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I always have an absolute blast shooting with Balloon Bar, so when they asked me and Hilary to shoot again I couldn’t pass up the offer! Who doesn’t love to get all fancy and dressed up with their bestie to take some fun pics with MASSIVE colorful balloons?! We had so much fun and it was even more hilarious because my professional paintball player fiancé was our pro photog and I have to say, the shots came out pretty badass!
P.S. The last pic is the BEST!
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Want some balloons for yourself?! Check out Balloon Bar online!
It’a always a pleasure when I get to work with GM! This past collaboration was absolutely amazing! Not only did we get a Corvette Stingray, we got to sport it around for an entire week! As most of you know, I’ll never turn down the opportunity to test out a fun sports car. I used to be the biggest sports car fanatic and had some amazing cars in my 20s but sadly sold my last one a little over a year ago. I miss driving a manual every single day, but literally was putting 40k+ miles on my cars every year traveling for wardrobe styling. So, I vouched for selling the luxury car and paying cash for an SUV! Total mom car! You can guess how happy I was when GM offered me such a sweet ride! Definitely jumped at that idea and had an absolute blast!! If you are in the market for an awesome sports car, you should check out the new Corvette! Pretty dang snazzy!
Even Mr. Steven Jalapeño looked like a total stud too! (Pics below!)
Beanie – Nordstrom
And these gorgeous booties are out of this world! Not only are they perfect for Fall, they are extremely comfortable with a pop of fringe! Black leather, chunky heel, fringe, comfy; what more could you ask for?!
Another helpful winter weather tip; don’t forget to layer! With this crazy Texas weather, we don’t get a true Fall until way later in the year. I have a very light weight 3/4 sleeve top on with a knit cardigan over that I can easily take off when it gets warmer during the day. Jeans and booties are the perfect combination for cooler mornings and warmer afternoons. Tall boots get extremely constricting and warm when the day heats up. Cool and casual, FTW!
I wanted to take some time out of my usual outfit posts to talk about 2 of my newly found, favorite things that are perfect for Holiday gifting!
First off, let’s talk about Trendlee. Have y’all heard of them before?? If not, listen up! Trendlee is the premier destination for pre-owned luxury handbags online. They curate and specialize in luxury brands such as Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Celine. All of the pieces have been previously owned, but honestly all have seemed brand new to me!
I scored this GORGEOUS Givenchy handbag for a fraction of the retail price. Who doesn’t love discounts on amazing designer bags?? I try to never actually pay full retail price on handbags. Now I do make exceptions, but if I can find a great deal on a gently used designer bag, I’ll take it. Always search designer retail shops because you can find some awesome steals.
If you shop with code DTKAUSTIN, Trendlee will offer 5% off on anything on their site!!
NOW, on to the next best thing… this AMAZING emoji jewelry by The Twist. Why The Twist?? Because it’s fine jewelry with a twist!! Haven’t heard of them either?? Their jewelry is a MUST HAVE and would make the perfect gift for that special someone! Who doesn’t like diamonds and emojis?!
Not only are these the cutest jewelry pieces I have seen in a long time, they are made with precious metals and stones as well. They make a bold yet classic statement and will literally go with anything and everything!
To purchase, check The Twist out at Cazabrand! At Cazabrand you will find the oomph factor, the discussion piece everyone wants to know about! They are home of talented Middle Eastern designers, showcasing their creativity, and their modern twist to traditional design. You can tell how meticulous these designers are and it definitely comes across in each and every design.
Want more info? Contact Danya, the designer at info@theTwistbyDanya.com and you can follow her on Instagram at @the.twist.
Earrings – Rox n Bunny
A lot can happen in the span of 5 years and today excitingly marks the 5 year anniversary of starting my company, DTK Styling LLC.
I’ve realized that most of my followers and even some of my friends and family don’t really know or understand what I do or how hard I have worked over these past 5 years. I figured I would let whomever feels compelled to read this blog post a little insight into my life.
Let’s just start from the beginning… I was raised in the country in a very small town in Texas. So obviously, I was a huge tomboy. My youth and into high school was spent playing soccer all day, everyday, for a total of about 15 years. High school wasn’t really something I wanted to do for the entirety of 4 years so I made it a point to graduate in 3 so I could start pursuing my Architecture degree at UTA, all while having a full time job. My parents taught me to work extremely hard for things I wanted, and I did just that. 5 years later, I graduate with a degree in Architecture and Business Management right as the economy crashed. I took a few months of “off” time to figure out what I wanted in life and made some major life changes.
Not only did I meet someone and get engaged, I also packed up and moved to Austin. It’s crazy to think that was over 7 years ago. Thankfully, the Austin economy was still going strong and ended up finding a job at an architecture firm in Austin. I had been so passionate about architecture since I was a child so it was amazing to actually make my dream a reality in the real world. I quickly realized after a year that working in a commercial firm was not for me but I didn’t want to jump from job to job. I had worked in retail while in college and had the occasional modeling gig but figured why not make fashion my full-time job. So, I did. I set out to start my own wardrobe styling company.
I started planning how I would accomplish starting a business while having a full time job. People always ask me if this process was hard… HELL YES it was hard! Not only was I worked at a full time job, no one knew who I was in the fashion world which equates to me doing almost a year of free work to build a clientele and a wardrobe styling portfolio. Not only was I trying to create something huge from nothing, I was also planning a wedding. After working at the firm for 2 years and working double time for another year, I was able to quit my full time job to 100% support myself with wardrobe styling work.
A lot of people get confused on what a wardrobe stylist actually is. There are also many types of wardrobe stylists. I personally work on commercial and print advertising; which means TV commercials and print advertising you see in magazines. I’m not a fan of doing editorial work and really busted my ass to break into the commercial world at an early stage of my career. Each and every year got better and better and my clientele and rates got bigger and better. Check out some of my awesome clients HERE! I never took the time to assist anyone, but literally jumped in and did things how I thought they should be done and it paid off exponentially. Being extremely confident was key.
But wardrobe styling isn’t a walk in the part… it’s way more demanding than most people think. I’ve been seeing some videos online that say how personal shopping and personal styling are not as glamorous as people would think. Same goes with wardrobe styling. It’s not only shopping and dressing people for a living. It’s extensive and very meticulous work! Our shoot days sometimes last over 16 hours with no breaks. You aren’t always dealing with the nicest people in the ad world either. People know exactly what they want, they know how they want their set run, and that’s how it is going to happen. You HAVE to have tough skin in this industry or you will get eaten alive.
Yes, self employment is overly scary at times because you might not work for a month, but it was the best decision I ever made for myself… Apart from that, I quickly realized my financial situation had to change. I had to save every single penny I made. I was a hoarder. Of money. This type of work has taught me so much! I strongly recommend anyone who is considering being self-employed to save at least a year’s worth of income if something happens and you can’t work and also plan to set up a retirement for yourself. The biggest is SAVE FOR TAXES!! Not only do you pay employment tax you will be paying self-employment taxes, which means you pay almost 40% in taxes. But enough of the lame stuff!
As time went on, my marriage did not work. I filed for divorce after 2 years of marriage and focused on myself and ended up meeting someone absolutely amazing. During that time I did find my furry best friend, Steven Jalapeño and he is still the biggest part of my life today!
Now, where the blogging comes in! About a year ago, I realized that I had a lot of free time in between my big jobs and wanted another creative outlet. That is where blogging emerged. Back when I started my business I also had a fashion blog, which I totally should have stuck with but majorly slacked on. I revamped the blog and started from scratch again! I have definitely busted my ass to grow a decent Instagram following, which hasn’t been easy with having an extremely demanding job. As most of you bloggers know, it’s not all glamorous and it is extremely time consuming; finding clothes to shoot, having a good camera to shoot with, scouting locations, editing photos, keeping a cohesive feed, and finding appropriate fashion, filler photos. It’s a full-time job in itself! I’m honestly amazed at how I can actually make blogging work. I owe so much to Grayson who puts up with me AND takes all of my photos!!
The majority of my followers and new friends know me as a blogger and not for what I actually do for a living. I do not blog full-time. Maybe one day, but that is definitely not a priority of mine at this time. As of now, I will definitely love getting the perks of free clothes, cars and hotel stays!
I am overly passionate about this business I started from nothing and have been so amazed at how it has grown. I have met so many amazing people along the way and wouldn’t change anything about how my life is now! 4 months ago I was able to purchase my very first home in Austin! Not only was that a huge goal of mine, but I made it happen way earlier than I ever thought was possible!
Being an only child I am outrageously independent and am so proud of what all I have accomplished in 5 years. 5 years seems so long because so much has changed in my life in that time, but it’s also only 5 years… I can’t image what the next 5, 10, or 20+ have in store for me.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way from knowing me in high school, college, moving to Austin, working at the firm, starting my own company, photographers and ad agencies giving me a chance, all of my new blogger friends and to everyone I will meet along the way! Life wouldn’t be the same without you all!!!
Totally slacked on this post and figured I should go ahead and get it on the blog before the cold weather gets here!
This was probably one of my favorite locations to shoot at, not only because it’s gorgeous but the scenery is so different than what I normally post. The Joshua trees totally made this shoot!!
One of my all time fav pieces of this look is the necklace from Empire State Finery. If you aren’t familiar with this brand you need to check them out, stat!! Everything is hand made with the most amazing materials. The Isaac necklace I am wearing is made of onyx speckled beads, brass, and salmon vertebrae on hand-painted, and hand-wrapped boars tusk! I mean, how freakin’ awesome is that!?
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This skirt! All I have to say is; OBSESSED.
Not like this gorgeous thing needs much chatting about but I will say this top AND skirt are both under $100 combined! Literally, look like 1 million bucks for a super affordable price. What more could you ask for!?
Chicwish is one of my favorite places to shop for quality, dressier clothes for a fraction of the price. I have quite a few pieces from them and always get complements on where all of my cute skirts come from! SO, if I were you, I would head over to their website stat!! All of my outfit details are linked below!
Watch – Daniel Wellington
Who else is beyond excited football season is here?! I feel like the NFL literally kicks off Fall. Am I crazy or what?! I can’t bet the only one!
Most people make fun of me that I plan a lot of major events or functions around football games, but what can I say, I’m addicted! Not even to a specific team either! Every season I find a new team to obsess over and this season it’s the Packers! I’ll totally be a cheese head but not a corny looking cheese head!
Which brings me to this NFL post! I HATE wearing jerseys but I wanted to find a way to show my team spirit without looking overly ridiculous. Surprisingly enough, I found an over abundance of goodies online at the NFL Shop. Totally shocked I found so much… I mean, I bought this super comfy tee, my go-to beanie, a plush football AND a backpack for under $100! To me, that’s an amazing deal!
I even got to incorporate Mr. Steven Jalapeño into this shoot too! He obviously loved it… Check out how adorable he is!