises an eyebrow. And the best part of Festival Season is that you can wear the style and you come off as trendy! It doesn’t look like boho will go anywhere for a while, so buy the boots!

xoxo

La Glam Greek

Alas, here we are at the end of February 2019, and it was a good 2nd month to the year!

If you’ve been around for the last 3 V-Day posts I’ve made (linked here, here and here), you know I’m not against the holiday regardless of my relationship status and that I really actually enjoy the holiday. Probably because my momma always made EVERY holiday, regardless of how big it was, ULTRA special. So I learned from an early age that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just about showing love to your significant other, but to everyone, including yourself! J Which means, you can never be lonely if you always have yourself as a date.

But really, I just love the holiday because the associated colors are part of my favorite color palette!! 

Red, pink, blush, fushia, magenta…

I found these hot pink pants at Banana Republic while Christmas shopping, but with will and determination, I resisted the temptation… and lucky I did because I found the same pair online for $30. Yes, $30. And the color is everything my pink loving heart could dream of. I love that they can be dressed up, or dressed down. I paired it with some dad sneakers and a fitted blazer (because I didn’t already have an oversized blazer… didn’t want to buy into the trend, but I may just hit up a Goodwill on second thought) with a tee underneath to keep the business casual pieces from being too stuffy. Or with a pair of leopard platforms as an ode to the leopard craze Fall 2018, a leather jacket and a dark lip to give the pants more edge.

This blush gingham dress by The Confidante Collection is fun, flirty, romantic, and sexy all in one. I fell in love with the sleeves, and the unique color of the pattern. And the ruching at the midriff is incredibly flattering.
I love that this piece is versatile as well, being able to dress up or down. I styled it here with a blush suede jacket I found at Target, white sock boots (which were on clearance for $8 at Target) and then, back at it again with the dad sneakers.

Pink is such a cheery, fresh color and I love that with Valentine’s Day I get a good helping of lots of makeup, fashion, and decor in this fun hue. Makes me ready for Spring!

xoxo,

The Glam Greek,

Well the first full weekend of October has passed and it was sweltering! Still no sweaters in sight. And like every first weekend in October in Houston, the annual Greek Festival is held, rain or shine.

It’s actually sort of perfect that we were blessed again with perfect pool day weather for Greek Festival because I’m starting to really miss Greece again, but then again, when am I not? I love swimsuit cover ups that are a versatile piece to have in my closet, especially if that means I can wear it in Greece and then again here, as if I were bringing a piece of it back with me. *tear*…

Here are my favorite cover ups from Summer 2018, that can be used at other times of the year than besides in the summer or just when you go to the beach, which means, more bang for your buck, and I’m all about that :

A Lightweight LBD

This one from Stitch Fix gave me SO much life this summer. My favorite way to wear it from beach to lunch or post late-evening swim drinks was with a straw fedora and Birkenstocks like pictured… and will probably wear with a denim jacket and sneakers like Stan Smiths or with a flannel tied around the waist and booties when the temperatures drop a bit more. AND… it has POCKETS!

An Oversized White Cotton Button Down

You can find these at H&M, you can find them at Forever XXI, you can find them just about anywhere and you can find them for reasonable prices. Even BETTER idea is to find these for pocket change at a thrift store! Wherever you find one, be sure that it’s cotton or linen because you do not want to catch yourself on a boat in the middle of the summer in a shirt made of a fabric that does not breathe! Find one long enough that you can wear open or with a few of the middle to bottom buttons closed or you can wear the shirt tied up in a knot at the waist paired with denim shorts. Then, wear with jeans and sneakers or with pumps for a date night outfit! You can never go wrong with a white button down shirt.

Denim Cut Offs

Like the aforementioned white button down, I’m not sure what’s more classic than denim? Worn simply with a one piece swimsuit or paired with anything to cover up on top like a tee or tank or a sleeveless chambray? This piece speaks for itself for it’s versatility in your closet or when having to pack for a trip, so I don’t think I need to say anymore.

Sarong

Sarongs hadn’t really been my thing. When I think of “Sarong” I think of walking along a Hawaiian beach in Maui, and nothing is wrong about that at all, but it just feels almost too tropical which is usually reserved for vacations and certain outfits, which sort of limits your options on how to repurpose the piece into your wardrobe. As someone who likes to support local owned businesses and especially locally woman owned businesses, I was thrilled when a couple of friends of mine opened an online boutique inspired by Greece. I was even MORE thrilled when literally everything on their site is precious and I need everything for my own closet and home. I especially fell in love with this year’s resort collection and this sarong. I’ve worn this as a headscarf, a shawl, a beach wrap and as a regular scarf. Can we say, perfection?

Will I ever not wear a kaftan or a sheer, flowy maxi dress over a swimsuit again? Of course not!! Caribbean vacations and Vegas pool parties need these kinds of swimsuit cover ups!

But if I can save some suitcase space for a cute cover up that I can also wear to dinner or breakfast on that same vacation or use as a cover up and then bring back home and re-wear at a later date? I’ll take it. Then if you do take it on vacation, you can bring it back and each time you wear it, it can remind you of being back at your favorite place or a happy get-away.

xoxo

La Glam Greek