//Girlfriend Jean

 Boy, bye! The girlfriend jean is the newer, chicer version of the relaxed fit pant we've stealing from our other halves. The girlfriend design has a slimmer leg, which makes it more flattering, especially if you have a twerk-worthy rump. Wearing these mid-rise Gap girlfriend jeans, versus the baggier boyfriend version I currently have in my closet, made me feel more put together. These were clearly designed with ladies in mind. Gap Little Rock asked me to style these denim darlings along with its staple white tee, three different ways for this post. 

From left to right: Sporty Spice, Casual Spice, Posh Spice. 
Have a fabulous week! 

**This post was sponsored in part by Gap Little Rock. All opinions and post ideas are my own. 

May Favorites

Okay ladies, now let's get in formation. If you follow me on Snapchat (sandramcgrew), you saw my experience with the Queen as she performed in Dallas earlier this month. She is in a category all by herself and 'sorry, I ain't sorry' because it was a life-changing performance and I will now be saving all my pennies to be on the floor for her next tour. 

May, you slay.  
Had to.
This new pallet from Kevin Aucoin in Siena (warm coral) is a highlighter, blush and bronzer in one. I picked it from Belle and Blush at Promenade at Chenal and love it. I know it kind of looks scary but the colors and application are gorgeous on my fair skin.
The most delicious local strawberries from the Hillcrest Farmer's Market. 
Charlotte Tilbury's magic cream is just that — magical. It's a bit of splurge but a little goes a long way and its anti-aging and hydrating formula leave my skin radiant sans the grease. I'm a convert.
I also had the chance to hear Liz Gilbert give a speech, the day after Beyonce's show, in what I am now referencing as a female empowerment tour of Dallas. She took us to church, y'all! Words from that night resonated right down through my bones.

 I'm currently reading her book, Big Magic (also amazing), but this is next on my list. It's a compilation of essays from people who were inspired by beloved bestseller published 10 years ago. All the inspiration feels. Thank you, Liz Gilbert.


//Denim Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits continue to be everywhere this season and I'm into it. While this one-stop style isn't ideal to wear while downing copious amounts of liquids, it is a perfect staple for spring and summer.  In collaboration with Gap Little Rock, I was asked to style this denim jumpsuit two ways for the season. From daytime to date night, this is how I am wearing this piece right now. 

Note: This is also the softest material and extremely comfortable to wear and sit down in. Ladies, you know what I'm sayin'. No one wants that seam up their business. Amirte?

{Jumpsuit: Gap, Shoes: J.Crew, Earrings: Box Turtle, Clutch: Beehive at Pleasant Ridge}
Love these feminine details.
{Jumpsuit: Gap, Bag: JustFab, Hat: J.Crew, Shoes: Sam Edelman via Piperlime (RIP), Earrings: Dillard's}
Happy Friday, friends! 

//Weekend Ready

This past weekend, M and I took a mini vacation and spent our first night away from the sweet pea. We stayed at Mountain Harbor, near Lake Ouachita, and rode horses, had snore-inducing massages and binge watched (or re-watched) "30 Rock" episodes while still managing to get 12 hours of much needed, uninterrupted sleep. Heaven, I tell you. 

But before we hit the literal forest, we stopped at Deluca's Pizzeria in Hot Springs for lunch. (More on that later) Keeping it casual and comfortable, I opted for chambray, denim and military-inspired pieces for a weekend ready look. 
{Flats: Sam Edelman (similar here), Jacket: Ember (similar here), Shirt: Zara, Bag&Pants: Banana Republic, Earrings: Box Turtle in Hillcrest}
Happy Wednesday! 

//Pop of Red

When it comes to a go-to outfit — you're looking at mine. Black pants and a black top are easy and always chic. 

Great basic pieces are so versatile.  Dress them up or down with accessories and shoes to create myriads of looks. M and I went to an engagement party on South Main this past weekend and I decided to punctuate this ensemble with red suede pumps and a statement earring. I wanted to kick it up a notch as this party then extended into a date night, which involved dinner at one of my favorite restaurants: Cafe Bossa Nova. I could stick my face in that cheese bread basket. Amirite? 

I wish I would've shown the back of this top in these photos. It has a great shape, very mod, and hangs lower in the back. I'm certain you'll see it again soon.

{Shoes & Earrings (now on sale): J.Crew, Top & Pants (similar here): Banana Republic, Trench: The Limited, Bag: E.Leigh's, Sunnies: House of Harlow}
Happy Friday! 


Borrowing from the boys today.

I love menswear-inspired fashion. Diane Keaton, Katharine Hepburn and Jenna Lyons — these style muses knew/know how to tear a page out of the men's style manifesto and add their own chic, feminine spin.

After stalking these loafers for months, I finally pulled the trigger as I knew they would be a classic staple, adding polish and comfort to many outfits. When meeting up for brunch over the weekend, I kept this look casual with a chambray top, black skinnies and a hat because let's get real — when you have a toddler and arrive anywhere before noon on Saturday or Sunday, you put a lid on it to avoid scaring the other patrons. You're welcome, Little Rock.

The result: A casual yet polished, menswear-inspired vibe.

{Loafer and Blazer: J.Crew, Skinny Jeans and Hat: Banana Republic, Chambray Top: Zara, Bag and Earrings: Kate Spade NY, Sunnies: House of Harlow} 
Happy Wednesday! 

//Going Grey

Confession: I did not wash my hair on this day. My closest friends, who are masters of dry shampooing and rocking dirty hair, would be so proud. I've been letting my hair grow out for the last several months and I must admit, it is nice to spray on some "magic" powder and tie it back every now and again. However, perhaps I need to find one that matches my hair color because it appears as if I'm going grey in these photos. Pay no mind. 

Let's talk spring style. Transitioning from winter to spring can be a challenge — wardrobe wise. Especially here, when it's 70 degrees one day and 45 degrees the next. It was really warm on this day so I opted for a dress with heavier fabric, one that I usually wear with tights and a turtleneck or button-up underneath for cold days. I just left off the layers and paired with ankle boots for this transitional look. 

Here are a few tips to transition from winter to spring:

1. Invest in a good trench. A spring jacket will be key for those cool mornings. 

2. Keep the ankle boots in rotation. Pair your ankle boots with a dress, skirt and jeans — sans the tights.

3. Buy pieces that you can wear year-round. This is something I've started paying attention to these last couple of years—buying things that I can wear through each season. For example: cardigans, light sweaters, white button-up and of course, the LBD.

4. Pull out the color. I know this may seem strange coming from me, the woman who only wears black, white and grey, but adding a pop of color to an outfit is a great way to get the spring vibes going. 

5. Keep light layers hanging within reach. As I mentioned above, those year-round pieces like cardigans and light sweaters will be great to layer with until the blistering heat descends upon us in the summer. 

Have any questions or other spring style tips? Message me or tweet me @LRBigStyle. 

{Dress and ankle boots: Banana Republic (old, similar here), Glasses and earrings: Kate Spade NY, Bracelet: The Limited, Lipstick: Plumful by Mac (I wear this almost every single day), Tote: Banana} 
The look when I see my daughter coming to hang out during the shoot. 

Happy weekend!