Seasons
Outfit Serendipity

Outfit Serendipity

Well, this is a funny coincidence. I’ve been holding onto this post for the past couple weeks due to the oddly warm weather we’ve been having and the fact that this outfit is more suited for cooler temps. Yes, even this mildly bundled ensemble would’ve been too warm for what we’ve been experiencing in Texas...
Bright Winter

Bright Winter

Boy, oh boy, oh boy… It’s been a while since I’ve let an entire week float by without a blog post. What can I say? A lot has been happening!! But enough of that. You’ll hear more from me on “the secret subject” later. Right now, I’m focusing on positivity, confidence, and a bright, cheerful...
Trends vs Personal Style

Trends vs Personal Style

I’ve been mulling over the ideas of trends versus personal style recently. This time of year lends itself to that sort of discussion… “what’s in, what’s out, what’s the next hot thing”. When I sat down to compose a list of my own, though, I bumped against a funny obstacle. With every “passe” trend I...
Out for the Holidays

Out for the Holidays

Hello, hello dear readers… I’m back!! As you’ve noticed, for the past week and some I’ve been purposefully absent from the blog. It was time to step away for some fresh air. Amidst Christmas gatherings and family visits, my absentee roles included cook, cleaner, hostess, cuddle-bug, Christmas elf, conversationalist, and puppy manager (to name a...
Christmas at Preston & Richard's

Christmas at Preston & Richard’s

Our household experienced a bit of a crisis over the weekend. I didn’t mention it yesterday because I was still in the processing mode of “omg, did that really just happen”. Our sweet puppy Ives unsuccessfully chased a very frightened black cat over our fence and into the outside yard, which could also now be...
Less Than 24 Hours in... Hot Springs

Less Than 24 Hours in… Hot Springs

I fell asleep last night to sweet dreams of family, friends, and less than 24 hours in Hot Springs, AK. I believe I was smiling as I drifted off. All I could think about was how wonderful the past week has been! David and I returned to Fort Worth on Saturday after a heart-warming trip...
Autumnal Ambers

Autumnal Ambers

Golden turning leaves, smoldering camp fires, the warm glow of late afternoon light… it’s all part of the seasonal tide from Summer to Fall. Recently, our seasonal “tides” have been ebbing and flowing back and forth especially quickly. If I’m being honest, it’s kind of a nuisance. One day you’re in wool knits and cozy leggings...
Pumpkin Floral

Pumpkin Floral

Pumpkin carving is not for the weak of heart. Apparently it takes grit, endurance, and plenty of elbow grease (or whatever that odd saying refers to). So I learned when an attempt was made to carve the prettiest little gourd yesterday in preparation for today’s post. Reader beware… you’ll get you hands dirty with this...
Shifting Seasons

Shifting Seasons

If I was recently afraid that Fall wouldn’t arrive, my fears have been unquestionably calmed. This weekend, the air turned suddenly chill and the typically overbearing sun disappeared all together above a thick cloud cover. It’s been more than cool… it’s been cold!! This vignette from a corner of our living room  felt particularly Fall-ish. Louis...
Speckled Leaves

Speckled Leaves

Color seems a little scarce these days. Most outdoor greenery in my corner of the world is either shriveled up or lacking in vibrance and, of course, none of the leaves have begun to change colors (thank you, two-season Texas). As a former resident of the Southeastern United States, I’m still sore over the lack...
Weekend Cheers

Weekend Cheers

The temps are slowly creeping back up to their usual high self but they are never the less lower than they were a couple weeks ago. We’re making improvements! David has a little extra time off this weekend (no football game or band competitions) so I plan on taking full advantage of our free time...
Rainy, Dreary

Rainy, Dreary

The weather over the weekend shifted suddenly from what was cool and breezy to rainy and dreary. Not the most welcome change considering that we’ve all been enduring regular 100 degree + temperatures with the one hope that Fall would be here soon and finally we would have some pleasant weather. But then, of course,...
Weekend Cheers

Weekend Cheers

New York Fashion Week officially ended yesterday. And what does this mean for me besides my mini “Fashion Moment” series coming to an end? (ok, yes, i’ll still be blogging about fashion) Not much, actually, except that I’ll now be getting my runway photo feed from across the pond in fashion’s next destination, London. Backtage hustle, streetstyle...
Back to School... Shabby Apple Giveaway

Back to School… Shabby Apple Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Let’s all take a minute and step back into our childhood memories. Remember what it was like as a kid to go back to school after summer vacation? First, there was the anticipation of seeing all your old friends. Then, the excitement of purchasing new school supplies and clothes. (organizing all...
Fashion Moment... Fall Arrival

Fashion Moment… Fall Arrival

Is it obvious yet? I’m SO ready for Fall to be here!! With all it’s seasonal cliches (crisp mornings, golden leaves, bonfires, school books, leather boots, plaid shirts, scarves, and pumpkin roasting… to name a few), it’s perhaps my favorite time of the year. Spring is fresh and happy. Summer is hot and relaxed. Winter...
Pastels for Fall

Pastels for Fall

Continuing with last week’s focus on fashion, today’s Color Study highlights the feminine palette of a favorite blouse from my closet. The colors, although mostly pastel, are slightly muted and a tad earthy. Combined with the antiqued bronze buttons and muddy moss green border, it’s a fantastic color combination for this upcoming Fall. Now, I...
Color Study... Ep. 17

Color Study… Ep. 17

Today, my Color Study column gets a bit of a facelift and reimagined direction. Over the past several weeks, I’d lost a lot of interest in the series despite the fact that I still really loved the idea. After some review, though, I decided to simplify things by narrowing my focus down to one photo...
Weekend Cheers

Weekend Cheers

Thankfully I can say that this week ended on a much better note than the last. A few highlights included the celebration of my sixth wedding anniversary on Sunday, the launch of an online resale store for my discarded clothes and accessories on Monday, and my participation in this month’s PULP Design Duel post with my...
Urban Oasis

Urban Oasis

After yesterday’s “hefty” subject matter about the importance of art, today I find myself in the mood to simplify. Easy enough! Recently, I visited the Fort Worth Water Gardens and found them to be the perfect place to escape for a quiet moment of reflection or mindless relaxation. I’ll let the photographs do most of...
Color Study... Ep. 13

Color Study… Ep. 13

Yesterday afternoon David and I took a walk around the neighborhood with Ives. It was shortly after a brief summer shower and all the colors were popping! This color scheme feels perfect right now… fresh, vibrant, slightly beach-y, and definitely on the cool side. Great start for the week!
Color Study... Ep. 12

Color Study… Ep. 12

This past weekend really started to feel like Summer. I know, I know… Summer doesn’t actually begin until June 21st, but let me tell you, it might as well be here already! Perhaps it was our more relaxed schedule finally catching up with us or maybe it was simply the color of the clothes I...
{long} Weekend Cheers

{long} Weekend Cheers

The best holidays seem to always come after the longest stretches of work. This past week was full both in my “day job” and here on Hilary Inspired. Here’s a quick look at the week’s highlights: Front porch facelift for The Home Depot Special feature on The Everygirl ShoeMint giveaway for Hilary Inspired readers Since...
Hilary Inspired Style Challenge for The Home Depot

Hilary Inspired Style Challenge for The Home Depot

Today’s the day that I finally unveil my most recent collaboration and decode a few of the mysterious Instagram posts I’ve been sharing over the past several weeks. Yesterday’s teaser hopefully peaked your interest. Now, today, I’m coming out with the entire affair! Several months ago, Caroline from The Home Depot Apron Blog approached me about...
Patio Escape - The Teaser

Patio Escape – The Teaser

I mentioned in last week’s closing post that I had several irons in the fire – projects that I’ve been working on for a while and will see the fruits of soon. Tomorrow will mark the launch of one such project that I am terribly excited to share. The result of my work far exceeded...
Color Study... Ep. 8

Color Study… Ep. 8

Spring time is well on it’s way to peaking here in Texas! I missed the blooming trees that Tennessee so spectacularly produces but regardless, I’m enjoying the fresh breeze, mild temperatures, and relentlessly chirping birds – they seriously never stop. A few colors that have seemed especially prevalent are the ivory and white-washed hues as...
The Flowers

The Flowers

Last week I posted about my lovely experience in a floral arranging class at Bows and Arrows in Dallas. Today I’m sharing the product of my efforts as photographed in their final resting place. I relished every last minute that they sat on my dining room table!! I don’t believe a girl ever felt so...
Color Study... Ep. 7

Color Study… Ep. 7

My week has been a beautiful mix of flowers, turtlenecks, and vintage jewelry… three of my favorite things!! The subsequent color scheme couldn’t have been more lovely either. Blush pink, mustard yellow, and emerald green feel incredibly fresh and unique together, not to mention the perfect color recipe for this in-between season we’re in. What...