Fashions First Down 

The Definition of Feel Good Fashion: using your love for fashion, whether it entails shopping, dressing, or attending events, to make the lives of others, and yourself better.

How could you turn down an invite to help the Dallas Cowboys, their wives and friends support 2 incredible charities, AND watch one of your friends walk down the runway?! I had the chance to go to the most incredible event, and learn about 2 life changing charities. They are Nexus Recovery and The Gatehouse Grapevine. 

Nexus Recovery Center is “A Dallas nonprofit at the forefront of specialized substance abuse services for females, Nexus offers programs for adult women and adolescent girls ages 13 to 17, including those pregnant or accompanied by children. Nexus is one of only a few programs nationally that invites women to bring their children into treatment.” 

The Gatehouse Grapevine “provides long-term solutions to deep-rooted problems so that permanent, positive change becomes possible. We’ve seen that it takes women in crisis generally three to six months to feel safe and confident enough to make life-changing decisions. In short-term programs, women may make decisions for change, but here at The Gatehouse, we give them enough time to learn how to live it out.”

These two incredible charities deserve some light, as they really do change lives. 

   
       

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Street Style

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Mixing it up towards the end of this winter season. I couldn’t wait to get back into my white jeans! I’m getting pretty tired of leggings and dark jeans. Ready for Spring and lighter colors! (I just went majorly shopping and I can’t wait to share those new brands, clothes and colors with y’all!

Shirt: Dress and Bless

Jeans: (can’t find exact ones as I have had them for years, but here are some VERY similar ones) AG Jeans

Shoes: Steve Madden (I can’t find anything like them! Im going to keep looking! But the material is suede.)

Creme de la Creme

I am dreaming of warmer weather, fewer layers, and wearing comfortable and cute outfits with less hassle. I can not wait for spring to actually be in full swing. Enough with this warm weather one weekend and then snow the next week! My closet is SO CONFUSED! This top has been my saving grace with the bipolar weather! Its perfect on it’s own, for a slightly chilly day with jeans and a cute pair of shoes, or with leggings, boots, scarf and a statement coat. It’s soft material, long crop body and flattering cut, anyone would LOVE this top! Not to mention my FAVORITE black heels from Vince Camuto.

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Shirt: Dress and Bless (only $25!!)

Jeans: AG Jeans

Heels: Vince Camuto (and they come in red and blue!)

Via Monte Napoleone

Milano, Italia! Oh how I just adored Milan and the fashion districts! The title of this post is the name of the main fashion boulevard. This row, along with others was lined with beautiful storefronts, the elegant displays and the rows of high designer brands. Even on a Sunday, when all the stores were closed, I toured the Fashion districts in Milan for hours, dragging my fiance along the way. (He was a good sport! Not to mention my handy photographer!) We may not have made it into these stores, but I spent plenty of time looking in each and every window of designers I loved, and new ones I had never seen before.

As much as I adore high fashion, we were walking quite a bit this day. A comfortable yet fashionable ensemble was desired, especially with comfortable shoes. This ended up being one of my most favorite outfits I wore during all of my study abroad experience. It was comfortable, perfect for the weather, and I always felt my best.

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Shirt & Vest: J Crew (Shirt now on SALE!)

Jeans: AG: “The Farrah” (Nordstroms)

Shoes: Tory Burch

Bag: Bought on the streets of Florence. Real Italian leather.

Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Bracelets: Gemelli

The Proposal

After getting home from a 3 month adventure in Europe, I had no idea I was about to (FINALLY) start the next major chapter in my life. While in Spain, Kevin and I talked a lot about the next steps in our relationship, what to expect after graduating, and what we wanted to accomplish in our lives. I consistently bugged him about getting engaged. We had been dating for 5 years, and at this point I had decided that we were going to be stuck in this weird, consistently dating, phase of our lives and we were never actually going to move on. (Maybe I was being a little dramatic, but I was just tired of waiting. I always knew I wanted to spend my life with him!) Little did I know, he already had our next step planned out and set in motion.

3 days after we arrived home, Kevin and I had a date planned to go to the cutest little french restaurant called Toulouse in Knox-Henderson. Our favorite trip when we were abroad was Paris (of course!) and he wanted so badly to eat french food again. He also told me that he wanted to go to this bar someone recommended to him because he didn’t want to loose the “adventure and fun” we had abroad. This was slightly out of character for him, but I decided not to question it and just go with it! (I had the slightest idea that he might propose during this date, but I tried really hard not to read into things). Neither of us were hungry at dinner (both not realizing the other was nervous for the exact same reason) so we enjoyed a glass of wine and some escargot. Everything seemed completely normal at dinner. Normal conversation, calm atmosphere and we even talked about getting engaged one day. He was completely calm and normal, minus the fact that he checked his watch every minute! We decided to skip the entre and go ahead and head on to our next destination.

We arrived at this gorgeous hotel on the south of downtown Dallas, called the Nylo. It’s historic building compliments it’s modern, contemporary and artistic inside. We walked into a cozy lobby and headed towards the elevators and up towards the roof top bar. Once at the top, Kevin led me through the inside and straight towards the terrace doors. The view was incredible. You could see all of Downtown Dallas, and the lights of the lit up buildings were bouncing off the clouds in the sky. He guided me past the pool and cabanas, and right to a fire pit. Once we reached it, he took our stuff and set it on the nearest bench and his hand began to shake. He turned around and looked right at me, and took my hands into his.

“Evan, you know that I love you right?”

“Well of course, you tell me all the time. I’m so lucky to hear that so often from you.”

“No, I mean I REALLY love you, and I wouldn’t be the man I am today without you”

It was that moment I fully realized what was going on. Kevin told me later that he knew when I realized what was going on because my eyes got really wide and I stopped breathing. He tried to take his hand away (to get the ring) and I wouldn’t let go of it. When I did give it up, he reached into his pocket, pulled out the box, and got down on one knee. The whole world went still and I immediately started to cry. He got up from his knee, closed the box shut in fear of the ring flying out, and hugged me. I don’t think I stopped crying for a good 10 minutes. At this point I could hear the clicks of a camera, and knew that Kevin had heard me when I said I really wanted the moment to be documented.

“Do you want to see the ring?” was the next thing Kevin said to me once I calmed down a little bit. I hadn’t even realized the ring did not go on my finger at this point! And once I really got a good look at the ring, I was astounded. It was absolutely everything I had wanted. He knew what I wanted and what would look best, way before I even did.

Once we took a few photos and talked to the photographer, Kevin had a cabana set up with champagne, four dozen of my favorite color roses (light pink and white), blankets and pictures of us. It was a perfect way to be able to take in the moment and enjoy what was happening.

“This isn’t all for tonight. I have another surprise for you.”

After about an hour, he took be back to his house where all my friends and family were waiting to celebrate with us, hear the story and drink really good champagne. Friends from all over came in just to be with us, which meant more to me than anything. The night was over before I even knew it. It was by far the most magical, spectacular night of my entire life. The only thing that can top that night? My future wedding!! However I can not wait to enjoy the next months of being engaged to my now fiance and future hubby!!

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