Restricted Shoes

Spring break is over and I am so excited to report to y’all that I have found a pair of stylish, colorful AND comfy flats! This pointed toe pair from RestrictedShoes.com passed my personal test of wearable shoes in Europe, where I hiked up the French cliffs of Étretat. The back of the shoe did not rub against my heel and irritate my feet like most flats tend to do, and they maintained their beautifully embroidered colors after a good amount of walking.  I wore the “Giselle – Black” style but honestly had the hardest time picking a pair off their website. There are so many options, and knowing they would be comfortable only made the decision even harder.

While spending my break in Paris with my family, we decided to venture to the beaches of Normandy to mix things up a bit. The whole journey there was filled with hilarious mishaps from getting kicked off a bus (for not having the exact amount of change) to nearly missing a train because we lost each other in the train station to arriving at our train destination only to find out there was no rental cars in the small town of Rouen to somehow locating a car and driving another hour to the cliffs of Étretat.

Finally, after my Dad’s first drive in Europe and many laughs, we descended from the winding road to the charming town of Étretat that could easily be the backdrop for Beauty and the Beast. The town was nestled between two towering cliffs that house three white arches. I had stumbled upon pictures of the town online some months earlier but they could not compete with the magnitude and beauty of the actual view. For those of you planning a trip to France, this is easily my number one destination if you are looking to get out of the big city and see authentic French countryside. And you know what goes great with this type of travel? Restricted Shoes flats! The whole journey I wore these flats and loved how their bright, bold print contrasted the cooler tones of the scene.

They are a great style for Spring and so easy to pair with anything from jeans to shorts to solid colored dresses. I wore them with a spotted cardi for some additional contrasting patterns. These flats are currently priced at $55 but if you use code BARELYBLONDE25 you will receive 25% off your purchase! (This can be applied to all shoes on the site at RestrictedShoes.com.)

I hope y’all are having a wonderful month and I can’t wait to share more ways I style these shoes in the warmer months!

Cheers,

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Pretty Plum Sugar x Barely Blonde

In the same manner as springs blooms greet the sun, so do engagement photos and wedding announcements blossom all over social media. This time of year celebrates new stages of life, and in particular two love-birds saying hello to forever. As I scroll through my Instagram feed I see the latest picture of the newly engaged couple preparing for the wedding, venue shopping, asking their friends to stand by them on their big day and setting the actual date. While excitement is abundant there is also the stress of each person’s role in a wedding ranging  from soon-to-be bride to bridal party to wedding guest. As a gal in her early 20s invitations are bountiful but money is not. While I want to look the best I can, I also want to keep my savings. It can be stressful trying to find dresses for every wedding you have and avoid the dreaded “outfit repeating” (cue Lizzie McGuire clip). Last summer I discovered Plum Pretty Sugar who provides effortlessly elegant dresses, pj sets, and robes all that are perfect for any wedding you’ve rsvp-ed to. Not only do they have beautiful pieces for a bridal party, but they also a offer looks to transition from newlywed honeymooner to mamas-to-be. I excited to share with y’all three of the many looks they offer that I think would be perfect for any wedding! The first look is my ideal engagement-party dress, the second is a bridesmaid look, and the third is a look for unwinding on the honeymoon.

Engagement Party Look Inspo

While I have never been engaged, I have played bridal in a myriad of bridal shoots and always wondered what kind of dress I would wear to my own engagement party. I’ve been in love with the off-the-shoulder trend since it popularized last spring and thought this midi-dress was a perfect balance of feminine flair. I love the asymmetrical flowers and the smokey sky blue color of the dress for year round engagements. The dress is more fitted around the waist and looser around the legs. The top is elastic so it stays exactly where you want it without constricting your movement. The one thing you can’t get from these pictures is the lightweight and breathable fabric the dress is made from. I am amazed at the quality for each piece and think Plum Pretty Sugar knows how to do engagement dresses right. Pretty much any dress on their site will steal the show making them the perfect resource when shopping around as a bride-to-be.

Bridal Party

As brides try to juggle the lightening bolts of wedding planning, they also want to make their best friends feel cherished. While this may be easy one-on-one, trying to collectively satisfy a group of women can be a challenge. Each relationship is unique and you don’t want to squander any individuality in your friends; but how do you maintain some uniformity in the process? Bridesmaid dresses are often a dilemma in the planning, but Plum Pretty Sugar provides a quick solution by offering several dress styles for every color or print they offer. This means brides can simply pick a color or print they want and bridesmaids can go from there choosing the length of the dress, style and the best fit for their body-type. While it took me forever to pick my favorite print, I wound up selecting the Ashley Dress in the Oceane Lulls the Billows print. I loved the ultra-feminine florals halter dress with its sexy double slit to show summer tan legs (once I get there)! The dress is priced at $70 but can be purchased in a bridesmaid set if several if the women want the same style. While this dress and print would be stunning for bridesmaids, any wedding guest could rock it.

Honeymooning

Honeymoon outfits tend to be overlooked which is such a shame because its the perfect opportunity to show off your cutest looks to your new spouse! This Swoon Off-the-Shoulder dress will undoubtedly keep that newlywed glow going! I absolutely love the white-on-white with detailed embroidered to dress up with any color you choose. This dress is so flattering it can easily become a staple summer piece after the wedding bliss sets in. While I did not shoot any pjs sets this time around I still wanted to link them for you to check out and will have an older post including the pjs up on my Instagram story today!!! Click here for all the different  pj prints. This company is amazing and with all the prints and styles they offer there is something for everyone.

Now last but certainly not least is the creative professionals who helped this collaboration come to life: Jonathan Ivy! This married duo just moved from Houston and pretty much specialize in making any wedding or commercial photography dreams come true. They are beyond diligent researching their clients needs and assuring a timely and beautiful result comes to fruition. If you live in San Antonio please reach out them for your photography needs! They are wonderful and we are so lucky to have them as our newest locals! Their website is http://www.jonathanivyphoto.com! I hope y’all enjoyed reading about Plum Pretty Sugar and glancing over the images from Jonathan Ivy. If you have any questions feel free to reach out!

XOXO,

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