RStheCon Recap

I wanted to walk you through all my outfits that I brought to the Reward Style conference. I mainly want this little journal of my outfits for my self, as well, so it’s all in one place for next year! If you follow along on social media, I was in Dallas all weekend for a blogger conference. We had brand meetings, sponsored lunches, and parties galore. You can probably imagine getting outfits together for events with other bloggers was pretty intimidating, if you ask me. The one key advice I took was to dress as yourself. Dress as you normally would and don’t think or worry about anyone else. That advice is like my life motto, (keep your eyes in your own lane) so it made sense why it was so helpful during this trip! I did have a couple questions on how to get invited to this conference, and I would say just keep working hard on your blog, if you are a blogger! I remember 3 years ago watching all these girls attend this conference and I thought how stinking cool would that be to go. I started my blog a year and a half ago and getting an invite to this conference was one of my biggest goals. To say I was ecstatic to attend was an understatement.

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Top: Endless Rose | Jeans: J Brand | Shoes: Steve Madden | Earrings: Bauble Bar | Purse: Trendlee

Anyways – let’s start with the outfit for the drive up. I drove up with a sweet blogger friend Kate Blue and we chatted away from our drive to Houston to Dallas. She has been to the conference a couple of times so it was the perfect opportunity to pick her brain! I also believe the best part of blogging is getting to connect and become friends with such genuine ladies. I wouldn’t necessarily wear this top again in a car ride since I sized down and the shoulders were way to tight/uncomfortable. I have had my eye on this eyelet off the shoulder top and the material was amazing in person. I also fell in love with the color!

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Skirt: Topshop | Top: 1. State  | Shoes: Steve Madden | Purse: Gucci | Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: David Yurman | Bracelet: David Yurman 

Thursday evening we kicked off the weekend with a Sole Society pool party. I blogged about this look here. I got these shoes for the weekend, since I wear my other Steve Madden Carsons, WAY TOO MUCH. I realized if I wear a certain style a lot, it’s ok to invest in other colors. I just feel like they go with everything and don’t take away from the outfit. I found this bodysuit for a steal of a price. This skirt = ahhh dreams are made of.

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Top: Cami NYC (similar) | Jeans: J Brand | Shoes: Steve Madden | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: David Yurman | Bracelet: David Yurman 

For the first full day of the conference I wanted to go with a more casual look since I knew we would be a in a auditorium majority of the day. I came across this lace cami that I know is a little pricey, but was perfect to make a statement with some white jeans. I found a similar version here! It was the perfect look for a picnic themed lunch with Shake Shack with Banana Republic.

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Romper: Stevie May | Shoes: Steve Madden | Earrings: Bauble Bar | Clutch: Halogen

After a full day of conferences and classroom sessions, we had a cocktail party with Bumble BFF. I went for the PRETTIEST romper you ever did see. I got it on sale during the Shopbop sale and can’t wait to wear it again. I am planning on sharing all details with this romper tomorrow. Recommend sizing down! This was actually the only non colorful item I wore! Haha but you can never go wrong with black! Def my favorite piece!

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Skirt: Endless Rose (similar) | Top: Similar | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: Trendlee

The following day I went with a more “buttercup” outfit with a bright yellow pleated skirt. I blogged about it here! Coincidently we were attending a garden luncheon so that worked in my favor! Tip next year for me to remember: get there early! That way you can take photos and get a seat inside where it wasn’t freezing. I am notorious for being late so even when I was going to be early, I figured I had time to go to my room and freshen up.

After the garden luncheon, I had a couple meetings then thankfully had a break before the black tie event. Y’all, I can’t brag enough about my roomies that I was so BLESSED to experience the trip with. Everyone was so uplifting, never had a negative thing to say, and we all got along really really well. I was so thankful to spend time with them during our breaks just to get to know them better and laugh about our stupid incidents we did that day. I think rooming with the right people makes a huge difference on any conference! I also am not a fan of being alone for too long and wondering what everyone else is doing so having a core group of girls to go back to is very helpful!

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Dress: Theia (option 2)  | Shoes: Steve Madden | Purse: Zac Posen | Earrings: Oscar De La Renta 

Now for the black tie event, I always find myself on Rent the Runways website. I sent two different pink gowns that I shared on snapchat! I guess I wanted to keep going with the colorful outfits and the gown was perfect. I also rented these Oscar De la Renta earrings that made me feel like a million bucks. I so wish I could have kept them! If you didn’t know, Oscar De la Renta actually was the designer of my wedding dress. I am thinking for our 5 year anniversary I am going to do a wedding recap since I miss it so much haha! You can see some pictures here.

Thats a wrap my darlings! I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday. I leave to Florida tomorrow for a week so I will be doing an Insta story session on some things I am packing shortly!

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A Garden Skirt

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Garden Party

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Garden Party

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Garden Party

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Garden Party

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Garden Party

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Garden Party

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Garden Party

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Garden Party

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Garden Party

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Garden Party

Skirt: Endless Rose (similar) | Top: Similar | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: Trendlee

Hey babes! I am working on a conference recap on all my outfits but I wanted to share this garden theme look before the skirt sells out completely! It’s one of those pieces that really makes a statement and like I said in yesterdays post, skirts + color have been my love. I didn’t really mean to share back to back my favorite skirts but hey things just happen like that! I will also list a few similar skirts below since its low in stock. I wore this look during the day to some brand meetings since the yellow screams Buttercup! The top I actually picked up from Forever 21 about two years ago and I wear every once in a while. I wanted something with sleeves since it dropped down to the 50s and it was the warmest thing I packed.

This outfit happened to fall on Topshop’s luncheon which was a garden theme. The wedding planner in my probably squealed since every detail was thought through and it had to of been my favorite event. Flowers are probably my favorite part of an entire event and they didn’t skip out on the flowers, which made me oohhh and ahhh! I did get stuck outside since I was waiting on my roomies to get there and by the time they did, all the seats inside were taken. The ladies were not about the healthy garden salad options (to fit the theme of course) and freezing your booty off, while eating salad, so they opted to leave and head to Shake Shack. The normal Dede would have followed them in a heart beat, but I believe the flowers were calling my name, so I sat outside and froze! It really wasn’t that bad once they passed around blankets.

Oh I also need to mention this bag real quick! A Celine has actually been a dream bag of mine ever since I started persuading Ted to start my collection of designer purses. I remember being in the Las Vegas shops trying to sell him on purchasing a Louis Vuttion and that man wasn’t budging. I then thought of a genius idea to take him to the Celine store, where prices are much higher, which in return made him feel better about purchasing a Louis (I call this the wifey trick haha)! That was almost 5 years ago and ever since that walk in with Celine, a Celine has been on our list. I just love how classic and realistic it is for a day to day purse yet makes your outfit look glam. I also know friends who have had their Celine for YEARS which makes it a good investment if you ask me. Anyways, I came across Trendlee which carries preowned designer handbags. I never have purchased a bag preowned but wanted to try it out. I think the trick is, if the bag is still close to the original price, it means it’s in new condition. I was blown away by the condition of this bag because someone could have sold this to me brand-new in the store and I would have had no idea. You can find a list of all their Celines available here!

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Playful Set

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Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Playful Set

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Playful Set

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Playful Set

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Playful Set

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Playful Set

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Playful Set

Skirt: Topshop | Top: 1. State  | Shoes: Steve Madden | Purse: Gucci | Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: David Yurman | Bracelet: David Yurman 

If there is an outfit that defines who I am, this would be one of them. I am a huge fan of cute little skirts and this bright orange peplum skirt stole my heart. I always seem to go for white bodysuits paired with my skirts, which you can never go wrong. Here is an example of a skirt + a white bodysuit look I did for NYFW that I will never forget. I also saw a couple girls at the conference wear this skirt with this jacket. I now need to order the jacket to match the skirt because I am obsessed. The jacket would have been perfect for the cold nights we had!

I wore this look to the opening night of the Reward Style Conference, which I have been at all weekend. It was a pool party hosted by Sole Society at our hotel and the bright orange really did work with the theme! Anyways, I am poopied and sorry for this being so late today! I came straight home to a sick puppy who thankfully was at his grandmas who took care of him. I have lots of unpacking and then repacking to do for a Florida trip I leave too on Thursday! I will be sure to share with you all this week some of my favorite looks from the conference so see you back here tomorrow!

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Spring OTS

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Spring OTS

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Spring OTS

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Spring OTS

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Spring OTS

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Spring OTS

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Spring OTS

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Spring OTS

Top: Sanctuary | Jeans: J Brand | Shoes: Tory Burch | Bag: Florabella | Earrings: Bauble Bar

I wear this top way to much for its own good. I actually got it back in February and tried wearing it all the time but was so intimidated by the color. It comes in 6 other colors and is a good basic OTS for your closet. The strawberry color is perfect for now April and I love it paired with white denim. These are my new fav white jeans and I love love them!

I am keeping it short and sweet today since I am at the Reward Style conference. It’s crazy how this was my goal a year ago and I am here. So much to learn and so much to see. I can’t wait to learn everything and bring it back to this baby space of the blog!

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