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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Westin Dallas Downtown

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Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion Blog - Dede Raad // Westin Downtown Dallas

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion Blog - Dede Raad // Westin Downtown Dallas

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion Blog - Dede Raad // Westin Downtown Dallas

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion Blog - Dede Raad // Westin Downtown Dallas

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion Blog - Dede Raad // Westin Downtown Dallas

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion Blog - Dede Raad // Westin Downtown Dallas

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion Blog - Dede Raad // Westin Downtown Dallas

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion Blog - Dede Raad // Westin Downtown Dallas

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion Blog - Dede Raad // Westin Downtown Dallas

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion Blog - Dede Raad // Westin Downtown Dallas

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion Blog - Dede Raad // Westin Downtown Dallas

Dress: Goodnight Macaroon c/o | Shoes: Tory Burch | Wallet: Tory Burch | Sunglasses: Oscar de la Renta | Earrings: St.Raine | Bracelet: Burdlife | Hotel: Westin Dallas Downtown

Ted and I are huge fans of hotel rooms and try to stay at one every chance we get. We both are also huge family people and are very close to both sides of our big fat arab families. It’s always a battle choosing between staying with family when visiting, to get more extra time together, or get a hotel room for some alone time. If you follow on Instagram and Snapchat you probably saw we were in Dallas a couple of weeks ago for a dear friends wedding. I have three boy cousins and my aunt and uncle live in Dallas so every time we get a chance to visit, we hop on the opportunity. This time my 4 aunts from Houston was also invited to the wedding and they planned on staying at my aunts house. You can imagine the chaos that house was filled with 3 boys, 5 aunts, 1 uncle, and 2 dogs. Ted and I decided last minute that it would be a good idea to get our own space. As much as we would have loved to be in the middle of the chaos, a place to put our head down on a gigantic comfy kind size bed, won.

We are so glad we chose the Westin Downtown Dallas for our stay. The room was unbelievably spacious that we actually treated our 3 cousins to stay with us for one night in the living room. The views are what really sold me. Living in a townhouse we don’t get much of a view so waking up on the 30th floor seeing downtown Dallas in every corner of the room really put a smile on my face. The staff was so friendly and Ted especially loved the unlimited water bottles. That kid could not stop talking about it! Another great part of choosing a hotel room was having our own gym so we could get our sweat session in. We had no excuse on Saturday morning before brunch to work on growing those muscles. You can find a list of my favorite activities/ places to eat in Dallas here. This was the dress I wore to the wedding that I was so in love with! The white dress above was the perfect brunch dress after our work out before the wedding!

PS. Sorry for the delayed post lovelies! It has been a mad house in the Raads household with our crazy weekend and trying to leave tomorrow out of the country. I have so many errands to get done and pack before we leave. We decided that we MIGHT leave tomorrow instead of Thursday so we can add Madrid to our itinerary. We will see if that actually happens! We are such last minute travelers it is a blessing and the most stressful thing ever. Anyways- I do want to note for the next two to three weeks, I most likely will only be posting Monday, Wednesday, Friday! I want to soak in as much as I can on our trip to Portugal, Spain, and Ireland. Thank you loves for following along!

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Tie Dye Romp

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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 | Tie Dye Romper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Romper: Fraiche J / similar | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Purse: Tory Burch 

So I know you’re probably thinking I just shared a romper literally exactly like this on Monday. Why yes I did BUT it wasn’t tie dye and it wasn’t selling out in a blink of an eye so I HAD to share this one before it’s completely sold out. I also am sharing my favorite similar tie dye finds here here and below in the widget. You know my 5’3 self loves me some rompers, especially some long sleeve deep v cut rompers. Sorry for all your tall or big booty ladies, really I am!

I literally had the perfect day yesterday y’all. I am in Dallas visiting family and friends and had a non stop by. I plan to do a recap on my Dallas favs but for now here is a list of what we were up too yesterday

  • Reward Style Meeting: their office is such a dream
  • Hopdoddy: obsessed with their Ahi tuna burger
  • Chase Tower: fail, it was closed until Monday
  • Highland Village: couldn’t afford a thing but window shopped
  • Royal Blue Grocery: the cutest grocery story I ever did see – meet @hkung
  • Steel City Pop: YOU MUST GO HERE. Literally cutest popsicle place ever. They are opening one in Houston and I am so excited. I have been craving a popsicle all month
  • Chuys: Who knew happy hour included a Nacho bar. You must go! 4-7 & cheap drinks
  • Soul Cycle: LOVE LOVE this work out. You must try it if you haven’t! They give you $10 off your first spin. Its like a night club on a bike. Best part is they have clean showers so I could clean up before dinner
  • H&G Supply: Most adorable roof top bar. I met with two blogger babes here and the Kale + Cesar salad is my fav light combo ever

WOW I did a lot haha! I always get so nosey what people are up too when visiting other cities so I hope you enjoyed this little tidbit! Would love to hear your feedback if you are even interested in my travel diaries. Hope y’all have an amazing weekend! Ill be snapping away for the wedding we have on Saturday so be sure to follow along (dederaad).

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