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Monday, April 14, 2014

Flared



This Calypso tee has been one of my favorite purchases this spring - so comfortable and easy to throw on for errands or wandering around shops during the weekend. Flared denim hasn't been something I've gravitated to normally because of my height, but with some great hemming and a fun wedge, it can work for a 5'3 frame! 
I don't know about you, but I am sure ready for the four day week and some quality time with family for Easter. Hope you have a great start to your week!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Let's Shop: Spring Accessories


Spring is finally here and boy am I excited! Also it's Friday, hooray! Who doesn't love a little dose of color and covet-worth spring time accessories to make the start to the weekend that much brighter. 
I love a fun scarf to toss on an outfit - both brightening it up and serving as a wrap whenever it gets cold inside a restaurant, the movies, etc... which for me is almost always. Also loving this colorful beauty; it reminds me of a getaway to a Caribbean island. I currently have this NastyGal clear envelope clutch in my shopping cart - not only is it a steal, but so fun for warmer months ahead. I was recently introduced to the new Warby Parker Spectrum Sun collection, and while I've never personally tried their specs, I'm completely loving this fun, retro-ish collection with unique frame colors and sizes. Be sure to check out the entire collection here. As evident by my recent L.A. recap and Instagram posts, I think it's safe to say the Prada Saffiano is on my wish-list (...as close to the top as it could possibly get...) - I mean c'mon how gorg is this grey color?! It's always fun to pick out a few new pairs of shoes for the warmer temps, and I am absolutely loving Jack Rogers' take on the d'orsay. Of course too, I'm still lusting for some Superga sneaks, (last seen here and here), think it may be time to add some fun colored ones to my shoe collection. 
Hope you had a great week and have a relaxing weekend ahead! xx

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

White Washed



As the temps begin to warm up, I've found myself reaching for lighter washed denim and airy, flowy tops. Gap denim is one of my favorites for their budget friendly, yet on point trend wise picks in the jeaan realm. I picked up yet another Equipment shirt (the obsession continues & the collection is ever-growing...) at their store on Melrose Place in L.A. As a self-proclaimed Equipment junkie, shopping their store and the endless amount of silk tops and blouses, was quite fun! 
Sometimes it's fun to go a little jewelry crazy, which now looking back at these photos I definitely did. But, how great are the Kendra Scott tiger eye earrings?! Special thanks to Kendra Scott and Tidbits Houston for the awesome front row perks program and these fab earrings. Can't wait to style them in more outfits to come. 
Be sure to shop the post and other picks below! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

LaLa Land

Traveling made easier (and much more organized) with my Truffle No. 1 Clarity pouch in lilac. Pretty details like Prada sunnies, Kendra Scott earrings and an Ily Couture statement necklace don't hurt either. 
While in L.A., my boyfriend Rick and I make sure to enjoy the wonderful eats the city has to offer. How cute is the Magnolia Bakery and it's rustic b+w diamond patterned floors located off of West 3rd street?! 
Case in point, brunching at the delicious Urth Cafee in Beverly Hills. Dining al fresco + breakfast foods make my heart happy (Breakfast pizza and the best banana oatmeal, aka tasted like Bananas Foster, ever had!)
Rick found this cool place on Yelp. The Ice Cream Lab, literally steps away from Rodeo Drive, was one of the most unique, and coolest, ice cream shops I had ever been to! All organic and totally unique flavors, your ice cream is made right in front of you with liquid nitrogen. 
But indulging on yummy food and sweets comes at a price. Albeit it the price of hiking up to this view wasn't worth complaining about. Saturday afternoon at Point Dume in Malibu was definitely picture perfect.
And we didn't stop there. After Malibu, we drove back to the city and hit up Runyon Canyon for an even tougher hike in the Hollywood Hills. Probably one of my favorite things to do in Los Angeles. The view on a clear day is absolutely priceless. 
Of course no trip to L.A. is complete without a little retail therapy... I came thisssss close to pulling the trigger on one of these Prada Saffiano beauties. For right now, my bank account is thanking me - but who knows what the future holds! 
And let's not forget to point out the papparazzi sightings. We stumbled upon this one while walking around Beverly Hills. Turns out (someone we'd never heard of) celebrity/actress/model Kelly Brooke was getting her nails done at this salon with her new fiance in tow. Rick was quite taken by the scene - I felt like I was in an episode of TMZ! 
It's always a must to see my best friend Catie when visiting the City of Angels. On sunday we got the chance to catch up on stories and brunch at the super adorable Little Next Door on 3rd Street. 
The boyfriend and I (un)intentionally coordinated our blues for brunch...
Trips to L.A. sure don't disappoint. It was definitely tough leaving such beautiful weather, but the long weekend in California was so fun and I can't wait to get back sooner rather than later! 

Make sure to follow along on Instagram (@aecarreno) to see these photos and more, xx. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

LBD


Every gal should have at least one little black dress in their wardrobe. Even better is a little black dress that is comfortable and chic like this one. My LBD by Imbue is simply perfect for any occasion. Whether dressed up with heels or down with flats, I've found a number of reasons to wear it the past couple of weeks. Did I mention it's machine washable too? Held it's shape and continued to be super flattering after laundry day. 
Meanwhile, I'm absolutely loving that the weather is finally starting to feel like spring here in Texas! And what better way to celebrate it than with a pop of color via accessories. I've got my sights on this scarf and this one to add to my collection. 
Be sure to check out Imbue's collection and a number of super chic dresses for day or night. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Let's Shop: Olive + Piper

Olive + Piper

We're almost a week into spring, but somehow the weather isn't exactly ready to depart from winter just yet. Well, at least you can brighten up your spring wardrobes with colorful accessories, like these gorgeous Olive + Piper pieces from their new spring collection. The pretty pastels and jewels have me swooning, I mean how perfect are the Bimini Island drop earrings? And not to mention how killer the Iridescent Orchid bib is - so killer there's a wait list for it right now!
My friends at Olive + Piper have generously offered Adored by Alex readers 15% off any piece within their spring set until April 6, just use code OLIVEALEX. Seriously awesome considering their jewelry and accessories are already extremely afordable. Make sure to check their site tomorrow, as they will be adding new items to the collection, which you don't want to miss. Happy shopping! 

This post was sponsored by Olive + Piper, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that help make Adored by Alex possible! 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Puddle Jumper


The rain here in Houston has been no joke. As a matter of fact, as I put together this post I can hear the rain coming down outside my window. Thank goodness for Hunter boots and Barbour jackets - the combo has me ready to take on any unfortunate weather in the foreseeable future. Hope you are having a great start to your week! xx 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Beauty x Clarins

 A few weeks ago Clarins hosted a spring beauty preview event at the Houston Galleria. I have to admit when my friend, and fellow blogger, Lauren Mills invited me I wasn't too sure considering I'd rarely used Clarins products before - except their amazing self-tanner. The intimate consultation on their newest products however, really opened my eyes to the versatility of their beauty products and high-quality. 
Gal-pal and fellow Houston-area blogger Lauren Mills and I - how cute is her jacket?! 

My go-to as of late has been the cream blush - so easy to apply and the packaging is lightweight making it perfect to carry in my handbag. I'm eager to start trying the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster - just three drops mixed with my regular moisturizer and a bronzer face indeed. Be sure to checkout the newest Sunscreen Care oil spray in SPF 30, I'll definitely be bringing it along with me on my upcoming trip to L.A.  
Wishing you a great first weekend of spring! xx