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NYFW SEPTEMBER 2017 DAY 2 – Brooklyn bridge + GIVEAWAY!


Hey everyone,

So in continuation of my Day One NYFW recap, today I will be recapping day two. I wore three outfits for day two but will only be breaking it down into two different post. So much happened that I want to make sure I cover it all without getting too long and overdrawn in the first post. Today’s recap will also include this outfit and our Brooklyn Bridge photo shoot. It was a dream come true to shoot on this bridge. I lived out my Sex and the City dreams up here. Plus the views of the city was spectacular. I can’t wait to show you on my Video Blog recap.

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20 Easy Tips for the Best Instagram Post + 20K GIVEAWAY!!!

20 Easy Tips for the Best Instagram Post by Houston fashion blogger Dawn P. Darnell - rebecca minkoff, blazer, chicwish, houndstooth skirt, nude heels, fringe top

Happy Monday everyone,

First of all, I hope everyone had a great weekend with their family! Secondly, thank you everyone who entered in the Lane201 Boutique and Amazing Lash giveaway, the winners are listed at the end of this post. And last but not least, thank you everyone who helped me reach 20k+ on both my Fitness and Fashion Instagram accounts! For my last 10k milestone I shared 10 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME, but this time I am doing something different and sharing 20 tips for the best Instagram post. Plus I am giving you a chance to win a gift card for you and your bestie to shop and one of my favorite stores! Remember when I said there is no secrets to growing your Instagram just THE UGLY TO TRUTH, well they are also tips to creating a great Instagram post that will get you reposted by big brands, garner tons of likes, and in turn grow your following! So check out my 20 tips for the best Instagram post, plus this houndstooth skirt outfit, and don’t forget to enter in the giveaway below!

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Gingham Tops for Under $50 – Lane 201 Boutique GIVEAWAY

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Happy Monday everyone,

This weekend was an eventful one with our second annual Kendra Scott event benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network (view last year’s event here). It was such a great event to raise money for one of my favorite charities, and a great way to kick off my birthday month. If you didn’t already enter, we are giving $400 in Kendra Scott gift cards for your very own Color Bar Party. Click here to enter. Like I promised in my previous post I am teaming up with my favorite brands and boutiques to give away some of my favorite things. And today, I’ve teamed up with Lane 201 Boutique to give one lucky winner a gift card to shop! You could get this adorable gingham top from there, which would be a perfect top for Easter. I wore this outfit last Sunday for church and Sunday brunch, and this gingham top was a hit. Gingham is in for spring and for under $30 this top is a steal! Check out my Easter look below plus my favorite gingham tops for under $50.

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8 Days of Birthday Giveaways!


Happy Friday everyone!

Just wanted to keep in short and sweet to let ya’ll know about some amazing giveaways I will be having here on the blog. Plus, I am also hosting our 2nd annual Kendra Scott Color Bar Party benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network this Saturday with a few of my favorite blogger babes to kick of the month of April! If you are in Houston, come by, it will be a family affair. View more details of the event here.  April is a special month for me because it’s also my birthday month, and to make it even more special I am sharing a few of my favorite things with you in a series of giveaways. Check out the brands I am partnering up with below:

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Ever So Shift Dress + Giveaway

Ever So Shift Dress + The Well Clothing Boutique Giveaway

Happy Thursday! I hope you are having a great week so far. My birthday outfit is up on the blog, and I’ve teamed up with The Well Clothing Boutique to give you a fun giveaway! With Mother’s day around the corner this would be a perfect gift to surprise mom. This Ever So Shift dress I wore to my birthday dinner is from The Well Clothing Boutique, a new boutique started up by a young momma in San Antonio. Fun fact we both actually worked for the same clothing company, and our little guys are less than a week apart! When she asked me to partner up with her for this collaboration, I was more than honored. I love supporting small businesses and fellow momma Girl Bosses who are working hard to make their dreams come true. Continue reading “Ever So Shift Dress + Giveaway”


8 Daily Activities You Can Do to Stay Fit Without Having to Go the Gym

8 Daily Activities You Can Do to Stay Fit Without Having to Go the Gym

Can you believe it in one month summer will be soon upon us, and I know what you are thinking bikini season! But who has time to go to the gym, juggle a career, work on a blog, and manage time with their family? I know I don’t! Trying to fit in time to go to the gym is nearly impossible. So how do I stay fit and active without going to the gym? You can check out my post pregnancy transformation here. Mom’s this one’s for you, because I get it. I use to be the biggest gym rat before I had Jayden, even worked out during my pregnancy, but after I had Jayden I realized it wouldn’t be that easy for me to go to the gym everyday. So I improvised, and found everyday things I could do in my own home with my little man that helped me shed the baby weight and keep it off. Here are eight daily activities you can do to stay fit without having to go to the gym.

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Blogging 101

5 Tips to Getting Sponsors for a Blog Conference


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This past weekend was a great girls weekend spent with some of my favorite bloggers at the Thrive Blog Conference. It was a girls weekend dream come true full of pictures, outfits, unlimited macaroons and cupcakes, and of course a great weekend of learning about all the cool ways to be a better blogger. But more of what we learned next week, this week i’m going to give you an inside scoop on how to get sponsors from big name companies like Kendra Scott and Charming Charlie, to small locally own boutiques like Burd Life and Gray Door Boutique for your next blog conference. Here are 5 tips to getting sponsors for your next blog conference.

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