Big Dreamer + Survey

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Big Dreamer

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Big Dreamer

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Big Dreamer

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Big Dreamer

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Big Dreamer

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Big Dreamer

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Big Dreamer

Top: Spiritual Gangster | Denim: Blank NYC | Shoes: Tory Burch

First, my dream would be to get all my clothes steamed so I don’t get a call from my aunt letting me know my shirt was wrinkled AGAIN #truelife! But for real, I am a dreamer y’all… big dreams for a big life. To be honest, I have so many fears y’all, which results in being overwhelmed and beat down BUT my dreams outweigh my fears.

I had big goals for 2016 and the Lord provided in unbelievable ways and surpassed what I could have imagined. A lot of y’all helped me reach my 2016 goals and I couldn’t be more grateful for you and your support. I absolutely value your time and feedback so I wanted to see if I could ask YOU to fill out the quickest survey you will ever experience here. Your opinion matters and I want this to be a place where I continue to grow with you – so hearing from you is so important! 

  I now have bigger goals /dreams for 2017 and I am ready to share a few quick ones with you. . .

Dreams for the blog

  • Hear more from you (my favorite part)
  • Impact (even if I make the smallest impact)
  • The way you feel in an outfit (I love nothing more than pictures sent of an outfit I helped inspire and how it made you feel the best)
  • Give more everyday tips (I am not a know it all, 100% human here, but I feel like I have some tips I can share)
  • Continue to grow (not just in numbers but in my content, and how I can provide for you)
  • Expand on topics you want to see (#raadstravel is our passion so travel is huge for us along with home decor since we just bought a new condo!)

PS how perfect is this sweatshirt in honor of MLK. && don’t forget to take the survey here (it would mean the world and will literally take 1 minute)!

Crushing on One Pieces

  1. This off the shoulder one piece is great for those who have big hips and skinny legs.
  2.  This low cut grey one piece does wonders to emphasize your collar bone and neck.
  3. The black high neck one piece adds support and coverage.
  4. This sailor style striped swimsuit can accentuates your long legs.
  5. I love this pretty peach one piece, the middle adds some great detail and shows off your curves!
  6. The crochet one piece has a plunging neck line and low scoop back. For the braver.
  7. Another daring plunging neckline one piece! The detailing adds a peek-a-boo feel.
  8. Couldn’t resist but add my favorite high-waisted bikini! It’s great for those who want to accentuate their small waist or hide that tummy pooch!

Thought I would bring back the crushing on series since its been a while! I know so many of us have exciting resort wear plans coming up and one pieces have been on our mind. If you don’t have a vacation plan, I highly encourage you too! Try saving up for even a local beach trip or getaway. I think mental breaks and exploring outside your element is so worth it and refreshing. Luckily one swims are huge right now and come in so many cute styles!

Speaking of vacations, below is an exciting giveaway from The Westin at the Woodlands. This year I will be going to the Thrive Creative Conference held here, February 24- 26th. You can enter a one night stay and a dinner for 2 below! If you are a new blogger I highly recommend looking into the conference. You can get more information and register here. Tell them I sent them by entering the code: Buttercup.

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Vday Romper

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Vday Romper

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Vday Romper

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Vday Romper

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Vday Romper

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Vday Romper

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Vday Romper

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Vday Romper

Romper: Show Me Your Mumu | Shoes: Steve Madden | Clutch: Tory Burch | Watch: Larsson and Jennings

Y’all, this romper is the dreamiest of all dreams. I mentioned it on IG once, but I’ll say it again, I felt like a million bucks in it. Sadly, we didn’t win a million bucks the night I wore this out in Vegas, but thats ok. Ted also was a big fan – which is always extra points for a piece in my book! I think the flirtatious red, deep v cut, and satin silk material really gives it a personality. I think it would be the PERFECT valentines date night romper and I probably will wear it my self again, if I don’t find something better now until then Feb 14th.

I wanted to say a quick thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your sweet sweet messages. Man you know how to make a girl feel loved. If you missed it, Ted wrote my blog post yesterday. What a man y’all. I was legit in tears after surprisingly reading it. I was feeling so overwhelmed and unmotivated the night before that I didn’t get a chance to finish my post. Ted knew that and decided to take it upon himself to give me a break and write the post. It was so sweet and I don’t deserve his sweet words. MAJOR brownie points. I think I am going to have him (I prob will have to beg him) write more posts since everyone seemed to like his posts over mine! lol jk kinda

So a couple things to take away: Ladies, you need a man like Ted Raad in your life and you need this romper to for V Day.

THANKS AGAIN YALL FOR BEING THE BEST.

Hubby Takeover/Camo in Vegas

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Camo in Vegas

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Camo in Vegas

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Camo in Vegas

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Camo in Vegas

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Camo in Vegas

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Camo in Vegas

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Camo in Vegas

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Camo in Vegas

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Camo in Vegas

Jacket: Good Vibes (Similar) | Jeans: Topshop | Tank: Topshop | Shoes: Chinese Laundry

Hey everyone! Today you have the disappointment pleasure of reading a blog written by me, the guy behind the camera, Mr. Hubby (a.k.a. Ted). Dede’s post that she spent writing last night did not save, and she is in meetings all day, so I thought I might jump in and say a few things about this outfit, my wife, and her passion for all things fashion. **Disclaimer: Dede has no idea I’m doing this….so it may be deleted soon 🙂

First, lets talk about this outfit. I literally have no sense of fashion, but I can tell when my wife is wearing a legit cute outfit. Before we began to take shots for Dress Up Buttercup, I we decided to take a stroll through the Venetian to find a place to get some brunch. Not sure if you all know this already, but Dede and fried chicken have a relationship that can’t be compared! Luckily, we found Yardbird, which was probably the best fried chicken I’ve had (Note: I don’t care much for fried chicken, but Dede was making noises when she was eating).

Back to the outfit. While taking our stroll through the Venetian, I couldn’t tell you the number of people either giving Dede compliments (i.e. “Oh my gosh! Your jacket/outift is so legit totes cute!), or just straight staring at her as we were walking by. I can tell you that Dede never knows when someone is staring at her, but as her husband, I’ve got a sixth sense for these things. Needless to say, everyone loved the design of this jacket! The added design at the bottom is probably what made the jacket “pop” so much.

Next, let’s talk about the wife for a second. When it comes to life, no one is more caring, sweet, and thoughtful than Dede. She always goes above and beyond for other people, for no reason at all, but to just make them smile. I remember early on in our marriage, I came home after work and I saw her wrapping a gift for someone. I asked if it was someone’s birthday and she said “Nope! I just came across it and I know they would love it!”.  I mean for real!? Who does that? I mean my friends are cool and all, but I’m not about to go buy them a gift for fun. But this is who she is. Constantly thinking about how she can make those around her happier.

Naturally, when she started this blog, she had no idea where it was going to take her, but she put in her heart and soul into it, working countless hours at all times of the day to make sure she was giving her readers/followers the best product they could get. There was, and still is, this unbelievable drive to be the best she can be for all of you. She sincerely cares about every single one of you, it’s almost similar to her relationship to fried chicken! (She’s not going to like that I said that lol).

This past year, there has been times full of a mixture of emotions, but she has consistently persevered through it all, and I couldn’t be more proud of her. I know there a countless number of prayers around my wife, and I couldn’t be more thankful to my Lord that He has consistently shown us His hand through this journey. My prayer for her as that she continues to seek the Lord’s strength in all areas of her life, and to continue to use this platform for His glory. Without Him, all this is meaningless. Psalm 27:7-8 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.” There is nothing more satisfying than that!

I hope you enjoyed this novel for the day!! I tend to ramble, so that was me rambling on a computer. Oh, also, links above to everything, and thank you so much for following my wife through this journey!

-Ted