Entries from June 2014

{ rose gold }

June 30, 2014

Rose Gold

If you learn anything about me from reading my blog and social sites, you’ll know I loveeee metallics, especially rose gold.  Rose gold jewelry, rose gold accessories, and now, rose gold makeup.  Pink accents on a perfect golden skin is a perfect summer look.

{ Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Rose Gold } { Bare Minerals High Shine Eyeshadow in Ice } {Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Space Cowboy } { By Terry Blush in Platonic Coral }

{ sophisticated black & white }

June 27, 2014

black-white
Everyone loves good black pieces and good white pieces, but can you handle black and white together?  I think it looks refreshing while also somewhat retro.  That lamp?  Get in my house immediately.  Mix together your black and white and maybe some color every once in a while (but who needs that).

{ Blog Milk Shop }

June 26, 2014

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When we first began to dream up redesigning my blog, we searched high and low for the perfect designers. We wanted to work with a collaborative team, someone who could see our vision and help us bring it to life, and also someone with a great eye of their own. One of our team members found Blog Milk Shop, we were immediately impressed by their incredibly clean, chic look and feel of their designs and we knew we found exactly the right team to bring this blog to the next level.

Right from the beginning we knew that Ana, the designer, and Brandi, the developer, understood the brand. During the design process Ana picked up on subtle things that we could include in the design that would make the site feel even more me. We wanted a clean site, nothing too overpowering or heavy, and we narrowed down the colors to black, white and grey with my signature gold as an accent color. And they delivered with things like the soft gold watercolor splash (from my illustrations) that pops up when you hover over an image and when you click it, it allows you to pin the image. So cool, so me. Seriously, try it below.

Pink FlowersYou’ll also notice the subtle watercolor splash on the links of where to find me socially in the right hand column. They totally just got it. 

If you’re thinking about redesigning, or even launching a blog for the first time, it’s really important that you pick a theme or create something that’s perfectly on brand with the message that you’re trying to say. We asked Ana and Brandi to help us understand the best practices for blogs and how to get your desired results…

What ‘Dallas Shaw’ factors did you take into account when designing the site?

Ana: Dallas’ brand is modern, feminine and simple. We wanted to carry that through the blog and make it as functional as possible

What special ‘Dallas’ touch is your favorite part?

Ana: I love how Dallas incorporates a touch of gold and femininity without overpowering.

What do you think makes a great blog?

Brandi: Great content makes a great blog, but truly great blogs have two things: (1) great content and (2) a clear design that makes it easy for users to interact with all aspects of the site.

What piece of advice would you give for bloggers looking to design a custom site?

Brandi: Anyone who is considering having a custom site done needs to do their homework — know what you like and dislike, know your website or blog goals, and know your content. These things make you and your site unique, and allows a website designer to create a site that meets your needs and helps accomplish your goals.

Our vision to have a site that was a beautiful place for all of you to come to, get to know me, my world and hopefully leave more inspired than you came, would absolutely never have been brought to life without Ana and Brandi and I can not thank them more. Blog Milk has great themes you can buy, or you can work on something custom with them like I did. You really can’t go wrong because you’ll end up with a gorgeous site that feels completely you either way!

{ TWN: Neutrals }

June 25, 2014

TWN Neutrals

Fine, I’ll admit it, I love neutrals.  Not that I don’t like color, just neutrals are sooo easy, and this board proves it.  Any Naked fans in the house (everyone who touches it loves it).  With those ear buds and ear cuffs, our ears have never looked so good.  Wildfox sunnies are a great addition to my already huge collection of sunglasses.  Oh and those shoes?  Does me illustrating them show how much I love them?

Speaking of illustrations….if you see any of my illustrations you like on my Instagram, email info@dallasshaw.com to inquire about purchasing.

 

{ Naked Urban Decay Eye Shadow Palette } { Frends Earbuds } { Baublebar Ear Cuffs } { Coach Bag } { Deep V Dress } { Wildfox Sunglasses } { Aldo Ring } { Valentino Studded Heels } { Dallas Shaw Illustration } { Cartier Perfume }

{ GIVEAWAY: Nena & Co Weekender Bag }

June 24, 2014

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I brought my new Nena and Co. weekender with me to the beach recently, and I’ve been fielding questions about it every day since. It’s one of the most popular posts on the instagram page and on the pinterest page SOOOO when Nena and Co noticed how much you loved it, and asked if I thought you’d like one. the answer was Y E S.

Excited that this week we are giving away a Nena and Co. weekender bag! (This one’s mine, hands off) But all you need to do to enter is follow @nenaandco and @dallasshaw on instagram then comment below with your handle and email.

Nena and Co. will surprise you with a weekender bag ( as if they aren’t all equally amazing) valued at $300, and you can make your take-everywhere-travel bag. Mine has already been with me to the beach, to the city and is headed to St Thomas with me next week!

The beginning of some really amazing giveaways here on the new blog. Good luck- and thanks for reading my little blog.

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{ Nena and Co. }

 

 

{ luminous }

June 23, 2014

Luminous

 Luminous skin has always been seen on the red carpets, but now (thanks to contouring) it’s possible to wear every day.  I always place my highlighter above my cheekbones, around my top lip, the inside corners of my eyes, and a touch on my nose.  Add your normal blush and mascara and you have a beautiful glow.  Where do you place your highlighter?  Dying to know your secrets.

 

{ Cle de Peau Brilliant Enhancer } { Benefit High Beam } { Shiseido Blush in Carnation } { Koh Gen Do Mascara }

{ the great outdoors }

June 20, 2014

After that awful, terrible, no good, very bad winter, summer is here and I’m trying to spend as much time outside as possible.  Take advantage of the weather whether it be on vacation or your own backyard.  I’ve always wanted a fire pit and this one might be the one to make me commit and buy one.  And I honestly thought that barbecue set was a suitcase (I travel too much).

{ Let There Be Neon }

June 19, 2014

If you haven’t caught on from yesterday’s post or last week’s–I’m obsessed with neon.  There I said it.  First step is admitting it right?  Well if you share the same obsession as I do, do yourself a favor and go to Let There Be Neon in NYC.  How cool is this place you ask?  Realllly cool.  And everyone is super great there.  I got myself a custom light that I’m sure you’ve seen on insta (and be prepared to see more of it).
If you plan to go visit Let There Be Neon just tell them to “gimme the light

{ TWN: Hint of Neon }

June 18, 2014

TWN Hint of Neon

Hints of neon is a great way to ease into incorporating color into your wardrobe if you’re like me and have a whole closet full of neutrals (I live in gray tees).  And um hello, can we talk about these shoes?  I’ve been in love with these Delpozo shoes for months now, so any outfit that involves those shoes deserves 5 stars.

{ Ruffled Blouse } { Stella McCartney Sunglasses } { Honeycomb Necklace } { MAC Lipstick } { Etro Printed Trousers } { Valentino Studded Clutch } { Chanel Earrings } { Marc by Marc Jacobs Gold iPhone Case } { Butter London Nail Polish } { Delpozo Bow Shoes }

{ something blue }

June 17, 2014

Well they say fashion is cyclical and there’s no better way to prove that than the fact that I am wearing acid wash shorts and I love it.  This is a great running errands outfit that can be easily updates with a pair of heels, although to be honest these moccasins are so comfy they’re hard to take off.

Design by Ana Degenaar + Development by Brandi Bernoskie