White Lace + Cutoff Denim

Could you imagine living in an era where pairing delicate lace and cutoff denim shorts or denim in general was unheard of?! Thank goodness we are in the 21st century where anything goes!

If you feel pretty in it, wear it!!


What inspired this outfit you ask? Well…this bipolar Houston weather to be honest! LOL 🙂

This Houston weather can’t really decide what it wants to do so denim shorts and long sleeve tops it is!

I love mixing really feminine pieces with denim for an edgier look. Here it’s the delicate lace top with cutoff shorts and another favorite combo of mine is a feminine floral top with heavily distressed denim. I chose to accessorize with black sandals and a clutch to top off the cool gal vibe.


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I hope you all are having an amazing week! We are halfway to the weekend! Yay!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

xo, Roselyn

Jumping Into Spring with Nordstrom

“Thank you God for blessing me with much more than I deserve.”

Starting this post with the quote above seemed the most appropriate. I strive to be a better human being/Christian every single day, but some days things happen that make me look up and say “Whoa! Thank you! What did I do to deserve this?!” You can safely assume that was the first thing that came to mind a couple weeks ago when I was communicating with a PR rep about a potential collaboration only to find out days later it was Nordstrom! When Nordstrom calls on you, you say YES!

So my sweet friends, I am happy to share with you today that I will be collaborating with Nordstrom in the upcoming months to share with you some of my favorite spring & summer trends. Let’s start it off strong with this MUST HAVE culotte jumpsuit!


Affiliate Links: c/o Nordstrom Jumpsuit | Shoes | Earrings | Bracelet | Handbag

I feel very strongly about rompers and jumpsuits! Yes, so strongly that even though they may be the most inconvenient and most awkward piece of clothing when trying to use a public restroom I still buy one every time I go shopping. I’m basically saying “yes one piece you are so adorable that I am okay with having to get all the way undressed each time I have to use the restroom”. LOL, but really.

Culottes on the other hand, I wasn’t too sure about at first. I mean I absolutely love the style, but I didn’t know how the silhouette would look on me. You know what? After trying them on this past weekend at Nordy’s, I LOVE them!

I am especially loving this particular style because you can easily wear this to a spring wedding and you best believe I will be pairing it with a blazer for the office! A culotte jumpsuit that’s versatile? Count me in!

The pretty blush, cream and gray geo print make this black jumpsuit perfect for the spring season! Because there is not much leg/ankle showing due to my short self I opted for a simple, single strap heel. I paired it with a nude Steve Madden heel here, but I am now on the hunt for a perfect blush pair to wear with this jumpsuit! Keep your eye out for me please!

Have you all tried culottes yet? Do you love it? Hate it? I would love to hear! If you haven’t tried them on I suggest you do!

Please stay tuned for more Nordstrom collaborations in the upcoming weeks! Also, if you aren’t following me on Snapchat come find me (roselyn_m)! This way you’ll get all of the behind the scenes shopping action on my next Nordstrom trip! Plus it’s a fun way to get to see a silly, unedited version of myself so come find me and I’ll add you back!

Thank you so much for your continued support and for stopping by!

Have a blessed week!

xo, Roselyn

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T-Shirt Dresses & Adidas Superstars

I highly recommend the t-shirt dress for so many reasons. Not only are they so versatile to be able to dress up and down, but this “flattering on all body types” dress doesn’t care if you are having a bloated day 🙂 It’s like the comfort equivalence of yoga pants but with a more “I took some time to put myself together today” look! I’ll take one in all colors available please!


I took a more sporty spice approach for my t shirt dress look this day. A beaded necklace and customized superstars is how I chose to style my dress for a day of running errands

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Dress (for reference, I am wearing a medium) | Necklace (similar here and here) | Handbag (similar) | Shoes | Sunnies

This dress comes in so many different colors and is under $20! Here are some other fun ways to style your t-shirt dress.


Look 1: Dress | Fringe Sandals | Scarf

Look 2: Dress | Wedges | Denim Vest | Earrings

How do you prefer to style your t-shirt dress?

xo, Roselyn

It Takes Two To Make A Thing Go Right

It takes two to make it outta sight!

{Insert me doing the running man here!}

Do you guys remember that song? OMG, it brings back so many memories of my break dancing days. Okay, maybe I didn’t breakdance, but my brothers did and they always practiced in our garage so basically it’s like I was a break dancer too 🙂 Also, I think it is worth mentioning that my brothers and their friends were nice enough to let us start a girl group. Yup, we made up dance routines, performed at every school talent show, had matching jackets and everything! LOL I need to find a video or pictures for a good throwback Thursday post!

Anyway, this post isn’t just about how great my friends and I were at dance routines! It is actually about the adorable 2 piece trend that you need in your wardrobe so I am linking up so many great styles below.


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I love this trend for an effortlessly pretty look! I mean two matching pieces that were designed to go together? Getting dressed doesn’t get easier than this! I purchased the set above last year so unfortunately it is sold out, but I am linking so many great styles below! You’re welcome! 🙂

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Are you as much of a fan as this trend as I am? Which look above is your favorite?! I would love to hear!

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Roselyn

Show A Little Skin (Tastefully)

Oh you know, typical Sunday night over here. Laundry has been put away, meals for the week are done, Brandon is catching up on The Walking Dead, I’m relaxing in my baggy pajama pants talking about how to tastefully show a little skin in your day time OOTD 🙂

Dressing up for a hot date night out with your hubby is a little easier than trying to bring the sexy to your day time look. For a date or a GNO you can throw on your little black mini or that new body con dress you just bought, but that may not be the look you are going for before sunset. 🙂 A great example for some day time sass is the side slit detail on this floral dress I posted Friday. Feminine with a touch of sexy. Another great example of looking oh so sexy and still classy is the hot hot HOT off the shoulder trend! That is a great way to get a little risqué with your day look and still look extremely classy! Another easy option to step up your sexy is the lace up trend!

IMG_7916[1]IMG_7918[1]IMG_7919[1]IMG_7920[1]IMG_7917[1]IMG_7799[1]Like Madonna says “Express Yourself!” 🙂

Top (similar styles here and here) | Denim (similar) | Heels | Clutch (similar) | Ring

Do you guys love this lace up trend as much as I do?! Which looks do you like to wear to add a little sexy to your day time look? I would love to hear!

Thanks for stopping by beauties! Wishing you an amazing week!

P.S. A special birthday shout out to one of my most amazing, best friends Rachel! Love this lady so much! Of course she was born on the first day of Spring because that is how much happy she brings into my life!

xo, Roselyn

Floral Maxi & Wedding Season Don’ts

The season is upon us guys! Wedding season! Not only does that give you an excuse to go on the hunt for a new dress, you’ll also need one to attend your friends’ engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party and possibly the rehearsal dinner so it’s time to break into that pretty dress fund! 🙂


**Pretty Dress Fund Coin Jar c/o Ankit can be found here along with so many other cute giftables, home accent items and tech accessories!



I absolutely adore this floral maxi! Can you spot the 3 spring trends in this one dress?

1) Floral print 2)Maxi Dress 3) Lace up detail  🙂

I love the femininity that the all over floral print brings to this dress and how the lace up detail and high side slits brings the sexy! This dress basically brings it all to the table so I just accessorized with peach earrings, simple nude heels and a pretty mauve clutch. I know I will get so much wear out of this dress but let me tell you why I will not be wearing this number to this weekends bridal shower festivities.

  1. Let the bride-to-be wear white. I may be a little old fashioned on this one, but unless the celebrant requests that everyone wear white steer away from wearing it. I know that this dress is printed, but personally I think it still has too much of a white base for a bridal shower guest.
  2. Remember you’ll most likely be meeting Grandmothers and Moms you have never met before. Steer away from wearing anything too short, sheer or low cut.
  3. If the bride is having a themed shower, respect it. I know, I know maybe you were dying to wear that new dress you bought and now it doesn’t go with the theme. Don’t worry you’ll have another fabulous gala you can wear it to. Brides rules guys!

That’s it! See how easy that is! It is the 21st century so some rules that may have applied before (no black, no pants etc.) are totally thrown out the window now, but respectfully let’s vow never to throw the 3 above rules out the window! These 3 rules should be followed for all of your wedding-esque festivites! Now, let’s party!



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Some other sweet dress options for your wedding event as a guest:

Eliza J | Lulu’s | Charles Henry | Lulu’s

Some must have dresses for the bride-to-be:

ASTR | Forever 21 | J.O.A. | Trixxi

Wishing everyone a happy weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Roselyn

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Twirl Into Spring With Shop The Mint

The Mint Julep Boutique launched in 2012, quickly broke into the retail world and grew their social media following to where it is today. Talk about ultimate boss babes! After browsing their site and chatting with “The Mint Girls” I am not surprised of their ever growing success. Not only is the wide selection of product oh so cute, but the customer service is top notch and you can totally tell the team takes pride in what they do!

I chose this “perfect for any event” mint dress. The delicate crochet and lightweight fabric on the Vision in Vintage dress make it perfect for any of your upcoming spring or summer events.



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Isn’t this dress so fun and pretty? I’m sure you can think of all the places you could wear it! You can pair it with sandals for brunch or a picnic in the park! Then dress it up with heels for a bridal shower! I mention those three events because that is what I have scheduled for this upcoming weekend! Any events you will be dressing up for this weekend? Yes, it is Monday and I am already talking about the weekend LOL.

On a side note- I am sitting here with a crazy fever, sore throat and sweating (a little less pretty of a picture then what you see above 🙁 ) Praying I will get better fast!!

I hope you all had a great first Monday after daylight savings! Who knew one hour could throw off your whole life? Haha!

Thanks for stopping by loves!

xo, Roselyn

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How I Prepare For the Rodeo

Step One: Get a kick butt workout in that morning so I don’t feel so bad about all of the fried oreos, fried cheesecake and brisket stuffed baked potatoes I am going to consume. Yes, these are all real things!

Step Two: Find out who we are going to see in concert and listen to their music all day! LOL. I listen to country music every once in a while, mostly when my husband is driving so though I’m familiar with some of the music I am not an expert so once my husband decides who we are going to see at the rodeo I prepare by listening to that artist all day. If you were sitting next to me you’d think I was their biggest fan! Haha!





**please excuse the picture quality 🙂 We quickly snapped these before we left the house!

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I have been in Houston for about 8 years now and I have not gotten tired of the rodeo! Yes, if my husband is reading this, I do complain about the traffic getting to and from NRG (formally known as Reliant) stadium, but seriously that is my only complaint! Also, the trick to avoiding that traffic as much as possible is to park a little further from the stadium and walk or hop on one of those pedi cabs. Some years we get a parking pass which is great being able to walk right up to the stadium, but getting out is always chaos so I much rather park a little ways further and walking or you can always Uber. I mean it is 2016. 🙂

So if you haven’t experienced the Houston Rodeo you TOTALLY have to!! And that is coming from this California girl! I mean it is the largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition. Competitors from all over the world are there. If you don’t think watching bull riding is your jam (though I think you need to experience it at least once) just show up right before your concert and catch my favorite contest of the evening, Mutton Busting. Omg, those kids are the cutest things ever! After the concert be sure to stop by the Hideout for some drinks and dancing then on your way to your car grab those fried oreos. I mean that’s what I call a successful rodeo night! The carnival part is also fun because it makes you feel like a kid again!

Also, side note about the concerts- the performers aren’t all country artists. To name a few; Bruno Mars, the Biebs, Robin Thicke and Maroon 5 have all been performers at the Houston Rodeo. Texans don’t discriminate!

We saw Darius Rucker (Hootie) this year and I must admit when he surprisingly busted out Blackstreet’s No Diggity I was “aaahhhh yea! skating rink days!” Haha, love that song!

So if you are new to Houston or going to be in the area during rodeo be sure you check it out!

Thanks for stopping by loves!! Have a blessed week!

xo, Roselyn

Thrive Blog Conference 2016

So excited to be sharing the inside scoop of my first Blog Conference, Thrive! I have to be honest and tell you that I had to go back and edit this post many times. I learned so much and trying to share it all led me to writing a novel so I have decided to take a different approach. Today I am sharing with you all of my biggest takeaways from this conference and linking up all of the must know additional details from the ones who said it best, the Thrive conference speakers.

**all of the beautiful photos above were taken by the talented Meg Cady

After you read this (and have enjoyed all of the oh so pretty pictures!) I hope you will be more motivated than ever and be ready to Thrive! Whether that motivation means taking your blog to the next level or just starting one up! With that being said….JUST START. When keynote speaker, Alissa Circle, said this during her presentation it really made me smile. I had held back on launching my blog and when I say “held back” I mean I actually thought about it for years. I kept asking myself “what if I run out of things to say?”, “what if no brands want to work with me?”, “what if no one wants to read my blog?” then one day I finally came to my senses and remembered who I was doing this for. I wanted to do it for myself and I wanted to do it for that girl I run into in the restroom that stops to ask me where I got my dress from! That excitement that I have when I answer “it was only $20!” is exactly what I want to share with my readers.

So take Alissa’s word for it and don’t wait years like I did. JUST START you guys! It is not going to be 100% at first, but you’ll get there. We learn from our mistakes, we are creatives so content is inspired from everywhere and if in a few months down the road you find that the color scheme, blog content or name needs to be change, that is totally okay. We are human beings, we change, we grow, we rebrand.

Speaking of changing and growing, Kristina Braly, who is not only a seasoned blogger and founder of the Bloggers Do It Better movement happens to be killing it on YouTube. And.. oh wait, did I mention she is a doctor too?! Gaaaah…girl crush!

“YouTube is where it’s at” Kristina stated. Her authenticity, passion and enthusiasm had me pumped to get home and start my vlog! But then I heard my voice play back on an 8 second snapchat clip and completely reconsidered! LOL. I really do agree with her on the YouTube era and I love watching my other vlogger babes, but give me some time maybe I’ll get there. For now, please enjoy Kristina’s fabulous self here.

Kristina also spoke very strongly about authenticity which was the perfect segway into what the next speakers, Jessica and Sarah from Pretty Providence, discussed. Their presentation addressed working with sponsors and ensuring you were staying authentic while you do it. I mentioned this in a post earlier this week. You want your readers to hear your voice through your written posts, you want them to really trust that even when you have sponsored posts it’s because you really believe in the brand you are writing about not because they are paying you to write about it. J & S reminded us to ask ourselves, “Does this product fit into my brand effortlessly?”

**the 3 oh so pretty photos shown above are from the Sugar and Cloth Instagram page. Be sure to check out S&C for additional details and many more photos like these!

“If you aren’t following Ashley on social media, what are you doing with your life?!” said emcee Nicole. I couldn’t agree with her more! Sugar and Cloth’s Instagram has me dreaming of a world full of laughter, love, endless vacations with yummy treats that won’t make you gain a pound and unicorns. Check her out and you’ll totally understand what I am talking about! She spoke to us about killing it on social media because DUH she’s nailed it! She shares some really great tips on her blog which also includes different ways to monetize so be sure to check her out here.

Next up was Mallory Whitfield who discussed optimizing your blog by understanding Google Analytics and SEO. I’m linking her information here because she tells you everything you need to know and as a new blogger I’ll be honest and say I cannot explain it as intelligently as she does!

And that my friends, is why I cannot stress this enough… FIND YOUR TRIBE! Whether you have been blogging for months or years there is always something new to learn. You need your tribe to speak to, to learn from and to consult with.

With that being said, I would like to take a quick commercial break to share with you my Thrive Tribe.

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They are gorgeous, I know!

From left to right (because you’ll definitely want to check out their blogs for outfit details as well as their thoughts on their first experience at Thrive)

Me 🙂

Brittany – Hello Honey

Hope – Tassels and Tabbies

Erin – Style Spies

Margret – Style the Girl

Sara – Haute and Humid

Dede – Dress Up Buttercup

Shelbi – It’s All Chic to Me

Dawn – Dawn P. Darnell

**All photos of my Thrive Tribe above were taken by Diamond Oak Photography

Okay, so if schedules or funds keep you from hiring a fabulous photographer like Diamond Oak Photography then you’ll want to click here to subscribe to the ever so talented Megan Weaver’s newsletter. She shares tips on getting those perfect photos. Actually, now that I think of it I should share this link with my Instagram husband so he can learn some tips. 🙂

Kristyn Merkley talked to us about killing it on Pinterest. Check out her blog here for more details because I am so not killing it on pinterest, YET. But with her tips I have faith I will get there and you will too! Three things I did have on my “to-do immediately” list were     1) switch over to a business account 2) sign up for rich pins and 3) join pinning group.

So now that you have a to-do list of all the things that are going to make you a better content creator, photographer and social media expert you may be asking yourself “how and when can I start charging?” Skye gives us some great media kit tips here. As far as rates, this can vary by company and by individual. If you are contemplating what your rates should be, decide on your projected overall earnings goal. If you want to make $30,000 in 12 months break it down from there. For example, you would need to make at least $2,500 a month to achieve that goal. You can break that down to 3-10 sponsored posts. That will help you determine how many sponsored posts you need to do/are willing to do each month. Remember this is different for everyone there is no solid black and white formula. Know your end goal, know your worth and you shall achieve!

So…are you ready to Thrive yet?! I sure hope so because I am looking forward to meeting you at the conference next year!

A special THANK YOU to Whitney and Bree for putting together such an amazing event! You guys nailed it!

Thank you so much for reading through my short story! You are still there right? 🙂 If you have ever attended a blog conference I would love to hear your feedback and if you have any questions, please JUST ASK!

And don’t think I forgot 🙂 My outfit details are below!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

xo, Roselyn

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

I was sitting here reading over my notes from the amazing Thrive conference last weekend so that I can share all of the tips and tricks that I learned with you (coming to a blog near you Thursday!) and I realized a lot of my takeaways from the conference totally apply to not only my blogging journey, but also to basically every aspect of my corporate life.

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The past couple weeks have been crazy busy. Not only did I come back from Thrive with a total blogger conference high and begin to implement all of the things that I learned, but in the past months at work I have taken on a promotion which of course comes more responsibility.

I put my whole heart into blogging, but I also put the same amount of hard work into my other career. I’ve worked in the corporate world for almost 9 years, but I continue to learn something new everyday. Going through my notes from the Thrive conference had me really starting to reflect my learnings as a blogger and as a Buyer so I thought it was so important to share these with everyone wanting to grow professionally in any field.

1.Just Ask– This sounds simple, but sometimes I think we get too caught up in assuming we know what the answer will be that we hold ourselves back from what could be. I was sitting in a meeting with a Director and we were discussing supplier contract renewals/negotiations. We were discussing things we were wanting from our supplier and though on paper it may have seemed like we were asking a lot, in the bigger picture we really weren’t. And what’s the worse that could happen? The supplier comes back with another offer and then you all eventually come to an agreement. If we wouldn’t have asked, we wouldn’t have gotten anything.

This same rule applies to blogging. Just ask. You want to collaborate with a company? Reach out, just ask. A company reaches out to you and you feel like the compensation they are offering isn’t enough? Ask for more. Remember how much time and heart you put into your work. What is that worth? Only you know the answer.

Also, this is a great thing to remember when interviewing or negotiating with a company who is looking to hire you. Repeat after me EVERYTHING IS NEGOTIABLE. EVERYTHING. Your happiness and quality of life is what is affected in the end so make sure you are making the right decision now of what even your future self will thank you for.

2. Kindness Over Competition– Goodness I cannot say this enough in regards to the blogging world. One may think that the perfect 10 blogger that you admire on social media is a competitive one, but that is so not the case. Like I mentioned earlier, I have had my feet planted in the corporate world for 9 years and I learn something new every day. That’s exactly how these seasoned bloggers feel. Become a part of the community to continue to learn from each other and to network.

In the corporate world, you will run into many people that are competition over kindness. I work my butt off and I’ll go above and beyond to ensure my entire team succeeds. That’s what is going to get you were you need to be. You’ll continue to grow professionally because you work your a$* off not because you’re willing to throw people under the bus. When you see that competitive, “I’ll throw anyone under the bus” type of person getting a promotion (because it will happen) don’t sweat it. That position wasn’t for you anyway. Everything happens for a reason I promise. God said so and I can honestly say he placed me exactly where I need to be.

3. Collaborate– This goes hand in hand with “Kindness over competition”. Collaborate. Collaborate. Collaborate. If I tried to figure everything out on my own at work there would not be enough hours in the day. Collaborate with individuals throughout your entire organization to get things done. You can’t be an expert in everything, but you can master that org chart. Know who you can reach 0ut to and how you can get your job done more effectively.

Collaboration is so key in the blog world too. Collaborating and having discussions with other passionate bloggers really get my creative juices flowing! Good energy is contagious! If you want to pitch a big brand as a “smaller” blogger then consider partnering up with other bloggers to pitch as a team or community. I love my tribe of blogger friends. I know that if I ever have a question I can ask them and if they don’t know the answer they’ll give me the name of the person who will. As a new blogger, I do not have the funds to outsource really anything. From photo editing, pitching to brands, responding to emails, writing content, editing my site, building relationships on social media, etc. so you’ll need your tribe to turn to for tips or a good cry when you are remembering all the things you need to do in a 24 hour day. So remember …COLLABORATE.

4. Be Authentic-Every speaker at the Thrive Blogger conference stated this. We all giggled when Ashley from Sugar and Cloth said “I know this is the most cliché thing you will hear at a blogger conference, but Be Authentic”. I couldn’t agree with her more. You want your readers to hear your voice through your written posts, you want them to see your personality through your pictures and really trust that even when you have a sponsored post it’s because you really believe in the brand you are writing about not because they are paying you to write about it.

Being authentic in the work place is also very important. Authenticity really shines through and so does fakeness. Remember that “throw everyone under the bus” person I mentioned earlier? I mean we all see it coming right? It doesn’t catch us by surprise because again…it shines through. We are all grown enough to see right through it so just be real guys and you don’t have anything to worry about.

5. Big Things Often Have Small Beginnings– Kristyn Merkley from Lil’ Luna made me smile when she said this at Thrive. Remember this guys, that CEO you admire and Sincerely Jules who we all adore didn’t just “wake up like that”. They worked to get where they are. I’m sure it started with a dream and a to do list. Don’t get overwhelmed with all the things you need to do. Get excited about where you know you’ll end up and remember to enjoy every second of your way to the top. Always take those moments to reflect where you started and remember to meet as many people as you can along the way! Some may just be a small chapter in your life and others will become your best friends.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope this leaves you with positive vibes ready to conquer the week! Also, remember putting your best foot forward is always much easier with pretty shoes!

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Let me know if you have any questions. I’m always ready to chat, learn and collaborate!

xo, Roselyn