Southern Summer Social

It’s time to kick back this summer and what better way to than to throw a Southern Summer Social? It’s pretty common to see beach-themed weddings in states along the coast or a winter wonderland wedding for those that live up north. But here in the south with the crazy Texas heat, we like to keep it fresh and cool with pops of coral, pink, and juicy watermelon treats!

Kate and Kathryn did an amazing job bringing their vision to life and capturing all the beautiful moments. Below are the photos from our styled shoot featuring pops of vibrant colors,  a unique purse bouquet, and makeup done by me @stylingbysyd. This shoot was so different and you can really appreciate the work that each vendor put in. From the watermelon citrus cake to the watermelon cocktails, it’s all in the details! And how cute is having a Bubble Tap Trailer that doubles up as both a bar and a photo booth?!

Special thanks to the amazing team that brought this whole styled shoot to life!


Coordinators + Photographers

Kate + Co Photography: website & Instagram

Mordi Photograhie: website & Instagram

Venue: The Pearl at Sabine Creek

Hair: Hair by Lakin

Florals: Curly Willow Botanicals

Cake: Cakes by Tayte

Dresses: Providence Place Bridal

Bubble Tap: Bubble Tap Trailer Dallas

Table + Bench: Rent my Dust

Table Decor: La Fete Events & Decor

Bike Stand + Cocktails: HD Liquid Catering

Invitations: Peachy Keen Paper Co

Models: Bride Model: Maddie, Groom Model: Ryan, Bridesmaid Model: Addison




3 Small Ways to Be Healthier ft. Ellie Activewear

Good Afternoon lovelies!

The summer months are approaching and I can honestly admit that I dread bikini season sometimes. I look forward to swimming at the beach and tanning by the pool but even though I’m mentally excited, I have to be physically excited. I don’t mean how my body looks, but how my body feels. I’ve spent many summers in the past sleeping in and binge-watching Netflix shows. Although that can be relaxing, I end up wasting a lot of time. I notice the change in my mood on the days I spend outdoors and running errands; I’m happier when I’m productive and active.

There’s a huge misconception that people feel the need to diet and prepare before the summer months rather than developing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle throughout the year. It takes time to maintain a consistent routine and it can be overwhelming when I try to accomplish every goal of mine all at once. Instead, I like to start off with small tweaks to my usual daily routine and when I’m able to do those tasks consistently, they transition into regular habits. I try to not focus on the concept of living a healthy life, but rather, living a healthier day than the day before. After all, how you live each day is how you live your life. Here are three small lifestyle changes I’ve incorporated for a healthier life:

  1. Stretch every morning! I applaud the people that can wake up at 5 A.M. and hit the gym right away haha. For me, it takes some time to feel energized and awake in the morning so I like to slowly ease into my routine for the day. Before I wash up and sip my morning coffee, I like to stretch out a little to help me feel refreshed and ready to get moving. I tend to sleep in the fetal position (I know, it’s terrible!) so stretching my body helps with the tension that I feel in the morning. If you’re like me and have a serious problem getting out of bed, then start with some stretches you can do while staying in bed (here) and then move onto the stretches out of bed (here). A small change like stretching can transition into morning yoga, going for a small walk or jog, and eventually hitting the gym.
  2. Walk more! The difficult thing about living in the suburbs is that since everything is spread out, you have to drive to get around town. For example, I can’t walk to my neighborhood grocery store so I try to incorporate walking in other aspects of my daily routine. You can try them too!
    • Park your car a little further away when you go shopping or into work to get some extra steps in
    • Pick the stairs over the elevator.
    • Instead of checking your phone, go on a 5 minute walk as a destresser.
    • Go for a small walk around the block after eating.
  3. Look good! The first step to feeling good is looking good. I don’t necessarily mean to go all red-carpet glam every morning, but just add a little bit of maintenance to your “get-ready” routine and always dress for the occasion. Every night, I look at my calendar so I’m more familiar with what I have to do for the next day. I plan accordingly and prepare my outfit for the next day. It’s crucial to dress the right part for whatever task you have to do. As Maria Sharapova says: “When you look good, you feel good.” And it’s so true! It places you in the right mindset, which allows you to put additional effort in. When I go to the gym, I don’t dress conveniently in sweatpants and a t-shirt. When I do, I’ve noticed the dramatic affect on my mood, I enter the gym with a lazy mindset and rush through my routine so I can leave immediately after. Instead, I’ll opt for nice fitted leggings, a cute matching sports-bra under my top, and put my hair up in a ponytail. It’s a little bit more effort to find a matching workout set and to fix my hair before I leave for the gym, but I feel more confident and more excited to workout. Thank you so much to our sponsor, Ellie Activewear, for these super stylish, yet functional, workout gear! You can snag a matching workout sets like mine here. #twinsies


I love matching workout gear! It’s so fun to mix-and-match different sets, but keeping it in the same color palette makes the outfit look more polished. I personally love Ellie Activewear because not only are the pieces good-quality and comfortable to wear, but they come out with a new matching collection every month! That’s amazing! You can have workout clothes up to a $150 in value delivered right to your doorstep priced at either: $39.95 a month for 3 pieces or $49.95 a month for 5 pieces. Their sizes range from XS-XL to accommodate for all types of body shapes and provide a different colors, textures, and styles every month! I’ve never been more excited to dress up before I work out! You can shop the collection I’m wearing here or their other unique collections here. Every month, I get so excited to see the new collection because it’s creatively curated around a color story or theme! The new items are announced the 1st of every month so you know what to expect. If you don’t like the outfit of a certain month then you have to option to skip it!


One of my must-haves at the gym is a good playlist to workout to. I usually create my own playlist or experiment with the different Spotify recommendations. I love listening to music to help me get in the zone. However, holding up a phone can get irritating sometimes so I recommend using a cellphone armband to hold your phone in place while working out. I also try to stay hydrated but I’m very forgetful with leaving my water bottles everywhere when it comes to plastic bottles so I avoid using those. I’ve noticed that I’m a lot more careful when it’s an aesthetic bottle that I specifically picked out and purchased haha. Lastly, I have to have my hair up. One of my favorite hairstyles for myself is having my hair combed back into a ponytail. I feel more confident and focused even though the fly-aways just never seem to stay down!


Ellie Activewear creates such unique pieces that are different from any other athletic clothing line I’ve seen. This cozy wrap is part of one of their past collections (you can purchase the full set I’m wearing here). It’s super lightweight and perfect for both outdoor and indoor uses. It’s comfortable and makes me feel a little more classy at home when I’m sipping on wine and binge-watching Scandal haha. Another unique piece from Ellie Activewear is the metallic rose-gold bag that the outfit set comes in. It’s sooo cute! I love rose gold and it’s hard to find accessories with a metallic sheen to it. It’s girly yet simple and it makes the perfect statement piece to complete your workout look!


Special thanks to the amazing team that helped me put this look together!

Hair & Makeup by Joy Peacock: website & Instagram

Photography by Amber Knowles: website Instagram

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Ellie Activewear, all opinions are my own. 

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney Nguyen

My Skin Routine ft. Saison Beauty

Hello all!

I’m so sorry I’ve been MIA lately! The month of December had me packed, but I’m excited to get back into blogging and creating new content for you all! Can you believe it’s already a month into this New Year? For my New Year’s Resolution, I’ve been making it my goal to make little improvements throughout different aspects of my life. For starters, I want to make healthy physical changes such as improving my sleep cycle and skin routine! Here’s how I have been improving my skin to look and feel better from the inside out.

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Update your skin routine

One of the problems I struggle with the most is dry patches on my skin during the cold winter months. I cleanse and exfoliate, but recently I have learned that over exfoliating can lead to skin irritation so I recommended reducing exfoliation to only 2-3 times a week. With the addition of Saison Beauty Products to my regular skin routine, I’ve learned the importance of a good moisturizer and I am absolutely loving the results! They are a brand of Premium Seasonal Organic Skincare Products that are handcrafted and concentrated with high-quality seasonal organic plant extracts. After I clean my face, I apply the products and gently massage until it is absorbed. I love how it feels so light on my skin! Texas has bipolar weather changes so the seasons can be pretty harsh on my face. During these dry months, there’s less natural oils so my skin starts to get flaky in some areas, particularly my chin and nose, and ufortunately makeup can’t cover it up. What we use for our bodies is how we nourish it, our skin can absorb up to 60 percent of what is applied. That is why I use Saison products; they’re rich with antioxidants, potent herbs, and fragrant flowers. I recommend starting off with their 4-Step Skincare process which includes the following products:

  • Oil cleanser
  • Deep foaming cleanser
  • Hydrating serum
  • Moisturizer

Keep in mind that because their products are fresh and contain no preservatives, they should be used within a reasonable time period.


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Know how your skin changes 

Saison means season in French, which is the inspiration for Saison’s premium skincare line. As the seasons change, so does our skin as it responds to the different environmental conditions throughout the year. It is important to update your routine to accommodate to your skin’s current state. One of the things I really love about Saison is that they offer products to accommodate for every season and skin type. I personally struggle with dry skin so the products I have used from their line is the Autumn Hydrating Serum and the Autumn Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer. The hydrating serum is made with organic rose and chamomile, which is great to tone out my skin since there’s unevenness in color. The moisturizer has hints of lavender (which I absolutely love!) and is made with omega and antioxidant-rich ingredients to nourish and revitalize my skin during cool months. I recommend browsing through the different products on their website based off of your skin type.

Other tips for happy, healthy skin

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! I used to drink a lot more water, I can honestly admit that I have been slacking. Recently, I have made it my goal to get back into this healthy habit. I know that drinking a lot of water can be “boring” sometimes so to make drinking water easier, here are a few tips:

  1. Drink water from prettier containers! For some reason, drinking from aesthetically pleasing containers gets me excited to drink more water. I even drink water through a wine glass sometimes! I recommend using nice cups and getting yourself a cute water bottle like this marble print one to carry around wherever you go.
  2. Add flavor to your water. I love chopping up fresh strawberries and orange slices to my water to make it taste better and look more colorful. You can also try squeezing lemon juice, adding mint leaves, blueberry, or even cucumbers!
  3. Sneak in sips of water throughout meals. Drinking water also helps me feel full faster so I usually aim to finish half my glass before I start eating and sip on the rest throughout my meal.

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Special thanks to Valles Photography for this awesome shoot! (Hair/Makeup done by me!)

Valles Photography: website & Instagram

Saison Beauty Products: website & Instagram

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Saison Beauty, all opinions are my own.

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney Nguyen

A step back to the 70s

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One of my favorite things about modeling is the opportunity it gives me to try out different looks. I’ve never thought about doing a 70s photoshoot before or wearing electric purple eyeshadow with bubble-gum pink lipstick! Fashion is all about creativity and taking different risk and I love it! It’s interesting to see how fashion has evolved throughout the years and the 70s had such an eclectic mix of bell-bottom jeans, fringe, and vibrant colors. The era was all about individuality, identity, and personal expression. I teamed up with @theleathercactus and @stylesbysimon to recreate a few of the most iconic trends of the 70s, we even had  a Volkswagen on set! I loved being a part of this creative shoot and working with such a talented team. Check out more pictures from our shoot below!

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Photographer: Corey @theleathercactus

HMUA: Simon @stylesbysimon

Model: Natalie @nat_l_ee_

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney Nguyen

Playing dress up ft. Alyce Paris gowns

Growing up, I’ve always loved playing dress up. My sisters and I had a box full of different costumes with assorted hats and tiaras to match. There’s something so fun about swiping on lipstick and slipping on high-heels and an embellished gown. I love everything about gowns; they’re elegant and make me feel instantly glamorous. Nowadays, it’s hard finding special occasions to attend where I can wear a formal gown so I try to take advantage of it every moment I get. That’s why I recently partnered with Alyce Paris, they have the perfect selection of dresses for homecoming, prom, or any formal occasion.

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It’s difficult when it comes to selecting the perfect gown to match the occasion. There’s different silhouettes, colors, and embellishments. Alyce Paris sent me this beautiful diamond white/rosewater one.  My favorite part of this gown was the top because it was embroidered with delicate white lace with small crystals and a lace-up back. The sweetheart neckline was a classic look and the gown fanned out to a mermaid tail fit. The fluffier silhouette reminded me of a wedding gown except the bottom tulle was a champagne color. You can purchase the gown here or even a similar one here. Some of my other favorites from their Spring Collection are this red one or this pink one that my best friend Dania is wearing in the pictures below! We instantly felt glamorous and loved doing a photoshoot together with Sheryl Abraham Photography in such stunning gowns. Check some more of the pictures from our shoot below! A cute little cat named George also decided to join us in some of our photos haha

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Shop the Alyce Paris Spring 2017 Collection here

Shop for my gown here and Dania‘s here

Photography: Sheryl Abrahram

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Alyce Paris, all opinions are my own.

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney Nguyen


Picnics with Socialite Pink!

Picnics with Socialite Pink come perfectly equipped with fresh flowers, sweet treats, and trendy jewelry pieces..what more could a girl ask for? I want to give a huge shoutout to Socialite Pink for letting me be a part of their 3 part lookbook series to show off their Spring/Summer 2017 Collection (you can shop for the collection here). Everything was planned down to perfection!  The setup was super chic and girly and had a little bohemian twist, including all of their stunning jewelry pieces! I had such a blast shooting and dressing up in pastels for the picnic. When it comes to putting together your own tea party or picnic, I have three main tips to help with the party-planning..

1. Choose a theme: Alice in Wonderland, Pastels, Pink Strawberry Champagne, there’s just so many options when picking out a theme! Having a theme is super important; it helps tie everything together and makes it easier when you’re shopping for supplies that will match each other.

2. Add flowers: Flowers just have a way of making everything look three times better than before. They just have a way of bringing some extra life and color into a setting. My personal favorites are roses or peonies.

3. It’s all about the Plating: It’s easy to forget how much creativity you can actually put into the plates at parties. And for picnics, the basket says everything! So switch out those plates and replace them with a wooden board, a woven basket tray (we had one filled with fresh croissants!), or even hand-painted antique plates.

I’d also like to give a huge shoutout to Summerfield at Tate Farms for letting us shoot at your location, check out some of the pictures from our picnic below! All of these stunning pictures were taken by Jannet Blas Photography.

Socialite Pink is based on 3 simple things: Gorgeous hyper-functional jewelry, women encouraging women and giving. They also have a “Sparkle you, Sparkle her” gifting program: for each piece we sell, Socialite Pink will gift a piece to a girl who is overcoming life’s challenges with grace and strength! One of my favorite things about Socialite Pink’s jewelry is that they’re all so easy to style since you can mix-match and layer the pieces on. My favorite piece from this shoot would have to be the Arabella Earrings (which you can purchase here), they were classic unique compared to other hoop earrings because of the beaded detailing.

Each jewelry piece feels personalized and Socialite Pink offers an exceptional collection of charms in different shapes: from stones to feathers to arrowheads!

Shop the Socialite Pink Spring/Summer 2017 Collection here

Socialite Pink: website & Instagram

Models: Sydney, Alexis, Zaira

Jannet Blas Photography: website & Instagram

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney Nguyen

X Jewellery

Accessories really are a girl’s best friend! I teamed up with X Jewellery to show you a way accessorize for the summer with a range or composable bracelets. Unlike other modular link bracelets, X Jewellery is based off of the classic anchor chain-a symbol of strength-chosen to reflect bold women who see fashion as a form of expression. Each bracelet is unique it it’s own way like a self-portrait, composed of a set of links that YOU personally choose to tell your own story. X Jewellery is founded on a commitment to seeing women thrive and focus on three promises:

  1. Jewelry made by YOU-it’s a creative way to express yourself. X Jewellery gives you the power to personalize your bracelet
  2. Iconic Scandi Design and Craftsmanship-strong, fashionable, and dependable.
  3. Support us in empowering women-women with big ideas who dare to forge their own paths to help others deserve to shine. X Jewellery allocates 10% of their annual profit to women striving to make a difference.

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X Jewellery consists of individual links: Rubber links, Bronze links, and Silver links. I wanted to create bracelets that reflected the mood of summer so I styled this apricot and turquoise one. Wearing these bracelets make me feel so special because I specifically designed the looks to fit my own personal style. Shop for your own pieces here and post them on social media (Tag @xjewelleryofficial on Instagram and use hashtags #xjewellery #madebyyou). There’s also a sizing chart to refer to when creating your own bracelet. You can also receive 10% off of your first purchase if you sign up for their newsletter here.

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Shop my look below!

Apricot Rubber X

Turquoise Rubber X

Links: Melody (Double Bronze), Flow (Bronze Lock), Lovers Bond (Double Bronze Link)

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by X Jewellery, all opinions are my own.

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney Nguyen

Frilly and Floral (ft. Papaya Romper)

Good morning everyone!

The weather has been transitioning over to the summer heat and I find it even more difficult to dress myself in comfortable clothing. My go-to-piece would have to be jumpsuits or rompers like this one. I recently partnered up with Papaya to show off pieces from their Spring and Summer Collection. Rompers are perfect for any occasion and are effortlessly chic. Papaya offers a variety of different rompers, each with a unique detail: this crochet sleeved one is perfect for a garden party and this striped one is perfect for shopping at your local farmer’s market. The best part about rompers is that they’re one piece outfits so you don’t have to worry about pondering what top and bottom looks best together. Ladies, this saves you extra time on those days you feel like you have nothing to wear! I love this specific piece I’m wearing because of the open shoulders with the ruffle details. It makes me feel extra girly and the delicate shaped-silhouette makes me feel dressed up without having to add any accessories. I love how the shape is flattering on any figure, it’s looser and the frills enhance your curves. You can either wear it casually with a pair of strappy sandals or dress it up with some earrings and wedges.

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Romper: Papaya (here)

Papaya: website & Instagram

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Papaya, all opinions are my own.

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney Nguyen

Western and Rustic ft. Socialite Pink Jewelry

From outdoor music festivals to shopping at local flea markets, I get inspired by the bohemian styles but I like to add an eclectic western twist. The western-inspired look has been a huge trend for summer and was seen all throughout Coachella. There’s no such thing as too many accessories and the possibilities are endless from layered necklaces, floral and fringe, and cowboys hats! My favorite accessory for summer are necklaces. The one I’m wearing below is so unique because the beading changes from stone to crystal, you can purchase it here. My favorite part is that the wooden pendant is detachable, you can have a whole collection of different pedants to exchange with friends! You can shop for some gorgeous spring and summer accessories from Socialite Pink’s collection here.

Socialite Pink was so sweet to ask me to be a part of the photo shoot for their Spring/Summer 2017 collection. For this part of their lookbook, the other models and I wore printed flowy dresses (shop for a bohemian dress here) and we shot with rustic textured walls, longhorn skulls, and even a vintage car! The coolest part of our accessories is that they were made of wood, different shaped stones and crystals, and even druzy stone gems. Pairing them with our dresses worked perfectly! The key tip to keep in mind when dressing bohemian is breaking fashion rules: messy hair is perfect, denim on denim is okay, and you can mix tons of different shades on brown together.

Shop the Socialite Pink Spring/Summer 2017 here

Socialite Pink: website & Instagram

Models: Sydney, Alexis, Zaira

Jannet Blas Photography: website & Instagram

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney Nguyen

Teami Tea-Feel More Energized and Less Bloated!

As a blogger, restaurant server, and full time student, it’s hard finding ways to balance different parts of my life. I’m all for finding different ways to improve various aspects of my life in work, school, and my health! So I decided to collaborate with Teami Tea and join their Teami 30 Day Detox Challenge. Teami Tea offers highest quality, most effective, all-natural loose leaf teas made from pure ingredients that are 100% natural, non-gmo, and vegan. If you know me pretty well, then it’s no surprise that I’m a coffee-lover and excessive tea drinker. I was so excited to start the challenge and I wanted to share my experience with you!

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What is the Teami Detox 30 Day Pack?

The Detox helps with getting rid of the toxins that your body is holding onto, allowing it to function properly and have natural energy levels every day! The pack consist of Teami Skinny and Teami Colon Cleanse Tea. The combination of these two blends is what creates the detox affect. The Teami Skinny is intended for every-morning use and the Teami Colon should be consumed every second night of the program, before going to bed. The benefits are on their website but I also listed them below.

  • Boost your metabolism
  • Start burning stored fat
  • Calms muscle spasms and muscle tightness
  • Naturally raise energy levels
  • Detox your internal organs
  • Reduce bloating
  • Improve skin complexion
  • Flush out harsh toxins
  • Fix digestive issues

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My Experience:

I decided to take this challenge to see if it would help me lose weight. Although I didn’t lose weight by burning fat, I did drop a couple of pounds in water weight. Overall, I really enjoyed the tea. It was so yummy and had such a light, fresh herb taste to it (I definitely recommend squeezing some lemon or orange juice for an extra touch!) I did actually did see a noticeable difference in the decrease in bloating as well! I definitely loved the experience. The tea was a nice gentle cleanse, helped me feel more energized throughout the day, and the caffeine in the tea helped curb my appetite. I definitely recommend trying out their products! You can purchase their Detox 30 Day Pack here.

Use coupon code SWS10 for 10% off your purchase!

How I incorporate it into my life:

Did I mention that I absolutely love drinking coffees and teas? Teami Tea helps me feel refreshed and energized in the morning. I usually start off by drinking a cup of Teami Skinny in the morning and I take a to-go cup with me to sip on throughout the day. When your purchase the pack, it comes with an adorable tea infuser that makes it easier to make tea in the mornings. I personally like drinking my tea hot but if you prefer hot or cold, you can carry your tea in a cute travel tumbler that accommodates to either temperature! As for the Teami Colon, I loved drinking a relaxing cup of it before bed every other night. It’s gives a gentle laxative affect and makes emptying your bowels in the morning easier. I honestly feel a lot less bloated and more energized throughout the day; my body feels great!

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Teami Tea: website & Instagram

Buy their Detox 30 Days Pack here

Use coupon code SWS10 for 10% off your purchase!

*Thanks @Teamiblends for sponsoring, all opinions are mine

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Sydney Nguyen